Two Ewes Fiber Adventures

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.

Contact Marsha and Kelly here if you have a topic you'd like discussed, if you're interested in the Black Sheep Gathering Meet-up, or to provide feedback.  

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

Linen and Hemp Lovers group on Ravelry

Microscopic photos of different fibers

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!

Direct download: Ep_92_Final.mp3
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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

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:

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! 

Direct download: Ep_91_final.mp3
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