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    Archive for the 'Crochet' Category

    Dec 09 2010

    episode 124: “remember when…”

    episode 124: “remember when…”

    This months show sponsor is Fiberphile.com. Donate to the podcast during the month of December and you will be entered into a drawing to win a skein of your choice from her website! beautiful colors and interesting blends. so lovely! Also, check out the fiberphile group in ravelry to learn details on how you can win a custom dyed sweaters worth of yarn!
    check out fiberphile.com to see what goodies could be yours!

    homsteading holidays:
    -decking the halls
    -holiday party tonight

    contest:
    remember when…. contest to celebrate 3 years of the podcast! listen to podcast for details. enter in the ravelry group thread before january 15th! you could win a skein of handspun yarn!

    babble:
    -littleman got his snow
    -wedding went great
    -new dishes from the thrift store

    fibery goodness:
    -still knitting the mondo cable cardi
    -crocheting my afghan need more worsted weight
    -cranking out a cowl?
    -spinning up batts as singles

    upcoming events:
    -carolina fiber frolic
    -campKIP is happening!

    favorite thing:
    google calendar!

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    Nov 28 2009

    episode 94: “After the big To-Do”

    episode 94: “After the big To-Do”

    November’s podcast incentive!
    One person will be drawn and can choose either a Garden Apron or a Grow Your Own Soup Kit from Made By Loumms:

    garden apron

    garden apron

    OR
    Grow Your Own Soup Kit

    Grow Your Own Soup Kit

    a second name will be drawn and will win an handmade oak swift by Hornshaw Woodworks

    handmade oak swift

    handmade oak swift

    Townhomesteading:
    Basement bikingBiking again
    -Basement progress, new light, curtains, and the big thanksgiving push
    ThanksgivingLeftovers

    Babble:
    -Tumblebugs take 2 and cut!
    -I love Garbage

    -Decision for gifts

    Fibery goodness:
    -Owls reborn
    -#77 Vine Lace Top Down Cardigan
    -Planning Owens cardi, based on the cobblestone
    -Swedish hearts for christmas
    Swedish heart
    -Spinning red mother fiber from Bundaflicka aka Maggie’s Farm
    Bundaflicka mother fiber
    -long draw and watching Drafting: The Long and the Short of it

    Favorite thing:
    minttruffle
    Hersheys holiday dark chocolate mint truffle

    2 responses so far

    Sep 28 2009

    episode 88: “Want coffee, Mommy?!?!”

    episode 88: “Want coffee, Mommy?!?!”

    September’s Podcast Donation Incentive is sponsored by The Spinning Loft!

    TheSpinningLoft donation
    donate to the podcast during the month of september to have a chance to win! :)

    The Minnesota Knitters Guild will be hosting the 6th annual Twin Cities Knit-Out on Sunday, October 4th at Southdale Center. This celebration of knitting will take place from 12 – 4 p.m. in the Macy’s Courtyard. There will be free knitting lessons, door prizes, hourly fashion shows, a fastest knitter contest, community service knitting projects, expert knitters to answer questions and local yarn shops displaying the latest in yarns, patterns and tools.
    For Information: www.knitters.org

    Townhomesteading:
    -garden books

    -bread baking

    -assessing new potential for side of house
    -container gardening
    -Mary Jane farm magazine
    -clearing out flower beds, saving herbs, freezing tomatoes

    Babble:
    -house mid project
    -chore list created
    -littleman with no nap
    -French press “want coffee mommy?!”
    -Penis water

    Fibery goodness:
    -knitting the shawl…still
    -deadline on coraline approaches
    -mcguivering the wheel break band
    -double drive vs scotch tension vs Irish/bobbin drive and tutorial by Beth Smith on how to change a matchless around.
    -holiday knitting/sewing aprons for all!! (or at least me) No Frills Frilly Apron
    -Stitch it!! podcast/Knitmoregirls podcast meet and greet at Rhinebeck. Saturday afternoon in the Carolina Homespun booth. We’ll share times as soon as we have them!

    Favorite thing:
    iphone
    i LOVE my iPhone….LOVE….

