Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 79 – Lots Of Design Talk & A Derek Cameo!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 79th episode of the Knitting Expat Podcast … this has become such a wonderful way for me to get more involved with the online knitting community and I’ve been loving it so far … so please do get in touch … I’d love to hear from you … so far I’ve been loving the interaction with other knitters from around the world that this new avenue has opened up to me … come join the fun …

Here is this weeks episode …

Things I talked about …

INTRODUCTION & WHERE TO FIND ME:

Hi my name is Mina, I currently live in Bahrain with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai up until recently and before that we were in London UK. You can learn more in the ABOUT ME section, otherwise if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry/Instagram.

You can find me on RAVELRYINSTAGRAM … and my LIFE BLOG … and of course YOUTUBE

I have also created a RAVELRY GROUP for the Knitting Expat Podcast so you can join in the conversation there …

Finally you can find my Project Bags for sale on ETSY

FINISHED OBJECTS:

  1. Vanilla Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Mina’s Two At A Time Socks – Fire Fly Fibre Arts in Alfalfa Colourway
  2. Hitchhiker – 3.5mm (US4) – Pattern by Martina Behm – used Verdant Gryphn Skinny Bugga – MCN blend in the Father Alinoth’s Son Colourway
  3. Playdate Cardigan – 3.75mm (US5) – Playdate by Tin Can Knits – Nooch Fibre Arts – 100% Superwash Merino – Speeding Automobile Colourway – adaptations – steeking
  4. Lightning Strike Hat – 9mm (US13) – own design – Oh Loops – super Bulky – Miranda
  5. Open Skies Hat – 3.25mm & 4mm (US 3 & 6) – own design using Open Skies Yarn by Jeanette of Bookish Stitcher podcast – she sent me the yarn and I wanted to design a hat with some of her yarns as I know how much she enjoys knitting hats and cables so this is inspired by her!
  6. Sea Crest shawl – 4mm (US6) – own design – bottom up shawl with garter lace and option to stripe the body – using 3 colours of the Wool Barn Smooth Sock – Cerise, Deep Sea & Silver

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – no new blocks.
  2. Baby Rose City Rollers – 2.5mm (US1.5) – by Mara Catherine Bryner – Nooch Fibre Arts – 100% Superwash Merino – Speeding Automobile Colourway
  3. Vanilla Regia Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Mina’s Two At A Time Socks – Regia Design Line by Kristin Nichols colour nr 3311

30TH BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY:

Check out the THREAD in the group for details!

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2016 SWEATER ALONG:

So as many of us have goals to knit more garments/sweaters this year I thought it would be great fun to have a year long KAL (knit or crochet) for sweaters!

This will be the chatter thread where you can discuss patterns, yarn choices and ask questions etc … I’m hoping that this space will be a supportive community where we can come to for encouragement and advice if and when we need it on our sweater knitting journey!

The general rules for the KAL are as follows:

  • Be a member of the Knitting Expat Podcast Group
  • Cast on 1st Jan 2016 or after
  • Any size or style of sweater can be entered (I will draw the line at sweaters knit for toys/decorations/ornaments though) – cardigans, shirts, short sleeve, etc
  • You can enter each finished garment in a separate post in the finished objects thread
  • The more you knit the more chances you have to win. This is the Chatter thread so you can chatter away and discuss your yarn choices and pattern ideas

The Hashtag I will be using on instagram is #2016sweateralong so feel free to tag your pictures using the same if you would like to join in …

I have decided to close the thread and the KAL at the end of September!

8500+ Subscriber Giveaway:

Prize winner was announced this week!

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Beyond Vanilla KAL:

To celebrate the release of Beyond Vanilla Part 2, I will be hosting a KAL from now until the 3rd October for all of the Beyond Vanilla Sock patterns in this group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit one of the Beyond Vanilla Socks patterns in this time! If you have already started a pair from Part 1 and would like to enter your WIP that is fine too as long as it is less than 50% completed.

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will share photos of the prizes once they have been finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.

And as always with my KAL’s you are more than welcome to double/triple/quadruple dip into as many other KAL’s as you like!

The end date for the KAL will be the 3rd October 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below. I will be available for pattern support along the way if you have any questions.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #beyondvanillakal so we can see what your are all up to!

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

No question this week.

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon Code for Katharina’s Etsy Shop LIBE’s YarnEXPAT10 – Gets you 10% off until 30th September

– Coupon Code for the Hopkins Studio ETSY shop where the code – KEXPAT – gets you 10% off your purchase.

– Coupon code for the 2KNITNCROCHET shop where the code – knittingexpat15 – gets you 15% off your purchase until 31st October.

ACQUISITIONS:

  • Some buttons from my friend Jhocy
  • I was thoughtfully gifted the latest Wooly Wormhead Hat pattern collection for children by a lovely viewer.

Bogway Handspinner – 

I have had lots of people asking for information about this … you can find the website HERE … it is in Dutch but you can use google translate to translate the page for you … You can fill in the form to order a spinner HERE (same thing about the translating) … and if you are still unsure you can email the company on this email address – info@lowlandslegacy.nl – they do speak English so they should be able to get back to you with answers.

The only other place I have so far been able to find that sells them online is HERE but as of today they are currently sold out.

