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Transient Wool Merchants Episode 26 – Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

She’s Crafty
Amy is currently working on:
• Mean Girls Socks in “On Wednesdays…” colorway on the sparkly sock from Desert Vista Dyeworks
• ALL-Ways Cowl By Laura Nelkin Aquifer Scarf Kit from Laura Nelkin’s M Club kit
• La Dame Blanche by Barbara Bensen (in our yarn too!)
• Spinning a sweater’s worth of Moonbear, our Romney ram on my Custom Classic wheel

In Time Out:
• Hring Scarf by Laura Nelkin
• Creatrix MKAL by Laura Nelkin
• Corner to Corner blanket – enabled by Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls

Amy has finished:
• Dr. Ewe by Susan Claudino in a Tangerine Designs Kit
• Carnivale Socks in Fibernymph Dyeworks Sportweight
• Oak Trail Cloche by Alana Dakos
• Salem Nights colorway by Knittyandcolor in Merino/Black Silk
• Hopkins Studio Falkland
• Herd Blend, White Hog Island, Dark Hog Island and Tunis sample skeins
• SSK Batt Scooterpie made for me
• Radiate Sweater by Joji Locatelli in a purple handspun yarn created from a Loop Bullseye Bump and silver Leicester Longwool (millspun) from our flock
• SSK Socks! Based on Susan B. Anderson’s “How I Make My Socks” out of Turtle Purl’s “Party! We’re 5!” Colorway

In the Rear View Mirror
Washington County Fair
Fibre space trunk show

Down the Road
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA
Spinzilla Team
New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY
November is the next Disney retreat at Coronado Springs.

What’s Cookin’?
Corn on the Cob, Tomato salads, cantaloupe and starting to crave comfort foods like Roast Beef

The Barn Report
Still putting up hay and mowing the pastures.
We’re picking sweet corn and monitoring the growth of the squash and pumpkins
Prepping for breeding season, completing lamb registrations and continuing to monitor for parasites
Housetraining Gus

Foodie Finds
Grand Concourse
Hen Quarter
The Sushi Bar
Stomping Grounds

Word on the Street
Amy has been nominated for the TNNA Retail Council/Spinning & Weaving Group Board
Amy has taken a position with the new ARC POWER grant funded Local Food Shed program as Senior Coordinator of Sheep, Lamb and Goats.
Registration is about 85% sold out for our second Disney retreat! Only a few spaces remain in the hotel room block too. Join Laura Linneman, Laura Aylor, Tanis Gray and Liz Gipson for great classes, evening events, a mega market with demos and mini-classes – all at Coronado Springs resort November 8-11, 2017 – more details at www.magicalfiberfantasyretreat.com

Transient Wool Merchants Episode 24 – Ovechkin Gets Traded to Pittsburgh

Transient Wool Merchants Episode 24 – Ovechkin Gets Traded to Pittsburgh

She’s Crafty

Amy is currently working on:
• SSK Socks! Based on Susan B. Anderson’s How I Make My Socks out of Turtle Purl’s “Party! We’re 5!” Colorway
ALL-Ways Cowl By Laura Nelkin
• Corner to Corner blanket – enabled by eannrn of the Carolina Fiber Girls
Aquifer Scarf Kit from Laura Nelkin’s M Club kit
La Dame Blanche by Barbara Bensen (in our yarn too!)
Hring Scarf by Laura Nelkin
Creatrix MKAL by Laura Nelkin
• Spinning a braid of Polwarth/Silk from Dragonfly Fibers in the Cheshire Cat colorway on the Hansen e-spinner
• Spinning a sweater’s worth of Moonbear, our Romney ram on my Custom Classic wheel

Amy has finished:
• Transitus Hat Test knit by Laura Nelkin out of our Romney Jackson worsted weight
• Sugar Skull socks – OMG Toe Up Socks by Megan Williams in the Dia de Los Muertos colorway by Desert Vista Dyeworks

In the Rear View Mirror
Mt Vernon
Whiskey Rebellion Festival
Disney for the 4th

Down the Road
Next week we are at the Super Summer Knitogether with The KnitGirlls in Nashville
August is our local fair and we ARE showing animals and helping our FFA friend with Miss Diva
August 26-27 is our Trunk Show at fibre space in Alexandria, VA
November is the next Disney retreat at Coronado Springs.

What’s Cookin’?
Corn on the Cob, Tomato salads and PEACHES

The Barn Report
Peabody and Sherman are doing very well. Duke the Leicester Longwool ram left for the Smithsonian Biodiversity Preservation program.
Still putting up hay and mowing the pastures.

