Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Episode 248: Is It Candid Camera?


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Indigo Frost Poncho, Atomic Blender Socks, Toe-up ankle socks, and CBD Fudge Neckcessory. We had two PHD's: one Atomic Blender sock and one ankle sock. Baubles and bling this week included a bag and notions from Knittingsmybag, Sockotta gifted to Sheila by a viewer and a miniature LL Bean bag. We also announce an upcoming Craftsy class review and a contest being held by designer Stephannie Tallent to win the class for free!

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL will be to knit with variegated yarn!  Trying digging something out from deep stash!  We will draw two winners during the first episode in May.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.  We will draw the next winner in May.

We will also be reviewing a new Craftsy class by designer Stephannie Tallent called "Custom Colorwork Techniques:  Mitts" which will roll out around May 2.  Stephannie is holding a contest HERE up until the class release date where you can win the class for free!  Once the class is live, we will review it on the show and have a 50% coupon code for our viewers.  So, if you haven't checked out Craftsy yet, this is a good opportunity to do it.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway with scraps for the color work.

Atomic Blender socks in Dyeabolical Yarn Targhee sock in the Atomic Blender colorway.  Pattern will be available when the sample socks are knit.

Sheila is working on:

Be My Valentine Socks by the Cozy Knitter in unlabeled cotton sock yarn.  She will not be using the cable pattern, just the gusset and heel combo.

Atomic Blender socks in BMFA mill end.

CBD Fudge Neckcessory by Deborah Tomasello in CBD Metallic Spice from her new yarn line (which we reviewed last episode).

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

One ankle sock.

Wendy finished:

One Atomic Blender sock.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Sheila will knit something (possibly the Simple Skyp Socks  by Adrienne Ku with her BMFA yarn of the month, a mill end in purple and blue.

Wendy needs to finish her current WIPs and will definitely cast on another sock.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Bag and notions from Knittingsmybag.

Sheila received:

Sockotta Yarn from a viewer

A miniature LL Bean bag that Wendy bought her for Christmas but lost until this week!

Gossip & Innuendo:

Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Sunday, April 10, 2016

Episode 247: Severe Stash Dysmorphia


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Indigo Frost poncho, Atomic Blender socks, and Be My Valentine socks (without the cable). FOs include BMFA mill ends vanilla toe up sock. Baubles and Bling include Fibernymph Bounce sock in the Oops Blue and Gray colorway, and a review of Deborah Tomasello's new customizable yarn line (you won't want to miss this).

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL will be to knit with variegated yarn!  Trying digging something out from deep stash!  We will draw two winners during the first episode in May.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.  We will draw the next winner in May.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway with scraps for the color work.

Atomic Blender socks in Dyeabolical Yarn Targhee sock in the Atomic Blender colorway.  Pattern will be available when the sample socks are knit.

Sheila is working on:

Be My Valentine Socks by the Cozy Knitter in unlabeled cotton sock yarn.  She will not be using the cable pattern, just the gusset and heel combo.

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Vanilla toe-up socks in BMFA mill end (heavy weight)

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Sheila will knit something (possibly the Simple Skyp Socks  by Adrienne Ku with her BMFA yarn of the month, a mill end in purple and blue.

Wendy needs to finish her current WIPs

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila purchased:

Fibernymph Dyeworks Bounce sock in the Oops Blue and Gray color way.

REVIEW:

We received a sample of Colorworks by Debi Yarns, where you can customize the yarn by picking strands of different colors and/or fiber composition to make a 2, 3 or more ply yarn.  The sample we were sent was a cotton and tencel skein that had a lovely color, drape and shine.  Sheila will be knitting a project with the yarn, since Wendy has sensory issues with cotton based yarns.

At first we thought the yarn was a laceweight until we unwound the skein a bit and understood the unique concept.  Debi takes strands of different yarns and winds them together.  It's like knitting with two strands held together, except she does the work for you and winds them up together in any combination you like!  And you can pick from many colors and bases to get the perfect customized yarn for your project.  She has price information and more on her website, which we linked above.  You can also join her Ravelry group HERE.

Gossip & Innuendo:

Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Sunday, April 3, 2016

Episode 246: Weightloss is the Elephant in the Room


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include the Atomic Blender sock, Indigo Frost poncho and a vanilla toe up sock. FOs include the Super Stretchy Baby Hat and Crafty Toes baby socks. No featured Baubles and Bling this week, but we have a long talk about medically-assisted weight loss and Wendy makes an announcement. We draw winners of the Masterpiece Knits pdf and the monthly BMFA KAL/CAL.

