Monday, August 17, 2015

Episode 18: ElvesWorkshopAlong!


This episode is sponsored by Main Street Gallery. Main Street gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom art work, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars.

(1:37) We would like to give a shout out to Knitting Daddy! Thank you for listening. Check out his blog. Natalie mentions she heard about his blog through the Knitting Pipeline podcast.

This week’s segments include Master Status, Master Plan, Craft with us, In our Hands, Spread the Love, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, On the Road, and Comfort Zone.

Master Status: (2:28)  
Alicia blocked what she had knitted. She is going to block ones she plans to reknit- just in case they will turn out ok.
Natalie knit cable swatch 14. She really had to focus on tightening her gauge and giving an extra tug the stitch before and after the cross. She is not sold on it being tight enough but she is going to see if what happens during the blocking process. Here is the link to thread on ravelry about 2 references.

Master Plan: (5:32)
Natalie is going to knit more swatches and start answering questions. Alicia is just going to  keep knitting.


ElvesWorkshopalong:  We are so excited to announce the ElvesWorkshopAlong!  This will be a craftalong for all those, like us, who plan to knit/sew/create holiday gifts for their friends and family.  

This craftalong will run from Sept 1st to Nov 30th.  Each item has to start on or after Sept 1st. You have until Nov 30th at midnight to complete the project or multiple projects. To enter we will have an official FO thread on our ravelry group. It will be locked until the start of the along and we ask that you post one entry for each item you finish.   We have some seriously amazing prizes!  We will be selecting winners from the FO thread after the end of the along.  We will also have some prizes in store for superlatives!  We will select one or more winner from those that post their progress or finished items pics on instagram using the hashtag #elvesworkshopalong.  

PinsandNeedles brought up a great point- What if the special person I am crafting for are my friends on social media and ravelry?  Thank you for bringing that up!

Social media will just be an extra prize. You can post random pictures of the process with the hashtag. If you have are friends with them on rav- complete the post but do not include your picture. You can put a dummy picture in if you would like and send one of us a rave message with your complete post, or email it to

Check out our wonderful sponsors!  We will talk more about the prizes and announce the coupon codes closer to the start of the KAL.  Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong.
Bohemia FibersRavelry banner.jpg

In our hands: (12:08)
Alicia: Harvest Cardigan by Tin Can Knits with Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro in Fiji
Natalie is still plugging away on Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight. Haruni by Emily Ross in the Unique Sheep eos which is a 50/50 silk/merino laceweight in the Barknknit gradient colorway.
Natalie knits along on some beautiful lace.

Spread the Love: (20:33)
The winner of our giveaway is………... Crookedknits on ravelry!  Thank you for entering our giveaway and Thank you again Bohemia Fibers for the donation of the skein of sock yarn.
Bohemia Fibers
Our current giveaway is a lovely skein of 400 yards of 80% superwash merino/20% nylon sock yarn from Bohemia Fibers!  Amy, the dyer behind Bohemia Fibers, and specialize in custom colors and inspirational photo replication.

Study Hall: (21:31)
Natalie will be teaching a sock knitting class at Stash - a place for yarn on Oct 10th at 9 am.

Alicia and Jax knit along on her Harvest Cardigan.
Happy Birthday Jax.

Simply Selfie:(22:25)
Alicia is back from Myrtle Beach. She has been helping friends in a hard time. She is feeling good by getting back into the swing of making healthy choices- Gym/Eating right. She also has her nephew-Jax- 1st  birthday party.
Natalie has been enjoying the Rays games and keeping up with the work week craziness.

On the Road: (27:55)
Natalie is heading to her first ever retreat!  Into the Wool Retreat Sept 3-6th in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and Just One More Row podcast, Daniela and Allie of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast, Fru from the Sassypantsknitter Podcast.

Comfort zone: (31:11)
Alicia has found a love for AMAZON PRIME!
Natalie has been loving her  TV shows...North & South, Arrow

Thank you for joining us for episode 18 of Mastering the Knits.We’d like to thank our sponsor Main Street Gallery and Bohemia Fibers for donating the prize and those donating to the ElvesWorkshopalong. 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.

New Logo for the #ElvesWorkshopalong designed by the owner of Main Street Gallery, Jeremy Troski.

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