Two Ewes Fiber Adventures: A Knitting, Spinning, Crochet, and Weaving Show

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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Two finished projects and an almost finished project are the big knitting topics this week. Marsha continues to combo spin and Kelly starts a weaving project.  Thanks to all who visited the Two Ewes Shop during the Shop Small sale and supported the making of this podcast!

Marsha's Projects 

Marsha has finished her second  Among the Shadows Shawl by Kelene Kinnersly. The yarn is Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy, made from mill ends.  

Marsha has also finished her Beeline Compost Spin pullover using the Beeline pattern by Heidi Kirrmaier.

Marsha's second combo spin is underway.  She thinks the skeins look similar to her last one even though her color planning was very different.  These skeins will have a variety of fibers, including silk, and the yarn is quite lustrous.

Kelly's Projects

Kelly is almost finished with her Handspun Cowichan sweater.  It is the Orca Run by Beth Brown-Reinsel.  She is adding an applied i-cord edging to the fronts to give the sweater a little more room, provide a neat zipper placket, and give the whale snouts a little more room.

Winter Weave Along

Marsha has her yarn ready to go, but realized there is no reed in her loom.  She'll be using worsted weight yarn so a 10-dent reed is the best choice.  Kelly will be visiting soon and the Ewes will get Marsha started on her weaving. Meanwhile Kelly has wound warp for green and red dishtowels.

Kelly has found a Ravelry Group that does a year-long weave along using the Marguerite P. Davidson book, A Handweaver's Pattern Book.  The group chooses chapters from the book and then within each chapter, weave structures to experiment with.  

Meet the Ewes!

Marsha and Kelly will be attending the St. Distaff Day Spin-In on January 6, 2918, at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington from 10 am until 4 pm. Here is a link with further information

On the next day, Sunday January 7, The Ewes will be holding a Crafternoon starting at 1 pm.  Refreshments, a spirit yarn table, and other surprises will make for a fun afternoon! Bring your knitting, crochet, or spinning and join the adventure. Contact us on Ravelry (1hundredprojects or betterinmotion) or email us at twoewes@twoewesfiberadventures.com for location information. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone!

 

 

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Monogamous sweater knitting, a little yarn dyeing for the Two Ewes Shop, and some weaving homework for Marsha are all featured this episode. Click here for complete show notes with photos.

Marsha's projects

Marsha is now obsessed with knitting with her combo spin yarn. She is knitting Beeline by Heidi Kirrmaier.  She has renamed the project Compost Spin after listener GloriaMcC from Michigan reported that she had been hearing this project as the Compost Bin project.  Combo Spin... Compost Bin.  Guess it's a good thing we have show notes so people can see what we're saying!

Kelly's projects

Kelly is back to working on the Handspun Cowichan sweater.  She has the body done and is ready to work the sleeves and collar.  Like Marsha, she has been focused only on this knitting project over the last two weeks. 

Kelly has also been doing some dyeing.  Right after Thanksgiving new colors were added to the shop and new items for spinners are coming in the upcoming week. The shopsmall2017 discount code is good for free shipping until December 10.  One of our listeners has created a beautiful shawl from our textured Raucous Rambouillet yarn.  It's a great example of pattern and yarn pairing.  She used the the Among the Shadows pattern that Marsha has used twice now and created the Blueberry & Cream Shawl

Weaving

Kelly and Marsha talk a little about how Marsha can prepare for her Winter Weave Along project.  Marsha will be selecting yarns that she wants to use to make a sampler on her 4-harness table loom.

Announcements

If you are in the Seattle area, save the date for the Two Ewes Seattle Crafternoon on January 6, 2018. 

One of our spinning friends from the Spinning With Friends Ravelry Group, Eileen aka Leprkon on Ravelry, had a severe stroke in September and her community is having a fundraiser.  If you'd like to contribute, check out the flyer in our show notes for this episode.

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Visit the Two Ewes Shop, twoewesfiberadventures.com between November 24 and December 10.  Use the promo code shopsmall2017 to get free shipping on all orders of $20 or more.  The shop will be updated throughout the promotional period with additional items. 

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The Ewes are busy and so are the bees! Knitting with yarn from the Two Ewes Shop, combo-spin mania continues, charity hats, camping trips and a host of other topics make for a bonus-sized episode.

Marsha's project updates

Marsha finished her Recoleta by Joji Locatelli made with Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted. Marsha loves this sweater!

After testing several hat patterns for our Single Shot contest, in the end Marsha made up her own hat pattern using Two Ewes Raucous Rambouillet from the shop.

Marsha is obsessed with combo spinning. She cast on Beeline by Heidi Kirrmaier with her first combo spin. She is loving knitting with her yarn and seeing the colors change.

Marsha started her second combo spin with rovings she bought from vendors at Fiber Fusion Northwest. At Fiber Fusion she also bought a breed study sampler pack of 32 fibers from Fleeber Fibers.

