Episode 22 Family Gatherings

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast.

WIPs

Hiroshima Peace Socks by Donna Druchunus. Double knit using Plucky Feet in the colors.

Check out the KAL going for the sock patterns from Stories in Stitches 3 on Donna’s Ravelry group!

Blue Striped Rag Socks using Patons Kroy sock yarn. I have a HO!

WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl KAL 2014 using Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia in a color way from the 2013 Club. Check out Wendy’s KAL in her Ravelry Group!

Homespun Socks using Naturally Knitty Puni Style Rolags – SW Merino, Shetland adn Falkland. One down, one to go.

Spinning -

FO’s:

Spun up the Shetland batts I purchased at the Webs tent sale from Foxfire Fiber and Design. Half oz chain plied, 3.4 oz 3 plied and 1.2 oz 2 plied.

Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty. Finished the 1st 2oz and started on the second batch on my Bosworth Spindle

Two If By Hand Polwarth Silk in color Exausted. Spun woolen and 2 plyed.

WIPs:

Highland Handmades Pitch Pine Top – Palwarth Silk in colorway Islesboro Blues. Plan on 3pling

FO

No new FO’s

Shash Enhancements:

The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet Volume III

Friendly reminder that my Senior Love Along continues on this year.  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until later in the year. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! I will be announcing prizes that I will provide very shortly and unashamedly ask for any prize donations. They would be very welcome and much appreciated!

Episode 21 Puni Envy

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast.

Friendly reminder that my Senior Love Along continues on this year.  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until later in the year. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! I will be announcing prizes that I will provide very shortly and unashamedly ask for any prize donations. They would be very welcome and much appreciated!

WIPs

Hiroshima Peace Socks by Donna Druchunus in Stories in Stitches 3. Double knit using Plucky Feet in the colors. Donna is doing a Sock KAL with any of the sock patterns from this book. You can find out more in her Ravelry Group.

Spinning – Spun up the Shetland batts I purchased at the Webs tent sale from Foxfire Fiber and Design. I’ll show them next podcast since they were still drying.

Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty. LOVE THEM! on my Greensleeves Spindle

Marc’s Aran Sweater with Virtual Yarns Banin

FO

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies Designs. Love this cute little cozy. I bought the kit from Kate’s shop in the Madder and Cream colors. So close!!!

http://katedaviesdesigns.bigcartel.com/products

Guardian of Air Shawl almost done writting the pattern. Anyone interested in test knitting?

Stash Enhancements:

Leather knitting belt from BobNWeave

Highland Handmade:

Corriedale in color Chunky Dunk

Polwarth in Islesboro Blues

SW Merino Silk  in Winter Wheet

Naturally Knitty:

Puni style Rolags in Spring Sprang Sprung colorway

Two if by Hand: Check the Stitch by Stitch Video podcast group on Ravelry for a SAL and Coupon code!

Falkland in Here Comes Your Man

Palworth Silk in Exausted

Episode 20 What Does the Rooster Say?

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast.

Friendly reminder that my Senior Love Along continues on this year.  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until later in the year. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! I will be announcing prizes that I will provide very shortly and unashamedly ask for any prize donations. They would be very welcome and much appreciated!

WIPs

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies Designs. Love this cute little cozy. I bought the kit from Kate’s shop in the Madder and Cream colors. So close!!!

http://katedaviesdesigns.bigcartel.com/products

Hiroshima Peace Socks by Donna Druchunus. Double knit using Plucky Feet in the colors

Spinning – Spun up the batts I purchased at the Webs tent sale. One bat was practice for my long draw. Sadly too yucky to use for anything but I plied it anyway. I ended up using a hybrid long draw/short draw and I like the way it came out. I will 2 ply this.

Guardian of Air Shawl almost done with a sample and writing up the pattern. Anyone interested in test knitting?

The Teacher Cowl – Really quick and easy cowl. Great for using up any art yarn you may have in your stash. I will also be writing up this pattern.

FOs

Senior Love a Long washcloth

Shash Enhancements:

Got my Stories In Stitches 3 in the mail and will be reviewing soon!

Also purchased Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Workshop which I can’t wait to read!

Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway

Cast On, Bind Off by Cap Sease

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard

You can purchase a copy of Walkable Westchester at this link

Plan on banging out a couple more washcloths this month and also will start planning out Marc’s aran sweater (Round 2)

Episode 19 Webs’ Tent Sale!

