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 RadioStitcherPlayer FM or Download Now. 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 or Download Now. 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 or Download Now. 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 or Download Now. 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 or Download Now. 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 Edinburugh 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

Cottage On Tour: Edinburgh Yarn Festival (CLN Podcast Ep.11)

Cottage On Tour: Edinburgh Yarn Festival (CLN Podcast Ep.11)

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

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

 

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.

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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

 

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 your 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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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 your 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

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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

CLN Podcast Episode 4 with Evin O’Keeffe

CLN Podcast Episode 4 with Evin O’Keeffe

Hello and welcome to the podcast. Episode 4 is finally here, joining me at the cottage today is the wonderful Evin O’Keeffe, author of Bake Knit Sew and the award winning blog Evin OK. You will hear lots about craft, baked goods and find out about the magic behind the scenes of These Islands and Bake Knit Sew. I will also announce the winner of the wonderful WoollyWormhead prize from Episode 3.

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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 Evin OK.

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

Honeycomb Tea Cosy by Evin Bail O'Keeffe from Bake Knit Sew

Honeycomb Tea Cosy by Evin Bail O’Keeffe from Bake Knit Sew

Grow

Evin started out blogging 9 years ago and today is a published author and founder of the publication company Anchor and Bee. In today’s episode you can find out where it all began and how Evin’s career has grown over time.

Falling Petals Lace Shawl by Evin Bail O'Keeffe from Bake Knit Sew

Falling Petals Lace Shawl by Evin Bail O’Keeffe from Bake Knit Sew

Craft

From knitting to sewing and embroidery, you can learn where Evin’s love of craft came from and how those beautiful photographs in Bake Knit Sew were staged. Evin also describes the journey from the idea of a Kickstarter  campaign to the publication of Bake Knit Sew. There is some advice along the way  and some interesting stories behind the collaboration of These Islands.

The Beaker Folk Shawl by Smudge Yarns from These Islands

The Beaker Folk Shawl by Smudge Yarns from These Islands

 

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Evin is also sharing the love by offering the listeners and readers of Cottage Lover’s Notebook & Podcast a 10% discount on Bake Knit Sew patterns and These Islands patterns by Evin on Ravlery using the code CLN2016. We also have a copy of both books to give away but you will have to listen to find out how to win that fabulous prize.

 

If you want to catch up with Evin, you can find her on Ravelry, Instagram and Twitter as Freckled Past and her Facebook page is EvinOk. Her award winning blog is EvinOK.com and I’m slowly working my way through the Christmas Craft section over there!

If you have any questions for Evin 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

 

 

 

 

 

Cottage on Tour: Woolly Wormhead

Cottage on Tour: Woolly Wormhead

Hello and welcome to the CLN Podcast. Today I have a very special guest for you, the wonderful Woolly Wormhead. You will hear lots from your favourite designer on life and creativity, her favourite hats and a discussion on design and process.

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We have a slightly longer podcast today at around 45 minutes, so it’s time for you to grab your notebook and knitting, get comfortable and settle in for a fun filled journey from hat design to raised bed building with tires. Come learn a little more about the person behind Woolly Wormhead and I’m sure you will leave excited and inspired to stash dive and knit some hats.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM. While your having a listen, why not leave a review and let us know what you think! You can catch up on previous episode of the podcast here

 

Kilbride Hat from Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids

Kilbride Hat from Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids

As you can tell from the interview, Woolly is one of my favourite designers and I’m very lucky to be in the position to have gotten to meet her a few times in the past. Her energy and passion for hat design and circles is infectious and it all comes wrapped up in a loving person and a fantastic quick wit. We chat about everything from photography to what the future holds and I’m guessing you will want to bookmark this page for future reference. Today’s episode comes from the ballroom in Powerscourt Townhouse, which is a podcastor’s nightmare but we powered through and I hope you enjoy today’s show.

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Woolly and myself got to discuss her life in the artistic community,  her DIY raised bed garden and tire hunting (yes! You will have to listen and see). I’m so lucky to have gotten to glean lots of useful information on how she sculpts her beds and it’s a side of Woolly that I’m delighted to share with all of you.

Craft

You all probably know how vast Woolly’s knowledge base is from math to sculpture, art and design to gardening and sustainability. As you listen to the podcast it’s hard not to get excited about all of her interests and hobbies, did you know she likes to dabble with silversmithing ?

