Hey, everyone! Welcome to the WoolJewewl Podcast. This is episode 15. Today is going to be a little bit different. I’ve got a pretty exciting episode for you guys today. First off, I have a guest star. One of my friends from the states, her name is Stephanie, she came to visit me last week, and she’s a knitter too, so I decided to have her on the podcast. So the main part of the episode, I’m going to be talking about works in progress, finished objects, with her, and then she’s also going to share some of her stuff too. I have also been spinning up a lot of fiber lately. I haven’t been spinning since like, last fall, so it’s been a while, and I was really discouraged before but I’m kind of back into it now. So you’ll hear a little bit about that. Stephanie was a big help. Keep in mind we filmed together last week, so not everything is super up to date. That’s what’s going on today, I also have a few prizes to announce for the Great Unravel 2017, which ended yesterday. So I closed the thread, I did the drawings before I set up the camera and everything just because it was easier, but I promise I used a random number generator, and I will be announcing that shortly. Before I announce the prizes for the KAL, I have a couple questions for you guys. The first one is, would anybody be interested in a live podcast thing?? So instead of me filming ahead of time and editing and putting it online, would anybody be interested in me doing basically the same format for a podcast except live, so that you guys can ask me questions and talk to me while I’m doing that? So let me know. If you are interested, please leave a comment, and Say what time zone you’re in, ’cause I – I want to do it, I think it would be fun, even if two people watch and ask me questions that’s – that would be fun enough for me. So the hardest thing is figuring out what timezone to do it in because I’m here in Germany. So I think I would have to do it at night if people in the states wanted to participate But then I’d have to get a light ’cause I can’t film at night and everythidon’tknow it’s just like a whole thing. So please let me know. If there’s enough interest, I will totally look into doing that. I think it could be really fun. Another question, oh it’s not a question. I guess what I wanted to let you guys know was that I have just moved my channel to a ~brand channel~ instead of my ~personal~ YouTube channel, like my personal YouTube channel was linked to my personal Gmail account, so I wanted to keep the podcast a little bit separate from my personal email, and I set up a brand channel and in the process all of my replies to y’all’s comments got deleted. So I guess to any newcomers it’s going to look like everybody’s asking me all these questions and I’m never replying, but that’s not the case. I really try to answer all of y’all’s questions and stay really active, so I don’t know. If you just happen to notice that like, I don’t reply on anything don’t let that keep you from leaving a comment. Because I promise I will reply. I think that’s about it. I’m going to give away some prizes now! Alright, so I’ve got some winners to announce for the Great Unravel 2017. So today’s the 18th, I closed the thread this morning and there were 20 entries. So I used a random number generator to draw a winner – draw two winners actually So the way I did this was I had one winner drawn from all of the entries and another winner drawn from just the Garment Knitters. So if you knitted a garment you got two entries basically. Alright so the overall winner is going to win this adorable project bag made by Stina from stinixaknits.com She’s also a knitwear designer. I’m sorry is blowing out – there we go. And she donated her recently-released hat pattern. It’s adorable. This one is mine. So you’ll be getting this one that’s all wrapped up and it’s fresh and on her card I attached this adorable knitting girl pin made by Kate Gabrielle. So I bought one for myself, and I bought one for the – for the knit along, so this one is for me. The winner of that prize is is @nadiratani from Florida! So I think on revelry it says your name is Kaliesha or Kaleisha – Congratulations! Send me a message on Ravelry with your address and all your info so that I can send it to you. You’ll also be winning a surprise skein of Dk weight yarn. I haven’t dyed it yet. So if you have any color preferences, please let me know before I do that. Congratulations! I can’t wait to share all those goodies with you. Thank you so much Stina for donating that bag and the hat pattern. They are lovely and I’m sure she’s going to love them. So the second winner, drawn from the garments, is going to win this adorable project bag by Clara from Studio C Knits. She also dyes a beautiful yarn and a skein of Dk Yarn dyed by Anna from the Dunklegrun Podcast, and this is dyed with logwood and it is really squishy and beautiful, and I’m really excited to share it. So the winner of this prize is @simonamaloney! Congratulations, Simona. Simona is in Ohio. Send me a message on ravelry with your info so I can get these out to you! Thank you so much to everybody who participated. Thank you so much, Anna and Clara and Stina for donating the amazing prizes. So I’m going to share some photos of the winners’ projects here – these are the ones that were posted in the finished object thread. I was really impressed. There were actually a lot of garment submitted by people in this knit-along, so that was awesome. So I was really bad, and I didn’t finish my own project for this knit-along, and I think that that’s mostly because I just wasn’t excited about the yarn that I had pulled from the sweaters that I’d found. I wasn’t excited about it and I really really hate obligation knitting, like I’m not going to knit on something because I feel obligated to, and this knit-along for me, and I think for most people, was really more about the process. A lot of people hadn’t even thought about unraveling old sweaters, or whatever, to make something out of the yarn, so I’m really excited that so many people got into it, and shared their process and their projects, and it was really inspiring. So I think we’re going to be making this an annual thing. It’s not like, official, but. . . I would love to do it annually, even if the other girls don’t want to, I will still do it. I just think it’s a really great – great thing to do. I might be a bad podcaster for not finishing my project, but I think in the end it was totally a positive experience. I had more fun looking through everybody else’s projects than I did working on my own. And I have unraveled sweaters before, and I had fun doing those more than the ones that I unraveled for this project. I just didn’t have a whole lot of luck finding what I was looking for a while shopping. So that’s about it for the Great Unravel, and I will be leaving the finished objects thread up. I locked it this morning to do the drawing, but I will be unlocking it. So if you continue to unravel things –sweaters and stuff, and then make projects out of them, please put them in that thread. I want to leave it up. I want to encourage people to keep doing this – recycling yarn, and you know, the more we recycle yarn, the fewer things that end up in landfills. Ok so before I get onto the main part of the episode and my friend Steph joins me, I have another KAL I just want to briefly mention. It’s the Any Sock’ll Do KAL. So this is a sock knit-along for – for anybody who’s knitting socks that don’t belong in any other KAL. I started this because all the socks I was knitting for some reason wouldn’t fit in to the requirements of other socks knit-alongs, so this is just – pretty much any sock will work for this knit-along. The – pretty much the only rule is that you cannot double dip. So this is just to give everybody a chance to win a prize for their socks if they didn’t want to enter it into another KAL or they couldn’t because of the requirements of the other knit-alongs. Yeah, So that’s about it. So I am going to play the footage from last week with my friend Stephanie, and if you stick around to the end, there may or may not be a little surprise for you guys that we just kind of threw together the last minute. Okay, hey, everyone, this is my friend Steph. S: Hi!
