Episode #98 – Super Duper Top Secret

Introduction

In this episode, I have some Knitting, some spinning, a little bit of sewing, I am all spun up about a super duper top secret project I have undertaken, and a little tale for you about one of my spinning wheels.

The only updates I have are alpaca prep.

All Spun Up

I am all spun up about a super duper top secret project that I have under taken.

Spinning my wheels

Knitting

  • I got distracted by the super duper top secret project but I am still working on other things.
  • I have four finished legs on the socks I have been working on: a pair of Hermione’s Everyday socks for me and yet another pair of Jeck socks for the boy.
  • I didn’t get any farther than casting on the Eco Vest.
  • Still plan to but haven’t cast on the sweater pattern from Isabel Kraemer called on the beach.

Spinning

  • I did finish spinning, plying and setting the Alpaca Bumps I had been working on.
  • I started spinning the first of many Bullseye Bump I own from Loop Fiber Studios.  I am spinning this on my Louet Hatbox Reproduction wheel.

Spinning

  • I got my sewing table all set up and am ready to start sewing.  I have a stack of chore sewing that I plan to get accomplished before the next episode.
  • I am also converting an original drawing by one of my daughters into an embroidery design.  Getting that set up was quiet the adventure.

Spin a Tale

  • In this edition, I tell you all about my Louet S45 travel wheel.  It’s adorable and I love it.

Spin Off

  • A huge thanks to Laura (LaLa) and Leslie (DontCallMeLes) for the Knit Girllls Podcast for the generous shout out on their last episode.  I hope that helped folks find me.
  • Closing song: remake of Clocks by Coldplay from the bluegrass tribute, Pickin’ on Coldplay.

Episode #97 – It Depends

Introduction

In this episode, I have some spinning, a little bit of knitting, and a little tale for you about why it depends.  A a special treat, I have a brief interview with Maggie Casey.

I have an alpaca update and share my experience at the Estes Park Wool Market.

All Spun Up

I am all spun up about the class I was able to take with Maggie Casey.  The value of learning from someone so experienced has really motivated me and inspired me to take my spinning to the next level.  This is where I explain why “it depends.”

Spinning my wheels

Spinning

  • Spinning is where I have spent most of my time this passed two weeks.

Knitting

Spin a Tale

  • This edition features my interview with Maggie Casey.

Maggie is co-owner of the shop Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder, CO.  She is the author of START SPINNING – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO MAKE GREAT YARN. A spinner since 1973 she holds the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. Look for her workshops at Estes Park, Maryland Sheep and Wool and Yarn Fest.

  • So sorry for the background noise of the doors at the wool market.

Spin Off

  • Special thanks to all those who tuned in.  Thank you to all those who hopped over to iTunes and left a review.  I greatly appreciate it.
  • Closing song: remake of Clocks by Coldplay from the bluegrass tribute, Pickin’ on Coldplay.

Episode # 96 – Reverse Engineering

Introduction

In this episode, I have some knitting, spinning and a little tale about my reverse engineering plans.  Also, hear about my plans for visiting Estes Park Wool Market.

I’ll also she the details about our adventures with Wild Hare Alpaca and the plans for new animals.

All Spun Up

I am all spun up because my Louet Victoria S96 is whole again.  All thanks to the amazing folks at the Woolery.  Nancy was especially helpful, patient, and all around wonderful.

Spinning my wheels

Sewing

  • Bob the Engineer called me with an emergency sewing project that forced me to get the sewing table set up and ready to go.

Knitting

Spin a Tale

  • Here all about my plans for reverse engineer some of my favorite store-bought sweaters and tops.

Spin Off

  • Special thanks to all those who tuned in.  If you have the chance, hop over to iTunes and leave a review or star rating to make it easier for potential listeners to find me.
  • Closing song: Joyful Girl by Ani Difranco

Episode #95 – Plain Jane Glory

Introduction

In this episode, I have some crafting, some progress on the biggest project, a little tale for you about the search for my plain jane glory.  Of course, we will start things off with some updates.

Spin a tale

I feel like life is telling me I need to take another approach to determining my future.  Hear about the search for my plain jane glory.

Spinning my wheels

Spinning

  • Managed to spin about half a bobbins worth of alpaca fiber.

Knitting

  • Making really good progress on my Jeck Socks.  Ripped back, knit the heal turn, finished the gusset and now I am on to knitting the foot.

Biggest Project

  • The search for the boy’s diploma gave me a great excuse to unpack all the boxes in the craft room.  I have managed to get all my books put on the shelves.  I inventoried my fiber stash and got it put away.  I am chugging away on getting all my yarn stash inventoried.

Spin Off

  • Special thanks to all those who tuned in.  If you have the chance, hop over to iTunes and leave a review or star rating to make it easier for potential listeners to find me.
  • Closing song: Big Black Car by Gregory Alan Isakov

Episode #94 – Spring Clean Redefined

Introduction

In this episode, I have some knitting, a little bit of spinning and a tale about how I redefined spring cleaning.  Of course, one of the most important things I will give you all the updates.

Spin a tale

Moving in and unpacking everything we own has given new meaning to Spring Cleaning.  Listen with caution – it may change spring cleaning for you forever.

Spinning my wheels

Knitting

  • My goodness.  While recording I discover a huge mistake in my Jeck Socks.  It’s pretty hilarious.

Spinning

  • Didn’t really have time to doing anything more than skein the alpaca I plied last episode.

Spin Off

Episode #93 – Slogging Along

Introduction

In this episode, I have some knitting, some spinning and a little tale about one of my favorite spinning wheel.  In updates, I’ll tell you why it feels like everything is slogging along.

Spin a tale

One of my listeners asked to hear more about my spinning wheels after I told everyone about the adventure getting them to Colorado.  This episode, learn about my Louet Victoria, S96.

Spinning my wheels

Knitting

  • Finished a pair of Jeck Socks for itty bitty.  They were delivered on Valentine’s Day.
  • Started a pair of Jeck Socks for myself.  I am about halfway done with these.  The yarn is by a local dyer I met through my knit group.  This hand-dyed yarn is by Crazy Monkey Creations.
  • Still working on my Fir Trees Cowl

Spinning

  • Just finished plying a bump of Alpaca I got from my mommy.  It’s from an alpaca farm local to my mom in Pennsylvania.  I’ll post pics and details once it is completely finished.

All Spun up

  • I am all spun up about my Colorado Knit group.  They totally rocks.

Spin Off

  • Special thanks to all those who tuned in
  • Closing song: Half Acre by Hem

Episode #92 – Altitude Adjustment

Introduction

In this episode, I have some knitting, some spinning and a story about how I got an altitude adjustment.  Let’s get caught up on the better part of last year and half.

Spin a tale

Hear about where we have been, how I got where I am now, and where I am going.

Spinning my wheels

Knitting

All Spun up

  • I am totally spun up about my new Colorado Vibe

Spin Off

  • My server crashed and this is my inaugural return after rebuilding
  • Special thanks to all those who tuned in
  • Closing song: Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart