Episode 33: All About the Enhancement

Hi everyone! How have you been? It’s been busy and stressful here, but that’s par for the course lately. (Thank goodness y’all still like me, right?) So, I know that you’re here for the knitting… and maybe a couple of prizes, so… let’s get started!

What’s New Chez Sheepish? 

There were TWO prizes to draw for today! I mentioned last time I recorded that I was going to draw for both January and February prizes today since I wanted to get out the other prizes first (which I did), so I made sure to do that first thing! Congratulations to the winners – thanks so much for your participation and your socks? They are GORGEOUS. Enough said. 🙂

Current Roster 

  • Kennebec by Dawn Catanzaro. I’ve made some progress on this one, but I’m not enjoying it. Brioche rib and me, well, we don’t get along. It’s in a temporary time out, but I do need to get it done sooner rather than later – I think I’m going to need to rip out (or tink back – eek!) a few rows. *sigh*
  • Monkey Socks by Cookie A. I cast on for the second sock last night and made my way through a quarter of the ribbing. I actually made a lot of progress on this tonight, but y’all will see that next time I record.
  • Albers Cowl by Ann Weaver. I’ve almost completed my David Tennant square, hooray! I’ve picked up the final yarn that I need for the Matt Smith square and hope to be started on that by the time I record. Send good vibes! (Just in time for the warm weather, of course.) This has been great hockey knitting and we’ve got a busy schedule coming up, so hopefully, I’ll get this done sooner rather than later!
  • Hiro by Julia Farwell-ClayI haven’t touched this since the last time I recorded. 😦 I’ll get back to it, but it holds no appeal right now.

Scouting Report 

I hope everyone has a great week! Knit, stitch, and crochet on!

xo,
Holly

Episode 32: Ravellenics Fail

Hey there, everyone! It’s been a fair bit since I last recorded – I actually recorded a super short episode on the day of the Olympics Opening Ceremonies, but it was too short and interrupted, so I opted not to post it.

What’s Happening Chez Sheepish? 

So, I know that we’re overdue for a January drawing, but I’m holding off until the next recording. I’ll pull January and February at the same time. I really needed to get to the post office and get those outstanding prizes out in the mail. (Which has been done – I went to the post office and dropped off the packages immediately after editing… I had to do something since rendering takes forever. Thank you all for being understanding!)

Current Roster 

  • Kennebec by Dawn Catanzaro. This was a surprise Ravellenics project. Which will not be done by tonight’s closing ceremonies. I’m ok with it. I’m knitting this for fibre space for a class we’ll be teaching next term. It’s being knit out of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Faded Quilt colorway on US9 (5.5mm) needles.
  • Monkey Socks by Cookie A. I started these to knit along with my lace socks class, which has resulted in a HO! Yay!! These are knit out of Unwind Yarn Company’s Journey Sock in the Waterlilies colorway – this was a part of the 2 Crafty Girls Club. LOVE IT. I’m knitting them on US1.5 (2.5mm) needles, though I probably should have bumped them up to US2s.
  • Albers Cowl by Ann Weaver. I’ve completed the Christopher Eccleston square and have started on the David Tennant square. I haven’t really been working on this, a few rows here and there at bedtime. It’s slow going and probably won’t be finished until spring. LOL
  • Hiro by Julia Farwell-ClayThere hasn’t been much in the way of working on this with all the other knitting that’s been going on. I’ve got about 2 more inches to go on the body before I start on the sleeves.

Scouting Report 

  • My first skein in the Snapshot from Maine Yarn Club arrived from Highland Handmades – it’s GORGEOUS.
  • My Harry Potter bag of the month from Slipped Stitch Studios finally arrived and I love it! It’s the Sock + bag and it’s holding my Monkeys nicely. 🙂
  • My Doctor Who pre-order bag from Fat Squirrel Fibers also arrived… I am IN LOVE with this fabric. 🙂

I hope everyone has a great week – I’m going to try to make it a point to podcast on a more regular schedule, but we’ll have to see. 🙂

xo,
Holly

Episode 29: Christmas & Coughing

Hi everyone! How in the world did it get to be 4 days before Christmas?? I tried to keep this one short, but failed miserably. 😉 I hope you’re farther along with your Christmas knitting (if you have any) than I am! Oy. This is totally a race to the finish!

Current Roster 

Everything is in the same place as it was last time, since I picked up nothing. Well, that’s not true, I finished the one Seamless Saloma… So, I’m only posting what I actually showed today. 🙂

  • Seamless Salomas Slippers by Susan Busbee and Megan Williams. I finished the first slipper this week and have determined that it’s very tight around my foot. It’s cute on, though, and Mom asked if I’d make her a pair, so I’ll cast on a larger size for her once I get the primary knitted gift done. Must stash dive for some nice yarn for this…. I think that she’s worth some cushy, pretty sock yarn, no?
  • Windschief Hat by Steven West. This one is for Daddy. He never asks for handknits – like, never ever – so when he asked, I had to say yes. I’m a little worried that he’ll think the color is too girly, but Mom doesn’t think so and I think it will look gorgeous on him. I couldn’t get to my worsted stash (little of it that there is) when I decided to cast on, so I grabbed a skein of Luxe Sock by Unwind Yarn Company (in Abalone; 80% SW Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) and started knitting from the inside and outside. I LOVE THIS YARN. I love how it’s knitting up, I love how cushy this is. It’s a relatively quick knit and I should be done tonight. We’ll see.

Alumni Roster 

  • Verity by Ysolda Teague. This has probably been on the needles for two years or so. I’m not sure why it was put down, but a huge amount was done when I found it, so I decided to finish it. Knit out of Classic Elite Kumara, it’s warm and soft. I want more Kumara in my life, darn it!

Scouting Report 

If you have not checked out the Vintage Rose Knitting Boutique on Etsy, do it. Run, don’t walk. OMG, these stitch markers are GORGEOUS and cover my nerd-doms. Vanessa is so nice – she includes a lovely note with each order – and she ships out so quickly. Literally. I placed both orders and had them within two days. 🙂

What’s Making Me Happy 

  • It’s all about hockey. My boys are doing really well, despite a really bad game on Tuesday against the Flyers. We’re still #2 in our division and #5 in the Eastern Conference. I got to watch Sunday’s game with my bestie at one of the airport’s bars – well worth it! We came back from a miserable game to winning in a shootout! (As I type this, I’m watching us play the Devils… so far, so good!)
  • I spent Monday at their practice (LOVE that all practices are open to the public and free) and got a ton of signatures on my Alzner sweater! (Unfortunately, not his.)

I hope you all have a great holiday! Merry Christmas, y’all! I’ll see you next time!

xo,
Holly

Episode 28: It’s December!

Hi there! I hope you all have been well since we last talked. Things have been good, but busy here. Mother Nature is not cooperating with the knitting mojo – it’s been unseasonably warm here in the DC area this past week (temps of 70°?! Fahrenheit, that is.) and today it’s in the low 40’s with snow forecast for tomorrow. Eek! The lighting’s all funky in this one – sorry for that, but I don’t think it’ll be *too* distracting.

What’s Happening Chez Sheepish? 

It’s December! Y’all know what that means… it’s time to draw for the November Socks, Socks, Socks prize! Congratulations to our winner! Hooray! Also, don’t forget the Fall Into Color KAL that’s going on – if you’re working on something that can be considered colorwork, submit it! The KAL is going until December 31…

Current Roster 

  • Hiro by Julia Farwell-ClayIt doesn’t look like any progress has been made, but there has been a little, I promise. I need to concentrate on this one for awhile, since it’s my Fall Into Color KAL project and it’s December…
  • Level Up Socks by Heather Monroe Kinne. I love how these look, but the tiny cables are KILLING my hands, so these have been put to the side for just a little bit.
  • Simple Stripey Socks by me. These continue to be my hockey knitting, purse knitting, Doctor Who knitting…
  • Eugenia’s Mittens by Mollie Woodworth. So the first mitt, sans thumb, is done. The cables are what really started the pain in my hands and arms, so I’m giving them a rest for a bit. I love the mitten when it’s on my hand though. It’s going to be so warm and perfect.
  • Seamless Salomas Slippers by Susan Busbee and Megan Williams. These are a bit of an experiment – to see if they work and if they fit (preferably not me, lol). Knit out of unknown worsted (I think it’s Fiberists, but I’m not sure.) on US6s.

Stick Handling 

I’ve finished the first two ounces of my Gourmet Stash Fibery Tribbles and am well into the second two ounces. Hopefully, I can get that done this week and can get started on the third two ounces. This is so gorgeous!!

