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Knitting On The Run

Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

Segments include: Be  Helper craft-a-long, FOs, Wips, Wearables, Knitting Fail and Knitting Talk

Y’all knit when you’re stressed, too, right?  I don’t want to get into the details but it has been a very stressful week at our house, luckily with mostly good outcomes.  Let’s just say that the the least crappy thing was being a cloth diaper family and having our washing machine break.  Pun intended.  Because I had diapers that needed washing.

The result being, I did LOTS of knitting the last 2 weeks.

Also, I am getting a cold as you probably hear in my voice.  I don’t want to push this recording any later since I skipped last week due to sick kids and I have a feeling this cold will be worse tomorrow…

Be A Helper Craft-a-long

In case you missed it, I’m hosting a charity craft a long.  You can get entries by 1) donating blood or 2) making ANYthing for ANY charity.  No FOs in the thread so far!  I know lots of you craft for charity regularly so go ahead and enter – you do NOT need to be a member of my Ravelry group to win.  I honestly don’t care if you join or not, my only goal with the KAL is to encourage others to stop feeling frozen with all the crazy, hard stuff going on in the world and give you an impetus to go out and help others.

FOs

Knitted knocker in Cascade Ultra Pima in ivory.  I made size C using top-down magic loop pattern.  Visit KnittedKnockers.org to learn more about the great work they do and see a list of approved yarns.

3 preemie hats using Java Purl Design’s Top-Down Preemie Hat pattern – free on Ravelry – in Caron Simply Soft Paints

1 preemie hat also using Java Purl’s pattern using Loops & Threads

Another Itty Bitty Kitty preemie hat, the same test knit pattern in the Maldives colorway of Berroco comfort sock

Wips

Emerald Deep by Romi Hill – finished charts B, C & D.  Halfway through E.  Finished that Irish-style lace section I mentioned.  It was lots of fun but you have to place close attention because it’s knit lace on both sides – no rest rows.  Gift for my cousin’s wife for Christmas in Prism Delicato Layers in Kale colorway.  Only 30 rows left!

Lillesand cowl by Monika Eckhert, working on this in some deep stash, Cascade Yarn’s Sateen in a burgundy-red color and Rozetti Yarns Soft Payette in white with a few sequins for sparkle here and there – got a few more rows done on this cowl for my aunt for Christmas

Toe-up Vanilla Socks with an afterthought heel for Thing 2 – first sock done, about to reach the heel on sock 2; looking to make 4 for him for Christmas in Plymouth Yarns Diversity

Wearables

Heat wave here in New England most of October!

Marshes Cabled Sleeveless Shell – one of my first patterns released.  Need to go grade it for larger sizes and get it re-tech edited.  Will let y’all know when that happens

Mommy’s Tunic – Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve in Blue

Knitting Fail

That sweater got shrunk in the dryer!  We went a little crazy washing stuff after we got the new washing machine and my husband tossed the cotton tunic in the dryer and it shrunk.  So I gave it to my LYS to model the yarn since I bought it there. 

Knitting Talk

To design or just knit a shawl for AGC Scholarships?  AGC is run by a woman I went to high school with who chnoicled her battle with infertility on her blog, later published as the book Infertility Inferschmility which you should definitely check out if infertility is something you or a loved one has been dealing with.  Also - what color?  Black to go with Everything?  Or use their turquoise logo color? Or perhaps a gradient kit - they look so impressive to non-knitters :)

 

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Not a normal episode.  It’s less than 36 hours since the horrific shootings in Las Vegas and as of last night I wasn’t going to record this week, I was going to put it off a week.  My kindergartener just had his first lock-down drill at school and I don’t even know how what to say to him.

I’ve had that stunned, frozen, deer-in-the-headlights feeling since yesterday.  Heck, for the last week or two what with everything that’s been happening in the world recently.  I couldn’t sleep last night and sometime around 4am I remembered that Mr Rodgers meme that goes around after every tragedy, in times of trouble look for the helpers.

From the PBS website “Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” “

I decided at 4am this morning that I am NOT going to sit here feeling helpless and afraid and frozen.  I am going to help someone.  I may not have a million dollars to donate to Puerto Rico or be able to drive to Vegas to donate blood, but I can knit a NICU baby a hat.  I can donate blood here.  I can make a knitted knocker for a breast cancer survivor.  I CAN HELP.

