Episode 75: Grab a cup…or two…or three

We were really chatty in this episode, so it’s a bit longer than others. I don’t think this will be a trend, we just hadn’t hung out in a while.

Show notes are 2/3 complete. If you have any questions about Darcy’s projects, feel free to message her on Ravelry (details in the sidebar) or ask in this episode’s thread in the Kitchen Stitches group.

 

FOs

  • Katie
    • OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams using Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in Tinsel Tree
    • Sophisticated Traveler by Cassie Munksgard using Plucky Knitter traveler sport in magnet & steel and Sophisticate (50% Merino, 30% Mohair, 20% Silk) in Bedrock
    • Yowza weigh it shawl #4 by Susan B. Anderson using Miss Babs Yowza in Beautiful Dreamer
    • Gather by Tin Can Knits using Daizie Knits Dewy DK in Purple
  • Somer

    Knitting

 

  • Wide Open Spaces by Sara Gresbach in Leading Men Fiber Arts Box Office in “Purple Rain”
  • Inverness Diamond Mitts by Daniela Richardson using handspun from Brazen Stitchery in “Simply Irresistible”
  • Rikke Hat by ___ in Undead Yarn Cemetery DK base in “Wild Rumpus”
  • Skew socks by _____ in Undead Yarn Vamphyri base in “Children of the Corn…Flower”
  • Mallard socks in Greenwood Fiber Arts Superwash Merino/nylon handspun spun by my mom
  • Mori by Taiga Hilliard in Fat Cat Knits handspun in “Queen of Sheba”
  • Thames Fingerless Gloves by Taiga Hilliard in Neon Unicorn Studios String of Pearl Sock in “Mellow Rainbow” (this is a new name for the shop – I believe it was MunchkinMama on Etsy before & the base itself appears to be discontinued)

    Spinning

 

  • Brazen Stitchery merino/bamboo/nylon in Cadbury Eggs for Breakfast

 

  • Kid Kat Farms merino/superwash merino/tussah silk

Active WIPS

  • Katie
    • April Snow by Knitterella (Jill Zielinski) using Plucky Knitter Snug fingering (70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% alpaca) in Wanderlust, Plucky Knitter primo fingering in Pink Champagne on Ice, and Spun Right Round Snappy Sock in Shock Star
  • Somer

    Knitting
    • Harvest by Tincanknits using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted in Hot Rod Red
    • Moab shawl by verybusymonkey in handspun merino from WC Mercantile
    • Hermione’s Everyday socks with Gale’s Art watermelon sock blank

    Spinning

    • Brazen Stitchery superwash merino in Hobbitses

Casting on soon!

  • Katie
    • Riley Rose shawl by Jennifer Lassonde using Plucky Knitter bello fingering in medieval, high cotton, princess phone, and primo fingering in breakfast on 5th
    • Barley hat by Tin Can Knits – using madtosh dk in tern (this was the yarn I started my Dragonflies hat with, but I am frogging that hat)

  • Somer
    • Color Study by Karalee Harding using Daizie Knits Hardy (discontinued base) in Wicked Cool with SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Boysenberry

Other crafty pursuits

  • Somer
    • Cross stitch – working on the Summer Sampler from a few years ago

Acquisitions

  • Katie
    • Sock blank from Gale’s Fiber Arts
  • Somer
    • Elemental Fibers Visions of Fiber club – colorways based on NASA/JPL’s Visions of the Future poster series. The first was The Grand Tour on BFL/Slik (greens, purples, orange, reddish pink)
    • Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops
    • Cross stitch kit at Mesa Verde National Park – Rugs of the Southwest Series
    • Ordered but yet to arrive – The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery National Parks Birthday Club

Events

  • Into the Wool Fiber Retreat, September 1-4, 2016 in Crossville, TN (Somer & Katie will be there).
  • Possibly Stitches Texas
  • Possibly Kid ‘n Ewe

Summer Reading KAL

For full details see the Ravelry group, but here are the basics.

The Summer Reading KAL will run from June 1 – September 30.

WIPs count.

Categories

  • Short story – projects 50-100 yards
  • Novel – projects 100-400 yards
  • Chunkster – projects 400+ yards
  • Boxed set – multiple projects that together equal at least 50 yards – perfect for sock yarn squares, hexipuffs, washcloths, bookmarks, etc.
  • Chatter thread – if you don’t want to bother with measuring yardage, just post in the chatter thread.
  • Cookbook club – The winning vote for June/July was smitten kitchen. Recipes from the website or the cookbook are fine. Voting for August’s selection will open in mid-July. Post recipe reviews and pictures of what you cook in the thread on the Ravelry group.