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL will be to knit with variegated yarn!  Trying digging something out from deep stash!  We will draw two winners during the first episode in May.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.  We will draw the next winner in May.  We drew March's winner in this episode.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway with scraps for the color work.

Atomic Blender socks in Dyeabolical Yarn Targhee sock in the Atomic Blender colorway.  Pattern will be available when the sample socks are knit.

Sheila is working on:

Vanilla toe-up socks in BMFA mill end (heavy weight)

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Super Stretchy Baby Hat by Julia Tarsha in Plymouth Happy Feet (red colorway).

Cozy Little Toes by Judy Kaethler in Plymouth Happy Feet

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Sheila will knit something with self-striping yarn

Wendy needs to finish her current WIPs

Baubles & Bling:

None

Gossip & Innuendo:

We drew a winner of Masterpiece Knits from Dragonfly Yarns.  We also drew a winner of the March edition of the BMFA KAL/CAL/SAL!!

Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Sunday, March 27, 2016

Episode 245: Does This HD Make My Face Look Old?



 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Indigo Frost poncho and Super Stretchy Baby Hat. FOs include a pair of cuff down vanilla socks and Wendy FINALLY finished her Jeck socks. Featured Baubles and Bling include notions from Stitched by Jessalu and a gradient set from Wonderland Yarns. We give lots of random technology advice in this episode.

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL will be to knit with variegated yarn!  Trying digging something out from deep stash!  We will draw two winners during the first episode in May.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.  We will draw a new winner during the first episode in April.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Cache Cache Cowl by Kiki Kawaii in Into the Whirled Manchester sock cashmere/merino/nylon yarn, Double Rainbow colorway

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway with scraps for the color work.

Sheila is working on:

Super Stretchy Baby Hat by Julia Tarsha in Plymouth Happy Feet (red colorway).

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Jeck Sock by Regina Satta in Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce base, Lucky Cat colorway.

Sheila finished:

Vanilla cuff down socks in Opal cotton.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Sheila will knit hats and socks.

Wendy plans to design a new sock.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat fingering weight in the Dormouse gradient.

Stitched By Jessalu notions pouches

Gossip & Innuendo:

We are giving away a copy of Masterpiece Knits from Dragonfly Yarns in episode 246.  Just tell us which pattern you would knit in the contest thread on Ravelry before our next episode!

Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Monday, March 21, 2016

Episode 244: Knitting is a Lifestyle


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Jeck Socks, Cache Cache cowl, Indigo Frost poncho and generic cuff-down socks. FOs include one vanilla sock. We review Dragonfly Fibers Masterpiece Knits this week! Don't forget to play along in the Ravelry group for a chance to win a copy.

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL will be to knit with variegated yarn!  Trying digging something out from deep stash!  We will draw two winners during the first episode in May.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.  We will draw a new winner during the first episode in April.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jeck Sock by Regina Satta in Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce base, Lucky Cat colorway.

Cache Cache Cowl by Kiki Kawaii in Into the Whirled Manchester sock cashmere/merino/nylon yarn, Double Rainbow colorway

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway with scraps for the color work.

Sheila is working on:

Generic Cuff-Down sock in Opal Cotton.

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

One cuff down sock.

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Sheila needs to finish some projects and will knit more socks, possibly Rose City Rollers and a pair for herself from her BMFA heavyweight mill end.

Wendy plans to design a new sock when she finishes the ones on her needles.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week

Gossip & Innuendo:

BOOK REVIEW:

This week we are reviewing Masterpiece Knits from Dragonfly Fibers.  You can purchase a pdf copy of this book on Ravelry for $18 or a hard copy plus a code for the pdf version on the Dragonfly Fibers website.

The book is unusual in that it is centered around Dragonfly Fibers colorways based on fine art.  We both thought all of the featured colorways were beautiful.  The book has 15 patterns that would be suitable for almost any level of knitter.  There are simple projects for beginners as well as more complex projects for knitters with more experience.  Basically, something for everyone!

