Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ep 18: Crawling Through Western Washington

Marsha participated in the large Pacific Northwest LYS Tour 2015 .  The tour was five days and 26 yarn shops from Bellingham to Kent.  Marsha had limited time so picked four shops she had never visited.

Her first day she visited Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation. This shop specializes in local yarns. Marsha bought Tracie Too in Autumn Rust from Imperial Yarn and a worsted yarn in Sage Green from Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Co.

Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation.

Thirteen Mile Lamb & Wool Company
on the top, and Imperial Yarn
on the bottom.
She also went to Quintessential Knits in Duvall where she bought a skein of Yarn Pirate merino in the color way Spooky.

Quintessential Knits in Duvall.

Yarn Pirate in the color way Spooky.

The second day she went to Maker's Mercantile in Kent. This is a nice shop that had not just yarn, but also spinning, felting, rug hooking supplies, and a large selection of buttons. Having Rylie Cakes inside the shop was a huge surprise and treat.

Maker's Mercantile

Maker Mercantile's wall of buttons!

Interesting felted scarf.

Darling hooked rug bags.

Rylie Cakes inside the shop. Delicious!

Marsha bought this shaw pattern called Modular Shawl with Ruffled Edges and is thinking it would be fun to dye the yarn for this project.

Marsha absolutely loves this shawl!

Marsha's next stop was The Knittery in Renton. This is a cute shop with a large selection of yarns suitable for baby knits. Marsha won a door prize of a Lantern Moon basket, a LYS Tour tote, and a skein of Serenity Tweed.

Kelly is continuing her work on her Grape Vanilla sweater (using the Cherry Vanilla pattern by Thea Coleman .

There are also a couple of pairs of socks that get an occasional row.  Speaking of occasional rows, her SF Giants cowl, I Don't Care if I Never Get Back, is looking great!  Two rows get added after each game so this is a fun way to commemorate the season.  This project uses the Crackerjack cowl recipe by Stacey Simpson Duke.

Kelly's bees have been in the hive for about a month.  What an obsession they have become!

Yet another water dish that needs to be filled daily :-)

Bees hard at work!

Kelly watching the hives with binoculars.

Some other links that came up in our conversation:
KnitSpinFarm Podcast by Joanna Spring who has Clun Forest sheep.  These are one of the breeds of sheep that Marsha spoke about.
Nuno Felt is the name of the felting that is done with fabric.  Here is a tutorial website with lots of photos of projects.  

We had a winner in our giveaway of the book Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style, by Tanis Gray, published by Interweave/F+W.  Listen to find out who the winner was! Thanks to all who entered the contest in our Ravelry Group!

Check out this episode!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ep 17: What I'm Not Knitting

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In this episode we give an update on the projects we are working on, or in Kelly's case, projects she is not working on. Keep reading to learn why. We also review the new pattern book Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style  by Tanis Gray, published in March 2015 by Interweave/F+W.

 The book retails for $18.99 US and $20.99 Canadian.  Kelly's Aunt Betty (efisher930 on Ravelry) joins us for the review discussion.  Check out the Ravelry group for information about a giveaway!  The Two Ewes will be giving away an e-copy of the book thanks to Interweave/F+W.

Kelly has been very busy at work and caring for her new chicks who are now teenagers and have been moved to the garden and into their new home "The Egg Plant."

She has also been busy with her latest project--bees! She is "1hundredprojects" after all. :-)

 Kelly's ongoing projects have been languishing due to grading exams, moving the chicks, and starting the bees.  However, there was the urge to start a project that couldn't be denied! First a super-quick cowl with size 50 needles! No pattern, just moss stitch until the yarn ran out.

 Then one of the patterns from the Wanderlust book, the Brubaker Cowl by Mindy Wilkes.

Marsha continues to work on her Neskowin Shell by Kay Hopkins that she is making as part of our Warmth of Summer KAL. She has completed the first half of the shell and has used 3 1/4 balls of her yarn, Debbie Bliss Juliet. She is keeping track because she has replaced the drop stitch pattern with stockinette She thinks she will need one more ball.

Neskowin Shell
Marsha finished the yoke of her cardigan Juno by Connie Peng. She is using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Victoria.


She joined Kelly in making a Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke for her team, the Seattle Mariners. This has been a fun project and is making Marsha into a baseball fan despite the fact that previously she has been a mediocre fan at best. :-)  Marsha may need to get a Mariner's project bag from Front Range Bags Etsy shop where Kelly got her fabulous, new SF Giants project bag!

Mariners Crackerjack Cowl
Marsha also talks about the swatching she has done with with yarn from the Northern California Knitters Retreat "Destash" room. The first is with Pernelle Insouciance in a soft blue. Marsha estimates she has 936 yards.

Pernelle Swatch

In previous podcast episodes Kelly has talked about knitting two to three different yarns together and she is currently making a Featherweight Cardigan using three yarns. Kelly inspired Marsha so when she saw a cone of mystery blue yarn with about 1,400 yards at the retreat she knew it was for her!  She swatched with three yarns from Kelly's stash. In the picture, the top is with white cotton, the middle with a beige wool, and the blue with a light blue linen. Kelly also has discussed that plant fibers benefit from being handled roughly and even benefit with some time spent in the dryer. Marsha gave the swatches a good thrashing and they are beautifully soft!

Mystery blue yarn on a cone.
Mystery blue swatch.

Marsha is thinking about using either the Pernelle or the mystery blue yarn to make the summer tee called Bandilyn by Quenna Lee. Which yarn should she use?

There is still lots of time to join our Warmth of Summer KAL. Details are on our Ravelry group's discussion boards.
We also talked about Shoes of Prey where you can design your own shoes.