Thursday, April 28, 2016

Episode 192: Mildly Sewing-Obessed


ADMIN
  • Some of you mentioned that you were having trouble watching Episode 191 on YouTube, last week. I re-uploaded a new version, here. Hopefully that should do the trick!
  • Last week, I forgot to mention the winner of the Tangled Skein Project Bag for the Wildes Meer KAL! It was #280 -  CarieS - Nerd Girl Yarns "Mighty Mississippi"
KALS and SALS

  • Box O' Sox KAL (Ravelry Group) #BoxOSoxKAL
  • Waiting For Rain KAL (Ravelry Group) #WaitingForRainKAL
  • Project: Sew-A-Long (Season 1) #YarnGasmSEWAL1
  1. Create at least 2 summer garments (or whichever season is next for you), for your wardrobe, by June 20th.
  2. Garments must be for YOU.
  3. Newbie sewists welcome! (Don’t be afraid to ask questions — we’re all here to help each other!)
  4. Share your projects / progress on Instagram using #YarnGasmSEWAL1

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Vestigial Socks by Hedgehog Fibres
Yarn: Into the Whirld, "Mildly Amusing"

Jujuy Shawl by Joji Locatelli
Color A: Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles, "Urchin"
Color B:
Fiberstory, Silky, "Truffle"

Color C: Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles, "Purple Reign"


Sock Yarn Blanket Part Deux
11 squares!
Herbstblatt Regina Sock Yarn Blanket Tutorial on YouTube


SEWING

I finished my Macaron Dress!!
Pattern by Colette Patterns

Fabric: Lace and Chambray 

I started a halter dress (New Look 6457) using my mauve skeletons and roses fabric, but realized I didn't have enough ... so I had to panic order more.

Sewing With Quilting Cotton: Hints and Tips (via Tilly and the Buttons)

So, in the meantime, I started another Ultimate Wrap Dress, by Sew Over It London, using some awesome mauve jersey fabric.

Project Sew-a-long (Season 1)To enter,  join the YarnGasm Ravelry group and post in the sew-a-long thread!

PODCASTS MENTIONED


  • TV Knitting Podcast
  • Herbstblatt Regina
  • Inside Number 23
  • Once Upon a Corgi
  • This Old Knit
  • The Dyer's Notebook
  • Stitched In Sweden
  • Andre Sue Knits

SHOP UPDATE

International Shop Update!
Saturday, April 30th @ 10am EST

Friday, April 22, 2016

Episode 191: Purple Reign



WILDES MEER KAL GIVEAWAY WINNERS
  • 1 Skein of Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke#289 - NicolesNeedlework (Nice and Knit Fingering "High Tide" Blue-Green)
  • 1 Skein Wolff & Schafe Yarns#178 - JpKnitKnot (KP Hawthorne "Turkish Delight" Pink)
  • Mrs. Brown's Bags Project Bag#214 - Briwoy (neon yellow-green)
     
  • The Tangled Skein Project Bag
    #280 -  CarieS - Nerd Girl Yarns "Mighty Mississippi" Blue)

Box O' Sox KAL (Ravelry Group)#BoxOSoxKAL

Waiting For Rain KAL (Ravelry Group)#WaitingForRainKAL



FINISHED OBJECTS

HO: Vestigial Socks 
Yarn: Into the Whirld, "Mildly Amusing"

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Jujuy Shawl by Joji Locatelli
Color A: Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles, "Urchin"
Color B:
Fiberstory, Silky, "Truffle"

Color C: Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles, "Purple Reign"

Sock Yarn Blanket Part Deux

STASH ACQUISITIONS 
This past weekend I took a trip up to Poughkeepsie, NY to visit Sharon (aka Stitchmistress) of the TV Knitting Podcast and to checkout Walkway Wools, where I purchased a skein of Mother Frogging Yarns.

SEWING

Macaron Dress by Colette Patterns
Gray Chambray
Black Lace


Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book

McCall's Patterns:
  • Vogue Patterns V8577 (Button-down dress w/ pockets)
  • Vogue Vintage Model - Original 1954 design V2960 (Button-down vintage dress)
  • McCall's M6744 (Beach Coverup)

Join our SUMMER SEW-A-LONG!! 





ASK AWAY

PennyGale On Ravelry Asks ... 
How did your cat Bella choose you and your husband to be her humans? 

This week I tell the story of how we came to adopt our cat, Bella.
If you are interested, the pet adoption agency we went through is called Empty Cages Collective.

