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Syndication

Knitting Segments

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

Stash Dash Plans


Stash Dash is a Summer KAL hosted by the Knit Girllls video podcast


Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli

I bought the Argentine yarn from Pura Hilados and I can't wait to get this!

 

Worsted Boxy

 

Hermione's Everyday socks (linked above)

 

Rainbow Vanilla Socks

 

Astonish Top

 

Endpaper Mitts 

 

Effortless Cardigan

 

Ice Shanty by Amy Miller 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

World Wide Knit in Public Day is June 18th, 2016

 

 

Hamilton Contest

I forgot to draw a winner on Episode 51, so listen up to see if you are the lucky winner!

Thanks to Thuy from the Twisted Stitches Podcast for donating this prize! 

 

 

Broadway Kal

This Kal ended on April 30th and prizes were drawn. If you haven't listened to Episode 51 please check it out to see if you were a winner!

 

PalKal 2016

This is the biggest and best event of the year for Actually Knitting listeners!

 

What is the PalKal?

 

The PalKal will run June 15- September 15 2016

 

  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!

  2. 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). Spinning also counts, just make sure it’s a finished product.

  3. 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!

  4. 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 can be found on the show notes and in the specially labeled threads in the Actually Knitting group on Ravelry. 

  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 #palkal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry. 

  11. Wips count! Just finish them between June 15 and September 15, doesn’t matter when they were started.

     

     

    Featured Performer Sponsors are coming in everyday and so far there are coupon codes available from the following sponsors: 

     

    Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting

     

    Brenda Castiel 

     

    Daniela from Caffeinated Knitting

     

    Knitting Daddy Greg from Unraveling with Greg and Joey

     

    Mary from Kino Knits

     

    Sarah Shoo from Cultivate and Create

     

    Susie from The Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast

     

    The coupon code for all vendors is PalKal2016 to keep things simpler this year! Thanks so much to all of the sponsors!

     

    There will be a special Actually Knitting PalKal mini skein kit available from One Twisted Tree on May 17th, 2016, at 7am CST. 

     

     

     

     

Knitting Talkback: Yarn and Knit Wear Storage

This episode I answered a question from the What Would You Like to Hear about thread in the Ravelry group.

 

I referenced this blog post about yarn-eating insects and also this information about using cedar to keep the bugs away.

 

I like to store my shawls and other knitted items in hanging soft shelves like these from Amazon.

 

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken  (not a true one-pot recipe but really delicious)

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Josh is cooking more now that we have a pressure cooker

 

Leave: My public library often has the first book in a series but none of the others! 

 

Other News and Notes

 

Actually Reading

 

 

Actually Running

No big updates to report. 

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_52_-_51216_8.14_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Knitting Segments 

 

I mentioned the Unraveling with Greg and Joey podcast, check those guys out if you get a second! 

 

Show Ready Knits

Bryum by Cailliau Berangere

I mentioned a flub I had with a dropped stitch, which I was able to repair using my Fix a Stitch.

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Auditioning Knits

I bought the Argentine yarn from Pura Hilados and I can't wait to get this! 

 

Ice Shanty by Amy Miller 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

We wrapped up the Broadway Kal on April 30th and we have several prizes to give away. Make sure to listen to see if you are one of the lucky ones! 

 

The PalKal will be starting in June. I am looking for prizes and sponsors, so email me if you are interested! 

 

I mentioned World Wide Knit in Public day which is June 18, 2016. 

 

I also mentioned the Knit Girllls podcast and their KAL, Stash Dash. Check out their podcast. 

 

I also mentioned a new to me video podcast called Legacy Knitz

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock!

 

Love it or Leave it

LoveUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2, is out on Netflix. 
 
