Episode 1: Introductions
I’ve wanted to start a podcast since we moved to Germany but I just hadn’t gotten around to it because moving is hard.
However, I have just recoded my first episode and thought, what better place to share the show notes than here?
That way, those of you who don’t want to watch the podcast can still get a small overview of what happened in the episode. If you would like to watch the podcast please follow this link.
So, show notes:
Episode 1 Introductions
This episode ended up being split into 3 parts due to its length.
I’ll work on making them shorter, I promise 😉
Hello, my name is Stephanie. You can find me on Ravelry, Instagram and Facebook as a bag full of crochet (the links are in the left side bar on the blog). The show notes can be found on my blog (abagfullofcrochet.co.za) and in the Episode thread of the designated Ravelry group.
A bit about myself:
I’m German, but spent the last 31 years of my life in South Africa. I’m married and this year Conrad and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. We have a four year old daughter called Eliana.
I’ve been crocheting since I was about 10, so for almost 30 years, since I’m turning 38 this year.
I am almost entirely self taught. I am left handed and my mom battled to teach me. She basically taught me how to chain and single crochet and then handed me a pattern book with stitch instructions and told me, if I wanted to continue I would have to do it myself because she was breaking her arm trying to teach me.
So, that’s what I did!
About two years ago I also started knitting properly and I really enjoy it now.
I had a bit of a knitting phobia thanks to my handcraft teacher, who didn’t know what tension was. I say this because I knit so tightly that I couldn’t move the stitches off the needles. If she had just told me to use a slightly larger needle size maybe I would have been able to do it back then. But I guess it’s the reason I started to crochet, so I won’t complain 🙂
In 2012 I started my blog and through that made contact with a well known South African women’s magazine called Your Family magazine. I designed for them in 2014 and that same year I also started designing for Vinnis Colours yarn, one of South Africa’s premier cotton and bamboo yarn manufacturers.
You can find the links to may of the magazine patterns and the Vinnis Colours patterns on my Ravelry page, they, as well as some of my independent designs, are free Ravelry downloads.
Aims of the podcast:
-The prdominant focus will be crochet but there will be some knitting in my wips and fos.
-I also plan to highlight one of my past designs in each episode, since I think that some of you many not know any of my designs yet.
-Of course I will also show you recent acquisitions and gifts but I also would like to highlight some of the gorgeous South African yarns which I brought to Germany with me.
-Lastly I want to include a tips and tricks/ q&a section, so if you have general crochet related questions please feel free to list them in the designated thread in the Ravelry group.
1. The Emma doll and the pyjamas I am currently making for her using Vinnis Colours Nikkim with a 4mm hook.
2. The Cathedral Window Throw, also Vinnis Colours Nikkim and a 4mm hook.
3. The GREG mystery CAL blanket, designed by Shelley Husband of spincushions, Scheepjes Wol Invicta and Regia 4ply sock yarn with a 3.5mm hook.
4. A circular shawl design I’m working on with custom dyed Electric Carnation ombre yarn and a 3.5mm hook.
5. A pair of two at a time toe up socks with a simple cable on the outside edge of the foot (my own idea but worked according to the sock recipe giving in the Fish Lips Kiss Heel instructions), Drachenwolle, with 2.5mm cabled needles.
1. The 2015 advent mystery CAL creatures were briefly discussed and some shown, Vinnis Colours Nikkim, 2mm hook.
2. Eliana’s cabled birthday coat, Vinnis Colours Nikkim, double stranded with a 7mm hook.
3. Raglan pullover for Eliana with remnants of Scheepjes Wol Linen Soft (Heron pack) and Vinnis Colours Nikkim, 4mm hook.
Also mentioned were my 2013 Scheepjes mystery CAL Succulent blanket (Vinnis Colours Serina, 3.5mm hook) designed by Marinke, the Colour Your Mind cowl, my design to commemorate Marinke, Karoo Moon HomeSpun, 10mm and 7mm hook and the Winter is Coming shawl, designed by Sally Jane Cameron, yarn: Hartlam sock in the colourway Sashimi with 4mm circular needles.
Featured design of the week:
The Summer Beach Dress designed for Your Family magazine. Vinnis Colours Serina and a 4mm hook.
Malabrigo sock yarn in the colours Eggplant 811, Arco Iris 866 and Indiecita 416, Malabrigo Lace (100% Baby Merino wool) in the colour Pearl 036 and Madeline Tosh, 100% superwash merino wool, DK in the colours Medieval and Great Grey Owl.
The featured yarn:
Hartlam’s Darling Lace, a 70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk and 10% Cashmere yarn in the colour Street Racer.
This week’s tutorial explains and shows two different join as you go methods for Granny squares.
I also mentioned Kathryn Vercillo, who is the author of the Crochet Concupiscence blog, as well as several books on Crochet for depression and anxiety.
Kathryn has just joined Patreon, which is similar to Kickstarter in that you can donate money to Kathryn but different in that you are not funding a specific project but rather you will be supporting her in an ongoing fashion. If you would like to support Kathryn on Patreon you can follow this link to her profile.
The 3rd part of the podcast is a tutorial about joining granny squares as you go.
I show two different methods, one using single crochets and chains/slip stitches and one using only slip stitch.