In which we discuss business trips with drive by yarn shop stops, discover we are both connected to an Indie dyer, alpaca barn parties, yet more snow, class with Abby Franquemont, cranking and spinning, cabled yarns, spinning wheel maintenance, a bit of outside work for Jan and a trip to the MN Closed Chess Championship for Wilson. (Congrats, Wilson!)
In which we discuss buns of the bunny variety, birds of the painted variety, quick trips to Mexico and the Sunshine State, Spin Off judging, ice storms, back spasms, cast-ons and cast-offs, marking hanks of handspun and Russian Joins in honor of the event taking place in Sochi.
In which we discuss our recent experiences at retreats (Ellen at the Knit-a-Journey Mid-Winter Retreat in Duluth, MN and Jan at Tina’s Fiber Retreat in York, PA), farm medical procedures from which several of the animals would like to have retreated, the dangers of knitting lace after the drams, the value of The Knitting Guild of America Master Knitter classes, the whimsical and classic designs of Ann Kelly, plying yards and yards of Corriedale Cross singles, a slick trick and some other stuff — to include a new spinner!
We are coming and going these days - just catching Jan after a fun weekend at Tina’s Fiber Retreat at Camp Donegal and Ellen is getting ready for some work travel.
The previous weekend, Ellen played with the gang at the Knitajourney Midwinter Retreat up in Duluth. Wonderful company, wonderful food (if you are ever in Duluth, a visit to the New Scenic Cafe is a must; At Sarah’s Table ain’t bad, either), and wonderful yarn (Three Irish Girls, based in the area (Superior, WI to be specific), has Duluth colorways like Hawk Ridge) made for a wonderful weekend. A Scotch tasting may have contributed to some people being bitten by their knittin’ later, but The Balvenie Doublewood, the Glennfiddich 12 years old, and the Bunnahabhain Islay single malt were highly enjoyable (even if Bevil thought the later tasted like sheep).
Jan spun up a storm - and so did her daughter, Marie, at Tina’s Fiber Retreat, a local tradition. As always, in both cases, spending time with kindred spirits was the real highlight. The spinning included Jan’s test drive of roving made from her alpaca, Dipper’s, fleece, which we hope will soon available via Etsy. She also got some knitting in - a bootsock out of a Skacel yarn (sorry, Jan, until you link the project I can’t figure out what yarn this was!) containing a variety of lovely fibers - wool, silk, nylon, alpaca, and even some angora. She avoided the Second Sock Syndrome by knitting the 2nd sock first. Hah!
Ellen has the usual on her runway - Limpid which is her version of Martina Behm’s Lintilla , Forever in the Forest , and her nascent sock design out of ModeKnit Yarns ModeSock. Forever in the Forest bit her, but really can’t be blamed as Ellen was working on lace late at night and after the aforementioned Scotch tasting.
And in a case where the knittin’ was bitten, Ellen reported that after almost 4 years of hard wear, she wore a hole in the thumb of her Springtime Sugarplums gloves knit out of Socks that Rock Mediumweight from Blue Moons Fiber Arts. It is amazing how close in color the replacement thumb is - that is a good dye job!
Jan and Ellen discussed how the rigor and detailed curriculum of the TKGA Master Knitter program is both a bit maddening and really advances your skills. They recommend jumping in whatever level you are at - the earlier in your knitting career that you do, the more you’ll learn, but you’ll learn something no matter how experienced you are.
Featured designer for this episode is Ann McDonald Kelly, whose Monkey Balls ornament amused Jan no end. Other lovely patterns in her collection include the Houndstooth Tank and the Kelmscott Throw, among many. Jan thinks a Nexo Jacket, which is a free pattern that uses mosaic knitting to excellent effect, may be in her future.
Jan shared her spinning during Patterns of our Lives, but Ellen had some content to share. She has finished one bump of the BFL in the Sled Dog colorway using her Turkish Spindle from Jenkins Spindles, and plans to use a Golding spindle for the second bump. But first, she wants to continue the great start she has on her CorriedaleX singles.
While on the topic of plying up skeins, Jan clarified the Fiber Jargon of skein, hank, and ball. Technically, a loop of yarn tied in several places is not a skein, it is a hank, but even Jan agreed that modern use includes skein for this purpose. A ball is clearly something else - yarn wound into a ball shaped (or cake shaped!) object. Jan mentioned that you wouldn’t eat that cake from a roving plate, yet one more way fiber is put up for sale, in this case, a large shallow cake of roving.
