Episode 38 of the Knatters Knits podcast – All about the base!

Thank you for watching the podcast over on YouTube. 

Today I showed you my WIPs:-

  • Georges cardigan
  • Rachaels shawl from Curious handmade (Helen Stewart)
  • Opal socks
  • My knitted bag with handles from Bag Clasps Ltd.
  • Socks made from Viking Yarns Embers colourway

I talked about:

Northern yarn 

Three waters Farms

 Beckside ?yarn store in Clapham

Addi 9″ needles

My design using fondant fibre yarn and one twisted tree yarn which will be released later this year.


Winter Camp Continues

Well my knitting so far is going ok. I’m living being a part of something with loads of other people. It’s giving me the motivation to keep knitting, especially when things aren’t going quite to plan and I have to rip out knitting, or frogging it, as its come to be known in knitting circles. I do however like things that are functional on completion, so the frogging was necessary.

So far I’ve completed a hat and a pair of fingerless mits. Not bad for me considering it’s only the early hours of 15 th January. 


These mitts are lovely, and so was the yarn. It’s hand dyed from The Old Piggery. The pattern and yarn were a kit called Mai Mitts. You can find my project page for this on Ravelry at my  project page 
I also completed a purple Sockhead hat which my husband snaffled immediately it was finished. 

I’m just about to start another hat, this time in some Manos del Uruguay in the wool Clasica naturals range. More about that next time. 

Next weekend is an event called a snowball fight, where we get into teams of 4 to see how many blanket squares we can make. I’ve got my yarn sorted, so just need to check the details, like start time etc.

Happy New Year 2017

Ok, so I continued  to be a bad podcaster in 2016 but it’s now 2017 so time to turn over a new leaf… On New Years Eve I joined Winter Camp with the Canadian Knitter podcast. It’s hopefully going to keep me focused on knitting until the end of March. I’m also planning to start going to shows as a vendor again in 2017. I’ve just booked a stall for Leeds for a new event:

‘Spring into Wool’ will be held on Saturday 8th April at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 9NA 

Christmas has been extra special this year with the arrival of our latest grandson, George, in June. Pictured below, the best picture which I will treasure always is when he met my Dad, and they hit it off spectacularly! 

Episode 27 show notes

It was the most amazing week for finished objects. I finished two baby jackets using the James C Brett pattern number JB025.  

My other finished object is the Albanetta Triangular Shawl which is available on Ravelry

I’m totally indebted to Sara from http://www.sarastexturecrafts.com for the present of the yarn for the baby cardigan, which was so generous. She gave me two sorts of yarn, James C Brett Woodlander DK and Sirdar Escape wool rich DK  in shade 0179. 

I’m participating in the Jenny F Spring treat MKAL on Ravelry and I’m sure Jenny has room for more if anyone wants to join in with us. The pattern costs between £2.50 and £2.75 depending on exchange rates, $3.60. 

I’d love you to join the Knatters Knits group on Ravelry, and join in the prize draws, discussions and more!


It’s been an interesting week. Started off as usual, but on Tuesday I headed off down south as one of my siblings has been diagnosed with a renal tumour. We went to the hospital and met with the consultant. Treatment is planned. 

I decided I needed to make the most of my trip, so I visited my online friends Dave and Elly, who have the YouTube podcast “FO and Dye”.  I had the most relaxing time with them, and was invited to be on their podcast. The weather, as you can see in the photograph, was glorious. Hard to believe it is only March. 

If you want to see the podcast, it’s on the FO &Dye channel. I was also lucky enough to get pressies. I will show them on the  Knatters Knits podcast later today. They included some fibre and yarn and an orifice hook made by Elly. 

It was a weird sensation podcasting with other people in the room. I’m so used to talking to my laptop in the closed confines of my craft room, but having others present was unusual. It was a good experience though, and one I’d love to do again some time.

This week on the Knatters Knits podcast I will show off my goodies from Dave and Elly, show progress on my on the fly project, the cowl using countess ablaze yarn and my acquisition that was waiting for me when I got home, the Fibernymph Dyeworks inversible set on her bounce base, in the pink and orange colourway. It’s a fingering weight yarn made up of 80% super wash merino and 20% nylon. I’d forgotten, I’d also ordered a sock blank. It’s in the cardinal-magenta-forest colour combination. 


Show notes episode 24 March 2016

I’m a baaad podcaster. It’s taken me ages to post here, I’m really sorry. The retreat was great. I met lovely people, bought great yarn, knitted and learned a lot… Not a bad result for 2 days, eh?  

Manchester by night – view from my hotel room looking toward Piccadilly station.
Some of my purchases. Travel knitter, Countess Ablaze and Coach House Yarns. Book on designing by Kate Atherley. 
Joelicreations.com is Joelis website – also check out her YouTube channel

Coach House Yarns is the green yarn in the picture. The colourway is Emerald Mine. 

Countess Ablaze there are two skeins that I hope are going to compliment each other when I design a wrap with them.

Travel knitter describes herself as a hand-dyed yarnery. 
In the goody bag were loads of things, below are a few of the links. 

My handspun yarns can be found at etsy.com on the Knatters Knits page 


Knit British podcast on iTunes

Sylvan Tiger Yarn can be found on etsy or http://www.sylvantiger.co.uk 

Alex Collins Designs is at alexcollinsdesigns.com for bags, wraps and much more

Mandy Wilkes Designs has self published patterns on Ravelry and her website is http://www.mandywilksdesigns.com