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Love my theme music? Check out Mr Roberelli and all their great songs :)
Welcome back to the Truly Myrtle Podcast! Episode 52 is full of fun knitting talk and a review of the lovely book Yoked by Hannah Fettig.
Have you joined our Ravelry group yet? Come find us and join in the chatter!
POP UP SHOW
In Auckland on Sunday 26 March? Find me and Helene from Happy-Go-Knitty at our pop up shop!
PATTERNS FOR YOUR LYS
Fancy seeing Truly Myrtle patterns in your LYS? A range of my patterns are now available as print copies from Deep South Fibers :)
I'm sharing my thoughts on Hannah Fettig's book Yoked in this episode. All the garments are knitted with Quince & Co.'s Owl yarn.
I mention Kate Davies and her fabulous colourwork resources.
Have a great weekend!
Thank you for all your lovely comments about reaching 50 episodes! It makes me really happy to think of you knitting, traveling and doing your dishes ;) while you're listening!
So many people entered the giveaway! Your tips about gauge were fantastic and I've chosen some to share with you.
Congratulations to the winners! If you'd drop me a line to let me know your address, that would be great.
I mention the Knitbot App in the show. I've found it really useful for estimating yarn amounts for projects and can thoroughly recommend it.
Have a great weekend!
Love Lib xxx
Welcome to the 50th episode!! 50! that's so cool!
There's a fabulous giveaway this week - scroll down for details of prizes and how to enter ...
I'm chatting about three new patterns this week - use the code GODDESS and receive a 15% discount till the end of the weekend. The offer is available if you buy 1, 2 or all 3 patterns.
Pull Pearl over your jeans and voila! you've got relaxed elegance. Pearl is a pretty sweater that's going to make you feel gorgeous and feminine, whether you're curled up with a book or heading out for coffee. The A-line body and three-quarter length sleeves are flattering and easy to wear, and the simple lace panel and i-cord neck-line give a really special finish.
Knitted seamlessly from the top, you'll enjoy soothing, relaxing knitting all the way to the hem. The lace is a simple, intuitive repeat perfect for knitting and chatting and is included in written and charted form. Sleeves are picked up around the armhole and the sleeve caps shaped with short rows
Blurry eyed, you slip out of bed, wrap your hands around a steaming cup of coffee and, stepping outside, raise your eyes to the east. Slowly, gently, the new day begins. Pull your shawl closer around your shoulders and hold on to the remnants of warmth from your bed. A golden glow teases the landscape and whispers of hope. This is Flindra, a celebration of the magical moment as night meets day and darkness is filled with light.
Knitted from side to side, Flindra is an escape into delicious texture. You’ll relax to the rhythm of simple stitches, subtle colour play and delightful shifts in direction with easy increases and decreases. The pattern includes written and charted instructions plus links to tutorials, and is perfectly suited to experienced knitters and adventurous beginners.
Hemera is the hat you’ll reach for time and time again. She’s graceful with a nod to fun and she’ll keep your head toasty on the coldest of days. Featuring all over lace and texture, Hemera is quick and postively addictive to knit. The winding stitches are quick to master and the oversized lace intuitive to follow. Add a fluffy pom pom for a splash of cute or enjoy the stunning crown detail without.
Knitted from the bottom up and in the round, Hemera is perfect for experienced knitters and beginners looking for a challenge. The pattern includes written and charted instructions, plus links to tutorials that make knitting new stitches a breeze.
All three patterns use a brand new DK yarn from Outlaw Yarn - Nyx. It's a delicious blend of Polwarth and Silk and this weekend you can buy it online and in store at Edie & Co.
Fancy joining a knit along? Pop over to the Outlaw Yarn facebook group for more details!
I'm chatting about gauge this week and I've got my mum Jude for company. Jude does not swatch. I do. It's an interesting conversation as I talk to her about why gauge swatching is a good idea and try to convince her to give it a go ....
It's a celebration and I've got four GORGEOUS skeins of yarn to give away to 4 lucky winners this week! They're from:
To enter: leave me a comment below and tell me about you and gauge swatching. Do you? If not, have I convinced you? What tips can you add for a new swatcher?
Entries close 9am Friday 10th March (NZ time). Winners will be announced on the next podcast. Stay tuned!
Welcome back to episode 49 of the Truly Myrtle podcast!
This week I'm sharing the 5 steps I take when I want to do a new project but I feel nervous!
Do you have any tips you've found helpful? Come share them in the Ravelry group.
Don't forget to mark your diaries - I'll be Edie & Co. in Cambridge, New Zealand next Saturday 4th March for a pop up event. Come and say "hi!" and see my new patterns launching next Friday.
Have you ordered your copy of Woods from Making Stories yet? Woods is being created by two creative women in Berlin and is being funded by a crowd funding campaign running now. I'm signing up for my copy! It looks set to be a beautiful publication, full of garment patterns, a few accessories and lots of interesting articles, tutorials and interviews.
Have a happy weekend!
Hello! Welcome to another episode of the Truly Myrtle podcast!
This week on the podcast I'm chatting about wearing knitwear in all seasons, the emotional roller coaster when knits go missing and sharing my most worn knits of the summer.
You can find more details about my stripey cardigan here: https://www.trulymyrtle.com/blog//2013/07/the-big-reveal-outfit-5.html
And my Audrey cardigan here: https://www.trulymyrtle.com/blog//2013/02/outfit-1-big-reveal.html
NEW PATTERNS COMING
Come find me on Instagram to catch glimpses of new patterns in the works!
PLACES I'LL BE in 2017
- Edie & Co. in Cambridge 4 March 10 - 2pm. Come and join me at this gorgeous yarn shop and see my newly released designs in gorgeous newly released yarn from Outlaw Yarn!
Come squish their gorgeous yarn! Including the brand new batch of The Farmers Daughter Fibers, handdyed yarn all the way from the US.
- Woolfest is being held on 27 May 2017 at the Corban's Estate, Henderson. It's free entry and I can't wait to see you there! 10 - 4pm.
- It'll be my first year at Woolfeast! Saturday 17 June 2017, 10 - 5pm in Christchurch.
- Knit August Nights (KAN) from 25 - 27 August 2017 in Napier is set to be another fantastic weekend. I'll be teaching again as well as having all my samples for squishing and trying on :)
Have a great weekend!
I think you'll love my interview with Karen. I had a ball talking to her. Karen is passionate about wool and community and excited to spread the word about the amazing talent in the fibre world down under. Her fibre retreat "Wool Gathering" sounds magical and I wish I was going!
If you're tempted to head to Wool Gathering in May 2017, you can find more information about the retreat and the venue Tarndie on the Wool Gathering Australia website.
Are you joining in the Kanga Kiwi knit-along? There's still time! Head over to the Ravelry to tell us what you're making!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone,
See you next week!
Welcome back to the Truly Myrtle podcast! Happy new year!
It's the first day this year that all four of my kids have been at school and I'm getting stuck in! I hope you enjoy episode 46!
In this episode I mention:
My new shawl pattern Iron Sands
Gorgeous Tamar DK yarn from Blacker in the UK - but I forgot to mention they're running a discount until the end of February for you! Use the code GINGERBREADSWEATER for a 12% discount!
I'm joining in with the #yarnlovechallenge - will you pop over and join me? I bet you'll make new knitting friends :) Here's a link to the prompts for each day. Don't be worried about starting a few days late - just jump in! Some people are posting the first couple of prompts together to make up for lost time ...
The Kanga Kiwi knit along is in full swing in the Wool Gathering Ravelry group. The rules are simple, use Australian or New Zealand yarn with an Australian or New Zealand pattern and get knitting! Anyone is welcome to join from anywhere in the world - there are great prizes!
Did you catch up with my January mini-mag? I talked about choosing a garment size that will fit you properly. If you'd like to hear more tips and tricks for knitting garments subscribe right here.
Have a great weekend everyone!
See you next week,
Thank you so much for your amazing support, generosity and encouragement through 2016. It makes me feel so happy to know you're enjoying this journey with me.
This year has been amazing for Truly Myrtle and you guys have made that happen! I've ended on a total high with a thrilling week; releasing my first sweater pattern, your terrific response, incredible mentions and lots of wonderful messages of support as I move into the new year.
THANK YOU!!!! xxx
This week, for the last podcast of 2016 I'm joined on the podcast by my mum Jude and my daughter Zoë to chat about when we get sewing and knitting done and a lot of chatter about the variety of dresses we've tackled over the years.
I also talk about my new Chicken Lady patterns:
Oatmeal is my first sweater pattern!! Yippeee!! You can get a great discount on the gorgeousyarn from Skeinz until 31 December 2016 with the code HALP$OFF - balls are reduced by $1.50 each. A fantastic price!
Feathers wrap was featured on the front page of Ravelry this week. I nearly fell over! What an incredible honour!! You can also get a discount on yarn for that pattern until 23 December 2016 - use the code "feathers" at Holland Road to receive a 10% discount on all Loft yarn.
Enjoy a discount on all my Chicken Lady patterns this week - use the code CHICKENLADY to receive a 20% discount on each of the individual patterns OR pop them all in your basket for 25% off! The 20% discount ends midnight, Sunday 18 December the discount for all buying three patterns lasts for ever and ever :)
Finally, I want to wish you very happy holidays and a fabulous start to 2017. I'll be taking a podcast break through January 2017 but I'll be back again with more stories, tips and musings when my kids head back to school in February.
Thank you for all your love and good wishes this year,
Love Libby xxx
SPOIL YOURSELF MAKE ALONG
We've wrapped up our month of spoiling with more wonderful prizes! Thank you to everyone who took part and thank you to all of our generous sponsors!
I wonder if you won a prize? Pop over to the Ravelry thread to find out :)
THAT MEAN VOICE
We've been chatting more about our mean voices in the Ravelry group and I was reminded of some good books that I can heartily recommend:
Bird by Bird - Ann Lamott
Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert (whoops forgot her name in the podcast!)
Keen to try new needles or hear what I think about some I've tried? Check out the November mini-mag.
LIVING AROUND THE EDGES OF CRAFT
Zoë is sewing the City Gym Shorts from Purl Soho
I used 1 skein of Starboard from Dark Harbour (Horace) for the small blue shawl and,
2 skeins of Kashgar from Happy Go Knitty (Calluna) for the large lilac shawl.
Ripple Dancer is on sale until Midnight Sunday - use the code RIPPLEDANCER for a 20% discount.
As usual, the fabulous theme song is "Casting On" by Mr Roberelli
A huge thank you to our Spoil Yourself sponsors for this weeks spot prizes!
Maree (OllieandMayknits on Ravelry)
Congratulations to the winners! Head over to the thread and tell us how you're spoiling yourself to be in the draw for prizes :)
NEW PATTERN! FLICKER SHAWL
Colours of Light is a new collection of 3 shawl designs inspired by the colours of light glowing and shining as we approach the midwinter and midsummer solstices - this is a truly global collection with something for knitters at both ends of the world
The 3 patterns will be released one at a time over 3 weeks and we begin our journey with a slither of glorious flame gold: Flicker!
Knitted in one piece from corner to corner Flicker is a stunning, lightweight shawl edged with lace, evoking the magical glow cast by dancing flames.
The long, narrow crescent-shape wraps twice around your neck and shines like a piece of striking jewellery.
Flicker’s lace is deceptively simple and knitted at the same time as the shaped garter body. The pattern includes a clear explanation on how to make adjustments for a longer or shorter shawl and easily accommodates different skein lengths.
With written & charted instructions, Flicker is perfect for experienced knitters and adventurous beginners looking for a special, one skein project.
** INTRODUCTORY DISCOUNT! **
Use the code FLICKER to receive a 20% discount OR purchase the Colours of Light ebook for all three patterns at a special bundle price. (The remaining 2 patterns in the collection will be delivered to you automatically over the next two weeks with the ebook purchase)
YOUR INNER CRITIC (WELL, MINE ANYWAY!)
I listened to a great podcast this week and it's been helping me deal with "nasty Libby", the voice in my head that makes me doubt myself and feel less than good enough.
Art for your ear podcast : With Lisa Congdon (imposters, ego & inner critics)
You an find the Jealous Curator here: www.thejealouscurator.com
And Lisa Congdon here: www.lisacongdon.com
As usual, the wonderful Theme song is "Casting On" by Mr Roberelli
Welcome back to Episode 42! It's been a shaky, wet week here in New Zealand!
I celebrated my birthday this week - here's a link to the shop that sells the gorgeous necklace Mr Myrtle bought for me :)
Come join in the fun in the Ravelry group - there's still time! Let us know what you've been doing to spoil yourself to be in the draw for lots more prizes.
A huge thank you to this weeks sponsors:
Want to see how other people have been spoiling themselves? Check out the thread ... here's a few of the things people have been up to:
NEW PODCASTS TO WATCH
I enjoyed a couple of video podcasts this week:
Do you have any favorites you can recommend?
New Zealand suffered a huge earthquake this week. Kaikoura has been devasted by a 7.5 earthquake and Wellington and surrounding areas have endured shaking and terrible flooding. The Red Cross is offering amazing support but needs your help!
Support fundraisers supporting the Red Cross and earthquake victims :
As usual, fabulous theme tune is "Casting On" by Mr Roberelli.
