In this episode: This week I scour the internets for the perfect winter sock yarn, and find it in the Welsh countryside, ten miles from where I live. There’s a bit of musing on the merits of sock laundry, which leads me to discover the joy of knitting socks in pure unadulterated animal fibre. I talk a great deal about Stephen West’s sweater pattern, Enchanted Mesa, the crisis of confidence I’m having with mine, and the beautiful examples of the sweater I’ve found on Ravelry. Here are links to some of my favourites: HookedupKnits Enchanted Leftovers; Vischilover’s Enchanted Mesa-2; tma’s Enchanted Mesa.
As I copied and pasted these links, and saw all the beautiful sweaters on Ravelry, I think I”m over my crisis. I’m going to keep working on this, because it’s going to be awesome.
I also visit with spinner and teacher extraordinaire, Sarah Andersen, whose book The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns, I raved about in the last podcast. You can find Sarah online at and in her Ravelry Group, Serial Spinners.
Sarah will be teaching at Fibre East, the 26th and 27th of July, in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. If you haven’t already registered for this event, you should think about doing that soon. Fibre East is shaping up to be a world class UK fibre event.
I talk a great deal about the Babylonglegs yarn I’ve slated for next week’s give-away, forgetting that it was supposed to be Malabrigo next week. So that’s confusing. Let’s clear that up, shall we? I’m sticking with the Babylonglegs, as that’s the yarn I bigged up this week. NEXT WEEK, I’ll give away Malabrigo.
I probably talked more about my office remodel than you wanted to hear about, but what the heck, eh? I’m excited. From next week I’ll be blogging the remodel project.
I may have also gone on for too long about Eurovision, but hey, it’s my FAVOURITE TV EVENT OF THE YEAR! If you don’t know by know how very much I love and look forward to Eurovision, I’m afraid we can’t be friends.
I spent far too much time making a set of six Eurovision Bingo Cards this week. Why not download my Eurovision Bingo Card, and play the home version! I will be live tweeting the event, of course, as I do every year. You can follow my tweets here.
Eurovision Hall of Fame
Winner of Eurovison 2006, Lordi inspired my Eurovision Bingo category, “Performer does not appear to be human.”
Dustin the Turkey, Ireland’s entry for 2008, is a fabulous three minute sour-grapes drag screed about the unfairness of Eurovision voting, included a demand for “douze point”, the highest possible score from every country. I think it was meant in fun, but… it did not go down well with the crowd.
This 2007 entry from Ukraine tops my list of Best Batshit Crazy Eurovision Song in the History of Everything. This. This is why I watch.