Episode 2: Lots of Love for Mel

Show Notes for Episode 2!


♦ Girl Talk

Why are we Carolina Fiber Girls

Recording schedule – every other Wednesday is the plan.

Baby, it’s COLD outside!

Knitting Group at Charlotte Yarn – Ann is on Spring Break, so she was able to go with Janis


♦ In Stitches

Ann- Lace Saddle Tee by Lisa S. RoweKnit Picks Cotlin yarn – Sprout (not peapod)  colorway
Ann- Summer Sliding by Jeannie Cartmel
Janis- Blue Graphic Shawl by Ce Persiano
Janis- Panthers Socks

♦ Stitch by stitch

WIPs

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Janis- Continental KroyAfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks
  • Color: Blue Striped Ragg
  • Needles: Chiao Goo 9” Circulars
  • Size: US 0

Finished one tube…see For Real??!! section

Janis- Fire and Ice SurferStitch Surfer by Louise Robert
  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight
  • Color: Fire on the Mountain & Bella Coola
  • Needles: 4” Caspian DPN’s
  • Size: US 0

Heel turned and needles broken 🙁

Janis- For SarahDissent by Lisa Mutch
  • Yarn: Copper Corgi
  • Color: Sweet Tea & Azalea
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7

Several short-row sections completed

Ann- Vanilla Socks – Inspired by Socks on a Plane
  • Yarn: Patons Stretch Socks
  • Color: Cherry Sours – obtained in a Ravelry destash
  • Needles: Chiao Goo 9” circs
  • Size: US 1

I got about 4 inches of progress since last week and have about 3 inches before the toe. Then will put in the after-thought heel.

Ann- Eisern by General Hogbuffer   (free pattern on Rav)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal
  • Colors:  Foliage (orange) and Blue Yonder (aqua)
  • Needles: Knit Picks fixed circs
  • Sizes: US 1 and 1.5

Last week I just had the ribbing of the cuff done, this week I have almost the whole cuff colorwork chart done.

Ann- the1sleeved inspired by CFF the1sleeved by Vithard Villumsen – pay for pattern on Rav $7.00

Last week I had most of the “sleeve” done in the Caribbean Swim.  I finished that part and completed the first wedge in the Saxon Blue and started the 2nd wedge in the Spring Green.

Ann- Swatches for Swatch Like You Mean It.

I did my 3 pre-class swatches out of random yarn I had around in my stash (yarns brunswick SheepsWool light worsted/DK that I had gotten in a destash; Knit Picks Comfy Worsted; and naturally caron.com Spa – acrylic/rayon from bamboo blend) and started my Lesson 1 swatch during the episode in Knit Picks Felici sport.

Janis- Old Man Author – Gramps by Tincan Knits
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Color: Blue and Brown
  • Needles: KA 24″ Fixed Bamboo Circulars
  • Size: US 7

Swatches have been knittted ala Mel SLYMI

♦ FREE STUFF

Swatch Like you Mean It– Enter to win in the Ravelry thread — Comment on the board and tell us your thoughts on swatching – do you love it?  do you hate it? do you do it?  We will close the thread before we record again in 2 weeks (which is April 30th) and do a random number generator to choose 2 winners.  (You must be a member of the Ravelry group to enter and one entry/comment per person)

Camp Aloha Friends– Email us your “essay” — It does not have to be a long one, we just want you to go to Mel’s site and look at all Camp Aloha Friends has to offer.  If you are up for it, then email us your thoughts on the camp and why you would like to “go.”  The camp starts June 15th, so we will close the entry-time the first time we record in June (which should be June 11th).  Again, one entry per person and you must be a member of the Ravelry group.

FOs

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Ann – 3 hexis

Yarn that Janis gave me (Top – Sock Hop SW Merino Dancing Leaf Farm, Be My Valentine; Bottom Left – Unwind Yarn Company – Family Vacation; Right – random left-overs)

(I weighed the leftovers from the 5 gms I started with and it was 2 gms left.)


♦ Round and Round

WIPs

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Ann- miniSpinner

I finished my Finn that I was spinning and I have started the “light brown wool” that I am going to ply with it.    The Finn got lighter and more blue as I got farther into the bump, so the bobbin looks mostly blue.  It will be interesting to see how the final yarn turns out!

