Episode 143 Live: Dyeing with Madder & Make Nine Progress 2020/Copious WIPS

Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place and me. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here. 

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For March, I’ll be sending out another 4oz of Shetland in pin-drafted form from Disdero Ranch in Tappen, BC. Please enter in the March Episode Thread and answer: What is your favourite YARN you’ve even spun & why?

Made with Love – ALONG

  • Community-wide call to everyone in the community to participate in our Crafty Jaks Along to honour some of the people in our community! Cast on date: April 1st, 2020 with cast off deadline July 31st, 2020
  • Prizes! There will be fun prizes! Read the post linked above for details!
  • This is a time to do what we do best and get creative. This is the time to make and lift up others – please read Rebecca’s blog post to learn more about this Makealong and event if you would like to learn more about the creation of this amazing event.
  • Excited to be casting on with Katrina’s B-fabu-licious yarn in an OOAK that she had in stock (that I love) and making Anker’s Cardigan by PetiteKnits, a PURELY selfish knit at this time!

Make NINE Progress

  • Making some changes to my projects that I would like to make this year, based on some purchases from ‘Fibres West’ last weekend & thinking about what I would like to make, wear & add to my wardrobe.
  • Many recent changes have resulted in some major purging of my closet so I have been thinking about what I’d like to add & make!
  • Thoughts have lead me to some simple, cropped sweaters & some really lovely lace, open-front cardigans that can double as ‘jackets’ in the Spring and Fall
  • Make Nine Ravelry page – changing & fluid project page as things progress, my thoughts solidify & I think about what to commit to going forward


Sparkle Cardigan by Joji Locatelli

  • Spun & knit this cardigan in 2017 – 2018
  • Finished knitting in November 2018 – total project took ~13 months to complete
  • Original fibre from Disdero Ranch, Tappen, BC – an 85/15 Romney/Mohair pin-drafted blend
  • Spun an enormous amount of yarn – leftovers were used in our Sheep-to-Shawl in 2019
  • The stark white meant I just never wore it – it was too bright-white & didn’t suit most of what I choose to wear on a daily basis so I never grab it
  • Discussed with Katrina what to do but decided this past weekend to take a leap of faith:
    • Scoured, mordanted & dyed with Madder @ 10% DOS
    • Love the results! 

Work in Progress – Knitting

Comfort Fade Cardigan by Andrea Mowry

  • After much contemplation, I decided to rip this out – the yarn gauge that I was knitting at wasn’t providing enough structure for the cardigan itself
  • Was quite worried about wearability – will be working on some smaller sample pieces from the yarn

Felix Cardigan by Amy Christoffers

  • Back to this cardigan again! 
  • Decided to do some stash diving for some forthcoming content that I am developing & felt inspired by this yarn
  • Swatched on Monday morning – dried quickly due to the loose gauge & stitch count
  • Loving knitting with it – enjoying the simplicity of this design & quickness

The Shift by Andrea Mowry

  • Continuing to plug away – on the decreases now & close to being finished! 
  • Still loving the colour movement & texture
  • Perfect project for 3 skeins of wonderful handspun that coordinates in some way but is different enough to be showcased nicely!

Lambda by Ellen Wright

  • Cast this on to work with Custom Woollen Mills yarn that I bought back in July 2020 from Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Wanted to rip and re-knit because I didn’t want this to fall into deep stash
  • Loving the set-up & lace – might be a slightly too tight gauge; loosen to 5.5mm 


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