Foodie Finds
Presidents Pub
California Grille
Eggspectation
Frontera Cocina
Whispering Canyon

Word on the Street
Amy is working on a new article for PLY Magazine.
We are participating in a new USDA-funded Food Shed program.
The distillery has created a hangtag detailing the partnership between us and highlighting the fact that their spent grain feeds out sheep and creates our wool.
Laura, the owner of Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven, FL joins us to give us a peek into the market she’s creating at the upcoming retreat.
Registration is over half sold out for our second Disney retreat! Join Laura Linneman, Laura Aylor, Tanis Gray and Liz Gipson for great classes, evening events, a mega market with demos and mini-classes – all at Coronado Springs resort November 8-11, 2017 – more details at www.magicalfiberfantasyretreat.com

Episode 22: A New Day — A New Host

Transient Wool Merchants Episode

 

She’s Crafty

Amy is currently working on:

  • La Dame Blanche by Barbara Bensen (in our yarn too!)
    Fairyhill Shawl by Helen Stewart from The Shawl Society 2
    Hring Scarf by Laura Nelkin
    Nugget Peds by Laura Nelkin
    Creatrix MKAL by Laura Nelkin
  • Spinning a braid of Polwarth/Silk from Dragonfly Fibers in the Cheshire Cat colorway on the Hansen e-spinner
  • Spinning a sweater’s worth of Moonbear, our Romney ram on my Custom Classic wheel

Amy has finished:
Brioche Basic Beanie
Banksia Hat by Wooly Wormhead
Volare Collar from the Lola’s Choice Club by Laura Nelkin
Beeswax hat
Artichoke French Mittens by Laura Nelkin in leftover Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire
All-Ways Cowl by Laura Nelkin
Parthenon Shawl by Jo Strong
Marala Cowl by Kyle Kunnecke
Circo Cowl by Laura Nelkin
Mystery Cowlette KAL by Corrina Ferguson
Brioche Booster Cowl by Laura Nelkin
Snazzy Scarflette by Laura Nelkin
• Boba Fett Socks in Must Stash Yarn
Hale- Bopp MKAL by Ambah O’Brien
Snowmelt Shawl by Helen Stewart
Celandine Beanie by Romi Hill

In the Rear View Mirror

We’ve got so much to catch up on! We’ve had a very successful launch of the Tour T-shirts and our annual 12 Days of Rossmas, which features a different product each day on social media.  Amy also had another profile published in Knit Edge Magazine Issue 10 featuring the one and only SpaceCadet! She spoke about Rare Breeds at PlyAway (twice!) and did a Q&A Session at the Steel City Fiber Collective on Preserving Rare Breeds.

We held our first knitting retreat at Walt Disney World.  On January 25, we took over the Swan resort with awesome teachers Laura Nelkin and Corrina Ferguson for several days of fun.

We traveled cross-country to Santa Clara, CA for our first appearance at Stitches West and we really had a great time on our EPIC ROAD TRIP. We were super nervous to make the trip and vend surrounded by all the greatest names in our industry, but we gave it a shot!

February, March and April were LAMBING SEASON!! We had so many great babies this year! I’m sure you’ve seen them on social media! Don’t forget to join the Facebook group and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with our wild adventures!

Down the Road

Headed out this weekend to Great Lakes Fiber Show. July we are at the Super Summer Knitogether with The KnitGirlls in Nashville and the November is the next Disney retreat at Coronado Springs.

What’s Cookin’?

We received an Instant Pot from Santa this year and we’re trying to get up the nerve to try this thing out. If you have any great recipes for this gadget, please post them!

The Barn Report

As Scooterpie says, “Everyone fed.  Everyone good!”  We’re just feeding the flock and waiting patiently for our munchkins to pop out! We should have multiple genetic lines of Leicester Longwools coming – we used 4 rams this year – Phineas, Duke, Hamilton and… The Earl of Vlasic. I couldn’t make that one up. We have two different genetic lines of Hog Islands ‘in the works’ too as Baaston and Mad Max both got a group of ladies. Also expecting are the Romneys who are bred to Teddy as Moonbear was out of the rotation this year, Cotswolds to Warwick, Jacobs to Darwin, Cheviots to Ruckus and Shetlands to Ardbeg. Flynn was on loan to a friend to make Leicesters at her house and Scooterpie loaned his Shetland ram lamb Laphroaig to a Young Conservationist winner down the road to help her increase her flock.

