Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 5 – Interruptions By Hugo – Shownotes …

Hello everyone … welcome to the fifth episode of the Knitting Expat Podcast … I’m hoping for this to be a way for me to get more involved with the online knitting community … 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 …


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 now of course YOUTUBE

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


1. STRIPES GONE CRAZY – Yarn is mostly DUBAI KNITS FAITH HOPE & LOVE in the Bridesmaid, Smokey Orchid and Wisterious colourways, and the fourth colour is a Grey DROPS BABY ALPACA SILK yarn, the pattern is by Atelier Alfa on Ravelry.

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1. PERSISTENCE IS KEY – I have some Caron yarn in my stash that I want to use up and I think this cabled cardigan will be perfect! Plus I’ve been wanting to make a cabled cardigan for ages … Finally got this one started and I am just working on the sleeve and body increases before I separate for the sleeves!

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2. NEON APRIL SOCKS – I’m knitting my April Socks out of EVERYTHING OLD hand dyed yarn that was gifted to me by my dear friend Jocy … I’ll just be doing a plain short vanilla sock with Fish Lips Kiss Heel … this will be my entry for both the 12 SOCKS IN 2015 KAL and the NEON APRIL KAL being run by the CAFFEINATED KNITTING Ladies …


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3. TEST KNIT SHAWL – I’m doing a test knit for Maria of the STITCHED IN SWEDEN Podcast for her latest shawl design which is so far knitting up a dream … I’m loving the process of knitting this one up and am excited to get to the applied edging as I’ve never done that before on a shawl … The Yarn I am using for this is the DROPS BABY ALPACA SILK in Red and a natural 100% Alpaca yarn from a small farm in South England (no website)

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1. OLIVIA TEST KNIT – Another shawl that I am test knitting this time for Nina of the FUZZYLOVEKNOTS podcast … her shawl looks beautiful and I’m excited to get that one on the needles soon … The Yarn I will be using for this is the NURTURING FIBRES Supertwist Sock in Grey Pearl …

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2. OWN SHAWL DESIGN – I briefly talked about a shawl pattern I am designing and that is being done for a KAL I want to host later this year in conjunction with THE YARN TREE who is an independant dyer based in the UK …

3. MARCO POLO – As it turned out I actually had enough of my Icelandic KAMBGARN yarn in my stash to knit this cardigan and I’ve done all the swatches for this now so just need to do the maths and figure out the best needle size to go for … This one is currently on hold until I get the other cardigan finished (Didn’t actually mention it in this weeks episode)

4. FEATHERWEIGHT/ HITCHHIKER – So I got some red bamboo yarn a couple weeks ago and I can’t decide if I should make a shawl (Hitchhiker) or a cardigan (Featherweight) out of it … would love to hear what you think? (this one is still on hold as I am still unsure as to what I am going to do with the yarn also didn’t talk about this one this week either)


1. DELAYED DEPARTURES – This is a cowl I worked on while I was delayed at Dubai Airport on my way home on Thursday evening … hence the name … I’m almost ready to release this design and it is currently being test knit …


2. PROJECT BAGS – I had someone send me a message asking me to make them a custom patchwork project bag … so I did … and I love how it turned out … and I’ve decided to make up a few more bags in the hopes that some of you viewers of the podcast would be interested in purchasing them … I’ve created a thread on the RAVELRY GROUP BOARD where I’ve posed a few questions to try and gain some insight into what kind of bags you may be interested in so if you can I would love for you to take a couple minutes and post your thoughts in the discussion thread 🙂

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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


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