Thank you, FunkyChic309, for sharing that you always have three projects on the needles!
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.
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
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
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)
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
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!)
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.
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.
Today’s stash hiding space was shared by Liz-Knitz on Ravelry. Thank you for sharing your secret with us, Liz!
* 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.
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.
Tara is daydreaming about the Damejakkaloppa by Pinneguri. Tara apologizes for mispronouncing the designer’s name! (Sorry!)
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.
Are you interested in sponsoring our podcast? We would love to hear from you! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Handmade Bag by Ashley
Miss Babs on Left and Magnolia Jen on Right
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.
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.)
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:
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!
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 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.
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.
*** 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.
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.)
Ashley has the sewing bug. Seven years ago she started a mini-quilt and she finally finished and framed it!
Ashley loves foundation paper piecing. She completed the “Truth” square by HappySewLucky on Etsy.
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!
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.