Fall into Knitting …

I hope you’ve enjoyed summer where ever you are – and if you’ve been in the UK that week of sunshine that you had in July? I myself have been in Vancouver for a few weeks but mostly in the UK. As luck would have it, I had a fantastic month in Vancouver but missed the said week in the UK. The good news is that I’ll be heading back to Vancouver in time for FALL!! And for the KnitCity yarn festival in early October. And maybe Rhinebeck? Or maybe to Barcelona for a knitting festival there? It’s all up in the air at the moment.

Unfortunately, one thing that is not up in the air is that I won’t be at Perth this coming weekend. While I am disappointed at not going, I’m more disappointed because it could have been avoided and I’m going to miss out on meeting a lot of people I had looked forward to meeting. For those that were planning on saying hello, I am sorry that this wasn’t announced earlier. I was asked not to say anything as I was told there would be an official announcement, but it appears that isn’t happening. Please do keep in touch and I will do what I can to remedy this unfortunate situation.

The news isn’t all bad however as I was able to meet Jillian of Mothy and The Squid and she introduced me to Kate of Sealy MacWheely. I’ve gotten footage of both and they will both be featured in an upcoming episode of the show!! I’ve also been able to nurture a few connections that will lead to some great events and collaborations in the near future. And speaking of the show, episode 5 will be up this week!

I’ve also had an amazing visit with Susan Crawford of Susan Crawford Vintage and can’t wait to share all of that as well. That will be a multi-segment exposé as Susan does so much on her farm it will amaze you! There’s lots more to show and tell but you’ll have to stay tuned here and on the YouTube channel for all the details! Here’s a small smattering of pictures …

Now that it’s fall, what’s on your needles? Are you planning on casting on a sweater for the upcoming cooler/colder/freezing days ahead? I certainly am!! And some scarves too! I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re doing so please keep in touch here and everywhere else on social media. If you didn’t know, you can find me as mrhugzzz on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook and ITBTK on Twitter – although I’m not on there that much.

Hugzzz 😎

All about Woollinn!

Episode 4 of the show is now up! You can see it at this link – Episode 4! Fair warning – it’s a looooong one, but I think it’s worth it! Why? Well, it’s dedicated entirely to Woollinn 2019. If you didn’t make it you may feel like you had been there and if you did it will bring back some memories from just over a month ago!

There’s a more comprehensive breakdown of it under The Show tab on this site, as I’ve finally gotten around to getting that page up and running. I’ll be putting up each episode (and catching up on the first three) as they get published on the YouTube channel. If you haven’t already, I’d love it (and really appreciate it) if you subscribed. That way you’ll get notified when a new episode airs!

Back to Woollinn – I have to re-iterate how impressed I am with this festival. It’s definitely on my favorites list and I still can’t believe this is only it’s second year! I was able to condense the footage I shot to just over 2.5 hours. I know that’s a long time but I think you’ll like it. Cast on a small project before you start and see if you get it done by the end! There’s lots of great footage of the event and I hope it convinces you to come and check it out in 2020. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be in Ireland! And hopefully you’ll say hello to me and get some hugzzz!

Personally I can’t wait to see you there and say hello to old friends and make some new ones as well!

Hugzzz 😎

Episode 2 is up!!

I’m very happy to tell you that episode 2 of the show is now up. You can find it on YouTube by clicking this link …
Episode 2 … or stay on this site and watch it here!

In this episode we welcome a new product sponsor – Erin Lane Bags – and have 3 giveaways for our viewers in 2 segments.

The Sock Project Bag from Erin Lane Bags. Image by Erin Lane Bags

We travel to Bellingham, Washington to visit Andrea and Andrew Evans of Apple Yarns in our new LYS Spotlight segment. You’ll love their humour and their store and be eligible to win some great yarn and pattern to make the Ripple Effect shawl designed by Claudia Barbo.

The Ripple Effect shawl designed by Claudia Barbo. Image by Andrew Evans

After that we’ll go to Chiliwack, BC to visit Kim and Evan of Black Cat Custom Yarns to see just what it takes to dye hundreds of skeins of yarns in over 185 colours!! And you’ll also get a chance to win 2 skeins of yarn from them in the colour of your choice!

All Your Lace – 1 of 11 bases offered by Black Cat Custom Yarns (in 185+ colours)! Image by Black Cat Custom Yarns

That’s not all however as Jenna Vallee of Everlea Yarns will update us with what’s happening around the globe in the world of fibre arts. Fair warning though, make sure you watch right through the credits to get a chance to win all of the goodies up for grabs this week!

