In which we discuss the cold weather, many babies on the way to knit for and to love, the coming onslaught of mud and (happily) mud sales, knittingless needles, Madrona, water and spirits.
And in which we announce a chance to receive a free Craftsy Continental Knitting class from Lorilee Beltman (see the forum thread titled, “Why do you want to learn to knit faster?”), a 50% off sale on the same class, and a special for us promotion from Signature Needle Arts. Use the code TWINST5OFF when you check out online and receive $5 off any $25 purchase!! (Good through March 16, 2015 at Signature Needle Arts)
Thanks to listeners, old and new, for joining us!
Patterns of Our Lives:
Lots of activity for both twins -including another cold for Ellen. This is getting ridiculous.
Ellen spent a wonderful long weekend at the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma, WA with her older daughter and several long-time knitting buddies. She only took one class – a supported spindling class from Galina Khmeliva (more in 360 Degrees). Her fortune in hanging out and knitting with Judy Becker of Judy’s Magic Cast On, Betty Salpekur of Soleful Socks, and Lorilee Beltman, Knitting Enabler has led to some giveaways for listeners, starting with a Craftsy class on Continental Knitting taught by Lorilee. And no matter who wins the giveaway, all can have purchase the class at a 50% discount. Just use this link to go to craftsy.com and sign up!
After getting home from the Pacific Northwest, Ellen headed for the south, all the way to Mexico where she is working to develop plans to improve watershed health in Guanajuato state.
While Ellen sought to save the world, Jan bottled gin at the Manatawney Still Works. But that’s not all she did. She also bottled vodka. Still (pun intended), she found the Odd Fellows Gin and San Pellegrino Limonata to be the right pairing for a hot bath.
Finely or Finally Knit
Yes, it is true. Ellen had nothing on the needles for well over 12 hours after finishing her design for Modeknit yarns out of ModeSock. She knit a small and two medium socks, but that doesn’t really explain why it took more than 3 times the usual time for her to finish socks. Hmmm.
Jan finished up a little Happy Bath face cloth. It’s something.
Jan shared more info on her Bohus reproduction results in the PA Farm show. Fog Lights, only placed 2nd and had the comment that the button band was a bit wavy. Jan admits this is so, but still feels it should have been a first relative to the garment that won. Someone else who entered a knit stole had the comment “this is not knitting, it is crochet”. The stole was knitted, but did have a crocheted edge. It suggests that the skill set of the judge wasn’t knitting-oriented.
On the Runway
Ellen is knitting for some of the many babies who are on the way in her life. Several close friends are due starting in June, so she has a Bunny Bomber hat knit up and just waiting for the embroidery to finish it. It was knit from Swans Island Organic Washable DK. Watch this space for more baby items soon.
Ellen is also working on a simple stole. The pattern name: Stole. Yep, that simple. Theresa Gaffey’s design is simple but delightful by virtue of understated color work, simple stripes in gorgeous colors, Ellen’s out of Rach-Al-Paca Suri alpaca.
Bitten by our Knittin’
This week Jan plays all alone. She notes that the opposite side of a vest should be reversed, right? Well, she figured that out after she had completed both of the fins at the beginning of the second half of the Tilde Vest. It is ripped out and has been started over.
Ready to Wear
Ellen has called her socks, being knit off a pattern she designed 7 years ago, Eating Crow, as she has found so many mistakes in the pattern. As of the writing of these show notes, the pattern, Bunny Socks, is updated and back on-line. It’s a free pattern, toe-up and very fitted, for DK weight yarn, a quick knit.
Jan is excited that Fair Winds Farm will be represented at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 2-3. Flying Fibers wants to display Dale’s woodworking in their booth at the festival! They will be in Barn 5, booth 18, at least according to the vendor list on-line.
What Would Susan Ask?
Who would benefit from learning to knit? Jan and Ellen suggest that rather than one particular person, certain groups of people would benefit. Join in the conversation on our Ravelry group with your thoughts.
Knitting for babies takes a different perspective than knitting for adults. In addition to considering the baby, consider the adults that will be taking care of the garments. And consider the climate – is it a wool climate or a cotton climate? Listen to the episode for more ideas.
Jan finished plying the samples of alpaca that she was tasked with judging; the plying may be a bit tight due to the tight deadline.
Ellen really enjoyed the class in Russian supported spindling taught by Galina Khmeliva and has taken her advice to heart – Spin, spin, spin! Baabonnybelle,who leads the 15 minute a day spinning effort on Instagram (#spin15in15), heartily endorses this approach.
Ellen finds Craftsy Classes to be a great embellishment, though they don’t replace a live teacher who can take one look at what one is doing wrong and correct it. That said, check out the 50% off class in the opening remarks of these show notes.
StevenBe the reality show. Support the Kickstarter campaign to make it a reality (deadline March 16).
Instant chatelaine — use the lanyard leftover from a meeting name tag to hold your scissors while you are weaving in ends. You won’t have to look for where you set them down each time you need to clip a yarn.
You May Already be a Weiner
Watch the Ravelry group for threads to giveaway one of Lorilee’s Craftsy classes and in the future, a copy of Judy’s book Beyond Toes or Betty’s Book Soleful Socks. The Craftsy class giveaway runs until we record next, mid-March.
Fashion Forecast for 2015
It isn’t too early to think about summer. And with summer comes TwinSet Summer Camp! July 10-12, 2015. Registration form can be found here:
We hope to see you there.
Enjoy the show!