CC podcast – Episode 26 – Give away all the things!

This is episode 26, almost a year round of podcasting so time to announce the prizes I’ll be giving away in the next episode which is the podiversary!!! And of course there’s Binx my co-host and lots of wips and acquisitions :)

You can find the group on Ravelry here: http://ravelry.com/groups/colourful-creativity

You can find the shop at: http://kralalien.etsy.com and also at http://colourfulcreativity.nl

You can find me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/kralalien
You can find me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kralalien
You can find me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/kralalien
You can find me on Ravelry: http://ravelry.com/people/kralalien

Finished objects
1. Test knit shawl: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/test-knit

Work in Progress
1. Crazy rainbow socks: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/crazy-colour-socks
2. Dotted Rays: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/dotted-rays
3. Peacock eyes cardigan: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/peacock-eyes-cardigan
4. Jelly Rolls: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/jelly-rolls
5. Zomer Trees Kal: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/trees-2
6. Fall in love mittens: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/fallinlove-fingerless-mittens

Spinning
I finished my handdyed falkland and made a booboo while setting it…

Acquistions
A whole lot of acquisitions! Fabric, more fabric, fiber and a spindle, and my TdF prize from the Dutch Spinners group on Ravelry.

Podiversary giveaway!!!
I have the pleasure to give away a lot of awesome prizes!
1. Yarn from Sara’s texture crafts
2. Spindle and fiber from Undercover Otter and a Wheel magazine from me
3. Needle nest from Undercover Otter
4. Eifel cowl pattern by Knatters knits
5. Shawl pattern by Yarn Poetry
6. Lisa’s garden shawl pattern by Herbstblatt Regina
7. No rainbows without rain – Colourful Sock yarn and rainbow stitchmarker
8. Set of Colourful Creativity tea party stitchmarkers
9. Set of GB Wolle sockyarn
10. Project tote bag with Malabrigo worsted yarn

You can leave a comment here on the blog with the shownotes or in the ravelry group in the podiversary giveaway thread. You have until the end of Wednesday August 31st! Good luck!!!

Shop news
New stitch makers coming soon, rainbow skully sets and Super Mario sets! Also dyed some mini’s, will make more for some sets for mini’s.

Further Mentions
Knit and stitch bits
Puk Vossen
Sara’s texture crafts
Undercover Otter
Made by bir
Sticks & Cups
YarnPoetry
Knattersknits
Herbstblatt Regina
Jessica – http://aprilsehaas.nl

Have fun watching and see you back for the next episode!
XoXo,
Carolien

Lisa’s Garden Shawl

A little while ago I was asked to test-knit a beautiful shawl for Regina of the Herbstblatt Regina podcast. I was happy to do so, as the shawl is beautiful and I needed a shawl to go with a dress for a wedding coming up.

The shawl has a very special construction and is knit with DK weight yarn. The ultimate chance to test my own Colourful Merino DK yarn for the first time. I dyed it in colours matching the dress and instead of going with one colour I used 2 different colours to get a little contrast.

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The knitting was great, because the sections are so different you get a lot of variation and it keeps interesting! It’s beautifully put together to give a great shaped shawl! I’ll admit I had my struggles too, as a test-knitter you find the mistakes obviously that is why it needs to be test, but I also made some mistakes myself and the yarn and I got into a serious fight as you might have seen on the podcast. Luckily my hubby came to the rescue 😉

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The finished shawl is absolutely beautiful and it matches my dress perfect! I wore it with pride at the wedding and since we found a beautiful spot I could make a nice photo of it!

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The pattern came out just today and the shawl is called Lisa’s Garden Shawl as a tribute to Regina her mother and her garden.

I actually dyed a little extra of these colours because you shouldn’t have too little yarn to start of course! And I used like 2.2 skeins in total. So I made a little set of 2.5 skeins in my Etsy shop for you! As soon as I have a better way to skein from a cone I’ll be making more sets in different colours!

XoXo,
Carolien

CC Podcast – Episode 25 – Star Struck! Meeting Stephen West!!!

