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Knitting On The Run

Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

Episode 15 – 6/29/17

FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Stash, Wearables, Tip Time, Out and About, On the Run and In the Gardenp

FOs

Maris Stella shawl – it’s finished!  End aren’t woven in yet, but it’s done.  Knit in Ocean View gradient kit by Birdies Knits

Wips

Green HitchikerValley Yarns Greylock 100% Cashmere; approximately 90% complete.  So close!  I’m limiting it to 3 rows before washing my hands so the progress is sort of slow going, but it’s nearly done.

Purple Hitchiker – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine 100% Cotton in Periwinkle (but really more of a royal purple) – about 20% complete.  I’ve been focusing on other projects, so not much progress on this one

Firebird – Cast on the Firebird Shawl by Romi Hill in Blue Heron yarns Egyptian Mercerized Cotton in Carnelian.  On row 5 of Chart B.  The beginning was fairly simple (side note – knitting fail) so I worked on this while watching the America’s Cup.  Ironicaly Knitting Fail occurred after the races ended!

Empire Top – Cast on again.  Figured out what the problem was last time around.  For background, I’d gotten 1 extra st per inch over 4 inches so I cast on 1 size smaller to compensate for those extra few inches over my ribcage circumference.  I sat down with a tape measure last week to double check my math and discovered that I’ve lost 3 inches around my ribs at 2 around my bust!  No wonder the blasted top didn’t fit, I’d shrunk!  I’ve been working my tail off at Physical Therapy the last 4 months and I’ve only lost 5 pounds so I hadn’t bothered to re-measure myself.  Thankfully I did before I got any further on the Mommy’s Tunic pattern so I could adjust that down a size too.

Mommy’s Tunic – I finished the cable band and grafted it, then began knitting bust.  As I mentioned previously, I ended up going with a smaller size.  I’ve finished bust darts and split for front and back – currently working on the back panel.

 

Knitting Fail

Firebird 2.0 – Finished Chart A and the first few rows of Chart B and I just couldn’t get the right # of sts on the last repeat so I finally just gave up and unraveled and started again.  It was so early in the process that I’m not upset – though I am now using lifelines again, lol

Stash

No actual stash, but I need to find some pink yarn.  My mother-in-law saw the pink hitchhiker shawl I made for my Family og Hitchhikers project and she really liked.  So I need to track down a similar color pink, if I can – alas Webs, where I bought the yarn, has been sold out of that color for the last month.  I will keep looking, and I’ll check some fun yarn stores I know on Cape Cod next week.  Wish me luck!

Wearables

Thoughts by Joji Locatelli, knit in Araucania’s Yumbrel a discontinued yarn in the Pastels colorway.  I find myself wearing this a lot now that the weather is warm.  It’s ¾ length sleeve and made in lace-weight yarn so it’s nice and light, the perfect sweater to wear to a movie theater or cool restaurant on a hot day.  I’m seriously debating making another one in a very different color.

Tip Time

When picking up sts, use a smaller needle so you don’t get that baggy-looking first row of knit stitches.  I try to go at least 3 sizes smaller when I can – for socks this isn’t always possible, but for garments I just grab whatever small needles are handy.  Today I used a US Size 1 (2.25mm) to pick up sts on a garment I’m knitting on US Suze 6 (4mm).  That’s a smaller needle than I would normally use, but I had it handy so I used it.

Out and About

Next week I’m off to visit my parents on Cape Cod and one of my favorite LYS, A Great Yarn in Chatham which is also a book store.  Seriously, if they served tea or mimosas it would be the perfect store.  Planning on packing my Mommy’s Tunic, the 2 hitchhikers, and maybe and old sock or the Hamilknit hat.  Can’t decide if I want something else mindless, or something I want to actually work on.  I know I could finish the hat and the green hitchhiker easily, and make good progress on the others which is why I’m thinking of bringing 4 projects.  There’s definitely a part of me that wants to bring something new to cast on, which I just should not do, but the Second Grace sweater by Bristol Ivy is calling my name and I already have the yarn for it…. Gah!  Too many choices!!!

