Podcast Episode 08: The Long One

Well, it’s clear that I can’t take so long to record a Podcast episode, because this one took longer than one hour and since YouTube isn’t allowing videos that long… I had to split it in two. The first part covers the finished objects and works in progress and the second part is talk about stash.

Here are both videos:

And here are the show notes:

Finished objects

  • Hats for my little cousins: five of them were knit using the Herringbone Hat pattern by Anne Mizoguchi (whose name I’m pretty sure I pronounced wrongly, so sorry about that). For the Ear Flap Toddler Hat, I didn’t follow any specific pattern and I couldn’t be happier with the result!

I don’t think I mentioned it in the video, but all 6 hats were knit in Drops Merino Extra Fine.

  • (half object) Moroccan Sock(s)! Without following any specific pattern, just basic instructions for top-down socks with a classic heel flap, in limited edition yarn by Greta and the Fibers. Heels and toes in contrast colour with a mini by  Soc Una Troca.

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Here you can see the lovely valisette that my friend Marga (who owns Greta and the Fibers) sewed for me! (Thank you!)

“WOODS – making stories is a new knitting book that we created fueled by our desire to share our passion for local, breed-specific European yarns and modern minimalistic knitwear design.

We’ve teamed up with amazing designers and European yarn companies as well as a team of wonderful makers on this journey to create a book that shines a spotlight on sustainable, local yarns, celebrates new and established designers, and shares tons of knitting knowledge.”

WOODS is a lovely project about to be brought to life by Verena Cohrs, knitwear designer and nature lover, and Hanna Lisa Haferkamp, business coach and owner of two handmade labels. Read more about them and the wonderful publication in the crowdfunding page. Spread the word and help them reach their goal! I’ll be supporting them shortly!

I’ll also be testing one of the final patterns of the book, the Black Forest Cardigan also designed by Verena, in the amazing De Rerum Natura Cyrano, in the colourway Granit.

Works in progress

  • Woodland Tales Mittens by Mandarine’s in Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.
  • Baby Bunny Romper from a Spanish knitting magazine, where the pattern had a mistake and I needed to rip back and adapt it. I’m knitting it in Drops Baby Merino on my new 2.0 mm and 2.5 mm Hiya Hiya sharp needles, purchased at Fil&Tropia.
  • Stripey Socks to Gift in Schachenmayr’s Regia Pairfect colourway 07111 (cinamon) also purchased at Fil&Tropia.

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I’m knitting these as part of the Stripey Socks KAL organised by Candace of the Pinfeathers and Purls Podcast, which started February 14th and runs until March 31st! Watch me excitedly talk about all the progress I made in less than a week!

Stash enhancements

Oh, the stash enhancements… They take up the second part of the podcast episode! So if you want to hear me talk about gorgeous yarn you can skip directly to Ep08-2!

Let me see if I can list them in order of appearance:

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  • Malabrigo Sock purchased at Picknit Shop in the colourways Ochre, Reflecting Pool and Cereza and Malabrigo Worsted purchased at Fil&Tropia in the colourway Applewood.

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(the blue skein in the middle is the Manos del Urugay Silk Blend that I’m knitting the Woodland Tales Mittens with, purchased at Lalanalú)

  • Republic of Wool, Twist Fingering Base in the Grand Budapest Colourway (I got it in a swap, thank you Laura and Ferran and Michele for making it possible!)

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And a big special thank you for the yarn that I won in two giveaways. I’m head over heels in love with them.

  • Not one, nor two, but THREE skeins of Circus Tonic Handmade: Jubilee Sock Base in the colourway Lagunaria patersonius (pink), and Revelry Sock Base in the colourways Thelymitra simulata (blue) and Acacia Buxifolia (yellow).

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So this is the current status of my yarn stash cabinet:

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Thank you so much for watching and for stopping by! Please do not hesitate to ask if you’ve got any questions, I’ll be happy to answer.

Happy knitting!

Erika (LoareKnits)

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Podcast Episode 07: I’m back!

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Well, it took me forever, but I managed to record, edit and upload a new Podcast episode. If you want to know what I’ve been up to these last 3 months… Here it is:

A heartfelt thank you to all those of you who enquired about when another episode was going to come out, I do this because of you. So thank you. And for waiting so patiently, thank you too.

On to the show notes, that can also be found on my Ravelry Group:

Finished objects:

  • Moondust Mitts by Mandarine’s in Drops Alpaca. I love these and I have worn them every day ever since the cold arrived.
  • Teddy Bear Sweater by PetiteKnit in Merino Molon 35 from Rosas Crafts. Not shown, because I don’t have it with me anymore… It was a gift for my bf’s daughter! And she wore it as soon as it came off the needles. Mette (the designer of the pattern) is actually from Denmark and not Norway (sorry, dear!).

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  • Margaretha Shawl by Helene Zechner in yarn from Oceanbythesea. I knit this in company of wonderful people for a knitalong that I host. Lovely project bag was from Eva (Countrymaison), and Ocean and Helene also donated prizes for the lucky winner, my friend Katerina from Greece!
  • Bumblebee Shawl by Verena Cohrs (aka The Wool Club) in Greta and the Fibers. It has become a staple in my wardrobe and you can see me struggling to show its masiveness… I love it and I think that the pairing of yarn and pattern, if I may say so, is a magical one!

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Works in progress:

  • Moroccan socks, without following any specific pattern, just basic instructions for top-down socks with a classic heel flap, in limited edition yarn by Greta and the Fibers.

Why am I showing you all these limited edition yarns, you might ask, if you can’t get them? Well, actually Greta and the Fibers will be a the upcoming Festivalet, so if you’re in the Barcelona area this weekend, be sure to come along! She will have new fun colourways most of which will then be available from her online shop. I’ll be there lending her a hand, so if you’re around, please come and say hi!

  • Another Sands Cove Shawl, by Beatrice Perron Dahlen, this time for a friend and with a fun yellow section. I’m keeping it in the bag I won from Erika from Ink Bags, in a giveaway host by Marie (Olive Knits) and Brittney (B.Woolens), whose name I had forgotten about and I deeply apologise!

Stash enhancements:

Oh boy, how I broke my yarn diet this last month! Because to be honest I really behaved September through November, but then December arrived and I guess it was the festive feeling that got me all “let’s buy more yarn!”… Anyway, no regrets whatsoever.

  • A Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Colourway 1535_, purchased at Lalanalú
  • A Phildar Phil Folk 100 Colourway Olive, purchased at Rosas Crafts – where I happen to have started giving knitting lessons/support! What a wonderful experience!
  • Gregoria Fibers Merino Bamboo in the colourway Sunset and BFL Nylon in the colourway Linen, from Gregoriafibers
  • Wool Up North My Little Tweed in colourway Rust on Silver Light, from Wool Up North

Here is a picture of my very humble stash (minus the yarn from Wool Up North, which was added later):

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Other things you might want to know:

  • Lovely mug is from Greta and the Fibers also, which reminds me I should show you the lovely yarn bowl that I got from her
  • I’m drinking That’s Tea’s Christmas Secret black tea.
  • Nail polish is Bordeaux from Essie