Friday, October 24, 2014

Episode 181: She's A Sock Machine

This week we are back from our annual Rhinebeck trip and we agree this one might be the best trip ever! WIPs include the fake Duotone cowl , a sport weight and fingering weight sock, and the never-ending chevron blanket. FOs include the cotton baby blanket and two pairs of socks amazingly knit by Wendy. Baubles and bling include lots of purchases and other things we brought back from Rhinebeck - too many too list!!

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  We opened a September/October combined Stash Busters thread.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the thread and get that stash under control!  Two winners will be drawn at the end of October.

We are hosting a month-long contest sponsored by Ashley Eskew of Twist Fiber Studio who is currently running a kickstarter for her business.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Spicy Chevron Blanket by Patons (free on Rav), heavily modified, in Loops and Thread Impeccable (Michael's Store Brand yarn).

Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes in Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Dias de los Muertos colorway

Sheila is working on:

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.  She is calling it "fake" duotone because she is using Sknitches self-striping sock yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Mystik Spiral Socks in Fibernymph Dyeworks Bedazzled sock in the Soft Kitty Self-Striping colorway.

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in the White Birch Fiber Arts "Fade to Black" colorway.

Sheila finished:

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand in kitchen cotton.

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week, but Wendy is looking forward to the Topsfield Fair spinning competition.

Future Dates:

Both of us need to finish WIPs.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Fiber Optic Yarns gradient braid in Blackbird

Frabjous Fibers braid (can't remember the color way)

Loop Bullseye Batt in muted rainbow and black.

Soak Wash in the Lacey scent

Wendy won:

Lakes Yarn and Fiber in three shades of DK, and two shades and bases of fingering

Wendy received:

Tempted Yarns Luxe Grrl base

Fleur de Fiber Yarn in a merino/seacell base

Enchanted Knoll Farms batt from the Happy Hooves club

Sheila purchased

Blue Moon Fiber Arts in two different bases and colorways

Sheila received:

Tempted Yarns (can't remember the base)

Something from the swap (can't remember that either).

Gossip & Innuendo:

Contests:

We are running a month-long contest sponsored by Ashley Askew, who is running the Twist Fiber Studio Kickstarter.  Ashley is a college student enrolled in a small business course, where she has gotten expert advice and support to start her own fiber and bag business.  To enter her contest, check out her kickstarter information and then post in the contest thread in our group telling us which colorway/bag set you love the most!  At the end of October, we will draw one winner who will get to choose either a hand-dyed skein of yarn or a 4oz braid of fiber!  Pictures of the prize choices and more details are in the contest thread!  Check it out.

Note:  You are not required to fund the kickstarter in order to enter the contest.

Announcements:

New England Fiber Festival at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 11/1-11/2/14.  Wendy plans on attending.

The Gathering at Sunday River, Newry, ME, 11/7-11/9/14.  We do not plan on attending.








Thursday, October 9, 2014

Episode 180: Live From Boston

This week, WIPs include the never-ending cotton baby blanket, the faux duotone cowl, the Spicy Chevron blanket, and Mystik Spiral socks. No FOs this week, but Wendy has a PHD sock! Baubles and bling include a Halloween bag from Bird Leg Bags and a skein of Halloween themed Socks That Rock, Christmas self-striping sock yarn from Mint Rain on etsy, Wendy's last installment of the Hello Yarn Fiber Club and the most awesome necklace ever.

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  We opened a September/October combined Stash Busters thread.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the thread and get that stash under control!  Two winners will be drawn at the end of October.

We are hosting a month-long contest sponsored by Ashley Eskew of Twist Fiber Studio who is currently running a kickstarter for her business.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Spicy Chevron Blanket by Patons (free on Rav), heavily modified, in Loops and Thread Impeccable (Michael's Store Brand yarn).

Mystik Spiral Socks in Fibernymph Dyeworks Bedazzled sock in the Soft Kitty Self-Striping colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand in kitchen cotton.

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.  She is calling it "fake" duotone because she is using Sknitches self-striping sock yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished one sock.

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week, but Wendy is looking forward to the Topsfield Fair spinning competition.

