Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ep 69: Come See My Vacation Slides


Are you old enough to remember vacation slides? Did you ever go to someone's house for dinner and see their vacation slides? If so, you know exactly what you're in for in this episode. If not, don't worry, once you've listened you'll understand exactly what the experience was like!

 Marsha and Kelly were both on vacation. So, in addition to sharing their current projects, they share some information about their vacations.

Kelly was in in the Texarkana area, visiting cemeteries in Red Lick, Texas and Lockesburg, Arkansas to see Robert's family graves. She also visited Civil War sites and stayed in an antebellum home in Vicksburg, MS. Marsha spent some time on the Washington coast with her brother and Enzo.

Kelly and Marsha will be at The Black Sheep Gathering. Join them for a meet-up on Saturday, June 24 outside the wool show building when the show closes. There is a no host bar before the Black Sheep Potluck and the Ewes will be there. Come say hi! Or find us in the fleece judging on Friday and Saturday.

Soon Kelly will post her vacation photos. Check back here or stay tuned in the Two Ewes Ravelry group!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ep 68: Experiment in Time Travel




This episode is an experiment in time travel. Because Kelly's Dead Relatives Tour conflicted with the recording schedule, the Two Ewes prerecorded this episode.

Marsha shares her experiences of the shops she visited on the Puget Sound LYS Tour.

Mad Cow Yarns in Lake Forest Park
Wild Fibers in Mount Vernon
Great Yarns in Everett
Pinch Knitter Yarns in Stanwood
All Wound Up in Edmonds.

The two patterns Marsha bought are a poncho called Stone Point by Courtney Kelly and a cardigan called Harebell by Amy Christoffers.

Stone Point
Harebell
She bought a skein Madelinetosh Twist Light called Void to pair with her Apple Fiber Studio MacIntosh in the color way Moss on a Rock. She also purchased a giant, luscious skein of Done Roving Yarns DK Frolicking Feet Sweater pack. The skein is 1500 yards and weights over two pounds!

Apple Fiber Studio MacIntosh and Madelinetosh Twist Light
Done Roving Yarns KD Frolicking Feet Sweater Pack


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ep 67: Real, Fantasy, and Travel Knitting


It's been a wild week, but some real knitting,  a little fantasy knitting, and lots of travel-knitting planning are all in this episode.

Kelly finished the Havannah.  This pattern by Heidimarie Kaiser is a great casual tee.  Put in the beads that are called for in the pattern, or replace them with yarn overs for a more lacy style.

Marsha is on track to finish the Easy Folded Poncho in time to wear it for Black Sheep Gathering at the end of June.  It is knit in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool that she found at the Goodwill.

She also finished the Meret Beret  but this one might be frogged because the yarn and pattern don't seem to be a good match. 

The two pairs of socks that have been discussed in past episodes will also need to be frogged and restarted.  Neither the striped socks out of CoBaSi, nor the short socks on 9-inch circulars actually fit.  Oh well.  It's not sock failure, its a learning experience!

Kelly's fantasy knitting and trip planning leads to a trip through her Ravelry queue.  Most likely to be cast on are the Lavender Honey tee from an interesting cotton yarn in red and gray

and a Mohair Bias Loop from two Habu yarns in red and eggplant.


She is also thinking about the Huntertwasser Neptunia shawl, the Cancun Boxy Lace Top, the Icarus tank, the Sea Glass cardigan, and the crocheted Camelia Chameleon

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ep 66: Projects and Plans



This episode is all about the knitting projects and the plans.  Kelly continues to work on two summer sweaters and has cast on a couple new small projects.  Marsha finished a small project while keeping up progress on her stockinette rectangle!

Marsha's Projects

The Easy Folded Poncho project continues, but meanwhile Marsha started an finished the Greenery Beret by Melissa LaBarre.  She is having difficulty getting project pictures without someone to take photos of her during the daylight hours.  She is planning the next sweater and has been swatching, but so far hasn't made a decision.

Kelly's Projects

A conference and a weekend with Dad means that Kelly has made good progress on both Edie and the Havannah tee shirts.  Meanwhile, she started a pair of socks with the turquoise and orange CoBaSi yarn that came from Maker's Mercantile.  The stripes have a small slip stitch detail and the colors are fabulous together.



While recording, Kelly cast on another one of the In Threes baby sweaters using the last of her Colorando yarn.


