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!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Episode 33: Our 1st Post Mortem

Welcome to episode 33 everybody! In this "in the classroom" ep, Kim and Marcy share all of their FO's, WIP's and do a really thorough post mortem on their Cullum Tees. There's spinning and hand dyed yarn...and happy baby noises! Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage, get nice and comfortable and join us!

Episode 33 Audio

Marcy, Pippa and Kim after recording,
we are both wearing our Cullum Tees

We both think Pippa is SO cute!





What's in our Lesson Plan?

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

On the PA System

  • We did a quick re introduction for new listeners and reminded everyone that we thoroughly introduced ourselves and interviewed each other in episodes 1 and 2. Also, the segments in the podcast are school themed because Kim is a credentialed teacher. 
  • It's Tour de Fleece! This spinning event runs concurrent with the Tour de France cycling event. Kim is spinning a lot right now, but not participating in TDF. If you're interested, search for TDF on Ravelry a/o Instagram and I'm certain that you can find a team to join and learn more if you are interested.
  • We are participating in the Summer Stripe along CAL (or SSACAL,) with some other podcasters and you can read all about that here. Marcy has been reading through the FO thread and really likes JazzyJava's socks. We thanked Emily, akamilie on Ravelry, for her kind shout out on her fun podcast, AndersMill Knits. Kim has also been watching Simply Stash Less video podcast with Karen and highly recommends it. (The other 2 podcasts that are hosting the SSACAL are Giddy Knits and HudsonValley Knits; we'll talk more about their shows in ep. 34.) 
  • Stash Dash is still going on and Kim has been consistently posting her FO's. Will she meet her 10K goal by August 22nd?!? We shall see!
  • Marcy learned that Habu Textiles is moving their operations to Portland, Oregon, which is excellent news for those of us on the West Coast. What a phenomenal field trip that would be!
***We metion Carson Demers and his new book about knitting ergonomics.

Show & Tell

Marcy finished and gifted the adorable Yemma's Dress that she knit and sewed for a friend's baby. She is continuing to work on the ... A hint of summer top by Isabel Kraemer. The pattern called for German short rows and that was a new technique for her and she really enjoyed using them. This is a striped tee and so it works for the Stripe along CAL. Marcy is almost done with the cute as can be Marian dress by Taiga Hilliard that she is knitting for baby Pippa.

"Hey, let's get a few pics in our new tops!

Wait! We are on the wrong sides!

Now that's better!

Marcy and Kim did an informal KAL with the Cullum Tee by Isabel Kraemer. We both finished our tops and decided to do a thorough post mortem. We will have full notes about each of our sweaters on our Ravelry pattern pages, and a short summation below. Marcy's page and Kim's page. 
  1. How was the PATTERN? We both thought that the pattern was well written and easy to follow. Kim said that she appreciates the detailed shaping on the back, shoulders, and sleeves and she was also very happy to get to the lace and knit in the round.
  2. How about the YARN? Kim used the yarn that the pattern called for, Quince & Co Sparrow, which is a fingering weight, 100% linen. She had a love, hate, love relationship with it! The #1 thing to know is that this yarn needs management! Hand wind into balls and don't pull too much out at a time. Marcy used KnitPick's Lindy Chain yarn and had a completely different experience with this cotton/linen blend. It was a joy to work with and she bought it on sale and was able to knit the entire top for $15!
  3. How was the KNITTING experience? Did we make any mods? We both made some mods. Marcy really enjoyed the experience. Overall, Kim didn't love it due to all of the tangling issues with the yarn.
  4. How's the FO and FIT? The good news is that all that both Marcy and Kim are really happy with their finished tops. It's so interesting how different they look due to the yarn differences. Kim's is bigger, although she knit a smaller size. Yarns vary SO much! Also, blocking does wonders with linen! They said that they would knit it again and also use the yarn again. 
Kim reviewed the goals that she had set last time:
  1. To weave: Nope, no weaving. However... she did BUY yarn to weave with! (F)
  2. Spin 2 skeins: YES! (A)
  3. Finish the Cullum Tee: YES! (A)
  4. Finish the St. Patty Socks: YES! (A)
  5. Finish the Flutter Sleeve Cardigan: No, but she is working on it... so (C)
The 2 skeins of handspun that Kim finished.
On the right is the short forward draw.

