I stumbled your podcasts via i-tunes directory and as I’m a mum of 3 and “when I have time” knitter thought I’d have a listen! I am loving your podcasts, they are just great.
I live in the North East of Scotland in a pretty rural location and started knitting 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my second child, I have done some lovely clothes and this year am going to try crochet. I also make beaded jewellery and another try this year is making jewellery with polymer clay.
I have a 7 year old son, a 3 year old daughter and a 1 year old baby girl. I work every morning from home as a book-keeper which is very easy some days but some days the girls just camp out beside me with their toys and make it more challenging!!
I am loving that you got a spinning wheel it sounds great. Your Christmas planner is a good idea, I may pinch it too… Love the Vinegar tip, am intending trying it out.
Anyway just wanted to give you some feed-back saying how much I am loving your podcasts, I’ve subscribed and downloaded them and so far have listened to the first 2, and am looking forward to hearing your others.
Hey there! Owen looks great in his Tomten…so cute! About your icelandic wool, I saw that Mac in the background of your pic…we have Macs too and I’m knitting DH this http://slumberland.org/patterns/feltbook.pdf
but since his computer is black, I’m using black vs red. Also only doing 1 apple in the middle and will have to do the duplicate stitch for it since you can’t strand in the round. Only thing is that I have 2″ left to knit, BO and seam the bottom and I ran out of black. May have had enough if I did more of the natural color…oh well.
But I thought that wool may work great for this project!
I just love your podcast. I look forward to listening every time you have a new one out! I wanted to share my exciting news – I BOUGHT MY FIRST WHEEL! You have been so encouraging about spinning and I’ve been thinking about it but every time I listen to you talk about your spinning I know I have to do it also, so… I bought a Lendrum, (just like you =)) and I wanted to let you know because you seem so excited when other’s start spinning I wanted to share my news. I listened to what you said though and went ahead and bought a double treadle. I got it from Woodland Woolworks in Oregon, about two hours from my house and I’m going to get it in just a few weeks. I wanted to pass on to you that they will upgrade your single treadle to a double treadle. So if you are interested they are great, you can look them up on line at Woodland Woolworks and then call their 800 number. Thanks again – I’ll keep you posted about my spinning!
I am starting with your first podcasts trying to catch up! hee,hee (I’m also listening to your latest, so I don’t miss anything recent)
I was listening to one of your January episodes where you mentioned the magic loop cast on – THANK YOU for posting the link to this – it was driving me crazy trying to figure out how to cast on both socks at the same time. I believe as you do, that it was extra steps to cast on one, knit and then take it off and cast on the other…
I KNEW there HAD to be a better way – but for the life of me could not figure it out. Well, thanks to you and “The boy who knits” – I have successfully cast on both socks at the same time (Magic Loop) and they are knitting up beautifully!
Thanks Meghan for the great podcast and the useful information.
I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoy your podcast! I found you one day while browsing through I tunes, and thought, wonder what this is about.
My wife taught me to knit last winter, and as I am on the road 4 or 5 days a week, It is nice to feel productive while sitting in a hotel room. I am getting quite skilled. Anyway, I was looking up stuff to listen to while I drive and found your show. I love it.
I mentioned to my wife, how you keep me awake on the roads at night, as it is like she is sitting beside me babbling away, and she had to give you a listen, now we are both avid fans.
Your commentary on spinning, has me yearning to try it, which is fitting as we raise sheep on our little montana farm, (see them at our website, chandamac.com) We shear them yearly and their fleece’es are filling our basement. I don’t think they are good for next to skin, but who knows, maybe a rug? I would love to send you one and hear your commentary on how it spins, how easy it is, and quality. Let me know.
any way, keep up the good work, and the stories of little man, you have a couple of great fans in Montana.
Hi Meghan, I love your podcast. I am a merchandiser and I listen to you while I work. You claim me. I really love you and your family. I hope that I can continue to get you I have a Zune. I don’t knit, but would like to . I and a crafter and just getting back in the creative aspect of my life. You are the best!!!!!!!!
