My Top 5 Yarn/Crochet/Knit Podcasts

My top 5 yarn/crochet/knit podcasts

When I crochet or knit I like to watch Netflix, twerk videos(!) and more recently podcasts/vlogs. I have always YouTubed tutorials and YouTube recommended Amber’s Yarn Hoarder podcast and I HAD to watch just so I could find out more about that stash.

Number one – Amber’s Yarn Hoarder 

Amber covers knitting, spinning a little crochet and sewing a Me Made wardrobe. She live sin America and has a whole range of pets, home schools her kids and is just surrounded by yarn. Bliss.

Number Two – Molly’s A Homespun House

Molly lives in Germany and has her own yarn line. She is gentle and her podcasts are so soothing. She knits the most beautiful garments and gives insights into he lifestyle. I am a little bit impressed when I hear her speak German ad then switch back to English. No biggie. Bilinguals are cool.

Number three – Ami’s A Little Tailoress

Ami has adorable baby Jack and Gaddesby the dog.  She talks about knitting and sewing. Her projects are so on point and so stylish. She is colour pallet goals and home decor goals. She also has her own yarn line and project bags.

Number four – Lindsay’s Lottie & Albert 

Lindsay is all about the colour, all about the chunky and all about the crochet. She uses acrylic yarn which I rate her for and do myself. She is also an editor for a crafty magazine and is an ambassador for HobbyCraft so she shows you all the latest must haves. She is a trend setter, like she creates the IG hypes, and she also churns out some amazing pattern.

Number 5 is Rosina’s Zeens & Rogers 

Zeens & Rogers gave me the inspiration behind my Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle and I really want to try her jumper!

There are so so many more podcasts that I am subscribed to. There is just something nice about watching crochet and getting new ideas and cooing over someones projects whilst working on your own. The enthusiasm is infectious. Kinda like a knit and natter in your own home.

These podcasts where also the inspiration and push for my own Podcast!

 What are your favourite Podcasts?

Heather 

xxx

 

Mini Break – Dorset

Mini Break – Dorset 

(Not Devon)

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I spent a week in Dorset with my Uncle, his partner, my aunt, and their two kids (my cousins), my cousin’s partner and their seven kids. One branch of the Griffith’s in three caravans in effect.

I packed LOTS of yarn, pjs, books and warm jumpers! The journey took us around five hours from The East Midlands to Poole coast. Mega. But all that car crochet time was put to good use.

The essentials are packed – PJ’S & YARN
Travel Times

The British Weather

Because I am British and no excursion is complete without a weather report, we caught Storm Ophelia and Storm Brian. Gail force winds, moody skies, red moon, torrential rain but also beautiful sunshine and abnormal warm winds. Times for exploring and times to hunker down.

Red Moon
Gail Force Winds

Selfies and Shorelines 

We visited a few different beaches and harbours. The kids paddled in the freezing cold sea and we ate chips by the seaside. Standard. In the evenings the kids did the entertainment, the oldies did the bingo thing and I was in the arcades and then in my pjs with peach beeline’s watching ice road truckers with my uncle. Simple things.

Dorset, harbour

Crochet

I took three projects with me

A commissioned blanket.

A pair of DK knit socks.

And a Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle.

Commissioned Blanket 

#MommaDharmsBlanket

this blanket has been commissioned by the owner of my previous commission for her mum. I had been playing with swatches and colour ways and finally decided on a 16 colour repeat!

Swatching

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle 

I blogged all about my cowl here and its’s free pattern.

Crochet and Chill
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie

I didn’t even touch the DK knit socks! Crochet won over .

Rabbit 

Amaya, five, is my cousin’s second youngest daughter and she is ADORABLE. She became my little shadow and followed me around asking so many questions about my crochet. She was genuinely fascinated. She also squished my yarn and WIPS and snuggled with them. Kid after my own heart. She asked for a scarf for her ‘Rabbit’ as he was cold by the seaside.

Rabbit’s scarf: Chain 7, dc into 2nd ch, dc to end. *Ch 1, turn, dc to end*. Repeat from * to * until desired length. I made mine apron 30 rows.

Fringing I wrapped yarn around a paracetamol packet and cut the top and bottom so as to create equal strands (it was too hand due to a headache in the caravan) I tied two strands to each ch space.