Leave: Packaging issues
 

Stage Craft

I've been doing a lot of sewing and finished a pattern I will definitely be making again. 
McCall's M6654 is a great value and I am learning more about lining garments and using my serger. 
I am loving the fabric selections from Girl Charlee Fabrics
 
I am currently working on a jumpsuit from Butterick's B6330
 
 

Other News and Notes

 
Books
 
I finished reading 2 books: 
 
 
 
 
 
Running
 
Thanks so much for donating to Team Taps and my efforts towards running the 41st annual Marine Corps Marathon in October of this year. Fundraising is far from over, so if you are interesting in donating, it's not too late. 
 
 
Other

May is shaping up to be a very busy month and final exams will be here before I know it, so I hope to keep a regular recording schedule for the month. 

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_51_-_5116_8.08_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

Vanilla Socks for Josh

 

 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

Yarn purchased at my favorite yarn shop, Black Mountain Yarn Shop.

 

Hermione's Every Day Socks by Erica Lueder

I'm knitting these out of my first ever skein of Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

 

I used the OMG heel by Megan Williams on these socks and I will be using this heel a lot in the future.

 

Vanilla Socks with some White Birch Fiber Arts

 

 

 

Auditioning Knits

I'm looking for the perfect Rhinebeck Sweater! I have 1500 yards of a beautiful 100% Sport Weight in a gorgeous golden yellow. 

 

 

 

 

The Reviews are In

This episode I reviewed Henry's Hat by Eric and Joanna Johnson. Thanks to the folks at Slate Falls Press for sending me this review copy. 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

The Broadway KAL is up and running!  I hope you are playing along because there are some great prizes up for grabs.

 

Cast on: February 15, 2016

Bind off: April 30, 2016

Wips Count!

 

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.

Prizes!

 

1 pattern from Jennifer Lassonde

 

1 Skein of yarn from The Happy Buffalo Boutique

 

2 Skeins of yarn from Ancient Threads Farm

 

Thanks to Thuy from the Twisted Stitches Podcast for the donation of an Original Cast Recording of Hamilton. Listen up to find out about the prompt for this giveaway and thanks to Thuy for the prize. 

 

There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, as well as a Finished Objects thread. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry.

 

PAL KAL is coming up this summer! 

 

Today I answered a question in the Ask me Anything thread in the group on Ravelry. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

One Pot Wonder

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: Ice Cream, specifically Ben and Jerry's Salted Caramel Blondie

 

Leave it: I have a friend who is coping with the loss of a loved one. 

 

Other News and Notes

Finished Books

 

 

 

 

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Warning, this book is very graphic and disturbing. 

 

Currently Listening to: 

The Girl with All the Gifts

 

Currently Reading: 

Furiously Happy

 

Running Updates

 

I wil be running in the 41st Annual Marine Corps Marathon in October 2016! I am scared and excited. 


I am raising money in memory of my cousin Jacob, who was a Marine who served 2 tours in Iraq, and passed away in 2011. I would love to raise some more money this month in honor of his birthday on April 20th. Please check out my fundraising page and donate if you can. 

Direct download: actually_knitting_episode_50_-_41516_4.54_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Episode 49

 

I mentioned the iTunes review from one of the hosts of Unraveling with Greg and Joey, check them out if you get a chance.

 

Knits in Rehearsal

I'm knitting these out of my first ever skein of Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

 

Vanilla Socks with some White Birch Fiber Arts

 

 Bryum shawl 

Yarn purchased at my favorite yarn shop, Black Mountain Yarn Shop.

 

My favorite Miss Babs Yarn, gotta love it!

 

Auditioning Knits

It's not been released yet, but Joji Locatelli has a new shawl pattern coming out (hopefully) soon. Check out her Instagram feed to see the picture. 

 

I mentioned having seen the shawl on the Suburban Stitcher Podcast

Knitting News, Notes and Events

News

The Broadway KAL is up and running!  I hope you are playing along because there are some great prizes up for grabs.

 

Cast on: February 15, 2016

Bind off: April 15, 2016

Wips Count!

 

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.

Prizes!

 

1 pattern from Jennifer Lassonde

 

1 Skein of yarn from The Happy Buffalo Boutique

 

2 Skeins of yarn from Ancient Threads Farm

Be sure to check out Ancient Threads Farm! Lynda has generously offered a coupon code, Actually20, that is good through April 15th, for 20% off of anything in her Etsy Shop. 