Check out donniestatzer’s tip for accurate button placement on fine gauge knits, this episodes Slick Trick.
The Living Doll contest is proceeding with some wonderful descriptions of the living dolls our listeners would like to knit up out of the new e-book from Susan B. Anderson. Check out “Mary, Millie and Morgan“to learn how to knit your own doll.
Enjoy the show!
In which for some unknown reason we sound muffled. (I did have a stuffy nose and sinuses, but Ellen was healthy so that’s not the reason and I processed the file in the same manner, so that’s not the reason. Urgh! Sometimes this podcasting stuff is hard! Well, you can still understand us, so you’re getting it as it is.) And in which we discuss the cold (maybe that’s it, we were wrapped in scarves and mufflers?), haunted barns (maybe a ghost is choking us?), idea weekends with ideas that Ellen can’t share or she’d have to kill us (maybe she was smothering us with pillows?, but why would she smother herself?), a trip to DC with a stop at a new to me yarn shop (maybe I’m buried in yarn and fiber?), spinning and handling alpaca at the PA Farm Show (maybe an alpaca is sitting on us?), grilled cheese and tomato soup (maybe our mouths are full?), and Susan B. Anderson’s new e-book, “Mary, Millie and Morgan” (that’s it, those dolls are so cute you want to gobble them up…our mouths ARE full!).
We love the comments we get from listeners, especially the ones that make us laugh, like Alison’s on the last episode. You can find more of her pun-ishing humor at SpinDyeKnit.
Jan found plenty to do at the PA Farm Show, and then she found more fun at Black Sheep Yarns in Cockeysville, MD. Check that website out - gorgeous shop!
Despite challenges with the on-line registration (the tubes of the innernets seemed to have been plugged up, probably with felted fiber from someone who didn’t wash their Felfs in a pillow case), Ellen did get signed up for the Designing Tesselations class by Franklin Habit at Yarnover which will be on April 26 at Hopkins High School, just a few miles west of downtown Minneapolis. That same weekend, she plans to take part in FiberFest at Steven Be’s. She’ll be lucky if she doesn’t get clogged up with fiber! (She hopes if she is, some of it will be the luscious mink yarn from Grinning Gargoyle.) And she’s hoping Jennie the Potter will be there, too. And Wendy J Johnson of Saga Hill Designs with all her fibers and dyes - and her new book, Yarn Works. Yes, Ellen is glad she only has one class so she will have lots of time to browse the marketplace.
It’s not like either twin needs more yarn. Though they have been knitting up some stash - Ellen has been continuing progress on her Forever in the Forest stole out of Misti Alpaca lace weight and based on the Forest Path Stole by Faina M. Letoutchaia. Ellen is also working on a Martina Behm pattern, Lintilla in Rohrspatz & Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in the colorway Skarabäus, which is brilliant clear and limpid blues and greens with streaks of yellow, hence the name of her shawl, Limpid. And, for variety, Ellen has been designing a pair of socks out of ModeKnit Yarns ModeSock.
Jan worked on her Fog Lights sweater; the original design is the Green Mist pullover by Kerstin Olson. She is working on another pair of Hugs and Kisses Socks and promises a pattern, if she can figure out a name. And she’s working on a hat featuring Jagger Spun 100% wool and an eye of partridge pattern. She’s calling it Surface Tension and promises a pattern soon. More Felfs are on the way, too!
We encourage you to take inspiration from the 2014 Intentions thread on our Ravelry group - you listeners are writing some really good stuff!
The new e-book from Susan B. Anderson is good stuff, too. Check out “Mary, Millie and Morgan” - you won’t be able to resist dreaming about who you’d knit up as a doll.
Jan is still dreaming about spinning up Briar Rose - or at least, her lovely fleece. (She is an alpaca friend of Jan’s.) Ellen is dreaming of spinning up some Briar Rose, too - she has several bumps of BFL dyed by Chris at Briar Rose Fibers that should hit the wheel one of these days!
That’s it for now - enjoy the show!
In which we discuss our good fortune at Christmastime and in the opening days of 2014, Valor the Ram, a strategy for giving, the great alpaca drop of 2014, getting back to work on some big knitting projects, our review of 2013 and our goals for 2014, how to take stock and why you should eat more beans.
(Be sure to listen to the outtakes if you want to understand the title!)
Happy New Year to old and new listeners. If you don’t get enough of us on the podcast, find us on Twitter and Instagram as, you guessed it, twinsetjan and twinsetellen.
There were lots of holiday doings for both Jan and Ellen, but we’ll just hit a couple of notable things from the last week.
