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Episode 67 – Get Ready for Rhinebeck

Segments this week include – Wips, FOs, Knitting Fail, Wearables and Out and About – getting ready for Rhinebeck edition

Quick reminder, Pont du Marais shawl is on sale for podcast listeners – use code FOG to get 30% off through Friday, 10/18

Wips

Christmas socks for Thing 2 – finished 1st, turned heel this morning for 2nd.

A few rows on the latest Hitchhiker – then I put it down and decided to save it for Rhinebeck Knitting.

FOs

Taking Flight – done and blocking, needs ends woven in

Knitting Fail

What happens when you finish a sock at Legoland... and have nothing to cut the yarn so you can start the 2nd?

Wearables

Mommy’s Tunic – one of my patterns, knit in the discontinued Be Sweet Bamboo.  Wore this on a recent warm day

Empire Tunic by Lily Go made in discontinued Frog Tree Picoboo, a cotton bamboo blend.  ¾ sleeve tunic that crosses over the bust, perfect for the in-between fall weather and leggings

Changing Staircases 2 – designed by Dragon Hoard Yarns and knit up in Great Adirondack Yarn bamboo/cotton blend that I picked up at Rhinebeck last year

Changing Staircases – knit up in Fiber Lady’s Mousou 100% Bamboo

Out and About

Rhinebeck!  New York Sheep & Wool Starts Thursday 10/17 – Sunday 10/20 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY.  In a minute I’m going to go over some Tips For First Timers, but first lets do logistics.  I will be there Saturday and Sunday likely almost all day both days.  Feel free to stop me and say “Hi!” if you see me.  On Saturday I will be at the Ravelry Meetup at noon on The Hill, and at the Podcaster meetup at 1, also on The Hill.  On Sunday I will be at the Leaping Llama Contest in Bldg 34 at 11:15, and possibly at the Ravelry Meetup right afterwards, depending on timing.  The rest of the time I’ll be walking around, shopping, knitting, spinning and soaking up the general awesomeness.

Terminology – I’ve already used some words you might not understand if you haven’t been before

  • The Hill – there are several small hills on the property and this confused me so much the first year I went. Look at the fairgrounds map – The Hill is just above the petting zoo.  It’s a wide open hillside where lots of folks can gather
  • The Buildings – shorthand for Buildings A, B, C, D and 41 which is really one large building divided into sections. Sometimes also refers to Building E, the food hall
  • The Barns – a group of much smaller, free standing, well, barns, on the far side from The Buildings. Building 22 has Upper and Lower levels (separate entrances), the rest are all 1 story

Food – lines are crazy from 11:30 to 2 – eat before or after if you can.  

Link to Map

Seating – there are lots of places to sit, scattered around.  However, if you have issues with mobility, bring a chair in your car and have someone in your party go get it for you.  The paths or paved, but the fairground is all small hills.  Sit down if you need to, it’s not worth getting hurt.  

Bags – try not to bring a backpack.  I made this mistake the first year, and you keep bumping into people by accident, it’s not worth it.  

Book Signings & Author Talks – lots of fiber authors there, check out the link in the shownotes and make a note of who you want to see.

On a related note – Make A List On Paper!  - Check out the list of vendors (link to searchable page) Cell phone signal is spotty.  Don’t count on having it – write down what you want to do, what time it is and where it is.  Speaking of spotty cell signal – it affects the vendors too.  If you have cash you won’t be stuck waiting while the vendor tries to process your card – and some of the bigger vendors will have a fast Cash-Only line.

What am I bringing?

  • Purse & 2 resuable shopping bags
  • Water bottles – large one for the car, smaller one for carrying around in my purse.
  • Larabars or healthy snack to combat the junkfood lol
  • Cash
  • Easy knitting – hitchhiker or a sock or both for walking around
  • Intermediate knitting for hanging out with friends and dinner, etc
  • Drop spindle and fiber
  • Folding Chair
  • Spinning Wheel & fiber for if I get tired and need to sit for a while

 

What am I wearing?

