Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ep 51: Full On Poncho Attitude




Beautiful Autumn days, ongoing projects, an Enzo the Poodle update, and some of our listeners' knitting are the topics of this episode.  Marsha is coming to you from Seattle, as usual.  Kelly is coming to you from a tin can somewhere on the Central Coast of California.  :-)  She forgot to plug in her microphone and was recorded through the not-so-good computer microphone.  Sorry for this rookie podcasting error!

Project Updates

Shortly after the last episode Kelly started to work on Opus the Octopus.  He was the perfect project for her conference knitting.



One sleeve of the Handspun Funky Grandpa was finished so that the needles could be re-purposed for the octopus, but that was the only other project she touched in the last two weeks. 

Marsha continues to work on Frank's Spirit Yarn Afghan and has passed the halfway point. She'll be starting the ninth color of thirteen. 

She gives her hands a break by working on her Havasu Falls Shawl

Future Plans

The Ewes share information about listeners' projects (including a beautiful shawl, a great poncho, a sweater,  sock yarn scrap pajama pants, a knit dress and others) and they talk about future knitting plans.  Kelly plans a second Edie tee shirt if she can find the yarn. A crochet sweater by Michele DuNaier is on deck next.  It is The Curious Case of the Crazy-Stitch Cardigan.  She'll be using a cobalt blue bamboo and cotton blend yarn, Valley Yarns Southwick from Webs.


Kelly's final project in the planning stages is the Om Shawl, which is really a form of poncho! There are three colors of Neighborhood Fiber Company gray that will go into this poncho.


Upcoming Events:

Kelly will be attending Lambtown in Dixon, California on October 1-2, 2016. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ep 50: Knitters are Like Astronauts

Our monogamous knitting continues, but the wool fleece auction, bees, and planning for upcoming fiber events has kept life interesting!

Project Updates

Marsha continues to work on Frank's Spirt Yarn Afghan using the pattern from Stephen West called Garter Squish. She loves how the afghan keeps changing with each additional color. The afghan currently is about six feet wide and about 36" long.

Frank's Spirit Yarn Afghan

The afghan is no longer very portable, so Marsha is back working on the Havasu Falls shawl by Alison LoCicero. It's pretty good social knitting right now.

Marsha also washed the black Wensleydale-Cormo-Merino cross fleece she bought at The Black Sheep Gathering.

Kelly continues for work on her Funky Grandpa cardigan that she is calling Handspun Charlotte Cardigan because she is using handspun from a sheep named Charlotte. She reports on her experience of redoing one of the sleeves.

Handspun Charlotte Cardigan

Kelly also discusses dyeing yarn for the her next project, Opus the Octopus by Cate Carter-Evans. She is motivated by the need to have a project for to work on while attending a conference.

The beginning of Opus.

"Advent-ewes"

Kelly attended the Monterey County Fair and the wool auction. She sat in on the fleece judging, volunteer with set up, and attended the auction. She exercised extreme self-control and purchased only one fleece, but it is a beauty...a Santa Cruz Island fleece from Blue Oak Canyon Ranch! Here is a link to an article about these sheep to understand why we are so intrigued.

Marsha will be attending some events this fall and wanted to remind people about the terrific website called Knitter's Review that lists world wide fiber events. Nice to read about the events and dream. :-)

Bees

Kelly is so happy to report that she had a bee swarm in her garden! Check out her Instagram account at 1hundredprojects to see videos of the swarm and how Kelly got the swarm into the hive. So interesting.  Kelly highly recommends the book  Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley and you can see a discussion of the book here.  If you want to see a presentation of the research that was in the book, here is a really interesting video.