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May 09 2008

Charity Blanket Update!

I just thought I would take a moment and share our progress on the charity blankets.   First off, i want to say thank you again to all that volunteer. if you are interested in volunteering for the next round, you can contact me through ravelry or post your interest in the charity group threads. I’ll probably organize another sign up once these blankets are finished.

but for now, LOOKIE LOOKIE!!!!!!


I’m missing pictures of a couple blankets, but aren’t they all just scrumptious?!?!?!?! i’m so excited to see how they turn out! every section is a new adventure!!!!

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Apr 02 2008

Episode 16: “Spinning in a Fishbowl”

Episode 16: “Spinning in a Fishbowl”

Thanks for all of the Bob warm wishes AGAIN!
On/Off the Needles:
-The Sunflower Knitters Guild is having its bi-annual knitting conference April 5 and 6, 2008. Our featured teacher is Stefanie Japel, knitting designer and author of Fitted Knits.
The event is at the Radisson Hotel in Lenexa, Kansas. There are still spaces available in some classes. Stefanie will be signing her book in addition to teaching classes. There will also be a vendor market area with local artisans and shops repersented. Check the Web site for brochures and further details or email us at kith@sunflowerknittersguild.org!
-Finished second sleeve of CPH….now for the feared seaming!
-DIY Sock Blocker Tutorial
-Cast on the Fawkes Socks. sorry there is no pattern….it seems Monkey Toes family took the website down.
-Addi’s vs Meghan’s butt
-Sewing machine vs Meghan
-Charity Blankets are in full effect!
-Future KAL suggestions?
-Little Critter Swap?
-The end of the scrap afghan, and the need for comfort from physical objects

-Date afternoon/night and a bad movie…at least i got popcorn!
-Trust exercises with the little man
-Handmade Soaps by my friend Kristen are now available at Her Etsy Store. they’re REALLY nice soaps, easy on the hand, and lather beautifully!
-My new Doggie Bag Purse available at Julip Bags

-Spinny week! (see photos in prior posts)
-Bamboo + merino plied for yarn perfection?
-Spinning in a fishbowl with Stephanie of SSK Podcast
-SOAR essay status
-Re-plying my sock yarn
-Getting the itch to dye….

Favorite Thing:
Roasted Chicken! mmmmmmm. soak chicken in a gallon or so of water with 1/4 cup of dissolved sea salt for 4 +hours. remove chicken, pat dry, place on roasting rack. Set oven to 375 degrees, rub with olive oil, and sprinkle with McCormick Grill Chicken Seasoning or your choice of herbs and spices. Bake for 1.5 hours or until chicken is done. eat!
use leftover mashed potatoes for mashed potato hashbrowns topped with a fried egg the next morning. mmmm. and then make chicken noodle soup in the crock pot for dinner the next night. mmmmmmmm.

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Mar 26 2008

Episode 15: “Roxanne”

Episode 15: “Roxanne”

thanks to wendy for the sock knitting bag! it’s beautiful and i can’t wait to try it out!
Bob is HOME!!!! Thank you for all of the warm wishes again!

On/Off the Needles:
-Finished sleeve #1 for CPH
-Chicks for easter were super cute! (see photo in post below) I <3 Amigarumi!!!
-Finished my Waffle Socks (photos soon)
-Handspun toe up socks are in my future. Cookie A.’s toe up tutorial on DIY was suggested to me.
-Charity Blankets are in effect! I cast on for the “Gummy Bear Dance” blanket this week
-Sprout Shorti Cardi is in my future as well. I want to make it from handspun…hmmmmm

-Little man is definitely 2 now! adventures to doctor’s visits
-Little man and the dorky vet
-Job hunt is still on!

-Intertwined and Start Spinning are on my list of books to buy. I looked at Intertwined and tried the thread plyed yarn again:
plying with thread
plying with thread
Much better this time, i think!
-Ordered some batts from Butterflygirl Designs
-Spinning guild meeting
-Midwest Fiber and Folk Festival announced their workshops
-I am a spinner
-The SOAR scholarship will be mine! (I’m writing my essay)

My Favorite Thing:
Peanut butter cookies and my cookie scoop

Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar or 1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat flour and 3/4 all-purpose flour)

1. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and peanut butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Beat till combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla till combined. Gradually mix in flour (switch to mixing by hand if needed).

2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place on an ungreased (use parchment paper!) cookie sheet and flatten by making a crisscross marks with the tines of a fork. Bake in an 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes or till bottoms are lightly browned.


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Mar 23 2008

Happy Easter!!!

Published by Meghan under Babble,Crochet,Spinning

I didn’t dye eggs this year to celebrate the festivities….i dyed some roving instead. i busted out my wilton’s food coloring and dyed up small batches of roving so i can make some colorful handspun. here are my “fiber eggs” after they were microwaved.
easter (fiber) eggs

i managed to finish ALL 4 chicks for easter! (yeah! go me!) and they were well received by all of the little hands they were gifted to. here are the chicks chilling in our window.

and as promised, here is the photos of my handspun i plied with thread. i tried to make it bumpy, but it didn’t turn out so hot. i’ve done one since this batch (after poking through Intertwined at borders…and it’s a little better. so here’s the first attempt:
lumpy practice yarn
reminds me of lionbrand homespun yarn. hahaha.

bob is now home from the vet. he’s still not feeling 100%, but he’s in good spirits. still trying to get a full stream when he pees, but is otherwise happy. i sure enjoyed having him sleep on my back and purring in my ear last night! :) welcome home, bob!!!

spinning guild meets tomorrow night…i hope to go! hope i don’t need a cape…i didn’t get around to making one with all of the bob stuff we had going on.

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Mar 21 2008

Episode 14: “Snakes on the Rocks”

okay, first up, i’m sorry. i’ve been horrible about getting show notes posted in a reasonable amount of time. from this day forward i’ll definitely try to get the show notes up with the podcast. no real banter this past week, because every waking moment is spent worrying about a kitty. i’ll return to normal soon (i hope!)

Episode 14: “Snakes on the Rocks”

Thanks to Tea. You’re awesome! Thanks for the shout out on Knit Therapy Podcast.
Thank you to everyone for your support and kind words about Bob.

we’re still hoping he’ll be home with us this weekend!! thank you for being so wonderful. you really have made it easier. PEE, BOB, PEE!!!!!!

-Knitting and walking….needless to say it was an adventure!!! lesson learned: i need a sock bag!
-Knitting bag disaster!!! GRRRRR!!!!!
-CPH knitting with audiobook-a-long. i had to tear back, though….the front and back pieces are now blocking:
blocking CPH
blocking CPH
-Easter chicks are in progress!!! check out his “green” beak and feet!!! hahahahaha
easter chick

-Queen Kahuna Creations Crazy Toes & Heels Sock Books and Sensational Knitted Socks are on the “i would like to buy list”

-Breakfast with the Bunny at Brookfield Zoo. Kids are terrified of characters in costume. Awesomely horrible band playing. Cold day at the zoo.
-Worms, snakes, river swimming, and childhood memories.

-Plying with thread….Here is what i was hoping my yarn would look like…Here’s what mine looked like…well i can’t find my camera cord, so i’ll post it tonight! hahha
-Stitches….lots of anxiety about going, and do they have fiber?!?!
Drop Spindles:
-don’t buy one on ebay
-an even spin is good!!! look for that! wobbles are bad!
-Article on Top vs Bottom whorl spindles
-Schacht Spindle
-Butterflygirl Designs beautiful drop spindles, great customer service.
-Ann Grout Spindles hand designed ceramic spindles done by an Irish historian. Beautiful!
-Spinsanity Spindles handpainted beautiful drop spindles.
-Bosworth Spindles feeling spendy? go for a bosworth. supposed to be one of the best spindles available.
-BFL or Bluefaced Leicester and Corriedale are both great! long staple lengths and enough crimp to make it easy!!!

My Favorite Thing:
I love my Mac computers. It knows when i plug things into them, my mac will know what it is and know what to do with it. i plug in a printer, it works. i plug in my camera, it opens iphoto and it starts pulling my pictures. it’s SMART!!! they are a bit more pricey, but honestly, WELL worth the investment because you won’t fight it and it’ll last a LOT longer!!!!