Kim also finished a top that she designed. It is still a prototype, because she wants to tweak a few things. She used the now discontinued Cricket yarn which is a 50/50 cotton/linen yarn. She is also swatching for several new tops which she will talk about next time after she decides which one to CO. 


No, new goals this time. Kim has decided to take a break with the goals and to just enjoy and play with her yarn! However, in our next podcast we are planning on reviewing our yearly goals and seeing how we are doing so far. 

We are Uber Crafty

Kim finished spinning 2 skeins of 2 ply yarn. The 1st was spun short forward draw and the fiber was a huge mix of leftovers from previous spins, but was probably mainly polwarth and silk. The 2nd is fiber that she bought at Stitches West this year and is from Shaky K Fibers. One was BFL top and the other was a blend. She's really happy with the finished skeins and is looking forward to knitting with them (brioche?) 
Spinning by the pool. 

Some of the newest skeins of hand dyed and over dyed (on the bottom
right,) skeins.

She has also been doing a lot of hand dying recently and having a blast playing with color and new dyeing techniques. She's done some immersion dyeing on the stove top in a pot, some solar dyeing in large mason jars and also some over dyeing using both methods and only submerging 1/3 of the skein into the water.  

What's on our Black Board?

Marcy has really enjoyed learning a new short row technique for her ...a hint of summer top and so she is going to do a Research Paper on the ever so useful short row. We will review the different types and their applications. In addition, as always we'll be sharing our FO's, new CO's and WIP's. 

Thank you for joining us! We hope that your knitting and making are going extremely well and that you are enjoying every moment of your creative life!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Episode 32: Heidi"s Yarn Haven

Welcome to ep. 32 everybody! We have a lot of great content for you; including field trip notes, an interview, a research paper, show and tell and more goals! Grab your knitting, a cool beverage and put your feet up  and relax while you join us for this episode.

Episode 32 Audio

Pippa is helping me knit at 5 weeks old!

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. What's on the PA system?
  2. Fieldtrip notes: Heidi's Yarn Haven in Ukiah, CA
  3. An interview with Heidi
  4. Show & Tell
  5. Button band research paper
  6. Goals
  7. What's on our Black Board?

What's on the P.A. System?

We are joining a group of other podcasters and hosting the "Summer Stripe Along CAL." This is a craft along and there are some amazing prizes you can win! Hop on over to the group page for this CAL and read all about it. Happy striping!

Field trip Notes and an Interview

Kim had a wonderful time visiting the LYS in her hometown of Ukiah, CA last week. Heidi's Yarn Haven is a fantastic shop that has an amazing inventory of beautiful yarns. She mainly stocks wool and wool blends and she also has a great selection of fiber, buttons and lots of needles and notions. If you are in Northern California on your way to Mendocino or visiting the wine country, take  a little extra time and visit Heidi; I'm certain that you'll find lots of treasures (like Kim did!) Check out our LYS evaluation spreadsheet to learn more about the shop.
Some local yarn 
Heidi's Yarn Haven, and there's Heidi!


So much pretty yarn!

Show & Tell

Marcy has started a new sweater project for the Summer Stripe Along CAL. She CO the ...a hint of summer by Isabel Kraemer. She is using Claudia Hand Painted yarns, Linen in the Lemon Ice and Caribbean Blue colors. The WIP is beautiful and this will be a beautiful striped sweater that is perfect for our climate. 

Yamma's Dress for Zoe.
Marcy has a 2nd new CO; Yemma's Dress by Devon Clement. This cute little girl's dress has a knitted bodice and a sewn skirt, which makes it a quick make and a darling gift. She is using deep stash that is so deep that the yarn isn't even on Ravelry!

Pippa is one lucky little baby, her talented mom is knitting her the cutest little dress; Marian by Taiga 
Hilliard. She is making the 12 month size and using Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the Fly color way. 

Marcy is continuing to work on her Cullum Tee by Isabel Kraemer using KnitPicks Lindy Chain yarn in the Ivy color way. She has made several cute modifications, including adding a lace motif to the back. 

Kim has finally finished her Twigs and Willows cardigan by Alana Dakos. She is tired of talking about it and is certain that you all are tired of hearing about it! The yardage for Stash Dash is 1,100 meters. 

She also finished her 2nd So Faded sweater by Andrea Mowry. She's already worn it and is loving it. This time Kim used Madeline Tosh Dandelion yarn which is a 90/10 wool/linen blend and it was lovely to work with. She used the same modifications as on her 1st sweater and she also played with the stripes a bit more on this one. 

