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 009-“Yarn is my favorite yarn.”

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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 misadventuresinknitting@gmail.comif 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.

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Also by Helen Stewart, Tara is knitting the Spindrift Shawlette in Destination Yarn’s Postcard base in the Toes in the Sand colorway.

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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.

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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!

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Ashley cast on the Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter.  She is using Arranmore Light by the Fibre Company.

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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.

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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!

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Episode 008-Misadventures with Lace Knitting

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In this photo, you can see the Voolenvine in the background and the Spirit Trail Fibers in the front. Ashley has decided to use the Spirit Trail Fibers for this pattern.

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.)

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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.

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!

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Ashley finished the Cleo Skirt, a Made by Rae pattern.  Ashley participated in a sew-along with our awesome local fabric shop, Domesticity.

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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!

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Episode 007-Knit Along With Us!

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Introduction

Today’s stash hiding space was shared MarySK on Ravelry.  Thank you, Mary!

General Announcements

  1. Please share where you “store” your stash in our Ravelry group for a chance to be featured on an upcoming episode.  We are out of spaces and need your help!
  2. Our podcast will continue to air once every three weeks.  Our goal is to have a bi-weekly podcast beginning in January
  3. 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 Vintage scraps 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.

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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.

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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.

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Tara is knitting the Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits for an upcoming class at Woolworks.  She is using  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.

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Ashley loves themes and self-striping yarn!  Freckled Whimsy had 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 Shawl by 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.

 

Episode 006–Sew, We Have Another Lover!

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*** Please note, because Tara and Ashley are sewing more, our future episodes will include a separate section dedicated to sewing toward the end of the episode.

Introduction

This week’s stash hiding spot was contrubuted by therowantree on Ravelry.  Thank you for your participation, Heather!  Listeners, please visit our Ravelry group and share your stash hiding space with us.  We will reveal one secret per episode!  Shhh!

A special shout out to Algebrina of the “Just One N” videocast.  Thank you for visiting Woolworks and introducing yourself.  It was nice to meet you!

The Too Much Candy Knit Along/Crochet Along

  • September 15-November 1st
  • Knit or crochet something Halloween related.  (A bundle has been created in our Ravelry Group.)
  • Sign up and share photos in the Misadventures in Knitting Ravelry Group and on Instagram with the hashtag #TooMuchCandyKAL
  • Two prizes will be awarded using Random Number Generator.  One drawing via Ravelry and one via Instagram.
  • US addresses only for prizes.

Tara hopes to knit the Dwarven Battle Bonnet 2 by Sally Pointer of Wicked Woolens.

Ashley will knit Little Pumpkin designed by Ashley, herself!

Hot Off the Needles

Tara finished the Transitus Hat by Laura Nelkin.  She used Plucky Scholar in the Gizmo colorway.  She likes this hat so much that she started another!

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Ashley finished the Watercolor Heart Pillow by Jodi Rice.  She used Noro Silk Garden and Rowan Kid Classic.  Ashley will teach an intarsia class at Woolworks using this design.

Ashley has the sewing bug.  Seven years ago she started a mini-quilt and she finally finished and framed it!

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Ashley loves foundation paper piecing.  She completed the “Truth” square by HappySewLucky on Etsy.

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What We Are Working On:

Tara also caught the sewing bug!  Because Tara is a sewing newbie, she signed up for the Garment Construction Series at Domesticity, a new fabric store in Baltimore.  Domesticity offers a variety of classes for novice to experienced sewers.  The teachers and owner of the shop are phenomenal!  If you are in the Baltimore area, you should check this place out!

Tara is making the Shirt Number 1 by Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing.

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Tara is making the Willow Tank Dress by Grain Line Studio.  She is taking a class with Renee Samuels, AKA Miss Celie’s Pants.

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Tara has also completed several zippered pouches.

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Leo (left) and River (right) with their zippered bags.

As far as knitting goes, Tara is testing the Caragh Sweater by Laura Nelkin.  This sweater will be published on Ravelry in mid-September.  Tara is using Arranmore Light in the Narin colorway by the Fibre Company.

Ashley is working on the Pink Poodle Scarf from Morehouse Designs.  She is using Finley Fingering by Three Irish Girls.

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Ashley and the Pink Poodle Scarf.

Ashley is chugging along on the Brighton Plaid blanket.

Ashley started Knitting Pure and Simple’s Children’s Neck Down Cardigan for her son, William.  She is using Spud and Chloe Sweater in the Manatee (dark blue) and Lake (bright aqua) colorways.  She is knitting the largest size.

Ashley hopes to cast on the Campside Cardigan by Alicia Plummer.  She will use a DK Madeline Tosh.

Sad Knitting Tragedies:

Tara had to frog a good portion of the Caragh Sweater because she distrusted her swatch and chose the wrong needle.

Misadventures:

Tara purchased one skien from Destination Yarns in the Postcard Base, colorway: Toes in the Sand.

Ashley destashed 1/4 of her yarn!  Wow!  She then bought Nox Yarn Advent Calendar.

Old Bay on Everything:

Ashley and Tara visited the Baltimore Farmer’s Market together.

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William and Old Bay Cheddar Cheese!