Kelly's project updates

Kelly has been knitting charity hats and cowls. So far five hats are finished, all using very old spirit yarn. Another hat and cowl are in progress. A fun long weekend camping trip was the place for three hats to be finished.An upcoming conference will allow for finishing the cowl.

Kelly has some sweater plans. One is an old pattern from a 2007 magazine. She got rid of old knitting magazines, but did save some of the patterns that she had marked as potential so long ago. Knit it Down is one of those patterns. An Elizabeth Doherty pattern also caught her eye as a MUST KNIT! The pattern is Bodie, a textured cardigan with a long, almost coat-like, silhouette.

The Handspun Cowichan sweater is moving quickly but hasn't been worked on in almost two weeks. The colorwork is giving Kelly a challenge (3 strands, 2 hands!), so she is being selective about when to work on it.

Bee update:

What's happening with bees in November? One the California Central Coast they're still busy as bees! Bringing in pollen and nectar and going strong. Well, two of the hives are still going strong at least. There have been late summer/early fall losses.

Wishing all the US listeners a Happy Thanksgiving! We're thankful for all of our listeners. You have been so supportive and we're happy to you join us each episode for knitting, spinning, and fiber talk. Thank You!

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Marsha and Kelly have been off the airwaves for about a month.  Marsha was cleaning house when we last recorded and Kelly did some housecleaning instead of editing this episode.  Thus the two week time warp. Wait, what?  Cleaning house?  Instead of podcasting?  Who are these podcasters and what have you done with our regular hosts?????

No further show notes this time since it is just time to GET THIS PUBLISHED! Join us on Instagram @1hundredprojects and @betterinmotion and chat on our Ravelry Group to hear more about our current projects.

To get some of our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures yarn, go to the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures shop.

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Combo-spin mania has overtaken Marsha and meanwhile, Kelly is weaving again.   There's also some knitting.  In the pet arena, Marsha and Enzo have earned their Canine Good Citizen Award and Kelly has a stray cat that seems to have adopted her family.

 Marsha's Projects

Marsha continues working on the Recoleta by Joji Locateli and she is having no difficulty following the pattern.  It isn't social knitting, but it isn't as hard as she first thought. 

Her Among the Shadows by Kelene Kinnersley continues to get a little work as well, but most of her time is being taken up by Combo Spin Mania!  She has completed two skeins of 3-ply yarn and is beginning a third.  

The Two Ewes talk about all the variations on the theme of the combo-spin, including using only warm colors or only cool colors, or randomly selecting not only colors, but different fibers.  

This reminds Kelly of an artist, Amanda Salm, who wove many different variations of horsehair baskets while they were in weaving class together.  Amanda's work explored seemingly endless variations in the types of vessels possible with horse mane and tail hair as the medium.  Here is a link to her work.

Kelly's Projects

Kelly has a mistake in the Summer Fjord by Trin-Annelie that has to be ripped back before she can go any further.

Meanwhile she has finished some woven dishtowels in preparation for the Winter Weave Along. It is so fun in weaving that a change in weft yarn will make a big difference in the finished projects. 

Kelly also gushes about the Leg Warmers/ Boot Toppers that she's making with the Shetland yarn available in the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures shop.  They are 2x2 rib tubes that will be folded down to make cozy cuffs to go with her red/orange boots.  The yarn is silky and softer than she thought. This project is a quick one for the Single Shot KAL that is going on for the month of October.  There is a thread in the Ravelry Group where listeners can chat and participate and a winner will be drawn on November 1 from that thread. 

Aunt Betty is also making a Single Shot project from yarn in the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures shop.  She chose the merino and it is a beautiful, soft yarn in gray and pink.  She made a cowl and has almost half the skein left.

Besides the Single Shot KAL, the Two Ewes also have a long-term Winter Weave Along.  The weave along will be a 6 month experience that will include pdf lessons that will be delivered via the podcast app if you are subscribed, or by clicking the direct download link in the Winter Weave Along episodes on the show's libsyn website.  Last week's lesson included weaving vocabulary and instructions for weaving a pouch on a cardboard loom. Next week's lesson will have more vocabulary and discuss yarn selection for weaving projects. There is a Ravelry thread for the weave along where participants can chat, ask questions and show off their projects.  There will be a Finished Object thread from which the Two Ewes will select winners.  The Weave Along goes from October 1 through March 31.

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Our first pdf lesson has vocabulary for beginning weavers. It also contains instructions for making a cardboard loom and weaving a pouch with it.

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An unedited episode full of knitting, dyeing, spinning, weaving, and future escapades! Enjoy! Click here to visit the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures shop where you can support the show and get beautifully sheepy yarn at the same time.

