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49 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
Episode 024: We LIKE knitting.
Today's topics include: The Knitters Book Club The Julgran KAL Fun over Rhinebeck weekend plus general updates Hot off the Needles What we are Working on Special Topic, Ravelry The Knitters Book Club We are ready to tell you about the third installment of the Knitters Book Club! Beginning in November and lasting through March 2019, we will read The Secret Lives of Colorby Kassia St. Clair. This book details the "unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them". The Julgran Knit Along We are hosting a holiday sweater knit along from now until January 1st, 2019! The pattern is the Julgranby Andi Satterland, perfect knitting for this time of year! All information can be found in the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry Group. Hot Off the Needles Ashley finished the August square of the River Knits Year Long Afghan and the Slip Stitch Cap by Thea Colman. She used Woolfolk Tov. Tara finished the Cardamom Coffee Hat by Caitlin Hunter. She used Claudia's fingering weight yarn. Tara also finished the Apple Cider Donutby Cecily Glowak MacDonald. She used Bartlett Yarns. What we are Working On Ashley is continuing her River Knits Year Long Afghan. She is also knitting the Pillar Socks. Tara is working on the Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter and the Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli.
35 minutes | Sep 22, 2018
Episode 023: At Home Over Rhinebeck Weekend
Today's Topics Include: Google Hang Out Recap The Julgran Knitalong Hot Off the Needles What we are Working on Sad Knitting Tragedies and, How to Have Fun Over Rhinebeck Weekend When You are not Actually in Rhinebeck! Thank you, HockeyRachel, for sharing your numerous projects with us! Google Hang Out Recap Thank you to Jackie and Heather for participating in our last Google Hang Out! Julgran Knitalong We are doing our first ever sweater KAL right no! The Julgranis a worsted weight pullover designed by Andi Satterlund. This design features a large pine tree, achieved by increasing, decreasing and cables, that can be either left plain or decorated to look like a Christmas tree. This KAL will run until January 1st, 2019. Yes, there will be prizes! See our Ravelry thread for more information! Hot Off the Needles Ashley finished the Children's Neck Down Boleroby Knitting Pure and Simple. She used Cascade 220 Superwash. Ashley finished the August Square of the River Knits Year Long Afghan. This was a mitered square. Tara finished The Golden Hourby Andrea Mowry, a DK weight shawl. She used Scout by Kelbourne Woolens. What We are Working On Ashley is working on the September square, which is a counterpane, of the River Knits Year Long Afghan. Tara is working on two sweaters. She is knitting the Apple Cider Donutby Cecily Glowak-MacDonald with the recommended yarn by Barlettyarns. Tara is also knitting the Tecumsehby Caitlin Hunter. She is using Jill Draper Mohonk and Daughter of a Shepherd. Sad Knitting Tragedies Tara is having some difficulty with the Tecumseh. She needs to rip out some of the fair isle and use a larger needle for the colorwork to avoid puckering. Tara accidentally vacuumed over top of The Golden Hour Shawl. How to Have Fun Over Rhinebeck Weekend when you are not Actually in Rhinebeck! The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, commonly referred to as "Rhinebeck", will take place October 20th and 21st. Tara suggests: Knit a Rhinebeck sweater even if you are not going. Finish in time for festival and wear proudly! Visit your local yarn store with your newly finished object (show it off!) and sit and knit! Be social. If you do not have a LYS, invite friends over for a potluck brunch. Get outdoors and walk on a trail. Schedule a massage or a trip to a salon. Treat yourself on that day! Ashley suggests: Go outside! Try apple picking! If you live in Maryland, check out Larriland Farms. Make apple sauce, apple butter, and apple pie!
39 minutes | Aug 24, 2018
Episode 22: Better Late than Never?
Today’s Topics Include: Book Club Wrap Up and Google Hang Out Rescheduled Julgran KAL Information Hot off the Needles What we are Working on Sad Knitting Tragedies Healthy Living with Ashley and Tara Sew, I have another lover Today's WIPs were shared by MarySK on Ravelry. Thank you for contributing, Mary! Book Club Wrap Up This summer, we read In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware for our Knitters Book Club. Our Google Hang Out will take place August 24th at 8 PM. Please see our Ravelry Group for more information. The Julgran KAL We are hosting our first ever sweater knit along! We chose the Julgransweater, by Andi Satterlund. This knit along began in July and will end January 1st, 2009, giving you plenty of time to make the ultimate holiday sweater. The Julgran sweater is available on Ravelry and Andi Satterlund has provided the following 15% discount code until August 27th at 11:59 PST: MIKJULGRANKAL Neither Tara or Ashley have started their sweaters but have acquired yarn. Please join us! Hot Off the Needles Tara finished the V-Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli and used Plucky Feetin the colorway Barn Door (red). Tara also finished the Pocasweater by Laura Nelkin. She used Jill Draper Makes Stuff Kingston in the colorway Gage Street. Ashley finished the July square of the River Knits Afghan. Ashley finished the Ice Cream Doggie by Anna Hracochvec. What we are Working On Ashley started Pillars (socks) by Lisa Stitchweh using Madeline Tosh Twist Light. Ashley is also working on the Children's Neck Down Boleroby Knitting Pure & Simple. She is using Cascade 220. Tara is working on The Golden Hour by Andrea Mowry. She is using Scoutby Kelbourne Woolens which is available at Woolworks. Tara is swatching for the Tecumsehsweater by Caitlin Hunter using Jill Draper Mohonk. Sad Knitting Tragedies Tara unraveled the Wagenfeld sweater by Ankestrick because the colors were too bright! She made her husband help unwind it--and because there was so much knitting completed, it took a long time! Ashley enjoyed the Children's Neck Down Boleroso much that she kept knitting and knitting and did not realize she was making mistakes! Healthy Living with Ashley and Tara Ashley has run a few road races throughout the year. She recently finished the Boordy Vineyards 5 K! She is also training for the Charles Street 12. Tara has been working out and loosely following Weight Watchers. She has lost over 14 pounds! Sew, I have Another Lover! Ashley is leading a Sew Along for the Scout Tee at Domesticity, a fabric shop where she works! You can follow along on Instagram by following Ashley. Ashley has also sewed a few pencil pouches that will be the September Sew Along. This is a free pattern by Sharon Holland.