We had a little trouble with the format at first as it came up on our devices with two pages at a time, which made it difficult to follow.  Wendy discovered by accident that if she sized the page up to fit only one page on the screen, it shifted to a one page at a time format, which made it much easier to read.  The patterns range from simple hats to sweaters, and include techniques like intarsia, cabling and textured stitches.  We really liked a lot of the patterns, most of which would work great with semi-solid and more variegated yarns.  The sweater patterns do come in some larger sizes for knitters who need them.  This book is definitely worth a look, especially if you love Dragonfly Fibers or fine art.  It is definitely a collection that will have you knitting more than one pattern.

We will be giving away a copy of this book in episode 246.  Just tell us which pattern you would knit in the contest thread on Ravelry!

Fiber Events


Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Monday, March 14, 2016

Episode 243: Beef Stroganoff


 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Jeck Socks, Cache Cache cowl, Indigo Frost poncho and generic cuff-down socks. FOs include Sheila's Lined Beanie. Featured Baubles and Bling are Dyeabolical Yarn self-striping sock yarn.

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL will be to knit with variegated yarn!  Trying digging something out from deep stash!  We will draw two winners during the first episode in May.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.  We will draw a new winner during the first episode in April.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jeck Sock by Regina Satta in Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce base, Lucky Cat colorway.

Cache Cache Cowl by Kiki Kawaii in Into the Whirled Manchester sock cashmere/merino/nylon yarn, Double Rainbow colorway

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway with scraps for the color work.

Sheila is working on:

Generic Cuff-Down sock in Opal Cotton.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One Jack sock (finally)

Sheila finished:

Lined Beanie by Heather Kinne in Malabrigo sock in the Indecita colorway

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Sheila needs to finish some projects and will knit more socks.

Wendy plans to design a new sock when she finishes the ones on her needles.

Baubles & Bling:

Dyeabolical Yarns self-striping Targhee sock in the Katatomic colorway.

Gossip & Innuendo:

For those of you who love Stitched by Jessalu Bags, she will have a trunk show at Circle of Stitches, 66 Wharf Street, Salem MA on March 19 during the Knit North Yarn Crawl!

We drew a winner of the BMFA KAL/CAL and two winners of the WIP KAL/CAL.

Fiber Events


Knit North Yarn Crawl Mar 17-20, various North Shore locations, MA

Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA








Monday, March 7, 2016

Episode 242: Stupid Knitter Tricks



 SHOW NOTES

This week's WIPs include Jeck Socks, Cache Cache cowl, Indigo Frost poncho and Lined Beanie. FOs include Sheila's generic toe-up socks and one Jeck sock (finally!!). We draw a winner of the BMFA KAL/CAL and two winners of the WIP KAL/CAL!

Shout Outs:

Mar/Apr KAL/CAL will be to knit with variegated yarn!  Trying digging something out from deep stash!  We will draw two winners during the first episode in May.

Sheila is also hosting a Blue Moon Fiber Arts KAL/CAL that will continue throughout the year and includes any projects made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.  We will draw a new winner during the first episode in April.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jeck Sock by Regina Satta in Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce base, Lucky Cat colorway.

Cache Cache Cowl by Kiki Kawaii in Into the Whirled Manchester sock cashmere/merino/nylon yarn, Double Rainbow colorway

Indigo Frost Poncho by Isabell Kraemer in Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas colorway with scraps for the color work.

Sheila is working on:

Lined Beanie by Heather Kinne in Malabrigo sock in the Indecita colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One Jack sock (finally)

Sheila finished:

Generic toe-up socks in BMFA STR medium weight mill end (she did find the missing sock!)

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing

Future Dates:

Sheila may start a hat when she finishes her socks.

Wendy plans to design a new sock when she finishes the ones on her needles.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week.

Gossip & Innuendo:

For those of you who love Stitched by Jessalu Bags, she will have a trunk show at Circle of Stitches, 66 Wharf Street, Salem MA on March 19 during the Knit North Yarn Crawl!

We drew a winner of the BMFA KAL/CAL and two winners of the WIP KAL/CAL.

Fiber Events


Knit North Yarn Crawl Mar 17-20, various North Shore locations, MA

Connecticut Sheep and Wool Apr 30, Tolland Agricultural Center, Vernon/Rockville, CT

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Apr 30, Gore Place, Waltham MA

Maryland Sheep and Wool May 7-8, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 14-15, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival May 16, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI

Webs Annual Tent Sale May 14-15, Webs, Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair May 28-29, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Maine Fiber Frolic Jun 6-7, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME


Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Sep 17-18, Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock ME

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Sep 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, NY

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival Oct 1-2, Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber Festival of New England Nov 5-6, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, MA