In which we discuss zoological explorations, tomatoes coming out of our ears, pedicures for alpaca, holographic Kelly Clarkson, biking to work, state fair entries, making a sweater in 2 years, fiber preparations, yertles (fiber turtles), and a meetup in Seattle.
Thanks to Dr. Gemma and Mary for their nice comments on Swagger on their respective pod- and videocasts, Cogknitive and The Knitting Dish! (Both are worth a listen, regardless of their support of Jan’s pattern.)
In Patterns of our Lives, Jan stayed crazy busy, with guests, produce processing, new sheds (thanks, Dale!), and even a concert at which she got to see a holographic Kelly Clarkson. Jason Aldean was the headliner, but she liked the opener, Jake Owen. Ellen hasn’t heard of either, and wouldn’t have recognized Kelly. She is living in the music world of the 70’s and 80’s (thank you, MTV, for getting me through those long colicky nights…).
Ellen and Wilson visited the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. They had a wonderful day of ogling otters, taking notice of tigers, and beholding butterflies. They got some biking in, some kayaking, and Ellen got lots of entries in to the MN State Fair.
Jan is moving several projects that she cast on previously – another version of her design, Swagger, this time out of two skeins of St. Charles’ Luna, a kid mohair/silk laceweight that will show how versatile the pattern really is. Her tip – weight both skeins and start with the lightest (they may vary by a few grams), and make the end of that skein the center of the scarf/shawl. You’ll most certainly have enough yarn to finish in that case! Siesta, a T-shirt by Carol Feller, got some attention, too. And though she intended to, she hasn’t actually yet cast on for Misty Morning, her version of Paula Emons-Fuessle’s Lullaby Rain Shawl. Something about a yarn selection problem… She does have another version of her Summer Turban well underway.
Ellen has many WIPs but was fairly focused this week, getting the most work done on Blue Moons (see later!). Work continues apace on Musing, her Shirley Paden Design Along 3 project. You can follow the process in the We Love Shirley Paden Ravelry group. Also on her needles, Forever in the Forest, out of Misti Alpaca lace weight and based on the Forest Path Stole by Faina M. Letoutchaia, and Black Spruce, her version of the Sarah Punderson design, Adirondack, in Cascade Venezia (silk/wool). She found her Bohus sweater, Rimfrost, aka Many Moments of Grace, and worked on the sleeves during the recording of this episode.
The knitting seems to have been kind of hungry. Ellen described adding buttonholes to a ribbed band after the fact in her Blue Moons cardigan and also how to fix a mis-crossed cable (or at least make it appear to be fixed). She also got to fix the edge of her Black Spruce shawl – once again, worked the wrong edge stitch!
Jan’s biggest knitting issues were more yarn issues, causing her to frog her start to a project with her bulky handspun because she realized the color just wasn’t right for near her face; instead of a hat, it will be mittens. She did have to frog back a bit to fix a mis-crossed cable on the edge of her Siesta sweater.
After doing all the fixes on her Blue Moons cardigan, knit out of hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn using the Veronik Avery Forestry Cardigan pattern, Ellen is delighted to report that she finished it just in time for entry into the MN State Fair. Jan didn’t have any Finely or Finally Finished Objects, but she is close on her next Swagger.
360 Degrees: Ellen reported the finishing of one more yertle (the little turtle shaped (or yurt-shaped) cops of singles that one gets off a Turkish spindle). She is spinning fiber from Susan’s Spinning Bunny, a BFL roving dyed in the Sled Dog colorway. Jan dyed some handspun – using onion skins and alum plus cream of tartar and got a gorgeous antique gold that even Dale admired.
In a reprise on spinning terms, Ellen did some research and found an Abby Franquemont article from Spin-Off that should be helpful in understanding the differences between top, roving, sliver and more.
Fun Fur – or should we say Fun fur all! Ellen’s Fun Fur is her rediscovery of the humor in Mathnet, a skit from the Square One TV math education show of the 80’s. Highly recommended, educational for the kids and hilarious for the parents. The episode which so tickled her was the pilot, The Problem of the Missing Baseball.
Jan described the Slick Trick of using a green scrubby to deflect the rinse water from a garment or skein of yarn so as to prevent any chance of felting. Ellen’s contribution to this segment was the crossing of the last stitch in the shoulder with the first stitch in the neckline bind off so as to prevent any gapping at that corner.
Already Wieners – Lakchi won the depiller challenge and promises to report back on her findings. Congratulations!
There is still one contest running to close out the Twinset Summer – a Design Challenge instead of a KAL for the listeners of Twinset Design. Take a project you are already knitting and share a favorite design element in the Twinset Designs Ravelry group. Contest will close soon after the first of September.
Enjoy the show!