Sunday, March 1, 2015

Episode 198: It's All About That Bass


This week's projects include Traffic Island socks, Hitofude Cardigan, Urbana and 2 pair of vanilla socks. FOs include the Qanik hat and a two color vanilla sock. Featured baubles and bling includes a Della Q needle case and Knitters Pride needles. We're off to Spa this weekend, hope to see you there.


SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Patterns that are underappreciated (less than 30 projects listed).

Shout Outs:

Don't forget to enter the contest for the Snake Tracks sock pattern!  We draw winners of that and the monthly KAL/CAL in episode 199.

Check out a new podcast hosted by designer Stephenie Tallent (she designed the amazing Wrought Iron Cardigan I knit a couple of seasons ago!)  You can learn more about her audio podcast and what she's doing on her Ravelry Group.

Also:  We heard from a little birdie that our friend Lise from Webs could use large, warm shawls for her charity.  We aren't doing anything formal, but just wanted to let people know that if you have some gently loved shawls of this description lying around unworn, you could donate them!  Check out earlier blog posts or contest threads for her address or PM Wendy to find out how to send them.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Bucilla Christmas Stocking in Red Heart Super Saver (various colors)

Traffic Island Socks by Nicola W (RedScot) in Tumbleweed Yarns Sugar Skull colorway

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla toe-up sock in Patons sock, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway
A vanilla toe-up sock in a Knitpicks painted sock blank

Urbana by Stephen West in BMFA STR Heavyweight, Mudslide colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One Traffic Island sock

Quanik by Amy King in Lion Brand Felting Wool, Cascade 220 and Araucania Nature Wool.

Sheila finished:

Vanilla two color socks in Miss Babs.

Whirlwind Romance:

None.

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to stick to socks right now, possible Monkey socks by Cookie A.

Wendy plans to pull out an ancient WIP and finish it:  the Swirl Shawl by Lijuan Jing in Jojoland Melody yarn.

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila purchased:

Della Q needle case

2 sets of Knitter's Pride needles

Gossip & Innuendo:

CONTEST:

You can win a free copy of the Snake Tracks sock pattern by Angeleah McGarrah!  Just tell us which yarn you would pick to knit the design in our contest thread.  We will draw a winner in Episode 199.

2015 Fiber Events

NETA Spin and Knit Spa, Freeport ME,  Friday Feb 27 -  Sunday March 1, 2015

Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Saturday, February 21, 2015

Episode 197: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

This week, featured WIPs include the Urbana scarf, some vanilla toe-up socks, the Traffic Island socks and Hitofude cardigan. Baubles and Bling include some cross stitch supplies from the Cottage Needle on etsy and three gorgeous bags from Knittingsmybag. We draw the winner of the Knittingsmybag bag and sock yarn contest, and announce a new contest featuring a sock pattern from designer Angeleah McGarrah.


SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Patterns that are underappreciated (less than 30 projects listed).

Shout Outs:

This week we draw for the Knittingsmybag prize and introduce a new pattern contest for a design by Angeleah McGarrah!

We also want to thank Mary for donating - it is greatly appreciated!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Bucilla Christmas Stocking in Red Heart Super Saver (various colors)

Traffic Island Socks by Nicola W (RedScot) in Tumbleweed Yarns Sugar Skull colorway

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla toe-up sock in Patons sock, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Urbana by Stephen West in BMFA STR Heavyweight, Mudslide colorway

A vanilla toe-up sock in Miss Babs.

Rate Your Date:

None this week

Whirlwind Romance:

None.

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to stick to socks right now.

Wendy plans to knit Quanik by Amy King in stash yarn.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

A rabbit themed needle minder and thread organizer from The Cottage Needle

3 new bags from Knittingsmybag

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

You can win a free copy of the Snake Tracks sock pattern by Angeleah McGarrah!  Just tell us which yarn you would pick to knit the design in our contest thread.  We will draw a winner in Episode 199.

We drew a winner of the Knittingsmybag bag with a coordinating skein of Knittyandcolor yarn!

2015 Fiber Events

NETA Spin and Knit Spa, Freeport ME,  Friday Feb 27 -  Sunday March 1, 2015

Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Saturday, February 14, 2015

Episode 196: Cabin Fever


This week's WIPs include the Hitofude cardigan, Bucilla Christmas stocking, vanilla toe-up socks and the Urbana scarf. FO was Wendy's Sad Panda socks. Featured Baubles and Bling was Wendy's rabbit scissors from Alice in Stitches on etsy. We spend a long time ranting about the frozen tundra our area has become!


SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Patterns that are underappreciated (less than 30 projects listed).

