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40: Sick Days

Episode 40 – Knitting and Running in 30 min or less – 6/12/18

Segments this week include Thank Yous, Wips, FOs, Spinning, and On The Run

Thank you SOOOO much for your patience with our wonky recording schedule the past few weeks.  Our house has been wiped out by a virus or two.  We are down to 1 toddler with conjunctivitis and that is an improvement!  Those of you who have ever tried to wrestle medicine into a toddler’s eye truly understand what I mean when I say this is an improvement! Lol

Also, I want to say a HUGE thanks to Tracie and Barb for mentioning my show on their podcast, 2 Knit Lit Chicks.  I’ve been a listener for years and being an introvert I’m a lurker on their boards on Ravelry.  I love, love, love, books so I always look forward to hearing what they are reading.  If you love reading and knitting, please go subscribe right now.  Also, thank you to Tracie and Barb for enabling my love of True Crime.  My husband doesn’t get it but you lovely ladies do.  Although after all I’ve read I’m seriously debating some karate or defense lessons!

FOs

Thanks to my long recording delay I have 3!

The Addition By Subtraction Mystery Knit A Long, I am done!  I used Ito Yarn’s Washi in the Crocus colorway, a pale purple.  This is a Japanese style paper yarn, laceweight, and I held it double.  The dark is Ito Yarn’s Kinu, a laceweight silk in the Grey colorway and I held it double.  And the pink was Ito Yarn’s Kinu in the Plum colorway (I don’t know why it was named plum – are plums in Japan pink?  The ones we grew as kids were a deep purple)  The zany color is a fingering weight cotton,  Your Crazy is Showing from Birdie’s Knits.  Total Stash Dash so far is 3137m (more on the rest later)

I finished the first sock of my 52-st vanilla sock!  I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and so far it seems to be the best fitting sock I’ve knit. I can’t wait till the 2nd is done and I can wear these around a bit and make sure they fit!

I finished spinning 4oz of EZ Spin cotton   I ended up with 518 yards of fingering weight so with the “orifice” rule that gives me 1423.2 m for Stash Dash. 

 

Wips

Lots of wips despite the sickness

Here be Dragons! The Green Dragons Sweater is back  - I pulled out the Dancing Dragons Coat by Heike Campbell  which I haven’t worked on since my finger injury derailed me for over a month.  Knit in Be Sweet’s Bamboo

Changing Staircases shawl by Jenga Knits.  This is a shawl inspired by the Harry Potter books, the way the staircases are constantly changing and I’m working on it in Mousou a 100% bamboo yarn from The FiberLady.  I’m about 75% done so I’m hoping to finish soon.

 

Blue Dahlia pattern by Brenda York.  Garter stitch to stockinette colorwork.  Juniper Moon Farms Neve in Lagoon colorway from my LYS that closed.

52 st sock – 2nd sock I’m working on the foot

Spinning

Lots of spinning!  I finally figured out my wheel, yay!!!  I also started spinning 2oz of one of my Cotton Club Shipments from Hipstrings.  I think this one is named Dewdrops – can’t find the card.  Jill used melting snow to make this colorway unique and it really is.  White blues and purples with drops of green-ish yellow in spurts throughout.  I’m halfway through and I will be making a 2-ply yarn out os this.  Next up I’ll be trying a 3-ply yarn to see what my knitting preference is before embarking on spinning for a garment.

Running

Running has pretty much disappeared the last 10 days.  We all got sick.  Will I do the Chatham Harbor Run in 2 weeks or not?

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Episode39 – 5/25/18 – Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less

Today’s segments include Be A Helper Craft-a-long, including Prizes and some Charity Ideas, Wips, Spinning, Running and today’s Knitting Talk will answer the question – “Why did you start a podcast?”

Be A Helper Summer 2018

As I mentioned last week, the Be A Helper KAL is back for the summer.  We went over most of the details but I’ll go over a few updates quickly today and a few addendums (thanks to those who reached out with some questions!)

  1. Last episode I said that this was a KAL for anything you knit, crochet, weave or spin but someone pointed out that during the last KAL I said any craft. I’m going to go with what we used previously – ANY thing you make for ANY charity will count.  I’m still running the craft-a-long on Ravelry, but you do not need to link to a project page.  Just post a photo of your finished item in the thread on Ravelry and tell us who you are donating it to!  Donating blood still counts, too.
  2. Another listener point out that it’s a pain trying to get all the photos up in time for Stash Dash and ending things the same night could be an issue for some, and I whole heartedly agree. So I’m giving you an extra week.  We start on May 25th and will end August 31st.  You have all summer to finish your charity work.  Please post 1 picture per finished object in the thread.
  3. Wips are allowed! Double or triple dip in any KAL you want, I totally encourage this!

Prizes –

So far we have three prizes , one skein of FishKnits Yarn in the At Sixes and Sevens colorway, a self-striping Merino-nylon sock yarn, one skein on non-wool yarn of my choosing though I’d love to hear any input for you folks – anything you’ve been tempted to knit with? And lastly a huge thanks to Tiffany from The Project Bag who is offering a free project bag and matching notions pouch and she will ship it anywhere in the world!  Tiffany sent over an example photo and I’m posting it in the Ravelry group.  The prize won’t be the exact fabric pattern shown, but the bags will coordinate and her photo will give you an idea of her gorgeous handiwork.

