Saturday, April 18, 2015

Episode 205: Planner Fanatic


This week's WIPs include Flutterby socks, Color Affection shawl, Simple Skyp socks, Retiarius and Hitofude. FOs include the giant Patons vanilla socks and the Patons Jeck socks. Baubles and Bling include a prototype Akerworks bobbin for Schacht wheels that is compatible with the WooLee Winder, awesome bags from viewer Mommasee and Wendy's new customized planner. We announce a coupon code and a new contest to win a sock pattern from Lynnioknits.

SHOW NOTES

April KAL/CAL:  Patterns for the home, like afghans, doilies, washcloths, pillows, or something else useful!  We will draw a winner in May.

Shout Outs:

We are running two contests: one to win Defarge Does Shakespeare and one to win soap and perfume from Dyeabolical Yarns.  We will draw winners next week!

We have a COUPON CODE:  LKK1H220 for 20% off any of Lynn Lounsbury's patterns.

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in Patons Kroy in the Brambles Stripe colorway

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

Flutter-by Socks by Shannon Robalino in Snitches Bebop Sock (discontinued) in the Clarice colorway

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki in BMFA Mill Ends, String Theory Fiber Arts Caper sock in the Bye Bye Blues colorway, and Handmaiden Casbah in the Wine for Roses colorway.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Jeck by Regina Satta in Patons Kroy, Meadow Stripes colorway

Sheila finished:

Vanilla sock in Patons Kroy, Spring Stripes colorway


Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy is nearly finished with her Loop Bullseye Batt in Strobe.  She will be testing a prototype bobbin for Akerworks that is compatible with the WooLee Winder for Schacht wheels.

Future Dates:

Wendy still has to finish Hitofude before she can start her Rhinebeck Sweater.

Sheila will probably knit Boomerang by Steve from Dramatic Knits Podcast

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy and Sheila received:

Awesome bags made by viewer Mommasee!  Thank you!

Wendy purchased:

A custom planner from Personal-Planner and lots of fun office supplies to decorate it

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

Want to win the sock pattern of your choice from Lynn Lounsbury ?  Tell us in the group contest thread which one of her sock designs is your favorite and we will draw a lucky winner in Ep 207!!


2015 Fiber Events


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






Monday, April 13, 2015

Episode 204: In Which Wendy is Forgetful


WIPs this week include Sheila's vanilla Patons sock, Wendy's Jeck socks, Hitofude and Retiarius cowl. FOs this week include Wendy's No Purl Monkeys and one Jeck sock. Baubles and Bling include a custom Stitched by Jessalu bag and the Handbrake Cowl. We also review Defarge Does Shakespeare, a new Cooperative Press book. We have a couple of new contests, so check them out!

SHOW NOTES

April KAL/CAL:  Patterns for the home, like afghans, doilies, washcloths, pillows, or something else useful!  We will draw a winner in May.

Shout Outs:

We reviewed Cooperative Press's Defarge Does Shakespeare.

We announce a giveaway contest of Yummy Smells from Dyeabolical Yarns.  Since Wendy forgot to make a thread, we will be running this contest an extra week.

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Jeck by Regina Satta in Patons Kroy, Meadow Stripes colorway

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla cuff down sock in Patons, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Knitpicks Felici (Sorbet colorway)

One Jeck sock

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy shows how she framed several cross stitch projects.

Future Dates:

Wendy still has to finish Hitofude before she can start her Rhinebeck Sweater.

Sheila will probably knit socks or Bonbon by Susan Claudino

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Stitched By Jessalu custom bag for the Travel Kate

Handbrake by Kay F. Jones of the Bakery Bears, which benefits cancer research.  Gifted to us by Thirdcookie

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

Want to win some yummy smells from Dyeabolical Yarn?  We are giving away two sets of perfume and soap!  Just tells us which bath and body products are your favorites from the Dyeabolical shop, and you could win some Dreamsicle soap and two perfume scents - Sandalwood Vanilla and That's Nice (What Is It?).  We will choose two winners in Episode 206 - because I forgot to do a contest thread last week.

BOOK REVIEW:  Defarge Does Shakespeare

This book imagines what Madame Defarge would knit if inspired by Shakespeare.  This is a beautifully photographed book with tons of patterns.  There is an experience level assigned to each pattern so that you can determine how difficult it would be.  One of the best things about this book is the sheer breadth of the types of patterns shown.  There are the usual socks, shawls, gloves/mittens and sweaters, but there is also a darling tea cozy pattern, as well as some necklaces and collars, a book mark and even a felted bowl.  There are also two cute patterns for kids!  This book will definitely have something for every knitter, and the text alongside each pattern describing the inspiration is fun to read.

We will be giving away a copy of this awesome PDF book in Episode 206.  Tell us in the contest thread which pattern is your favorite!

