Episode 6 — This is Not a Baby Toy

Show Notes Episode 6!

This is Not a Baby Toy

♦ Girl Talk

Janis has been getting back into the routine of being home and getting some knitting done with the hubby is busy at work. Ann went to her son’s 8th grade Celebration of Excellence ceremony, had his birthday, hung out with an almost 2 year old.

Shout outs from: Wolfe Farms PodcastKnitsip PodcastFibretown Podcast, and of course Singlehanded Knits Thanks guys!!  Go check them out!!

♦ Stitch by stitch

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WIPs

Ann- Worked on the leg of the sock at son’s Celebration of Excellence. Going with plain vanilla for these and it is looking good! Got about 4 inches done. These will be an afterthought heel  — Worked on these while recording and got another 2 inches done!!

Janis- Fire and Ice SurferStitch Surfer by Louise Robert

I got my new Karbonz needles and did just a few rounds. I’m not sure how tall to make them.

Ann – the1sleeved inspired by CFF the1sleeved by Vithard Villumsen

Knit the rest of the blue wedge I was on, 2 ridges and another blue wedge.  Ready to start a green wedge!!

Janis – Old Man AuthorGramps by Tincan Knits

I finished the second sleeve and starting working down the body

Ann – Hana Hou by MSkiKnits

Decided to try 7s – decided I liked it. This will give me extra room in the sweater that I will need for sizing…working out well so far.  We’ll see! (ripped out other sleeve that had been done on 6s)

Janis – Hana Hou by MSkiKnits
  • Yarn: Copper Corgi
  • Color: Spanish Moss
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7

Two sleeves, DONE. Two fronts, DONE. The back…. started – about 3 inches into it.

♦ Round and Round

WIPs

Ann

miniSpinner – LBW (light brown wool) – Finished the LBW singles

spindles – I did not spin on my Nunoco batt this week.

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I plied the finn and LBW together – I apparently spun the brown wool a little thinner because I ran out of the Finn before the LBW.  I 2 plied them all.  Those are some FULL bobbins! Have not washed and/or measured yet.  Hope to do that this week.

♦ Cross Stitch Projects

Janis – Christmas on Gingerbread Lane by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

♦ We buy/win stuff

Ann – Interweave Knits Summer 2014

Janis

♦For Real!?!?!

Ann – Decided to switch to the 7s on my Hana Hou Hou so I frogged the first sleeve that I did on 6s

Janis- Frogged the Mini Sock Monkey penis. Now I need to start on a new project for this baby

♦ FREE STUFF

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.”  We will announce the scholarship winner when we record June 11th.

♦ Up and Coming

Zuzu’s Petals KAL. Find your gradient and we will be getting started on this before to long.

Knit in public week June 14-22. We will meet in person at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery on June 14th from 1pm- until. There are free brewery tours at 2, 3, and 4pm. If it’s nice we will be in the Beirgarten or on the patio. It’s it too warm or raining we will be inside the Brauhaus.  Olde Mecklenburg is located at 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217. For the virtual meetup simply take a picture of you and your knitting out in the wild and post it to instagram or twitter using #WWKIP and #CarolinaFiberGirls. We have prizes for both the live meetup and the virtual one. So enter as many times as you would like.

♦  Where to find us

You can email us at CarolinaFiberGirls@gmail.com

You can find us on Instagram, Twitter and Ravelry as

Janis — JanisFicker

Ann — EAnnRN

use #CarolinaFiberGirls to show us what you are working on.

We also have a Ravelry group and a website- come join us!

Janis’ Arbonne Site

Ann’s Etsy Site

World Wide Knit in Public Day Meetup

Guten Tag Friends!

Ann and I have finalized our plans for WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY!

We will be doing two different meetups!

Come sit, knit and enjoy a cold pint or two with us! We be at Old Mecklenburg Brewery on Saturday June 14th from 1pm- until. There are free brewery tours at 2, 3, and 4pm. If it’s nice we will be in the Biergarten. If the weather is too warm or raining we will be inside the Brauhaus.  Old Meck is located at 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217. Attendance is free. Beers and snacks start at $3.

If you don’t live in the Charlotte area, don’t worry! You can knit with us virtually using the #CarolinaFiberGirls. We will have more info on the virtual meetup soon!

hugs

-j

 

 

Episode 5 – Oh no! No FOs

Show Notes Episode 5!

Oh no! no FO’s

♦ Girl Talk

Janis went to Las Vegas for GTC with Arbonne. Everyone had a great time, learned lots and came home with fantastic new products.

Ann went to her Daughter’s Band Concert; School Nurse’s Day (Forever Comfy, flowers, forgot to mention wine glass tervis tumbler with 2 palm trees and a hammock) I put a picture up on my instagram feed if you want to check that out.

♦ Stitch by stitch

WIPs

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Ann- Did the ribbing of the second sock at daughter’s band concert

  • Yarn: Sockotta 45/40/15 – Cotton/SW Wool/Nylon
  • Color – 6670  It is a self striping with confetti spots of orange, yellow, hot pink and red.
  • Needles: Chiao Goo 9” Circulars
  • Size: US 1

Tillybuddy’s very stretchy Cast-on  and decided the Skyp Socks pattern wasn’t going to work with this yarn.

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Janis – Hana Hou by MSkiKnits

  • Yarn: Copper Corgi
  • Color: Spanish Moss
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7

I’m still LOVING everything about this project!

Ann – Hana Hou by MSkiKnits

I am also in LOVE!!  I have knit the first sleeve and am ready to add the first cuff.  Will be upsizing the width of the cuff (copy cat stitch section and the garter ridge)

Janis- Secret Baby Knitting– Surprise Pattern

I barely touched this on the airplane. I might have added 5 rows.

Ann – Swatches

Janis –Continental KroyAfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

I worked on these a little bit during training and while standing in line, but not TOO much.

Ann – the1sleeved inspired by CFF the1sleeved by Vithard Villumsen

Yarn/ Colors:

Got distracted with new projects and swatching…no love this week.

Janis – Old Man AuthorGramps by Tincan Knits

No love

FOs

OH NO! No FOs

♦ Round and Round

WIPs

Ann

miniSpinner – LBW (light brown wool) got a little bit of love, but nothing substantial.

spindles – I did not spin on my Nunoco batt this week, but I did give a drop spindling lesson to a teacher at school!!

♦ FREE STUFF

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.”  We will announce the scholarship winner when we record June 11th.

♦ Up and coming

Knit in public week June 14-22. Meet up and virtual meet up.

♦For Real!?!?!

Ann had a mishap with ASSUMING needle sizes instead of actually checking them, and figured out that the Skyp socks pattern is not going to work with the Sockotta yarn I am using for the current socks on the needles.

Janis was excited to start on the arm shaping that was only 4 rows. Then back to stockinette for another eight inches.

♦ We buy/win stuff

Ann

Janis

♦  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

use #CarolinaFiberGirls to show us what you are working on.

We also have a Ravelry group and a website- come join us!

Janis’ Arbonne Site

Ann’s Etsy Site

 

Episode 4 – Muggles

Show Notes Episode 4!

Muggles

♦ Girl Talk

Enjoying the great Carolina weather we are having.  Janis went to the  Wells Fargo Invitational Golf Tournament and confused some muggles. Ann cast on and knit the ribbing of one sock at her son’s band concert. She enjoyed spinning and knitting by the pool this weekend.

♦ Stitch by stitch

WIPs

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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
Ann- Started the ribbing of one sock – they will possibly be  Simple Skype Socks
  • Yarn: Sockotta 45/40/15 – Cotton/SW Wool/Nylon
  • Color – 6670  It is a self striping with confetti spots of orange, yellow, hot pink and red.
  • Needles: Chiao Goo 9” Circulars
  • Size: US 1

Janis – Continental KroyAfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks
  • Color: Blue Striped Ragg
  • Needles: Chiao Goo 9” Circulars
  • Size: US 0

I Started the toe of the second sock and we discuss how the fit will change when a heel is added.

