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Who are we and why are we podcasting? We are Kelly and Marsha.  We came at yarn and fiber from different directions, but we both love it. Marsha is an accomplished knitter, learning to dye yarn.  Kelly is a spinner who knits and weaves.  Fiber is one of the many interests we share after over 30 years of friendship. 

Two Ewes Fiber Adventures Kelly and Marsha

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Who are we and why are we podcasting? We are Kelly and Marsha.  We came at yarn and fiber from different directions, but we both love it. Marsha is an accomplished knitter, learning to dye yarn.  Kelly is a spinner who knits and weaves.  Fiber is one of the many interests we share after over 30 years of friendship. 

    We're So Predictable

    We're So Predictable

    The solace of creating order, a nice button band technique, and plans for 2021. Full show notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
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    Marsha’s Projects Finished the body and ¾ of the sleeves of Holey Comfort cardigan by Hinterm Stein. Bind off is a really nice I-cord bind off. Sleeve width seems okay but need to decrease faster on the way to cuffs. It will be touch and go with yarn amount
    Working on foot of first pair of socks for myself using Drops Fabel Print that I bought in San Luis Obispo.
    Swatched with Little Fish Stitches fingering for a Tee called Walk Along by AnkeStrick. 
    Techniques for neat button bands: 
    pick up stitches with #1 needle and then knit with pattern size - Cocoknits Pick up exact number of stitches in body and then decrease to number of stitches called for pattern. Marsha purchased the Lady Dye Yarns kit: Schitt’s Creek 2.0. 
    Kelly’s Projects  I’ve been working a lot on the Persian Tile Blanket for my grand niece. I’m following the color choices (sort of) of a project by JenasaurusWake that I saw while watching FO radar. I’m using Knit Picks Brava Worsted in lots of fun bright colors and making color choices to make all the octagons look like they have different sized flowers in them. 
    With Friends Pullover. I’m using two patterns:  Rachel by Josée Paquin, and Fresh by Josée Paquin. I’ve put on the front hem 
    The weaving is finished on the Ribbon Candy Christmas dishtowels and they have all been washed, but not yet hemmed. I had a rocky start, but was able to correct a warping mistake that made one of my white stripes bigger than the others. I also was inspired by the Jane Stafford Guild videos to go off my pattern and play with some twill treadlings. 
    Plans for 2021 We talked about our 2021 plans and discovered that we are oh, so predictable. You don’t even really have to listen to this episode! We said exactly the same things in Episode 106 in January 2019 and Episode 127 in January 2020.
    Recommendations Kelly recommends two YouTube knitting shows
    Sweet Tea, No Shade with John and Scott
    Needles at the Ready show with Kevin and Ray.
    Marsha shares videos (created by the tour company) from last year’s Iceland trip.
    Video of our Icelandic cooking class
    Video of our visit to Icelandic geothermal plant and lava tube
     
    Ongoing Giveaway--Paper, Planning, and Plotting We are giving away two items to one lucky winner! Two Sheeps Calendar: A Celebration of Independent Yarn Dyers. Each month features an exclusive skein from an indie dyer and the link to order the yarn. It’s not just a calendar!
    Pack of three Field Notes notebooks in the Snowy Evening design. 
    To enter, answer this prompt: How do you keep your plots and plans straight? Paper, digital, other? Do you use a calendar? What kind? A notebook? What kind? Do you use a notebook for your projects or just Ravelry? When do you use paper and when do you use digital?  Enter in the thread in the Ravelry group, or you can send a comment from our website, you can send us an audio file by emailing us twoewes@twoewesfiber.com, or send us a dm on Instagram From all the responses we’ll draw a winner on January 20 and you’ll hear the winner during the second January episode.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Port Side of a Tea Pot

