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Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet

A podcast about materials, the making instinct and a craft-full life

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Episode 3: Lessons from the sewing room, comfort knits and knitting, and another kind of fibre craft (Re-loaded)

In this episode Mrs M updates you on her all natural fibre sock experiment. She also shares some lessons from the sewing room and muses on comfort knits and comfort knitting. Finally, in the context of London Craft Week, she explores another ancient fibre craft, paper making. Shownotes can be found at: Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet. Music: Springish by Gillicuddy on FreeMusicArchive and shared under Creative Commons Attribution license.  

31mins

16 May 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 13: In conversation with the Knitting Monk

This episode is a little different than normal as it is the first time I welcome a guest onto the podcast. Aidan, aka the Knitting Monk on Instagram and YouTube, joins me to discuss the book "Cræft: How Traditional Crafts are About More Than Just Making" by Alexander Langlands (published under the title Cræft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts"). You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. There is also a Ravelry Group for the podcast. Shownotes can be found at: Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet. These include references to other podcasters who have reviewed or shared thoughts about this book. Music: As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License

59mins

18 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 4: Sock engineering and bioregional making

In this month’s bumper episode I talk sock knitting, my wool pantry, dyeing and kitchen gardening but the thread that ties these topics together is a desire to make with local materials, breeds and varieties as much as possible. You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. There is now also a Ravelry Group for the podcast. Shownotes can be found at: Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet. Music: Springish by Gillicuddy on FreeMusicArchive and shared under Creative Commons Attribution license.  

50mins

19 Jun 2017

Rank #3

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Episode 16: Of novelty, curiosity and inspiration

In this episode, prompted by recent knits and sewing projects, I muse about how I balance my need for creative inspiration with a desire to avoid novelty for novelty's sake. I also talk about how one of my creative avenues has a degree of novelty hardwired into it. Finally a share an inspiring gem and talk about a forthcoming addition to the "Curiosity Cabinet". You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. More detailed show are available at Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet.  Music: As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License

50mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 5: A hybrid control pair, affordability and cracking the bodice

After a summer hiatus I am back with an update on my no-nylon sock experiment, some thoughts on the complex issue of the affordability of materials with ethically or environmentally kinder credentials and my recent efforts to improve the fitting of my sewn tops. This episode also includes a give-away, kindly sponsored by the inspiring Daughter of a Shepherd. You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. There is also a Ravelry Group for the podcast, where the give-away will be held. Shownotes can be found at: Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet. Music: Springish by Gillicuddy on FreeMusicArchive and shared under Creative Commons Attribution license.  

41mins

29 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 7: Of pantries and savouring

In this episode I talk about a couple wool-shawl combinations that have intentionally slowed my knitting speed and rate, and explore the psychology and content of my wool pantry. I also share some notes from the kitchen after weeks of preserving.  You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. There is now also a Ravelry Group for the podcast. Shownotes can be found at: Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet. Music: Springish by Gillicuddy on FreeMusicArchive and shared under Creative Commons Attribution license.

29mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 18: Experimenting

In this episode I give an update on my nylon-free sock experiment and talk about a garden-based fibre experiment. Prompted by a recent pricing experiment amongst some pattern designers, I include a book review about an interesting grassroots initiative, Incredible Edible Todmorden. And I finish with a bumper crop of inspiring gems.  You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. More detailed show are available at Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet.  Music: As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License

43mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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Episode 10: Of patterns, fitting and agency

In this episode I announce that I will be attending the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and thank the organisers for inviting me to participate as a podcaster in the Blacker Yarns' Podcast Lounge. In the sewing segment I talk about the ups and downs of my latest sewing project (a smart shirt or blouse), including my choice of pattern, the new skills I've acquired and the fitting challenges I've faced. Despite occasional frustration and despondency, I decide to focus on the agency and body kindness that being able to make a properly fitting garment gives us and touch upon the language of fitting. I also explore a listener's questions about the relative benefits and harm of paper versus PDF sewing patterns. In the knitting segment, I mull over how my recent sewing experience is spilling over into my knitting and making me more bold about playing around with the style and shaping in knitting patterns, almost to the point of reworking them entirely. I also announce the winner of the This Thing of Paper giveaway; review Socks 2018, a new e-publication by Making Stories focused on nylon-free, non-superwash socks; and announce a giveaway of a digital copy of Socks 2018.    You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. There is also a Ravelry Group for the podcast. Shownotes can be found at: Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet. Music: As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License

49mins

7 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 14: Of natural shades, trousers and foraging delights

In this episode I share some thoughts and observations about natural shades of fibres, prompted by my recent participation in the KnitBritish Nature's Shade Along. I share my adventures in trousers making and invite you to join me for a tricky toile along. I also talk about the seasonal delight of foraging and finish up by sharing a couple of inspiring gems. You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. There is also a Ravelry Group for the podcast. Show notes can be found at: Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet. Music: As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License

35mins

24 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 6: Waste, experimenting and playing

In this short thematic episode I talk about how waste features in my making and how it has unlocked my dormant creative instincts.  You can find me as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet on Instagram and as Meg-aka-Mrs-M on Ravelry. There is now also a Ravelry Group for the podcast. Shownotes can be found at: Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet. Music: Springish by Gillicuddy on FreeMusicArchive and shared under Creative Commons Attribution license.

19mins

7 Sep 2017

Rank #10