2015 Fiber Events


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, April 5, 2015

Episode 203: Not Really Selfish


This weeks FOs include Fixie Baby Hat and Christine's Stay Put Baby Bootie. WIPs include Hitofide, No Purl Monkeys and vanilla Patons sock. Bauble and Bling include more stripey Patons Kroy and a sweater's worth of Dyeabolical Worsted in the Polar Vortex color way. We draw winners for the monthly KAL/CAL and the Knittingsmybag contest. We also announce some exciting contests coming up soon!



SHOW NOTES

April KAL/CAL:  Patterns for the home, like afghans, doilies, washcloths, pillows, or something else useful!  We will draw a winner in May.

Shout Outs:

We will be doing a book review next week of Cooperative Press's Defarge Does Shakespeare.  Tune in for the review and contest details!

We announce a giveaway contest of Yummy Smells from Dyeabolical Yarns.  We also draw winners of last month's KAL/CAL and the Knittingsmybag Yarn and Bag contest.

Don't forget to join in the contest to win a Knittingsmybag bag and coordinating skein of yarn!

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Knitpicks Felici (Sorbet colorway)

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla cuff down sock in Patons, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Christine's Baby Booties by dknit in Cascade Fixation


Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

Fixie Baby Hat by Stitch Marker Knitting Designs in Cascade Fixation

One baby bootie in Cascade Fixation

Whirlwind Romance:

Nothing this week

Future Dates:

Wendy still has to finish Hitofude before she can start her Rhinebeck Sweater.

Sheila will probably knit socks or Bonbon by Susan Claudino

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Patons sock in  Meadow Stripes

Dyeabolical Yarn Superwash Merino Worsted in the Polar Vortex color way

Waking Tide pullover by Courtney Spainhower

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

Want to win some yummy smells from Dyeabolical Yarn?  We are giving away two sets of perfume and soap!  Just tells us which bath and body products are your favorites from the Dyeabolical shop, and you could win some Dreamsicle soap and two perfume scents - Sandalwood Vanilla and That's Nice (What Is It?).  We will choose two winners in Episode 205.

We drew winners for the Knittingsmybag yarn and bag contest and the monthly KAL/CAL.

2015 Fiber Events


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, March 28, 2015

Episode 202: HATE-ofude


This week's WIPs include the Hitofude cardigan, Retiarius cowl, No Purl monkey socks and cuff down vanilla socks in Patons yarn. No FOs this week, folks! Featured baubles and bling include an awsome care package of Socks That Rock and Fishknits yarn for Sheila, some Patons self-striping for Wendy, and an awesome package from Dyeabolical yarn of sweet smells and yarny goodness! We will be giving some of those goodies away next week!

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Patterns that are well-loved (more than 1000 projects listed).  A winner will be drawn in April.

Shout Outs:

Don't forget to join in the contest to win a Knittingsmybag bag and coordinating skein of yarn!

Check out the fabulous new knitting news website:  KnitCliks!  The brainchild of designers Carolyn Noyes and Cathy Carron, you can find news about fashion trends, new patterns, podcasts and MORE!
On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Knitpicks Felici (Sorbet colorway)

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

A vanilla cuff down sock in Patons, Spring Leaf Stripes colorway

Rate Your Date:

Nothing this week

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy showed progess on the Loop Batt she is spinning in the Strobe color way.

Future Dates:

Wendy has to finish Hitofude before she can start her Rhinebeck Sweater.  Sheila will probably use Cascade Fixation to make a baby hat and booties.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Patons sock in Brambles Stripes and Spring Leaf Stripes.

Sheila received:

Socks That Rock Heavyweight in "Christmas Balls," Socks That Rock Medium Weight in "Grayple," and Fishknits Sock in "Fuji Fight Like A Girl," which we decided to rename as "We Run on Recycled Parts" in honor of Sheila's son's liver transplants.

We both received:

A big box of goodies from Dyeabolical Yarns including a sample of her Superwash Worsted in "Polar Vortex," a skein of Squishy Sport Single in "Okie Dokie Artichokie," a skein of sock in "Fred," Perfume in the "That's Nice (What Is It?)" and "Sandalwood Vanilla" scents and soap in Dreamsicle and Lavender and Basil.  Some of these goodies will be up as prizes next week!

Gossip & Innuendo:

CONTEST:

Want to win a beautiful Knittingsmybag bag and some coordinating yarn?  Tell us what you would knit with the yarn that matches the bag.  This months Bag/Yarn combo includes Numma Numma yarn!  Check out the contest thread in our group for a photograph of the prize and more info.  A winner will be chosen in Episode 203.

2015 Fiber Events


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, March 22, 2015

Episode 201: Knit Like Iron

This week's WIPs include socks, Hitofude cardigan and the Retiarius cowl. FOs include Sheila's No-Purl Monkeys. Featured Babules and Bling include two Knittingsmybag bags. We drew a winner for the Socks for Jeans book and announced a fabulous Knittingmybag Bag and Yarn contest!

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Patterns that are well-loved (more than 1000 projects listed).  A winner will be drawn in April.

Shout Outs:

We have a new contest:  Win a Knittingsmybag bag and coordinating skein of yarn!  Details in the contest thread in our Ravelry group.

