Podcast | Season 2-2 with Lisa Sisk

Podcast | Season 2-2 with Lisa Sisk

Episode 2 of the podcast is all about Woollinn, Dublin’s first Festival of Yarn! Lisa Sisk of This is Knit joins me on the podcast to chat about all things Woollinn related so if you are wondering about visiting, vending, teaching or how to get there and how to nab your tickets, then this episode is for you.

 

 

Today’s episode is sponsored by the wonderful Ellie and Ada yarns and you can find those delicious skeins over here.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

 

Woollinn is taking place in Dublin on May 25th – May 27th, 2018 in the Alsaa centre near Dublin airport. It may seem like an interesting choice and Lisa explains why this was the perfect choice along with where the name Woollinn came from. During the podcast, you get a glimpse of the behind the scenes of Woollinn and how the idea of a small Dublin yarn festival has grown into something much larger with workshops and events surrounding the main marketplace.

 

Workshops

 

Nancy Marchant is just one of the amazing tutors holding workshops at Woollinn next May.

One of the exciting things happening at Woollinnn are the amazing workshops taking place during the festival and the Woollinn team are announcing more teachers soon. So far the workshops that have been announced are with Nancy Merchant, Louisa Harding, Karie Westermann, Carol Feller, Woolly Wormhead and Justyna Lorkowska! Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Woollinn social media (links at the bottom of page) to stay up to date with all the latest releases.

During the podcast, we get to chat about the gorgeous Woollinn website and for those who are looking for the link to the wonderful Rose Anne you can find her on Sewn Up Sites here.

 

Stay Up To Date

You can follow Woollinn online on Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry and Instagram for all the latest news as soon as it is released. If you would like to stay up to date with all the news from Woollinn then please sign up to the newsletter here and if you would like to volunteer you can fill in your details here. Vendors applications are still open and you can find the application form here.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the wonderful Ellie and Ada yarns and you can find those delicious skeins over here

CLN Podcast – Season 2-1 with Woolly Wormhead

CLN Podcast – Season 2-1 with Woolly Wormhead

Season 2 of the podcast is now live and I decided to kick off season 2 in style with Woolly Wormhead.  This is a 40-minute relaxed chat all about her latest Elemental collection. So grab your coffee, bring out your knitting and find some time for you.

 

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

 

 

The Elemental Collection

In the first episode of season 2, we rejoin Woolly Wormhead a year after the release of Painted Woolly toppers for Kids which was the topic of our first recording. Woolly is back with a fantastic new sideways hat collection using Bloomsbury DK from The Yarn Collective. Woolly chats about the design process from initial thought to finish project along with how the designs all came together.

 

 

We chat about how Woolly has moved creatively from her Circled collection and how that inspired the direction taken for her latest work. We also take a look at the direction indie design has taken over the years before we get to the very exciting Hat-Along. This is Woolly’s 10th Mystery Hat-Along which takes place over on Ravelry and this year it is run slightly differently with two hat options; Hat A uses Carol Feller’s Nua and Hab B uses Miss Babs yummy 3-ply! For all the links just scroll to the end of the post.

 

 

Thank you so much Woolly! I know you all want to rush over and pick up your copy of Elemental and you can do that here. If you would like to pick up the Bloomsbury DK you can do that here (affiliate link). If you are looking to take part in the 10th MKAL you can do that here with Hat A with Carol Feller’s Nua and Hat B made with Miss Babs yummy 3 ply You can find Woolly over on her blogTwitterInstagram, Ravelry and Facebook if you would like to follow along in her design journey.

Don’t forget to tag #woollywormhead for *any* Woolly Wormhead Hat knitting that you might be sharing on Instagram, Twitter etc. Sometimes #woollywormheadhats gets used along with #elementalhats is the main tag for anything to do with the Elemental collection and some other tags Woolly uses a lot are:

#circledhats

#sidewaysknithatsftw

#sidewaysknithats

Thank you all so much for joining me and I will be back on Monday with some more crafty posts.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead!

CLN Podcast: Episode 19 with Fiona Kelly

CLN Podcast: Episode 19 with Fiona Kelly

Episode 19 of the podcast is now live and I’m joined by special Guest Fiona Kelly. My very first written GIY interview on the blog was with Fiona so it’s only fitting that she is the last guest of season one. So sit back, grab a cuppa and let’s find out why growing your own food is a fantastic idea.

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable. Today’s show is a fun filled 40 minutes, so sit back listen and enjoy this wonderful interview.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcher and Player FM.  While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

Fiona Grows Food

The very first time I fell across Fiona online was on her beautiful award-winning gardening blog Fiona Grows Food. Her writing made me laugh and yearn for more posts but she also inspired me to take up the raised bed mantle and really dig in (pun intended) around the cottage. Her depth of knowledge when it comes to growing your own food is astonishing and quite frankly there are times when I read her posts and I’m a little worried about her but please for the male readers, never buy this woman flowers.

One of the important topics that we chat about in this episode of the podcast is the important relationship we have with food and food waste. How has growing her own food made her change her attitude to food consumption and food waste? What changes can we make to our daily lives to reduce food waste? Have a listen and find out more.

GIY Ireland – Grow Magazine

One of the highlights of this year has been watching Fiona break new ground as a writer (yes I did it again) but this year Fiona joined the team over at GIY International, providing workshops and also writing for their quarterly publication GROW of which I am a huge fan and a subscriber. So you can imagine the squeals of delight around here when I read her first featured article. When you listen to the podcast you will find out more about how this all came about.

Electric Ireland Campaign

Did you see it? Fiona also starred in her very first Ad campaign with Electric Ireland. For those of you that haven’t check out Fiona’s Stay Happy Tales here:

 

If you want to listen to more from Fiona you can find her on the Bloom in the Park recordings from Bloom 2017 and Bloom 2016 too on Soundcloud and of course on our favourite podcast, The Sod Show with Peter Donegan.  You can find her on Twitter and Instagram and from all of us here at the cottage, Thank you so much for coming on the show and the best of luck with your new freelancing career!

