Monday, April 18, 2016

Our New Podcast! Premier Episode Uncut

We are Podcasters! Come Fiber Chat with us.

Welcome to the launch of a new podcast. Holly from Turquoise Owl Fiber and I (Michigan Spinning) are joining forces to explore and share everything we know and want to know about the world of fiber.

This first episode was recorded on the fly one day when I stopped by for a visit with Holly. Neither one of us has ever really done much video recording so please bear with us and be kind in reviewing our podcast as we move forward in this exciting endeavor. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we welcome your feedback. If you don't like our podcast just don't watch it. If you love it, let us know.

In upcoming episodes we will have a format to follow and we will be more organized. We are already working on the segments for the next recording. Holly and I both love all aspects of the fiber world and so we will be sharing segments on knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, and other handwork involving textiles. We won't talk about everything every week but every week there will be knitting spinning and crochet because that is what we do 90 % of the time.

Depending on how frequently we record we will also include a question and answer segment where listeners can ask us questions and we will answer them on the air.

*** We both realized after reviewing our recording that although we see everything backwards as in a mirror when we are recording, you , the viewer, will see it the right way.  I'm technologically challenged and so our videos will also be uncut. I have no idea how to edit anything and so what ever happens on the podcast will stay on the podcast.

Here are the show notes for this weeks episode.

Hosts: Debi aka Michiganspinning
           Holly aka Turquoise Owl Fibers

Holly's Knitting Projects:
Four Seasons Shawl - Alana Dakos
Brioche Chevron Blanket - Stephen West - Knitting with various handspun yarns from Holly's Puni Mashups featuring some of Fiber Addiction's hand dyed yumminess.
Pente Sweater - Carol Feller using Knitpicks Stroll Tweed in Oyster Heather and Reindeer Heather using their Caspian Interchangeables
Terpander Socks - Melissa Morgan-Oakes - knitting with Stonehedge Fiber mill Fingering weight yarn in Lime.

Debi's Knitting Projects:
Wake - Knitting the Beach by Kephren Pritchett - knitting with Hempathy by Elsebeth Lavold in color 070.
Jules Shawl- knitting in Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet Splash in color 103
Powell's City of Books Shawl - Knit in a Shetland wool yarn in orange

Debi's Crochet Projects:
Steve Rousseau Tobias rectangular shawl - crocheting in Malabrigo Silkpaca in a natural white color
Spun Gold - Kat Goldin - crocheting in Michigan Spinning Company fingering weight hand dyed yarn in colorway Marigold.

Fiber and Spinning info:
Skinny Rolags - Spindles and Stitches Holly and I both one her giveaway thanks to our Cousin Kat for tagging us in her entry.
Threadbender Yarn Shop - Pufferino mini rovings dyed by the owner Julie Anderson. You can also find them on Facebook as Threadbender Yarn Shop
Spin-Off magazine Spring 2016

Bento Bag

Other mentions: The Shawl Project Crochet Book One and Book Two, Four Points Baby Blanket


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Episode 02 - Natural Dyeing and A Fiber Festival

Music for this episode provided courtesy of IodaPromonet
Guitar Prayer: Arrangements of Familiar Hymns and Songs for Solo Guitar and C InstrumentBobby Fisher
"FOUNDATION (How Firm a Foundation)" (mp3)
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In this Episode:

Craft of the Dyer - Colour from Plants and Lichens - a very informative book on specific plants and some of the colours that can be obtained from them with various mordants.

Ribbed Shrug - This is NOT a free pattern and can be found in the book Glamour Knits by Erika Knight.

Truly Tasha's Shawl by Nancy Bush - Free Pattern

Dream Twister Socks by Mona Schmidt - Free Ravelry Download

Snowflake Lace Socks by Melanie Berney - Free Ravelry Pattern

Vogue Knitting Rolled Collar Shrug - Free Ravelry Pattern

Reading in Bed Shrug by Interweave Knits Spring 2007 - Free Ravelry Pattern

Fiber and Animals Festival at Cornwell's Turkeyville on October 3rd 2009

Amy Francisco - Jehovah Jireh Farm - Wool and Exotic Blend Rovings, Felting Supplies, Wool Felts, Handspun Yarn, Felting and Knitting Kits.

Emily Wohlscheid - Artist - Bricolage Studios

Danielle Davis - Artist - Pumpkinhaus
Michigan Dealer for SpinOlution spinning wheels

Photos of some of the Icelandic Sheep from Queso Cabeza Farm at the Fiber Festival

Check out this video of the sheep shearing at the Festival. I purchased the entire fleece off the black ram. I will share pics of the finished fibers, yarn, and knitted objects that I make with it as we go along.

You can contact me via Ravelry - my username is lildebi or at

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Episode 01 - Get Organized

Printable Knitting Journal for organizing knitting projects, yarn stash, future projects, designs, needle inventory and much more.

Current Projects On the Needles
Rolled Collar Shrug - Free Pattern from Vogue Knitting
Reading in Bed Shrug - Free Pattern from Interweave Knits
Belle Wrap - This is not a free pattern. It is from the book Knitting Little Luxuries
Summer Swing Jacket - Free Pattern on Ravelry
Toe Socks - Free pattern on Ravelry
2 Pairs of 2 Needle Socks - I have not been able to find this pattern online at all. I have a copy from the Woman's Day Specials / Easy Knitting and Crochet publication. There is no longer a link to this pattern on the Woman's Day site.

Fiber and Spindle Links from the 'What I am Spinning" Segment
Yarn2Spin - Etsy Shoppe for fibers, yarn, knitting supplies and much more. She also has a physical store in Greenville MI.
Smokymountainfibers - Etsy Shoppe for Fibers, Patterns and yarns
The Wool Peddler - Etsy Shoppe for wooly cupcakes and other dyed rovings and natural fibers
WC Mercantile - Etsy Shoppe for fibers, spinning and knitting supplies
Jehovah Jireh Farm - Michigan Fiber Farm ( I purchased my Merino/Alpaca fibers from them during the Fiber Festival in Marshall MI in June 2009)
Spinsanity - Etsy Shoppe for handmade spindles and spinning fibers

Links to Ravelry Groups mentioned in the podcast
Nakniswemodo - National Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathon
Toe Socks - A group dedicated to knitting Toe Socks
Garden Spinning - A group for those interested in spinning non-animal fibers

How to Make Your Own Wool Combs - A blog post by Beth Skwarecki where her husband writes about making wool combs with a complete how-to and list of materials.
Check out my finished wool combs here

You can find me on Ravelry, Plurk and Twitter as lildebi
My Facebook - Debi Rodriguez

If you have any comments or questions about this week's podcast feel free to contact me via podbean here

Music for this week's podcast is provided courtesy of IODA Promonet

Love Beyond All MeasureStephen Petrunak
"Love beyond All Measure" (mp3)
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