Knitting On The Run

Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

Episode 8


Cameos by Thing 2 and our noisiest cat, Dubz.


Mommy’s Tunic - Winner is alikat2004 -  Alicia from London, Canada!  Contact me within the next 30 days to claim your prize :)

Stitches United!

Sunday – lots of knitting vendors as well as some for other crafts

Erin Lane Bags – Harry Potter, Start Wars bags; Doctor Who notions case

Bar Maids – Lolo bar in Bergamot

Birdies Knits – hand dyed cotton!!!!!  Not allergic!!!  So excited

Stunning String Studio – Star Wars and Doctor Who stitch markers :)

Knitting photography class with Shiba Guyz – sooooooo much fun, learned sooooooo much; will definitely take another class with them again.  Learned about photographing flat and on people and I ended up a model which was a definite hoot – if you know me, then you know I am so not a model I spend 5 min on hair and makeup in the morning


2 Linen sweaters are now finished-finished-finished, as the Knitmores would say – both have grosgrain  ribbon and buttons!  Finished them for the Knitting Photography case – our homework was to bring something to photograph


Tanwen – Berocco Remix, recycled blend of silk, cotton, linen, nylon on Size 8 needles.  Green hitchhiker in Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% cashmere, 6 points done.  Cashmere is making my hands itch so only  can only knit 15-20 minutes a day then wash and rest my hands for a little

New – cast on Pink Hitchiker, same pattern, the 2nd of 4 hitchikers for a family that is very dear to me.  Ultra Pima Fine which is sport weight not fingering weight, so I’m doing a 6-row repeat instead of 8-row repeat

Pattern Stalking

Correction – It was Danielle Brown, not Deb Brown, who has the beautiful version of Changing Staircases

In The Garden

Lots of Rain - better than the drought of the last 2 years!

More seedlings - need some dryer weather before I plant in our clay soil.


Episode 7 - 4/25/2017

Guest appearance by Dubz the Cat


Mommy’s Tunic

Must be member of Ravelry group to win, 1 entry per person, answer the question in the opening post of Ravelry thread.  Lock thread May 1st. Winner announced the next podcast

FOs –

finished the linen sweater! Its washed and blocked (aka washer and dryer) but no buttons or grosgrain ribbon yet

Robin Shawl done!  By Lee Meredith in Kinu silk by Ito Yarns – 612 yards


New –Tanwen by Thayer Preece, aka ilikecake, a reversible scarf.  Don’t want to giveaway secret sauce, she uses ribbing to make it reversible, but I rib slowly, so I changed those sections to stockinette to add speed – need to give it away June 9th!

Pattern Stalking

Changing Staircases by Trysten Molina a Harry Potter themed shawl with “Stairs” of knitting and lace that increase lengths.  I saw it on Deb Brown’s Instagram page and LOVED it

Out And About

Stitches United this Thursday – Sunday April 27-30; Stitches United is a show featuring knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, quilting, embroidery and cross-sttch. I will be there Sunday for a photography class by Shanon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby in the afternoon and hanging around the market in the morning.  I'll be wearing my pink Mommy's Tunic - stop by and say hello!

In The Garden

Got out in the garden! Planted lots of seeds – carrots, parsnips, turnips & beets; sugar snap peas; kale; Brussel sprouts

Started seeds for more tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon & impatiens

Supplies to mend fence

On the Run

Still no running allowed, cleared to walk a little – half a mile!  But it’s something.  As I mentioned I have 30 year old scar tissue from surgery as a baby causing some problems in my ankle and when the scar tissue releases your ankle has to re-learn how to use all the muscles and tendons so you have to be careful until you build up more strength


Episode 6


Robin Shawl by Lee Meredith – on last section! Teacher’s gift for son’s pre-school teacher – she wears lots of grey and lots of shawls and the 2 colors of Ito’s Kinu 100% silk are a light gray and a charcoal gray

Linen sweater – finished back and button band; bought buttons and grosgrain ribbon – still needs short sleeves

Empire Top by Lily Go – got a few more rows done on Friday

Hithicker Shawl by Martina Behm – Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% cashmere fingering weight  - 4 points done so far


Forgot to list one bought last week at Webs – Berocco Remix, a recycled yarn made of 30% Nylon/27% Cotton/24% Acrylic/10% Silk/9% Linen  in color Strawberry.  For the 2nd and last teacher’s project of this year – going to be a cabled scarf for head teacher

In the Garden

Got some seeds planted in the garden! – lettuce, mesculin greens, swiss chard – first round of each.  Hoping to get out more this week and plant carrots, kale, parsnips, turnips and sugar snap peas


Knitting Fail

Robin shawl – I dropped a stitch at PT yesterday and didn’t realize it, but it only dropped about 4 rows.  Thankfully it’s like a raw silk and very grabby so it didn’t go far.  I laddered it back up and at the end I’ll cut a piece of yarn to lock it in place and weave the ends in.  Then I decided to take a closer look… and found 2 more dropped stitches further down that I hadn’t noticed!!!  How long have I been knitting???