Hello Meghan, Just a quick note to let you know the box is in the mail!, Sorry again it took so long. Hope you have fun with the wool, don’t worry if it doesn’t spin well, we are just excited to see what you can do with it if anything. We are still looking at spinning wheels……Have a good week!
I heard your podcast about creating diapers in the car today on the way home from visiting my Mother-in -liw for our UK celebration of Mother’s Day.
My daughters are all grown now, the youngest one is 17, but when they were little, my husband’s aunt sent some ‘seconds (just as good but not quite perfect) terry- towelling nappies from the mill near where she lived in Lancashire. I used a dozen of them for the oldest 2 girls, I just bought an extra 12 when, later I had my third child. They were not shaped, I used the kite fold and nappy pins. These are not dangerous as some people mey tell you! So you don’t even need to stitch! But you do need towelling, not tee-shirt fabric, unless you were meaning you were going to use them for liners. These then get flushed down the toilet and then you just soak the towels!
I kept a bucket of ‘Nappisan’ diluted with water to soak a day’s worth of nappies, these were then washed in the machine over night and hung up to dry outside during the following day. I used nappy-liners to collect the poo, and to keep my girls from getting nappy rash. I am sure you can still purchase these. I had plastic popper-up pants, really easy to do up.
You did say that you would like to hear from anyone who had used these…. give it a go, I thought it was really easy and much less damaging to the planet!
I was cleaning the kitchen while listening to my playlist of podcasts and had to pause to get to the computer to be *sure* to subscribe to your new feed because yours in my *favorite* knitting podcast. I love the format of your show. love.love.love.
Thank you so much for all the time and grace you share.
Hi Meghan – I saw your haircut at the gym yesterday – shorter in the back and long, sleek on the sides and it is adorable! This gal is a wife of a lawyer in our town and she knows the “in” thing for hairstyles. So, lady, count yourself “in” – way ahead of your counterparts and strut that hair-do with style!! I might even consider it for summer! Linda/Los Lunas, New Mexico -near Albuquerque
I was wondering if you’d be able to blog about our upcoming Constructor Craft fair. Info is below. If not, no biggie. Thanks!
Join Fly Bird and Sheriff Peanut
on Sunday, May 24th from 10-6pm
for CONSTRUCTOR CRAFT FAIR…year Deux.
CONSTRUCTOR will be held at FitzGerald’s (6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn) and will give you the opportunity to shop goods from over 45 of the most talented crafters in the Chicagoland area, hand-picked by the Fly Peanut crew, for your crafting pleasure. Nosh on food from Wishbone and local pastry artisans. And, of course, belly up to the beloved bar at Fitzgerald’s for a drink or two. Admission is FREE…ALL AGES!!
And if that wasn’t enough love…We’re giving the first 50 people a free SWAG BAG full of goodies.
This exciting, inventive, design-loving craft experience is one you should be sure not to miss!
I’ve been listening to your archive podcast and I’m working my way to the newer podcast. I really enjoy your household “green” hits. For example I think its called Africa’s best oil, I plan on getting it next time I’m in the store. Its great to hear people who’ve tried it and their experience before I am willing to buy it. I’m also new to ravelry and I can’t find you. Where are you?
I was listening to recent podcast & your interest in canning. Your local county extension agent’s office should have free booklets on canning. I’ve relied on those for years & even have one that was my grandmother’s that’s priceless. Do be carefull with the tomatoes as they tend to require special effort in order to prevent botulism; most tomato canning information will highly recommend you pressure can them as opposed to hot water bath. If you just freeze or can a completely cooked tomato sauce, I don’t think it’s quite as critical. I have a really good canning/preserving book somewhere & can’t remember the name but it’s something as simple as The Canning & Preserving Everything Book. Try subject book search on Amazon, then check your library, as you had mentioned.
