Thursday, November 9, 2017

Episode 40: A November Quickie

Welcome dear Knitters to episode 40! In this 'in the classroom' podcast Marcy and Kim share their WIP's, new Co's and some uber craftiness. In addition, we've added a new, seasonally appropriate segment. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage, put your feet up and enjoy #40!

Episode 40 Audio

Marcy is wearing her Cancun boxy lace top and Kim
is wearing her 1st Sweaterspin

Marcy, Pippa and Kim after recording

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. On the PA System
  2. After the Finish Line
  3. Show & Tell
  4. We are Uber Crafty
  5. What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

We are continuing our "Octopus for a Preemie" crochet along. All info can be found here on the blog and here on our Ravelry page. 

After the Finish Line

This is a new segment that we've added now that it's cool enough to wear our knitwear on a regular basis. We thought that our knitting goes through several steps to become an 'FO' and then the item is technically in the group that is 'After the Finish Line!' Therefore, in this segment we'll talk about our finished knits that we've been wearing and enjoying. 

Kim has been wearing her Ruination Socks constantly ever since the weather cooled down. Marcy gave Kim the yarn for her birthday in 2016 and this yarn is AMAZING! She has also very happily been wearing her #legacysweaterspin sweater. Finally, while on vacation in Cabo last week she wore her 'Freestyle Shawl' in the evenings.

Marcy wore her lovely Sakasama Jacket while in Las Vegas for a wedding and received many compliments on it. She also has worn her Purple Light Gale and really enjoyed it.

Show & Tell

Kim has no FO's, but has continued to work on her P-Rex by Sosu and her Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh. Sadly, both of these projects are HOWLING at her at the moment and that is not making her very happy! Hopefully, they will both be fixed and back on track very soon. 

***A Howler is a slightly amusing problem that we are having with our knitting. Sometimes the Howler can be quite severe though!
Kim's 1st Octopus before stuffing and final finishing.

While on vacation for a week, Kim did very little knitting and decided to just give her hands a rest for once! She did get a little bit done on her Crazy Zauber Socks and is excited to get these finished. Also, Kim is almost done with her 1st Octopus for a Preemie. She also began a "lollipop"  Octopus (her name for it; she couldn't find one on Ravelry,) which has a flat head and fewer tentacles. 

Kim has cast on 2 new pairs of Christmas socks and is knitting them loosely based on the Afterthought Everything pattern by Erica Kempf Broughton. 

Marcy is working on her Hotel of Bees crochet shawl and it is beautiful! She's using the yarn that is called for in the pattern and it is coming along very quickly and nicely. She's thrilled that it'll easily be done before Thanksgiving and it's a Christmas present. Marcy is also continuing on with knitting her P-Rex and right now it is in that 'knitting black hole' stage! This shawl/cape combo will be worth it though.

Marcy has almost completed her 2nd Octopus for a Preemie and she's hoping to crochet 1-2 a month. 

Marcy has finished her Cancun boxy lace top and has forgotten to talk about it on the podcast! The FO is gorgeous and looks great on her. If you'd like to make the mods that she did, just check out her project page. 
Marcy showing off her FO: Cancun box lacy top.

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy finished her formal dress in time to wear it to her brother in law's wedding! She'll be wearing this long, beautiful dress twice this season, so she's extremely happy to have it done. The pattern is Burda #6868.
Marcy's version of the Burda 6868 dress.

Marcy & her husband Mike at the wedding.

Marcy doing last min sewing
on the dress in the hotel.

What's on our Black Board?

We have plans to visit some local yarn shops and hope to bring those field trips to you in our next episode. There will always be knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing and or sewing though; you can count on that!

Thank you for joining us! We appreciate each and every one of your spending time with us. We hope that your making is going fabulously and that you are enjoying the season!

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Episode 39: Christmas is coming and deep stash knitting!

Hello dear knitters and welcome to episode 39! In this 'in the classroom' ep Marcy and Kim share more information about the Octopus for a Preemie crochet project, gift ideas for knitters, lots of FO's, WIP's and even some Uber Craftiness. Grab your knitting, a PS beverage, get comfy and join us!

Marcy, Pippa and Kim after recording

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. On the PA System
  2. Show & Tell
  3. We are Uber Crafty
  4. What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

Octopus for a Preemie Project.
  • We are very excited about the Octopus for a Preemie project. All of the information can be found on it's own page on our blog, here, and on the forum in our Ravelry group, here. We hope that many of you will take a little time and crochet an octopus for a wee baby too. ***It is important that we follow all of the guidelines for crocheting these stuffies, otherwise they won't be able to use them in the NICU. So please read all of the instructions carefully and check your tentacle length and gauge. 
  • Marcy pointed out that there're only 10 weeks until Christmas!!!! YIKES! We thought it might be helpful to make a list of gifts for knitters. ***You may want to share this with the non knitters in your life that will be buying for you this season!
  1. The amazing Sirka counter. Kim has 2 and Marcy has one and we really like them and highly recommend them.
  2. Gift certificates to your Lys if you have one, or an online shop if you don't.
  3. Interchangeable knitting needle sets; both of us like KnitPicks, which are also very reasonably priced. 
  4. Marcy loves her Knitkit and has found it to be very durable.
  5. Project bags, scissors, tape measures and stitch markers are always needed and appreciated. 
  6. A subscription to a yarn or fiber club. There are many of these available (check Etsy!) and can be purchased for a few months or up to a year long. Such a wonderful gift for those of us that are fiber obsessed!
    The cute emergency case Marcy's
    friend Brooke made for her.
  7. Subscriptions to knitting magazines; there are the traditional monthly or quarterly ones like Vogue and Interweave Knits and now we also have the gorgeous Pom Pom Quarterly and Making magazines. (You can google 'knitting magazine' or spinning or weaving magazine to find many more.)
  8. Last, but definitely not least- you can make your knitter some cute wall decor. Marcy's friend Brooke made her the cutest 'knitting emergency kit' and Marcy made Kim adorable 3D K2TOG letters for her birthday! Head on over to the craft store or raid your stash and get creative!

