Category Archives: knitting

Episode 149: Estes Park Vacation

Welcome to episode 149! This week I was on vacation in Estes Park, CO so I recorded a bit at our hotel. I’m near a river and a waterfall so the sound isn’t perfect, but I hope you’ll enjoy this short episode anyway. There’s a little talk about WIPs and some stash enhancement from vacation yarn stores!

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Knitting:

Yarn Tourism:

 

Episode 148: Sweater weather?

Welcome to episode 148! This weekend has been in the 60s and rainy and I’m thinking about SWEATER WEATHER! I’ve got lots of WIPs and a spin to show off. And I’m dreaming of fall sweaters….

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Tea:

  • Adagio, Glow Cloud by Cara McGee

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • On deck: Wooly Wonka Fiber Mixed Merino in Wine Country

 

Knit Me: Shepherd’s Lamb

A few months ago I was contacted by the folks over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Shepherd’s Lamb Organic Wool 2-ply DK yarn. Shepherd’s Lamb is produced on a ranch out of New Mexico that raises organic sheep that free graze in the mountains and valley.  They do raise sheep for meat, but also raise many for wool and they dye the yarn they produce using all natural dyes.

One of the yarns that Shepherd’s Lamb was offering for review was its 2-ply DK weight base, a 100% Rambouillet that comes in 180 yard skeins. When I had the opportunity to try out this yarn, Shepherd’s Lamb offered me my choice of colors.  While they do have set natural colors that they dye, each dye bath varies and each skein is unique.  I opted to try Indigo.

Once the yarn arrived, I decided that it should be a cabled hat. The yarn itself was soft and almost felt like cotton. It was super squishy and wooly feeling; it would probably be great in colorwork because it was quite sticky. I was pretty sure that it would have really great stitch definition, and I wasn’t wrong. I chose to knit Sea Beanie by the late Elena Nodel.

The only complaint I had about this yarn, and it was really more the dyeing than the yarn itself, was the indigo crocking.  Indigo is a natural dye that isn’t water soluble, so it never quite binds to the fiber in the dyeing process.  This means that when you knit with the yarn, particularly when your hands are warm, the dye adheres to your skin.  This isn’t the same as bleeding – when I washed the hat in water and wool soak the water ran completely clear, so it isn’t that the dye wasn’t set properly.  In the future I might try other colors since they are less likely to leave color on my hands.

Shepherd’s Lamb also has a newsletter which you can sign up for here.

A special thank you to Shepherd’s Lamb who sent me the yarn (retail: $16.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 147: Just a quick chat.

Welcome to episode 147! A little cooler here this week and lots of little details and knits happening. This one’s a quick one as I have a house full of family, but I wanted to chat.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Fat Cat Knits Corriedale Cross in Smoke
  • On Deck: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Love Will Tear Us Apart

 

Episode 146: Almost too hot to knit.

Welcome to episode 146! It has been sweltering here this week but I’ve actually managed to get a little knitting done due to a long drive this weekend. Some knits and spins, and some talk about what’s next on the needles and wheel, and in KAL news.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Falkland in Like Berries on a Bush

 

Episode 145: Where did the week go?

Welcome to episode 145! Today’s a short one. I don’t know where the week went or why I don’t have more to show! A spin, a few knits and some talk about the upcoming week.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Polwarth/Mohair/Silk in Mean Streak
  • Finished: Merino/Romney/Corriedale batts, Out of the Blue
  • On Deck: Hello Yarn Falkland in Like Berries on a Bush

Extras:

  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 1 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 144, Just spinning.

Welcome to episode 144! Today is mostly spins because that’s what I’ve been doing for Tour de Fleece, but I’ve got a few knits in there.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 1 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 143, And then there were prizes.

Welcome to episode 143! Today’s a fun one because I announce prize winners for the Sock-a-long and get started on Tour de Fleece! Some socks and other wips to show, and lots of prizes.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me
  • In progress: Hello Yarn BFL in New Summer

Extras:

  • The Sock-a-long has finished! I announced prize winners on this episode and posted them in the FO thread in the group.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 1 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 142, Prepping for TDF.

Welcome to episode 142! Today I have way too many WIPs and I also show you all the spins I have planned (I hope!) for TDF. Also this is the last week to enter the Sock-a-long so finish your socks and get them entered. There’s still time to joint TeamCKT for TDF – come join us!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • In progress: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me
  • On deck: 2+ lbs of fiber for TDF!

Extras:

  • This is the last week of the Sock-a-long! Be sure you get your photos in the FO thread and I’ll be doing the prize draw next weekend. Come visit the group thread for details.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 2 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

Knittea: High Tea Collection

This past week I became smitten with a gorgeous sweater called Assam. It turns out it is the newest release from Tabetha Hedrick and is part of the new Sweet Georgia collection of patterns called High Tea.

Assam pattern by Tabetha Hedrick, available on Ravelry for $9.00 Canadian (approx. $7.04).

The full collection which includes an additional sweater, a shawl, and a hat (for a total for 4 patterns) is available for $15.00 Canadian via Ravelry.