Saturday, April 29, 2017

Episode 29: Sprinkle Time

Welcome to the newest episode everybody! Today we talk about our WIP's, FO's, and our progress with the Initiate Knit Design Challenge. We have a small segment that we recorded during Marcy's baby sprinkle. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage, a delicious snack, your knitting and join us.

Episode 29 Audio



Marcy & Kim at the Shower!
The blanket is perfect for the belly, I mean Baby!





What's in our Lesson Plan?

Marcy @ 38 Weeks!
  1. Administrati
  2. On the PA system
  3. Show & Tell
  4. Sprinkle Time!
  5. What's on our Black Board?

Administrati

Kim surprised Marcy with a new segment, "Pop Quiz." She asked her who her fantasy Knitter's Dinner Party would include. She was able to choose 3 knitters and Marcy chose: Her Grandma Dodie, Julie Weisenberger and the amazing woman behind Habu Textiles. I'm certain that they would have a fun and interesting evening! Who would you choose?

On the PA System

All knitters need a well curated library and right now KnitPicks has 40% off of all of their books. Go check it out. 

We also discuss the topic of pulling your yarn from the inside or outside of the yarn ball. Marcy and Kim are both interior pullers...there are knitters on both sides of the aisle that feel strongly about their position. Either way, you may enjoy using a yarn cozy. Marcy found an Etsy shop that carries them: Precious Knits

Show and Tell

Marcy has a beautiful finished object! Her Sandshore cardigan by Alicia Plummer was a super quick, fun and easy knit and she's very happy with it.  She used FibraNatura Good Earth Solids which is a linen & cotton blend and it feels amazing. Many of the women in the knitting group tried it on and they all loved it and it looked great on everyone.

Kim showing off my Sandshore Cardigan!
Doesn't Kim look lovely in my new Cardigan!














Marcy has a new CO, the Sakasama Jacket by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. She is using Habu N-35 viscose sizing yarn held double and she's really enjoying the knit. It's working up quickly and she thinks that it'll be a great postpartum garment and also light enough for our hot climate.

Kim's WIP's include her St. Patty's socks and her Veronika  pullover by Julie Weisenberger using Shibui Pebble.  She has continued to work on her design from the Initiate Knit Design challenge and has joined the paid for Swatch Studio program from Aroha Knits. She described the swatching in the round technique which you can search for in many knitting books and You Tube videos. 
The back of Kim's IKD swatch that was knit in the round.
Although the back looks messy, it allows you to lay the front
flat and accurately measure your gauge.

Marcy discussed her continuing progress on her design from the IKD challenge and you can read all about it on her project page, here and in our last episode's show notes, here. 

Marcy's blocking gauge swatches. The orange is perfect!

Sprinkle Time

We did a short recording during Marcy's sprinkle (that's the new term for a 2nd baby's baby shower,) and our knitting group gave her a knitted baby blanket. The pattern is Polygon from TinCanKnits and we used Cascade Cherub Aran yarn. This is a large FO that Kim has been working on for over a month that she hasn't been able to discuss on the podcast. We all knitted the different colored polygons and Kim sewed them together and crocheted a border. We hope that the baby enjoys it!
The baby "Sprinkle"

Our group with the Polygon baby blanket

Back row Left to Right: Terry, Priscilla, Michele, Sue, Linda, Kathy, & Kim.  Front Row Left to Right: Marcy & Jean.


What's on our Black Board?

Kim is going on a field trip to her hometown for a small, informal knitting retreat with family. She will be visiting a LYS and hopefully playing and recording a fun knitting game with her 1st knitting group. We should also have news about the baby and 1st pics! Happy knitting everyone!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Episode 28: Encountering Designing Knitwear

Hello Knitters! Welcome to Episode 28. In this "in the classroom" edition we talk about our knitting, the Initiate Knit Design challenge that we are both participating in, some uber craftiness and we introduce a new segment! Grab your knitting, a soothing (or bracing) beverage, get comfy and enjoy the show.

Episode 28 Audio


Marcy & Kim after recording, Kim is wearing her
Art Walk Cardi that she made for her Legacy Sweater Spin.

Marcy at 35 Weeks!

What's in our Lesson Plan?

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

Administrati

Head on over to our Ravelry group and join, sign in and let us know how you've been Uber Crafty recently. We'd appreciate it if you would write a review and rate the podcast wherever you listen, thank you!

