Friday, June 29, 2012

Episode 8: It ROCKS!



Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner

45 degrees by Josh Ryks (unpublished!) 


Diamondback Mitts by Stephen West

Peacock Entrelac Bag by Knittin' Gin


Hunger games group on ravelry! The group is closed to registration, but come on over and join the fun in District 13! 

Westknits Book 4 

Westknits Mystery Knit Along

Josh bought: 

7 skeins of Araucania Nature Wool for a Delancey Cardigan.

1 skein of Zitron Trekking XXL.

2 skeins Cascade Heritage Sock

1 skein Cascade Heritage Silk Sock.

1 skein Malabrigo Sock

1 skein Zitron Trekking Hand Art.

1 skein Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnaval in Symphony Blue.  

1 pair of HiyaHiya US size 1 6 inch DPNs. 

Prizes will be given away soon, so go join the podcast group on rav! 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Episode 7: Snapple is the Root of All Evil; Parts One and Two




Josh is working on Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner. He is knitting it out of various yarns and on US size 8/5mm needles. 


Josh FINISHED something! :) He finished the Celestine toy by Norah Gaughan. 


The Knitgirllls

The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Dramatic Knits

Jessica from Storied Yarns: Fiber Arts with Character gave Josh a prize of 4 oz of her Merino Top/Romney curls in the colorway Finnick. Thank YOU so much!!! 

The Black Trillium order arrived! Josh got some of her Polworth/Silk blend in the colorway Spring Thaw

The Loopy Ewe order came!!! Josh got 5 skeins of Malabrigo Lace in Cypress, Vaa, Black, Pearl Ten, and Emerald; A skein of Cascade Heritage Sock in Navy, the MAN bar from Lavishea Lotion Bars, and a pair out ChiaoGoo Red Lace needles in US size 3/3.23mm. 

The westknits Mystery Knit-A-Long(westknits MKAL) is up and going to start on the 13th of July!!! Join Josh in knitting it!!! 

The Hunger Games group on Ravelry needs members! Join the party and let's knit/crochet/craft together! I DARE YOU! 

Join the podcast group as P R I Z E S are coming up!!! :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Episode 6: Rumble, Ramble



Josh is working on the Cubism blanket by Woolly Thoughts. He is knitting it out of Red Heart (gasp!) Super Saver and on US size 9/5.5 mm needles. 

The second project of the week is his westknits scrapghan which is actually a Frankie Brown design known as the Ten Stitch Blanket, which has been modified to be an 11 stitch blanket because Josh is a dork about numbers and 11 is his favorite number! It is knit out of the scraps of yarn from his westknits shawls (mostly fingering weight yarns) and on US size 3/3.25 mm needles. 

Josh is also working on a new design called 45 degrees, which has yet to appear in the knitting world, but will hopefully make its appearance soon! It is knit with fingering weight yarns in 3 colors on US size 4/3.5mm needles. 

The WIP's from previous weeks were untouched. Rams and Yowes Blanket by Kate Davies, Celestine by Norah Gaughan, and Mitered Crosses by Kay Gardiner. 


Josh actually had some!!! ;) 

Purl Ridge Scarf by Stephen West knit out of Berroco Peruvia in the colorway Alcaparro on US size 8/5mm needles. 

and another Purl Ridge knit out of Red Heart Soft from the stash on US 8/5mm needles as well. 


Josh finished his Kraemer Mauch Chunky in the colorway Pine Nut and got 47-ish yards of bulky/worsted weight yarn out of 2 oz. 

Josh started spinning the Woolen Mill St. Yarns 100% corridale 4oz. braid in the color Nightmare. 


Josh re-colored the blog this past week (as you can see if you read this!) 

Josh won an AWESOME prize in the Hunger Games group!! He won 4oz. of the color way Finnick from Jessica of Storied Yarns: Fiber Arts with Character. Thank you SO much!!! :) 

Sign ups for the Hunger Games are up until the 17th, so check them out! (sorry as it's the 18th and I just posted the shownotes! BAD PODCASTER, NO COOKIE!) 

Josh bought some awesome Huckleberry Knits Superwash BFL 4oz. in the colorway Centurion

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Episode 5: A Westknits Bound Train



Josh is working on the Mitered Crosses blanket by Kay Gardiner. He did the edging around the square he finished last week. 

Josh did not get to his other works in progress due to a sore wrist, but he got a lot of knitting done on a secret project! 

Josh started a new project, the Purl Ridge Scarf by Stephen West. He is knitting it out of Berroco Peruvia in a green color on US size 8/5mm needles. 


No items completed, however the train of westknits FO's were as follows: 


Shawliday is this coming Monday, the 11th. 

Many Thanks to Steve and Callie from the DramaticKnits podcast for the shout out! 

Thanks to Wolfe Farms for the shout out! 

Thanks to the Knitgirllls for the shout out that started it all! 

Thanks for the reviews on iTunes as well as the comments on the blog! 

Scale for yarn!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Episode 4: I'm Back!



Josh is working on the Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner. It is knit on US 8/5mm needles. 

He is also working on Celestine by Norah Gaughan. It is knit on US size 2/2.75mm needles and worked out of Plymouth Yarns Dreambaby Kokonut DK

He is also working on the Rams and Yowes blanket by Kate Davies and that is knit out of Knitpicks Palette held double and worked on US size 9/5.5mm needles. 


None for this week! 


Josh bought a trindle from trindleman on etsy and is spinning 4 oz. of  Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky in Pine Nut. 


Josh reviewed the current issue of Knitter's Magazine. (107) 

He also reviewed Knitting with the Color Guys by Brandon Malby and Kaffe Fassett 

He also reviewed Kaffe Knits Again by Kaffe Fassett and is planning his next project out of this book! 


Josh acquired a BUNCH of yarn this week and while most of it was Valley Yarns Northampton, he also picked up 3 skeins of Malabrigo Sock in Alcaucil, Stonechat, and Black, as well as one skein of Dream in Color Smooshy Sock in Scorched Lime. And where did this great stuff come from? Webs of course! ;) 

He is on itunes! 

the weather is CRAZY in Minnesota! 

A big thank you to the Knitgirllls for giving a shout out on their podcast! 

and another BIG thank you to the girls from The Stockinette Zombies