Knitting On The Run

Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

95 - To the Sea

Ep 95 recorded 9/24/21

Segments this week include: WindsweptKnits, Wips, Stash, Out and About, and I’ve Got Sunshine

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry in the show notes are clearly labelled as such.  All yarn links are directly to the manufacturer or dyer’s website.

Windswept Knits

Very excited to announce the launch of Line Where The Sky Meets the Sea, my latest shawl pattern.

Some people feel the call of the Sea. Open water, no land in sight, that is where your heart lies. I know this feeling well. I grew up near the North Atlantic and I love being on a boat offshore, wondering what lies just over the horizon. When I first watched the film “Moana” and I heard her sing “There’s a line where the sky meets the sea and it calls me” I knew exactly what she meant. To my fellow knitters who also hear the sea’s siren call, I present this shawl.

Shawl is available on LoveCrafts, PayHip and Ravelry (link to all 3 in the shownotes) and if you purchase through PayHip or Ravelry, use code PODCAST to get 25% the regular price.

WIPs

Priestess Coat – by Morale Fiber in Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball.  

Another design sample is in progress, a tank top made with HiKoo Popcycle!  It’s a 50/50 bamboo/polyester blend and every skein uses 2 recycled plastic bottles 

Purse Socks! These are for a dear friend for Christmas who loves handknits. It’s in a new-to-me sock yarn Bamboo Pop Sock in the Sunset colorway.  

Stash

 

Toasty Alpaca Silk Linen, a DK yarn from Tina’s Toasty toes 50% baby alpaca, 25% silk, s5% linen, 273 yards to 100g.  

2 skeins from Five Wise Owls, one of her fingering Tencel in the space cadet colorway which is black with blots of purple.  The other color is Avocado and that is on her Pima DK base.

Last up is a prize I won from Maridee of the Yarnover Truck out in California, and I won 2 skeins of Dragonfly Fibers Djinni in Kaleidoscope. 

Out and About Virtually

NY Sheep and Wool currently still happening in Rhinebeck, NY Oct 16 & 17.  At the moment I’m 50/50 about going.  I have tickets and my husband and I and our parents are all vaccinated, but my kids are too young to get vaccinated and the Delta variant has me nervous.  I’ll be making that decision at the last minute, I think.

Vogue Knitting Live Vogue Knitting Live @ Home this weekend Oct 7-10. 

GGKCS podcast is having their annual Autumnal AL, visit their FB page for more details.

Down Cellar Studio’s Pigskin party is up and running.  You can participate on Instagram or on Ravelry and I’m linking to Boston Jen’s website which has the details and the signup page.  I am both a sponsor and a participant again this year and it’s lots of fun.

Stitches Expo at home Oct 8-10 – online classes, workshops and a virtual marketplace

94 - I‘m back

Knitting and fun in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 94 recorded 9/17/21

Segments this week include: Deep Thoughts, FOs, Wips, Out and About, and I’ve Got Sunshine

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry in the show notes are clearly labelled as such.  All yarn links are directly to the manufacturer or dyer’s website.

FOs

I honestly don’t remember all the stuff I’ve finished in 6 months, so I’m just going to highlight a few things.

Slice of Summer - Ravelry – my New Year’s caston using BaH yarns watermelon shawl ball (wool bases available as of today – cotton/bamboo currently out of stock).  

I finished 2 new design samples, can’t talk much about them yet, but I am very excited at what is coming.

Crocheted water balloons 

WIPs

Priestess Coat – by Morale Fiber in Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball.  I’m using the Feng Shui colorway, a grey-to white gradient.

Another design sample is in progress, a tank top made with HiKoo Popcycle!  It’s a 50/50 bamboo/polyester blend and every skein uses 2 recycled plastic bottles and you know me, I love recycled and reclaimed fibers. 

New socks! These are for a dear friend for Christmas who loves handknits. It’s in a new-to-me sock yarn Bamboo Pop Sock in the Sunset colorway.  

