episode 30 | me vs the monkey

Episode 30 Show Notes

People/Links/Yarn/Books Mentioned:

Ravelry Group for this podcast: http://bit.ly/2d3hSb6

Pink Memories Jumper by Isabell Kraemer.

Lingerie and Nude by Polo & Co on Etsy: http://etsy.me/2l7YWcS

Match and Move Shawl by Martina Behm.

Buddleia Socks by Marly Bird.

Barbie Grrl mini skein set from Anita Yarn on Etsy: http://etsy.me/2ndc17X

Fab project bag from Ginger Doodles Designs on Etsy: http://etsy.me/2ndfio9

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episode 29 | you might notice that tilly has a drink!

Episode 29 Show Notes

People/Links/Yarn/Books Mentioned:

Ravelry Group for this podcast: http://bit.ly/2d3hSb6

Pink Memories Jumper by Isabell Kraemer.

Lingerie by Polo & Co on Etsy: http://etsy.me/2l7YWcS

Match and Move Shawl by Martina Behm.

Tamar Lustre Blend 4ply in Gwindra (light) and Lynher (dark): http://bit.ly/2lqilVS

Knit Pro Zing Fixed Circular Needles 3.25mm: http://amzn.to/2mlyCMk

Buddleia Socks by Marly Bird.

Blame Fawkes by Made By Black Elephant: http://etsy.me/2l8hny3

Fab Scarf pattern available to buy here.

Rooster Almerino DK in Smoothie, Cornish and Hazelnut: http://bit.ly/2nECUz6

http://www.loopknittingshop.com/ for:

Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Scout: 

Unicorn Tails in Celadon, Antler and Cousteau.

Anywhere Balm.

Flower Scissors.

Kathryn at Crafternoon Treats she has a blog, podcast and etsy shop, also @crafternoontreats on instagram.

Clarisabeth from the crochetcakes podcast also @crochetcakes on instagram.

#crochetgirlgang one year on

I started the #crochetgirlgang hashtag on International Women's Day 2016 with a single-minded determination for creating a space for women to share their crochet makes in a happy, vibrant and bitch-free environment.

clockwise from top left: @distinctly_analogue, @skeinheroine, @bexcrochetworx, @craftplanter

clockwise from top left: @distinctly_analogue, @skeinheroine, @bexcrochetworx, @craftplanter

One year later and the hashtag now has over 100,000 amazing crochet pictures to its credit and almost 50,000 girls in the gang. It is an incredible community and I'm not just saying that because I created it, it really is.

The support from the gang when pictures are reposted is overwhelmingly lovely; girls saying congratulations to other girls, asking for patterns, sending love. Also if I get something wrong (it happens), it's so lovely to see that girls other than the image owner will pull me up on it, so cool to see that kind of community spirit. The #crochetgirlgang makes me happy every. single. day.

@arietsang using a pattern from @konekocrochet

@arietsang using a pattern from @konekocrochet

It hasn't been all sunshine and roses, I won't lie. There have been plenty of behind the scenes dramas that, given the ethos behind the gang, would make your toes curl! Ahem! But, through it all I have tried to maintain a sense of consistency by adhering to a set of guidelines so you always know what you are getting. I know, I know, that sounds terribly dramatic when we're just talking about an instagram account that shares crochet pictures but the reality is that there is a lot more going on with instagram these days and if you want to provide something particular, if you have a dream, then you gotta be strict with YOself!

Thus, no promotion, advertising, competitions or sponsored posts, I am not trying to sell you stuff. No knitting posts (even though I love it), no yarn, accessories, fabric or people posts. Just crochet, only crochet and only crochet that has been tagged #crochetgirlgang by the author (I know, go ahead and eye roll, but it works), I try to make sure that different people are reposted as often as possible and I always try my hardest to check the provenance of every image even though I sometimes get it wrong - there is a lot of weird stuff out there folks, seriously!

I feel like the community works well. Girls know the one rule - be nice - and I've had so many emails and messages from people who tell me that being part of the gang makes them feel less lonely, more inspired and confident about their work and that just gives me a big ole buzz. That is what the #crochetgirlgang is about.