On the PA System

In this new segment we will pass along new and interesting (and hopefully helpful!) information about the knitting world. 
  • The video podcast, Stitching the High Notes, that is hosted by JoAnna (operajo,) has a forum in their Ravelry group that lists all current KAL's: List o'KAL's 2017.
  • If you use Instagram, tag your post with #Ravelry and it'll automatically be sent to your message box on Rav and you can quickly and easily import the picture into your stash or onto a project page.
  • Craftsy classes are wonderful! If you have an account with them, you can put a class that you're interested in in your cart and within a week or two you should get an email letting you know that that class has been discounted. Also, you can go to the teacher's website and see if they have a discount code for their Craftsy classes listed there. 

Show and Tell

Marcy has made great progress on her new cast on, the Sandshore by Alicia Plummer. She is using FibraNature Good Earth solids yarn which is 53% cotton and  47% linen and it's an aran weight in the Jade color. She is also continuing to work on her ZickZack scarf by Christy Kamm. This will be a long term knitting project.
Marcy's Sandshore cardigan.
Kim is still on a sweater kick and has finished her 2nd Whispers pullover by Veera Valimaki. This was CO in 10/2016 and the yarn is Dragonfly Fibers on the Pixie base in the Apollo color way.  The Twigs and Willows cardigan by Alana Dakos is almost finished...all of the knitting is done and most of the seaming. Kim is going to use a new button band technique (new to her at least!) from the book Splendid Apparel by Anna Zilboorg. She'll report back about that in ep. 29. There was a large howler with the "Goldilock's" sleeves on this cardigan: 1st they were too long, then too short and finally just right! 

Kim has another sweater going, the Veronika by Coco Knits. She is using some of the yarn she bought while in Portland, Shibui Pebble. She also has a pair of vanilla socks OTN. The yarn is also from her trip to Portland, Three Irish Girls in the Dublin Bay color. 

***We mention the Knitmore Girls podcast, our LYS Got Your Goat in Roseville, Ca, the audio knitting podcast Knitting Pipeline and the magic knot You Tube video. 

Both Marcy and Kim are participating in the Initiate Knit Design Challenge by Aroha Knits. This free 10 day challenge has 5 steps and is a great program to help aspiring designers learn the steps and process involved. You can read all about it here. Marcy has created a project page for her design. We will tell you all about our finished designs and the process next time. #initiateknitdesign
Marcy's Swatches for her design, they are not blocked yet.


Just after recording I went to our LYS and
I found the perfect solid yarn to go
with my multi color yarn that I am using.  

We are Uber Crafty

Kim has been dyeing more yarn and really having fun with it. She has been experimenting with multi step dyeing processes that she has read about and seen on You Tube videos.
3 mini skeins that Kim dyed
4 large skeins that Kim dyed
Baby Isla's drool bibs!


Marcy has sewn some drool bibs for a friend's baby.


What's on our Black Board?

We are not certain yet! It'll be a surprise for you, but we can guarantee that there will be lots of yarn involved!



Thanks for joining us today! Have a wonderful couple of weeks and Happy Knitting.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Episode 27: SKP'17 and lots of Plum!

Welcome to episode 27! In this out of the classroom episode Kim shares all of her experiences at SKP'17 (Spring Knitalong Portland 2017,) we share all of FO's and a WIP or two. Grab a beverage, your knitting, get comfy and join us!

Episode 27 Audio

Kim and Marcy after Recording Episode 27!


Marcy 34 weeks pregnant,
6 more to go!

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • Administrati
  • Show and Tell
  • Fieldtrip Notes
  • What's on our Black Board

Administrati

Both Kim and Marcy are participating in a free 10  day "Initiate Knit  Design Challenge" with Aroha Knits. This begins on April 3rd.

Show and Tell

Kim has had major sweater knitting mojo ever since finishing her #legacysweaterspin sweater. She pulled out her Breathing Space pullover, designed by Veera Valimaki, in order to finish it by the retreat. She used Mad Tosh Merino light for this beautiful, asymmetrical pullover and was able to finish it and get a picture taken with Veera at SKP.  When Kim pulled out this UFO she was so thrilled to see her Sirka counter in the project bag. It told her everything she needed to know to pick up this sweater and continue knitting.
Here's the Sirka counter
Veera was so sweet to don her Breathing Space pullover
to take a picture with Kim in her "just barely finished" sweater!