Projects

Kelly is almost done with the body of the linen Summer Fjord. The pattern has a drop shoulder and no sleeves. She is thinking about picking up stitches and adding a sleeve.

She has also been working on charity hats. One hat, Molly, has been finished. It's a simple textured stitch background with one large cable going up the hat. The second hat is her own pattern started flat and then joined in the round after doing a button tab brim. Both hats are made from leftovers in the stash.

Weaving off a cotton dishtowel warp that's been on table loom for almost 10 years.

Marsha has made good progress on her Recoleta by Joji Locatelli and has starting the waist shaping.

Marsha has been sidetracked knitting by her new obsession: combo spinning. She did not have any dyed braids but had 24 ounces of roving in her stash that she dyed. She then divided the roving equally by color and put in bags. Each bag is filling a bobbin with a bit of fiber left over. Very interesting project. So interesting, that not much is getting done around the house!

Advent-ewes

The Two Ewes are planning a Winter Weave Along!

It will be a 6 month learning adventure with weaving. It starts on October 1 and will go through March 31. It will include weaving instruction for beginners. Weaving information will start at the beginning so don't worry if you are new to the craft. Marsha is a beginner so she will be learning along, too. Handouts in pdf form will be delivered through the podcast feed to all the podcast subscribers. (If you aren't already subscribed there are links to subscribe on the sidebar of the shownotes. Or use your favorite podcatcher app.) The Ewes are also planning some short video tutorial. There will be a project discussion thread with weaving help and community.

Any kind of loom will work, rigid heddle, floor, table, potholder loom, cardboard loom, loom made with wallboard and nail, etc. An FO thread will be available later in the year and there will be a giveaway at the end.

There is also a Single Shot project along! Quick and satisfying like a single shot. This is for that small project around 200 yards or less. The perfect fun and done project for a palette cleanser. Knit or crochet something quick and satisfying. Prize thread in Ravelry group. starts now ends Nov 1.

Dyeing

While Marsha dyed roving, Kelly dyed Shetland yarn for a project and put some extra in the shop. Check it out at twoewesfiberadventures.com!

Here is a link the article about natural dyeing in Mexico from the 9/19/17 issue of The New York Times.


Future Escapades

Kelly will be going to Lambtown in Dixon, CA October 7-8.

Marsha will be traveling to Scotland for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March 2018. She is looking forward to meeting any UK listeners who will be going, too.

And of course, the Two Ewes will be at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA in late February.

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Advent-ewes in teaching kids to knit, updates on finished projects (Kelly has two very exciting finished projects!), the Monterey County Fair Wool Auction, a visit to a mill, and some yarn shops in Washington.

Kelly attended the Monterey Wool Auction and spun all week at the County Fair. Such fun!

There were also some finished projects. Kelly finished the Octopus! The pattern is so lifelike you have to check it out. It is Opus the Octopus by Cate Carter-Evans. Kelly's version is named Orson. Also finished is the very interesting Wolkig cowl. It was a perfect pairing of yarn and pattern, with the ripples in the fabric enhancing the shine of the yarn.

One finished project was done by Kelly's husband, but is no less exciting: toilet installation. Now all toilets in the house are in working condition (with the 4th purple one still disconnected and in need of retrofitting).

Still on the Kelly's needles in active status is the Summer Fjord tee in Sincere Sheep Linen.

Marsha finished her Twice Born shawl by Magdalena Lorentz and has made good progress on the Among the Shadows shaw by Kelen Kindersley. She also discusses the challenges of starting the sweater Recoleto by Joji Locatelli using worsted weight yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Company.

Marsha visited two yarn shops and a mill on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Kitty Purls in Langley, Washington

Whidbey Isle Yarns and Gifts in Coupville, Washington

Abundant Earth Fiber Mill in Clinton, Washington

Marsha also discusses the fun day she had teaching Sarah, Aaliyah, and Crystal to knit.

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A little knitting, a lot of knitting planning, and details about the scrumptious yarn and fiber in the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures shop.  

Kelly has taken a break from the Summer Fjord tee by Trin-Annelie  She had made great progress, but then found a new fun project.  Wolkig is a really interesting and EASY cowl by Martina Behm.  It's a perfect pairing yarn and pattern.  The yarn is a super shiny yak/silk blend handspun. 

Marsha is continuing to work on her two shawls, Twice Born by Magdalena Lorentz and Among the Shadows by Kelene Kinnersly.  Meanwhile, she has swatched for three different sweaters so there will be a new project on the needles soon.  

The Two Ewes talk about the process of having yarn made from their fleeces and they describe each of the yarns that is available in the shop.  There are three different gray yarns, a Merino, a Romney, and a Shetland.  All are available in gray and also in beautifully overdyed colors.

There are two white yarns that are available in hand-dyed skeins, a soft, fluffy, and textured rambouillet is available in a worsted weight.  A more rare variety, a Border Leicester/Corriedale cross, is available in about a sport weight.  

