Episode 51 Show Notes

Episode 51 can be found here and here.

Hello to Mellinda aka yarnderwoman, who visited Canberra recently!

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Also, a warm welcome to Sally, Kaneez and Renee.

I answered a question from boblin about craft shows.

Knot on my Watch:

A crochet sock blank.

On the Needles:

Finished Objects:

Rainbow birthday socks.

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Creature Comforts.

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Make-do-and-mend Cowl (honey cowl).

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Paraphernalia.

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Sophisticated cable and lace cowl.

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Forest Canopy Shawl.

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Cashmere Husband Hat (a variation on chunkeanie).

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Husband Socks.

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Works in Progress:

Milly vest in Bluebell.

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Snowflake pullover.

Cashmere cowl (an adaptation of this one).

Spinning:

Finished Wren and Ollie Sea Star gradient bump (228 metres).

Wooldancer Superwash Merino, chunky 2 ply (124.6 metres).

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Quilting:

Supernova is with my brother and he loves it.

I’m gearing up to make Tessellation by Alison Glass.

Dyeing:

Gradient sock blank in rainbows.

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Stash Acquisition:

Misti Alpaca Chunky, Cascade 220 and my own body weight in cashmere.

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Stashdash Status:

I am on 5,344.9 metres.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

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Episode 50 Show Notes

Episode 50 can be found here and here.

I answer a questions from bubbleandme about needle preferences.

On the Needles:

I finished my Milly Vest.

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I also finished Queen Maud and my Harvest cardigan.

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Spinning:

I plied my Y vs Z rainbow merino, and clocked in at 221.2 metres.

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I started spinning my second (blue) Wren and Ollie Sea Star bump on my Ashford Traditional.

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Quilting:

Supernova has been bound, and I only have one star left to hand quilt.

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Stashdash Status:

I am currently on 2,170.2 metres

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 49 Show Notes

Episode 49 can be found here and here.

Welcome to cmulroney, windyhill11, and to Mary and Melanie who I met in person.

I answered a question from Erin about chain plying, and from cmulroney about my favourite vanilla sock pattern.

On the Needles:

Oak trail hat from Botanical Knits.

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Milly Tank Top by Millamia.

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Spinning:

Yarn v Zombies rainbow braid merino.

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Quilting:

All the machine quilting is done on Supernova, and now I need to bind and hand quilt the smallest stars.

Event:

The Old Bus Depot Markets Celebration of Wool Day.

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I discuss my thoughts about the difference between a narrative in a novel and in a film, and the reasons changes have to be made when adapting a novel or play to film.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

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 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 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 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

Episode 32 Show Notes

Episode 32 can be found here and here.

In this episode I talk about our mini-break in the Blue Mountains.

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I finish a lot of knitwear in a wild bid to achieve my #stashdash2014 goal of 5,000 metres. I’m pretty close!

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I finished last episode’s baby quilt.

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I talk about the Sea Breeze Mini QAL.

I continued spinning my merino.

I dyed some sock yarn and it’s EXACTLY what I wanted!

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I have a little rant about introversion.

Peace out

Ms Spider xo