In which for some unknown reason we sound muffled. (I did have a stuffy nose and sinuses, but Ellen was healthy so that’s not the reason and I processed the file in the same manner, so that’s not the reason. Urgh! Sometimes this podcasting stuff is hard! Well, you can still understand us, so you’re getting it as it is.) And in which we discuss the cold (maybe that’s it, we were wrapped in scarves and mufflers?), haunted barns (maybe a ghost is choking us?), idea weekends with ideas that Ellen can’t share or she’d have to kill us (maybe she was smothering us with pillows?, but why would she smother herself?), a trip to DC with a stop at a new to me yarn shop (maybe I’m buried in yarn and fiber?), spinning and handling alpaca at the PA Farm Show (maybe an alpaca is sitting on us?), grilled cheese and tomato soup (maybe our mouths are full?), and Susan B. Anderson’s new e-book, “Mary, Millie and Morgan” (that’s it, those dolls are so cute you want to gobble them up…our mouths ARE full!).
We love the comments we get from listeners, especially the ones that make us laugh, like Alison’s on the last episode. You can find more of her pun-ishing humor at SpinDyeKnit.
Jan found plenty to do at the PA Farm Show, and then she found more fun at Black Sheep Yarns in Cockeysville, MD. Check that website out – gorgeous shop!
Despite challenges with the on-line registration (the tubes of the innernets seemed to have been plugged up, probably with felted fiber from someone who didn’t wash their Felfs in a pillow case), Ellen did get signed up for the Designing Tesselations class by Franklin Habit at Yarnover which will be on April 26 at Hopkins High School, just a few miles west of downtown Minneapolis. That same weekend, she plans to take part in FiberFest at Steven Be’s. She’ll be lucky if she doesn’t get clogged up with fiber! (She hopes if she is, some of it will be the luscious mink yarn from Grinning Gargoyle.) And she’s hoping Jennie the Potter will be there, too. And Wendy J Johnson of Saga Hill Designs with all her fibers and dyes – and her new book, Yarn Works. Yes, Ellen is glad she only has one class so she will have lots of time to browse the marketplace.
It’s not like either twin needs more yarn. Though they have been knitting up some stash – Ellen has been continuing progress on her Forever in the Forest stole out of Misti Alpaca lace weight and based on the Forest Path Stole by Faina M. Letoutchaia. Ellen is also working on a Martina Behm pattern, Lintilla in Rohrspatz & Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in the colorway Skarabäus, which is brilliant clear and limpid blues and greens with streaks of yellow, hence the name of her shawl, Limpid. And, for variety, Ellen has been designing a pair of socks out of ModeKnit Yarns ModeSock.
Jan worked on her Fog Lights sweater; the original design is the Green Mist pullover by Kerstin Olson. She is working on another pair of Hugs and Kisses Socks and promises a pattern, if she can figure out a name. And she’s working on a hat featuring Jagger Spun 100% wool and an eye of partridge pattern. She’s calling it Surface Tension and promises a pattern soon. More Felfs are on the way, too!
We encourage you to take inspiration from the 2014 Intentions thread on our Ravelry group – you listeners are writing some really good stuff!
The new e-book from Susan B. Anderson is good stuff, too. Check out “Mary, Millie and Morgan” – you won’t be able to resist dreaming about who you’d knit up as a doll.
Jan is still dreaming about spinning up Briar Rose – or at least, her lovely fleece. (She is an alpaca friend of Jan’s.) Ellen is dreaming of spinning up some Briar Rose, too – she has several bumps of BFL dyed by Chris at Briar Rose Fibers that should hit the wheel one of these days!
That’s it for now – enjoy the show!