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A crochet podcast with a little bit of knitting on the side. You are in the right place for all things yarn based!

    Episode 59 - Face the frog

    Episode 59 - Face the frog

    Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 59 – Face the frog  
    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.  
    In this episode, I cover: Life; Old Dog New Tricks; En Route; Feeding the Habit, Quick News Beats, Big Up and J’adore.  
    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co. 

    Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.   
    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon: 

     
    1 – Life
    So, since February this year, we have been getting our house ready to put on the market.  It went up the day before lockdown in March and we accepted an offer when we came out of lockdown. 
    I honestly believed I would be recording this new podcast from the new house.  For those that are watching, that clearly hasn’t happened and I am still here in my lovely studio which I am really going to miss.
    I can’t complain in the grand scheme of a pandemic and world politics, but all the same, I am utterly frustrated.
    You know when you keep on looking at the photos of the house you are moving to and you just want to be there, unpack and enjoy your new space?  That’s where we are right now. 
    The worst bit is that I don’t have ready access to my stash.  I miss it and the ability to just dip into it and be enthused by wool. 
    I put several things on hold while we dealt with the move and at the weekend I decided that life can’t really go on hold anymore and that I just need to crack on with things.   
    One of those things is to try out some new podcast equipment.  I am using audio, lighting and visual equipment today, and I would love to know what you think. 
    I’m trying to use less kit, so save space and also create better light to get over the Winter gloom in my studio.
    I already have my podcast space worked out in the new house and it is all flooded with light, so will be much brighter at some point in the future.  My fingers, toes and legs are crossed.
    Please bear with me a little longer if I’m not about so much on social media and have fewer projects to show off.  I promise to be back to full volume as soon as I can, but moving house takes priority over all else until we have moved.    
    I don’t recommend trying to move house in a pandemic – it adds a whole new level of crap to an already crappy situation.    
     
    2 – Old Dog New Tricks
    I have two old dog new tricks for you today.
    The first is to show that you can make your own yarn colour blend.  I have been working on my Color Pop Sweater and unfortunately ran out of yarn. 
    Not wanting to try to match the third colour to fade in via online shopping, I started playing around with twisting two 4ply yarns together to make a DK weight yarn in the right colour.  Amazingly, it worked rather well. 
    It’s easy to blend two strands together to get an idea of whether the colours will work or not.  I used a solid yarn and a heavily variegated yarn, testing a couple of variegated colours to see what would work best. 
     
    I even worked the samples into my project to see whether they would fade well with the existing yarn. 
    My one word of caution would be to try to get a blend that creates a similar fabric to the work you are trying to match to.  If not, you might create something that is stiffer and doesn’t drape so well or kicks out slightly at the ends because the com

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    Episode 58 - Declutter, destash & simplify

    Episode 58 - Declutter, destash & simplify

    Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 58 – Declutter, Destash & Simplify!   
    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.  
    In this episode, I cover: Old Dog New Tricks; Yarn Review; Final Destination; En Route; feeding the Habit; Quick News Beats and J’adore.  
    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co. 

    Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.   
    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon: 

     
    1 – Old Dog New Tricks
    I have been having a good old sort out these last few weeks.  One of the rooms to be sorted was my Stash Palace…
    It is the smallest room in our house but it is absolutely crammed full of all my crafting materials and equipment.  These have mainly been collected in the last six years and my tastes have changed.  They haven’t changed drastically ‘cause British breeds and proper woolly wool have always been part of my crafting DNA, but I have things in my stash that I know I’m never going to use.
    If you are in a similar position, the chances are that you have spent hard-earned money on those items and you would quite like to get some value back for them.
    So here are some ways that you can deal with your stash based on three levels of stash love:
    1 – You bought it/were given it and you aren’t that fussed about trying to get money back for it. 
    This is ideal for passing on to charity shops.  All of my local ones love having crafting things passed to them so long as they are good quality.  They don’t want ratty balls of tangled yarn.  They may also be interested in partial projects, so long as the pattern/instructions are in the bundle and ideally the equipment required too.
    I have also just passed a load of my commercial wool onto a friend.  Her daughter crochets blankets for charity and is going to make good use of that bag of yarn to help keep someone warm in Manchester.   
    2 – You want to at least try to get some value from these mid-range items if you can. 
    This is the kind of thing that I try to sell on Ebay.  Lots of commercial yarn is sold on Ebay and it’s a great platform for selling it on because the chances are that the buyer already has a knowledge of that yarn brand, so have the confidence to buy from that platform.
    3 – These stash babies can’t be given away, you really need to try to recoup some of the money you spent on them. 
    This is the level where you are best off going to a specific platform to sell it.  Whilst I see more hand-dyed skeins of yarn appearing on Ebay, I still think that Instagram or Facebook Groups are a better option for resale. 
    If you have a large enough following, doing a destash on stories can be a great way of selling your unwanted yarn and equipment. 
    Your other option is to join some of the many Facebook groups for reselling yarn.  They can be country-specific, so if you don’t want to pay high postage costs, try to find a group in your country.  I am a member of the Yarn Snobs – hand-dyed yarns FSOT group on Facebook.  It is mainly made up of UK folk and it’s easy to work out whether the yarn is available from the UK or elsewhere.
    In non-COVID times, I would also recommend hosting a yarn swap at your local crafting group.  I usually hold one twice a year at Woolgathering Sandbach and it gives you the chance to ref

