We had some technical difficulties this episode!! Thanks for bearing with us! Gill has been tripping around a bit in the south island, so she’s had a nice opportunity to wear her winter wollies!!
Works in Progress
Kylie has started a simple granny square blanket with “The Hobbit” minis pack from Giddy Yarns.
Gill has started The Rift with two handspun yarns – a cropped, long sleeve stripy top. Can’t wait to see this finished! It’s so very colourful!!
Gill has made great progress on her sparkly Christmas knee high socks using West Yorkshire Spinners in the “Vintage Sparkle” colourway.
Lastly, Gill cast on a fun triangular shawl using a Hedgehog Fibres yarn (Hawk?!) and a schopell-woolle gradient set. She’s making it up as she goes, knitting across in each colour before turning and it’s giving a lovely texture!
Kylie and Gill both finished a test knit for Theresia of The Passioknit Spinner, in Germany (You can find her on YouTube, Ravelry and Patreon). The new pattern is a project bag called “Skrabucket” and will be released 20th August. It is a great scrapbuster as it uses 2 ply’s of fingering weight yarn. We both used an automatic french knitter for our icord which made things even quicker!
Kylie had some fun on a friend’s circular sock machine and knit a pair of socks in two sittings. Self-striping yarn was used for the pair
Kylie also finished a gnome! Nice to Gnome You knitted in DK weight instead of fingering weight, and alpaca is all over for a lovely soft finish.
Gillian finished some gorgeous dark and moody yarn which was a 2 ply – one ply from fibre2go and the other was a mix of Ashford mill ends Weather Wools.
Kylie has had some fun sewing underwear the last couple of weeks because she ‘attended’ The International Bra Sewing Bee – an online conference with lots of tutorials for bra making. You can still access the content if you are interested. Kylie loves using the kits from Nellie Jones, and she actually has a free download for getting started sewing bras!
Gill had the pleasure of visiting the Ashford Shop down in Ashburton, where she purchased a ball of Opal, some Ashford sock yarn and a Rigid Heddle book.
Kylie bought some ‘boring grey yarn’ to make the Katniss Cowl for her daughter’s upcoming book week. She’ll probably used the Huntress Cowl pattern.
Kylie couldn’t make Fibretron, but she took her parents to a lovely cafe in south/rural Auckland – The Lavender Farm.
Gill finished a blanket for her sister which was a huge success (thankfully!) – it was already gifted so we couldn’t show it. The pattern is Ruby Knights and Gill knit it in a lovely undyed Romney yarn from Wild Earth Yarns.
Gill also finished a large ‘shlanket’ from Westknits called the Scrap Happy Triangle including lots of lovely scraps from lots of different dyers – we mentioned Knot ‘n Tie as we were talking about it.
Kylie has finished some simple vanilla socks using yarn from Mrs Peacock Yarns in the “Peace on Earth” colourway, which was a Christmas colourway purchased from Loopine. The pattern used included a “Fleegle Heel” and is a free pattern from Ravelry – Your New Favorite Toe-Up Sock.
Gill also finished some socks using the Heel Toe Do Si Do pattern and some gorgeous King Cole Zig Zag yarn which she finished on the way home from FibreEd.
FibreEd Show & Tell
Gill finished a gorgeous macrame pot holder during her macrame class. It was surprising to know that there were only 2 different knots used in the process!
Kylie did a t-shirt yarn class and made a crochet basket from t-shirt yarn. She’s been making lots of yarn from op-shop ‘rejects’ so that she can teach the technique at the September Auckland Creative Fibre Retreat.
Sashiko-inspired stitching was a class Kylie and Gill did together and we made a gorgeous pin cushion using a pottery item provided by the teacher.
Kylie also did a freeform knitting class and is slowly getting there with the project she started during the class. It will become a bag for her daughter.
Gill is working on a super cute and fun shawl called Studs using a possom based background yarn and a fun colourful yarn from Purple Sprouting – colourway “Meadow Mornings”.
Gill has started a scarf which might become a jumper!!! She’s made 2 magic balls – greens and pinks and is using The Morrison Scarf which is a free pattern on ravelry.
Gill’s also working on a glittery knee high stripy socks using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature Yarn – in the 2022 Christmas colourway, which came in our Christmas gift set from Eskdale Yarns last year – that’s where we got our great scissors we mentioned earlier!