What’s Making Me Happy 

  • Jennie the Potter (of the fabulous mug fame) is making silver knit-themed jewelry! I ordered the oval stockinette stitch printed earrings and LOVE them.
  • My bestie is coming into town this week! SOSOSOSOSO happy about this.

Have a great week, everyone! I’ll see you next time!

xo,
Holly

Episode 26: It’s My Podiversary!!

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week or so since we last talked… I certainly have! It’s been a heck of a week and I am still reliving all of the good parts. 😉 I’ve been sick, so apologies if you’re watching the video with earbuds. I really tried not to cough too much, but I also edited out the worst parts. We have prizes to give out – the podiversary prizes (an ebook available for $20 or less on Ravelry) and a generous donation of a project bag from Aryn of Bling Your String) and the October Socks, Socks, Socks prize! If you are one of the three winners, please get in touch with me either via email or on Ravelry.

Current Roster 

  • Hiro by Julia Farwell-ClayI am finally making progress on this. I didn’t pick it up at all while at the retreat, but once I was on the plane home, I worked on the ribbing and finished it before the plane landed. Now I’m finally in the body of the sweater, in the waist decreases, and it’s going nicely. Perhaps I will get this done within the KAL time frame.

Alumni Roster 

  • Stripey Vanilla Bean not-socks-fingerless-mittsThese are finally done! I worked on these exclusively through the retreat, which resulted in a FO. YAY! I’m proud of these – I worked these up without a pattern, I just pulled elements from a ton of mitts that I’ve knit over the years. I know that there were a couple people at the retreat who wanted me to write up the “pattern”, so I need to get around to that – it shouldn’t take too long. I’ll offer it as a free download, of course.

Scouting Report – Stash Enhancement 

  • My first shipment from the Mean Girls Yarn Club! LOVE IT. The yarn is from Dizzy Blonde Studios – I’ll be picking more of it up, definitely!
  • Received my second shipment of the Yarn vs. Zombies Geek Treat (Whoniverse, naturally) yarn & fiber club…. This round is K-9! Love the grey and red – completely perfect.
  • I also ordered a ball of her Haunted base yarn in the Monster Movie Night colorway, love it!
  • Of course, I bought a lot of Highland Handmades yarn and fiber – I can’t resist the colorways!
  • I purchased a couple of Tix Trinkets from Katie’s mom (through Katie, of course).
  • Project bags from Bling Your String!
  • Soap, catnip toy, and sheep from Subito Farm.
  • Stitch markers, orifice hook, and needle holder from Shipyard Point Glassworks.
  • A Wildflower Batt from Never Enough Thyme.

What’s Making Me Happy 

Yeah, I forgot to specify that in the video… Really the whole Highlands on the Fly section is what’s making me happy. I have 30-ish new friends that I can’t wait to see again! I am so glad that this was my first knitting retreat – I think if I had done something bigger first, I would have been a lot more introverted. So. Much. Fun. Thank yous go out to Heather, Katie, Sarah, and the New England Outdoor Center for hosting us all!!

Also, enjoy this video of George with his catnip mouse. I believe I’m forgiven for being gone. 😉

Thank you all for this awesome year. I still can’t believe it’s been a year. I really couldn’t have done it without you.

Have a great week!

xo,
Holly

Episode 24: A New Sweater!

Hi everyone! I hope you have had a great week (or however long it’s actually been) – mine has been busy. There’s just no other way to put it. However, I’ve been able to get some knitting done, so that’s a good thing, right? 🙂 Is it fall wherever you’re at? It seems that Mother Nature has decided to give us in the DC area a longer summer after teasing us with those cool-weather days a couple weeks ago. Ah, well, I’ll get some use out of handknits when I’m in Maine later this month, right? Maybe they’re actually having a fall…

What’s New Chez Sheepish? 

  • Sorry about the delay in getting the October socks and FO threads up and running – they’re finally up, so start posting in them – I love seeing what you are making!
  • We have a winner in the September Socks, Socks, Socks! thread! I do love doing this each month. Dear winner, please get in touch with me and send me your favorite colors and your mailing address. 🙂
  • The Fall Into Color KAL has started! Remember it goes until the end of the year, so we have plenty of time to get a colorwork project done. (Trust me, I need all the time I can get.) About mid-month, I’ll open up a FO thread – and I’ll start finding prizes!