Haven’t decided yet, probably my Frosted sweater by Lisa K Ross or Dancing Dragons Coat by Heike Campbell over a Mommy’s Tunic or Second Grace by Bristol Ivy.  I’ll probably have a shawl each day as well and maybe a hat or mitts.  I’ll have layers underneath to keep warm because I am always cold.  I will probably wear warm, well-loved boots the first day and sneakers the second

Episode 66

Designer Notes, Wips, FOs, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run

Designer Notes

Pont du Marais Shawl released today, October 11!  Inspired by the epic fog in my grandmother’s village and named for one of the foggiest places therein (literally, it means Bridge at the Marsh). I can’t wait to share this easy, fun pattern with you. When I first saw this skein of color-changing yarn from @wollesyarn at #VKLNYC last January I knew I wanted to make this shawl, showcasing the fog and waves that I love about Nova Scotia.

Pronunciation – Nova Scotia versus France.

30% off for podcast listeners with code ONTHERUN through Friday, 10/18.

Wips

Taking Flight – Captain Marvel inspired shawl by Katherine Belisle.  I’ve been trying to finish up the applied lace edging to I can wear this beauty to Rhinebeck because it’s beautiful!  I am ¾ done.  Knitting this up in discontinued Longmeadow from Webs (red and blue) and Berocco Modern Cotton (yellow).

A new sleeveless top in silk, just started the sample, long ways to go.

FOs

Aggregate Shawl by #jimiknits Jiminez Joseph for the #BIPOCMAL2019 I love this pattern and I can already tell I’ll be knitting this one again in a thicker weight yarn for winter wear.

New Rent-inspired shawl pattern.  For those of you at ITW, this is the gray and pink shawl that you saw me working on.  I’ll be sending it to the tech editor soon then opening it up for test knitters.

Spinning

I spun Alpaca for the first time.  Rolags and spinning directly from the locks.  First time using regular flyer I think!

Out and About

Rhinebeck in just over a week!  I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday.  Come find me and say hi! 

On the Run – Back Stretching edition

Regular listeners will recall that I threw my back out late last winter pretty badly.  It was a just a muscle pull, thankfully nothing worse.  But I learned some great warm up stretches that really helped get mobility in my spine back.  I still use them periodically when I feel knots in my back muscles starting to form again and they still help.

Episode 65: Summer is Over

Segments include: FOs, Wips, Out and About:Into The Wool edition; On The Run

FOs

3 shawls!  I finished 3 shawl samples since I last recorded, one of which will be launching next week keep an eye on social media for details on the Pont du Marais shawl, inspired by the fog in my grandmother’s village.

WIPs

Aggregate Shawl – my first piece for the BIPOCMAL2019, this pattern is designed by JimiKnits and I’m knitting it in two colors of handspun.  I am nearly done, hoping to finish today.

Hitchhiker – my 10th (I think?) hitchhiker, in Serenity Garden Sport yarn, some very old stash.  I just started the 3rd skein – debating whether it will be 3 or 4 skeins.

Another shawl sample for an upcoming pattern; my 3rd Rent inspired pattern _Into the Wool folks – this is the one with the pink and gray braid you were commenting on.  I promised to keep them posted on this pattern.

Triyang – by Lee Meredith - still chugging away.  Laceweight on size 0 needles this is going to take forever and I am ok with that, it will be gorgeous when complete

Go With The Flo – Over halfway done.  May tweak this pattern.  Don’t have enough yarn to make the whole thing one color.  Debating making the central lace panel a different color or skipping it altogether.

Spinning

Continuing my first sweater spin.  About 4.25 oz left.  I realized I had 5 oz left and I’m trying to squeeze it onto 3 bobbins by overstuffing them.

Out and About:

Upcoming:

Rhinebeck! Oct 19th and 20th; I’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday this year.

I can’t make these, but maybe some of you can:

VT Sheep and Wool – Oct 5&6

Fiber Festival of New England – Nov 2-3

Into The Wool

 

I’ll spare you a complete blow-by-blow of the whole weekend but I highly recommend Into The Wool.  If you’ve been on the fence, or were worried about going alone to a retreat I say, go for it!  These women are amazing and super welcoming.  I definitely want to go back.  I can’t go next year, as it starts on my 15th wedding anniversary, but in the future I will go again.

On The Run

We’ll save the whole fitness segment for next week, but I have been doing very well at making fitness a habit again.  

Episode 64

Segments include Tour de Fleece, Wips, Knitting Fail, On the Run,  Stash Acquisition, Out & About

Tour de Fleece

This is my second Tour de Fleece!

