Thursday, January 22, 2015

Episode 132: Thwack!

I'm back this week with tales from Vogue Knitting Live!


On Sunday, January 25th, I will be joining a panel for the Brooklyn Fiber Arts Guild, featuring Maria (Subway Knits Podcast), Marsha (One Geek to Craft Them All), and Sarah (Knit York City)! We'll be answering questions and discussing Yarn Crafting and Blogging. I hope you can make it. I'll have some of my yarn for sale, too!

Brooklyn Fiber Arts Guild
Panel On Yarn Crafting and Blogging

Sunday, January 25th, 1:30pm-4:00pm EST
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza


Podcaster Meet-Up!

Marsha (One Geek to Craft Them All)
Maria (Subway Knits)

Maria (Subway Knits) & Jill Draper
A Crocheted Taj Mahal!

BIG thanks again to Marsha from One Geek to Craft Them All and Susie from Chiagu for hosting a podcaster meet-up for me and Maria (Subway Knits Podcast). And another BIG thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello — it was so great meeting you!

- I caught up with Loop's Steph Gorin and Jill Draper — I even had a Franklin Habit sighting!

Pattern: Whispering Pines Shawl by Molly Klatt
Yarn: Voolenvine Yarns / Wolke, "Jilted Rose"


  • Whispering Pines Shawl by Molly Klatt / Voolenvine Yarns - Wolke, "Jilted Rose"
  • Endurance Sharf by FO & Dye (Test Knit for Elly) / Voolenvine Yarns - Blitzed, "Poe"
  • Favorite Socks / Sleep Season - "Gauge"
  • After-Thought Heel Socks / Regia Self-striping - "Lake"
Spindle: The Spanish Peacock
Fiber; Loop Bullseye Bump, "Violets"

  • The D-SPAKAL is still going strong! LOVING everyone's entries! I'm making slow but steady progress with my Loop Bullseye Bump in "Violets" ... just entering the first color-change.  
Loop Bulllseye Bump
"Natural Spring"
TREAT YOUR SELF (Formerly Stash Enhancements)
 It's my birthday month and feeling shamelessly enabled, apparently.

  • Wollmeisse - "Ein Klein Wenig Verrucht" — I FINALL caught an Wollmeisse update over at the Loopy Ewe website. The colorway in person (a deep, rich, blue-violet) was not as depicted as it was on the site (a dark dusty lavender), but I was still pleasantly surprised and love it!
  • Gynx Yarns - Glitz Sock, "Ultimecia" — Again, I know nothing of video game characters, but I just knew I had to have this colorway when Laura showed it off on her podcast, The Dyer's Notebook.
  • Loop - Bullseye Batt, "Natural Spring"I made a Beeline to Steph's boot after the podcaster meet-up. I was hoping to nab something out of my purple comfort zone and with more frequent color changes ... and proceeded to purchase this gorgeous bit o' business.

  • One Geek to Craft Them All - Loki Earrings — LOVE LOVE LOVE'em!
In other random news, I spied a box of crafty DIY books out on my street corner (this is a common thing in Brooklyn — Another person's trash may be another person's treasure. Leave it on the curb!)  

Because I'll be gearing up for this weekend's Brooklyn Fiber Arts Guild Panel, there will be no shop update this week.

The next shop update will be Monday, January 26th, 2015 | 2pm EST 

I also show off some of my new Valentine's Day colorways including "Pookie Pie", "Mexican Hot Chocolate", and "Lady Godiva".


Me and Dennis are still in the process of selling and buying a new home. BUT we're so close! I should have some good news from the western front, next week ;)

As if multiple open houses weren't enough to slow me down, I experienced a few more hiccups — or as I like to call it ... "COG IN WHEEL!"

  1. My electric spin-dryer (which speeds up the drying process for wet yarn significantly) decided to stop working. Thankfully, Dharma Trading has awesome customer service and sent me a new one the very next day! And here's what they suggested I do with the defunct one:

  2.  Usually when I have a lot of packages to ship at once, I schedule the post office pick-up. TWO DAYS in a row, they never showed up. Not cool. So filed a complaint via email. I wasn't expecting a reply, but amazingly, they called me back THAT night to apologize. 
So, despite a few setbacks last week, customer service is getting thumbs up from me.

