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Thanks so much for the itunes reviews and also to all the new listeners, returning listeners, Instagram followers and group members on Ravelry!

 

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream Solids in Red

Needles: Knit Picks Caspian Straight Needles in Size 4 US/3.5 mm

This washcloth knitted up super quick and has a lovely diamond pattern that  I might borrow for a future project

 

This went into my gift for my mom for Mothers Day and I have to say, it was a pretty impressive looking gift! 

 

 

 

Knits In Rehearsal 

 

No real updates here. I hope to finish this by the time I take my trip with my best friend this summer. It would be a great amount of yardage for #stashdash2015.

 

Yarn: Miss Babs Kilimanjaro in the Believable color way

Needles: US Size 3 and US Size 4 Signature Convertibles 

 

 

 

Vanilla Socks

I am one row away from the bind-off, so I'm saving this for #stashdash2015 as well.

 

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge colorway

Needles: US 1.5 Addi Lace fixed circular needles

 

 

 

These two projects are in hibernation for the time being...

 

 

Haven't worked on this project in a while. It's just too hot to knit a cardigan!

 

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in the Chispas Colorway

Needles: Size 6 Signature Convertibles

 

Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer

Again, just not really in the mood for this right now with the hot weather.

Yarn: Jones Street DK by The Copper Corgi

Needles: Signature Convertibles Size

 

I've worked quite a bit on....

 

Astonish Top by Katy Banks

I decided to stop and measure myself before continuing on, and it looks like I need to rip back a few rows and add about 1/2 an inch to the body before I knit the second section.

 

Yarn: Knit Picks Lindy Chain in Sagebrush and Honey

Needles: Size 2 Addi Lace Turbos

 

Newly in Rehearsal...

Tre o Molti by Anthony Casalena

I am really enjoying this pattern! It's very addictive, as everything is in small sections. When you finish one, you really want to start the next one!

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino Light in Flashdance (purple), Antique Lace (cream) and Vanilla Bean (variegated with creams, purples, browns)

 

Needles: US 7/4.5 mm

 

I am really loving this project and I'll be using it for the Around Your Neck Kal that is happening with Dianne of the Suburban Stitcher Video Podcast. 

 

I did finish some blanket squares..but the blanket is a long way from being finished. 

 

Auditioning Knits

Allie is the co-host of the Caffeinated Knitting Video Podcast

I'll likely cast this on soon, as it's going to be my first project for the #PALKAL2015. I have some lovely Bijou Basin Ranch yarn from their Outlandish Collection that I'll be using, and I'll be doing a yarn review on Episode 33. 

 

Whiz Bang Socks by Sarah from In a Sknit

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Prizes were shipped last week, hopefully everyone has received their packages! 

 

Speaking of prizes...

The Date Night contest is officially closed. The winner was announced, so listen up to see if you are the lucky one! 

 

We still have the ongoing Fix-A-Stitch contest. Listen to episode 31 for details on how to win this amazing tool! The contest will run until May 31. 

 

So. Many. KALS....

 

There are so many awesome KALS happening now or starting very soon. If you like knitting along with others you are sure to find something you'd like to participate in. Double, triple or quadruple dipping is encouraged by the Actually Knitting Podcast. 

 

Stash Dash is a KAL sponsored by the Knit Girllls. Be sure to check them out for more information. I think I will enter the 5k option this year. I talk about my current wips and where I stand for yardage if I finish them all!

 

Around Your Neck is a KAL sponsored by Dianne of Suburban Stitcher. Her blog is linked above. Wips count!

 

Cardi, Tank or Tee is being sponsored by the 2 Knit Lit Chicks. I am working on my Astonish Top for this KAL.

 

The Great Outdoors KAL is sponsored by Emily of the Knitting Butterflies podcast. She wants you to be inspired to knit in or for the great outdoors this summer.

 

PALKAL 2015

PalKal is happening starting June 1st! I answer a few questions I've been asked on the boards, but feel free to ask anything that you think of. The most important update is that I've decided that you can use Wips for the PALKAL. Please use #palkal2015 on Instagram. I can't wait to see what you decide to do!

 

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

The Podcast Along Knit Along will start officially on June 1st, but let’s start our plotting and planning now!

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:

 

Dianne from Suburban Stitcher, use code PALKAL2015 for 10% off of any order May 25th through July 31st

 

Jennifer from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast, use code PALKAL15 for 30% off through June 15th

 

Emily from Fibretown, use PALKAL25 for 25% off through May 31st

 

Laura from The Knit GirlllsSSKROCKS for 34% off through May 31st

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

 

Anne from the Carolina Fiber Girls, use PALKAL50 for 50% off any of her patterns

 

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

 

New this episode: 

Allie Coffey from Caffeinated Knitting Video Podcast, use the code PALKAL2015 for 50% off of her patterns. 

