Saturday, May 23, 2015

Commuter Knitter - Episode 94 - One Stitch at a Time

Converting Toe-Up/Cuff-Down



Drive
Just like Prairie Girl Susie of the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin podcast, I am holding WIPS as part of my Stash Dash strategizing - Details in TheKnitGirllls group
Jasmin and I have a friendly wager going
Big Bang Theory Scarf out of hibernation
Graph Paper website - Thank you to Larry in our Ravelry Group for sharing!
Tan House Brook Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio podcast.  This project could count for PALKAL with ACTuallyKnitting podcast or the Around Your Neck KAL with Suburban Stitcher

Tan House Brook Shawl

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White

Zigzagular Socks

Spring Forward 2.0 - One Twisted Tree
Twitterpated Vanilla Socks

Two at a Time Socks

June's Favorite Cardigan

June's Favorite Cardigan

King of the Forest

Totoro



Road Maps - Sock Edition
Over the course of the several episodes, we are chatting about socks.  This week I (attempt to) answer the frequently asked question of how I convert cuff-down patterns to toe-up

Toe up

Toe Up Gusset Heel formula

Skew Socks


Sock Edition Thread in the Ravelry Group - let me know what you want me to talk about in this segment - ask away!

Road Trips


I-91 Shop Hop - June 25th-28th
Green Mountain Spinnery (Putney, VT)
Handknits (Brattleboro, VT) 
Sheep & Shawl (Deerfield, MA) 
Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA) 
WEBS (Northampton, MA) 
Marji's Yarncrafts (Granby, CT) 
Creative Fibers LLC (Windsor, CT) 
Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT) 
Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT) 
The Yarn Barn LLC (Woodbridge, CT) 
The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT) 


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Commuter Knitter - Episode 93 - Cheerful Chatter About Knitting

Road Maps - Sock Edition
Over the course of the several episodes, we are chatting about socks.  This week is all about heels and toes - well, mostly heels

Clementine Socks with a Garter Stitch heel flap
Lara Neel Sock Architecture
Short Row Heel
Peasant heel discussion
OMG Heel
FishLipsKiss Heel
Double Gusset
Sweet Tomato Heel

Sock Edition Thread in the Ravelry Group - let me know what you want me to talk about in this segment - ask away!

Road Trips

Connecticut Sheep & Wool - Tolland Agricultural Center - April 25, 2015
CT Sheep and Wool

CT Sheep and Wool

Stitched By JessaLu
Fat Cat Knits
TVKnittingPodcast

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Commuter Knitter - Episode 92 - Just Right Like Goldilocks

This week it's all about gauge!



You've Arrived at Your Destination
Rainbow Socks for Carlos in White Birch Fiber Arts Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow
Thanks again to Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls for a podcast-friendly name for this color way :-)
Megan Williams' OMG Heel

Carlos's Rainbow Socks

Drive
Stash Dash strategizing
Pomme de pin
Halloween Stripey Socks

Road Maps - Sock Edition
Over the course of the next several episodes, we are going to chat about socks.  This episode the discussion is all about yarn and needles.

This week we talk about how much gauge can change the outcome of your socks.

Spring Forward Turned Vanilla
Spring Forward 2.0 - One Twisted Tree

One Twisted Tree - Disco Lemonade - Spring Forward

I mention my Valentine Socks out of Must Stash Yarns from the kit with Suburban Stitcher and Vintage Rose

Sock Edition Thread in the Ravelry Group - let me know what you want me to talk about in this segment - ask away!

Road Trips

Connecticut Sheep & Wool - Tolland Agricultural Center - April 25, 2015
Kent Needle Arts Retreat - Kent, Connecticut - May 16-17, 2015


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Commuter Knitter - Episode 91 - Well, It Depends

Please note - there is a bit of extra background noise in this episode thanks to the rain and potholes…



Where I Podcast


Drive
Rainbow Socks for Carlos in White Birch Fiber Arts Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow
Thanks again to Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls for a podcast-friendly name for this color way :-)

Second Rainbow Sock

Sweet Sixteen!!! #GoIrish #BeatShockers

Cargo
Checking in for #stashdownthrowdown
Down 289.8 yards, even after falling down at the One Twisted Tree yarn premiere a couple weeks ago
I'm also strategizing for The Knit Girllls Stash Dash

One Twisted Tree

Road Maps - Sock Edition
Over the course of the next several episodes, we are going to chat about socks.  This episode the discussion is all about yarn and needles.

Early on in the podcast, I did a few photo tutorials for circular knitting:
DPN Tutorial
Magic Loop
2 Circulars


Sock Edition Thread in the Ravelry Group - let me know what you want me to talk about in this segment - ask away!

Road Trips

Connecticut Sheep & Wool - Tolland Agricultural Center - April 25, 2015
Kent Needle Arts Retreat - Kent, Connecticut - May 16-17, 2015


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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Commuter Knitter - Episode 90 - The Rainbows Aren't Done With Me Yet

Rainbows, rainbows everywhere this week!



You've Arrived At Your Destination
Rainbow Vanilla Socks in Quaere Fibre 10 Stripe Rainbow. Vanilla toe-up socks with Megan Williams' OMG Heel

Rainbows Everywhere!

Drive
Rainbow Socks for Carlos in White Birch Fiber Arts Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow
Spring Forward from Knitty Summer 2008

Rainbows and Spring Forward

Road Maps
Over the course of the next several episodes, we are going to chat about socks.  This episode the topic is where to get started.

