Thursday, July 21, 2016

Episode 258: She Had a Lot to Say



 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Bubble socks, North Shore sweater, Lined Beanie, and No-Purl rib scarf. FOs include Fishknit toe-up socs, CBD Fudge Neckcessory shawl and a Helix knitting hat. Featured Baubles and Bling include Knitpicks Stroll, Queen Bee Creations bag and Fishknits sock yarn in the Canadiana colorway. We drew a second Ellsworth Tee patter winner! One more will be drawn in the next episode!!

Shout Outs:

There will be no KAL/CAL this month.  Instead, please consider knitting a shawl to donate to our friend Lise at Webs.  Or, check through your stash of handknits to see if you have a gently used shawl to donate.  Every donation allows you a chance to win prizes.  The shawl drive will run through the end of September,

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Bubble Socks (Wendy's own design) in Knitpicks Felici in the Bubble colorway

North Shore by Tincanknits in MadelineTosh DK, Dream in Color Classy and Cascade 220.

Sheila is working on:

Fingering weight beanie based on Patons Basic Beanie and Lined Beanie Jawoll cotton blend

No-Purl Ribbed Scarf by Purl Soho in Valley Yarns superwash

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Generic Toe-Up socks in Fishknits self-striping yarn in the Fuji Fight Like A Girl colorway, which Sheila has renamed "Running on Recycled Parts" because green is for organ donation.

CBD Fudge Neckcessory by Deborah Tomasello in her CBD yarn.

Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy really has to finish Jedi the Giraffe

Sheila plans to finish what she has on the needles and start a pair of socks with colorwork inspired by the Chicane Socks  by Debbie O'Neill out of BMFA STR.  She wis also thinking about doing the Yowza Weight Shawl No. 4 

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week!

Gossip & Innuendo:

We drew a winner of the Ellsworth Tee pattern by Carolyn Noyes!  Stay tuned, because there will be one more chance to win.

Fiber Events

Fiber Revival Aug 13, Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Newbury, MA

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Episode 257: Wavy Janes


 SHOW NOTES

This week begins our annual prayer/comfort shawl drive! If you have new or gently used shawls, you can donate them to get a chance at winning prizes! WIPs this week include North Shore sweater, Bubble socks, Fishknit vanilla socks, and CBD Fudge Neckcessory shawl. FOs include one Bubble sock and No-Purl Monkey socks. No Baubles and Bling this week. We drew winners for the monthly BMFA KAL/CAL/SAL and the Yellow-themed KAL/CAL. We also drew the first winner of the Ellsworth Tee pattern by Carolyn Noyes. Two more winners will be drawn, so stay tuned.

Shout Outs:

There will be no KAL/CAL this month.  Instead, please consider knitting a shawl to donate to our friend Lise at Webs.  Or, check through your stash of handknits to see if you have a gently used shawl to donate.  Every donation allows you a chance to win prizes.  The shawl drive will run through the end of September,

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Bubble Socks (Wendy's own design) in Knitpicks Felici in the Bubble colorway

North Shore by Tincanknits in MadelineTosh DK, Dream in Color Classy and Cascade 220.

Sheila is working on:

Generic Toe-Up socks in Fishknits self-striping yarn in the Fuji Fight Like A Girl colorway, which Sheila has renamed "Running on Recycled Parts" because green is for organ donation.

CBD Fudge Neckcessory by Deborah Tomasello in her CBD yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One Bubble sock

Sheila finished:

No Purl Monkey Socks by Cookie A, modified by Craftypancakes in BMFA Jingle Bell Rock colorway.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy just needs to finish projects.

Sheila plans to finish what she has on the needles and start a pair of socks with colorwork inspired by the Chicane Socks  by Debbie O'Neill out of BMFA STR.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week!

Gossip & Innuendo:

We drew winners of our two monthly KAL/CALs.

We drew a winner of the Ellsworth Tee pattern by Carolyn Noyes!  Stay tuned, because there will be two more chances to win.

Fiber Events

Fiber Revival Aug 13, Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Newbury, MA

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Episode 256: Hung-Fused!



 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Jedi the Giraffe, Bubble socks, No Purl Monkey socks, vanilla toe-up socks, and CBD Neckcessory. FOs include the not really Extempore shawl, Indigo Frost poncho, Flutterby socks and one monkey sock. Featured Baubles and Bling include Fibernymph Dyeworks and Knitpicks yarn. We drew a winner of the Knit Your Skirt contest and announce a new pattern designed by Carolyn Noyes with three chances to win!

