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Ep 144: Home Improvement Before Knitting

Kelly Locke

 

Lots of home improvement talk (and some power tool noise) before we get down to the knitting this week. 

Also, we have a coupon code for 3GreenSisters Etsy shop. Visit their site to buy one of their beautiful bags and use the code TWOEWES to get 15% off and free US shipping. 

Marsha’s Projects:

The deck project is moving along, but it’s slower than we originally thought.

I’ve been busy knitting on Holey Comfort cardigan by Hinterm Stein using Elemental Effects Cormo. I joined the body and have knit about 6”.Really fun pattern and interesting details.



Almost done with the bobbin of cotton fiber. Kelly and I discuss plying options and decide that it would be best to put the fiber on two bobbins and ply from the two bobbins. Singles management can be tricky with cotton, especially for a beginning cotton spinner.

I’m planning to knit Walk a Long by Ankestrick using Little Fish Stitches fingering in the Seabrook colorway Mocrocks Beach. This is a custom colorway for String Theory yarn shop

Kelly’s Projects 

I’ve finished the knitting for the Targhee Lamb handspun sweater using the Dark and Stormy pattern by Thea Colman.  Weaving in ends, sewing on the vintage buttons that I found in my stash, and blocking will happen this week. 

I cast on another pair of socks from handspun as we are finishing up the Summer Spin-In. I’m using the yarn I spun out of the Shaky K fiber I got at Stitches this past February. This might be one of my fastest purchase-to-FO conversions if I keep moving along on an don’t stall out on the sock.


I also cast on a charity hat using the same purple and pink yarn that I used for the Raticorn. I’m holding the yarns doubled. One is a hot pink Stunning Strings fingering weight and the other is a sport weight merino cashmere. Both of these yarns are left over from Robert’s neon argyle socks.  

Summer Spin-In

The Summer Spin-In ends this Monday! (Sept. 7). We will announce winners in our next episode. 

This is our best “along” yet with 34 posts in FO made with handspun thread and 144 posts in handspun yarn thread.

Two people will win bags from 3 Green Sisters.  Check out their shop! They make project bags, spinning wheel bags and loom bags. Even if you don’t win a bag as a prize, they are offering a 15% savings for any bag in their shop. Use the coupon code TWOEWES.  They also provide free shipping in the US.

Here is some information from the 3 Green Sisters, Visit their site and use the code TWOEWES to get 15% off and free US shipping. www.etsy.com/shop/3Greensisters:  

My sisters and I have been making purses and bags, knitting bags and project totes, loom carrier totes and spinning wheel bags for 19 years.  We come from a long line of seamstresses.  My great grandmother, Cecilia, sewed sequined and fancy dresses for the elite in San Francisco in the early 1900's.   Cecilia passed down the craft to my grandmother, who taught my mother, who taught us.   We take great pride in the quality of work-woman-ship in every product we make.

Our bags are made from recycled, upcycled, repurposed, vintage and rescued fabrics.  We have many sources to obtain our fabrics including an incredible fabric shop in NYC which lets us "dumpster dive" remnants, generous upholstery and drapery making shops who save their scraps for us, yard sales, Estate Sales and of course, second hand shops.  Each bag is a one of a kind.  This is our small way to give back to Mother Nature.  

Yarn in the Shop

Our shop has new colors in fingering plus two new bases of Climate Beneficial(™) Replenish Rambouillet! We have a new sport weight 3-ply Replenish Rambouillet. Marsha created these colorways as part of the Iceland Collection. We also have an Aran weight 5-ply Replenish Rambouillet, in a variety of greens. Look for more colors in the future. 

Besides the Replenish Rambouillet, We have silver gray Romney and a white Corriedale/Romeldale cross milled by Marcaile at Valley Oak Wool Mill.  These are Aran to Bulky weight yarns with a nice ply twist for a durable yarn. Both are currently available as natural colors, with some dyed versions available in the future. 

The shop also has some spinning fiber. Check out the Two Ewes Fiber Adventures Shop


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