Friday, June 22, 2012

Episode 11: Winners and WWKIP Roundup


200 member Giveaway

I forgot to mention it, but come on over, join the Ravelry group and post in the giveaway thread for your chance to win $10 worth of Ravelry giftable pattern(s), donated by stitchinoutloud! As of now we have 169 members, so it's almost time!

Sock KAL the First

Winners have been announced! No spoilers here, though - go watch the show!

Winner #1: your choice of colour in either the Achilles or Sirius base from Barking Dog Yarns. Please contact barkingdogyarns on Ravelry with your choice of colour/base as well as your address.

Winner #2: a pair of socks from Silk Road Socks, knit out of Plymouth Happy Feet colour #14. Please contact me with your choice of pattern, your measurements, and your shipping address.

Thanks

Big thank yous to the following people:
- Jocelyn and Meg from the Muffin Meg 'n Me Podcast
- paletpc
- Noteable Needle
- StudentKnits7

Knitting Bits
FOs:

- Hitchhiker III by Martina Behm (DROPS Fabel in colour #159)
- Hypernova by Arlene's World of Lace (Wollmeise Lace in verzaubert)
- AeRang by Jolene Moseley (Barking Dog Yarns Achilles in the february 2012 club colourway)
- Wedge by Cookie A (unknown yarn)
- Solid Socks Jan/Feb Mystery by Lisa Stichweh (Knit Picks Essential in sarge)
- Phloem by Rachel Coopey (Malabrigo Sock Yarn in impressionist sky)

Goodies
Destash:

- Wollmeise 100% Superwash Merino (We're Different - Sabrina)

- The Painted Tiger Bengal Twist (Poppies)

- Mountain Colors Bearfoot (Moose Creek)

- Auracania Ranco Solid (colour #119)
 

Random Bit
WWKIP was a complete success :) Pictures can be seen on my project page.

Thank you so much for watching! I'll be back after my move.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tutorial: Right-Handed Colourwork

As requested by the wonderful and inspiring sillyfru of the Sassypants Podcast, here is my (rather unprofessional) tutorial showing how I do colourwork with both yarns held in my right hand.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Episode 10: Hairy Fiber, Hairy Legs



Contact me as MayaMoonie on Ravelry, Plurk or moonieknits@gmail.com

Shoutouts:
- Melanie from the Savvy Girls podcast who just put out her CD Knitting All the Day, knitting music from WWI era Canada, US, Britain and France.

Contests:
- sock KAL: see the thread on the Ravelry group - extended to May 31st!
- 200 member giveaway thread (currently 145)
 
Techniques: 
- One handed English/thrown Fairisle video will be recorded tomorrow in daylight (requested by sillyfru of the Sassy Pants Knitter Podcast)
KNITTING BITS

FOs:
- Torsion in Barking Dog Yarns Sirius base in the Persimmon Tree colourway - reknit sock #2 and added 13 rows of ribbing to both cuffs
- Marilinda ($6.50 US) by Cookie A using Louet Gems Fingering Weight in the Shamrock colourway
 
WIPs:
- Hypernova (6.90 Euros) by Arlene's World of Lace (from Jocelyn) using Wollmeise Lace Garn in the verzaubert colourway
 
Untouched last week:
- Aerang by Jolene Mosley using Barking Dog Yarns Achilles base in the February 2012 club colourway
- Mirror Mirror ($6.50 US) by Janel Laidman using Malabrigo Sock in Lechuga and The Plucky Knitter Superwash Merino in the One Hit Wonder colourway
 
SPINNING BITS
- Corriedale from WC Mercantile

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Episode 9: It's Raining Goodies!

 
Contact me as MayaMoonie on Ravelry, Plurk or moonieknits@gmail.com
Find the show on
iTunes or Blip

Shoutouts:- ThePlayYard (Julie from Pennsylvania - The Playyard)

News:
- coming up on 200 members (currently 133) - stitchinoutloud is giving us ANOTHER prize: $10 in patterns!! Enter here.


Sock KAL:
-
see the
thread on the Ravelry group - extended to May 31st!

