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Two Ewes Fiber Adventures

Who are we and why are we podcasting? We are Kelly and Marsha.  We came at yarn and fiber from different directions, but we both love it. Marsha is an accomplished knitter, learning to dye yarn.  Kelly is a spinner who knits and weaves.  Fiber is one of the many interests we share after over 30 years of friendship.

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Ep 22: Town Ewe and Country Ewe

 Kelly is camping in her newly painted trailer known as "The Clubhouse." It is a 10.5 foot, 1967 trailer that has been decorated in a San Francisco Giants theme.  They have camped in The Clubhouse for 3 summers, but this is the first trip after it got the new paint job, had some water damage repaired, and had the interior re-paneled. This episode includes an audio field trip to the Mt. Madonna Campground in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Watsonville and Gilroy. It is a beautiful "on location" recording studio! In the background you may hear Steller's Jays and Acorn Woodpeckers. The Acorn Woodpeckers make holes in trees and store their acorns in them like a winter pantry. They often take one tree and completely cover it with holes. On the visit here last November all the holes in the trees near the restroom were filled with acorns from the Tan Bark Oaks. On this trip all the holes were empty. While on the camping trip, Kelly is knitting on two projects: the Dorthelia tank by Corrina Ferguson from the book that the Two Ewes reviewed last episode and the Featherweight Cardigan pattern by Hannah Fettig. The tank top is knit from red Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy yarn and the Featherweight is being knit with three cones of thread (two linen, one cotton) in blue, cream and mint green. Progress on the tank is fast, progress on the cardigan is slow! The cardigan is a project from Kelly's rescued stash of coned weaving yarn. This project started with swatching during the Yarniacs Q1 Love the Yarn You Own challenge. (Link to Yarniacs episode 92.)  It was supposed to be finished in Q2, but that didn't happen. A couple of other stash projects that were more portable got in the way. This cardigan will be finished in Q3. Also started during the Q1 challenge are a set of dishtowels with turquoise as the main warp color and a Herbert Niebling doily in the Frosted Ferns pattern. (The name in English is not very accurate since the pattern is actually oak leaves and acorns.) Both of these projects hit the rocks with mistakes, but have been righted and are now in full swing again for Q3. The challenge has been a great way to focus on using the stash of coned yarns that Kelly was itching to find a use for! In our last episode Marsha was blocking her Blue Juno Cardigan by yellowcosmo made with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Victoria. The fit is perfect! Marsha highly recommends the pattern and the yarn. Marsha continues to work on the Wispy Willow Cardigan by Cheryl Beckenrich made with HiKoo CoBaSi. She cast on for a cardigan called Lanata by Amy Christoffers using StahlSche Wolle Limbo Superwash that was a destash yarn from a friend. The cardigan has raglan sleeves and is knit from the bottom up featuring lace panels that look like vines trailing up the front and back of the sweater. Marsha talks about washing some of the Shetland fleece she bought last month at the Black Sheep Gathering. Since recording the episode she bought hand carders and has carded and started spinning the Shetland. Marsha had an "advent-ewe" to Chicago the home of "Cloud Gate," or as the locals call it, "The Bean." She had time to visit a few yarn shops and did a little stash enhancing. She saw: A lovely shop named Loopy Yarns. She bought a skein of HPKY Regina Louise Lace in Shamrock. An unusual shop called We'll Keep You in Stitches A terrific shop named Windy Knitty Marsha bought a skein of Knitwhits Freia Fine Handpaints Ombre Lace and and Fleur de Fibers Acadian fingering in the color way "Puppet Bike" inspired by the Puppet Bike. A super cute shop called Sifu Design Studio. Marsha bought a skein of Dragonfly Fibers Pixie Fingering "Zombie Apocalypse". Her last stop was a crazy shop called Chicago Fabric Yarn and Button. The Chicago Yarn Crawl will take place from August 1-9. If you're in the area be sure to check it out! Marsha loves old houses and had time to visit three. She highly recommends visiting: The Driehaus Museum Henry B. Clarke House John J. Glessner House Museum

1hr 4mins

28 Jul 2015

Rank #1

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Ep 3: Two Ewes, One Sweater

Kelly and Marsha talk at length about their experience knitting the Acorn Trail sweater as a Custom Fit pattern.  They gush about how great the Custom Fit process is and they rave about their sweaters and the experience!  Marsha also shares a couple of tasty recipes she has recently made.  Join us!