 

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. 

 

I already mentioned by plan to knit the Make it Work Hat (linked above), and the Whiz Bang Socks (also linked above), and then I mention that I also want to make the Swirl-E Socks by Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast. I also mentioned making Los Monos Locos by Jennifer O'Sullivan. 

 

Other Events:

World Wide Knit in Public Day is June 13, 2015. If you are local or Semi-local, please join us at Heist Brewery in Noda, Charlotte, NC. Details can be found on the Ravelry board or on the brand new Actually Knitting Podcast Facebook page! We will be joined by the Carolina Fiber Girls, Ann and Janis, and tons of lovely knitters!

 

Stitches Midwest:

I'll be at this event August 6-9, 2015 and I cannot wait! If you are going be sure to let me know!

 

Knitting Girls Weekend in Asheville

I visited the Dressing Downton exhibit at the Biltmore House and really enjoyed it. 

 

I also fell (hard) off of the #stashdownthrowdown wagon at the Black Mountain Yarn Shop. I bought some Shibui Knits Staccato, and some souvenir yarn by Fable Fibers

 

I also visited Friends and Fiberworks in Candler, NC. I fell down again (not as hard) and bought some Lydia Yarns Gradient Sock

 

I am trying not to feel guilty about buying 

The Reviews are In

This episode I review Renewe Dryer Balls by Mountain Meadow Wool. While these aren't really a product specific to knitting, they are made from wool and I really enjoyed using them. 

 

Knitting Talk Back: Caring for your Knits

This episode I start a series of talkbacks about taking care of your knitted items. If you have any ideas, feel free to share them with the group. Today I talk about a product I really love, The Gleener. Listen to details about how to win one of these awesome tools for yourself! This contest will run from May 22 to June 15. 

 

Intermission Ask Me Anything

 

In this episode I answer a question about my theatre life! 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock! 

I went old school in this episode and made a dish I found from Betty Crocker. Betty Crocker Slow Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes and Artichokes. 

 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: 

 

Leave it: 

Stress due to final exams coming up! I think I can I think I can I think I can! 

 

Other News and Notes:

No running news to update. 
 
I finished reading The Girl on the Train, and I liked it, but wasn't as impressed by it as I hoped I would be. 
 
I started reading The Martian by Andy Weir and I'm really enjoying it so far. 
Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_32_-_52315_5.19_PM.m4a
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Knitting Segments

 

Show-Ready Knits

Great free pattern on Ravelry

Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream Solids in Grape

Needles: Size 6 Chiaogoo Red Lace Circulars

Lovely quick little campfire knitting project. 

 

Another great free pattern by same designer

Yarn: Peaches and Creme Worsted, in Fiesta Colorway

Needles: Size 4 Knit Picks Caspian Straight Needles

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Viajante by Martina Behm

This is now in the knit until forever stage, but I love it!

 

No real updates here. 

Yarn: Miss Babs Kilimanjaro in the Believable color way

Needles: US Size 3 and US Size 4 Signature Convertibles 

 

 

 

Vanilla Socks

No pattern on this one, just cast on 32 stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On, did the increases until I had 64, and started knitting away. Great travel project, until I get to the heel, of course. As a still relatively new sock knitter, I don't have the heels down by memory yet. What's your favorite toe-up heel?

 

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge colorway

Needles: US 1.5 Addi Lace fixed circular needles

 

 

I am plugging along on this, but it's become a mostly at home project since I am alternating skeins and that's a lot of yarn to carry in your purse (though I've done it before!) I have linked to my project, which is still in the very beginning stages, but please check out the design as well.

 

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in the Chispas Colorway

Needles: Size 6 Signature Convertibles

 

Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer

Yarn: Jones Street DK by The Copper Corgi

Needles: Signature Convertibles Size

 

 

 

Haven't really worked on much lately except...

Yarn: Knit Picks Lindy Chain in Sage and Honey

Needles: Size 2 Addi Lace Turbos

 

 

I hope you enjoy my review of the Lindy Chain yarn!

I also mentioned how much I love LoLo Bars

 

Auditioning Knits

 

 

The Reviews Are In!

Fix-a-Stitch is a knitting repair tool that you absolutely need in your knitting toolbox! Enjoy the review and listen up for a contest to win your very own set!

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Actually Knitting has a Facebook page, like it if you get a chance! 

 

 

 

Knit, Wear, Love Contest ended on May 1 and the winner is announced!

 

 

Rak-a-Long ended on May 1, 2015 and the winners of the prizes are announced! Listen up to see if you are a lucky winner! Thank you for participating! 

 

Date Night Contest is ending on May 15, 2015. You still have a few days to enter. Listen to episode 29 for details. 

