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Episode 45: Bandwagon Knitting

Welcome to new and returning listeners!

 

Knitting Segments

Knits in Rehearsal

Best Friend Los Monos Locos Socks

Needles: Addi Turbo Sock Rockets (LOVE THESE!)

 

Yarn: Bison Tracks by Alisha Goes Around in February Ring and Cleopatra (Matchy-matchy, y'all)

Needles: US size 1 and 2 circular needles (Magic Loop for the Win!)

 

If you struggle with your floats in stranded colorwork, be sure to check out these videos from Philosopher's Wool.

I have finished one of the mitts and I learned two new techniques for these mitts:

 

Here's the video I used from Anacapa Knits

 

And below are the two tutorials I used from New Stitch a Day. 

 

Italian Tubular Cast On

 

Tubular Bind Off 

 

And here is the link I mentioned about the 38 Beautiful Cast Ons. How many do you know? 

 

Virgie Clay 

This is by Sarah Stevens of Oh! Loops and the Fiber By Design Podcast

Yarn: Fave Sock by Fiber Story in Deep Sea, Aegean, Squeeze, and Koi Pond 

Needles: Size 5 Signature Convertibles

 

 

Drips Hat 

This is a free pattern by Bethany Hill 

I'm making this as a Panthers hat, since my hometown team is going to the SuperBowl! 

Yarn: Fiberspates Vivacious DK in Deep Aqua and Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Black

I'm holding the DK weight double to match the gauge of the black. 

Needles: Size 10 Signature Convertibles, using Magic Loop. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

News
Twist Fiber Studio Contest is still on-going. This contest will close on February 10th, and the winner will be announced on the February 15th Episode. There is a coupon code, Actuallyknitting, which gets you 20% off of any purchase you make in the Twist Fiber Studio Etsy Shop.
 
Broadway Kal
There seems to be some interest in doing the Broadway Kal, so we will start this on February 15th, 2016. 
 

Cast on: February 15, 2016 
Bind off: April 15, 2016

The theme is Broadway, and you can interpret this theme as strictly or as loosely as you’d like. Basically, your project should tie in with a play or musical (on Broadway, or a little further from the Great White Way, the decision is yours).

How you tie in your project with the theme is up to you, make it work! Have fun! Is the yarn or pattern actually named after a Broadway show or character or even a song from a show? Does the project remind you of a costume from a show? Is the yarn bright green, so it reminds you of Elphaba’s skin in Wicked? You get the point! Here is a great website where you can see Broadway shows listed by the year that they opened. You never know what might inspire you!

There is a featured bundle in this group where any group member is free to add patterns you find that might work.

This thread is for discussion and planning. Feel free to chat, encourage, make suggestions, etc. Closer to the cast-on date, a thread will be opened for finished objects. We will keep this KAL to one post per person in the FO thread, that way everyone is kind of on even ground. You may complete as many projects as you like, but you will put all of your FOs in one post in that thread.

So far there are no sponsors or prizes, but we’ll find something! If you would like to donate a prize, please PM me, Michelle, actuallyknitting.

Yay! Bravo! Break a leg! 
 
There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry. 
 
Notes
Check out the new audio podcast from Sarah, Mrsshoo, Cultivate and Create. Don't worry, In a Sknit is still going strong. 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

One Pot Wonders

 

Love it or Leave it!

Leave it: Getting over a cold! Cold temperatures! Feeling sluggish! 

 

Stagecraft

I've been working on a couple of sewing projects, plus a cross stitch pattern from Adafruit.com. 

 

Other News and Notes

I've been slacking off on the running, but I'm getting back to running with my group. 

 

Books

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

A Night Like This by Julia Quinn

 

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee 

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You'll forgive me for getting a little emotional in this episode, won't you?

 

Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits

Yarn: Bison Tracks by Alisha Goes Around in February Ring and Cleopatra and a mini skein from a gradient kit by Lydia Yarns in the Seattle Sky colorway

 

Needles: US size 2 and 2.5 

 

I had a gauge flub (re: I didn't check it before starting), but all in all this was a very enjoyable project. I need to make more hats!

 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Yarn: Bison Tracks by Alisha Goes Around in February Ring and Cleopatra (Matchy-matchy, y'all)

Needles: US size 1 and 2 circular needles (Magic Loop for the Win!)