Thank you to Netta for the knitting needles for Lily.  She loves them!  And thank you to Betty4Fiber for the donation!

We drew a winner for the Socks for Jeans eBook by Deborah Tomasello this week.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Knitpicks Felici (Sorbet colorway)

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Enchanted Knoll Farms sock

Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Sheila is working on:

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

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

One no purl monkey.

Sheila finished:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Socks That Rock Mill End, Rare Gems Fire colorway

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy showed the Loop Batt she is spinning in the Strobe color way

Future Dates:

Wendy might knit with her Fibernymph Lucky Cat yarn.  Both Wendy and Sheila plan on knitting some baby things.  Sheila will probably use Cascade Fixation.  Wendy may purchase something at Maryland Sheep and Wool

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Two Knittingsmybag bags.

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

Want to win a beautiful Knittingsmybag bag and some coordinating yarn?  Tell us what you would knit with the yarn that matches the bag.  This months Bag/Yarn combo includes Numma Numma yarn!  Check out the contest thread in our group for a photograph of the prize and more info.  A winner will be chosen in Episode 203.

We drew a winner of Socks for Jeans by Deborah Tomasello!

2015 Fiber Events


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, March 15, 2015

Episode 200: Going on 5 Years




SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Patterns that are well-loved (more than 1000 projects listed).  A winner will be drawn in April.

Shout Outs:

Don't forget to post in the contest thread and try to win the Socks for Jeans eBook by Deborah Tomasello.

We drew two special prize winners from our member list in honor of the 200th episode!

Sheila showed her Karbonz knitting needles, as people were curious about them.  She also showed her Cubics.  Both are manufactured by Knitter's Pride.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Knitpicks Felici (Sorbet colorway)

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

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A in Socks That Rock, Rare Gems Fire colorway

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

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

Sheila finished:

One of her No Purl Monkeys

Gradient Wrap Cowl (technically finished some time ago, but she added buttons)

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy had no progress on the March installment of the Frosted Pumpkin Storytime Sampler

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to stick to socks right now, possibly Flutterby Socks by Shannon Robelino

Wendy plans to cast on Retiarius in Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Fibery Friends Sampler from The Cottage Needle

Yarn Enabler self-striping sock yarn in the Foxy Gentleman colorway

Gossip & Innuendo:

CONTEST:

Don't miss your chance to win a free copy of Socks for Jeans by Deborah Tomasello!  7 gorgeous color way sock patterns to challenge and delight you.  Just post in our contest thread telling us which of the 7 patterns is your favorite.  A winner will be drawn in Episode 201.

We drew 2 winners in celebration of our 200th episode!

2015 Fiber Events


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






Monday, March 9, 2015

Episode 199: Grandma Hair


This week's WIPs include Monkey socks, Traffic Island socks and the Hitofude cardigan. FOs include the Urbana scarf and 1 of Sheila's Sock Blank socks. Featured Baubles and Bling include Spunky Eclectic yarn, Enchanted Knoll Farm yarn and fiber by Portfiber, as well as the book Cast On, Cast Off by Leslie Ann Bestor. We drew winners for two contests and announce a new contst to win Socks for Jeans with Deborah Tomasello

SHOW NOTES

KAL/CAL:  Patterns that are well-loved (more than 1000 projects listed).  A winner will be drawn in April.

Shout Outs:

We announced a new contest this week!  You can win the Socks for Jeans eBook by Deborah Tomasello.  Details in Gossip and Innuendo.

Check out the Survey authored by Professor Amy Smith from Salem State University.  She is researching community building within fiber spaces and can use your input. There is a thread in the group linking to the survey.

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

No Purl Monkeys by Cookie A with modifications by Craftypancakes in Socks That Rock, Fire colorway

Rate Your Date:

Sheila finished:

A vanilla toe-up sock in a Knitpicks painted sock blank

Urbana by Stephen West in BMFA STR Heavyweight, Mudslide colorway

Whirlwind Romance:

Wendy shows her progress on the March installment of the Frosted Pumpkin Storytime Sampler

Future Dates:

Sheila plans to stick to socks right now, possibly Flutterby Socks by Shannon Robelino

Wendy has no plans

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Spunky Eclectic Mammoth Yarn in the Rock Lobster colorway and pattern Retiarius

Enchanted Knoll Farms self-striping in the Sunflowers colorway

Portfiber Yak Silk fiber in Naked

Cast On Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor

Gossip & Innuendo:

NEW CONTEST:

You can win a free copy of Socks for Jeans by Deborah Tomasello!  7 gorgeous color way sock patterns to challenge and delight you.  Just post in our contest thread telling us which of the 7 patterns is your favorite.  A winner will be drawn in Episode 201.

We drew winners for the monthly KAL/CAL and Snake Tracks sock pattern!

2015 Fiber Events


North Shore Yarn Crawl various stores in Massachusetts, Thursday Mar 12 - Sunday Mar 15, 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