FOs:
- Harvest Dew by RoseHiver (Fru Dew) in Barking Dog Yarns Rune base in the Miss Marple colourway
- Herbivore ($6.00 US) by Stephen West  in The Sanguine Gryphon Little Traveller base in the Painted Desert colourway
- Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West in Malabrigo Lace in the Purple Mystery colourway
- Annis by Susanna IC in Artyarns Cashmere 1 in colour 265
- Chiendent by RoseHiver in The Thylacine Braddon Sock in the Hollick colourway


Frogged:
- Torsion in Barking Dog Yarns Sirius base in the Persimmon Tree colourway - need to redo sock #2 


WIPs:
- Marilinda ($6.50 US) by Cookie A using Louet Gems Fingering Weight in the Shamrock colourway
- Aerang by Jolene Mosley using Barking Dog Yarns Achilles base in the February 2012 club colourway
- Hypernova (
6.90 Euros) by Arlene's World of Lace (from Jocelyn) using Wollmeise Lace Garn in the verzaubert colourway
- Mirror Mirror ($6.50 US) by Janel Laidman using Malabrigo Sock in Lechuga and The Plucky Knitter Superwash Merino in the One Hit Wonder colourway


SPINNING!!!
- spindle from Fiber Artist Supply Co. (theknitstore on etsy.com)
- Corriedale from WC Mercantile
- MippyFoofalina's awesome idea to use wine bottles got me thinking about re-covering the box the spindle came in as a case


Goodies!
- Ecuador by Joji Locatelli from MuffinMegnMe (Muffin Meg n Me Podcast) who spoils me rotten!
- Judy B by Kimberly Gintar (The Giving Flower Podcast) from Tina of the Knitting Blooms Podcast
- Namaste Buddy Case from Debby (School Spirit Knits) via Lisa of Fibernymph Dyeworks and the 90% Knitting Podcast
- from StudentKnits7 (StudentKnits Podcast) January? contest
- Pamela's yarn
- stitch markers from Carilou Links
- WC Mercantile mixed BFL and Corriedale



Technique:
How to make the perfect fitting toe for a cuff-down sock using the medium sized Harvest Dew as an example:
- 66 foot stitches need to decrease to 26 at the end (so 66-26 = 40 stitches to decrease)
- on each decrease round, 4 stitches are decreased, so those 40 stitches will need 10 rounds (40 / 4 = 10)
- because there is a rest row between each decrease round, it will take 20 rounds to complete the toe (10 x 2 = 20)
- measure your row gauge on the sole of the sock after completing the heel decreases (in my case, 13 rpi)
- 20 toe rounds / 13 rpi = 1.54" total toe length
- knowing that the total length of the foot I need is 10.25", and 10.25" - 1.5" = 8.75", I now know that I need to knit the foot straight for 8.75" and then begin my toe decreases.  



- thank you Amazon shoppers!
- thank you for using the donation button on the blog!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Episode 8: Camera Experiments



Contact me as MayaMoonie on Ravelry, Plurk or moonieknits@gmail.com
Find the show on iTunes, Blip, mayamoonie.blogspot.com

Shoutouts:
-
Welcome board:
                - CrazyChickenLady (Patricia from Birmingham, England)
                - sheepyknits (Natalie from Michigan)
                - coolwaterhotsun (Natalie from Durango)
                - lady-m (Marsheila from Oregon)
                - jewels9 (Julie from South Carolina)
 
Thank you:
- Jocelyn for Hypernova!!

Sock KAL:
-
see the
thread on the Ravelry group - extended to May 31st!
 
New podcasts of the week:
-
The Fat Squirrel Speaks (Amy Beth, gratitude project)
- Positively Knitting (Nicole)


Goodies!
- Tanis Fiber Arts
- Sanguine Gryphon (now split up into The Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns)
- Barking Dog Yarns

Technique: 
- Designing

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Episode 7: Back in the Saddle



Shoutouts:
-
Welcome board:
                - jennyhice56 (Jenny from NC)
                - pennylife (Penny from VA)
                - pauly81 (Paul from CA - Pauly Knits Podcast)
Thank you:
- NerdGirl for Xanthophyll
News:
- Charminglochie has retired :(
New podcast of the week:
- The Knitting Game with PixeKnits
What I'm wearing:
Techniques:
 
