Episode 283 – Desert Vista Down

 

Episode 283

Leslie is  knitting a pair of plain socks out of a Gale’s Art Sock Blank and Winchester Plaid, Anti-Posession Mittens out of Brooklyn Tweed.

 

Laura  is knitting Behind the Sun by Cate Carter-Evans.  You can find the kits on Infinite Twist.  She is knitting it on size 8 needles.  She has cast on 2 new projects this week.  The first is a pair of toe-up socks out of Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Zombody it’s cold outside.  She has also cast on Love of Spiders by Melanie Berg.

Laura has finished a pair of Regia socks out of Arne and Carlos series.  She is using size 0 needle.  Wendyknits Numbers

Leslie finished a Citron Grand out of handspun.  

Laura has been washing a Romney fleece from Ross Farms.  She has finished clun forest from Knit Spin Farm that was spun on the S-R (400 yards of a 2-ply).  She has also spun a batt from Knit Spin Farm (250 yards, 2-ply).  She just started spinning some Wool Pierogi rolags for Eloise.

 

Leslie plied the Something Wicked colorway of Fiberoptic Merino/Silk and got 374 yards.

 

Book Review: Practical Spinners Guide to Wool by Larson ($27)

Question from Scrapfaire, “ This question is for Laura because Leslie doesn’t like pompoms… Do you find if you buy a pompom maker they turn out better, I’ve made a couple and they aren’t as round or chubbie as I’d like… I have pom pom envy and since you have a craftsy affiliate program and they have a sale, I used your link to purchase yarn for a Baabable hat! I want to make sure i have a suitable pom pom and I’m hoping to debut this hat at Vogue Knitting Live (um, that part means I’ll be on Leslie lookout… I’m sure there will only be one of those popular hats there)”  Stephen West PomPom it

 

Leslie finished reading a bunch of silly romancey novels.

 

Laura has been watching Galavant.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B9rjRzlWtU

She is listening to the second Charley Davidson series.  She has been reading the Black Blade series by Jennifer Estep and the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan.

 

Favorite Things:

DFW fiber festival

Vogue Knitting Live

Infinite Twist Kit, Behind the Sun, Giveaway

Another Crafty Girl

CATT New Technique

Starts Jan 1-March 31st  First Prize from Another Crafty Girl

Wonderful Patreon Supporters!

First Live Q&A 1/15/16

SSK Money

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Episode 282 – Effort+Love

Leslie is  knitting a pair of plain socks out of a Gale’s Art Sock Blank and a Citron Grand out of handspun.  

 

Laura  is knitting Behind the Sun by Cate Carter-Evans.  You can find the kits on Infinite Twist.  She is knitting it on size 8 needles.  She is also working on a pair of Regia socks.  She is using size 0 needle. She has swatched for Puddle Duck out of Miss Babs, Kid Owlet out of Knitpicks, and Love of Spiders out of Sunshine Yarns.   Laura has mended holes in 2 pairs of socks and tried out the travel Gleener.

 

Laura has finished a pair of Maize out of Mission Falls 1824 Wool in color #4 on size 6 needles.

 

Leslie finished and framed two cross stitch pieces.  She also finished another as a pillow.

 

Laura has been washing a Romney fleece from Ross Farms.  She has also finished spinning the Polwarth/Silk from Three Waters Farm in the Honky Tonk colorway.  She got 680 yards of a 2-ply.  She has also core spun some dewdrop lights using Hobbledehoy battlings.  She is in the process of plying some clun forest from Knit Spin Farm that was spun on the S-R.

 

Leslie spun (but has not plied) the Something Wicked colorway of Fiberoptic Merino/Silk.

 

Book Review:  New Lace by Rosemary Hill (24.99)

 

Question from Islandfield, “How is yarn from an electric spinner different than wheel spun yarn…I understand they are both called hand spun but if yarn is spun on an electric spinner it seems more commercial? I’ve never used an electric spinner so don’t know how it compares technically for the user…seems like yarn from a wheel would be more precious???”

 

Leslie finished reading About A Dragon, What A Dragon Should Know by GA Aiken.  She also read Storm’s Heart, Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison.  She just started Last Dragon Standing.

 

Laura has been watching the librarians.  She has finished the Steel and Stone series by Annette Marie.  She is listening to the second Charley Davidson series.

Favorite Things:

DFW fiber festival

Vogue Knitting Live

Infinite Twist Kit, Behind the Sun, Giveaway

CATT New Technique

Pickleball

Starts Jan 1-March 31st

Wonderful Patreon Supporters!

 

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Episode 281 – Gateway Craft

Leslie is  knitting a pair of plain socks out of a Gale’s Art Sock Blank and a Citron Grand out of handspun.  She’s working on some cross stitch but isn’t showing it.

Laura  is knitting Behind the Sun by Cate Carter-Evans.  You can find the kits on Infinite Twist.  She is also working on a pair of Regia socks.  She is using size 0 needle and has been playing with tensioning yarn this week.

Laura has finished  Wild Goose Shawlette out of Shalimar Yarns in the Aerie base in the Whales Tales colorway. She also finished the socks for her BIL out of Socks That Rock Mediumweight in the Angry Elf colorway using size 2.5 needles.  She also knit a baby hat from the small and clever set in the Sweet Pickles book.  It is out of Cashvero and was knit on size 5s.

Laura processed a pound of Romney out of a fleece from Ross Farms.  It was part of Beck’s Christmas gift.

Book Review: Cast Iron Cast On by Becky Herrick and Calley Hastings (16.95)

Question from allthatcakeknit, “Hey Leslie and Laura,

Do you have any tips for spinning a consistent yarn with a drop spindle

Mine is still thick and thin after about a month. When does the yarn begin look better?

Thanks!”

Leslie finished listening to Voyager .  She reread Dragon Actually and is reading About A Dragon both by GA Aiken.  She also read Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison.

Laura has been watching the librarians.  She has also been reading the Steel and Stone series by Annette Marie.  She is going to download the second Charley Davidson series.

Favorite Things:

Craft Management thread ideas

DFW fiber festival

Vogue Knitting Live

Ply giveaway

Shalimar Yarns Giveaway

New to You Technique CATT – produced something Leslie had never heard of invisible stranding

Starts Jan 1-March 31st

Wonderful Patreon Supporters!

 

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Episode 280 – Back From the Future

Leslie is  knitting a pair of plain socks out of a Gale’s Art Sock Blank.  

 

Laura  is knitting Wild Goose Shawlette out of Shalimar Yarns in the Aerie base in the Whales Tales colorway.  She is also working on a pair of Maize out of Mission Falls 1824 Wool in color #4 on size 6 needles.  She is about to cast on a pair of socks out of Socks That Rock Mediumweight in the Angry Elf colorway using size 2.5 needles.

 

Leslie finished an embroidered panel and a cross stitch project, both gifts.

 

Laura has finished the Goats of Inversnaid hat by Kate Davies.  It was knit with Kate’s new yarn Buachaille on size 3 needles (next time I need to use 1s and 2s).  She has also finished an Ice River hat by Helen Stewart.  It was knit using Fibre Company Tundra on size 10 needles.

 

Leslie corespun a KnitSpinFarm batt on a core of Zephyr silk/wool.  She got 214 yds.

 

Book Review: Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop ( $17.95)  There is also a Kindle edition for $10

 

Magazine Review: PLY Singles Winter 2015

 

Question from Patroth, “I am currently knitting on yarn that I love how it feels and looks but I hate knitting it. It’s silk and cashmere (cry me a river right?) but I don’t do lace and it’s super slippery. I have cast on at least four different projects and then frogged them. The current project is turning out fine, is a long tall cowl, but there is another skein! I need to use it because it’s way out of my price point but man I’m just not sure what to do with the yarn.”

 

Leslie is listening to Voyager .  She read A Hint of Frost (paranormalish romance)

Laura has read Squashed by Joan Bauer.  She is currently reading the sequel to Jackaby, Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Favorite Things:

 

Crochet Hooks Giveaway

Craft Management thread ideas

BurdaStyle Online course

DFW fiber festival

Vogue Knitting Live

Ply giveaway

New to You Technique CATT

Starts Jan 1-March 31st

Wonderful Patreon Supporters!

 

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