Friday, December 1, 2017

Four Boys and a NL Girl Episode 31 Podcast

I'm fighting a cold so please excuse the husky voice!

My first FO is another of Helen Stewart's Ice River Hat (paid pattern on Ravelry) in a single ply, 100% merino locally hand dyed yarn by Kumi Soddart. I also mentioned that I bought a fingering weight merino in the same colour way that I intend to knit into Helen Stewart's Knitvent 2017 Land of Sweets Cowl (paid pattern on Ravelry). Still need to put the pom pom on that hat!

My second finished object was a little snowman ornament that I made at the St. John's MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre) at craft morning on Wednesday.

Finally, I showed off my rug hooked wonky row houses mounted on wood for a local Christmas Craft Fair coming up this weekend.

I introduced you to Madison, our foster beagle dog through the Beagle Paws organization. We are having great fun with her!

Next was showing you the BFF Cowl that Victoria (from the Victoria Knits podcast) and I are knitting for the Pen Pal KAL hosted by Lucky Jenny Knits, Jenny and Paws for Stitches, Candy. It is due by December 31, 2017!!! We each knit a half to exchange and then another exactly the same to keep.

Then I talked about two December KALs that I'm going to be involved with. The first is the "A Canadian Afghan, Eh! Pillow KAL" with the lovely ladies from the Fibre Friends podcast, Caroline, Louise and Adrienne. Everyone is welcome to join in! I purchased the book for this KAL as I want to knit the Canada flag block. However, the 'Eh' square for the pillow is available from GC Designs on Ravelry for $6 ($1 off when you use the coupon code PODKAL) if you want to knit that 14" square pillow.

This December, I am also going to knit with the Project Peace KAL on a DK weight shawl designed by The Healthy Knitter's Christina. This is a paid pattern on Ravelry (only $3 which is donated to one of three organizations) and the concept is to work on the project each of the first 21 days of December, ending on International Peace Day on December 21st. I'm using a white Debbie Bliss Cash-merino for the project.

A HUGE thank you for all the support during the forced break I had to take from podcasting due to depression. I'm feeling much better now, thank you!


A Mid Century crochet kit from Kaleidoscope City as a treat for me for under the Christmas tree. The box contained a lovely project bag, a number 3 crochet hook with handmade clay handle, two small styrofoam balls for the ornaments, the pattern and four gorgeous mini skeins to complete the ornaments.

My next bundle was from Prairie Dye Studio - stitch markers and a gorgeous cashmere/merino/stellina sparkle colour way Silver Bell skein. BEAUTIFUL!

Knit Picks had a sale and I purchased two balls of Candy Shop and two balls of Punch Bug Felici sock yarn. I also purchased three books: "Toasty Toes: Socks for all Seasons," "Soctacular" and "Merry Knitmas."

I also did some cross stitch patterns from The Cottage Needle on Etsy. 2017 Santa from Prairie Schooler and three Hands on Design patterns: Wreath Houses as well as two Chalkboard Ornament patterns in the 'Be Jolly, Be Merry and Believe' kit and 'Glad Tidings, Great Joy, Good Will to All" kit. I also purchased some 32 Count Belfast linen in 'Gunmetal'.

Again, thanks so much for all of your support!

Patty XO

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Episode 30

Back again! This week I talk about two finished objects (FOs)!!!

Ice River Hat by Helen Stewart, a paid pattern available on Ravelry.

and my husband's Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson another paid pattern on Ravelry, using West Yorkshire Spinner BFL sock yarn blend in the Pheasant colour way.

I then talked about my WIPs (works in progress):

My Easy Garter Stitch 4 Patch Baby Blanket, a free pattern on Ravelry and

I'm back to working on the very beautiful Snowmelt Shawl by Helen Stewart, a paid pattern on Ravelry. I have hopes of finishing it this month!

I also talked about wanting to knit three more of Helen Stewart's shawls: Hundred Acre Wood, Surprise Party and her Knitvent 2017 collection.

I then moved onto acquisitions and showed off a polar bear rug hooking kit I'd purchased from the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council's 2017 Christmas Fair that morning and made by Molly Made Fibre Art Studio.

I was also very pleased to show off some NL hand dyed yarn from also found at the Christmas Fair.

I then announced the winner of the podiversary prize pulled from the YouTube comments from Episode 29. The winner is: Betsy Queen! Betsy, please PM me on Instagram to I can get your goodies to you.

As ever, thanks for watching!

Patty XO

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Four Boys and a NL Girl Episode 28

Back from a short hiatus, this weeks podcast includes the following:

My felt Christmas FO ornament that I made. It's my own creation/design.

The Easy 4 Square Baby Blanket that I'm making for my new little niece out of Caron Cakes in the Rainbow Sprinkles and Rainbow Sherbet colour ways. Not the perfect match but it'll have to do.

I showed off my new fall project bag from Sunshine & Bubblegum and the project inside that I'm working on out of Caron Cake leftovers is the Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits (free pattern on Ravelry). Hopefully I can sew up that hole I have;)!

I also showed the goodies that Lynne from Sunshine and Bubblegum sent me with the project bag - two progress keepers in the form of a little fox and an owl. She was also so sweet and generous and sent me two balls of Knit Picks Felici yarn - my first time feeling this yarn that I've heard so much about! I'm one lucky lady!

I also talked about my pair of socks FO that I sent to my pen pal, Victoria. I just showed a picture of these as they are in the mail en route to Victoria as I type.

I inserted information about the Fall Make a Long that Lynne and I are hosting until November 15th. I am hosting the chatter thread and Lynne is hosting the FO thread.

I apologize if I'm forgetting anything from the podcast as I'm typing this while its trying to upload to YouTube and I cannot view the podcast at the same time.