C:Introduce yourself! So I am from Texas, and I actually met Caitlin when we were in music school together, and we have continued to play together for years, but. . . I don’t think either of us started knitting/crafting again until we got to our masters degree, completely separately. C: So we never knit together!
C: It’s really sad. C: All those lost knit-nights that never happened.
C: But we’re having them now because Steph is
S: We are! visiting me in Germany and We’re here! And we’ve been doing a lot of stuff and talking a lot about yarn S: Yes.
S: I came from Texas to visit my best friend in the UK, and I figured since I was over on this side of the ocean, I would just pop over to Germany and see Caitlin. So I did, because I missed her wedding and that was a really sad day for me. C: Yeah.
S: So now I get to –
C: But she made it to our second anniversary. S: And it was awesome.
C: We celebrated yesterday. So you want to show some stuff now? S: Sure.
S: Let’s do it.
C: So I will show the only knit finished object I have this week, which is my leg warmers. They have not been blocked yet, but they’re done and I have the ends woven in, and they look really goofy since the ribbing kind of bunches up in a funny way, but that’s them. So I used two different sock yarns. One of them is this Zauberball, which is a gradual fade or gradient or whatever in this kind of fuchsia-purple color, and then the other one is a self-striping Opal sock yarn, and I alternated every single row so you kind of have – half of it is a gradual fade and then other half is the self-striping in between. So I’ll insert a few photos after we take some after this.
S: Yes. C: So you can get a better view.
S: We are going to do a photo shoot.
S: We’re going to do a photo shoot – I love taking pictures S: so yeah.
C: Steph is a very talented C: photographer, violinist, knitter, ~spinner~
S: She is very kind. S: We took a trip to Strausburg the other day –
C: and a singer! She does everything, she does it all. Yeah, so I wanted Steph to take some photos of my leg warmers because it’s hard to take pictures of your legs by yourself. Steph’s going to do for me and we’re going to do that after this and it’s gonna be fun. I forgot to mention that I didn’t use a pattern for these. I winged it, and I kind of made up my own thing, so if anybody’s interested, I may or may not be writing this down as a pattern. S: You should write it down because they’re really cute.
C: Because I kind of want to dip my toe into designing, and this is a super simple thing to make a pattern for, and so if it’s like insanely hard to write a pattern for something this simple then I might decide I don’t want to design things. So we’ll see what happens, but Yeah, let me know if you’re interested. I designed these with dancers in mind because The wrong leg warmers can be really annoying while you’re trying to do stuff, so I made these with just kind of exactly what I wanted when I’m using leg warmers, so C: other people might find it useful or not. That’s all the knit finished objects, so Steph’s going to show you one of hers.
S: Yes! I have been working on this project for a couple months now. I had decided to do a shawl, and I had never really done anything in this weight of yarn really. I had mostly stuck to chunky yarn, so I got inspired to do a shawl, and I got this beautiful green yarn, which I have no idea what it is, from my Mother. S: And I decided I was going to pair something with it.
C: Is it wool? (whispered) I don’t know what it is C: It feels like wool.
S: It does.
C: It feels like super wash merino maybe. C: I don’t know.
S: I have no idea.
C: It feels like wool.
S: There was no tag, there was nothing. S: And I was like I really like this color, so –
C: It’s pretty.
S: it took me a while to find something that went with it well. And I ended up using for the other colors – S: Actually these two right here the same, but they are –
C: the same base?
S: the same –
C: Like the same yarn? S: They’re the same – there’s exactly the same yarn, but I bought them at completely separate occasions. This is Aniversario from Malabrigo – their Arroyo weight yarn, and I bought the first one and I could see it and match it with a green and then I thought – after I ran out of it I thought, I really want to make this bigger. So then I had to order online because I couldn’t find this in any shops near me, and I ordered a couple of them so that hopefully it would be like, S: somewhat similar –
C: is it supposed to be the same colorway that just came out more pink?
S: It’s ex– yeah, it’s exactly the same colorway. C: That’s a big difference.
S: It’s a huge difference.
C: This is what happens when you don’t buy enough! S: This is what happens when you don’t buy enough.
C: Here, hold it up closer C: So that you can see the difference.
S: So the first one has a ton of green and blue in it – C: This is where it stops.
S: and so it actually transitioned really really nicely out of the green.
C: It’s more like a fade now.
S: Yes, so Then this color ended up having a lot of pink. In fact both skeins that I had that I got in the mail had tons of pink and purple, the other one was even more so, and so I just – yeah.
C: It worked. S: It did.