Wips

New socks knit in Plymouth Yarn Diversity in the Violets colorways.  Picked the yarn up last week at A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA.  I needed something on smaller needles – I seem to be only using US 4s or 5s and it was just too much.  Started the toe, but the wooden needles I bought were too sticky for this yarn.

Sea-themed shawl I mentioned last week.

My third Rent-themed pattern, a shawl with 2 color cables.  Yes, that’s a cable using 2 different color yarns within the cable.  That sounds hard, but if you learn one simple trick they are SO EASY!  I can’t believe more people don’t use this technique.  I would call this technique intarsia-adjacent, but much simpler than how I learned intarsia.  For the record, I am not a big intarsia fan, but I do really enjoy these 2 color cables.

Knitting Fail

Photoshoot fail – tried to have a sunset photoshoot at the beach last Saturday and it turns out a front came through and there were 30mph winds!

On The Road

Spent a week at my parent’s place on Cape Cod, lots of fun, lots of beach.  Thing 1’s arm is doing much, much better and while not able to swim he was able to splash in the water, build sandcastles with help, go on some flat hikes.

Yesterday, I tried to take a self-care day.  I’d been planning this day for months, then Thing 1 broke a bone, so he came with me.  We drove an hour to a “local” yarn and fiber shop The Fiber Loft. 

Stash Acquisition

From The Fiber Loft I got 1lb of cotton sliver that I am going to attempt dying.  I also got some beautiful green speckled fiber from Buchanan Fibers and a skein of silk/linen blend in blues and purples for an upcoming shawl.

And yesterday, my very first Akerworks bobbins arrived!  I can’t wait to try these.  I’m going to use it for my 2nd bobbin in Tour de Fleece.

Out and About

In August I will be spending a week in Nova Scotia, Canada visiting family and I can’t wait!

September 19-22 I will be attending Into The Wool fiber retreat in Crossville, TN run by Dana from Unwind Yarn Company and Tiffany, aka The Project Bag.  So looking forward to this!

Rhinebeck!  For the first time I will be going both Saturday and Sunday.  This is my first time driving myself to the fairgrounds, that is, not being dropped off by family or taking the Webs bus, so if you have any parking tips I’d love to hear them.

Not sure if I’ll be attending these next 2 but I hope to:

Vermont Sheep and Wool, Oct 5 & 6

Fiber Festival of New England, Nov 2 & 3 at the Big E out near Springfield, MA

It’s good to be back!  Thank you for your patience!  

Pattern Release

My Only Goal Is Just To Be Shawl, inspired by the musical Rent.  Rent came out when I was 15 and had a huge influence on me.  It taught me the value of not just surviving but of truly living even through the most difficult times.  Few of us control where our life takes us. Indeed, the threads of our lives often go in unexpected directions – ups and downs, maybe even sideways or along an unexpected diagonal. Inspired by lyrics from the song “No Day But Today” from the musical Rent, this shawl lets you show your story. The shawl is knit in the main color first using an easy-to-memorize lace pattern, then the thread of your life is wound through the lace in a contrasting color, showing your story.

Use code PODCAST19 to get 25% off at checkout on Ravelry. 

Out Tonight Top

FOs

3 preemie hats in a variety of sizes.  Working on the larger, almost full term ones mostly

New shawl, doesn’t have a name yet, inspired by the fog rolling in off the ocean in my grandmother’s village.  It’s a 6-mile long thin peninsula, so the fog there is EPIC

WIPS

Preemie hat – full term size

Preemie hat – 36 weeks preemie size

New shawl pattern, based on being out in the open ocean. 

Another Rent shawl, this one incorporating cables and garter stitch.

Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm.  This is my travel knitting for when we go somewhere and I’m not sure they’ll allow knitting needles.  I use detachable wooden tips, which are far less scary than my normal steel-tipped Karbonz needles lol

Knitting Fail

 Watched So You Think You Can Dance a bit too closely and screwed up my own pattern 

62 - Walk

Episode 62 – Thanks for tuning in!  Trying the mic in a new location today so hopefully the sound quality will continue improving.

Announcements

First, new pattern launch!  Last Saturday I released the new Strawberry Blossoms pattern.  This pattern is very dear to me.  As you may remember, I hurt my hand last year and for a while I couldn’t knit at all, let alone design knitwear.  But like the wild yellow strawberries that grow in my backyard in the worlds worst soil (shady, acidic, clay) I hung on.  Not just clinging to the soil, I’m back and I’m blooming!  If you’re interested in this pattern listen to the episode for a special listeners-only discount code!

