December 5, 2016

Episode 134 | WIP Central

This week I welcome you into my living room and chat about my knitting. We set up the tree over the weekend, and snow was falling outside while I recorded. It's definitely feeling like winter around here.

Teas (from David's Tea)
Snow Day
Coffee Cake

Entrechat by Lisa Chemery
Fledgling Featherweight by Hannah Fettig in Manos Del Uruguay Marino in Ciruela

Silverfox by Lisa Chemery
Yellowtail by Taiga Hilliard
Monkey socks by Cookie A (Flock Fibre Studio Take a Hike Sock in Naughty Or Nice)

I mentioned Wee Fox by Sharon Ojala and Susan B Anderson's Wee Ones Craftsy class.

Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2016

Future WIPs
Baby Humpback Whale Crochet Pattern I'm using the same yarn as the designer for the blue one and Loops and Threads Impeccable for the secondary yarn on the pink one.

Denim Whale Tutorial - so CUTE!!! And there is a template for it, I just didn't find it at the page I visited before. Definitely making one now!

November 28, 2016

Episode 133 | Christmas Socks!!!

I draw for a winner of the Flock Fibre Studio yarn - Naughty Or Nice on the Take a Hike base.  It's heading down to Sarah in Minnesota (Cibola won with post #93)!

I've started on my Christmas socks already - a pair of Monkey socks out of the same colourway as the giveaway yarn - Naughty or Nice.

As of Monday morning, they still have Gingerbread listed!! And a coupon code listed on their etsy shop homepage that's good until the end of the day.

I continue to progress (although a little bit slowly) on the Yellow Tail shawl by Taiga Hilliard, using Caterpillar Green XL skein of Shorn This Way. Hoping to get it done before I start on the Buccaneer shawl.

Have you checked out the Indie Design Gift-a-Long?  Some great designs, and major prizes being given away in the KAL threads.  The discounts end at the end of the day on November 30th, but the KAL goes until the end of the year, so it's definitely not too late!

You can find my designs here.

Next show, I'll show you my new bulky weight shawl design as well as a new hat design. I'm hoping to release them before the end of the year.  

I haven't done any spinning in the last 2 weeks, but I did show off the November 2016 Nest Fiber Club!  It's polwarth and surprisingly reminiscent of the Flock Fibre Studio Gingerbread colourway.  

Time to get out the holiday movies and knit way December!

November 14, 2016

Episode 132 | False Starts + Crazy Progress + GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway from Flock Fibre Studio for your very own skein of Take A Hike Sock in Naughty or Nice!  Enter before the end of the day on Sunday, November 27, 2016. All the details are in the Snappy Stitches Ravelry group here!  

You could be unwrapping your very own skein in time for the holidays!

Nikki and Kim, the dyers behind Calgary, Alberta’s Flock Fibre Studio have very generously donated a skein of this sock yarn for one lucky winner!

Tilbury Mittens - coming soon.

Flock Fibre Studio - specifically, I mentioned Take a Hike Sock in Cold Snap, Gingerbread, Naughty or Nice, Princess Tiger Cub

Yellow Tail by Taiga Hilliard
Stopover by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Buccaneer by Justyna Lorkowska

Sweet Georgia BFL Spectra 6 Pack from the Spinzilla goodie bag.

Uli's stitch marker from Knitter's Nook
Hiya Hiya Sharps
Knitter's Pride Nova Platinas

October 21, 2016

Episode 131 | Woolly Wool Wool + Giveaway Winners!!

Winners of the Kinfolk Yarn & Fiber giveaway announced!!  Thank you to Kislan for this awesome giveaway and to everyone who entered! If you were a winner, please send your mailing address to Kylan on Ravelry.

I'm currently working on the Stopover pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone using Lettlopi.

Review: Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine DK.

I have two pretty skeins in the teal colourway. Some of my pattern suggestions for this yarn:

Burnaby Hat by Brooklyn Tweed
Hirombe Hat by Brooklyn Tweed
Laurel Hat by Brooklyn Tweed
High Pines Cowl by Brooklyn Tweed

Pond Hopping Fingerless Gloves by Alicia Plummer
Pond Hopper Hat by Alicia Plummer

Just in case anyone is interested, my new leggings are from Sweet Legs.

