Episode 16 of the podcast went live on 7 October 2019 but my blog has kindly decided to lose the show notes, I suspect following a migration of service I never requested. For completeness and ease of reference I’ve therefore reproduced a slightly truncated set of show notes.
Novelty, inspiration and a limited palette
In this segment I explore how I find interest and enjoyment in my knitting despite what may seem like a very limited palette of styles, shapes and even designers.
I mention the following patterns, designers and wool producers:
- Audrey in Unst cardigan and Burrafirth sweater by Gudrun Johnston;
- Ullcentrum 2-ply sold by Midwinter Yarns;
- Salal cardigan by Andi Satterlund;
- Manx Loaghtan by Balacossnahan Farm;
- Navia wool;
- Susan Crawford‘s Excelana wool; and
- Ranunculus sweater by Midori Hirose.
Longevity, time efficiency and value for money
In a sewing segment I explore some of the benefits of working with only a handful of patterns and how with a little ingenuity these can be stretched to achieve a varied, long-lasting wardrobe. And how in the process a small palette of designs can challenge my sewing skills and push my own imagination.
Patters and designers mentioned are:
- Francine Top by Merchant & Mills
- Given a Chance Dress by Decades of Style; and
- V-neck Dress by The Assembly Line.
Gardening’s inherent dash of novelty
In a short gardening segment I talk about how even in our tiny garden, I find dashes of novelty in each growing season. Each year I think I’ve exhausted the growing potential of this little space but each year I find ways to introduce a new perspective, add a hint of frivolity or tweak the overall feel of the space through exploiting the windows for change that nature herself hands us.
Finally I introduce an unusual-for-me inspiring gem. Fabwork’s Heart of Huddersfield 100% wools are a bespoke range of locally milled wool produced within eight miles of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. They come in beautiful, co-ordinating colours; vary in weight from medium to heavy; are ideal for anything from dressmaking to upholstery; and cost £12.50/half metre.