Monday, February 20, 2017

Episode 25: Happy Podiversary to us and Stitches West here we come!

Welcome to episode 25 knitters.  It's our 1 year podiversary!!! Woot, woot! In this "In the Classroom," episode we talk about all of our FO's, WIP's and new CO's. We have a little bit of uber craftiness and discuss our plans and goals for Stitches West. Grab your knitting, a soothing (or bracing!) beverage, a comfortable chair and join us!

Episode 25 Audio



Marcy (holding her Light Gale and wearing her City Cape,) and Kim
(wearing her Find Your Fade and holding her hand spun,) are
whooping it up and celebrating their 1 year podiversary!


What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. Administrati
    Marcy's baby bump at 28 weeks!
  2. Show and Tell
  3. Stitches West plans and goals
  4. We are uber Crafty
  5. What's on our Black Board?

Administrati

Thank you to all of you who have responded to our survey! We are going to leave it active for a few more weeks and we'd really appreciate it if you could hop on over and take this quick and anonymous  pop up survey to give us some feedback on the podcast. Thanks! 

We have a group on Ravelry and we'd love to "meet" you there. Please sign in and join the group.

Show and Tell

Marcy is making great progress on the monster pants for her son.  The pattern is free on Ravelry and it's "monsterbukse" by duBedare. She is using Simplicity solids and tonals by Hikoo Skacel and may be headed towards a game of yarn chicken; stay tuned!

Marcy has a gorgeous new project on her needles, the Light Gale by Alicia Plummer. She is using Sublime yarns baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in the plum pie color. This is a sweater/poncho and it has a really pretty and interesting to knit all over stitch pattern.

Kim has finished the Zauberball socks for her son for his 24th birthday. She had a howler...she knit the feet too short and had to take out the toe and lengthen them. Now, they fit like a dream and he likes them and hopefully will wear them a lot. She also finished her Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry. This is a large and long shawl and it's beautiful and fun to knit. All of the yarns are listed on Kim's project page.
Kim's Find Your Fade shawl


Kim is continuing to work on the Party on My Needles shawl by Joji Locatelli. This is a gift for her Mom and she's using 3 skeins of her hand dyed yarn for this fast and easy shawl. She has a new cast on, a pair of socks for her nephew for his birthday in late March. He likes colorful socks and so she is using contrasting heels, toes and cuffs in lots of different colors and there's even some sparkle in there!

Plans and Goals for Stitches West

SW is just one week away and we wanted to talk about our shopping plans. We want to mindfully approach the HUGE marketplace with a gameplan in place so that we don't spend recklessly or unwisely. 

Kim has a few things that she will be looking for: needles, a WPI tool, buttons, wooden sock blockers, self striping sock yarn,  and fiber to spin for a 2nd sweater spin in the Fall. She is also planning on revisiting a few booths in order to buy more yarn to go with some of her stashed yarn that she doesn't have enough of to knit a sweater: Forbidden Woolery, Habu and Anzula.

She's looking forward to shopping with her mom and cousin and wants to help her mom buy yarn and needles for her 1st sock project.

Finally, Kim has highlighted a few booths to visit "just for fun!" Yoth Yarns, Sincere Sheep, Lisa Souza, Miss Babs, Black Trillium, Canon Hand Dyes, Abstract fiber and Fishknits

***FYI, you can find and print  a market map in the SW Ravelry group

Marcy also has some fun SW plans and goals. 1st, she is headed straight for the Ranch of the Oaks booth to buy a stuffed bear for her baby girl. In preparation for SW, Marcy has reorganized her favorites and created a bundle so that she can easily access the patterns that she wants to purchase yarn for. These are the top patterns that she has highlighted:
  1. Obsidian by Lisa Mutch
  2. Brimming by Lori Puthoff
  3. Manzanilla by Joji Locatelli
  4. Nouri by Carol Feller
Marcy fell down a rabbit hole on the website, Annie's Crafts.  She found some really cute summer tops and many of them are crocheted. 
  1. West Shore Tunic by Jill Hanratty
  2. Squared Away Tee by Lena Skvagerson
  3. Serein Tee by Mona Monica
  4. Central Coast Cardi by Lena Skvagerson
  5. Marbella Tee by Che Lam
Also, this year Marcy and her Mom are going to go to the Fashion Show and dinner for the 1st time. 