PODCASTS:

  1. BOOKISH STITCHER

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That is it for this week’s Episode, I hope you enjoyed and if you did please subscribe on Youtube … join the Ravelry group and leave a little comment to say hello and/or to let me know what you think … I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions or ideas for the podcast and of course I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have aswell.

Till next time …

Happy Knitting …

Mina X

Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 78 – Multicraftual FO’s & Hugo In A Hat!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 78th episode of the Knitting Expat Podcast … this has become such a wonderful way for me to get more involved with the online knitting community and I’ve been loving it so far … so please do get in touch … I’d love to hear from you … so far I’ve been loving the interaction with other knitters from around the world that this new avenue has opened up to me … come join the fun …

Here is this weeks episode …

Things I talked about …

INTRODUCTION & WHERE TO FIND ME:

Hi my name is Mina, I currently live in Bahrain with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai up until recently and before that we were in London UK. You can learn more in the ABOUT ME section, otherwise if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry/Instagram.

You can find me on RAVELRYINSTAGRAM … and my LIFE BLOG … and of course YOUTUBE

I have also created a RAVELRY GROUP for the Knitting Expat Podcast so you can join in the conversation there …

Finally you can find my Project Bags for sale on ETSY

FINISHED OBJECTS:

  1. Baby Cocoon – 9mm (US13) – Oh Loops – Super Bulky – Miranda
  2. Baby Knot Hat – 9mm (US13) – Oh Loops – Super Bulky – Miranda
  3. Rose City Rollers – 2.25mm (US1) – Tiger Sock Yarn – Pattern by Mara Catherine Bryner
  4. Chunky Zig Zag Hat – 9mm (US13) – own design – Oh Loops – super Bulky – Miranda – Needs a NAME! (suggestions welcomed!)
  5. Design shawl – wont show it yet knit out of the Wool Barn yarn
  6. Corridale Spinning – two ply – 51gm – 120m – worsted weight – Make shift Lazy Kate to ply with.
  7. Baby’s Rainbow & Polka Dots Quilt – one pack of charm squares (66 in pack) used 56 squares, batting and self bound with backing – straight line quilting using my walking foot.

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – no new blocks.
  2. Vanilla Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Mina’s Two At A Time Socks – Fire Fly Fibre Arts in Alfalfa Colourway
  3. Playdate Cardigan – 3.75mm (US5) – Playdate by Tin Can Knits – Nooch Fibre Arts – 100% Superwash Merino – Speeding Automobile Colourway

POSTSTITCH COLLABORATION & GIVEAWAY:

Check out the KAL thread in the Post Stitch group for September featuring my patterns HERE

See the Post Stitch Website HERE to sign up for a subscription box.

2016 SWEATER ALONG:

So as many of us have goals to knit more garments/sweaters this year I thought it would be great fun to have a year long KAL (knit or crochet) for sweaters!

This will be the chatter thread where you can discuss patterns, yarn choices and ask questions etc … I’m hoping that this space will be a supportive community where we can come to for encouragement and advice if and when we need it on our sweater knitting journey!

The general rules for the KAL are as follows:

  • Be a member of the Knitting Expat Podcast Group
  • Cast on 1st Jan 2016 or after
  • Any size or style of sweater can be entered (I will draw the line at sweaters knit for toys/decorations/ornaments though) – cardigans, shirts, short sleeve, etc
  • You can enter each finished garment in a separate post in the finished objects thread
  • The more you knit the more chances you have to win. This is the Chatter thread so you can chatter away and discuss your yarn choices and pattern ideas

The Hashtag I will be using on instagram is #2016sweateralong so feel free to tag your pictures using the same if you would like to join in …

There will be prizes of yarn, project bags, and other goodies yet to be determined. I will draw for prizes from the finished objects thread every three months so at the end of March, June, September and December.

8500+ Subscriber Giveaway:

Hey everyone so as a massive thankyou to you all for being so awesome I’ve put together this little prize package/bundle for you with goodies from my recent trip to Helsinki, Finland.

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To enter to win all you have to do is answer the following prompt:

What is your favourite thing to knit for babies/small children as gifts? (If you have never knit anything for a baby/child then what would you like to knit?)

This THREAD will be open until the morning of the 20th September my time in Bahrain so I will close it in the morning when I wake up that day.

Beyond Vanilla KAL:

To celebrate the release of Beyond Vanilla Part 2, I will be hosting a KAL from now until the 3rd October for all of the Beyond Vanilla Sock patterns in this group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit one of the Beyond Vanilla Socks patterns in this time! If you have already started a pair from Part 1 and would like to enter your WIP that is fine too as long as it is less than 50% completed.

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will share photos of the prizes once they have been finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.

And as always with my KAL’s you are more than welcome to double/triple/quadruple dip into as many other KAL’s as you like!

The end date for the KAL will be the 3rd October 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below. I will be available for pattern support along the way if you have any questions.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #beyondvanillakal so we can see what your are all up to!

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

No question this week.

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon Code for Katharina’s Etsy Shop LIBE’s YarnEXPAT10 – Gets you 10% off until 30th September

– Coupon Code for the Hopkins Studio ETSY shop where the code – KEXPAT – gets you 10% off your purchase.

– Coupon code for the 2KNITNCROCHET shop where the code – knittingexpat15 – gets you 15% off your purchase until 31st October.

ACQUISITIONS:

  • Goodies from Jeanette of the Bookish Stitcher Podcast and Open Skies Yarn company
  • Some yarn goodies from Wool Couture – http://www.woolcouturecompany.com/ – who sent me some of their products to try out.

