Episode 11: Chrome Spinners!
Hey all! Thanks to our returning listeners for joining us again, and if you’re just finding us, thanks for giving us a shot!
Dana: Nelkin Designs Mystery KAL, Roxanne Mystery KAL, Angry Birds Goldfinch (mentions the Tribble she made), Quick Cable Slouch Hat, CorgiHillFarms Swiss Chard batt
Brittany: Breaking Hearts Socks, Linen Stitch Scarf, is going to be making her husband an anniversary present out of her Heathered Brown Handspun
New In The Queue:
Dana: Belmondo Shawl by Tori Gurbisz (was inspired by this post on the BeeMiceElf forum, and is a free download on Ravelry), Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan by Pamela Costello (free download on Ravelry, used by Rachel as her template for her handspun sweater)
Brittany: just got the book Sock Innovation by Cookie A, so she queued Rick and Kai-Mei
Discussion: Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes
Brittany likes how comprehensive the book is because it doesn’t favor one topic over another: it tries to cover all of them concisely. Dana was a little bored by the scientific explanations, because that’s not how she chooses her fiber; she’s very tactile and tends to choose by texture first, and color second. Brittany enjoyed the scientific explanations because they helped her understand a bit more about the breeds she’s interested in spinning in the future, and really enjoyed reading about breeds she’s already spun and their characteristics. Dana was definitely interested to see that most of her favorite wools to spin (polwarth, cormo, rambouillet, merino) are all in one category: finewools. Brittany thinks that the list of wool processors is pretty cool, and Dana loves the listings of fiber festivals, athough it’s incomplete… it does give a website (go here, click on Events) that has more complete listings of all fiber festivals, and if you know of one that isn’t listed you can email them information so they can add it. Patterns Dana liked: Risti Mittens (maybe without that crazy-colored cuff), Bella Baby Ensemble, and the Prairie Rose Lace Shawl. Brittany thinks that a lot of the patterns are pretty, but can’t picture herself actually knitting any of them. Overall, we agree that this book is a fantastic resource for spinners, and an ok one for knitters- it wouldn’t be a must-have for a knitter’s library, but is a good supplementary book. It’s a lot more useful for spinners who are looking for information on specific breeds and breed characteristics.
- Middle TN Fiber Arts Festival is May 27-28 2011 in Dickson TN. Dana is taking the Spin Silk & Have Fun class on Friday, and both Dana and Brittany will be there for most of the day on Saturday. If you’re going to be there, let us know so we can meet up and say hi!
- Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair is October 21-23 in Asheville NC. Last year we stayed at the Mountain View Inn & Suites and really liked it. It’s only about 5 minutes away from the fairgrounds, is clean and quiet (haha, unless everyone’s in the lobby!), and has free continental breakfast. This year the manager has blocked the entire hotel for SAFF attendees at a special rate: $69 a night for a double queen room or $79 a night for a king suite. If you’re interested in booking, the hotel phone number is 828-692-7772, and you’d probably better book soon because as of today (04/20/11) there are only 12 more rooms available at this hotel. If this hotel is already full by the time you’re reading this, check the SAFF board on Ravelry to see if the other hotels offering special rates still have rooms available.
- Thank you to the listener that donated to our podcast! It really made our week, as did the two new ratings on iTunes- you guys rock!! Keep ’em coming!
- Once again, if you donate $1 or more to the podcast between now and May 27, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a beautiful skein of Tyrannosaurus Knits Velociraptor Sock in the Candy Striper colorway!
- Don’t forget about the special discount code for the Breaking Hearts Socks pattern! Just type in code ONEMOREROW at Ravelry checkout to save $1 off the pattern til the end of 2011!