Episode 17: Vanilla Socks

Hello Everyone! The latest episode is out (and it hasn’t been that long a time since the last one either!). I hope you enjoy it ūüôā

 

Bits and Bobs

The Ravelry Group

My Instagram

Show Notes

WIPs

Koi Pond Vanilla Socks

Swatching for Vanilla Socks out of my¬†Blankety Blank from Baaa’d Girl Yarns

 

FOs

Brown and Orange Vanilla Socks

Q and A

I answered a question about thick and thin spots while spinning and how to spin more even yarns

And I talked about a pattern suggestion given by a viewer for socks with gradient or self striping yarn

Reading: Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

 

 

Tea:¬†“Iced” Electric Earl Grey from Tealish (with lemon!)

Well that’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed the episode! I would love to hear from you all so feel free to leave a comment here or on the ravelry group or on youtube even.

I hope you all have a great week and I wish you all Happy Knitting!

Episode 16: Moving up in Life and 1 Year Anniversary

Hello and welcome back everyone! It’s been ages again since I’ve last been here (and can you believe that it’s been a whole year since I put out my very first episode?) but this time it really won’t be that long between updates again since it’s summer now and I’ve finally finished my degree (YAY!!!!). Anyways here’s this weeks’s episode and show notes.

Bits and Bobs

The Ravelry Group

My Instagram

Show Notes

WIPs

Brown and Orange Vanilla Socks

Sockhead Hat

Sweater of my own design

Dropping Madness Socks

Cosy Memories Blanket

FOs

Beastkeeper (Sweet Paprika Yarn)

Twisted Madness Socks (Riverside Studios Yarn)

Teal Tipped Twinkle Toes Vanilla Socks (The Blue Brick Yarn)

California (Pink) Vanilla Socks

Business Casual Socks (Sunshine Sock Series)

Acquisitions

Tiny Dancer from Scrumptious Purl

Blankety Blank from Baaa’d Girl Yarns

Nostepinne from AB Originals

Bag from Bookhou

 

Tea: Happy Kombucha from David’s Tea

I hope you all enjoyed the episode and I hope you all have a great week! Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Episode X: 2016 Christmas Edition

Hello everyone! Welcome to a very special podcast episode this time, it’s the Christmas edition!!! I prerecorded this before I wrapped and gave all the gifts that I couldn’t show on the podcast in case the recipients would see them and now that they are all given I am releasing it. I’ve been bursting at the seams to share this since I have been keeping it all secret for what seems like ages so this seemed like a good way to share my thoughts but not give anything away.

This is also my first podcast recorded on my phone and edited with some new software and I am hoping that it will give a better quality podcast. Please let me know what you think of it and whether you think it is an improvement or not.

I think that that’s enough announcements for now so lets get to the show, I hope you enjoy it!

Bits and Bobs

The Ravelry Group

My Instagram

Show Notes

WIPs

Vanilla Christmas Socks

Knitted Snowflakes (I can’t remember which ones¬†I ended up showing on here but I ended up knitting three patterns. They can be found here, here and here.)

FOs

Smokestack Socks

Two Sockhead Hats

The pattern of the hat I knit Josiah years ago is the Husband Beanie in case anyone was wondering.

Tea: Earl Grey

Thanks for watching everyone, I hope you enjoyed hearing about everything that I have been so excited to be working on lately and I hope that you all have had a very merry Christmas and that you will enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Another Year Gone By

It’s hard to believe that today marks another year’s passing since I started this blog. It has been an eventful year and so much has changed and yet so much is still the same. I write this sitting more or less in the same place where I wrote my first post 2 years ago (I think  it was two anyways but I’m feeling too lazy to check) after a wonderful day out on the mountain skiing. Now I am getting ready to sit down once again and work on my Christmas Cast-On for the year and it feels just so remarkably similar.

Looking back on this year I knit somewhere in the neighbourhood of 50 projects (or at least that’s how many I bothered to record in Ravelry), four of which were sweaters for myself which was the knitting goal that I set for myself a year ago and I also started a video podcast this summer which I have found that I really enjoy making (I have a few episodes in varying stages of completion to upload soon too!) I also finally started an instagram account (username TheLeaningLarch) which I also have been really enjoying and I post a lot of the things that I am working on there too. On the life side of things, I am nearly finished my undergraduate degree which I am finding hard to believe (where did the time go!) and I got engaged this year (just realized now that I never said anything about it on here). It has been quite the year looking back!

As far as a knitting resolution for the upcoming year, I think that this year I am not going to challenge myself to knit a certain number of items as I have the past two years but instead I think that I want to make a commitment to finish (or frog) the many blanket projects that I have on the go right now (with the exception of my leftovers blanket as I won’t have enough yarn scraps to finish it for a long time yet). I have four blanket projects that I can think of off the top of my head that have just been sitting there for ages, some need me to knit more squares, crochet a border or even just to sew on the second half of the squares and I would really like to just finish them after all this time but I think that I need a bit of extra motivation to actually do it, hence making it my goal for the year. Who knows, maybe this way I will have them all done by the summer!

