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THANKS

This week I had fun with a  Romper Room magic mirror and tried to thank all those who have left a comment recently.  I really appreciate it and it really does keep the podcast going. 

I also enjoyed putting the cluster map on the site and seeing where people are visiting form.  I love having one listener in Trinidad, for example.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNECDOTE
  • This episode I talk about my trip to the dentist where I got a healthy dose of knitting conversation along with my check up. 
  • Some mentions on Ravellry and Alan Dart.
THRIFTY KNITTER
  • I’ve done some reasonably successful Jelly Crystal dyeing but wanted to experiment with the Rhonda Trounce Dyes that my Mum passed on to me.
  • Whilst waiting for the yarn to simmer and absorb the dye I decided to learn Tatting.
  • Totusmel has some cool instructables  and a utube video for tatting. 
  • I used them both in order to make this flower 
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  and this more bizzare and less successful botantical specimen.
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  • Here is the fibre in the pot – I’m reasonably happy with the colours.IMGA0842
  • Here is the resulting yarn
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  • What pattern shall I knit with it?  I have about 15o metres of sportweight yarn.
  • I found “The Yarn Collective” – an outlet for indie dyers and sellers in australia. 
STARBUCKLES – THE CAFE`CHRONICLES
  • What happens when the cafe` you chose to knit or stitch in is actually a wine bar?
ENDANGERED WORDS
  • Today’s word is Snollygoster!
  • I’m getting these beauties from Save the Words
VISITS TO THE YARN STORE
  • In this episode you will meet lorraine – who seems to have some interesting theories on Yarn –  the product and/or Yarn – the magazine.
INSPIRATION
  • In this episode we have a look at juxtaposition as inspiration – prompted my my vision of a sheep running down a city street just near Glebe.  Does anyone know what happened to the sheep?
  • I visited the NSW Art Gallery – they had a cool multi media exhibition on.
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THANKS

Thanks to everyone who has emailed or commented or pm’d me on Ravellry.  I think I’ve got back to you all but if not…give me a shove and I will because I appreciate all your good wishes and prods to get back to podcasting.

Thanks to Gigi and Jasmine from The Knitmore Girls for playing my promo.

 

ANNOUCEMENTS

VICTORIAN BUSHFIRE APPEAL

  • You can donate money to The Red Cross
  • You can enter a drawing after you donate and get your receipt at Serendipity
  • See Handmade Help for craft items up for auction, or to donate items, or to find drop off points for your handmade blankets, scarves etc…
  • See Ecoyarns to contribute to a collection of craft items or coles vouchers for those affected by the fire.
RETURNING PODCASTS
NEW PODCAST
  • Check out the new Australian podcast Craft Cartel which comes up on my itunes as Radical Cross Stitch.  It’s great, mate.
KAL
  • Wendy has been organising KAL’s. She’s just taken down the page for them though but you can find them here.  I’m linking to her handdyed fibre and yarn page where you can purchase some lovely yarn if it takes your fancy.  I really like that kettle dyed mauvey colour. She also sells patterns here.
ANNECDOTE
THRIFTY KNITTER /CRAFTER
  • I have a spinning wheel – an Ashf0rd Traditonal lent to me by my SIL – I love it.
  • The halfway decent yarn I have produced.imga0586
  • I recently found some lovely yarns at Ecoyarns…I had some Christmas money to spend…yay for Christmas money.
  • I’ve enjoyed teasing my husband with pictures of Art yarn from Intertwined by pluckyduck.  He doesn’t particulalry like the slubbyness…but he’s ok with the colours so I can experiment with a yarn for him – of course I can always experiment with a yarn for me too.  And I will!
  • I’ve found the $10 swap group in Ravellry!
STARBUCKLES
  • I am still trying to find a starbuckles replacement – why is it that everyone thinks I’m a complementary childcare worker whenever I pull out my knitting or stitching?
ENDANGERED WORDS
  • I’ve found save the words.org which has a wallpaper of endangered words.
  • Today’s word lost in the woods is “secability”.
  • Can you supply and sentances for lost words?
VISITS TO THE YARN STORE
  • Today we have a listen to Katie’s visit to the yarn store.
  • Ever had one of those days where you walk into everything? Or is that just me?
INSPIRATION
  • Many of you asked how I went in the writing course.  It was a fabulous course and I enjoyed it very much.  I did pretty well marks – wise to0, so I was happy.
  • BUT – I find writing quite hard…so I was incredibly excited and relieved to find this talk by Elizabeth Glibert

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THANK YOU

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all who have emailed or contacted me through Ravellry to say “Hi” or let me know that you are patiently waiting until things get better and I can put out another podcast.  I really appreciate your support.

