Episode 5: My cold sheep found a sweater

Topic: Crochet and other drugs part one

Episode 5
Record Date: 1/30/21
Publish Date: 3/2/21


Left Hand Brewing Co. – Raspberry Milk Stout
West O Beer – West O COCO Stout 
Boulder Beer Co. – Shake Chocolate Porter

Announcements and Gravel Knits Events

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Thank you Diane (drexel928) for being our FIRST post on our ravelry group!  -She has a fun blog “katzundeyarner bits” Blog Link

There is a new knitting podcast!  “Get Knit Done” from The Loveliest Yarn Company (yarn and pattern company in the UK)

I was listening to the I thought I knew how podcast (episode 50) and for last year she saved all of the yarn labels of the skeins she completed and made a paper chain of them!  I’m totally doing this!  Anyone want to join me?  Join me on the forum! Ravelry Link

Jenn Steingass knit along and pattern sale!


What’s Brewing

(Current projects/ cast ons)


Halfway done with Corrosion Cowl. Still working on the Relentless Shawl (which is even more massive than last time). Cast on Speckled Space Socks by Amanda Stephens–first pair of socks I’ve successfully gotten started two at a time. Cast on Mebonden mittens by Skeindeer knits–first project that is almost entirely stranded colorwork. Have the Koala hat washed, pommed, and blocked (ended up using faux fur poms purchased on etsy from NaptimeKnitterDesign–love them, do recommend). I still need to grab gauge from it for the City Limits sweater so I can get that on the needles.

Corrosion https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/corrosion

Relentless https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/relentless

City Limits https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/city-limits-2

Mebonden mittens https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mebonden

Speckled Space Socks https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/speckled-space-socks


Dissent Pullover – Andrea Rangel – I am being more monogamous on this sweater than I have been on anything in a long time

I will say that I am absolutely loving the yarn I’m working with from Tactile Dactyl https://www.etsy.com/shop/TactileDactyl

These are sitting on the back burner –

Comfort Fade Cardi – Andrea Mowry

Ottomania Throw aka my Adventomania Wrap – Mark Roseboom

Lost Souls and Skulls by Maryetta Roy


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)
Making a dish towel with diagonal stripes where I am knitting both colors double, I’m planning on two stripes. Ravelry 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

Kitchen Table Project: Dumpster Fire 2020 by Kino Knits.
Various super value worsted acrylic yarns, I think it’s mostly red heart.  Using blue,  purple, or Green for the dumpsters and Red, Orange, and Yellow and at least one Black, Blue, and White for the flames.  Yellow for the “2020”. Using US 2, 2.75 mm needle, I think its 40 inches.  I think on straights (10 inch) one could do 3 dumpsters at a time. Planning on making 22 unless I think of more people to add to the list! The pattern calls for duplicate stitch but I switched to stranded after the first one.  I’m knitting multiple at a time.  The yellow number yarn is 66 inches long. Ravelry Link

Living Room: Streamline Tank by Alexandra Tavel
Yarn: Lion Brand Coboo Colorway: 184 Peach Ravelry Link

Ryker’s Room: New Year’s Cast On: Alaska by Camille Descoteaux
Knit Picks Chroma Fingering Colorway Vermont & Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Solids, Heathers & Twists Colorway 27236 Cobblestone Heather
First fingering weight project!  Other than dishcloths, this is the first time I’ve used the yarn a pattern calls for. Ravelry Link

Bedroom: Christmas Cast on! Lumberjack by tincanknits
Yarn: Novita Moomin x Muumitalo Moominhouse (DK Weight) Colorway: 176 and 099 (Blue and Black) Ravelry Link

End of the Trail 


Jess: Bad case of the start-its, no case of the finish-its. 


