In which we discuss our Seattle trip for the fabulous Bohus knitting workshop, the weather, fair food, prizes for knitting everywhere, camelid fiber grading workshops, capturing domestic and wild life, Bohus knitting and reknitting, share a negative space essay about returning home, and learn some more fiber jargon and another slick trick.
We are thrilled that so many of you have chosen to listen, and even more thrilled when we get to meet you in person. Thanks, Holly and Kathy, for joining us in Seattle to knit and chat a bit!
Seattle was the focus of the Patterns of our Lives for the last few weeks – we both attended a special workshop with Susanna Hansson on the history and techniques of Bohus Stickning, the couture house that produced fabulous and precious sweaters in the mid-decades of the 20th century. Susanna is a fabulous teacher, and the custom workshop for our small group was fabulous. Thank you, Susanna! And thank you to Paula and Marty, Ellen’s SIL and BIL, who hosted the twins for an interlude after the workshop in their gorgeous lake home.
Bohus sweaters weren’t all that were showing up in the Patterns of Our Lives. Jan turned around from her Seattle trip and headed to Ohio and Magical Farms, the largest alpaca ranch in the country, for a fiber grading workshop. Ellen (along with Lisa and friends) hit the State Fair and ate her way through to the Creative Activities barn, where they both enjoyed seeing some winning garments, including three second places in the various sock categories. Congratulations to Bevil, Jennifer, and any other listeners who won ribbons at the state fair or in their county or regional fairs.
Jan is done with her garden, or at least all the work of putting up the harvest. And she is done with the groundhog that took up an abode under her porch – thanks to Dale and his Hav-a-hart trap. Ellen is just getting into the gardening spirit after adopting a friend’s garden that would have gone unharvested while the friend is out of state this fall.
On the Runway features a Bohus reproduction sweater that Jan started in Seattle – her version of Green Mist which she is calling Fog Lights. She has swapped out several of the colors to move the design from the original misty version to one that is more vivid and is loving knitting it. Jan’s version of Siesta, a T-shirt by Carol Feller, is taking a reposo, but she made some headway on her version of Paula Emons-Fuessle’s Lullaby Rain Shawl which she is knitting out of Knit Picks Galileo, 50/50 merino bamboo in the Sand colorway. She is also working up a coaster for the Caithness Craft Collective swap. No details about it until it is in the hands of her swapmate, pgknittingnurse, also known as Andrea.
Ellen said she had less on the runway, but actually had 6 knitting projects going. All of her recent work on n Musing, her Shirley Paden Design Along 3 project, seems to have clouded her mind. Other projects that saw the light of day included her Master Knitter Level 2 resubmission, Forever in the Forest, out of Misti Alpaca lace weight and based on the Forest Path Stole by Faina M. Letoutchaia, and her Bohus sweater, Rimfrost, aka Many Moments of Grace. She continues to work on a gloves-design-in-progress and cast on a new project, too – Gray Mountains, a hat in the Mountain Peaks Bohus design in the gray colorway. The yarn is a fine fingering 100% wool yarn – 170 sts on size 0 (US) around the head! Another new Bohus project for Ellen – a tiny pouch in progress from the Scilla design swatch kit which she received as part of the workshop.
Bohus knitting is featured in the Bitten by My Knittin’ design element, too. Ellen came to the bitter conclusion that her experimental top down sleeve caps on her Rimfrost cardigan were just not working and frogged the both sleeves back to the armholes. The yoke tension is also looking a little iffy. Jan admitted that she didn’t read the pattern thoroughly and jumped ahead to splitting the sleeves and body off from the yoke on her Bohus pullover and had to frog back to correct abnormally short armholes.
In the design element, Design Challenge, Ellen thanks Arlen of the Lost Geek podcast for the suggestion to look at the Simpleknits blog for ideas to knit from 1-285 yards of yarn. Jan has a new design challenge – what sweater pattern would be great for a stylish, athletic young man?
360 Degrees: Ellen reported the finishing of one more yertle from Susan’s Spinning Bunny, a BFL roving dyed in the Sled Dog colorway. Jan’s life kept her spinning enough that she didn’t need any more from a wheel or spindle!
In Fiber Jargon, we discussed combing, carding, and gilling. No, there was no fishing involved.
For a Slick Trick to avoid forgetting that second decrease in rows where you “decrease one st on each end”, Ellen suggests clipping a st marker in place at the end of the row as soon as you do that first decrease. When you hit the marker, it reminds you to do the second decrease.
The Fashion Forecast is for a northwoods knitting retreat for Ellen at the Lost in the Woods Knitting Retreat hosted by Sisu Designs. This one is full, but a second retreat is being offered later in the fall if you are interested. Jan is returning to Magical Farms for a fiber processing weekend, and both twins will be going to Friday Harbor in October for a Cat Bordhi retreat. Sounds like a good autumn, doesn’t it?!
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!