Sunday, August 24, 2014

Episode 9: To Master We Must Knit


Episode 9 : To Master We Must Knit
Natalie giving a spining demo!

Master Status: (1:37)
Alicia and Natalie are feeling guilty for not making the program a priority. Help inspire them as well as other listeners by joining their KAL by using #masterstatus.

Master Plan: (3:38)
Natalie and Lish plan to finish blocking swatches 1-8. They need to knit swatch 9 and 10.
They will also need to begin their questions!

In our hands: (4:57)
Alicia is still plugging along on the Sock Recipe: A good, plain sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and using Knit Picks Stroll Solids, Heathers and Twists in the Blue Yonder colorway.She also cast on Fontainebleau Lace Scarf by Joan Hughes knit with Seed Lace from The Fiber Seedin a flamingo colorway. She was sent this kit as a same from the Fiber Seed. She also has a Baby Bear Hat for Newborn or Preemie byJennifer Dickerson on the needles.
Natalie had to buy a new needle for the stocking. She picked up a needle from Hobby Lobby by Yarnology. She cast on A NEW Family Portrait - A Collection of Three Christmas Stockings byDorene Delaney Giordano pattern and Cascade 220 Sport in Burgundy and Buff. She also cast on cast on a new toe up sock in theGrey Brown Marl Patons Kroy Sock.She worked on some spinning while at the Grand Opening of Stash - A Place for Yarn. She found a bag with a single bobbin mostly full and the rest of the roving all pre-prepped.  It’s Long Dog Handspun a division of Sunshine Knit Designs in the Panda base which is 60% Superwash Merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon.

(20:08) If you are planning on joining us in the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup, be sure to head over to sorting!

Master Pieces:(21:02)
Alicia has finished up the following:
She finally knit up her first real hand dyed hard. She knit a plain garter stitch infinity scarf usingClara fromKraemer Yarns.
Perfect Baby HatbyHeidi Mikitish(football, fishing hat, multi colored hat using Knit PicksChroma)
The Champlain Baret by Pixiebell  (Diane Serviss) with Lion Brand Thick and Quick in Grey Marble
Baby Logan has “gone fishin.”
Natalie finished up her toe up socks in Patons Kroy Sock in the Blue Stripped Ragg colorway.  They actually fit her this time!  She cast on 14 sts for toe, increased to 72, decreased 4 after a couple inches and then did an after thought heel.
Natalie modeling her awesome Blue Stripe Ragg Kroy Socks.

Spread the Love:(27:18) The winner’s are Marianne S. who wins the Thive Handcrafts Lavender Silk Soap with real tussah silk fiber and lavender essential oil and Kristine B. who wins Woodsy Lavender with Frankincense, Cedarwood, & Clove.

Our next giveway will be an awesome prize from The Fiber Seed a local to Natalie company.   
Alicia will be reviewing the prize next episode and we’ll announce the winner in 2 episodes...giving you plenty of time to enter. You can enter a chance to win a pattern: Fontainebleau Lace Scarf by Joan Hughes knit with Seed Lace from The Fiber Seedin a country apple color way.

Thank you to The Fiber Seed for the awesome give away! 


For now you will want to check out their site at TheFiberseed.com and see if your local yarn store is carrying them.  
They are currently running a GoFundMe campaign
or to theGoFundMe.com/new-yarn page.  

Simply Selfie:(34:10)
Alicia is selling off wedding items and preparing for the new school year. She has been assigned a new school and is excited for the new adventure. She is busy making items to sell at festival end of the month and is prepping for the 3rd Annual Hand Made Music Extravaganza! She caught her hair on fire at her cousin’s bachelorette luncheon. She also abandoned ship on the “no-poo” hair routine.
Natalie had a great time at the VIK (Very Important Knitters) party at Stash a place for yarn which was the night before the Grand Opening.  She got to see some old friends, and also got to see the next night when she went down to the Grand Opening to do the spinning demo. The girls have a new school year starting. She is prepping for her surgery. Kenny landed a new job and  she discusses the new family schedule. She shares a sweet story of “mommy’s treat from Starbucks.”

Raise your Hand?: (47:25)
This week we ask: What kind of projects do you gravitate towards during a stressful time in your life?
Natalie enjoys knitting vanilla socks...the simplier the better.  It’s like her mind is full and can’t focus on concentrating on a pattern but she needs the stress relief of knitting.
Alicia likes to knit socks but something with a pattern to give her mind a break from what is stressing her. If she goes too simple, my mind will race on what’s bothering me.

