Podcast Notes – 17th March “Together in Tauranga”


Gill has started and finished a  Sockhead Slouch Hat (ravelry link, also available on her blog but it doesn’t include all the sizes) knit in Mrs Peacock Yarns Sonic base on the Rainforest colourway.

Kylie finished a pair of machine knit socks using some Spotlight yarn Moda Vera Not Just Socks. It was her first pair of socks on the 74 stitch cylinder, and the first pair made using the ribber attachment!

Kylie has finished a set of dishclothes using a ball of FibraNatura Cotton Royal Color Waves purchased at Michelle Ann Woolshop in Pukekohe, Auckland- she got 6 dishclothes out of one ball though the last one isn’t as large as the rest. Pattern used was Dishcloth Recipe by Robin Wiest (ravelry link).

Gill finished her pair of scrappy socks for a KAL hosted on Instagram by @every.thing.shapes.us – you can follow along the hashtag #easypeasyscrappysockskal2023. It’s a toe up knit with a fleegle heel after not enjoying it!


Kylie has cast on a Sockhead Slouch Hat (ravelry link, also available on her blog but it doesn’t include all the sizes) as her new handbag knitting. The yarn is from Knot n Tie (a lovely local Auckland dyer) on her Twistie Toes base – a fun zebra type yarn and it’s giving a lovely pooling effect.

Kylie has been inspired by the DRK March to May KAL. She’s picked up her
Find Your Fade
 by Andrea Mowry started a while ago in the original Hedgehog Fibres fade colours in their Skinny Singles base. The Piwakawaka pin Kylie has on her bag is from Lisafdesigns.

Gill is knitting Dalekanium by Dena Stelly using yarn from Rainy Day Yarn in the Striped Pajamas colourway. This pattern is a free pattern with an interesting star toe construction.

Gill has also cast on a new sweater – Dayspring by Ainur Berkimbayeva, from the Spring 2021 issue of Pom Pom Magazine. They yarns are from Louie and Lola Yarns in Tasmania, Australia.

The Tolkien crochet blanket has been getting lots of love – Kylie has finished joining 54 squares in a join as you go method. Yarn is from Giddy Yarns in Scotland, and there are 5 x 10g minis for each month of the yar in 2022, Q1 inspired by The Hobbit and Q2-4 inspired by each Lord of the Rings book.


We both have spinning to share this week!

Kylie finished a batt from Twisted Zisters – it was 2 identical batts layed on top of each other then spun from one side to the other. Yarn is spun on a traditional Ashford wheel from the fold to create singles which were then fulled in hot water and thwacked.

Gill finished some Anna Gratton Corriedale fibre in the Passionfruit colourway. It’s been sitting on her wheel for a bit and she has made 470m over 200g in a sport/DK weight.


Kylie has been very busy ‘rescuing’ yarn this fortnight! Holland Road Company has started a ‘re-loved’ section on their website where people can resell yarn they no longer want/need. Kylie got a 300g skein of Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Lace Garn which she will use as the main colourway for the Foxthoughts Pullover by Hiroko Payne / The Hare And The Crow

Kylie also rescued some Hedgehog Sock Yarn from a facebook based yarn page in colourways Hush, Fool’s Gold and Guppy.

Nana-Cindy has stopped dying, so Kylie visited the Knit Nook’s website and bought some Nana-Cindy yarn!

Pom Pom No. 43 and No. 44 arrived. No. 43 wasn’t really Kylie’s thing so it’s gone to Gill’s library!! The Spring edition is more for Kylie so she’s enjoying flicking through that one.

Kylie has expanded her Ridged Heddle with some accessories including a verident kit, a double heddle upgrade and a couple of weaving books.

Gillian recieved her Vintage Purls Quindecenium Hat kit – a hat to celebrate 15 years in business. She also got some super cute extras including some fun tags and a bookmark.


Please join us in finishing some of your WIP’s started before 2023! We have at least one prize to giveaway – a skein donated from Purple Sprouting. Thanks Paula!! To enter, dig out a WIP started before 2023 and finish it; then snap a shot and post it on Instagram with #kiwisummerwip in the description. If you don’t have access to Instagram, please drop us an email via the link in this blog.

We are extending the WIP along until the end of April since the year has gotten away from us!

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