Thursday, April 23, 2015

Episode 145: One More For the Road



UPDATES

I decided to squeeze one more episode in before we move! If you notice a difference in the video/sound quality, this week I'm using my iPhone to record because my DSLR has been packed away.

OFF THE NEEDLES

Waterlily

ON THE NEEDLES
Canopy Shawl
SPINNING
  • Sadly, I broke my Spin City UK drop spindle. 
  • I've been spinning a Hobbledehoy Battling on my Trindle
Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Cross Stitch Pattern

STITCHERY
SHOP UPDATE

No shop update this week! However, I'll be back on May 1st, 2015 — same bat time/bat channel (2pm EST) with more fibre yumminess! #StayTuned


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Episode 144: Nothing Says Spring Like a Chainsaw



OFF THE NEEDLES
  • HO: Sock Voolenvine Yarns - Blitzed, Stellar Banshee / Cuff-down, Fish Lips Kiss Heel

ON THE NEEDLES
  • Waterlily Top: Voolenvine Yarns - Wolke, Beach House
  • Canopy Shawl: Wolmeisse DK, Ein Klein Wenig Verrucht
  • Cozy Memories Blanket
  • Socks: Gynx Yarns - Strong Sock, Grainbow
#YarnGasmMiniSwap


ASK AWAY

  • KittyLovesBlue on Ravelry asks: Hi Kristin! Have you ever had issues bringing needles on a plane? Thanks!
 In my experience, I haven't had a problem flying with knitting needles within and out of the US. I've had my needles taken away from me before boarding a flight, flying back from London and Germany, and they were metal needles.

Since then, I only fly with wooden/bamboo needles and carry a print out from the TSA saying that knitting needles are permitted.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Episode 143: Of Swaps, WIPS, and Tea


UPDATES
  • I spent Passover teaching my niece how to spin using a drop spindle from a Spin City UK

ON THE NEEDLES
  • Cozy Memories Blanket
  • Canopy Shawl
  • Mama Ruffles Shawl
  • Waterlily
    • Pattern by Meghan Fernandez, published in Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 8, Spring 2014
    • I also wax poetic about my Knitter's Pride Karbonz Interchangeables
D-SPAKAL Project
Pattern: Swedish Spring


SPINNING
  • D-SPAKAL
  • Still spinning on my Loop Bullseye Bump that I purchased from VKL, this year.
  • Spinning a Hobbledehoy Battling on my Spin City UK spindle. 

TREAT YOUR SELF
  • Skein Yarn, Top Draw Sock in "Sav annah" and "Moroccan Mint" 
SHOP UPDATE
  • Next Update: Friday, April 10th @ 2pm EST
  • I will have lots of my "Outlander" colorway on hand, along with "Stellar Banshee"

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Episode 142: I'm Still Here!


Last week I said I may not podcast because we'll be moving. Long story short, the move hasn't happened yet. So, of course, I had time to record!

ON THE NEEDLES

  • Cozy Memories Blanket
    • I'd love to swap mini skeins with you!
  • Fish Lips Kiss Heel Socks - Voolenvine yarns, Blitzed - "Stellar Banshee"
  • Waterlily - Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke - "Beach House"
Cozy Memories Blanket

SPINNING
  • D-SPAKAL project: Thanks to everyone for giving me the kick in the butt I needed to pick my project up again! 
    • FYI: One more month left until I close the (no chatter) thread and draw giveaway prizes!
    • I'm using a pattern called 
  • Loop Bullseye Bump: Natural Spring / Spinning on my Lendrum

 
SHOP UPDATE

Next Update: Friday, April 3rd @ 2pm EST
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Episode 141: Does This Chair Make Me Look Too Maleficent???


We're finally moving! Of course that will mean I'll have to take a wee break from podcasting and updating the shop, but fret not — I'll be back in a week or two.

In the meantime, I wanted to squeeze in a quickie episode before the moving madness begins.

UPDATES

This week I'm hailing from a new desk chair! It may make me look like Maleficent, or (as Dennis says) Doctor Evil, but the lumbar support is amaze-ballz! I got it from Staples, if you're interested.
Waterlily
Yarn: Voolenvine Yarns, Wolke "Beach House"
ON THE NEEDLES:

Handspun: Nunoco Fibre




SPINNING

  • Nunoco Fibre - Spun and plied!
  • Currently spinning a Loop bump on my Lendrum "Natural Spring"
  • Finished spinning/plying a bonus Fuzzling from Fondant Fibre
JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH

SHOP UPDATE

Next Shop Update: Friday, March 27th @ 2pm EST

Because I will be moving, there will be no update the following week on 4/3 and possibly 4/10.