The rambouillet wool is also available in carded batts.  The batts are a blend of the wool, mohair, and silk noil.

In appreciation for Two Ewes listeners, one lucky listener was selected to win an item from the shop.

 

 

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More sweater knitting for the end of summer. Two kinds of linen and a cotton/llama blend--we're trying all the fibers! We also talk about organizing strategies for the transition into the school year.

Marsha's Projects

Marsha has started a new shawl with her Stonehedge Crazy! The yarn is fabulous.The shawl is the Among the Shadows and she is making it for the second time.

Marsha has also finished her sweater using the pattern 221 Summer Cardigan by Diane Soucy. And since she has finished one sweater, she is ready to cast on another using the linen that she has been swatching. After swatching the linen biased so she is looking for a pattern that will mitigate the tendency to bias.

Kelly's Projects

Kelly has finished very little. One Mother Bear and one swatch of handspun are all she has to show for two weeks. The swatch will be submitted along with her county fair entries. It is a precursor to the Orca Run sweater that she has planned once the fair is over in September.

She has started a new linen tee since the last episode. She is making the Summer Fjord and the construction is really interesting.

"Advent-ewes"

The Two Ewes have a new website with a shop!  The blog and shownotes will be on the new site as well as a shop with yarns and fibers from their fiber adventures.  More details in the next episode! Join in our adventures with new producers and mills.  Support the podcast and get something in return!

The Two Ewes also talk organization. Kelly celebrates New Year when school starts in the fall and gets structure and organization back into her life.  Calendars and steno pads are her main supplies for organization.

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Planning and swatching for linen sweaters, a round-up of Tour de Fleece spinning, and our listener appreciation drawing winners are the main topics of this episode.

Kelly's Projects

Kelly's Tour de Fleece was successful and she will be entering a skein of Santa Cruz Island yarn in the Monterey County Wool Show. She also made progress on two different weights of California Variegated Mutant yarn and now has a sweater quantity (or close) of each.

Her other finished projects for this episode are bears for the Mother Bear Project. She has crocheted 4 bears and knitted 1 bear.

Marsha's Projects

Marsha has made good progress on her Summer Cardigan and her goal is to finish it by next episode.

She continues progress on her Twice Born Shawl and is enjoying the knitting.

As part of the Tour de Fleece Marsha tried to spin every day. She didn't finish spinning the Targhee roving but made good progress.

Marsha swatched the Done Roving Yarns DK Sweater Pack with #4, #5, #6 needles. Marsha wanted to make the cardigan called Cloud Cover, but thinks the yarn may too springy for the cardigan that needs a yarn that drapes. More planning is necessary!

Linen Sweater Swatching

The Two Ewes are both swatching for linen sweaters. Marsha is using Fibra Natura Flax yarn in Tarragon. Kelly is using a couple of truly golden skeins of Sincere Sheep Linen lace weight yarn that is no longer available.

While swatching, both found that the linen stitches don't make a very nice fabric. Once washed, the stitches relax and are nicely shaped, even at the larger gauge. The fabric also feels much better after being machine washed and dried. The swatches originally had the feel of a kitchen scrubby! Kelly also found shrinkage with her swatch so will expect her sweater to appear too large during the knitting process. These swatches will be an important reminder during the sweater knitting process.

Upcoming Events

Want to see some wool judging? Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 12. The Monterey County Wool Show judging will be held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds starting at 9 am. If you are attending and want more information, contact us at twoewes@twoewesfiberadventures.com

If you see a fleece you want to buy, the wool auction will be held during the fair on September 4, 2017.

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Kelly and Marsha talk spinning! Plus they give updates on current projects and news about upcoming events.

Marsha's Projects

Marsha doesn't have any finished projects to report but has made steady progress on her Twice Born shawl and Summer Cardigan.

Marsha had a fun day with lunch and a visit to All Wound up in Edmonds, Washington with "laterknitter" and "jchant". Look how happy we are to be together surrounded by gorgeous yarn!

Marsha had a fun day with lunch and a visit to All Wound up in Edmonds, Washington with "laterknitter" and "jchant". Look how happy we are to be together surrounded by gorgeous yarn!

Kelly's Projects

Kelly has finally finished the Playground Shawl! This pattern caused her a lot of trouble, not because it is difficult, but because of her combination of slippery yarn and slippery needles. The only other active project is the Striped CoBaSi Socks.

Oh wait! There's an octopus that needs to be stuffed and seamed up.

Tour de Fleece

Marsha has been spinning every day as time allows. Here is a link to to her Tour de Fleece project page for more photos.

Kelly has also committed to spinning every day, along with a few other spinning related goals. Her Tour de Fleece 2017 page has a list of the goals and photos of the spinning projects. The first finished spinning of the tour is the Loop Bump that she plied with silk thread from the Black Sheep Gathering.