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    Episode 57 - I'm Back!

    Episode 57 - I'm Back!

    Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 57 – I’m Back!   
    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.  
    In this episode, I cover: Yarn Review; Final Destination; En Route; Quick News Beats and Big Up.   
    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co. 

    Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.   
    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:

    1 – Yarn Review
    I was approached by Blacker Yarns (link) to see whether I wanted to review their new Birthday yarn.   
    Blacker specialises in British breed yarns that are spun at their sister company, The Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall, so that makes it a “yes” from me.
    All seven shades are very much in my colour palette of teal, aqua, mustard and neutrals. 

    Available in both 4ply and chunky, both weights are woollen spun and have a nice, even, medium twist to them. 
    It’s soft to the touch, plump, with a nice amount of elasticity. 

    Even though Cove is woollen spun with a medium twist, it was a real pleasure to work with.  I didn’t get any real fibre tangles on my hook and even though it’s a medium twist, the wool rarely split on my hook.
    I used the 4ply mini skeins to make stationery pouches and a new clutch purse for all my design bits and bobs.  The chunky mini skeins were crocheted into coasters.  I also used the 4 ply scraps to make partial Dorset button hoops for all of the items to hang from. 
    I always like to sum up yarns that I am reviewing in five words:
    plump, seaside, soft, heathered, natural
     
    Things that I would use Cove for are:
    Garments, shawls, cowls, gloves, mittens and homewares.
    If you would like to read a longer review on Cove, I have written a blog post (link) with more supporting photos.
      
    2 – Final Destination
    I thought that a pod holiday would bring about lots of extra crafting time.  Nope.  I still have a few finished things though.
    First up is the glorious Stormy Rainbow Blanket which is in Issue 127 of Inside Crochet (link). You can get a digital copy by following the link.  I used the 12 x 20g mini skeins that I dyed up at the RiverKnits mini skein dyeing workshop.  The blanket also needs 3 x 100g of 4 ply yarn.  I used RiverKnits BFL in colourway Steinchen.  If you wanted to make something very similar, Becci and Markus have pulled some minis kits together with the option to get the 3 skeins of Steinchen (link).

    I also made all of the bits and pieces for the Blacker Yarns Cove review.  The little stationery holders are a pattern that appeared in Issue 125 of Inside Crochet and were designed by Lucy Djevdet. 

    I used the same stitch pattern for the purse and put a simple zippered pouch inside it.

    I also made two Croix Coasters and that pattern came from the Modern Crochet book by Debrosse.  I won’t go into more detail about that now because I am pulling together a review of that book.

    My other finished object is the Textures Tee V2 by Tina - Tigers Eye Handmade (link).  I made this in Erika Knight Studio Linen which I have had in my stash for a number of years.  I really liked this pattern because it includes stitch alterations for people with boobs, you can play around with the length, pull it in at the waist – basically make it a made to measure garment. 
    I’m not sure that Studio Linen is going to c

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    Episode 56 - Social Network

    Episode 56 - Social Network

    Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 56 – social network.   
     
    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.  
    In this episode, I cover: Old Dog New Tricks; Final Destination; En Route; Quick News Beats and Big Up.   
    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co. 

    Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.   
    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:

     
    1 – Old Dog New Tricks
    I have two for you today.  This first is a great podcast hack for YouTube.  Some of you watching me may struggle to deal with my soft Scottish accent and the speed that I talk.  I discovered that you can change the speed setting of videos on YouTube.  If you hover your mouse done at the bottom of the video, a settings cog will appear.  Click on that, click ‘Playback Speed’ and then choose whether you want to speed the video up or slow it down. 
    There are a few podcaster’s whose content I love, but their delivery is just to slow for me to enjoy.  By bumping them up to 1.25, the podcast is delivered at a rate that I enjoy and I can get through more podcasts. 
    I’ll take you through my second new trick in FOs. 
     