Please follow Voolenvine Yarns on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry for updates.

The shop will remain open, but please expect a small delay in shipment. See you at our new place!
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Episode 140: Everything Is Exciting!


This week I'm super giddy — and spring is to blame!

OFF THE NEEDLES: 
Regia Tweed Socks

  • Regia Tweed Socks - Top-down / Fish Lips Kiss Heel
ON THE NEEDLES:
Canopy Shawl

  • Canopy Shawl / Wollmeise DK
  • Mama Ruffles Shawl / Cascade 220 Fingering 
TREAT YOURSELF: 
Brooklyn Tweed Loft
Gauge + Tension
SPINNING:  
Spindle by: Spin City UK
Handspun: Fondant Fibre Fuzzling


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Episode 139: The Cat and the Llamacorn


UPDATES

YarnGasm now has it's own domain! You can now watch the podcast and get show notes by visiting http:///www.YarnGasmPodcast.com

ON THE NEEDLES
Canopy Shawl
Yarn: Wollmeise DK

  • Mama Ruffles Shawl: Cascade 220 Fingering, "Sage"
    • It's living in my new Octopus project bag from A Homespun House!
    • Originally, I was going to use the Sage colorway to cast on a Bonny tank, but decided the color didn't suit me. Instead, I will be casting on the tank using Madelinetosh Prairie in "Grenadine" colorway.
  • Canopy Shawl: Wollmeise, "A Little Crazy"
    • I made a few mistakes while video chatting with friends and had to rip back a few rows. 
    • I'm keeping it in my Naughty Kitty project bag from A Homespun House
  • Cozy Memories Blanket: This week I knit in 3 new squares using mini skeins from Kemper and Molly.
My new A Homespun House Project Bags!

SPINNING

  • D-SPAKAL: I must confess, I'm losing steam — probably because I decided to ply-on-the-fly and it's taking FOREVER to spin. Don't worry, I'm not giving up! I'm just going to take a wee break and take my time.
  • Hobbledehoy Battlings: I finished spinning and plying a tweedy blue battling on my Golding, and currently spinning a hunter green one.
TREAT YOUR SELF


  • Quaere Fibre: Tweed Fingering, "Fairy Dust"

  • I took advantage of free shipping over at LoveKnitting.com
    • Regia 4-fadig Color / 07306
    • Regia 4 fadig Tweed / 00090
  • I received my Favorite Things Swap from Kemper of the Junkyarn Podcast! Love everything she sent: A handmade "llamacorn" pin, a Hello Kitty Tin, tea, and six miniskeins! <3 li="" nbsp="">
Favorite Things Swap Package from Kemper!

SHOP UPDATE

Next Shop Update: March, Friday 13th 2015 @ 2pm EST 
 
Voolenvine Yarns

  • I give credit and thanks to Dani from the Little Bobbins podcast for inspiring me to start dyeing sock blanks. 
  • Big Shiny Dye Experiment: This week on the FO & Dye Podcast, me, Elly (FO & Dye), Laura (Gynx Yarns), and Ginny (Penguin Soup) showed off our versions of "Puff the Magic Dragon". I will be making my version available to purchase in the shop this week! 
 

BLATHER

This week I ramble on about how I'm not into thriller and mystery series/movies. Dennis and I had watched Robocop (the new version) and wasn't crazy about it.
Other shows mentioned:
  • Damages
  • The Blacklist
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Outlander

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Episode 138: Skeinies in Blankies



UPDATES

This past weekend, me and Dennis visited my step-grandparents. My step-grandmother gave me a beautiful red woven shawl she brought back from her vacation to Oaxaca, Mexico.

OFF THE NEEDLES

Voolenvine Yarns: Stark - "Octopus Garden"

This week I have a HO - my Octopus Garden Socks, which are being knit toe-up, with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, and picot cuff. I'm seriously geeking out over the bind-off.

SHOW NOTES COMING SOON ...


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Episode 137 - "Housewarming Things"

 
 
My energy levels may be running a little low this episode, but I have lots of knitting, spinning, and other things to share!

