Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ep 49: Yikes! Project Monogamy



Knitting monogamy and the fall semester have combined to reduce the yarn crafting of the Two Ewes this episode.  Both are making progress on their Epic Adventures, though.

Project Updates

Kelly has finished all the squares needed for the quilt that she started over 30 years ago.  Now on to the sewing together! 

Kelly also started a new sock project for meeting knitting.  The Angler's Loop socks have an interesting cable pattern along the back of the sock.  The pattern is designed by Andrea Mules.


Marsha has been moving along on Frank's Spirit Yarn Afghan.  The pattern is the Garter Squish by Stephen West.  She is on the fourth color now and, at the moment, is knitting on this project exclusively. 

Fiber in the Wild

Marsha did something she never thought she would do.  She bought a tie-dyed skirt!  This is not your grandfather's tie-dye.  She talked with the dyer about the technique (which includes dye removal as well as overdyeing) and is inspired to try some tie-dye. 

Kelly recommends a podcast in German!  No, she doesn't speak any German, but it is a podcast by one of our listeners, Julia401 on Ravelry.  The podcast is Wollgesprache and you can find it on iTunes HERE.  

Fiber Adventures

Kelly attended the fleece judging for the Monterey County Fair Wool Show.  The judge this year was Richard Jacobsen of Jacobsen Ranch.  The fleeces in the show were spectacular, as usual!  A "chrome" silver merino fleece caught everyone's imagination.




There are a few unusual entries this year. The most exciting was a Santa Cruz Island fleece.


This is a rare, heritage breed that had been feral on Santa Cruz Island. The Livestock Conservancy page links to a detailed and interesting article on the history of the breed by Lynn Moody.  I don't know if she is the source of the fleece at the show.   Here is an excerpt from the article.

"Jim and I acquired our starter flock of Santa Cruz Island sheep from Marion Stanley in July 2010.  As an avid (though not particularly skilled) handspinner and knitter and beginning weaver, I was looking for a hardy, self-sufficient and fuss-free breed with nice wool, marketable to crafters and artists, and that were “endangered” and needed preservation and promotion...  That these sheep were nearly indigenous in my adopted state of California, had an interesting history, and came from an environment similar to that of our ranch, were added attractions. I began this study wondering when exactly sheep were first brought to Santa Cruz Island–there seemed to be some conflicting accounts-and what kinds of sheep made up the ancestry of these unique and fascinating animals."

There were also Montadale and Oxford fleeces, not often seen at shows, and two Shetland fleeces.  Although Shetland's aren't rare at wool shows, I haven't ever seen Shetland fleeces at the Monterey show. 

The auction will take place on Labor Day, September 5, 2016.  The fair opens at noon, but the wool area is open for pre-auction viewing starting at about 9 am.

If you have questions or comments and would like to email us, we are available at twoewesdyeing@gmail.com   You can also comment below, or contact us on Ravelry as "1hundredprojects" and "betterinmotion."

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ep 48: Epic Projects and She Should've Worn Camo Underpants




Civil War Socks, two epic projects, and a few rants from the Two Ewes are on the episode this week!
 

Finished and Started

Kelly finished the Civil War Socks (pattern by Karin Timour) and they fit her husband perfectly.  The choices of yarn color were made as a result of reading this Civil War discussion board post.

Marsha finished prepping the yarn for Frank's Spirit Yarn Afghan and she has cast on.  This will be a long-term project.



She is also continuing work on the Havasu Falls Shawl that she is making from a Freia gradient yarn.


Kelly has started working on her long-term project, too.  It is a quilt top that she started while in high school.  Since the last episode she has made progress on this quilt, which she is planning to use as a queen-sized bedspread.  It is a hand pieced quilt in the "Split Rail" design and is made from sewing project scraps from her childhood and teen years. The "squares" are not very square!
















For example, one of the fabrics is from the "Swirl Skirt" that Kelly had in the 1970s.  Does anyone remember these?


Kelly has also started a Mesa poncho for her sister.  She discusses the yarn structure and how that is affecting the knitting in an interesting way.

Fiber in the Wild

Marsha discusses an article about the resurgence of sewing from the New York Times (August 2, 2016).  The article led her to the pattern for the Walk Away Dress.  

Another NY Times article details the use of the crystals on the leotards of the US Gymnastics Team.  This led Marsha to rant a little about women's athletic uniforms in the Olympics, but don't worry, Kelly derailed her before she started in on the Beach Volleyball uniforms!