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day is June 13, 2015. If you are local or Semi-local, please join us at Heist Brewery in Noda, Charlotte, NC. Details can be found on the Ravelry board or on the brand new Actually Knitting Podcast Facebook page! We will be joined by the Carolina Fiber Girls, Ann and Janis, and tons of lovely knitters!

 

How Lovely! Designer Brenda Castiel is a listener and she has generously offered a coupon code to Actually Knitting listeners for 30% off of any of her patterns! She has also generously donated prizes for the PalKal, which we will hear about in Episode 32. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PALKAL 2015! 

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

The Podcast Along Knit Along will start officially on June 1st, but let’s start our plotting and planning now!

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.

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:

 

Diane from Suburban Stitcher, use code PALKAL2015 for 10% off of any order May 25th through July 31st

 

Jennifer from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast, use code PALKAL2015 for 30% off through June 15th

 

Emily from Fibretown, use PALKAL25 for 25% off through May 31st

 

Laura from The Knit GirlllsSSKROCKS for 34% off through May 31st

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

 

Anne from the Carolina Fiber Girls, use PALKAL50 for 50% off any of her patterns

 

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

Prizes will be announced on Episode 32. 

 

-------------------------------Intermission Entertainment: Ask me Anything-----------------------------------

I've opened a thread on Ravelry called "Ask Me Anything." Since these questions could be about knitting, theatre and even my personal life (oh my!), I've decided to make it an Intermission Entertainment segment. Ask me Anything! 

 

Today I answer a question about the podcasting equipment that I use. I mention my RODE podcaster mic  and that I use Garage Band (an Apple product) to record my episodes. 

 

Here I am at the mic as I edited the podcast! 

 

I also mentioned that I took a class on Lynda.com about podcasting. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock

Love it or Leave it

Love: Camping

Leave: Complicated relationships

 

Other News and Notes

I finished reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. 
 
 

 

I purchased a running watch and I'm really enjoying the feedback it provides. It's the Garmin 220

 

Have a Knitting weekend planned soon with some friends. Will be nice to check out some yarn stores, especially the Black Mountain Yarn Shop and see the Dressing Downton exhibit at the Biltmore House.

 

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_31_-_5715_7.38_PM.m4a
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Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

Catnip Socks by Wendy D. Johnson

I finished these beauties!

 

Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Sock in the HinkyPunk Colorway

Dyed by the wonderful Danie of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast

Needles: US Size 1.5 Addi Turbo fixed circular needles

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Viajante by Martina Behm

This is now in the knit until forever stage, but I love it!

 

No real updates here. 

Yarn: Miss Babs Kilimanjaro in the Believable color way

Needles: US Size 3 and US Size 4 Signature Convertibles 

 

 

 

Vanilla Socks

No pattern on this one, just cast on 32 stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On, did the increases until I had 64, and started knitting away. Great travel project, until I get to the heel, of course. As a still relatively new sock knitter, I don't have the heels down by memory yet. What's your favorite toe-up heel?

 

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge colorway

Needles: US 1.5 Addi Lace fixed circular needles

Judy's Magic Cast On 

 

Any suggestions for campfire knitting? 

 

 

 

I am plugging along on this, but it's become a mostly at home project since I am alternating skeins and that's a lot of yarn to carry in your purse (though I've done it before!) I have linked to my project, which is still in the very beginning stages, but please check out the design as well.

 

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in the Chispas Colorway

Needles: Size 6 Signature Convertibles

 

I mentioned the Yarnderwoman video podcast which you should watch!

 

Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer

Yarn: Jones Street DK by The Copper Corgi

Needles: Signature Convertibles Size 

 

Check out the Stash and Burn podcast for more information about their KAL 15 hats in 2015

Auditioning Knits

Published in the book Golden Morning by Knit Picks

I ordered the Sagebrush as my main color and Honey as my accent color. 

 

I love linen! 

 

Psst. I already ordered the yarn! 

 

I have queued this and matched it up with 3 colors of Madeline Tosh Merino Light I have in my stash! 

 

Looking for a fun washcloth pattern to do for my mom, grandmother and aunts for Mother's Day. 

 

 

 

News, Notes and Events

Knit, Wear, Love Giveaway ends May 1st! Listen to Episode 28 for details.

 

Date Night Giveaway ends May 15th. Listen to Episode 29 for details. 

 

Rak-a-Long KAL

Ends May 1st. I'll probably close the thread that day or the next, so get your objects photographed and posted by then! I have 2 fabulous prizes for this KAL. 

 

 

If you are in the area join me at Heist Brewery in Noda in Charlotte from 11-3! We will have prizes and it's sure to be a great time!

 

My Knitting News

I discussed my knitting group activities and some reactions we have gotten knitting in public lately. I also talked about my experience teaching the knitting classes at the women's recovery center last week. I can't wait to go back! 

