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








Sunday, May 15, 2016

Episode 251: Business As Usual


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Atomic Blender socks, Ex Tempore shawl, and Indigo Frost poncho. FOs include Opal yarn socks in the Harry Potter colorway, 1 Atomic Blender sock and one felt slipper. Featured Baubles and Bling include a birthday bag of recovery goodies for Wendy from Sheila, Hamamelis Shawl pattern by Kristin Kapur, Fireflies Rising Shawl pattern and Summertide Shawl pattern by Helen Stewart. We also got donations this week! Thank you!

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL prizes are drawn this week!  We will post the new KAL/CAL 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.  Because she was unable to record today, she will draw a winner in the next episode.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

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

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Atomic Blender socks in Dyeabolical Yarn Targhee sock in the Atomic Blender colorway.  Pattern will be available soon.

This Way That Way socks by Mina Philipp in Knitpicks Felici in the Teacup colorway.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy plans to knit the Extempore shawl by Briony Singleton in Freia Handpaints Metropolis gradient.  She also plans to knit the Pebble Beach shawl  by Helen Stewart.  These will both be great recovery shawls.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

The Lemonade Shop Yarns fingering weight in the Disco Hippo colorway

Gossip & Innuendo:

Wendy drew the KAL/CAL winners this week.  She will post a 50% off code in the group for those who wish to purchase Stephannie Tallent's Craftsy class.  Her review of the class will be in the next episode.

Fiber Events


Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

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








Sunday, May 8, 2016

Episode 250: Alone Again, Naturally


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIP is the Indigo Frost poncho. FOs include Atomic Blender and This Way That Way socks. Featured Baubles and Bling is yarn from The Lemonade Shop. Wendy draws winners of the bi-monthly KAL and announces a code to get Stephannie Tallent's Craftsy class for 50% off! Wendy will review that class in the next episode.

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL prizes are drawn this week!  We will post the new KAL/CAL 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.  Because she was unable to record today, she will draw a winner in the next episode.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

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

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Atomic Blender socks in Dyeabolical Yarn Targhee sock in the Atomic Blender colorway.  Pattern will be available soon.

This Way That Way socks by Mina Philipp in Knitpicks Felici in the Teacup colorway.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Wendy plans to knit the Extempore shawl by Briony Singleton in Freia Handpaints Metropolis gradient.  She also plans to knit the Pebble Beach shawl  by Helen Stewart.  These will both be great recovery shawls.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

The Lemonade Shop Yarns fingering weight in the Disco Hippo colorway

Gossip & Innuendo:

Wendy drew the KAL/CAL winners this week.  She will post a 50% off code in the group for those who wish to purchase Stephannie Tallent's Craftsy class.  Her review of the class will be in the next episode.

Fiber Events


Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

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








Monday, May 2, 2016

Episode 249: 10th Time's The Charm



 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Atomic Blender socks, generic cuff down socks and This Way That Way socks. That's a lot of socks! FOs include cotton footie socks, Atomic Blender socks and one This Way That Way socks. Featured Baubles and Bling include Rock and String Creations sock yarn in the Miss Congeniality colorway, Freia Fine Handpaints in the Metropolis colorway, and Knitter's Pride Cubics needles.

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL will be to knit with variegated yarn!  Trying digging something out from deep stash!  We will draw two winners during the first episode in May.

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.  We will draw the next winner in May.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

This Way That Way socks by Mina Philipp in Knitpicks Felici in the Teacup colorway.

Sheila is working on:

Be My Valentine Socks by the Cozy Knitter in unlabeled cotton sock yarn.  She will not be using the cable pattern, just the gusset and heel combo.

Atomic Blender socks in BMFA mill end.

CBD Fudge Neckcessory by Deborah Tomasello in CBD Metallic Spice from her new yarn line (which we reviewed last episode).

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

One Atomic Blender sock.

Be My Valentine Socks by the Cozy Knitter in unlabeled cotton sock yarn.  She did not use the cable pattern, just the gusset and heel combo on a footie sock.

Wendy finished:

Atomic Blender socks in Dyeabolical Yarn Targhee sock in the Atomic Blender colorway.  Pattern will be available when the sample socks are knit.

One This Way That Way sock.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Sheila will knit socks.

Wendy needs to finish her current WIPs..

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Freia Fine Handpaints sport gradient in the Metropolis colorway

Rock and String Creations self-striping yarn in the Miss Congeniality colorway

Sheila purchased:

Various sizes of Knitter's Pride Cubics needles

Gossip & Innuendo:

Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

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