We’ll have prizes for, at the least, the chatter thread and each of the yardage threads. Specific prizes will be posted once we’ve decided. If you would like to donate a prize, you can email us at kitchenstitchespodcast@gmail.com or PM someryarns, kayteebe, or slightlyfoxed on Ravelry.

Prizes (this list will be updated as we get more prizes):

  • Handspun by Somer – specific skein to be decided
  • DPN/circular needle holder from Diana Couture

In the Kitchen

Reading & Watching

Episode 74: Houston Fiber Fest recap

Somer

 

Darcy

 

Katie

  • Western Sky Knits – 2 sock blanks – Rainbow Sprinkle Gradient and Rose Garden, and Aspen Sock in April Showers
  • Hedgehog Fibres – Sock in Film Noir – speckled yarn with light pinks and browns
  • Spun right Round – Squish DK in Birds – light gray base w/ black, highlighter green, and blue speckles
  • Northbound Knitting – Superwash Merino Fingering – Wreckless Abandon – blues and greens – like looking at a lagoon on a sunny day
  • Round Table Yarns – Camelot 80/10/10 fingering in Knight (dark charcoal gray/black) and Tintagel (medium purple) and Lancelot (100% merino worsted) in Ambrosius (purple with reds)
  • Panorama Fiber Arts – Socky Bomb in Aloha – gradient that starts w/ cream to yellow to green and then a blue, and a skein of Hitchhiker sock in Gothic romance – self-striping purple, gray, black, fuschia
  • Abstract fiber – Alto (sport weight 100% merino 392 yards) in reds and dark pinks
  • Gritty Knits – Hombre (merino, silk, yak fingering weight) in deep violet, light violet, and medium blue. Merinosaurus worsted (100% superwash worsted) in Velociraptor (raspberry/dark pink) and Allosaurus
  • 2 tumblers and a knit mug from The Muddy Knitter , as well as a bar of stress relief soap
  • Project bag (3+ skeins) from

Episode 73

FOs

  • Katie
    • Reyna shawl by Noora Laivola using Savvy Skeins Comal sock in Midway
    • Rae by Cassie Munksgard using Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran in Petal Pusher
    • Bon Bon Toque by Tin Can Knits using Madtosh Vintage in Manor
    • Paddle Mitts by Tin Can Knits using Madtosh Dk Twist in Nassau Blue
  • Somer

    Knitting

 

  • Sumner by Woolly Wormhead using Knit Picks Stroll in “Tree Fort”

 

   Spinning

Active WIPS

  • Katie
    • OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams using Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in Tinsel Tree
    • Sophisticated Traveler by Cassie Munksgard using Plucky Knitter traveler sport in magnet & steel and Sophisticate (50% Merino, 30% Mohair, 20% Silk) in Bedrock
    • Yowza weigh it shawl #4 by Susan B. Anderson using Miss Babs Yowza in Beautiful Dreamer
    • Gather by Tin Can Knits using Daizie Knits Dewy DK in Purple
  • Somer

    Knitting
    • Harvest by Tincanknits using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted in Hot Rod Red
    • Inverness Diamond Mitts by Daniela Richardson using handspun from Brazen Stitchery in “Simply Irresistible”
    • Wide Open Spaces by Sara Gresbach in Leading Men Fiber Arts Box Office in “Purple Rain”
    • Thames Fingerless Gloves by Taiga Hilliard in Neon Unicorn Studios String of Pearl Sock in “Mellow Rainbow” (this is a new name for the shop – I believe it was MunchkinMama on Etsy before & the base itself appears to be discontinued

Spinning

    • Brazen Stitchery Merino/Bamboo/Nylon in “Cadbury Eggs for Breakfast”

Casting on soon!

  • Katie
  • Somer
    • I’m pretty satisfied with my current projects right now, for once.

Other crafty pursuits

  • Zoom loom clone

Acquisitions

  • Katie
    • Speckles from Plucky
  • Somer
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sock of the Month skein from Neeley’s Knits

Events

  • Houston Fiber Fest, June 24-25, 2015 in Cypress, Texas. Katie will probably be there Friday. All 3 of us (and then some) will be there on Saturday.
  • Into the Wool Fiber Retreat, September 1-4, 2016 in Crossville, TN (Somer & Katie will be there).

