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Thank you for all the kind feedback on episode 1 of my new podcast. The second episode of is now live.

The podcasts is also available on iTunes or PlayerFM.

In this episode I introduce a knitting (and wearing) experiment I have just started that revolves around socks, in particular all natural socks. In this context, I mention:

I also talk about an often ignored aspect of sewing: post-completion adjustments. Not only are they part of my learning curve as a new sewer, they are also one example of “craft of use”, a term I’ve adopted from Kate Fletcher’s book Craft of Use – Post-Growth Fashion.

The skirts I modified are simple A-line skirts (made from the discontinued Simplicity 1717 pattern). The graph below show the construction of the skirt (inside view) and my less than perfect modifications, of which I’m rather fond because rather than despite of the flaws.

Finally, I talk about dabbling in some kitchen alchemy after attending a workshop on fermenting organised by Hubbub UK, an environmental behaviour change charity. I also mention the excellent blog The Zero-Waste Chef, which is a good place to start if you want to try fermenting. Anne-Marie, the blog’s author, also runs occasional webinars on different types of fermenting. The next one, which is about sourdough starter, takes place on 3 May.

Please feel free to contact me about anything discussed in this podcast using the comments below, or by contacting me via Ravelry or Instagram.


In keeping with my blog’s policies, I have not received any inducements in respect of anything mentioned in this podcast. For complete transparency, Blacker Yarns did kindly send me the Mohair Blend shade card after I had bought the yarn and had decided to include it in my sock experiment.

  • Becca April 17, 2017, 4:40 pm

    Another excellent episode! I usually spin while listening to you and other podcasts and it’s incredibly enjoyable.

    Thanks for the mentions of the various books- especially Craft of Use. I’ll have to hunt that one down.

    I will certainly tune into Zero Waste Chef webinars. I have never tried fermenting myself but have assisted others. When you mentioned your workshop I thought of another Australian chef – Kylee Newton. Her book is The Modern Preserver and I really love it. I have stuck mostly to chutney and pickles but fermenting is certainly in my future.

    I look forward to hearing about your experiment as it goes on. I’m not much of a sock knitter but I do make a lot of gloves.

    • Meg and Gosia April 18, 2017, 4:45 pm

      Thank you. I love the idea of having a chat with kindred spirits while they are sipping tea, knitting, spinning, baking… I’ve heard of the Modern Preserver. I’ll add it to my ever-growing wish list. I just wish the library could keep up with my wish list… :/

  • blithespirit April 18, 2017, 2:11 pm

    Another lovely episode. I shall follow your sock experiment with interest. I’ve knit a pair of Kate Davies’ Baffies using her Buachaille but I tend to only wear them around the house or as bed socks in the winter so can’t really comment on the wear and tear, although they have stood up to several hand washings with no problems. The other non-nylon pair I’ve knit was using Triskelion’s Elen Sock yarn which is superwash, but 100% wool. I haven’t worn them much for the silly fear of wearing them out as they took a long time for me to knit. I really should just put them on and see how they wear.

    • Meg and Gosia April 18, 2017, 4:44 pm

      I know what you mean about the fear of wearing things out. I am having to work hard to get over my fear of making a mess (aka spilling tea) on my hand makes. I keep trying to remind myself that a/ having made something, I’ll take better care of it; b/ if there’s a hick-up I can clean it or fix, or worst come to worst c/ I will always be a maker so even if things do wear out there will be some more handmade gorgeousness to replace it. This mindset is a work in progress of course 😉

  • Lorna April 22, 2017, 5:26 pm

    Another enjoyable thought provoking episode. I used to buy my Dad angora mohair socks which he loved from a small producer near me in Aberdeenshire and he wore them for fishing. Sadly they don’t seem to still be in business.

    • Meg and Gosia April 29, 2017, 9:51 am

      Thank you for sharing your memory. I imagine cosy socks are necessary whilst out fishing. Or in Aberdeenshire full stop as it can pretty Baltic there.

  • jubble66 April 24, 2017, 7:05 am

    Another very interesting episode Meg. By coincidence I am currently knitting a pair of 100% wool socks following a conversation with Sonia at EYF. I had a fair bit of of Blacker Classic 4ply left from my Tups jumper and Sonia told me that it makes excellent socks – she has had a pair for about a year and they are wearing extremely well. I don’t think I’ll be wearing them until the autumn once their finished as it is knitting up quite thick at a tight gauge. I do already have a pair of 100% BFL socks (superwash so not entirely natural!) which are very soft and warm. They do pill and I tend not to wear them if I’m going to be doing a lot of walking but they are doing well. I also made a pair for my daughter out of Whistlebare Cuthbert Sock (80% Mohair, 20% Wensleydale sport weight) again knitted at quite a tight gauge, which seem to be fairly indestructible – she walks everywhere too. It is interesting to see how these no-nylon socks compare to ‘standard’ sock yarn. On my sample of 2, I’d say they stand up quite well and I will no longer assume that socks have to contain nylon.

    • Meg and Gosia April 29, 2017, 9:52 am

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. I have heard many good things about the Whistlebare Sock Yarn. I’m saving my pennies for an experimental skein.

  • Amy Williams April 26, 2017, 3:37 pm

    Such an interesting episode. I really want to go back and listen again! I’m interested in your sock experiment. We have access to Blacker yarn here from The Woolly Thistle and I may just have to grab some of the Manx or Hebridean blend.

    • Meg and Gosia April 29, 2017, 9:49 am

      Thank you Amy. The Mohair Blend is a very lovely. If you didn’t know it was mohair you probably not know. It’s not the fluffy puffball mohair of the 80s.


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