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This episode I'm settling in to talk to you about my knitting projects, The Maker's Year and some playful pursuits in the form of planners. I'm also asking for some important feedback as I say goodbye to the podcast in its current format. (read to the bottom for more information)
On my Needles:
Useful tutorials that helped me figure out the colourwork:
- Ysolda's Colour Dominance post
- Cake and Vikings Colour Dominance post
Hugni Socks by Ysolda Teague using Isle Yarns.
Useful tutorial for tubular cast on that I've used: Ysolda's Tubular Cast On video.
I share some of the things that are inspiring my stitching at the moment from new yarns to my new surroundings in Dorset to a wonderful blog post via Annie Claire about her version of the Merriment Cardigan, designed by French Press Knits. (Pattern available via Ravelry here on the pattern page).
I also highly recommend you check out Annie Clare's latest release Bracken while you are in the mood for warm, rustic knits.
I spend a little time waxing lyrical about Isle Yarns, British single breed knitting wool direct from a local family farm in Dorset. This is a small batch yarn and the colours really reflect the changing colours of the seasons here.
What would you make with these?
The Maker's Year
I introduce a new project I'd like to invite you to join in with this year. The Maker's Year is a creativity and sustainable living challenge I'm making for myself and my family, to reflect the way we live our lives. I will be sharing projects, practical ideas and crafts from many different fields and talking about how I fit them into our daily lives in a way that nourishes and enriches, not weighs down. I'm keeping my carbon imprint in mind as I source raw materials and thinking of beautiful objects vs the practical needs in our day to day lives.
You can join in by sharing your projects, tips and images with the hashtag #themakersyear. please tag me on Twitter or Instagram (@aplayfulday) so I can see. If you blog about it, please let me know and I can add it to each month's Pinterest Board. (You can find January's being set up here on Pinterest, please tag me your blog posts if you would like them to be included on the board).
You can find all the information that you need to join in here on The Makers Year page.
This will mean changes ahead for the podcast as I look to share people's ideas, stories and creativity from many different disciplines and influences. I would love to hear from you about what you've already enjoyed via A Playful Day so far. If you have new suggestions, perhaps even something you yourself are working on, please do let me know either here in the comments, on social media (@aplayfulday) or in the Ravelry group.
I'm taking a little podcast break to give me time to respond to your suggestions and feedback. I will return with a slightly reformatted podcast and trialing Patreon for the first time. Patreon is a way for listeners to support creatives and artists with the work they produce. If you like what you hear I would love for you to become a patron and help me shape each season's content. You can become a patron on the creator page here or if you aren't ready to become a regular subscriber but would like to show your support, please consider making a one off donation via the donation button on the podcast page. Supporting the podcast means I can cover hosting fees, travel costs, prizes and features in a way that better supports my family and allows me to devote more time to creating content.
I am so grateful for your continued support as listeners.
So tell me, what do you want to hear about this year?
Music provided by Noisetrade
Fly, fly, fly by Adrina Thorpe
Call this home by Jessica Lamb