Author: debihassler

About debihassler

I have come that you might have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 About my podcast... The JuneSisters Podcast is an audio companion to this blog, and content support for my beginning and continuing knitting students. I love sharing questions and discussions from knitting class, and I learn something new every day, which I just can't seem to keep to myself. I love getting knitters together, whether in my studio for monthly knit nights, or virtually, as we share patterns and experiences. Brew a cup of tea, grab your latest project, and give a listen. Won't you join me? About my blog... Why a blog from me? That's a good question. There are so many interesting blog angles out there. I have no interesting blog angle other than I like to write and find enjoyment in giving an outlet to the things floating around in my head. As John Boy from the Walton's Homecoming said, "Things stay in my mind, I can't forget anything and it all get's bottled up in here and sometimes I feel like a crazy man. I can't rest or sleep or anything until I rush up here and write it down in that tablet". I know just how he feels. But more than that, writing tickles my brain in a good way, which you will understand if you also love to write. Otherwise, you will think that both John Boy and I really are crazy. During a three-day, spiritual renewal weekend nearly 16 years ago, I felt pressed and challenged to upend my devotional quiet time, those precious moments in the dark of the new day spent in prayer and study and meditation. It sounds really idyllic, doesn't it (?), but prior to beginning the practice of journaling, my personal quiet time was a free for all... distracted, unfocused, and really frustrating. I knew that there had to be more. Journaling grounded me. I would write out my praise and thanksgiving. Summarize my thoughts about scripture. Pour my heart out to God. This practice became a lifeline for me and it began to transform my personal devotional time. I journaled with pen and paper for 13 of those 16 years (as evidenced by the more than 25 notebooks stacked away in my bedroom) but switched to the electronic version when I got my first iPad. Hooked, I am. Sometimes, my thoughts are longer and stronger than my journal can contain. Facebook statuses can only do so much, and I have already violated many news feeds with long status essays that really should have been a link, thereby giving the reader the option of looking away. Just look away. While you can. My blessed children, who indulge my infrequent rants and musings, have also encouraged me to give outlet to my thoughts in a more socially excepted way. "Get a blog, Mom" they said. So it's all their fault. Take from this blog, what you want. And leave with me your ponderings and notions. I love a good discussion, particularly over a cup of strong coffee or glass of wine. The entries will be sporadic as my very favorite things to to include spending time with my kids, riding the Harley with my sweet husband, making homemade wine, and canning bounty from our garden. If there's any time left after all that, I just might sit down and write. Especially if I feel like I'm going crazy.

London, Day Two

We ate breakfast at Lundenwic Food and Coffee in Holborn.

We perused the Borough Market for cheese, meat, bread, and wine, and enjoyed a mid-day meal of beef sandwiches there.

We crossed the Thames River and got a look at London Bridge and the Tower of London.

We strolled though the British Library for a browse through their special collections; my favorites included the Codex Sinaiticus, Tyndall New Testament, First Edition of the King James Bible, and The Magna Carta.

Sidenote: Before leaving London, I have to mention that I completely forgot about visiting the Churchill War Rooms on our first day, the underground bunkers where British men and women planned and strategized during World War II. The film “The Darkest Hour” told this story and several bits of the movie were actually shot here.

My brain is so full.

We walked to Kings Cross Station to catch the train to Edinburgh.

And we had a lovely trip to Edinburgh, feasting on our picnic, knitting (of course), journaling, and meeting our neighbors.

For anyone interested, Tif is knitting Handbrake by Kay Jones in Malabrigo Merino worsted Cabernet, and I’m working on the Magnolia Socks by Curious Handmade in West Yorkshire Spinners Cherry Drop.

This Glaswegian family delighted us with tales about their kin and Scotland. Please meet Brian, Jenna, and Sarah McNeil. They had been to London on Easter Holiday to shop and see Hamilton. They asked, “Where are you from?” We answered, “Indiana.” They asked, “What do you have there?” We said, “Farmland.” They said, “Oh.” I think they were hoping for something more exciting. Regardless, we now have friends in Glasgow!

We crossed into Scotland and were met with foggy vistas and glimpses of the coastline. Simply magical. A short walk to our Air BnB and quick supper in the neighborhood ended the second day of our trip. We’ll awake to our first full day in Scotland.

London #alltheplaces

Our UK adventure begins!

We are a walking advertisement for Osprey.

After a great flight from Nashville to London via NYC, we hit the ground running with a full day of sight-seeing, determined to stave off jet lag by staying vertical as long as humanly possible. That included:

a wonderful brunch,

the Horse Guard Parade,

a two-hour visit to Westminster Abbey,

and the Two Chairmen Public House, which began quietly enough but filled when Parliament adjourned.

