S2:E2 Getting Ready for Fall Knitting


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Getting Ready for Fall Knitting

Sherri and Tamara talk about how they get ready for Fall Knitting! The conversation touches on sweaters, fall patterns, cowls, magazines that pull together posts about their most popular Fall patterns like this one from I Like Knitting, 2020/2021 Pantone Fall/Winter Color Palette, fashion blog posts like this one and more. Tamara also talks a little about the timeline as a designer for a Fall pattern release. 

Projects: Current, Finished and Fantasy

Finished Bookworm by Heidi Kirrmaier. Sherri's Bookworm
Finished her Argyle Unraveled. She used the graft from the Argyle Baby Hat by magooken and improvised everything else for her project. 

Next cowl design is finished (the one that was a Mulligan last episode). Sample cowl out of Nuna by Mirasol Yarns (Ravelry link) in the color Butternut.
New Holiday Cowl out of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted in the color Quartz Crystal. Thank you to Sherri and Yarn Social in KC owner Trish for being Tamara's helpful person shoppers to find the perfect yarn for this project!! 
Still working on the DK Weight top-down cabled sweater. Knitting the sample sweater out of Knit Picks Gloss DK in a beautiful deep, dark teal. 
Picked back up her replacement Sherri Pullover out of Valley Yarns Amherst in the color Harvest Gold. 


None this time. Unless you count all the time she spent thinking she was doing the Old Norwegian Cast-On incorrectly because it looked exactly the same on both sides. Turns out it is supposed to look exactly the same. 

She did find an error on that DK weight teal cabled sweater she was working on during the last recording! She'd forgotten to cross one of the cables several rounds back from where she noticed the problem. Instead of ripping back all those rounds, she dropped the 8 stitches of the cable down all the rounds to where the cross should have happened, properly crossed the stitches and then worked them back up to the current round. That kind of "cable surgery" feels a lot like magic when it works correctly. 

Technique: Old Norwegian Cast-On (German Twisted Cast-On)

Sherri and Tamara tried out the Old Norwegian Cast-On (also sometimes called the German Twisted Cast-On). Sherri spent quite a bit of time learning how to do it in both knit and purl for a project. She did all the work and it LOOKED THE SAME. She kept thinking she had it wrong until she finally found someone who explained one of the great things about this cast-on is that it looks the same in both. Tamara found that she was not able to figure it out through pictures or books. Once she found this Very Pink Knits video about the cast-on it all started to make sense! Especially when at about 1:58 (1 minute and 58 seconds) into of the video tutorial where she says "Now here's the tricky part.....". Tamara thought it looked a mess and felt messy too. But pulling on the swatch to settle the stitches made a big difference and she definitely likes it. 

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That's Entertainment (what we're watching, reading, eating and playing while we knit)


Rereading the Outlander novels
Participating in Tara Mohr co-working sessions. 
She finally, finally won at the board game Eclipse!!
Making ice cream from basic ingredients without a fancy Ice Cream Maker. "No Cook Vanilla Ice Cream" from the red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook


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