Kylie only bought 1 skein of yarn at FibreEd!! But lots of fibre 😀 The skein of yarn is a DK weight yarn from Fibre2go. From Weather Wools – Some purple Rolags and a lovely moody gradient braid of Gotland/Silk.
Gill and Kylie both bought some braids from a lady in the south island who doesn’t sell online. We also bought some gorgeous undyed Polworth/Silk from StarcrestFarm – a lovely couple in the south island farming their own sheep and marketing the fibre and spun yarn locally.
Tour de Fleece
Kylie hurt her ankle the day before tour de fleece begun, but wasn’t going to let that stop her from participating, so she used her nano e-wheel (thanks Gill for the encouragement!!).
The first skein spun was using some ‘special fibre’ from Fibre2go – 60% black merino and 40% dyed silk. Spun worsted and chain plied to a fingering weight yarn.
The second skein is a BFL/nylon braid from Cat & Sparrow Fibres. Spun as a gradient going through the rainbow for 1/2 of the yarn then into black for the other half. Spun woolen, from the fold and plied 2 ply.
Kylie also finished her combo spin that was started last year for a sweater project! The sweater is long finished, and now the fibre is too! Spun worsted, plied 2 ply.
Art Yarn spinning using “The Big Book of Fibery Rainbows” micro-colour change corespun yarn. After a bit of play, a yarn design came to mind using the undyed Polworth/silk fibre from Starcrest Farm and it’s very exciting!!
Gill spun some Corriedale purchased from Fibre2go at the FibreEd event.
Kylie brought an uninvited guest home from her hols so it’s been a wee while since we caught up. That just means we have heaps of crafty projects to talk about 😀 And a wee bonus of a visit to a really cute yarn shop.
Gill is also knitting some self-striping socks with yarn from Narrative Yarns. She released some Anzac Day stitch-markers so Gill is using that too 😀 The pattern of these socks is Charade.
Kylie’s also made lots of progress on her DRK Everyday Socks which she is knitting out of handspun from StitchPunk, spun into a Crepe construction. There’s an article in knitty about this construction.
Gill is super close to finishing her Jeck socks – she just needs to do the second afterthought heel! The main yarn is from Nana-Cindy (Colourway “Lithium”) with the contrast heel/toe/cuff out of a Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball.
Gill has cast on a gorgeous new cardigan called Retro by Kirsten of Skein Australia. The main colour is Prosper Yarn and the striped yarns are Fibre2go and some yarn from Lochanside purchased from Wool on Wheels.
Kylie’s done a wee bit of work on her Yeah Yeah Sweater, but it’s gone into devil’s corner for a bit.
Gnome Pun Intended was knit by Kylie out of her handspun that she is using for her DRK socks, as well as a free mini from Dreamfire Yarns.
Gillian has finished a gorgeous Reis sweater – all out of her handspun yarn!!! The braids for her handspun came from lots of kiwi dyers including Fibre2go and Heavenly Wools and some from Dye Candy (purchased from Nana-Cindy).
Kylie’s Cross-Stitch’s are from Spruce Craft Co. They have been fun little projects.
Gill has finished some gorgeous spinning using fibre from fibre2go and (i think?!!!) Weather Wools. She also made some skeins of mock-tweed yarn using a tutorial from the Passioknit Spinner (on her Patreon). This is recreating the Hedgehog Fibres Tweed which is stunning, but quite pricey!! Kylie is planning on doing a similar spin at some point.
We had a discussion on if you can ever have too many shawls. Gill gives hers away or frogs her shawls when she’s fallen out with them, or doesn’t wear them anymore. Kylie has filled up her shawl box so there’s no room for anymore shawls!! Do you think you can have too many shawls? What do you do with shawls (or knits in general) that you don’t use anymore, or have fallen out with?
Kylie got a gorgeous “Crafts & Wine” pin from a bookshop in Mudgee (rural NSW). The pin was made by Jubly-Umph.
Gill did a spot of shopping with Loopine to get some needles and some very pretty and practical Cascade sock yarn as well as a Pom Pom Magazine.
Kylie did some shopping with Dreamfire Yarn to get some yarn for contrasting heels and toes for DK socks (she does an amazing wool/nylon DK yarn base for heavier socks!). She does some great stitchmarkers with both a lobster clasp and a loop!
Gillian also got some lovely Ashford Handcarders to get more creative with her handspinning preparation!
