Knitting On The Run

Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

Episode 79 – recorded 5/14/20

Wips

South Woods – I’ve finished the sleeves!  Only a collar left; on hold for Stash Dash

Sassy Wrapitude – Part of the Wrapitude collection by Megan Williams

Laceweight Boxy – Now about 13” long

Aggregate 2 – on last time through Right Hand Wedge

Papillon – I started the butterfly/papillon shawl using Berroco Medina that I bought at The Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN last year and a gold Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns that I bought at Rhinebeck 2 years ago.

Go With the Flo shawl – still in the center section.  

Spinning

Finished the first color of the gradient, 2oz of malachite green.  Started 2nd shade of green.

On the Run

I’ve been struggling to incorporate fitness since I tweaked my back a month ago. But I'm trying to plan to make success easier

Out and About – Virtually

Vogue Knitting Live happening RIGHT NOW through the 18th.  I don’t know if any classes still have openinigs

MDSW was fun 2 weeks ago.  It was all virtual and the interest was so great, the server crashed! Luckily someone stepped in with a PDF with links to the vendors.  I ordered silk from Tess’ Designer Yarns which arrived last weekend and is soooooo soft and squishy!  Also ordered a skein of alpaca/silk/linen from A Hundred Ravens, still waiting for that to ship.

 

 

 

Episode 78 – preparation is for the birds

recorded Wednesday 4/29/20

FOs

Ear savers/mask buddies – I've crocheted several more.  A big, huge thanks to Lisa from Fibernymph Dyeworks for mailing me some buttons so I can finish even more! 

WIPS

South Woods – I’ve finished the back!

Sassy Wrapitude – Part of the Wrapitude collection by Megan Williams, got the pattern free from attending Into the Wool.  Cast on with yellow CoBaSi by Hikoo and bamboo/cotton blend from Great Adirondack Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck.  I’m on the 7th section, which is garter ridges.  Just finished interesting slipped stitch section

Ozone Sweater – I finally started the actual sweater!

Earth Rise – new design I’m working on, inspired by the famous photo the Apollo astronauts took the first time they came around the dark side of the room and saw the Earth rising up above the moon’s surface.  Not working on it as much - my brain doesn't want to do math

Laceweight Boxy – How long do you make your Boxy sweaters?  I’m about 12” and trying to decide how long I want it to be.

Knitting Fail

You may have noticed there’s no Star Wars scarf listed here – that’s because I broke the needle.  I didn’t see the green needle on the blue chair in the dark, and when I knelt on the chair to turn on the light on the wall behind, I snapped the needle right at the connector.

Out and About

Maryland Sheep and Wool - virtual May 2 & 3

Vogue Knitting Live - virtual May 11- 18

 

Episode 77

Segments include WIPs, spinning, Learn Something New, On The Run

Hi everyone, how are you surviving?  It’s starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day (the movie) at our house.  

Wips

South Woods – I’m continuing to work on the body in stockinette.  This has been my go-to knitting while the boys are home schooling.  I’m about to 14 inches from the bottom of the folded hem.  I need at least one more inch, maybe two.

Sassy Wrapitude – Part of the Wrapitude collection by Megan Williams, got the pattern free from attending Into the Wool.  Cast on with yellow CoBaSi by Hikoo and bamboo/cotton blend from Great Adirondack Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck.  I’m on the 3rd section, which is garter ridges.

Ozone Sweater – still swatching for the Colorful Sweater Ozone by Concept Creative – more on this later.

Star Wars Scarf – doubleknit scarf that will be a Christmas gift for Thing 1, who will be 9 by that point.  He’s going to love it!  So far I’ve knit the rebel icon, a lightsaber, tauntauns, a large X-ray and just started to knit blasters.

Earth Rise – new design I’m working on, inspired by the famous photo the Apollo astronauts took the first time they came around the dark side of the room and saw the Earth rising up above the moon’s surface.  For some reason, this one is bringing me a lot of peace right now.

Ear savers/mask buddies – I crocheted a few dozen ear savers for my friends who are doctors/nurses/essential personnel who now have to wear masks all day and the elastics are hurting their ears.  You wear it on the back of your head and hook the mask elastic on the buttons instead of your ears.  I’ve got about 10 left to sew buttons on.

Ankle Socks – socks I started in FL and worked on cruise.  Working now in you hear needles

Laceweight Boxy – worked 3 rows this morning 

Spinning

I did get a little spinning time in this last week.  I’m probably 1/3 of the way through the 2nd malachite green portion. 

