Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Episode 117: How I'm Rolling

On My Needles (3:00)
Dennis' Rhinebeck Sweater / Ranger by Jared Flood

While on vacation, I put a major dent in Dennis’ Cardigan. The pattern is “Ranger” by Jared Flood. Yarn is Malabrigo, Rios in "Coco". To motivate myself to keep knitting on it, I treated myself to a new pair of Chiaogoo Red Lace circular needles (US 8 / 5.0mm).

I also worked on a pair of plain vanilla socks, which I'm knitting on my Blitzed base in the "Outlander" colorway. I'm keeping it in my favorite JessaLu Lighthouse & Lobster project bag!
Voolenvine Yarns / Blitzed Fingering in "Outlander"
KALs (8:50)
Me and Molly of A Homespun House Podcast are co-hosting a "Classic Must Knits KAL" running from August 1 — October 1. Sadly, I was disenchanted with my Featherweight cardigan and decided to frog it. Instead, I cast on a "Napoleon the Nervous Narwhal" by Rebecca Danger using my own hand-dyed yarn (a discontinued base) in "Dirty On Purpose".

Also scored a massive bag of Poly-Fill from Wal-Mart #WINNING and Safety Eyes from Etsy.

I also found button eyes from M&J Trimming, a shop in Manhattan.

Sara of LoveSockWool has generously donated one of her Sock Bags as a giveaway prize — definitely check out her Etsy shop!

To qualify to win a prize, post to the Official Classic Must Knits KAL thread (one post per entrant please!) You may post to me, Molly, or both our threads :)

Virginia Beach Lighthouses

Stash Enhancements (22:00)

Apparently I'm hoarding fiber for the winter...

This week, I received some fiber from my girl, Kate of GourmetStash ... "Driving at Night" ; Luxe Fluff n' Nonsense in "Mish Mash".

I also nabbed a skein of "Ariel" from one of my friends and fave hand-dyers, Gynx Yarns!
Yarn Stats: Single Merino / 100% SW Merino / Approx. 400yds, 100 grams / Fingering

Finally, I couldn't resist splurging on fiber from BeeMiceElf on Etsy. I purchased 4oz of "Abalone".

Shop Update (27:50)
Voolenvine Yarns Shop Update

This fall, Michele Wang and Melissa Soong will be opening a pop-up shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn called Gauge x Tension! I will be having a trunk show there during the annual 2014 NYC Yarn Crawl (along with other TBD dates) — stay tuned for more info!

Virginia Beach, Hotel Room View

Friday, August 29, 2014

Episode 116: "Impromptu"

So, getting a podcast out every week is proving to be a little tricky, these days. I finally had time to record last Monday, only to discover my camera didn't record audio — super!

That said, I defaulted back to my trusty iPad / iMovie for some quick and dirty recording and editing. 

Anywho, this week's quickie episodes I chat about the two KALs I'm co-hosting:

  • Classic Must Knits KAL - which is not off to a great start. I've decided to frog my Featherweight and cast on a Norman the Nervous Narwhal by Rebecca Danger, instead. 

Pocket Jamie Approves

  • Countdown to Outlander Instagram KAL #KiltMeNowKAL / #CountdownToOutlanderKAL - I've also decided to transfer my Gourmet Stash "Waterweed" fiber from my Grandmother's mini wheel to my Lendrum. The rickedy-rackedy spinning was proving too nerve-wraking. There's only so much a girl can take. I was also super excited to try out my new Akerworks 3D printed bobbins! So, you can see I had several good reasons to swap it out.

  • I'm also knitting a pair of vanilla socks using my own hand-dyed "Outlander" colorway. 
Voolenvine Yarns "Reflektor" / Blitzed 

  •  I finished my Reflektor socks — FINALLY!
More show notes coming soon! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Episode 115: Outlandish

I know, I know ... it's been a while since I last published an episode. But you know what that means? More knitting, spinning, and dyeing to talk about! So, when you think about it ... it's a win-win sitch! 

These past few weeks I'm up to my ears in KAL and SPALS!!! But I say, the more the merrier! #BRINGIT!

In other news I FINALLY have my own home office!!! (AKA, my yarn business took over our living room) Anyway, enough blather. I get into all of it in this week's episode.

  • Countdown to Outlander KAL #KiltMeNow #CountDowntoOutlander (C.C. Almon Javapurl, Jasmine, and Maria) More info


  • Featherweight / Eros Lace in “Nevermore”
  • Rainbow Socks (address pooling)


  • Yarn Wench / Denim and Leather 
  • Lost Trindle arms :(


  • Gourmet Stash / Maryland Mermaid / Waterweed
  • Three Waters Farm / Tom Boy
  • Golding RingSpindle

Voolenvine Yarns / Outlander / Blitzed

More of the "Outlander" Colorway coming soon!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Episode 114: I Love Lobster

- The "Classic Must Knits KAL" I'm co-hosting with Molly from "A Homespun House" podcast kicks off (Aug.1 — Oct.1)
- Voolenvine Yarns Art Nouveau Yarn Club — sign-ups end July 31st!