July 20-23 off to Nashville for the Super Summer Knitogether with The Knit Girllls

August off to NS,  Canada to visit family

On the Run

I graduated from Physical Therapy!  Woohoo!!!!  Very happy to be done.  I have come so far and I feel a LOT stronger than I did 3 months ago.  My abs and glutes in particular are much, much stronger which should really help when I start running again.  Fingers crossed, I’m hoping to do some very simple runs next week on holiday – something like run 30 secs, walk 90 secs repeat 2-3 times.  I’m starting back slooooooowly so I don’t re-injure myself.

In the Garden

First crop – sugar snap peas are ripe and delicious.  Also, we debate moving the garden itself next year because our trees have grown a LOT in the past 10 years and the garden is now part shade.

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Episode 14 – 6/22/17

Segments this week include Wips, Knitting Fail, Out and About, On the Run, In the Garden

Recording late this week because family was up visiting.

Wips

Lots and lots!  Had car trouble and a few doctor’s appointments which means I had some extra knitting time.

Hitchhiker 1 – green Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% cashmere.  About 85% complete.  Can’t work a full point with the cashmere because it’s getting wider with each point, but getting a little done every day

Hitchhiker 4 – purple Cascade Ultra Pima Fine 100% cotton about 25% complete.  Bringing this one as purse knitting – even knitting on an exercise bike while warming up at physical therapy

Stella Maris Shawl – gradient kit from Birdie’s Knits in the Ocean View colorway.  Reached Chart 4 and color 6 of 8.  Might not run out of yarn after all!

2nd Hamilknit Hat – husband’s coworker asked me to knit her one after seeing mine.  She is lovely and knitworthy, so I’m about 40% done with it.  And – bonus – I brought it into to Boston last Friday and she tried it on and it fit well!  More on Boston later.

Mommy’s Tunic – I started the cable band weeks ago but put it down to get other stuff done.  Picked it up again this week and am about 75% done.  Planning on finishing it tomorrow and picking up stitches for the bodice this weekend.

Knitting Fail

Twice in the last week I’ve had to unravel/frog the Stella Maris shawl.  First time was last Saturday at knitting group.  I dropped a stitch while chating with a former Nashville resident about my upcoming SSK trip and didn’t notice until the next row.  Had to frog 3 rows. 

Got that back, was on the next-to-last row of Chart 4 and realized I’d dropped a stitch the row before.  I spent 30 minutes trying to re-work it without frogging, because my last lifeline was the end of Chart 3.  But no.  Couldn’t quite do it.  So I frogged rows 82-92.  Argh!  I’m back up to row 87 now and since the rows are so big I’m putting a lifeline in after every other RS row.  I am not frogging 10 rows again – especially when there are only 98 rows, I was SOOOOOO close to finishing!

Out and About

Sail Boston!  We went into Boston last Friday and saw many of the tall ships in town for the Sail Boston event.  We started at the Aquarium (had to sneak in one last visit before our membership expired), visited my husband at his office, then walked the waterfront to see all the ships in South Boston.  We even walked all the way to the huge Navy ship at Fort Point – if you know Boston, the USS Whidby Island was at the point north east of the cruise ship terminal.  Yeah, my feet hurt a lot after all those miles.  And yes, my PT wasn’t terribly thrilled with me. 

Upcoming events:

I’ll be heading to Cape Cod to visit my parents for the 4th of July and checking out one of my favorite knitting stores, A Great Yarn in Chatham MA.  It’s actually a yarn shop and book store.   Be still my beating heart, it’s a perfect combination!

I’ll be attending SSK retreat by The Knit Girllls in Nashville, TN July 20-23.  Very excited!  I’ve never been to a knitting retreat before and I am seriously looking forward to some relaxation, classes with Ann Budd and Lee Meredith, and lots of knitting and barbecue.

In August I’ll be heading up to Nova Scotia, Canada to visit family.  My Great Aunt is 103 and we haven’t been up to visit since she turned 100.  Definitely time to go back and introduce Thing 2 to his cousins.

