Podcast Episode 4 A Headless Giraffe – Show Notes

finallywakingup on Twitter and Instagram

Anna on Ravelry

Vitamin D by Heidi Kirramier

Kemps Wool Shop

Grainline Studio Scout Tee

Lana Grossa Solo Cotone

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Dotted Rays by Stephen West in Catgrass Regulus Lace by Vegan Yarn in Canada

Ysolda’s Online Store

Wool Needles Hands Podcast, Tayler

Fractured Light Hat by Kristen Kapur

One Way Tee by Debbie O’Neill

Exploring the Woods by Melinda VerMeer

Argo Cardigan by Svetlana Volkova

Dubro by michiyo

Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli

Pennae Shawl by Hiary Smith Callis

The Yarn Hoarder Podcast

Spud and Chloe at the Farm by Susan B Anderson

Knitted Woodland Creatures by Susie Johns

Stylecraft Special DK

King Cole Dolly Mix and Paintbox Acrylic from Love Knitting

Cello Express Bags on Etsy for toy eyes (and noses!)

Rollie by Susan Claudino

Babble’s Travelling Yarns Podcast

Anna from the Dunkelgrun Podcast

Blocks and Stripes by Christa Brenner

The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Once Upon a Time on Netflix

Biffy Clyro on YouTube

Bluebird Tea

True Tea

Rosie Lea Tea

Sock Sack by Ramona Rose

Kristen of the Yarngasm podcast (Voolenvine is her yarn company)

Cesaria by Irina Anikeeva

Fabworks Online

By Hand Victoria Blazer – they sell the PDF, you may be able to get a printed version elsewhere

Marilla Walker on Instagram

Jodi – Levigator Press on Instagram


Sew Me Something Portia Trousers

Sew House Seven Tea House Dress

Style Arc Ethel Designer Top

Named Clothing Alexandria Peg Trousers

Kitschy-coo Lady Skater Dress

The Textile Centre on Ebay

Suma Wholefoods Wholesale

Real Foods in Edinburgh – free postage is now for orders over £29

Who Gives a Crap 

Thanks for watching! If I’ve missed a link you want to know about leave me a message and I’ll get it added!

I May Need a Bag Intervention

I finished another pair of socks, plain 60 stitches on 2.5mm needles knit magic loop. The yarn is Lana Grossa Solo Cotone. I really like the yarn, it knits up well and it lovely to wear, I’m not as impressed with the colours of this one though. I think that the lightest stripe should have been more grey rather than the dirty looking off-white that it is.

Lana Grossa Stripey Socks

The gauge is a little funny on these and it took me a while to figure out why. It seems that the second sock each time was sliding a little. I need to make sure that the first sock on each round is supported well so it doesn’t weigh down the needle so much, not a hard fix and I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.

And more knitting bags. As the title says I may need an intervention here… I made another shawl bag to begin with as I was awaiting my order from Vegan Yarn and knew that I wanted to cast on right away for a Pure Joy shawl when it and the needles I ordered for it arrived. Turned out that I ended up using the shawl as motivation to finish off a hard university assignment, I wound the yarn when I was halfway and then started knitting as soon as I had submitted it, have to use whatever carrots you can find!

Shawl BagShawl Bag

I love this happy ghost fabric and how it combines with the pinks. As is usually the way, I finished another shawl a few days later (I need to block it before I show it off) meaning I had an empty shawl bag I could have used…

Whilst digging around for fabric for the shawl bag I came across two fat quarters of this New York print that I love and whipped up another sweater bag for a project that was waiting to begin. I’ve still not cast on for it, but it’s cosy in the bag ready to go when I am.

Sweater BagSweater Bag

This may be one of my favourites to date, I love both these prints.

Next up on the sewing pile is curtains, I’ve been putting them off for far too long and they won’t take long once I get going, it’s just the starting of such a dull job that’s hard. They may be blocking my sewing mojo though so I need to get them done so I can see what I feel like sewing next. Plenty of summer pyjama fabric ready to go plus most of the stack of things I cut out before my second operation. If I don’t fancy that it’s not like I don’t have patterns and fabric to choose from!