Hadley from Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids

Hadley from Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids

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Woolly also chats about her favourite patterns from Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids, her personal favourite hat pattern Tucked and she shares advice for people starting out. Finally, you can also find out what the future holds for Woolly as she discusses her mKAL . This is her 9th mystery knit along, can you believe it! This year the KAL focuses on 3 different hat patterns a beanie, beret and slouchy, all around one theme. You get to choose which you want to knit rather than having just one type of hat. The patterns are available as a beret and a beanie+slouchy combo or as an ebook for all three.

 

Tucked

Tucked

 

You can find Woolly Wormhead on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and of course her Ravelry Group. Details of the Mystery KAL can be found here and the discussion group here. You can read more about  website Woolly Wormhead and learn more about Woolly’s life on her blog here. A huge Thank You to Woolly for taking time out from her hectic schedule while in Dublin, we can not wait until you come back!

Music

 

Liz Seaver

Liz Seaver

Music for the show has been provided by the very talented Liz Seaver. You can find more over on her website LizSeaver.com or on iTunes. I’m a huge fan and if your lucky enough to live in the Dublin area you can find her in Raffs on the Corner in Skerries when she hosts the Open Mic Nights. If not you can catch her over on Twitter and I’m sure she would be delighted to chat to you.

Sponsor

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Lisa Sisk on 2 FM’s Nicky Byrne Show.

This post has been sponsored by This is Knit, Powerscourt Townhouse, South William St., Dublin 2. You can find all the luxury yarns here along with my personal favourite yarn Malabrigo Rios. If you hop over to their blog you can catch lots of useful info on shop updates, techniques, tutorials and more. Did you manage to catch Lisa on 2FM? If you missed it you can catch up on the player here

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CLN Podcast Episode 2: Potatoes to Dye for

CLN Podcast Episode 2: Potatoes to Dye for

Hello and welcome to the podcast. Episode 2 is finally here, come join me for another trip through life here at the Cottage.  You will hear more about the potato than you have probably ever wanted to know and I introduce you to the wonderful Dublin Dye Company and a quick round up of what I’m listening to.

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It’s time for you to grab that cuppa and make yourself comfortable. We have around half an hour of GIY, crafty goodness with a little giveaway thrown in for good measure. Now doesn’t that sound like a Happy Friday?

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

Grow

It’s been a very busy Potato season here and I discuss potatoes in containers and the heritage variety Shetland Black and Red Duke of York. After listening I hope you decide to grow your own potatoes, they are easy and keep the toddler entertained through out the season, just empty that container and let them dig for potato gold!

The Urban Farm has been a favourite of mine to check in on now and then. I really think what they achieve on a rooftop in Dublin is exceptional. The Thank Potato Project is one that really stood out and I thought, well we are talking about potatoes, why not tell you a little about it. It started it’s celebration tour in 2014 and I assure the project is still running in it’s own way. There is many a tweet of a fine looking spud and you can find these and more over on Twitter @UrbanFarm. Give Andrew a wave and a hello from us.

The latest news from GIY HQ is fantastic, it opened it’s doors to the public on October 6th to a warm welcome of coffee starved customers. Once the hoard was filled with yummy breakfasts and warm beverages they toured the wonderful gardens and found everything they needed to Grow, Cook and Eat.

Craft

The yarn I’m drooling over at the moment is from the fabulous Dublin Dye Company. All I have to say is just have a look at those sock gradients! I had a look at the Silken Lace and the lovely pattern Pavonis from Studio Miranda.  There is also a shout out to the fabulous work being carried out by Aoibhe Ni. Haven’t heard what she is up to? then stay tuned. The October KAL is well underway and Dacite is coming along nicely.How are you getting on?

Love

We like to share the love and well that would mean it’s competition time here at the cottage. How would you like to win this beautiful skein of Dublin Dye Company DK? Have a listen to find out what you have to do 🙂

What I’m Listening to

PomPom Quaterly – Episode 29 with Caitlin Ffrench The girls Lydia and Sophie have done it again and left me laughing so hard I dropped my stitches. The interview with Caitlin Ffrench (yes two F’s) is particularly interesting as she discusses natural dyeing and the slow fashion movement. I can certainly relate to the ethos of sustainability.

A PlayfulDay – Pateron – Isle Yarns Yip we are big fans of Kate and her pateron podcast with Sue from Isle Yarns is beautiful to listen too. This is a Pateron podcast and well worth the time and effort (which is minimal, a few clicks really) to support. so go on what are you waiting for? Oh right the end of my post, ahem.

Lore – Aaron Manhke I can’t believe my friends never passed this on! I had to find out about it from the internets! For shame. I really enjoyed this podcast and it’s one that I get to listen to with my husband which is great! If you like scary stories and dark tales from history this one is for you too.