On the Run

I walked at least 7 miles in Boston last Friday, much to my physical therapist’s chagrin.  But it did give us some important info.  I’ve been an extreme overpronator my whole life, which means when I walk my ankles roll inward.  With all the extra mobility and strengthening I suddenly found myself supinating – or having my ankles roll outward!  So I’m testing walking around without my orthotic inserts and so far so good.  Keep your fingers crossed.  I would be so happy to be able to buy shoes and not worry about inserts any more.

In the Garden

Our first berries have ripened!  We had about a dozen gooseberries.  If you’ve never had a gooseberry, they’re hard to explain.  They’re round and sort of greenish purple and make GREAT jam because they’re super sour.  Eating them raw is an acquired taste but I grew up eating them at my grandparent’s place up in Nova Scotia.  Homemade gooseberry jam is amazing.

Our blueberries are getting close to ripening and we have tons of tiny raspberries on our bushes.  After the drought of the past 2 years it is so nice to have a glut of berries again.

Tomato plants on the deck have literally doubled in size this week what with all the sun.  Maybe we’ll finally get some veggie garden crops soon too – all the cold rain last month stunted everything.

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Episode 13 – Knitting Fail and 5Ks - 6/13/17

Segments this week include FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Pattern Stalking, Out and About, On the Run, In the Garden

FOs

Pink Hitchhiker – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in Primrose 2 skeins, 248m

Blue Hitchhiker – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in Colonial Blue, 2 skeins 248 m

Stash Dash total: 1186 meters

Wips

Stella Maris shawl – at very end of 2nd skein, started Chart 2

Empire Top – got the criss-cross bust part done and knit together but – more to follow in Knitting Fail

Green Hitchhiker – Valley Yarns Greylock 100% cashmere, about 75% done.  To the point where I can’t work on a full point at a time any more (I’m allergic to Cashmere) but I’m working on it a little each day

Cast on Purple Hitchhiker – cascade ultra pima fine in Deep Periwinkle – last in the 4 hitchhiker scarfs for my friend’s family.

Knitting Fail 4:47

Stella Maris - Started row 5 in Chart 2 and realized I’d dropped a stitch in row 3 or 4 and it had unraveled.  Thankfully I’d put a lifeline in the last row of Chart 1

Empire Top – way too big!!!  I got gauge, or super close – only off 1 st over 4 inches, but it’s still 2-3 inches too big.  I’m going to frog it and re-start.  On the up side, if I wait to re-start to the 20th of June I can participate in the Clors of Fall KAL with the Yarniacs – never had a chance to do a KAL with them before.  Can you tell I’m desperately looking ofr a bright side to wasting 500m of knitting during Stash Dash?

Pattern Stalking

Nordic Yoke Set Pullover from Yarnspirations – free pattern.  Thing 1 has asked my more than once to knit him a new sweater for the fall (He grew out of last year’s by January) – and since I’ll be knitting myself a colorwork sweater and his baby brother a colorwork hat, I decided to knit him a colorowk sweater too.  It calls for 3 colos of DK weight.  If I tweak the pattern to be 5 colors, then I have more than enough of Valley Yarns Longmeadow in my stash -  a discontinued cotton/acrylic blend that is machine washable

Star Wars Doubleknit Scarf by notanicedragon – free on Ravelry.  found this beauty while looking for sweater ideas for Thing 1 – I NEED TO MAKE THIS for my husband!  It is absolutely perfect for him.  I’ve never double knit, so I’m looking for classes.  Can anyone recommend one?  Craftsy must have one.

Out and About

Worldwide Knit in Public Day – knit at son’s karate class and at a farm where we took in-laws for ice cream

On the Run

I walked a 5k!  Walked, not run, but it’s a start.  Thing 1 has been asking to run a race with mommy and daddy, so we signed all 4 of us up for the Color Run at Gillette Stadium.  Original plan was Thing 1 to run with daddy and me to push Thing 2 in the jogging stroller with a plastic rain cover to put over it during the  “color” parts.  Because of the sudden high heat, plans changed.  Thing 1 and daddy ran 1k and then walked & rode in the footwell of the stroller about half the race but he had fun and Thing 2 had fun too, once we got moving.  He hated the corrall.  He even ended up green when some teenager took a handful of colored powder and threw it without looking.  It went right through the stroller cover.

