Curious Handmade with Helen Stewart

By Helen Stewart

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CH 230: The Honey Bee Dance Socks and Some Healthy Reading!
  Today on the podcast I have a brand new sock pattern to introduce: our 4th design in this year’s Handmade Sock Society. I’m also reviewing a few books that I’ve found really helpful in my journey to stay healthy. Knitting can take a toll on our muscular-skeletal system, so if we want to keep […]
Aug 10, 2018
CH 229: Travelling with socks!
Today’s episode is short and sweet, which is appropriate, since I’m talking about my favourite little knitting projects: socks! I have a few on the go right now (they are perfect travel knitting, and I always bring some on every holiday) and I’m stalking more patterns on Ravelry, as always. Got to keep that Show […]
Aug 03, 2018
CH 228: Wick Shawl, Sprints and Streaks
On today’s episode I have a new Shawl Society pattern to introduce, and some good news about my violin exam! I have a short review of a book that I’ve found helpful when it comes to making progress on my goals. I’m also exploring some habits and ideas that could help me get more done, […]
Jul 27, 2018
CH 227: Craftivism
Today on the podcast I’m talking about a subject that some might find a little controversial, but which I find very inspiring and empowering: craftivism. The idea of changing the world for the better in both big and small ways with the power of making is a wonderful thing. I take a look at the […]
Jul 20, 2018
CH 226: Minimalism and Some Capsule Wardrobe Pattern Ideas
Today’s podcast contains a heartfelt ode to one of my favourite subjects…decluttering. It’s a bit of a pet cause for me because of how dramatically it improves my day to day life. Knowing where everything is and having room to breathe is one of the best things I can do for my creativity, and I […]
Jul 12, 2018
CH 225: Finished Like a Cloud and Lots of WIPs for Australia!
  This week on the podcast I’m all excited about my most recent FO, and already thinking about how many WIPs are going to make the cut and jet off to Australia with me for a holiday. (Spoiler alert: too many!) Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & […]
Jul 06, 2018
Ch 224: 18 in 2018 Happiness Project Update & Ivy Over The Door Shawl
Today’s podcast is a nice chatty catch up…I have some updates about how my 18 in 2018 projects are going, including one I got to tick off the list this week. I also have a new shawl design and some Shawl Society news to share with you. I’m having a good time stalking a project […]
Jun 28, 2018
CH 223: End of School Year Excitement and the Just a Card Campaign
Today’s episode is short and sweet. The school year is wrapping up here in London and there are plenty of events to prepare for with the kids. In between, I’m still working on our new sewing space and doing a bit of de-stashing. I’m also chatting about the Just a Card Campaign, which is all […]
Jun 22, 2018
CH 222: Sewing Plans and Some Hints About the Next TSS Design!
Today on the podcast I have news about my brand new sewing space and how it’s shaping up. I’ve also got a bit of advice for anyone flummoxed by the German Short Row Heel on the Astrantia Socks, and some sneaky hints about what’s coming up next in The Shawl Society Season III. Show Sponsors: […]
Jun 15, 2018
CH 221: Camping in the New Forest and Decluttering!
Today on the podcast I fill you in on the lovely camping trip we took last weekend, and chat about how my 18 in 2018 Happiness Project is going so far. I’ve also got more musings on decluttering, announcement of our recent giveaway winners, and an introduction to the latest pattern in the Handmade Sock […]
Jun 08, 2018
Ch 220: Woollinn Recap and the Maytham Shawl
Today on the show I’m sharing some of my experiences at the lovely Woollinn festival in Dublin, Ireland, and the slightly unexpected (but very lovely) haul I came home with. I also have an introduction to our very first shawl in TSS III. Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic […]
May 31, 2018
CH 219: Knitting Like a Cloud and Clark Socks and off to Woollinn
Today’s episode is a quick catch up about what I’ve been up to recently, ongoing and upcoming KALs, and my current WIPs. I also have a giveaway for tickets to a very cool festival coming up in Leeds. Today I’m in Ireland, visiting the first ever Woollinn festival in Dublin! Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic […]
May 24, 2018
Ch 218: Bath Retreat Recap and I’m heading to Woollinn!