    2 – Final Destination
    I finished my Zig-Zag-Zummer top (link) by Sandra at Nomad Stitches (link), using my Rowan Pure Linen stash which is 130m/50g.  I used 250g in total to make a size 3 with modified sleeve caps and I am really pleased with the result. 
       
    Image text 1: Wooden floorboards with my finished Zig Zag Zummer top on them.  The back of the top is up to show the back V is lower then the front neckline V.  The top has plain rows of Htr (hdc) at the top and a filet crochet zig-zag pattern from the bust down.  The yarn is pure linen and dark olive green. 
    Image text 2: A close up of the armhole of the top showing my addition of dc2tog, rows to pull in the gape that occurred at the bottom of the armhole, above the bust. 
    Image text 3: Upper part of my torso stood in my kitchen.  I am wearing the top to show the left armhole which is gaping and the right armhole which I have made the dc2tog adjustments to and has a lot less gape.
     
    Usually, I would upload my FOs as a project to Ravelry, but I’m not going to do that anymore.  I will be talking about that during Quick News Beats and sharing details of what I’m working on instead. 
    I found that when I had finished the top, there was a fair bit of gape at the front at the top of my chest.  I think I have a way of dealing with this during the actual crocheting of a top like this next time.  I didn’t know it was going to gape until I had sewn it all up, so needed a quick solution for reducing it.
    Attaching my yarn to the bottom of the yarn holes, I just did a series did 2 dc2tog, dc, ss, turn 4 dc 2 tog, dc, ss, turn and continued working in rows in this pattern until I had decreased the armhole gape to my satisfaction.  This only worked because I had spec in the armhole to build up extra rows – had I not, I would have had to rip back and worked a different solution. 
    My second FO is a stone!  I have been looking to make a paper/pattern weight for when I am working outside and cutting out sewing fabric.  I wanted something pretty that would look ornamental even when not in use.  So, crocheted cotton over a stone.  The pattern is from ‘Making

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    Episode 55 - Harder than you think

    Episode 55 - Harder than you think

    Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 55 – Harder Than you Think.   
    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.  
    In this episode, I cover: Old Dog New Tricks; Final Destination; En Route; Designs in Progress; Quick News Beats; Big Up and J'adore.   
    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co. 

    Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.   
    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:

     
     
    1 – General Update
    I am stood at my desk as I type this and it’s really difficult to find the ‘right’ words.  I’m not even sure there are ‘right’ words.  The world seems to be on fire.  People are being killed, simply because of their skin colour. 
    This episode was nearly called “Inconsequential” because that is how I felt about podcasting over the last few days – who cares about a crochet podcast when people are being killed, simply because of their skin colour. 
    This crochet podcast is also a platform for morals, beliefs, community and showing solidarity.
    So, instead, it is called “Harder Than You Think”.  Besides being the title for my favourite Public Enemy song (because it has lyrics that speak volumes to me (link)), it is also a reminder that life is harder than you think. 
    It’s particularly hard on people that face oppression, brutality, racism and inequality on a daily basis.  That is what hard looks like. 
    So, if you want to be part of the change, to support your fellow humans then know that there is hard work ahead and it will be harder than you think.  You will most likely take a step back at some point and think about your former actions and words and feel disgusted with yourself for not having done better.    You will make mistakes that you can learn from. 
    I put three actions on Instagram (link).  Three simple things that can be your starting point if you are now ready to be part of the change: 
    1 – Listen to the experiences of others and get angry about the injustices that they are made to suffer day after day and do something positive with that anger without being performative or centring it around you.
    2 – Talk to your friends and family about diversity and inclusivity.  Keep having the conversations.  Keep pushing for solidarity over oppression.
    3 – Your money makes a difference.  Donate money to organisations that make a difference such as ROTA in the UK (link) or National Bail Out in the US (link).  These are just two examples, there are many great organisations out there that you can donate to.
    Let’s be part of the change.  Complacency is not an option.
     
    2 – Old Dog New Tricks
    I just have a quick one for you this month because time is utterly against me this week.  You may have the same issues I have when I go above a 5.5mm crochet hook.  I find that the hook gets too heavy and it can be difficult to manoeuvre and ultimately make your hands or wrist hurt.
    I have some large plastic hooks in my hook case but I really don’t enjoy working with them and I find it difficult to get my tension right.  Instead, have a try with bamboo hooks.  They are lightweight, slippy enough to tension with and I find them comfortable to work with. 
    So, if you have previously been put off working on larger gauge projects because of the hooks you, why not try a bamboo. 
     
