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.




4 comments:

  1. Hi Ladies! I was thinking that maybe we can make an "event" for the NorCal spinners to get together for the wool auction in the same vein of the the Big Ass Retreat we tried to make happen after Retzlaff. Just an idea :)

    -Fran

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  2. That would be really fun! I LOVE that idea!

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    1. I need to let you know Kelly, that your expert enabling caused me to buy my own Santa Cruz Island fleece from Blue Oak Canyon Ranch ;) Can't wait to try it out :)

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  3. Oh Hurray! I am anxious to get mine washed, but haven't been able to yet. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on yours.

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