Sunday, January 31, 2016

Episode 17: Winter Doldrums

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Here are the show notes for Episode 17:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Yowza Weigh-it Shawl 4 by Susan B. Anderson, color Night Lights
Prayer Shawl #1, out of TLC Heathers, donating to the prayer shawl ministry at my church

WIPs: 
Eileen Tee, by Coralee Meslin, out of Tahkli Yarns Sedona in kiwi
vanilla socks, 

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up items for DCS Pigskin Party

Acquisitions - going to make the Etched Rio Wrap out of Hand Maiden Cashmere and Silk

Spinning Projects -
FO: Moscow Mule color way of super wash Targhee from ITW

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt.  Surprise!  They bought a king bed!  Making adjustments as necessary.

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  
Watching:  Junkyarn podcast Christmas card swap partner included 2 pairs of earrings she made.  How cute is that?
Days are getting longer, but I've still got the winter doldrums.  I'm reading Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard, and I feel like I'm going through the place of fog before the valley of loss, slogging through mud day after day.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Episode 16: Hello New Year!

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I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 16:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Lina hat by Johanna of Joko Knits, using Koigu in a beautiful variegated green 

WIPs: 
Yowza Weigh-it Shawl 4 by Susan B. Anderson, color Night Lights
vanilla socks, 

Stalking - TinCanKnits 12 Days of Christmas free patterns, can't wait to cast on Liatris or Sitka Spruce

Acquisitions - yarn for Christmas, including Pashmina from Madelinetosh! maybe for the Celtic Myths shawl by Asita Krebs?

Spinning Projects -
WIP: Moscow Mule color way of super wash Targhee from ITW

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Started the quilt for my cousin Nicole and her fiancĂ©, fishing themed, designed layout myself, trying to do a block or two each day.

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  
Watching:  Junkyarn podcast with Kemper, did the Christmas card swap.  Sent mine out but my swap partner was sick so haven't gotten their card yet.
It's the end of another year, and I can't believe time has flown so fast.  Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  What are yours? Would you like to learn something new?  What are you ready to let go off in 2016?

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Episode 15: Playing Catch Up

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Here are the show notes for Episode 15:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Atlantic Current Socks, yeah!
Diagonal Ribbed cowl by Mel Clark 

WIPs: 
Yowza Weigh-it Shawl 4 by Susan B. Anderson, color Night Lights
Lina hat by Johanna of Joko Knits, using Koigu in a beautiful variegated green 
the dropped stitch cowl, finished but don't like it so I'm frogging it to do again with fewer stitches. 
Evolution shawl by Rachel Henry for the Fiber Factor and Skacel Collection. I'm on section 6a out of 6c. Alpaca Sox in Wasabi.

Stalking - Long-tail Triangle Shawl by Kimberly Perkins, to use my Cat Mountain Fusion 800 yarn with.
Celtic Myths shawl by Asita Krebs, my knit group Spinners with Altitude is looking to do a KAL for this in the new year.

Acquisitions - fiber from Into the Whirled, fabric 

Spinning Projects -
WIP: same cormo, can't wait to spin up some of my new fiber!

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Binding my table runner, my Dec mystery blocks 
My Quilt notebook which tracks most of what I've made.  Do you have something like this?

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  
Watching:  Yarnder Woman, Melinda in Perth, Australia.  She's doing a Color Affection/multi-color shawl KAL in 2016, and I keep wanting to cast on the Echoes of Color by Joji Locatelli.  Knit ALL the things!
Finally bought our own Catan board game, can't wait to get it out.
Tried to do a virtual knit night but couldn't get Google Hangout to work correctly.  We're going to try again soon.  Check the Ravelry thread for more info.  Come join us!
We are handy!  Replaced the heating element in our oven all by ourselves.  Thanks YouTube.  Thanksgiving with the CA family was wonderful.  Do you write a Christmas letter?  Or just send cards?  Nothing?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Episode 14: Take that, depression!

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Here are the show notes for Episode 14:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: none

WIPs: 
Atlantic Current Socks, still slogging away
Plain garter stitch shawl in some TLC Heathers acrylic.  
Diagonal Ribbed cowl by Mel Clark in a lovely green baby alpaca, not sure who for.  Really wanted to make the dropped stitch cowl but I couldn't find the yarn I wanted to use with it.  
Evolution shawl by Rachel Henry for the Fiber Factor and Skacel Collection.  Started as a KAL last November and obviously stalled out.  Picked it back up at 5a and I'm on section 5b out of 6c.  Also in an alpaca yarn, Alpaca Sox in Wasabi.

