Two Ewes Fiber Adventures: A Podcast about Knitting, Spinning, Weaving, Crochet, Dyeing-- All the Ways to Play with Yarn and Wool

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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