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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. 

    Washing a Fleece and Drafting Techniques

    Washing a Fleece and Drafting Techniques

    Our Summer Spin In is underway and in this episode we answer listener questions on washing a fleece and drafting techniques.
    Show notes with full transcript, photos, and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
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    Marsha’s Projects Walk Along Tee by Ankestrick (Ravelry link) It has been slow going but the sleeves are done and I’ve started the bottom ribbing!
    Halfway on the foot on the second sock of a pair of socks for myself using Drops Fabel Print that I bought in San Luis Obispo.  
    My Barber Pole spinning project has hit a road bump. All the green and brown has been plied into a three-ply. I decided to spin a bobbin of just dark brown in Navajo (or chain) ply. This was not successful because I’m an uneven spinner and this technique emphasizes the variation. Back to the drawing board.
    Kelly’s Projects  Faye’s Flower Blanket, a crochet project, is mostly sewn together. The triangles and corners need to be put on. I am using single crochet to attach them all. The pattern is Persian Tile Blanket (Ravelry link) by Jane Crowfoot. I am using Knit Picks Brava worsted.
    Finished one charity hat. It’s a beanie style with a small 1” ribbing and the rest is just stockinette with two fingering yarns held together. 
    Dishcloths! I’ve made about 7 dishcloths out of some cotton spirit yarn that Marsha and I dyed about 4 years ago and never did anything with. 
    Spinning Questions We Answered:  Drafting Techniques:
    What are the different drafting techniques and what are some tips?
    How are you drafting? What hand is where? Short, medium, long… Forward, backward…  
    Drafting techniques: what have you used and what is your favourite?
    What is the preparation?
    Commercial preparation: top vs roving vs sliver vs batts
    Abby Franquemont’s take on it
    How to get started with long draw?
    Here is a good article: Seven Drafting Techniques
    How do you wash a fleece? Here is a good article: Washing Grease Fleece and for further information you can listen to our episode on washing a fleece and read the show notes for lots of links!
    Washing: Episode 27B Fiber Myth Busting Bonus Episode.
    Resources: 
    The Intentional Spinner: A holistic approach to making yarn. Judith MacKenzie McCuin. 2009.
    The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning: Being a compendium of information, advice, and opinions on the noble art and craft. Alden Amos. 2001.
    More cool info!
    A Spinner’s Study Ravelry group. This month’s breeds (June 2021) are Finn and Teeswater. The spinning challenge for the month is “Spinning and Plying the Other Way.”
    From SalPal, Sarah:
    The Three Waters Farm Ravelry group maintains a bundle and thread of patterns that are good for handspun. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#pattern-topic=257…
    Momdiggity--Jo Ann suggests that any pattern calling for Spin Cycle yarn would be a good pattern for handspun. 
    Spring Summer 2021 Knitty-Spin column by Jilian Moreno: Planning for a Project-The Beginning
    Drafting from Worsted to Woolen, Craftsy class be Jacey Boggs Faulkner.
    Summer  Spin In Memorial Day - Labor Day
    May 31st - September 6th 
    Transcript of Show Marsha 0:03
    Hi, this is Marsha and this is Kelly. We are the Two Ewes of Two Ewes Fiber Adventures. Thanks for stopping by.
    Kelly 0:10
    You'll hear about knitting, spinning, dyeing, crocheting, and just about anything else we can think of as a way to play with string.
    Marsha 0:17
    We blog and post show notes at Two Ewes Fiber Adventure dot com.
    Kelly 0:22
    And we invite you to join our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures group on Ravelry. I'm 1hundredprojects,
    Marsha 0:29
    and I am betterinmotion.
    Kelly 0:31
    We are both on Instagram and Ravelry. And we look forward to meeting you there.
    Both 0:36
    Enjoy the

