Thursday, October 16, 2014

Commuter Knitter - Episode 82 - Fingers Crossed

This week I have a bit of knitting, a winner for the yarn giveaway, and a lot of Stitches East 2014 discussion.



You've Arrived At Your Destination

Ginny's Cardigan

Rhinebeck sweater 2014

Drive

Test knit - more to come when the pattern is released

Elfe - #sknitalong14 with Kristi and Sarah from In a Sknit

Halloween Socks

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin in a One Twisted Tree bag by Susie's co-host Danie.  I used Megan Williams' OMG heel

Zigzagular Socks

Exploding Vanilla TARDIS socks in Little Mount Yarn Co Wanderer Sock

Finish-Along until the end of 2014 - #ckfal2014

Down Cellar Studio Pig Skin Party

Party Bus

Winner announced!

Yarn

There is also a coupon code for 15% off your entire purchase from the Little Mount Yarn Co. Etsy shop for Commuter Knitter listeners, but you'll have to tune into the episode for that ;-)  The coupon code runs through November 1st.

There is also a giveaway in the Ravelry group for Sock Architecture by Lara Neel running through October 23rd.

Traffic Report
Traffic Report - Red Barn Yarn Name This Yarn Contest

STITCHES East - Hartford, CT - October 9th-12th

Spinning - class!

Learn to Spin with Janel Laidman
The Other Side of Weldon's Practical Needlework with Franklin Habit
If You Can Draw It, You Can Design It with Patty Lyons
My Ravelry Stash Page
Highland Handmades
White Birch Fiber Arts
Namaste
A Hundred Ravens
Holiday Yarns
Twisted Fiber Art
Verdant Gryphon
LYDIA Yarn

Stitches East 2014

Road Trips

NYS Sheep and Wool - Rhinebeck, NY - October 18th-19th.  Mom and I will be there.  Don't forget to say hi if you see me wandering

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Traffic Report - Red Barn Yarn Name This Yarn Contest

As part of the Red Barn Yarn Name This Yarn Contest blog/podcast tour, I am excited to tell you about a new to-be-named yarn base.  Thank you to Red Barn Yarn and Stitchcraft Marketing for including the Commuter Knitter podcast on this tour and for providing a skein of this lovely yarn for me to check out.

Red Barn Yarn

This is a 2-ply, worsted weight blend of 45% mountain merino, 40% alpaca and 15% mohair. The 225 yard skein I received is a vibrant Hot Pink, which let me tell you was a difficult color to capture on the camera!

Red Barn Yarn

I scoured my Ravelry library for the perfect pattern to cast on for this yarn.  I knew that I wanted a hat and was immediately drawn to the Koolhaas pattern by Jared Flood from Interweave Holiday Gifts 2007.  Who doesn't love a good lattice cabled hat in bright pink, right?

Red Barn Yarn

So far I am only into the ribbing of the hat, but I'm enjoying the knitting quite a bit.  I do not have a sensitivity to alpaca or mohair, so you will want to take that into consideration if you have a sensitivity or allergy to either of those fibers.

Red Barn Yarn

If you would like to get your hands on a sample, you are in luck!  Red Barn Yarn is offering Commuter Knitter Podcast listeners a free sample if you email info@redbarnyarn.com to request a sample and join their mailing list.  Samples available to be sent worldwide.

Then, if you want to enter the contest, please send your yarn name and inspiration to info@redbarnyarn.com with the subject line "NAME THIS YARN CONTEST SUBMISSION".  The only rules being that the name should be PG rated.  If your name is chosen you will win the following grand prize: a 1-year subscription to Love of Knitting magazine, a sweater quantity (7 skeins, 1575 yds) in the to-be-named yarn, and your name on a special tag for the first year of sales.

Second and Third prize winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Love of Knitting and 2 skeins of the yarn.

Red Barn Yarn

Pretty cool, eh?

The blog tour ends on October 3rd, and the last day to submit entries is November 15th.  The winner will be announced on November 25th.

You should definitely check out this yarn and enter the contest - have fun and good luck!!

Commuter Knitter - Episode 81 - That's My Story And I'm Sticking To It!

This week I have a little bit of knitting, a lot of planning, a new yarn to share with you, and I get a bit personal.  Enjoy!




Drive

DNF - Basic Fingerless Mitts - too warm at the game to wear them any way.  Stay tuned for cooler temperatures

Worked on Ginny's Cardigan button band.

Test knit - more to come when the pattern is released

Elfe - #sknitalong14 with Kristi and Sarah from In a Sknit

Finish-Along until the end of 2014 - #ckfal2014

Trip Planner
To Knit List or "Getting My Rear in Gear"

Lists

Halloween Socks

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin in a One Twisted Tree bag by Susie's co-host Danie.  I used Megan Williams' OMG heel

Tan House Brook Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Down Cellar Studio Pig Skin Party

Two Lane Highway Rage socks

Traffic Report
Red Barn Yarn Name That Yarn contest.  More details on the Commuter Knitter blog how you can request a free sample of the yarn as well as enter the contest.  Good luck!

Offroading
This week I get a bit personal about my love of Notre Dame.

Party Bus
Exploding Vanilla TARDIS socks in Little Mount Yarn Co Wanderer Sock
Check out the Ravelry group for a chance to win a skein of the yarn and a set of gnome stitch markers.

Yarn

There is also a coupon code for 15% off your entire purchase from the Little Mount Yarn Co. Etsy shop for Commuter Knitter listeners, but you'll have to tune into the episode for that ;-)  The coupon code runs through November 1st.

There is also a giveaway in the Ravelry group for Sock Architecture by Lara Neel running through October 23rd.

Road Trips

STITCHES East and Rhinebeck

STITCHES East - Hartford, CT - October 9th-12th
NYS Sheep and Wool - Rhinebeck, NY - October 18th-19th

Check out Maria's Road to Rhinebeck series on the Subway Knits blog and podcast.  Really great interviews to get you geared up for the festival!

Come Find me on the Interwebs
Ravelry - ndjen04
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Email - commuterknitter@gmail.com
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