Sat, 11 August 2018
Knitting and weaving, plus Alaska, sock recipes, and fresh starts in this longer-than-usual episode. For full show notes, including all pictures and links visit the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures website.
Kelly has finished almost all her works in progress (WIPs) and is contemplating a clean slate on her Ravelry project page. She finished the woven blankets, using over 4400 meters of yarn in the process. She also finished the Sockhead Cowl that she had been working on last episode. She still has one Sockhead Cowl on the needles and plans to finish it by the end of the weekend before classes start on Monday. The yarn is Tassie Merino from Handmade Travels and it is so nice to knit with.
Kelly plans to rip out the socks she's making from a sock blank and give that yarn a chance to be something that will better show off the long gradient. She also contemplates ripping out the small start she has on the Coloresque Wrap. But that will have to wait until she can find it. The yarn for that project has gone AWOL, perhaps because it really wants to be something else! The pattern is still intriguing, but she'll plan it with a different yarn combination.
Sat, 28 July 2018
Sweater fit, math for pattern modifications, and a way to help sheep farmers impacted by California wildfires add to the usual project updates in this episode. Join the Ewes for all this and more! For full show notes with links and pictures, go to twoewesfiberadventures.com
Marsha's projects are her combo spin and a linen tee. The combo spin is almost finished and the yarn is really beautiful. She has selected a simple cardigan pattern and will talk more about that when she is ready to cast on. The yarn has a significant amount of silk in it and the feel is really luscious.
The Summer Fjord linen tee is being bound off during the show. It is knit from Fibra Natura 100% linen yarn. Marsha had a mistake that she repaired by dropping about 5-6 stitches back a few inches and then reknitting only those stitches from the row. She has photos of the repair process on her project page in Ravelry.
Kelly has three finished projects, including the Bobble Sheep pillow that she finished awhile ago, but forgot to talk about.
A more recently finished pillow is the Clover, Bee, and Revery pattern. It has a fabric backing sewn on and two wooden bee buttons as a pillow back closure. This pillow has inspired her to make the Such is the Quality of Bees blanket out of the same yarn and using a doubleknit technique so that the front and back of the blanket both have the bee and rabbit pattern on them.
Kelly also finished another pair of argyle socks. The yarn is sport weight, but knit up at the same stitch gauge as the socks she made from fingering weight yarn before.
Marsha discusses a listener question about the math required to change a pattern when using a different gauge yarn. Another listener recommended Ann Budd's book, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. Marsha also recommended the Craftsy class by Amy Herzog, Sweater Modifications for a Custom Fit. There are additional Craftsy classes on yarn substitution and sweater fit by Kellie Nuss and Sally Melville that look interesting. Marsha is also interested in taking a class called Sizing Knitwear Patterns by Faina Golberstein, who is also a math professor.
Kelly discussed the impact of the California wildfires on sheep farmers and ranchers. One farm in particular--owned by Sally Fox, creator of Foxfibre colored cotton--was threatened by the County Fire. Her property escaped damage, but she shared the story of evacuation on Instagram and that made Kelly think about the financial impact even when the property is spared. Sally's company is Vreseis and it is dedicated to sustainable cotton production. She sells cotton yarn and fiber, merino yarn and fiber, cloth, and wheat flour--all from her farm. With a purchase from her shop or a click of her donation button you can assist with the additional expenses of the recent fire threat and do your part for World Fleece! Take some time to look at her website and read the story of her cotton-growing journey.
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Mon, 9 July 2018
The Two Ewes are back home after a fun weekend at The Black Sheep Gathering. This year the festival was held in Albany, Oregon June 29th - July 1st. Kelly and Marsha discuss the highlights of festival.
Marsha had twelve hours of knitting on the round-trip train ride from Seattle plus knitting time the festival. She is almost ready to start the ribbing and short row shaping on her Summer Fjord tee by Trin-Annelie.
At the BSG Marsha fed her addiction with more braids for a combo spin in, this time in red. She also bought two braids to go with a white, grey, and yellow braid she bought a year ago. She is not sure how she plans to spin these braids. Will it be her Combo Spin 5?
Marsha gave into temptation and bought a beautiful Corriedale x Romeldale fleece in steel gray. Kelly also bought a Corriedale x Romeldale fleece, this one is white. And she succumbed to a beautiful steel gray Romney fleece that was for sale in the non-judged market. Her purchases at the BSG were restrained because after the Gathering she picked up a Great Wheel style wheel that she was buying from a fellow adventurer. The wheel was made by Bill Wyatt in 2001.
Sun, 24 June 2018
Spinning and weaving projects are working down Kelly's stash, while Marsha finished a cardigan. The Ewes also discuss linen, based on a listener question. They're also in planning mode, thinking ahead to the trip to Black Sheep Gathering and projects that will work for that trip.
Marsha has finished her Little Wave cardigan by Gudrun Johnson. She knit it using Neighborhood Fiber Company yarn that she got at Stitches West in February. She made some sleeve modifications that are detailed in her project page.
Now she's working on Summer Fjord using a Fibra Natura Linen. Her yarn is in a heavier weight than called for in the pattern so there has been some adjusting of the pattern.
Kelly and Marsha have both been wearing their Wool and Wire Jewelry from Never Not Knitting shop in Atascadero, California. Kelly has also discovered, that like her bees, she rarely travels outside of a 5 mile radius. Find out if you travel outside a radius by using the Radius Around a Point mapping tool.
