Episode 11 - Interview with The Wooliers

The Wooliers

Thanks to Margeau and Rebecca Soboti for taking the time to talk to me and share their fiber journey as well as their wonderful yarn and patterns. If you live in Central NJ, you can catch up with them in real life at the following events this month:

December 4, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Holiday Craft Fair at the Monmouth Reform Temple
Tinton Falls, NJ

December 10, 2016, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
The Wooliers + Margeau Blanc Trunk Show at Chelsea Yarns
Colts Neck, NJ

December 11, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Greenpointers Tropical Holiday Market
Greenpoint Brooklyn

Coding Corner

Thanks to Connor, Grace, Kail, and Kelly, my students, for the great introduction to this new segment.  I discuss variables in coding as they relate to knitting. The examples I use look like this:

gauge = 6
needleSize = 9
yarn = "East Yarn"

Gauge and needleSize are numeric (integer) variables, and yarn is a text (string) variable.

I also briefly introduce Boolean variables. A Boolean variable is written like this:

endOfRow = False


stitchMarker = True

Note the way the variables are written in what's called camel case, i.e. the first English word starts with a lowercase letter (as do all variable names) but any part of the variable name that could be a distinct word following that is written in upper case.

Stay tuned for the next episode of coding corner where I introduce conditional statements!


I finally finished the Laura Pinafore complete with Mario inspired button:

I knit this Patons Striped Hat pattern for my teacher mentee with Plymouth Homestead yarn:

I also mention my new pattern, the Aspen Cowl. Here are a few images of the test batch of custom dyed yarn Robin of Robin's Roost is creating for this pattern:

I anticipate calling for test knitters the week of December 5, 2016. If you are interested in test knitting either the "town" or "country" versions with whatever yarn you choose, please join the Ravelry group. I will create a thread for testing when that opportunity becomes available. (If you'd like to learn more about the "country version", see this blog post.)

I finally started my Yellow Roses shawl for the current KAL in the Ravelry group. This KAL goes until January 15, 2017 so you have lots of time to join us! Here's the start of my version in some OOAK yarn from Maple Creek Farm I picked up at Rhinebeck:

A random participant in the KAL will receive a hank of hand spun, hand dyed yarn from Pucker Brush Farm that I picked up at Rhinebeck this year.

I also started a basic scarf in double moss stitch using Caron Cakes in the Fairie Cake colorway (check out that awesome progress keeper from White Whisker Studio):

As part of the #getyouryarnwishesgranted event on Instagram, I also received this lovely yarn from White Whisker Studio:

I recently purchased an AMAZING project bag from Toad Hollow. Helen and MaryBeth also have an awesome podcast on YouTube:


I highly recommend IQ by Joe Ice especially if you love the Easy Rollins books by Walter Mosley.

Finally, I just started The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs. It's a wonderful book for the Christmas season and explores the roles of 3 women, Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna in the Christmas story.

If you'd like to learn more about anything in this post, please give the podcast a listen (player at top or the podcast can be downloaded on iTunes and other podcast apps).

On Tuesdays, I join Nicole at the Keep Calm Craft On link party, and the Yarn Along on Ginny Sheller's blog on Wednesdays.  Please join us either by contributing a link to your fibery work in progress and current read and / or by checking out the posts to the link parties. You may find your next book or project waiting for you!


  1. I enjoy your podcasts (takes me up to a week or so to get to them...) keep up the great work!! Lovely yarn you got on instagram!

  2. Your colours are yarn are absolutely delicious!