2 patterns from Estella Haines' Ravelry Shop. 

 

New Prize Offering! 

Thanks to Thuy from the Twisted Stitches Podcast for the donation of an Original Cast Recording of Hamilton. Listen up to find out about the prompt for this giveaway and thanks to Thuy for the prize. 

 

There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, as well as a Finished Objects thread. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry.

 

Notes

My mother came for a visit and I taught her how to knit and she loves it! I'm so happy! She's working on her first ever pattern, the Sugar Cubes Baby Washcloth. 

 


Events

I attended the Carolina Fiber Frolic a couple of weekends ago and I had am amazing time. Listen up for a short recap of the event.

 

Heather Storta was the teacher and I really enjoyed taking classes with her.

 

 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

One-Pot Wonders

 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Peloton Bike

 

Leave: End of Quarter Stress

 

 

StageCraft

I've been working on even more sewing! Check out my Instagram to see the pics of the bags I have finished this week. I used Ellie Mae Designs K155 and McCalls M6256 for my project bags. 

 

Book News/Notes

 

Thanks to a listener for suggesting Modern Mrs. Darcy for book recommendations. I also heard about it on the Cultivate and Create podcast. 

 

Currently Reading

 

Started reading The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

 

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Warning, this book is very graphic and disturbing. 

 

Finished Reading

 

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

 

Running Updates

I am back at it, training for a 10k in May. No pain, so hopefully the injury is healed. 

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_49_-_33116_12.45_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 

Auditioning Knits

Ready to cast on a pair of vanilla socks with some White Birch Fiber Arts and a pair of patterned socks with my first ever skein of Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I'm thinking of casting on some Hermione's Everyday Socks or some Zigagular Socks. 

 

Also ready to swatch and cast on for my Worsted Boxy sweater that I've had in my queue for a long time! 

 

Will probably cast on the Bryum shawl this week as well. 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

News

I started watching a New to Me video podcast called The Grocery Girls Knit. These ladies are sisters from Canada and they are quite charming.

 

Notes

My mother came for a visit and I taught her how to knit and she loves it! I'm so happy!

 

Events

 

I drew a winner for the Fern Fiber contest that started February 15th. Listen up to see if you are the lucky winner!

 

 

I'll be attending the following events:

 

Carolina Fiber Frolic March 18-20

 

Carolina Fiber Fest (tentatively) March 26th (tentatively)

 

The Broadway KAL is up and running!  I hope you are playing along because there are some great prizes up for grabs.

 

Cast on: February 15, 2016

Bind off: April 15, 2016

Wips Count!

 

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.

Prizes!

 

1 pattern from Jennifer Lassonde

 

1 Skein of yarn from The Happy Buffalo Boutique

 

2 Skeins of yarn from Ancient Threads Farm

Be sure to check out Ancient Threads Farm! Lynda has generously offered a coupon code, Actually20, that is good through April 15th, for 20% off of anything in her Etsy Shop. 


2 patterns from Estella Haines' Ravelry Shop. 

 

There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, as well as a Finished Objects thread. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry.

 

Knitting Talk Back 

In the third part of the Carolina in my Mind series, I have an interview with Laurie Gonyea of the Feel Good Yarn Company/Silver Spun Yarn. This is an exciting product and I hope you enjoy hearing all about it!

 

There is a contest thread up in the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, check it out and enter to win. This contest will run from March 15th to April 10th, 2016.

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

One Pot Wonders

 

Love it or Leave it

I only have one thing that works for both Love it and Leave it this episode, the Downton Abbey Series Finale. 

 

Other News and Notes

No running news, I'm on the injured list. 

 

Books

I started listening to Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. It's listed as a psychological thriller, but I haven't had a chance to get really into it yet.

 

I started reading the Maisie Dobbs Series and I also haven't really gotten into that. Thanks for all of the suggestions on the book thread on Ravelry.

