Conservation Grazing Yarns and a Knitted Hiking Jacket

Fruity Knitting Podcast - Episode 10 - Click on the image to view

Fruity Knitting Podcast – Episode 10 – Click on the image to view

In Episode 10 we visit Yorkshire and get close to a flock of 500 Hebridean sheep, and learn how they are helping preserve Yorkshire’s wildlife reserves. Our guest on Knitters of the World is Ginger, right now making a move from Frankfurt to Singapore. There’s exciting news on our First Garment and Fair Isle KALs, and we get a first glimpse at Andrew’s hiking jacket.

Under Construction

Amaryllis by Marie Wallin

The Amaryllis is coming along well, with the back, one sleeve and one side of the front completed. The cardigan features small sections of Fair Isle, so is a good project to get started in this technique, although it is knitted in the flat and so does require Fair Isle purling.

Amaryllis by Marie Wallin

Amaryllis by Marie Wallin

You can hear more about this project in Episode 9.

Knitters of the World – Ginger Mitchell

Ginger - The Danish Crime Jumper

Ginger – The Danish Crime Jumper

Our guest on Knitters of the World is Ginger, who managed to put together her segment just before making a move from Frankfurt to Singapore. You can find Ginger and see her extensive and ambitious portfolio of knitting creations at:

Ginger - Paper Turkish Orphan Girls

Ginger – Paper Turkish Orphan Girls

Interview – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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We are really pleased to promote the range of yarns produced by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as part of the conservation grazing program.  You can find their wool at their Etsy shop and on Ravelry, and you can find out more about the conservation program at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website.

Primitive Hebridean sheep - part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust conservation grazing program

Primitive Hebridean sheep – part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust conservation grazing program

KAL News

We are around the middle of both our First Garment KAL and our Fair Isle KAL. To give you a chance to showcase your work so far, we are inviting you to submit a short video, showing us your work and telling us your name, your Ravelry name, the project you’re working on and the wool that you’re using, together with any quick thoughts on the project you’re doing. If you’re still at the initial stages, then show us your wool, and say hello!

Please keep you’re contributions to no more than 20 seconds, so that we can get everybody in.  You can find the links to submit your videos in the first comments of the threads for each of the KALs (see below). Closing date for these interim video submissions is the end of August. We will call for videos of finished objects towards the end of the KAL in October.

You can find the Ravelry threads for the two KALs here:

We look forward to seeing your stuff!

Andrew’s Hiking Jacket

Andrew’s hiking jacket will be using the Hebridean wool from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Having met the sheep, well, almost in person, we are really excited about using this beautiful wool in its natural color and with a little lanolin. We’re combining it with the Rowan Hemp Tweed which is a great contrast but blends in well with the texture.

The design is roughly taken from the book “Knits Men Want” by Bruce Weinstein, with photographs by Jared Flood. This is a great book to ensure that you’re next project for a male friend is successful, with good basic designs, lots of guidance on ensuring a good fit, and warnings about mistakes you can avoid.

Andrea also referred to “The Penguin Knitting Book” by James Norbury – who was featured in our previous episode. The “Man’s Continental Slipover” pattern describes the foldover band technique with a rib on the inner layer.

We got the idea for this “peek-a-boo” design feature from Steven Self’s Blue Seamless Hybrid Sweater project.

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