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Episode 162: Opal Advent Knitting.

Welcome to episode 162! This week I spent tons of time working on blankets, my mom’s and my Opal Advent blanket which I’m loving! Also a few other knits and spins. I hope you enjoy.

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Episode 161: A long absence.

Welcome to episode 161! I’m sorry I haven’t podcasted in 3 weeks – life just got in the way. That said, I have TONS of knits to show you and lots to share. I hope you enjoy!

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Episode 160: Discombobulated.

Welcome to episode 160! This week was kind of crazy and I’m a little bit discombobulated in this episode; I even say it’s episode 161, but it’s not! I do, however, have progress on my Exploration Station and my NaKniSweMo sweater.

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Wear Me: JUL Designs, Celtic Bird of Paradise Shawl Stick

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying something from JUL Designs, a designer of adornments, accessories, bags and bag handles, and closures to accessorize knitted items. I  spent a little while looking at the site, which features various bag handles, leather closures and shawl pins and sticks. Ultimately, I asked to review a shawl pin and JUL generously sent me their Apus Celtic Bird of Paradise Shawl Stick.

When I received the shawl pin, I thought it was very well executed.  The pin is made from white brass and hand made through fair trade in Indonesia.  The motif itself is about 3/4″ and the shawl pin is approximately 5 1/2″ in length.  The motif is clean cut and I love the shading/aging on the pin.

Jul Sea Bird

From the JUL website, the design features the Apus:

Apus is a constellation in the southern sky that represents a Bird of Paradise.  In Greek, Apus means ‘with no feet’ as the Bird of Paradise was thought, at one time, not to have any. You will notice that our Bird of Paradise, as its Greek name indicates, has no feet.  Celtic illuminated letters that use animals to create the letter forms are our inspiration for our representation of this noble, footless bird.

I wanted to showcase how pretty this pin is and also how useful it could be, so I tried using it with a variety of knits. Specifically, I first tried it on a long open-front cardigan that was designed without closures. I do enjoy wearing it open, but I also like the idea of closing it up and accessorizing it with a beautiful pin.

I also pulled out my shawls and styled them with the pin. Though I tend to wear my shawls more bandana style, this pin offers a great solution to some of those shawlettes that I have trouble keeping on my shoulders.

Jul Sea Bird

I think the design and color of the pin makes it really versatile so I can wear it with many of my handknits. I look forward to trying it in the coming weeks.

Overall, I really liked the pin I received from JUL Designs. It appears to be stylish and well made, at a reasonable price.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at JUL Designs who sent me the Apus Celtic Bird Shawl Stick (retail: $22.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

UPDATE:

JUL Designs has sent me a coupon code for you to use. Between now and December 31 use the code “VERVE” and receive 10% off your purchase of the Apus Celtic Bird Shawl Stick.

Episode 159: NaKniSweMo 2017

Welcome to episode 159! This week marks the kickoff of NaKniSweMo 2017. I’m making good progress on my sweater and on a few other projects.

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Episode 158: I can’t find anything.

Welcome to episode 158! This week I can’t seem to find anything in my craft room. That said, I have lots and lots of knits to share and even a spin.

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  • David’s Tea, Licorice Twist (discontinued)

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Strickplaner

As I have mentioned previously, I have been a contributor to The Well-Appointed Desk for the past several months with posts about my journey into fountain pens, notebooks and all things desk-related.  In this particular post my love of planners and knitting meet and so Ana and I have decided to cross-post this product preview. I hope you enjoy!

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Back in July, in a newsy post, Ana highlighted that a knitting pattern designer and an illustrator had teamed up to develop a planner for knitters, the Strickplaner (€ 18.90).  I had intended to order one, but then the designer was kind enough to send a copy of the planner to Ana, and she handed it to me to fawn over.

I’m calling this a “preview” because I haven’t actually used the Strickplaner yet as it’s for 2018, but I’m going to show you a few of the highlights today.

The Strickplaner is the brainchild of designer Martina Behm and includes illustrations (and stickers!) by Julie Levesque of Symposi Press.  The planner is designed with the knitter in mind and includes lots of planning and tracking pages in addition to weekly calendar pages.

