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This episode of the podcast comes to you with a bit of a podretreat hangover, but it was the most fun. I have two reviews and related give-aways for you, namely The Bletchley Collection, by Joanne Scrace with Eden Cottage Yarns, and beautiful yarn from Ginger Twist Studio.
It’s TWO WEEKS until the Edinburgh Yarn Festival (14-15 March). It is nearly time to scrape me off the ceiling! I will be doing a preview next episode and telling you all about Podcast Lounge. I will also announce the winners of the competition of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival tickets next time too.
I went to North Wales the other week on PodRetreat. This was organised by Nic, who is Yarns from the Plain, and we holed ourselves up in a beautiful farmhouse near Llansannan. My fellow podretreaters were Shinybees, Gingenie, Stedders, Greenside Knits, Feltaria, Just-Gem and PokedaGoblin and it was a very memorable weekend, which included workshops, pop-up shops, beach trips, fish ‘n’ chips, large gins and an almost-fire! As well as having the class and shop visit from Bee, from Crafts from the Dungeon, Nic also brought her wares from Yarns from the Plain. I bought the GORGEOUS Mobberly Exmoor/Alpaca yarn in DK Dusky Rose and Aran Granny Smith. We were also the lucky recipients of our own PodRetreat goody bag which included a bespoke YFTP Chelford yarn in a Hendre Aled colour!
It was an awesome weekend and I am full of inspiration and ideas and – after GSK’s lovely scarves and Nic’s new loom – there are quite a few of us who are now considering buying a starter loom! Well done to Nic for a fantastic weekend and thanks to all the Podretreaters who were awesome company!
| Book Review: The Bletchley Collection
Joanne Scrace and Eden Cottage Yarns have brought out a very special collection, which is inspired by the Second World War Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park. The capsule collection of 6 pieces – 4 knit and 2 crochet – is knit in the milburn 4ply range and is playful, very wearable and with a lovely vintage edge. The layout is really lovely, very easy to read and ticks a lot of boxes for knitters with charts AND written instructions, as well as schematics for the garments. The photography, by Victoria Magnus, is shot on location at Bletchley and really gives excellent emphasis on how these items look on. They have a real playful feel too.
I have fallen in love with the clever Baudot hat (with secret code!), Bombe cowl and Hut 8 cardi!
Utterly charming, this collection will be the treasure of your knitting libraries. While the patterns, photography and layout are wonderful, I really love that there is emphasis on where the inspiration comes from and the info that accompanies each pattern – whether inspired by cogs in the cypher machine, or secret code – it is a lovely insight into the collection. The Bletchley Collection book is available from Eden Cottage Yarns and costs £15 and you can purchase the e-book or single pattern downloads via Ravelry.
Victoria, from Eden Cottage Yarns, has given one KnitBritish listener the opportunity to win a copy of the collection – and you really will be a lucky winner! Please comment on this thread telling me which of the Bletchley patterns will be first to cast on?
| Yarn Review: Ginger Twist Luscious Worsted
Thanks to Jess, from Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh, for giving me a skein of her Luscious worsted to review.
I cast on the Cupido cowl in this yarn as I wanted to knit something special to show off Jess’s colours. This yarn is BFL, CASHMERE AND SILK and is ridiculously soft and shiny and with those 3 fibres you can imagine how wonderful it is next to the skin. It will be a big hit with fans of the soft-soft-soft yarns, but it also has an amazing amount of bounce too so while its drapey, it also has quite a bit of structure too. Also available in a 4ply this yarn cost £23 and the worsted is 115g/200m it will make exceptional one skein projects, as well as a special sweater…did i mention it is BFL, cashmere and silk?????
Jess has also given us a skein of her super sheep aran as a prize. This is 100% BFL and it is so warm and squishy. To enter this competition please follow this link (i.e. please keep the comments on this post for the book giveaway). Thanks to Jess for these lovely yarns and if you are going to EYF please stop by to see her stall.
Thanks so much for your feedback on last episode’s chat on our craft and knitting communities. Some of you have been adding your experiences to the KnitBritish Ravelry group thread on the topic and I read out a couple. Some of us find it hard to join established groups and it makes me think of Tuckman’s model of groups – some groups have already formed and stormed their norms, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t open to new members or can’t evolve again. Let’s keep up the chat on this. It is really interesting to know about your craft communities and also where they come up short.
Last time I asked all of you outside the UK to tell me about your local wool and wool industry. There was lots of feedback on this and we will have a good recurring section on this. Please read Iriberio’s message about the sheep and wool from Portugal, including the breeds Bordaleira Serra da Estrela; Bordaleira do Minho; Churra Galega Mirandesa; and Iberian merino.
The cast on date for this is April 10th and we will have a wee virtual Knit Night to kick it off. There is heaps of interest over in the Hap Thread and I will have a hap pattern inspiration post each Friday. Please check out the Gudrun Johnson and Brooklyn Tweed posts. You can post your pattern and yarn/colour choices in that thread too.
| HELLO & GOODBYE
Hello to all the new kids in the KB rav group and thank you all for your recent feedback, messages and reviews – you make my KB heart sing!
| Next time
I will be back on Thursday 5th March….a mere few days! In this episode I will be talking to Cathy Scott, from Stitchmastery, about her exciting new software and I will have a preview of Podcast Lounge and Edinburgh Yarn Festival!
Opening music: Stress Bitch with Jonesy’s Jukebox from Musicalley
End: Made up your Mind, by Antiqcool on NoiseTrade