Episode 76: Hot Flashes!

Thank you for joining us for episode 76 of JOMR! This month we are proud to be sponsored by Bird Leg Bags.


(for some reason Dana and Brittany both thought it was episode 80. Sorry for any confusion! It’s definitely 76!)

Birdlegbags.com is the place to go when shopping for zippered project bags. Bird Leg Bags is a family business owned and operated by Vickie and Danny Knestaut from their home in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Bird Leg Bags specializes in superior construction, a broad variety of bag sizes and styles, and an attention to detail honed by Vickie’s many years of seamstress and customer service experience.  Every bag features top-stitched and reinforced zippers, heavyweight interfacing, high quality fabrics in fun designs, and hand-beaded zipper pulls. When you need a bag that’s made to last, you need a bag from Bird Leg Bags!

On The Needles/Bobbins:
Dana: Fruit Stripe Gum socks, Measure In Love hat, Nestlets on Hansen
Brittany: Sleigh Ride christmas socks

Finished Objects/Yarns:
Dana: Mom’s Nalu Mitts, Mug Rugs (sorta), Chris’s Fireside Socks, Monster Cowl, “221B” singles yarn (224yds DK weight)
Brittany: Mom’s Christmas Socks

New In The Queue:
Dana: Royal Cowl by Michelle Krause ($4.50CAD Ravelry download)
Brittany: Zaria by Shannon Squire (Free, from Knitty Winter 2013)

Stash Stories: 2014 Goals- “Mindfulness”
Dana: Be more mindful and plan ahead
- only have 10 WIPs or less at the end of 2014
- finish 14 pairs of socks
- knit more with my own yarn, both commercial handdyed and handspun
- knit 12 projects from my current library of books (try for one per month) and only buy books that I want to knit 3/4 of what’s in them.
- support new-to-me businesses
Brittany:
- Stop knitting mindless stockinette just because you don’t have to think about it.
- be more monogamous
- bigger projects
- focus on older stash

Announcements:
* FibroFibers giveaway: 2-98: winner is #33 lasknit2! Congrats Lisa! We’ll put you in touch with Jen!
* Bird Leg Bags is giving JOMR listeners an exclusive coupon code for January! Listen for the code in the episode for 10% off your order!

Into The Wool Retreat Announcements:
* We have 14 spots available after having some spots open up.

January 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Episode 75: Sorta Successful

Thank you for joining us for episode 75 of JOMR! For the month of December we are proud to be sponsored by FibroFibers.


FibroFibers signature Nightfall yarn features a distinctive speckled gradient from black to vivid color. It’s available in 24 colors and four weights. With the colorwork dyed right onto the yarn, even the simplest beginner project can look spectacular! You can find Nightfall yarns at www.fibrofibers.com.

On The Needles/Bobbins:
Dana: Nalu Mitts, Cable Vision Wreath, Chris’s Fireside Socks, mug rugs on Cricket loom
Brittany: handspun socks, The Katniss Cowl by Lollyknits (sort of. heavily modified)

Finished Objects/Yarns:
Dana: Fiona, Bob’s Christmas Slipper Socks (here is the nonskid spray on Amazon), Test Knit: 50 Row Shawlette, Jacob Nply (59yds super bulky), Dandy Falkland Skein 1 (143yds, 2ply dk weight), Castaway BFL Silk (176yds 2ply sport to dk weight)
Brittany:  Mom’s Stripey socks

New In The Queue:
Dana: Goodale by Cecily Glowik McDonald ($5 Ravelry download)
Brittany: Douglas Fir by Melissa Schaschwary ($4 Ravelry download)

Stash Stories: End of the Year Wrap-Up
Dana:
Knitting:
* Finish the following WIPs: Wanda Nell, Honeymoon Socks, Campus Jacket, Neely O’Hara, Chickadee Love Mittens, Wildflower Monkeys, Ka’ana (finished Honeymoon Socks only- so FAIL)
* knit at least 14000yds in 2013 (will hit 20,000 by the end of the month- WIN!)
* knit at least 3 more sweaters in 2013, at least (right now I’m leaning toward the Bailey Cardigan for the SSK #2 KAL, Less Is More by Amy King out of handspun, and I’m going to get back to the Rocky Coast Cardigan) (knit Old Man & The Sea & Every Last Yard. will hopefully finish Lady Marple shortly)<
* finish the “Brown Bagging It” KAL- at least 6 months’ worth, and bonus points if I accomplish more! (only finished 2 months worth. boo)

Spinning:
* spin at least 16oz a month… preferably 20oz… for a total of 12lb for the year (hopefully 15lb!). (total 206oz/12.875lb for year so far, avg per month = 17.17oz- met smaller goal!)
* no buying fiber until KY! (clubs aren’t included, and I’m in 2) (OOPS)
* try the following techniques: unsupported long draw, more art yarn techiques from Spin Art like corespinning (I already know how but need to get better!) and autowrapping. (didn’t get around to art yarns but definitely got better at long draw!)
* spin for at least 2 sweaters. (spun for one, the Nestlets.)

