Friday, November 21, 2014

Episode 123: The Sleeve That Keeps On Sleeving


Another great trunk show weekend at Gauge + Tension! Thanks to all who came by to say hello and treat yo'self to some fiber! :) Also to the awesome G+T gang. xo

Pattern: Birds of Happiness Ornaments
Knit out of my handspun
Fiber: Spun Right Round

- Another Blue Bird of Happiness out of Handspun Spun Right Round Fiber
- Mitts to Fit Mittens out of Voolenvine Yarns / Squish - Enjoy the Silence


- Favorite Socks / Voolenvine Yarns: Lush - "Holly Jolly"
- Afterthought Heel Socks / White Birch Fiber Arts / "Does This Rainbow Make My Black Look Big".
- EPIC Crochet Granny Square Afghan - Flowers In the Snow / Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted.
- Beeswax Hat / Voolenvine Yarns: Magpie DK - "Moondrop".
- Ranger Cardigan / Malabrigo: Rios - "Coco"


- I'm still enjoying plying-on-the-fly
- I signed up for another Craftsy.com class called "Drafting Worsted to Woolen", hosted by Jacey Boggs Faulkner. I HIGHLY recommend it!
- Finished spinning and plying fiber from Gourmet Stash "Fluff and Nonsense" and Quaere Fibers "Concrete Jungle".
Yarn: Voolenvine Yanrs: Magpie DK - "Moondrop"
Pattern: Beeswax Hat by Amy van der Laar


- New Magpie DK base! 75/20/5 Superfine Merino, Silk, and Stellina.
- BFL Footsie sock base will be on limited supply until February 2015.
- After watching the movie, Only Lovers Left Alive, (not kid-friendly btw) I had a new yarn club idea! Vampire Romance! Sign-up date still TBD.
- Stay tuned for the big "7 Modern Wonders Of the World" dye challenge reveal with me, FO&Dye and Gynx Yarns!
- Me and Laura from Gynx Yarns are collaborating on two limited edition colorways.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Episode 122 — "Ball-Winding Crazy"


This weekend Voolenvine Yarns will be having another trunk show @ Gauge + Tension 11/15 & 11/16.

Gauge + Tension
110 Meserole Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222


Molly of A Homespun House podcast inspired me to knit up a quickie Blue Bird of Happiness using leftover sock yarn.

Modified "Mittens to Fit" / Voolenvine Yarns - Squish Base, "Enjoy the Silence"
My hands were cold, so I cast on an obilgatory pair of mittens with my hand-dyed colorway, "Enjoy the Silence" on Squish. The pattern is a modified version of the free pattern, “Mittens to Fit”. I decided these will be my project for the Knitmore Girl’s Grinch-a-Long.

Plyign On-the-Fly
This week I learned a new spinning technique! It's called "Plying-On-the-Fly"! Here is the YouTube tutorial from Jocelyn Ahlers, which I found most helpful.


Just because I'm on a fiber diet doesn't mean I can't treat myself to some skully stitch markers from K8erpillar Designs!

Gynx Yarns — Glitz Sock "Fat Tuesday"

Shameka Knits - I have bought a self-striping yarn. I am trying to make a toe-up afterthought heel socks and use up every bit of the yarn. My question is…..How many yards do you save for the heel?

A: The last pair of self-striping socks I knit required 2 stripes for the after-thought heel. I believe each stripe measured out to about 5-6 yards, so to be on the safe side, I would say make sure you have at least 12-13 yards.

Blondecatalogue - Do you have any swift and ball winder recommendations?

My go-to ball winder is the Strauch Jumbo Ball Winder, especially for production purposes. However, I recommend listening to the Knitmore Girls podcast, Episode 300 - "For Better or for Wool". They give an in-depth review of models from their Ball-winder and Swift "tasting".


Because I will be having a trunk show this weekend, Friday's update will be small. However I will post more on Monday, November 17th, 2014.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Episode 121: Ridiculous Kitsch


- I will be having another trunk show at Gauge + Tension Sat. 11/15 and Sun. 11/16 ... this time selling fiber. Hang out and spin a while!

- The wait is over! I finally got around to publishing my go-to pattern for socks. Download a FREE pdf of "My Favorite Sock" here.


- Speaking of socks, I finished knitting my Outlander colorway socks!


- I've been knitting away on Dennis' Ranger Cardigan by Jared Flood. Still on the first sleeve and it feels like it's taking FOREVER. I'm blaming the circular needles I'm using - Clover 24" bamboo. The cable is too short and the wood is too sticky.

- Elly of the FO & Dye podcast designed a pattern called the Endurance shawl. I'm test knitting it for her using my hand-dyed yarn in "Poe" on Blitzed fingering.

- I've been knitting Hexipuffs on and off ... and I'm also determined to finally splurge on some acrylic yarn to crochet (yes, you read that right) that EPIC Granny Square Blanket I've been dreaming about. Here is the pattern I'm going to use


Still spinning away on my Quaere Fiber, which is 100% Superwash Merino in "Concrete Jungle". I have about one more ounce to spin. I think I will just leave it as a single-ply and knit a pair of socks with it.


Holiday colors are here! Just in time to start all your holiday knitting. More colorways to come in the following week.

• I've also been having fun creating 100g mini-skein palette sets.

• This week I introduced a new DK yarn line called "Smitten"! 80/10/10 SW Merino, Nylon, and Cashmere.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Episode 120: A Plague of Hexipuffs


Hello to Claire (aka ClairMacavoy) of the New Hampshire Knits podcast!
PSA: Dave is awesome!