"Advent-ewes"

Kelly visited Yarnitudes in Sebastopol when she picked up the bee packages.  The yarn shop was conveniently just down the street from Bee Kind.  While there she picked up cotton blend yarns for more baby sweaters.
Despite multiple signs saying "Yarn," a customer came in and wanted to know where the antiques were.  Trudy, the proprietress, said it happens all the time!

Marsha had another call from the GoodWill and she left the shop with Madeleine Tosh and some Buffalo Wool.  The Tosh was what she used for the hat and she is considering some options with the Buffalo Wool.  It is a Canadian unspun wool yarn used for Cowichan-style sweaters.

Upcoming Events

Marsha and Kelly will be at the Black Sheep Gathering June 23-25, and there will be a Two Ewes meet-up on Saturday, June 24.  No trailer this year, but we will definitely have a get-together with our fellow fiber adventurers.  More details in the Ravelry Group and on the podcast as the event gets closer.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Ep 65bee: Best Bee Weekend Ever.


This bonus episode is all about bees.  Our regular knitting, spinning, and fiber adventures episode will be published in Episode 66 on the weekend of May 12/13.
Kelly picked up two packages of treatment free bees to add to her apiary.  They rode home in the car and were successfully installed the same day.  She is so happy with the improvement of her beekeeping skills since 2015. 



The next day the existing hive that had been cut out of a drain pipe and had been progressing well swarmed.  She saw the swarm from start to finish and describes the incredible experience.


These are my first attempts to create YouTube videos.  We won't be changing the podcast to video, but it was fun to document the experience for a YouTube supplement.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ep 65: Edie Tee Redux Times Two



The Ewes have been busy as bees outside of knitting, but still there's a finished top, one almost finished, and a couple things on the needles.  A bee shawl is on the maybe list, and Kelly is headed to pick up some real bees.  Join us for our adventures.

Marsha has finished her Edie tee!  The Edie pattern is by Isabel Kramer and the yarn she used is Hempathy.  This is her second Edie in Hempathy so no swatching needed.  Now that's incentive to repeat a project! 


She doesn't yet have a finished project photo and that leads to a discussion of project pages and the Finished Object Radar feature of Ravelry.  While talking about the Finished Object Radar on Ravelry, Marsha saw the Hollywood Flare Tunic by Vera Sanen and was intrigued.

Kelly is almost finished with her Edie.  This is also her second time with the project, but with a different yarn.  The yarn is Linen Concerto, a variegated linen, rayon, cotton blend.

Kelly's other project, Havannah by Heidimarie Kaiser, is making slow progress, but progress nonetheless.
Marsha has been making progress on the Easy Folded Poncho and swatching for some sweaters. Meanwhile, Kelly is intrigued by two crochet shawls.  Archangel by Katya Novikova is a pretty lace shawl with a Victorian feel.  Hotel of Bees by Christina Hadderingh is a striped shawl with color and texture changes related to bees.  The pattern was inspired by the book All the Light We Cannot See.

This weekend Kelly is headed to pick up two packages of bees at BeeKind in Sebastopol, California.  Each package holds about 10,000 bees who will be installed into two empty hives.  During the discussion she mentions Les Crowder, an interesting and informative beekeeper who is a proponent of treatment free beekeeping. Here is what a package of bees looks like. 

 Image result for package of bees







Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ep 64: We're on a Dye-It!



A fabulous yarny time at the retreat and then a trip to a fiber mill and more time playing with newly milled yarn and dye pots.  The Two Ewes are on a Spring Break adventure!

Kelly's Projects

Kelly is making great progress on the Edie tee-shirt that she is making with Linen Concerto yarn she bought at Stitches West.



She is also moving along on the Havannah tee that she is making with Dragon Fly Fibers Rustic Silk Dance yarn. 

Marsha's Projects

Marsha brought a shawl and her Edie tee as retreat and vacation knitting.

Edie knit in Hempathy

Among the Shadows shawl

The shawl is Among the Shadows by Kelene Kinnersly.  She is using a very recent purchase of Feederbrook Farm yarn that she got during her post Stitches trip to SF.

Advent "ewes"

First there was the wonderful weekend at NoCKRs, the Northern California Knitters Retreat, held by the Yarniacs and 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcasts.  Held at the St. Francis Retreat Center, it was a relaxing and fun time catching up with friends and meeting new friends.  Lots of knitting and food and drink and laughing!
St. Francis Retreat Center


Then we visited Ranch of the Oaks to pick up Kelly's yarn order.  On the way we had to stop at Yarns at the Adobe, the yarn shop across from the mission in San Luis Obispo. 