 

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_48_-_31516_9.37_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Trabajos del Peru

Needles: Size 11 bamboo

 

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Trabajos del Peru

Needles: Size 11 Knitter's Pride Nova Platina Interchangeables

 

These knits are both for the #akbroadwaykal and were a donation, plus they were from stash I've had since 2009, making them perfect Triple Threat Knits! 

 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

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

Needles: Size 5 Signature Convertibles

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

The Broadway KAL had it's opening night. I hope you are playing along because there are some great prizes up for grabs.

 

Cast on: February 15, 2016

Bind off: April 15, 2016

Wips Count!

 

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.

Prizes!

 

1 pattern from Jennifer Lassonde

 

1 Skein of yarn from The Happy Buffalo Boutique

 

2 Skeins of yarn from Ancient Threads Farm

Be sure to check out Ancient Threads Farm! Lynda has generously offered a coupon code, Actually20, that is good through April 15th, for 20% off of anything in her Etsy Shop. 

 

There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, as well as a Finished Objects thread. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry.


Contest News: 

Last episode in the  "Carolina in my Mind" segment, I had an interview with Maria and Nikki of Fern Fiber. These ladies specialize in naturally dyed yarns that are produced without chemicals. I learned a lot talking with these ladies, and they generously provided a giveaway skein for my listeners. Check out  Episode 46  for more information. The giveaway thread will be open 


Events

 

I'll be attending the following events:

 

Carolina Fiber Frolic March 18-20

 

Carolina Fiber Fest (tentatively) March 26th

 

Finishing class with Alana Dakos May 14th, 2016 at Black Mountain Yarn Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Knitting Segments 

One Pot Wonders

 

 

Love it or Leave it

LoveLuLaRoe Leggings

 

Leave: My more frequently needed haircuts!

 

 

Stage Craft

I made pants! Simplicity 1887 was very easy to follow and now I'm working on a dress. I'm finding sewing easier and less scary!

 

 

Other News and Notes

Book Notes

Wow! I am enjoying all of the suggestions on the Ravelry thread! I have definitely grown my "to read" list on Goodreads, keep the suggestions coming!

 

I finished reading Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

 

I started reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

Running Notes

I ran a 10 mile race on February 20th and did pretty well considering my lack of training.

 

I have another 1/2 marathon on March 5th.

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_47_-_22816_7.02_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

Drips Hat 

This was my Panthers hat, to support my hometown team going to the Super Bowl.

 

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

The Twist Fiber Studio contest ended on February 10th and the winner was announced on this episode. The coupon code, ACTUALLYKNITTING, is still good in the shop until February 29th, 2016. Listen up to see if you are the lucky winner. 

 

I'll be attending the following events:

 

Carolina Fiber Frolic March 18-20

 

Carolina Fiber Fest (tentatively) March 26th

 

Finishing class with Alana Dakos May 14th, 2016

 

 

Broadway Kal

If you are hearing this episode, the KAL has begun! 

 

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.

 

Be sure to check out Ancient Threads Farm! Lynda has generously offered a coupon code, Actually20, that is good through April 15th, for 20% off of anything in her Etsy Shop. 

 

 

 

Knitting Talkback

Continuing the series "Carolina in my Mind," I have an interview with Maria and Nikki of Fern Fiber. These ladies specialize in naturally dyed yarns that are produced without chemicals. I learned a lot talking with these ladies, and they generously provided a giveaway skein for my listeners. Check out the episode for more information. 

 

This giveaway will be open until March 10, 2016

 

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: Gas Fireplace on a cold day!

 

No leave it this week! Keeping it positive!

 

Other News and Notes

Running news

I set a new PR in my last race, the Super Bowl 4 miler!

 

I have a 10 mile race on February 20th and a 1/2 Marathon on March 6th

 

Books

I've been in a reading rut lately! I've opened a thread in the Ravelry group so you can tell me the last best book you read! 

 

I finished Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee and I didn't enjoy it AT ALL! 

 

I've been reading Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal 

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_46_-_21416_6.26_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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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