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy made her friend a leather bracelet for her birthday last week. She has been purchasing supplies for her jewelry making from Goodybeads.com. 


Kim has finished spinning for her Legacy Sweater Spin and will be casting on her sweater soon. More information about that in Episode 26. 

What's on our Black Board?

In our next episode we will be focusing on SW and all that we saw and did (and bought!) and more importantly, talked to and met there. We hope to get some interesting interviews that we can share as well. 

Happy knitting everyone! We hope that you have a wonderful couple of weeks. We'll "see" you next time. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Episode 24: Yarn Folk Fieldtrip

Welcome to Episode 24 everybody! Marcy went on a field trip and will be sharing her notes and an interview, we have some show and tell, a little uber craftiness and a research paper. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage of your choice and join us!

Episode 24 Audio


Marcy and Kim after recording.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • Administrati
  • Show and Tell
  • A research paper
  • We are uber crafty
  • Field trip notes and an interview
  • What's on our black board?

Administrati

Marcy's baby bump at 26 Weeks!
We are coming up to our 1 year anniversary (podiversary?!) for the podcast and we wanted to get a little bit of feedback from our listeners. We have a quick 5 question survey that we would like our listeners to take to help give us feedback on what you like about the podcast and it gives an opportunity to give us suggestions, you can find the survey on the 2017 Survey Tab on the ribbon bar or click here the survey should automatically pop up for you to take.  Or if you would like head on over to our Ravelry group  and answer a few questions there on our 2017 Survey thread, we thank you in advance! While you're there, go ahead and join our group, we'd love to have you sign in so that we can get to know you. 

Show and Tell

1. Marcy is very close to having a finished object with her City Cape, which is a free pattern from Purl Soho. She's planning on using up every bit of yarn and she's choosing the cowl collar option. She's ready to be done with this and will be wearing it when we record next!

Marcy finished her City Cape!
2. Marcy has a new/old cast on! She has begun the Monster Pants by duBedÃ¥re, which is a free pattern online. She started knitting these adorable pants last year for her little boy, Wilson, but they were turning out to be way too big, so she frogged them. She is using Simplicity Solids and Tonals by Hikoo Skacel in the gray, goldfish, kiwi, white and really red colors. This is a 55% merino, 28% acrylic, and 17% nylon yarn and it feels amazing. 

3. Marcy finished her pussy hat by Kat Coyle. She knit this out of a partial skein of Patons North America Classic Wool and played an epic game of yarn chicken which included some major knitting surgery. She added in a partial skein of Cascade 220 sport that she used to knit her Gradient pullover
 The good news is that Marcy won the game even though it was a HOWLER.


1.  Kim has finished her January socks. She dyed a skein of glimmer yarn to look like her idea of January with lots of sparkle and cool blue and purple tones. She put in contrasting blue heels and cuffs. 
Kim's January socks

2. Kim also finished her Ruination socks. The yarn was a birthday present from Marcy and she is so happy with the finished socks! The Spincycle yarn, on the Dyed in the Wool base is in the Ruination color way. This yarn is toothsome and super soft all at the same time. Kim knows that they will wear really well and they feel warm and amazing.
Kim is wearing her Ruiniation socks and
showing her Find Your Fade shawl.

3. She is continuing to work on her Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry. Kim is just about to add in the 4th color and is really enjoying the knit and the color play. 

4. Kim has cast on the Party on my Needles shawl by Joji Locatelli. This is a Christmas present for her Mom. She is using 3 skeins of her hand dyed yarn for this project. 

5.  In other gift knitting, Kim has cast on a pair of socks for her son's birthday. She's using Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in the Stone Wash color way. These will be knit 2 at a time, top down and with a forethought heel.
***We mention Kim's 2nd color affection shawl and her viajante shawl.

Research Paper
Marcy & her friend Monica at the
2017 Women's March.

Marcy knit a pussy hat and participated in the Sacramento Women's March on 1/21/17. She wanted to include some information about this project in a research paper. We are a knitting podcast and will not delve into political issues; this is just a bit about the involvement of the fiber arts community in this historic march. The PussyHat Project was begun by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman and they have a group on Ravelry. 

Fox 11 published an article about the Women's March called, "Local Pussycat idea goes National ahead of Women's March on WA." Kat Coyle designed the hat and is from the LYS, The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, Ca. Yes Magazine published an article called, "What's Up, Pussy Hat? Knitting Activist Cause Shortages of Pink Yarn."

