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Interview: Apothecary Yarns

I must confess, Apothecary Yarns was my gateway drug into the world of independently hand-dyed yarns, with their wild colorways and catchy names… Which is why I’m super excited about this week’s interview with Sarah and Jennifer, the awesome sisters behind it all!
While they both knit, Jennifer is the mastermind behind the dyeing process, and Sarah is responsible for the business end of things and taking photos of their delicious yarn!
I would really love to meet them for a knit some day because they seem like so much fun! I hope you agree when you hear what they had to say.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you, please tell us a little about yourself and your hand dyed yarn line, Apothecary Yarns!
We are a small yarn company, run by two sisters dedicated to enhancing knitter’s stash with fun, delicious yarn. Our dyeing headquarters is located in N. Florida and Jennifer is the dye master. I (Sarah) live in S. Florida and I handle the business and photogra…

Episode 37: Adventures in Hand Dyeing Yarn

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On the Needles:
Vanilla Socks for Dennis using Cakewalk Yarns in Clove
Karise Shawl by Karina Westermann, using Halcyon Victoria

Yarn Acquisitions:

Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks that Rock Light Weight
Mad HatterSmokin' Cuz I Am
Honey Pullover by Amy MillerBienvenue mon coeur Baby Cardigan by Kasia LubinskaPucker Socks by General Hogbuffer

Tutorial: My First Dye Job

Behold! My first attempt at dyeing yarn! I must say, I'm extremely proud of myself. 
After interviewing several indie hand-dyers over on, I was totally inspired to try it myself. This past week, (aside from being glued to Netflix watching Vampire Diaries) I've been watching tutorials on YouTube and reading Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan. When Friday rolled around, I couldn't wait to dive in!
I did order a bare skein of sock yarn and some Jacquard acid dyes from Knit Picks but after doing more research, I decided to go the safe route and start off with food coloring. Otherwise, I would have had to invest in a separate pot, a face mask, funnel and all these other misc. tools (which for future reference, my local dollar store amazingly has all of!) Food coloring is at least safe and natural.
So, as you can see in the orange bowl, I had a small skein of 100% wool (leftover Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool) soaking 3 cups of luke warm water and 1 cu…

Vampire Weeks

Hello! I'm here and still alive... It's just after moving and settling into our new apartment, I seem to have fallen into a knitting coma.

I've been completely monogamous to knitting my Monkey Socks while plowing through all of season one and some of season 2 of The Vampire Diaries on Netflix... then watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 on iTunes.

I'm glad the socks are off the needles but on the other hand, I'm totally vampired out! I think my motive here was to finish them before I cast on anything else because knowing me, I'd get distracted and never pick them up again. So I let myself get sucked into some guilty-pleasure TV (pun intended).

So the Monkey Socks are done. Now I'm knitting a pair of V Junkie socks from Alice Yu's Socktopus: 17 socks to knit and show off, which I reviewed over on! So, not only am I on a vampire kick, I'm on a sock knitting kick as well. Good times!

In other news, for my birthday I treated myself to…

Episode 36: The Yarn Fortress

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Stitchmistress' TV Knitting PodcastIKEA, EDLAND linen closetDownton Abbey on PBSBirthday dining in Brooklyn:Five Leaves restaurant in Brooklyn (NY Times article about Heath Ledger)Nights & Weekends bar in Brooklyn (owned by Five Leaves) Update:

Interview w/ Hoxton Handmade of the Electric Sheep podcastInterview w/ GreenTriangleGirl of the A Playful Day podcast
On the Needles:
Monkey Socks by Cookie AEphemera Mittens by Amy ChristoffersAudrey in Unst Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston- hiatus

Yarn Acquisitions:
Blue Moon Fiber Arts in Mad Hatter & Smokin' Cuz I AmStash Bust Army
Shur'tugal Socks by Alice YuHermione's Everyday Socks by Erica LuederSock Yarn Slouch Hat by Sandra BichlmayerEphemera Mittens by Amy Christoffers

Interview: A Playful Day

Behold! Another interview with one of my favorite knitting podcasters, Green Triangle Girl of A Playful Day! Like the name suggests, her show evokes an incredible sense of playfulness. Her voice is charming and always upbeat. I just love her enthusiasm for knitting; each episode leaves you ready to tackle the world with their knitting needles. Did I mention, she’s also a mega foodie? The girl loves to cook and bake– rest assured, you will be inspired not only to keep on knitting, but to get busy with your kitchen.

For those who have never heard about A Playful Day Podcast, please tell us a little about it:

A Playful Day is a podcast from the UK about knitting, food and all things practical and playful. It’s hosted by a fairy with a desire for fun, laughter and lust for using words such as ‘tomfoolery’.

Who or what inspired you to pick up the microphone?

I actually didn’t mean to make a podcast! I was taking part in ‘Blog Week’ that was hosted by Eskimimi last year and the l…