Crochet Circle Podcast
Crochet Circle Podcast
Fay Dashper-Hughes
A crochet podcast with a little bit of knitting on the side
Episode 59 - Face the frog
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 59 – Face the frog   My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.   In this episode, I cover: Life; Old Dog New Tricks; En Route; Feeding the Habit, Quick News Beats, Big Up and J’adore.   This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:    1 – Life So, since February this year, we have been getting our house ready to put on the market.  It went up the day before lockdown in March and we accepted an offer when we came out of lockdown.  I honestly believed I would be recording this new podcast from the new house.  For those that are watching, that clearly hasn’t happened and I am still here in my lovely studio which I am really going to miss. I can’t complain in the grand scheme of a pandemic and world politics, but all the same, I am utterly frustrated. You know when you keep on looking at the photos of the house you are moving to and you just want to be there, unpack and enjoy your new space?  That’s where we are right now.  The worst bit is that I don’t have ready access to my stash.  I miss it and the ability to just dip into it and be enthused by wool.  I put several things on hold while we dealt with the move and at the weekend I decided that life can’t really go on hold anymore and that I just need to crack on with things.    One of those things is to try out some new podcast equipment.  I am using audio, lighting and visual equipment today, and I would love to know what you think.  I’m trying to use less kit, so save space and also create better light to get over the Winter gloom in my studio. I already have my podcast space worked out in the new house and it is all flooded with light, so will be much brighter at some point in the future.  My fingers, toes and legs are crossed. Please bear with me a little longer if I’m not about so much on social media and have fewer projects to show off.  I promise to be back to full volume as soon as I can, but moving house takes priority over all else until we have moved.     I don’t recommend trying to move house in a pandemic – it adds a whole new level of crap to an already crappy situation.       2 – Old Dog New Tricks I have two old dog new tricks for you today. The first is to show that you can make your own yarn colour blend.  I have been working on my Color Pop Sweater and unfortunately ran out of yarn.  Not wanting to try to match the third colour to fade in via online shopping, I started playing around with twisting two 4ply yarns together to make a DK weight yarn in the right colour.  Amazingly, it worked rather well.  It’s easy to blend two strands together to get an idea of whether the colours will work or not.  I used a solid yarn and a heavily variegated yarn, testing a couple of variegated colours to see what would work best.    I even worked the samples into my project to see whether they would fade well with the existing yarn.  My one word of caution would be to try to get a blend that creates a similar fabric to the work you are trying to match to.  If not, you might create something that is stiffer and doesn’t drape so well or kicks out slightly at the ends because the combined yarn is thicker, or pulls in because the combined yarn is thinner.    The second en route is a quick and neat way of frogging projects.  Roll the project you want to frog into a sausage, leaving the ‘live’ end towards you, and start to frog.  You have a much smaller surface area to contend with and won’t do half as much yanking at the yarn to get it to come loose.  It also means that you can keep on moving your hand down the yarn sausage as you frog.       3 – Final Destination I literally have nothing that I can show you.  I have finished so many things, but they are all commissions.  At some point in the future, I will be able to show you the four shawls, hat, mittens and baubles that I designed – just not yet!    4 – En Route I have made some decent progress on my Color Pop Sweater by Julme Conradie (link) who is on Instagram as @mysquarehat (link).    I had 4 skeins of DK variegated yarn that I wanted to use as a mirrored fade front and back and because this design is worked vertically from side to side, I thought it would work a treat with my yarn choice.  And it did until I ran out of yarn! The jumper has a really interesting construction where you work up the sleeve in rounds and then create a chain length from your underarm to whatever length you want for your jumper and then you work down the chain, around the sleeve and back up the chain before you turn to do the next row.  This helps to make it a really speedy make that is easy to customize.  That said, I am about to frog my initial version because: I have run out of yarn, even with the extra that I added in as my new blended colour. When you have sewn the two back panels up you can try it on and I hadn’t made the shoulder to neck piece long enough. I also didn’t make the overall piece long enough, even though I was aiming for a cropped jumper. I brought the front neckline down too far. I honestly think I would get more wear out of a self-coloured version. I was pushing myself with these colours and it was a mistake.  This is an extra top tip for you.  If you are going to rework an entire jumper in new yarn because you didn’t like the fit of what you did the first time, don’t frog the initial one until you have made the second one.  That way you have it as a frame of reference for all the things you want to change and can assess them side by side.    Also, if you’re not that keen on what you are making, you probably won’t wear it so you may as well frog it.  It's called frogging because you ”rip it/ribbit” out.    I am also working on a Tower of Strength Skirt by JimiKnits (link) @jimiknits on Instagram. The pattern can be found here as an individual pattern (Ravelry link) or as part of her design collection Jimi Knits Volume One (link).  It is only sized from XS to 1XL, but I am still making it because, it is honestly, the easiest project to change the size on and Jimi gives information on that within the pattern.  Before I packed up the stash, I went stash shopping for a soft, but hopefully hard-wearing wool and came out with some wool that I bought in New Zealand a few years back.  It’s Ashford Tekapo 8 ply (link) and although it is labelled as a DK, at 200m per 100g it’s more of an Aran/Worsted weight.  This is the same Ashford that makes spinning wheels and looms. The wool is a blend of Corriedale, which is soft, and Perendale which gives a bit more structure and bounce and should lend some durability to the fabric, stopping it from pilling of felting when I sit down.  I am using Shade 227 Slate (link to UK shop selling this wool) and Shade 207 Natural (link to UK shop selling this wool). The third wool I am using is a random skein from my stash.  It has no label but the colours were good and it felt like the right weight of yarn in my fingers! I’m taking my time with this make.  I deliberately kept it back as a project to work on during the house move shenanigans because I knew that the pattern would be easy to memorise and I could keep on knitting until I ran out of yarn and got my desired length.  A good pick-up and put-down project.   5  – Feeding the Habit As part of the destash sale I did last month, I did a yarn swap with my friend Lisa and got a skein of Studio Donegal ‘Darnie’ (shade 8808 link) in a bright turquoise shade with mustard coloured flecks.   I have some other Studio Donegal yarn that I am hoping to mix this with and suspect it will make some rather lovely new cushions or seat pads for the new house.  It’s 100% lambswool and a 4 ply at 410m per 100g.   6 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The November hook ups are scheduled for: Saturday 21st at 8pm GMT and Sunday 22nd at 9am GMT. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join  if a password is required, it is WOOL. If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 – Thanks to the folk that got in touch regarding Evernote not working for them either.  I have tried to fix it but am struggling to find what the problem is and to create a solution.  I will keep on plugging away with it.  It matters less for this month given that I have no FOs to share with you and therefore, no project pages to create… 3 – Thank you for supporting me on Patreon.  I cannot tell you what a difference it makes to me and my ability to deliver this podcast.  If you want to investigate becoming a Patron, you can see what it means via this link.  At the moment, I am pooling all of the Patron money and will add it to the money I generated from my yarn and craft supply destash.  In the new year, it will all go towards buying a second-hand Mac which will allow me to have my own place to edit the podcast.  Since I started the video part of the podcast, I have only ever been able to edit on Matthew’s Mac when he isn’t using t for work.  This usually means starting editing on a weeknight after 8pm and continuing into the early hours so that it can upload while we sleep.  Having my own Mac will give us both a lot more flexibility and allow me to do more with the podcast.      7 – Big UP I am going to give a massive shoutout to Claudia, @sunbirdcrochet She is a huge part of the Crochet Clan, is always upbeat and working on some crafty magic somewhere.  If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, I encourage you to seek her out.  Claudia is a multi-crafter and can turn her hand to pretty much anything.    She also created a crochet colourwork cowl pattern and called it the Fay Cowl!  As a child, I was always dismayed that I could never find keyrings or fridge magnets with my name on them and if I found one, it was ALWAYS Faye with an E on the end!  So, for Claudia to have created a cowl and call it Fay is really special.  I will be making one, just as soon as I can get into my stash, which currently looks like this: Claudia has also started podcasting about her makes and you can see them on Youtube (link).  As if she isn’t busy enough, she has also been designing a load of colourwork crochet patterns and has been adding them into the Crochet Clan Mighty Network where you can download them for free!   8 – J’adore This is just a quick one to say that as the Pandemic rumbles on I have noticed a general trend within the Crochet Clan of people saying that they aren’t doing the things that they routinely used to do that made them happy and was for them rather than family or friends. So, if you need somebody to tell you to look after yourself and out time into you, I am here to do that.  Supporting others is tiring and energy-sapping and you can only do that if your own foundation is solid.  Go for a run, have a long bath, eat your naughty food, start all the projects.  Do whatever brings you joy, tops you up and strengthens your foundations.  It’s not selfish, it’s essential. You have been told! 😊   I’ll be back on 4th December. Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Nov 6
1 hr
Episode 58 - Declutter, destash & simplify
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 58 – Declutter, Destash & Simplify!    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.   In this episode, I cover: Old Dog New Tricks; Yarn Review; Final Destination; En Route; feeding the Habit; Quick News Beats and J’adore.   This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:    1 – Old Dog New Tricks I have been having a good old sort out these last few weeks.  One of the rooms to be sorted was my Stash Palace… It is the smallest room in our house but it is absolutely crammed full of all my crafting materials and equipment.  These have mainly been collected in the last six years and my tastes have changed.  They haven’t changed drastically ‘cause British breeds and proper woolly wool have always been part of my crafting DNA, but I have things in my stash that I know I’m never going to use. If you are in a similar position, the chances are that you have spent hard-earned money on those items and you would quite like to get some value back for them. So here are some ways that you can deal with your stash based on three levels of stash love: 1 – You bought it/were given it and you aren’t that fussed about trying to get money back for it.  This is ideal for passing on to charity shops.  All of my local ones love having crafting things passed to them so long as they are good quality.  They don’t want ratty balls of tangled yarn.  They may also be interested in partial projects, so long as the pattern/instructions are in the bundle and ideally the equipment required too. I have also just passed a load of my commercial wool onto a friend.  Her daughter crochets blankets for charity and is going to make good use of that bag of yarn to help keep someone warm in Manchester.    2 – You want to at least try to get some value from these mid-range items if you can.  This is the kind of thing that I try to sell on Ebay.  Lots of commercial yarn is sold on Ebay and it’s a great platform for selling it on because the chances are that the buyer already has a knowledge of that yarn brand, so have the confidence to buy from that platform. 3 – These stash babies can’t be given away, you really need to try to recoup some of the money you spent on them.  This is the level where you are best off going to a specific platform to sell it.  Whilst I see more hand-dyed skeins of yarn appearing on Ebay, I still think that Instagram or Facebook Groups are a better option for resale.  If you have a large enough following, doing a destash on stories can be a great way of selling your unwanted yarn and equipment.  Your other option is to join some of the many Facebook groups for reselling yarn.  They can be country-specific, so if you don’t want to pay high postage costs, try to find a group in your country.  I am a member of the Yarn Snobs – hand-dyed yarns FSOT group on Facebook.  It is mainly made up of UK folk and it’s easy to work out whether the yarn is available from the UK or elsewhere. In non-COVID times, I would also recommend hosting a yarn swap at your local crafting group.  