Ravelry created a collage of many of the FO's and you can see that here

Women have a long history of marching in Washington, most notably on March 3rd, 1913. This significant March eventually led to the passing of the 19th amendment which secured the right to vote for women. There is an article on Smithsonian.com called, "The Original Women's March on Washington and the Suffragists who Paved the way." 

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy sewed some bibs for her niece's baby. They are made from flannel fabric and she created  her own pattern. If you would like to make one this blog called See Kate Sew, she has a great  post to follow with a pattern that you can print out. The post is called:  "Bandana Bib Tutorial".
Marcy & baby Parker where
he is sporting one of the drool bibs.

Field Trip Notes

Marcy visited Yarn Folk in Ellinsburg, Washington and was able to meet and interview the owner, Ann Miner, who's Ravelry handle is yarnfolkann. This oasis in the middle of Washington is there for all yarn folk. This lys has quite a few classes and a wonderful newsletter that you can read and sign up for here. Marcy picked up some beautiful skeins of yarn there and really enjoyed seeing this cute shop. Enjoy the interview with Marcy and Ann.
Marcy & Ann at Yarn Folk

View of the Shop

View of the shop showing all the  beautiful Yarn.
View of the round table with thursday
night knitting group.



Marcy broke her 2017 Goal already and purchased these two beauties!
*** We also mentioned that Marcy has been stalking chevron baby blankets for her mom to make her new baby a blanket. While stalking them she found the ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm which she bought two scanes from Yarn Folk to make this scarf which are shown above.  Marcy and her mom decided on a baby blanket to make for the new baby its Fly Away by Tincanknits, however Marcy likes the version that is called Prism by Undone57.

What's on our Black Board?

In episode 25 we will have an in the classroom episode and we will talk about our knitting, spinning and other crafty pursuits. 

Thank you for joining us! We hope you have a great few weeks and Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Episode 23:Ravelry Refresher

Welcome to ep. 23 everybody! We've got show and tell, We are Uber Crafty and a special segment to help you better use (or start to use!) the project feature on Ravelry. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage, your iPad or phone so that you can follow along during the Rav segment and join us!

Episode 23 Audio



Marcy and Kim after recording. Marcy is holding her tank top
that she made and Kim is holding her Find Your Fade shawl.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. Show and Tell
  2. Ravelry Refresher
  3. We are Uber Crafty
  4. What's on our Black Board?
Marcy's baby bump at 23 weeks!

Show and Tell

Marcy is continuing to work on her City Cape, which is a free pattern by Purl Soho. She is certain that she'll be finished with and wearing the cape in our next episode.

Kim is working on her Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry. She is on the 3rd color in the 7 color shawl and really enjoying the knit. She also has her Ruination socks on the needles and is loving the way that the yarn feels and is working up. 

***we mention the Legazy Knitz Ravelry group. 

Ravelry Refresher

Since it's the beginning of the year and we know that many knitters are setting goals that pertain to organizing their fiber art, we thought we'd spend a little time today on using the project feature on your Ravelry page. A great way to keep up with Rav and all of the amazing features is to look at the main page. Marcy found a wonderful post last week for those that are just getting started with Ravelry a/o would like to use it better.

Marcy also mentioned a knit along  where you find a pattern on Ravelry that doesn't have a photo, you are to work through the pattern and post a photo of your finished work so others can see what the project is supposed to look like. The knit along is called No Photo kal/cal, check it out if your interested in participating.

The best way to listen to this segment is with the device or computer that you use when you visit Ravelry. Follow along with us and we hope that you learn more about how to use your project page and that this feature assists you in organizing your knitting this year. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email us on this blog or PM us on Ravelry. 

We are Uber Crafty!

These 4 skeins are the hand dyed Galileo yarn 
Kim has been dyeing some yarn. She dyed 2 skeins of sock yarn and 4 skeins  of DK  for a summer sweater. These are all bare yarn from Knitpicks. The sock yarns are Stroll Glimmer and Stroll fingering, the sweater yarn is Galileo which is 50% merino and 50% bamboo. She uses acid dyes and has been dyeing in large mason jars using hot water and vinegar to set the color.
These are the 2 skeins of sock yarn that Kim dyed recently 

Kim has dyed 3 skeins of fingering weight yarn to make a shawl for her Mom. She is going to knit her the Party on my Needles shawl by Joji Locateli. This pretty shawl was inspired by the sisters from  the Grocery Girls video podcast

Kim intends to enter her finished January socks into 3 KAL's: 1) The Boxosox Kal by Kristen from the Yarngasm video cast, 2) The Bakery Bear's year long Kal, and 3) Inside Number 23's year long Harry Potter Kal. She is going to use the Hermione's Everyday Socks pattern by Erica Lueder which is a fun and free pattern on Ravelry. 

