Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 99 – I’ll Get There Eventually!

Hello everyone … welcome to Episode 99 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 New York City with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai and then Bahrain 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 RAVELRY … INSTAGRAM … FACEBOOK … 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 …

February Stats:

  • 6 finished objects
  • 3 socks, 2 shawls, baby cardigan
  • 10 skeins used
  • 12 new skeins into stash
  • 2,715m knit
  • 856gms knit – first month under 1000gm since I started keeping track

FO’s

  1. DK Shawl Design – 4.5mm (US7) – using Primrose Yarn Co in the Jasper DK base in the Snow Owl & Curry Spice colourways – this is a collaboration with the lovely Kelsey of Primrose Yarn Co and the design will be coming out later this year.
  2. Rainbows & Clouds Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – own vanilla pattern – using Artistic Yarns By Abi in the Rainbows and Clouds Colourway – some of my oldest self striping stash got it just over 2 years ago.
  3. Chevron Shawl Design – 4mm (US6) Sport weight Salpaca yarn – theconstantthread.etsy.com – and some of the Finnish yarn I picked up last summer as accent colours – own design – something simple yet graphic when complete to really allow the yarn to shine.
  4. Baby Sport Cardigan – 3.75mm (US5) using Primrose Yarn Co Sport in Snow Owl – pattern is the Save the Baby Whales pattern by Julia Ducker
  5. Red Breast Self Striping Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – own vanilla pattern – using Mon Sheep Shop in the Self Striping Red Breast Colourway – stelina base
  6. Perry’s Grand Central Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Grand Central Socks Pattern with a twist – using Riihivilla – Velho base – Natural Indigo Colourway – purchased yarn from a yarn stall at a market in Helsinki Finland.

WIPS

  1. Pinwheel Sock Scrap Blanket – 0 blocks completed
  2. Cable Hat Design – 4mm (US6) – upcoming design – using Littlebean Loves Yarn – in the Slytherin Common Room on the Worsted Base

ACQUISITIONS:

Sock Pattern Club – The New York Collection:

Check out the Chatter Thread HERE for details!

You can purchase the Ebook HERE

#KEDKAL17 – Knitting Expat Designs Year Long KAL

Check out the Chatter Thread HERE for details

 

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon Thread HERE

– Knitting Planning Spreadsheet – HERE

– Yarn tracking Spreadsheet – HERE

General Comments About Pattern Support –

Please use the email (knittingexpat@gmail.com) in the patterns or Rav private messaging to ask me about any patter support questions you have. Instagram/facebook etc are not appropriate places to ask for pattern support. I don’t always see your questions there or get notifications about private messages on instagram. I specifically include my email address on all of my patterns so you have a way to contact me for pattern support and I would appreciate it if you would respect that and use that avenue to contact me … it is by far the best way to do so and I am likely to respond to you the fastest via email as well.

I get a lot of questions about links in the pattern pdf’s not working and all you have to do is copy and paste the link into your internet browser if that is the case. The links for some reason don’t always work on mobile devices so you may have to access them on a computer.

PODCASTS:

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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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Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 98 – 2 Year Podiversary!

Hello everyone … welcome to Episode 98 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 New York City with my Husband and 2 cats, we lived in Dubai and then Bahrain 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 RAVELRY … INSTAGRAM … FACEBOOK … 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 …

February Stats:

  • 11 finished objects
  • 2 hats, 1 baby blanket, 1 cowl, 1 shawl, 6 pairs of socks
  • 11 pairs of finished socks so far this year
  • 5,020m knit
  • 1,382grams knit
  • 20 skeins used and out of stash
  • 49 skeins came into stash this month

