Monday, December 26, 2016

Episode 266: Holidays 2016


This week's WIPs include the Lillian Fay sweater, Fox Paws, Going Up socks, modified Rye socks and a "Glitten" loosely based on the Knotty gloves. FOs include finished washcloths and one Rye sock. Baubles and Bling this week were a custom lanyard for Sheila to wear her ID badge at work. We review the double knitting eBook Double or Nothing and draw a winner of the My Own Backyard shawl pattern. We will draw more random prize winners in the next episode as well as a winner of the eBook giveaway.

 SHOW NOTES
Shout Outs:

This month's KAL/CAL is any project in your favorite Sports Team or School colors! Show your team/school loyalty! This KAL/CAL will run through December 31st. If you have a sports fan or school student, this would be the perfect opportunity to knit a Christmas gift!

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

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Lillian Fay Cardigan by Ellen Mason in Dream in Color Classy in the Flamingo Pie colorway

Fox Paws by Xandy Peters in 5 colors of Sundara Yarn from deep stash.

Going Up socks in Knit Picks Felici sock in the Dark Side colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Rye socks by Tincanknits in BMFA STR in the Garden Daze colorway

"Glitten" (half glove, half mitten) loosely based on the Knotty Gloves pattern by Julia Mueller.

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth by Ruth Slate in kitchen cotton

One Rye sock

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy will knit an Inspira Cowl by Graphica.

Sheila will knit socks, a Scrappy Lengthwise Scarf by Zona Sherman and a cowl from Wollmeise scraps.  Her 2017 goal is to use up her scraps.

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila received a phlebotomist themed lanyard for her work ID from Wendy for Christmas (it came later than her other presents).

Gossip & Innuendo:

We drew a winner of the My Own Backyard pattern by Jennifer Lassonde!

BOOK REVIEW:

Double or Nothing: Reversible Knitting for the Adventurous by Alisdair Post-Quinn.  You can purchase a copy HERE on the Fallingblox Designs webpage.

This book is definitely not for a new knitter unless you are extremely adventurous and willing to take on a challenge!  It is more suited to an experienced knitter or an adventurous intermediate knitter.

We really liked a lot of features in this book.  First, it takes you through a series of double knitting projects where you can learn how to take double knitting to another level - double knitted lace, double knitted cables, double knitted colorwork and intarsia, etc.  Often there is a small sample project you can make to try out the new technique so you don't have to commit to a huge project.  That means you could learn the basics of the techniques in this book simply by making the swatch samples.  If you find you enjoy double knitting techniques, you can then move forward to one of the projects,  We also liked the detailed and nicely photographed tutorial pictures.  These are key any time you are learning a new technique and this book really does them well.  Likewise, all of the patterns were nicely photographed so you could really see the double knitting and how it differed on either side.  Finally, we liked that the author wove his own story about his knitting throughout the book.  Although the tone occasionally tended toward the bombastic in the author's story sections, they do connect the book with a personal narrative that makes for an enjoyable read.  All in all, this looks like an interesting challenge for people who want to do more with the double knitting technique and we would recommend it for those knitters.

If you would like to win a copy of this book, enter the contest on our Ravelry page and tell us which pattern piques your interest!

ALSO:

We are still drawing prizes for random people on our Ravelry group membership list as we begin to wind down the podcast.  We will draw another batch of prizes in the next episode so stay tuned.

Fiber Events

None until 2017







Saturday, December 17, 2016

Episode 265: An Announcement at the End


This week's WIPs include the Lillian Fay sweater, Fox Paws shawl, Going Up sock, Grandma's Favorite washcloths, and a modified Rye sock. FOs include the Four Seasons sweater, the Recoleta cardigan, the Lemongrass pullover, washcloths, footie socks, the Wurm hat, headbands and vanilla Halloween socks in BMFA Punkin Chunkin colorway. Featured baubles and bling include our Christmas gifts to each other and new Knitpicks Felici. We have a big announcement at the end of the show, along with drawing 11 prizes!!!

 SHOW NOTES
Shout Outs:

This month's KAL/CAL is any project in your favorite Sports Team or School colors! Show your team/school loyalty! This KAL/CAL will run through December 31st. If you have a sports fan or school student, this would be the perfect opportunity to knit a Christmas gift!

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

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Lillian Fay Cardigan by Ellen Mason in Dream in Color Classy in the Flamingo Pie colorway

Fox Paws by Xandy Peters in 5 colors of Sundara Yarn from deep stash.

