Episode 49 Bear Poop

Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast!

Today I share with you all my new stash and projects!

Knitting

WIPs

Yarn Fairy’s In My Garden Mystery KAL shawl knit with Yarn Fairy Fairy Sock Fine

Tribute Baby Sweater by Heatherly Walker using Blackberry Ridge Fingering in Cream

Hermine’s Everyday Socks in Theia Fingering Mountain Rivers color way.

Marc’s Rhinebeck Sweater

Episode 26 Doggy Visit

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast.

News:

Thank you all who offered to test knit the Guardian of Air Shawl! I now have plenty of test knitters!

I forgot to draw a name for the pattern giveaway so I will leave it open till next podcast! Donated by amazing color work designer Deborah Tomasello you can win a copy of her InfiniTam pattern which is really more like a mini book! 30 pages long you can make in infinite number of unique tams using the different pattern selections she gives you to choose from. To find out how to win check out the thread in my Ravelry group. You have to be a member of the group to win.

Senior Love Along is getting closer!  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! Check out the chat thread to see pictures of all the lovely prizes!

Knitting:

WIPs

Marc’s cable sweater knit with Bainin by Virtual Yarns. Designed by me with the help of Craftsy class Custom Cable Pullovers by Carla Scott

Canadiana Sock with Fishknits Yarn Superwash Strong Heart Self Striping Sock Yarn Canadiana

Wee Cria by Ysolda using Cashsoft DK by Rowan

All other WIP’s on hold until Marc’s Rhinebeck sweater is done.

FO

Nada

Spinning –

FO’s:

Highland Handmades Pitch Pine Top – Palwarth Silk in colorway Islesboro Blues

Shash Enhancements:

8 skeins of Road To China Light in the following colorways:

2 – Peridot

2 – Rhodolite

1 – Sapphire

1 – Aquamarine

2 Skeins Tundra in the Taiga colorway

Episode 25 Designer Interview

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. I hope you enjoy my chat with colorwork Designer Deborah Tomasello of PatchworksByDebi at the end of a podcast. She is donating a pattern to give away!

News:

I’m going to come right out and say it. I need more test knitters. I only have 2 so far and would like at least 2 more. There is a thread with all the details in my Ravelry group so please go check it out if you are interested in test knitting. I knit my shawl with Lost City Knits Twin Canyon Fingering which is a beautiful Merino/Silk blend with 500yards per skein. Lost City Knits Foothills Fingering 100 Merino wool at 560 yards per skein. Another luscious yarn that is little less expensive but still beautiful. 

Senior Love Along is getting closer!  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! Check out the chat thread to see pictures of all the lovely prizes!

Knitting:

WIPs

Marc’s cable sweater knit with Bainin by Virtual Yarns. Designed by me with the help of Craftsy class Custom Cable Pullovers by Carla Scott

Canadiana Sock with Fishknits Yarn Superwash Strong Heart Self Striping Sock Yarn Canadiana 

Wee Cria by Ysolda using Cashsoft DK by Rowan

All other WIP’s on hold until Marc’s Rhinebeck sweater is done.

FO

Blue Striped Rag Socks using Patons Kroy sock yarn.

Mitered Crosses Blanket square

Spinning – 

FO’s: 

Nadda

WIPs:

Still working on the Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty in the Spring, Sprang, Sprung color way. Slowly but surely….loving the process

Rolags from Blue Barn Fiber on Etsy. Colorway Kansas Merino and Baby Alpaca blend. Not liking these rolags at all. Getting tangled up in themselves and not carded nice. All clumped up and dare I say slightly felted in some spots. Spun on my Lendrum 

Just got some punis from On The Round of Angora and Merino blend. LOVE this fiber and the wonderful and friendly service from Rachel. spinning up so beautifully on my Greensleeves Spindle http://www.greensleevesspindles.com

Shash Enhancements:

Angora and Merino punis from On The Round in natural colors

Canoe project bag from Jan Smiley’s Esty Shop

Pattern Giveaway! Donated by amazing color work designer Deborah Tomasello you can win a copy of her InfiniTam pattern which is really more like a mini book! 31 pages long you can make in infinite number of unique tams using the different pattern selections she gives you to choose from. To find out how to win check out the thread in my Ravelry group. Also check out her huge Ravelry Group ColorworksByDebi

You have to be a member of the group to win.

Episode 24 – The Three Yarnmigos

Episode 24 The Three Yarnmigos

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. I podcast today from Senasqua park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY with my 2 friends Sandy and MaryJean!