I hope you’ll like the show and make sure you subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss anything coming up. In 2 weeks we’ll talk to Barb of Knitted Knockers, learn a cool trick with the long tail cast-on, and check out a mens knit night in Brooklyn, NY. You want to miss that!

Hugzzz 😎

The Show Must Go On!

Hit the lights,
This is it,
The night of nights ….

Yup, it’s finally up people! The first episode (of many, many, more) of the relaunch is up on YouTube! Click on the picture to go directly to it. I’ll be here when you get back. 😉

@tarriqueamani and I racing to cast on!

Or watch it while on this site …

Wasn’t that great?! Thanks. I’m apologize for the delay in getting it up – I had some struggles with tech, which usually doesn’t happen to me, so you can imagine that they weren’t your usual little glitches. Anyway, that and some minor audio complications during the KnitU segment aside, I fairly pleased with the result.

I know I asked for your help during the video but I’m going to do so again here. If you like it, please subscribe to the channel on YouTube. It will really help me to be able to get some great swag to use for our giveaways later on. Also, please follow me on IG – @mrhugzzz – again for the same reason. I’d also love any feedback/comments about the show and ideas about things you’d like to see on it.

The second episode is completely shot already and being edited for publishing in just under 2 weeks. Seeing as this one was late I might release it early. Hope you have a great day and thanks for your ongoing support!
Hugzzz 😎

It’s Time!!

Well, by the time you read this, it will be! What time? 7:00 PM BST (British Summer Time). Time to register for classes at Perth Festival of Yarn 2019 and get your tickets! And by Perth, I mean Perth, Scotland, not Australia (maybe somebody should put together one there).

perth festival of yarn tutor badge
I’ll be teaching at Perth Festival of Yarn 2019!

I’m also pleased to say that I’ll be teaching two classes there as well, on guess what? CABLES!! There will be a beginner cables class on Sunday morning, then an advanced class that same afternoon. I promise I won’t have you twisted in knots though!

I’ll also be joined by seven other tutors teaching a variety of classes from Brioche (Julie Debreux of @julieknitsinparis) and Portuguese Knitting (André De Castro) to Exploring Māori Traditions Through Stranded Colourwork (Françoise Danoy of @ArohaKnits) and Dipped Stitches (Jeanette Sloan – who will also be giving the Keynote lecture)!

Perth Festival of Yarn tutors image
André de Castro, Beverley Dot, Karie Westermann, Julie Debreux, Françoise Danoy, Jeanette Sloan, and Steve Malcolm (MrHugzzz) are the tutors of Perth Festival of Yarn 2019!

Why don’t you pop on over to the site to see the full list of classes and the tutors who’ll be leading you through the stitches! I promise you’ll be impressed. I’m honoured and thrilled to be included in this list of diverse and talented teachers! Here’s the link:
Perth Tutors.

While you’re there, check out the other great events happening during the festival. There will be an Outlander Tour, and a Perthshire Tour (including it’s majestic castles)! There is a gala dinner happening with a fashion show (yours truly will be emceeing that- hehe), and of course the now legendary Gin Flights at The Green Room to wind down from a great weekend of festivities (see what I did there)?

And what Yarn Festival would be complete without a marketplace??!! Don’t worry, that’s here too. With a list of over 80 vendors you’ll be certain to find exactly what you’re looking for – and probably a few things you didn’t even know you were! Here’s the link of the vendors that will be in attendance …
Perth Vendors.

With 135 days before the festival, you’ll have time to work out all the details to make sure you enjoy it thoroughly! But make sure you register for the classes early as I imagine with that lineup of tutors tickets will go quicker that garter stitch on my Addis!

Also of note, today is LYS DAY or Local Yarn Shop Day. For those of you in the lower mainland, it coincides with the second day of Woolith Fair so it’s a perfect excuse to support your local LYS as you complete your yarn crawl!! We are so fortunate to have the abundance of yarn shops we do in the greater lower mainland. Woolith Fair is put on by the West Coast Knitters Guild and features 23 passport stops in the greater Vancouver area, some of which have trunk shows happening so there’s even more fibre goodness. Click this link to go to the website and find out more!


Woolith Fair poster image
Woolith Fair 2019 by @wckgwestcoastknitters

Wherever you are in the world, show your support of the hard working and dedicated professionals at your LYS today!

Hugzzz 😎