Episode 16: Every Rose Has Its Thorn

June 30, 2011 at 4:14 am Leave a comment

Welcome to Episode 16! In this episode we talk about our recent FO’s, queue management, and review an old classic- Charmed Knits.

On The Needles/Bobbins/Spindles:
Dana: Stripey Tomato, Luna Shawl, London Fog SW BFL from FatCatKnits on Little Gem, my own handdyed mixed BFL on medium Turkish spindle from Threads Thru Time
Brittany: Sock Yarn Blanket, Stone and String Studio Wensleydale Club Fiber in Giles

Dana: Mom’s Birthday Roses, first beaded yarns! (Crocus Beaded ArtYarn and Kelp Beaded ArtYarn).  Mentions several tips for creating beaded art yarns: use waxed quilting thread (be careful using overlock or weaker sewing thread- it tangles and will break!) and smaller beads because they’re easy to place and don’t change the grist of your yarn as much.
Brittany: Quick Cable Slouch Hat,  Pedestrian Cowl (Dana mentions Natural Resources- a great button source but for some reason they’ve closed their Etsy account…)

New In The Queue:
Dana: a BUNCH of stuff from the First Fall Knitty! Chasing Snakes by Mercè Janer, Inlay by Hunter Hammersen, Leaflet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Kuusk by Ashley Knowlton- all free (Dana accidentally said Summer Knitty- sorry!  Didn’t want to cause any confusion!), and likes Double Heelix but wouldn’t make them
Brittany: Paulie by Isabell Kraemer (free)

Discussion: How We Organize Our Queues
Dana: My queue is tagged with what it is, whether it’s paid/free/magazine/book, and sometimes tagged with techniques used if they’re particularly interesting.  I don’t really have my yarn matched up to my queue in Ravelry unless I’m specifically looking for a pattern to use with a particular yarn (like my Malabrigo Rasta, or a special yarn with limited yardage).
Brittany: I use the tabs and tags function to organize my queue.  I tag things that I’ve matched yarn and project together as RTK (ready to knit).  Most of my queue is not paired to yarns in my stash, but I have a general idea of what I want to do with all of my stash yarns.

If I Was A Rich Girl:
Dana: Milky Way batt from KnittyandColor
Brittany: Bee Mice Elf club fiber for June– so jealous!!

Review: Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel
Dana: I like a lot of patterns in this book!  The Quidditch Socks are awesome, and I love the House Mittens, the House Sweater, and Ron’s Ragg Raglan Sweater.  I’m not typically a fan of kitschy knits, but I do like the Bookscarves .  I made the Tea Cozy Crown for a friend’s baby out of some scrap wool and it turned out so cute- I can definitely recommend it!  I’m planning to make the Twisted Pumpkin Hat for a friend’s son for fall/winter use this year… it’ll look adorable on him.  The Christmas ornaments (especially the sweaters) are absolutely adorable and I think you could adapt them to any color scheme you could think of.
Brittany: Love the Weasley Sweater, Dobby’s Socks, Ron’s Ragg Raglan


  • Signups for classes for SAFF (Oct 21-23 2011) start on July 1 for members and July 15 for nonmembers.  Classes this year feature amazing teachers, big names including Esther Rogers, Susan “Fleegle” Stevens, Jacey Boggs, & Galina Khmeleva! Also, there’s an awesome party at our hotel (Mountain Inn & Suites in Hendersonville) this year on Friday night at 7pm, and you don’t have to be staying at the hotel to come! 🙂
  • This month’s donation incentive is a skein of handdyed sock yarn by Dana (her shop is Unwind Yarn Company).  Colorway is called Faded Graffiti and it’s a mix of gray, blue, green, tan, purple, and pink.  Any podcast donation of $5 or more gets you an entry to win this skein of yarn, valued at $20!  Help us get a Snowball microphone for Dana and to use for interviews! 🙂

Unwind Yarn Company Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in "Faded Graffiti"

  • Thank you for our new iTunes reviews!  If you haven’t left one yet, we’d appreciate it if you did. 🙂  Also, thank you to the listener who donated to our podcast! We appreciate you so much!  One step closer to the new microphone!

Entry filed under: knitting, podcast, shownotes, spinning.

Episode 15: Swedish Chef Hats and Prepping for the TdF Episode 17: Spin Fast, Spin Long, Spin Strong!

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