Fri, 4 March 2016
Kelly finished a Storm Trooper and is now waiting for more safety eyes in order to continue with other characters. First on the list is Darth Vader! The pattern designer, Lucy Collin, has a great Flickr page with photos of all her Star Wars creations (including some that aren't in the pattern book). She also has a blog post where she talks about the pattern book project and another where she lists all the yarn colors she used.
Kelly has been spinning like crazy on her mother's Pebble Substitute. The Bourbon Socks got some work over the Stitches West weekend and are close to finished. (Got finished between recording and publishing the podcast!) The stitch pattern is something I made up in order to show off the variegation. See my project notes to get the stitch pattern for your own variegated socks! Progress on the I Love My Husband (#ILMH) scarf is steady but slow.
Marsha has not been knitting very much, but did start the Edie T-shirt by Isabell Kraemer. She is using Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy in a light blue called Ionic Blue.
Marsha tells about finding at the Goodwill twenty balls (100 yards each) of 100% mercerized cotton fingering weight yarn. Marsha got to wondering what "mercerized" means and tells what she found out on Wikipedia. Here is the article. Kelly and Marsha discussed having a dye-a-thon with the cotton during Marsha's visit in April.
At the end of the episode, Kelly podcasts from the trail during her 12-mile training walk the day before she went to Stitches West. She shares distance training strategy and some of the ways she tricks herself into putting in the mileage. Trails in her area are beautiful, the one below included a view of Moss Landing and the Monterey Bay (if you look closely in the photo, you can see the Moss Landing towers). Here is a link to some walking training schedules that she has used.