Sunday, May 24, 2015

Episode 98



Episode 98 Show Notes -


The Knitting Pipeline podcast is having a Pebble Beach Shawl KAL in the Knitting Pipeline group on Ravelry - details here (including 30% off coupon code [KPKAL30] valid until May 31, 2015).

WIPs -


I'm working on the Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart out of Habu Textiles Tsumugi in colour #48 (100% silk) -

15% complete! Pebble Beach Shawl in Habu Tsumugi 100% silk. #pebblebeachKAL #knittersofinstagram #knitting
Progress...15%

It's so well written and a real pleasure to knit, I already have more planned for my future! I talked about possibly using ShiBui Heichi (worsted weight) or ShiBui Pebble (light fingering weight) for my next shawls.  

Do you have a favourite rustic feeling silk or silk blend yarn?

I'm finding it to be such a great material to work with now that our weather is getting warmer!

FOs -


This week became all about finishing up! I finished two pairs of socks. I tried to make the most of my lunch break this week -

Break time. #knitting #knittersofinstagram
Lunch time knitting by the pond.

While working on Turtlepurl Yarns Striped Turtle Toes in 'Air Force One'. Here's a link to my Ravelry project page for all the deets.

Opal Sweet and Spicy 2 in Sprinkles.  Apparently I am finishing all the things this weekend. #knitting #knittersofinstagram
Finished: Opal Sweet & Spicy 2 socks.

I also finished the socks from Opal Sweet & Spicy 2 in the Sprinkles colourway. Here's the Ravelry project page with all the details.

Spinning -


I spun a TON this week!

1/3 of the way through this gorgeous fiber. Sweet Georgia Yarns Panda in Shipwreck. #spinning #spinnersofinstagram #sweetgeorgiayarns #minispinner #hansencrafts
Spinning WIP: Sweet Georgia Panda in Shipwrek on the Hansen with Lace Flyer.

I'm a little more than 2/3rds of the way through the braid of Sweet Georgia Yarns Panda (merino/bamboo/nylon)in the Shipwreck colourway. I'm using my Hansen mini spinner with the lace flyer. The specs on the singles are 64 wraps per inch (WPI) and approx 17 twists per inch (TPI), although this was really hard to measure because the single is so fine.

This is destined to be a 3-ply either for a shawl or a pair of socks. Either way, I'm going for a fingering to light fingering weight.

I had a great coffee this morning with my friend Rachel, aka Welford Purls. Check out her Etsy shop, The Wool n' Spinning Shop. She has AMAZING punis!! -

Rachel's gorgeous punis!


Rachel also hosts a monthly videocast. Catch her latest {Videopurl} here. She is a really fantastic spinner - just wait until you see her latest handspun WIP!

I also talk about Tour de Fleece 2015, which runs from July 4, 2015 to July 26, 2015. Oh and of course I'm going to participate in Spinzilla in October of this year, because clearly I'm crazy! It ends 3 days before my due date with baby #2!

I hope you have a wonderful week filled with joy, happiness and fiber!!

Weeeeee!!!!! Jack loves the slide.
Fun at the park!

Soundtrack -


"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Episode 97




Episode 97 Show Notes


News -


The Knitting Pipeline Podcast is one of my favourite audio shows out there, and Paula is having a Pebble Beach Shawl KAL in the Knitting Pipeline group on Ravelry - details here.

The KAL runs from May 5, 2015 to July 5, 2015 and allows you to knit any one of Helen Stewart's patterns (and she's offering a 30% discount with the code found in Paula's group until May 31!).

You may recall I just finished knitting Helen's free knitting pattern, Glitz at the Ritz, published on Knitty.

Here's a pic -

Finally some proper finished object pictures! Glitz at the Ritz by Helen Stewart, yarn is Madtosh TML in Aura.  #knitting #knittersofinstagram

Designer Melanie Berg is having an 'Any Shawl KAL' in her Ravelry group, Mairlynd. Details on the KAL can be found here. If you've ever wanted to knit one of her shawls, now is the time! Her KAL runs from May 8, 2015 to June 12, 2015. I must admit, Oceanbound is tempting me...