Shop Goals:
* introduce 2 more yarn bases (introduced worsted in June. working on a bulky for 2014)
* introduce 3 more fiber bases (Introduced Gray Merino, Superwash BFL, Panda, and Superwash BFL/Nylon)
* try to stay ahead on my shop updates instead of having to get them ready right before they go live (did great on this!)
* make a color cards page on my blog so I can have all of my repeatable colorways in one location (did it for yarn!)
* come up with at least 3 new colorways a month (did way more than that)
* stay ahead of holiday colorways by at least 2 months (meh I didn’t do so hot on this but that’s ok. I’m not a big holiday-yarn dyer in general.)

Brittany:
* Coldsheep until KY fiber festival in May. Yes, 5 months with no yarn buying! Then, cold sheep again until SSK. (I think this was mostly successful)
* Finish my WIPS. No, really this time. Stop laughing. (50% ain’t bad)
* Knit more than I did in 2012 (5732 yds) (woohoo! currently at 6596 yards!)
* Knit at least 2 sweaters (check!)
* Focus on one skein projects that aren’t socks (sort of…not really.)

Announcements:
* Giveaway for FibroFibers: Recommend some patterns you think would be great to use with Nightfall yarns. (be specific!) The winner will be drawn by RNG and will win a shawl ball of Nightfall in your choice of base and colorway. The usual rules apply. You have until midnight ET on 12/28 to enter.
* Drawing for the Alpaca Farm Boy Calendar: we had 24 entrants, and the RNG picked #16 Fromage! Contact Dana and she’ll get your calendar out to you ASAP!
* Clean Slate Challenge:
- We are having a Knitdown and Spindown from your stash and WIPs!
- The only hard and fast rule is that it has to be stash yarn or fiber that is at least 3 months old.
- Every 1500yds you knit down or spin out of fiber from stash equals one entry into a drawing for a prize.
- WIPs count, but the yarn used has to meet the 3-months-old criteria.
- We will have a thread for you to “claim your place” starting January 1, and a chatter thread where all chatter about the CSC should go. You will have one post in the FO thread and will be responsible for updating it with every item or yarn you finish. We will not be policing your entries, but ask that you please be honest. :)
- The Challenge will run from January 1- February 28, drawing will be done on the mid-March episode of the podcast.
- You can double dip with other podcast KAL/SALs AND with the Ravellynic Games.
- Please tag your projects or yarns with CSC2014
* We have had a few dropouts for the retreat so there are some spots available. At this point we have passed the deadline for the deposit, so any future signups will have to pay the entire amount up front. For a current number of available spots, please check out this thread in the group on Ravelry.

December 15, 2013 at 9:39 am 1 comment

Episode 74: A Side of Beefcake

Thank you for joining us for episode 74 of JOMR!


For the month of December we are proud to be sponsored by FibroFibers.

FibroFibers signature Nightfall yarn features a distinctive speckled gradient from black to vivid color. It’s available in 24 colors and four weights. With the colorwork dyed right onto the yarn, even the simplest beginner project can look spectacular! You can find Nightfall yarns at www.fibrofibers.com.

On The Needles/Bobbins:
Dana: Lady Marple,Cable Vision Wreath, Chris’s Fireside Socks, SpunRightRound Falkland in “Picnic” on Suzie, mug rugs on Cricket loom
Brittany: Southmoor Hat, handspun socks, Mom’s Stripey socks

Finished Objects/Yarns:
Dana: SSK socks, Allie’s Pumpkin, Gallatin Scarf, Come In From The Cold coasters (BAD) (Kookaburra Wash for delicates is AWESOME)
Brittany: nada

New In The Queue:
Dana: Drifty Hat by Mandy Powers ($6 Ravelry download)
Brittany: The Katniss Cowl by Lollyknits (free download) Some amazing knits in the movie!

