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Yarns from the Plain

A UK-based podcast for knitters, crocheters and anyone who loves to play with yarn!

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Episode 65: On The Road

Hello from the M6, via a very long delay... sorry! In this episode I celebrate our mini KAL, talk about a new toy and swoon a little over Mr Thornton.On The NeedlesA few more rows on Adrift by Carol Feller at Stolen Stitches. Ravelry details of my project are here. I've also worked some more rows on the Mini-Mania Scarf by Sarah Core. Ravelry details of my project are here. This is a free pattern, so join me in a knit-a-long. Oh the Joy!We have become a two-wheel family, with the acquisition of a lightly used Ashford Joy. Bliss!Holiday Souvenir CompetitionDon't forget, to be in ith a chance of winning one of these yarns from La Droguerie, leave a comment or message me before the end of February.Something I Really LikeNetflixUpcoming EventsUnravel, 23-24 February 2013, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey; Wonderwool Wales, 27-28 April 2013, Builth Wells, Powys; Woolfest, 28-29 June 2013, Cockermouth, Cumbria; Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, BedfordMusicRondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact!We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN,Nic x

32mins

19 Feb 2013

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Episode 53: A Postcard From Oxford

Hello from the Plain! The last few weeks have flown by in a whirl of assessments and cushions, so this is just a quick update prior to the Postcard, which was recorded back in April.Woolsack UpdateThe first two Listener Cushions are now assembled and stuffed and ready to make their way to London. Thank you all so much!The first cushion I think is made from a lot of Rowan British Breeds, and includes a square made in the US on the front....and squares made in Australia on the back...The second cushion also has some "Made in Oz" squares, this time on the front.... Thanks to all the listeners who contributed!A Postcard from OxfordThe music in this postcard is from the album The Oxford Ramble and is used with the kind permission of Magpie Lane .Some photos from the day:Magdalen TowerInside Darn It & Stitch The dinosaur in a badly-knitted Fair Isle sweater (aka Keble College)Another dinosaur - real this time!Looking down into the Pitt Rivers - it looks a lot darker than this in real life!The Shrunken Heads in the Pitt RiversThe Radcliffe CameraThe Bodleian LibraryLinksMagpie Lane http://www.magpielane.co.uk/May Morning http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decVanilla/MayMorninginOxford.htmMagdalen Tower http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalen_TowerBotanical Gardens http://www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/The Grand Cafe http://www.thegrandcafe.co.uk/ ;Darn It and Stitch http://www.darnitandstitch.com/ ;Oxford Kitchen Yarns http://www.oxfordkitchenyarns.com/shop/Morse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspector_Morse ;Lewis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergeant_Lewis ;Oxford University Museum of NaturalHistory http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/ ; Pitt Rivers Museum http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/ ;Shrunken heads http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrunken_head/Bodleian Library http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodleyJohn Hampden http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_HampdenChristchurch http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/ ; Dr Fell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fell_(bishop)Howard Goodall http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Goodall ;Ashmolean Museum http://www.ashmolean.org/Martyrs’ Memorial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyrs'_Memorial ;Oxford Martyrs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Martyrs Theme Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents!Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN,Nic x

53mins

22 Jul 2012

Rank #2

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Episode 63: Pod Paaarrrty!

Hello and welcome to a celebratory episode of the podcast. It's my third podiversary - woo hoo!LinksCaithnessCraftCollective podcastRaspberry vodka recipe (the actual recipe is for gin but I used vodka instead)Damson gin recipe Christmas Pudding vodka recipeI can't find the exact recipe I used for the Damson brandy, but you could use the Damson gin one. The reason the one we sampled was so syruppy was because I used damsons from  the freezer that had been cooked in sugar with the intention of making jam, then followed the recipe and added more sugar! If I track the recipe down, I'll post an update.Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFNNic x

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31 Dec 2012

Rank #3

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Episode 91: Travelling, Travelling

Hello from the M40. Listen in as I prattle on to keep myself awake on a trip to Oxfordshire!Off The NeedlesI finished the Sheep Yoke Baby Cardigan! I love the little sheepy buttons, which came from Textile Garden at Unwind Brighton. I also got round to blocking my Rainbow Revontuli made with my Krafty Koala merino nylonWIP Crack Away!So lovely to see all the finished items clocking up! No one has yet finished up a WIP that is as old as my whale... You can take a peek in the thread here. Don't forget it's being co-hosted with the Knit British I'm chugging away slowly on my Dorothy, a Natural Dye Studio pattern. Good job crochet blocks don't need much bandwidth...Something I Really LikePodcaster meet ups! I also want to say thank you for my little project bag from RunKnitDig, which I was given at Unwind Brighton. Also plotting and planning the PodRetreat....Upcoming EventsPodRetreat is back! If you are interested in joining me, Jo from Shiny Bees, Louise from Knit British and Chrissy from Stitched Together in Chester Thursday 19th- Sunday 22nd February, the rooms are ensuite and cost £160. If you're prepared to share, the price will drop to £80. There will be an additional £10 towards breakfast and evening meals. There will also be a meet up at some point on Saturday 21st February.LinksCaithness Craft Collective Knit.Spin.Cake Harbour Yarns Geeky Girls Knit iMake A Playful DayMusicRondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact!We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.TTFN,Nic x

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11 Oct 2014

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Episode 90: WIP Crack Away!

Again, another scantly edited episode with no show notes, but it's already eight days old. One day I will get back on top of this surely? Just a quick update on the fact that the podcaster meet up at Yarndale is on the 27th not the 28th. that's Saturday 27th at 3pm.

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21 Sep 2014

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Episode 83: The Christmas Fairies

Hello from a very blustery Cheshire Plain. In this episode I wax lyrical about chunky knits, share the delights of my personal Christmas Fairy and launch a Knit-Along. There will be prizes!Works In ProgressI'm having great fun whipping up my Vivido cardigan by Stolen Stitches in New Lanark Chunky as art of the APlayfulDay podcast Feller Holiday KAL (Ravelry thread here).I've also been spinning on my SpinCityUK spindle, with some Picperfic Seduce (60% BFL, 20% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk).The Christmas FairiesDid you get any crafty goodies for Christmas? My Christmas Fairy got me a subscription to the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Club (squee!)Fair  Isle KnitAlongI will be hosting a Fair Isle Knit-Along from January 1st to Easter Sunday (Western, not Orthodox). Can be for new or existing projects, there will be progress AND finished object prizes. Head on over to the Ravelry Group for more details.LinksLouise Scollay's KnitBritish.net with its British Yarn Giveaway.BabyLongLegs' Sock Yarn ClubMusic Intro music is Sans Day Carrol-Sussex Carol-Deck The Halls by James Edwards, final music is Dancing Day Part II: Coventry Carol (Rutter) by Stephane Potvin and the Con Brio Choir, both from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, available from Magnatune.We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN,Nic x

26mins

27 Dec 2013

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Episode 80: The Knitting Podcast With Hardly Any Knitting

Hello from the Plain! Proper show notes will follow ASAP, but here are the music and contact linky bits!Music: Intro music is Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, final music is Shchedrik - Carol of the Bells by Kitka, from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, both available from Magnatune.We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.podbean.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN, Nic x

26mins

8 Dec 2013

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Episode 71: A Week To Go!

Well, there was when I recorded it anyway!LinksRuth Packham Woolyknit Hilltop Cloud Crafts From The DungeonSomething I Really LikeThe Pompeii and Herculaneum Exhibition at the British MuseumUpcoming EventsFibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford; Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, SkiptonBakewell Wool Gathering, 19-20th October, BakewellMusicRondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact!We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN,Nic x

18mins

13 Jul 2013

Rank #8

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Episode 93: Advent

Hello from the Cheshire Plain. This episode was recorded on 30th November but unfortunately editing took a back seat to real life, so only got finished now.On The NeedlesAs well as my Dorothy for WIPCrackAway, I've been working on the Mystery Hat from Woolly Wormhead. I think I may need to rip it out though as I suspect it is too small. :(WIPCrackAwayWell done everyone! What a sterling effort from you all - 87 finished items! Prizewinners can choose from:From Left to Right:Green Eyed Monster GEM Alpaca Sock in The Green Green GrassEasyKnits  Bamboo Merino Mix in LuauFyberspates Sparkly Silk & Silver SockYarnPosh Yarn Lucia 70% merino 30% cashmere in SkipHazel Knits Artisan sock in 117 - Chuckanut DriveI actually finished my Dorothy!In The Weaving ShedThe Chelford/Mobberley scarf for my cousin's husband on the Ashford Samplit loom:And the laceweight yarns I have dyed for my cousin's scarf.:I'm still undecided!LinksDT CraftsUpcoming eventsThe FO&Dye podcast are hosting FOFest on the weekend of 16th & 17th  May 2015 in Exeter.Music: Intro music is Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, final music is Shchedrik - Carol of the Bells by Kitka, from the Magnatune Compilation album Christmas Music, both available from Magnatune.We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain@googlemail.com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as @talesfromplain. My shop can be found here and the shop tweets as @yarnsfromplain.TTFN, Nic x

24mins

7 Jan 2015

Rank #9

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Episode 92: The Results Are In

Hello from a rather mild Cheshire Plain. This episode was recorded earlier in the month.Brief show notes here, I'm afraid, mainly consisting of the show items that you haven't already seen. WIP Crack Away I'm so impressed with you all! So many finished projects! I'm plugging away on my Dorothy cardigan, but it was slower progress than I was expecting....I have also started the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat Knitalong for this year. Show Results The quilt - not seen at its best as it's a King Size quilt show here on a double bed: Sheeeeeep!My recycled garden tealight holderPatch the needlework dog.My pirate project bag.The glass coasters.The complementary cushion.Shop Update I have updated the Etsy shop with some of my new yarn bases. Take a look at https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlain TTFN, Nic x

24mins

30 Nov 2014

Rank #10

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Episode 89: Crafty Catch Up!

Apologies for the tardiness in getting this up - it's not really edited and there are no show notes, but if I don't do this now, it will never get up!

31mins

15 Sep 2014

Rank #11

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Episode 73: Putting Louise Out Of Her Misery...

Hello from my garden here on the Plain. Not to self - don't place the iPhone on the same level as the Joy when recording in the garden in future! Sorry if you find the spinning noise annoying; at least it didn't squeak!Fleece to FinishedThanks to Bee for these photos from the event. From left to right: Annie's Best Coat, 4 hours 50 minutes; Elsibett, 4 hours 30 minutes; Whole Lotta Rosie 3 hours 58 minutes.Tour de Fleece From left to right: 16g, 28 yds of Rosie 2 ply 6g, 8.66 yds of Annie 2ply. These are the bits left on my Joy bobbins after our Guild Fleece to Finished challenge. 105g, 148 yds HilltopCloud Superwash BFL/Ramie, spun and plied as a 3-ply on the Joy. 73g, 271.5 yds BFL I’d dyed lilac myself and spun last year - final 15g spun on the Traddy and then plied as a 2-ply on the Joy. 107g, 476 yds of Shunklies Cheviot spun last year and plied as a 2-ply on the Traddy. 106g, 139yds HilltopCloud Superwash BFL/Ramie, spun and plied as a 2-ply on the Joy. 6g, 25yds Ashford merino/silk lurking on a bobbin (left over from the spinning for the Peacock Shawlette) and plied as a 2-ply on the Joy. 10g, 33yds of raw alpaca purchased from Great House Alpacas, spun and plied as a 2-ply on my spindle. 19g, 71yds of HilltopCloud hand blended in Shetland/merino/llama/fire star, spun and plied on my spindle.Show ReportI saw alpaca...It was very hot...If you get a chance at a show, you must see the Lamb National! OK, onto the exhibits... Three handmade cards......                            ....and the knitted/crocheted baby item. Rag doll...                                                             ....and creative embroidered picture.Item made from recycled materials (oven mitts)...                 ...and a beaded necklace.Item of felting....                           ...Hand or machine made bagKnitting: Advanced...                                                             ....Cushion, any medium.Bottom: Item of other craft, inspired by favourite book. Top: Item of handspun yarn, knitted or woven - along with the Diploma for best exhibit. Upcoming EventsFibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford; Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton;Knitting and Stitching Show, 11-14th October 2013, Alexandra Palace;Bakewell Wool Gathering, 19-20th October 2013, Bakewell.MusicRondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact!We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN,Nic x

55mins

27 Jul 2013

Rank #12

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Episode 70: Midsummer Madness