(Clay recognized Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party)

(Here’s my Merrie Dancers Toorie beside a pint, because I’m a knitter and the knitwear is important)

After liquid fortification, we walked to Buckingham Palace,

took the tube to Coventry Garden,

and had a proper English dinner of meat pies.

Then we crashed. And crashed hard, having made it to 21:00.

It’s amazing what sleep will do. And a very good cup of coffee.

Sock Moods, Fleece Guides, and Seamless Tunics

Episode 9: Saturday, March 24, 2018

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.

CELEBRATE!!!  To listen to the podcast on iTunes, search for “The Full Measure Debi Hassler”

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

Instagram @ debihassler

Facebook @ Debi Graham Hassler

Facebook @ June Sisters Knitting

Ravelry @ debihassler

Email:  debi@erikphotographic.com

In the Suds (2:21)

Vanilla socks knit with Paton’s Kroy sock yarn in the Rose Marl colorway.

IMG_1733Addi FlexiFlips in US size 1 (2.25 mm) for sock knitting.

Birch Lace Scarf knit from handspan.

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Lush cardigan by Tin Can Knits.

Tuft Woolens soap.

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The 2018 Shetland Wool Week patron and pattern:  The Merrie Dancers Toorie by Elizabeth Johnston (I think I called this the Merrie Dancers Peerie….yikes!)

Knitting Now (15:04)

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The Winter Rose Socks from the Handmade Sock Society Collection in the Malabrigo colorway, Rayon Vert.

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The Waffle Weave Dishcloth by Debbie Andriulli.

The Yarn Hoarder Podcast.

Spinning (19:05)

Icelandic roving from the Pleasant Ridge Farm in Nashville, Indiana.

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Two new fleeces!  Left, Wensleydale ram and right, lamb Finn.

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Sewing (22:18)

I finally pieced another quilt!

The Knitting Pipeline.

Ugly Update (26:06)

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My slowly growing corner-to-corner crochet blanket.

The Seamless Tunic (27:04)

Thank you for listening!  Happy Easter and happy Spring!

Music by MaxKo Music, licensed by Envato Market.

Vest Love, I Cut My Void Shawl, and that Crazy USA Hat

Episode 8: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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.

CELEBRATE!!!  To listen to the podcast on iTunes, search for “The Full Measure Debi Hassler”

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

Instagram @ debihassler

Facebook @ Debi Graham Hassler

Facebook @ June Sisters Knitting

Ravelry @ debihassler

Email:  debi@erikphotographic.com

In the Suds (2:18)

Vanilla Socks, “Hohoho” by Bee Ewe Yarn and Fibers, City Stitch Yarn Shop, Boonville, Indiana.

Fair Isle Vest, Stranded and Steeked by Mary Jane Mucklestone and Craftsy.

Check out those floats and that steek finishing!

Some needlework vests from my past.

Transforming my Void Shawl by Melanie Berg into a cowl.  I mentioned Katie of “Inside Number 23 Podcast” fame, but mistakenly called her show “Inside 21” (it must have been the cold medicine)!

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Ear Warmer by Kate Morgan.

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The Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston.

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How about using some vintage textile spools for hat stands????  I found these at The Nashville Flea Market!

 

 

Video tutorial for catching floats in two-handed color work.

Knitting Now (12:20)

Super secret sock knitting….no photos…but I am looking forward to casting on the first pair of socks in Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society, the Winter Rose Socks.

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Heather BFL from Victoria House Fibers in “Purple Sage”.

Birch Trees Scarf, Julia Marsh.

Spinning (16:05)

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Corriedale separated by color, hand-carded and spun short-forward draw for a traditional two-ply.  These will become mini-skeins to sprinkle around Scotland when we travel there this spring.

Sewing (17:40)

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A new blouse pattern.

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A small bag for my spinning wheel.

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Card holder.  Tutorial found here.

Things I never expected (20:21)

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Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at a knitting photo shoot! #knittingtruth

What Fills My Cup (24:28)

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Early 20th-century yarn winder found at The Westbury Antique Market in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Crocheted heart garland.

Lent devotional by http://www.shereadstruth.com

The House of God Forever, by Jon Foreman.

Music by MaxKo Music, licensed by Envato Market.

Many thanks (always) to my #woodman who helps this #woolwoman with the inevitable hiccups of syncing to iCloud and the intricacies of iTunes.

 

Team USA Olympic-Inspired Hat

The 2018 USA Olympic Team uniform designs have been released and I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to their reveal! I have been a life-long fangirl of Ralph Lauren and his American-West-inspired lifestyle esthetic (not to mention his views on raising kids and the importance of family…check it out). We knitters are not disappointed by the inclusion of a gorgeous stranded-knit sweater design that will be worn by Team USA athletes at the opening ceremony in PyeongChang on February 9th.