    3

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    Episode 54 - Simple, Soothing Stitches

    Episode 54 - Simple, Soothing Stitches

    Hello there and welcome to The Crochet Circle Podcast and the show notes for Episode 54 – Simple, Soothing Stitches.   
    My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet.  It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.  Come on in and stay awhile.  
    In this episode, I cover General Update; Old Dog New Tricks; Final Destination; Designs on Progress; Quick News Beats and Big Up.   
     
    This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co. 

    Thanks to everyone who tunes into the podcast whether it is through Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, iTunes or the YouTube Channel. Your support and engagement are really appreciated and makes running a podcast very special and worthwhile.   
    If you would like to support the podcast, you can do that through Patreon:

       
    1 – General Update
    I know that globally, we are all on different states of stay at home/lockdown.  However, the reality is most likely a little like eat, sleep, distance repeat.  I’m used to working from home and probably only go at a handful of times a week anyway.  I’m a bit of an introvert, so although I am very happy in my little home bubble, I am starting to miss my people.  It would have been Wonderwool Wales this weekend.  It’s easily my favourite show of the year.  I get to catch up with lots of my yarn buddies, many of which I won’t have seen since the end of September.  It’s a chance to check-in and hug your friends.  So, I’m missing all of that.
    I can only imagine that if you are a social butterfly this must be really tough for you.    
    I know that many of you are being directly affected by the virus and have family members that are ill or have sadly died.  I am sending tender love and hugs. 
     
    2 – Old Dog New Tricks
    This month’s top Crochet Clan tip is from Caroline (Soltra on Ravelry).  Her tip is to regularly push yourself to try something new with crafting.  It could be a new technique, a new type of craft, just something that keeps pushing you forward.  Caroline references the fact that when she learned to do Tunisian Crochet, she made blanket after blanket and sickened herself by only doing blankets for 18 months.  It was only when she joined in with a Tunisian CAL that was all about skill-building that she really moved on with her Tunisian crochet skills and has worked her way through 13+ projects.
    It’s really easy to stick to what you know and feels comfortable.  And I know that I have called this episode Simple Soothing Stitches because I don’t currently have the mental capacity to work on really complicated things, but new techniques and skills don’t have to be complicated.
     
    I don’t know how many times I have told myself “oh, I’m not good enough to try that technique out yet”.  It’s folly to think that way because you are just holding yourself back.  Dive in, if it works first time – great, if it needs a bit of extra practice then that’s also great because you are really getting to grips with the new thing.  If it doesn’t work then maybe it’s not for you.  Often, that’s my favourite outcome because I can cross it off my list and move onto the next technique.  You will never see me do crocheted cables.  I hated doing it.  It’s just not for me, but because I now know that, I’m never swayed to those projects and I let something else pique my interest instead.
     
    3 – Final Destination
    Let me introduce you to Heulwen.  It’s a laceweight shawl using Garthenor wool (link) and is in this month’s Inside Crochet (Issue 125 (link)).  Heulwen means sunshine in Welsh which is very apt given the design and that Garthenor is a Welsh-based woo

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Crochet and racism do go together

I am very glad that you were able to do this podcast. You should be very proud of yourself. Racism is everywhere in every country. It is a propaganda issue as racism is learnt by people at every age, economic level, etc. Someone or something plants the seed and the hate will grow. I am feeling a sense of betrayal and loss as no high powered companies, celebrities even craft organizations have not taken the stand against racism on a consistently basis. People of colour have always been marginalized in the US; the same as aboriginal and immigrants populations in Canada. Someone dies, there is an enormous backlash and then nothing else happens. It is up to everyone who is in a position of authority to start the change and have people “unlearn” racist thoughts. It is very hard for people in authority to denounce any type of racism because of the negative effects that may arise and impact their influence or cash flow. I have not seen as many people standing up and calling other organizations out this time and I am afraid that it will become the norm. There is absolutely no negative element for a racist as they have learned to hate and hurt others. I have studied racism and it is really really easy to grow it and spread it. Until others, who are influential in our society, consistently demand that we all be treated the same way, this cycle will continue. Governments have come a long way with the enforcement of their anti racism policies but it is a social issue now. How does one convert a racist into an anti racist? That is the question. I believe that society and those with influence must pick up the gauntlet and lead the change effectively as they can. So far we have only seen band aid solutions that are not working. It is a very great shame that we all bear.

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