And I want you to help, too.  Today I’m starting a charity KAL and I want you to join me.

There is something you can do.  BE A HELPER.  Donate blood locally.  Make a Knitted Knocker for a woman with breast cancer.  Knit or weave a scarf or crochet a blanket for a homeless shelter.  Knit a hat for refugees.  Make a preemie hat for the local NICU.  I don’t care what you do, just do something for someone else.  Have another great charity idea?  Wonderful!  Share it in the Ravelry group in the chatter thread. 

Go do something for your fellow humans.

Here are the knittiy gritty details: One entry per FO or photo proof of blood donation. Wips are fine. Double dipping in other KALs is fine. Knit, crochet or weave anything you want, just post a picture in the Finished Objects thread in my Knitting on The Run / Windswept Designs group on Ravelry and tell us what charity you are donating it to.

I’ve already got a gradient kit from Birdies Knits and a skein of silk from Ito Yarns as prizes, and Sarah from KnitWit Designs and CC from JavaPurl designs have graciously offered pattern prizes.  I will list all the prizes in detail in my next episode.

Interested I donating a prize or know someone who might? PM me on Ravelry or Instagram, I’m WindsweptMonique on both.

Now go out there and do some good in this world.

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Episode 23 – 9/25/17 Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

Topics this week include FO, Wips, Out and About, On the Run

FO

Itty Bitty Kitty Preemie Hat test knit from Sarah Jordan, aka Knit Wit.  To fit 2-3lb baby hat worked in Berroco Comfort Sock

Wips

Emerald Deep by Romi Hill – finished charts B & C, started chart D.  Finished that Irish-style lace section I mentioned.  It was lots of fun but you have to place close attention because it’s knit lace on both sides – no rest rows.  Gift for my cousin’s wife for Christmas in Prism Delicato Layers in Kale colorway

Another Itty Bitty Kitty preemie hat, the same test knit pattern in the Maldvies colorway of Berroco comfort sock

Lillesand cowl by Monika Eckhert, working on this in some deep stash, Cascade Yarn’s Sateen in a burgundy-red color and Rozetti Yarns Soft Payette in white with a few sequins for sparkle here and there – got a few more rows done on this cowl for my aunt for Christmas

Hitchiker by Martina Behm in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk – still plugging away at this a few rows a week.  It’s my purse knitting

Knitted Knocker in Cascade Ultra Pima – literally just cast this on waiting for my toddler to fall asleep so I can record this show – visit their website at www.knittedknockers.org

Knitting Talk

Fit and Ease

Ease - how much extra room (or lack thereof) do you want in your garment? 

An inch or so of ease will be a fitted garment but the material will not stretch to fit you.  Negative ease, where the material is actually less around than your body, will give you a very fitted garment where the material itself is stretching to fit around your body – think a typical sock.

2-3 inches of you will give you a comfortable fit without feeling fitted. 4 inches or so and we’re getting more into loose-fitting cardigans and approaching boyfriend sweater territory.  Some of the huge boxy sweaters out there these days may have as much as 8 inches of ease to give you that boxy effect.

Out and About

Rhinebeck!  I’m headed to Rhinebeck for the day via the bus from Webs.  Gonna be a long day – I have a grad school reunion at the MFA in Boston the night before then I have to leave my house around 5-5:30am to drive to Webs.

I cannot wait!  The artichoke line was waaaay too long by the time I found it so I hope to grab one of those earlier in the day.  I’ll be at the podcaster meetup, of course, and probably at the Ravelry meetup too.  I’m also hoping to locate the bag check this year – missed it last year, but I’ll have a big ‘ol day pack with me for the bus and car ride.  On the plus side, with a minimum of 4 hours on the bus I should get a bit of knitting done that day!

On the Run

After walking to school for 3 weeks today I started a Galloway-style run-walk-run on the way home and it felt good.  Rolled out my quads, IT bands and solias muscles, which have been cranky with the sudden mileage increase, but they felt OK too.  Will try again in a couple of days.

Mileage Increases – keep it low, keep it slow

As I mentioned last week, I broke one of the cardinal rules of running by suddenly drastically increasing my mileage by walking my son to kindergarten.  That’s an additional 3 miles or so per day for me.  Now, we mitigated this by not walking every single day – we’re averaging about 3 days a week and some days we only walk one way and not the other.   But this is a huge faux pas and something even us veteran runners forget.

If you’re new to running, an important rule to remember is to keep your mileage increases small, no more than 10% increase per week.  This is super important because most injuries are directly linked to increasing intensity or duration of exercise too much too soon.

Now, let’s unpack this statement – this does not mean you should increase your mileage by 10% every week – on the contrary if you look into the data, most folks should be increasing your mileage by a MAXIMUM of 5-10% every OTHER week.  You should also be incorporating rest weeks where you run less than your baseline, or average weekly miles.  The reason for all this is your body needs time to adjust to the changes your asking of it.

Particularly when starting out, don’t plan on increasing mileage or speed any time soon.  Listen to your body.  Take more rest weeks if you need it, or put mile increases off till next week if your body is feeling off.  The whole point is to start running or increase running without injury and that means giving yourself time to adapt.  If you have existing injuries, then you REALLY need to take it slow.  Thinking of starting a couch-to-5k program?  You can plan on repeating the 1st week 3 times to give your chronic issues time to adapt slowly.  Or something I did when I did my marathon training I took the marathon training plan and slowed it down by adding more rest weeks because I knew my body and knew that I had to be careful of asking too much of it too soon.

To sum up – take it slow and stay injury free.

 

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Episode 22 -  9/20/17

Today’s topics include Wips, Knitting Fail, Knitting Chat: The Importance of Taking Measurements and On the Run: Foam Rolling

Thanks for your patience this week!  This is the 3rd time I’ve tried to record.  Any of you who’ve ever lived with a 2-year old can appreciate why I only record when he’s asleep so you can imagine what this week has been like! And to top it off the boys had stolen my pop filter to play with – finally found it around 10pm last night buried under a blanket.

Also, thanks for the kind concern about my in-laws.  They are fine after Irma.  Since it swung west it nearly hit them directly buy it had weakened some.  They lost power for a long time and had three trees crash across their rather long driveway but they cut a path out through the worst and were able to leave the house soon after. 

I truly hope that you and all your loved ones are safe, be it from Irma, Harvey, Maria, the fires out west, the Mexico earthquakes, the flooding last month in Nepal and India or whatever chaos may be happening in your part of the world.  Please stay safe.

Wips

Second Grace by Bristol Ivy in Berroco’s Modern Cotton, 99% complete. Need to weave in ends, and take some pictures.

Lillesand by Monika Eckhert, working on this in some deep stash, Cascade Yarn’s Sateen in a burgundy-red color and Rozetti Yarns Soft Payette in white with a few sequins for sparkle here and there.  It’s a Christmas gift for my aunt who loves true, deep reds.

Emerald Deep by Romi Hill – a shawl designed for green yarn and I have some Prism Delicato Layers I bought a few years ago to make a gift for my cousin’s wife, then found out I was pregnant with baby #2 and it got put on hold.  But it is sooooo perfect for this pattern.  Shawl has a lace version of Celtic knotwork and I can’t wait to get to that part. I am halfway through Chart 2 and the “knotwork” is Chart 3 – so close!

Itty Bitty Kitty – test knit for Sarah Jordan a new friend I met at SSK this summer and a great designer.  It’s a sock-weight preemie hat and I am nearly done with the ribbing.  Knitting this up in Berroco Comfort Sock which leads to my (sort of)…

Knitting Fail 4:30

More of a parenting fail involving yarn, but work with me here.   I started the Itty Bitty Kitty preemie had at the opposite end of a skein of yarn that has a partial 2nd sock on it.  No biggie.  Until my 2 year old got a hold of it.  Now I have complete yarn chaos and I am now alternating between unravelling the awful mess and knitting up what I just unraveled.

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Knitting Chat

Today I want to talk about measuring yourself.  The keys to knitting a garment that fits you perfectly are 1) a good gauge swatch and 2) accurate measurements of your body.

You really need someone else to help you with this.  When you try to measure yourself you actually shift your body and that can affect your measurements.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to have someone ELSE take your measurements.  In the shownotes I am linking to an old Lion Brand Yarns blog post that has lots of great pictures showing you exactly where and how to take 14 different measurements, including bust, waist, hips, arm length and armhole depth, all of which are critical to making sure a garment fits YOUR body.  So get a buddy, a tapemeasure and a piece of paper and pen and go take YOUR measurements before you knit another garment.

