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Episode 19: Further Ramblings About Ease

Thank You

Thank you to everyone for all the lovely birthday wishes!!!! You all helped make it the most knit-tastic birthday ever!

Thank you’s to Melissa and Sara for their donation to the show!!!

Sweater Talk

Check out Amy Herzog’s blog for great information on fit as suggested by Laura!

Further discussions of ease as it applies to different parts of a garment. Thanks for reminding me to mention this Elizabeth!

Discussion of weighted swatching from knitty.com’s article Thinking Beyond the Pattern by Jenna Wilson.

I intended to mention the Craftsy.com classes Knit to Fit by Knit Lab and Curvy Knits by Marly Bird.

FO’s

Home dyed Punta by The Sheep Shed Studio.

WIP’s

Goodale by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in Knit Picks CotLin, Harbor colorway, on US 3′s

Braided Ball by Marleen Hartog in KnitPicks Cotlin, Clementine, Celestial and Rocket colorways on US 1′s

Simple SKYP Socks by Adrienne Ku in Man Yarn from Yarn or a Tale on US 0′s

Beautiful Cobweb by Susan Ashcroft in Fresh Zing sock by Butterfly Bush Yarns (she’s currently having a 10% off sale in her etsy shop!)

Stuck Like Glue by Laura Linneman in homespun listed above on US 8′s

Spinning start to finish

Roving:

Beautiful BFL roving from Three Waters Farm in Stone House colorway

I think I may have purchased this roving even before I bought my wheel?  I’ve been trying to save it until I’m a better spinner, but, well, I clearly have no self-control.  I confess, I regularly cruise the Three Waters Farm Etsy shop and drool over her beautiful colorways.  T his is the only one I’ve purchased so far, but let me tell you, it is a total gateway purchase.  The combination of Blueface Leicester wool and her rich dyeing techniques creates an almost pearlized luminescence in the final roving and the fiber is a joy to spin.

Singles all spun up:

I’m still very new to spinning, so while I tried to spin this semi-woolen with a long draw, I think it kind of turned into a medium-to-long draw.  Either way, it was very pleasant going and it’s by far the best yardage that I’ve achieved…..Around 360 yards of a DK-ish weight from the 4oz bump.  For me that is three times better than anything thus far.  It’s still super uneven, but I’ll take what I can get!

Plied yarn:

Plying still seems to vex me.  I see all these beautifully plump, tightly plied finished skeins posted, but mine just never seem to turn out that way….I’m sure it has everything to do with the uneven texture of my singles, because it seems that fatter pieces are the ones to end up more loosely plied than I would like.  I’ve tried putting more spin into them, but then they wind up overplied and twisty.  Oh well, I reckon I need to buck up and find a spinning class.

Plied yarn soaking:

Finished object:

Perhaps will become:

This is Piper’s Journey designed by Paula Emons-Fuessle of the Knitting Pipeline podcast.  I’ve been wanting to knit this since it came out, and while I don’t technically have enough of this handspun, Paula’s design is easily adaptable to differing weights/yardages.

Available through Quince & Co‘s website or as a Ravelry download