Friday, September 20, 2013

Episode 45 - Deb Robson

Photo by Kristi Schueler
We hope you will enjoy listening to this chat with Deb Robson as much as we enjoyed recording it. Gayle and I have been doing a lot of research, and we were still nervous to talk to Deb. This woman is a font of information! She has so much specialized knowledge and is so eager to share it and we have so much to learn. :)

I've included a couple of links below to specific topics, projects or books that we discussed. But there is so much more! If you visit Deb's blog, poke around in the topics listed on the lower right side and read some of her older posts as well. The posts are tagged well so you can find specific information quickly.

Deb's Dreaming of Shetland project is her current baby. The Ravelry link is here. You can see the patterns included in the book.

If you are a knitter, crocheter, weaver, spinner, or crafter who uses and loves wool, consider learning more about the origins of the materials you use and love. I know, sometimes it is all I can handle to figure out my yarn substitution! But as crafters, this is part of our world too. We have the chance to learn, to teach, and widen our horizons a little bit. And yes, the sheep are cute. So I hope you will follow Gayle and I along on our Wool Series!
- Sharlene

Deb Robson's Craftsy class
The Field Guide to Fleece
The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook
Deb's blog: The Independent Stitch

Sweet Oak Hooded Cardigan by Megan Goodacre
Jamieson and Smith Shetland Wool
Jamieson's yarns
Deb's Dreaming of Shetland project

Ply Magazine - Deb's article that she references appears in the Summer 2013 issue

Rare wools

Sheep: Suffolk
Sheep: Corriedale

The Livestock Conservancy
Rare Breeds Survival Trust sheep watchlist

Deb recommends Pennyroyal and mint as moth repellents :)

Episode audio link here.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Episode 44 - The one with the dolphins

Last episode crows, this episode dolphins. Welcome to Santa Cruz. We recorded this episode at the coast with the sound of the waves in the background. We hope this is as pleasant for you as it was for us. It had been a warm day and sitting at the beach recording was a wonderful way for our day to close. You will hear us sighting some of the following locals. :)

Western gull
Pacific white-sided dolphin
California sea lion
Pacific sardine

No, we didn't actually see sardines from our vantage point, but found out later the presence of the sardines off the coast had attracted a lot of activity in the bay.

What are we wearing?
Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier
Sharlene's Buttercup

What are we stalking?
Chevzam by Alexandra Tinsley
Hetty by Andi Satterlund
Renfrew hat from Jane Richmond
Susan Ashcroft shawls
Little Waffles
Big Waffle
Bring Me Flowers by Mia Rinde

What are we knitting?
Grace by Jane Richmond, from the Island Collection
Kirk Ave Tam by Elinor Hickey
Bumble Beret by Elizabeth Doherty

Following are some links for Craftsy. We are a Craftsy affiliate and will earn a few pennies towards our podcasting expenses if you either join Craftsy or sign up for a class. Thank-you for using our links!

Deb Robson's free Craftsy class

Online Knitting Class

Episode 44 audio link