Saturday, October 31, 2009

Episode 5 of the Sapphires N Purls Podcast

Welcome to Episode 5!  In this episode, as always, I have magazine reviews.  I had a request to give more details on the particular patterns I mention, such as what kind of yarn is used, etc.  So, I have included what yarns are used and the names of the designers for each of my favorite patterns from each magazine.  Also in this episode, I review a few books: Hattitude, Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps, and The Knitters Book of Wool.  And it's time for Girls Night In.  I've decided to change this a little bit.  Previously, I just talked about whatever project I planned to work on, usually something I'd started ages ago and was trying to finish; now I'd like this to be kind of a knit along feature.  I'll tell you what the project is, and where you can find the pattern.  Of course, you are not obligated to participate.  I'm just putting it out there, and if you would like to knit what I am knitting, great!  Along the way, I'll talk about how far I've gotten with the pattern, problems I've encountered and the like.  Below are links to everything I talk about in this episode.  Enjoy!

The Knitter - Issue #10
Simply Knitting - October, Issue #59
Knit Today - October, Issue #38
Yarn Forward - October, Issue #18
Vogue Knitting - Holiday Issue

Hattitude - by Cathy Carron
Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps
The Knitters Book of Wool - by Clara Parkes

Girls Night In Knit Along:
The project: Springy Ring Mittens using Mini Mochi yarn from Crystal Palace.
This yarn is a self striping fingering weight single ply yarn.  It is made of 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon and comes in 16 different colors.  If using this yarn for "pairs", such as socks or mittens, you will get fraternal twins, rather than identical.  Meaning, the colors will be the same in each sock, but they will not necessarily have the same stripe sequence.  Make sense? :0)  This pattern is geared toward beginners, which is great since I have never made a pair of mittens before.  If you are making the mittens for an adult, (or older child) you will need 2 balls of yarn - only 1 if the mittens are for a smaller child.
I am using the color Baby Face.  This is a pretty rainbow of pastels, very soft and girly.

The movie:
Practical Magic (How appropriate for Halloween!)

That about wraps it up for this episode.  Thanks for listening.  Please be sure to come back in a couple of weeks.  I'll have more magazine and book info, and we will finish the first  Mystery Knitting Project.  Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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