In which we struggle with our pronunciations, sip coffee from drip free mugs, observing wild life at work and at home, avoidance of camnesia, home grown peaches, traveling for business, tech editing for nice designers, overdone bike rides, learning along, mouse melons aka cucamelons aka Mexican Sour gherkins, pickling pots of pickled peppers, projects cleaned off the needles, managing to avoid being bitten by our knittin’, discuss the value of discipline and accurate measurements, enjoy a visit from Dr. Yarn, practical fractals, and some other fun stuff!
Patterns of Our Lives:
Jan is very happy with her new coffee maker, a Cuisinart which does not drip, no matter how you pronounce it.
Dale is getting involved in the fiber education - he and Jan took a course on Fiber as a Business. Of course, an Etsy shop would help with that concept. Regardless, they both enjoyed the classes, especially learning from Tara Swiger. And Jan loved giving the owner of 84 Alpacas with the thanks-for-finding-my-keys hat.
Ellen has been having fun watching wildlife at work - a fox and a juvenile ferruginous hawk (a special sighting! thanks, Paula, for the identification). He had feathered legs - wearing sox? like the fox?
Wilson got involved with the nature on a kayak outing on Lake Nokomis. And the Minnesotans grabbed a chance at a nice 20+ mile bike ride, trying to hold onto summer even though the light is definitely changing and the days are getting shorter.
All play and no work makes Ellen a poor lady, but happily she’s had a bit more fibery work, tech editing a pattern by one of her favorite designers, Mari Tobita. You’ll hear more about it when the pattern becomes available.
Finely or Finally Knit:
Jan finished up her Greek Keys hat out of alpaca - the thanks for the finding of lost keys. She’s also finished the Shifting Ribs Toque, her own design, out of Wensleydale that she spun some time ago. Of course, there are no photos of these on Ravelry, so they may be mythical.
Ellen finished her Bloodroot Hat. She likes the size and shape, but her colorwork design didn’t really make her blood flow. It will be a great design swatch - for future and better designs.
Ellen continued teaching the Paving Mitts class at StevenBe’s. They are a great class of students, especially as they put up with her first shot at this class. Jan has her own learn-along going - she is teaching her son, Allen, to knit! Ellen will no longer be able to lord it over her sister for having 100% knitting offspring, but she’s happy that Allen has jumped in and of course, that Marie continues to develop her expertise.
This summer has been a poor one for tomatoes in Minnesota, but it’s been a bumper year for pickled peppers from the farm share (recipe from the Ball Blue Book). And in Pennsylvania, Jan is growing teensy weensy watermelons. (Actually, they are cucamelons!)
Finely or Finally Knit
Ellen created a new cowl using the Tunisian simple stitch in the round - just like the Paving Mitts. The pattern for the creatively named Paving Cowl will be up soon. The cowl is designed to cover the lower part of the throat and upper chest as well as keep one’s neck warm.
Jan proudly announces that her Death Spiral shawl is off the needles! She does not plan to knit another item so detailed in gossamer weight yarn any time soon. As a bit of a contrast for work input, she also finished up some tiny washcloths for face washing or even for use as washable cosmetic puffs.
On the Runway:
Ellen got a lot of sleeve knit on her Bohus reproduction (Many Moments of Grace, a reproduction of the Rimfrost design), and reports that the sleeves now seem to be the same size. She got some progress in on her Crazy Vanilla Socks out of Schoppelwolle Crazy Zauberball sock yarn, worked on size 0 needles in a plain stockinette stitch and a Cat Bordhi Sweet Tomato Heel (not to mention the tubular cast on).
Jan is continues working on some very colorful socks out of Fluormania - wildly neon!
Bitten by our Knittin’:
No significant chomps this episode, but we had to share a quote from one of our favorite people (and designers):
I don’t frog unless I really need to, but when I do, it’s a relief. — Alison Hyde
In Ready to Wear, Ellen announces the availability of the rest of her videos for techniques for the Paving Mitts pattern in Tunisian Crochet. You can find them on YouTube - Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
The Shirley Paden Design-along 4 is continuing well. Truth in advertising, or at least in measurement, was assured by doing the measurement with a friend, Lisa (turbogal on Ravelry).
5 Minute Interview
A special treat this week - Dr. Yarn talks about spinning dog and cat. He gives us a moment of paws (thanks,Knitallthestuff for that pun!)
It wasn’t dog or cat, but Ellen has had fun with a top from Abstract Fibers in the Chocolate Rainbow colorway in 50:50 silk merino. She is spinning it as a fractal, what a potato chippy way of spinning. The first third pulls you through because you want to get to the next color, then the next third is broken into two bites so each one seems to whiz by, then the last third is 4 morsels. The yarn that resulted is so colorful - and actually, because she was working with a rainbow, is inspiring as a source of color studies because she have so many different combinations in one yarn. Dare we say, it’s fractally impossible not to enjoy this spinning method?!
Ewe Hogg! No, not an insult, it simply means a young female sheep between weaning and first shearing, and the source of the term “hogget fleece”, which is the result of shearing a ewe hogg.
Jan is enjoying the Kindle Unlimited option from Amazon.
Ellen has taken a liking to mutton jerky which she purchased at Ingebretson’s (while playing with Laura Ricketts who was in town to teach on Sami knitting). Jan’s lambs had better watch out! (Luckily, she loves fleece, too, so I think those lambies are safe.)
Jan’s Fun Fur is donut peaches!
Doing her swatching for a Fair Isle sweater in the Shirley Paden DAL4, Ellen developed a way to work as though she is knitting in the round without leaving a long strand across the back of the fabric and still keep reasonably long lengths to the yarn in case she needs to frog the swatch to use the yarn. (Otherwise, she’d just cut the ends.)
Use double pointed needles or circs - whatever needle you will use for the project - and figure out how long a piece of yarn you need to work your row. Double it, then start knitting your row in the middle of that yarn. When finished with that row, slide the stitches back to the other end of the needle and pick up the yarn aagin where you started it
You can now knit a second row. This gives you a smooth edge on the right side of your swatch, a fringe on the other, and yarn strands that are twice as long as if you were breaking them every row.
You May Already be a Wiener!
Just mention on the forum thread which of the new Dishcloth Diva designs you’d like to knit. Check them out on Ravelry, tell us which one you’d knit first in our forum, and you will be entered into a competition for an e-copy of the book donated by Cooperative Press.
And, we are hosting a
Cleaning off the Needles KAL/CAL! Your project must be a WIP as of July 10, 2014 and must be off the needles by midnight of the Autumnal Equinox, 22 September. There will be prizes, including stitch markers donated by lotsofhermies and a project bag and yarn just like the ones from TwinSet Sumer Camp AND a pattern up to $7 value donated by DCAlaneknits. Check out the thread on our Ravelry group.
Ellen continues to lead a learn-along for her Paving Mitts pattern at StevenBe. She will have a knitting weekend up north with a few friends, but has to head to Sweden for work right when Wisconsin Sheep and Wool happens - so once again, not this year. Jan is looking forward to chauffeuring Louise and her mom to the Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat in late September. They will visit Boston, Philly, and even Fair Winds Farm.
Don’t forget the TwinSet Living Doll Tour! Check out the thread in the Twinset Designs Ravelry group for info on how you can have the toddler twin dolls visit you!
Enjoy the show!