Episode 109: Do-Overs!

Hello yarn friends! Happy to be hack with a new episode . . . this one is all about doing things again either to get the “right” or to experiment with a new idea. I’d love to know if any of you are working on do-overs right about no. So, I have a sample Georgetown that I’m modifying (again) for my upcoming Teachable class, Inspired By Design; I also have the final hexagons for the Persian Dreams Blanket . . . but I need to re-do a few of them after becoming more adept at colorwork over the years. We’ll also talk about Martin’s Lab Zelazna Wool and my aunts cool crochet blanket. Come hang a while? ~Melissa

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Teachable classes with Melissa:

“How to Read a Sweater Pattern” https://knittingthestash.teachable.com

“Beginning Sweater Modification” https://knittingthestash.teachable.com

Flock Farm Yarn Shop https://flockfarmyarn.com

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SHOW NOTES:

Georgetown by Hannah Fettig https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/georgetown

Martin’s Lab Zelezna Yarn https://www.martinslab.com/products/zelazna-wool-3ply

Persian Dreams Worsted https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/persian-dreams-worsted

Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knittingthestash

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Episode 108: New Spaces & Nasrin

Hello yarn lovers! I’m back after several brief journeys across the country dropping off various children and belongings 🙂 I have a completed Nasrin Pullover, a segment on alternating skeins (hot topic!), and a shout out about Norwegian knits. Plus, the giveaway winner from last episode. I hope you’ll join me in the new yarn space! Yes! A new space for teaching, recording, and housing the Flock Farm Yarn Shop. Come hang a while? ~Melissa

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Visit me and the Flock Farm Yarn Shop at: knittingthestash.com

SHOW NOTES: **To join the knittingthestash.com mailing list, email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com OR visit knittingthestash.com

Teachable classes with Melissa:

“How to Read a Sweater Pattern” https://knittingthestash.teachable.com/p/reading-a-sweater-pattern

“Beginning Sweater Modification” https://knittingthestash.teachable.com/p/beginning-sweater-modification

Flock Farm Yarn Shop: https://flockfarmyarn.com

Nasrin by Isabell Kraemer: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nasrin Lichen and Lace

Rustic Heather Sport https://lichenandlace.com/products/rustic-heather-sport

Alternating Skeins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sanXdZT981k https://www.instagram.com/p/CTIZgpWhMoV/

Wall of Yarn Shop: https://www.wallofyarn.com/

Koftboken 1, 2, & 3 on Ravelry:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/kofteboken-1 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/kofteboken-2 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/kofteboken-3

Friluftsstrikk til store og små fra Northern Knitting https://issuu.com/gyldendalnorskforlag/docs/friluftsstrikk

Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knittingthestash

You can find me: on Ravelry as knittingthestash and via email at knittingthestash@gmail.com

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Episode 107: The Knitting Food Pyramid?!?!

If you’re looking for a good laugh, this episode is for you! Spencer is back from his trip in the yarn mobile and he even agreed to stop by the podcast. Today’s topic: the knitting food pyramid (!?!?) I hope it gives you a good chuckle. Also: information about new modification classes and a Flock Farm Yarn Shop update 🙂 Come hang a while and you might even find a GIVEAWAY that you’ll like at the end! ~Melissa

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To enter the GIVEAWAY for a skein from the Flock Farm Yarn Shop, please leave a comment here, on the episode thread, or on the Ravelry thread for this episode. Tell me what you’d like to see in the Flock Shop in terms of weights, colors, and fibers! This one is open worldwide, but if you are outside of the US, you must pay shipping costs in order to accept your prize. I’ll draw a winner by random number in 2 weeks time.

SHOW NOTES:

**To join the knittingthestash.com mailing list, email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com OR visit knittingthestash.com

Teachable classes with Melissa: https://www.knittingthestash.com/online-courses

“How to Read a Sweater Pattern” (available now!)

“Beginning Sweater Modification” (coming next week!)

Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knittingthestash

You can find me: on Ravelry as knittingthestash and via email at knittingthestash@gmail.com

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Episode 106: Did You Say “Yarn-Mobile”?