All the staying at home has led Kelly to use lots of yardage already this summer. She finished many yards of plying, spun a braid of fiber into a nice 3-ply skein, has a blanket weaving project on the loom, and has started her colorwork bee pillow. The pillow is a pattern by Mona Zillah called Clover, Bee, and Revery. There is a matching blanket that is also in Kelly's distant future plans.
Speaking of blankets, the Karoo Vintage Mystery Crochet Along caught Kelly's eye. She has the pattern at the top of her queue and is thinking about yarn choices. Two pattern clues are out so far and more will be released between now and the end of summer. The project will be a SloCro according to the designer, Jen Tyler, and is meant to be crocheted over the long term. She has additional information on her Hooks 'n' Tales website.
A listener asked about the biasing that occurs when knitting with linen. Marsha and Kelly talk about knitting with linen and share some information they gathered. Here are some links
Kelly and Marsha will be attending the Black Sheep Gathering held in Albany, Oregon on June 29 - July 1. We will have an Open House meet up on June 30 around 4:30 p.m. at Kelly's SF Giants themed trailer. Stop by and say hi!
Sat, 9 June 2018
The combo spin discussion last week prompted some great discussion about color, design, knitting, and spinning. So after the project updates, the Ewes talk about some of the ideas shared by listeners and the inspiration they provided. For full show notes with pictures visit our show notes blog.
Kelly has done a lot of finishing! Not saving the best for last, she finished the Lime Green and Pink Argyle socks. They are so much fun that she's already cast on for the next pair of Argyles. The pattern she uses is adapted from this vintage sock pattern on freevintageknitting.com
She also finished two summer tops. The first is Summer Fjord by Trin-Annelie and is really happy with the results. The second is Sommer Sleeveless Top by Mari Chiba. These will make a great summer tops if the weather on the coast ever warms up!
Kelly also urges all California shepherds to enter fleeces into the Monterey County Fair Fleece Show and Auction. Entries are due July 31 and entry instructions can be found here on the Monterey County Fair website. The fleece judging is on August 11 by Shelia January and the auction will be held on September 3. For more information you can contact Kelly: email@example.com
Marsha is almost done with her Little Wave cardigan by Gudrun Johnston but discovered the sleeves are too big and too long. She has unraveled the first sleeve and is knitting it again adding more decreases. Check out her project page for an explanation of the math she used.
The pattern modifications continue with Marsha's Summer Fjord T-shirt and there is a discussion of changing the straight body to an A-line.
In our last episode The Ewes answered a listener's question about Combo Spin yarn. Several listeners posted pictures of their combo spin techniques and finished projects.
"Infryq" had very different fibers she was working with and decided to card six pieces together and and then spin the rolags. Check our her finished yarn on her project page . Gorgeous!
"StaciDSL" wove with her combo spin. "Meemacox" made two different sweaters with one combo spin project.
Just a reminder that Kelly and Marsha will be attending the Black Sheep Gathering held in Albany, Oregon on June 29 - July 1. We will again have a meet up around 4:30 p.m. at Kelly's trailer. Stop by and say hi!
Tue, 29 May 2018
The knitting has been naughty, but the Ewes have plenty to say about potential new projects and combo spinning. For photos of the Combo Spin sweaters that Marsha has made, check out our full show notes with pictures here.
Marsha has been working on her Little Wave cardigan and is almost finished. The pattern is by Gudrun Johnston. Although Marsha has known how to read for a long time, (and has a degree in Literature) her reading skills failed her at times on this pattern. Who hasn't had that problem!
Marsha's other active project, a Summer Fjord in DK weight, is requiring calculations and modifications since the original pattern calls for fingering weight yarn. So this project spent some time in the knitting bag due to complications.
Kelly is making a Summer Fjord, too (in lace weight). She has finished the bottom ribbing. Now its at the point of picking up sleeves--not the most relaxing part of the project so it also sits in its bag. The pattern is by Trin-Annelie.
The Argyle socks have also been naughty. The criss-cross lines aren't matching up with the corners and centers of the diamonds. They will have to be ripped back to a point where they can be fixed. Meanwhile, the Two at a Time socks aren't much fun, and a LOT of conference and travel knitting time left Kelly feeling tired of knitting on the Sommer Sleeveless Top. GASP!!
All this knitting misbehavior has led to thoughts of new projects. Kelly is planning a sweater and talks about Melaine by Julie Partie, Bloom by Anne B. Hanssen, and the Koru Cardigan by Francoise Danoy.
Nevertheless, the Ewes find plenty to talk about with a listener question from Leona on Combo Spinning. Marsha is working on her third combo spin yarn and Kelly is in the process of preparing some Lincoln roving for a combo spin.
There is a lot of information about Combo Spinning and some great pictures in the Spin-Off Ravelry discussion group. There was a Spin-Along-Knit-Along in 2017 that was kicked off by an article by Debbie Held in the winter 2017 Spin Off magazine. The Passioknit Spinners Podcast also has some great information about Combo Spinning and an informative discussion on the her Ravelry group.
Sun, 6 May 2018
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)
Sat, 14 April 2018
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.
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Tue, 3 April 2018
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.
Sun, 18 March 2018
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.