I usually hold one twice a year at Woolgathering Sandbach and it gives you the chance to refresh what is in your stash without spending a penny.  Having sorted through all of my stash in the last few days and moved a lot of it into the three categories above, I feel a lot better.  The sheer amount of ‘stuff’ was weighing heavy.  To be fair, we have been decluttering the entire house and so unless an item is useful, beautiful, or sentimental, it has been moved on to a new home and it feels REALLY good. So on that note, I will be having a bit of a destash sale on Instagram on Sunday the 4th October.  I will be listing books, yarn and material, so if you fancy seeing what is on offer, come and see from 12pm onwards (BST).    2 – Yarn Review The good folks at John Arbon asked if I wanted to have a play with their new Alpaca Supreme yarn.  It has been given a bit of an update with some delicate new colours to complement the existing neutral palette. I’m on a bit of an alpaca kick at the moment and so it was an obvious yes, please! I asked Sonja to surprise me with the colour and I’m very pleased that she sent me Morganite.  It’s a proper dusky, old rose pink.  I’m not a massive pink fan, but this has such a lovely vintage vibe to it and I love it. The blend is 40% Superfine Alpaca (UK grown), 40% Organic Falklands Merino and 20% A1 Mulberry Silk. Alpaca fibre is generally graded into six different categories and depending on which website you are looking at, Superfine Alpaca is either grade 2 or 3, so right up there at the lux end. Here is a link to the suggested six grades for alpaca fibre (link). A1 Mulberry Silk is basically the highest quality you can get for yarn.  Mulberry has an extremely high lustre to it and the A1 refers to the fibre length and lack of neps from the cocoon. If you have ever used their Knit By Numbers, you already know how gloriously soft their Organic Falklands Merino is.    I am crocheting up a Positivity Spiral with this skein and it is super soft and luxurious to work with.  I’m using a 3.75mm hook and the fabric I am getting has a gorgeous drape and a fluidity to it.  I actually keep stroking my face with it, it’s that soft.  If you are after a really special skein of yarn for a project then I thoroughly recommend Alpaca Supreme.  It’s sportweight/heavy 4 ply, so 333m per 100g.  That’s enough to make a one skein shawl with, or a hat or mittens.  It would also make a really beautiful shawl.  I want to make mittens, a hat, bed socks and a drapey cropped cardigan with this yarn.  All the lux things. Here are my five words for Alpaca Supreme: lux, shiny, delicate, super-soft & drapey    3 – Final Destination I have a few finished bits this month.  First up is my Encanto Not Wrap.  I used Claudia’s Encanto Wrap pattern (link) to create a cowl and since I finished it, I have barely taken it off. I used some gorgeously soft Brenel Alpacas 100% alpaca yarn (link) that I bought in a yarn shop in Aukland, New Zealand. Claudia’s pattern is fab and it’s really easy to make it bigger or smaller, depending on what you want to make and how much yarn you have.    I also had two designs in Inside Crochet this month.  The Jewel Office Set is made from Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton (DK) and has a pattern for a desk tidy, coaster, pen pot and set of three bowls.  It’s made with a mixture of intarsia and tapestry crochet.  Photo from Inside Crochet My final finished object is called the Igam Wrap.  It’s made with naturally dyed yarn from Helen of Nellie and Eve (link).  Helen lives on the side of a mountain in Wales and forages locally for the plant items she uses as dye stock and even uses mountain spring water for dyeing with.  She has a lovely Instagram account (link) if you fancy getting to know a bit more about her natural dyeing process.  Photo from Inside Crochet The wrap is sized from a small to a 5XL and the size I’m showing used just under 200g of 4 ply (400m/100g) yarn.  It’s a blend of 75% Bluefaced Leicester and 25% Masham.  The colour is called Juniper and it’s a beautifully soft, blue/steel grey colour. What I really love about this wrap is how versatile it is. It has a double button band so that it can be worn as a cowl, wrap, poncho or twisted wrap.  I also have a pair of knitted socks.  I really lost my crafting mojo for a few days.  It’s unusual for me to not pick up a hook, needles or thread at some point every day and after six days of no crafting passed, I knew it was time to kickstart it somehow.  Off to my Stash Palace I popped and found my already caked Indian Giant Squirrel by RiverKnits.  This yarn has all of the autumnal colours in one and it was just what I needed to get my mojo back.  I knitted my good old plain socks so that the yarn wasn’t competing with a pattern.  They make me smile and they brought my mojo back.   4 – En Route This is a bit of a cheaty one because I haven’t actually started the project yet, but I have printed off the pattern and chosen my wool.  I’m going to crochet the Colour Pop Sweater by Julme Conradie (link) who is on Instagram as @mysquarehat (link).  I really love Julme’s designs and her pattern writing is good.  I have 4 skeins of DK variegated yarn that I want to use as a mirrored fade front and back and because this design is worked vertically from side to side it will work a treat with my yarn choice. It’s also in linen stitch which I love.  After finishing my Esja Sweater, I swore to never do another long jumper that had a horizontal linen stitch body because I don’t think it has enough integral structure to it for the weight of the yarn.  My suspicion is that a vertical stitched, cropped version will be fine, and we are going to find out aren’t we! One of the beauties of side to side vertical construction is that I can put colours that I wouldn’t want right at my face, into the arms instead.  I have a deep orange/red that I wouldn’t normally wear in a jumper.  I love the colour, I just don’t think it does anything with my pink complexion. The other thing to say about the Pop Colour Sweater is that of course, I am going to fiddle with it.  I’m going to knit the ribbing rather than crochet it, which means adding all of it at the end and therefore playing around with the pattern a little. You would expect nothing less of me! So, more actual progress on that jumper next month.  Even though it’s DK, there is no way it will be finished.   4  – Feeding the Habit I am fresh back from a lovely weekend away with a couple of my yarny friends.  We couldn’t get our money back for our Yarndale weekend, so still went to Skipton and had a weekend of watching movies, eating good food and crafting.  We took along yarn that we didn’t want anymore and swapped with each other for things we would use.    So, I have three new skeins of yarn in my stash that I didn’t really pay for and have decluttered some of the yarn that I know I won’t use.  Result! The yarns are John Arbon Textiles Exmoor Zwartbles in a DK (link), Lain 'Amouree 100% Merino (link) and a skein of unknown goodness!   5 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The October hook ups are on: Saturday 17th at 8pm BST and Sunday 18th at 9am BST. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join  if a password is required, it is WOOL. If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 – A group of amazing crocheters and I are part of a Vogue Knitting Live panel on the 8th October called “Crochet in the UK”.  It’s part of Vogue Knitting Live form the 8th – 11th October (link).  We will be chatting for an hour about how the UK is pushing crochet forward and hopefully showing off contemporary crochet and why it isn’t second fiddle and deserves its own seat at the crafting table.  As I get more details on how to join, I will add them to the show notes and get them out on Instagram. All of this is being pushed by Claudia from Crochet Luna podcast.  The panel was her idea and she has brought together a fabulous group to represent the UK crochet scene. 3 – Somebody got in touch to say that they were having issues getting into my project notes in Evernote.  If anyone else has had issues can you please let me know?  Equally, if you managed to get into the notes can you let me know? 4 – Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting me on Patreon.  I cannot tell you what a difference it makes to me and my ability to deliver this podcast.  If you want to investigate becoming a Patron, you can see what it means via this link.  5 – Just a bit of a heads up that I may not be around much this coming month.  Have no fear, I will be back next month but it may be a bit of an amalgamation podcast as I am going to have to record bits and pieces as I can throughout the month.  There is rather a lot going on at Chez Dashper-Hughes at the moment, so I am going to have to squeeze things in when I can.    6 – J’adore I have a new to me podcast to recommend for you today and it isn’t specifically about crochet, but there is a connection.  I am really interested in where my food and resources come from, how it is produced and the people behind the production.  I should imagine that is fairly obvious from this podcast.  Through my friend and stockist Maria or Dodgson Wood, I came across an audio podcast called Rock and Roll Farming (link).  Will is a beef, arable and egg farmer in North Wales and has been delivering a weekly podcast since April 2017, with well over 100 episodes to listen to.  I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but here in the UK, small scale farming is integral to our landscape, food chain and textiles industry and Will offers a broad overview of the UK farming scene through his podcast.  I promised you will be interested in some if not all of it.   If you want to dip your toe in gently, start with the Herdy Shepherd interviews (part 1 & part 2).  If you were ever of the opinion that farmers and agrics weren’t impressive folk, think again.    I’ll be back on 6th November in some form or not – possibly a hologram. Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Oct 2
1 hr 9 min
Episode 57 - I'm Back!
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 57 – I’m Back!    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.   In this episode, I cover: Yarn Review; Final Destination; En Route; Quick News Beats and Big Up.    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon: 1 – Yarn Review I was approached by Blacker Yarns (link) to see whether I wanted to review their new Birthday yarn.    Blacker specialises in British breed yarns that are spun at their sister company, The Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall, so that makes it a “yes” from me. All seven shades are very much in my colour palette of teal, aqua, mustard and neutrals.  Available in both 4ply and chunky, both weights are woollen spun and have a nice, even, medium twist to them.  It’s soft to the touch, plump, with a nice amount of elasticity.  Even though Cove is woollen spun with a medium twist, it was a real pleasure to work with.  I didn’t get any real fibre tangles on my hook and even though it’s a medium twist, the wool rarely split on my hook. I used the 4ply mini skeins to make stationery pouches and a new clutch purse for all my design bits and bobs.  The chunky mini skeins were crocheted into coasters.  I also used the 4 ply scraps to make partial Dorset button hoops for all of the items to hang from.  I always like to sum up yarns that I am reviewing in five words: plump, seaside, soft, heathered, natural   Things that I would use Cove for are: Garments, shawls, cowls, gloves, mittens and homewares. If you would like to read a longer review on Cove, I have written a blog post (link) with more supporting photos.    2 – Final Destination I thought that a pod holiday would bring about lots of extra crafting time.  Nope.  I still have a few finished things though. First up is the glorious Stormy Rainbow Blanket which is in Issue 127 of Inside Crochet (link). You can get a digital copy by following the link.  I used the 12 x 20g mini skeins that I dyed up at the RiverKnits mini skein dyeing workshop.  The blanket also needs 3 x 100g of 4 ply yarn.  I used RiverKnits BFL in colourway Steinchen.  If you wanted to make something very similar, Becci and Markus have pulled some minis kits together with the option to get the 3 skeins of Steinchen (link). I also made all of the bits and pieces for the Blacker Yarns Cove review.  The little stationery holders are a pattern that appeared in Issue 125 of Inside Crochet and were designed by Lucy Djevdet.  I used the same stitch pattern for the purse and put a simple zippered pouch inside it. I also made two Croix Coasters and that pattern came from the Modern Crochet book by Debrosse.  I won’t go into more detail about that now because I am pulling together a review of that book. My other finished object is the Textures Tee V2 by Tina - Tigers Eye Handmade (link).  I made this in Erika Knight Studio Linen which I have had in my stash for a number of years.  I really liked this pattern because it includes stitch alterations for people with boobs, you can play around with the length, pull it in at the waist – basically make it a made to measure garment.  I’m not sure that Studio Linen is going to continue to be available, but you can get it at Ewe & Ply (link).  I used the dark grey colour, Remnant.   Evernote project pages: Stormy Rainbow (link), Hanging Storage (link), Croix Coasters (link) and Textures Tee V2 (link).   3 – En Route My one work in progress at the moment is my Encanto Wrap by Claudia – Crochet Luna (link).  I’m not far into the project, so will report back on it next month. I am using some gorgeously soft 100% alpaca yarn by Brenel Alpacas (link)that I bought in a yarn shop in Aukland, New Zealand a few years back.  It has been waiting patiently to become something gorgeous and it wants to be an Encanto Wrap.   4  – Feeding the Habit My order came from John Arbon Textiles!  I have five skeins of Another Friday Night and two skeins of Mossy Bog.  Both were Open Weekend Specials, so now unavailable.  