The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 91 : Knitting On The Go

Episode 91


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146 – Whimsy!

Apologies for all the ambient noise. We will do better next time!
Latte: Abby is working on the same things she was knitting last time! Melissa, however, got inspired. Melissa is crocheting a very cute Cthulu, if such things are possible (they are!). For those who may not know, Melissa gives a brief introduction to Cthulu and his (its?) ilk. You can learn a lot about HP Lovecraft here. And you can find your own cute Cthulu hat on ravelry. Melissa mentioned our beloved Portland game store, Guardian Games. [No trip to Portland is complete without a visit!]  We mention Creepy Cute Crochet. 
Grande: Melissa finished a mermaid and an octopus from Teeny Tiny Mochimochi. She also made an adorable moose in cotton yarn from Knitting Mochimochi. Melissa spoke about Gumballs, tiny skeins of yarn  from Knitted Wit that can be purchased at Twisted in Portland. Melissa also referred to Hexipuffs, which Abby has sworn she will NEVER make. Abby shared that she has been painting, partly as therapy, partly as self-expression.
Abby mentioned that she belongs to ORA, the Northwest Jewish Artists Guild. If you are in Portland, please come see her in her first juried show: Celebration of Art! It’s on October 18th, and details can be found here
Brewing: Melissa is giong to make Morehouse Knits Batwing Poncho. It is too cute! Melissa explains the value of ponchos for keeping warm at work. Melissa also waxes rhapsodic about Morehouse Knits, so go to their website and buy stuff! (no affiliation)
Abby wants to knit everything, especially the Queen Bee sweater by Mary Scott Huff, but there’s no budget for the yarn, so what to do in the meantime? Maybe knit a vest? Or one of the dozen or so Katniss cowls on ravelry? We mention Outlander as well. Melissa likes to buy her yarn and bundle it together with the pattern and set it aside in a project bag. 
Special Event: Melissa unboxes the Janie Crow Persian Tiles blanket! You can see a video of the unboxing here
Taste: We review New Lace Knitting, Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill. Abby wants to knit EVERYTHING in this book! Melissa gives brief reviews of Anna Hrachovec books: Knitting Mochimochi, Teeny Tiny Mochimochi and Adventures in Mochi-Mochi Land. Melissa also brought Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies AND Knit Your Own Dog AND Woodland Knits. So much whimsy, so little time!
Demi Tasse: Abby reports her discovery that, if you are an subscriber, you can return a book you don’t like and get your credit back!

Sofa: We are excited about Fall TV! Specific shows that we like are: Black Mirror, Mr. Robot, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Gotham, Childhood’s End, Outlander, Ash vs. the Evil Dead, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Podcasts Abby has been listening to include Will Wheaton’s Radio Free Burrito, and The Black Tapes podcast. 

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Raffles & Fundraisers!

Hi Everyone!  Operation Bottle Beanies kicks off this Saturday, September 26 and we could not be more excited about it.  We will have a table at Fifer Orchard’s Fall Fest and we will be selling bottle beanies, knit scarves, hair clips and candy jars – all to benefit homeless shelters in the area.  
Schnapps and I have begun two separate fundraisers for DEHH and KKforK as well.
We are raffling off two of Schnapps hand made items and we are selling T-shirts.
Superwash merino yarn.  Hand wash/dry flat

Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn – machine wash/dry

Schnapps is so excited to be on a shirt!

Payment will be accepted through PayPal.  If you must send a check, it must be made out to Robin Agar.  Email me for the correct address.
All orders should be emailed first to .  Payment can be made once I confirm that I have received your order.  
The T-shirts come in a few different styles (see photos below for details).  Pricing includes Priority Shipping to anywhere in the USA.  If you are outside the US, please contact me for shipping charges.  T-shirt orders should be in by September 30 so I can place the order.
Short Sleeve White Shirts:       $25.95
Short Sleeve Black or Gray Shirts or Long Sleeve White Shirts:  $30.95
Long Sleeve Black Shirts:  $35.95
Raffle tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.  Once I receive payment, I will email you the ticket numbers that are for you.  The drawing will be on October 10, 2015.

Join us in making a difference….one hat at a time!
 If you’re not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and “Like” our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at too!

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September AGM and ‘Show and Tell’

First meeting of the club year started with Annette collecting subs for the year, and handing out pocket-size printed programmes to members listing the speakers, hands-on sessions and challenges for the upcoming year.

As it was the first meeting of the year, it started with the AGM. 14 enthusiastic knitters turned out for the evening. Some suggested that the low turn-out might be because the first Tuesday was also the 1st of the month, so might have been a bit of a surprise to some people. Hopefully there won’t be too many people turning up at the hall next week!