39 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
Episode 021: The Julgran Knit-a-long
Today's Topics Include: General Announcements The Julgran Knit Along Hot Off the Needles What We are Working On Imaginary Knitting Sew, I have another Lover Thank you, FunkyChic309, for sharing that you always have three projects on the needles! General Announcements 1.) Giveaway Prize Winners! Congratulations to MimisKnit on Ravelry who won the gorgeous three skein set from Anne of Woolyhues! We cannot wait to see what you create with the yarn, Heather! Congratulations to "TheThingsIHaveMade" on Instagram who won the "Splendid Soles"book donated by Lori Wagner. We loved seeing your photos, Hannah! 2.) The Knitters Book Club! We are pleased to announce a second installment of the Knitter's Book Club. Starting now through mid-August, join us in reading the thrilling page turner, "In a Dark, Dark Wood"by Ruth Ware. On Friday evening, August 17th, we will host a Google Hang Out to discuss the book and share whatever crafty project we are working on. Please note, this book is not knitting related and does not include any particular knitting project. The Julgran Knit Along Julgran means Christmas Tree in Swedish and because many people enjoy a good Christmas-in-July project, we thought the Julgran Sweaterwould be a perfect choice for a knit along! Julgranis a top-down vintage inspired pullover designed by Andi Satterland that features a large Christmas tree on the front-center that can be decorated with beads or left plain. Notes about the pattern: The Christmas tree is charted only. Worsted weight yarn with a gauge of 18 stitches and 26 rows over four inches Designer used Quince and Company Lark. Size US 6 and 8 needles, with larger needle for gauge. Pattern is available on Ravelry for $6.75 US Dollars. Pattern allows for personalization! The Julgran Knit Along begins now (July) and will end January 1st, 2019! That means you have six months to knit this sweater! We are hoping this long and flexible time frame will encourage you to join us because this sweater will be super cute come holiday season! Plus, there will be prizes! Please see our Ravelry groupfor more information! Hot Off the Needles Tara finished a pair of top-down vanilla socks using Rock and String Creations'sDerby Day colorway. Using Shepherd's Worsted,Ashley finished the June Square for the River Knits Afghan Along. Ashley modified the pattern by knitting an intarsia square with stripes. Ashley finished the Serapeby Megi Burcl, available for download on Interweave. Ashley used Shibui Stocatto. Instead of fringe, Ashley crocheted loops along the edge. Ashley finished the Children's Neck Down Cardiganby Knitting Pure and Simple for her son, William. Ashley used Spud and Chloe Sweaterand will add a zipper. What We are Working On Tara is test-knitting the Poca Sweater by Laura Nelkin using Jill Draper Kingston. This pattern will be released in late July! Tara recently cast on the Kelso Shawlby Helen Stewart using Adirondack Yarns Spirited Fibers. Ashley is working on the Brighton Plaidby Eclectic Gypsy using Madeline ToshUnicorn Tails and Neighborhood Fiber CompanyRustic. Ashley is working on the August square of the River Knits Afghan. This square is lace and Ashley had to go down a needle size. Imaginary Knitting Tara is imaginary knitting: Merry Bear by Susan B. Anderson North Sea Nostalgiaby Heidi Kirrmaier Ashley is imaginary knitting: Ice Cream Doggieby Anna Hrachovec Harlowby Andrea Mowry Sew, I Have Another Lover Ashley finished the Cleo Skirtand Luna pants by Made By Rae. Ashley finished the Purl Soho City Gym Shorts. Ashley's son William made his first pair of pajama pants! He used the Simplicity #2290 pattern. Congratulations, William! Ashley started the Foundation Paper Pieced Square, All in the Neighborhood, by CR Creations Shop.
33 minutes | Jun 16, 2018
Episode 020: It's Summer!
Today's topics include: Summer Book Club Hot Off the Needles What we are Working on Sew, I have Another Lover! On our Headphones Thank you to TioTweety for sharing her WIPs (works-in-progress) with us. Listeners, how many projects are on YOUR needles? Please answer this question in our Ravelry thread for a chance to be featured on an upcoming episode! Summer Book Club This summer, we will read In a Dark, Dark Woodby Ruth Ware. Tentative date for Google Hang Out is Friday evening, August 17th. This books is a scary, page-turning thriller and is not knitting related. Hot Off the Needles Tara finished three pairs of socks. 1.) Mistletoe Kissesby Knitting Expat Designs using GynxYarns Glitz in Heartbreaker. 2.) Warm and Snug by Knitting Expat Designs using Lollipop YarnsBeefcake in Get Lucky. 3.) Resfeberby Knitting Expat Designs using Gale's Art Sock Blank. What we are Working on Ashley is working on: 1.) Knitting Pure and Simple's Children's Neck Down Cardiganin Spud and Chloe Sweater. 2.) Helen Stewart's Vintage Fairy Lights Socksin Madeline Tosh Twist Light. Tara is working on: 1.) Poca sweater, a test knit for Laura Nelkin. She is using JDMSKingston yarn. 2.) Two pairs of vanilla socks: Lollipop Yarns Quintessential Base in Catawampus Rock and String CreationsJitterbug Base in Derby Day Sew, I Have Another Lover Ashley is busy working on: Made by Rae Luna Pant Made by Rae Cleo Skirt And, congratulations to Ashley who now works at Domesticity, a fabric store in Baltimore! On Our Headphones Knitting Podcasts we both enjoy: 1.) Downcellar Studio 2.) Knitmore Girls 3,) Curious Handmade Tara enjoys a true crime podcast called Once Upon a Crime. Ashley enjoys: My Favorite Murder Two Dope Queens Missing Richard Simmons Eleanor Amplified(for kids) The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel (for kids)
46 minutes | Jun 3, 2018
Episode 019: HAPPY 1 Year Anniversary!
You may have noticed that we changed our intro prompt. Now that we are officially in our second year, our question to you all is: "how many projects do you have on the needles?" This includes WIPS, UFOs, and all of your most recent cast ons. Don't be shy! Share with us in our Ravelry thread and we may feature you on an upcoming podcast episode. Today's topics include: One Year Anniversary Celebration and Special Giveaways! Maryland Sheep and Wool Wrap Up! Hot off the Needles What we are Working on One Year Celebration and Special Giveaways To celebrate the conclusion of our first year of podcasting, we have two special giveaways to tell you about. Giveaway #1: Yarn Set from Wooly Hues To win this BEAUTIFUL yarn set, you must: 1.) Follow Aleaness on Instagram. (Aleaness is the dyer of Wooly Hues Yarn) 2.) Follow Misadventures in Knittingon Instagram. 3.) Find the photo of the Wooly Hues Yarn on our Instagram page and in our Ravelry Groupand answer the question: "What would you make with this yarn?" If you answer on both Instagram and Ravelry, you will have two entries. (A note to Ann: Thank you SOOO much for the yarn!!! We love it and really appreciate your generosity.) Giveaway #2: Splendid Soles Book was gifted to us by Lori Wagner who has a pattern in the book, the "Textured Lace Socks" pattern. (Thank you, Lori!) Tara's Review: 16 patterns for experienced sock knitters. All varieties of socks: lace, cables, and mosaics. Collection of patterns by independent designers. Designer emails are included with each pattern for support or questions. Brief introductions written by each designer. Crisp, clear photography with large photos; many photos are full page. Photos are just of socks, nothing else to distract the reader. Large, very easy-to-read charts. Socks are knitted in a variety of ways, top-down, bottom-up, with DPNs, magic-loop or two-circulars. All styles of heels (traditional to short rows). Features KnitPicks yarn. You can see patterns on Ravelry or on the KnitPicks website. Ashley's Review: Ashley also likes the large photos. Ashley wishes it had a lay-flat binding. She recommends taking it to a copy shop and having it spiral bound. Ashley thought the textured stitch patterns ranged from easy to difficult. To win this awesome book, you must: 1.) Follow Knit Picks on Instagram. 2.) Follow the Misadventures in Knitting Podcaston Instagram. 3.) Post a picture of your favorite pair of socks that you have knit OR a picture of some sock yarn that you cannot wait to use for a pair of socks. Be sure to tag us and use #SplendidSolesGiveaway Both of these contests have a deadline of June 17th! We will choose a winner and announce on the following episode. Maryland Sheep and Wool Wrap-Up Tara mentioned: Jill Draper Makes Stuff, Heirlooms/Yarn Hyggeby Lis Barsuglia-Madsen, and Bartlett Yarns. Tara was also able to meet some very friendly people, including: Trish of the Best Day Ever Podcast Liz of the Just One N Podcast Mary of Kino Knits While Tara was getting high on yarn fumes (ha!), Ashley was running around Pittsburgh (literally) with her family. Congratulations to Ashley on finishing the 1/2 portion of the marathon! Way to go! She mentioned the fabric store called Loom and the Pittsburgh Incline. She had a great weekend. She thanks KnitReannaKnit for travel advice. Hot Off the Needles Tara finished the Thick and Thin Shawlettedesigned by Lis Barsuglia-Madsen. This pattern uses Yarn Hygge DK Singles and Lace Silk/Mohair. Ashley finished a pair of socks which she will use for her beginning sock class at Woolworks. She used Cascade Wave. What We are Working On Tara has been working on a secret test knit for Lori Wagner, a beautiful crescent shaped lace shawl. Tara decided to place beads even though the pattern does not specify to do so. She used A Verb for Keeping WarmAnnapurna Cashmere Sport Weight. Ashley has been working on the Children's Neck Down Cardiganby Knitting Pure and Simple. She used Spud and Chloe Sweater. Ashley is also working on the Impressionists MKALby Helen Stewart. She is now on Clue 2 with Nox Yarn. Finally, Ashley is working on the River Knits Afghan Along. She is on the May Square, which is highly cabled. She is using Shepherd's Worsted for the blanket. Tara's son, Leo, finished his very first scarf thanks to the Waldorf School of Baltimore.