C: It totally worked.
S: It did work. But yes, when you buy something, buy more than you think you’re going to need, because you can always find something to do with it later. C: So up – so here you faded, right?
S: I did. I striped out of this, and then I just started – then I just started knitting with one color. But I didn’t bother to stripe it –
C: But it’s weird, it doesn’t look like it’s color-blocked here, because it fades really well. C: What were we talking about? Like, color-blocking versus the stripes.
S: Yes, so I striped this in here between the green and my first ball of Aniversario, and – and then I just started knitting straight with the Aniversario. But I didn’t stripe the two Aniversario balls together. I could have done, and it was completely luck of the draw that it looks like it blends like it does. You can still tell that –
C: ‘Cause t’s only striped here C: But there’s like a lot of blue and green –
C: in that skein, but this one –
S: But not in this skein. But when I unraveled it, I – I mean there’s more I guess on the other side, in some areas more blue and green. C: I think it’s kind of perfect.
S: So it was completely luck of the draw and it ended up as smooth of a fade as it was.
C: It looks great.
S: So yeah.
C: Show your pretty picot edge.
S: Oh yes, i did this. S: This is my first –
C: She took the time to do a picot edge which I’ve never done Yeah, it took a little bit of time, but it was completely worth it and after I blocked it it’s actually stayed like super flat, and I didn’t know if it would or not so. . .
C: So what size needle did you use? Oh bummer. Uhh let’s see – I think I use size 6’s for the whole thing? Oh yeah I should say, this is the Diving In shawl pattern, which is a free pattern on Ravelry, and the great thing about it is it’s just a recipe, so you can basically do whatever you want.
C: Use like any yarn, any size at all
S: Anything. You just like keep going and add as many stripes and colors as you want and whatever.
S: So there you go!
C: Cool Okay, do you want to talk works in progress? S: Sure. Works in progress.
C: Okay. Okay, so we have um Some knitting works in progress – Oh we didn’t talk about our spinning finished objects! We have to do that! S: Wait let’s lump that all together.
S: All the spinning together
C: All the spinning together! okay! So we’re going to do all knitting together right now. okay, so um knitting works in progress I will show a little bit of my super-secret test-knit. I can’t like, hold it up and show it to you but I do want to talk about it for a minute.
S: It is beautiful. I’m gonna – um I’m just going to like, ball it up and show you how the yarn is knitting up in a stockinette section. There it is! This is my own hand-dyed, which I talked a lot about in the last episode. So I just wanted to show how it’s knitting up because I can’t really – (mumbled) show my – (mumbled) I’m gonna cover your face up. (spoken) Yeah, because I can’t really show the whole thing. also It’s actually knitting up pretty fast so I’m excited for when I’m finished and I can show it for real. I had a little bit of a hilarious tale of woe this week when I was putting some sleeve holes in, and I created the sleeve hole on the left side and then I promptly created another sleeve hole right underneath it. So I had two sleeve holes on the left side only, and like nothing on the right side, and I don’t know how I got that far without realizing what I was doing, but use your brain when you’re knitting and not just like, blindly following a pattern. Especially with the test knit because there are bound to be mistakes in a pattern that hasn’t been tested yet, so that’s what I get. I was also knitting while I was working, and so that was like – that’s what I get, yeah. Anyway, I wish I could say more about that, but I can’t really and I have a picture of the thing with the two sleeve holes on the same side so I’ll share that when the pattern is released because it was pretty hilarious. Like I wasn’t even mad. It was just like – I just looked at it, ’cause I was at the point where I wanted to try it on, and I couldn’t try it on Because the moment I tried to do that. . . I just like started laughing, and I don’t know. It was pretty hilarious, and I really wanted to like take a picture and show everyone how stupid I was But I couldn’t do it! So yeah, I’ll show that later on, um Do you have a work-in-progress that you want show? I do have a work in progress. So I’m going to start – I have two works in progress right now, and actually, I’ll start with this one first.
C: Yeah do that one
S: So in this bag of magic is a crochet project I’m working on actually. My best friend is in the hospital right now (the whole reason I came over here to visit her) and she had bought this yarn for me last time I was in. . . well last time she was in Texas to visit me. And I talked her about what she might want out of it, and she said she’d really like a stuffed animal and looked online and found one, but of course it didn’t have a pattern. And I thought well, I can’t find any patterns that are kind of close to this, so I decided to just make it up, and since it was a knit object, and I’m really bad at coming up with knit patterns, I was – just decided to crochet it. So, these are the legs for a fox, and it kind of looks like it has a bib on, and I kind of have to do like, that, and do orange in the back, because I’m running out of orange. Really fast. So, here are his armies
C: Well I think it works. . .
C: for the whole front to be white I think it does, and I made him orange under his chin. I have The thing about stuffed animals is they take like a jillian little parts, and You know, like part of –
C: This is why I made any of them And you know part of it is – It’s like okay to knit each one of these little bits But then you have to like, sew in all of the ends, and seem th–
C: Seem them all together I don’t actually know if I will sew in the ends I think I’m just not going to bother, but I think I’ll probably sew these together and flip them inside out.
C: Just like, tie it in a knot and like stuff it inside S: That’s what’s happening with like literally all of these ends.
C: That’s what I would do
S: Because I am so late I cannot be bothered. And I made his head C: His little head
S: and his little nose, so
C: It’s so cute I can’t wait to be done with this. I’m so over it already, but. . . so yes, that is my first work in progress.
