Episode 172 - Word Tasting

June 20th, 2017


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The Taste of Words, whats your favourite flavour? The soft and round words or the sharp and bitter?

Wots e Craic

Tour de Fleece starts 1 July

Book Review

Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit by Elizabeth Lovick

Coming Up

Perth - 10 September 2017

Cheshire Marthall Village Hall 1 October 2017

Loch Ness Knit Fest - 13-15 October 2017

Loch Ness Knit Fest charity drive this year -

The Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild (founded in 1882) do a remarkable amount for causes across the UK. Charities local to us that have benefitted from the Guild include Women’s Aid, Raigmore Hospital, Highland Hospice, Horseback UK and CHAS Children’s Hospice.

So what do they do?

The Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild collect knitted items (as well as bed linen, anoraks and other items) from generous crafters like you and distribute them across all their charity partners after packing and sorting in the autumn. Incredibly, they manage to gather around 20,000+ items annually for those in need.

And how can you help?

We’ll that’s just the thing. Without people like you, who love to knit, the charity wouldn’t achieve such great things that genuinely aid so many across the country. So we challenge you to get those knitting needles in action and help us add to the collection of crafted wonders.

The items that they’re most in need of are…

  • hats, gloves, scarves and socks for men, women and children
  • Premature baby clothing
  • Baby clothing
  • Pram or cot blankets
  • Knee rugs
  • Bed blankets

So if you’re an avid knitter and able to help, we’d love to hear from you. Or if you’re a beginner, a simple knitted square or two will do and we can transform these into beautiful blankets.

This Knit-A-Long is about the participation and sharing of finished objects. A few prizes will be awarded to people that post in the associated threads in our Ravelry Group ‘Loch Ness Knit Fest Chat’. Exact details will be confirmed but we will award prizes for:

  • Most helpful and congenial
  • Most prolific crafter
  • Best team effort
  • Most Highlander – themed
  • Random prize draw

To show just how marvellous you are, we would like to display your finished objects at the festival and present them to the Guild so please send them to:

Loch Ness Knit Fest Ltd.
8 High Street

Me Me Meeee Section

Dragonflies Rising by Helen Stewart

Newale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik Macdonald

Paving Mitts by Ellen M Silva

Croft Hoose by Ella Gordon

Mystery Knit along by Kirsten Kapur

Shoppy Section


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Louise Hunt on Ravelry CaithnessCraft on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest



Episode 171 - Don’t be Snaily Bob

June 4th, 2017


Sandy calls all Snails Bob.

Listen to this episodes Blether to find out why its better not to be a snail. Look beyond the algorithm.

Wots e Craic

Kirsten Kapur's Mystery Shawl - Sign up - Through the Loops group on Ravelry as it starts on 15 June

Amanda B Collins has a new ebook of patterns out called Shifting Horizons and at only £10 it is a steal.

MeadowYarns have a wonderful new yarn range out with brilliant names http://www.meadowyarn.co.uk/


Full run down on the retreat. Also an announcement.


Now finished and announcement of winners - now, go do something with them projects. I've picked mine back up.

Coming Up

Perth Festival of Yarn 10 September

Cheshire 1 October

Loch Ness - 13 - 15 October

Me Me Me

Brioche Hat by Wendy Easton

Puffin by Sue Stratford

Ripple Hat by Linda Johnson

Fireflies Rising by Helen Stewart

Zastruga by Maddie Harvey


12 year old Single Malt Old Pulteney with our special guests Ellen and Lisa

Shoppy Section


Blah Blah Blah

Louise Hunt on Ravelry, Caithness Craft Collective Group on Ravelry, CaithnessCraft on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest


Episode 170 - You Have to Go Look

May 19th, 2017


Look at What Louise???? Oh Listeners, the many many wonderful hours of browsing I'm about to foist upon your eyes.

This episode is full of contributers for my Retreat this weekend.  If you are feeling left out then do go to all these wonderful webites and then you won't be left behind.

BritYarn - Isla's British Yarn shop www.brityarn.co.uk For all your yarn that you KNOW is from Britian.