 

Charity Ideas

If you don’t have a charity you currently craft for, I’m going to talk about a few here that may be of interest to you:

  • Preemie Hats – check with your local hospital for yarn requirements. These need to be washed in an industrial strength washing machine so there may be limits.  If your local hospital isn’t accepting hats, Dana from the Unwind Yarn Company is collecting them from her retreat attendees this fall and may be willing to accept a few more via mail if you contact her.  Greg, aka Knitting Daddy of the Unraveling podcast also has accepted mailed hats in the past for his local hospital.
  • Knitted Knockers – these are prostheses for breast cancer survivors who have not or cannot have reconstructive surgery. Knockers must be made with plant based yarn – wool is too scratchy on scar tissue – and a list of acceptable yarns is linked in the who notes along with the free patterns.
  • Mother Bears – I learned of this charity from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks and they are currently running their Mother Bear KAL. These bears provide comfort to children who are victim of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Afrca.  Mother Bear will snail mail you the knitting or crochet pattern for a small fee.  All they ask is that you return the finished bear with $3 to cover the shipping to Africa. 
  • KnitAid – has USA and UK Neither is currently collecting, but you could knit scarves or hats or baby clothes for next winter.  All items must be knit in dark-colored yarn because the recipients will not be able to wash them easily.

Do you have a charity craft idea that you think others would like to hear about?  Let me know and I’ll talk about it on a future episode.  Send me a PM on Ravelry, I’m WindsweptMonique, or email me at windsweptMonique@gmail.com

WIPS

I’ve put a couple of rows onto my Changing Staircases shawl by Jenga Knits.  This is a shawl inspired by the Harry Potter books, the way the staircases are constantly changing and I’m working on it in Mousou a 100% bamboo yarn from The FiberLady.

I turned the heel on my 52-stitch sock, which is using the Fish Lips Kiss heel and Cobasi by Hikoo, which is a bamboo, cotton, silk and nylon blend.  Those of you who’ve used that pattern will understand why I can be so precise about the 1/3!

The Addition By Subtraction Mystery Knit A Long, I am 1/3 of the way through Clue #2.  I am working on this in 4 colors of 3 different yarns.  For the light color I’m using Ito Yarn’s Washi in the Crocus colorway, a pale purple.  This is a Japanese style paper yarn, laceweight, and I‘m holding it double.  The dark is Ito Yarn’s Kinu, a laceweight silk in the Grey colorway and I’m holding it double.  The zany is  Your Crazy is Showing from Birdie’s Knits and it is a crazy combination of every color you can imagine but it looks beautiful.  Lastly I’m using another Kinu, the Plum colorway which is actually a dark pastel pink, not purple as the name might imply.  There is a slipped stitch section which caused me a little bit of a headache given that silk and paper yarns have absolutely no stretch to them, but I’ve learned how to knit that section more loosely than normal and it’s actually working out nicely.

Spinning

Still practicing on my wheel.  Don’t quite have the hang of it yet.  Tried spinning the bamboo sample I got from The Fiber Lady at stitches United and boy was that easier!  I now understand why long staple fibers are much preferred!  But I am going to keep trying.  My problem seems to be getting that first bit twisted and onto the bobbin.  Once I have it I can sustain it for a little while, but getting started is not my forte!

 

Knitting Talk

I was recently asked, why did I start a podcast?  As I’ve now passed my 1st podaversary, I decided to tackle that question here.

First off, I LOVE podcasts.  I started listening back in 2005 and currently on my phone I am subscribed to 109 podcasts, 12 of which are for my kids.  Some are weekly, some put out 15-20 a year and some are like Serial and every now and then you get 10 in a row.  So it’s not quite as insane as it sounds.  No, I do not keep up do date with all of them – I am still far behind after going to FL for 10 days in February but I’m slowly catching up while driving, cooking, cleaning, etc.  I also listen at 1.5x which makes a 60 minute podcast take only about 40 minutes so that helps.

Back to this particular podcast – I had been considering starting a podcast for about 2-3 years and kept putting it off because of family, kids, lack of time, etc.  I was super stressed and a bit down in the dumps and I finally decided to take on a project just for me.  I’d just gotten in to SSK a few weeks before and then listening to the Just One More Row podcast, Dana was talking about exactly that, getting lost in motherhood and the doldrums of thousands of thankless tasks and how taking time for herself and doing projects just for herself was really helping.  That was the lightbulb moment I needed and I decided to just go out and do it.  I bought a microphone, downloaded Audacity and released the first episode on March 14th, 2017.  The sound quality was horrible, and I was so incredibly nervous, but I did it.  And I’m so glad I did!  Now more than a year on, I have met so many wonderful people because of this podcast.  It’s been a joy. 

Running

How long should your shoes last?  “Experts” say 300-500 miles, depending on how much wear and tear they get.  But if you see any damage, change shoes right away!  Also, if you see uneven wear on the bottom of your shoe, (e.g., more wear on the inside edge than the outside edge, or vice versa) then be SURE to go to a running store (and bring your current shoes!).  They can help you find the right type of shoe to stop that and help prevent injuries down the road.