Kim is participating in the #legacysweaterspin along with Sue from the Legacy Knitz podcast and Andi from the AndreSue knits podcast. She has a project page with all of the details. If you are a spinner and would like to join in, please do!  Kim is really looking forward to choosing her sweater pattern and casting on.
This is about 1,200 yards of Kim's hand spun, hand dyed yarn
that she has made as a part of the #legacysweaterspin

Marcy suggests the new sweater pattern Morning Jacket by Hannah Fettig in her new collection, Texture. ***we mention the Yarniac podcast. 

Finally, Kim has made 4 dryer balls from 100% wool. She heard about this process from the Yarn Hoarder podcast.http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-yarn-hoarder-podcast 

Marcy has been sewing. She made a tank top for herself for the Body Pump 100 premier. She created a pattern for the Pump shirt from an existing tank top that already fit her.  She also has sewn some baby gifts for a baby shower. She made changing pad covers and fitted crib sheets. She says that they are both easy and fast to make! Marcy found the instructions for the fitted sheet from The Ribbon Retreat Blog, her instructions are very easy to follow and any beginning sewer can make one. The instructions for the changing pad cover came from a different blog called View From the Fridge, again the directions and photos leading you through the steps to make this project are very well put together and easy to follow.
Marcy's cute shirt she made.

Marcy and her Pump class after the Re-launch of Pump 100!
The fitted crib sheet and changing pad cover Marcy made her friend.
It matches perfectly with all the other baby decor.



***We'll be at Stitches West in February and we hope to see you there!

What's on our Black Board?

At the moment, episode 24 is a surprise! We'll be back in February with a new episode and we promise that it'll be a good one. Happy knitting everyone!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Episode 22: 2017 Goals and Yarn Del Sol

Welcome to episode 22! It's a new year and we've got fiber related goals, show and tell, field trip notes and we've been uber crafty. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage and join us.


Episode 22 Audio


Marcy is holding her City Cape
and Kim is holding her swatch
for her #legacysweaterspin
Post recording silliness!



What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • Administrati
  • 2017 Goals
  • Show and Tell
  • We are Uber Crafty
  • Fieldtrip notes: Marcy visits Yarn Del Sol, an LYS in Southern California
Marcy and her cute baby bump at 22 weeks. 

Administrati

Our FOFI KAL is done and we have a winner... Snapplejax! Congratulations and thanks for participating. Get in touch with Kim (Destined2knit on Ravelry) via a Ravelry pm and let her know what pattern you'd like and we'll gift it to you. 

2017 Goals

Marcy has set four fiber goals for 2017:
  1. She wants to knit 5 of the 50 projects that are in her Ravelry queue. 
  2. She intends to knit the Monster pants for Wilson. This will be her next project.
  3. She wants to knit 12 projects in 2017.
  4.  Marcy has decided to go on a stash down in 2017 and she is only going to buy yarn for herself  at Stitches West in February. Good luck Marcy!
Kim has set a few goals: 

  1. She intends to keep a Dyer's Notebook for dyeing yarn.
  2. She wants to keep a Spinner's Notebook for spinning.
  3. She wants to finish spinning the fiber for the #legacysweaterspin and then knit a sweater with the yarn.
  4. She intends to knit 7 sweaters.
  5. She wants to continue to explore brioche knitting; specifically increases, decreases and cabling.
  6. She wants to participate in Instagram's #scamper200.
  7. She intends to read 50 books in 2017.
  8. She wants to complete the Yoga Revolution with "Yoga with Adriene" on You Tube. 

Show and Tell

Marcy is working on her Snow White Cape. This is the City Cape by Purl Soho. She is using Misti Alpaca Maki yarn in the natural color way. 

Kim has finished her Solstice Socks. She still has the Whisper's sweater on the needles. She cast on the popular Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry.  She has cast on a new pair of vanilla socks using some gorgeous yarn that Marcy gave her for her birthday. 