Shawltastic March

I got more done in March than it felt like, which is often the way. It seems like when you’re making progress you feel like you should be making even more progress, weird brain. So, onwards with the FOs.

First up, just in time for Spring, was the last pair of winter pyjamas for Jim.

Burda 9747

I used my new Burda 9747 pattern and the sizing was very good. I should have put an extra button on the shirt but I had 3 of that kind so I used what I had. The fabric is a brushed cotton from Abakhan when I was living in Liverpool so it’s very old, nice to use it up. Despite Jim saying that he didn’t like the fabric when I showed it to him aeons ago, he loves the finished pyjamas and wears them as soon as they come out of the wash. Luckily it’s not too warm for them yet so he should get some use from them and they’re big enough that he should get to wear them at least at the start of next winter.

Next up was yet more knitting bags using the same Sock Sack pattern. This is another sock sized bag using a canvas fabric that I’ve no idea where I got and more Oakshot for the lining.

Sock SackSock Sack

I tried so hard to get those dolls the right way up on the tab to no avail!

And this is another sock sized bag using one of my all time favourite fabrics with more Oakshot for the lining.

Sock Sack Sock Sack

Again with the upside down tabs, if I’d have thought about it less I’d probably have gotten it right by mistake!

Of course I immediately filled these bags with socks that were already on the needles (I ripped back a sock that I’d made a mistake on and started the pair two at a time instead) and a new cast on. I’m not immediately filling sock bags as soon as they’re empty but it’s nice to have a bag to put them in when the urge does strike!

I finished off a Knit Along project, I think this is the first time I’ve specifically made something for one and actually entered it. This was for the Skein Game podcast, Chantal very kindly said that if I won she had cotton she could send as a prize rather than wool. Sadly, I didn’t win but I do have a this rather bright dishcloth to show for it and that was fun to make.

Turkish Tiles DishclothThe pattern is Turkish Tiles Dishcloth which is free on Ravelry. It was really quick to knit and used up two balls of my dishcloth cotton stash.  It’s a slip stitch pattern that looks a lot more complicated than it is.

More socks off the needles, these are the My Cup of Tea socks, again a free Ravelry pattern.

My Cup of Tea SocksI used up more of my Yarntopia Treasures bamboo cotton sock yarn stash (I still have about 8 balls to go, it’s discontinued now) in the colourway November which I’d used on a different base yarn for a shawl not long ago. I knit these two at a time magic loop and only did 10 rows or ribbing at the top as I don’t have the patience for ribbing at the moment and just want to get it out of the way! I love these socks and this colourway. I’m not sure the pattern shows up that well (it’s designed to just be on the front, I didn’t alter the pattern) but I enjoyed making them so it doesn’t really matter.

When I was sorting my stash into its new space I found some King Cole Big Value Aran that it turns out is almost enough to make both boys a Flax sweater. I started with Piggle’s in the XS size as his measurements were actually larger than the 10-year-old size despite him not being all that large.

Headless child photo!
FlaxI used just under 3 balls of the yarn and I’ve bought a ball of red Aran to do the ribbing and maybe a stripe depending on how it goes for Jim’s version. I won’t do the garter on the sleeves for Jim’s either. Piggle is very happy with it. I like it, although I think it could do with a little more shaping around the neckline, but it’s a simple ‘first sweater’ pattern so there aren’t any short rows. Who’d have thought I would ever suggest short rows though as I really don’t like them, especially in the middle of rows for garments in the round.

