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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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Episode 16: Tribute to Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day to all our amazing friends! We hope your week is spectacular and that you especially know that you are loved and appreciated. At the very least, know that we love and appreciate you!

Also, a thank you to our wonderful daughters for joining us today. We love you Claire and Aria!

Come Join our KAL!

The neon-along kal will run until the end of May. The rules are simple: just knit something you can wear that uses at least fifty grams of neon yarn and come post photos of your finished objects in our Ravelry Group. You can enter multiple times, so keep knitting!

Our prizes are amazing and include 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!

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 Flagstone Heather and Thirst Heather colorways

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose colorway

Knitterly Things, Vesper Sock Yarn – Rainbows after Rain

Knitterly Things, Vesper Sock Yarn – Sometime in April

Vintage Fairy LLC mini skein, unnamed

Canyonlands Shawl by Very Busy Monkey

Sweet Nesting Fibers in unnamed colorway (instagram only as #sweetnesting)

 Manos del Uruguay Fino in Watered Silk colorway.

Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Knitting Expat Designs on Ravelry

Emily’s Projects:

Glacier Ice Shawl by Klara Zhulamanova

Piratenwolle sock yarn in #358

Malabrigo Sock in Impressionist Sky colorway

Christmas mini set from Up In Yarns in Winterberry, Evergreen, Cookie Crumbs, Silver Bells, and Sugarplum colorways.

Flowers for Yvonne shawl pattern by Romi Hill

Anzula Meridian in Emerald colorway

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

Kimarie’s Knit Knacks in Mint Chip colorway

 

 

 

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Queen Emily’s Scrappy Bias Shawl

In Episode 16 I talk about my scrappy bias shawl project. I’ve had several requests for the pattern so I though I’d make it available here.

Download this pattern

There is now a Ravelry page for this shawl. I’d love to see your finished objects! So please share your photos! On Instagram you can use the hashtag #scrappybiasshawl.

Enjoy!

 

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Episode 15: Pay It Forward

We have received such an enormous outpouring of love and support since we began podcasting last August. Because of this, we wish to share this joy with others, so we have a surprise giveaway! Thank you so much for your kindness to us. We love you.

Come Join our KAL!

The neon-along kal will run until the end of May. The rules are simple: just knit something you can wear that uses at least fifty grams of neon yarn and come post photos of your finished objects in our Ravelry Group. You can enter multiple times, so keep knitting!

Our prizes are amazing and include 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!

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

Queen Deborah’s Projects

Spectrum Fibre in Rainbow Brite 2 colorway

Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in Flagstone Heather, Down Heather and Thirst Heather colorways

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose colorway

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

Sweet Nesting Fibers in unnamed colorway (instagram only as #sweetnesting)

Blue yarn is not Cascade Heritage as mentioned. It’s actually Manos del Uruguay Fino in Watered Silk colorway.

Love Socks pattern by Devon Clement

Lartha  pattern by Smoot Designs

Good Vibes Shawl pattern by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

Canyonlands Shawl by Very Busy Monkey

Queen Emily’s Projects

Anzula Meridian in Emerald colorway

WN yarns

Malabrigo Sock 

Glacier Ice Shawl by Klara Zhulamanova

Flowers for Yvonne shawl pattern by Romi Hill

Books Mentioned

50 Yards of Fun

Book of Unnecessary Quotation Marks 

 

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Queen Emily’s Vanilla Sock Recipe

I had a question in the Raverly group that I thought I’d also answer here. It may be helpful to someone else.

M wrote:

Hello,
Have been watching your podcast noticing you mention often using the Vanilla Sock Pattern. Is this your pattern or can I purchase on Ravelry? I have searched but nothing that says only Vanilla Sock pattern. I probably missed it.

Love your podcast. So nice and joyful.
Thank you.

 

Here is my reply:

That is a great question! Usually “vanilla sock” is a term used to describe a plain, stockinette sock. It’s kind of misleading because there is no one right way to knit a vanilla sock. But it doesn’t involve any textured, lace, or cabled stitches in the leg and foot of the sock.

I’m hapy to share my “recipe” with you. There are myriad tutorials on youtube for any of the terms that you may not understand. I’ve tried to write this down in a way that would be adjustable for a lower stitch count. I know that 64 stitches is a very common stitch count for women. I knit with fingering weight yarn on a 2.25 mm needle.