 

 

 

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CLN Podcast: Episode 18 – Time for You

CLN Podcast: Episode 18 – Time for You

Episode 18 of the podcast is now live and this one is short and sweet. In this podcast, I bring it back to the topic I love the most…yarn.  This is a 20-minute relaxed chat so grab your coffee, bring out your knitting and find some quiet time for you.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

 

Olann

The first yarn I chat about on today’s show is from Olann and dyed by the wonderful Jess. She has a gorgeous colour range and her choice in bases is wonderful. I love to use yarn that has the same amount of thought and care put into each skein as I put into my pattern choice along with the time it takes to make a finished object. Jess has an amazing attention to detail from sourcing her yarn to the dyes she works with and she creates an extensive colour range to choose from. You can see why she is one of my favourites and if you want to follow her you can find her website on the above link or on Instagram and Facebook.

The Fibre Kitchen

If you have been reading the blog you would have caught up with Rachel in her interview here. On today’s show, I tell you exactly why I fell in love with Rachel’s yarn along with my customer experience. Rachel is the dyer behind The Fibre Kitchen and creates delicious yarn inspired from food, colour, art and animation. Rachel has an eye for colour combination along with a love of yarn herself. If she doesn’t see herself knitting with a particular base than she doesn’t dye it. If you want to nab some of Rachel’s yarn you can using the above link and you can find her on Instagram and Facebook.

If you are here looking for the link to the Knit Chat audio it’s here but you do need to subscribe and that link is here.  If you would like to catch up with previous interviews on the podcast you can do that here. The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from here on lizseaver.com. Looking forward to chatting with you all again soon, thank you for listening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLN Podcast: Episode 17 with Kate Heppell

CLN Podcast: Episode 17 with Kate Heppell

Episode 17 of the podcast is now live with a very special guest Kate Heppell. Kate has one of those dream jobs in the craft industry and on today’s show, we chat about what it means to be an editor for Knit Now magazine along with a look at Kate’s own published designs with Knit Picks. This is a 40 minute relaxed chat with Kate so grab your coffee and find some quiet time for you.

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable. Today’s show is a fun filled 40 minutes, so sit back listen and enjoy this wonderful interview.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

Knit Now

During the podcast, Kate chats about her day job at Knit Now magazine. She tells us how she went from a blogger and a knitter to an editor and working full time in the craft community. Along with that, we touch on magazine commissions, how designs are chosen for issues, how collaborations come together and what bringing an issue of a magazine entails.

Designs

Aside from her busy day job Kate also publishes her own designs and you can find them here on Ravelry. Some of my favourites in her collection are the Whitwell Tee above, her work with KnitPicks and the Findley Sweater which is the cover of this podcast. One of her designs that stands out for me at the moment is the Tiny Shoots tee, this caught my eye recently in the Eden Cottage Yarn group on Facebook as it is made with the their BFL sock which just makes me want to cast on right now!

The Big Woolly Weekend

On the podcast, you will hear Kate chat about the upcoming Big Woolly Weekend in collaboration with Bergere de France. I love the whole idea of the Big Woolly Weekend as Knit for Peace and the Jo Cox Foundation are also involved. Yes, you did hear Kate right when she mentions that wonderful prize for 2 to France to visit Bergere and to see how all the fantastic yarn is produced. To find out more about the Big Woolly Weekend you can find it here.

If you want to find out more about Kate herself you can find Kate on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and her website.

I really hope you enjoyed listening to the latest podcast with Kate; if you have time I would love it if you could leave a comment below or leave a review in iTunes and let us know your thoughts.

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from here on lizseaver.com.

Thank you so much for listening!

Chat Soon!

CLN Podcast: Episode 16 with Melanie Berg & Lisa Sisk

CLN Podcast: Episode 16 with Melanie Berg & Lisa Sisk

Episode 16 of the podcast is now live with a very special guest Melanie Berg. On the podcast today, we also have a wonderful co-host, Lisa Sisk of This is Knit in Dublin.  This podcast is brought to you on location from This is Knit in Powerscourt Townhouse in between Melanie’s Workshops in Dublin. We cover everything from Knitwear design, Melanie’s amazing shawls, her collaboration with The Yarn Collective and much more

 

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable. Today’s show is a fun filled 50 minutes, so sit back listen and enjoy this wonderful interview.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

Shawl Design

Melanie chats about her work with the Yarn Collective and the design of the Portland Lace yarn and development of the colour palette. Focusing on the grey in the collection the colour palette grew from there with pops of colour.  The asymmetric shawl Secret Keeper came from a need to play with construction and shape and to allow the hand-dyed yarn to shine. Find out more in the podcast.

Creative Process

Melanie also lets us in on a few little secrets on how she manages to get all those beautiful Instagram images of her shawls along with how she grew from the idea of designing into a professional business. She also has a few tips for budding designers out there and how Mairlynd grew as a brand.

You can find Melanie on Ravelry, Instagram and her website.

I really hope you enjoy today’s podcast with both Melanie and Lisa, it was a lot of fun to record in This is Knit and I hope you all get to hear more from there soon. If you have time I would love it if you could leave a comment below or leave a review in iTunes and let us know your thoughts.

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from here on lizseaver.com.

Thanks so much for listening!

CLN Podcast: Episode 15 with Hannah of Stoffoli Dolls

CLN Podcast: Episode 15 with Hannah of Stoffoli Dolls

Episode 15 of the CLN podcast is here and today we are chatting with Hannah of Stoffoli Dolls.  Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you made dolls? After meeting Hannah at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I just had to find out more and the result is today’s podcast episode. So come on and settle in for a wonderful look into the world of handmade dolls.