PODCASTS MENTIONED
  • The Knitting Broomstick
  • TV Knitting Podcast
  • This Old Knit
  • Inside Number 23
  • The Grocery Girls
  • Two Tangled Skeins
  • Pinfeathers and Purls

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Episode 190: Dress Innards!


Box O Sox KAL
#BoxOSoxKAL 
Duration: 1 year (Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2017)

Waiting For Rain KAL
Waiting For Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia
Duration: 2 month (March - May 2016)

Narwhal Needlework is generously offering 15% off items in their Etsy shop from now, until the end of the KAL.
Use Promo Code: YARNGASM at checkout.

Wildes Meer KAL
Duration: 1 month (March 1 - April 1 2016)






MAILThis past week, I received a lovely package from Alex Collins.
She makes hand-made, screen-printed project bags. Want one of your own? Check out her shop, here.



WORKS IN PROGRESS

Waiting For Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia
Yarn: The Woolen Rabbit, Airy, "Chocolate Chambord"
KAL Duration: 2 month (March - May 2016)

Vestigial Socks by Hedgehog Fibres
Yarn: Into the Whirld, "Mildly Amusing"Side note: Thank you to everyone for the feedback regarding the existence of Knitter's Pride Cubics US 1/ 2.5mm circular needles. Sadly, they don't exist, but turns out Knitter's Pride makes a metal version called Cubics Platina. I purchased a pair on Amazon, here.

Jujuy Shawl by Joji Locatelli
Color A: Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles, "Urchin"
Color B:
Fiberstory, Silky, "Truffle"

Color C: Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles, "Purple Reign"

SEWING

Anna Dress by By Hand London 
Fabric: Liberty of London, Tana Lawn Classics


I also purchased a pair of French Curve Rulers and a chalking pen by Clover.

I've also been watching some video tutorials with Gertie Hirsch on YouTube. Here's a great 2-hour tutorial on how to sew an easy circle skirt.

 SHOP UPDATE

Next Update: Friday, April 15th, 2016

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Episode 189: The Octopus In the Room


Box O Sox KAL
#BoxOSoxKAL 
Duration: 1 year (Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2017)

Waiting For Rain KAL
Waiting For Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia
Duration: 2 month (March - May 2016)

Narwhal Needlework is generously offering 15% off items in their Etsy shop from now, until the end of the KAL.
Use Promo Code: YARNGASM at checkout.

Wildes Meer KAL
Duration: 1 month (March 1 - April 1 2016)


WORKS IN PROGRESS

Waiting For Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia
Yarn: The Woolen Rabbit, Airy, "Chocolate Chambord"
KAL Duration: 2 month (March - May 2016)

Vestigial Socks by Hedgehog Fibres
Yarn: Into the Whirld, "Mildly Amusing"

Jujuy Shawl by Joji Locatelli
Color A: Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles, "Urchin"
Color B:
Fiberstory, Silky, "Truffle"

Color C: Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles, "Purple Reign"

SPINNING / STASH ACQUISITIONS

Gauge + Tension closed the weekend of March 26, so some friends and I decided to meet-up there for one more knit and fiber splurge. I purchased a gorgeous fiber batt that I believe was drum-carded by Michele Wang, called "Poison Ivy". I'm spinning it on my Bosworth spindle.

After I met up with our tax guy, I had to stop by Knitty City, which happens to be right down the block from his office! I stocked up on more Chiagoo Red Lace knitting needles in US 6 (4.0mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm). While I do love knitting with Karbonz ... I forget how much I loved knitting with Chiagoos. They're metal, but they still have some grip, and the points are sharp, but not too sharp.

My friend Laura is celebrating 5 years of Gynx Yarns! So she generously and awesomely sent me a skein of her "Confetti & Champagne" colorway, dyed on her Strong Sock.

SEWING

This past week, I took the pluge and bought a serger!! And friends ... it is AWESOME! I decided on a Brother Lock 1034D. It was a bestseller on Amazon and for $186.00, the price was right. I want to serge ALL THE THINGS, now.

I prepped by watching some tutorials online. Creativebug.com has a great tutorial on how to thread it, and shows how to serge a simple T-Shirt.  When it finally arrived, I knew exactly what I was doing!

MAIL

Sue From the Two Tangled Skeins Podcast (co-hosted with Lynne and sometimes Selma) sent me a super fun project bag and also included one for a giveaway prize! Thank you Sue! Check out her Etsy shop, The Tangled Skein, here.

I also received a fun bookmark and card from Magdelena of the Wolff and Schafe podcast.

Chocolate-themed stitch markers by MekaMika. 

SHOP UPDATE

Next Update: April 8, 2016 @ 7pm EST

New Custom Order Policy!
I will now be accepting custom orders of two or more skeins, plus a 20% custom order fee.

