Dartmoor Yarns Episode One on YouTube – rookie errors and a giveaway

Having taken a very deep breath, I’ve just published my first podcast/vlog on YouTube. (Would somebody please tell me what it’s called? I always thought podcasts were audio only, but see people now calling their YouTube stuff podcasts.)

Of course anything new is going to throw up a few challenges and I made a few rookie errors. I also took ages  to edit it, which was extended even further because we had visitors – it will be clear to anyone in the UK, from the weather, that it’s a few days since I started working on it!

So there’s a few ‘warts’ I’m well aware of.  I’ll also add that there’s a giveaway for the pattern for this sock….

… I say I’ve put the pattern on Ravelry, and I intended to do so before I made the episode public. However, the competition is to vote for a name for the pattern and when I went to put it up on Ravelry, I  realised I couldn’t do that without a name. Doh! So the pattern isn’t on Ravelry yet, but please do enter the giveaway (see below) and I will put it up on Ravelry when I announce the winner in Episode 2.

Anyway, for better or worse, Episode One is up on YouTube and, as always, constructive criticism will be appreciated.

And here’s an explanation of how to enter the giveaway, the rules of the giveaway and links to other things mentioned….

Sock pattern giveaway

How to enter: In the comments section below vote for one of the pattern names I’ve suggested on the podcast/vlog or make a suggestion of your own.

For each person’s vote or suggestion in the comments section , I’ll put one entry into the giveaway. Since I greatly value my regular readers, I’ll add two extra entries for them if they enter the giveaway here. I’ll also appreciate any new blog followers, so I’ll add one extra entry for any new followers who vote/make a suggestion below.

You can also make extra entries into the draw in the comments on the Youtube comments, Facebook, Ravelry,  Twitter and Instagram. Check the relevant posts about how to do this on each one here:

Instagram: DartmoorYarns

Facebook: The Dartmoor Yarn Company

Twitter: DartmoorYarns

Ravelry:  The Dartmoor Yarn Company

Giveaway rules

  • This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday 3th July 2017 British Summer Time. Entries into the giveaway received after this time will be invalid and not be included in the draw.
  • One winner will be drawn at random during the next YouTube episode of Dartmoor Yarns. The winner will receive a free PDF copy of the pattern for the pair of socks shown as a finished object on Dartmoor Yarns YouTube Episode 1.
  • Only one vote/suggestion per social media channel per person will be accepted.
  • Instagram and Twitter entries must include #dartmooryarns.
  • No other prize can be substituted for the prize offered.
  • My decision on the winner is final.
  • No correspondence will be entered regarding the giveaway once the winner has been announced.
  • The final name of the sock pattern may not be the one voted for or suggested by the winner of the giveaway.
  • Only entries that comply with the criteria stated above will be entered into the draw.
  • By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age and are adhering to the above rules.

Blogs/yarn stockists mentioned

Beads and Barnacles

Blacker yarns

John Arbon

Marmalade Yarns

Rosie’s Moments

Rowan Yarns

Watercolours and Lace

Knitting cast on world record

Cast on 15 stitches dressed as a French girl

Look forward to hearing what you think of my first vlog/podcast attempt.

14 thoughts on “Dartmoor Yarns Episode One on YouTube – rookie errors and a giveaway

    1. Thank you. I’be been building up the courage to do it all year. I enjoyed it in one way, but the heat made it hard going and I’ve a long way to go before I’m really happy with it. Hopefully episode two will be better. Thanks for the thoughts on names.


  1. Well, it wasn’t but then I haven’t come up with anything better yet 😉
    How very brave to do a vlog thingy – can you tell I’m not the person to advise you on what they’re called? – you look so lovely and natural and it made me smile when you got your knickers in a twist and had to say ‘cut’ at one point.

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    1. Aw! Thank you. I did feel brave 🙂 Certainly got my knickers in a twist with that explanation. I also knew you’d be smiling when I said I was going to sort out my big black ring and when I apologised for having wind 🙂

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  2. First time? Wow! I can see some nervousness or unsurety – but this will disappear very soon I would think. You look beautiful, sound just like you ought to – lovely 🙂 I didn’t have time to watch all the way through so I’ve saved you to my watch later thingy and will come back to you this evening. Good job Bekki!!

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    1. Aw! Thank you. Yes, nervous and very self-conscious. Although there was lots I wasn’t happy about, the thing I disliked most was that I didn’t smile more.

      Strikes me replying to you, that this is just like your current painting project that you’re sharing. I have no idea where it’s going, but I’m playing with it and seeing where it leads. Seeing it that way feels much better; of course it’s not brilliant, because it’s still metamorphosing. But whatever it is can’t grow until I let episode one go and move on to episode 2.

      I’d been sure what you were doing was reflective of something I was up to, because I’d set a goal for the year to play creatively with no real goal on mind. I kept wondering how to do it with knitting and more recently with the felting, but now it makes sense that it’s this vlog/podcast thingy I need to take this approach to!


  3. Hi there, I finally got around to sitting down and watching your vlog / podcast. Wow, well done!! I absolutely loved it. Just so peaceful to watch and listen, and hear the birds in the background. Just amazing to see your part of the world and hear your super cool accent!! Hugs to the little Sheepy, and I hope to see him / her featured in the following ones. 🙂

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    1. Hello! Thank you for taking the time out to do that. Glad you enjoyed. The birds seemed very loud, but had to take advantage of us actually having some good weather. Never had anyone else tell me my accent is ‘super cool’ – Thank you. Oh yes, Mr Hicks may be a little too old for vlogging, but sheep has lots of stamina 😉

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