Monthly Archives: December 2017

Episode 165: Happy New Year!

Welcome to episode 165! This week Liz joins me for our annual podcast together. We had a blast chatting about knits and spins. Happy new year and please join us for the Selfish Craft-along in the Corner of Knit and Tea group on Ravelry.

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2017 Knits and Spins

Each year I like to do a little retrospective on the year’s knits and spins.  I actually felt like I was a little less productive this year. I don’t know if it’s because I knit bigger projects, or just didn’t move as fast. I do know that my spinning mojo took a hit towards the latter half of the year and I didn’t get through as much as I usually do.

The Knits

This year’s tally looks like this:

  • Hats: 27 (including baby hats)
  • Adult Socks: 11 pairs
  • Washcloths: 7
  • Kids’ Socks: 4 pairs
  • Kids’ Sweaters: 6
  • Adult Sweaters: 2
  • Slippers: 3 pairs
  • Cowls: 6
  • Baby Blankets: 1
  • Shawls: 4
  • Mittens/Mitts: 4 pairs
  • Miscellaneous: 3

I’ve added my favorite nine below:

2017 Top 9 Knits

The Spins

My goal for the past several years has been to spin 52 – 4 ounce bumps of fiber for a total of 13 lbs of fiber a year (basically one bump a week).  In the last several years I have made this goal, and in many cases exceeded it.  This year I came in just shy at 12.6 lbs.

These are a few of my favorite spins:

2017 Fave Spins

Stay tuned until next week when I’ll share some of my crafting goals for 2018!

Episode 164: Happy Holidays!

Welcome to episode 164! I didn’t get a ton of knitting done this week, but I have a few things to show you. I wish you and your loved ones happy holidays! I’ll see you next week, before the new year, with Liz as a guest.

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Knit Me: Brown Sheep Prairie Spun DK

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting with Brown Sheep‘s new Prairie Spun DK yarn.  Brown Sheep is a family-owned and operated company up in Mitchell, Nebraska.  I’ve actually always wanted to visit!  Prairie Spun DK is a 100% US wool spun into a 3-ply DK weight yarn.  It comes in skeins of 256 yards per 100 grams.

Brown Sheep generously offered to send me a pattern as well, and I selected the Prairie Grass Cowl designed by Patricia Kalthoff.  I had trouble choosing from the vibrant colors in the lineup, both solid and variegated colorways. I ultimately picked 2 skeins of the Lost Lake colorway, which happened to be the colorway used in the pattern photos. Upon reflection, I might have used Honeycomb, which is more the colorway of prairie grass here in Kansas, but the teal blue I received was so gorgeous I don’t have any regrets.

The pattern itself is a good pattern if it’s your first time trying out cables. You can choose whether to knit the pattern as a scarf, using 1 skein of Prairie Spun DK, or as an eternity loop/cowl using 2 skeins. The pattern is a 4-row repeat which includes cabled edges, and then a series of cables that wave through the pattern a bit like prairie grass does in the wind. The only modification I made to the pattern was I went up one from the recommended needle sizes; the pattern calls for a US 7 but I thought the fabric was a bit dense, so I ended up using a US8.

The yarn performed beautifully. It held up to a bit of ripping at the beginning, but in general knit smoothly with nice stitch definition. The wool is surprisingly soft and yet a bit rustic at the same time. The biggest thing I noticed is that the wool is a bit sticky; I suspect it would be great for a steeked colorwork sweater. I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but it appears that the wool may be a bit mixed. Every so often there were darker strands in the yarn that gave it a bit of a mottled look and added texture and depth to the color.

I expect I’ll be ordering a sweater quantity of Prairie Spun soon!

Prairie Grass Cowl

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Brown Sheep who sent me 2 skeins of Prairie Spun DK (retail: $22.00) and the Prairie Grass Cowl Pattern (retail: $3.50) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 163: Hat Trick

Welcome to episode 163! This week I knit a ton of hats, most of which I show you here. I’m still working on my Opal Advent blanket and loving it, and I’ve got 3 more hats to cast on this week!

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Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Gingerbread

Every year I eagerly await the holiday season and holiday spice teas.  This year I placed a small order with Adagio Teas for some samples.  One of those is Gingerbread.

Adagio’s Gingerbread blend includes black tea, gingerbread flavor, cinnamon bark, orange peel and ginger root.

Gingerbread is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz for $7.00, and 16oz for $24.00.

Adagio Gingerbread

Adagio Gingerbread

When I first opened the package I got the strong smell of molasses and gingerbread.  Once brewed it was a little milder, but I got hints of the gingerbread and the orange.   I really enjoyed this one and it would be amazing with ginger snaps. I’ve never made them, but maybe it’s time to learn.

Episode 162: Opal Advent Knitting.

Welcome to episode 162! This week I spent tons of time working on blankets, my mom’s and my Opal Advent blanket which I’m loving! Also a few other knits and spins. I hope you enjoy.

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Episode 161: A long absence.

Welcome to episode 161! I’m sorry I haven’t podcasted in 3 weeks – life just got in the way. That said, I have TONS of knits to show you and lots to share. I hope you enjoy!

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