Episode 84: Asymmetri-CAL Cast On

cover84This week’s episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, Off the Shelf, And Sew Forth. I’ve just returned from a mini-holiday in Burlington and Saratoga Springs, finding fun things to do during down time and enjoying Bovine Social Club’s performances at Nectar’s and Caffé Lena. There was lots of farm-to-table dining and a beautiful sunset cruise on Lake Champlain. I found some gorgeous fabric at Nido and worked diligently on the Blóm shawl. Now it’s back home and time to cast on for the second annual Asymmetri-CAL. What will you be making?


The Back Porch

Hobbledehoy battlings spun on Jenkins turkish spindles for Tour de Fleece
Hobbledehoy battlings spun on Jenkins turkish spindles for Tour de Fleece
cowl knit with 440 yards hand-spun battlings
cowl knit with 440 yards hand-spun battlings

The Front Porch

Join in the second annual Asymmetri-CAL by making an asymmetrical garment or accessory by September 30. You can knit, crochet, sew, or even develop a woven object. Conversation and planning will take place on the Chatter Thread.  Information about prizes is located on the Finished Object Thread, where you can post a photo of your FO for a chance to win. Tag your posts with #yayhasymmetrical on social media.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

I’ve designed an asymmetrical shawl and I’m looking for a few test knitters. If you can comply with the parameters below and you’re interested in test knitting, please send me a personal message.

Yarn: approximately 600 yards fingering weight yarn (400 yards Color A; 200 yards Color B)

Needles: US size 5 or 6

Pattern directions sent: by August 15

Test knitting complete: by September 15

Pattern release date: October 1


Off the Shelf

colorAugust 2 — Green
August 9 — Blue
August 16 — Indigo
August 23 — Violet
August 30 — The End of the Rainbow


sophia4And Sew Forth

I wore my second Schoolhouse Tunic to Caffé Lena, where I met Sophia and Lisa of the Ichigo Abroad podcast. The second round of this pattern is certainly more successful than the first, since I felt confident about the steps and executed some ideas to adjust the pattern. Thanks to kconnors, I’ve added a sewing podcast to my playlist, and highly recommend ThreadCult.

determined to cut a skirt from not-enough linen print fabric
determined to cut a skirt from not-enough linen print fabric
It worked!
It worked!
fabrics from Nido to be sewn into the Staple dress by April Rhodes
fabrics from Nido to be sewn into the Staple dress by April Rhodes

Bovine Social Club performs at Caffe Lena
Bovine Social Club performs at Caffé Lena
sunset cruise on Lake Champlain
sunset cruise on Lake Champlain