Saturday, September 5, 2015

Episode 19: Santa Sponsors

Lish can’t stop making these wee hats!
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.
This week’s segments include Interview with the Masters, Craft with us, Masterpieces, In our Hands, In the news, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, On the Road, and Comfort Zone.

Thank you Twinset and Just One More Row Podcast for our shout out!

Interview with the Masters (2:18)
Natalie had the opportunity to catch up with Maureen aka knttinmoe on ravelry.  

Craft with Us: (16:40)
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.  

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

Santa Sponsors: Check out our wonderful sponsors!  Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong.
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Coupon Codes:
Rainstorm Studios Etsy - Closed Sept 3rd through Sept 8th and will open with a new update. Use code: ELVES2015 for 15% off through November 30, 2015
Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns: ELVESWORKSHOP 15% until nov
Sew for Ewe on etsy masteringtheknits15 for 10% off to run from sept 1- nov 30th
Erin.lane bagsELVES15. FOR 15% the entire shop
KnittyKittybags on Etsy elves2015.  20% and active until 12/1/2015.
Stash-A Place for Yarn: FiberSeed10.
Unwind yarn company
Quince and Co - donating a copy of their new book Top Down - Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design
Knitting Rose
The Unique Sheep - a cute children’s book with patterns that we will be reviewing. The story of the Unique Sheep.  We will be reviewing this book in a future episode too.
Marianne - Jamberry Consultant - saw some new wraps that I need to get!
Byvikink Letterpress Co.
Sarah Lamantia - Gold Canyon Candles
Karen Bachman from iKNITitiaves
Anne Weil of Flax and Twin donating  Knitting without Needles coming out sept 1st.
Bohemia Fibers- 2 skeins… 2 for you or if you want to be generous, you can give to a friend.

Natalie’s finished her shawl!
Masterpieces: (23:25)
Alicia finally finished up  Harvest Cardigan by Tin Can Knits with Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro in Fiji. She also knit lots of Wee Hats by Kym Hretz in various leftover sock colorways. Natalie finished up Haruni by Emily Ross in the Unique Sheep eos which is a 50/50 silk/merino laceweight in the Barknknit gradient colorway. She also dusted off her wheel and finished 3 ply fingering weight yarn from Long Dog Handspun Panda in a pink/purple colorway.

In our hands: (36:29)
Alicia is working on Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl- McPhee, with Patons Kroy Socks in Summer Moss Jaquard. She also needs some leftovers if anyone would like to donate them!
Natalie is still plugging away on Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight.She is continuing to work on Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather.

In the News: (44:00)
This book retails for $24 US and $31.72 Canadian when I checked.

We were sent an e-copy of this book from Quince & Co. for us to review. Thank you Quince & Co.

Study Hall: (57:51)
Natalie will be teaching a sock knitting class at Stash - A Place for Yarn on Oct 10th at 9 am.

Simply Selfie: (58:39)
Alicia is clearing off the needles, prepping for the festival. She had a bridal shower and her friend’s birthday party. BYOB as in baby!
Natalie attended her sister’s birthday Shuffleboard party. She and her niece won! Carmen is signed up for soccer and got her a new small soccer ball, shin guards, and cleats.

On the Road: (1:03)
Natalie is heading to her first ever retreat NEXT WEEK!  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: (1:04)
Alicia is enjoying small town living. - Summer Concert Series in the middle of town.
Natalie gives a follow up about North and south.  Fibernerd shared on ravelry group that Craftlit read North and South. Natalie mentions cognitive anchoring blog. Natalie mentions playing the Disney song guess game in the car is currently taking her to her happy place.

Thank you for joining us for episode 20 of Mastering the Knits.We’d like to thank our sponsor Main Street Gallery 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 @MtKnitsPodcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.

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