Episode 186 – Word Of The Day

Episode 186

Laura has cast on  a pair of toe-up afterthought heel socks using Must Stash Yarns in the 10 Days of Fiesta colorway. She is using Trekking XXL in color 62 for the contrast heel and cuff.  She has also cast on a Honey Cowl out of Madtosh Pashmina in the Steam Age colorway.  She is knitting it on size 6 needles.  She is also knitting on the Barley hat from Tin Can Knits Simple Collection.  She is using size 6 and 8 needles and is knitting it out of Knitting Boutique Patapsco in the Chocolate Bark colorway.

Leslie cast on new projects this week.  Vanilla socks out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts in the Great Northwest colorway, two at a time on one circular needle.  She also cast on the Cafe Macchiato socks by Marian Molden in “Thank You For Being A Friend” by Knitter’s Nightmare.  She has finished the weaving portion of the skirt in the Kismet book we reviewed last week.

Laura has finished the Long Beanie by Woolly Wormhead using size 10 needles and Knitting Boutique Monocacy Yarn in the Carribean Waters colorway.

Leslie has finished the knitting part of her Delancey Cardigan by Alexis Winslow in Fat Squirrel Fibers Leslie Is A Lush and Medallion Red colorways.

Leslie has spun nothing this week

Laura has spun singles of Targhee from Hello Yarn in the Ahh  The Vacuum! colorway.  She has plied the Loop Loves Laura bump from Loop Fibers (430 yards) and a 6oz batt from a local vendor that had everything but the kitchen sink in it.

Book Review: Cozy Knits by Tanis Gray

Questions from Foreverknitting31:

Question: What was the first spinning wheel for each and which one is a good for a beginner spinner?

Question: what is your worse knitting mistake and what did you learn from it?

Favorite Things:

Akerworks

Family Antics

Beck’s Hat kal

Knittwench giveaway and 10% off any purchase with the code, “Girllls”

Kismet Giveaway-You can still use the code “knitgirllls” for 10% off

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Leslie is obsessed with knitting, and when possible, perfection in her knitting. All stripey socks must match exactly and all lace must be blocked severely. She has major love for all of her viewers/readers and hopes to keep blogging and podcasting for years to come.

One Response to Episode 186 – Word Of The Day

  1. Erin F says:

    Wow! We had two new members to the Akerworks group on Ravelry so I had to find your podcast (I am more of a spinner than a knitter, so I didn’t know about you!). I love your personalities. You make this very fun.

    Thanks for reviewing the Akerworks bobbins. I was an early adopter of the bobbins and I gotta say – they are awesome and the people behind them are just as nice as you say. They really do want things to work right. That is why they do real testing for the bobbins and why, of his own volition, Adan created “The Unthinkable” thread because he really wanted people to give him all the bad news, not just the praise.

    Funny you should mention the storage ends. Okay, first of all, I’m still insisting on calling the “ends” bobwhos (bobbin whorls) and I have, right now, testing bobwhos which are storage bobwhos. I was totally into the idea of being able to remove the bobwhos and just have a bunch of central cores. Adan’s first build of the storage bobwhos didn’t work well (we had what Adan called a “bobsplosion”) but it is possible. As you mentioned, the yarn is pressed against the bobwho and is under tension, so if you remove the ends with the yarn on it, well, think of the worst kind of yarn tangle you’ve ever had and that is pretty much what you end up with. Gods help you if you were spinning cobweb yarn! Anyway, I think the storage bobwho idea kind of fell to the back burner because of the number of people wanting bobbins for, say, Schacht or other makers, outstripped the need for a storage bobwho. I have them on one of my spinning accessory shelves and I promise I will add that to my Fiberlutions for 2014 – “Test Akerworks new(er) design Storage Bobwhos”

    I was interested to hear how excited people are about the travel flat pack. I don’t do a lot of traveling with my wheel, so I didn’t realize just HOW useful that would be. People talked about it, but it drove it home to actually see the two of you talking about it.

    There is a Ravelry Group “Akerworks Bobbins & Stuff” if anyone wants to see what users are saying about them. They do spin a little differently from the maker-brand bobbins, so people might want to hear it from users as to how they spin differently on THAT particular wheel.

    I know I sound like a marketing agent for Akerworks, but I’m really just a big fan. I love the bobbins. My favorite design is Bike Tyre. I loved that when invited to do a little testing, Adan asked me what color I wanted and I said, “give me Johnny Cash in Bike Tyre” and he knew exactly what I meant.

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