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Episode 100!!!! Patterns are for Wussies!

Episode 100!!!! Patterns are for Wussies!

100th episode and its 100 degrees outside. Janis went on a lovely hiking adventure this weekend.  

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Episode 59 – We have Friends, Knitches and FOs

Episode 59 – We have friends, Knitches and FOs!

We are at the lake with some friends who are joining us! Jan B Smiley and Sarah – Copper Corgi! Click here to read more about our adventures and our new informal KAL!

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Episode 58 – Does coffee count for Stash Dash?

Episode 58 – Does coffee count for Stash Dash?

It’s early in the morning for us, but we are happy to be chatting with you!  Click below for show notes and join us for our fun!

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Episode 16 – No Knitting Police

Show Notes Episode 16!

No Knitting Police

♦ Girl Talk

Janis- Our yearly Area Manager retreat was this weekend. Spending time with the leaders in my business and our sidelines is so motivating!

Ann- Helped daughter with her ceramics stuff (buttons, shawl pins and spindle bowls so far) and getting things ready for her etsy shop – will keep yall posted on that!!  Also, went to my friend’s baby’s second birthday party where I wore my finished, and blocked ZZP!

Thank you’s – thanks to all the listeners and thanks to everyone who has contacted us!

Show Sponsor/Review

♦ FREE STUFF

This is new for us, but to help out with the costs of hosting a podcast, etc, we have started a podcast sponsor program.

Our first official sponsor is Jennifer/bakergirljenn of That Purple Girl on Etsy.  She has GREAT project bags in her shop!!  She is offering up a project bag for one of our listeners.  Follow the instructions in the episode and comment in the “That Purple Girl” thread on Ravelry.  One comment per person and you must be a member of the group to be eligible to win.  There will be a picture of the adorable bag she is offering up in the prize thread.

She sent Janis and Ann adorable drawstring bags to review and use.  Ann’s is green with owls all over it, and Janis’ is Orange with owls all over it!  They coordinated with our yarn choices for the ZZP KAL, so we have been using them for this project.  They are great bags, very well made.  The drawstring is twill tape and very sturdy.  Smooth pull action.  They are fully lined.  Perfect size for a one skein project, like a cowl or socks!

She also has wedge bags in the shop, so definitely go check her out!!  She is generously offering a coupon code to our listeners of 10% their order when they spend $15 or more in her shop.  You will also receive another coupon with your order!  This coupon goes through the end of September.  Be sure to listen for the code!!!   CFGTPG10- Make sure you put this in the thread info

♦ Stitch by Stitch

WIPs

JANIS- BRICKLESS BY MARTINA BEHME
  • Yarn:  Ann’s handspun from the fiber I dyed
  • Needles: Knitter’s Pride interchangeable
  • Size: US 5

The knitting police are coming to get me, I’m not longer following the pattern!

ANN – WEEKEND WRAP BY Julie Weisenberger
  • Yarn:  Handspun – ancient stash – From Fat Cat Knits – was a door prize from the first CFF
  • Needles: Knitter’s Pride Interchangeables
  • Size: US 17!!

This is knit at a very loose gauge – 2 st/inch  The yarn is a fingering to sport weight yarn.  It is a flowy vest.  It is going very quickly!!  Yay for using handspun!!!

JANIS – TOE UP SOCKS

I’ve finished the tube sock part both socks. I have no had the courage to start the heels yet.

ANN – SUN TEA BY LAURA AYLOR
  • Yarn – Copper Corgi SW Merino fingering weight yarn that we dyed with Sarah
  • Needles:  Knit Picks Interchangeables
  • Size:  US 4

I have knit about 3 more inches and need to try it on with the 60” cable

I am also using a Vintage Rose stitch marker and am participating in the #SuburbanKirbyRose KAL

JANIS – ZUZU’S PETALS BY CARINA SPENCER

I’m working my way thru this and trying to get it done!

ANN – Super Secret Sample Project

I am knitting a sample for a designer (Mel) using some yarn (Infinite Twist Helix) and needles!!  Hahaha – how’s that for vague!!  Once the pattern is released, I will tell you all, ALL about it!!  I am loving the yarn I am using, and the pattern is very pretty.

♦ FoReal!?!?!

