The “January” episode of my podcast is now live, a little later due to a rogue fire alarm and a few days away to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary.
In this episode I announce that I’ve been selected as one of the podcasters to participate in the Edinburgh Yarn Festival‘s Podcast Lounge. I’m thrilled, honoured and slightly stunned at this and look forward to meeting and chatting to listeners and fellow podcasters, whether during the Meet the Podcaster sessions or during the festival generally.
I also talk about my latest sewing project, which is really stretching my sewing skills as well as proving an exercise in body kindness: a smart top. I explore the trial and error of finding the right pattern for my body and my skill set and also the key challenges I faced, in particular learning how to tailor the 2D pattern pieces and hypothetical measurements to my unique body shape. I explore the language of fitting and the power of a properly fitting garment and call upon us sewers to talk about fitting more, rather than less. I also share some insights that are helping me to cultivate body acceptance.
Next up I answer a listener’s question about the relative impact of paper patterns versus PDF downloads. I talk about how a Life Cycle Analysis could technically help us evaluate the relative merits of each but how ultimately the difference is likely to be minimal. I do suggest several, very practical ways that we can minimise the impact while still enjoying our sewing.
In the knitting segment I am also focusing on tops and fitting. I talk about how my fitting experiments in sewing are influencing my knitting and making me much bolder to change or even completely rework knitting patterns to suit my taste and body. The patterns mentioned are Amanda B Collins’ Talavera, Caitlin Hunter’s Tegna and Megan Nodecker’s Mount Pleasant, which I am knitting for the Blacker Podcast Knit-a-long. The wools are Woollenflower‘s madder dyed organic Shetland wool and Blacker Yarn’s Lyonesse linen blend. I mull over my surprise at this shift in my attitude to knitting patterns, re-working and self-designing and conclude it’s down to the agency that making cultivates.
I announce the winner of the This Thing of Paper giveaway.
Finally, I review Making Stories‘ e-book Socks 2018, a publication that features seven sock patterns designed in nylon-free, non-superwash wools, as well as profiles of the designers, yarns used and a couple of essay. I was given the publication free of charge but in light of my own nylon-free sock experiment would have bought it anyway. Although I share practical details about the publication, like the types of wool and designs, I also approach my review based on the insights and experiences from my own nylon-free sock experiment as well as questions and conversations arising from this exploration. As Making Stories has also offered me a copy of this digital publication to give away, I explain how to enter to win this copy and why I am asking three short questions.
* Photos are the property of Making Stories and are used with kind permission.