Upcoming Events

Kelly will be presenting to the Santa Cruz Knitting Guild for their July program. The title of the presentation is How Ply Structure Affects Knitting. Presentation will be July 20, 10:15-12:15 at the Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz.

Want to see some wool judging? Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 12 at 9 am. This is the date of the fleece judging for the Monterey County Wool Show. The show is in conjunction with the Monterey County Fair and the auction is held on the last day of the fair which is Labor Day in September. But the fleeces are judged ahead of time and the Ann's Web Guild holds a potluck lunch for attendees of the judging. If you are attending and want more information, contact us at twoewes@twoewesfiberadventures.com

Bees

Kelly had an aspiring beekeeper come over to watch her recent bee inspection. Four of the five colonies are doing well. They were able to see a couple queens and they had the chance to eat honey comb right out of the hive.

Join us for Morning Coffee!

It's a chat thread on our Ravelry group that has been really fun. Come join the conversation. And if you're not a member of our Ravelry group, please join. Marsha and Kelly will be doing a member appreciation giveaway during our next episode.

 

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The Black Sheep Gathering 2017 was so wonderful the Two Ewes can't stop talking about it!  The wool judge was Judith MacKenzie so of course it was such a learning experience.  There are also a few finished knits, some new fiber, yarn, and, you guessed it, FLEECE!

Kelly arrived in Eugene after a long hot drive through the northern California heatwave.  Marsha and Kim came down from Seattle on the train.  They met and prepared for the opening of the show the next day.  Marsha and Kelly spent Saturday in the fleece judging, soaking up all the information that Judith MacKenzie so generously shared with the audience. 

On Saturday, there was a side trip to two Eugene yarn shops.  Cozy is a newly opened shop in the old downtown area near the train station.  Youthful and spacious, this shop really showed off the many indie-dyed striped and speckled  yarns in its stock.  It also had a good stock of Flax by Fibra Natura and Marsha snagged some for a linen tee.  Then on to Soft Horizons Fibre.  This shop is in an old house filled with yarn.  The attraction for the Two Ewes and their friend Kim was the Stone Hedge Fiber Crazy yarn.  It has the largest selection of this yarn of any yarn shop in the northwest. 

Back at the fleece barn, Kelly found a gem of a fleece had gone unsold so she bought it. She also found some interesting breed blends at the Homestead Hobbyist booth.  Both Marsha and Kelly found plying silk on wood bobbins and Marsha also found some batts that she loved. 

At the Jorstadt Creek booth, they both bought cashmere laceweight in support of The Great Steppe Fiber Project.  Maddy from Jorstadt is going to Mongolia to teach spinning and help to provide women there with the skills to have a fiber company.  To help pay for the trip and learn more, visit the gofundme page.

As for the knitting, Marsha made good progress on her Twice Born shawl by Magdalena Lorentz.  Friends helped her determine that the Easy Folded Poncho is finished and doesn't need the cowl neck. 

Kelly worked on an OLD project, her Playground Shawl, a pattern by Justyna Lorkowska.  Started in August 2015, this shawl has been in hibernation since early last spring.  Now it is back out and on its way to being finished.

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Are you old enough to remember vacation slides?  Did you ever go to someone's house for dinner and see their vacation slides?  If so, you know exactly what you're in for in this episode.  If not, don't worry, once you've listened you'll understand exactly what the experience was like!

Marsha and Kelly were both on vacation.  So, in addition to sharing their current projects, they share some information about their vacations.  Kelly was in in the Texarkana area, visiting cemeteries in Red Lick, Texas and Lockesburg, Arkansas to see Robert's family graves.  She also visited Civil War sites and stayed in an antebellum home in Vicksburg, MS. Marsha spent some time on the Washington coast with her brother and Enzo. 

To see Kelly's vacation photos, visit the show notes blog for episode 69. 

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This episode is an experiment in time travel. Because Kelly's Dead Relatives Tour conflicted with the recording schedule, the Two Ewes prerecorded this episode.

Marsha shares her experiences of the shops she visited on the Puget Sound LYS Tour.

Mad Cow Yarns in Lake Forest Park

Wild Fibers in Mount Vernon

Great Yarns in Everett

Pinch Knitter Yarns in Stanwood

All Wound Up in Edmonds.

The two patterns Marsha bought are a poncho called Stone Point by Courtney Kelly and a cardigan called Harebell by Amy Christophers.

She bought a skein of Madelinetosh Twist Light call Void to pair with her Apple Fiber Studio MacIntosh in the color way Moss on a Rock. She also purchased a giant, luscious skein of Done Roving Yarns DK Frolicking Feet Sweater pack. The skein is 1500 yards and weights over two pounds!

You'll all hear more about Kelly's Dead Relatives Tour in Episode 69. Stay tuned!

