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Archive for May, 2009

May 28 2009

SOAR Scholarship Project

Published by Meghan under SOAR knowledge

Okay,
so as i said, part of the SOAR scholarship project is for me to report back in July of the following year and let the scholarship committee know what you did with all of the knowledge that you absorbed during your time at SOAR over the previous year.
Because I do a podcast, and because i share all of this information with you, my podcast listeners, I felt it was most appropriate to send the committee a recording. What is on the recording? well, my hope is to gather as many recorded statements as i can get.
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i set up an account for this at drop.io
it’s basically a page that you can upload pictures, post messages, and they also provide me with a phone number and extension where you can call and leave me a voice message telling me what you’ve learned from me and my SOAR knowledge.

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please call! When you do, all i need is your name (first only is fine), where you are calling from (just so we get an idea of how far this interwebz thing reaches), and explain what you have learned from my experience.
if you record and don’t like what you said, let me know! and i’ll delete the message so you can re-record.

if you can’t call long distance, and you have a computer that will let you record something, do it! and email me the mp3. if you can only email, please do, and i’ll read your email for you.

i’d like to get as many as possible so i can burn CDs of all of you telling the scholarship committee what you have learned from my experience at SOAR. basically, this is our big thank you card!

Thank you so much for helping me out with this! :) i can’t wait to mix all of this stuff together!

Meghan

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May 28 2009

episode 73: “Spinner with a capitol S”

episode 73: “Spinner with a capitol S”

on/off the needles:
-craft show results
-subversive seamstress clutch purchased

new clutch from subversive seamstress

new clutch from subversive seamstress


-Los Manos Locos (crazy monkey socks) toe up on dpns
super crazy monkey socks

super crazy monkey socks


-kingscot back on the needles
-wisteria sweater dreams. take a look at sockpr0n’s sweater…..dreamy!!!

babble:
-french press for a cold brew
-Owen loves his trike. chilling in our patio
-little man bbq
-my version of a day off
-records out of the basement…..lets get this basement started!!!

green thumb:
-my secret garden

don't see a garden do you?

don't see a garden do you?


ahhh!!!! there it is!

ahhh!!!! there it is!


-paver annuals
-#()@#(*$)@(#*$ BIRDS ATE MY STRAWBERRIES!!!
anti-bird security devices... shiny!

anti-bird security devices... shiny!

spinning:
-washing fleece on memorial day using sockpr0n’s lock method and beth smith’s method

washed locks

washed locks


-i heart flicking locks
Harrisvilledesigns weaving bobbin winder

Harrisvilledesigns weaving bobbin winder


my first full bobbin

my first full bobbin


-dreaming of spinning and knitting a sweater from lock to finished
-drooling over fleece
-spin or dye swapping group on ravelry

favorite thing:

mmmm.....cherries....

mmmm.....cherries....

Grandma Marita’s Cherry Soup
stock:
2 cans sour/tart cherries
1/4c sugar
1tsp butter
1 can water

dumplings:
2 eggs
1/4c water
dash of salt
1tbs sugar
flour

Combine stock ingredients and mash cherries in pan. Simmer for 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add water, salt and sugar and stir. Gradually add flour until batter is stiff enough to drop by teaspoons into simmering liquid and hold together. If too thin, add more flour. When dropping, dip spoon into liquid first before dipping into batter so the dumpling will release from the spoon without sticking. Simmer for 5 minutes or until dumplings are cooked.
great with whipped cream or ice cream. yummy warm and cold! enjoy!

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May 27 2009

sponsors and whatnot…..what do you think?

Published by Meghan under Uncategorized

i’ve been thinking a lot lately about the possibility of getting some show sponsors. they would not only help me keep the lights on, but i’d hope the extra funding would allow me to get to different events, take more classes, and try more products to review.
as much as i would love to throw down the money myself, unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen. and with my birthday and christmas in december, well that leaves the rest of the year kinda open when it comes to exploring new products and classes.

so i thought i’d open up the conversation to my listeners to see what you think.
how do you feel about sponsors? do you mind advertising in your podcasts? do you have any other ideas?

the only other ideas i came up with are:
selling tshirts or pins
creating a cookbook of my favorite recipes to sell
having things to raffle off to people who donate funds

i just feel like i’m not always able to give you more every week. i know i’d love to learn more so i can share more! so, what do you think? i’m open to suggestions!
either reply to the post here or send me an email!
stitchitpodcast at gmail dot com

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May 20 2009

episode 72: “Candy: The Thing Nightmares Are Made Of”

episode 72: “Candy: The Thing Nightmares Are Made Of”

on/off the needles:
-laundry done, socks shrunk
-ready for the Constructor Craft Fair…well, almost
-felted sweater potholder tutorial
-Book Review: For the Love of Knitting edited by Kari Cornell

-Freehaven Fun Fiber Day hosted by Patty and Caron
-Gonna be in chicago on May 24th? Head out to Berwyn for the Constructor Craft Fair!!!
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babble:
-bowling fieldtrip
-They went potty
-candy….it’s scary stuff
-for the love of blueberry pancakes
-kitchen paint and a new island….dead exciting!

green thumb:
-tarping the garden
-awesome fence idea
-sprouts!!!

