Sat, 21 November 2015
Marsha and Kelly announce the winners in the Front Range Bags giveaway. Thanks again to Nancy for offering one of her bags for a prize! If you aren't the winner, don't despair. She has generously offered a coupon code for 15% off to Two Ewes listeners! Listen to the podcast or visit our Ravelry Group for details. Then go shop for a Front Range Bag!
Marsha had quite a bit of knitting time while at the hospital with her son. Ben had a bad bicycle accident, but is now doing much better. While at the trauma center she made lots of progress on the Mark's Crazy Scarf out of Stonehedge Crazy (mill ends). She has also been working on the Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki. She is using the yarn she created at Yarnia in Portland. Despite all the knitting time, she has no finished projects this time.
Kelly is still working on her Color Affection (also by Veera Valimaki). She has used most of two skeins of the peacock blue, most of the large skein of spring green, and has just started on the second skein of brown yarn. She made some modifications to the color pattern so that she could see more color interactions and use more yarn. All that is left is a large band of solid brown at the bottom of the shawl, but it has become so large that each row takes soooooo loooooong.
During a Veteran's Day camping trip in The Clubhouse, Kelly also made progress on the Hippo (pattern by Heidi Bears). Alas, not enough progress to be able to claim a finished project! She also brought the drum carder so she could continue her fleece processing obsession. The most recent batts are natural colored California Variegated Mutant blended with hand-dyed mohair locks. Both are from very deep stash.
The Indie Designer Gift-Along starts on Thursday, November 19. Over 5,000 independent designers have their patterns available for 25% off. Knitters and crocheters who have purchased these patterns can participate in a 6-week Gift-Along between November 19 and December 31. See the Indie Gift Along group on Ravelry to check out the pattern bundles and the GAL threads.
A few crochet patterns that Kelly is considering are:
Etheria cowl by Julia Trice
Geisha's Finest stole by Tanja Osswald
Both our CAL and the GAL end on New Year's Eve so there is definitely some double dipping potential here!
Sun, 8 November 2015
The Two Ewes continue to shine a spotlight on Front Range Bags by Nancy Totten. Nancy has generously offered a project bag from her shop to a lucky Two Ewes listener. Kelly has one of her bags in SF Giants fabric and it's great! High quality, nice and roomy, and lots of handy features. It was the perfect bag for the Crackerjack Cowl project during baseball season. To enter, take a look in the Front Range Bags shop and report back to the contest thread in the Ravelry group. Tell us which bag you like best (exclusive of the custom orders) and let us know about your favorite features in the project bags you use. A winner will randomly selected during our podcast episode 30. Thank you Nancy! We appreciate the opportunity to spotlight your bags and your shop!
This week Marsha and Kelly record separately due to busy schedules. Marsha has finished her Crochet-Along project, the Virus Shawl. Marsha also finished her son's Tricolor Socks made of her handspun from last winter. He turned 18 earlier this month so she finished the socks for his birthday. He bought himself a birthday present that is every mother's nightmare! A motorcycle, which he is using to transport his bicycle!
Marsha is currently working on a scarf for her brother from the Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy that she bought in Portland. She is also using the yarn that she created at Yarnia in Portland. She is making the Stripe Study Shawl by Vera Valimaki.
Kelly has no finished projects and very little knit or crochet progress. The one project that got some time was the crochet hippo that she is making for our Crochet-Along. She has been doing lots of fiber work, though. She is spinning Wensleydale for her Aunt's vest. She is finally able to spin on the Salish Spinner and has been using it to spin a bulky yarn from the CVM fleece. She is also carding a very old, gray fleece of medium weight from a sheep named Charlotte. All of this fiber activity is a result of cleaning up and organizing her large fleece stash.
At the end of the episode we talk BOOKS! Marsha reviews three books that she has added to her fiber reference library. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and the Field Guide to Fleece, both by Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson and Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan.
Kelly reviews a book that was generously sent to her by Interweave/F+W.