I am busy dreaming up what I can make with them.    5 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The September hook ups are on: Saturday 19th at 8pm BST and Sunday 20th at 9am BST. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 – The show notes have been given a bit of a refresh.  They look a bit classier and should be even more readable.  They are in the same location, I have just been playing around with the themes. 3 – Crochet Clan has 100% moved over to Mighty Networks as our community hub.  It’s free to join, very intuitive and much more fun to use.  If you want to come and take a look, just follow this link:  https://crochet-clan.mn.co/share/qXbA1tZnaHSae3Ek?utm_source=manual  You will have to sign up to Mighty Network but it is free of charge, is available as a mobile device app and a webpage.  I have locked down all of the threads in Ravelry and will no longer be adding podcast or project content over there.  I still have my designs on Ravelry and frankly am not in a financial position to remove them from that platform. 4 – The new home for my project details is Evernote.  You will see in this month’s podcast show notes that projects now point to my Evernote links and that is where you will get all the details like yarns used, gauge, hook size etc.  I also intend to pull together a Monthly Makes blog which pulls back to these Evernote pages.  The thought process is that I can cover off a wider range of my crafty endeavours through a monthly round-up blog.  It will likely include anything I have sewn, new food recipes I have worked on and any natural dyeing I have done.  I will provide a link to the Monthly Makes blog in every podcast. I promised to put up my Potato Salad recipe.  It is already on Might Networks but here is a link to my Evernote on it too (link). 5 – For the longest time, I have a real issue around using things like Ko-fi and Patreon accounts.  Well, I finally got over myself.  Many people want to be able to support creative people like me with their endeavours.  I think most of you recognise the amount of effort I put into the podcast and some of you want to be able to support that creative work financially. So, I have set up a Patreon account and it has three Patron tiers: Lace weight - £3 a month Sport weight - £5 a month Worsted weight - £10 a month There are all sorts of benefits available for supporting me, which you can see here.  Best of which is that Patrons on all tiers get the podcast (video and audio) a full 24 hours early, so Thursday at 10am rather than the first Friday of the month. I cannot tell you how much of a difference your support makes to me.  This will most likely be the thing that stops me having to get a part-time job and allows me to keep on putting that time and effort into the podcast and reviews and Mighty Networks. 😊 Thank you!   6 – J’adore You already know that I am a fan of Ishrat’s dyeing at Fruitful Fusion.  She has added variegated mini skeins to her collection.  I already know that much of Ishrat’s yarn dyeing works really well for crochet.  Her colour choices are really beautiful and there’s a funky bright side to her dyeing too.  If you haven’t checked her out before, here is a link to her web page and a link to her Instagram account.  I always love it when I see her Instagram posts.   I’ll be back on 2nd October. Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Sep 4
1 hr 9 min
Episode 56 - Social Network
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 56 – social network.      My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.   In this episode, I cover: Old Dog New Tricks; Final Destination; En Route; Quick News Beats and Big Up.    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:   1 – Old Dog New Tricks I have two for you today.  This first is a great podcast hack for YouTube.  Some of you watching me may struggle to deal with my soft Scottish accent and the speed that I talk.  I discovered that you can change the speed setting of videos on YouTube.  If you hover your mouse done at the bottom of the video, a settings cog will appear.  Click on that, click ‘Playback Speed’ and then choose whether you want to speed the video up or slow it down.  There are a few podcaster’s whose content I love, but their delivery is just to slow for me to enjoy.  By bumping them up to 1.25, the podcast is delivered at a rate that I enjoy and I can get through more podcasts.  I’ll take you through my second new trick in FOs.    2 – Final Destination I finished my Zig-Zag-Zummer top (link) by Sandra at Nomad Stitches (link), using my Rowan Pure Linen stash which is 130m/50g.  I used 250g in total to make a size 3 with modified sleeve caps and I am really pleased with the result.      Image text 1: Wooden floorboards with my finished Zig Zag Zummer top on them.  The back of the top is up to show the back V is lower then the front neckline V.  The top has plain rows of Htr (hdc) at the top and a filet crochet zig-zag pattern from the bust down.  The yarn is pure linen and dark olive green.  Image text 2: A close up of the armhole of the top showing my addition of dc2tog, rows to pull in the gape that occurred at the bottom of the armhole, above the bust.  Image text 3: Upper part of my torso stood in my kitchen.  I am wearing the top to show the left armhole which is gaping and the right armhole which I have made the dc2tog adjustments to and has a lot less gape.   Usually, I would upload my FOs as a project to Ravelry, but I’m not going to do that anymore.  I will be talking about that during Quick News Beats and sharing details of what I’m working on instead.  I found that when I had finished the top, there was a fair bit of gape at the front at the top of my chest.  I think I have a way of dealing with this during the actual crocheting of a top like this next time.  I didn’t know it was going to gape until I had sewn it all up, so needed a quick solution for reducing it. Attaching my yarn to the bottom of the yarn holes, I just did a series did 2 dc2tog, dc, ss, turn 4 dc 2 tog, dc, ss, turn and continued working in rows in this pattern until I had decreased the armhole gape to my satisfaction.  This only worked because I had spec in the armhole to build up extra rows – had I not, I would have had to rip back and worked a different solution.  My second FO is a stone!  I have been looking to make a paper/pattern weight for when I am working outside and cutting out sewing fabric.  I wanted something pretty that would look ornamental even when not in use.  So, crocheted cotton over a stone.  The pattern is from ‘Making’ magazine, Issue no.4 – Lines.  I have been eyeing up this pattern for some time… Image text: Very pale pink background with a collection of brown, terracotta, grey and white pebbles.  One large pebble is in the middle of them all and is has been covered in light blue cotton with crochet.  A double teardrop shape runs down the centre with surrounding rounds of dc (sc) and htrs (hdc).  To the left of the pebbles are three balls fo cotton - the blue used on the stone, a pale greyish pink and a dark grey. What I would say is that it is probably better to have a collection of stones that you can try to fit the crochet to.  I can see me creating a collection of these for various different uses.   3 – En Route My one en route this month is the  Belladere Bobble Pillow from the Modern Crochet book by Debrosse (link).   I am using Rowan Big Wool in a now-discontinued colour (shade 068) and a 10mm hook.  I am creating a specific size to fit around some of our living room cushions.    Image text 1: White background with a piece of crocheted fabric, a ball of chunky wool and a 10mm bamboo crochet hook.  The crochet os being worked up in bobble stitches so has a lot of texture.  On each row, the bobbles alternate spaces so it is building up a honeycomb pattern which is perfect for the mustard wool.   Image text 2: Pale pink background with the Modern Crochet book front cover showing.  The book has a black binding band and a picture of a white and wood rocking chair with a white sheep rug and a white textured cushion on it.  It's the same cushion I am crocheting.  The top of the book has " MODERN CROCHET" in bold black print.   These are the projects I am going to work on during my Pod Holiday: 1 – Encanto Wrap by Claudia – Crochet Luna (link) 2 – Textures Tee V2 by Tina - Tigers Eye Handmade (link)     Image text 1: A photo of smiley Claudia wearing her first-ever design, the Encanto Wrap is on the left and on the right is her wrap on a mannequin wearing a black dress.  The wrap shows a central purple, pink and black panel in a more solid crochet stitch and open crochet stitches for the left and right panels which are in purple and bright green. Image text 2: Tina is stood outside a house with long dark, wavy hair and hands-on-hips to show off the details of her crocheted top.   The top is a light grey colour and looks like it is made on the vertical for the top of the torso and horizontally for the waste band.  The crochet has lacy details.   4  – Feeding the Habit I don’t have any yarn to share with you this month.  I am still very much trying to work through some of my oldest stash and I do have rather a lot due from John Arbon Textiles.  On that note, I know that quite a few of you bought Another Friday Night at their Open Weekend.  I would love to know what you are going to make with it.   Image text: Mercahndise from Lady Dye Yarns on a pale pink background.  A bleached cotton drawstring bag with "badass crocheter ladydyeyarns.com" and a skull with crochet hooks for cross-bones is being hugged by the sleeve of a raglan long-sleeved t-shirt.  The raglan portion is a dark denim blue and the mani body is a light blue/grey.  It has the same wording and emblem screen-printed on the front.  What I did receive were some goodies from Claudia in the form of a ‘badass crocheter bag and top’ from Lady Dye Yarns (link).  I love them! This also means that I have a top-up of Claudia’s button badges which I will be adding to the shop next week.   Image text 1: Five skeins  of mohair are piled up on a light background.  The mohair is characteristically showing flyaway fibres and a beautiful lustre and the nettle dye stock with iron modifier has created a steely green colour that is really difficult to describe! Image text 2: Five skeins of merino-silk 4 ply yarn on a light background. The middle skein is a darker green and was dyed with dock roots, all of the outer skeins were dyed with dock leaves and are semi-tonal sage greens.    I have also been naturally dyeing some mohair with nettles adn iron modifier and merino/silk using dock leaves/roots and an iron modifier.  I didn't get the colours I expected but with the addition of iron sulphate as a modifier, I got some beautiful greens.   7 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The July hook ups are on: Saturday 25th  at 8pm BST and Sunday 26th at 9am BST. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 – I am going to take a Podcast Holiday in August.  I have to reasons for doing this, the first is that I am absolutely shattered and don’t feel like I am bringing my best work to the table at the moment.  The second is that viewer and listener numbers dip in August because people are off outside doing other things – all power to you.  This makes it the best time for me to have a month, recharge, do a load of podmin and come back as energised as ever in September.  I will still be on Instagram and other places, but there will be no Global Hook Up in August. 3 – Let’s talk Ravelry.  I’m sure you are aware of the utter debacle that has been Ravelry’s bizarre process to move to a new-look website.  This has caused lots of issues, making many people ill with headaches, migraines and seizures.  As ever, I like to focus on positive actions.  Hand in hand with the Ravelry changes being poorly executed is that fact that I really hate the forums function and consequently, never want to go in there.  That means that I’m not properly interacting with all of you and that’s not on.  So, myself and a small core of the Crochet Clan have been testing other web/app options for ways that crocheters can congregate and chat together, show off FOs, WIPs – basically all the things that occur in the Ravelry Group.  We think we have found a really neat solution in the form of Mighty Networks.  It’s free to join, very intuitive and much more fun to use.  If you want to come and take a look, just follow this link:  https://crochet-clan.mn.co/share/qXbA1tZnaHSae3Ek?utm_source=manual  You will have to sign up to Mighty Network but it is free of charge, is available as a mobile device app and a webpage.  You can give me feedback in that community forum or email me directly (fay@provenancecraft.com).  So far so good on the usability but I don’t want to move the forums from one problematic site to another, so your feedback is needed. Needless to say, part of my Pod Holiday will be spent over at Crochet Clan on Mighty Network to make sure that it works.  When I say I have looked at many other options, believe me, that I have spent the last two and a half days trying to find a viable Ravelry alternative.  My fingers are crossed that we have something that is better. 4 – My patterns are still up on Ravelry and will most likely remain there.  However, I will be putting renewed emphasis into patterns on my website and am also looking at Folksy as an option because Etsy feels like a waste of my time because I am UK based. You may find that your favourites designers have disappeared from Ravelry or won’t be adding new patterns.  Many are either setting up their own sites or using platforms like Payhip to creates simple sales pages.  I already had my patterns over at Provenance Craft Co. (link) so won’t be adding Payhip to my list of sales options for the time being.    8 - Big Up This one has to go out to the core of people that have been giving up their time to help test out Crochet Clan forum options.    You know who you are – it has really made the option of stepping away from Ravelry a lot less daunting.  I am truly excited that we can create something brilliant from a very cruddy situation.      I’ll be back on 4th September. Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Jul 3