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. Went on an exciting road trip to Webs‘ Tent Sale and had a great time. I have some special “stash” to share with you all! This is a long one so I am adding some fun pictures to this post rather than having them at the end of the show. (Truth is I forgot to add the pictures and had already exported the movie so you’ll have the music and a blank screen).

Also available on YouTube

Friendly reminder that my Senior Love Along continues on this year.  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until then. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! I will be announcing prizes that I will provide very shortly and unashamedly ask for any prize donations. They would be very welcome and much appreciated!

WIPs

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies Designs. Love this cute little cozy. I bought the kit from Kate’s shop in the Madder and Cream colors. Hopefully I’ll finish by next podcast

http://katedaviesdesigns.bigcartel.com/products

Hiroshima Peace Socks by Donna Druchunus. Double knit using Plucky Feet in the colors

Carson Throw – I know, you can’t see the progress but I will be starting another color soon so it will show. Knit in the movies again and go a lot of rounds done while watching Godzilla.

Spinning – Spun up 2 oz of my ITW Silk/Wool blend in the Sansa color way. Still thinking about what to knit it up as. Leaning towards a little cowl to wear with the mitts.

FOs

Opal Socks using Opal sock yarn in the Little Prince color way Geographer. Using my brand spankin new Signature DPNs!

The Event Horizon Shawl is now blocked and officially done! I can’t wait to give it to my Aunt. They are coming up to visit this week. I will take some pictures of her with it. If you want to make one Donna Druchunus is starting another KAL soon and String Theory has kits available.

http://www.stringtheoryyarn.com/home.php?cat=140

Donna’s site

http://storiesinstitches.net/stories-in-stitches-2-knitted-samplers/

Shash Enhancements:

Sandy and I went to Webs’ Tent Sale!! It was so much fun! Here’s what I got

A Lendrum double treddle complete kit!!!!!! I have been wanting this wheel since I took a spinning class last year at Rhinebeck. We used the Lendrum wheels and they were a dream. I tried other wheels a couple of months ago when I made a stop at Webs and it was by far the best for me.

From Barbara Parry of Made by Foxfire FIber and Designs http://www.foxfirefiber.com/index.html I purchased

5 oz of Shetland bats by Foxfire Fiber and Designs in lavenders and gray/blues to spin on my new wheel!

3 skeins of her hand dyed  Cormo Camel Silk blend in 3 colors. Jade Cloud, Marigold, and Poppy. I have a design in mind for them!

I purchased her book Adventures in Yarn Farming to give to my sister Kim (I’m trying to convince her to get some sheep on her farm in upstate NY) I started reading it last night and it is so fascinating!

I also picked up a beautiful spindle at the Foxfire Fiber and Designs tent and purchased an assortment of items including a spindle. The spindle is named “Damsel Monique” and is Spalted Jamarind wedge and Walnut Shaft. Made by Greensleeves Spindles http://www.greensleevesspindles.com

From the vendor Rag Hill Farm raghillfarm.com

Colorful wool bits

and the most fabulous project bag ever!

2 bats in Orange and one in a lime green. Can’t find the business card! :(

Now for the Web sale loot:

Fiber

Free pound of BFL fiber because of the wheel purchase

Frabjous FIbers Silky Cashmerino 70% Superfine merino, 15% Cashmere and 15% Mulberry Silk colorway #12 Redwood Forest

Abstract Fiber BFL in Mossy Rock colorway

Yarn

2 skeins of Giselle 64% Kid Mohair, 25% wool and 1% Nylon in the colors pink and cream (I love Pink)!

2 skeins Araucania Yarns Tolten in color 4. Bulky 100% wool

Rowen Fine Art Handpainted Sock Yarn 45% wool, 20% Mohair, 25% Polyamide, 10% Silk Shade 308 Chiff-Chaff

Opal Sock Yarn Love Story Romantik and Wolke 7

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My new Lendrum Wheel!

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Me and Sandy!

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Yummy Yarn

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Another bag from Rag Hill Farm

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Wanted one of these real bad

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I love this!

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Ran into my virtual knitting buddy and Podcaster extraudenair Sharon AKA Bronxknitter.

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THE TENT!!!

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IF you know the name of the vendor for these beautiful batts please let me know! I can’t find the information and the batts and natural dyes were so beautiful!

Episode 18 Road Trip and Lakeside Knitting

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. It’s been a few weeks but I’m back now with a huge FO and a couple of WIPs. It wouldn’t be a knitting podcast without a few stash enhancements either, now would it???

Friendly reminder that my Senior Love Along continues on this year.  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until then. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! I will be announcing prizes that I will provide very shortly and unashamedly ask for any prize donations. They would be very welcome and much appreciated!

