Catching Up: (0:25)
Laura went to Disneyland for Dapper Day. We also talk about Galliday. She’s been dying for both Mean Girls and Sunnydale Yarn Clubs. She’s really enjoying Agents of SHIELD. And she did some family visiting.
Jen has been working a million hours a week, cutting into her knitting time. She and Ron played two gigs, one at a wine bar and one at the Long Beach Art Walk. She visited her family and got to see her new baby niece and her other niece and her nephew. She’s continuing work on her Firefly sampler from Watty’s Wall Stuff and spinning on her Threewatersfarm.
Melissa went on a cruise with her knitting group and got a lot of knitting done, for the first time in a while (because she likewise work a million hours a week). She has a cold (not Legionnaire’s Disease). She saw Kingsman and we talk about the violence in the film. And she’s really excited for Furious 7.
We also talk about inappropriate work emails.
In the Knitting Bag: (11:05)
As a note: Melissa is wearing her Customfit Featherweight Cardigan out of Dizzy Blonde DK in the Martha colorway.
Laura passed the 2nd corner and on the 3rd side of her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs out of Berocco Vintage Chunky Mocha. One more row until the second sleeve of Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen is done. She’s making the XL size in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock, color Marie. She started on Swirl Hat (Crochet) from Patons for her mom for Mothers’ Day out of Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black. She’s all ready to start on Ink by Hanna Maciejewska in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock in Applegate. She’s also doing a magic ball preemie hat out of odds and ends of Knit Picks Brava and Berroco Vintage. And she’s planning to do a Yarn Baby Shawl KAL with her friend Cheryle of the Carson Shawl by Romi Hill in 3-color yarn baby from Forbidden Woolery out of Pride Fingering in Smoke Signal, Illium and Mo Duinne
Jen is almost done with the second sleeve of her Customfit Tunic out of Cascade Heritage. She’s also working on her Bohus Cuff from her class from Stitches West. She’s swatching for the Four Season Summer Symphony Wedding Ring Shawl by Russian Lily out of Gossamer Weight Silk/Cashmere from Colourmart in a cream color.
Melissa is doing a test knit for Customfit that is way overdue out Wollmeise DK in Erbse. She is also working on her Coracle in Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in Oceanside. And another Customfit sweater that she calls her Korl!!! Cardigan out of Cascade 220 in Coral (and yes the name is a reference to The Walking Dead. She is also preparing for a knitalong with a coworker that she taught how to knit. They are going to make an open-front cardigan from the book Knit It!: Learn the Basics and Knit 22 Beautiful Projects, which we recommend for the beginning knitters in your life.
Finished Objects: (22:30)
Laura finished one preemie stripy hat that she cast on for social knitting for Stitches West. She’s made it out of leftover Berroco Vintage and Knitpicks Brava.
Jen finished her second 15-color Rainbow Sock in The Fab Funky Fibres self-striping sock yarn of the same name and the heel was out of black Cascade Heritage. She did the thumb joint top hat afterthought heel by Lara Neel and loves it! (You can find instructions in the Fork in the Road Socks pattern–which is free). We mention Lara’s book Sock Architecture and her blog Math4knitters.
Melissa blocked and seamed a sweater that had been done since December. She had a pile of stuff to block and seam, but she had a blocking block. All three of us have them.
Devil’s Tower: (25:37)
Which segues to a boring Devil’s Tower where we all have stuff to block.
Frog Pond: (25:54)
Melissa wants to do a shawl collar on her Korl!!! cardigan. She decided to wing it. She had to frog it one time. Then, history repeated itself, so Jen frogged it this time because Melissa just couldn’t bring herself to do it…again. What are friends for? This sweater also had an issue with the sleeves, because Melissa generated the pattern with straight sleeves instead of tapered sleeves. This sweater has been a lot of knitting. This sweater is cursed.
We mention the films Snowpiercer and Dracula: The Untold Story.
On Deck: (31:31)
Laura added Bunnies “R” Us by Marken of the Hat and I to her list of usual suspects.
Jen’s planning on starting on the Hitofude, redesigning the Joshua Tree Cardigan, something for her friend’s baby and a shawl for her to wear at her sister’s wedding.
Melissa will start the aforementioned cardigan with her coworker. She also wants to make the adult version of the Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos, Charlie’s Cardigan by Amy Herzog, and she might make a third Leah’s Lovely Cardigan. Jen and Melissa both love how the sweater fits although the find knitting it a bit of slog.
Knit Culture: (36:50)
Stitches West wrap-up!
Laura spent most of the time in her booth, but she enjoyed it. Her haul included a lace-weight linen gradient yarn baby from Apple Tree Knits, another 3-color sparkly yarn baby from Forbidden Woolery, a Little Brother gradient set from Yarn on the House. Sparkly “Exploding T.A.R.D.I.S.” yarn from Steven Be and the book “Crochet so Lovely” by Kristin Omdahl.
Jen and Laura got to meet Stephen West at the pajama party and he was very personable and funny (he judged the pajama contest) and he complimented Jen’s Leah’s Lovely Cardigan. Melissa got a ton of compliments on her Rainbow Sweater.
Jen and Melissa had dinner with the Knitmore Girls and Maria from Subway Knits. Jen took a design your own Pi Shawl class and learned a new cast-on she loved.
Jen got a mug and some stitch markers from Jennie the Potter, some lovely red fingering weight yarn from Jill Draper Makes Stuff for a sweater, some pink fingering yarn from Miss Babs for a sweater, and lots of vintage buttons, including Bakelite sets. Both Melissa and Jen got some rainbow yarn from White Birch Fiber Arts.
Melissa enabled Jen to get some Indigodragonfly for a sweater (and Melissa got some too) from the Yarnover Truck. We love her colorway names.
Melissa also got a Jennie the Potter mug and some citrus yellow Jill Draper Makes Stuff Yarn. Melissa got some new yarn babies from Newton’s Yarn Country, one in hot pink and one in purple and they were a great deal. She also got several sweater quantities of yarn from Miss Babs in Perfectly Wreckless and Deep Sea Jellyfish and Funny Papers.
Melissa and Jen took a six hour class on picking up stitches with Lily Chin and are now experts on picking up stitches. It was amazing. Jen took a class on Bohus Knitting with Susanna Hansson and it was amazing. She even got to see some of the original vintage garments, and even pick them up and handle them. They worked on a cuff in class as well. She wants to get a kit to make a sweater from Angora Garnet. And she also took a great stranded knitting class with Beth Brown-Reinsel, which was amazing, but her brain was seriously fried because it was Sunday.
Melissa took color classes with Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns.
Jen is not going to take so many classes next year; she is going to do more social stuff. Laura got to meet Marnie McClean in person. And Melissa and Jen got to reunite with a old knitting friend who surprised everyone by coming from England to attend Stitches (who also won the student fashion show). And everyone managed to have great food, including Psycho Donuts.
We mention Exploration Station, Rockefeller, Enchanted Mesa, Green Planet Yarn, and Foxy Knits.
Geek Culture: (1:05:00)
“Goodbye Old Friend”, we bid a bittersweet farewell to Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett. Jen shares her favorite Leonard Nimoy story.
Upcoming Events: (1:08:32)
Vogue Knitting Live, April 17-19 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Laura is taking Amy Herzog’s class.
Camp CogKNITive, August 21-23, Camarillo, CA.
Yarnopshere, October 17-18 EXPO Art Center in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach.