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Today we have a little break from sock craze (mostly!) And a little more exploration of our community challenge # knit20for2020 so far. People are very creative and it’s so fun to see different knitters fill their categories. I also talk a little about deep stash: how it is defined, what it means to me, and why even (or especially) the deepest stash deserves to come out and play.
Hello and welcome to the Curious Handmade Podcast. You are listening to episode 284.
This podcast is about creating a life full of happiness in creativity. I am your host, Helen, and you can find me on Ravelry as HellsBells and on social media as curious needlework. The full show notes can also be found on my website at oddhandmade.com. I want to say a big thank you to my sponsor, Meadow Yarn.
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Hello and welcome. Was it a good knitting week for you? I’ve worked a lot on a secret design project, so I can’t talk much about it. But I also liked to knit my Wolf Fields Studio terracotta socks from Birch Hollow Fibers yarn. These were my Christmas socks. I am embarrassed to say that I have no photographic evidence yet, but I will publish it as a finished item very soon. They are almost done, the foot, so basically I just have to let the toe of the second sock go, which doesn’t take too long.
It is quite exciting to have an almost finished object. That will be able to tick one box in my Knitting Challenge 20 for 2020. The hashtag for this is # knit20for2020. If you haven’t seen this yet, I’ve made a list of prompts. It’s supposed to be an entertaining challenge for the year. So you can use the list of prompts to check one item or as many boxes as possible.
We have a chat thread in Ravelry and a hashtag that you can follow on Instagram. I’m not sure if you find that it took me a while to find that you can actually follow hashtags on Instagram, just like you can follow accounts. I think the easiest way to do this is if you go in search and look for the hashtag, you have the option to follow that hashtag. I find it very practical to pursue challenges that I am interested in or topics that interest me.
I have just started following the # quilted hashtag and frankly I haven’t had much time for it or no time for it, but I’m thinking a lot about quilting right now. I have a quilt I need to finish and I have a project that is included in my personal happiness projects for the year. So yes. You can track any hashtags that interest you. Sometimes your feed can get a little full with a certain hashtag, so you can refine it over time.
I follow the general hashtag # 20for20, which is basically a hashtag. I think it was basically started by Gretchen Rubin from the Happier podcast and is a challenge for luck. So you’re writing a list of 20 things you want to do for the year, and that’s where I got the idea for the # knit20for2020, the Happier podcast, and yes.
So I made a couple of prints. There is a square image for Instagram as well as a printable PDF, and I will include it for you in this week’s newsletter, as there are people who have just subscribed to the newsletter and did not receive it when I sent out a few Weeks earlier. I will publish these images for you and eventually create a page on my website to which they belong. But I haven’t done that yet.
So I followed the Ravelry chat thread and am really interested in knowing how people want to tackle this challenge. I think there is a lot of leeway to put your own spin on it, like knitting everything from stock or choosing your own rules. You can always replace something you like at any time if you’re not interested in any of the specific prompts, and some people have commented in the Ravelry thread that they don’t like brioche. They just don’t like the look very much. I think they will replace something else. You could replace something like mosaic knitting or have paint work already, but there are many other techniques that you could replace, or you could replace a garment type or just paint it and not do it. I don’t think that would be # 20for2020. For 2020 it would be 19. So yes, you might want to think of something else to close the gap in the spirit of things.
Some people on Ravelry have created a post in which they have recreated the list and then posted links to the projects they are currently doing. You can also do this in Instagram stories using the square Instagram picture. You can link to a story. Yes. So there are many fun ways to join this challenge.
Greetings to Claire, who is on Instagram and Ravelry Indilynx, and she finished Andrea Maori’s rose jacket and used the beautiful La Bien Aimée yarn. And so she said that she would tick off an epic or bucket list project prompt for this. And it is so beautiful. So Claire took on the challenge and all of her projects are so beautifully photographed and she just has a wonderful sense of color. If you haven’t discovered Indilynx Instagram yet, be sure to check it out. It’s I-N-D-I-L-Y-N-X.
