Archive for November 2018

Episode 53 – 11/29/18 – Indie Gift-a-long Wips

FOs, Wips – lots, Knitting Fail, Spinning, Knitting Talk, Wearables, On the Run, Out and About

 

FOs

Mom’s Christmas socks – both are done; Plymouth Yarn Diversity in Deep Sea

Thing 2’s Christmas socks – both are done; Plymouth Yarn Diversity in Pizazz

Wips

Icon Dress by Kari-Helene Rane in some very old stash that I want to get rid of.

New hat for Thing 2 (not xmas gift) – in Valley Yarn’s Southwick that he chose while we were on holiday in Bermuda. 

Find Your Fade shawl.  I’m on section 3, the 2nd garter section and still in color #1, the raspberry-dyed handspun cotton that I’ve mentioned in past episodes

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

1 handspun kippah, yarn from Hipstrings Cotton Club in some beautiful handspun yarn made with fiber dyed in Pittsburgh.  Pattern is To Life by Sarah Jordan (all proceeds to Tree of Life Synagogue).

Spinning

I finished spinning the Midseason Replacement and Recurrent Theme, both 2oz cotton sliver from Hipstrings.  Roughly 400 yards total together and they’ll be paired beautifully in a shawl, I expect.

Started spinning new fiber

Knitting Talk

I was able to take some time to get back into design work this week and it felt sooooo good.  Garment design is my favorite, and I am working on 2 new patterns.  But I’m also trying to branch out and design some accessories that I want to wear.  This is all long term, likely coming in 2019 or beyond, but I am really excited by the what’s coming on the horizon!

Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party

Knitmore’s Grinchalong

Indie Designer Gift-a-long sale ends Nov 29 at 11:59opm Eastern

Be A Helper 3 will run from December 3 to February 15th

Wearables

Oh so many!

Pattern Stalking

Harry Potter and the Strange Persistent Font by Mary Annarella

Don’t Panic by Nim Teasdale (nimble knits)

Willowbrook Shawl by Brenda Castiel – use my handspun

Heroes of Yarnia RPG scarf with draogns and castles that my son would adore, could be done in double knitting or stranded colorwork

On the Run

Until yesterday I hadn’t done a blasted thing since I last recorded.  I lost my fitbit about a month ago and I’ve been a lazy bum ever since.

Out and About

December 1st - Norwood Adult Day Health Center, a community VNA

December 8th, 31st Framingham Auxilliary Police Fair, my 4th or 5th time there

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52-Happy Thanksgiving

Episode 52 – 11/15/18 - Happy Thanksgiving

 FOs

2 kippot, 1 from handspun –more on that in a minute

5 dishcloths

5 Christmas ornaments

1 kid’s hat

1st sock from Thing 2’s Christmas socks

Wips

1 handspun kippah, yarn from Hipstrings Cotton Club.  This finally occurred to me after making 2 other kippot, that I had beautiful handspun yarn made with fiber dyed in Pittsburgh, so I knew I had to make some kippot with this yarn.  I tweaked Sarah Jordan’s To Life pattern to work with sport-weight yarn and it works perfectly.

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

Mom’s Christmas socks, knit in Plymouth Yarn Diversity in the Stormy Sky colorway, medium blue with areas of grey, light blue and khaki

2 Christmas ornaments in progress

 

Knitting Talk

Current & upcoming knitalongs that I'm participating in

Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party

Knitmore Girl’s Grinchalong

Indie Designer Gift-a-long sale starts Nov 23 at 8pm Eastern and ends Nov 29 at 11:59opm Eastern

 

Out and About

In Tyngsboro, MA for the annual Greater Lowell Technical School craft fair.  If you happen to be north of Boston on Sunday the 17th come say hello!

On December 1st, craft fair at Norwood Adult Day Health Center

On December 8th, 31st Annual Framingham Auxiliary Police Craft Fair

 

No show next week - Happy Thanksgiving!

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Episode 51 – 11/8/18 – Craft Fair Season

FOs, Wips, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run and Be a Helper 3 – I need your feedback

FOs

3 Fun Fur Hats

2 Doll sweaters

5 doll hats – these are all knit on US 10 needles so they knit up very quickly

1 kippah, pattern by PAKnitWit, with all proceeds going to Tree of Life Synogogue which was attacked last week and 11 members were murdered by a white nationalist.  On Ravelry, some folks are collecting hand-made kippot to give to the Tree of Life community, so that is where I will send mine.

 

Wips

2nd Kippah, same pattern

Another Fun Fur hat

Rhinebeck Shawl – the Changing Staircases made with the yarn I just bought at Rhinebeck

Spinning

I’ve actually spun recently!  Not much, but a little.  I’m working on a cotton sliver from Hipstrings in the Recurrent Theme colorway which is dark jewel tones of blue, aqua, green, purple and burgundy.  It’ll be gorgeous!

 

Out and About

I worked the Nauset Craft Fair last weekend held at the Nauset Middle School in Orleans, Cape Cod, MA.  It was my first time there and I had a good time.  Despite a huge storm in the morning with biblical-type rain and wind, people came out to support the vendors.  My shoes were soaked unloading my car in the morning, starting around 8am.  I had spare clothes, but no spare shows with me, so my feet were soaked until I got home at 6:30 that night!

 

On The Run

I want to talk today about the myth that running is bad for your knees.  Yes you heard me, the myth.  

Multiple studies including one released in 2016 from Brigham Young University and published European Journal of Applied Physiology can help us understand this.  

 

Be a Helper 3 – I need your feedback

Here are my thoughts – I can’t run a craft-along that ends in August, my family’s schedule is nuts and we’ll have family visiting from overseas next August so it’ll just be bonker balls.  The first Be A Helper was during the winter.  More people seem to knit in the winter anyways, so I’m thinking of moving it back to winter.  What do you all think?  Should we run it in conjunction with the holiday season so people who like to knit for charity during Hannukah and Christmas can participate?  Or after the holiday season so gift knitters can participate?  Or maybe start in December and end in February to give everyone more flexibility?

 

Let me know what you think.

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Episode 50 – Rhinebeck Recap – 11/1/18 Happy Halloween – a day late!  Tried to record yesterday but we have a family birthday on Halloween, which makes everything that much more insane! 

Segments include FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Out and About at Rhinbeck, Pattern Stalking and On the Run.

FOs

12 hats since Rhinebeck for upcoming craft fairs

Wips

Another craft fair hat, this one is turqouise

Find Your Fade shawl.  I’m on section 3, the 2nd garter section and still in color #1, the raspberry-dyed handspun cotton that I’ve mentioned in past episodes

Changing Staircases shawl in a cotton/bamboo blend from Great Adirondack Yarns – more on that soon because it’s yarn I bought at Rhinebeck

Knitting Fail

Sometimes your brain doesn't work right.  Find Your Fade is a simple pattern and I'm still screwing it up!

Out and About

2 weekends ago was Rhinebeck and I attended on Saturday via the Webs bus

Craft Fair in Orleans, Cape Cod on Nov 3

Pattern Stalking

Shawls – now that it’s getting cold all I want to do is knit shawls.  Which is really funny because up until a year or so ago I usually avoided shawls.  Tell me about your favorite shawls to wear

On the Run

Have not run at all since Rhinebeck.  The day after Rhinebeck my son jumped and landed with all his weight on one bone in the middle-side of my foot.   Holy moly that hurt.  

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