Two Ewes Fiber Adventures: A Podcast about Knitting, Spinning, Weaving, Crochet, Dyeing-- All the Ways to Play with Yarn and Wool

The Ewes are back to regular episodes with prize drawings, weaving, a couple stories and, of course, our knitting. 

The weave along ended with some prizes.  One of the prizes is a Sweetheart Loom from Hazel Rose Looms. The Sheep Thrills KAL prize was also drawn in this episode.

Marsha made good progress on her Little Wave cardigan by Gudrun Johnston. She has knit the body up to the armholes and has finished the first sleeve. When the second sleeve is completed both will be attached to the body and the yoke and saddle shoulders worked. This is the first sweater Marsha has made with this technique.

Marsha cast on for the Summer Fjord by Trin-Annelie. This is the same Tee Kelly is making and like Kelly, Masha is using a different weight of yarn. She is going up to DK with Fibra Natura Flax (100% linen) and Kelly is going down with lace weight Sincere Sheep Linen. Lots of swatching, washing, measuring, and math went into the decision of sizes to make. There was pronounced biasing on Marsha's swatch so the Summer Fjord seemed a good choice with the different stitch patterns breaking up the stockinette.  Kelly's Summer Fjord has the body finished and is waiting for some work on the neckline and sleeve caps to be finished.

Kelly has been a little slow on her projects, although she did finish the Christmas dishtowels that she recently put on the LeClerc floor loom.  The towels are all variations of Swiss Twill from the Marguerite P. Davison weaving book.  

Kelly has also cast on the Sommer tank by Mari Chiba.  The yarn is some of her oldest stash, purchased in 2007 for a tank top shown in a magazine in May of that year. That sweater never got made and the yarn has narrowly escaped destash for a few years.  Once again some math and pattern adjustment was required since the gauge of the pattern isn't the gauge Kelly got in her swatch. She is "test knitting" this for a friend who might also want to make it. 

Marsha's has completed three skeins of her Combo Spin #3. Kelly and Marsha have a discussion on the math required to determine the final percentages of fiber in the finished yarn from the various fibers that were used.

Marsha was unusually restrained in the destash room at the NoCKRs retreat in April with the exception of a large "friend" that drove home with Marsha. Kelly and Marsha tell the story of  "Blithe Spirit" and her impact when was discovered napping at the NoCKRs retreat. 

Marsha tells the story of a very strange coincidence. Her son's girlfriend needed a bookcase so Ben and her dad went to the ReStore to look for recycled materials to build a bookcase. They came back with a chest that unbelievably had belonged to Marsha's mother Podie! The chest had been left in the house by the previous owners and Podie had used it in her sewing room for notions for over 50 years. They added the bookcase to the top, painted it green, and added the bead board to the back. Marsha had given the chest to the Goodwill over a year ago and the universe sent it back for Ben's girlfriend!

Events on the horizon:

Spinning at the Winery, Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, May 19 from 10-4

Black Sheep Gathering in Albany Oregon, June 29-July 1.  Listener meet-up on Saturday, June 30.

Monterey County Fair Fleece Judging, August 11 at 9 am with meet-up event after (Wool show information on page 58 of link)

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Lots of knitting to talk about and then we're off to the NoCKRs retreat.  An unedited episode to catch you all up on our adventures before we rush off to another fun time.

Visit our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures shop. 

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The intrepid fiber adventurers have filed a few more foreign correspondent dispatches. And this time there's yarn!  Also whisky, department store gin, interesting food, sheep, and castles.  Join Marsha and Kim on this yarn lover's journey.

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Kelly answers a few listener questions about the Argyle socks and then there are two dispatches from our foreign correspondent Marsha and her partner in travel, Kim. They see the sights, drink great Whisky, and eat wonderful food. And the Yarn Fest hasn't even begun!

Here is a link to Kelly's Argyle chart for a 72 stitch sock. If you have a Stitch Fiddle account you should be able to download and edit your own version of this chart.

Here is the link to the free vintage knitting patterns.
http://freevintageknitting.com/

 

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No show notes this time. We talk about what we finished to wear at Stitches West and then we talk about our fun weekend. Since this is late getting out to listeners, we are dispensing with show notes to just get this episode out!

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A little knitting and a lot of planning for upcoming events on today's show.  Plus a couple of knitting tips, the perfect spirit buttons, and some bee talk.  To see these show notes with photos, go to our website.

Marsha's Projects

Marsha started her second combo spin sweater so she'd have something going when the Opteka is finished.  She is quite close to finishing Opteka.

Kelly's Projects

Kelly continues to work on the Indigo Frost poncho.  Another careless moment led to a mistake. Instead of ripping back 8 rows of over 300 stitches, she attempted to rip out and re-knit only the section of 66 stitches that contained the mistake.  It worked really well and the poncho is back on track.

Since the poncho had a mistake that needed to be repaired in a quiet time period, Kelly pulled the linen Summer Fjord top back out and put about an inch on it.  It has a few inches to go before the bottom ribbing and will be finished in time for warmer weather.

Kelly also found the perfect buttons for her Curious Cardigan.  They are buttons from Marsha's mother's button tin and they'll be perfect!

Bee Update

Kelly and Marsha talk about the bees.  Kelly did some honey harvesting since the bees aren't going to need their honey for the quickly retreating California winter.  Kelly also suggested that people who want to plant for the bees consider trees, or at least shrubs for their concentrated volume of nectar or pollen.  Xerces society has plant lists for different areas of the country if you are interested.

 

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Knitting and spinning are so therapeutic for the difficult times in life. They also bring joy and a community that enhances the good times. Join the Ewes in this episode that includes a little of each.  Plus, they talk about the Two Ewes Shop and some of their learning experiences with this labor of love connecting local shepherds, mills, and small-batch yarns to knitters and crocheters.

