Showing posts with label clara parkes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label clara parkes. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Episode 46: Logical

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Off the Needles
BFF Cowl Seed Pod link - loved knitting this. It made so much sense. I was a bit confused in the beginning with the chart bc I didn't realize that is was akin to a lace chart, but looking at the pictures made me realize tis before I started the flower bc it was logical. You could get a sense of what will happen next.

On the Needles
Bella Mitts. I really want to try and finish the second one before Montreal or within the first day or two of landing. I am also planning to bring the long hibernating Dionysius socks, and the Larch Cardigan.

Spin Right Round
Spinning after a month, of not being at the wheel. Not really liking pencil roving.

Knitting Finds
Craftsy App for iPad and iPhone
The Great White Bale
Wool People 4

Swatch and Learn
Got an Elmo, knit stitch accomplished except for 3 kids. One is still struggling to cast on - has horrible handwriting and holds his pencil weirdly. Any tips for those with hand issues? I know knitting will help him but running out of ideas.

History on Two Needles by Annie Modesitt. Available through Cooperative Press and Ravelry Direct Download. 

VKL giveaway - Winners are maglascock and yourmomsays. Congrats! I will contact you for your passes.
2 Year Podiversary/50th Episode Giveaway - ask a question on the thread to enter for a chance to win a skein of Northbound Knitting Handspun in the colorway Only the Lonely.
QAL update
Downton Abbey swap signups are still open
Last minute knitting find - Tin Can Knits from Canada is offering a free pattern of your choice with the code SHARETHELOVE until January 1. Thanks to Amy of Threadpanda for posting this, and spread the word. I got Snowflake for myself.

Happy Holidays and thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Carol of the Bells" by The Bird and the Bee

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Be Still, My Wool-Loving Heart

It's all Clara Parkes' fault. Since her Wonders of Wool class, the Wool-Loving Monster has been unleashed.

After recieving some lovely handspun Wensleydale from Rachel over at On the Round, I have fallen in love with handspun even further. The slight coarseness, the rustic quality to it, the lovely colors and man, this skein has such a beautiful luster (see that! using my new wool vocabulary!)

I was puttering about on the computer awhile ago when Rachel sent a tweet about Handspun Shetland.

Repeat after me:


I may or may not have ordered these two (ps. 10% off with the code WELCOMEBACK till January 29th!)
Photos from On The Round
Man I REALLY want a wheel now. I just cancelled my monthly yoga membership (no time sadly due to work and school, but I will get a class card to go occasionally) so mayyyybe I can get one by the end of the year? I'll have to do alot of trials at Maryland Sheep and Wool again to make sure a Lendrum is the one for me.

Monday, January 16, 2012

In the Conductor's Booth: An Interview with Clara Parkes

After the Wonders of Wool class at Vogue Knitting Live! I got a chance to sit down with Clara Parkes. She is such a lovely and interesting person to chat with, and I learned alot both in her class and the interview.
My swatch from Wonders of Wool
She is the editor of Knitter's Review and the author of the Knitters Book of Yarn, Wool and Socks.

Several resources for yarn that are mentioned in the episode:

Garthenor Organic Pure Wool - for various types of yarn from specific sheep breeds)
Elsawool - Cormo
Handmaiden Fine Yarn - check out the Swiss Mountain range.
Woolalong with The Knitter's Book of Wool.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "California Rain" by Madeleine Peyroux

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Episode 22: A Knitter Grows in Brooklyn

Off the Needles
We finally have an FO! Two of them actually, since I haven't really talked in much detail about the February Lady Sweater.
Another FO that I have is the Bramble Beret. It was such a slog to finish that thing because I made the mistake of knitting DK yarn with size 8 needles - never again.

On the Needles
I decided to knit through a PD (professional development) meeting that I had on the Saturday of the freak snowstorm that we had on October 30 - I brought the Dionysus socks and almost got done with the first sock.

I cast on for 2 projects even though I said to myself that I will not do so unless I finish all the projects in my PhD bin. In my defense, 1 project is due to necessity and another is a test knit. The necessity project is Bella Mitts from THAT movie and before anyone asks, no it's not because Breaking Dawn is coming out in theatres next week.

The test knit is actually a test knit of yarn - Roman Hills 4 ply worsted weight yarn which is called Gruber in Toasted Marshmallow. Its very wooly in feel but knitting up in the Snapdragon Tam pattern very nicely.

Knitting Travels
Last Sunday, I headed on over to Brooklyn General for a twitter knitter meetup: Kristin from Yarngasm as well as stitchmistress, knittingknoobie and riaknits were all tweeting about a meetup and lo and behold it happened! It did make me realize something - until I became a serious knitter, I never really went into Brooklyn, especially the northwest part. I only went into Bay Ridge for the in-laws and even then never really left.
Another knitting travel comes from my dad, who went to Greece for the first time since 1998 for three weeks. I sent him on a yarn mission in Thessaloniki to Noulikas, located at Vasileos Irakleiou 15, where he picked up some Maxi-Maxi from Mallia Molokotou which is a 100% wool yarn made in Greece. He even tried looking for yarn from his hometown but said via a phone call to my mom that it wasn't that great.

Knitting Finds
Kristin from the Yarngasm podcast has started up a new knitting blog called Knitnook and I had the honor of being the first interviewee! She focuses on new knitting patterns and etsy finds as well as interviews and I had alot of fun anwering the questions.

Another knitting find is Kate Davies' website and online knitting magazine, Textisles

Thanks to the people at Potter Craft, I have The Knitter's Book of Socks by Clara Parkes of Knitter's Review to review this week for you. It retails for $30 USA and $34 in Canada.
 We also have a look at Jane Austen Knits, which I picked up at the twitter knitter meetup at Brooklyn General.
Closing song: You and Me by Zee Avi
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