Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Episode 20 - On the Downswing from Holiday Knitting

A sighting of the rare, short-eared, whiny, be-sweatered Phoebe.

On the Needles
-Huggable Hedgehog by Debbie Radtke
-knit on size 10.5 (6.5 mm) and 11 (8 mm) needles
-using Cascade 220 in 4147B (yellow), Plymoth Galway worsted in 154 (orange), and Yarn Bee Tempting Girl in #846/Mindi

-Baby Mine by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
-STR mediumweight in KMBFLA
-size 4 (3.5 mm)

On the Wheel
-Dyak Craft batt in colorway 101 striped has been spun into singles
-planning to navajo-ply soon

FO of the Week
-Twist & Shout socks
-Holidazed by Anne Hanson
-knit on US 2 (2.75 mm), 2-at-a-time magic loop in the medium size
-used my own handspun 3-ply of Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino in Twist & Shout
-still have ~114 grams left and plan to use it to knit a friend some replacement socks for a pair I gave her that got a hole

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Episode 19 - The Wheel Beckons

On the Needles
-Mom's Christmas present
-celebration time!!
-Twist & Shout socks
-Holidazed by Anne Hanson
-medium size knit on US 2 (2.75 mm) in magic loop
-heels are turned and I'm starting to knit out the gusset

On the Wheel
-Going to sit down tonight and spin up that batt from Dyak Craft

FO of the Week
-Rock 'n Weave by A. Karen Alfke
-originally released for 2006 Rockin' Sock Club
-knit in STR mediumweight in Fairgrounds (currently unavailable) and Rocktober
-uses US 5 (3.75 mm) and US 2 (2.75 mm)

The Dyeing Arts review (part one)
-4 oz merino/tencel in Shangri La was given to me by Tara for review
-Then I went stash diving and found the Goblin Elbows Blue that I spun up ages ago, two braids of 4 oz superwash merino in Fairy Forest and Peacock, and one 4 oz braid in 100% Australian Wool in Tropical Fruit.
-Part 2 of the review will be about the spinning and part 3 will be the knitting up.
-The Etsy shop

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Episode 18 - Snowed In

On the Needles
-Mom's Christmas present
-Nearly done with the first one!!
-Twist & Shout Holidazed socks
-2-at-a-time magic loop on size 2 (2.75 mm)
-Ended up with 533 yards of 3-ply in heavy fingering weight

On the Wheel
-No spinning, but I did hit the sale at Crown Mountain Farms

FOs of the Week
-I went sock drawer diving and came up with 5 pairs of socks to show you.
-Monkey by Cookie A.
-All were knit on size 2 (2.75 mm)
-Colors shown were STR lightweight in Turquoise, Purple Rain, and Seastone. A 2-ply handspun yarn in CMF I've Got You Babe, and Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Life's a Beach.
-Missing from the parade of Monkey socks was the pair I made out of STR Rockstar.

Your Questions
-No stash room tour since I'm tied to my desktop computer with the webcam. I'll see what I can do about that, but no promises.
-And a list of podcasts I listen to....
-Cast On
-Gives Good Knit
-Knitpicks' podcast
-Knitmore Girls
-The Manic Purl

Keep knitting! Sixteen days until Christmas!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Episode 17 - A Good Mail Week

On the Needles
-Mom's Christmas present
-lost 5 knitting days due to family commitments around Thanksgiving
-As-Yet-Unnamed Toe-Up sock
-Knit in Conjoined Creations Flat Feet (no color name)
-using Eyelet Swirls pattern from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Vol. One: Knit and Purl -US size 2 (2.75 mm) needles
-started for class with Deb Barnhill at Sock Summit

No spinning or FO of the week due to....

Mail Call!!
-Blue Moon Fiber Arts
-Dreidel, Jewel of the Nile, Vine Maple, Strange Brew, Jonagold, Jabberwocky, Green Eyed Monster, Gail's Autumn Joy, The Witching Hour
-RSC December package arrived too!
-Wollmeise Grab Bag 100% superwash merino
-Amazonas, Ebenholz, Neptun, Pesto, and another one that looks like it's called Libello?

And I forgot to mention that Crown Mountain Farms is having a sale on their superwash merino roving. From December 3-6, the price has been reduced from $22 to $17.60. Go and treat yourself to an early Christmas gift!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Episode 16 - Three Dogs for Thanksgiving

A little bit out of order due to a couple of furry co-hosts.

FOs of the Week
-Dog sweaters!

There's a little bit of a sound bobble in the middle, but it goes back to normal after a few seconds. Don't know what happened!

On My Needles
-Peacock socks are done!! (mostly)
-Opal Rainforest Collection II in Pfau
-knit over 72 stitches on US 1 (2.25 mm) dpns
-Mom's Christmas present
-working on the heel flap of sock one

On My Wheel
-Clarification from last week: Grafton Fibers is now Dyak Craft! They're on etsy too!

Short episode this week due to the holiday, but I'll be back with a full episode next week!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Episode 15 - A Good Week

On the Needles
-Peacock Socks
-Almost done! Another inch and then the toe!

-Mom's Christmas present
-Into the 4th repeat

On the Wheel
-CMF superwash merino Twist & Shout is done!
-3-ply, spun and plied on 19:1 ratio on my Lendrum with a Woolee Winder

-Up next: Grafton Fibers batt (now called Dyak Craft) in colorway 101 Striped
-Will be for a one-row handspun scarf and will be navajo-plied

FO of the Week
-Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
-Noro Silk Garden, colorway 82
-US 8 (5.0 mm)
-Did two extra straight row repeats for a total of 14

Sip 'n Stitch Club
-from The Unique Sheep
-choice of yarn or roving (I got the roving)
-This month was coffee from Joe Van Gogh and included a coffee cup cozy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Episode 14 - Another one bites the dust!

Part 1 with sweater!

On the Needles
-Peacock sock-Mom's Christmas present

On the Wheel
-CMF Twist and Shout

FO of the Week
-Sarah's Christmas present
-Pretty Thing
-Cables & Lace Dragon Feet in Carin's Hospital Blues

-The really old UFO I showed a couple weeks ago will *not* be ripped. I did break the yarn off so I have enough left to bind it off.
-The remaining almost 14 balls of the Lana d'Oro will be overdyed and made into Aztec Mazes by Anne Hanson.

Baby knitting for a co-worker is on the horizon! Possibly double if it's twins!

Part 2

The Enchanted Sole by Janel Laidman

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Episode 13 - Anguish! Defeat! Death! and Victory!

On the Needles
-Peacock sock
-Sarah's Christmas present
-Pretty Thing cowl on Rav or on Yarn Harlot's blog
-Wee Ones stitch markers!
-Mom's Christmas present
-Needle death!
-Oh, the agony of not reading the pattern fully before starting!!

On My Wheel
-CMF superwash merino roving in Twist & Shout
-The second 1/3 of the the singles are spun!

FO of the Week!
-Dad's Christmas present
-Earl Grey by Yarn Harlot
-size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) Knitpicks Harmony DPNs
-Patons Kroy Socks in Gentry Grey
-used 2 full balls and most of a third

And a bonus yarn store/buying falldown of Trekking, Austermann Step, Dream in Color Smooshy, and Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Episode 12 - the UFO has landed!

Not a lot of knitting got done this week, due to a letterboxing gathering. It's hard to knit while scrambling up and down muddy trails and into ravines looking for tupperware hidden in the woods.

On the Needles
-Peacock sock
-Opal Rainforest II in Pfau
-Dad's Christmas present
-past the gusset of 2nd sock!
-Paton's Kroy Sock in Gentry Grey
-Mom's Christmas Present
-no progress from last week

On the Wheel
-CMF superwash merino in Twist & Shout
-halfway done with second bobbin

UFO! of the week
-Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans by Gladys Thompson
-started January 2003
-had to learn an invisible cast-on and how to cable for this project
-Cascade Lana d'Oro in color 203 (which doesn't seem to be offered anymore...color 1040 is the closest)
-US 7 (4.5 mm) needles

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Episode 11 - a Phoebe cameo!


On the Needles
-Peacock Vanilla sock
-Corner Gas
-Dad's Christmas present
-Earl Grey
-Mom's Christmas present
-Tsock Tsarina from Holiday Yarns

Stash Dive!
-Sarah's Christmas present
-yarn from Cables and Lace
-Dragon's Feet 70/30 merino/silk in Carin's Hospital Blues

On the Wheel
-Still spinning Twist & Shout from Crown Mountain Farms

FO of the Week
-Estes Magic Shawl
-pattern is Magic Shawl by Knitting Fairy
-yarn is Acero in M25
-shawl pin by Nicolas and Felice

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Episode 10 - the redundant one

On the Needles
-Peacock sock
-Dad's Christmas present
-Mom's Christmas present
-Holiday Yarns
-Sarah's Christmas present
-Yarn will be Carin's Hospital Blues in Dragon Feet from the wonderful Eric at Cables & Lace

On the Wheel
-CMF Superwash merino roving in Twist & Shout
-The first 1/3 is done!
-Getting 28-30 WPI on the singles

FO of the week
-February Lady Sweater (rav link)
-Dream in Color Classy at The Loopy Ewe
-buttons from Personal Threads

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Episode 9 - Introducing Grace!