36 minutes | May 19, 2018
Episode 018: Local Yarn Store Love
Today's topics include: Local Yarn Store Love Misadventures Hot Off the Needles What we are Working On Local Yarn Store Love Local Yarn Store Daywas April 21st and was created by TNNA to support and boost interest in local yarn shops. We mentioned the closing of Knitterly and Adirondack Yarns. Local yarn shops create knitting community and provide educational resources. Even if you already have more yarn than you can possibly knit in a lifetime, you can support your LYS by taking classes and participating in knit alongs! Plus, purchase your needles and notions from your LYS. Every little bit helps. Tara mentioned Lovelyarns in Baltimore, MD. Misadventures Recently, Tara destashed some of her yarn, including a few sweater quantities. She gifted some yarn to friends and plans to donate the rest. She also frogged a few projects that she lost interest in. Hot Off the Needles Ashley finished the Confluence Shawlette by Sivia Harding. She used Fibre Company Meadowand Toho Beads. Ashley also finished the April Square of the River Knits Afghan, which included colorwork and steeking. Ashley loved the experience! She used videos by Mary Jane Mucklestone and Kate Davies to guide her through the steps. Tara finished the Impressionists Mystery Knit Along by Helen Stewart. She used Primrose Adelaide. What we are Working On: Tara has mended a few projects, including Bunny by Susan B. Anderson. Ashley restarted her Impressionists MKAL with different colors by MadelineTosh, Nox Yarn and Primrose. Ashley is also testing a pair of socks for Jessie Marie, who is offering 30% off her the Philosopher's Stone club until June 1st.
47 minutes | Apr 24, 2018
Episode 017: Needles, Beads and Mysteries!
Today's topics include: Upcoming Events and General Announcements Lykke Needle Review What we are Wearing Hot Off the Needles What we are Working on and, Healthy Living with Tara and Ashley Today's stash hiding space was shared by TioTweety on Ravelry. Thanks for participating, Teresa! Upcoming Events and General Announcements The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival will be held May 5th and 6th at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Tara will attend the festival on Saturday and is hoping to meet listeners at the podcaster meet up in Barn 7/8 at 1:00 PM. If you are in the Pittsburgh area that same weekend, you can cheer on Ashley, who will run the Pittsburgh 1/2 Marathon! A shout out to Sally4 for visiting Woolworks! Thank you to Judy and Mary for participating in our last Google Hang Out! We are planning a second Knitters Book Club to take place this summer. More information to come. Finally, we need your input! We are planning a future episode that will focus on local yarn shops. A thread will be created in our Ravelry group asking for your thoughts and opinions. If you have the time, feel free to participate! Lykke Needle Review Lykke needles are very popular so we decided to review them (and thanks for the suggestion, Jackie!). They are dyed to look like drift wood but are actually birch wood. A very helpful review can be found at Knitter's Review, by Clara Parkes. Ashley says: I like how the size of the needle is etched clearly on the side and won't rub off. The cord is stiff for magic loop. I like the needle tip which is smooth and has a nice, middle of the road point. The advertising on the website is deceiving. Tara says: I like the price point! More affordable than Addi's. The cord is stiff. This works well for a hat but I wonder what it would be like for a shawl. The needle tip is dark in color, so be aware if using dark yarns or if you are a beginning knitter. Overall: They are worth trying out! What we are Wearing: Tara has been wearing the Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli. She used Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in the Espresso Roast colorway. And because the temperature has been on the cooler side, Tara has also worn the Gather Together Sweater by Joji Locatelli. She used Plucky Trusty in the Two Hearted colorway. Ashley has been wearing the Four Seasons Shawl by Alana Dakos. She used Three Irish Girls Wexford Merino Base. She has also been wearing La Mer Socks by Sandra Park, knitted by Ashley's friend, Heather. Hot Off the Needles Tara finished the Amulet Shawl by Helen Stewart. She used Old Maiden Aunt's Sock Yarn in the Buttermint colorway and beads purchased at Lovelyarns in Baltimore, MD. Ashley finished her #knittersbookclubkal! She knit the Ruched Beret by Susan B. Anderson, which is from the Weekend Hats Book. What we are Working On Ashley finished sock #1 of the Vintage Fairy Lights pattern by Helen Stewart. Ashley is nearly finished with the Confluence Shawlette by Sivia Harding. She is using The Fibre Company Meadow yarn. She is using Japanese Toho Beads. Finally, Ashley is working on the Impressionist Mystery Knit Along by Helen Stewart. Ashley is using Primrose Adelaide but is feeling unsure about her color choices. Tara is also working on this project and is using the same yarn! Twinsies! Tara is also working on the Creatrix Shawl by Laura Nelkin. She is finding this challenging but fun! She is using The Fibre Company Meadow and size 6-0 and 8-0 beads. Healthy Living with Ashley and Tara--Movement Ashley and Tara talk about the benefits of moving! Tara mentioned the podcast called The Walk, by Naomi Alderman. She also read a quote from NPR. Naomi Alderman also has a free phone app called Zombies, Run. Ashley is training for the 1/2 portion of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Ashley uses the Strava App to keep track of her pace and miles.
49 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
Episode 016: Stash Talk
Today's topics include: Come Visit Us The Knitters Book Club Wrap Up Hot off the Needles What we are Working on Sad Knitting Tragedies and, Cozy Home Today's stash hiding space was shared by LWT1 on Ravelry. This knitter is currently hiding a stash of beautiful yarn in a sweater! Thanks for sharing with us, Lori! Come Visit Us The Charm City Yarn Crawl will take place April 6th-15th. Come visit Ashley and Tara at Woolworks on Sunday, April 8th from 12-4 PM. See CharmCityYarnCrawl.com for more information about participating stores, discounts, special prizes, and driving routes. The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday May 5th and 6th at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Tara will attend on Saturday. A podcaster meetup will take place in the small show ring in Barn 7/8 around 1 o'clock. The Knitters Book Club Wrap Up Over the past three months, we read A Stash of One's Own by Clara Parkes. During our second Google Hangout, Clara Parkes joined us for an hour long discussion about her book. It was a fun night despite some minor hiccups with technology. Clara, if you are reading this, THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU ARE AWESOME! Learn more about Clara on her website and at Knitters Review! During the hangout, we talked about books we are currently reading. Clara was reading Migraine by Oliver Sacks and No Time to Spare by Ursula Le Guin. Other books mentioned were The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron, More Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin, and The Power by Naomi Alderman. The final Google Hangout will take place Friday, April 6th at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time. See our Ravelry group for more information, including the link. Hot Off the Needles Tara finished the Flax sweater by TinCanKnits in the size 8-10. She used Madeline Tosh Vintage and Jill Draper Hudson in a variety of colors. Tara finished the Adult S/M Rosewater Beret by TinCanKnits. She used Woolfolk Tov DK. Tara finished one Stepping Stone Sock by Clara Parkes, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. She used Malabrigo Rios. The single sock is a shop sample at Woolworks. Ashley finished the March Square (cables) of her River Knits Afghan Along. What We Are Working On Tara is working on the Amulet Shawl by Helen Stewart. She is using Old Maiden Aunt Superwash 4 ply sock yarn in the colorway Buttermint and size 5 triangular beads, which she purchased from Lovelyarns. Tara is using the Super Floss method to add the beads. See this video by Laura Nelkin for more information! Ashley is working on the Vintage Fairy Lights Socks by Helen Stewart. She is using the Madeline Tosh Twist Light in the Holi Festival Colorway. Ashley casted on the Easy Peasy Socks for First Timers by Stacey Trock. She is using Cascade Wave 220 Superwash. Sad Knitting Tragedies Ashley lost a special knitting bag, her Addi size 1 needles and her casted on sock in a parking lot . . . WAAHHHH! :( Cozy Home This is a new section for the podcast. We want to share how we make our own homes cozy! Tara shared her favorite herbal teas. Tulsi Cinnamon Rose by Organic India Apple Chai Spice Red Bush Tea by Eastern Shore Tea Company Chai Rooibos by Yogi Teas Gingerbread Spice by Celestial Seasonings Ashley talked about the love affair with her CrockPot. She makes soup, oatmeal, yogurt, and whole chickens in her CrockPot! She mentioned Jamie Oliver's Milk Chicken, find the recipe here.