Ann – not until the end of the recording…hahahaha dropped stitch on my Weekend Wrap

Janis-  ZZP chart

♦ Cross Stitch Projects

WIP’s

Janis – Mysterious Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery– last stages of clue 2!

Ann – Mysterious Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery– Has been consumed with secret knitting project, so no work on cross stitch this week.

♦ Round and Round

TOUR DE FLEECE Update!!!

It is finished!!

My goal this tour was to really concentrate on Spindle Spinning.

I finished spinning up my Nunoco batts on my Dazzling Dragonfly supported spindles!!!!  So glad they got done.   It is a set of two batts in the Hummingbird colorway. I have not plied them yet, but will soon!

I also have a coupon code for my etsy shop, Dazzling Dragonfly, in honor of the tour – Use the coupon code from the episode to get 10% off any item in the shop that will run through the end of July.

WINNER!! – The winner of the #CFGTDF14 giveaway braid from Sarah of the Copper Corgi is…Susan Sitze!!!

Sarah of The Copper Corgi, is also a spinner and she has, once again, donated a GREAT prize for our listeners.  A gorgeous polwarth/silk braid of orange-y goodness.  THANK YOU SARAH!!!!  To enter tag your spinning on IG with the hashtag #cfgtdf14  There is also a thread on Ravelry to post your goals and show your progress.

♦ FOs

Ann — I made 2 hexipuffs this week!!  Both from yarns Janis gave me — Kroy Blue stripe rag, and Space Cadet creation mini skein from March-a reddish rust color.

Janis- I finished another of the Cosset baby hats. I again used one of the Mini Skeins from SpaceCadet Creations. This was the purple/yellow one from the July bundle.

♦ We buy/Win stuff

Retail therapy makes everything all better!

ANN –

JANIS –

♦ Up and Coming

SAFF – Fletcher, NC – October 24-26  We will be there!  Ann will be selling spindles in the Copper Corgi booth with Sarah and will be there Sat and Sun all day.  Janis is still working out the details of when she will be there.  If you see us, say Hi!  If we are going to do an official meet-up, we will let you know!!

Carolina Fiber Frolic – November 7-9 in Sapphire, NC – We will be there!! Registration is going on now! To be added to the mailing list for registration information e-mail jan@carolinafiberfrolic.com (from the website)

♦ Zuzu’s Kal

Zuzus Petal KAL is going strong!!!! The KAL will finish up August 31st.  Still plenty of time to jump on our wagon of FUN!!  The Copper Corgi has prepared 12 awesome colorways for you to pick from. Hop over to her shop and order yours. Chat with us as you knit in the chatter thread and post your Finished Object in the FO thread!  **I know several people have finished, but we only have one person, K-Rae, that has posted in the FO thread!!  DON’T FORGET TO POST IN THE THREAD OR YOURS WILL NOT COUNT!!**

Tag your project with the #CFGzzp and #CarolinaFiberGirls

We have a giveaway from Charlotte Yarn For the Zuzu’s Petals KAL – Green Dragon Socks – 100% SW Merino Wool 490 yds/100 gms – Fingering weight – colorway: Silver Blue  There is a picture at the top of the FO thread!

♦  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

**for pictures of our projects, please check out our Instagram feeds (both are in the left side bar) and our Ravelry pages.**

Episode 15 – First World Problems

Show Notes Episode 15!

First World Problems

♦ Girl Talk

Ann- I went to Dabo Swinney’s Ladies Camp at Clemson University with friends from my former school.  It was rainy but I had a blast.  It was a LOT of walking and LOTS of hills…my leg did not appreciate that much.  They raised over 60K dollars for breast cancer research/awareness.

Janis- Coffee with Maria ElegantEconomy. Brian and I also visited some of the local brewery’s this weekend. We stopped into NoDa Brewery, Birdsong, Triple C and Olde Meck with some new friends.

Thank you’s – thanks to all the listeners and thanks to everyone who has contacted us!

♦ Round and Round

TOUR DE FLEECE Update!!!

My goal this tour is to really concentrate on Spindle Spinning.

I am working on my Nunoco batts on my Dazzling Dragonfly supported spindles, and want to finish them up.  It is a set of two batts in the Hummingbird colorway.  I have finished batt 1 and started number 2.  I turned the rest of the batt into punis and really like how that is working.  Took a day off.  Pink is done and I am moving into the transitions to the teal.