In the Garden

Deck plants are thriving.  Garden plants still not too happy – we’re now back in the 90s again and they are not thrilled with the heat after weeks and weeks of cold rain.  Fingers crossed that when temps even out later this week they decide to grow.

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Episode 12 – 6/6/17

Thank you for your patience last week – I had caught my kids’ cold and ended up with laryngitis.  It is hard to record a podcast when you’ve lost your voice!

FOs, Wips, Stash, Pattern Stalking, On the Run, In the Garden, On the Road

FOs

Stash Dash has begun!  Which means there are FOs!

Tanwen scarf by Thayer Preece Parker (ilikecake) in Berocco Remix, worsted weight tweed that is a silk/nylon/linen/cotton blend – pattern as written is reversible but I switched it up to make 1 full row knitting only because I rib slowly and knit very quickly so it made the pattern go faster.  This is the 2nd teacher gift for Thing 1’s preschool teachers.  He graduates from preschool on Friday!

Hamilknit Hat – Emily Straw from Knitting Butterflies podcast – using Schachenmayer Baby Smiles a fingering weight cotton.  I love this pattern!!!  Going to cast on a 2nd one soon for a person with a 2 inch bigger head - I think using the same needles and a sport-weight yarn might just do the trick

Wips

Empire Top by Lily Go – fitted tunic that crosses across the bust, fits around the rib cage and flairs out with an A-line bottom.  Knitting this in Frogtree Picoboo, which is a discontinued bamboo/cotton blend.  I am NEARLY done with the cross-bust part.  Got a lot done while sick, which worked out well as someone contacted me on Ravelry to ask if I had extra – they had the same dye lot and ran out during an attached edging on a shawl.  Was able to get far enough along to know that I would have at least a skein of leftovers, so I got that skein in the mail

Hitchhiker 3 – back to the blue hitchhiker since I’ve been healthy again, now about 75% complete.  Working on this in Cascade Ultra Pima Sport

Mommy’s Tunic – I am starting a new version of my Mommy’s Tunic pattern in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve cotton.  I keep wearing my sample, which I really need to stop doing if I want to keep it for shows, but it’s soooooo comfy I need to make a version I can wear.

Stella Maris – Bought the beads and started this lovely lace-weight small shawl.  It’s almost crescent shaped.  Working on it in a hand-dyed gradient kit from Birdie Knits.  I have the Coney Island set which gradiates from turquoise to white.  Shawl starts at the center and works out – started it in the darkest color and it will work out towards the lightest.  Chose this directions because I might not have quite enough yarn in the gradient kit and I have some plain white yarn leftover from my hamilknit hat that I can use to finish the edges

Stash,

Nettle Grove – cotton/linen/silk/nettle blend

Pattern Stalking

Let’s talk about Romi Hill.  I’ve been drooling about her patterns for years, but never knit one.  I know, it’s my loss.  Being so sick last week, I spent a morning trying to find the perfect pattern for 1000 yards of variegated crimson red lace-weight yarn.  After posting some thoughts/suggestions on Instagram and Twitter, Romi herself responded on twitter regarding her Firebird pattern – and if Romi, herself, says “yes”, who am I to say no?  So I bought the pattern and wound the yarn, but haven’t cast on yet

On the Run

No running, but did a lot of walking this past weekend as we just spent 4 days in Burlington, VT – more on that later.  Heels held up well, so I’m optimistic. 

In The Garden

No gardening this past week, it’s been cold and rainy, but the previous week we got the deck plants and seeds planted.  Tomatoes and peppers live on our deck as it’s sunnier than our veggie garden.  Planted morning glories and nasturtiums in the pots next to the sliding glass door, where we have trellises.  Planted convolvulus and cascading petunias amongst the veggies.  Also planted chamomile, cilantro and basil in the herb garden. 