Finally, we spent the last few days of the visit dyeing the yarn that had just been milled.  So much fun!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ep 63: Finished Except...




I'm finished knitting except I still have to...Have you ever said that about a project?  The Ewes have projects in various stages of completion, but many things OFF the needles!  We may not have photos in the show notes this week, but take a look at our project pages!
Kelly's project page.  
Marsha's project page.
We hope to be back on track with normal show notes by Episode 64.  Thanks for listening!


Check out this episode!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ep 62: The Ewes do Stitches West



Knitting projects get finished and then the ewes are off on and adventure to Stitches West.  Wearing ponchos and taking names!

Marsha and Tracy

Marsha and Kelly

Marcy, Karen, and Marsha

Julie, Kelly, Marcy, Marsha, Barb, and Tracy

Kelly, her Mom, and Marsha
Marsha arrived on Wednesday and was able to hang out in the sun room finishing her NoCKRs shawl. It is Good Vibes by Nadia Cretin Lechen.  Kelly finished her Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry and her Funky Grandpa by Maison Rilillie, and was able to wear both at Stitches West.
Yarn, patterns for punch needle rug hooking, knitting needles for lace, and more yarn all came home with the Ewes. 

Marsha's Haul!
We loved meeting fiber friends and getting to know listeners we hadn't met yet.
Then Marsha left to go to SF for the second half of her California adventure.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ep 61: Trains are great for binding off!




 A completed poncho, a train adventure, a handspun sweater, and an amazing beekeeping experience are on this week's show. 

Marsha's Projects

Marsha finished her Rodeo Drive Poncho.  Marsha is really happy with this pattern by Staci Perry.  She has also worked on her Good Vibes shawl. Even the Pismo Beach socks (yarn from the yarn crawl in our very first podcast) got a little knitting during her adventurous train trip!

Kelly's Projects

Kelly has finished 4 more Pussy Hats.  She also finally got on the ball and knitted the button band the on Funky Grandpa Cardigan.  This is a pattern by La Maison Rililie.  The button band has an i-cord bind off and Kelly isn't sure whether it will lay flat or not.  If, after blocking, it still isn't laying flat, she will need to experiment with needles that are either larger or smaller.  She isn't sure which direction will solve the issue.
Kelly has also been working on her poncho and is past the halfway point!  She is using Andrea Mowry's Om Shawl pattern.

"Advent-ewes"

Marsha had quite the train adventure trying to get to Spokane to visit friends.  Hours of delay had her almost hysterical!  On the positive side, it gave her plenty of time to finish her Rodeo Drive Poncho.

She had planned to visit a couple of Spokane yarn shops.  One was closed while she was there.  Another that she saw from the train, The Knitting Factory, turned out to be a music concert venue and nightclub.  The third was a charm, Sew E-Z Too is a knitting and quilting shop and she was able to visit. 

Upcoming Events

Marsha and Kelly will be at Stitches West on February 25-26.  Come say hi to us if you see us.  Also, we will be attending the meet-up organized by the Yarniacs and 2 Knit Lit Chicks.  The meet-up is in the lobby bar area of the Hyatt (host hotel) and will start at around 1 pm.  We can't wait!!!

Bees

Kelly had a great bee adventure last weekend. A small beehive was found in a drainage pipe where her husband works.  The area is slated for some construction and the hive had to be removed so Kelly went in on Saturday to remove it and bring it home to her yard.  The experience was AMAZING!  She was able to cut down the combs and wedge them between rubber bands in frames that then went into her bee box.  Overnight almost all the bees went into the box (because the queen and all their brood was in there).  Next morning she closed them in and took them home. Such an interesting process!  So far they seem to be doing very well.  They are a small hive, but busy bringing in pollen. 

What would you like to hear us talk about?

Many of our listeners have commented on the topic of compost and would like to know more. So next episode we will discuss composting and maybe a little gardening along with the knitting.  What else would you like to hear more about?  Leave a comment in the shownotes, email us at twoewesdyeing@gmail.com, or come talk to us in the Two EwesRavelry Group. Meanwhile, here is a funny video about urban farmers like Marsha and me.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ep 60: The Power of Clicking Needles


Marsha and Kelly both attended marches and they talk about the experience.  So many knitters made so many Pussyhats!