 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Episode 188: That Crazy Piping Plover Lady


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Do Ewe Knit Trunk Show Re-Cap
  • So lovely meeting Chelsea and Sue of the Legacy Knitz Podcast
  • Tiny Paper Foxes Podcast with Jennie and Devon
  • Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast with Jaclyn
  • Knitting Spring Podcast with Tonya
  • TV Knitting Podcast with Sharon
KALs

Box O Sox KAL
#BoxOSoxKAL 
Duration: 1 year (Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2017)

Waiting For Rain KAL
Waiting For Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia
Duration: 2 month (March - May 2016)

Narwhal Needlework is generously offering 15% off items in their Etsy shop from now, until the end of the KAL.
Use Promo Code: YARNGASM at checkout.

Wildes Meer KAL
Duration: 1 month (March 1 - April 1 2016)
 

FINISHED OBJECTS

Vanilla SocksKnit Picks Felici, "Tea Party"
Knit Picks Stroll, "White"


WORKS IN PROGRESS

Waiting For Rain by Silvia Bo BilviaThe Woolen Rabbit, Airy, "Chocolate Chambord"

Vanilla SocksVoolenvine Yarns, Footsie, "Mystery!"

Fine & Dandy Socks by The Sweater Co. (Jess)
Wolff & Schafe, Belladonna, "Rose Quartz In Ice"
Fine and Dandy Socks KAL hosted by Brooklyn Knitfolk and Yarn Junkie Podcasts
I also mention the Pinfeathers and Purls podcast, hosted by Candace.


Mirlanda's Triangular Shawl by Nancy BushSwan Island, Natural Color Collection, "Shale"

SEWING

My Liberty fabric arrived! 


I'm purloining segments from some of my favorite knitting/sewing podcasts:
Inside Number 23's "Netflix and Knit ... and Sew"
Tiny Paper Foxes' "Make 2 Along"

STASH ENHANCEMENTS
  • Fringe Supply Tote
  • Hedgehog Fibres, Skinny Singles
    Purple Reign
    Urchin
    Hush
  • Fiberstory, Silky, "Truffle"
MAIL
  • Narwhal Needleworks Givaway Prize for the "Waiting For Rain KAL"
  • Swap Package from Katie of Inside Number 23 Podcast
  • Birthday gift from Nina of This Old Knit Podcast

SHOP UPDATE

International Friendly Update Week!
Saturday, March 26th @ 10am EST

I also announce that I will be dyeing a Jane Eyre-inspired Colorway Collection

Switchel Recipe

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Episode 187: A Delicious Yarn



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Voolenvine Yarns Trunk show at Do Ewe Knit? 
Saturday, March 19th 2016
217 Elmer Street
Westfield, NJ 07090 


Please Note: Due to Trunk Show prep, I will not be having another yarn update until Monday, March 21, 2017 @ 7pm EST. BUT ... I will be having a smallish update tomorrow, Friday March 11 @ 7pm EST.
 

KALS

Box O Sox KAL
#BoxOSoxKAL 
Duration: 1 year (Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2017)

Waiting For Rain KAL
Waiting For Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia
Duration: 2 month (March - May 2016)

Narwhal Needlework is generously offering 15% off items in their Etsy shop from now, until the end of the KAL.
Use Promo Code: YARNGASM at checkout.

Wildes Meer KAL
Duration: 1 month (March 1 - April 1 2016)

FINISHED OBJECTS

Doodler Shawl by Stephen West
Color A: Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Enjoy the Silence"
Color B: Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Venus Fly Trap"

Color C: Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Succulents"


WIPS
Socks
Knit Picks Felici, "Tea Party"
Knit Picks Stroll, "White"


Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
Into The Whirled 

I'm not really into knitting these, at the moment, so I may frog them. Carlene from the Made With Carlenergy podcast knit a pair of Guitar Man Socks, that look fun to knit. And I also want to join in on Brooklyn Knitfolk's  Fine And Dandy Sock KAL

Waiting for Rain by Silvia Bo Bilvia
The Woolen Rabbit, "Chocolate Chambord"

Miralda's Triangular Shawl by Nancy BushPublished in Knitted Lace of Estonia

Swan Island Yarn, Natural Colors Collection, "Shale"

SPINNING

LendrumNarwhal Needlework, 100% Polwarth, "Glacier"

Bosworth SpindleHobbledhoy Battlings, "Memoir"

STASH ACQUISITIONS 

The Fawn Knits
Fawn, "Let's Stay Home"

Jimmy Beans WoolMadTosh Merino Light, "Byzantine" and "Modern Fair Isle"
Swan Island Yarn, Natural Colors Collection, "Shale"


The Woolen Rabbit
Airy Fingering Weight, "Chocolate Chambord"




SEWING


Anna Dress by By Hand LondonLiberty of London Laura and Alfie Stretch Cotton Poplin

I plan to make a dress by New Look 6587 using the Cotton + Steel Octopus fabric I showed, last week.  