 

If you struggle with your floats in stranded colorwork, be sure to check out these videos from Philosopher's Wool. 

 

News, Notes and Events

It's my Podiversary! I have been podcasting for 2 years now and the best part about it is getting to know other fiber and yarn folks from near and far. Whether you are brand new to the podcast or you've been with me from the beginning, thanks so much for listening! 

 

Broadway Kal? 

I've been wanting to do a theatre-esque Knit-a-Long from the beginning, but I'm trying to gauge the amount of listeners who would be interested? Listen up for some of my ideas and let me know what you think in the thread for Episode 44. 

 

Knitting TalkBack

Talkback Part 1: Year in Review/2016 goals

I go over my goals from 2015 and how they helped determine my 2016 goals. Be sure to contribute to the conversation about your 2016 goals in the thread in the Ravelry group!

 

Talkback Part 2Carolina in my Mind

I am so excited to bring to you a series featuring local (ish) yarnies, designers and other fiber folk. North Carolina (my home state) has so much to offer in this area, and I'm happy to bring to you a series of interviews and profiles featuring some talented North Carolina people. This episode features an interview with Ashley from Twist Fiber Studio, out of Asheville, North Carolina. Be sure to stay tuned for a giveaway and a coupon code generously offered by Ashley and to learn more about this up and comer in the fiber industry. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders

This year on the podcast I thought I would change things up a bit and rotate "What a Crock" with "One-Pot Wonders." I'm a lazy cook at heart and these recipes are simple and delicious. Be sure to contribute a recipe (yours or a favorite you  have found) in the thread for "One-Pot Wonders" in the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry. 

 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: I got a new toy for Christmas, the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, and I've been making stickers for my Erin Condren Life Planner

 

Here is my referral code, in case you are in the market for a new planner. I am a horizontal user, myself. 

 

Leave: 

I had to mention the loss of my sweet dog, Jackson, over the Christmas holidays. I am left with a general feeling of loss which has been difficult to deal with. I am, however the luckiest person because I had 13 years with him.

 

 

 

 

Other News and Notes

Running News

Not much to tell, I took about 3 weeks off and man I'm feeling it! I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things as soon as possible, and I have a couple of races I am training for. 

 

Books

I started and finished listening to After You by Jojo Moyes. I liked it, but it didn't quite live up to the first in the series, Me Before You

 

I started reading The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty, I have put it down for now because it wasn't holding my attention, but I'm sure I'll pick it up again soon.

 

I catch you up a little on my recent holidays. 

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Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits

Needles: Size 7 Signature Convertibles

 

I mentioned Knit Companion and Notability, some apps I use and have used for knitting. 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Best Friend Los Monos Locos Socks

Needles: Addi Turbo Sock Rockets (LOVE THESE!)

 

 

Vanilla Socks for Josh

I rescued the yarn for these socks from a long term WIP that was starting to make me feel guilty.

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in Crayon Box Colorway

Needles: Size 0 Chiagoo circular needles

 

Cast on 32 for the toe and increased up to 72 stitches. 

 

 

Memories Blanket by Georgie Hallam 

I have added a few more squares to my blanket!


Auditioning Knits

 

Check out her Authentic Collection, some really great patterns there! 

 

I've had these in my favorites for almost 7 years! 

 

 


Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

No true events happening right now, but head on over to the Ravelry group to check out all of the goings-on over there! There are lots of active threads and I'd love for you to join in the fun! 

 

Knitting Talkback

 

This episode will finish up our series on Ravelry tips and tricks. I've enjoyed the series and I hope you have as well. Today we will discuss the Forums and Groups tabs, as well as talk a little about your profile page. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

Love it or Leave it

 

Love it: Got some crafty goodness for my birthday, including a Strauch Ball Winder and sewing lessons! 

 

 

Leave it: I have eaten entirely too much junk food this week! Need to get back on a healthy eating track ASAP. 

 

Other News and Notes

 

Running News: 

Hopefully by the time this episode is published I will have completed my 2nd 1/2 marathon! Check out my Instagram to see some pics! 

 

Birthday Notes:

I had a lovely birthday, thank you to those who sent a message! I got the Strauch Ball Winder as I said before, and also sewing lessons and this really cute set of Bundt Cakes. Check out the Instagram to see more pics! 