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Knitting with Handspun

    Knitting with Handspun

    In this episode we discuss knitting with handspun yarn, including estimating yardage, picking needle size, and selecting potential patterns.
    Show notes with full transcript, photos, and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
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    Marsha’s Projects Walk Along tee by Ankestrick (Ravelry link) I’ve put the body on waste yarn to check length. I’ve decided to move on to the sleeve which will stop just above the elbow instead of ¾ length.
    I started the gusset on the second sock of a pair of socks for myself using Drops Fabel Print that I bought in San Luis Obispo.  
    Still spinning the green and brown three ply.
    Kelly’s Projects  Ripped out the Bear Brand Yarn socks and will be starting them again with no pattern.
    Faye’s Flower Blanket. All Octagons and squares are done. One more triangle to do. Then 4 corners (small triangles).
    Topic: Knitting with Handspun Selecting a needle size to swatch Selecting potential patterns “My yarn isn’t good enough” The allure of spinning thin The allure of spinning smooth, worsted style yarns Measuring yardage in a skein Good first projects Good projects for textured yarn More intermediate to advanced considerations Do these yarns/fibers go together? Summer Spin In Memorial Day - Labor Day
    May 31st - September 6th
    Transcript Kelly 0:03
    Hi, this is Marsha and this is Kelly.
    Marsha 0:05
    We are the Two Ewes of Two Ewes Fiber Adventures. Thanks for stopping by.
    Kelly 0:10
    You'll hear about knitting, spinning, dyeing, crocheting, and just about anything else we can think of as a way to play with string.
    Marsha 0:17
    We blog and post show notes at Two Ewes Fiber Adventures dot com.
    Kelly 0:22
    And we invite you to join our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures group on Ravelry. I'm 1hundredprojects,
    Marsha 0:29
    and I am betterinmotion. We are both on Instagram and Ravelry. And we look forward to meeting you there.
    Both 0:35
    Enjoy the episode!
    Marsha 0:43
    Good morning, Kelly.
    Kelly 0:44
    Good morning, Marsha. How are you?
    Marsha 0:45
    I'm doing good.
    Kelly 0:47
    Good.
    Marsha 0:47
    How's the newest member of your family doing?
    Kelly 0:50
    Oh, he's doing great. Beary is fitting in pretty well. He's walking up to about a mile now. He lags toward the end of a mile. But he's been able to go a mile. The first week... So a week ago he was at the vet. And he got his thyroid medication lowered. That's good. So now he's only on a point eight-- I think it's milligrams-- pill once a day instead of twice a day. So that's good. And he lost. He had lost last week he had lost three pounds.
    Marsha 1:28
    All right. So and that's really not with any diet change. That's just the walking right?
    Kelly 1:32
    Yeah. Well, more activity. I was trying to feed him the same amount that he had at the at the SPCA--hat they had told me they were feeding him. I was trying to feed him that same amount. It actually was a little bit less food than normal, because he wasn't really eating. And, you know, my dogs eat!
    Marsha 1:56
    Yes.
    Kelly 1:57
    Even Bailey. You know, she's, well, she had Nash to contend with, she had a lab to contend with. So she knows you put your nose in the bowll, and up until it's gone. And I don't know if she was like that before we got her. But she learned to be like that, at least having Nash around. And he wouldn't, he would eat a little bit. And then he'd walk out a little bit into the yard and then he'd pee. And then he walked back and he ate a little bit more. And then he like, walked over kind of towards Bailey to see if maybe she had something better. And I was like, okay, you're not gonna-- if you're not going to finish this, I'm going to pick it up because it's gonna cause a problem. So he wasn't finishing the whole amount. So

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Welcome Home, Bear!

    Welcome Home, Bear!