After a magical retreat in Bath, I’m back with the podcast to tell you all about it. I also have some details about the upcoming new season of The Shawl Society, and I’m excited to make a flying trip to Dublin next week for the first ever Woollinn festival! Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn […]
May 17, 2018
CH 217: Capsule Wardrobe, The Shawl Society, & Like a Cloud
On today’s show my minimalist quest has turned to thinking about my wardrobe. I’ve also got some news about the next season of The Shawl Society, coming up very soon! My major WIP–aside from the super-secret shawls-to-be–has been Like a Cloud, and I’m flying through it! Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes […]
May 03, 2018
CH 216: Destashing and falling in love with Like a Cloud by Joji
  On today’s show I’m chatting about my continued decluttering and destashing adventure, and my plans to clear a spot where some dedicated sewing can happen! I’ve also got more details on the Maker’s Market in Bath, and the prize for our Impressionists MKAL. I’m also getting excited about the upcoming new Joji Locatelli pattern, […]
Apr 27, 2018
CH 215: Shawls from Renée Callahan, Joji Locatelli, and Laine
  Today on the show I chat about how the warmer weather has set off the urge for a spring declutter and destash: with a new level of Marie Kondo magic. I also have a few updates about how my 100 Days project is going. Most of all, I’m spending a little time stalking some […]
Apr 20, 2018
CH 214: The 100 Day Project, Magnolia Socks, and a Wealth of WIPS
  On today’s podcast, I’m back after a little break, chatting about the projects I have going on right now, the newest pattern in The Handmade Sock Society and another lovely challenge that’s inspiring me right now. Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a […]
Apr 13, 2018
CH 213: Giveaways and My Edinburgh Yarn Festival Report and Haul!
Today on the podcast I’m finally getting to look back on my time at EYF, after leaving you on a bit of a cliffhanger last week. I chat about the joys of meeting some wonderful podcasters in the Blacker Yarns Podcaster Lounge, explore some new-to-me knitting podcasts, and fill you in on some of my […]
Mar 28, 2018
CH 212: Impressionists MKAL, Little Meg Shawl, & CHCH Retreat Recap!
I have so much exciting news this episode, and so much to recap after a whirlwind few weeks that I think it will take a few podcasts to share all my stories! Today I’m talking about a recent shawl design, sharing more details about our upcoming MKAL (with a lovely giveaway coming up to celebrate) […]
Mar 23, 2018
CH 211: Interpretations Volume 5 by Joji and Veera
Today on the podcast I have one more peek forward at the EYF, which is happening this weekend, and then dive into a review of the latest gorgeous collaboration between super talented designers Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki. As a special 5th anniversary treat, they’ve paired each of the patterns in their Interpretations Vol. 5 collection […]
Mar 16, 2018
CH 210: Edinburgh Yarn Festival Podcasters and a Lovely Day Out
On today’s podcast I’m continuing my run-up excitement for EYF. The Podcaster Lounge is always a highlight. As a podcaster, it’s really special to be able to chat with some of my listeners face-to-face, and as a podcast fan I’m thrilled to get to meet podcasters I enjoy and admire. I take a look at […]
Mar 09, 2018
CH 209: EYF Planning and Embroidery Explorations
Edinburgh Yarn Festival is getting closer and closer, and I’m getting more and more excited. On this week’s show I chat about a few (okay, more than a few) vendors I’m really looking forward to visiting. You really need a plan to make the most of the EYF Marketplace! We’re also on a little bit […]
Mar 02, 2018
Ch 208: New designs, Fragment Socks, and The Knot Hole Tree Shawl
Today on the podcast, I share a little bit about some new designs in progress, some that are on the way, and two that were released this week! The new releases are collaborations with some of the most creative people in knitting right now: Anne of Little Skein in The Big Wool and her swoon-worthy […]
Feb 23, 2018
CH 207: Marlise by Anna Maltz and Knitvent KAL winners
  On today’s episode, I have a gorgeous book to review, which features a whole new knitting technique! I also announce our winners from the 2017 Knitvent KAL and chat a little about some Curious Handmade developments, including what it’s been like to plan the year so intently. Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, […]
Feb 16, 2018
CH 206: Happiness Project 18 in 2018