Cuff:
I cast on 68 stitches and join to work in the round (usually on magic loop). I work 20-24 rounds of rib, either 2×2 or 1×1 depending on my mood.

Leg:
I usually prefer a shorter sock and so usually keep the leg to about 30-40 rounds. This is when you would insert your heel. There are many different heel options but my standby is a heel flap, turn, and gusset.
Here is my version.

Heel flap:
Work the following pattern only on half of your stitches. For me that is 34 stitches.
RS: k3, sl1pw,k1, repeat from to last three stitches, k3.
WS: k3, p to 3 stitches before end of row,k3
Repeat those two rows for a total of 18 repeats. This means you have 18 garter ridges along your edges.

Heel Turn:
We will now be using short rows to create a heel turn.
Row 1: k to middle stitch (for me this is 17 stitches), k2 more, k2tog,k1 turn.
Row 2: slip 1 st to right needle, k4, p2tog,p1 turn.
Row 3: Slip first stitch, knit to last stitch before gap, k2tog (you’ll knitting the stitches on either side of the gap together), k1 turn.
Row4: sl 1 stitch, purl to last stitch before gap, close gap with p2tog, p1 turn.
Repeat row 3 and 4 until you have worked all your stitches. In my size I’ll now have 20 stitches on my needle.

Heel Gusset:
We will now be picking up stitches along our heel flap edges, and decreasing gradually to form the gusset.
Round 1: with heel flap right side facing you, pick up and knit 18 stitches along the garter edges, pick up one more stitch to close any hole,pm to mark beginning of front of foot, knit across front of leg stitches (these are the stitches that have been on hold while we’ve been working on our heel), pm to mark ending of front of foot, pick up one stitch at the base of the heel flap, pick up and knit 18 stitches along right side of heel flap, knit to center of heel turn stitches, pm. This marker is your beginning of round.
Round 2: knit to three stitches before marker, k2tog, k1, k to next marker, k1, ssk, k to marker.
Round 3: knit
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you are back to your original stitch count.

Foot:
Continue in stockinette until you are about 1.5 inches shy of the total desired foot length.

Toe:
Round 1: k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of front of foot, k2tog, k1,pm, k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, k2tog, k1, pm.
Round 2: knit.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have half of the stitches on your needles. for me that is 16 stitches for the front of the foot and 16 stitches for the back, for a total of 34 stitches.
Now repeat round 1 only until you have half the stitches again. For me that is 8 front and 8 back stitches.
Graft the toe closed with kitchner stitch.

A note on markers: I actually rarely use markers in my socks but instead set up my magic loop so that the loops in my cord (or the ends of my needles with DPNs) deliniate the place where markers would be.

I hope that is helpful for you! If you have any other questions, let me know!
Queen Emily

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Episode 14: Shawltastic!

Hey! We’re back! And we are knitting, sewing, and yes, DYEING up a storm! Plus, we are loving seeing all your photos from our Neon-along KAL! Show notes are below the video.

Come Join our KAL!

The neon-along kal will run until the end of May. The rules are simple: just knit something you can wear that uses at least fifty grams of neon yarn and come post photos of your finished objects in our Ravelry Group. You can enter multiple times, so keep knitting!

Our prizes are amazing and include 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!

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.

The winner of Queen Emily’s sock giveaway is Karen who is Grammietknitterbug on Ravelry. Congratulations, Karen. Just get in touch with me with your address and I’ll send those right out!

 

 

Show Notes

Patterns and Yarns 

Flowers for Yvonne shawl by Romi Hill, knit in Anzula Meridian Lace in the Emerald colorway.

Lancashire Dream sweater by Gabriella Danskknit, knit in Madelinetosh Sock in Dustweaver colorway.

Shawl pin by Woodraspshop@gmail.com

Pacifica Shawl by Lisa Seifert, knit in ChileKnitz in Bliss 2.0 colorway and teal handdyed skein by Queen Deborah.

Good Vibes Shawl by Nadia Cretin Lechenne, knit in Hedgehog Fibers Sock in the Banana Legs colorway (yellow), and an undyed skein.

Rainy Apple shop on Etsy

Plymouth Yarns Neon Now in Orange and Pink

Lartha sock pattern by Lara Smoot

Books

All My Friends are Dead

50 Yards of Fun (knitted toys, including a Mexican wrestler!)

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