Podcast Episode 32: Show Notes!
Posted on June 4, 2021
All the everything from the Fiber & Fox Podcast Episode 32:
Admin-wise, not too much this round.
The Crochet Business Summit has begun! I talked about it a lot in episode 31. I am so excited to be a part of this community of fellow crochet bosses working on taking their businesses to the next level! (*all affiliate links)
I will have a “review” type video coming up next week for the relaunch of Crochet Business Academy- new platform, new perks, same business revolutionizing content and community + more! If you’re REAL excited, you can jump on the waitlist here, but registration for the online academy will be opening June 9th and closing June 12th. I cannot wait to tell you more about it- hands down, the best decision I’ve ever made for my business!
If you’re a blog follower, you probably already caught it, but the only other thing I mentioned in admin was last week’s post about how to calculate how much yarn you used in a project. Super simple math, and a great one to pin and save for later! If you’ve ever pattern tested, or wanted to, this is CRUCIAL info!
And I’m finally working up something new! I’m using Life in the Long Grass yarn I have been hoarding for…years now. My parents brought it back on a trip to London from Loop London, back when taking trips was a thing people did. I’ve been so scared to “waste” it on something not good enough, it has gone untouched. But I am ready at last to make some magic. I am thinking about incorporating one of my favorites from Fiber for the People too (“Leather” ).
I ended up swatching and RESWATCHING this one, cause my tension loosened up and all the sweater math I had done changed. That’s the “fun” of making with your hands- no matter how much math you do on paper, we aren’t machine! Tension changes can throw stuff off a lot!
But I have a complete back panel and part of one front panel! Cardigan here we come!
I’ve been building up my box of socks for 2021 (you can check out all the socks I knit in 2020 in this video!) and I am onto another pair! Always got to have one! This is just my go to on-the-go project now I guess! Making up something something using some scraps of yarn I dyed with avocado and some left overs of Megs and Co “I Could Live in Hope.” Completely winging in on a pattern, and frankly, I am not sure I remember what I did to replicate it in the second. Whooops.
I’ve also started a test KNIT for Lanre of La’Knits Apparel. She’s an accomplished accessory designer, but this is her first ever garment pattern, and I am so glad to be taking part in it! The Olori (means “Queen” in the Nigerian dialect of Yoruba) Sweater Tee is size inclusive (up to 5XL), and the perfect beginner raglan pattern to dip your toes into garment knitting! It is worked from the top down with very simple raglan increases, and the whole thing is ONE piece. Like you don’t even pick up for sleeves later. Just. One. Piece!
I’m about half way through on mine and loving the fit! And I love the LOOK of the yarn, but I am not sure my yarn content was the best pick for a tee. I am using Yarn Bee Wrapology Hues in the color “Passionflower.” The pattern is written for worsted weight, but I was unable to find something I loved in a worsted weight on my quest to Joann, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. SO I decided to hold 2 strands of sport weight double to meet gauge, and while the look is BEAUTIFUL, it is very, very heavy and dense. Wrapology is a 90% cotton, 10% polyester blend, and at a relatively closed gauge this will definitely be a weighty finished object. Absolutely no fault of the pattern, just a matter of my yarn pick. Lanre made hers in Lionbrand Chainette which is a super light and airy alpaca blend- probably a much better pick! All that said, I do REALLY like this yarn, just maybe to heavy for a summer. It will be super cute with a cardigan (maybe even the one I’m designing?!) or jacket over it come Fall!
Also, not really an aquirings or news section, but it felt right putting it in the podcast so… here it is: WE TIE DYED. We tie dyed a lot!
I got a basic Tulip tie dye kit (affiliate link), grabbed a bunch of boy’s cotton tee shirts, and then just a bunch of random kinda-dingey-but-still-life-in-em objects from our drawers and donate pile and went WILD. I will say, if attempting this with a 2 year old, there will be so much mess and your kid will look battered and bruised when you are done (as did I). We did it outside and tried to keep things as neat as possible but…it’s tie dye. Ya supposed to get wild. We love what we made and will definitely be trying out some more soon!
That’s it! Thanks for hanging out with me! See you in Episode 33!