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The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 130, Short & Sweet.

Welcome to episode 130! Today’s episode is short and sweet. I have one FO, a couple of WIPs, a finished spin and a new one. Hope you have a great week!

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Tech Editor for hire.

Last spring I embarked on a new journey in the fiber arts community.  I took two Learning to Tech Edit courses from Joeli Caparco of Joeli Creates.

I didn’t expect to love tech editing knitting patterns as much as I do, but in a way it is unsurprising since it uses many skills that I already have (comfort with spreadsheets and data, an eye for proofing grammar and spelling to name a few) and marries them with something that I love: knitting.

Since last spring I have been working with a small, but steadily growing, group of clients on making their amazing patterns even better.  I realized that I hadn’t really spoken about it on the blog, and thought it was time to announce that I’m available to new clients and eager to meet you!

For more information about what I can do for you, please check out my Tech Editing Services tab at the top of the page.  Also, if you’re a member of Ravelry, I created a bundle of patterns that I have tech edited which you can view here.

If you or anyone you know is interested in tech editing services, please contact me at ldwcameron at gmail dot com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 129, I like big shawls (redux)

Welcome to episode 129! Today I have some new tea to review, a few FO’s, some WIPs, and some spins.

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Knit Me: Manos del Uruguay

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 Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  Alegria is a fingering weight yarn that is 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide and comes in 445 yard/100g skeins. I went pattern surfing and decided I really wanted to knit a pair of socks.  Fairmount Fibers was absolutely lovely and sent me a skein in the colorway of my choice, which happened to be Turmeric.  I chose the Conwy Socks by Nancy Bush.

I was really pleased with the Alegria. It was perfect for the pattern I chose and I loved the stitch definition I got on those cables. The yarn was soft and had a really great hand. I also really enjoyed the warm color. Alegria is available in lots of great colors, and I really like their selection of semi-solid hues. I loved working with it for these socks, but I can also see myself using it for shawls or sweaters.

I only had two minor complaints about the yarn.  The first is that there was a knot in the middle of my skein. I understand that industry standard is up to two knots, so I can’t really complain about this, but I was a little disappointed anyway.   The other minor complaint is that there were a few sections of the yarn (usually less than an inch in length) where the yarn wasn’t plied as tightly and was a little fuzzier than the rest.  Overall those sections don’t really show in the finished object, which is why I consider it a minor complaint.

I found the whole process of knitting these socks very enjoyable and I ended up with really happy socks to welcome spring.

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Fairmount Fibers who sent me the yarn (retail: $24.50) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 128, Second verse, same as the first.

Welcome to episode 128! Today I have two FOs, some WIPs, a bit of stash enhancement and some spins.  A couple are repeat projects.

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The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 127, What season is it?

Welcome to episode 127! Lots of WIPs to talk about today, and a review of the new Love+Leche Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar.

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  • A week or two ago I was contacted by the folks over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in reviewing the new Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar from Love+Leche. You can find my full review here.  Love+Leche wanted to extend a special offer to followers of the podcast. Head on over to Love+Leche and use the coupon code “knittea.” If you buy one lotion bar in a tin (min. $14), you’ll also get a free mini balm sample ($4 value) in your order. This coupon will be good until 5/1/17.

 

Love+Leche Lotion Bars

A week or two ago I was contacted by the folks over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in reviewing the new Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar from Love+Leche.

Love+Leche is a New Mexico company that specializes in producing soap and lotion bars from natural ingredients.   They use local beeswax, flowers, goat’s milk and essential oils to produce lovely bars. Love+Leche started in 2005 under the name Milk+Honey and started selling its soap and lotion bars at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. After growing the business for over ten years, in the last year or so the company decided to work with local artisans to create a lotion bar design just for knitters and fiber artists.

My lotion bar arrived with a sweet note, showing one of the goats whose milk is used in the bars.  The Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar comes in a variety of scents including Citrus Rose, Lavender, Lavender Mint, Lavender Rosemary, Lemongrass and Unscented. As you can see I selected Lemongrass.  Perhaps my favorite part is the sweet sheep mold that the bar came in.

I really enjoyed the clean fresh scent and the lotion bar made my hands feel fabulous. I really liked the bar because I got the benefits of lotion without having the extra liquid and greasiness that some lotions can leave.  In general I don’t use that many pampering products, but in winter my hands get dry, and any dry skin can snag fibers when I’m spinning. So I’m definitely keeping this lotion bar next to my spinning wheel and plan on enjoying it frequently!

Love+Leche wanted to extend a special offer to readers of my blog and followers of the podcast. Head on over to Love+Leche and use the coupon code “knittea.” If you buy one lotion bar in a tin (min. $14), you’ll also get a free mini balm sample ($4 value) in your order. This coupon will be good until 5/1/17.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Love+Leche who sent me the Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar (retail: $15.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 126, And then you felt the snot out of them.

Welcome to episode 126! I have some knits and spins in progress to share with you today. I also answer a viewer question about what podcasts I’m watching.

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Faro

This year while at Rhinebeck, I looked up and found myself in the Green Mountain Spinnery booth.  Immediately I confirmed on Ravelry that a sweater pattern that I had been longing to knit called for the yarn I was standing in front of at the time.  I eagerly purchased 6 skeins of Weekend Wool in the Teal colorway.

When I got home, I purchased the pattern that I wanted to knit: Faro Pullover by Amy Christoffers.

Faro Pullover by Amy Christoffers, Pattern available on Ravelry for $7.00.

It took me a few months to get around to casting on, but I did in early January, dreaming of my lovely Aran weight sweater that would be wonderful in the cold weather.

The Faro Pullover is knit from cuff to cuff, meaning that you start knitting at the cuff of one sleeve and continue to build your sweater across, increasing for the body, separating for the neck and then rejoining and decreasing for the opposite sleeve.  It was fun to knit a sweater this way – it’s something I haven’t done before.  My one concern in knitting the sweater in this manner was that I wouldn’t be able to try it on as I went.  However, I trusted in the pattern and kept knitting.

Last week I finished knitting the body of the sweater.  I washed and blocked it, and then seamed the sides, adding the hem last.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the sweater.  It’s fairly warm, and will be a casual piece that I’m excited to add to my wardrobe. The Weekend Wool was really nice to knit with. It’s a bit rustic, but it shows the cables and stitch details beautifully, and since I’ll be wearing a top underneath it (much like the modeled shot in the pattern shows) so I’m not worried about the itch factor.

My only real complaint with the finished sweater is that it’s a bit wide on me. While the sleeves and neckline fit well, I feel I could have knit a smaller size for the body and ended up with a bit less fabric on the sides. Finally, I feel like the seaming is a bit bulky.  The yarn is an Aran weight, and the stitch patterns mean that the sides aren’t quite a straight seam (the fabric ripples slightly where the cables and lace end).  This results in a slightly bulkier seam than I would prefer.  I contemplated ripping back to fix the body width issue, but ultimately decided that I would still wear the sweater as is and enjoy it.

Now I just need this abnormally warm February to send us a bit of a chill!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 125, A really big show.

Welcome to episode 125! Today’s podcast runs a bit long – I have so many knits and spins to share with you. At the end, I also announce the winner of Mina’s New York Sock Collection subscription.

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  • Mt. Rushmore souvenir tea, Moroccan Mint

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