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

Lot's of knitting happening here!  

Kelly was away in the wilderness camping for two weeks and finished the Dorthelia tank by Corrina Ferguson (from her book Warm Days, Cool Knits).  She also made great progress on the endless cotton/linen Featherweight Cardigan and the Niebling lace doily.

Marsha finished her Wispy Willow Cardigan by Cheryl Beckerich made with HiKoo CoBaSi. This is Marsha's first project with this yarn and the ewes talk about the differences and challenges in knitting with non-animal yarns.

Marsha continues work on her Lanata cardigan by Amy Christoffers and has completed about 10" of the body.

Plus progress is being made each game day on Marsha's Crackerjack Cowl. Go Mariners!

Marsha is planning her next projects. She has sweater quantities of two yarns and is looking for suggestion of cardigans to make. The first is Imperial Yarn Tracie Too in Autumn Rust. This is a sport weight yarn and Marsha has 1,580 yards.

The other yarn is from Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company. It is worsted weight in sage green and Marsha has 1,200.

She has two skeins, or 460 yards of Stonehenge Fiber Mill in Crazy. This yarn is made with mill ends, so no two skeins are alike. Marsha would like to make a scarf/shawl and is thinking of making Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West, Be Simple Shawl by Carolyn Glauz-Todrank, or 504 King West by The Knit Cafe Toronto.

Kelly and Marsha will be attending the Monterey Fleece Auction at the Monterey County Fair on September 7th. Give us a shout if you will be there!  Kelly will also be at the fleece judging on August 22, 9-4.

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 Kelly is camping in her newly painted trailer known as "The Clubhouse." It is a 10.5 foot, 1967 trailer that has been decorated in a San Francisco Giants theme.  They have camped in The Clubhouse for 3 summers, but this is the first trip after it got the new paint job, had some water damage repaired, and had the interior re-paneled. This episode includes an audio field trip to the Mt. Madonna Campground in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Watsonville and Gilroy. It is a beautiful "on location" recording studio!

 

 

In the background you may hear Steller's Jays and Acorn Woodpeckers. The Acorn Woodpeckers make holes in trees and store their acorns in them like a winter pantry. They often take one tree and completely cover it with holes. On the visit here last November all the holes in the trees near the restroom were filled with acorns from the Tan Bark Oaks. On this trip all the holes were empty.

 

 

While on the camping trip, Kelly is knitting on two projects: the Dorthelia tank by Corrina Ferguson from the book that the Two Ewes reviewed last episode and the Featherweight Cardigan pattern by Hannah Fettig. The tank top is knit from red Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy yarn and the Featherweight is being knit with three cones of thread (two linen, one cotton) in blue, cream and mint green. Progress on the tank is fast, progress on the cardigan is slow!

 

 

The cardigan is a project from Kelly's rescued stash of coned weaving yarn. This project started with swatching during the Yarniacs Q1 Love the Yarn You Own challenge. (Link to Yarniacs episode 92.)  It was supposed to be finished in Q2, but that didn't happen. A couple of other stash projects that were more portable got in the way. This cardigan will be finished in Q3. Also started during the Q1 challenge are a set of dishtowels with turquoise as the main warp color and a Herbert Niebling doily in the Frosted Ferns pattern. (The name in English is not very accurate since the pattern is actually oak leaves and acorns.)

 

Both of these projects hit the rocks with mistakes, but have been righted and are now in full swing again for Q3. The challenge has been a great way to focus on using the stash of coned yarns that Kelly was itching to find a use for!

 

 

In our last episode Marsha was blocking her Blue Juno Cardigan by yellowcosmo made with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Victoria. The fit is perfect! Marsha highly recommends the pattern and the yarn. Marsha continues to work on the Wispy Willow Cardigan by Cheryl Beckenrich made with HiKoo CoBaSi.

 

She cast on for a cardigan called Lanata by Amy Christoffers using StahlSche Wolle Limbo Superwash that was a destash yarn from a friend. The cardigan has raglan sleeves and is knit from the bottom up featuring lace panels that look like vines trailing up the front and back of the sweater.

 

Marsha talks about washing some of the Shetland fleece she bought last month at the Black Sheep Gathering. Since recording the episode she bought hand carders and has carded and started spinning the Shetland.