Kim is continuing to work on her St Patty socks and is almost done with these vanilla, 2 at a time on magic loop socks. She also has a new sweater cast on that will be based on the So Faded sweater, but will have many modifications. She is using Cricket yarn for this project. 

Kim and Marcy are doing an informal KAL with the Cullum Tee. Kim got off to a slow start by  not swatching and by casting on with a US4 when she knew that a US3 would be better (it was all knitter laziness!) She ended up having to frog and re knit a portion due to the needle size issue.  Then, she had a huge pile of yarn barf and spent 2.5 hours trying to untangle and finally had to cut the yarn anyway...HOWLER! She is back in the saddle though and is enjoying the knit and looking forward to the FO. 

Kim has finished her sample for her design cowl (no final name or project page for this one, yet,) and is unhappy with the size. She will continue to work on this project and give an update when it's finished. She has also been spending time on other design projects, but can't post anything about them yet. 

Button Band Research Paper

Kim used the "Perfect Buttonholes" tutorial from the book Splendid Apparel by Anna Zilboorg. We will do a book review for this book in a few episodes; its' main premise is embroidering your knits, especially cables and lace. The button band tutorial is very thorough and the finished product is a double layered, beautiful, stable edge that won't flop or pull. I encourage you to check out the book at a library, LYS or other book store. 
A finished, beautiful buttonhole!
Knitting the button band
Kim's finished Twigs and Willows




Here's the post mortem for last episodes' goals; Kim wanted to finish:

  1. The 2nd So Faded sweater: YES
  2. Her Twigs and Willows cardigan: YES
  3. Her St. Patty Socks: NO, but almost!
  4. The Flutter Sleeve Cardigan: NO, she didn't even touch it : (
  5. Knitting the sample for her cowl design: YES
and she wanted to CO or carry on with:
  1. The Cullum Tee, to have this cute sweater well on its way: YES
  2. Spinning, in order to meet her 10K Stash Dash goal!: YES
  3. Weaving (for SD,) either a scarf for her DH Tim or a runner for her dining room table. : NO
  4. A new CO using either her hand dyed Soft Linen yarn or her Shibui Linen. Hmmm.....:YES, but the new CO was with Cricket yarn.
Here're Kim's new goals for the next episode:

  1. To remember that she has set goals...this helps a person to accomplish them!
  2. Weave
  3. Finish spinning 2 skeins of yarn
  4. Finish her Cullum Tee
  5. Finish the St. Patty socks
  6. Finish the Flutter Sleeve Cardigan

What's on our Black Board?

In our next episode Kim will share her acquisitions from her LYS visit and Marcy and Kim will review the magazine Making, #3. We will share all of our current WIP's, new cast ons and FO's in addition to any other making that we've been up to.  

We wish you a wonderful 2 weeks with  your knitting and creating and we will see you next time! Thank you for joining us. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Episode 31:Summer of Stripes CAL

Welcome to episode 31 everybody! Pippa joins us in the classroom today as we discuss all of our FO's (yay!) WIP's and knitting of the future. Grab your beautiful knitting, a soothing beverage, put your feet up and join us!

Episode 31 Audio

Marcy (wearing her Sakasama Jacket,) Pippa and Kim (wearing
her 1st So Faded sweater, having fun after recording.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • On the PA system
  • Show & Tell
  • Kim's Goals
  • We are Uber Crafty
  • What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

  1. The Destined2knit podcast is now officially participating in the "Summer Stripe Along CAL." The other participating podcasts are: AndersMill Knits Podcast, simply stash less podcast, Giddy Knits Podcast, and  Hudson Valley Knits. We have a Ravelry group for the CAL. The idea is to create stripes using knitting, crochet, sewing, spinning or weaving between June 1st-August 31st and there are some awesome prizes! Go ahead and start striping, posting and enjoying your making.
  2. Stash Dash 2017. This is a fun summer event that encourages you to knit, crochet, spin, weave, etc... in order to use up your stash. Read all about it here.
  3. Kim wants to encourage you to use your magazines. Take 15 minutes and sit down with a few  and reacquaint yourself with the patterns and articles that you already own. For example, Kim found these great items in a few of her Summer magazines: 
  • Interweave Knits, Summer 2007: the Oriel Lace Blouse by Shirley Paden; Josephine Top by Deborah Newton (particularly the short rows used to shape the cap sleeve.)
  • Interweave Knits, Summer 2010: Marigold Sweater by Amy Polcyn; and the Lace Saddle Tee by Lisa S. rowe.