WIPs-


Brickless by Martina Behm.
Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart.
Opal Sweet and Spicy 2 "Sprinkles" Fish Lips Kiss Heel Socks.


FOs-


Wee Envelope by Ysolda Teague.

All my WIPs and FOs are in my Ravelry projects if you are looking for more details.

Spinning -


Spun Right Round March 2015 Club "Flock Together" in Rambouillet is done. 526 yards, 107 grams. Here's a link to the specs.

Handspun Traditional 3-Ply Rambouillet (Spun Right Round March 2015 Fiber Club)

Sampling Sweet Georgia Polwarth/Silk in Grouse -

Sweet Georgia Polwarth/Silk - Grouse

...and pondering starting to spin Sweet Georgia Panda in Stormchaser -

Sweet Georgia Panda - Stormchaser

I guess I should decide pretty soon!!

Sewing -


I used the Noodle Head tutorial found here. I made the smallest and largest sizes.

Soundtrack -


"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Episode 96




Episode 96 Show Notes -


Misc - 


Interested in the unofficial Regia Arnie & Carlos KAL?  Use hashtag #acregiakal.

WIPs -


Wee Envelope by Ysolda Teague, in the 3-6 month size, using Malabrigo Arroyo in Escorias (054).

Wee Envelope. First side of the envelope neckline is all done. #knitting #knittersofinstagram #weeenvelope #craft10 #mondaymorningknitting
Wee Envelope

Sprinkles, my fourth pair of Fish Lips Kiss Heel socks! This time, I'm using Opal Sweet & Spicy in the Sprinkles colourway (more officially, #8613, Zuckerstreusel).

Opal Sweet & Spicy 2 in the Sprinkles colourway. #knitting #operationsockdrawer
Opal Sweet & Spicy 2 in the Sprinkles colourway

The socks I'm affectionately calling Monkey Sparkles saw a bit more progress this week. The yarn is Smith & Ewe Sparkle Sock in the "Your Majesty" colourway.


FOs -


Sadly, nothing is quite done this week...

Spinning WIP -


Still enjoying my Hansen Mini Spinner immensely -

Making my happiness a priority. #hansencrafts #spinning #spunrightround #spinnersofinstagram #craft10
March 2015 Spun Right Round Club on the Hansen Mini Spinner

I'm still working on the Spun Right Round Club colourway from March 2015. A beautifully prepped Rambouillet. So close to being finished this one! I played with the colour placement by spinning a modified fractal spin. More details on Episode 94 as well as this episode.

More early morning spinning. #craft10 #spinning #spunrightround #spinnersofinstagram #hansencrafts #minispinner
The Hansen is Seeing Much More Love These Days...

I can't wait to try out my new Hansen Lace Flyer!!

Enhancing the Stash -


April's Spunky Eclectic Club arrived, and I'm loving both the colour (it reminds me of some handspun socks I made years ago), and the fiber!

Gales Art Stencilled Sock Blanks.

Noro Kureopatora in colour #1001.

This Week's Review -


This week, I take an in-depth look at one of Craftsy's newer classes, Drafting From Woolen to Worsted, by Jacey Boggs-Faulkner, which I give 2 big thumbs up!  I was not compensated for this review, and the opinions are my own.

I am a Craftsy affiliate, so if you click the link above to sign up after seeing my review (or any of the Craftsy links on this site), a little bit of cash goes into my change jar, which I will pass back to my listeners with prize draws. There's going to be a biggie coming up in June! Stay tuned!

Soundtrack -


"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Episode 95

Episode 95 Show Notes -




WIPs and FOs -


Newborn Vertebrae.

Playdate by Tin Can Knits.

Wee Envelope by Ysolda Teague.

Sprinkles Socks - Opal yarn, using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.

