September 22, 2017

Episode 158 - Pumpkin Spice and Sweaters

Forgive me the pumpkin spice reference (and drinking pumpkin spice tea while I recorded), but it's the first day of fall, and I just couldn't help myself!

Ridge Runner Hat -

Pansies Socks -

Tolmie by Josie Paquin (my Ravelry project page) -

Custom Woolen Mills 2-Ply Mule Spun Yarn -

Hip Strings Shop -

Hip Strings Podcast -

Sweets Off The Wheel Cotton SAL -

Fine Seine Twine (Schacht Matchless Drive Band) -

Wayback Machine of Beth Smith's blog post on drive bands (sometimes her page loads for me, mostly it doesn't) -

Murchie's Pumpkin Spice Tea -

Biscotte Yarns -

September 10, 2017

Episode 157 - Squishy Garter Rib

Tolmie by Josee Paquin -

Miranda by Josee Paquin -

Custom Woolen Mills 2-Ply Mule Spun Yarn (wine red heather) -

Biscotte Yarns - Bis Sock in Pansies -

Fish Lips Kiss Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line Socks -
Fish Lips Kiss Pansies Socks -

Brookdale Shawl (Cascade Ecological Wool) -
Fleurs de Paris Shawl (Cascade Ecological Wool) -
Creekside Shawl (Cascade Ecological Wool) -

Blenheim Hat (Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in Shipwreck) -

How I Roll by Mara Catherine Bryner - sock plans for the Fawn and the Fox Wes Anderson Mini Skeins

I talk about using seine twine for my Schacht Matchless driveband.

Beth Smith talks more about drive bands here -

Cashmerette Patterns
Springfield Top

Closet Case Patterns - Kalle Shirt

Orange Lingerie Boylston Bra
Orange Lingerie Marlborough Bra

July 15, 2017

Episode 156 - Four Sweaters

I may not have been podcasting much over the past few weeks, but I sure have been knitting!!  It is very likely that my podcasts will be a little sporadic over the summer as I try to balance everything I want/need to get done.  My intention is to have WIP and FO jam packed shows when I do record though.

I've been on a bit of a sweater kick (appropriate for a hot dry spell, right?)

...and the four sweaters in question are -
I am totally loving the Mule Spinner 2-Ply from Custom Woolen Mills, and plan to buy at least one more sweater's quantity once I've finished knitting Tolmie.  A rainbow of Tolmies perhaps?

Today I was wearing my Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart. I knit this one out of Habu Tsumugi Silk, and it is absolutely perfect for summer!

June 21, 2017

Episode 155 - Tall Watermelons

Detailed show notes still to come...if there's anything that you can't find by googling, leave me a note and I'll dig up a link for it! :D

Biscotte Yarn Watermelon Fish Lips Kiss Socks - ravelry link

Arne & Carlos Fish Lips Kiss Socks - ravelry link

Hipstrings Video Podcast - youtube link

June 15, 2017

Episode 154 - Serial Stasher

Since we last spoke, I headed over to the Lower Mainland Sheep Producer's Association Wool and Ewe-A-Fair, which is held annually at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.  I hadn't planned to go, since I prefer to escape to these types of events kid-free if at all possible, but at the last minute, I decided to go with Emily in tow.

We went for the morning, leaving before the fleece auction began at noon.  I just can't be trusted around all those fresh wool fumes!

We had a really nice time, and I found a couple (of pounds, HA!) of goodies to bring home.

I left fully intrigued with (and regretting I didn't buy) one of the woven 'stadium cushions' from Hannelo's Studio.  You can see a picture of what I'm talking about if you follow the link. They look amazing in person! She's a fiber artist based in the Fraser Valley.

I was really impressed with the variety and beautiful colours at Ewesful Creations' booth.  I also made a quick stop in at Birkeland Bros booth. I was really hoping to pick up another pound of white Crossbred sliver to go with the pound I bought at one of the events last year (for a future sweater spin), but they didn't have any of that with them.  Never fear, I found some wool to follow me home.

Lower Mainland Sheep Producer's Association
Ewesful Creations, Chilliwack, BC
Birkeland Bros, Abbotsford, BC

Deb Robson interview on the Fruity Knitting Podcast

Breed specific wool - North Country Cheviot

I also included a little video clip of the way Emily and I have been spinning together. She loves to put her foot on the treadles and help with the spinning. She often insists I take my feet off the treadles so she can do it herself, but she isn't able to keep the wheel going by herself yet.

June 9, 2017

Episode 153 - Loose Ends

Just a little bit of knitting this week, but a ton TON of spinning finished up!  I also do a book review of Felicia Lo's new book, Dyeing to Spin and Knit. I picked it up from my local library, and I'm so glad I did!

If you are looking for my new weaving podcast, you can find The Weaving Show here. It is currently only available on YouTube.  I've also started a site for the show notes, which can be found here.  I will post new episodes as I have more weaving projects and plans to talk about.  I have no intention of discontinuing Snappy Stitches, and will continue to talk about my knitting and spinning here.

I mentioned Tudor Monastery FarmEdwardian Farm, and historian Ruth Goodman

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