On My Needles
-Peacock socks
-Dad's Christmas present (rav link)

On My Wheel
-Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino Sock Hop
-my wheel, Grace, a Lendrum DT with a Woolee Winder -off my wheel is the CJ Kopec Envious Eyes wool/silk 3-ply

Old FO of the Week
-Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
-Knit with 4 skeins (2 colors, Joe's Shirts and Waters) of KPPPM on US 5 (3.75 mm)

-Yarn Harlot released the Pretty Thing cowl pattern!
-Available for purchase on her blog or on Ravelry

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Episode 8 - What to spin?

Shownote links are essentially the same as last week so just scroll down to the last entry to see them.

The winner of what colorway I will be spinning next is Twist & Shout! Thanks to everyone who voted!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Episode 7 - Straying from the path

Part 1

Charlotte's Web is done!!

Coffee of the week is Cabin Coffee Co.'s Angel Whispers in medium roast
-I don't see the Angel Whispers flavor online, but I know I was able to buy it in the store a couple months ago.

Christmas knitting

Opal Rainforest Pfau (Peacock) in a plain vanilla sock
-I can't even find a place to get this anymore. It's from the Rainforest Collection II and Opal is currently on collection V right now.

Crochet hexagon pattern

BMFA STR in Shadow

Part 2

Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop Roving
I've got 5 discontinued colors. Help me pick one to spin!
-It Takes Two Baby
-Blue Suede Shoes
-Twist and Shout
-The Beat Goes On
Please vote in the comments to help me decide!

CJ Kopeck Creations

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Episode 5 - The two-parter!

Part 1

Part 1 shownotes

-Charlotte's Web-STR lightweight in Crabby McCrabbyPants, Sugarplums (not on the Blue Moon site right now), Faulty Dyer, Carbon Dating, Pepe le Plume (exclusive to Rockin' Sock Club until May 2010)
-Christmas knitting! (link to my rav profile)
-San Marco Coffee
-Holiday Yarns (formerly VanCalcar Acres)
-Vintage sock
-Kitri sock

....onward to Part 2!

Part 2 shownotes
-Green Mountain Spinnery
-3 AM Enchantments at etsy (shop update will be at the end of the month) and The Loopy Ewe

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Episode 4 - now with shownotes!

Corner Gas

Burn Notice

Queen of Beads socks in STR My Blue Heaven

Charlotte's Web far I've done Crabby McCrabbypants, Sugarplums, and Faulty Dyer

Earl Grey socks knit in Patons Kroy Socks in Gentry Grey

Knit and Knag's blog

Mystic Light shawl in STR lightweight Oregon Red Clover Honey

And no Phoebe appearance this week since she decided to take a nap downstairs as soon as I hit the record button!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

show notes - episode 2

The new webcam!

Socks for Art (rav link)
-colorway at The Loopy Ewe

Queen of Beads (rav link)

Leyburn socks (rav link)
-County Clare at Blue Moon Fiber Arts

Bijou Basin Ranch
-yak/alpaca fiber

Holiday Yarns

Episode 2

I'm back!!!

Thanks to the lovely computer guys at Best Buy who helped me find a new webcam, I can now give you episode 2 for your viewing pleasure!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

a slight technical delay

So I'm having webcam issues. Due to technology kicking my butt, there won't be a podcast tonight. I'll head out to the electronics store first thing after work Friday morning and pick up a new, *dependable* webcam.

New ep this weekend for sure....if the new webcam doesn't kick my butt.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

show notes - episode 1

Mom's blog

Queen of Beads sock in My Blue Heaven

Zauberball at The Loopy Ewe, Webs, Simply Socks Yarn

Knitting Pharm's blog....hello my new sister!

Kauni at Webs

Misti Alpaca laceweight at Webs

Blue Moon Fiber Arts

Sanguine Gryphon


Lotus Yarns

Bar-Maids lotion bars

The Inaugural Post!

Well, here it is! My first video cast! Please be kind....I'll get better as I go on.

And since I can't get the "embed" feature to give me the whole address, I'll just have to direct you to go here. If anyone has any insight on getting the whole address out the of the little "embed" box on YouTube, please let me know!