Foodie Finds

The Jacobson

Plow Boy BBQ

Unforked

Harvey’s

Garden Bistro

Family Meal

We’re enjoying some interesting local whiskeys from Red Pump Spirits here in Washington, PA. Both distillers are trying to replicate the “Whiskey Rebellion Era” spirits of the late eighteenth century. Yummmm

Word on the Street

We’re also partnering with some local restaurants with grassfed heritage lamb. We’ve also partnered with a local distillery to recycle their spent distiller’s grains as feed for our flock. Believe it or not, it’s a very high quality, high protein, organic and non-GMO food source for our flock to supplement the hay that Drew made last summer. Being in the final weeks or months of pregnancy, our girls can use that extra boost to fuel those growing lambs! They love the slightly sweet, fragrant mash too! When we feed it right after pick-up, it’s still steaming… like a big bowl of oatmeal! (Except that it’s generally wheat or rye!)

Registration is open for our second Disney retreat! Join Laura Linneman, Laura Aylor, Tanis Gray and Liz Gipson for great classes, evening events, a mega market with demos and mini-classes – all at Coronado Springs resort November 8-11, 2017 – more details at www.magicalfiberfantasyretreat.com

 

 

Episode 12: Revving up for the Road

Episode 12: Revving up for the Road

They are heading to…

Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven, FL on January 25, 2015 from 1-5pm! Join the Transient Wool Merchants as we take our yarns to the Sunshine State for our first ever JOINT TRUNK SHOW!!! We will have a special Top Secret collaboration for this special show!

They are knitting….

Lightning Fast Mittens by Hill Vintage and Knits **Free on Ravelry**

Lucky 7 Hat by Sarah Punderson

Atlantic Current Socks by Melissa Sibley In Cherry Tree HIll

Mystery Sock 2015 by Kirsten Kapur

Juego by Laura Nelkin

Acorn Trail Cardigan by Amy Herzog

They finished…!

Mama Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker

The Traveling Companion Shawl by Karen Strauss

They’ve enhanced the stash with…

Tonalita by Trendsetter Yarns

Tristan by Knitting Fever

My Fat & Fabulous 2.0 in the Ellyn Cooper’s Yarn Sonnets colorway

Amy suggested Wayne buy Heather a gift at….

Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, WA

They’ve looked at around the web…

Dani’s etsy shop! KSC Designs

Honey Cowl  by Antonia Shankland

Discounted Brand Name Yarns

 

Random stuff she talked about…

Bond Street by Kirsten Kapur

SpinOff Magazine article: The Leicester Sheep by Kate Larson

Info on Cheviots: http://www.cheviots.org/

Space Cadet

Wandering Wool

HomeSpun Yarn Party in Savage Mill, MD

Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival in Pittsburgh, PA

Made Sewing Studio in Seattle, WA

Laura Nelkin’s M Club

 

 

Episode 9: Where have we been? Planning a CONTEST!

Episode 9: Where have we been? Planning a CONTEST!

Countdown Challenge!

Join us in counting down to the New Year by clearing the needles to start fresh in 2015! In this contest, you’re encouraged to turn those WIPs and UFOs into FOs and Holiday gifts! Post photos of projects finished during the Countdown Challenge in the Transient Wool Merchants Ravelry group thread to enter to win awesome prizes detailed below!

HOW TO QUALIFY TO WIN:

1) Be a member of the Transient Wool Merchants group on Ravelry.

2) Post a photo of the finished object to the Countdown Challenge Thread.

3) All photos must be submitted by Jan. 1. 11:59 pm EST

You can enter all of your FOs individually in the thread. Each piece off the needles is another entry! Winners will be chosen via Random Number Generator in early January and announced on the Podcast.

We’d also love to see you post your WIPs and UFOs you’re working on for the Countdown Challenge on Instagram under the hashtag #CountdownChallenge2014

TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!!!

PRIZES!!!!

1. Three Prize packages of Exuberance and Cladonia from Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops

2. A Mudra cuff and necklace kit from Laura Nelkin

3. Three Prizes of any individual pattern designed by Laura Linneman

4. Self Striping Sock skein set from MandTim Hand Dyed

5. One Akerworks bobbin donated by Akerworks (in the wheel preference & color chosen by winner)

6. Lipstick & Change Bag kit (complete with findings, frame, red yarn and pattern) by NONI donated by Darn Yarns, Needles & Thread of Zelienople, PA

7. Hedgehog Flyer Threader donated by Akerworks

8. A handled box bag (of the winner’s choosing) from KSC Designs

9. A copy of Another Door Opens pattern from Sarapomegranate