Episode 50: Name Your Yarn

I published the first episode of YarnGasm, June 28th, 2010 — Two years later, it's been slow-going but we're finally at episode 50!

As I mention in the show I'm so glad I decided pick up the microphone ... not only because it's so much fun but also for the many knitters I've come to know along the way. That said, I just want to send a big thanks to everyone for tuning in week after week. You are all amazing and making knitting that much more important to me.

Housekeeping notes:

Thanks to everyone for all the positive feedback about the last video podcast. I will definitely be doing more of them!
However, I understand that some of you prefer that I stick to audio, so to make everyone happy, I will be uploading the audio from each video podcast I do. The audio should upload in your iTunes subscription feed as a regular episode as usual.
However, if you are into the video podcast, you will have to check back on my blog or visit Blip.TV and search "Voolenvine" or "YarnGasm" to view the episode, until I figure out a better setup. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

On the Needles:

Evenstar Shawl / Knit Picks Gloss Lace in Sterling
Fa Fa Fa Socks / Blue Moon Fiber Arts, STR Lightweight in Every Day Gray

Yarn Acquisitions: 

Frog Tree Pediboo Sock Yarn in color way 1190 
Purchased at Adventures in Knitting in Dennisport, MA who are moving on 9/25/12 to their new location, 105 Route 137 Suite B, Harwich, MA

I also fell in love with a pattern I spotted in the shop:

Summer in Kansas Shawl by Katie Nagorney and Ann Swanson
    Published in Two Old Bags, $8.00
    Very Nancy Bush / Evelyn A. Clark and by that I mean, Estonian Lace 

Book Review: 

Fresh Design Scarves from Cooperative Press

This is 1 of 4 books (Men, Scarves, Shawls, and Sweaters) in what will be the 10-book Fresh Designs series, edited by Shannon Okey
These books each contain 10 great patterns by emerging up-and-coming designers.

What I like:
  • great photos
  • straight forward, well-written patterns — easy to understand.
  • Something for everyone - a nice range of pattern styles from traditional to more modern and whimsical.
What I don't like:

Technically speaking, what's not to like? If I had to pinpoint something, it's that for me, personally, I would only consider casting on 3 or 4 out of 10 patterns in this book —  someone who enjoys knitting more adventurous styles, would think differently.  Like I said, there's something for everyone in this book which is always a good thing.

Overall: I think it would be a great gift for a beginner knitter because it has such a wide variety of patterns. It would offer them a wide variety of different techniques to try.

For More Info: Fresh Design Scarves from Cooperative Press, which retails for $22.95. When you purchase the print version online, you'll also get a digital PDF copy … OR you can just download the Digital PDF ONLY for $16.95.

Click here for more info.