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy and her husband have been painting and re organizing two rooms in their home to prepare for their new baby.

Kim has been spinning almost every day recently for the #legacysweaterspin. This is a dye/spin/knit a sweater along on Instagram and Ravelry. Andi of the Andresueknits video podcast and Sue from the Legacyknitz video podcast have teamed up to co host  #legacysweaterspin. Here is Kim's project page.
A finished bobbin of Kim's 2 ply yarn that she is spinning
for the #legacysweaterspin.

Fieldtrip Notes



Marcy had the opportunity to go on a field trip while away on a vacation for Thanksgiving. She was able to visit Yarn Del Sol in Mission Viejo, California. She sat down with Rosemary, the owner of this beautiful LYS,  and talked with her about this busy, gorgeous shop. Yarn Del Sol is able to help customers with and teach knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving. They host a book club, yarn tastings, classes, workshops, a yarn club, and getaways. Rosemary likes to feature as many California yarns as possible in her shop. You can find out more information about Yarn Del Sol here on their website and follow them on all of the social media sites. 

Walking in the door you see a gathering
area that they call the living room.
Walk around the corner and you see the
the middle section has two large tables,
for classes and gathering.









What's on our Black Board?

Marcy and Kim are both attending Stitches West the end of February (23-26) in Santa Clara, California. They'll be attending the podcaster meet up on Saturday in the bar/lobby area. If you see us, please come and say hi, we'd love to meet you! 

In episode 23 we'll  have an in the classroom episode. We'll be sharing all of our fiber fun with you. Please join us!

Thank you for joining us today! We hope that you have a howler free few weeks and we wish you and your's a Happy 2017!



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Episode 21: 2016 Wrap up!

Welcome to episode 21 everybody! In this "in the classroom" episode where Kim and Marcy have show and tell, some uber craftiness and a 2016 wrap up! Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage and join us.

Episode 21 Audio

What's in our Lesson Plan?
  • Administrati
  • Show and Tell
  • We are uber crafty
  • 2016 wrap up
  • What's on our Black Board?

  • Being silly after recording! 
    Marcy is holding her City Cape
    and Kim has her GSB


    Marcy and her cute baby bump!

Administrati

  1. Our FOFI (finish or frog it,) KAL is running through the end of 2016. You can read all about it here, and here on our Ravelry group.
  2. While your are there on our Ravelry group page, we'd love it if you'd join the group and sign in. We really enjoy hearing from listeners and learning more about you and your knitting story or where/how you found out about the podcast, or what you're excited about in your knitting life. 
  3. We'd appreciate it if you can subscribe to our podcast on ITunes, that helps other knitters find the podcast.
  4. Welcome to some new listeners who have signed in on our Ravelry group page: lorak and snappiejax! 

Show and Tell

Marcy is working on her "Snow White" City Cape by Purl Soho. This is a free pattern and she is using Misti Alpaca Maki in the natural color. The yarn is super soft and the stitch pattern is really lovely. 

Marcy has finished her Om Shawl by the hot designer, Andrea Mowry. This project does have several huge howlers though. 1) While flying down south for Thanksgiving, Marcy left her knitting bag on the plane and was very lucky to be reunited with it! Tune in to the ep to hear the whole harrowing story! 2) Marcy played a big game of yarn chicken with this gorgeous shawl, and sadly, the yarn won. She only needed yarn for one more row...ouch! The good news is that the shawl is done and it's lovely and it'll be a wonderful layering option for Marcy as she enters the last 1/2 of her pregnancy.
Yarn chicken, one row short!
This was all the yarn I had left to make one more row, the yarn won.

Kim has finished a few things: g1) A pair of Christmas socks for her Mom that were an early Christmas present. These "Down the Chimney" (this is Kim's hand dyed yarn Christmas color : ) socks were knit 2 at a time (2aat) magic loop, and with contrasting heels, toes and cuffs. 2) Kim also finished her 3rd Brioche for Beginners cowl by Emma Galati. This is a present for her son's girlfriend, Juliet. She used some hand dyed yarn and some unknown deep stash for this project. While knitting this and watching a movie, the yarns were twisted or exchanged which changed the color patterning, but Kim really liked it and kept it and will use it on purpose from now on. 3) To accompany the cowl, she knit a pair of Fetching mitts using the rest of the hand dyed yarn that she'd used for the cowl. This free pattern is from knitty.com and if you haven't knit a pair, you need to! They are fast, fun, easy and beautiful!
Kim's finished Granny Stripe Blanket 