Summer Reading KAL

For full details see the Ravelry group, but here are the basics.

The Summer Reading KAL will run from June 1 – September 30.

WIPs count.

Categories

  • Short story – projects 50-100 yards
  • Novel – projects 100-400 yards
  • Chunkster – projects 400+ yards
  • Boxed set – multiple projects that together equal at least 50 yards – perfect for sock yarn squares, hexipuffs, washcloths, bookmarks, etc.
  • Chatter thread – if you don’t want to bother with measuring yardage, just post in the chatter thread.
  • Cookbook club – The winning vote for June/July was smitten kitchen. Recipes from the website or the cookbook are fine. Voting for August’s selection will open in mid-July. Post recipe reviews and pictures of what you cook in the thread on the Ravelry group.

We’ll have prizes for, at the least, the chatter thread and each of the yardage threads. Specific prizes will be posted once we’ve decided. If you would like to donate a prize, you can email us at kitchenstitchespodcast@gmail.com or PM someryarns, kayteebe, or slightlyfoxed on Ravelry.

Prizes (this list will be updated as we get more prizes):

  • Handspun by Somer – specific skein to be decided

In the Kitchen

  • Somer
    • Down House – shrimp & grits
    • Cheesy Cheeseless Scrambled Eggs with Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic Bacon from Cravings by Chrissie Teigen
    • Homemade ice cream

Reading & Watching

  • Katie
    • Finished Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh (adult fiction) – highly recommend any of her books if you like literary fiction
    • Finished I Kissed a Rogue by Shana Galen (historical romance)
    • Finished A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (YA fiction, sorta historical with a smidge of action and romance)
    • Starting The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (YA fantasy, romance, and Russia)
  • Somer
    • Finished The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (#2 in The Raven Cycle)
    • Finished The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson
    • Reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (#3 in The Raven Cycle)

 

Episode 72: Now with music!

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Special thanks to Denise Hudson for the awesome theme music!

FOs

  • Somer

    Knitting

 

One Love by Susan B. Anderson using handspun Twist Fiber Studio in Clown College

Dragonflies Hat by Joji Locatelli using Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Baroque Violet

 

 

Spinning

Batt from Uniquely Yours (Patchwork, lots of sparkle!)

Batt from KnitSpinFarm (Winter Rose)

 

Active WIPS

  • Katie
    • Reyna shawl by Noora Laivola using Savvy Skeins Comal sock in Midway
    • Skelter by WoolyWormhead using Malabrigo rios in pocion
    • Rae by Cassie Munksgard using Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran in Petal Pusher
    • OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams using Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in Tinsel Tree
    • Bon Bon Toque by Tin Can Knits using Madtosh Vintage in Manor
  • Somer

    Knitting
    • Harvest by Tincanknits using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted in Hot Rod Red
    • Hermione’s Everyday Socks using Gale’s Art watermelon sock blank
    • Generic cowl using White Birch Fiber Arts in Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow – am likely going to rip this out and eventually use it for socks

Spinning

    • Rock and String Creations “Mine of the Seven Dwarves” in Superwash BFL (will ply this was another braid of Rock and String Creations in “Denim”)
  • Darcy
    • Vanilla socks using Savvy Skeins in Jekyll and Hyde
    • Lester – Houston Fiber Fest knitalong

Casting on soon!

  • Katie
    • Paddle Mitts by Tin Can Knits using Madtosh Dk Twist in Nassau Blue
    • Gather by Tin Can Knits using Daizie Knits Dewy DK in Purple

Acquisitions

  • Somer
    • Undead Yarn “Midnight Graveyard” on the Twilight base (fingering with sparkle)
    • Wonderland Yarns “Messenger Kit” – 516 yards “Mad Hatter” sportweight, one larger skein of dark gray, 2 smaller skeins of lighter gray. Enough to make either the shawl, 2 hats, or a hat and pair of mitts
    • Mimi Hand Dyed 100% Mink in “Flamenco”

Events

  • Comicpalooza, June 17-19, Houston George R. Brown Convention Center
  • Houston Fiber Fest, June 24-25, 2015 in Cypress, Texas
  • Into the Wool Fiber Retreat, September 1-4, 2016 in Crossville, TN (Somer & Katie will be there)

Summer Reading KAL

For full details see the Ravelry group, but here are the basics.

