Sunday, November 30, 2014

Episode 11: "Sweather" Weather

Natalie’s students knit socks!


Master Status (2:40):

Holidays are practically here! We have decided to put our program on hold until after Christmas to focus on family, travel, and gift knitting!


In our hands (3:28):

Natalie is working on the Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu inThe Fiber Seed Sprout Solids. She is also knitting Bell, the Garden Elf by Ala Ela. She is making a kindness elf, sort of Elf on a Shelf but more along the lines of the Magic Elf. Alicia caught the sock bug. She has another pair of socks on the needles. She is using the Sock Recipe: A good, plain sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and using Knit Picks Stroll in the colorway Aloha Multi. She is also knitting Knit Hat for Anyone! by Kathy North in Cascade 220 for a childhood friend.


Dropped stitches (13:33):

Alicia had to rip!!! Not because the pattern wasn’t clear, just because her brain wasn’t on and she took on too many commission knits! She will continue on the Fontainebleau Lace Scarf by Joan Hughes knit withSeed Lace fromThe Fiber Seed when she has a little less on her plate.


Master Pieces (16:18):

Alicia finished up Knit Hat for Anyone! by Kathy Northwith Chocolate Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Vanna’s Choice oatmeal stripes. She also finished up an arm knit infinity scarf in Billowby Knit Picksin Ash Colorway. Lish shares her experience using Billow. She also finished her last Punkin Hat by Tara Thomsenfor the season!

Natalie finished a chunky seed stitch infinity cowl in an improvised pattern.

Some of the many pumpkin hats, Lish made!


Knits in the Wild (23.31):

Alicia has been wearing herCupcake MittletsbyShantha Ramachandran, Bohemian Fibers Boheme DKin the Walker colorway (Inspired by Sophia). She also has been wearing her YsoldaBlank CanvasinMalabrigo Arroyo. Natalie has been wearing her Calligraphy Cardigan out of handspun.  She also wore her new infinity scarf to a family gathering. She has also been wearing all of her hand knit socks.

Natalie with her “Knits In the Wild!”


Study Hall (25:51):

Natalie Shares her experience with teaching a toe-up, afterthought heel, class at Stash. She had three students and it went really well! She was nervous but  got very good feedback from all the students. She is looking forward to teaching more in the new year!


Simply Selfie (29:13):

Alicia shares about being in her cousin’s wedding. Her friend, Taylor, asked her to be in her wedding. She is applying for an Ohio school counselor license.

Natalie is battling being sick with her family with the changing weather. She went to the HorsePower Farm festival with the girls and hubby. They rode ponies, trains, went to the pumpkin patch, and got their faces painted.  The weekends have been filled with lots of family time. They had a shuffleboard party at her sister’s home.


On the Road (39:00):

Alicia had the opportunity to go to theHomespun Christmas Tour located in Columbiana, Leetonia, Washingtonville, Lisbon, Salem, New Waterford, OH. Her friend Stacey, freshH20purls, did not realize the adventure they were getting themselves into. Alicia shares her experiences with the adventure. There were 10 stops on the trip and you were to have your brochure stamped at every stop to enter the prize basket at the end. Some of the great stops along the way included Acorn Acres Alpaca Farm. Amazing farm. They explained a little bit why they got into raising Alpacas and Fiber Animals vs. Show Animals. We checked out Candle shops, sewing shops, and the All Good Things Natural Market. She picked up some alpaca silk blend Brown with multi flecks and Ohio State Yarn Alpaca Merino Silk Blend.


Comfort zone (44:42):

Natalie is enjoying outdoor fires, pumpkin rolls, and “sweather” weather!

Alicia is enjoying warm fuzzy feelings. She is that person that puts their Christmas stuff up before thanksgiving.

Thank you for joining us for episode 11 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.

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