Pattern Collections -


Max & Bodhi's Wardrobe by Tin Can Knits.

Wee Ones Collection by Ysolda Teague.

Bambeanies Collection by Woolly Wormhead.

Miscellaneous Mentions -

Susan B. Anderson's Blog/Podcast.

Tilly Trout Videocast.

Book Review:


Madame Defarge Does Shakespeare, edited by Heather Ordover. Thank you to Cooperative Press for the review copy!


For all those hard fought projects inched forward 10 minutes at a time, feel free to tag your posts with #craft10!


Interested in leaving me an iTunes review? Here's the - link!  Would you like to introduce yourself in the group? Here's the - link!

Soundtrack -


"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Episode 94

Episode 94 Show Notes -



Sending more big thank yous to those who left me iTunes reviews and/or introductions on the Snappy Stitches Ravelry group!

Interested in leaving your own iTunes review? Here's the - link!  Would you like to introduce yourself in the group? Here's the - link!

WIPs (Works in Progress) -

Air Force One Socks using Turtle Purl's self striping sock yarn, Striped Turtle Toes.
Smith and Ewe Sparkle Sock in Your Majesty, becoming Monkey Socks.
Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker.


FOs -

Glitz at the Ritz by Helen Stewart (free Knitty.com pattern). Knit as written. I had to refresh my memory of how to do a knitted cast on for the picot bind off, here.

I also mentioned the Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart, Eucalan Wrapture, Ashford Mini Niddy Noddy, Sweets off the Wheel Ravlery group.

Let's Talk Wool Wash -

Eucalan Wrapture.
Soak Aquae.

Soundtrack -

"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Episode 93


Episode 93 Show Notes



Sending more big thank yous to those who left me iTunes reviews and/or introductions on the Snappy Stitches Ravelry group!

Interested in leaving your own iTunes review? Here's the - link!  Would you like to introduce yourself in the group? Here's the - link!

WIPs (Works in Progress) -

Air Force One Socks using Turtle Purl's self striping sock yarn, Striped Turtle Toes.
Glitz at the Ritz by Helen Stewart (free Knitty.com pattern).
Smith and Ewe Sparkle Sock in Your Majesty, becoming Monkey Socks.
Baby Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker. She has a pattern bundle of the Baby Vertebrae and Kiddy Vertebrae patterns, which work out to only 50 cents more than just the Baby Vertebrae pattern alone, which is what I bought.

FOs -

Nothing this week...Ok, technically the Custom Fit Charlie is all done - buttons are on and FO pics have been taken!

Sewing Buttons on Handknits - video by Alexis Winslow.

Spinning -

Hansen Crafts.
Spun Right Round March Fiber Club.

Around Town -

The lovely ladies of Tin Can Knits are at it again - this time, with Max & Bodhi's Wardrobe!

Clara Parks Shetland 1.0 yarn.

Foyle's Cardigan.

Sockmatician Videocast.

Let's Talk Wool Wash -

Eucalan Wrapture.
Soak Aquae.

Soundtrack -

"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Episode 92




Episode 92 Show Notes -

Sending a huge thank you out to those who left me iTunes reviews! Interested in leaving your own review? Here's the - link!

WIPs (Works in Progress) -

Air Force One Socks using Turtle Purl's self striping sock yarn, Striped Turtle Toes.
Glitz at the Ritz by Helen Stewart (free Knitty.com pattern).
Smith and Ewe Sparkle Sock in Your Majesty, becoming Monkey Socks.

Spinning -

Hansen Crafts.
Spun Right Round March Fiber Club.
Spunky Eclectic Club.


Gadgetry -

Panasonic FZ 1000 camera (my new toy. I also mentioned the Panasonic FZ 200.

Nancy's Knit Knacks Wraps Per Inch (WPI) Tool.

What I'm Watching/Listening To -

Tea House Knits with Tina.
Knitting Pipeline with Paula.


Soundtrack -

"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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