Happy Knitting!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Episode 131 - Bases On a Regular Basis


  • Vogue Knitting Live!: Saturday, January 17th (12-1pm) — I'm excited to be joining Maria of the Subway Knits Podcast, Marsha of One Geek to Craft Them All, and Chiagu for a podcaster meet-up! Click here for more info. I hope you'll swing by and say hello!
  • Brooklyn Knit and Crochet Guild Panel: Sunday, January 25th (1:30pm-4pm) — I will once again be joining Maria, and Marsha, along with Sarah from Knit York City at the Brooklyn Public Library to discuss Yarn Crafting and Blogging. I will also have some of my yarn for sale!

Vanilla Socks - Sleep Season's "Gauge" Colorway


  • Endurance Shawl Test - Knit for Elly Voolenvine Yarns / Blitzed "Poe"
  • Vanilla Socks - Sleep Season "Gauge"
  • Vanilla Socks - Voolenvine Yarns / Lush "Everything is Awesome" — FINALLY nabbed this project back from my mom.
Subterranean Woodworks Turkish Spindle
Hobbledehoy Fiber

It's my birthday month! (Any excuse to enhance the stash, right?)
  • Regia Stripemania Color 6-ply - Colorway: 6369 (lake)
    Correction: This yarn is a German brand, but (as the description states) made in Italy.
  • Schoppel Crazy Zauberball - 2170
  • Knitter's Pride Karbonz US 1.5 dpns

  • Sharon (aka StitchMistress on Ravelry), the host of the TV Knitting Podcast, has crossed over to video! I'm really looking forward to more episodes because her spinning is incredible and love being able to see all her gorgeous work. 
  • I enrolled in another Craftsy Class! This time, I'm taking Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery with Jessica Marquez.

    This comes after a friend commissioned me to re-create framed embroidery from a scene in the movie Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (skip to the 1:05 mark in the video, if you're curious).

    Because I wasn't happy with my stitching, I started over and made a cross-stitch, using the iPhone/iPad app Cross Stitch Maker (iTunes).
  • Once again, I'm introducing a new base. Stark Sock is my new strong sock base — 75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon ... because sometimes, you just want to knit a strong, sturdy sock :)
  • I announced a new shop policy this week — I am no longer taking custom orders, however I will be taking orders for multiple skeins of a repeatable colorway, with a 4-skein minimum.
  • FO & Dye's Big Shiny Dyeing Experiment Part 2 is underway! 5 indie-dyers. 1 theme. 5 totally different colorways. Visit this thread to vote on a theme!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Vogue Knitting Live! Podcaster Meet-Up

I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it to Vogue Knitting Live! this year, with everything that's been going on ... but somehow, I made it work!

Yep! I'm excited to be joining Maria from the Subway Knits podcast for a podcaster meet-and-greet at the Chiagu + One Geek to Craft Them All booth! Stop by and say hello - I will have some Voolenvine Yarns Mini-Skeins and other fun podcast goodies to giveaway. Hope to see you there! Details below:

Meet the voices behind the Subway Knits and YarnGasm podcasts
New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
Saturday, January 17,  Noon – 1pm
Booth 118 , 5th Floor

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Episode 130 — "Unhappy Hipsters"

  • My apartment is getting more and more empty by the week! I joke that I should probably submit a few photos to

  • Sunday, January 25th, 2015 I will be joining a panel on Yarn Crafting and Blogging, hosted by the Brooklyn Knit & Crochet Guild! It'll be held at the Brooklyn Public Library from 1:30pm—4pm. You'll also be able to purchase Voolenvine Yarns! Click here for more info 

A Pic of Our Apartment from the Real Estate Listing
(... if only it always looked that uncluttered.)
Improvised Slouch Hat
Malabrigo Rasta - "Lotus"

  • Due to dropping temperatures, I was finally inspired to cast on a super chunky hat. I improvised a basic slouch using the Malabrigo Rasta yarn (Lotus colorway), which I purchased at the last Rhinebeck.
  • We have a HO! Not surprisingly, I cast off 1/2 of another vanilla sock using Sleep Season's Gauge colorway.  

