Forgot to mention our giveaway!

Hi everyone — We forgot to mention on the podcast that Christine — also known as pinkblanket on Ravelry — has given us one of her Third Floor Studio project bags to give away!

Just comment on this post by August 31 and tell us what project you would store in the project bag and we’ll randomly pick a winner.

You can see examples of the bags at the Third Floor Studio site.

Good luck!

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Episode 49: We’re back!

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We are so pleased to be able to offer our listeners a 20% discount through August 31st on Third Floor Studio project bags — please use the discount code LOTK2015 when ordering….

Shout Outs:

Off The Needles: 

Susan: Pretty Basic in Louet Euroflax Sport Weight Linen and another Portfolio Scarf in Euroflax in the French Blue colorway.








Kris: Off the (Sewing) Needles: AVFKW’s Endless SummerTunic and Liesl Gibson’s Everyday Skirt

OnThe Needles:

Kris: Still working on Screen Door from Plucky Knitter with MadTosh Twist Light and just cast-on the Freedom Trail shawlette for the JPK&S KAL

Susan: Color Block Cardigan in 3 colors of Shibui Linen- love this yarn! Also on the needles , a soothing knit, Therapy ,with 2 colors of Tosh Merino Light( Smokestack and Ms. Taylor) and one color of The Fibre Co. Meadow in Larkspur. Also- Freedom Trail Shawlette, designed for the upcoming Greater Boston Yarn Crawl-chosen  for the JP Knit and Stitch KAL .

In The Queue:

Susan:2 Cardigans: Campside and Fleur Cardi.

In The stash:

Susan: Tosh Merino Light in Smokestack- purchased at Imagine in Bemus Point, NY.


Susan and Sally attended the Fiber Revival at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, MA

Susan got 2 souvenirs:

cable necklace

Cable needle necklace from Leslie Wind


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Bucket Bag from Woolen Rabbit!

Bucket Bag from Woolen Rabbit!


Kris: New Tana French/new A.D. Scott/new Ann Cleeves/new Ely Griffiths

Susan: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch , and The Italian Wife by Ann Hood.

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Episode 48: Shawls galore and a bike seat cover!

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Shout Outs:
Annie1970’s Tropicalsocks (Rye by Tincan Knits)
Spinningrails Damson Shawl
KnittinCarri’s Another Monster
Smithmks’ Yowza Weigh It shawl

Off The Needles

Another Bike Seat Cover!

OnThe Needles:

Kris: Screen Door – Plucky knitter – Mad Tosh
Pebble Beach by Helen Stewart out of  Ivey Brambles Cashmere fingering
Mara, a Mad Tosh Free Pattern (shawl) Aran yarn
Adams Multi Way Wrap – Free Pattern Linen/Merino
JP knit and Stitch KAL FunFunFun Shawl
The Age Of Brass And Steam, out of some lovely Claudia Handpaints fingering in my stash
In The Queue
Kris: Purl Bee Notched Hem Tank Top
Church Mouse—Over and over infinity loop
Ily by Melanie Berg Lostsrun

Grace by Jane Richmond
Billowing Cecile Glowik Mac Donald
Mine Hill Cardigan by Amy Herzog
Plucky Knitter Spring Forward Collection:

Fresh Air Cardigan by Amy Miller- sport weight
Screen Door & Porch Swing
Interlude by Janina Kallio

Hitofude Cardigan (Laura suggested and we love it)

In The stash
Kris: Plucky Knitter Mystery Bag
Susan: two skeins of  Nice and Knit dk

Lisa, aka Jammy Knitter alerted us to the Boston KIP (Knit In Public Day) June 13 Christopher Columbus Park 11:30- on
June 6: Christine from 3rd floor studio– will be selling her awesome bags at Squam Lake
The Red Queen Dies & What The Fly Saw by Frankie Y Bailey

The Extrodinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas

Kris: The Troubles Quartet
Thin Air – Anne Cleeves

That’s all for now. Thanks for listening, and knit on! Maybe we’ll see you at the Boston KIP day.

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Episode 47: April Fiber Madness


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Shout outs:

MGCamacho’s Uncle Joe’s Hat
Victoriablue’s Pop Of Cherries Mitts

Off The Needles:

Deep End Shawl  by  Heidi Kirmaier
Blanket Beast: Ta Da! Only 20 years in the making!


Blanket beast!

Blanket beast!

