Welcome, friends.

Hello, welcome to episode two of my creative podcast. It’s mainly about knitting, but also includes snippets of homelife, gardening and general musings.

In this episode I talk about 3 of my current WIPs, all of which have been languishing, untouched, for months. I also thank a number of incredibly kind and generous friends who sent me a variety of beautiful mini skeins to add to Hal’s blanket. Although I have a number of other projects on the go, I was short of time and so decided to only cover a handful! I have a little ramble about my dreams for the future (which include a little homestead that I basically never have to leave that has a small nook of a room where I can write books, surrounded by our children, rescued animals, and home-grown food. Bliss!)

WIPs

Socks

I knit socks using the magic loop technique. I used Chiaogoo circular needles – 60cm cable, 2.5mm needle. They’re my absolute favourite, can’t recommend them highly enough if you’re a magic loop fan.

Joe’s Socks:

Gorgeous self patterning yarn (can’t remember the brand, was gifted to me by a friend). I followed the Vanilla Sock pattern (free on Ravelry) for the leg, heel and foot and am intending to do a Star Toe, after my lovely friend Dani suggested it might be a good fit.

Bella’s Socks:

Yarn: Pixie Yarns, colourway is Bristol Belle.

Pattern: Morning Coffee Socks, by Kay Jones. (A paid for pattern on Ravelry)

Really well written pattern, a joy to knit, especially with such soft, hand-dyed yarn. Highly recommend both!

Hal’s Childhood Memories Blanket

This is such an enjoyable knit. I’ve followed my lovely friend Jooles’ instructions from her Ravelry project. It’s based on the Mitre Square Blanket and is a true joy. Meditative, relaxing and incredibly satisfying, this sweet blanket is the perfect project to use up odds and ends of sock yarn. You can see the early stages on my Ravelry project page. I’m using another pair of Chiaogoo circular needles, 2.75mm on an 80cm cable.

Northeasterly Blanket

I’ve only just cast this on (and have unpicked it numerous times already!) Not sure I’ll carry on with it as not loving the construction and kinda have my heart set on making a big Granny Stripe blanket for our bed…we’ll see!

#CastOnKlaxon

(I’d love to see your new cast ons! Please use my hashtag #castonklaxon on IG so I can spot them!)

I’m about to cast on the Oslo Hat, by Petite Knit. I’m making it for a little friend of mine, she’s about to turn 1 year old and is extremely knit-worthy. I’ll add more details (on my Ravelry page) once the hat has been gifted.

Podcasts I’ve been enjoying lately

I have a few podcasts that I’ve been watching for yonks, all of which I find comforting, inspiring, beautiful and relaxing:

Mandarines: hosted by Melody

Sew Sweet Violet: hosted by Jooles

The Little Tailoress: hosted by Ami

Little Bobbins: hosted by Dani

A Homespun House: hosted by Molly

Kammebornia: hosted by Sofia and Dennis

Lavender and Leeks: hosted by Katie

Thank you’s!

Finally, a great big thank you to my lovely Instagram friends who so kindly rushed to my aid and topped up my mini skein supply, to be added to Hal’s blanket.

Thank you, Kelly! @layfamilyyarn

Thank you, Dani! @littlebobbins

Thank you, Terri! @finefishyarns

Thank you, Julie! @julie.layden

Thank you, Tash! @coxaby

So grateful to you all, what a wonderful testament you are to the generosity of spirit that thrives within our Instagram knitting community. <3

Some of my favourite Instagram accounts

Kate Selene: @kateselene (her IG stories, especially Car Park Chat with Kate are brilliant)

Sew Sweet Violet: as above

Little Tailoress: as above

Little Bobbins: as above

A Homespun House: @a_homespun_house

Leigh: @quiet_leigh

Sherrie: @ollie.and.bella

Ocena by the Sea: ocean_bythesea

The Small Folk: @the.small.folk

Emma Harris: @aquietstyle

Maria: @woolen.forest

Joanna: @operajo

Katrien: @growingwildthings (such an inspiration).

See you again soon, thanks for watching!