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Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits  

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

 

Crochet News

I talked a little about some of the techniques I've been learning from the book above.

 

Let 'er Rip

I ripped out 2 sweaters and it was very therapeutic!

 

Auditioning Knits 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Special thanks to the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits.

 

 

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

 

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

 

Non-Knitting Segments

Love it or Leave it

Love: I've been working with my brother on his business, managing his social media.

 

Leave: My lack of structure combined with this heat and humidity are making me exceptionally tired!

Other News and Notes

 

Running

I had to get new shoes which I was not happy about.

 

Reading

 

I finished reading:

 I finished listening to:

  

 

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Knitting Segments

Knits in Rehearsal 

 

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

The Pal Kal is entering the second month. Listen to see if you are the lucky winner of the Intermission/Chatter prize for June. I also announce the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits.

 

 

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

 

Check out the episode for more information about this episode's producing sponsor, Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting. 

 

 

Other Events

I hope you'll indulge me in a brief recap of my time at ZK 2017.

My favorite vendors were Yarn Geek FibersLeading Men Fiber Arts and The Yarn Truck/Knit Buffalo. 

 

 

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about Dairyland Knits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

Meatless Monday

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quesadillas from the Live-in Kitchen. 

Love it or Leave it

Love: I have been doing a Bootcamp workout at Camp Gladiator and really enjoying it.

 

Leave: I did something really stupid. Listen up for details....

 

Other News and Notes

Theatrical Updates

I saw the tour of Fun Home and it was amazing!

 

Running

No real news on this front. I did run my longest solo distance of 10 miles, which felt really good.

 

Reading

I finished reading 2 books, both of which I really enjoyed.

 

 

 

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Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits

VNeck Boxy by Joji Locatelli 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal 

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

 

Vasa by Dianna Walla

 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

The Pal Kal has officially started!

 

 

 

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

 

Check out the episode for more information about this episode's producing sponsor, Imagined Landscape Designs. 

 

 

Other Events

 

WWKIP Day

Thanks to everyone who came out for WWKIP day! We were a small buy mighty crowd! Thanks to these sponsors for donating door prizes!

Charlotte Yarn , Cottage Yarn and Queen City Yarn.

 

Stash Dash 2017

Check out the Knit Girlls Podcast for more information.

 

Splash Pad Party with the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

 

Summer Stripe Along Kal

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This week I checked out the Bede Sisters podcast, hosted by Kay. Check it out!

 

The Reviews are In! 

This episode I reviewed a new purchase, the Knitter's Keep by Coco Knits.

 

 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

Love it or Leave it

Love: Essential Oils

What are your favorites?

 

Leave: People asking me about my plans to have children. What????

 

Other News and Notes

Running

No news is good news! Week 7 of Marathon training is in the books.

 

Reading

I finished reading The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.

 

I finished listening to Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

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Knitting Segments

Knits in Rehearsal 

 

Auditioning Knits

PalKal Auditions

I'm trying to figure out what I'll do for the PalKal this year. 

 

Was thinking of knitting the Lil' Miss Chelsea Bean by Jenn Sheelen. 

 

Also considering Breathing Space and True Friend by Veera Valimaki, using my ChileKnitz Pal Kal Yarn. 

 

I am also searching for something to make with my PalKal kit from Suburban Stitcher. 

 

 

Summer Tops

I am searching pretty hard for something to make with my Claudia Hand-Painted Contemplation yarn that's been in my stash for a while. I originally bought it to make the Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy.

 

Here are some of the things I'm considering:

 

Nesoi Tee by Miriam Felton

 

Notched Hem Tank Top by Purl Soho

 

Breeze by Joanna Rankin

 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Check the link above to RSVP.

 

June 10, 2017

I'll be at Foxcroft Wine in Dilworth, Charlotte, from 2pm until at least 5.

1235 East Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28203

 

I will have door prizes from Charlotte Yarn (which is in the same shopping center as the wine bar), Cottage Yarn and Queen City Yarn.

