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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Boob Hat!

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Thanks for the birthday card for Rick, Knit Wits fans!!  (Ok, I got the card but how else was I supposed to subtly remind him it was time to podcast?)

















And thank you Debby for the beautiful Kumihimo bracelet with the dangly sheep!  I love it!

and for the infamous Boob Hat!
ON MY NEEDLES:

The Arches of Astoria Cowl which actually turned out rather pretty but the pattern is fraught with problems. Knit in Tosh Merino Light and Pico Accuardi Superwash Merino (sadly discontinued).
I am currently knitting the Zig to the Zag Cowl in hand spun/hand-dyed alpaca yarn.
Cows With Guns by Dana Lyons

Doesn't everyone have a chicken in a diaper in their house?
And doesn't everyone have this much yarn?
Planning the Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu  in Abstract Fiber Supersock Alfalfa.

I just love spinning on my Hansen Mini Spinner!  
Even going through the carwash...
and on the train to Seattle...
and it lives in a cow!
Don't you love the time cows?

My fiber from Morro Fleece Works is AWESOME!
I was so blessed to receive my Stansborough Fleece this week!  I can't wait to work with it!

Isn't Liziak (Ravelry name) amazing?  She knit my second sock identical to the first in less than a week!  I envy her talent!
I LOVE Knit Companion and I know you will too!

IN OUR WINEGLASS:


And I did it...I got a loom! A Leclerc Nilus from the 80's. It cleaned up nicely!

Here is my April Challenge project.  A Claire Murray rug kit I found on Craigslist.  I finished the flowers.  Saving the background for another day.
Finished my May challenge already!!  
This is what it started out as...A Judy Taylor sample kit.
And this is what it turned out to be!

And to close out the show...Boobs A Lot by The Fugs.

See ya next time!!







Alas, Poor Stephanie

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And you know we love you Stephanie! Why else would I get to your book signing 4 hours early?! 














And her new book, The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes is a very interesting read and well worth checking out!
Here’s a link to the Shear Madness show. Check it out! Really interesting!!
Morro Fleece Works is a truly reliable place to send your fleece for processing! Several of my friends have used her services and are full of accolades for what she sends back to them.
I’m very excited to get my 2 kilos of fleece from Stansborough Farm in New Zealand! I’ll post pictures when it arrives!!
I hope you’ll check out Fiber Trek podcast! This videocast is so interesting and Sarah is very knowledgeable and informative!!
Most of you are here because of the Knitmore Girls podcast so I’m sure you are already familiar with Jasmine and Gigi.
And the Twinset Designs Podcast is truly worth tuning in to. But be aware that Jan and Ellen will soon become like old friends. : )
The Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival is coming up this weekend, April 18-20, 2014. I will be there Saturday, the 19th. If you’re in the area, come by and say “hi”! I’ll be spinning with my spinning group on my new Hansen Mini Spinner.
For those of you who were holding your breath waiting for the results of Rick’s playoff tennis match…His team did not win on Saturday, therefore, Rick did not get to play on Sunday. Boo!
For your sipping pleasure, here is the recipe for Purple Haze:
2 oz. Vodka 
3/4 oz. Lemon/Lime juice (equal parts) 
1 oz. Simple Syrup 
1 oz. Blackberry Puree 
dash of sparkling water/soda water
Yum!
And Theo Chocolate is a must try! I especially love the Salted Almond Dark Chocolate!!
Please join our Weave-Along! Check out the thread in this group for all the details! The Prize of Dye Your Own Silk Scarf Kit graciously provided byMachine Knitting To Dye For
ON MY NEEDLES:
My Monsoon shawl is coming along nicely. Just have the edging to finish.










And here’s my sad plying job with my Edgewood Garden Studios alpaca silk. But I’ll fix it somehow! 














And my lovely Market Jacket just waiting for the buttons!












I’ve been happily plugging away at my rug hooking with the goal of finishing the center ‘bouquet’ by the end of April. 