 

Marsha had an "advent-ewe" to Chicago the home of "Cloud Gate," or as the locals call it, "The Bean."

 

 

She had time to visit a few yarn shops and did a little stash enhancing. She saw:

 

 

  • A lovely shop named Loopy Yarns. She bought a skein of HPKY Regina Louise Lace in Shamrock.

 

 

 

 

Her last stop was a crazy shop called Chicago Fabric Yarn and Button.

 

The Chicago Yarn Crawl will take place from August 1-9. If you're in the area be sure to check it out!

 

 

Marsha loves old houses and had time to visit three. She highly recommends visiting:

 

The Driehaus Museum

 

Henry B. Clarke House

 

John J. Glessner House Museum

 

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Marsha and Kelly both finished knitting their sweaters and both are big wins!  (At recording time we both had a little left to go, but now that the episode is published we are finished).  Marsha's Blue Juno sweater fits even better than she thought it would.

Kelly's Purple Cherry Vanilla sweater is the perfect sweatshirt alternative and used yarn from her extensive stash of rescued weaving cones.  Double win!

Marsha is planning to finish her son's tricolor socks before the month of July is over.  Inspired by others in the Warmth of Summer KAL, Marsha has started a Wispy Willow Cardigan using a spring green CoBaSi yarn from Hi-Koo.  She has also been busy spinning some of the CVM fleece that Kelly gave her to try, and is making plans to wash and card the fleece that she got from The Black Sheep Gathering.

Kelly has also been spinning a bit since returning from her trip and has some plans for Tour de Fleece. But mostly she has been finishing up current projects that she brought with her--a Rikke hat, for example.

Kelly also explains why her decision to start beekeeping with foundationless frames has made the steep beekeeping learning curve even more steep. 

The Two Ewes review a wonderful first book by designer Corrina Ferguson.  Review copies were kindly provided by the publisher, Interweave/F+W. Interweave also provided this information about the book:

Knitting is not just for cold and snowy climates! For anyone who has ever stopped to wonder what knitters in the South are wearing—and knitting—for the changing seasons, Florida designer Corrina Ferguson has set out to show us in her new book, Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season (Interweave/F+W; $24.99; June 2015).

“In the South we love to knit. And we want to knit pretty wearable things, not just accessories and household decorations,” explains Corrina. “That’s why I created this collection of patterns to showcase the knitted seasons of the South, with projects that are fitting for any climate.”

  Marsha and Kelly had almost an identical list of favorites from the book, including the tank shown on the book's cover.  Kelly has started swatching already for one of the other tops in the book.  Another big win!  This book is full of great knitting patterns for warmer coastal climates like the Salinas and Seattle areas--not just the south.

A copy of this wonderful book is awarded as one of the two prizes for the Warmth of Summer Knit Along that just ended. Check the episode to hear the winners.

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In the episode Marsha  contributes the B side, or flip side, to Kelly's A side of our podcast. So much has been going on that Marsha feels her brain is a shaken snow globe with all her information, stories, and ideas spinning around. Marsha gives an update on her current projects and reports on her two recent advent-ewes. The first was a weekend in Bellingham, WA where she visited local yarn shops. The second was her fabulous weekend at the annual Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon.  HEAVEN for a new spinner (or any spinner, really)!  There is knitting, spinning, fleece, yarn and all kinds of fibery goodness.  it's enough to swirl your brain!

As with the 20a series this episode is unedited, due to Kelly's Washington, DC travel constraints. We recommend listening to the 20a series first and then this episode 20b. Also, new listeners might want to start with one of our more typical episodes.  Happy listening!

Don't forget to visit our blog at http://twoewesdyeing.blogspot.com/

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This is the third of three parts detailing Kelly's fiber adventures while she is in DC as an E. Kika de la Garza Fellow with the USDA.  She talks about what she is knitting during her travels, and she reviews the the current exhibit at the Textile Museum associated with The George Washington University.  She also talks about textiles at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Due to length restrictions of Garageband for iPad, her portion of the episode is broken into three parts--20a1, 20a2, and 20a3.  Marsha was also traveling for fiber adventures this week and the Two Ewes hope to be able to post "the B side" of episode 20 as well!  