His fringing matches his fur. Heart eyes.

Amaya’s ‘Rabbit’

Heather

xxx

 

 

HGDC Sock Box – Mermaid

HGDC SOCK BOX MERMAID

Instalment one of the HGDC Sock Box has now been safely received by its lucky new owners which means I can reveal the surprise contents.

THE BIG REVEAL 

HGDC Sock Box Mermaid – HeyJayYarn

Yarn, Yarn, Yarrrrn

This months yarn was a 100g HGDC Mermaid skein and a matching 20g mini for the toes, cuffs and heels.

Just LOOK at that colour way. Sassy siren.

Thank you to Hannah at HeyJayYarn’s for dying up the HGDC Mermaid skeins for the Mermaid box. They are so squishy and so vibrant.

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IN THE BOX

Also included in this jam pack box is:

Mermaid scale stich marker by Esme’s Buttons

Motivational Postcard by BippityBlush

Mermaid wish bracelet by CharmOnYourSleeve

Iron on I love yarn patch by SnugglyStarsYarns

Plus discount codes and of course, sweeties. This box actually had a stick of rock in there because obvs that is what all the mermaids prefer.

A  HUGE thank you to those who purchased a box. A BIG thank you to all of you who helped spread the word, showed an interest and provided me with support. I have received so many helpful tips, and so many lovely wonderful messages from the IG community. Thank you for being my cheerleaders. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I have blogged about the HGDC Sock Box launch here and spoke about in in Episode 1 of the HGDC Podcast here.

The listing for the second HGDC SOCK BOX is now active and the theme is ‘Evergreen’. Think idyllic winter scenes, fir trees and frost. Gold sparkles and festive magic.

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You can buy your HGDC Sock Box in Evergreen, here (take advantage of the Christmas reduction).

Heather

xxx

Granny Triangle Crochet Cowl

Granny Triangle Crochet Cowl 

I took three projects with me to Dorset.

A commissioned blanket.

A pair of DK knit socks.

And a Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle.

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle

My inspiration came from Zeens and rogers Really Easy Crochet Shawl

shawl mirror
Zeens and Rogers

and Mamainastitch’s Crochet Triangle Wrap

Mamainastitch

As well as a whole host of Pins on my Crochet : Scarves board.

I modified the Zeens and Rogers pattern to create my  Granny Triangle Crochet Cowl which has a handy pictorial.

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle

Spec: 

Time – I worked my cowl up in an afternoon (5-6 hours)

Weight – My Crochet cowl Granny Triangle weighs around 290g

Measurements – L58in x H29in

Ingredients: 

4mm hook

Approx –

200g of Paintbox Yarns Simply DK in Slate Grey (105) for the body colour and trim

50g of Stylecraft Special DK in Raspberry 1023 for the contrast colour

50g of Stylecraft Special DK in Silver (1203) for the scallop edging

or equivalent

(50g is possibly overly generous as a fail safe because I didn’t weigh my silver or raspberry yarn whilst in a caravan, practicalities, sorry folks)

Key: 

ch= chain

ch sp= chain space.

dc= double crochet (US single)

trb= treble crochet (USdouble)

htrb= half treble.

ss= slip stitch

st= stitch

Fo= fasten off.

Pattern: 

This pattern is in UK crochet terms.

3ch at the beginning of each row counts as the first stitch.

Body:

Row 1: Ch3, ss to make a circle, ch 3 (acts as the first trb stitch) 2trb into the circle, ch2, 3trb into the circle.

Row 2 : Ch3 and turn, 2trb into the first treble of row below, 3trb 2ch 3trb into the chain space of the row below, ch2  3trb, 3trb into the last try of the row below.

Row 3: ch3 and turn, 2trb into the first try of the row below, 3trb in ch space, 3trb 2ch 3trb in centre ch space, 3trb, 3trb in last try of the row below.

Repeat row 3 until you have used up your body colour remember to hold back around 30-50g for the trim!

I did 40 repeats of row 3 in slate grey.

Contrast colour: 

I repeated three rows of row 3 in my contrast colour, silver.  The body of my Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle is 45 rows in total.