Comfort zone:(51:30)
Alicia was treated to homemade cinnamon rolls from her cousin.
Natalie has been enduging in the show Outlander!
Thank you for joining us for episode 9 of Mastering the Knits. You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.comand follow us on Twitter @mtknits. Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram,  Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, plurk, everlapse, and ravelry as barknknit.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Episode 8: Sharing the Love


Episode # 8: Sharing the Love


Natalie knit the perfect “Something Blue.”
Plenty of hand knits featured in Lish’s Wedding.


Master Status: (2:03)
Natalie and Lish completed swatch 7 and 8. Lish wove in her ends to all swatches. Natalie wove in ends for swatch 7 and 8. Both used the duplicate stitch. They shared some words of wisdom, 1.) label your swatches and 2.) knit a swatch in one sitting
They mentioned Arenda Holladay’s video. Alicia found another video by tottoppers on youtube that uses a contrasting color.
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Lish begins weaving in her ends.

Master Plan: (7:10)
Alicia and Natalie are going to start answering the questions. They plan to knit swatch 9 and 10. Natalie is going to finish weaving in all of her ends. They are both going to finish blocking swatches 1-10.

In our hands:(8:18)
Alicia has been working on socks! She has finally caught the sock knitting bug. She is using  Sock Recipe: A good, plain sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and using Knit Picks Stroll Solids, Heathers and Twists in the Blue Yonder colorway. . Natalie also mentions Spring Forward by Linda Welch. Lish also cast on Punkin Hat by Tara Thomsen for the festival. She is continuing to knit up some of her acrylic stash.
Natalie cast on a pair of toe up socks for her June socks in Patons Kroy Socks in Blue Stripped Ragg colorway for her this time. She is about one month behind but she plans to catch up with another pair of toddler socks for July. She cast on toe up using the judy’s magic cast on. She also cast on her christmas stocking using A NEW Family Portrait - A Collection of Three Christmas Stockings by Dorene Delaney Giordano pattern and Cascade 220 Sport in Burgundy and Buff.

Dropped stitches: (14:39)
Natalie realized half way down the foot of the sock that it was a couple too many stitches so she decreased down instead of recasting on. She put in waste yarn for afterthought heel and working on the leg of the first sock. Alicia asks the question: Do you make the same mistake on the second sock?
Alicia discovered while sitting on the beach, she lost track of the beginning of the round when starting the decreases for the toe. About midway through the decreases, she caught that the decreases would actually be on the top and bottom of my foot. Rip it Rip it!
The sock toe was looking a little pointy, she thought that would be a dropped stitch but turns out, her feet are sort of pointy!

Master Pieces: (18:51)
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Natalie’s gorgeous Brickless sample

Alicia asks if one sock counts.
Natalie finished a simple crocheted dishcloth. She finished theToddler Tube socksusingLorna Laces Sportin the Cubs colorway. Alicia requests Natalie to write the pattern for her and the rest of the listeners!  She finished a gorgeous BricklessbyMartina Behmin Malabrigo Sockarchangel colorway. It is a sample for Stash a Place for Yarn, downtown. So if you happen to be in St. Pete go check it out. Natalie and Lish mention a Brickless knit-a-long in SeptemberShe finished up Kenny’s christmas stocking in Cascade 220 Sport using theA NEW Family Portrait - A Collection of Three Christmas Stockings by Dorene Delaney Giordano.

On the Road: (28:58)
Natalie will be at the grand opening at Stash a Place for Yarn  in St. Pete.  The event is August 9th from 10 am -10 pm. She will  be there around 6pm for the evening.  

Simply Selfie: (33:28)
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Alicia shares her experiences with wedding events. She surprised Natalie by walking down the isle with the shawl she knit. Lish shares her honeymoon trip to Punta Cana. She got pretty comfortable knitting on the beach every morning. Natalie mentions the timehop app.
Natalie has been working a lot, hanging with the kids, and  made it to knit night a couple times. They  took a trip to Orlando with the kids and stayed in a hotel for her nephew’s engagement party at his fiance’s families house.

Comfort zone: (49:59)
Alicia started a natural hair regimen! She has been wanting to make more things at home. She found her knitting mojo. She made it to knit afternoon with her knitting circle. Natalie has been enjoying watching Sherlock with her husband.