Diamond Painting

If you’ve never done diamond painting before, think of it like paint by number or cross stitch, only faster and sparklier.  You get a canvas with a chart on it, covered in a tacky glue-like substance with a protective plastic cover and packages of multi-faceted resin pieces, either square or round, and they’re called either drills or diamonds.  Peel back the protective cover and use the included diamond pen to place the colored on the matching spot on the chart.  Some drills are pearlescent and really sparkle, some are glow-in-the-dark, it’s lots of fun.

I’m currently about 60% through one called Bubble Bubble Chocolate Trouble. This is based on a painting by Randal Spangler and made by Diamond Art Club.  This painting is so cute, it’s two little green dragons wearing witches hats and stirring a giant cauldron full of hot chocolate, with a haunted house in the background and packages of cocoa and marshamallows on the side. 

Stash

Just this week I bought 3 skeins of Go For Faux Thick and Quick from Lion Brand.  This fake-fur yarn will be the cuff and hood edging for my Priestess Coat mentioned earlier.

Shameless Self Promotion

In a week I’ll be launching a new pattern, a shawl named Line Where The Sky Meets the Sea launching on Friday, September 24 and it will be available on Ravelry, LoveCrafts and Payhip and to my loyal listeners, listen to the podcast for the coupon code.

Out and About Virtually

NY Sheep and Wool currently still happening in Rhinebeck, NY Oct 16 & 17.  

Vogue Knitting Live Vogue Knitting Live @ Home this weekend Oct 7-10. 

GGKCS podcast is having their annual Autumnal AL, visit their FB page for more details.

Down Cellar Studio’s Pigskin party is up and running.  You can participate on Instagram or on Ravelry and I’m linking to Boston Jen’s website 

Stitches Expo at home Oct 8-10

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

I’ve Got Sunshine

Both my kids are at the same school this year, first time ever, and this summer my kindergartener learned to buckle his seatbelt by himself!  

Knitting and fitness in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 93 recorded 3/19/21

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Out and About Virtually, On the Run, and I’ve Got Sunshine

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such.

Mother Nature whiplash!

Be A Helper Craft-a-long Quick Update

Deadline extended to 5/1/21 to make up for my lack of participation.  We have pattern and yarn prizes.

Short reminder on the rules

  • Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet/woven or spun. ANYthing you make for ANY charity.
    • One FO submission of the Google Form https://forms.gle/QdJuQUSr8uM7GoiF6
    • Donating blood counts too
    • Wips are welcome

Link to submit your Finished Object/blood donation: https://forms.gle/QdJuQUSr8uM7GoiF6

FOs

Boxy – a tweaked Joji Locatelli pattern worked in hand dyed laceweight bamboo from Spinaway Farm.  I finished the front and am now up to the shoulders on the back.

WIPs

Slice of Summer – my New Year’s caston using BaH yarns watermelon shawl ball.  I’m on the watermelon rind.  This is my purse knitting so it gets a round or 2 most days with school pickup, etc.

Tunisian Express – I’m learning Tunisian Crochet and practicing using this pattern.  It’s simple and easy to memorize and also includes a great tutorial with photos.  I’m using leftover yarn from my Belle blanket and the boys’ dragon blankets.  I’ve added a few rows.

I’ve started 2 new design samples, can’t talk much about them yet, but I am very excited at what is coming.

Stash

I got 9 skeins of Lion Brand Shawl In A Ball to make the Priestess Coat by Morale Fiber.  I’m using the grey-to white for the body of the coat and a variety of jewel tones for the inserts and hood.  This will be my Rhinebeck “sweater” whenever it’s safe to have Rhinebeck again.

Got yarn for some new patterns, I’m excited to work with HiKoo Popcycle!  It’s a 50/50 bamboo/polyester blend and every skein uses 2 recycled plastic bottles and you know me, I love recycled and reclaimed fibers.  On that note  I also got some more Berroco Remix Light which is 100%  recycled fibers and made in France.  Remix is 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk, 9% Linen  It’s got a slightly tweedy look/texture and makes great sweaters.  Remix is worsted weight, Remix Light is sport/DK.  And lastly, Valley Yarns Southwick which I’ve only knit a hat out of, this will be my first garment in it.  It is so smooth and silky and soft, it’ll make a super comfy top.