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable. Today’s show is a fun filled 60 minutes, so sit back listen and enjoy this wonderful interview.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

Hannah introduces us to the world of handmade dolls and how she lovingly crafts each one. She chats about the materials, safety testing and every tiny detail it takes to make one of these unique dolls. Hannah also chats about the ups and downs of life in the creative business and we take a look inside one of her dollmaker workshops. We also touch on working from home as a stay at home parent along and the trails that go along with that.

As if that wasn’t enough to entice you to listen you can also be in with a chance to win a beautiful, luxury kit. The kit contains everything you need (except pencil, paper and scissors) to make you own 12cm / 4 inch pocket doll. The body of the doll is sewn and stuffed with wool stuffing and the clothes are knitted. The kit contains instructions, skin fabric, tubular bandage, wool stuffing, yarn for hair and clothes, threads for sewing and for features, a sewing needle, five 2mm double-pointed knitting needles and 5 silver-plated stitch-markers. Stylishly presented in a drawstring project bag, this kit is a perfect gift for a crafty friend or to make as a treasure for yourself or a loved one.

You can find Stoffoli Dolls on their Website, Facebook and Etsy if you would like to find out more about them. Leave a comment and let us know what you think! All images have been provided by Stoffoli Dolls.

 

CLN Podcast: Episode 14 with P/HOP

CLN Podcast: Episode 14 with P/HOP

Hello and welcome to the CLN podcast. After a little break, we are back with episode 14. Today we are chatting with Heidi from P/HOP. We got together at Edinburgh Yarn Festival to chat about the difference the craft community is making for Doctors without Borders.  I really hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about P/HOP.

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable. Today’s show is a fun filled 30 minutes, so sit back listen and enjoy this wonderful interview.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM or Download Now. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

Earlier this week Heidi wrote a guest post on the blog and introduced P/hop and talked a little bit about her upcoming trunk show in Dublin this Sunday, May 21st at The Constant Knitter. I thought this was a nice time to release the interview we did in the wild at Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

During our chat, you get to find out why PHOP is so important and why I love supporting them. If you want to find out more about P/HOP. You can find them on:

Ravelry  Instagram  Facebook  Twitter

CLN Podcast: Episode 13 with Carol Feller

CLN Podcast: Episode 13 with Carol Feller

Hello and welcome to the CLN podcast. Episode 13 has a very special guest, the lovely Carol Feller. Carol chats with me about her new yarn Nua, Edinburgh Yarn Festival and a little bit about her design and creative process. I really hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about the lady behind Stolen Stitches.

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable. Today’s show is a fun filled 50 minutes, so sit back listen and enjoy this wonderful interview.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM or Download Now. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

Selection of Nua yarn from Stolenstitches (Photo credit – C. Feller)

Nua

Carol chats about the importance of the weight of her Nua yarn and why the inclusion of yak and linen was so important in the Nua blend. While chatting about the yarn itself, Carol talks in-depth about the ply and dye uptake and how a chance conversation led to a two-year development and finally to the launch of Nua. She also shares with us how the colour palette came together and just where those interesting colourway names came from. If you are dying to get your hands on some Nua, you can find Nua yarn online here.

 

Russler Shawl in Bloomsbury DK (Photo credit C. Feller)

The Yarn Collective

During our chat, Carol mentions how The Yarn Collective collaboration came together with a focus on designer based yarns. The other yarns in the collection are Portland lace with Melanie Berg and Pembroke Worsted by Bristol Ivy. Find out about the yarn itself and how this colour palette came together, the importance of her mood board and why semi-solid colours won out here in comparison to her Nua collection.   You can, of course, find all of the gorgeous Bloomsbury DK Colours here.

 

Finglas mitts in Nua. (Photo credit – C. Feller)

Creative Process

On today’s show, Carol also chats about what it’s like to be a designer and the effect on day to day life. During our discussion, Carol mentions this wonderful post from Woollywormhead: Thoughts on Turnover, Business Perspective & Why We Shouldn’t be Comparing Apples and Oranges. Carol also tells us a little about how her business has grown and how she deals with feedback and the online community.

If you want to follow what Carol is up to next you can sign up to her newsletter here, you can find her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and of course on her website Stolenstitches.com. Carol has also given the listeners of the show a 20% discount on the digital copies of her latest Nua Collection Vol 1 on either the single patterns or the complete collection, just use the code cottagenotebook here on Ravelry.com. 

 

MKAL, Mentions and Podcast Music

 

The CreativeME podcast can be found here on www.martineellis.com. Martine has a fantastic blog and podcast all about the creative process along with some fantastic guests on her show like Elna Cain and hits and tips for business and also a wonderful community over on facebook here. In this episode, I join her to start a discussion on feedback & criticism and I would love to find out how you deal with it too. Find the episode and more great podcasts here. 

On today’s show, I also have the final MKAL update. The skeins have landed and for those asking there is an audio group on Ravelry here and the hashtag for the KAL is #SSkein For those of you asking about yarn, you can pop over to the Ellie and Ada Etsy shop and use the contact button to drop Laura a line and she will do her best to help you.

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from here on lizseaver.com.

Thanks so much for listening!

Nadia

 

If you would like to keep up to date with everything from the Cottage Notebook you can, of course, do that here

 

CLN Podcast: Episode 12 with Peter Donegan

CLN Podcast: Episode 12 with Peter Donegan

Hello and welcome to the CLN podcast. Episode 12 is here with a very special guest Peter Donegan of The Sod Show / Donegan Landscaping. Today’s show is brought to you from the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Co. Dublin and I couldn’t think of a more perfect location to record with Peter. I know you are all going to love this episode as much as I did recording it.