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It's been a wild week, but some real knitting,  a little fantasy knitting, and lots of travel-knitting planning are all in this episode.

Kelly finished the Havannah.  This pattern by Heidimarie Kaiser is a great casual tee.  Put in the beads that are called for in the pattern, or replace them with yarn overs for a more lacy style.

Marsha is on track to finish the Easy Folded Poncho in time to wear it for Black Sheep Gathering at the end of June.  It is knit in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool that she found at the Goodwill. 

She also finished the Meret Beret  but this one might be frogged because the yarn and pattern don't seem to be a good match.

The two pairs of socks that have been discussed in past episodes will also need to be frogged and restarted.  Neither the striped socks out of CoBaSi, nor the short socks on 9-inch circulars actually fit.  Oh well.  It's not sock failure, its a learning experience!

Kelly's fantasy knitting and trip planning leads to a trip through her Ravelry queue.  Most likely to be cast on are the Lavender Honey tee from an interesting cotton yarn in red and gray and a Mohair Bias Loop from two Habu yarns in red and eggplant.

She is also thinking about the Huntertwasser Neptunia shawl, the Cancun Boxy Lace Top, the Icarus tank, the Sea Glass cardigan, and the crocheted Camelia Chameleon

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This episode is all about the knitting projects and the plans.  Kelly continues to work on two summer sweaters and has cast on a couple new small projects.  Marsha finished a small project while keeping up progress on her stockinette rectangle!

Marsha's Projects

The Easy Folded Poncho project continues, but meanwhile Marsha started an finished the Greenery Beret by Melissa LaBarre.  She is having difficulty getting project pictures without someone to take photos of her during the daylight hours.  She is planning the next sweater and has been swatching, but so far hasn't made a decision.

Kelly's Projects

A conference and a weekend with Dad means that Kelly has made good progress on both Edie and the Havannah tee shirts.  Meanwhile, she started a pair of socks with the turquoise and orange CoBaSi yarn that came from Maker's Mercantile.  The stripes have a small slip stitch detail and the colors are fabulous together.

While recording, Kelly cast on another one of the In Threes baby sweaters using the last of her Colorando yarn.  

"Advent-ewes"

Kelly visited Yarnitudes in Sebastopol when she picked up the bee packages.  The yarn shop was conveniently just down the street from Bee Kind.  While there she picked up cotton blend yarns for more baby sweaters. 

Despite multiple signs saying "Yarn," a customer came in and wanted to know where the antiques were.  Trudy, the proprietress, said it happens all the time! 

Marsha had another call from the GoodWill and she left the shop with Madeleine Tosh and some Buffalo Wool.  The Tosh was what she used for the hat and she is considering some options with the Buffalo Wool.  It is a Canadian unspun wool yarn used for Cowichan-style sweaters.

Upcoming Events

Marsha and Kelly will be at the Black Sheep Gathering June 23-25, and there will be a Two Ewes meet-up on Saturday, June 24.  No trailer this year, but we will definitely have a get-together with our fellow fiber adventurers.  More details in the Ravelry Group and on the podcast as the event gets closer.

 

 

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This bonus episode is all about bees.  Our regular knitting, spinning, and fiber adventures episode will be published in Episode 66 on the weekend of May 12/13. 

Kelly picked up two packages of treatment free bees to add to her apiary.  They rode home in the car and were successfully installed the same day.  She is so happy with the improvement of her beekeeping skills since 2015.  Click here for video of the package installation.

The next day the existing hive that had been cut out of a drain pipe and had been progressing well swarmed.  She saw the swarm from start to finish and describes the incredible experience.    Click here for video of the swarm experience.

These are my first attempts to create YouTube videos.  We won't be changing the podcast to video, but it was fun to document the experience for a YouTube supplement.

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The Ewes have been busy as bees outside of knitting, but still there's a finished top, one almost finished, some dyeing, and a couple things on the needles.  A bee shawl is on the maybe list, and Kelly is headed to pick up some real bees.  Join us for our adventures.

Marsha has finished her Edie tee!  The Edie pattern is by Isabel Kramer and the yarn she used is Hempathy.  This is her second Edie in Hempathy so no swatching needed.  Now that's incentive to repeat a project!  She doesn't yet have a finished project photo and that leads to a discussion of project pages and the Finished Object Radar feature of Ravelry.  While talking about the Finished Object Radar on Ravelry, Marsha saw the Hollywood Flare Tunic by Vera Sanen and was intrigued. 

Kelly is almost finished with her Edie.  This is also her second time with the project, but with a different yarn.  The yarn is Linen Concerto, a variegated linen, rayon, cotton blend.

Kelly's other project, Havannah by Heidimarie Kaiser, is making slow progress, but progress nonetheless. 