 

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Episode 38 – 5/15/18 - Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less

WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, windsweptmonique@gmail.com. Visit my new website at WindsweptKnits.com and stream the podcast or read shownotes. 

Thanks so much for listening!  There are 1000’s of podcasts for you to choose from and I am honored you take time out of your busy life to listen to mine. 

Segments this week include: Stash Acquisition, Wips, KALs, Running

Stash Acquisition

I held off recording last week because I had no knew knitting and also I knew what I’d be getting for Mother’s Day which is…  a spinning wheel!  My finger still isn’t healed yet so I’m in a finger brace part-time and still can’t knit nearly as much as I want to, so my boys bought me a Lendrum!  They also got the Very Fast Flyer so I can spin cotton.  I am SUPER excited and slightly daunted.  I’ve tried using it a few times and I’m horrible at the moment.  I hold my fiber too close to the wheel to get a good spin in the cotton.  Also, I’m used to having the fiber not move while I’m drafting.  So balancing the spin with the pullup on to the bobbin is challenging.  Luckily, I know exactly what I’m looking for in the spun cotton so a few times I’ve managed to get a small amount of decently spun single on the bobbin.  And I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a tensioned lazy kate and the plying head to I don’t have to ply on a drop spindle!

Spinning

I’ve been working on a new spinning project using Hipstring’s A Beautiful Day cotton colorway.  This is from the first shipment of her Cotton Club, which I highly recommend.  I’ve only gotten a little bit done but it is coming along beautifully.  Jill’s cotton is a joy to spin.

Wips

Lady and the Unicorn, as I mentioned last week, this is part of a series of medieval tapestries held at the Musee de Cluny.  In particular, the one I am stitching is based on the one labelled “A Mon Seul Desir” and a few days ago I finished working on the current chart page!  I’m pretty sure I started that page at least 5 years ago.  And I’m heading to stitching group tonight so I get to stitch some more.

I’ve put a row or 2 onto my Changing Staircases shawl by Jenga Knits.  This is a shawl inspired by the Harry Potter books, the way the stiarcases are constantly changing and I’m working on it in Mousou a 100% bamboo yarn from The FiberLady.

I’ve also put a few rows on my 52-stitch sock, which is using the Fish Lips Kiss heel and Cobasi by Hikoo, which is a bamboo, cotton, silk and nylon blend.

Last but not least – I have a new cast on!  I cast on a shawl on Mother’s Day!  I’m joining the Addition By Subtraction Mystery Knit A Long, albeit a few weeks late.  This is a “mystery” mystery knit along – a murder mystery knit a long to be exact.  I love a good murder mystery novel – Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors – so even though the story is more of a film noire type it’s still right up my alley.  I’m on the first clue and I’m having a blast playing a long.  I did have to rip back a few rows because my 4th color wasn’t quite working right with the others, but luckily I had another good colorway on hand.

This pattern was designed and released along with the LYS day so I chose stash I had on hand from my yarn store that closed, one from another localish yarn store and ordered one skein from an indie dyer that I love, Birdie’s Knits from Florida.  Her hand dyed organic cotton is to die for (har har!).  The pattern calls for a light color, a dark color, a slightly zany color and a color to tie it all together, all in fingering weight.  For the light color I’m using Ito Yarn’s Washi in the Crocus colorway, a pale purple.  This is a Japanese style paper yarn, laceweight, and ‘m holding it double.  The dark is Ito Yarn’s Kinu, a laceweight silk in the Grey colorway and I’m holding it double.  The zany is  Your Crazy is Showing from Birdie’s Knits and it is a crazy combination of every color you can imagine but it looks beautiful.  Lastly I’m using another Kinu, the Plum colorway which is actually a dark pastel pink, not purple as the name might imply.

Knit A Longs

Geeky Girls Sheepy Spring AL runs through May 31st and I am a sponsor.

TheKnitGirllls’ Stash Dash is an annual WIP-finish KAL.  Compete against yourself to see how much yardage you can complete from May 25th to August 27th.  Can you knit 1000m?  Maybe a whole 5k?  The bonus here is that if you knit a row on a project you can cound ALL the yardage for the project.  Also, spinning counts, where last year you could count the length of all the singles so a 200m 3-ply yarn would count as 600m.  I should note, there are rule changes up for voting at the moment so take that last spinning rule with a grain of salt.

In A Sknit’s Batter Up KAL has begun – knit your way through baseball season!  I’m a sponsor for this one, too.  There are many opportunities for prizes across the season including at the All Star break and during the World Series.

Last but not least – My Summer 2018 Be A Helper KAL.  I will run this in tandem with Stash Dash because I know a lot of you will be trying to use up every last scrap of yarn for those 3 months and preemie hats and Knitted Knockers are perfect stash-busting projects.  Project rules will be the same as last winter – ANYTHING you knit, crochet, weave or spin for ANY charity counts.  One entry per FO – you can enter 10 preemie hats will count as 10 entries.  Also, donating blood counts as 1 entry, just post a photo of yourself either in the chair, or with the bandaid, or selfie sipping your OJ afterwards.  If you would like to offer a prize for this KAL, please PM me on Ravelry or email me at WindsweptMonique@gmail.com, any prizes would be greatly appreciated!  I will be offering two skeins from my own stash, the first is a skein from FishKnits Yarn in the At Sixes and Sevens colorway, a self-striping Merino-nylon sock yarn.  The other one will be a non-wool yarn TBD; I’m currently debating between a silk yarn, a Japanese paper-style yarn, or a plant-based yarn.  If you have any thoughts on which I should offer, please let me know!

 

Running

My running training is going well so far.  I’m walking my son home from school most days, so that’s 1.5 miles each afternoon.  Some days I run, and some it’s just a lazy stroll as an “active rest day”.  Yesterday I did my first 4-miler since before I was pregnant with my youngest son, who’s almost 3, and it felt great! Historically, the 4-6 mile area was my least favorite distance but I wonder if that will change since I haven’t tackled that distance in years.  I’ve been lax about strength training the last few weeks because of the brace on my finger, but now that I’m only wearing the brace part time I’m going to start strength training twice a week.  I need to listen to my own advice eh?  Keep strength training!

 

 

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Episode 37 -  4/27/18 – The One With No Knitting

 

As you may have guessed from the title this week, I have no knitting to talk about!  I went to the doctor just after the last recording and I got good news and bad news.  The good news: I do NOT have arthritis. The bad news? No knitting for two weeks.  It has been a rather frustrating few weeks but I have not cheated, not even once.  I’ve done some spindling and I taught myself to drop-spindle ply with my other hand, which helped.  I’ve also picked up some old cross stitch projects, and I’ll talk about all that in Wips.  Also, I should add that knitting is my stress relief so Mama’s been a little on edge the last two weeks but by some miracle I have not throttled or defenestrated any family members.  They are all still alive, lol.

No episode next week because I still cannot knit.

FOs

I finished spinning my very first 2oz braid!  It’s a cotton sliver in the colorway Skies Over Pittsburgh from Hipstrings and to my great surprise I ended up with a whopping 654 yards!  I was guestimating I’d end up with 300-400 yards.  Boy was I wrong!  The first half of the plied yarn is unfortunately chock full of knots.  The first single I spun was not done well – it was alternatingly over spun and underspun, then that was one of the singles I used to learn to ply with my non-dominant hand and that was a bad combination.  But the second half turned out well and definitely usable.

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Wips

Today while getting the car worked on I started spinning another 2oz braid of cottom from Hipstrings in the A New Beginning colorway which is one of the first colors from their new Cotton Club (highly recommend!)

Lady and the Unicorm:

The Lady and the Unicorn is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders from wool and silk circa 1500. The set of 6 tapestries is  on display in the Musée de Cluny in Paris

Five of the tapestries depict the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch. The sixth hasthe words "À mon seul désir" or "to my only desire" and the project I am working on is based on this last one.

The pattern is from Golden Kite and when it's done it will look like this:

 Golden Kite is a husband and wife team from Europe who specialize in making cross stitch patterns out of works of art in the public domain.  They have everything from Van Gogh to Kadinsky to Edmund Blair Leighton to the cieling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

 

 

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Episode 36 – 4/12/18 – Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less

WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, windsweptmonique@gmail.com. Visit my new website at WindsweptKnits.com and stream the podcast or read shownotes. 

Thanks so much for listening!  There are 1000’s of podcasts for you to choose from and I am you take time out of your busy life to listen to mine.

Segments this week include FOs, Wips, Pattern Stalking, Training Update and Running Talk

FO

Hitchhiker knit out of Makimo by Fiberlady in the Scrumptious Berries colorway – goes from raspberry pink to blackberry purple.  100% bamboo.  I love it.  I love having my own hitchhiker.  I’ve worn it several times already because it’s still unseasonably cold here in New England (though theoretically that will change in the next few days!)

Wips

Changing Staircases - pattern by Jenga Knits – Mousou by Fiberlady in the Plum colorway, light to mid-tone purples in laceweight bamboo base.  I am about 40% done and I really like it.  It’s a little more brain power than a Hitchhiker, but also has more visual interest.  It’s still simple enough to knit at karate, swimming, soccer, etc.

52-st sock – this is my current car knitting so I’m slowly chugging away at it.  I’m knitting it in 2 shades of CoBaSi by Hikoo, a sock yarn made of cotton, bamboo, silk and nylon.  KNitting this in leftover Raspberry and a skein of Slated, a gray variegated yarn.

Wearables

It’s still cold.  Thing 1 has worn his Star Wars Sweater twice more this last week and Thing 2 has worn a very old sweater I knit for Thing 1 in the years I didn’t document much on Ravelry.  It was a free pattern from Sirdar but I can’t find it online anymore!  I’ve worn my Maris Stella shawl and my new Hitchhiker a few times, too.

 

Pattern Stalking

Tisane by Maria Olson – a spring/summer coat with ¾ length sleeves cardigan/coat that buttons in front of the bust and lays open below it.  The upper portion is stockinette and the lower non-buttoned section is a lovely lace pattern.