I also have had a “purse project” on going for a LOOOONG time.  It is some merino/bamboo that has been in my stash for a long time.  I have been spinning it on my tiny turkish spindle.  I have finished 7  turtles before the tour and so I have been working on that. I am working on turtle number 8. – Did not touch it this week.

I also have a coupon code for my etsy shop, Dazzling Dragonfly, in honor of the tour – Use the coupon code from the episode to get 10% off any item in the shop that will run through the end of July.  I have just added a few new spindles and stitch markers.

♦ Stitch by stitch

WIPs

JANIS – TOE UP SOCKS

I again needed to rip these back. Brian didn’t like the feel of the FLK heel so I put in a piece of waste yarn to come back and build him a heel. I’ve started the ripping on the top of both socks!

ANN – SUN TEA BY LAURA AYLOR
  • Yarn – Copper Corgi SW Merino fingering weight yarn that we dyed with Sarah
  • Needles:  Knit Picks Interchangeables
  • Size:  US 4

I have finished the bodice, done the neck band, and have picked up the stitches for the bottom.  I absolutely LOVE how the bodice came out.  There is not any pooling in the handpainted that I did even in the thinner sections when I split for the front to back.  I am so pleased.  I LOVE the colors too!!  Now it is just stockinette with a few decreases after the bust until finished!!  Loving it!!

I am also using a Vintage Rose stitch marker and am participating in the #SuburbanKirbyRose KAL

JANIS- BRICKLESS BY MARTINA BEHME
  • Yarn:  Ann’s handspun from the fiber I dyed
  • Needles: Knitter’s Pride interchangeable
  • Size: US 5

I have barely touched this.

JANIS – ZUZU’S PETALS BY CARINA SPENCER
  • Yarn:  Copper Corgi
  • Color – Saffron Tiger Lilly
  • Needles: Knitters Pride Dreamz interchangeable
  • Size 6 US

I’m working on this slowly. One step forward and two steps back.

♦ FOs

ANN – ZUZU’S PETALS BY CARINA SPENCER
  • Yarn:  Copper Corgi
  • Color – Key Lime Island
  • Needles: Knit Picks
  • Size 6 US

I finished mine at knitting this morning.  I did an extra “petal” ( I knit rows 1-32 then did rows 17-32 again.) Then I did rows 33-40 twice before doing rows 41-42.  I broke into the last color when I started row 41. I have 15 grams of the last color left.  To use more yarn, I might have made it with another petal repeat and maybe only one repeat of rows 33-40.  Still need to block.

Ann –  Zigzagular Socks by Susie White

  • Yarn:  Stiletto by Plymouth Yarn
  • Color – self striping blues, greens, pinks, purples with sparkle
  • Needles:  Knit Picks Fixed Circulars
  • Size 1.5 US

Love them!!

Michelle of the ACTually KNITting podcast is doing a PAL-KAL.  A Podcaster-A-Long Knit a long.  To participate you need to knit a pattern by a podcaster OR with a yarn dyed by a podcaster.  The Zigzagular socks were designed by Susie/knitastic of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin podcast.  

♦ Cross Stitch Projects

WIP’s

Janis – Mysterious Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery– I love the house in clue 2!

Ann – Mysterious Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery– Worked on clue #2!

FO’s

Ann- Elements of Love by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – turned the finished cross stitch project into a pillow for my daughter and she loved it!!  She even squee’ed!!  🙂

♦ FoReal!?!?!

Ann-  Messed up the chart on ZZP — Pro Tip:  Don’t put your lace down in the middle of a lace row if you aren’t going to mark which row you are on…

Janis- The zzp chart and I aren’t the best of friends either.

♦ We buy/Win stuff

Retail therapy makes everything all better!

ANN
JANIS
  • 9” Circulars Needles in US size 1 & 0!
  • Stray Cat Sock Yarn in Monavale Rose– ie Charlotte Hornets
  • Stray Cat Sock Yarn in Peacock– ie Carolina Panthers
  • Pashmina Shawlette by Kelene Kinnersly $4 CAD

♦ Next on the needles

Ann- Something hand spun, possibly  The Weekend Wrap by  Julie Weisenberger or Goodale byCecily Glowik MacDonald and maybe then some Vanilla Bean Striped socks by Emily O’Grady

Janis- a sweater for the frollic and the Pashmina Shawlette by  Kelene Kinnersly with my Space Cadet Creations mini skein club

♦ Up and Coming

SAFF – Fletcher, NC – October 24-26  We will be there!  Ann will be selling spindles in the Copper Corgi both with Sarah and will be there Sat and Sun all day.  Janis is still working out the details of when she will be there.  If you see us, say Hi!  If we are going to do an official meet-up, we will let you know!!