Knitting:
WIPs
Blue Striped Rag Socks using Patons Kroy sock yarn.
WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014 using Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia in a color way from the 2013 Club
Marc’s cable sweater!
Mitered Crosses Blanket square

Sandy is working on Song of the Sea cowl

MaryJean is working on the second sock of her first pair of socks!!

FO
MaryJean has some finished washclothes

Spinning –
FO’s:
Highland Handmades Pitch Pine Top – Palwarth Silk in colorway Islesboro Blues

WIPs:
Started another Loop bump on my Hanson Mini in Mother Nature. Merino, bamboo, Tussah Silk and Angelina. Saving for a chain ply class I’ll be taking in Rhinebeck with Jacee Bogs!

Still working on the Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty in the Spring, Sprang, Sprung color way. Slowly but surely….

Shash Enhancements:
Fishknits Yarn Superwash Strong Heart Self Striping Sock Yarn Canadiana – A birthday gift from Trisha23
Rolags from Blue Barn Fiber on Etsy. Colorway Kansas Merino and Baby Alpaca blend.

Just a shout out that I am still looking for test knitters for my 2 new patterns soon to be published. If you may be interested please check out the thread in my Ravelry group.

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 15 Sweater Knitting

Welcome to Hudson Valley Knits! Today I have some FO’s and WIPS to show and talk a little about my sweater knitting goals and possible KALS.

Emily from Fibre Town Podcast is graciously hosting 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

WIPs

Krokatoa Socks by Amelia Putri, Papiput on Ravelry Test knitting sock using Malabrigo Candombe

Event Horizon Pi Shawl by Donna Druchunas. There is a KAL thread in her Ravelry Group.

Soon Collywobbles by Emily Estrada from Fibretown Podcast

FO: 

Vanilla Socks for Joe using Patons Kroy sock yarn

Basic fingerless Mitts using Handspun ITW 50/50 Merino and Silk in the Sansa Colorway

Washcloth

Spinning – 

Unwind Yarn BFL Stop and Smell the Poppies

Stash enhancements:

Knitpicks Felici sock yarn in Foxglove and Sweetheart

Knitpick Diadem in Garnet and Moonstone

21 skeins of Cotton Classic  by Tahki Stacy Charles

Episode 14 Huffing Wool

Hi everyone! Thanks for watching Hudson Valley Knits Podcast!

This week my friend Sandy joined me! We had so much fun but it also made for a long show. I’ll post links to her stuff and mine.

Little warning. I know my voice came over very soft. I have to work on remembering to speak louder. Sorry!

News:

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

WIPs

Vanilla Socks for Joe using Patons Kroy sock yarn

Krokatoa Socks by Amelia Putri Papiput on Ravelry Test knitting sock using Malabrigo Candombe

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

Washcloth

Carson Throw by Rosemary (Romi) Hill using Cascade Eco

Guardian of Air Shawl pattern

Lost City Knits Twin Canyon Fingering in Cerrillos and Silver Bells

FO: Cambio Cowl by Laura Nelkin

SpinningLoop Bullseye Bump in “Earth Mother” Merino and Tussah Silk

ITW 50/50 Merino Silk 2 oz

Unwind Yarn BFL Stop and Smell the Poppies

Sandy’s stuff:

knit1weavetoo is my ravelry name

FINISHED PROJECTS:

kusha kusha scarf

moonkoosa boots

cloche hat

green wrap I was wearing

yellow coat

poncho Amy was wearing

circle blanket

yarn for flower hat

yarn for scarf with green balls and:   http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/ozark-handspun-ozark-opulent

WIP:

argyle cowl

ten stitch/ten year blanket

sunflower medallion hat

YARN STORES MENTIONED:

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/flying-fingers

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/knitting-nation

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/cornwall-yarn-shop

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/the-quarter-stitch-3

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/annie–company-knitting

NYC Bra Shoppe:

http://www.townshop.com/

World’s Largest Swatch

Getting ready for winter knitting and pulled out my husband’s fisherman’s sweater which has been put away for quite a while. The sweater body is coming out a lot smaller than my gauge swatches led me to believe. I knit all the different patterns separately when swatching so it’s possible they were off. I had Marc try it on and it is very tight all around yet I calculated it for 4″ of ease! I also should be starting the armholes but I still have a couple of inches before I get there. This really bites.

Marc says he doesn’t care, but I don’t want him wearing something that looks like crap. To be sure I don’t mess it up again I gave it a soak and hung it outside to dry. Now I am measuring 15 inches across all the cable patterns and my seed st on the edge is 3 1/8″ for 10sts. So there you have it. The world’s largest swatch!

PS Learn from my mistake and don’t try to save yarn when swatching. You really need to repeat the pattern a couple of times in each direction to get a correct gauge. Lesson learned.