PALKAL 2015

Podcast-a-long Knit-a-long

 

This is by far the best KAL I did last year and this year is sure to be even bigger and better!

This will run June 1 to September 1 and you are welcome to double dip in any other KAL you are doing (Stash Dash with the Knit Girllls? Or the Around the Neck KAL with Suburban Stitcher?) 

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.

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

You can use of the suggested podcasters on the chatter thread, but you are not limited to that list. If the designer or yarn dyer is a podcaster, it qualifies.

Have fun supporting a podcaster designer or yarnie!

Use the tag PALKAL2015 on your project pages, and on Instagram (if you use that service) as well (#palkal2015).

Stay tuned to Episode 31 for some coupon codes from some of your favorite podcasters! 

 

Knitting Talk Back 

This is a trick because I don't have a talk-back topic today! Please go to the thread in the Ravelry group and post a question you'd like me to answer on the podcast in the "What Would You Like to Hear About?" thread. 

 

Non-Knitting 

What a Crock! 

Easy Creamy Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken (say that 5 times fast)

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: 

Teaching my knitting classes

Outlander is back! 

 

Leave: 

My sleep (or lack thereof) issues

 

Other News and Notes

Book Updates

I finished reading (listening) to The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion 

I liked it, but not as much as the first book. 

 

Currently reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, because everyone else already has! 

 

Running News: 

I finished my 10k! I got my medal and now I'm on the hunt for more medals! I'm officially training for a 1/2 marathon in November! 

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_30_-_42415_10.14_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25 PM

Episode 29: Date Night! 

 

Knitting Segments! 

Show Ready Knits

Yarn: Paton's North America Classic Wool Worsted in the Dark Gray Mix

Needles: Size 5 Knit Picks Caspian Wood Straights

 

First FO for the RakAlong (How lazy have I been about my own KAL?) 

I cast on 12 stitches instead of 11 because I wanted my increases, etc, to all be in the center. 

 

Yarn: Paton's North America Classic Wool Worsted in the Dark Gray Mix

Needles: Size 6 Signature Convertibles (Magic Loop)

This is my 2nd FO for the RakAlong, and it would make a great project to learn cables and knitting in the round. 

 

Both of these projects will count for the KAL going on in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast group, hosted by Boston Jen! 

Knits in Rehearsal

Viajante by Martina Behm

This is now in the knit until forever stage, but I love it!

 

Finally, actually cast this on instead of just talking about casting it on! 

Yarn: Miss Babs Kilimanjaro in the Believable color way

Needles: US Size 3 and US Size 4 Signature Convertibles 

 

 

 

Vanilla Socks

No pattern on this one, just cast on 32 stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On, did the increases until I had 64, and started knitting away. Great travel project, until I get to the heel, of course. As a still relatively new sock knitter, I don't have the heels down by memory yet. What's your favorite toe-up heel?

 

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge colorway

Needles: US 1.5 Addi Lace fixed circular needles

Judy's Magic Cast On 

 

I mentioned the OMG Heel by Meghan Williams and the Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks. 

 

Catnip Socks by Wendy D. Johnson

I finished the first sock a couple of weeks ago, but haven't gotten much done other than the toe on the second one.

 

Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Sock in the HinkyPunk Colorway

Dyed by the wonderful Danie of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast

Needles: US Size 1.5 Addi Turbo fixed circular needles

 

I am plugging along on this, but it's become a mostly at home project since I am alternating skeins and that's a lot of yarn to carry in your purse (though I've done it before!) I have linked to my project, which is still in the very beginning stages, but please check out the design as well.

 

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in the Chispas Colorway

Needles: Size 6 Signature Convertibles

 

Crochet Provision Cast On

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

RakAlong

You have until May 1, 2015 to post your finished objects. Make something for someone "just because." There is no yardage requirement, but you need to keep your entry to 1 post per person, so just update your original post each time you finish something. 

 

 

2015 Goals Update

I wanted to update you (and myself) on my progress on my 2015 goals, now that we've reached the end of the 1st quarter of the year. Listen up to hear how I've done on my 5 knitting goals of 2015: 

  • Education
  • Charity Knitting
  • Gift Knitting 
  • Knitting from Stash
  • Zen Knitting

Stashdown Throwdown

Don't forget to use the hashtag #stashdownthrowdown on Instagram! How are you doing with your Stashdown goals? Are you loving that amazing stash? 

 

Giveaway: Knit, Wear, Love by Amy Herzog

In episode 28 I reviewed this amazing book, don't forget to join the Actually Knitting Podcast Group on Ravelry and enter to win your copy! The contest runs through May 1st!

