20 November 2015

Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 13!

episode 13 - interview with Jude


I'm excited to be bringing you the first in a my wandering series of interviews; "Our Wardrobe Stories". This collection will be a medley of stories exploring the idea of a handmade wardrobe that I'll pop into the regular podcast series from time to time.

I'm kicking the series off today with an interview with someone right on my doorstep, my mum Jude. Jude grew up in the 1950's in New Zealand and, as you will hear, she wore a handmade wardrobe.  But, back then making your clothes wasn't a lifestyle choice, it was a lifestyle. And, she wasn't alone - most of the families that she knew lived that way too.

Join mum and I for a journey through her memories of growing up handmade.

If you have your own wardrobe stories, we'd love to hear all about them - tag your photos with #ourwardrobestories on Instagram :)


Libby xxx

p.s. The fabulous song on my podcast is "Casting On" from the very clever NZ band Mr Roberelli - you can find them here.











13 November 2015

Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 12!

Welcome to the Truly Myrtle Podcast!

I'm chatting about new yarn, the forthcoming Gift-A-Long and my Sew A Long, Southern Hemisphere Christmas celebrations, my favourite podcasts, my new shawl pattern and upcoming interviews today. Grab your knitting and a cuppa and enjoy!

Things I talk about:

Allison from Freckles & Purls asked me about our Kiwi Holiday celebrations ...
Here's our beautiful NZ Christmas tree - the Pohutukawa

Podcasts you should check out:

What I'm wearing:

My new Yarn:

Sew-along Fun:
Use the tag #saltmarshskirtsal

Pattern News:
My new Pokiha shawl pattern uses gorgeous DK alpaca from Gum Tree Gully
You'll need approx 200g of DK yarn

The Great Big Gift-A-Long
Whopping 25% discount from 18 November - 27 November with the code "giftalong2015"
Check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long thread on Ravelry for more info and details about knitalongs.

I've been reading the Magic Art of Tidying by Marie Kondo

Thank you for listening :)
Happy knitting!

30 October 2015

Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 11!

podcast 11

It's my first just audio podcast! 

Thank you for popping by for a listen. 

I'm chatting about all sorts today - my recent creative adventures with pottery, what's on my needle, patterns that are in the wings, sewing I've been doing and tidying. 

Grab your knitting and a cuppa and enjoy! 

Libby xxx



18 October 2015

Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 10!

Hello! I'm back with another podcast - you'll see that you can watch me on youtube or listen to me on iTunes. I've also uploaded the audio version to Stitcher too - although it might be a few days before you can listen to it there.

I'll always put a link to the audio podcast here - there's one below! 

If there's anywhere else you like to listen to podcasts, let me know and I'll make sure you can find me there too!

Happy knitting!

This episode I'm talking about:

The Stitch Along - we had over 100 finished objects! Wow! Were you a winner?

Big Dotty - my new shawl pattern is a large crescent wrap with tons of texture & fun bobbles knitted in scrummy DK yarn.

Aoraki - is my latest hat design. Knitted in glorious Vanitas DK from Outlaw yarn it's full of texture and super cosy & fun.

The Magic Art of Tidying by Marie Kondo - I'm reading this book and having a go at spring cleaning ... sort of!

Catch me on iTunes here!

Talk soon!

9 October 2015

New Pattern! Aoraki Hat



I've told you many times about my love of Outlaw Yarn and especially Vanitas, their delicious DK weight blend of alpaca and merino. It's a stunning yarn, baby soft and dyed in rich, solid colour ways. When I had two balls left after knitting my Epistrophy cardigan early this year, I knew I had to design something special for it.


And, after wearing my cardigan all winter, I decided I wanted to knit up my Vanitas into a cosy hat. Vanitas is silky soft to wear, super warm and it has great drape - perfect for a slouchy beanie-style hat.

I just love how the yarn looks knitted in garter so I decided to make that the focus of my design. The garter brim is nice and snug so it won't slip but without being too tight.

The garter then flows into the texture of the hat and I've mixed it with a neat wee two stitch cable that you can knit without a cable needle (I've made a tutorial showing you how and I've linked to it in the pattern).


Finally, I've popped a pom pom on top. Mine is pretty huge! Go big or go home I say ;)

I make my pom pom's the old fashioned way - with two pieces of cardboard cut like a couple of donuts. I wind and wind and wind ... until it's stuffed full. Then I snip it and wrap a piece of yarn around the centre, pulling it nice and tight.


My hat is named after New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki. It's a snowy, beautiful place and I decided it was the perfect name for a snuggly, fun hat.

You could substitute another soft DK yarn to make Aoraki - but if you want one the same as mine - you'll need two balls of Vanitas from Outlaw Yarn; one ball of "Bone" for the body and one ball of Ebony for the pom pom.