Carolina Fiber Frolic – November 7-9 in Sapphire, NC – We will be there!! Registration is going on now! To be added to the mailing list for registration information e-mail jan@carolinafiberfrolic.com (from the website)

♦ Zuzu’s Kal

Zuzus Petal KAL has started!!!!   The Copper Corgi has prepared several awesome colorways for you to pick from. Hop over to her shop and order yours. Chat with us as you knit in the chatter thread and post your Finished Object in the FO thread!

Tag your project with the #CFGzzp and #CarolinaFiberGirls

We have a giveaway from Charlotte Yarn For the Zuzu’s Petals KAL – Green Dragon Socks – 100% SW Merino Wool 490 yds/100 gms – Fingering weight – colorway: Silver Blue  There is a picture at the top of the FO thread!

♦ FREE STUFF

Sarah of The Copper Corgi, is also a spinner and she has, once again, donated a GREAT prize for our listeners.  A gorgeous polwarth/silk braid of orange-y goodness.  THANK YOU SARAH!!!!  To enter tag your spinning on IG with the hashtag #cfgtdf14  There is also a thread on Ravelry to post your goals and show your progress.

♦  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

**for pictures of our projects, please check out our Instagram feeds (both are in the left side bar) and our Ravelry pages.**

Episode 14 – Our First Knit Along!

♦ Girl Talk

Janis- I’ve been a lazy lump on the sofa. My fitbit recorded 9,441 steps in the past week. OOPS!

You guys LOVE US! We just realized that we should be checking Itunes reviews and you all have such sweet things to say about us! We love you guys too!!!!  Thank you all so much!!  Also, just a reminder to all who listen to any podcast, reviews and star ratings help the podcasts show up when someone searches for knitting podcasts to listen to, so if you have a moment, please go give all your favorite podcasters a review!  Much appreciated!!

Ann – Took daughter driving and got the kiln set up. Lots of pool days and lunch with friends.

♦ Stitch by stitch

WIPs

JANIS – Toe up socks

Once hubby saw these socks he said, “Oh those are cool!”  and they were slightly baggy on my foot (60 st on US 1) so they are back to being for him.  I have the foot and heel done and am working my way up the leg.

ANN – Zigzagular Socks by Susie White
  • Yarn:  Stiletto by Plymouth Yarn
  • Color – self striping blues, greens, pinks, purples with sparkle
  • Needles:  Knit Picks Fixed Circulars
  • Size 1.5 US

I have a HO! Sock 1 is done!  Ribbing of sock 2 is done and on to the leg!

Michelle of the ACTually KNITting podcast is doing a PAL-KAL.  A Podcaster-A-Long Knit a long.  To participate you need to knit a pattern by a podcaster OR with a yarn dyed by a podcaster.  The Zigzagular socks were designed by Susie/knitastic of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin podcast.  

JANIS- Brickless by Martina Behme
  • Yarn:  Ann’s handspun from the fiber I dyed
  • Needles: Knitter’s Pride interchangeable
  • Size: US 5

I haven’t touched it!

Ann – Sun Tea by Laura Ayler
  • Yarn – Copper Corgi SW Merino fingering weight yarn that we dyed with Sarah
  • Needles:  Knit Picks Interchangeables
  • Size:  US 4

I have finished the bodice, done the neck band, and have picked up the stitches for the bottom.  I absolutely LOVE how the bodice came out.  There is not any pooling in the handpainted that I did even in the thinner sections when I split for the front to back.  I am so pleased.  I LOVE the colors too!!  Now it is just stockinette with a few decreases after the bust until finished!!  Loving it!!