38mins

11 Oct 2014

Rank #2

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Ep. 4: And Thus Began Our Adventures

In addition to talking about current and recently finished projects, Marsha and Kelly talk about how they started knitting, spinning, weaving, and loving the fiber arts. 

53mins

25 Oct 2014

Rank #3

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Ep. 5: What's Under the Kilt? Kilt Hose of Course!

Marsha and Kelly talk about socks and sock knitting.  Their approaches to sock knitting reveal a surprising amount about each of their personalities.  Then Marsha interviews her friend Gary and her brother Mark about kilt hose. 

1hr 6mins

12 Nov 2014

Rank #4

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Fiber Adventures in Scotland

The intrepid fiber adventurers have filed a few more foreign correspondent dispatches. And this time there's yarn!  Also whisky, department store gin, interesting food, sheep, and castles.  Join Marsha and Kim on this yarn lover's journey.

1hr 7mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Ep 123: The Real Us, Warts and All

Technology troubles meant you almost didn’t get to hear this episode. But here we are! Full notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of  our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com Come join the community on Ravelry or become a patron and support the show on our Patreon Page. This episode was recorded back on October 29 and is just now getting published due to Kelly's ancient Macbook finally showing its age. Learning a new audio software on a different computer platform meant little editing and a long delay in getting this out to you. We know you'll forgive our recording imperfections so we wanted to get this out to you! Marsha’s Projects I'm continuing on Shared Rib cowl by Anne Hanson .  Old Maiden Aunt fingering that in the colorway Crimson Lips that I bought at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I'm also working on Daphne’s Skull designed by Ellen Sibelius owner of Wooly Wonders. To hear more about her designs check out Episode 109. My progress has slowed way down because I got sick with a cold and the teeth have turned out to be very fiddly. It won't be finished in time for Halloween. I'm thinking of my next sweater project: Atlas by Jared Flood Snow Flower Heidi Kirrmeier Calder Pullover Rebecca Blair A shawl using Two Ewes Replenish Rambouillet Kelly’s Projects I finished Seabrook Socks out of Little Fish Stitches yarn in the Seabrook Sunset colorway. I started Wooly Wonders Sugar Skull. (This has since been finished) Sonny Bono Jacket is back in active status. I’m working on the sleeves.  Events Fibershed Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium, November 16th, 9-5 at Point Reyes Station Winter Weave Along--Started October 15 in the Two Ewes Ravelry Group. This weave along goes until the end of March so you have plenty of time for weaving projects.  Fix it or Nix It--Starts November 1st and goes through January 1. Join the planning on the Ravelry group discussion board. 

1hr 4mins

10 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 82: Finished, Finished, and Nearly Finished