Shout Outs:

The KAL/CAL is based on YELLOW!  Do any project with at least 50% yellow yarn.  We will draw a winner next week.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jedi the Curious Giraffe by Heidi Bears in Anne Geddes baby yarn

Bubble Socks (Wendy's own design) in Knitpicks Felici in the Bubble colorway

Sheila is working on:

Generic Toe-Up socks in Fishknits self-striping yarn in the Fuji Fight Like A Girl colorway, which Sheila has renamed "Running on Recycled Parts" because green is for organ donation.

No Purl Monkey Socks by Cookie A, modified by Craftypancakes in BMFA Jingle Bell Rock colorway.

CBD Fudge Neckcessory by Deborah Tomasello in her CBD yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway.

Extempore Shawl by Briony Singleton (heavily modified) in Freia Handpaints.

Sheila finished:

Flutterby socks in the BMFA Seascape colorway for a friend.

One No Purl Monkey sock

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy plans to knit a sweater in a few months, and will probably start some socks.

Sheila plans to finish what she has on the needles.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Fibernymph Dyeworks Bedazzled Sock in Mixed Up Kitty

Knitpicks Felici in Bubble, Dark Side and Sprinkle.

Sheila received:

bracelet from Crystal Butterfly Company in exchange for socks she knit.

Wendy and Sheila received Sock Rulers from Lise at Webs!

Gossip & Innuendo:

We drew a winner of the Knit My Skirt contest.

We announced a new contest to win the Ellsworth Tee pattern by Carolyn Noyes!  To win, just tell us which colors you would knit it in.  We will draw one winner a week from the contest thread for three weeks!

Fiber Events

Fiber Revival Aug 13, Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Newbury, MA

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Monday, June 13, 2016

Episode 255: Cornucopia of Crochet


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include the Indigo Frost poncho, Jedi the Giraffe, a granny square pot holder, toe-up striped socks and Flutterby socks Sheila is finishing for a friend. No FOs this week, but Sheila finished one sock. Baubles and Bling include a Sucre Sucre progress marker and Dyeabolical Targhee sock in the Mint to Be watercolor striping colorway. Don't forget to play in our Knit My Skirt contest!! Winner will be drawn next week.

Shout Outs:

The New KAL/CAL is based on YELLOW!  Do any project with at least 50% yellow yarn.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jedi the Curious Giraffe by Heidi Bears in Anne Geddes baby yarn

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Generic Toe-Up socks in Fishknits self-striping yarn in the Fuji Fight Like A Girl colorway, which Sheila has renamed "Running on Recycled Parts" because green is for organ donation.

Granny square cotton dish cloth

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished one toe-up striped sock and reknit a BMFA Flutterby sock in the Seascape colorway for a friend.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy plans to knit a sweater in a few months, and will probably start some socks.

Sheila plans to finish what she has on the needles.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Sucre Sucre Miniatures Hostess cupcake progress marker

Wendy won:

Dyeabolical Yarns Targhee sock in the Mint to Be watercolor stripes colorway

Gossip & Innuendo:

Fiber Events

Fiber Revival Aug 13, Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Newbury, MA

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Episode 254: Master of PHDs


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Jedi the Giraffe, Indigo Frost poncho, Ex Tempore shawl, vanilla ankle socks and vanilla toe-up socks. No dates to rate, but Wendy finished a lot of little African Flower motifs for the giraffe. We announce the winner of the May BMFA KAL/CAL and we review the new XRX book Knit My Skirt.

Shout Outs:

The New KAL/CAL is based on YELLOW!  Do any project with at least 50% yellow yarn.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jedi the Curious Giraffe by Heidi Bears in Anne Geddes baby yarn

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway.

Ex tempore shawl by Briony Singleton

Sheila is working on:

Generic cuff down shorty sock in cotton yarn

Generic To-Upsocks in Fishknits self-striping yarn in the Fuji Fight Like A Girl colorway, which Sheila has renamed "Running on Recycled Parts" because green is for organ donation.

Rate Your Date:

None this week, although Wendy finished a ton of African Violet motifs for her Giraffe.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy plans to knit a sweater in a few months, and will probably start some socks.

Sheila plans to finish what she has on the needles.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week.

Gossip & Innuendo:

BOOK REVIEW:

We reviewed a new XRX book, Knit My Skirt by Candace Eisner Strick.  It is available on the XRX website and also on Amazon!

We both really liked this book.  The concept is simple:  this book teaches you how to make a custom-fitting skirt and how to add an undergarment to give it structure.  The patterns are sorted by construction:  bottom up, top down and side to side.  There really is something for everyone in the variety of designs.  We didn't like some styles and we loved others.  There are definitely some skirts that need a slender figure, but there were also plenty that would work on larger sizes.  The fact that you customize your skirt makes it way more likely the end product will be flattering!

