Monday, May 25, 2015

Episode 209: Old And Exhausted


This week's WIPs include Hate-ofude, Trillian scarf, Leyburn socks, and Jaywalker socks. PHDs include one Leyburn sock and one Jaywalker. Wendy is spinning polwarth silk from CJ Kopec Creations. Baubles and bling include Schachenmeyer Regia sock yarn and needles, as well as a coloring book for adults. We make an exciting announcement about Fiber Revival in August and pick a winner of the Knit Edge Magazine pdf from Cooperative Press.

SHOW NOTES

May KAL/CAL:  Anything that features the color green.  We will draw a winner in June.

Shout Outs:

There will be a WWKIP day sponsored by the Wild About Weds Knit group from Hingham on June 13, 2015 at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston outside the Long Wharf Marriot from 11:30am onwards.  Bring a chair, cool drink and knit the day away!  For more information about WWKIP, check out the WWKIP Day website.

Don't forget the Knittingsmybag contest!!  Winner will be drawn in Episode 210.

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Leyburn Socks by Minty Fresh in BMFA Socks That Rock, "It's A Collection, Not an Obsession"

Trillian by Martina Behm in handspun Loop Batt "Strobe."

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway (not shown this week)

Sheila is working on:

Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina in a hand-dyed sock blank from old stash

Boomerang Shawl by Dramatic Knits (pattern is in the notes section of his project page) in SockPixie Vegan Sock.

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki in BMFA Mill Ends, String Theory Fiber Arts Caper sock in the Bye Bye Blues colorway, and Handmaiden Casbah in the Wine for Roses colorway (not shown this week)

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One Leyburn sock

Sheila finished:

One Jaywalker sock

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy is spinning a Polwarth/Silk braid from CJ Kopec Creations in the "Death to Ovarian Cancer" colorway.

Future Dates:

Wendy is going to work on Hitofude and needs to make some baby things.

Sheila is going to stick to socks for now.

Baubles & Bling:

We were given:

Florida Memories Fair Isle Hat by Kimberly Pacini

Wendy purchased:

Schachenmayr Regia rainbow colored sock yarn

Knitter's Pride Nova Platina tips

Balance coloring book by Angie Grace

Sheila purchased:

Knitter's Pride Cubics in two sizes

Knitter's Pride Karbonz in double points

Gossip & Innuendo:

Abby Franquemont will be teaching two spinning classes (fine spinning and spindle long draw) at Fiber Revival on Saturday, August 8.  You can read about the courses and sign up HERE.  Don't miss out!!

Don't forget to enter the contest! You can win a brand new Chickadee themed bag and a coordinating skein of Knitter's Nightmare sock yarn from Knittingsmybag!  Just tell us what project you'd make and put in your bag in the contest thread!  We will draw a winner in Episode 210.

We drew a winner of the Knit Edge Magazine pdf this week!

2015 Fiber Events


Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015







Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Episode 208: Got a Soxyzz


This week's episode features Leyburn socks, Trillian shawl, Boomerang shawl and Jaywalker socks. FOs include a pair of simple toe-up socks and Simple Skyp socks. Wendy finished spinning her Spun Monkey gradient set and started a braid from CJ Kopec Creations. Baubles and Bling include the Soxyzz, an Abby Batt and sock yarn from Fibernymph. We also announce a new Knittingsmybag contest!!!

SHOW NOTES

May KAL/CAL:  Anything that features the color green.  We will draw a winner in June.

Shout Outs:

There will be a WWKIP day sponsored by the Wild About Weds Knit group from Hingham on June 13, 2015 at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston outside the Long Wharf Marriot from 11:30am onwards.  Bring a chair, cool drink and knit the day away!  For more information about WWKIP, check out the WWKIP Day website.

We have a knew Knittingsmybag contest!!  Winner will be drawn in Episode 210.

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Leyburn Socks by Minty Fresh in BMFA Socks That Rock, "It's A Collection, Not an Obsession"

Trillian by Martina Behm in handspun Loop Batt "Strobe."

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock (not shown this week)

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway (not shown this week)

Sheila is working on:

Jaywalker Socks in a hand-dyed sock blank from old stash

Boomerang Shawl by Dramatic Knits (pattern is in the notes section of his project page) in SockPixie Vegan Sock.

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki in BMFA Mill Ends, String Theory Fiber Arts Caper sock in the Bye Bye Blues colorway, and Handmaiden Casbah in the Wine for Roses colorway (not shown this week)

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in Patons Kroy in the Brambles Stripe colorway

Sheila finished:

Generic toe-up sock in Plymouth Happy Feet scraps

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy finished yarn from a gradient set from The Spun Monkey in Starry Night.  She started spinning a Polwarth/Silk braid from CJ Kopec Creations in the "Death to Ovarian Cancer" colorway.