The Ewes have also been thinking about 2017 goals. The political realm, along with some personal challenges of the past year, have played a part in that thought process.

The Women's March website and the Indivisible Guide website are both mentioned in this episode.  



If you are a new listener, you might want to listen to a different episode first.  This one is not typical of the podcast, but we thought it was an important discussion to share with you.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ep 59: Completion, Compost, and Climate Change




We review our 2016 achievements and have a Fibershed segment where our minds are blown by discovering that compost can help mitigate climate change. 

Marsha's Projects

Marsha is almost finished with her #PussyHatProject hat for the Women's March that will be held in Seattle.  Other than that, she has been working exclusively on her Great Poncho Adventure project.  She is making the Rodeo Drive poncho from Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn.  It is getting close to finished!


Kelly's Projects

Kelly's Great Poncho Adventure is moving along after a mistake in the colorwork meant she had to rip back about 4 inches of work.  It was painful, but worth the effort.  She has adapted the Om Shawl to three colors and is working this out of three different gray yarns from Neighborhood Fiber Co.



Kelly has also been spinning.  She finished plying two skeins of the endless 3-ply CVM.
 
When combined with the bulky CVM singles she has spun, there is a total of 2.5 lbs (of the 6 lbs) that has been spun from this fiber.

She also spun and plied some longwool fiber from deep in the stash (circa 2002?).


She finished 6 #PussyHatProject hats and sent them (along with 4 more of her Aunt's hats) to Washington DC for the Women's March on Washington.  There are 3 more to finish for the San Francisco march that she will be attending.


Fibershed Segment

Kelly was excited to share some work being done by Jeff Creque, the Marin Carbon Project and the Carbon Cycle Institute.  She describes research done by Ryals, et al. in a paper entitled, "Impacts of organic matter amendments on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in grassland soils."

If you would like to hear more about Carbon Farming and other ideas presented at the Fibershed Wool Symposium, the videos are available on the Fibershed site.  If you are interested in purchasing the Climate Beneficial Cloth or making a donation for application of a cubic yard of compost, click here for more information

Upcoming Events

Marsha and Kelly will be at Stitches West on February 25 and 26.  We will attend the meet-up organized by the Yarniacs and the 2 Knit Lit Chicks starting at about 1 pm on Saturday in the bar of the host hotel.  We hope to see you there!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ep 58b: The Ewes Knit Seattle



Seattle!  The Two Ewes are together in the Emerald City.  Knitting hats, hitting the yarn shops, and having a great start to 2017!

Kelly arrived on January 5 to a partly snowy Seattle.  It was a quick, three-day trip, and they managed to see three yarn shops.  Hear about the visit in this short episode with the ewes recording together.

Some highlights of the trip were the felted chair at Maker's Mercantile and additions to Kelly's linens and button stashes. 

This isn't the actual chair, but is a similar idea.
The lowlight of the trip was that Tolt Yarn and Wool was closed for inventory (with no notification on the website).  Alas, we were disappointed. 

But we perked right up by visiting Quintessential Knits only ten miles away.  We also had the opportunity to visit Fiber Gallery one day while Enzo was getting groomed.

It was wonderful to start 2017 with a visit!  Our next time together will be Stitches West on Saturday, February 25 for the podcast meet-up in the afternoon and Sunday, February 26 for the Marketplace. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ep 58: Plying Solo


In Episode 47 Kelly talked about handspun singles.  In this episode she talks about plying handspun yarn and the properties of plied yarn for knitters who are buying commercial yarn. 

She talks about
  • what plying is and how it works, 
  • why spinners might ply yarn, and 
  • the number of plies and their effect on yarn.
She also gives tips for yarn buyers and tips for handspinners. 

The pictures below are a skein of yarn, rather than a piece of plied yarn, but the three pictures illustrate how the individual fibers look in a plied yarn that is over-plied, balanced, and under-plied.  Pretend each strand of yarn is a fiber in a plied yarn and you will see that in a balanced yarn, the fibers are parallel with the direction of the yarn. 

Over-plied
Under-plied
Balanced.  Note that the strands are parallel to the skein.
Here is Kelly's project page for her Swirl Sweater. 

Here is Marsha's project page for her Swirl Sweater