Episode 231

Upcoming Classes at Hope’s Favorite Things

On the Porch

And Sew Forth

Mom gave me some tips on pattern matching for the plaid skirt on my re-drafted, maxi-length Farrow dress. I’m also planning to sew a shower curtain with fabric that will hopefully arrive this week!

Off the Shelf


Episode 230

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News and Events

On the Porch

Morning Fog by Yuko Shimuzu: knit with sport-weight handspun

Knitted poncho from my Sheep to Shawl class at Fiber Craft Studio, now with side steeks (steek sandwiches, to be exact) and much more wearable.

Yell by Marie Wallin

And Sew Forth

Off the Shelf

Episode 229

After a break during some blazing hot weather, I’ve returned to knitting on my Yell cardigan. Thank goodness. I’ve also started a new project with some handspun from stash, and I talk about my TdF spin and sewing projects. Plus, an August poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. It’s all in this week’s episode. Enjoy.

Upcoming classes at Hope’s Favorite Things in Richmond, PA

  • Suspended Spindle Class on Saturday, October 5th
  • Tubular Cast-on and Bind Off on Thursday, November 14th

The Back Porch

Tour de Fleece spin: 3-ply 2 ways

  • 170 yards chain ply
  • 180 yards traditional 3-ply

The Front Porch

And Sew Forth

Off the Shelf

Episode 228

A finished sweater,  progress on a sock spin, and a new source for fabric to make a wearable muslin!

The Back Porch

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer

Tour de Fleece

I’m spinning for sock yarn on my Louët S10 DT using beautiful fiber from Inglenook Fibers.

Interweave article by Star Athena

And Sew Forth

The pattern is the Camber Set by Merchant & Mills.  The fabric is salvaged from a Pier 1 Shibori Throw on deep discount.  I modified the dress by shortening slightly and adding side vents.

Future sewing project: Cal Patch’s Draft and Sew Wide Leg Pants on Creativebug

Off the Shelf

This week I read from an essay titled “Landing on a Dream: The Moon in Poetry” by Austin Allen.



Episode 227

It’s hot, humid, and I’m working on house projects at Yin Hoo.  My limbs are tired and I can only muster the energy for easy fiber projects at the moment!


Thank you to everyone who has been using the pattern, posting photos, and telling me about your knitting experience.  Yoga socks make great gifts and are a good idea for a portable knitting project.  Keep posting to the Ravelry thread and using #yogisockskal when you share your projects on IG.  I will be donating one dollar to SoulFire Farm for each post you make — let’s work together to make this a sizeable donation!


I’ve been seeing the progress and even some finished projects — wow!  You knitters are amazing.  Keep using the hashtag to post photos and share with other Yarns at Yin Hoo listeners on our Ravelry thread.  I’m a little stalled out on Yell at the moment, but I will regroup in a few weeks’ time.

Hudson Valley Textile Project

Thread Counts is the newsletter of HVTP and a great way to receive updates about events in the Hudson Valley.  I recommend that you check out the calendar of summer / autumn events and subscribe to the newsletter!

The Front Porch

  • Niamh by Isabell Kraemer — now in Blacker Yarns Lyonesse!
  • test knit DK weight hat designed by Meghan of Distelfink Fibers

le Tour de Fleece

Oh, my goodness.  I’m having so much fun spinning up this beautiful braid from Inglenook Fibers.  My goal for the tour is 3-ply two ways as laid out in the “sock yarn” issue of Ply magazine by JoAnna Spring of Knit Spin Farm.

Off the Shelf

Episode 226

The #yogisockskal will continue during July and August.  Use my free pattern for yoga socks on Ravelry and post your progress to Instagram and on the Ravelry thread.  I will be making a donation to SoulFire Farm based on listener posts.

Current Projects

  • Niamh by Isabell Kraemer
  • Yell by Marie Wallin

Off the Shelf

a podcast about the fiber arts and other post apocalyptic skills