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Episode 28 of the podcast is now live.

The podcasts will be available on iTunesPlayerFM and other podcast catchers within 24 hours.

As always, you can find me on Instagram at Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet for my general making antics. I’ve also uploaded a short video to accompany this podcast on YouTube. (Apologies if YouTube prefaces it with adverts. I have no means of overriding these.)

An ethereal pairing

Julie of Black Isle Yarns asked me if I wanted to try out the new version of her Killen yarn, a nylon-free, non-superwash sock yarn. Naturally I said yes. When I opened the package she sent me, I gasped. I was expecting a lustre but the tightly spun pairing of 80% Bluefaced Leicester and 20% Mohair combined with the subtle sage from the nettle dye bath have produced a yarn with an almost ethereal sheen, one that conjures up a woodland realm.

To do this beautiful yarn justice I decided to use the Ballad Socks pattern (Note: currently only via Ravelry) by Sari Nordlund as the lace motif reminds me of organic, twisting Art Nouveau architecture.

I don’t yet know how these socks will wear but I’m optimistic given the tightly spun nature of the yarn. This sock yarn is available in 100g skeins of about 400m/440 yards, priced at £22 or £25 each depending on whether they are dyed or not.

Elven Ballad Sock (right)

Forays into string making

As my pottery working day has become more segmented, I’m using the downtimes to take some of my sketching off the page and into weavings. Some of these involve working with unconventional string, which I have been foraging for in my garden and neighbourhood.

Daily walks, pockets of time and ancient skills are slowly turning cordyline, flag iris, brambles and lavender into cord for weaving and giving me plenty of opportunity to think about issues of resource usage.

I’ve included a little footage of how I prepare bramble in the accompanying video but for tutorials on how to make cordage from plant fibre, I can thoroughly recommend Sally Pointer‘s videos on YouTube.

Cordyline & Bramble cordage (top), Flag Iris cordage (bottom left), lavender fibre (bottom right)

Shuttle making

My tapestry weaving projects involve different shuttles to the ones I use for cloth weaving. As these are in their simplest form just sticks with cut-outs at each end, I decided to make them myself out of a thin sheet of limewood, saving myself a fortune in the process.

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Disclosure & credits

Julie of Black Isle Yarns sent me the Killen sock yarn to try for free with no requirement to talk about it on my podcast or social media but as you can probably tell from the knit it has inspired, I am smitten by it so how could I not share it here?

Music (Audio Podcast)

As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License.

Music (Video footage)

Meditation Impromptu 02 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100162Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Meditation Impromptu 01 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100163Artist: http://incompetech.com/

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