Hi everyone! First, a huge thank you for your support of the Flock Farm Yarn Shop 🙂 And yes, Spencer is on his way back to town with a van full of yarn for the shop!! I also have a Nasrin sweater WIP, info about upcoming Teachable classes, and some book recommendations for anyone interested on fixing or finishing their knits. Plus, the Fairily Fiber Fun giveaway winners. I hope you’ll come hang a while! ~Melissa

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SHOW NOTES: **To join the Flock Farm Yarn Shop’s mailing list, email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com OR visit knittingthestash.com

Patterns (links are to Ravelry pages)

— Nasrin: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nasrin

Yarns

— Shorn III: knittingthestash.com/home

— Shorn III Kits: knittingthestash.com/home

— Prairie Shepherds: knittingthestash.com/home

— Heirloom: knittingthestash.com/home

— Fox Run Fibers: knittingthestash.com/home

— Fairily Fiber Fun: fairilyfiberfun.com

–Lichen and Lace: https://lichenandlace.com/collections/non-superwash

Books

— Knit Fix: https://amzn.to/2UMu6gT

— Finishing Your Knits: https://amzn.to/3y60OZ8

— Knitting Details: https://amzn.to/3zChCaf

— Flawless Knit Repair: https://amzn.to/3iPQyOl

Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knittingthestash

New Website: knittingthestash.com

You can find me: on Ravelry as knittingthestash and via email at knittingthestash@gmail.com

Some links are Amazon Affiliate links and provide me with a small commission; they do not cost you anything to use 🙂

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Episode 105: Introducing the Flock Farm Yarn Shop

It’s the big reveal episode! And it’s full of farm yarns! I’m so happy to tell you all what I’ve been working on for the past couple of months: The Flock Farm Yarn Shop, a brand new website, Shorn III, and a set of Teachable classes. Phew . . . you could say, I’ve been busy! But I’m so happy to be sharing a Flock Shop preview with you–that’s where you’ll find Shorn III this Friday, July 16th. Plus, I have an FO knit up in beautiful handspun made by Kim Boyce of Fairily Fiber Fun–another maker who is focusing on conservation breeds and small farms in Georgia. She has offered a most generous GIVEAWAY, too! So, if you’d like to win some Gulf Coast Native Handspun, watch on and leave a comment. I hope you’ll join me! ~Melissa xxoo

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SHOW NOTES:

**To join the Flock Farm Yarn Shop’s mailing list, email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com OR visit knittingthestash.com

Patterns (links are to Ravelry pages)

Yarns

  • Shorn III: knittingthestash.com/home (avail 7/16/21)
  • Shorn III Kits: knittingthestash.com/home (avail 7/16/21)
  • Prairie Shepherds: knittingthestash.com/home (avail 7/16/21)
  • Heirloom: knittingthestash.com/home (avail 7/16/21)
  • Fox Run Fibers: knittingthestash.com/home (avail 7/16/21)
  • Fairily Fiber Fun: fairilyfiberfun.com

To enter the GIVEAWAY for a 2oz batt or a skein of handspun Gulf Coast Native, please leave a comment here, on the episode thread, or on the Ravelry thread for this episode. Have a look at Kim Boyce’s fairilyfiberfun.com website and let us know about your favorite find there. This one is open worldwide, but if you are outside of the US, you must pay shipping costs in order to accept your prize. I’ll draw two winners by random number in 2 weeks time.

Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knittingthestash

You can find me: on Ravelry as knittingthestash and via email at knittingthestash@gmail.com

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Shorn III Launch Details! July 16th!

It’s happening . . . Shorn III is about to be launched into the world on July 16th! This year, the launch also coincides with the launch of my new website AND the Flock Farm Yarn Shop! Yes, you read that correctly: I’m opening an online shop that specializes in indie, small-batch farm yarns. Oh, I hope you are as excited as I am! 😊

Until July 16th, the shop will appear “closed”–but it will pop open just in time for the launch!