Out and About Virtually

Lots of fiber events happening online this winter

Vogue Knitting Live Vogue Knitting Live @ Home this weekend Mar18-21. 

Stitches At Home this weekend, is the 2nd weekend Mar 13,14, 20 & 21

Fiberworld is running an online march madness event, visit their website to vote.

GGKCS podcast is having their annual Sheepy Spring AL, visit their FB page for more details.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

On the Run

More knee problems -I’ve injured the other knee.  PT wants me to get back in the pool.

 

I’ve Got Sunshine

Dropkick Murphy’s concert, 2nd year in a row St Paddy’s day online show.  Lots of fun.  Not safe to gather in large groups yet, but Dropkick Murphy’s has now put on 3 free shows and raised over $750,000 for charity during the pandemic.  They’re a local Boston band and Shipping Up To Boston is a bit of a local anthem around here.  We let the boys stay up late to watch the show and it was a fun way to spend the evening – the grownups with a pint in hand.

92 - Drained

Knitting and fitness in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 92 recorded 3/5/21

Segments this week include: Be A Helper Craftalaong, FOs, Wips, Out and About Virtually, On the Run, and I’ve Got Sunshine

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such.

So it’s been a month.  I was intending to record every other week, as has become my new normal, but we’ve had some family stuff going on here and I have just been completely mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted.  I’ve hardly knit anything in the last month.  But the end is in sight, and Spring is trying really hard to arrive here in New England, so while I have a few spoons left in my jar I am recording this episode.

Be A Helper Craft-a-long Update

Deadline extended to 5/1/21 to make up for my lack of participation.

New prizes!  Jennifer Lassonde from Down Cellar Studio podcast has graciously donated 2 patterns to the winners of Be A Helper Craftalong!  A huge thank you to Jen for her generosity in supporting us again this year.

Short reminder on the rules

  • Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet/woven or spun. ANYthing you make for ANY charity.
    • One FO submission of the Google Form https://forms.gle/QdJuQUSr8uM7GoiF6
    • Donating blood counts too
    • Wips are welcome

Link to submit your Finished Object/blood donation: https://forms.gle/QdJuQUSr8uM7GoiF6

FOs

Galliatt (Ravelry) by JimiKnits – Knitting is done!  I finished it just in time for the end of the pigskin party – literally the last night - I just need to add the decorative buttons on the sides.

WIPs

Slice of Summer – my New Year’s caston using BaH yarns watermelon shawl ball.  I’m nearly done with the pink and on the white/green at the start of the watermelon rind.

Pull  Me Over sweater – did a little more of the collar

Boxy – a tweaked Joji Locatelli pattern worked in hand dyed laceweight bamboo from Spinaway Farm.  I finished the front and am now up to the shoulders on the back.

Tunisian Express – I’m learning Tunisian Crochet and practicing using this pattern.  It’s simple and easy to memorize and also includes a great tutorial with photos.  I’m using leftover yarn from my Belle blanket and the boys’ dragon blankets.  I’ve added a few rows.

And that’s all I’ve done in an entire month.

Out and About Virtually

Lots of fiber events happening online this winter

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live @ Home Mar18-21. 

Stitches At Home this weekend, Mar 13,14, 20 & 21

Fiberworld is running an online march madness event, visit their website to vote.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

On the Run

I am back in physical therapy and learned a lot about how your brain reacts to pain.  It's fascinating.

 

I’ve Got Sunshine

Happy news this week is that I stopped composting right around the last episode 3 weeks ago.  The happy part isn’t that I’ve stopped composting, it’s that I didn’t have to stop composting until February!  

Knitting and fitness in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 91 recorded 2/5/21

Segments this week include: Be A Helper Craftalaong, FOs, Wips, Stash, Spinning, Out and About Virtually, On the Run, and a new segment,  I’ve Got Sunshine

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such.

Be A Helper Craft-a-long

Short reminder on the rules

  • Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet/woven or spun. ANYthing you make for ANY charity.
    • One FO submission of the Google Form https://forms.gle/QdJuQUSr8uM7GoiF6
    • Donating blood counts too
    • Wips are welcome

Link to submit your Finished Object/blood donation: https://forms.gle/QdJuQUSr8uM7GoiF6

Prizes:

3 prizes

1 skein of Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, that’s a wool-cotton blned that’s on the border between DK and worsted, in color #28, a sage green color.

1 skein of The Fiber Co’s Arranmore Donegal Heritage.  It’s a merino-cashmere-silk blend that is so soft and squishy.  This is an Aran/bulky weight yarn in the Orla colorway, a burnt-siera/dark orange

I am donating a pattern of your choice from my self-published patterns.  I can gift this to you via Ravelry or email the PDF directly.

FOs

Wenlock (Ravelery) from Tin Can Knits.   Knitting done.  Need to weave in ends

WIPs

Galliatt (Ravelry) by JimiKnits – I’m seaming the shoulders, then I just have to knit the turtleneck collar and the side edging.  Nearly done!

Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – pattern by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton.  Fiber from HipStrings.  I used 2 braids, pulled apart the colors, spun them in rainbow order then chain-plied it to maintain the rainbow.  I am nearing the end of orange – there’s a lot of orange.

Slice of Summer – my New Year’s cast on using BaH yarns shawl ball.  I’m probably 2/3 through the pink.

Ozone crochet top – restarted it now that my crochet skills are better; already through the band of hexies that go around your ribcage.  Using Scheepjes Coton 8

Pull  Me Over sweater – This was my Christmas Day cast on, though I haven’t picked it up at all since then!  Pattern by Andrea Black, using leftover Universal Yarns cotton that are leftovers from knitting my husband a sweater many, many years ago. 

Spinning

Buchanan gradient spin – started the 5th and last color of the gradient.  This gradient spin goes from malachite green to a beautiful true blue.  I can’t wait to knit with it!

Out and About Virtually

Lots of fiber events happening online this winter

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live @ Home Feb 11-14, Mar18-21. 

Stitches At Home this weekend, Feb 5-7

GGKCS podcast is running their annual winter craftaong starting now through the end of Feb 2021, more details on their Facebook page.

Spa 2021 is virtual, sign up for their mailing list for further details.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

On the Run

Up until now, we’ve had an abnormally warm winter, but as of 2 weeks ago it’s now just plain cold.  No more walking outside for me until it warms up and the ice t. 

I’ve Got Sunshine

This is a new segment I’m adding, a short segment, but I want to end the podcast on an uplifting note.  After living through a global pandemic for nearly a year, I find that any good news gets lost in all the bad news and I want to change that.  I may share personal stories, or something I’ve found from halfway around the planet, we’ll see how this plays out.  This week I’m starting with a new shoe designed by Nike to be completely hands free.  I’m not talking a sandal, I mean a sneaker-type shoe.  “Called the Flyease Go, it is the first totally hands-free shoe, enveloping and releasing your feet solely through natural motion—a bit like Tony Stark putting on his Iron Man suit.

The revolutionary shoe is perfect, says a top Nike designer, for pregnant women in their third trimester, arthritis patients, or those who have lost some or all of the use of their arms—such as stroke victims or injured military veterans.” You get in and out of the shoe by using the “kickstand tab” at the back of the shoe which opens the hinge mid-foot and allows you to slip the shoe off.  Picture what you do when you take a shoe off without untying it – only these shoes are designed to release the foot easily when you do that.  This is awesome!  For anyone with hand or arm injuries, this could be a game changer.  During my first pregnancy I pulled a muscle in my lower abdomen and could barely lift my legs to walk let a lone put shoes on in October – a shoe like this, well, I probably would have given a kidney for it easily lol

Knitting and fitness in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 90 recorded 1/22/21

Segments this week include: Be A Helper Craftalaong, FOs, Wips, Stash, Spinning, Out and About Virtually, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

So it’s been a month since I last recorded and what a month it’s been.  2021 definitely told 2020, “hey hold my beer”.  With all the craziness happening the last few weeks here in the US and the terror attacks on the Capitol Building I had thought of skipping the Be A Helper Craft-a-long this year because my anxiety levels were hovering around vibrating-chihuahua-on-espresso for a while there, but after some reflection I think that we need it now more than ever.