26 minutes | Mar 17, 2018
Interview with Brooke of Fully Spun
Tara and Ashley interviewed Brooke Addams, the owner of Fully Spun Yarn. Fully Spun is a unique mill-spun yarn that looks similar to handspun. Brooke dyes wool roving in small batches and sends it to a mill to be spun. The result is a colorful, "fractal" effect. During the interview, Brooke shares her love of knitting and how she began dyeing her own yarn. Brooke explains her fundraising efforts for Hurricane Harvey relief by knitting a sweater in 24 hours while live streaming on You Tube! She also reveals a few knitting and sewing misadventures! Find Brooke's yarns on Etsy by clicking here. Follow her on Instagram at IAmFullySpun.
45 minutes | Mar 3, 2018
Episode 015: We Have a Winner!
Today's topics include: General Announcements Knitting for Children Hot Off the Needles What We are Working On Listener Contribution and, New Years Resolution Update Today's stash hiding space was shared by HockeyRachel on Ravelry. Thank you for contributing to our podcast, Rachel! Listners, please tell us where you store your stash by visiting the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry group where you will find a thread titled, "where do you hide your stash?" Share your story and you may be featured on an upcoming episode! General Announcements As discussed in Episode 14, we promised to give away a skein of Gynx Yarn to one lucky Ravelry Group member. We used Random Number generator and are pleased to announce Emkubokirs is our lucky winner. Congratulations, Emilia! Thank you all for joining the group and thus, participating in the contest. We now have over 125 members and are thrilled. The Misadventures in Knitting Podcast is in need of additional ratings on iTunes. If you have a spare moment, please leave a review. This will help the podcast become more searchable. Thank you to everyone who has already done so! The Misadventures in Knitting Podcast is currently hosting the Knitters Book Club. We are reading A Stash of One's Own by Clara Parkes and knitting a project designed by a contributor. Our second Google Hang Out will take place Friday, March 2nd at 8 PM Easter Standard Time. Links and more detailed information can be found in the Ravelry forum. We are sharing pictures of our knitting on Ravelry and Instagram using #KnittersBookClubKAL . Knitting for Children One of the themes of A Stash of One's Own is the parent-child relationship and how yarn can connect the generations. This got us thinking and today we talked about knitting for children. Tara's children have been wearing hand knit sweaters. River wears Angel in my Tiny Pocket and Leo wears So Faded Pint Size, even though it barely covers his belly button. Ashley's son, William, wears hand knit hats and a recently finished pair of socks. Ashley's favorite pattern was the Kinsale Sweater by Terri Kruse. Tara mentions A Bear in a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson. Ashley recently finished a pair of mismatched Valentine's Day socks for William using Freckled Whimsy sock yarn in the "Upside Down" color way. Tara is working on a rainbow Flax sweater for her son, Leo, using Madeline Tosh Vintage and Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson. Ashley and Tara mention Knits for Boys by Kate Oates. Hot Off the Needles Tara finished the Magic Toadstool socks by Stone Knits. The main color was Spun Right Round Turbo Gypsy. Tara also finished the Vintage Fairy Lights by Helen Stewart and used Hedgehog Fibers Sock in the Zephyr color way. Ashley finished the Squircle Socks by General Hogbuffer. She used Claudia's Hand Painted Addiction and Lollipop Yarns Self Striping. What We are Working On The Sock Collections Tara mentioned are: 1.) The Wanderlust Sock Club by Mina Philip 2.) The Cosy Sock Collection by Mina Philip 3.) The Sock Society by Helen Stewart Tara casted on the Mistletoe Kisses Sock by Knitting Expat Designs and is using Gynx Self-Striping in the Heartbreaker color. She is using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. Tara is using a Gale's Art sock blank to knit the Resfeber Socks by Knitting Expat Design. She is participating in the Knit Your Blanking Sock Blank KAL with the Elizabeth Zimmerman's Just One N Podcast. Tara also casted on the Winter Rose Socks by Helen Stewart. She is using Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock. Ashley has socks on the needles, as well! She is knitting a vanilla sock using Yarn Love Juliet and Quaere Fibres self-striping. Ashley is working on the February square of the River Knits Afghan Along and is using Shepherd's Worsted yarn. Listener Contribution KnitWithAView wrote: So many of the podcasts I listen to are from the west coast and they are all excited about going to Stitches West. And, I hear a lot about Rhinebeck. But, I live in Central Virginia. Since you're not too far away, in Baltimore, what can you tell me about knitting or yarn events closer to home? I'd love to start with something that was more like a day trip. In the Maryland Region, we have: 1.) The Homespun Yarn Party Sunday, March 18th, 12-5 PM Historic Savage Mill in Frederick, MD 2.) Charm City Yarn Crawl April 6th-15th Various shops in the Baltimore area 3.) Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th Howard County Fair Grounds 4.) The Knot House Pop Up Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 4th, 5th and 6th) The Knot House in Frederick, MD 5.) Needles Up Friday May 4th, 2-6 PM 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 201, Columbia, MD 6.) Frederick Fiber Festival June 2nd and 3rd Frederick Fairgrounds 7.) Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival November 10-11 Howard County Fairgrounds Clara Parkes has collected information about events happening throughout the world here. New Years Resolutions Update Tara's New Year resolution was to knit from stash and not buy new yarn. Update: Tara loves yarn and has broken the "yarn diet" many times. Ashley's New Year resolution was to sew more and to build a new sewing table. Update: Ashley built the table! Ashley has sewn more! Ashley took a Knit Tee class at Domesticity and a Quilted Table Runner Class at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Ashley also resolved to become more active. Update: Ashley signed up for several running races. She will do the Pittsburg 1/2 Marathon and the Baltimore B-3 Challenge.
39 minutes | Feb 10, 2018
Episode 014: Cables, Love 'em or Hate 'em?