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Feb 22 2008

longest day ever….

Published by Meghan under Babble,Crochet,knitting

do you ever had one of those days that you NEED to get a bunch of stuff done, and something happens that was totally stupid, and it derails you for the rest of the day?! i was supposed to shop, clean the house, shower, and spin/knit/sew/crochet (insert craft here) if i had time….all i got done was shop….and then i did something horribly stupid, and the day was ruined! oh well….i’m glad the party isn’t until the afternoon/evening tomorrow!

i still went to knitting group, though! got a few repeats done on my front left piece of my CPH, did the armhole decreases, and just need to knit the height. i like that this is going faster! it’s very nice to see results.

i really really want to make some dinosaurs or something for little man….one of the woman in my knitting group made one for her grandson, and she got a phonecall from him at his bedtime thanking her for the dinosaur. apparently he insisted on calling her to say thank you before he would go to bed (dinosaur in hand). i want that! only, it’ll most likely be treated like the knit bear i made him. a smile, a hug, a quick kiss, and then it’s tossed on the floor! hmmmmm……..i bet a crochet dinosaur would go really fast, though….and be super cute!

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Feb 16 2008

Episode 9: “Punch it in the Face!!”

Punch Knitting in the Face!!!
Episode 9: “Punch it in the Face”
Positive Thinking is in effect! Change how you look at things, and give yourself some new opportunities! I’m looking at going back to school to be a Paralegal….I make a reference to cockroaches….not sure that is a good thing, but whatever! hahahaha. I’ll know more in the next 2-3 weeks!
On/Off the Needles:
-Knitting and i aren’t getting along
-Bellatrix socks are an issue…once again, gauge….
-Why cardigans are good….
-Central Park Hoodie: Facing my demons and punching knitting in the face!!!!
-Knitting group swat team
-Genius Swatch! cast on number of stitches for 4 inches + 8, first few rows garter stitch, then first 4 and last 4 stitches garter stitch, and stockinette in the middle-Finished the Tomten! it’s not perfect! but dang is it cute!!!
Finished Tomten
(he’s watching Thomas, so i got it on him and clicked a picture real fast….that’s why he’s all zombie!)
-Central Park Hoodie KAL on the Stitch It!! Podcast Listener’s Group on Ravelry

-Sick Owen….puke….fever…cough….horror stories!
-Vick’s Vapor Rub on feet WORKS!!!
-Snow days: Owen bakes cookies, Owen does laundry
-I’m a busy podcaster! driving, cleaning, cooking, on bus, grocery shopping, laundry, etc
-Charity Knitting. Oddball Blanket Project. Here’s the website for current blankets. Anybody interested in doing one? knitting or crochet. either one. or one of each. let me know!! there’s a thread in the Stitch It!! Podcast Listeners Group

-Spinning during rockband, still working on Romney
-Never ending box of Icelandic Wool from Kathleen. THANK YOU!!! maybe bird in the hand mittens? or felting?
-Want Cheap Roving?! The Sheep Shed Studio has Brown Sheep Mill Ends!-Powdered Food Coloring

-Scrap Afghan Pattern written out-Early to bed….less crochet done
-Amigurumi people- What yarn do you use??

This Week’s Favorite Thing:

Happy music makes you happy!!!! The Ditty Bops make me super happy!!!!! Check out their jukebox and give them a listen!!!

want to contact me? i’m itsjustmeghan on Ravelry. you can leave a comment here. or you can email me at stitchitpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com

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Feb 08 2008

A better afghan description

Published by Meghan under Crochet,Pattern

first few rows of scrap afghan

i’ve gotten a few requests on ravelry for my afghan pattern and listening myself again on that earlier podcast, i realize i’m very confusing. again, it looks a lot more impressive then it actually is. so, i’ll post my description for the pattern here and i’ll put a picture up today of my progress too so you can see what it looks like so far. maybe eventually i’ll put together a pattern section on my sidebar for it to hang out in. we’ll see.

my sad little description here is:
chain an even number of stitches loosely

Row 1: single crochet

Row 2. turn, chain two (acts as double crochet), *double crochet 2 times in next stitch, skip one stitch. repeat from * until you get to the last stitch. end with one double crochet

Row 3. turn, chain two (acts as double crochet), *double crochet 2 times inbetween the two double crochets on the row below, repeat from * until the last double crochet, 1 double crochet in last stitch.