Kim started AND finished  4)  an afghan since our last episode! There are many podcasters that are crocheting a Granny Stripe Blanket and she thought that she was immune. However, after much thought she decided to cast one on and instead of using fingering weight yarn, she used about 6-7 skeins of her earliest hand spun yarn which is worsted-bulky weight. This was a super fast project and was very enjoyable! The early handspun is perfect because it's warm and soft and sometimes a little under spun and thus lofty and fluffy. The two podcasters that really pushed her over the edge and made her want to CO were Sue (knit24) and Andi (andresueknits). They each have their own video podcast on You Tube but they've collaborated on 2 podcasts recently because they are both crocheting a GSB and using the #crochetrabbithole hashtag on Instagram.

**Legacyknitz video podcast
**Andresueknits video podcast

Next, 5) she finished another pair of Christmas socks using Invictus yarns on the Master of my Feet base in the Linear XL Cmas Splash color way. She also finished 6) a pair of neon socks in a black base which she loves. The yarn is from Fishknits and is on their Strong Heart base in the Black Light color. Both of these socks were knit just like the Christmas socks for her mom, above. 

Kim has several WIP's on the needles. 1) Her Fall Whispers hasn't gotten much love, but is up to the sleeves and will be done as soon as all of her Christmas knitting is done. The yarn is Dragonfly fibers on the Pixie base and in the Apollo color. 2) The Waiting For Rain shawl by Sylvia McFadden is very beautiful and Kim has continually mucked it up in the short row lace portion because she can't count to two!!! Ugh! HOWLER! The MC is her hand dyed yarn and the CC's are a set of minis from Fishknits yarn. Finally, 3) she has another Christmas present on the needles, a hat for her future daughter in law, Salina. This is a free pattern on Rav and it's the Easy Ombre hat by Llama Una. She's using a skein of Cloudborn Fibers on the sock twist base in the Majestic Purple color along with a skein of Knit Picks Stroll hand painted yarn.

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy has made several necklaces to gift for Christmas. They're beautiful and she said that they are also fast and fun! She also made a cute wall decoration with her son, Wilson. They painted and stenciled the wooden letters for the word "JOY" and hung them in Wilson's play area.


Kim was very excited when she watched the collaboration episode of Andi and Sue (see above,) and they talked about dyeing and spinning fiber and then knitting a sweater with it. Kim bought a sweater's worth of Rambouillet in October to do that and so now she'll be able to dye, spin and knit-along with these ladies and all of the other amazing makers on Ravelry and Instagram that are joining in! The hashtag is #legacysweaterspin and they both have forums on their group pages on Ravelry (they are linked above.) She has finished dyeing all of the fiber and has separated the braids and made nests that are ready to be spun. So far, she has finished 1 bobbin and is unsure about the color of the yarn that she'll end up with. However, she's not worried because in the spinning and knitting process colors change a lot and if she doesn't like the finished product, she can always re dye the yarn! You can follow along on her progress on her Ravelry project page.

**We mention the Knitmore Girls and their SPAKAL 

2016 Roundup!

We think it's fun to look back over the past year and remind ourselves of all of our wonderful making. Kim made: 12 pairs of socks, 3 blankets, 3 brioche cowls, 1 pair of mitts, 4 shawls, 3 hats and 4 sweaters. There was also lots of (mostly!) undocumented spinning and dyeing. (This really needs to be addressed next year.)

Marcy made: 6 sweaters, 1 kindle case, 2 shawls, 1 stuffed animal, 1 stocking, 1 hat and 1 dress bodice. 

In addition...we made a podcast last year! It was a very fun and productive year of making. How did your 2016 go? Did you meet your goals?

What's on our Black Board?

In episode 22, Marcy will share her field trip notes  and interview from her visit to the LYS Yarn Del Sol in SoCal. We will also talk about our plans and goals for 2017 and share what we've been making over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! Enjoy your knitting and making.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Episode 20: Kim's exciting news and avoiding Knitter's Monotony!

Welcome to episode 20 everybody! In this episode we've got a little bit of everything: show and tell, in the library, vacation LYS encounters and we are uber crafty. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage and join us!

Episode 20 Audio

Marcy & Kim after recording.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • Administrati
  • Show and Tell
  • Vacation LYS encounters
  • In the Library
  • We are uber crafty
  • What's on our Black Board?

Administrati

Please join us in our FOFI KAL (finish or frog it.) You can read all about it here and here on Ravelry. While you're there join our Rav group, we'd love to get to know you! Also, start thinking about your end of year knitting wrap up. Did you meet any knitting goals that you set? Are you happy with your making? Would you like to set some knitting goals for 2017? Let's talk about all of that in the group.

Kim shares the exciting news that her oldest son got engaged last week and they are very excited about this new stage of life!

Show and Tell

Marcy is continuing to work on her Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry. She's about 70% done and is loving the shawl and she's looking forward to wearing it during pregnancy and postpartum.  Marcy has a new cast on, the City Cape by Purl Soho. This will be the 2nd time that she's knit this cape, she knit it the 1st time as a gift. 

Marcy and her mom are working together on a joint knit/sew project for a friend's little girl, Kate. Yemma's Dress by Devon Clement is a pattern for a little girl with a knit bodice and sewn skirt. Marcy and her mom are also making a matching, small version for Kate's American Girl doll. Marcy got the idea for the dress from the Just One More Row podcast.
Kate in the first top I knit her.
The joint project dress for Kate
and her American Girl doll.















Kim is almost done with the Down the Chimney socks that she's knitting for her mom for Christmas.  She's using her hand dyed yarn for these and is hoping that they fit well. She finished a 2nd Brioche for Beginners 2 color cowl using some of her hand spun yarn while on vacation and is continuing to love that pattern. Kim is still working on her 2nd Whispers pullover by Veera Valimaki.
Kim's poolside knitting in Hawaii,
the Brioche for Beginners cowl.

Vacation LYS Encounters

Kim and her DH have been on several trips recently and she was able to spend some time in two yarn shops. The 1st one, Miriam's Well, in Santa Fe, NM, is owned by an amazing woman, Miriam, who has an incredible fiber arts knowledge and history. Miriam has taught weaving for many years and she also designs garments and accessories and she sells  the patterns alone and in kits in her shop and online through her website.  Miriam's Well is a comfortable and friendly Lys and you'll find a great variety of yarn and patterns there. If you're ever in the area go in and see this beautiful shop and meet Miriam, you'll enjoy it! For more information about the shop, check out our LYS  evaluation form.
Miriam's Well yarn shop

While on the island of Kauai, HI, Kim stumbled across a LYS. She didn't think that there would be a yarn shop on this small island, but there was and the owner, Warren, couldn't have been friendlier. The shop is The Twisted Turtle and it's located in the town of  Lihue. Sadly, Kim was unable to spend much time in the shop because her DH was waiting on the husband bench out front, but they'll be back and next time she'll get an interview and full overview. In the meantime, if you're visiting Kauai please check out the shop; they've got knitting, crochet, spinning and hand work experience and supplies. 

In the Library


This is a new segment that we'll include occasionally, wherein we'll talk about our leisure reading and knitting library acquisitions. Kim had a wonderful summer of reading and has read 18 books since July. She highlighted a few that she thought listeners might be interested in: 
  1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  2. Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Kim has also added to her  fiber arts library with these books:

  1. Hand Dyeing yarn and fleece by Gail Callahan
  2. Yarn . i . tec . ture by Jillian Moreno
  3. The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs by Sarah Anderson
Marcy has subscribed to the beautiful magazine, Pompom Quarterly. She was also gifted a great 3 month subscription to Jimmy Bean's Wool's Beanie Bags and is really enjoying them. 

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy has been uber crafty recently and is designing and sewing a formal gown for her husband's office Christmas party. Since she's at the beginning of her 2nd trimester, she wanted to look pregnant and not plump and so that influenced her design choices. Her dress is beautiful and she achieved her goal! 

What's on our Black Board?

In our next episode we will be in the classroom and we will share all of our making with you. There will be knitting, spinning, hand dyeing, sewing and maybe crochet! We hope you'll join us.

Thank you for spending time with us. If you live in the US, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that that'll give you extra knitting time. For all of you, have a wonderful couple of weeks and may your making be howler free!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Episode 19: Marcy's Special Announcement!

Welcome to ep. 19 everybody! We have an "in the classroom" podcast today and so we are talking about our WIP's, FO's, new CO's, Uber Craftiness and...Marcy has a special announcement to make! Grab your knitting, a soothing (or bracing!) beverage, an emergency snack and your knitting and join us.