1 hr 17 min
Episode 55 - Harder than you think
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 55 – Harder Than you Think.    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.   In this episode, I cover: Old Dog New Tricks; Final Destination; En Route; Designs in Progress; Quick News Beats; Big Up and J'adore.    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:     1 – General Update I am stood at my desk as I type this and it’s really difficult to find the ‘right’ words.  I’m not even sure there are ‘right’ words.  The world seems to be on fire.  People are being killed, simply because of their skin colour.  This episode was nearly called “Inconsequential” because that is how I felt about podcasting over the last few days – who cares about a crochet podcast when people are being killed, simply because of their skin colour.  This crochet podcast is also a platform for morals, beliefs, community and showing solidarity. So, instead, it is called “Harder Than You Think”.  Besides being the title for my favourite Public Enemy song (because it has lyrics that speak volumes to me (link)), it is also a reminder that life is harder than you think.  It’s particularly hard on people that face oppression, brutality, racism and inequality on a daily basis.  That is what hard looks like.  So, if you want to be part of the change, to support your fellow humans then know that there is hard work ahead and it will be harder than you think.  You will most likely take a step back at some point and think about your former actions and words and feel disgusted with yourself for not having done better.    You will make mistakes that you can learn from.  I put three actions on Instagram (link).  Three simple things that can be your starting point if you are now ready to be part of the change:  1 – Listen to the experiences of others and get angry about the injustices that they are made to suffer day after day and do something positive with that anger without being performative or centring it around you. 2 – Talk to your friends and family about diversity and inclusivity.  Keep having the conversations.  Keep pushing for solidarity over oppression. 3 – Your money makes a difference.  Donate money to organisations that make a difference such as ROTA in the UK (link) or National Bail Out in the US (link).  These are just two examples, there are many great organisations out there that you can donate to. Let’s be part of the change.  Complacency is not an option.   2 – Old Dog New Tricks I just have a quick one for you this month because time is utterly against me this week.  You may have the same issues I have when I go above a 5.5mm crochet hook.  I find that the hook gets too heavy and it can be difficult to manoeuvre and ultimately make your hands or wrist hurt. I have some large plastic hooks in my hook case but I really don’t enjoy working with them and I find it difficult to get my tension right.  Instead, have a try with bamboo hooks.  They are lightweight, slippy enough to tension with and I find them comfortable to work with.  So, if you have previously been put off working on larger gauge projects because of the hooks you, why not try a bamboo.    3 – Final Destination I have finished things! Scrapvent Blanket is finished and I love it!  I’ll be writing up this pattern shortly.  My lovely friend Bec is working up a DK version with an advent yarn calendar she got last year.  I have never been that fussed about crocheting blankets, but I think the flood gates may have been opened.  I definitely prefer thin fabric without holes. Image text: The left side of my bone coloured linen sofa has blue cushions and my Scravent Blanket draped over the arm.  A medley of 24 different coloured yarns with a peachy cream border. Matthew called my Scrapvent Blanket “fugly” – how rude!  So, to get my revenge I used loads of the yarns craps from the blanket in a pair of Fugly Socks that he has to wear.  The truth is that I didn’t want to add a load of little yarn scraps back into my stash and I used up all the remnants of nine of my blanket colours in his socks.  I will use some of the other scraps to also make myself a pair of Fugly Socks.      Image text: A pair of scrappy, hand-knitted socks in stripes of forest green, acid green, teal, navy, grey and aqua.  The socks are placed on bone coloured linen sofa seat pad. Last month I showed off some slubby/thick and thin yarn that my friend Claudia sent me from Germany.  I crocheted it into a cushion cover using a 10mm (bamboo) hook and linen stitch.  I chose linen stitch because it makes a nice flat fabric which has a decent amount of stretch which you need in a cushion cover.  Eventually, the cushion will go into my Stash Palace, but for now, Matthew is using it on his stool when her delivers training.  Who knew that metals stool seats aren’t that comfortable?!? Image text: A close up of my bone coloured linen sofa has blue cushions and my new slubby crocheted cushion cover at the front.  It has a light sky blue, olive green, spring green and white running through it and is nobbly because of the slubby yarn. I have also been trying out wood whittling, and I love it.  I have concentrated on shawl sticks so far. Image text: Five hand whittled shawl sticks are placed on bone coloured linen sofa seat pad.  The sticks have a skeletal quality about them because of the blonde wood and finger-like quality of their shape. 4 – En Route It is time to think about crocheting summer tops!  This has been on my to-do list for weeks now and I finally found time at the weekend to search for the right top. I was specifically looking for a top that had been designed by a BIPOC/BAME designer and was size-inclusive (up to a 60” bust).  So, where do you start?  Well, you go to the BIPOC in Fiber website (link) because it is an amazing resource that is easy to navigate and gives the details and links of BIPOC/BAME in all sorts of categories such as crochet designers, hand-knit designers, yarn retailers, photographers, podcasters – basically every element of our fibre community is covered and categorised, ready for you to search. There were three pages of crochet designers for me to go to and they all link to website or Ravelry pages where I could see their full designs line-up.  Because I was looking for a size-inclusive garment, that narrowed the field but I enjoyed going through all of the designer profiles, many of which I was familiar with because of the work that Claudia from Crochet Luna vlog cast had been doing.  So, I settled on the Zig-Zag-Zummer top (link) by Sandra at Nomad Stitches (link).  You definitely will have seen Sandra’s work before.  She is the designer behind the Taroko and Aztec Sweaters.   Image text: 1 - Boen coloured linen seat pad with a ball of olive green yarn to the right, the very beginnings of a top and an orange crochet hook.  The yarn has a sheen to it because it is pure linen.  Image 2 - White wall with Sandra's torso showing.  She is wearing her Zi-Zag-Zummer crocheted top which has filet zig zags at the bottom, working up to a plain v-neck top.  The top is a mid-dusky rose pink.   Image text: Dusky pink background with a white polaroid cut out and Sandra from Nomad Stitches as he photo held up with clear washi tape.  Sandra has mid-length brown hair and is wearing a crocheted top with love hearts at the bottom.  She is also wearing a big smile.   I plan on using my Rowan Pure Linen stash which is 130m/50g because it will ake for a nice cool summer top. I haven’t really made much progress on the top because life, but have a deadline of the 1st July because I am joining in the @promised.fiber (link) Make IT Inclusive MAL (link).  If you fancy joining in too, it is open to crocheters, knitters and sewers.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if lots of Crochet Clan people searched out a BIPOC/BAME designer from the BIPOC in Fiber website and joined in?  I also wanted to highlight a couple of other sources: 1 – Lisa (LisaRaspCrochet on Ravelry) has made a bundle which has 133 different size-inclusive garments. 2 – Yelley (Yelley on Ravelry) also has a bundle with 158 size-inclusive crocheted garments. Find the person on Ravelry, click onto their favourites and then you can search their ‘bundles’.   5  – Designs in Progress I have finished all of my Positivity Spiral samples and have updated the pattern.  If you have already bought it or buy it in the future, it now gives options form heavy laceweight up to bulky/chunky weight.  I have added in estimated circumference and depth measurements so that you can choose how many stitch repeats you do to get the measurements you want.  The updated version will be going out next week. I also have the rights back for Omni and that has already been uploaded onto my website and Ravelry.  Again, that works in all weights between heavy laceweight and aran/worsted.    6  – Feeding the Habit There is no Feeding the Habit this month.  I have been buying sewing books, but no yarn.  This will not last for long because this weekend is the John Arbon Textiles Mill Open Weekend.  I should have been vending and instead, we are doing it all virtually from Friday through to Sunday. I know I am going to buy yarn.   Especially because I got to design my own colour.  More on that in J’adore.  As part of the Virtual Mill Open Weekend, we are having an online crafting session – much like the Global Hook Up.  Do come and join us on Sunday 7th June at 2pm on Zoom (same joining details as below for Global Hook Ups).  It will be some of the Mill Folk form John Arbon, Katie Green, me and hopefully, lost of friendly faces joining us.    7 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The June hook ups are on: Saturday 27th  at 8pm BST and Sunday 28th at 9am BST. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 – Lots of yarn shows are moving to virtual events.  Obviously it is nice to meet face to face, but the beauty of a virtual event is that you can o to ones that were previously out of your reach.  Look out for Woolfest, Yarndale and others in the UK. 8 - Big Up This one has to go out to the BIPOC in Fiber team.  The website that has been created is a wonderful resource.  You may not be aware, but the person behind the website development is actually Alyson from the Keep Calm and Carry Yarn podcast.  Alyson has and continues to do an amazing job on the site.  7 – J’adore My love affair with John Arbon Textiles continues.  When I first started crocheting and getting into really lovely wool and yarns, I dreamt about having my own yarn colours.  I was asked to design my own for the Virtual Mill Open Weekend in their Yarnadelic range which is my current favourite wool of theirs.  Image text: Image split into two but features the same yarn, Another Friday Night.  The yarn is dark, dusky blue with slivers of silver through it.  It’s like the night sky when the starts just start twinkling but not all the light has disappeared.  In the left picture, skeins of the yarn are on a table with a chair tucked underneath.  On the right, the yarn is wound on colourful plastic cones and bundled inside a large white industrial bag.   Obviously, I was tempted to do a mustard but they already have an amazing mustard in that range.  Instead, I went for a dark, dusky blue with slivers of silver through it.  It’s like the night sky when the starts just start twinkling but not all the light has disappeared.  I LOVE IT.  If you want some too, be quick (link).    I’ll be back on the 3rd July. Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Jun 5
51 min
Episode 54 - Simple, Soothing Stitches
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 54 – Simple, Soothing Stitches.    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.   In this episode, I cover General Update; Old Dog New Tricks; Final Destination; Designs on Progress; Quick News Beats and Big Up.      This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:     1 – General Update I know that globally, we are all on different states of stay at home/lockdown.  However, the reality is most likely a little like eat, sleep, distance repeat.  I’m used to working from home and probably only go at a handful of times a week anyway.  I’m a bit of an introvert, so although I am very happy in my little home bubble, I am starting to miss my people.  It would have been Wonderwool Wales this weekend.  It’s easily my favourite show of the year.  I get to catch up with lots of my yarn buddies, many of which I won’t have seen since the end of September.  It’s a chance to check-in and hug your friends.  So, I’m missing all of that. I can only imagine that if you are a social butterfly this must be really tough for you.     I know that many of you are being directly affected by the virus and have family members that are ill or have sadly died.  I am sending tender love and hugs.    2 – Old Dog New Tricks This month’s top Crochet Clan tip is from Caroline (Soltra on Ravelry).  Her tip is to regularly push yourself to try something new with crafting.  It could be a new technique, a new type of craft, just something that keeps pushing you forward.  Caroline references the fact that when she learned to do Tunisian Crochet, she made blanket after blanket and sickened herself by only doing blankets for 18 months.  It was only when she joined in with a Tunisian CAL that was all about skill-building that she really moved on with her Tunisian crochet skills and has worked her way through 13+ projects. It’s really easy to stick to what you know and feels comfortable.  And I know that I have called this episode Simple Soothing Stitches because I don’t currently have the mental capacity to work on really complicated things, but new techniques and skills don’t have to be complicated.   I don’t know how many times I have told myself “oh, I’m not good enough to try that technique out yet”.  It’s folly to think that way because you are just holding yourself back.  Dive in, if it works first time – great, if it needs a bit of extra practice then that’s also great because you are really getting to grips with the new thing.  If it doesn’t work then maybe it’s not for you.  