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting or a biscuit and make yourself comfortable. Today’s show is a fun filled 40 minutes, so sit back listen and enjoy this wonderful interview. I bet by the end you are already planning on getting outside with a new found love of everything that grows. Come on press play and come on a journey through the mind of Peter Donegan.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn RadioStitcherPlayer FM or Download Now. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let us know what you think!

Beautifully restored conservatory in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

Normally in the show notes, I condense the interview taking place in the podcast. Trust me that this episode is one that you need to listen to. Peter’s love for gardening, horticulture and all things that grow is the most prominent thing about this interview. Below you will see three of the plants that I asked Peter to choose and when you listen you will see just how hard that was for him to answer. (He was asked to pick just one!)

laburnum tree + laburnocytisus adamii

 

Hamamelis Mollis

Corkscrew Hazel

Throughout this entire conversation, Peter brings us on his journey from starting at the age of 5 and growing plants under his bed, studying horticulture at 17, starting Donegan landscaping at 24, winning his first award at 30 for the design and build of an 18th century 55 acre estate before starting The Sod Show in 2011 and taking home the award for best Irish podcast at the blog awards in 2012 and 2013.

During our conversation Peter also recalls his favourite interviews and places he has visited while recording. He also mentions a few hidden Irish gems to visit and we chat about everything from business, hobbies, favourite plants and what’s in the future for The Sod Show.

Peter has just launched a Pateron account and you can find out more about that over here. It would be fantastic to show your support and to keep shows of such a high quality as Peter’s on the air. So pop on over and tell him I sent you!

If you want to catch up with Peter, you can find him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and of course on his website Doneganlandscaping.com and the podcast The Sod Show.

If you have any questions for Peter or about today’s show, just drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Of course, you can listen to more of Peter’s work on The Sod Show Podcast on Itunes, Stitcher, Player FM and TuneIn Radio.

On today’s show, I also have an MKAL update, the skeins have started making their long journey around the world. For those of you asking about skeins, you can pop over to the Ellie and Ada Etsy shop and use the contact button to drop Laura a line and she will do her best to help you.

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from here on lizseaver.com.

Thanks so much for listening!

Nadia

CLN Podcast: Episode 11: Edinburgh Yarn Festival

CLN Podcast: Episode 11: Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Hello and welcome to the CLN podcast. Today’s show is part of the Cottage On Tour series where I leave the cottage behind for a little adventure. So grab that cuppa and settle in to hear those voices of Knitbritish, Jared Flood, Carol Feller and Tin Can Knits to name a few.

Today’s show is a fun filled 20 minutes; perfect for blocking off some knitting time for you. So relax and settle in for some dedicated you time.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let us know what you think!

Today’s show doesn’t have any show notes but it does have a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the soundbites and there will be a YouTube video with images from the show!

See you all next week for a full-length podcast!

Nadia

Craft | Let’s Make A Podcast

Craft | Let’s Make A Podcast

I am more than excited to be heading to Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year and even more so to be going as a podcaster. Part of the programme I’m excited about are the Let’s Make a Podcast sessions run by Louise from KnitBritish.  If you are interested in starting a podcast or asking how any of the more experienced podcasters work their magic then the Podcast Lounge at EYF is a place you should visit.

Louise has a fantastic and detailed blog post on her blog here that sums up the Podcaster lounge perfectly, so do pop on over there and have a read. This year the lounge is again proudly sponsored by Blacker Yarns and you can find them right next to the lounge for all your yarn needs. If you took part in the Blacker PodKAL then you should definitely visit on Saturday at 11 am when the meet up is happening in the lounge.

In our Ravelry group and comments from the CLN Podcast, a few of you have been wondering how I record here, so hopefully this will answer your questions. I am by no means a master of these skills yet but this is my set up:

Earlier Episodes

 

It’s a pretty simple set up. In the earlier episodes, I used Audacity and a headset. Why? Audacity is an amazing tool, it’s pretty powerful and it’s free. The noise reduction alone is excellent. It is most definitely worth your time to learn how to edit sound profiles and get to grips with editing. From all of the free software I used it was the most simple to use with the functions I needed.

The headset was because I was in a room that had an echo and it reduced the pick up of that a lot. The problem with a headset is that it will pick up breathing noises and pops very easily. From the start though when I had no idea if I was going to continue with the podcast it was a great way to put myself out there without investing a lot of cash.

 

Recent Episodes

More recently I moved to Hindenburg . I saw a post in the Shineybees group on Ravelry that Jo had kindly shared and it was reduced for World Radio Day. I do not regret purchasing this one bit and I will probably move to the more expensive option soon. I love how you can add chapters easily and I find it easier to edit. I love the enhanced podcast features it provides and it makes the task of making a youtube video easier. It’s also possible to have a sound profile of your voice which you can run through bad recordings which is handy when you have a cold, which happens a lot in this house.

I have a few mics that I was playing around with all of which are more suited to music recordings rather than voice but I did love using the Steinheiser E835 mic. It just happened to be lying around with my husband’s gear so it was nice to test the podcast with both pieces of software and learning how to adjust the gain with an inline system.  I’m in the process of recording with the Rode podcaster mic and I love the sound of that so I think for now this will be my new baby.

The Process

1. I write the intro, outro and other pieces of the podcast 2 days before it goes live. The interview segments I have been collecting over time so that I can pre-edit these without the stress of a deadline.

2. The interviews are edited when I have time and then these are added to the intro and outro. I will also admit that I don’t edit everything myself. I can’t possibly do everything all the time so I am guilty of annoying my husband into editing. This is great for two reasons; he’s my idiot filter and I’m sure that I’m not the only person who needs one of them and he has a fantastic ear for sound. This includes noise reduction and removing any unwanted noises to the best of our ability.

