Episode 174 - With Extra Dogs

August 13th, 2017

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This episode is kindly sponsored by Loch Ness Knit Fest 2017.

You’re welcomed to the beautiful Highlands of Scotland for Loch Ness Knit Fest 2017 (Inverness Ice Centre, 13th-15th October 2017). Inspired by the hugely successful Danish Fano Strikkefestival, Loch Ness Knit Fest pulls on the rich cultural crafting traditions of Scotland. Join the thousands of visitors that are expected to flock to Inverness from all over the world for this wonderfully woolly event. The truly unique programme is bursting with creativity that’s sure to inspire your knitting projects and provide lots of opportunity to meet new people. The best bit, your festival entry is free when you purchase a ticket to any of the Loch Ness Knit Fest workshops. Browse the Loch Ness Knit Fest Marketplace with 40+ stalls selling irresistible quality yarn and other crafting goodies! To make your trip all the more memorable, you can experience highland hospitality first hand with a knitters special cruise of Loch Ness, ceilidh dance with renowned Scottish band Blazin’ Fiddles or seat at the annual gala dinner complete with exclusive fashion show. Check out the Loch Ness Knit Fest website for further details: www.lochnessknitfest.com or email ask@lochnessknitfest.com

 Are you a Raveler? We are on Ravelry as LNKnitFest and would love for you to befriend us! We also host a group where Loch Ness Knit Fest goers can chat ahead of the event.

Hello Section

Wots e craic

Retreat 2018

24-27 May 2018. Please express your interest now and get your name on the list. A full cost will be announced shortly but it won't be far off £310 from last year.

Coming Up

Perth Knitting Festival is on 10 September 2017 featuring Gong Crafts and many more

Cheshire Fibre Festival is on 1 October 2017 featuring Yarns from the Plain

Festiwool is 11 November in Hitchin Hertodfordshire www.festiwool.com featuring Gardening Witch

Loch Ness Knit Fest is 13-15 October at the Inverness Ice Rink www.lochnessknitfest.com

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
Invergorden
Scotland
IV18 OET

Me Me Me

Lots and lots about MEEEEEEeeeeee.

Dragonfly Rising by Helen Stewart

Paving Mitts by Ellen M Silva

Croft Hoose Hat by Ella Gordon

Rapunzels Tower socks by Becky Greene

TTL Mystery Shawl by Kirsten Kapur

Spinning - Alpaca and silk

Sewing - a Mackay tartan project bag, 2 fabric boxes

Reading - Wee Free Men and A Hat full of sky by Terry Pratchett, Libravox A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Dunstan by Con Iggluden (909-988ad not 11th centuary)

Shoppy Section

www.etsy.com/shop/caithnesscraft

Blah Blah Blaaaa Section

Louise Hunt on Raverly, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram as CaithnessCraft

www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com for the podcast

(sound is a wee bit loud at the start so please turn me down, but don't turn me off, you don't want to miss out).

 

Episode 173 - Scotch Tweed - Permanence

August 4th, 2017

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This episode is kindly sponsored by
 
Scotch Tweed is a small family textiles firm based in the Scottish Borders.  Run by Angela with a huge amount of technical and know how support from her Dad, Gerald - they have a wealth of experience in the weaving and textile trade - over 57 years to be exact!!
 
Their aim is to bring top quality tartan and tweed fabric, along with other Scottish goods and apparel (including Highland Wear) to their customers at the best possible value.
 
Angela is happy to speak to anyone at anytime in regards to their requirements - if you cannot see what you are looking for on the website give her a call - the number is on the website www.scotchtweed.co.uk and is a UK Freephone Number.
 
The website is currently undergoing a bit of a refurb and update so not all the products are showing at the moment - if in doubt get in touch!
 
To help support the Podcast, Angela has provided a Discount Code for listeners - just quote CCCPodcast at checkout to receive a 10% discount anytime.
 
Wots e craic
Find out where I've been
Geoguesser app
Northern Yarn Opening Blog: northernyarn.co.uk/blog
 
Review
The Knitting Goddess has the most devine new yarn Britsilk out go to this link and get your own.
https://www.theknittinggoddess.co.uk/ourshop/cat_1430314-4ply-Britsilk.html
 
Katya Fraenkel has been busy again and has a new shawl out called Never Enough Stripes
http://www.katyafrankel.com/
 
Interview
I was delighted to speak to Angela of Scotch Tweed in person recently so recorded us a wonderful interview. Then go to www.scotchtweed.co.uk to buy buy buy.
 
Blah Blah Blah
Louise Hunt on Raverly caithnescraftcollective@gmail.com www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as CaithnessCraft
 

Episode 172 - Word Tasting

June 20th, 2017

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Kindly Sponsored by

Scotch Tweed is a small family textiles firm based in the Scottish Borders.  Run by Angela with a huge amount of technical and know how support from her Dad, Gerald - they have a wealth of experience in the weaving and textile trade - over 57 years to be exact!!
 
Their aim is to bring top quality tartan and tweed fabric, along with other Scottish goods and apparel (including Highland Wear) to their customers at the best possible value.
 
Angela is happy to speak to anyone at anytime in regards to their requirements - if you cannot see what you are looking for on the website give her a call - the number is on the website www.scotchtweed.co.uk and is a UK Freephone Number.
 
The website is currently undergoing a bit of a refurb and update so not all the products are showing at the moment - if in doubt get in touch!
 
To help support the Podcast, Angela has provided a Discount Code for listeners - just quote CCCPodcast at checkout to receive a 10% discount anytime.

Blether

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
Invergorden
Scotland
IV18 OET

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

www.etsy.com/shop/caithnesscraft

Blah Blah Blah

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

www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com

 

Episode 171 - Don’t be Snaily Bob

June 4th, 2017

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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/

Retreat

Full run down on the retreat. Also an announcement.

UnKal

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

Drams

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

Shoppy Section

www.etsy.com/shop/caithnesscraft

Blah Blah Blah

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

www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com

Episode 170 - You Have to Go Look

May 19th, 2017

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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

UNKAL

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

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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

www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com

Episode 168 - Tasting it All

March 26th, 2017

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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

www.caithnesscraftcollective.podbean.com

Episode 167 - Overwhelmed

March 17th, 2017

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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

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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

Retreat

Swap

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

Drams

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

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

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