Two finished projects and an almost finished project are the big knitting topics this week. Marsha continues to combo spin and Kelly starts a weaving project.  Thanks to all who visited the Two Ewes Shop during the Shop Small sale and supported the making of this podcast! Marsha's Projects  Marsha has finished her second  Among the Shadows Shawl by Kelene Kinnersly. The yarn is Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy, made from mill ends.   Marsha has also finished her Beeline Compost Spin pullover using the Beeline pattern by Heidi Kirrmaier. Marsha's second combo spin is underway.  She thinks the skeins look similar to her last one even though her color planning was very different.  These skeins will have a variety of fibers, including silk, and the yarn is quite lustrous. Kelly's Projects Kelly is almost finished with her Handspun Cowichan sweater.  It is the Orca Run by Beth Brown-Reinsel.  She is adding an applied i-cord edging to the fronts to give the sweater a little more room, provide a neat zipper placket, and give the whale snouts a little more room. Winter Weave Along Marsha has her yarn ready to go, but realized there is no reed in her loom.  She'll be using worsted weight yarn so a 10-dent reed is the best choice.  Kelly will be visiting soon and the Ewes will get Marsha started on her weaving. Meanwhile Kelly has wound warp for green and red dishtowels. Kelly has found a Ravelry Group that does a year-long weave along using the Marguerite P. Davidson book, A Handweaver's Pattern Book.  The group chooses chapters from the book and then within each chapter, weave structures to experiment with.   Meet the Ewes! Marsha and Kelly will be attending the St. Distaff Day Spin-In on January 6, 2918, at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington from 10 am until 4 pm. Here is a link with further information.  On the next day, Sunday January 7, The Ewes will be holding a Crafternoon starting at 1 pm.  Refreshments, a spirit yarn table, and other surprises will make for a fun afternoon! Bring your knitting, crochet, or spinning and join the adventure. Contact us on Ravelry (1hundredprojects or betterinmotion) or email us at twoewes@twoewesfiberadventures.com for location information.  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone!

1hr 6mins

17 Dec 2017

Rank #7

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Ep 60: The Power of Clicking Needles

The Women's March website and the Indivisible Guide website are both mentioned in this episode.    Marsha and Kelly both attended marches and they talk about the experience.  So many knitters made so many Pussyhats!  The Ewes have also been thinking about 2017 goals, and the political realm, along with some personal challenges of the past year, have played a part in that thought process.  If you are a new listener, you might want to listen to a different episode first.  This one is not typical of the podcast, but we thought it was an important discussion to share with you.

54mins

29 Jan 2017

Rank #8

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Ep 66: Projects and Plans

This episode is all about the knitting projects and the plans.  Kelly continues to work on two summer sweaters and has cast on a couple new small projects.  Marsha finished a small project while keeping up progress on her stockinette rectangle! Marsha's Projects The Easy Folded Poncho project continues, but meanwhile Marsha started an finished the Greenery Beret by Melissa LaBarre.  She is having difficulty getting project pictures without someone to take photos of her during the daylight hours.  She is planning the next sweater and has been swatching, but so far hasn't made a decision. Kelly's Projects A conference and a weekend with Dad means that Kelly has made good progress on both Edie and the Havannah tee shirts.  Meanwhile, she started a pair of socks with the turquoise and orange CoBaSi yarn that came from Maker's Mercantile.  The stripes have a small slip stitch detail and the colors are fabulous together. While recording, Kelly cast on another one of the In Threes baby sweaters using the last of her Colorando yarn.   "Advent-ewes" Kelly visited Yarnitudes in Sebastopol when she picked up the bee packages.  The yarn shop was conveniently just down the street from Bee Kind.  While there she picked up cotton blend yarns for more baby sweaters.  Despite multiple signs saying "Yarn," a customer came in and wanted to know where the antiques were.  Trudy, the proprietress, said it happens all the time!  Marsha had another call from the GoodWill and she left the shop with Madeleine Tosh and some Buffalo Wool.  The Tosh was what she used for the hat and she is considering some options with the Buffalo Wool.  It is a Canadian unspun wool yarn used for Cowichan-style sweaters. Upcoming Events Marsha and Kelly will be at the Black Sheep Gathering June 23-25, and there will be a Two Ewes meet-up on Saturday, June 24.  No trailer this year, but we will definitely have a get-together with our fellow fiber adventurers.  More details in the Ravelry Group and on the podcast as the event gets closer.

56mins

13 May 2017

Rank #9

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Ep 63: Finished Except...

I'm finished knitting except I still have to...Have you ever said that about a project?  The Ewes have projects in various stages of completion, but many things OFF the needles!  Just like our projects, this episode is finished, except for the shownotes! We may not have photos in the show notes this week, but take a look at our project pages!  Kelly's project page.    Marsha's project page. We hope to be back on track with normal show notes by Episode 64.  Thanks for listening!