Voolenvine Yarns / Footsie BFL + Nylon / Sealab


- Sealab Socks w/ Afterthought Heels / Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off

- Handspun Tan House Brook Shawl (Blocked) by Jennifer Lassonde (aka BostonJen) / Fiber: Corgi Hill Farm in "Sempervarium 2"

- "Everything is Awesome" Vanilla socks

- Finished spinning GourmetStash Fibery Tribbles / "Obligatory Box of Chocolates"

- Spinning 4oz Merino Wool Top from The Yarn Wench in "Denim & Leather" - This will be a pair of mittens or a hat for Dennis

(Alpaca/Merino : 70/30) / Erin will be offering a skein of her fiber for the Must Knits KAL giveaway. 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Episode 113: Hello from Cape Cod!

As the title of this episode suggests, I recorded from Cape Cod! I decided to put out a quickie episode this week because I know for a fact, when I get back to Brooklyn, there won't be any time — and I have lots to show you!

During the last episode, I showed you my Corgi Hill Farm fiber that I was spinning. Well, I loved spinning it so much, I actually finished spinning and navajo plying it! Even better? I knit it up!
Ladies and gentlemen, my very first EVER handspun FO!!! Now I just want to spin and knit ALL the things! The pattern is the Tan House Brook shawl by Jennifer Lassonde (aka BostonJen on Ravelry).
Next weekend I will have some time to photograph a blocked FO version of it.

I also finished some socks I've been working on, and putting a dent in my Daybreak shawl with yarn from Gynx Yarns.


Also, don't forget: Sign-up for the Voolenvine Yarns Art Nouveau Yarn Club before July 31st! Space is limited — join while you can :)

In other news, we had a great time at the Cape. The weather was a little meh, and didn't get to the beach until our last day on Tuesday. But we did get in a good hike and a sunset lobster cruise!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Episode 112: Spin Machine


I hope everyone in the US had a great 4th of July weekend! Dennis and I spent a long weekend in Cape Cod — our first trip of the summer! Needless to say, I got lots of knitting accomplished.

This week I also announced Voolenvine Yarns' very first Yarn Club! For three months, members will receive three uniquely hand-dyed skeins inspired by the Art Nouveau era — Think Klimt, and Mucha ;) Click here for more info!


  • "Everything is Awesome" Rainbow Socks - Lush MCN vanilla socks
  • Vivid Square blanket: I knit one square on my way to Cape Cod
  • Ophidian Shawl: Put a small dent in it.


  • Just a Day Dream 1 oz 35g Hand blended spinning fiber - STORM blue black teal and white rolags for fiber art
  • Hobbledehoy "Butterfly Bush" Butterfly Bush -- high contrast Battlings -- mini batts (2 oz.) merino, fine alpaca, silk, bamboo, sparkle, etc.
  • Corgi Hill Farm fiber for Tour de Fleece / Polwarth Tussah Silk 85/15 Combed Top Roving - 5oz - Sempervarium 2


  • Quaere Fiber - Concrete Jungle
  • Hand Dyed Superwash Merino/Nylon Roving, Spinning Fiber,100 grams


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Episode 111: Rainbowpallooza!

- Check out my interview with Laura on the Dyer’s Notebook Podcast, Episode 86
- Any Man’s Jumper KAL Winner: Suvi89 — Congrats!
  • 1 Free Skein of Voolenvine Yarns (Any skein of your choice $30 and under)
  • A digital copy of BostonJen’s Tan House Brook Shawl pattern. Jen from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast
  •  A Tree Frog Project Bag from Elly of the FO and Dye podcast *Elly is also raising funds to attend a health retreat. Please use the promocode (RETREAT20) when checking out in her Etsy shop.
  • Hosting a new KAL with Molly of a Homespun House Podcast. “Classic Must Knits” KAL. Please join the Ravelry discussion group!
     Link to Ravelry thread
ON MY NEEDLES Ranger Cardian

  • Vivid Square Blanket (Knitters’ Pride Karbonz US 4 dpns)I like using them, but for this project, their too short to hold all the stitches on.  
  • Hand-dyed toe-up socks (While binge-watching Pretty Little Liars) 
  • Ophidian Shawl by Sivia Harding

     - Gourmet Stash Fibery Tribbles “Obligatory Box of Chocolates” I started spinning these on my Phang drop Spindle, but decided to move it to my Lendrum wheel.