There’s been some spirited discussion about the gloves but personally, I like them and think they will look fabulous on TV.

Those will be some warm, toasty hands.

There’s also a lot of chatter about the textile technology that will keep our team warm in South Korea. Also fascinating.

Inspired by the splendid colorwork sweater, I challenged myself to sit down and chart the motifs of the sweater using Stitch Fiddle, an easy-to-use chart-generating program. Wouldn’t it be great to have a hat inspired by the Olympic team’s sweater, I thought to myself?  Why yes, it would!

The men’s and women’s sweaters are not identical but feature many of the same motifs. I picked and chose the motifs I liked and placed them into this hat design.

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Knit with DK weight scraps from other projects, the hat is a generous beanie with some slouch that will fit most medium-sized adult heads. The size can be altered easily by going up or down a needle-size, or by lessening the number of repeats of the biggest motif, which is 18 stitches; please note, however, that if the cast on number is changed, some of the smaller motifs will not repeat evenly. If that jog doesn’t bother you, you can modify the overall size that way.

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Using less than 20 gram scraps of each of three colors, you can knit this hat now to wear during the Games, or cast on as you watch the opening ceremony.  This hat would be a great project to knit while viewing your favorite events……curling anyone?

You’ll find the hat pattern and color work chart at the link below.  USA, USA, USA!!!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/team-usa-2018-hat

All the colorwork and God’s heavenly Ravelry download to Moses

Episode 7: Friday, January 5, 2018

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.

CELEBRATE!!!  To listen to the podcast on iTunes, search for “The Full Measure Debi Hassler”

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

Happy New Year!

 

In the Suds (3:04)

Jukeveld Mittens by Skeindeer Knits.

Pumpkin Spice Mittens by Skeindeer Knits…my next colorwork project.

Chief’s handspun fingerless mitts spun and knit in Lincolnfolk from Dyed in the Wool.

Lydia’s Christmas Bells, a free Ravelry crochet pattern by Debi Hassler.

Knitting Now (6:21)

“Hohoho” by Bee Ewe Yarn and Fibers, City Stitch Yarn Shop, Boonville, Indiana.

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Planning my Fair Isle vest, a Craftsy class with Mary Jane Mucklestone, The Fair Isle Vest, Stranded and Steeked.

A wristlet swatch.

Knitting the steeks.

BABIES IN HANDKNIT HATS!!!

Spinning (16:00)

Heathered BFL from Victoria House Fibers in the Purple Sage colorway.

Sewing (19:32)

On the Go Backpack by Heather Bailey Sewing Patterns.

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A quick card table cover.

Soup bowl cozies from eHow.com.

In the Woods (22:36)

Bullet Journal

My bullet journals.

Prepping wood slabs for future furniture projects.

An artistic interpretation of the tapestries in the tabernacle.

wemakeyarn#wemakeyarn on Instagram

Music by MaxKo Music, licensed by Envato Market.

Many thanks (always) to my #woodman who helps this #woolwoman with the inevitable hiccups of the podcasting process.

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The Pudding Experiment

It’s been a very festive day, indeed. We started the morning at church with the children’s Christmas program where we were delighted by an especially jubilant little penguin in the front row who sang his heart out. He knew every word and he wanted to make sure that even the folks in the back row could hear each one. What a joy!

After a hearty lunch of leftover Tortellini and Kale Soup, we began the pudding experiment which in truth began yesterday.

For you see, it was the day to drive our Christmas cards to Spencer County for that special postmark from a real Indiana town named Santa Claus. While there, we almost got in line for the town’s Christmas parade and that would have been a good time if we hadn’t had so many other things to do. With Eric in the driver’s seat and that white beard, we looked right at home.

Wave to the kind people, honey.

It was a quick trip to Monkey Hollow Winery for our annual stockpile of Winter Warmer. By this time it was spitting snow. Now my cousins to the south, like far-south near Atlanta, were getting a blizzard this December 9th but we here in a Southern Indiana could only boast of flurries and quick snow squalls that didn’t accumulate. It did, however, add to the very festive vibe of the day. That and our Holiday Classics on iTunes Radio.

We had hoped to make a trip to the Ferdinand Antique Emporium one last time before they packed up and moved to their new location up the road. We also hoped to snag some bargains from vendors who wanted once less box to pack. We were not disappointed.

We filled a large cardboard box with many treasures but by far the best find of the day was a vintage German pudding mold.

Now you already know that we’re into all of the German things because this time last year, we were in Berlin sipping Gluhwein at German Christmas Markets and buying all the sheepskins. Hygge. We’re homesick for Germany this Christmas season.

Pudding molds are beautiful and this one deserves a holiday home. And a bath.

