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