Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Episode 41: Sunburns and Sneezes

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Here are the show notes for Episode 41:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's:  n/a

WIPs:
Vanilla Supergirl socks for E.  Doing the toes and cuffs in Hedgehog Fibers Electric blue, body in Madtosh red. 

Runa by Gudrun Johnston.  Loving the rhythm of the seed stitch.  Had a change in shade from one skein to the other, so now I'm feathering in the new skeins.


Prayer shawl for church.

Celestarium by Audrey Nickels.  Using a local yarn from Spruce Dragon called Twinkle in the Midnight Blue II color way.  Using different colored beads for the different magnitudes of the stars.  Started before the eclipse last year, and it's kind of been on hiatus since it's a knit I have to pay attention to.  Currently just over halfway through the F charts, which puts me at 66% done with 576 stitches/round, although it feels like more.

Stalking:  blending boards, Mix #34 cowl (dragon scale cowl)

Acquisitions -  Tricked out Ewe, Hand Maiden Maiden Hair yarn.  Black watch plaid waxed canvas project bag by tanneicasey on Etsty.


Spinning Projects - fiber swap with Spinners with Altitude was a success.  Christy brought her blending board and let us all play around making some rolags.  There wasn't a bad one in the bunch.  Alpaca on a spindle.  Green merino singles.

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - Prairie Woman Sewing Circle, 16 blocks for March were sewn together, basted, quilted, and binding sewn on.  Sent fabric scraps to another podcaster, and she gifted me a pattern in my queue.  Thanks Jennie!

In the Garden: Finally warmed up enough for me to spin outside.  Promptly got a sunburn.  Still need to do yard work.


In the Beeyard - I've been slowly cleaning up my equipment.  Looking for a new location.

Off Topic:  Allergies are the bane of my existence. Research for trip to Croatia.  Run for the roses is only a few weeks away.
BatterUpKAL with InASknit.  Splash Pad Party KAL with Boston Jen of Down Cellar Studio.
Watching/Listening:  The X-Files in advance of the reboot.  The Truth Is Out There!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Episode 40: It's Been 17 Days Since My Last Podcast

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Here are the show notes for Episode 40:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's:  

WIPs:
Vanilla Supergirl socks for E.  Doing the toes and cuffs in Hedgehog Fibers Electric blue, body in Madtosh red. 

Runa by Gudrun Johnston.  Loving the rhythm of the seed stitch.  Had a change in shade from one skein to the other, so now I'm feathering in the new skeins.


Prayer shawl for church.

Celestarium by Audrey Nickels.  Using a local yarn from Spruce Dragon called Twinkle in the Midnight Blue II color way.  Using different colored beads for the different magnitudes of the stars.  Started before the eclipse last year, and it's kind of been on hiatus since it's a knit I have to pay attention to.  Currently halfway through the F charts, which puts me at 64.6% done with 576 stitches/round, although it feels like more.

Stalking:  

Acquisitions -  what else? fabric!


Spinning Projects - plyed my Broncos BFL and gave it a soak.  Split out 2 oz of soy silk fiber for a swap Spinners with Altitude is doing on the 28th.  Alpaca on a spindle. In a plying mood.

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - Prairie Woman Sewing Circle, catching up slowly.  Finished the 16 blocks for March, need to sew together and finish.  Compiling scraps to send to another podcaster, and having trouble limiting what to send due to weight/postage.

In the Garden: And . . . it's still snowing.  The wind blew so hard last week it knocked a fence panel and several other boards down.  Rhubarb is up and growing.


In the Beeyard - I've been slowly cleaning up my equipment.

Off Topic:  Willow went to the groomers and it promptly snowed.
BatterUpKAL with InASknit.  Splash Pad Party KAL with Boston Jen of Down Cellar Studio.
Watching/Listening:  Path to the Draft.  

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Episode 39: Cowboys in Colorado

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Here are the show notes for Episode 39:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's:  
Silver cardigan bKristiina Temin for one of my nieces.  Using a very bright pink and orange yarn by Lorna's Laces Sportmate and Madelinetosh 80/10/10 sport weight in Coquette to finish up the garter edging.

Brian's socks are done and he's worn them.  Ready for a wash again.

Vanilla Bean Wonder Woman socks.  Finished in the car.

Lush Brioche cowl, my Ravellenics project.  Don't know why I was scared of brioche, because it's awesome and easy enough.  I won a badge!

Vanilla Wonder Woman socks for A.  Used all of the leftover sock yarn, finished cuff in red MadTosh.