This is episode 25 and I got completely star struck! I’ve been like a teenager who meets an idol, because I went to Amsterdam and met Stephen West! Also clips of yarn store Sticks & Cups in Utrecht and of course Stephen & Penelope in Amsterdam, meet Petra from Undercover Otter and all the acquisitions!

You can find the group on Ravelry here: http://ravelry.com/groups/colourful-creativity

You can find the shop at: http://kralalien.etsy.com and also at http://colourfulcreativity.nl

You can find me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/kralalien
You can find me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kralalien
You can find me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/kralalien
You can find me on Ravelry: http://ravelry.com/people/kralalien

Finished objects
1. Exploration Station: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/exploration-station
2. Southbay Shawlette by my mom

Work in Progress
1. Test knit shawl: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/test-knit
2. Zomer Trees Kal: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/trees-2
3. Crazy rainbow socks: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/crazy-colour-socks
4. Dotted Rays: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/dotted-rays

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Spinning
When finishing the tour de fleece I finished plying the mountain sheep. I also did try the navajo ply with the left over merino single. And I finished the little batt on my hand spinner.

Acquistions
A whole lot of acquisitions! Books, yarn, fiber, podiversary gifts…

Shop news
New stitch makers in poke ball shapes! Made to order, so after you order I make them. It will take 1-2 weeks until they ship, these beads are all handmade and unique!

Further Mentions
Knit and stitch bits
Puk Vossen
Sara’s texture crafts
Undercover Otter
Made by bir
Sticks & Cups
Stephen & Penelope
YarnPoetry
Knattersknits

Have fun watching and see you back for the next episode!
XoXo,
Carolien

CC podcast – Episode 24 – Crazy Beautiful Exploration Station!!!

This is episode 24 where the cats are co-hosting! Also my Exploration Station is (almost) finished and there is a lot of spinning from the Tour de Fleece. I show how I spin on my Bliss spinningwheel with Binx trying to help and there is a new tour of the garden.

You can find the group on Ravelry here: http://ravelry.com/groups/colourful-creativity

You can find the shop at: http://kralalien.etsy.com and also at http://colourfulcreativity.nl

You can find me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/kralalien
You can find me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kralalien
You can find me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/kralalien
You can find me on Ravelry: http://ravelry.com/people/kralalien

Finished objects
1. Exploration Station: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/exploration-station
2. Spinning

Work in Progress
1. Dotted Rays: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/dotted-rays
2. Zomer Trees Kal: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/trees-2
3. A little princess shawl: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/test-knit
4. Jelly Rolls: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kralalien/jelly-rolls

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Spinning
I spun a lot during the Tour de Fleece 2016, I love my wheel! I also dyed fiber for the first time, love it!

Acquistions
1. Swap and podiversary giveaway from Sara’s Texture Crafs
2. Order from Fondant fiber
3. Order from Nunoco

Shop news
Yarn, stitchmarkers and needles are in the shop!

Further Mentions
Knit and stitch bits
Puk Vossen

Have fun watching and see you back for the next episode!
XoXo,
Carolien

Steekmarkeerders – Stitchmarkers

Regelmatig krijg ik de vraag waarom ik toch die leuke dingetjes in mijn breiwerk heb hangen en wat het zijn?! Het zijn dus steekmarkeerders en ze helpen me met heel veel dingen. Neem bijvoorbeeld dit breiwerk, Trees. Ze heeft wel 3 steekmarkeerders! En soms zitten ze alle 3 ook nog eens bijna op dezelfde steek… beetje overdadig, of toch niet?

Frequently I get asked why I have those cute thingies in my knit projects and what they are?! They are stitch markers and help me in many ways. For instances in this project, Trees. She has 3 stitch markers! And sometimes all 3 of them they are in almost the same stitch… a bit much, or not?

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Niet dus! Want ze dienen allemaal hun eigen doel. De eerste, met de twee ringetjes zit om de rondbreinaald zelf. Deze zorgt ervoor dat ik precies weet wanneer ik een volledig rondje heb gebreid. Bij rondbreien zie je namelijk heel moeilijk wat de eerste steek ik en als die markeerder er niet zou zitten, dan zou ik echt niet weten waar ik zou zijn in mijn breiwerk.