Welcome to our 5th annual craftalong! Inspired by the famous Mr Rogers quote that in times of trouble you should look for the helpers, I'm encouraging folks to BE the helpers.

Be A Helper Craftalong
5th Be A Helper Craft-a-long has begun! We keep the rules simple.
• Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet/woven or spun. ANYthing you make for ANY charity.
• One FO submission of the Google Form https://forms.gle/QdJuQUSr8uM7GoiF6
• Donating blood counts too
• Google Form closes when I wake up April 15th.
• Wips are welcome

One change this year - due to the ongoing accessibility issues at Ravelry, finished objects can be submitted via a Google Form.  I have pages set up to share your beautiful work on Ravelry, but if you want to win a prize, please submit the Google Form. I will link to the Google Form repeatedly over the net few months here in the shownotes, on Ravelry, on IG, on FB and anywhere else I can think to post so you'll be able to find the link when you're ready to submit.

Link to submit your Finished Object/blood donation: https://forms.gle/QdJuQUSr8uM7GoiF6

FOs

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) – this is a pattern by Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studios in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m doing a few rows each week

The Opposite of Strict (Ravelry) hat by That Metzbower Girl Designs and it’s a ponytail hat designed to use scraps.  I used up the leftovers from the two RBG Dissent Cowls I made earlier this fall.

Princess Blanket by Carol Hladik – wearable crochet blanket.

 

WIPs

Wenlock (Ravelery) from Tin Can Knits.   Knitting done.  Need to weave in ends

Galliatt (Ravelry) by JimiKnits – pattern also available on LoveCrafts, using discontinued Longmeadow by Webs.  I finished the front and am about 7” in to the back

Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – pattern by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton.  Fiber from HipStrings.  I used 2 braids, pulled apart the colors, spun them in rainbow order then chainplied it to maintain the rainbow.  I am nearing the end of orange – there’s a lot of orange.

Pull Me Over sweater – This was my Christmas Day cast on, though I haven’t picked it up at all since then!  Pattern by Andrea Black, using leftover Universal Yarns cotton that are leftovers from knitting my husband a sweater many, many years ago. 

Slice of Summer (Ravelry) – my New Year’s caston using BaH yarns shawl ball

Ozone crochet top (Ravelry) – restarted it now that my crochet skills are better; already half way through the band of hexies that go around your ribcage

Stash

My family got me a subscription to Hipstrings Cotton Club!  I am so happy to be a member again, I looooove her colorways.  I got 2 2-oz braids (technically it was the December shipment) that are beautiful blends of purple, blue, brown, mauve and brown called Moody and On the Horizon.  I’m thinking of pulling these 2 apart and making a chain ply, but not sure.

For Christmas I got 3 colors of Nomad Yarn’s hand-dyed Gelato series.  This time I got the green, blue and purple to go with the pink, orange and yellow that I bought during a virtual fiber event last summer.  Now I have a whole gorgeous rainbow and I need to decide what to do with it!

Spinning

Buchanan Fiber gradient spin – the 4th color is done and plied I’ve been spinning 10 min a day

Out and About Virtually

Lots of fiber events happening online this winter

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live @ Home Feb 11-14, Mar18-21.  I got tickets for my birthday am taking classes with Bristol Ivy and Alisdair Post-Quinn and I’m very excited.

Stitches At Home Feb 5-7

GGKCS podcast is running their annual winter craftaong starting now through the end of Feb 2021, more details on their Facebook page.

Spa 2021 is virtual, sign up for their mailing list for further details.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

We took our annual New Year’s Day hike.  It’s normally a big group event in our town – groups of 30-ish people led by a guide on trails in our town.  Of course it was a bit different this year.  We hiked by ourselves on a new-to-us trail behind our local agricultural high school.  Lovely trail plus the kids loved seeing the cows and horses.  Other people on the trail but everyone maintained a safe distance and wore masks.

Belly dancing - great for bad knees and so much fun!

 

Knitting and Running in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 89 recorded 12/3/20

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Out and About Virtually, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

FOs

I ended up with lots of FOs this week because I finished my Christmas gift knitting!  

The Acadian Shawl (Ravelry), a Christmas gift for my mom in the approximate colors of the Acadian Flag (nous sommes fiere d’etre Acadienne!)  I’m using the Goldberry crochet pattern and working it in blue, white and red with accents of yellow.  I’ve put a photo of the Acadian flag in the shownotes so you can see it.

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – One section left, plan to finish later today.  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray.  Pattern is a series of free charts by Jessica Goddard.

Thing 1 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – all the pieces are finished, I just need to assemble it.

 

WIPs

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) – this is a pattern by Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studios in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m doing a few rows each week

Wenlock (Ravelery) from Tin Can Knits.  I used a bunch of scraps in pink, white and yellow for the star pattern at the top, now I’m on to the body and I’ve using a variegated yarn, Cayenne by Feza Yarns, in cool-toned peach-pink-green variegated colorway.

Started a new winter tunic for myself, Galliatt (Ravelry) by JimiKnits – pattern also available on LoveCrafts

Started a new hat as part of the Fasten Off YAL (more on that a little later), the hat is The Opposite of Strict (Ravelry) by That Metzbower Girl Designs and it’s a ponytail hat designed to use scraps.  I’m using up the leftovers from the two RBG Dissent Cowls I made earlier this fall.

Out and About Virtually

Lots of fiber events happening online this winter

The first-ever Fasten Off YAL is going on right now.  It’s an inclusive yarn-a-long for anyone to join.  It is NOT being run on Ravelry so it’s safe to join for those of you having issues with the new site.  There’s a website, a Facebook group, a Discord server to chat on and you can post on IG with the hashtag #fastenoffyal  More than 90 knit and crochet designers from around the globe are participating.  All the included designs are 25% off through 12/5 using code FO2020 and the crafalong portion runs through 12/31/20. 

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live @ Home events will be Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I will be attending the January VKL

Stitches At Home December 5,6,12,13.

GGKCS podcast is running their annual winter craftaong starting now through the end of Feb 2021, more details on their Facebook page.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

I was doing really well then I tweaked my knee again last Saturday.  Meh.  Lots of icing and ibuprofen and I’m staying off it as much as possible.  It’s starting to be less cranky.

 

Knitting and Running in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 88 recorded 11/20/20

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

WIPs

The Acadian Shawl (Ravelry), a Christmas gift for my mom in the approximate colors of the Acadian Flag (nous sommes fiere d’etre Acadienne!)  I’m using the Goldberry crochet pattern and working it in blue, white and red with accents of yellow.  I’ve put a photo of the Acadian flag in the shownotes so you can see it.

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – One section left, plan to finish later today.  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray.  Pattern is a series of free charts by Jessica Goddard.

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) -  in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m doing a few rows each week

Thing 1 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – all the pieces are finished, I just need to assemble it.

Ankle socks (Ravelry) – just about to the heel turn.  Knitting in CoBaSi by Hikoo.

New WIP, Wenlock (Ravelery) from Tin Can Knits.  I used a bunch of scraps in pink, white and yellow for the star pattern at the top, now I’m on to the body and I’ve using a variegated yarn, Cayenne by Feza Yarns, in cool-toned peach-pink-green variegated colorway.

Spinning

Continuing on the last color of my gradient spin so I can count it towards the Pigskin party.  I’m spinning 5 minutes a day, or every other day.  Slow and steady getting back to using the injured leg.

 

Out and About

Lots of fiber events happening online this fall

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events will be Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend.  This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event.

