January 22, 2017

January 15, 2017

Episode 139 | Knitting With Singles Yarns

Today we chat about some delicious tea, a couple of sweater WIPs, a shawl, a hat and a whole bunch of projects knit from singles yarns. I talk about some considerations when knitting with singles yarns, as well as an update on my combo spin! Hint: it's going really well - picture below!

Come on, let's knit!

Legacy Yarn Club from Mountain Meadow Wool

Yellowtail by Taiga Hilliard, Caterpillargreen (Shorn This Way)
Stopover by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Wonder Years Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith
Brio Garter Hat by Stephen West

New pattern release!  Tilbury Mittens, part of the Tilbury Collection.  Each of these patterns has been tech edited and test knit.

Spinning |
Continuing my combo spin on my Lendrum spinning wheel, regular flyer, fastest whorl, using Spunky Eclectic Nebula and Into The Whirled il tramonto, both falkland wool.  More details on how I prepped for this spin on Episode 138

Possible project for my combo spin, A Joyful Thread by Sylvia McFadden

Singles Yarns and Projects|
Fledgling Featherweight by Hannah Fetting, Manos del Uruguay Marina
Color Affection by Veera Valimaki, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (TML)
Wind and Coil Slouchy Hat by Gail Bable, Malabrigo Worsted
Wheat Scarf by Tin Can Knits, Malabrigo Worsted
Fireflies Rising by Helen Stewart, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, Modern Fair Isle
Glitz at the Ritz by Helen Stewart, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (the shawl I mentioned knitting for my mom for her 65th birthday)
Drizzle Hat by Mel Ski, Malabrigo Silky Merino

January 8, 2017

Episode 138 | Another Combo Spin + Sweater Update

The first show of 2017!!  Kicking things off with a new spin, an old (ish) project, a review and plenty of enthusiasm!

Thanks for joining me!

Knitting |
Brio Garter Hat by Stephen West

Stopover Pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone, and using techniques from Amy Herzog's first Craftsy class, Knit to Flatter (this is an affiliate link, and using it to purchase this Craftsy class helps support the podcast without any additional cost to you)

Mason Jar Cozy 3 Ways by Melissa Kwan

Review |
We take a look at Hong Kong based KPC Yarn. With 4 base fiber offerings, each coming in at least 3 different yarn weights and 40 to 60 different colors, they are definitely worth a second look!

Thank you to KPC Yarn for providing the yarn and swatches for review!

Hand Spinning |
Combo Spin with Into The Whirled Falkland in the il tramonto colorway and Spunky Eclectic Falkland in Nebula - both were club colorways from the spring of 2015.

I walk you through my planning and fiber prep for this project.  I will be spinning it on using the smallest whorl on the regular flyer on my Lendrum spinning wheel.

I also give an update on my Pigeonroof Studios Shetland singles I talked about on the last episode.

December 29, 2016

Episode 137 | A Very Handspun Christmas

Lots of knitting, tons of spinning! I finished my Christmas socks and started another pair, make a little progress on the Brio Garter Hat, share a new project - a rainbow striped cardi.  My handspun I share this week consists of 3 finished spins spun 3 different ways - singles, chain plying, and traditional 3-ply.

At the end of the video I walk you through doing the calculations I do to get my sock length just right.  I hope you find it helpful!

See you with lots more knitting and spinning in 2017!

Vanilla Is The New Black - Anneh Fletcher
Silverfox - Lisa Chemery
Entrechat - Lisa Chemery
Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2016

Flock Fibre Studio Take a Hike Sock - Naughty or Nice, Gingerbread

Knitter's Pride Nova Platina 0US/2mm 32" circular needles

Brio Garter Hat by Stephen West

Brioche Memories Blanket by Valerie Ng

Zealana Cozi - Sock Yarn, Colour 3 - Custard

Wonder Years Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith

Little Coffee Bean by Elizabeth Smith

Loops & Threads Impeccable Big - black
Loops & Threads Impeccable - Grape Punch, Royal, Red Hot, Orange Crush, Kelly Green, Sunny Day

Brookdale Shawl by Chrissy Graham

Knitter's Pride Pom Pom Makers 1 3/8" and 1 5/8"

Clover Jumbo Pom Pom Maker (4 1/2")

Knitter's Pride Knit Blockers

Nest Club - December 2016

Nest Ravelry Group

Sweet Legs Leggings - Yarnival

Hansen Mini Spinner

Lendrum Double Treadle Spinning Wheel

Lendrum Jumbo Flyer/Head

Kinfolk Yarn + Fibre - Superwash BFL - Wanderlust

Video Tutorial - Making your socks the right length with gauge on the fly.

Calculate the row gauge over 1 inch on the bottom of your sock

Total Sock Stitches (64) - Final Number of Stitches (24) = Total Stitches Decreased (40)

Stitches Decreases per 2 Rounds (4) stitches

Total Stitches Decreased (40) / Stitches Decreased per 2 Rounds (4) = Total Decrease Rounds (10)
Total Rounds Worked = 20 (10 active decrease rounds, 10 plain rounds)

Rounds Worked (20) / Row Gauge per inch (11) = Actual Toe Length (1.82 inches)

Your toe will take 1.82 inches to work.

Total Foot Length (9.5") - 10% = Desired Sock Length

Desired Sock Length (8.55") - Actual Toe Length (1.82") = Length from back of heel to start of toe decreases (6.75 inches)

December 19, 2016

Episode 136 | Brioche Knitting + Combo Spinning

Our last show before Christmas! I should be back early next week though with a recap of my knitting and spinning from the rest of this week.  I have a few spinning projects I'd like to finish up before the end of the year, and I'd like to cast on for a new project using one of these beauties -

Making great progress on my Christmas socks, Vanilla Is The New Black by Anneh Fletcher, using Flock Fibre Studio Take A Hike Sock in Naughty or Nice.  I also mentioned the Sport/DK weight version and the toe up version, Vanilla Reversed. These work for the Indie Design Gift-A-Long too!

I almost forgot to mention on the podcast that I released a new hat pattern!  It's called Kendale, and has been fully tech edited and test knit. You will find both written and charted instructions for both the texture and lace sections.  This hat pattern uses worsted weight yarn and is written for 3 different sizes.

I share my frustrations with using the Brio-Garter Hat by Stephen West as my first brioche experience, plus how I turned it around. It's a great pattern, but I just didn't have the framework I needed to understand it without outside resources, which made it a less than ideal choice for a first brioche project.

I found some (FREE) helpful brioche knitting resources for the absolute brioche beginner:

The Unapologetic Knitter

Basics of Two Color Brioche - Sosu Knits (she also has some cool brioche patterns on Ravlery)

Two Colour Brioche In The Round - Stephanie Jeanne

Brioche isn't difficult per se, it's just learning another knitting language! You can do it!

I also share a quick update on my Silverfox cardi in the 2T size from  Lisa Chemery using Cascade 220 Superwash.

STASH (but not really because I'm planning to use it SOON!)

Flock Fibre Studio Take A Hike Sock in Princess Tiger Cub, Desert Flower and Antique Shop.

I finished spinning the singles for my COMBO SPIN. Royale and Brimstone from Pigeonroof Studios made a great pairing.

December 12, 2016

Episode 135 | Brio Garter Plans

Today I talk about my first finished whale toy, my frogged and restarted Christmas socks, Silverfox cardigan progress and upcoming spinning and knitting projects, including a combo spin for the yoke of a sweater (more details next time). I'm also hoping to start Stephen West's new pattern, the Brio Garter Hat using Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in Bruin and Shipwreck.