Shout Outs:

Don't forget to enter the Knittingsmybag contest!  Winners will be drawn next episode (197).  Also, thanks to Blueberrychick for the shout out on her blog Bedesisters!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Bucilla Christmas Stocking in Red Heart Super Saver (various colors)

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla toe-up sock in Patons sock, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Urbana by Stephen West in BMFA STR Heavyweight, Mudslide colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Rise and Shine Socks by Mari Muinonen / tikru in Fibernymph Bedazzled sock yarn in the Sad Panda colorway.

Whirlwind Romance:

None.

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to improvise a cabled headband that is lined.

Wendy plans to knit socks from her Tumbleweed Yarn "Sugar Skulls" colorway and also knit Quanik by Amy King in stash yarn.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Rabbit embroidery scissors from Alice in Stitches Arts

Gossip & Innuendo:

CONTEST:

You can win an amazing Knittingsmybag bag with a coordinating skein of Knittyandcolor yarn!  Just post in the contest thread on Ravelry telling us what project you would make with the yarn to keep in your bag.  We will draw a lucky winner in episode 197!


2015 Fiber Events

NETA Spin and Knit Spa, Freeport ME,  Friday Feb 27 -  Sunday March 1, 2015

Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Saturday, February 7, 2015

Episode 195: Little Dutch Girl



This week we are working on vanilla toe-up socks, Rise and Shine socks, the Hitofude cardigan and the Bucilla Christmas stocking. FOs include Sheila's two Lined Beanies, ear bud cozy and her Gradient Wrap Cowl. Wendy has a sock PHD. Wendy shows the February installment of her Story Time cross stitch, and Sheila shows off her first BMFA club offering. Both Wendy and Sheila show their awesome sock rulers. We draw the monthly KAL/CAL winners and the Earth's Wonders pattern winners, and announce a fabulous new contest from Knittingsmybag!!

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Show us what you knit that is Pink, Red, Orange or Yellow:  Warm color theme this month!  A winner will be drawn next week.  We will also be drawing the winners of the Earth's Wonder Collection patterns, so tune in for Ep 195.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Rise and Shine Socks by Mari Muinonen / tikru in Fibernymph Bedazzled sock yarn in the Sad Panda colorway.

Bucilla Christmas Stocking in Red Heart Super Saver (various colors)

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla toe-up sock in Patons sock, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One sock.

Sheila finished:

Lined Beanie by Heather Kinne in Patons and  Cascade 220

Gradient Wrap Cowl by Elizabeth Smith in Patons and mystery wool

Earbud Pouch by Mary Keenan in BMFA leftovers

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy completed the February installment of her Story Time classics sampler:  The Secret Garden.

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to make socks and Jackyll and Hide ski masks by Saskia de Feijter.

Wendy plans to knit socks from her Tumbleweed Yarn "Sugar Skulls" colorway

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila shows off her BMFA club offering.  Both Sheila and Wendy show their sock rulers from https://www.sockruler.com/

Gossip & Innuendo:

We drew contest winners for the monthly KAL/CAL and Earth's Wonders patterns!

NEW CONTEST:


You can win an amazing Knittingsmybag bag with a coordinating skein of Knittyandcolor yarn!  Just post in the contest thread on Ravelry telling us what project you would make with the yarn to keep in your bag.  We will draw a lucky winner in episode 197!

2015 Fiber Events

NETA Spin and Knit Spa, Freeport ME,  Friday Feb 27 -  Sunday March 1, 2015

Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Saturday, January 31, 2015

Episode 194: Podcast-Blocked by Catastrophes



This week Wendy is flying solo. WIPs include the Rise and Shine socks, Hitofude Cardigan and Bucilla Christmas sock. FOs include the Swirl E. Socks. We will be drawing winners for the monthly KAL/CAL and announcing the new one next week.

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Show us what you knit that is Pink, Red, Orange or Yellow:  Warm color theme this month!  A winner will be drawn next week.  We will also be drawing the winners of the Earth's Wonder Collection patterns, so tune in for Ep 195.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Rise and Shine Socks by Mari Muinonen / tikru in Fibernymph Bedazzled sock yarn in the Sad Panda colorway.

Bucilla Christmas Stocking in Red Heart Super Saver (various colors)

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Swirl E. Socks by Susie White in White Birch Fiber Arts "It's How We Roll" colorway

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing new this week

Future Dates:

Wendy has no plans right now other than to cast on a pair of sicks when the current pair is finished.

Baubles & Bling:

Nothing this week.

Gossip & Innuendo:

CONTEST:


Want to win one of the patterns from Designer Angeleah McGarrah's Earth's Wonder Collection?  One of these gorgeous patterns can be yours if you post in the thread in our group telling us which shawl you would knit and what color you would knit it in!  AND:  if you don't want to wait for two weeks to find out who won the patterns, you can either purchase the eBook collection or any of the individual patterns for 25% off with code ewc25 until the end of February 2015!   Winners will be drawn in Episode 195.

