TwinSet Designs

In which we talked about making sure our listeners could hear our podcast, Madrona, why alpaca are like kindergarteners, zumba, Nemo, Madrona, our perfect yarn shop, designing by starting with a concept and designing by starting with the yarn, Madrona, how easy patterns can still bite you, the History on Two Needles winner, Madrona, The Fiber Factor competition, Madrona, and Madrona.

Direct download: Designed_for_Your_Pleasure_-_Not_in_Stereo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

In which we talk about new eggs and new alpaca, spring coming to Minnesota on owl's wings, fiber retreats for both of us, Master Knitter returns, shetland ponies in fair isle sweaters, yarn design for a bulky cowl, fulling and felting, a kindness of knitters, electric blankets for the car and emerald green.

Direct download: Episode_10_--_Fiber_Retreats_are_Real_Treats_Monaural.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

In which we congratulate Erin of "The Anatomy of Knitting" on her two new baby boys, chat about the rewards of preventative medicine and Jan's adventures and misadventures at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, listen to an interview with alpaca princesses and a local youth fleece to shawl competition team, avoid the worst of Jan's flu experience, review knits on and off the needle, get into a disagreement over fulling and felting, offer some tips for finding fiber arts classes that will make you happy you took them, drool over edible roving, discuss how dye helps you find tippy tips of tippy fleeces, learn a tip to eliminate ladders in garter stitch knit on dpn's in the round and look forward to fiber retreats this weekend and next.

Direct download: Episode_9_Top_Tips_for_Taking_Classes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55pm EST

In which we discuss much holiday fun and frolic with family and lots of food, update each other on a miserly quantity of completed knitting, have zero actual spinning going on, chat about the gleener, note the trick to the Channel Island cast on, and offer up our intentions to have better resolution in 2013.

Direct download: Episode_8_High_Resolution.mp3
Category:Knitting, Spinning, Designing -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

In which we discuss the Army-Navy football game (Go Navy!), hens who are not yet layers, preparations for visits from family, gift knitting and needlefelting, an almost finished Larch cardigan, the origin of the word "tocque", slivers, rovings and top, buffalo clouds, pretty things, contest winners and new contests, and review the new Annie Modesitt book, "History on Two Needles."

Direct download: Episode_7_Fiber_Friends.mp3
Category:Knitting, Spinning, Designing -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

In which we discuss feasts, post holes, knitting on drugs, knitting in church, why worsted isn't the worst, remind listeners about the contests deadlines at the end of the month, and have a listen to the Abby Franquemont interview from Rhinebeck.

Direct download: Episode_6_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

In which we love the number 5, talk of knitting retreats and fiber festivals, twin spin, learn about the best yarn for cables, find out that singles are singular, hear a Cat's purr, count our blessings post-Hurricane, hear about a beloved knitting mentor and talk about loss including that of Judith MacKenzie's studio, ask our listeners to support Hurrican survivors and help Judith get back on her feet and offer not one, but two contests!

Direct download: Episode_5_Final.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

In which we fondly recall the great fun we had at Rhinebeck including  workshops with Abby Franquemont and Jane Woodhouse (spindling and dyeing  respectively), shopping the vendor market, dreaming about future  flocks, fleece acquisition, meeting listeners, connecting with friends  and eating maple flavored cotton candy (that looked like roving!).  We  also chat about upcoming projects, design aspects to our SPAKAL  (Spin-a-Long Knit-A-Long with the Knitmore Girls) sweaters and Ellen’s obsession with all things Shetland.

Direct download: Episode_4_Final.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

Episode 3 is available!  In which we chat about the wedding, the setting, the bride's beauty, the folks who helped make it happen, and our very special guests who grazed their way through the ceremony.  We also chatted about Noro Kureyon, various knitting accomplishments, a hat for Wilson and our anticipation of attending the Duchess County Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck!).

Direct download: Episode_3_Final.mp3
Category:Knitting, Spinning, Designing -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

In which we are gobsmacked by your embrace of episode 1, chat about piercings and knitting silk hankies, discover one can win fair prizes without even trying, observe how hard it is to isolate the edge of the seasons, comment on spirals of color in knitting, learn what a mawata is, and find out that neither of us ever finished our first sweater.

Direct download: Episode_2_Final.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 5:48pm EST