Bust – fullest part of your bust

Waist – natural waist, not where your pants sit.  If you’re unsure, bend sideways and see where your body creases, that’s usually a good indicator

Hips – measure around the widest part of the hips, usually around 8” [20cm] below your natural waist

Armhole depth - Measure from the top outside edge of the shoulder down to the armpit. 

Upper arm – the widest part of your arm, above the elbow

Cross back – measure from shoulder to shoulder across your back – since many of us have rounded shoulders, this will be larger than if you take the measurement in the front.

And in case you’re wondering why no pattern ever seems to fit you perfectly as-written, I am also linking to Craft Yarn Council’s sizing chart so you can see what numbers designers are (often) expected to use. WomensMensKids.  And because it bears repeating – get someone to help you to!

On the Run

Today we’re still talking about injury prevention and I want to discuss a pro-active technique you can use to help yourself: Foam Rolling. 

Foam rolling is a type of self-massage where you use a tool, in this case a large foam cylinder, to release knots in the muscle and tight areas in your fascia, which is like a membrane over your muscles that sort of holds you together.

Foam rolling in it’s essence is quite simple.  You use your own body weight and a foam roller to carefully put pressure on the knots and tight places.  This helps improve blood flow and increase your range of motion when the tight places in your fascia start behaving like their normal, stretchy selves again.  Foam rolling can be uncomfortable, but it should not be excruciating.  I’ve been guilty of this myself - if you’re gasping in pain (for me it’s rolling out IT bands) you’re doing it wrong – lift some of your weight up off the roller or attack the knot more gently.  If you are getting sharp pains, SEE A DOCTOR.  Afterwards you may find some of those areas a little tender, or even itchy, this is normal.  Give those spots a day or two to recover before you roll out again.  Itching is actually a good sign, it’s a sign of increased blood flow.  Do NOT foam roll over joints – at best it does no good, at worst you can hurt yourself.  Stick to rolling out your soft tissue.  If you need to roll out your back (I find this soooo helpful after hefting a 30lb toddler around every day) – make sure you angle yourself slightly so you’re rolling either one side of your back muscles or the other and do NOT roll straight up your spine.

I’m linking to a recent podcast by the new Get Fit Guy, Brock Armstrong, all about foam rolling.  You can read his transcript and find links to the studies he mentions which I don’t have time to get into here.  I’m also linking to a Runner’s World article which has videos showing you how to foam roll different muscles properly.  Lastly I’m linking to a study from the National Institutes of Health that quantified how foam rolling helped the participants.  In summation, foam rolling is a technique that you can use yourself to help release tention in your muscles and fascia and prevent future injuries.

 

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Episode 21 - 9/7/17

Wips

Hitchhiker for my MIL in Ito Yarn’s Kinu 100% silk

New CO, Second Grace by Bristol Ivy in Berocco Modern Cotton.  Gotten a lot done since I threw my back out and have been sitting a LOT.  Body just a few rows from the underarms, also have 1.5 sleeves done.  Using 7 colors, the main color is green, a medium-dark green with a hint of blue to it, then the fair isle parts are in navy, light blue, yellow, rust, medium-purple, and turquoise.  It’s forced me to learn 3-colors-at-a-time colorowork and since I cannot get tension holding yarns in 2 hands, I’ve adapted the 2-color-continental hold for colorwork to be a 3-color hold, all in the left hand.  I’m not a fan, but I’ve gotten to the point where I can do it and make it look decent.

Triyang Shawl by Lee Meredith in Araucania’s Yumbrel, a lace-weight cotton in the pastels colorway, peach, pink, sky blue and light purple

Stash

Blue Heron Yarn’s Cotton/Rayon blend from A Great Yarn in Chatham, Cape Cod, MA.  Love this yarn, love Blue Heron colorways I’ve knit with them several times in the past.  With all the talk Laura of the KnitGirlllls has been doing about the Evenstar, I’m debating making it again.  I’ve already knit it 1.5 times, that is, 1 finished in a sport weight yarn (basically made a blanket) and 1 skirt made out of it, but haven’t made the top for the dress yet.  Someday I’ll finish it.  But yeah, totally tempted to make Evenstar again, I LOVE that pattern

Pattern Stalking

Lillesand by Monika Eckert – a colorwork cowl that I’m debating making for my aunt for Christmas.  I have a white sparkly yarn and red yarn that this would look GORGEOUS in.  Haven’t bought it yet but don’t be surprised if you hear me cast this one on soon

Wearables

Mommy’s Tunic, knit last spring/early summer in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve in a cornflower blue

Empire Top, just finished a few weeks back and got to wear it for the first time on a col evening :) Knit in Picoboo by Frogtree, a discontinued bamboo/cotton blend

Out and About

Spent Labor Day weekend at my parent’s place on Cape Cod, which was good because I threw my bavk out the day we drove down.  And my parents are super awesome.  Even though I’m over 30 and have kids of my own, my parents took great care of me and it was feeling much better till I threw it out again yesterday wrestling my tantrum toddler into the car. Sigh.  But we had a great visit even though it was chilly. 

On the Run

No running, since I threw my back out, but I have been able to walk my oldest son to school, thankfully.  But I would like to talk more about injury prevention this week.  I want to talk about a common foot problem that can lead to injuries in your kinetic change, which we discussed last time: pronation. 

In rough, non-medical terms, you can think of pronation as how your foot rolls through a step.  I know you medical  folks are probably yelling at your devices, but work with me here, I’m trying to avoid medical jargon and anatomy terms on purpose.  Like me, you could be an over-pronator, meaning your ankles roll inward when you walk and you push off primarily from your big toe.  You could be a supinator, or under-pronator, whose ankles roll outward and push off from your outer foot.  Or you could be a neutral walker and push off using basically all your toes.  There’s no good way to determine this yourself because once you start thinking about it, your gait will change.  If you’re dealing with knee or hip issues, that is, issues further up the kinetic chain, you should go to a running store and ask them to determine if you have a neutral gait, over-pronate or supinate, because once you know that you can get the correct shoe to help correct any pronation problems, if you have them.  Any good running store will have people there who know how to determine your gait type.

 

 

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Episode 20 – 8/23/17

There might not be a show next week – it’s Thing 1’s last week before Kindergarten starts so we’re planning lots of fun stuff to end the summer.  But I’ll definitely be back the following week. 

FOs

Empire Top by Lily Go in discontinued bamboo/cotton blend, Picoboo by Frogtree

Wips

Triyang Shawl by Le Meredith in Yumbrel Araucania

Hitchhiker for my MIL in Kinu by Ito yarns, 100% silk

Cast on Second Grace by Bristol Ivy (first Bristol Ivy pattern) using Berroco Modern Cotton, then ripped it out to go down a needle size for the ribbing, and started casting it on again.  I’m about half way through a cast on.

Wearables

Thoughts by Joji Locatelli on Araucania Yumbrel, a discontinued cotton lace-weight yarn

Today’s Discussion: There are No Knitting Police

Some people are really hesitant to change something and are fearful that they are doing it “wrong” but I want to assure you there are no knitting police.  When you’re knitting from a pattern you do NOT have to do it exactly as written, you do NOT have to use the same yarn.  Do you have a long torso?  Add some extra rows.  Short torso?  Feel free to skip a few.  Do you like your bum covered but the pattern doesn’t seem to work well in that area? Add some short rows in the back to cover your derriere.   Love the body of the sweater but hate the sleeves?  That’s fine, you could find a new pattern or just knit them in stockinette.  Switch up the yarns (I’ll be doing a whole podcast on this in a future episode).  My point is, once you purchase a pattern, it’s yours to alter as you please for your own sweater.  I am NOT saying you should tweak the pattern and publish it – that’s a copyright violation.  But tweak the pattern to fit your body and your knitting style.  Here’s an example – I hate inserting sleeves after the fact, I can never get them to line up properly.  So I don’t.  I look at the sleeve pattern, reverse the pattern, then pick up and knit stitches around the arm hole and work all my sleeves that way, no matter what the pattern says.

On the Run

I’ve been running the past few weeks but haven’t mentioned it because the knitting segments have been running long.  But this is the “Knitting On The Run” podcast after all so it’s time to get back on track.  I’ve been injured basically since right after this podcast started, so over the next few weeks I want to talk about some injury issues and injury prevention.  Even if you don’t run you might learn something that could help you, particularly if you’re dealing with chronic pain in your knees or hips for example.

