Ep 89: Bobby Bobbles

When I visited Isabel and Nick at their mill recently, I came home full of inspiration for giving things a go, taking chances and really investing wholeheartedly in something. Fueled with romantic notions of creating beautiful yarn in our backyard, I suggested to Mr Myrtle that we might buy a mini-mill. Strangely, he wasn't keen.

So, I resolved to make the most of the scrummy yarn that Isabel and Nick create at Great Ocean Road Mill and set about to design a hat that would be warm, fun, and ready for any adventure. That hat was Bobby; a super-soft, deliciously-toasty, bobbly hat.

This week I'm showing you my hat and having a lovely long chat with Isabel and Nick from Great Ocean Road Mill. They give us a mill tour and talk us through the process of making yarn and then we sit down to hear all about their story. They're completely delightful and truly making magic.

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COLOURFUL KAL

Come and join us in the Ravelry group with your colourful wip!

BOBBY HAT

Fancy a cosy bobbly knit? Grab yours here - don't forget to use the code BOBBY for a 10% discount.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD MILL

Find Great Ocean Road Mill and their lovely yarn on their website. If you want to try some of their La Bella yarn for your Bobby hat, grab it here.

Happy knitting!

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Ep 88: Zabadoo!

I've got an exciting episode for you today so grab a hot drink and your knitting and settle in for a look at lots of pretty things that'll get your creative juices flowing :)

GORGEOUS THINGS FROM MELBOURNE

I fell in love with Maker Maker, Em's beautifully curated store. It's a must visit if you're ever in Melbourne. It was super hard to choose just one thing but I bought some super-soft ethical merino dyed by Knitcraft & Knittery.

Fibresmith is a real treat. The range of fabric is stunning and some Merchant & Mills linen and Japanese seersucker cotton had to come home with me. Send me some sewing vibes please?!

ZABADOO

I'm enormously thrilled to be collaborating with Loop, London on this fun design.

Zabadoo is a large, striking wrap that put a spring in your step when you snuggle it around you.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry and if you want kits, including a printed pattern and beautiful yarn all wrapped up in a gorgeous cotton Loop project bag, you can choose from three lovely colourway combos.

Loop have also written a cool blog post all about the me and the design :)

COME SAY HI!

I'll be at Woolfest all day on Saturday 26 May 2018. Come and say hi! and try on all the knitwear at the Corban's Estate Centre, Henderson, Auckland, 10-4pm.

On Monday 28 May I'll be camped out at Stitch & Bitch lounge cafe, 225 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland, from 10-5pm. Come and join in the opening party fun!

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Thanks for listening! Have a great couple of weeks and enjoy loads of knitting :)

Lib xxx

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Ep 87: Wool Gathering Adventures (& chats with Great Ocean Road Mill and Tom at Tarndie)

I'm back from Wool Gathering absolutely filled to the brim with happy vibes, positive energy and laughter. Karen has created a truly amazing retreat and if you are able to go next year, go!

This week I've attempted to include a couple of video snippets too. They're not perfect but I hope you get a feel of Nick & Isabell from Great Ocean Road Mill and Tom from Tarndie. I was so inspired by the work that Tarndie and Great Ocean Road Mill are doing towards more sustainable farming and yarn production and I hope to be able to bring you more news of what they're up to soon.

CATCH UP WITH ME!

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WOOL GATHERING

I spoke to Karen last year, she's a wonderful woman and she has created such a fantastic retreat: 

Find out more about Wool Gathering events here.

TARNDIE YARN

Check out all the gorgeous yarn that Tarndie created. Their stunning Polwarth comes in fingering and DK weights and a lovely range of natural and dyed colours. Briony Singleton developed a range of colours that echo the history and beauty of Tarndie - it's hard to choose which is my favourite! I think you'll love this beautiful short video from Tarndie about their Origins yarn :)

My new Piper cardigan uses Tarndie Origins DK

Maycroft shawl uses both Tarndie Polwarth fingering and Origins 4ply yarn.

Check out all about Tarndie here. You can shop online and also stay there!

GREAT OCEAN ROAD MILL

I am so inspired by Nick and Isabel and their work at Great Ocean Road Mill. They have a passion and determination to create beautiful, sustainable yarn that shines through in their yarn. It's truly stunning.

I'll twist their arm to come back on the podcast for a chat. In the meantime, you can buy their beautiful yarn online here.

EVA YARN

Fancy trying some of the newly released Eva yarn developed by Tom, Nick & Isabel? It's gorgeous and would be beautiful for a warm wrap or cosy sweater. You can buy it online now at Great Ocean Road Mill.

See you soon!

Libby xxx