Episode 23: The Shawl of Death and Other Spooky Things

Contact UsYou can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken or email her by clicking here.  Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as SaltCityKnits (new user name!) and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits. Please join us on Ravelry in our group for more discussion, photo sharing, and prizes!

Show Notes

Queen Deborah’s Projects

 Diamond Weave Hat by Creatiknit.com

Lion Brand yarns – Heartland in 180 “kings canyon” colorway

French Meringue Socks by Vanilla Wool

Yarning Apart in Dust Light colorway

MJ Yarns Sophistisock in Joseph colorway

Picacho Peak hat by Alyssa Latuchie

Berrocco Folio in Color 4545

Sockhead hat by Kelly McClure

Mary Jane’s Tearoom Bears

Cascade ECO duo in Vanilla colorway

Berocco Heritage in Fuchsia and Calico

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

Scrappy Bias Shawl (what I’m wearing)

Flax Light Sweater by Tin Can Knits (working it like a So Faded Sweater by Andrea Mowry)

Hedgerow Yarns in unnamed one of a kind colorway

Knit Mona Yarns in Ice Cream Sprinkles colorway

My hand-dyed yarn in Carribean Cooler colorway

McMullin Fiber Co in Electric Rainbow colorway

Bea and Rose in Summer Breeze colorway

Wobble Gobble yarn in Rose colorway

Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli

Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love colorway

Knit Picks Felici in Kaleidescope colorway

Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co. in Honey and Indigo colorways

Flowers for Yvonne shawl pattern by Romi Hill

Anzula Meridian in Emerald colorway

 

Other Mentions

Mini Castle Designs – Doctor Who notions pouch and Harry Potter tote bag

Knitters Pride Dreamz needles

Magnetic Knitting Chart Keeper from Knit Picks

 

Favorite Things

We shared a few of our favorite “spooky” movies. We aren’t into movies that are demonic or slasher style so these are some more tame recommendations

Deborah’s Top 3

3. Phantom of the Opera

2. Arsenic and Old Lace

1. Harry Potter

Emily’s Top 3

3. The Others

2. Clue

1. Practical Magic

Other recommendations – Wait Until Dark (Audrey Hepburn), What Lies Beneath (scary!), Bewitched, The Burbs, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Changeling (George C. Scott), Monsters, Inc., Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus.

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Episode 22: Socktober!

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken or email her by clicking here.  Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as SaltCityKnits (new user name!) and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits. Please join us on Ravelry in our group for more discussion, photo sharing, and prizes!

 

Show Notes

Queen Deborah’s Projects

Candy Floss socks (for the ribbing) by Emily Clawson

Neeley’s Knits Supersock in Thing one and Thing Two colorway

French Meringue Socks by Vanilla Wool

Yarning Apart in Dust Light colorway

The Wizarding World of Yarn in Wingardium Leviosa colorway

Mary Jane’s Tearoom Bears

Cascade ECO duo in Vanilla colorway

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli

Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love colorway

Knit Picks Felici in Kaleidescope colorway

Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co. in Honey and Indigo colorways

Wizarding World of Yarn in Transfiguration colorway

Contrasting heels and toes in Malabrigo Sock in Impressionist Sky colorway

Mini’s set by Blissful Knits

Self-striping sock yarn from Scrumptious Purls

 

Public Service Announcement

In case you missed the segment in our podcast, here is a helpful info-graphic to assist you as you ask the age-old question: Am I wearing pants?

Giveaway Winner!

We have an adorable progress keeper from Little Bitty Delights to giveaway. And our winner is DebraMason. Huzza!

 

Other Mentions

Stretchy Cast On for Socks by Roxanne Richardson

 

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Episode 21: Our Favorite Things

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken or email her by clicking here.  Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as SaltCityKnits (new user name!) and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits. Please join us on Ravelry in our group for more discussion, photo sharing, and prizes!

 

Show Notes

Queen Deborah’s Projects

 

Malabrigo Sock in Aguas colorway

AJHC Wools in Vintage Funk colorway

Candy Floss socks (for the ribbing) by Emily Clawson

 

Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Knitting Expat Designs

ART yarns in Oyster Blush colorway

Able Cable Hat by Kari Steinetz

Old Norwegian cast-on

Neeley’s Knits Supersock in Thing one and Thing Two colorway

French Meringue Socks by Vanilla Wool

Yarning Apart in Dust Light colorway

Dot Shawl by Casapinka

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play in Bahama Woodstar colorway

Malabrigo Sock in Rupestre colorway

Primavera Capelet by PaulinaP

The Wizarding World of Yarn in Transfiguration colorway

Sockhead Hat by

The Wizarding World of Yarn in Wingardium Leviosa colorway

Mary Jane’s Tearoom Bears

Cascade ECO duo in Vanilla colorway

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

 

Monkey Socks (no purl version – just knit wherever it says purl)

Malabrigo Sock in Idiecita colorway

Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli

Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love colorway

 

Snippets from YOUR past submissions

Please share with us a video up to five minutes in length (make sure video and audio quality are useable) of a snippet form your past. Upload to Dropbox or Google Drive and share with Queen Deborah at her email (see our contact info above). We may use your video in an upcoming episode!

