episode 43 | midsummer

Phew.....what a scorcher! We're in the middle of a midsummer heatwave and I'm loving it so much. The only trouble is my lack of interest in all things yarn related once the temperature goes above 30c, I just want to sit in the shade sipping Pimms. Luckily the Aster top that I'm working on is quite cool, light and airy so that project is going quite well.

Episode 43 Show Notes

People/Links/Yarn/Books Mentioned:

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

I'm making the Aster Top from Marie Wallin using Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in white. I want to make everything in her book Filigree Collection Three.

I got the rest of my Drops Baby Alpaca Silk from a shop called Cotton Pod who also sent me the lovely Drops summer catalogue.  I'm not sure where or how else you can get hold of the actual magazine but all the patterns are available online here and I think Cotton Pod are dedicated Drops suppliers.

I will be writing up the pattern for the vintage squares soon.

The lovely Breathe magazine can be purchased in most UK supermarkets or newsagents (I got mine in Waitrose), you can also find them here.

You can watch the podcast here or if you are an email subscriber click here to watch this episode as the embedded video link doesn't usually work.

episode 42 | it wasn't the cough that carried her off

Oh it's been another peculiar week, what with patterns going wrong and my cough persisting, I do apologise for having a little whine and a moan about my health (again) but this week I managed to keep it until the end of the episode so hurrah!

Episode 42 Show Notes

People/Links/Yarn/Books Mentioned:

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

My Star Whorls sock pattern is coming soon, or not at all!! Yikes! Nevertheless, I used yarn from Made By Black Elephant in Blame Fawkes.

I'm making my current commission using Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in grey and maroon.

I'm making the Aster Top from Marie Wallin using Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in white. I want to make everything in her book Filigree Collection Three.

I couldn't get more of the Drops Baby Alpaca Silk from any shop with purple in the title but I did manage to get some from a shop called Cotton Pod, so Cotton Pod I thank you.

My beautiful square motif is from the Japanese crochet book, Daily Wear Crochet from Pomadour24 on Etsy - best Japanese crochet book collection EVER - I am using Lana Grossa Mc Wool Merino Mix 100 in Rohweiss (ecru).

Shara Lambeth's brilliant Shara Made Podcast can be found here: http://bit.ly/2s0CvMx

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary IS available on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2s0rECq

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

The Children of Men by P.D. James.

You can watch the podcast here or if you are an email subscriber click here to watch this episode as the embedded video link doesn't usually work.

episode 41 | 30 days of shred

Episode 41 Show Notes

People/Links/Yarn/Books Mentioned:

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

The free pattern for my Mayan Vest is available here. I made mine using  Drops Alpaca in Off White, Pink and Dark Blue but I wouldn't do that again as it's super itchy and I'm positive it gave me a rash :)

My Star Whorls sock pattern is also coming soon. Using yarn from Made By Black Elephant in Blame Fawkes.

I'm making the Aster Top from Marie Wallin using Drops Baby Alpaca Silk (alpaca again!?)

Yarn is available to watch on Netflix all the information on the artists featured is available here.

The Handmaid's Tale book by Margaret Atwood, the television adaptation is currently showing on Channel 4 in the UK.

Pomadour24 on Etsy - best crochet book collection EVER!

30 Day Shred DVD by Jillian Michaels - today I'm on day 7 and dying!

You can watch the podcast here or if you are an email subscriber click here to watch this episode as the embedded video link doesn't usually work.

Join in the Innocent Big Knit campaign and knit a tiny, weeny woolly hat (or lots of them) to support Age UK who are helping keep older people warm and safe this winter. All donations must be sent in by 31st July 2017.

mayan vest - free pattern

Sometimes things that seem like a disaster can turn into something wonderful. The Mayan Vest is one of those wonderful things that came about through a disaster most horrid.

Last year I had been making a blanket using some stashed Drops Alpaca. It wasn't really well thought out or planned but I liked the idea of making striped granny squares and just went from there. To be honest it was a fairly silly idea because alpaca is quite a delicate yarn and not suited for blanket making at all, and so when the disaster happened it was kinda expected....a bit.

One evening I was working on the blanket and Betsy had come down from her bath stating that she was cold. I wrapped the blanket over her legs and we started laughing as her toes poked through the holes in the granny squares. This went on for quite a while, I thought it was funny, hilarious in fact, it made me laugh. Until I picked up the blanket after she'd gone to bed. It was then that I realised her toes had ripped holes right the way through the blanket. It was ruined!

I had a bit of a cry, put the mess away in a cupboard and forgot about it. Then a few weeks ago I had a design idea for a granny squares top and seeing as I had all these granny squares going for a song (wasting away in a dreary cupboard), I decided to get them out, cut away the bad bits and re-use them.

So that's the story of how the Mayan Vest came into being. I kind of winged it a bit when I was putting it together, really just designing with myself in mind but it turned out lovely and can be so easily modified for all sizes, just adjust the number of squares used in the side panels to suit you.

The pattern is available on Ravelry now, click here to go straight to the download link and if you make one, use the hashtag #mayanvest and/or #potterandbloom on instagram so I can see it or alternatively share a picture in the Potter & Bloom Podcast Ravelry group. I'm particularly interested in how it works up in other yarn types, alpaca really doesn't work for me, makes me itch like a scratchy itchy thing.

episode 40 | the big 4 oh!

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Episode 40 Show Notes

People/Links/Yarn/Books Mentioned:

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

My Mayan Squares Top is made from re-purposed granny squares from a blanket that went wrong. It's made from Drops Alpaca in Off White, Pink and Dark Blue. I will be writing up the free pattern soon.

My Star Whorls sock pattern is also coming soon. Using yarn from Made By Black Elephant in Blame Fawkes.

Join in the Innocent Big Knit campaign and knit a tiny, weeny woolly hat (or lots of them) to support Age UK who are helping keep older people warm and safe this winter. All donations must be sent in by 31st July 2017.

You can watch the podcast here or if you are an email subscriber click here to watch this episode as the embedded video link doesn't usually work.