Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Podcast Episode 24

Hi there! I'm back! Here are my show notes for Episode 24 taped on Father's Day, June 18, 2017 all about my recent trip to Toronto, Ontario:

I showed my Canada 150 inspired needle minder (that I also use to hold my rug hooking hook and embroidery scissors) from Paula at Kelmscott Designs and available through

The first yarn store I visited was Yarns Untangled where I bought two skeins of handed yarn from Riverside Studio, a Canadian indie dyer in Wakefield, Quebec. I purchased her 80/20 SW merino/nylon sock yarn in the 'Creek' (the one for my husband) and 'Little Burgundy' (the one for me) colour ways.

The next day I headed off to two more yarns shops but only talked about one of them in this podcast - Ewe Knits! I LOVED Ewe Knits!

Lovely fairly traded project bag sewn by Madres Salters for Ewe Knits.

Book on felting is called 'Felt With Love' by Madeleine Millington (Search Press) also purchased at Ewe Knits.

Two sheets of wooden felt were purchased at Ewe Knits.

Grace Handwarmers kit (free pattern) by Ewe Knits in Lang Cashmere premium chocolate (067) and aqua (172).

Muskoka Shawl (free pattern) by Ewe Knits in Blue Sky Fibres Wolstock Worsted yarn in colours Storm Cloud, Cast Iron, Earth Ivy and Golden Meadow.


I did this podcast backwards and showed my WIPS last!

First up was my The Age of Brass and Steel (free pattern) shawl knit in Legacy Fiber Artz colour way 'Four Main Food Groups' a Christmas  colour way inspired by the movie 'Elf'.

Secondly were my husband's socks knit using Susan B. Anderson's Smooth Operator socks (paid pattern). I managed to fix and finish both after thought heels!

Hope you enjoy the podcast!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Podcast Episode 23

This week I talk about:

Finding me on Ravelry at 4boysandanlgirl
Ravelry Group Thread for the podcast: Four Boys and a NL Girl Podcast
Instagram: fourboysandanlgirl


Dishcloths! Easy pattern (from the ball band) also found at the Sweet Bee Buzzings Blog. Using Bernat dishcloth cotton yarn.


Yarn used: Norah George Hand Dyed Luxury Yarn on her Blenheim Base Colourway: Fleur Delacour

Auspice Shawl by Lisa Mutch (paid pattern)

Held in my purple gnome pattern bag from Strand Designs Ireland.

Travel News:

Visiting Toronto and Kingston, Ontario from June 8 - 13, 2017
Atlantic Knitscape September 22, 2017 weekend (in Ireland from September 22 - 28th, 2017)

Crafty Spring Make Along OVER tomorrow, May 31, 2017! Thanks so much for joining us. Last minute additions to mine and Barbara's (Knitting I Love podcast) Ravelry threads.

Presents from Viewers:

Sheep sock bag from Knit2Scrap2 in Manitoba (The Knit2Scrap2 Store Inc. on Facebook)

Knitting pin from Stash Yarn Lounge in Calgary, Alberta.

Tea cup progress keeper and stitch markers from YarnCandyStudio.

Lavender soap from the Rocky Mountain Soap Company.

Huge pom pom by Bernat from the Prairie Lily Knitting shop.

Selection of teas.

Gradient sock kit from Hiloris Yarnorium from Manitoba.

BFL fingering weight yarn from Flock Fibre Yarns from Alberta, Colourway: Sunset Soon Forgotten.

Thanks SO MUCH, C in MB!


Lovely minis, Fantastic Beasts pin, Lion Brand Measuring tape, and wooden puzzle barrel. Thank YOU SO MUCH, R in NJ!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Episode 22 Podcast Show Notes

Hi there! I'm baaacccckkkkk;)!

In the podcast I mentioned:

Joanna (aka OperaJo) from the Stitching the High Notes podcast

Bernat dishcloth pattern: Basic Knit Dishcloth

Gorgeous draw string sock bag with cups of cocoa material by Lynne from her SunshineandBubblegum Etsy shop. Check out her Sunshine and Bubblegum podcast too!

Kayleen from the LittleBeanCrochet shop on Etsy collaborated with Lynne to create this beautiful bag and yarn set (yarn not shown) around Christmas 2016 time frame. Stay tuned to both of them for future collaborations!