Ellen and Wilson spent a long evening working out their charitable giving for the year of 2013. Just in time, too, as they finished up on December 30! Here is their strategy:
- We choose a few themes that mean a lot to us. Generally we focus on the environment, arts and education, human justice and aid, and fair politics.
- We choose highly rated charities working in these areas by geography - local, national, and global. Charity Navigator is one site we use for research on the efficiency and integrity of charities we are considering.
- We narrow down to just a few in each theme/geography, the fewer the better, with the goal of giving larger sums to fewer charities. This lets more of our dollars get used for program work and less on administrivia.
- We avoid giving to charities that waste our dollars with dozens of mailings during the year, or gifts of notecards, nickels, stamps, etc.
Jan and Dale made a trip to Syracuse and brought home a new member of the family - Valor, a Finnsheep Ram! He rode home in Dale’s Dodge Ram and is friendly as all get out.
In On the Runway, Ellen worked on her Forever in the Forest stole out of Misti Alpaca lace weight and based on the Forest Path Stole by Faina M. Letoutchaia. Jan worked on her Fog Lights sweater; the original design is the Green Mist pullover by Kerstin Olson. She is working on another pair of Hugs and Kisses Socks and promises a pattern, if she can figure out a name. And she’s working on a hat featuring Jagger Spun 100% wool and an eye of partridge pattern. She’s calling it Surface Tension and promises a pattern soon. Ellen is also working on a Martina Behm pattern, Lintilla in Rohrspatz & Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in the colorway Skarabäus, which is brilliant clear and limpid blues and greens with streaks of yellow, hence the name of her shawl, Limpid.
Jan and Ellen were both Bitten by their Knittin’. (And Ellen was bitten by her Kitten - Selkie enjoys playing in roving, and played with one of Ellen’s holiday gifts. Let’s just say that alpaca will be used for blending, not for spinning right from the bump…) Ellen’s knitting troubles focused around her lack of focus, at least when coming to the edge of her Lintilla shawl. One edge is k2tog, one is kfb - suffice it to say that though they look very different, Ellen mixed them up and then didn’t notice for several rows more than once. Jan couldn’t quite get the sewn bind off for Dale’s scarf to look just the way she wanted.
You can still get a free copy of Ellen’s Bitsy Baby Beanies , a quick stockinette beanie for preemies and newborns. Listen to the episode to find the code for a free copy through January, or PM Ellen on Ravelry (she’s twinsetellen).
Ellen added a few more bobbins of CorriedaleX singles to her collection. She reported 25 at last count with about a half pound of fiber left.
In Design Principles, Ellen discussed the principles she is following in the design of socks out of a variegated yarn - primarily focused on looking for a stitch pattern that will highlight the color changes while obscuring pooling and has a manageable stitch multiple to allow easy sizing. She is looking hard at stitch patterns that carry the working yarn on top of the fabric at intervals, like linen stitch, but would like to find one that is easier to work.
Our Design Challenge for the episode is to consider 2014 intentions. Jan sums hers up with an intention to be appreciative, and Ellen twisted that just slightly with an overall intention to be grateful. Both of us intend to knit and design and spin…and laugh.
Ellen has been spinning a bunch more of that CorriedaleX fleece from Rhinebeck a couple of years back. She’s up to 25 bobbins with about a half pound of fiber left. Jan will be doing a bunch of spinning as she takes on judging the entries in the Sunshine State Alpaca Expo, with her results due by February 8th! In either case, pigtails, our Yarn Jargon for the week, will likely appear. Pigtails are when an energetic bit of singles (or a plyed yarn) doubles back on itself in a little twist. Depending on your intention for the yarn, they may be desirable (as in art yarn), or at least a sign of lots of energy for creating a tightly twisted yarn, like a sock yarn. Just ease them out during plying to release the energy into where you want it to be.
Jan’s Embellishment for the week is Heifer International. Ellen’s is the iPhone Ravelry app - Yarma. She uses it to add stash and project pictures without having to download them from her camera. Zombie Alpacas (We want to eat your grains!) showed up on a gift for Jan and she considers them to be Fun Fur.
The episode’s slick trick is a simple one, but still slick. Instead of hanging one of those stitchmarker row counters off your needle, throwing it out of balance and letting it get in the way, why not just pin it to your project? It’s there when you need it and keeps the knitting comfortable. Thanks, turbogal, for that tip!