FO’s

  1. Sport Weight Hat – 3.25mm (US3) no really design cast on 112 – knit 4.5 inches of ribbing – increased to 140sts and then will knit in plain stockinette for ages before doing some simple decreasing at the top
  2. Sock Pattern Club Month 6 – 2.25mm (US1) – Texture Pattern – using Sweet Sparrow Yarns in Nuthatch base – 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon in the Garden Rose Colourway
  3. Sock Pattern Club Month 7 – 2.25mm (US1) – Texture pattern – using Nomadic Yarns in the Brit Sock base – 80/20 SW BFL /nylon in the Spring Fling Colourway
  4. Vanilla Tweed Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Own vanilla pattern – using Gnome Acres in the Scruffy Gnome base in the Gnomesome Dove colourway – used a garter GSR heel
  5. Sock Pattern Club Month 3 – 2.25mm (US1) – Texture Pattern – using The Cozy Knitter in Bliss base – 80/20 SW Merino/Nylon in the New Horizon Colourway
  6. Sock Pattern Club Month 5 – 2.25mm (US1) – Texture Pattern – using Lolo Did It in Lolo’s Favourite base – 80/10/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon in the Dowager Countess Colourway
  7. Pebble Socks for Perry – 2.25mm (US1) – Pebble Socks – Beyond Vanilla Part 1 – using Dragonfly Fibres in 100% SW Merino in the Mossy Bank Colourway
  8. Spring Transitions Shawl – 3.75mm (US5) own design coming out next week – used Cascade Heritage for the main colour and a mini skein set from Wonderland Yarns in the Fuschia to Turquoise colourways.
  9. Grand Central Socks – 2.25mm (US1) first in the New York Sock Club collection – used Once Upon A Corgi yarn in the Marie Cutie base in the Oswald for Mayor Colourway.

WIPS

  1. Pinwheel Sock Scrap Blanket – 0 blocks completed
  2. Chevron Shawl Design – 4mm (US6) Sport weight Salpaca yarn – theconstantthread.etsy.com – and some of the Finnish yarn I picked up last summer as accent colours – own design – something simple yet graphic when complete to really allow the yarn to shine.
  3. Lace Fern Shawl Design – 4mm (US6) using FernFibre yarn in the Green and Natural colourways – shawl design that will hopefully be released by late spring early summer time.
  4. DK Textured Shawl Design – 4.5mm (US7) – using Primrose Yarn Co in the Jasper DK base in the Snow Owl & Curry Spice colourways – this is a collaboration with the lovely Kelsey of Primrose Yarn Co and the design will be coming out later this year.
  5. Rainbows & Clouds Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – own vanilla pattern – using Artistic Yarns By Abi in the Rainbows and Clouds Colourway – some of my oldest self striping stash got it just over 2 years ago.

ACQUISITIONS:

Sock Pattern Club – The New York Collection:

Check out the Chatter Thread HERE for details!

You can purchase the Ebook HERE

#KEDKAL17 – Knitting Expat Designs Year Long KAL

Check out the Chatter Thread HERE for details

2 Year Podiversary Giveaway!

 

Pattern Giveaways HERE

Yarn & Bag Giveaways HERE

 

Self Managed Mini Skein Swap:

See details in the THREAD

QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon Thread HERE

– Knitting Planning Spreadsheet – HERE

– Yarn tracking Spreadsheet – HERE

General Comments About Pattern Support –

Please use the email (knittingexpat@gmail.com) in the patterns or Rav private messaging to ask me about any patter support questions you have. Instagram/facebook etc are not appropriate places to ask for pattern support. I don’t always see your questions there or get notifications about private messages on instagram. I specifically include my email address on all of my patterns so you have a way to contact me for pattern support and I would appreciate it if you would respect that and use that avenue to contact me … it is by far the best way to do so and I am likely to respond to you the fastest via email as well.

I get a lot of questions about links in the pattern pdf’s not working and all you have to do is copy and paste the link into your internet browser if that is the case. The links for some reason don’t always work on mobile devices so you may have to access them on a computer.

PODCASTS:

  1. Yarngasm
  2. Sweet Sparrow Knits
  3. Once Upon A Corgi
  4. Yoshi & Lucy Knits
  5. Ninja Chickens
  6. Dye Another Day
  7. Little Bean & Me

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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

Knitting Expat Podcast – Episode 83 – Finished Objects Galore, A New Giveaway & Chatter!