Show & Tell

Since it's been about a month since we shared all of our knitting, Kim has a little parade of FO's. She finished her Handspun shawl. This is a project that began on her birthday in August when she dyed a bunch of fiber. She quickly spun a lot of it and was eager to get it on the needles. The shawl has brioche, garter and lace sections and was a very fun knit. Kim was thrilled to completely use up both handspun and hand dyed yarn from her stash. 

From the same batch of hand dyed fiber, Kim spun up yarn for  her "Birthday Sweater Spin #1." The pattern is based off of Andrea Mowry's So Faded pullover and Kim made some mods that are listed on her project page. 

The Ninilchik Swoncho was such a fun and addictive knit and it's DONE! All of the yarn for this project was from stash and some was held double and some held triple. This great pattern is by Caitlin Hunter and Kim highly recommends it. All yarn details are on her project page. 

After months of having zero sock mojo, Kim has finally finished the socks for her nephew. Sadly, they won't be gifted to him since they fit her DH perfectly and he really liked them and he's never asked for any knitwear before! These vanilla socks were knit 2 aat, top down, magic loop and with an after thought heel. The yarn is some very aged Regia (more deep stash used up!) Now Kim needs to quickly knit up a pair of socks to gift to her nephew!!! 

Kim's current WIP's include the P-Rex by Susanne Sommer. This brioche and garter stitch cape/poncho/sweater hybrid is a fun fingering weight knit. It will take awhile to knit as it is a lot of fabric. Marcy and Kim are doing an informal KAL with this project and it's fun to see how different they look in different yarns and colors. Kim is using her hand dyed yarn. The MC is KnitPick's Galileo and the CC is KnitPick's stroll sock yarn. 

The crochet shawl Hotel of Bee's hasn't gotten any love (due to the greedy Ninilchik : ) but Kim is looking forward to getting back to it and finishing this beautiful shawl. In addition, after finishing the Ninilchik, Kim was anxious to knit more fair isle and chose the Damejakka Loppa by Pinnegurri. This fair isle cardigan is knit in the round and steeked. She is planning on putting in a zipper and using the cardigan as a jacket. So far, the yarn has been chosen and she has swatched and she's looking forward to casting on and getting started on this beauty.

Kim and her DH are going on vacation next week and her 1st priority for packing is always knitting and books. She has wound some pretty cotton yarns in preparation to crochet some Octopuses (octopi? octopuses?!?) ***Check out this video from Merriam-Webster about which word is the  correct plural form for octopus. *** 

Also, since socks are the perfect take along project for flying and poolside knitting, Kim has pulled out 3 languishing sock WIP's. 
  1. The Achilles Heal by Lucia Light is a free patter on and they were CO on 4/11/16. These socks looked so fun and different and the result is gorgeous...but the unusual construction proved to be a little too unusual and all of the Dpn's and magic loop needles that were needed to knit these concurrently became unwieldy. One of the needles broke and..well, they just need to be finished because the yarn is amazing and should be worn. It's Fishknits yarn Panache in the Sunday Brunch color. Kim is going to see if she can figure out how to finish these without ripping too much out. 
  2. The Crazy Zauber Socks were CO 2/29/16 and were intended to fill the color gap in Kim's sock  drawer. She doesn't have any black socks and this yarn (color =Cafe Flair,) is teal and black. Sadly, there's far too much black and it's no fun to knit. Hopefully these will work well for poolside knitting and come home as an FO. 
  3. Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder. This popular and free pattern on Ravelry is a fun and easy non vanilla sock pattern. They've got enough texture to keep your interest but are easy enough to memorize. The yarn is Malabrigo sock yarn in #416 Indiecita. These were CO 3/4/17 right before all of Kim's sock mojo went away!
Marcy has been working on a 2nd Octopus in a cute cotton that she picked up from Hobby Lobby. She is also prepping to knit a few more. Marcy is working on becoming a certified Ambassador for the Octopus for a Preemie project and she has talked with a few women from our LYS about a tutorial session for help with the pattern. Yay! hopefully we'll end up with a bunch of octopuses to donate to our local NICU. 

Marcy is continuing to work on her P-Rex and it's looking beautiful. We are both excited to finish and wear these cute capes. She is using KnitPick's Stroll Glimmer in the kestrel color and KnitPick's Chroma Twist fingering in the Get Your Neon color way. 

Marcy has CO the Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh. This crochet shawl takes you through the 'Hotel of Bees' from Anthony Doerr's book,  All the Light we Cannot See. This will be a Christmas gift for Pippa's daycare provider who is known as Mrs. Bee. Marcy is using the yarn that is called for in the pattern, Scheepjes Stone Washed which is a sport weight 78% cotton 22% acrylic yarn. It's looking so pretty and she's really enjoying having a crochet project on the hook. 

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy has been sewing! She's working on her yearly formal dress that she wears to her husband's office Christmas party. This year she is also planning on wearing her beautiful dress to her brother in law's wedding. The pattern that she's sewing is based on Burda #6868. Her goal is to finish the sewing this afternoon; go Marcy! We have faith in you and know that you can finish. 

Marcy's formal dress she is working on.  The corset is done and
the fashion fabric for the top is done. She just has to make the skirt.

In her  quest to use up stash yarn, especially deep stash, Kim spent a day overdyeing several sweater quantities of deep stash yarn. She knows that she wants to knit the beautiful new fade pattern, Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, and she will probably knit a gradient pullover or cardigan too. It's fun to give stash yarn new life by over dyeing it and also simply revisiting what you already own.
Kim's over dyed yarn

What's on our Black Board?

In our next episode we will share all of our FO's, WIP's new CO's and our spinning, dyeing and sewing with you. In addition, we anticipate visiting one of our Lys's and we'll let you know all about it!

We hope your knitting, crocheting, spinning, sewing, dyeing and general making are going splendidly! Have fun and Happy Knitting. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Episode 38: Cloth Carousel and Lambtown Fieldtrips

Welcome to ep. 38 Knitters! We have a fun field trip podcast today for your listening pleasure. We revisited the 1st LYS (Cloth Carousel in Winters, CA,) that we went to 2 years ago on the day that we decided to start our podcast and we also went to a local fiber festival; Lambtown in Dixon, CA. In addition, we share our progress on our informal P-Rex- along and we have a special philanthropic crochet CAL that we are excited to tell you about. Grab your knitting, a soothing or bracing beverage, get comfortable and join us!

***Thanks to our LYS, Got Your Goat in Roseville, CA for allowing us to record there again! It's always a fun and lively time there and you may hear a little ambient noise.

Episode 38 Audio

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • On the PA System
  • Show and Tell 
  • Field trip notes and interview from Cloth Carousel in Winters, CA
  • Field trip notes from LambTown in Dixon, CA
  • What's on our Black Board?
Pippa, Marcy, Diane, and Kim

Pippa, Marcy and Adina at the Cloth Carousel

On the PA System

Octopus for a Preemie
  1. We wanted to remind everyone to take a look at the main page on Ravelry each week. They highlight a new option or  knitting technique and it's always interesting and educational. 
  2. Marcy shared a really special philanthropic crochet project: "Octopus for a Preemie." This is a free pattern on Ravelry and was designed to help premature babies in the NICU. The crocheted arms remind babies of the umbilical cord and help them to feel safer. In addition, the babies are able to grab and hold onto the tentacles instead of any tubes or cables that are in their bassinet.  We've decided to hold a CAL for this worthy project and we have a forum on our Ravelry group page.  Our LYS, Got Your Goat, has offered to be a receiving point for the Octopus (octopi?!) and  then Marcy will deliver them to the NICU's in our area. We hope that you'll join in on this easy and fast crochet project that will comfort a baby in distress. (Make sure to read the section below in Show & Tell about the octopus that Marcy made.)
Jacob with his Octopus, isn't he adorable,? It just melts my heart.

Show & Tell

Marcy and Kim are doing an informal P-Rex KAL. This cute cape/poncho/sweater garment has both brioche and garter stitch and was designed by Susanne Sommer. We are both really enjoying this addicting project and are looking forward to cooler weather so that we can wear and enjoy them.

A friend of Marcy's had a baby and sadly he was born with a medical issue that required surgery right away. She had learned about the Octopus for a Preemie project and decided to crochet one for him. Her friend quickly got back to Marcy and said that the nurses in the NICU were asking for more crocheted Octopus because it was comforting the baby so much and keeping him from grabbing any cables or cords. 

 ***There are specific instructions for making the Octopus, please read all about it on this website.***

Fieldtrip Notes- Cloth Carousel

Two years ago Kim and Marcy went on a day trip to Cloth Carousel in Winters, CA. There are actually two shops:  a quilt and a yarn shop  both owned by Adina. During the drive home 2 years ago we decided to start our knitting podcast. We thought it would be fun to revisit this beautiful LYS and interview them and share all of the wonderful yarn, needles, classes and fabric that they offer. 

Diane, the manager of the shop was kind enough to sit down and tell us all about the store. Kim and Marcy are both really impressed with their amazing needle and notions selection, gift items for any and all knitters and of course, beautiful yarn for your current knitting obsession. They also stock some fiber for spinning and felting and  embroidery materials. Cloth Carousel offers classes for all levels as well. This is definitely a LYS that is worth a visit and you'll love the small town of Winters, CA. While you're there you can walk across the street to the quilt shop and pick up some fabric for your next project. 

