Knitting Expat – Episode 61 – Squish All The Squishy Yarn!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 61st 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


  1. Sockmaticians Toe Ups – 2.25mm (US1) – Drops Fabel in grey and Handspun
  2. Own Design socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Circus Tonic Handmade – Revelry Sock in White Browed Woodswallow


  1. Cozy Memories Blanket – 3mm – 29 squares added to my blanket this week
  2. Own Design socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Knitting A Love Song – Minuet Sock in Sidewalk Chalk
  3. Design Shawl – 4mm (US6) – Dubai Knits Luna in Spiralicious and Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Shady Verdant
  4. Pinwheel Cushions – 5mm (US8) – using Knit Picks Palette in 8 colours – inspired by Sarah of Yarn Lab Canada who knit a baby blanket using this pattern and I thought I’d use the pattern to make a couple of cushions in these rainbow colours – I’m doing 30sts instead of 25 and using GSR instead of W+T.
  5. Kvothe Shawl – 3mm (US2.5) design by Carmen Smolne – Yarn is Dye for Yarn on their Merino Silk base in Spouting Lava colourway
  6. Marklee Sweater – 3.75mm (US5) designed by Elizabeth Doherty– met at the CHCHR – magic sweater – using Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in Gilded Age


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.


Prizes were announced this week.


From 1st April to 31st May I will be hosting an Expat Yarn KAL in this group … Having hosted the Expat Yarn Swap I thought it would be fun to have a KAL to go along with the swap.

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit a project out of yarn that is not from where you are. I.e. if you are from the USA use a yarn that is not made or dyed in the USA. The same goes for all other countries.

  • You do not have to have taken part in the Expat Yarn Swap to take part in this KAL but if you did then this would be a good opportunity to use that yarn.
  • Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread. Please be reasonable and do not include really tiny items such as toys or small stuffies. I’m going to say nothing less than 30grams as a finished object can be entered to keep this as fair as possible for everyone.
  • You will need to be a member of the Ravelry group to be eligible for prizes
  • WIPS are allowed as long as you have some work left to do on it (atleast 50%). 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.
  • There will be prizes shown on the Podcast episode 55: 1- A sock sized Japanese Knot Bag and Stitch Marker set from The Tangled Skein CA Etsy shop (winners choice) 2- 2 skeins of Countess Ablaze lace (800m/100g) in this gorgeous purple

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3- A wonderful package of goodies from Shannon of the Inspirational Yarn Etsy Shop including a Japanese Knot Bag, Yarn in her MCN base, Tea, Needle Holder, Mint & Lemon Sachet and stitch marker

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4- A Skein of natural Fingering Weight Alpaca yarn farmed and spun in the UK from Half Penny Alpacas – along with a Fox Mina Makes Project bag

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5- A Skein of Dubai Knits Yarn on Luna Base 100% Merino in Dark Sky colourway and a MinaMakes Drawstring bag with fabric Handwoven in Bahrain.

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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 May 2016.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the thread below.

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


You can find all the details in the CHATTER THREAD.

From 1st May to 30th June myself and Nicole of the HUE LOCO PODCAST will be co-hosting a KAL for the Budding Bluebells Shawl pattern in this group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit the Budding Bluebells Shawl

Budding Bluebells Shawl

Each finished item gets 1 entry in the FO thread. The FO Thread will be hosted over in Nicole’s Group and the chatter thread is here in this group.

You will need to have a project page created and linked to the pattern page in order to be eligible for prizes.

There will be prizes but those are yet to be determined. We 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 30th June 2016.

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


So I hit another amazing milestone this week and just as a gesture of gratitude I wanted to host a quick little GIVEAWAY for you all.


The prize package includes a Sock Blank Gradient from Andre Sue Knits, 2 50g balls of Patons Kroy sock yarn in the Clover Colourway, a lovely hand bound notebook and a knitting tote bag. (see episode 60 for more details).

The Prompt for this giveaway is to tell me something about your knitting journey. This can be anything from how you started, what your currently working on, a new technique you have learnt / want to learn, basically anything about knitting that relates to you will count.

The thread will close on the 15th May and I’ll announce the winner in the following podcast.

You will need to be a member of this group to be eligible for a prize.

Thank you again so much to everyone who has been so supportive of the podcast and my knitting journey! I look forward to hearing your answers to the prompt.


Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.


No new questions this week.


– Coupon Code for PRIMROSE YARN COEXPATKNITS will get you 20% off your order until 17th May 2016.


  • This week I received a lovely package of squishy yarn from Debbie & Amy of the Periscoping Sisters podcast of some gorgeous Anzula Luxury Fibres yarn to use for a test knit I will be doing for them soon.




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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