 

My craft room is almost completely finished! It's coming together more and more each week. 

 

Books

I finished Book 8 in the Rhys Bowen series called Her Royal Spyness. I accidentally skipped this one and read book 9 first!

 

I'm currently reading Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn. It's silly and fun, that's just where I am lately with my books! 

 

The Serial Podcast is back! This season is shaping up to be just as exciting as the first!  

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Knitting Segments

 

 

Thanks for listening to the show! Welcome both new and returning listeners!

 

 

Show Ready Knits

Nomadic Yarns Vanilla Socks

Yarn: Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in Beach Cruiser colorway

Needles: Size 1 Knitter's Pride Karbonz circular needles

 

Just a plain toe-up sock with an afterthought heel. I had a little bit of a flub on the heel! 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

I mentioned doing a citric acid soak on my Madeline Tosh, here's the link to the post by Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls where she gives you instructions on how to soak your yarns.

 

I mentioned one of my go-to knitting reference books, The Knitter's Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe. 

 

Vanilla Socks for Josh

I rescued the yarn for these socks from a long term WIP that was starting to make me feel guilty.

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in Crayon Box Colorway

Needles: Size 0 Chiagoo circular needles

 

Cast on 32 for the toe and increased up to 72 stitches. 

 

Best Friend Los Monos Locos Socks

Needles: Addi Turbo Sock Rockets (LOVE THESE!)

 

Memories Blanket by Georgie Hallam 

I have added a few more squares to my blanket! 

 

 

Auditioning Knits

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

The View from the Charles pattern contest ended on November 20, 2015. Be sure to listen to see if you are the lucky winner, and then get in touch with me on Ravelry.

 

Fern Fiber pop-up Shop with Tap Root Magazine 

Check out Fern Fiber!

 

Knits on Stage

I had a funny interaction while having breakfast with my grandmother this week. 

 

 

Knitting Talkback

This episode we continue our series on Ravelry favorites. I discuss the yarns and people tabs at the top of the screen in Ravelry. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock 

 

Love it or Leave it

 

Leave it: It gets dark so early! 

 

Other News and Notes 

Running News: 

I have signed up for another 1/2 marathon on December 12, 2015 as well as a 10 mile race in February. 

 

Book Updates: 

I'm reading book number 8 in the Rhys Bowen series called Her Royal Spyness. I accidentally skipped this one and read book 9 first! 

 

I am currently listening to Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling.

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Thanks for listening to episode 41!

 

Knitting Segments 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

Needles: Addi Turbo Sock Rockets (LOVE THESE!)

 

Nomadic Yarn Vanilla Socks 

 

Needles: Size 7 Signature Convertibles

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Unfortunately, I had to redraw for two prizes for the PalKal, be sure to listen up to see if you were one of the lucky winners! 

 

Contest: View from the Charles

The pattern is linked above, you still have some time to enter if you are listening to this episode before November 20, 2015. 

 

I found a new knitting podcast to listen to, Unraveling with Greg and Joey. Make sure to check them out! 

 

SAFF

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Fletcher, NC was the last weekend in October. Listen up for a brief recap of my experiences and, of course, my purchases! 

 

 

Twist Fiber Studio Fairview in Crystal Blue Persuasion and Magic Mountain 

 

Alisha Goes Around Tracks of Bison in February Ring and Cleopatra

 

 

Knitting Talk Back

This episode we continue with our series on my favorite Ravelry things. Listen up to hear about how I use the patterns tab on Ravelry. If you have any questions or comments, please come over to the thread for Episode 41 on Ravelry and leave your comments! 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

What a Crock!

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili

 

Love it or Leave it!  

Love it: Handmade soaps, especially the ones from Old Curiosity Shop on Etsy 
 
I use my handmade soaps with these awesome Soap Saver Bags
 
Leave it: The rain! 
 

Other News and Notes

Running updates! 
I finished my first 1/2 marathon in Savannah, Georgia. It was hot and humid but, I did it!
 
Books
 
 
 
 
Theatrical News
 
I saw Birds of a Feather this week and I really loved it! 
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Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

Three Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

Yarn: Shibui Knits Staccato in Velvet, Mineral and Pollen

Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbos

 

I love, love, love this finished object! 

 

Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer

 

Needles: 

I love this item, but I don't think it looks good with my short hair. What do you think?

