Ep 179: Almost Live From Kelly's Backyard

Marsha Failor

Kelly and I are together for this episode and recording in her backyard. We have lots of project updates and a discussion of our contests and an interesting podcast.

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Marsha’s Projects

Quick Switch Hat by AbbyeKnits. My son liked the hat so much I cast on another for him using Meeker Street Olives Outerwear DK in the colorway Sage. I finished the hat and was worried it was too small but it fits well and he loves it.

Nanny Meier’s Tea Cozy by Amelia Carlsen. I am using Cascade 220 Heather in Red Wine Heather (9489) and green Irelande (2429). I have finished both sides and am ready to sew together and make pompoms.

Meadow Stripe Socks using Patons Kroy Sock in the colorway, Meadow Stripes and Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash fingering for the heels and toes. Working on gusset.

Garter Squish Blanket I’m so excited to start another garter squish blanket for our Stash Busting Blanket Along. 

Phrancko Designs crew neck from Phrancko.com by Frank Jernigan. I’m using my green and brown handspun merino. I finished the body and about half of the first sleeve when Ben came home and I was able to have him try it on. It is too small all over but especially tight fitting through the shoulders and upper arms. I will have to frog and find another pattern. The good news is he loves the Fibonacci sequence striping.

I cast on for a cowl and am using the helix knitting technique with four colors green (Amazon), blue (Cornflower), light blue (Rain), and mauve (Plum) that our listener Rochelle (Reecreates) suggested. Here is a link to the Purl SoHo video.

I’m spinning a 2lb bag of Manx Loaghton in my stash. This is a protected breed from the Isle of Man. I am using a woolen spun technique.

Our listener UlrikaC recommended the Fiber Nation podcast episode about the history of the Manx Loaghtan sheep. Here is the link to the episode Manx for the Memories. Fiber Nation is an excellent podcast hosted by Alison Korleski. She examines the history of fiber production, sewing, crafting, and a few mysteries. Here are links to some of the episodes I listened to that I found fascinating. 

Home Economics Versus Hitler: Sewing in WWII

Hemp: The Fall and Rise of a Forbidden Fiber

The Mystery of Gunnister Man

The Donner Party ad the Doll: Patty Reed’s Doll

Kelly’s Projects

I finished a pair of socks (Ravelry link) in Bob Ross Happy Little Mistakes yarn from Weird Sisters Wool Emporium in Aberdeen. I used the stitch pattern from Blueberry Waffle socks. 

I also started and finished a charity hat with sock scraps (including the leftovers from the finished socks) and I’m currently working on a Helix Hat with some vintage sock yarn. 

I started a Garter Squish blanket to use the handspun leftovers from my tossing of the stash. I’m about to the halfway mark and I’m almost done with the natural white Columbia and Oxford that I’m using as the base color. I spun more Oxford and then I knit all of that (maybe 375 yards). So now it's stalled again. I have one more batt that is already carded, but I think I may need to card more. This blanket will be helping with my fleece stash, too.

Finally doing some of the weaving in ends and blocking that I didn’t do during the pandemic. A crochet shawl, a knitted shawl, the Rachel Sweater and the Dark Green Forest Sweater should all be ready to wear at Stitches this weekend!

We Want to Hear You!

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Whidbey Weavers Guild

Spin In: Saturday, April 2 and Sunday April 3

10:00-4:00 both days

Oak Harbor High School

Admission $20 for both days

Winter Weave Along

Just about a month left. It ends March 31. There is an FO thread and a chat thread and prize winners will be drawn from both.

Two Ewes’ Hand Dyed Cotton Yarn and Dishcloth Pattern Giveaway 

One day left to enter! 

Stash-Busting Blanket Along

Starts now, ends May 31. There will be prizes. 

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