C: but at least it’s crochet, because crochet will go much faster. S: Thank God for that
C: and I don’t know – I don’t know, I haven’t done enough crochet to know, but I don’t know if like weaving in ends is easier with crochet or not
S: It can be. Especially with this type of
C: like fluffy
S: boucle yarn, because it just doesn’t show and so I can sort of just like willy-nilly like, mingmingmingmingming,
C: It’s cute
S: and no one will see it, it’s fine. C: It’s cute!
S: So there you go.
C: What’s your project bag? S: This is the project bag that my mother helped me make recently, ’cause she has – she’s a quilter. So we’re both craft people and she said, “oh yeah Steph! I will help you” – Oh yeah
C: oh yeah. We watched Fargo last night, so we’ve been – We’ve been talking with a little bit of an accent today. C & S: oh yeah
C: Oh yeah?
S: I’ll help you make your bag. So she talked me through how to make a project bag and helped me with it. It’s got little flowers on the outside and we made two handles so that I can either tie it over something if I’m sitting in a chair or –
C: Oh yeah? Yeah? C: Yeah
S: It’s got a little pocket on the inside so Actually this bag has ended up being my purse recently. I just like put everything in it, and just carry it around all the time.
C: Oh I do that. Okay, who uses project bags as purses now? I want to know because I definitely do it
S: all the time
C: especially my project bags that have extra pockets inside Like I really just need my phone and my wallet And my keys
S: that’s pretty much it
C: and a project, and it’s like, you can fit all of that in a project bag, so like, why should I carry an extra giant bag for my normal stuff with a project bag inside of it. It’s just – it’s a lot. You know since I started knitting and crocheting a lot, and using project bags, actually my purses are turning in a project bags, so like this project bag is a purse my sister brought back for me, and
C: makeup bags
S: I was like, oh yarn C: pencil bags,
S: all the bags
C: clutches, they’re all yarn bags now.
S: and reusable bags, like
C: yes. Tote bags
S: I have so many reusable bags, and that’s become my C: Project bags
S: purse C&S: project bag Like, it’s all i use. Yeah, so for our anniversary, Ben – it’s our second anniversary. We were going to try to keep up with the traditional like – each year has a different theme gift you’re supposed to do. So second anniversary is apparently cotton or china, and Ben for some reason thought that this was our third anniversary. I guess the time had gone by really slowly for him! So he thought it was our third anniversary, and the third anniversary theme is supposed to be leather. So he bought me this nice leather clutch bag purse. Like I never buy nice bags for myself. I just use tote bags and project bags, so I stopped buying cute purses, so he bought me a nice leather bag, and when I opened it, he said I wasn’t allowed to put yarn in it, and I got really upset! I was like why not? He was like this is special! You’re just – you’re not supposed to use it for yarn! And I was like, but yarn is special! Like that’s what I care about and that’s what I want to have with me all the time time, so it’s okay. It’s like – maybe I should show it. S: You should show it. I think you should –Here we go
C: So here it is. He found this on etsy. It’s like a handmade clutch. It has leather tassels, it’s leather on the side with like a sequined triangle, and the other side is all sequins, and it’s like a grayish-blush color, and t’s really pretty.
S: Is this is a strap? Like a handle?
C: I guess it can be. It has a lobster clasp, so you can take it off and just leave the smaller tassel if you want, but –
S: It its – it has a little thing for your wrist C: I think – Oh it does! I just thought it was a tassel! Oh that’s perfect.
S: Oh man S: This is going to be a project before long
C: Yaaaay Yeah, so Yeah, it – I mean, it’s not like it would hold that much yarn anyway So I mean, it would probably become a notions pouch for me, because we don’t really like go fancy places anyway so I want to get some use out of it.
S: Yeah And I kept bugging him about the yarn thing, ’cause I really like, want to be able to put yarn in it, and also he can’t tell me what to do and he said – he knows things. He was like, okay, you can only put unicorn tails and mini skeins in it, and I was like that’s fine. ‘Cause he knows. He knows about unicorn tails. He knows what I need to have with me at all times, so anyway, he did a good job. That was a total tangent, um we were talking about working progress right?
C: okay, so I have my Great Unravel project Which is like very slowly Going.
S: It’s okay, because we have plenty of days left.
C: Oh yeah plenty of time! Today is the 12 and it’s due to the 17th, and I’ve only done like, a couple more inches than you saw last time, but It would just not be me if I didn’t wait till the last minute to do anything, so I just you know 16th, 10 p.m., I’m going to be cranking the rest of this thing out. So there it is. It’s like, you know. It’s – It’s okay. It’s really lightweight, so I kind of take it with me places but it’s kind of boring ’cause you just – it’s a two row repeat, and so when I’m at home I like to do more interesting stuff while I watch TV and stuff and I save the boring knitting for when I go out. So that’s why I haven’t made much progress on this.
S: Caitlin knits like the wind I don’t know. I – I think I get like a normal speed. Because I’ve seen some people that go like super fast, and it makes me feel really inadequate. S: well, you make me feel really inadequate.
C: But this – no, but this is like this goes really fast anyway because it’s on – what is this – size 8 needles, and it’s fingering weight, and it’s super hole-y, So it’s – you know. I know that I can finish this in one day I just don’t – I haven’t wanted to do this for that long at a time yet, so that’s what’s happening, and yeah. Do you want to share your Great Unravel project?
S: I will share my Great Unravel project, which
C: She is also doing the knit-along.
S: by the way is not that great right now. I – I got really really excited about this project.
C: mediocre unravel project. Not the great unravel project. It hasn’t been great for either of us. I think the greatest part of this project for me with going shopping for the sweaters because I have a rather unhealthy obsession with shopping at Goodwill Outlet, and if you don’t know what Goodwill Outlet is, just watch Macklemore’s Thrift Shop song, and all those bins that he’s jumping through, that’s –
C: is that what that is? S: That is what that is.