Stitches At Home December 5,6,12,13.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

Still not running, but I am biking regularly! 

Knitting and Running in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 87 recorded 11/13/20

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

Lots of stress knitting the last week, so I have MULTIPLE FOs!

FOs

Dumpster Fire ornament 1 (Ravelry) & ornament 2 (Ravelry) both made in CoBaSi by Hikoo, a blend of cotton, silk, bamboo and nylon.  It’s arguably my favorite fingering weight yarn – makes great socks and tank tops.  Pattern by Mary Hull of Kino Knits.

Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels.  It’s done and blocked and I accidentally left it out after photographing it and Thing 2 told me how much he LOVED the yarn lol.  Good kid, it’s for you!

Dissent Cowl 2 (Ravelry) – this is a Christmas gift for a very knitworthy friend.  I’m using some ancient stash and I’ve about halfway through the necklace portion of the cowl.

WIPs

New WIP, what I am calling the Acadian Shawl (Ravelry), a Christmas gift for my mom in the approximate colors of the Acadian Flag (nous sommes fiere d’etre Acadienne!)  I’m using the Goldberry crochet pattern and working it in blue, white and red with accents of yellow.  I’ve put a photo of the Acadian flag in the shownotes so you can see it.

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – more than halfway through the last chart!  I’m about 7/8 of the way through.  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray.  Pattern is a series of free charts by Jessica Goddard.

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) -  in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m on the 2nd set of eyelet rows, almost to the 2nd set of textured stitches.

Thing 1 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – the second Christmas Snap The Dragon Blanket, this one from my older son.  Using deep stash acrylic.

Knitting Fail

I still have a hard time reading crochet. 

Spinning

Still no success at a distaff, but I have spun a little more of the Tussah Silk from Pinestar Studios in Maine on my Akerworks drop spindle.

Started the last color of my gradient spin so I can count it towards the Pigskin party

Out and About

Lots of fiber events happening online this fall

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend.  This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event.

Stitches At Home December 5,6,12,13.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

Still not running, but I’m biking! 

Knitting and Running in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 85 recorded 10/23/20

Segments this week include: Be a Helper Craft-a-long prep, Wips, Spinning, Stash, Out and About, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

Be a Helper Craftalong

For those of you who are new to the podcast, every winter I run the Be A Helper Craftalong, inspired by famous quote from Mister Rogers, that in times of troubles to look for the helpers.  This charity-focused craftalong urges people to BE the helper.  The rules are very simple:

  • Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet. ANYthing you make for ANY charity.
  • One entry per FO
  • Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that.
  • Wips are welcome

First up I’d like to talk to you all quickly about the schedule for this year’s craftalong.  

Secondly, I will have to adjust how I run the event and track FOs since Ravelry is not safe for everyone to use.  

WIPs

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – finished the Death Star and all of Chart 2!  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray.

Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels.  It’s still my car knitting and knitting a row or 2 most days.

Ankle socks (Ravelry) – Still on the 2nd sock getting closer to the heel.  I’m in physical therapy and have been working on it a little before each appointment.

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) -  in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m on the 2nd set of eyelet rows, almost to the 2nd set of textured stitches.

Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton. I spun this yarn with fiber from fiber from Hipstrings with this shawl in mind last June during Pride month. I’ve finished the pinks and am on the red in the rainbow handspun.

Dissent Cowl 2 (Ravelry) – this is a Christmas gift for a very knitworthy friend.  I’m using some ancient stash and I’ve finished the first dots section and have reached the color band.

Spinning

Still no success at a distaff, but I have spun a little more of the Tussah Silk from Pinestar Studios in Maine

Out and About

Virtual Rhinebeck – this past weekend. 

Lots of fiber events happening online this fall

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live eve nts will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend.  This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event.

Stitches Expo at Home – Nov 6-8

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

Had an MRI, fun times.   Stress fracture is healing though the knee itself is still swollen and sore.  No walking for quite a while yet.  But once I’m back on my feet I will continue the 100 Mile challenge I was part of.

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