Sunday, September 1, 2013

Episode 126: Sheila Finishes!

This week, Sheila shows her finished cotton baby blanket. Wendy shows progress on her handspun sweater, Zoom Loom blanket squares and lace shawl. We discuss the new handspinning features on Ravelry and announce three new contests! 

  Show Notes 

KAL/CAL:  TWO KAL/CALs this time!  Join us in knitting a Sweater and/or Hats for Charity.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Seashell Shawl by Ivy Brambles Yarn in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Thread II.  

Basic sweater in hand spun Dyeabolical Yarns Portuguese Merino in "Flower Shop Inferno".  At the yoke!

Zoom Loom Blanket in various scrap yarns.  I have ordered the yarn to crochet the squares together, and am about 1/2 way done with the squares.

Sheila is working on:

Felted Clogs by Fiber Trends ($7.95 on Rav) for Wendy's mom.

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand (free on Rav) in Peaches 'n' Cream and Sugarn 'n' Cream kitchen cotton.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing this week.

Future Dates:

Wendy plans on knitting:

Hiro Sweater by Julia Farwell-Clay ($7 on Rav) in Valley Yarns Berkshire, but not before Rhinebeck.

Couronne Sweater by Helene Rush ($7 on Twist Collective), possibly from handspun.

Sheila plans on knitting a shawl in sock weight yarn.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week, but we discuss the new spinning features on Ravelry!

Gossip & Innuendo:

Halloween Yarn Contest:  Win a skein of Vesper Sock in the Trick or Treat colorway.  You can entere the contest on our group.

The Jimmy Fund Walk.  Fellow podcaster Meliabella from His and Hers podcast is walking for charity on September 25th.  Donations will benefit The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber.  This is a charity close to Sheila's heart because the Jimmy Fund did so much for her son when he had liver cancer.  Sheila is also donating a skein of her Wollmeise to add to the many prizes you will be eligible to win upon making a donation.

A Little Help From My Friends sock pattern by Alison Ziegler ($5 on Rav) will donate 50% of the proceeds to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network in honor of her friend Betty, who is struggling to battle the disease and is relying on help from her friends to get through her prognosis and treatment.  This pattern would make a great gift for one of your friends!

If you are feeling charitable this month, please check out these links.

Upcoming Fiber Events on our radar:

Vermont Sheep and Wool in Tunbridge, VT on September 28-29.  We do not plan on attending.

Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA on October 4-14.  Wendy might attend to participate in a spinning bee.

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival in Greenwich, NY on October 5-6, 2013.  We do not plan on attending.

Rhinebeck in Rhinebeck, NY on October 19-20.  We will be at the podcaster meet up.

Fiber Festival of New England in West Springfield, MA on November 2-3.  Wendy will attend.  Post in the group if you are attending and want to meet up.

Stitches East in Hartford, CT on November 7-10.  Wendy will attend.  Post in the group if you are attending and want to meet up.

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