Stash Stories:
Dana: Snowman sock yarn by Artistic Yarn by Abi (formerly KnitPurlGirl)
Brittany: Robot Unicorn Attack by Moonshine Fiber Company

Announcements:
* Gourmet Stash giveaway: 2-111 winner is #60 CarolinaSpinner, Ashley! Congrats Ashley! We’ll give Kate your name and she can get your prize out to you!
* Alpaca Fiber Solutions Calendar Giveaway: tell us a joke! Regular contest rules apply (ie, only Rav thread entries count, must be a member of the group to win, no chatter, please answer the question, must enter by midnight ET on 12/12)

Into The Wool Retreat Announcements:
* We have 6 spots still available as of this recording. We will post regularly in the SIGNUPS ARE HERE thread on Ravelry to let you guys know how many spots are still left, and when we go to a waitlist. The form itself will look different when we go to a waitlist; it will say that we are on a waitlist at the top, and will also say it at the end when the address for the deposit would have appeared. Please look at these sections when signing up so you will know if you’re in, or if you are going to be signing up for the waitlist!
* Attendees that have already signed up: your deposits are due by December 15. The earlier you can send them in, the easier it will be for Dana.

December 2, 2013 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

Special Review Episode 1

Thanks for joining us for our very first special review episode! Here is where you can find all of the links to all of the items we reviewed.


  • Indie Socks by Chrissy Gardiner ($28.95 eBook download on Ravelry, $24.95 for paperback on Amazon)

Dana: Rippleside, Supernova

Brittany: Archery Socks, Deux Tourbillions

Dana: Eowyn & Frodo

Brittany: Goldberry & Boromir

November 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Episode 73: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Thank you for joining us for episode 73 of JOMR! For the month of November we are proud to be sponsored by Gourmet Stash.


Are you a new or advanced spinner? Always on the hunt for luxury fiber blends and interesting fiber preps? Well search no more! Gourmet Stash is an online fiber arts shop specializing in punis, batts, and Spin2Knit kits! We have a love of color and luxury fibers that we blend to make each spinning experience truly decadent. Stop by our shop and see what new fiber delicacies are being created every week at www.gourmetstash.com.

On The Needles/Bobbins:
Dana: Lady Marple for NaKniSweMo, Boundless Cape, Seamless Salomas Slippers (aka CHRISTMAS FOR EVERYONE!), Come In From The Cold coasters (Christmas), Bad Oyster
Brittany: Sockhead hat, Southmoor Hat, handspun socks, microbatts on Deerfield spindle

Finished Objects/Yarns:
Dana: Kaleidoscope Microbatts, EverythingOld Lady of the Lake Falkland 3ply
Brittany: Sample skein from new spindles

New In The Queue:
Dana: Constanza by Cristina Ghirlanda (4.99EUR/approx $6.89US)
Brittany: 22.5 Degrees by Martina Behm (free Rav download)

Stash Stories: Blast From The Past
Dana: Simple Knitted Bodice by Stefanie Japel
Brittany: Pomatomus Socks by Cookie A.

Announcements:
* Gourmet Stash giveaway: 1 4oz braid of roving in the JOMR colorway– (blues, greens and purples) The winner can choose the base…BFL/Silk, Merino/Yak/Silk or Superfine Merino. Kate will be mailing this out herself and is happy to ship internationally. For the contest, mention your favorite spinning technique or favorite prep, OR mention what techniques you’d like to try or practice at! Only open to JOMR group members, Rav thread only, one entry per person, no chatter, closes Nov 28 at midnight ET. You can also pick up some of the JOMR colorway in Kate’s shop update on Sunday/Monday. Check it out at gourmetstash.com!
* Not only is this our three year podiversary, but we hit 1500 members in the Ravelry group! We will each donate an ebook/pattern of the winner’s choice, up to a $10 value, and thanks to a generous listener (who requested to be nameless) a third winner can pick a colorway for a custom skein of Journey Sock yarn from Dana’s shop!
Winner 1: eBook or pattern 1411 aclare (Anna from Martinez, CA!)
Winner 2: eBook or pattern 1351 nodice (Jill from Los Angeles, CA!)
Winner 3: custom skein of Journey Sock 1281 Frenny (Jeni from Chelmsford, Essex, UK!)
* Dana is having a really big sale from 12:01AM on Black Friday (11/29) til 11:59PM on Cyber Monday (12/2)! Use coupon code TURKEY13 to save 15% off your entire order! (and you can use this one on items that are already marked down AND preorders of sweater quantities!) Visit her shop at unwindyarncompany.com.

