Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Episode 23:Ravelry Refresher

Welcome to ep. 23 everybody! We've got show and tell, We are Uber Crafty and a special segment to help you better use (or start to use!) the project feature on Ravelry. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage, your iPad or phone so that you can follow along during the Rav segment and join us!

Episode 23 Audio

Marcy and Kim after recording. Marcy is holding her tank top
that she made and Kim is holding her Find Your Fade shawl.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. Show and Tell
  2. Ravelry Refresher
  3. We are Uber Crafty
  4. What's on our Black Board?
Marcy's baby bump at 23 weeks!

Show and Tell

Marcy is continuing to work on her City Cape, which is a free pattern by Purl Soho. She is certain that she'll be finished with and wearing the cape in our next episode.

Kim is working on her Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry. She is on the 3rd color in the 7 color shawl and really enjoying the knit. She also has her Ruination socks on the needles and is loving the way that the yarn feels and is working up. 

***we mention the Legazy Knitz Ravelry group. 

Ravelry Refresher

Since it's the beginning of the year and we know that many knitters are setting goals that pertain to organizing their fiber art, we thought we'd spend a little time today on using the project feature on your Ravelry page. A great way to keep up with Rav and all of the amazing features is to look at the main page. Marcy found a wonderful post last week for those that are just getting started with Ravelry a/o would like to use it better.

Marcy also mentioned a knit along  where you find a pattern on Ravelry that doesn't have a photo, you are to work through the pattern and post a photo of your finished work so others can see what the project is supposed to look like. The knit along is called No Photo kal/cal, check it out if your interested in participating.

The best way to listen to this segment is with the device or computer that you use when you visit Ravelry. Follow along with us and we hope that you learn more about how to use your project page and that this feature assists you in organizing your knitting this year. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email us on this blog or PM us on Ravelry. 

We are Uber Crafty!

These 4 skeins are the hand dyed Galileo yarn 
Kim has been dyeing some yarn. She dyed 2 skeins of sock yarn and 4 skeins  of DK  for a summer sweater. These are all bare yarn from Knitpicks. The sock yarns are Stroll Glimmer and Stroll fingering, the sweater yarn is Galileo which is 50% merino and 50% bamboo. She uses acid dyes and has been dyeing in large mason jars using hot water and vinegar to set the color.
These are the 2 skeins of sock yarn that Kim dyed recently 

Kim has dyed 3 skeins of fingering weight yarn to make a shawl for her Mom. She is going to knit her the Party on my Needles shawl by Joji Locateli. This pretty shawl was inspired by the sisters from  the Grocery Girls video podcast

Kim intends to enter her finished January socks into 3 KAL's: 1) The Boxosox Kal by Kristen from the Yarngasm video cast, 2) The Bakery Bear's year long Kal, and 3) Inside Number 23's year long Harry Potter Kal. She is going to use the Hermione's Everyday Socks pattern by Erica Lueder which is a fun and free pattern on Ravelry. 

Kim is participating in the #legacysweaterspin along with Sue from the Legacy Knitz podcast and Andi from the AndreSue knits podcast. She has a project page with all of the details. If you are a spinner and would like to join in, please do!  Kim is really looking forward to choosing her sweater pattern and casting on.
This is about 1,200 yards of Kim's hand spun, hand dyed yarn
that she has made as a part of the #legacysweaterspin

Marcy suggests the new sweater pattern Morning Jacket by Hannah Fettig in her new collection, Texture. ***we mention the Yarniac podcast. 

Finally, Kim has made 4 dryer balls from 100% wool. She heard about this process from the Yarn Hoarder podcast. 

Marcy has been sewing. She made a tank top for herself for the Body Pump 100 premier. She created a pattern for the Pump shirt from an existing tank top that already fit her.  She also has sewn some baby gifts for a baby shower. She made changing pad covers and fitted crib sheets. She says that they are both easy and fast to make! Marcy found the instructions for the fitted sheet from The Ribbon Retreat Blog, her instructions are very easy to follow and any beginning sewer can make one. The instructions for the changing pad cover came from a different blog called View From the Fridge, again the directions and photos leading you through the steps to make this project are very well put together and easy to follow.
Marcy's cute shirt she made.

