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Knitting On The Run

Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

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. 

Episode 56 – 1/4/19 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 

FOs

First of the Un-Christmas Socks - knitting these up in CoBaSi, which is a cotton, bamboo, silk, nylon blend that is super stretchy and breathes beautifully on sweaty feet.  The toes, cuffs and heels are a blue/gray blend called Wave Caps, and the foot and leg in a gray named Seattle Sky.

Thing 2’s hat – finished last night and he hasn’t stopped wearing since I put it on his head this morning.  in Valley Yarn’s Southwick.  I’m using the green as the contrast ribbed brim, then the purple that Thing 2 chose as the body of the hat.  No pattern, just knitting to his head size. 

Wips

2nd sock started for Un-Christmas socks.  Finished toe and started foot.

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.

Changing Staircases shawl in 50/50 cotton/bamboo blend from Great Adirondack Yarn in the Hydrangea colorway blue, turquoise and purple

Knitting Fail

There are dangers to knitting in dark theme park lines…

Life and stuff

40 before 40?  Roughly based on Gretchen Ruben’s happiness project, 18 in 2018.  Still not 100% sure I’m going to do this but… Run 5k, 10k, half marathon.   Increase muscle mass.  Swim one mile in one day.  Release 6 patterns.  Submit to more knitting magazines.  Improve my Spanish or Russian, or learn Arabic (know folks who speak all of these).

Out and about

Florida – late flight – Legoland – to the in-laws – horseback riding and swimming – early morning flight

On the Run

No running but lots of walking, incl. a hike at the Disney Wilderness Preserve one afternoon with Thing 1, my husband Chris and my dad.  It’s run by the Nature Conservancy and has a few really nice trails with lots of wildlife – just south of Orlando, definitely recommend it.

Swam ¼ mile this morning for the first time ever!

 

After a conversation with a certain special someone at breakfast yesterday, we decided to record a quick episode live from my parent’s house with him as a very special guest.

Apologies for the sound quality, we recorded on a lanai and I don’t have all my regular software here to edit, but this opportunity was too good to pass up 😍

Episode 54 – 12/5/18 Knittin & Running in 30 min or less I am WindsweptMonique and today’s segments include: Be A Helper KAL, FOs, Wips, Pattern Stalking, Wearables, On the Run and Running Talk about wearable fitness trackers and accuracy.

Be A Helper KAL

Started on December 5th but I didn’t record last week because Christmas shopping (had to buy all presents by last Saturday – long story) and laryngitis.  If you finished a WIP for charity on or after December 5th go ahead and enter it.

  • Any thing made for any charity – not just ravelry crafts
  • Donate blood
  • Wips count
  • FO Thread is here

Prizes

  • Free pattern from Jennifer Lassonde of Downcellar Studios
  • 1 skein Cascade 220 in an orangey peach color from an anonymous donor and a mini skein of merino – thank you very much, donor!
  • I’m offering up 1 skein of Shibui Reed

FOs

Kippah made from handspun cotton from Hipstrings, in the Break Of Day colorway, blues and orange using the To Life pattern by Sarah Jordan, aka PAKnitWit

Wips

Tan House Brooke Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studio in my most recent handspun, Midseason Cliffhanger and Recurrent Theme cotton slivers,  from fiber from Hipstrings

Icon Dress by Kari-Helene Rane in some very old stash that I want to get rid of.  Reached 6th set of decreases in Front of dress

New hat for Thing 2 (not xmas gift) – in Valley Yarn’s Southwick.  I’m using the green as the contrast ribbed brim, then the purple that Thing 2 chose as the body of the hat.  No pattern, just knitting to his head size.  Folded brim so it will grow with him.  About 3/4 way through folded ribbing

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

New socks, these are an un-Christmas gift that I will mail to Maura in January.  I’m knitting these up in CoBaSi, which is a cotton, bamboo, silk, nylon blend that is super stretchy and breathes beautifully on sweaty feet.  The toes, cuffs and heels are a blue/gray blend called Wave Caps, and the foot and leg in a gray named Seattle Sky.

Pattern Stalking

I bought 4 patterns during the Indie Designers Gift-a-long sale:

Tan House Brooke, mentioned above by Jennifer Lassonde

Willowbrooke shawl by Brenda Castiel

Heroes of Yarnia RPG Scarf from last year’s MKAL by Tania Richter

Harry Potter and the Strange Persistent Font by Mary Annarella

Wearables

Twist and Shout cabled hat by Michelle DuNaier

Frosted sweater by Paper Daisy Creations

Changing Staircases by Dragon Hoard Designs in Fiber Lady’s Mousou bamboo

Dahlia by Brenda York for Berocco Yarns

On The Run

I’ve run a few times in the last 2 weeks.  I’ve also gone for a few swims and boy do I need a swimming cap!  Last time I went swimming it was 25F out (-4C) and that is just too cold to have soaking wet, long hair.

Running Talk – Fitbits and other trackers

On my last episode I mentioned that I like having a fitbit because it keeps me honest and a listener, Marie, wrote in saying she’d heard that the data isn’t accurate and wanted to know how I used it.

 

Thanks very much for writing in Marie.  If you have a question about fitness, running, knitting, patterns, GALs or anything else feel free to write in.  You can reach on Ravelery or Instagram as WIndsweptMonique or email me at WindsweptMonique@gmail.com.  My website is windsweptknits.com and you can find this podcast and shownotes there as well as all my designs and a few other fun projects I’ve worked on, like how to make the R2-D2 sweater I knit for my son last year.

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