Into The Wool News/Announcements:
The retreat is almost full! We have 17 spots left as of recording, so if you’re on the fence you might want to go ahead and make a decision. We also want to go over a few things with you that have come up a lot since we announced the signups.
* The comment we made about not holding a spot without payment was not intended for those who were signing up prior to Dec 15 and paying their deposit. We do have to have your deposit by December 15 or your spot will be given to someone else. BUT, if you sign up prior to that and are waiting on the mail to deliver us your check, we aren’t going to give your spot away in the amount of time it takes for your check to get here. We just didn’t want someone signing up just to hold a spot in case they decide to come, and NEVER paying their deposit.
* If you have questions for us, please either ask them in the FAQ thread or email us through the retreat email, intothewoolfiberretreat@gmail.com. (this includes inquiries about the address to send the check, roommate assignments, and questions about the camp/activites we have planned) We ask that you please not send us Ravelry PMs about this retreat. All three of us are really busy, and Ravelry PMs tend to slip through the cracks. Whereas, if you email us, we all three have access to the email account (unlike Rav PMs which only go to one person) and you stand a much better chance of getting a timely response via email. Thank you for understanding this!!
* There are several threads that have been started that involve carpooling, airport pickups by people who are passing by, etc. and we highly encourage those of you that are travelling in via airplane or from a distance by car to take advantage of this opportunity. You can save a little money this way! (and our vendor market is going to be AWESOME so you’ll need it!)
* Please feel free to start some “getting to know you” threads on the group, and participate in the ones that are already there! We love to see you guys interacting and getting to know each other before the retreat.
* Got an idea for a KAL? We’d love to hear it!

November 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm Leave a comment

Special Announcement!

 

Dana and I are pleased to announce, along with Jess of Storied Yarns, the Into the Wool Fiber Retreat!!!


Please visit our group on Ravelry for some FAQs and the signup form. Thanks for all your support and we sincerely hope you can join us!

November 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm 1 comment

Episode 72: A Big Head and Little Arms

Thank you for joining us for episode 72 of JOMR! For the month of November we are proud to be sponsored by Gourmet Stash.

Are you a new or advanced spinner? Always on the hunt for luxury fiber blends and interesting fiber preps? Well search no more! Gourmet Stash is an online fiber arts shop specializing in punis, batts, and Spin2Knit kits! We have a love of color and luxury fibers that we blend to make each spinning experience truly decadent. Stop by our shop and see what new fiber delicacies are being created every week at www.gourmetstash.com.


On The Needles/Bobbins:
Dana: Boundless Cape, Seamless Salomas Slippers (aka CHRISTMAS FOR EVERYONE!), Kaleidoscope Microbatts on Hansen, Dandy Falkland on Hansen (link to foot length/shoe size chart is here)
Brittany: Sockhead hat- “Firecracker” from Dragonfly Fibers, Southmoor Hat

Finished Objects/Yarns:
Dana: Driving To SAFF Charade Sock, Selbu Modern, Ironwork Mitt
Brittany: Zombody Says Boo stripey Halloween socks (Desert Vista Dyeworks yarn), ITW BFL- 390 yards! true sock weight.

New In The Queue:
Dana: Maatuskat mittens by Niina Laitinen (free, translated by the wonderful Ultimecia)
Brittany: Monster Cowl by Julia Allen ($3.50 Rav download.)

SAFF Recap
Dana: two felted cat toys, SAFF tshirt, fudge, rolags from KnittyandColor, banded Jacob roving, Nightfall sportweight sock set from FibroFibers, 8oz cormo top from Lavender Hills Farm, mug from potterknitter, Traveler from Dragonfly Fibers, nostepinne, Strauch jumbo ballwinder, SAFF colorway sock yarn from Miss Babs, Charisma Art Gallery “Treehuggers” print
Brittany: box bag by KSC Designs, two pairs of Addis, Jacob wool gradient batt, Firecracker yarn from Dragonfly fibers, SAFF t-shirt, fudge.

Stash Stories: Top 5 Currently Worn Projects
Dana: Simple Beret, Caliper, Stripey Tomato, View From My Front Porch, White Beret (honorable mention: stripey socks of all flavors)
Brittany: Hitchhiker, Saroyan, Crooked Paths, Chandra, Selbu Modern (honorable mention- socks in general)

Announcements:
* drawing for 9-stitches.com subscription: 2-54: #46 EspressoBean! Congrats!
* drawing for TangerineDesigns JOMR project bag: 2-108: #88 luv2weave! Congrats!!
* Gift Along: designers listed on this board will be offering selected gifty patterns from their Rav stores at 25% off from Nov 1-15 with the coupon code GIFTALONG. There are over a hundred designers participating, and there are hundreds of patterns to choose from. The promotion will be in connection with a knit/crochet-along that will go from Nov 1-Dec 31. There will be a ton of awesome prizes to win when you participate. You can check out the designer and pattern threads to see the growing list of what will be available.
* in conjunction with the Gift Along, Dana will be offering 10% off your entire purchase in her shop from Nov 1-15 so you can get started on your gifty knitting! Use coupon code GIFTALONG to save. (can’t be combined with any other coupon or discount. Thanks!)

November 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm 1 comment

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