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?


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.

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