Episode 29: Kickin’ up our Heels!

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!

Find Queen Deborah’s gorgeous project bags on Etsy.

Find Queen Emily’s patterns on Ravelry. 

Find Queen Emily’s yarn at The Yarnbrary.

 

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Show Notes

Queen Deborah’s Projects

Dawland Hat by Becky Robbins

Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Hand dyed color 144

Knit Song Yarns in Telegraph Ave colorway

High Hat Thumb Joint Heel in the Fork in the Road Socks pattern by Lara Neel

Yarnbrary Yarns in The Red Room colorway

 

MJ Yarns Sophistisock in Dragon’s Blood colorway

Little Tailoress Yarns in All the Christmas Candy colorway

Skedaddle Sock by Lena Gjerald

Candy Floss Socks by Emily Clawson

Mollie Makes Magazine Rose Cross-stitch pattern

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli

Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love colorway

French Toast sweater by Alicia Plummer

Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Blush colorway

Project bag by Daisy Girl and Co.

Alpha B: Basic Baby Cardigan by KnitPurl

Yarnbrary Yarns in Just Jane (more purple version)

 

Our Heels Selection

Fishlips Kiss Pattern

Short row heel from the Lartha Pattern (on the green socks)

Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel

KirbyWirby afterthought heel with no waste yarn

 

Other Mentions

Claire Nyah’s YouTube channel

For more information about our First Socks Live Video series, click here to find out how to prepare and all other details. 

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First Time Sock Knitting Video Tutorial Series

Have you wanted to knit socks but never got around to it? Maybe you’re intimidated by knitting the heel. Or maybe you’re just overwhelmed by the sheer number of options out there. Queen Deborah and Queen Emily want to help you get started! While we don’t claim to know everything about knitting socks, we’d love to share our experience and ideas to make getting started easier. This live video series will begin on February 28th and instruct you in using either DPNs (double pointed needles) or magic loop. For more details, please read below and check out the schedule on our Ravelry group.

NOTE: this series assumes you already have a basic knowledge of knitting. You should know how to knit and purl and do a long tail cast on.

We will be using the Basic Socks pattern by Winwick Mum, found on Ravelry. It is a free pattern.

Video #1: Beginning your sock. Sock fitting, cast on, join in the round, knit the cuff and instructions to knit the leg.

Video #2: How to knit a slip stitch heel flap

Video #3: How to turn the heel, pick up stitches along the heel flap, and knit the gusset decreases.

Video #4: How to determine foot length, and knit a wedge toe.

Video #5: The dreaded, but fun, Kitchener stitcher, weaving in ends, and blocking, vs. not blocking.

What to do before the live video series begins.

Get your fingering weight sock yarn, and needles, and print your pattern. Knit a swatch, making sure your gauge is 8 stitches per inch, before blocking. If you are unsure where to begin, both Emily and Deborah use a 2.25mm needle for their socks, try that first and see if your gauge matches. Then take take your foot measurements according to the chart below.

 

Share your finished socks on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #MYFIRSTSOCKSKAL, and head over to our Ravelry group to post your finished pair of socks in our finished objects thread to enter our giveaway.

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Episode 28: Beat the Winter Blues

 

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!

Find Queen Deborah’s gorgeous project bags on Etsy.

Find Queen Emily’s patterns on Ravelry. 

Find Queen Emily’s yarn at The Yarnbrary.

 

Show Notes

Queen Deborah’s Projects

Knit Song Yarns in Telegraph Ave colorway

MJ Yarns Sophistisock in Dragon’s Blood colorway

High Hat Thumb Joint Heel in the Fork in the Road Socks pattern by Lara Neel

Yarnbrary Yarns in Romeo and Juliet colorways

Emmeline Tee by Little Tailoress

Yarnbrary Secret Garden collection in Clusters of Crocus

Artistic Lilly in Birthday Confetti colorway

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

Misty Lily by Gabrielle Danskknit

Harvest by Tin Can Knits

Malabrigo Rios in Whales Road colorway

Scrumptious Purl self-striping

Piratenwolle (pink yarn)

Project bag by Daisy Girl and Co.

French Toast sweater by Alicia Plummer

Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Blush colorway

 

Other Mentions

Secret Garden Book by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The best movie version is here.

My favorite audible books is here. 

 

What We’re Wearing

Emily is wearing the Scrappy Bias Shawl by yours truly

Deborah is wearing the Good Vibes Shawl by  Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

Knit in Beach Bum Yarns in Hula Girl colorway

 

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Episode 27: The Yarnbrarian

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!

Find Queen Deborah’s gorgeous project bags on Etsy.

Find Queen Emily’s patterns on Ravelry. 

Find Queen Emily’s yarn at The Yarnbrary.

 

Show Notes

Queen Deborah’s Projects

MJ Yarns Sophistisock in Joseph colorway

Knit Song Yarns in Telegraph Ave colorway

Yarn Cafe Creations

Little Tailoress Yarn in All the Christmas Candy colorway

Skedaddle Sock Pattern by Lena Gjerald

Candy Floss Socks by Emily Clawson

MJ Yarns Sophistisock in Dragon’s Blood colorway

Tunic pattern – McCalls M7122

 

 

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

Scrumptious Purl self-striping

Schoppel Wool Jeans Ball in Mueller’s Esel

Scrap Blanket – I follow Dani’s method

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

Bea and Rose in Summer Breeze colorway

 

Other Mentions

Bea and Rose Podcast

Girls in the Yarn Cafe Podcast

Knit Song Podcast

Yarnhoarder Podcast

MiniCastle Designs – Harry Potter project bag

 

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Episode 26: Crazy Old Ladies on the Road

 

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!

