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

"Modern Jazz Samba" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

June 2, 2017

Episode 152 - Yarn Expedition

My Idunn cardigan has been updated with pretty green buttons and a slimmer button band after I was determined to get it completely finished this week. I also talk about how I plan to stabilize the neckline for improved wearability.

I ordered some yarn back at the beginning of April, and after getting lost in the mail for nearly 2 months, it finally found its way to my house!

I finish off the show with some weaving chat (feel free to turn it off at the end of the spinning segment if you're not interested in hearing me talk about weaving).

Crafty Creations, Delta, BC
Idunn Cardigan, and look at all of these inspirational Lettlopi sweaters from the Fancy Tiger KAL!

Iðunn Cardigan

Natural Knotwood Turkish Drop Spindle
Schacht Sidekick
The Homestead Hobbyist

Regia Sweet & Spicy 3653 - Ravelry Project Page

Wren & Ollie Yarn, Australia - Sorbet Swirl and Apple Tonic

A special announcement!

I share my weaving projects at the end of this video. This is the first time and last time I'll be doing this, but don't worry, it's for good reason! I have started a new channel/podcast just for my weaving! If you are interested in following my weaving adventures, please follow along with my newest project, The Weaving Show!

Snappy Stitches will continue to be the home of my knitting and hand spinning.

Perspectives Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

May 28, 2017

Episode 151 - Iðunn Done Done

Thank you for joining me this week! I have finished my Iðunn Cardigan (minus buttons), finished spinning the first half of the Homestead Hobbyist fiber on my Natural Knotwood Capar Turkish Drop Spindle, and have started spinning the second half on my Schacht Sidekick spinning wheel.

I have some crazy progress on two vanilla socks, thanks to seeing two (TWO!!) movies in the theater in the last couple of weeks (Snatched and Baywatch - LOL - I know, I have no taste, but one of the local theaters has over-sized leather recliners, so I'd see practically anything to sit quietly in there and knit).

Iðunn Cardigan, my Idunn project page
Buttonhole Calculator

In Color Order - Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial

Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line - 3653 Star Night - my Rav project page
Biscotte Yarns Bis-Sock in Watermelon. I think Blue Pansies might be next for me.

The Homestead Hobbyist

Natural Knotwood Capar Spindles from Winnipeg Manitoba.  These are by far my favourite spindles!