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!