First off – disclosure, I am not a medical professional.  I am only someone who has gotten injured a lot and has had to learn a lot the hard way.  If you are in pain, please consult a doctor or specialist. 

That being said, today let’s talk quickly about body mechanics and injuries.  When you’re running you are putting stress on your body, particularly your lower body.  That’s a good thing, it keeps you in shape and your body is designed to move, not sit.  You run into problems (and injuries) when something is off.  If you have a mechanical issue, say in your foot or hips, the rest of your lower body, aka kinetic chain has to compensate. (linking to the American Academy or Orthopedic Surgeons to learn more).  Over time the muscles, tendons and ligaments doing the compensating have too much stress on them and that’s where you get an injury.  So the CAUSE of your injury isn’t necessarily where your injury APPEARS.  That is why cross training and strength training is soooo important – you use your muscles different ways and strengthen the weak muscles.

Real world example – hip flexors (group of muscles/tendons/etc in front of your hips that you use to lift your legs. If they are really tight then they pull on your hamstrings so your hamstrings are always stretched and rarely relax.  You’ll eventually end up with a pulled hamstring, but the cause isn’t the hamstring, it’s the hip flexors. Your hamstring is where the kinetic chain broke down

 

 

 

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Episode 19 - /16/17

It’s nice to be back.  Thanks for your patience with my 2-week hiatus.  I was only expecting to be away 1 week but sometimes life gets in the way.

This weeks segments include FOs, Wips, Wearables, an extended Pattern Stalking segment in which we’ll discuss finding patterns that fit you, and On the Road as always this will be in 30 minutes or less.  Warning, there’s also a brief history lesson on what an Acadian actually is.

FOs

I have 2!

2nd Hamilknit Hat by Emily of the Knitting Butterflies podcast

Purple Hitchhiker by Martina Behm

 

Wips

Pink silk hitchhiker by Martina Behm (strichmick) for MiL for Christmas

Empire Top by Lily Go for me, out of discontinued cotton/bamboo blend Picoboo by Frogtree Yarns – need to finish it by the 20th for Stash Dash!  Only 1 sleeve to go, I can do this

Triyang Shawl by Lee Meredith – haven’t done much on this, but I have done some and as the Knitmore’s say if I work on more than 1 stitch it gets listed here.

Wearables

Thoughts by Joji Locatelli made in Araucania’s Yumbrel

Mommy’s Tunic in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve

Stash

Birdie’s Knits Gradient Kit in colorway Denim for Days, pretty much every shade of bluejeans you can imagine, 400 yards total, 8 skeins of 50 yards each

 

Try it On Room at SSK – what I learned/Pattern Stalking

Preface by saying every pattern I mention is linked in the show notes

I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but I learned this by trying on over a dozen hand-knit sweaters: What your eye likes may not be what fits you best.  Let me repeat – WHAT YOUR EYE LIKES MAY NOT BE WHAT FITS YOU BEST

For example, the Hitofude cardigan emphasizes your bust.  It looks great on everyone with average busts, no matter what size your waist or hips because the unusual shape hides those to some degree.  But if you have a large bust it’s like wearing a highlighter saying “look at my boobs”.

Another popular top was Breathing Space – it looked great on lots of body shape, BUT, where the horizontal lines fell on your bust really changed the appearance.  Bustier women liked it better having the diagaonal lines start as written, at the bust line, because it de-emphasized a large chest.  Small/medium size busted women liked it to fall below the bust because the horizontal stripes helped balance their bust with their hips.

Ann Budd’s skirt – never thought I’d want a knitted skirt, but the four sizes she brought looked good on everyone.  And I mean EVERYONE, from the skinniest to the widest person the A-line cur flattered every single body shape I saw try it on

Secret Garden Tank by Melissa Wehrle – the hidden lace panel at the back gives it a very flattering A-line

Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu – want to knit this again after losing my first at an airport last year :(

Vitamin D Cardigan -  by Heidi Kirrmaier similar shape to Hitofude but hangs a little more straight up and down so you don’t get the bob-highlighting effect quite as much

Hoodie Shawl Cardigan – Susanne Sommer – way more colors than I normally wear in one garment, but it looked great on me so maybe it’s time to branch out in my color choices

Alice in Wonderland by Justyna Lorkowska – more fitted than I normally wear in a knitted garment but I was surprised how good it looked on me

Dark and Stormy by Thea Coleman -  I usually avoide shawl collars, but this one looked good on a lot of people with a lot of body shapes

On the Road

Spent a week in Nova Scotia, Canada visiting cousins.  So nice, we hadn’t been back in nearly 3 years.  Also, you need to visit Le Village Historique Acadien.  In addition to great family history (for me, at least) there’s great examples of knitting and spinning from around the year 1900  and the food is AMAZING. 

