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

The Two Ewes are both in Seattle!  Assembling spinning wheels, meeting listeners, weaving, knitting, and comparing notes on sweaters are just some of the activities from their fun week.

Project Updates

Marsha is knitting a new project since the last episode.  The pattern is Opteka by Isabell Kraemer and the yarn is Imperial Yarn Tracie Too.  This is Marsha's second long-sleeved pullover.  She is wearing her Combo Spin sweater so much she decided to make another sweater with similar characteristics.

Marsha has also finished a project already this year.  In fact, it was finished in two days!  Her first weaving project was a huge success.  There will be more information about this in the next Winter Weave Along episode. 

Kelly is almost exclusively working on the  Indigo Frost by Isabell Kraemer.  The Ewes are definitely enjoying her patterns these days! Kelly's version is a vivid spring green cormo yarn from Sincere Sheep in the Virid colorway.  The color work portion is being done with handspun left over from her Funky Grandpa cardigan.  This will guarantee that she will stand out in a crowd!

She also has weaving as her first finished project of 2018.  The woven pouch is finished, sporting one of her favorite buttons from the button stash.   The directions for the woven pouch can be found in the first Winter Weave Along lesson. 

Fiber Adventures

Marsha's new/old Ashford Traditional got a good spin at the Spin-In.  Many interesting wheels were there, including an interesting Dutch Moswalt wheel and an antique Norwegian Wheel with matching spinning chair that was for sale.

The Ewes also made fiber purchases from a variety of fun vendors.  Huckleberry Knits, Fleebers Farm, Sauked In Farm, and Homestead Hobbyist all got added to the stash. 

Fiber in the Wild

Kelly was delighted to find that a new mill with spinning capability has opened in California.  Valley Oak Wool and Fiber Mill in Yolo County is now the only mill in the state that spins yarn.  This article details the story of the mill's owner and its recent opening.  Stay tuned for more about this exciting development!

Marsha shares a video in which Fairy Little knits a sweater in one day using time lapse video. Amazing!

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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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