Crochet Scallops

Scallop edging: 

Row 1: Attach new colour, ch3 and turn, try in each st across the cowl, in the centre ch space 2trb ch2 2trb.

Row 2:  Ch3 and turn 4trb in the same stitch, *miss 1 stitch sl in the next stitch miss 1 stitch, 5trb in the next stitch*

Repeat from * until the end, in the middle ch space 7trb, finish the row with an ss in the same stitch.

Trim:

Attach trim colour with the right side of the scallops facing, ch2 and htrb in the back loops of each trb and ss in each ss. For the centre scallop; 1htrb in the first two trbs 1trb in the next 3trb in the centre trb below 1trb 1htrb in the txt two trbs.

Fasten off. Sew in the ends. Snuggle up!

If you have any questions comment below and please tag me in your own versions.

Thank you to Zeens and Rogers for the pattern inspiration.

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle

Heather 

xxx

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Sock Drawer Goals

Sock Drawer Goals

A little round up of my sock drawer goals for my handmade sock collection. Because. Well, socks. 

Because. Well, socks! #KnitMoreSock #SockKnitter Click To Tweet

Pre-me knitting socks i’ve always been a sock addict. I love buying quirky patterned socks from Primark or TopShop. If I haven’t brought you socks then obvs you are not part of my day one crew. Sock gifting is how I show my love. Socks cheer me up. Socks are bae. 

Socks, Socks, Socks!

I want socks for every occasion. Seriously. Birthday socks. Christmas Eve socks. Church Socks. Christmas socks. Boxing Day socks. New Year socks.  And for every use.  Reading socks. Straight out the bath socks. Sleep socks. Slipper socks. Boot socks. Dog walking socks. Socks, socks, socks!

Sock Envy

LOOK. Sock porn at it’s best. 

Susan B. Anderson
My newest blog post is live!! Its about one of my favorite topics, socks!!! Link in my bio 😄
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Operation Sock Drawer. Id like to have 12 pairs of handknit socks by the end of the year.
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Ravelry: Ashiepoo22's Operation Sock Drawer 18 pairs in 2014
Revelry user : Ashie Poo 22
Glorious drawer of hand knit socks - Maybe I need to start storing mine this way...after I wash them!
Revelry user : Snippets and Stash

Sock envy right?

More sock porn can be found on my Pinterest board. Yahhh welcome. 

Above all my sock goals is the want to have stacks and stacks of socks like these to choose from each morning. I am equal parts envious and inspired by #OperationSockDrawer posts on Instagram. I want to take part! So to get stacks means more sock yarn is needed… 

HGDC Sock Box

I have so many sock construction goals too. Fish Kiss Lips Heels. Cuff down TAAT.  Gobstopper balls. Self striping yarns. Afterthought heels. Sock receipes. Sparkle bases. Colour work. Knee highs. And don’t even get me started on the accessories. Immerse me!

This all got me to thinking. Imagine one little box which provides monthly forays into the wide world of socks. To new yarn, new dyers, magical colour ways, and gives tiny pushes to improve sock skills all thrown in with complimentary goodies (- stitch markers and soap and sock blockers!) all in one easy accessible and affordable place The HGDC Sock Box was born. 

I first blogged about the HGDC Sock Box launch here. 

Each month I hope to explore the sock world just that little bit more through my boxes. So much potential. This month’s theme is MERMAIDS. 

HGDC Sock Box
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I hope you will join me on this journey. 

This months box RRPs at £35.59 + postage (on each individual item totalling £13.25) which means you make big savings to spend on a new Ravelry pattern, or to put towards next months box or just simply more sock for your buck. But hello, some items are exclusive to HGDC Sock Box anyways. Even better, the more boxes purchased the bigger the discounts for everyone and the more I can cram into them. BONUS.

October’s box has 120g of exclusive mermaid inspired hand dyed yarn, thats a full 100g skein and a mini skein too, a mermaid stitch marker, the club exclusive marker (HGDC Tribe) plus mermaid themed goodies all gift. Thats 6+ yarn related goodies wrapped and delivered to you in a little parcel stuffed full of surprise.

You can purchase your own box here

Anybody else have sock drawer goals? Let me know in the comments below. 

Heather xxx

**Disclaimer: HGDC Sock Box is not affiliated with Disney’s Little Mermaid