Episode 307 – Totally Cool Enough

 

Episode 307

 

Leslie is working on a newly cast on Fort Tryon out of Jill Draper Esopus.  She also cast on Stripe Study, using Wollmeise Twin in Neptun and Leading Men Fiber Arts Cherry Pie to London Fog Gradient.  She cast on the Stone Croft Shawl in Wollmeise Blend in the Little Red Riding Hood colorway.  She cast on Adirondack out of handspun from Lynn, but might change the pattern.

 

Laura is knitting on Kallara by Ambah O’Brien.  It is being knit out of Plucky feet in the Sugar Coated colorway and Republic of Wool in the Wrinkle in Time colorway.  She has also worked on some toe up socks with a fish lips kiss heel out of Nomadic Yarns in the McGonagle colorway

 

Laura has finished Wee Lima out of Another Crafty Girl Worsted in the “Hey, Can I Drive the Bus?” colorway.

 

Laura has finished spinning and plying the Three Waters Farm Corridale in the Homestead Purple colorway on the Lendrum Upright (380 yards).  She has also spun Hello Yarn in the Shy Creature Colorway on Rambouillet on the Ladybug.  

 

Question from A1dawen, “I’m not sure if this has already been asked (I ran a search in the thread but didn’t get any hits!). I’m starting to feel like a more advanced knitter, so I’d like to try my hand at designing patterns. What are your favorite knitting stitch dictionaries?”

Barbara Walker Treasury online

 

Leslie is listening to the Loch Moigh series with Kindle Unlimited.  She’s listened to Matched, and even though it’s the first of a trilogy, she probably won’t finish it..  

 

Laura has been collecting all the books.  Some awesome authors she got to meet at ILA included:

Kwame Alexander

Sarah Weeks

Steve Sheinkin

Lauren Tarshis

Laurie Halse Anderson

Judd Winick

Nikki Grimes

Ruta Sepetys

Jack Gantos

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Candice Fleming

 

Favorite Things:

Upcoming CATTS including Stash Dash

SSK

Stash Dash Prizes

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

Live Podcast 7/18

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Episode 306 – Sloppy Skeins

Leslie is working on a newly cast on Fort Tryon out of Jill Draper Esopus.

Laura is knitting on a Wee Lima out of Another Crafty Girl Worsted in the “Hey, Can I Drive the Bus?” colorway.  She has also cast on Kallara by Ambah O’Brien.  It is being knit out of Plucky feet in the Sugar Coated colorway and Republic of Wool in the Wrinkle in Time colorway.

Leslie has finished the South Marysburgh Slippers out of Dragonfly Fibers in the Valkyrie base.  She also started and finished an Antarktis out of Crave Yarn Thoreau in the Stolen Seas colorway.

Laura has finished 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).  She has also finished a pair of Fish Lips Kiss heel socks out of Desert Vista Dyework in the DVD Logo colorway.

Laura has finished spinning and plying 8oz of Organic Merino from Southern Cross Fibres.  Her total finished yardage of the 2 ply is 1918 yards.  She has spun 1 bobbin of Three Waters Farm Corridale in the Homestead Purple colorway on the Lendrum Upright.  She has also spun a bobbin of Hello Yarn in the Shy Creature Colorway on Rambouillet on the Ladybug.  She also plyed some Hello Yarn Patchwork Kit fiber.  This was the first thing spun on the new Lendrum Saxony.

Book Review: Book of Haps by Kate Davies (20 pounds)

Leslie is listening gave up on The Cycle of Arwan.  She’s now listening to Fragile Things, written and read by Neil Gaiman.  She references her favorite short story, Other People.  She’s reading The Boys and the Bees.

Laura has been reading Christine Feehan’s two new books.  Shadow Rider is the first in a new series and Fire Bound (the 5th in the Sea Haven Sisters series)

Favorite Things:

Upcoming CATTS including Stash Dash

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

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

Live Podcast 7/18

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Episode 305 – Gangly Street kid Answers

Episode 305

 

Leslie has cast on South Marysburgh Slippers out of Dragonfly Fibers in the Valkyrie base.  She started a sleeve on the EvenFlow by Joji Locatelli, out of Must Stash Yarns Sweater Girl in the Queen of Hearts colorway.

 

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).  She has also started a pair of Fish Lips Kiss heel socks out of Desert Vista Dyework in the DVD Logo colorway.

 

Leslie has finished a Fractal Danger out of Knitter’s Nightmare  in the Enchanté colorway.

 

Laura has spun 115 grams of Organic Merino from Southern Cross Fibres.  Next up will be Three Waters Farm Corridale in the Homestead Purple colorway.

 

Leslie finished a Fiber Double Shot Batt set by Moonshine Fiber Company in the Brite & Murky colorways.  It was 2plied on the Hansen and got 402 yards.

 

Book Review: New Heights in Lace Knitting by Andrea Jurgrau

 

Question from Knitgen, “Dear Leslie and Laura,

How do you know/imagine/predict what a braid or batt of fiber will spin up looking as a finished product? Is there a way to have an idea of how it will look using different spinning techniques, 2-ply, 3-ply, fractal spun and so on. I’m tempted by all these beautiful braids and so far my spinning has turned out beautiful but I want to be able to better plan the color/look of my finished yarn. Right now, it feels like a surprise.

If sampling is the answer to my first question. How do you do that? Start with an ounce and try all the different versions? But what if you only have 4 ounces?

I just finished spinning a braid that I spit in half lengthwise, hated spinning the first half, enjoyed the second half and love the final product. The first half was not attractive and I hated it. It took me months to finish this project because of that. I just plied it this morning and was loving the result.

I was thinking of adding a second braid to improve the boring first half, but in the end decided not to. How do you know when to add a second color/braid to the mix. Adding a second color, how do you decide between a solid or a second complimentary variegated.”

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/do-it-natchwoolie

 

Leslie is listening to The Cycle of Arwan.  

 

Laura has been reading  short stories by Grace Draven and Gail Carriger.  She has also read Dragon Storm by Katie McAlister and Wolfsong by T.J.Klune.

 

Favorite Things:

Upcoming CATTS including Stash Dash

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

Foldio 2

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

Yarn Balance for measuring yarn

Live Podcast 7/18

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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

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