Bogway Handspinner – 

I have had lots of people asking for information about this … you can find the website HERE … it is in Dutch but you can use google translate to translate the page for you … You can fill in the form to order a spinner HERE (same thing about the translating) … and if you are still unsure you can email the company on this email address – info@lowlandslegacy.nl – they do speak English so they should be able to get back to you with answers.

The only other place I have so far been able to find that sells them online is HERE but as of today they are currently sold out.

PODCASTS:

  1. STICKS + TWINE
  2. BOOKISH STITCHER

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That is it for this week’s Episode, I hope you enjoyed and if you did please subscribe on Youtube … join the Ravelry group and leave a little comment to say hello and/or to let me know what you think … I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions or ideas for the podcast and of course I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have aswell.

Till next time …

Happy Knitting …

Mina X

Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 77 – 8500+ Subscriber Giveaway & Baby FO’s!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 77th episode of the Knitting Expat Podcast … this has become such a wonderful way for me to get more involved with the online knitting community and I’ve been loving it so far … so please do get in touch … I’d love to hear from you … so far I’ve been loving the interaction with other knitters from around the world that this new avenue has opened up to me … come join the fun …

Here is this weeks episode …

Things I talked about …

INTRODUCTION & WHERE TO FIND ME:

Hi my name is Mina, I currently live in Bahrain with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai up until recently and before that we were in London UK. You can learn more in the ABOUT ME section, otherwise if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry/Instagram.

You can find me on RAVELRYINSTAGRAM … and my LIFE BLOG … and of course YOUTUBE

I have also created a RAVELRY GROUP for the Knitting Expat Podcast so you can join in the conversation there …

Finally you can find my Project Bags for sale on ETSY

FINISHED OBJECTS:

  1. Hipster Hat – Tin Can Knits – 3.25mm (US 3) – Louisa Harding DK in Purple
  2. Baby Gramps Cardigan – 4.5mm (US7) – Tin Can Knits – Malabrigo Rios in Glazed Carrot & Teal Feather
  3. Close To Me – 4mm (US6) – Justyna Lorkowska – Malabrigo Sock in Impressionist Sky

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – no new blocks.
  2. Design shawl – out of the Wool Barn yarn on the Smooth Sock base in Silver, Cerise & Deep Sea
  3. Rose City Rollers – 2.25mm (US1) – for my Mum – Mara Catherine Bryner – longer heel flap than intended – mum wants more shorty socks so experimenting with different short sock patterns
  4. Spinning Corridale wool Fibre on the Bogway Handspinner

POSTSTITCH COLLABORATION & GIVEAWAY:

Check out the KAL thread in the Post Stitch group for September featuring my patterns HERE

See the Post Stitch Website HERE to sign up for a subscription box.

PURPLE LAINES – ACROSS THE POND KITS:

See the Purple Laines Website HERE to purchase kits.

Check out the Blog post HERE to get more information about the kits

2016 SWEATER ALONG:

So as many of us have goals to knit more garments/sweaters this year I thought it would be great fun to have a year long KAL (knit or crochet) for sweaters!

This will be the chatter thread where you can discuss patterns, yarn choices and ask questions etc … I’m hoping that this space will be a supportive community where we can come to for encouragement and advice if and when we need it on our sweater knitting journey!

The general rules for the KAL are as follows:

  • Be a member of the Knitting Expat Podcast Group
  • Cast on 1st Jan 2016 or after
  • Any size or style of sweater can be entered (I will draw the line at sweaters knit for toys/decorations/ornaments though) – cardigans, shirts, short sleeve, etc
  • You can enter each finished garment in a separate post in the finished objects thread
  • The more you knit the more chances you have to win. This is the Chatter thread so you can chatter away and discuss your yarn choices and pattern ideas

The Hashtag I will be using on instagram is #2016sweateralong so feel free to tag your pictures using the same if you would like to join in …

There will be prizes of yarn, project bags, and other goodies yet to be determined. I will draw for prizes from the finished objects thread every three months so at the end of March, June, September and December.

8500+ Subscriber Giveaway:

Hey everyone so as a massive thankyou to you all for being so awesome I’ve put together this little prize package/bundle for you with goodies from my recent trip to Helsinki, Finland.

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To enter to win all you have to do is answer the following prompt:

What is your favourite thing to knit for babies/small children as gifts? (If you have never knit anything for a baby/child then what would you like to knit?)

This THREAD will be open until the morning of the 20th September my time in Bahrain so I will close it in the morning when I wake up that day.

 

Beyond Vanilla KAL:

To celebrate the release of Beyond Vanilla Part 2, I will be hosting a KAL from now until the 3rd October for all of the Beyond Vanilla Sock patterns in this group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit one of the Beyond Vanilla Socks patterns in this time! If you have already started a pair from Part 1 and would like to enter your WIP that is fine too as long as it is less than 50% completed.

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will share photos of the prizes once they have been finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.

And as always with my KAL’s you are more than welcome to double/triple/quadruple dip into as many other KAL’s as you like!

The end date for the KAL will be the 3rd October 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below. I will be available for pattern support along the way if you have any questions.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #beyondvanillakal so we can see what your are all up to!

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

No question this week.

