Episode 122 — "Ball-Winding Crazy"

11:48:00 AM


UPDATES

This weekend Voolenvine Yarns will be having another trunk show @ Gauge + Tension 11/15 & 11/16.

Gauge + Tension
110 Meserole Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

FO’s

Molly of A Homespun House podcast inspired me to knit up a quickie Blue Bird of Happiness using leftover sock yarn.

Modified "Mittens to Fit" / Voolenvine Yarns - Squish Base, "Enjoy the Silence"
ON THE NEEDLES
My hands were cold, so I cast on an obilgatory pair of mittens with my hand-dyed colorway, "Enjoy the Silence" on Squish. The pattern is a modified version of the free pattern, “Mittens to Fit”. I decided these will be my project for the Knitmore Girl’s Grinch-a-Long.

SPINNING
Plyign On-the-Fly
This week I learned a new spinning technique! It's called "Plying-On-the-Fly"! Here is the YouTube tutorial from Jocelyn Ahlers, which I found most helpful.

STASH ENHANCEMENTS

Just because I'm on a fiber diet doesn't mean I can't treat myself to some skully stitch markers from K8erpillar Designs!

BECAUSE YOU ASKED
Gynx Yarns — Glitz Sock "Fat Tuesday"

Shameka Knits - I have bought a self-striping yarn. I am trying to make a toe-up afterthought heel socks and use up every bit of the yarn. My question is…..How many yards do you save for the heel?

A: The last pair of self-striping socks I knit required 2 stripes for the after-thought heel. I believe each stripe measured out to about 5-6 yards, so to be on the safe side, I would say make sure you have at least 12-13 yards.

Blondecatalogue - Do you have any swift and ball winder recommendations?

My go-to ball winder is the Strauch Jumbo Ball Winder, especially for production purposes. However, I recommend listening to the Knitmore Girls podcast, Episode 300 - "For Better or for Wool". They give an in-depth review of models from their Ball-winder and Swift "tasting".


SHOP UPDATE

Because I will be having a trunk show this weekend, Friday's update will be small. However I will post more on Monday, November 17th, 2014.


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