Friday, January 25, 2013

Episode 96: I Heart Jean-Luc

SHOW NOTES

Current KAL

Knitpurlgurl Memorial KAL continues through the end of January.  The thread will be closed on Feb. 1, and two prizes will be drawn on our next episode.  You can find more information HERE.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Little Batty (new design by Wendy) in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, Rook-y color way, US6/4mm needle. 

Aquaphobia Socks by Crystal Flanagan (free on Rav) in Into The Whirled sock, Muse colorway, US2/2.75mm needles.

Shipwreck Shawl by Knitting Harpy (free from Knitty). Spirit Trail Fiberworks Clotho lace in the Ancient Stones color way, 8/0 Miyuki Glass seed beads in Lime Lined Crystal.

Voodoo You Love Me Doll by Susan Claudino ($5 on Rav).  Wendy is reverse engineering it to save money, but you shouldn't judge the original pattern by Wendy's home-brewed version!  The original is very cute.

Rate Your Date:

Nothing this week.

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy is spinning:

Dyeabolical Yarns Portuguese Merino in the Flower Shop Inferno color way.

Future Dates:

Wendy will knit:

Lacuna by Angeleah McGarrah ($5 on Rav).

In The Pink by Izzy Knits (free on Ravelry).

Baubles & Bling:

Into The Whirled  December Club Colorway called In The Wood on Masham

Into The Whirled  January Club Colorway called Sterrenacht on English Shetland

Gossip & Innuendo:

Stitched by Jessalu Giveaway!!! We drew the winner.  We also announced that Jessalu will be featuring two all-new fabrics in her shop in two weeks - a Downton Abbey theme and a Big Bang Theory theme.  It was fun to read everyone's dream fabric.  Hopefully, Jessalu will be inspired by some of your comments!

Lacuna Shawl Giveaway We are giving away the original Lacuna sample shawl and two patterns next week.  Follow the link above for more information.

Spa Knit and Spin Retreat in Freeport, Maine, February 1-3 by the New England Textile Arts Network. Wendy (and possibly Sheila) will be there with some friends to check out the marketplace on 2/2 (Saturday). We will post a thread in the group closer to the date for those who want to try and meet up to say hello and get a button. 

North Shore Yarn Crawl 2013 March 14-17 at various yarn stores on the North Shore of Massachusetts. We probably won’t attend, but it is a fun day of yarn shopping with store event discounts and lots of chances to win drawing prizes. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Episode 95: Now With More Mojo

SHOW NOTES

Current KAL

Knitpurlgurl Memorial KAL continues through the end of January.  You can find more information HERE.

On The Dance Card:


Sheila is working on:

Generic Toe-Up Sock with short row heel in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Medium weight in one of the Rare Gems colorways, gifted to her by Diane from Knitabulls, US 1.5/2.5mm needles.

Head Band in Alaska by DROPS Design in Good Karma Yarn worsted yarn, on US 7/4.5mm needles.

Wendy is working on:

Little Batty (new design by Wendy) in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, Rook-y color way, US6/4mm needle. 

Aquaphobia Socks by Crystal Flanagan in Into The Whirled sock, Muse colorway, US2/2.75mm needles.


Shipwreck Shawl by Knitting Harpy (free from Knitty). Spirit Trail Fiberworks Clotho lace in the Ancient Stones color way, 8/0 Miyuki Glass seed beads in Lime Lined Crystal.

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho in Good Karma Yarn worsted weight on US 8/5mm needles.

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert in Gypsy Girl Creations Transitions yarn, the Mountain Home colorway.  US8/5mm needles.

Wendy finished:

Wurm by Katharina Nopp in Dream in Color Smooshy, Midnight Derby and Leprechaun (leftovers from my Suki shawl).   US4/3.5mm needles.

Felted Entrelac Clutch by Meg White in Universal Yarns Poems.

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy is spinning:

Dyeabolical Yarns Portuguese Merino in the Flower Shop Inferno color way.

Future Dates:

Wendy will knit:

In The Pink by Izzy Knits (free on Ravelry).

Baubles & Bling: Rachel of Dyeabolical Yarns sent us some of her new soap line!

Gossip & Innuendo:

Stitched by Jessalu Giveaway!!! You can win any item of up to $25 in her new Big Cartel shop OR use your $25 towards a more expensive item in her shop, like a custom bag or one of her awesome custom designed prints! You will find all the details in the contest thread in our group (linked above).


Spa Knit and Spin Retreat in Freeport, Maine, February 1-3 by the New England Textile Arts Network. Wendy (and possibly Sheila) will be there with some friends to check out the marketplace on 2/2 (Saturday). We will post a thread in the group closer to the date for those who want to try and meet up to say hello and get a button. 

North Shore Yarn Crawl 2013 March 14-17 at various yarn stores on the North Shore of Massachusetts. We probably won’t attend, but it is a fun day of yarn shopping with store event discounts and lots of chances to win drawing prizes. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Episode 94: The Cat Brigade


Show Notes

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Little Batty (new design by Wendy) in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, Rook-y color way, US6/4mm needle. 

Aquaphobia Socks by Crystal Flanagan in Into The Whirled sock, Muse colorway, US2/2.75mm needles.

Wurm by Katharina Nopp in Dream in Color Smooshy, Midnight Derby and Leprechaun (leftovers from my Suki shawl).   US4/3.5mm needles.

Sheila is working on:

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert in Gypsy Girl Creations Transitions yarn, the Mountain Home colorway.  US8/5mm needles.

Rate Your Date

Wendy completed:

Damask by Kitman Figueroa (gifted by CookieLadyKnits) in handspun Mad Color Fiber Arts Merino/Silk/Angora in the Bloody Hell colorway. 

Crosswords at the Coffee Shop by Karrie Steinmetz in Cascade Pastaza.  I completed this project earlier, but am trying a crocheted a crab stitch edge to prevent curling.  I will re-block to see if it makes it less curled. 

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy is spinning:

Dyeabolical Yarns Portuguese Merino in the Flower Shop Inferno color way. I split the braid in thirds lengthwise and will spin each third and then ply them together from the same end, to keep some of the color runs together. This should give me stripes that blend. I used the same method on my Captain Tightpants from ITW. 

Future Dates

Wendy will knit:

Shipwreck Shawl by Knitting Harpy (free from Knitty). Spirit Trail Fiberworks Clotho lace in the Ancient Stones color way, 8/0 Miyuki Glass seed beads in Lime Lined Crystal. Will be having a support KAL with Melissa - you can join in if you want to knit the project.

In The Pink by Izzy Knits (free on Ravelry).

Sheila will knit:

Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho (free on Ravelry).

Crushes and Heartbreaks

Awesome Note iPad App ($4.99 or lite version for free) 

Baubles & Bling

Into The Whirled December Club on Masham, Into The Wood colorway.

Thorn by Kitman Figueroa from jamlknitter

Talamh by Carol Feller from Bloomingknitter of Knitting Blooms Podcast

Breakwater by Cecily Glowik MacDonald from Meliabella of His and Hers Podcast

Cladonia by Kristen Kapur from Bellasocks 

Gossip & Innuendo

Spa Knit and Spin Retreat in Freeport, Maine, February 1-3 by the New England Textile Arts Network. Wendy (and possibly Sheila) will be there with some friends to check out the marketplace on 2/2 (Saturday). We will post a thread in the group closer to the date for those who want to try and meet up to say hello and get a button. 

North Shore Yarn Crawl 2013 March 14-17 at various yarn stores on the North Shore of Massachusetts. We probably won’t attend, but it is a fun day of yarn shopping with store event discounts and lots of chances to win drawing prizes.