Today's topics include The Knitters Book Club Knit Along Imaginary Knitting Hot Off the Needles What we are Working on Sad Knitting Tragedies and, Listener Contribution! Today's stash hiding space was shared by SCButtercup on Ravelry. Thank you for participating, SCButtercup! Listeners, please share where you hide your stash with us for a chance to be featured on the show! Visit the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry group and find the thread titled, "where do you hide your stash?" We need additional ratings on iTunes. If you have a spare moment, please leave us a review. This will help our podcast to become searchable. Thank you in advance. Thank you to everyone who has joined our Ravelry group! We are pleased to announce we now have over 100 members! To celebrate, one lucky group member will receive a bit of yarny goodness. On Wednesday, February 21st, we will use the Random Number Generator to select a winner. Up for grabs is one skein of Gynx Self Striping Yarn! To enter, become a member of our group! The Misadventures in Knitting Podcast is currently hosting the Knitters Book Club. We are reading A Stash of One's Own by Clara Parkes and knitting a project designed by a contributor. Our second Google Hang Out will take place Friday, March 2nd at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time. Links and more detailed information can be found in the Ravelry forum. Share pictures of projects using #KnittersBookClubKAL Knitters Book Club Discussion Thank you to Teresa, Heather and Mary for participating! Imaginary Knitting Discussion Tara wants to knit every pattern in the book, Silk Road Socks, by Hunter Hammersen. Ashley has tried to avoid Ravelry because she wants to finish the projects in her UFO bin, especially the Serape Shawl by Megi Burcl and the Peacock Cowl by Stephanie Tallent. Hot Off the Needles Tara finished the Pennyroyal Hat by Tracey Lambert of Magpie Fibers. Tara knit her hat with Magpie Fibers Domestic Worsted in the Norwegian Wood Colorway. Tara also had the pleasure of teaching two new knitters (Allie and Lauren!) how to knit in the round and how to knit lace using this pattern. Tara finished the Heart Socks by Susan B. Anderson. She used Abstract Fibers Sock Yarn. What We are Working On Ashley is knitting the Modern Icelandic sweater by Lars Raines which is available in the 2018 Winter Issue of Vogue Knitting. Ashley is knitting the Squircle Sock by General Hogbuffer and is using Claudia's Handpainted Addiction and Lollipop Yarns. Ashley is knitting the February Block of the month, which involves mosaic knitting, from River Knits Year Long Afghan. Tara is working on the Magic Toadstool Socks by Stone Knits. She casted on the Gordes Socks by Hunter Hammersen. Finally, Tara casted on the Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits. Sad Knitting Tragedies Ashley had trouble setting up the decreases for the Squircle Socks. She had to rip back several times! The Listener Contribution VermontNana asked, "Do you like cables? Or do you avoid them in your knitting?" Tara loves cables! Her first cabling experience was the Antler Sweater by Tin Can Knits Her favorite cabled pattern is the Quadri Hat by Michelle Wang Ashley does not love cables! Her first cabling project was the Twisted Vine Neck Warmer by Grace Mcewen She also knit the Four Seasons Shawl by Alana Dakos Tara and Ashley cable without a needle. There are many helpful videos on YouTube, including the one below.
45 minutes | Jan 27, 2018
Episode 013: The Best Yet
Today's topics include: The Knitters Book Club Knit Along Hot Off the Needles What we are Working on Product Review Time! 2018 Resolution Update Today's stash hiding space was shared by ContentedReader on Ravelry. Thank you very much for contributing to the show! Listeners, please let us know where you "hide" your stash by visiting the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry Group. There you will find a thread called, "where do you hide your stash?" Share your story and you may be featured on an upcoming episode. Thank you to everyone who joined our Ravelry Group. We are pleased to announce we now have over 100 members. Please introduce yourselves and stay tuned for a prize drawing in the near future. Speaking of our Ravelry Group, the Misadventures in Knitting Podcast is currently hosting the Knitters Book Club. Over the course of the next three months, we will read A Stash of One's Own by Clara Parkes and knit a project designed by a contributor. Google Hang Outs will take place on the final Friday evening of each month through March. This will give us a chance to chat "face to face" like a real book club. Links and more detailed information is available in the Ravelry group. Use #KnittersBookClubKAL when sharing photos on social media! Hot Off the Needles Ashley finished the Land of Sweets Cowl by Helen Stewart. She used a Nox Yarn advent collection. Ashley also finished a baby bunting for a customer. Tara finished Angel in My Tiny Pocket by Melissa Kemmerer. She knit the size 6 and used Jill Draper Esopus fingering, which is sadly discontinued. Tara finished the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson. She used Gynx yarn in the Gingerbread House colorway, as well as Coop Knits Socks Yeah! for the cuff, heels, and toes. What We Are Working On: Tara is using Abstract Fibers Sock to create the Heart Socks by Susan B. Anderson for Valentine's Day. She is following the lace directions for the hearts (which are free!) and the How I Make My Socks Pattern by Susan B. Anderson (which is also free!) Tara is working on the Magic Toadstool Socks by Stone Knits. Ashley is working on River Knits Year Long Afghan for a class taught at Woolworks. The pattern is by Amanda Gill and available on Ravelry. The blanket is made up of ten unique squares and Ashley is using Shepherd's Worsted by Stonehenge Mills. Ashley casted on the Lars Rains Modern Icelandic Sweater available in the 2018 Winter Issue of Vogue Knitting. She is using Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. This sweater project is part of the Thursday night Knit Alongs hosted by Woolworks in Baltimore, MD. Finally, Ashley started the Squircle socks by General Hogbuffer using Claudia's Handpainted Addiction yarn. Product Review Time! Ashley and Tara review Addi Flexi Flips. These needles are advertised as an alternative to using DPNs, Magic Loop or two circular needles for knitting small circumferences in the round, for example: socks or sleeves. Since their release, these needles have been wildly popular and are worth a try. Ashley's thoughts: It's great that Addi provides a video for successful use! Casting-on with these needles was challenging, but it is also difficult to cast on with DPNs or Magic Loop. Flexi-Flips may work well for movie-theatre knitting. I like the Rocket Tip (sharp point) on the Flexi-Flips. My normal "go-to" for sock knitting are wooden DPNs. Tara's thoughts: So excited to try these out! Found the needles difficult to use. Maybe the cord in the middle could be longer? I prefer Magic Loop over these needles. Maybe I should give these a second try. A nice feature is that it has a blunt and pointy tip. 2018 Resolution Update Ashley updates us on her sewing and Tara talks about not-buying-yarn.
42 minutes | Jan 13, 2018
Episode 012: Happy New Year 2018
Today’s topics include: * The Knitters Book Club Knit Along! * What we are wearing * The Sweat Shop of Love * Our Resolutions for 2018 Today’s stash hiding space was shared by CatCameo on Ravelry. This knitter does not actually store yarn in her hubcaps but has considered it ever since her husband found her stash in the office cabinets! Ha, ha! Thank you for the chuckle, CatCameo! The Knitters Book Club Knit Along The Knitters Book Club has begun! This knit along runs from January 1st thru March 31st, 2018. Over the course of the next three months, we will read “A Stash of One’s Own” by Clara Parkes and knit a project designed by one of the contributors. Some of you have asked, “who are the contributors?”. Well, besides Clara Parkes herself, you can choose a project designed by Susan B. Anderson, Rachel Atkinson, Kay Gardiner, Franklin Habit, Anna Maltz, Kim McBrien Evans, Amy Christoffers, Amy Herzog, Gudrun Johnston, The Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl McPhee), Ann Shayne, Debbie Stoller, Meg Swansen, or Kristine Vejar. Projects range from small to big, from simple to complicated. You choose what you are in the mood for! What makes this Knit Along unique is we plan to host Google Hang Outs on the last Friday of each month. The very first Google Hang Out will take place Friday, January 26th at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time. We will provide links in the Ravelry Forum. This will give us the opportunity to discuss the book and swoon over everyone’s knitting “face to face”, almost like a real book club! We also plan to share pictures and ideas through Ravelry and Instagram. So, if you are not interested or able to use Google Hang Out, you can still participate. Please see the threads in our Ravelry Group and use #KnittersBookClubKAL on Instagram. For the Knit Along, Tara casted on a pair of Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson using Gynx Yarn Self-Striping Gingerbread House in the Glitz Base. Tara plans to knit a second pair of socks by Susan B. Anderson, the Smooth Operator Heart Socks. Ashley plans to cast on the Ruche Beret by Susan B. Anderson using yarn by the Plucky Knitter. What We Are Wearing Ashley has been wearing Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry, the 21 Stripe Slouch, the Crofthoose Hat by Ella Gordon, and the V-Neck Cardigan by Knitting Pure and Simple. Tara has been wearing the Gather Together by Joji Locatelli, which she purposely shrank in the dryer. She also wears the Peerie Flooers Hat by Kate Davies on a daily basis. The Sweat Shop of Love, Holiday Edition! Ashley finished Socks on a Plane. She is now working on the Smooth Operator Socks for her son. Ashley is working on the Land of Sweets Cowl using the Nox advent yarn. Tara finished the World’s Simplest Mittens for her sons (and successfully fixed the mitten that was knit at a smaller gauge!) and a pair of Gynx Christmas socks for her husband. On Christmas Eve, Tara casted on the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas using Hedgehog Fibers Sock in the Bramble colorway. Resolutions for 2018 Tara and Ashley share their resolutions for 2018! Tara pledges: * no new yarn! * no yarn shopping! (she references “My Year of No Shopping”by Ann Patchett) * to knit from her beautiful stash! * to manage her WIPs. * to finish the knitting of her lace shawl design. Ashley vows to: * shop from her stash first. * finish her WIPs (works-in-progress)! * sew more! * get back on track with running and complete numerous races.
