Episode 85: Knit Together . . . At Last!

Hey fellow fiber people! This episode is all about the Knit Together Project–complete at long last–and an invitation to get started on one for your own community. Plus, some 19th century wool industry history from Peggy Hart’s book, and a giveaway from a generous viewer! Come hang a while?

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To enter the giveaway for Inspired by Islay (from Celeste!) please leave a comment here, on the Ravelry thread, or on the YourTube episode. Tell us how craft is helping you get through these crazy times. Due to the pandemic, I am only able to ship to the domestic US at the moment. Hoping to return to full international giveaways soon!

SHOW NOTES:

  1. Science Fiction Podcast
  2. Maniototo Wool
  3. Amirisu Magazine
  4. Bags By Awesome Grannie 
  5. Knit Together Project (Ravelry Project Page)
  6. Knit Together Project (Ravelry group thread)
  7. Squirrel Pie Productions (Tommi)
  8. Hawthorne Cottage Craft (Kate)
  9. Treehouse Knits (Rachel)
  10. Ninja Chickens (Maria)
  11. Wool by Peggy Hart
  12. Inspired by Islay
  13. Yokes by Kate Davies

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Episode 84: Broken, But Still Knitting!

Sadly, I think I broke my pinky knuckle . . . but I still have some WIPS and knitting history for you! Today, it’s Nancy Bush’s Country Socks and the (long overdue) Knit Together Project! It’s so cool to be assembling a blanket made from your squares! And a little Colonial US wool from Peggy Hart’s Wool book 🙂 Bad Sheep giveaway winner announced! Come hang a while? ~Melissa

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Affiliates/Ambassadorships/Amazon Associate Links

I am very pleased to be an ambassador for a number of companies that I enjoy supporting. These include: SweetGeorgia Yarns, Making Stories, and KnitCrate. I often receive products and books for review and testing from these folks and I’m happy to share my opinions with you! I also receive books for review from other, usually independent, authors and publishers. I am happy to share my honest opinion and review of these books here on the blog.

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 83: Hikari, History & Bad Sheep!

Hello party people! The time is here for a HUGE giveaway from Bad Sheep Yarn . . . Yay! Plus, my Hikari modifications are finished and I have some history about Yoked sweaters from Kate Davies. Looking forward to spending a little time with you, when you find a free minute and a fresh cup of tea 🙂 ~Melissa

To enter the giveaway from Bad Sheep Yarn, please leave a comment here, on the Ravelry thread, or on the blogpost for this episode. Tell me your favorite colorway from Bad Sheep Yarn! You can enter a second time when I post the giveaway to Instagram later this week. Due to the pandemic, I am only able to ship to the domestic US at the moment. Hoping to return to full international giveaways soon!

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Indie Dyer: Marcie Bourne of Bad Sheep Yarn

Hello yarn and fiber folk! I have something truly special for you today: the brilliant and creative mind behind Bad Sheep Yarn, Marcie Bourne! I’m guessing you’d recognize her from her gorgeous yarn collections, such as the 2020 Alaska collection . . . but you might also have cast on a lovely Eirlys Shawl in her Nebula and Constellation colorways. I found Marcie through Facebook–some friends of mine were posting all about her pretty yarn and I had to check it out. Turns out Marcie makes her yarn magic the way up  in the North Pole and has quite a few ideas for colors that just belong together. I  am partial to her Deep Woods Collection and, if I had any birthday money left, well . . . So, naturally, I struck up an email exchange with Marcie  and we had some fun talking about all things yarn and indie dyer. I hope you enjoy the interview below and tune into the next podcast (Episode 83) for an amazing GIVEAWAY–yes, it’s HUGE!–from Marcie and Bad Sheep Yarn 🙂

Bad Sheep YarnBad Sheep Yarn Nebula and ConstellationsSockeye Salmon YarnWild Blueberry Yarn DK 3Spell on You Yarn 4Rooibos Tea Sock YarnBad Sheep Yarn Alaska 2020

KTS: You are the creative mind behind Bad Sheep Yarn; can you tell us a little bit about how you started the business and what you love about dyeing yarn?

Marcie: I started working for someone else dying yarn. They trained me and I loved working for them. When they moved out of state my husband and I decided to start our own business together (He does all the IT things that I know nothing about). It’s been quite a journey from there.

What I love most about dying yarn is the excitement of making new things, new color combinations. I could say a lot about having an appreciation for every color from chartreuse to hot pink to brown. Every color has something great to offer.

KTS: You’ve featured two Alaska collections and a Deep Woods collection (which I LOVE!) along with other themed yarn bundles. How do you decide on the colorways? Are you looking for complementary colors, a variation on a theme, or something that stirs your imagination?

Marcie: A little of everything, haha! Sometimes I start with a theme that I can let my imagination follow and other times I start with a color palette that I’m inspired by. After those I just work one at until I have something that fits what I was going for in the first place. I also try to make things that can be worked all together and look cohesive but also contrast enough to showcase each colorway.

KTS: Who are your biggest crafting influences/inspirations?

Marcie: This could be a long list. My dad is an amazing wildlife artist. My mom taught us how to sew and craft. She also taught me how to figure things out for myself.

I think anyone that follows me could see that nature inspires me. I live in a place where it’s just so stunning. I’m always in awe.

  • My best lady, Chandi, from Expression Fiber Arts.
  • My girl, Tara, from Mamachee crochet patterns.
  • And Amy Sedaris. She makes crafting and entertaining hilarious and I love her for that.