    The Port Side of a Tea Pot

    Holiday fun has exhausted Marsha while Kelly has been busy making a butt-shaped divot on her couch. Plus we have a patron giveaway and a surprise Winter Weave Along prize today! Full show notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
    Marsha’s Projects I haven’t knit a stitch on the Holey Comfort cardigan by Hinterm Stein,  but I did wind the fourth skein. I plan to bring it on a New Year’s trip and make some good progress. But I am the boss of my knitting, so I might choose to work on something else instead!
    I turned the heel and started the gusset of a  pair of socks for myself using Drops Fabel Print that I bought at the San Luis Obispo yarn crawl back in 2014. 
    I also finished a holiday tea cosy in red and green using the pattern Nanny Meiers Tea Cozy by Amelia Carlson published by Fiber Trends. I used spirit yarn from Sears! 
    Finally, I’m swatching with Little Fish Stitches fingering for a Tee called Walk Along by AnkeStrick.
    Kelly’s Projects  I’ve been working a lot on the Persian Tile Blanket for my grand niece. I’m following the color choices (sort of) of a project by JenasaurusWake that I saw while watching FO radar. I’m using Knit Picks Brava Worsted in lots of fun bright colors and making color choices to make all the octagons look like they have different sized flowers in them. 
    With Friends Pullover. I’m using two patterns:  Rachel by Josée Paquin, and Fresh by Josée Paquin. I’ve put the hem on waste yarn and picked up for the first sleeve. I’m going to start with the dark green at the top of the sleeve and then move into the stripe colors. I’ll do the sleeves similarly to the Fresh pattern where the sleeves are mostly one color and then there is a little bit of striping. 
    I finished 14 dishcloths in the Triple L Tweed stitch from the Purl Soho Slip Stitch Dishtowels pattern. I cast on a multiple of 3 stitches +1. It’s usually 34 or 37 stitches because I like a compact dishcloth. I totally used up four different 108-yard skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic 
    Ongoing Giveaway--Paper, Planning, and Plotting Enter on Ravelry, through the website comments page, or through email (twoewes@twoewesfiberadventures.com) by Jan 20th. Or email  us a voice memo and we’ll play your response on the show!
    The winner will get:
    Two Sheeps Calendar: A Celebration of Independent Yarn Dyers. Each month features an exclusive skein from an indie dyer and the link to order the yarn. It’s not just a calendar!
    From twosheeps:  
    Working with each dyer, we have obtained a limited supply of each exclusive colorway. The yarn in each month’s photograph is available for purchase on the first day of that month. 
    We are grateful to each dyer for creating, dyeing, twisting, and labeling these amazing skeins and are thrilled to showcase their talent in our company’s first calendar! 
    Pack of three Field Notes notebooks in the Snowy Evening design. 
    From Field Notes:  We’ve limited this 49th Quarterly Edition to 33,333 3-Packs. Each Memo Book cover features a unique snowflake illustration rendered by our friend and co-conspirator, Brendan Dawes. Each snowflake is different, so every book is different, and so for the first time in a Quarterly Edition – we’ve individually numbered each book.
    To enter, answer this prompt:
    How do you keep your plots and plans straight? Paper, digital, other? Do you use a calendar? What kind? A notebook? What kind? Do you use a notebook for your projects or just Ravelry? When do you use paper and when do you use digital?  Marsha and Kelly will put up a thread in the Ravelry group, or you can send a comment from the website, you can send us an audio file (for example using voice memo phone app and emailing it, send us a dm on Instagram or email us twoewes@twoewesfiberadventures.c