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon Code for Katharina’s Etsy Shop LIBE’s YarnEXPAT10 – Gets you 10% off until 30th September

 

– Coupon Code for the Hopkins Studio ETSY shop where the code – KEXPAT – gets you 10% off your purchase.

– Coupon code for the 2KNITNCROCHET shop where the code – knittingexpat15 – gets you 15% off your purchase until 31st October.

  • How Pink Became A Girly Colour:

ACQUISITIONS:

  • Goodies from Carolyn from 2KnitnCrochet online shop
  • Some yarn goodies from a viewer Emma

Bogway Handspinner – 

I have had lots of people asking for information about this … you can find the website HERE … it is in Dutch but you can use google translate to translate the page for you … You can fill in the form to order a spinner HERE (same thing about the translating) … and if you are still unsure you can email the company on this email address – info@lowlandslegacy.nl – they do speak English so they should be able to get back to you with answers.

The only other place I have so far been able to find that sells them online is HERE but as of today they are currently sold out.

PODCASTS:

  1. SOXCETERA
  2. INSIDE NR 23

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That is it for this week’s Episode, I hope you enjoyed and if you did please subscribe on Youtube … join the Ravelry group and leave a little comment to say hello and/or to let me know what you think … I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions or ideas for the podcast and of course I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have aswell.

Till next time …

Happy Knitting …

Mina X

Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 76 – Back In Bahrain & Chatty As Ever!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 76th episode of the Knitting Expat Podcast … this has become such a wonderful way for me to get more involved with the online knitting community and I’ve been loving it so far … so please do get in touch … I’d love to hear from you … so far I’ve been loving the interaction with other knitters from around the world that this new avenue has opened up to me … come join the fun …

Here is this weeks episode …

Things I talked about …

INTRODUCTION & WHERE TO FIND ME:

Hi my name is Mina, I currently live in Bahrain with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai up until recently and before that we were in London UK. You can learn more in the ABOUT ME section, otherwise if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry/Instagram.

You can find me on RAVELRYINSTAGRAM … and my LIFE BLOG … and of course YOUTUBE

I have also created a RAVELRY GROUP for the Knitting Expat Podcast so you can join in the conversation there …

Finally you can find my Project Bags for sale on ETSY

FINISHED OBJECTS:

  1. Spinning FO’s – Sample fibre from my Bogway Handspinner
  2. Garter Stitch Chevron Baby Blanket – 6mm (US10) Knitpicks Comfy Fingering held double – used 6 skeins.
  3. Design Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Black Trillium Fibres – in the Hedwig Colourway – Pebble Sock base 100% merino – pattern will be out soon.
  4. Garter Yoke Baby Cardigan – 3.5mm (US4) – Mrs Crosby and Shibui Stacatto yarns –
  5. Baby Hats & Baby Socks – 4mm (US6) Malabrigo Worsted – Wales Road,and 2.5mm and 2.25mm (US1 and US1.5) Koigu Kppm, Turtle Purl Striped Turtle Toes OM
  6. Flax Light – 3.75mm (US5) – A Home Spun House Olsen base in Wont You Be My Neighbour – adapted to make it a cardigan.

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – finished 2 blocks but added a couple triangles to a new block in progress.

POSTSTITCH COLLABORATION & GIVEAWAY:

 

 

Check out the KAL thread in the Post Stitch group for September featuring my patterns HERE

See the Post Stitch Website HERE to sign up for a subscription box.

2016 SWEATER ALONG:

So as many of us have goals to knit more garments/sweaters this year I thought it would be great fun to have a year long KAL (knit or crochet) for sweaters!

This will be the chatter thread where you can discuss patterns, yarn choices and ask questions etc … I’m hoping that this space will be a supportive community where we can come to for encouragement and advice if and when we need it on our sweater knitting journey!

The general rules for the KAL are as follows:

  • Be a member of the Knitting Expat Podcast Group
  • Cast on 1st Jan 2016 or after
  • Any size or style of sweater can be entered (I will draw the line at sweaters knit for toys/decorations/ornaments though) – cardigans, shirts, short sleeve, etc
  • You can enter each finished garment in a separate post in the finished objects thread
  • The more you knit the more chances you have to win. This is the Chatter thread so you can chatter away and discuss your yarn choices and pattern ideas

The Hashtag I will be using on instagram is #2016sweateralong so feel free to tag your pictures using the same if you would like to join in …

There will be prizes of yarn, project bags, and other goodies yet to be determined. I will draw for prizes from the finished objects thread every three months so at the end of March, June, September and December.

#SummerBlanketBlitz KAL:

Hey so Shannon of the Soxcetera Podcast and I will be co hosting a BLANKET KAL this summer … you can hear us chat about all the details in the video below:

Details:

  1. Go get some Minis
  2. Starts 1st July and runs to 31st August.
  3. make up some units for you scrap blanket (knit or crochet!)
  4. Post pictures to Instagram using #SummerBlanketBlitz – note if you have a private Instagram account, make sure you post here and in Shannon’s thread otherwise we wont see your entries.
  5. Double/Triple dip in both our threads and any other blankets KALs you want.
  6. Consider a new blanket such as my Pinwheel Scrap Blanket
  7. We will draw prizes from this thread and the hashtag thread on Instagram

ARE YOU A MAKER? WANNA DONATE A PRIZE? GET IN TOUCH!

Sugar Plum KAL:

From now until the 31st August I will be hosting a KAL for the Sugar Plum Shawl in my group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit the Sugar Plum Shawl!