Ellen Silva - TwinsetEllen http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ellen-m-silva Ellen has a selection of Crochet and Knitting patterns for all ages.  Also half of the TwinsetDesign Podcast. Don't knit like my sister.

Ericka Eckles - If you want some vintage upcycling made with care and precision then look no further than http://www.erickaeckles.com/

Gardening Witch - Jane's Wonderful Etsy shop of wonder. Shawl pins, project bags, stitch markers all at www.etsy.com/shop/gardeningwitch

Kirsten Kapur - Designer Kirsten has a pattern for everyone and her classic style will leave you droolling. http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kirsten-kapur

KnitBritish - Louise Scollay, the Cagney to my Lacey who hosts the Knit British Podcast and sometimes has things for sale. Go find her on iTunes or http://www.knitbritish.net/

Maddie Harvey - Designer Maddie has such elegant style I want to be her. https://maddieharveydesigns.com/ for some gorgeous shawls that have a little extra va va voom to keep you knitting on.

Northern Yarn - Kates Northern Yarn shop has some really carefully selected yarns from Britian www.northernyarn.co.uk which will not only wet your taste buds but you will itch to cast them on.

Ruthcrafts - Designer Ruth has some stylish and timeless items modestly put together in  http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ruth-crafts

Sue Straford - Designer Sue has some of the most characterful toy designs anywhere -  https://www.suestratford.co.uk/shop-1

TTJ Frog - Tania is so lovely you cannot resist her Dorset Buttons or her new yarn range http://www.tjfrog.co.uk/

The Little Grey Girl - Gemma has modern and contemporary notions, stitch markers and project bags for sale at http://www.thelittlegreygirl.com/


There is also


Coming Up

Dingwall Wool Fest - 27 May

Perth Festival of Yarn - 10 September

Cheshire Fibre Festival - 1 October

Loch Ness Knit Fest - 13-15 October

Me Me Me Section

Brioche Hat by Wendy Easton

Puffin by Sue Stratford

Unicorn By Louise Walker

Ripple Hat by Linda Johnson


Contact me Louise Hunt on Ravelry caithnesscraftcollective@gmail.com Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram as Caithness Craft Get the podcast on www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com


Episode 169 - Scalpay Times

May 5th, 2017


The Scalpay refers to the fact we went for a visit as part of our Western Isles visit and we used to read Donald Morrison's column in the Oban Times and have wanted to visit since.

Wots e Craic - Talking about Countess Ablaze Yarn Shop Day with BritYarn and Whistlebare and Little Grey Girl on 6 May 2017 10-5 in Manchester which I wish I was going to.

Also where I was in April. (Western Isles)

Lucky 7 Swap

Retreat - I have one place has opened up so please get in touch ASAP if you can come. 25-28 May 2017 Natural Retreats at John o Groats.

Me me Meeeee - Dorset Button by TJ Frog (I don't mention it here but I have made one and I love it)

Fuss free Festival Shawl by Louise Tilbrook

Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnson

Brioche Hat by Wendy Easton

UnKAL - has started

Mum Mum Mum is in talking about her recent trips to Glasgow and Dornoch

Drams is a Bowmore Single Malt Dark Isle - from a tent. Listen for the torch and the little voice in the background.

Shoppey www.etsy.com/shop/caithnesscraft

Blah Blah Blah

caithnesscraftcollective@gmail.com Raverly as Louise Hunt Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram as CaithnessCraft


Episode 168 - Tasting it All

March 26th, 2017


Tasting notes of yarn and whisky.

There was more but I had to take a whack out so it will all come back next episode.

Samite - www.blackeryarns.co.uk

Shorelines and Strata Yarn - www.tjfrog.co.uk

Iona Single Origin Yarn - www.ionawool.co.uk


Full reveal of the Drams. Do we get any right?


Louise Hunt on Ravelry

CaithnessCraft on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter


Episode 167 - Overwhelmed

March 17th, 2017


This one is a long one. Mostly about the Edinburgh Yarn Fest which was stupendous. Either listen on a long run (that can be a long run of knitting, or actual running) or break it up when you drift off.

More show notes laters.

Episode 166 - Planning For Edinburgh

March 3rd, 2017


Stuart - Start about 44 minutes.

