Monday, December 31, 2012

TVknittingpodcast Episode 39


Knitting on Pinnate Cardigan It is tiny. Slow going! Pretty though

Also knitting on the Making Waves Cardigan With my handspun from Mabel the fleece. Dark pic, sorry.

Skew Sock  TOO LONG!!!  UGH!

I have to rip back to the second big orange stripe from the toe. That is a lot of knitting. And a complicated heel to rip. This sock is sitting in the corner. The only good thing, its that it is Socks That Rock, and I get to knit it more! Tiger's Eye Colorway.

Finished up WIP pins. Used scraps from socks that rock lightweight. I made 8 of them!

Confessions of a Newbie Spinner:

New Spindle, Lark from Jenkins. I LOVE it.

Spinning a little Cashgora Silk on it. I will start with my Fiberopic gradient on Jan. 1st

Turtle from sample that came with the Lark:

Kuchulu with Berry Blast Fiber on it. I love it so much more.

Stash Stories

Yarn for Sockhead hats for Rich and Emily. Socks that Rock Mediumweight. Strange Brew and Hobbit Garden.

I adore Hobbit Garden but I promised the hat to my daughter Emily. ((Sigh)). Off to order more!

Knitting Dreams:

A Very "Knitty" New Year:

Finished 18 projects in 2013!

7823 yards, 4.4 miles
7153 meters 7.153 Kilometers

Top 10 Projects (My favorites for this year!)

1.  Merry Christmas Bling Bling

2. Downton Abbey Swap

3.  My Maia

4. Annis

5.  Epic Knitting Fail

6.  Sockhead hats

7.  Penumbra Shawl

8.  Summer Tank

9.  Damson

10.  The Borrowed Sweater

This Week in TV

My Top 10 TV shows that gave me the most entertainment for the year. (No particular order)

1.  Once Upon a Time
2. New Girl
3. Parenthood
4. Happy Endings
5. Gossip Girl
6. Switched at Birth
7. Pretty Little Liars
8. Whitney
9. Revenge
10. Downton Abbey

My top 2: (In order)

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Downton Abbey

10 More shows that I really enjoyed this year:

Cougar Town, The Middle, House, Community, Parks and Rec, Hart of Dixie, Ringer, Lying Game, Bunheads, Drop Dead Diva, The Big Bang Theory


Sunday, December 2, 2012

TVknittingpodcast Episode 36


Maria from the Subway Knits podcast raised $2912.00 for Hurricane Sandy relief! That is super awesome!


Foot Ovens by the Yarn Harlot

Sockhead hats:

Annis Shawl for Troy's teacher: LOVE how this came out!

Skew Socks: Tiger's eye colorway, socks that rock, LOVE how this is pooling, looks like Tiger Stripes!

Scraps to send to Paula at the Knitting Pipeline podcast. They make me happy!

I am using same scraps for the Work in Progress pins for my kitting students. The scraps are all BMFA socks that rock.

Confessions of a Newbie Spinner:

Yarn that I spun from Mabel the fleece for a Making Waves Cardigan: 3ply heaving Fingering/Sport weight.

Loop Batt Spinning: I'm on the pretty light teal green.

Yeah, a little uneven. Having trouble with drafting this.


Plying cop from Kuchulu sample: Plying on golding (very heavy spindle)

Bosworth Midi: Cashgora goat fiber with silk

Bosworth Mini: Going to do a little bit of spinning the Cashgora silk on this one as well.

Kuchulu: Trying to do the "Pretty Wind On"

My Christmas Present from Mom and Dad: Black and White Ebony Lark Spindle from Jenkins Yarn Tools. <3

I will be spinning this: the Knitgirllls colorway from Fiberoptic. There are some left until 12/8/12

Friday, November 2, 2012

TVknittingpodcast Episode 34

Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser!!!!

Maria from the Subway Knits Podcast organized a fundraiser to help our friends and neighbors affected by the storm. There are lots of knitty prizes! Check it out here.


I finished Sockhead Hat #1. Pics soon (Sorry forgot to take an FO pic!)

I started an Annis Shawl for my son's teacher.

Here is what mine looks like:

The one I'm knitting is in a deep purple in Lisa Souza BFL sock yarn that I got at Rhinebeck. (I think is is Sourball?)

Another FO that I DO have a picture for is my Bellatrix Socks. They are cool looking, but I didn't like knitting the pattern that much.

Yarn is Socks that Rock Lightweight in Morticia.

Confessions of a Newbie Spinner

I am spinning up a loop batt. (If you want one you can sign up, she will e-mail you when she updates).

I am on the pink part. It is really PINK!!!!!

Like Barbie Pink on Steroids.

Stash Stories:

My fleece came from a young ram named Tyson! It is his FIRST SHEARING, OMG!!!! He was raised on Marushka Farms. Please contact Marie if you would like to purchase fleece or fiber. The fleece I bought was wonderful. I have yet to find any VM (vegetable matter).