Show & Tell

Marcy has finished her Sakasama Jacket by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. She used Habu Textiles N-35 Viscose Sizing and she's really happy with the FO! It looks great on her and  she knows that she'll get a ton of wear out of it. 
First direction you can wear this top.
First direction back view.

Second direction you can wear this top.
Second direction back view.

Marcy's Mom helped her to finish the Puff Daddy's Baby by Anna and Heidi Pickles. She used Bernat Collegiate Chunky yarn and a size US 13 needle. The FO is beautiful and she was able to take some amazing pics of Pippa on it!

Pippa showing off the poof.

Kim has decided that she wants to complete the 10K in Stash Dash (that means to knit or otherwise produce or use 10,000 meters of yarn,) and she's charging ahead in order to meet that goal by 8/20/17. She finished her So Faded sweater (731 meters,) by Andrea Mowry using 3 of her own hand dyed skeins. This is a fun, easy and fast knit and she made several mods that she's really happy with. Check out her project page to read all about them.
Kim wearing her finished Veronika sweater.

Kim also finished her Veronika sweater (1,005 meters,) by CocoKnits. She used Shibui Pebble yarn and she's really pleased with the FO.  The only mod that she made was to  change the rate at which she picked up the neckline on this sweater, she picked up fewer stitches because she wanted a tighter neckline.

Pippa's dress.
Marcy has two new CO's: 1) Her Cullum Tee by Isabel Kraemer and she is using Lindy Chain yarn from KnitPicks. Kim and Marcy are doing an informal KAL with this sweater, join us if you'd like! 

Marcy has also cast on the MOST adorable little dress by Taiga Hilliard for Pippa. It's the Marian Dress and she is using Hedgehog Fibres in the Fly color and it is beautiful!
Marcy is contemplating 2 new cast ons: 1) A Hint of Summer by Isabel Kraemer using some deep stash  (Claudia Hand Painted yarn) or, 2) Boxy by Joji Locatelli mixed with the Cancun Boxy Lace Top by  erin kate archer. The Raveler, pooki, has mixed the 2 patterns together for an amazing result! Knitters are so creative!

Kim has several WIP's: 1) Her 2nd So Faded sweater by Andrea Mowry (again!!! because she just couldn't resist another CO of this fast and cute pullover.) This time she is using 3 skeins of Mad Tosh Dandelion yarn, and 2) The Cullum Tee by Isabel Kraemer...although she did have a HOWLER due to laziness with this tee. Kim knew that she should use US3 needles, but was too lazy to go get them and she CO with a US 4 instead. Now, 2  hours into the project she has finally admitted that she needs to Riiiip it out and CO again with size 3's. Sigh. 3) Her cowl design project. 

Kim's Goals

Yes, the crazy goals are baaack! Kim enjoys making goals and finds that they help to motivate her. By the time they record next she wants to finish:
  1. The 2nd So Faded sweater
  2. Her Twigs and Willows cardigan
  3. Her St. Patty Socks
  4. The Flutter Sleeve Cardigan
  5. Knitting the sample for her cowl design
Her WIP goals are:
  1. The Cullum Tee, to have this cute sweater well on its way
  2. Spinning, in order to meet her 10K Stash Dash goal!
  3. Weaving (for SD,) either a scarf for her DH Tim or a runner for her dining room table. 
  4. A new CO using either her hand dyed Soft Linen yarn or her Shibui Linen. Hmmm.....


We thought it would be informative to do a review of the Polygon Blanket by Tincanknit using Cascade yarn Cherub Aran yarn that Kim and her knitting group knit for Marcy and Pippa. Here are the pros and cons that we spoke about:
  1. Both Kim and Marcy are happy with the cute pattern. The downside could be that it's knit in pieces and needs to be sewn together, (which ironically, is an upside because you're able to knit it on the go,) and there will be LOTS of ends to weave in. Also, a border needs to be knit or crocheted around the finished blanket. Being knit in pieces though, it does work well for a group project. 
  2. The yarn got both thumbs up and thumbs down ratings. It is a nice weight and very easy to care for  and Marcy is using it a lot with Pippa; however, the ends come out even after being woven in for many inches.  Several of the polygons have begun to unravel after laundering as well.  After finishing the blanket, Kim was very unsure about the size/shape as it was a long rectangle; however, Marcy says that she really likes that shape and is able to use it in many situations and she's very happy with it. 
For more information about this project, check out Kim's project page here. We hope that this helps you if you're thinking about knitting a blanket for a baby in your life.
Pippa enjoying her blanket.
Octagon blanket size 30"Wx60"L
Marcy has continued to make cute decor items for Pippa's nursery. Her husband cut the wood and she painted it to make an adorable  set of wooden arrow. She found the tutorial on the site

Wood arrows Marcy created with the help of her husband.

