Episode 021–The Julgran Knit Along!

Welcome to Episode 21 of the Misadventures in Knitting Podcast!

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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 Sweater would be a perfect choice for a knit along!

Julgran is 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.

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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 group for more information!

RAVELRY DISCOUNT CODE FOR JULGRAN SWEATER:  MIKJULGRANKAL

Code is good until August 27th, 2018

Hot Off the Needles

Tara finished a pair of top-down vanilla socks using Rock and String Creations’s Derby Day colorway.

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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 Serape by Megi Burcl, available for download on Interweave.  Ashley used Shibui Stocatto.  Instead of fringe, Ashley crocheted loops along the edge.

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Ashley finished the Children’s Neck Down Cardigan by Knitting Pure and Simple for her son, William.  Ashley used Spud and Chloe Sweater and 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 Shawl by Helen Stewart using Adirondack Yarns Spirited Fibers.

Ashley is working on the Brighton Plaid by Eclectic Gypsy using Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails and Neighborhood Fiber Company Rustic.

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:

Ashley is imaginary knitting:

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Ashley finished the Cleo Skirt and Luna pants by Made By Rae.

Ashley finished the Purl Soho City Gym Shorts.

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Ashley’s son William made his first pair of pajama pants!  He used the Simplicity #2290 pattern.  Congratulations, William!

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Ashley started the Foundation Paper Pieced Square, All in the Neighborhood, by CR Creations Shop.

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Epiosde 020: It’s Summer!

Welcome to Episode 20 of the Misadventures in Knitting Podcast!

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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

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  • This summer, we will read In a Dark, Dark Wood by 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 Kisses by Knitting Expat Designs using Gynx Yarns Glitz in Heartbreaker.

2.) Warm and Snug by Knitting Expat Designs using Lollipop Yarns Beefcake in Get Lucky.

3.) Resfeber by 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 Cardigan in Spud and Chloe Sweater.

2.) Helen Stewart’s Vintage Fairy Lights Socks in Madeline Tosh Twist Light.

Tara is working on:

1.) Poca sweater, a test knit for Laura Nelkin.  She is using JDMS Kingston yarn.

2.) Two pairs of vanilla socks:

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Ashley is busy working on:

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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:

Episode 019–Happy 1 Year Anniversary! And Special Giveaways, too!

Welcome to Episode 19 of the Misadventures in Knitting Podcast.

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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

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Three Skeins of 80/20 Superwash Merino/Nylon. Each skein is 467 yards/100 grams.  Country Strong Gradient Set.  $75.00.

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 Knitting on Instagram.

3.)  Find the photo of the Wooly Hues Yarn on our Instagram page and in our Ravelry Group and 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

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Splendid Soles book; published by Knit Picks in 2018.  Paperback.  Retails for $29.99.  16 Socks in the collection.

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 Podcast on 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 Hygge by Lis Barsuglia-Madsen, and Bartlett Yarns.

 

 

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Tara was also able to meet some very friendly people, including:

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 Shawlette designed 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 Warm Annapurna Cashmere Sport Weight.

Ashley has been working on the Children’s Neck Down Cardigan by Knitting Pure and Simple.  She used Spud and Chloe Sweater.

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Ashley is also working on the Impressionists MKAL by 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.

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Tara’s son, Leo, finished his very first scarf thanks to the Waldorf School of Baltimore.

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Episode 018–Local Yarn Store Love

Welcome to Episode 18 of the Misadventures in Knitting Podcast!

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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 Day was 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.
  • Ashley mentioned Addi needles.

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 Meadow and Toho Beads.

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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.

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Tara finished the Impressionists Mystery Knit Along by Helen Stewart.  She used Primrose Adelaide.

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What we are Working On:

Tara has mended a few projects, including Bunny by Susan B. Anderson.

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Ashley restarted her Impressionists MKAL with different colors by Madeline Tosh, Nox 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.

 

Episode 017–Needles, Beads and Mysteries!

Welcome to Episode 17 of the Misadventures in Knitting Podcast.

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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.

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Ashley finished her #knittersbookclubkal!  She knit the Ruched Beret by Susan B. Anderson, which is from the Weekend Hats Book.

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What we are Working On

Ashley finished sock #1 of the Vintage Fairy Lights pattern by Helen Stewart.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Episode 016–Stash Talk

Welcome to Episode 16 of the Misadventures in Knitting Podcast.

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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

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Photo from Clara’s website: claraparkes.com

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!

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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.

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Tara finished the Adult S/M Rosewater Beret by TinCanKnits.  She used Woolfolk Tov DK.

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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.

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Ashley finished the March Square (cables) of her River Knits Afghan Along.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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.

Interview with Brooke of Fully Spun Yarn

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.

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