In which we discuss the return of the light (and the owls), ice lanterns, the great Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota fiber estate sale, finally receiving processed fiber from the spring shearing, Christmas visits, what’s in Ellen’s pocketses, the best Christmas card ever, seeing Santa Claus, publication of Ellen’s pattern “Bitsy Baby Beanies”, successful design modifications and a winner of the Swagger DALKAL, some knitting and spinning and Ellen endures Jan’s singing.
“Come Enhance My Yarn Stash Tonight”
Lyrics (c) Jan Hamby — Free use for non-commercial and personal uses. Rights to publication reserved.
Instrumental background from the Helen Kane audio recording found in the U.S. National Archives licensed under the Creative Commons.
Santa Baby, slip some cashmere under the tree, For me.
I’ve been an awfully good girl, Santa baby,
so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Santa baby, some signature convertibles too,
I’ll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Think of all the things that I might’ve knit,
Hats and scarves and sweaters and fingerless mitts,
Next year I could reduce my queue,
And maybe you’ll find, you’re knitworthy too,
Santa baby, I wanna Schacht,
And really that’s not a lot,
Been an angel all year,
Santa baby, so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Santa honey, there’s one thing I really do need,
To a local yarn store,
Santa honey, so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Santa cutie, fill my stocking with some rolags,
And project bags .
Skeins of handpainted too,
Santa cutie, come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With lots of pretty stitch markers bought just for me,
I really do believe in you,
Let’s see if you believe in me too,
Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
I don’t mean wandering round,
Santa baby, so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.,
so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.,
Yarn stash, tonight.
Ellen reported on the stupendous estate sale held at the Weaver’s Guild of MN. She didn’t buy much, but she did bring home a gorgeous supported Tibetan spindle made by Spindlewood Co. She baked the few skeins of yarn she bought in her oven warming drawer (temps above 140-160F for several hours will ensure that no clothes moths survive).
Jan brought home fiber from Gurdy Run Farm and Woolen Mill - alpaca from her own alpaca’s fleeces.
Lots of cookie baking going on, including cookies that Ellen’s daughter Jenny created for Red Rooster Harlem. Ellen’s other daughter, Karen’s, first authorship on magnesium sulfate and cerebral palsy prevention in pregnancy wasn’t as recent as Ellen had thought - but Ellen is still proud.
Jan tries to convince Santa, Baby to enhance her yarn stash right around minute 15:15.
In On the Runway, Ellen worked on her Forever in the Forest stole and Jan had Dale’s linen stitch scarf as monogamous knitting.
Ellen finished up Chunkeanie, a reverse stockinette beanie by Wooly Wormhead, knit in Kashmir Aran. Also out of Kashmir Aran, she knit up Entrechat by Lisa Chernery. She used the Knitters Pride Karbonz dpns in size 8, liked the feel of these needles but found them noisy and clinky. And she finally finished her Fat Soled Felfs. The double weight soles felted a bit less than the single weight uppers, resulting in very pointy toes and heels - very elvish. And very good fitting! These were out of Ewetopia, and it felted beautifully. She dried her Felfs in her warming drawer!
Ellen got a pattern up for sale in 2013! Bitsy Baby Beanies is a quick stockinette beanie with a wide ribbed edge and simple to execute 4-point decrease. Listen to the episode to find the code for a free copy through January.
After discussing the design principles used in creating Bitsy Baby Beanies, we challenge our listeners to give thought to their design for 2014.
Jan finished up her cabled yarn, and Ellen added a few more bobbins of CorriedaleX singles to her collection. She reported 19 bobbins (but a later count gave 20) with over a pound of fiber left. Spindling on a Kuchulu (Jenkins Spindles) during conference calls gave her about 250 yards of fine laceweight yarn in the last few months, and she also continued spinning on her Lark for a heavier weight yarn.
Both twins agree - a niddy noddy is a useful tool for spinners and knitters alike.
Jan loves her embellishment for the week - the Brother P-Touch label maker.
Ellen discovered that dishcloths made out of Bernat Tizzy is a great way to find a scrubby in a sink of dirty dishwater.
Ellen’s slick trick was the slipped stitch edge in the Entrechat sweater by Lisa Chernery. Instead of the way Ellen had originally learned, Lisa had the knitter slip the last stitch of a row and knit the first. Jan’s trick makes linen stitch easier to knit. She simply always works from the knit side, doing this either by clipping her yarn with about a 6″ end at the end of the row and sliding (on a circular needle) back to the start of the row to work the next row. The tails at either end make a ready made fringe. For working in the round, steek stitches can be added that can then be unraveled to create fringe after the steek is cut.
In the DALKAL, woolybear368 aka Mary, from Massachusetts, won for her Keyhole Swagger. She converted a buttonhole scarf out of a bulky yarn.