Often, that’s my favourite outcome because I can cross it off my list and move onto the next technique.  You will never see me do crocheted cables.  I hated doing it.  It’s just not for me, but because I now know that, I’m never swayed to those projects and I let something else pique my interest instead.   3 – Final Destination Let me introduce you to Heulwen.  It’s a laceweight shawl using Garthenor wool (link) and is in this month’s Inside Crochet (Issue 125 (link)).  Heulwen means sunshine in Welsh which is very apt given the design and that Garthenor is a Welsh-based wool company. Heulwen is made from 2 x 50g of Gathenor’s Number 1 Laceweight Wool which is undyed Shetland (link) and 1 x 50g of their plyed laceweight, Pennine, in colour Tilia (link). The entire thing weighs about 120g and although it’s lightweight, it’s nice and cosy.     Image text: Image 1 - An undyed grey, Shetland wool shawl is displayed along with a wooden fence post with bright yellow oilseed rape flowers and woodland in the field behind and cow parsley in bloom in the verge in front.  The shell has details of the sun in the same yellow as the oilseed rape.  A semi-circle for the sun with beams of yellow coming off in fan stitches.  Image 2 - a close up of the shawl showing how fine the lace wool is with the yellow fan/sunbeam details.  Oilseed rape flowers and a blueish sky are visible behind.   I have been hooking up many Positivity Spirals (link to Ravelry, link to my website, link to Etsy).  This month I have made one from: John Arbon Textiles Exmoor Sock 4 ply, 50g/200m,  Mackerel Sky (link). John Arbon Textiles Knit By Numbers DK, 100g/250m, KBN111 (link). John Arbon Textiles  Harvest Hues light Aran/worsted, 100g/200m, Bracken (link). Gathernor Number 5, Chunky, 100g/70-100m, Pewter Jacob (link).   Image description: Four different versions of Positivity Spiral Cowl lying over each other. L-R is an undyed Jacob, chunky version in a Pewter Grey, Then a rusty orange Aran weight version, an aquamarine 4 ply version and a long thin DK version in lovely dirty mustard colour. I have one more to do and then I can update the pattern giving options for a wider range of yarn weights.  If you have already bought Positivity Spiral, as soon as it has been updated, you will receive a new copy with all of the weights on it.  I also set myself a design challenge last month to get a design, knit and publish a pattern inside of seven days.  I managed it by the skin of my teeth and it was intense!  I created a stranded colourwork knitted hat called the Coho Beanie (link to Ravelry, link to my website, link to Etsy).  I also used it as a chance to document my design process, the tools I use and the amount of time that is involved.  If you are interested in seeing that process, head over to my design Instagram account @faydhdesigns (link) and look for the videos. I used John Arbon Textiles Yarnadlic 25g/83m Minis (link) in colours Indigo Dust, Of my Hand, Woman in Blue and Ordinary Joe for the four-colour blue version and Harmonium, English Sparrows and Ordinary Joe for the three-colour green version.   Image description: Image 1 - me with my long brown hair down looking back over my shoulder beside a large pool of water.  I am wearing the M/L, four-coloured, knitted Coho Beanie which ranges from dark teal through to a warm cream and has feature scallops in stranded colourwork.   Image 2 - The five different size version of the hat laid out on a large mossy trunk, surrounded by nettles.  L-R they go from L/XL adult (green), M/L (teals), S (teals), XS/Child (teals) and toddler (green) sizes.  The green version is three-colours, ranging from a mid-forest green to bright spring green to the same warm cream.  Some of the hats have pom-poms on them.   Me being me, I knitted it up in five different sizes, so it’s available from toddlers up to a L/XL adult. So whilst I haven’t yet managed to whittle any wood – that’s my challenge for this weekend – I have managed to sew my first ever garment.  I managed to get some organic cotton from Fabworks (link) and used the Elise Tee from Fine Motor Skills (link) which is a free sewing pattern.  I really enjoyed this as a first attempt and I’m happy to be wearing it as I record.  I even regraded the pattern to make it a little bigger because it only goes from S-L.  Plop! There I go down the sewing rabbit hole.  My Nana used to sew all of her own clothes.  Don’t think tea dresses, think fine tailoring pinstripe suits with satin and chiffon blouses.  Elaine Dashper was a woman with very defined tastes and standards!  I am hoping I have inherited some of her sewing DNA.    4  – Designs in Progress I have almost finished my Scrapvent Blanket.  Lots of work has gone into this month because although I am trying to set myself challenges to keep focussed, I am also really drawn to simple soothing stitches.  I just don’t want my crochet time to be challenging too and the blanket has been perfect for that.  Image description: Cream background with my Scrapvent Blanket coming in from the right having been artistically 'dumped'.  It has a cream border and 24 different stripes (6 rows per colour stripe) ranging from peachy creams to mustard, greens, teals and finally, dark plummy purple.  Why not head to your stash and see if you have 24 x 20g leftovers or minis in 4 ply and 100g for a border?  Get them bagged up and put away for 1st December 2020. I’m so pleased with the way that the blanket is coming together.  There are a couple in there that I maybe would swap out in hindsight, but as soon as I attached the border, it really helped to bring the whole piece together.  For me, it was well worth pulling together the 24 colour sequence.  Even if I did think I was drunk when I added the acid green in that I now rather like! This will be finished next month, with a pattern to follow shortly. I was working on a laceweight version of Positivity Spiral with Organically Farmed Merino, 50g/650m, natural white (link) but I just can’t do it.  It’s too fine and I’m not enjoying it.  Given what I said in Old Dog New Tricks, I definitely know that cobweb lace is a step too far for me. I know that I keep on saying I don’t like laceweight, but clearly I must like it a little bit because I keep on going back to it. So, my alternative laceweight version of Positivity Spiral is in Garthenor’s Number 1 laceweight in Smoke, which is undyed Shetland, 50g/350 (link).    Image description: Image 1 - cream background with a cake of fine undyed, grey laceweight wool to the top left and a bundle of barely started crocheted rounds in the middle.  A pink metal crochet hook lyes to the right.  Image 2 - School green background with a photo of Jonny and Sally from Garthenor Organic.  Jonny with his arm around his Mum, Sally, as they stand in front of Niagara Falls.     5  – Feeding the Habit I am a very fortunate person.  I had three parcels turn up from lovely Crochet Clan folk.  Each parcel arrived just when I needed a little boost! I received some beautiful seaweed yarn and skeins of hemp from Rachael.  She has also requested that I do a bit of a feature on vegan yarns.  I have one planned and have lots of yarns to go through but don’t quite know when I’m going to get to it – someday! Three skeins of hemp yarn in an acid green, rusty brown/orange a dark lavender blue/purple lye diagi=onally beside a card with a crocheted hexagon and cake of seaweed yarn. Rica sent me through loads of German marzipan ( I even let Matthew have some) and yarn from her global travels.  So, I now have yarns from Germany, Iran, India, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and Bolivia in my stash.  I need to spend some proper time looking at the construction of the wools to see if there are differences from country to country. Image description: cream background with lots of different yarns from around the world.  Fluffy blue mohair from India, perfectly spun pecahy brown wool from Bolivia, loosely spun green wool from Iran.  The different plying methods from different countries is evident. Claudia also sent loads of marzipan from Germany.  If you have never tried marzipan with calvados, you are missing out!  I have a new favourite.  My parcel from Claudia was full of all sorts of lovely goodies including some amazing art yarn which I think I am going to make into a cushion, using the mustard coloured buttons that she popped in the parcel.  Image description: A large hank of art yarn that goes from thick to thin and ranges from sky blue to bring green and a slurry green /brown.   I can’t show you any marzipan because we have eaten it all! Nom, nom, nom. Given that I was buying design wool from Garthenor, I also treated myself to a little set of 10g mini skeins from their little shop update.  Often small companies have small updates that go out to newsletter subscribers first.  That’s what Garthenor and RiverKnits do.  John Arbon Textiles do their Mill Membership for special access.  It’s definitely worth subscribing to your favourite small businesses.  Image description: Five mini skeins fo wool, each bound in the centre with a kraft paper label.  The skeins are different types of wool and move from light grey/brown through to a dark chocolate, peaty colour. 6 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The May hook ups are on: Saturday 23rd  at 8pm BST and Sunday 24th at 9am BST. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.    7 – J’adore Going back to the premise of simple and soothing, I have been going back to gardening and growing more of our own food.  The current pandemic has given me a bit of a jolt to look again at my environmental impact and what is important to me.  My plan is to grow and make even more of our own food (we already do a fair bit) and to really work towards a handmade capsule wardrobe.  I don’t think I’m the only one using this strange time to reassess what they want from this one life. I have also been looking backwards through “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” by Edith Holden.  It’s an illustrated nature journal, documenting what Edith saw in the English countryside month by month.  I grew up with this book and bought my own second-hand copy at the beginning of the year.  Every month, I go to it and look at Edith’s writing and illustrations for that month.  One of May’s mottoes is “Shear your sheep in May and shear them all away”.  Image description: The book is open at pages for May with beautiful handwriting on the left page and a delicate illustration of May flowers on the right.   I‘m basically taking pleasure from the simple things.  I hope you are too.   I’ll be back on 5th June. Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
May 1
1 hr 16 min
Episode 53 - Rainbows & silver linings
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 53 – Rainbows and silver linings.    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.   In this episode, I cover General Update; Old Dog New Tricks; Final Destination; Designs on Progress; Quick News Beats and Big Up.    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:     1 – General Update Things are a little strange just now.  We are in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, UK residents have been told to stay at home and life is more than a little up in the air! So, I am really hoping that you are all safe and well.  I am sending lots of love to you all.  Extra love and hugs to those of you that are frontline staff and key workers.  You are keeping the country going and we are all hugely appreciative for the hard work and effort you are putting in.   2 – Old Dog New Tricks This month’s top Crochet Clan tip is from Rachel (thepulledstitch on Ravelry and has a blog on called Pulled Stitch (link)).  Rachel’s top tip came via Susan of Peppergoose Design (link). It’s all about how you set up your slip knot, ready for your starting chain. If you have your tail end to the right and working yarn to the left to make your slip knot, pulling the working yarn will tighten your knot and pulling the tail end will loosen it.   If you reverse this out to that the tail end is on your left when you make your slip knot and the working yarn is on your right, the tail end will tighten the knot and the working yarn will loosen it.   This means that once you have worked into your starting chain or completed your foundation row/round, you can gently pull on the tail end to neaten up your work. My top tip is to point you towards a blog post I wrote a couple of years back.  I have noticed on Instagram that many people are using their ‘Stay at Home/Lockdown’ time to finish up projects.  Whilst the post is called “Ideas on Blocking and Finishing Garments” (link), there is a wealth of information in that post – I really went all out!  So, if you are trying to make the most of some enforced home time, grab a cuppa and give the blog post a read.   3 – Final Destination I have two crocheted FOs and two knitted ones. The first, knitted one is a Hay jumper (link) which is from Laine knitting magazine, Issue 3.  I used my precious John Arbon Textiles Yarnadelic in colour Badi Da (link).  The yarn was bought in January specifically for this project and I really love it.  I think it’s my favourite knitted jumper to date.  Image text: A finished jumper on a dark wooden floor.  The jumper is a mixture of a petrol teal and brown/copper melange.  There are two lacework panels that go from the rib, up and over the shoulder.    If you want to know more about this yarn, I wrote a review a couple of months back (link).  My second FO is a pair of socks for a friend.  I promised her a hand-knitted pair some time ago as a birthday present.  Katie is currently quarantined at home because she is on the at-risk list and so I thought that hand-knitted socks would be nice to receive in a parcel – possibly with some chocolate. The main yarn is a very old skein that was unlabelled and the pink contrast heels and toes are some yarn I had left from crocheting socks in Kathryn’s (Crafternoon Treats) yarn (link). Image text: A pair of very bright knitted socks with spiraling strips of turquoise, red, purple and slightly more subtle green and orange.  The heels and toes are in bright pink.     My third and very bright finished object is a rainbow that I plan to hang from my front door.  We have a lot of families that walk up the lane by our house and I thought it would be nice to add a bit of colour and something for them to look for.  If time allows, I will keep on adding to it to create a bit of a landscape.  The pattern was from adapted from The Cookie Snob (link) and I just followed the four-row increase repeat, changing colour every three rows. The yarns are all a mixture of cotton in different weights and from different manufacturers. Image text: A crocheted rainbow on a blue background.  The rainbow is on the dirty end of the rainbow shade rather than the unicorn or need sunglasses to look at it end.   My final FO is a version of my Positivity Spiral Cowl, crocheted with a special 4 ply skein from Ishrat at Fruitful Fusion (link).   I love how this combination of yarn colour and pattern has worked up together.  Ishrat is a crocheter too, and has beautiful yarns!    Image 1 text: A crocheted cowl with obvious spirals of a slanted stitch and filet crochet.  It's made using lightly variegated yarn in sea blues, purples and turquoises. Image 2: The same yarn but shown in an unopened skein to show the subtle colour changes. Image 3: A blue background with text and an arrow to say that the photo is of Ishrat from Fruitful Fusion.  Ishrat is in her garden holding brightly coloured yarn aloft in her left hand.  She has a warm smile, is wearing glasses and a light grey hijab.   4  – Designs in Progress Work continues on my Scrapvent Blanket and I am almost halfway through my little brown bags of yarn scraps.  It’s a really lovely, relaxing make that I have been working on in the evenings.  I’ll keep on showing it to you every month until it is a FO. Why not head to your stash and see if you have 24 x 20g leftovers or minis in 4 ply and 100g for a border?  Get them bagged up and put away for 1st December 2020.  Image text: A close up if the crocheted Scrapvent Blanket.  It has 12 colours in it from soft pastel pinks and creams to dar green and sprout type greens.  Each colour is in a block of six rows. 5  – Feeding the Habit Just in case we go into a higher level of lockdown in the UK, I wanted to purchase the next set of design yarns I needed.  So, I went straight to John Arbon Textiles and got all the weights and colours I needed.  Here’s what I got for the laceweight (grrr), 4ply and worsted versions of my Positivity Spiral Pattern. I also got some Yarnadelic mini skeins in a range of four colours.  I have plans to give myself a knitted design challenge next week.  I want to knit a colourwork hat and if possible, get the pattern written up, tech edited and published inside of seven days.  The plan is to show the thinking and process that goes into creating a pattern.  It will all be documented over on Instagram under @faydhdesigns if you fancy following me over there.    Image text: A blu/grey background with three skeins of yarn.  Centre is a folded over skein of Merino laceweight in warm white.  To the left is a rusty orange skein that is a light ran weight and resting on top of that is a skein of 4 ply that is in a soft sea green/ aquamarine colour. Laceweight Organically Farmed Merino, 50g/650m, natural white (link). Exmoor Sock 4 ply, 50g/200m,  Mackerel Sky (link). Harvest Hues light aran/worsted, 100g/200m, Bracken (link).   Image 1: Four mini skeins of Yarnadelic yarn are lined up.  L-R they go from a dark teal blue to a turquoise teal, to aquamarine blue, to warm cream. Image 2: A blue background with text and an arrow to say that the photo is of John and Juliet fo John Arbon Textiles.  They are sat beside each other in the mill.  Juliet to the left has her trademark curly hair tied back in a plait, a checked dress and cardi on.  John has a navy t-shirt and mill-standard brown dungarees on.  They are both smiling at the camera.   Yarnadelic mini skeins (link) 25g/83m, in shades Indigo Dust, Of My Hands, Woman in Blue and Ordinary Joe.   Before I came out to record, I also dunked into a wood whittling rabbit hole.  I’m not joking.  Let’s see what that brings to next month’s podcast!   6 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The April hookups are on: Saturday 25th  at 8pm BST and Sunday 26th at 9am BST. There will also be some more impromptu ones which will be posted up in advance on Instagram Stories @crochet_circle_podcast The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 – You raised £385 for ROTA by purchasing my Positivity Spiral cowl.  I am blown away by the response to this and it feels really good to be raising this money for such a great initiative. 3 – Inside Crochet (link to be able to buy digital and hard copies of the mag) – I have a pattern and an article in Issue 124 of Inside Crochet this month.  The pattern is called Omni and can be worked in laceweight up to aran/worsted as a one skein shawl.  4 – JAT Annual Issue 2 (link) – has a crochet pattern by me called Broad Oak Hill.  The Annual is now out on pre-order and also has three knitting patterns and all sorts of other goodies in it.   Image 1: Three copies of The Annual Issue 2 are open on wooden floorboards.  They show the front page, yarns and one of the knitting patterns.  Text on the image says that the Annual is coming soon and available for pre-order. Image 2: Frankie and Juliet are up on Exmoor with brown bracken behind them.  Frankie is to the left wearing a black top and the grey ombre version of the Broad Oak Hill crocheted cowl.  Juliet is on the right wearing green top and the green ombre version doubled over to make a snuggly cowl. 5 – Fun Things to do online – here’s a load of suggestions that the #CrochetClan has been sending in (link).  It is also available as a thread on Ravelry within the Crochet Circle Podcast Group.  That’s the best place to add suggestions. 6 - How to set up a Zoom Meeting – here’s a blog and PDF I pulled together to help you (link). 7 – BluePrint (previously known as Craftsy) have listed all of their classes as free until the 9th of April 2020 (link).  So, if you want to learn a new skill and are lacking funds just now, head there to see what you can learn.  There are 53 different crochet classes you could access. I have my eye on the Geometry Embroidery class by Natalie Chanin, Fixing Crochet Mistakes and Sew the Fremont Bag.  Hmm, zero housework is being done this weekend!   7 – Big Up There can only be one this month and it has to go out to all of the key and frontline workers out there that are helping to keep our healthcare systems and supply chains running.      I’ll be back on 1st of May. Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Apr 3
1 hr 8 min
Episode 52 - Radical Kindness
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 52 – Radical Kindness.    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.   In this episode, I cover Old Dog New Tricks; Final Destination; Designs on Progress; Quick News Beats and Big Up.      This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:   1 – Old Dog New Tricks This month’s top Crochet Clan tip is from Rica (woolroundtheworld on Ravelry and @woolaroundtheworld on Instagram).  Rica has highlighted how stitches can look completely different worked in the round, compared to in rows. Examples given show Lemon Peel Stitch in rows and rounds and the same for Feather Stitch.  The textures and final looks are really quite different.  Even the simplest of stitches like double crochet, look different in the round form in rows.     Image 1: Two examples of Lemon Peel stitch, on the left it has been crocheted in rows and on the right in rounds.  It looks neater in rounds and the stitch definition is better. Image 2: Two examples of Feather stitch, on the left it has been crocheted in rows and on the right in rounds.  It has more stitch detail in rows and presents more of a slanted stitch in rounds.     Image 3: Herringbone htr are shown on the left which creates a left and right slanting diagonal pattern in the work because it's worked in rows.  On the right Herringbone tr are shown worked in the round, so all of the stitches are slanting to the left. So, if you have stitch dictionaries or are looking to start some of your own designs, have a think about whether you could create something that looks completely different.  I have a few stitch dictionaries and I find them really helpful for my work.  I thought I would share two of my absolute favourites with you:   1 – The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden  ISBN-10: 0785830480 ISBN-13: 978-0785830481 2 – Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary Dora Ohrenstein ISBN-10: 1419732919 ISBN-13: 978-1419732911   2 – Final Destination I have one FO and it’s another garment!  It’s the Adelong jumper pattern (link)   Image: My mustard coloured Adelong jumper is lying on dark wood floorboards.  The top of the bust upwards, including the sleeves, is ribbed by working back loop only and from the rib downwards it's all half trebles, giving two distinct sections of stitch definition.      The yarn is Erika Knight British Blue 100 which is a DK weight yarn (link).  It’s 100% British Bluefaced Leicester, 220m per 100g and I am using shade Mrs. Dalloway. The pattern is by Deanne from Addydae Designs (link to IG account) and it’s a top-down construction, creating the sleeves and neckline at the same time.  I crocheted up a size medium so that there is less positive ease and also changed the ribbing a little so that it was shorter and joined from front to back and I added a couple of rounds of dc to the sleeves to pull them in a little and finish them off.    Image 1: shows the hem of my finished Adelong jumper.  The hem is the same length front and back with a 4 stitch join so that the two ribs are joined.  The jumper is in a proper mustard colour. Image 2: The sleeve of my Adelong jumper shows the neat short-row shaping that forms from the neckline all the way down the top of the arm and the two rounds of dc (SC US)  I did to pull the sleeve in a little.   3 – Designs in Progress I finally have some designs in progress that I can show you that aren’t for commissions!  In fact, there are three! First up is Positivity Spiral.  This design will be launched on March 15th in support of Operation Social Justice Warrior.  I want to be able to support positive ways for our fibre community to be inclusive and this feels like a good way forward.  If you would like to know more about Operation Social Justice, please go and have a look at Angie at Gamercrafting’s information, because she is the one putting all the hard work into organising it (link). Positivity Spiral is a one skein cowl pattern that can be made as long or short as you like.  It can be worked up in any weight of yarn too.  Because the deadline is quite tight for this pattern, the initial pattern release will have three cowl examples (light DK, sportweight and 4ply).  For anyone that buys the pattern through Ravelry, Etsy or my website, as soon as I have finished the details with the other weights, a pattern update will be sent to everyone that already purchased it. 100% of the profits are going to ROTA (link) for any pattern sales from 15th March to the end of the month.  Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is one of Britain's leading social policy think-tanks focusing on issues that affect Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Originally set up in 1984, ROTA aims to increase the capacity of BAME organisations and strengthen the voice of BAME communities through increased civic engagement and participation in society.     So, if you would like to buy the pattern from 15th onwards, you can do so on Ravelry, Etsy or my own website.  Remember that my pattern prices are scaled on my website, so you can access them from £2 to £6 depending on your budget.    What is doubly exciting is that I am hoping to crochet the 4 ply sample with a special skein from Ishrat at Fruitful Fusion (link).   What is also amazing is that my very lovely friend and Tech Editor, Deb from Find me Knitting (link) has offered to tech edit for free.  This is no small thing because that means the money I would have spent now goes straight to ROTA because it isn’t being deducted from design expenses.  Thanks Deb!   The examples shown were in Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico (light DK) and John Arbon Textiles Alpaca Supreme sportweight.   Image: Two cowls on a light pink background with a bow-tie of yarn and a blue crochet hook.  The smaller cowl is resting on top of the other and it's a silver colour.  The other is a caramel/fawn brown.  Both have the same stitch pattern with Herringbone tr slanting to the left and the filet crochet also slants to the left.    My second design is very much in its infancy, but it combines two lovely yarns – both from RiverKnits.  Using the solid Bluefaced Leicester 4ply as a background colour, it allows the different colours of the Chimera yarn to really show off.  I am just at the beginning of the first hand warmer, so there is still a fair way to go on this design, especially as I want to make mittens, a cowl and a hat from it!  So, it will be a while before you see this as a finished set of designs. Image: white background with the beginnings of a hand warmer.  The main colour is navy and ears of barley type corn are worked up in puff stitches.  The puff stitches are worked up in Chimera yarn which is spun with mustard, white, teal and blue.     Design number three is a blanket.  I have never really designed a blanket before and this one is inspired by all of the lovely mini yarn advent calendars that people were showing off at the end of 2019.    It got me thinking about my stash, using what I’ve got and offering a solution for folk that can’t afford yar advents but would really love one.  If like me, you have lots of half-used cakes of 4 ply yarn, then this is something that you can do now and put away, ready for the 1st December to unwrap your own yarn advent.   I went to my stash and pulled out 24 cakes of 4 ply yarn that had 20g or more in them.  As I had lost to choose from, I also chose the 24 that I thought worked best together.    The next part is up to you.  