Episode 70 – August Approaches

This week we go through our normal segments – Laura has lots to show and Leslie has nearly nothing. We review Knitting Wrapsody and talk about Arkansas Fiberarts Extravaganza 2011.

Leslie is working on the  leadlight on the size 4 needles. She has started some socks, Mermaid Lagoon out of Madelintosh Pashmina on size 2 (2.75 mm).

Laura knitting on  the “No Place Like Home Socks” by the lovely Star Athena. They are out of Wollmeise in the Pillars of Fire and size 1 (2.25) signature dpns in the 6 inch length.  Sharon saved her life by gifting her some String Theory Entanglement in Quasar for some plain socks on 1.5 (2.5 mm). I’m also designing a shawl called, Thin Ice, out of Tempted Good Grrl on size 6 needles. Laura is working on the Mitered Crosses Blanket out of Noro Silk Garden (colors 279, 252 and 87) and Cascade 220. They are knit on US size 6 needles (4mm).

Laura is finished with afterthought heel socks out of Another Crafty Girl in the Squirtle colorway, plain stockinette socks on 1.5 (2.5 mm). She has also finished some matching baby socks and an afghan square for her partner. You can find the site I use for baby measurements here.  OK Go video is here.

Laura is spinning singles of  Sanguine Gryphon (Dark Wine Sea). She has finished 100 yards of a bulky in Spinning Straw into Gold BFL and Gale’s Art BFL/Silk (300 yards).

Book Review: Knitting Wrapsody by Kristin Omdahl

Book Review: Phoebe’s Sweater

Leslie is still sewing theknitgirlll bags, a big huge thank you to everyone who bought one!

Hank of Yarn sock club

Pagewood Farms in the Santa Fe colorway

Three Ewes goodies!

Klassy Katz fabric

Laura is teaching at the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza!

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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.

15 Responses to Episode 70 – August Approaches

  1. Anna L says:

    Laura–Love the bags and appreciate your commitment in making them. 50 of us will tote them with pride. Next time I go fabric shopping in Paducah, KY I’ll have to invite ya’ll along. Have a good week and thanks for another great show.

  2. KateJonze says:

    I’m so glad I was able to watch your podcast on time this week!

    I do have a longarm quilting machine. It’s a Gammill computerized machine, the Statler Stitcher, and I’ve had it for 6 years. I do quilting for other people. It isn’t as much fun as spinning or knitting, but it’s a lot more profitable! 🙂

  3. Enid Mary Shaw says:

    5 stars!!!!!!

    Oh Leslie, how frustrating it must be to almost finish a project for it not to fit. F-bombs would be abounding for days, here. :))
    Clever Laura, to Kitchener the sock, and comment on various topics. and you aren’t the only one to put DPNs in your hair.
    Lucky girls who won the Regia. After viewing this episode I went to look on comments of last weeks. Wanted to see how close mine was, thought it must be near by. But it wasn’t there!!!!!! Did it contain anything offensive? If so, I do apologise.
    Roll on next week!!!!!!!!!

  4. Enid Mary Shaw says:

    postscript I almost forgot (happens when I type at 03:15am)

    Early birthday felicitations, Leslie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. ponkie says:

    Great episode girls!

    Leslie I’m so sad about your cardigan. 🙁 Your socks are looking gorgeous though! Hope you have a wonderful birthday (yay for August birthdays!!), are you planning anything awesome?

    Laura, loved all the knits and spinning you’ve been doing! Glad to see you were able to get matching socks out of the Squirtle yarn. I think that is just too adorable for words.


  6. Renee says:

    Hi Laura and Leslie,

    Love the small socks Laura made and finished during the show. Leslie, I am so sad for you that your beautiful cardigan is too small. Is it an option to auction it off? Either for your production costs or for a good cause? Of course it is a good idea to give it to someone too, but all that work that you did on it…

    Great show like always. You made my monday morning a good one!

  7. Kate says:

    Leslie – Fair Isle is hard to size. Dont’ be discouraged – when you are carrying yarns across the back it just doesn’t give as much and that looks like a very fitted sweater with not much ease. You need to plan on at least 2 1/2 inches of ease – 4 is better so you can wear it over something. I also strongly object to raglan styles on curvy women. It makes for a too rounded shape – a square shoulder line really helps slim the look. Raglan can look very frumpy unless you either have great shoulders, or are very thin. My motto is – if it doesn’t fit me I will probably cement a friendship when I give this bad boy away to somebody it will fit. That’s why it’s good to have a lot of friends of all sizes.

    It’s not a bad idea to make a template for a sweater. I took a class at Camp Stitches and she had us all make muslins with gingham fabric that had one inch squares. You basically cut out the schematic to size and keep it with the sweater while you work on it. It lets you check the fit as you go – just lay it on the muslin piece and see if it’s going along the size you want it to be. A little harder with a steeked sweater, but still doable. One of the best sweaters I ever made was sized after a tank top from Walmart that fit just right. I made it almost exactly the same size.

    Keep working on it – somebody will love it.

  8. Heather says:

    Leslie, I can’t even imagine knitting something like your cardigan and then it not fitting. Hell, I knit a hat that was too small to fit any of my boys’ heads and I was ticked off. A cardigan like yours would have me sobbing in the corner.

    Laura, I LOVE the wee little socks that you made. Those are adorable!

  9. Enid Mary Shaw says:

    thanks for the e-mail Leslie. Oh what a berk I am! Was so sure I had commented much earlier that I didn’t check further on. It is between Sandy Z and Crystal, Laura.
    Ah well, I shall have to be more thorough in future D)


  10. Jadielady says:

    What perfect timing! I had just selected my Yarn Pirate Neptune to knit socks for August and was browsing patterns when you mentioned Sadie’s Mermaid’s lagoon socks. What a perfect pattern for this yarn!!!

  11. LoriAngela says:

    Thanks for making me a winner! I love your show and my comment was that I love how you say Bye Y’All at the end. I had asked for that very early on. Happy Birthday Leslie.

  12. Monique G says:

    OH Leslie!!! I feel your pain!!!! I think you need to go and buy yourself some new yarn (different project) and get the nasty karma from that cardi out of your hands LOL.

    Hey Laura, I’m dying to see what the exact pattern is for those sock you just finished (Squirtle???) I keep looking at your project page and can’t find it.

  13. Colleen says:

    I have just found your podcast and I am enjoying it very much. I feel like I’m at a knit together and being inspired by the patterns and yarn you show case. My work schedule makes it hard to participate with knitters in the area and watching your show brings that back. Thank you for taking your time and making this podcast possible.

    Colleen in San Diego

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