Finished Objects There is progress sin my preparation for the Oxfordshire County & Thame Show. I've so far completed three more projects for classes: a pair of oven mitts from recycled clothing (no pictures yet), my Northman stranded mittens and a pair of baby bootees from a Sirdar Snuggly 3ply pattern (Ravelry details here). I've also finished knitting the I-cord on the stripy Noro messenger bag and fulled it in the washing machine. Now it needs to be lined. In The Weaving Shed I've been working on the 32" Rigid Heddle loom, making a houndstooth pattern. The brown is chocolate Jacob, the white is a blend of British wool, both from Wool City Wools available from Texere. This will become a cushion. Further Show Prep A Clothkits rag doll has been sewn, although she has no dress yet. One and half cards have been made. A half finished beaded necklace has been fished out of the WIPs bin and it is moving apace, as is a long stitch embroidery of a nuclear power and reprocessing plant. No, seriously. What do you mean you haven't got one? Still no pictures I'm afraid! Here's some Merino Silk blend I've spun on the Joy, which is now being knitted into the Peacock Shawlette by Kitman Figueroa. Something I Really Like Cancer Research's Race For Life 5k races. I'm running at Tatton Park on Sunday 30th June in memory of my Uncle Jeff. If you could spare a few coppers and would like to sponsor me for the event, my just giving page is here.  Thank you. Links Upcoming Events Woolfest, 28-29 June 2013, Cockermouth, Cumbria; The Wool Experience, 6 July 2013, Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough; Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford; Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton. Music Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune. Make Contact! We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!). TTFN, Nic x

31mins

28 Jun 2013

Rank #13

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Episode 72

Some (not so) brief ramblings, the night before the show... apologies, not been edited to remove ums...Something I Really Like My new Ultra-Fine Blocking Wires Upcoming Events Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford; Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton Bakewell Wool Gathering, 19-20th October, Bakewell Music Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact! We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN, Nic x

28mins

13 Jul 2013

Rank #14

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Episode 85: Retreat

Hello from a slightly blustery graveyard next to Lindisfarne Priory. Apologies for the wind gusts, I hope you can cope! In this episode I reflect on retreating from the world in such a beautiful place, fill you in on recent fun and shudder at the memory of shepherds with wandering hands...Links:Lindisfarne Priory Knit.Spin.Cake podcast DaisyBunBoo Designs ShinyBees podcast Macclesfield Silk Museum & Paradise Mill Stash Fine Yarns Dewa Roman ExperienceCath's Blank Canvas Competition:To be in with a chance of winning the pink Rowan Pure Wool Aran, leave a comment here, or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or at the Ravelry group thread, stating "I'd like to win a ball of rowan Pure Wool Aran because..."Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact:We have a listeners' map! Please go on over to pop in a pin - I'd love to see where you all are!Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplainATgooglemailDOTcom. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN, Nic x

26mins

6 Apr 2014

Rank #15

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Episode 79: Madness

Hello from Bedlam…. In this episode, I probably repeat myself about some Works in Progress, smile at some crocheted critters and explain what’s happening in my world...Works in ProgressHere’s the second pair of Saartje’s Booties…I’ve worked on some ideas from the Amy Singer workshop and I’ve worked a bit on a Hannah Fettig Sock Sweater in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Chocolatier for another baby in the family.I’ve also been working on the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat Knit-A-Long in Fyberspates Vivacious DK. Yum!I’ve not knit for a week or so because I’ve been spinning samples from Fiberholics UK into a random bobbin of singles. Suppliers include Lime Green Jelly, Knitter Scarlet, Porpoise Fur and Manda Crafts. I’m currently spinning the second bobbin ready to ply with the first.Last week I went to Manchester and made this:Impressive, huh? Well maybe not, but here are some really great pieces: Madness Part 1I’ve been dyeing to show you these (groan!) Breaking News: I now have an Etsy Shop! It can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlainMadness Part 2:Aimee from Knit.Spin.Cake and I are hosting a knitting and spinning retreat! Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd February 2014 in Chester. Rooms are £140; however if you would be prepared to share then this price is reduced as the house is a fixed rate. This price covers accommodation for the three nights, food on Thursday night and breakfasts. Remaining meals and the itinerary will be agreed by the attendees later. If you are interested, please PM me on Ravelry (I’m talesfromtheplain) or drop me an email at yarnsfromtheplainATgooglemailDOTcom. OMG!Upcoming EventsJanefrogged on Ravelry has sent up the knitsignal, asking for contributions towards the yarnstorming of Ampthill linked to Fibre East next year. To help out, please contact her on Ravelry or by email at jckclayATgmail.com.MusicRondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact!We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.TTFN,Nic x