Marsha has been making progress on the Easy Folded Poncho and swatching for some sweaters. Meanwhile, Kelly is intrigued by two crochet shawls.  Archangel by Katya Novikova is a pretty lace shawl with a Victorian feel.  Hotel of Bees by Christina Hadderingh is a striped shawl with color and texture changes related to bees.  The pattern was inspired by the book All the Light We Cannot See.

This weekend Kelly is headed to pick up two packages of bees at BeeKind in Sebastopol, California.  Each package holds about 10,000 bees who will be installed into two empty hives.  During the discussion she mentions Les Crowder, an interesting and informative beekeeper who is a proponent of treatment free beekeeping. 

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A fabulous yarny time at the retreat and then a trip to a fiber mill and more time playing with newly milled yarn and dye pots. The Two Ewes are on a Spring Break adventure!

Kelly's Projects

Kelly is making great progress on the Edie tee-shirt that she is making with Linen Concerto yarn she bought at Stitches West. She is also moving along on the Havannah tee that she is making with Dragon Fly Fibers Rustic Silk Dance yarn.

Marsha's Projects

Marsha brought a shawl and her Edie tee as retreat and vacation knitting.

The shawl is Among the Shadows by Kelene Kinnersly. She is using a very recent purchase of Feederbrook Farm yarn that she got during her post Stitches trip to SF.

Advent "ewes"

First there was the wonderful weekend at NoCKRs, the Northern California Knitters Retreat, held by the Yarniacs and 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcasts.  Held at the St. Francis Retreat Center, it was a relaxing and fun time catching up with friends and meeting new friends.  Lots of knitting and food and drink and laughing!

Then we visited Ranch of the Oaks to pick up Kelly's yarn order. On the way we had to stop at Yarns at the Adobe, the yarn shop across from the mission in San Luis Obispo.

Finally, we spent the last few days of the visit dyeing the yarn that had just been milled. So much fun!

 

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I'm finished knitting except I still have to...Have you ever said that about a project?  The Ewes have projects in various stages of completion, but many things OFF the needles!  Just like our projects, this episode is finished, except for the shownotes! We may not have photos in the show notes this week, but take a look at our project pages! 

Kelly's project page.   

Marsha's project page.

We hope to be back on track with normal show notes by Episode 64.  Thanks for listening!

 

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Knitting projects get finished and then the ewes are off on and adventure to Stitches West.  Wearing ponchos and taking names! 

Marsha arrived on Wednesday and was able to hang out in the sun room finishing her NoCKRs shawl. It is Good Vibes by Nadia Cretin Lechen.  Kelly finished her Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry and her Funky Grandpa by Maison Rilillie, and was able to wear both at Stitches West. 

Yarn, patterns for punch needle rug hooking, knitting needles for lace, and more yarn all came home with the Ewes.  We loved meeting fiber friends and getting to know listeners we hadn't met yet. 

Then Marsha left to go to SF for the second half of her California adventure. 

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A completed poncho, a train adventure, a handspun sweater, and an amazing beekeeping experience are on this week's show. 

Marsha's Projects

Marsha finished her Rodeo Drive Poncho.  Marsha is really happy with this pattern by Staci Perry.  She has also worked on her Good Vibes shawl. Even the Pismo Beach socks (yarn from the yarn crawl in our very first podcast) got a little knitting during her adventurous train trip!

Kelly's Projects

Kelly has finished 4 more Pussy Hats.  She also finally got on the ball and knitted the button band the on Funky Grandpa Cardigan.  This is a pattern by La Maison Rililie.  The button band has an i-cord bind off and Kelly isn't sure whether it will lay flat or not.  If, after blocking, it still isn't laying flat, she will need to experiment with needles that are either larger or smaller.  She isn't sure which direction will solve the issue.

Kelly has also been working on her poncho and is past the halfway point!  She is using Andrea Mowry's Om Shawl pattern.

"Advent-ewes"

Marsha had quite the train adventure trying to get to Spokane to visit friends.  Hours of delay had her almost hysterical!  On the positive side, it gave her plenty of time to finish her Rodeo Drive Poncho.

 

She had planned to visit a couple of Spokane yarn shops.  One was closed while she was there.  Another that she saw from the train, The Knitting Factory, turned out to be a music concert venue and nightclub.  The third was a charm, Sew E-Z Too is a knitting and quilting shop and she was able to visit. 

Upcoming Events

Marsha and Kelly will be at Stitches West on February 25-26.  Come say hi to us if you see us.  Also, we will be attending the meet-up organized by the Yarniacs and 2 Knit Lit Chicks.  The meet-up is in the lobby bar area of the Hyatt (host hotel) and will start at around 1 pm.  We can't wait!!!