I have fallen into the Hexipuff vortex of doom (Pattern from Tiny Owl Knits' Beekeeper's Quilt)! And it all started with a mini-skein from Sleep Season


Quaere Fibers / Concrete Jungle 100% Superwash Merino.
I also spun a bump of pink mystery fiber.


From August 1 — October 1 Me and Molly of "A Homespun House" podcast co-hosted a Classic Must Knits KAL. I used a random number generator to choose winners (from the Ravelry thread) for three giveaway prizes.  They are ...

Congrats to the winners and BIG thanks to Rock and String Creations & Love Sock Wool for the generous giveaway donations!


This week I couldn't resist splurging on more fiber from one of my favorite fiber artists, Hobbledehoy Yarn + Fiber. Limestone Cliffs, 4 oz. Merino / tencel 50/50.


- Fiber is gradually making its way into my shop. This week I dyed up some Corriedale Cross.
- Taking a wee break from dyeing anymore "Outlander". If you would like yarn in this colorway, just PM me on Etsy and I'll be happy to dye some up for you :)
- New base! Squish - 100% Superwash Merino / 4-ply fingering

I have two collaborations coming up! 
- Voolenvine Yarns + Gynx Yarns
- FO & Dye Podcast Hand-dye Experiment: Me, Laura (Gynx Yarns / Dyer's Notebook Podcast), and Elly (FO & Dye) will dye up our own interpretation of the "Seven Wonders Of the World".


For Halloween, I dressed up as Cersei Lannister (from the TV series Game of Thrones). I sewed my own costume using a pattern from Simplicity.
What sorcery is this...?

Me and Dennis ... in his Halloween Vest

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Episode 119 — "Yak Down!"


  • My Pop-Up Shop at Gauge + Tension during the NYC Yarn Crawl could not have gone better! Thanks to Michele, Melissa, Alison, and everyone who stopped by! XoXoXo
  • This week I have a HUGE announcement, regarding Voolenvine Yarns. Sorry, you'll just have to watch the episode ;-)
Off the Needles

  • Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West / Yarn by Gynx Yarns (Lavender Tea & Charcoal)
  • Napoleon (aka Harold) The Nervous Narwhal by Rebecca Danger / Yarn by Voolenvine Yarns (Dirty On Purpose)
  • Freehand Handspun Hat for Dennis / Fibre by the Yarn Wench  (Denimn & Leather) Merino Wool Top
ALSO! Me, Laura, Maria, Kim, and Dana recorded an EPIC podcaster re-cap of Rhinebeck.

More Show Notes Coming Soon!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ye Olde Blog Post

Handspun YarnWench Fibre

So, it looks like recording a new episode of YarnGasm before Rhinebeck isn't in the cards. Time has not been on my side these past few weeks, friends. BUT! When I do record a new episode, I will FINALLY be able to dish on the HUGE, EXCITING, EPIC news I've been teasing this whole time! (Hint: It's not babies.)

In the meantime, I figured I'd at least catch you up with a few things in ye olde blog post.

1. I want to thank the lovely ladies behind Gauge + Tension (Michele, Melissa, and Alison - I'm looking at you!) and everyone who stopped by for an amazing NYC Yarn Crawl weekend! My trunk show could not have gone better. I made so many wonderful new friends, and it was just an all around awesome experience. I will definitely be popping by G+T in the weeks to come (secretly hoping they stay put 4EVER)!

2. Rhinebeck! I will only be there on Saturday and am hoping to arrive before noon for the Ravelry meet-up. Laura of Gynx Yarns and The Dyer's Notebook Podcast is flying in from Texas!!! If you see us, please say hello! Also, I will have SWAG! ;-)

Daybreak Shawl / Gynx Yarns

3. I finished my Daybreak shawl ... and I am in love! The color combination is perfect, and will be my go-to shawl this winter.

4. I also finished spinning Yarn Wench's fiber in "Leather and Denim" for a hat I'm knitting for Dennis. Said hat has already been cast on. Just a simple ribbed brim / stockinette cap hat. So far, so good!

... And now I recall one of the reasons I started podcasting. So, I will stop there and say no more until the next episode.  Until then ... Rhinebeck, baby. Rhinebeck!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Episode 118: If You Can't Drink It, Knit It!

On the Needles

  • Making slow, but steady progress on Dennis' Ranger Cardigan 
  • One Vanilla Sock down, one more to go! Using my hand-dyed "Outlander" colorway on my Blitzed Base.This is part of the Countdown to Outlander KAL I'm co-hosting with Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls podcast, CC from Geeky Girls Knit podcast, and Maria from Subway Knits Podcast.
  • Working on my Napoleon the Nervous Narwhal for the "Classic Must Knits KAL" I'm co-hosting with Molly from A Homespun House podcast.
  • On my trip to California, I packed my WIPs in my Maria Elena Bliss project bag. 

I finished spinning singles for Dennis' hat using Yarn Wench's "Denim and Leather" 
Also spinning Gourmet Stash's Outlander-inspired fiber in "Waterweed".

Voolenvine Yarns Trunk Show @ Gauge x Tension
I will be having a trunk show at Gauge and Tension October 11 - 12 - stop by and say hello! 

Shop Update

Voolenvine Yarns - "Outlander"
More Show Notes Coming Soon!

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!

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