Sugar Plum Shawl

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will share photos of the prizes once they have been finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.

And as always with my KAL’s you are more than welcome to double/triple/quadruple dip into as many other KAL’s as you like!

The end date for the KAL will be the 31st August 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below. I will be available for pattern support along the way if you have any questions.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #sugarplumkal so we can see what your are all up to!

Beyond Vanilla KAL:

To celebrate the release of Beyond Vanilla Part 2, I will be hosting a KAL from now until the 3rd October for all of the Beyond Vanilla Sock patterns in this group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit one of the Beyond Vanilla Socks patterns in this time! If you have already started a pair from Part 1 and would like to enter your WIP that is fine too as long as it is less than 50% completed.

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will share photos of the prizes once they have been finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.

And as always with my KAL’s you are more than welcome to double/triple/quadruple dip into as many other KAL’s as you like!

The end date for the KAL will be the 3rd October 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below. I will be available for pattern support along the way if you have any questions.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #beyondvanillakal so we can see what your are all up to!

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

No question this week.

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon code from Deanna – dyer behind Swatch This Fibre ArtsEXPAT20 – 20% off your order for two months from now until 31st August

– Coupon Code for Katharina’s Etsy Shop LIBE’s YarnEXPAT10 – Gets you 10% off until 30th September

– Coupon Code for Lizzies ETSY shop A Ball of Love Yarns – EXPAT20 – gives you 20% off until 1st September

– Coupon Code for  Molly Klein Designs ETSY shop – KNIT10 – gives you 10% off until 1st September

– Coupon Code for Bags By Awesome Granny ETSY shop – EXPAT15 – gives you 15% off until 1st September.

– Coupon Code for Charan’s new SEASHELL SCRAP BLANKET pattern – EXPAT20 – gets you 20% off your purchase until the end of August.

– Coupon Code for the Hopkins Studio ETSY shop where the code – KEXPAT – gets you 10% off your purchase.

– Coupon code for the 2KNITNCROCHET shop where the code – knittingexpat15 – gets you 15% off your purchase until 31st October.

ACQUISITIONS:

Bogway Handspinner – 

I have had lots of people asking for information about this … you can find the website HERE … it is in Dutch but you can use google translate to translate the page for you … You can fill in the form to order a spinner HERE (same thing about the translating) … and if you are still unsure you can email the company on this email address – info@lowlandslegacy.nl – they do speak English so they should be able to get back to you with answers.

The only other place I have so far been able to find that sells them online is HERE but as of today they are currently sold out.

PODCASTS:

  1. SOXCETERA
  2. ANDRE SUE KNITS

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That is it for this week’s Episode, I hope you enjoyed and if you did please subscribe on Youtube … join the Ravelry group and leave a little comment to say hello and/or to let me know what you think … I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions or ideas for the podcast and of course I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have aswell.

Till next time …

Happy Knitting …

Mina X

Knitting Expat – Episode 75 – Post Stitch Collaboration & Giveaway!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 73rd episode of the Knitting Expat Podcast … this has become such a wonderful way for me to get more involved with the online knitting community and I’ve been loving it so far … so please do get in touch … I’d love to hear from you … so far I’ve been loving the interaction with other knitters from around the world that this new avenue has opened up to me … come join the fun …

Here is this weeks episode …

Things I talked about …

INTRODUCTION & WHERE TO FIND ME:

Hi my name is Mina, I currently live in Bahrain with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai up until recently and before that we were in London UK. You can learn more in the ABOUT ME section, otherwise if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry/Instagram.

You can find me on RAVELRYINSTAGRAM … and my LIFE BLOG … and of course YOUTUBE

I have also created a RAVELRY GROUP for the Knitting Expat Podcast so you can join in the conversation there …

Finally you can find my Project Bags for sale on ETSY

FINISHED OBJECTS:

  1. Shirestones Hat for Dad – 4mm (US6) – Cascade 220 – Chocolate Brown – making this out of the leftover skein from the sweater I knit my Dad last christmas – pattern will be out soon.
  2. Vanilla shorty rainbow Socks – 2.5mm (US1.5) – Koigu KPPPM – P163 43
  3. Rainbow Hat Design – 3.25mm (US3) – Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Whisper and Handspun from Classy Squid Fibre Co – spun by Sarah of the Reluctant Sisters Podcast
  4. Alternating Rainbow Socks – 2.5mm (US1.5) – Casually Interrupted by a Rainbow by Ewe Who Knits
  5. DK hat pattern for Rib Mag – Yarn is by NBKnitting in MCN DK Metallurgy

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – finished 2 blocks but added a couple triangles to a new block in progress.

POSTSTITCH COLLABORATION & GIVEAWAY:

So most of you know by now that I have been working with PostStitch to create designs for their September Subscription boxes … They have 3 subscriptions to choose from:

Big Stitch – a large woman’s accessory project (September is a Shawl) with all the yarn, needles, notions, etc that you need to finish the project.

Sock Stitch – a sock project with all the yarn, needles, notions etc that you need to finish the project.

Big Stitch Lite – an accessory project (September is a worsted weight hat or cowl) with all the yarn, needles, notions etc that you need to finish the project.

The lovely ladies at PostStitch have been kind enough to offer up one of each subscription box as a giveaway prize for the podcast viewers … so in order to be in with a chance to win you have to answer the following prompt:

Which box/pattern would you most like to win/knit?

You can see some pictures of the designs in the podcast episode 75 where I talk more about the patterns and inspiration behind them …

The giveaway thread will be open for 1 week and I will close it some time on Wednesday. I will draw winners and contact the winners directly to put them in touch with PostStitch to ensure they get their boxes in time.

You can sign up for a subscription box HERE and signups for the September boxes are open until the 31st August. You can still enter to win even if you sign up for the subscription and if you do win then the cost of your box will be refunded to you.

See the Post Stitch Website HERE to sign up for a subscription box.

Check out the Giveaway Entry thread HERE to enter to win a September Subscription box!

2016 SWEATER ALONG:

So as many of us have goals to knit more garments/sweaters this year I thought it would be great fun to have a year long KAL (knit or crochet) for sweaters!

This will be the chatter thread where you can discuss patterns, yarn choices and ask questions etc … I’m hoping that this space will be a supportive community where we can come to for encouragement and advice if and when we need it on our sweater knitting journey!

The general rules for the KAL are as follows:

  • Be a member of the Knitting Expat Podcast Group
  • Cast on 1st Jan 2016 or after
  • Any size or style of sweater can be entered (I will draw the line at sweaters knit for toys/decorations/ornaments though) – cardigans, shirts, short sleeve, etc
  • You can enter each finished garment in a separate post in the finished objects thread
  • The more you knit the more chances you have to win. This is the Chatter thread so you can chatter away and discuss your yarn choices and pattern ideas

The Hashtag I will be using on instagram is #2016sweateralong so feel free to tag your pictures using the same if you would like to join in …

There will be prizes of yarn, project bags, and other goodies yet to be determined. I will draw for prizes from the finished objects thread every three months so at the end of March, June, September and December.

#SummerBlanketBlitz KAL:

Hey so Shannon of the Soxcetera Podcast and I will be co hosting a BLANKET KAL this summer … you can hear us chat about all the details in the video below:

Details:

  1. Go get some Minis
  2. Starts 1st July and runs to 31st August.
  3. make up some units for you scrap blanket (knit or crochet!)
  4. Post pictures to Instagram using #SummerBlanketBlitz – note if you have a private Instagram account, make sure you post here and in Shannon’s thread otherwise we wont see your entries.
  5. Double/Triple dip in both our threads and any other blankets KALs you want.
  6. Consider a new blanket such as my Pinwheel Scrap Blanket
  7. We will draw prizes from this thread and the hashtag thread on Instagram

ARE YOU A MAKER? WANNA DONATE A PRIZE? GET IN TOUCH!

Sugar Plum KAL:

From now until the 31st August I will be hosting a KAL for the Sugar Plum Shawl in my group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit the Sugar Plum Shawl!

Sugar Plum Shawl

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will share photos of the prizes once they have been finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.

And as always with my KAL’s you are more than welcome to double/triple/quadruple dip into as many other KAL’s as you like!

The end date for the KAL will be the 31st August 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below. I will be available for pattern support along the way if you have any questions.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #sugarplumkal so we can see what your are all up to!

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

No question this week.

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon code from Deanna – dyer behind Swatch This Fibre ArtsEXPAT20 – 20% off your order for two months from now until 31st August

– Coupon Code for Katharina’s Etsy Shop LIBE’s YarnEXPAT10 – Gets you 10% off until 30th September

– Coupon Code for Lizzies ETSY shop A Ball of Love Yarns – EXPAT20 – gives you 20% off until 1st September

– Coupon Code for  Molly Klein Designs ETSY shop – KNIT10 – gives you 10% off until 1st September

– Coupon Code for Bags By Awesome Granny ETSY shop – EXPAT15 – gives you 15% off until 1st September.

– Coupon Code for Charan’s new SEASHELL SCRAP BLANKET pattern – EXPAT20 – gets you 20% off your purchase until the end of August.

– Coupon Code for the Hopkins Studio ETSY shop where the code – KEXPAT – gets you 10% off your purchase.

ACQUISITIONS:

  • Goodies from a viewer Kieron
  • Some yarn goodies from Stranded Dyeworks
  • Yarn support from North Bound Knitting for some design projects
  • Yarn purchased from Finland including Snurre Yarn shop and Riihivilla Yarns

Bogway Handspinner – 

I have had lots of people asking for information about this … you can find the website HERE … it is in Dutch but you can use google translate to translate the page for you … You can fill in the form to order a spinner HERE (same thing about the translating) … and if you are still unsure you can email the company on this email address – info@lowlandslegacy.nl – they do speak English so they should be able to get back to you with answers.

The only other place I have so far been able to find that sells them online is HERE but as of today they are currently sold out.

PODCASTS:

  1. SOXCETERA
  2. RELUCTANT SISTERS PODCAST
  3. STICKS + TWINE
  4. STRANDED PODCAST

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That is it for this week’s Episode, I hope you enjoyed and if you did please subscribe on Youtube … join the Ravelry group and leave a little comment to say hello and/or to let me know what you think … I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions or ideas for the podcast and of course I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have aswell.