Dots Shawl by Casapinka
Yarn: Voolenvine Yarns - Nouveau "Poe" / Blitzed "Faerie Hair"

  • I'm still test-knitting the Endurance Shawl for Elly of FO & Dye, using Voolenvine Yarns, Blitzed in "Poe"
  • I cast on a Dots Shawl by Casapinka using Voolenvine Yarns - Blitzed in "Faerie Hair" / Nouveau in "Poe". 

  • The D-SPAKAL is off to a great start! I'm about 1.5 oz into my Loop Bullseye Batt using my Spanish Peacock drop spindle.
  • Showing some love to my Aaron Makes Stuff drop spindle and Gourmet Stash Luxury Tribbles in "Hedwig"


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Episode 129: Treat Your Self

  • Dennis got me some pretty cat-tastic stocking stuffers for Christmas! A Cats In Sweaters Calendar and a Cats in an Ice Cream Cone notebook
  • I'm wearing my Llama Cross-Stitch print dress from MaryInk on Etsy
  • I mention Fiber Nymph's 90% Knitting Podcast  
Pattern: Windchief Hat by Stephen West
Yarn: Voolenvine Yarns / Deco Worsted - "Dirty On Purpose"

  • Windschief Hat by Stephen West / Voolenvine Yarns - Deco Worsted in "Dirty On Purpose" 
Hat in Action! — Dennis / New Year's Day Brunch

  • I'm still knitting away on Dennis' Ranger Cardigan
  • Vanilla Socks / Sleep Season - "Gauge"  
Awesome news for Gauge + Tension! They will have a new home at Brooklyn Craft Company beginning in February!
Loop Bullseye Batt / Spanish Peacock Drop Spindle
for the D-SPAKAL

The D-SPAKAL kicks-off January 1st, 2015!  
Post your progress the Ravelry Thread and enter to win giveaway prizes — One post per-person please.

Join the conversation in the chatter thread

I will be spinning a Loop bullseye Batt "Violets" with a Spanish Peacock Drop Spindle. 

I warmed up my spindle by spinning Fiber TidBits from Hobbledehoy.

Warming Up My Drop Spindle with Hobbledehoy Fiber TidBits

Let the D-SPAKAL Commence! Spinning up the Loop Batt

This week I recommended some great books on learning how to spin:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Episode 128: "Happy Holidays!"

  • Our crafty girl Kim (of the Craftstash podcast) landed her dream job and is moving to Denver! Yay! So me, Maria (Subway Knits Podcast), Dana (Dana Doodle Knits Blog), and Lisa (Roman Hills Yarn) all got together to wish her farewell. We drank wine, played Cards Against Humanity, and adopted some of her de-stash.
    Kim's Knitty Farewell Party
  • Quick Shop Housekeeping Notes: Shipments will resume 12/29/14 ... Next shop update will be 1/2/15
  • Ornamentalong KAL Winners! (visit the Ravelry thread to check out everyone's ornaments)
    • #72  - Shamekaknits - Sunshine Yarn Fun project bag + Yarn
    • #48  - Schnueffeltier - One Geek to Craft Them All / Stitch Markers
    •  #83 - RockabellaCrafts - Voolenvine Yarns OOAK Lush Skein / "Taj Mahal" / 
My finished Holly Jolly Christmas Socks!
  • Even though I was knitting away on it, I didn't finish Dennis' Ranger Cardigan in time for Christmas. I'm currently knitting the raglan decreases. 
  • I cast on another pair of vanilla socks using Sleep Season's "Gauge" colorway, which I purchased at Gauge + Tension.
  • D-SPAKAL: Visit the Ravelry thread for guidelines and more! Until it kicks-off, choose your fiber, warm-up your spindles, and choose a pattern. I treated myself to a Loop Bullseye Batt and a Spanish Peacock drop spindle, which I should have to show you, next episode!
  • I also give a quick demo on how to ply-on-the-fly