My Hansen Mini Spinner arrived this week!! I simply love it! Check out their website if you haven’t already!
Thanks for tuning in! We’re so happy to have you with us!

Clickety Clack - Hey, We're Back!

Hello Friends!  It's here! It's here! It's finally here!  Go ahead and listen Here!

Let me introduce you to two new members of the family:

Wallace and Grommet













and Chance

















Here is a picture of my first rug hooking project, a Judy Taylor Kit.

















And after taking the Rigid Heddle Weaving class from Craftsy with instructor, Angela Tong, here is my daughter's first woven scarf...


















and my first woven scarf in Auracania Chaiten Multy (sadly discontinued), a lovely raw silk yarn with beautiful drape.















And cotton tea towels, the second Craftsy class project 













Made from Lily Sugar and Cream. So soft and absorbent.
By the way, my sincere apologies to Angela Tong for completely butchering her last name on the podcast. I didn’t realize her last name was spelled with an ‘o’ and not an ‘a’. Next time I will be sure of someone’s name BEFORE we record.
This is how much hay you can get in the back of a Ram diesel. 











18 bales! Amazing!



Recipe for Peach Bellinis:
Champagne
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
2 oz. Peach puree

Rick and his Emmy. (He made me cut his head out of the photo :P ) 













Here’s my “What was I thinking?” Shawl which I made during the Ysolda Teague Follow Your Arrow Mystery Shawl Knit Along.  Made out of Kauni Rainbow.















Finished spinning up this BFL/Silk that I dyed last year. Can’t wait to cast on the Monsoon Shawl by Angela Tong found in the Spring 2014 issue of Interweave Knits. 




















Here is the sampler I made in the 6 hour Linda Gettman Rigid Heddle Weaving class I was blessed with at Madrona.


















Note the ‘inlay’ pattern I chose. Hee hee



















And here is a picture of my sock knitting idea. Two different socks on one circular needle. So far it’s working for me. 




















Sock on the left is Plymouth Happy Feet color 25, and on the right Biscottie & Cie in Melon D’eau.
Check out the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  So simple!

Here is the sock that I picked up in a yarn swap and posted to the Surrogate Sock Knitters Group on Ravelry.  The pattern is a from a sock of the month club and unfortunately, I don't have the name nor do I know the name of the yarn. 




















And the Market Jacket by Tanis Gray in Cascade 220 (Grey Poupon colorway ;)



















And since my Ecuador by Joji Locatelli is in time-out, so it doesn’t get a picture.
It’s so great to be back everyone! Thanks for hanging in there! We’ve missed you!!




Look On The Bright Side of Life

Listen to Epidsode 33 Here!

Due to the loss of our dog, "Prissy", we acquired a new little dog, "Sugar".











OFF MY NEEDLES:

The Lakedale Shawl (See picture in last episode's post)

The Eyelet Cardi made with handspun from Daily Fibers mixed BFL.
















One of my favorite hat patterns...Slouchy Hat with PIcot Edge by Royal Llama Silk

And not my favorite pattern...Meret














And even less favorite fingerless mitts pattern...Matching Mitts for the Meret

And the Cascading Leaves Shawl overly festooned with beads which you can barely see in the picture.  This was made from handspun from Sosae Caetano fiber that was gifted to me. (Sorry for the weird lighting on the 2nd and 3rd photos.)








































ON MY NEEDLES:

My first adult sized handspun socks!!  And here's the book, Two at a Time Toe-Up Socks,  that guided me every step of the way.  The fiber was purchased from Dicentra Designs.



















My OH SO CUTE hat!  The OhSo hat pattern.














When I go to Madrona, I stay with Ilga who owns Edgewood Garden Studios.  She dyes the most beautiful fiber and has amazing handspun yarn.  Check it out!

IN OUR WINEGLASS:

Although we were supposed to review a Graer Burgunder, our wine review got hi-jacked by Cupcake Angel Food white wine.  My favorite!

Stay tuned for more info on raffling off SAW 2.2 and SAW 3.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life courtesy of Monty Python.

Thanks for tuning in, friends.  We'll see ya next time!