    One response so far

    Aug 17 2009

    episode 83: “Bucket of Beetles”

    episode 83: “Bucket of Beetles”

    please support our August Donation Incentive Sponsor
    Winter Mountain Fiber
    who has graciously donated 2 skeins of hand dyed sock yarn
    stitch it prize 001
    Plum Pudding & Monkey Green!
    all it takes is a donation during August to qualify!

    on/off the needles:
    -visit from a 10 year old project
    My Older Brother's Blanket
    -lace gauntlet winner will be announced next week
    -Wendy toe up sock book

    -learn to check errata

    babble:
    -my little sprinkler stripper
    -Thomas
    -red car that way!!
    -couch to 5k

    green thumb:
    -Killing beetles
    -Fence for next year
    -building a trellis

    word of the week:
    Thrummed-
    –noun
    1. one of the ends of the warp threads in a loom, left unwoven and remaining attached to the loom when the web is cut off.
    2. thrums, the row or fringe of such threads.
    3. any short piece of waste thread or yarn; tuft, tassel, or fringe of threads, as at the edge of a piece of cloth.
    4. Often, thrums. Nautical. short bits of rope yarn used for making mats.

    spinning:
    -Thick and quick
    -Fine cormo too fine to flick?
    -Fibery basement storage, good deal on shelves and desk for carder
    -Could I run a hose diretly from water heater to wash fleece down there?

    favorite thing:

    my ipod touch

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    Aug 09 2009

    episode 82: “Raising the White Flag”

    podcast is up!

    please support our August Donation Incentive Sponsor
    Winter Mountain Fiber
    who has graciously donated 2 skeins of hand dyed sock yarn
    stitch it prize 001
    Plum Pudding & Monkey Green!
    all it takes is a donation during August to qualify!

    on/off the needles:
    -handspun socks

    -lace gauntlet KAL deadline is August 15th
    -babyhat and booties for the bears fan

    -9 inch circulars
    -new socks cast on

    babble:
    -”What are you doing?!”
    -”You wanna time out?”
    -MUFFINS!!!
    -time with the family
    -sold harp, and bought a treat

    green thumb:
    -male vs female flowers
    -produce!

    -moving plants and heat

    word of the week:
    Chibi
    chibi

    spinning:
    washing locks, cinnamon roll style!


    favorite thing:

    Tudors

    Tudors

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    Feb 17 2009

    episode 59: “Cake?”

    episode 59: “cake?”

    new rss feed is available here! i’ll keep you posted for when it shows up in itunes!

    on/off the needles:
    -FLS fits
    -handspun socks. and a realization on sock knitting preferences
    -charity blankets
    -top down raglan: spring forward fall back raglan and knittingfool.com raglan calculator
    -kingscot cast on! wahoo!!
    -wall-e and eve amigarumi

    babble:
    -alien life form and killing the cooties
    -dye workshop plans
    -owen peels a tangerine
    -when you get mad, just say “ttttthhhhhhbbbbbbbbb!”
    -”cake?”
    -valentine’s day and the love of chocolate boxes
    -first day of school

    spinning:
    -my visit with deb
    -color inspiration/ get more then one hand’s worth
    -barber pole singles
    -plying the polwarth
    -overdyeing for the wallaby sweater

    favorite thing:
    30rock

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    Dec 10 2008

    episode 51: “i don’t want it to end….”

    episode 51: “i don’t want it to end…”

    on/off needles:

    -owen’s garter stitch scarf: DONE!
    little man's scarf

    -seed stitch scarf: DONE! (photo taken with cell phone…sorry)

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    -mittens for gift exchange: DONE! (writing up pattern soon)
    my mittens 1my mittens 2

    -crocheted snowflakes

    -bella’s mittens

    -I AM ENGLISH!

    babble:

    -book reading at bay….i don’t want it to end…

    -pink eye….ewwww

    -living through construction (aka feed your laborers!)

    -decoration time!!

    -home made gifts! bubble bath recipes

    -thank you for 1 year. i’m still a dork with a microphone

    Spinning:

    -dreaming of Clemes and Clemes hand cards

    -Pluckyfluff Camp!!!! coming to Chicago!!! yeah!!!

    imparting my knowledge: where fiber can find it’s happy place

    bumps in a ply=bumps in the crimp

    favorite thing:

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    thrift store shopping

    i gush about my new Dansko Mary Janes

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    Aug 26 2008

    Episode 37: “Operation: Pretty Pretty Princess”

    Episode 37: “Operation: Pretty Pretty Princess”

    On/Off the Needles:

    -sewing for my niece pretty pretty princess

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    -hauling on the shawl

    -stitches midwest

    -what’s the deal with my socks?!

    -mmmmmalabrigo sock yarn?! do i live in a hole?! when did this happen?! do you have some? do you like it?
    -february lady sweater….in cotton?….in dk weight? Garnstudio Muskat from Yellow Dog Knitting i won in a contest…what do you think?

    -virtual knit/spin-in hosted by betzi on stickam. check out the ravelry virtual knit-and-spin group for more info

    Babble:

    -birthday at pump it up!!!

    -freaking out over cleaning house…it’s a control thing

    -i’m a free bird at work…well sort of…

    -grandma and grandpa spoil him with a thomas tent…”clean up, clean up”

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    Spinning:

    -virtual spin in, got some stuff done!!!!