WIPs:
Vanilla Supergirl socks for E.  Doing the toes and cuffs in Hedgehog Fibers Electric blue, body in Madtosh red. 

Runa by Gudrun Johnston.  Swatching hell.


Prayer shawl for church.

Stalking:  aimlessly


Acquisitions -  Artistic yarns in Impressionist, Madtosh twist light in red, Hedgehog sock mini in Electric blue.


Spinning Projects - 

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - Prairie Woman Sewing Circle, missed the last 2 months of classes.

In the Garden: Look out into the yard and see all the spring cleanup I need to do, but it's still snowing on us so I have no motivation.


In the Beeyard - I've ordered 2 packages of bees with Carniolan queens from John Hartley of Black Forest Honey.  It's a local pickup and he works with PPBA.

Off Topic:  Between traveling out of town for funerals and spring break visits, it's been a while.  Yes, I'm still coughing.  Spring IS on its way.  
Trying to plan a motorcycle trip and find a way to combine it with a fiber festival, but I'm having trouble.  Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR is a possibility, but it's right at end of June, beginning of July.  It can be hot riding then.
Opening day of baseball, Rockies lost.  BatterUpKAL starts with InASknit.
Watching/Listening:  Path to the Draft.  Good luck Josh Allen!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Episode 38: The Cough That Keeps on Giving

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Here are the show notes for Episode 38:  

On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's:  

WIPs:
Silver cardigan bKristiina Temin for one of my nieces.  Using a very bright pink and orange yarn by Lorna's Laces Sportmate.  Looking for a Madelinetosh sport weight in Coquette.  Sent some feelers out on Ravelry.

Brian's socks are coming along.  Did several sets of increases for the calf.  Would like to use up more yarn but Brian seems happy with shorter socks.

Vanilla Bean Wonder Woman socks.  Doing 64 stitches on 1.5 US, which is normal, but doesn't seem like there will be much negative ease.  NOT ripping out again.  I'm matching, although it's starting to get off again.

Lush Brioche cowl, my Ravellenics project.  Don't know why I was scared of brioche, because it's awesome and easy enough.

Prayer shawl for church.

Stalking:  

Acquisitions -  yarn.  It was on sale!


Spinning Projects - braid of self-dyed roving, think it might be Merino?  Little bit compacted so made sure I pre-drafted well.  Singles are spun, rested, getting ready to ply.

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - Prairie Woman Sewing Circle, need to get started on project.

In the Garden: n/a


In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  The 11.5 years in the house is raising it's ugly head.  Furnace should have lasted a few more years, but it either required repairs or replacement.  $6K gone.  Better not interfere with my vacation!  Getting the ducts cleaned today.
Instagram #yarnlovechallenge
Watching:  Winter Olympics!  Go Team USA!  Also the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Episode 37: New Year, New Knitting!

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Here are the show notes for Episode 37:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's:  

WIPs:
Silver cardigan bKristiina Temin for one of my nieces.  Using a very bright pink and orange yarn by Lorna's Laces Sportmate.  Had to rip out and go down needle size, still managed to run out of yarn.  Looking for a pink to match.

Brian's socks were my Christmas Eve/Day cast on, had to rip out the heels and add a little bit of length to the foot.  I'm getting pretty good at this frogging thing.

Vanilla Bean Wonder Woman socks in a self-striping color way.  More frogging.

Stalking:  Stripey socks.  Wanted to go beyond vanilla but not too patterned.

Acquisitions -  fabric! POM POMS!!!


Spinning Projects - n/a

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - The sewing kit for the nieces was a hit and we made several simple stitched ornaments.  Also have a quilt-in-progress I worked on with my mom over holidays.  Got a lot of progress made, although I'll probably have enough blocks for 3 quilts when I'm all done.
Jo's Little Women club is no more, so decided to join the Prairie Woman Sewing Circle (?) club instead.  Uses reproduction fabrics, and looks like it will be fun with interesting projects.

In the Garden: n/a


In the Beeyard - Need to order my bees for next spring.  Vandalism run rampant.

Off Topic:  My Christmas card for the Yarnderwoman flat swap was returned for not enough postage, so I had to resend and fill out a customs form.  Really?!?  
I normally don't do resolutions.  I am starting this year as I mean to continue.  Went to prayer shawl meeting, knit group, going to quilt class tomorrow, and I'm podcasting!  
Part of this is house cleaning.  Ugh.  Trying to just do a small bit every day for the deep clean, and rotate through the regular stuff weekly.  It's amazing how stuff builds up when you've been in a house 11 years.  Also using this as an opportunity to organize and get rid of stuff.  
Watching:  

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Episode 36: Are You Ready for Christmas?