One of the other prompts on the list is Deep Stash, Deep Garn Stash and there is also Deep Pattern Stash. And I asked a few people what it was. And so I thought I would talk a little bit about it in the podcast today. A deep thread supply means thread that you have had in your supply for a long time. So it is buried deep at the bottom of the camp. And I think there is no specific rule for deep stash since we have all knitted for different lengths of time. So what Deep Stash could be for a relatively new knitter could be a year or two. While it might be a little older for people who have been knitting for over 40 years.
And I was trying to figure out what my oldest yarn in my stock would be, and I had a pretty good choice of my deep supply. I gave away a lot of yarn and yes. I stowed a little deep and donated a little. So, some of the really deep supplies that I … I don’t know, just bought yarn for sale and my taste has changed. Many reasons why I didn’t want it anymore. Yes, some of it is gone and I’m not sure what the oldest is now. I should look really good and think back to the oldest.
I have a precious deep stash from Juno Fiber Arts, my all-time favorite indie dyer that has stopped dying. I am not sure when she stopped dying. I think maybe around 2015. Maybe about five years ago. I am not 100% sure. It’s definitely been a while and yes, I should really use this yarn because it’s so beautiful and I love it so much and I don’t want it to deteriorate and not be so beautiful anymore before I use it. One of the… no problems, but considerations that I have are that I probably have eight strands, but they’re all in different colors. I don’t have two strands of the same color. And then not necessarily super coordinating, so I’m not sure. I have to find a suitable project for this. Yes, I just don’t know what I want to do with it.
If I could crochet, if my poor old aching wrists would allow me to crochet, I would probably make a granny blanket. It would just be so, so beautiful. They are all beautiful jewel tones and it would be really breathtaking if I could. But there is no way I can crochet an entire blanket. I’ve always had the idea because I can’t crochet a square granny blanket. I’ve always had the idea of finding a knitting design that looks a bit like a grandma blanket, a grandma striped blanket. I don’t know if it would be the same, but I’ve always thought about doing something similar to get the feel of these beautiful textured stripes.
Anyway, I just got pretty tangent there. But yes, that’s Deep Stash, and it’s basically beautiful yarn that you loved and bought and kept, and now it’s time to use it. You may want to match it with a deeply patterned hiding place. A pattern that you have had in your library for a very long time. They often go together. We often buy yarn for a particular pattern, and sometimes we don’t use the yarn because we no longer care about that design. But yes, I have a few patterns and yarns that I want to make many years later.
One of them is Heather Zoppetti’s Dahlia cardigan, which was published in Interweave Knits in autumn 2011. So, super deep stash pattern. And for me this is simply the most beautiful, perfect cardigan. It has a beautiful lace on the back and I think on the front it’s like a waterfall style front and it’s just so beautiful. I bought a blue sky yarn for it when Loop had a sale, and that’s probably around 2014, maybe 2015, when I bought the yarn for it. So that would be a great achievement if I could knit this cardigan with this deep supply. I’m not sure if I can commit to it this year, but yes, I would like to.
It’s just dreamy. If you are a romantic lace knitter, you will probably love it. I’m just looking at it on the screen and still drooling, drooling. So that’s a really good pattern for me, because even six years later, I still love it. So I know I will probably still love this cardigan no matter how old I am or how much time passes.
So I’m going to stop rambling about it now. But I’m very, very curious about some of these prompts, especially what other people come up with. Deep Stash Yarn and Deep Pattern Stash are definitely the ones that interest me what other people do. I’m also very interested in new designers and hope to discover some great new designers, and yes, and of course I’m also interested in what people do for their epic or bucket list projects. So I’m interested in everyone and see what other people want to do for them all. But I’m particularly curious about this.
