Episode 304 – Speckles & Sparkles

Episode 304

 

Leslie has been working on a pair of Vanilla Is The New Black out of Nomadic Yarns in the Dobby Is A Free Elf colorway.  She also started a Fractal Danger out of Knitter’s Nightmare  in the Enchanté colorway.  She’s still plugging away slowly on the Nuvem out of Plucky Classics “Funny Affair At Tiffany’s”

 

Laura is knitting on a I Heart Rainbows sweater by Tin Can Knits.  She is using The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Charcoal and a Loopy’s Paintbox Kit.  She has gone down to size 1.5 needles (2.5mm)

 

Leslie has finished the Inara wrap by Ambah O’Brien out of WoolSilkLace Merino/nylon.  1250 meters for stash dash.  Breezy Cardigan out of Leading Men Fiber Arts Copper Cloud.

 

Laura has finished Golden Sand by Joji.  This is part of the Sight is Life ebook.  She knit it on size 5 needles using vintage stash.  This is Numma Numma on the half shell.  She also finished a pair of socks of of Berry Colorful Yarning in the House Cup colorway.  It is on a superwash Targhee/Nylon base.  Current Stash Dash total is 3361.74 meters.

 

Laura has not spun this week.

 

Leslie finished 2oz of a (no longer sold) Fiber Double Shot Batt by Moonshine Fiber Company.

 

Book Review: Baby Botanicals by Alana Dakos ($12 ebook)

 

Question from Thumperina, “Hello Ladies!

Laura now that it is Stash Dash how many hour on average do you spend knitting daily while you are on break from school? When the first day of summer hits for me and I don’t have to teach, I go crazy with knitting and spinning.”

 

Leslie is listening to The Lightning Struck Heart and is re-reading the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.  Kobe is listening to Dawn of Wonder.

 

Laura has been reading the Spook Squad series by Keri Arthur.  She has also finished Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep, Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh, and reread some Nora Roberts and Shelly Laurenston.

 

Favorite Things:

Upcoming CATTS including Stash Dash

Dates of SAL/KAL June 1st-Stash Dash end

TNNA June 10/11 in DC and Indiana farm fun

Laura will be in Boston for ILA July 9th-11th.

Portland Retreat Announcement

Wonderful Patreon Supporters

 

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TheKnitGirllls Ep303 – Blunder Thunder

Leslie has been working on the Inara wrap by Ambah O’Brien out of WoolSilkLace Merino/nylon.  She also started a pair of Vanilla Is The New Black out of Nomadic Yarns in the Dobby Is A Free Elf colorway.

 

Laura is knitting on Golden Sand by Joji.  This is part of the Sight is Life ebook.  She is knitting it on size 5 needles using vintage stash.  This is Numma Numma on the half shell.

 

Laura has finished a pair of socks out of Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Zombody Loves the Knitgirllls colorway.  She also finished a baby hat (no pattern) out of Neely’s Knits and Madelintosh.  She also finished a pair of socks in Nomadic Yarns.

 

Laura spun superwash Targhee in the “fluff” colorway from Hello Yarn.  It is a 3 ply (228 yards)  She also spun and Into the whirled batt and plyed it with a purple batt for a 2-ply (710 yards).  She chain plyed the leftovers of the ITW batt (72 yards).  Then she spun and chain plyed a Loop bump (386 yards).  Finally, she spun and 2-plyed Polwarth top from SCF in the Galah colorway.  It is 350 yards of a 2-ply.

 

Question from wwallet, “The young lady that does my hair was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer. She is close to our family (cuts all of our hair) and is a patient of my husband’s. I have two skeins (but I am not opposed to using just one for this and saving the other for something else) of Madelintosh MCN in the Whiskers color way and would like to make her a special shawl. I am always knitting in the chair when she’s doing my hair and she always says, “What are you knitting today?” I think this would be special to her during her treatment. Can you suggest something that wouldn’t be lacy but would be cozy and say “you’ve got this”???”

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/positive-thoughts-1

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pebble-beach-shawl

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/imagine-when

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/inner-peace

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/groovy-lace-or-fingering-weight

 

Leslie is listening to Mistborn and reading the Fortune’s Rising by Sara King.  Kobe is listening to the Timebound series by Rysa Walker and reading the third in the Lockwood & Co series, and has started the Mercedes Lackey Arrows Trilogy.  

Laura has read Eidolon by Grace Draven (she also reread Radiance the first in the series) .  She has also read some Katie McAlister dragon novels.  She finished listening to Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews  and has begun The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston.  She is about to begin reading some YA books including: The Trials of Apollo, The Borden Murders, and the Chess Queen Enigma.

 

Favorite Things:

Upcoming CATTS including Stash Dash

Dates of SAL/KAL June 1st-Stash Dash end

TNNA June 10/11 in DC

Live podcast for stash dash check in 6/9 at 7pm est

Wonderful Patreon Supporters

 

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Episode 302 – Scandalous

Episode 302

 

Leslie has been working on the Evenflow by Joji Locatelli out of Must Stash Sweater Girl yarn in Queen of Hearts colorway, slightly modifying the front band and pockets.  She started the Inara wrap by Ambah O’Brien out of WoolSilkLace Merino/nylon.  She worked a little bit on the Nuvem out of Plucky Classics.

 

Laura is knitting a pair of socks out of Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Zombody Loves the Knitgirllls colorway.

 

Laura has finished nada

 

Leslie has finished a Celadon out of Neighborhood Fiber Studio DK in the Shades of Umber gradient paired with Mondawmin.  

 

Laura has been spinning some superwash Targhee in the “fluff” colorway from Hello Yarn.  It will be a 3 ply.

 

Question from astroknot.  “Hello Laura and Leslie–lotsa questions for you today

1) Laura, do you know if there’s a way to search patterns or projects for body types? My body type is close to yours and it seems like it’d be a useful way to go digging for things.

2) for the both of you: I have a wheel but I’m still a n00b, as it were. Could you please help me understand ratios? Specifically, I have a hard time telling when I should use the big end of a bobbin or the little end, and the big whorl or little whorl, and in what combination I should be aiming for if my yarn is slippery, or sticky, or I want to do long draw, or etc.

3) So, I got a cool academic job (yay! now all I have to do is graduate!) in Puerto Rico. Do either of you have advice or resources about shipping spinning wheels? do I disassemble my darling Ladybug? is it gonna cost me $300? would I be better off taking it as a checked item on the plane? Halp!”

 

Book review: Knit Superheroes by Rebecca Danger

 

Leslie is listening to Mistborn, Kobe is listening to the Timebound series by Rysa Walker and reading the third in the Lockwood & Co series, and has started the Mercedes Lackey Arrows Trilogy.  

Laura has read Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop, Shadowbound by Bec McMaster, Your Idea Starts Here by Carolyn Eckert, and the third in the Innkeeper series by Ilona Andrews.  She is listening to Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews  

 

Favorite Things:

Upcoming CATTS including Stash Dash

Dates of SAL/KAL June 1st-Stash Dash end

Juliannasfibre giveaway

TNNA June 10/11 in DC

Live podcast for stash dash check in 6/9 at 7pm est

Middle TN Fiber festival

Stranded Podcast

Cultivate and Create podcast

Wonderful Patreon Supporters

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Episode 301- There Was No Cake

Episode 301

 

Leslie is knitting on a Celadon out of Neighborhood Fiber Studio DK in the Shades of Umber gradient paired with Mondawmin.  She also has been working on the Evenflow by Joji Locatelli out of Must Stash Sweater Girl yarn in Queen of Hearts colorway, slightly modifying the front band and pockets.  She started on a random bulky blanket of indeterminate design in an attempt to put a dent into stash dash.

Other shawls we want to knit:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lamina-wrap

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pure-joy-2

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/3-color-cashmere-shawl

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/myndie

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/inara-wrap

 

Laura is knitting a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks out of Black Trillium Fibres Merilon Sock in Phantom.  She has also started a pair of toe up socks with a fish lips kiss heel out of Berry Colorful Yarnings in the HP colorway.   She has also knit on a barn raising square out of wm pure in graf ratz. She is starting a pair of socks out of Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Zombody Loves the Knitgirllls colorway.

 

Laura has finished all the baby things.  She knit a Bella Rose using size 7 and 6 needles and Tosh Vintage in the Rose colorway.  She also knit a Milo out of Skein DK and another out of Gales Art DK.  She knit a Like Sleeves for Babies out of an unknown fingering weight yarn (pre 2008 stash)

 

Laura and Leslie have been spinning nothing this week.

 

Question from Nightowlknitter, “I’m in the process of designing my perfect knitting essentials accessory kit (darning needles, tape measure, scissors, etc). I was wondering what you two considered the perfectly stocked kit for knitting. Also for spinning.”

 

Leslie is listening to Mistborn, Kobe is listening to the Timebound series by Rysa Walker and reading the third in the Lockwood & Co series, and has started the Mercedes Lackey Arrows Trilogy.  Laura has been reading Shepard’s Crown by Terry Pratchet.  

 

Favorite Things:

Upcoming CATTS including Stash Dash

Dates of SAL/KAL June 1st-Stash Dash end

MDSW Miss Babs Prize

Juliannasfibre giveaway

TNNA June 10/11 in DC

Live podcast for stash dash check in 6/9 at 7pm est

SSK stuff including classes

Wonderful Patreon Supporters!

 

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