Going Up socks in Knit Picks Felici sock in the Dark Side colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth by Ruth Slate in kitchen cotton

Rye socks by Tincanknits in BMFA STR in the Garden Daze colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finally blocked:

Recoleta by Joji Locatelli in Berocco Inca Gold

Lemongrass pullover by Joji Locatelli in Malabrigo Twist in the Ravelry Red colorway

Four Seasons Jumper by Sarah Crawford in Briar Rose DK in the Glory Days colorway

One Going Up sock

Sheila finished:

Vanilla socks in BMFA, Punkin Chunkin colorway

Three washcloths

Vanilla footie socks

Wurm Hat by Katharina Nopp in Cascade Yarn

Generic and Calorimtery Headband in Cascade Yarn

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy will knit another sweater from yarn salvaged from her old sweaters

Sheila will slippers and more socks

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Felici Sock Yarn in the Lost Lakes, Beyond the Wall and Toucan colorways.

Wendy received dishcloths, hand towels, hotpads/mitt and a dunkin donuts gift card.

Sheila received an organ donation survivor bracelet from Greco Girl Jewelry on etsy and a dunkin donuts gift card.

Gossip & Innuendo:

CONTEST:

My Own Backyard BY Jennifer Lasonde!  Tell us in our Ravelry group which gradient you would use to knit this shawl for an opportunity to win a copy of the pattern in our next episode.

BOOK REVIEW of Double or Nothing: Reversible Knitting for the Adventurous by Alisdair Post-Quinn will be featured in our next episode, along with a contest!

ALSO:

We are drawing prizes for random people on our Ravelry group membership list as we begin to wind down the podcast.  We've had a great 5 years but at this season in our lives, we just don't have the ability to keep recording.  Stay tuned for the final episodes as we give away all the prizes we've amassed to our loyal viewers.  And check the end of the show to see if you are one of the 11 names we drew this week.

Fiber Events

None until 2017







Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Episode 264 (Not 364!) Parade of FOs


 SHOW NOTES

Oops! This is NOT episode 364! This week is a parade of FOs! We show a sweater, lots of socks, a sample scarf, hats and Sheila's complete gradient color set. Clearly, we've been busy. Featured baubles and bling include two skeins of White Birch Fiber Arts self striping sock yarn, as well as a pattern from Wooly Wormhead. Festival season is officially over until Spa in Maine in February!

Shout Outs:

The new KAL/CAL is any project in your favorite Sports Team or School colors! Show your team/school loyalty! This KAL/CAL will run through December 31st. If you have a sports fan or school student, this would be the perfect opportunity to knit a Christmas gift!

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:

Fox Paws by Xandy Peters in 5 colors of Sundara Yarn from deep stash.

Going Up socks in Knit Picks Felici sock in the Dark Side colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Vanilla socks in BMFA, Punkin Chunkin colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Recoleta by Joji Locatelli in Berocco Inca Gold

One Going Up sock

Sheila finished:

One vanilla sock in BMFA Punkin Chunkin

Endeavour Socks by Nathan Taylor in String Theory Fiber Arts Caper sock, Bye Bye Blues colorway

Beginner's Stitch Sampler Scarf by Kristina Tucker in Berocco Vintage Chunky

Dustland Hat by Stephen West

Ribbed Watchman's Hat by Channah Koppel in Patriot's themed colors

Gradient Wrap Cowl, Mitts and Hat based on the pattern Gradient Wrap Cowl by Elizabeth Smith

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy will knit Rubbish Mojitos Hat by Wooly Wormhead

Sheila will knit headbands for her nieces and a Wurm Hat by Katerina Nopp

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

White Birch Fiber Arts self-striping sock yarn in I Green of Dreamie and Electric Tentacle colorways.

Gossip & Innuendo:

The next fiber event is Spa in Freeport Maine, February 2017

Fiber Events

None until 2017







Sunday, November 6, 2016

Episode 263: In A New Place



 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Recoleta sweater, Going Up socks, vanilla socks, and a Beginner's Stitch Sampler Scarf. FOs include one Going Up sock, vanilla socks in Koigu and a Snuggle Sack with matching hat. Featured baubles and bling from Rhinebeck include Turtle Purl yarn in the Nano colorway, Gypsy Girl Creations in Tackle and Glacier Bay colorways, Crazy Dog Yarns in Maple Leaves in the Fall colorway and Fiber Optic Gradient set in Cherries Jubilee colorway. We picked 4 more winners of the charity shawl KAL too!

Shout Outs:

The new KAL/CAL is any project in your favorite Sports Team or School colors! Show your team/school loyalty! This KAL/CAL will run through December 31st. If you have a sports fan or school student, this would be the perfect opportunity to knit a Christmas gift!