If you read these show notes on your podcast app and want to see pictures, go to our complete show notes here

Kelly has two finished projects.  She finished the Aztec Cupcake socks made with beautiful Duren Dyeworks yarn using the Slip and Swirl Socks pattern by Kristi of the In a Sknit podcast.  The pattern and yarn are a perfect pairing and created this great design.

 She also finished the black Molly hat for her sister using spirit yarn from Marsha's stash.  That leaves her with only one active knitting project, the Indigo Frost poncho.

Marsha is also down to one active project.  She's almost finished with her Opteka sweater.  This is a pattern by Isabell Kraemer and it has an interesting hem detail that was fun to knit.  

The odd line in the photo is the demarcation between the part that was washed and blocked and the new knitting that has been done since then.  Marsha washed and blocked the partially completed sweater to double check that she was getting the same gauge as her washed swatch.

Both Marsha and Kelly are thinking about next projects.  Kelly is swatching with some deep stash to see if it will work for the Knit it Down sweater.  Marsha is thinking about either Vintersol or Snowflower for her next sweater knit. 

The Ewes are excited about some upcoming events.  They will both be at Stitches West, Feb 22-25. Kelly is taking an Argyle class and they will both be spending plenty of time in the market. They will be attending the meet-up in the lobby of the Hyatt (conference center hotel) on Saturday starting at about 2 pm.  

Marsha is visiting Scotland for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival March 15-17, plus some "fringe events" on Sunday, March 18.  There is a podcaster lounge and she'll spend some time there as well as with the enticing vendor exhibits.  

In April Marsha will return to California for the annual Northern California Knitting Retreat, hosted by the two podcasts the Yarniacs and The 2 Knit Lit Chicks.

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This weaving lesson episode is audio. Winter Weave Along 3 will be an accompanying pdf. If your podcast app doesn't deliver the pdf, visit the Weave Along thread in the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures Group on Ravelry.

The episode was recorded "on location" in Marsha's weaving studio (aka dining room) in Seattle. The Ewes talk about Marsha's first weaving project from start to finish. As a beginner, Marsha asks questions and provides insights into the experience.

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The Two Ewes are both in Seattle!  Assembling spinning wheels, meeting listeners, weaving, knitting, and comparing notes on sweaters are just some of the activities from their fun week.

Project Updates

Marsha is knitting a new project since the last episode.  The pattern is Opteka by Isabell Kraemer and the yarn is Imperial Yarn Tracie Too.  This is Marsha's second long-sleeved pullover.  She is wearing her Combo Spin sweater so much she decided to make another sweater with similar characteristics.

Marsha has also finished a project already this year.  In fact, it was finished in two days!  Her first weaving project was a huge success.  There will be more information about this in the next Winter Weave Along episode. 

Kelly is almost exclusively working on the  Indigo Frost by Isabell Kraemer.  The Ewes are definitely enjoying her patterns these days! Kelly's version is a vivid spring green cormo yarn from Sincere Sheep in the Virid colorway.  The color work portion is being done with handspun left over from her Funky Grandpa cardigan.  This will guarantee that she will stand out in a crowd!

She also has weaving as her first finished project of 2018.  The woven pouch is finished, sporting one of her favorite buttons from the button stash.   The directions for the woven pouch can be found in the first Winter Weave Along lesson. 

Fiber Adventures

Marsha's new/old Ashford Traditional got a good spin at the Spin-In.  Many interesting wheels were there, including an interesting Dutch Moswalt wheel and an antique Norwegian Wheel with matching spinning chair that was for sale.

The Ewes also made fiber purchases from a variety of fun vendors.  Huckleberry Knits, Fleebers Farm, Sauked In Farm, and Homestead Hobbyist all got added to the stash. 

Fiber in the Wild

Kelly was delighted to find that a new mill with spinning capability has opened in California.  Valley Oak Wool and Fiber Mill in Yolo County is now the only mill in the state that spins yarn.  This article details the story of the mill's owner and its recent opening.  Stay tuned for more about this exciting development!

Marsha shares a video in which Fairy Little knits a sweater in one day using time lapse video. Amazing!

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Kelly looks back over the year 2017 and shares her best projects, the most popular podcast episodes, and interesting facts about the listener base. Marsha has a bad cold with a cough, not a good mix with podcasting.


The shop is back open after a short break for the Christmas holiday.


Upcoming Events
January 6, 2018:  The St. Distaff Day Spin-In at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, from 10 am until 4 pm.


January 7, 2018: Seattle Crafternoon starting at 1 pm.
Contact us on Ravelry or email us here for location information.


February 22-25: Stitches West in Santa Clara.  On Saturday afternoon the Yarniacs and 2 Knit Lit Chicks meet-up will be in the hotel lobby of the conference hotel.


March 15-18: Edinburgh Yarn Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Marsha will be attending and is hoping to meet some of our UK listeners!


Kelly's project year ended up with 23 finished projects and 5 of them are adult sweaters!  A 6th should be finished by the time we ring in the new year. 
The Handspun Cowichan was finished in time for the camping trip and it was so nice and warm--the perfect camp sweater. This was  The Orca Run by Beth Brown-Reinsel. Kelly's camping trip knitting was the blue crochet cardigan that she stalled out on some time ago.  The pattern is The Curious Case of the Crazy-Stitch Cardigan by Michele DuNaier .  She made great progress and hopes to have a finished sweater by New Year's Day. Other camping knitting included a charity hat out of some alpaca spirit yarn.  It will be really warm. 
Happy New Year everyone!

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