 

Charlotte Yarn, Baskets of Yarn and Cottage Yarn will all be having specials that day for Actually Knitting listeners and those Knitting in Public.

 

 

 

 

The Pal Kal has officially started!

 

 

Exciting News! Check out my social media feeds for information about some exclusive products coming from Suburban Stitcher and ChileKnitz!

 

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

 

Other Events

Stash Dash 2017

Check out the Knit Girlls Podcast for more information.

 

Summer Stripe Along Kal

 

Knitscapade

Let me take you on a Knitscapade! Last weekend I visited my favorite not-so-local to me LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop. I fell off the wagon pretty hard but, no regrets!

 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders

 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Camping Trip

 

Leave: Humidity

 

Other News and Notes


Running News: 

I am in week 5 of training for the Chicago Marathon. Trying to stay injury free and also keep using my bullet journal to track my workouts.

 

Reading Updates: 


I finished reading Eligible, A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfield.

 

 

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Knitting Segments

Knits in Rehearsal 

 

Here is a circular tracker I used for inspiration for my bullet journal. Mine is very basic at the moment. 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

March Mowry Madness

#MarchMowryMadness officially wrapped up on April 30, 2017. Listen to see if you are the lucky winner of a pack of mini-skeins by Happy Little Yarn!

 

Stash Dash 2017

Check out the Knit Girlls Podcast for more information.

 

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day

June 10, 2017

 

 

 

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

 

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

 

Exciting News! Watch my social media feeds for information about some exclusive products coming from Suburban Stitcher and ChileKnitz!

 

Below is the painting that Connie is using for the color way inspiration.

 

Non-Knitting Segments

Meatless Monday

 

Love it or Leave it

I got nothing but love this week! Josh and I got engaged a couple of weeks ago! 

 

Other News and Notes

Finished Reading: 

 

 

Currently Reading: 

Currently Listening to: 

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Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits 

Ripken by Melanie Berg

 

Here's a tutorial for the Crochet Hook Provisional Cast-On

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

Vanilla Socks

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day

June 10, 2017

 

March Mowry Madness

#MarchMowryMadness will run through April 30, 2017.

 

 

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

 

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

 

Exciting News! Watch my social media feeds for information about some exclusive products coming from Suburban Stitcher and ChileKnitz!

 

Below is the painting that Connie is using for the color way inspiration.

 

 

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

 

 

 

Knitting Talkback: Athleisure 

 

Parody Video: Active Wear

 

 

I was inspired by a recent issue of Knit Wear Magazine to delve into the topic of Athleisure in hand knits.

 

Interweave Blog: What's the Deal with Athleisure

 

The patterns I featured in this episode:

 

Marblehead Poncho by  Lana Jois

 

Rockport Vest by Allison Jane

 

Sturbridge Pullovery by Pam Allen

 

Dartmouth Pullover by Brandy Velten

 

Boxy by Joji Locatelli

 

Mae by Andrea Mowry 

 

Kingston Tunic by Andrea Mowry

 

Sidewalk Sweater by Kate Oates

 

Ouisa by Christina Ghirlanda

 

Chloe Cardigan by Jo Storie

 

Still Light Tunic by Veera Valimaki 

 

Listener Contribution: Cooldown by Alicia Plummer

 

I would love to hear your ideas for altheisure patterns in knitting! Go on over to the Ravelry group to tell us all about it.

 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

Love it or Leave it

 

LoveHandwriting Tutorials

 

Leave: I hate 4th quarter!

 

Other News and Notes

Running News

I officially started training for marathon #2, The Chicago Marathon is October 8th, 2017.

 

I have been inspired to start doing a bullet journal for my running. Check out this post from Runner's World about using a bullet journal for running and other health tracking.

 

Some pics of my bullet journal are on my Instagram feed.

 

Books

Finished Reading:

  

 

Finished Listening: 

 

Currently Reading:

 

 

Currently Listening:

  

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Knitting Segments

 

Special thanks to Jenn Sheelen for sending me her latest pattern, Lil Miss Chelsea Bean.