Brattleboro Hat by Melissa LaBarre found in the New England Knits book in collaboration with Cecily Glowick MacDonald. Great book of patterns!

Yarn used for the Brattleboro Hat is from Sweet Fiber yarns from British Columbia, Canada. This is their merino DK in the Spanish Coin colour way.

Mentioned wanting a sweater's quantify of Sweet Fiber yarn in the Spanish Coin colour way for the Middlefield Pullover by Melissa LaBarre in the same New England Knits book above.

Next WIP in my Molly Klein Designs sweater sized bag.

Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli. Gorgeous pattern but I'm ruining it!

Using Smith & Ewe yarn from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada in her Borealis colour way on Maryanne's Socks base.

Showed off my Close to You shawl by Lete's Knits (free pattern).

I ordered from more skeins of the same colour way as in my Close to You shawl from Strand Designs Ireland in the Wild Atlantic colour way. LOVE them! One to knit for a friend and one to use as an eventual podcast give away.

The beautiful project bag also came from Strand Designs as did the progress keeper and stitch markers.

Cross stitch kit 'Believe' designed by Mary Engelbreit found via Ebay.

This week's footage from Cape Spear, NL, the most Easterly point in North America.

But, with the camera cutting out all the time, I forgot to mention mine and Barbara's (from Knitting I love Podcast) Crafty Spring MAL on until the end of May 2017! Follow our threads in Ravelry for details and to join and post your projects.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Day Eight: Why Start a Podcast?

Some of my long time readers might be wondering where this idea to start a podcast came from so I thought I'd write a little about that.

I only started listening to podcasts at the end of the 2016 school year just after I'd been reading Sandra's Cherry Heart blog (which I highly recommend!) and her post talking about the Legacy Knit's podcast and Sue's 'stitching revolution'. You can read Sandra's post here. I was cross stitching again and feeling like everyone I knew had cross stitched years ago but had given it up besides myself and one close friend of mine (Hi, L!). So, I looked up the podcast and had a listen and, behold! A fan was born! I loved it! I loved hearing about their knitting and stitching projects and I loved their mother and daughter interaction (Sue and her daughter Chelsea co-host the Legacy Artz podcast). From there I looked into other podcasts that they mentioned and found myself down a rabbit hole and into a land that I had no idea existed.

The same thing happened to me about ten years ago when I found The Yarn Harlot's blog and, as a result, I started my blog Fibreholic. I found a community of like minded people that lived and breathed the making/crafting life that I too aspire to and manage to live some (most) days. 

It's hard to believe I wrote my first blog post ten years ago. Many, MANY knitting and crafting blogs have come and gone in that period of time and certainly my own two blogs have had times of empty but I've always come back to it. I love writing and this interactive, electronic community is something that I love and am continually inspired by.

So, I decided that if I'd had the nerve to write my first blog post ten years ago and look how much I've gained from that experience, then I could take a leap of faith and start a podcast too. Podcasting is a little more real, a little more raw and shows you a different side of personal that a written blog offers. Yes, I can get more intimate here on the blog than I'm likely to get on the podcast as my written voice is sometimes a quicker route to my soul but here there is some anonymity in that you can't actually see or hear me and I can edit out a sentence or paragraph that is too raw. With the podcast, my accent, my baby weight (can you call it that after your last baby is now five years old?!?), my double chins are there for all to see. Frankly, the first two podcasts were terrifying.

But, like most leaps of faith I've taken once I've forced myself over that hump of fear, I'm loving the experience. I'm meeting new people from all over the world. Like minded people like me. Some with children, some without, some with three (and four!) boys and some with three and four cats and dogs. It doesn't matter; somehow my little podcast is resonating with people and I am so happy about that.

There you have it - why I started a podcast. And the experience has been so good.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Day Seven: Fourboysandanlgirl Episode 3 Show Notes

Oops! I forgot to publish my show notes for Episode Three before publishing the show notes from Episode Four. Forgive me... and my apologies for the baaaaad screen shot picture below;)!

Gorgeous footage taken from Quidi Vidi Village, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Instagram: fourboysandanlgirl
Ravelry: 4boysandanlgirl

Ayrton Sweater by Jane Ellis (AKA Commitment Sweater) using Plymouth Yarns' Mushishi yarn in the Harvest colour way.

