This week, Benjamin has a guest! Mr. Spock joins Benjamin during the Fibercast to honor the late Leonard Nimoy.
Show notes after the episode!
Find me here:
Find Benjamin's Sweater Course here: How to Crochet a Raglan Style Sweater
Yarn from Anzula Luxury Fibers
Fiber of the month club from Spunky Eclectic in "Gerbera"
Come Knit With Us
Sword of a Knitter
After a two week hiatus (thanks sinus infection) I am back with a fiber-packed episode full of goodies! You can find the show note below the embedded video.
Ariana Krudwig (my wife) is joining the company as the business manager, so I can focus on the creative half of the company. She is happy to be a part of such a wonderful community!
Check out the Schacht Spindle Company blog here.
-Anzula Luxury Fibers has the following patterns of mine at their booth at Stitches West
Tectonic Knit Hat
Glaucus Crochet Shawl
“Mastercrafts" - series on YouTube I have enjoyed
Newsletter - would you be interested in subscribing to a monthly or quarterly newsletter? Let us know in the comments!
Stash Enhancement - brought to you by.... Anzula Luxury Fibers, check them out!
Giveaway info - Go to my Ravelry group and join in on the FO February thread to enter for a chance to win some of my hand-dyed fiber.
Podcasts I mentioned!
Come Knit With Us
knttng - knitting Julian
Eat Sleep Stitch
Episode 4 of the Fibercast is up!
The Crown of the Forest Hat
(insert secret project here)
Revision of the Saguaro Mittens
(other secret project)
FO February giveaway - follow the thread!
Podcasts I mentioned:
Bakery Bears Podcast
Come Knit with Us
A Homespun House
Eat. Sleep. Stitch.
Where you can find me:
I have always been fascinated with natural forms; leaves, feathers, rocks, all forms of flora and fauna. The inspiration for this Crown of the Forest knit hat pattern came from the times spent in the forest on hikes picking up various feathers and photographing interesting leaves. While keeping the general form of the feathers, I took away their more organic shape and organized them into a crown. I used the lovely Alpaca blend yarn from Cascade Yarns - Cloud in the color-way Pumpkin. This knit takes only a few hours and is a delight to work up! Enjoy!
After a successful first episode, I am so happy to announce that Episode 2 of the Fibercast was an even more smashing success! I decided at the last minute to do a LIVE podcast on Google Hangouts, and the turn out was wonderful! I loved being able to chat with you all, and though the technical issues were a little annoying, I had quite a bit of fun.
Check out the episode below, and if you'd like to connect with other Fibercast watchers, head over to my Ravelry group, and go to the Fibercast thread!
The last couple of weeks have been pretty intense, lots of hard work mixed with some designing of a new cardigan pattern. Based off of the Pulsar Shawl, the cardigan will be long with a hood and belt. I am currently using Caron Simply Soft to calculate gauge and make sure the fit is good.
Along with the cardigan, I started a podcast on YouTube called the Fibercast. I hope you enjoy this new venture of mine, and I always accept questions and will answer them in my Fibercast!
Enjoy the first episode below and let me know what you think!
Very rarely do I recreate a pattern after I have made it and edited it, however after working with Anzula's Dreamy in my Tectonic hats, I HAD to make a Glaucus Shawl out of it. I always love using Anzula's yarns; they are high quality and are always crowd pleasers when seen in person. I had two skeins of Dreamy waiting to become another Tectonic Cowl, but decided on using them for The Glaucus Shawl. The colorways were Denim and Seaside, two stunning yet slightly understated colors. I chose to use the lighter value yarn as the color A in the pattern, which slightly changed the visual weight of the shawl.
When I made the pattern in Oasis, the softness and halo of the yarn created a much more under-stated look than the crispness of Dreamy.
Dreamy's soft hues and silky drape brought a whole new life to the pattern that I wasn't sure was possible. I realized about halfway through the whole shawl, that I would have enough yarn to do a third repeat in the third motif of the pattern, and that created a wonderful balance in the shawl. This was my original plan, but stopped short last time for fear of having to go into a third ball.
I am so pleased that I chose to use Dreamy in this pattern as it brought a new light to the stitches and patterns. I have much more planned for future projects with Anzula's yarn and fiber, so stay tuned for that action.
As it is possible that this is my final post of 2014, have a safe and happy New Year!
It seems like this year has been one of the busiest I have had. Even while I was in school and working part time, even when I was working full time and taking classes part time, never have I felt busier than I do now.
I have been doing a lot of work not only at work (check out the Schacht Spindle Blog and check out my most recent work) but I have been working on my own fiber arts business in the evenings and on the weekends. Thank God for my ever-supportive wife!
I am proud to say that hard work is paying off; I have released five new patterns this year, had a small trunk show in an art gallery, and have been working on my first ever course on Curious.com. I have many more projects up my sleeve and many more popping into my head as I sit here typing.
Come January, I am going to release podcasts! I am not sure yet as to what kind of schedule I am going to adhere to, but I am pleased to say that it will be tons of fun, and I can't wait to connect to my awesome audience through my YouTube channel!
If you have a moment, check out all of the projects I have been working on, on my Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram!
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