1hr 14mins

27 Mar 2017

Rank #10

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Ep. 6: Here's to New Advent-ewes!

Marsha and Kelly talk about their current knitting projects, Marsha talks about an EXCITING new addition to her fiber life, and they both share food ideas and thanks in preparation for the upcoming holidays.

45mins

24 Nov 2014

Rank #11

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Ep 40: Spirit Yarn

The Two Ewes record together this week since Marsha is visiting Kelly for the NoCKRs retreat (last weekend) and the Big Sur 21-miler (coming up this weekend).  You'll hear about what inspired us at the retreat, the progress we've made on our current projects, and our plans to meet more listeners.  We also talk about the idea of Spirit Yarn. The retreat was a great way for Kelly to get miles of spinning done! She worked on more of the yarn for her mother's Shibui Axis vest.  Two large bobbins were filled and that should end up being 4-5 ounces of yarn once it is plied.  Kelly also knitted on the Funky Grandpa cardigan that she is making out of handspun.  Both of these projects turned out to be great social projects.  Marsha worked on her Fairfield Cardigan by Michele Wang.  She also started the Shetland Crescent shawl by Kieran Foley, but made better progress on the sweater.  The projects at the retreat were so fabulous that Kelly was inspired to immediately queue the Mesa by Yumiko Alexander.  It is a versatile garment that can be worn as a cape or as a shawl or as a poncho.   She is also planning to make the Cancun by Erin Kate Archer.  This boxy sweater is essentially a lace sampler.  The version at the retreat was tunic length and very flattering! Marsha was inspired by the colors at the retreat.  California knitters seem to use more colorful yarns than knitters in the Pacific Northwest. One item in particular caught her eye.  It was a beautiful version of the Stephen West shawl Exploration Station.   She was also inspired to one day take a trip with Kelly to Rhinebeck,  aka New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. All that inspiration has led to some big plans!  Kelly plans to make the Edie Tee since Marsha's finished project looked so fantastic on her.  Kelly bought yarn that would be suitable while visiting the Continental Stitch in Morgan Hill just before the retreat to take advantage of the discount that they were offering NoCKRs participants.  Marsha has plans to make Ricky for All Seasons by Vera Sanon Both of the Two Ewes purchased the custom dyed retreat yarn from Duren Dye Works. Kelly is thinking of making the two-color shawl Sjø by Katja Löffler.  Marsha is considering the Daydreamer Shawl by Janina Kallio.    Marsha and Kelly enjoyed the de-stash room at the retreat and came home with lots of Spirit Yarn. These are yarns that have been loved at one time, but now need good homes.  They contain such spirit and potential that just looking at them provides so much inspiration for projects to come. Going to the Black Sheep Gathering?  If so, we have a meet-up planned for the afternoon/evening of Saturday, June 25.  We hope you can join us.  Listen to the show for more details.

52mins

22 Apr 2016

Rank #12

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Ep 8: Pre and Post Christmas Wrap

In this episode, recorded partly before Christmas and partly after, Kelly and Marsha don't have a theme, but instead just talk about finished sweaters and the projects they are currently working on.  It is a good way to wrap up the year!

38mins

28 Dec 2014

Rank #13

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Ep 61: Trains are great for binding off!