Bluebird of Happiness

Bluebird of Happiness

Blue Bird Of Happiness, free pattern by Sarah Elizabeth Kellner
Woollily by Sarah Kraley


On The Needles
Scrunchable Scarf &
Bike Seat Cover

Vinyarnsa by Shelley Brander
Porphura  by Amy Miller
Silkenstraw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho

In the Queue

Hey Little Songbird – Bristol Ivy 
Orbit and Melodia Shawls – Janina Calio
Morning Glory – Pam Allen
1,000 Tulips – Martina Behm

Zephyr Cove – Shawl by Romi Hill
Morning Glory by Pam Allen
Nori , boxy cardigan by Pam Allen
Simple Pleasures, A Collection from Carrie Bostick Hoge

Autumn Blush by Joji Locatelli, using newly-stashed sundara yarn,


Baby bear hats
Harriet’s Jacket

Added To The Stash

Malabigo Arroyo– Marte
Malabrigo Worsted–Tiger Lily
Huckleberry Knits – Cascara Fingering– There’s no place like home


Rustic Yarn (cascade)
Ultra Alpaca light
Bittersweet Yarns
Cherry Tree Hill Sockitome Wild Cherry
Sundara Yarn (will use for Autumn Blush)
Tangerine Guava Twist
Manos or Malbrigo multi colorway
Skeinny Dipping:
Penelope Sock/favorite eraser
Silk/Linen/Lace  in the Magic  Carpet colorway..for Billowing by Celily Glowik MacDonald

Stitch House:
Pashmina -Gilded colorway
Cascade 220 for cardigan from Madder Two Louise Topdown


MadTosh Crafts — Fort Worth, TX



Mad Tosh Twist Light in Cosmic Silver

Christine’s bags at Third Floor Studios

 On The Bookshelf
Sally: The Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust

Kris: Adrian McKinty’s Troubles Trilogy (though there’s now a fourth!)

 Viewing Pleasure



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Episode 46: Winter Wonderland???

Listen Hereon street in Cambridge, MA

Shout outs:

Epistrophy smurphy2 perfect, Love, Love, Love! Kate Davies Design

Alta, by Amy Herzog. gorgeous sweater with perfect fit cute xmas project idea. little gift card holders. Nice! beautiful crescent shaped shawl, designed by Jesse Dodington

–Love it, might have to make it very soon!—bloem  llmcguire > notebook > projects > Bouquet for Samantha beautiful, and fun knit flowers.

StrawberryFrog: (aka Laura) designer of  Lady Lallybroch cuff wristlet fingerless knits, also the Blood Vow scarf –  Gaberlunzies inspired by the Outlander TV series. There is a sale on her wonderful Outlander patterns through the end of the month!

Off The Needles:


Leaflet, Cecily Glowik McDonald, out of Valley Yarns Berkshireleaflet without pockets

TGV by Susan Ashcroft (I call it sunset express)out of Play at Life fiber Arts gradientSunset Express

Inland  from Jane Richmond’s Journey collection — in Sapphire blue

Inland Cardi

Inland Cardi

It’s a guy Thing –  socks designed by Caroline Hegwer
Veronica Slouch -Manos Maxima in the  Marie Antoinette colorway
Openwork infinity scarf — with one skein of Cascade Magnum


On The Needles

Deep End by Heidi Kirrmaier
Porphura by Amy Miller
Knitted Blanket- started 20 years ago!

Muh-Muh by Isabell Kraemer

In The Queue

Owligan and Peerie Flooers (Kate Davies lovefest)  Newsflash: Shetland, based on the Shetland Quartet by Anne Cleeves will air on PBS March 23 (at 9pm on WGBH)

PaperWhite Shawl  by Alicia Plummer two color
Carrie Bostick Hoge’s  Madder 2 Anthology:  also  Lucia Hoodie, Lillian cardigan


In Our Stash and Inspiration to Destash

Bags  from Third floor studio Boston  (she’ll be at the February 28 Farmers’ Market Egelston
The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

Webs Valley Yarns Berkshire, and Berkshire Bulky (can’t get enough of this stuff)


The Skull Beneath The Skin P.D James
While I was Gone by Sue Miller
Caleb’s Crossing Geraldine Brooks

Dying In The Wool by Frances Brody
As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust by Alan Bradley

Upcoming Events
Roslindale Friends Of The Library Yarn Sale March 5-7 with special guest Kristin Nicholas on March 5 — check our forum page for details. Hope to see you there!

Knit on!
The Ladies Of The Knit



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Episode 45: Unselfish Knitting

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Shout Outs

Off The Needles
4 pairs
Green Mountain Spinnery Vest for Molly

Knit your Love is finally blocked!