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tea Cosy Crazy

    Tea Cosy Crazy

    We celebrate the life of a fiber adventurer we've lost, plus we talk paper, planning, and plotting. How do you keep your life in order? Full show notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
    Memories In Memory of Greenhook (Amy from Salem, OR)
    From her local Ravelry Group: Remembering our Amy with a Caps for Kids KAL
    To honor her memory, we are having a Caps for Kids KAL from now until February 15th, to knit or crochet caps in any washable yarn, any pattern, any size, and donate them to a kids charity. Please post a photo of your cap(s) here before donating them. 
    Marsha’s Projects I haven’t knit a stitch on the Holey Comfort cardigan by Hinterm Stein,  but I did wind the fourth skein.
    Finished socks for myself using Tilli Tomas Artisan Sock in Coconut Grove. 
    Started another pair of socks for myself using Drops Fabel Print that I bought in San Luis Obispo.
    I have the book, Tea Cozies 3 by Sian Brown, Alison Howard and Vanessa Mooncie and have made the Pineapple and knitting Devon Violets. Started another tea cosy in red and green using the pattern Nanny Meiers Tea Cozy published by Fiber Trends. Using spirit yarn from Sears! Made the same tea cozy for my friend Gary. 
    Kelly’s Projects  I’m making progress on my With Friends Pullover. I’m using two patterns:  Rachel by Josée Paquin, Fresh by Josée Paquin. To view the changes that I made to the striping sequence, see my project page. I’m back on track after ripping out about 10 rows and I have about an inch or so to go on the body. 
    I started the Persian Tile Blanket for my grand niece. I’m using Knit Picks Brava Worsted in lots of fun bright colors.
    I’m continuing to knit dishcloths using my favorite stitch pattern, the Triple L Tweed from the Purl Soho Slip Stitch Dishtowels pattern. I cast on a multiple of 3 stitches +1. It’s usually 34 or 37 stitches because I like a compact dishcloth. I’m using four different 108-yard skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic and I’ll make as many as I can with this amount of yarn. 
    I have my table loom dressed with one of the Christmas dish towel warps.  It is a red, white, and green warp that reminds me of ribbon candy. The pattern I’ll be using is Textured Stripe from the Marguerite Davison Handweaver’s Pattern Book. 
    Recipe I referred to: Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts from NPR
    Giveaway--Paper, Planning, and Plotting Two Sheeps Calendar: A Celebration of Independent Yarn Dyers. Each month features an exclusive skein from an indie dyer and the link to order the yarn. It’s not just a calendar!
    From twosheeps:  
    Working with each dyer, we have obtained a limited supply of each exclusive colorway. The yarn in each month’s photograph is available for purchase on the first day of that month. 
    We are grateful to each dyer for creating, dyeing, twisting, and labeling these amazing skeins and are thrilled to showcase their talent in our company’s first calendar! 
    Pack of three Field Notes notebooks in the Snowy Evening design. 
    From Field Notes:  We’ve limited this 49th Quarterly Edition to 33,333 3-Packs. Each Memo Book cover features a unique snowflake illustration rendered by our friend and co-conspirator, Brendan Dawes. Each snowflake is different, so every book is different, and so for the first time in a Quarterly Edition – we’ve individually numbered each book.
    To enter, answer this prompt: How do you keep your plots and plans straight? Paper, digital, other? Do you use a calendar? What kind? A notebook? What kind? Do you use a notebook for your projects or just Ravelry? When do you use paper and when do you use digital?  Marsha and Kelly will put up a thread in the Ravelry group, or you can send a comment from the website, you can send us an audio file (for example using voice memo phon

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Recovering from Tiny Thanksgiving

    Recovering from Tiny Thanksgiving

    We’re recovering from Thanksgiving dinner preparations and cleanup. Even with a small gathering, there was more to do than we thought. Full show notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
    Thank you to  3GreenSisters Etsy shop for providing prizes for the Summer Spin In.  Use  the code TWOEWES to get 15% off and free US shipping until December 31, 2020. 
    Marsha’s Projects I haven’t knit a stitch on the  Holey Comfort cardigan by Hinterm Stein,  but I did wind the fourth skein.
    I’m about to start the toe of the second socks for myself using Tilli Tomas Artisan Sock in Coconut Grove. Perhaps they will be finished during the episode!
    I talked about possibly returning my spirit yarn to the universe. As I looked at it again I got inspired to make tea cozies. I have the book, Tea Cozies 3 by Sian Brown, Alison Howard and Vanessa Mooncie and have made the Pineapple and knitting Devon Violets.
    Kelly’s Projects  I finally finished the Sonny Bono jacket. The real name of the pattern is Crescendo and I bought it from Amazing Yarns. The yarn I used is called Curly Locks and is a tailspun mohair yarn. I love this jacket as much as the one I tried on at Stitches in 2018.  
    I’m making progress on my With Friends Pullover. I’m using two patterns:  Rachel by Josée Paquin, Fresh by Josée Paquin. To view the changes that I made to the striping sequence, see my project page. I’m back on track after ripping out about 10 rows and I have about an inch or so to go on the body. 
    I’ m continuing to knit dishcloths using my favorite stitch pattern, the Triple L Tweed from the Purl Soho Slip Stitch Dishtowels pattern. I cast on a multiple of 3 stitches +1. It’s usually 34 or 37 stitches because I like a compact dishcloth. 
    I finished dyeing the CVM 3-ply handspun for another handspun cardigan. I still haven’t selected the pattern but I’ve already made a gauge swatch and I have a few possibilities that I’m pondering. 
    I have a few weaving projects. One is a repair to an unusually constructed rug that we have in the living room. The rug was made by sewing down narrow woven strips of wool weft on thread warp to a carpet backing. Our dog Nash had ripped up several strips in a few places on the rug. After investigating the construction I was able to sew the strips down. In some places it looks good as new, in other places it is just stabilized to prevent further damage. 
    The other weaving projects are just at the wound warp stage. I have two 7 foot warps that I’ve wound for Christmas dish cloths. As inspiration I used two free patterns from Gist Yarn.  One set of towels is a white warp with a narrow red stripe on either side and reminds me of candy canes. The pattern I’ll be using is Tidal Towels.  The other set is a red, white, and green warp that reminds me of ribbon candy. The pattern I’ll be using is Textured Stripe from the Marguerite Davison Handweaver’s Pattern Book. 
    Winter Weave Along You can join in with your weaving projects anytime until March 31. We will have prizes, including a class generously donated by Erica at Weavolution. Check out this great website for weavers with projects, discussion, classes, and lots of resources. The website has a handy Weaving Calculator that you can use for project planning. 
    For Rigid Heddle Looms, check out Amy D. McKnight.  She has a blog and free resources. 
    Liz Gipson, the Yarnworker also has lots of online resources for rigid heddle weaving. 
    Blazing Shuttles has pre-wound warps and from there I found the Friendship Towels pattern at Schact. 
    Gist Yarn has some beautifully subtle kits and also has supplies and free patterns.
    Jane Stafford Textiles has kits, supplies and the Online guild. 