ANNOUCEMENTS

There have been soooo many great new podcasts that have come out in the last few months:

For your listening enjoyment please try:

Knaked Knits

The College Knitter

Dyeing to Knit

Knitmore Girls

Sock Tart

ANNECDOTE – Childhood memories

  • In my primary school days I was most taken with a Bargelllo project in shades of purple; a green macrame owl and acryllic wool God’s eyes.
  • The main annecdote in this episode is written by Jessica from Folk and Fairy.  You can read it and view the beautiful accompanying photograph here.
THRIFY KNITTER AND CRAFTER
  • It was time to buy my Mum a gift again.
  • I bought her some handmade earings made of china from the broken vases that families smashed under the Communist regime in China.
  • In my travels to find Mum a gift I discovered some handmade felt scarves and embelished teatowels.
  • I didn’t have the time to make her a gift, but wish I had. 
  • I wish I had the time to start a new craft, and ever hopeful, I’ve jsut bought a tatting shuttle…does anyone know how to do this?  I’ve seen a video on u-tube.  I’d love something like the wooden shuttle she’s using – I’ve only ever seen a red plastic one here – which is the one I bought.
STARBUCKLES _ THE CAFE` CHRONICLES
  • Wouldn’t you know it!  Just as I started this new section, the Starbucks corporation has decided to pull out stores in Australia and NZ.  Don’t they know I have a podcast here?!
  • So, I’m on  cafe` crawl to find a new stitch spot.
  • Today I explore one destination by the sea, but the search continues.
VISITS TO THE YARN STORE
  • Today we have Melissa’s visit. 
  • She laments the demise of another local yarn store.  But she also delights in the closing down sale.
  • Speaking of LYS’s – I’ve heard on Ravellry that Rubi and Lana’s at Gordon, Sydney, is closing down.  This is one of the most pretty and cosy yarn shops in Sydney. It’s such a shame.
INSPIRATIONS
  • Believe it not,  Ripley, I was inspired by Sport!   Specifically by Sally McLennan’s approach to her “finals”.
MUSIC

Thanks:

  • Many thanks to Wendy from Wendy’s Modest Dress for sending me my first podcaster pressie, which I am obviously very chuffed about.  I received four gorgeous skeins of hand dyed yarn in the colourway “Antony and Cleopatra” – beautiful purples and aqua’s.
  • Wendy sells custom handmade sock bags as well as fibre…check it out here.
  • Thanks also to Andrea and Cindy who have joined me in the Pay It Forward Swap…some time in the next 6 months you will recieve…a mystery something.  There is still one place left  – you just have to sign up on my personal blog  – Changelingthings
  • Thanks to Yan Tan Tethera from Ravelry for sharing her instructions for the boarder of her pinwheeel baby blanket.
  • A long overdue thank you to those of you who have left reviews on itunes – it’s very much appreciated.
  • Thanks to those who have left comments on the site or contacted me through Ravelry to let me know you enjoy the show or make friends.  It’s great fun to see where you are all from, and really helps encourage me to keep going with this.
Annoucements
The Annecdote – There’s a hole in the bucket
  • I am still working on the TAST Challenge, whilst others are working on the TIF challenge.
  • These challenges are kindly set up by Sharon b from In a Minute ago
  • I did a little sampler/picture using Basque Stitch
The Thrifty Knitter
  • I finally did some Jelly Crystal yarn dyeing.
  • I used the instructions in Yarn Magazine – issue one.
  • I called the resulting yarn…”Butterfly Garden”
Butterfly Garden
Starbuckles – The Cafe’ Chronicles
  • My not so secret hidey hole was infiltrated the last time I visited and so I had to visit the competition.  Hear what happened in the podcast…
Visits to the yarn Store – Selina’s visit
  • Ever had a bad day at work and retreated to the yarn store to ground yourself? 
  • You might like Selina’s story….
Inspirations
  • This weeks inspiration is a movie review by an anonymous mother.
  • It is for the movie Smart People.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the “what you say” collumn to take a look.
Music