 

500 Member Giveaway

I announced the winner of the 500 member giveaway! Listen up to see if you are the lucky winner of a great bag! 

 

Knitting Talk Back: Date Night 

Date Night is a fabulous collection of 5 patterns by Maria Yarley of Elegant Economy Knits. I hope you enjoy the review and, there is a copy for a lucky listener, too!  Listen to the episode to find out how to enter! 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: Spring Break, my trip to Savannah

 

Leave it: Chores! 

 

Stage Craft

I did a little bit of sewing this week, and made this project bag! 

 

I used this tutorial to make the bag, very easy to follow for a non-seamstress like myself! Thanks to the Knitmore Girls for pointing me in the direction of this tutorial. 

 

Other News and Notes

Book Updates

I finished reading Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. I really enjoyed it and recommend it!

I mentioned the podcast Teaching Your Brain to Knit.

 

I'm still doing this book challenge. 26 Books in 2015 Book Challenge

 

I started reading The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. I loved the first book in this series,  The Rosie Project so I have high hopes for this one!

 

Running Updates

I will run my first 10k on Saturday April 11, 2015. I'm a bit nervous because I'm still having some problems but, I'm as ready as I'm going to be! Wish me luck!

Direct download: Actually_Knitting_Episode_29_-_41015_11.11_AM.m4a
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Thanks for listening to Episode 28 of the podcast! 

 

We started out today with some thank you program mentions to all of those (I think) who have donated supplies to my knitting classes at the Women's Recovery Center. 

 

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

Yarn: Bijou Basin Llasa Wilderness in a dusty purple (Color #14) 

          Frabjous Fibers Mad Hatter Mini Skein Pack in the Mice in the Tea Colorway 

Needles: Signature Convertibles US size 4 for the body and 3 for the brim

Size: I made the large size, with the slouch

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Finally, actually cast this on instead of just talking about casting it on! 

Yarn: Miss Babs Kilimanjaro in the Believable color way

Needles: US Size 3 and US Size 4

 

Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Sock in the HinkyPunk Colorway

Dyed by the wonderful Danie of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast

Needles: US Size 1.5 Addi Turbo fixed circular needles

 

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge colorway

Needles: US 1.5 Addi Lace fixed circular needles

Cast on 63 stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On 

 

Yarn: Who knows??

Needles: US Size 2 Addi Turbo fixed circulars 

 

Auditioning Knits

 

 

 

Knittings News, Notes and Events

 

I visited a lovely LYS in Black Mountain, NC, called the Black Mountain Yarn Shop. I highly recommend you check it out if you are in the area! I purchased some Hedgehog Fibers Sock yarn in the Villain color way. 

 

I had a blast at the Carolina Fiber Frolic! 

Check out the bags made by Jan Smiley on Etsy! She does excellent work! 

Here is my lovely bag! 

 

 

 

I purchased 2 of the official Frolic Colorways by Sarah of The Copper Corgi Yarns. 

 

I won a skein of Quaere Fibers Gradient Sock in the Raw Turquoise color way. 

 

I also purchased a mini-skein gradient kit by the lovely ladies of Kismet Fiber Works. What should I make??

 

I had the best roomies at the Frolic! Maria from Elegant Economy Knits and Faith of Faithfully Geeky Blog. Check out these ladies! 

 

Fiberlicious Kickstarter Contest

We had 28 entries for the contest which closed on March 22. I drew a winner? Listen up to see if you won a skein of yarn and project bag from the ladies of Fiberlicious!

 

Rak-Along

The Rak-along is still going strong. We have only a few entries but still lots of time left to participate! 

 

 

The KAL will run through May 1. All of the rules and regulations are available in the thread on Ravelry. Make someone something, you'll make them smile and I bet you will smile too!

 

500 Member Giveaway

We still have the contest going through April 1st. Don't forget to enter! 

 

New to me Podcast: Teaching your Brain to Knit

 

New to me Video Podcast: Junkyarn

 

Knitting Talk Back

A special review of the new Amy Herzog book Knit, Wear Love. 

 

Non-Knitting

What a Crock

 

Love it or Leave it

              The wedding I attended this weekend was super fun!

 

Leave it: Hurt feelings. Boo! Who needs it? 

 

Other News and Notes

Book Update

I finished reading Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

 

Still running...as much as I can manage with some calf pain. 10k is two weeks away. 

 

Thanks for joining me for episode 28. 

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Episode 27: Knitting Resources

 

Thanks to everyone for listening, commenting on the episode threads on Ravelry and leaving me wonderful iTunes reviews. You make a girl feel special!

 

Knitting

Show Ready Knits

 

I love, love, love this knit! Too bad it's too warm to wear it currently. 

 

Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Damsel in the Starry Night Colorway

Needles: Size 6 Chiaogoo Fixed Circular (Love them!)

Used up the whole skein, for 335 yards out of my stash! And I still have a skein left! What to do??

 

Knits in Rehearsal

I am obsessed with this knit! Saw it on the designer's podcast, Dark Matter Knits, and immediately shopped the stash for the right yarn. 

Yarn: Bijou Basin Llasa Wilderness in a dusty purple (Color #14) 

          Frabjous Fibers Mad Hatter Mini Skein Pack in the Mice in the Tea Colorway 

Needles: Signature Convertibles size 4

Size: I'm making the large size, with the slouch

 

Hope to start very soon: Mama Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker

I have swatched, so hopefully will be able to cast on this week.

Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo in the Chispas colorway

 

Dapper Scarf by Terri Stockdreher

This will be my first RAKalong project, it's a scarf that will be donated to the Knit Your Bit Campaign sponsored by the WWII Museum.

Yarn: Unknown (I think it's Lion Brand)

Needles: Random size 10 bamboo circulars I have in my needle stash

 

*Actually, since recording, I have changed my mind about this pattern, because I didn't like the fabric I was getting, so I decided to just get a stitch pattern from a book and knit that up as a scarf, details on the next episode. 

 

Viajante by Martina Behm

Yarn: Miss Babs Kilimanjaro in the Believable Colorway

Needles: Size 3 Chiaogoo Fixed Circulars

Auditioning Knits

Sunny Stripes Hat by Gretchen Tracy

 

I also mentioned my recently finished cross stitch project, The Dude, from the Etsy shop Plastic Little Covers. 

 

 

 

Knitting News Notes and Events

#StashdownThrowdown

How are you doing with your StashDown Goals?

So far I am doing very well! I have knit 2482 yards since January and haven't purchased any yarn for myself (gifts don't count in my bizarre game!)

 

There are 35 posts tagged on Ravelry as of the recording of this episode, and it was time for another random winner of a downloadable pattern of your choice, $7.00 and under. You'll have to listen to see if you won! 

 

500 Member Giveaway

As of recording time we were at exactly 500 members in the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry. So, as promised, there is a special giveaway! You'll have to listen to see what it is, and don't forget to join the group if you haven't already. Thanks so much for all of your support!

I will open the giveaway thread and leave it until April 1, 2015.

 

Also, don't forget to check out my friend's 31 Gifts page if you are in need of some cute bags! 

 

Fiberlicious Kickstarter

Some listeners contacted me about a Kickstarter they are doing to open a yarn shop in Orange County, California. And, they have a special giveaway for you. All you have to do is go to their Kickstarter page, look at the rewards, and then come back to the Actually Knitting Podcast Group on Ravelry and post about your favorite reward in the giveaway thread. Easy Peasy! 

 

Rakalong

Don't forget the Random Act of Kindness Along which runs March 1 through May 1. All of the rules and regulations are available in the threads on Ravelry. Make someone something, you'll make them smile and I bet you will smile too!

 

Carolina Fiber Frolic

I will be making the trek to Sapphire, NC for the frolic very soon. Hope to see some of you there! 

 

Knitting TalkBack: Resources,

I was asked a question on the "What Would You Like to Hear About?" thread about my favorite knitting books, how do I organize them, etc. I had a nice time talking about my favorite knitting resource books, both real books an electronic ones. Don't forget to tell me about your favorites on the thread for Episode 27. 

 

I mentioned a few books, and here they are:

 

The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe (This is the first edition, I own it in book format) 

 

The Second Edition of the same book, which I recently purchased for my Kindle.

 

Up Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard (There is only the book format, no ebook) 

 

The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe (I purchased this for my Kindle/iPad). 

 

Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog (Available in ebook and traditional book format, but I just had to have the actual book)

 

Non-Knitting

What a Crock

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: Parks and Rec Series Finale and Downton Abbey Season Finale

 

Leave it: Parks and Rec is over!!!

 

Other News and Notes

Book Challenge Update


A few friends and I are participating in this book challenge. Let me know if you are interested and we will start a thread on the Ravelry board for this challenge. I'm always on the lookout for a good book to try!

 

Finished reading:

 

 

The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton, I didn't enjoy it that much.

 

Currently reading: 

 

 

Three Daughters by Consuelo Baehr which I chose purely based on it's cover.

 

Running Updates:

Still running, though I had to slow down a bit this week due to a hamstring problem. Feeling better already though!

 

I am participating in my first 10k in April, and I'm nervous but hopeful! I'm contemplating a 1/2 marathon next year (yikes!).

 

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 26

Where did my Mojo Go? 

 

Thanks for the iTunes reviews and also special thanks to Revelry users Peach and JennyK50046 for donating to the podcast and to the class I will be teaching at the women's recovery center. 

 

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

 

 

 

Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig


Here's a lousy mirror selfie, but at least you can see it!

 

 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

That Nice Stitch by Susan Ashcroft 

 

Still on my Needles right now: 

 

Memory Blanket by Georgie Hallam

 

That Nice Stitch by Susan Ashcroft 

 

 

 

Hope to start very soon: Mama Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker

 

I'll be making this out of Malabrigo Arroyo in the Chispas color way, as seen in my Toujours sweater which I finished last summer. 

 

 

 

Auditioning Knits

 

Newsom by Bristol Ivy 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

Carolina Fiber Frolic, March 20-22. I heard it's sold out but email for details.

 

New KAL: The RAK-Along

#rakalong

 

Rak: Random Act of Kindness

 

Knit something for someone just because, or knit for charity. Not a birthday or holiday, but just to do something nice for someone else. 

 

Dates: March 1 through May 1

 

Charity Suggestions: 

Knit your Bit: Scarves for Veterans

 

Your local homeless shelter, NICU, etc. 

 

There will be 2 threads open on the Actually Knitting Podcast board: A chatter thread and an FO Thread. 

 

Rules

1 post per person in the FO thread (because there is no minimum yardage) 

Update your original post if you finish more than one object. 

Start early if you want! 

Chat it up in the chatter thread. Make suggestions for charities, small gifts to give as Random Act of Kindness. 

 

Not sure about prizes yet, but I will work on it. But the point is to knit something just to make someone happy. 

 

I am going to be teaching knitting classes at a local women's recovery center. If you have any needles, yarn, etc, that you would like to donate, please PM or email me! We can use anything you would like to donate and the volunteer coordinator has told me that supplies are a big issue for them. Help me create some new knitters who will someday be able to tell their own #becauseofknitting story. 

 

Knitting Talk Back: Where did my Mojo Go? 

What do you do when your knitting mojo goes missing? 

 

 

Non-Knitting

What a Crock

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it

 

 

Lady Gaga Sings The Sound of Music medley at the Oscars. It made me cry! 

 

My Erin Condren Life Planner

What one? Use my Referral Code for 10$ off, and I'll get a little something something, too! 

 

 

Leave it: 

Dry yucky winter skin :( 

 

 

Other News and Notes

 

No theatrical updates at this time. Just working on running, knitting and planning in my new planner! 

 

Thanks for listening! 

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Episode 25: Circular Needle Round Up

 

Thanks so much for the itunes reviews! They make my heart smile! 

 

Knitting Segments

Knits in Rehearsal

 

 

Auditioning Knits

 

Autumnal Mitts by Jo Bangles

 

 

 

Looking to use my Jones Street DK that I purchased at Saff from Sarah at The Copper Corgi

 

What do you think about these two colors in color work? 

That's my Jones Street DK by Sarah of The Copper Corgi

 

 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 

Carolina Fiber Frolic, March 20-22. I heard it's sold out but email for details.

 

New KAL: The RAK-Along

Rak: Random Act of Kindness

 

Knit something for someone just because, or knit for charity. Not a birthday or holiday, but just to do something nice for someone else. 

 

Dates: March 1 through May 1

 

Charity Suggestions: 

Knit your Bit: Scarves for Veterans

 

Your local homeless shelter, NICU, etc. 

 

There will be 2 threads open on the Actually Knitting Podcast board: A chatter thread and an FO Thread. 

 

Rules

1 post per person in the FO thread (because there is no minimum yardage) 

Update your original post if you finish more than one object. 

Start early if you want! 

Chat it up in the chatter thread. Make suggestions for charities, small gifts to give as Random Act of Kindness. 

 

Not sure about prizes yet, but I will work on it. But the point is to knit something just to make someone happy. 

 

I am going to be teaching knitting classes at a local women's recovery center. If you have any needles, yarn, etc, that you would like to donate, please PM or email me! We can use anything you would like to donate and the volunteer coordinator has told me that supplies are a big issue for them. Help me create some new knitters who will someday be able to tell their own #becauseofknitting story. 

 

 

#Stashdownthrowdown Updates

 

I chose a random winner from the Instagram users who have tagged their projects with #stashdown throwdown, if you have used this hashtag, listen to the podcast to see if you have won a pattern of your choice (up to 7$) on Ravelry. If you haven't used the hashtag, what are you waiting for? 

 

Knitting Talk Back: Circular Needle Round Up 

 

A listener posted a question on the "What Would You Like to Hear About?" thread. She wanted to know my thoughts on needles, and I had been working on a needle round up of circular needles, especially focusing on interchangeable sets. Be sure to post on the Actually Knitting Podcast thread for episode 25 about your experience with circular needles, dpns, etc. 