Future Dates:

Wendy is going to cast on BMFA socks when the current pair is done.

Sheila needs to work on Color Affection and perhaps knit worsted weight socks for her supervisor.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Abbys Yarns Abby batt from Spunky Eclectic

Wendy recieved:

Soxyzz and a Dunky's card from Sheila.  Sheila got one too!

Sheila purchased:

Fibernymph Dyeworks yarn in the Harlequin colorway

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:  You can win a brand new Chickadee themed bag and a coordinating skein of Knitter's Nightmare sock yarn from Knittingsmybag!  Just tell us what project you'd make and put in your bag in the contest thread!  We will draw a winner in Episode 210.

2015 Fiber Events


Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015







Sunday, May 10, 2015

Episode 207: Maryland Recap


This week's WIPs include a Boomerang shawlette, a Trillian shawl, Simple Skyp socks and a vanilla toe-up sock. FOs include one vanilla sock and one Simple Skyp sock. A gradient kit from the Spun Monkey is on Wendy's bobbin this week. Baubles and bling include Wendy's haul from Maryland Sheep and Wool. We review the latest issue of Knitedge Magazine and draw winners for the April KAL/CAL and the pattern from Lynnioknits.


SHOW NOTES

May KAL/CAL:  Anything that features the color green.  We will draw a winner in June.

Shout Outs:

There will be a WWKIP day sponsored by the Wild About Weds Knit group from Hingham on June 13, 2015 at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston outside the Long Wharf Marriot from 11:30am onwards.  Bring a chair, cool drink and knit the day away!  For more information about WWKIP, check out the WWKIP Day website.

We drew the winners for the April KAL/CAL and for a sock pattern from Lynn Lounsbury!  We still have a COUPON CODE:  LKK1H220 for 20% off any of Lynn Lounsbury's patterns until 5/31!

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Trillian by Martina Behm in handspun Loop Batt "Strobe."

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in Patons Kroy in the Brambles Stripe colorway

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock (not shown this week)

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway (not shown this week)

Sheila is working on:

Generic toe-up sock in Plymouth Happy Feet scraps

Boomerang Shawl by Dramatic Knits (pattern is in the notes section of his project page) in SockPixie Vegan Sock.

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki in BMFA Mill Ends, String Theory Fiber Arts Caper sock in the Bye Bye Blues colorway, and Handmaiden Casbah in the Wine for Roses colorway (not shown this week)

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One Simple Skyp sock.

Sheila finished:

One scrappy Plymouth sock

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy finished a gradient set from The Spun Monkey in Starry Night and just needs to soak and finish it.

Future Dates:

Wendy is going to cast on BMFA socks when the current pair is done.

Sheila needs to work on Color Affection and perhaps knit worsted weight socks for her supervisor.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Miss Babs Yowza in Mad Hatter

BMFA Socks that Rock in Sherbet

Into The Whirled Falkland batts in Captain Tightpants

Loop Bullseye Bump

Lilly's Rainbow Yarn

Jennie the Potter Crab Ornament

Gossip & Innuendo:

BOOK REVIEW:

This week, we reviewed Knitedge Magazine, Issue 7 from Cooperative Press.  The magazine has a new editor:  Sarah Eyre of Cephalopod Yarns.  This was our first time reading this magazine and we really enjoyed it.  It has a wide variety of articles, including a sock measurement tutorial, an two-part article about the dyer and her dying process at Blue Moon Fiber Arts, knitting 30 hats in 30 days, a trip to Peru, knitting in London and a visit to the Nordic Museum in Stockholm.  We felt the articles would appeal to an international audience and were definitely a fresh twist on the usual knitting magazine fare.  The issue also includes 7 patterns (one crochet), as well as a link to a multitude of cowl patterns that were designed for Maryland Sheep and Wool and can be purchased on Ravelry.

NEW CONTEST:  You can win a free PDF copy of Knitedge Issue 7!  Just tell us which pattern is your favorite in the thread in our Rav group.  We will draw a winner in episode 209.

We drew contest winners this week for the April KAL/CAL and a sock pattern from Lynn Lounsbury!

2015 Fiber Events


Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Thursday, April 30, 2015

Episode 206: Didja Miss Us?


This week we discuss the following WIPs: Simple Skyp Socks and generic toe-up socks. FOs include 1 Skyp sock, Flutter-by socks, and two Ballband washcloths. Baubles and Bling include Socks That Rock mediumweight in "It's A Collection, Not An Obsession," a Star Trek-themed Knittingsmybag bag, Stitched by Jessalu notions pouches and Fiber Stash Yarn. We draw winners for the "Defarge Does Shakespeare" pdf and the Yummy Smells contest.