What's on our Black Board?

Kim has re-scheduled her trip to her hometown and will be visiting an LYS there. Marcy also has a trip planned for the end of the month and will be visiting her hometown in Washington. 

Thank you for joining us! We hope that your knitting is going well and that you're enjoying your summer and having a fantastic creating and making.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Episode 30: Welcome Pippa!

Welcome to #30 everybody! In this "in the classroom," episode Marcy and Kim share their WIP's, uber  Craftiness and most importantly, Marcy's new baby girl Philippa LaVerne! Grab your knitting, a cool beverage, put your feet up and join us!

Episode 30 Audio

Introducing Miss Pippa! Isn't she adorable and perfect?
Marcy, this is your best  FO of 2017! 

What's in our Lesson Plan?

Marcy at 39 Weeks!
  1. On the PA system
  2. Show and Tell
  3. We are Uber Crafty
  4. What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

  • Stash Dash 2017 begins on Friday, May 26th. This event, which is hosted by the KnitGirllls video podcast is a fun way to finish up some WIP's and use up stash. You can read about all of the details in the Knitgirll's Ravelry group
  • We are going to co-host a Summer of Stripes CAL (craft along,) with a group of other video and audio podcasts. 

Show and Tell

1st and foremost, Marcy got to "Show and Tell"  beautiful little Pippa! This little bundle of preciousness was born 1 week early and her Mama was ready. They are both doing really well and Pippa is sleeping like a pro (not like a baby!)
Pippa sporting her cute Big Bow hat that I made her.
Pippa & Wilson, he love's his little sister.
Pippa at 3 Weeks old!

Next, Marcy shared her almost finished Sakasama Jacket by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.  She is using Habu Textiles N-35 viscose sizing and it's looking great. Last month Marcy finished her Sandshore sweater by Alicia Plummer and she very kindly gifted it to her Mom for Mother's Day. It looks fantastic on her Mom and I'm sure she'll wear it all the time.

Kim is playing to win Stash Dash this year! By win, she means finish...because she's never finished it before. She has 3 sweaters on deck with a little bit of knitting left until they are finished and then they will all count towards SD '17.
From left to right: Twigs and Willows, So Faded and Veronika
  1. The Twigs and Willows cardigan by Alana Dakos. This cute cardi only needs to have the button bands knit and buttons sewn on and it'll be all ready for Fall.
  2. Veronika by CocoKnits. This poncho-esque sweater needs a neck band, the ends woven in and a bath and then the meterage will count for SD.
  3. A new CO that flew off the needles, So Faded by Andrea Mowry. Kim used 3 skeins of her hand dyed yarn and knit the cropped short sleeved version. She made several mods and they're all listed on her project page. This is such a fun, quick and easy knit that she wants to make another and she encourages you to knit one too! Partial skeins work beautifully and you can really play with color and striping.
Kim and Marcy are going to do an informal  KAL with Cullum which is a cute little summer tee by Isabel Kraemer. They plan on casting on sometime this week and will tell you all about it in episode 31.

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy and her Mom spent several weeks before Pippa was born prepping the kid's rooms. Wilson is moving into his big boy room and Pippa is moving into the nursery. Marcy found lots of cute fabric on Spoonflower and also great ideas from Pinterest. They painted furniture, covered bulletin boards, and made many adorable decor items for both rooms. 
Foot paintings on the wall and the valance.

Painted dressers, push pin board, and valance.
Pippa at 1.5 weeks old.
Bed spread Marcy & her mom made.

What's on our Black Board? 

Well, we really don't know! Kim's trip that she talked about in the last episode was canceled due to her Aunt Dorene's illness and death. She was such a lovely woman and will be missed. We hosted a Celebration of Life. In ep. 31 we may have a field trip...or we might be in the classroom. We can promise you that there will be knitting and cute babies!

Have a wonderful couple of weeks, thanks for joining us and Happy Knitting!