Lettuce Sprouts

Lettuce Sprouts


my strawberry

my strawberry

spinning:
-the box of goodies i ordered from beth at the spinning loft
-3ply sock yarn is finally done! and i used a weavers bobbin winder and schacht bobbins

my first 3 ply

my first 3 ply


-for the love of the flicker brush!
flicker w/lock and then a flicked lock

flicker w/lock and then a flicked lock


-beth’s awesome article on flicking locks
-spinning cloth idea…maybe…

favorite thing:

cold-brew-coffee

cold-brew-coffee


aka toddy coffee

how to make coldbrew coffee:
supplies: mason jar, bowl, coffee grounds, water, metal sieve, coffee filter, funnel
1/4c-1/3c course ground coffee (remember: good beans=good coffee)
1 1/2c room temperature water
put coffee and water in jar, stir with spoon until combined, put on lid, and let it sit. 3 hours minimum, but overnight for best flavor
in the morning, put sieve in bowl. open jar, pour coffee gunk through the sieve into the bowl.
discard coffee grounds (good for garden and compost!)
rinse out mason jar really well. put funnel in top of mason jar, put coffee filter in funnel. pour coffee from the bowl, through the coffee filter and into the mason jar. let it sit and filter through.
when it’s done, remove filter and funnel, cap jar and put in fridge until you are ready to use.
if you are ready, pour over ice, and add water or creamer, sip and enjoy.
want it hot? okay! add hot water. want it strong? don’t add any water! drink it straight!

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May 13 2009

episode 71: “Norbert and Gideon”

episode 71: “Norbert and Gideon”

on/off the needles:
-still knitting hats
-mom’s birthday hat
-Ysolda patterns are cute! we liked the Gretel, Urchin, and Verity

babble:
-happy birthday everybody
-first field trip..it’s all about science!
-”go get your tools” and the revelation!
-mothers day

my green thumb:
-picking a tree
-pulling roots, aches and pains, broken cell phone, and the impossible dig
-spontaneous garden:
strawberries, watermelon, pole beans, sweet snap peas, spinach, lettuce (2 kinds), carrots, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin, and tomatoes (2 kinds)
-how to get deals on mulch and dirt

photos of garden to come soon! rain storm didn’t cooperate today

spinning:
-finished up the 3ply
-schacht weaving bobbins and strauch flicker brush on it’s way from the spinning loft (yeah!)
-washing locks by sockpr0n
-washing locks by the yarn harlot
-washing and flicking locks by beth (aka coolest person ever) from spinning loft in her knitty article.
-meet my new babies! i adopted them from little meadows farm

Norbert (corriedale x jacob)

corriedale x jacob


Gideon (jacob)

Jacob

Favorite thing:

living (aka alien) plants

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May 06 2009

episode 70: “ISO: Sheepy Sally Struthers”

episode 70: “ISO: Sheepy Sally Struthers”

on/off needles:
-socks are finished! love them!
-plans for knitting another pair with yarn from A Swell Yarn Shop
-scrappy hats for Constructor Craft Fair

-Studio 49 is a group that loves fiber.
We are putting on a Fiber Retreat October 16-18 at Old Oak Ranch near Sonora, CA.
This is located about 2 hrs east of San Francisco in the Sierra foothills.
We will do a lot of spinning and knitting.
A workshop will be held Sat. morning and a tea where hand made items will be shared is in the afternoon.
It is an option to come Saturday only.
there is a forum on Ravelry in the Central Valley Fiber Lovers group – Studio 49 Retreat.
It is also listed in the Events section.
-Maryland Sheep and Wool jealousy…. those awesome Yarn Bowls!!! I WANT ONE!!!

babble:
-sidewalk chalk, hop scotch, and knitting while walking
-little man’s progress
-later alligator
-adventures in shoe shopping
-mothers day

green thumb:
-lilac bush is gone, 2nd one on it’s way out
-raindrop crabapple a possible tree option
-morning glory and poppy vines

spinning:
-SOAR scholarship project…suggestions for program?
-thanks to sockpr0n, i organized my stash with blanket bags

Before organizing....

Before organizing....


Fiber in new bags

Fiber in new bags


After

After


-Foster Sheep. got sheep? want to foster one for me? i’ll give you $$, you send me pictures and fleece! :)

favorite thing:
taffyapple

Affy Tapple Salad
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons instant tapioca
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved
4 apples, cored and chopped (2 green, and 2 red)
2 cups chopped peanuts (or you can use the kind for ice cream sundaes)
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

In a medium saucepan, stir together the flour, sugar, tapioca, vinegar, and the reserved pineapple juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and chill.
In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, apples, peanuts, marshmallows and chilled tapioca mixture. Fold in the whipped topping and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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