Flosstube Episode 23: Starting Fresh


Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my New Year’s Day start, progress on my Year of WIPs pieces, and Dark13Stitching.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. New Year’s Day start – Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case by Catherine Theron – silk on linen – workshop taken 3/14/2009
  2. Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008
  3. Mermaid Fraktur by Plum Street Samplers – stitched with Weeks and Classic Colorworks on 36ct Earthen by PTP, stitching 1 over 2
  4. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the house from Brightneedle’s Ghoulies and Ghosties Etui for this block.  Using a mix of Weeks, DMC, SNC, and Dinky Dyes on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch
  5. Weigh it Shawl 2 by Susan B. Anderson – size 9 Signature needles and Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway

Stash:

  1. Color Delights – Rainbow needlepoint pattern by Needle Delights Originals (Kathy Rees)
  2. Thread Ring from Black Branch Needlework

Shout Outs:

  1. Mummula
  2. Stitcherista

Reading:

  1. Finished From Scratch by Rachel Goodman
  2. Reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Grateful for goals and plans.

Flosstube Episode 20: Dark October Hangover

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a full recap of my #darkoctoberstitching (including a new knitting start) and what I’ve been working on in November.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Cast Your Spells by Stacy Nash – stitched on 32 ct raw (natural) linen with DMC.  This was a club kit from Country Sampler.
  2. By the Light of the Moon freebie by The Primitive Needle – stitched as a block on my Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin on 35ct Brandy by Country Stitch with Weeks.  I changed the mushrooms to Parched Bones and swapped out Pumpkin with Sweet Potato
  3. El Dia del los Muertos ornament by Monsterbubbles – from the JCS September/October 2010 issue; stitched on 28ct Rainforest by Crossed Wing with GAST

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the September block called Clara Ellen; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Halloween Garden by The Primitive Needle – stitched on 35ct Putty by Weeks Dye Works with the called for Weeks threads.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  3. Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett – stitched on 32ct Phantom by Silkweaver with DMC.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  4. Black’d Skie by The Primitive Needle – 40ct Pear with Pule Palette and SNC silks
  5. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – started block 12; stitching with DMC on 36ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar
  6. Mini Jeweled Scarabs by Dimples Designs – kit.  A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.
  7. Knitting – started Weigh It Shawl #2 by Susan B. Anderson with Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway. A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.  Link to my Ravelry project page.

Shout Outs:

  1. Evergreen Needle
  2. Trisha of Three Owl Threads

Reading:

  1. Currently reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  3. Next up is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Grateful for fall weather.

The Weight of Zombies

Miss Babs Yowza Zombie Prom

Last year after I relearned to knit I decided I wanted to attempt my first shawl.  Because really I got into this whole knitting thing to knit socks and shawls, right?!  I’d been eyeing the Hitchhiker Shawl, but when my friend Nicole knit the Weigh It Shawl 1 I started thinking that might be the way to go.  Nicole agreed that the Weigh It Shawl would be a good first shawl since it is mostly garter stitch and encouraged me to give it a try.

If you’re not familiar with the Weigh It Shawl, it basically calls for a skein of Miss Babs Yowza and doesn’t require counting rows or stitches really because you’re weighing your yarn (thus the name Weigh It Shawl).  At DFW Fiber Fest in 2015 I saw in person and fell in love with the Zombie Prom colorway, so I knew that’s what I wanted to use for my shawl.  I ordered a skein and bought the pattern and even treated myself to my first set of Signature Needle Arts circular needles.  I shared my stash enhancement on Episode 4 of my podcast.

Weigh It Shawl WIP

I really love those Signature needles.  I did have a little bit of trouble with them near the end of the shawl where they would come unscrewed from the cable, but I think that was due to user error and no fault of the needles.  But of course it happened when I had 8 million stitches on the needles and when that cable became unscrewed and a good chunk of those stitches fell off I about died.  I checked with some other folks that assured me they had never had a problem with their Signatures doing this so I determined it was probably something with the way I was holding my needles or somehow twisting that cable enough that my knitting motion was causing the cable to become unscrewed.  Here’s hoping I can avoid that in the future!!

Weigh It Shawl Ripping

I also had a few cases where I suddenly completely forgot what I was doing and started making something up or dropped a stitch and didn’t know how to fix it other than rip back, and so on.  But, I think it’s just all part of the learning process.