There were a few bags of yarn and knitting books on the charity sales table this month, with all donations going to the Royal Marsden Hospital.

The AGM was swiftly started with a run-down of the accounts by Annette, and formal election of the new committee (details of which were printed in Liz’s summer letter emailed last month). Liz then took us through the programme of the events for the upcoming year.

In February we will be making felt balls, of the size appropriate for making jewellery, or embellishing a bag or scarf. An empty yellow plastic egg from inside a Kinder Egg will be needed, so a good excuse for a chocolate treat! Small scraps of wool yarn will also be needed, so start collecting off-cuts and tail-ends now. Only a handful or 2 will be needed.

Next month will be a hands-on session knitting a poppy. Some red yarn, and either black yarn or a black button will be needed, and either knitting needles or a crochet hook.

The 2016 annual challenge will be to knit the provided V-neck cardigan pattern, using a yarn from your stash. No gauge will be provided, as the pattern will work with any gauge, so use any yarn you like. Be creative with the yarn, stitch pattern and any trimmings, but avoid tuck and slip stitch as that will mess up the proportions. This project has the joy of no tension square! The pattern will be emailed to members this month. We look forward to seeing the range and variety of garments created from the same knitting pattern.

There was a discussion about whether to continue making knitted squares. There was a general lack of interest because they can be rather dull to knit. If you do make any squares, then bring them along and give them to Rita, who will continue to join them up into blankets. Christine has recently knit a lot of squares for Rita, and Rita brought along a blanket she had finished making up.

For those who also attend the local Wednesday morning Yateley group, it has moved to 11am – 1pm on Tuesdays, and relocated to Montego Hall.

With the AGM completed, the show and tell began, and everyone had been very busy over the summer.

Sandra machine knit a sideways skirt in pink Hobby and Silk using a Beverly Wall pattern.

Annette hand-knit a 2ft high Santa, who stands on his own, to go on display in a florist shop this winter.

Vee had knit a striped jumper with a trim, using Marion Nelson stitch pattern cards, with a crocheted neck.

Phyllis machine knit an Ann Brown cardigan in blue Silky and Shetland yarn, with internal seams bound in matching knitted bias binding.

Carole has been hand knitting hats based on doily patterns. A blue hat and scarf, and a pink hat and scarf.

Nina had hand knit a fluffy brown owl.

Christine has been playing with her 1940s shawl pattern. She brought along 3 variations: the original shawl, a lace variation in 4ply hand-knit over 100 stitches, and a variation with lapels hand knit using Shetland 3 ply over 120 stitches.

Liz hand knit a baby hat, a matching family set of ear warmers, and a finger “ring” cable needle holder.

The headbands were based on this pattern:

The cable ring holder is from this pattern:
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Loom Knit Wolf, Cat, or Fox Ears

Wolf Ears
24 peg loom
looming hook
crafters needle
Red Heart Boutique Fur Black and Gray
Scrap black yarn for sewing up
Head Band to attach the ears to.
2PEW: 2 Peg E-Wrap: Sending the yarn behind 2 pegs and then the front of 2 pegs and back around to the back. Basically EW 2 pegs for a single stitch.
D: Decrease: Moving a stitch from 2 pegs to the next 2 pegs on the ends.
CO: Cast On: 2PEW
Ear: 20 pegs: Flat: Black
2PEW CO 10 stitches
Row 1-2: 2PEW
Row 3: D1 2PEW, 2PEW6, D1 2PEW
Row 4: 2PEW
Row 5: D1 2PEW, 2PEW4, D1 2PEW
Row 6: D1 2PEW, 2PEW2, D1 2PEW
Row 7: D1 2PEW, D1 2PEW
Row 8: D1 D1 2PEW
Row 9: 2PEW
Snip end pull through
Inner Ear: 16 pegs: Flat: Grey:
2PEW CO 8 stitches
Row 1-2: 2PEW
Row 3: D1 2PEW, 2PEW4, D1 2PEW
Row 4: 2PEW
Row 5: D1 2PEW, 2PEW2, D1 2PEW
Row 6: D1 2PEW, D1 2PEW
Row 7: D1 D1 2PEW
Row 8: 2PEW
Snip end and pull through.
Line inner ear up with the bottom of the ear, then make sure there is a nice border of black around the inner ear. Sew the inner ear in. The fold one side or the other of the ear where the point on the end is in the middle of the ear, tac it down. Now sew onto your headband. Make 2.
You can easily make the ears smaller by using a less bulky yarn. Also feel free to use a thinner yarn that is a size 5 or 6 in bulk. If you want a tighter stitch keep the number of pegs just EW instead, and just make sure the decrease by 2 stitches on each side rather than 1. 