The contest to win some Blacker Yarns wool has closed and we have a winner! Holity, aka Terri from IL, was our randomly drawn winner of a skein each of Blacker Yarns Pure Teeswater DK and Pure Dark Wensleydale.
Ellen will be heading to the Knitajourney Midwinter Fiber Retreat in mid-January, and by the time these notes go up, Jan will have been to the PA state farm show and starting to pack for Tina’s Fiber Retreat in late January. It’s only 8 months till the MN State Fair!
In which we discuss the return of the light (and the owls), ice lanterns, the great Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota fiber estate sale, finally receiving processed fiber from the spring shearing, Christmas visits, what’s in Ellen’s pocketses, the best Christmas card ever, seeing Santa Claus, publication of Ellen’s pattern “Bitsy Baby Beanies”, successful design modifications and a winner of the Swagger DALKAL, some knitting and spinning and Ellen endures Jan’s singing.
“Come Enhance My Yarn Stash Tonight”
Lyrics (c) Jan Hamby — Free use for non-commercial and personal uses. Rights to publication reserved.
Instrumental background from the Helen Kane audio recording found in the U.S. National Archives licensed under the Creative Commons.
Santa Baby, slip some cashmere under the tree, For me.
I’ve been an awfully good girl, Santa baby,
so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Santa baby, some signature convertibles too,
I’ll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Think of all the things that I might’ve knit,
Hats and scarves and sweaters and fingerless mitts,
Next year I could reduce my queue,
And maybe you’ll find, you’re knitworthy too,
Santa baby, I wanna Schacht,
And really that’s not a lot,
Been an angel all year,
Santa baby, so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Santa honey, there’s one thing I really do need,
To a local yarn store,
Santa honey, so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Santa cutie, fill my stocking with some rolags,
And project bags .
Skeins of handpainted too,
Santa cutie, come enhance my yarn stash tonight.
Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With lots of pretty stitch markers bought just for me,
I really do believe in you,
Let’s see if you believe in me too,
Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
I don’t mean wandering round,
Santa baby, so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.,
so come enhance my yarn stash tonight.,
Yarn stash, tonight.
Ellen reported on the stupendous estate sale held at the Weaver’s Guild of MN. She didn’t buy much, but she did bring home a gorgeous supported Tibetan spindle made by Spindlewood Co. She baked the few skeins of yarn she bought in her oven warming drawer (temps above 140-160F for several hours will ensure that no clothes moths survive).
Jan brought home fiber from Gurdy Run Farm and Woolen Mill - alpaca from her own alpaca’s fleeces.
Lots of cookie baking going on, including cookies that Ellen’s daughter Jenny created for Red Rooster Harlem. Ellen’s other daughter, Karen’s, first authorship on magnesium sulfate and cerebral palsy prevention in pregnancy wasn’t as recent as Ellen had thought - but Ellen is still proud.
Jan tries to convince Santa, Baby to enhance her yarn stash right around minute 15:15.
In On the Runway, Ellen worked on her Forever in the Forest stole and Jan had Dale’s linen stitch scarf as monogamous knitting.
Ellen finished up Chunkeanie, a reverse stockinette beanie by Wooly Wormhead, knit in Kashmir Aran. Also out of Kashmir Aran, she knit up Entrechat by Lisa Chernery. She used the Knitters Pride Karbonz dpns in size 8, liked the feel of these needles but found them noisy and clinky. And she finally finished her Fat Soled Felfs. The double weight soles felted a bit less than the single weight uppers, resulting in very pointy toes and heels - very elvish. And very good fitting! These were out of Ewetopia, and it felted beautifully. She dried her Felfs in her warming drawer!
Ellen got a pattern up for sale in 2013! Bitsy Baby Beanies is a quick stockinette beanie with a wide ribbed edge and simple to execute 4-point decrease. Listen to the episode to find the code for a free copy through January.
After discussing the design principles used in creating Bitsy Baby Beanies, we challenge our listeners to give thought to their design for 2014.
Jan finished up her cabled yarn, and Ellen added a few more bobbins of CorriedaleX singles to her collection. She reported 19 bobbins (but a later count gave 20) with over a pound of fiber left. Spindling on a Kuchulu (Jenkins Spindles) during conference calls gave her about 250 yards of fine laceweight yarn in the last few months, and she also continued spinning on her Lark for a heavier weight yarn.
Both twins agree - a niddy noddy is a useful tool for spinners and knitters alike.
Jan loves her embellishment for the week - the Brother P-Touch label maker.
Ellen discovered that dishcloths made out of Bernat Tizzy is a great way to find a scrubby in a sink of dirty dishwater.