31mins

24 Nov 2013

Rank #16

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Episode 86: An Early Morning Walk

Hello from Cragside and a glorious holiday in Northumbria. Tune in for more birdsong!On and Off The NeedlesI finished my Ravellenics Baktus back in February and the February instalment of the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Blanket Club. Hubby's Beau is about 20cm up both front and back. No other progress.SpinningProgress on the Jacob's from Shearer Girl and some gorgeous Picperfic Fluff 'n' Stuff. I've also started on the Hilltop Cloud Ann of Cleves.Something I Really LikeStaying in a National Trust property - I get to walk around the gardens and pretend they are all mine!www.nationaltrustcottages.org.ukUpcoming EventsUnwind Brighton. There will be a podcaster meetup at 1pm, Saturday 12th July. More details to follow.ShopI have recently updated the shop with both yarn and fibre. https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnsFromThePlain MusicRondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact!We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.TTFN,Nic x

28mins

11 Apr 2014

Rank #17

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Episode 67: Zips and Lips

Hello from an almost Springlike Cheshire Plain, specifically the carpark in the Blakemere Craft Village! In this episode I waffle on about the weather (again!), review something I've never reviewed before and just shake my head in despair at my knitterly ADHD.What's On The Needles?Zipping along on the Tomten: I've also swatched for a seamless yoke sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann (I blame A Playful Day ;) !), using some of the Sheepfold blues and purples and cream left over from my Woolsack cushions. This is one idea for some colourwork.... ...and this is the first part of the hem, with the picot row worked.ReviewInspector Norse by Lipservice TheatreSomething I Really LikeThe KillingUpcoming EventsWingham Woolwork Fibre Sampling Workshop, 6th April 2013, Frodsham Community Centre; Wonderwool Wales, 27-28 April 2013, Builth Wells, Powys;Woolfest, 28-29 June 2013, Cockermouth, Cumbria;Fibre East, 27-28 July 2013, Ampthill, Bedford;Yarndale, 28-29th September 2013, Skipton.MusicRondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact!We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN,Nic x

28mins

5 Apr 2013

Rank #18

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Episode 87: Competition Crazy

Hello from a riverside car park in Northwich. There is still birdsong, but cars and planes too...On and Off The NeedlesI'm halfway through the  March instalment of the Natural Dye Studio Kaleidoscope Blanket Club. Hubby's Beau is a few rows further on. I've also cast on a Traveling Woman shawl using swap yarn.SpinningI've spun two bobbins of singles on the Hilltop Cloud Ann of Cleves. The pressure's on to ply by the end of April!Competition CrazyThe Golden Skein photo competition can be found here.Something I Really LikeThe Knit British podcast.Upcoming Events Unwind Brighton. There will be a podcaster meetup at 1pm, Saturday 12th July in the Mezzanine Café at the Corn Exchange, Brighton. More details to follow.LinksCaithness Craft Collective podcastGinger Twist Studio Stitched Together podcastMusicRondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.Make Contact!We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are! Please feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain.TTFN,Nic x

23mins

29 Apr 2014

Rank #19

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Episode 62: Une Carte Postale de Paris

Hello all! this is an extra episode, recorded when we visited Paris earlier this year.Here are a few snaps...  Who couldn't include the Eiffel Tower? Especially at dusk, when it's covered in twinkly lights...Some enigmatic bird...Naopleon III's apartments at the Louvre.La Droguerie... Apologies that this one is on its side. I took it on the iPad and no matter how many times I save it in the other oirientation, it's not having any of it! Boules in front of Les Invalides... A statue on the Pont Alexandre III. I was fascinated by the padlocks...Look! It's Miss France! Links La Droguerie Lil Weasel The Louvre La Musée Rodin La  Musée du Quai BranlyMusic: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.We have a listeners' map. Please go on over to pop in a pin - we're covering 5 continents now but I'd still love to see where you all are!Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).TTFN,Nic x

30mins

26 Dec 2012

Rank #20