Future Dates:

Sheila has no future dates until she finishes her current projects.  Wendy needs to make socks to replenish her sock store after the Great Moth Wars of 2014.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased

Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarn self-striping sock yarn in the Holly Jolly colorwy

Hello Yarn Fiber Club September 2014 club offering on Polwarth Silk

Sheila purchased

A kit from Simply Sock Yarn including a Halloween-themed bag from Bird Leg Bags and BMFA Socks That Rock lightweight in the Pumpkin Chunkin' colorway.

Wendy received:

A necklace from viewer Bindeej that says "Stay Gold, Ponyboy"

Gossip & Innuendo:

Contests:

We are running a month-long contest sponsored by Ashley Askew, who is running the Twist Fiber Studio Kickstarter.  Ashley is a college student enrolled in a small business course, where she has gotten expert advice and support to start her own fiber and bag business.  To enter her contest, check out her kickstarter information and then post in the contest thread in our group telling us which colorway/bag set you love the most!  At the end of October, we will draw one winner who will get to choose either a hand-dyed skein of yarn or a 4oz braid of fiber!  Pictures of the prize choices and more details are in the contest thread!  Check it out.

Note:  You are not required to fund the kickstarter in order to enter the contest.

Announcements:

Knittingsmybag Rhinebeck Contest! 25 lucky people can win a $5 coupon for the Knittingsmybag Store if you see her at Rhinebeck and show her your Knittingsmybag bag.  She will probably be with us, so don't miss out!!

Stitches East in Hartford, CT 10/9-10/12/14.  Wendy plans on attending the Saturday marketplace.

Rhinebeck at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY 10/18-10/19/14.  We plan on attending for the weekend.

New England Fiber Festival at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 11/1-11/2/14.  Wendy plans on attending.

The Gathering at Sunday River, Newry, ME, 11/7-11/9/14.  We do not plan on attending.








Thursday, October 2, 2014

Episode 179: Afraid Not to Be Your Friend

This week's WIPs include Wendy's Mystik Spiral Sock and Chevron blanket, and Sheila's cotton baby blanket and faux Duotone Cowl. No FOs this week. Baubles and Bling featured this week is the Desert Vista Dyeworks sock yarn in Dias de los Muertos self-striping. We draw two prizes for the Sock Architecture PDF and the KaRi Wymer pattern Mixing the Grape and the Grain. We also announce an exciting month-long contest sponsored by Twist Fiber Studio, which is holding a kickstarter campaign! Check out all the details on the show and in the contest thread.

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  We opened a September/October combined Stash Busters thread.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the thread and get that stash under control!  Two winners will be drawn at the end of October.

We are hosting a month-long contest sponsored by Ashley Eskew of Twist Fiber Studio who is currently running a kickstarter for her business.  See Gossip and Innuendo, our contest thread on Rav and her kickstarter page for more info!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Spicy Chevron Blanket by Patons (free on Rav), heavily modified, in Loops and Thread Impeccable (Michael's Store Brand yarn).

Mystik Spiral Socks in Fibernymph Dyeworks Bedazzled sock in the Soft Kitty Self-Striping colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand in kitchen cotton.

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.  She is calling it "fake" duotone because she is using Sknitches self-striping sock yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Nothing this week.

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week, but Wendy is looking forward to the Topsfield Fair spinning competition.

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to make fingerless mitts from some Woolen Rabbit yarn in her stash.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased

Desert Vista Dyeworks self-striping sock in the Dias de los Muertos colorway.
Gossip & Innuendo:

Contests:

This week, we drew a winner of the Mixing the Grape and the Grain by KaRi Waymer (Coggie of the High Fiber Diet audio podcast.

We also drew the winner of a PDF copy of the book Sock Architecture by Laura Neel, published by Cooperative Press.

NEW THIS WEEK:

We are running a month-long contest sponsored by Ashley Askew, who is running the Twist Fiber Studio Kickstarter.  Ashley is a college student enrolled in a small business course, where she has gotten expert advice and support to start her own fiber and bag business.  To enter her contest, check out her kickstarter information and then post in the contest thread in our group telling us which colorway/bag set you love the most!  At the end of October, we will draw one winner who will get to choose either a hand-dyed skein of yarn or a 4oz braid of fiber!  Pictures of the prize choices and more details are in the contest thread!  Check it out.

Note:  You are not required to fund the kickstarter in order to enter the contest.