In the Blue Mountains (inland from Sydney) Kylie was able to visit a couple of yarn shops. At The House of Wool she purchased some Malibrigo fibre, a pom pom and some gorgeous soft as silk Fine Merino/Nylon sock yarn hand dyed by the lovely owner of the shop. At The Granny Square Katoomba she purchased some Regia Cotton sock yarn and a gorgeous skein of Manos Del Uruguay.
At the end of May we have Woolfest – the biggest yarn event in the NZ calendar year, with over 70 traders! It’s 28th May 10am-4pm at Kumeu showgrounds, so please come and join us! Don’t forget to say hello if you see us – we love to meet our viewers!
Gillian cast on a WestKnits Reis Jersey with lots of her gorgeous handspun, including yarn spun with roving from Heavenly Wools, Fibre2go and a few other kiwi indi dyers.
Kylie has been busy with the Sock Madness competition. The first round of the competition is a gorgeous pair of socks called Ipomoea knit out of a Crazy Zauberball which i won from Loopine during the Socktober Competition last year, so it’s lovely to have knit this yarn up!!
Gill has been knitting some gorgeous socks too using some King Cole on the Crazy Sock Lady Heel Toe Do Si Do pattern, which is a gorgeous chevron pattern – a wonderful way to make a self striping sock yarn sing!
Gill has also cast on a very pretty cowl called the Gambit Cowl which is a chessboard/houndstooth pattern, double sided cowl. Yarns used are a sparkle sock from Harnie Hoolies and a Tweedy yarn from Yeah Yeah Yarn.
Kylie has finished crocheting all of the squares from both of the Waiting Blanket kits purchased from Little Woollie Makes. Each square was made using a ball of Moya Trilogy. The squares are being joined using a Moya shimmer yarn with slipped stitches through the back loop to crease a flat seam.
Kylie has been busy with the Sock Madness competition. The qualifying pair was the pattern Engelkristal knit fraternal in a green/blue combination out of Outlaw Sock Bandit yarn. They have ended up a bit small, but i’m sure we’ll find someone they fit!
Kylie made a Comfort Coffee Cozy as a swatch – a very simple brioche coffee cozy – so i don’t burn my hand when i drink my long black coffee!
Gill has finished her Fiddly Bits Cowl out of random leftover striped and it looks fantastic! Another finished project that couldn’t be shown (because they have already been posted!) are the Easy Mosaic Socks which were knit out of yarn from Purple Sprouting. Here’s a picture – aren’t they beautiful!
Another gorgeous project Gill has finished, is a cute little Flax Light from Tin Can Knits using some super soft Miro Yarns.
Kylie has finished her Scrap Yarn Basket using 3 fingering weight yarns and 3 DK yarns held together and a 9mm crochet hook.
“Sunflower Safari” from Inky Fingers Yarn was purchased by Gill. The proceeds of this yarn went towards Ukranian Relief funds.
Gill visited Nancy’s Stitch Studio in Wellington and purchased a Kaffe Fassett Mille Fluer embroidery kit and a ball of Regia Design Line also by Kaffe Fassett, which she kindly gifted Kylie since she found it was already in her stash! She also bought a ball of Joy! Opal Joy yarn from The Yarn Queen.
Kylie was fortunate enough to win some yarn from Yeah Yeah Yarn – a sweaters quantity to make the Yeah Yeah Sweater by Dana Kikic Nemmert Boredom Kills Designs. This was a competition back in January between the designer and the yarn dyer – so very generous and i’m so grateful for this gorgeous yarn!
We also purchased a book together – The Shetland Trader Book 3: Heritage since there was a pattern we both liked in it. There are lots of gorgeous patterns such as Vair and Maywick – lots of colourwork and chevrons which we can’t seem to get enough of!!
Kylie has been listening to a podcast called Check Your Thread which has been challenging. It has challenged me to think more sustainably about making and teaching me new ways of doing things, like using Waste Free patterns and working more from stash “The most sustainable fabric is the fabric you already have.”
Apologies for such a large gap in our podcasts – we got hit by germs!! Thankfully neither of us have had Covid, but it seems we have fallen victim to another lurgy of sorts! We’re back! But Kylie still has a sore throat, so you’ll just have to bare with us today 😀
Finished Objects (FO’s)
Kylie has finished a hat! Pattern is the Barley Light (free!) from Tin Can Knits in some gorgeous 50/50 Merino/Silk yarn from Yarn Floozy in her ‘Savant’ base. Colourway is “Tourmaline”. This hat has been knit as a swatch for an upcoming garment project, and my daughter has already got dibs on it! We think it needs a fabulous fluffy pom pom – what do you think?