C: oh my gosh!
S: and you just like – it’s just stuff in bins, it’s like a $1.39 a pound, so C: So you buy it by weight.
S: yep, so when I’m buying sweaters, like I bought all those sweaters – I have unraveled probably like five sweaters by now, and so anyway, I got really excited about it, and then I said okay I’m going to make a tank top. This is going to be great I’m going to make it out of cotton and I can wear it in Texas when it’s a million degrees outside, and this is all that’s happened. That’s it
C: That’s okay. C: I like the yarn though
S: I do like the yarn. It’s kind of annoying because it’s about five strands wide and it’s like five strands held together
S: without being twisted
C: they’re not even twisted.
S: So you have to be really careful that you do catch all the strands, especially if I’m trying to knit a little faster, and – C: So it’s like ultra-splitty
S: yeah And then sometimes things that happen when I was around – like – like one of the strands would break, and so all of a sudden – just – there’s a strand just like bloop, just like hangin’ out. So that has been a little bit annoying, but I got really ambitious and I’ve had this pattern for a while and I was thinking that I was going to finish it. This is the back panel of two panels, and this is all I have so – C: You’ll totally finish in the next four days.
S: So I decided to scrap that idea Because it’s never going to happen I do not knit fast enough for that, as much as I’d like to think it would, so
C: So what are you going to do?
S: I have decided to make some miniature dungarees for the fox that I’m crocheting, because in the picture of the animal she chose, it has a little scarf and a little pair of dungarees. So I’m going to take this blue yarn that I was making the other stuff out of – ohhh – and make dungarees, and I have five days to do it –
C: You know what you should do is hold it double C: so that it goes faster!
S: Oh my God you’re so right!
C: You should do that! And you could do it in like a – if you hold it double or triple and just have like a – like much thicker yarn you’ll totally finish it time.
S: Dude I should skein up the other one – skein up – I should ball up the other one I have – I brought the yarn with me to make this tank top because I’m going to be spending a lot of time sitting in the hospital slash on her couch watching TV and hanging out with my friend as she recovers, so C: Yes.
S: I will work on this shirt eventually, but yes, I could C: Hold it double
S: Yesss I’m gonna do it, this is going to be exciting
S: and it’ll go so much faster C: Yes
S: Maybe I’ll just make the scarf first – I’ll those make a miniature scarf, and that will be my finished object C: Mhm it has to be 100 grams S: Oh dang it S: Just kidding I won’t –
C: You’re not gonna get a prize if it’s not 100 grams!
S: Okay S: Then it’s probably not gonna be the scarf C: It’s okay, I’m not going to come to your houses and weigh C: all your prizes so this is honor system you guys
S: I’m going to make a scarf and dungarees S: crap I’m gonna need to make sure that I weigh this after I finish it
C: It’s okay. Actually, my project’s not even going to be 100 grams because it’s a very hole-y weightless produce bag. It’s fine. It’s fine.
S: So yeah C: It would count
S: works in progress. last-minute knitting.
C: yeah Do you have any other works in progress? S: No
C: okay. I do – I have one more, which, it’s not really, but I cast it on and started knitting, so it’s officially a thing. I’m swatching for the Tegna – I don’t know if – i don’t know how to pronounce it. Tegna Top? by Caitlin Hunter, which I’m sure if you’re on Instagram at all you’ve seen, but it’s like a boxy t-shirt with a lace panel at the bottom, and last time I showed the yarn that I got from La Bien Aimee in Paris, And so I think I’m going to use that. But this is it swatched up. It’s really pretty. So yeah, I don’t know, you might not be able to see it very well, but that’s it. And it’s really soft, and I really like the fabric that it’s making, so I think I’m going to cast that on, maybe today or tomorrow, and my gauge is just right, which I was pretty worried about because the pattern – it calls for size 3 needles, which I don’t have, so I just chose to use a size 4 and there’s a note in the pattern that says that the testers used anywhere between a size 3 and a size 7 – US size 7 – needle to get gauge. So I was like I don’t want to have to make 50 swatches just to figure out which needles, But luckily the size 4’s are the exact
S: work S: that’s awesome
C: right gauge, so I’m really glad because I hate swatching. I just want a cast on the thing and like, go. Yeah, I just have to decide which size to make, ’cause I feel like I want it to fit between the size small size medium. So I don’t know. I gotta think about that. But that’s about it. Here it is balled up. It’s really soft and shiny, and I love it. S: It looks great. It really does.
C: Yeah, it really – it’s so pretty. It’s like, kind of this silver-y color But the silver has a lot of irrigation in it. It’s really tonal, and pretty, and I love the mustard color. S: I remember what it reminds me of – toasted marshmallows, like perfectly toasted marshmallows.
S: do you know what i’m saying Yeah, ’cause the – the edge of the burnt part is always like yellowy.
S: Yeah, just a little bit yellowy and –that’s exactly right S: Makes me want to eat it
C: yes. I think that’s it for knitting actually. Let’s talk spinning! Yeah, okay So I don’t know – if you guys have been watching from the beginning, you might know that I like, learned to spin last fall, and I had one lesson that was like a couple hours long and it was really helpful and after that I was practicing spinning a little bit every day, and I kind of hit a wall where it was like getting really frustrating and I couldn’t figure out why it was like getting worse and worse and it wasn’t getting better. And everybody online is just like just keep doing it you’ll get better you’ll get better just like the longer you do it you’ll figure out a way that works for you, but it was like the opposite for me Um so I’m really glad that Steph is here because it took her two seconds to like figure out why it was horrible for me. And like – and it was just like a couple little things that I had to adjust and Now I have spun a considerab – considerable amount I think for the past couple days, and I made a thing! I spun this yarn, and I knitted it, into a thing.