Mommy’s Tunic

Must be member of Ravelry group to win, 1 entry per person, answer the question in the opening post.  Lock thread May 1st. Winner announced the next podcast

On the Run

No running – lots of PT.  Lots of scar tissue release which is helpful but can feel worse than rolling out your IT bands!

Plus – BOSTON MARATHON!  I’m a local girl, born and raised in the Boston suburbs, I watched the race growing up and I would love to run someday as a charity runner, but it’s unlikely.   I am waaaaaaaay to slow to qualify.  When the boys are a little older I’d love to take them in to watch the race, once we don’t need a wheelchair.  Race security is tight, especially near the finish line, since the bombing.

So I should probably answer the obvious questions – no, I was not in Boston when the bombs went off but my husband was, several friends and a cousin were.  All were safe, thankfully.

Plus, I go on a little soap box about how awesome runners are.  But I’m biased.


Episode 5

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FO update - Gave Space shuttle baby blanket to cousins – HUGE hit!!!  Cousin brian and I both wanted to be astronauts as kids.  Brian has claimed it as his own until the baby arrive.



Empire Top by Lily GO – Froogtree Picoboo bamboo/cotton blend, discontinued

Linen lace sweater – split for arm holes.  Finished right front panel and ½ way through left front panel

Got new size 3 interchangeable tips - Robin by Lee Meredith (aka Leethal) in Ito’s Kinu 100% silk


Knitting Fail

I can’t count.  3 years of calculus and I can’t divide by 4!  Started fishy sweater with 144sts but it was too big; changed to 120 sts for a 24” circumference.  Went to start fishies and I had the 144-number stuck in my head so I made the fishies too big and didn’t notice till I started fish # 3.  Oh well

Stash – WEBS!!!!

Annual pilgrimage to Webs!  Picked up elsebeth Lavold’s hempathy for an upcoming design project, plus yarn for 5 gifts – 2 shawls and a hat.  I Cascade’s Ultra Pima Fine in silver, dark periwinkle (dark purple) and Wine (bright pink).  The silver is for 2 Hamilknit hats and the pink and purple are for hitchhiker shawls for friends.

1 skein of Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% cashmere fingering weight – for another Hitchiker shawl.

Hitchiker Shawls are for a family that is having a rough last year, one is very sick.  Cashmere is for her, cotton shawls for rest of family.


On The Run

Started PT – no running and no extra walking for next 2 weeks or so; need to rest heel.  Also, they found something interesting with my foot mechanics (caught it before it became a problem) so I have extra exercises and they’re going to treat that as well

In The Garden

We got out in the garden! Finally Spring!  Added compost to all the beds and put weed control fabric over them – with 2 smalle kids I am NOT weeding this year



Episode 4

Recording a day late because we took the boys to Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park


Linen sweater – euroflax sport - finished bust increases, nearly to split for underarms

Empire top by lily go – frogtree picoboo, discontinued bamboo/cotton blend still on yoke.  Got a few rows done while I waited to check in on Sunday while my husband ran my boys around somewhere in the hotel.  Thank heavens for purse knitting!

New fishy sweater – bottom ribbing, started short-row fishies - Neve by Juniper Moon Farm

Swatched for Copperplate by Elizabeth Doherty – yarn didn’t look good at gauge

Swatched for Even Flow by Joji Locatelli – couldn’t achieve gauge with the yarn


3 skeins of Neve by Juniper Moon Farm in bright blue, spring green, dark peachey colors.  Chainette yarn instead of regular plied yarn.  Liking it alot so far.

Dress Form mannequin!

Knitting Fail

Knitting Fail

Screwed up garter st edging on Empire Top – had to frog 2 rows

Knitting group fail.  First, I swatched for Even Flow by Joji Locatelli – also, yarn didn’t look good at gauge.  Second I pulled out the linen sweater – had left needle points at home after swatching for th Copperplate sweater :(  So I bought the Neve yarn and started Thing 2's fishy sweater

Upcoming Events

April 8th at Webs in the morning

April 30th at Stitches United in Hartford

On The Run

No running this week - turns out you can get bursitis in your heel and I have it in both!  I start Physical Therapy tomorrow.  Wish me luck!


