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Archive for July, 2009

Jul 30 2009

Crackers, Please.

Published by Meghan under Babble

So, we had ryan’s grandparents in town this past week. we have been VERY busy running around with them, visiting with family, getting home too late, and crashing early. the house is a disaster. i am pooped. in addition to this my brother/wife/new niece from seattle AND my brother/wife from canada are both coming in town this weekend.
add to all of this family time the fact that the computer is busted and podcasting on ryan’s just isn’t the same, and well….
i need a week off.
so,
i tried to get little man to sing abc’s for you…that didn’t go well. so instead i snuck my handheld recorder in the kitchen with me and recorded him asking for a snack.
i thought maybe hearing how awesome he is doing will tied you over for a week without me.
i promise next week i will be back to a regular schedule, and announce the winner of July’s Donation incentive that Cosymakes has donated this month! (tonight is the last night to get in on it! a copy of her book Knit One, Embellish Too! and some hand dyed farm wool!)

so,
I give you….

Crackers, Please.
an unedited recording of the littleman.

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Jul 28 2009

changes…

Published by Meghan under Uncategorized

well i’m hoping that you will see some changes on the shownotes page. i’m going to be blogging a bit more. ryan is also going to help me get my wordpress updated so that i can use the newest wordpress technology! apparently i can tweet to my blog direct with a new widget that came out (awesome!). i’m also hoping to get it organized a little differently so my sidebar isn’t so long. anyway, i’m planning on posting more often. like 2 times a week. at least that is the hope! hahaha
it might not be terribly interesting, but i’ll put it out there anyway! even if it’s just photos of progress being made.
okay, dinner is cooking. gotta run!

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Jul 23 2009

episode 81: “Gang Busters”

Published by Meghan under Uncategorized

episode 81: “Gang Busters”

The month of July’s donation incentive is sponsored by Cosymakes.
She has graciously donated a copy of her book “Knit One, Embellish Too”
knitoneembellishtoo
she is ALSO going to give you some of her hand dyed farm wool!
interested in seeing all of the patterns, fiber, handspun yarns she also has available? check out her etsy store!
all it takes is a donation to the podcast during the month of july. you’ll help pay for podcasting costs and have a chance at winning this lovely fibery goodness!

on/off the needles:
-handspun socks still being worked on
-lace project…..hitting the wall
-sweater lust Coraline by Ysolda
-swatching for it with handspun, and using a WPI tool
-Owen’s new hat is a triceratops

babble:
-garden and lack of bees
-freezing produce, stocking up, and coupons
-midwest fiber and folk festival (thanks, sherry!)
-pants don’t fit…don’t feel good…time for a change!!!
couch to 5k and yoga!

word of the week:
Nupp- a nupp in knitting is a set of increases done in one stitch, which is later knit together on the other side. ie. knit 1, YO, knit 1, YO, knit 1 is all done in 1 stitch, creating 5 stitches. on the next row, those 5 stitches are purled together into 1 stitch again.
to me? it is a 4 letter word….

spinning:
-how i spun for owen’s hat
-figuring out a balanced ply for resting singles
-my youtube video
Reactivating Twist in Singles to see a Balanced Ply
-plying up the yarn for swatching. is it balanced? look at the skein!
-2 ply swatches. 3ply swatches (made using navajo ply)

favorite thing:

Netflix and Instant Download

Netflix and Instant Download

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Jul 15 2009

episode 80: “SOAR Project”

episode 80: “SOAR Project”

The month of July’s donation incentive is sponsored by Cosymakes.
She has graciously donated a copy of her book “Knit One, Embellish Too”
knitoneembellishtoo
she is ALSO going to give you some of her hand dyed farm wool!
interested in seeing all of the patterns, fiber, handspun yarns she also has available? check out her etsy store!
all it takes is a donation to the podcast during the month of july. you’ll help pay for podcasting costs and have a chance at winning this lovely fibery goodness!