The rest of you buckle up for more anticipation of the forthcoming Edinburgh Yarn Fest.

This episode is sponsored by the Edinburgh Yarn Fest www.edinyarnfest.com and its all about the Corn Exchange 10-11 March 2017. (unless you have a workshop then you get extra fun).

Wots e Craic

Go to https://tjfrog.co.uk/ to listen to Tania's new podcast. Its wonderful.

The shawl last episode was Close to You by Justyna Lorkowska



Lucky 7 Swap - Swap 7 crafty items. Sign up by 7 March to post by 7 April. Sign up on Ravelry thread

Coming Up

EDINBURGH YARN FEST - DID I NOT MENTION IT?????? www.edinyarnfest.com for full details.

Caithness Segment

Going for a bit of Neolithic Caithness this episode

Me Me Meeee

Newale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik Macdonald Fail

Pussy Hat by Kat Coyle

Fireflies Rising by Helen Stewart


44 minutes in Stuart. We have a blind tasting of the first 3 of 6 drams.

Shoppy Section

www.etsy.com/shop/caithnesscraft for Buchanan, Hunter and McGregor and Fraser, Black Watch and Robertson to be added this weekend.

Bla Blaaa Blaaaah

Contact me caithnesscraftcollective@gmail.com www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com for the podcast Raverly as Louise Hunt Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook as CaithnessCraft

The music was from Free Music Archive with Entertainment for the Braindead by A Friend.

But mainly, I'll see you at the EYF

Episode 165 - Clock

February 17th, 2017


Clocking the kestrel sitting on the corner of the shed (photo for this podcast episode)

Episode 164 - Its not me, its you

February 3rd, 2017


This Episode is sponsored by the kind Jo and Mica of Edinburgh Yarn Fest www.edinyarnfest.com You can buy your Wool Tribe 2 Festival Companian there and do your research for the upcoming Edinburgh Yarn Fest.

Wots e Craic

New video podcast to me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s_j-1fL-TM BeardyChiel Knitting Banter who is from Thurso. Go watch where I talk about in Caithness.

Gong Crafts Yarns from Durness https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GongCrafts


Last payment is due and also if you are going to be in Edinburgh Yarn fest then please come meet me Saturday lunch time and we can have a wee meet up.


Wool Tribe 2 from www.edinyarnfest.com

Coming Up

ICHF at the SECC Glasgow 2-5 March 2017

Edinburgh Yarn Fest Market place opening 10-11 March 2017


Newale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald for my #BlackerPODKAL Go sign up on Blackers Raverly Page to be in for the discount code.

Reyholt Hat by Dianne Walla

Louise Tillbrooks Everyday knitter page on Facebook

Pussy Hat by Kat Coyle ****** If you have small people please be warned before you listen to this part, there are no expletives but you may wish not to have the conversation with the small person afterwards if you listen.**********

Jelly Roll Quilt from Cotton Patch https://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/

Needle Felting

Shoppy Section

www.etsy.com/shop/caithnesscraft for Red Macgregor and Bruce tartan bags

Blah Blah Blah

Contacts - LouiseHunt on Ravelry CaithnessCraft on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Podcast host - www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com

Music from Free music archive with Entertainment for the Braindead by A Friend (I dont' think you are braindead, I just like the birdie).

Keep on Crafting.


Episode 163 - Look for the Good

January 22nd, 2017


The answer to where I've been for the past month.

Blacker PodKAL has started, go sign up in their group for a coupon at their stand in Edinburgh Yarn Fest

Edinburgh Yarn Fest has WoolTribe 2 out on 23 January 2017.  Also get your ticket for the event.

My CCC2017 Retreat is full! I would take a waiting list of names if you like though.

I mention Knit Your Love by Martina Behm and Newale by Cecily Glowick Macdonald

We drink a Tamnavulin Single Malt Whisky and have you all around for the party of the year.

Get me on Raverly as Louise Hunt I'm on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter as CaithnessCraft

Podcast is hosted on www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com

Music is from Free Music Archive Entertainment for the Braindead by A Friend as I like the little birdie noses.

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