In which we discuss gift bearing alpaca, four more little lambs and precocious ram lambs, downsizing stuff to make it possible to close drawers, but maybe not so much as to fit in tiny houses and other fun stuff.
Thanks to listeners, old and new, for joining us! Consider joining us at TwinSet Summer Camp, too. It’s going to be great fun, and there is still plenty of room to join us in July, the 10-12th to be exact. The registration form can be found here. Please consider coming for a relaxing weekend of knitting in the woods (and enjoying great camp food. No lie, the chef at this camp really is good!).
In the amusing and useful category, check out the Ravelry group thread in which RobinV actually applies one of our slick tricks with great success.
Patterns of Our Lives:
Ellen has been inspired by the movie Tiny: A Story About Living Small to try to downsize her stuff enough for a future move to a smaller house. Or at least enough to be able to close all of her drawers. Jan’s life is expanding, though, to include yet more sweet lambikins. (Hey, don’t mock me, you try to look at the pictures she is posting on Instagram without calling them “lambikins”.) The four newcomers are all ewe lambs. I can’t imagine how many lambs will be on the farm next year!
Jan also made some quick work trips, and she has a “special project” at work that is eating her life. So…
Finely or Finally Knit
…Ellen is the only one with a major finished object this week. Her Abria cardigan, designed by Bonne Marie Burns, is delighting her. She knit it out of StraightFork Farm 60:40 huacayo:wool, on size 5 Signature circulars and the fabric is lush and drapey and wonderful.
Jan did finish another baby hat — this one intended for someone special who will arrive this fall (yup, Jan’s grandnephew (and Ellen’s grandson)). She used Tunisian crochet in-the-round and worked it up in no time.
And there is still time for you to finely finish a baby hat — get a soft, washable hat to Kiley by the end of May and mention our podcast and you will be entered in a contest for a skein of Wollmeise (in addition to the drawing that everyone is entered into). Full info on her Ravelry page where she is Minipurlgirl.
On the Runway
Ellen enjoyed her classes with Myrna Stahman and Susan B Anderson at Yarnover and is making progress on the class projects, a Shetland lace scarf out of Jamieson’s Ultra and a funny kitty-cat based on Susan’s Build-a-Toy Workshop. By the way, check out Susan’s upcoming book, Kid’s Knitting Workshop. We think it would be fun for new adult knitters, too.
Jan is well into the second sleeve on her Making Waves cardigan in gorgeous yarn she scored at Maryland Sheep & Wool – Bijou Basin’s Seraphim. But she’s got a ways to go to finish, as she hasn’t done the body yet.
The baby Norwegian sweater, Geilo, a Dale of Norway design, has gotten some of Ellen’s attention, too, and she is well into the body.
Bitten by our Knittin’
Ellen ended up knitting the decreases in her sweater sleeves as though she were knitting a smaller size. It really didn’t affect the final outcome much, so she is calling it a feature. A dropped stitch in the body of her baby Norwegian sweater was not a feature, it was a mistake, but it is laddered back up and is under control.
Jan had lots of dropped stitches as her double-pointed needles kept falling out of her sleeves in that slippery angora Seraphim yarn. She’s got a slick trick to solve that though, so read on!
A mistake is a feature if you can reasonably assert that a designer might have chosen to do it that way and you might choose to keep it. But some mistakes are just that, mistakes, and need to be corrected.
Ellen let loose of her desire to control her yarn and spun up some art batts into wildly textured and soft yarn – alpaca, silk, and angora made for slubby but beautiful stuff. The angora was actually angora goat, Ellen thinks, because there is some very mohair-looking fiber but not really any bunny-looking fiber.
Jan discusses range or territory wool and why yarn from small producers may cost more.
Ellen is unduly thrilled to have a new vacuum cleaner. Well, maybe not unduly. Her prior vacuum was about 25 years old after all. Jan was thrilled at being bombed by her daughter and daughter-in-law. They gave her bath bombs, like scented Fizzies for her tub.
Abracadabra! yarn by HiKoo changes color from cream to bright pink and purple when you go out in the sun. Ellen got hers from StevenBe (I’m sure they would do mail order). She sees fun designs in her future. Jan sees more fun petting lamb’s fur in her future.
Ellen loves Myrna Stahman’s trick for adding tails to simple ring stitch markers. The thin crochet cotton weaves in and out of your project as you knit, so if you accidentally slip the marker off your needle, it can’t go far. And Jan likes thick rubber bands for holding the stitches on her sleeves together, causing them to grip the needle just a bit tighter so the needles doesn’t slip out as easily. She finds that if she slips a rubber band around the sleeve an inch or so below the live stitches, it gathers them together on the needle and makes it less likely that the needle will go slip sliding away.
You May Already be a Wiener
We’ll draw a winner for our contest for Lara Neel‘s Craftsy Class, Socks My Way next episode. And if you can’t wait to take the class, take advantage of the 50% off code Lara has graciously shared with us (click class link).
Fashion Forecast for 2015
Ellen is looking forward to the Zombie Knitpocalypse, even though she has figured out that she’ll have to come home early because of another conflict. She’ll miss the market, so maybe she can still fit into a smaller house. And both twins have plans for summer…
…TwinSet Summer Camp! July 10-12, 2015. Registration form can be found here:
Deadline to register is June 30.
We hope to see you there.
Enjoy the show!