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!


  1. I have all 3 copies of Making. I recommend the little dot skirt if you remember to make it in a very soft fabric (I splurged on nano ito fabric). Very, very simple and my 4 year old granddaughter loves it. I can also rec. "The Geranium Dress" pattern (made by Rae)for M's daughter and perhaps future granddaughters. There is also a geranium dress extension packet which I have purchased but not yet used. I am uber-crafty, also.

    1. Barbara, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Making magazine. I have been thinking about buying one for my friend as a x-mas gift. I love the dots one also, but I am also thinking about the Flora one. It looks really cute also. Glad to hear you like the dot skirt it was one of my favorites also. I am not sure if you can post a photo but I would love to to see it made up. You can always send us a photo to our email. Thanks for taking the time to write a comment about the episode. :-)
      Cheers, Marcy

    2. I cannot find a picture of the skirt. I would use a very soft cotton (not a quilting cotton) for this skirt. Not as "twirly" as my granddaughter would like for that it would have to be a circle skirt that would really spin!