Episode 5: Knitting Spotted at the Olympics!

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In this week's episode, Frenchie talks about the struggles of having multiple WIPs on the needles and Chelsea shares her ongoing #socksagashenanigans. Then they discuss the knitting that has been happening at the Olympics and try to decode what the coach of the Finnish Snowboarding team is knitting...

Show Notes

Chelsea's Project

We Love Knitting Sock Yarn!

We Love Knitting Sock Yarn!

Frenchie's Project

Left to right: Australian Woolstore, Fiber Lily, Round Table Yarns

The Fibre Muse Dreamer Issue drops this week! Click below to browse through the lookbook!


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Episode 4: What's it like being a knitter in Japan?

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In this week's episode, Frenchie invites knitter and avid-podcast listener Ayumi onto the show to talk about our experiences of being a knitter in Japan. We discuss differences (and similarities) of the knitting culture in America and Japan and share our favourite places to go shopping to get our yarn fix! Thank you Ayumi for joining me last minute to make this week's episode special and insightful!

Show Notes

Follow Ayumi on social media below!

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IG: suitephish

Twitter: @sweetfishdream

Ravelry: sweetfishknits

The Fibre Muse Podcast Episode 3: In-Depth Discussion on Vanity Fair's "Take Up Knitting"

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This week, Frenchie is joined by Chelsea and we catch up after our month long holiday break! We share our newest project on and off the needles (including Frenchie's first sock design!) and talk about Vanity Fair's "Take up knitting" statement, once again challenging the notion that knitting = being quiet. It's quite a lively and insightful discussion, with many golden nuggets shared by Chelsea in her infinite wisdom.

Show Notes:

Frenchie's Project

First FO of 2018 - socks knit up in The Australian Wool Store

First FO of 2018 - socks knit up in The Australian Wool Store

The Fibre Muse Podcast Episode 2.5: 4 Year Knitting Anniversary!

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January 2nd marked my 4th year since I picked up the knitting needles for the first time, so in today's minisode, I share my story of how I got into this craft and my journey over the years up until 2018.


I also share the projects I've been working on since returning back to "work" and a new pattern release that drops today...


Show Notes

On Frenchie's Needles:

Harnie Hoolie's Soft Minky, Warm Minky (Mink, Cashmere, Merino and Viscose blend)

Harnie Hoolie's Soft Minky, Warm Minky (Mink, Cashmere, Merino and Viscose blend)

We Love Knitting's Sock Base

We Love Knitting's Sock Base


New Pattern Release: You are Knit-Worthy

“Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.
— Parker L. Palmer

Why do we knit for other people, after all? Because we find them worthy; because we value them and we want them to know they are loved. Because we care enough about them to make something with our own two hands, just for them.

Don’t we deserve to give ourselves that same level of love and care?

When you get on an airplane they will tell you that in case of an emergency, you need to put on your own oxygen mask before you help someone else. The idea is that you can’t help anyone if you’re suffocating - and the same is true of the rest of your life! You can’t help or serve others if you’re not taking good care of yourself, first.

If you want to better serve the world, you’ve got to take care of yourself! It’s absolutely okay to put yourself first, at least every once in awhile.

So treat yourself to some indulgent knitting with the “You are Knit-Worthy” cardigan. This cardigan is worked top-down, allowing you to try it on as you go, featuring luscious cables on the back and down the sleeves. Big and cozy, it’s perfect to wrap yourself in on a chilly day with a hot cup of your favourite beverage.

The Fibre Muse Podcast Episode 2: Discussing Pantone's Color of the Year 2018

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In this week's episode, we talk about what projects we are working on and dive into Pantone's Color of the Year 2018 and discuss it from the perspective of a yarn dyer, a graphic designer/branding coach, knitwear designer, and knitter.

Also, thank you for your comments and reactions to the first episode!


Shownotes:

Claire's Project

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Cheslea's Project

Chelsea's project with her pregnancy announcement!

Chelsea's project with her pregnancy announcement!


Frenchie's Projects

Yarn Love's Goldilock's DK: Unicorn Poop

Yarn Love's Goldilock's DK: Unicorn Poop

New design in Holly and Ivy Dyeworks Speckles Rock!

New design in Holly and Ivy Dyeworks Speckles Rock!

New design in mYAK Cashmere in Pop Colors

New design in mYAK Cashmere in Pop Colors


New Pattern Release: Comfort Cowl

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." — Edith Sitwell

ometimes the best acts of comfort are the simplest ones. No need for grand gestures, nor is there a need to stress oneself over what the most appropriate course of action would be. A listening ear, a friendly touch, or a handmade knit can bring great comfort to someone in need.

The Comfort Cowl, knit up in bulky yarn, makes for a quick knit, perfect for gift giving. It’s long enough to be wrapped around the neck for a snug fit, or can be worn hanging down. The Maori wave motif serves as a unique colorwork design that is simple to knit and stunning to look at.

The Fibre Muse Podcast Episode 1: Challenging Giver Fibre Muse Stereotypes

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In the inaugural episode of the Fibre Muse Podcast, Frenchie, Claire and Chelsea talk about challenging Giver Fibre Muse Stereotypes, the power and magic the Giver Fibre Muse has on the community and share their favourite stories from the #giverchallenge.

Show Notes

Claire's Project

Siri by Linnéa Öhman

Siri by Linnéa Öhman


Chelsea's Project

Radiate by Joji Locatelli

Radiate by Joji Locatelli

Goldfinch by Drea Renee Knits

Goldfinch by Drea Renee Knits


Frenchie's Project

Holly and Ivy Dyeworks

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Our Favourite WIPs and FOs from the Giver Challenge

Click on each image to view the knitter's project page!


Fibre Muse Giver Issue

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The digital knitting publication for the knitter seeking to bring more joy, healing, connection and creativity into her life through the power and magic of her craft.


A Shield Against Grief

When grief ambushes someone I love, I want to wrap them up in my arms until the love I am pouring into them mends the tatters, stitches up the tears, and fills that empty space. Usually, I do not touch them for fear that I will break their facade and leave them helpless, crying for the remainder of the day.

To replace that hug, I create a mourning shawl. With the mourning shawl in place over their shoulders or around their neck, my friend knows my love and thoughts, and that big old hug travels with them through their day.
— LA Bourgeois

This shawl design was inspired by LA Bourgeois’s article for the Giver issue, “The Mourning Shawl”. When I asked LA what types of patterns make for an appropriate Mourning Shawl, she wrote, “My requirements for mourning shawls are that they include mostly simple knitting and can include up to three colors.” A Shield Against Grief was created to fit that description; with two simple stitch patterns that make it easy to adjust for different yarn weights or final measurements if you so desired. However, I recommend to knit it up as large as you can in heavier yarns, as so to wrap a loved one up in and bask in its warmth and comfort.

When words are inadequate to help someone’s pain, a handmade project filled with love, compassion, and empathy can go a long way. As you are working on this project for someone special, infuse each stitch with the powerful intention of healing and light. Keep in your mind why and who you are knitting it for, and that energy will radiate into the fibres. The person receiving the gift will feel the intentions and blessings every time they wrap the shawl around them or run their fingers across the fabric.

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Yarns Used: Shibui Drift (Worsted; 85% Extra Fine Merino, 15% Cashmere; 110 yds/101m). 4 skeins in Ash.
Needle: US10.5 (6.5mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle. A long circular needle is recommended, in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.
Yardage: 440 yds (400 meters).
Gauge: 20 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in St. st after blocking. Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.
Other Notions: Darning needle, stitch markers.
Final Measurements: Wingspan: 66 inches (167cm); Depth: 17 inches (43cm).