Ann – Swatches for Swatch Like You Mean It

I  am working on the second part of lesson 3.  Enjoying both yarns being used – Ella Rae Lace Merino DK and Handspun

Janis – Hana Hou by MSkiKnits
  • Yarn: Copper Corgi
  • Color: Spanish Moss
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7

Lots of attention to this! Sleeves are done and started on a front. In love with the yarn and the pattern!!

Ann – the1sleeved inspired by CFF the1sleeved by Vithard Villumsen

I have finished 4 wedges and I am almost done with the 5th.

Janis- Secret Baby Knitting– Surprise Pattern
  • Yarn: SpaceCadet Creations Mini Skeins
  • Needles: 6” Dreamz DPN’s
  • Size: US 4 and 2

Janis – Old Man AuthorGramps by Tincan Knits

  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Color: Blue and Brown
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7

No progress this week, but we chatted about the sizing

FOs

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Ann –  I unearthed a UFO this week  – Marilinda by Cookie A

Started in March 2011; picked back up again in Jan 2014 only to put them back down again after doing the heel and a repeat on the cuff.  Finished them in one night!knit toe up so the cables made hearts and used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel — this is a great short row heel to use if you haven’t tried it, you should!!

UFOs

Ann has less than 10. Rocky Coast Cardi

Janis has 1. Engagement Blanket

♦ Round and Round

WIPs

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Ann- miniSpinner

Continuing to work on my “light brown wool”  aka LBW  Probably got another ounce or so done — just weighed it and I only have 2.7oz to go, so that means I did 2.1 oz since we last recorded!!

Ann- spindles

Working on my batt from Nunoco – Hummingbird  I am spinning it on my Neal Brand spindle that I won at the Carolina Fiber Frolic   Have all of the pink done on one of the 2 batts and am well into the green/teal.  I did a video for strickland66/Michelle who had gotten a spindle from me at SAFF last year and hadn’t really used it. My first ever YouTube video!! 🙂

♦ We buy/win stuff

Janis

I stuck to my yarn diet, technically. BUT I do have something to pick up from a friend that went to Maryland Sheep and Wool.

Ann

♦ Cross Stitch Projects

Nobody worked on Cross Stitch.

♦ FREE STUFF

PrizeBagBIrds

Giveaway from Jan – We have reached 100+ listeners!!  And the winner of this beautiful bag is Emily from the FibreTown Podcast  — Congrats!! If you haven’t checked out her videocast, you should!!

This is a beautiful bag by Jan Smiley, the wonderfully-awesome creator and organizer extraordinaire of the Carolina Fiber Frolic.  She has just opened an Etsy Shop – JanBSmiley and has generously donated a great project bag to one lucky listener!  Thanks Jan!!!! We love you!!

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.”  We will announce the scholarship winner when we record June 11th.

Swatch Like you Mean It– WINNERS!!  :

Still waiting to hear from Darlene

Quiltsalot3- Darlene From Price Edward Island Canada. She swatches but that doesn’t mean her garments fit!

Please email us and we will take care of the rest.

♦For Real!?!?!

ForReal, our knitting behaved!!

♦  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

use #CarolinaFiberGirls to show us what you are working on.

We also have a Ravelry group and a website- come join us!

Janis’ Arbonne Site

Ann’s Etsy Site

Episode 3 – Knitting in Nature

Show Notes For Episode 3! 

♦ Girl Talk

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Ann finished spring break and then has had a CRAZY week and a half of school.

Janis has been busy! Savannah Trip, Copper Corgi, The Frayed Knot

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What is SAFF?   http://saffsite.org/  The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair  October 24-26, 2014  It is held at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, NC.  There are vendors, classes, Sheep to Shawl events, Fleece sales, Animals, and did I mention vendors?  If you are in the Southeast, I HIGHLY recommend attending at least one day!!  Check out the website for more details.  We will probably have a meet and greet this year – details will come when it gets closer!!

