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

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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 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 29 Show Notes

Episode 29 Can be found here and here.

Points are easier:

–          I attended and manned a stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets Celebration of Wool day on behalf of the Queanbeyan Chapter of the NSW Knitters’ Guild.

–          I bought much lovely fibre from Wooldancer and Waratah Fibres

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–          I bought gorgeous project bags from Michelle of Buttontreelane (see image above)

–          I bought a niddy-noddy and admired a swift from a stall, and then lost the business card. This is the swift. I will share his details when I find the card…

–          I finished my Marion cardigan.

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It is not without its problems (look at those baggy upper arms), but it is done, which meant…

–          I’ve been working on my Coda Pullover in Madtosh Tosh dk (coquette). I’ve finished the body and have moved on to the “shrug”. Highly recommend the pattern!

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–          I’ve been quilting my Lucky Quilt, and hyperventilating all the while

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–          I also made ascrappy quilt-as-you-go cushion to match the Lucky Quilt

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–  I started my Swoon quilt, and have made two blocks. All the pretty fabrics from here cX-YDkLdGroM7Xv2tfAGAAfFhjZukvpqAA5laPb55Gs

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Some time ago I started the Dropped Diamonds Quilt from Hexa-Go-Go but forgot to mention it.

 

–          I’m spinning some yummy ombre yarn that may grow up to be a gift cowl

Peace out

Ms Spider xo

 

PS. And now I’m freakishly up-to-date with Show Notes! If it bother you a lot when I take ages, do consider following me on Instagram (you’ll need to send me a request, but that’s not hard). I tend to post things daily, in my squirrel-brained manner.

Episode 27 Show Notes

Late, yes. Doing my best ;). Episode 27 Can be found here and here.

Let’s try dot points, shall we?

–          My black dog visited

–          I read and talked about some of Shakespeare’s Sonnets: 116 and 130

–          I knit the Verdure Mitts from Botanical Knits 2 and a Turban(d) out of some Utiku Possum Merino 8ply (this is the yarn, but not the same colour as mine – can’t find on ravelry)

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–          I finished my Lucky Quilt top and promptly made a mini block from off-cuts

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–          Have revelation that trimming HSTs (half square triangles) is hideous, but I can’t stop sewing them

–          I talked about the quilts I’d like to make:

o   Swoon from thimble blossom

o   Dropped Diamonds Quilt from Hexa-Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher

–          I have a little winge about the dreadful 1998 version of Great Expectations starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. (I have since watched the2012 version starring Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger – far, far superior in every way).

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 22 Show Notes

Episode 22 can be found here and here.

I turned 29 on the 3rd and was very spoilt!

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I do, however, want to knit this (thanks Michelle!).

My luscious, lovely silk and merino 3ply is finished!

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There has been much more English Paper Piecing. I did my applique for the back of the wedding gift chevron quilt.

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There are hexies happening.

My patchwork of the crosses is underway.

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There has been much fabric stashing.

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I’ve also dyed some watermelon self-striping sock yarn – finally on etsy.

Peace out

Ms Spider