When I was failing at not buying yarn earlier in the year I bought yarn for the Organised Chaos shawl. I wasn’t very well at the time and thought I was ordering a bamboo cotton mix made by Nurturing Fibers, but instead I ordered organic cotton so it doesn’t have the drape that I had hoped for. Organised Chaos ShawlOrganised Chaos ShawlOrganised Chaos Shawl

I like it, with reservations. First, the yarn was washed with something that has quite a strong scent so it gave me a headache when I was knitting it and I can’t wear it yet, even after a good soak, as it still smells too strongly for me. Secondly, I don’t think I did a good job picking out the colours. Each end works well, but I’m not sure they go together. We’ll see how much wear it gets, it was a nice knit as it kept changing and enjoyable knitting time is never a waste!

Next up was another KAL project, this time for the S{tr}inging It Together podcast. This one wasn’t actually entered though as the prize is wool. The KAL was to use European yarn and mine came from Klarabela on Etsy and is Organic Bamboo dyed in Sweden.

Blue Waves ShawlUntitledBlue Waves ShawlThe pattern is the Blue Waves Shawl and I used the colourways Grace and Mountain River. I had bought this yarn to make something different but the way that pattern was written induced such high levels of rage in me that I ripped it out and started this which was much easier and fun. I’m into the simple knits at the moment and this took 13 days to make and was soothing. I changed the bottom as I didn’t have enough yarn. Rather than doing several repeats of the lace in each colour I did just the two in the lighter colourway with 4 rows of garter between and the cast off in the blue. I used up almost every yard of the yarn and I’m really happy with this, it’s so soft and squishy and I love  the stripes. It’s a pattern I’ll keep in mind in the future to use again I’m sure.

Final shawl of the month was Water by Sylvia McFadden. Another garter shawl but this time with short row lace inserts which was interesting to knit.

Water ShawlWater ShawlWater ShawlWater Shawl
The colour of this shawl does not photograph well, it’s a really deep dark blue with the purple and light blue bits in it. The last photo shows the variegation but in the wrong colours! I used Vegan Yarn Albireo Fingering which is an incredibly soft cotton bamboo mix. I would love a sweater from this but at CAD$30 a skein that won’t happen, this was a real treat yarn for me. I used 1.5 skeins of the Ubaba colourway, I have plans for a hat with the rest. I used a lot less than the pattern called for which is annoying as I bought it specifically for this pattern but good in that I get to make something else from it.

So that was my making March posted in the middle of April! I’ve decided that going to do more drive-by blogging and throw up things with smaller bits of text as I finish them rather than saving them up to the point where it  becomes a huge task to get it done. So expect some shorter but more regular posts in the future!

Happy Easter!

Podcast Episode 3 “and that’s my phone…” – Show Notes

finallywakingup on Twitter and Instagram

Anna on Ravelry

Ani DiFranco Evolve

Most of my bags are the Sock Sack by Ramona Rose

Marilla Walker Roberts Collection Dungarees

Straight Stitch Designs Montlake Tee Pattern

Lemmy K by Isabell Kraemer – didn’t finish this but I mention it

S{tr}inging It Together Podcast Becky (Sopranoknits on Instagram)

Blue Waves by Irina Eberhardt

Klarabela on Etsy

Vegan Yarn in Canada

Water by Sylvia McFadden

Exploring the Woods by Melinda VerMeer

Wool Needles Hands Podcast

Argo Cardigan by Svetlana Volkova

Flex by Heidi Kirrmaier

Susan Crawford’s Website

Knit Shop UK

Skein Game Podcast on YouTube

Dubro by Michiyo

Cesaria Top by Irina Anikeeva

Drops Loves You No. 6 in Sea Green

The Lonely Tree Shawl by Sylvia McFadden

Pennae Shawl by Hiary Smith Callis

Midwinter Yarns 

Eowyn Socks by Christabell Seneque

Yarntopia Treasures Etsy shop

Cancer posts on my blog (WordPress lists them in reverse order)

Rachael Herron’s website

The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

Biffy Clyro on YouTube

Zombies Run 5k (on iTunes and Google Play)

Yoga with Adriene, Lesley Fightmaster and Yoga TX all on YouTube

Atkinson Designs Sock Sack Tutorial

Lana Grossa Solo Cotone Print in the Lana Grossa online shop

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Ready for Fall by Isabell Kraemer

Drops Cotton Light in Grey (30) and Khaki (12)

Tanis Fiber Arts on YouTube

Dunkelgrun on YouTube

Babble’s Travelling Yarns Podcast

Simply Stashless Podcast

The Mermaid’s Purse Co on Etsy

The Doodler by Stephen West

Done! Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions of topics you’d like me to talk about. See you in a fortnight!

