Archive for November, 2011

Episode 56 – Finally an FO


17 Nov

Shownotes

Knitting

The Sock Yarn Baby Sweater is DONE!

Saartje’s Booties in HH Sugar Maple in a test green and Knitter’s Brewing Company in a yellow (I forget the colorway name).  They are for a baby being born to my principal and his wife.

Poor Poet’s Mitts by Wendy Johnson will be cast on soon.

 

Spinning - nada

 

Dyepots

Silver Maple Sock – Survivor

White Spruce Top – 60% SW Merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon – Firestarter, Throne Room, and Just Before Dawn.  These are all progressively dyed

Pitch Pine Top – 100% Tussah Silk – Just Before Dawn, Throne Room, and a plain orange

 

Growth

Buttons are availale in the shop now!

 

Processes

Stay tuned … info about a warping board upcoming!

 

Grabby Hands

Student Knits Video Podcast.  She’s in Cornwall, England and is adorable.  Check her out!  Remember that if you view podcasts on our blogs, we podcasters get a small amount of money for each view.  iTunes doesn’t allow this to happen.  Something to think about.

 

Episode 55 – Yarn and a Pretzel


10 Nov

Shownotes

Knitting

Lined Beanie for my husband – had to re-knit a bunch of bits.  Finally, it fits!

Nothing else from last week got love.

Cthulu Mittens – started on a US 2; too tight.  Will try again with US 4s.

 

Spinning – nada


Dyepots

nothing.  More coming for the next update … when I know when that will be I will let you know.

 

Growth

Great update last week!  The largest number of packages I’ve sent out in a single update.  Awesome!  Great to see new names.

 

Processes

What do you want to know?

 

Grabby Hands

BUTTONS!  Got them from purebuttons.com.  If you’d like one, they are available in the shop.

Knitscene Magazine

Trifecta of Yarn shipment #2 from Fibernymph.  Gala Red and Apple Festival.  Two skeins of worsted in the “cozy” base.  Lots of other goodies, too; pretzel, pickle pin, and dyed buttons that match!  So clever it kills me.

Romney locks dyed with natural dyes, and WOLLMEISE!  from my friend Loribean.  Colorways is “Blue Ink” we’re different in 100% merino.  LOVE IT.

 

 

Episode 54 – An Embarassment of Riches


02 Nov

Shownotes

Knitting

Lined Beanie for Hubs in the larger size.

 

Spinning

Plied the Southdown – very little ply definition, but it is soooo smushy!  I got 96 yards of a 2-ply from just over an ounce.

 

Dyepots

Sugar Maple: Throne Room, Through the Woods, Plum Crumble, Beach House,

Black Cherry Lace: all the ones from last week, plus Goldenrod, Wild Roses, Dead Man’s Fingers

Mixed BFL: New Saris

Superwash Merino: Roses in HD

Superwash BFL; Throne Room

 

Processes

Writing up Patterns: I start with the knitting, and take notes as I go.  I photograph the finished object before I write up the pattern, because that way I know how big the pics are and where to work around them.  I create a document in MS Word, using two columns on a page.  I insert a colored text box with important info to make it pop a bit.  As I write up the pattern, I try to keep the directions conversational to reduce confusion.  Once it’s all on the page, I play with margins and such to get things to look just right.  When I’m happy with it, I save it as a .pdf file so anyone can get it/read it.  You can download Primo PDF or use an online site (google “pdf converter”).

 

Growth

Trying to have a big update this week.  I hope you enjoy it all!

 

Grabby Hands

Knit Picks Palette – in Tarragon and Aurora Heather for some Cthulu Mittens for my brother.

Books – My Grandmother’s Knitting, Tiny-Tiny Mochimochi, and Wendy Knits Lace.

Politically Incorrect Fibers – One Night Stand batts.  Colorway is “Jasper.”  I love it so so so much!

Kilby Ridge Farm – Icelandic sheep farm.  LOVE THEM SO MUCH!  Got two fleeces from them.  I bought two fleece: “Cookie,” a dark brown, and “Kate,” a  lighter golden.  Also bought two skeins of a lopi style yarn, 4 oz of roving.

 

The Fiberista Files

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