Please make sure to check out all of the information about Cloth Carousel on our Yarn Shop Evaluation page. Thank you to Adina and Diane for hosting us!
So many beautiful yarns to choose from!

Cloth Carousel
Pippa is just too cute, she had fun shopping!

Fieldtrip Notes- Lambtown

We also visited a local fiber festival in Dixon, CA, Lambtown. This is a great festival that offers yarn, lots of fiber, alpacas, llamas, sheep, sheep dog trials,  classes, demonstrations, great food, entertainment, beer and local booths of all sorts for old and young alike. Sadly, the day that we attended was very windy and we stayed indoors as much as possible, but we both found some beautiful items that we couldn't leave behind and we'll talk more about those stash acquisitions as we knit and spin with them.
Wilson and his cute felted slippers.

Pippa and her new cashmere hat.

Pippa joined us and was the hit of the festival! She was even gifted a beautiful lace knit bonnet from Bonnie Riley of Stitchsisterz! Bonnie had knit the hat for her granddaughter, but it was too small. Happily, it fit Pippa perfectly and looked adorable.

We all had fun wearing our knitwear and Marcy ran into her Cullum Tee twin! Carol, aka caliknitpurl on Ravelry, was wearing her  Cullum Tee and denim and they're both blond and they looked great in their knitted tops. 
Marcy and Carol, they are twins in their Cullum Tees!

What's on our Black Board?

Our next episode will be in the classroom and we'll update you on all of our FO's, WIP's, new CO's spinning, and uber craftiness. 

Thank you for joining us today! We hope that your knitting and making are filling you with joy and that you're having fun. Happy Knitting!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Episode 37: Another Rabbit hole and more Brioche!

Welcome to episode 37 everybody! We are "in the classroom" but out and about today. We recorded  in our Lys and we had little Pippa with us too, so it's a fun and lively time. You'll hear all about our FO's, WIP's and new Co's as well as some uber craftiness. Grab your knitting and a bracing or soothing beverage and join us!

Episode 37 Audio

Kim, Pippa (4.5 months!) and Marcy
after recording
Isn't Pippa the cutest?

What's in our Lesson Plan?
  1. On the PA System
  2. Show & Tell
  3. We re ├╝ber crafty
  4. What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

  • Have you ever wondered what your Ravelry number is? Kim heard about this years ago and has wondered about her's ... but could never figure out how to find it! She finally did and she's #39,053, and Marcy's Ravelry #489,236 joined October 27,2009.  Ravelry has 7,340,396 registered users as of  9/24/2017.  915,646 Ravelers have been active during the last 30 days. You can find this information on the Ravelry Statistics page.  Here's how you look it up on Ravelry: You need to be on a computer and you go to your profile page on Ravelry and type in the "Konami" code and it will show you your #. The code = 

  • Marcy and Kim are going to Lambtown in Dixon, Ca. This fun fiber event is on Sat & Sun, 10/7 & 10/8 this year. We're not certain which day we are going yet, but we'll let you know in our next podcast. In addition, we might be having a meet up with the lovely Yarniacs and the 2KnitLit Chicks. We hope to see YOU there!
  • Thank you to our LYS, Got Your Goat, in Roseville, CA for allowing us to record here today!

Show & Tell

Kim has finished another 2 color brioche cowl (her 7th, she's done now!) This one is a gift for her  niece and she used the Brioche for Beginners pattern (free on Ravelry,) designed by Emma Galati. She used a skein of her hand dyed yarn and a skein of MadTosh vintage. She is continuing to work on the socks that will be a gift for her  nephew, but she's not in a big sock mood and they're growing pretty slowly. 

The beautiful Hotel of Bees crochet shawl is moving along. Designed by Christina Hadderingh, this well written pattern is perfect for new or experienced crocheters and is really fun to work on. Kim is using 2 skeins of MadTosh Pashmina in the antler and bloomsbury colors and a skein of her hand dyed yarn. 

There're lots of new CO's. Sadly, the Leaf Pane Hat from the book Woodsmoke (we reviewed that in ep. 36, go take a listen,) didn't work out gauge wise with Kim's 3 ply handspun. This is some of the fiber that she dyed on her bday in August and she had a great time spinning and chain plying it and she was very excited to knit a cabled accessory with it. Both the yarn and pattern are beautiful and will get new partners soon and all will be well.

Kim has been really looking forward to knitting with all of her new handspun yarn that she's created over the past 4-5 months. She cast on a shawl (her own free style pattern,) and has really been enjoying knitting brioche, St. st , garter st and some lacy bits while enjoying knitting with her handspun and hand dyed yarns (that she added in when the handspun skein ran out.)

All of the pretty hand dyed fiber was just screaming to be spun and knit this past month and so Kim prepped the fiber for 3 sweater spins. The 1st is done and has been cast on. She is using the numbers for the So Faded pullover by Andrea Mowry and is not fading it because the yarn has lots of pretty colors already. (You'll hear about the other 2 sweater spins in another segment.)

Finally, Kim has fallen down another rabbit hole! Knitters are super enabling and between podcasts, IG and Ravelry it can be really hard to resist the new and shiny things and patterns! She saw Amy Beth of the Fat Squirrel Speaks video podcast and Kristi Glass, who has a channel on You Tube, both post and talk about their Ninichik Swonchos by Caitlin Hunter and last Friday Kim lost all ability to resist casting on. She's using a skein of her hand spun for the main color and a combination of other stashed yarns for the contrasting colors. 