Stalking - cowls.  Looking for fast, easy projects to use up some of my single skeins.  
Favs - Ombra cowl, Mavis, and Nennir

Acquisitions - Lorna's laces sportmate in Sassy Stripe, Lorna's Laces Shepard Worsted in La Regina, and KFI Luxury Collection Luxury Silk Sport in color LSS-07. 

Spinning Projects -
WIP: same cormo, 

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Binding my Waves of Glory quilt 

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  
Dinner out last night with some friends.  We meet once a month for dinner to ensure we're staying in touch.  I've had a really good week, with stable energy levels.  Maybe because I pampered myself?  Boots at Lane Bryant AND a massage!  Take that, depression!
Knit group on Saturday, which I actually made.  I've missed the past few weeks.  Met some new people and everything!
Watching:  Amy Beth of the Fat Squirrel podcast.  So funny!  Hellllooooo, and shenanigans!
Tried to do a virtual knit night last week but couldn't get Google Hangout to work correctly.  We're going to try again this Friday night at 5:30pm MST.  Come join us!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Episode 13: Lucky for Me!

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Here are the show notes for Episode 13:  

On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Bronco Swirl hat by Mandie Harrington for the mother-in-law

WIPs: 
Atlantic Current Socks, still slogging away
Plain garter stitch shawl in some TLC Heathers acrylic.  

Stalking - KALs, projects for DCSPigskinParty2015, there's some great ideas out there.  Checking things out while watching the games.  Go Broncos!

Spinning Projects -
WIP: same cormo, no progress

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
block 4 of a mystery block of the month quilt.  Two blocks each month, using reproduction fabrics, which I love. First Thursday Mystery at Ruth's Stitchery
My Waves of Glory quilt came back from the quilter.  It was quilted by Nikki Rainey at Nana's Quilt Cottage in Old Colorado City, and it's beautiful.  Now I just need to snip all the extra threads and bind it.
New acquisitions -- beautiful fabrics from Moda Simply Colorful II, V and Co.

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  
Love the color coded cables for the Knitter's Pride products (I have the Karbonz interchangeables).  So much more fun than black.
Watching:  Diane of the Suburban Stitcher podcast.  Broncos lost last week, but we're still sitting ok.  We play Chiefs here this Sunday and we're gonna win!
Spent the last week in Phoenix with my sister and family and had a great time.  Hopefully made some good memories with my nieces and they remember us next time we see them.  So lucky to have such great family.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Episode 12: Short and Sweet

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Here are the show notes for Episode 12:  


On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Bronco Barley hat by Tin Can Knits for my father-in-law, I think

WIPs: 
Bronco Swirl hat by Mandie Harrington for the mother-in-law
Atlantic Current Socks, still slogging away
Plain garter stitch shawl in some TLC Heathers acrylic.  

New acquisitions -- Sock ruler. some dpns
Stalking - hats for fall

Spinning Projects -
WIP: one bobbin down, whole bag of fiber left

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
block 3 of a mystery block of the month quilt.  Two blocks each month, using reproduction fabrics, which I love. First Thursday Mystery at Ruth's Stitchery

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  I'll be busy next week, that's why I wanted to get this episode in, even if it is short.  
Watching:  Kemper of the Junkyarn podcast, I've been catching up on back episodes and really enjoying it.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Episode 11: Scaredy Cat is Too Cute!

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Here are the show notes for Episode 11:  

On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Hermione's Everyday Socks for my mom
Scaredy Cat, October Interception for DCS Pigskin Party, made with hand-dyed, handspun yarn.  Just needs eyes and a nose, but I'm calling it done.

WIPs: 
Atlantic Current Socks, took to the football game with me, 
Tivoli Eileen Tee by Coralie Meslin of Tahki Stacy Charles, my swatch lied! Using Tahki yarns Sedona, 90/10 wool/silk, in the Kiwi color way.  Maybe 2 more rows done?
Plain garter stitch shawl in some TLC Heathers acrylic.  I ran out of yarn and it's not quite big enough, so edging will be in a coordinating color.

New acquisitions -- see my new yarns!
Stalking - Echoes of Color by Joji Locatelli

Spinning Projects -
WIP: fiber may be Cormo?

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
blocks 1 and 2 of a mystery block of the month quilt.  Two blocks each month, using reproduction fabrics, which I love. First Thursday Mystery at Ruth's Stitchery

In the Garden: 
put away the hoses, waiting for the first freeze, which is late this year

In the Beeyard - time to put the entrance reducers on and prep for winter
Refine beeswax to make some homemade lip balm.

Off Topic:  Habitat for Humanity build was good, went to the AFA vs WYO game, where WYO lost horribly.  Reading Hinds Feet in High Places, which is very applicable to my journey through therapy.

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