August 14, 2015

Episode 103



This week we finally get to catch up with each other! 

I share several works in progress (including a new pair of socks and a baby sweater), some spinning and future spinning projects, a few purchases I made over the last month, and a reminder that the Spinzilla signups are coming up at the beginning of September.   

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July 5, 2015

Episode 102



Episode 102 Show Notes -


FOs -


Pebble Beach Shawl in Madeleinetosh TML in Stovepipe and Silver Fox. Medium size.
Pebble Beach - Medium Size

Pebble Beach - Large Size using lace weight yarn.
Pebble Beach - Medium Size using fingering weight yarn.

Pebble Beach Shawl in Madeleinetosh TML in Stovepipe and Silver Fox. Medium size.
Pebble Beach - detail shot


WIPs -


Fireflies Rising Shawlette out of Madelinetosh TML in Modern Fair Isle.

Happening Now -


Tour de Fleece, oh and I think there's some sort of thing where people are riding bikes too... :P

Spinning (current) -


Sweet Georgia Yarns Superwash BFL in the Stella colourway.

Day 2 progress! Sweet Georgia SW BFL in Stella. #tdf2015 #tourdefleece #tourdefleece2015 #igspinners #spinning #spinnersofinstagram #sweetgeorgiayarns #bfl #fiber #twistedtdf2015
TDF Day 2 Progress



Spinning (finished) -


Sweet Georgia Yarns Panda in the Shipwreck colourway. Details here.

On The Round BFL in BFL0098 (one of a kind). Details here.

Spun, plyed, washed and thwacked #handspun. Fiber from #ontheround (bfl098). Spun on my Lendrum, plyed on my Hansen. #bfl #hansencrafts #sweetsoffthewheel #spinnersofinstagram #igspinners #spinning #Lendrum
On The Round 3-Ply BFL Hanspun

Acquisitions -


All Spun Up Superwash Merino
Spunky Eclectic June 2015 Club
Into the Whirled June 2015 Club

Soundtrack -


"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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June 21, 2015

Episide 101



Episode 101 -


Finished spinning half of the first bobbin. #Lendrum #ontheround #spinnersofinstagram #bfl #spinning #wool
On The Round BFL on the Lendrum

No real show notes this week.

Pebble Beach Shawl in Habu Tsumugi 100% silk.
Finished Pebble Beach Shawl

Points of interest -


Curious Handmade Podcast with Helen Stewart
Fireflies Rising by Helen Stewart
Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart

Pebble Beach Shawl in Habu Tsumugi 100% silk.
This is the largest size of the Pebble Beach Shawl pattern and it's huge!

Spinning - 


Tour de Fleece - July 4-26.

I've joined team Lendrum, Hansen and Completely Twisted and Arbitrary Spinning Group.

I mentioned 'ply day' which takes place in the Sweets Off The Wheel group.

Soundtrack -


"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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June 11, 2015

Episode 100



Episode 100 Show Notes -


Week In Review -


I've been obsessively listening to the Curious Handmade Podcast with Helen Stewart, designer extraordinaire!  I also signed up for her newsletter and was surprised with a coupon for her patterns.  I didn't need much more encouragement than a 30% off coupon for 2 or more patterns, and I bought the Odessa Shawl, Fireflies Rising Shawlette, Candlelit Shawl, and the Sunburst Shawl.

I've been thinking a lot about hand pulled roving...

I know many of you are spinners and do some level of fiber prep, but I thought I'd include a link to some info on the different fiber preps.  There's even more info here from Abby Franquemont, one of my favourite spinning authorities. 

WIPs -


Lots of new cast ons and works in progress this week!

My crafty spot.
sitting in the window



FOs -


Quynn by Woolly Wormhead. Using a handspun sample I spun up last summer. Fiber is Sweet Georgia BFL in the Stella colourway. My sample is a worsted spun 2 ply and measured 13 - 14 wraps per inch (WPI), which is DK weight territory and weighed 32 grams.

I used a 4mm (US6) needle and cast on for the 16" size, which gave me a finished size somewhere between the smallest and second smallest sizes. I also worked the plain round during the decrease section only until round 20, then decreased every round, in order to make the hat a little less pointy on the top.

Spinning -


Still working my way through the Sweet Georgia 85% Polwarth / 15% Silk in the Grouse colourway. I've spun up 31 grams of a total of 223 grams so far. Spinning this worsted and aiming for a fingering/light fingering 3 ply finished yarn.

I bought some raw fleece from Ranching Tradition in Montana.

I snagged this beautiful gray Border Leicester (75%) / Romney (25%) fleece (all 8lbs of it!) -


and also Petunia's lovely Rambouillet/Targhee/Suffolk Cross fleece -





Here's a pic of a bit more of this massive 9lb fleece! -




Both fleeces are on their way to Morro Fleece Works to be processed into pin drafted roving.

I also picked up my braid of SW BFL from Sweet Georgia in the Stella colourway -

Look what I got today! ��������
one of my all time favourite colourways!

I'm going to make myself a pair of socks with this eventually. Thinking it'll be part of my Tour de Fleece goal!



Soundtrack -


"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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June 1, 2015

Episode 99



Episode 99 Show Notes -


WIPs -


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

Zipping along on the largest size of the Pebble Beach Shawl. @curioushandmade #pebblebeachKAL #knitting #knittersofinstagram
Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart

Check out Helen's podcast, Curious Handmade.

I'm also working on Brickless by Martina Behm and some Fish Lips Kiss socks for Jack.

FOs -


Nothing this week.

Spinning -


Sweet Georgia Polwarth Silk in Grouse.

Testing out my new battery for the Hansen. So far, so good. #spinnersofinstagram #spinning #sweetgeorgiayarns #hansencrafts
Sweet Georgia Polwarth/Silk in Grouse

Finished spinning the Sweet Georgia Panda in Shipwreck, now I just need to ply it up!

Received my May 2015 Spunky Eclectic Club fiber!

I also talked about my Rav Power battery, details here if you're interested.

I'm sure you can guess where we are...
Fun at the Park!

Soundtrack -


"Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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)
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