Episode 19 Audio


Marcy (with her Om Shawl) and Kim (with her
Whispers sweater and Cmas socks) after
roecording.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • Administrati
  • Show and Tell
  • Howlers!!!
  • We are Uber Crafty
  • What's on our Black Board?

Administrati

  1. We are starting a new KAL...the FOFI KAL (finish or frog it KAL, worst name ever for a KAL!) Our intention with this KAL is to start 2017 off with clean needles. We can all cast on with wild abandon on 1/1/17! head on over to our group on Ravelry for all of the details.
  2. While you are there go ahead and join our group and introduce yourself.

Show and Tell

Kim has a number of active WIP's on the needles. 
  1. A 2nd Whispers pullover by Veera Valimaki. (Kim's 1st Whispers sweater appeared in ep. 12.)
  2. A Waiting for Rain shawl by Soft Sweater using her hand dyed yarn and a gradient mini set.
  3. Her new CO is a pair of socks for her mom for Christmas using a skein of her hand dyed yarn and contrasting colors for cuffs, heels and toes.
  4. Tim's Brioche Scarf.
Kim also shared a few FO"s:

  1. The Wedding afghan is DONE!!!
  2. Her Spooky Socks  are done. They were knit with a skein of her hand dyed yarn.
  3. Her Down the Chimney Socks are done. They were also knit with a skein of her hand dyed yarn (are you noticing a theme here?!) and contrasting cuffs, heels and toes.
    Kim's "Spooky Socks"
***Kim mentions the Sockmatician's brioche YouTube video.

Marcy finished Wilson's Sock Monkey Earflap hat by Nicole Montgmery. Marcy's 2 year old son, Wilson, wore this for Halloween and it was a big success! She is currently working on the Om Shawl by the popular designer, Andrea Mowry.
Wilson's wondering if he can eat the banana?
Don't we look cute!
















Howlers

Yes, it's sad that this segment is SO big this week that it needs to stand alone...but, Kim has been busy and she wants to make sure that all of you knitters out there know that we ALL make mistakes.
  1. Kim's Waiting For Rain shawl pattern suggested using stitch markers when doing the short rows in the lace section, but she was sure that she didn't need them because she can count to two. Well, no...she can't. HOWLER
  2. After casting on her Fall Whispers sweater, she had set the sweater down on their sectional couch while watching a movie with her hubby and he stretched out to get comfortable and ended up breaking a needle tip. All was well though and she was able to carry on the next morning.  ***KnitPicks interchangeable needle set is mentioned. 
  3. She had several shopping HOWLERS!!! (is that even a thing?!) Kim ordered bare yarn for dyeing and interchangeable needle tips and mistakenly ordered 9 sets of tips. She also saw that (finally!) all of the KnitPicks bare yarn was 15% off and because she hesitated and thought about it, she missed the sale : ( . HOWLER
  4. After many, many years of knitting socks 2 at a time on magic loop, Kim used the wrong working yarn for her sock. Damn, she was sure that this would never happen! HOWLER

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy sewed Wilson's monkey costume for Halloween. The pattern is from Kwik Sew and it's K0133 Ellie Mae Designs Zippity Zoo-Da tops, shorts and pants for toddlers. 

Marcy's Special Announcement: Marcy is contemplating what Christmas dress to sew for her husband's Christmas party and part of decision is that she's 3 months PREGNANT!!!! yay! Congratulations to Marcy and family. She will let us know in the next episode what design she has decided upon for her formal dress and we will look forward to pictures. 

A recent skein of Kim's hand dyed yarn,
"Iris."
One of the skeins of Soft Linen after dyeing.












Kim has been busy spinning and dyeing yarn and really enjoying it. Her oldest son gave her some fiber for her birthday in August from Knitspinfarm and she spun it as a 2 ply and loves it. She's made some singles. In addition to the KnitPicks bare yarn, she also bought some discounted Soft Linen yarn from her LYS and dyed it.
The beautiful Knitspinfarm fiber before and during spinning.

What's on our Black Board?

In episode 20 Kim will share her field trip notes with us from her visit to a LYS in Santa Fe, NM. We will talk about our WIP's, FO's and introduce a new segment: In the Library.

Thank you for joining us! We hope that your knitting is treating you well and that you're enjoying your making. Have a great couple of weeks and we'll see you next time.