Our Favorite Things

This week we talked about our favorite things to drink. Queen Deborah said hers are 1. Grandma Gray’s fruit slush. 2. Raspb

 

One Year Anniversary Prize Package

Get in touch with us as instructed in the episode.

Neeley’s Knits yarn  in Thing One and Thing Two colorways

IndigoChicken Dr. Suess Project Bag

The Quirky Sculptor stitch markers and progress keeper

Pattern of choice by Lara Smoot Designs

 

Ridiculous Book of the Day

50 Jobs Worse Than Yours by Justin Racz

 

Other Mentions

Stretchy Cast On for Socks by Roxanne Richardson

Woolite Baby

Twig and Horn Wool Soap – White Grapefruit

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Raspberry Cordial Recipe

While attending the most enjoyable reading retreat, I tasted the most delicious drink! If you have read Anne of Green Gables you will be familiar with raspberry cordial. I always wondered what it would taste like, and during our Anne themed dinner, I had the opportunity to find out. I quickly decided it is now one of my favorite things to drink! Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

RASPBERRY CORDIAL

serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2(300 g) packages frozen raspberries
  • 1 14cups sugar
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 3 lemons

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put the unthawed raspberries into a saucepan and add sugar.
  2. Cook on medium, stirring occasionally until all the sugar ahs dissolved.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the raspberries and syrup thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mixture through a strainer, extract all the juice.
  5. Squeeze two of the lemons and strain the juice, add it to the raspberry juice.
  6. Add the boiling water to the raspberry juice.
  7. Allow the cordial to cool, then chill it in the refrigerator.
  8. Serve cordial with a thin slice of lemon in each glass.

 

This recipe is from the Anne of Green Gables cookbook by Kate MacDonald.

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Episode 20: Our One-Year Anniversary!

We are back after a long month and a half. We have a nice long chat about all our projects and delightful things. We announce several giveaways for our Dye-along as well as our one year anniversary!

Come join our Dye-Along!

Deborah and Emily are both having so much fun with dyeing yarn. It can seem like an intimidating process but it really doesn’t need to be. We would love to have you experiement with dyeing yarn and share your photos! We’ve put a thread in the Ravelry group for chatter on the process and draw prizes periodically from that thread. There are also links to a few tutorials we’ve enjoyed as we’ve been embarking in this process. You can share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #dyealongkal.

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken. Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as SaltCityKnits (new user name!) and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits. Please join us on Ravelry in our group for more discussion, photo sharing, and prizes!

 

 

 

Show Notes

Queen Deborah’s Projects

Sweet Summer Nights Shawl by Emily Clawson (pattern not currently available)

Amanda Makes Yarn in Meanwhile, At the Castle colorway

Malabrigo Sock in Aguas colorway

Lartha Socks (heel pattern) by Lara Smoot Designs

Sheepy Fibers, etc. in Lucky colorway

Footie Socks by Miriam L Felton

Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet 100 Splash in Lipstick colorway

Good Vibes Shawl by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne

Beach Bum Yarn in Hula Girl

Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in Parkrose colorway

Luna’s puppy afgahn – Granny Stripe Blanket

Knit picks Felici in Bubble Colorway

Candy Floss socks (for the ribbing) by Emily Clawson

AJHC Wools in Vintage Funk colorway

Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Knitting Expat Designs

Check out #pinnieparade on Instagram for some awesome pincushions!

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

Sweet Summer Night’s Shawl in her own yarns.

