Episode 249 – With Two Giveaways

 

Episode 249

Laura is knitting on 2 color Beanie out of Cleckheaton Australian Superfine Merino. She has also cast on 2 new projects, Citron and Clincher.  Citron is being knit on size 4 needles out of Into the Whirled merino silk in the Abercrombie colorway.  Clincher is being knit out of Knitty and Color in the Bitchin’ colorway with Numma Numma jukebox as the contrast color.  Laura’s stripy purse socks are Inspiration Dyeworks.

 

Leslie is knitting a pair of Spring Showers out of Skein Yarn in the Fig colorway as a barter for long arm quilting one of her quilts.  She’s finished the first one and begun the second one.

 

Leslie has not spun, but has been processing a Romney fleece from RB 2014. She has worked through about ⅓ of the carding.

 

Laura has been spinning cormo singles to 3-ply.  Next on the wheel is a Woolpierogi batt for thefatsquirrel gratitude kal.

 

Sewing – Leslie put binding on the value quilt.  She also received back her long-arm barter quilt from Miss Marker’s Quilts (fabulous!) and now has to square up the edges and attach binding.  She also sewed five diaper covers from danamadeit.com as part of a baby shower gift..

 

Question from kizmet, “How do you spin batts? Particularly ITTW as? I’ve been holding a Captain Tightpants batt but don’t know how to begin. I don’t want a gradient,must rather some barber-piled goodness. Thanks much virtual-girrllfriends.

 

Book Review: Socks for Jeans by Deborah Tomasello ($8.00 rav download)

 

What we are reading:

Leslie finished the first three of the Shadow Quest series by Kiersten Fay (paranormal space romance), The Winner’s Curse (Fantasy), The Scribe (Urban Fantasy), and Entreat Me (Fantasy/Romance).  She is now listening to the Princepts Fury (5th in the series) audiobook.

 

Laura has read Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen and Rain Reign by Ann Martin. She has listened to Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

 

Favorite Things

Giveway: Marigold Jen

Giveaway: Skink No Surrender

Laura is teaching at the Loopy Ewe

SSK KAL #2

Three Waters Farm Scholarship

Events in the future

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Episode 248 – Bestie-versary

 

Episode 248

Laura is knitting on 2 color Beanie out of Cleckheaton Australian Superfine Merino. She started Apple Cider Donut out of Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in the Clematis colorway on size 9 needles.  She will restart it in May.  Laura is also knitting on a Top Down Bonnet out of Marigold Jen in the Yoshi colorway.

 

Leslie is knitting on her Bridgewater out of Madelinetosh lace in the Silver Fox colorway. She is also working on a pair of Vanilla Bean socks out of Fishknits strong heart base in the “After the Storm” colorway.  She also started a pair of Spring Showers out of Skein Yarn in the Fig colorway as a barter for long arm quilting one of her quilts.

 

Laura has finished :

Jackaroo

Rock Steady

Kirsten Kapur mystery shawl from 2014 (algiers).

2 Golden Pears

Luuk

Imperial Stock Ranch Thrummed Slippers

 

Leslie has not spun, but has been processing a Romney fleece from RB 2014.

 

Laura has plied 2 skeins of Puppy Dog Tails in SW Merino from Southern Cross Fibre.  She has also plied some Squoosh fiber.  All 3 are around 200 yards and intended for the Less is More Sweater.  She also has spun and plied some Southern Cross Fibre out of Kent Romney Wooltop.  It is 400 yards of a 2-ply.

 

Sewing – Leslie put backing and sashing on the value quilt she has been working on, and started attaching the binding.  She also sewed a One Hour Basket for Laura.

 

Question from CordeliaHKnits, “Since podcasting for the last few years, what has doing this podcast taught/given you? Whether it be about people, knitting, technical aspects, etc.”

What we are reading:

Leslie finished the first four of the Kate Daniels/Magic Bites series by Ilona Andrews.  She is now listening to the Captain’s Fury (4th in the series) audiobook.

 

Laura has read Scat by Carl Hiaason and Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper.

 

Favorite Things

Wedding gifts

Your faces!

Doorprizes for SSK

Stash Dash

SSK KAL #2

Three Waters Farm Scholarship

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Episode 247 – Queen of Bartering

 

Episode 247

Laura is knitting on 2 color Beanie out of Cleckheaton Australian Superfine Merino.  Jackaroo is in the seaming stage (just side seams and pockets to go) and then button bands and collar will be knit.  Rock Steady is also in progress.  Second sock is on the foot.  The yarn being used is Hazel Knits.  Laura has also worked on her Kirsten Kapur mystery shawl from 2014 (algiers).  It is out of WM in the Elfe colorway.  Laura has also cast on a basic toe up sock in the “Come What May” colorway from Knitcircus yarns.

 

Leslie is knitting on her Bridgewater out of Madelinetosh lace in the Silver Fox colorway. She is also working on a pair of Vanilla Bean socks out of Fishknits strong heart base in the “After the Storm” colorway.  She also started a pair of Spring Showers as a barter for long arm quilting one of her quilts.

 

Laura has finished the Irene Adler shawl by Kirsten Kapur out of WM lace in a we’re different colorway.  It was knit on size 6 needles and modifications included added around 200 silver beads.

 

Question from Knittyvankat, “I was wondering, and this might be silly, but when you swatch for a sweater or a large project that needs swatching, do you use the needles you intend to use on the project or do you use DPNs or straights? Would it matter if you used different needles than the intended?”

 

What we are reading:

Leslie finished The Change by Teyla Brandton and Master of Crows by Grace Draven.  She is now alternating between Cursor’s Fury (3rd in the series) and The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer for audiobooks.

 

Laura has read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

Favorite Things

Your faces!

Drawing for Elegant Economy Pattern Collection

Doorprizes for SSK

Stash Dash

SSK KAL #2

Three Waters Farm Scholarship

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Episode 246 – Acceptable Failure

 

Episode 246

Laura is knitting on 2 color Beanie out of Cleckheaton Australian Superfine Merino. She has also cast on the Irene Adler shawl by Kirsten Kapur out of WM lace in a we’re different colorway.  Jackaroo back and fronts are done and the sleeves will be done today.

 

Leslie is working an Etherial Tank in Hazelknits Filigree lace Ruby Love colorway  held double on a size 4/3.5mm needle.  She picked back up her Bridgewater out of Madelinetosh lace in the Silver Fox colorway. She also swatched for Fuse by Veronik Avery but isn’t sure it’s going to work.

 

Leslie plied 7oz of Spinning Straw Into Gold with Jaggerspun Zephyr and got 1406 yds of a fingering weight 2ply.

 

Question from shing, “I’m diving into my deeply hidden WIPs to try to finish them up and find that I didn’t mark where I was in the pattern when they “disappeared” into the closet. Do you have a suggestion of what I can do, because it’s scaring me to even try!”

 

Pattern Collection Review: Date Night by Elegant Economy ($5-$7 per pattern)

What we are reading:

Leslie finished reading The Fall of Hyperion.  She finished Wings of Retribution by Sara King.  She is now alternating between Academ’s Fury (2nd in the series) and The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer for audiobooks.

 

Laura has read Space Case and Poached.  Both are middle school (ages 9 and up) age fiction by Stuart Gibbs.

 

Favorite Things

Spools quilt progress

New handspun tags from Gusler Designs

Fundraiser for shelter dogs with list of prizes

Kickstarter dilemma

 

Upcoming Events

Hey That’s Super contest

SSK Scholarship winner chosen!

Scholarship is sponsored by Three Waters Farm

 

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