3. The intro and outro are then added to the interview and all the levels are matched. I add in any chapters and images I need and then export to an MP4 or MP3 with all the relevant tags and metadata that’s required.

4. I then do all the artwork and show notes that are needed and get the format ready for the podcast to be insert and uploaded. I host everything myself so I just need an FTP client.

5.  Timing usually dictates if the show goes live or if I make the YouTube video first. The video is usually just a video file using the images from the enhanced podcast in the same places so this is usually quick enough to edit. I add in the extra artwork, push it to Youtube and then add in the end credtis.

6. Then I post about the episode on social media, within theRavelry group and all the other places that the Cottage Notebook has an online presence. I usually check iTunes to see that it has gone live and everything is working as it should be.

And that’s it, the episode is live. I will say that the recording of the MKAL is a different beast altogether but that’s a story for another day. If you would like to pick my brains or meet up at EYF you will find me in the Podcast Lounge during the Let’s Make A Podcast sessions. You can find out more about them here along with a lineup of what’s on in the lounge. A huge thank you to Blacker Yarns and Knitbritish for allowing me to join in as a podcaster this year. If you have any questions please feel free to add a comment or get in touch via email using nadia@cottagenotebook.ie.

CLN Podcast Episode 10: Within The Cottage Walls

CLN Podcast Episode 10: Within The Cottage Walls

Hello and welcome to the CLN podcast. Today’s show is a little bit different as I hand the mic over to one of my favourite listeners and take the hot seat so that you can find out a little bit more about The Cottage Notebook. Interested? There is also a fabulous giveaway but I’m going to make you listen to find out more…………………………………………………..

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable.  Today’s show is a fun filled 58 minutes, perfect for blocking off some knitting time for you. So relax and settle in for some dedicated you time.

 You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let us know what you think!

Today’s show is a little bit different as I had the mic over to one of my loyal listeners and take the hot seat so that you can find out a little bit more about The Cottage Notebook.

The 10th Episode Extravaganza

As the podcast is now in double figures and everything is starting to find a rhythm, it’s time to reward all of you listeners with a giveaway. You can be in with a chance to win this fabulous package by heading over to this page and filling out the details. You can also get a second entry by using Instagram and posting a pic of you and your current wip and using the tags #CottageNotebook #10thEpGiveaway 

What do you win?

A skein of the lovely Luma from The Fibre Co. The yarns reviewed in the previous podcast Manos Classica and Mayu, a copy of A Story in Yarn by Dee Hardwicke all from The Laughing Hens. If that wasn’t enough Evin OK has kindly offered a Ravelry copy of Bake Knit Sew to the package too and Aoibhe Ni has added her Nova shawl pattern too! This brings the Grand Prize value of 104 Euro! *no the prize cannot be exchanged for cash! 

Festivals Mentioned:

Sheep’s head, Edinburgh Yarn Festival and Atlantic Knitscape.

Knitting Retreats

9 Night South of Ireland Knitting & Craft Tour (2017) and 6 Night Southwest Ireland Luxury Knitting Retreat (2017)

Music

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from her on iTunes and on lizseaver.com.

As always, thank you for listening!

Nadia

 

 

CLN Podcast Episode 9: A Story in Yarn

CLN Podcast Episode 9: A Story in Yarn

Hello and welcome to the CLN podcast. Episode 9 is here with a look at the One Million Trees in One Day project, the new Luma yarn from The Fibre Co. and some special items from The Laughing Hens.

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable.  Today’s show is a fun filled 35 minutes, perfect for blocking off some knitting time for you. So, come on and let’s meet these new yarns.

 You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let us know what you think!

 

Grow

One Million Trees Project

One Million Trees Project

As it’s February the garden is starting to make a reappearance on the podcast and blog. On the podcast this week I chat about the One Milion Trees in One Day Project and our back raised beds. There is a little about future plans and a visit to the Malahide Allotments with Fiona Kelly.

Craft

The Fibre Co and April in Paris

On the podcast, I have a look at these gorgeous Luma yarns in Sangria. These are really beautiful skeins described as a classic DK weight yarn, inspired by the mood and light found in mid-latitude savannas—those grassland ecosystems with open canopies allowing plenty of sunlight.  I also take a look at the gorgeous April in Paris collection from Emma Wright and Hanna Maciejewska.  Find out more on the podcast.

Luma Yarn in Sangria from The Fibre Co.

 

 

Laughing Hens Reviews

Amano Yarn Mayu

On the show today I have a look at the gorgeous new Amano yarn Mayu and a look at one of my favourites Manos del Uruguay, Maxima.

 

I also take a look at A Story in Yarn by Dee Hardwicke. This is a gorgeous book which is more of a guide on how to design and knit an heirloom quilt. The book discusses colour theory, how to make your own hexagonal segments along with beautiful seasonal knitting patterns. Find out more on the podcast.

Love

Angelina from episode 8 of the podcast has kindly extended her discount as she as some more fabulous yarns going live on her Etsy shop. You can use the code COTTAGE10 to grab a 10% discount.

To celebrate the April in Paris collection launch  Gallerie D’Apollon, a lace shawl designed by Emma Wright, is available for free download for the whole of February. Simply use the code ‘lumalove’ at checkout before 28th February 2017. A huge thank you to The Fibre Co. for that.

Music

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from her on iTunes and on lizseaver.com.

 

 

CLN Podcast Episode 8 with Angelina Panozzo

CLN Podcast Episode 8 with Angelina Panozzo

Hello and welcome to the CLN podcast. Episode 8 is here with a very special guest Angelina Panozzo aka Gamer Crafting. With a background in music, years of experience in the yarn industry in a few different countries and a strong interest in gaming, I know this is one interview you will be listening to more than once.

