In which we discuss (at length! — it’s been 4 weeks after all!) knitting to the end of the skein, starting many projects, the big straw harvest of 2013, living through loss of internet and barely living through a knock out virus, animal population explosions at the farm, many visitors and visits to Rhode Island and DC, lots of contests, reinforced selvedges, motivational spinning with the tour de fleece and a featured designer.
There is so much knitting in this episode we barely have room for everything else. Luckily, pixels are free so the show notes don’t have to be shortened.
Ellen confesses to embracing Susan Dolph’s take on the Permaculture principle of diversity to a ridiculous extent - she is knitting everything. First up - Musing, her Shirley Paden Design Along 3 project. You can follow the process in the We Love Shirley Paden Ravelry group. Ellen continued her socks in the Monkey pattern, which she is calling Saki, during the recording of this podcast and finished the last two with just a bit of yarn to spare. They aren’t done until they are grafted at the toes. She continued working on her Blue Moons cardigan, knit out of hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn using the Veronik Avery Forestry Cardigan pattern.
Even some long hibernating projects got attention - Bambinoo, a self-designed baby blanket out of Be Sweet Bamboo; Wired, her version of a Domino Muffler by Vivian Hoxbro out of Habu silk/stainless steel yarn; Zip Line, another self-designed pattern for a zipped cardigan; Great Dayne, yet another original, a top down raglan based on Brenda Dayne’s top down raglan class, and the most ancient project of all, Forever in the Forest, out of Misti Alpaca lace weight and based on the Forest Path Stole by Faina M. Letoutchaia, which she started on her 25th wedding anniversary trip. She has now been married well over 30 years.
As if knitting on all of her extant projects weren’t enough, Ellen suffered a bout of startosis, getting going on Black Spruce, her’s version of the Sarah Punderson design, Adirondack, in Cascade Venezia (silk/wool) saw a bit of attention, and Sashay, the sized-down version of Jan’s design, Swagger, knit in Ellen’s handspun Coopworth.
And in a twin moment, she cast on for Alison Jeppson Hyde’s Bigfoot Shawl, out of more handspun (Jacob this time, hence the name Wrapped in Jacob, despite Jan’s innuendo), and discovered while recording that Jan’s shawl, Ann’s Big Heart, knit from the same book, Wrapped in Comfort, was also a Bigfoot!
As always, as she recorded, she worked on Rimfrost, aka Many Moments of Grace, despite its misadventures in the next segment.
Jan also got some knitting in. She is well on her way to finishing Eek! a Steek!, a top down Icelandic sweater in Lett Lopi. It’s the project for Ragga Eirikstotter’s Craftsy class. She is enjoying her knit of the Robin Ulrich pattern, Brandywine Falls, which she is knitting as a wedding gift for a friend. She is also knitting a tea cozy for the Caithness Craft Collective swap and continues her generosity with a self-designed Cure Cap for a friend who is fighting cancer.
Both twins had finished objects! Ellen, still amused by her project name, finished her version of Stephen West’s Pogona, known on her project page as Herbstetology. And Jan finished her version of Swagger in a shawl width, using Wollmeise Lacegarn in Campari Picolo ; the project is called Orange You Pretty. Both of these projects were for the Fat Squirrel Speaks podcast Orange-along.
And, on another happy note, Jan took enough baths to finish her Happy Bath Towel out of Sugar ‘n’ Cream. She only knit on it while in the bath tub.
The featured designer for this episode was Brenda Castiel. Check out her patterns on Ravelry! Through the end of August, use the code summer25 to get a 25% discount on her patterns in her Ravelry download store.
Jan and Ellen are participating in the Tour de Fleece. They wisely chose achievable goals - Jan’s is to spin 15 minutes a day, and Ellen’s is just to spin at all every day! Check out their progress on the Team Sasquatch group (for podcasters and podcast-listeners). Ellen admitted to purchasing a new fleece. It is impossible for her to resist the beautiful fiber from Peeper Hollow Farm. She bought a grey Romney ram fleece - stunning!
During Design Principles, Jan interviews Annie Modesitt who shares her design inspirations. We have a contest for a copy of her book, History on Two Needles, in action on the Twinset Designs Ravelry group.
Ellen shared a review of the Lilly Brush(TM) sweater de-piller as her Embellishment. In her opinion, it edged out the Gleener(TM), but both have their strengths. A set of one of each is offered up in a contest running through July for listeners who are willing to commit to reviewing them if they win - check out the details on the Twinset Designs Ravelry Group.
Jan extolled the virtues of Kookaburra Power - an all purpose cleaner she is loving using around the house. For Ellen to love it, she’d have to do housework…
Jan and Ellen both find all the KAL’s to be quite a challenge, so they have created a Design Challenge instead of a KAL for the listeners of Twinset Design. Take a project you are already knitting and share a favorite design element in the Twinset Designs Ravelry group. At the end of the summer, we’ll choose a winner of the effort, but we’ll all be winners after we read all these insights.
Two other contests are taking place at the Twinset Designs Ravelry group - one for a copy of Annie Modesitt’s History on Two Needles will close mid-July. The other is for one of our featured designer’s patterns. It will run through mid-July, as well.