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

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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 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 20 Show Notes

Episode 20 can be found here and here.

A glittering, golden week!

Tuesday saw my rainbow quilt quilted, with help of Brave New Quilts and First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting.

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On Wednesday, a friend and I went on a road trip to visit Glenora Weaving & Wool in Gerringong and Sew and Tell in Berry.

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There were many purchases! Kaffe Fassets Museum Quilts is the only product I can link to, however.

Thursday I bound my quilt… using The Practical Guide to Patchwork as reference.

And Friday I finished it!

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I also painted some pegboard to go behind my desk and store sewing tools. I used this as a reference.

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Saturday I made a pouch to carry paper piecing patchwork around in. I used this tutorial. I’m not going to put up a picture because this is way too picture heavy already! Mine looks pretty much like the one in the tutorial.

A glorious week indeed!

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo