Friday, 12 August 2016

Episode 6: Wip Sharing

Episode 6: Wip Sharing

Firstly the Stash enhancement was Stress Knits by Stacey Elstone, colour Unaware.
you can find her shop on Etsy

My Labyrinth shawl is knitted using my Labyrinth Colourway on Basic Goth
Ok so onto other projects I showed this episode:
Sheepy Socks will be published on Wednesday 30th August
Crystallines using Opal sock yarn and Countess Ablaze
Hermiones every day socks, Hermione yarn by GnomeAcres
Ook using Gynx Yarns in Heartbreaker on Etsy
Luella Dress using Mothy and The Squid Distant Galaxies on Etsy
Gothic Lace Cowl using Adriafil Carezza in Black
Basket Weave Fingerless Gloves For Keira and Kim both using fivemoons in Ithil and Artemis bases
Emo Cat Hat will be published on Wednesday 14th September using GothHeart Creations colour is Maddie Sunset 4
Karen Top will be published in February 2017
Danse Macabre using Fingering weight yarn I was given as a present.
Chasing Rainbows using Mint Julep from Bits & Hobs Yarns & Fibres on Etsy
Vivian Cardigan Using Rico Design Creative Melange Glitz Chunky
Evenstar Shawl Using some local Alpaca Lace yarn
the beekeeper's quiltusing fingering scraps
Elly Squares is my version of a centre out square, I will release My version on October 12th using fingering scraps
Granny squares using fingering scraps
Across The Pond Shawl using GothHeart Creations in Subtle Calm and Evening Rose
Determination, three different yarn weights: fingering, Dk & Worsted
Arc-en-Ciel Pullover using Noro Taiyo Sock
Baby Cardigan by Noro using Fivemoons
We three Kings shawl using Basic Goth in the We Three Kings colourway, pattern will be released on 28th September
Dew Drops Shawl using pink merino silk blend
Moomin Amigurumi, I used cream sock yarn.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Episode 1: Reboot

Hello everyone, Thank you for watching todays' episode on Wednesday 1st June 2016.

Show notes for this episode:

More towards the blanket-a-long running for the year,
1 x Elly square
4x creochet granny squares,

Sophie Jumper
Sherbert Fizz socks - west yorkshire spinners on 2.5mm needles, vanilla toe up and afterthought heel.
Green and purple socks - west yorshire spinners on 2.5mm needles. Sockmaticians pattern
Celtic Icon - By Fiona Ellis, Twilleys of Stamford Mist
Secret baby and matching big sister projects which i will show when they've been received.

I am spinning Winds of Change from Into the Whirled on my Ashford Espinner

Keiras Crochet Blanket using King Cole  Moonlight Sonata,
I forgot to put a photo at the end of the episode sorry so here is one now. As you can see it has grown, my bed is King size.

Stash Enhancement this week was large so if you have any questions then feel free to ask me.

Friday, 15 April 2016

It's so good to be back...

Good morning everyone,
I am so happy to be back blogging again as I can show you all more of what I'm doing each day etc.
I decided to start my blog again as its been two years since I last blogged and a lot has happened and changed in that time.
So firstly, we moved house back in the middle of December last year and immediately I saw an improvement in my health which has enabled me to do so much more again and I feel more human again.

My taste in podcasts has changed quite dramatically so I have changed the links in the side bar on the right to hopefully reflect these changes.
I am doing a lot more sewing now than I used to do. I always sewed before but now I make not only small project bags for the shop but also clothes for myself and my daughters and teaching them to sew too, which is very rewarding.
I am still doing my cross stitch occasionally but keep hitting the "run out of thread" brick wall that always slows projects down. I have put in an order for the threads I need to continue though so I'll be able to show you guys an update soon on those.
I have decided to start embroidery again and can't wait to get started.
However, there are only so many hours in a day to be creative so I need to set some time aside over the weekend to have a go.
As far as my spinning is concerned, well its been slow but steady. I spin every week but I don't have much to show for it I'm afraid. Although my latest spinning resulted in a beautiful yarn of lace weight. I managed to Navajo ply and achieved 809 yards which to me is phenomenal!!!

It will be knitted into something worthy just as soon as I've finished a few more of my knitting projects.
Speaking of knitting, I don't have as many on the needles as I used to years ago. I still have at least ten projects but I do work on them all I promise you.
Plus I have been beavering way on my designing and written quite a few patterns that i intend to publish this year. The first one being on the last day in April. So Saturday 30th April will be a sock pattern which I also recorded YouTube tutorial for as I developed a new stitch. I think!!
So until my next bog post which I will share more of my sewing and knitting, I will leave you with some kind thoughts.
Always create something that gives you joy. Whether its the colour, visual appeal or technique you use. Make it and revel in the happiness it brings you.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

While I've been awol....

Hi everyone, Happy Easter to you all.
So I am going to fill you in on what's been happening here over the last little while that I've been absent from recording the video podcast.
As you know by now, I have had Vertigo for about 6 weeks. It is getting gradually milder, however, I do still get spells of it being full on and it's no fun believe me. That is on top of all my pre-existing conditions such as Fibromyalgia etc.
So here we go...
I finished my pink after thought heel socks by Laura Linnemann.

There has been progress on the blue socks too although not much.
I been knitting on Guston, for Dave for the #AMJKAL with Kristin who is Voolenvine host of the Yarngasm podcast. The kal is running from March 22nd until May 16th, so cast on, you may still have time to knit a knitworthy man in your life a jumper or sweater.
I have started and finished The Age of Brass and Steam Shawl, the yarn was some BFL handspun I bought from On the round. Rachel's shop is on Etsy. Go there and get enabled.

I have started a couple of new projects too, firstly I started a baby cardigan by Alana Dakos.

I have also started another cardigan for myself. Bare Branches by Alana Dakos from her second book, Botanical Knits 2, which I will be reviewing on Wednesday along with a digital copy to give away. Very kindly offered to one of you by Alana Dakos.

I have been busy on a new crochet project too, I know me and crochet, shock horror, here have a chair to sit down and recover for a second, ha. I've started a Granny square blanket for Kimberly. Not lots of little ones, but rather one giant one that I'm aiming to make big enough for her bed. I am using James C Brett Moonlight Sonata and it is really pretty, however, as nervous as I was about such a large piece, Kim loves it and it constantly thanking me and hugging me for my efforts.
My Moomin will get done soon though don't worry. I want the cuteness that is all things Moomin.

Ok so Spinning, it is getting lots of attention, I've been clearing some of my drop spindles ready to continue, also I have been spinning the prize choice for Bibite. It is very nearly done now, it is just resting before I ply it. As requested, very soon a skein of fingering weight hand spun will be flying off to live with her. I am very pleased with it too.

Now I did hint on the last episode that I was getting a new toy. Well I am now the very happy owner of the Ashford E-Spinner. Ahhh, I know, a month early for my birthday, but hey I am not going to complain that they had one in stock so it didn't mean waiting for it to be imported. Cause that would be daft. So I have done the rest of the original Sea Goddess Batt. The browns that were the last two colours. I like it a lot. So I have transferred the blue jeans and lipstick organic merino from fondant fibre that MaggieTN so very kindly gifted me onto it. I almost forgot the direction twist and once I got my head together it has been worked on some more. It is going so well I don't want to jinx myself by talking about it too much. it means on my less than great days I can still spin and make yummy yarn to knit with, without the pain or exhaustion that I sometimes get using my Ashford Traditional Wheel or any of my drop spindles.

My cross stitch for Niamh had a little more done. The outline for all the mane has now been completed, so next is the body outline.

Now something else that's new.....Tunisian Crochet. A friend sent some goodies for every one of us here in the Campbell household. Thank you very much Cazzynono. I will let Keira talk about hers on her show tomorrow and Dave will talk about his next time he records with me. Kimberly received two books, some yarn and a complete set of Tunisian Crochet hooks.!!!! She is, you'll excuse the expression, hooked. She will sit next to me and just start working on it. It is so lovely that she finally has a yarny craft she has clicked with. It has meant though that I have has meant I have had to join in the fun and learn a little so I can help if she gets stuck. She is good, no honestly, Kim has just clicked with it and I see it staying in her life for a very long time. Now Niamh was given some yarn and needles, she immediately cuddled them and chose to start with the purple yarn. I will show you soon what I received, so so cute.

I have dyed some yarn for a shawl by Boo knits since you've seen me which I will endeavour to show you soon too.
I have finally made the punis for the shop too. I have been having an Easter sale in my Etsy shop for the last two weeks trying to clear space for the more summery yarns and fibre I want to dye up. So until the 15th May (the day before my birthday)
There is 15% of everything in my shop here:

Nails this week are especially for Easter:

Have a lovely week every one and I will be back on your screens this coming week. Along with Keiras Second episode. Take care and look after yourselves and each other cause you are important.
Elly x

You can find me on Ravelry, You Tube and Instagram as Elspeth81
On facebook there is a groiup for Ellysknitinsanity too.
On Twitter I am now @Ellysknitinsane

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Episode 36: Vertigo, please, just do one!!!

Welcome back to this weeks episode.
Prize winners pm me or Dave on ravelry.

no fo's
pink socks ~ after thought heel socks by laura linemann
gilded cardi ~
blue socks ~ top down after thought heel socks
so yarns are both made by
guston frogged
handspun: forest
. Into The Whirled fibre ~
. sea goddess. by enchanted knoll ~
Moomin head ~ pattern is written by
electric eel ~ available at
jumbo bobbin ~
reflector ~
shop: punis ~

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Be Yourself, Knit Ewenique, Keiras Pilot Episode

Hi everyone as promised here is Keiras first episode.

Her yarn for her birthday was from
The finished spinning was a sample from is was polworth, silk & linen
The fibre and spindle set was from
Her yarn for her Chinook was from
The dishcloth pattern was written by Deb Buckingham and it is available on Ravelry or from Cooperative Press.