Cover Art by Martin Austermuhle
In which Ellen sings and is repetitive and in which we discuss Yarnover and Fiber Fest, a great review from Jasmin & Gigi, Thunder Snow!, quick trips to Ohio, Spring springing…and not, farm stuff, mouse melons, love blankets, snow and the frozen north, blended colors and intarsia, when eagerness overwhelms instinct, yarn to dye for, figure irregularities, the magic bullet and Yarnover and Fiber Fest.
Jan shared information about the Yarn-a-go-go effort to support victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. You can find more info about helping knit Love Blankets here.
In On the Runway, Ellen continues her socks in the Monkey pattern, which she is calling Saki. She has a HO – a half object aka one sock. She also has one full sleeve and much of a second, as well as the fronts and the back, of her Blue Moons cardigan, based on the Veronik Avery Forestry Cardigan. In a moment of insanity, she thought she’d whip up a shawl for Yarnover, just days away as this was recorded, and started Souvenir of Fiber Fest, a blended intarsia shawl from Susan Newhall’s Souvenir pattern. As always, as she recorded, she worked on Rimfrost, aka Many Moments of Grace.
Jan is preparing for Minnesota weather at Yarnover by knitting up Ohio River Ebb tide, her version of Susan B. Anthony’s Ebb cowl. She is developing a classroom project to teach the techniques in her Tiffany Capelet design – a potholder! She continues on her Death Spiral shawl (design by Erica Gunn) and her Percasocks. Someday perhaps she will start a project page for them to which we can link.
In Bitten by Your Knittin’, both Ellen and Jan struggled with thinking they knew what they were doing. Jan’s potholder gave her fits as she worked to figure out the best yarn for it, letting her eagerness start with the wrong yarn and having to come back to the old standby for this sort of thing – Sugar & Cream. Ellen learned that the signal that all was not well in her knitting of Souvenir was the words, “It’s great to get to the point where you really know what you are doing” coming out of her mouth.
In Finely or Finally Finished Items, Ellen finally finely finished Umeshu by over-dyeing the striated yarn that was camouflaging the lace. You can read of her misadventures with bleeding dye at her blog post on the subject. (Jan reported back later that she learned from some dyers at Maryland Sheep & Wool that overheating silk can cause it to not hold dye as well – maybe this was Ellen’s problem.)
During Design Principles, Ellen discussed how she appreciated the feedback she got from Shirley Paden during her on-line meeting to discuss her Shirley Paden Design Along 3 project. You can follow the process in the We Love Shirley Paden Ravelry group. Jan shared more information from her set of vintage design books, citing Overcoming Irregularities in Figure, Woman’s Institute Library of Dressmaking, (c) 1925. She will report back later on whether Amy Herzog’s Fit to Flatter suggests similar advice.
In Design Principles, Ellen again thanked Shirley Paden for the enormous effort she is giving to the Shirley Pade.
In 360 degrees, Ellen has finished the singles of her Rhinebeck foliage colored Rambouillet, dyed by Erica of DesigKnit. The colors are marvelous, if not really suited for spring spinning.
Jan shared an Embellishment (or was it Fun Fur?) – her Magic Bullet Blender with Drinking Goblets. As seen on TV!
Yarnover looms on the horizon, but Shepherd’s Harvest isn’t far beyond that. If you can’t meet up with Ellen in April, you can find her at SH in May, for sure.
Enjoy the episode!