Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Episode 43- FO Frenzy

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 43!


This Week’s Segments Included:


Off the Needles
On the Needles
Brainstorming
In My Travels
Events
Knitting in passing
On a Happy Note



I'm officially through my second year of Podcasting! Thank you for all of your support! You make this such a joy!



Off the Needles


Mini Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B Anderson $5 pattern

Yarn: Shasta Daisy Knits
Needles: US 1
Base: Superwash Merino Nylon (80/20 blend) Fingering Weight Yarn in the Colorway: Goldenrod

Thank you to Shasta of Shasta Daisy Knits
I highly recommend you head on over and take a look at her shop!


I also made a second Mini-Sock yarn bunny. My niece Emelyn who turned 10, promptly named him Tid Bit
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby (100% acrylic DK weight)
Needles: US size 3- 3.25 mm needles



Blue Bell Hill Scarf  by Jocelyn Tunney
Free pattern

Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash. 3 shades of gray, two shades of blue. Only purchased skein was navy. 
Needles: US 8



A new shawl design (in progress) for my best friend, Kris' birthday
Yarn: Cephalopod Skinny Bugga! in the Blue Damselfy Colorway
Needles: US 7


Tan House Brook Shawl Update:
-Still in Test Knitting [Round 2]
-Small revisions to make the pattern more symmetrical



Yarn: 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (about 55 yards total)- I used Leftovers Cascade 220 Superwash and Berocco Vintage
Needles: US 6- 4mm & US 7- 4.5 mm

In my opinion, this is a great first colorwork project.


From there I Improvised Baby Mitts to go with it. Full instructions in my Ravelry pattern notes.



On the Needles


Redcedar by Tincanknits from the Cascadia book.
Scarf pattern (which I am modifying to become a blanket)
Needles: US 10.5
Yarn: Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn- bulky



Socks for Dan
Pattern: How I Make Worsted Weight Socks recipe from Susan B Anderson (free)
Yarn: Kenzie
Needles: US 3-3.25mm needles
Cast on 40 stitches! He says they're perfect. Fingers crossed!




Brainstorming


Family Christmas Stockings
All of my cousins have them (except the youngest babies). Need to give this crochet pattern a try! Wish me luck!

From Family Circle Magazine: November 15, 1977



From the Armchair


Here are some things I recommend:


Audio Podcasts
ACTually KNITting Podcast hosted by Michelle


Elise Gets Crafty hosted by Elise Blaha

Video Podcasts
I also found a great tutorial on Ysolda Teague’s blog about weaving in ends.
Mentions for chunky yarn- to split in half and weave in ends separately so it adds less bulk. Genius!



In My Travels
Mom, Dad and I travelled to visit family in St. Louis- March 14-17th
Riley and I knit together



(more on that next episode) 


and we had a ball at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade




Events
On March 23 I taught my GoodReader for Knitting Class at the Stitch House in Dorchester.

Then from 12p-5p took Amy Herzog’s Fit to Flatter Class
Great class! I highly recommend checking out Amy's class if she's coming to a shop or convention near you!




Don't forget to join in our Shawl KAL
Cast on: anytime after February 15th
Finish by: April 30th
Any shawl of any size in any weight.
Max of 2 entries per person. Enter your entries into the Shawl KAL FO Thread by the end of the day on May 1st.
Must be a member of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Group to be eligible to win.
And most importantly- HAVE FUN!
Thanks again for listening! Hope to have you back again soon!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Episode 42- Home for the Afternoon

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 42! This Week’s Segments Included:


Off the Needles
On the Needles
Brainstorming
In My Travels
Events
On a Happy Note
Knitting in Passing
A Contest


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Off the Needles
Heartbreak Shawl by Lisa Mutch




Bunny Slippers Pattern: hopsalot by Tiny Owl Knits.






Fingering Weight and worsted weight version of my shawl design
The Tan House Brook Shawl


Woolen Rabbit Pearl yarn
80% merino, 20% nylon- 400 yards light fingering
US size 7
Feb 8-17th




Neighborhood fiber company Studio worsted in the Charles Centre colorway- light gray- 400 yards superwash merino
US size 9
Feb 20-March 1




Misti Alpaca in a beautiful purple
US size 5 needles
Feb 20-March 3



On the Needles


After thought Heel Socks
Vanilla socks. CO 60 stitches on US 1.5
Paton’s Kroy 55015 Bramble Stripes








Also started another fingering weight Tan House Brook Shawl (or at least that's what I think it will become). After an unsuccessful start at the Antarktis by KallioKnits.


Brainstorming

by Susan B Anderson
$5 US
77-87 yards of fingering on US 1
4 inch tall bunny
Top down seamless! Seems perfect to me.


Contemplating a baby blanket pattern for my friend's new baby.


The first one I made for her was out of Lion Brand Baby’s First Super Bulky. I made the Chalice Baby Blanket on US 10s


This time I'm debating the Blue Diamonds from 60 Quick Baby Blankets or the
Heirloom Baby Blanket by madeline tosh.



In My Travels


North Carolina- February 6-9th
Scrapbooking in Raleigh with the NC Scrappin & Yappin group
Got lots of scrapbooking done.

Took a trip to a yarn shop on Saturday-



Florida. February 21-27th
Dan and I enjoyed our first B&B Experience at the August Sevens Inn

The Daytona 500 was a little less enjoyable with the tornado warnings, rain and cold.





February 28-March 2nd
SPA event in Freeport Maine
I stayed with my friends at the Brewster House B&B
We hit 2 local yarn shops. Mother of Purl and Casco Bay Fibers

Yarns I bought:


Kenzie Navy tweed DK yarn








The Royalsborough Inn had sheep and alpaca (and we got to meet their new lamb). I bought two skeins of fingering weight alpaca- one cream and one tan.



Woolen Rabbit- Pearl Sock Yarn- 400 yards of 80% merino, 20% nylon in a lovely green whose colorway name wasn’t written on the tag.




Superwash Sock- 435 yards of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon
Common Grackle Colorway- self striping


Events


I am teaching at Stitch House in Dorchester
GoodReader for Knitting Class
March 23rd 9-11a $20



Down Cellar Studio Podcast- Shawl Knit a Long
Cast on: anytime after February 15th (yes I know that date already past but if you got excited and cast on hopefully you can still count your project).
Finish by: April 30th (yep, you’ve got lots of time! Enjoy it)
Any shawl of any size in any weight.
Max of 2 entries per person. Enter your entries into the Shawl KAL FO Thread by the end of the day on May 1st.
Must be a member of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Group to be eligible to win.
And most importantly- HAVE FUN!


On a Happy Note
I've been cutting socks into 3 inch sections and using them to put around my yarn cakes to keep them from getting too floppy!


Knitting in passing.
I wore my planche vest in Florida and got talking with a friend of a friend about knitting!


A Contest
Tune in to see if you won a eBook copy of Subversive Socks


Thanks to everyone for participating!!!



Thanks for listening! Talk to you soon!


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