Episode 17: Summertime, and the knitting is easy


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Shout outs:

Shout out #1: Everyone who has bought tickets to the 2015 Great London Yarn Crawl, the Pop-Up Marketplace, and the Kate Atherley workshops! We are truly touched by your support and enthusiasm, and we look forward to seeing you all in September!

Shout out #2: Our fantastic models for the Yarn in the City book, who braved seriously high temperatures to model woollen accessories, and looked absolutely fabulous doing it. Thank you Claire and Justine!

What's going on:

13th  July - The release of the Boardwalk Collection from Kettle Yarn Co, featuring her new Islington DK base, which contains the Bagatelle Cowl, designed by Rachel. Other designers include Linda Lencovic, Renée Callahan, Rachel Coopey, Isabell Kraemer and Maria Magnusson.

19th July: Introduction to Lace Knitting with Jemima Bicknell at Loop.

25-26th July: Fibre-East, Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Rachel will be flying solo at the Porpoise Fur booth that weekend, so come by and say hello!

22nd August - The 10th Anniversary edition of the TTC Knitalong, the inspiration for the GLYC, in Toronto..

5th September - The 3rd edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl, and the Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace, which will include the Indie Designer Spotlight.

6th September - Workshops on Knit Design and Pattern Writing with Kate Atherley

18th October - Just announced: come hear Heather Ordover of Craftlit and "What Would Madame DeFarge Knit?" fame talk about "What Knitting Does to Your Brain: the many benefits of knitting (and crocheting) - this time backed by 95% more science!"

What we're working on:

Rachel has finished (but not blocked) her Byatt Shawl by Karie Westermann, in Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian, and has cast on a Bagatelle Cowl in handspun Porpoise Fur BFL/alpaca/silk in the "Blue Jay" colourway. As the Tour de France is now underway, she's also been spinning, mostly on spindles, so while output has not been huge, she is making progress on her Texel spindle sweaterlot.

Allison finished her Pebble Beach Shawlette, but Indie Designer Spotlight participant Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, in Kettle Yarn Co Islington in the "Gold Dust" colourway. With that out of the way, she's made a bit more progress on the Skulls Sweater for her brother, and the Tobias Hoody. As she heads off to Canada soon, she's been thinking alot about what sort of vacation knitting she should take...

Summertime Knitting

Our topic for today is Summer Knitting, and how to make it a success. With the advent of warmer weather, longer days, and perhaps a bit of holiday thrown in, it's an opportunity to get in some good knitting time. We talk about a few things to consider for your summer or holiday knitting projects: fibre choice, pattern choice, portability, and why sometimes garter stitch really is the only option that makes sense.

You can find us on RavelryFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and please come say hi at any of the events we're attending if you get a chance! Everyone is also more then welcome to come join our Wednesday night knit group from 7-9 pm (or longer) at The Goat on the Rise, Clapham SW11 1EQ. We'll be there the rest of July, but on hiatus for August, with plans to start back up again after the big GLYC weekend in September.

Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan
Fierce Flawless - Ani Difranco
Summertime - Josh Rouse