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Episode 020: Tania Ashton Jones and Loch Ness Knit Fest

In this episode, Anne got to talk to Tania Ashton Jones, also known as TJ Frog, about Dorset Buttons, a beautiful way to embellish your knits and more. Anne talks about traveling the Highlands, the classes she took at Loch Ness Knit Fest, a new certificate program from the Knitting Guild Association, and more. There is also a giveaway in this episode, so be sure to listen to the entire episode to hear how to enter!

In this episode, Anne got to talk to Tania Ashton Jones, also known as TJ Frog, about Dorset Buttons, a beautiful way to embellish your knits and more. Anne talks about traveling the Highlands, the classes she took at Loch Ness Knit Fest, a new certificate program from the Knitting Guild Association, and more. There is also a giveaway in this episode, so be sure to listen to the entire episode to hear how to enter!

Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode:

Tania Ashton Jones, aka TJ Frog, Dorset Button instructor and podcaster.
The Knitting Guild Association Professional Knitter Certificate.
Newton Knitters in Wick, Scotland.
Loch Ness Knit Fest in Inverness, Scotland.
Jo Spencer, crofter extraordinaire.
Beardychiel, aka John Glenn, YouTube knitting podcaster.
Christel Seyfarth, knitwear designer and host of Fano International Knit Festival.
Dr. Zoe Fletcher, the Woolist.
Moray Firth Gansey Project.
Gansey yarn producers.
Knitting Ganseys, by Beth Brown Reinsel.
Hazel Tindall, knitting teacher and world’s fastest knitter since 2004. (Interviewed in episode 19.)
Vogue Knitting Live in New York City, January 2020.

Dorset Buttons

Tania brought some antique Dorset buttons with her to the interview. These show the original conical shape of the buttons, as well as some examples made using a linen covering. Each of these buttons is only about 1 cm wide.
Some examples of modern Dorset buttons, ranging from 1-3 inches in diameter. They are typically made using small amounts of yarn and a metal ring, but may also incorporate beads and other embellishments. These are often used as buttons on sweaters, but may also be used as jewelry, ornaments, embellishments, and more.

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Music from this Episode

“Into the Gray,” by Stacy B. Hogan.
“I Feel Loved,” by Briand Melanson.

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