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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Don’t Strive For Perfection! [Ep. 25]

Loads of colourful handspun fibre today! My new Canon 80D camera’s arrived, so we play around and chat about perfection and learning new things.

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Show Notes

What I’m wearing:
The shawl I’m wearing is the Trillian by Martina Behm in Manos del Uruguay Alegria yarn.

What I’m spinning:
Pink fibre from SpinCityUK
Grey fibre from Hedgehog Fibres

What I’m knitting:
Exploration Station by Stephen West (available on Ravelry) in Skein Queen yarns (

Camera: Canon 80D
Lenses: 18-135mm IS USM Lens and EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM Lens
Mic: Rode VideoMic Pro

Visiting YouTube Space & Yarn Giveaway! [Ep. 24]

This week, we go to London for a snoop around YouTube Space London, a friendly, welcoming studio for video creators.

I announce the 2 winners of the Random Acts of Kindness giveaway, and show off some of the amazing stuff you’ve made for the Battle Against Boring!

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Show Notes

Thanks again to the lovely people who contributed prizes for the Random Acts of Kindness giveaway:

Skein Queen

Fripperies & Bibelots

PomPom Magazine & Fiona Alice

Music by
jeff kaale on soundcloud

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016: Special Triple Episode!

Last week, I flew up to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I’d heard great things, but I wasn’t prepared for the amazingness to come! I’ve finally finished editing the hoooours of footage I took over that weekend, so you get an extra special triple-whammy today!

Part 1: I’m heading off to Edinburgh Yarn Festival 

Part 2: Visiting the festival & meeting wonderful people 

Part 3: Interview with Rachel Atkinson on the making of her Daughter of a Shepherd yarn 


Random Acts of Kindness + Giveaway! [Ep 19, Along The Lanes]

Random acts of kindness make the world go ’round.

Leave a comment once you’ve done your good deed to be in with a chance to win one of the lovely giveaway prizes to celebrate Along The Lanes reaching the 2000 subscribers milestone. (Before 20th March 2016)

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Show notes

Thank you to Skein Queen, Fripperies & Bibelots and Pom Pom for their generous giveaway goodies!

Skein Queen

Fripperies & Bibelots stitch markers

Take Heart by Fiona Alice, in collaboration with Pom Pom Magazine

FreeAgent Accounting Software
(This is a referral link: you get 10% off, I get 10% off, we’re all happy and more productive!)

Inventables X-Carve

Tikki Knits


Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Gemini by Jane Richmond

Hedgehog Fibres

Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

Echo Beach by Kieran Foley

Music by preppeller

Moving to Canada? [Ep 18, Along The Lanes]

In this episode, I consider moving back to Canada, show off my completed Gemini top, and go stash diving for the perfect purple sock yarn.

Rachel Atkinson kindly offered 25% discount on the Reasons to be Cheerful socks. Use the code ALONGTHELANES (before 21st February 2016, at midnight GMT) when checking out on Ravelry to take advantage of the code.

Here’s the link to the Reasons to be Cheerful socks pattern

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Show notes

DeeDeeLou’s frame with button heart:

My Pinterest profile:

Unravel, The Game:

Dawn Nicole, Hand Lettering Class:

Music by Preppeller

Fancy going to Edinburgh? (Ep 17, Along The Lanes)

I make a big ol’ stew to weather the cold stormy weather we’ve been having, share my knitting and foodie projects, and take you to Knit Night at the pub with me. Excitement abounds as Along The Lanes nears 2000 subscribers, and I make plans to go to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Join me there? 😀

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Show notes

Reasons to be Cheerful socks

Nikka Vord by Gudrun Johnson

Edinburgh Yarn Festival (18-20th March)

Music by Jeff Kaale on

Vero’s storm-weathering bean and ham stew

I used the following ingredients, but change them based on what you have, or what you fancy!

– Cooked ham, cubed
– Pumpkin, cubed
– 2 red onions, chopped
– 4 cloves of chopped garlic
– 1 tin of Pinto beans, rinsed
– 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
– Vegetable stock, if needed to add a bit of liquid

Spices & herbs (to your own taste): Ground coriander, cumin, paprika, chilli powder, smoked salt, pepper, cinnamon and a squeeze of my favourite BBQ sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Sweat the onions for a few minutes. If you need to cook the meat, do this before adding everything else in. Otherwise, throw all ingredients in on medium heat, stir in your spices and add the vegetable stock.

Cook it on medium heat for at least half an hour, ideally an hour, until everything’s softened and the sauce has become nice and thick. Add fresh chopped coriander if you like.

Serve with white or brown rice and, if you’ve made yours spicy, a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream to balance out the spice. Perfect with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc!


Spinning, Sushi and a Giveaway (Episode 16)

Welcome to my craft room once again. Today, some spinning, sushi and a sweet, sweet giveaway winner announced.

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Show Notes

KnitPicks Hawthorne Sport

Gemini by Jane Richmond

Holland Handmade

Lina Knits

Music by Jeff Kaale on

Stephen West on colour, creativity and crazy knitting bikes! (Episode 13)

Knitwear designer and colour lover Stephen West came by Cambridge on his tour of European cities. We had a chat about knitting inspiration, finding beauty in the ugly and mad inventions.

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Show notes

Stephen West:

The Sheep Shop, Cambridge:

Along The Lanes episode 3, where I shared the Exploration Station colour options.

Along The Lanes episode 4, where I show the winner of the Exploration Station colour options.

Nancy Marchant:

Sparkleduck yarns:

Music by preppeller 🙂

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! 😀