    • 51 min
    New Projects, Plans, and Pens

    New Projects, Plans, and Pens

    We each have new cast-ons and Marsha has a new appreciation for her spirit yarn. Plus there are new project plans, and even a new nonfiber interest. And what the heck is going on in Marsha’s yard? Full show notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
    Thank you to  3GreenSisters Etsy shop for providing prizes for the Summer Spin In.  Use  the code TWOEWES to get 15% off and free US shipping until December 31, 2020. 
    Marsha’s Projects Holey Comfort cardigan by Hinterm Stein using Elemental Effects Cormo. Haven’t knit a stitch in two weeks. But I’ll get back to it. I just have a little thinking to do about alternating the skeins on the sleeves for the two different dye lots. 
    Finished the first of a pair of socks for myself using Tilli Tomas Artisan Sock in Coconut Grove. Knit about 6” of the second sock.
    In our last episode I talked about possibly returning my spirit yarn to the universe. As I looked at it again I got inspired to make tea cozies. I have the book, Tea Cozies 3 by Sian Brown, Alison Howard and Vanessa Mooncie and have made the Pineapple and knitting Devon Violets.
    Kelly’s Projects  I’m making progress on my With Friends Pullover. I’m using two patterns:  Rachel by Josée Paquin, Fresh by Josée Paquin. To view the changes that I made to the striping sequence, see my project page. I’ve made a mistake in the dots section so I have to rip out about 10 rows. 
    I finished a solid blue charity hat using Cloudborn worsted and started another using two sock yarns held double. Both yarns are the second ball of Drops Fabel from our very first yarn crawl in San Luis Obispo. They are 50 gram balls and I bought two each for making socks. I made short socks with one and the paving mitts with the one ball of the other. The leftovers were perfect for a marled hat. 
    I completed a dishcloth using my favorite stitch pattern, the Triple L Tweed from the Purl Soho Slip Stitch Dishtowels pattern. I make it smaller so it is a dishcloth rather than a towel, but I use the same stitch pattern and casting on a multiple of 3 stitches +1. It’s usually 34 or 37 stitches because I like a compact dishcloth. I cast on at the beginning of the camping trip and bound off on the ride home. 
    I decided to make a crochet blanket for my grand niece and made a yarn purchase. The pattern I’ll be using is Persian Tile Blanket. But instead of making every square the same, I’ll be doing something more like Jenasauruswake’s Persian Tile Blanket. I got a huge box of yarn in a wide variety of colors from Knit Picks. I’ll be using Brava worsted. 
    A New/Old interest: Fountain Pens Kelly has used a fountain pen off and on since college and got a new one for Christmas last year. Meanwhile, a young colleague talked about discovering the fountain pen hobby and that made Kelly start thinking. Could she get her old pen repaired? Yes! Was there a podcast? Yes indeed! There is The Pen Addict blog and podcast.  From there she started looking online and found Peyton Street Pens, an online vintage pen store based in Santa Cruz. A vintage pen and some ink were ordered! What a rabbit hole!
    Winter Weave Along Or Summer Weave Along if you’re in the southern hemisphere! Starts November 1. It will go through March 31. We will have prizes, including a class generously donated by Erica at Weavolution. Check out this great website for weavers with projects, discussion, classes, and lots of resources. The website has a handy Weaving Calculator that you can use for project planning. 
    For Rigid Heddle Looms, check out Amy D. McKnight.  She has a blog and free resources. 
    Liz Gipson, the Yarnworker also has lots of online resources for rigid heddle weaving. 
    Blazing Shuttles has pre-wound warps and from there I found the Friendship Towels pattern at

