Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone,

How are things?

There will be a podcast soon, I promise but not at the moment as I have a cold and no one needs to listen to me sniffling!

Hope you have all had a lovely festive period, we have and are very much enjoying the break from work. We celebrated Christmas in the south of England with Mr M's family and then again upon our return to the North East, all in all it has been very lovely.

Part of my Christmas treat was a new camera so I am hoping to get a lot more photographs on to the blog in the New Year. I may try and get to a photo a day but if this is the case I may set up a new blog and link to this one so you do not all get bombarded by photographs of rabbits and degus!

Today we have had a lazy day but decided we needed some fresh air so went for a walk in the woods by the river...


The woods are at their most beautiful in autumn, the weather has taken its toll as part of the river bank has collapsed into the river.

We have had a lot of rain so the river was looking very angry...


It also appears that I got dressed in the dark...


In all fairness the bottom half matches and the top half matches but they do not match each other!

We feel quite lucky to live in such a beautiful place, even on a dull winters day like today.



I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve whatever you choose to do, we are having a cosy night in with this little one...yes she is licking the cupboard.


Speak to you all next year!

x



Thursday, 1 November 2012

Episode 12 - Now that is a whole lot of unravelling

Hi everyone,

Here are the shownotes for Episode 12:


This episode I discuss Masham sheep fair, Yorkshire Wool week including the workshops I went on, there is a book review, a giveaway, some podcast recommendations and a Dr Who special at the end...it is a bumper episode.






To enter the giveaway for
Animal hats please complete the following sentence:
If I were an animal I would be a ....., because.....
For 12 knits of Christmas please complete the following sentence:
The thing I love most about christmas is.....
Please email your answer to knitspincake@gmail.com and the winners will be announced on the next podcast, lets say closing date of the 1st December :)
Good luck!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Episode 11 - New Beginnings

Hi everyone,

Here are the shownotes for episode 11:

Baa Ram Ewe

Ethical cookies


Gl├╝cksburg Cowl

Aran baby coat

Baby booties

Dusky tunic

Aran bobble hat

A day at the farm

Alpacas sporting some trendy hair dos




Wool weekend

Jacobs
Beautiful shetlands

Is that food? For us?

A shearing demonstration


Music provided by Ollie Powell aka Dancing on the Doctor

Monday, 30 July 2012

A slight delay

Hi everyone,

As many of you may know we have recently moved house but will be without the internet until the end of August due to the Olympics *grumble grumble*.

In the meantime i will try and keep the blog updated with what is going on, it will all be brief as i have to do it in my lunch hour or sitting in the car outside of our apartment! Oh yeah we have no phone signal either...what did people do before all this technology?

I am partaking in the ravellenic games and am knitting lots of socks so i will post update photos when possible :-)

In the meantime here is a wind farm i visited last week!


Sunday, 1 July 2012

Tour de Fleece

Hi everyone,

As many of you may be aware the Tour de Fleece has commenced and spinners everywhere are digging out their fibre and fluff and deciding what their goals will be for this tour.

It is the first year I have taken part and I have not yet discussed it on the podcast as I am trying to keep it a bit low key due to moving house etc...however I have taken part in the past 2 days and I have to say I m enjoying it immensely. I will discuss it in the next podcast and for ease (and solidarity to all podcasters) I joined Team Sasquatch.

Day 1 was a busy day, knitting group, catching up with friends and packing up the house so I decided the best way to spin was on my drop spindle, I am not sure how much I got spun up but I did get some done which is all that matters plus I got to watch Harry Potter whilst doing so! Here is what I have so far:


This is a hand dyed shetland braid which has tones of oranges, yellows, browns and peaches. It is spinning up to look like an almost tweedy/marled yarn and I am really happy with how it is looking.


Day 2 has been a little more sedate, except for the car boot sale this morning, so I managed to get my wheel out and work on some of the fleece I still have to spin for my Sheep Heid hat. This is what I had left to spin:


Clockwise from the top we have oatmeal bluefaced leicester, Black Welsh Mountain, Masham and Moorit Shetland. At the moment I am trying to spin up just enough to make the hat (I am too impatient) and I am keeping the rest to spin and make the blanket at a later date.

Today I managed to spin up the Masham so now I only have 3 different breeds left to spin before I can cast on the hat :)

I spun 22g and plied the singles into a 2ply yarn which had a yardage of around 64m, just enough and the perfect weight I need for the hat. Masham is nice to spin with, it feels nice in the skein and I think will work well with the rest of the yarns I have spun up.

