Monday, April 13, 2015

Episode 204: In Which Wendy is Forgetful

WIPs this week include Sheila's vanilla Patons sock, Wendy's Jeck socks, Hitofude and Retiarius cowl. FOs this week include Wendy's No Purl Monkeys and one Jeck sock. Baubles and Bling include a custom Stitched by Jessalu bag and the Handbrake Cowl. We also review Defarge Does Shakespeare, a new Cooperative Press book. We have a couple of new contests, so check them out!


April KAL/CAL:  Patterns for the home, like afghans, doilies, washcloths, pillows, or something else useful!  We will draw a winner in May.

Shout Outs:

We reviewed Cooperative Press's Defarge Does Shakespeare.

We announce a giveaway contest of Yummy Smells from Dyeabolical Yarns.  Since Wendy forgot to make a thread, we will be running this contest an extra week.

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jeck by Regina Satta in Patons Kroy, Meadow Stripes colorway

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla cuff down sock in Patons, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Knitpicks Felici (Sorbet colorway)

One Jeck sock

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy shows how she framed several cross stitch projects.

Future Dates:

Wendy still has to finish Hitofude before she can start her Rhinebeck Sweater.

Sheila will probably knit socks or Bonbon by Susan Claudino

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Stitched By Jessalu custom bag for the Travel Kate

Handbrake by Kay F. Jones of the Bakery Bears, which benefits cancer research.  Gifted to us by Thirdcookie

Gossip & Innuendo:


Want to win some yummy smells from Dyeabolical Yarn?  We are giving away two sets of perfume and soap!  Just tells us which bath and body products are your favorites from the Dyeabolical shop, and you could win some Dreamsicle soap and two perfume scents - Sandalwood Vanilla and That's Nice (What Is It?).  We will choose two winners in Episode 206 - because I forgot to do a contest thread last week.

BOOK REVIEW:  Defarge Does Shakespeare

This book imagines what Madame Defarge would knit if inspired by Shakespeare.  This is a beautifully photographed book with tons of patterns.  There is an experience level assigned to each pattern so that you can determine how difficult it would be.  One of the best things about this book is the sheer breadth of the types of patterns shown.  There are the usual socks, shawls, gloves/mittens and sweaters, but there is also a darling tea cozy pattern, as well as some necklaces and collars, a book mark and even a felted bowl.  There are also two cute patterns for kids!  This book will definitely have something for every knitter, and the text alongside each pattern describing the inspiration is fun to read.

We will be giving away a copy of this awesome PDF book in Episode 206.  Tell us in the contest thread which pattern is your favorite!

2015 Fiber Events

Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015

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