Knitting Blooms – Episode 127 – Cold AGAIN!

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In this episode I show progress on just one of my knitting projects. We talk a bit about Knit-topia and the available spots. I share my step goals for 2014. I talk about my unofficial challenge for Ravellenics. There is a book review and a drawing, and I also share the answer to how I take care of my hand knit socks.

FO’s

WIPS

Colorwork Mittens – knit any color work mitten pattern using fingering weight yarn and post your finished object in the thread before the end of January.

Spinuary – Spin up 4 oz or more and ply it in January to enter to win some fantastic prizes.

Upcoming KALS:

Charity

Halo of Hope

Tutorial

Stash Enhancement

Events

Knit-topia – March 13-23, 2014 – Spots available

Zombie Knitpocalypse

Apps and Games

YouTube – Beta Testing – 2x Speed

Skein
Earndit.com
Sims 3
Knit Trick
Downcast

eBay Needles – 47″ Cable – 16″ Cable – 32″ Cable – 31″ Cable

Connect to Knitting Blooms feed on Downcast: http://knittingblooms.com/feed/

Miscellaneous Stuff

QuiltMoxie The Podcast – Ariana – Ravelry Group

Knitting For Hire Resources:

Designers Group on Ravelry
Indy Pattern Design Resources

Storage Bobbins – Bobbins Up – Art U Wear

My Points – If you are interested in joining just send me a message with your email and I will send you an invitation.

Ravelry Group for the Podcast: Knitting Blooms

Knit-topia 2014: March 13 – 23, 2014

Prices:
Entire retreat: $320
Two Legs: $240
One Leg: $140

We currently have a few open spots for the 2014 retreat, contact me if you are interested. Please contact me for additional information, or check out the Knit-topia Website.

 

Podcast Sponsor

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Knitting Blooms – EP121 – For those not going to Rhinebeck

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FO’s

WIPS

Spinning

Loop Bullseye Bump – My Stash Page – Finished, just need to take off the bobbin, soak, and measure

Into the Whirled – Website – Polwarth/Silk – Green – Variegated – Blue
Fibernymph – Knit-topia Custom Colorway – Semi Solid Purple
WoolGatherings – Merino/Silk – My Stash Page

Product / Book Reviews:

A Good Yarn

The Wool Wide Web

Current Knit-A-Longs

Upcoming KALS:

Transitioning to Winter Mystery KAL – First Clue to be released on October 29. The pattern is on sale for 50% off until the second clue is released on or about November 1st

North Cabin Fiber Crafts: KAL/CAL/SAL – November and December, use any fiber or yarn from this Indy Dyer and enter your finished object in the thread for a chance to wins some great prizes.

Use Coupon Code: KNITBLOOMS2013 for 10% off your order from September 1, 2013 – October 31, 2013

Charity

A Little Help from my Friends – atexasyarn – 50% of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern go to Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

Tutorial

Events

Knittin’ in the Mitten – November 7-10, 2013

Apps and Games

Stephen West – YouTube Channel

YouTube – Beta Testing – 2x Speed

Skein
Earndit.com
Sims 3
Knit Trick
Downcast

Connect to Knitting Blooms feed on Downcast: http://knittingblooms.com/feed/

Miscellaneous Stuff

Knitting For Hire Resources:
Designers Group on Ravelry
Indy Pattern Design Resources

Angelea McGarrah Designs
$1.00 off a pattern of your choice until October 31, 2013
Coupon Code: bloom

Book Review: Hitch – Cooperative Press

Storage Bobbins – Bobbins Up – Art U Wear

Zombie Knitpocalypse

My Points – If you are interested in joining just send me a message with your email and I will send you an invitation.

Ravelry Group for the Podcast: Knitting Blooms

Knit-topia 2014: March 13 – 23, 2014

Prices:
Entire retreat: $320
Two Legs: $240
One Leg: $140

You can still be put on the waiting list for this retreat. You just never know if someone will have to back out at the last minute.

Please contact me for additional information, or check out the Knit-topia Website.