Current Roster 

  • Bondi Socks by meI’m almost done with the second sock on this one… of course that means that I need to rip the toe out of the first sock and reknit it. Fun times.
  • Stripey Vanilla Bean socks by Emily O’GradyThese are my hockey socks – I knit on them while I watch a game and these are easy to throw down, if needed. 🙂 Knit out of Yarn vs Zombies Haunted base in the Rain of Frogs colorway on US1.5 (2.5mm) needles.
  • Hiro by Julia Farwell-ClayI’ve only started swatching this one – knit out of madelinetosh Vintage in the Antique Lace, Grey Gardens, Bark, and Robin Red Breast colorways. Using my US8 Karbonz interchangeables.

Alumni Roster

  • Narragansett by Thea Colman. I finally finished! With plenty of time to spare for the Highlands on the Fly retreat. LOVE this sweater. I knit two different sizes for this (42″ and 46″), which helps this fit on my shoulders nicely. Knit out of the madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted from the Magnolia Society club in the Well Water colorway. I know, it’s a finished object!  I didn’t end up alternating skeins on the sleeves, but I don’t think it’s all that noticeable. I used 5.3333333ish skeins, I’ll figure out the yardage eventually, when I weigh the final skein.

Scouting Report 

  • Yarn from the 2 Crafty Girls club!
  • The Hiro yarn (madtosh Vintage)
  • Fiber from Marlene’s Felting Madness
  • The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits
  • Ply issue 2

What’s Making Me Happy 

  • Highlands on the Fly is 19 DAYS AWAY!! What?! So excited!!
  • Spreading the knitting love to new students. How can that not make me happy?
  • HOCKEY. Period. 🙂

Have a great week! I’ll see you in a bit…

xo,
Holly

Episode 23: Take 3

Hi everyone! Yes, this is take 3 recording this week’s episode – I tried using my DSLR the first time around, and while the picture and sound were excellent, it only recorded 5:30 of the 40 or so minutes I was trying to record. *sigh* Take 2: I tried using my old webcam and while that worked, the settings were all wonky and I can’t change them to my liking. The recording was over 5GB?!?! WTF?! It was crashing Premiere (what I use to edit lately) and was such a headache. I spent about 19 hours of 24 trying to get it to work. Finally, I decided to re-record for Take 3 using the current webcam – what you see today. 🙂 MUCH more manageable, thank goodness. Technology is not my friend. Oy.

WE ARE AT 150 MEMBERS!!! What??? That is AWESOME. Thank you all so much for your love, encouragement and patience. When we hit 200 members in the Ravelry group, I’ll do a prize drawing! Nice, right? Don’t know where the Rav group is? Here you go: www.ravelry.com/groups/sheepish-podcast/.

Also, I’ve decided to add a co-mod to the group, so everyone welcome Michelle (travelingknitter)! You’ve seen her around the boards already, but she’s going to be a great addition (and keep me on task, I’m sure, LOL)! To celebrate, we’re going to hold a colorwork knitalong called Fall Into Color! Starting October 1 and continuing through the end of the year, we’re going to knit something in colorwork – and you get to convince us that something’s colorwork or not. 😉 I’m planning on knitting Hiro and Michelle is planning on knitting Plum Rondo a la Turk. (I just noticed that these are both by Julia Farwell-Clay, heh.) You don’t have to do a sweater, knit or crochet whatever your heart desires, as long as it fits into your description of colorwork. For more information on the knitalong, visit the thread on Ravelry and share what you’re going to make!

Lastly, we’re coming up on my one year podiversary. That’s kinda cool. To celebrate, I’ll start a thread to win prizes on October 1 and close it on the podiversary, October 31. I haven’t thought about prizes yet, but I know that one will be an e-book on Ravelry. 🙂 Okay, we can finally get into the knitting now! Still with me? Good.

Current Roster 

  • Bondi Socks by meProgress is slow on this, just because I haven’t been working on it over the last week. See the next item why that might be. 😉 I’m one set of decreases away from just knitting down the foot of the sock, which will either go quickly because I can zone out, or slowly because I’m bored.
  • Narragansett by Thea Colman. I have just wanted to work on this. I am only about 5 rows from binding off the body and can start the sleeves. I want to wear this so badly – I think that the cooler temperatures here in the DC area have contributed to that want. I’ve used the better part of 4 balls, when all is said and done – I stopped alternating skeins again when I got to the ribbing on the sweater, so that’s being done in ball 5 and I have the leftovers of ball 4 to use. I haven’t decided if I’m going to alternate on the sleeves or not. Suggestions?