Kim then decided to pull out of ALL of her sweater UFO's and she ended up frogging her Yin Yang Bolero by Helene Rush. She does want to cast on this cute,  cotton, summer top again but she'd like to use circular needles, not straights! She also uncovered her 1/2 finished Flutter Sleeve Cardigan by Pam Allen. This short sleeved summer top is definitely in the immediate queue. The Classic Elite Classic Silk yarn is yummy and will be wonderful to wear.
Kim met a listener while at the retreat. Shaybear is an amazing
knitter! She is wearing the Radiate pullover by Joji.

In addition, Kim found her languishing Twigs and Willows cardigan by Alana Dakos. This was CO in 2014 and it's a lovely sweater that she really wants to finish and wear. The yarn is Shepherd's Wool worsted in the Roasted Pumpkin color and it's fantastic to knit with. This is an active WIP right now and there have been several HOWLERS...you can read all about them over on her project page. The goal is to have this finished by ep 28.

Marcy has finished her beautiful Light Gale by Alicia Plummer. She used the Sublime yarns Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in the plum pie color. This is listed as a sweater but she really feels that it's much more of a poncho. She made a few mods and you can read all about them on her project page. She really enjoyed using both the tubular cast on and tubular bind off.
Tubular bind off that I did on my Light Gale.

Marcy also finished an adorable baby hat for her little girl who is expected to arrive in about 6 weeks. The Big Bow Hat by Casey Braden is a free pattern on Ravelry. She used stash yarn and had to tweak a few things because she was using a lighter weight yarn than the pattern called for. It all worked out beautifully and the hat is super cute.
The Big Bow Hat, I can just see my little girl in it now!

Marcy is currently working on her ZickZack scarf by Christy Kamm. This is another free pattern on Ravelry and she is using Meadowcroft Dyeworks Cross Creek Sock yarn in the Corsage and Penny Candy colors. This is a chevron scarf that she is certain will take many months to finish but it'll be super colorful and beautiful when it's done.
I love how these colors are looking together, they make me happy!

Field Trip Notes


Kim felt very lucky to be chosen by a lottery draw for SKP '17. This is a retreat put on by Laura and Leslie from the KnitGirllls video cast. The incredible teachers were Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki. This is the Knitgirlll's 1st West Coast retreat and it was held at the beautiful Kennedy School in Portland.
Laura and Leslie from The KnitGirllls Podcast 
on the opening night of the SKP'17  retreat

There are many amazing yarn shops in Portland. Kim visited Knit Purl, Dublin Bay, Twisted and Pearl Fiber Arts. Check them out if you're in the area. She did come back with some stash enhancements and will talk about them as she knits and spins with them. She was very excited to run into the Knotty Knit Wits (Michelle and Leslie,) while at Twisted for a Meet Up with the KnitGirllls. If you haven't watched their fun video cast on You Tube, go take a look, they're a hoot!
Here are our amazing teachers, Joji and Veera, shopping at
Twisted. (They are looking at all of the beautiful Quince
& Co yarn!)

Kim took 3 amazing classes and a lecture from Joji and Veera: Knitting Sweaters that Fit, Style for you, Knitting stripes and Multi colored Projects: How to use your Stash. She learned a ton and left feeling very inspired. Both Joji and Veera were very generous, knowledgable and lovely. 



What's on our Black Board?

In ep 28 Kim and Marcy will have an "in the classroom" episode. They will share all of their knitting, spinning and uber craftiness that they have been up to. 

We hope that you have 2 wonderful and howler free weeks until we see you again. Happy knitting!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Episode 26: Stitches West Fieldrip

Welcome to episode 26 everybody! In this episode we share all of our Stitches West experiences. We also have some FO's to share with you. Grab a (large!) beverage, your knitting and get comfy. We hope you enjoy "visiting" SW with us!

Episode 26 Audio


Marcy and Kim after recording. Marcy is holding the adorable
stuffed bear for her and holding the Das Monster pants for her
little boy. Kim is wearing her finished handspun sweater.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

Marcy and her baby
bump at 31 Weeks!
  1. Administrati
  2. FO's
  3. Stitches West Fieldtrip notes
  4. What's on our Black Board?

Administrati

  1. Happy International Women's Day everyone! Here is the article that Marcy mentioned about Iceland's 'Day without a Woman'. 
  2. March is #trypod month. The intent is that you will "try podcasts" and also, hopefully share podcasts with those that don't listen to a/o watch them. Go ahead and tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about some of your favorite podcasts and help them with the technology, if needed. 
  3. You can find all Stiches West information here, as well as the information for all of the other Stitches events held around the country this year.
  4. You might like to try "WIP Wednesday" or "Finishing Friday" as a way of finishing up more of your WIP's.