Review:
-
CreativeKnittingMagazine.com
Knitting Bits:
FOs:
- Hitchhiker I
- Twisted Flower socks for SavvyGirlDeborah
- Trilobites for statsgeek
- Spectra
Frogged:
Designing:
WIPs:
-
Hitchhiker II by Martina Behm using Blue Ridge Yarns Bambie in Wild Cherry
- Stalagmite by Cookie A using Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids in Amethyst
- Leftoverpalooza blanket thing
- Annis by Susanna IC using Artyarns Cashmere I in colourway 265
Sock KAL:
-
see the thread on the Ravelry group
Goodies!
-
Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn A. Clark



Saturday, February 11, 2012

Episode 6: and the Winner is...




Shoutouts:
-
Welcome board:
                - melrawknits (Melody from Virginia)
                - Zabelle (Isabelle from Montreal)
                - Maja (Magrit from Serbia)
                - Kate (Noteable Needle - Noteable Needlework)
- Shoutout thanks to Helena (Willowfairy Knits)
- Catkin from Jocelyn (muffinmegnme)

News:
- new tutorial added to the tab: Jeri's (patternwhisperer) favourite way to do short rows
- new Amazon affiliate links on blog (Katie from Knittin' on the Fly has dibs!)

New podcast of the week:
- Knit Me Happy (Rachel, lots of animals!)
- Muffin Meg n Me (Jocelyn and Meg)
- Nerd Wars

Knitting Bits:
FOs:
- Seascape Stole by Kieran Foley using Wollmeise - still damp, will take photos to show next time
- TGIS by Rose Hiver using Barking Dog Yarns Achilles in New Orleans (Serendipity) - interesting gusset decreases (one side on alternate rows, so always decreasing) - for BDY January Mock
- secret test knit

Designing:
- Suckage! Mitts (need a better name!) using BDY Opposites Attract in Tristan & Isolde - designing fingerless mitts based on Laura Jenkins' awesome sock designed for the BDY February 2011 KAL - one done, need to write it up and get it tested
- Fingerless gloves for Mumi using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Buck's Bar and Evermore Studios Crazy Lady Sock Yarn in Purple Rain

WIPs:
- Hitchhiker by Martina Behm using Chameleon Colorworks Bambino in Figgy Pudding (purse knitting) - for The Giving Flower KAL (7 points done for a total of 30)
- 198 yards of Heaven shawl by Christy Verity  using an unidentified pretty lavender colour - for LavenderBear's KAL
- Galileo Socks by LauraJ using Dream in Color Smooshy in Gold Experience and copper 8/0 beads #276 from the Beadwrangler, and my favourite stitch marker from Silverpurl - for the Feb/Mar Solid Socks Mystery (clues 1 & 2 done on one sock)
- secret test knit using The Thylacine Braddon Sock in Hollick (she seems to only do fibre now)

Facepalm:
- Annis by Susanna IC using Artyarns Cashmere 1 in "smoky green" (it doesn't even fit Rupert)
- what happens when the cat is in the bag

KALs:
- Twisted Strands hat-along (I just need to take pictures!)
- The Giving Flower Hitchhiker KAL
- 198 Yards of Heaven KAL with LavenderBear (through the end of February)
- Wexford Knits Winter Sock KAL (March 31st deadline)
- Solid Socks Group Mystery Sock (March 31st deadline)

Other things to do this week:
-
Assemble the sweater Mumi knit.

Goodies!
- Giveaway winner!
- Barking Dog Yarns february club shipment with lavender from Sunset Lavender Farm
- Barking Dog Yarns Rune

Random:
- spider cocoon
- using Gmail as a telephone

Reminders:
- tutorials to add to the tab
- stickied thread in the group to advertise your stuff

Podcasts mentioned:
- Knittin' on the Fly - video
- Noteable Needlework - video
- Willowfairy Knits - video
- Knit Me Happy - video
- Muffin Meg n Me - video
- Nerd Wars - audio
- The Giving Flower - video
- LavenderBear's Tea Time Podcast - video
- Twisted Strands - video
- Wexford Knits - video