A completed poncho, a train adventure, a handspun sweater, and an amazing beekeeping experience are on this week's show.  Marsha's Projects Marsha finished her Rodeo Drive Poncho.  Marsha is really happy with this pattern by Staci Perry.  She has also worked on her Good Vibes shawl. Even the Pismo Beach socks (yarn from the yarn crawl in our very first podcast) got a little knitting during her adventurous train trip! Kelly's Projects Kelly has finished 4 more Pussy Hats.  She also finally got on the ball and knitted the button band the on Funky Grandpa Cardigan.  This is a pattern by La Maison Rililie.  The button band has an i-cord bind off and Kelly isn't sure whether it will lay flat or not.  If, after blocking, it still isn't laying flat, she will need to experiment with needles that are either larger or smaller.  She isn't sure which direction will solve the issue. Kelly has also been working on her poncho and is past the halfway point!  She is using Andrea Mowry's Om Shawl pattern. "Advent-ewes" Marsha had quite the train adventure trying to get to Spokane to visit friends.  Hours of delay had her almost hysterical!  On the positive side, it gave her plenty of time to finish her Rodeo Drive Poncho. She had planned to visit a couple of Spokane yarn shops.  One was closed while she was there.  Another that she saw from the train, The Knitting Factory, turned out to be a music concert venue and nightclub.  The third was a charm, Sew E-Z Too is a knitting and quilting shop and she was able to visit.  Upcoming Events Marsha and Kelly will be at Stitches West on February 25-26.  Come say hi to us if you see us.  Also, we will be attending the meet-up organized by the Yarniacs and 2 Knit Lit Chicks.  The meet-up is in the lobby bar area of the Hyatt (host hotel) and will start at around 1 pm.  We can't wait!!! Bees Kelly had a great bee adventure last weekend. A small beehive was found in a drainage pipe where her husband works.  The area is slated for some construction and the hive had to be removed so Kelly went in on Saturday to remove it and bring it home to her yard.  The experience was AMAZING!  She was able to cut down the combs and wedge them between rubber bands in frames that then went into her bee box.  Overnight almost all the bees went into the box (because the queen and all their brood was in there).  Next morning she closed them in and took them home. Such an interesting process!  So far they seem to be doing very well.  They are a small hive, but busy bringing in pollen.  What would you like to hear us talk about? Many of our listeners have commented on the topic of compost and would like to know more. So next episode we will discuss composting and maybe a little gardening along with the knitting.  What else would you like to hear more about?  Leave a comment in the shownotes, email us at twoewesdyeing@gmail.com, or come talk to us in the Two EwesRavelry Group. Meanwhile, here is a funny video about urban farmers like Marsha and me.

1hr 9mins

14 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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Ep 41: Sitting is the New Smoking

We did it! Kelly and Marsha completed the Big Sur 21-Miler walk on Sunday, April 24th and in this episode the talk about the experience. We also give updates on projects and announce the the winners of our Spring Fever Free-for-All. Kelly finished all her Star Wars Amigurumi! They were sent to her brother-in-law just in time for "May the Fourth be With You." He really loved them.  Check out Kelly's project page to see all the fun she had posing them with each other for pictures. There are still more of them that she might make but for now the Star Wars toys are done! Kelly is currently working most on the shawl out of the NoCKRs 2016 yarn from Duren Dyeworks. She decided to reuse the New Beginnings pattern by Boo Knits. She has one shawl from this pattern that she loves and she decided she could make some adjustments so that it will work with the two colors and use up all the yarn. Kelly has swatched for the Edie t-shirt out of the Queensland Collection Savannah.  This is the yarn that Marsha and Kelly both bought right before the retreat.  It is a linen and silk blend. Marsha has made good progress on her Fairfield Cardigan by Michele Wang. She has finished the decreases for the armholes. She has cast on for a T-shirt called Ricky for All Seasons by Vera Sanon. She is using Queensland Collection Savanna a silk and linen blend. The sweater is designed for short, 3/4 length, or long sleeves, in either cotton or wool blends. Truly a pattern for all seasons. Marsha also talks about wanting to cast on a project using Spirit Yarn from the NoCKRs retreat destash room. She brought home some beautiful alpaca and cashmere and wants to cast on a social knitting shawl. Keeping in the spirit of Spirit Yarn, she is looking for a free pattern and will use the free needles she got from the destash room. She doesn't have enough yarn so plans to purchase a fourth color from her LYS where she has a gift certificate. Spirit Yarn Patterns: Outdoors - Maanel Livezey House Wrap - Jocelyn Tunney Pradera Wrap - Jocelyn Tunney Our Spring Fever Free-for-All is now done and we have drawn the names of the winners which are announced in the podcast. The discussion thread has been so popular we are keeping the thread open even though the contest is finished. Keep posting! We will have a new discussion thread in the Ravelry Group for the Spirit Yarn along. Use your spirit yarn (whether de-stash or DEEP stash) to make something between now and June 30. Talk about it , show us pictures, and share the creativity. Winners will be selected randomly from the thread. Going to the Black Sheep Gathering?  If so, we have a meet-up planned for the afternoon/evening of Saturday, June 25.  We hope you can join us.  Listen to the show and check our Ravelry Group for more details.