Find Queen Deborah’s gorgeous project bags on Etsy.

Find Queen Emily’s patterns on Ravelry. 

The Good Cheer Shawl is now available!

 

Show Notes

What Queen Deborah is wearing: Primavera Capelet in Madelinetosh Sock in Baltic colorway.

What Queen Emily is wearing: Emiliana Shawl in Cascasde Heritage and Baah Yarn.

 

Queen Deborah’s Projects

Molly Hat by Erin Ruth

Lion Brand Heartland in Isle Royale

Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure

MJ Yarns Sophistisock in Joseph colorway

Sweet Tea Knits in Castles in the Sky colorway

Knit Song Yarns

Little Tailoress Yarn in All the Christmas Candy colorway

Skedaddle Sock Pattern by Lena Gjerald

Candy Floss Socks by Emily Clawson

Holiday Hop by Lara Smoot Designs

Vintage Fairie LLC

Fusion Blanket – Deborah’s own design.

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

Antler Toque by Tin Can Knits

Berroco Vintage in Indigo colorway

Dragon Hoard Yarn in Very Merry Unbirthday colorway

Snowdrop Beret by MS Designs

World’s Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits

Shepherd’s Wool in Frosty Blue

Schoppel Wool Jeans Ball in and Mueller’s Esel and In The Mood colorways

Unicorn bag by Southern Sparrow Handmade

Abby’s project – her own handdyed yarn named Mermaid Lagoon

In Three’s Baby Cardigan

Dragon Hoard Yarn in Molly Weasley colorway

Yarn Cafe Creations

 

Other Mentions

Red Barn Collections Journal

Andersmill knit Podcast

Little Tailoress Podcast

kimberlyann_lam on Instagram – Emily’s advent swap partner

quiltmomaone on Instagram – Deborah’s advent swap partner

 

 

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Good Cheer Shawl

Brew a cup of tea, grab your favorite book, and bundle up in this shawl near the fire .

Cozy, squishy, and totally wrap-able, this aran-weight shawl has everything you love to knit. With a little bit of lace and a little bit of texture you’ll enjoy the process as much as wrapping up in the super-soft finished shawl that is large enough to keep you warm on the coldest day.

The single-ply Malabrigo Worsted yarn provides excellent stitch definition that really shows off your work. Pick four skeins of your favorite aran weight yarn and get started!

Click here to visit the Ravelry Page
 

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Grandma’s Peppernuts

Our Grandma Childs made these spicy little cookies every Christmas and shared them with all her children. They are different than traditional Peppernuts (or Pfeffernuss) as they do not have any anise or pepper in the recipe. I guess she never liked the traditional flavors and neither did any of her children or grandchildren. We love these poppable sweets just as they are in all their ginger-y, molasses-y goodness!

 

Peppernuts

From the kitchen of Gay Rosenberg Childs

Ingredients:

3/4 cups sugar

1 cup dark molasses

1 cup shortening

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

6 cups flour

Directions:

Cream sugar, molasses, shortening, and water together. Sift together all dry ingredients and mix until incorporated  and forming a stiff dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least four hours. Roll chilled dough into snakes about 1/2 inch in diameter and cut 1/2 inch slices. Scatter on ungreased baking tray. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes at 350 degrees farenheit. Allow to cool on pan. Store in airtight container  and snack away! Makes about eleventy-billion tiny cookies.

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Episode 25: Good Cheer


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

We (meaning me, Emily) lost my notes for this episode. With the holidays I’ve chosen not to spend the time on show notes this week. I hope you’ll all understand. Many of the projects and yarns used this week can also be found in previous episodes. If you have a specific question, please feel free to contact me via email at emilygclawson (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks so much for bringing us such great joy during this holiday season!

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Holly and Ivy Felt Christmas Ornament Pattern

Make some fun and easy ornaments for your tree this year with some simple supplies and basic skills. You can stitch the leaves on the heart, or glue them in place, depending on your mood.



If you have not yet learned how to blanket stitch, watch this great tutorial from Hobby Lobby by clicking on the link below.

BLANKET STITCH TUTORIAL

 

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Episode 24: Parade of Hats

 

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

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

Sockhead hat by Kelly McClure

Malabrigo Sock in Rayon Vert

Totally Tubular Hat by Wendy Goekner

Malabrigo Rios in Winter Lake

Malabrigo Arroyo in Auguas (held double)

Fur PomPom by FFfabulouss

Picacho Peak hat by Alyssa Latuchie

Berrocco Folio in Color 4545

Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Zephyr colorway

Molly Hat by Erin Ruth

Lion Brand Heartland in Isle Royale

MJ Yarns Sophistisock in Joseph colorway

Christmas bag swap – Tifflary on Instagram, Southern Sparrow on Etsy

 

 

Queen Emily’s Projects

What I’m wearing – Sweet Summer Nights (pattern coming next year)

Material Culture Fiber Arts in Garnet colorway

Flowers for Yvonne shawl pattern by Romi Hill

Anzula Meridian in Emerald colorway

Antler Toque by Tin Can Knits

World’s Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits

Knerd String DK in Uniform colorway

Cabled hat – my own pattern

Knit Picks Felici in Fanciful colorway

Heels and toes in Piratenwolle color 550

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

 

 

 

Other Mentions

Bea and Rose Podcast

Tales from Cuckooland Podcast

 

 

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