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Podcast Episode Three | Show Notes

Hello everyone,

I’ve started a few more projects this week so we’ll have to see how many I manage to get finished.

FOs – Finished Objects:

My first finished item wasn’t one that I have made recently. In fact it was something I had created a few months ago for stage two of my Art course. This was my first ever experience of using a drop spindle and spinning my own wool. The thing I love the most about this object is you can see my progression in learning how to spin properly. I brought my drop spindle and all my fibre from The spindle came in the ‘Drop Spindle “Naturals” Kit’ and another batch of fibre that was ‘Corriedale Natural Humbug’.

The other finished item I had was my first ball I’ve spun from what I have left of the Corriedale fibre. I’ve not weighed it yet so I’m not sure exactly how much I’ve spun already.

HOs – Half Finished Objects:

I finally finished my first Mercury sock (pattern by Kim Drotar on Ravelry). I am so pleased with the way it has turned out, so much neater than the other socks I have made. On the heel I made sure to make it bigger by knitting in between each decrease row for six repeats. This project has got me into wanting to make more lace items of knitting.

WIPs – Works in Progress:

The second Mercury sock is well under way although I did make a mistake on this one. I forgot to do the yarn overs on one of my double pointed needles so there is a blank space on one bit of my sock. I wasn’t extremely annoyed about it so I haven’t gone back to fix it – handmade isn’t meant to be perfect! I’m using Stylecraft DK in 2303 Oatmeal.

My embroidery on Morgan’s old jeans is coming along really well. I am about halfway through my third fact and about to finish one side of the leg. I had originally wanted to keep the trouser leg whole but it is turning out to be too difficult so I have decided to cut up the side seam, allowing me to embroider both sides of the leg and make it easier to work on.

A new cast on for this week is my Weasley jumper! It probably isn’t the best Idea to start knitting an aran weight jumper when we’re entering spring/summer but I couldn’t help myself – blame Katie from Inside Number 23. I can’t tell you what yarn I’m using as it is some that was given to me without any labels but as far as I can tell it’s acrylic with maybe a tiny bit of wool content.

I am also continuing to spin the rest of the Corriedale fibre as and when I have the time, I’ll just give it 20 minutes every now and then and it’s amazing how much you can get spun up in that time. I’ve already got a reasonable amount on the spindle.

The last wip I had to show you this month was a shawl I’m finishing that Morgan’s mum had started. The yarn I’m using is Stylecraft Cabaret DK in 3577 Autumn Dazzle. I love the way this yarn works up because it gives you lovely stripes when you crochet with it. The only thing I don’t like is that the stellina is a bit scratchy when you’re working with it, the finished fabric doesn’t feel scratchy.

WIP Wishlist:

The only pattern I’ve had my eye on recently was the ‘Hermione’s Everyday Socks’ pattern by Erica Lueder on Ravelry. They will probably be the next new pair of sock I cast on, once I’ve finished the Mercury and green ones of course!

Stash Enhancement:

I didn’t buy wool this week but I was given. Morgan’s gran gave me some pink green and yellow wool she brought from the range because she didn’t like the way it crocheted up into a granny square. I know I will be making a pair of socks out of this already. It’s acrylic yarn from the range but I can’t say exactly which one because there is no label.

A different form of stash enhancement was a Sew magazine I brought from work. The reason it caught my eye was because there was a Cath Kidston project book as one of the free gifts. It also came with a really nice simple t-shirt pattern so when I get more time to sew and gather material I will certainly be making some new tops for myself.

Hedgerow Ramblings:

This week I’ve been watch Paranormal event as I have caught up with all the recent Ghost Adventures episodes and dare I say it but I might actually prefer Paranormal event!

I started reading Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins on Sunday and finished it on Tuesday. I love the book so much and I haven’t read one that quickly for a while. It was nice to dip into some fiction as I mostly read non-fiction.

I am about to start reading Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. The TV program is one of my favourites ever so I am looking forward to reading the book.

On Monday I popped into Waterstones and picked up two books: The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry and M Train by Patti Smith. I also popped into the Co-op and picked up Memories of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

That’s all I’ve got for this week guys, see you next time!




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