Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Episode 4 Stitches Midwest and author interview

In this week's show, I report on everything at Stitches Midwest with yarn p0rn galore, and an interview with author, Mary Beth Temple, about her new, hilarious book called, "The Secret Language of Knitters." I also give a review of Cat Bordhi's new book, "New Pathways for Sock Knitters".

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Show notes (in progress, not complete):
Cat Bordhi's book: New Pathways for Sock Knitters
Cat's website: Magical Knitting

Mary Beth Temple's book: The Secret Language of Knitters
Mary Beth's website: Secret Language of Knitters
Mary Beth's blog: Addicted to Alpaca (yet another thing we have in common!)

Socks that Rock (the purple one in the middle, and the turquoise, white and terra cotta one on the end are Socks That Rock yarn. Others, from left to right, are: Nova Socks by Fleece Artist, Jitterbug by Collinette, Shepherd Sock by Lorna's Laces, and Sock & Baby by Tess Yarns).

The Fold (the booth that carried Socks that Rock at Stitches. Also where I bought this Feza Premiere for half price)

Handpainted Knitting Yarns (this is where I got the honking 20 oz. hank of lusciousness in 7 different yarns from Bjorn)

Aussi Wool (this is the one I'll be writing a pattern for in the bulky weight)

Adirondack Yarns (this is where I got the Fleece Artist "Lady of the Lake" kit and the fuchsia Nova Sock yarn)

Great Yarns (where I got the Jane Slicer Smith kit and met Jane. Also bought the Trendsetter Kid Seta here)

Interlacements (where I found the perfect purple and gold and white ribbon yarn for the Gita Marie shawl I wanted to make)

Textiles A Mano (Laura, the owner, helped us move our stuff into the booth, and she has the incredible dyed gift bags and yarns, where I got the huge hank of laceweight merino for $20 that's just waiting to be dyed)

Wool Gatherers (where I got the silk/merino blend yarn for Sally Melville's Jacket Collared Shawl from the Purl Stitch)

Brooks Farm Yarns (Oh, the scrumptious bulky alpaca/wool blend that is being discontinued because they've lost their source, and the lovely mohair, unlike any other I've ever seen).

The Elegant Ewe

Foxy Knits (where I got the cute mobius pattern using sock yarn and a luscious fuzzy mohair)

Gita Marie (home of the beautiful shawl pins and one-off shawl kits, as in the purple and goldish orange I couldn't have so had to make up)

Glory-ous Knits: (where I got the direct import cashmere in pink for the beautiful cardigan pattern that came with the kit. Also go the Wrapped in Comfort book here. Loved the 20% off sale)

Tess Yarns (sock and baby yarn, among many, many others)

Jimmy Beans Wool (great site with lots of sales on yarn. Bought Collinette Jitterbug here)

Purrfectly Catchy Designs (where they make the sock blockers, and I bought Cat Bordhi's book and the lettered stitch markers here)

Stonehedge Fiber Mill (they've always milled fiber, but now they've got their own luscious yarn, which I will be featuring on http://www.yarnswatch.blogspot.com/ soon) Tree of Life Designs (this is the two women who had the most incredible fair isle patterns I may have ever seen, and where I got the crochet kit for the alpaca shawl. Donna Kay is my friend's long-lost sister, unbeknownst to both of them!)

Finished Objects:

Simply Heaven Jacket/Shawl by Nancy George Designs (Available at http://www.knit-stop.com/) I've reviewed these yarns on http://www.yarnswatch.blogspot.com/.

Hamptons Halter by Wenlan Chia from the book "Twinkle's Big City Knits." Made with 4 strands of Twinkle Yarns' Cruise, a silk and cotton blend. This yarn also reviewed on http://www.yarnswatch.blogspot.com/

Fun Pics:

There's nothing like the joy of a first timer! After her first class at Stitches, my sister-in-law, Diann, came right back to the room and got going on putting together her first sweater, albeit for a Teddy Bear, and embellished it to the hilt! She has since felted up the oven mitts she made in another class, too.

Not even a lack of proper glassware could stop the wine/knitting fest that took place in our room. Here my sisters-in-law, Lisa & Diann, show their ingenuity in the use of coffee cups for their favorite grape beverage.

Nor could a bit of yarn in the glass be expected to interfere with the knitting...er, I mean drinking that had to take place. After all, a girl's got to refresh herself, doesn't she?

Let's just say the Force was with me while I shopped the market!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Episode 3: Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

PassioKnits podcasting live from Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

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You'll have to forgive the poor quality of this audio. In the first few minutes, I'm recording from my car, so the sound is not great. I worked for hours on Audacity trying to edit it out, but this is as good as it got. Midway through, the sound is much better when I'm actually at the Festival. Thanks for your patience in enduring this!

Show Notes:

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
The Bag Girl
School Products Yarns
Karabella Yarns
Knit Stop
Plucky Fluff You've got to see this stuff! It's incredible!
Something So Charming I found some cute stitch markers here, and they had some knitting charms for bracelets and necklaces. A mother/daughter team who knit up a storm, and make really cute purses and jewelry, watches, headbands, you name it!