Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ep 53: Long Project Blues



There is knitting in the show, but we spend the first 15 minutes in non-fiber chit chat.  Does that tell you how we feel about our knitting right now?  We are both in a project low right now with long term projects and projects in transition phases.  Finishing these items and the excitement of new cast-ons will come in time, but for right now we battle the long project blues.

Marsha's Projects

Marsha continues to work on the Stephen West Garter Squish afghan she is calling Frank's Spirit Yarn Afghan. She is working color twelve of fourteen and is ready to be done. It is hard to work on because it is getting so big and heavy. Definitely not portable!


Marsha has been highly distracted by her new addiction...wash cloths! She as made WAHMingIt by Amber Perry, Spa Day Facecloth by Anne Mancine, Atomic Washcloth by Nanette Cormack, and is working on Ballband Washcloth by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne.

WAHMingIt Washcloth

Spa Day Facecloth

Atomic Washcloth*
 * As I was writing the show notes I realized that I made the Atomic Washcloth completely wrong. The peach color should be stockinette and the blue garter stitch. Oh well. It's a design feature. :-)
Ballband Washcloth

Marsha is planning for her next project. She is looking at shawl patterns to use the Duren Dyeworks yarn she purchased at the NoCKR's retreat. Javala by Cailliau Berangere and Asunder by Lisa Mutch are under consideration.

Javala

Asunder

Marsha is also inspired the the poncho discussion and thinks the universe is sending her a message because she found eight skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in navy at the Goodwill. Two possible poncho patterns are Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas and Mesa by Yumiko Alexander.

Kelly's Projects

Kelly has finished the knitting on the octopus and decided to wash and block before stuffing and sewing.  Sewing will be a loooooooong project with eight tentacles longer than sleeves, plus the underbelly.

The NoCKRs shawl came back out long enough for Kelly to make a mistake and then proceed for two more rows.  Now it is back in the bag awaiting a little tinking.  Ugh!  She did successfully start a new pair of socks just for knitting during the recording.  So now there are two pairs on the needles--both from yarns she bought this month at Lambtown. The green, yellow and orange pair are Invictus Yarns and the red, gray, and yellow pair are Duren Dyeworks.



 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

"Advent-ewes"

Marsha wants to learn more about crochet. She loves Kelly's sweater Latticework Cardigan by Michelle DuNair. She also loves Irene Floral Lace Cardigan by Vicky Chan and Cairo Jacket by Doris Chan. There is an afghan call Modern Blanket of Flowers that is gorgeous, plus an intriguing shawl by Esther Sandorf called Stash Buster Blarf.

Upcoming Events

Kelly will be attending the Fibershed 2016 Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium on November 19.  The event has an interesting mix of talks-from fiber producers at one end of the fiber pipeline, to artisans and retailers on the other. 

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Ep 52: Public Pledges



Knitting a blanket, an octopus, and some wash cloths have been keeping the Two Ewes in stitches these days.  Fleeces, yarn, and fiber friends were in abundance at Lambtown last weekend.  In addition, two public pledges will keep the Two Ewes accountable for some future projects!

Marsha's Projects

Marsha  continues to work steadily on her Frank's Spirit Yarn Afghan but found she needed to take a break from it.


She discovered washcloths!! She has made two from the pattern All Washed Up by Jill Arnusch and is almost done with Diagonal Knit Dishcloth by Jana Trent. Both are free patterns.
All Washed Up

Diagonal Knit Dishcloth, finished live on the podcast!

Kelly's Projects

All octopus, all the time!  Kelly has more than half of the tentacles finished and has been working mostly on this project.


She did finally get back to the Mesa poncho by Yumiko Alexander so she could finish it in time for her sister's birthday.  Finding buttons from the stash will finish it up!

There has also been some casting on/hooking on!  The Curious Case crochet sweater by Michelle DuNair and a new pair of striping socks. were both started during the weekend away.  The yarn for the socks is from Invictus Yarns and was purchased at Lambtown.

"Advent-ewes"

Lambtown in Dixon, California was great fun!  Quite a few Northern California fiber friends were also attending and Kelly talks about the fun they had, including watching the fleece judging and selecting fleeces.  The judge for the day was Maria Rooney, a Romney breeder at Silver Creek Lambscapes in Oregon. 
Kelly bought a skein of green and yellow striping yarn from Invictus Yarns, a skein of red, yellow and gray striping sock yarn and a skein of blue gray to finish the NoCKRs Shawl from Duren Dyeworks.  She also bought a smaller gauge punch needle for punch needle rug hooking from Wooly Walkers.  This will join some other equipment and supplies she got at Stitches 2015 and Kelly has publicly pledged to start a punch needle rug project before the end of November. 

Bees and Dogs

The small swarm hive bees are taking a lot of sugar water since they have a small foraging force and the food sources at this time of year are limited.  Kelly hoped to be able to take video of the weekend inspection, but the sun was too hot and the phone camera kept shutting off.  Maybe next time!

Marsha talked about how nice it would be to have video of her training to help her see mistakes more easily. Maybe the Two Ewes should hire videographers!

Marsha and Enzo are learning a lot in their training classes.  Marsha is learning that she needs to practice more between classes!  She has also publicly pledged to do so!