@thearticaussie showing off her amazing @crochetgirlgang blanket

@thearticaussie showing off her amazing @crochetgirlgang blanket

So if you want to get involved (please do) all you have to do is use the #crochetgirlgang hashtag whenever you post a crochet picture to instagram and then all the other girls in the gang get to see your work when they are browsing through the tag (I do this browsing through the tag WAYYYY too often!) Get chatting and make some new friends, find your tribe. Comment on pictures, send some love, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make someone's day.

Happy crocheting YO!

 

 

episode 28 | mini me

Episode 28 Show Notes

People/Links/Yarn/Books Mentioned:

Ravelry Group for this podcast: http://bit.ly/2d3hSb6

Pink Memories Jumper by Isabell Kraemer.

Lingerie by Polo & Co on Etsy: http://etsy.me/2l7YWcS

Match and Move Shawl by Martina Behm.

Tamar Lustre Blend 4ply in Gwindra (light) and Lynher (dark): http://bit.ly/2lqilVS

Knit Pro Zing Fixed Circular Needles 3.25mm: http://amzn.to/2mlyCMk

Buddleia Socks by Marly Bird.

Cascade 220 Fingering in Doeskin Heather: http://bit.ly/2m27lPw

Blame Fawkes by Made By Black Elephant: http://etsy.me/2l8hny3

Rainbow Cloud Shop on Etsy for Postcard From Fez mini skein pack.

My Mama Knits on Etsy for Zombie mini skein pack.

Clementine Taco on Etsy for mixed mini sock skein pack.

Samite Silk Blend from Blacker Yarns on sale from 23rd March 2017.

Marseille Beret Pattern available to buy here.

Rowan Softyak DK in Heath (purple) and Terrain (blue): http://bit.ly/2lYejnA

Stella Hat pattern from Simply Crochet magazine issue 53.

Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran in Teal: http://bit.ly/2nehU1Z

the betsy skirt

Clarity. Such a pretty word.

Presently I'm trying to embrace, live and breathe it, for Clarity is my word for this year.

I chose Clarity because for the last nine months, perhaps even a year, my mind has been a bit of a fug. I use the word fug because it's not like I can't concentrate and get stuff done, I can, it's just that there's too much stuff going on inside my head and everything has become a bit blurry.

Almost like I can't quite distinguish one thing from another. I feel like I have one big blurry called 'work' another called 'home' and another called 'family', and 'friends', and 'fun', 'exercise', 'food', etc etc, you know what I mean.

In an effort to shake off the fug, I have been working on mindfulness and trying to be a bit more ordered with my thoughts. This has led me to setting myself three goals every day, just three, not massive ones either, just three things; send that email you've been putting off, write a blog post, knit on your birthday jumper.  I feel like if I can achieve just those three things then I will feel like I've had a successful day and inevitably I do a lot more than the three things so I end up feeling like I've over-achieved. It really works!

One of the things that has happened is a realisation that I'm sitting on a huge pile of patterns that need writing up, photographing and typesetting. When I say huge, I mean HUGE! The list is long and filled with items that were either samples for magazines or samples for me. Mostly I can't figure out why I didn't process the pattern fully at the time of making. In the case of magazine samples I usually have to wait between three and six months before I can sell the pattern so that is some excuse but for the other stuff I have no idea. 

The Betsy Skirt was designed at the beginning of last year for Issue 2 of Crochet Now magazine.

I designed this skirt with Betsy in mind, Betsy who is both super girly and madly acrobatic. Betsy who wants to wear a skirt but not be fussing around with it all the time.  I rate the pattern as easy and suitable for beginners; you work the main body of the skirt back and forth into a rectangle and sew up with a back seam at the end. The simple cross hatch style stitch gives lots of stretch to the fabric whilst the pompom ties make it fun. Personally though, I would faint clean away if someone gave me a skirt with a frilled crochet hem? Wouldn't you?

The yarn I used is Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted (very soft and luxurious), in the colours Aubergine, Salty Grey and Sunday - yes that lovely yellow is called Sunday, perfect.

The pattern is available to buy here for £2.50 plus VAT (if you are in the EU).

Happy crocheting yo!