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)