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.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195923999/art-nouveau-yarn-club?ref=shop_home_feat_2

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

UPDATES


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!






WHAT I'VE BEEN KNITTING



  • "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.

SPINNING


  • 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


STASH ENHANCEMENTS


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


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Episode 111: Rainbowpallooza!




UPDATES
- 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

SPINNING
     - 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.


STASH ENHANCEMENTS
     - Hobbled Hoy Battlings “Butterfly Garden”

Everything is Awesome

SHOP UPDATE  
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).

ON THE NEEDLES: 

  • Ranger Cardigan / Malabrigo Rios in "Coco" / Any Man's Jumper KAL / Deadline 6/14
SPINNING: 
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! 


STASH BOOTY:

 
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:

ON THE NEEDLES: 

  • 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
SPINNING:

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

STASH ENHANCEMENTS:
  • 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.
Daybreak
  • 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
Spinning: 

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. 



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Episode 107: Yarn Yacht?


Some shocking news this week! In an effort to salvage precious space in our apartment, I may be ditching my precious Yarn Fortress for ::gasp:: something smaller (albeit much cooler-looking)! But what shall I call it? Somehow, "Yarn Yacht" doesn't have such a great ring to it.

FYI:
  • Any Man's Jumper KAL deadline extended 7/14
  • I am donating two skeins to the Stockinette Zombies' Zombie Knitpocalypse reatreat, which is happening Thursday, June 19th through Sunday, June 22nd. 
ON THE NEEDLES:
  •   Ophidian Shawl by Rosemary (Romi) Hill / Voolenvine Yarns, Lush MCN in "Myth"
  • Ranger Cardigan (Any Man's Jumper KAL) / Malabrigo, Rios, in "Coco"
  • Reflektor Socks / Voolenvine Yarns, Blitzed Stellina in "Reflektor"
  • Tempest Cardigan by Ann Weaver (Ravellenics KAL) / Cephalopod Yarns in "Blue Lobster" and "Vampire Squid"
The New Yarn Fortress

Reflektor Socks

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Episode 106: Embracing the Rabbit Holes



I know. I know. It's been three weeks since I last recorded. But, I'm back — with lots to talk about. This week I'm embracing new rabbit holes. Which, depending upon perspective could be a good ... or dangerous thing ... but I like to be optimistic.

Reflektor Socks


So, within this episode, I chat about my first vending experience at Lost Wax Studio, what's off and on the needles. Some fiber stash enhancement ... which may or may not include new equipment. Also, in shop update, I have some new colorways to show off and dish about knitting with beads. I also have a new hobby up my sleeve, so ... check it out!

Noteable Links: 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Getting My Ducks In a Row

Voolenvine Yarns

It's been an incredibly busy few weeks at Casa de Voolenvine!

But before I get into what I've been up to, I want to sincerely apologize for the crickets and lack of vidcasts these past three weeks. I swear I'm not pod-fading!

I was determined to record an episode this week but between weekend obligations, work, getting home late during the week and only having about two hours to work on things ... again, not enough hours in the day.

Excuses, excuses, I know - but after I finish blogging, I have literally TEN skeins to re-skein ... and make dinner, because frankly, I'm tired of take-out. #EndRant

So, that said, if you've been keeping up with me on social networks, or have poked into the YarnGasm Ravelry thread, you probably know I've been asked to vend at Lost Wax Studio this Saturday, April 26th. Yep! Voolenvine Yarns' very first pop-up shop!!!

If you can imagine, I've been dyeing yarn and prepping like a mad woman (in a good way) — You guys, I am so excited! If you're in the NYC area this weekend, I hope you'll stop by and say hello!

The pop-up shop is part of a Kollabora and Vogue Knitting embroidery workshop (optional). But there will be additional vendors selling wonderful crafty things as well!

Aside from getting all my ducks in a row, I have been knitting ... mainly samples. My vanilla "Wicked" socks will of course make an appearance, and I've been working on my #iKnitNYCkal
Ophidian "Myth" shawl by Romi Hill. Hopefully I will have both done beforehand.

OK, back to our regularly scheduled program.

~ Kxo



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Episode 105: Pranktastic



Linkage:

Highlights from this Week's Shop Update:
Lush / Dirty On Purpose

Lush / Spring Tease

Lush / Maldives

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