Episode 14: Blocking you knits

Episode Description: Can you use a beer bottle to block socks?
Episode Number: 14
Record Date: 6/23/21
Publish Date: 7/6/21

Dranks

American Beer night!
Bud Light
Coors Light
PBR

Podcast beverages (Links direct to Untappd)

Announcements and Gravel Knits Events

KJ & CC:

Our First ever make along – Hat Not Hate
https://hatnothate.org/

Don’t forget about our Hat not Hate MAL!
Submissions due by: July 31 (Try to mail them in so that they arrive by August 1st)

Any type of yarn, any pattern as long as the hat’s circumference is 16-20 inches and the hat is 75% blue.  Each hat counts as an entry!

For more information, view the Hat not Hate website or our MAL page on the gravelknits.com website.

There are several places to enter – Instagram, Our Facebook group, or our Website.

Please use TWO hashtags, one for our tracking and one to support the program
#hatnothate
#gkmal2021hatnothate
Please include your desired username if submitting on our website.

Prizes will include a fibernymph dyeworks skein (you will get to choose between a few options) and some of Kelsi’s hand spun!

Shout Outs: (Shout outs to new members of our group, comments, etc.)

YarnMinx – Thank you for reaching out on instagram and sharing our recent episode release!

What have you been listening to?

Shout out, podcast: Knitting with Confidence and Hope (A well known line from Elizabeth Zimmerman)
She started a podcast during the beginning of the covid pandemic exploring Her journey with overcoming alcohol addiction and crafting
Can be found on most listening platforms but doesn’t seem to have an online presence otherwise, allowing for her to keep her anonymity

Updates 

What’s Brewing Current projects/ cast ons)

Kelsi:

Wedding dress!

Take a Bow Dress – Lauren Riker, Girly Knits
Ravelry Link  https://girlyknits.com/
Knit Picks Gloss DK in Robot

Mini Party Socks
Ravelry Link 
This comes from a collection of three different socks, one that has a fade, one that’s striped and one with color work.  I’m doing the colorwork one. Reminds me of the new Tellybean Knits sweater called Garland

Brew City Christmas Mini Skeins

Shave ‘em to Save ‘em Shawl Challenge
This is in the planning stages yet, but I wanted to make sure to talk about it. The Livestock Conservancy currently has a shawl challenge.  The main rule is that you use 

Caitlyn: 

Part of Knit Circus 5k MAL!
Free Pattern
Bryan’s Car Project: Diagonal Knit Dishcloth by Jana Trent
Yarn: recycled cotton yarn from a cotton sweater I purchased from goodwill.  This is going to be part of multiple towels and wash/dishcloths for my sister for a wedding present.  She is all about creative reuse so I think this will be right up her alley since I can’t do what I originally planned for her wedding present.
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link Pattern Link

Caitlyn’s Car Project: Grandma’s Dishcloth by PJ Allen.  
Lilly Sugar & Creme Grape and Dark Pine.  Striping but changing in the middle every 2 rows. 
Ravelry Link

Part of Knit Circus 5k MAL!
Bedroom: Krampusnacht Socks by Carlie Perrins
Yarn: MC: KnitCircus Greatest of Ease Colorway: Leaf Peeping Panoramic Gradient
CC: Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Speckle Colorway: Panettone
So fun!  Decided to start the bottom of the sock with the blue green color.  The skulls look so fun with the speckles!  I was unsure if this would work but I think it’s really fun.  Also the Hawthorne is a two ply and that doesn’t seem to be an issue with the knit circus yarn which is a 4 ply.
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link

Living Room: Dumpster Fire 2020 by Kino Knits.
Various super value worsted acrylic yarns, I think it’s mostly red heart.  Lots of colors!
Using US 2, 2.75 mm needles.
Going through the pattern for a third time.  I have 10 dumpsters completed.  I have started knitting more dumpsters I’m hopping to do 10+ more but we will see how many more I feel like knitting.  
Kelsi Challenged me to make a rainbow one and I found some crazy cotton candy colored yarn and I just had to make two of them.
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link

Part of Knit Circus 5k MAL!
Hat not hate MAL
Kitchen Table: Before & After Socks by Marceline Smith
Needles: US 1 – 2.25 mm; US 0 – 2.0 mm Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted Colorway: Gumball (all sorts of vibrant colors in microstriping)
I didn’t mention this last episode but the designer is a BIPOC designer.  She even commented on my instagram post-I feel like a celebrity 🙂
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link

Part of Knit Circus 5k MAL!
Living Room: Birthday cast on! Outline Tank by Jessie Mae
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock Colorway: 870 Candombe
Birthday 2021 Cast On!
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link

Free Pattern!
Rykers’s Room: Slip Stitch Dish Towel by Willow Yarns Design Team
Yarn: recycled cotton yarn from a cotton sweater I purchased from goodwill.  This is going to be part of multiple towels for my sister for a wedding present.  She is all about creative reuse so I think this will be right up her alley since I can’t do what I originally planned for her wedding present.
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link

End of the Trail (FOs)