Show and Tell

Monster Pants for Wilson.
Marcy has finished knitting the Das Monster pants for her son. The pattern is free on Ravelry and is by Hronn Jonsdottier. Marcy had a knitting howler and played some yarn chickens with the yarn...but she won! Yay Marcy!

Kim finished the Party on my Needles shawl by Joji Locatelli for her mom. This is a fun and easy shawl pattern and would be perfect for the 1st time shawl knitter. 

Also...Kim finished her hand spun sweater!!! This is the #legacysweaterspin on Instagram and there's also a Ravelry thread here. She dyed the fiber, spun the yarn and then knit the Art Walk Cardi by Hannah Fettig from the  Texture book that Kim won from the lovely Grocery Girl's video podcast. You can read all about this dye/spin/knit a sweater along project on Kim's project page, here. 

***Kim talks about 3 spinning video podcasts that she's been enjoying: 
  1. Wool and Spinning by Rachel Smith
  2. Snappy Stitches by Chrissy Graham
  3. Tiny fibre Studios by Becks. She is hosting a "sample along," this year. I'm very excited to participate in this spinning adventure where we will be spinning in a different manner (short, forward draw, for example,) each month and keeping thorough notes about our spin and the results that we are achieving. 

Stitches West-Fieldtrip Notes

  • What we wore at Stitches: Marcy wore her True sweater by Joji Locatelli and her City Cape by Purl Soho. Kim wore her Whispers top by Veera Valimaki, her Summer Insouciant by Julie Hoover and her Find You Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry.
  • Tools purchased from SW:  Kim bought some great tools that she's really enjoying. Signature Needles, a Mama Bear Swift n Count by the Oregon Wood Worker and a finger counter by Clover. 
  • Acquisitions: Marcy bought a bear for her baby girl from the Ranch of the Oaks booth. Marcy and her mom spent a lot of time looking for the perfect yarn for the baby blanket her mom Terry is going to make for the new grand baby.  They found the perfect yellow to add from Cedar House Yarns Sapling Sock in the Yellow Bell Colorway.  They also found the perfect blue green color to add to the blanket from Magpie Fibers - Swanky Sock in the Mermaid's Garden Colorway. The blanket that her mom Terry is going to make is the Flyaway Blanket by Tin Can Knits, but the version that she is going to make is from from Ravelry user Undone57 her project called Prism.
        She also bought a skein of Anzula Breeze and Habu N-75, N-80 and N-35. Kim also bought a    
        skein of Anzula, some Habu (I''ll talk about more of the specifics when I knit with them,) some
        Biscotte self striping sock yarn and some Yarn Love.
  • Stitches Inspiration: Kim fell in love with the Floriston cardigan (for the 2nd year in a row!) by Elizabeth Doherty and she declared that she will knit it this year and wear it to SW in 2018! 
          Marcy really liked all of these samples:
Marcy's mom Terry showing off
Hillary by Coco Knits, doesn't she look good!

    • Emma version B by Coco Knits,
    • Hillary by Coco Knits (this pattern will be released next month)
    • Adelaide by Cecily Glowik MacDonald 
    • Brise by Hannah Fettig Shoreside 
    • Shoreside Tank by Amy Herzog 
    • Alate and Chevre by Anne Ginger




  • Fashion show and dinner: Marcy and her Mom attended the fashion show and dinner on Friday night and really enjoyed it. The two garments Marcy talks about that caught her eye at the fashion show are from Knitter's Magazine Sprint 2016, the chevron top and kited skirt is called Seafoam and Coral by Laura Bryant. Marcy's mom purchased yarn to knit the top.
  • Podcaster meet up: We both really enjoyed meeting and mingling at the podcaster meet up on Saturday afternoon. The 2 Knit Lit Chicks (Barb and Tracie,) The Yarniacs (Gayle and Sharlene,) and The Two Ewes  (Marsha and Kelly) were all there and so many more fun and wonderful knitters! We had a great time.
    Julie, Kelly, Marcy, Marsha, Barb, and Tracy

What's on our Black Board?

In our next episode we'll hear all about Kim's field trip notes from a knitting retreat in Portland. We'll also talk about our WIP's and Fo's.

Have a wonderful couple of weeks everybody! Happy knitting.


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!