Episode 3

Episode 3



Linen sweater, Louet Euroflax sport; finished waist decreases; just reached bust increases

Robin by Lee Meredith, Ito’s Kinu silk yarn. On 6th section; on hold for bad US3 needle

Cast on Hamilknit Hat! Schachenmayer Baby Cotton is Natural and Blue. Also waiting for that US3 needle

Empire Top by Lily Go – in Frogtree Picoboo (cotton/bamboo blend, discontinued) still on Yoke increases. Need to get up to nearly 400 sts so a LOOOOONG way to go

Purse Sock – Berocco comfort sock – knitting and unwinding knots at Panera after baby meltdown


Vivian by Ysolda Teague

My boys’ lion wore my Vivian!


Sparrow by Quince Company pp100% linen x2 – Maize and Port

In the Garden

Seedlings are nearly all sprouted! Thing 1 very happy to see his plants;

Have to squirt cat with water to get him out of spare room

On the Run

Meant to walk 1 mile a few times this past week but Thing 2 got sick. Thing 1 still had karate which meant I walked him around the block over and over – 1.3 miles!  Knee reacted fine

Heel pain last few weeks not going away. Fingers crossed it’s nothing


Knitmore Girls

The KnitGirllls


NH Knits

Geeky Girls Knit

Unraveling with Greg and Joey

Knit 1 Geek 2

2 Knit Lit Chicks

Down Cellar Studio

Kino Knits

Just One More Row

Actually Knitting

Backstage Knitting

Commuter Knitter (on hiatus)Fiber Knitche

In a Sknit

Knit Actually

Knitting Butterflies

Ladies of the Knit

Mastering the Knits

Prairie Girls Knit & Spin

Ready Set Knipt


TwinSet Designs


Knitting On the Run Podcast

Facebook – Windswept Designs

Instagram – Windswept Knits

Twitter – WindsweptDes


Episode 2

Episode 2 – 3/20/17


Space Shuttle Baby blanket. Outlining/duplicate stitch. Caron Simply Soft – recipient not knitters, plus have dog.  Still need to block – yes you can block acrylic.


Linen sweater – euroflax sport – bottom up; started waist decreases

Robin shawl by Meredith Lee - 6th section; short rows

Purse Sock – Berocco Comfort Sock – vanilla sock. 1st sock, toe up working up leg

Empire Top by Lily Go – frogtree picoboo cotton/bamboo blend (discontinued) - short sleeve tunic, top down - finished neckband, starting yoke


Thing 2 wore Monomoy Sweater in Berocco Remix from when Thing 1 was 2 years old

Poema by Vera Sannon in Be Sweet Bamboo

Twist and Shout by Michelle DuNaier (free pattern)

Thing 2’s red cabled hat

Thing 1 and Husband wore WWII hats – ribbed knitting pattern from WWII era

Wedding Garden Kimono from Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits in Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton, knit it years ago but still haven’t done embroidery on it

Upcoming Events

April 8th at Webs in the morning

April 30th at Stitches United in Hartford, CT

July – Super Summer Knittogether in Nashville, TN with the KnitGirllls

In The Garden

Cold Snap! Suddenly back in the Arctic. Hoping to warm up this week

Seedlings popping up – convolvulus (dwarf morning glories), spinach, scallions, lettuce, spinach

On the Run

Cranky knees from carrying toddler across all the ice this week

But I walked a mile for the first time since January, huzzah!

Still hoping to start jogging in April

Possible family 5K – Color Run in June


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Today's eipsode includes the following segments:

  • Introduction, and yes I will try to talk slowly
  • FOs - Linen sweater in Euroflax Sport
  • Wips
    • Empire Top by Lily Go in FrogTree Picoboo (discontinued)
    • Hitchiker by Melanie Behm in Queensland Sugar Rush (discontinued)
    • Purse Sock
    • Robin by Meredith Lee, Ito Kinu 100% silk
    • Space shuttle baby blanket, Caron Simply Soft
    • Just cast on linen sweater Euroflax Sport
  • In the Garden
    • Seedlings started, plus we grow a LOT of stuff around here
    • Deer.  They eat everything.
  • On the Run 
    • Hoping for another half marathong this fall

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