Stick Handling 

I’m still working on the first two ounces of the Fibery Tribbles from Gourmet Stash. It’s slow going – especially because the fiber is so darn slippery – but it’s pretty. Hopefully, I’ll get started on the second two ounces this week.

Scouting Report 

It’s all Yarn vs. Zombies this week, what can I say? I received my yarn and fiber from the Geek Treat club, Doctor Who was my geek, natch, and I am in love. They’re not colors that I’d normally gravitate towards, but they’re lovely. The fiber is 100% Corriedale, which I’ve never spun before. I also picked up a ball of self-striping in her Haunted base: Rain of Frogs and another braid of Corriedale in the Penny, Amy, Bernadette colorway.

What’s Making Me Happy 

  • HOCKEY!!! Yes, it’s still preseason, but it’s still hockey. It’s the most wonderful time of the year (to me, at least – talk to me at the end of the season, LOL). I talked a lot about seeing the rookies play and I just found out that the one I mentioned on the podcast, Nathan Walker, has been sent down to our AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, since we couldn’t sign him due to a rule in the CBA (collective bargaining agreement – a contract between the team owners and players). So happy for him and am looking forward to seeing him play in PA this year.
  • The Highlands on the Fly retreat is really just a month away! I am so freakin’ excited about this!! The vendor list is outstanding, so I’ll need to pack carefully so I have room to bring home the goodies.
  • The iOS7 update for the iPad and the iPhone. Well, it’s only happy-ish. I like certain things about the update and hate others. I think that’s pretty standard, yes?
  • OMG, I forgot to mention this in the podcast – my bestie sent this link to me the other night and knew that I’d love it. Y’all know that I’m a huge Potter-head, well Matt Lewis (who played Neville Longbottom) was on BBC Radio 1 on a mid-day show, I think, and complete hilarity and ridiculousness ensue. There’s water, spitting, laughing, and slightly inappropriate words involved… I laughed for the entire time I watched. I also am a 12 year old boy when it comes to humor. Enjoy.

 

On that note, have a great week and I’ll see you next time!

xo,
Holly

Episode 22: A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week… Mine has been busy, of course – fitting five days of work into four is definitely not easy. Hopefully you all had a great Labor Day (if you’re in the States to celebrate), mine was a fiber-y Labor Day, accompanied with lots of Pride & Prejudice (the BBC version, of course).

We’ve got a bit to cover this week – including a prize drawing! Hooray! The winner of the August “Socks, Socks, Socks!” thread is… yeah, you know I’m not going to spoil it here. 😉 If you are the winner, please PM me on Ravelry with your favorite colors in sock yarn and your address so I can get that out to you ASAP!

Current Roster 

  • Bondi Socks by meI made some progress on the second sock this week, knitting down the leg and half of the heel flap two weekends ago and finally getting around to finishing the heel flap while getting Fawkes (my car) an oil change. I turned the heel while helping a friend troubleshoot the heel turn in the pattern and am now just working through all the gusset decreases. So, I’m in the most boring part of the sock. Ah, well. I’ll have Mom try it on as I knit, so I can actually knit it to the correct length. Novel idea, right?
  • Narragansett by Thea Colman. I cast this on late on the Friday of the week the podcast went up. (Like around midnight on that Friday night. I’d been dealing with video issues because of my iTunes feed – it didn’t upload correctly. Oy.) This has been working up so quickly – and has been the only thing that I’ve really wanted to work on.  Of course, it’s now too big to carry around, so I can only work on it at home. I am using some of the yarn from the Magnolia Society yarn club: madeline tosh 80/10/10 Worsted in the Well Water colorway. (I totally forgot to say that on the ‘cast!) LOVE this yarn. I have been alternating skeins throughout, like a good little knitter, so there is that, but it looks so awesome.

