Episode 22: Scraps!
Thanks for joining us for Episode 22 of Just One More Row!
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New in the Queue:
Dana: Ribby Cardi by Bonne Marie Burns ($6 Ravelry download), North Porch Hat by Kim Wagner ($4 Ravelry download)
Brittany: Vignette by Amy Herzog (free Knitty pattern), Tenney Park by Elizabeth Martin (free Knitty Pattern)
Discussion: Knitty Deep Fall 2011
Dana and Brittany both queued Tenney Park and think that it would be great in either handspun or millspun yarn; Dana plans to do the entrelac panel in handspun, and Brittany plans to do it in millspun- it’s a sweateroff! Also queued by both hosts is the Vignette sweater; red buttons are the perfect accent, and it looks very feminine and elegant. Dana liked the Flügel sweater, but could never, ever knit it to be cropped like the pattern suggests because of her, um, assets. Dana likes the Ambroso mittens because they can be worked fingerless as well as mitten-style. Brittany likes the Auguste sweater but would never make it in bright purple for her husband because he wouldn’t wear it! Maybe a nice green instead? Brittany also likes the Spatterdash Wristwarmers; she has a huge button collection and would love to use some on these! Dana likes the After The Rain mittens but the up-front yarn cost is excessive- 8 skeins of Cascade 220 sport?! Brittany also loves the Kiwi: he is so cute! Brittany thinks When Samson Met Lila is a pretty sweater too, but she would have to lengthen it.
Discussion: Time On My Hands eBook ($18 for 9 patterns) by Becky Herrick
Dana and Brittany really loved this book! The patterns we liked best are: Morningtide (fair isle deliciousness!), Sundial (love the thumb gusset!), Digital Age (Latvian braid is awesome!), and Cookoo Clock (love mittens and that cable is awesome! perfect for handspun!). Brittany loves the Grandfather Clock gloves pattern, and thinks they’d be great as a basic glove pattern. The Bewitching Hour gloves are knit in a beautiful purple, and both hosts love the cables, but the cable extending up the middle finger inspired lots of laughter- they’re they perfect bird-flipping gloves! Brittany likes Tea Time but doesn’t care for bobbles… maybe a YO could be substituted instead? Cocktail Hour is a bit more costumey than either host can pull off… but the lace pattern is beautiful. Altogether, both Brittany and Dana would knit enough patterns from this eBook to justify buying it.
And now it’s time for a CONTEST!!! We have a copy of the Time On My Hands eBook to give away, courtesy of the author! In order to win this book, either leave a comment on this blog entry or on the Ravelry thread for this episode, and tell us what your favorite pattern is from this book, and why you like it. We’ll draw from all entries for the first November episode, so you have all month to enter. Please, please, PLEASE: follow these directions, or we simply can’t enter you to win! Thanks for understanding!!!
- Drawing for episode 20’s prize, the skein of yarn from KnittinK: byneedleandthread (we had 62 entrants! thank you!)
- Public Service Announcement: HUGE price increase on Majacraft wheels per the manufacturer. Dana is extremely disappointed by this because she thinks that Majacraft has priced themselves completely out of the market. Dana doesn’t think she’d recommend a Majacraft wheel to a new spinner at these prices, especially since a new spinner might not want to stick with the craft. We understand that manufacturers need to pay their employees a living wage, but this price increase follows too closely on the heels of the one that just happened in February of this year. Overall, Dana’s advice is to go ahead and try to get a Majacraft wheel from a dealer that has them in-stock and will sell it to you at the old price.
- Quickie review of Schacht Sidekick: Dana got a chance to spin on one at Smoky Mountain Spinnery, and she loved it! It was quiet, smooth, and she was spinning froghair singles with no effort at all. If you already have a Schacht wheel, you can buy the Sidekick with no flyer/bobbin assembly, and that brings the price down to $665. If you want to buy it complete, you can get it for $750-785 online. Overall, Dana recommends it, and has intentions to sell her Little Gem travel wheel and buy a Sidekick instead! 🙂
- 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! It’s also a good idea to get yourself on the waiting list for a class; you never know if someone will cancel last-minute! We are having a meetup, and will post details in the next episode! 🙂
- 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, spindles, and lovely spindle bags and learn-to-spin kits! Dana will be bringing yarn, fiber, and handspun. We’d love to see you there!!