Gill finished a cardigan – and didn’t rip it back!!! It’s a design by Ambah O’Brien called the Ochre Cardigan and it looks devine! Gorgeous lace detail on the bottom of the cardigan as well as the edge of each sleeve. It is knitted by holding 2 yarns together – one yarn is from one of our local group’s alpaca farm (no longer trading), and the other was from Harnie Hoolie’s.
Gill has finished some amazing spinning – some hot pink yarn which she has chain plied. This yarn has ended up sport-DK weight. And some incredible dark purple yarn which was constructed by corespinning, then spiral plying!! This yarn was spun from some purple fibre from Nelson. It might become the edging for a sweater Gill is working on.
Works in Progress (WIP’s)
Sock Madness is on again this year, and Kylie can’t help herself but join along!! The first pattern is a qualifying pattern called Eingelkristall which is a gorgeous 2 colour stripped, cabled sock pattern. Yarn is Outlaw Yarn’s Sock Bandit in colourways “Adventure Jelly” and “Frolic Jelly”. Kylie has 2 weeks to knit these socks in order to qualify for the competition.
Gill has cast on a Lightweight Hipster shawl by Joji Locatelli. She can’t remember what the yarn is but it’s a lovely tweedy yarn purchased at Woolfest. Gill is altering the pattern to suit her whim! Lots of texture in this one.
Gill cast on a Flax Light (another free Tin Can Knits pattern!) as a baby gift project but had some needle woes!
Kylie has been slowly working on her Misurina top by Caitlin Hunter. Nearly through the colourwork section! Yarn is from fibre2go.
All the scrappy knits!
Gill and Kylie have both been channeling a bit of scrappy knitting this year! We’ve found that weighing scraps and sorting them into ‘sizes’ by weight can be helpful for planning out scrap projects.
Kylie has started a Scrap Yarn Basket (another free pattern!) using a 9mm hook and 3 strands of 4-ply yarn + 3 strands of 8-ply yarn.
Gill has started a Scrap Happy Triangle designed by Stephen West. This is a lovely scrappy shawl project with a very funky spine design!
Both Kylie and Gill have started a NorthEasterly scrappy blanket designed by Skeinanigans. Kylie shared hers this week as she has been working on it quite a bit. If you are looking for some scrappy kits, Little Woollie Makes does some amazing mini kits each month – join her on instagram and get on her mailing list to be advised of when they come available as they sell out quickly.
Kylie also shared her Vivid blanket project because she has knit a few recently and has also been reblocking them recently – to 7″ squares. There are 26 squares completes so far but lots to go!!!
We talked about our knitting styles a bit during this podcast. Kylie likes the more difficult, patterned sections, while Gill prefers the ’round and round’ sections. We both agree that ‘chunking’ is the way to get things done – little bits of pattern followed by plain sections for example. Patterns that can be broken down into little bits – where it feels like you have done a bit and achieved something!
Gill is thinking about doing a colourwork garment – with small sections of colourwork followed by a bit of plain.
Gill got to visit the Ribbon Rose in Mount Wellington while she was working! She purchased a “Schoppel Zauber Perlen” in colourway “Piano Forte”. This is a fairly recent release from Schoppel and includes 7 mini balls across a gradient from one colour to the next. It’s like one of their Zauberballs, but you get to control where the colours change – very cool!! She also got a skein of “Broadway Yarns” in the Autumn Days colourway and a skein of “Malibrigo”.
Both Kylie and Gill bought some raffle tickets from Little Acorn Yarn for the Ukraine people – funds going directly to Red Cross. This fundraiser finishes at midnight 11th March so get in quick!!
Kylie discovered a new-to-her Wellington based yarn company – Good Wool Hunting. They had 20% of Chiagoo Needles, so she got a set of mini’s to add to her tools. Kylie also purchased a ball of sport-weight Opal sock yarn (Colourway ‘Rain of Smiles’ – 150g ball!! I haven’t seen this before, so thought it would be good to give it a try. The Chiagoo needles discount is no more, but they now have 20% off their West Yorkshire Spinners Yarn, so go check them out!
Kylie also signed up for the WestKnits annual YAL (Yarn a-long) which is a fully inclusive kit for 3 exclusive shawls purchased through the Stephen & Penelope Shop. They are still available if you are interested in joining me, you can check it out here.