60 minutes | Dec 16, 2017
Episode 011: Favorite Fibery Moments of 2017!
Today's topics include: *Knit Along News *What we are Working on *the Top 17 Trends of 2017, a Countdown to Celebrate Knitting! *Predictions for 2018 *and, our Favorite Fibery Moments of 2017 Today's stash hiding space was shared by LongCool on Ravelry. This raveler's stash has grown from 1 bin to 4 and from one cabinet to two in her mudroom. Luckily, her newly adopted mastiff is keeping the territory safe from prying eyes and intruders. Thank you for sharing your hiding space with us, Jessica! A few weeks ago, we were able to meet Boston Jen of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast and Mary of Kino Knits over a brunch at R House in Baltimore City. Jen recently released the Megarow shawl, a top down, asymmetrical crescent-shaped shawl that alternates garter and a simple lace pattern. Mary released a shawl and hat pattern in her collection Point/Counterpoint Volume 3 with Claire Devine. We were thrilled to meet these two talented women! Knit Along News The Knitters Book Club, is scheduled to begin January 1st, 2018. Over the course of three months, we will read "A Stash of One's Own" by Clara Parkes and knit a project designed by one of the contributors. We will chat about the book and gush over everyone's knitting using Google Hang Out. Join us for a special New Years Day Cast On Party! Post a picture of your freshly started project on Instagram using #knittersbookclubkal. Please see the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry group for complete information, a bundle of potential patterns, and a chat thread. Tara is considering the Voe Sweater by Gudrun Johnston and/or the Acer Cardigan by Amy Christoffers. Ashley may cast on the Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston and/or the Ruche Beret by Susan B. Anderson. What we are working on: Tara finished the Suprise Party Shawl by Helen Stewart. She used Primrose Adelaide (single ply/fingering weight) with "Don't Fear the Reaper" as the main color. Tara finished a pair of vanilla socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. She used Lollipop Yarn Quintessential/Gripes base in the "Witches Brew" colorway. Tara had a boost of sock mojo and casted on two pairs of Christmas socks using a traditional heel flap. She is using Gynx Yarn in the "Cheers" colorway and West Yorkshire Spinners in the "Holly Berry" colorway. Ashley finished the 21 Color Slouch by Virginia Sattler-Reimer using a kit by Blue Sky Fibers. She made a few mods for a better fit. Ashley is working on a pair of Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman using Two Sisters Yarn Company's self-striping in the "Pippi to the Rescue" colorway. Ashley decided to use her Nox Yarns Advent for the Land of Sweets Cowl by Helen Stewart. Tara is working on Angel in my Tiny Pocket by Melissa Kemmerer using Jill Draper Esopus, which is discontinued. Top 17 Trends of 2017 17.) The Fringe Field Bag with Pins 16.) Pullovers! Andrea Mowry, Isabell Kraemer and Caitlin Hunter are leading this trend. 15.) Crochet The Lost in Time Shawl by Johanna Lindahl and the Virus Shawl by Julia Marquardt are very popular, as are the Attic 24 patterns. 14.) Colorwork Caitlin Hunter's Sunset Highway, Ninilchik Poncho, Zweig , and Birkin were mentioned. Gudrun Johnston and the Bousta Beanie. 13.) Accessible Knitting Vanilla socks. Garter stitch shawls. 12.) Videocasting The Grocery Girls and Kristy Glass Knitswere mentioned. 11.) mKALs Everyone has one! 10.) The Me-Made Wardrobe Ashley mentioned Made by Rae, Grainline Studio, and Blue Print Sewing. 9.) Indie Dyers 8.) The Neon to Pastel Color Transition La Bien Amiee and Olann were mentioned. The Panton color of 2018 is Ultra Violet. 7.) Speckles! 6.) Brioche Lesley Anne Robinson was mentioned. 5.) BATs: Big A** Tassels! What the Fade and Ohra Shawl were mentioned. 4.) BAPs: Big A** Poms!! Faux and real fur! 3.) BASs: Big A** Shawls!!! Tara mentioned the larger than life Degreenify by Josh Ryks-Robinsky. 2.) Craftivism There is a hat for every cause! Pussy Hats and the Come Together Blanket by Kat Coyle were mentioned. 1.) FADES Thanks Andrea Mowry and Stephen West! Predictions for 2018: Tara thinks speckles will continue to be popular through 2018. She also predicts domestically raised, spun, and dyed wool will grow in popularity and Cormo will be seen more often. Ashley thinks the designs of Isabell Kraemer will gain even more popularity in 2018. She also thinks heirloom quality knitting will make a come back, for example the designs of Rowan, Alice Starmore and Norah Gaughan. Favorite Fibery Moments of 2017: Tara and Ashley agree that starting the podcast will make 2017 memorable. Ashley is also proud of sewing a dress that fits!
10 minutes | Nov 28, 2017
Amy’s Grand Shetland Adventure: An Interview
Amy Legg and Karen Brehm, co-owners of Woolworks Yarn Shop in Baltimore, MD, travelled to Shetland in July 2017 for what many consider to be the “ultimate knitting vacation”. Amy shares what she learned and saw while on the Grand Shetland Adventure led by Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone, two talented knit-wear designers. In this special edition podcast episode, Amy talks with us about her epic journey and details how it was truly a “trip of a lifetime”. Karen Brehm (left) and Amy Legg (right) on their Grand Shetland Adventure
39 minutes | Nov 25, 2017
Episode 010: Everything is Awesome
Today’s stash hiding space was shared by Miss CeliesPants on Instagram. Thank you for sharing with us, Renee! A Bunch of Thank Yous Since November is the month to be thankful, we would like to thank all of you who listen to our podcast. To Amy, Karen and Brenda, the owners of Woolworks Yarn Shop in Baltimore, MD, we thank you for your continual support. Woolworks offers a variety of yarns and fibers for every knitting occasion, including Woolfolk, Madeline Tosh, and The Fiber Company. See woolworksbalt.com for a complete list of classes, knit alongs, and other special events, such as the Jane Spalding Ceramics Trunk Show on December 2nd from 11AM-3PM. To Brooke of Fully Spun Yarn, we thank you for being our first ever long distance, computer screen-to-computer screen interview. We cannot wait to get our conversation uploaded for the show. In the meantime, listeners can check out Brooke’s beautiful yarns at fullyspun.com and see her in person December 2nd and 3rd at the Art Pop Squared Artist’s Market in Frederick, Maryland. And, you did hear that right, listeners. The Misadventures in Knitting Podcast will eventually include interviews! Knit Along News *Congratulations to the grand prize winners of the Too Much Candy Knit Along, JMazurick for the Autumnal Cowl and LMEColl for the Grand Central Socks. We used the random number generator to select our Ravelry and Instagram winners. In total, we had 17 gorgeous entries. Thank you so much to all who participated! Tara finished the 6-12 month Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits using Cascade 220 Superwash Wave in the “Seattle” colorway. Tara also finished the Spindrift Shawl by Helen Stewart using Destination Yarns Postcard Base in the Toes in the Sand colorway. Misadventures Ashley has been misadventure-free, while Tara has a terrible case of startitis/startosis and knitting ADD. She wants to cast on more projects than is possible to finish! What We are Working On Tara is test knitting a sweater for Melissa Kemmerer in a size 6. The sweater is called “Angel in my Tiny Pocket” and it features a small pocket along the hem with a duplicate angel for the wearer to touch when they need extra energy or love. Tara is using Jill Draper Esopus fingering weight, which has been discontinued. Tara started the Amulet Shawl by Helen Stewart using Old Maiden Aunt Superwash Merino 4-ply in the Buttermint Colorway. She also purchased triangular shaped beads from Lovelyarns to decorate the shawl. Ashley has been working tirelessly on the Ninlichik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter using Arranmore Light by the Fibre Company. *Our next Knit Along, The Knitters Book Club, is scheduled to begin in January 2018. Over the course of three months, we will read “A Stash of One’s Own” by Clara Parkes and knit a project designed by one of the contributors. We will chat about the book and ooh-and-ahh over everyone’s knitting by using Google Hang Out. Please see the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry group for complete information and a bundle of potential patterns. Hot Off the Needles Ashley finished the Unicorn Hat by Brittany Tyler Simmonds. Ashley used Rowan Big Wool, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, and wool roving, which Ashley made into a “fulled” yarn. Ashley is also working on a pair of socks while watching “Stranger Things”. She is using the “Upside Down” colorway by the Freckled Whimsy. Tara is also working on the Surprise Party Shawl by Helen Stewart and the Wagenfeld Sweater by Ankestrick. Tara continues to feel unsure how her husband will like this colorful sweater. Imaginary Knitting Tara is daydreaming about Helen Stewart’s “Land of Sweets” Cowl that is part of the 2017 Knitvent Collection. Ashley is imaginary knitting her Nox Yarn Advent Mini-Skeins. Ashley has considered Archer’s Paradox by Sweet Birch Design, Parallel Waves by Julia Marsh, and the Felicitas sweater by Maliha Designs.