Show-Ready Knits

Sockhead Slouch Hat #3

 

Baby Hat 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Ripken by Melanie Berg

 

Here's a tutorial for the Crochet Hook Provisional Cast-On

 

Mae by Andrea Mowry 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

#MarchMowryMadness will run through April 30, 2017. There is a chatter thread open and lively on Ravelry.

 

 

 

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

 

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

 

June 10, 2017 is World Wide Knit in Public Day.

 

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

 

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting@gmail.com or contact me on Ravelry.

 

 

My Favorite Knitting Things

 

Josh did an Ikea hack for a yarn winding station for my craft room. We used the Finnvard from Ikea, painted it, and installed my swift and ball winder on the top!

 

Strauch Ball Winders

 

Here's the blog post where Josh found the idea for the Yarn Winding Station.

 

Non-Knitting Segments

One-Pot Wonders

One Pot Teriyaki Chicken Zoodles

 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: My trip to San Francisco 

 

Leave: Spring Break is over! 

 

Other News and Notes 

Running

Marathon Training starts April 29, 2017

 

Books 

Finished Reading: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

 

 

Finished Listening: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman

 

Currently Reading: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

 

Currently Listening: I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

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Knitting Segments

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

 

 

 

I mentioned how I've been using a tracker in my knitting notebook to keep up with notes and how often I work on long term projects. Here are some links for more information about Bullet Journal Trackers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

#MarchMowryMadness will run through April 30, 2017. There is a chatter thread open and lively on Ravelry.

 

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

 

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

 

June 10, 2017 is World Wide Knit in Public Day.

 

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

 

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting@gmail.com or contact me on Ravelry.

Knitting Talk Back 

Knitting Aches and Pains? I definitely have some from time to time. Check out these articles and blog posts for more information.

 

8 Warning Signs Your Knitting Could Give you RSI from the Knitting Loop

 

4 Ways to Avoid RSI when Knitting from The Knitting Loop

 

Repetitive Strain and Knitting from The Spruce.com

 

29 Tips for Avoiding Knitting Pain from All Free Knitting

 

Hand Exercises for Knitters and Crocheters from Craftsy

 

Therapeutic Gloves from Lion Brand 

 

 

Non-Knitting Segments 

 

Meatless Monday

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Bowls

Love it or Leave it

LoveIkea Skubb Boxes for Drawers 

 

Leave: Packing Anxiety!

 

Let's Go on a Trip Packing List to Download

Other News and Notes

 

Running Updates

No news is good news! Ran a 4 mile race earlier in March. 

 

Books 

 

 

 

 

Finished Reading: 

    

Finished Listening: 

Currently Listening:

 

Currently Reading

  

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Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits 

 

 

 

 

Chiagoo 16 inch Circulars

 

I mentioned that this project would be great for watching The Americans, since it has a lot of subtitles. 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

 V-Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

 

We wrapped up the  Point/Counterpoint Volume 2 giveaway. Thanks to Kino Knits and Prairie Girls Design for the giveaway. Listen up to see if you were a lucky winner! 

 

 

March Mowry Madness! 

We were able to announce three winners of an Andrea Mowry pattern. If you entered, be sure to listen for your name!

 

The Knit A Long officially runs March 15th-April 30th, but it's going to be very informal. Knit patterns by Andrea Mowry, the famous designer behind the Find Your Fade Shawl. Wips are welcome and you don't have to finish your project to enter. No prizes yet, but I'll let you know if something is donated!

 

 

 

New Year, New Ewe!

We wrapped up the New Year, New Ewe Kal on March 10th and winners are announced on this episode.

 

 

Prizes for New Year, New Ewe:

Amplitude Shawl by Greg Cohoon

 

3 Patterns from Brenda Castiel

 

 

 

 

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

 

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

 

Hoping to attend the Carolina Fiber Fest March 24-25, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

 

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

 

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting@gmail.com or contact me on Ravelry.