This series is brought to you raw and uneditied because we couldn't wait until we got home to share our adventures with you!  So if you are a new listener, first of all, welcome!  But also you may want to start with a more typical episode. Also, be sure to listen to these segments in order, starting with 20a1.  Don't forget to visit our blog at http://twoewesdyeing.blogspot.com

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This is the second of three parts detailing Kelly's fiber adventures while she is in DC as an E. Kika de la Garza Fellow with the USDA.  She talks about what she is knitting during her travels, and she reviews the the current exhibit at the Textile Museum associated with The George Washington University.  She also talks about textiles at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Due to length restrictions of Garageband for iPad, her portion of the episode is broken into three parts--20a1, 20a2, and 20a3.  Marsha was also traveling for fiber adventures this week and the Two Ewes hope to be able to post "the B side" of episode 20 as well!  

This series is brought to you raw and uneditied because we couldn't wait until we got home to share our adventures with you!  So if you are a new listener, first of all, welcome!  But also you may want to start with a more typical episode. Also, be sure to listen to these segments in order, starting with 20a1.  Don't forget to visit our blog at http://twoewesdyeing.blogspot.com

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This is the first of three parts detailing Kelly's fiber adventures while she is in DC as an E. Kika de la Garza Fellow with the USDA.  She talks about what she is knitting during her travels, and she reviews the the current exhibit at the Textile Museum associated with The George Washington University.  She also talks about textiles at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Due to length restrictions of Garageband for iPad, her portion of the episode is broken into three parts--20a1, 20a2, and 20a3.  Marsha was also traveling for fiber adventures this week and the Two Ewes hope to be able to post "the B side" of episode 20 as well!  

This series is brought to you raw and uneditied because we couldn't wait until we got home to share our adventures with you!  So if you are a new listener, first of all, welcome!  But also you may want to start with a more typical episode. Also, be sure to listen to these segments in order, starting with 20a1.  Don't forget to visit our blog at http://twoewesdyeing.blogspot.com

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In this episode Kelly and Marsha give updates on finished knitting projects, ongoing knitting projects, and other fiber projects that are in the the planning stages. They also talk about Marsha's spinning class, crochet, Kelly's new beekeeping adventure, and her upcoming fellowship in Washington DC.

Kelly has one sleeve done and the other moving along on the purple sweater she is making.  The project uses the Cherry Vanilla pattern by Thea Colman.  She battled the sleeve slog by starting a new project!  The Ava Tunic by Jade Fletcher is a chevron striped dress or top for a little girl, size 18 mos. to toddler.  She is knitting it in Spud and Chloe Sweater in teal and yellow. 

Marsha finished her Neskowin Shell by Kay Hopkins that she made as part of our Warmth of Summer KAL.  She finished the body of her Juno Cardigan by yellowcosmo and started the first sleeve. Marsha is concerned the sweater may not have as much positive ease as she had hoped, but she was limited by the amount of yarn she had. Blocking will probably relax fabric the the sweater may be perfect. The continuing mystery of fit!

Marsha is thinking of next knitting the Wispy Willow Cardigan by Cheryl Beckerich using the coned blue yarn she picked up at the NoCKRs Retreat. "middleagepearl" made this darling cardigan for our Warmth of Summer KAL. Or she is thinking of making Lanata, a pretty lace cardigan by Amy Christoffers using Limbo that a friend gave her.

 

Marsha reports on the first half of an introductory spinning classes she is taking.

 

And then we talk about bees!  It is swarm season and Kelly talks about the public perception of a swarm vs. the reality of a swarm.  Here are a couples websites that provides more information about swarms.  Habitat for Honeybees and the Seattle Urban Bee Project.  If you want to get even more scientific, check out Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley of the Cornell department of neurobiology and behavior or read this shorter article on the topic (the article has a great picture of a swarm).  Fascinating!  If everyone had this information, no bee swarms would ever face extermination! 

The documentary about bees that Marsha mentions is More Than Honey (2012) by Markus Imhoof.

Here are some others that Marsha has not watched but sound interesting.

Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? (2010) by Tagger Siegel

Vanishing of the Bees (2009) by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein

Who Killed the Honey Bees? (2009) by James Erskine

The Last Beekeeper (2008) by Jeremy Simmons

If you are interested in bees and pollinators other than honeybees and some information on "bee-positive" plants and gardening, check out the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab.

