Episode 31 – Papaya and Grenadilla and Pitaya, oh my!

While together in Edmonton, Deborah and Melanie visit a local Alpaca Farm. The Alpacas take a special liking to everyone… except Deborah.
She makes up for it by participating in knit nights with friends both old and new. (Some of whom she helped to infect with the knitting bug.)

Then, Deborah travels to Ottawa, where she meets up with listener Sparkleecat and her husband, and visits Wool ‘n Things and Knit-Knackers Yarn Warehouse.
She held back, but did walk away with some Jeager Luxury Tweed, Fleece Artist, Nyoni, Sublime Angora Merino, and Drops Lin.

After Ottawa, Deborah finishes her move to Colombia!
She starts to plan her craft room, scopes out the local yarn options, and gets easily distracted by a huge variety of tropical fruit:
In addition to Papaya, Mango, Banana, and Passionfruit (aka Grenadilla), she falls in love with Dragon Fruit (aka Yellow Pitaya). They’re not all winners, however: she tries Tree Tomatoes and doesn’t like them as much.

Meanwhile, Melanie’s summer is saved by knitting!
She shares a scene from Europe: A Savvy Girl’s Guide, the Musical, one of the two highly successful shows she put on at the recent Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival — and she couldn’t have done it without the help of the knitting community!
Joining Melanie is Trish Van Doornum, Marsha Amanova, and Erin Craig.

Speaking of other knitters… as fate would have it, Melanie’s new NYC roommate, Pablo, is the very same knitter that she interviewed back in Episode 8!

SavvyDad makes his second appearance on the show; this time, he answers questions from our listeners (submitted via Ravelry). Thanks for the advice SavvyDad!

Deborah talks about choosing sweater patterns most flattering to your body shape. See below for some suggestions.

We’ve gotten a great response to the knitting etiquette contest, so we are extending the deadline for entries until September 30th!

Pick sweaters to flatter your body shape!

For the ‘pear’ shape:
Vine Yolk Cardigan by Ysolda Teague
Coachella by Fathom Harvill
Corona by Canary Sanctuary

For the ‘hourglass’:
Something Red by Wendy Bernard
February Fitted Pullover by Amy Herzog

For the ‘rectangle’:
Cherie Amour by Ashley Adams Moncrief
Little Birds by Ysolda Teague
Dimishing Rib Cardigan by Andrea Pomerantz

For the ‘apple’:
Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier
Zora by Kristen Rengren

For the ‘inverted triangle’:
Sahara by Wendy Bernard
Eastlake by Norah Gaughan
Kaari by Norah Gaughan
Aislin by Kim Hargreaves

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