Announcements:

Knittingsmybag Rhinebeck Contest! 25 lucky people can win a $5 coupon for the Knittingsmybag Store if you see her at Rhinebeck and show her your Knittingsmybag bag.  She will probably be with us, so don't miss out!!

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY 9/27-9/28/14.  We do not plan on attending, but Stitched by Jessalu will be selling bags there!  Get 'em while they're hot!

VT Sheep and Wool at Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT 10/4-10/5/14.  We do not plan on attending.

Stitches East in Hartford, CT 10/9-10/12/14.  Wendy plans on attending the Saturday marketplace.

Rhinebeck at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY 10/18-10/19/14.  We plan on attending for the weekend.

New England Fiber Festival at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 11/1-11/2/14.  Wendy plans on attending.

The Gathering at Sunday River, Newry, ME, 11/7-11/9/14.  We do not plan on attending.








Thursday, September 25, 2014

Episode 178: The Poking Finger


This week's WIPs include Sheila's Faux Duotone Cowl and cotton comfort baby blanket, and Wendy's Chevron blanket. FO is the second Fish Hat (Dead or Alive). 

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  We opened a September/October combined Stash Busters thread.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the thread and get that stash under control!  Two winners will be drawn at the end of October.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Spicy Chevron Blanket by Patons (free on Rav), heavily modified, in Loops and Thread Impeccable (Michael's Store Brand yarn).

Sheila is working on:

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand in kitchen cotton.

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.  She is calling it "fake" duotone because she is using Sknitches self-striping sock yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Fish Hat by Thelma Egberts (free on Rav) in Araucania Nature Wool and Cascade 220.

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week.

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to make fingerless mitts from some Woolen Rabbit yarn in her stash.  Wendy might cast on a plain, toe-up sock in self-striping yarn.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week.  We did order more buttons for festivals, though!

Gossip & Innuendo:

Contests:

This week, we introduced Mixing the Grape and the Grain by KaRi Waymer (Coggie of the High Fiber Diet audio podcast.  This unique shawl design incorporates a crocheted edging with a knit shawl body!  If you want to win a copy of this pattern, enter the contest thread in our group and tell us what yarn you would knit and crochet this in!

We are also giving away a PDF copy of the book Sock Architecture by Laura Neel, published by Cooperative Press.  If you want to win a copy, post in the contest thread in our group!

Winners for both contests will be drawn next week.

Announcements:

Knittingsmybag Rhinebeck Contest! 25 lucky people can win a $5 coupon for the Knittingsmybag Store if you see her at Rhinebeck and show her your Knittingsmybag bag.  She will probably be with us, so don't miss out!!

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY 9/27-9/28/14.  We do not plan on attending, but Stitched by Jessalu will be selling bags there!  Get 'em while they're hot!

VT Sheep and Wool at Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT 10/4-10/5/14.  We do not plan on attending.

Stitches East in Hartford, CT 10/9-10/12/14.  Wendy plans on attending the Saturday marketplace.

Rhinebeck at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY 10/18-10/19/14.  We plan on attending for the weekend.

New England Fiber Festival at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 11/1-11/2/14.  Wendy plans on attending.

The Gathering at Sunday River, Newry, ME, 11/7-11/9/14.  We do not plan on attending.








Monday, September 22, 2014

Episode 177: Talk Like A Pirate Birthday


It's Sheila's Birthday! WIPs this week include Sheila's fake Duotone Cowl and cotton baby blanket, and Wendy's fish hat and Striped Chevron blanket. No FOs, but Sheila shows off her baubles and bling including some yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks and her presents from Wendy. We review Sock Architecture from Cooperative Press and introduce the latest pattern by KaRi Wymer of the High Fiber Diet Podcast.


SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  We opened a September/October combined Stash Busters thread.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the thread and get that stash under control!  Two winners will be drawn at the end of October.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Fish Hat by Thelma Egberts (free on Rav) in Araucania Nature Wool and Cascade 220.

Spicy Chevron Blanket by Patons (free on Rav), heavily modified, in Loops and Thread Impeccable (Michael's Store Brand yarn).

Sheila is working on:

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand in kitchen cotton.

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.  She is calling it "fake" duotone because she is using Sknitches self-striping sock yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Nothing this week

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week.

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to make fingerless mitts from some Woolen Rabbit yarn in her stash.  Wendy has no plans.