You can either bag them up in any old order, or you can do what I did and create a colour sequence that won’t make your inner-pedant scream.    I then numbered 24 brown bags and popped each of my 20g+ yarn cakes into a bag and popped them all into one big bag.  Come 1st December 2020, you will not remember what you had in those bags and you will have a lovely yarn advent that cost you the sum total of 24 brown paper bags.    The pattern I am designing is called the Scrapvent Blanket and it’s designed to make the yarn go as far as possible.  I’m using Herringbone half Treble because it creates such a beautiful fabric that isn’t very holey.  My plan is to finish the blanket off with a solid cream border – also from stash.   Image: pale pink background with a cream/ light teal project bag and a multi-coloured blanket spilling out of it.  The blanket shows six-row repeats in different yarns and the lastest colour, a dark green yarn is caked up and ready to go.  To the right is a pink crochet hook, an empty brown paper bag and a full paper bag with scrap yarn 10 in it, ready to be added to the blanket.     So, I’ll continue to work away on the blanket over the coming months and the pattern will be ready well in advance of the 1st December.  Why not head to your stash and see if you have 24 x 20g leftovers or minis in 4 ply and 100g for a border?  Get them bagged up and put away for 1st December 2020.   4 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The March hook ups are on: Saturday 21st  at 8pm (GMT) and Sunday 22nd at 9am GMT. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 – As this goes live on the 6th March, I will be vending at the RiverKnits Open Day tomorrow 7th March and then the next places you can find me are Wonderwool Wales (link) on 25th and 26th April, Knit and Stitch Show at the Reghed Centre in Cumbria (link) on 2nd and 3rd May, Yarningham in Birmingham (link) on 11th and 12th July. There are lots of other events during the year, but these are the ones I’m allowed to tell you about so far!   5 – Big Up The moon.  Okay, I’m going to go a bit woo here.  I don’t understand why it has taken me nearly 43 years to understand the impact that the lunar cycle has on me. In case you are also a creative soul, here is what it does to me.  A few days before and after the new moon I am bone-tired and need to take naps.  I feel drained, down-hearted about everything and generally meh!   At the opposite end of the scale in the days leading up to and after a full moon, I am full of energy, and the creative ideas just flow out of my head uncontrollably – there is literally no stopping me.  Now that I understand this rhythm, I can plan my design work around the cycle.  When I need new designs, I wait until the full moon is due and then I use that more relaxed time of the new moon to actually work on the new designs and products.    It’s actually the perfect balance because I can’t keep at full-pelt all the time, much as I think I can.  With my new-found understanding, I now track what is going on and allow myself a bit of a break when it’s new moon time.    I know it sounds a bit woo, but honestly, this realisation has completely changed the way I structure my months and creative output.  The proof is in the number of new designs I have on the go! If any of you are interested in tracking the lunar cycle, I have been using an app on my phone called Moon Pro and it also gives you sunrise and sunset times which is really handy.   I’ll be back on 3rd April. Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Mar 6
59 min
Episode 51 - Light
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 51 – Light.     My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.     In this episode, I cover Old Dog New Tricks; Yarn review; Final Destination; En Route; Quick News Beats; Big Up and J’adore.    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:     1 – Old Dog New Tricks This month’s top Crochet Clan tip is from Stasia (Stasiacrochet on Ravelry and Instagram).  Stasia has been on a real crocheted garment journey.  She managed to make 13 last year and is already on her second of 2020.    We both struggle to make tops fit because we have actual boobs to fit into a garment.  Stasia’s top tip is to rearrange some of the stitches from your back to your front. For example, if you are making a top-down raglan and you are supposed to have a starting chain with 40 chains for the front and for the back, you may have 38 for the back (-2) and 42 for the front (+2). I sometimes deduct 5! If you are working top-down in the round then you need to do this before splitting for the sleeves and not from the beginning. Designers usually say that your back and front are the same width but mine are about 13cm different.   This is a great tip if you aren’t a fan of the boxy sweater which tends to just hang straight off us big boobed people like a tent.  You can make a smaller size, tailor it for your bust and create something more flattering.  You just need to keep an eye on the arm length and bicep circumference though.    My top tip is to know what you are looking for when you are choosing a garment pattern.  For instance, there are patterns on Ravelry that go up to 60” bust but are listed as a 4XL, there are also 5XL patterns listed that also go to 60”.  It is always better to go by your measurements rather than a size option.      2 – Yarn review I have written a full review for Yarnadelic by John Arbon Textiles (link) over at Provenance Craft Co. (link).  It’s absolutely beautiful. Image text: soft grey background with three skeins of squishy Yarnadelic wool.  It has a base of blue with dark fawn brown heathered throughout the yarn.  It shows quite a high twist in the strands and a beautiful blend of the colours.   3 – Final Destination I have one little crochet FO from January.  Needless to say, I have lots of stuff bubbling away that I will be able to share with you in the future.  I am doing submitting some designs to magazines, partly because I really like working with an extended team and partly because it gives me a very firm deadline to work to, which is how I work best.  The quickly whipped up this mitten pattern to be able to review the Yarnadelic yarn.  I’m not going to write up a pattern for them, but the knowledge gained will be used in one of my next designs, so you will see a similar-ish pattern from me in the future.    Image text: grey background showing on the right, a full mitten with rib and starting rows in Yarnadelic colourway 'Black Gold of the Sun' transitioning through some simple colourwork into the rusty orange colour that is Bracken from the Harvest Hues range.  To the left is my hand, showing how the fingerless mitten fits.   I did finish my Dad’s knitted Icelandic jumper.  I posted it on the Wednesday morning and he phoned me on Thursday night to tell me how much he loved it.  He is a step closer to becoming Icelandic!   Image text: Double image. On the left is my white-haired Dad wearing his new Jon jumper with his hands crossed to show the details on the sleeves.  On the right is the jumper on my mannequin.  The main body is dark grey with colourwork at the bottom of the sleeves and the yoke in a gradient of greys into ash white.   The design is called Jon (link) and is by Hulda Hakonardottir.  I knitted it using Lettlopi (link) in four shades of grey.    Before I sent it to my Dad, I asked Matthew to try it on to see what the shaping was like.  He got his fingers about 3cm into the body of the jumper before he recoiled and refused to put it on.  Matthew is at the other end of the wool softness scale to me.  He loves lambswool, merino and Bluefaced Leicester and that’s about it.  Luckily, I make up for it with my love of characterful wool.      4 – En Route I have one crocheted WIP on the go and it’s another garment!  I was given the Adelong jumper pattern (link) as a present by lovely Claudia Dingle and I happened to have just the right amount of yarn for it from my Christmas pressies.  Of course, it’s mustard coloured.  I am using the Erika Knight British Blue 100 which is a DK weight yarn (link).  It’s 100% British Bluefaced Leicester, 220m per 100g and I am using shade Mrs. Dalloway.    Image text: grey background with the beginnings of a mustard wool jumper.  My hand is holding the remains of a cake of yarn on the jumper and a crochet hook can be seen in the top right of the photo.  The jumper is ribbed and the back panel from the collar down is finished, ready to start the front panel from the collar down. This is a really lovely, soft wool to use and it is crocheting up a dream.  The pattern is by Deanne from Addydae Designs (link to IG account) and as you can expect from her patterns, it’s really well written and broken into bite-sized chunks.   Image text: yellow background with a washi-taped photo of Deanne wearing her version of her Adelong jumper in a steel grey. Deanne has on hand on her hip and is looking to her left, with mid-length dark blond hair falling down the front.    I am loving the top-down construction of this jumper.  As mentioned in Old Dog, New Tricks, boxy jumpers don’t really suit my shape, so I am crocheting up a size medium so that there is less positive ease and I can make the most of my assets!   5 - Feeding the Habit I obviously bought more of the Yarnadelic yarn because I am in love with it!  I have six skeins and am currently knitting a jumper with it.  I also got some mini skeins during a jolly to see Ewe & Ply's new shop in Oswestry (link).  There was also some incoming new yarn from RiverKnits (link) which is destined for my next crochet designs. Image text: Image 1 - grey background with a skein of Chimera yarn from RiverKnits which is a marl of blues and yellow, lying on top of a dark navy skein. In the middle is a hardback copy of Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes which has a bright green cover with a hand-drawn big sheep and a very small person riding on its back with a lasso. To the right of the book are three skeins of Yarnadelic yarn in colour Badi Da (mid steel blue/grey with a blend of mid-brown).  To the top of the book is a bundle of mini skeins in pastel, sugared almond colours. Image 2 - yellow background with a washi-taped photo of Becci and Markus from RiverKnits wearing their dye aprons.  Bothe have glasses on and are smiling as they look straight at the camera.   5 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The February hook ups are on: Saturday 22nd  at 8pm (GMT) and Sunday 23rd at 9am GMT. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 –  I will be vending at the RiverKnits Open Day on the 7th March.  It’s held at their dye studio in Weedon, Northants.  All the details can be found here (link).  There are even more vendors than last year, including Katie Green, Garthenor, Fruitful Fusion and many others.  3 - International crocheters.  If you are interested in being on a list that I can pass out to dyers, yarn shop owners etc. that need test crocheters, then please email me:  fay@provenancecraft.com   6 - J’adore I have just listened to Clara Parkes’ book Vanishing Fleece.  It was wonderful and gave me a real insight into the wool industry in the US and where the concerns and issues are.  It is a book worth reading if you are interested in how wool is processed and where the pressure points are. I’ll be back on March 6th.  Have a fab festive season! Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Feb 6
1 hr 13 min
Episode 50 - Woohoo
Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 50 – Woohoo!   My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.     In this episode, I cover Old Dog New Tricks; WIP RIP 2019; Final Destination; En Route; Quick News Beats; Big Up and J’adore.    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.  Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:     1 – Old Dog New Tricks Last month, I said I was also going to start sharing your top tips in this section.  This fist Crochet Clan tip comes from two folk – Trina (browneyedgirlGB on Ravelry and  @browneyedgirl on Instagram) and Andrea (woolwoman2k8 on Ravelry,  @woolwomank2k8  on Instagram and  Woollen Yarns Blog).  The tips are all about using stitch markers.  Andrea uses them to mark the right side of her work, making it easier to find where you are in a pattern.  Trina uses them to mark the first stitch of each row.    I really like the bulb safety pins and stitch markers with the lever back arch because they are easy to attach and lock in place.  Using stitch markers may seem like a bit of a faff, but it can honestly save you hours of work and help you to keep your row and round counts accurate.    I’m working on a blog post which answers your questions on blocking.  You still have time to ask me specific questions on blocking, if you have any.  One of the questions was about how to block hats.  If you are lucky enough to have a bowl that has the same circumference as the recipient, then you can use that.  However, if the bowl is too deep, you run the risk of the hat brim being stretched too widely.    I wanted to create a hat blocker that was bespoke to the circumference of my head, so I made one with papier mache and a balloon.  Here is how to do it: 1 – Measured the circumference of your head.  I measured 58cm across my forehead, over my ears and around the nape of my neck. 2 – Blow up a balloon and deflated it until it has a circumference of 2cm less than your measurement at the widest point and tie it off.    Note that you reduce the circumference by 2cm so that the hat will block slightly smaller than your head and will be a good fit.  3 – Make a ‘glue’ from ½ cup of flour and 2.5 cups of water, heat on the hob and whisk until it creates a thick paste.  Allow it to cool.  This was enough to create two hat blocking moulds. 4 – Tear a few pages of newspaper into strips. 5 – Using a pastry brush (or similar), spread some of the paste over the balloon and press strips of newspaper over the balloon.  Cover most of the balloon in an initial layer.  Use a mug to stand the balloon on.  Keep on building up paste and newspaper layers over the balloon.  I added three layers of newspaper and three layers of tissue paper.  