CLN Podcast Eisode 8 with Angelina Panozzo and Nadia Seaver

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable.  Today’s show is a fun filled 50 minutes, perfect for blocking off some knitting time for you. So, come on and let’s meet the wonderful Angelina Panozzo.

 You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let us know what you think!

Music

Angelina is no stranger to podcasts, in fact, she is my first guest that had a podcast of her own (Women in Music) and has interviewed both Jennifer Rowley and Jessica Curry. Having moved country, unfortunately, time hasn’t allowed her to continue with the podcast but you can listen to her in this amazing YouTube video, Final Fantasy XV Live at Abbey Road Studios!!!!

 

Gamer Crafting

Angelina launched Gamer Crafting Yarns on Etsy in 2016 and has continued to grow this with the same passion she takes to everything she loves.  Angelina works as a content manager for a yarn company which led to writing a blog series on yarn dying, she became so intrigued and inspired it led to many experiments and the start of her yarn dying career. Combining her love of games with yarn, all the skeins in her shop are dyed around a gaming/sci-fi theme.

 

Flame Elemental – World of Warcraft themed hand dyed yarn, 50g alpaca and silk DK weight

Design

Angelina has also designed patterns that are available on both LoveKnitting and Ravelry.com but this year Angelina wants to focus on her own self-published book. I’m really excited about this and hopefully, we can follow along on Angelina’s journey because I for one can not get enough of her fun and magnetic personality.

 

Caterpillar Mitts by Angelina Panozzo

If you would like to find out more about Angelina you can follow her on her website AngelinaPanozzo.com and on Twitter and Instagram where she also curates a number of accounts.

 

Discounts

Angelina has very kindly offered a 10% discount on her Etsy shop with the code COTTAGE10 so run straight over there and check out her yarns.

Galerie d'Apollon by Emma Wright

Galerie d’Apollon by Emma Wright

The wonderful people over at The Fiber Company are launching the new collection April In Paris and to help celebrate this launch they are offering the beautiful Gallerie D’Apollon, a lace shawl designed by Emma Wright, available for free download for the whole of February. Simply use the code ‘lumalove’ at checkout before 28th February 2017.

 

Podcasts mentioned during episode 8 are:

Listen to Ladies  – Showcasing Women Composers

Two Tangled Skeins  – Video Knitting Podcast

 

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from her on lizseaver.com.

Thanks so much for listening!

Nadia

 

Love | The Cottage Notebook: Concept, Published & On Air

Love | The Cottage Notebook: Concept, Published & On Air

It is really hard to imagine that the Notebook was only launched in September 2016 and the last 5 months have been a rollercoaster ride that, quite frankly, I hope never ends. I am so grateful to all that read, listen and share in everything that I do here. Today, I finally had some down time to stand back and look at what I was creating and what has been achieved.

Concept

The idea for this site came from a need to have my own space, a place where I can create all of the things that I love and keep in contact with all of the amazing people that I have met in a crazy, fun and surreal 6 years in the craft community. Having my children meant I couldn’t be part of that community in the way that I had been and to quote someone far greater than me, a change was gonna come.

I figured out what I wanted to write about and what I loved and what I would like to read if I was rolling around the internet. But nothing prepared me for the support that you all gave from the wonderful ladies in This Is Knit to the Irish Knitters on all forms of social media and one hell of a business buddy! I am so incredibly grateful and really I was just floundering my way along and finding my feet until a chance conversation with Martine Ellis and the support from Jo’s Shineeybees community led to something great.

On Air

The podcast was something I have wanted to do for such a long time, but weddings and babies got in the way. My journey was not in anyway smooth, so the podcast was launched on the 19th of September 2016 when I (read we as my husband is an amazing editor and idiot filter) had the time to dedicate to it. Since then, followers have grown in such a short time, the Ravelry group actually has members! And they want to be there and follow along!! I was trying to work out the unique downloads but I have forgotten the url to my stats page right this second so I will update this post a little later.

Since, September I have gotten to chat to the amazing Evin OK, Mina Loves Designs, Angelina Panozzo, Woollywormhead and Robynn Weldon of Studio Miranda and the list for yet to record is just as amazing AND I get to head to EYF 2017 as a podcaster! This is the DREAM people!  Yes, I have managed to find a few expert and awesome gardening people to join in the podcast too and I am just as nervous to record now as I was 5 months ago.

If you want to catch up you can find all the info on the podcast over here

Published

Taking a deep breath and putting my big girl pants on, led to finally getting the ezine out on Wednesday, this week. It’s shocking to me that something that felt like forever was pulled together in so short a timeframe thanks to everyone who featured in the issue and a lot of sleepless nights. One that meant me jumping up and down on my bed at three am in excitement while my husband looked at me in what can only be described as grumpy, wonder.

I will tell you that the idea of an interactive, behind the scenes ezine, was a cumulative process sparked from a few amazing sources. I wanted to look at the craft and garden industries (I’m working on it I swear) but in a way that let the readers get to know these amazing people like I do.

So, combining the Cottage Talks area of my blog into an ezine that people could read anywhere on any device when they wanted, seemed like a natural process. More than that, it allowed me to show the readers, exactly what we are talking about, in real time and just by clicking a link in the ezine. No further work is involved from the reader other than to stay comfortable and continue to learn about the featured artist. I also like the aesthetic of an online publication more than a blog post, I feel it can showcase those featured in a way that my blog never could.

If you would like to support the Notebook then join the VIC area and pick up a discount or two and use them! Thank you to everyone who made my journey to where I am right now possible. You are all fabulously awesome 🙂

Lastly, I should note that this Notebook is an area that I created to escape to. I was perfectly clear in my first ever podcast that this was to be a fun, safe space that was as much for me as for anyone who wants to come along and join the fun. I have my political views but they do not have a place here. I shout about them on Twitter from time to time but this is the place I escape to for my few minutes of peace before I head on back to the world crashing down around me.