I'm going to purloin segments from two of my favorite podcasts ... Inside Number 23's "Netflix and Knit" and Tiny Paper Foxes' "Make 2 Along"

I'm going to make a dress / shawl outfit, similar to the dress Mia Wasikowska wore in the movie Jane Eyre using Liberty Fabric I spotted at Purl Soho, last summer. 


ASK AWAY

Pinhead on Ravelry shared an interesting article...
The rise of mending: how Britain learned to repair clothes again.





Thursday, March 10, 2016

Episode 186: Waiting For Yarn



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Voolenvine Yarns Trunk show at Do Ewe Knit? 
Saturday, March 19th 2016
217 Elmer Street
Westfield, NJ 07090 


Please Note: Due to Trunk Show prep, I will not be having another yarn update until Monday, March 21, 2017 @ 7pm EST. BUT ... I will be having a smallish update tomorrow, Friday March 11 @ 7pm EST.
 

KALS

Box O Sox KAL
#BoxOSoxKAL 
Duration: 1 year (Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2017)

Waiting For Rain KAL
Waiting For Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia
Duration: 2 month (March - May 2016)

Wildes Meer KAL
Duration: 1 month (March 1 - April 1 2016)
 
WIPS

Socks
Knit Picks Felici, "Tea Party"
Knit Picks Stroll, "White"


Doodler Shawl by Stephen West
Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Enjoy the Silence"
Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Venus Fly Trap"

Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Succulents"

MAIL

This past week I received a super generous package from Jodi of Mrs. Brown's Bags and co-host of the Grocery Girls Podcast. She sent me one of her project bags and a bonus skein from Vivid Yarn Studio in their "Retro Daisy" colorway. She also included an additional bag to giveaway. Thank you, Jodi!!

SPINNING

My Bosworth Spindle arrived!!
Holly's Hock
I spun and 2-plied two Gourmet Stash Fibery Tribbles in her "Hedwig" colorway. 

I also needed to get a new driveband for my Lendrum. Excited to try my lace flyer, using Narwhal Needleworks braid that I purchased from VKL. 

STASH ENHANCEMENTS

This past weekend the New York Knit Knerds had our first meet-up! After hanging out and knitting for a few hours, we visited Gauge + Tension
  • Brooklyn Tweed, Loft, "Postcard"
  • Brooklyn Tweed, Quarry, "Slate"
  • Skeinny Dipping, Worsted, "Brown Butter" and "Tea Leaves" 

SHOP UPDATE

The first installment of the Gorey Details Yarn Club has been shipped!

This week, I will not be having a normal shop update, due to trunk show prep. However, I did find time to sew some project bags that I will list for sale tomorrow at 7pm EST.

BLATHER

New York Knit Knerds
Jane Eyre 

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Episode 185: Sans Ruffles



    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    • Wildes Meer, my new shawl pattern was published on March 1. It's available to purchase and download via VoolenvineYarns.com and Ravelry. I announced the pattern giveaway winner, who was lallyknits94 on Ravelry. She said "socks or cotton sweaters are my favourite beach knitting."
    • Voolenvine Yarns will be having a trunk show at Do Ewe Knit? on March 19th, 2016! I will be having a trunk show

      Please note:
      There will be no online shop update Friday March 18th, due to trunk show prep. Whatever does not sell at the trunk show will be listed in my shop on Monday, March 21st @ 7pm EST. 

    KALS

    Box O' Socks KAL
    (January 1, 2016 - January 1,  2017) 
    When I announced the KAL, I completely forgot to mention that this is technically a selfish KAL. Socks can be knit for someone else, but must be photographed, in your sock box, by the end of the KAL to qualify for a prize.