Not content to resign this beautiful mold to a shelf in the kitchen, we decided to mix up a pudding and put it to work. Eric asked a very good question; he said, “I wonder how long it’s been since a pudding was cooked in that mold?” We like to ponder those kinds of things when we purchase well-loved or well-worn items with stories hidden in every crevice.

Thanks to The Google, we quickly found what sounded like a yummy recipe (how can one go wrong with things like molasses and cinnamon and plump raisins and freshly grated nutmeg?) and we collected the needed ingredients.

I had just the right pot to fit the mold with plenty of room for three hours of bubbling steam and the smells, oh the smells. It’s supposed to sit and season for a bit to fully age. How long do you think we can hold out before taking a bite?

Shepherds at the Nativity and the Scrappy Curse is Broken

Episode 6: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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.

CELEBRATE!!!  To listen to the podcast on iTunes, search for “The Full Measure Debi Hassler”

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 (2:08)

My Tiny Christmas Hat pattern

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The Land of Sweets Cowl (I’m also wearing my Antler Hat knit from handspun in this picture.)

Granny Stripe Blanket.

Pinwheel Scrap Blanket.

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Corner to Corner Blanket.

My basket of misfit toys (aka NO-sock-yarn-esthetic).

Knitvent

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Classic Mittens Pattern #615

Simple Cabled Socks by Debi Hassler- a free pattern!

Knitting Now (14:58)

Julekveld by Skeindeer Knits

The Woolly Thistle

Pondering and planning my next colorwork project…

Spinning (19:37)

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Sewing (20:38)

Make a table runner from a childhood dress

In the Woods (21:21)

Persimmon cookie recipe

What Fills My Cup (22:44)

Homemade Hot Chocolate

In a heavy saucepan combine 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of hot water and a pinch of salt. Heat to a boil and cook for one minute. Stir in 4 cups of milk and bring to a boil once again. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve in festive cups or mugs, or you can place the hot chocolate in a crock pot on low to keep warm. Of course, add marshmallows to the top when serving! Enjoy!

Shepherds and Sheep in the Nativity (23:50)

As we gaze on nativity scenes and smile at those gunnysack shepherds, let’s not lose sight of the striking irony. A handful of shepherds, marginalized by the social and religious elite, were chosen to break the silence of centuries, heralding Messiah’s birth.

Shepherd’s Status by Randy Alcorn.

May God bless you and the ones you love. Merry Christmas!

[As always, many thanks to Chief for helping me get comfortable with a new audio recorder, and lighting the little red stove downstairs so that things would be cozy while recording.]

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Silent Night licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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June Sisters Audio Podcast, Episode 5: Summer knitting, canning, and reenacting…all in one episode.

Show notes for the November 9th, 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

Summer 2017 (1:08)

Family reunions, camping, gardening, canning, and FLEECES!

 

 

 

In the Suds

(3:01)

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The Drop-Shoulder Cardigan by Amy Hertzog

The Starting Point Wrap by Joji Locatelli

The Tealeaf Cardigan by Bristol Ivy

Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits

Walk in the Woods by Lisa Hannes

The Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits

Sign up today…..Ravelry!!!

Knitting Now

(6:52)

The Selbu mittens…washed and blocked mitten on the left, unblocked mitten on the right.  See what a difference washing and blocking makes?


Skeindeer Knits’ Mystery Mitten KAL

Curious Handmade’s Knitvent 2017

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My current sock WIP knit with West Yorkshire Spinners 4-ply BFL wool/nylon yarn.

Spinning

(10:07)

Gary Lawson Sheep Shearing

Corriedale Fleece:  Purchased at The Booneville Music and Fiber Festival in April 2017

 

 

 

The Present Cowl by Mademoiselle C:  This is an excellent one-skein pattern for handspun yarn.  It produces both garter and stockinette fabric and is a great test of the fabric your handspun can produce.

Lincoln Fleece:  Purchased from The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Living Farm in July 2017.

 

 

 


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Lincoln Feather and Fan Shawl


Lincoln Cabled Socks:  A simple cable-patterned sock by me!  Pattern coming soon.

#wovember on Instagram

Sewing

(16:25)


17th Century Clothing Patterns purchased at The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

What fills my cup

(17:30)

Italian Sausage, Kale, and Tortellini Soup

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Larder = A room or large cupboard for storing food.




Mrs. M’s Curiosity Cabinet Podcast:  A wool pantry!!!

As always, thank you for listening and happy knitting!

Music by MaxKo Music, licensed by Envato Market.

(With special thanks and appreciation to my technical advisor, audio repairman, an all-around-good-guy, Eric.)

 

 

 

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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

(1:04)

 

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.

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

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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.

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Knitting Now

(6:36)

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

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

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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.

Spinning

(9:45)

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Sampling and record keeping.

 

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

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

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

Sewing

(14:57)

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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

(16:53)

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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The church pew’s former home.

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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).

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