In which we discuss ongoing winter, the first signs of spring, a broody hen, a great knitting class with Candace Eisner Strick, insane activity in Jan’s life (that ended up preventing her from getting this episode edited for THREE weeks…yes, that’s right, three weeks), the languishing effort to get the Fair Winds Farm etsy shop open, our knitting and some tunisian crochet, the availability of the Paving Mitts pattern from Ellen, choosing yarn colors for a multiple yarn project like those mitts, the Living Doll KAL, a trick, an embellishment and some more information about a possible summer camp this July.
Patterns of Our Lives:
Jan’s broody hen is trying to hatch golf balls, while Ellen broods about the ever-lasting winter of Minnesota. She is encouraged to know that NASA has apparently made an important discovery in her state.
Jan continues to be the tease regarding getting her Etsy shop open, but for good reason - she is in the middle of a perfect storm of work and volunteer and homefront needs. Ellen feels low energy in comparison, but also has the time in her schedule to jump on opportunities to take impromptu knitting classes. She can recommend the class she caught with Candace Eisner Strick at StevenBe - full of material and quick-paced but fun.
On the Runway:
Ellen continues on Forever in the Forest and is well into tier 16 of about 23. Or maybe 21 if it seems long enough (she’s been knitting it long enough!) She is also working on a second pair of socks in her own design out of ModeKnit Yarns ModeSock. She hopes the pattern will be available soon. And she knit on Many Moments of Grace, her reproduction of the Bohus Stickning design, Rimfrost while recording the show. Her main focus, though, has been more Tunisian crochet mitts, and she’s now working a pair in The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze 100% merino Fingering (which searching on Ravelry shows that the skein bands haven’t caught up to the marketing, as the name there is Peppino. The mitts require two color ways and she is using Marco Polos (rich golds and browns) and Diva (deep purples and the same browns). These are her own pattern for Tunisian crochet in the round, which is being test-crocheted and will be available soon.
Jan has been continuing to work on Reposo, her version of Carol Feller’s Siesta sweater in Louisa Harding Grace Silk & Wool, and she knows she will be done soon as she is running out of yarn! She took a peak at her Death Spiral shawl, her version of Erica Gunn’s Spiral Shawl, which she is knitting out of Touch Yarns Mohair Merino. No sign of Felfs this week.
Bitten by our Knittin’:
Suffice it to say that neither twin needed stitches this week. Ellen did note that in Tunisian crochet, you can’t easily drop back to fix a stitch several rounds below - you have to unravel. And Jan did the odd tink or two, but nothing major.
Finely or Finally Knit:
Jan has finished the second of a new pair of socks in Wisdom Yarn’s Saki Bamboo. She is calling them Toes in the Sand. And with the leftovers, she made a sweet little preemie hat. You can find a picture of that on Instagram, where she is twinsetjan. (Ellen is twinsetellen on Instagram, but you already had that figured out, didn’t you?)
The pair of mitts on Ellen’s runway is her 3rd pair - she started and finished another one in the days between podcast recordings. This pair is out of Socks That Rock Seduction, a bamboo/wool blend with luster in a grey colorway that sets off the Claudia Hand Paint Addiction (previously Fingering) in Lemon Ice, a gray, yellow, electric green and white variegation.
Ready to Wear:
It’s Ellen’s turn to tease. She believes she will have the pattern out for the Tunisian mitts very soon, possibly before this episode airs. Was she right?
Ellen discussed how she approached choosing colorways for the Tunisian mitts, looking for a yarn that would pick up one of the colors in the variegated yarn and serve as the grid that lays on top of the variegated background. Using a tonal yarn for that grid adds more visual interest without being too busy. She lucked out that her leftover Seduction was perfect for the Claudia Hand Paint, but she had it easier when choosing two yarns from the same dyer for the third pair of mitts. (That dyer, Rhichard Devrieze, used to dye for Shibui, by the way, and his new yarn is every bit as gorgeous.)
Ellen continues to spin her top top from All For the Love of Yarn in 80:20 merino:silk in the colorway Greek Mythology. Spinning a sock yarn with laceweight plies does take time. It is surprising that Jan has time for it, but she has taken on more fiber samples for judging for MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association, not the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, though spinning is certainly becoming more popular.
Ellen reports on the beauty and usefulness (and safety) of her new wooden OXO citrus reamer.
You May Already be a Weiner!
Both Jan and Ellen admit to a lack of focus on their dolls for the Living Doll KAL. Nancyswerner has focused - check her Living Doll out on the group thread. Adorable! The group is creating little living dolls from Mary, Millie, and Morgan, the KAL will end with the Summer Solstice, and yes, there will be prizes.
Jan will be teaching a raft of classes at Flying Fibers
- April 10 — Swagger, based on her shawl pattern (4/20 note - this is in the past!)
- April 17 — Intro to Entrelac (4.20 note - this is being rescheduled!)
- May 15 — Toe Up Socks, using her Fast Baby Booties pattern (a freebie!) (the pattern, not the class)
- May 22 — Control Your Colors, working with variegated yarn for planned color pooling
So many other events coming up for Jan, with lots of farm-related stuff - MAPACA 25-27 April; Harrisburg Farm Show Arena — PAOBA 9-11 May York County Fairgrounds; and Shearing Day at Fair Winds Farms on May 27. Then June 6-8 she’ll be in Pittsburgh for the PA Women Veterans Seminar.
We’d like to hear from you if you’d be interested in attending the first TwinSet Summer Camp from July 9-13 near Havre de Grace, Maryland. It will be smashing, with camp songs and crafts and swimming and hiking and you don’t have to do any of that if you’d rather knit! Let us know on the Twinset Designs Ravelry group. We will sign the contract for the camp if we get enough interest soon. And we mean soon - we’ll be deciding in just the next week or so.
Enjoy the show!