Super bulky toe up socks
no purl ribbed scarf from Purl Bee

Audrey Cardigan 
Thoreau Hat

Thoreau hat in scrumptious Rio!

Thoreau hat in scrumptious Rios!

Emerson Hat
Openwork Infinity Scarf – by Karen Clements- in Cascade Magnum (free pattern)
Pom Pom Scarf

Pompom scarf!

Pompom scarf!

Black Death Shawl – Hoxton Handmaid

On the Needles

Color Chart Mitts

Mini mochi gradient mitts combining two free patterns-once I remember what they are, I will post links!
Inland Cardigan with pockets (Jane Richmond)

Gradient TGV

In the Queue


Impromptu Cardigan
1898 Hat

Home new Quince And co Pam Allen Book
Shadow Shawl Manos free pattern

In The Loop
Quince Finch — Damson and Bosc
Holst Garn Coast

Sally: Hilltop Handspun Rommney Wool, in green to gold colorway

Yarn bowls from Bemus Point Pottery
Imagine  in Bemus Point NY- population of 364

On The Bookshelf

Erin Hart : Haunted Ground, Lake of Sorrows, False Mermaid
Peter May: The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man
Terry Shames: The Last Death Of Jack Harbin
Frances Brody: Murder In the Afternoon

Chris Cleeve: Little Bee

Sally: Tana French: The Secret Place
Elizabeth George: This Body Of Death
Skink No Surrender

Viewing Pleasure

Imitation Game
Salamander from Belgium


Slater Mill January 16th -18th


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Episode 44: Fiber Feast!

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Fiber Fest Haul

Sally’s Fiber Fest Haul


Off The Needles

Sally experimented with Arm knittingTilly and KatieArm Knitting

Kris: Portfolio
Stash bot app

On The Needles
Susan: Portfolio
Audrey Cardigan – with  Berocco Ultra Alpaca

Super Bulky socks toe up or toe down – using Madelinetosh ASAP in the Magic colorway( I incorrectly called this Optic )


ASAP in Magic!


Sally:CadeautjeCadeautjeIn The Stash

Kris: O Wool Local Three colors Purl Bee Color Tipped Scarf
Fyberspates 4ply superwash Color: Water, Bal and Skein Sock Yarn Bluey black
Mini Mochi- fingering weight
Susan: Fiberfest
2 skeins Fyberapates Scrumptious Sport :Slate
Ball And Skein: Gallifrey in Silvery Moon colorway
Bitterswsweet Woolery: Glamour  Gams superwash sock yarn Glamour Gams HT
Dirty Water Dye Works Edna
Mind’s Eye in Porter Square in Cambridge
Play aT Life Gradient Stephen Aurora Expanse
In The Queue
Kris: Cirillia Rose
Definitely Susan

Susan: Madder Anthology 1 by Carrie Bostick Hoge

On The Bookshelf
Kris is up to date with the Ruth Galloway mysteries by Elly Griffiths
Lewis man Peter May
And the Dark Sacred Night by  Julia Glass


fingeless Mitts :Prickly (pattern name)

Webs: Twist Lite fingering Madeline Tosh Color: Care

My Third Floor studio bag!

My Third Floor studio bag!

We are love- loving Third Floor studio bags-available at JP Knit and Stitch. Christine promises her website will be up and running soon!

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Episode 43: Autumn Knitting – No Rhinebeck…..

Love it!

Love it!

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Shout Outs

Goldybear’s > Selbu-Baaa-Ter
Knitstersusan’s Aidez
susanvknits’ Put a Bird on it Cardi
And check out our forum page on Ravelry for other fabulous projects!

And a shameless plug for our own pinkblanket’s project bags now available for sale at JPK&S as Third Floor Studio 🙂



Off The Needles
Kris finally had some finished objects — Samadhi, the second pattern from the Martina Behm Strickmich! club, and Tre Colori, a free pattern from Loop, in the wonderful Hikoo Cobasi yarn — great to work with and fabulous drape.

Susan: Saltwater – by Silvia BoBilvia (sad story), Twig Ear Flap HatCampside by  Alicia Plummer from the Pom Pom Quarterly Blog, Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan

What the heck?

What the heck?

Susan and Kris had a fun time learning to arm knit at JPK&S with Dylan Usher (of Dylaniaum Knits) as part of ArtWeek Boston.

Sally: Campside, Bike Seat Cover, Lion Brand Patternbike seat cover


On The Needles
Sal: Another Bike seat cover.