Hello everyone … welcome to the 83rd 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. Spook Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – own vanilla pattern – Hedgehog Fibres Sock from a Club Colourway last year – Spook Colourway – trying out a newish idea for a heel – I know I’m not the first person to come up with this concept but I haven’t seen it done in the way that I am thinking exactly so I’m going to wait and see how it turns out before I talk much more about it.
  2. Blue Sands Cardigan – 4mm (US6) – by La Maison Rillie – Making mods based on my gauge and changing colours and length
  3. Design Hat – 4mm & 5mm (US6 & 8) – Own Design – Knit Picks palette in Mist & Turmeric held double
  4. Design Hat – 3.5mm & 4mm (US4 & 6) – Own Design – Five Moons Diana DK in Load of Flannel Colourway
  5. Butterfly Effect Socks – 2.25mm (US1) – Own Vanilla Pattern – Into The Whirled sock yarn in the Butterfly effect Colourway – club yarn
  6. Bonbon Bunny – 3.5mm (US4) – by Susan Claudino – Gourmet Stash Handspun sent to me by Jeanette (Bookish Stitcher)
  7. Anders Sweater – 3.75mm & 4mm (US5 & 6) – Cant remember designers name – used Quince and Co Chickadee in Malbec & Chantrelle – talked a lot about this in the vlog – colour dominance
  8. Baby Sweater Design – 3.75mm & 2.75mm (US5 & 2) – still working out the kinks of the pattern this is a plain version 1 – the actual pattern will have a couple of patterned options available but I wanted to knit up a test sample to check the sizing

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket – no new blocks.
  2. Clean + Simple Baby Dress – 3.75mm (US5) – Purl Soho – Knit Picks Comfy Sport in Pomegranate
  3. Design Shawl – 4mm (US6) – Galler Yarns Alpaca – own design – 303 Mist Grey
  4. Baable Hat – 4 & 4.5mm (US6 & 7) – Donna Smith – Lettloppi yarn in Charcoal, Light Grey, Green & Navy and Schibot Garne in Concrete Jungle for inside of brim
  5. Gift Socks – 2.5mm (US1.5) Regia 4 ply colour – 7709 – vanilla socks for father in law

RANDOM SPONTANEOUS GIVEAWAY:

Hi everyone … So I’ve put together a prize bundle of leftovers from my Blue Sands Cardigan (over 200gm combined in 6 colours of Icelandic Kambgarn yarn) – an old style Mina Makes bag and a copy of the Antonia Shawl donated to the podcast by the lovely Madeleine – See the podcast episode 83 to see what the prize package includes.

Prompt is – What would you do with the yarn prize? Or what Colour way would you use to knit the shawl?

The THREAD in the group will be open until 1st November I’ll announce the winner on the next episode 2nd November.

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. Next update is scheduled for Mid November.

OTHER THINGS:

– Coupon Thread HERE

ACQUISITIONS:

  • A package came in from Madeleine in Switzerland with goodies for me and the baby
  • A parcel with some project bags from Alison from the Yarn Parlor Podcast
  • A parcel of yarny goodies from Magdelana in Switzerland from the Wolfe & Schafe Podcast

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
  2. BOOKISH STITCHER
  3. WOLFE & SCHAFE
  4. THE YARN PARLOR
  5. THE YARN HOARDER PODCAST

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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

Knitting Expat – Episode 38 – Early Christmas …

Hello everyone … welcome to the 38th 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 … on Periscope as @MINAPHILIPP (I don’t know how to link to that) and now 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. PATONS CASCADE COLOURS SOCKS – Vanilla sock, 2.75mm (US2), 2×2 rib, FLKH, for my Dad
  2. THIS WAY THAT WAY SOCKS – Own design, 2.25mm (US1), 64 stitches, pattern coming soon.
  3. ACROSS THE POND SHAWL SMALL – this is my own design – pattern coming soon, yarn used is Malabrigo Sock in Arco Iris and Lavender Lune Yarn Co dyed with Basil, on 3.75mm (US5) needles.
  4. HENLEY SWEATER – for my dad, 4.5mm (US7), Cascasde 220 superwash, chocolate colourway

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  1. PURPLE VANILLA SOCKS – 2.5mm (US1.5), 56 stitches, 2×2 ribbing, FLKH, Knit Picks Handpainted Stroll Fingering yarn in the Purple Pansy Colourway.
  2. YUKKO – Isager Lace Alpaca, 3.5mm (US4), designed by Amanitaa
  3. 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

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!

PROJECT BAGS:

Shop is closed until the new year.

OTHER THINGS:

I show how I knit in a short video clip on this episode.

ACQUISITIONS:

This week I shared some packages … one from Grace, a swap from Maria, and a lovely gift from Maya at the Wool Barn. Also included were some acquisitions from I Knit London and some Early Christmas goodies.