Stick Handling 

  • I finished the braid of Polwarth from Knitters Nightmare in the Berlin colorway! Hooray! The colors are phenomenal. I navajo plied the yarn and my navajo plying needs work, but it’s still gorgeous. Sadie dyes some phenomenal colorways – I tend to say that about most of the indie dyers I buy from, don’t I? Well, it’s because it’s true.
  • So, since one braid of yarn was done, I had to put some more fiber on the wheel… I decided to order another 2 oz of the Fibery Tribbles from Gourmet Stash (along with some punis… no judgement!) and with the 4 oz I previously purchased, I am going to do a true 3 ply – I’ve never done that, before! Which means I’m going to join in with the Yarnraising New-To-You Spinalong. I’ve also never worked with alpaca, so I’ve got two entries right there! 🙂 It goes until October 31, so if you want to join in come on!

Scouting Report: Stash 

  • Well, the Fibery Tribbles and punis from Gourmet Stash
  • My sweater’s worth of madeline tosh Dandelion (90% superwash merino, 10% fine linen) in Duchess. Love the feel of the yarn – it’s a fingering weight in a purple-y colorway.
  • A skein of Goonies self-striping sock yarn from Highland Handmades
  • Two Bullseye Bumps from Loop. Awesome!!!

What’s Making Me Happy 

  • HIGHLANDS ON THE FLY IS A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AWAY! Yes, I might be a little excited. And I might need to get cracking on that sweater.
  • Teefury.com – I love their t-shirts: uber-geeky and really pop-culture relevant! Just be prepared to wait for them.
  • Hockey is starting up again! On Monday, the rookies from the Caps and Flyers played… and I was damn happy to watch. LOVE. Our first pre-season game is Saturday night. I already have plans with beer, knitting (because spinning would probably be a bad idea), and internet.
  • Yes, I got my hair cut. I’m still getting used to it. The salon I went to was way too cool for me, but I loved the stylist, so I will brave the uber-hip hipsters and keep going. Now if I could figure out what to do with it on my own…

Have a great week! I will be recording next week, so I’ll see you all then!

xo,
Holly

Episode 20: All Over the Place

Hey there, everyone! It’s good to see you all again. It’s been a busy week plus, but at least I recorded, right? 🙂

Remember to post your finished socks in the August thread to win a skein of sock yarn! Also, post your finshed projects in the Show and Tell thread for bragging rights. (Hell, don’t we all need to brag on ourselves a little bit?) I did pull for the winner of July’s sock thread… and I’m not going to post that here. I want the person who won to find out herself. 🙂 Winner, please PM me on Rav your favorite colors and address so I can pull a skein of yarn and get that out to you ASAP! (I know what waiting for yarn is like, I don’t want you to wait all that long. Heh.)

Again, a shorter episode this week, and no pictures – I can’t find my big girl camera… it’s been put away in a “safe place” in the last cleaning spree and I just need to locate it. There’s only so much you can do with the iPhone camera, right? Actually, my phone has been great at pictures, I just want to find my expensive camera.

Current Roster 

  • Bondi Socks by me. I still have not cast on the second sock, nor have I kitchenered the toe of the first sock. I needed the recipient (Mom) to try it on first and see if it was long enough. It’s just a tad short, so now I need to figure out if I’m going to rip out the toe and knit a couple more rows, then decrease, or if I’m just going to throw a couple more decreases in. I’m probably going to take the lazy route, but we’ll see.
  • Brickless by Martina BehmI decided to join in on Knitabulls’ Brickless KAL with Sadie of Yarnivore – I really needed something other than socks to try and jumpstart my sweater mojo, since i’ll be needing that soon. I’m working with Storied Yarns’ Superwash Sock (75% SW Merino/25% Nylon) in the Condescending Wonka colorway. (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this colorway!) The pattern calls for a light worsted on US6s (4.0 mm), but I didn’t want anything that dense. (Worsted on a US6? I’m not sure how she was getting 4st/in, but whatever.) I am loving the pattern so far – it’s just enough to keep me interested and mindless enough to keep me relaxed.

Alumni Roster 

  • Bowties are Cool Socks by Mandie HarringtonSo happy these are done. They were a bit of a slog somewhere in the middle of the first sock – you know, where I stopped – but when I picked them up again after finishing my Allons-y socks, I was knitting like a woman possessed. It was nice to have some of my knitting mojo back. These were originally cast on for a pop-culture KAL with Aimee and Darren from Knitting in Circles, but just ended up being a big fail. I love how these turned out. These were knit out of The Uncommon Thread’s BFL Sock in the Debauchery colorway on US1.5 (2.5 mm) needles.