♦ Stitch by stitch

WIPs

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Ann – Swatches for Swatch Like You Mean It

I have finished lesson 2 and have started lesson 3 — I have completed my Stepford Wives Swatches and am working on the Extra Credit portion of the Stepford Wives activity.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Ella Rae Lace Merino DK yarn.  Gorgeous Colors. The extra credit activity is being knit out of my handspun. (fingering weight held double)

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 — broke a few needles, so ordered Karbonz DPNs
  • Size: US 0

Just a little bit of progress

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Ann – the1sleeved inspired by CFF the1sleeved by Vithard Villumsen

Yarn/ Colors: Copper Corgi – Caribbean Swim (light aqua)

I have finished 2 more full wedges, a ridge and most of a 3rd additional wedge.

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Janis – Old Man ArthurGramps by Tincan Knits
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Color: Blue and Brown
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7

I’ve divided for the sleeves and worked most of the left sleeve and started the right. This was Arthur’s reaction when he saw my progress.

Janis – Hana Hou by MSkiKnits
  • Yarn: Copper Corgi
  • Color: Spanish Moss
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7

I did some swatching and started on my first sleeve

FOs

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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

Afterthought heels and a bead by Mel (MSkiKnits)

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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

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Janis – For SarahDissent by Lisa Mutch

  • Yarn: Copper Corgi
  • Color: Sweet Tea & Azalea
  • Needles: 24” Knitters Pride Dreamz
  • Size: US 7

♦ Round and Round

WIPs eSpinnerWIP

Ann

miniSpinner – I have started the “light brown wool” that I am going to ply with the blue and green Finn.   I have 3.2 oz of the 8 oz spun — love how it is spinning up!  4.8oz to go!! Can’t wait to ply and see what I get!

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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.  Have most of the pink done on one of the 2 batts.  Starting to get some of the greens popping in.

♦ Cross Stitch Projects

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Ann – Angle of hope  “ANGEL OF HOPE” BY LAVENDER & LACE

I worked on the grey shading for the one wing I have completed.  Mid-tone grey complete, now on the darker grey.

♦ FREE STUFF

PrizeBagBIrds

Swatch Like you Mean It– WINNERS!!  :

  • Latinaknits- Bethany from Alexandria, VA. She wants to be able to detect when her swatching are lying!
  • Quiltsalot3- Darlene From Price Edward Island Canada. She swatches but that doesn’t mean her garments fit!

CONGRATS!!!  Please email us and we will take care of the rest.

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.”  We will announce the scholarship winner when we record June 11th.

Giveaway from Jan – This will be the prize for when we reach 100 listeners!!  We are close! As of recording time we had 93 members (2 of which are Janis and Ann).  When we hit 102, we will do a random number generator from the members list and announce the winners on the next podcast.

This is a beautiful bag by Jan Smiley, the wonderfully-awesome creator and organizer extraordinaire of the Carolina Fiber Frolic.  She has just opened an Etsy Shop – JanBSmiley and has generously donated a great project bag to one lucky listener!  Thanks Jan!!!! We love you!!

♦ We buy/win stuff

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Janis

Ann

♦ For Real!?!?!

Ann –   Eisern by General Hogbuffer

I was supposed to change to smaller needles (from US1.5 to US1) after the colorwork cuff…didn’t.  I thought it was going to be OK, , so was going to leave it.   My R ankle is slightly larger due to multiple injuries, so that will just be my R sock.  However, after wearing them, the R one got quite saggy, and too long, so I may rip back the toe and part of the foot and start the toe sooner in the cable pattern than the L foot.  It is in time-out for now though.

Janis – Hanna Hao

2 inches into the first and I dropped a stitch. I didn’t notice until about 3 inches later.

♦ Up and Coming

Janis- Skull Mitts
Ann-Mystik Spiral Socks in one of my self striping

♦  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

use #CarolinaFiberGirls to show us what you are working on.

We also have a Ravelry group and a website- come join us! Remember when we hit 100 members, you could win Jan’s Bag!!

Janis’ Arbonne Site

Ann’s Etsy Site