***We mention the awesome Knit for Fun retreats by Ann Budd, go check them out!

Marcy has finished several adorable crowns for several friend's little girls. The Circlet pattern by Dani Sunshine is free on Ravelry and it's a fun, fast  and cute knit. She also finished the oh so cute Owl Hat for Pippa. This is a free crochet pattern on Ravelry and it's sized baby to adult. 

Marcy is continuing to make great progress on her Cancun boxy lace top and is almost done with the knitting. This is a really pretty pullover that uses the dimensions of the Boxy  by Joji Locatelli and the pattern is based on the Cancun boxy lace top by erin kate archer. She's using Knit One, Crochet Too Batiste and this yarn is just luscious! 

She has also gone down the brioche rabbit hole in preparation to cast on a P Rex. So Marcy is knitting a  Brioche for Beginners 2 color cowl by Emma Galati. She's using leftover yarn, Anzula Cloud in the charcoal and watermelon colors and this yarn is also luscious and amazing! Marcy has caught on to brioche very quickly and is ready and excited to cast on the P Rex by Susanne Sommer. Kim and Marcy are doing an informal  KAL with the P Rex and if you'd like to join us (knitting that poncho or any other brioche item,) join us!

Marcy's friend Brooke made Pippa a few presents, one is the adorable strawberry hat and then she made Susan B. Anderson's Flower Fairy & Leaf Sprite stuffies.

Pippa enjoying her new stuffies!

Pippa in her strawberry hat camping.

We are Uber Crafty
Kim has continued to spin on a daily basis and is having a ball! Buying a 2nd spinning wheel and having both wheels set up and ready to go has really made a huge difference in the amount of spinning that she's doing on a daily basis.  The 1st sweater spin fiber has already been spun and cast on (see above,) and she has finished the 1st bobbin for the 2nd SS.
Skein #1 for Kim's sweater spin #2. This is a chain plied 3 ply.

The mini skeins that Kim spun from leftover singles. The 3 on
 the left are chain plied 3 ply and the one on the right is a 2ply.

All of the SS's will be spun supported long draw and the 1st was a 2 ply. The 2nd will be a  3 ply and she chain (or Navajo) plied it. Now, Kim just needs to spin and ply 6 more bobbins! The 3rd SS will be a traditional 3 ply and Kim has finished 1 full bobbin of lots of spinning to go on that one.

Last weekend Kim decided to clean off a bunch of her bobbins and she 2 plied and chain plied several mini skeins from the leftover singles. Maybe she'll save these mini skeins to make another crochet afghan next year?

Marcy has been sewing lots of cute baby gifts and items for Pippa. She bought the fabric from Spoonflower and she made a few light weight blankets and crib sheets and changing table covers. She also helped her mom design some fabrics with some artwork that a 10 year old girl did. Her mom wanted to use the artwork to make her some presents. So she worked on Spoonflower to create some fabric, on is of a little girl and one is of a red robin on a tree branch.

What's on our Black Board?
Next weekend Marcy and Kim are going back to where all of this podcasting business started two years ago! We are going to the LYS in Winters, CA, Cloth Carousel. In our next episode we will tell you all about our fun day and share an interview with you. 

Thank you for joining us everybody! We hope that your knitting is going swimmingly and that you're enjoying your making and having a ball. We'll "see" you next time, Happy Knitting!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Episode 36: Book Reviews & Tons of Spinning

Welcome to episode 36 everybody! We are sweltering here in the Sacramento Valley in Northern California, but we're continuing to knit and spin on a daily basis. Today, we are announcing the winners of the Summer of Stripes CAL, our WIP's, FO's, some uber craftiness and several fun book/magazine reviews. Grab your knitting, a cooling beverage, get comfy and join us!

Episode 36 Audio

Marcy and Kim after recording. Marcy
is holding up her Cancun Boxy Lace
top. Kim is wearing both her new brioche
cowl and her Sternanis hat- you know,
cuz it's only 102 today!
Marcy and Kim. Kim is showing you
her 2 skeins of 3 ply yarn (left,) and
her 1st full bobbin for her sweater

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. On the PA system
  2. Show & Tell
  3. We are uber crafty
  4. Book Reviews
  5. What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

  • Thank you for participating in the Summer of Stripes CAL! The CAL is closed and the WINNERS have been chosen! To check and see if you're a winner, head on over to the Summer of Stripes CAL Ravelry thread, here, and have a look. Thanks for participating and we are looking forward to doing more fun KAL's/CAL's in the future.
  • We would really appreciate it if you'd go to ITunes (or wherever you download this podcast,) and rate and review our podcast! This really helps other knitters who are looking for new podcasts to find us. Thank you in advance!!!

Show & Tell

Marcy has finished the adorable Ice Cream Sundae baby shrug by Dani Sunshine. She is very pleased with the FO and is excited to gift it. She is also continuing to work on her Cancun Boxy Lace top by Erin Kate Archer and is loving it. This pattern incorporates Boxy by Joji Locatelli (really just using the shaping for this cute and popular top.) Marcy is writing very thorough notes on her pattern page, so hop on over there and have a look if you're interested in knitting this top. 