Till next time …

Happy Knitting …

Mina X

Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 74 – Yarn Haul from Fibre East and London Yarn Shops!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 74th episode of the Knitting Expat Podcast … this has become such a wonderful way for me to get more involved with the online knitting community and I’ve been loving it so far … so please do get in touch … I’d love to hear from you … so far I’ve been loving the interaction with other knitters from around the world that this new avenue has opened up to me … come join the fun …

Here is this weeks episode …

Things I talked about …

INTRODUCTION & WHERE TO FIND ME:

Hi my name is Mina, I currently live in Bahrain with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai up until recently and before that we were in London UK. You can learn more in the ABOUT ME section, otherwise if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry/Instagram.

You can find me on RAVELRYINSTAGRAM … and my LIFE BLOG … and of course YOUTUBE

I have also created a RAVELRY GROUP for the Knitting Expat Podcast so you can join in the conversation there …

Finally you can find my Project Bags for sale on ETSY

FINISHED OBJECTS:

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

2016 SWEATER ALONG:

So as many of us have goals to knit more garments/sweaters this year I thought it would be great fun to have a year long KAL (knit or crochet) for sweaters!

This will be the chatter thread where you can discuss patterns, yarn choices and ask questions etc … I’m hoping that this space will be a supportive community where we can come to for encouragement and advice if and when we need it on our sweater knitting journey!

The general rules for the KAL are as follows:

  • Be a member of the Knitting Expat Podcast Group
  • Cast on 1st Jan 2016 or after
  • Any size or style of sweater can be entered (I will draw the line at sweaters knit for toys/decorations/ornaments though) – cardigans, shirts, short sleeve, etc
  • You can enter each finished garment in a separate post in the finished objects thread
  • The more you knit the more chances you have to win. This is the Chatter thread so you can chatter away and discuss your yarn choices and pattern ideas

The Hashtag I will be using on instagram is #2016sweateralong so feel free to tag your pictures using the same if you would like to join in …

There will be prizes of yarn, project bags, and other goodies yet to be determined. I will draw for prizes from the finished objects thread every three months so at the end of March, June, September and December.

#SummerBlanketBlitz KAL:

Hey so Shannon of the Soxcetera Podcast and I will be co hosting a BLANKET KAL this summer … you can hear us chat about all the details in the video below:

Details:

  1. Go get some Minis
  2. Starts 1st July and runs to 31st August.
  3. make up some units for you scrap blanket (knit or crochet!)
  4. Post pictures to Instagram using #SummerBlanketBlitz – note if you have a private Instagram account, make sure you post here and in Shannon’s thread otherwise we wont see your entries.
  5. Double/Triple dip in both our threads and any other blankets KALs you want.
  6. Consider a new blanket such as my Pinwheel Scrap Blanket
  7. We will draw prizes from this thread and the hashtag thread on Instagram

ARE YOU A MAKER? WANNA DONATE A PRIZE? GET IN TOUCH!

Sugar Plum KAL:

From now until the 31st August I will be hosting a KAL for the Sugar Plum Shawl in my group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit the Sugar Plum Shawl!

Sugar Plum Shawl

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will share photos of the prizes once they have been finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.

And as always with my KAL’s you are more than welcome to double/triple/quadruple dip into as many other KAL’s as you like!

The end date for the KAL will be the 31st August 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below. I will be available for pattern support along the way if you have any questions.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #sugarplumkal so we can see what your are all up to!

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

No question this week.

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon code from Deanna – dyer behind Swatch This Fibre ArtsEXPAT20 – 20% off your order for two months from now until 31st August

– Coupon Code for Katharina’s Etsy Shop LIBE’s YarnEXPAT10 – Gets you 10% off until 30th September

– Coupon Code for 2knitncrochet online shop – KnitExpat16 – 10% off your order until 31st July

– Coupon Code for Lizzies ETSY shop A Ball of Love Yarns – EXPAT20 – gives you 20% off until 1st September

– Coupon Code for  Molly Klein Designs ETSY shop – KNIT10 – gives you 10% off until 1st September

– Coupon Code for Bags By Awesome Granny ETSY shop – EXPAT15 – gives you 15% off until 1st September.

– Coupon Code for Charan’s new SEASHELL SCRAP BLANKET pattern – EXPAT20 – gets you 20% off your purchase until the end of August.

– Coupon Code for the Hopkins Studio ETSY shop where the code – KEXPAT – gets you 10% off your purchase.

ACQUISITIONS:

  • This week I talked through all of my acquisitions from Fibre East and a trip to some London Yarn Shops!

 

PODCASTS:

……………………………………………

That is it for this week’s Episode, I hope you enjoyed and if you did please subscribe on Youtube … join the Ravelry group and leave a little comment to say hello and/or to let me know what you think … I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions or ideas for the podcast and of course I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have aswell.

Till next time …

Happy Knitting …

Mina X

Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 73 – Fibre East Made Me A Spinner!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 73rd episode of the Knitting Expat Podcast … this has become such a wonderful way for me to get more involved with the online knitting community and I’ve been loving it so far … so please do get in touch … I’d love to hear from you … so far I’ve been loving the interaction with other knitters from around the world that this new avenue has opened up to me … come join the fun …

Here is this weeks episode …

 

Things I talked about …

INTRODUCTION & WHERE TO FIND ME:

Hi my name is Mina, I currently live in Bahrain with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai up until recently and before that we were in London UK. You can learn more in the ABOUT ME section, otherwise if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry/Instagram.