Short Sleeved Quick Knitted Cardigan by A Crafty House (Paid Pattern) in Lions Brand Wool-Ease Tonal colour Royal Blue.

Project Bag by Mrs. Brown's Bags

Hitchhiker shawl by Martina Behm using Little Bean Loves gradient Merino Cashmere Nylon (MCN) in the colour way 011.

Knit Along (KAL) with Lynne's Sunshine and Bubblegum Podcast.

Shawl KAL with Barbara's Knitting I Love Podcast.

Traditional rug hooking designed by me using a variety of natural and manmade fibres.

Rug hooking inspired by Deanne Fitzpatrick's style of hooking.

Noro Kureyon is the name of the yarn I used for whip stitching my fish rug's edges.

Podcast Love:

Christina at The Cozy Knitter also co-hosts the Dye Another Day podcast with Amanda of The Yarn Enabler Etsy shop.

Barbara at Knitting I Love podcast.

Kayleen from the Little Bean and Me podcast.

Katie at Inside Number 23's Podcast Colour work KAL.

Upcoming Patterns:

Yarn Cocoon By Cindy Moisant using Noro Kureyon (see above).

Movie Night Mittens by Betty Clay. I'm planning on using Richard Devries' worsted weight super wash yarn in colour way's Jewelbox, I.L.Y. and Oz Opal.

Caramel Slouch by Tin Can Knits in stash yarn.


Cast On Cast Off

Canada Post Deliveries/Stash Enhancement:

Four Main Food Groups yarn on their MCN base from LegacyKnitz.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Day Six: Fourboysandanlgirl Episode 4 Show Notes

I can't believe it but I posted Episode Four of my podcast today. It's amazing that I'm enjoying it this much. The picture above will bring you to YouTube and the podcast. Subscribe if you're inclined!

Show Notes:

Ravelry: 4boysandanlgirl
Instagram: Fourboysandanlgirl

Ayrton sweater by Jane Ellis. Click here for my project page on Ravelry. Plymouth Mushishi 100% wool yarn in the Harvest colour way.

My apologies - I forgot to add a picture of me wearing my new sweater. Stay tuned!

Caramel Slouch by Tin Can Knits (paid pattern) in Fine Merino 100% Superwash by Diamond Luxury Yarns.

Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits (free pattern on Ravelry).

Podcast Love:

Inside Number 23
Twitch and Stitch
Paws 4 Stitches

Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm in Little Bean Loves Merino Cashmere Nylon (MCN) in the colour way 011.

Short Sleeved Quick Knitted Cardigan by A Crafty House (paid pattern) in Lion Brand Wool-East Tonal.

Upcoming Project:

Drake Cowl (free pattern) by Estelle Yarns using Drake yarn.

Pretty row house stitch markers from Dawn's Creations.

100 Subscriber Contest! Details to follow next week.

This episode's ocean footage was taped in beautiful Flatrock, NL.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Day Five: Fall Colours

I love Fall. It's my favourite season likely influenced by the fact that I'm a November baby;). I love the smell in the air, the crisp temperatures (sweater weather - yeah!), the change in the leaves. One thing I miss about several of the houses that we've lived in over the years not here in NL are the change of leaf colours.

Our current home was a new build when we bought it. Sadly, most newly built homes are placed on land that has been levelled of trees and our plot was no different. We are lucky to have a thick frame of trees on our property's perimeter but they are mostly black spruce and fir trees with two or three dogberry (Mountain Ash) trees scattered in for good measure. As you drive closer to downtown St. John's, the older, stately trees have just started to come into their own with Fall colours.

I thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane and I pulled some pictures from our time in Ottawa and Middleton, Nova Scotia to show off some of the trees and fall festivities close to where we were living years ago that I'm missing now.

The Rideau River from the Quebec side.

Orange, yellow and red reflections.

Wouldn't this make a gorgeous colour way for yarn?

These leaves remind me of crisp apples.

Moving onto Nova Scotia I couldn't find many pictures of the turn of the leaves. But, I did find pictures of Kentville, NS where the pumpkin people start to arrive at this time of year. If you happen to be near the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia right now, go and check them out.

Is there anything that screams 'Fall' more than pumpkin people walking through the leaves?

How are the leaves where you are?