31 July, 2013

Knot A Podcast: Episode 35

♥ Ravelry SitS thread -  there has been an amazing amount of participation so far!
♥ Podcast birthday is coming up on 05 September.
♥ YouTube channel for Knot A Podcast is slowly being updated.

♥ Flourless chocolate cake recipe I used as the base.
♥ I used Jeni's ice cream base with Glutino cookies for my Cookies and Cream ice cream filling

♥ Pomme de Pin

♥ Blanket O' Doom
♥ Hermione's Every Day Socks

Spinning A Yarn:
♥ Pigeonroof
♥ Funky Carolina
♥ Hanks in the Hood batt

Stitchin' Corner:
♥ Summer Sampler continues

July 2013: Wrap-up

Yardage Totals 2013:

January: 869yds
February: 1,038yds
March:  1,100yds
April:  1,251yds
May: 1,112yds
June: 452yds
July: 453yds

Year To Date: 6,275yds or 3.57 miles

It was another slow knitting month, kittens, but I did  get a lot of spinning and other crafty things accomplished during that time!  And while the yardage was not impressive, I managed to finish two projects in that time.  So all-in-all, I'd call July a successful crafting month!

Just one more month of the summer heat and we'll be heading back into the crisp days of autumn.  Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

17 July, 2013

Knot A Podcast: Episode 34

"Alligators, Socks, and an FO.  Oh my!"

Kittens, I'm unsure of why the video ratio is weird this week; I did not do anything differently than I normally do.


I'll try to figure it out later.

♥ Please join us in the Ravelry group!
SiTS is still going on until 31 August; who doesn't want prizes for knitting socks?
♥ Milky Robot's IndiePop campaign.  Go check it out and maybe give her some help?  She has two weeks left to earn money to get her business back up and running.

♥ Hitchhiker--  The text says "37 points and 3.5g left over."

♥ Pomme de Pin Cardigan

Next on the Needles:
Niles and Cleo --  From summer 2009.  How time flies!
♥ Socks made with my FancyPants Fiber yarn. Any ideas of what I should do with it?  Come tell me in the Episode 34 thread!

Stash Enhancement:
♥ Older club colorways from Hello Yarn.  Yum!
♥  Tutorial on how to braid fiber.

Spinning A Yarn:
♥ Pigeonroof Studios Merino in "Magnolia"
♥ Funky Carolina Corriedale in "Ferguson"

Stitcher's Corner:
♥ Summer Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

03 July, 2013

Knot A Podcast: Episode 33

It's hard to believe it's already July, kittens!  Hope you all are having a good one so far.

Show Notes: Episode 33

♥  Please join us in the Knot A Podcast Ravelry Group for Sock it to Summer!  There are 14 lovely entries so far and two full months left to get a pair entered for yourself!

♥ Discussed Blip's other shoe dropping.  In a much earlier show, I discussed why Blip was rejecting new podcasts.  Now, they're actually removing all single-camera content producers from their site.  Hopefully, all podcasters using Blip will find new homes and stay with us.  I would hate to see anyone have to drop podcasting because of it.  :(


3rd Hitchhiker is still in the works but almost finished!
♥  Pomme de Pin is making slow but sure progress.  At this rate, I might finish before SitS is wrapped up.

Spinning A Yarn:

♥  Still working through my Pigeonroof Studios merino with Team Must Stash Podcast and Team IG Spinners for Tour de Fleece.  It's been a lot of fun so far, and I just rounded the halfway point on the braid.
♥ Discussed possible next spinning projects.

Stitcher's Corner:

♥ Finished my Springtime Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, and am now working on the Summer Sampler.  I'm quite a bit behind, but I'm confident I can catch up and finish by the end of July.
♥ Plans to (finally) start my Woodland 2013 Sampler and work on that until the Autumn Sampler releases.

Stash Flash:

♥ 4 Loop Batts totaling well over a pound.  I went a little crazy.
♥ 3 Extras of Mochi--for a total of 16oz-- so I can knit a lovely stripey sweater!

02 July, 2013

2013 Stashdown: Q2

So here it is: Quarter 2 of 2013's Stashdown efforts.  This year I am tracking all four year's worth of numbers and seeing if any trends pop up.  So far...I'm not getting much out of them.  But I find this fun in a weird, nerdy sort of way.

(Click the image for a larger, and easier to read version.)

Why I ever try to make plans is beyond me: it seems as soon as I say them, I act in ways that guarantee that I can not get the outcome I was aiming for.  Early on in Q2, I bought a bunch of yarn again...had April been like May and June, I would have had little or no stash in at all.  I do not count fiber for my Stashdown efforts--neither in nor out.

I'm amazed I am not busting out all over the place with yarn here.

June 2013: Wrap-up

Yardage Totals 2013:

January: 869yds
February: 1,038yds
March:  1,100yds
April:  1,251yds
May: 1,112yds
June: 452yds

Year To Date: 5,822yds or 3.31 miles

Sorry I'm a little late with this one, kittens.  It's been a crazy last few days, and I forgot about the post writing thing.

After 8 months of really high knitting output, this month's number is a bit of a let-down.  But considering I cross stitched an entire sampler in that time...it's pretty easy to see how most of my crafting time was spent.  I didn't do too badly for stolen moments in the car and watching podcasts.  And it's probably best that I accept that until the weather cools down, I'm likely not going to be knitting all that much any way.  I can still hope to do a little better in July.  In the sweltering, humid heat.  Where are Spring and Fall when I need them?