Lastly, Marcy is crocheting the Owl Hat by Sarah Zimmerman for baby Pippa. She is using Lion Brand Modern baby yarn in the chartreuse and pink colors and a size I hook. She made several of these cute hats when Wilson was a baby (and for some of the babies in her stroller group,) and they are really fast and fun to make and adorable to wear. 

Kim has several brioche Fo's. She finished her latest Brioche for Beginners cowl by Emma Galati and she loves it! She also finished her 1st Christmas gift of the year, another Sternanis Hat by Katrin Schubert and she's very pleased with the FO. It was fun to use some of her hand dyed yarn in each of these projects.

 Brioche is the bomb!!! Kim and Marcy are planning on doing an informal brioche-along starting mid September. We will knit the P-Rex by Susanne Sommer (SoSu on Ravelry,) and we're very excited to pick our yarn and get knitting. Let us know if you're interested in joining us!

Kim has several WIP's going:
  1. The Hotel of Bees shawl by Christina Hadderingh. This is a crochet shawl and it's beautiful and very enjoyable to make. THe pattern is exceptionally well written.
  2. Socks for her nephew Greg using Regia yarn. 2aat on magic loop, top down and they'll have a true afterthought heel. Sadly, Kim is not in a sock mood and they're not getting a lot of love.
  3. The cute Gilead top by Leila Raabe, which has been overshadowed by all of the greedy brioche projects! 

We are Uber Crafty

Kim has been spinning A LOT! Moving her spinning wheel downstairs and getting a 2nd wheel so that she has one up and one downstairs has made a huge difference. She is spinning everyday and usually several times a day and is really noticing an improvement in her spinning and finished skeins. She recently spun two 3 ply skeins using fiber that she hand-dyed. The 1st was a traditional 3 ply; putting 3 bobbins of singles on her Lazy Kate and plying them together. She is very happy with the finished skein and is looking forward to casting on with it very soon. 
This is the before and after  pic of Kim's hand dyed
fiber and then the finished 3 ply skein. 

The 2nd was a Navajo or chained ply 3 ply. The resulting skein was very interesting; more of an art yarn really! She chain plied the 1st part of the skein with her left hand (bad idea!) and then finished it off with her right hand. The resulting skein of yarn has 1/2 art yarn-isn yarn and the rest a normal 3 ply. Kim wants to play with it and knit a shawl that will highlight the art yarn. We'll see how that goes! 
Kim's Navajo plied 3 ply with the crazy art yarn
on the left and the normal yarn on the right.
She dyed the fiber on her birthday.

Over the past month Kim has hand dyed a lot of fiber. She was excited to start spinning it and she decided to do 3 combination sweater spins. She gathered together all of the fiber she wanted to use, sorted it into "quasi color families," and stripped the braids and batts down into equal sized units and then rolled them into "nests" for spinning. Each sweater's worth of fiber lives in its own bin while awaiting and during the spinning process and all sweaters will be multi colored, but will have many colors in common. The finishing and sweaters to be knit are all TBD.

Book Reviews

We reviewed 2 books and 1 magazine:
  1. making (magazine) No. 3/ Dots. Kim bought this at her LYS in her hometown. This beautiful magazine includes lots of patterns, tutorials and articles about many types of crafts: knitting, crochet, sewing, cooking, felting, drawing, etc... Both Kim and Marcy agree that it's gorgeous and we've added many projects to our "to be made list," and we think you should definitely go take a look.
  2. Splendid Apparel by Anna Zilboorg. The by line on this book is, "a handbook of embroidered knits," it incorporates embroidery into cables, lace, traveling stitches and ribbing. There are so many amazing, in depth sections in this book and the pictures, descriptions and graphics are all excellent. The patterns and styling reads 1990's, but it's easy to accommodate for that. We both really like this book and think that you should take a look. Kim bought this book from Amazon. Marcy went down a rabbit hole looking up embroidered knit wear, check out her Pinterest board where she found some cool items.
  3. Finally, we reviewed a book from KnitPicks that Kim got for free during one of their promotions for their patterns and books.Woodsmoke is a collection of cables and it's beautifully photographed with large charts ( yay!!!) and gorgeous cabled garments and accessories. Marcy and Kim have both found patterns that they want to make. Another winner!

What's on our Black Board?

We are unsure ... but we are certain that there'll be lots of knitting, crochet, spinning and dyeing! 

Thank you for joining us everybody! We hope that you have a wonderful couple of weeks and that you're enjoying your making.  Happy knitting!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Episode 35: K2TOG & Brioche

Hello dear knitters! Welcome to episode 35. We are in the classroom today and Marcy and Kim are sharing all of their FO's, WIP's, new CO's, uber craftiness and some extras as well. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage, get comfy and join us!

