Episode 24: Good Luck, Bad Luck, and Learning Experiences

November 5, 2011 at 1:44 am 1 comment

Hey guys, thanks for joining us for Episode 24! In this episode, segments include What’s On Our Needles/Bobbins, FOs/Yarns, Rich Girl, a review of Coastal Knits, and a discussion about yarns and fibers, and what to look for in yarns and fibers when shopping for a project.  We hope you love the episode, and look forward to your feedback!

This month, our show sponsor is Everything Old.  Please take this opportunity to check out EverythingOld, and take advantage of the coupon code!

At Everything Old, we love colour! From our juicy layered semi-solids and brilliant hand-paints to our eye-catching tie-dyes, we are inspired by everything from video games to the natural splendour of our home in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Find our fantastic colours on several luxurious yarn bases ranging from lace to DK weight, with a focus on versatile sock yarns. We also carry spinning fibre! We stock small batches of as many different wools, blends, and luxury fibres as we can get our hands on, all in attractive, unique colourways, for the adventurous spinner who wants to try them all. And coming this holiday season: batts! At Everything Old you can also find fantastic handmade project bags, stitch markers, and original patterns. We have everything you need to get your fibre fix!  During the month of November, JOMR listeners get 15% off their entire purchase by entering the code JOMR15 at checkout.  Visit Everything Old on Artfire!

This month, we have a prize to give away that’s courtesy of EverythingOld!  This is a skein of her TrueBlue sock yarn (80% superwash BFL/20% nylon, 435yds/100g) in the colorway Mad Mallard.

If you’d like to win this yarn, please give the episode a listen and find out all about the contest, and we look forward to seeing your entries!  Also, please remember: we are no longer counting blog comments as contest entries, so please leave your comments on the appropriate Ravelry thread! 🙂  Thank you!

Quick Fiber In The Boro Recap:
We had a great time meeting some listeners, and hanging out with The Knit Girllls!  Dana did really well, and so did Lori.  Brittany ended up buying some fiber from Dana, some stitch markers from Lori, and a braid of roving from Storied Yarns.  If you are in the area next year, you should really try to come to the show!  It was such a nice time and there were so many great vendors! (The stuff Dana bought post-SAFF/pre-FITB: superwash BFL sock set from Corgi Hill Farms, Frabjous Day Falkland from KnittyandColor)

On The Needles/Bobbins:
Dana: Technicolor Drake socks, Abalone Swirl BFL on Sidekick, nothing on Suzie, Gnome Acres Merino/Silk on new Spanish Peacock Russian
Brittany: Mom’s Sparkly Brown Socks, Candy Stripe Raglan, finished spinning Stormfront on the Sonata, still have Mare Vitalis on the Symphony.

Dana: ICED!!!, Unwind Yarn Company Periwinkle Swirl BFL, KnittyandColor Ultralight At Night Merino/Silk
Brittany: “Drunken Witch” on Dana’s Sidekick (mix of “Lime in the Coconut” and “Elphaba”)

Rich Girl:
Dana: 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directoryby Mary Jane Mucklestone ($24.95 list price, $15.44 Amazon price, due to release Nov 29 2011)
Brittany: Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig ($22)

Review: Coastal Knits:
Dana: Dana loves the layout of this book and the way everything is basically storyboarded.  Her favorite pattern by far is the Rocky Coast Cardigan and already has the yarn for it.  She also loves the Gnarled Oak Cardigan (might have to dye the yarn for this one herself), Wildflower Cardigan (she even like the goldenrod color it’s in, and so does Brittany), Rustling Leaves Beret (picturing this in deep green or red… maybe her Bugga?), Cambrian Cowl (handspun!), Branching Out Mitts (scrap yarns?), Sand and Sea Shawlette (wouldn’t take a whole skein of fingering weight, and the contrast color could be leftovers from another project).
Brittany: Likes the fact that they’re friends and came together for the book, like what Dana & she do for the podcast.  She likes the aesthetics and layout of the book, and the different storylines.  Brittany likes the Rocky Coast Cardigan, Rustling Leaves Beret, and the Sand and Sea Shawlette.  She thinks the Branching Out Mitts would be cute if they were longer, and she’d knit the Bayside Pullover in a different yarn (no linen!).

Discussion: Different Uses for Different Fibers/Handdyed Yarns:
In this segment we discuss fibers and yarns, and the different uses for each.

Books to further your knowledge: Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics (Anne Field), The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn (Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson), The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber (Clara Parkes), The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn (Clara Parkes), The Knitter’s Book of Socks: The Yarn Lover’s Ultimate Guide to Creating Socks That Fit Well, Feel Great, and Last a Lifetime (Clara Parkes), All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn(Amy Clarke Moore), Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn (Carol Sulcoski)


  • Drawing for the Time On My Hands eBook by Becky Herrick: #16: knitful (total of 67 entries)
  • EverythingOld giveaway: “Mad Mallard” on TrueBlue sock, 435yds/100g 80% superwash BFL, 20% nylon… be sure to listen to the episode to find out how to win!

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

SAFF Special Episode! Episode 25: If I Were A Holiday Rich Girl

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jessica Cook (@jessecreations)  |  November 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Brittany – Thanks so much for your sweet comments!!! I’m actually holding the Evil Dead braid aside to send to Jacey Boggs for one of her workshops, but I’m happy to sell it to you if you really want it for your hubby (or I can dye up that colorway again in a larger quantity if you want on any fiber, LOL)! 
    Dana, I’m with you – I didn’t buy anything either! The festival offerings were all very lovely, but I didn’t want to spend my profits on fibers just for me. I did keep a few things from my own inventory after the show so I can spin them for myself, but I didn’t actually spend any money. I’m both proud of that and bummed, ha!


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