S: She knitted it. Look.
C: So, here’s my thing. S: It’s super cool looking.
C: It’s kind of blowing out – there you go. Yeah! So it’s really patchy and really skinny and really fat in different places, but I don’t care. I like it.
S: This is art-yarn guys
C: yeah It’s art-yarn!
S: art-yarn It’s totally intentional because it’s art-yarn Yeah, so that’s it! So um this is maybe like – I don’t remember – like 25 grams or something like that No, maybe less than that. I don’t remember, but I did this in like, an evening maybe? It took like two seconds to knit it up on size 10 needles and yeah. So do you want to show some of the stuff that you spun? Or maybe I should say like the problems I had and how you fixed it.
S: um yes. Do that and then we can show our…
C: okay, so my issue with spinning was that I was always trying to spin from like too large of a chunk of wool, and so we kind of pre- drafted a lot of it, and like pulled off thinner parts for me to spin from, and that was a huge helper. But actually the biggest help was where I was pinching while I was drafting.
C: okay, so now that I’m on the spot and on camera I’m like not gonna be able to do this. I’m gonna be like look! I fixed it all! and like now I can’t actually do it. She has been doing a really excellent job and I’ve created a beast.
C: Yes. That is true. Now I’m going to be shopping for fiber and for a yarn.
S: a beast S:Yes.
C: Okay, so let me just get this going so that I can. . . talk about this. Okay, so – okay now I’ve got to move my coffee or there’s me wool in my coffee. Okay, so before when I was drafting, I didn’t realize that you have to pinch exactly in the same spot. Like, I was – I was having trouble drafting because I would pinch kind of lower than the twist, and then when I tried to draft, it was like already twisted and I couldn’t pull any of the fiber out of the part that was already twisted. So what she showed me was that my problem – it’s just like really simple, that you just like pinched in the exact same spot, and if you draft from a part that’s not twisted at all, then it’s much easier. And of course, it’s like not actually really going, but it’s such a simple solution, and like totally makes sense, but for some reason I wasn’t getting it. And all the videos and tutorials I would watch online never really seemed to say that explicitly. Like I was just having trouble drafting and I was trying to troubleshoot what it was but it was just like a very specific thing about pinching and people would just kind of like show you how they drafted but they never said that like, you need to pinch exactly in the right spot and like don’t let the twist get further up than where you’re pinching.
S: Yes that was the key
C: I don’t know if like the way I’m talking about it makes any sense S: Well here let me see this for a sec
C: I’m kind of like going – C: in a roundabout
S: So, it depends on how much – what I figured out is sometimes I don’t even pinch exactly where I was I guess. It depends on how much twist you put in below. If you’re like putting a ton of twist, and oh gosh I don’t remember which way to spin this anymore – C: Clockwise
S: Clockwise! So, if you’re not spinning very fast the twist doesn’t carry as quickly, and so even when I let it go, if you look at the top here, you see that bit where it’s spread out. And that’s where the twist is not.
C: That’s where you need to pinch.
S: So you need to pinch like right above that,
C: Right S: so that you can draft
C: So do it again, and I’ll show like where I was pinching before. So if I would grab it, I would be pinching like slightly below where it started twisting
S: and so when you let it go
C: and when you let it go and try to draft it C: and you can’t, you can’t at all. So that was my problem and then I would be like pulling it harder and harder, and like it wouldn’t draft and it would just be very frustrating.
S: Yes So I don’t know, that might help somebody. but –
S: Yes S: So there we go. And as long as you have got it above where the twist is then you should be able to draft with no problem. I also had the same issue for a while C: yeah
S: so there you go.
C: But I just wanted to share that because I I understand like how and why spinning wool works. Like I totally get what’s happening with the fiber and like why spinning is even a thing, and like all the mechanics of it made sense to me. It was just like this one tiny thing I was doing that was making it completely impossible for me to do it and me very frustrated, so thank you, Stephanie.
S: You’re welcome.
C: Now I can actually spin things and like not want to cry every time. S: Yeah, she’s been doing an amazing job. Actually I didn’t know how to ply. I had never done it. I’ve just been buying roving in many different colors and spinning it and not plying it. But in fairness, I have not spun that many things yet, and –
C: I feel like you spun a lot. like I – I have only completed two things. I have a my very first, what I like to tell art yarn, because it’s not even but it’s a big thick worsted weight or even Chunky weight pink. And I just left that as a single ply. And then I have another one that I got in my fiber share that was a pencil roving that I spun and then I left it on its own because I’m going to ply it later with some plain gray, but I have stuff on my – both my spindles, which I guess means I need to buy more spindles. So I can have more stuff going at the same time.
C: Yeah! More! Always more! Buy more buy more BUY MORE She’s enabling me Um so yeah. But she taught me to ply, because she had actually done it before so I did my first ply yesterday and I was very excited.
C: So – yeah So my one spinning lesson I spun, like a few ounces of wool, and then promptly plied it. So I remembered how to ply I just couldn’t remember how to spin. So she taught me how to spin and I showed her how I ply – at least my like weird way of doing it that I remembered how.
S: But it works
C: But it works! S: It works
C: So why don’t you show it, it’s beautiful.
C: She – she spun like 50 grams of wool, like yesterday.