SHOW NOTES

April KAL/CAL:  Patterns for the home, like afghans, doilies, washcloths, pillows, or something else useful!  We will draw a winner in May.

Shout Outs:

Check out two new to us podcasts:  Crafty Princess Podcast and Fuzzy Love Knots Podcast

We drew the winners for the Defarge Does Shakespeare and soap and perfume from Dyeabolical Yarns.

We have a COUPON CODE:  LKK1H220 for 20% off any of Lynn Lounsbury's patterns.

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in Patons Kroy in the Brambles Stripe colorway

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock (not shown this week)

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway (not shown this week)

Sheila is working on:

Generic toe-up sock in Plymouth Happy Feet scraps

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki in BMFA Mill Ends, String Theory Fiber Arts Caper sock in the Bye Bye Blues colorway, and Handmaiden Casbah in the Wine for Roses colorway (not shown this week)

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Jeck by Regina Satta in Patons Kroy, Meadow Stripes colorway

Sheila finished:

Flutter-by Socks by Shannon Robalino in Snitches Bebop Sock (discontinued) in the Clarice colorway

Ballband Dishcloths in scrap cotton (two!)

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy finished with her Loop Bullseye Batt in Strobe.  She is currently spinning a gradient set from The Spun Monkey in Starry Night.  She has tested a prototype bobbin for Akerworks that is compatible with the WooLee Winder for Schacht wheels.

Review:  Based on my plying and spinning experience, the Akerworks bobbin actually seems to pack on more fiber and work more efficiently than the bobbins made by WooLee Winder.  I am totally surprised! I also love that they pack flat and that the openwork ends allow me to see how full the bobbin is getting while I spin.  I am definitely going to be purchasing more of these bobbins to go on my Sidekick.

Future Dates:

Wendy is going to cast on socks and some kind of shawl for MDSW knitting.

Sheila needs to work on Color Affection and perhaps knit worsted weight socks for her supervisor.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy and Sheila purchased:

Socks That Rock mediumweight in "It's A Collection, Not An Obsession."  A group of friends are knitting socks in this colorway to wear on Saturday at Rhinebeck 2015 and we'd love to see how many people we can get to join the trend!

Wendy purchased:

Stitched by Jessalu notions pouches

Fiber Stash fingering weight Twinkletoes yarn

Wendy received:

Knittingsmybag Star Trek themed bag and notions pouch!

A Gnome from Going Gnome

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

Want to win the sock pattern of your choice from Lynn Lounsbury ?  Tell us in the group contest thread which one of her sock designs is your favorite and we will draw a lucky winner in Ep 207!!

We drew contest winners this week for the Cooperative Press PDF and the Dyeabolical Yarn goodies!
2015 Fiber Events


Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Saturday, April 18, 2015

Episode 205: Planner Fanatic


This week's WIPs include Flutterby socks, Color Affection shawl, Simple Skyp socks, Retiarius and Hitofude. FOs include the giant Patons vanilla socks and the Patons Jeck socks. Baubles and Bling include a prototype Akerworks bobbin for Schacht wheels that is compatible with the WooLee Winder, awesome bags from viewer Mommasee and Wendy's new customized planner. We announce a coupon code and a new contest to win a sock pattern from Lynnioknits.

SHOW NOTES

April KAL/CAL:  Patterns for the home, like afghans, doilies, washcloths, pillows, or something else useful!  We will draw a winner in May.

Shout Outs:

We are running two contests: one to win Defarge Does Shakespeare and one to win soap and perfume from Dyeabolical Yarns.  We will draw winners next week!

We have a COUPON CODE:  LKK1H220 for 20% off any of Lynn Lounsbury's patterns.

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in Patons Kroy in the Brambles Stripe colorway

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

Flutter-by Socks by Shannon Robalino in Snitches Bebop Sock (discontinued) in the Clarice colorway

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki in BMFA Mill Ends, String Theory Fiber Arts Caper sock in the Bye Bye Blues colorway, and Handmaiden Casbah in the Wine for Roses colorway.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Jeck by Regina Satta in Patons Kroy, Meadow Stripes colorway

Sheila finished:

Vanilla sock in Patons Kroy, Spring Stripes colorway


Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy is nearly finished with her Loop Bullseye Batt in Strobe.  She will be testing a prototype bobbin for Akerworks that is compatible with the WooLee Winder for Schacht wheels.

Future Dates:

Wendy still has to finish Hitofude before she can start her Rhinebeck Sweater.

Sheila will probably knit Boomerang by Steve from Dramatic Knits Podcast

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy and Sheila received:

Awesome bags made by viewer Mommasee!  Thank you!

Wendy purchased:

A custom planner from Personal-Planner and lots of fun office supplies to decorate it

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

Want to win the sock pattern of your choice from Lynn Lounsbury ?  Tell us in the group contest thread which one of her sock designs is your favorite and we will draw a lucky winner in Ep 207!!