Easy as Pie Dishcloth by Emily Williams
4 yarns!  Knit Picks Dishie Twist Colorway 28248 Fiesta Red & Jalapeno.  Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle Colorway Strawberry and Avocado. Ravelry Link

Traditional Dishcloth by Staci Perry
Knit Picks Dishie Twist Colorway: Fiesta Red; Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle Colorway: Strawberry; and Lily Sugar’n Cream Holidays Ombres Colorway; Holly Jolly Print
Held double with Dishie and Scrubby until I ran out and then finished with Lily Sugar’n Cream.  Ravelry Link

Daelyn Pullover by Isabell Kramer 
Cascade Spuntaneous Worsted Color 21-Blackberry Heather. 
Almost done with the second sleeve, then just the collar! 🙂 Ravelry Link

Love the Winter Hat by Emily Dormier 
Yarn: Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK Colorway: 26 White & 07 Red
Jacquard Floats!  Almost done on decreases Ravelry Link

What’s Hopping

(Stash Enhancements)

Jess: my cold sheep found a sweater

Madtosh Farm Twist in Nocturne (deep, dark, midnight blue) because I may run out of my contrast color for the relentless shawl and the LYS was out of the color I needed

Madtosh Twist Light in the “Night in Chile” colorway (sky blue with bits of deep chocolate brown and tan and white speckled throughout)

Madtosh Twist Light in “Fools Rush In” colorway (tonal maroon)

Big Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted in Highland Fleece (creamy white) and Deep Velvet (maroon/burgundy)

Knitted Wit sock yarn in Vroom Vroom which is green, white, black, with yellow, blue, and red speckles 


Knitted Wit, Sock, Colorway: Canyonlands National Park.  80% superwash merino 20% Nylon.  
White, orangy brown, purple, green

1/24 order for Berne socks and other sales yarns from Webs
Highland Superwash Sock Twist CLOUDBORN Colorway: Ecru, (107) Shaela Heather, (004) Espresso Heather, (003) Stone Heather, & (002) Taupe Heather
Merino Superwash Sock Twist Tiny Stripe CLOUDBORN Colorway: (02) Toe-riffic
Superwash Merino Worsted Twist Splash CLOUDBORN Colorway: (05) River Thames
Cartwheel CASCADE YARNS Colorway: (17) Frankenmuth
Big Wheel CASCADE YARNS Colorway: (22) Frankenmuth
Indulgence Hand Painted KNITTING FEVER Colorway: (15) Bora Bora
220 Superwash Aran Splatter CASCADE YARNS Colorways: (08) Queen of Hearts and (02) Violet Quartz
Highland Worsted Semi Solids CLOUDBORN Colorways: (220) Harbor and (218) Malachite
Superwash Merino Sock Splash CLOUDBORN Colorways: (02) Indian Ocean
Superwash Merino Bulky CLOUDBORN Colorway: (103) Maize Heather, (101) Plum Heather, and (022) Garnet Heather


(Knitting Disasters)

Jess: Minor Issue, may run out of my burgundy color for the Relentless shawl. Bought a replacement as mentioned in stash enhancements

Quote of the episode:

When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough women on the Supreme Court? And I say ‘when there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Big Goal: Wrangle Ravelry!!!

Previous Episode Goal is also our current goal! (Update/Organize Stash and Handspun)


Done, I’m happy with it!  I purchased 2, 3 drawer organizers and now I can see everything because it’s mostly one or two layers of yarn on each drawer.  Organized by size except all the cotton is in it’s own section cones are in a storage container and the balls in a drawer. 

I’m not dating everything I buy on the yarn label so I know how long I’ve had something.  Whenever I use a ball I weigh it after and add that to the label.

Forgot to say in episode 5 that I have a tote dedicated to sweater quantities 

Jess I made very little progress, but I did move most of my yarn to the same room, so it’s a start.

Personal 2021 Goals:

Caitlyn’s Goals for 2021-

complete 20 projects (rounded down from 2 projects per month); 
Bias Dishcloth Ravelry Link
Easy as Pie dishcloth Ravelry Link
Sprint Time Scrubbie dishcloth Ravelry Link
Grandpa Yoda Hat Ravelry Link

publish 6 patterns
In the works-pride wine koozie and seed stitch bookmark 

complete at least 2 projects for charity

start and finish a sweater
finished on Tuesday 1/26 hoping to block Friday 1/29 

Project Goal
125 project on ravelry-I’m at 81

Jessica’s Goals for 2021–knit a sweater and socks for herself, test knit a pattern, Swatch.
Working on the Speckled Space socks for herself, Procrastinating on gauging for the sweater.

Kelsi’s Goals for 2021 — TKGA Master Handknitter Level 1, publish at least one pattern,
I’m pretty much waiting until January to start the Master Handknitter.  I want a clean slate in my head. And perhaps to get a couple sweaters off the needles.



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