Ellen’s slick trick was the slipped stitch edge in the Entrechat sweater by Lisa Chernery. Instead of the way Ellen had originally learned, Lisa had the knitter slip the last stitch of a row and knit the first. Jan’s trick makes linen stitch easier to knit. She simply always works from the knit side, doing this either by clipping her yarn with about a 6″ end at the end of the row and sliding (on a circular needle) back to the start of the row to work the next row. The tails at either end make a ready made fringe. For working in the round, steek stitches can be added that can then be unraveled to create fringe after the steek is cut.
In the DALKAL, woolybear368 aka Mary, from Massachusetts, won for her Keyhole Swagger. She converted a buttonhole scarf out of a bulky yarn.
I know you find it shocking that I am actually posting to the blog two weeks in a row. Considering that I have a strong closure impulse, and to really close out on the story of my Blue Moons cardigan I needed to live up to my promise for a tutorial on dropping back to add buttonholes, you shouldn’t be all that surprised. (Of course, given my recent history of posting, I guess maybe you should be!)
Recall that I had knit Blue Moons, my version of the Veronik Avery Forestry cardigan, with a lot of dithering about whether I wanted buttons or not. I’d actually knit most of the front band when I did an about face and decided I wanted to use buttons and buttonholes for a double-breasted jacket. That front band went from bottom right, around a very deep shawl collar, and down to the lower left - long rows that I’d need to frog and re-knit in order to knit those buttonholes in the right places. With only 8 rows to drop back (unlike for the missed cable cross in my previous post), I preferred to wrangle dropped stitches than slog through all that knitting again.
I used the buttonhole described in a Knitting Daily tutorial for 2×2 ribbing. After marking the stitch to the right of the buttonhole, I dropped back the 4 columns required. I had all the stitches for the band on a long circular and had adjusted the needle opening to be right at the buttonhole before I started, so I could use the left needle tip to hold onto those 4 lives stitches.
Starting on the right side of the work, I used the first long bar of yarn (be careful - don’t pick them up out of the original order in which they were knit) to work an SSK in the first two stitches, then a double yarnover, then K2tog. It still looks like 4 stitches, but the middle two are that double yarnover.
After flipping the sweater over so I now had the wrong side facing me, I picked up the next loose bar (again, careful about the order!) and purled two stitches together, did another double yarnover, and then did a slip slip purl. Yes, this left my double yarnover from the first row dangling. Flipping the sweater again, I now worked one knit stitch, (following the ribbing pattern), a knit stitch into the first yarnover (catching the dangling yarn), and a purl stitch into the second yarn over (again, catch that dangler) and end with a knit one.
From here on out I just worked in pattern to use up the other dropped bars of yarn. It worked out really slick, and a side benefit was it let me get the entire buttonhole worked in one concentrated space of time rather than having long stretches of band knitting in between steps.
It didn’t keep me from having long spans of time between blog posts, but maybe I’ve reversed that trend.
In which we discuss* our Thanksgiving celebration, knitwear on fire, alpaca with trench-o-phobia, cold and snowy weather, planning to make the most of your knitting time, shades of colors, crispy duck skin and foregone conclusions for the outcome of the Army-Navy game. (Navy will win, in case you are wondering!)
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but when your turkey was 42 lbs, you just don’t forget it very quickly. Jan and Ellen relate the fun of family and food and more food…and more food.
After getting home, Ellen and Wilson caught Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Ellen ogled the knitwear. The first scene in particular featured a fabulous cowly-shawly thing. Click on the link - a picture definitely tells more than these words.
Jan is happy to have water in her barn even if the alpaca weren’t so happy about the trenching needed to run the lines.
We get a little competitive over who has donated more to Community Links International (an environmental, service-learning, immersion, volunteer, and international educational organization supported by the good folks at Frog Tree Alpaca) through Goodsearch. You can join the competition by registering on the site (it’s free, and every internet search you make throws another penny in the till).
Jan worked on her Fog Lights sweater; the original design is the Green Mist pullover by Kerstin Olson. She is working on another pair of Hugs and Kisses Socks and promises a pattern, if she can figure out a name, and also worked on a scarf for Dale.
Ellen knit lots and lots of hats - using Kashmir Aran and the Purl Soho pattern, Thank You Hat - Simple Rib, for two of them, doing another one in Sirdar Click Chunky with Wool in yet-to-be-published hat design by Mary Lou Egan, and knitting a preemie hat and a baby hat with remnants of that Kashmir Aran and a pattern of her own device.