Kris is back in full knitting mode (something to do with the change in seasons perhaps?) and is juggling four projects.  She recently found her half-finished Ellipses in a project bag and started that up again, jumped on Erica Flory’s new Portfolio pattern using stash yarn from the frogged Netty Cowl , started the third pattern from the Stichmich! club, Jasminde (this will be slow-going), and decided that the Shibui sale yarn from Gather Here would be perfect for a Greta scarf from Quince & Company’s scarves book from last year.

Susan:Portfolio scarf , Camilla Babe by Carry Bostick Hogue in  Mission Falls worsted. Phew! just enough yarn!

In The Queue
Sal:  Sally fell for Knitworthy, hook, line and sinker! Fun new giftable patterns from Ysolda Teague

Kris also fell for Knitworthy and like Sal is intrigued by the trummed slippers (roving from Hilltop Handspun perhaps?).  She also admired three (!) samples made from Dirty Water Dyeworks yarn: Miss Doolittle in MavisPicabeau in Paula, and Ione in Crystal.  A couple of other possibilities — a Campside inspired by both Sal and Susan’s beautiful versions, a Barn Sweater by Carrie Bostick Hoge (from Taproot), and a great-looking cardigan from a new book by Cirillia Rose being published soon.

In The Stash 

Kris bought lots of Dirty Water Dyeworks yarn while at Stephanie’s visit to JPK&S.  She also couldn’t resist a “Leftie” kit  from Wonderland yarns while visiting The Mermaid’s Purl in Wickford, RI.

Susan: one skein of madtosh light in the Mourning Dove colorway- pretty!
Sal: Roving from the amazing Lucy Rogers of Hilltop


On The Bookshelf

Susan: The Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, and the first Jane Austen mystery by Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor.

Sal: Dying Fall & Outcast Dead  Ruth Galloway Mysteries, by Ellie Griffiths

Kris enjoyed the latest Donna Leon mystery, read Let Me Finish for book club,  and is looking forward to reading Ann Hood’s The Knitting Circle and Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting after meeting her at JPK&S.

Viewing Pleasure

Sal: Hinterland On Netflix

Kris wonders what is up with Gracepoint vs. Broadchurch and why David Tennant is in both — maybe this has some answers.

Coming Events:
Kris, Sally, April Showers and Pink Blanket are going to The Fiber Festival at The Big E. On sunday, November 2. Maybe we’ll see you there?

That’s all for now. Knit on, and on, and on,
The Ladies Of the Knit

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Episode 42: So Much To Say!

License Plate spotted in Nonantum

License Plate spotted in Nonantum

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We’re back! We were so glad to be together and we had so much to share. Here are the important links:

Shout Outs:
These are some highlights culled from our forum page. We love seeing this stuff! Thanks for sharing. Smithmks’ Korknisse are adorable and charming and make me want to knit one (or 15?) too, and her Gemini is beautiful and flattering. Check out Scitchr’s Flyspeck Fox and VictoriaBlue’s Zebra toy and all the other amazing projects.

Off The Needles:
Sally finally had something to show. She finished 3 Girlfriend Market Bags, girl friend market bag4 Rubens Hats, Mad Props Hats3 Garter Stitch Earflap Hats, Garter Stitch Earflap Hatand the long lingering Sugared Violets.sugared violets full



Susan has Liv off her needles- loved the knit and loved the yarn!



Madelinetosh Vintage in the Medieval colorway. Also off is Trillian in another much loved yarn, Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock in the Zombie Prom colorway.

Love it!

Love it!

Last, but not least, Nangou was finished- Susan added stripes using Classic Elite Firefly in 3 colors.

On The Needles:
Sally has a goal to get back to work on Mark’s Vest so she can go to Rhinebeck with a clear conscience. In the meantime she has been totally distracted by Alicia Plummer’s Campside. Plucky fingering for Campside We’ve started a KAL on our discussion pages. Please join in.

Kris is working on a Tre Colori shawl using Hikoo’s CoBaSi (cotton/bamboo/silk) – a lovely yarn with a great drape.


Tre Colori – natural/gray/black







Susan is working the Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan in Berroco Ultra Alpaca as a shop sample. Also on her needles, another Salt Water in Louet Euroflax Linen , and still plugging away on Annis in Madelinetosh prairie , in the mica colorway.

In Our Queue:

Added To Our Stash:
Sally scored a skein of Hilltop Handspun Hand dyed Sock Yarn in the Crazy Fall Colors colorway. She feels a replacement TGV coming on.

On a recent trip to Portland, ME, Kris bought three skeins of Quince’s Piper in the Abilene colorway.  She also picked up some Shibui Merino Alpaca in Blush (a very Susan color!) at the Gather Here sale and is using it for the Greta Shawl.

In Susan’s queue: Dark Pearl by Carol Feller, Artesian by Romi Hill, Carrie Bostick Hoge’s entire Madder Anthology I!

On Our Bookshelves
Sally loved Circle Of Shadows by Imogen Robertson. She also listened to Defending Jacob (Which she liked for local references)  The Racketeer. (generated some interesting discussion with teen age son) and  The Chaperone (which would make perfect knitting listening).

Susan enjoyed The White Garden by Stephanie Barron, Longbourn by Jo Baker, and the latest Shetland mystery by Ann Cleeves, Dead Water.

In Our Kitchens

Kris is enjoying Luisa Weiss’ memoir – My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) – and her blog – The Wednesday Chef – and recommends the Crostata recipe.

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Upcoming Events:
The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl September 18-21 Maybe we’ll bump into you there?

That’s all for now. Have fun and knit on, and on, and on…

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Episode 41: Iced Coffee , Knitting and Chat…

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We are so happy to be back after taking an unforseen break in June.  We got together recently at Kris’s house to sip some cold-brewed iced coffee, munch on snacks and talk about our knitting.

Off The Needles:

Susan had a few things off her needles: She’s A Waterfall by Dani Sunshine, a wonderful assymetrical shawlette that is fun to knit!

Zaria is also finished-in gorgeous Malabrigo Arroyo! Love this yarn.







Also off the needles: 2 summer tops- Gemini and Urban in Shibui Linen (a favorite yarn) in the Suit colorway.

Kris finished her Zephyr Cove — a very large shawl with a bit of everything — and a Mashpee Shawlette out of MadTosh Dandelion — a very sweet little shawl with some unclear instructions in the pattern.  Susan started a Mashpee, but had a little trouble with the edging and gave up……. (More news on that — Tian issued an update to the pattern yesterday which fixes the confusion at the beginning of the pattern.)

On the Needles:

Susan still has Nangou on the needles- a retooled version with stripes in 2 colors of grey of Classic Elite Firefly. Also, 2nd sock of It’s a Guy Thing, lovely pattern. Also, just barely started is Annis– terrible choice of cast on -knitted cast on. Soon to be ripped out. Very soon- uggh!

Kris is still working on her Samedhi — another lovely little shawlette.  The welthase merino light is just wonderful to knit with.

see what I mean? Uggh!

see what I mean? Uggh!


Susan was unable to resist some road trip stash enhancement:

A skein of Meadow in the Larkspur colorway, a skein of Madtosh Prairie in the Begonia Leaf colorway, and a skein of Malabrigo sock in the Impressionist Sky colorway- so pretty!


Susan encouraged Kris to buy some Shibui linen — probably for Louise Zass-Bangham’s Foolproof.  Three great colorways: Ivory, Suit, and Caffeine.


For Kris — Martina Behm’s Brickless (saw some beautiful ones at the Common Cod meeting last week), Churchmouse’s Seashore Kerchief (starts with all the stitches and then decreases — so motivating!), Heidi Kirrmaier’s Vitamin D, and Dani Sunshine’s She’s a Waterfall in some beautiful Bella Lino in the Primavera colorway.

Susan always likes what Kris finds to queue, so she also queued Brickless and Samadhi. Also in her Queue, Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart, Vitamarie by Franklin Habit, and a cardigan- Sandshore by Alicia Plummer.

On The Bookshelf:

Susan read a variety of fiction, good and bad. The Dinner by Herman Koch (disturbing but good), Delicious: A Novel by Ruth Reichl (disappointing), The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (amazing- poetic prose), The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, a novel about the Armenian Genocide, The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver (great summer read!) and Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy (didn’t love it).

Kris has been racing through a stack of mysteries — the last two Flavia de Luce books (big doings in the most recent one), Martha Grimes’ Vertigo 42 (which it turns out is a real bar in London at the top of Tower 42), Ann Cleeves’ Dead Water, and M.C. Beaton’s Death of a Policeman.


Kris and Susan thoroughly enjoyed Franklin Habit’s  “Impractical Knitting” talk at the most recent Common Cod Fiber Guild meeting made us laugh out loud – a lot!

Another upcoming event is the Fiber Revival in Newbury Ma on  Saturday August 9. We had such a good time last year!

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