In which we discuss the birth of Violet…other stuff too, but really, Violet is what was important. (Okay, we also discuss beach vacations, 90th birthday parties, chickens to the freezer, knitting polygamy, making iced tea more delicious, a few knitting nibbles, what to do with 80 yards of bulky handspun, roving, top, batt and sliver (oh, my!) and have a delightful visit by Dr. Yarn.)
Along with the age of majority (21 episodes), we hit the nice round number of 500 members in our Ravelry group. Thanks to all for joining in the fun!
In Patterns of our Lives, Ellen reported on a relaxing week at the beach after which she came back to a new job. Jan, as a good big sister, willingly answered Ellen’s request for advice on how to settle in and start to add value. In a nutshell, she said to open up your ears to people inside and outside of your new organization so you can get the full picture of what is working well and what might be improved.
Jan had a much less relaxing but more exciting time, welcoming many to the farm to celebrate her MIL’s 90th birthday, moving turkeys around, butchering the broiler chickens, and most important - welcoming their newly born cria, Fair Wind’s Shrinking Violet!
Ellen has many projects on the runway. 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. She is well into the front bands on her Blue Moons cardigan, knit out of hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn using the Veronik Avery Forestry Cardigan pattern. She is going to have to figure out buttons very soon. Double breasted? Toggle and loop as Jan used in her Manly cardigan? Check in next episode and find out.
Jan has been casting on new projects - another version of her design, Swagger, this time out of commercial yarn. It may not have actually been cast on at the time this episode was recorded! She did cast on for Siesta, a T-shirt by Carol Feller. And she is working on another shawl which she is calling Misty Morning, her version of Paula Emons-Fuessle’s Lullaby Rain Shawl.
Ellen’s runway show continued with additional work on the edge of Bambinoo, a self-designed baby blanket out of Be Sweet Bamboo. 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 couldn’t work on her Bohus sweater, Rimfrost, aka Many Moments of Grace, because it seems to have gone missing (no foul play is suspected, just foul housekeeping).
The knittin’ was nibblin’ more than biting - Ellen had to tink back to correct a few stitches gone awry in her lace and Jan had some computer issues, but no major frogging took place in the last few weeks. For Ellen, no finishing took place either, so Jan took a solo turn for the Finely or Finally Knit segment.
She reworked her Summer Turban, a cure cap for a friend with cancer, to correct for size and to make sure she had enough yarn to finish. It is out of a soft cotton and will be reminiscent of a head wrap when finished. She has also finished her Cornish Dormouse tea cozy for the Caithness Craft Collective swap.
Both twins are keeping to their Tour de Fleece goals. Jan says the cops from Turkish spindles remind her of Mongolian yurts; Ellen says they look like turtles. From henceforth, they shall be called yurtles, at least where the Twinset is concerned.
In Fiber Jargon, Ellen attempts to decipher the difference between top, roving, and sliver, but admits more research is needed to get the details straight on sliver. Dr. Yarn would not need to do this research, he would know. You can enjoy some of his wisdom in this episode’s 5 Minute Interview.
As an Embellishment, Jan recommends that we all check out, wait, what was that again? Oh, yes, Lumosity. A friend of ours attests to its helpfulness at building brain power; Jan attests to how much fun it is. Ellen shared her Fun Fur enjoyed on her beach vacation - iced tea laced with Limoncello. For a less sweet version, Jan recommends Limoncini. Or something like that - Ellen does not speak Italian, but she is typing up the show notes!
Jan’s Slick Trick is to wash hand-knit socks in a wool wash like Soak or Eucalan that doesn’t require rinsing, hence eliminating one cycle of agitation and therefore one more chance to felt those socks.
The twins will try to get one more episode in before they head west to Seattle for a Bohus knitting retreat with Susanna Hansson and a group of their knitting friends. Jan will then be heading to Magical Alpacas in Ohio for a fiber judging course.
Enjoy the show!