Training Update

Still swimming as cross training and it is finally getting easier!  Last week I swam 150 yards and today I did 250! I won’t say it’s easy, per se, as my freestyle is still abysmal and I find it quite challenging.  I swim freestyle in one direction, then swim the breaststroke back, which for me is an easy stroke.

Running Talk

Let’s talk butts.  Rear Ends.  Glutes.    Your gluteus muscles are some of the most important muscles for walking and running but in so many of us they don’t work the way they’re supposed to.  Thanks so our modern sedentary lifestyles and office jobs, many of our pelvises tilt too far forward and our butts don’t actually engage when they are meant to, leaving other muscle groups to take over the load.  I’m definitely guilty of this, and of not realizing it, and I ended up with two badly sprained hamstrings during my marathon, and months of physical therapy, because of it. 

First we’ll cover a few tests to see if your glutes are week.  Then I’ll talk about some glute strengthening exercises and how to get your glutes firing again when they’re supposed to.

Tests

Test 1 – chair of death “to start this test, stand in front of a chair with your feet under it and your knees touching the seat. Put your arms out in front of you. Now squat down and try not to let your knees push into the chair. If you find that your knees are hitting the chair or you are even moving the chair, your glutes are not working properly.”

Test 2 – Bridge “Lie on your back with your knees up and your feet flat on the ground. Hold your arms straight out above you. Lift your hips up to make a straight bridge from shoulders to knees. Where do you feel it? If you feel stress anywhere but your butt, you aren't activating your glutes. “

Exercises –

Lunges and squats are great if you have proper form.  Here are a few other exercises that will help:

Prone hip extension – lie on your stomach and use your glutes to lift your leg up of the floor.

Bridges with weights –

Lie on your back, knees bent and put a light weight or soup can on your lower abdomen.  The extra weight your body isn’t used to will help make your glutes engage.  Also, try lifting your butt only a few inches off the floor and work on activating your glutes, not on the height of your bridge.

Deadlifts -

To do this exercise, stand in front of a kettlebell or 2 dumbbells or even 2 soup cans to start. Take a hip-width to shoulder-width stance, knees slightly bent.  Bend forward at the hips and grab your weights. Use your glutes and hamstrings to lift your torso and stand straight up. Now lower the weights by hinging at the hips and allowing your glutes to move backward as you keeping the weights close to our touching the fronts of your legs. the bar in contact with your legs on the way down. If you are flexible enough, let the bar touch the floor and then pull it back up. Or you can stop about mid-shin height and then raise the bar back up.


 

To sum up - your legs are like a fulcrum or the pendulum on a clock and your glutes power that movement. Get those glutes strong and prevent injuries down the road.  Several articles you may find helpful are linked in the show notes.

Articles:

http://www.fleetfeethartford.com/sports-medicine/sports-medicine-corner/the-chair-of-death-a-simple-glute-assessment-tool

https://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/its-all-in-the-hips

https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a19544187/5-signs-you-have-weak-glutes/

https://www.runnersworld.com/workouts/glute-strengthening-workout/slide/1

 

 

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Episode 35 – 4/3/18 – Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less

WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, windsweptmonique@gmail.com. Show Notes at knittingontherun.podbean.com.  Come join the Ravelry group!

Thanks so much for listening!  There are 1000’s of podcasts for you to choose from and I am so honored you chose mine.

FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Wearables, Knitting Talk, Out and About and On The Run

FOs

Emerald Deep shawl –This shawl is a charity knit for AGC Scholarships, a group that raises money for families dealing with infertility or who are trying to adopt.  Worked in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk.  Kinu has a colorway, Aqua, which is almost the exact color of AGC’s logo so it was too perfect not to use.  The shawl will be auctioned off at AGC’s annual gala to raise money.  If you or someone you love would like to learn more about AGC, visit agcscholarships.org  The shawl will be auctioned off at their gala this weekend and I hope that AGC has a very successful auction on all their items and raises lots of money to help families who just want to have a family.

Star Wars Sweater – Thing 1 was sooooooo excited to get his sweater.  I knit it in secret while he was asleep or at school and it was a surprise for him.  He insisted on wearing it to school today which made this mama very happy!

Vanilla is the New Black – finished the 2nd sock last week but it’s too big!  I have very narrow feet and have problem finding shoes that fit well, so I can’t say I’m surprised.

WIPS

Dancing Dragons Coat from Heike Campbell in Be Sweet’s Bamboo in the Sea Green colorway which is a tonal speckled green with blue undertones.  It’s knit bottom up in pieces – I’m working on the back panel and I’m on my 3rd repeat of chart 2 and am nearly up to the underarms.

New Hitchhiker for me out of Makimo by Fiberlady in the Scrumptious Berries colorway – goes from raspberry pink to blackberry purple.  100% bamboo

Changing Staircases – pattern by Jenga Knits – Mousou by Fiberlady in the Plum colorway, light to mid-tone purples in laceweight bamboo base.

52-st sock in  2 shades of CoBaSi by Hikoo, a sock yarn made of cotton, bamboo, silk and nylon.  60sts on a US1(2.25mm) needle was too big so after some wonderful feedback from all of you on Instagram I’ve dropped down to a 52st version and I’m using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  I’m almost to the arch of the foot and so far it’s fitting much better.  Using leftovers of the raspberry colorway for heels/toes/cuffs and 1 200-yard skein of Slated, a variegated gray colorway, for the foot and ankle portions.

Knitting Fail

Thing 2 decided to sit, well, more like jump on one of my knitting bags when he climbed up next to me on the sofa and snapped my Lykke US size 2 circular needles.  Boo!!

 

Wearables

It’s gotten cold again here so we’re wearing LOTS of knits.

I’ve worn my Frosted sweater twice and my Poema sweater.  I’ve been wearing my Twist and Shout by Michele DuNaier almost every day.  The kids have been sick almost the entire time since we’ve been home from FL and that hat is a machine washable cotton, so it’s my hat of choice until the viruses subside.  I’ve also been wearing my Use Your Stash shawl and occasionally stealing my husband’s Hitchhiker Shawl.  Thing 2 has grown so much he’s now wearing some of Thing 1’s old sweaters, like the red Monomoy sweater I made several years ago.  Both boys have been wearing the socks I knit them for Christmas under their winter boots while playing in the snow.  And Thing 1 has worn his new Star Wars sweater to school several times already.

 

Out and About

Stitches United was from March 23-25.  I attended on Saturday, March 24th.  Come on up and say “hi!”

 

On The Run

Training is still going and I’m making progress. I did 2.5 miles on Sunday and that’s the most I’ve done since summer 2016 and it felt sooooooo good to walk my old running routes.  I still haven’t been able to get outside much with all the snow in March, but the sidewalks are now clear so I have hope. 

I’ve been swimming once a week as cross training and I think it’s making a difference.  I feel the swimming workouts in my whole body, not just my legs and it really gets my heart pumping.  Next week I’m aiming to increase to 200 yards.

I have some topics I want to discuss over the next few weeks, including the myth that running ruins knees, yoga for runners, why runners need to do upper body and core workouts and incontinence in women which affects so many women, especially after childbirth, and keeps many from exercsising (spoiler alert on this last one – there is hope and help available!).  But I also want to hear from you – what fitness topics would you like me to research?  Come tell me in the Ravelry group or email me at WindsweptMonique@gmail.com

So now I want to ask you – what are YOU doing now that it’s officially Spring?  I know those of you down south have gorgeous weather this time of year while we’re still wearing mittens in the morning.

 

 

 

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Episode 33 – 3/6/18

WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, windsweptmonique@gmail.com. Show Notes at knittingontherun.podbean.com

FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Pattern Acquisition, Out and About, On the Run

Thanks so much for listening!

Start with a quick update.  Squeezing this episode in between storms.  We got home from visiting both sets of grandparents in Florida and found ourselves in the path of a record-breaking nor’easter.  It was an intense storm! 

What is a nor’easter?  A type of cyclone storm, like hurricanes and typhoons are, that occur off the shore of New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces.  Gets it’s name from the winds coming out of the northeast on the back side of the storm, we get them all winter and they often dump lots of snow – feet of snow.  In the northeastern US we get weather coming up the coast from Florida and also weather coming across the continent west to east.  Occiaionally these two weather systems crash together and start rotating counter-clockwise and we get a nor’easter.

This was an unusal nor’easter for southern new England in that it was almost al rain.  The rain/snow line was quite a ways inland.  Normally the rain snow line is right near the coast (I live only about 20 miles from the North Atlantic ocean and normally we’re inside the snow line for most of the storm.  Instead, we got 3-4 inches of rain [7.5-10cm] out of this one storm with hurricane-force winds.  Trees down everywhere, hundreds of thousands without power in Massachusetts alone.  We’re still clearing up and we’re getting another nor’easter tomorrow!  Tomorrow’s looks like a more traditional storm, which normally wouldn’t work people much, except we still have a lot of damage from the last storm. 

FOs

One sock of Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher.  I have skinny ankles so I adapted this by not doing the last 2 heel increases and it fit my foot very well.  Worked on this one all over Florida, even at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and finished on the airplane on the way home.

Wips

Vanilla is the New Black – started the second sock                                                                                           

Emerald Deep shawl – Started chart 5 of 5 last night! This shawl is a charity knit for AGC Scholarships, a group that raises money for families dealing with infertility or who are trying to adopt.  Worked in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk.  Kinu has a colorway, Aqua, which is almost the exact color of AGC’s logo so it was too perfect not to use.  The shawl will be auctioned off at AGC’s annual gala to raise money.  If you or someone you love would like to learn more about AGC, visit agcscholarships.org

Knitting Fail

I started the Peppermint Mocha sock by CC Almon from JavaPurl designs on the planeride to Florida on my US 2 Lykke needles. When I tried it on the next day it was WAAAAY too big, so once I dig out a US 0 or 1 I’ll try again.  It was my fault, not the pattern’s, as I didn’t make a gauge swatch.

Pattern Acquisition

Coinciding with the Ravallenics this year was the annual Middle Earth Games for the Tolkien group that I’m a part of, and I was lucky enough to win a free pattern!  Since I won it from a Tolkien-based group, I chose the Dancing Dragons Coat from Heike Campbell which is a spectacular and challenging knit that I am really looking forward to!  I’m hoping it’ll be my Ravelry sweater :)   I’ve linked to it and included a photo in the show notes, you have to see this one appreciate it!