    Kelly shares happy news about adopting Bear, a big, sweet, eight year old shepherd. And Marsha has a surprise finish!
    Show notes with full transcript, photos, and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
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    Marsha’s Projects Walk Along tee by Ankestrick (Ravelry link)
    I finished my Abington Mitts by Jennifer Lassonde (Ravelry link) just in time for the end of our Extremities Knit/Crochet Along. 
    I started the gusset on the second sock of a pair of socks for myself using Drops Fabel Print that I bought in San Luis Obispo.  
    I ordered another 8 oz of the dark brown roving for the green and brown three ply. I plan to spin the brown separately and make a striped sweater.
    Kelly’s Projects  I finished the Huck weaving sampler from the Jane Stafford Guild. I'm now ready for May and episode 4. 
    Faye’s Flower Blanket. I now have 16 octagons
    Extremities Knit/Crochet Along This KAL/CAL was inspired by the generous donation of these patterns:
    Abington Mitts, Jennifer Lassonde, Down Cellar Studio
    Coffee Socks Collection, Dotsdabbles Designs, Deborah
    The KAL ended on April 25, 2021 and the winners are:
    jacquiemari--Jacqueline. She made legwarmers. Wins the Abington Mitts pattern by Jennifer Lassonde
    JillMabelina--Jill. She made a pair of Bernie mitts. Wins the Coffee Socks Collection by Dots Dabbles Designs.
    Summer Spin In May 31st - September 6th
    Get ready to spin! Our Summer Spin In takes place again from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    Transcript Marsha 0:03
    Hi, this is Marsha
    Kelly 0:04
    and this is Kelly.
    Marsha 0:05
    We are the Two Ewes of Two Ewes Fiber Adventures. Thanks for stopping by.
    Kelly 0:10
    You'll hear about knitting, spinning, dyeing, crocheting, and just about anything else we can think of as a way to play with string.
    Marsha 0:17
    We blog and post show notes at Two Ewes Fiber Adventures dot com.
    Kelly 0:22
    And we invite you to join our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures group on Ravelry. I'm 1hundredprojects, and I am Betterinmotion. We are both on Instagram and Ravelry. And we look forward to meeting you there.
    Marsha 0:36
    Enjoy the episode.
    Marsha 0:43
    Good morning, Kelly.
    Kelly 0:44
    Good morning, Marsha. I just had to look to see if it was actually still morning and it is. It's technically, it's technically morning. I am very tired.
    Marsha 0:58
    Well, you have big news.
    Kelly 0:59
    I do. Yeah. Anybody who follows me on Instagram... And if you don't follow me on Instagram, you should! 1hundredprojects, the number one, hundred projects, you will have seen that we have a new addition to the family. And I, you know, I know that raising a baby--that type of new addition to the family is much more difficult than what I'm doing. And I... it's only actually been two days and things are already getting better. But I am totally exhausted. We adopted a new dog. So his name is his name is Bear. I call him Beary. He is,... well... I don't know if I told you Marsha. I'll tell everybody how this actually happened. We were not looking for another dog. I mean, we do...
    Marsha 1:52
    Yes, I actually, I don't and my brother asked me. So why did they do this? Why did why did you this?
    Kelly 1:57
    Yeah. So I mean, we miss Nash, you know, we lost him in the fall. And he was kind of nice to have around. And then Betty liked having a dog when we would go off. To have a dog to stay home with her. But we weren't really looking for another dog at this point. And I actually think a one dog household is too few dogs. But again, we weren't really thinking about another dog at this point. Bailey still young. And I still got a lot of work to do with her. So. But anyway, my friend Paul is interested in getting a dog and he's been talking about it for I don't know, maybe two ye

