Episode 46 Show Notes

Episode 46 can be found here and here.

In this episode:

The lucky winner of giveaway #3 is announced.

Giveawy #4 has a bunny/Easter flavour: 2x50g balls of Morris Estate 14ply, with 1x25g skein Handspun Angora.

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It will go live in a few hours, on ravelry, facebook and Instagram. The Easter prize will be announced on the Sunday or Monday of the Easter weekend.

Thanks to the lovely people at Morris & Sons for supplying the prizes!

Guest:

My lovely friend Sophie from Morris & Sons shares the story of how she came to craft.

On the Needles:

My Queen Maud is nearing the bottom ribbing. I am a tad bored now… I forgot I was long in the body.

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I made a delicious Floyd shawl from 2 and a bit balls of Patons Cosmos.

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This is a delightful pattern, and I highly recommend it!

I cast on Belle Nuit by Sivia Harding in Curious Creek Fibers Meru.

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Spinning:

My love affair with BLF/silk longdraw continues.

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Stash:

Knitpicks now ships to Australia. That is all.

Feminist Moment:

Is it still sexist if the “victim” isn’t upset?

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(Spoiler: totally).

Peace out

Ms Spider xo

Episode 45 Show Notes

Happy International Women’s Day!

Episode 45 can be found here and here.

Welcome to new listeners; Melinda and Alysha.

The Morris & Sons Giveaway #3 is go!

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4 x 50 gram balls of Morris Paddington, one each of Piper, Dutch Teal, Newspaper and Mandarin. You can enter on ravelry, on facebook, and on Instagram: the details of how to enter will be in these places when it it is live. This will be drawn on the 21st and announced on the 22nd March in Episode 46.

The Canberra Show:

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Some bizarre feedback again!

On the Needles:

Queen Maud is past the tasty charts and now a tad boring.

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I’m considering using snap tape for the closures in lieu of buttons, as gaping seems to be an issue in the finished cardigans I’ve seen on ravelry. I’d love to hear from you if you have experience or advice about snap tape!

I finished my All of the Rainbows BFL/Silk socks yesterday!

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I forgot to mention it, but I also knitted a swatch so I could test their machine wash-ability. Like a grown up! The swatch was fine, by the way.

Knot on my Watch:

I made an accidental-Leprechaun baby bobble beard crochet beanie for a brand new friend.

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Pattern from here.

Tree Change Dolls:

Three dolls now have faces! That first image is the before and after of the same doll. It’s kind of amazing,

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I’m pretty happy with how they’re going. My brain is still tickled…

And I ponder, for IWD, unnecessary apologies. I am aiming for gratitude, not guilt.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 44 Show Notes

Late also! Episode 44 can be found here and here.

The winner of the second giveaway was announced. Morris and Sons Giveaway #3 delayed until the 8th March.

Ask Me Anything: I answer a question about multi-tasking while knitting. Juliet Stevenson’s wonderful audible recordings are here, in case you are interested. Questions welcome here.

On the Needles:

Still three pairs of socks on the go.

I finished off a Tulips Cardigan for my pregnant friend (upside down, upside down).

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3rd attempt at Queen Maud is proving successful (thanks goodness!).

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Spinning:

I’m spinning some BFL/silk in grassy greens, for more long-draw practice. Probably a long-term project!

Stash acquisition:

Olive Rainbow sock from fabfunkyfibres, a birthday gift to myself.

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And I finally remembered to welcome new listeners! Woo! On a roll! Introduce yourself here, and I will welcome you :)

Peace out,

Ms Spider

Episode 43 Show Notes

Very late! Apologies. Episode 43 is here and here.

The winner of our first Morris & Sons Giveaway was Lyonesset on ravelry.

I announced Giveaway #2 – 3 50g balls of Morris Sunday 4ply in 305 Clovely, to be drawn on the 21st.

On the Needles: All the socks!

I finished a pair of Regia 4ply socks and currently have three pairs in my own self-striping yarn on the go.

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I started Queen Maud by Norah Gaughan in Empire 8ply (Rainstorm). Will have to rip back due to massive denial about gauge.

Spinning:

Polwarth and silk from Waratah Fibres with lovely beads.

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Ixchel bunny tundra 2 ply.

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Alpaca long-draw practive, navajo 3 ply.

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Quilting:

Color Bars Body Pillow cover from Quilts from the house of Tula Pink.

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A quilted cover for my staff diary.

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Hot tip: craft calico shrinks when you wash it :(

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 42 Show Notes

Wow, show notes within 24 hours of publishing the episode? What will I think of next?

Episode 42 can be found here and here.

I announce the people behind our upcoming giveaways: Morris & Sons! The first of 8 will go live today or tomorrow.

To Dye For: More sock yarn. Are we surprised? I had an idea for a Dye-It-Yourself sock club, but I have no self control and cast on three more straight away.

On the Needles: More socks.

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And a Zuzu’s Petals in my wren and ollie green gradient yarn.

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Review: Sock needles. I talk about Knitpro Karbonz, Knitpro Cubics and Hiya Hiya 5″ shaft sharp circular needles.

Quilting: I talk about an class I did with Gemma Jackson of Pretty Bobbins Quilting. It was super great and there is another on Saturday 18th April which you should totally book into if you’re local. (It’s the Modern Curvy Table Runner class).

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Darn Kids: A new segment where I talk about youth culture. This episode: Selfies.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 41 Show Notes

Another late one!

Episode 41 can be found here and here.

To Dye For: all the self-striping sock yarn..0

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On the Needles: Lots of socks and a chunky hand-spun Hitchhiker.

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Spinning: Green gradient bump from Wren and Ollie. Also, some merino from Wooldancer.

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Quilting: Matchy-matchy cushion for me from the off-cuts of the last one. A second cushion using appliqué and paper-piecing.

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Sewing: cut fabric for more Tiny Pocket Tanks.

Peace out

Ms Spider xo

Episode 40 Show Notes

These are so late! I’m sorry everyone.

Episode 40 can be found here and here.

In this episode, I muse on Christmas.

I finished my first and second Sweet Dreams Shawls by Boo Knits (pink is Madtosh Merino Light and blue in Fibrewebs Sparkle Sock.)

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I made a patchwork cushion for a friend and got halfway through my charm-square quilt top.2014-12-22 06.31.38

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I made an explorer skirt and explorer shorts by Hey There Threads.

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I have a mini-rant about Christmas and food.

Peace out,
Ms Spider xo

Episode 39 Show Notes

Episode 39 can be found here and here.

In this episode I discuss my new segment names. I’m open to suggestions on the vaguer ones!

  • On the Needles (knitting)
  • Knot on my Watch (crochet)
  • From the Archives (past projects)
  • Treadle to the Metal (possibly?) (spinning)
  • Panting and Ranting (rants, usually recorded while walking the dog)
  • Quilting (no interesting name as yet)
  • Sewing (as above)
  • Questions (as above)

This episode:

On the Needles: my Sweet Dreams Shawl from Boo Knits In Love Collection. I found beads at beadsonline.com.au

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Knot on my Watch: after much fussing about, I crocheted Shih Tzu or Terrier Pattern. No more novelty yarn, please!

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Sewing: I made a Tiny Pocket Tank out of print voile. The pattern is from Grainline Studios. I made continuous binding from a square as per this tutorial.

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Quilting: I am making a boring traditional quilt for a friend using 5″ squares and lovely Miss Kate fabric.

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Questions: I discuss the following – “Muticraftual – ADD for crafters or essential cross-pollination?” and decide I am craftually polyamorous.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 38 Show Notes

Episode 38 can be found here and here.

In this episode:

I announce the winner of the Anniversary Giveaway. Congratulations Ozemutha, send me your address by rav or IG  PM or email me at happyspiderknitsATgmailDOTcom so I can get your prize in the mail. :)

I answer a question from the ravelry thread on how I organise my stash. See also Episode 2 for more info about the stash.

I  talk about my current burn for lace and the Sweet Dreams shawlette I am knitting from the Boo Knits In Love Collection. I am knitting in Madtosh Merino Light in La Vie en Rose. I do not have beads, and would love to know where my listeners buy theirs!

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I talk about my super fun quilt project of the week: the Constructivist quilt from Little Bits Quilting Bee by Kathreen Ricketson. (Pro tip: you NEED this book).

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I also discuss the skirt I’m making from fabric from my grandmother’s stash. (Seen here without zip, so pinned to front of dress form lining hanging out underneath and knitting needles in pocket to point out existence of pocket).

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It feels like a parody of Heidi (or a “chara-couture” as my husband put it). Down with false pockets! Pockets for all!

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Peace out,

Ms Spider xox

Episode 37 Show Notes

You can find episode 37 here and here.

I talk a bit about my beloved grandmother, who passed away on the 10th of October at the age of 86.

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She is 18 in this photograph, and looks so like me it is a little spooky. My father has been telling me for years that I strongly resemble how she looked as a young woman but I hadn’t seen any photographs until very recently. It is comforting and strange.

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She is 84 in this picture. She was notoriously difficult to photograph, usually blinking. This photo is like magic to me: she is laughing while my husband is talking to her, she is wearing a silk shawl I knit and lent her for the occasion (my cousin/her grand-daughter’s wedding) and the hanging basket of petunia’s… well, they were a flower she always grew. The ring she is wearing is one my father bought her while traveling in the 1970’s, and the last time I saw her she insisted that I have it. The blurry figure in pink in the background is another cousin/grand-daughter, who was a bridesmaid. This paragraph is probably very disjointed, but I guess the point is this picture is perfect. I will finish by saying I wore the same shawl to her funeral and felt very close to her.

I talk about the hand-quilting on my Modern Medallion Quilt.

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I quilted my Reece Scannel shot cotton rainbow quilt and the binding is underway.

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I’ve also graduated from project sacks to quilted, zippy project boxes. I followed the tutorial here.

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I’ve been knitting very little, but my favourite project is the sock I am knitting from my own dyed yarn (bonus shot of quilted project bag too).

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I finished spinning the Wren and Ollie bump. It is soooo nice.

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I also spun some bulky singles that made me crave Neapolitan icecream for days.

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I talk about fixing the dye in some yarn I had in stash (not my dyeing, I hasten to add). I following (the knitmoregirls) Jasmin and Gigi’s method to great effect. Full instructions here, and while it is an extra step, my feeling is that if you just do it when you wash your knits for the first time it’s not a big job (and can save A LOT of trouble).

You have a week left to enter the giveaway – details in last set of show notes. I will draw on the 2nd November, and will podcast (even if it’s only 5 minutes!).

I also talk about my experiences with massdrop, and with total transparency tell you that if you follow my link and end up buying something, I could be rewarded with a gift. It is a rabbit hole, so be warned.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo