Episode 238 – Swatch Happy

 

Episode 238

 

Laura is knitting on a pair of very old Opal socks.  She is knitting them on addi turbo size 0 needles and using colorway “Parrot.”  She has been working on her Allis shawl out of wm dk in the Stella Polaris colorway

 

Leslie is knitting on a pair of socks out of Yarn Vs Zombies in the Sunrise colorway.  She is also working on Pumpkin Ale by Ysolda Teague out of Wollmeise DK in Campari Piccolo.  She swatched in two reds: Ruby Love Hazelknits Laceweight (held double) on 3’s and 4’s, and Must Stash Sweater Girl in Queen of Hearts on 7’s. Meadowlark

 

Laura has finished a pair of toe-up afterthought heel socks with mini short row gussets.  She knit them using the Knitters Pride Nova Platina needles size 1 (2.25) and Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in the Color Accents Lime colorway.

 

Leslie finished a pair of Atlantic Current Socks by Meliabella out of Leading Men Fiber Arts Spotlight in Toxic Gas, but they’ve already been sent off to the recipient.  She started some “un-paper towels” for a friend.

 

Book Review: A Head for Trouble by Julie Turjoman ($19.95)

 

Question from SOEdragon, “I know that both of you buy fleeces and process your own fiber. I was curious about what drum carder you have, why you picked that carder, and what range of fibers you have processed on your drum carder.”  Leslie has the Fancy Kitty Kitten drum carder and Laura has the Strauch Petite.

 

What we are reading:

Leslie finished the Tower Lord series on Audible, and moved on to the first in the Iron Druid Chronicles.  She is also reading Firefight by Brandon Sanderson.

 

Laura has finished the Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde

 

Favorite Things

Magnolia Fiber Festival

Fiber festival in Oxford

SSK groups

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Episode 237 – Negative knitting

 

Episode 237

 

Laura is knitting on a pair of very old Opal socks.  She is knitting them on Knitpicks size 1.5 (2.5mm) and using colorway “Parrot.”  She also started the Baby Sunshine blanket on size 8 needles using some old Schaeffer Yarns in the Tweety colorway from stash. She worked on the heel of the Strie sock several times but ended up ripping it out.

 

Leslie is knitting on a pair of socks out of Yarn Vs Zombies in the Sunrise colorway.  She is also knitting a pair of Atlantic Current Socks by Meliabella out of Leading Men Fiber Arts Spotlight in Toxic Gas.

 

Laura has finished Skoodlet by Lee Meredith out of Misson Falls 1824 Wool colorway 661 on size 8 needles.

 

Leslie has finished a Lucky Me cabled cardigan out of Beaverslide Dry Goods Spruce Heather on size US8/5.0 mm needles.  She also mended a hoodie.

 

Laura has spun some Knitty and Color superwash Merino in the Raven colorway.

 

Leslie spun some Knitty & Color Merino/silk in the Pumpkin Fire gradient and Embers on the espinner and plied them together, 660 yards worsted weight 2ply.

 

Book Review:  Knowledgable Knitter by Margaret Radcliff

 

What we are reading:

Leslie restarted the Blood Song series on Audible, and moved on to the second in the series; Tower Lord.  She finished Division of the Marked and moved on to the second in the series Elevation of the Marked.  She is re-reading Steelheart and then going to read Firefight (both by Brandon Sanderson.

 

Laura has started the Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde

 

Favorite Things

Artfelt

Book blanket in progress

SSK Vendor update – Sheep Dreamery!

Magnolia Fiber Festival

Fiber festival in Oxford

Follow your Arrow 2 kal

Jane B visits

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Episode 236 – Skoodlet

 

Episode 236

 

Laura is knitting on a pair of very old Opal socks.  She is knitting them on Knitpicks size 1.5 (2.5mm) and using colorway “Parrot.”  She is binding off the Skoodlet by Lee Meredith out of Misson Falls 1824 Wool colorway 661 on size 8 needles.  She has ripped back Ishbel 3 times and it is currently waiting her to have the brainpower to attempt it again.  It is being knit on size 6 needles using some unknown sock weight yarn.

 

Leslie is knitting a Lucky Me cabled cardigan out of Beaverslide Dry Goods Spruce Heather on size US8/5.0 mm needles. Leslie is knitting on a pair of socks out of Yarn Vs Zombies in the Sunrise colorway.

 

Laura has finished nothing

Leslie finished nothing

 

Laura has spun some Woolpierogi Rolka on an Akerworks lace flyer bobbin for the Hansen.  She has also started spinning some Rain’s Obsessive Stitchery Merino/Angora blend (3oz)

 

Leslie is spinning some Knitty & Color Merino/silk in the Pumpkin Fire gradient on the espinner.

 

Book Review: Rustic Modern Knits by Yumiko Alexander (24.99)

 

Question: From AMKnits14, “Hi Leslie and Laura! I’m fairly new to spinning and currently spinning on a drop spindle. I just finished my second 4oz of fiber. My first one was approx 75 yards (2 ply) and this one is approx 50 yards (Navajo ply). Is this typical yardage for 4oz? I Feel like I’m getting much better with practice but I just want to make sure I’m doing something “right.”

 

What we are reading:

Leslie restarted the Blood Song series on Audible, and moved on to the second in the series; Tower Lord.  She finished Division of the Marked and moved on to the second in the series Elevation of the Marked.

Laura finished Harlem Hellfighters

 

Favorite Things

Water Situation

Giveaway: Shoe Candy Pattern

Artfelt

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

SSK Vendors

SSK Payment

SSK KAL #1: Susan B Anderson patterns.  Will start 2.1.15 and details will be posted in the SSK group on Ravelry

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Episode 235 – Totally Laura

 

Laura is knitting on the Strie Toeup socks from Knitting Architecture on size 1 (2.25 mm) needles,  She is using handspun from the lovely Showmeyourknits out of Moonrover sw merino/nylon blend.  She is swatching for the Skoodlet by Lee Meredith out of Misson Falls 1824 Wool on size 8 needles.

Leslie is knitting a Lucky Me cabled cardigan out of Beaverslide Dry Goods Spruce Heather on size US8/5.0 mm needles. She also cast on Pumpkin Ale out of Wollmeise DK in the Campari Piccolo colorway on US6/4.0mm needles. Knitmore Girls Grosgrain Ribbon Visual featurette.

Laura has finished the Gill’s Rock out of Cakewalk Yarns HD in the Heaven colorway.  She added some extra repeats to use almost all of the 420 yards of yarn.

 

Leslie finished nothing

Laura has also spun 2oz of Hello Yarn September club, Slumber.  This was spun on the lace flyer of the Mini Spinner.  She has also spun half of “Stop Following Me” by Squoosh.  She started spinning some Woolpierogi Rolka on an Akerworks lace flyer bobbin for the Hansen.

Book Review: No-Sew Knits by Kristen TenDyke (25.99)

Question: From Pauly81, “What’s the most amount of singles you’ve plyed together for one yarn? Mine is a 3 ply. Why ply more than 3 singles together”

What we are reading:

Leslie restarted the Blood Song series on Audible.  She read Archer’s Voice (meh), Cinder (ok), tried to read The Thought Readers but gave up due to protagonist’s inner monologue, and started Division of the Marked (good so far).

Laura is reading Baseball Crazy by Nancy Mercado

 

Favorite Things

CSM Frustrations

Spin Your Bin

Giveaway: Shoe Candy Pattern

Sharon Draper event in Memphis

Allis KAL

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