Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ep 42: Further Adventures in Spirit Yarn

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Kelly and Marsha have been busy with non-fiber responsibilities but still made progress on various projects and even started a few.

Kelly finished a crochet gift for a first-time-father-to-be.  Since it was a math department colleague, she made Pi Guy for the new baby.
Every mathematician's child needs a Pi Guy!


She is currently working on the scarf for her husband, the Edie tee and the crochet Latticework Cardigan that she cast on for the Spring Fever Knit/Crochet Along.
The crochet cardigan is coming along!


Marsha continues to work on her Fairfield Cardigan by Michele Wang, but progress has slowed because she has started new projects. (What was she thinking!) She has finished the deceases for the armhole and will soon start the shoulder and neck shaping.

Back of Fairfield Cardigan 

She is making good progress on her Ricky for All Seasons by Vera Sanon and is about to start the shaping decreases for the body.



In Episode 41 Marsha discussed her plans for a shawl using the Spirt Yarn from the NoCKR's detash room. She took home with her a skein each of Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lana D'Oro (multi), Knit Pics Capra (brown), and Ranch of the Oaks Alpaca (grey). She purchased a beautiful skein of The Fiber Company Acadia (cream) that coordinates beautifully with the Spirit Yarns. She cast on the shawl Sunny Delight MK2 by Brian Smith.

Spirit Yarn.
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Marsha also has a self-imposed deadline to spin all, or at least part of, the two fleeces she purchased last year at the Black Sheep Gathering before she attends this year's festival in June.

Kelly discusses some Fiber in the Wild.

We have a discussion thread in the Ravelry Group for the Spirit Yarn Along. Use your spirit yarn (whether de-stash or DEEP stash) to make something between now and June 30. Talk about it, show us pictures, and share the creativity. Winners will be selected randomly from the thread.

Kelly is looking forward to Spinning at the Winery on June 4, held by the Treadles to Threads Guild at the Retzlaff winery in Livermore

Going to the Black Sheep Gathering?  If so, we have a meet-up planned for the afternoon/evening of Saturday, June 25.  We hope you can join us.  Listen to the show and check out the Ravelry Group for more details.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ep 41: Sitting is the New Smoking


We did it! Kelly and Marsha completed the Big Sur 21-Miler walk on Sunday, April 24th and in this episode the talk about the experience. We also give updates on projects and announce the the winners of our Spring Fever Free-for-All.

Here are some pictures from the walk.

At the start line.
Cold and windy, but very beautiful!


Finish line.
Post walk ice bath for our legs with some
support from Enzo. 


Kelly finished all her Star Wars Amigurumi!  They were sent to her brother-in-law just in time for "May the Fourth be With You."  He really loved them.  Check out Kelly's project page to see all the fun she had posing them with each other for pictures. There are still more of them that she might make but for now the Star Wars toys are done!
This is the whole dozen characters!


Sir Alec Guinness is even handsome in crochet!
Kelly is currently working most on the shawl out of the NoCKRs 2016 yarn from Duren Dyeworks
Luscious yarn!
New Beginnings pattern
















She decided to reuse the New Beginnings pattern by Boo Knits. She has one shawl from this pattern that she loves and she decided she could make some adjustments so that it will work with the two colors and use up all the yarn.

Kelly has swatched for the Edie t-shirt out of the Queensland Collection Savannah.  This is the yarn that Marsha and Kelly both bought right before the retreat.  It is a linen and silk blend.


Marsha has made good progress on her Fairfield Cardigan by Michele Wang. She has finished the decreases for the armholes.

Back of Fairfield Cardigan


She has cast on for a T-shirt called Ricky for All Seasons by Vera Sanon. She is using Queensland Collection Savanna a silk and linen blend. The sweater is designed for short, 3/4 length, or long sleeves, in either cotton or wool blends. Truly a pattern for all seasons.

Ricky for al Seasons

Marsha also talks about wanting to cast on a project using Spirit Yarn from the NoCKRs retreat destash room. She brought home some beautiful alpaca and cashmere and wants to cast on a social knitting shawl. Keeping in the spirit of Spirit Yarn, she is looking for a free pattern and will use the free needles she got from the destash room. She doesn't have enough yarn so plans to purchase a fourth color from her LYS where she has a gift certificate.



Spirit Yarn Patterns:
Outdoors - Maanel
Livezey House Wrap - Jocelyn Tunney
Pradera Wrap - Jocelyn Tunney


Our Spring Fever Free-for-All is now done and we have drawn the names of the winners which are announced in the podcast. The discussion thread has been so popular we are keeping the thread open even though the contest is finished. Keep posting!

We will have a new discussion thread in the Ravelry Group for the Spirit Yarn along. Use your spirit yarn (whether de-stash or DEEP stash) to make something between now and June 30. Talk about it , show us pictures, and share the creativity. Winners will be selected randomly from the thread.

Going to the Black Sheep Gathering?  If so, we have a meet-up planned for the afternoon/evening of Saturday, June 25.  We hope you can join us.  Listen to the show and check out the Ravelry Group for more details.