Podcast Episode 2 EYF – Show Notes

A little late as the upload for this video was even more brutal than usual, but here it is!

finallywakingup on Twitter and Instagram

Anna on Ravelry

Knit Night with MekaMika Podcast on YouTube

Ysolda’s Online Store (also where I got the Stephen West books)

S{tr}inging It Together Podcast Becky (Sopranoknits on Instagram)

Babble’s Travelling Yarns Podcast

namolio on Etsy

The Little Grey Girl – stitch markers, bags etc.


Midwinter Yarns 

The Mermaid’s Purse Co on Etsy

Sock Sack by Ramona Rose

Vegan Yarn in Canada

Fractured Light Hat by Kristen Kapur

Blue Waves by Irina Eberhardt

Klarabela on Etsy

Organised Chaos by Sally Cameron

Tangled Yarn

Skein Game Podcast on YouTube

Turkish Tiles Dishcloth by Rebekah Yaeger

Flax sweater by Tin Can Knits

My Cup of Tea Socks by Robin Lynn

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Yarntopia Treasures Etsy shop

K is for Black on Society 6

Argo Cardigan by Svetlana Volkova

Flex by Heidi Kirrmaier

Lemmy K by Isabell Kraemer

Drops Muskat yarn

Zickzack Scarf by Christy Kamm

Reversible Box Tote Bag Pattern by Very Shannon (free pattern)

Patchwork Weasley Socks by Erica Lueder

Lana Grossa Solo Cotone Print in the Lana Grossa online shop

Tom Odell on Spotify or on YouTube

Enough by John Naish

Tea and Possibilities Podcast

Bluebird Tea

Podcast 1 – Is This Thing On? – Show Notes

finallywakingup on Twitter and Instagram

Anna on Ravelry

Flax sweater by Tin Can Knits

Vegan Yarn in Canada

Colour Field Shawl by Kemper Wray

My Cup of Tea Socks by Robin Lynn

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Yarntopia Treasures Etsy shop

Peaky Blinders Socks by Zhora Designs

Granito by Joji Locatelli

Wool Warehouse

Love Knitting

Purple Sheep Yarns

Pebbles Socks by Knitting Expat (it’s more cost efficient to buy the collection rather than the single pattern)

The Mermaid’s Purse Co on Etsy


Janie Crow on Ebay (as I said they also have a website shop)

Tom Odell Another Love video on YouTube

10,000 Stitches Podcast

KnitLib Podcast

Wool Needles Hands Podcast

Fractured Light Hat by Kristen Kapur

Argo Cardigan by Svetlana Volkova

Sock Sack by Ramona Rose

Oakshott Cottons

Pyjama Pattern is Burda 9747

Abakhan Fabrics

Fabricland online

That’s it! Thanks for watching, let me know what you thought and if you have any questions or things you’ve like me to talk about in future episodes!

Feb FOs

I didn’t get as much done this month as I’d hoped. I did do a lot of PhD work which is probably a large part of why, especially as the combined return to typing a lot, sitting in a hard chair and knitting has given me a pain in my right forearm and elbow which I am worried might be the start of RSI. I have cut back a bit on the knitting (not as much as I probably should, but cutting back is hard!) in the hopes that it will ease up but I think I also need to return to doing some yoga to loosen everything up as my neck and shoulders are paying big time for the return to full days of computer work.

I am making good progress on things though so the FOs will keep on coming, especially as I’ve cast on some things for KALs which have end dates and I’d like to have something to show for taking part.

First up this month were my Pebbles socks which I knit one at a time on two circulars to get to grips with the method. I enjoy the two circulars but have moved on to two at a time on them which is even better, and I found that I also enjoy magic loop, which I’d always assumed I’d hate because of all the cord but I’m finding it great, again I’m doing two at a time. Anyway, the socks
Pebble Socks

The yarn is Maizy in Springtime and I used 2.25mm needles with 64 stitches and a Fish Lips Kiss heel. I bought this sock pattern as part of a collection. Had I bought the pattern on its own I would have been really annoyed at the cost as basically all I used was the pattern repeat. For beginners who are looking to learn about socks it’s probably a great pattern, and in the collection it works out really cheaply and the pattern repeats for the other 3 pairs are a little more involved.

Next up I finished off my Granito jumper. This was one of those that I liked the look of the one on the pattern so much that I found yarn in a similar colour! I used Drops Loves You 6 which is a recycled cotton sport weight (who besides Cricketers does sport in a jumper?). I like this yarn a lot and got lots for different projects as it’s about 80p a ball (no that’s not my typing gone mad, it really is mega cheap). I got another sweater’s worth of this shade too.


As you can see the yarn has a bit of texture to it which makes it a little more interesting than flatter yarns. This is after a trip through the washing machine as I figured it was going to be washed that way and I wanted to see if it would even out the gauge a bit better than soaking does (it did a little bit). The top is knit back and forth in an interesting and novel manner and you can tell that my gauge is very different for back and forth knitting than it is for in the round. On another project that swaps to back and forth after knitting in the round I have gone down .5mm in needle size and it seems to really help so I will bear that in mind for other patterns as swapping back and forth seems to be a thing in patterns at the moment.

I love the pockets, they’re nice and big so your phone doesn’t fall out when you move about. I have a pair of jeans that frustratingly have fake front pockets so pockets in the jumper is great with those! I also remembered, finally, that I have shorter arms than most patterns assume and knit less length so they fit perfectly. It was actually really lucky that I didn’t want the sleeves any longer as I went right down to the very end of the yarn on this. I was so worried I tried to buy more but couldn’t find the dyelot. In the end I weighed the yarn that was left and split it in two after doing all the other finishing so I knew how much I had for each sleeve and I had just enough.

I really like this jumper, it’s comfortable and plain but not completely boring. I am trying to remember that useful garments are as necessary as bright statement knits and this jumper will get worn to death, at which point I’ll probably just knit another one!

I also finished off another pair of socks, these were two at a time on two circulars. 2.5mm needles with 60 stitches and a Fish Lips Kiss heel using Vegan Yarn’s sock yarn, which is a cotton elastic mix, in the Ponyo self striping colourway.

Pastel Stripe Socks

I’d never seen self striping vegan sock yarn before which is why I bought this one that isn’t my usual colours (although saying that it’s not far off the Pebbles socks!). I’m not convinced about this yarn. It’s a bit too elastic for my liking, I don’t know how well it would take a pattern. I was hoping it would be like Panda Cotton but it’s more like a thinner version of Cascade Fixation. I have another skein in my stash so I’ll try to do something more interesting with that and see how it turns out but I’m not enamoured (which is fine as I could bankrupt myself on their other yarns so one less type to buy is good!).

I still have a ton of socks on the needles, far too many shawls and I cast on a jumper for Piggle with some yarn I found when I was sorting out the stash. I’m doing the Flax jumper and I have enough with a ball of contrast yarn that I bought to do a version for Jim too so that will clear out that yarn.

I’m going to be attending the Edinburgh Yarn Festival on the Saturday (I’ll be standing in line as being me I made the final decision right after they sold out of the pre-sale tickets). Give me a shout if you’re also attending as it’d be nice to say hello to people. I’m basically going for the people as looking at the vendor list there probably won’t be a lot of vegan yarn there (famous last words?!?) so I’ll be blogger and podcaster spotting!