Episode 20: Prizes Galore!
Thank you for listening to Episode 20 of Just One More Row! In this episode, segments include On The Needles/Bobbins/Spindles, Finished Objects and Yarns, New In The Queue, Rich Girl, and a Discussion. We’re also running a brand new contest for the month of September, with a pretty spectacular prize! Details are listed below, in the Discussion section. We also announce the winners of a lot of prizes, for the Summer Sweater Knitalong and Episode 18′s Half-Year Resolutions drawing! Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy the episode!
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On The Needles/Bobbins/Spindles:
Dana: No Purl Monkeys, Iced, Handspun Scrappy Scarf, Leia & Hillary “ethnically challenged” oatmeal wool
Brittany: frogged Sock Monkey Socks, Buttercup, Candy Stripe Raglan
Dana: Stripey Tomato, mixed gray merino (mentions spin-your-own-mittens kit from Fat Cat Knits and Boogaloo colorway; mentions Endpaper Mitts; mentions beaded art yarn & 2ply for her friend in Finland), first spindle spun skein! (mentions Spindolyn and Pretty Twisted Cuff; mentions IKEA shadowbox frames)
Brittany: Sheep To Shoe Socks, Gale’s Art 3ply (mentions her Quick Cable Slouch Hat)
New In The Queue:
Dana: Starstuff by Amy van de Laar (free; mentions Lettuce and Aubergine handdyed sock yarn in her shop), Twig by Grace McEwan ($4.50) (link to the free Classic Elite pattern written by her, also mentions Tangled Leaves eBook and the Twisted Vine Neckwarmer)
Brittany: Traveling Man Sweater by Anne Berk ($6.50, Blue Moon Fiber Arts pattern)
If I Was A Rich Girl:
Dana: Fat Cat Knits Mixed Blessings Fiber Club (2.5oz each of 2 colorways a month for 4 months, $112 including shipping)
Brittany: Try It On Tubing (1 yard $2.95, 2 yards $4.95)
Discussion: Knitting Techniques: What Have You Mastered, & What’s Next For You?
In this discussion we talk about where we’ve been in our knitting journey, and where we plan to go next as we grow and learn as knitters. Brittany’s major challenge for this year was entrelac, and she made a beautiful scarf using that technique this year. She was also very intimidated by cabling when she first tried it, but when she really sat down and worked on it it wasn’t as hard as she thought it would be. Dana stipulates that no knitting technique is really HARD, when you break it down into its components: knitting and purling. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, but don’t be afraid to try new things: it’s just knitting! Brittany believes that most things that LOOK hard in knitting usually aren’t, when you actually try them. Dana says that your current life situations can dictate how hard your projects can be; if she’s going through a tough time, she needs easier projects, and if she’s just coasting along, harder projects can be achieved. Dana was intimidated by the Branching Out Scarf from Knitty in 2006; she and a friend from Kentucky decided to do a KAL of that pattern and it completely defeated her at the time. After about 6 months of not working on it, she picked it up again and was able to do it! Brittany had the same situation with the same pattern- how ironic! Reading your knitting is a skill that is very important when you are trying new techniques, and it’s something that comes with practice and after you’ve “logged a bit of knitting mileage”, as Dana puts it. Being able to read your knitting is also important in case you lose your pattern! Smartphones are great- both Brittany and Dana have one, and put their knitting patterns on them so that they’re never without their patterns. Dana mentions the Celtic Cable Cap; that pattern defeated her when she first tried it, but she might try it again soon. Dana is still a bit intimidated by “true lace”, aka lace patterning on every single row with no rest rows, such as a Shetland, Orkney, or Orenburg lace shawl. Dana is also intimidated by seaming, and wants to finally knit a finer-gauge sweater in pieces and seam it together- that’s the whole reason she’s taking the finishing class at SAFF this year. Dana mentions her Elias’s Hippo that she took her time on seaming, and it turned out great! Brittany mentions her Elefante, which required a lot of seaming as well.
This month’s contest is going to be so much fun! We want to hear about your knitting technique challenges: what have you conquered, and what’s next on your list? Please leave a comment in Episode 20′s thread on our Ravelry group, or leave a message on this post; we’ll count everybody who posts (just one entry per person, please- but feel free to chat as much as you want in the thread, as you’ll only be counted once!), and at the end of the month we’ll draw using the Random Number Generator for this gorgeous yarn!
The yarn is KnittinK’s Huntress base (40% baby alpaca/40% wool/20% silk) in Putting The Poison Back In Ivy; this skein has 252yds/3.5oz. We can’t wait to hear about your knitting challenges & triumphs!
Prize drawing for Summer Sweater KAL:
winner of Tyrannosaurus Knits batt: katiejo (get in touch with Dana!)
winner of Chrysalis Fibers sock yarn in Pied Piper: fatcatknits (get in touch with Brittany!)
winner of 2 sets of EB Crafts stitch markers: micheles1956 (get in touch with Dana!)
winner of 2 sets of EB Crafts stitch markers: Ishadow72 (get in touch with Dana!)
Prize drawing for Episode 18: Half-Year Resolutions contest:
winner of skein of Cakewalk Yarns dk yarn: carolshue (get in touch with Brittany!)
winner of 2 sets of EB Crafts stitch markers: pandora7 (get in touch with Dana!)
- SAFF is October 21-23 in Asheville NC. Signups for classes are still open if you want to take one- not all of them are full! Please let us know if you’re going to be there on Saturday and want to meet up, because we’re wanting to start planning for one if there’s enough interest! We might have a little goody too, if we have a meetup!
- Fiber in the ‘Boro is October 29 in Murfreesboro TN- and Dana is vending! She is sharing a booth with Lori (aka flutterbys on Ravelry), who has a wonderful new Etsy store, Deerfield Creations! She makes polymer clay stitch markers, WPI gauges, and is learning to turn spindles, so she’ll be bringing some of all of these things to the FITB show! Dana will be bringing yarn, fiber, and handspun. We’d love to see you there!!
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