In which I wonder where Ellen spent the money she was given for singing lessons, Ellen delves into algebra to solve the classic math problem “Gigi’s Socks”, we discuss much (much, much, much) activity in the patterns of our lives (multiple fiber festivals included!!), trips to Minnesota and NYC, visits with daughters, fine dining, farm lessons and lessons learned (Sorry, Chicks!), the value of a good shearer and many knitting nibbles, and we chat with the mothers of Steven Berg and Stephen West. Phew!!
In On the Runway, Ellen continues her socks in the Monkey pattern, which she is calling Saki, and is making good progress on her Blue Moons cardigan, based on the Veronik Avery Forestry Cardigan. Musing, her design her Shirley Paden Design Along 3 project got a lot of attetion, including some SKY KNITTING (all caps, it’s what we’re going to call airplane knitting from now on, you heard it here first). You can follow the process in the We Love Shirley Paden Ravelry group. As always, as she recorded, she worked on Rimfrost, aka Many Moments of Grace.
In Bitten by Your Knittin’, Ellen was seriously nibbled by numerous projects. It took her 3 tries to get the length of the foot right for her first half of Saki, she miscrossed a cable in Musing which required dropping back 8+ stitches about 10 rows (traveling stitches, sigh), and the bumpy and lovely Shibui sock in which she was trying to knit a lace swatch for her Master Knitter Level II resubmission just didn’t work out – too much texture to show off the lace. Jan fought a battle with the simple but stealthy linen stitch scarf – the cast on directions suggested holding two strands together, but perhaps could have been more clear that you only do that for the cast on row (or perhaps Jan might have been a bit sleepy and interpretation may have been more clear). She overshot the pattern for Death Spiral and ended up with too many stitches. Instead of frogging her fine yarn, she is simply redesigning the edging.
In Finely or Finally Finished Items, Ellen finished her Souvenir of Fiber Fest, but not in time to wear it in front of the designer of the pattern who taught at Yarnover (Souvenir: A Blended Intarsia Project by Susan Newhall). It required over-dyeing in a dove grey to soften the contrast to a point that suited Ellen. Jan finished that linen stitch scarf. You can see her results on her project page for Malibrigo Madness. She also finished a teeny tiny Lett Lopi mitten based on the class she took with Ragga Eiriksdottir. It will become a Christmas tree ornament. The Ohio River Ebb Tide cowl that she finished during her weekend in Minnesota will become a neck ornament. This project was based on the Susan B Anthony Ebb Cowl.
During Design Principles, Jan discussed the value of getting second opinions to both stimulate ideas and to catch glitches.
In 360 degrees, not much spinning got done, except for the drum on Susan Hensel’s motorized drum carder in her booth, Sue’s Luxury Fibers, at Yarnover. Ellen carded up 3 art batts – a bit of a stretch for her, but good clean fun. Jan reported that she has a big drum carder of her own on the way – a Big Tom from Fancy Kitty.
In Fashion Forecast, Ellen is in training for the Tour d’ Cure. She and Wilson are signed up to do 45 miles, not such a big deal considering that their team captain who has Type I diabetes is signed up to do 100! No pressure, honestly, but if you donate to diabetes research anyway and would like to designate some to go towards making Ellen feel guilty enought to actually ride those 45 miles, you can do so at her fundraising page.
Enjoy the episode!