Sunday, January 17, 2016

Episode 235: Fresh Out of Titles

This week we resume our series of Cooperative Press Reviews with A review of Cast Iron Cast On. WIPs include Cache Cache cowl, Jeck socks, and vanilla Toe-up socks. FO this week was the Kebnekaise socks in BMFA mill ends. Featured Baubles and Bling include a present from 4KittiesHaveI, This Way That Way sock pattern from Mommasee and a Christmas themed bag from Knittingsmybag.


Shout Outs:

Jan/Feb KAL/CAL will be to finish works in progress!  Get those old projects off the needles and start the new year off right.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.  More details in the Ravelry group.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jeck Sock by Regina Satta in Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce base, Lucky Cat colorway.

Cache Cache Cowl by Kiki Kawaii in Into the Whirled Manchester sock cashmere/merino/nylon yarn, Double Rainbow colorway

Sheila is working on:

Vanilla toe-up socks in a BMFA Mill End

Gradient mitts to match her gradient cowl and hat.

Edison Shawl by Lynn Di Cristina in Blue Moon Fiber Arts, String Theory Fiber Arts and Handmaiden Casbah.

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Kebnekaise Socks by Frida Ã…berg in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock mill end.

Whirlwind Romance:


Future Dates:

Sheila will knit socks.

Wendy will knit mittens for her daughter and the Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer

Baubles & Bling:

We both received:

Present from viewer 4KittiesHaveI.  Thanks, Melanie!!

Wendy purchased:

Project Bag from Knittingsmybag

Wendy received:

This Way That Way Socks by Mina Phillips

Gossip & Innuendo:


This week we reviewed Cast Iron, Cast On:  Cooking Through the Seasons by Becky Herrick and Calley Hastings, published by Cooperative Press.  This book is available for purchase in book and pdf format at Amazon and on Ravelry.

We both really liked the unique concept of mixing seasonal knitting patterns with seasonal recipes.  You might knit a few of the patterns once in a knitting book, but recipes can be used again and again each time you cook.  The food photography was very well done and the recipes sound delicious (we were both interested in the goat cheese stuffed burger).

We also liked the variety of knitting projects in this book.  Each pattern lists the skills you will need, making it ideal for knitters of any skill level.  The range of projects was good, from small items like mitts or a hat, all the way up to sweaters.  There is definitely something for every knitter to like in this book.  We particularly liked the Puncia shawl, which is simple but beautiful.  The garment patterns in this book all seemed well suited to a range of body shapes and sizes, which is always a plus!  We just wished there were more detailed photographs of some of the projects, particularly where there were unique details, like the thumb holes in the Cervus sweater.  Fortunately for Ravelry users, there are great pictures of all the projects on the Ravelry pattern page so if you want to see more photos or detail shots, you can check them out there.

We would recommend this book for anyone who likes to cook, and for knitters of any skill level.

If you would like to win a pdf copy of this book, tell us which month you liked best for patterns and recipes in our contest thread!  Winner will be chosen in Episode 237.

Fiber Events

NETA Spa Weekend Feb 26-28, Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown, Freeport, ME

Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA

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