On the Road

Just returned from 4 days in Burlington, VT.  Lovely time!  IT was the 15th college anniversary for my husband and I and we had a lovely time.  Got to show the boys around our old college and catch up with people we hadn’t seen in years.  Also, caught up with some god friends who are still in the area that we don’t get to see as often as we’d like.  We stayed in a hotel with a pool, which was a HUGE hit with the boys.  Also went to the Echo Center which is a fresh-water aquarium on Lake Champlain – lovely!  And we went to both Magic Hat and Switchback breweries; the Champlain Valley is now full of craft breweries so that was fun!  When we lived up there it was just Magic Hat.

Also – go to Church Street!  Have lunch outdoors in the summer, its wonderful and very kid friendly.

 

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Episode 11 – Knitting on the Run Podcast

Knitting in 30 minutes or less, plus some running and gardening

Today’s segments include wearables, wips, kals, knitting fail,  in the garden, on the run, out and about

Wearables

Thoughts by Joji Locatelli knit in Araucania Yumbrel

Wips

Tanwen – Thayer Preece, ilikecake – about 40 inches, 20ish to go

Hitchiker 1 – Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% Cashmere ___ points

Hitchiker 3 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in a blue-green color, ____ points

Hamilknit Hat – finished 3rd row of lettering.  Hat nos says “oceans rise, empires fall”, “burn”, “talk less, smile more”

Fishy Sweater

KALS

PALKAL2017 – annual KAL by Actually Knitting podcast, it’s a podcaster KAL and I’m super proud to be a sponsor.  I’m offering a prize and a discount code.  Use code PALKAL2017 for 25% off ALL Ravelry patterns now through September 1, 2017.  Thanks for the shout-out on yesterday’s episode, Michelle!

Stash Dash – annual KAL by TheKnitGIrllls.  “Race” against yourself to knit a certain distance.  Prizes in the following distances: 1K, 3K, 5K, 10K.  I’m aiming for 5K, but will probably end up in the 3K.

Splash Pad Party from Down Cellar Studio – I’m back again this year as a sponsor donating a prize.  Summer themed KAL with lots of prizes all summer long.

Knitting Fail

Screwed up the Tanwen scarf again  There’s a garter stitch section and I purled it on the back instead of knit.  Twice.  Dropped down 6 rows for one, other was 4 inches [10cm] down – I’m going to duplicate stitch over it

In the Garden

Deck coming together – tomatoes, peppers, basil and flowers.  Had “helpers”  Took twice as long but they had fun

Also, got chamomile, cilantro and basil seedlingds in the herb garden

Planted cucumber and watermelon seedlings in the garden

On the Run

Finally got to progress past half a mile!  Unfortunately I’ve had pain in my foot and Achilles tendon.  Gonna talk to my physical therapist about it tomorrow.  Fingers crossed it’s nothing major.  I want to run!

Out And About

Cape Cod this weekend

Burlington, VT 1st weekend in June

SSK retreat July 20-23

Canada!  First week in August in Nova Scotia visiting family

 

 

 

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Episode 10 – 5/16/17 - we’ve hit double digits!

Considering I’ve listened to podcasts since 2005, and have listened to a few for 10+ years, it seems a little silly to be celebrating 10 episodes but to me if someone reaches the 10 episode mark then it shows they are in it for the long run and to me, I’m more likely to start listening to them.

Welcome to our new international listeners! New listeners from Canada, Bievenue! I suspect I’m related to most of you, lol, I’m half Canadian.  Also Australia, Germany, Sweden and India!  Wilkomen! Tak! Dhanyabad – ok, that last was Nepali, not Hindi, but I speak Nepali (or used to).  Languages are a hobby of mine so forgive me for geeking out about listeners abroad.

FYI - No FOs until Stash Dash starts

KALS

PALKAL2017 – annual KAL by Actually Knitting podcast, it’s a podcaster KAL and I’m super proud to be a sponsor.  I’m offering a prize and a discount code.  Use code PALKAL2017 for 25% off ALL Ravelry patterns now through September 1, 2017.  Thanks for the shout-out on yesterday’s episode, Michelle!

Stash Dash – annual KAL by TheKnitGIrllls.  “Race” against yourself to knit a certain distance.  Prizes in the following distances: 1K, 3K, 5K, 10K.  I’m aiming for 5K, but will probably end up in the 3K.

