In which we mention many other podcasters, and in which we discuss squirrel kings, sailboats, shorn alpaca and sheep, getting our hackles up, visits by fast knitting friends, not buying a fleece and then buying one after all, a daughter-in-law hiking the Appalachian trail, sealing up our fine fiber and TwinSet Summer Camp!
Patterns of Our Lives:
Jan had Memorial Day weekend alone as her husband and son sailed a friend’s boat to Maine. Jan did make new knitting friends in a class on Controlling Your Colors at Flying Fibers . Her daughter-in-law is hiking the Appalachian Trail - check out her adventures at Adventures of Heidi Galore.
Ellen saw an Indigo bunting at her backyard feeder - quite a thrill. And she saw an anomaly of nature - a squirrel king. This is the rare instance where a nest of baby squirrels get tangled tails, possibly because pine resin has stuck them together. She called the local animal control squads for assistance.
The baby squirrels were cute - but not as cute as baby alpacas after shearing. Laura (LauraKnitsPA) came and helped Jan shear the herd. William looks like a cotton swab with his fluffy head on a long thin neck. His fleece is gorgeous - but filthy! Valor’s (the Finnsheep ram) is gorgeous and Ellen has already bought it.
Ellen’s keeping those filthy moths away from her precious Bohus kits in gasketed waterproof containers.
Finely or Finally Knit:
Jan started and finished a project for her Controlling Your Colors class. She knit a Faux Argyle hood - her own pattern in yarn from Persimmon Tree Farm - “Potluck” which is a 50/50 mohair/wool.
Ellen and Erica (Desigknit) whipped up a cute little Whitfield Shorty Jacket by Anne Hanson. They worked it in the new Briar Rose yarn of Targhee wool. Erica knit the sleeves and the pocket, Ellen knit the fronts, back, and collar. Done in less than a week!
Forever in the Forest is just a block away from being finished!
On the Runway:
Jan continued on her new pair of socks started in Zitron Trekking 75/25 superwash/polyamide, colorway 006, a barber-poling mix of blues, lime and purple. She’s doing the socks in a staggered all over cable pattern.
Ellen continues working on the second of a second pair of socks in her own design out of ModeKnit Yarns ModeSock. She hopes the pattern will be available soon. She cast on a pair of baby bootees to practice her newly acquired Portuguese knitting skills, and a wrap to practice lever knitting (Wrapsody in Be Fabulous by Steven Berg), which she learned in Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s class.
Bitten by our Knittin’:
Ellen learns, yet again, that it is useful to follow an expert designer’s pattern as her variations to the Whitfield Shorty turned around and bit her. Tiny errors may have crept in, at least until she and Erica actually followed Anne’s directions.
Jan barely had any issues - a mis-crossed cable or two, but that’s all.
360 Degrees:Ellen had day dreams about what she will do with Valor’s fleece. Her plans include a gentle wash followed by combing. She’ll use a hackle and hand comb. Check out several videos (Forsythe Woolen Combs) on how elegant this fiber prep can be.
Ellen shared how Lisa (turbogal) saved her Black & White sweater that stretched in the blocking - superwash wool will sometimes tighten back up if it is thrown in the dryer.
Jan’s slick trick was to select the perfect size of O-ring from a variety pack to put on the shaft of her bobbin winder to hold various bobbins in place on it.
You May Already be a Wiener!
Jan now has a doll for the Living Doll KAL, though it does need clothes. Check out the Twinset Designs Ravelry group where we are creating little living dolls from Mary, Millie, and Morgan. the KAL will end with the Summer Solstice, and the prize will be a Susan B. Anderson pattern (single pattern) of the winner’s choice along with a copy of the Pam Allen book, Scarf Style.
For Jan, The Fashion Forecast means continuing her crazy schedule - on June 6-8 she’ll be in Pittsburgh for the PA Women Veterans Seminar and plans to visit Natural Stitches near Philadelphia .
The first TwinSet Summer Camp is a go - from July 11-13 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! Sunday afternoon we will all visit the farm which is less than an hour from camp. Information is on the retreat page at the Twinset Designs Ravelry group. We are still finalizing cost details, so no registration form yet, but watch this space for it!
Enjoy the show!