This book is well written and includes a lot of great extras.  There is a history of the skirt that we both really enjoyed reading.  The photography is great and each pattern shows a lot of views of the skirt so you can see the garment as a whole but also see close-ups of important features.  We love a book with plenty of good photos!  It includes the usual features like a stitch guide and instructions, and the e-book also has hyperlinks to the patterns from the index, which is a another feature we both love.  There's even a clever section explaining why you NEED a knit skirt, and providing a counterargument to all the reasons you don't think you want one.  If you are interested in knitting a different kind of garment and learning how to make it your exact size, this is a great book for you.  It is probably best suited to intermediate knitters and above, but an enthusiastic beginner could definitely tackle some of the patterns.

Fiber Events

Fiber Revival Aug 13, Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Newbury, MA

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Sunday, May 29, 2016

Episode 253: Catjacked Again!


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Ex Tempore shawl, Indigo Frost poncho, Jedi the Giraffe, Cuff down shorty socks, Toe Up generic socks and CBD Fudge Neckcessory. FOs include toe-up Patons Kroy socks. No knitting related Baubles and Bling this year. We will be reviewing a new book from XRX called "Knit My Skirt" next week, so stay tuned!

Shout Outs:

The New KAL/CAL is based on YELLOW!  Do any project with at least 50% yellow yarn.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jedi the Curious Giraffe by Heidi Bears in Anne Geddes baby yarn

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway.

Ex tempore shawl by Briony Singleton

Sheila is working on:

Generic cuff down shorty sock in cotton yarn

CBD Fudge Neckcessory by Deborah Tomasello in CBD Metallic Spice from her new yarn line.

Generic To-Upsocks in Fishknits self-striping yarn in the Fuji Fight Like A Girl colorway, which Sheila has renamed "Running on Recycled Parts" because green is for organ donation.

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Generic Patons Kroy socks.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy plans to knit a sweater in a few months, and will probably start some socks.

Sheila plans to knit a sockhead beanie.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week.

Gossip & Innuendo:

We will be reviewing a new XRX book, Knit My Skirt by Candace Eisner Strick next week.  We will also have a contest to win this book, so stay tuned!

Fiber Events

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Sunday, May 22, 2016

Episode 252: Biohazard Yarn


 SHOW NOTES

This week we review Stephannie Tallent's new Craftsy class! WIPs include Jedi the Giraffe, Indigo Frost, Ex tempore shawl and vanilla socks. FOs include Atomic Blender socks and one vanilla sock. Featured Baubles and Bling is a bag from Tricia Paul Designs.

Shout Outs:

The New KAL/CAL is based on YELLOW!  Do any project with at least 50% yellow yarn.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.

This week, we review Stephannie Tallent's new Craftsy class!  See below for a summary review.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jedi the Curious Giraffe by Heidi Bears in Anne Geddes baby yarn

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway.

Ex tempore shawl by Briony Singleton

Sheila is working on:

Generic cuff down sock

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Atomic Blender socks.  Design will be out this week.

Sheila also finished a generic cuff down sock.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

If the crocheted toy goes well, Wendy my try another of these patterns.

Sheila has chosen her next skin of BMFA and will knit socks.

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila purchased:

bag from Tricia Paul Designs

Gossip & Innuendo:

REVIEW:

Wendy watched the new Craftsy course by Stephannie Tallent:  Custom Colorworks Techniques:  Mitts.  This is a great course if you want to take your knitting from following patterns as written (and always being a little disappointed by the outcome) to customizing everything about a project.  Not only will this teach you how to customize an existing mitt pattern, but it will give you the skills to design your own pattern and to begin to learn how to customize everything that you knit.

The class is packed with extras that can really help up your knitting game.  For those who dread chart reading, there is a nice section on how to read charts to give you a leg up.  There is also a great section on the color wheel and how to select colors that go well together.  I think this is a key skill that everyone could use.  You will also learn how to use knitter's graph paper (and where to source it), how to do the necessary math calculations for the project, and how to get inspired to create your own pattern motifs.  As with all Craftsy classes, you will get downloadable class materials that you can refer to again and again while doing future projects.  And Stephanie is there to answer any questions that you post on the class as you go along.

I would not recommend this class for beginning knitters unless you are very adventurous.  You will at least need to know stockinette, garter, knitting in the round, stranded colorwork, increases/decreases and chart reading (although you can learn about charts in the handy tutorial).  At the end of this class you will have a perfectly fitting pair of mitts in colors you love with the design of your choice!  And this could be the beginning of you modifying patterns to suit what YOU want instead of settling for what the designer likes.  Two thumbs up!

Fiber Events

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA