Episode 1B: Origin Stories


Sherri. Host, knitter, spinner, and fosters dogs.

You can find Sherri as
TangledThread on Ravelry
Instagram: geminatepodcast

Tamara. Co-host, knitter, knitwear designer, hiker, mom.

You can find Tamara as
tammo on Ravelry
Instagram: tamaramoots
Blog: www.tamaramoots.com
Knitwear Designs: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/tamara-moots 

Origin Stories. 

Sherri wanted to weave after visiting Fort Hays as a class trip at age 11. It wasn't until college when Sherri bought an angora rabbit at a craft fair that she joined the weaving guild she knew about because of her friendship with Tamara. It was through the guild that Sherri bought a loom from the K-State disbanded weaving program and also learned to spin. After graduating college, Sherri moved to Kansas City and was again living locally to Tamara. When Tamara mentioned knitting mittens but ended up not learning she gave the needles and book to Sherri. Sherri was also unsuccessful learning from the book but then signed up for a six week long learn to knit mittens class at the Yarn Barn starting a passion that has replaced weaving. She is still knitting and spinning daily. 

Tamara has always loved fibers. Her mom could set her up with some twine for macrame or embroidery floss for counted cross stitch and that would keep her busy for ages. In college she took a Parks and Rec weaving class. A few years after that she scored a used 36" Harrisville floor loom. Loved it. Resisted learning to knit for ages. Finally when boy #2 was born Sherri came to visit with yarn, a knitting tool kit, a book and some needles. Sherri got Tamara started on a simple rolled brim hat in the round and she was off! Eventually sold the loom to buy a spinning wheel. Found spinning was not her thing. Sold the spinning wheel to buy more knitting yarn and hasn't looked back.


Making a pleat work in her Swing Cardigan. With much trial and error and some help from a seamstress friend at knitting group she figured it out.

Tried a Provisional Cast On from page 110 of the book Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor. She never actually got the thing started. Turns out that cast on takes more concentration than she has in a busy house with boys and dog and life happening all around. 

Inspiration and Fantasies

Something like Kyle's Cardigan by Kirsten Hipsky with a tree on it something like Tree by Ariel Barton for her dad for Christmas.
Stalking her spinning stash for a new project or WIP.

Sweaters! More sweaters!
Dreaming of a top down dropped shoulder sweater but wants to think through a new construction method that doesn't involve knitting 3 pieces (the back, the right front and the back front) separately and then joining in the round down the body.
Sweater Quantities of yarn in guacamole greens and jewel tones.

Showcase and Reviews: Treasure Goddess Yarns

Sherri and Tamara talk about Treasure Goddess Yarns, a local indie dyer in the Kansas City area. Treasure Goddess has beautiful colors, a nice variety of colors and bases in different weights of yarn and as far as we can tell all of her yarn has sort of pirate-y theme which is pretty great. And we love to support local when we can. Plus Treasure Goddess has great packaging and customer support.

Sherri is using Treasure Goddess DK Treasures in the color Ghost Ship yarn to make the Bolero Cowl.
Tamara has used Treasure Goddess Worsted in the color Copper Cove to make a Neve Cowl for the Knitting Vicariously Glorious Gold-A-Long.
Tamara has used Treasure Goddess DK Treasures in the colors Ghost Ship and Pieces of Eight to make the Whydah Scarf.

Podcast Announcements

Tamara is offering a 25% off coupon for all of  her cowl patterns using the code "geminatepodcast" from January 1, 2020 through midnight CST on January 15, 2020.

Ravelry board on the Geminate Podcast for "20 Hats in 2020".

At The Table

Fun at Knit Night with chocolates and white wine.
Bergin Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Lindt chocolates

Cranberry Spiced Jam
La Croix sparkling water. New flavor Hi-Biscus! Finally figured out it tastes like the West African equivalent to kool-aide or lemonade named Bissap.

On the Horizon

Winter Woolfest. January 25th, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas.
KITH (Knitting in the Heartland). April 17-19, 2020 in Overland Park, Kansas. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Ann Weaver and Patty Lyons are all teaching classes this year!
Ply Away. April 14-18, 2020 in Kansas City, Mission at the Crown Center.

Local Facts

Middle America is a colloquial term for the United States heartland, especially the culturally rural and suburban areas of the United States. 

Geographically, the label Middle America refers to the territory between the East Coast of the United States (particularly the northeast) and the West Coast.

Merriam Webster: Definition of mid-american : of, relating to, or characteristic of the central section of the U.S. or its inhabitants

Urban Dictionary: Mid-America: A large, vast consolidated region that makes up almost 2/3 of the United States' total land area. It consists of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 


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