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I am so happy to have a pattern included in the Knittin’ Little Fall 2015 Collection!
Knittin’ Little is a new website created by designer Andrea Sanchez. This awesome site is dedicated to providing knitters with patterns for children as well as ways to engage little ones in the love of fiber arts.
For the premier collection, I wanted to design something special for my little guy to wear… 
A proper, gentlemanly jacket for Fall appropriately named “Dapper“.
Knit in squishy Garter st, Dapper is complete with all of the pleats, buttonbands, and pockets, of a traditional suit coat. The handsome notched collar and buttonbands are worked right into the jacket fronts for reduced finishing work at the end.

This pattern contains lots of little special details that are fun to create, 
and make for such a beautiful finished product.
Here is the pattern information for all of you interested in knitting up this jacket for the little one in your life:
2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
Chest: 24.75 (26.75, 28.75, 30.75, 32.75, 34.75)” / 63 (68, 73, 78, 83.5, 88.5) cm
Length: 14.5 (15.5, 16.5, 18.5, 20, 21)” / 36.5 (39, 42, 47, 50.5, 53) cm
Shown in size 2; to be worn with 2-3″ / 5-7.5 cm of positive ease.
Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers [100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yd / 200 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein]; color 8011; 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins or approx. 550 (625, 700, 800, 925, 1025) yd / 500 (550, 625, 725, 825, 925) m of a worsted weight wool or wool blend.
2 US 7 / 4.5 mm 32” / 80 cm circular needle
Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Tapestry needle
3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) buttons 1”/ 2.5 cm for body
6 buttons ¾” / 2 cm for sleeves
20 sts / 40 rows over 4” / 10 cm in Garter st on US7 / 4.5 mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge.
As with any photo-shoot with a 3 year old, there are always the most spectacular out-takes. 
I call this one… “The most awkward pose ever…”
and finally… his “musical number”

Dapper is available for purchase HERE.
Add it to your favorites on Ravelry HERE
I hope you enjoy it! :)

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Skull Sock Booties

Skull Sock Booties
Tutorials for toe and heel area:
30 peg loom
looming hook
2 skeins of yarn in contrasting colors
KCO: Kitchener Cast On
K: Knit
WT: Wrap and Turn
CC: Change Color
D: Dark Yarn
L: Light Yarn
COF: Cast Off
Dark yarn: KCO 30 pegs: circular:
Row 1: K
Row 2: K29, WT, K13, WT, K12, WT, K11, WT, K10, WT, K9, WT, K8, WT, K7, WT, K6, WT, K6, K7, K8, K9, K10, K11, K12, K13, K14, K15, K15
Row 3: K
Row 4-30: Follow Color Chart Below
Row 31: CC D Repeat row 2
Row 32: K
Row 33-46: D K1, L K1
Row 47-49: D K

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Loom Knit Animal Scarf from Existing Patterns

24 or 12 peg loom
looming hook
1 or 2 skeins of yarn

DSCO: Draw String Cast On
EW: E-Wrap
BOLB: Bring Original Loops Back
ID: Internal Decrease
DSCOF: Draw String Cast Off

Bear Pattern Written:

DSCO 24 pegs Circular
Row 1-5: EW
Row 6: EW10 (tail: EW4 4rows, EW3, EW2, EW3, EW4 4rows, BOLB) EW10
Row 7: EW2 (Leg: EW4 25rows, BOLB) EW12 (Leg) EW2
Row 8: EW
Now EW for 4ft to 2yds
Repeat Row 8
Now we are going to start working the head which is knitting flat.
Row 1-9: EW
Row 10: EW6 (Ear: EW4 4rows, EW3, EW2, EW3, EW4 4rows, BOLB) EW4 (Ear) EW6
Row 11-16: EW
Row 17: ID from 24-12
Row 18-23: EW
Sew up legs, and bottom of head. Hot glue on eyes and your done.

When transfering the regular stuffed animal patterns on the 24 peg loom to make a scarf, follow the instructions for the body just like above, the only difference is changing the tails, then when you get to the top of the body after the head. Follow the instructions for making the head just like if you were making the stuffed animal, it is just your start is already ready for you. You can follow the videos exact for the heads.  

For a cat, dog, or rabbit pattern and to transfer them to a scarf follow the instructions.
Here is the link for the patterns of the Cat Dog and Rabbit

For the lion, giraffe, monkey, or elephant here is the link to purchase the Safari Collection.

Examples of other 24 peg animals you can use. 

