If you like very clever knitting, I think you are going to really enjoy Episode 75 because we feature two exceptional guests who have very clever and geeky minds. They have put those minds to work in the field of knitting with amazing results. On top of that we have the usual update of our projects, we’re announcing a new KAL and there are two mini tutorials on ‘Mending Your Knitting’ from Andrea. It’s a full program.
First off is our feature interview with the exceptional hat designer Woolly Wormhead. Woolly’s designs are totally stunning to look at, but they also have a real beauty in their mathematical structure that flows right through the construction.
If you are somebody who thinks that hats don’t suit you, Woolly is going to change that. During the interview Woolly gives us her special ‘Hat Clinic Workshop’, where she show us that there is the right shaped hat for every shape of head and face.
Woolly is living a very interesting life. She and her family (husband and boy) are living in Italy in an artist and traveller community known as Mutonia. They live in a 40 year old double decker London bus and Woolly’s studio is two WW2 German army trailers that are joined together. The interview takes place inside the German army trailer and you will also see Woolly walking around the community where there are lots of murals and sculptures.
It’s a fantastic interview, so enjoy!
Patron Discount – Woolly Wormhead
Woolly is offering Fruity Knitting Patrons a 25 percent discount off all of her self-published patterns. Offer is valid until 7 May 2019, full details available here.
Woolly Wormhead KAL
During the interview, Woolly gets all technical and talks about the construction side of her designs which include exciting things like the use of short rows to form colourwork patterns, the use of Kitchener stitch in every conceivable way and lots of sideways knitting. Woolly’s hats are a fantastic small project to really ramp up your knitting skills, so we have decided to start another Knit A Long – the #WoollyWormheadKAL. You can knit up any one of Woolly’s hats and she has well over 100 published hat designs to choose from. You can find the details of the KAL here
Finding Woolly Wormhead
Celia Cabodevilla – Knitters of the World
Our second clever and geeky guest is Celia Cabodevilla, who features in our ‘Knitters of the World’ segment. Celia specializes in double knitting accessories. She combines her previous work of creating pixel art for video games with her love of Ancient greek myths, Cherokee fables and classic western literature. This all results in the most gob smacking double knitting designs.
Celia definitely has a bizaar and intoxicating mixture of inspiration sources, also including 18th century embroidery patterns, and astronomy (I forgot to include them in the list above). She combines them all together brilliantly and also tells a very good story.
Patron Discount – Celia Cabodevilla
Celia is offering Fruity Knitting Patrons a 40 percent discount off her self-published patterns. Valid until 7 May 2019, full details here. Thank you, Celia!
Finding Celia Cobodevilla
Mending your Knitting Tutorial
Andrew spent many hours knitting this pair of socks for me and after about 4 wears I have a hole on the back heel of one sock and on the other sock in the same place it is worn very thin. So I’m going to show you two different methods of repairing these areas.
These two methods of repair, create a very neat finish and can also be used to repair worn out areas and holes in more visible places than the heel of a sock.
Primarily my goal is to reinforce the weak areas on both socks so they will be strong and be able to handle a lot more wear. I’m not concerned with making the repair invisible because it will be inside a shoe and won’t be seen anyway. Therefore, I’ve chosen a yarn that is stronger than the original yarn because I want the repair to really last.
We were wearing
- Andrew is wearing his modified Traigh by Jade Starmore.
- Andrea is wearing Nightingale by Norah Gaughan
- J. S. Bach, The Well Tempered Klavier, Prelude No. 3 in C-Sharp major, BWV 848, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
- Montana Skies, Lift, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License
- Henry Eccles, Violin Sonata in G minor, II. Courante, performed by Thrax, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
- Claude Debussy, Children’s Corner, L.113, The Snow is Dancing, performed by Gerluz, Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial
- Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, SouvenirDeFlorence, Op. 70, 1 – AllegroModerato, performed by the US Army Strings, Public Domain
- Linda Marveng photos by Eivind Røhne