Sunday, September 15, 2013

Episode 128: Stay Gold, Pony Boy!

This week features Sheila's new project, a Folha Luz shawl in Leading Men Fiber Arts yarn. Wendy shows her Hiro Sweater, Zoom Loom blanket, Seashell Shawlk and sock in progress, and her finished handspun sweater. We review Leading Men Fiber Arts sock and lace weight yarn, and draw a prize for the Halloween Sock Yarn contest.

Show Notes 

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

Shout Outs:

Check out Leading Men Fiber Arts, the new fiber store owned and operated by DramaticKnits.  We review two of the yarn bases in this episode.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

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

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.

Aquaphobia Socks by Crystal Flanagan (Free on Rav) in Into The Whirled Pakkoku Sock in the Muse Pooling colorway.

Hiro Sweater by Julia Farwell-Clay ($7 on Rav) in Valley Yarns Berkshire

Sheila is working on:

Folha Luz Shawl by Carolina Carvalho-Cross ($5.50 on Rav) in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper Sock Yarn in the Lightning Bug colorway.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Basic sweater in hand spun Dyeabolical Yarns Portuguese Merino in "Flower Shop Inferno."  She will wear it on the next episode (it was still wet from blocking this week)

Sheila finished:

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

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing this week.

Future Dates:

Wendy plans on knitting:

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

Semele by Asa Tricosa Designs ($6 on Rav).

Sheila plans on making a pair of felted clogs for herself.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy received for review:

Leading Men Fiber Arts Ghostlight Lace weight in the Envy colorway

Sheila received for review:

Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper Sock weight in the Lightning Bug colorway

We love the bases and the colors, and Sheila is enjoying knitting with hers.  Check out the shop at the link above.

Gossip & Innuendo:

We will be taking part in a Blog Tour for the new book Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the movies of Alfred Hitchcock edited by one of Wendy's fave designers, Stephannie Talent.  You can preorder your copy now, or wait for our review during the first week of October, when we will announce a contest for a free ebook.

Halloween Yarn Contest:  We chose a winner!  If it's you, please PM Wendy with your mailing info.

The Jimmy Fund Walk.  Fellow podcaster Meliabella from His and Hers podcast walked for charity on September 25th.  Sheila will be mailing her donated prize of Wollmeise to a lucky winner.  If you donated, thank you.

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!

Stitched by Jessalu is still holding her Summer Fun Photo Contest!  You can enter one photo of your bag with a landmark of historical significane or pop culture significance per month.  You get a 10% off code just for entering and you could win a $25 off prize at the end of the month!!!  You can get more info on the rules HERE.  You can post your contest photos HERE.  Everyone is vacationing around now, why not travel with your bags and win a prize???

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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