Dragon Hoard Yarn in A Very Merry Unbirthday colorway

Randrops by Tin Can Knits

Ella Rae Lace Merino (unlabeled colorway)

As yet unnamed aran weight squishy shawl of coziness

Malabrigo Worsted in Molly colorway

Window to My Soul by Joji Locatelli

Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk in Aqua Foam

Monkey Socks (no purl version – just knit wherever it says purl)

Malabrigo Sock in Idiecita colorway

Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli

Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love colorway

 

Yarn Hanging in Background

Dragon Hoard Yarn in Under the Sea colorway

Knitterly Things – Rainbow of the month club  in Misty Mountain Rainbow colorway

Amanda Makes yarn in Beachy Pink colorway

Sugarhouse Woolworks – set of five, not named

PK Yarn in Benny and the Jets colorway

Knitterly Things in Sum-Sum-Summertime colorway

Yarn Cafe Creations in Marche colorway

 

Podcasts Mentioned

Girls in the Yarn Cafe

Knit Song

 

Dyealong Giveaways

Bare yarn – going to LadyAmberSkye

Deborah’s hand dyed yarn – oing to Trace44

Get in contact with us as instructed in the podcast

 

One Year Anniversary Prize Package

Neeley’s Knits yarn  in Thing One and Thing Two colorways

IndigoChicken Dr. Suess Project Bag

The Quirky Sculptor stitch markers and progress keeper

Pattern of choice by Lara Smoot Designs

 

Ridiculous Book of the Day

The Museum of Kitschy Stitches by Stitchy McYarnpants

 

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Candy Floss Socks

I’m so excited to announce my newest pattern. Introducing, Candy Floss Socks!

 

 

 

Candy Floss, or Cotton Candy here in the US, is a favorite summer treat at parades, festivals, or theme parks and is equal parts cute, fluffy, squishy, and sweet! These socks echo all those qualities with a delicate little twisted cable that adds just the right amount of sweetness to a cozy, squishy sock.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry by clicking here.

I’ve also created a little tutorial on the left twist cable stitch that I use. I hope you enjoy the pattern and please share your finished objects!

 

 

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Episode 19: Preserving Family Heirlooms

What a crazy few weeks it’s been! The most significant thing that has happened is the house fire of our dear friends, who have lost everything (they are all safe, though!). That has sparked our discussion on preserving family heirlooms, as we are helping in restoring a special fiber piece. We hope you enjoy our goofy chatter (just like always) as well as the more serious. We also rediscover that Emily has a really morbid sense of humor. As if that was in doubt.

Announcing our Giveaway Winner!

The beautiful and talented Klara Zhulamanova has donated a copy of her Glacier Ice Shawl. It’s a stunning pattern that we think you’ll really enjoy. We are pleased to announce that JohnaJacobs on Ravelry is the winner! Please contact Emily to receive that pattern. Congratulations!

Come join our Dye-Along!

Deborah and Emily are both having so much fun with dyeing yarn. It can seem like an intimidating process but it really doesn’t need to be. We would love to have you experiement with dyeing yarn and share your photos! We’ll put a thread in the Ravelry group for chatter on the process and draw prizes periodically from that thread. Here are links to a few tutorials we’ve enjoyed as we’ve been embarking in this process. You can share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #dyealongkal.

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken. Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as SaltCityKnits (new user name!) and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits. Please join us on Ravelry in our group for more discussion, photo sharing, and prizes!

 

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Show Notes

Deborah’s Projects:

Knitterly Things, Vesper Sock Yarn – Sometime in April

Lorax Socks (socks #8) – stitch pattern can be found here

Otter Pop Shawl – Scrappy Bias Shawl pattern by Emily Clawson

Sweet Summer Nights Shawl – pattern coming soon by Emily Clawson

Amanda Makes Yarn in Meanwhile, at the Castle colorway.

Malabrigo Sock in 855 Aguas

Socks #9 – Lartha Socks heel by Lara Smoot

Sheepy Fibres Etc. yarn in Lucky colorway

Socks #10 – Footie Socks by Miriam L Felton

Plymouth Yarn Co Happy Feet 100 in Splash colorway

 

Emily’s Projects:

Sweet Summer Nights Shawl pattern coming soon by Emily Clawson

Hedgehog Fibers Twist Sock in Skinny Dip and Lush colorways

In Threes Baby Cardigan by Kelly Herdich

Malabrigo Rios in Aniversario colorway

Socks #8  – Baerenwolle BAERfoot Sock in Lucid Dream colorway

Candy Floss Socks pattern coming soon by Emily Clawson

Cozy Memories scrap blanket

 

Other Mentions

McMullin Fiber Co in Electric Rainbow and All Blues colorways

Artwork by Kam Kaiserman

 

Snippets from the Past – preserving family heirlooms

These are the steps I took in trying to restore the lace piece of our friends. I am not an expert so please take that into account if you follow along on this journey. I can’t guaruntee your outcome.

Before:

Step 1 – Gentle soak in cool water, brushing away debris with fingertips.

Step 2 – Soak in baking soda and vinegar dilution.

Step 3 – Second soak in cool water.

Step 4 – Soak in wool wash – very diluted. This removed the smoky smell finally.

