Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Episode 231: Baa Baa Baa-ble

This week's LONG episode continues our ongoing series of reviews from Cooperative Press with Spilly Jane Knits Mittens. This week's WIPs include a Baa-Ble hat, Rhinebeck cowl, Gradient Hat and vanilla toe-up socks. FOs include more Baa-ble hats and the Jackyll and Hyde face mask. Featured baubles and bling include the patterns Color Tracks and amigurami Owl. We also feature the Hand Knit Gift Wraps book and draw a winner of the River Ganseys e-book!


October and November KAL/CAL:  Hats.  Let's all get ready for winter!

BONUS Baa-ble Hat KAL:  Knit Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith along with us!  You can enter it both in this thread and the general hat thread!

Shout Outs:

This week we are featuring the book Hand Knitted Gift Wraps by Deborah Tomasello as well as reviewing Spilly Jane Knits Mittens by Spilly Jane (See Gossip & Innuendo for the full review).  We will be giving away copies of both in Episode 233, so don't forget to post in the contest thread in our Ravelry group!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Rhinebeck Cowl (personal design) in Into the Whirled sock yarn with a paintbox gradient set from Fiber Optic Yarns.

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith from stash yarns.

Sheila is working on:

A Gradient Hat based on Gradient Wrap Cowl by Elizabeth Smith

Vanilla toe up socks.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith from stash yarns.

Sheila finished:

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith from stash yarns.

Jackyll and Hyde by Saskia de Feijter in stash yarns

Whirlwind Romance:


Future Dates:

Wendy will knit a pair of socks with some White Birch Yarns in "You Know Nothing, John Snow."  Sheila will knit socks, hats and some new slippers.

Baubles & Bling:

Color Tracks by Mel-Tran Designs

York the Owl by Tahlia Fernandez

Gossip & Innuendo:

BOOK REVIEW:  This week, we reviewed Spilly Jane Knits Mittens by Spilly Jane, published by Cooperative Press.  Both Sheila and Wendy think this would be a great book for experienced knitters and newer knitters who want to start knitting colorwork mittens.  The book starts out with some good tutorial sections on thumb options, yarn choices, and color work tension, and all of the patterns can be knit using dpns or circular needles, depending on preference.  The patterns themselves vary from simple stripes all the way up to intricate charted designs with multiple colors.  At the end of the book, there is also a blank graph so that you can create your own colorwork designs.  There is definitely something for every mitten knitter in this book!  It would make a great Christmas gift, or a great book to make mittens for Christmas gifts.

If you would like to win a copy of this book, go to our Ravelry group contest thread and tell us which pattern is your favorite!  We will draw a winner in Episode 233.


If you'd like to win a copy of Deborah Tomasello's Hand Knitted Gift Wraps, check our the contest thread in our group and tell us which gift wrap option you would knit.

Also, this week we drew a winner of the River Ganseys book!

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