This is my SOAR Scholarship project. Its what I am sending off to the scholarship committee at Spin-Off Magazine and Interweave Press to show what I have done to share my knowledge with the world!
I wanted to also share my application essay, so you guys can see what my goal was with the scholarship.

enjoy!

“I was up again at 1:00 AM drooling over photos on my computer monitor. Amazing twists and turns, techniques I’ve never seen before and colors to suit every palette. “Wow….How did they do that?! I had no idea it could be so beautiful! More… I want more.” It was obvious I had a problem. An obsession, really. How could I let it get this out of control? What would I tell my husband? It’s time to admit it…I’m addicted to handspun.
Just six months ago, I didn’t even really know about handspun yarn. I was working full time in the mortgage industry. I was a mommy, a wife and an isolated knitter. I truly enjoyed knitting, but for the most part, I practiced my craft at home. I didn’t know that anyone else around my age knit, and it didn’t seem socially acceptable to have a hobby like this. I knit my socks, sweaters or mittens secluded in the privacy of my own home. Only my friends and family knew about my love of yarn, and it didn’t seem to bother them. Some call it a gateway hobby. They aren’t kidding.
Around this time the company I worked for was starting to suffer and my son was diagnosed with his hearing loss. Needless to say, I was extremely stressed out. I turned to my old standby to help calm me down; knitting. I’d sneak in a row or two on small projects at work or in doctor’s waiting rooms when no one was looking, hoping they wouldn’t think my new smile was peculiar or notice the telltale pieces of fiber clinging to my shirt. My coworkers started asking questions like “Where’d you get those socks?” and “Is that hard?” Knitting had become a security blanket and meant so much more to me then a hobby. I realized I had an opportunity to share this gift, so I took it. I started teaching 15 people how to knit and crochet during lunch breaks at work.
Because I had invited people to join me in my hobby, I felt the need to locate more resources and options. Finding patterns, videos, and techniques led me to Knittinghelp.com, and eventually to Ravelry. Oh Ravelry. A black hole of craftiness that sucks knitters and crocheters in before they realize it’s too late. All of a sudden casual stitchers become hardcore yarn users, making lace shawls, amigarumi, cabled sweaters and a pair of toe up socks all at the same time. Ravelry exposed me to patterns I’d never seen, groups of people I’d never come in contact with, and that’s when it happened…I saw my first photos of handspun yarn.
A simple series of two photos was all it took to pull me in; one of the roving and one of the resulting handspun. My mind boggled. “How could they get that from this?” In that one skein of yarn I fell in deep. I read every article, watched every YouTube video and joined every online spinning group I could find. I poured over drop spindles, spinning wheels and lazy kates. My brain was hungry for knowledge and I had to feed the hunger with more. I found online fiber clubs where people posted photos of their yarns, each of the yarns was unique, but they all originated from the same type and color of fiber. My mind was blown away by the possibilities.
I finally confessed to my husband what I had been doing on the computer all of those late nights. Although he was puzzled by my new obsession, he embraced it. Knowing that I turn to my knitting for stress relief, he felt spinning would do the same for me. I signed up for a class, bought a drop spindle, tried a wheel and then it was all over. I was truly a spinning convert. Shuffling money around, we managed to come up with enough money to buy a wheel for Christmas.
Eventually the mortgage company I had been working for closed their doors, I was unemployed, and I was once again an isolated knitter. Around this same time I decided I needed a way to talk to other people about my interest in yarn, knitting, and spinning. I wanted to form a community where my voice could be heard; a way to facilitate communication and learn together. That is how Stitch It!! Podcast was born. In December of 2007 I recorded my first episode, and 16 weekly episodes later, I have over 900 listeners worldwide and gain new listeners every week. Who would have thought that many people would enjoy hearing about my knitting, my life and most importantly, this new spinning hobby of mine? I’ve shared how I came to find this obsession, how enraptured I am with the whole process, buying my wheel, my successes, and my “learning opportunities”. As a result, many of my podcast listeners have started trying spinning too. Mostly people are starting with spindles, however, some have gone on to purchase their first wheel. In our Ravelry Stitch It!! Podcast Listener group over 240 members have the opportunity to talk, discuss and share. We have a discussion thread where we share photos of our handspun, discuss techniques, and welcome new spinners.
Like me, my listeners haven’t found many people around them with an addiction for spinning, so they are turning to a friendly voice they hear on a weekly podcast for help. They want to know what wools work best for what project, how to properly ply yarn, what books or supplies would be their best investment, how to tell if they have enough twist in their yarn and how to successfully spin sock yarn. I really want to help, but I don’t know all of the answers yet. Being unemployed and unable to afford to go to workshops and take more classes, I’ve turned to a local guild for education. While I do learn something every time we meet, monthly meetings don’t seem to be enough. The hunger for knowledge, on my part and my listeners’, has grown to ravenous proportions. My novice spinning experience isn’t enough anymore. I need guidance, a mentor; a spinning Yoda.
I’m hoping that by attending SOAR, I will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from experienced spinners. I want to be able to answer questions and teach new techniques with confidence and skill. I want every one of my listeners to want to try spinning and enjoy it as much as I do. I want my listeners to experience the joys of knitting with their own handspun yarns and find themselves wanting to buy fleece instead of sock yarns. While at SOAR, I’d also love to have the opportunity to record interviews with teachers and students to share on my podcast. I want to talk to people who are spinning newbies as well as with people who have been spinning for years. I want to ask how they got started in the world of spinning, why they wanted to learn to spin, how they learned and what keeps them motivated to continue spinning.
I want to know what I’m talking about, both for my podcast listeners’ and my own benefit. I would like to share weekly techniques, methods, and resources; not just to my local groups and guilds, but also through my podcast, which is available to people all over the world. I’d love to start hosting spin-a-longs each month in my Stitch It Ravelry group and make video tutorials so that we can learn new techniques together and share our results with one another. I also would love to teach spinning locally and form a new spinning guild. I’m hoping to make spinning spread like an epidemic and help spinning become more popular then ever. I want other people to stay up until 1:00 AM marveling in awe at photos of handspun yarn. Most importantly, I want to be a guide, a mentor, and maybe even someone’s spinning Yoda. I believe SOAR would give me the foundation of knowledge, the support and friendships to help me achieve these goals.
You can learn more about me at stitchitpodcast.com or download Stitch It!! on iTunes

