Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 – Double Video Feature [Ep. 34 & 35]

I never took the time to post last year’s two videos from Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 in March last year. It was a fantastic event, where I met so many new people, and got to hang out with loads of old friends.

The first video is a summary of the event, and the second, an interview with the brilliant Karie Westermann, who taught the two-handed colourwork class I attended.

After two years in attendance, I’ve decided not to go to EYF this year.

I have plans to attend a character design and art event later this year instead. I’ll most likely post a vlog of the event too. And who knows, I might start posting videos semi-regularly again!

In the meantime, I decided to revive the blog as my personal space to post some of the new projects I’ve been working on; a mix of drawing, watercolour, airbrushing, and so much other stuff… More on that later 🙂

Got The One I Wanted! [Ep. 33]

YESSSS!!! Booked the class I wanted for Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

So good to be back in the craft room, with lots of great spinning, knitting and giveaway stuff going on 🙂

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Music by
preppeller
TheBeatKnitter on Soundcloud

Peace, love and snuggly shawls,
Vero

Mail Time Edition: Unboxing All The Crafty Things! [Ep. 32]

Let’s do some unboxing & craft haul admiring! I’ve had so much fun these past few months, grabbing lovely things from craft festivals, swapping with fellow handmakers.

What did I share?

My awesome swapee Tracie’s Grocery Girls Podcast:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsHAwj2jXiwpiYOdYiY3Tgg

Mrs Browns Bags:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MrsBrownsBags

Cat & Sparrow:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CatandSparrowUK

Claire from Beautiful Things:
http://www.clairemackaness.com

Pom Pom Magazine (& publisher of Interpretations Vol 3):
pompommag.com

Pop Cardigan by Rachel Atkinson:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pop-baby-cardigan

Milo by Georgie Hallam:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/milo-3

For the Stephen West super exclusive Fun Squad necklaces giveaway, watch the next episode, where I’ll let you know how you can participate 🙂

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Vero

Great London Yarn Crawl 2016 [Ep. 31]

What a fantastic yarn crawl! We visited four fabulous yarn shops, and I chatted with designers, shop owners and happy shoppers!

We visited:
Ray Stitch in Islington, London
http://raystitch.co.uk

Loop Knitting, Islington, London
http://www.loopknittingshop.com

Knit With Attitude, Stoke Newington, London
http://knitwithattitude.com/shop/

Fringe, Muswell Hill, London
http://fringe108.london

I also interviewed the wonderful Susan Cropper at Loop, Tracey at Fringe and Erika Knight, knitwear and crochet designer.

Erika’s beautiful free patterns can be found here:
http://www.erikaknight.co.uk/gossypium-cotton-free-patterns/

Tell me, what painting or work of art would you turn into a knitted version? 🙂

Music by jeff kaale and Dixxy.

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Fancy Some Chilli? Ep 12 of Along The Lanes

Vero’s Warming winter chilli recipes for meat-eaters and veggies

This is a very loose recipe, so use your creativity and use the veggies and meats or meat-alternatives you enjoy the most.

Today’s chillies both contained:

  • Onions and garlic with olive oil to get started
  • A mix of courgette (zucchini to the American-speaking viewers), mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, roasted butternut squash… but you could add green beans or any fresh veg you have at hand
  • Beans; Butter beans, canellini beans, red kidney beans and one tin of Heinz baked beans
  • Tomato paste and a tin of chopped tomatoes (unless you have tons of fresh ones at hand, of course!)
  • A good glug of red wine (and another for the cook!)
  • A splash of Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of ketchup

In the veggie one, I used 100g of soya mince. In the meaty one, I went all out with a mix of pork sausage meat, turkey mince and ground beef mince. Choose a combination that makes you happy – we’ve been known to throw in leftover pulled pork or ribs meat!

Start by frying off the onions and garlic, then add the meat and cook it until it catches just a bit and starts browning nicely. Add a glug of wine and let it mostly evaporate. Add in the veggies from the hardest to the softest, and let them cook down a bit.

Once the veggies are partially cooked, add the beans, tomato paste, tinned tomatoes, spices – and the soya mince if usnig the dry version – and mix it all together.

Give it plenty of time; An hour or two will allow the flavours to merge together. Leave to cool, if you can help it, or grab a nice big bowl to enjoy!

We love to serve it with steamed rice or tortilla chips. Even small amounts of leftovers are great in a burrito wrap with rice, guacamole and cheese. So tasty! 😀

Back from Canada and it snowed! (Episode 10)

I’m back from Canada and I have so much to tell you! This episode is filled with new projects, poutine (yummy!), bonfires and travel tales.

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Vero

Show notes

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, NY:
http://sheepandwool.com

Francine J. S̩guin РMixed media artist:
http://fjseguin.com

Vitsippa by Joji Locatelli:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vitsippa

Karusellen by Erica Knits:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/karusellen

Ishbel shawl by Ysolda Teague:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ishbel

Casey Neistat, YouTuber extraordinaire:
https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat

Aladdin Magic Carpet Prank by Casey Neistat & Jesse Wellens:

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

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!