Learn Something New

I am continuing to get better at crochet.  I’ve been practicing the circles for the Ozone pattern. 

On the Run

No running, knee isn’t that good yet, but I took a ballet class online earlier this week.  And tweaked my back. Doh!

Episode 76 – 4/1/20

Segment this week include Happy Podiversary, Be A Helper Craftalong, Wips, Learn Something New, Exercise in Isolation

Happy anniversary to Knitting On The Run podcast!  In all the recent craziness, I forgot that last week was my podiversary!  Three years down, hopefully many more to go!

Be a Helper Craftalong

4th Be A Helper Craft-a-long is ongoing! 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 per photo in the FO thread
  • Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that.
  • FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st.
  • Wips are welcome

Prizes Today:

  • 1 skein of Sock Yarn from A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA dyed exclusively for them by Hauteknits in the Finest Hours colorway, 75% merino, 25% nylon
    • 1 25g skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock plus a mini skein of handspun

Posts 2-34 were up through March 31st

 

Wips

South Woods – I’m continuing to work on the body in stockinette.  This has been my go-to knitting while the boys are home schooling.  I think I’m up to 6 or 7 inches, haven’t measured officially.

Ankle socks – a few more rows, still getting close to the 1st heal

Sassy Wrapitude – cast on for the Sassy Wrap by Megan Williams, got the pattern free from attending  Into the Wool.  Cast on with yellow CoBaSi by Hikoo and bamboo/cotton blend from Great Adirondack Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck.

Ozone – swatching for the Colorful Sweater Ozone by Concept Creative – more on this later.

New shawl, can’t say much yet.  Yeah I have cast-on-it is

Learn Something New

About that ozone sweater I mentioned – it’s crochet not knitting!  

Exercise in Isolation

I haven’t been great in terms of keeping up with exercise this week.  I did something to my wrist so I’ve been taking it easy, but I wanted to go over what we’d been doing up until that point and what my kids are still doing.

Cosmic Kids Yoga – we started this the first day of school at home, even before we got official school work.  I did Cosmic Kids with my oldest when Thing 2 was born and I was so excited to find that she has kept releasing videos these last 4 years.

Karate – my boys take karate and their dojo has been sending out videos for the kids to do at home.  Our dojo hasn’t made them public but several have – if your kids want to try just search google or youtube and you’ll find some.

Running around – at recess I kick the boys outide and give them a time when they can come back in.  That gives me a few minutes alone without them and also gives them exercise as they usually run around outside.

Gardening – I like to grow food and gardening is definitely exercise!

Dance – I’ve done a few dance videos I’ve found online.  I love Broadway musicals and several cast members have been recording video at home, workouts set to the music of their shows, and some are a lot of fun!  I’ve also taken a ballet class or two.

 

Welcome to the Knitting On the Run Podcast

I want your input - should we extend the Be A Helper Craftalong?  Listen for my plan and let me know what you think.

Wips

South Woods

Boxy

Ankle Socks

Stress

Ways to deal with the cray stress we're all feeling right now.

And remember it’s OK to not be OK right now.  The whole world is topsy turvy and we are just figuring out how to handle all the changes.  It’s OK to be upset, or sad, or angry.  But if you feel like it’s all too much and you can’t handle what’s going on, please talk to a mental help professional.  Call your therapist, call your doctor to get a referral or visit mentalhealth.gov for links and numbers to services that can help you.  If you need help right now text the Crisis Text Line.  In the US its 741741, in Canada text 686868 or 741741 and in the UK 85258. 

Episode 74 – 3/4/2020

Segments this week include tech talk, Be A Helper Craftalong, FOs, Wips, Out and About.

New temporary mic.  Pardon the head cold.  Yes I’m sick again.

Be a Helper Craftalong

4th Be A Helper Craft-a-long is ongoing! 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 per photo in the FO thread
  • Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that.
  • FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st.
  • Wips are welcome

Prizes:

  • 1 skein of Sock Yarn from A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA dyed exclusively for them by Hauteknits in the Finest Hours colorway, 75% merino, 25% nylon
    • 1 25g skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock plus a mini skein of handspun
    • Spun to order handspun, by me. I have 2 or 3 colorways that I’ll let the winner choose for me to spin up.
    • One pattern of your choice from the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry store, courtesy of Jennifer Lassonde

FOs

Matchy Socks – At the cuff of first sock

New pattern for a magazine coming out this summer – check out social media this week if you’re interested in test knitting a tank top.

