Friday, May 20, 2016

Episode 9: Susanna IC

Welcome to episode 9 everybody! We are almost in the double digits and we're excited about that. In this episode, Kim continues to share her experiences from her recent "Knit For Fun" retreat and has a special interview with designer Susanna IC. Enjoy!

Episode 9 Audio

The "Knit For Fun" retreats are put on by Ann Budd and Kim discusses her classes there, which were taught by:
  1. Ann Budd: Steek and Zippers and Fixing Your Mistakes.
  2. Nancy Bush: Estonian Traveling Stitches
  3. Susanna IC: Cables and Lace
Admin notes: We are taking attendance! please join us in our Ravelry group if you are a new or returning "student," we promise that we won't let you sit alone at lunch or play by yourself at recess!

Marcy, Kim and Wilson after recording

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • Lots of retreat info!
  • All of my retreat classes
  • An interview with the designer Susanna IC

Retreat Info:

  1. Goody bag donation items: Cloudborn Fibers, Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Majestic Purple color, Cloudborn Fiber Alpaca and Highland Natural in the Camel Heather color, Vice blurred Lines in the Canyonlands color way to go with the Park City Cowl pattern by Ann Budd, Elemental Affects yarn and the Midsummer bouquet pattern by Karen Kendrick-Hand and Buffy Ann Designs yarn cozys.
  2. The yarn shops that vended at the retreat were: Wasatch and Wool, from Park City, Utah and Blazing Needles from Salt Lake City, Utah.
  3. Our fund raiser was the Haapsalu Lace center in Estonia and $1,110 was raised over the weekend!

Kim's cup cozy that has been steeked and zippered!
The awesome goody bag and its' contents

Podcasts hosting sock KAL's: 

There are so many sock KAL's (knit-a-longs) running right now that I thought we'd mention a few for you all to jump in on. Remember that you can double, triple and quadruple dip on these! So, go knit some socks, post some pics and win some prizes!
  • The Knitmore Girls audio podcast has an on going KAL, "Operation Sock Drawer". Use #operationsockdrawer on Instagram and you can also post in their group thread. 
  • Yarngasm Video Podcast has a year long (until 1/1/17) "Box of Sox" KAL. Use #boxOsoxkal on Instagram and put your 12 pairs of adult socks in a pretty box. 
  • Grocery Girls video podcast has a "Fancy Feet" KAL  from 5/1/16 thru 6/14/16 and the goal is to try a new technique. #ggfancyfeet on Instagram. 
  • Bakery Bear's Video podcast has a "Summer of Socks" KAL running from 5/25/16 thru 8/31/16. #summerofsockskal on Instagram.
  • The lovely ladies from the Mason Dixon blog are having a "One Sock" KAL and 1st time sock knitters are welcome! 5/1/16 thru 5/31/16. Post using the #onesockkal on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or on their Ravelry thread.

Susanna IC interview:

I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Susanna IC at the Knit For Fun retreat. Susanna is "zuzusus" on Ravelry and her website is She is very active in her Rav group and hosts at least 2 MKAL's a year in addition to other knitalongs using her gorgeous lace and cable patterns. Susanna has 150+  patterns on Ravelry and more are in the works!

Even though it was a challenge to do so, Susanna did choose a few of her designs as her favorites: Annis, Belarra, Brina and a cardigan, Eadon. Head on over to Ravelry and take a look at all of her beautiful designs. 

***The "Fruity Knitting" video cast was mentioned. Andrea knits lots of Alice Starmore sweaters and does a lot of great tutorials, go check it out!

What's on our Black Board?

In episode 10 we be talking about our knitting (Show and Tell,) and doing a Shibui yarn tasting with yarn that Kim received at the retreat. We'll play an interview with Sandy who was helping us all weekend with our Shibui buying needs : ) . 

Have a great week everybody! Happy knitting!

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