  • Here's what I adopted from Kim's De-Stash (Link to Kim's De-Stash on Etsy)
    • Three Irish Girls / Adorn Sock - "Bryn"
    • Julianna's Fiber / Self-striping - "Half-Asleep in Frog Pajamas"
    • Wollmeisse Twin - "We're Different"
    • Gourmet Stash Puni-Making Kit
  • Countess Ablaze Fiber / "An Obscure Family"
Holiday Nails!
Voolenvine Yarns
Colorways: Marrakech Spice (Coral) and Walk the Plank (Teal-Blue)

  • I have a new base! Wolke is a 4-ply fingering blend of 80/10/10 Superwash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon.   
  • I also show off the yarn Laura dyed from my collaboration with Gynx Yarns!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Episode 127: "A History of Stitch Markers"

  • Quickie Shop Update: Holiday colorways (Holly Jolly & Deck the Halls) will be going into hibernation beginning 12/21/14 until the next holiday season (Oct/Nov 2015). Also, in order to focus on creating new colorways, Outlander colorway will be taking a brief hiatus, during the month of Jan. 2015. It will return in February.
  • Ornamentalong KAL - The ornament knitting is going strong! LOVE looking through all your submissions. FYI: The non-chatter Ravelry thread will be locked for prize drawings Dec. 19th / Winners announced on the next episode. Chatter thread will remain open.
  • D-SPAKAL: January - April 2015 / Drop spin and ply a shawl’s worth of yarn (approx. 400 yards) and then knit into a shawl.


     D-SPAKAL will last four months, from Jan 1 - April 30.

    • All singles MUST be spun using a drop spindle. It may be any kind of drop spindle (i.e., top whorl, bottom whorl, phang, Turkish, etc.) No wheels allowed.

    • You must spin/ply a shawl’s worth of yarn — Approximately 375 yards.

    • While I encourage you to ply on your singles on your drop spindle, you may ply on a wheel.

    • You may choose any shawl/scarf/cowl pattern.

    • Have fun!!!!

      Check out the Ravelry chatter thread for more info and pattern suggestions!
  • Molly of A Homespun House has designed a new pattern called Foraging Mittens! She knit the sample using Voolenvine Yarns!


  • I FINALLY joined the sleeves to the body of Dennis' Ranger cardigan! I may just finish it in time for Christmas!
  • Still knitting away on the second Holly Jolly sock.

  •  Still spinning my way through Gourmet Stash Luxury Tribbles in "Hedwig" on my Aaron Makes Stuff drop spindle
  • Warming up my Golding spindle for the D-SPAKAL, using some bonus Gourmet Stash fiber.


 Treated myself to some more Jill Draper Makes Stuff yarn. I purchased two skeins of her Empire Minis in "Loam" and "Lavender", which is 100% Rambouillet — so squishy and spongy!


Purl Bumps designer, Judy Marples (aka SpinnyKnitter on Ravelry) shared a link to the Outlander Yule Log. I have it playing in the background while I work.


I know I said there would be an update this Friday, but this week seems to be getting the better of me. The next shop update will be Monday, December 22nd, 1pm EST. Apologies for the delay!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Episode 126: Grizzly, Manly, Woodsy


  • The Ornamental KAL is still going strong! Really enjoying all the projects everyone is posting in the Ravelry thread. Keep'em coming! Thread will be closed 12/19 for prize drawings from Sunshine Yarn Fun and One Geek to Craft them All. I will also be giving away a skein of my hand-dyed yarn. #OrnamentalKAL
  • As part of the Knitmore Girls' 25 Days of Enabling, now through 12/31 enjoy 5% off any Voolenvine Yarns item! Use coupon code: 25DaysOfEnabling out checkout. Search their Instagram tag #25DaysOfEnabling for more holiday deals!
  • D-SPAKAL: Come 1/1/15, I will be hosting a D-SPAKAL (aka Drop Spindle / Shawl Knit-along) - We'll be drop-spindling enough fiber (approx. 400 yards) to knit a shawl/scarf. In the meantime, warm up your drop spindles, choose your fiber, and pick yer poison project. More on this soon!
    Also, check out this blog post from Sweet Georgia about calculating fiber quantities for spinning — interesting and helpful!
Blue Birds of Happiness Ornaments
Yarn: My handspun Spun Right Round fiber