Episode 35 Audio

Marcy and Kim after recording. We're holding the adorable
letters that Marcy made for Kim.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. On the PA system
  2. Show & Tell
  3. We are Uber Crafty
  4. What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

  • The SSACAL (summer stripe along CAL,) ends on August 31st. Finish your stripey projects and post them in the thread,  so that you'll be eligible to win one of  the amazing prizes that are available! We are hosting this fun CAL along with Andersmills knits, Simply Stash Less, Giddy Knits and Hudson Valley Knits video podcasts. (All of these podcasts are linked on the group page.)
  • Stash Dash ends at 11:59 PM on 8/20. Kim has posted her flag in the 10K category and she currently has 10,582 m!!! Woot, woot! Just keeping track and posting progress is a win for her  ; ).
  • Please join our Ravelry group and sign in, we'd love to hear from you and get to know you.
  • Ravelry has upgraded their image options on the project pages, go check it out!
  • Marcy discovered a helpful post on Ravelry. They don't have an app, but they do have a Rav icon that you can download to your home screen. You can read all about it here. (Look for the entry from 8/11/17.)

Show & Tell 

Kim has fallen down a huge and very deep brioche rabbit hole! One of her yearlong goals was to learn how to increase and decrease in brioche. She found the beautiful Sternanis hat by Katrin Schubert on Ravelry. After lots of frogging and re-knitting she finally got it down and has started a 2nd one to gift for Christmas.
Kim's Sternanis hat. 

She has also knit another Brioche for Beginners cowl. This is the pattern that she used last year to learn brioche and its free on Rav. She intended to gift this cowl but made a few mistakes and so she started a 2nd. Check out that project page, Kim has added tips and tricks for learning brioche knitting.

***We talk about some of the brioche superstars in the knitting world: Andrea Mowry, Stephen West,  Suzanne Somers and of course Nancy Marchant who is known as the Queen of brioche! We also mention an ep of The Fruity Knitting podcast wherein they interview Nancy Marchant. The patterns that we talked about are: P-Rex, Ramble, and  Briochealuscious.

Kim has finished the cuffs and leg of her Afterthought Everything Socks. She has CO a new pair of socks that are a gift for her nephew using Regia yarn. She CO the gorgeous Gilead top by Leila Raabe using Shibui linen. 

Finally, Kim has CO the beautiful Hotel of Bees CROCHET shawl by Christina Hadderingh. The shawl is based on a hotel in the wonderful book, All the Light We Cannot See. She is reading and crocheting along and is really enjoying this well written crochet pattern. 

Marcy has finished her beautiful ...a hint of summer top by Isabel Kraemer. Two Ravelers were kind enough to sell  Marcy a skein of the discontinued color Lemon Ice after she ran out. Thanks to Tom (helloknitters on Rav,) and Michelle (smartgrrrl on Rav.) Marcy is very happy with her new tee and loves how it looks.

She is continuing to work on her Cancun Boxy Lace Top. This is a blending of the Boxy by Joji Locatelli and the cancun boxy lace top by erin kate archer. The yarn is Knit One, Crochet too Batiste and it's so soft and lovely. If you're interested in knitting this cute top, Marcy is writing down all of the details (well, you still need to buy both pattern!) on her project page.

Marcy has also CO the adorable Ice Cream Sundae shrug by Dani Sunshine. She is using Yarn Bee Dazling yarn and she's making the 2T size for her friend's little girl. This shrug is so cute and it's a fun and fast knit too. 

We Are Uber Crafty

Kim has been spinning a lot ever since she moved her wheel downstair on 7/4. She's spun all 2 ply skeins and she's excited to knit with them. She also has added to her fiber equipment!!!! She bought a used Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel today and she loves it. This wheel will live downstairs and her beloved Lendrum will live upstairs.

Meet Tabitha, Kim's new Ladybug wheel.

Here is the dyed fiber from Kim's bday

Lots of dyeing has been happening too. Kim spent a part of her birthday dyeing fiber and she had a ball. What a fun way to celebrate!  She also spent a fantastic afternoon dyeing yarn with family while vacationing in Tahoe in July. If you're looking for a great group activity you might try dyeing yarn.
Kim and her family in Tahoe after their
dye day.

Our gorgeous dyed yarn in Tahoe.

Marcy has been sewing. She made a crib sheet and changing pad cover for her friend who is expecting a baby. She also made some crib sheets for Pippa and she found all of the fabric online at Spoonflower. 
Pippa's room with her custom crib sheet & the arrows I made.
Pippa's helping Marcy sew.

Pippa has the cutest new mobile in her room! Marcy made this beautiful mobile using scrapbook paper in 4 colors and she had to figure out how to construct it from a picture on Pinterest and from the Easy shop TrueLoveAndPaper. She is really happy with this project and proud of herself for figuring it out. 

Marcy gave Kim her birthday gift on air. She wrapped  papier mache letters in yarn and made the phrase "K2TOG" and it is the cutest and sweetest gift for a knitter! She saw these letters in a book, Brioche Chic: 22 Fresh Knits for Women and Men. Kim is so excited to hang these letters up in or near her knitting studio.
Marcy's Uber Crafty bday gift to Kim!

What's on our Black Board?

In our next ep. we will "most likely" ; ), be reviewing a few magazines and or books. Of course, we'll share our knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing and sewing too! 

