July 17, 2016

Episode 124 | aloha



It's been almost two months exactly, since I recorded what I thought would be the very last episode of Snappy Stitches.

We're here, so clearly it wasn't actually the last.

Over the last two months, I've been blogging and vlogging over at mamaloveswool.com, and it has actually been really great for me, but I've missed the podcast.

We're knitting here, spinning too. No reason that my goodbye can't be turned into an aloha after the fact, right?

I wanted to sit down and chat with you today, so I did. Aloha.










May 16, 2016

Episode 123

show notes | episode 123

Join me today for some discussion about my current works in progress, spinning, a little bit of design talk, and a review of the awesome DPN and Circular Needle Case from Della-Q!


And of course a little bit of talk about some newly acquired stash and a little bit of swatching!


April 29, 2016

Episode 122

show notes | episode 122

This week I took part in the Sweets Off The Wheel Ply Days, so I have lots of finished spinning to share, as well as some good knitting progress.  I also share a quick look at some goodies from another swap package and a HUGE birthday yarn haul!

Handspun!!

I wax poetic about my local library, mention the free shawl knitting workshop by Helen Stewart, and her accompanying free pattern, the Spindrift Shawl.

Speaking of shawls, I'm gearing up for the 5 Shawls in 5 Days Challenge with Aroha Knits - 5 days of mini shawl samples in different shapes!  I'm currently working on the Aroha Knits Initiate Knit Design Challenge. Follow along on instagram with the hashtag #initateknitdesign.

spinning

Ply Days | Sweets Off The Wheel

Hedgehog Fibres | Merino/Silk/Flax | combed top
Into The Whirled Superwash Merino | Godric's Hollow | January 2016 Classic Club Colorway
Sweet Georgia Yarns | Miscellaneous Fibers/Colors | Combo Spin | Traditional 3 Ply

wips

Fledgling Featherweight | Hannah Fettig | Knitbot
Manos Del Uruguay | Marina | Ciruela Colorway

Baby Tea Leaves | Melissa LaBarre | Madelinetosh Pashmina (sport) | Caligraphy Colorway

community

Helen Stewart | Spindrift Shawl | Sign Up Here | Curious Handmade Podcast
Aroha Knits | 5 Shawls 5 Days |  Initiate Knit Design Challenge (keep an eye here for future enrollments, currently closed)  #initiateknitdesign

goodies

Little Red Bicycle | Falkland Sock | Spring Sorbet | this yarn company is no longer in business
Knitpicks Imagination | Pixie Dust | Merino, Alpaca, Nylon Sock Yarn
Ancient Arts Yarns | Reinvent | Where The Coho Go
Ancient Arts Yarns | Merino/Cashmere/Nylon | Eiffel Tower | Fog Warning | All The Secret Places
Sweet Georgia Yarns | CashLuxe Fine | Wisteria


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April 20, 2016

Episode 121

show notes | episode 121


I grabbed a little bit of time in the evening to record this week while the rest of the family was out for a walk.  I'm not used to recording at this time of day, so my white balance is waaaay off! Sorry.



I have works in progress, a finished object and quite a bit of spinning.  I also take a closer look at Marina, a beautiful lace weight single from Manos Del Uruguay (tune into the WIPs segment for all the details).

I mention my current two favourite video podcasts, Two Tangled Skeins and Make Things Club.

spinning

I show you a combo spin I've been working on out of some bits and pieces of Sweet Georgia fiber in various fibers and colourways.  I'm saving it to ply during the next Sweets Off The Wheel Ply Days, coming up this weekend.


 I've just started on the Hedgehog Fibres Merino/Silk/Flax blend, and I talk about how I'm prepping this one for the most pleasant spinning experience.


This time I opted to cross lace the Hansen Mini Spinner Lace Flyer for super light take-up.


My end goal for this one is to make a 2-ply lace weight yarn and knit up a little summer lace shawl.

wips + review

I'm working on the Fledgling Featherweight by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot, out of Manos Del Uruguay Marina in the Ciruela colourway and loving it! We take a closer look at Manos Marina, a lovely lace weight single yarn, made from superwash merino wool.


I'm using a 3.35 mm (US 3) 24" Knitter's Pride Dreamz fixed circular needle.  The colour of the blue needle and the Ciruela colourway are so pretty to look at together!