    Waiting for Rain KAL
    (March 1 - April 1)
    Pattern: Waiting for Rain by Silvia Bo Bilvia
    Still waiting for my yarn to arrive!
    Prizes: Mina Makes Project Bag, Knitting I Love FLOWER POWER Needle Pouch

    Wildes Meer KAL
    (March 1 - April 1)
    Prizes: Skein of Voolenvine Yarns, Skein of Wolff & Schafe Yarns

    Harry Potter KAL
    Hosted by Katie of the Inside Number 23 Podcast
    FYI: I was sorted into Slytherin on Pottermore.com


    ON THE NEEDLES

    Socks
    Knit Picks Felici, "Tea Party"
    Knit Picks Stroll, "White"


    Doodler Shawl by Stephen West
    Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Enjoy the Silence"
    Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Venus Fly Trap"

    Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke, "Succulents"


    OTHER PODCASTS MENTIONED
    LegacyKnitz with Sue and Chelsea


    SPINNING

    No spinning this week. But I did receive an email notification that my Bosworth spindle is on the way!!

    SEWING

    The Ultimate Shift DressSew Over It

    My original plan was to make version 2, with ruffled sleeves. While I liked the idea of them, it didn't really suit my style. But when I removed the ruffles, the sleeves were a bit frayed. So I'm trying to fix it by adding contrasting bindings to the sleeves and neckline.

    Overall, I'm not too thrilled with the project. Having sewn with jersey and double gauze, I almost don't ever want to sew garments out of cotton, again. It's very stiff. And while the pattern is adorable, it's not really my style.




    MAIL
    • Maria from Stitched In Sweden Podcast finished my Lattice Shawl!!
      She also sent along some other wonderful goodies, including a set of Knit Pro Zings and adorable sheep fabric.
    • Magdalena from the Wolff und Schafe Podcast sent me an amazing care package; two skeins of her hand-dyed yarn, and some delicious chocolate. 

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    Episode 184: A Self-Professed Potter Muggle


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Housekeeping Notes: The best way to contact me with podcast questions is via the YarnGasm Ravelry Group or email me at VoolenvineYarns@gmail.com. If you leave messages for me on Instagram or Ravelry, I may or may not see it right away.

    Voolenvine Yarns Trunk show at Do Ewe Knit? 
    Saturday, March 19th 2016
    217 Elmer Street
    Westfield, NJ 07090


    Wildes Meer Pattern Release + Giveaway 
    March 1, 2016
    Enter to win a free PDF copy of this pattern! 


    KALs

    • Box O' Sox KAL
    • Waiting For Rain KAL
    • Harry Potter KAL (Inside No. 23 Podcast)

    OFF THE NEEDLES

    Monkey Socks by Cookie A. 
    Voolenvine Yarns, Footsie, "Lovesong"
    Note: The pattern is available for FREE on Knitty.com, howerver there is a paid version on Ravelry, featuring additional sizing options. 

    ON THE NEEDLES

    Vanilla Socks, FLK Heel
    Knit Picks, Stroll, "White"
    Knit Picks, Felici, "Tea Party"
     
    Doodler Shawl by Stephen WestVoolenvine Yarns, Wolke
    Color A: "Enjoy the Silence"
    Color B: "Venus Fly Trap"
    Color C: "Succulents" ... or "Moondrop"

    SEWING

    Anna Dress, by By Hand LondonJapanese Import, Double Gauze

    I plan to make another with some Liberty Fabric I purchased from Mood However, Isabelle from the Fluffy Fibers podcast strongly suggests I line it because the fabric is very sheer.


    I plan to make a Macaron Dress by Colette.
    Black Lace from Brooklyn General
    Pewter Voile from Mood Fabric 


    SHOP UPDATE
    International-Friendly Shop Update
    Saturday, February 27th @ 10am EST


    PSA: The best way to contact me regarding my yarn is through email - VoolenvineYarns@gmail.com.
     

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    Episode 183: Totally Cubular



    KALS

    Box O Sox KAL
    #BoxOSoxKAL 
    Duration: 1 year (Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2017)

    Waiting For Rain KAL
    Waiting For Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia

    Duration: 1 month (March - April 2016)

    I started keeping a knitting journal, using a "Decomposition Book" and some washi tape. 

    WORKS IN PROGRESS

    Knitting projects I brought with me to Montreal: 

    Cozy Memories Blanket
    2 squares

    Diode Toque by Erica Knits
    Gauge + Tension Cormo Sport

    Other WIPS:

    Monkey Socks by Cookie A.
    Voolenvine Yarns, Footsie, "Lovesong"

    SPINNING

    My hackle has finally arrived!

    BLATHER


    To keep warm in Montréal, I brought along my Cladonia shawl, a pattern by Kristen Kapur, and knit using Frog Tree Alpaca Sport. I just realized, I knit this shawl FIVE YEARS AGO!!! And no moth holes, yet, to report.

    Investigating Agatha Christie Pointe‑à‑Callière Museum

    The Mystery of Agatha Christie With David Suchet
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