Knitcircus Podcast #81

Amy’s off to the land of ice (and wool). Jaala’s staying to keep the studio wheels turning!

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Mentioned this podcast:

Yarnover

StevenBe

Romi Hill

Susan B. Anderson

Sun Valley Fibers

Alisha Goes Around

Miss Winkle

Salt Water Taffy Yarn

Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection, by Dragonfly Fibers

Indigodragonfly fibers

The Knitter Magazine

Arne and Carlos

Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp

Zombie Knitpocalypse

Jaala’s Kugel recipe

 

 

Spring Fling Fun!

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Thanks to everyone who came to the Spring Fling party and Saturday celebration. We had a blast!

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This fun group didn’t drink the Kool-Aid, but their yarn did, in my home-safe dyeing class! We had such a good time, and they all created such fresh spring colors.

 

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Just like when we have friends coming over for a dinner party, hosting a Studio party gives us a reason to spruce everything up and put up some fun decorations. We played up the Tea Party for the new Alice in Wonderland yarns.

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Shari drew up a friendly welcome sign, and we brought out the special Spring Fling colorway. We had a few left, so we’re leaving them up in the store just a couple days longer…

IMG_6478Ann showed us her masterful top using a Still Flying gradient  undyed yarn and a very cool slipstitch pattern. Beautifully knitted!

 

Saturday, the fun continued as John Loeffelholz led a group of intrepid knitters thorough the intricate process of knitting with sock machines. They don’t make these babies anymore, so you have to learn the ins and outs of these antique machines…

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Sorry this wasn’t the best photo, but the people in the Sock Machine class were totally absorbed the whole time, and learned a ton about coaxing their metal friends to perform. John is one of the nation’s experts on using sock machines, so we’re very lucky to have him in the area. Thanks, John!

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How cool is this thing?!?!?

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And they even made a sock at the end! Pat has a big smile for a job well done.

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The party continued in the store on Saturday, with lots of visitors out and about enjoying the gorgeous weather. This lovely young knitter drove over from Milwaukee to check out the yarns in person and show off her mad knitting skills. This was one of three pairs she’s working on! She loves that you just cast on and knit the Gradient Stripes and they do all the striping for you. As a new sock knitter, she said it gave her confidence.

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It was an event to remember, and we’re definitely doing it again next year. Happy spring everyone and thanks to everyone who came to see us!

Happy knitting,

Jaala

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #80

Amy will stop at nothing to track down the elusive rainbow sheep…

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Mentioned this podcast:

Jamies Food Revolution

Purple Citrus Book

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Huge and Huggable MochiMochi

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Oland Stricken/Oland Breien book

Once and Future King

Sally Melville Einstein Coat

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The Beginners Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherley

Miss Winkle by Martina Behm

Vivian. by Ysolda Teague

Please tell us: What really spectacular piece of knitting should we have in our booth?

 

Mystic KAL with Anna Dalvi

 

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Happy Pi Day, knitters! Hope you’re enjoying your Pi and/or pie…we celebrated a little early with a homemade pumpkin pie.Li’l Buddy was trying to memorize Pi to 45 places for a math contest today….

Podcast winners

Thanks to everyone who entered with so much wonderful information about your local yarn stores and indie dyers! We learned so much from your responses and you gave us a lot of places to add to our must-visit list…

The Winners Are:
Amber gets the Mrs. Crosby Likes to Play

Rachelle takes home the Sakkie courtesy of Intertwined Yarn Shop

Joyce will enjoy two skeins of alpaca yarn from Bleating Heart Haven

If you’re anywhere nearby, please check out the Rites of Spring Fiber Frolic on April 16th!

MYSTIC HAVEN KAL

We love Anna Dalvi‘s ingenious lace designs, and are thrilled that she chose our Greatest of Ease gradient yarn for her next Mystery KAL!

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We don’t know exactly what she’s got up her sleeve, but we know it will be fantastic.

The KAL starts on March 30th and we’re offering participants a special 10% discount! If you’re interested, you can choose from any of the 100g Gradients we have ready to ship, or order a custom-dyed Greatest of Ease 100g Gradient and we’ll do our best to expedite it so you can start on time (to order: choose your color, then choose Greatest of Ease as the yarn base and 100g as the size of the cake). Please check out the fun and find out the discount code in the Knit and Knag Ravelry Group.

Have a great Monday and happy knitting,

Jaala and Amy

 

 

 

 

 

Knitcircus Podcast #77

Knitcircus Podcast #77

Amy’s getting ready for Edinburgh and Jaala has to give her dustmop a bath.

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Carol Feller, Vinca Pattern

Twist Collective

Knitty

Damn Daniel

Carpool karaoke

 

Periscope: Follow Amy on Twitter (amydetjen) and she’ll periscope Edinburgh

Julia Farwell Clay Niela

Knitlandia

Ann Budd

Giveaway: Four Skeins of Yarn given by participants in the  Rites of Spring Fiber Frolic, April 29-30 and May 1

Yarn from: Bleating Heart Haven and Intertwined yarn shop in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Listen to podcast for giveaway details!

ETA: Winners have been chosen; see the next blog post for details! Thanks so much to everyone who entered.

 

WIP Wednesday

Hi, Knitters,

This week, Katie and I wanted to make some quick-knit gifts, so we each laid claim to some 50g cakes of worsted for gifty satisfaction.

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I’m working on a Barley hat in Ringmaster Worsted for my niece. She’ll look adorable in this rainbow! I’m a big fan of Tin Can Knits; I love their simple patterns. This hat was cast on yesterday and should be finished by tomorrow.20151209_100838

Katie took her 50g cakes in a different direction; she’s designing her own mitten pattern! She’s using our new manly color, Mithrandir, to make some teen-sized mittens. The pattern will give you options for teen and adult sizes too!

Amy’s go-to gift knitting is Cat Bordhi’s Moebius Cowl pattern.

What gifty goodies are you knitting? We’d love to know..

Happy knitting,

Jaala