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila purchased:

Desert Vista Dyeworks sport weight yarn in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.  She will use the yarn for a special RB KAL with her housemates.

Sheila received:

Paul the Mushroom Boy (crocheted by Wendy) and a phlebotomy-themed necklace from BagEnd Treasures on Etsy.

Gossip & Innuendo:

Book Review:

This week we reviewed Sock Architecture by Laura Neel, published by Cooperative Press.  This book is an amazing sock knitting resource!  The book starts out with an interesting sock construction history and helps you measure your foot for the best fit.  There are both toe-up and top-down options described, both with a number of different toes and heels to use.  There are helpful organizational charts to give you the various features of the heel options and help you select the one that works best for you (Wendy would choose the laziest option!).  The book is simply loaded with the tools you would need to knit the perfect sock, and all of the techniques and modifications are detailed so that you can use these skills on every sock that you knit.  On top of that, the book has 17 patterns included, all using the techniques that are described in the book.  Both Wendy and Sheila loved this book.  We think any level of knitter could use it, although we both thought it might be a little overwhelming for a new knitter due to all of the techniques and options.

We will be giving away a PDF copy of this book.  Just let us know which sock pattern you would choose in the contest thread in our group!

Contests:

This week, we introduced Mixing the Grape and the Grain by KaRi Waymer (Coggie of the High Fiber Diet audio podcast.  This unique shawl design incorporates a crocheted edging with a knit shawl body!  If you want to win a copy of this pattern, enter the contest thread in our group and tell us what yarn you would knit and crochet this in!

Announcements:

Knittingsmybag Rhinebeck Contest! 25 lucky people can win a $5 coupon for the Knittingsmybag Store if you see her at Rhinebeck and show her your Knittingsmybag bag.  She will probably be with us, so don't miss out!!

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY 9/27-9/28/14.  We do not plan on attending, but Stitched by Jessalu will be selling bags there!  Get 'em while they're hot!

VT Sheep and Wool at Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT 10/4-10/5/14.  We do not plan on attending.

Stitches East in Hartford, CT 10/9-10/12/14.  Wendy plans on attending the Saturday marketplace.

Rhinebeck at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY 10/18-10/19/14.  We plan on attending for the weekend.

New England Fiber Festival at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 11/1-11/2/14.  Wendy plans on attending.

The Gathering at Sunday River, Newry, ME, 11/7-11/9/14.  We do not plan on attending.








Sunday, September 14, 2014

Episode 176: Shawl is Another Word for Hug


Lots of prizes drawn this week! Watch the Gossip and Innuendo section of our show to see if you are a winner! This week's FOs include Sheila's improvised toe up sock and one fish hat by Wendy. This wee's WIPs include a fake duotone cowl, a baby blanket and another fish hat! Baubles and bling include Knitter's Pride Nove Platina interchangeable needles and the August 2014 Hello Yarn fiber club offering. We announce some upcoming contests, a fun Rhinebeck giveaway challenge from Knittingsmybag, and a USO dress drive by Milltown Ink!


SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  We opened a September/October combined Stash Busters thread.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the thread and get that stash under control!  Two winners will be drawn at the end of October.

We drew 11 Prizes today, people!  Check out all the winners at the end of the show.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Fish Hat by Thelma Egberts (free on Rav) in Araucania Nature Wool and Cascade 220.

Sheila is working on:

Improvised toe-up socks in two colors of Miss Babs (Denim and an unidentified color way from the Podcaster Challenge).

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand in kitchen cotton.

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.  She is calling it "fake" duotone because she is using Sknitches self-striping sock yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Fish Hat by Thelma Egberts (free on Rav) in red and blue Araucania Nature Wool.

Sheila finished one sock.

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week.

Future Dates:

Wendy will frog her Semele and her improvised socks in Play At Life Socky Maki.

Sheila will be casting on something in Socks that Rock.

Baubles & Bling:

Both ladies received a set of interchangeable Knitter's Pride Nova Platina needles from a lovely viewer and friend.

Wendy purchased the August 2014 Hello Yarn club offering:  Widdershins on Shetland.  She has decided not to re-up the club.

Gossip & Innuendo:

Contests:

Charity Comfort Shawl KAL/CAL:  We announced ALL the winners!  If you won a prize that needs to be mailed, please contact Sheilad37 with your address on Rav!!


