Ep. 8 – Insane 2.8m lace shawl!

In this episode, we drink prosecco (a lot), measure Jemma’s crazy intarsia shawl (ridiculously long), and reminisce on adding silly-named yarn (kilos of it) to our stash in one day.

Watch until the end of the episode to find out how you can take part in my first yarn giveaway!

Thanks to Jemma for joining me for this episode. Give the video a thumbs up to show her your love, and subscribe for many more fun guests in the future :D

Peace, love and silly hats,

Show notes

You can find Jemma on Ravelry and Instagram:

City & Guilds Hand Knit Textile:

Hogwarts Express shawl:

Eden Cottage yarns:

The Moon and The Sky shawl by Jemma Arrowsmith:

Trillian by Martina Behm:

Wurm hat by Katharina Nopp:

My “Bunting fit for a queen” pattern:

So Dedicated by chaad.: https://soundcloud.com/derek-chad

Ep. 7 – Spin, Skate and Sparkle!

In this episode of Along The Lanes, I talk about spinning, share crazy handspun and amazing stash acquisitions in a gold bag.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for more fun projects and tutorials!

Subscribe and say hi on Twitter/Rav/Instagram:

Join us in the Ravelry group

Peace, love and unicorns,

Show Notes

Hedgehog Fibres

Hand combs from Wingham Wool Works

Hilltop Cloud

Truly Myrtle

Schacht Zoom Loom
On Amazon.co.uk
On Amazon.com

Music by
Safakash: https://soundcloud.com/safakash
Preppeller :)

Ep. 6 – The Cart of Shame is Gone!

Join me and fellow viewers in the Along The Lanes Ravelry group:

Don’t forget to subscribe for loads of fun upcoming episodes!

Show Notes

My camera kit:
Canon G7X camera
Zoom H1 microphone
GorillaPod Hybrid
Studio lights
Final Cut Pro X


Fish hat:

Sweet Eleanor:

Mountain Moss Shawl:

Andrew Applepie: https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie

Celadon City: https://soundcloud.com/celadoncity

Chaad: https://soundcloud.com/derek-chad

Ep. 5 – Great London Yarn Crawl

Join me on the Great London Yarn Crawl; Three yarn shops and an amazing pop-up marketplace, all in one day!

Subscribe and say hi on Twitter/Rav/Instagram:

The yarn shops we visited and the yarn I bought at each shop:

The Handweavers Studio & Gallery where I purchased “Regoledo” unlabelled sparkly nylon yarn

Nest, I purchased Blacker Yarns’ Special Edition Cornish Tin 4-ply

Loop London where I bought some Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light & Eden Cottage Theseus Lace


The Great London Yarn Crawl organised by Yarn In The City:

Music by:
Safakash: https://soundcloud.com/safakash
Floppy Circus: https://soundcloud.com/floppycircus

Episode 4: She used the C word!

It’s time for Episode 4 of Along The Lanes, my knitting podcast.

I announce the winner of the Exploration Station vote – thanks for helping me pick! I’ve got a Finished Object, many WIPs and fun new ideas. Oh and I show you the Cart of Shame.

Show Notes

Twitter: http://twitter.com/vero/
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/thatcanadiangirl/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thatcanadiangirl/

Ella Pullover:

Stitched in Sweden on YouTube:

Exploration Station by Stephen West:

“Rainy Day” by Safakash on Soundcloud.com

Episode 3: So much colour!

Episode 3 of Along The Lanes, my knitting podcast about knitting, crafts and fluffy things, is now up on YouTube.

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In this episode, I show off rainbow noodle yarn, start flirting with a few future projects, and I can’t make up my mind! Head over and vote on your favourite combo on the Exploration Station colour scheme to help me out :D

Twitter list of knitty and crafty people I love – Don’t forget to let me know if you tweet about your crafts and would like me to add you!

Don’t forget to subscribe, and say hi on Twitter (@vero) and Ravelry (thatcanadiangirl). And THANK YOU for watching! :D

Peace, love and no dropped stitches,

Show notes:

Simple Ziggurat by Åsa Tricosa
Exploration Station by Stephen West
Driven by Veera Välimäki
Coronis by Emily Ringelman
Music is “Tiny Tempo” by Safakash

Stash Enhancement Edition: EasyKnits special!


When the post arrived, I couldn’t keep my hands off this huge bag of yarn! Take a look at the short EasyKnits special episode for the fantastic yarn that arrived last week! :D

stash enhancement

Along The Lanes: Episode 2 – Time Travel

Last night, I published Episode 2 of Along The Lanes, my new podcast about knitting, crafts and fluffy things. This week, I’m sharing some progress updates, the story of my most worn and least worn Finished Objects, and opening some exciting post.

episode 2 along the lanes

You can watch it now on my new YouTube channel.

As I’ve moved to a new channel, please re-subscribe to be notified when I add new videos! I already can’t wait to record the next one, and I suspect I’ll have some great stash acquisition to share in the next few days.

And THANK YOU for watching! :D

Show notes

My Hitofude project page:

Trillian by Martina Behm:

Alegria by Manos del Uruguay:

Strokkur project page:

Hogwarts Express project page:

Pompom magazine:

Along The Lanes: Episode 1 – New knitting podcast

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After talking about it for… months? or years? I’ve finally got my act together and recorded my first podcast / vlog about knitting, crafts and squishy yarny things.

I had so much fun recording and editing the first one that it’ll hopefully become a regular thing. It’s a good chance to play with video editing in ways that wouldn’t necessarily be suitable for work-related videos, and I get to waffle on about my favourite new yarns, patterns and projects – and anyone who’s ever got me started on those will know I’ve got a lot of love for the wonderful designs that are being created in recent years!

There are about a million crafty podcasts out there, so I won’t be the first or the last, but I hope I can make mine a fun and bright place for viewers to spend a few minutes with me in their week. I promise an avalanche of wildly colourful yarn, tales of WIPs, frogged projects and beautiful FOs. :D

If you enjoy the video, don’t forget to subscribe and give it thumbs up!

Tips for VAT MOSS Registration

VAT MOSS is the latest brainchild of HMRC (the UK’s Tax & Customs part of the government) and it’s been giving everyone some weird and wonderful headaches. While I don’t have time to go into details about why it’s going to hurt small businesses a lot (here’s Ysolda’s great summary), I wanted to quickly pop a post up as it seems many others are getting the error message I got to. (Skip to the end if you’re in a rush)

When logging in to the Government Gateway site, the logical first place to look to register for MOSS (Mini One Stop Shop) is under the “Services you can add” header; This is where I previously had to register for other services. You’ll find a link to register for MOSS for Union and non-Union businesses.

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Pick the right one for your business (if you’re in the UK, you’re Union).

However, when using this link to register, I encountered this error:

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No matter how many times I checked our details (which I knew were right), still that error.

I tried tweeting the @HMRCCustomers Twitter account and got flat-out ignored. I then proceeded to email the Online Services Helpdesk. Two weeks later, they responded with the following:

“For security reasons we are unable to provide any information, or carry out any actions, requested by email.”

I was instructed to phone the VAT helpline, which I did earlier today. After half an hour on hold, and an almighty battle with the voice recognition system (Did you say “I want to cancel child benefits”?, Did you say “I want to import a car into the UK?”), I managed to speak to a nice Scottish chap. After quite openly explaining that they were helpless and hoping for more information soon, he put me on hold a while longer and then pointed me to a completely different section through which you register. Of course. Because that makes sense…

You’ll find the registration section you need under “Register for HMRC Taxes”, accompanied by the confidence inducing “This is a ‘beta’ service” message.

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Once you’re in there, it shouldn’t take you long to register, but somehow, it has been absolutely teeth-pullingly impossible to get the information needed to get this far.

Good luck to everyone else who’s having to wrestle VAT MOSS for 2015!

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I'm Véro - a crafty, knitty, spinny gal who enjoys making (and drinking) a cocktail or three. If you've stumbled here, you might enjoy browsing some of my older posts with the tags over to the right or finding out more about me.

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