Knitting Expat – Episode 50 – All The Mini Skeins …

Hello everyone … welcome to the 50th 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 …


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


All socks knit this week were knit using my MINA’S TWO AT A TIME SOCKS Pattern.

  1. Brother’s Birthday Socks – 2.25mm (US1) for my Brother out of the Hedgehog Fibres Vengence
  2. Deadpool House Slippers – Simple House Slippers by Temple of Knit – 4.5mm (US7) using Drops Big Merino in grey and Cascade 220 superwash in Red held double.
  3. Miss Matched House Slippers – Simple House Slippers by Temple of Knit – 4.5mm (US7) using Drops Big Merino in grey and Scraps of Icelandic Kambgarn in Teal & Purple held double.


  1. Brioche shawl Design V2 – 3.75mm (US5) Cascade Heritage in 5602 and scraps of Mad Tosh TML in Lolita, Candlewick & Baroque Vintage from Exploration Station.
  2. Hoodie Shawl Cardigan – 4mm (US6) – making adjustments to gauge and sizing due to yarn amounts – using Madeline Tosh Sock in Blackcurrant, Verdant Gryphon in their Little Traveller Base in the The Downcast Donkey Colourway, and Voolenvines Strasse Base in Enjoy the Silence – by Susanne Sommer – gifted to me by a viewer
  3. Cozy Memories Blanket – I added 4 squares this week.


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.


From 1st February to 31st March I will be hosting a Shawl KAL in this group … I have released a couple shawl patterns lately but have not been running any specific knit alongs for them so I thought we’d have a fun casual shawl KAL to celebrate!

Prizes have been shown on the podcast and one of the prizes will be a skein of yarn of the winners choice from the ETERNITY RANCH KNITS etsy shop. So make sure to check that out to see what you could potentially win.

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit a shawl or as many shawls/scarfs/wraps/etc as you would like.

  • Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread. However if you knit one of my DESIGNS then you can enter your finished object twice in the FO thread.
  • You will need to be a member of the Ravelry group to be eligible for prizes
  • There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. I will show them on the podcast as they get finalised. If you wish to donate a prize to the KAL then please send me a message and we can arrange this.
  • WIPS are allowed as long as you have some work left to do on it. Please be fair to everyone and use your own discretion in this regard, do not enter an item that only has the bind off left to do.
  • 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 March 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 – #KESHAWLKAL so I can see what your are all up to!


Partners have been assigned, we had 294 people sign up from 23 different countries, and now you will have until the 10th March contact your partners, swap details and get your packages ready and sent, so that’s over 2 weeks from now.

I spoke a bit in this episode about having back up partners for those whose swap partners are unresponsive.

For those of you who are willing to be a backup swap partner (so are willing to do a second swap package) can you please send me a PM on Ravelry stating you would be willing do this (and please put something like Expat yarn swap in the title of the message) along with your location (country/city, State/city if in USA) and if you would be ok to do international shipping. I will then pull from this list of people if we need extra swap partners for anyone whose partner has dropped out.

For those of you who have not yet had a reply from your partners, I would like you all to wait to hear from you partners until Saturday. Not everyone is on Ravelry every day of the week and for some it takes a couple days to respond (Sometimes I see a message come through and read it but don’t necessarily have the time to sit down and write a detailed and well thought out reply for a couple days) However, if you have not heard from your partners by Saturday afternoon then please leave a comment in the Expat Swap Partners thread with the name of your partner and stating that you have messaged them and haven’t heard back yet.


So as a massive thank you to everyone for their wonderful support of the podcast I wanted to celebrate this milestone of reaching 4000 subscribers on youtube with a giveaway…

The giveaway will be open until the 1st March and I will announce the winner on the 2nd March episode.

Prizes include, a project bag by Minamakes, a Needle Protector set from Barbara from the KnittingILove Podcast, a handmade notebook, A tin of London Mints, A Camel trinket box, a Skein of Cascade Heritage Silk, and a copy of the Chelsea Beach pattern by holly from the Swift Knits Podcast


To be entered to win a this prize package you have to answer the prompt below in the group THREAD:

What is the latest knitting/crochet technique you have learnt? Did you enjoy it and what did you learn from this?


There will be a shop update this week on Friday 26th February at 9pm Bahrain time.


March – Curious Handmade Country Retreat

July – Fibre East


This week’s question was related to weaving in ends. I have found these three videos on youtube to be quite useful when I was learning to weave in ends.


15% off for the TANGLED SKEIN CA etsy shop using the code EXPAT15 valid until the 31st March 2016


This week I shared some more of the yarn & mini skeins I got from my friend Jhocy, some destash yarn I got from another friend in Dubai, some yarny goodies from a podcast viewer I met in Dubai, some yarns purchased in New York from Purl Soho and The Yarn Company, as well as opening a package from Marsha of the Fairy Little podcast. I also shared some of the fabrics I picked up from a local weaver here in Bahrain.


  6. INSIDE NR 23


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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