Buried in Stash Calendar by Debi Tomasello and lots of lovely knitters!  We drew a winner!  Please contact Sheilad37 with your address!

We will also drew winners for the Knits that Breathe PDF and Big Foot Knits (a new winner) from Cooperative Press!  You will be receiving your prize soon.

Announcements:

Knittingsmybag Rhinebeck Contest! 25 lucky people can win a $5 coupon for the Knittingsmybag Store if you see her at Rhinebeck and show her your Knittingsmybag bag.  She will probably be with us, so don't miss out!!

Milltown Ink Dress Drive:  Our friend Stitched by Jessalu asked us to pass on this information.  Her friend is trying to find 10 dresses for military (and affiliated) ladies in need.  Send your gently used formal dresses to:

Operation: Lovemydress
c/o Milltown Ink
3033 Main Street
P.O. Box 1354
Bondsville, MA 01009

Upcoming fiber events in our area:

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY 9/27-9/28/14.  We do not plan on attending.

VT Sheep and Wool at Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT 10/4-10/5/14.  We do not plan on attending.

Stitches East in Hartford, CT 10/9-10/12/14.  Wendy plans on attending the Saturday marketplace.

Rhinebeck at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY 10/18-10/19/14.  We plan on attending for the weekend.

New England Fiber Festival at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 11/1-11/2/14.  Wendy plans on attending.

The Gathering at Sunday River, Newry, ME, 11/7-11/9/14.  We do not plan on attending.








Saturday, September 6, 2014

Episode 175: The Show With No Name


Once again, Wendy forgot to name the show on the title page. Oops. This week's WIPs include a generic toe-up sock, fish hat and a cotton baby blanket. FOs include a Lalylala Rita the Rabbit and a Voodoo You Love Me doll. Baubles and bling includes a fabulous prize donation from designer Angeleah McGarrah and a new bag from Knittingsmybag. We closed the Shawl Charity KAL this week and will draw those prizes and all the other contests next week so we have enough time.


SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  We will draw prizes for the Stash Busting KAL/CAL for the month of August next week.

We will open a September Stash Busters thread.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the September Stash Busters Thread and get that stash under control!  A winner will be drawn at the end of the month.

We closed the Donate a Shawl Charity KAL/CAL. We will announce the prize winners next week!

We will be closing and drawing for the Knits that Breathe and Buried in Stash calendars next week, too!!!

Big shout out and thanks to designer (and friend) Angelea McGarrah for an amazing prize donation.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Fish Hat by Thelma Egberts (free on Rav) in Araucania Nature Wool.

Star Leaves Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen in Fleece Artist Saldanha 2 in the Starlight colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Improvised toe-up socks in two colors of Miss Babs (Denim and an unidentified color way from the Podcaster Challenge).

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand in kitchen cotton.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Rita the Rabbit by Lydia Tresselt in Caron Simply Soft Light

Voodoo You Love Me? by Susan Claudino in Malabrigo Sock

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week.

Future Dates:

Wendy needs to finish all of her WIPs and maybe have a little Frog It or Finish It session.

Sheila will be casting on something in Socks that Rock.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased a new bag from Knittingsmybag

Gossip & Innuendo:

Contests:

Charity Comfort Shawl KAL/CAL:  We closed the thread and drew winners after we recorded this week, so we will be announcing the winners next week (Episode 176)!!


Buried in Stash Calendar by Debi Tomasello and lots of lovely knitters!  We preview a copy of the calendar (it includes 2 colorwork patterns), which will be given away in Episode 176 - check out the contest in our group.  If you are interested in purchasing the calendar for yourself (or a friend!), you can find purchase information through the link, which is to Debi's group.

We will also draw a winner for the Knits that Breathe PDF from Cooperative Press in episode 176!

Upcoming fiber events in our area:

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY 9/27-9/28/14.  We do not plan on attending.

VT Sheep and Wool at Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT 10/4-10/5/14.  We do not plan on attending.

Stitches East in Hartford, CT 10/9-10/12/14.  Wendy plans on attending the Saturday marketplace.

Rhinebeck at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY 10/18-10/19/14.  We plan on attending for the weekend.

New England Fiber Festival at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 11/1-11/2/14.  Wendy plans on attending.

The Gathering at Sunday River, Newry, ME, 11/7-11/9/14.  We do not plan on attending.