Knitting Expat – Episode 45 – “Now THAT’s A Real Knitter” – VKL Recap

Hello everyone … welcome to the 45th 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. Madrigul Socks – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, Knit Picks Felici in Madrigul
  2. Lana Grossa Socks – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, Lana Grossa Yarns,
  3. Opal Socks – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, Opal Yarn
  4. Route 66 Socks – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, Patons Kroy in Route 66
  5. Camo Socks – 2.75mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks with added texture pattern, Patons Kroy FX Yarns, Camo Colours colourway
  6. Kingfisher Socks – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in King fisher
  7. Blue Texture Socks – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks with added texture pattern, West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in a Blue colourway
  8. Blue Stripes Socks – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, Patons Kroy in Blue Stripes

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. COZY MEMORIES BLANKET – started this using my sock yarn scraps on 3mm (US 3) needles, and I am using the 49 stitch count with a Central Double Decrease – added 30 squares this week.
  2. Mosaic Socks – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, Knit Picks Felici in Mosaic
  3. Cameo Socks – 2.75mm – 52sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, Patons Kroy FX in Cameo Colours,
  4. Grey Brown Marl – 2.5mm – 56sts, Mina’s two at a time socks, Patons Kroy Stripes Yarn in Grey Brown Marl

VIDA KAL:

So to finally celebrate the release of all of the patterns for the Vida Collection I will be hosting a rather casual KAL in the group … I know its a busy time of year for knitters with Christmas coming up so I’m going to keep this one quite relaxed.

To take part in this thread all you have to do is to knit one of the three patterns in the collection … Vida HatVida ShawlVida Socks … if you have already started that is fine too … WIPS are welcome!

Rules for entry are as follows:

  1. You have to be a member of the Ravelry group
  2. You have to knit one of the three patterns in the collection.
  3. You will need to enter a finished object (or more)

I will not be having a separate FO thread as I don’t expect this to be a very busy KAL due to the time of year. So all you have to do is post a FO picture in this thread along with all the chatter.

At the end of the KAL I will pull the names of those who post FO’s in the thread and draw from those. The number of entries you get for each pattern is as follows:

  1. Hat – one entry
  2. Socks – one entry
  3. Medium Shawl – two entries
  4. Large Shawl – three entries

The number of entries you get will correspond with the number of skeins of yarn required to knit the pattern making it proportional and fair for all.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. (If you wish to donate a prize for this or any other KAL/Giveaway on my podcast then please send me a message and we can sort it out).

For now the tentative end date for the KAL will be the 31st December, but depending on how popular it is and if people would like more time I may decide to extend the finish date.

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 – VIDAKAL so I can see what your are all up to!

JANUARY SOCKATHON:

This January Marsha of the Fairy Little Podcast has challenged me to see who out of the two of us can knit the most socks in one month!

So starting January 1st 2016 we will be casting on and seeing who can knit the most pairs of socks before the month is over!

We also thought it would be good fun to open this up as a general sock knitalong in our respective groups … you can double or triple or quadruple dip into as many KAL’s as you would like.

The rules are simply as follows:

  • Cast on 1st Jan 2016 or after (NO WIPS ALLOWED)
  • Only socks completed by 31st Jan will be allowed to enter for prizes
  • Socks need to be knit out of Fingering Weight yarn (nothing thicker than heavy fingering – i.e. Patons Kroy is the thickest allowed)
  • Socks need to be an adult sized pair with a normal length cuff on them – No short ankle socks allowed.
  • No child sized socks, or tube socks can be entered for prizes.
  • You can enter each finished pair of socks in a separate post in the finished objects thread (this will be opened on the 1st Jan 2016) – so the more you knit the more chances you have to win.
  • This is the chatter thread, the FO thread will be a non chatter thread and any chatter in that thread will be deleted.

The Hashtag I will be using on instagram #JanSockathon 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.

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.

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop closed until I have more stock.

UPCOMING EVENTS I WILL BE ATTENDING:

March – Curious Handmade Country Retreat

ACQUISITIONS:

This week I shared some of the acquisitions I got from Vogue Knitting Live from the following vendors – Woolbearers, Biscotte Yarns & Wonderland Yarns. I also share some lovely packages I got from Nana, Amber, Dag (dyer behind the ZiaWoolz Etsy Shop) and Tonya

PODCASTS:

  1. KNITTING SPRING
  2. YARNGASM
  3. TINY PAPER FOXES
  4. BROOKLYN KNITFOLK
  5. FAIRY LITTLE
  6. SPICYHOMEMAKER
  7. STICKS + TWINE
  8. YARN GEEK
  9. LEGACY KNITZ
  10. SUBWAY KNITS
  11. MAPPING CHARTS
  12. ONCE UPON A CORGI
  13. MADE WITH CARLENERGY 

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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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4 comments

  1. introvertedknitter · January 22, 2016

    I just wanted to write and say that I do appreciate the show notes you put up. I am playing catch up on your podcast, so the show notes were up by the time my viewing took place; that being said If you feel like pairing down the show notes please do whatever is easiest for you. Thank you for another wonderful podcast episode. Also your sock knitting mojo is amazing and inspiring, I can’t wait to see your totals at the end.

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    • minayamini · January 22, 2016

      Thank you for letting me know it’s great to hear you find them useful

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  2. Anita Bailey · January 22, 2016

    Hi just wanted to say how much I appreciate your show notes. I don’t always get chance to watch the episodes straight away, it can be weeks before I get a chance due to life !! I usually visit the show notes to stop me having to watch with a notebook in hand furiously scribbling & trying to watch at the sametime.
    Thanks Ani

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