Episode 40 Sweater Surgery

Welcome to Hudson Valley Knits!

WIPs

Ice Shanty by Amy Miller using Miss Babs Heartland in Pewter and Violaceous

Vanilla Socks with Crazy Zauerball

Leftie Shawl with Miss Babs Yummy in Slate and Joan of Arc colors

FO

Mashed Socks by Hunter Hammersen Silk Road Socks book usingJill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock Yarn in the Fireside Colorway

Spinning

WIP

Spinning On The Round New Zealand Wool Punis on my Bosworth Spindle. The color group is called Mother Earth. Loving this!

FO

Spinning Holiday Aftermath Punis from Gourmet Stash on my Bosworth Spindle. 2 ply approx 180 yards

At the end of this podcast I show you how I am cutting apart my Ice Shanty sweater and making it longer. I would not have had the courage to attempt this if not for Carol Feller’s Craftsy class, Sweater Surgery. I also used theCraftsy class, Seaming Handknits which was a great help sewing this crazy sweater together!

Check the Ravelry group for important announcements about the Adopt a Senior program!

Episode 32 Prize drawings!

Senior Love Along prize drawings. I will contact everyone via Ravelry.

2015 – think about your goals for the coming year! I will be opening up a thread for a 2015 goals with give aways at the end of the year. So start thinking about what you would like to accomplish for 2015 and in January we can all list our goals in a thread. Every goal you accomplish and post in the FO thread will be a chance for a prize. 

Don’t forget about the podcaster KAL. There is a beautiful skein of Knitter’s Nightmare sock yarn in Puppy Love up as a prize. You have until the end of the year to and a real good chance at winning! I have started a FO thread and there is also a chat thread.

WIPs 

Marc’s aran sweater

MPG AKA Multi Purpose Garment by Emily, aka Chainoffools, aka Fibretown podcast

Yarn Bombing piece 50″ so far! Only 30 more inches to go.

FO

Handspun socks

Spinning On The Round Punis. Finished 1st ply and working on the 2nd ounce now.

Stash Enhancement – 

Yokes book by Kate Davies. I want to knit them all!

Elements put together by Carrie Hoge “Madder”

2 Laura Nelkin kits from Cyber sale Cha Ching Mitts and another Ribband Kit.

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 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.

Riverside Chat

Hi everyone, hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! I went down to the River and recorded another video blog! I’m a little gabby in the beginning, sorry about that, but I’m learning. Hope you enjoy it!

 

Here are some links

Delias Eucharis Socks by Hunter Hammersen

Mudra Cuff

The Craft Stash Rav group has the Dye-Namic Design Dua Along up. I’m signing up for sure. See you there!

See you soon!

My New Obsession

I recorded this post on Youtube.  So much easier than typing up a post. I would think it is more engaging too. Hope you like it. I will post some links after the video!

 

Here are some links:

My new Mini spinner!

Bosworth Drop Spindles

This is where I went hiking. Beautiful trails at the Moreau Lake State Park

A Cowl For Jeanne

My Lucksentyre Cardigan

Delias Eucharis Socks