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Episode 66 > Crochet Circle Podcast

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Episode 66

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INTRO

My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co. 

Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.   

If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon: 

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We got new neighbours this month and they are great fun!  A bit rowdy, but very entertaining.  On Thursday, a cattle truck appeared at the gate by our house and unloaded about 20 stirks.  I have been enthralled with them ever since – they are absolute joy makers.   


FINAL DESTINATION

I can finally share some of the things I have been working on!  To say that I have been under the pressure of deadlines would be putting it very mildly.  I have just finished my submission for Moorit Magazine and am feverishly pulling the written pattern together. Whilst I can’t yet show you that, I can show you two commissions I have finished in John Arbon Textiles latest wool, Appledore.   

They asked me to design a blanket for their Mill Open Weekend this weekend and to help celebrate their 20th anniversary.    Me being me, I designed a blanket and a matching cushion.  They are called Bushel and kits are available from the John Arbon website or you can buy the pattern from my website. I loved crocheting these up, especially because I got to use every single one of the 20 colours in the new range.   

The blanket comes in two sizes – lap and throw.  The cushion is sized for a 42cm x 42cm cushion pad.     

 

 Striped crochet blanket folded on a wooden stool.It’s a blend of 40% Devon Closewool, 40% Romney and 20% Exmoor Blueface which is all sourced close to the mill, making it a great, low mileage option.  It’s available in 25g mini skeins or 100g skeins and is 250m per 100g, so a standard DK weight wool.   Shallow woodne dish with mini skeins of Appledore wool in 15 shades of grey, pink, ellow, green and brown.Wood and blue tweed chair with a pink and purple striped crocheted cushion on.Wooden floor with blue, white and orange striped socks lying flat.

The only other thing I finished this month was a pair of knitted socks for my new neighbour.  She is very craft worthy and loves bright colours so I made them with West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply – Country Birds in the Kingfisher colourway.      


EN ROUTE

I have finished the fabric piece for my Climate Change Conference (COP26) piece and just need to crochet and attach the wording I want to use which is “1 PLANET = 1 CHANCE”.  


I am so pleased to have so many of you join me and offer to send banners to me in time for the conference.  

My plan is to put them up on the fencing across from my house and photograph them as a whole so that you can see everyone’s afford from around the globe. My second panel is waiting in the wings, yarn at the ready.    You can read more about the purpose behind this craftivism below.  

 

gathered piece of crocheted fabric in various blues and green.

 


I love the idea of having a section that is made purely by the Crochet Clan.  If you fancy it, here is what is required:

  • Knit, crochet, stitch or craft as many pieces of the scarf as you would like and are able to — in green or blue yarn, fabric and thread. 
  •  Each piece of the scarf needs to measure 60cm high x 100cm wide. This will make it much easier to assemble the full ‘scarf’, and also help re-purpose the pieces for blankets. The shorter edges will be the ones we join together so each piece will contribute 100cm to the length of the scarf. So if you want to do an image or writing on your piece make sure it is the right way up (60cm high and 100cm wide).  Landscape, NOT portrait. 
  • Pieces can be plain or intricate, include designs of animals or plants threatened with extinction, or include words in any language. Be creative!  
  • So that I have time to sew all the pieces together and pass them onto the organisers, I would need to receive your section(s) by the end of August 2021.  
  • Ideally, your fabric shouldn’t impact further on the planet, so using stash or buying yarn from a charity shop is perfect.

After the conference, the pieces will be sewn together to create blankets and some particularly poignant pieces will be kept for exhibiting and further craftivism. 

There is a Facebook Group for the campaign, which has loads of examples that have already been made and may also help connect you to other crafters local to you. and a really good Q&A document on the Stitches for Survival website. 

I already know a few of you are interested on adding to this, so let’s make as big a section as possible!  Let me know if you are interested.  I will pass you my address when you have a section ready to post.

 

 


FEEDING THE HABIT

 

Steel blue linen fabric with skeins of yarn.  Large skeins are rusty orange and teh six mini skeins are in shades of dark grey, mid blues, oatmeals with speckles of rust adn grey. When you see this yarn, you will understand why I “had” to buy it!   I have had me beady little eye on Birdstreet Yarn for a while now.  Jon and Clare’s colours are dark, moody and subtle.   I bought two skeins of 4 ply (425m/100g) in Jasper and a set of Pebbles mini skeins which has 6 x 20g skeins in it.  


When you see this yarn, you will understand why I “had” to buy it!   I have had me beady little eye on Birdstreet Yarn for a while now.  Jon and Clare’s colours are dark, moody and subtle.   I bought two skeins of 4 ply (425m/100g) in Jasper and a set of Pebbles mini skeins which has 6 x 20g skeins in it.  

These are destined to become a new design – possibly a stole that can be converted into a massive cowl.  They tend to do shop updates on a Wednesday night at 8pm.  You need to keep on tracking them to see what they have got available each week.  They also have crocheted swatches as well as knitted ones.  Yay!


QUICK NEWS BEATS

1 – On Saturday the 5th June at 10.30am (BST), I am having a Zoom session as part of the John Arbon Textiles Mill Open Weekend.  I will be talking about why certain items come from some parts of the globe, showing some of the standards you can look for and some of the pitfalls to look out for when you are trying to buy locally.  Come and join me for an hour.  You can sign up here.

 1 – On Saturday the 5th June at 10.30am (BST), I am having a Zoom session as part of the John Arbon Textiles Mill Open Weekend.  I will be talking about why certain items come from some parts of the globe, showing some of the standards you can look for and some of the pitfalls to look out for when you are trying to buy locally.  Come and join me for an hour.  You can sign up here. 

 2 - The next Global Hook Up is on Saturday 19th June at 8pm (BST) and Sunday 20th June at 9am (BST).  Go to www.zoom.us and use code 475 047 5819 and passcode WOOL.

 3 – The next The Hive session for budding designers is going to be on the 26th  of June at 3pm.  I am running this session solo as I talk through how I photograph designs for patterns, Instagram and Pinterest.  Go to www.zoom.us and use code 475 047 5819 and passcode HIVE. The HIVE session after that will be on magazine submissions.

4 - Mighty Networks - Just a quick note to say that Mighty Networks is open to everyone.  Come along and join us there.  It's a lovely space to come and share what you are up to and to chat with like minded people and get inspiration from them.  You can join up here.


J'ADORE

It is no small thing to have a British wool business for 20 years.  Over the last seven years, I have become a huge fan of John Arbon Textiles – no surprise there!  Their team has grown, their yarn ranges have grown and they have still managed to keep the essence of the company.   


I love what they do, but in particular, I love that they aren’t knitcentric.  They love and promote many fibre crafts like crochet, spinning and weaving.    Here’s to the next 20 years for them.  

Who are your favourite yarn brands?  Are they crochet inclusive.  I would love to find some new to me brands.

That is it from me. I will be back on the 2nd July.   

Fay x


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ABOUT THE PODCAST

My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  

Come on in and stay awhile.  



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