I mentioned a giveaway that Manos Del Uruguay is running, here's the link to enter.

Thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and Manos Del Uruguay for providing this skein of Marina for me to take a look at and share with you!


It is a really nice yarn and like I said on the show, I'm already planning out a Featherweight using Marina for myself.

fo

I finished my handspun corriedale socks! This was from yarn I received in the Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club in September 2015, and spun it up during Spinzilla 2015 (it was actually the only thing I spun, thanks to being 39.5 weeks pregnant at the time.

The socks were knit on 3mm needles, toe up, using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  Seriously, why don't I knit heavier weight socks more often? I love them!

Looking for links to the Sewn Bind Off or Miraculous Elastic Bind Off?

goodies

I briefly show what I received in the Wish You Were Here Swap from Sarah, so I skipped this segment this time.  Sarah included some pretty local to her yarn from the Periwinkle Sheep!  I mentioned the Striped Cowl, which is a free pattern by Matilde Skår.


Don't worry, it'll be back again next time...I already have some bright happy sock yarn to show you!

in the kitch'

We talk marshmallows this week!!  I found this recipe from The Kitchn and followed it exactly for perfect results.


Next time I'm going to try to swirl in some blackberry jam!

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April 3, 2016

Episode 120

show notes | episode 120  


This week, I finished my Moon Shawl using the kit from Skeino, and do a review of the kit.  I flash some Easter sewing I did for the kids, show the crazy progress I've made on my handspun socks, and we talk yogurt!  

Did I mention I've also been dyeing?!  It's been a while since I've done much dyeing since it's much more challenging with the kids around, but I carved out a little time for it this weekend.


Cheviot Combed Top | I've been playing with the dye pots again!

I hope everyone is having a great spring so far! I can't wait to start planning some warm weather projects.  I see lots of socks in my future!  
  
spinning

Nothing! I did dye up some spinning fiber though!

wips


Handspun socks | Spunky Eclectic September 2015 Club colourway | 2 strands of chain plyed yarn held together.

fo + review


My official FO is the lovely, fluffy Moon Shawl from Skeino.

I also show some finished sewing I did for my kiddos for Easter. I used this pattern from Melly Sews and whipped up a couple of cute little bunnies out of some scrap fabric I had on hand. You can get the pattern for free if you sign up for her newsletter.

in the kitch'


Substituting yogurt in cakes | Dorie Greenspan's Mediterranean Yogurt Cake

goodies


Into The Whirled February 2016 Classic Club Fiber | Falkland | '24 1/2th Century'
Into The Whirled March 2016 Classic Club Fiber | BFL | Madame Vastra
Spunky Eclectic February 2016 Fibre Club | Farmer's BFL | Aspens

tunes


Royalty free music courtesy of Bensound
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March 24, 2016

Episode 119

show notes | episode 119 

 

Look for a new episode next Friday!

 
I recap DAY TWO of Fibres West, and talk about a new project, a finished object, deviating from my usual stretchy bind off in favour of EZ's Sewn Bind Off, and way more goodies than anyone should acquire in the span of 2 hours.  Plus, I snag something I've been thinking about since I first saw it at Knit City last fall!

Goodies!!

You'll also want to tune in for a review on Ancient Arts Yarns' new base, Reinvent!

Clicking through my affiliate links is always much appreciated.  As well, if you purchase something after hearing about it on the show, please mention that you heard about it here! 
 



spinning


Into The Whirled | December 2015 Fiber Club | Superwash Merino | FINISHED SINGLES!!

wips


Skeino | Moon Shawl | Don't forget we have a coupon code!  Find it here (good until May 1, 2016).  Keep an eye out for a review of this kit next week!

fo + a review


I finished a pair of Fish Lips Kiss Heel socks and did a review on the lovely yarn I used, Ancient Arts Reinvent (in the Kismet colourway)!   Ancient Arts | Reinvent | more info on this base.
 

in the kitch'


Pick a perfect pear | The Kitchn

goodies


Fibres West DAY TWO | Chaotic Fibres | Kinfolk Yarn + Fibre | Penelope Fibre Arts | Sweet Spun | Valley Yarns | Northbound Knitting (NBK) | Sweetheart Socks

tunes


Royalty free music courtesy of Bensound
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