Knitting Expat – Episode 80 – Monogamy Is Dead!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 80th 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 …

You can find my Original Designs for sale on Ravelry HERE

Finally you can find my Project Bags for sale on ETSY

FINISHED OBJECTS:

  1. Baby Rose City Rollers – 2.5mm (US1.5) – by Mara Catherine Bryner – Nooch Fibre Arts – 100% Superwash Merino – Speeding Automobile Colourway
  2. Rocky Pants – 3.75mm (US5) – by Tin Can Knits – Anzula Squishy in Pesto, Aqua & Rust – MCN base – never ending yarn!
  3. Peanut Vest – 3.5, 4 & 4.5mm (US4,6,7) – by Tin Can Knits – Five Moons Diana DK in Load of Flannel Colourway (Merino Silk) and Louisa Harding Merino DK in Navy
  4. Bumble Hat – 3.5mm & 6mm(US4 & 10) – by Tin Can Knits – Five Moons Diana DK in Load of Flannel Colourway (Merino Silk) and Louisa Harding Merino DK in Navy

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – no new blocks.
  2. Vanilla Regia Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Mina’s Two At A Time Socks – Regia Design Line by Kristin Nichols colour nr 3311
  3. Blue Sands Cardigan – 4mm (US6) – by La Maison Rillie – Making mods based on my gauge and changing colours and length
  4. Primrose Shawl – 4mm (US6) – upcoming design by me – Primrose Yarn Co on the Pearl Base (Merino / Silk) in Orion’s Belt – 150gm skein
  5. Baby Block Blanket – 4.5mm (US7) – upcoming design by me – John Arbon Textiles Merino Sport in Red
  6. Baby Uggs – 3.75mm (US5) – By Autumn Street Designs – Louisa Harding Merino DK in Navy

30TH BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY:

Check out the THREAD in the group for details!

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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 …

I have decided to close the thread and the KAL at the end of September!

Beyond Vanilla KAL:

To celebrate the release of Beyond Vanilla Part 2, I will be hosting a KAL from now until the 3rd October for all of the Beyond Vanilla Sock patterns in this group!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit one of the Beyond Vanilla Socks patterns in this time! If you have already started a pair from Part 1 and would like to enter your WIP that is fine too as long as it is less than 50% completed.

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 3rd October 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 – #beyondvanillakal so we can see what your are all up to!

RIOT OF COLOUR KAL:

Hi everyone … so as you all know I am a lover of all things rainbow themed and colourful … so I thought it would be fun to have a KAL to encourage bright colourful knits as we head into the colder and darker days of winter …

There will be a FO and Chatter thread. Please keep all Chatter in the chatter thread … any chatter in the FO thread will be deleted.

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit or crochet a colourful project … it will need to include a minimum of 3 different colours to count … it doesn’t need to be a true rainbow or have to be super saturated bright colours (pastels are fine too) … but it does have to be a project that embraces the theme of a “Riot Of Colour” however you choose to interpret that is up to you.

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!

WIPS are also allowed to be entered as long as they are less than 50% finished by the start of the KAL … also baby socks and blanket squares are not allowed in this KAL.

The Start date for the KAL will be the 24th September 2016 and the end date will be announced at a later date but I expect it to be end of October to mid November.

If you have any questions then please let me know in the Chatter thread where I can get back to you ASAP.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #RiotOfColourKAL16 so I can see what your are all up to!

WEE LITTLE KNITS ALONG:

Hi everyone … so as I am currently pregnant and am in the midst of knitting all the little baby projects … I thought we could have a fun Baby Knits Along called the Wee Little Knits Along …

I will be co-hosting this KAL with the lovely Melissa of the Spicyhomemaker podcast and she will be hosting the Chatter thread in her group and I will have the FO thread in this group. Pop over to her group to check out and join in the chatter!

To take part in this KAL all you have to do is to knit a baby/young child project … (crochet is also allowed) … Also if you have already started a project that is fine your WIP’s also can be entered as long as it is less than 50% completed by the start of the KAL.

Please note Blanket squares are not eligible but finished baby blankets can be entered.
Also Baby socks can be entered but we will not be allowing baby sock WIP’s to be entered as they are so fast to knit up it.

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 Start date for the KAL will be the 24th September 2016 and the end date will be announced at a later date but I expect it to be end of October to mid November.

If you have any questions then please let Melissa and I know in the Chatter thread where we can get back to you ASAP.

Also if you do post pictures on instagram please use the hashtag – #WeeLittleKAL so we can see what your are all up to! We may also be doing random prize drawings from the instagram hashtag feed so make sure you share throughout the KAL to be in for extra chances of winning.

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is currently empty. No update is yet scheduled.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

What are your favourite cotton or cotton blend yarns to use for baby knits or other types of projects?

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon Thread HERE

ACQUISITIONS:

  • Some buttons from my friend Jhocy
  • I was thoughtfully gifted the latest Wooly Wormhead Hat pattern collection for children by a lovely viewer.

Bogway Handspinner – 

I have had lots of people asking for information about this … you can find the website HERE … it is in Dutch but you can use google translate to translate the page for you … You can fill in the form to order a spinner HERE (same thing about the translating) … and if you are still unsure you can email the company on this email address – info@lowlandslegacy.nl – they do speak English so they should be able to get back to you with answers.

The only other place I have so far been able to find that sells them online is HERE but as of today they are currently sold out.

PODCASTS:

  1. SPICYHOMEMAKER

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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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