Archive for April, 2012

New Ravelry Group!

For those of you on Ravelry I have started a new group for the podcast.  You can find it by searching for Sticks and Stones or by clicking here. I’d love some company and the chance to chat with you all!

If you are not on Ravelry, go sign up!  😀

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Episode 2 is up- enjoy!

As always, we’d love to hear from you- comments, questions, DIY topics, you name it!  I am working on setting up a Ravelry group so stay tuned for that!

Our current projects:

Julia: Spring Garden Tee, Edith, a stripey afghan square, the early stages of a Playful Stripes Cardigan. Julia also showed off new Malabrigo lace yarn and a fun cubist bag from the Nerdy Swaps group.

Sue: Boot bag, beaded earrings, beadies (fish, bee and gecko), felted coasters from ADKnits. Sue also talked about her soldering class through Craftcast.

DIY: Beginning beading and making your own earrings.

Sue went over the basic tools needed to make simple beading projects. She demonstrated making a simple earring and some variations on the theme.  Then she helped Julia through making her own pair of beaded earrings.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve been crafting!  Leave us a link in the comments!

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And we’re LIVE!  This is so exciting! Please follow the link below for the video.

We created this podcast to pool our crafting skills and share some craftiness with you. We find nothing blows off some steam better than exerting creative energy. We chose to put our energies into creating items for family, friends and clients. We’re hoping you’ll be inspired to create something handmade today, too. In 20 or so minutes we hope to show you what we’re working, a few of our favorite craft tools and supplies and a DIY project that you can do right now in your own home. Some of our DIY projects will be our own ideas and some will be things we’ve seen online that we thought you might like to see “live.”  If you have an idea for a segment or you have a product you think we’d love, leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you.

Our current projects:
Julia: Sweater for the almost 8yo, Vortex (Six) Dishcloth, Fibonacci Dishcloth (my own design-pattern to come). Julia also showed off new Firefly yarn and some llama fiber.
Sue: Horse hair bracelet and bibs for lots of babies coming! Also a felt chick.

DIY: Beginning knitting

Julia went over the basic differences between metal and wooden needles. She also discussed the uses of double pointed, straight and circular needles.  Finally, Julia demonstrated how different needle sizes change gauge and structure of knitted fabric.

Sample projects: Vortex (Six) Dishcloth, Fibonacci Dishcloth, Vellamo, Striped Outfit for a Stripeknight, Newborn Slipstitch Hat

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Welcome to Sticks And Stones, a video podcast about knitting, beading and all things handmade.  Julia and Sue are so excited to talk with you about what inspires us and what we’ve been working on.  Each episode will feature a DIY segment- and you never know what we’ll whip up!

Julia Swart is a Speech-Language Pathologist turned stay-at-home-mom for three wee ones.  They (and my husband, Nate) are my inspiration, my support system and keep me accountable.  I love to knit.  I’ve been an avid knitter for more than 20 years. I love anything fibery: knitting, spinning, weaving, felting, you name it.  Wool is my favorite fiber. I am also a big crafter/sewer, though that has not been my primary focus over the past few years.  When my kids were smaller, I loved to knit little items for them: toys, sweaters, socks, you name it.  Now that they are bigger I am beginnig to focus on creating simple designs that are timeless and work throughout childhood, published on Ravelry.  You can find me at weesheepknits or on Ravelry as weesheep.

Sue Newquist is one of those creative types who is slowly realizing I’m a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. I’ve ventured through several creative endeavors in my life, including writing, early American arts, jewelry-making, sewing and most recently needle felting.

My business, Red-Tail Designs, specializes in horse hair and porcupine quill jewelry. People send me locks from their horses’ tails and I plait the hair into bracelets, earrings, key chains (and hopefully soon, necklaces and rings). I also make pieces for sale through my online store and several local stores.

We can’t wait to craft with you and see just what inspires you!

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