 

I talk about the following needles: 

 

ChiaoGoo 9 Inch Circular Needles

 

Knit Picks Harmony Options

 

Knit Picks Caspian Straights

 

Hiya Hiya Interchangeables

 

ChiaoGoo Interchangeables

 

Signature Needle Arts

Non-Knitting Segments

 

 

Love it or Leave it

 

Love it

I really loved this video with Jimmy Fallon and the cast of Saved by the Bell. 

 

Went to Greenville, SC for the day last weekend and loved it. It was absolutely beautiful and I got to visit a lovely LYS called The NeedleTree

 

I fell off the wagon with the #stashdownthrowdown (It wasn't my fault, I swear!) and purchased the following lovelies: 

 

 

 

 

Leave it: Taxes

 

Other News and Notes

Superbowl 4 mile race

 

I finished in 38 minutes! I can't believe it! 

 

 

I have finished 2 books since I last recorded:

 

 

 

I'm currently reading: 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for listening today and for your positive reviews and feedback. Check out the following threads on The Actually Knitting Podcast Group: 

 

Your Turn in the Spotlight: Share your talents with us! Do you have a podcast, etsy store, underwater basket weaving class? 

 

What would you like to hear about?: Ideas and suggestions for talk back topics.

 

Knits on Stage: Are you knitting in public and/or wearing your knits in public? Share! 

 

Contact me! Links are available on this page. 

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Thanks so much for listening for this past year of podcasting!

 

Program mention goes out to Estella of Just One More Row, Please for gifting me her new slipper pattern called Cabled Foot Cozies!

 

Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

French Press Felted Slippers by Melynda Bernardi 

 

 

Knits in Rehearsal 

 

 

 

Auditioning Knits

 

Interpretations Volume 2 by Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki

 

I'm especially into True and True Friend 

 

Knits on Stage

First, I discussed by wearing of one of my very first garments, The Pimlico Shrug. 

 

 

I wore my Neon Beast a few times last week and was easily spotted by my friend at the Charlotte Hornets game, from quite a distance! I knew that thing would be visible from space! 

 

Flubs and Flops Update: 

Madeline Tosh customer service is awesome! 

 

News, Note and Events

 

 

 

It's my Podiversary! Thanks for listening and I'm looking forward to another year! 

#StashdownThrowdown

 

I shared some stash down tips from my own experience and also from suggestions made on the Ravelry thread. Chatter away and tag your Instagram posts with #stashdownthrowdown to  have a chance to win a random prize drawing! 

 

Non-Knitting 

 

 

Love it or Leave it 

 

Love it: My new knitting themed Swatch Watch

 

Leave it: Midterm stress is finally over! 

 

Other News and Notes

 

A few friends and I are participating in this book challenge. Let me know if you are interested and we will start a thread on the Ravelry board for this challenge. I'm always on the lookout for a good book to try.  

 

Just finished reading The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters 

 

Running news: Will be running a 4 mile race on Super Bowl Sunday with a friend. 

 

 

 

In closing: 

 

Join the Ravelry group if you haven't already! 

Some threads you might be interested in: 

 

Stash down Throwdown 

Your turn in the Spotlight

What do you want to hear about?

What a Crock! 

Knits on Stage

 

Thanks for your iTunes review and star ratings, and the podcast is now available on Stitcher Radio.

 

Interested in donating to help cover the costs of podcasting? There's a donation button here on the blog. Be sure to contact me if you are interested in sponsoring the show! 

 

Thanks so much for listening this past year and I look forward to the year ahead! 

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Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits

 
 
 
 

Knits in Rehearsal

 
 

 

Auditioning Knits 

 
Especially these 3 patterns: 
 
 
 
 

Knitting Flubs and Flops

Major color bleeding with my Neon Beast
Update: I emailed Madeline Tosh again and they said they were having problems with their email server and they have asked to see pictures and for a little more information. 
 
I also mentioned the Knitting Pretty Podcast, check it out if you haven't already. 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

 
 
 
#stashdownthrowdown 2015
Shop my stash, more yarn out than in, who's with me? 
 
I mentioned Commuter Jen, who is the host of the Commuter Knitter Podcast  , listen to her if you aren't already! 

Knitting Talkback: 2015 Goals

 
I created a project page for my goals this year, as suggested in the thread for Episode 22. 
 
Here is the Clara Parkes Craftsy class I mentioned, get your education on! 
 
Here's a link to the Knit Your Bit knitting campaign that I mentioned, feel free to join along. 
 

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: Seeing my nieces and nephews and being around kids for the holidays! 
 
Leave it: 
 

Other News and Notes

#30in#30 challenge was derailed in December due to illness in the family, but I learned a lot about myself in the process. I also ran 49.43 miles in December, just shy of my 50 mile goal. For January I would like to aim for 75 miles. 
 
Holiday Cabaret went really well! 
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