Monday, September 22, 2014

Episode 177: Talk Like A Pirate Birthday

It's Sheila's Birthday! WIPs this week include Sheila's fake Duotone Cowl and cotton baby blanket, and Wendy's fish hat and Striped Chevron blanket. No FOs, but Sheila shows off her baubles and bling including some yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks and her presents from Wendy. We review Sock Architecture from Cooperative Press and introduce the latest pattern by KaRi Wymer of the High Fiber Diet Podcast.


KAL/CAL:  We opened a September/October combined Stash Busters thread.  Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the thread and get that stash under control!  Two winners will be drawn at the end of October.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Fish Hat by Thelma Egberts (free on Rav) in Araucania Nature Wool and Cascade 220.

Spicy Chevron Blanket by Patons (free on Rav), heavily modified, in Loops and Thread Impeccable (Michael's Store Brand yarn).

Sheila is working on:

Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand in kitchen cotton.

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.  She is calling it "fake" duotone because she is using Sknitches self-striping sock yarn.

Rate Your Date:

Nothing this week

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week.

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to make fingerless mitts from some Woolen Rabbit yarn in her stash.  Wendy has no plans.

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila purchased:

Desert Vista Dyeworks sport weight yarn in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.  She will use the yarn for a special RB KAL with her housemates.

Sheila received:

Paul the Mushroom Boy (crocheted by Wendy) and a phlebotomy-themed necklace from BagEnd Treasures on Etsy.

Gossip & Innuendo:

Book Review:

This week we reviewed Sock Architecture by Laura Neel, published by Cooperative Press.  This book is an amazing sock knitting resource!  The book starts out with an interesting sock construction history and helps you measure your foot for the best fit.  There are both toe-up and top-down options described, both with a number of different toes and heels to use.  There are helpful organizational charts to give you the various features of the heel options and help you select the one that works best for you (Wendy would choose the laziest option!).  The book is simply loaded with the tools you would need to knit the perfect sock, and all of the techniques and modifications are detailed so that you can use these skills on every sock that you knit.  On top of that, the book has 17 patterns included, all using the techniques that are described in the book.  Both Wendy and Sheila loved this book.  We think any level of knitter could use it, although we both thought it might be a little overwhelming for a new knitter due to all of the techniques and options.

We will be giving away a PDF copy of this book.  Just let us know which sock pattern you would choose in the contest thread in our group!


This week, we introduced Mixing the Grape and the Grain by KaRi Waymer (Coggie of the High Fiber Diet audio podcast.  This unique shawl design incorporates a crocheted edging with a knit shawl body!  If you want to win a copy of this pattern, enter the contest thread in our group and tell us what yarn you would knit and crochet this in!


Knittingsmybag Rhinebeck Contest! 25 lucky people can win a $5 coupon for the Knittingsmybag Store if you see her at Rhinebeck and show her your Knittingsmybag bag.  She will probably be with us, so don't miss out!!

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY 9/27-9/28/14.  We do not plan on attending, but Stitched by Jessalu will be selling bags there!  Get 'em while they're hot!

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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