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:

Recoleta by Joji Locatelli in Berocco Inca Gold

Going Up socks in Knit Picks Felici sock in the Dark Side colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Vanilla socks

Beginner's Stitch Sampler Scarf by Kristina Tucker in Chunky Berocco Vintage

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One Going Up sock

Sheila finished:

Vanilla sock

Snuggle Sack and Hat (see her project page for details)

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy wants to knit Fox Paws by Xandy Peters and will rip out old sweater that are too large and reknit sweaters that fit

Sheila will finish what she has, and work on baby gifts.

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila purchased:

Turtlepurl Yarns Self-Striping sock yarn in the Nano colorway

Gypsy Girl Creations yarn in the Tackle and Glacier Bay colorways

Crazy Dog Yarns in the Maple Leaves in the Fall colorway

Fiber Optic Yarns gradient set in Cherries Jubilee
  Gossip & Innuendo:

We picked four more winners of the Shawl Charity contest!

Wendy will attend the Fiber Festival of New England - her only event this whole year.

Fiber Events

None until 2017







Sunday, October 9, 2016

Episode 262: iMovie Blows



 SHOW NOTES

This week's episode is a little bit late due to Wendy's move and lack of internet. Sadly, the show notes are packed somewhere in the house! So enjoy the mystery content episode. We also had a lot of problems with iMovie so there are quite a few awkward transitions in this episode. In other words, this episode is brought to you via a lot of patience!

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.

Show Notes Will Be Updated Once They Are Unpacked!

Fiber Events

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, September 18, 2016

Episode 261: Interrupted Again!


 SHOW NOTES

This week's FOs include Lemongrass sweater and No Purl Scarf. WIPs include Sitka Spruce, Recoleta cardigan, Vanilla socks in Koigu and Endeavour socks. We didn't have any Baubles and Bling this week, but we did draw four winners for the Charity Shawl contest! We are continuing the contest for another month, and more winners will be drawn at that time! Big thanks to those who donated prizes!

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:

Sitka Spruce Mittens by Tincanknits in Madeline Tosh DK

Recoleta by Joji Locatelli in Berocco Inca Gold

Sheila is working on:

Endeavour Socks by Nathan Taylor in String Theory Caper Sock Bye Bye Blues color way.

Vanilla socks in Koigu

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Lemongrass Sweater by Joji Locatelli in Malabrigo Twist in the Ravelry Red color way

Sheila finished:

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

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy will finish what she has and knit socks.

Sheila will finish what she has, and work on another vanilla sock.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week.

Gossip & Innuendo:

Last week, we reintroduced the newest pattern by Jennifer Lasonde:  Riley Rose Shawl.  You could win a copy of this pattern by telling us in the contest thread which colors you would choose for this beautiful textural and multi-colored pattern.  We will draw a pattern in the next episode

We drew 4 winners of prizes for the Shawl Charity KAL!  We will draw even more winners at the end of September!  So stay tuned.

Fiber Events

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








Thursday, September 1, 2016

Episode 260: After A Long Absence


 SHOW NOTES

It's been a while! WIPs this week include Lemongrass sweater, Sitka Spruce Mittens, Endeavor socks, Ribbed Scarf and Weigh It Shawl #4. FOs include Fountain socks, Jedi the Giraffe, Sitka Spruce Hat, North Shore Sweater, Regular guy's beanie, Super Stretchy Baby Hat, and Vanilla sock with colorwork. We get a lot done when we don't record, apparently. Sheila also showed a blanket repair she did for her LYS. Baubles and Bling include Stunning String markers, Knitter's Pride cable needles, and Knit Picks Royale needle sets. We will put up a thread for the Riley Rose shawl, which we forgot to do last time!!

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:

Sitka Spruce Mittens by Tincanknits in Madeline Tosh DK

Lemongrass Sweater by Joji Locatelli in Malabrigo Twist in the Ravelry Red color way

Sheila is working on:

Endeavour Socks by Nathan Taylor in String Theory Caper Sock Bye Bye Blues color way.

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

Weight It Shawl #4 by Susan B. Anderson in Tess Yarns

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Fountain 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.

Jedi the Curious Giraffe by Heidi Bears in various acrylic yarns

Sitka Spruce Hat by Tincanknits in Madeline Tosh DK.

Sheila finished:

Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright in Cascade 220

Super Stretchy Baby Hat by Julie Tarsha in Cascade Fixation

Vanilla Sock with colorwork in BMFA STR yarn set.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy will finish what she has and knit socks.

Sheila will rework her Clapotis that is too long, and work on socks.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Stunning String Studio stitch markers.

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Cable Needles 

Knitter's Pride Royale Deluxe Interchangeable Set 

Gossip & Innuendo:

We reintroduced the newest pattern by Jennifer Lasonde:  Riley Rose Shawl.  You could win a copy of this pattern by telling us in the contest thread which colors you would choose for this beautiful textural and multi-colored pattern.

Fiber Events

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