S: I was actually keep surprised. So here is my first plied skein, 50 grams of white. I don’t know if you can really see because it’s so overexposed –
C: there we go, looks much better
S: Oh yeah that’s much better. Yes, so there we go. I’m just so excited that I plied it, and in her house, she’s got the most amazing spiral staircase. I found it amazing because, it takes so much time when you’re drop spillind – Mm ~drop spindling~ to – especially if you’re not very high or if you’re sitting down or something – to finish and then wind it up and then keep going and then I wind it up. It just takes a lot of time.
C: Takes a lot of time. It’s like, surprising how much time you lose just having to wind your yarn. S: And I didn’t really – like I –
C: on you spindle .
S: I knew it would take a lot of time, I know that it does, but I didn’t really realize how much faster I went the longer that I could weave it spinning. So I stood at the very top of her spiral staircase, and I would spin down to the floor, and then wind it up, and it went really fast. It was amazing.
C: It was awesome. So I took a few pictures, and if you follow me on instagram, you will see one of Steph, or you have seen it already,
C: of Steph at the top of the staircase and the drop spindle. . . S: Droppin’ it down.
C: . . .very far below. Yeah, I can’t stop. I can’t stop spinning, like I went to bed last night, and I just like kept thinking about drafting, pulling wool apart. Such a nerd. She’s created a monster.
S: I have. it’s really addicting, and we did it for several hours and I couldn’t stop and then when I did stop and I picked up my knitting, it like felt weird to knit. I guess I did it for so long that like my hands were just kind of in spinning mode. S: Yeah.
S: You just sort of get there,
C: it’s really weird. And awesome.
S: but then you do procrasti-spinning. That’s not a thing like my
C: oh my God. So, Stephanie spins while she has band practice. Like she sings in a band
S: I do
C: and she spins while she’s singing at her microphone which I think is incredible. S: Yeah, because the great thing about spinning which you don’t really get with crochet and knitting, is I actually do have to look down sometimes, and especially when it’s like in a darker room then you can’t always see very well, and we rehearse in a basement. It’s a legit, like, music studio in a basement that’s kind of dark and has a bunch of stuff like Garageband. But we’re legit. Okay, so So –
C: So should I link to your band?
S: no don’t do that
C: Okay Because we don’t actually have anything online yet, that I’m willing to share with you.
S: So Yeah Yeah, so spinning. You can do that almost anywhere, and almost any lighting, and it’s amazing.
C: awesome. C: Do I have – oh I have –
S: You do, you have one more
C: One more – one more spinning thing to show but I can’t really stop doing this, so let me just like get it out of my system. Okay. mmm (whispered) I’m obsessed okay, so I also spun up this little thing. I had some wool that I had tossed in a dye pot. Like I’d done – I dyed a few skeins of yarn, and I had some fuchsia like left in the pot, and that hadn’t exhausted and so I just threw in some fiber randomly, and it kind of felted actually, and I didn’t really have any plans for it I just didn’t want to dump dye down the sink. So it’s been sitting in my yarn room for a while, and now that I am somewhat not horrible at spinning anymore I decided to see if it would spin up even it was slightly felted. And I found it was actually easier to spin slightly felted. I think ’cause it would just – wouldn’t fall apart as easily. And then I had some other dark purple that I had used in a weaving and some pink I’d used in a weaving, so I just kind of put them all together. S: This is real art yarn y’all. S: This is the real deal
C: I don’t know about that, but I like how it turned out. I kind of blended them a little bit and then when I plied it, it kind of made it a more uniform thing, and so since I’d pretty much only ever practiced with just a natural white wool It was really fun to see how the colors ended up blending together and also how it changed when I plied it. So Yeah. And this is just about – I think this is like 20 grams I’m not really sure. I – I weighed all of it, but I don’t remember any of the weights and the scale’s over there. So yeah, I’m just guesstimating. But yeah, I don’t know what to do with this. I’ll probably put it in a weaving because it’s not really enough to knit anything with or I’ll just like knit another thing like this. S: And just have little squares floating around the house.
C: Yeah Steph wants me to make squares like this with all my practice hands spun, and to make a blanket out of it, but I think that would take forever.
S: A long time It would take a lot of wool. Yeah, but that might be fun. We’ll see what happens.
S: So many things that you can do.
C: I’m spinning now and so you guys are going to hear a lot more about it. I just need to buy more fiber Or dye more. Because I have a lot of white roving. I just need to. . .
S: That’s true Just need to dye it. And spin it. Okay –
C: What? Do you have any more spinning you want to show?
S: You have. . . Barb C: (whispered) oh my God!
S: (whispered) oh my God! Okay, I’m a crazy cat la – well, I can’t really say I’m a crazy cat lady because I only have one cat but I’m crazy about her and she’s very furry and fluffy, and I’ve been collecting her fur as I brush her because I thought, hey maybe I’ll blend this with some wool someday and like send it to a mill and get it spun into yarn. That might gross some of you out but I don’t care. And so I just pulled out all my cat fluff, which is like – I stored it in a plastic bag, so it kind of got matted, and it’s – like I never washed it or anything. It’s just like gross cat fluff. But really soft.
S: It is really soft.
C: And Stephanie is amazing, and she was able to spin it. So we just did this a couple hours ago, or she just did this a couple hours ago, but it’s actually working! I think – didn’t you say that the. . . the staple length is like much shorter than the wool?
S: It is.
C: So it’s really short, so you can’t draft it quite the same way, but . . . Yeah! So this is happening.
S: This is barb.
C: We’re spinning cat fur over here! And this is going to be a thing! So I have a plan for this. This is really satisfying to me because you just – C: You can spin anything.
