Episode 20 — Quickly Recorded, Slowly Published is finally available!
In which we discuss population changes on the farm and in the backyard, barn raising, post pounding, fireworks on the Stone Arch Bridge, turkey escapees, awkward teenage birds, grizzlypig shenanigans, cherries for pie, vegetables for pickles, an expectant mother, good progress on many projects, how helpful it is to actually read directions, hiding decreases in ribbing, knitting cues, pitting tools and many, many contests. And be sure to note the “summer25″ discount code on Goodstuff’s Ravelry downloads!
On the Runway - Jan is working up an interesting construction in her Summer Turban, a cure cap for a friend with cancer. It is out of a soft cotton and will be reminiscent of a head wrap when finished. There are still some interesting challenges for her to overcome - including whether or not she has enough yarn! She has also been hard at work on her Cornish Dormouse tea cozy for the Caithness Craft Collective swap.
Ellen keeps up a knitting blitz, working on the edge of Bambinoo, a self-designed baby blanket out of Be Sweet Bamboo and adding another module or two to Wired, her version of a Domino Muffler by Vivian Hoxbro out of Habu silk/stainless steel yarn. 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, which Jan says can’t be counted as truly out of hibernation until she works on it 3 episodes in a row. Tune in next time to hear its status!
Good progress was reported by Ellen on her Blue Moons cardigan, knit out of hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn using the Veronik Avery Forestry Cardigan pattern. Her mods include moving the short rows from the edge of the collar to earlier in the collar band, creating a neck stand. 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. As always, as she recorded, she worked on Rimfrost, aka Many Moments of Grace.
Both Jan and Ellen were Bitten by their Knittin’. Jan realized she was playing too much with her steek edging on her Eek! a Steek! top down Icelandic sweater in Lett Lopi. It’s the project for Ragga Eirikstotter’s Craftsy class. The edging got a bit frayed, but was nicely tucked in during the final finishing, so no worries. Ellen learned that one must not cut off an end until one has woven it in. Duplicate stitch to the rescue, in this case. Ellen’s troubles continued with enthusiastic knitting carrying her ahead on Black Spruce, her version of the Sarah Punderson design, Adirondack, in Cascade Venezia (silk/wool). Because the rows are listed in the pattern out of order (grouped by what you are doing, not by number), but she failed to notice this, some frogging was necessary. And because she wasn’t paying attention to what the right side of her garment would be when worn, the rib at the point of increase for the collar had to be inverted on her Blue Moons cardigan, so that the knit side would be on the front instead of the purl side. Happily she didn’t have to frog all of her neck band progress - just the one rib!
Both twins had plenty of projects to discuss in Finely, or Finally Finished projects. Jan finished that Eek! a Steek! top down Icelandic sweater and is very pleased with it. She may be even more pleased that she was able to present a friend with a wonderful wedding gift, the Cowgirl Wedding Shawl, her knit of the Robin Ulrich pattern, Brandywine Falls. Ellen grafted the toes of her socks in the Monkey pattern, which she is calling Saki. Nothin’ like socks out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, Lightweight, in this case. She aslo finished two shawlettes - Sashay, the sized-down version of Jan’s design, Swagger, knit in Ellen’s handspun Coopwort, and Alison Jeppson Hyde’s Bigfoot Shawl, out of more handspun (Jacob this time, hence the name Wrapped in Jacob, inviting Jan’s innuendo). In a moment (barely more than that!) of whimsy, Ellen knit one little baby sock out of some leftover cashmere yarn. There wasn’t enough for two, but the little sock made a nice swatch.
Jan and Ellen are both part of the Team Captain roster for theTour de Fleece Team Sasquatch group (for podcasters and podcast-listeners). They wisely chose achievable goals - Jan’s is to spin 15 minutes a day, and Ellen’s is just to spin at all every day! So far, so good! Ellen will be taking a spindle on her upcoming vacation so she can continue her progress. Jan is also using a spindle - and in another TM (twin moment) they realize they are both using Jenkin’s Lark Turkish Spindles. You can investigate the wonder of Turkish Spindles on the Jenkin’s website, but consider yourself warned, you may need to buy one!
Ellen’s Embellishment for the week is the Norpro Deluxe Cherry Stoner. If you need to pit cherries, you need one of these!
Ellen’s Slick Trick was to use a simple hang tag attached to one’s project for notes on pattern details that you’d normally have to drag out the pattern to check - maybe the frequency of decreases, or a simple lace pattern or whatever. And she noted that the Slick Trick from last episode - moving the slipping of stitches in an Eye of Partridge or Slipped Rib heel flap to the purl side - was also mentioned in the a recent episode of The Lost Geek podcast.