Rey costume – working on my Rey costume for an upcoming Star Wars Day.  I’ve knit roughly 19 feet out of 10, then it’ll be time for armbands.

 

Wips

South Woods – On second repeat of Chart 2 lace for the back. 

Ankle socks – started my first ever ankle socks.  

Out and About

Stitches United - March 26-29, 2020

Got back from 12 days away – 4 days in FL at my in-laws, a week on a cruise.  For the next week you’ll see images from our trip on social media, including my Rey costume on our Star Wars Day at Sea on the cruise.

 

Episode 73 – 2/12/20 Segments include Be A Helper Craftalong, Wips, Knitting Fail, Out and About

Microphone cable finally arrived!  Wrong cable arrived first, had to return and wait for second.  Hopefully sound is better this week.  Apologies for the headcold but I don’t dare wait longer to record.

Be a Helper Craftalong

4th Be A Helper Craft-a-long is ongoing! 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 per photo in the FO thread
  • Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that.
  • FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st.
  • Wips are welcome

I’ll go over prizes again in March, they are listed in the Ravelry group.

Wips – lots!

Rey tabard – working on my Rey costume for an upcoming Star Wars Day.  I’ve knit roughly 9 feet out of 10, then it’ll be time for armbands.

Preemie hat – Made progress on the preemie hat

Aggregate Shawl – A few short rows on this shawl

Matchy Socks – At the cuff of first sock

South Woods – Finished Chart 1 of lace, started Chart 2.  Blocked what I had so far so I can take it on vacation with me in a few weeks.

Knitting Fail

The Dress.  Ugh.  Ripped it back to skirt.  Fabric was awful.

Out and About

NETA Spa – Feb 28 – Mar 1

Wayland Fiber Day Farmers Market – Mar 1

Stitches United - March 26-29, 2020

 

Episode 72 1/22/20

Be a helper, wips, knitting fail, wearables, pattern stalking, out and about

Be a Helper Craftalong

4th 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 per photo in the FO thread
  • Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that.
  • FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st.
  • Wips are welcome

One more new prize to announce, a pattern from Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studio!  Thanks so much, Jen!

Wips – lots these last 2 weeks!

Preemie hat – about half way through my first for the year.

Aggregate Shawl – I’ve reached the end of the shawl as written, but I have more yarn left.  I’m continuing in the pattern as established until I run out of yarn.

Matchy Socks – nearly to the cuff

Dress – The handmade dress I’ve been working on is coming along nicely.  I’ve split for armholes and I’m nearly done with the front left strap.  

South Woods – started a new sweater for myself, South Woods by River Road Knits .  I’m using some old stash yarn for the lace underlayer and my handspun for the main body of the sweater, which leads me to…

Kitting Fail

Be careful not to twist!

Wearables

My birthday weekend was incredibly warm, topping out at 74F (23C) whereas our highs should hover right around freezing.  So I wore lots of warm-weather handknits, like one of my Mommy’s Tunic samples and the Lace Sweater 01 from Vogue Knitting Magazine designed by Brooke Nico.  Knit this in a cone of 5/2 bamboo from Webs years ago.  The pattern is a lace coat, nearly knee-length, and I wore it as a jacket out for my birthday dinner.

Since then, it’s been COLD.  I’ve also worn Frosted sweater by Paper Daisy Creations and lots of shawls, including Changing Staircases, Pont du Marais and Use Your Stash Shawls, both designed by me.  Also my boys and I have all worn some handknit socks, all made using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  I;m wearing my Twist and Shout had by Michele duNaier nearly every day.  My youngest has worn the Monomoy Sweater several times and wears his Bermuda Hat every day.  And I’ve worn the Dancing Dragons Coat – it makes a great indoor layer on super cold days.

Pattern Stalking

Thing 2 want’s a new sweater, another hat, Halloween socks and Christmas socks and I keep thinking about knitting another Hitofude. 

Out and About

Wayland Winter Farmers Market Fiber Days – Jan 26 & Mar 1

Boston Farm & fiber Fest – Feb 9

Stitches United - March 26-29, 2020

Episode 71 – Be A Helper Craftalong – we’ll go over the (simple) rules and some ideas for what you can make.

