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Episode 20 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 and Ravelry. If you want to follow my pottery journey, including the launch of my online shop, you can follow me on my separate pottery Instagram feed.

Revisiting the Tonnach

I talk about finishing my Tonnach cardigan* (pattern by Kate Davies), which I discussed in my March Scrapbook podcast. I share how something as simple as buttons stalled my progress and how With This Cloth‘s modest offering of buttons, displayed in a simple yet genius way, nudged me to finish this cardigan. I also talk about how my first reaction to the finished garment was one of disappointment and how that emotion and reaction might evolve with time.

Stitching my own knickers

Operation underwear drawer has begun. As my brain is a bit too foggy and overwhelmed at the moment to talk coherently about my bra making journey so far, I share how sewing my own undies is an act of self-kindness in the face of the the challenges and confronting exercise of sewing your own bras.

I have been using the free Noelle Underwear pattern by Madalynne Intimates (with some modifications) and using the video tutorial for Ohh Lulu’s Ava Panties. I talk about the implications of my fabric choice, stretching elastic or not and sizing, including NERF (aka Negative Ease Reduction Factor) for different underwear fabrics.

New fabric range

I am excited to see Fabwork‘s new, very limited fabric range. After developing its Heart of Huddersfield wool collection last year, Fabworks has commissioned a limited range of wool fabric, spun and woven in the UK from fleeces reared in this country. Better still, they have kept it undyed to save on chemicals and showcase the gorgeousness of British wools. To order some, contact Fabworks via direct message on Instagram or email them via their website, referencing the Instagram post.


Decommoditising yeast

As there has been a ridiculous shortage of yeast, a ubiquitous micro organism, due to producers not being able to keep up with demand during the Covid-19 lockdown, I have been experimenting with cultivating/growing… my own wild non-sour yeast (as opposed to a sourdough starter).

I’ve not been able to get my hands on any live beer to cultivate my own barm or brewer’s yeast due to pubs being shut so I had to delve deeper, resorting to basic biology and chemistry. I have therefore been been cultivating yeast off of raisins and baking surprisingly lofty loaves with it.


* I link my knitwear projects to Ravelry for reference but please note that Ravelry has recently changed its design/user interface. The new design has triggered issues like headaches, migraines, seizures, auras… for some users (including me). If you are prone to these, you may want to avoid clicking through to Ravelry. If you have an account on Ravelry, there is is currently scope to toggle back to the old design by hovering over your account photo in the top righthand corner (on the website version).

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

  • Heather Myers July 1, 2020, 1:49 am

    Yes, I now have almost my 1st sock knitted and not inclined to finish it. And an in progress fisherman’s knit t shirt, now thinking the soft tan yarn not the best choice for stability or color. If you want me to send yeast from the States, send me an email! Although given your raisin yeast growing success, you may not want commercial yeast now! Thanks.

    • Mrs M August 1, 2020, 11:00 pm

      Thanks for the offer of yeast but a very kind listener has sent me half a kilo / over a pound of dried yeast so I should be good for some time.


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