I’m still wondering where that tradition went because I have no memories of my grandmere doing any knitting beyond functional knitting, such as dishcloths.  Quilting, on the other hand, has a beautiful and celebrated history in the area and local quilt displays are a definite must-see! 

Warning, there’s also a brief history lesson on what an Acadian actually is.  Here's a graphic of the Acadian Expulsion that I mentioned from the brand-new memorial, which shows where the Acadians were shipped off to.

 

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Episode  18 – 7/25/17 – The SSK Episode

Knitting & running in 30 minutes or less

Wips

Firebird by Romi Hill, a gorgeous shawl designed for red yarn.  I’m doing this in Blue Heron Yarn’s Egyptian Mercerized Cotton in the Carnelian colorway, it’s dark red tonal gradients.  I finished the central flower, which was knit in the round then bound off the top and bottoms, now working on the left wing.  The wing has 4 or 5 decreases with a sort of feather hanging down – finished the first feather and onto the 2nd

Pink Hitchhiker by Martina Behm (aka strickmich) knit in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk.  It’s like a raw silk, not a finished, smooth thread.

Empire Top by Lily Go in Frogtree’s Picoboo, a discontued blend of cotton and bamboo – this is a tunic that criss-crosses across the bust then fits around the ribs and flares over the tummy.  Looking to wear this with leggings and boots this fall.  My primary WIP at SSK, re-cast it on the day before and got it almost to the raglan arm separation

Triyang shawl by Lee Meredith – cast on last night in Araucania’s Yumbrel

Wearables

Wore lots of knits at SSK – Scarrit Bennet center is fully air conditioned and some rooms were chilly. 

Maris Stella by Anna Victoria, knit in Birdie’s Knits gradient kig

Linen Butterflies by me, Monique Leonard – knit in Louet Euroflax Sport

Thoughts on Small Needles by Joji Locatelli; worked the size XL pattern with a lace/thread-weight yarn to make a size M

Out and About

SSK!  A summer knitting retreat hosted by the KnitGirllls.  4 days in Nashville with 150 amazing knitters, vendors and teachers.  Thank you to Laura, Leslie, Gwen, Sarah and Mama Linneman for all your hard work, it was an amazing retreat.  I arraived late, on Thursday morning instead of Wednesday night, but it was fine; I still met so many lovely people and felt welcomes right away.

Took 2 classes and 2 breakouts.

Variegated Yarns class with Margaret Radcliffe.  Learned a lot about how to read the yarn, make some colors pop and others fade; how to use texture to bring out colors like when you look at a cake of variegated yarns.  Long and short is, play with the yarn BEFORE you cast on for a project

Triyang Shawl with Lee Meredith (aka Leethal) was incredible to see a little into how her mind works.  She’s known for usuing unusual construction to make amazing patterns.  This shawl as no picking up or binbding off!  We knit mini-versions of this shawl and learned the sideways Cast On and how to consider what looks like the middle of the row as your actual “start” of the row.  The pattern is very well written and if you follow it exactly as written you will end up with a marvelous shawl.  Trust Lee, she’s worked it all out.  Even if it feels wrong, just do what’s written and it will work.

2 breakouts by Hipstrings.  The first, learning to use a supported spindle.  I got the very basics down.  I made a rather horrible-looking spindle, but I made one!  My very first time spinning.  The 2nd, learning to spin cotton on a supported spindle.  By the end I had a half-way decent spindle and learned to use the smallest and fastest of her spindles.

Market  -

Ross Farm 
Knitty and Color 
Whimzee Stitches 
2 Guys Yarn Co 
Hopkins Sewing Studio
Gynx Yarns
Gales Art 
Marigold Jen 
Hobbledehoy Fibers
Hipstrings 
Twist Fiber Studio 
Akerworks 
Lollipop yarn 
Fiber Seed Yarn 
Miss Babs 
BareNaked Wools 
Stranded Dyeworks 
Fat Squirrel Fibers 
Jeri Brock 
Rock and String 
Tuft Woolens
Jelby

So much beautiful yarn and so manyknitting bags!