Thank you for joining us! We hope that your making is going well and that you're having a blast being creative. Happy knitting!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Episode 34: Baby Hiccups and Short Rows

Hello dear Knitters! Thank you joining us for episode 34! In this "in the classroom" podcast, Marcy and Kim share their knitting, present a research paper on short rows, revisit their year long goals from January and talk about a little bit of uber craftiness. Grab your knitting, a refreshing beverage, get comfortable and join us!

Episode 34 Audio

Pippa at 11 weeks old, what a baby doll!

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • On the PA System
  • Show & Tell
  • A research paper on short rows
  • How are we doing on our year long goals? 
  • We are uber crafty
  • What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

  • We are co hosting the "Summer Stripe along CAL," along with 4 other lovely podcasts. Head on over to the group page on Ravelry to learn more about it and get striping! PS, there are some lovely prizes that you can win!
  • Stash Dash is continuing and you can still get in on the fun. This year Kim is finally keeping track of her meterage and she's doing quite well! When we recorded she had a little over 7K meters and her goal is 10K. 

Show & Tell

Pippa in the Marian Dress.
Marcy has finished the Marian dress by Taiga Hilliard and it is gorgeous! It is for Pippa and the colors look great on her. She's a lucky baby girl! Marcy is continuing to work on her ...a hint of summer top by Isabell Kraemer. She is using Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Linen in the lemon ice and caribbean blue colors. She did have a little "hiccup" with this project. She ran out of one of her color ways and since it's older stashed yarn it is not easy to find. There were a few people on Ravelry that did have it, and one of them was kind enough to sell her a skein, but when it arrived it was the WRONG color! She is figuring out a way to make it work. ***Do you hear the cute baby hiccups during this portion of the podcast? 

Marcy has a new CO, the cancun boxy lace top. This adorable tee incorporates the Boxy sweater by Joji Locatelli and the cancun boxy lace top by Erin Kate archer. She is using Knit One, Crochet too Batiste yarn in the Gray color. Right now it is pretty much all she wants to work on!
Lace boxy, each of the stitch patterns are very addicting like strips.

Kim has labeled herself the "Boring Knitter," for this episode. She's been busy finishing things and hasn't cast on anything new and now she doesn't have much knitting! She is planning a "cast on party" for this weekend  because this is a ridiculous state of affairs! 
Afterthought Everything Sock- I'll separate for the toes at
the color change.

She did recently cast on the Afterthought Everything socks by Erica Kempf Broughton. This clever $2 pattern from Ravelry allows you to knit a very long tube (or 2, if you choose!) and do afterthought toes and heels later. This gives you lots of plain knitting time. Kim is not actually following the pattern, just using the smart idea because she needs sock knitting for travel, wait time and watching movies. She is using the discontinued yarn Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply with Aloe Vera in the Teal print and unknown colorway.

Kim is also continuing to work on the "I'll never be finished," Flutter Sleeve Cardigan by Pam Allen. However, the 2 aren't getting along and the sweater is currently in a time out. I want to make it clear that the yarn and pattern are wonderful, this is user error!

Research Paper: Short Rows

Marcy recently encountered a new short row method and thought that it would be fun and informative for us to do a research paper on the super useful short rows. Short rows are used for vertical shaping and 3 D contouring in items such as sock heels, sleeve caps, the back top portion of sweaters and bust darts. There are many other uses for them as well and once we know and understand more about them, we can swap one out for another and  also insert them into our knitting with wonderful results. Here are a few things that we covered:

  • There are 3 "families" of short rows: 
  1. The "trap a loop of working yarn across from the turning point" family which includes: Yarnover (YO)short rows, Wrap and Turn (W&T) short rows and Shadow wrap short rows.
  2. The "turn and slip" family which includes: German and Japanese short rows, and
  3. The Wrapless short row which is in a family all by itself.
  • We used the following sources for our research: the online knitting zine, Knotions, the youtube channel by Roxanne Richardson and We also used Wikipedia...and I'm going to let you look that up all by yourself!
    Our short row sample swatch. From the top: shadow wraps, yo's, wrapless, German,
    Japanese, W&T without picking up the wraps and W&T with picked up wraps. We like
    the Wrapless best, how about you?

2017 Year Long Goals

In our last episode, we decided to revisit the goals that we set in January and see how we are doing with them.  You can see the goals here. We are both doing pretty well with them (except for Kim and record keeping...oy!) Did you set any goals for the year in January? How are your's going? We can all revisit them in late December and see how we did and then get ready to set NEW goals for 2018!

Spinning BFL downstairs

My bulky bobbin for plying (BFL, Merino and Polwarth 2 ply.)
This ended up being almost 450 yards.

We are Uber Crafty

Kim has been spending a lot of time spinning late. She moved her spinning wheel downstairs and it has really impacted the amount that she is spinning. All of the skeins are 2 ply and the last 3 have been spun woolen in a supported long draw. Yay! More Stash Dash meterage!

What's on our Black Board?

The answer is that we don't know! Marcy is going back to work on 8/1 after 6 weeks of maternity leave and Kim has a trip and a birthday coming up. We will be back ASAP though and I'm certain that we'll have loads of knitting, spinning, weaving, crochet, sewing and yarn dyeing to share with you.

Thank you so much for joining us! We appreciate each and every one of you spending time with us. We hope that your knitting and making are going really well and that you're enjoying your Summer! Happy Knitting!