In which we discuss a dinner for more than two in DC, visits from dear friends (military friends and podcaster friends!), a fun speaking engagement, a visit to DC by Karen, getting the Full Monty, biking around mother nature, Yarnover, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and baby lambs (!!!!), and in which Ellen’s geeks out.
Thanks to stalwart listeners, old and new, for joining us! TwinSet Summer Camp has hit a critical mass of campers to be great fun, but there is still plenty of room to join us in July, the 10-12th to be exact. The registration form can be found here. Please consider coming for a relaxing weekend of knitting in the woods (and enjoying great camp food. No lie, the chef at this camp really is good!).
Listeners, please note there is still a need for small bits of handspun for the “Welcoming the Stranger” art installation in Portland. The weaving is being called “Abraham’s Tent” and you can find more information from firstname.lastname@example.org OR on Facebook: Welcoming the Stranger Art OR Ravelry. Abraham’s Tent Donations will be accepted till July 2015.
Patterns of Our Lives:
The twins got together for a short visit while Ellen attended a sustainability conference in Washington, DC. Short, but sweet. And Ellen visited the fishing cats at the National Zoo, too. She enjoyed seeing them wake up and stretch. Jan was busy enjoying seeing Fulton Theater production of the Full Monty, including a little unintended fully full monty peek!
Finely or Finally Knit
Ellen finished her simply stole. The pattern name: Stole. In nine stripes of Rach-Al-Paca Suri alpaca in lustrous colors ranging from deep orange through creams and on to greens and blues, it simply pleases her.
And Jan finally finished Felfs out of Paton’s Classic Wool Roving for her son. She also worked up a little baby hat for Kiley (aka MiniPurlGirl) and her project to raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome. Get a hat to Kiley by the end of May and mention our podcast and you will be entered in a contest for a skein of Wollmeise (in addition to the drawing that everyone is entered into).
On the Runway
Jan continues working on prototype validation of the Tangled Vines Socks out of Pediboo from Frog Tree Yarns, an 80/20 merino/bamboo blend in colorway 1164 light teal, a semi-solid. She reports that the dropped stitch that caused her to frog last episode was a blessing in disguise as she cast on with slightly larger needles and is enjoying a more relaxed knit.
Ellen is working on Abria, a Bonne Marie Burnes or Chic Knit pattern, knitting it out of StraightFork Farm 60:40 huacayo:wool, on size 5 Signature circulars. She’s on to the 3/4 length sleeves and hopes to finish the sweater just in time for heavy air-conditioning season.
Ellen is almost to the body on the baby Norwegian sweater, Geilo, from Dale of Norway.
Bitten by our Knittin’
Ellen’s is pretending that in her final stripe on her stole that she didn’t accidentally convert the 8×8 ribbing to 7×9 in one spot. You’ll never notice, right?
Jan reports that the thumb on one of her mitts for which the fit didn’t seem quite right, was actually just fine after blocking.
Ready to Wear
One of our group members, knittingdaddy, is proud to launch a new pattern, the Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat, that benefits the Family Support Network of Central Carolina. Check it out and support a good cause!
Swatch. Just do it and reap the benefits.
5 Minute Interview
Starring the The Savvy Girls!
Other than a bit of conference call spinning on her mini Turkish spindle, Ellen hasn’t gotten much spinning done in all the activity of the last weeks. She did carry a spindle around one night.
Ellen and W are cracking up at old episodes of Star Trek. And Jan is enjoying the cute little llama that the Savvy Girls brought her from Maryland Sheep and Wool!
Ellen suggests that one starts out to finish – when you know you will need to pick up stitches along a cast on edge, make the first row a plain knit row even if the pattern is lacy. It will be much easier to pick those stitches up.
Jan suggests using a Channel Island Cast-on followed by a row of k1,p1 ribbing to start Tunisian Crochet in the round. She likes not having to pick up stitches in a slip stitch chain, which can be fiddly.
You May Already be a Wiener
LauraKnitsPA won Judy Becker’s book Beyond Toes. But don’t despair, a new contest for Lara Neel‘s Craftsy Class, Socks My Way has started. And if you can’t wait to take the class, take advantage of the 50% off code Lara has graciously shared with us.
Fashion Forecast for 2015
Ellen has plans to attend Shepherd’s Harvest. Jan has plans to dash to San Diego and back. And both twins have plans for 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!