Here is your sneak peek . . . and if you want to be added to the Flock Yarn Shop email list so that you can stay up-to-date and have access to special offers, and early-bird presales, please email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com to be added to the list. The next update will go out on July 14th, and you don’t want to miss it!

Shorn Yarn Info

Shorn III is a 3-ply fingering weight yarn that has approximately 250yds per 2.5oz. It’s in a beautiful natural white made up of Corriedale and Teeswater wool from right here in Illinois! We cared for some of Cathe’s sheep from Seven Sisters Farm on our own pastures this summer and this blend is durable, next-to-skin soft, and perfect for cables and texture. It was milled in the midwest, at Stonehedge Fiber Mill, and it’s all natural–no synthetic stuff, no dyes, nothing but awesome, natural fiber!

Exclusive Patterns

I’m so excited to feature the work of two designers for this launch: Laurie Lamont and Amy Engelbrecht-Wiggans. Laurie designed a gorgeous hat with fun tassels and Amy designed socks and mitts just for this yarn. Both take full advantage of the round, 3-ply yarn to make their cables pop!

OPTIONS:

  • Each skein: $14*
  • My Tassel Hat Kit (2 skeins of yarn, digital download code): $33*
  • Wikipedia Mitts Kit (2 skeins of yarn, digital download code): $33*
  • Wikipedia Socks Kit (2 skeins of yarn, digital download code): $33*

*prices do not include shipping costs; international shipping is available, but costs will vary by location and shipping may be limited by covid restrictions.

I’ll begin accepting Launch Day orders via my new website on July 16th; I hope you’ll come visit the site and see what’s new: http://www.knittingthestash.com

Please note that there is a limited supply of yarn available; orders will be processed on a first come, first served basis via the site.

Thank you all so much for your support of sheep, small fiber mills, and community! I’d love to share a little piece of this flock with you  ~Melissa xxoo

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Episode 104: Sweaters and Single-Ply Yarn

Hello lovelies! I have finished the wonderful Jakers sweater by Isabell Kraemer and have lots of modification notes for you. But a large portion of this episode is all about singles (single-ply) yarn and whether it’s good for garment knitting. We’ll break down and maybe dismiss some of the common assumptions. Lots of examples in store for you. Plus, a photo finish for the Reverb Cardigan. Come hang a while? ~Melissa

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SHOW NOTES:

Patterns (some links are to Ravelry)

Yarns

Singles Articles

knittingthestash MAL: “Out of My League” MAL info: Do you have some languishing WIPS from years past that you just couldn’t finish? Have a few patterns stashed away that seemed too hard? Well, this is the KAL for you! Pick up a pattern or a project that once seemed “Out of Your League” and give it another go! I have three in mind that ‘ll be casting on–and all from deep stash, so no need to buy yarn 🙂 Join me? We’ll be chatting on the “Out of My League” thread in Ravelry!

Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knittingthestash

–FREE PATTERN: It’s a Wrap Cowl pattern is available via Ravelry. If you’re not on Ravelry and would like a PDF of the cowl pattern, please email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com

–For 10% off your next SweetGeorgia Yarns order, use the code: ambassadormelissa10

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Episode 103: 130 lbs of Fleece!

Hi everyone! Did I mention I have 130 lbs of fleece to skirt and get off to the mill in the next couple of weeks?? Yipes! Come along on a field trip with me as we skirt fleece, find some humor with Spencer, and make the workshop smell like something other than welded metal! Plus, I have a book review of The Fabric of Civilization. Won’t you join me? ~Melissa

If you’re interested in The Fabric of Civilization by Virginia Postrel, I’ve provided a link here. I purchased the book myself (in other words, the review is not commissioned). I’d love to know what you think of the book if you have a chance to read it!

