Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Episode 151 Blanket in a Day


Bernat Baby Blanket
Shibui Baby Blanket
Melissa finished a Corner to Corner Baby Blanket, pattern by Bernat.  After finishing the blanket, there should be enough left over to make some other baby items.
She also completed a Wee Speedy by Taiga Hillard Designs made in bulky wool.  
And YET another baby blanket made of sock weight Shibui Baby on her machine   

Starshower Cowl
Abby is working on the Starshower Cowl. It is knit both back and forth and in the round.
She is still working on her sweater.
Abby is starting another pair of stripped socks in LollypopYarn called Pinky Promise.
Melissa is working on another Wee Speedy in the Bernat, and probably has enough to also baby hat out of the same Bernat yarn.


Bitter Cup
Melissa ripped out the baby poncho.
Abby had a coughing reaction while knitting the possum sock yarn. 

Abby hung out with Susan the owner of Abstract Fiber and spun with her mini-spinner.
Abby was spinning merino, super wash merino, and silk. She also spun some fiber from Crown Mountain Farms, long draw. And she produced three skeins. 

Dust in the Wind
Melissa wants to starts just plain socks. She wants a carry around project.  She will probably be making a requested baby blanket.
Abby has two spinning projects. One is a three ply sock yarn from Crown Mountain Fibers 
The color is called Dust in the Wind, but the color is no longer available.
Abby would also like to spin enough for a sweater.  Possibly a Marino cashmere mix.  She will dye the yarn, not the roving. In the past when she dyed the roving it felted.

Abby reviewd The Modern Natural Dyer A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home by Kristine Vejar. Kristine is one of the owners of the shop A Verb for Keeping Warm.
The Modern Natural Dyer is  published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang which is a part of Abrams Publishing and retails for $29.95

Abby is excited that about Madrona
Abstract Fiber will be selling color gradient kits and color story kits.
The NY Times has a virtual reality app, and they have been creating 360 degree movies that you can watch. 

And we are DE-caffinated about Doctor Who and BBC video. 

Melissa is watching Brooklyn 999 and Venture Brothers

We are going to drive up to Madrona on Saturday. We hope to have a meetup. See you there!

The Rose City Yarn Crawl happens in March!

Geek Craft Expo - Portland Oregon’s happen’s in June.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Episode 151 The Orange Sweater Curse!

Abby is drinking peppermint bark tea and Melissa is drinking Cardamon Cinnamon from the Republic on Tea 
Twist Cardigan

Melissa is working on the District 12 Cowl Wrap in crochet. Using an N hook 
She is also working on the Full Circle Cowl from 60 Quick Cowls 
Abby discussed gauge.
Abby is working on the Twist cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns of ChicKnits. She received a gift card for Quince and Company from Elizabeth Doherty that she used to purchase the yarn.  She is using the channel island cast on.
She is working on another Brickless by Martina Behm. Abby is using a Yowza What a Skein from Miss Babs 

Giostra Hat
Melissa finished the basket-weave blanket that she has been working on and off for six months. She suggested getting pet hair out by using Sticky Sheets.  She also finished the Giostra Hat by Woolly Wormhead. For that she used Knitted Wit PDX Carpet in worsted weight
Basket-weave Blanket
Brickless one + in progress

Rainbow Socks
Abby finished the Fab Funky Fibres Rainbow Socks. And she has sworn off the afterthought heel. Finally the orange sweater curse has been broken by completing and liking the Hitofude sweater. She is also still working on the double knit scarf.
Hitofude Sweater

Bitter Cup
Melissa didn’t have the materials need to start several projects. Abby describes her hand made item’s run in with (possible) moths. 

Abby wants to make another cowl.. Also on what kind of sock design to use with her New Zealand Possum Yarn.
Melissa is thinking about baby items and another cowl. She would like to learn or try a new technique. 

Abby has re-watched almost all of Outlander.
Melissa has watched Transparent and The Man from High Castle, both high recommendations, and can’t wait to get back The Walking Dead.
Abby compares Harry Potter, Sherlock and The Walking Dead.
Making a Murder
Podcasts mentioned

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Episode 150 Reindeer and Zombies

Melissa has started several projects. Ornaments are in season. Melissa talked about ornament kits she previously found at Knit Purl in Portland OR: Santa Hats, Sock Monkey Ornament Kit by Sarah Morris, a Beaded Silken Star, a Snowman, and a Beaded Globe. They do not have their kits online this year so here are some similar inspiring ornament patterns found on Ravelry: Knitted Santa Hat by Linda Dawkins, Tiny Sock Monkey by MaryKate Long,   Knit Star Ornaments by Kat Lewinski, and this Cabled Globe would look lovely with beads

Abby is working on self striping socks from Fab Funky Fibers in the color Fifteen Color Rainbow. And she is close to finishing the Hitofude Cardigan.
Abby is already completing a 2016 resolution by learining double knitting while working on the Null Hypothesis scarf. And she is using some beautiful wooden yarn bowls to keep the two yarns organized. The yarn bowls were given to her from listener Kim in California. One is poplar and the other is maple. For this project, Abby is using the new madeline tosh sock yarn in Blue Nile and Edison bulb.

Melissa received a knitting bag made of fabric called, “Dysfunctional Families,” and a self striping sock yarn from Yarn vs Zombies as a birthday present from Abby. Thank you Abby!
Abby and Melissa discussed process vs product. Abby has been working on quilt for the last 17 years, finished it up and sent it off without taking pictures. She discussed quilting and finishing.

Let us know what you think about process vs product. 

Abby has blocked the Ribbon Shrug by Louisa Harding which she made out of malibrigo chunky yarn.

Melissa and Abby went to The Oregon Science FictionConvention or (ORYCON.) Melissa dressed up as the Widow from AMC’s TheBadlands. Abby got her first corset from Miss Haley's Bombshell Boutique, and she can be found on Facebook and reached at MissHaleyBB@Live.com
And needs to plan a costume around it. She also found the Time Traveler's Costume Guild.

Melissa reviewed The Night Before Christmas in Crochet by Clement C. Moore, Mitsuki Hoshi, published by Harper Design.

Abby has been listening to the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Books on audio books. Listening to audio books that she has already read allows her to concentrate on her sewing projects.

Abby is catching up on the Walking Dead.
Melissa is watching The Knick on Cinemax.
Abby checked out Flesh and Bone
Abby and Melissa are looking forward to Childhood’s End on SyFy 

We are thinking of doing a podcast or a stream of us playing a game or watching a TV Show and knitting. Let us know what you think.

You can reach us at knitknitcafe@gmail.com and as Abbyknitz and MissMAB on Ravelry!