Out and About

Florida!  W’re home.  Had a great time.  Spent half the time with my inlaws in Ocala area, and half the time with my parents outside Orlando.  1 day at Magic Kingdom last Monday, the boys behaved so well we opened and almost closed the park.  The lines were horrendous – didn’t realize it was Mississippi and Louisiana school vacation week last week.  Luckily we got 3 fastpasses for Space, Big Thunder and Splash mountains in the morning, which Thing 1 is tall enough to ride, and mom and dad got alternate fastpasses and took Jonathan on Buzz Lightyear and Aladdin’s carpets, etc.  Then we kept getting more fastpasses for the rest of the day for rides we could all go on together and we got on 13 or 14 rides despite the crowds. 

Upcoming stuff:

Stitches United week of March 24th – not sure if I’m going Sat or Sun yet, but I’ll be there.

On The Run

Training is still going well, though I skipped anything formal our week in Florida.  I figure the 10 miles I walked at Magic Kingdom covered anything I missed, ha!

Now that it’s getting warmer I’m starting to take Thing 2 out for walks in our jogging stroller, which he loves.  My mileage is behind what I wanted to be at this point, but my body feels healthy so I’m not pushing it too much,  No more injuries!

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Episode 32

WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, windsweptmonique@gmail.com. Show Notes at knittingontherun.podbean.com

Stash, Wips, Knitting Fail, Out and About

Before we start – planning on getting back to having knitting and running topics, now that the holidays are over and we’re starting to get healthy again (knock on wood).  What do you want to hear about?  I have a few topics lined up but I’d love to hear from you.  Come to the Ravelry group and let me know or send me an email at windsweptmonique@gmail.com

Stash

Got 4 new skeins of CoBaSi by HiKoo – sock weight yarn without wool - 55% Cotton/ 16% Bamboo/ 8% Silk/ 21% Elastic – planning on using the Blarney colorway to knit JavaPurl’s Peppermint Mocha socks, and the blue-gray multi colored Wave Caps colorway to knit the Vanilla Is The New Black socks by Anneh Fletcher

Also got my first shipment from HipString’s Cotton club.  Got 2 coordinated 2-oz braids of sunset colors, with oranges and blues – one with lighter tones and one with darker tones.  Normally I’m not a fan of orange but I have to say these two colorways are beautiful.

 

Wips

Vanilla sock in Berroco Comfort Sock in Bali colorway.  Still chugging along at this 2+ year old WIP, it’s my car knitting – planning on putting the heel scrap yarn for an after thought heel in today

Star Wars sweater for Thing 1 – finished the main body, on the bottom colorwork.  Using Nordic Yoke Pullover, a free pattern from Patons, as the base and altering the charts to have Star Wars characters/spaceships/icons. 

Frosted by Paper Daisy Creations - finished the first sleeve, started second sleeve.  Hoping to finish the second sleeve this week and this will be my Ravellenics entry.  Knitting up in some old stash, Longmeadow (discontinued) from Valley Yarns in white, and the blues are 2 old skeins of Debbie Bliss Amalfi (discontinuted), 1 color of Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy and 1 color of Nettle Grove from Plymouth Yarns.

Emerald Deep shawl – took this to Karate Movie Night at my son’s Dojo and finished Chart 3 and started Chart 4.  I’ll definitely have this done for the auction in March.  this shawl is a charity knit for AGC Scholarships, a group that raises money for families dealing with infertility or who are trying to adopt.  Worked in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk.  Kinu has a colorway, Aqua, which is almost the exact color of AGC’s logo so it was too perfect not to use.  The shawl will be auctioned off at AGC’s annual gala to raise money.  If you or someone you love would like to learn more about AGC, visit agcscholarships.org

 

Knitting Fail

As mentioned a few months ago, I was planning on fading a Lush by Tin Can Knits using color-coordinated yarns I picked up at Rhinebeck in gold, gold with pink specks and pink with gold undertones.  I washed the pink and gold/pink yarns to wash out extra dye – and unfortunately, it looks like the pink speckled yarn wasn’t set properly.  It wasn’t just the extra dye that came out, a lot of the pink washed out of the yarn – so much so that almost looks like the gold. :(   Definitely not going to fade it with the pink now, it would be a huge change in colors and not a fade at all, more like stripes.  Maye I’ll “fade” the gold into the gold/pink and treat them as hand-dyed yarns and just alternate skeins.  I’ll let you know what I decide to do.  Very sad.

2nd knitting fail – started knitting handspun for the Ravellenics, but I have the wrong needles.  Whereas the 2.5 and 2s I swatched with were too big, the 0s are too small and using magic loop is just not working.  So I’m putting this homespun earband on hold until I get 16 inch US size 1s

3rd knitting fail – I’m on a roll, eh?  Got to the heel of my ancient Vanilla Socks and realized I hadn’t increased for the wide par of the foot before reaching the heel.  Boo!  Lots of frogging there.  They won’t be ready for Knit Aid’s deadline.  http://www.knitaid.org/

 

Out and About

I did not make it to Boston Fiber event – had some previous commitments that ran over.  Heard from some friends that they had a great time and saw pictures if beautiful, squishy yarn.