2015 Fiber Events

NETA Spin and Knit Spa, Freeport ME,  Friday Feb 27 -  Sunday March 1, 2015

Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Sunday, January 25, 2015

Episode 193: Shh-WING!



This week, we are working on a lined beanie, Swirl E. Socks and Bucilla Christmas Stocking. FOs include Easy by Martina Behm and one sock. Wendy also shows two finished cross stitch patterns and the finished first installment of her Story Time cross stitch. Baubles and bling include the news that Sheila joined the BMFA 10th Anniversary Sock Club and Wendy received her Fibernymph Sad Panda on the Bedazzled base. We also introduce a new contest for Angeleah McGarrah's 6 new Shawl Patterns.

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Show us what you knit that is Pink, Red, Orange or Yellow:  Warm color theme this month!  A winner will be drawn at the end of January.

We also want to that Mary for her generous donation to the podcast.  We are so appreciative of your support!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Swirl E. Socks by Susie White in White Birch Fiber Arts "It's How We Roll" colorway

Bucilla Christmas Stocking in Red Heart Super Saver (various colors)

Sheila is working on:

Lined Beanie by Heather Kinne in Cascade 220

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One sock.

Sheila finished:

Easy by Martina Behm in her Gypsy Girl Creations gradient yarn.

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy shows two completed cross-stitch projects and her first month installment of the Story Time sampler.

Future Dates:

Wendy will make:

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Sheila will make:

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki in BMFA sock yarn

Baubles & Bling:

Sheila announces that she joined the BMFA 10th Anniversary Sock Club

Wendy received:

Fibernymph Bedazzled sock yarn in the Sad Panda colorway.

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST THIS WEEK:


Want to win one of the patterns from Designer Angeleah McGarrah's Earth's Wonder Collection?  One of these gorgeous patterns can be yours if you post in the thread in our group telling us which shawl you would knit and what color you would knit it in!  AND:  if you don't want to wait for two weeks to find out who won the patterns, you can either purchase the eBook collection or any of the individual patterns for 25% off with code ewc25 until the end of February 2015!   Winners will be drawn in Episode 195.

2015 Fiber Events

NETA Spin and Knit Spa, Freeport ME,  Friday Feb 27 -  Sunday March 1, 2015

Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT, Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, Waltham, MA, Sat Apr 25, 2015

Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, MD Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3, 2015

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH, Saturday 
May 9 - Sunday May 10, 2015

Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI Saturday 
May 16, 2015

Webs Annual Tent Sale, Northampton, MA Saturday May 16 - Sunday May 17, 2015

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA Saturday 
May 23 - Sunday May 24, 2015

Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME, Saturday Jun 6 - Sunday Jun 7, 2015

Fiber Revival, Newburyport, MA TBA Aug 2015

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY Sat 
Sep19 - Sun Sep 20, 2015

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY Sat 
Sep 26 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT Sat 
Oct 3 - Sun Oct 4, 2015

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY Saturday 
Oct 17 - Sunday Oct 18, 2015

Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA Saturday 
Nov 7 - Sunday Nov 8, 2015






Thursday, January 15, 2015

Episode 192: Sad Panda For The Win!

We announce the winners of the Spunky Eclectic Tousle contest this week! WIPs include Easy shawlette, Swirl E. Socks, Bucilla Christmas Stocking and Lined Beanie. FOs include the Jeck socks and another Lined Beanie. We didn't have any Baubles and Bling to share but we were excited to announce a new Fibernymph colorway called Sad Panda! Check out her update on Friday to snag some.

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Show us what you knit that is Pink, Red, Orange or Yellow:  Warm color theme this month!  A winner will be drawn at the end of January.  We also announce a new color way from Fibernymph inspired in part by Wendy's comment that someone should name a color way "Sad Panda."  Her update goes live on Friday, 1/16.  Check it out!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Swirl E. Socks by Susie White in White Birch Fiber Arts "It's How We Roll" colorway

Bucilla Christmas Stocking in Red Heart Super Saver (various colors)

Sheila is working on:

Easy by Martina Behm in her Gypsy Girl Creations gradient yarn.

Lined Beanie by Heather Kinne in Cascade 220

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Jeck by Regina Satta in Desert Vista Dye Works Viso sock in the Second Helping color way.

Whirlwind Romance:

No progress this week, but Wendy shows some recent cross-stitching work.

Future Dates:

Wendy will make:

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Sheila will make:

Socks for her son.

Baubles & Bling:

None.

Gossip & Innuendo:

TOUSLE CONTEST:

We drew winners!  Wendy will send your names to Amy from Spunky Eclectic.