Sponsor: It’s the one year anniversary of Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures, a terrific book written and published by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot. And she’s hosting an Instagram fashion show, to celebrate all the beautiful and wearable knits you’ve made since the release last Spring. Hannah strives to design wearable knitwear for the modern knitter and her most recent book Home & Away features 9 wearable designs plus education, support and inspiration to help you grow as a knitter. Now through April 10th you can enter her Home & Away hashtag fashion show on Instagram. Show off how you style your finished knits by posting to Instagram with the hashtag #wewearknitbot and be eligible to win some great prizes! Hannah’s offering a $3 off the print or digital copy of Home & Away, so use the promo code wewearknitbot on her site and on Ravelry. You can find all the details and list of at knitbot.com and you can find Hannah on Instagram @knitbot
Fiber folk: Aesthetics plays a huge part in a fiber enthusiast’s making, naturally…and there are some certain folks who bring a special beauty to this world, channeled through their delightful shops and welcoming perspective in color, composition and atmosphere. One such person is the lovely Susan Cropper and her fiber emporium, Loop London. I wish I could transport myself to the streets of London and spend a day in this magical place, if you’re familiar with Loop’s books, patterns and Instagram account, you know exactly what I mean. With passion, exquisite taste and color, and a whole lot of love, Susan has built something we all should take a moment to experience. You can find Susan at loopknitting.com and on Instagram @looplondonloves
Sponsor: MAINE Knits is a collaboration between the hand knitwear designers, yarn makers, dyers and wool-loving folk of Maine. The book includes patterns for 7 garments and 7 accessories, photographs and essays, with knitting designs by Carrie Bostick Hoge, Alicia Plummer, Bristol Ivy,Cecily Glowik Mcdonald, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Elizabeth Smith, Leah B. Thibault, Kristen TenDyke, Leila Raabe and Beatrice Perron Dahlen. And a foreward written by Pam Allen of Quince & Co.
MAINE Knits was born of an idea from Beatrice Perron Dahlen, and is a project that comes straight from the depths of her heart. It’s a chance to honor the creative work that her and her fellow Maine folk are doing, joining talents to make something extraordinary to offer up to the rest of the hand knitting community.
Right now you can support this special project on Kickstarter to help fund the creation and publishing costs…so make sure to visit kickstarter.com and search for MAINE Knits and do what you can to support this great endeavor and it’s collaborators.
Update: It’s been awhile since I’ve given an update on Woolful and the farm, so I thought I’d share a little of what we’ve been up to. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve settled back into the weekly schedule for the podcast and it’s really nice to get back to that normalcy. Between a new life on the farm, motherhood, working and traveling to San Francisco each month where I lead design at a tech company, it’s been a fun challenge figuring out how all these things come together.
Over the past few months I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the next steps for Woolful and slowly, but surely the stars are aligning for some exciting things I’ll share more about in the coming months.
If you follow me on Instagram than you may have seen the adventure we had last week with our Dexter cow Lulu and our three Maremma livestock guardian dogs. As we’ve been transitioning the animals from their Winter paddocks to the rotational paddocks, the dogs have been antsy to get out and explore our surrounding forest and neighbors pastures. Lulu believes very much that she is one of them and if at all separated she will bellow till the sun goes down and then bellow all night long. So, one particular day when the dogs ran off, Lulu busted straight through the fence and took off after them. Three pups and a cow, running through the forest and fields and down the country road for nearly three hours. It was quite the sight and accompanied by calls from neighbors, “We just saw Lulu and your dogs running up the road down by so and so’s property.” Oh my goodness, it was a bit stressful and at the same time exactly where I wanted to be…running through the woods, sloshing through pastures and then walking my cow all the way home down the road. A couple days later Lulu came down with some bad bloat. I being the new farmer that I am had no idea what caused it and the vet was sure she had grain overload or got into something nasty. He didn’t think she’d make it through the night and if I’m being honest, I was heartbroken and cried that night as I sat with her and worried. But here’s the deal, we’re ultimately not in control. I began preparing for what might likely happen and kept telling myself what so many others before me had said, “Life and death is the first lesson in farming”. So prayed for grace, that we would be granted grace for our ignorance and lack of forethought. Thankfully she made it through the night and when the vet came the next morning he was surprised to see her looking mildly better despite her distended middle. After checking her out he assured us that she was most likely on the road to recovery and gave us some tips about poisonous plants in our area to watch out for. And today, exactly a week later, she’s doing so much better. I’ll be posting a much more detailed recount of this event on the blog later this week, along with some interesting photos.
Giveaway: The winners of last week’s giveaways are Caitlin Johnson, you’ve won a copy of Annie Rowden’s Earlyrising hat pattern and 2 skeins of Wing and a Prayer Shetland yarn, and Michelle Miller you’ve won a copy of Mary Jane Mucklestone’s book 150 Scandinavia Motifs. Congratulations!
The giveaway this week is sponsored by Loop London and we’re giving away a copy of their most recent book “Loop’s 10”. To enter and be one of the winners, leave a comment on this blog post.
Music by Jónsi.