KTS: What’s it like living in the North Pole, literally (!)

Marcie: Cold. It’s pretty cold here in the winters. The street lamps are painted to look like candy canes. But other than the cold, long, dark winters Alaska is beautiful. Sweater weather comes early so it’s always knitting season. It’s a small town and it’s my home. Also there is a man here who has legally changed his name to Kris Kringle and he is our year round Santa. His wife knits and they are sweet.

KTS: Any advice for new dyers?

Marcie: WRITE DOWN ALL THE RECIPES. Don’t be afraid of slow beginnings or a saturated market. Have fun. Don’t look around at what other people are doing and feel defeated. Look around and be inspired and to learn. There are so many generous dyers who share their wisdom so watch and learn and try new things!

KTS:Where can folks find your shop? or find out more about you?

Marcie: My website badsheepyarn.com is my main platform. I’m also on Facebook and Instagram under the user name BadSheepYarn .  I think I’m on pinterest too but I forget about it. I want to start a whole pinterest board about good knit night snacks/drinks because I’m all about that.

KTS: What’s new on the horizon for your business?

Marcie: So many things! I’ve been working on the next Alaska Collection for 2021. Those are huge collections for us and I put a lot of thought them. My husband and I have a lot of dreams that we’ve talked over for our 5 – 10 year plans. Nothing is set in stone, but we’ve enjoyed dreaming things up so much that everything seems possible.

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Thanks so much, Marcie, for sharing your yarn and giving us a peek into your business!

I love meeting new people (and sheep!): if you are an indie dyer, a hand spinner, a shepherdess, a small flock owner, a mill operator, or a wool trader, I would love to feature your work on this site. Please get in touch via email (knittingthestash@gmail.com) or Ravelry by clicking the “About” tab (above)

Happy knitting! 🙂

 

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Episode 82: Fox in the Hen House

Hello lovely people! Apologies that this cast was delayed a few hours . . . I had technical difficulties and then–a FOX! Holy moly! Happy to chat about my Hikari WIP modifications, some updates on the Modification class I’m planning, and the beginnings of a “Knitting History” segment! Yay! Giveaway winners announced . . . and a HUGE giveaway hint for the next episode 🙂 Join me for a few? I hope you’re all well! ~Melissa

 

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Episode 81: Inspired By Design

Hello fun fiber folk! Here is an episode in which I talk about sweaters and chatter with my partner in craft, Spencer. We have a lot to say about design, apparently! And it’s the second installment of “Name that Stash” in which Spencer pillages the yarn room and I have to identify the yarn he’s found. Fun times. Plus, a giveaway at the end! I hope you’re all well! ~Melissa xxoo

To enter the giveaway for the knitting needles OR the yarn: please leave a comment here, on the Ravelry thread, or on the blogpost for this episode. Tell me something good! Anything and everything positive–we need some good news around here! I’ll draw two winners in two weeks via random number. Due to the pandemic, I am only able to ship to the domestic US at the moment. Hoping to return to full international giveaways soon!

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Episode 80: Udder Massage & Color Management

Yep, you read that right: udder massage. Mmmm hmmm. Come on over to the podcast, my friends and allow me to drop the knowledge . . . lol! Plus, some info about how I’m managing multiple skeins for an indie dyed sweater project. And an update from last cast! Come hang a while? ~Melissa

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Episode 79: Craft and Protest

Hello crafter people. . . I sat down to share some ideas about craft and protest: how they might be connected and relevant to one another. And, at your request, a look at some diverse Speculative Fiction and Science Fiction reading that you might find hopeful at this historic moment. Then, on to the small amount of distracted knitting I’ve been able to do: work on my blanket and some advice about gradient yarn and pinhole cast ons. If you’d like something actionable, and need some yarn, from June 7th to June 14th I’ll be donating 50% of the “Shop My Stash” sale (on Ravely) to organizations fighting for social justice and racial equity.** I am thinking of all of you during the protests and pandemic–please take good care of each other. ~Melissa

**Please note that I cannot ship internationally at the moment, due to the pandemic

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Here is a list of the books and short stories I mentioned in the cast (there are so many more to explore that I haven’t named here . . .):

  • Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
  • Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond
  • Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
  • Iraq+100
  • Shades Within Us: Tales of Migration and Fractured Borders
  • Resist: Tales from a Future Worth Fighting Against
  • A People’s Future of the United States
  • W.E.B. Dubois, “The Comet”
  • George Saunders, “Semplica Girl Diaries”

Free, online course from UIUC on Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History (select the non-certificate option)

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Episode 78: Lost and Found

Hi my fiber folk! How are you? It’s been a beautiful Sunday here in Illinois, and I found time in the yarn room and out at the new skirting table 🙂 In this episode I’ll tell you about my new Will O’ the Wisp shrug (in mohair!!), the time my dog ate my pattern notes, and we’ll do some skirting together in the sunshine! Come hang a little while? ~Melissa

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Episode 77: Patience Pays Off!

Hi everyone! Patience (or procrastination?) pays off sometimes . . .I’ve been hard at work designing the Afterthought Cardigan and it’s all finished!! So, today’s episode is all about those design choices. Plus, an update on Shorn 3, sheep in the pasture, and some mending. Plus, Darlene of Bags By Awesome Grannie sent along a lovely project bag and a coupon code for you all! And I’ll announce the winners of the stash to stash giveaway 🙂

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