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Sunday, September 26, 2010

In A World With "The Don"

Listen to Show #5 Here!

Thank you to EVERYONE who left comments or sent emails this past week.  We were really overwhelmed, flattered and humbled by the response.  We hope to continue to  hear from you all on a regular basis.

So if anyone perhaps didn't comment and they really did want a tick, here's the website where you may order your own. 

Working on the heel flap of my super simple sock pattern with a not so plain jane yarn Koigu KPPPM in P122 colorway. Pattern is a download on ravelry.

The Dreaded Stocking...Attempt #3  FAILED!!!

This is how it still looks after going through the washer and dryer. Stretched beyond redemption.  Will someone please take me out of my misery!


I learned how to dye by watching youtube videos and THIS ONE is my favorite.  And don't forget to watch PART TWO.

But this past week, after being inspired by the article, Spinning Pleasantly Plump and Silky Singles by Judith Macenzie, in the Spring 2010 issue of Spin Off Magazine, I got into more detail and watched The Art of Fiber Dyeing with Sandy Sitzman and Fiber Dyeing: Immersion and Painting of Protein Fibers with Deb Menz.

And I turned this

And this

Into THIS!

NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS - We visited High Meadow Alpaca Farm in Leiper's Fork.  Check out these cuties!


A nice moderately priced Chardonnay from Cupcake Vineyards.  "Decadent flavors of butter cream, bright citrus and vanilla melt into a balance of oak and subtle spice.  In other words: Sinful.  In my opinion, the citrus is the standout flavor."  Although they are present, I would like to taste more of the butter cream, vanilla and oak.

And finally..."The Don"  Your voice will be missed, however guys like Rick will enjoy the extra work.

Thanks everyone for listening! 

As a tribute to Don LaFontaine, here is the new promo for The Knit Wits

See you next week!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Tick For Your Thoughts

Listen To Episode #4 Here!

I have no idea what Rick was thinking when he came up with this but we're gonna go with it.  Please leave a comment to receive either your picture of or your actual tuft of Angora bunny fur and to be entered into a drawing for a tick.  (This should be real interesting)

September 18th, 2010 was Worldwide Spin in Public Day!  Did you spin in public?

I did!  At the Amish Country Store in Nolensville, TN
Here are some pictures of my fellow spinners.

The woman in red in Jan from Daily Fibers aka worldygirl on Ravelry

Some of her lovely hand-dyed fiber

On the left is the superwash bfl for my mother's project, in the center is a gorgeous aqua bfl for my sister's birthday and on the right is a little bfl for me.

And these are the socks I knit for my mother in Cherry Tree Hill Superwash sock yarn.

Superwash? I don't think so!

Our graceous host at the Amish Country Store serenading us with his rendition of BFF - Beer, Fish and Fries

Billy Currington "I'm Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer"


Spinning up the Angora fur I sheered from Petunia.  And I plan to use it as one of the plies in my 3-ply Alpaca/Angora.


Tractor Shed Red  A little Sangiovese, a little Zin, a little Merlot.  Alot nice!

Here's a shout out to my homies at the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild  Especially Dave and his Pat Green Supercard

And you must watch this cute video.  Guinness Book of World Records Winner for the Tiniest Stop Motion Animation Character.  Knitting Solves Everything!

And check out the latest episode of the The Ramblin' Ambler podcast.  Walk along with Lynette as she gets fit and rambles on about knitting and life.  You Go Girl!!


I'll be attending the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Ashville, NC on October 22-24, 2010  It should be a great event!!  Hope to see you there!

On October 23, 2010, Historic Cannonsburgh Village will be holding it's annual Harvest Days and Fiber Fair.  If you're in the area, check it out. 

We're still working on a clever closing line for our podcast but we're getting really close.  I can feel it!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rick Gets Crazy With The Special Effects

Listen to Show #3 Here!

Rick got a new special effects toy and decided to try it out on our podcast.  Just keep an open mind.


I cast on for my plain jane sock with a not so plain jane yarn Koigu KPPPM in P122 colorway.  Oooh!  It's so squishy!

Finished the back and knitting up the front of my Pink Frosting.

And finally found a yarn I can use for the King Kong stocking!  Will be castng on for that this week.


Let me clarify, Rick is not a knitter.  "On The Needles" to him means, what is "On His Plate"  He was just signed with the Heyman Talent Agency and now has samples of his voice demos on their website.  It's a little tricky to search so we will post his website as soon as it is up and running this week.

Sweet little yarn shop in Murfreesboro, The Knaughty Knitter  Just watch out for the eyes!


Silver Alpaca dyed in the Watery Depths Colorway from Susan's Kitchen.  If you stop by, let her know we sent you. :)

The Southern California Handweavers' Guild "Weaving & Fiber Festival (WeFF)" is coming up November 7th for all of those in the Southern California area. 

In deference to Rick, here is a picture of "The Wedge".


Santa Cristina Sangiovese 2008  Not too dry, not too sweet.  Great sipping wine.

This is my "go to" dvd for brushing up on spinning exotic fibers Spinning Exotic Fibers & Novelty Yarns by Judith Mackenzie McCuin

Thanks to everyone who left comments.  We really appreciate the feedback!

Knit On!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Casting On...Arrgh!

Listen to Show #2 Here!

Thanks everyone for tuning in for our second episode.  I'm sorry I don't have any information on the equipment and microphones mentioned but if you can't find it on your own, let us know and we will send you the links.

Petunia was sheared!!

Petunia before..(This picture was taken one month before shearing.)

Petunia after. (This one was taken 4 days after shearing and already she's starting to grow out again.)

Here is a picture of the second attempt at the stocking to end all stockings.
As you can see, it is already longer...
It is THIS much wider.  UGH!!

ON MY NEEDLES...Pink Frosting by Elissa Sugishita from Interweave Crochet Spring 2006

JUST OFF MY WHEEL...8 oz. of sage green Merino/Silk I just finished spinning up in a two ply.  It is by Louet, as I thought, but didn't say because I didn't want to have to take it back if I was wrong. : ) The color is Lichen.

The Fiber Action Cooperative put on the wonderful Anything Fiber Yard Sale in Black Mountain, NC in August.  I hope you can make it next year... Just not before me!

One of my favorite magazines Living Crafts Magazine.  Check it out!  It really has something for every crafter.

I will repeat the links to Oregon Flock and Fiber   in Canby, OR and  the Majacraft Aura.

I hope everyone has a wonderful time at SOAR (Spin-Off Retreat Autumn Retreat) on October 24-30, 2010.  Sadly I won't be there. : (  Maybe next year!

If you want to contact Carin on Ravelry, you'll find me as Thriftyknitter or leave a comment here.  We can also be reached by email at theknitwits@comcast.net.