Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ep 8: Pre and Post Christmas Wrap

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This episode includes a little time travel since Marsha recorded before Christmas and Kelly wasn't able to record until after Christmas.

Kelly finishes her Gala Tunic and wears it for Christmas Eve at her mother's!  Made especially to go with her cool shoes, the tunic turned out exactly as she had hoped.

Once she had finished the tunic, Kelly started casting on new projects.  The first new project was the Another Door Opens shawl.  The pattern was kindly given by Sara of the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast and a second was donated as a prize for the #knittedmemories contest (see below).

The second new project is a knitted doily called Frosted Ferns designed by Herbert Niebling.  The chart is a little intimidating, but the pattern that has been in the queue since last January and it's exciting to be starting this challenge.

Finally, Kelly is going to make Opus the Octopus.  The yarn has been ordered and then it will be dyed into an octopus color of orange with some purple.  Stay tuned for the start of this project!

In this episode Marsha talks about her new laptop and how now that she and Kelly are blogging and podcasting she has had to "bite the bullet" and upgrade to a new phone and laptop. Can this be written off as a business expense? :-)

I love all things Apple!
On Marsha's needles are her Merisocks, Featherweight Cardigan, and the socks she planned to make for her son with the first yarn she made on her new spinning wheel. The socks, however, will be "frogged" and become a hat.

Marsha turned the heel on her
second Merisock.

Making progress on the Featherweight Cardigan.

Ben's socks with Marsha's first hand spun.

Marsha shares her thoughts on the fit of her recently completed Custom Fit St. John Cardigan. While she loves the way the hemmed edge lays around her hips, she is not a fan of the way the hemmed edge makes the cuffs flare. This is not a problem with the pattern because this is the cuff that she selected with ordering the pattern. Another issue with the fit is the sleeves do not have increases but are straight so they are a fitted at the bicep but loose at the cuff. She will keep this in mind with future patterns made with Custom Fit.

Marsha hasn't been able to spin because she has been waiting for the fiber she ordered to arrived. It finally arrived and she is excited to begin dyeing and spinning. She loves to see how the dyed fiber changes as it is spun, plied, and knitted. Who doesn't love this?!

Fiber cache ready for playtime!
She just bought two books for spinning instruction and inspiration. They are The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns by Sarah Anderson and The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn by Carol Kroll. Buying books is as much fun as buying yarn and fiber.

And finally, there is still time to enter a contest for a skein of Kelly's hand spun yarn or the Another Door Opens shawl pattern by Sara Bauer. Post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #knittedmemories and you'll be entered into the contest. Hurry up and post! You don't want to miss out! Here is another #knittedmemories from Marsha...the sweater she made for her son when he was a baby. He only wore the hat a couple of times because his head was so big!

Friday, December 12, 2014

#KnittedMemories Instagram Contest

If you are here for podcast, scroll down to the previous post.

The Two Ewes are having an Instagram contest. Post pictures of knitted or crocheted items that hold special memories for you. Tell us a little about the memory and use the hashtag #knittedmemories. Since it is an Instagram contest you need not be a member of the group to play. You can enter as many times as you want. Join in the fun! Share your #knittedmemories with the Instagram world!

We have prizes!
Instagram posts with this hashtag will be randomly selected for prizes in the mid-January podcast episode.

Prize #1
Handspun by me (Kelly).  450 yards, 4 ounces of BFL silk.  I call this colorway Electric Sherbet.  The fiber is dyed by Wool Gatherings.
It's really this vibrant!

Prize # 2
Another Door Opens shawl pattern by Sara Bauer (aka Sarapomegranate of the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast).  Sara has generously donated a copy of this beautifully elegant shawl pattern inspired by memories of a Gingko tree.
copyright Sara Bauer

 Now go post your #knittedmemories on Instagram :-)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ep. 7: #KnittedMemories

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Kelly talks about the Family Circle Cabled, Hooded Sweater that Aunt Betty made for her in 1977.  Complicated cables, full-length sleeves and an enormous 1x1 rib hood all done between Thanksgiving and Christmas really spell love!  Also, can you believe that the pattern information can be found online and that there are current project pages for this sweater in Ravelry?  So cool!

Kelly also talks about her cherished Christmas Sweaters. These are hand-knit, but they are commercially hand-knit, rather than made for her by a relative. Back in 1988 she and her husband were just starting out and didn't have a lot.  The idea of an expensive sweater that could only be worn one month out of the year seemed like total luxury.  To have two of them--unimaginable extravagance!  One is a cardigan and the other is a button-front vest.  Although the rest of the world may call them "Ugly Christmas Sweaters," and make fun of them, Kelly will continue to wear hers proudly!  In fact, she believes hers to be a highlight of her holiday wardrobe--well made, timelessly designed, and still fashion-forward!
Proof that I wear these, here I am on my way to work last year!

Beads, bows, glitter, and some fuzzy angora yarn, too!

Marsha reminisces about the sweater her mother made for her when she was in college. She also talks about her first knitting project ever, a sweater she made for herself. She discusses her second project, a sweater for her father, and why she cannot part with it. She plans to repurpose the yarn and make an afghan called Garter Squish by Stephen West.

Marsha talks about finishing her St. John Cardigan and planning her for her next project, Hannah Fettig's Featherweight Cardigan but using the Amy Herzog Custom Fit version of the sweater.

The St. John Cardigan is finished.

Featherweight Cardigan

In Episode 6 Marsha talked about her excitement of getting her first spinning wheel, a Lil' Herbie. In this episode she talks about the fun she has been having playing with Herbie. She talks about experimenting with dyeing the finished yarn and dyeing rovings. She spun the dyed roving after recording but has included pictures here. Check out her Ravelry page for more pics of the process.

Marsha's first yarn
Marsha's second yarn

The Two Ewes are having an Instagram Contest!  Take a photo of your knitted or crocheted memories and use the hashtag #knittedmemories.  You needn't be a group member to win, but we'd love to have you in the Two Ewes Ravelry group.  Photos will be selected at random from the hashtagged photos and prizes will be awarded in mid-January.  Join in the fun!