Jul 31, 2016
Spinning, dyeing moth-proof yarn, crocheting bears, and knitting handspun singles are adventures in this episode. Kelly gives an extensive review of knitting with handspun singles so that spinners will know how to use their yarn without always plying it. Marsha has been researching the meaning of the old-fashioned "moth-proofing" that was done to her spirit yarn. We hope that both topics are interesting and helpful to you!
For show notes with pictures, see http://twoewesfiber.com
Marsha has not done too much knitting recently but she has made some progress on the Havasu Falls Shawl by Allison LoCicero and completed spinning 10 ounces of golden Shetland roving that she got at the Black Sheep Gathering.
She has also been doing a little more over-dyeing in preparation for the the afghan project she is making with spirit yarn. Detailed information about the preparations for this project (including the math that we discussed in the previous episode) is in the Project Page for Frank's Spirit Yarn Afghan. One of the colors came out lime green, as planned. The other skein was meant to be coral but turned out gold. The yarn was labeled as "moth-proofed" and Marsha has done some research about what that means. The process includes treating the wool with a pesticide called Mitin ff, and may be the reason that the dye didn't adhere properly.
Kelly has started back up on the second of the Civil War Socks for Robert. She has put a few more sections on the NoCKRs shawl, too, but it is now time to figure out how much yarn she will need to do the final repeats. She has modified the New Beginnings pattern by Boo Knits in order to use two colors and wants to use all 800 yards, if possible. Kelly has also continued in her addiction to crocheting bears for the Mother Bear Project! She now has 13 bears to enter into the Knit/Crochet Along that the 2 Knit Lit Chicks are hosting on their Ravelry group. To see pictures of the bears with the children in African countries take a look at the Mother Bear gallery!
Kelly has been doing a study of knitting with handspun singles. She used a variety of handspun yarns and swatched them with a variety of needle sizes, documenting the process along the way. She has posted her article, complete with pictures, here on the Two Ewes blog dated July 31, 2016.
Fiber in the Wild
Marsha's ears perked up when she heard NPR commentators say that Hillary Clinton should "stick to her knitting" as a strategy for her acceptance speech. The Two Ewes weren't sure what that meant and speculated that it must be an old saying. After recording, they found this link that helps to explain the meaning!