I bought a spindle and a fibre sampler from HipStrings, bags from Whimzee, Fat Squirrel, and

On the Run

I’ve run twice and walked a LOT since the last episode.

Since I was up at the crack of dawn on Friday I went for a run, about a mile around Vanderbilt – beautiful campus!  Felt totally safe as a woman running alone.  I upped the number of run intervals from 5 to 7.  Saturday I went for a walk with PAKnitWit to the Parthenon, about a mile each way.

Today continued the 7-run intervals.  Knees are a little creaky after all the running and walking the past 5 days so I’m going to hold off on running again until the end of the week.  But I’m so happy to be slowly increasing my running in a healthy manner.

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Episode 17 7/19/17

Short and sweet this week because I recorded 5 days ago and I’m leaving on a plane at 5am tomorrow.  But hey, one point of the podcast is to keep things short, right?

Linen Butterflies released! 

I released my newest pattern yesterday, Linen Butterflies.  Originally designed for my mom, it’s a linen lace sweater with a very simple lace pattern.  From now until July 25th it’s only $3.50

Wips

Empire top by lily go – frogtree picoboo discontinued

Firebird by romi hill – blue heron yarn’s Egyptian mercerized cotton

KALs

Stash Dash – roughly 1500m

PALKAL2017, through Actually Knitting

Out and about

SSK!  I leave for SSK tomorrow at 5am!  WOOHOO!!!

On the Run

I’ve run twice!  Still taking it slow and easy.  Feels so good to be running again

 

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Episode 16 – 7/14/17

Nice to be back after taking last week off.  And thanks for your patience with the delay this week - Thing 1 woke up Tuesday with a high fever and needed his mommy.  Family always comes first.  Thank you very much for your patience while he recouperated - he's back to 100% and is being his happy, normal self again.

FOs, Wips, Stash, pattern stalking, out & about, On the run and In the Garden

FOs

Mommy’s Tunic – it’s done!  And just in time for the 2nd knit-a-long for SSK.  I had 3 hours to spare.  Unfortunately, it rained most of the day so it’s still wet.  I’m waiting for sun and less humid weather for it to dry.  Knit in Neve by Juniper Moon Farm, a chain-ply cotton.  It’s hollow so it’s light-weight.  While it’s called a worsted weight yarn, it can do 4.5 to 5.5 sts per inch so you can use it on DK projects too

Green Hitchiker shawl – Valley Yarns Greylocke 100% cashmere – Thanks to the delayed recording schedule, this is done!

Wips

Purple Hitchhiker shawl – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in Periwinkle, still about 30%

Firebird by Romi Hill – k0% through chart 2.  Starting to be a little more lacey and interesting.  Using Egyptian Mercerized Cotton by Blue Heron Yarns in the Carnelian colorway

MIL hitchhiker – new, Christmas gift for MIL

Stash

Went to A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA, a combination yarn and book store.  A seriously great store that you should definitely check out.

Ito Kinu – 100% silk in the Hydrangea colorway.  A bright, rich pink that I think my mother-in-law will love; destined to be a hitchhiker shawl for her for Christmas

Plymouth Yarn Diversity in the Multi Blue Taupe colorway – navy, aqua, orange, taupe and white.  To be matching socks for my boys for Christmas

Akerworks stitch gauge – yes, I actually own one WOOHOO!  And yes, it’s as amazing as The Knit Girllls and other podcasters said it was.  I was hoping to track one down next week while in Tennessee, but I found one in Cape Cod, MA.  If you’re on the Cape head to A Great Yarn ASAP, they expect to sell out quickly.

Pattern Stalking

Emerald Deep – pattern for green yarn

Out and About

Just got back from a week on Cape Cod.  Thing 2’s birthday, 4th of July and date night with my husband

On the Run

I ran!  For the first time since January or February I actually ran!!!  It was only 30-second bursts of running followed by 90-second walks but it’s a start.  I’m taking things slow and steady so I don’t get another injury.

In the Garden

Picked sugar snap peas and gooseberries in the backyard.  Tomatoes are flourishing on the deck – lots of small fruit though none ripe.  Peppers are getting bigger.  Fresh basil, mint and lemon balm!

 

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