Will be away next week visiting both my parents and my in-laws, so no episode next week.  But expect some Instagram posts involving pools or palm trees as we’re headed to Florida!

On The Run

I’m back :)   I've been cross-training and strength training and even hopped in the local YMCA pool for a few laps and discovered just how out of shape I am!

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Episode 31

KAL, Wips, Out and About, Knitting Fail, Spinning On the Run

 

KAL – Thank you very much to those of you who participated!  Our group may be small, but as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

  • Knitting Travels – a copy of the Reflections of the Sun hat designed and donated by Leah Bothe
  • Java Jennie - Any 1 single pattern of your choice from the JavaPurl Designs Ravelry storedonated by CC Almon
  • DMBrown – Gradient kit of your choice from Birdie’s Knits
  • LeahBothe – Any 1 single pattern of your choice from the Knit/Wit Designs Ravelry Store donated by Sarah Jordan

Should we do this again?  What time of year?

Wips

Frosted by Paper Daisy Creations, finished the colorwork yoke on the way to/from Vogue (you get a lot done with 4 hours each way on a train), body nearly done – on the bottom ribbing.

Star Wars sweater for Thing 1 - Using Nordic Yoke Pullover, a free pattern from Patons, as the base and altering the charts to have Star Wars characters/spaceships/icons.  I separated for the sleeves and am working on the stockinette body

Vanilla sock in Berroco Comfort Sock in Bali colorway.  Still chugging along at this 2+ year old WIP, it’s my car knitting.

Dahlia pattern by Brenda York from Berroco – working on this in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve in a variety of colorways.  Turquoise main body, with a mint green for the flower vines and yellow and burgundy

Emerald Deep shawl – this shawl is a charity knit for AGC Scholarships, a group that raises money for families dealing with infertility or who are trying to adopt.  Worked in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk.  Kinu has a colorway, Aqua, which is almost the exact color of AGC’s logo so it was too perfect not to use.  The shawl will be auctioned off at AGC’s annual gala to raise money.  If you or someone you love would like to learn more about AGC, visit agcscholarships.org

Use Your Stash Shawl

Oh my gooness you guys!  Can’t thank you enough for your reaction to the Use Your Stash Shawl!  Hot RIght Now on Ravelry??!!?  Wow, thank you so much.

Out and About – Vogue Knitting Live! NYC!

I had a blast at Vogue.  It’s very different than other knitting events I’ve been to, and it was soooooo much fun.  I basically went for the day.  I took the late train down Thursday after my husband got out of work and got to NYC around 11pm and checked into my hotel.  I should have stayed onsite, I forgot just how bad the hotel I stayed at was.  Remember in NYC, you get what you paid for.  My room was literally 85 degrees.  But it was clean, the shower worked, and the door locked.

I woke up early to the sounds of NYC, had breakfast at the hotel, checked out and dropped my rollerboard at the back drop at my hotel and walked up to the Marriot Marquis.  Since I signed up early, registration took about 2 minutes and I was off to class.  I took the designer intensive with Josh Bennett.  He’s designed sweaters for Tommy Hilfiger, Bergdorf and is currently designing hand-knit sweaters for Marvel – they were gorgeous, by the way.  I’ll admit the class wasn’t what I expected but ironically it was exactly what I needed.  We spent the day designing a line of patterns and presenting them.  Having hours to just brainstorm, then talking with Josh one-on-one for a few minutes about my patterns was completely worth it.   Then off to the market for 90 minutes before running to catch the late train home.

Now that I’ve been there once, I know how I would change my plans in the future - next time I will be staying on site and spending 2 nights (or more) so I can get at least a moderate amount of sleep. 

Knitting Fail

Not a fail in the traditional sense, but definitely a minor fail for the Emerald Deep shawl for AGC Scholarships.  I thought the gala was in May and I was planning on designing a shawl and giving profits to AGC – until on Martin Luther King Jr Day I learned that the gala was in March.  DOh!  So, I chose the Emerald Deep by Romi Hill since I’ve worked it before and I know it would work well in the chosen yarn.

Spinning

I finished the second single I mentioned last episode and plied them together – I needed to find a better way to ply.  Since I only had one spindle, I used a ball winder to wind each cop off the spindle into a center-pull ball and and plied them using the center pulls.  I ended up with 135 yards of a two ply of the brown and white spun together.  And since the white cotton was much better spun as a single, I got nearly 37 yards of a two-ply yarn out of the leftovers!  And since then, I got a 2nd spindle, spun naturally greem cotton and some dyed gray cotton and plied them together using a drop spindle.  Drop spindling is a completely different beast!  The green is fun because if you add Washing Soda when you scour it, it changes color!  We made a fund chemistry experiment with it for Thing 1.

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On the Run –

Not much new running, I’m on the 3rd week of my slow-and-steady training plan.  Legs are holding up well, though I’m getting knots in my calves for some reason.  My knee is also holding up, and Thing 2 and I have come to a truce – I carry him down the outside stairs and he walks up them.  He’s learning numbers and I’ve made it into a counting game which he loves.

 

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