    -i’m thinking i’m gonna have to 2-ply the ramboulliet i spun for ry…how do i do this?

    -SOAR…the deadline looming, the countdown is on!

    -buying local yarn/fiber Localharvest.org (thanks for reminding me prymnumber)

    SOAR Homework (sponsored by ellenspns):

    Corriedale:

    -New Zealand’s first breeding program started in 1868

    -long long staple lengths, easy for beginners to spin

    -nice even deep crimps

    -soft wool, okay for next to skin

    -grows when washed, so yarn will thicken

    -felts easily, so good for handfelting as well

    spins from the fold, spins fine, and spins thick easily. i’m spinning superfine corriedale. it’s REALLY fine and very soft. it does have some noils, but fine fleece sometimes have that (i think it adds to the character).

    Favorite Thing:

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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    Aug 21 2008

    episode 36: “…as long as I hold a string”

    episode 36: “…as long as I hold a string”

    On/Off the Needles:

    -sock knitting. i’m working on blueberry waffle socks

    -knitting the shawl still….

    -getting the itch to knit a topdown sweater

    -shrug is going to a good home

    -creative1′s blocking sweater solution!

    step 1: measure up the sweater and jot the numbers down

    step 2: soak sweater in tepid water with wool wash and 1-2 tbs of fabric softener. drain and press out as much water as you can, roll up in a towel to get even more of the water out.

    step 3: lay out sweater and block to an inch or two more in each direction

    PRESTO!!!!

    -Damknit pointed me over to the crochet baby booties by Sylver Designs

    -hello yarn’s “we call them pirates” hat (yes, i know…i called it “they might be pirates”…..i blame the cold!)

    Babble:

    -Whoa is the state of illinois. early intervention issues… if you want to help, live in illinois, please look here

    - Little man meets Thomas the Tankengine

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    Daddy, Littleman, and Sir Topham Hat

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    eating an apple while riding on Thomas

    - new therapist, little man aimed to please!

    -fun in the tupperware box

    Charity Blankets:

    -Another 2 blankets for the midwest group has been finished!

    one blanket i have the list of names for. thanks to: holly, christenjayne, saraheunice, hyjinx, jeffner77, pinsandneedles, and bethanyg. THANK YOU!!!

    -they also finished “Ode to Spring” yeah!!!

    -The east coast group finished 2 blankets as well (and i don’t have the list of names for these either) but they had one crochet blanket and one knit blanket with the theme “It’s a Colorful World”

    Spinning:

    -The new wheel name! :) Thanks, Amy aka ToadyJoe for the suggestion!

    -oiling process!

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    i think it was a lot more impressive in person to see the change happen. it’s a LOT richer and darker looking. i love my new guy! :)

    -replacing the tension screw knob eventually

    -thanks to fiberfriend for the alpaca batt and the “nunny” for the littleman

    SOAR homework (sponsered by ellen):

    Rambouillet:

    -Royal French sheep breed that was fine tuned by crossing with Spain’s Merino flock

    -raised primarily for it’s fine grade wool

    -elasticity and loft (even more the merino)

    -about a 2-4 inch staple length

    -somewhat consistent crimp

    -i found it spun easier then the merino did. it wasn’t as slick as the merino was. i was able to do long draw, i spun it straight, and i bet you i could spin it super fine if i wanted to! :)

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    Favorite Thing:

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    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    Jul 02 2008

    Episode 29: “Presentation is Everything!!”

    Episode 29: “Presentation is Everything!!”

    Brown-Eyed Mom Podcast go check it out! LOVE IT!!! :)

    Knitting on/off:
    -Little Critter Swap is in effect!!!! Critters are in the mail!
    -Fibra Natrua Yummy! superwash sock yarn
    -Interweave Sockalong Group by Erqsome. JOIN!!! the first sock they are doing is the Seduction Sock for July
    -Oh Scrap! Wrap has been…..scrapped! Cast on for Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl

    Babble:
    -Carson City, NV Lake Tahoe trip
    -First day on the job
    -Little man is going to school….eventually
    -Little man eats hearing aid, i explain venting
    -Little man and the race car, and “tickle, tickle, tickle”
    -Hollyhocks, Shasta Daisy, Delphinium, and something else….

    Spinning:
    -Wheel shopping with no money! looking at Majacraft and Schacht
    -THE FLEECE HAS ARRIVED!!!!
    -Midwest Fiber and Folk Festival……SpinningNinja’s might have a booth! if so, AWESOME! if not, AWESOME!!! I GET TO GO TO A FIBER FESTIVAL!!!!
    -1/2 way through sweater yarn

    Favorite Thing:
    -My pretty little china tea cup and saucer:
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    Thanks to BethanyG for the great idea! I’m putting in my request for a fairy tea party now! :)

    2 responses so far

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