Here it is:



As I am ever the optimist I also hope to get some of this lot spun up too:



There is a mix of Polwarth, Polwarth/Seacell and Merino/silk in that colourful bunch and it is calling me but not until I finish the natural fluff!

I will put a thread on the Ravelry group for anyone interested in sharing their progress on the tour and I better leave it at that as there is a mischievous looking bunny hopping around my feet.


Monday, 18 June 2012

Episode 10 - The one about change

Hi everyone,

Here are the shownotes for episode 10:

Hambley Etsy shop - stunning hand dyed yarns

@hambley01 on twitter

Peggys Yarns Etsy shop

Peggys Yarns Blog

@peggysyarns on twitter


The beautiful hand dyed yarn went from this


via this contraption


to this


Now what to do with it? Hmm...


Cakes!




Thursday, 17 May 2012

An ode to Owls

What needs to be said really? Owls by Kate Davies is one of the most popular jumper patterns on Ravelry. Everyone loves Owls, and who wouldn't it is a jumper with a yoke of cabled owls.

I'm quite renowned for my Owls as I have 2 , the both have no eyes, but I love them dearly and here is why...

I love my Owls (1) because it is warm and snuggly, yes its looking a little bobbly these days but it was my choice to knit it from a loosely plied wool/mohair blend. I can pull it on and feel instantly comforted and cosy, plus I think it is the only jumper I own which has sleeves long enough for my spider like arms.

I love the shaping of the jumper, it is so pretty and helps give my impish frame a bit of shape.

I love the way that every time I wear it and enter a wool shop people point and say 'Owls!' and this is great as it gives me the opportunity to talk about this fantastic pattern.

I love my Owls (2) as I knit it in super chunky at a dense gauge so it keeps me really warm when I go skiing and when I am out on site with work. Yes it can stand up of its own accord and yes I made it in cream so when I wash the darn thing (all the time)  it can take up to a week to dry but its my freakishly thick jumper of happiness.

I love my Owls because they have no eyes. I admire everyone out there who has had the sheer willpower and determination to sew all those eyes on the little blighters, I admit I am not one of you so for that I salute you.

I love how quick this jumper is to knit and how fabulous it can look in a variety of yarns and colours. I feel I need a grey one, my bank balance doesn't agree quite yet. It hasn't forgiven me over the recent Malabrigo purchases.

So yes I love my Owls jumpers, I think they are my favourite makes so far in my knitting journey, thank you Kate for designing such a fabulous, wearable and cosy jumper. I am off to apologise to the rest of my knitted wardrobe for the lack of love...well maybe not just yet, I am cosy sat here all wrapped up in owls.



Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Design Ideas

Well it has been an interesting week to say the least, I can only say so much now but it will all be revealed soon I promise!

I've been a bit meh on the old knitting front, not knowing what to knit and a lot of the time not wanting to knit anything I have on the needles. At times I have turned to spinning and this scratched my crafty itch a bit but I don't know, I have been a bit unsettled.

I know other podcasters have also had a knitting funk so I think it may just be the time of year...we'll see.

On a more positive note I was pondering whilst driving home this evening. I am not usually a fan of summer knitting, I don't love cotton as much as wool and well looking at the weather lately wool is more fitting for a British summer! I pondered designing a garment a while ago, I bought some yarn and had big prospects for it, yes I thought I will make another little tee and I will stripe the yarn and all will be well with the world.

Well after knitting two rondeur tees the appeal seems to have worn off so I have reconsidered what this yarn will be when it grows up. The yarn in question is 'Aimee' by Louise Harding, perfect yeah? It is even spelt the same as my name and I always thought if I were to be a yarn I would have a little cashmere in the mix. It is a 90% cotton, 10% cashmere mix and it is an extremely soft yarn, our eyes met across the room and we knew it was meant to be.

I have sat at my desk tonight with a little jotter and a smudgy pen and scribbled down some ideas. At the moment it looks like an A line summer top, with straps or without (haven't got that far yet), with a cabled rib hem at the top to keep it up and then a gradual A line flare. Predominantly pink but with a grey stripe here and there for good measure.

The figures are working out at the moment, I have swatched with a number of needles and am settling on a 4.5mm for a nice loose gauge, floaty light for summer when I run through fields of corn with flowers in my hair and sometimes riding a horse....oh hold on that is the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume advert....ahh

I will keep you all posted regarding its progress....