 

 

 

I am on the lookout for a pattern for two color knits in a DK weight. Let me know if you have any suggestions. 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

I haven't really worked on anything else since finishing my two projects above, but I talked about picking up my Mama Vertebrae again.

 

 

 

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in the Chispas Colorway

Needles: Size 6 Signature Convertibles

 

I mentioned all the other wips I've got going on right now, check out my notebook on Ravelry to see those. 

 

 

Auditioning Knits

View from the Charles by Jennifer Lassonde. BostonJen from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast has a new shawl design and I can't wait to cast it on! I'm going to use some newly purchased yarn (specifically for this pattern) that I got from the Black Mountain Yarn Shop in Black Mountain, NC. 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Palkal updates

I still haven't heard from the following listeners and I don't want to give your prizes away, but I will soon have to redraw! 

 

Acciobrain

Karenina 4777

Hattiespurls

 

Sock-Ruler Giveaway

I use Random.org to draw a winner of this contest. Listen up to see if you are the lucky one! 

 

New Contest: View from the Charles

Jennifer Lassonde/BostonJen was kind enough to offer a giveaway (digital) copy of her new pattern. All you have to do is respond to the prompt in the thread on Ravelry. This contest will be open through November 15, 2015. 

 

Las Knitting Amigas is a new video podcast that I've been enjoying, Joji Locatelli is one of hosts with her friend Veronica, and it's an all Spanish podcast. 

 

Saff is coming up soon, October 29 through November 1 in Fletcher, NC. I will be there on Saturday and if you are there, please say hello and maybe do a little interview for the podcast! 

 

Knitting Talk Back

The series on my Favorite Ravelry Things continues. This episode I discuss the rest of the features of the notebook, including Friends, Groups and Events, Needles and Hooks, Library, Contributions and Purchases. If you have anything to add to my list, please jump on over to the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry and join in the conversation. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: My Best Friend listens to the podcast, and she's not a knitter! 

 

Leave it: I have to stop wearing my high heels to work! Too much pain! 

 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates I completed my longest run to date, 12 miles, on Saturday and this will be my longest run before my 13.1 on November 7 in Savannah Georgia! 

 

Book Notes

I finally finished reading Written in my Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon. It took me over a year to finish this book, my heart just wasn't in it. 

 

I started reading The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant and I'm really enjoying it so far. 

 

I started listening to some new to me non-knitting podcasts: 

 

 

 

 

I'm really enjoying all three. 

 

Other

 

Josh and I attended a wedding last weekend in Maggie Valley, NC. It's a really cute town and we also took some detours to Black Mountain and Asheville, one of my favorite places in North Carolina. 

 

Thank you so much for listening! 

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Thanks for listening to Episode 39 of Actually Knitting! 

 

Welcome to new and returning listeners. If you get a chance, go ahead over to itunes and leave a star rating or review for Actually Knitting and all the podcasts you enjoy!

 

I mentioned my amazement at having been mentioned by Lion Brand Yarn on their blog as one of only 9 podcasts to listen to while knitting! Check out the blog and some of the other podcasts listed.

 

Knits in Rehearsal

In October I am going to try and get some projects off of the needles, and I’m doing an informal KAL called #offinoctober. If you’d like to join me, go on the thread on the Ravelry group and chat about what projects you would like to get off the needles in October.

Nomadic Yarns Vanilla Afterthought Heel Sock
Yarn: Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in the Beachcruiser color way

Needles: Size 1 Karbonz Fixed Circulars (my go-to sock needles these days) 

 

3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

Yarn: Shibui Knits Staccato in Velvet, Mineral and Pollen

Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbos

 

 

Auditioning Knits

 

If you are interested in fall patterns, or you have a great one in mind, go check out the thread in the Actually Knitting Podcast group called “Gearing up for Fall” because there are lots of great patterns being talked about there. Add your own ideas to the mix!

 

 


I recently purchased the fall 2015 editions of some knitting magazines and I’ve enjoyed looking through them. My favorite pattern amongst all the lovely ones is called Briarcliff by Sandi Prosser and it’s the cover sweater from Creative Knitting Autumn 2015.


I mentioned that designer Mari Chiba has 4 patterns in the latest issue of Knitscene, she's sort of local to me, so check her out!


I wanted to show you a pattern that was sent to me by a local budding designer, it's called Waltzing Leaves Cowl by Rose Toth-Cates. She has a great #becauseofknitting story, and the proceeds of her pattern sales go towards her daughter's tuition to a special school.

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

Pal Kal Updates

 

There are still a few listeners who haven’t contacted me about prizes so, if you haven’t listened to Episode 38 yet, check it out to see if you were a PalKal Prize Winner!


Other Events


The Sock Ruler contest is still ongoing, I decided to leave it open until October 5th, so get on the thread on Ravelry to enter to win this great tool!


SAFF is October 30 through November 2. I won’t be there until Friday evening, unfortunately, but I will definitely be around most of Saturday. If you see or hear me, say hello!

 

Friendge is a project started by a friend of mine, where you make a tassel and send it to her, and she will use it to create a piece of art. Check out her website for more information!

 

 

The Carolina Fiber Girls are sponsoring Socktober, if you are a sock knitter check out that KAL.

 

Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast is sponsoring the Pigskin Party KAL through her podcast. There is something for everyone in that KAL, and lots of things going on throughout the NFL season, and you don’t have to be a football fan to join in the fun. Right now I am planning to do 2 shawls (at least) for this KAL: Bryum and Virgie Clay.

 

 

Knits on Stage

I had a nice Knitting in Public moment this last week at a training session I attended at school. I also started a knitting club at my school with teachers.

 

Knitting Talk Back

On this episode I am starting a series where I highlight my Favorite Ravelry Things. This episode I focus on the first part of the Notebook in Ravelry, and how I use different features. If you have a comment or additional tip about these features, please comment on the thread for episode 39.

 

Non Knitting Segments:

 

What a Crock

 

Easy Springtime Crockpot Minestrone recipe from the website How Sweet it Is.

 

Love it or Leave it

 

Love: My new rainboots!

 

Leave: Sleep issues, including the old dog keeping me up at night.

 

Theatrical Updates

 

My show, The Money Shot, closed on September 19th. We had great audiences and wonderful reviews and reactions. Check out this review from the local paper.

 

Other News and Notes

 

I ran 11 miles yesterday in a raging rain storm! It was actually kind of fun!

 

Camping trip this weekend was cancelled due to rain.


I saw The Martian on Friday night, it was great! I loved it!

 

I am now on Periscope! Join me over there for some (mostly) impromptu videos where you can comment and ask questions.

 

Thanks so much for listening!

 

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Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

Afterthought Heel Vanilla Socks 

Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock in the Shades of Grey colorway

Needles: Size 1 Addi Turbo circular needles

 

I used several resources to help me do my first Afterthought Heel Socks:

 

Dragonfly Soars

 

The Yarn Harlot

 

I also mentioned having used this tutorial from The Knit Girllls to do a waste yarn afterthought heel in the past.

 

Knits in Rehearsal 

 

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Needles: Size 4 Clover Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (Gasp!)

 

Yarn: Shibui Knits Staccato in Velvet, Mineral and Pollen

Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbos

 

Auditioning Knits

 

Virgie Clay by Sarah Stevens

 

Sarah is one of the lovely ladies behind Oh Loops Yarn and the Fiber by Design Podcast

 

I got the yarn for this project at Stitches Midwest! 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Pal Kal Updates

 

You still have until September 1 to finish up the knitting on your PalKal Projects.

 

Thanks so much to all of our sponsors! We still have active coupon codes from the following sponsors:

 

Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting, use PALKAL for 25% off of any PDF pattern (not books)

 

 

Elizabeth Green Musselman from Dark Matter Knits, use the code PalKal15 for 20% off of any of her self-published patterns, through September 1st.

 

 

Daniela from Caffeinated Knitting Video Podcast, use the code ACTUALLYCAFFEINATED for 50% off her patterns through September 1. 

Angela from the Revelations of a Delusional Knitter Podcast, use the code PALKAL2015 for 25% off of her patterns.


Christina from A Knitter's Life Video Podcast, use the code PALKAL2015 for 1$ off of her patterns, through September 1.

 

Gina from Brownie Knits Podcast, use the code palkal25 for 25% off your entire order.