PODCASTS I MENTIONED:

  1. TINY PAPER FOXES
  2. FAIRY LITTLE
  3. BROOKLYN KNITFOLK

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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

Knitting Expat – Episode 18 – Many WIP’s …

Hello everyone … welcome to the Eighteenth 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 now 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. VANILLA TOP DOWN SOCKS FOR STEF – Knit with 2.25mm needles, with Sirdar Heart & Sole yarn using a Fish Lips Kiss Heel …

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WORKS IN PROGRESS:

1. ROCK ISLAND – By Jared Flood and I am knitting these on 4mm needles in the Drops Lace in the Olive colourway.

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2. TWO LANE HIGHWAY RAGE SOCKS – Knitpicks Stroll Fingering in Everglade Heather on 2.5mm needles cuff down and will use the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.

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3. RAGLAN JUMPER FOR MY DAD – started this one finally, using 4mm needles and Drops Big Merino yarn.

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4. HANDBRAKE COWL – this will be a birthday gift for my Husband, knit on 4.5mm needles in Drops Big Merino.

5. COZY MEMORIES BLANKET – started this using my sock yarn scraps on 3mm needles. (Did not show on this weeks podcast)

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RAINBOW-ALONG DETAILS:

So I figured after the recent news in the USA with Gay marriage being legal in all states and all the lovely Rainbow inspired projects I’d been seeing all over instagram these last few days I wanted to start a Rainbow-Along KAL … the rules are pretty simple:

_MG_4172-1– Pick a fun rainbow skien (or rainbow inspired – it doesn’t have to be a true rainbow to count as long as its reasonably rainbow-y enough) and cast on a fun colourful project … it can be anything you like. (it can be any type of craft, Knitting, crochet, cross stitch, weaving, etc)

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– The KAL starts now (29th June 2015) and will run until the end of September (30th) of this year.

– You will need to be a member of the KNITTING EXPAT PODCAST RAVELRY GROUP to be eligable for prizes.

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– There will be a chatter thread for general Chit Chat about the KAL and other such fun things

– There will be a Finished Objects Thread which will just be for FO’s and no chatter allowed in this thread – One finished project equals one entry in the FO thread.

– There will be prizes but these are still to be decided and announced. If you are a bag maker/stitch marker maker/ yarn dyer/ other maker of things / or just a lovely viewer who is interested in donating a prize for this KAL then please get in touch with me and we can sort it out.

KNIT-A-LONG DETAILS FOR SUNRAYS SHAWL:

_MG_4417-1– The KAL will start from the date of the pattern release until the 24th August 2015, Finished Objects can be posted into the FO thread after the 1st July. So you can start before but cannot finish the shawl before the 1st July in order to enter the KAL.

_MG_4429-1– You will need to be a member of the KNITTING EXPAT PODCAST RAVELRY GROUP to be eligible for prizes

_MG_4421-1– Signups are open for those interested in ordering yarn from THE YARN TREE UK (the link will take you to a form to fill in online) … who dyed up the wonderful ‘Fiery Sunset’ colourway for my shawl pattern and has given me an extra skein as a giveaway prize … the yarn is also being offered with a 10% discount already applied to the price of the skeins so if you are interested this is a good time to buy!

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Prizes:

  • 1 skein of The Yarn Tree UK’s Sock Yarn – 75% Merino, 20% Nylon and 5% Gold Stelina base in the Fiery Sunset Colourway. _MG_4202-1
  • 1 skien of The Natural Dye Company CHI Merino/Bamboo Sock yarn in the Peacock 3 colourway … this is a beautiful skein of yarn by a company that is no longer in business so you cannot get this anywhere else. _MG_4201-1
  • 1 project bag made by me … the actual project bag will be made specially for the winner once selected and the winner will have a selection of fabrics to choose from for their bag.

PROJECT BAGS:

I am working on more bags at the moment so stay tuned for more information on when the next update will be.