1hr 15mins

9 May 2016

Rank #15

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Ep 96: School Days Learn Along!

Marsha is knitting, Kelly is swatching crochet techniques, and the Ewes are planning a Learn Along that will last through November. For full show notes with pictures, visit the Two Ewes website. Marsha is working along on her Iba by Bonne Marie Burns.  She's using textured Rambouillet yarn from the same batch that is in the Two Ewes Shop.  She loves the feel of the wool and the fit of the pattern.  She also has the Elinya shawl on the needles for social knitting.  Kelly has no knitting or crochet in progress, but she is swatching and practicing filet crochet in order to make Papel Picado. The real papel picado is a traditional Mexican decoration for Dia de los Muertos.  Kelly found a pattern for a crochet lace version and has visions of making enough to string across an entire room.  She is also looking for a sweater pattern for some coned cashmere fingering and some Chickadee sport weight to combine into one cardigan.  A listener suggested Brise, a cute sweater designed for linen yarn.  Another one the is in consideration is Running Water.   One of Kelly's projects from last year was entered in the Monterey County Fair and won Best in Show!  If you are coming to the fair, August 30-September 3, look for the Cowichan Sweater in the Wool Room.  The Two Ewes are starting a "School Days Learn Along" that will last until November 30. To join, just participate in the chat thread in the Two Ewes Ravelry group and post your finished objects in the FO thread. All finished objects should be things for which you had to learn something to complete them. For example, Kelly will be learning some crochet techniques for the papel picado and Marsha will be taking a colorwork class so she can make a tea cosy that isn't too tight to fit over her teapot! Knit, crochet, weave, spin--all of those are eligible! Marsha ends the episode with a quote from Kyoko  Mori's book Yarn: Remembering the Way Home. 

1hr 1min

26 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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Ep 118: Stash, Natural Dyeing, and Spinning Tips

