In which we discuss woodpeckers, our recent travels (and our crowded airline seats), the approach of spring, a new to twinsetjan yarn shop, knitting mittens and mitts, Judy Becker’s book Beyond Toes — Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-On, taking spindles for walks and the $25 savings for those who register early for TwinSet Summer Camp!
Thanks to listeners, old and new, for joining us!
Patterns of Our Lives:
Ellen is looking forward to TwinSet Summer Camp in July, the 10-12th to be exact. The registration form can be found here. Life might just slow down a bit for a nice long weekend in the woods. Jan is watching many birds return to her neck of the woods. But she flew west to Seattle where she got to visit So Much Yarn. This lovely shop is at 1525 First Avenue, Suite #4. This is in one of the buildings of Pike Place Market.
Ellen returned to Mexico for work and enjoyed the collaboration and the food, while Jan enjoyed the collaboration at knit night at So Much Yarn.
Finely or Finally Knit
Ellen’s successfully complete her Iknitarod project a few hours before the final musher crossed beneath the burled arch. She made a Baby Sweater on Two Needles by Elizabeth Zimmerman (aka February Baby Sweater), calling hers March into February. It is out of Sea Star Handpaints Super Foot in Sea Glass Blues. A baby-to-be-named-later will be the recipient.
And while traveling, Ellen worked up a set of her own design Tunisian crochet-in-the-round cowl and mitts, Paving Cowl and Paving mitts. Worked out of Frog Tree Alpaca Meriboo and Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight, she is calling them Meriblue Cowl and Mitts.
On the Runway
While only Ellen had finished items, both twins have stuff in progress. Jan continues prototyping her Top Stitch Mittens and is very happy with the design now. She’s working a sample set out of Kihoo Kenzie 50% Merino, 25% Nylon and 10% Angora, 10% alpaca and 5% silk noils in Tekapo, a dark teal color 1013 and Kiwi, a yellow-green color 1007.
She is also 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. Could it be that we will see some patterns from Jan in the near future?
Ellen continues work on a simply stole. The pattern name: Stole. Yep, that simple. Ellen is up to stripe six of nine colors of Rach-Al-Paca Suri alpaca in lustrous colors ranging from deep orange through creams and on to greens and blues.
She’s also working on Abria, a Bonne Marie Burnes or Chic Knit pattern, knitting it out of Straight fork Farm 60:40 huacayo:wool, on size 5 Signature circulars. The yarn is really a dream – lovely color, Cool Depths, and it brings back memories of the TwinSet Summer Camp market at which I bought it from Cathy of StraightFork Farm.
Bitten by our Knittin’
Neither twin was bitten too hard, but Ellen did have to toss her superwash mitts into the dryer to get the yarn to tighten back up and not feel so sloppy after a wet block. Jan deluded herself into thinking her sock was knit too big so she tore it out, then discovered that she had knit it the right size in the first place.
Jan and Ellen discuss Judy Becker’s book, Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-on. The patterns got the twins riffing about how they might apply similar approaches to other garments.
Ellen is spinning on all sorts of spindles – supported spinning on a Russian spindle, walking spinning on a Peruvian spindle, and fine lace spinning on a small Golding spindle.
Jan proposes that the fiber that is applied to a center strand in the core spinning technique be called cladding, much as the coating of the center of fiber optic cables is covered by cladding. We haven’t been able to find other terms for that outer fiber, so at least for us, cladding it is.
Ellen enjoys a purchase from a few years back – her Tom Bihn 3D Organizer cube for travel – no messy baggy to go through airport security. Jan loves new podcasts and suggests Knitting Pretty with Em Galati and Woolful with Ashley Yousling.
Ellen and W are enjoying the irreverent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Dark humor, let it be said. The theme song is, well, incredible. Jan suggests another earworm – the Narwhals music video. Listen at your own risk.
Two slick tricks this week – Ellen has been using knitting needle tip protectors to turn double-pointed needles into tiny straights. And Jan makes the recommendation of being sure to use a long float over the intersection between double-pointed needles being used as double-points. Flip the piece inside out so the float is stretched longer to avoid challenges.
You May Already be a Wiener
Watch the Ravelry group for a thread to give away a copy of Judy’s book Beyond Toes or Betty’s Book Soleful Socks.
Fashion Forecast for 2015
Ellen has signed up for Yarnover class with Susan B Anderson and Myrna Stahman. Susan is sticking around for StevenBe’s FiberFest, so maybe Ellen will take more than one class in April with her.
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:
Registration fee of $265 ($240 if registration postmarked prior to April 30) includes:
•A real bed for Friday and Saturday night! With back-pampering Tempurpedic mattresses!
•Meals served family style in the camp lodge, Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Special diets are well-looked after, please note requirements on registration form.
•Lots of camp activities, like knitting by the river, knitting by the swimming pool, hiking into the woods to knit, singing campfire songs while knitting, making and eating s’mores (no knitting!), and more. We hope to have some vendors, and we’ll schedule one knitting/craft class, but the name of the game for the weekend is relax in the woods, let someone else do the cooking, and knit and enjoy each other!
We hope to see you there.
Enjoy the show!