Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ep 57: Percolators, Ponchos, and Pendleton Woolens



Podcasting about percolators, ponchos, and Pendleton woolens.  Plus, we have winners of the two giveaways!

Marsha's Projects

Marsha is making good progress on the Rodeo Drive poncho by Staci Perry.  She has been focused on this one project and is making good progress.  This despite a cabling accident caused by "knitting while podcasting" two weeks ago. 

Rodeo Drive Poncho.

Kelly's Projects

Kelly is continuing with the Curious Case of the Crazy Stitch Cardigan by Michele DuNaier.  She can't figure out why it seems to have two sides (since it is crocheted similar to the way garter stitch is knitted, doing the same thing on each side), but she thinks she now has it back on track.
Kelly has also been doing a small amount of spinning while sitting in the living room enjoying the Christmas tree.

"Advent-ewes"

Marsha visited the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Pendleton, Oregon.  She tells us all about the history of the company and the tour she had of the facility.

The wool that Pendleton uses is scoured in Texas--probably at the same facility that scoured the wool for the fabric in the fabric CSA that Kelly has purchased.  Here is a link to the scouring company and here is an article about the expansion of their scouring operation.

Here are some pictures of the Pendleton Woolen Mill and the milling process.

Pendleton Woolen Mill in Pendleton, Oregon

Carding

Making roving.

Spinning

Weaving blankets

Lots of seven pound cones of yarn reading for weaving.

Marsha also discovered that the Beach Boys wore Pendleton shirts and called themselves the PendleTones.


Marsha's brother Mark splurged and bought a Pendleton blanket.



Pendleton blanket first side.

Reverse side.

Marsha was able to visit the mill because she was spending the weekend in Walla Walla, Washington, where she and Kelly attended Whitman College together.  She and Kelly reminisce about some of the familiar places and their college days.

Memorial Hall at Whitman College.

North Hall Dormitory, formerly Walla Walla Valley
General Hospital.

The entrance to North Hall where Kelly and Marsha met.

Giveaway!

Two winners were drawn.  One lucky winner will be getting a skein of Countess Ablaze yarn and a totebag that the Countess was kind enough to throw in with Kelly's order.  The other will take home three skeins of Blacker Yarns from the Woolly Thistle Shop.  These skeins were contributed by Claire of the Woolly Thistle and the New Hampshire Knits podcast.

Upcoming Events

Kelly and Marsha will be attending Stitches West!  It starts on February 23, 2017 and that is also the deadline for the Great Poncho Adventure. 

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ep 56: Consumption is Complicated


A little knitting and crochet progress, and a lot of discussion about the complicated topic of consumption.  Climate beneficial wool cloth, thrift store finds, supporting local farmers and small dyers, and (gasp!) knitting from stash for a year are all part of the conversation.

Marsha's Projects

Marsha has many things in progress (remember when she was a monogamous knitter?) but has been working exclusively on her Rodeo Drive Poncho.  She loves the Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn and is enjoying the simple but elegant construction of the pattern by Staci Perry.


Kelly's Projects

Kelly worked on socks while recording, but other than that the only other project has been some negative crochet.  Ugh!  Due to a mistake that she still needs to figure out, she did the second half of the back panel and the second front both inside out. The shell pattern is markedly different on these new pieces of the cardigan--until you turn them over and look at the back.  But no one wants a sweater with two right fronts!  Ripping out has occurred so the offending pieces can be redone.  The sweater is her Curious Cobalt Cardigan, made using a Michele DuNaier pattern.
See how the right side looks different? 


The closest Kelly has come to a Poncho Adventure is to wind one of her three skeins.  Stay tuned--she hopes to have more poncho progress for next episode.

"Advent-ewes"

Kelly talks about her experience at the Fibershed Wool Symposium 2016.  There is enough material for a regular segment on the podcast for quite a few more episodes. 

The mission of Fibershed is to "develop regional fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere."  The Symposium followed a "soil to skin" framework and had panels of speakers from shepherds to clothing designers.
One of the current projects is the climate beneficial wool Fabric CSA.  The wool is grown in CA, woven in CA by Huston Textile Co., and being offered for pre-sale.  Kelly bought some and will be receiving it in April.  She will have to do the wet finishing of the cloth since that part of the supply chain isn't available in the state. That makes her a "prosumer" of the cloth, participating in the production, as well as purchasing the product.



The project is one of three farm-to-fabric projects that Fibershed has completed in their work to identify supply chains for a local textile economy.

The conversation led the Two Ewes to a discussion about consumption,  consumer culture, the "buy local" movement, and a group of San Francisco residents that several years ago decided to give up purchases (other than food and other necessities) for a year.   The verdict?  It's complicated!

 Events

At Fibershed Kelly found out about an interesting KAL that they are hosting.  The pattern is Radiata by Emily Cunetto.  It is designed to be knit in any gauge of yarn that is local to the knitter, in other words, from their fibershed.

Another event coming next weekend (Dec. 11, 2016) is a natural dyeing workshop using mycopigments from mycoflora.  That's mushrooms! The teacher is Alissa Allen and it is being held in Santa Cruz, CA in conjunction with the Santa Cruz Mycoflora Foray. 

Dog Update

Kelly's family got an additional dog on the day after Thanksgiving.  Nash is a yellow lab whose owner died.  He is 10 years old and is very well mannered.  He is fitting into the household very well.
Nash is on the left and Ruedy is on the right.