Lots of travel knitting, a natural dye workshop with fiber friends and some listener questions about spinning and stash are the topics for this week. Full notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of  our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com Come join the community on Ravelry or become a patron and support the show on our Patreon Page. Save the Date for a Washington Coast Meet-up! September 20-22.  We'll be meeting to knit and chat at String Theory Yarn and Fiber. Find lodging for the weekend in Seabrook, Washington or in nearby Pacific Beach or Ocean Shores. Or join us for a day if you are nearby! Click here to RSVP so we can reserve your goodie bag! Here is a link to the Ravelry thread about the meet-up. We just spent a week together in Seattle! Kelly came up to join Marsha and some fiber friends for a natural dye workshop.  The dyes used were coreopsis, lichen, avocado, and cochineal. They were dyed on a variety of natural colored yarns using different strengths of dye. We also used an ammonia modifier to change the color of the dye. Very inspiring.  Marsha's Projects: I finished the Lace Market T-shirt by Marie Green using Schoppel-Wolle El Linio several weeks ago. The neck is too big and I had planned to re-knit picking up fewer stitches, small needles, and slightly less loose bind off. Where did the time go? I turned heel and worked gusset of  Schoppel-Wolle Das Paar socks. About an inch of the foot is completed.  I also finished body and neck band of Fine Sand by Heidi Kirrmeier, using Fibra Natura Unity.  Knot a long: Nothing!!!! But that doesn't mean you shouldn't enter. So far we have 38 FOs, our biggest along ever! Enter by August 31st. Remember, it's any fiber related item that is not knit,  crochet, spinning or weaving. We'll draw for prizes in our first September episode. Kelly’s Projects The most significant FO for this week is my 5th metatarsal! Bone is 90% healed and the boot is off. Now on to the physical therapy! I also finished Two cowls from Alchemy yarn 100% silk. The pattern is Simple Yet Effective from Tin Can Knits. I finished the first one on the road trip to Seattle and the second one I almost finished on the trip back home.   The Silk Cardigan from Dragonfly Fibers Dance Rustic Silk is also finished. The pattern is Koru by Aroha Knits. I got some good wear out of it during the trip to Seattle. The fit is good and the armscye works ok with some of my short-sleeved tees.  I also finished the Tarantula that I was making for my grand nephew. Did you know that Tarantulas have 8 eyes? Two larger eyes and 6 tiny ones. I tried to make this tarantula as realistic as possible. The grands are keeping the class tarantula for the summer, so they are a little tarantula-obsessed! Finally, I finished the miniature punch needle rug. The kit by J. Conner Designs was a gift from Tori (wideanglemind). It was so fun and fast to do and turned out so cute.  I will definitely try more of this mini-punch work. The fabric is thin and flexible compared to the regular punch needle. It is more like embroidery and is often called punch needle embroidery.  Questions from Listeners PegofmyHeart (Peggy) asked about keeping her handspun yarn consistent.  "When I returned to spinning I must have changed my gauge. Now I have a sleeve that needs to be ripped out. New fiber spun, hopefully at a better gauge, and knitted again. HELP!" Suggestions: Take a piece of freshly spun singles off the bobbin and let it ply back on itself to be stablized. I hang this on my wheel so I can keep checking my spinning against this yarn. Unply it so you can see the single if you need to. You can also make a “Spinners Control Card” where you wrap both freshly spun singles and the plied-back-on-itself yarn around a stiff card and keep that with your spinning. This will help with consistency in spinning. Don’t wrap it too tightly or it will seem thinner than it really is.  Other tricks are: Spin all the singles before plying and put them all on storage bobbins and ply them first bobbin to last bobbin, second bobbin to penultimate bobbin, etc.  This presumes that the most widely differing bobbins are first and last and plying them together will average out the inconsistencies.  Spin all the yarn before starting the project and calculate the yards per pound or yards per gram. This will help you see inconsistencies in the skeins and allow you to use the most similar skeins where gauge is important. Any that are significantly different can be used where it matters less or maybe they won't be needed at all. Cindy (CindyQ)  and Valerie29 (Valerie) asked about stash busting, and stash organizing. Marsha suggests: I organize my wool stash by weight and store them in labelled plastic bins I pick up at the Goodwill. I have a separate bins for cotton and handspun. Braids for spinning are stored in those plastic covers that bedding comes in. Yarn/fiber I buy at stores is listed in Ravelry. I tried posting yarn I pick up at thrift stores/destash rooms in Ravelry, but it honestly got to be too much. As for using up the yarn, I made a scarf called Mini Mania using leftover sock yarn. I also made a Steven West afghan called Garter Squish that used up about 5,700 yards of worsted weight yarn. I made a shaw called Sunny Delight using yarn from the NoCKRs retreat destash room. Socks and hats are another great way to use up stash. Here are some other patterns I have been looking at to use up leftovers. Lily’s Scrap Blanket Vintage Crocheted Throw & Afghan Briochevron Blanket  (not sure I can do that much brioche) Stashbuster Blarf Stashbuster Sweater Kelly says: Right now I have yarn all over the place.  Larger weaving cones are on a shelf in the garage and the smaller cotton, linen, etc. cones are in boxes in the garage since my only available looms are out there.  Usually most of my knitting yarn is in baskets and bowls and sorted however I think looks nice. It varies.  Sometimes by color, sometimes by type, sometimes by weight. Because of the electrical work mess, some of my yarn is also in boxes/bags in the living room (where big piles of stuff are being stored).  After using an already created warp from a destash, I’ve been thinking that winding warps and storing them as warps would be a great way to have weaving projects ready to go. When the inside studio is available again I’ve thought of a system for threading cones onto chains that drape across one of the walls. I like to see my yarn in different combinations to get inspiration. The downside of this system is that there could be sun damage to the yarn if I don’t use it regularly. I’m also not quite sure of the system for getting yarn down easily without having the whole string of cones come down on my head! My stashbuster projects for using leftovers are bears for the Mother Bear Project , charity hats, and baby socks. I also find that having yarn out on display gives me other ideas for combining yarns that weren’t originally planned to go together. Another possible project for using up waste (thrums from weaving) and other leftovers are to make hot pads. One technique is to use multiple strands that are twisted and plied to create a square that is then sewn together and felted. Another technique is to wrap rope with yarn using a coil basketry technique to make a spiral the becomes a round hot pad. Both would be perfect projects for the (K)Not Along that is going until August 31).