The Summer Reading KAL will run from June 1 – September 30.

WIPs count.

Categories

Short story – projects 50-100 yards

Novel – projects 100-400 yards

Chunkster – projects 400+ yards

Boxed set – multiple projects that together equal at least 50 yards – perfect for sock yarn squares, hexipuffs, washcloths, bookmarks, etc.

Chatter thread – if you don’t want to bother with measuring yardage, just post in the chatter thread.

Cookbook club – we’ll vote on a cookbook/website each month and make/review recipes from it. This will likely be an ongoing thread after the KAL. Poll is up in the group to choose the first book/site and voting will be available through June 15 and we’ll cook from the winner through July. Voting for August’s selection will open in mid-July.

We’ll have prizes for, at the least, the chatter thread and each of the yardage threads. Specific prizes will be posted once we’ve decided. If you would like to donate a prize, you can email us at kitchenstitchespodcast@gmail.com or PM someryarns, kayteebe, or slightlyfoxed on Ravelry.

In the Kitchen

  • Somer
    • Happy news is that my ovens weren’t broken after all! Scary part is that a short in an outlet in the dining room seemed to be the culprit.
    • Yellow cake with mocha buttercream frosting
    • Dining in Indianapolis

Reading & Watching

  • Katie
    • Finished reading Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (YA)
    • Finished reading Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (historical romance)
    • Currently reading The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (contemporary fiction/romance with a mystery)
  • Darcy
    • Reading Dune by Frank Herbert

Episode 70: Yarny roadtrip

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WIPs and FOs

Because this episode is a little different than our regular format, I don’t have good show notes to post. If you have any questions about any of the projects we talked about, feel free to ask in the comments or in the episode thread in our Ravelry group.

Enabling

We talked about a lot of different vendors from the Yellow Rose Fiber Fiesta in this episode. To the best of my memory, these are the ones we mentioned. Again, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Brazen Stitchery
Savvy Skeins
Kimarie’s Knit Knacks
Kidkat Ranch
Blue Mule Fiber
Lazy Cat Yarn
Yarn Carnival

Episode 69: Just the Two of Us

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Active WIPS

  • Katie
    • Ballydesmond mitts by Irish Girlie Knits using Malabrigo rios in teal feather. I am leading the KAL over the Malabrigo group for MalMarch.
    • The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn using malabrigo silky merino in the Atardecer colorway (blues and purples like a watercolor)
  • Somer

    Knitting

    • Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu with Miss Babs Katahdin in Ivys (paid pattern, 200 yen, less than $2)
    • Cawl Me by Allie Coffey in Cakewalk Yarns in the Peppermint Bark colorway (paid pattern, $4.50)

 Spinning

    • Three Waters Farm Rambouillet in Birds in the Holly (December top of the month club)
    • Rolags from BlueBarnFiber: bamboo, angelina, firestar in the Starry Night colorway

Recent FOs

  • Katie
    • RVA hat by Karen Troyer Ladman was a test knit.  I’m used malabrigo merino worsted in pearl.
    • Lambing Mitts by Veronika Jobe using malabrigo twist in green gray

  • Somer
    • Brancusi mitts by NellKnits with Malabrigo Worsted in Blue Surf (paid pattern, $6)
    • 2 Knit Lit Chicks swap project – details to come
    • Slipped Ridge hat by Woolly Wormhead in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Modern Fair Isle (paid pattern, $6)
    • Three Waters Farm Finn in Bright Open Sky (blues, reds, wine, kind of a very light tan (almost looks natural), brown) (November top of the month club)

    • Non-knitting adventures:
    • dyed 2 skeins of yarn
    • Photography


Casting on soon!

