Episode #13 – Charts, One Step at a Time

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Episode #13 – Charts, One Step at a Time
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Life on the Farm – updates on the cast and crew

A opossum visits the farm, but not for long.

WIPWorks in progress, what’s on the needles, wheel or in the dyepot


Finn/Angora (80/20 percent blend) woolen spun and Navajo Ply for a balaclava for hubby. I’m not planning on dyeing it, he said he wants it the natural white color.


Haruni 4 repeats of Chart A

Haruni 4 repeats of Chart A

Haruni – Chart A completed (4 repeats) with 50% of my yarn left from the first skein (524 yards). I have another smaller skein of 192 yards that I plan on using for an additional repeat to make it bigger and use all the yarn.

Socks – Opal cotton socks on the needles using the Classy Slip Up Sock in “Knit Socks!” by Betsy Lee McCarthy.

Marinating – Potato Chip Scarf using some handspun “Goldfish with a Tutu” dyed by AllSpunUp.

Will be coming out of hibernating status – Cassidy sweater by ChicKnits

It Had to Be Ewe – breed Information and the different types of wool

Romney ram

Romney ram

Romney sheep

University of Oklahoma – Sheep Directory
Nebraska Sheep Directory
In Sheep’s Clothing, A Handspinner’s Guide to Wool
The American Romney Breeders Association
Romney Sheep Breeders Society

Fodder – Tips, Tricks and Techniques I’ve learned along the way (if you have suggestions, send them in…more on that later)

Check your charts after printing to make sure all color codes came out. The Haruni shawl pattern did not print the yellow as indicated.  Use stitch markers, they are your friend and make it easier to catch mistakes earlier.

Pet Peeves

What bugs you?

Knots in yarn, shouldn’t this be discounted? Errata of patterns that is missed or newer versions of downloaded patterns.  Make sure to check for this before wielding your needles.

Greensleeves and The Frog Pond – ripping, repairing and swearing (no swearing on the air though, it’s a family friendly show)

Some tinking, but no major ripping. Had my lifelines ready just in case. Hold on though, Chart B is yet to come. Tip: don’t use mohair, angora or other haloed yarn when knitting your first lace project, makes mistakes even more frustrating to fix.

Say What? – Tidbits and terms used in spinning, knitting, dyeing, weaving

Intuitive knitting.

Book reviews – From My Bookshelf

Creating Hand Knitted Lace by Margaret Stove

Creating Hand Knitted Lace by Margaret Stove

Creating Original Hand-knitted Lace by Margaret Stove

Great book if you would like to design lace, but if you are looking for a book on knitting lace this is not the book for you. This book covers the history of lace and how to take a drawn design and chart it into a lace pattern that is balanced and effective as a beautiful lace pattern for knitting. Not your typical lace knitting book.

Barnyard Banter – slang expressions that originated on the farm

“Holy cow”

Off topic Topics or Guests – Discussions on the various fiber crafts, each show will look closer at aspects of a particular craft or an occasional guest

Anatomy of a triangular shawl and how to get started.

Garter stitch tab, a “how to” courtesy of Damp City Knits blog.

Reading Charts, more info by Karin, a lace designer with Knit Picks.

Ravelry Tips – ways to get the most out of Ravelry

Join Ravelry if you haven’t already.

Researching and finding the perfect patterns and techniques for your next project, lace maybe?

Songs to Spin By – some music to spin or knit by, featuring a new artist or song each show


Mike Zito

Mike Zito

One Step at a Time by Mike Zito

Courtesy of MusicAlley.com

Thank you for listening, see you next time.

Song Credits

Wren Ross blog "Stories of Fiber"

Wren Ross blog "Stories of Fiber"

Songs used in the show all by: Wren Ross
Ba Ba Blacksheep
It Had to Be Ewe
76 Stitches
You can find more about Wren Ross at her blog

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I have a flock of sheep and am a fiberholic with a podcast, Ba Ba Blacksheep.
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