You can find me on RAVELRYINSTAGRAM … and my LIFE BLOG … and of course YOUTUBE

I have also created a RAVELRY GROUP for the Knitting Expat Podcast so you can join in the conversation there …

Finally you can find my Project Bags for sale on ETSY

FINISHED OBJECTS:

  1. Pure Joy Shawl – 4mm (US6) by Joji Locateli – using Madeline Tosh TML in Modern Fairisle and Malabrigo Mechita in Cielo Y Tiera
  2. Vanilla Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock – in Sweet Garden
  3. Repaired my Dad’s Henley sweater that he somehow managed to get a big hole in!

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – finished 0 blocks but added a couple triangles to my current block in progress.
  2. Shirestones Hat for my Dad – 4mm (US6) – Cascade 220 Superwash worsted in a chocolate brown colour.
  3. Vanilla Rainbow Shorty Socks – 2.5mm (US1.5) – Koigu KPPPM in colour P163 43

2016 SWEATER ALONG:

So as many of us have goals to knit more garments/sweaters this year I thought it would be great fun to have a year long KAL (knit or crochet) for sweaters!

This will be the chatter thread where you can discuss patterns, yarn choices and ask questions etc … I’m hoping that this space will be a supportive community where we can come to for encouragement and advice if and when we need it on our sweater knitting journey!

The general rules for the KAL are as follows:

  • Be a member of the Knitting Expat Podcast Group
  • Cast on 1st Jan 2016 or after
  • Any size or style of sweater can be entered (I will draw the line at sweaters knit for toys/decorations/ornaments though) – cardigans, shirts, short sleeve, etc
  • You can enter each finished garment in a separate post in the finished objects thread
  • The more you knit the more chances you have to win. This is the Chatter thread so you can chatter away and discuss your yarn choices and pattern ideas

The Hashtag I will be using on instagram is #2016sweateralong so feel free to tag your pictures using the same if you would like to join in …

There will be prizes of yarn, project bags, and other goodies yet to be determined. I will draw for prizes from the finished objects thread every three months so at the end of March, June, September and December.

#SummerBlanketBlitz KAL:

Hey so Shannon of the Soxcetera Podcast and I will be co hosting a BLANKET KAL this summer … you can hear us chat about all the details in the video below:

Details:

  1. Go get some Minis
  2. Starts 1st July and runs to 31st August.
  3. make up some units for you scrap blanket (knit or crochet!)
  4. Post pictures to Instagram using #SummerBlanketBlitz – note if you have a private Instagram account, make sure you post here and in Shannon’s thread otherwise we wont see your entries.
  5. Double/Triple dip in both our threads and any other blankets KALs you want.
  6. Consider a new blanket such as my Pinwheel Scrap Blanket
  7. We will draw prizes from this thread and the hashtag thread on Instagram

ARE YOU A MAKER? WANNA DONATE A PRIZE? GET IN TOUCH!

Sugar Plum KAL:

From now until the 31st August I will be hosting a KAL for the Sugar Plum Shawl in my group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit the Sugar Plum Shawl!

Sugar Plum Shawl

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will share photos of the prizes once they have been finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.

And as always with my KAL’s you are more than welcome to double/triple/quadruple dip into as many other KAL’s as you like!

The end date for the KAL will be the 31st August 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below. I will be available for pattern support along the way if you have any questions.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #sugarplumkal so we can see what your are all up to!

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

No question this week.

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon code from Deanna – dyer behind Swatch This Fibre ArtsEXPAT20 – 20% off your order for two months from now until 31st August

– Coupon Code for Katharina’s Etsy Shop LIBE’s YarnEXPAT10 – Gets you 10% off until 30th September

– Coupon Code for 2knitncrochet online shop – KnitExpat16 – 10% off your order until 31st July

– Coupon Code for Lizzies ETSY shop A Ball of Love Yarns – EXPAT20 – gives you 20% off until 1st September

– Coupon Code for  Molly Klein Designs ETSY shop – KNIT10 – gives you 10% off until 1st September

– Coupon Code for Bags By Awesome Granny ETSY shop – EXPAT15 – gives you 15% off until 1st September.

– Coupon Code for Charan’s new SEASHELL SCRAP BLANKET pattern – EXPAT20 – gets you 20% off your purchase until the end of August.

– Coupon Code for the Hopkins Studio ETSY shop where the code – KEXPAT – gets you 10% off your purchase.

ACQUISITIONS:

  • Some lovely project bags from my Friend Mel
  • A Bogway Handspinner from the lovely people at Low Lands Legacy (see more details below)
  • Some Icelandic and Corriedale fibres to practice spinning with

Bogway Handspinner – 

I have had lots of people asking for information about this … you can find the website HERE … it is in Dutch but you can use google translate to translate the page for you … You can fill in the form to order a spinner HERE (same thing about the translating) … and if you are still unsure you can email the company on this email address – info@lowlandslegacy.nl – they do speak English so they should be able to get back to you with answers.

The only other place I have so far been able to find that sells them online is HERE but as of today they are currently sold out.

PODCASTS:

  1. SOXCETERA
  2. LITTLE BOBBINS
  3. ALONG THE LANES
  4. INSIDE NR 23
  5. STICKS + TWINE
  6. HANDMADE & WOOLLEN

……………………………………………

That is it for this week’s Episode, I hope you enjoyed and if you did please subscribe on Youtube … join the Ravelry group and leave a little comment to say hello and/or to let me know what you think … I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions or ideas for the podcast and of course I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have aswell.

Till next time …

Happy Knitting …

Mina X