Jan finished up Stroll, another Swagger version - this one out of her own handspun of Finnsheep fiber, with a lower increase rate to let it have very long “arms” that can be tied around her in the fashion of a working shawl.
And Ellen has finished the knitting of her double-soled Felfs despite a false start… or two.
In the new segment, Ready to Wear, Jan announced that her Stream Bed Lace Shoulder Stole pattern is now available for purchase.
Stephen Robbins of Pelindaba Lavender was our guest for the Five Minute Interview at about minute 28:30 or so.
Jan and Ellen discuss the various types of colorways -variegated, ombres, and tonal. Examples of these yarns include Morehouse Farms Merino Variegated Morehouse Merino 2-ply (variegated), Berocco Ultra Alpaca Tonal (tonal), and Wooltopia Ombre Gradients (Ombre).
Check out the details of PineSlayerDee’s latest slick trick (or at least the latest one on which we have reported) - felting in a dryer - at her post on Ravelry.
Don’t forget to get a chance at winning a skein of Blacker Yarns wool! Make a comment in the Twinset Designs Ravelry group thread for the Blacker Yarns contest - tell us what yarns you like, and for a bonus entry, comment on something interesting you learned on their website in a separate post. (edited 1/5/14 - Contest is now closed.) Ann aka anarch on Ravelry already was a winner of the Stitchmaps contest.*And all in less than an hour!
I believe it has been about 3 months since I promised a bit of a photo tutorial on how to fix a cable long after the sweater is finished. Sorry it has taken so long, but better late than never, eh?
Here is the cable - missing its cross, but only discovered about 15 inches later. Sure, you could have dropped down and cabled them all again, and I could have, too, but I don’t know that my marriage would have survived the aggravation that would accompany such a maneuver. Instead, how about just hiding the mistake?
First step - pick up a row of stitches the width of the cable immediately above the last correct cross. Pick these up through the sweater - put the needle right through the center of the stitch and draw a loop up from yarn held below the sweater.
Now knit the proper number of rows until you’d normally cross the cable. You’ll form a little flap. You can use the working yarn that you used to form the loops - just pull an end up through the fabric from the back. It won’t take much to do this fix, just a foot or so of yarn.
When you get to the row where you’d normally cross the cable, go ahead and cross it.
Now, neatly and tidily, graft the flap right into place, matching rows.
Weave in the end, and it will take more than a casual observer to ever find this fix.
That fixed the cable, but I’m not sure it will fix my blogging frequency. We’ll see.
In which we abandon our usual format to welcome a fellow podcaster to the microphone. You’ll have to listen to find out who it is! And in which we discuss what’s going on on both sides of the Atlantic, a bit more about ourselves, and of course, our knitting.
Special guest - Louise from Caithness Craft Collective!
In the Patterns of our Life/Wots e Craic section, Louise describes the long process of making bunting for school decorations…with the help of the children. No children were harmed in the production of the bunting. Jan told about the flight south (to the basement freezer) of her flock of turkeys. Ellen told of a fun evening eating cupcakes with Bevil and then laughing through a Franklin Habit lecture on Victorian craft oddity.
Louise is knitting on a Harry Potter scarf in the Gryffindor colorway. Ellen is working on Felfs and finds that if one is going to get fancy with Felfs, stitch markers are in order. She is making the sole double weight by using Susan Newhall’s Blended Intarsia technique. Jan worked on her Fog Lights sweater; the original design is the Green Mist pullover by Kerstin Olson.
Ellen reported on some SKY KNITTING - finishing a little hat based on the pattern Grateful out of Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran. Jan continued working on Stroll, another Swagger version - this one out of her own handspun of Finnsheep fiber, with a lower increase rate to let it have very long “arms” that can be tied around her in the fashion of a working shawl.
Ellen was Bitten by her Knittin’ again when she worked on her Forever in the Forest stole. She is blaming the poor lighting on the airplane. Louise has an Owls sweater in progress, but as it has nibbled her (the decreases got out of order), it is in time out. Her mum had been bitten by knittin’ a mitten, rather, a fingerless glove, in which the fingers got a bit long.
In a fairly long MeMeMeYouYouYou section, the ladies chat about their careers, their dogs, and even the Great Scottish Tapestry.
Louise’s Fun Fur was yellow acrylic yarn for some Despicable Me minion hats. Jan’s was a punny novel by Michael Shepherd, Easy Street.
We close out the show with a discussion of haggis. ‘Nuff said.