Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 13: Block: Butterflies, Missing Wing, & Half a Head





Welcome to episode 13 of the Brownie Knits podcast. In this episode, we spend the first 10 minutes discussing block 4 of the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along and then jump into finished knits, art, and sewing. (If you are not participating in the Block Blanket-Along, feel free to jump ahead.)



You can find all of the blocks on Ravelry.com under the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along pattern and on BrownieKnits.com.



Finished Knits:

Rockefeller by Stephen West; knit out of Baah! in Blue Topaz and Baia

Bonbon by Susan Claudino; knit out of Jojoland in Lilac Bloom



Works in progress:

Scrapghan

Little Bow Headband by Jenise Reid



YouTube Sew an Easy Cosmetics Bag: https://youtu.be/TW9t0HTK_7E?list=LLspju3lpRWZiQxUMwxbUqlQ



I also answer a few viewer questions and share some funny bits from my week. Join me for an hour of knitting or crochet!



Ravelry / Instagram / Craftsy: BrownieKnits

Facebook: Brownie Knits

Email: brownieknits@yahoo.com

Website: brownitknits.com

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Blog: www.ginakanouse.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 12 Knit, Crochet, Birthdays, Comic Con, and House ...





Welcome to episode 12 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode I talk about some finished socks, in-progress works, planned knits, Comic Con adventures, and a bunch of other bits. The winner of the Final Four podcast giveaway is announced!!! There are a few general tips for the #bkblanketalong, too.

Finished Objects:
Turtlepurl Striped Turtle Toes in Nano colorway (Fish Lips Kiss heel)
IU Socks in Yarn Hollow Bitty Chilli Red and Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Antler

WIPS:
Rockefeller by Stephen West out of Baah! in Baia and Blue Topaz
Scrapghan with Spud and Chloe Fine in Calypso as the joining color

Planned:
True Friend by Melissa Thomson 
Rays Baseball afghan 

Other mentions:
Hanna's shawl pins: http://hurja-hanna.blogspot.fi/2015/0...

Follow me on Instagram (BrownieKnits) and join our Brownie Knits Ravelry board to join in the chat!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 11: Block 3 of the #bkblanketalong





Welcome to episode 11 of the Brownie Knits podcast! If you are a returning viewer, thanks for coming back. If you are new to the podcast, welcome and thanks for watching! In this episode of the video podcast I release Block 3 of the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along, show you some finished projects and some works in progress, and we talk about the upcoming giveaway. We also have a new along in our Ravelry group: the Scrapghan KAL/CAL!!! In addition all of these things, I also talk a little about blocking and seaming. AND AND AND!!!! I have video at the end from the IU basketball game. I hope you enjoy the little clip as much as I do being there.



Show Notes:

Block 3 of the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along

A little blocking and seaming chat



Finished Objects

3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli out of Fibre Company Canopy Fingering (Obsidian, Purple Passion, Crocus)

Vanilla socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel in Dancing Dog Dyeworks (Gingerbread Houses)



Works in Progress:

Rockefeller by Stephen West (out of Baah! La Jolla)

Socks out of Turtlepurl yarn Striped Turtle Toes in Nano colorway

Granny Square Scrapghan out of leftover sock yarns and Spud & Chloe Fine



Ideas for seaming:



Check out Shelly Kang's Sock Yarn pattern for mitered squares on the Heathen Housewife blog for some suggestions for how to seam squares together.



Check out The Corner of Craft on YouTube for her video DIY Join-as-You-Go: Joining Crochet Granny Squares as You Go



On the Brownie Knits Ravelry group:

Join in the Scrapghan KAL/CAL if you are making any sort of concept afghan and want to share, encourage, and have some fun!



Register for the March 18, 2015 podcast giveaway in the Final Four Thread.



The Mini Skein Swap thread is open until March 11, 2015!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 10: Cast On Crazy!





Welcome to episode 10 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode I show some recently finished projects and a slew of new projects I casted on. Grab a cup of your favorite drink, some knitting or crochet, and sit back for a bit.



Finished Projects:

* Augusta Shawl by Andrea Mules; crocheted on a size D hook with Manos del Uruguay Serena and Malabrigo Finito

* Miss Gelato Giraffe by Kay F. Jones; knitted on a US 1 needle with Turtlepurl yarns Striped Turtle Toes

* Spirograph by Anna Elliott; knitting on a US 3 and 4 with handspun



WIPS:

* Vanilla socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel; knitted on a US 1 with Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in Gingerbread Houses

* 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli; knitted with The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering

* Ishbel by Ysolda Teague; knitted with Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in Chili Pepper

* Rockefeller Shawl by Stephen West; knitted with Baah! La Jolla in Blue Topaz and Baia



Planned knits:

* Catkin Shawl by Carina Spencer; knitted with Baah! La Jolla in Sage and Lavender



Other mentions:

Be sure to comment on the Brownie Knits Ravelry group thread Final Four to register for the late March podcast drawing. You could win a bag from Holland Handmade, mini skeins, and some stitch markers!



Bags:

Felted Flower Shop on Etsy (the plaid bags shown in the video)

Bird Legs Bags on Etsy (orange rectangular bag and Sherlock bag)

Holland Handmade Co on Etsy (bag with my socks and the giveaway bag)



Don't forget to pop over to the Brownie Knits Ravelry group to sign up for the mini skein swap! All the details are listed in the thread.



Thanks for knitting/crocheting with me!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 9: Block 2 Petals





SPECIAL NOTE: PLEASE ALSO READ OVER MY BLOCK 2 RAVELRY POST IN THE BROWNIE KNITS GROUP BEFORE CASTING ON PETALS.



SHOW NOTES:



Welcome to episode 9 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode I talk about Block 2: Petals of the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along (#bkblanketalong). Watch this episode and then download the block from Ravelry.com or BrownieKnits.com and cast on!



Finished objects:

Petal Baby Afghan by Brownie Knits (Berroco Vintage Worsted in Pale Orchid)

Choo Choo Train Blanket by Brownie Knits (Berroco Vintage Worsted in Blue Note)

Cute Noggin' Baby Hat by Heather Anderson (Universal Bella Tapestry DK color 915)

Slouchy Honey Hat by Brownie Knits (Knit Picks City Tweed DK in Cobalt and Tahitian Pearl)

Turtlepurl Yarns City Girl socks

Oxford Hooded Cowl by Julia Noskova (handspun yarn)

Beekeeper's Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits (misc. yarns)



Don't miss out on registering for the March 2015 podcast giveaway by answering the Final Four questions in the Ravelry thread! (Located on the Brownie Knits group board.)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Techniques for the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along





This video contains demonstrations of some of the knitting techniques used in the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along. To join in the #bkblanketalong, go to Ravelry.com and join the Brownie Knits group. Each month a new free block will be made available for download in Ravelry and on BrownieKnits.com. All discussion of the blocks will take place in Ravelry and in the BrownieKnits YouTube video podcast.



Techniques covered in this video:

Long-tail cast

Continental Knitting and Purling (demo only; You do not need to knit continental to make the blanket.)

Reading charts

Knit through the back loop (ktbl)

Yarn over (yo)

Knit 2 stitches together (k2tog)

Knit through the front and back (kfb)

Slip 1 knit 2 together pass slip stitch over (sl1 k2tog peso)

Slip slip knit (ssk)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brownie Knits Episode 8: The One with Carol





Welcome to episode 8 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode we are on location in Cincinnati, Ohio with my dear friend Carol. Join us for a sit and knit or crochet as we talk about our projects and share a few stories from our 20-year friendship.



Finished Projects:

IU Sock out of Yarn Hallow and Madelinetosh Tosh Sock

Life of Leaves Shawl by A Knitter's Life out of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Ember

Socks out of Simply Socks Poste Jollyville

Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LeBarre out of Tosh in Amber Trinket and Well Water



WIPS:

Crochet squares out of leftover DK and worsted yarns (check the Brownie Knits blog at www.ginakanouse.blogspot.com for a future post with the instructions)

Snow White socks out of Turtlepurl Yarns



Other mentions:

Birdlegbags.com

Turtlepurl yarns in City Girl colorway

Curls book by Hunter Hammersen



Join the Brownie Knits 2015 Block Blanket-Along via the Brownie Knits Ravelry group! Our hashtag for the along is #bkblanketalong. You can download the free block patterns from Ravelry or BrownieKnits.com.

Special note: My hubby was just watching the episode and I heard myself say Berroco Vintage gets 4.5 on a 7 and 5 on 8. ARGH!!!! It gets 4.5 on an 8 and 5 on a 7. Sorry if I confused anybody with my brain toot!

For any beginners, the smaller the needle the more sts you get in an inch. The larger the needle the fewer sts you get in an inch. I can’t believe I said that AND didn’t catch it in editing.