Until next time!!

Patty XO

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Four Boys and a NL Girl in Ireland - Episode 27

This podcast was taped during my recent trip to Ireland for Atlantic Knitscape - a knitting and crocheting retreat - from September 21 - 28th, 2017. I was lucky enough to partner with Catherine Hastings, the genius and host behind Knitscape, for this podcast. Lucky luck!

We talked about:

Kate from Hawthorn Cottage Craft's lovely project bags (Hi, Kate!)

Catherine showed off her gorgeous second rendition of Joji Locatelli's Pure Joy shawl using yarn from Strand Designs and Urban GypZ yarn.

We showed off our Close to You shawls from Lete's Knits, a free pattern on Ravelry. Mine was knit in Strand Designs fingering weight 'Wild Atlantic' colour way and Catherine's was knit in Dublin Dye Company's merino sock yarn in the colour way 'Powerscourt'.

I spoke about my on going Madewell Cardigan by Joji Locatelli (paid pattern on Ravelry) using Smith and Ewe's Maryanne's socks yarn in 'Borealis'.

I showed off my progress on my pen pal Victoria's (from the Victoria Knits podcast) shortie socks using Krityum Handmade's Toe Up Sock Recipe, a paid pattern on Ravelry.

I also showed the hat that I'm knitting using a new style of knitting called 'Russian Speed Knitting' that I learned from an Atlantic Knitscape participant. I was supposed to be using Knitting Expat's new Seeded Path Collection but I've changed to a simple vanilla hat pattern that I'm making up as I go along and am knitting in Estelle Chunky in a cream colour.

Catherine showed off her vanilla sock using Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy yarn.

Catherine also showed her finished Pure Joy shawl knit in Irish Fairy Tale yarns in a navy and another hand dyed yarn. She also showed a plain vanilla sock knit in a speckles and stripes yarn by Strand Designs Ireland as well.


Both Catherine and I (and another friend, Siobhan) were lucky enough to score a skein each of a brand new Indie dyer in Ireland's yarn - Babbles Yarns (Grace) in a merino single, colour way 'Inishturk'.

I then showed the yarn that I intend to use for a Chateau Rouge shawl - a paid pattern on Ravelry. I bought Babbles Yarn in 'Storm Cloud' and two Merino Nep Strand Designs yarns in 'Magenta' and 'Charcoal'.

I then showcased two more skeins that I hope to knit into yet another Pure Joy shawl - 'Old Town' by Babbles Yarns and 'Beachcomber' by Strand Designs.

I showed off two wool/alpaca and a wool/silk blend that I won at the Knitscape raffle Saturday night. Sadly, these yarns are no longer available.

Thanks so much for joining me on my Irish adventure!

XO Patty

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Episode 26

Taped on a beautiful sunny day from my front deck (bridge we call it here;)!):

Showed off the beautiful socks that Victoria, my pen pal who is from the Victoria Knits podcast, knit for me using the Hermoine's Everyday Socks pattern on Ravelry (free pattern download).

HO alert! Showed off the first of a pair of shortie socks that I'm knitting for my pen pal friend Victoria in Patons Kroy (toes, heel and cuff) in the Sherbet colour way and using H'Ewe Phoria yarn from Ontario, Canada.

Showed off SS's sock cards from Krityum Handmade.

SS also gave a copy of her newest pattern - the Tircha Shawl Recipe on Ravelry - to my podcast viewers. Go to Ravelry under the Tircha Shawl pattern giveaway thread under the Four Boys and a NL Girl Podcast group to enter your chance to win a copy of this lovely pattern! This pattern is also currently ON SALE until September 20, 2017 for 25% off in case you want to gift it to a friend!

I talked about two new to me podcasts that I've been enjoying: Dag from the Dag Byrd (Ziawoolz) podcast and Kay and Tom Jones from The Bakery Bears podcast.

And, last but not least, I talked a bit about my new Etsy shop where I now sell cross stitch kits and digital patterns inspired by the landscape and architecture of Newfoundland and Labrador!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Podcast Episode 25

The end of our summer holidays and the first week of school!

No FO's! Boo...!


Easy Garter Stitch 4 Patch Baby Blanket - free pattern on Ravelry. Knitting using two Caron Cakes in  Rainbow Sherbet 17023 and Faerie Cake 17010 using vintage 6 mm needles.

Talked about my pen pal Victoria from the Victoria Knits podcast. Go check her podcast out! She is so sweet!

The pen pal group is hosted by Paws 4 Stitches, Candy, and Jenny from Lucky Jenny Knits. Both of these lovely ladies host podcasts by those names so be sure to check them out too though it's too late to sign up for the pen pal program.

I showed off my progress on my shortie socks for my pen pal using Patons Kroy in Sherbet (toes, heels and cuffs) and using H'Ewe Phoria yarn, a Canadian indie dyed yarn  (Rhonda Kellett on Instagram) in the colour way 'Hot Diggity.'

Showed off my Molly Klein Designs bag where my Madewell Cardigan, paid pattern by Joji Locatelli, is housed. I'm using Smith and Ewe yarn in the Borealis colour way using two different dye lots.

Stash Enhancement:

I showed off four gorgeous skeins of yarn from the lovely Yarn Enabler, Amanda. The first two skeins are in the colour way 'Northern Lights' on her sparkle base. The next skein and mini is her 'Not Your Mother's Sock Monkey' set. The final skein of yarn was a gift from Amanda (that I'm going to keep. Bad Patty!) in the colour way 'Fall Into It' which is a new colour way for her. It might be available at the Kitchener-Waterloo Fibrefest coming up this weekend.

Now, lets see when Youtube will upload this episode! Overnight I hope!

Chat soon!


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.