Thursday, October 21, 2010

Long Episode with a Funny Finish Ep. 12

This is what happens when Ben and I don't speak to each other for a week! Listen here.
Ben knits like the wind! He finished his Devon in a week and a half.

Ben has a vest of his own design on the needles. Abby started several projects and frogged almost as many. She couldn't stop herself from casting on CeCe for the next Knitmore KAL.
Abby is also working on a surprise for Dalya, as well as the Tree of Life socks by Janel Laidman from The Enchanted Sole. Abby is also itching to cast on the Vine Yoke Cardigan by Ysolde Teague.

Ben finished Devon! See above. Abby finally finished the Ada Lovelace socks. You can see them here.
Rhinebeck, of course! It was chaotic, it was fabulous. The weather was superb and Abby managed some well-planned stash enhancement.
This fabulous haul includes luxurious, yummy Free Range yarn from Sanguine Gryphon, acid green super saturated sock yarn from Fiber Optic and three skeins of fingering weight from the incredible Creatively Dyed. Abby also purchased a beautiful Turkish Delight Jenkins Spindle for Ben from Morgaine at Carolina Homespun.
Abby also had fun meeting and seeing lots of knitters and podcasters! Here are just a few photos:

Abby didn't spin this week, but she went a long way towards enabling Ben to start spinning - see above.

We talk a bit about Debbie Stoller in general, and review her new book, Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics. Abby is a big fan of Debbie's magazine, Bust. We also mention two classic knitting books which anyone who wants to design his or her own knitwear should own at some point: Knitting in the Old Way and Sweater Design in Plain English.

We want to talk about yarn! What do you like, what don't you like? Which are your favorite yarns and for what purpose? We want this to be an ongoing investigation, so please let us know, either here, or on the ravelry group!

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  1. I'm only a minute or two into this episode, but I wanted to make a suggestion for the loose knitting problem when doing stranded knitting (while it was still fresh in my mind). Hope it's helpful:

    Have you tried knitting all the stitches through the back loop (and/or purling all stitches through the back loop where appropriate)? It's a little tricky to get your flow down, but after a while it becomes second nature. The twisted stitches that are created create a more tightly knitted fabric, usually.

    Ok, back to listening...

  2. I'm so glad you reviewed Debbie Stoller's new book! I pretty much learned how to knit from her first 2 knitting books, and I think they're great for a student who doesn't have the budget or space for a huge knitting library. I'll definitely be checking the new one out.

  3. Great Episode!!!! I love Ben's sweater ....its AWESOME...and the picture does show attitude! Love it. I love your podcast!