I am also using a Vintage Rose stitch marker and am participating in the #SuburbanKirbyRose KAL

ANN – Zuzu’s Petals By Carina Spencer
  • Yarn:  Copper Corgi
  • Color – Key Lime Island
  • Needles: ?
  • Size 6 US
Janis – Zuzu’s Petals By Carina Spencer
  • Yarn:  Copper Corgi
  • Color – Saffron Tiger Lilly
  • Needles: Knitters Pride Dreamz interchangeable
  • Size 6 US

I want to make mine bigger with the sport weight kit from Sarah – I plan on using the size 6 needles and then increasing my stitch count in the stockinette portion to accommodate 2, possibly 4 additional repeats of the lace.  The lace repeat is 12 stitches, so I will add 24 or 48 stitches before joining in the round and these will be added symmetrically on either side if the center stitch.  Several people on Ravelry mentioned doing this in their project pages to make it bigger.

♦ FoReal!?!?!

Ann- Is the magic knot NOT magic?

Janis- Brian likes cashmere, Brian has big feet and a little math will get you where you need to go! I did learn Brian’s a 60 stitch sock on 1’s I’m a 60 stitch sock on 0’s

♦ Zuzu’s Kal

Zuzus Petal KAL has started!!!!   The Copper Corgi has prepared several awesome colorways for you to pick from. Hop over to her shop and order yours. Chat with us as you knit in the chatter thread and post your Finished Object in the FO thread!

Tag your project with the #CFGzzp and #CarolinaFiberGirls

We have a giveaway from Charlotte Yarn For the Zuzu’s Petals KAL – Green Dragon Socks – 100% SW Merino Wool 490 yds/100 gms – Fingering weight – colorway: Silver Blue

♦ Round and Round

TOUR DE FLEECE Update!!!

My goal this tour is to really concentrate on Spindle Spinning.

I am working on my Nunoco batts on my Dazzling Dragonfly supported spindles, and want to finish them up.  It is a set of two batts in the Hummingbird colorway.  I have finished batt 1 and started number 2.  I turned the rest of the batt into punis and really like how that is working.  Took a day off.  Pink is done and I am moving into the transitions to the teal.

I also have had a “purse project” on going for a LOOOONG time.  It is some merino/bamboo that has been in my stash for a long time.  I have been spinning it on my tiny turkish spindle.  I have finished 7  turtles before the tour and so I have been working on that. I am working on turtle number 8. – Did not touch it this week.

I also have a coupon code for my etsy shop, Dazzling Dragonfly, in honor of the tour – Use the coupon code from the episode to get 10% off any item in the shop that will run through the end of July.  I have just had an update with spindles, stitch markers and punis.

♦ FREE STUFF

Sarah of The Copper Corgi, is also a spinner and she has, once again, donated a GREAT prize for our listeners.  A gorgeous polwarth/silk braid of orange-y goodness.  THANK YOU SARAH!!!!  To enter tag your spinning on IG with the hashtag #cfgtdf14  There is also a thread on Ravelry to post your goals and show your progress.

♦ Cross Stitch Projects

WIP’s

Janis – Mysterious Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery– I’ve made a TON of progress on this. I’m ready for the next clue.

Ann – Mysterious Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery– I finished the first clue!!  — Next clue is out July 17th!

Ann – “New World Map” by Cross Stitch & Country Crafts – Finished up the royal blue.

FOs

Ann – Elements of Love by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – All done!! Love how it turned out!!  Now need to decide if it is going to get framed or become a pillow for my daughter.  I am leaning towards pillow.

♦ We buy/Win stuff

We bought some stuff that hasn’t arrived yet – we will talk about it when it gets here and there may be prizes for listeners *wink wink*

Ann

  • JUMBO needles – Size 17 Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable
  • US 1.5 Karbonz DPN’s
Janis
  • US 0 Karboz DPN’s

♦ Up and Coming

Carolina Fiber Frolic – November 7-9 in Sapphire, NC – We will be there!! Registration is coming out soon — To be added to the mailing list for registration information e-mail jan@carolinafiberfrolic.com (from the website)

SAFF – Fletcher, NC – October 24-26  We will be there!  Ann will be selling spindles in the Copper Corgi both with Sarah and will be there Sat and Sun all day.  Janis is still working out the details of when she will be there.  If you see us, say Hi!  If we are going to do an official meet-up, we will let you know!!

♦  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

**for pictures of our projects, please check out our Instagram feeds (both are in the left side bar) and our Ravelry pages.**