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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
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 13: Line Knitting

Episode 13: Line Knitting

Come see us at Four Purls Yarn Shop TODAY!!!!!!

They traveled to…

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort & Villas

Four Purls Yarn Shop

They knitted…

A “scarfy thingy” in handspun random braid from Scarlet Fleece knitted in continental style

Atlanitic Current Socks by Melissa Sibley

Kirsten Kapur’s MKAL Sock in my Romney

Lucky 7 hat by Sarah Punderson

Plain sock in Wandering Wool sock yarn in a lovely green

They talked about…

(Check our her sock yarn blanket on Instagram)

KSC Designs bags

They enhanced stash with…

Desrt Visa Dyewworks

Yarn shop in Black Mountain

Fabled Fibers sock yarn in Asheville

Madelinetosh sock in a dark plummy purple

Dream in Color Club yarn in the January 2015 colorway from Kid Ewe Knot

They launched…

The Tail in a Twist Cowl in Corriedale yarn from the Ross Farm in hand-dyed colorways from Gerschubie

Traveling Companion kits

Through the Loops shawl yarns

and brought “boocoodles” of yarn!

What you want to hear about…

Our sheep are “sacking up” in preparation for lambing (that means they are developing udders full of milkfor baby lambs to nurse!)

First to go in lambing are: Cotswold, Shetland and the new Leicester Longwools (mostly colored) that we added this year from MN

Traditional sheep breeds ‘go into heat’ in the fall triggered by the change in seasons and the temperature change to cooler nights. It’s wierd science.

We ate at..

Rose & Crown British Pub  at EPCOT

Johnnie’s Hideaway at The Crossroads in Orlando, FL

Look up the Orkney Islands here

Cotswold Cheese info

Scotch Egg – hardboiled egg wrapped in sausage and fried

Cider and Black – Hard Cider with black currant juice

Mexico Pavilion – San Angel Inn – Enchiladas Verde con Pollo

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian

Ice wine is awesome!

They did ”unglamorous” stuff…

Tagged yarn, skeined yarn, prepped kits, received morenew yarn back from the mill to skein, tag, prep and ball roving for the next show!

They have interesting developments…

Drew will be taking “Ross Farm Team 2” on the road to do shows on his own!

Big Wayner will be doing a show in Charlotte by himself!

(Be kind to the new kids!) 🙂

Follow us on Instagram

@gerschubie      @rossfarm


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!


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



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


Episode 6: Fall Festival Recap

Fall Festival Recap

They traveled to…

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival

Candy Hill Campground

They ate at…

Village Square Restaurant, Winchester, VA

El Centro Mexican Restaurant, Winchester, VA

They knitted…

Clue 4 of Juego by Laura Nelkin

Toe up Afterthought Heel Plain sock

They Spun…

SPINZILLA!!! Amy prepped 6 POUNDS of FIBER!! Who does that???

They procured…

Rolags  and Milky Way yarn from KnittyandColor

Subterranean Woodworks Turkish Spindle

Battlings from Hobbledehoy in Countess Grantham and Glacial Rivers

Fluffy U Fiber Farm mohair/wool

Drop Spindle from The Spanish Peacock

A super TOP SECRET gift for Scooterpie 🙂

Supported Spindle

Punis and Tribbles from Gourmet Stash

They’re heading to…

RHINEBECK!!!! The NYS Sheep and Wool Festival  Barn 22U in Booth 3

Culinary Institute of America restaurant – American Bounty Restaurant  Hyde Park, NY

Another Fork in the Road, Red hook, NY

Outer Banks, NC

Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival, Asheville, NC

Indie Knit & Spin, Pittsburgh, PA

New in the Booth…

Kirsten Kapur patterns:  Saranac, Cladonia, Exuberance

Reversible Cable Shawl sample

Hi WhimsicallyKnit!! Thanks for listening everyone!!

Episode 5: Sheep, Shawls and Shenandoah!

They are knitting….

They Finished…

They’re talking about….

They’re hoarding….

Amy’s rattling on about….

The Livestock Breeds Conservancy and her Shetland, Cotswold, Tunis, Jacob, Leicester Longwool and Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys.


Episode 4: There and Back

On the road…

This week Amy is back from Disney and Heather has made it to Montana unscathed.