51 minutes | Nov 21, 2017
Episode 009: Yarn is my favorite yarn
Today’s stash hiding space was shared by Liz-Knitz on Ravelry. Thank you for sharing your secret with us, Liz! General Announcements * The Misadventures in Knitting podcast is looking for show sponsorship. If you are a yarn dyer, designer, in a related business or have a unique product, please email us at email@example.com you are interested in advertising on the show. * Ashley and Tara want to know, “what do you want to hear about?” Which topics would you like us to discuss on the show? Ask us your knitting, crochet, or general crafting questions. With your input, we hope to create a more informative podcast. Please find the thread on the Ravelry group. * Much appreciation to everyone who has already reviewed our podcast on iTunes. Reviews and ratings help a podcast become searchable. If you listen to our podcast, please consider writing a review. We thank you in advance! Knit Along News *The Too Much Candy Knit Along By the time this episode is published, the Too Much Candy Knit Along will be finished and two lucky knitters will have won two awesome prizes. Grand prize winners and special category honorees will be named in episode 10 that will air on November 26th. Thank you to all who participated! *Future Knit Along to begin in the new year! –“The Knitter’s Book Club” –A 3 month knit-along, read along and discussion to begin January and end in March 2018. –We will read “A Stash of One’s Own” by Clara Parkes and knit a project designed by one of the contributers. –We plan to host Google Hang Outs on the last Friday of each month. –A special discussion thread will be added in our Ravelry group. –We will create a bundle with project ideas if you should feel “stuck”. –More information will be released with future episodes. We are so excited and needed to share the news with you right away! What We are Wearing Tara has worn the Simee Dimeh shawl by Romi Hill and the Marin Shawl by Ysolda Teague. Tara’s sons, Leo and River, have worn their Christmas in July sweaters by Tanis Lavallee and So Faded by Andrea Mowry. Ashley wore Afternoon Tea by Helen Stewart, knit by her friend, Heather. Ashley wore a vintage Kaffe Fassett sweater dress to the theatre. This beautiful dress was knit by a customer of Woolworks in Baltimore, MD. Ashley also wore Ducky Socks. Imaginary Knitting Tara is daydreaming about the Damejakkaloppa by Pinneguri. Tara apologizes for mispronouncing the designer’s name! (Sorry!) Ashley is imaginary knitting numerous WIPs! Hot Off the Needles Ashley finished Churchmouse Yarn and Tea’s Basic Christmas Stocking with Woolstok yarn. She finished The Little Pumpkin Hat in Rowan Summerlite DK. Ashley designed this cute hat! This time around, she upsized the pattern for a toddler. If you are interested in these changes, check out the notes on her Ravelry project page. Tara finished the Exploration Station by Stephen West just in time for the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. Tara gifted this shawl to her friend, Lis, that vends at the festival under the name Heirlooms. What We are Working On Tara casted on the Surprise Party Shawl by Helen Stewart soon after its release. She is using Primrose Adelaide. Also by Helen Stewart, Tara is knitting the Spindrift Shawlette in Destination Yarn’s Postcard base in the Toes in the Sand colorway. Finally, Tara is knitting the Wagenfeld pullover by Ankestrick using Jill Draper Empire. She hopes this sweater will be a Christmas gift for her husband. Ashley is knitting the Children’s Neck Down Cardigan by Knitting Pure and Simple. She cast on the Unicorn Hat by Brittany Tyler Simmonds in Rowan Big Wool using size 15 needles! Ashley cast on the Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter. She is using Arranmore Light by the Fibre Company. Misadventures Both Tara and Ashley experienced a few misadventures! Tara purchased several skeins of Domestic Worsted by Magpie Fibers. Tara also purchased an entire sweater quantity of Periwinkle Sheep’s Bulky base in the Black/Turquoise colorway. Ashley purchased several skeins of by Magpie Fibers, as well as a Wishmaker Mitt kit. Ashley purchased a beautiful advent mini-skein set by Nox Yarns. She is unsure how she will use the yarn, whether it will be for a shawl, sweater or something else entirely. Suggestions needed!