ACQUISITIONS:

No new yarn this week …

OTHER THINGS:

I also mentioned the documentary I watched online about the history of knitting and spinning amongst the Coast Salish Cowachin tribe on Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia in Canada. You can see that here …

 

PODCASTS I MENTIONED:

1. STITCHED IN SWEDEN

2. PINK HAIR GIRL

3. YARNDERWOMAN

4. SUBURBAN STITCHER

5. BAKERY BEARS

6. LITTLE BOBBINS

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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

Knitting Expat – Episode 17 – A Little All Over The Place …

Hello everyone … welcome to the Seventeenth 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 now 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. RAINBOW SOCK BLANK SOCKS – knitting with iKnit Lazaretto sock yarn on 2.5mm needles and used a 1×1 ribbing for the cuff … with a contrast heel flap.

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WORKS IN PROGRESS:

1. VANILLA HEART & SOLE BRITALONG SOCKS – plain vanilla socks (not using a pattern) with Fish Lips Kiss Heel and knitting in self striping yarn … these will be for a friend.

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2. ROCK ISLAND – By Jared Flood and I am knitting these on 4mm needles in the Drops Lace in the Olive colourway.

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3. RAGLAN JUMPER FOR MY DAD – started this one finally, using 4mm needles and Drops Big Merino yarn.

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4. COZY MEMORIES BLANKET – started this using my sock yarn scraps on 3mm needles. (Did not show on this weeks podcast)

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RAINBOW-ALONG DETAILS:

So I figured after the recent news in the USA with Gay marriage being legal in all states and all the lovely Rainbow inspired projects I’d been seeing all over instagram these last few days I wanted to start a Rainbow-Along KAL … the rules are pretty simple:

_MG_4172-1– Pick a fun rainbow skien (or rainbow inspired – it doesn’t have to be a true rainbow to count as long as its reasonably rainbow-y enough) and cast on a fun colourful project … it can be anything you like. (it can be any type of craft, Knitting, crochet, cross stitch, weaving, etc)

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– The KAL starts now (29th June 2015) and will run until the end of September (30th) of this year.

– You will need to be a member of the KNITTING EXPAT PODCAST RAVELRY GROUP to be eligable for prizes.

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– There will be a chatter thread for general Chit Chat about the KAL and other such fun things

– There will be a Finished Objects Thread which will just be for FO’s and no chatter allowed in this thread – One finished project equals one entry in the FO thread.

– There will be prizes but these are still to be decided and announced. If you are a bag maker/stitch marker maker/ yarn dyer/ other maker of things / or just a lovely viewer who is interested in donating a prize for this KAL then please get in touch with me and we can sort it out.

KNIT-A-LONG DETAILS FOR SUNRAYS SHAWL:

_MG_4417-1– The KAL will start from the date of the pattern release until the 24th August 2015, Finished Objects can be posted into the FO thread after the 1st July. So you can start before but cannot finish the shawl before the 1st July in order to enter the KAL.

_MG_4429-1– You will need to be a member of the KNITTING EXPAT PODCAST RAVELRY GROUP to be eligible for prizes

_MG_4421-1– Signups are open for those interested in ordering yarn from THE YARN TREE UK (the link will take you to a form to fill in online) … who dyed up the wonderful ‘Fiery Sunset’ colourway for my shawl pattern and has given me an extra skein as a giveaway prize … the yarn is also being offered with a 10% discount already applied to the price of the skeins so if you are interested this is a good time to buy!

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Prizes:

  • 1 skein of The Yarn Tree UK’s Sock Yarn – 75% Merino, 20% Nylon and 5% Gold Stelina base in the Fiery Sunset Colourway. _MG_4202-1
  • 1 skien of The Natural Dye Company CHI Merino/Bamboo Sock yarn in the Peacock 3 colourway … this is a beautiful skein of yarn by a company that is no longer in business so you cannot get this anywhere else. _MG_4201-1
  • 1 project bag made by me … the actual project bag will be made specially for the winner once selected and the winner will have a selection of fabrics to choose from for their bag.

PROJECT BAGS:

I have a shop update going live this evening … you can find my bags for sale on Etsy at http://www.minamakes.etsy.com

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ACQUISITIONS:

– My Mum brought me a bunch of lovely goodies from the UK that I had ordered and some that she got me as a surprise!

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– My Rainbow Project bag that I won from the Swift Knits podcast arrived!

– I also picked up some fun new prints and fabrics for new project bags too!

PODCASTS I MENTIONED:

1. FRECKLED WHIMSY

2. SWIFT KNITS

3. ZAZU PODCAST

4. EWE WHO KNITS

5. BAKERY BEARS

6. THE BOOKISH STITCHER

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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