    • 49 min
    Just a Few Ends to Weave In

    Just a Few Ends to Weave In

    Lots of ends to weave and finished objects to discuss this week. Plus we announce the winners of our Winter Weave Along.  Show notes with full transcript, photos, and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
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    Marsha’s Projects Walk Along tee by Ankestrick (Ravelry link)
    Abington Mitts by Jennifer Lassonde (Ravelry link) Almost done. 
    I started the heel flap on the pair of socks (Ravelry link) for myself using Drops Fabel Print that I bought in San Luis Obispo.  
    Spun three more skeins of merino green and brown three ply. Have a total of five skeins and 716 yards
    Kelly’s Projects  Finished! Iced Matcha socks (Ravelry link) from the Coffee Socks Collection by Dots Dabbles Designs. I used Invictus Yarns Seraphic. 
    Finished! Frog and Toad (Ravelry link) from frogandcast.com. 
    Finished! Reading in Bed blanket (Ravelry link)
    Started the Huck weaving sampler from the Jane Stafford Guild
    Winter Weave Along The Weave Along is over and we drew winners! Listen to see if you won!
    Extremities Knit/Crochet Along This KAL/CAL was inspired by the generous donation of these patterns:
    Abington Mitts, Jennifer Lassonde, Down Cellar Studio
    Coffee Socks Collection, Dotsdabbles Designs, Deborah
    It ends on April 25, 2021. Knit anything for your extremities (hands, arms, legs, feet).
    Full Transcript Marsha  
    Hi, this is Marsha
    Kelly  
     and this is Kelly.
    Marsha  
    We are the Two Ewes of Two Ewes Fiber Adventures. Thanks for stopping by.
    Kelly  
    You'll hear about knitting, spinning, dyeing, crocheting, and just about anything else we can think of as a way to play with string.
    Marsha  
    We blog and post show notes at to Two Ewes Fiber Adventures dot com
    Kelly  
    and we invite you to join our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures group on Ravelry. I'm  1hundredprojects 
    Marsha  
    And I am betterinmotion.
    Kelly  
    We both look forward to meeting you there. 
    Both  
    Enjoy the episode.
    Marsha  
    Good morning, Kelly. 
    Kelly  
    Good Morning, Marsha.
    Marsha  
    How are you today?
    Kelly  
    I'm doing all right. The sun is finally coming out. I would say if you want to travel to my neck of the woods don't come in April. April's not-- I don't think April is that good of a weather month for the Monterey Bay Area. It's cold. It's very coastal feeling this morning that cold ocean breeze and overcast and the sun is now finally coming out. So maybe I'll get my hat and my fleece vest off att some point today.
    Marsha  
    Well, we are having beautiful weather in Seattle.
    Kelly  
    That's good.
    Marsha  
    I haven't checked the temperature but warm, you know, Sunny blue sky. Yeah, no rain in the forecast. I think it's gonna be up to 70
    Kelly  
    Oh, nice.
    Marsha  
    I'm sorry. I don't know what that is in Celsius for those who are on Celsius.
    Kelly  
     30? Somebody in the Ravelry group posted and they said they have like milestones, like body temperature is 37.
    Marsha  
    Okay,
    Kelly  
     I think they said 30 degrees was like a 70 degree day. Now, I may be totally wrong on that. But but that's-- I'm just doing that from memory and then you know, zero is freezing. And below zero is nobody wants to, nobody wants to feel that!
    Marsha  
    Anyway, Well, anyway, it's beautiful. So I have Mark came up and helped me move the patio furniture app onto the deck. So we've been sitting in the furniture and we got the umbrellas out yesterday 
    Kelly  
    Wow!
    Marsha  
    and, we've had so and I'm... you probably saw my Instagram post that I painted the south side of the garage. Well, primer and first coat yesterday. I have to do the second coat today
    Kelly  
    You and Robert so I just have to ask. Did you vacuum it before you primed it?
    Marsha  
    Well, Ben power washed it for me. [l

