Sunday, November 16, 2014

Episode 184: A Big Goose Egg

This week it's one Big Goose Egg:  I forgot the title again and Sheila has a big goose egg on her forehead.  WIPs include the Sheila's Bookend Monsters and the felted purse that will not felt, and Wendy's broken stripe socks and crocheted snowflakes.  FOs include the Duotone Cowl, more snowflakes, 1 broken stripe sock and another pair of Seeta mitts.  Baubles and Bling include self-striping sock yarn from Tumbleweed Yarns.  We draw a winner for the Aila Grace PDF pattern, announce a new contest featuring two new designs from KaRi Wymer.  We also update what's happening with the shawls from our summer charity contest!


KAL/CAL:  We opened a November 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!  A winner will be drawn at the end of November.  Please note that we will be skipping the December KAL and starting with new themed KALs in January 2015.

We are hosting a contest to win the Lake Avenue Cowl or the Lake Effect Wrap patterns by KaRi Wymer (aka CoggieTM from The High Fiber Diet.  A winner will be drawn in Episode 186.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Snowflakes by Sally V. George.  The patterns iincludes10 free snowflake patterns grouped together.  Crocheted in mercerized cotton on a US 6/1.80 mm crochet hook.

Saltonstall Striped Socks improvised by me in Cherry Tree Hill Fingerpaints Superwash Silk Fingering in the Mountain Moss colorway.  I used the stitch count and stripe spacing in Pin Striped Socks by Julia Swart, but the sock pattern has been very heavily modified (changed to toe-up, used a short-row heel, changed the slip stitch method and design).  My mods are detailed on the project page.  Also, this yarn was sold to me by DBNY at the Fiber Festival of New England as "self-striping" but it's just variegated.

Sheila is working on:

Monster Bookends by Rebecca Danger in scrap worsted weight.

An improvised felted purse in scrap worsted weight (which she had to restart because some of the yarn was superwash).

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One Saltonstall Striped sock.

Snowflakes by Sally V. George (Snowflakes 1-4).

Seeta Fingerless Gloves by Maria Sheherazade in String Theory Yarn Caper sock in the Bye Bye Blues colorway (from a Loopy Ewe Sock Club consolation kit).

Sheila finished:

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.  She is calling it "fake" duotone because she is using sKNITches Syncopation self-striping sock yarn in the Zoot Suit colorway.

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week.

Future Dates:

Wendy needs to finish up some WIPs.  Sheila plans to knit the Spring Cable sock in Wollmeise yarn.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Tumbleweed Yarn self-striping yarn in the Sugar Skulls colorway.

Gossip & Innuendo:


You can win a PDF copy of A Head for Trouble by Julie Turjomen, published by Cooperative Press by posting in our contest thread in our Rav group!  Just tell us which hat you'd choose and why.  A winner will be drawn in Episode 185 (next week).

We are also holding a contest for two pattern by KaRi Wymer (links above in Shout-Outs).  Just tell us in the contest thread what color yarn you would use for these fabulous patterns.  2 winners will be drawn (one for each pattern) in Episode 186.


A winner was drawn for the Aila Grace pattern!

Also, we talked about where all the charity shawls went from this summer's contest!  And if you want to donate some hats and scarves during the holiday season, you can send them to the following address:

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

Your donations will be given by Lise to the Hope for Kids charity in western Mass.  This program was started by a former police officer and his family, and they offer assistance to families in need at homeless shelters.

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