2015 Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Monday, April 13, 2015

Episode 204: In Which Wendy is Forgetful


WIPs this week include Sheila's vanilla Patons sock, Wendy's Jeck socks, Hitofude and Retiarius cowl. FOs this week include Wendy's No Purl Monkeys and one Jeck sock. Baubles and Bling include a custom Stitched by Jessalu bag and the Handbrake Cowl. We also review Defarge Does Shakespeare, a new Cooperative Press book. We have a couple of new contests, so check them out!

SHOW NOTES

April KAL/CAL:  Patterns for the home, like afghans, doilies, washcloths, pillows, or something else useful!  We will draw a winner in May.

Shout Outs:

We reviewed Cooperative Press's Defarge Does Shakespeare.

We announce a giveaway contest of Yummy Smells from Dyeabolical Yarns.  Since Wendy forgot to make a thread, we will be running this contest an extra week.

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jeck by Regina Satta in Patons Kroy, Meadow Stripes colorway

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla cuff down sock in Patons, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Knitpicks Felici (Sorbet colorway)

One Jeck sock

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy shows how she framed several cross stitch projects.

Future Dates:

Wendy still has to finish Hitofude before she can start her Rhinebeck Sweater.

Sheila will probably knit socks or Bonbon by Susan Claudino

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Stitched By Jessalu custom bag for the Travel Kate

Handbrake by Kay F. Jones of the Bakery Bears, which benefits cancer research.  Gifted to us by Thirdcookie

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

Want to win some yummy smells from Dyeabolical Yarn?  We are giving away two sets of perfume and soap!  Just tells us which bath and body products are your favorites from the Dyeabolical shop, and you could win some Dreamsicle soap and two perfume scents - Sandalwood Vanilla and That's Nice (What Is It?).  We will choose two winners in Episode 206 - because I forgot to do a contest thread last week.

BOOK REVIEW:  Defarge Does Shakespeare

This book imagines what Madame Defarge would knit if inspired by Shakespeare.  This is a beautifully photographed book with tons of patterns.  There is an experience level assigned to each pattern so that you can determine how difficult it would be.  One of the best things about this book is the sheer breadth of the types of patterns shown.  There are the usual socks, shawls, gloves/mittens and sweaters, but there is also a darling tea cozy pattern, as well as some necklaces and collars, a book mark and even a felted bowl.  There are also two cute patterns for kids!  This book will definitely have something for every knitter, and the text alongside each pattern describing the inspiration is fun to read.

We will be giving away a copy of this awesome PDF book in Episode 206.  Tell us in the contest thread which pattern is your favorite!

2015 Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Sunday, April 5, 2015

Episode 203: Not Really Selfish


This weeks FOs include Fixie Baby Hat and Christine's Stay Put Baby Bootie. WIPs include Hitofide, No Purl Monkeys and vanilla Patons sock. Bauble and Bling include more stripey Patons Kroy and a sweater's worth of Dyeabolical Worsted in the Polar Vortex color way. We draw winners for the monthly KAL/CAL and the Knittingsmybag contest. We also announce some exciting contests coming up soon!



SHOW NOTES

April KAL/CAL:  Patterns for the home, like afghans, doilies, washcloths, pillows, or something else useful!  We will draw a winner in May.

Shout Outs:

We will be doing a book review next week of Cooperative Press's Defarge Does Shakespeare.  Tune in for the review and contest details!

We announce a giveaway contest of Yummy Smells from Dyeabolical Yarns.  We also draw winners of last month's KAL/CAL and the Knittingsmybag Yarn and Bag contest.

Don't forget to join in the contest to win a Knittingsmybag bag and coordinating skein of yarn!

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Knitpicks Felici (Sorbet colorway)

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla cuff down sock in Patons, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Christine's Baby Booties by dknit in Cascade Fixation


Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Fixie Baby Hat by Stitch Marker Knitting Designs in Cascade Fixation

One baby bootie in Cascade Fixation

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing this week

Future Dates:

Wendy still has to finish Hitofude before she can start her Rhinebeck Sweater.

Sheila will probably knit socks or Bonbon by Susan Claudino

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Patons sock in  Meadow Stripes

Dyeabolical Yarn Superwash Merino Worsted in the Polar Vortex color way

Waking Tide pullover by Courtney Spainhower

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

Want to win some yummy smells from Dyeabolical Yarn?  We are giving away two sets of perfume and soap!  Just tells us which bath and body products are your favorites from the Dyeabolical shop, and you could win some Dreamsicle soap and two perfume scents - Sandalwood Vanilla and That's Nice (What Is It?).  We will choose two winners in Episode 205.

We drew winners for the Knittingsmybag yarn and bag contest and the monthly KAL/CAL.

2015 Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015