Meet Tyson:

LOOK at all the variation in color!!!! I can't WAIT to get my hands on this fleece.

A lock (Crappy picture, sorry, it is really dark out)

BostonJen from Down Cellar Studio Podcast has an interview with Marie from Marushka Farms. Check it out!


Rich talked about a martini made with Grey Goose Vodka and Tribuno Vermouth

Have a Great Week!!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

TVknittingpodcast Episode 33

I have shownotes again, woo hoo!

Here is the link for Calendar of Hope All proceeds go to benefit the following organization:

Army of Women whose goals are 
• To recruit one million healthy women of every age and ethnicity, including breast cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease. 
• To partner with breast cancer researchers and directly participate in the research that will eradicate breast cancer once and for all. 
• To challenge the scientific community to expand its current focus to include breast cancer prevention research conducted on healthy women.


I have finished Penumbra!

Not blocked yet, pics when it is all done.

I am knitting the Sockhead hat

Can't wait to get to the stockinette part. LOVE, love love the colors. Thank you to Savvygirl Deborah for the inspiration.

Stash Stories:

I bought this Cashgora/Silk 50/50. It is simply gorgeous. It was processed by Robin Russo. (From the class I took at Fiber fallout 2012.


Below are links to all of the restaurants and winery we mentioned in the show. If you are staying in town or nearby for Rhinebeck, these are our local favs!

Wine/liquor store we love :  summerlinwines

Yobo   Newburg NY.  (Asian, Sushi)

Aladdin Cafe  East Fishkill, NY (Just off Taconic, rt 52 exit)  (Middle Eastern)

Farm To Table Bistro  Rt. 9 Fishkill  (American)

Aroma Osteria    Rt. 9 Fishkill  (Gourmet Italian)

Shadows on the Hudson  Poughkeepsie  (American)

Poughkeepsie Ice House  Poughkeepsie  (American)

Hyde Park Brewing  Rt. 9 Hyde Park  (American, pub style)

Terrapin Restaurant  Rt. 9 Rhinebeck  (American, extensive menu)

Millbrook Winery  Millbrook NY

As long as I'm mentioning the winery in Millbrook, we also love 

Cafe Les Baux which is in Millbrook NY. (French bistro)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

TVknittingpodcast Episode 32

I have Shownotes!

GIANT podcaster meetup at Rhinebeck, Saturday October 20 at 1:00 pm. The complete list is here

Thank you Jen, from Downcellarstudio Podcast for compiling this extensive list! Holy cow, I can't believe that so many of us will be there. Super exciting.


Almost finished with Penumbra. 

(Actually I am finished at this point, I'll post finished pics when I talk about it.)

LOVED this knit SO hard. Gorgeous yarn and beads, and fun pattern together made for the perfect storm of a fantastic knit.

Confessions of a Newbie spinner:

I went to Fiber Fallout 2012. It was fantastic. I learned so much!

I talked about Robin Russo's class on Saturday. We did lots of fiber prep, which I had never done before. And we made batts!!

I think this is a medium wool, alpaca, and mohair. Just beautiful. I could get into making batts.

This is the book we used for fiber prep and spinning worsted (combed) and woolen (carded). It really gave me a better understanding of the concepts.

Stash Stories

These beautiful skeins just arrived from Blue Moon Fiber Arts

I am going to make Sockhead Hats for my step granddaughters. I think I am going to start with "Rue de Pondscum" the one on the right. The other is "Rosanna Donna". They are both mediumweight, which I do not like for socks, but will be great for hats.

This Week in TV

I get all of my TV info from Great site.

Have a good week!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

TVknittingpodcast Episode 28

I'm Back!!!

Here are a few pictures of where Emily and I stayed, and of the 3 parks in Disney that we visited:

One of many beautiful views from Bay Lake Towers. We rented DVC points, I highly recommend this! Great room at a value price.

My favorite shot I took at Epcot. I don't know where my vantage point was!

This is Magic Kingdom's gorgeous nighttime parade. We saw the nighttime shows at Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood studios. These shows are a favorite of mine, and worth staking out your place early.

It may surprise you, but my favorite park is Disney's Hollywood Studios. I love the music, it is smaller and easier to navigate, a little less crowded, and it has some killer rides.

Tower of Terror is my Favorite Theme park ride of all time. Bad pic, but Em and I are in the second row on the left. She lost her phone during this ride, but it was retrieved by a cast member!

We had a blast. Not our first, OR our last trip. We will return with the boys when it is a cooler month. (They are wimps).


So, enough of Disney. On to the knitting!

I finished the body of the Jackie tank. I loved knitting this, even though I did not finish before Ravellenics. I love knitting in the round. I just need to add the ruffle, finish the neckline and weave in all the ENDS. Bleh.

So I started the Damson shawl. I love knitting this. Very mindful knitting.

This Week in TV:

I watched 2 new shows, "Go On" which I liked, and "Animal Practice" which I did not. Your mileage may vary!!