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Here are the show notes for Episode 36:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's:  

Agleam by Lisa Mutch.  Absolutely love it.  Using Knitting Fever KFI Silk Sport.  Extended the pattern and had to redo bind off FOUR times because I kept losing at yarn chicken.  For Mom?

Vanilla socks for Christmas 2017.  Used Zitron Unisono for toes/heels/cuffs and knit them TAAT to get equal length out of the Gynx Yarns sock in Ornaments color way that I actually bought in 2014.  Love it! Realized there's no nylon in Unisono.

Primavera socks that I've been knitting for years.  Literally.  Realized these also have no nylon in the Panda Toes yarn by Crazy Monkey.  Thought the cuff wasn't going to fit since there's no shaping, so I went ahead and made them longer.  Then when I was trying them on for photos realized they would have been fine.  Ugh.

WIPs:
Silver cardigan bKristiina Temin for one of my nieces.  Using a very bright pink and orange yarn by Lorna's Laces Sportmate.  Again, don't think I'm getting the right size, it's going to be too big.  Probably something to do with me going up a needle size.

Brian's socks will be my Christmas Eve cast on, unless I get a little ancy.  Asked him if he would wear hand knit socks if I took the time to make them.  Gave him a few choices and let him pick the yarn.  All wound up and ready to go.

Stalking:  Cardigans for kids (A), the Little Rhun, My Honey, to make with a purple cotton yarn I have.  Very large urge to cast on another sweater for me though.

Acquisitions -  waiting for Christmas


Spinning Projects - n/a

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - Put together the sewing kit and have some materials for simple stitched ornaments.  Also have a quilt-in-progress I'll be taking to work on with my mom.  Fabric is already cut out, pattern ready, just need to start sewing.

In the Garden: n/a


In the Beeyard - Need to order my bees for next spring.  Nobody ships anymore!  I'll have to go pick them up.

Off Topic:  Received my Christmas card for the Yarnderwoman flat swap, and put mine in the mail.  Hope they like it!  Made up a Movie Night basket for my local fire station.  It was so fun.  Not ready for Christmas at all.  Still don't have presents for everyone.  Fighting off depression is harder when you're not feeling well.
Watching:  Rick Steves' Europe.  Broncos have won two games in a row!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Episode 35: A Blocking Party

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Here are the show notes for Episode 35:  

On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's:  
Campside shawl by Alicia Plummer. Using Classic Elite Yarns Soft Linen in a beautiful blue color.  Finished the edging in a blue/grey.  Still need to block.

WIPs:
Agleam by Lisa Mutch.  Absolutely love it.  Using Knitting Fever KFI Silk Sport that I got on sale at LYS, not normally my colors but it's growing on me.  Extending the pattern so I can use all the yarn.

Vanilla socks for Christmas 2017.  I've never knit socks so quickly before.  Using Zitron Unisono for toes/heels/cuffs and knit them TAAT to get equal length out of the Gynx Yarns sock in Ornaments color way that I actually bought in 2014.  Love it!

Stalking:  Cardigans for kids (A), the Little Rhun, My Honey, to make with a purple cotton yarn I have.  Very large urge to cast on another sweater for me though.

Acquisitions -  Went birthday shopping on Small Business Saturday and I got myself a sweater quantity!  Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce, 1900 yds, all they had.  And maybe some more.  Gifted a beautiful romney yarn from a knit group friend.


Spinning Projects - n/a

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - wanting to do some sewing with my nieces over Christmas.  Putting together a little sewing kit, some easy ornaments for them to stitch, and maybe start a doll's blanket?  I've been looking up ideas for sewing with children, and it talks about motor skills and coordination a lot, but not so much the attention span thing.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

In the Garden: n/a


In the Beeyard - Need to order my bees for next spring.  Don't want to rely on catching an early swarm.  Get on it already!  PPBA also offers packages for sale.

Off Topic:  Doing another dinner out with the ladies tomorrow.   I have my Christmas card for the flat swap, just need to gather the other stuff so I can put in mail.  Working around my depression.
Watching:  All the podcasts doing Vlogmas!  Thought about doing it too, but we'll be traveling and it looks like a lot of work!  Am having a blast watching everyone open their Advent calendars, especially the yarny ones.  Broncos are not having a good season, but I'm still cheering them on.

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