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22 February 2017

Podcast Episode 26


You Tube Link

Ravelry Episode Thread
(For comments, questions, discussion)


: :   STYLECRAFT GIVEAWAY  WINNERS   : :

Two UK prizes still to be claimed.  Pop along and check the last podcast to see if you won!


: :   BETTER OUT THAN STASH  : :

Share your stash busting and sorting:

#BetterOutThanStash

From 1st February to 8th March

For more information and chatter:  #BetterOutThanStash on Ravelry

To enter: #BetterOutThanStash - Finished Objects Thread


PRIZES:


A pack of 5 silky/bamboo yarns in an aqua ombré colourway
kindly donated by Marlené of One of a Kind Yarns


A pack of 5 silky/bamboo yarns in mixed colourways
also kindly donated by of Marlené of One of a Kind Yarns


A beautiful project bag with handle
kindly donated by Debbie of Daisy Stitches

Two lovely patterns, the Blandala and Sea Breeze shawl patterns
kindly donated by Kathryn of Crafternoon Treats

 Each of the above prizes will also come with a free Cherry Heart pattern! (Your choice)

STASH SALE:

If your stash is on Ravelry and you'd like to share what yarns you have that you are willing to sell or trade, try this thread on Ravelry:

#BetterOutThanStash - Stash to Sell or Trade



: :   DONE   : :


Snowflake Socks
Ravelry Page

Pattern: Snowflakes Socks by Tash Burrett


Anthro Inspired Mitts
Ravelry Page

Pattern:  SeaFlower Mitts by Emma of Potter and Bloom



Granny's no Square

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
Pattern:  From my head!


: :   DOING   : :


Party on My Needles
Ravelry Page


Granny Cath

Pattern: A Good Vintage Cardigan by Fran Morgan



: :   PIP'S   : :
(Patterns in Progress!)



NEXT RELEASE

Peachy Geometric

Versions in UK and US terms

Ready to be released
(Will launch around the 23rd February)

Introductory Discount will be available - Watch this space!


COMING SOON

Free Blanket Patterns


Patterns in US Terms


: :


: :   GOODIES   : :



'Crocheter' Necklace from Lana Bou


Mini Skein Club from Herbstblatt Regina


Manos del Uruguay Yarn, a beautiful Gift from Brenda


Happy Happy Happy Pouch from Jooles of Sew Sweet Violet


: :

: :  EDINBURGH YARN FESTIVAL : :

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14 February 2017

Dog Walking in Winter


Since I wrote about my discovery of the joys of Dog Walking in Autumn, I've had it in my mind to do a little post to accompany each season.  A sort of dog-walker's year if you like.

I was waxing lyrical last time about how much you take notice of the change of season when you actually venture outside for longer that the time it takes to scrape the ice off the car and also how owning a dog and being obligated to walk them, forces you to do just that.  Except I don't feel like I'm being forced out at all, I've found that I really enjoy this time taking a stroll.

I'd say that our winter here has been pretty mild this year, although I daren't write that without adding a 'so far', for this is England and she can do winter in almost any month without notice.  But really, we've not had too much cold other than a few weeks here and there and there's been only one very brief flurry of snow, much to DD's disgust.

It's meant that our walks have still been very much a pleasurable activity.  It hasn't taken too much bundling to protect from the cold and wind and the exercise takes care of any last chills.  Some precautions against mud are necessary though and last year's wellie purchase is now paying dividends.  
Although poor Bertie doesn't fair quite so well.  He has a brand new coat for the purpose but being so low to the ground, he prefers to avoid as much of the dirt and wet as he can.  One false slip of the paw could mean being up to his armpits in the brown stuff.






Despite that, the majority of our walking trail is still fairly dry and easy going.  It's still looking amazingly green going through the woods due to all the ivy growing up the trees and the large amount of holly bushes around.  The trees are mostly bare now though and so everywhere seems a lot lighter and brighter on our path up to the field, which helps compensate for the fainter, faded light of winter.

The view as we reach the entrance to the field is very clear and open now.  You could barely see what lay beyond through the leaves a few months ago but now they are all over the ground.  It's usually at this point where I might catch a glimpse of a squirrel rooting around in the leaves.  They scarper as soon as they hear us coming of course, and they always run around the other side of the tree trunk so you lose sight of them as they climb up and scurry away.





We quite often get a nice clear sunny day by the time we get up to the field.  Usually the morning mists have cleared and the frosts have melted away, but occasionally we crunch as we make our way around.

What you notice most of course is how everything starts to disappear in winter.  The leaves are gone, the long grass has died back and it didn't take too long for all the berries to go too.  There are a lot less birds flitting around and the light doesn't stay so longer either.  If we're a bit later than our usual lunch time walk it'll often already been getting lower in the sky making the long shadows stretch out even more as we walk around.

Our friends the sheep are still here though.  More exposed than even now that the plants have given up for winter.  The grass has been mowed too, or maybe they've just chewed it down.  Either way, we get a clear look at them on our way round now.  Bertie still doesn't bark at all though, much to my relief.

I'm wondering how long they will be staying here and if it'll be too much longer before I start to see signs of spring...







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09 February 2017

Podcast Episode 25 - Giveaway Winners!


You Tube Link

Ravelry Episode Thread
(For comments, questions, discussion)

Show Notes


: :   STYLECRAFT GIVEAWAY  WINNERS   : :

Thank you so much to everyone who entered.

And our winners are...


INTERNATIONAL




UK


Please do get in contact with me to claim your prize!


#StylecraftBlogstars

: :


: :   BETTER OUT THAN STASH  : :

Share your stash busting and sorting:

#BetterOutThanStash

From 1st February to 8th March

For more information and chatter:  #BetterOutThanStash on Ravelry

To enter: #BetterOutThanStash - Finished Objects Thread


PRIZES:


A pack of 5 silky/bamboo yarns in an aqua ombré colourway
kindly donated by Marlené of One of a Kind Yarns


A pack of 5 silky/bamboo yarns in mixed colourways
also kindly donated by of Marlené of One of a Kind Yarns


A beautiful project bag with handle
kindly donated by Debbie of Daisy Stitches

Two lovely patterns, the Blandala and Sea Breeze shawl patterns
kindly donated by Kathryn of Crafternoon Treats

 Each of the above prizes will also come with a free Cherry Heart pattern! (Your choice)


STASH SALE:

If your stash is on Ravelry and you'd like to share what yarns you have that you are willing to sell or trade, try this thread on Ravelry:

#BetterOutThanStash - Stash to Sell or Trade


: :   DONE   : :



Granny's no Square

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
Pattern:  From my head!


Dark Rainbow Socks
Ravelry Page

Yarn: Twinkle Toes Sock  (OOAK) by Hedgerow Yarns
Pattern: Slipt by Claire Devine



Spinning/Crochet Skill Swap

Bunch of Flowers
Ravelry Page

My beautiful new fiber
Spun by the talented Ellen!
Stash Page


: :   DOING   : :


Party on My Needles
Ravelry Page


Snowflake Socks
Ravelry Page

: :   PIP'S   : :
(Patterns in Progress!)



NEXT RELEASE

Peachy Geometric

Versions in UK and US terms

Ready to be released!
(Will launch around the 23rd February)


IN PROGRESS

Free Blanket Patterns


Patterns in US Terms


: :


: :   GOODIES   : :



Love Luna in Pax Sock by Havirland Yarn


Molly Weasley on Trusty Sock
Yuletide on Spark Sock
Both by Nomandic Yarns

: :

: :  EDINBURGH YARN FESTIVAL : :

I'm going!  Are you?

Pop over to the Ravelry group and share your plans!

: :


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