Test Knitters Wanted

Go to http://www.windsweptknits.com/patterns/test-knitters/ to subscribe to my test knitters email list – I promise to never sell your data or to spam you; you will only be contacted about upcoming test knitting opportunities.

This week I will be starting a test knit for a laceweight shawl that is stockinette st and simple lace.  The lace is a 4-row repeat that is very easy to remember.  So easy, in fact, that this shawl became my knitting of choice for my kids’ karate and swimming lessons.  Shawl was inspired by the musical Rent, which had a huge impact on me as a teen.

2nd is a laceweight cowl, heading to the tech editor today. This one has a lot of meaning too.  A few years back, a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer.  My then-4-year-old and I together designed this cowl for her.  I pulled out all my silk yarn and let him pick the yarn.  Then the two of us poured through my stitch dictionaries and he picked an arrowhead lace pattern.  I knit it up and gave it to her to keep warm and strong during her treatments.  Fast forward to this year and I’ve adapted that original pattern to have a second, longer size for those who like to double-wrap their cowls or wear them long.

FOs

2 preemie hats, both in Berocco Comfort Sock.  One held single, one held double.

Wips

Another preemie hats, one held single, one held double and both in Berocco Comfort Sock

2 shawl samples on the needles, can’t share too much yet.  One is inspired by the swirling fog in my grandparent’s village, the other is a new use-up-your-stash shawl.

Wearables

Spring has fighting to warm up, but it’s not totally successful.  Still wearing a lot of shawls to keep the chill away.  Rhinebeck, murder mystery knit along, tan house brook, changing staircases,

Out and About

  • I will be at: CT sheep and wool April 27 Vernon, CT
  • I will not be at: Sheepshearing festival, Gore Place, April 27th, Waltham, MA

Not sure yet about attending these:

  • NH SHeel & Wool May 11-12
  • Wool Days, Old Sturbridge Village, May 25-27
  • MA sheep and woolcraft fair, May 25 Cummington, MA

Will be attending

  • September – Into the Wool Fiber Retreat in Tennessee

On the Run

Still in PT but lots of walking

 

 

 

Episode 61- Lots of Updates

New Mic

Hopefully this setup works!  No more car recording if I can help it.

New Pattern

Strawberry Blossoms, a sleeveless tank top with cabled straps.   Sign up for my email list at WindsweptKnits.com to get the best discount code.

Be A Helper Prizes

Listen for your name!  A big thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners.

FOs

  • 4 preemie hats, all 4 using fingering weight held double. 12 complete!
  • New shawl pattern sample

Wips

  • Another new shawl pattern inspired by grandmere’s village (heading to visit this summer)
  • Preemie hat held single
  • Preemie hat held double
  • Silk lace cowl

Wearables

All the shawls – Rhinebeck, murder mystery knit along, tan house brook, changing staircases,

Out and About

Not sure if I can make these, but will try to attend some of them.

  • CT sheep and wool April 27 Vernon, CT
  • Sheepshearing festival, Gore Place, April 27th, Waltham, MA
  • NH SHeel & Wool May 11-12
  • Wool Days, Old Sturbridge Village, May 25-27
  • MA sheep and woolcraft fair, May 25 Cummington, MA
  • September – Into the Wool Fiber Retreat in Tennessee

On the run

Back pain. PT.  Ouch.  

Episode 60 – Thank yous, FO, Wips, Wearables, Out and About, On the Run, Fitness Talk, Knitting Talk

Apologies for sound – laptop died.  Recording this on travel mic in my car.  Need to get an amp to get my mic to work with old laptop.  Hopefully I’ll have it all sorted before next recording.

Thank yous

Thanks for bearing with me during this last delay.  Turns out the antibiotics did not get rid of strep throat, I was sick again a week after they ended and back at the doctor to get something stronger.  Feeling better now!

Big thank you to my test knitters!  I have one test knit winding up in the next few weeks, with pattern ready to release in early April and I’ve lucked into some amazing test knitters this time.  You ladies are wonderful!  Also, if you have any interest in summer knit tops, I have 2 coming out in the next 2 months, so be sure to visit WindsweptKnits.com and join my email list for access to the best discount codes.  I promise to only email once or twice a month at most and to never, ever share your data with a 3rd party.  No spam, no selling your data, I promise.  That’s a personal pet peeve of mine.

