Episode 15: Swedish Chef Hats and Prepping for the TdF
Hey there, and welcome to Episode 15! We’re so glad you’ve joined us! In this episode we talk about what we’re working on, the things we’ve finished, what we’ve queued, what we’d buy if we were rich girls, how we organize our stashes, the Tour de Fleece, and have a few announcements! If we missed any links, please email us! Enjoy!
On Our Needles/Bobbins:
Dana: Stripey Tomato, Luna’s Shawl, Fat Cat Knits “London Fog” Superwash BFL, Corgi Hill Farms “Kelp” Falkland
Brittany: Quick Cable Slouch Hat (Dana goes into a brief exhortation about using small enough needles for hat ribbing because it can stretch sooo much- both Dana and Brittany have had hats grow too much after a few hours of wear! Dana tells a particularly horrific story about her Grace Beret that grew to Swedish Chef-size proportions.), Unwind Yarn Company batt
Discussion: How Do We Organize Our Stashes?
(asked by Turtlegirl76 on our group on Ravelry)
Dana: My stash is mainly contained in plastic rubbermaid containers on a large chrome rack in my office. My needles are kept in Erin.Lane organizers. As far as project bags go, I love the GoKnit pouches with the locking strings and Erin.Lane bags are wonderful because they stay closed. I also have Pretty Cheep project bags and a few from MissFiberFox on Etsy because they can hold a whole sweater’s worth of Cascade 220. My notions go in a Namaste Buddy case (I have one in red and one in charcoal). My favorite knitting bag is my Namaste Zuma bag in charcoal, but my dedicated knitting bag is my Loopy Groupie zip-top tote bag. (mentions Erin.Lane‘s summer sale: enter code SUMMERSALE11 to save 15% on everything in her shop through June 25, 2011!)
Brittany: My stash is mostly in a small cabinet, with sock yarn in a separate basket, and sweater quantities in another. Fiber stash is in blanket bags. Finished handspun is kept separate, too. I like having it where I can see it clearly because it helps with inspiration! I use a lot of Erin.Lane organizational supplies too… needle cases, project bags, etc.
Events: 2011 Tour de Fleece
You can find most of the information about the Tour de Fleece on the Ravelry group’s main page here.
* This year’s dates are July 2-24.
* What are our goals?
Dana: spin up a sweater’s quantity of Moonshadow on Falkland on my Suzie for Team Fat Cat Knits, spin 15 minutes a day on my spindle for Team LSG, finish a 3-ply sock yarn on my Little Gem for Team Majacraft
Brittany: spin 15 minutes a day
* And the most important thing… there are prizes given every single day of the tour in each day’s progress thread. Be sure to post a picture of your progress every day so that you can be entered to win! It doesn’t matter if you only spun a tiny bit- you can’t win if you don’t post pictures! Also you can enter for a random number drawing on this thread to win a prize at the end of the Tour. Prizes that are going to be given away in the daily drawings are on this thread.
* What is the best way to prepare for the Tour? The Knitmore Girls have a training schedule available on their blog/podcast. Pay attention to ergonomics, take frequent breaks, and set reasonable goals for yourself.
* Dana’s a sponsor of the Tour this year! She’s having a sale in her Etsy shop through July 24 (the end of the Tour) to celebrate- enter code TDF2011 to get the discount.
SAFF is October 21-23 this year. The SAFF Ravelry group has lots of information about classes, membership, accommodations, etc. Class lists have been posted, and member registration opens on July 1 with nonmember registration opening up on July 15. If you’re not a member and are thinking about taking classes, you really need to join SAFF so you can register early because some classes will fill up ASAP, especially those with Insubordiknit, Fleegle, JazzTurtle, and Galina Khmeleva. We’re planning to take a few classes, and will let you guys know what we’re taking as soon as we get signed up. There is a party at our hotel on Friday night at the Mountain Inn & Suites in Hendersonville- check out the Friday Night Party thread on the Ravelry group to find out the details!
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