Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Domain!

Hey everyone! We now have our very own domain name! Maintaining our own domain name makes it easier for us to host the podcast, since all of our stuff is in one spot, plus it's easier for you to remember a more simplified web address.

We are now at:

Please update your bookmarks and/or feed readers, as we will no longer be updating this blog.

Also, we are (again) now in iTunes. Unfortunately, we had to delete the original podcast and resubmit. If you'd like to keep up with the podcast via iTunes or other podcast listening software, you'll need to subscribe again.

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We will still be embedding the podcast videos on our new site, so you can watch that way if you choose to do so.

Thanks, everyone, for sticking around as we worked through these growing pains. We love our fellow Must Stashers!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Episode 2: Socks, Socks and Socks!


Show Notes

Special thanks (again!) to Leslie and Laura from The Knit Girllls.
Another special thanks to Holly from Sheepish Podcast.

And a HUGE “Thank You” to our viewers! We love you all!

We forgot to thanks to Betsy (Betsy30) and Carol (dragondrummer) for their donations! We really appreciate it and it helps our podcast grow and improve as we find hosting and eventually have more contest and giveaways.

Speaking of giveaways, be sure to join our Month of Socks KAL! Any pair of socks knit between March 1-March 31, 2013 makes you eligible to win a skein of SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock. Check out the link above for more information.

And one last thing before we get to the (k)nitty-gritty: WE ARE NOW ON ITUNES! (edited: iTunes might get wonky as we change hosts. I removed the link for now, sorry!) We will continue to post podcasts directly to the blog for our web viewers. Thanks to Tlessard3 and RogueFalcon70 for their wonderful iTunes reviews (and giving us some "Squee!" opportunities as we read them)!



Stacie is working on:
Pomme de Pin cardigan by Amy Christoffers using a natural 100% merino 2-ply sport weight yarn from Kai Mohair Ranch. Project Page

Skew socks by Lana Holden using Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk and Silver in the Estate Green colorway. Project Page

Claire’s Spring Socklet, which Stacie designed, using Knit Picks Felici Sport in the Ecology colorway.

Stacie finished:
Just Yer Basic Sport Sock by Alyson Johnson using Knit Picks Felici Sport in the Recess colorway. Project Page

Steph is working on:
#17 Man’s Cable Cardigan by Josh Bennet using Cascade Ecological Wool in the Ebony colorway. Project Page

New York Cardigan by Erin Harper using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in colorway #50. Project Page

Blackrose socks by Suzi Anvin using her Western Sky Knits handspun in the Azaleas colorway. Project Page

Steph finished:

Jaywalker socks by Grumperina using Little Monkey’s Stitch ‘n Spin sock yarn in the Macaw colorway. Project Page

Monkey socks by Cookie A using Abstract Fiber Matisse in the High Desert colorway. Project Page

Both Steph and Stacie are each knitting an afghan strip for a charity blanket with their local knitting group. The pattern is Knit Textured Afghan by Bernat. The finished afghan will be sent off to an orphan graduating from Maryvale Orphanage.



Stacie worked a bit more on her Loop Bullseye batt in the Terra Cotta colorway.

Steph is working on some Natural Obsessions 80/20 Merino/Tussah Silk in the Coffee Toffee colorway. You can see her first 4 ounces here.

Stash Enhancements:


Stacie bought some handspun from Heather of 4 Cats Fiber & Such in the Superheroine colorway.

Steph stocked up on Knit Picks Felici fingering and sport weight – colorways were Marsh, Firefighter, Southwest, and Macaroon.


Stacie was wearing her Hampton Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Steph was wearing her Vermont Shawl by Hanna Breetz.

Steph mentioned Hedgerow socks by Jane Cochran and Marlene socks by Cookie A.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Tutorial: How To Cast On Toe Up Socks Using DPNs

Tutorial: How to Cast On Toe Up Socks Using DPNs

March for my SnB group marks the "Month of Socks". I am affectionately referring to it as Sock It To Me March and if you are interested in joining the KAL, please pop over to the Ravelry group! We would love to see you there.

