Monday, April 11, 2011

Fun & Engaging but not Stupid Episode 36

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Latte: Ben is knitting Honegart from Westknits Book Two; Abby continues to knit the Marilinda socks.
Grande: Ben finished his Greek Key dice bag and is taking a break from making these. Abby finished Hawthorne but has not figured out how and where to block it.
Bitter Cup: Abby started a wedding shawl for a friend, but has been stymied by the way the pattern is constructed and printed. Cassidy is going along just fine now, but Abby inadvertently knit more on one front section than the other until she found a fix. Ben could not find the right buttons for his Filbert and is thinking of repurposing some fallen tree limbs to make wooden buttons. We both talked about knitting and how to keep track of what we're doing. Abby mentioned she'd seen instructions online for making a row counter bracelet.
Taste: Abby is using a pair of new ChiaoGoo lace Red Line circulars for her Marilinda socks and really likes them. She bought them on etsy from Grandma's Handknitting. Abby also mentioned that she was able to clean her Leslie Wind brass cable needle/necklace using toothpaste. This is reported to work on the Addi Lace Turbos as well.
Chai: Abby's looking forward to seeing the musical of Catch Me If You Can during her upcoming Spring Break. She also thought the latest New York Magazine issue about apartment living in New York was enormously entertaining. 
Caffeinated: Ben is really enjoying the new music album by Maritime. They remind both Ben and Abby of Death Cab for Cutie, Minus the Bear and Of Montreal.
Barista's Special: You have until April 15th to post a photo of your Westknits project in order to be entered to win an autographed copy of Westknits Book Two. You can do it!


  1. Antler buttons are really cool, too. They are made from antlers which are shed by the animals then cut and polished. You can see them by googling antler buttons.

  2. Thank you so much for the plug! I enjoyed the pod cast and your views on the ChiaoGoo needles. I love them and don't use anything else. The cable is nylon over a multi-strand steel cable. It is softer than it sounds, and I have some customers that use the longer ones for magic loop knitting. Again, thank you so much and hope to see you in the "shop" again soon!

  3. Hi Ben and Abby:
    Just wanted to tell Ben that there are two button groups on Rav, one is button addicts, the other is button lovers. They have threads that list peoples fav. online button sources.
    I enjoy listening to your podcast.

  4. I just recently listened to your podcast and really enjoyed it! I've made the row counter bracelet you mentioned, and I used a pattern available on Ravelry - "Row Counter Bracelet" by Denise Sutherland. And referring to a button for your project, finding a great button can be SO difficult! The buttons you mentioned made of wood slices are very cool, Ive seen those on, so if you decide not to make your own, there are many to choose from there. Thanks for a fun episode. :)

  5. I have the coolest buttons made from slices of deer antlers. Joann Fabrics has their buttons on sale right now. They usually have leather and wooden ones. I love the podcast. I have tried all kinds of counters but the one that keeps me on task the best is split rings linked together with as many needed for rows needed. I carry it on the needle and move down one for each row. When done its time to do pattern row. Then start over. Can add beads as wanted.