49 minutes | Oct 14, 2017
Episode 008: Misadventures with Lace Knitting
Episode 008-Misadventures with Lace Knitting Are you interested in being a podcast sponsor? We would love to hear from you! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org —— Introduction: Today’s stash hiding space was shared by Lil Dead Girl on Ravelry. Thank you for contributing, Alissa! A special nod to Boston Jen of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. We love listening to your inspiring show and we look forward to meeting you in November! The Too Much Candy Knit Along and Crochet Along! *began Sept 15 and will run thru November 1st, 2017. *Knit or crochet something halloween related. *Share photos in our Ravelry group and/or on Instagram with #toomuchcandyKAL *Enter to win awesome prizes! Two Halloween project bags (sewn by the talented Ashley) and two skeins of halloween themed yarn are up for grabs! *Prizes will be awarded using the random number generator. One chosen from Instagram and the other from Ravelry. *US addresses only for prizes. Hot Off the Needles Tara tested the North Bend Hat by Lori Wagner. This hat, which features a beautiful cabled panel, will be available for purchase on Ravelry in mid-November. Lori designed this for A Yarn Less Raveled, a yarn store in Northern California. Tara knit a size small with YOTH Father in the Poppyseed Colorway. Tara finished three Barley Hats by Tin Can Knits. She used this pattern to teach a “Knit Your First Hat” class at Woolworks. Tara knit a child size (in Madeline Tosh Vintage colorway Glazed Pecan) and two adult small sizes (one in Madeline Tosh Vintage colorway Jasper and the other in Plucky Cachet Small Batch colorway #25). Ashley finished the Plicate Hat by Hunter Hammersen using Woolfolk SNO. Ashley found this hat to be very enjoyable and recommends the pattern and the yarn, which is incredibly soft. Ashley warns that a swatch is necessary for success with this pattern! Her hat will be on display at Woolworks in Baltimore, MD. What We are Working On Ashley is knitting the Basic Christmas Stocking by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. She is using Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, one of her favorites, and this will be a shop sample for Woolworks. Ashley is working on the Knitting Pure and Simple Children’s Neck Down Cardigan #249. Lastly, Ashley is crocheting Outlander by Lily Go. Ashley is learning to read a crochet chart and she finds this pattern to be very clear. She is using Spirit Trail Fibers Sunna that she purchased at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. She is using beads from Jubili Beads and Yarn in Collingswood, NJ. Tara is teaching a “Knit Your First Mitten” class at Woolworks and was inspired by The World’s Simplest Mitten pattern by Tin Can Knits. She is making a Christmas garland using a modified infant size with Jill Draper Hudson. She is also knitting a Child size with Cascade 220 Sport in the Punk Colorway for her son River and the Adult Small size for her son Leo using the Rainbow colorway. (Note, this picture was taken one week after recording.) Tara is working on the Exploration Station by Stephen West and is nearing the end! She had a “knitting high-five!” moment when she started the final section and had exactly the number of stitches required, 455! Yeah! (Note, these photos are of the finished object and were taken one week after recording.) Finally, Tara is knitting a pair of basic socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel for the #TooMuchCandyKAL. She is using Lollipop Yarn Quintessential Base in the Witch Craft Colorway. Sad Knitting Tragedies Tara gave an update on the moth outbreak in her finished sweater bin. She washed and reblocked five sweaters and multiple accessories. She hopes the moths find somewhere else to live. Totally Tubular Techniques (and not just the cast-on)! Tara and Ashley have created a new rotating topic for the podcast called “Totally Tubular Techniques”. Our goal for this section is to make challenging knitting techniques more accessible for all. We hope to inspire confidence in our listeners. Today, our topic is lace knitting but we will eventually cover other advanced techniques, such as colorwork, sweater knitting and brioche (to name a few). Please contribute to our discussion by visiting the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry Group. You may have ideas that we did not address. We would love to hear from you! Early on, Ashley and Tara struggled with lace knitting and found it very difficult. They both tried the Ishbel Shawl by Ysolda Teague and initially could not complete it. So, they warmed up to lace by trying other patterns first. Tara knit the Multnomah by Kate Ray and the Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante. Ashley adventured into lace by completing the Monkey Sock and the Pomatomus Sock by Cookie A. She also knit the Twisting Ladders Hat by Corinna Rogers. Ashley’s first charted lace pattern was 198 Yards of Heaven by Christy Verity. For success with lace, Tara and Ashley recommend you: Print the pattern and use a hard copy vs. a smart phone or computer screen. Familiarize yourself by skimming through the pattern before casting on. Read through the completed projects on Ravelry to see if anyone offered tips or advice in the summary. Become “friends” with the chart. Charts are actually quite easy to read once you understand how they work. In general, you will need to: Start from the bottom right hand corner and read right to left (opposite of how we normally read a book). Pay close attention to the stitch symbols and read the glossary. Learn about new-to-you stitches on YouTube by doing a quick search. Use the following knitting notions highlighter tape (to keep track of where you are in the chart and the pattern) stitch markers (to place in between each pattern repeat) Experiment with sharp needle tips. Start simple and then work your way into more complicated designs. During the podcast, Ashley and Tara mentioned the following patterns: Ara by Andrea Mowry Spindrift Shawl by Helen Stewart Hedera by Cookie A Clover Honey Shawlette by Hannah Six Sew, We have Another Lover Tara is feeling challenged by her new hobby of sewing. She is concerned about how to finish and care for her projects, such as the Farrow Dress, the Lark Tee, and the Willow Tank by Grainline Studio. Ashley made the Grab Bag by All People Quilt, a Japanese style dumpling bag. This pattern is free if you sign up on the website. Ashley is giving the bag away as part of the #toomuchcandykal! See photo above. Ashley and her son, William, made the “Roll-it-up!” pillowcase together! This pattern is also from All People Quilt. William is incredibly proud of his first sewing experience! Ashley finished the Cleo Skirt, a Made by Rae pattern. Ashley participated in a sew-along with our awesome local fabric shop, Domesticity. Lastly, Ashley finished Butterick B6453, a princess seamed dress. Ashley chose a cute black-and-white polka dot fabric for the project. This dress has a zipper and pockets. She put in a lining and hand-stitched the hem! Wow!
44 minutes | Sep 23, 2017
Episode 007: Knit Along With Us!
Introduction Today’s stash hiding space was shared MarySK on Ravelry. Thank you, Mary! General Announcements Please share where you “store” your stash in our Ravelry groupfor a chance to be featured on an upcoming episode. We are out of spaces and need your help! Our podcast will continue to air once every three weeks. Our goal is to have a bi-weekly podcast beginning in January Knit-Along/Crochet-Along Announcement! First Knit Along! #TooMuchCandyKAL September 15- November 1st (that means it is happening right now!) Knit something Halloween related. Sign up and share photos in the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry Group and on Instagram with the hashtag TooMuchCandyKAL Prizes will be awarded! 1 drawing via Ravelry and 1 drawing via Instagram using the random number generator. Prizes will include a handmade project bag and halloween themed hand dyed yarn! Only US addresses for prizes. Imaginary Knitting Tara’s imaginary knitting is the World’s Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits. She will use this pattern for a class at Woolworks. She wants to make a garland of mittens for the 12 days of Christmas and has Jill Draper Hudson, Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted, and Madeline Tosh Vintagescraps set aside Ashley wants to make the Wishmaker Mitts by Erica Heussler and the Bobble Cowl by Joji Locatelli. She also has an imaginary project that she think would be better classified as a Sad Knitting Tragedy! Hot Off the Needles Tara finished the Caragh Sweater by Laura Nelkin. The sweater is knit side-to-side, has a boxy fit, side cable panels, and an optional cabled cowl. Tara tested this pattern and found it to be clearly written and interesting to knit. Here is a link to Tara’s project page. What We Are Working On Ashley is working on the Brighton Plaid by Eclectic Gipsyland. She feels a break is needed because of the shift in weather. Ashley swatched for the Campside Cardigan. Ashley started the Festive Sheep Ornament by Jennifer Dickerson, which is a free crochet pattern on Ravelry. She was inspired by Aquilla da Hun, of the Lefty Knitter Podcast. She finished all of the pieces and just needs to sew them together. Finally, Ashley has joined the underarms of the Children’s Neck Down Cardigan. Tara is knitting the Exploration Station by Stephen West using Yarn Hygge by Lis Barsuglia-Madsen. Tara is knitting the Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits for an upcoming class at Woolworks. She loves Madeline Tosh Vintage. Misadventures Tara purchased the new Chirstmas colorway by Gynx Yarn! “Cheers” is a green self-striping sock yarn with different colors representing holiday beverages. Ashley loves themes and self-striping yarn! Freckled Whimsyhad a Stranger Things themed self-striping yarn update and Ashley was able to snag a skein! Ashley also purchased a 2 ply BFL yarn from Brooke of Fully Spun, who recently had a trunk show at Woolworks. This yarn has a hand-spun look. Sad Knitting Tragedies Moths found their way into Tara’s finished sweaters! Oh no! Her plan is to wash, block, store in plastic baggies, and expose to both cold and heat to prevent further contamination. Ashley has a serious case of startosis and has spent many evenings winding yarn! She wound yarn for the Koi Pond Shawlby Casapinka but has not yet cast on. The yarn looks at her every night, waiting. Ashley cast on the Whitman Hat with Woolfolk SNO but found this yarn was not a good match for the pattern. Question of the Day Q: “How do you become a test-knitter?” A: When a designer has an item to be tested, they will often ask for help on Instagram or in their Ravelry group. “Testing Pool” and “Free Pattern Testers” are two Ravelry groups specifically for designers to find testers. Designers will often post a sneak-peak picture, a supply list, a deadline and a questionairre about the pattern. Designers like to see that you take pictures of your finished objects and share on Ravelry and Instagram. As you work through the pattern, you update the designer on your progress and if there are any errors or concerns about the pattern. Some designers encourage a lot of chatter too, which is always fun. Testing is generally unpaid and done for the love of knitting and the desire to support a particular designer.
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