    • 1 hr 6 min
    A Little Therapy on Either End

    A Little Therapy on Either End

    Two (count them two!) therapy sessions on this episode! Plus we talk design--both architectural and knitting. And wait, there’s more! A live FO and Winter Weave Along talk round out the show topics. Full show notes with photos and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
    Also, we have a coupon code for 3GreenSisters Etsy shop. Visit their site and use the code TWOEWES to get 15% off and free US shipping. Offer good until December 31, 2020. 
    Marsha’s Projects I’ve stopped knitting on Holey Comfort cardigan by Hinterm Stein using Elemental Effects Cormo since I’m running out of yarn. I’ve been perplexed why when the pattern calls for 1500 yards and I have 1600. I think the problem is row guage. I’m getting 37 rows instead of 35 rows per inch. Apparently, that makes a huge impact. I’ve learned my lesson and will check row gauge from now on. I ordered another skein which arrived this week so I can start again on the sweater
    I finished the Arne and Carlos socks in Pairfect.
    I cast on socks for myself using Tilli Tomas Artisan Sock in Coconut Grove. This is yarn I picked up at the first NoCKRs retreat destash room. This project was finished live on the episode! 
    Kelly’s Projects  I finished the green socks I was making with Yarns from the Plain yarn. 
    I started the new pullover and ended up using a combination of these patterns--Rachel by Josée Paquin, Fresh by Josée Paquin.  I decided not to use Muriel by Josée Paquin. To view the changes that I made to the striping sequence, see my project page. 
    Get Your House Right is a book that we both recommend for information about architectural details. Just like in knitting design, it’s the little details and bits of knowledge that can make a design look just right. The Fibonacci sequence is another one of the tools that relate to both architecture and knitting. I used the numbers from the Fibonacci sequence to make sure that the stripes in the pullover look balanced, even though I had to modify them a bit. 
    It’s Winter Weave Along Time! Or Summer Weave Along if you’re in the southern hemisphere! Starts November 1. We’ll talk about it more in the kickoff in the next episode! It will go through March 31.

    Planning a weaving project: How do you know if you have enough yarn?
    Quick and dirty method from Jane Stafford. 
    Jane Stafford’s Project Planning 101 pdf has additional information, plus some things to think about if you’re planning linens. 
    Weavolution is a website for weavers with projects, discussion, classes, and lots of resources. The website has a handy Weaving Calculator that you can use for project planning. Erica, the owner of Weavolution is generously offering one of her classes as a prize for our Winter Weave Along! Stay tuned to hear more about that!
    Weaving Suppliers and Kits Webs has dishtowel and wrap kits, 
    Yarn Barn of Kansas has a LOT of kits, including holiday themed items,
    Halcyon Yarn has kits for table linens and a variety of scarves and cowls. 

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Exploration Sandra ,

Lovely friendship

Thanks for sharing your friendship and many all these interesting conversations.

daisylaines ,

Great Podcast!

I love listening to your podcast and have been for over a year now. I listen while driving to work or when I’m lucky, when I’m spinning doing fibre prep etc. Great ideas, some laughs and useful information too!

yukonwool ,

Very inspiring

Happy to find this podcast to keep me company well I’m working on my own wool projects .

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