On today’s podcast I have a giveaway winner to announce, a new Handmade Sock Society pattern to introduce, and another fun planning challenge to help put a bit more fun, lightheartedness, and excitement into the new(ish) year! Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a […]
Feb 09, 2018
CH 205: Recollection by Renee Callahan & More Sock Knitting Hints
  On today’s episode I have a 2018 Make Nine Update, a review of a gorgeous new collection by Renée Callahan of East London Knits, a last call for Knitvent 2017 FOs, and some more sock knitting help. Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully […]
Feb 02, 2018
CH 204: The 2018 Make Nine Challenge
On today’s show I’m starting to get excited about the upcoming Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the Podcast Lounge. I’ve also been deep in planning for the year and discovered the 2018 Make Nine Challenge, which has inspired me to put together a list of personal projects I’d love to complete by the end of the […]
Jan 25, 2018
CH 203: Many, many sock knitting plans
Today on the show I’m reflecting a little bit more on the “Word of the Year” idea, with some wonderful words chosen by some of our Curious Crew Members. I also answer some questions about The Handmade Sock Society, which will be starting in February, and introduce you to a fabulous charity effort fueled by […]
Jan 19, 2018
CH 202: Canada and Christmas Eve Socks
Catching up in the New Year and sharing about our holiday to Canada, a delightful afternoon visiting some yarn stores in Vancouver and holiday knitting including Little Bobbins Christmas Eve Cast On. Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles […]
Jan 12, 2018
CH 201: The Last Show of The Year and Holiday Knitting Plans
On today’s episode I’m winding up another wonderful year of knitting and podcasting with the wonderful Curious Crew. I’m trying to slow down for a few weeks to soak in the holiday vibes, but of course there will be plenty of knitting behind the scenes. We’re heading away for Christmas this year so there’s lots […]
Dec 11, 2017
Ch 200: Shawl Society Grand KAL winners and Clara’s Cape
200 Episodes! It’s a landmark Curious Handmade podcast today and we’re celebrating with a special giveaway and the results of the draw for The Shawl Society’s Grand KAL. It’s also the end of Knitvent and the last pattern is out, though that KAL will run for another month. Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, […]
Dec 08, 2017
CH 199: Harry Potter, Advent Calendars, and the Marzipan Legwarmers!
In today’s episode I confess to some Harry Potter-related procrastination, get excited about opening my yarn Advent Calendar and finding a perfect pattern for it, and introduce you to this week’s Knitvent pattern! Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of […]
Dec 01, 2017
CH 198: Lots of KAL News and The Tchaikovsky Hat and Mitts
Today’s podcast is a roundup of what’s going on in the Curious Handmade KAL world, with stories from Knitvent so far and a bit of chat about my current knitting queue! Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and […]
Nov 22, 2017
CH 197: Wildflower Hill KAL Winners and Tulle Shawl!
Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge […]
Nov 17, 2017
CH 196: Hay Pullover and Land of Sweets Cowl
On today’s podcast I dive into the first week of Knitvent 2017 with our exciting first pattern, and I chat about what I’ve been up to, including my favourite current WIP, the Hay Pullover. I also announce the winners of our Surprise Party Shawl sets from Hue Loco and let you in on another pattern […]
Nov 10, 2017
CH 195: Knitvent, Surprise Party & the great big Rhinebeck Recap!
  This is a big, action-packed episode this week. Today I’m chatting about recent and upcoming designs, but most of all I deep-dive into my magical experience of Rhinebeck, where I met so many amazing people, had lots of lovely knitting time, and kept my yarn purchases to a bare minimum…mostly. Show Sponsors: Alongside an […]
Nov 03, 2017
CH 194: Heading to Rhinebeck for a Surprise Party
Just a quick hello and catch up before I head off across the Atlantic for Rhinebeck! On today’s episode I fill you in on the special projects I have on the way, and try to formulate a yarn-buying strategy for my trip… Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi […]
Oct 19, 2017
CH 193: Some winners and my fantasy Rhinebeck queue
  On today’s episode I’m settling into those autumn feelings and daydreaming about everything I’d like to knit for my upcoming trip to Rhinebeck…some of them a little more realistic than others. I’m also announcing winners for our recent giveaway and the Wishmaker Mini KAL for The Shawl Society Season II. Show Sponsors: Alongside an […]
Oct 10, 2017
Ch 192: The Familiar Shawl, and a wonderful time at Berlin Knits.