Weigh It Shawl WIP with Sublime

And oh I was loving the color of my yarn.  When I caked up my skein it was lighter on one end and darker on the other, so I started with the lighter end so that it would be darker as I knit to the bottom of the shawl.  It’s subtle, but I like the effect.

Weight It Shawl WIP and Tula

In fact, I loved the color so much it inspired me to make a zippered pouch out of some of my Tula Pink fabric.  It wasn’t big enough to hold my shawl, but perfect for a future sock project.

I also participated in my first Knitalong with this shawl.  Suburban Stitcher hosted the Around Your Neck KAL and I really pushed to finish up my shawl in time but didn’t make it.  I was all the way to my bind off when disaster struck – I ran out of yarn.  So, I ended up setting my shawl aside for a good long time before I had the heart to go back and fix it so I could bind off.  Because I’d already run out of yarn trying to bind off once, I opted to not do the picot bind off and instead used the Russian bind off she gives as an alternative.  I will definitely give the picot bind off another try in a project in the future though because I loved the way it looked.

I finished it on the morning of New Year’s Eve.  And I am thrilled with how it turned out.  These photos were taken in extremely harsh sunlight, so it’s hard to get a sense of the beauty of this yarn, but you get the idea of the shape and size of the shawl itself.

Weigh It Shawl Finished

Project details: My first shawl!!  Weigh It Shawl 1 by Susan B. Anderson using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway.  I used size 8 Signature circulars.  Started on 4/27/2015 and finished on 12/31/2015.

Weigh It Shawl Finished Closeup

You can see my project page on Ravelry hereWeigh It Shawl Finished Closeup 2

So so so in love with my shawl.

Weigh It Shawl

And on January 2nd, I wore it on its maiden voyage out into the world.

Me with my Weigh It Shawl

I’ve already got yarn and the pattern for the Weigh It Shawl 2 that I hope to start sometime soon.  I can’t wait!

**Edited to add:

Blocked Shawl

My shawl has now been blocked and boy does that make a difference!  If only it wasn’t 105 degrees outside!!

I am grateful for trying new things.

Episode 11: Project Roulette

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg podcast!  In this episode I share my first finished shawl, my 2016 stitching plan, and some wonderful gifts I received.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars.  Finished on 12/31/15
  2. Hare Pyns (not shown – you can see the finish here) by Patrick’s Woods
  3. EGA Nametag and Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Nametag

WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the March block called A Wish for You; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with (mostly) the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Mistake Rib Scarf by Purl Soho – yarn is Lion Brand Homespun in color 338 Nouveau and I’m knitting with Size 10 Addi Turbos

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Erin Condren Good to Go Life Planner

Reading:

  1. Finished A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness in December
  2. You can see the complete list and reviews of my 2015 reads over on the Cozystyle blog here
  3. Currently reading Lara Casey’s Make it Happen and R.K. Ryal’s The Story of Awkward

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Valor

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Episode 9: Clearing the WIPs

 

 

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Hand-quilting with perle cotton on my Indulgence table topper quilt – finished 9/11/15
  2. Stealth quilt top pattern by Janet Kime from her book The Cat’s Meow – fabrics purchased and cutting done wayyyyy back in 2001/2002.  Began sewing 4/12/14 and top finished 9/26/15

WIPs:

  1. Ornament and guild nametag finishing.  The twisted cording tutorial I used is from Pinwheel Ponders
  2. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars
  3. Pansy Park BOM by Thimbleberries quilt
  4. New start: Black’d Skie by The Primitive Needle – stitching on 40ct Vintage Pear linen by Lakeside Linens with Pure Palette and Silk n Colors silks begun on 9/19/15

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Stash Enhancement:

  1. None

Reading:

  1. Currently reading Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  2. Book study continues on Sarah Robbins’ Rock Your Network Marketing Business

Plans for the rest of the year:

  1. MAGIC list: remaining items on my list to finish this year are His Eye is on the Sparrow and six Christmas ornaments
  2. Books: Goodreads Challenge for 2015 – 19 books to go to meet my goal of 25 books
  3. Quilting: finish Pansy Park quilt top, and possibly start hand quilting my blue &  white quilt, possibly start sewing on my leaders/enders quilt top

I am grateful for the comfort of my creative and crafty pursuits.