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Jul 13 2009

okay…for real…

Published by Meghan under Uncategorized

shownotes…tomorrow…i promise!

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Jul 10 2009

episode 79: “Pavlovian Response”

episode 79: “Pavlovian Response”

show notes soon!

July’s donation incentive has been sponsored by Cosy, of Cosymakes.com. Cosy has graciously donated a copy of her book Knit One, Embellish Too and some hand dyed farm wool!!
You can find out more about Cosy by visiting her blog, and see all of the patterns, handspun, farm wool, and recycled yarns at her etsy store.
Be sure to donate to enter your chance to win, and help our sponsor’s out! :)
knitoneembellishtoo

my notes from the podcast have gone missing (i’m thinking a little boy had something to do with it) and i haven’t had a chance to listen to myself babble enough to rewrite them/type them out. let me know if there is anything specifically you’d like to know about, and i’ll link it up! sorry…i know. cheap. but i’m trying!

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Jul 07 2009

Published by Meghan under Uncategorized

so i started thinking, and i am going to try to post more. i know i haven’t been good about it. i got into the tweeting thing, and i have neglected the blog portion of this website pretty badly. so here i am!
with this tour de fleece thing, i have changed my challenge. and in doing so i have encompassed the challenge i set before. i have decided that i’m going to dye up 1 pound of fiber each night for the next 22 days. i actually started this challenge for myself a few days before the challenge started, so i have about a weeks worth of fiber dyed up already. in doing this project, i have gotten to play a lot more with the dye stocks i have mixed. and i have been keeping records of how i mixed up the different color combinations i have come up with, and have come to know the stock colors and how they dye up. it’s been good practice. so i think i’m going to start documenting every couple days what color combos i have dyed up recently.
so that’s the game plan!
in other news, work is stupid. that’s all i have to say about that.
i have to figure out what i’m going to cook for dinner tonight. i’m thinking i might make up some weber grilled chicken (using a recipe from my mom’s old weber cook book), some chicken rice, and some veggies on the side. hmmm. i should get the chicken out of the freezer.
it’s time to get back into crock pot meals. i just saw that on crockpot365.blogspot.com that she has a book coming out! might have to see about that. or maybe i’ll hit up the library and see what crockpot books are available…..hmmmmm
off to defrost chicken!