Acquisitions

  • Katie
    • Sock yarn from Spun Right Round – Superwash Sock 80/20 (2 skeins) and Snappy Socks

 

Events

  • Yellow Rose Fiber Fiesta, April 15-16, 2016 in Seguin, Texas (Katie & Somer will be there April 16)
  • Houston Fiber Fest, June 24-25, 2015 in Cypress, Texas (Katie will likely be there June 24; Somer & Darcy will likely be there June 25)
  • Into the Wool Fiber Retreat, September 1-4, 2016 in Crossville, TN (Somer & Katie will be there)

Non-knitting related:

  • Texas Library Association conference – any listeners going to be there?
  • Somer will be in Indianapolis in mid-May – suggestions for yarn shops or restaurants in the downtown area

 

In the Kitchen

 

Reading & Watching

  • Somer
    • Finished Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
    • Finished Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
    • Finished Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
    • Watching
      • Gilmore Girls
      • The Bridge of Spies
      • The Magicians
      • 11/22/63

If you’d like to get in touch with us, you can find us on Ravelry (links to profiles to the left) or email us at kitchenstitchespodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Episode 68: Surrounded by WIPs

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Active WIPS

  • Katie
    • MALABRIGO MARCH projects!!! – RVA hat by Karen Troyer Ladman is another test knit.  I’m using malabrigo merino worsted in pearl.
    • Lambing Mitts by Veronika Jobe using malabrigo twist in green gray
    • The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn using malabrigo silky merino in the Atardecer colorway (blues and purples like a watercolor)
  • Somer
    • Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu with Miss Babs Katahdin in Ivys
    • Wide Open Spaces by Sara Gresbach with Leading Men Fiber Arts Box Office (Worsted) in Purple Rain
    • Slipped Ridge hat by Wooly Wormhead with Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Modern Fair Isle
    • Leona Dare by Elizabeth Green Musselman with Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Summer Skin and Slate
    • Skew socks by Lana Holden (free from Knitty) with Undead Yarn in Children of the Corn…Flower
    • Moab Shawl by verybusymonkey – this is ready to cast on using the merino gradient set from W.C. Mercantile (only going to use half)
    • Brancusi mitts by NellKnits with Malabrigo Worsted in Blue Surf
    • Three Waters Farm Finn in Bright Open Sky (blues, reds, wine, kind of a very light tan (almost looks natural), brown) (November top of the month club)

Recent FOs

  • Katie
    • Rose City rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner –  My first EVER complete pair of socks!! I used ONLine Linie 2 Supersocke Silk Color in easter egg colors that self-stripe.
    • Zane shawl by Ambah O’Brien using Plucky Knitter traveler DK which is a merino, silk, and yak blend. I used a dark blue with teal tones called Grumpy Old Sailor as the MC, and then my CCs were Green Goddess (green), Mars (dark red), Venus (dark teal blue), and Galvanized (gray).  I employed a new (to me) technique for weaving in ends in garter stitch – Weaving in ends in garter by VeryPink Knits
  • Somer
    • merino gradient set from W.C. Mercantile that I picked up at the quilt festival
  • Darcy

Casting on soon!

  • Katie
    • More Malabrigo March projects — Ballydesmond mitts by Irish Girlie Knits using Malabrigo rios in teal feather. I am leading the KAL over the Malabrigo group for MalMarch.
    • Skelter hat by WoolyWormhead using Malabrigo rios in pocion
  • Darcy
    • Some kind of game knitting for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8

Acquisitions

  • Katie
    • Jaunt Sock blank from Unwind Yarn Company – sock blank with blue, teal, purple (speckles)
    • 8-bit sport by Nerd Girl Yarns in 2 colorways – Stay Alive  (various shades of blue) and Time Machine (gray with rainbow colored sections
  • Somer
    • Fiber from Panorama Fiber Arts in Holly Jolly
    • Malabrigo Mecha in Polar Morn
    • Haute Knit Yarns superwash merino fingering in Night Owl
    • Three Waters Farm top of the month club
  • Darcy

Events

  • Yellow Rose Fiber Fiesta, April 15-16, 2016 in Seguin, Texas (Katie & Somer will be there April 16)
  • Houston Fiber Fest, June 24-25, 2015 in Cypress, Texas (Katie will likely be there June 24; Somer & Darcy will likely be there June 25)
  • Into the Wool Fiber Retreat, September 1-4, 2016 in Crossville, TN (Somer & Katie will be there)

In the Kitchen

  • Somer
    • Houston Rodeo BBQ cookoff
  • Darcy
    • Limoncello almost ready to bottle

Reading & Watching

  • Katie
    • Finished reading Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (book 2 of Red Queen series)
    • finished reading Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire (last book in Maddox Brothers series)
    • currently reading Night Study by Maria V. Snyder (part of the Study/Soulfinders series which began with Poison Study)
  • Somer
  • Darcy