 

Thank You!

xxxxxxxx

Nadia

CLN Podcast Episode 7: EYF 2017 & More

CLN Podcast Episode 7: EYF 2017 & More

Episode 7 is a cram packed look at all the knitter news of KAL’s, events and experiments in 2017. Come join me for another chat from the cottage craft room and find out what’s happening near you.

It’s time for you to grab that cuppa and make yourself comfortable. We have around half an hour of crafty goodness with information on the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Knitgrrl’s latest project and The DKC Knit-along. Now doesn’t that sound like the start of a Happy Friday?

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM. While you are having a listen, why not leave a review and let me know what you think!

Grow

My garden is sleeping right now and the only ting that looks good is my garlic. I do chat a little about planning in the garden and how we set up our Square foot planting. There is also a chat about the plans for our YouTube channel and what’s in store for the gardening side of the CLN Podcast.

The giant parsnip in question.

As if that wasn’t enough in January, this amazing image has me gobsmacked. I mean it’s a parsnip the size of an adult human arm! This was grown by Fiona’s Dad but there is an amazing piece on how to grow parsnips that you are not going to want to miss over on Fiona Grows Food.

The last bit of info that you may want to keep an eye on is the Bloom in the Park Facebook page. Bloom will be back during the June bank Holiday but keep an eye out for this years plans as they happen.

Craft

A little bit of housekeeping to start and a huge welcome to the new Ravelry group members and if you haven’t joined in pop on over and join the banter. It will be a lot more active in 2017.

EYF2017

The biggest piece of news so far is that we are bringing the podcast to EYF2017 and there is a PodKal. You can find out all the info in this blog post along and team links. If you have any questions just get in touch with me via the contact page, comments section or on any of the social media platforms the links are in the sidebar. If you want the latest information as it happens, then please sign up to the newsletter here.

The DKC Knit-along

The yarn I’m drooling over at the moment is from the fabulous Dublin Dye Company  and I’m using it to take part in the year-long DKC KAL. You can find out more about the angry sock god and the KAL in this post. You can find the DKC KAL facebook group here and the pattern I’m knitting at the moment is the fabulous no swatch needed Lifestyle toe up socks.

Knitgrrl

I would love to hear your thoughts on Knitgrrls experiment on Patreon. Knitgrrl aka Shannon Oakley is making the design process and costs involved more transparent is a great thing. If you don’t want to pledge the $4 a month you can, of course, chose to set a monthly limit or just donate to the cause. I did check how much I spent on patterns last year and it was significantly more than the $208 but it was on patterns, magazines, pattern books etc. Let me know what you think in the comments.

There is some chat about Shannon’s fantabulous Twitterbot What Should I Knit. I love seeing it in my timeline and I think you should try it out for a week and see if it brings a spark of inspiration your way.

I also have a brief glimpse at Woollywormheads  2016 in hats and I nod at her amazing photography for her new collection.

Stash Exploration

I share my stash exploration in answer to Jo’s new episode of the Shinybees Podcast. I invite you to listen and take part too. She has an active Podcast group over on Facebook here and she would love to hear from you.

And just in case here is the link I mentioned of my Folded by Veera Valimaki because I know some of you are skimming these notes.

Love

I like to share the podcasts and shows that I find interesting and on today’s episode there are extra special mentions of the following shows:

The Sampler Girl by Tanya Marie

Knit Read Pray by Laura Gesin

Knit British by Louise Scollay

The Sod Show by Peter Donegan

If you want to be one of the VIK (Very Important Knitters) sign up to the newsletter below

 

As always, thanks for listening!

Nadia

 

Craft | Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017

Craft | Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017

Cottage notebook podcast at EYF 2017

I have been itching to write a post with a little more of my personality in it and sometimes life just works in your favour. I’ve been trying to find my blogging voice shall we say and you know half of the time it’s because I haven’t really made myself comfortable in my own blogging space. I can stretch out on these pages and put my feet up on the sidebar if I want too. So while I’m finding my feet let me tell you a little bit about EYF 2017 because I. am. excited.

This year I’m taking the CLN Podcast to its first yarn festival in Edinburgh! That’s right I’m bringing this baby on the road. For those of you who follow the fabulous Louise aka KnitBritish, you will have heard about the PodKal with Blacker Yarns. If you have missed all the media around the PodKal let me fill you in.

What’s the Deal?

  1. The cast on date is January 19th and cast off is March 4th.
  2. You can choose any pattern you want to knit so that you can show it off at the festival.
  3. The yarn has to be Blacker Yarns to be eligible for the discount and draw. Though use stash yarn if you just want to join in but you won’t be entered into the draws.
  4. You can knit or crochet your project
  5. There will be a meet up at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. (date and time TBA) If you are going to EYF and you wear your FO in 100% Blacker Yarns you will get a discount on the stall as a prize.
  6. For those who cannot make it to EYF, there will have a FOMO FO thread (fear of missing out finished objects) and there will be a random prize draw after EYF!

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Let’s Form a Team

Now that I have your attention, I’m wondering if you would like to form an Irish PodKal team? I will be doing the KAL between now and march and I will be posting about it on IG  and Twitter. If you would like to join in the fun leading up to the festival, drop me a comment and I will sort out a team. You can also find out more information and introduce yourself to other members of the PodKal on Ravelry here.

There will be more information as we get closer to the festival but for now, I’ll let you ponder which of the fabulous Blacker Yarns you would like to try for the KAL. Do you really need an excuse to try a new yarn? I know I don’t. There will be more information on a team page and group a little later on. I will also be sending out updates in the Newsletter along with behind the scenes info from the festival.

Go on and join in the PodKal and share in the joy!