FO

Rhinebeck ShawlChanging Staircases pattern by Dragon Hoard Yarns knit up in bamboo/cotton fingering yarn from Great Adirondach Yarn Co

Wips

Matchy-matchy socks

2 preemie hats, 1 held single, 1 held double

2 new patterns, a shawl and a cowl

Wearables

All the shawls – Rhinebeck, murder mystery knit along, tan house brook, changing staircases,
Sweaters - Frosted, Second Grace
Boys wearing star wars adaptation of Nordic Yoke pullover from Patons, Thing 2 grew into Thing 1’s Monomoy Sweater, still fits in an ancient sweater I knit for Thing 1, pattern no longer exists, I forget the name.

Pattern Stalking

Ice Time Hat and Cowl set from Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studio.  Full disclosure – Jen gifted them to me for free, but I’d seen her photos and loved this hat even before she sent it to me.  

Knitting Talk

Fiber allergies. 

Out and About

  • Wayland Farm and Fiber, met Boston Jen again. Wearing her Tan House Brooke shawl!
  • CT sheep and wool April 27 Vernon, CT – not sure if I can make it
  • Sheepshearing festival, Gore Place, April 27th, Waltham, MA
  • NH SHeel & Wool May 11-12
  • Wool Days, Old Sturbridge Village, May 25-27
  • MA sheep and woolcraft fair, May 25 Cummington, MA

On the Run

Actually ran!  Well, run-walk-run 1 mile Jeff Galloway-style, when the pool closed suddenly on Monday.  Swam 20 laps Wednesday, a new record for me .55 miles (.88km)

Fitness Talk

Tennis ball used like a foam roller on deep/fleshy muscles

Episode 59  - Monty Python Illness - Knitting and running in 30 min or less

Hello!  Yes, I am still alive!  My house has been incredibly ill since Christmas.  Nothing particularly serious, but at least one person in our house has been sick since Christmas – unfortunately, that counted me over the last 4 weeks.  I’ve had 2 viruses and strep throat.  Fun times!  Thanks kids.

No pod-faded, I’m back

Be A Helper KAL

 Extended to Feb 28 

Racism in knitting

 We have work to do.  You are welcome here.  My 1 rule is be kind to others.

FOs

3 preemie hats, 2 from CC Almon’s free pattern, 1 from Sarah Jordan’s Itty Bitty Kitty

Sample for new pattern, a sleeveless top in sizes 34”-52” currently at tech editor.  Worked in DK, will be looking for test knitters soon

 

Wips

2 more preemie hats, 1 from each pattern mentioned earlier

Changing Staircases shawl

New socks for me

On the Run

Not much running, but some walking and a little swimming.  Record in the pool is ½ mile, but after illness I dropped back to ¼ mile and swam 1/3 mile today.  Slowly ans steadily getting back up there.

Fitness

Debating doing a local triathalon in June.

 

 

 

Episode 57 – 1/17/18 - Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less.  You can find me as WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram or as Windswept Knits on Facebook and Twitter.  Shownotes can be found on my website at WindsweptKnits.com 

Apologies for the delay last week – my boys have been passing a virus back and forth!  

Be A Helper Craft-A-Long

Still goin till Feb 15.  Make ANYthing for ANY charity.  Wips are awesome.  Did you finish a charity project back around the holidays?  That counts, the craftalong started on Dec 5th so go ahead and enter it in the FO thread.

Design News

Soon be starting a test knit for a sleeveless top in fingering weight yarn.  More details to come soon, but if you’re interested in knitting an A-line summer top, please email me at windsweptMonique@gmail.com or PM me on Ravelry

FOs

2nd sock started for Un-Christmas socks

Wips

Boxy by Joji Locatelli.  Using Bamboo Laceweight from Spinaway Farms that I picked up in Rhinebeck 2 years ago.  Variegated cool blues from nearly white to nearly navy.

Find Your Fade shawl.  I’m on section , the 2nd lace section (still) and still in color #1, the raspberry-dyed handspun cotton that I’ve mentioned in past episodes  (and knitting fail)

Another new design that I can’t talk about yet, but it’s a summer knit inspired by the musical Rent that I think a lot of you will like.  Can’t wait to talk more about it later.

On the Run

Running and swimming and cross training, nothing special

Running Talk

A lesson I needed to learn: Learn to admit when you need help. 

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