A few of the girls are interested in learning toe up socks using DPNs. Enter me, always eager to be the teacher (see Mom and Dad- that teaching degree isn't going completely to waste). This is my first video tutorial so please bear with me; it's pretty weird knitting while reaching around a camera!

I added text here and there in the video but let me briefly describe the process:

  • While holding 2 DPNs in your right hand, place the yarn over your "top" needle (the one further away from you and resting on your fingers/the bottom needle is resting on your thumb). The tail will come off the top and the working yarn is in between. Hold the yarn on the needle with your finger or thumb, whichever is more comfortable. Do not use a slip knot. 
  • Now with your left hand pinch your first finger and thumb together and place that between the drooping tail yarn and working yarn. Grasp the strings with your remaining three fingers and spread open your first finger and thumb placing tension on the yarn. 
  • Since the yarn is over the top needle making the first stitch we will start with the bottom needle. 
  • Rotate your hand so your finger brings the yarn from the bottom over the bottom needle and in between the two needles. 
  • Then, rotate your hand so your thumb brings the yarn between the needles and over the top needle.
  • Now, rotate your hand so your finger brings the yarn from the bottom and over the bottom needle again. 

You now have two stitches on each needle. You will always start and end with the bottom needle to get an equal number of stitches on the needles. 

  • Once you have the number of stitches required by your pattern, you will turn the needles 180 degrees so they now point to the right and you are ready to start knitting. 
  • Knit all the stitches on the top needle first (you can use a new needle when you are half way to help ease the tension on the stitches) pulling the tail to tighten the first stitch. 
  • Then turn your work and knit all the stitches on the bottom needle inserting a new needle half way across. You now have 3 or 4 needles and you have knit all your cast on stitches. 

You are now ready to continue knitting. The next round will be your increase round and you are on your way to having toe up socks on DPNs!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Episode 1: Diving Right In


Show Notes

First, Steph and Stacie want to give a big shout-out and say "Thank you" to all our friends, new and old, who left comments and feedback about our podcast. We appreciate each and every one of you so please keep the feedback coming! 

We want to give a special "Thank you" to Laura Linneman (LaLa) from The Knit Girllls. She has been a tremendous help to us in getting our feet wet in the podcasting world.

Stacie is working on:

Steph is working on:

Both Steph and Stacie are each knitting an afghan strip for a charity blanket with their local knitting group. The pattern is Knit Textured Afghan by Bernat. The finished afghan will be sent off to an orphan graduating from Maryvale Orphanage.


Stacie managed to get a teeny bit more done on her Loop Bullseye batt in the Terra Cotta colorway.

Steph finished spinning her Western Sky Knits 85% Polwarth and 15% Tussah silk in the Azaleas colorway. Final yarn weighed in at 4 oz and was 417 yards and she *hearts* it very much.

Next Up:

Stacie is planning to spin a braid from The Droll Eclectic in the "Other Duties as Assigned" colorway. Steph will start her 2nd braid from Natural Obsessions.

Stacie's next sweater will be the Bláithín which she will knit with Classic Elite Portland Tweed.

March will be our "Month of Socks". Stacie might do Skew with her Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk & Silver. Steph may use her WSK handspun to knit Marlene or perhaps Pomatomus. The Fruit Loop pattern also intrigues her.

Question for our viewers:

How do you manage your spinning projects on Ravelry? Do you use your stash page? Start a project page? Must Stash Podcast wants to know!

Loose Ends:

We're learning as we go as we embark on this new journey. If you have any advice or suggestions, especially when it comes to hosting and iTunes, we'd love to hear from you! We plan on producing an episode every 2 weeks from here on out. We do have a donation button on the blog; donations are not necessary but are very much appreciated and go to help pay for production costs. We have some super cool buttons coming our way that we plan on giving in return for donations of $10 or more.


Stacie was wearing her Color Affection (Veera Välimäki pattern).

Steph was wearing her Ishbel (Ysolda Teague pattern).