ON THE NEEDLES

  • Two Land Highway RAGE Socks / Three Irish Girls - Adorn Sock, "Bryn"
  • Toe-Up Fish Lips Kiss Heel Socks / Voolenvine Yarns - Stark Sock, "Octopus Garden"
  • Canopy Shawl by Mandarine's / Wollmeise DK, "Ein Klein Wenig Verrucht"
Pattern: Canopy Shawl by Mandarine's
Yarn: Wollmeise DK

SPINNING
  •  I've been making sad progress on my D-SPAKAL spinning. Second guessing myself for deciding to ply-on-the-fly, as it's taking FOREVER to spin up. The good news is that once it's all done, I can just skein it, soak it, and knit it. You'll be happy to know, though, that after I finished recording, I put a rather big dent in it. YAY!
  • I also spun another Fuzzling from Fondant Fibre. I plan to 2-ply it on my Aaron Makes Stuff drop spindle.
  • Tallulah lives! After much hibernation, I gave my Lendrum some love and spun more of my Nunuco Fiber. I've really missed spinning on a wheel, you guys!
TREAT YOURSELF
  • Lynai Yarns was having a sale and nabbed one of her gorgeous hand-dyed skeins in the "Manic" colorway. I was a little surprised when I received the package, because it didn't look like the skein pictured on her site. But I quickly realized it was because she hadn't re-skeined it - which is completely fine! Still a gorgeous colorway and excited to knit a pair of socks with it.

  • Molly (A Homespun House Podcast) is such the enabler! She's been talking up TUFT Woolens so much, I had to get my hands on some - and OMG, amazing smells y'all! Highly recommend. I got a bath bar in "Russian Flower" and a sock soap sampler set. YUM. 
CRAFT ADJACENT
JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH

via Paperchase.co.uk
This week I'm OBSESSED with Paperchase - particularly their "Secret Garden" collection. I may have gone a wee bit overboard, hoarding their stuff little by little, every time I take a trip to Staples. I want to just wallpaper my entire life in this print. It's gorgeous! 
via Ginalamorte.com
  • Thanks to Molly (my designated podcast whisperer) I've been enjoying a new-to-me podcast called Manadrine's, hosted my Melody - also the designer of the Canopy shawl pattern I'm knitting.
 BLATHER
  • For those of you who missed Lady Gaga's epic Oscar rendition of The Sound of Music, here it is:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Episode 136: I, Magic Looper


I hope everyone had a happy Valentine's Day!

OFF THE NEEDLES

This week I have two (yes, TWO!) finished objects!

Whispering Pine Shawl
  • I finished knitting Dennis' Valentine's Day Socks JUST IN TIME! They're just a simple cuff-down vanilla sock with an eye-of-partridge heel. Yarn: Sweet Georgia / Tough Love Sock, "Magpie"
  • Whispering Pines Shawl by Molly Klatt
    Yarn: Voolenvine Yarns / Wolke, "Jilted Rose"
Dennis' Valentine's Day Socks

After I finished soaking both projects, I took a chance and put them in my electric spin-dryer, before blocking them.  The spin-drier wrings-out all the excess water, but the shawl and socks were still damp enough to block. Amazingly, they were blocked and dried with in about 2-hours!!!


ON THE NEEDLES


  • Cozy Memories Blanket - I only added one square this week, using the remaining yarn leftover from Dennis' Vday socks. It's been living in my LoveSockWool project bag.
  • Fish Lips Kiss Heel Socks - Voolenvine Yarns / Lush, "Octopus Garden" - Sadly, I will be frogging these, too. I'm knitting them with DPNs, which seems to be too fiddly for me, and messing with my gauge. I also knit the foot too long ... BUT! I do have the Fish Lips Kiss Heel technique down!

NEEDLE ADJACENT
  • Canopy Shawl by Mandarine / Woolmeisse

  • Two-Lane Highway RAGE Socks by Sarah Stevens / Two Irish Girls, Adorn Sock, "Bryn"
  • I also dare Dave of the FO & Dye podcast to cast on a pair of two-at-a-time socks!
TREAT YOURSELF
  • Hobbledehoy - Juniper Berry Battlings
  • Loop Bullseye Bump - Isn't It Just Lovely?
JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH
SHOP UPDATE

The next shop update will be Monday, February 23rd, 2015 @ 2pm EST. 

The second installment of the Vampire Romance Yarn Club will also be shipping out that week.

PODCASTS MENTIONED
  • 90% Knitting with Lisa
  • Round the Twist with Caren
  • Junkyarn with Kemper
  • Subway Knits Podcast with Maria
  • Dyer's Notebook with Laura
  • A Homespun House with Molly
  • FO & Dye with Elly and Dave
  • Little Bobbins Knits with Dani

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