August 19, 2016

Episode 126 | Shawls, Club Fiber, Design

Episode 126 | Show Notes | Shawls, Club Fiber, Design



I finally picked up a new knitting charting program, Stitch Mastery, to replace the free option I had been using, Stitch Fiddle Charting Software.  Stitch Fiddle was ok, but Stitch Mastery is AH-MAY-ZING!!  I also headed out to the library to grab a couple of design books, and talk about three knitwear design books on my wishlist.

I made huge progress on a braid of Superwash Merino/Nylon in the Cousteau colorway from Kinfolk Yarn & Fibre.  Just one bobbin left to go before I'm ready to start plying!  Stay tuned for more details on a huge giveaway that's going to be coming up near the beginning of October!

I won a new niddy noddy from the Plied Together Videocast with Annie, an awesome spinning (and knitting) podcast you should all be watching!

Spoilers for the August 2016 Nest Fiber Club and July 2016 Northbound Knitting Classic Fiber Club.

I also show off a beautiful braid of extra fine merino/bamboo/cashmere I won from Homestead Hobbiest, a prize from Team Bosworth for the Tour de Fleece this year.

Don't forget to put the Spinzilla signups on your calendar! September 1, 2016.

I have two new sock patterns out! Both are free for a limited time, so grab them as a free Ravelry download quick! They are both cuff down, heel flap socks written in multiple sizes. Gingell is written in 5 sizes, and Grace is written in 3 sizes!

Gingell Socks
Grace Socks



The hat that is currently with test knitters is called the River District Hat and will be released shortly.  It is written for 5 sizes - baby to adult large in Malabrigo Arroyo (sport weight) yarn.

The best way to express interest in test knitting for me is to sign up for my email list below. I will send out an email to let you know which pattern is ready for test knitting and you can either respond and let me know you're interested, or just ignore the email if you aren't interested in test knitting that particular design.

Over the next couple of months, I will be sending out an email every week sometimes, to every couple of weeks, but after clearing a backlog of patterns I've written, you can expect to hear from me about once a month.

The next pattern coming up for testing is my new DK weight Mata Shawl, so get yourself on the list!



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July 31, 2016

Episode 125 | Stashing. No, really.

Episode 125 is live! I tried to record a few vlog-type posts this past week, but when it boiled down to it, it worked best to share in a podcast.

I talk knitting, spinning, the Spin In 2016 at the Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey, BC, a bit of crochet, and oh my, the stash!!



Lots of goodies to talk about this time, including several gorgeous braids of fiber from Kinfolk Yarn & Fibre - a local to me Vancouver dyer who is absolutely lovely, as well as a super talented.

You can find Kylan's instagram account here - she also dyes yarn in multiple weights and spins gorgeous handspun for sale.  I also mention the Spinning Box and Ply Magazine.

Here's the picture that made me fall in love with the Cirque colourway.

Peace Arch Weaver's & Spinner's Guild on Instagram.

Wee Fox Crochet Pattern
Wee Bits Basic Crochet Body Pattern
Amigurumi To Go by Sharon Ojala. Sharon's YouTube Channel.

West Coast Colour & Carding

Tin Can Knits
Antler Cardigan
Stovepipe Hat

Nest Fiber Club (looks like there is a waitlist again)

Touch Yarns from New Zealand.

My new pattern is called the Gingell Socks, but has not been released yet. Keep an eye out on my social media channels, and I'll also mention it on the podcast when it is released. Same goes for my Grace Socks pattern - an updated cuff down vanilla sock in three sizes.









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.

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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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