Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ep 22: Town Ewe and Country Ewe




Kelly is camping in her newly painted trailer known as "The Clubhouse."  It is a 10.5 foot, 1967 trailer that has been decorated in a San Francisco Giants theme.

They have camped in The Clubhouse for 3 summers, but this is the first trip after it got the new paint job, had some water damage repaired, and had the interior re-paneled.   This episode includes an audio field trip to the Mt. Madonna Campground in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Watsonville and Gilroy.  Here is the beautiful "on location" recording studio!

In the background you may hear Steller's Jays and Acorn Woodpeckers.   The Acorn Woodpeckers make holes in trees and store their acorns in them like a winter pantry.  They often take one tree and completely cover it with holes. On the visit here last November all the holes in the trees near the restroom were filled with acorns from the Tan Bark Oaks. On this trip all the holes were empty. 

While on the camping trip, Kelly is working on two projects:  the Dorthelia tank by Corrina Ferguson from the book that the Two Ewes reviewed last episode and the Featherweight Cardigan pattern by Hannah Fettig.  The tank top is knit from red Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy yarn and the Featherweight is being knit with three cones of thread (two linen, one cotton) in blue, cream and mint green.  Progress on the tank is fast, progress on the cardigan is slow!

The cardigan is a project from Kelly's rescued stash of coned yarn.  This project started with swatching during the Yarniacs Q1 Love the Yarn You Own challenge. (link to Yarniacs podcast episode 92)  It was supposed to be finished in Q2, but that didn't happen. A couple of other stash projects that were more portable got in the way.  This cardigan will be finished in Q3.  Also started during the Q1 challenge are a set of dishtowels with turquoise as the main warp color and a Herbert Niebling doily in the Frosted Ferns pattern.  (The name in English is not very accurate since the pattern is actually oak leaves and acorns.)

 
Both of these projects hit the rocks with mistakes, but have been righted and are now in full swing again for Q3.  The challenge has been a great way to focus on using the stash of coned yarns that Kelly was itching to find a use for!!

In our last episode Marsha was blocking her Blue Juno Cardigan by yellowcosmo made with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Victoria. The fit is perfect! Marsha highly recommends the pattern and the yarn.

Marsha's Blue Juno Cardigan
Marsha continues to work on the Wispy Willow Cardigan by Cheryl Beckenrich made with HiKoo CoBaSi.
Wispy Willow Cardigan

She cast on for a cardigan called Lanata by Amy Christoffers using StahlSche Wolle Limbo Superwash that was a destash yarn from a friend. The cardigan has raglan sleeves and is knit from the bottom up featuring lace panels that look like vines trailing up the front and back of the sweater.
Lanata

Marsha talks about washing some of the Shetland fleece she bought last month at the Black Sheep Gathering. Since recording the episode she bought hand carders and has carded and started spinning the Shetland.
Marsha's Shetland fleece.

Soaking in hot water.

VERY dirty water!

Cleaner!
Carding (and drinking).
Spinning.
Marsha had an "advent-ewe" to Chicago the home of "Cloud Gate," or as the locals call it, "The Bean."

"The Bean"

There I am in the center of the picture!

She had time to visit a few yarn shops and did a little stash enhancing. She saw:

  • A lovely shop named Loopy Yarns. She bought a skein of HPKY Regina Louise Lace in Shamrock.

Stash Enhancing (L-R) Knitwhits Freia Fine Handpaints Ombre
Lace, Fleur de Fibers Acadian, Dragonfly Fibers Pixie Fingering,
and HPKY Regina Louise Lace.

Her last stop was a crazy shop called Chicago Fabric Yarn and Button.

How do you find anything in Chicago Fabric?

The Chicago Yarn Crawl will take place from August 1-9. If you're in the area be sure to check it out!

Marsha loves old houses and had time to visit three. She highly recommends visiting:

The Driehaus Museum

Driehaus Museum
Henry B. Clarke House

Henry B. Clarke House


John J. Glessner House Museum

John J. Glessner House Museum




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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ep 21: Cool Knits and Big Wins!


Marsha and Kelly both finished knitting their sweaters and both are big wins!  (At recording time we both had a little left to go, but now that the episode is published we are finished).  Marsha's Blue Juno sweater fits even better than she thought it would.
Blocking made it perfect!
A great fit!
Kelly's Purple Cherry Vanilla sweater is the perfect sweatshirt alternative and used yarn from her extensive stash of rescued weaving cones.  Double win!
Marsha is planning to finish her son's tricolor socks before the month of July is over.  Inspired by others in the Warmth of Summer KAL, Marsha has started a Wispy Willow Cardigan using a spring green CoBaSi yarn from Hi-Koo.  She has also been busy spinning some of the CVM fleece that Kelly gave her to try, and is making plans to wash and card the fleece that she got from The Black Sheep Gathering.
Kelly has also been spinning a bit since returning from her trip and has some plans for Tour de Fleece. But mostly she has been finishing up current projects that she brought with her--a Rikke hat, for example.

Kelly also explains why her decision to start beekeeping with foundationless frames has made the steep beekeeping learning curve even more steep. 
Bees sometimes don't make comb in the most convenient direction for the beekeeper.
Resulting in comb that has to be removed or relocated.
Lots of bees got covered in honey in the process.  Many cleaned each other off.  Some died :-(
Their work wasn't wasted, though.  A small, unplanned honey harvest!

The Two Ewes review a wonderful first book by designer Corrina Ferguson.  Review copies were kindly provided by the publisher, Interweave/F+W. Interweave also provided this information about the book:
Knitting is not just for cold and snowy climates! For anyone who has ever stopped to wonder what knitters in the South are wearing—and knitting—for the changing seasons, Florida designer Corrina Ferguson has set out to show us in her new book, Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season (Interweave/F+W; $24.99; June 2015).

“In the South we love to knit. And we want to knit pretty wearable things, not just accessories and household decorations,” explains Corrina. “That’s why I created this collection of patterns to showcase the knitted seasons of the South, with projects that are fitting for any climate.”
  Marsha and Kelly had almost an identical list of favorites from the book, including the tank shown on the book's cover.  Kelly has started swatching already for one of the other tops in the book.  Another big win!  This book is full of great knitting patterns for warmer coastal climates like the Salinas and Seattle areas--not just the south.
A copy of this wonderful book is awarded as one of the two prizes for the Warmth of Summer Knit Along that just ended. Check the episode to hear the winners.

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