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Episode 0: Practice


Please remember it's called "Episode 00 - Practice" for a reason. We didn't anticipate making this episode public, but Stacie worked so very hard at editing it, it would be a shame to keep this from you all! Enjoy!


Stacie is working on:

Steph is working on:

Both Steph and Stacie are each knitting an afghan strip for charity. The pattern  is Knit Textured Afghan by Bernat. The finished afghan will be sent off to an orphan graduating from Maryvale Orphanage.


Steph is currently spinning Western Sky Knits 85% Polwarth and 15% Tussah silk in the Azaleas colorway. She is hoping for a 2-ply fingering weight-ish and is spinning the singles counter clockwise.

Stacie is currently spinning a Loop Bullseye batt in the Terra Cotta colorway. She is spinning thicker than she normally does and will probably N-ply it; she is using her WooLee Winder gifted to her by her wonderful husband.

Also Mentioned:
  • March will be the “Month of Socks (and other stuff on the side)”

  • Stacie was wearing her Hitchhiker (Martina Behm pattern) and her Agree (1) shirt from Ravelry.

 Find us at:

Twitter: MustStashSheep & SeeStephKnit
Plurk: Must_Stash & SupaSteph
Google+: Stacie Freeflower & Supa Steph
Ravelry: Freeflower & SupaSteph
Facebook: Must Stash Emporium
Instagram: MustStashSheep
Ravelry: Must Stash Podcast Group

Friday, February 15, 2013

Twist Collective Winter 2012: What Would Must Stash Knit?

The latest Twist Collective is out! As usual, this one is packed with more great knits and delightful articles by Franklin Habit, Clara Parks, and Amy Christophers just to mention a few.  We can't tell you everything we love about this offering but we do want to highlight some of our favorite pieces. 

Lavandula by Triona Murphy
Lavandula by Triona Murphy: A very feminine take on the classic cardigan, this particular pattern looks very knit-able and wearable. We both really like the feminine lace at the top of the bodice and down the sleeves and the 1x1 ribbing adds nice shaping without needing decreases or increases, but can be easily altered for someone who isn't as slender as the model. On the sample, the empire waist looks like it bisects the bust, which may be unflattering on certain body types, but we bet it's easy to adjust that. Steph thinks the yarn choice is beautiful and the tonal qualities of the yarn gives the lace some depth, though Stacie wonders if a solid would be an even better choice by allowing the lace to really pop.

Zenith by Linden Down
Zenith by Linden DownThis looks like your Everyday Cardigan but with *Zing*! We really like the all-over chevron pattern and this would become a favorite sweater as far as wearability. It is shown with a tie around the waist but one could easily add buttons or toggles. 

We both have a tendency to favor patterns that are knit in once piece versus seamed, but this sweater is lovely enough that we're willing to set aside that personal preference. That tie could potentially be a looong and boring knit, though, depending on your knitterly personality.

Granville by Fiona Ellis
Granville by Fiona Ellis: We love a good cabled sweater! Sometimes cables can add bulk, but somehow that's not the case with this sweater. It's fitted and flattering and while the cables look intricate, they don't weigh the sweater down. The hood seems slightly too shallow for our taste, but adding cable repeats to the bottom of the hood should be an easy fix. Also, zippers are intimidating. The yarn color paired with this sweater looks amazing -- it's bright and the cables really pop.

On Ravelry, the designer goes the extra step to recommend a particular finishing technique and gives a link to a free Craftsy class for visual aid. We appreciate these little helpful details.

Aleph by Hannah Cuviello

Aleph by Hannah Cuviello: Aleph would be a perfect choice if you wanted cables, but didn't want to knit something as intricate as Glanville. Just a few cables on the shoulder and one side would keep the knitting interesting but you still have quite a bit of plain stockinette to help you relax and zone out. It has functional pockets that are deep enough to actually keep your hands warm. The cables feed into the ribbing, which is a nice touch. Steph has reservations about the fact that it's knit bottom-up *and* has raglan shaping. Maybe someone can explain to her why designers choose this type of construction?

