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 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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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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Bartlett Yarns for Apple Cider Donut

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 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.

Episode 015–We Have a Winner!

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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.

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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.

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Tara is working on a rainbow Flax sweater for her son, Leo, using Madeline Tosh Vintage and Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Years 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.

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Ashley also resolved to become more active.  Update: Ashley signed up for several running races.  She will do the Pittsburgh 1/2 Marathon and the Baltimore B-3 Challenge.