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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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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