Luggala by Aine Ryan
Luggala by Aine Ryan: Oh, the lace details! The lace kangaroo pocket gives the illusion of a lighter sweater, even if that's not actually the case. Same with the lace cowl. Cowl sweaters can look heavy and almost too warm, but this particular lace cowl gives it an airier feeling. The color is gorgeous too, though an alpaca and silk blend yarn would not be appropriate for our climate. Also, neither of us do many pullover sweaters because we get so few times during our "winter" when we could wear one. But with the right yarn and the lighter lace cowl, this could be a smart choice.

Coesite by Rachel Coopey
Coesite by Rachel Coopey: This hat and cowl set looks so soft, and it probably is, since the yarn used is a merino, cashmere, and silk blend. It has lots of texture to it that is so subtle, it looks like stockinette until you examine the pictures closely. A matched set like this would make a perfect gift without too much time or yarn invested. Plus, we love a slouchy hat!! 

Yarn choice would be critical, since it's basically knit in a gauge similar to one you would use for socks. Anything hard wearing will make the cowl look too stiff, anything too soft or fuzzy could obscure the delicate baby cable and lace detail, not to mention the subtle textured fabric in the middle of the hat and cowl. The yarn used in the pattern is a perfect match, but, unfortunately, might be too pricey for some.

Whirlpool by Christina Harris
Whirlpool by Christina Harris: What a great fair isle vest! The shape and the small geometric patterning are particularly appealing. It looks like the colors are patterned in such a way that catching your floats would be unnecessary, which is always a plus.  

It could be hard to keep up steam on a project larger than socks in fingering weight yarn, but it's only a vest, not a full sweater. On the other hand, the gauge is something you would typically knit socks in. Wow!

And last but not least, how cool is Celestarium by Audry Nicklin? It's a pi shawl that utilizes yarn overs and beads to map out the night sky with the center being Polaris. It calls for a fingering weight yarn and since the bulk of it is stockinette, it would keep you warmer than a typical lace shawl would, and of course you get the "wow factor" of knitted constellations. 
Celestarium by Audry Nicklin

Friday, February 8, 2013

Stacie's Knitting: Too Much Going? Nah!

8 February 2013

I have a few several project on the needles at this time and I've made the intention to finish item UFO's (UnFinished Objects) from my "Area 51" instead of casting on new project willy-nilly. I've made pretty good strides in this direction and let me tell you what I have going at this time.

Vice Covet YarnsOur knitting group, SnB281, is hosting a shawl knit along (KAL) for the months of January and February and we choose Trousseau by Carol Fellers. I am knitting it in a beautiful bright caribbean blue by Vice Yarns in the Covet base which is a 2 ply 100% lace weight merino in a generous 750 yard put up. Trousseau is a lovely semi circular shawl with multiple sections of alternating lace that leans to the right and then to the left and so on. Each section gets progressively deeper and wider, of course, and it is gorgeous. However, I'm just not really into it at this time. I think my attention had been grabbed by a scrumptious pair of long socks and I may end up frogging this beautiful yarn to make something that suits it better. Vice reminds me of Wollmeise in its tight twist and I believe it will make texture pop. I will keep my eye out for a suitable pattern; let me know if you have a good suggestion.

BrazenStitchery Tardis Self Striping Yarn
About the long socks, I just finished knitting the Afterthought Heel  pattern by Laura Linneman in BrazenStitchery's Tardis sock in the Self Striping Sock base which is seriously yummy! It is a 2 ply 100% superwash merino and is bouncier and stretchier than most sock yarns with nylon! I simply love them. I'm using Knit Picks Stroll in Fiesta for the toes, heels and top of cuff. This is my first time to use Stroll and I am enjoying knitting with it. I will let you know how it holds up once I get the socks in use. They are currently blocking and I ended up knitting an 11.5" cuff and I still have yarn left over!