The Sod Show – David Tanner  This is a really special interview and it deserves your full attention and respect. Peter was extremely lucky to visit Glenview Gardens and talk to David. A quiet, relaxed interview dripping with experience, it is one not to be missed.

The Sod Show – Laura Garnett Laura from Perennial GBRS chats with Peter about Perennial and how they can help those in horticulture. This is not an area I know a lot about and it was eye opening. I understand the ups and downs of a seasonal occupation but this was both sad and uplifting to listen to. This is one for a cuppa and a snuggle blanket before bed, well it was for me!

GIY International Sound Cloud This is more of a constant resource for me at the moment. I’m running around and trying to catch up on what I’ve missed. there is a lovely interview of Fiona from Fiona Grows Food up here from Bloom and a very interesting one on the 39 cent veg and the true cost of cheap food.

And finally a huge thank you to the lovely Liz Seaver for the use of her music and  “Let in the Silence” from Turbulent Bliss. The beautiful piano tones are what sets the creative mood flowing throught the podcast. As always ,your a star Liz!

CLN Podcast Episode 1: A Few Square Feet

CLN Podcast Episode 1: A Few Square Feet

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Today’s episode covers how we went about setting up the raised beds with the toddler here at the cottage, a Carol Feller Knit-A-Long and Townhouse Yarns.  I ask how you’re doing with the Winter Window Challenge and a short round-up of Knitter News.

The podcast is a little information heavy so here is a list of all the sites,  patterns,  yarns etc. mentioned today.

Websites:

The Garden Shop ::  GIY International :: Quickcrop :: Fiona Grows Food ::

Enrich :: Etsy :: Ravelry :: This is Knit :: Dublin Knit Collective

Yarns Featured:

Townhouse Yarns ::  Juniper Moon Findley :: Ellie and Ada

Patterns Mentioned:

Maigold by Darlene Hayes :: Dacite,  Talamh, Stannum by Carol Feller ::  Bunting Party Flags for K&S Show

Podcasts Mentioned:

The Sod Show by Peter Donegan :: Pom Pom Quarterly by Lydia and Sophie :: A Playful Day by Kate :: Raven’s Rock by Cormac McDonnagh.

Music provided by Liz Seaver

Like the podcast? Then please share the link or drop us a comment here on the blog  or find us on:

Instagram :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Ravelry 

Want to get in touch? You can use the above links or email: nadia(at)cottagenotebook.ie

Something New

Something New

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What is it about September that it feels like the start of another year? The kids go back to school and some calm and routine descends and everything starts to fall into place again. Here at the cottage we have begun to find the energy and enthusiasm for new projects and today I get to share one of these with all of you.

Before that, I do want to say a big hi and welcome to some new followers, thank you for joining in and I hope you enjoy the time you spend here. I am so excited to share our new Podcast, I’ve uploaded a short intro piece that explains what our plans are for that and I will add the show notes to the end of this blog piece.

Over the last three years there have been so many changes to our lives; we bought the Cottage and promptly had not one but two little girls. When you become a parent people say nothing can prepare you for it and no matter how many times you hear those words you think you understand and you have prepared as much as you can. Then you wake up to your new family, it feels like you’ve been hit by a train and it’s four months later and you have no idea why your top is on backwards or why your holding that one shoe that doesn’t match anything else in the house!

So, putting together A Cottage Lover’s Notebook has allowed me to regain some time for me, to focus on those things I had thought I had lost when I became a mum but it turns out they were just hibernating and waiting for me to have the energy to bring to life the ideas I had while raising a toddler and cooking baby number two. Now that these little monkeys are a little older and I’ve melded mum duties and toddler entertainment with my passions of gardening and craft it was time for a fresh start and to start our story as a family. I’m not the same person who started crafting all those years ago, I’ve grown, learned things I didn’t even think I needed to ever know (like just how does a baby manged to get poop EVERYWHERE? and why do my peas prefer being looked after by my toddler rather than the adult?) Going back to work PT and getting to chat to some fellow knitters and crocheters has allowed me to dream again and be creative and it’s a part of me I missed so much, so thank you!

So, here is the Cottage Notebook Podcast introduction. I hope you like it and the changes that are happening here on the blog.

Shownotes:

Our first podcast serves as an introduction on what’s to come and what crafts, attempted food growing and toddler entertainment is happening here at the cottage. Music by the talented L. Seaver.  You can follow us as Cottage Notebook on

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and Bunnyt on Ravelry.