Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Episode 20: The Fate of the Bees

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I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 20:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: 
Eileen Tee, by Coralee Meslin, out of Tahkli Yarns Sedona in kiwi, Ends woven in.  So it's finished finished finished.

WIPs: 
Blueberry waffle socks out of MadTosh Sock in Cobbler color way, no nylon so doing heels out of diff yarn

Celtic Myths shawl, doing the fingering weight pattern and turning out much better on the edging.

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up WIPS

Acquisitions - fabric, I've been very bad

Spinning Projects -
none

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt, some new blocks, about half done point.
Jo Morton reproduction prints and patterns club called Jo's Little Women, paper pieced pineapple block table runner, and little baskets wall hanging

In the Garden: landscaper hired, now I just need to plan the perennials.  Yes I'm an engineer and have it graphed out with existing plants to determine where I want things to go.
Rhubarb is up and I've already divided three splits off it leaving plenty behind.

In the Beeyard - And the bees are . . . 
Swarm season isn't generally until May, but need to act now to prevent losing any bees.

Off Topic:  
Watching:  Grocery Girls with Jodi and Tracie.  They've only been podcasting a few months and already have almost 8000 followers!  What's up with all the Canadian podcasters?
Went to a new doctor for an independent diagnosis for disability paperwork, and left with an optimistic feeling.  Playing with my meds right now and I can tell.
Went for first motorcycle ride of the season, it was nice to get out and blow the dust off.
First fire of the year, even smoked some cigars.  Nice to hang out and talk with the hubby.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Episode 19: Oh Wait, It's Spring!

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Here are the show notes for Episode 19:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: 
Eileen Tee, by Coralee Meslin, out of Tahkli Yarns Sedona in kiwi, seamed it up and applied edging, just need to weave in ends.  So it's finished, but not finished finished.

WIPs: 
Blueberry waffle socks out of MadTosh Sock in Cobbler color way, no nylon so doing heels out of diff yarn
Prayer Shawl #2, out of TLC Heathers, donating to the prayer shawl ministry at my church
Serephine shawl, making for mom, cables require a LOT of attention

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up WIPS

Acquisitions - none, I've been very good

Spinning Projects -
UFO: back to working on the natural white cormo (?)
spindle spinning some brown and black alpaca, lots of vm :(

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt, made it simple this month  
1st thursday mystery quilt block, 3 new blocks
Jo Morton reproduction prints and patterns club called Jo's Little Women, paper pieced pineapple blocks  

In the Garden: plan to hire landscaper to replace sod in back and add some perennials

In the Beeyard - PPBA bee school took place over several weekends this month, crop of new beekeepers, yeah!

Off Topic:  
Watching:  Yarnings; Kristine does great color work, sweaters
Visited my sister and bil.  Had fun playing with the nieces.  Did some painting and helped unpack some. Got up to 90 in Phoenix, came home to COS and it's blizzard weather

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Episode 18: A Blonde Moment

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Here are the show notes for Episode 18:  

On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: none

WIPs: 
Eileen Tee, by Coralee Meslin, out of Tahkli Yarns Sedona in kiwi, washed and blocked the body and sleeves, now I just have to seem it up and apply edging
Blueberry waffle socks out of MadTosh Sock in Cobbler color way, no nylon so doing heels out of diff yarn
Prayer Shawl #2, out of TLC Heathers, donating to the prayer shawl ministry at my church
Serephine shawl, making for mom, cables require a LOT of attention

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up WIPS

Acquisitions - some quilting fabric because I couldn't resist a sale

Spinning Projects -
UFO: back to working on the natural white cormo (?)


Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt.  Redesigned for a king bed, slowed up on my progress though.
had my quilt class, it's a Jo Morton reproduction prints and patterns club

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  
Watching:  nothing new
Visited my mom and dad for a week, had a good time, but it took me off grid for a bit.

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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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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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