Kai Mohair Ranch 100% 2ply MerinoPomme de Pin Cardigan  by Amy Christophers which is an all over pine cone lace cardigan in a natural 100% merino sport weight yarn by Kai Ranch has been on the needles since December 1st. I picked this yarn up for a steal from the Kid n Ewe fiber festival in Boerne last November and cast on almost immediately but I've stalled out on the sleeves. It is a nice yarn that came in generous put up hanks of 580+ yards each so at least there won't be as many ends to weave in.

A sweet friend of mine from knitting group knits most of her projects for other people. When she told me she was starting another charity blanket, I volunteered to knit a strip for her. Not surprisingly, four more generous knitters from our group offered their services as well! So, we all cast on last Saturday the Knit Textured Afghan and I have currently knit two of six squares. It is a very soothing knit and I'm so glad to be helping both a friend and a charity.

Lorna's Laces Helen's LaceThe last item that has taken my attention away from the Trousseau is an adaptation of the Tibetan Clouds Beaded Stole by Sivia Harding out of a luxurious skein of  Lorna's Laces in the Satsuma colorway  in the Helen's Lace base which is a really lovely lace weight 50/50 merino and silk yarn. This is a UFO that has languished since February 2012. I knit the center panel but instead of using the pattern as written I'm inserting a simple wheat lace pattern on two opposite sides to make short sleeves that will be seamed to make a shrug. Last week at knitting group, I came across a major tangle in the cake of yarn and set it aside, again. Hopefully, I can get this tangle straightened out quickly and I can resume knitting with this otherwise gorgeous yarn.

Once I finish the Pomme de Pin cardigan I will give myself permission to cast on a new pair of socks and the Blaithin Cardigan by Kate Davies or maybe the Champagne pullover by Thea Coleman as it is already getting warm here in Texas! As for the socks, I'm torn between several patterns: Skew, Twisted Spine, Show Off Stranded, Nine to Five, or Polly Jean. I have quite a bit of sock yarn that needs knitting, as you can imagine, and starting a new pair in February will help me get in the mood for the Month of Socks which will be March. I will knit socks and only socks for the whole month! maybe

What are you knitting?

*Note: all links are Ravelry links. If you don't have Ravelry, you might not be able to see them, sorry. And also, why in the world don't you have a Ravelry account yet?! Get one! It's life-changing!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Steph's "Finish it February (hypothetically speaking)"

The other day, I had the idea of having a theme for myself this month. "Finish it February." The (hypothetical) idea was to make some serious headway into projects that have spent too long on the needles. If I didn't actually finish a project for the month, at least I would be a bit closer.

The highest priority of "Finish it February" is a sweater for my husband that's been on the needles since December 2011. He asks about this sweater... oh, about once a week, on average. The frequency is directly related to 1.) how cold it is outside and 2.) how often I have a sweater of my own on the needles. 

The only other project I had in mind this month is a lace cardigan for myself. It's only been on the needles since September, but it would be a very nice cardigan to have for the early spring weather that seems to be happening these days.

So those are the two projects that will hopefully have most of my focus this month. I think I threw in the word "hypothetical" enough to give me an out. I could accomplish my goals if I set my mind to it and if I don't get distracted, but I might not have as much fun. And that's not what knitting is all about.

Speaking of distracted (and fun!), about 12 hours after I hypothetically declared "Finish it February", I cast on a new project. Jaywalker socks in a great self-striping yarn that I picked up at Kid 'N Ewe this past fall. You know, a little side treat to keep my slogging through all that sweater knitting.

*Note: all links are Ravelry links. If you don't have Ravelry, you might not be able to see them, sorry. And also, why in the world don't you have a Ravelry account yet?! Get one! It's life-changing!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stacie's Introduction: I Love My Stash; there I've said it.

