Monday, July 11, 2016

Episode 12: Buyer's Remorse

Welcome to episode 12! In this "out of the classroom" episode Marcy shares her experience of visiting  Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation, Washington. We'll talk about our knitting, have our first book review and also share a wonderful interview with Rachel from Tolt. Grab a (large!) beverage, pick up your knitting and enjoy the show!

Episode 12 Audio

What's in our Lesson Plan?
Marcy holding her yarn treasures from Tolt,
Kim and Smitten are holding the book we reviewed.

  • Show and Tell: FO's, WIP's,  and stash enhancement 
  • Field trip notes: an interview, a book review and an evaluation of Tolt Yarn and Wool
  • What's on our Black Board?
***We will be hosting our 1st KAL in August! "Christmas in August," wherein you can knit gifts, ornaments, stockings or whatever makes you happy as you get a head start on Christmas knitting. More information to come in ep. 13. Start thinking about what you might like to cast on...or finish!

Show and Tell:

Marcy is currently working on her Cap Sleeve Lattice Top which is a free pattern from Purl Soho. She is using her Forbidden Woolery Proverbs yarn in the Earl Grey Rose and Yellow Celosia color ways. She has made many mods and they are all detailed on her project page.

***We mention Marcy's Wind Wave top, Kim's Nesoi Tee, Marcy's Nesoi Tee and Kim's Elsie Shawl (Itineris.)

Marcy has some fun stash enhancements:
Wilson Checking out Marcy's
yarn treasures from Tolt.
  1.  From Tolt LYS she bought some Hazel Knits, Lively DK in the "Chocoberry" color. She listens to The Yarniacs audio podcast and wants to join their "Colors of Fall KAL." This is inspired by the Pantone colors and Marcy's new yarn is almost identical to the Dusty Cedar color. 
  2. From Alana Dakos's Never Not Knitting LYS she picked up the Baby Botanical book and some Quince & Co Tern yarn and she'd like to knit one of the sweaters in the book with the yarn for a friend's baby. 
  3. Also from the NNK LYS, she bought some Yoth, Little Brother yarn in the Honeydew Melon and Thyme color ways. 
Kim shared an FO; her Whispers top by Veera Valimaki is done and she loves it! Read all about it here. She also has a WIP, her Stardust Socks. You can see them here

Kim has some stash enhancements:
Kim's finished Elsie Shawl

  1. From Churchmouse Yarns and Tee LYS on Bainbridge Island, Washington, she picked up some Shibui Linen. She's planning on knitting the Gretel top by Coco Knits and a summer shawl with this yarn
  2. From her LYS, Kim bought some Shibui Rain yarn to knit the Interval pullover by Shibui. 

Field Trip Notes:

Marcy & Rachel
Marcy was able to visit the beautiful LYS, Tolt Yarn and Wool, in Carnation, Washington which is owned by Anna and Greg Dianich. She really loved the shop and encourages you to check out their website,  where you can read all about their classes and special events. You can also learn more about the shop by reading our Yarn Shop Evaluation spreadsheet

Rachel, who is eravera on Ravelry, was kind enough to sit down and talk to Marcy about Tolt, their philosophy and everything that they have going on. I hope you enjoyed the interview! Everything that they mention can be found on their website, which is linked above.

Cozy knitting area by the fire place.
Upstairs classroom area.
Walking in the front door.
Down stairs classroom area.

Book Review:

While she was at  Tolt, Marcy picked up a copy of their book, Farm to Needle- Stories of Wool,  by Anna Dianich. This book sells for $29 USD and was published in 2015 to celebrate Tolt's 2nd anniversary. Its a very special and beautiful book that highlights farmers, wool producers and  designers. There are great schematics, sizing and 6 original patterns ranging from a hot pad to sweaters. Each chapter has interesting stories about the fascinating people that worked to grow the sheep, mill the wool and design the knitwear. Go check it out and pick up a copy for your bookshelf.

What's on our Black Board?

In episode 12 we will be in the classroom. We'll discuss our FO's, WIP's and new CO's. We will also tell you all about our upcoming Christmas in August KAL.  Hopefully there will be some spinning and NO Howlers! 

We hope you have a fantastic couple of weeks with your knitting, spinning and other crafty pursuits. Cheers!


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