Kelsi

DK Ripple Bralette – Another Jessie Maed 
DK Scraps
Ravelry Link

Hat Not Hate Hats #2, #3, and #4
Hat #2 Ravelry Link 
Plymouth Yarns, Mojito in Cobalt
No pattern: 4×4 brim, stockinette and general crown decrease – essentially my standard

Hat #3 Ravelry Link
Berroco Remix – Lagoon
No pattern: 20 rows of garter on US 7, Stockinette, general crown decrease

Hat #4 Ravelry Link
Scrappy Hat, US 7’s
Worsted weight brim, Neighborhood Fiber Company blue from rainbow mini set, DK Simplicity Hikoo Spray, Schulana kid seta (mohair/silk)
No pattern: 1×1 brim in Nbhd fiber co, held DK and Mohair together for the top

Spinning! First of Caitlyn’s Birthday Yarns!

Knit Circus 5K Current Total: 980 Meters

Caitlyn:
Part of Knit Circus 5k MAL!
Hat not hate MAL
Kitchen Table: Rhys Hat by Laura Reinbach
Yarn: Lion Brand LB Collection Merino Yak Alpaca Colorway: 110 Navy
Loved the decreases, 8 each round but every 4 sections ssk k1 k2tog
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link

Bryan’s Car Project: Traditional Dishcloth by Staci Perry
Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres; Colorway: Autumn leaves (Maroon, yellow, brown, and green) Lily Sugar’n Cream Solids & Denim; Colorway: Sage (Green)
Starting the decreases on both sides!  This is a massive towel and i love it
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link

Part of Knit Circus 5k MAL!
Hat not hate MAL
Kitchen Table: Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling Hat Not Hate Latvian Braid Hat
Yarn: Lion Brand LB Collection Merino Yak Alpaca Colorway: 107 Denim
My first time doing a latvian braid!
Ravelry Link Gravel Knits Website Link

What’s Hopping (Stash Enhancements/Yarn collecting)

Kelsi

Caitlyn

New Garden Farm Website New Garden Yarns Facebook Page newgardenyarns instagram
On her own sheep-Lavender BFL Colorway: Teal Fade
I have a shawl in mind, I’m excited to experience BFL!
Aperture Shawl by Ambah O’Brien (Ravelry Link)
Two ply yarn fading from a light teal to a dark teal.  It’s very soft!
New Garden Yarns perennial Yarn Base Colorway: Eclipse (75% Merino and 25% Nylon)
Alternates with Black with Green, Yellow, Blue, Orange, and Pink
New Garden Yarns Annual Yarn Base Colorway: California Dreaming (Exclusive Colorway) (75% Merino and 25% Nylon)
Owner if Knit Ewe Together names it after California as the colorway reminds her of it.
Rusty yellow brown, deep and light teal speckling into white  

6/23/21 Knit Picks Sale
Compass Hawthorne Kettle Dye
Andromeda Hawthorne Speckle
Equinox Hawthorne Kettle Dye
Guppy Stroll Tonal
Italian Ice Hawthorne Speckle
Jade District Hawthorne Multi
Mississippi Hawthorne Multi
Northstar Hawthorne Kettle Dye
Poseidon Hawthorne Kettle Dye
Serpent Hawthorne Kettle Dye
Stroll Mini Pack – Iceberg
Stroll Mini Pack – Terrarium
Tie Dye Hawthorne Speckle
Succulents Stitch Markers – Set of 5

With pictures from the Knit Picks website:

Compass Hawthorne Kettle Dye

Andromeda Hawthorne Speckle

Equinox Hawthorne Kettle Dye

Guppy Stroll Tonal

Italian Ice Hawthorne Speckle

Jade District Hawthorne Multi

Mississippi Hawthorne Multi

Northstar Hawthorne Kettle Dye

Poseidon Hawthorne Kettle Dye

Serpent Hawthorne Kettle Dye

Stroll Mini Pack – Iceberg (20g each of Stroll in Pearlescent Tonal, Yeti Hand Painted, Frozen Tonal, Pluto Hand Painted, and Walrus Hand Painted.)

Stroll Mini Pack – Terrarium (20g each of Stroll in Walrus Hand Painted, Base Camp Hand Painted, Eucalyptus Tonal, Celery Seed Hand Painted, and Kiwi Tonal.)

Tie Dye Hawthorne Speckle

Succulents Stitch Markers – Set of 5

Hangovers (Knitting Disasters)

Kelsi:  

I tinked back a couple rounds on my dress at one point.

Caitlyn:

Topic: Can You Block a sock on…

Caitlyn & Kelsi discuss blocking!

I think I’m going to call this “myth” busted!  It’s too small, but it was funny to look at. 

Why do you block something?

What projects should you block?

What are the different methods of blocking? (steam, water warm/cold)

What supplies do you need for blocking?

Find us 

You can find us on facebook at: Gravel Knits
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You can email us at: gravelknits@gmail.com
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Bryan:

Instagram: Bryandotlloyd

Kelsi:

Ravelry & Instagram: BikesBrewsEwes
Untappd: kelsidj

Caitlyn:

Ravelry & Instagram: CaitlynNLloyd

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