S: You can spin anything. Almost anything. Just think about the possibilities.
C: So I’m going to grab that book. Like I was telling Caitlin, when I first started spinning, I was like, obsessed. I mean, I’m still a little bit obsessed. But when I was doing it a lot I just started having like day dreams and – about all the different things I could spin. Like Cedar tree bark – let me just say, that’s never going to work, it’s too crumbly. But I kept thinking – I kept trying to problem-solve in my head. Well what if I wet it down, and then I could like –
C: stretch it
S: no Yes, it will never happen. But there’s so many things you can spin with.
C: yeah It’s just like a whole new world of possibilities of things do. Okay, so I have this book. This is like next-level, you guys. I’m going to make a cat out of the spun cat hair. Okay I’m going to show you which one I’m going to do, because she looks just like my cat. Okay, you ready? It’s going to be a while! You’re not going to see this anytime soon. But hopefully I’ll be able to spin the rest of this
C: and make
C: make a Barb out of Barb S: This is gonna be amazing. I can’t actually tell you how excited I am about seeing the outcome of this.
C: One day. It’s going to be a while. It’s going to take me a while to spin enough to make a thing, but these cats are really small. Like I think most of them in this book are knit on like sock-size needles, or smaller like between sides US 0 and size 2 or something, so hopefully, I won’t need that much, but I’ll need a lot for the loopy parts that make it really hairy. (whispered) I’m so excited!
S: (whispered) oh my gosh Yeah, I think that’s all for spinning. I think so.
C: Yeah. Steph did some shopping. Do you want to share your stash enhancements?
S: Yes, I do. So just by the way, my New Year’s resolution – I had one and it was to use up my stash, and not buy a bunch of extra stuff, so I was not allowed – not allowing myself to buy yarn unless I started a project from yarn already in my stash, and then I could buy yarn to go with it. I have not entirely stuck to that. I bought a little bit, but you know. We went to Strasbourg the other day to this amazing store. You can buy yarn in bulk. You just tell them how much you want, and they will give it to you. And they’ll just like put it on a thing and say here you go. So –
C: Okay wait C: that makes no sense.
S: I’m sorry, let me re-
C: Okay so this shop has – they sell yarn the way they sell fabric. They do it by weight or by length, so instead of having skeins to buy, they have everything on cones, and you just say, I need 150 grams of this yarn, and then they wind it up into a cake for you. It was amazing. Thank you – thank you for clarifying that. That made no sense! I ask for thing and they give me a thing and then I end with a thing. The end. Okay
C: Yeah I got some – actually this was – I thought I got cotton but actually this is all bamboo and linen.
C: oh! I think Because I can’t actually understand all of this, which is in – I don’t know what language – French. I can’t read it all that well, but I think one of them is a 60% bamboo and 40% linen, and the other one which is the s–
C: Are they – are they not the same yarn? I don’t think so – no they’re different yarns. C: oh! Okay
S: So this one – this one is a 50 bam – 50% bamboo, 50% linen, and it’s sort of this gray green mixed with a tan. The colorway is San Juan, and It’s called Bossa-Nova. It’s from. . . This. I don’t know if you can see it. But they gave me a little sheet to go with each one. The other one is like 60% bam – I can’t read. 60% bamboo 40% linen, and this is the name, which I will never be able to pronounce, and the colorway is Piana, and this is what it looks like. It’s more turquoise with a little bit of blue and tan, and I – my plan – C: It’s – why isn’t it focusing? S: Focus for me. Is that focused? Good
C: Yeah it looks good.
S: Okay. So my plan is to – wrong ones – put these together somehow in some sort of shirt. I have not decided on a pattern. S: But that’s never stopped me before.
C: That’s fine. You don’t need that.
S: I don’t? I do actually need a pattern
C: Well you don’t need – you don’t need a pattern to choose yarn.
C: Yeah, just decide later.
S: I agree with that.
C: That’s how I buy. So I haven’t really done a lot with making garment – like full garments, but I have decided to start testing that out with a bunch of cotton and linen and things that I can wear in Texas because it is like 100-something degrees all the time. Just during the summer months actually.
C: Well linen’s good for that. Linen’s good.
S: I need something breathable, because as much as I love this, I actually cannot wear it a lot, because it’s – it’s wool.
C: It’s pretty thick.
S: It is, and – and so, yeah, I can’t wear it out. I did at first when I finished it – I wore it out, and it was like 85 degrees outside, and I was a little hot. C: Just a little bit
S: Just a little bit But I was like I’m going to wear this because I’m not going to get to wear it for the next several months.
S: um so yay, and C: Anything else? Do you have anything else to share? Nothing with me at least.
S: Yeah, the end.
C: I think that’s all I have too. I don’t really have any any other projects to share, but I think we’re going to go shopping. We are. We’re gonna go look for sewing machine.
C: Yeah I may or may not Find a sewing machine, because I think I mentioned this before, but while Ben’s deployed I’m going to learn to sew. That’s going to be kind of my project to keep me busy not that knitting doesn’t keep me busy, but um S: Gotta change it up.
C: Yeah I’m gonna have a lot more time to myself and so I just kind of want to mix it up and I also think that sewing is just a really useful thing to know how to do.
S: It is.
C: Also because Ben and I are both very short and we always need to get things hemmed and I just think it’s really practical S: Yeah
S: It is.
C: Yeah S: I think that’s it, I think we’re done.
C: I think we’re going to go shopping, and I will pick this up later, by myself I don’t want to waste Steph’s time because she has to leave tomorrow and we wanna do other stuff! That’s it. Bye Steph!
S: Bye. Bye, everyone!
C: See ya later!