Friday, May 22, 2015

Episode 149: Up In the Air


ON THE NEEDLES:

  • Plain Cuff-Down Socks with yarn by A Thing For String. Colorway: "Monet"
  • Lattice shawl by Maria Montzka with yarn by O Wool. Colorway: "Barn Owl"
SPINNING
  • I finished spinning and plying my Loop Bullseye Bump! After navajo plying it, it ended up being more of a worsted weight yarn.
  •  The fiber I started spinning on my Lendrum right after, is deep stash from Mulberry Fibers on Etsy.
  • If you're going through D-SPAKAL withdrawal, I also mention Holli from the Swift Knits Podcast is hosting a Hat SPAKAL.
TREAT YOUR SELF
  • Lynai Yarns - "Across the Universe"
  • Fibernymph Dye Works - "Time to Make the Donuts"
    • Lisa also has a podcast called 90% Knitting — check it out!
JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH
  • Custom bracelet from Origami Owl (THANK YOU KELLI!!!)
  • New Podcasts
    • Suburban Stitcher hosted by Dianne
    • Knitting Expat hosted by Mena
SHOP UPDATE

No shop update this week. Update will be moved to Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 2pm EST. See you then!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Episode 138: Lots to Digress


This week I give a recap of my Gauge + Tension Trunk Show. Super big thanks to Michele, and everyone who swung by to hang out!

OFF THE NEEDLES

I finished knitting my Waterlily top! However it wasn't without a few hitches and glitches.

The back of the neck had a case of the saggies (Why yes, I totally made that word up)! Recalling a technique tip from the Yarn Harlot, I added some crochet reinforcement to the back neckline.

I previously used the same technique on the neckline of my Velynda Cardigan.
Waterlily

Kitchener-Stitched Sleeves

Latvian Braid and Lace Detail


ON THE NEEDLES

I cast on a new pair of socks with yarn by A Thing For String in her "Monet" colorway — a gift from Laura of Gynx Yarns But the yarn is so pretty, I kind of want to frog the socks and knit a shawl with it.

I'm still plugging away on my Canopy Shawl ... 

SPINNING

This week I put a rather large dent in my Loop Bullseye Bump ... in fact, I'm Navajo plying the thing as I type (intermittently, of course!)

I also worked on a Fondant Fibre Fuzzling, using my Spanish Peacock spindle. 

TREAT YOURSELF
My Gauge + Tension Mini Haul

One does not leave G+T without a haul of some sort. I came away with two gorgeous skeins of O Wool's O-Wash Fingering in "Barn Owl" and a braid of Merino from Queen Bee Fibers.

SHOP UPDATE

Next Shop Update: May 15th, 2015 @ 2pm EST


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Episode 147: Things to Do In Brooklyn



OFF THE NEEDLES

I finished my Grainbow Socks by Gynx Yarns!

ON THE NEEDLES

I've been knitting away monogamously on my Waterlily top. I'm almost done! Hoping to have it finished in time to wear to my trunk show at Gauge + Tension, this weekend.

CROSS STITCHING

A HUGE thanks to everyone for all the cross stitching tips. The problem was that I was stitching with three strands of embroidery floss on 40 count linen, when all I really needed was one strand.  Thanks to you guys, my cross stitching is smooth sailing!

I also give mention to the Loop technique.

SPINNING
This week I finally announce the D-SPAKAL giveaway prize winners!

Congrats to everyone who participated and completed your projects - it wasn't easy.
Even bigger congrats to the following prize-winners:
ASK AWAY

Places to visit in Brooklyn:
SHOP UPDATE

There will be a mini shop update this Friday, May 8th, 2015 @ 2pm EST and another on Monday, May 11th, 2015 @ 2pm EST.

Come say hello to me at G+T this weekend where I'll be having a trunk show!
  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Episode 146: Hello From Bushwick


UPDATE

We FINALLY moved into our new home! This week, I'm recording from my new home office / craft room which (if you're curious) I painted a medium grey with lavender undertones appropriately named "Wool .04" by Colorhouse Paints.

ON THE NEEDLES
Gynx Yarns - Grainbow

  • Cuff-Down / FLK Heel Socks - Gynx Yarns "Grainbow"
    I'm currently knitting the foot of the second sock!
  • Canopy ShawlI'm really enjoying knitting the applied border - a technique that seems to be all the rage, these days.
  • Waterlily TopStill working on the back lace ... hoping to have it finished in time for my trunk show at Gauge + Tension

  • Cozy Memories BlanketTwo new squares added.

SPINNING / TREAT YOURSELF


Spanish Peacock Spindle
Fondant Fibre Fuzzling
  • New stash acquisitions from Fondant Fibre - "Angel Cake" braid from The Bakery Collection and of course, more Fuzzlings! Deb also spoiled me rotten with more fuzzlings in her new "Sea Glass" colorway. Thank you Deb!!! xox

OTHER CRAFTS


I started working on my "Tea Time" cross stitch from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery!

PODCASTS MENTIONED 

  • Stitched in Sweden
  • Mandarine's 
  • Subway Knits
  • A Homespun House
  • Junk Yarn
  • TV Knitting Podcast
  • This Old Knit 
Waterlily
Voolenvine Yarns - Beach House

SHOP UPDATE

Sorry folks! No shop update this week again. Still settling into our new home. I'm going to try and squeeze a mini update in before my trunk show at G+T. Stay tuned!

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


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