Episode 21 – Hank of Yarn!

We hope you enjoy episode 21, filmed at our home LYS, Hank of Yarn!

Shownotes tomorrow! Done!

This week are at Hank of Yarn with the master of minions, Kathy!

Laura is knitting…

Premie Hat (pattern is posted below!) out of Nashua Cilantro

featherweight cardi out of Malabrigo lace (I swear this is a black hole, I knit and knit and knit and it does not grow).

Kathy is working on…

Stephen West pattern, Daybreak, out of Cherry Tree Hill (I have no clue about colorways, but if you really want to know, I’ll ask Kathy)

Short Sleeved top out of Mountain Colors Twizzle.

Tudor Stole pattern out of Abstract Fibers Hepburn in the Pacific colorway.

Leslie is working on (I tried to skip her, but she caught me)…

Beverly’s Socks, they are the Wrought Iron pattern by Wendyknits out of Plucky Knitter

Some toe-up sport weight socks out of Penguin Dust from the fabulous Perfect Day Yarns

Kathy (and Rita) have finished…

A hat and scarf set out of Eco Duo.

Fame Trend’s shawl from Swedish Yarns

Malabrigo Worsted shrug in Ravelry Red. Pattern is Retro Redux shrug from the Lace Style book.

Leslie and Laura have no spinning and no finished objects.  We are worms, worthless worms (bonus points if you know where the quote is from).

Favorite Things…

That’s What She Said Colorway of Good Girl from Tempted Yarns (You can’t get that colorway, unless you contact Stacy, but she has lots of other good colors up at TLE right now).

Kathy brings tons of her awesome lace projects (lets see if I can get them all)

Estonian Lace scarf out of Cashmere (white scarf).

Free pattern from Superior Yarn (Green).

Brambler out of Tess Designer Yarns Cashmere Yarn (black and white scarf)

Persephone Scarf out of Art Yarns mohair and glitter (green and gold).

Premie Hat knitalong at Hank of Yarn.

Hank of Yarn Sock Club (they still have openings for next quarter, and they ship).

Sugarland was steampunk!  It made me so happy and the new video makes me giggle.

Kathy’s sweater story (I love this!)

We have a facebook group, a twitter account, a ravelry group, and you can find Laura and Leslie on Plurk!

We will be at Fiberspace on Labor Day.  Come see us there!

We have a donate button at the top of the page.

Carin of Round the Twist has had a 1 year podversery!  Happy 1 year Carin!  Thanks for keeping us entertained and inspired for the past year!

Thanks Kathy for joining us!

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About Leslie

Leslie is obsessed with knitting, and when possible, perfection in her knitting. All stripey socks must match exactly and all lace must be blocked severely. She has major love for all of her viewers/readers and hopes to keep blogging and podcasting for years to come.

11 Responses to Episode 21 – Hank of Yarn!

  1. Jessica says:

    Oh my gosh–I want to touch all of Kathy’s lace patterns through the screen. I want to feel those yarns! Also, the blue Miriam Felton’s shawl work in progress is so gorgeous!

  2. Beverly Love says:

    Wow, my Wrought Iron Socks are so pretty, you are doing a wonderful job.

  3. Carin says:

    Awww! Thanks for the good wishes ladies!! That made my night!

  4. Marianne says:

    Wonderful episode, nice to \meet\ you Kathy 🙂

  5. Margaret (KeyMargo) says:

    Love to watch your webcast. I’m amazed at your productivity.

  6. rocktheknits says:

    Hi Knit Girllls,

    I wasn’t sure where to leave my question so here goes nothing. I know Leslie has said in the past that she has only been knitting for 3 years or so what inspired you to start spinning? Also, I was curious as to know how you got started with your production, what made you start it and hard long does it take to put it up online? Continue all the great work I’m an avid follower. 🙂

  7. LaLa says:

    I can answer the spinning part! My mom has spun since 1980. She is truly a spinner/weaver more than a knitter. I swore for years that I would never learn to spin, but in February of 2007, she convinced me to give it a try. I went to rent a wheel ( because I didn’t want to use one of the 3 we had in the house at the time) and Leslie came along to the to yarn shop. Being the competitive person she is, once I started she had to start as well.
    We got started on the wedcast because we knew that their were not a huge ton of knitting or spinning videocasts and we thought it would be fun! It is a ton of work (esp. for Leslie because she does the tech part). It usually takes me an hour or so to do shownotes (which reminds me, I need to do that!). I hope that answers some of your questions! Thank you so much for watching and commenting! It’s really the awesome comments and reviews that makes us continue to record (we were really nervous at first that we would just have my mom watch us) 🙂

  8. Great episode! Would you be interested in getting some preemie quilts to donate? I have been itching to get my sewing machine out and can whip up some preemie quilts over the next couple of week and would love to send them to you for the babies.

  9. Leslie says:

    @rocktheknits – I emailed you this info but thought I’d post it here in case others were curious.

    It looks like Laura already answered a lot of this on the site (in the comment after yours), but I will also give my two cents:

    For spinning, it just seemed like the next thing we needed to learn. We’d done knitting, I’ve done crochet, so why not spin? We had a LYS that would rent wheels, and we did that for a month or two, and after that we were hooked! It was another few months before I purchased a wheel, and I still don’t spin as much as I’d like, but I do enjoy it!

    As for the show – neither Laura or I were avid podcast listeners, though we did have a few that we liked. My friend Jackie, who I’ve known for 5+ years, started an audio podcast about a year ago, and after initially resisting, I started listening to hers every week. It was so nice to be able to listen and feel like she was right there in the room with me, chatting me up! I’d never really entertained the idea of an audio podcast because I don’t like my voice, but after Laura showed me Carin’s video podcast, I got excited – I could handle a video one! I love that Laura and I can do this, because it’s really all off the cuff, no rehearsal, just us chatting about what we’re doing and what’s going on.

    As for production – it has evolved over time. We started with a crappy little webcam, then got a slightly better webcam, and finally, due to audio and video demands on my little dinky laptop, we switched to a flip cam (small digital video camera). We did have some growing pains, and honestly were prepared for the whole thing to flop and have no one watch/care, but surprisingly people seem to enjoy watching us chatter on endlessly.

    The actual production process is roughly:

    Set up (get lights, chairs, knitting projects, rough outline of show written out), couple of test shots to make sure we’re in frame: 15 minutes
    Record: 30-60 minutes depending on what we’re chatting about
    Upload video from Flip to PC: 30ish minutes
    Encode Video with Handbrake software: 30ish minutes
    Upload Video to blip.tv: 30ish minutes, sometimes 45
    Blip converts and feeds to iTunes: 1hr, sometimes less
    embed video on knitgirllls site, post to rav/plurk/twitter/fb group: 20 minutes
    Shownotes (laura would say more definitively as she does this part) I’d guess: 60 minutes

    So from setup to shownotes it’s 4-6 hours an episode. It can be a timesuck, but I feel like it brightens some people’s day enough that it’s worth it. 😀

  10. Ann Marko says:

    For all the effort you put into the podcast you make it look effortless.

    A sure sign that your doing a great job.

  11. MaryjoO says:

    just “found” you all after enjoying “Round the Twist” so much — esp. love all the “show and tell” on latest episode. TELL Kathy to update her Ravelry projects — I poked around and am pretty sure I found her, but she has ahem only one project shown! Want to see those shawls LOL

    Anyway, what fun you all look like you are having, so I guess I’d better start at the beginning now 🙂 thanks for great show notes, too!

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