Row 4 and Beyond. repeat #3 until blanket is width you want, single crochet last row.

i’m doing the chain, row 1 and row 2 in my “main color”. then i do the next three rows in different colors (so each row is a unique color), then a row of main color, and repeat.

i’ve done this blanket for babies, toddlers, housewarming gifts, wedding gifts etc. it’s perfect, mindless, relaxing, and i can do it mostly solid with a few stripes, all striped, all solid (though i prefer the striping). it’s just a nice stitch!

If you finish a scrap afghan, be sure to share it and i’ll post it here so all can see! :)

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Feb 05 2008

what to be when i grow up

Published by Meghan under Babble,Crochet,knitting

i’m having to face the possibility of another career change, and i have no idea what i want to be when i grow up. isn’t that funny? how many people stay in the field they originally thought they wanted to be? when i was growing up, i wanted to be a band director. i love music, and i love teaching it. after years of school, and trying it on for size, i found it just wasn’t my thing. i love music and i love teaching it, just not on the scale that is required by a school. in short, i prefer 1 or 2 students at a time, not 1 or 2 hundred.now i do mortgages. not interesting, but it pays the bills. and i do it well. unfortunately, that field is drying up now as well. so now? i have no idea!  knitting is going well….i’m going to set the socks and owen’s sweater aside tonight and work on my scrap afghan. i like crochet. just comforting to me. sometimes you just want to “revert” for comfort, ya know? crochet does that. i don’t have to think about it, my hands know what to do.  yo, poke through, pull up a loop……… 

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Feb 04 2008

Stressful Time=Productive Weekend

Published by Meghan under Babble,Crochet,knitting

I admit it…I’ve been stressed out. All last week I applied for jobs, went on 2 interviews, had to make major life decisions, and wasn’t too happy about having to do it. I was stressed. So what did I do? I stitched.

I got quite a bit done on owen’s tomten. it’s turning out pretty cute too, if i do say so myself.

Owen's Tomten

See, cute, right? and it looks JUST like my MSPaint picture/plan. genius!!! I’m going to have him try this section on tonight to make sure it all fits right before i start on the sleeves. it’s a quick knit so far, i just wish i made it with a washable wool, instead of the acrylic/cotton. aside from the nice burning qualities, i also find it stretches in the garter stitch.

Also, because of the stress, i allowed myself to purchase some 40″ size 1 addi turbos and some new stitch markers. Why? so i could start these:

Bellatrix Socks
yeah, it’s an artsy fartsy photo of it, but what are you gonna do?! hahaha. i LOVE the 2-at-a-time method. casting on and getting through the first couple rows was kinda shakey, but it’s like that whenever you knit socks, because the yarn is so thin and you’re setting up your circle. but, it’s looking good so far. i’m still worried they’ll be to big, but i tried one on last night (another benefit of magic loop method! they’re always ready to try on!) and it looks like it’ll fit great. i think i’ll need to block them, though. so you can see the pattern. oh well.

On the crochet front, I sat up late in bed last night getting the first 3 rows of my scrap blanket done. they’re the chain, single crochet row, and first row of the V-stitch. those three rows suck, just because its that first row. now? should go fairly quick! i have a little cloth folding basket thing i’m going to throw all of the scrap balls in, and keep it by the bed. i love crocheting in bed. i don’t have to think. especially with this stitch. love that. i’ll get a few rows done, and i’ll post a picture up here for you (all 3 of you) to enjoy!

So see, i had a productive weekend. stress suits me, huh?

ps. i turned down the job offer. just giving up too many things that are important to me. i think there has to be something closer to the ideal job out there, i just have to look a little longer then 1 week.

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