On another knitting related note, anyone interested in seeing my Christmas Cast-On for the year?

This year I am making the Beastkeeper shawl by Justyna Lorkowska and I am making it with Sweet Paprika yarns in their Cobblestone Pizzicato and Wind in the Willows Colourway on the Elora base. I decided to call this shawl Newt after Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them since I enjoyed the movie so much (I’ve seen it twice already!) and Newt is literally a Beast Keeper (plus newts are often green right? ) so I thought it was fitting. I am really enjoying this knit so far and it’s been flying off the needles, the pattern is simple but pleasant and the yarn is lovely to work with and the colours are amazing as well. I can hardly wait until it’s finished so that I can wear it!

Anyways I think that’s all for now since it is New Years and I want to get knitting. So I just wanted to take a little more time and thank you all who have been sharing the past few years on the blog and/or for watching my podcast, it’s been great fun for me and I have really enjoyed meeting and hearing from you and I really hope that you have been enjoying it as well.

I wish you all the best for the new year and happy knitting!

Episode 15: Back Again

Hey everyone, I know I said last time that I was going to record more often and here I am now 3 months later finally out with a new episode but life has been so crazy lately I just haven’t been able to make a podcast. But I’m back again now so I hope you enjoy this week’s episode!

Bits and Bobs

The Ravelry Group

My Instagram

Show Notes

WIPs

None this time since all of what I am working on is secret Christmas knitting for people who might see it here.

FOs

Advent, Advent Socks

Four hats not knit from a pattern (sometimes inspired by other things though, for example the Stitch Surfer Socks)

Hermione’s Everyday Socks

Le Moelleux (the squishy) Shawl

Namita Sweater

Next/Acquisitions

Something to make with the gradient set I got from Sweet Paprika Yarns. I was thinking either 

 

But I would love your opinion on which to knit!

I’m also thinking that I will knit some socks out of one of the Blue Brick Yarns¬†gradient sock sets but I’m not sure which one yet (I have the long beach and labradorite colourways) or which colour I should put at the toes.

Alpaca DK weight yarn (I forgot to write the company down and I don’t have it with me now)

Spin Cycle’s Dyed in the Wool

Blinkwaffle Bag 

Tea: Chai Darling from Tealish


Thanks for watching everyone and thanks for coming back and watching after my unexpected 3 month long break. Hopefully I can keep up with everything a bit better now and it won’t be so long between episodes.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Episode 14: The Long Awaited One!

Hey everyone, its been absolutely ages since I last put out a podcast. The end of the summer ended up being super busy and I had a lot of technical problems which prevented me from being able to make one (that’s why this episode is 14 instead of 13, I had a whole episode recorded and ended up not being able to use it) but I’m finally back and I think I will be able to stick with a bi-weekly recording schedule now that school has started back up again.¬†Anyways, here’s this week’s podcast and show notes, I hope you enjoy it!

Bits and Bobs

The Ravelry Group

My Instagram

 

Show Notes

WIPs

Advent, Advent Socks

FOs

Paddock Cardigan

Exploration Station Shawl

Blue and Brown Vanilla Socks

 

Next

Hermione’s Everyday Socks

Some sort of worsted weight sweater project. I want to knit something that is going to be pretty simple but not boring and I would like to make a seamed sweater but I don’t have any specific pattern in mind. If you have any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear from you in the comments!

 

Tea: Garden Tea

 

Thanks for watching everyone and thanks for sticking around over my long and unannounced break, it’s great to be getting back in the swing of things now and I’m really looking forward to sharing all my upcoming knitting with you! Until next time,¬†Happy Knitting!

Episode 12: I Actually Spun Something!

Hello and¬†welcome everyone! Here are the show notes for this week’s podcast.

 

Bits and Bobs

The Ravelry Group

My Instagram

Show Notes

WIPs

Paddock Cardigan

Exploration Station Shawl

Spinning

Coopworth wool and some mystery wool that I carded into rolags, both spun on a wheel!

I am still undecided as to whether I am going to ply it or not though and I know you probably can’t see it that well in the video but I would love to hear your opinions on the matter so let me know in the comments what you think I should do with it.

Next

Carpita  for the Kate Atherley Knit Along Hosted by my Local Yarn Shop, Yarns Untangled

Books: Custom Socks by Kate Atherley

Watching: The Bionic Vet (on Netflix)

Tea: Not actually tea this week, just lemon and honey with hot water added but totally delicious and refreshing

 

I hope you all enjoyed¬†this week’s episode and I hope you all have a great week!

Happy Knitting!