    • 1 hr
    Spring Break Project Heaven and a Whole Lotta Tree Talk

    Spring Break Project Heaven and a Whole Lotta Tree Talk

    Tree removal competes with Spring Break weaving and the stuffing of Frog and Toad for the content this week. You never know what you'll hear about on the Two Ewes show!
    Show notes with full transcript, photos, and links can be found in the podcast section of our shop website: TwoEwesFiberAdventures.com.
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    Marsha’s Projects Walk Along tee by Ankestrick (Ravelry link)
    Abington Mitts by Jennifer Lassonde (Ravelry link) Almost done. Just the thumb to finish.
    In the evenings I've been spinning the green and brown merino.
    Kelly’s Projects  Iced Matcha socks (Ravelry link) from the Coffee Socks Collection by Dots Dabbles Designs. I’m using Invictus Yarns Seraphic. It is a merino/cashmere/silk yarn in a gray blue purple tonal color. I want to knit more with this yarn base!
    I started stuffing Frog from Frog and Toad (Ravelry link) from frogandcast.com. I’m using the crushed walnut and it is staying inside and not coming through the fabric. Frog is currently sitting in a tumbler with a funnel in his head! I realized I should put the needles into the provisional cast on before I start filling them so I will be ready to kitchener the top. I anticipate it will be somewhat messy. 
    Canvas weave sampler (Ravelry link) from JST Online Guild. Throughout spring break I spent time weaving and watching the Canvas Weave videos of Season 5. I used the warp that I wound at Christmas and adapted the sampler threading to fit the number of threads I had. I wove a dresser scarf for the linen cupboard, 5 dishtowels, and a small hand towel. 
    I had Cesar Chavez day off and I got the Reading in Bed blanket (Ravelry link) threaded onto the loom and ready to start weaving. This is all using my handspun yarn. With 6 epi compared to 22 epi  and a 3 yard warp instead of a 7 yard warp it went really fast! Like the difference between a fingering weight sweater and an Aran weight sweater. 
    News/Other Extremities Knit/Crochet Along This KAL/CAL was inspired by the generous donation of these patterns:
    Abington Mitts, Jennifer Lassonde, Down Cellar Studio
    Coffee Socks Collection, Dotsdabbles Designs, Deborah
    It ends on April 25, 2021. Knit anything for your extremities (hands, arms, legs, feet).
    Transcript Marsha 00:03
    Hi, this is Marsha
     
    Kelly 00:04
    and this is Kelly.
     
    Marsha 00:05
    We are the Two Ewes of Two Ewes Fiber Adventures. Thanks for stopping by.
     
    Kelly 00:09
    You'll hear about knitting, spinning, dyeing, crocheting, and just about anything else we can think of as a way to play with string.
     
    Marsha 00:17
    We blog and post show notes at Two Ewes Fiber Adventures dot com.
     
    Kelly 00:22
    And we invite you to join our Two Ewes Fiber Adventures group on Ravelry. I'm 1hudredprojects
     
    Marsha 00:29
    and I am betterinmotion. We are both on Instagram and Ravelry. And we look forward to meeting you there.
     
    Both 00:35
    Enjoy the episode.
     
    Marsha 00:43
    Hi, Kelly.
     
    Kelly 00:44
    Hey, Marsha. How's it going?
     
    Marsha 00:45
    Pretty good.
     
    Kelly 00:47
    Good.
     
    Marsha 00:48
    lots going on here.
     
    Kelly 00:49
    Yeah, nothing noisy, though. We waited till late enough that all the noise is gone.
     
    Marsha 00:54
    Yes. We were actually.. were scheduled to record yesterday but moved it to today because yesterday, I had the Alaskan yellow cedar
     
    Kelly 01:06
    bonsai!
     
    Marsha 01:07
    Yeah, the former so I just the former bonsai. So I think I talked about this. But in case I didn't a really quick story about this is when my parents bought this house in 1962, there was a Japanese garden between the two houses that actually belonged to the neighbors. And in that Japanese garden was a bonsaied Alaskan yellow cedar. That was maybe four feet tall. And years have passed.
     
    Kelly 01:38
    Yes, I can say because I was bor

    • 43 min
    Tomatoes, Lambs, and Frog and Toad

    Tomatoes, Lambs, and Frog and Toad

    What's blooming, tomatoes, Frog and Toad, and lambs join in with the knitting content this week. It must be the start of Spring, or even Spring Break!

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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161 Ratings

southernprincessiowa ,

A gift during this pandemic

While I am a spinner, knitter, weaver who values your wide experience with these arts, I enjoy having your discussions of reality, of life in general..you’ve made me laugh, smile and simply commiserate along the way. Thank you

CACallahan ,

Hanging out w the gals!

I want to listen to this podcast weekly. Kelly and Marcia share fiber, knitting, spinning, weaving and life! I feel like we are in my livingroom chatting. I have learned lots from their experience. Keep up the fabulous work!

Judyp64 ,

All my favorite things!

Kelly and Marsha are perfect background sound for my neighborhood walks. Whatever they talk about—Knitting, fiber, dog stories and general everyday life—their warm giggly friendship makes me smile!

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