WIPs

Opal Socks using Opal sock yarn in the Little Prince color way Geographer. Using my brand spankin new Signature DPNs!

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies Designs. Love this cute little cozy. I bought the kit from Kate’s shop in the Madder and Cream colors

These are the only 2 WIPs I have to show because I had been working almost exclusively one project since I last podcast and that project is…..

The Event Horizon Shawl which I finished minutes before I recorded the podcast! I was on vacation a whole week and hardly knit! Unbelievable isn’t it? Still I managed to finish this amazing Pi Shawl Using String Theory Hand Dyed Caper Sock Yarn. Boy was this yarn yummy! I want to knit another but alas I have to knit my Rhinebeck Sweaters now. If you want to make one Donna Druchunus is starting another KAL soon and String Theory has kits available.

Donna’s site

Quite small compared to my Event Horizon Shawl but still very loved are my finished Collywobles socks by Fibretown Designs. This is a great pattern for variegated colored yarns and lots of fun to knit. I used Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir yarn in the color Cottage Garden. My only wish is that I had made them a little longer up the calf. Like with 2 extra repeats of the pattern. I had plenty of yarn left to do this. Oh well, still love them!

Shash Enhancements:

Got me some new needles on my way to visit family for Easter. I had forgot to grab a DPN to knit the border on my Event Horizon Shawl and on top of that lost a DPN at a restaurant so I couldn’t work on my socks either! I begged my sisters to take a very minor detour to the Yarn Explosion in Roanoke, VA. The service was super lovely and I would love to stop again next time I visit my family out that way.

I purchased Hiya Hiya DPNs for the shawl border and Knitter’s Pride Dreamz DPNs for the socks. Love them both!

I also picked up another skein of Opal Sock Yarn in color way that I have no clue. I can’t find one listed on the label but the numbers are Farbe 3200 and Partie 862

We also stopped at a JoAnne store so I checked out their stock of Patons Kroy Sock yarn and they had a terrific variety of colors! I got

2 pairs worth of Blue Striped Ragg

Sing N the Blues Stripes

Rusty Stripes

Cameo Colors Fx

And let us not forget 2 sets of Signature DPNs! 2.25 and 2.50!! My absolute favs!

Episode 17 Vermont Writing Workshop

Episode 17 Writing Workshop

My Against the Current Shawl is available on Ravelry! Use coupon code HVKPodcast for 50% off all my patterns until April 16

Boston Marathon Scarf Project – I have a winner!

WIPs

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

Collywobbles by Emily Estrada from Fibretown Podcast

Opal Socks

Gardian of Air Shawl

Stash enhancements:

Periwinkle Sheep Little Feet, color way Carrot Sticks

Color Me Warm Mitten Kit  with Peace Fleece Worsted Weight

Lorna’s Laces Honor Turtle Rodeo

Road to China Light in Lapis, Hematite, and Grey Pearl

Must Stash Yarns Perfect Sock in Chocolate Bunny Cake

Episode 16 WIPing It Up

Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits podcast!

Emily from Fibre Town has graciously hosted a fundraising contest on her forum – so thought it couldn’t hurt to ask if you could give a little love.  Maya (selkhet on Rav) and her sister are raising money for Team ASPCA for the TD 5 Boro Bike Ride in May, and along with Emily  are doing a little giveaway for contest for folks that pledge – details available in Fibretown forum. which I link in my group.  I am upping the anti with some Lorna’s Laces Solemate in the Rainbow color way!

Senior Love A Long #SrLovealong  - I am doing a year long KAL to make wash clothes for local seniors living in homes. I will collect them at the end of the year and gift out during the holidays. Please use 100% cotton, and any technique you would like to make your wash cloth. There are more details and a FO thread in the Hudson Valley Knits Group

Boston Marathon Scarf Project - There is a group on Ravelry. I am also starting a FO thread. Post your FO by April 1 and I will draw a winner! one scarf per person please! Crochet, weave or knit.

WIPs

Toatie Hottie by Kate Davies

Event Horizon Pi Shawl by Donna Druchunas Stories in Stitches 2

Collywobbles by Emily Estrada from Fibretown Podcast using the Fish Lips Kiss Heal by Sox Therapist

Boston Marathon Scarf Project using Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer

FO: 

Krakatoa Socks by Amelia Putri Papiput on Ravelry Test knitting sock using Malabrigo CandombeSpinning:

Unwind Yarn BFL Stop and Smell the Poppies

Stash Enhancements:

Estate Sale finds

Fiber from Three Waters Farm.