Thank you for all the kind feedback on episode 1 of my new podcast. The second episode of is now live.
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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:
- The Planum sock pattern, by Clare Devine;
- Blacker Yarns’ Mohair Blend – a 50/50 Mohair Manx blend in Blisland, one of the new colours that will be released shortly; and
- 100% Poll Dorset lambswool from Northern Yarn.
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.
Music: Springish by Gillicuddy on FreeMusicArchive and shared under Creative Commons Attribution license.
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.
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.