Fox, Owl, Eeyore, GoatHorse

12 Peg Loomed Animals 

Bear Scarf from Mini Bear
DSCO 12 pegs circular
Row 1-3: EW
Row 4: EW5 (tail: EW2 4rows, BOLB) EW5
Row 5: EW1, (Leg: EW2 15 rows, BOLB) EW6 (leg)  EW1
Row 6: EW
Now EW for 4ft to 2yds 
Repeat row 5, then we will start on the head and working flat.
Row 1-5: EW
Row 6: EW3, (Ear: EW2 5 rows) EW1, (ear) EW3
Row7-9: EW
Row 10: ID 12 to 6 pegs
Row 11-13: EW

Sew up legs and bottom of head and glue on eyes. 

Follow the instructions for the body above and then follow the head only EWing instead of knitting, from the other animal videos using the 12 peg looms. The scarf will be thinner but if you like a lighter looking scarf this is just for you.  

Here are examples of other 12 peg patterns. 

Pikachu, Cow, Donkey, Horse , Pig, Alpaca, Sheep, Hello Kitty, Dog, Cat, Rabbit, Elephant

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Adorable New Greeting Cards

I’m kind of in love with this adorable set of 3 greeting cards illustrated by the 
talented Neesha Hudson.

You may remember Neesha as the illustrator of our Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf book published in 2012. 
I have greatly admired Neesha’s amazing artwork for the past several years and her illustrations have appeared in all of our self-published knitting books to date including
I thought it would be fun to ask Neesha to take on the task of producing a small line of all-occasion blank cards featuring wool-producing animals. I love giving hand-made gifts whenever possible and I thought that these cards would make the perfect addition. :)
Cards measure 5 x 7″ and are sold in a collection of 3 with accompanying envelopes for $12. 
Each card is blank inside to allow them to be used for all occasions.
They would also be so cute in a frame, don’t you think?
Cards are available for purchase in my Etsy shop HERE or on

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Introducing Crossroads!

Two new patterns today!  Schnapps has been busy….it’s been so hot here that he’s been hiding in the cool house playing with yarn.  Here is his original plan and this time he made sure to double check his math!  :)  Made with Lion Brand Hometown USA, this hat knits up super fast and is just a one row pattern!  I really like the way the crown decrease looks.  Other yarn weight instructions are included also.

It starts out like this:

and with just a few steps is finished!

Balance Beam utilizes a similar design for the brim and is also posted on this blog with info about all yarn weights.

All costs are paid for out of our pocket and shipping costs have sky rocketed lately.  We want to keep posting patterns for free to help the most amount of people possible, but some patterns will be purchase only to help defray our costs.  There is a donate now button on the right hand side of this page.  All pattern sales are also really donations, since 100% of pattern prices go directly back into the charities.  Purchasing from our Etsy store is another way to help us cover shipping and supply costs.  Whether you donate hats or blankets, send us good thoughts, tell people about us or donate financially, you are greatly appreciated!!
And don’t forget about Operation Bottle Beanies!  We are collecting tiny hats that will be placed on jars and bottles at Fifer’s Farm Store in the Fall. From olive oil bottles up to quart size mason jars and all sizes in between! These hats will be sold and 100% of that money will be donated to keep people in Delaware warm this winter.  Yes, it is just for Delaware right now, but Schnapps and I are dreaming big…….we hope that someday it reaches well beyond our tiny state.  

We need LOTS of tiny hats!  We need themed hats for Fall and Winter such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.  We need farm themed hats like bee hives, pumpkins, apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.  We need adorable hats of any theme or type!  Sizes vary since there are many different items sold in the store; apple butter, local honey,  jams, oils, pickles and so many other yummy things.  Please help us with this special project that is very important to Schnapps and me.

Hats can be sent directly to:
202 Acorn Forest Drive
Felton, DE 19943
It’s STILL hot!
You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.

ktbl:  knit through the back loop
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one
k2togtbl:  knit 2 stitches together as one through the back loop

Cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *p3, k2tbl*, repeat around

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7.5 to 8.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *p1, p2tog, k2tbl*; repeat around
Row 2:   *p2tog, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2togtbl*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and give it to someone special!

Cinching:  Cut an 8 inch piece of yarn, either matching or contrasting for a different look and thread it through a yarn needle.  At about halfway up the length of the hat, bring the yarn needle up on the outer side of one knit section and then down on the outer side of the next knit section.  Wrap the yarn three times around, cinching the 2 knit sections together.  Take care not to cinch too tightly since that could distort the fit of the hat.  Tie off the yarn on the inside of the hat and weave in end.  Repeat for every 2 knit sections around the hat.
If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 70. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 110. 

If making a child’s hat, use 4 weight yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 70 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 10.

The pattern is worked over 10 stitches.

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