Nadia

Update

The Irish team is forming, if you would like to join in the PodKAL:

  1.  Use TeamIre at the end of your posts on the PodKal thread here
  2. Use the hashtags #TeamIre and #blackerpodKAL on social media so you can follow along
  3. Remember to tag your projects on Ravelry with blackerpodkal and TeamIre
  4. Yu can chat with just TeamIre over on the group thread here

And that’s it! Your now part of the KAL

Wehey!

 

 

 

CLN Podcast Episode 6 with Robynn Weldon

CLN Podcast Episode 6 with Robynn Weldon

Hello and welcome to the CLN podcast. Episode 6 is here and joining me at the cottage today is the lovely Robynn Weldon of Studio Miranda. We chat about her new Lost in the Woods collection and collaboration with Julia Günther and Emily K Williams , photography, yarn selection and the design process. I also announce the winner of the wonderful prize from Gillian Harkness from Episode 5.

CLN Podcast Episode 6 with Robynn Weldon

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable.  Today’s show is a fun filled 50 minutes, perfect for blocking off some knitting time for you. So, come on and let’s meet the lovely Robynn Weldon.

 You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let us know what you think!

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Unterholz by Robynn Weldon from Lost in the Woods using GGH Joker, ITO Hana, Whimzy Sokkusu O

Unterholz by Robynn Weldon from Lost in the Woods.

Grow

2016 has seen the release of Robynn’s newsletter which I’m a huge fan of. We chat about that on the podcast along with the release and promotion of Lost in the Woods. It’s been so much fun to watch the collection grow as it was released in sections on Ravelry and IG. On today’s podcast you will learn how the collaboration with Julia Günther and Emily K Williams came together and find out all about that stunning landscape photography. If your interested in having a look at the patterns and photography that we chat about in the podcast from Lost in the Woods you can check out the lookbook at the end of the show notes and you can catch my previous review here on the blog.

Elf Baby Hat by Robynn Weldon

Elf Baby Hat by Robynn Weldon

Craft

Robynn chats about life as a designer and how she chose yarn for the Lost in the Woods collection. We delve into her everyday life, design inspiration and of course her choices for the 2016 Gift-a Long. Robynn’s love of knitting and the craft community is evident throughout the podcast and it brought a smile to my face to listen to her depth of knowledge and experience in the industry. From starting Purlescence to her almost 20 years of editorial and publishing experience, Robynn’s unique view on the craft industry is wonderful to listen to.

 

Pavonis cardigna shawl pattern by Robynn Weldon in Dublin Dye Company Silken Lace

Pavonis (the cardigan that thinks it’s a shawl) in Dublin Dye Company Silken Lace

Love

Robynn loves designing and her personality shines through during the podcast. We chat about Pavonis and just why it is the pattern that she is most personally proud of along with sharing her favourite yarn choices and how she likes to use her social media to stay in contact with you all.

Pravigan by Robynn Weldon in rowan kid silk haze and ITO Sensai

Pravigan by Robynn Weldon

If you want to catch up with Robynn, you can find her on Ravelry as Robynn, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as Woollythinker and of course on her website Studio-Miranda.com

If you have any questions for Robynn or about today’s show, just drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Here is the lookbook for Lost in the Woods, enjoy those sweeping landscapes and stunning patterns.

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from here on lizseaver.com.

Thanks so much for listening!

Nadia

P.S Here is the screenshot of the magical Random Number Generator picking our latest winner!

 

CLN Podcast Episode 5 with Gillian Harkness of Mina Loves Designs

CLN Podcast Episode 5 with Gillian Harkness of Mina Loves Designs

Hello and welcome to the podcast. Episode 5 is finally here and joining me at the cottage today is the lovely Gillan Harkness of Mina Loves Designs. We chat about her new Rios Rocks collection, photography, secret yarn stashes and how she went from knitter to budding designer. I also announce the winner of the wonderful prize from Evin O’K from Episode 4.

Episode 5

 

It’s time for you to put the kettle on, grab your knitting and make yourself comfortable.  Today’s show is a fun filled 40 minutes with a little giveaway thrown in at the end. So, come on and let’s meet the lovely Gillian Harkness.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM. While you’re having a listen, why not leave a review and let us know what you think!

Vermelho by Gillian Harkness in Malabrigo Rios

Vermelho by Gillian Harkness in Malabrigo Rios

Grow

Gillian started out blogging in 2009 around the same time she joined Ravelry. Like so many of us, Gillian has been harbouring the urge to design her own patterns and in today’s episode you can find out where it all began and how Gillian made that leap to releasing her own designs and her new collection Rios Rocks on Ravelry.

Marilyn by Gillian Harkness in Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal

Marilyn by Gillian Harkness in Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal

Craft

Gillian’s love of photography comes across both in her pattern photographs but also in her beautiful sweeping landscape pictures and her ‘Places Where You Can Knit’ feature that you can see over on her Instagram account. We chat about where this all began and Gillian’s other hobbies that help her relax and enjoy life to the fullest.

 

Sakura by Gillian Harkness in Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran

Sakura by Gillian Harkness in Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran

Love

From listening to the interview you can tell just how much Gillian loves designing and her passion for using luxury yarns from Independent Yarn Dyers and supporting local people in the craft community. Find out just how much Hedgehog Fibers is hiding in her stash and how using knitting as therapy has helped her focus on building her career.  Gillian also as a special giveaway for listeners of the podcast, tune in to find out more.

Fljót by Gillian Harkness in Townhouse Yarn's Fade St 4ply

Fljót by Gillian Harkness in Townhouse Yarn’s Fade St 4ply

If you want to catch up with Gillian, you can find her on Ravelry, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as Mina Loves Design and of course on her website MinaLovesDesigns.com

If you have any questions for Gillian or about today’s show, just drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

The music for the podcast has been provided by Liz Seaver and you can find more from here on lizseaver.com.

Thanks so much for listening!

Nadia