The important details are:

  • The Strickplaner is 12×18 cm (or 4.8 x 7.2 inches, slightly smaller than A6).
  • It has a durable vinyl coated cover with pink embossed lettering.
  • The Strickplaner has 240 pages, including 26 pages of knitting tools, and over 60 pages at the back of the book for notes (lined, graph and dot grid paper for planning).
  • The paper is 90 g per m2 high quality writing paper.
  • The extras: two ribbon bookmarks (burgundy and grey) and pink elastic.
  • As a bonus for knitters, there is a pattern in the planner (and on Ravelry) to knit a cover for your book.

When you open the planner, the first thing you see are the delightful pink endpapers illustrated by Julie Levesque featuring sweaters, shawls, socks and yarn balls.

There is a short introduction on how to use the book and then you get to the meat of the planner.  At the start of each quarter are two full page spreads where you can set your goals and track your progress on projects through the quarter.  Immediately following the quarter spreads, are the 13-week spreads so you can make notes each week and each day.  This continues for the remainder of the year.

The second half of the book is all knitting tools.  Highlights include pages for knitting projects and spots for lists and notes.  I really enjoyed the execution of this section; there is an index at the front of each set of tools so you can track your lists, and then pages with varying box sizes, and lined, graph and dot grid papers.  I feel like this part of the book will be excellent for project planning, and even gives me space for designing knits – drawing diagrams and recording inspiration in a somewhat orderly fashion.

All in all, I think this is going to be a useful tool for both my planning and knitting needs.

Last, but certainly not least, I pulled a skein of yarn out of my stash and made myself a cover for my journal. I still hope to add a fancy button and button loop, but I can’t wait for 2018 to arrive so I can use my new planner.


 

Knit Me: Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Sets

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Gradient Sets.  I spent a little while looking at the sets, deciding if I wanted a tonal set versus a more variegated set, and whether I wanted to do a trio or a quartet.  I finally settled on a quartet in the Vocal colorways.

Even before the skeins arrived at my house I had selected the perfect pattern. In fact, I actually picked my color scheme based on what I wanted to knit.  I chose to knit Aurorae by Helen Stewart. This pattern was part of last year’s Shawl Society collection and I decided the pinks, purples and blues of this particular gradient set would be perfect!

Even from the start, I was really pleased with this yarn. It is super soft and bouncy and draped beautifully for the shawl.  I loved the way the set included a speckled yarn, a more variegated yarn and two solids.  At first, when I received it, I wasn’t sure about the “gradient” nature of the kit, but as I worked my way through the shawl I decided that each color really did blend into the next and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  Once blocked the yarn was so incredibly soft – I can’t wait to wrap myself up in this shawl this coming winter.

I did make a few modifications on the pattern (to adapt to 4 gradient colors rather than 6) and I used up about 640 yards of the set – almost all of the yardage on all the colors except the pink.  All of these notes are on my project page.

Overall I would definitely purchase one of these gradient sets in the future. I’ll have to think about a tonal project next….

Even more exciting than my review, Zen Yarn Garden currently has a giveaway contest going and you could win your very own Vocal Gradient Quartet. You can read all the details and enter the giveaway  here. The deadline is October 31, 2017 so don’t wait too long. Good luck!

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Vocal Gradient Quartet (retail: $52.80) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 157: Reviews and more.

Welcome to episode 157! This week I have a two FOs and reviews – Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Quartets and the Strickplaner from Martina Behm. I also have some other knits and a bit of a catch up since it’s been two weeks.

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  • Finished: Falkland in Hydrangea (dyed by me)

 

Episode 156: Just wanna knit.

Welcome to episode 156! This week I have a few FO’s, a new project in progress and lots of upcoming cast-ons to show you. I also have a little spinning, but I think that might take a back seat for a little while because all I wanna do is knit!

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  • In progress: Falkland in Hydrangea (dyed by me)
  • On deck: Hello Yarn Corriedale in Poisoned Apples