October 14, 2016

Episode 130 | Fit, Sweater Knitting + Spinzilla 2016 Recap

I talk about working on getting sweaters and clothes in general to fit, as well and starting a new sweater knit, and a Spinzilla 2016 recap!

It's not too late to enter into the huge giveaway by Kinfolk Yarn & Fibre! You can find more information on how to win on the Snappy Stitches Ravelry group - specifically, this thread and this thread.  The giveaway closes October 17, 2017 and all of the specifics are in the entry threads.

I've started knitting the Stopover Pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone, and I'm fiddling with the sizing so I can have a truly custom sweater.

It's been a few years since I've sewn any garments (I popped in a slideshow of some of the garments I've made myself), but I'm planning to get back to it so I can have some clothes that fit me.

I mention Amy Herzog's first Craftsy class, Knit to Flatter, which has great information on measuring yourself.  Amy's site, Custom Fit, also has great (and free!!) info on taking your measurements, as does her book, Knit to Flatter.

Interested in finding out more about Spinzilla?  I'd strongly recommend participating if you're a spinner!  Keep an eye out for spinner registration next Aug/Sept.

I gush about the Northbound Knitting Fiber Club and show off the September shipment as well as the October shipment of the Nest fiber club. I am kicking myself for not signing up for the Oct-Dec club from NBK.

Most of the fiber I spun during Spinzilla this year was from Custom Woolen Mills (4 pounds to be exact!), but I did spin 1 braid of superwash merino/nylon in the Tea Leaves colourway from Sweet Georgia. I'm not sure they're dyeing this colourway anymore though, because it was a special colourway for Spinzilla this year.  The roving I spun was Rambouillet, Hampshire, and Texel. The Texel was my favourite by far. It's going to make an awesome sweater.

My total yardage (which I think I forgot to mention in the podcast) was 10,858 yards!! Better than my stretch goal of 10,000 yards!

After Spinzilla I plied up the superwash merino/nylon singles in the Cousteau colourway from Kinfolk Yarn & Fiber.

The Yellow Roses shawl by Clothesline Designs has been released, and during the months of October and November 2016, 75% of the proceeds will be donated to Mind, a mental health charity in the UK.

October 3, 2016

Episode 129

On today's show I recap my Knit City 2016 experience, including talks by Ysolda Teague and Stephanie Pearl McPhee, aka the Yarn Harlot!

We also kick off a huge giveaway by Kinfolk Yarn & Fibre! You could win one of these beauties!!! -

Kinfolk Yarn & Fibre Snappy Stitches Giveaway

You can find more information on how to win on the Snappy Stitches Ravelry group - specifically, this thread and this thread.

The giveaway closes October 17, 2017 and all of the specifics are in the entry threads.

Knitting -

I'm continuing to work on my Sandpiper rectangular shawl out of Kraemer Yarns Sophia (lots of details on Episode 128), pattern to be released fairly soon.

I frogged the lace shawl out of Sweet Georgia Yarns CashLuxe Fine, Wisteria colourway. I'm going to cast on for something else fairly soon!

Knit City -

I saw Ysolda's talk on Every Body is Knit Worthy on Friday night, which really got me thinking more about sizing and my feelings attached to it. On Saturday night, I went to the talk by Stephanie Pearl McPhee, aka the Yarn Harlot. It was great! She was hilarious. Here's an article about it by the cbc.

I wore my Nordic Wind Shawl by Cabin Four out of Lettlopi on Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday evening. It was the perfect knitwear for me for the weekend. Super warm - doubling as a jacket almost!

I got tons of goodies from Knit City and talked about these companies/people in particular -

Ysolda Teague
Stephanie Pearl McPhee aka the Yarn Harlot
Sweet Georgia Yarns
Julie Asselin
Sweet Fiber
Soft Sweater aka Sylvia McFadden
Tin Can Knits
Baaad Anna's Yarn Shop in East Van
Wet Coast Wools in Kitsilano
Wet Coast Wools Videocast with Glenda and Bernadette
Yarn Ink
Ancient Arts Yarns
Sea Turtle Yarns
Josee Paquin, Knitwear Designer
YOTH (yarn on the house)

I grabbed lunch from the Culver City Salads food truck - noodles, salad, creamy ginger dressing and a kombucha to drink. Delicious!