 

Be A Helper Craftalong

4th Be A Helper Craftalong 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 per photo in the FO thread
  • Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that.
  • FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st.
  • Wips are welcome

Prizes

  • 1 skein of Sock Yarn from A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA dyed exclusively for them by Hauteknits in the Finest Hours colorway, 75% merino, 25% nylon
  • 1 25g skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock plus a mini skein of handspun
  • Spun to order handspun, by me. I have 2 or 3 colorways that I’ll let the winner choose for me to spin up.

Need some ideas? Check out these charities:

  • Preemie Hats – check with your local hospital for yarn requirements. These need to be washed in an industrial strength washing machine so there may be limits, many only accept acrylic/nylon. If your local hospital isn’t accepting hats, Dana from the Unwind Yarn Company collects them from her retreat attendees in the fall and I’ll be happy to collect them and mail them to her with my own in September. Greg, aka Knitting Daddy of the Unraveling podcast also has accepted mailed hats in the past for his local hospital.
  • Knitted Knockers– these are prostheses for breast cancer survivors who have not had or cannot have reconstructive surgery. Knockers must be made with plant based yarn – wool is too scratchy on scar tissue – and a list of acceptable yarns is linked in the shownotes available via PDF and there are top down and bottom-up patterns on their website.
  • Mother Bears– I learned of this charity from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks who run a Mother Bear KAL every year. These bears provide comfort to children who are victim of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. Mother Bear will snail mail you the knitting or crochet pattern for a small fee. All they ask is that you return the finished bear with $3 to cover the shipping to Africa.
  • KnitAid– has USA and UK branches. UK is currently collecting hats, mittens, blankets and water bottle covers.  All items must be knit in dark-colored yarn because the recipients will not be able to wash them easily.
  • CompassionKnit- Bay Area, CA charity that gives handknit items to foster kids, most of whom have very few belongings of their own. A gift knit especially for them, something a stranger took hours and hours to make just for them, is something they cherish.
  • Animal Rescue Craft Guild – knit, crochet or sew Joey pouches, bat wraps, nests, possum pouches, etc for animal survivors of the devastating wildfires in Australia. Before crafting, check the announcements on the FB page (linked in the show notes) as the graphic is updated with what they do and do not need.  They work closely with carers and animal rescue groups and update the graphic regularly.  Please be aware they currently have plenty of koala mittens but are in need of a lot of other help.
  • A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA runs an annual blanket project for the homeless population on Cape Cod. Use any washable worsted-weight yarn to make a panel 1-foot [30cm] by 6 feet [1.8 m] and drop it off or mail it to the shop, mailing address in show notes.  Their goal this year is 250 blankets.  A Great Yarn 894 Main Street Chatham, MA 02633
  • A local homeless shelter or domestic violence shelter. Please check with them before assuming they take items, but many are happy to accept gifts of socks, hats, scarves and mittens especially in the winter.
  • Do you have a charity craft idea that you think others would like to hear about? Let me know and I’ll talk about it on a future episode.

Out and About

Wayland Winter Farmers Market Fiber Days – Jan 26 & Mar 1

VKL NYC Jan 16-20

Stitches United - March 26-29, 2020

Knitting Weekend and Fiber Marketplace at Slater Mill -  Jan 11 & 12

Boston Farm & fiber Fest – Feb 9

Impromptu 2020

Episode 70

Segments this week include  Wips, FOs, Wearables, an Extended Out and About classroom visit, Goals for 2020

Wips

 Aggregate Shawl #2 deigned by JimiKnits knit up in Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns I bought at Rhinebeck several years ago.

Indie GAL project, turning an old skirt into a dress

A couple of designs I can't talk about

FOs

I finished 7 pairs of socks for Christmas gifts!  5 were kids, 2 grownups.  I love knitting gifts but I think I need to dial it back a little next year.

Wearbles

All the hand knits!  Winter has certainly arrived, I’m wearing hats daily, all the shawls, seaters such as Frosted by Lisa K Ross and Second Grace by Bristol Ivy

Out and About

Wayland Winter Farmers Market Fiber Days – Jan 26 & Mar 1

VKL NYC Jan 16-20

Stitches United - March 26-29, 2020

2nd grade class visit - teaching my son's class about how clothes are made by hand.  Boy do they appreciate being able to go to a store!

Goals for 2020

More design work, submit more designs to publications  also, take time to knit myself stuff

Fitness goals – realistic goals, go from 8 miles to 20 miles in the pool, eat more vegetables, hike a couple of times a month

New Years Day hike

Older Episodes »