  • I put a large dent in the Endurance Shawl I'm test-knitting for Elly of FO & Dye. Yarn is Voolenvine Yarns - Blitzed Fingering / Poe
  • One sleeve of Dennis' Ranger Cardigan is actually finished! One more sleeve to go! REALLY hoping to have it all finished in time for Christmas. #PipeDreams
  • About half-way finished on my second Christmas sock using my hand-dyed Lush yarn in "Holly Jolly"
Yarn: Jill Draper Makes Stuff / Esopus Sock "Drinking In the Saddle"
Purchased at Gauge + Tension


  • Last weekend I stopped by Gauge + Tension and nabbed a skein from of Jill Draper Makes Stuff  - Esopus / Drunk In the Saddle
  • Also for Black Friday, I treated myself to a pack of Gourmet Stash's Harry Potter-inspired Luxury Tribbles in "Hedwig" ... not to be confused with the Broadway musical, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Gourmet Stash Luxury Tribbles in "Hedwig" / Drop Spindle by Aaron Makes Stuff

Many of you have been asking me for tips on starting your own podcast. I briefly discuss this in the episode but at some point, I will write a separate blog post about it.


The next shop update will be Friday, December 12th, 2014 / 1pm EST. 

I also posted a poll in the Voolenvine Yarns Ravelry thread: What's your favorite Voolenvine Yarns yarn base? I'd love to know! Leave a comment in the thread to enter to score 10% off your next purchase in my shop :)

If you haven't signed up for the Vampire Romance Club, do eeet! Space is limited.  You have until January 1st 2015.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Episode 125: Lots of Stuff!

First, I would like to apologize for only wishing the east coast of the US a Happy Thanksgiving, last week — talk about a mega brain fart! You know, I really did mean to wish everyone in the US a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you got to spend time with friends, family, and eat ALL the FOODS!


- Apologies for only wishing the East Coast of the US a happy Thanksgiving, last week. Talk about a mega brain fart! I really did mean to wish the whole US continent a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it was delicious and you got to spend time with friends and family.

- The Onrament-a-long KAL is still underway! If you haven't joined - pop over to the Ravelry thread and check out all the gorgeous and adorable ornaments everyone's knitting up. The KAL runs until December 19th, 2014, when I'll be drawing winners for giveaways. So far, we have prize donations from One Geek to Craft Them All and Sunshine Yarn Fun! If you would like to donate a giveaway prize, just PM me on Ravelry :)

- The living room of our apartment has now become my office — hence, the new background.

- New episodes of YARNGASM will be posted on Wednesdays by 6pm, EST. You can watch via YouTube, iTunes, and my blog.


- Beeswax Hat - Pattern by Amy van der Laar / Voolenvine Yarns - Magpie DK, "Moondrop"
- Blue Birds of Happiness - Spun Right Round Handspun / Mystery Batt
- Seahorse - Gynx Yarns / Glitz Sock - "Golden Saucer"


- 1 Favorite Sock finished - Voolenvine Yarns - Lush, "Holly Jolly"
- 1 Afterthought Heel Vanilla Sock - White Birch Fiber Arts - "Does this Rainbow Make My Black Look Big"


- More handspun from Spun Right Round fiber

... more show notes soon!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Episode 124: "Orna-Mental"

It totally slipped my mind that this week is Thanksgiving! So I wanted to squeeze in a quickie episode before everyone starts disappearing for the holiday - and because I probably won't be around to record this weekend, as well.


  • I'm still OBSESSED with knitting Birds of Happiness out of my handspun.  As of today, I have six total! 
  • When I said, "Put a bird on it." I was referencing Season 1, episode 1 of Portlandia.  Check it out on Netflix! :) (Mature audiences only)
Another "Bird of Happiness" ornament, knit out of my handspun from Spun Right Round.

Voolenvine Yarns - Deco Worsted "Faerie Hair"
  • This week I'm in love with a new-to-me dye technique. Check out my new colorway, "Faerie Hair" to see what I mean. 
  • Lots of collaborations coming down the pike with Laura of Gynx Yarns and Elly & Dave from FO & Dye.  

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