Sharing the Love: (55:56)
Thrivelove Giveaway
Alicia used the Lavender silk soap for a total body cleanse. The soap immediately feels silky on the skin when wet. It lathers nicely with wash cloth and shower puff. It has a light, clean scent, which is a plus for because she does not like strong scents. The ingredients are all those that can be read and understood. No sulfates which can dry the skin. She stays clear of sulfates in shampoo and other products because she tends to be more dry. She also noticed it does not contain palm oil which the industry has been one of the leading causes of rainforest destruction.
Natalie used the Woodsy Lavender Soap. She mainly wants to put little shaving in her knitting bag. She comments the scent smells amazing.  I used a little on my hands and it felt great.  It wasn’t drying and left my hands soft.  

Thrive Handcrafts giveway: Ways to enter: 1. Go tohttp://thrivehandcrafts.com/,click on We Offer, check out their soaps and come back and comment on the shownotes page which kind you like. Follow @thrivelove on twitter, LikeThrive Handcratsand Mastering the knits on Facebook, Followthrivelove on Pinterest, Join the Mastering the knits ravelry group

Thank you for joining us for episode 7 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us atmasteringtheknits@gmail.com. Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram,  Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, plurk, everlapse, and ravelry as barknknit.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Episode 7: Should be Swatching




Natalie and Lish welcome back listeners as well as talk about where they have been.

(1:28) Natalie shares some exciting news about a new local yarn shop in St. Pete,  Stash a place for Yarn. She also shares some of the yarns the shop will carry.

Master Status:(4:47)
Natalie and Lish have confess they have not completed swatch #7 and #8.
They also reviewed Cast On Magazine published from The Knitting Guild Association.

Master Plan:(17:10)
Natalie and Lish are going to work on the decrease swatches 7 and 8 and block swatches 1-6.

In our hands:(17:45)
Alicia is keeping things simple while she tries to find her knitting mojo. She is working on a Basic Hat by Jennifer Jackson with Knit Picks Shine Worsted in an Ice Blue colorway.
Natalie is working on Toddler Tube socks using Lorna Laces Sport in the Cubs colorway. She continues to work on Kenny’s stocking using Cascade 220 Sport in yellow and blue usingA NEW Family Portrait - A Collection of Three Christmas Stockingsby Dorene Delaney Giordano.

Dropped stitches:(22:05)
Natalie realized after knitting 6 inches and 3/4ths that she was supposed to start increasing at 6 inches.  She decided she just didn’t care enough to rip back and let his be longer.

Master Pieces:(23:42)
Alicia finished up a purple basic hat using Vanna’s Choice acrylic yarn.
Natalie finished up a  Sockhead Hatby Kelly McClure in The Unique Sheep Verve base in the Inspecta gradiance colorway.
Natalie’s family make great knitwear models!


Future Stitches:(27:49)
Natalie plans to knit  Pomme de Pin Cardigan by Amy Christoffers for SPAKAL. She shares her friend, NaturallyKnitty’s Pomme de Pin Cardigan and Effortless Cardigan.
She bound off where she was for her Moonfleetby Janine Le Cras. She plans to knit Haruni shawl by Emily Ross for my Summer of Lace and Beads with the remaining yarn.  The yarn is the Barknknit gradiance colorway in Eos base from The Unique Sheep.
Alicia plans on knitting a shawl using Bohemia Fibers Sock Yarn in the “I got the right to sing the blues colorway.” A yarn inspired by Eric Northman from True Blood.


Simply Selfie: (29:35)
Alicia has survived the end of the year, her students’ graduation and went shopping for a mother of the bride dress. Her mom knows to break for yarn shops. Summer is here and she has been going to her nephew’s tball games.
Natalie had her birthday but has been sick. She discussed her adventures with her mother in law, cousins, brother, and dad visiting. She celebrated her dad’s 80th birthday.
Lish and Natalie discussed how they spent their Father’s Day.

Happy Tails: (48:13)
The Story of How Hugo became a Humphrey.
 
 

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Comfort Zone:(53:04)
Alicia is loving all of her surprises from Natalie including the wedding shawl and gifties. She has been having tea parties with her friends. It is the last last week of work and she is excited for the endless possibilities of summer.
Natalie explains the #100happydays. Natalie started blogging again!

Thank you for joining us for episode 7 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram,  Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, plurk, everlapse, and ravelry as barknknit.