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

Episode 36 Show Notes

Episode 36 is here and here.

I finished my Lucky/Unlucky Quilt!

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NB. do not buy Mettler Metrosene Plus. It is SO fluffy.

I made a Color (sic) of my Heart mini-quilt top.

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I made my Reece Scannell shot cotton top.

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Diamonds are Forever by Ann Langley.

I got my quilt back from Gemma of Pretty Bobbins!

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See her blog post about my quilt here.

I have since bound the quilt, and am trying to hand-quilt one border.

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My Harvest Cardigan is growing nicely.

The Boorowa Irish Wool Fest was tops!

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I pant and rant* about Lady Macbeth and why she always cops the blame.

I’ve been making project bags. I may be stuck in a loop.

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If you want one, they are on Instagram at @happyspider6sells

I announce my Anniversary Giveaway: one of my knitting themed project bags and a skein of Araucania Ranco Multy in yummy purple and green tones. To enter:

  1. Join Happy Spider Knits group and comment in the thread on ravelry.
  2. Repost the giveaway pic on Instagram (tagging and following @happyspider6).
  3. Tweet the Instagram pic (tagging and following @happyspider6).

One entry for each (so you can have three entries in the draw).

I will draw on Sunday 2nd November.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

*sometimes I get a bee in my bonnet while walking the dog

Episode 35 Show Notes (Dye Talk)

Episode 35 is here and here.

And I’ve lost my notes! In no particular order I mentioned:

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Feel free to PM me on ravelry if you want more information about something mentioned in this episode, or email at happyspiderknitsATgmailDOTcom.

Thanks!

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 34 Show Notes

Episode 34 is here and here.

My beautiful Majacraft Aura arrived!

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As predicted, a steep learning curve, but she’s playing/plying nicely now. After a few different fibre types, I moved onto my second Wren and Ollie gradient bump and it’s chugging along nicely.

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My rainbow cowl is in its third evolution and, while pretty, is annoying me.

I’ve started a Harvest Cardigan (tincanknits pattern) from Cleckheaton Country Silk 8ply. Pictured here inside my almost-complete Noodlehead divided basket.

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I made the decision to take my Modern Medallion Quilt to Gemma Jackson of Pretty Bobbins Quilting for custom quilting. the grey/rainbow quilt is the one I lost my mind over – 50 Shades AKA Dance the Night Away.

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I started quilting my Lucky/Unlucky Quilt. I am feeling more in control with this one now – it will soon be done!

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I attended the Canberra Craft and Quilt Show and lost my mind over the pretty quilts! (top to bottom: Fat Bottom Girls by Angie Wilson, Happy Herringbone and Finding Formation by KraftyKuka)

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Stash acquisition…

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Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 33 Show Notes

I’m playing catch up (I totally typed “plying” the first time, maybe I should have stuck with that).

Episode 33 is here and here.

I completed Stash Dash 2014 on the cheerful number of 6,047 metres.

I knit a Sprig hat (Alana Dakos pattern, here) from my own handspun merino. 2014-07-20 18.48.59-2

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Said baby also received the Upside-Down Daisy Hat (Susan B. Anderson).

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I finished spinning some merino and moved on to some camel.

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I also spun a gradient bump from Wren and Ollie as a long single, which I navajo plied to create a beautiful gradient yarn of about a fingering weight.

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This is for my friend Sophie, and before you worry I am being taken advantage of, I received a bump for myself as trade ;)

I ordered a Majacraft Aura from Mandie of Ewe Give Me the Knits.

I attended the Gerringong Fibre Muster.

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I finished my Sea Breeze Mini-quilt/baby quilt.

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Peace out,

Ms Spider xo