Splash Pad Party from Down Cellar Studio – I’m back again this year as a sponsor donating a prize.  Summer themed KAL with lots of prizes all summer long.

Wips

Empire Top – Lily Go – frogtree picboo, a discontinued cotton/linen blend.  Now roughly 5 inches tall

Tanwen – Thayer Preece, ilikecake

Hitchiker 1 – Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% Cashmere about halfway

Hitchiker 3 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in a blue-green color, about halfway

CO Hamilknit Hat

Fishy Sweater

Stash

Birdie Yarns – gradient kit, Ocean View

5 skeins of Old Glory, hand died pretty much the exact colors of the actual Star Spangled banner, a faded navu blue and red, with a hint of white in places.

Pattern Stalking

Maris Stella Lace Shawl by Anna Victoria – eyeing this for the gradient kit I just received

 

Wearables

Poema by Vera Sanon, knit in Be Sweet’s Bamboo

Vivian  by Ysolda Teague in Plymouth Yarn’s Covington, 100% mercerized cotton

In The Garden

Resurrected most of the seedlings I dried out!  Too cold and rainy for me to plant – a really crappy week.  Cold drizzle almost all week – felt like April!  Mother’s Day was only 46!!!  Today it’s 78 and it’ll be 90 on Thursday.  In New England if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 min.

On The Run

Still walking half mile per day.  Also, getting lots more mobility back in my ankle, yay!

Also, Color Run 5K as a family.  Thing 1 wants to run a race like mommy and daddy and this is not timed, so he can walk (or be carried)

Out And About

Burlington, VT 1st weekend in June

SSK retreat July 20-23

Canada!  First week in August in Nova Scotia visiting family

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Episode 9 – Chaos – 5/9/17

It’s been chaos.  Kids with allergies not sleeping, Thing 1 ends up with a sinus infection, car repairs, physical therapy running late repeatedly, pattern to tech editor late.  Just chaos.

Wips

Tanwen – Thayer Preece Parker, aka ilikecake.  Love the pattern, love the yarn but maybe these two aren’t a good combination.  Mentioned last week that I had to switch needles – still getting sore hands.  Only doing 1-2 inches per day.  At 21 inches, only 39 remain

Hitchiker 1 – 100% Cashmere, Greylock by Valley Yarns – 22 points

Hitchiker 2 – pink Ultra Pima Sport using  a 6-row repeat – 45 points; set aside for Stash Dash 2017

Hitchiker 3 – blue Ultra Pima Fine using 6-row repeat – 11 points

Empire Top by Lily Go in Frogtree Picoboo – discontinued Cootn/bamboo blend – about 4.5” tall.  Raglan tunic than criss-crosses in front of bust – still a looooong way to go.

DYING TO KNIT SOMETHING FOR MYSELF – have a queue, 1 more hitchiker and 3 Hamilton hats need to get done, not to mention my design work.  but all I want to do is make myself something pretty, so I will.

Knitting Fail

At Thing 1’s swimming lesson – wasn’t paying attention to the cables and missed the 2nd of t C4F cables…. Didn’t catch it till 8 rows later.  Oops!

Wearables

Thoughts, by Joji Locatelli on Araucania Yumbrel laceweight

Mommy’s Tunic – Be Sweet Bamboo

Vivian – Ysolda Teague in Plymouth Yarn Covington

Gardening

not so much – taking plants in and out and in and out.  Cold weather this week (for May)

Dried out seedlings.  Doh!

On The Run

I got to walk!  Last week I got permission to start walking ½ mile – done it 3 times now, so far so good!  Huge increases in ankle range of motion, visible changes in my foot (long story).  Hoping to be able to start running later this month.  But I need new shoes!

 

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Episode 8

Welcome!  

Cameos by Thing 2 and our noisiest cat, Dubz.

Giveaway

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

FOs

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

Wips

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.

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Episode 7 - 4/25/2017

Guest appearance by Dubz the Cat

Giveaway!

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

Wips

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

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Episode 6

Wips

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

Stash

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???

Giveaway!

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.

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