You will need at least five layers to create a thick enough mould that will retain its shape when the balloon has deflated.  6 – Leave the mould to dry thoroughly.  7 – Coat the mould with three layers of clear varnish, allowing it to dry between coats.  This will help to harden the mould and stop create a waterproof barrier between your wet damp hat and the paper.      ALT TEXT : Photo 1 - cream background with two blown up balloons covered in newspaper and brown tissue paper.  Photo 2: a newspaper/tissue covered balloon is sat on a mug on top of newspaper.  A tin of interior clear wood varnish and a brush lie beside the mug.   If you make hats for other people too, you may as well make two hat blockers at the same time.  I also made a smaller one that fits my nieces head.   To wet block your hat, soak it in wool wash, squeeze out the excess water and place it on the hat blocker (you may want to stand it on a mug).  The shape of the mould should mean that the brim of your hat is at a point with a smaller circumference.  This means that the brim will block to a smaller size from the main body of your hat and help to keep it on your head.      ALT TEXT: Papier mache balloon mould is in a mug and has an orange and green knitted hat blocking on it.   2 – CAL Updates #wiprip2019 You did so well with the #wiprip2019.  So many projects were finished up before the 31st of December.  I managed to pass into 2020 with the following WIPs: 1 – a knitted jumper for my Dad 2 – a crocheted shawl design (30% done) 3 – a new crocheted shawl design (about 10% done) Basically, no personal WIPs, which is exactly what I was aiming for.    3 – Final Destination I have finished a lot of items in the last month.  Some of them were things that needed to be sorted and others were designs or samples. Here is what has been finished off: My Bark Sweater by Sidsel Sangild (link) needed a remedy for the bottom because it was curling up. I have added two rounds of dc (US sc) and although it is curling a little, I haven’t yet blocked it and I think it will work. My Strandir knitted jumper (link) by Hulda Hakonardottir needed to be lengthened. I picked up stitches from the bottom, cut off the original ribbing and knitted a new 2 x 2 rib to make the jumper my desired length. I finished off my laceweight design shawl. I thought I would be able to show them all to you in this podcast, but I am entering them into a design competition that Unravel Yarn Festival is running.  I’ll let you know how I get on! I finally finished my Verity Vest – it has only been about 18 months. It was designed by Dawn at The Almond Snug (link) and I crocheted it in Aruancania Ranco (link) in the colour – turquoise.  I haven’t blocked the vest because it’s for my friend and she may want to add more length to it.  I was also taking part in The Craft Bank, Gift along. I had chosen to sew for my gift partner and so made matching large and small project bags because she was teaching her granddaughter to knit.  Whilst I was making the bags for my gift partner, I made some for me too.  I’m trying to use up some of my fabric stash… Over the festive season, I made another bag, but this time, I added embroidery to one side and embroidery applique to the other. This will be used as a shop sample to show what you can make from some of the books I sell.  I really enjoyed doing these embroideries.  Sometimes working on a different craft can create a welcome break.          ALT TEXT Photo 1 - waist rubbing of Strandir jumper showing the cut off the old rib and newly finished 2 x 2 rib. ALT TEXT Photo 2 - finished Strandir jumper on black background.  The jumper is a snowy white colour with tabs of a midnight blue at the yoke and cuffs. ALT TEXT Photo 3 - cream background with mottled turquoise coloured Verity Vest.  The top is sleeveless and is worked in diagonal rows the form in the centre.  Eyelet rows give it more features.              ALT TEXT Photo 4 - front of a cream, linen handmade project bag.  Three detailed black and yellow bees have been embroidered onto the bag and loo as though they are flying upwards. ALT TEXT Photo 5 - back of the same cream, linen bag has mustard and green leaves appliqued onto it with woollen threads in an oval wreath with additional foliage embroidery. ALT TEXT Photo 6 - Two, one skein handmade bags on top of a cream background.  The bag on the left is a French blue colour with white clouds dumping snowflakes. The bag on the right has a cream background and a light teal motif that looks like a knit stitch/cat head.  Both bags have two poppers to close them and sage green tabs as a small handle.   4 – En Route I have two WIPs on the go.  The first is a jumper for my Dad and it’s a design called Jon (link) and is by the same designer as my Strandir Jumper – Hulda Hakonardottir.  I’m knitting it using Lettlopi (link) in four shades of grey.  I’m trying to make this quickly so that my Dad can get some use out of it this winter.   I’m also about to start on the marsupial pouches to send to WIRE in Australia.  I plan to make three of them, with cotton liners, before the end of January.    Crocheted pouch patterns – https://www.facebook.com/rubylovesbrains/photos/pcb.10159191872638032/10159191871513032/?type=3&theater Knitted pouch pattern – https://www.wires.org.au/wildlife-info/wildlife-factsheets/making-possum-pouches Sewn cotton liners – https://www.wires.org.au/wildlife-info/wildlife-factsheets/making-possum-pouches Birds’ nest pattern -  https://www.wires.org.au/wildlife-info/wildlife-factsheets/making-wildlife-nests   If you are unable to create something but want to help in some way, donations are also being accepted by WIRES (Wildlife Rescue (link)). All donated items should be sent to Jacqui Fink, who is matching items up with the volunteers animal carers and organisations who need them. Her details are: Jacqui FinkPO Box 126,Balgowlah NSW 2093Australia ARRINGAH MALL NSW  2100     5 – Feeding the Habit I have managed my six months of no yarn buying (this excludes yarn that I needed to buy for designs and the yarn dyeing workshop that I did).  I was giving myself until the beginning of January to see if any yarn took my fancy, but I haven’t seen anything.  That said, I was given three sets from Matthew for Christmas.  I do have my eye on some yarn, but it isn’t available until the end of January, so my plan is to start another six-month yarn ban from the beginning of February.  Here are my Christmas pressies.    Three skeins of Autumn in colour Narcissus from Freehold Yarn Company (link).  I asked for this because I already had a skein of the mustard and a skein of the grey in my stash and wanted more to make a jumper – also, it was 40% off.  It’s a fingering weight yarn (385m per 100g) and a blend of 25% Gotland and 75% Bluefaced Leicester.    ALT TEXT: cream background with three skeins of sunshine, mustard coloured yarn and white label.   Eight skeins of Tuku Wool (link) in colour H22 Valo.  It’s a fingering weight yarn (195m per 50g) and 100% Finish wool.  This was also from Freehold Yarn Company and was 40%.   ALT TEXT: cream background with seven, 50g skeins of greeny mustard lying vertically and one skein lying on top diagonally.  The yarn looks woolly and is heathered with green and mustard colours.   Six skeins of Erika Knight British Blue 100 (link) which is a DK weight yarn ( 220m per 100g) and 100% British grown and spun Bluefaced Leicester.  The colourway is called Mrs Dalloway.  This was a last-minute addition because a local garden centre was selling off their Erika Knight stocks at 50% off, so £6.50 per skein.  More skeins were bought to make Matthew a jumper too.    ALT TEXT: cream background with two skeins of plum – proper mustard, squishy wool with a kraft paper label.     I also received a skein of variegated yarn as a present from my friend Charlie.  It is the colourway Exposed Steel by Gilly at Fjord Fibres (link).  I really love crocheting and knitting with Gilly’s yarn – it’s really plump and warm.  80% Norwegian wool and 20% nylon – 350m per 100g.   ALT TEXT - cream background with a variegated skein of plump yarn.  It is green, grey, yellow, brown, orange and utterly gorgeous.    6 - Ask me anything As we are at Episode 50 of the podcast (woohoo) and I said that if you had any questions to ask, then I would answer them, so here you are:   Ally asked - I know you left your job to start your business but what made you decide to design as well as running the business? Did you do any training/reading/workshops, etc before doing your first pattern? Pretty much as soon as I picked up a hook, I was designing my own items, even if it was just crocheting a cowl with a stitch pattern.  It sounds a bit cheesy, but it was like I finally found my creative calling.  Prior to crocheting, I wouldn’t have called myself a creative person at all.  Crochet is what helped me understand that creativity isn’t just about being and to draw or write or play an instrument.  Crafting opened up a whole new part of my life and creativity just keeps on pouring in. Fiona asked - When it is suggested you alternate skeins of hand-dyed yarn does it mean every 2 rows or how many? Does that mean extra ends to sew in too? Personally, if it was something worked in rows then I would do alternate every two rows so that there were no extra ends to weave in.  If I was working in rounds, I would change every round to really blend the skeins.     Claudia asked: What is your goal - where do you see your business in five years time? I would love my designs to have more prominence.  It’s really hard to get your designs seen and to become well known in the world of crochet and knitting.  I would also like to be in a position to support other new designers.  This is something that I am working towards now, but I think one of my skills is in pulling people together to move crochet forward as a craft.   Do you think that Brexit will have an impact on your business and if so - in which way? Most of my customers are UK based and I try to buy in as much stock as possible from the UK or make it myself, so I’m not seeing a massive impact at the moment.  I know that there has been an increase in some of my raw materials that come from the EU which isn’t great.  I suspect that there is a tightening of belts for UK citizens which isn’t great for our economy in general.  However, there is an increase in the number of people crafting because it’s a skills-based hobby that is seen as useful and value for money.  Interest in crochet, in particular, is on the up.   Do you have many friends in your local area you can meet up with and knit/crochet together? Do you know that saying “if you want something doing, ask a busy person”?  Well, I also run a fortnightly craft group called Woolgathering Sandbach.  It has been going for four years now and we have a lovely group that meets up. I’m also beginning to work on another crafting meet-up with my friend Bec.  The plan is to offer a meet up just south of Manchester a few times a year so that we can increase the number fo crafters meeting up in our part of the UK. Let’s not forget the Global Hook Ups too, where I et to meet with crafters from Russia, Australia, Germany, France, Scotland… Why did you leave Scotland and would you ever like to move back and live there? I had to leave to get a job associated with my degree.  The expectation was that I would have to do voluntary work to be able to get a conservation job in Scotland and I couldn’t see why after five years of further education, I shouldn’t be paid for my expertise.  I moved to England to have a job interview and became the Compost Development Officer for Oxfordshire County Council.   I don’t ever imagine going back to Scotland.  I suspect that our next move will be to North Devon!   What other things - aside from yarn - are you passionate about? Which of your other talents would you like to develop more in future? Cooking!  I love food and finding new ingredients.  At one point, I was actually working towards running a charcuterie company.  Then I started crocheting and decided it was a safer bet than charcuterie.  I love the idea of crocheting a garment from shearing to hook and also learning to weave.  I basically want to learn all the crafts.  Corrine asked -  What’s your naughtiest yarn-based project/ story?!   I think I would probably have to hark back to a time when we had a fair bit more money coming into our household.  Matthew had bandmates staying to write and record an entire album in one weekend.  I was basically banished to the bedroom whenever I was in the house and by Sunday lunchtime, I had had enough.  I basically surfed all the big yarn websites and pulled together a very large basket of goodies.  The more frustrated I got, the better the yarns got.  Needless to say, I have some very lovely cashmere in my stash that Matthew bought me to ease my pain over that weekend!      7 – Quick News Beats 1 - Global Hook Up – The January hook ups are on: Saturday 25th  at 8 pm (GMT) and Sunday 26th at 9 am GMT. The meeting ID number is 475-047-5819 and you will need to join via Zoom which you can do here:  https://www.zoom.us/join If you are joining on your phone or tablet you will likely need to download the software in advance.  If you are joining from a PC or Mac, you can join via the link above.  Everyone needs to use the same ID number to get into the session.  2 –  I have had my first ever pattern printed in a crochet magazine!  Basalt has been printed in Inside Crochet.  I really like the team at Inside Crochet, so it wasn’t exactly a hard decision when they asked if they could use the pattern for the magazine.  It’s in issue 121, which came out on the 19th of December. 3 – My company name has changed from KNIT IT – HOOK IT – CRAFT IT to Provenance Craft Co.  You may have seen some of my details change over on Instagram and across other social media.  This is what the new logo looks like:   I’ll be back on February 7th 2020.  Have a fab festive season! Fay x   Instagram: Crochet_Circle_Podcast  Instagram: provenance.craft.co   Instagram: FayDHDesigns YouTube: The Crochet Circle Podcast Crochet Clan on Mighty Network: Invite
Jan 3
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