October 12th, 2009

Ready, Set, Knit #148

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On this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit! I have the pleasure of talking with Knitter’s Review Founder Clara Parkes.  Clara’s sophomore book, The  Knitter’s Book of Wool hits stores next week. 

I have to say, after the success of her first book, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, I wasn’t sure how she was going to top it.

I should never have doubted Clara for a moment.  Shame on me!  The Knitter’s Book of Wool is an in depth adventure into all things wool.  It is informative, interesting and a must have in your library.

You’ll also want to check out this week’s Knitter’s Review in which Clara discusses nine of her favorite woolly yarns.

Before we talked with Clara, Steve & I got pretty silly with this week’s line-up of new yarns.  You’ll have to listen in to truly understand, but here are the yarns we discussed:

New Yarns

Yummy from Fibranatura
Cocoon & Cocoon Multi from Rozetti
North Pole from Wisdom Yarns


Classic Wool from Shepherd
Pastaza from Cascade
Colour 4 Me 8-Ply from Shepherd
Baby  Alpaca Chunky from Cascade

Dolce from Cascade

In the second half, I was tickled to welcome Pixie back to the show after a much deserved vacation.  She was raring to go and we launched right into our next KAL!

Project:  3 Button Jacket from Classic Elite’s Weekend Pattern Booklet 9102

Yarn:  Classic Elite Chesapeake – 50% organic cotton/50% merino wool

Amounts:  9(10, 11, 13, 14) depending on size 34½ (38, 42, 46½, 50½)”

Needles:  Recommend #7 or whatever size you need to attain a gauge of 21 sts and 30 rows over 4″.  Also one 24″ circular needle 2 sizes smaller than the body needle.

Other:  Size G crochet Hook, cotton waste yarn for stitch holders, 3 buttons, tapestry needle, locking ring markers.

This is a truly great jacket. 

Just a reminder that Clara Parkes will be teaching at WEBS on November 7th.  We have a few spots left.  You can read about the class and register here.  She’ll also be signing books after her class so be sure to join us!


Note:  Edited to add links to new yarns.


4 Responses to “Ready, Set, Knit #148”

  1. Eileen Says:

    When you and Clara were discussing “cozies” you might as well have been talking about me. This past year, I had to use a cane for several months before hip surgery. I was not happy about carrying the silly thing. I was invited to a very up-scale party and didn’t want to look like an old fogey with a cane. So I knit a glittery silver cane cozy. Well, it was quite the conversation starter. I went on to knit a half-dozen cane cozies in various sock yarns and other fine yarns. A cozy for every outfit color! Everyone I met who had a cane was fascinated with them.

    Fortunately, I no longer need the cane. And unfortunately, the cozies no longer fit my cane. As I got better after surgery, I had to keep lengthening the cane as I straightened up taller. I had not knit the cozies in “scrunch” style for them to fit three more inches! Ah well, they were fun while they were needed!

  2. velmalikevelvet Says:

    I was lucky enough to have dinner with Clara at Sock Summit & hear about her new book. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  3. velmalikevelvet Says:

    Oops, I meant to say in my previous comment that I discovered your blog on the Knit Purl Gurl blog! Enjoying it so much I’m going to have to follow both. thanks!

  4. Linda Says:

    I really enjoy your show. I listen every week. It very informative and I love ordering yarn from you. It can be very habit forming.
    I was thinking of doing the KAL, but the picture is so small of the sweater that I can’t decide. Can you add a better picture? And when I click a yarn selections for the closeouts, I cannot get the Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky to link.

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