Oh and one final note, why did nobody tell me that the ribbing on Audrey in Unst takes FOREVER? It's pretty though

Happy knitting everyone x

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Dr Who special

Hi everyone,

The Dr Who special is up for your listening pleasure.

This week I have a special guest co-hosting with me...I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for listening

Aimee

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Episode 9 - Unravel

Hi everyone, 

Here are the shownotes for episode 9:






My spindle! 




One of the knitted scenes dotted around the venue


Sheep!


Best in show entries




The winner!





Other knitted art dotted around Unravel



As usual you can contact me :

Auntieaipee on Ravelry

@knitspinscake on Twitter

knitspincake@gmail.com

Thanks for listening :)

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Episode 8 - And now we return to our regular programming

Hi everyone,

Here are the shownotes for episode 8.




Knitscene Spring 2012

Unravel

Friday Studios  - for gorgeous hand dyed fibre, yarns and handspun by Frida herself.

Easyknits - to find out more about the knit spin love club and other fab goings on including sock clubs and sushi shawl clubs.

Link to the spin love fibre gorgeousness

Cake recipe

Ingredients:

4 eggs
200g margarine
200g self raising flour
200g caster sugar
2 tsp chocolate orange cocoa powder (or just plain cocoa if you prefer)
Orange marmalade (for filling)
100-120g orange chocolate (for topping)

Buttercream filling
90g margarine
45g of icing sugar (add more to suit your preferred consistency)

Equipment:

2 18cm round baking tins

Instructions:

Heat the oven to 180 degrees.

Mix the sugar, margarine and eggs together.

Sift in the flour and cocoa powder.

Mix well and seperate evenly into the 2 baking tins, bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until cooked properly (clean skewer).

When the cakes have cooled on a wire rack mix the buttercream mixture.

Spread a layer of marmalade on the top of one of the sponges and then add a layer of buttercream on top of this, sandwich the 2 cakes together.

Melt the chocolate using your preferred method and pour over the top, allow to drizzle down the sides and leave to cool.

Enjoy!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Podcast planning

I promise episode 8 will be with you all soon...

In the meantime I am prepping some things for review, I received some gorgeous Shetland fibre from Friday Studios and I am going to spend the evening spinning this up into something delicious so I can review it on the next episode. It's very beautiful and squidgy so I am looking forward to playing with it after a long hard day of work!

I'm currently knitting Wingspan at the moment, only started it yesterday morning and am halfway through the second triangle already, such a super quick and fun knit but more of that on the podcast.

Ok enough of me rambling I have a date with my ashford...

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Reclaiming the craft room

Well today has been an interesting one to say the least, it all started when Mr Marvel bought a new PC...let me take you back to Monday.

The 'PC' arrived (in bits) and was duly assembled by Mr Marvel and his glamourous assistant Geoff, this may not be such a big deal but for a games programmer who only has a macbook this was big news in the KSC household. Once the living room was cleared of computer components and I had come down from the ceiling we decided that the Marvel cave needed a bit of a re-vamp, I had to have a little lie down at this point as I sensed a trip to IKEA was on the cards but thankfully this was not the case.

Much moving, clattering and filling the garage later the Marvel cave had been souped up, the PC is connected to the 32 inch tv (don't ask) and he is happily playing fighting games in there as I type, he deserves it living with me is hard work. The problem with this re-vamp was that I decided that I had to do it too, yes thats right the spare bedroom (which has always been my semi-craft room, well yarn storage) needed a makeover. Seriously, why was I not put in a darkened room at this idea? Well HOURS after I started I have to say I am pretty happy with the results!


We used to have a bed in here but decided that I just cover it in yarn so yes, you guessed it, its now in the garage and in its place a nice big desk to sew on :) I've re-organised all my sewing things and provided them with their own shelving unit (sneakily retrieved out of the garage when Mr Marvel was not looking). Everything has a place now and I am happily sitting in here now basking in my organised glory (trying to ignore that I need some curtains putting up), staring at the giant yarn baby on my desk which I think is about to consume me...

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Episode 7 - New year Revelations

Hello everyone,
Episode 7 is up!
It is good to be back, sorry for the not usual audio quality but the sound card is broken and have to record on mac microphone...
This week I discuss my christmas knitting, what I am working on, a few knitting events and some geek news!
Links:
Bunny cake!

Contact details:
Auntieaipee on Ravelry
@knitspincake on Twitter
knitspincake@gmail.com