Ep 121: Knitting Funk vs. Inspirations

Kelly Locke

Reviewing the WA Coast Meetup, a fiber mill, weaving plans, and patron appreciation prizes round out this episode. Come join the community on Ravelry or become a patron and support the show on our Patreon Page.

Thank you to Jean Chambers at String Theory Yarn and Fiber for helping us put on the Washington Coast Meetup! We had a great time meeting new fiber friends who felt like old friends right away. The unexpected theme of the meetup was dogs! All the attendees were dog owners, the shop has a new puppy, Marsha brought Enzo, and two of the attendees also had their dogs with them. So a beach run with the dogs was a highlight of Saturday afternoon.

On our way to Seabrook we stopped by Olympic Yarn and Fiber Mill for a tour by the owner Lynn Lipski. She is also the creator of Lina Yarns. We toured her current mill and had a sneak peak at the new fiber spinning mill that she is opening in Cosmopolis, WA. Her operation is very impressive and her vision for providing a mill for local fiber and helping to build the fiber supply chain is definitely infectious.

Marsha’s Projects

I finished Lounging Top by Joji Locatelli. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Juliet.

I also finished the first sock with Schahenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos. I’m using Knitted Wit Smarties for the toes and heels. Note: 45-yard mini skein is enough for heel and toe of one sock.

I’m making another 1898 Hat by Kristine Byrnes with worsted weight. This time using Leading Men Fiber Arts Box Office Worsted in the colorway Wild Goose Chase. The pattern is available for free on the Seamen’s Church Institute: Christmas at Sea website.

Marsha’s Plans

I started Shared Rib by Anne Hanson back in February. The pattern is for a scarf, cowl, or infinity cowl. I’ve knit about 4” of the scarf but think I’m going to rip out and knit the cowl instead. The yarn is from Old Maiden Aunt fingering that in the colorway Crimson Lips that I bought at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

Halloween is coming! Thinking about making the Daphne’s Skull designed by Ellen Sibelius owner of Wooly Wonders. To hear more about her designs check out Episode 109.

Kelly’s Projects

I’m participating in the Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sara Shira. I was keeping up with the clues until I went off to Washington for the meetup. The clue that week involved stuffing the gnome so I put the project on pause for the trip and I haven’t picked it back up. The mystery KAL is now over so I know how the gnomes look and they’re very cute. I’ll finish my two in time for Christmas and add a couple more traditional looking gnomes to the bunch, but right now I’m not in the mood for small pieces, stuffing or sewing.

I did start a pair of socks at the meetup. They are out of Little Fish Stitches yarn in the Seabrook Sunset colorway that is exclusive to String Theory Yarn and Fiber. It’s a very pretty orange and purple combination.

Other than that, my knitting has hit a stall. I’m in a funk. Maybe that’s for the best since it’s almost time for the 19-20 Winter Weave Along! It will start on October 15th and go until March 15th. For handouts from the last two years, go to the pages section of our Ravelry Group.

Third Quarter Patron Appreciation drawing!

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