Not! Because they all serve their own purpose. First, with the two rings around the circular needle. This one makes sure that I know when I knitted a full round. With knitting in the round you don’t see the first stitch so if this marker wouldn’t be there, I would have no clue where I am in my project.

De tweede met de polkadots is om mijn voortgang aan te geven, een zgn. progress keeper – voortgangs markeerder. Dat vind ik prettig, want dan weet ik dat ik voortgang maak en niet stil sta in dit project en ik kan laten zien in de podcast hoeveel ik gedaan heb in de afgelopen 2 weken.

The second one with polkadots is to show my progress, a so called progress keeper. I like that, because it shows me I’m making progress and I’m not stalled on the project. And of course I can show in the podcast how much I did in the past 2 weeks.

En dan die derde, dat rare lampvormige ding. Die maakt mij het tellen gemakkelijk! Elke 25 toeren doe ik een toer met een werkje, dus of gaatjes of averecht. Zo hoef ik niets steeds te zoeken wat nou de eerste toer is, tel ik gewoon vanaf de markeerder en is het zo gedaan.

And then the third, the weird light bulb shaped thingie. That one makes counting easy! Every 25 rounds I do something different, like a row how little holes or a purl row. That way I don’t have to look which one is the first round and I can just count from the marker and it’s very easy.

Tevens is dat type steekmarkeerder evenals de progress keeper met het haakje heel fijn om in je werk te hebben. Als je en steek laat vallen kun je die met zo’n sluitende steekmarkeerder even vasthouden tot je op het punt bent dat je het kunt repareren. Zo hoef je niet bang te zijn dat je steek verder uitrafelt.

Also this light bulb stitch marker and the progress keeper are very handy to have with you always. If you dro a stitch you can catch it with these locking stitch markers and hold until you can fix your mistake. That way you don’t have to be afraid it unravels.

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Ja maar Carolien, ik brei niet, ik haak, dus dan heb ik er niks aan! Ehm nee! Bovenstaande kun je ook zeker met een haakwerk doen hoor! Denk maar aan amigurumi of rond haken van een kleedje of tas. Of dat je wilt zien hoeveel voortgang je hebt. En wat te denken van je haakwerk meenemen of thuis op de bank leggen met de katten in de buurt, je pakt het weer op en hoppa heel stuk uitgerafeld of de naald is eruit gevallen en je lusje is weg… Met een steekmarkeerder met haakje kun je dat voorkomen door je werklusje met de steekmarkeerder vast te zetten. Zo hou je je lus open en kun je je naald los halen. Voor haken kun je wel alleen de sluitende steekmarkeerders gebruiken, want degene met een oogje zijn echt specifiek voor om breinaalden.

Yes but Carolien, I don’t knit, I crochet, so I can’t do anything with these things! Ehm no! Above mentioned is also very nice for crochet! Think of amigurumi or crochet in the round with a bag or doily. Or you want to see your progress. And what to think of taking your crochet or leaving it on the couch in a room with cats around, you get it back and you see there is a lot unraveled, or you needle fell and your loop is gone… With a stitch marker you can prevent that by putting it through the loop and secure it. That way you can keep the loop open and you can take your needle out. For crochet however, you can only use the locking stitch markers, because the ring ones are specifically for knitting needles.

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En denk je, ik haak Ên ik brei niet, dan kun je de steekmarkeerder altijd nog als wisselhangertjes dragen aan een ketting! Ook handig als je wel haakt en/of breit want zo heb je ze altijd bij de hand 😉

And if you think, I don’t crochet AND I don’t knit, well then you can use the stitch markers as little charms on a necklace! Also handy if you do crochet and/or knit, because you will always have them at hand 😉

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In mijn Etsy shop vind je vele verschillende soorten en maten steekmarkeerders, allemaal door mij gemaakt of samengesteld!

In my Etsy shop you can find a lot of different kinds and sizes stitch markers, all made or assembled by me!

XoXo,
Carolien