Thursday, December 20, 2012

Episode 25: Farewell 2012

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Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles & Hooks

Iced by Carol Feller

Hitchin' A Ride by Sharon Cheek

From this project I am learning:
  •  how to "read" crochet stitches
  • what " in the chain 1 space" means
  • increasing in crochet


Finished my Gale's Art BFL fiber in the Crayon Box colorway.
I spoke about how I prepared this fiber to spin in episode 24.
Techniques I used with this fiber:
  • spinning over the fold to blend color
  • drafted with a long draw woolen technique
  • left it as a single
  • fulled the skein to finish it
I ended up with 254 yds of a thick and thin single

Beauty shot #1
Beauty shot #2


On the bobbin now-  Bee Mice Elf    BFL/Silk (75/25) in the City Sunset colorway

On the drop spindle- 1.9 oz of Rambouillet washed fleece that I combed into top
                                   Drop spindle from Spinatude  .6 oz./18 grams

Knitting For Good

Remember to get your pictures of your finished afghan squares for our Squares For Comfort KAL/CAL up on the thread by 12/31 to be eligible for our wonderful prizes!

January's coming.....and that means it's time for CogKNITive's  Mother Bear KAL/CAL!! I'll be crocheting a bear to kick off 2013!

Jibber Jabber

2013 Fiber Goals
  1. sweaters, sweaters, sweaters
  2. spin for a sweater
  3. join Dr.Gemma's 25 Bear Club for Mother Bear
  4. less obligation knitting
  5. more adventurous knitting
Closing music by "Hollywood Drunks"  as is available on

Talk to you in the new year!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Episode 24: Variety Is The Spice of Life!

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Introduce yourself!!

On The Needles, Hooks, and Loom

Iced by Carol Feller

Hitchin' A Ride by Sharon Creek

Rustic Noro Scarf, personal pattern

Weaving terms discussed:
  • warp
  • weft
  • rigid heddle
  • dent
  • balance weave
  • selvages

Off The Needles

Vanilla Latte Socks

In the last episode I mentioned how knitting gremlins made my sock cast on edge too tight and the leg too short.
pgknittingnurse contacted me on ravelry and made the most clever suggestion: unpick the cast on edge, knit up to lengthen the leg, and bind off using Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.
Being impatient, I cut off the 2x2 rib cuff of the sock, picked up the leg stitches, knitted up, and BO with JSSBO!!

Cutting your knitting is exhilarating!!
These are the steps I used in order to experiment with Felicia Lo's technique of blending color by spinning from the fold:
  1. I broke the fiber into chunks at the areas where there were color changes
  2. I sorted these chunks into 7 groups based on their colors
  3. I am spinning these groups from the fold using a longdraw method

Review and Giveaway!!

The little princess is a special co host this week reviewing Annie and The Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos of the Never Not Knitting podcast and pattern line.
 Paper dolls!

 Sharing my fiber love with my daughter


A Puzzle!
To quote the little princess, "I love it!!" If you would like to be entered to win a copy of the Deluxe Gift Edition enter here by December 31, 2012
Knitting For Good
KB is hosting a CAL/KAL for Square for Comfort until December 31, 2012
More information here and here.
Music: Adam Sandler's Hanukkah Song #3
Happy Hanukkah to all of my listeners celebrating!