Hi! I'm Stacie the other half of this Must Stash. I thought I would start off explaining why I want to blog. The answer is simple: I love knitting and wish to share that enthusiasm with the fiber community at large and I hope to grow in my craft and as a communicator. Talking about yarn is only second to talking about knitting which pales to actually knitting but I can knit while I talk, so it's all good!
A Small Sample of My Sock Stash
So, a little about me. I am a knitter first and foremost and I love my stash! I love each and every skein of yarn I have acquired. When I order online, I track that package everyday and when it arrives, it's like Christmas morning. I can hardly wait to smell the yarn (I always smell the yarn!) and feel it in my hands. Walking into a yarn store is practically religious. I take a deep breath and proceed to touch everything. I keep my stash (mostly) in a large wardrobe and sometimes I just crack the door open and take a whiff of the fiber fumes!

Meetup SnB281 Logo! 
Where I work and among my friends, no one knits and although Ravelry is great, I needed face to face interaction. So, I founded SnB281 in January of 2011. I love these folks! They are awesome and it is so wonderful to meet weekly and chat about knitting and all that entails. They get me and I get them. We share a passion for our crafts and the friendships I've made are wonderful. If you don't have a SnB, find one!

Hand Spun-Hand Knit=Pure Awesome
Yes, you have seen this before. 
In addition to knitting, I've dabbled in crochet and I do believe it is black magic. Abracadabra, you have a hat. Bippity Boppity Boo, there's a blanket. As wondrous as it may be, it's not knitting, so I crochet very rarely.

I learned to spin (a whole new stash!) about a year ago and purchased my wheel, a Majacraft Pioneer, last February. Tour de Fleece 2012 was my first and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. Steph and I both spun enough yarn for sweaters and then knit those sweaters during the Ravellenic games 2012. I'm pretty dang proud of this sweater! Steph and I also started a Meetup group just for the spinners in our area called Spin Off. See what she did there? Yes, Steph is a very clever girl. I have stashed quite a few batts and braids but spinning is not knitting, although it can lead to knitting so has it's perks.

And, lastly I started weaving on a little 10" Schacht Cricket Christmas 2012. I made a five foot long scarf in an evening. This makes weaving a very tempting past time, but still it's not knitting and knitting is my passion.

I'm Freeflower on Ravelry if you would like to Friend me and look over my projects. I would love to see you in my Friends activity feed!

Do you love knitting/crocheting/spinning/weaving and embrace your stash?

Steph's Intro

Hello! I'm Steph, one half of the (future!) Must-Stash podcast. I thought I'd do a quick intro on our brand new blog. So what's quicker than a "10 Things to Know About Me" list?

  • I started knitting about 10 or so years ago. 
  • I'm SupaSteph on Ravelry (friend me! I'd love to see what you are working on.)
  • I started spinning a little over a year ago. My first "Wheel Anniversary" will be in April.
  • I spin on a Schacht Ladybug and own several spindles.
  • My favorite spinning fiber is polwarth.
  • My favorite knitting fiber is... anything that's knit-able!
  • I almost always have socks on the needles -- sometimes multiple pairs.
  • 10 years of knitting and I still have trouble making sweaters that fit right. I'm still learning!
  • If I miss my weekly knitting group, it totally throws me off for the rest of the week. I <3 my SnB!
  • My idea of a yarn diet is this: 1. Go a "long" time without buying yarn (a month is an eternity), 2. reward myself by buying more yarn than I would have bought if I hadn't been on a diet, 3. lather, rinse, repeat. 

That's about it! Feel free to friend me on Ravelry (SupaSteph), Google+ (Supa Steph), Twitter (SeeStephKnit) or just send me a plain ol' fashioned email: I look forward to getting to know you all!

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Domain!!!!


I am Stacie, the proud owner of the new domain, and I am pleased to make your acquaintance. 

You can email me or Steph at and hopefully there will be more there than just a picture of a cute sheep if you visit the website. 

Steph & I hope to get our podcast live in the near future and chat away about our current knitting, spinning or weaving projects, and our lives, but most about knitting! Subscribe to receive updates and watch each episode as soon as it is pushed live. 

We will begin this adventure by posting here and keeping you up to date with our projects, queues and finished objects. 

Thank you for reading and I look forward to our future friendships. 

Just for fun, here is a picture I found on the web. Wouldn't you love to have a closet full of hand knit socks?!