We also both got a new Brioche book – but we forgot to bring them along, so we’ll show this next podcast 😀
Kylie is joining the Loopine “Sweata Weatha” KAL which starts Friday 11th March and goes through to 28th May. The KAL is to knit a sweater using yarn purchased from Loopine. This is kicking off with a Virtual Knit Night on Friday 11th – check out her instagram for more information.
We also talked about the Drea Renee Knits KAL which also goes from March to May hosted on her ravelry group – the KAL is to knit one of her sweater designs in this time. You could join both of these KAL’s by knitting a DRK sweater design using yarn from Loopine!!
This week we visited the Morrinsville Cream of the Country Spin In, which was hosted by the local Waikato Creative Fibre group. We hope the background noise isn’t too much for you all!! Morrinsville is ‘famous’ for the gorgeous cows that decorate the main street – check out Herd of Cows for more information if you are interested.
Since we’re at an event, we just HAD to do some stash enhancement!
Gill has been knitting with Katia Tokyo sock yarn on some plain vanilla socks (Meeting socks!!). She’s also knitting an amazing top which is a combination of the Elton cardigan stripping, the Love Note body shaping and the Mount Pleasant, which she is wearing. The yarn is Purple Sprouting Siri Silk Cloud and 4ply Deluxe Fingering in the ‘Holly Go Lightly’ colourway.
What We’re Wearing
Kylie is wearing her CityScape top again, and she’d love to make another one, but in fingering weight yarn – the one she’s wearing is sport weight which is what the pattern recommends.
Kylie finished some golf club covers this week for her Dad’s birthday out of random stash using the Handknit Golf Club Covers which is a free pattern on ravelry. She also finished Gnombleberry – her mystery gnome from December, and made Gnewt, the little fella that matched as well – all part of the Leave Gnome Stone Unturned pattern. Kylie decided not to knit Gnombleberry’s backpack for Gnewt to sit in.
Gill has also spun some gorgeous core spun spiral plied yarn. The fibre is a Corriedale braid from Yeah Yeah Yarn (her shop is currently closed until the next update – Sunday 23rd January). She followed a tutorial from the PassioKnit Spinner (You can find her videos on YouTube and Patreon)
Gill is heading to Queenstown for work so we’ll see how we go podcasting within a couple of weeks. Otherwise, we will be able to catch up early Feb in person.
Kylie here! I’m going to try and start doing episode notes for us from now on!
Question: “What are you knitting on” is something Kylie says – is it an Aussie saying? I’m not sure!! It’s something i’ve never thought about before!! I’ll be aware of it from now on!! It’s like “What are you working on?”
Gill has been knitting a cowl which she is making up as she goes along – how clever!! Holst Garn mini’s are being used. This is plane knitting as she’s been travelling lots with work.
Honey I Shrunk The Stash by Knit Graffiti Designs (Lesley Anne Robinson) – triangular single colour brioche. Yarn is scraps and minis. This is Gill’s first Brioche project and she’s learning a new technique so that she can eventually knit Rebel, also by Knit Graffiti Designs, along with Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak which has a brioche ‘ribbing’ along the bottom.
We’ve been busy again!! Here’s what we’ve finished:
Cirro by Woolly Wormhead – Yarn from Squiggle Yarn Co. in South Australia – Bulky 100% Alpaca – so soft and squishy!! And i found a pom pom since publishing – it’s one i handmade at our local knitting retreat last year:
Face Scrubbies by Laura Sutcliffe – great pattern which includes the print out to put them in for gifting!! Yarn from Ribbon Rose – Sesia Jeans.
Botanic Shawl by WestKnits (Stephen West) – yarn was gifted so it’s mystery yarn – it’s so beautiful!!
We’ve done a bit of shopping again!!
Gill went shopping at Vintage Purls. I went shopping at Prosper Yarn. Both independent NZ dyers. I also went shopping at Burnt Hill Yarn Company where i got some gorgeous enamel pins and got some books in the mail! I got the second Harry Potter Knitting Magic Book by Tanis Grey and the lastest 2 books from Wool & Pine (Book 2 and Minis, which are kids versions).
We’re both going to try and not buy much next year – we have a lot of stash!! I’m going to try and make it to Woolfest (May) and Gill might try and make it a few months.
The Gift-a-long is an annual event on ravelry where independent (indi) dyers offer up patterns for 25% off in the first week. It started 23rd November and runs through to 31st December. We are knitting along with other knitters around the world, and ‘entering’ our finished objects into the 8 different categories. To enter an item, it must be a pattern by one of the Indi Designers.