Episode 65: Sheep & Socks

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 65!

Segments included

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • Contest, News and Notes
  • Knitting in passing 
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Sweet Sheepimage

  • Pattern: Sweep Sheep by Susan B Anderson $6 US download
  • Yarn: Paton’s Classic Wool (winter white) + some leftover charcoal gray. maybe Malibrigo?
  • Needles: US 3

OMG Dragonfliesimage

  • Pattern: OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Indigo Dragonfly Merino Nylon Sock. Colorway: Obviously You’re from District One
  • Needles: US 1.5 

Flowers in the Snow Blanketimageimage

  • Pattern: Flowers in the Snow
  • Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable (Michaels brand acrylic yarn- worsted weight)
  • Hook: G- 4.0mm
  • Gifted at a baby shower for my friend and Zumba teacher last weekend.
  • Yarn: Malabrigo sock in the Light of Love Colorway
  • Needles: US 1 & 2
  • Pattern: none
  • Cast on 56 with US 1 needles. 2×2 ribbing. Switched to US 2’s. Increased to 60 and then 64 stitches.  Then did matching decreases on the other end.

On the Needles

Spring Socksimage

  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Fern Rose Jacquards
  • Needles: US 1.5 & 2
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Notes: started on US 1.5 needles for the ribbing. Hands hurt. Switched to US 2. After indigo dragonfly  paying more attention to what feels right.

Mother’s Day Socksimage

  • Yarn: Coloring Book Yarns, Sock base in the Marceline color way. Self-striping, black two grays, blue and a salmony red.
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams

Aila Dollimage

  • Pattern: Mary, Millie and Morgan by Susan B Anderson
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in various colors
  • Needles US 3
  • Second doll I’m making from this pattern.  I gave this one a light purple shirt and pink tights and feet. Almost to the foot of the second leg. Need to knit arms then done with body

Caesious Curl image

  • Pattern: Caesious by Hunter Hammerson from Curls Book
  • Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in the Velvet Grapes Colorway
  • Needles: US 5: 3.75 mm

Crochet- practiced making crochet bunting from a crochet book from the library Crochet: The complete step-by-step guide: essential techniques, more than 80 pattern.image


I thoroughly enjoyed my third installment of the Taste of Nomad Kit.

From the Armchair 

Update on 2015 goals

  • Knit from my well curated stash. Start of year- 96 skeins in Stash.
    • As of Episode 65- used up 10 from stash and 11 new skeins
    • #Stashdownthrowdown on IG if you want to play along
  • Challenge myself more (no update)
  • Publish at least 2 if not more patterns in 2015–and actively work on design work every week.
    • I’ll have a new shawl design out very soon!
    • Knit for me (meaning knit at least 10 more things for me and keep the ratio from 2014)– so far so good!


Marathon Spring Cleaning  – runs from  March 1, 2015 to April 20, 2015


  • Goal: Use as much leftover/ scrap yarn as you can during this time.  Only scrap/ partial skein yardage counts.
  • Along with your Cast-On post must be a photo of the leftover/scrap yarns you will be using.  You will keep one continual post through the KAL – updating with each new project and keeping track of total leftover / scrap yardage used.
  • We have opened a Chat Thread in Ravelry forum to discuss about project ideas. In Lisa’s first post I’ve linked to a number of different patterns that will work well for scraps.  If you have other ideas, come chat in the thread and I’ll keep adding to the list.


Fiber Related Plans for 2015

 Contest, News and Notes

Check out this fiber event:

  • Welcoming the Stranger: Building Understanding Through Community Based Art is a site-specific artwork. As part of the installation, volunteer weavers and community participants will create a 50’ x 10’ weaving. City-wide weaving events will take place at locations throughout Portland, Maine from May 1 to June 15, 2015. This community weaving – “Abraham’s Tent” – will then be exhibited at the Maine Jewish Museum.
  • They are seeking donations of at least 42” lengths of yarn (handspun preferred) or other yarn – any gauge, any color, something meaningful to you. Non-traditional fiber materials will be accepted. Your yarn and a tag with your family’s country of origin will be “woven” into the panels in “Abraham’s Tent.”
  • Post an image of your yarn donation on the Prize Thread in the Abraham’s Tent Group on Ravelry.com. See Ravelry for details of prizes.
  • When: February 14 – April 30, 2015
  • What: Yarn – minimum of 42” lengths of yarn – any gauge, any color, non traditional materials accepted. Please include your name, email address and your family’s country of origin.$1.00 bill or check made to Welcoming the Stranger Fund a 501 (c)(3). Funds will used to defray costs of processing yarn and name tags.
  • Mail to:  Welcoming the Stranger Art  |  PO Box 10419  | Portland Maine 04104
  • Additional community based events are scheduled during the exhibit: September 3 – October 25, 2015. For additional information contact us at: welcomingthestrangerart@gmail.com or on the website.

Check out the Woolly Trot 5K: the first ever Virtual 5K just for Fiber Lovers!

Some Basics about the Woolly Trot 5K.
• Participants have 1 Week to complete their run or walk and submit their time. May 24-May 30
• There are no prizes based on speed of times, but prizes are going to be given by random number generator to those who submit their times.
• There are options on the funding site to grab some cool swag, such as T-shirts, Drawstring Backpacks, and Race Medals! – (More items will be added if there is a large draw for them such as water bottles, tumblers, coffee cups, keychains, etc)
• There options for sponsorship as well which is a great way to get some exposure for some fiber businesses.

More information can be found at the funding page 

On a Happy Note

  • I had a great time at Legoland with my nephew Garret who just turned 5 years old!image
  • I acquired some beautiful yarn from One Twisted Tree &  Kirbywirby 
  • imageimageWe set up 2 industrial metal, rolling racks for the cellar. Organized all of our storage! Looks great.imageimage

Quote of the Week

 “Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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