 

Thanks also for the generous (now expired) coupon codes from:

Jennifer Lassonde from Down Cellar Studio

Emily from Fibertown Knits

Anne from the Carolina Fiber Girls

Allie from Caffeinated Knitting

Dianne from Suburban Stitcher

Megan from the Stockinette Zombies

Sarah from In a Sknit

 

Prizes: 


Jan B. Smiley

1 project bag

 

Suburban Stitcher/Dianne

1 sock size draw string bag of winner's choice from her Etsy Shop.

 

Danie from The Prarie Girls Knit and Spin podcast and One Twisted Tree

1 skein of her Prime Sock Yarn in the Hinky Punk colorway

 

Mel from With Mel Video Podcast

3 patterns from her Ravelry Store

 

Stacie/Must Stash Yarns and Video Podcast

1 skein of her Extended Play Version of Darkside of the Moon

 

Emily/Fibretown

1 skein of yarn

 

Megan Williams/Stockinette Zombies

Sock Pattern kit that includes yarn, pattern and a bag

 

Anne/Carolina Fiber Girls

1 sock pattern

 

Estela/One More Row Please (blog/designer)

2 patterns from her Ravelry Store

 

Laura/Gynx Yarns

1 skein of yarn

 

Brenda Castiel/designer

3 patterns from her Ravelry store

 

Maria/Stitched in Sweden

A pattern from her Ravelry Store

 

Jennifer from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast,

Trickle Shawl Kit from Infinite Twist

 

 

Stitches Midwest Recap

 

I hope you enjoy hearing about my adventures at Stitches Midwest!

 

I mentioned making purchases from the following vendors at Stitches.

 

White Birch Fiber Arts

 

Kitchen Counter Crafter

 

Gnome Acres

 

Fiberstory

 

Sun Valley Fibers

 

I didn't purchase, but I did drool over Miss Babs yarn.

 

 

 

SAFF is October 31 through November 2 in Fletcher, NC.

 

 

Non-Knitting

 

Stage Craft

 

I have been doing a little bit of sewing, including taking a class. I made a lovely project bag and I have plans to continue my lessons. 

 

 

 

Love it or Leave it!

Love: Stitches Midwest, that has to be my love of the last two weeks!

 

Leave: School starts soon. Vacation is over!

 

Other News and Notes

 

Running is continuing. I am staying injury free and I'm glad!

 

I've recently started reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

 

 

Theatrical Updates

I will be singing in a Cabaret on August 21 at Theatre Charlotte. It is all country-western type musical numbers, and I'm thrilled to be doing some Patsy Cline.

 

I will also be performing in a show in September called The Money Shot with the Queen City Theatre Company. 

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Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

 

Viajante by Martina Behm

It's finally finished! Listen up to hear all about it!

 

Yarn: Miss Babs Kilimanjaro in the Believable color way

Needles: US Size 3 and US Size 4 Signature Convertibles

 

Knits in Rehearsal

I've been working on a homework assignment for the class I'm taking next week at Stitches Midwest!

I'll be taking a class with Franklin Habit on steeks and zippers.

 

I mentioned I'm using Wool of the Andes for this homework project.

 

 

Whiz Bang Socks by Sarah Shoo

Sarah is half of the lovely duo behind the In a Sknit Video Podcast

Yarn: Yarn Ink Sparkle Fingering in Oblivion

Needles: Size 1 Karbonz Fixed Circulars

 

Vanilla Socks

Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock in the Shades of Grey colorway

Needles: Size 1 Addi Turbo circular needles

 

Auditioning Knits

I've been looking for some knitting patterns to solve a common knitting problem. 

 

 

 

 

 

I also may have to knit a toy in the near future: 

 

 

Egg to Owl Reversible Toy by Susan B Anderson

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

Stash Dash is still going strong! Check out The Knit Girlls for more information.

 

The Around Your Neck Kal is happening with Dianne of the Suburban Stitcher Video Podcast and Stacy of Must Stash Yarns and Podcast.

 

Stitches Midwest is August 6-9. I'll be there, will you?

 


PalKal 2015


This is the biggest KAL of the year for Actually Knitting! 

Here are the rules:

Cast on: June 1

Bind off: September 1

The basic idea is to support a podcaster you listen to or watch by knitting one of their patterns and/or using their yarns for your project. You can also use a project bag by a podcaster!

  1. The design, yarn/fiber and/or project bag must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify)

  2. Use the chatter thread for discussion. Make suggestions. There are TONS of podcasts out there and almost no one knows about all of them, so if you know of a podcaster designer/yarnie/bag maker, feel free to share with us!