Bees

Kelly had a great bee adventure last weekend. A small beehive was found in a drainage pipe where her husband works.  The area is slated for some construction and the hive had to be removed so Kelly went in on Saturday to remove it and bring it home to her yard.  The experience was AMAZING!  She was able to cut down the combs and wedge them between rubber bands in frames that then went into her bee box.  Overnight almost all the bees went into the box (because the queen and all their brood was in there).  Next morning she closed them in and took them home. Such an interesting process!  So far they seem to be doing very well.  They are a small hive, but busy bringing in pollen. 

What would you like to hear us talk about?

Many of our listeners have commented on the topic of compost and would like to know more. So next episode we will discuss composting and maybe a little gardening along with the knitting.  What else would you like to hear more about?  Leave a comment in the shownotes, email us at twoewesdyeing@gmail.com, or come talk to us in the Two EwesRavelry Group. Meanwhile, here is a funny video about urban farmers like Marsha and me.

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The Women's March website and the Indivisible Guide website are both mentioned in this episode.    Marsha and Kelly both attended marches and they talk about the experience.  So many knitters made so many Pussyhats! 

The Ewes have also been thinking about 2017 goals, and the political realm, along with some personal challenges of the past year, have played a part in that thought process. 

If you are a new listener, you might want to listen to a different episode first.  This one is not typical of the podcast, but we thought it was an important discussion to share with you.

 

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We review our 2016 achievements and have a Fibershed segment where our minds are blown by discovering that compost can help mitigate climate change. 

Marsha is almost finished with her #PussyHatProject hat for the Women's March that will be held in Seattle.  Other than that, she has been working exclusively on her Great Poncho Adventure project.  She is making the Rodeo Drive poncho from Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn.  It is getting close to finished!

Kelly's Great Poncho Adventure is moving along after a mistake in the colorwork meant she had to rip back about 4 inches of work.  It was painful, but worth the effort.  She has adapted the Om Shawl to three colors and is working this out of three different gray yarns from Neighborhood Fiber Co.

Kelly has also been spinning.  She finished plying two skeins of the endless 3-ply CVM.  When combined with the bulky CVM singles she has spun, there is a total of 2.5 lbs (of the 6 lbs) that has been spun from this fiber.  She also spun and plied some longwool fiber from deep in the stash (circa 2002?). 

She finished 6 #PussyHatProject hats and sent them (along with 4 more of her Aunt's hats) to Washington DC for the Women's March on Washington.  There are 3 more to finish for the San Francisco march that she will be attending. 

Kelly was excited to share some work being done by Jeff Creque, the Marin Carbon Project and the Carbon Cycle Institute.  She describes research done by Ryals, et al. in a paper entitled, "Impacts of organic matter amendments on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in grassland soils." 

If you would like to hear more about Carbon Farming and other ideas presented at the Fibershed Wool Symposium, the videos are available on the Fibershed site.  If you are interested in purchasing the Climate Beneficial Cloth or making a donation for application of a cubic yard of compost, click here for more information.

Marsha and Kelly will be at Stitches West on February 25 and 26.  We will attend the meet-up organized by the Yarniacs and the 2 Knit Lit Chicks starting at about 1 pm on Saturday in the bar of the host hotel.  We hope to see you there!

If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to subscribe and share it with your friends on Ravelry, facebook, Instagram, or elsewhere!

 

 

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Seattle!  The Two Ewes are together in the Emerald City.  Knitting hats, hitting the yarn shops, and having a great start to 2017! 

Kelly arrived on January 5 to a partly snowy Seattle.  It was a quick, three-day trip, and they managed to see three yarn shops.  Hear about the visit in this short episode with the ewes recording together. 

Some highlights of the trip were the felted chair at Maker's Mercantile and additions to Kelly's linens and button stashes. 

The lowlight of the trip was that Tolt Yarn and Wool was closed for inventory (with no notification on the website).  Alas, we were disappointed. 

But we perked right up by visiting Quintessential Knits only ten miles away.  We also had the opportunity to visit Fiber Gallery one day while Enzo was getting groomed.  

It was wonderful to start 2017 with a visit!  Our next time together will be Stitches West on Saturday, February 25 for the podcast meet-up in the afternoon and Sunday, February 26 for the Marketplace. We hope to see you there!

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In Episode 47 Kelly talked about handspun singles.  In this episode she talks about plying handspun yarn and the properties of plied yarn for knitters who are buying commercial yarn.

She talks about 

  • what plying is and how it works, 
  • why spinners might ply yarn, and 
  • the number of plies and their effect on yarn.

She also gives tips for yarn buyers and tips for handspinners. 

The pictures in the show notes show a skein of yarn, rather than a piece of plied yarn, but the three pictures illustrate how the individual fibers look in a plied yarn that is over-plied, balanced, and under-plied.  Pretend each strand of yarn is a fiber in a plied yarn and you will see that in a balanced yarn, the fibers are parallel with the direction of the yarn. 

Here is Kelly's project page for her Swirl Sweater. 

Here is Marsha's project page for her Swirl Sweater

 

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