Episode 56: Keeping the Honey Badger in the Cage
Thank you for joining us for episode 56 of Just One More Row!This episode is brought to you by Unwind Yarn Company.
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On The Needles/Bobbins:
Dana: Temperance Socks in ACG Gamut (past the heel), Glacier Cruise Stripey Socks in Alaskan Nancy (first sock finished, on second sock’s cuff), Zuzu’s Two in ITW gradient handspun, new cowl design out of handspun, knit two more blocks on my Mason-Dixon Noro Log Cabin, worked some more on my Scrap Sock Yarn Scarf (about another 10”)
Brittany: Don’t Cage Me In Socks in STR Space Dust, Feather and Fan socks in ACG Gamut, spinning UYC BFL/Silk in Aurora Borealis
Dana: Superman Merino/Silk 2ply, Color Me Different SAL 2 2ply yarn, Crown Mountain Farms Targhee nply, Seaside merino/silk singles, several miniskeins of odds and ends to clean off bobbins, Wooly Wonka Victory Garden Mixed BFL 2ply (total of 1410 yds since we last recorded though!)
Brittany: Basket of Lies Socks
New In the Queue:
Dana: The Urban Collection by Glenna C ($15 Ravelry download, 2 patterns already released with 5 yet to come)
Brittany: Andover by Jennifer Wood, $6 Found using Rav’s new feature Pattern Recommendations (it will show you patterns based on your queued items, made items, and favorited patterns)
Discussion: Cream Tea eBook by Laura Aylor ($6 Rav download)
Lots of variety- cables, knit/purl pattern, garter
Devonshire Cream is our favorite
Hot Tea would be good for handspun
Cinnamon Scone looks really soft and we love the knit/purl patterning in a neutral yarn
WDYWTHA: Intarsia v. Fair Isle (asked by dawnturner)
Dana’s first project: Fake Isle Hat
Brittany’s first project: Mini Christmas Stocking Ornament
Neither of us really care for intarsia. Too difficult to get the tension even. We both made the finger moustache… here is Brittany’s and here is Dana’s.
Tips for good fair isle:
- Make sure your yarns are EXACTLY the same grist. Otherwise one will be more prominent when you look at your work.
- Never carry floats for more than 5 stitches (4 if using heavier yarn) without twisting.
- Periodically stretch your work out to make sure you’re not pulling your floats too tight, and keep in mind that you’re going to be blocking your work so err on the side of being just a bit too loose rather than too tight. You can’t cure too tight in the blocking.
- Don’t twist your yarn in the same place on the back of your work every time. It creates a “seam” that’s visible on the right side.
Things to look for when picking a first fair isle pattern: be reasonable… only go for a 2 or 3 color pattern. Or better yet, do one solid with one multicolor! It really gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
Some of our other Fair Isle projects:
Dana’s Selbu Modern, Brittany’s Selbu Modern, Dana’s La Joie du Printemps Mittens, Brittany’s Falling Snow Stocking, Dana’s Falling Snow Stocking, Dana’s Temple Cats Hat, Brittany’s Opus Spicatum
– Cakewalk Yarns Contest: Just One More Season Contest: we loved seeing your responses! We had 142 entries (not counting Brittany’s first post), and the winner is #88- bananieknits, Anne of Colorado Springs CO! Get in touch with Dana!
– Brown Bagging It KAL is still going strong! If you haven’t joined in, it’s definitely not too late! It’s pretty informal, and we just like cheering each other on.
– Thanks to UYC for being our sponsor this month!
– Sarah of Another Crafty Girl and Dana of Unwind Yarn Company would like to announce signups for the next round of the 2 Crafty Girls Art History Club! Signups will start on March 3 and run through the 12th, we will invoice the lucky members on the 13th, and payment must be received by the 27th. This round is for April-May.
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