Clara Parkes Knitters Book of Socks
Ann Budd Sock Knitting Master Class
Alice Yu Socktopus
Lara Neel Sock Architecture

The Party Bus - complete with snow tires! - Winners Announced
Celebrating 3 years of podcasting with a month-long giveaway in the Ravelry Group!
Dragonfly Fibers
Cooperative Press
Aila Grace Shawl from Jennifer Lassonde
Dream in Color Everlasting Sock
Fix-A-Stitch - a regular and lace set

Traffic Report
Congratulations to Danie on her expansion of One Twisted Tree to include beautiful hand-dyed yarn.  The first update took place on March 13 - can't wait to see what Danie has in store for the future!

Road Trips

Connecticut Sheep & Wool - Tolland Agricultural Center - April 25, 2015


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Commuter Knitter - Episode 89 - Rainbows Flying Off the Needles

This week I have some finished objects, check in with my 2015 goals, and add some prizes to the giveaway for the 3 year podiversary!



You've Arrived At Your Destination
Sorin
Sorin by IrishGirlieKnits in Dragonfly Fibers Corgi
Flax by TinCanKnits in Dream in Color Everlasting DK
Cross Stitch pattern for Carlos's Valentine's Day gift

Totoro Cross Stitch


Drive
King of the Forest

King of the Forest
Valentine Socks in Must Stash Yarns Je T'aime
Rainbow Vanilla Socks in Quaere Fibre 10 Stripe Rainbow. Vanilla toe-up socks with Megan Williams' OMG Heel
I mention the Suburban Stitcher Rainbow Along

Rainbow Socks

Rearview Mirror
Checking in on my 2015 goals - so far so good!

Road Maps
Be sure to keep an eye on the blog for reviews and other posts coming out on a more regular basis.
Earlier this week I reviewed Dream in Color Everlasting DK, which I knit up in Flax by TinCanKnits

Dream in Color Everlasting

The Party Bus - complete with snow tires!
Celebrating 3 years of podcasting with a month-long giveaway in the Ravelry Group!
Dragonfly Fibers
Cooperative Press
Aila Grace Shawl from Jennifer Lassonde
Dream in Color Everlasting Sock
Fix-A-Stitch - a regular and lace set

Dream in Color Everlasting

Road Trips

Connecticut Sheep & Wool - Tolland Agricultural Center - April 25, 2015


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Road Map Mondays - Review of Dream in Color Everlasting

For this week's edition of Road Map Mondays, I bring you a review of Dream in Color's line of Everlasting yarn.  The generous folks at Dream in Color sent me this yarn for review, but as always opinions are my own.

Dream in Color Everlasting

The Everlasting base is made up of several plies of 100% super wash Australian merino wool spun and hand-dyed here in the U.S.  The DK version is a 12 ply yarn and the Sock has 9 plies.  The multitude of plies adds to the durability of the yarn - hence the name, Everlasting.  The DK yarn has a put-up of 275 yards for 100 grams and knits at 5.5-6 stitches to the inch on US 5 or 6 needles.  On the other hand, Sock  comes with 420 yards in a 100 gram skein, knitting up at 7.5 to 9 stitches per inch on US 0 to US 2 sized needles.  A quick search of online retailers carrying the yarn shows that each sells for about $25-26 per skein.

Dream in Color Everlasting

For purposes of this review, I knit up the skein of DK that I received in the Naked Shame color way - a coppery brown that has shades of olive green throughout.  A depth of color that we have come to expect from Dream in Color hand painted yarns.  Since I had a couple weeks this month when I did not even pick up my knitting needles thanks to my husband's Valentine's Day cross-stitch project, I was in the mood for a quick start-to-finish project.  So off to Ravelry I went to find a pattern that would quickly use up the 275 yards.  While this yarn feels like a true DK, I knew I could easily pick a pattern meant for worsted weight and make it work so I browsed patterns for both weights.  After a few moments, I knew the perfect pattern - Flax by Tin Can Knits.  Perhaps it was the power of suggestion in that the sample sweaters for this pattern are knit in fall colors, similar to the copper yarn that had been sitting on the desk as I browsed through the search results.  I was also drawn to this pattern because of its simplicity of mostly stockinette stitch with sections of garter on the sleeves, which would allow me to see how the yarn knits up in both stitches.  Regardless, I found a great match!

So Saturday morning I began the sweater and by Sunday evening it was drying on the blocking mats.  The yarn knit up swiftly and beautifully.  This round yarn has beautiful stitch definition that I imagine would also look quite lovely knit up in cables as well.  I found it soft, but not too soft, and it did not split at all while I was knitting with my Hiya Hiya sharp needles.  A plus all around.

Dream in Color Everlasting 

As this yarn is 100% super wash merino, the care instructions state that it is machine-wash, dry flat or tumble dry until damp.  I hand washed the sweater as the washer had been full of yet another load of DH's snow shoveling clothes at the time I bound off. After it air dried for a bit, I tossed it in the dryer for about 20 minutes to finish drying.  I am pleased to report that the sweater came out looking the same as it did before it went into its bath - excellent stitch definition, soft and not a pill or fuzz to be found.  Overall, I am quite satisfied with this yarn and I can see it becoming a staple yarn in the stash.

Would you like a skein of Everlasting Sock to add to YOUR stash?  Well, you could check out their website to find an LYS near you that carries the yarn.  Or I will do you one better - Dream in Color sent me a second skein (this one in Everlasting Sock, pictured below) to include as part of the giveaway for the Commuter Knitter Podcast's 3rd birthday celebration!  How nice is that?!  Just head on over to the contest thread over the show's Ravelry group for your chance to enter.  Winners will be selected from the contest thread by random number generator the first week of March, so there is still plenty of time to add your entry!  Usual contest rules apply - you must be a member of the Ravelry group and one post per person.

Dream in Color Everlasting