On today’s episode I’m introducing a shawl that might just be my favourite of this season’s Shawl Society, and reviewing the wonderful Berlin Knits festival and all the lovely classes I took there, along with a few announcements and some cameos from a few of my favourite knitters… Show Sponsors: Alongside an eclectic yarn range, […]
Oct 06, 2017
Ch 191: Off to Berlin! (and soon, Rhinebeck!)
On today’s podcast I’m chatting about all the many things coming up: trips to Berlin and Rhinebeck, a few KALs, and lots and lots of upcoming design work…including the return of our beloved Knitvent! Show Sponsors Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection […]
Sep 29, 2017
CH 190: Retreat Recap, Wildflower Hill Shawl, and giveaways!
On today’s show I fill you in on all the fun details of the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat, introduce the new retreat shawl design, and share a few beautiful new patterns I’ve been stalking, with information on how you can enter a giveaway to win a copy of one for yourself! Show Sponsors: Alongside […]
Sep 22, 2017
Ch 189: Knitting season is in full swing in London!
Now that we’re back from our Australian holidays and have settled back at home in London, the autumn weather has arrived, bringing with it some ambitious daydreams about sweaters and cables and the wooliest of woolly projects. In today’s episode I chat about my visit to the Great London Yarn Crawl, my new fantasy knitting […]
Sep 14, 2017
CH 188: Holidays, Wishmaker’s Shawl, and a very special event
I am finally back from my family holiday in Australia, and in this episode I catch you up on all the fun we had, and all the yarn I brought home with me. We’re also chatting about the latest pattern release for The Shawl Society Season II, and I reveal a bit more about the […]
Sep 08, 2017
CH 187: Modification and Collaboration: Community and Design
This week I’m talking about the ways that the knitting community comes into designing a pattern. For many knitters, making a change to an existing pattern is their first step into the world of pattern design. It’s a good way to gain a little confidence, experiment with new ideas, and flex your technical and creative […]
Aug 23, 2017
CH 186: Camp Curious: Storytelling through Photography.
On today’s episode I discuss how important photography has been to growing my design business and the Curious Handmade community, and share some simple tips I’ve picked up along the way. Whether you want to beautiful images in order to publish a pattern, or just want to share photos of your creations with friends and […]
Aug 17, 2017
CH 185: Borders, Edging, and the Talisman and Candlelit shawls.
  Today in Camp Curious we take a look at the finishing touches that can completely transform a shawl. Borders and edgings add a lot of character to a shawl and can change its shape and the way it hangs. I chat about how I choose a border for a shawl, some technical considerations, and […]
Aug 11, 2017
CH 184: Camp Curious – Stitch patterns and the Asana shawl
This week on the podcast I introduce you to the latest Shawl Society design, the Rune Shawl, and then dive into a discussion of the many amazing types of stitch patterns that can enrich a shawl design. Lace, colourwork, cables…stitch patterns are an endless source of interest for me. I share some of my favourite […]
Aug 03, 2017
CH 183: Camp Curious – Shape Experiments
I start off this episode revisiting a topic I find endlessly interesting…travel knitting and what projects to bring on holiday,. Then it’s off the Camp Curious again to explore this week’s theme…choosing shapes for shawl designs. The shape of a shawl is obviously one of its most distinctive design elements, and I discuss how I […]
Jul 28, 2017
CH 182: Playing with colour: Designing Hundred Acre Wood
Welcome to our second session of Camp Curious! I start off today’s episode by recapping my visit to Pomfest Birthday Celebrations for Pom Pom magazine last weekend…it was such a lovely occasion I couldn’t resist. I also talk about all the ways that colour influences the design process, some sources of colour inspiration, and how […]
Jul 21, 2017
CH 181: Yarn and design: how yarn inspired Amulet and Quill
Welcome to Camp Curious! This week in the series we are talking about how influential yarn is and always has been to my design process. I walk you through the yarn inspiration behind two of my shawls, and chat about the different aspects and qualities of a yarn that can impact the look and feel […]
Jul 14, 2017