Episode 022-Better Late than Never?

Welcome to Episode 22 of the Misadventures in Knitting Podcast!

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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 Julgran sweater, 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!

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Tara’s yarn choice for the Julgran!

Hot Off the Needles

Tara finished the V-Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli and used Plucky Feet in the colorway Barn Door (red).

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Tara also finished the Poca sweater by Laura Nelkin.  She used Jill Draper Makes Stuff Kingston in the colorway Gage Street.

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Ashley finished the July square of the River Knits Afghan.

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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 Bolero by Knitting Pure & Simple.  She is using Cascade 220.

Tara is working on The Golden Hour by Andrea Mowry.  She is using Scout by Kelbourne Woolens which is available at Woolworks.

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Tara is swatching for the Tecumseh sweater 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 Bolero so 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.

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Great job, Ashley!

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.

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Ashley has also sewed a few pencil pouches that will be the September Sew Along.  This is a free pattern by Sharon Holland.

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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.