Marcy and her Pump class after the Re-launch of Pump 100!
The fitted crib sheet and changing pad cover Marcy made her friend.
It matches perfectly with all the other baby decor.

***We'll be at Stitches West in February and we hope to see you there!

What's on our Black Board?

At the moment, episode 24 is a surprise! We'll be back in February with a new episode and we promise that it'll be a good one. Happy knitting everyone!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Episode 22: 2017 Goals and Yarn Del Sol

Welcome to episode 22! It's a new year and we've got fiber related goals, show and tell, field trip notes and we've been uber crafty. Grab your knitting, a soothing beverage and join us.

Episode 22 Audio

Marcy is holding her City Cape
and Kim is holding her swatch
for her #legacysweaterspin
Post recording silliness!

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  • Administrati
  • 2017 Goals
  • Show and Tell
  • We are Uber Crafty
  • Fieldtrip notes: Marcy visits Yarn Del Sol, an LYS in Southern California
Marcy and her cute baby bump at 22 weeks. 


Our FOFI KAL is done and we have a winner... Snapplejax! Congratulations and thanks for participating. Get in touch with Kim (Destined2knit on Ravelry) via a Ravelry pm and let her know what pattern you'd like and we'll gift it to you. 

2017 Goals

Marcy has set four fiber goals for 2017:
  1. She wants to knit 5 of the 50 projects that are in her Ravelry queue. 
  2. She intends to knit the Monster pants for Wilson. This will be her next project.
  3. She wants to knit 12 projects in 2017.
  4.  Marcy has decided to go on a stash down in 2017 and she is only going to buy yarn for herself  at Stitches West in February. Good luck Marcy!
Kim has set a few goals: 

  1. She intends to keep a Dyer's Notebook for dyeing yarn.
  2. She wants to keep a Spinner's Notebook for spinning.
  3. She wants to finish spinning the fiber for the #legacysweaterspin and then knit a sweater with the yarn.
  4. She intends to knit 7 sweaters.
  5. She wants to continue to explore brioche knitting; specifically increases, decreases and cabling.
  6. She wants to participate in Instagram's #scamper200.
  7. She intends to read 50 books in 2017.
  8. She wants to complete the Yoga Revolution with "Yoga with Adriene" on You Tube. 

Show and Tell

Marcy is working on her Snow White Cape. This is the City Cape by Purl Soho. She is using Misti Alpaca Maki yarn in the natural color way. 

Kim has finished her Solstice Socks. She still has the Whisper's sweater on the needles. She cast on the popular Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry.  She has cast on a new pair of vanilla socks using some gorgeous yarn that Marcy gave her for her birthday. 

We are Uber Crafty

Marcy and her husband have been painting and re organizing two rooms in their home to prepare for their new baby.

Kim has been spinning almost every day recently for the #legacysweaterspin. This is a dye/spin/knit a sweater along on Instagram and Ravelry. Andi of the Andresueknits video podcast and Sue from the Legacyknitz video podcast have teamed up to co host  #legacysweaterspin. Here is Kim's project page.
A finished bobbin of Kim's 2 ply yarn that she is spinning
for the #legacysweaterspin.

Fieldtrip Notes

Marcy had the opportunity to go on a field trip while away on a vacation for Thanksgiving. She was able to visit Yarn Del Sol in Mission Viejo, California. She sat down with Rosemary, the owner of this beautiful LYS,  and talked with her about this busy, gorgeous shop. Yarn Del Sol is able to help customers with and teach knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving. They host a book club, yarn tastings, classes, workshops, a yarn club, and getaways. Rosemary likes to feature as many California yarns as possible in her shop. You can find out more information about Yarn Del Sol here on their website and follow them on all of the social media sites. 

Walking in the door you see a gathering
area that they call the living room.
Walk around the corner and you see the
the middle section has two large tables,
for classes and gathering.

What's on our Black Board?

Marcy and Kim are both attending Stitches West the end of February (23-26) in Santa Clara, California. They'll be attending the podcaster meet up on Saturday in the bar/lobby area. If you see us, please come and say hi, we'd love to meet you! 

In episode 23 we'll  have an in the classroom episode. We'll be sharing all of our fiber fun with you. Please join us!

Thank you for joining us today! We hope that you have a howler free few weeks and we wish you and your's a Happy 2017!