Stash Enhanced…

Heather stopped at 2 yarn shops in Fargo: Boucle’ Yarns where she bought Sublime Lace in a Cerulean Blue and Prairie Yarns where she discovered The Waves Beach Bag which reminded her of the Mixed Wave Cowl

Heather is blogging again! Find it here: http://gerschubie.com/

She also went to Sticks Yarn Shop in Bozeman which carries Western Sky Knits yarn and Creations in Ennis.

Amy shop-hopped her way across Central Florida with stops at Needlecraft World for some Casablance yarn. 4 Purls in Winter Haven for Malabrigo Nube, Liberty Wool, Shibui SOcks and more camo-colored yarn for Scooterpie in a Crazy Zauberball this time. Since there was FREE SHIPPING over $75, Amy also picked up some Noro Sock, KPI Luxury Mohair and Sweet Georgia Panda for spinning. She stopped at The Black Sheep in Orlando on the way to the ariport for some Coastal Colors yarn.

Amy will be spinning the goodies she’s accumulating for Team Knitgirllls during Spinzilla.

And they ATE….

Heather had the best Irish food ever at THe Blarney Stone in Bismarck, enjoyed local foods at Open Range in Bozeman and is looking forward to many fun evenings at Stacey’s Bar & Grill.

Amy enjoyed all of server Bill’s suggestions at the Yachtsman at Disney’s Yacht Club resort and didn’t have the usual awesomeness at Johnnie’s Hideaway (but will got back! It’s always good.)

And they knitted….

Amy is working away on Laura Nelkin’s Juego, the S.P,A.R.S.F. Socks and is ready to cast on for the final 2014 M-Club project Magmatic, which uses a “magic cake” similar to the Knitting PIpeline “Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl” only using Space Cadet gradient minis with 3 other minis from Propanicus Moon, Jill Draper Makes Stuff and Lakshmis Designs.

Heather continues to work the applied edging on the Grand Army Plaza Shawl (now on a self-imposed ‘knitting schedule’, and a Chevron Cowl. She’s spinning her way through a Painted Fleece braid Amy gave her as well.

Running Loose…

Heather started looking at property for the eventual move to MT. She mentioned the Ghost Town, Virginia City (which sort of isn’t anymore), Yellowstone adventures (where she was NOT eaten by a Mountain Lion), the Grant Coors Ranch and Lewis & Clark Caverns.

Coming down the pike…

Amy is obviously insane, because she’s cast on the Acorn Trail from Amy Herzog using the CustomFit software AND the Pergola Cardigan as is on the road to Michigan Fiber Fest where she’s looking forward to seeing Sue of Twin Birch Products.

She’s also won Grand Champion Hand Spinning Fleece at the County Fair with her Lavender Jacob fleece. Learn more about Jacob Sheep at the Livestock Breeds Conservancy or about how to pick a Lavender Fleece from the Yarn Harlot.

The Miniature Mediterranean Donkey jack, Coca Cola WON GRAND CHAMPION!!! We are super proud of the little guy and grateful to Amy’s son for showing him and his girlfriend and her family for doing all his grooming to make it possible! He was shining like a diamond that day!






Episode 3: On the Road Again….

And we’re off!!

This week, we go ‘On the Road Again’ as we both try to pull off a last trip before our Fall show season begins. Heather is off to Montana (and the general Western vicinity) for a month and Amy is off to Disney for the Family Reunion.

Heather is looking forward to a trip to Yellowstone and perhaps even Glacier National Park.  She’s looking forward to yarn shopping in Ennis, Bozeman, W.  Yellowstone and Big Sky while she’s away. She’s packing a Loop Batt, a braid of Merino I gave her from The Painted Fleece, some Fiber Optic in assorted forms and a Miss Babs Merino/SIlk.

She’s still working on the Mira’s Cowl from the last episode and trying to decide what to cast on next.

On Amy’s needles are the S.P.A.R.S.F. socks , and Juego Shawl.

Amy mentions the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival where she first met Stephanie the Space Cadet, who talked her into her first Laura Nelkin kit for Juego (in Space Cadet yarns, naturally) and some awesome de-stash she got from Aimee from the Knitting in Circles podcast, and her new purchase from Undead Yarns with her SSK coupon code.

Then there was some other stuff about Star Wars (which we’ve never seen), listening to your Mama, and Scooterpie’s obsession with the Big Green Egg.