Welcome back to the Truly Myrtle Podcast!
SPOIL YOURSELF MAKE-ALONG
It's been fantastic to see you spoil yourselves in the Ravelry group - my spoiling has been going well too!
I've also bought a new sewing pattern to finish my Chicken Lady outfit - Butterick 5756 is a full skirt on a yoke with pockets and I'm hoping to get it at least cut out this weekend.
Tell us in the thread how you're spoiling yourself to be in the draw to win a spot prize next week.
This week I've especially enjoying seeing Nat knitting her cardigan, Avril casting on an Antipodes Shawl, Stacey buying new fancy knitting needles and Jen planning her trip to the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza Retreat where Tara Swiger will also be teaching.
CLOTHESLINE DESIGNS MIND DONATIONS
Caroline has sold 75 copies of her lovely one skein shawl Yellow Roses. She's donating 75% of the profits raised to MIND in the UK. So far she's sold 75 patterns and is aiming to sell 100 by the end of November. I've bought mine - if you fancy knitting a pretty shawl and supporting a very worthy cause, head over and grab your pattern now.
IMAGINARY OUTFIT INSPIRATION
The WWII woman leaning on the car she's just repaired:
Trousers: Juniper Trousers by Colette Patterns
Sweater: White Light by Veera Valimaki.
Relaxed and content, heading off to a picnic with a good crowd of family and friends:
Dress: Isla dress by Made by Rae
Cardigan: Bentley by Marie Greene
As usual, fabulous theme song is "Casting On" by Mr Roberelli
Episode 40 kicks off our month of celebrating and celebrating you!
SPOIL YOURSELF MAKE-ALONG
Are you spoiling yourself during November? Go on! Come join the make-along in the Ravelry group and tell us all the lovely things you're doing for you this month.
I'm doing a few things to spoil myself in November:
ALICE & BELLE KAL
Have you received your parcel? Let your partner know by leaving a comment or photo in the Ravelry thread or sending them a note.
I moaned about my current wardrobe dilemma in Episode 36.
Sue put me on to a fascinating website all about energy profiling and dressing according to your energy type. I've been quite captivated! I'm a type 3 - what are you? The energy profiling course is free. Head over to the Ravelry thread to tell us what you discover!
As usual, the fabulous theme tune is "Casting on" by Mr Roberelli
Welcome back to Episode 39!
We're wrapping up "Local" October this week. Hasn't it been fun?!
Did you join in the "Local" yarn swap? If you've got your parcel - remember to post a photo in the Ravelry thread so we can all enjoy it with you.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined it!
I thought I'd give you a taste of what to expect in November! I'm turning 45 right smack in the middle of November and I'd love it if you'd join me in doing a little celebrating!
The "SPOIL YOURSELF" make-along is running for the month of November. Make a little time to do something for you. Spoil yourself! There'll be a thread in the Ravelry group where you can share what you've knitted, sewn, crocheted, baked or done for you - we'd love to hear all about it and see what you're up to!
There are a pile of wonderful sponsors on board for our Spoil Yourself make-along! We've got prizes of beautiful yarn, project bags and knitting & crochet patterns from:
I'll be drawing spot prizes each week and there'll be neat prizes at the end of the month for people who have really spoiled themselves :)
To really get you in the mood I'm offering a great big sale on all my individual patterns for one week only! Use the code SPOILYOURSELF to receive a whopping 45% off! (I'm only 45 once right?!) The code will work until midnight, Thursday 3 November (NZ time)
I'm knitting myself a cardigan to spoil myself in November. I've chosen the very cute Bentley Cardigan from Marie Greene and am using delicious Port fingering from Dark Harbour Yarn in the Rare & Exotic Beat (teal) colour-way.
INTERVIEW WITH BONNIE FROM RUSTY SKILLET
My guest on the podcast wraps up Local October with talk of dyeing with plants found in your garden. Bonnie is a Canadian who's been living in New Zealand for 10 years. She is a fabulously experimental dyer who also has a gorgeous food blog Rusty Skillet where she posts delicious recipes for lots of yummy food cooked from scratch.
Do check out her blog and especially her recipes for:
Bonnie and I talk about dyeing with local plants, what to dye on and we cover light fastness and mordants. She is a font of great information.
BELLE & ALICE KAL
Is happening! If you've got Alice or Belle (or both) and would like to join the KAL head over to the Ravelry group - feel free to double dip with the Spoil Yourself Make-along!
As usual the fabulous theme tune is Casting On by Mr Roberelli