June Sisters Audio Podcast, Episode 4: Spinning….because knitting isn’t weird enough.

Show notes for the April 27, 2017 Episode

Click on the audio player above to listen!  Time stamps are noted for each section in the show notes.  Feel free to skip to sections that you are interested in.  Links to patterns and other resources can be found by scrolling over highlighted text.

You can find me on social media at the links below:

Instagram @ debihassler

Facebook @ Debi Graham Hassler

Facebook @ June Sisters Knitting

Ravelry @ debihassler

Etsy @ JuneSisters

Email:  debi@erikphotographic.com

In the Suds



Chief’s Wollmeise socks, knit cuff down with a plain stockinette leg and foot, slip-stitch heel flap and gusset, and rounded toe using US 1, 9-inch Addi circular needles.


West Yorkshire Spinners 4-ply wool in the Bullfinch color way using US 1, Hiya Hiya double points and my standard vanilla sock recipe.


The 2017 Shetland Wool Week Patron hat, The Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston knit out of scraps of Paton’s Classic Worsted.  Here’s the link to my Ravelry project page and modifications for knitting a worsted weight version.

Shetland Wool Week


Beloved by Solenn Couix-Loarer, and Hello Baby Hat by Susan B. Anderson.

IMG_9351The Baby Aviator by Julie Taylor with vintage buttons.

Knitting Now


Amy Hertzog’s Craftsy class:  Sweater Modifications for a Custom Fit.


Swatching and doing sweater math with Cloudborn Merino, alpaca, and silk in the charcoal-heather color way.


In this example, there are 19 full stitches between the pins measuring 3-1/8 inches apart.

19 / 3-1/8 = 19 / 3.125 (converting the fraction to a decimal) = 6.08 stitches per inch.  Exactly.

Custom Fit website by Amy Hertzog.




Sampling and record keeping.



Ashland Bay Merino in the Cabo color way by Jean Elizabeth Fiber Arts Studio.


Natural Corriedale from Sheepish Creations on Etsy, spun and dyed with black walnut and knit into Amy King’s Corinthian Cowl.


Peruvian Highland wool in dark, natural gray spun short-forward draw with a traditional two-ply.   I’m dream knitting about this spin.




New Look pattern #S1084.



Inspiration from the 70s and a very faded photograph of me wearing my favorite outfit when I met Emmett Kelly, the famous clown.

What Fills My Cup



A wooden ironing board used as a yarn-winding station.


Vintage clothespins, buttons,  glove mold, and wooden spools rest on a Chief-made, reclaimed-wood shelf in my sewing room.


A child’s vintage 1960 toy “spinning wheel” (spool knitter) is a good place for a few hanks of spindle-spun wool to sit.


Old rusty sheep shears hang on a peg in the great room.


Yes, we even have restored working crank phones in the house and studio because texting or calling on cell phones between the two buildings is too easy.


The portable church pew in our studio.  You can also see a rescued wooden elevator gate on the wall and lamp made out of a vintage camera tripod in the corner.


The church pew’s former home.


In the garden, the hops are vigorously growing and climbing.

As always, thanks for listening and happy knitting (and spinning if knitting isn’t weird enough for you, too).

Music by MaxKo Music, licensed by Envato Market.

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