 

Podcast Sponsor

If you would be interested in sponsoring a future episode of the podcast please contact me for detail.

Knitting Blooms – EP90 – Mostly Spinning and Prizes

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Saturday, January 19, 2012
Although I did do some knitting this week I don’t show you any progress, because there really wasn’t much on any one project. I do share my spinning progress on both the Alpaca and the Winding Wool Creek fiber. There are also prizes for the Mitten KAL, talk of Knit-topia 2014, and a tutorial on reading charts.


FO’s

WIPS

Spinning
Winding Wool Creek – on the e-spinner
Alpaca – on Viola – Schacht LadyBug

Keegan Lane YarnsBFL – Navajo Plying on the Fly – Updated Navajo Plying on the Fly – on Birdseye Maple drop spindle 


Current Knit-A-Longs
Spinuary – spin a minimum of 4 oz of fiber in the month of January for a chance to win more fiber or another prizes to be announced very soon.

Upcoming KALS:
Finish it or Frog it February  – Finish or Frog any project that was started before September 2012.

Trials with Lace KAL coming in April


From the Stash/Enabling and Thank Yous

Thank you to Kimberlolly for sending me her most recent pattern.

Charity
Miscellaneous Stuff
My Points – If you are interested in joining just send me a message with your email and I will send you an invitation. 

Ravelry Group for the Podcast: Knitting Blooms

Knit-topia Retreat 2013 – April 18 – 28, 2013
If you would be interested in sponsoring a future episode of the podcast please contact me for detail.

Knitting Blooms – EP79 – Busy Day

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Saturday, November 3, 2012
I share a mostly finished object, and progress on Evenstar, my shawn design, more slippers, and another Halyard. I also show my finished skein of the Into The Whirled fiber. The Mitten KAL has started, so cast on and post your progress in the chatter thread. Don’t forget to check out the Yarn Dyeing Tutorial that was posted last night. Enjoy!


WIPS

Spinning
Knit-A-Longs

November – December – Colorwork Mittens – Pattern must be by Valerie. Post your chatter to this thread, and post your finished mittens to this thread for a chance to win one of many prizes.


Upcoming KALS:

From the Stash


Charity


Miscellaneous Stuff

My Points – If you are interested in joining just send me a message with your email and I will send you an invitation. 

Ravelry Group for the Podcast: Knitting Blooms


Knit-topia Retreat 2013 – April 18 – 28, 2013
Ravelry Group for Knitting Retreat: Knit-topia or Knit-topia Website

Knit-topia Sponsors




Podcast Sponsor
If you would be interested in sponsoring a future episode of the podcast please contact me for detail.









What is holding you back?

I often have people ask me if a specific project is appropriate for their skill level. But often times I ask myself, how will you ever get to the next skill level if you don’t take leaps and try projects that might be a little more difficult than the projects you have been working on.

I know how intimidating a new technique can be, but why let it hold you back. Yarn is very forgiving and can be ripped out if it doesn’t turn out exactly as planned. And I am sure that almost everyone has scrap yarn that they can use for practice, and if you don’t then go out and by a cheap skein for just that purpose.

When I look at a project or a technique that I haven’t done I just consider it another notch in my knitting belt. It is just something new to learn.

So tell me, what is holding you back from trying new projects or techniques?

Suggested Needle Size

Who comes up with the suggested needle size for each yarn?

I have been finding with some yarns, even when I use the needle size suggested on the ball band my stitches are wonky and irregular. Sure I get the gauge also given by the ball band, but I don’t like the look of the stitches when they are not neat. This doesn’t happen with all yarns so I am sure it has something to do with the fiber content more than anything else. But, this is causing a real problem when I want to use the same yarn called for by the designer, or when I buy yarn with the same suggested gauge, thinking it would work for the pattern, only to find out I don’t like the look of the yarn in that gauge or with that size need, which leads me to having to rework the entire pattern.

Does anyone else have this problem, or is it just me? Am I missing some unknown magically secret that makes the stitches neater?