–> If you love the content, consider supporting me with a Kofi donation: https://ko-fi.com/knittingthestash​​

–> “Out of My League” KAL info: Do you have some languishing WIPS from years past that you just couldn’t finish? Have a few patterns stashed away that seemed too hard? Well, this is the KAL for you! Pick up a pattern or a project that once seemed “Out of Your League” and give it another go! I have three in mind that ‘ll be casting on–and all from deep stash, so no need to buy yarn 🙂 Join me? We’ll be chatting on the “Out of My League” thread in Ravelry! Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitti…

–> FREE PATTERN: It’s a Wrap Cowl pattern is available via Ravelry. If you’re not on Ravelry and would like a PDF of the cowl pattern, please email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com –

–> For 10% off your next SweetGeorgia Yarns order, use the code: ambassadormelissa10

–-> If you’re feeling the KnitCrate love and want some excitement in your mailbox each month, you can Subscribe to KnitCrate via this link https://www.knitcrate.com/?rfsn=42489… and use this Discount Code to get 20% Off: KTS20

As an Amazon Associate, some links on my blog allow me to receive a small commission on books and other products that I am proud to recommend. In other words, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. There is no cost to you when you use these links, but it provides a small stipend to me that helps support my work in the crafting community.

If you are interested in sending books or other knitting products for review, please contact me at knittingthestash@gmail.com and I would be happy to chat!

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Episode 102: Variegated Yarn . . . It’s Not Just for Socks!

Hello yarn-people! Happy to be hanging out with you on the weekend 🙂 In this episode, I have my Bojagi Shawl and a longer discussion about variegated yarns (and their gradient cousins) for socks, shawls, and sweaters. And we’ll talk about those skeins you just can’t seem to knit with–(pssst, the answer is it’s OK!). I also have a winner for the “Out of My League” MAL and some shout outs. Come hang a while? ~Melissa

If you love the content, consider supporting me with a Kofi donation: https://ko-fi.com/knittingthestash​​​

“Out of My League” KAL info: Do you have some languishing WIPS from years past that you just couldn’t finish? Have a few patterns stashed away that seemed too hard? Well, this is the KAL for you! Pick up a pattern or a project that once seemed “Out of Your League” and give it another go! I have three in mind that ‘ll be casting on–and all from deep stash, so no need to buy yarn 🙂 Join me? We’ll be chatting on the “Out of My League” thread in Ravelry! Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitti…

–FREE PATTERN: It’s a Wrap Cowl pattern is available via Ravelry. If you’re not on Ravelry and would like a PDF of the cowl pattern, please email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com

–For 10% off your next SweetGeorgia Yarns order, use the code: ambassadormelissa10 –If you’re feeling the KnitCrate love and want some excitement in your mailbox each month, you can Subscribe to KnitCrate via this link https://www.knitcrate.com/?rfsn=42489… and use this Discount Code to get 20% Off: KTS20

SHOW NOTES:

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Two Weeks, Two Videos!

Welcome, welcome! I have a new episode up, #101, and a vertical button band tutorial. Both are about my recent FO, the Reverb Cardigan. Spencer also appears in the latest episode to discuss creative slumps . . . And there is a new test knit available for the last Shorn III pattern: a beautiful cabled, tassled hat! I hope you find something you like 🙂 ~Melissa

SHOW NOTES

  • Reverb by Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts (Ravelry link)
  • Brooklyn Tweed Yarn: Shelter
  • Interested in test knitting patterns for Shorn? Email me: knittingthestash@gmail.com
  • Underwear pattern (in Russian)
  • Episode 100–collar liner discussion

“Out of My League” KAL info: Do you have some languishing WIPS from years past that you just couldn’t finish? Have a few patterns stashed away that seemed too hard? Well, this is the KAL for you! Pick up a pattern or a project that once seemed “Out of Your League” and give it another go! I have three in mind that ‘ll be casting on–and all from deep stash, so no need to buy yarn  Join me? We’ll be chatting on the “Out of My League” thread in Ravelry!

Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knittingthestash

–FREE PATTERN: It’s a Wrap Cowl pattern is available via Ravelry. If you’re not on Ravelry and would like a PDF of the cowl pattern, please email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com

–For 10% off your next SweetGeorgia Yarns order, use the code: ambassadormelissa10

–If you’re feeling the KnitCrate love and want some excitement in your mailbox each month, you can Subscribe to KnitCrate via this link https://www.knitcrate.com/?rfsn=42489…​ and use this Discount Code to get 20% Off: KTS20

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