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Jul 04 2009

episode 78: “Simply Suburban”

episode 78: “Simply Suburban”

June Donation incentive was won by Michelle B. Thanks to all of those who donated, and special thanks to Little Meadows Farm! :)

July’s donation incentive has been sponsored by Cosy, of Cosymakes.com. Cosy has graciously donated a copy of her book Knit One, Embellish Too and some hand dyed farm wool. You can find out more about Cosy by visiting her blog, and see all of the patterns, handspun, farm wool, and recycled yarns at her etsy store.
Be sure to donate to enter your chance to win, and help our sponsor’s out! :)
knitoneembellishtoo

on/off the needles:
-handspun socks
-swallowtail for lace gauntlet KAL
-missing chibi
-SOAR project triceratops hat for owen

babble:
-swimming with owen
-”suburban” weekend with the family
-reading about canning and preserving

-turmoil with work

word of the week:
tag- –noun
a lock of hair.
a matted lock of wool on a sheep.
also known as a din⋅gle⋅ber⋅ry  [ding-guhl-ber-ee]
–noun, plural -ries.
Slang. a small clot of dung, as clinging to the hindquarters of an animal.

spinning:
-dye stock all mixed up!
library-973
-rewashed (and rewashed) frank the fleece. i use sockpr0n’s method with the Unicorn Fleece Scour
-Tour de Fleece
-ravelry Tour de Fleece
-color in spinning methods for a dye notebook
library-975

favorite thing:

mmmm....caramel corn

mmmm....caramel corn

Meghan’s Microwave Caramel Corn
1 or 2 brown paper bags
large microwaveable bowl/measuring cup
2 bags “light” microwaveable popcorn (too much butter, and the caramel won’t stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4c light corn syrup
1/2c butter
1/2tsp baking soda

1. Pop popcorn. pour out into large bowl so that the unpopped kernals fall to the bottom. move the popped kernals over to the paperbag. throw out the unpopped kernals.
2. In the large bowl/measuring cup, place sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Microwave on high, watch it, and when it starts to boil, microwave for a full 2 minutes.
3. Add baking soda and stir. (be prepared! it’s going to foam up and double in size!)
4. Pour caramel over the popcorn in the paper bag. Close bag, and shake vigorously while hitting the bottom of the bag. Use a spatula to stir the popcorn up occasionally as well.
5. Put bag in microwave and cook on high for 1.5 minutes. take it out and shake it.
6. Put bag in microwave and cook on high for 1.5 minutes. take it out and shake it.
7. Put bag in microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds. take it out and shake it.
8. Put bag in microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds. take it out and shake it.
9. pour it out on a cookie sheet and allow to cool.
10. EAT IT UP!!!!!

if you want to add nuts, put them in the bag with the popcorn. just be sure to REALLY Stir and shake them around so you don’t get nutty clumps.
yummers!

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Jul 02 2009

episode 78 delayed….

Published by Meghan under Uncategorized

just wanted to give you a heads up that the episode is delayed. the little man has decided the past few nights he’s not going to stay in bed. instead he gets out of bed, opens his door, says “mommy!” over and over again, lays on the floor by his gate and kicks his door into the door stop over and over and over and over again.
with his bedroom door being right above where i record, it’s not very recording friendly.
and so, i haven’t recorded. but i do have shownotes typed up. so that’s cool.
i’m retraining owen to go to bed. hopefully i can record tomorrow if he cooperates.
thanks for understanding!

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