Episode 77 — Nature

In Episode 77, Greg and Pam discuss cancelling fiber events, creating community, and casting on. They also review Wool Gathering from March, 2000 from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

Special thanks to Briseis2008 Kenyon for the intro!


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We would love to have YOU record and introduction to the show! You can find details in the Ravelry Group Pages.

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  • All of Greg’s patterns are currently free in his Ravelry Store. No coupon code needed, discount will be applied at checkout. Grab some (or all) of his patterns and start knitting! It’ll be like a virtual knit-along.
  • We mentioned JKFibers, the etsy shop run by Briseis2008 Keynon (who provided the listener intro for this episode). Kenyon is providing some yarn for prizes in the #KnittingMagicKAL.
  • This episode covers that last installment of The Opionated Knitter (affiliate link). We will begin our next book study with Knitting Rules (affiliate link) by Stephenie Pearl-McPhee.

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Are you finding yourself with extra time to knit? I’d love to knit with you, and since I can’t actually join you in person, the next best thing is to give you Knitting Daddy patterns to knit. I just updated my Ravelry shop to put all of my patterns on sale with a 100% discount. There is no coupon code required, just go check out Knitting Daddy’s Ravelry Store (link in profile) and pick whatever patterns you want. Add them to your cart, and they will all be free when you go to check out. Of course, the #TigerOwlCowl that I designed for the #CarolinaFiberFest is still free, so go get that one, too.⁠ ⁠ If you were inclined to purchase one of my patterns, please go check out out some of the other indie designers and purchase their patterns with the money you would have spent on mine.⁠ ⁠ #knitting #knittersofinstagram

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There is a lot of staying home happening lately. So it was pretty cool when yarn just showed up at my door this week, like it does every month. Red is a favorite color, and it put a smile on my face when I saw the La Brebis Light Alpaca (100% Baby Alpaca, Fingering Weight) in the Dogwood Berry colorway. When I picked the yarn up and felt how soft and dreamy it was, I gasped. I think this is going to be a fun yarn to work with, and I might even have a few ideas of what I might do with it if I don't knit the included patterns (designed by Renate Kamm).⁠ ——⁠ Knitcrate is a premium yarn subscription service. If you want to check them out, use the affiliate link in my IG profile and the code “KD20” to get 20% off your first month in an ongoing subscription.⁠ ⁠ #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitcrate #unravelyourknitcrate #ad

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I've been working from home this week (my whole company has). One of the side effects has been that a lot of things I did that used to be quick in-person conversations are turning into phone calls and online meetings. A side effect is that I'm getting more available time to knit. My socks have been in unofficial hibernation for a while, mostly because I hadn't taken the time to cast on the toe and get going. I took care of that one evening early in the week and have been making steady progress all week long. The foot is almost halfway complete! As the weeks ahead unfold, I suspect I won't be returning to the office anytime soon and that I will have a decent amount of phone/meeting knitting in my future. That's great, because I also have a pile of sock yarn that I really want to turn into socks!⁠ ⁠ Yarn here is "Whose Sock" in "Thirteenth" colorway, by @purlsasheville Purl's Yarn Emporium in Asheville, NC. (They have it available to order from their website, along with all their other colorways inspired by "Doctor Who.") I'm incorporating the stitch pattern from "Hermione's Everyday Socks" by @dreamsinfiber Erica Lueder, which I absolutely love. My go-to toe is the Medium Wedge Toe from #SockArchitecture by @laraneel Lara Neel. And I haven't got there on the second sock yet, but when I do, the heel will be the #FishLipsKissHeel by @soxtherapist Patty Joy White.⁠ ⁠ #knitting #knittersofinstagram #🐠👄😚👠

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Things are in an upheaval everywhere, including in our knitting world. This last weekend, I was really excited about attending the #CarolinaFiberFest — I designed the knit-a-long pattern for the event, I was scheduled to speak with @pammaher about Elizabeth Zimmermann, and I was generally excited to be with my fiber friends for the weekend. Of course, the event was cancelled. While it’s disappointing, I fully support the decision and think it’s exactly what needed to be done in order to help manage the COVID-19 threat. In preparation for the Zimmermann talk, I made a mad dash to knit a Baby Surprise Jacket in about a week, so Pam and I would have an unseamed example to use as a prop. I finished it Thursday morning and love how it came out. I’m going to keep it like it is so that we’ve got a ready prop for the next time we give our talk. #knitting #knittersofinstagram #babysurprisejacket #bsj #UnravelingPodcast

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