     - Hobbled Hoy Battlings “Butterfly Garden”

Everything is Awesome

It's been a rainbowpalooza of custom orders! Lots of rainbowy skein requests this week. While I love dyeing it up, I won't be taking custom orders for it until August.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Episode 110: Creative Binge

If you follow me on Ravelry, Twitter, and Facebook you've probably seen me talking up Judy Marples' new pattern, the Estonian Dreams Shawl. To my surprise, the sample pictured below was knit using Voolenvine Yarns!!! I cannot wait to cast on my own version. Judy is hands-down one of my favorite pattern designers. I highly recommend giving any of her patterns a try!
Photo: Judy Marples
I've also been promising you a free pattern for my top-down, go-to vanilla sock. I'm still not ready to officially release it because ... life. But if you're interested in a no-frills version , here's a link to the Google Doc (for personal use only).


  • Ranger Cardigan / Malabrigo Rios in "Coco" / Any Man's Jumper KAL / Deadline 6/14
Handspun w/ Spun Right Round "Mr. Kittens"

I finished spinning my Spun Right Round Falkland "Mr. Kittens"

Currently spinning Gourmet Stash "Obligatory Box of Chocolates"

Lately I've been watching a Craftsy class hosted by Sweet Georgia Yarns' Felicia Lo — "Spinning Dyed Fiber" HIGHLY recommend this class! 


More show notes coming soon!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Episode 109: Mexico

I'm back from vacation! While Mexico was fun and certainly relaxing, it already feels like a distant memory since getting back to the daily grind of things ... amazing how time flies!

Xel-Ha, Mexico

I barely spent any time knitting during the trip, because we were more or less out and about exploring — can you blame me?  However, I was able to knit on the plane both ways, despite rumors of not being able to bring knitting needles on the plane flying from Mexico into the US. Somehow I managed to get all of my knitting (carry-on included) past the security checks #WINNING!
I think it may have had something to do with the fact that they were made out of wood ... Wood is good!
Bungalow Neighbors
In other news, I'm back on a spinning kick! Bobbie of the Inspired Knitting vidcast recommended a Craftsy class "Spinning Dyed Fiber" hosted by Sweet Georgia Yarns' Felicia Lo. I have to say, it's an awesome class! Highly recommend — however it's more for advanced beginner spinners, not so much looking to improve their spinning technique, so much as learning the many different ways to spin with hand-dyed fiber ... there are lots! Felicia is also a great instructor. So definitely check it out!
Kayaking in a lagoon ... looking for manatees!
(sadly, we did not spot any)

Here's what I chat about in this week's episode:


  • First pair of Toe-Up Socks! Voolenvine Yarns / Footsie in "Sealab"
  • Ranger Cardigan / Malabrigo Rios in "Coco" / Any Man's Jumper KAL (end date 6/14)
  • Daybreak Shawl / Gynx Yarns in "Charcoal" and "Lavender Tea" / Single-Ply Merino

Spun Right Round  - Falkland Wool Roving in "Mr. Kittens"

  • Knitters' Pride Karbonz in US 1 40" circulars & 6" US 5 dpns
  • Gynx Yarns "Unsafe for Swimming" in Singly-Ply SW Merino

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Episode 108: Queen of Gray

On the Needles:
I realized it was time to learn how to knit a pair of toe-up socks. The cast on has always intimidated me but was finally driven to bite the bullet. Turns out, I really enjoy knitting them! Dare I say I'm a total convert? The Turkish cast on method is pure genius!!!

Here is the YouTube that helped me learn.
  • Ophidian Shawl / Voolenvine Yarns, Lush "Myth" colorway
  • Vanilla Socks / Voolenvine Yarns, Blitzed "Reflektor" colorway
  • Vanilla Toe-Up Socks / Voolenvine Yarns, BFL "Sealab" colorway
  • Daybreak Shawl / Gynx Yarns, single merino, "Gunmetal" & "Lavender Tea" colorways
  • Ranger Cardigan / Malabrigo Rios, "Coco" colorway 
  • Tempest Cardigan / Cephalopod Yarns, "Blue Lobster" & "Vampire Squid" colorways

I learned how to use my GhstWorks Phang spindle, and really like the way it works! Right now I'm spinning up some Fibery Tribbles (Obligatory Box of Chocolates) from the lovely GourmetStash. Yum!

Here are some helpful YouTube videos:

Yarn Booty:

I have acquired yet another skein of Gynx Yarns single merino in "Unsafe for Swimming". 

Shop Update: 
I have a new base coming to the shop! I haven't named it yet, but it's a blend of BFL, Nylon, and Supwerwash Merino! #StayTuned

PSA: Going forward, all custom orders will require me to charge an extra 10% fee. I am happy to fulfill custom orders, but I have to take into consideration that it affects the general flow of business, supplies, and creativity. 

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