Knitting Expat – Episode 69 – A Finished Cardigan & All The Sock WIP’s

Hello everyone … welcome to the 68th 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. Soubrette – 3.25mm (US3) – Mary Annarella, Drops Lace in grey – lightweight summer cardigan with a very interesting construction


  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – Design in progress
  2. Design Socks 5 – 2.25mm (US1) – Knitters Knightmare in Batty Sock Base – Electric Funeral colourway
  3. Design Socks 8 – 2.5mm (US1.5) – Knitting In France – Sparkles base – Purples Colourway
  4. Vanilla socks – 2.5mm (US1.5) – Maryanne’s Sock – Sweet Violets Colourway – from Shannon of Soxcetera
  5. PostStitch Design Shawl – 4mm (US6) – The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze – Peppino in When I Think Of You and Not So Mellow colourways


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.


Prizes announced last week – still waiting to hear from some winners.

Knitting Pipeline Ravelry shop for those who won patterns from her.

#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:


  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


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

7000 Subscriber Giveaway:

See details in the THREAD


Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.


My question this week is more of a request for you to do me a favour and help some of my friends out with something. A couple of my lovely knitting friends in Dubai have been planning to open a yarn store in Dubai, but also planning a webstore which they are thinking of specialising in warm weather yarn. They plan to carry other stuff as well but it would be really helpful to understand more about what people currently buy and what they want out of a website and bricks and mortar shop.

They have put out a SURVEY to get an idea of what people look for from their local yarn shop and I would love it if you guys could take a couple minutes and fill it in.

In the survey there is an option to enter your Ravelry name – this is optional you do not have to provide your info if you do not want to. However, I will be offering a giveaway (will show the prize next week), the winner of which will be drawn from the pool of people who filled in the survey and submitted their ravelry names. I will have this open for two weeks until the morning of the 6th July when I will draw for the prize winner on that episode.


– 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 Sue’s ETSY shop The Tangled Skein CA – MINAROCKS15 – for 15% off until 15th July

– 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


  • A lovely package of goodies from Lizzie & Molly




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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