Saturday, August 9, 2014

Episode 171: Just Go Without Me!

This week we draw prize winners for 3 contests and announce a new pattern giveaway. We still have two KALs and a PDF book giveaway, so go to the group for all the contests! WIPs include the Deathflake Mittens and Sheila's cowl and improvised sock. FOs include the Little Scallops hat and Mystik Spiral socks. The Saga of the Sh*t Vinyl concludes with Wendy getting her new floors at last.


KAL/CAL:  We are hosting a Stash Busting KAL/CAL for the month of August.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the August Stash Busters Thread and get that stash under control!  A winner will be drawn at the end of the month.

We are also hosting a Donate a Shawl Charity KAL/CAL.  Check out all the awesome prizes we have in our contest thread on Ravelry.

We are running a contest to win a copy of the Mystic Shawls PDF from Cooperative Press as a part of our series of reviews.

Big thanks to a kind viewer who is donating a skein of yarn as an additional prize for the Shawl Chairty

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

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

Rita the Rabbit by Lydia Tresselt in Caron Simply Soft Light

Deathflake Mittens by Sissel KB, using her warm/cool color experiment in Portfiber Polwarth (4oz) in the Prickly Pear color way

Sheila is working on:

City Creek Cowl by Susan Lawrence in Madelinetosh Vintage

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

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Little Scallops in Plymouth Encore

Sheila finished:

One vanilla sock and one Mystik Spiral Sock in SKnitches Syncopated Sock in the Seriously? colorway.

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy is currently spinning:

Frabjous Fibers in the Breeze colorway and Into The Whirled in the Take it to the Bridge colorway (by spinning them randomly together).

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to knit a baby present. Wendy needs to finish all of her WIPs and maybe have a little Frog It or Finish It session.

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila received:

Knittingsmybag notions pouch, which is large enough to hold a sock project!

Wendy purchased:

A Tervis straw lid.

Wendy and Sheila received the Banbury Woods Cowl pattern by Sara Mims

Gossip & Innuendo:

New Pattern Contest!  Win a copy of the Went A Courtin' Cowl by KaRi Wymer of the The High Fiber Diet audio podcast.  Just post in the contest thread in the group and tell us what yarn you would use to knit this lacy, textured cowl.

Charity Comfort Shawl KAL/CAL:  This is a new contest organized by our friend Lise from Webs! She organizes donated comfort shawls for people in her church community, but she has recently lost a few of her helpers.  If you donate hand knitted or crocheted shawls to her effort, you can be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to Webs (one prize will be drawn), a skein of Webs anniversary yarn custom dyed by Lorna's Laces yarn (two prizes will be drawn), a pattern of your choice from KNitDesigns, or a skein of Wollmeise donated by our amazing viewer, Katluvz2knit, or a bag, yarn and stitch markers donated by the lovely Samantha Boggia of Knitrundig!

The contest will run until August 31, 2014.  Shawls should be sent to:

Webs Warehouse
ATTN:  Lise Gill
6 Industrial Parkway
Easthampton, MA 01027

(Note:  The earlier address will still work, but this is the much more direct mailing address which Wendy should have used the first time.  Oops!)

You can knit or crochet shawls specifically for this charity event OR go through your stash and give away some shawls to a good home.  There is no specific fiber content required - they can be machine washable or handwash only.  There is no specific pattern or size.  Lise will make sure your donations go to people in nursing homes, hospice care, new mothers or other people that need a comfort shawl.

You may post a picture of your donation (one picture per shawl - make sure to post them separately to get multiple chances at the prize) in our Contest Thread.

We drew 3 prizes this week!  Contact Sheila if you are one of the winners!

Upcoming fiber events in our area:

Fiber Revival at Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, MA 8/9/14.  Wendy attended this event.

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.

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