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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Episode 31: Happy Accidents

On the Needles
Working frantically to finish the shawl for my Downton Abbey Swap partner.
Learning to let go and getting knitting mojo back by cleaning out the favorites and the queue, and working on my Summer Flies shawl in an attempt to finish the WIPs. 

Knitting Finds
Propaganda Yarn - Dawn's new Sherlock-inspired colorway, Moriarty, was actually a happy accident.
Olympknits - adorable patterns and video featuring hand-knit athletes, expressing the excitement of the upcoming Olympics in London this summer.
New patterns galore: Hot Child in the City, a Malabrigo Freelance Patterns collection and Starling, a new laceweight sweater from Cecily Glowik MacDonald (great for that in-between weather).
Fun, beautiful and instantly gratifying project bags from YarnPop.
Getting the weaving bug thanks to an article about Ashford's new loom in Knitty - can't wait to try one out!  


Review
Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet - thanks to Hunter Hammersen for sending me a copy! It is even more amazing than the site for the book suggests; highly recommended.

Events
Maryland Sheep and Wool - no plan other than to not buy yarn. Shocking, I know! I will be wandering around and enjoying the festival for what it is, and hopefully meet some of you. I am planning to be on the left side of the Main Exhibition barn (when you are facing it) on the small lawn. I will have a sign.

The Ravelympics are coming soon - and I am very excited to be a part of it this year as a captain for Team Sasquatch, the one-stop team for all of the podcasts. Pick your event, knit/crochet/weave/spin your project and go for gold! FAQs can be found here.

Thanks for Listening!
Closing Song: "Let Go" by Frou Frou

Monday, May 9, 2011

Episode 13: Maryland Sheep and Wool!!!

22 (give or take) of the girls in my knitting group came by plane, train and automobile to Maryland Sheep and Wool. You heard them all in the opener.

On the Needles:
 With my Twisted Sisters Petite Voodoo in Green Teas(e) and Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk in Kiwi, I am making the Cabled Feather Cowl.

What I also did was reorganize a few things in my projects page - I finally put the Pickadilly, the Fiddlehead Mittens and a French Press Cozy under hibernation.

Knitting Finds

Continuing the review of the spring and summer pattern releases - focusing on Knitty Spring + Summer 2011 this week. Really liking a lot of the sock patterns - all 4 are done in solid colored yarns and feature a lot of cables and texture in their patterns as opposed to lace. My two favorites are Ornamental and Susanna.

Lots of shawls as usual - the styling of the Omelet shawl is fun though I am more of a rectangular stole person myself. Really like  the Rondeur Sweater - between this and knitscene there are PLENTY of short sleeve tees to knit up and you can even turn them into sweaters for the winter by nmaking the sleeves longer - even elbow length would be great.

Do want to mention a new pattern that came out recently from a New Zealand designer named Christine Jeffrey: the Colosseo Moebius cowl.

Knitting Travels

I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend! Saw 21 of the other girls in my knitting group, picked up yarn that I did not have in my stash and got some awesome tools. 

Events and Knit-Along

Either he has finally accepted that I am a knitter and that the yarn will not go away, or the apocalypse has arrived - Mel, the ultimate disenabler has not only asked when Rhinebeck is, but if we can borrow my parents car to actually go up on Sunday, October 16. Won't be able to go to events like Black Sheep Gathering or Sock Summit sadly, but I am already going to start saving up my money in the jar again.  

What I am really trying to do next year is to either go to Madrona or Stitches West - coincides with Midwinter Recess in the NYC school system which is from February 20-24, or Black Sheep which is at the end of June and school literally ends the day before. Yup, already looked at the calendar. 


Bit of an update regarding the Rose Lace Stole Knit-A-Long: unfortunately, Kristin from the Yarngasm podcast won't be able to co-host the knit-along (yay wedding planning!!!) so I will be hosting it myself - welcome to the Yarngasm listeners! 

Right now, the prizes stand as just the Velvet Hippo Stitch Markers, but I will keep you posted. Do post about your progress: any tips, knitting trainwrecks, what yarn you are using in the thread, and when you are done, post a photo of the FO in the Finished Shawl thread. Again, the KAL will end on June 30 and the thread will be closed that day; 2 winners will be chosen by RNG. 

Fin!

Closing Song: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele from 21

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Episode 12: Back from the South

Off the Needles:

I completed the Monkey Socks! 


Now that I have finished my first Cookie A pattern, I'm looking to start another of the free patterns that also re-appear in knit.sock.love - which pair of cookie a socks should I knit next? Any suggestions? 

On the Needles


The Castle Pullover is scarily entering a state of hibernation...in the glove compartment of my parents' car. 


I also began my first Ysolda project: Ripley

Knitting Finds
The new Knitscene is out - great first summer issue! Love the Amy Christoffers section the best. Still puzzled over the French Creek skirt and the Clipper Mitts.
Knitting Travels
Went to South Carolina with side trips to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and to Savannah. MEt up with my friend Mary Beth and had Chick-fil-A and went to Hobby Lobby. AMAZING. Petted an angora bunny at the Biltmore Estate. Picked up Twisted Sisters Petite Voodoo in Grean Teas(e) and Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk in Kiwi from Wild Fibre in Savannah. Knitted in the golf cart while Mel played golf (I refuse to play since I stink at it and I'm left-handed; no left-handed set of clubs to be had in his family). Drank alot of Arnold Palmers.
Confirmed that my Travelling Woman shawl is indeed cursed (horrible car karma) as we got a stuck in traffic for 3 hours on I-95, got caught in the 62 tornadoes along the VA/NC border, got a nail in the tire and discovered it in Asheville, the gas gauge broke AND stuck in traffic for another three hours heading into Staten Island. In that order.
Events and Knit-A-Longs

Ravelry Meet-up at Knitty City was two weeks ago. 

Maryland Sheep and Wool vendors are UP! I have started my preparation by making a list of what I want to get yarn for and taking stock of what I have.


Beginning a Knit-A-Long for the Rose Lace Stole from Interweave Knits, Spring 2011 with Kristin of the Yarngasm podcast. Here are the rules (taken from Kristin's blog, as she wrote them out wonderfully):

  • The KAL officially begins May 1st.
  • On that day, Kristin and I will post a thread in our Ravelry groups for participating listeners to discuss the KAL and share their progress, etc.
  • Choose a group (Team YarnGasm or Team Subway Knits-- it really doesn't matter, this is just for fun)
  • KAL ends June 30th. On that date, Maria and I will pick 1 winner from each group using a random number generator.
  • Each winner will receive a set of stitch markers from Velvet Hippo.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Episode 11: Equal Opportunity Yarnies Unite!

On the Needles
Did the heel for the Monkey socks and now working on the foot.

Knitting Trainwrecks
Still working on the Castle Pullover, but gauge is creating a bit of a detour.

Swatch & Learn
This segment is where I talk about tips and tricks I picked up about knitting and what I do to help make knitting easier and more manageable. And soon, I will begin my Knitting History series, so long as there is still interest - picked up No Idle Hands: A Social History of American Knitting from the NYPL and while it can get a bit tedious and dense, I LOVE it. It's really great to know more about the origins and the history of a craft because you learn what happened in the past that perhaps played a role or influenced what we do today.

There was a bit of discussion in the Ravelry group on why I had a bajillion stitch markers on my Castle Pullover, even though the pattern didn't call for it.

Knitting Finds
This week is the start of the Second Annual Knit and Crochet Blog Week. The first topic was about two different yarns. My post is here, but thinking about acrylic and sock yarn opened up another issue that I have been thinking about for awhile: yarn snobbery and yarn as currency.

Events
Knitty City will be having its monthly Ravelry meetup on April 7 (from 6-8pm).

Maryland Sheep and Wool! I will be there on May 6. Still no vendors yet! General tip for now: go with a basic idea of the things you want so that you don't overspend. 

I am extending the lottery that I am running with Reni of Knit Girl in Idaho for the Japan stitchmarkers - thank you to those who have donated and participated so far! The information is here, and the lottery sign-up thread is here. I will be extending it to April 10. 

Fin!
Closing Song: "Arrivederci" by Emi Meyer from Curious Creature
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