 

Knitting Talk Back: Knitting as Activism

The recent Pussy Hat Project got me thinking about knitting activism and the history of it. I found several good resources for your entertainment and education. 

 

 

 

 

 

I also mentioned this book about Knitted Taxidermy. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

Meatless Monday

This is a two-fer as it's a Meatless Monday and One Pot Wonder recipe: Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet from Ambitious Kitchen. 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Golden Girls Collectibles

Action Figures from Funko 

Coloring Book 

 

Leave: Analysis Paralysis when it comes to my hair

 

Theatrical Updates

I have seen three shows recently: 

 

 

 

 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates

I finished 1/2 marathon number 4 on March 4, 2017

Have 2 short races coming up on March 18th and March 25th, 2017

 

Books

Finished listening to The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty which I liked a lot.

 

Currently Reading

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping and Trial of Patty Hearst.

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Show Ready Knits

So many flubs on this project!

 

Here is the tutorial I used to practice Brioche. It's a good tutorial, but I went into a lot of detail about the Craftsy Class I recently purchased called Explorations in Brioche, taught by Nancy Marchant.

 

Knits in Rehearsal

New Cast on: V-Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli

I used this great tutorial for German Short Rows. 

 

I also mentioned this interview with Joji Locatelli on the Sweet Georgia Show. 

Panther's Socks 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

 

New Year, New Ewe!

Are you ready to try something new with your knitting? A new technique or type of product? Perhaps a designer you have never tried? A new type of yarn? Check out the episode for more information about this Knit A Long for 2017. Officially it will run January 1 through March 10, 2017. Check out the chatter thread in the Ravelry Group. Rules will be listed in the Ravelry group as well.

 

 

Prizes for New Year, New Ewe:

Amplitude Shawl by Greg Cohoon

 

3 Patterns from Brenda Castiel

 

I learned the German Twisted Cast-on for my New Year New Ewe project!

 

March Mowry Madness! 

This will be a short, mostly informal Knit A Long where we knit patterns by Andrea Mowry, the famous designer behind the Find Your Fade Kal. Andrea has generously donated 3 patterns that I will give away for the KAL. To enter, go to the Ravelry group for the Actually Knitting podcast and tell me which pattern(s) you'd like to make for the KAL. I will draw winners to announce on the March 15th episode of the podcast. Enter by March 10th to win your choice of an Andrea Mowry pattern.

 

March Mowry Madness will officially start March 15th, though WIPS will be allowed, and it will run through April 30th, 2017. Check out the Ravelry group for more information. This will be a chatter based KAL and I'll give away some prizes if any are donated!

 

We still have an ongoing giveaway for Point/Counterpoint Volume 2, by Kino Knits and Prairie Girls Designs. The thread will stay open until March 10th so hurry over to Ravelry for your chance to win.

 

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

 

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

 

Hoping to attend the Carolina Fiber Fest March 25-26, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

 

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

 

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting@gmail.com or contact me on Ravelry.

 

Auditioning Knits

I muse today about which Andrea Mowry pattern I should cast on for the #MarchMowryMadness Kal that starts officially on March 15, 2017.

 

I'd love to Find My Fade, but I don't think that will happen right now.

 

I talked about Goldfinch, a gorgeous shawl, as well as Broken Thyme which is a pretty cowl.

 

I also talked about two tops, the Kingston Tunic and Mae. Right now I'm leaning towards Mae.

 

Non-Knitting Segments 

What a Crock

 

Love it or Leave it

Love:

Z: The Beginning of Everything on Amazon Prime

 

Leave: 

Nothing to report! 

Other News and Notes

 

Running

Things have been going along much more smoothly now that I am healthy and running on a regular basis.

I am running a local 1/2 marathon on March 4, 2017.

 

Books

I finished reading:

It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi MacFarlane

I also finished a book I didn't like so much,

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