 

After:

 

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Episode 18: Deep Thoughts

We’re back with some fun talk about our newest projects and an awesome giveaway. We hope you enjoy the episode and have a great time working on your projects!

Giveaway

The beautiful and talented Klara Zhulamanova has offered to donate a copy of her Glacier Ice Shawl. It’s a stunning pattern that we think you’ll really enjoy. Details for the giveaway can be found in the Ravelry group. 

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken. Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as SaltCityKnits (new user name!) and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits.

 

Show Notes

Deborah’s Projects:

Love Socks pattern by Devon Clement

Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in Thirst Heather colorway

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose colorway

 

Knitterly Things, Vesper Sock Yarn – Sometime in April

 

Good Vibes Shawl by Nadia Cretin Lechenne

The Rainy Apply Shoppe – Beach Bum yarn in Hula Girl colorway

Scrappy Bias Shawl pattern by Emily Clawson (knit by both of us)

 

 

Emily’s Projects:

Flowers for Yvonne shawl pattern by Romi Hill

Anzula Meridian in Emerald colorway

Scrappy Bias Shawl pattern by Emily Clawson (knit by both of us)

Kimarie’s Knit Knacks in Mint Chip colorway

Changing Staircases Shawl pattern by Trysten Molina

Dragon Hoard Yarn in Merry Unbirthday Colorway

Hedgehog Fibers Twist Sock in Skinny Dip and Hey Day colorways

Cascade Heritage Silk in Tangerine, Aqua Foam, Citron, and Raspberry colorways

 

Other Mentions

Girls in the Yarn Cafe podcast

Willow Hill Yarn Co.

 

Books Mentioned

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

Shakespeare Stories by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery, narrated by Barbara Caruso

Buildings, Bridges, and Landmarks, a complete History

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Episode 17: Vintage Patterns

Winner Announced

We are so excited to announce the winner of our NeonAlongKal prize package! The prize includes a project bag by Chestnut Fibres, a skein of Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Envy colorway, stitch markers by Knitty By Nature, and the gorgeous Pacifica shawl pattern by Lisa Seifert. Come see a photo in the Ravelry Group!

And our winner is . . . (drumroll) . . . @beaukat – Kathy! Congratulations!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our KAL! It was so wonderful seeing all of your wonderful, vibrant neon projects! Seriously, such a delight!

This week we share our projects and have a wonderful discussion about vintage patterns, including sharing some of our Grandmother’s beautiful dresses! We hope you enjoy!

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken. Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as Egclawson and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits.

 

Show Notes

Deborah’s Projects:

Love Socks pattern by Devon Clement

Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in Thirst Heather colorway

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose colorway

Canyonlands Shawl by Very Busy Monkey

Knitterly Things, Vesper Sock Yarn – Rainbows after Rain

Knitterly Things, Vesper Sock Yarn – Sometime in April

 

Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Knitting Expat Designs on Ravelry

Good Vibes Shawl by Nadia Cretin Lechenne

The Rainy Apply Shoppe – Beach Bum yarn in Hula Girl colorway

Footie Socks by Miriam L. Pelton

Deborah Norville Premier Yarn

Emily’s Projects:

 

Flowers for Yvonne shawl pattern by Romi Hill

Anzula Meridian in Emerald colorway

Scrappy Bias Shawl – my own design. You can find my notes here.

Kimarie’s Knit Knacks in Mint Chip colorway

Little Oddment Hedgehog by Little Cotton Rabits

Other Mentions

Mom shorts parody video

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

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Deborah’s Lorax Socks

In our latest podcast, episode 16, I shared some socks I am knitting for my 1o year-old daughter. Some have requested the pattern. I don’t have an actual pattern, but will happily share some of the details, and the two-row braided column stitch pattern I used. I am not a pattern writer. Hopefully this makes sense.

Cast on 52 stitches on 2.25mm magic loop.

Knit 15 rows of a 2×2 rib, beginning with k2. Using a 2×2 rib will allow the braided stitch design to line up with the ribbing.

Begin the leg. I only knit the pattern on the front needle, and the back was knit all in stockinette stitch.

  • Row 1: k4, *sl 1 stitch pwise, k1, yo, psso the k1 and the yo* , k6, repeat from *, k6, repeat from *, k4
  • Row 2: knit all stitches

Continue the pattern all the way down the top of the foot.

At first glance, it seems as though you will loose a stitch with each psso, but try it, you will see that you keep your original stitch count.

If you knit socks with this pattern, I’d love to see them. Tag photos of them with #Loraxsocks or share them on our Ravelry group page.

Best Wishes,

Queen Deborah

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