In which we celebrate the milestone that is episode 50, discuss NYC trips, trip ups with deer, podcaster visits and prank calls, Wilson’s continuing mastery of the chess world, precision dancing viewed at Radio City Music Hall with Jenny and light up swizzle sticks (!), pulling it together when your gauge is all over the place and a special outtake for your holiday merriment….oh, and turbogal.
Thanks to listeners, old and new, for joining us! We are excited to share our 50th episode with you. I wonder how long it will take us to get to Episode 100.
Patterns of Our Lives:
It seem that colds are making the rounds - if last episode you tracked voices by thinking “It is Ellen that has the deep husky cold-voice”, note that this episode it is Jan.
Jan could have used her cold to disguise her voice when she played a prank call on Ellen. Instead she used Melanie of The Savvy Girls. It is clear who the responsible and kind sisters are from these podcasts, eh?
Jan and Dale met a stranger - with the grill of their car. Unfortunately, said stranger, a deer that jumped in front of their car, didn’t survive the exchange, nor did their car. Fortunately, the Subaru Forester protected Jan and Dale and they didn’t even get a bruise.
Ellen had a much more enjoyable meet-up with knitter friends from the Knitajourney Midwinter Retreat including turbogal AKA Lisa. (Lisa is turbogrrl on Instagram) And Jenny, Ellen’s daughter, had a nice meet-up when Jan visited New York City with a group of International Fellows from National Defense University.
Wilson continues his chess achievements - winning the Minnesota Master/Expert championship and bringing home a trophy about a meter tall. And his rating is even higher - the highest its been in his life and higher than he thought he’d achieve - which is really wonderful for him and makes Ellen so happy.
Finely or Finally Knit
Jan has finished several small items - a pet bed for Ruby, a very knit-worthy dog. She also finished her socks out of Opal’s Van Gogh Sock Yarn in the colorway Cafe Terrace at Night. One last item - a HappyBath(TM) washcloth out of an unknown cotton yarn. Don’t bother going to her project page to look at them. She is further behind in getting project pages done than Ellen is in getting show notes done!
Ellen seams to be done with Scotch Tango, her Shirley Paden Design-along 4 Fair Isle design (actually, still needs to do the seaming). She’s contemplating how to handle the raw edges on the steeks (update: they are already felting into place, so she is not going to bind them off at all!)
On the Runway
Jan is very close to finishing Fog Lights her variation on a Bohus reproduction sweater (Jan has made some color modifications to the original design of the Green Mist pullover by Kerstin Olson). She is also working up a self-designed hat.
And Ellen is now turning her attention to the socks she is working up for Modeknit Yarns out of ModeSock.
Bitten by our Knittin’:
The problem with doing your own design is you can’t blame someone else when the design doesn’t work out. Ellen carefully planned where the sleeve ends on her Fair Isle sweater, but should have given some thought to how the design got started at the wrist. Result - several inches of design frogged after she realized the color pattern wasn’t matching the body color patterning. She had only accounted for 4 of the at least 5 dimensions that this pattern design included.
Jan found that riding buses to and from NYC gives you lots of knitting time, and it is also great for generating dropped stitches.
What Would Susan Ask?
If you were asked to limit yourself to knitting one type of thing for a year, what type of thing would you knit? For Jan — socks, because they are her comfort knitting. For Ellen — gloves in all their variations, so she’d never stop learning.
A sweater many years in the making makes for many gauges. Ellen, Lisa (AKA Turbogal), and another friend all pitched in to help a new knitter get a long-in-the-making sweater back on track. A good steam blocking of the wool/mohair blend knit pieces allowed them to get the slightly out of gauge front to match the back and sleeves to match each other. They used a trick Ellen often uses - layering the top right on the back made sure they were the same length. (Width isn’t as crucial because your front probably isn’t the same width as your back.) After a cool-down, the pieces were well-behaved, reasonably matching, and ready for seaming.
The twin-spun two-ply (Ellen spun one ply, Jan the other) worked out well when Jan got it plied up. Ellen is disgruntled that Jan won’t share half the yarn with her.
Embellishments - Jan swears by the Gmail unsubscribe function. Let Gmail handle the hassle.
Jan has added to her collection of rubber duckies with Bild the Great, a Viking ducky, and a Statue of Liberty ducky.
See above - stacking sleeves on top of each other when blocking to make sure they are identical. And if you knit a “super sleeve” - a tube that is both sleeves joined by steeks at the ends, it is super easy to block. Simply stretch the sleeves on two dowels and get perfectly blocked, perfectly identical sleeves.
You May Already be a Weiner!
It isn’t too early to think about summer. And with summer comes TwinSet Summer Camp! July 10-12, 2015. Registration form can be found here:
We hope to see you there.
Enjoy the show!