Product Review – Erika Knight British Blue Wool

I wrote a review for the Minerva Crafts blog recently on Erika Knight’s British Blue Wool, if you fancy finding out what I thought of it you can check it out here.

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Slow Crafting Podcast: Episode 16 – All the things

A bi-weekly podcast charting my efforts to incorporate a slow living/ slow fashion approach to my crafting life through knitting, spinning and sewing along with other fibre crafts as and when the mood takes me.

This episode I talk about;
-some finished objects in the form of baby socks and spinning
-my failed attempts at natural dyeing and eco printing but I do give some recommendations for books that it would have been useful for me to read first!
– works in progress in the form of my handspun enchanted mesa by Stephen West, and lots of socks (Hermione’s everyday socks, CafĂ© Macchiato socks and some plain vanilla socks
– some wool by Erika Knight that I will be reviewing for the Minerva Crafts blog
– some beautiful batts of fibre from Hawkshaw Sheep http://www.hawkshaw-sheep-yarn.co.uk/
– some shameless self promotion of my Coeden Hat and Cowl set pattern along with a couple of coupon codes for the Ravelry users amongst you. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/coeden-hat-and-cowl-set

You can get in touch with me via Ravelry (as CraftyNadine) or through the blog http://www.themanyknitsofnadine.wordpress.com

 

Thank you for watching.

 

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Crochet scrap blanket recipe

As this is all rather rushed and still a work in progress these instructions for the crochet blanket will be in the form of a recipe rather than a detailed pattern like I would normally provide. The crochet blanket is made using left over sock yarn scraps in a 4ply/ fingering weight and is designed to fit the width of a single bed.

Here is what the blanket should look like – although this will vary immensely based on the colour and style of the sock w

eight yarn you are using.

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Each row uses 4g/ 16m except for the foundation chain and first row (worked in the same colour) which you should allow at least 6g/ 24m for. This is based on a gauge of 24st and 13 rows to 10cm.

Stitch Key (UK crochet terms used)

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Pattern Instructions

The pattern is based on a scale stitch and is worked over a multiple of 6 stitches plus 1 (with an additional 3 worked for the foundations chain).

Work a foundation chain of 250sts – the last 3 chain loops will act as the first treble of row 1.

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The above diagram should give you an indication of how to work the row repeats but in case it really is too dreadful for words and makes no sense here are the written instructions.

Row 1: (using yarn A and following on from foundation chain) work 2 trbl in to 4th ch from hook, *skip 2ch, 1 dc in to next ch, skip 2 ch, 5trbl in to next ch, repeat from * to last ch, work 3 trbl in to last ch. Fasten off yarn A, do not turn.

Row 2: (returning to beginning of the previous row, join yarn B to 3rd of 3ch) 4 ch, *5 trbl tog (over the 2trbl, 1 dc, 2trbl of the row below), 2 ch, 1 dc in next trbl (the centre trbl of 5 from the row below), 2 ch, repeat from *, ending 1 dc in 3rd of 3trbls from row below. Fasten off yarn B, do not turn.

Row 3: (returning to beginning of the previous row, join yarn C to 3rd of 4 ch from the row below, 3ch, 2trbl in to first dc from the row below, *skip 2 ch, 1 dc in to 5 trbl tog, skip 2 ch, 5 trbl in next dc, repeat from * ending 3 trbl in to final dc of the row below.

Repeat rows 2 and 3, joining in a new colour each time, until work reaches the desired length or you run out of yarn scraps.

Please do feel free to let me know if any of this doesn’t make sense and I’ll be happy to try and clarify.

Happy crocheting!

 

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Slow Crafting Podcast : Episode 15 – Crochet-tastic

Only just cross posting this across from YouTube, instructions for working the crochet blanket I mention in the podcast will follow shortly.

A bi-weekly podcast charting my efforts to incorporate a slow living/ slow fashion approach to my crafting life through knitting, spinning and sewing along with other fibre crafts as and when the mood takes me.

This episode I talk about a test knit I currently have running for one of my patterns, the crochet bonnet I am making for my daughter, 2 crochet blankets that I plan on giving as Christmas gifts and upcoming plans for casting on a hand spun enchanted mesa sweater.

I’ll post the recipe for the crochet blanket over on the blog in the next week or so, so you might want to keep an eye out for it.

You can get in touch with me via Ravelry (as CraftyNadine) or through the blog http://www.themanyknitsofnadine.wordpress.com

 

Thank you for watching.

 

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Slow Crafting Podcast: Episode 14 – Knitting Woes

The latest episode of the Slow Crafting Podcast, show notes can be found over on the YouTube channel.

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Slow Crafting Podcast – Episode 13: Welsh Adventures

For those of you who have been reading for a while, you will have heard me talk about my love of Wales before. On our trip this year though it got even better as I managed to fit in a tour of a woollen mill and learnt a new fibre crafting skill. Show notes can be found over on the YouTube channel.

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Slow Crafting Podcast – Episode 12: More to life than merino part 2

Oh my word! I totally forgot to cross post this over here a couple of weeks ago so you are getting 2 posts for the price of one today. Episode 13 to follow shortly. Show notes can be found over on the YouTube page, alternatively you can just ask me if you have any questions about anything.

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