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.

Please take a moment to leave us a star rating and a review! We really appreciate it.

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!