I’m really proud of you for wanting to do this. There’s nothing equal to foods you have put up yourself! All of my friends know the criteria of getting fresh canned gifts from me: jar is always returned to me:)!
I have been enjoying your knitting podcasts for quite a while & hope that I can be a contributor/sponsor/aid in the near future. Keep up the good work.
Love your show. Just found you and downloaded a couple of podcasts. So sorry about your son’s hearing aids; but glad you got them back. Do not be afraid of dpn. Just pretend you are knitting with 2 needles and let the other 2 dangle like they are not there. I do love MAGIC loop and 2 circs. I think you said you tried that. I started on dpns for mittens then on a cap then on socks. I then switched over to 2 circs now I do magic loop. Socks are my favorite. I wear them all year long. Keep up the good job o the pod cast!
Just a quick note to let you know that I was listening to podcast 75 today and about fell out of the car when I heard you say that you grew up in Kankakee and then about Jaenecke’s (?sp?). I grew up in Bourbonnais but moved to Mt. Prospect/Arlington Heights in 1985; I then moved to the South Bend, IN area in 1990. I can remember my dad taking us to Jaenecke’s when I was really small. My mom worked second shift at St. Mary’s Hospital, so he took care of the three of us kids. Then, I had two more brothers come along, and five of us all together got to be a little too much for him to handle alone. ;-) So there you have it–small world, huh?
I enjoy your podcasts. I found them in late April and have been an avid listener since. I’m a knitter but enjoy your gardening and spinning tales just as much. Most of all, I love the Little Man stories. It’s been fun getting to know you over the airwaves. Keep up the great work!
I listen to you all the time, and I thought it was funny on a recent podcast that you said your exercise went better when you were listening to an audiobook or something like that as opposed to music. I’ve observed the same thing, since you actually have to pay attention, but ironically it’s you I listen to in order to stay focused on my run. haha
With all of the shows you like to go to, and knowing that you are always trying to stretch your dollars, I thought I would share a resource: http://www.educatorstravel.com
You don’t have to be an educator, and the network provides for overnight stay and a continental breakfast all over the world….for around $40. a night. You do have to be willing to reciprocate if asked, once a year.
I recently visited my son, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter in NYC. I was there for four nights, and could have easily paid over $800. in hotel expenses.
Instead, my bill was $145. And the apartment where I stayed was within four blocks walking distance of my kids’ apartment; very convenient!
Hi Meghan, I love your podcast. I just found you on itunes and am up to episode 69 Woooo!! You mentioned your plans for a small garden in thelast episode and I wanted to share withyou an idea for planting lettuce in a hanging basket. You can use one of the wire baskets the you put the peatmoss liner in and just poke the little plants in all around. I used to do this when I lived in Wa state and it worked a charm. I now live in Ca and it is to stinkin’ hot here, but with the humidity you get it should be fine. My husband was born and raised in Rockford and the Quad City area.
Keep up the good work. I bought a spinning wheel this year and am learning so much from you and my fingers itch when I listed to you on the way to work.
Just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your podcast, and have been inspired by your “townhomesteading” to do more gardening, living more thoughtfully, etc. I am an avid, addicted knitter and don’t seem to get through a day without a few visits to Ravelry; I download knitting podcasts to listen to during my lunch hour at work (and knit, of course!) Total knitting geek. I suspect you live in my general area (I’m cousinknits on Ravelry). It’s a kick to see you’ve been to some of my favorite places (like Esther’s Place); have you been out to the Fold in Huntley? — lot’s of fun to hear about local stuff — I guess this isn’t the edge of the universe after all!! I wondered about your husband’s band — my son has a ska-punk band that has played in DeKalb in recent memory. Hope all is going well with his band.
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and keep up the good work. It’s always great fun to listen to your podcast.
PS American Science and Supplies is a stone’s throw away from where I work now and an awesome place to take the kids — we used to go there just to look around for hours!