Congratulations, Darlene!

by Brenda Dayne on April 12, 2014


The winner of this week’s Welsh for Rainbow yarn giveaway is Darlene, whose lucky number means that one of these lovely skeins donated by Triskelion Yarn and Fibres will be headed her way soon. The colourway is Gwellt, the Welsh word for barley, and the yarn is Taliesen, a 4-ply British Blue Faced Leicester, superwash treated, which also makes it excellent for socks.

The second skein in the photograph is, of course, headed for the swag in-waiting stash pile for week number ten. In the final week of the Welsh for Rainbow free yarn blow out, I’ll be giving away ALL the yarn for all nine projects in the book, plus an awesome super secret turbo surprise.

Tintern Square

Next week’s giveaway is yarn for one of the most popular projects in Welsh for Rainbow, Tintern Abbey socks. The winner will be announced in the podcast, next Thursday.

By the book, win some yarn. Could not be simpler.

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Episode 128: Clifford Byway

by Brenda Dayne on April 4, 2014


In this episode: Free yarn! Plus, Pretty little Forsythia thugs. ::shakes fist::

Lovely fibre for spinning from these fine purveyors:
Freyalyn’s Hand-dyed Fibres
Edgewood Garden Studio
Countess Ablaze

I turned to Sarah Anderson’s The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns for help and inspiration. Highly recommended.

We’ve been eating out of Nigel Slater’s Eat – The Little Book of Fast Food. Also, highly recommended. The recipe for chorizo with sweet potato mash is particularly nice.


The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook celebrates daily life in stranded colourwork knitting, and shows you how to do the same! Felix’s unique design system begins with ordinary objects and places from her life, as well as your own, and finishes with gorgeous stranded colourwork knitting + charts. To support this Kickstarter project visit the The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebookpage on Kickstarter to subscribe.

Want some yarn? See that book cover for Welsh for Rainbow over there to the right? Click here. Buy the book. Win this yarn.

I’m listening to The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. It’s fabulous.

Music by: Tom Waits, You Can Never Hold Back Spring; Tanya Davis, Art from the cd Make a List; Amy Steinberg, Exactly, from the cd Must Be the Moon;Wil Maring, Rows, from the cd The Calling

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Episode 127: Is this thing on?

March 7, 2014

In this episode: I celebrate the final patterns in Welsh for Rainbow, Barley Straw (top left) and Pentre Ifan (below left), plus the publication of the e-version of the book. I am delighted to find that I haven’t forgotten how […]

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We now return to our regularly scheduled programming

March 4, 2014

I am delighted to announce that Welsh for Rainbow, the 6-month e-book project that was two years in the making, is done. The printed version will be along in a few months. Hopefully, the first of many. I couldn’t be […]

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At the side of the road

October 10, 2013

At the end August, after a long illness, Tonia’s father died peacefully in his sleep. It was not unexpected. One day later, my father died, quite unexpectedly, while he was gardening. By the time I got the news the following […]

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