  3. You are encouraged to take advantage of the coupon codes offered by our sponsors, but you are not limited to those podcasters for the KAL. Sponsors and coupon codes will be announced in an upcoming episode.

  4. Please post finished objects in the non-chatter thread and include a link to the podcaster you are supporting.

  5. Enter as many projects as you like. Each project gets a separate post in the non-chatter thread.

  6. A note about project bags: a project bag may only be entered into the contest one time for an entry. (You can’t just keep using a podcaster project bag over and over and entering the contest that way).

  7. You must be a member of the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to win.

  8. Have fun supporting a podcaster designer or yarnie!

  9. Please do not chatter in the non-chatter thread. It makes it more difficult to draw a winner!

  10. Use the tag PALKAL2015 on Ravelry and #palkal2015 on Instagram

In addition, I've decided that you can use WIPS for this KAL. Yay! 

 

We have some great sponsors and wonderful prizes that I can’t wait to share with you all! Let’s make some plans for summer knitting! 

 

The coupon codes will be listed on the podcast and are available here as well:

 

 

Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting, use PALKAL for 25% off of any PDF pattern (not books)

 

Megan from Stockinette Zombies, use ActuallyKnittingPalKal for 30% off through the end of July

 

 

Elizabeth Green Musselman from Dark Matter Knits, use the code PalKal15 for 20% off of any of her self-published patterns, through September 1st.

 

 

Daniela from Caffeinated Knitting Video Podcast, use the code ACTUALLYCAFFEINATED for 50% off her patterns through September 1. 

Angela from the Revelations of a Delusional Knitter Podcast, use the code PALKAL2015 for 25% off of her patterns.

 

Sarah Shoo from In a Sknit is offering her new pattern, Whiz Bang Socks, for $1.50 with the code ActuallyKnitting15


Christina from A Knitter's Life Video Podcast, use the code PALKAL2015 for 1$ off of her patterns, through September 1.

 

Gina from Brownie Knits Podcast, use the code palkal25 for 25% off your entire order.

 

Thanks also for the generous (now expired) coupon codes from:

Jennifer Lassonde from Down Cellar Studio

Emily from Fibertown Knits

Anne from the Carolina Fiber Girls

Allie from Caffeinated Knitting

Dianne from Suburban Stitcher

 

 


Prizes: 


Jan B. Smiley

1 project bag

 

Suburban Stitcher/Dianne

1 sock size draw string bag of winner's choice from her Etsy Shop.

 

Danie from The Prarie Girls Knit and Spin podcast and One Twisted Tree

1 skein of her Prime Sock Yarn in the Hinky Punk colorway

 

Mel from With Mel Video Podcast

3 patterns from her Ravelry Store

 

Stacie/Must Stash Yarns and Video Podcast

1 skein of her Extended Play Version of Darkside of the Moon

 

Emily/Fibretown

1 skein of yarn

 

Megan Williams/Stockinette Zombies

Sock Pattern kit that includes yarn, pattern and a bag

 

Anne/Carolina Fiber Girls

1 sock pattern

 

Estela/One More Row Please (blog/designer)

2 patterns from her Ravelry Store

 

Laura/Gynx Yarns

1 skein of yarn

 

Brenda Castiel/designer

3 patterns from her Ravelry store

 

Maria/Stitched in Sweden

A pattern from her Ravelry Store

 

Jennifer from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast,

Trickle Shawl Kit from Infinite Twist

 

Knitting Talkback: Festival Prep

 

I went into what I do personally to get ready to go to a yarn festival or retreat, touching on the following topics:

 

Budget

 

Patterns/Project Shopping List

 

Snacks

 

Water Bottle 

 

Clothing/Knitwear to pack and wear

 

Knitting Projects to pack to work on. 

 

What do you do when preparing to attend something like that? 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock

 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: New Yarn Storage! 

 

Here is where you can find the fabric bins

 

Leave it: Cooking Injuries

Being a cooking goddess is most definitely not in my future! 

 

Other News and Notes

I've started week 8 of my 1/2 marathon training program. I ran 6 miles on the day I recorded and I can't believe how far I've come in just over a year!

 

I finished reading Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella. It was just...ok. 

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