Spindles –

I started on a new batt from Nunoco Hummingbird  I am spinning it on my Neal Brand spindle that I won at the Carolina Fiber Frolic  I will also use some DazzlingDragonfly spindles when that one gets full.

Janis

I need some backup from non spinners

FOs

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Ann- Punis

Merino wool, silk, silk noil and mohair locks bought from Kristen Nicholas of Tangled Up in Wool


♦ Cross Stitch Projects

Janis- Christmas on Gingerbread Lane by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Ann- Got hers out of hiding – “Angel of Hope” by Lavender & Lace

♦ For Real!?!?!

Janis – My socks don’t fit

Ann – She’s perfect


♦ We buy/win stuff

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Ann

♦ Where to find us

You can email us at CarolinaFiberGirls@gmail.com

You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter as

Janis — JanisFicker on both

Ann — EAnnRN on both

On Ravelry, we are JanisFicker and EAnnRN.  We also have a Ravelry group – come join us!

Janis’ Arbonne Site

Ann’s Etsy Site

 

Ep 1: And so it begins. . .

Show Notes For Episode 1!


♦ Girl Talk

Carolina Fiber Frolic Recap

Classes:  Ann took the Rolags class with Kristen Nicholas and we both took the Sweater Success class with Mel (aka SingleHandedKnits)

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Contests:  Where Ann racked up!  There was Timed Knitting, Timed Tandem Knitting, Timed Spinning and Timed Tandem Spinning

Fellowship: How this crazy adventure was born!


♦ Stitch by stitch

WIPs

Work in Progress

Janis – Continental Kroy / AfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks
  • Color: Blue Striped Ragg
  • Needles: Chiao Goo 9” Circulars
  • Size: US 0
Janis – Fire and Ice Surfer / Stitch Surfer by Louise Robert
  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight
  • Color: Fire on the Mountain & Bella Coola
  • Needles: 4” Caspian DPN’s
  • Size: US 0
Janis – shawl for Sarah / Dissent by Lisa Mutch
  • Yarn: Copper Corgi
  • Color: Sweet Tea & Azalea
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7
Ann – Vanilla Socks / inspired by Socks on a Plane
  • Yarn: Patons Stretch Socks (I think I said Kroy, but I was wrong)
  • Color: Cherry Sours – obtained in a Ravelry destash
  • Needles: Chiao Goo 9” circs
  • Size: US 1
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Ann – Eisern by General Hogbuffer
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal
  • Colors:  Foliage (orange) and Blue Yonder (aqua)
  • Needles: Knit Picks fixed circs
  • Sizes: US 1 and 1.5
  • Free Pattern on Rav
Ann – the1sleeved inspired by CFF / The1sleeved by Vithard Villumsen

FOs

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Janis – Shark Adoption in Key Largo / Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
  • Yarn: The Fibre Studio Superwash Sock
  • Color: Fire and Ice
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 4

♦ Round and Round

WIPs

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Ann miniSpinner

I am working on an 8 oz bump of Finn Roving dyed by Vicki Bennet of Tangled up in Wool in greens and blues.  It is an immersion dye technique where the whole bump is immersed in the dye bath and the dyes seep into the bump. It is getting lighter as I get deeper into the bump.

FOs

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Ann Supported Spindle spun

100gm/3.5oz Nunoco spinning batts, Iridescent Muddle colorway – merino, manx, loaghtan and tussah silk gradient from tealy-green to gold to magenta.  Plied it into a 2 play lace  yarn – I have skeined it up but not washed it yet — pre-wash it is about 780 yds!!  WAHOO!!  (photo of batts from Nunoco Etsy site)

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♦ Cross Stitch

WIPs

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Janis – Christmas on Gingerbread Lane by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

♦ For Real!?!?!

Janis Frogging my Spring Fling Cardi


♦ We Buy / Win Stuff

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Our loot from the Carolina Fiber Frolic.

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Ann

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Michele got a picture of us in action doing Tandem Knitting
Click on the picture to check out her blog  (Janis is wearing her Hiro sweater and Ann is wearing her Daybreak shawl)

♦ Where to find us

You can email us at CarolinaFiberGirls@gmail.com

You can find us on Instagram, Twitter and Ravelry as:

Janis — JanisFicker on both
Ann — EAnnRN on both

We also have a Ravelry group – come join us!

You can find Janis’ Arbonne website here

And Ann’s Etsy site, Dazzling Dragonfly, here