Speaking of deep stash and specialty yarns, we recently had some sad news for the knitting community, and that was a contribution from Moeke Yarns, who … It’s a company owned by a wonderful person named Ioana. She recently announced on Instagram that she and her family made the sad decision to close Moeke Yarns. And yes. It was really sad for me. I bought some of their yarn from a Rail Work knitting festival that had their yarn in stock. I also participated in their crowdfunding campaign and had a lot of beautiful yarn in the sweater. They specialized in traditional Romanian yarn. Yes, it was really special. But she explained in this Instagram post that she had a baby a few years ago and actually works as a professor in the Netherlands. The company is based in Romania, where their family lives, and yes, just all sorts of things … They had happened so much, and as a mother who had young children, I just can’t imagine being able to do that.
Yes. So, I totally, but really, really understand for her, because obviously it was obviously such a difficult decision and it was so nice that she made the post on Instagram and somehow talked about it and was so open and honest. So, thank you for doing this, Ioana, and for us lucky people who have some of your yarn in our stock, we will be able to use it, and your legacy will live on in the beautiful yarn that you have in the world and the clothes that people like to wear.
Just like my lovely friend Hannah, Circus Tonic Yarns, she recently decided not to dye her beautiful indie-dyed yarn here in Australia, and I’m also very sad about it because I was looking forward to going back to Australia, and maybe work a little bit more with Hannah. But you know again, life happens and Hannah has three little children and so much going on, and gosh, I can really relate to that. And there are days when I felt like I just couldn’t work anymore and couldn’t continue as a one-woman company. And it is only through my great team of people that I work with as a freelancer that I can continue. Otherwise, there is no way I could go ahead and do what I do.
And yes, it’s also a little easier because I don’t have to deal with physical products. So almost everything is online and on the Internet. So it’s super portable and fairly easy to use. I can do things on my cell phone, and I can have my designs, carry them around in my handbag, and I really appreciate that, and I appreciate you, who listen to me streaking about knitting, buying and participating in my patterns with knitwear, charity auctions and all sorts of things and challenges and everything. It just makes it possible and is so much more fun.
So yes. Just a little thank you and just a little reminder to always be kind to people, and you just don’t know what people are going through, and most people are very kind and very generous, and that is what I love about this community and do this work. So yes. I just want to end there with a slightly emotional comment, but in this regard I just want to thank my sponsor, A Yarn Story.
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So, I hope you have a wonderful week and do some nice knitting. At the moment, I really enjoy watching my younger daughter, because at her school lunchtime art club, they are working on an installation to bomb one of the trees in the school, and she is coming home knitting French. and it just came out of the blue that she said, “I have to do French knitting mom,” and at first I didn’t know what it was for. And so she said, “I need a toilet roll.” She has unwound the last part of the toilet paper roll, and there is toilet paper everywhere to use paddle pop sticks to make this French knit tube thing. And yes, I was just looking for yarn.
I thought it was just a crazy thing she did and then one day I dropped her off at school and they were like about six other kids with their French knits. And then we had a call from the art teacher who said today via email: “If someone has acrylic yarn, we need 100% acrylic yarn”, and my heart just went down because I didn’t really have much acrylic yarn available. I have a lot of other yarn that I could give you, but no acrylic. It was a bit sad and I also had the feeling: “Why acrylic?” I think because they put it on the tree, I don’t know.
Anyway. I can’t wait to see how the tree bombarded with yarn comes together and what they will do with it. But yes, what a great project. I am so excited.
And finally, just before I log out, there is a pre-sale plug for the Season 3 Handmade Sock Society. And so you can get the collection, the entire collection for £ 9.95, which is a bit more in dollars, but not bad. It’s a lot right now. And as soon as the first pattern is released this Tuesday, February 25th, the price will rise to £ 15. So at the moment it is very much. So I just thought I would remind you a little if you think about it. And it will be at this price until Monday, this Monday. So you have the weekend to make this bargain.
Thank you for everyone who has already joined and I look forward to seeing you in the knitwear that will start soon. That’s all from me Have fun knitting. I wish you a fantastic week and will speak to you soon.
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