Scouting Report 

  • I got the new The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits from my LYS. (I also saw quite a few at the local Barnes & Noble, if you can’t find one near you.) I won’t do a review on the podcast, but I will do one as a blog post.

Lots of stash enhancement!

Stick Handling 

I’ve been working my way through a braid from Fibernymph Dye Works – from the Unclub in September. I love how the colors are coming out, but I’m not thrilled with the fiber prep. This is NOT a slam on Lisa’s preparation at all, there was just a lot of veggie matter in this braid that I wasn’t expecting. I also realized that I need to pre-draft this fiber before spinning to have the smoothest time spinning it. (I haven’t been pre-drafting lately and I’ve become so much more consistent, so it was a bit of a bummer that I realized that I really had to halfway through.)

What’s Making Me Happy 

  • My friend Michelle (travelingknitter) woke up early and registered us both for the Highlands on the Fly retreat in October in Maine. SO. FREAKIN. EXCITED. Hosted by two of my favorite podcasters, this looks to be a fun time!

There were other things, but I can’t remember them right now. 🙂

Have a great week! See you next time.

xo,

Holly

Episode 18: Meet the ‘Bug!

Hi everyone! So, it’s been awhile, right? Things have been busy (and stressful) around Chez Sheepish the last few weeks, but that means that lots of knitting has gone on… along with a bit of shopping as well. I really should have named this the all enabling episode. I had a really good excuse for some of it, though – because, as you might be able to tell from the episode title, I got a new wheel! (Well, new to me, but I know that she was well loved in her old home.) I have spent the last few days spinning on her, getting used to her feel. (Yes, I decided that she’s a girl.)

Current Roster 

  • Lacy Batwing Top by Brooke Nico. I haven’t worked on this too much in the last couple weeks, but I did get to the third repeat in the chart. There are a total of 9 that need to be done… that’s going to be over 600 stitches. Have I lost my ever-loving mind?
  • Bondi Socks by me. So I started this to knit along with my Top Down Socks class at fibre space – well the class ended Sunday and I haven’t finished my sock. They finished theirs, though, so that’s a good thing!
  • Allons-y! socks by me. I sent the pattern out to my test knitters after having done math at 1am. Yeah, that meant I needed to knit through the heel so I could figure out what I had calculated wrong. I dropped everything to knit furiously to get those numbers figured out. I should have the second sock done by the next time I record – it’s the project I’ve been throwing in my bag to take to work and about with.

Alumni Roster 

Yes, I know, this is both a Current Roster and Alumni Roster project, but it really is the only way I’ll have anything for this section, lol. So, I started the Barn Raising Quilt. Since it’s made from individual squares, each square is an FO to me. 🙂 This episode’s square was out of String Theory Colorworks Resonance Self-Striping yarn. I forget the actual name of the color, but I know that fibre space was calling it fibre girl at one time.

Scouting Report: The All-Enabling Episode 

  • SW Twist Sock Yarn from Storied Yarns in Ten and Eleven.
  • 1 skein of Sparkle Gnome in Butterbeer, 1 skein each of the House Gnome in Bertie Bott’s and Arthur Weasley from GnomeAcres.
  • 2 sets of rolags from Dripping Fiber Studios.
  • 3 braids of fiber (2 BFL, 1 Rambouillet) from Cloudlover.
  • 2 braids of fiber (1 mixed BFL, 1 Polwarth) from Highland Handmades.
  • 10 skeins of the 80/10/10 (Merino, Nylon, Cashmere) from madelinetosh as part of the Magnolia Society club.

Stick Handling 

So, I’ve actually been spinning – mostly because… I GOT A WHEEL!!! WOOT! So excited. Emily from the Whatcha Swatchin’ podcast was selling hers and I had the good luck to be the first to respond. She’s wonderful. It’s been a fun few days getting to know her and get used to her. I’ve been spinning through Tour de Fleece for the Knit Me Sassy and Highland Handmades teams and I’m loving it. I’ve become a bit more consistent, though the singles are still full of over and underspun spots. So far, I’ve spun the remainder of a braid of Highland Handmades mixed BFL (about 1.25 oz) and a braid of the Highland Handmades Polwarth in the Not Soon Effaced colorway.

What’s Making Me Happy 

I did this completely off-the-cuff, so other than George being all right and safe and sound, I have no recollection of what I said. 🙂

Have a great week, everyone! See you next time!

xo,

Holly