And finally, if you're wondering why Marsha was at Steven's Pass for six hours, click here to see why. For obvious reasons she will only watch his videos when he is home safe.  Don't watch if you don't want to hear a teenage boy swear. ;-)

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Marsha participated in the large Pacific Northwest LYS Tour 2015 .  The tour was five days and 26 yarn shops from Bellingham to Kent.  Marsha had limited time so picked four shops she had never visited.

Her first day she visited Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation. This shop specializes in local yarns. Marsha bought Tracie Too in Autumn Rust from Imperial Yarn and a worsted yarn in sage green from Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Co.  She also went to Quintessential Knits in Duvall. 

The second day she went to The Knittery in Renton and Maker's Mercantile in Kent.

Kelly is continuing her work on her Grape Vanilla sweater (using the Cherry Vanilla pattern by Thea Coleman .  There are also a couple of pairs of socks that get an occasional row.  Speaking of occasional rows, her SF Giants cowl, I Don't Care if I Never Get Back, is looking great!  Two rows get added after each game so this is a fun way to commemorate the season.  This project uses the Crackerjack cowl recipe by Stacey Simpson Duke.

Kelly's bees have been in the hive for about a month.  What an obsession they have become!

We had a winner in our giveaway of the book Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style, by Tanis Gray, published by Interweave/F+W.  Listen to find out who the winner was! Thanks to all who entered the contest in our Ravelry Group!

Some other links that came up in our conversation:  KnitSpinFarm Podcast by Joanna Spring who has Clun Forest sheep.  These are one of the breeds of sheep that Marsha spoke about.  Nuno Felt is the name of the felting that is done with fabric.  Here is a tutorial website with lots of photos of projects.  

For photos visit our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures blog!

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In this episode we give an update on the projects we are working on, or in Kelly's case, projects she is not working on. Keep reading to learn why. We also review the new pattern book Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemian Style  by Tanis Gray, published in March 2015 by Interweave Press.  The book retails for $18.99 US and $20.99 Canadian.  Kelly's Aunt Betty (efisher930 on Ravelry) joins us for the review discussion.  Check out the Ravelry group for information about a giveaway!  The Two Ewes will be giving away an e-copy of the book thanks to Interweave Press.

Kelly has been very busy at work and caring for her new chicks who are now teenagers and have been moved to the garden and into their new home "The Egg Plant."  She has also been busy with her latest project--bees! She is "1hundredprojects" after all. :-)

 Kelly's ongoing projects have been languishing due to grading exams, moving the chicks, and starting the bees.  However, there was the urge to start a project that couldn't be denied! First a super-quick cowl with size 50 needles! No pattern, just moss stitch until the yarn ran out.

 Then one of the patterns from the Wanderlust book, the Brubaker Cowl by Mindy Wilkes.

Marsha continues to work on her Neskowin Shell by Kay Hopkins that she is making as part of our Warmth of Summer KAL. She has completed the first half of the shell and has used 3 1/4 balls of her yarn, Debbie Bliss Juliet. She is keeping track because she has replaced the drop stitch pattern with stockinette She thinks she will need one more ball.  Marsha finished the yoke of her cardigan Juno by Connie Peng. She is using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Victoria.

She joined Kelly in making a Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke for her team, the Seattle Mariners. This has been a fun project and is making Marsha into a baseball fan despite the fact that previously she has been a mediocre fan at best. :-)  Marsha may need to get a Mariner's project bag from Front Range Bags Etsy shop where Kelly got her fabulous, new SF Giants project bag!

Marsha also talks about the swatching she has done with with yarn from the Northern California Knitters Retreat "Destash" room. The first is with Pernelle Insouciance in a soft blue. Marsha estimates she has 936 yards. 

In previous podcast episodes Kelly has talked about knitting two to three different yarns together and she is currently making a Featherweight Cardigan using three yarns. Kelly inspired Marsha so when she saw a cone mystery blue yarn with about 1,400 yards at the retreat she knew it was for her!  She swatched with three yarns from Kelly's stash. In the picture, the top is with white cotton, the middle with a beige wool, and the blue with a light blue linen. Kelly also has discussed that plant fibers benefit from being handled roughly and even put int the dryer. Marsha gave the swatches a good thrashing and they are beautifully soft!

There is still lots of time to join our Warmth of Summer KAL. Details are on our Ravelry group's discussion boards.

We also talked about Shoes of Prey where you can design your own shoes.

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