1hr 30mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #17

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Ep 106: Schemes and Dreams for 2019

Scheming and dreaming about all the yarn and fleece projects for 2019. Did you know Marsha and Kelly both love the smell of fleece? Have you heard about the woven ruana and the sheep tea cozy a few too many times? What does it mean to raise your default level? It’s all in this episode. Full notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.  Join the community on Ravelry  or email us with your thoughts. Email us at twoewes@twoewesfiberadventures.com We’d love to hear your 2019 Dreams and Schemes! Project Updates Marsha continues to work on Cloud Cover by Heidi Kirrmaier. It has an unusual construction. Knit yoke, then sleeves, then body, then collar. Marsha is hoping she doesn’t run out of yarn before that big shawl collar is done. Marsha has carded a bunch of Wensleydale x Corriedale x Merino fleece and has been spinning it. This fleece is a gorgeous dark espresso color! More spinning is in Marsha’s plans for 2019. Kelly has also been mostly monogamous on the knit front with the Mystery Knit Along with Cozy Up Knits.  She’s using the Two Ewes Replenish Rambouillet and loving the feel of the yarn.  The shawl pattern is interesting and will result in a 3 color shawl in 5 weeks. No pictures of the full project because it’s a mystery! 2019 Dreams and Schemes Kelly and Marsha are both training for distance walking this year.  Kelly will be walking the Big Sur 21-Miler in April with her Dad who will turn 79 in March. Marsha got a copy of her training schedule and plans to follow the training, but not do the event. Join in the Ravelry group discussion if you have a fitness goal for 2019 and want some structure and encouragement or want a place to brag! Events Northwest Regional Spinners Association Fleeber Farms Twisted Straight Fibers Whidbey Weavers Guild Stitches West Black Sheep Gathering

1hr 10mins

21 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 88: Two Ewes Unplugged

Lots of knitting to talk about and then we're off to the NoCKRs retreat.  An unedited episode to catch you all up on our adventures before we rush off to another fun time. Visit our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures shop. 

42mins

15 Apr 2018

Rank #19

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Ep 62: The Ewes do Stitches West

Knitting projects get finished and then the ewes are off on and adventure to Stitches West.  Wearing ponchos and taking names!  Marsha arrived on Wednesday and was able to hang out in the sun room finishing her NoCKRs shawl. It is Good Vibes by Nadia Cretin Lechen.  Kelly finished her Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry and her Funky Grandpa by Maison Rilillie, and was able to wear both at Stitches West.  Yarn, patterns for punch needle rug hooking, knitting needles for lace, and more yarn all came home with the Ewes.  We loved meeting fiber friends and getting to know listeners we hadn't met yet.  Then Marsha left to go to SF for the second half of her California adventure. 

54mins

5 Mar 2017

Rank #20