Archive for April, 2012

Episode 77 – Dye All the Things


26 Apr

Shownotes soon!

Episode 76 – Happy Second Podiversary!!


18 Apr

Shownotes

Review: Beyond Knit & Purl by Kate Atherly

 

Knitting:

Heather – finished an afghan square and is knitting on the Derry Raglan and Cowl.  Half Object (HO): Don’t Cage Me In socks of her own design.

Katie – Trillian

Spinning:

Ha!

Dyepots:

lots to come soon.  Corriedale done yesterday, more to be done today, tomorrow, etc.  Sugar maple and Silver Maple yarn as well.

Growth/Processes:

Getting ready for Fiber Frolic.  Busy, exhausting … and awesome.

Graby Hands:

Winners from the giant podiversary drawing!  Congrats everyone!

Episode 75 – So Much Awesome


13 Apr

 

Shownotes

Knitting:

FINISHED the My Wish Shawl!  Felt soooo good to get something off the needles.  Blocked it to have points and wore it to school today.

Started square #3 for baby afghan project.  Was told about the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket by Susan B. Anderson.  Will be using some of those squares for sure.  Thanks for the suggestions!

Taking MOST of my in-progress knitting with me, plus yarn for a Lined Beanie for one of my husband’s co-workers.

 

Spinning:

Is this still a section?

 

Dyepots:

Fiber this go round: 100% Tussah Silk and 100% SW BFL, in “Life’s Lemons,” “Cherry Blossom,” and “Call Me.”  That last one is a Paul colorway – inspiration from the back of a video game.  Will be donating a skein to the Knit Me Happy podcast for her to spin up or give away as a prize or whatnot – nice to know I’m not alone.

ONE self-striping in “Kolohe” – Hawaiian for “Rascal.”  Another Paul colorway, inspiration taken from a Monster energy drink can that he found laying around (empty) at work.

Bouncin’ With Brodie yarns are all dyed up and will be out this weekend.  Also dyed up some more custom yarn.

Fiber order coming in Monday up in the mountains – will be dyeing during vacation.  Yeay!

Will have TWO spindles in this update, too – a midweight and heavyweight cherry.  Featherweight prototype is here; needs a bit of fine tuning before production.

 

Processes:

Warping board/self-striping.  I feel like I can share because my method is poor.  Someday I’ll get a real warping board, but for now (and for free), it works for me.

 

Growth:

Instead of reviewing Beyond Knit and Purl this week, I opted to participate in a blog tour with Kate Atherly.  There are a bunch of bloggers/podcasters who are talking about this wonderful book – my date to do that is Wednesday, April 18th.  I’ve upped my game for this one, so there will be a formal review (read: I’ll have excellent notes and a minimum of umms).  I’m so excited to be a part of my first ever official “tour”!

 

Grabby Hands:

SO MANY wonderful people have offered up prizes for the Podiversary.  I hope you’ll all visit their sites.  If you like what you see (even if you don’t win next week), be sure to drop the gift givers/businesspeople a note to tell them you like their stuff.  It means something, I promise.

Jetgirl1313: stitch markers x 2 and a project bag

Laughloveknit: 2 patterns from her shop – she has 15 to choose from, knit AND crochet, colorwork, cables … all sorts.

Eardornment Etc.: Stitchmarkers!  I can’t show you these because they are in the mountains, but trust me – they are LOVELY.

Spinning friend 1: – A skein of Highland Handmades handspun … she spun this herself and it’s gorgeous.  It’s the “Happy Jack” colorway.

Spinning friend 2: Not one, but FOUR skeins of handspun!!  OMG!!!  Two skeins of Peacock and two skeins of Greenwood.  She sent a shawlette, too, (the tgv by Susan Ashcroft) but my husband has already said it’s too pretty to give away, and that “I” should keep it.   Actually he said I was supposed to give it away.  I emailed the donor for clarification, because if I give it away and it was meant for me, I’ll kick myself forever.  If it’s to be gifted, I will … grudgingly.  Debating between breaking up into 1 skein/winner or keeping like colorways together for bigger project options.  Thoughts?

Shop update will be FRIDAY at 7pm EDT – that should give me time to get to the mountains before the update is supposed to happen.  Everything you saw last week and this week will be in there.

 

 

Episode 74 – Almost


06 Apr


Shownotes

Knitting:
My Wish Shawl by Laura Linneman

7″ squares for a baby blanket

and SIX OTHER PROJECTS.  I have way too much on the needles!

 

Spinning:

Ha!

 

Dyepots:

Sugar Maple Sock in motion, Limitless, Sea Glass, I Love You Every Day, Bo Peep, Old Appliances, Prism, Rare Breeds, Justified, and Bouncin’ with Brodie.  Some are custom orders, the rest will be available next week.

 

Growth:

Thoroughly enjoying Beyond Knit & Purl by Kate Atherly.  Will be doing a full review next week (I’m in chapter 11).

 

Processes:

Started dyeing for show season.  Will be “double panning” my colorways (doing six at a time instead of three) and will slowly collect until I have enough.  If there is such a thing as enough.  Looking out to new fibers/yarns to introduce… I enjoy having an in-person reaction when I launch a new base.   Am shooting for 70-80 pounds for Frolic; 100 would be killer, but I don’t know if I have the time or money for it.

 

Grabby Hands:

Stash Teas – www.stashtea.com – wonderful teas.  Try them!

Firefly – Netflix Instant.  Go now.  You’ll love it.  I promise!

Eardornment, etc. – Lovely etsy shop with GORGEOUS stuff.  Check them out!

 Bitchin’ Becky – Get her project bags before she has to close up shop for relocation!

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