Ep 219: Hereby Ordered to Wild and Free

Marsha Failor

Marsha has an exciting addition to our fiber adventures. A new loom! Plus we have project updates and some listener comments. 

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Marsha’s Projects

Malabrigo Nube Merino Braids: Have two braids in the color way 855 which is a blue green. Finished the first braid and started second

Camella Hat: by Katie Pomper. Using Meeker Street Olive’s Outerwear DK in the colorway Dragon’s Breath. 

Nanny Meier Tea Cozy: Inspired by Lily Pulitzer colors. Using Cascade 220 in hot pink and lime green. Finished first side.

Socks: Using Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn in the colorway Sum-Sum-Summertime. Heels and toes will be Dream in Color Mini Smooshy in the colorway Bermuda Teal. 

Fine Sand: by Heidi Kirrmaier. Using West Yorkshire Spinners Illustrious in the colorway Claret. I washed and blocked the body. Seems okay but I would like it a bit roomier. I’m still thinking about what I want to do next. 

LeClerc Nilus Jack Loom: Pick it up January 8th from a weaver on Vashon Island. Have lots of lace weight alpaca that I plan to weave a shawl. Kelly walked me through the math with her Two Ewes Weaving Calculator and  Sample Weaving Calculation.






Kelly’s Projects

Finished the  Purple/Gray socks for Robert. The yarn is Comfort and Joy. I wasn’t familiar with the dyer but it turns out to be a yarn particular to the Purls of Joy yarn shop in Healdsburg, California. I bought three skeins of their sock yarn at the very last Stitches event and I still have two to use.


Sewing together the Dozens of Little Squares. I am making strips of 14 squares each. I’ll run out of squares and need more when I have 15 strips of 14. I’m currently on the 8th strip. 



Started a Sockhead Hat with Punk Rock Unicorn Dirty Neon.

Ravelry Tips and Tricks

Ravelry users seem to be back up. Numbers of users onlin are showing in the mid 4000s each time I log on. For a few years they have been in the 3000s at the highest. This number is on the main page. If you click on it you can see more user stats. For example, the most users at the moment I clicked were from the US, followed by Germany, then Canada, and then the UK. There was one person from Antarctica online at the time that I clicked. There were over 600,000 active users in the last week. 

Other Stuff

My Subversive Cross Stitch Calendar 2024 and how my year is going so far. 

Jill sent a message that Stephany Wilkes was interviewed on The Long Thread Podcast. We interviewed her in November of 2018 back in Episode 101 and it was a fun conversation. BTW, that’s the same episode that Marsha started the Clare Garland Rabbit

Margaret (marginmirror on Ravelry): 

Maybe someday if you decide to venture north and east to Alberta you'll visit us up here at our fibre (that's how Canadians spell "fiber") festivals -- and sample our sturdy, wooly wool (Dorset/Suffolk and the like) and locally-raised alpaca -- and our imported (merino) indie-dyed wool. You'd LOVE "Fibre Week" in mid-June at Olds College (Olds, Alberta) -- though I think at least one of you might have scheduling conflicts. Check out Central Alberta Rural Spinners on Facebook...just because.


Winter Weave Along starts October 1 and goes through March 31. Join the fun in our Ravelry group!

Florida conference, Orlando, 19th through 22nd (Orlando World Center Marriott)

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