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Sep 10 2009

episode 86: “From Scratch”

episode 86: “From Scratch”

September’s Donation Incentive donor is The Spinning Loft! Beth has put together a bag of spinning treasures!
1 ounce of light brown cashmere cloud
1 ounce of undyed tussah silk
a spinning loft oil pen
and zip bag to keep it all in
mmmmm……cashmere

on/off the needles:
-coraline progress
-owls sweater swatch
-knitting gauge ipod application thingy
-the goods and bads with knitting groups

babble:
-my new training wheels (aka tape on the kitchen sink)
-tape and the little man
-too many tomatoes

upcoming events:
-stitches midwest
-wisconsin sheep and wool
-rhinebeck
-high fiber diet retreat

word of the week:
oops! no word this week!

spinning:
-washing fleece sockpr0n style
-how i ply

favorite thing:
-making it from scratch

3 responses so far

Sep 02 2009

episode 85: “i’m the vacuum whisperer”

episode 85: “i’m the vacuum whisperer”

winner of August’s donation incentive is Janice! You have received an email, and will be getting the lovely handpainted sock yarn from Winter Mountain FIbers! congrats! Thanks for all of the donations!

September’s Donation Incentive donor is The Spinning Loft! Beth has put together a bag of spinning treasures!
1 ounce of light brown cashmere cloud
1 ounce of undyed tussah silk
a spinning loft oil pen
and zip bag to keep it all in
mmmmm……cashmere

on/off the needles:
-baby belle is beautiful!!!! perfect buttons
babybelle
-OWL dreams
-Coraline… finally! mods away!!!!

coming up:
-renegade arcade
-wisconsin sheep and wool
-stitches midwest
-rhinebeck!!!!! and i’m going!!!! with the knitmore girls!!!

babble:
-back to the school routine, teacher reports already
-great hair mix up
-fixing the dyson
-furlough fun

word of the week:
steek  [steek, steyk]
–verb (used with object) Scot.
to shut, close, fasten or lock (a window, door, or the like).

spinning:
-spinning video review Spinning with Patty Anne
-weight your yarn: yes? or no?

favorite thing:
popsecret
popcorn/crack

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Aug 25 2009

episode 84: “I like cake…”

episode 84: “i like cake…”

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:
-van dyke toe up sock still in the works
-imitating things you see in stores/on people
-started knitting cosy’s baby belle pattern for a coworker
-Lace Gauntlet Throwdown winner!!!

babble:
-kitchen is painted
-out with the old, keeping things that fit
-yoga, couch to 5k, now pilates?
-2 wheeler

word of the week:
Diz
video on how to use a diz
my diz is from gvpencheff.etsy.com

spinning:
-spinning bfl for cosy’s baby belle
-preserving color in singles (like eating a piece of layered cake)

favorite thing:
making homes affordable program

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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 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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Jun 25 2009

episode 77: “If at first you don’t succeed…”

episode 77: “If at first you don’t succeed…”

June Donation Incentive sponsor is Little Meadows Farm. They have graciously donated a set of 4 hand made goat milk soap bars (using milk from their goats!) and a beeswax candle! if you are interested in winning, please make a donation to the podcast by July 1st. Please be sure to check out their website and see the other products they offer, like adopt a goat, adopt a sheep, felted soaps, etc!
goat milk soaps

on/off the needles:
-lace knitting plunge…and replunge…and replunge
-handspun sock
-book review

KIPing it real podcast! go check it out!

babble:
-owen hula hoops
-painting for father’s day. a work of art!
a work of art
-serving water
-HOT!!

green thumb:
-cucumbers are starting to develop
-zucchini flowers
library-965
-tomatoes are showing up!
library-966

new podcast section:
word of the week:
Locks-
–noun
1. a tress, curl, or ringlet of hair.
2. locks,
a. the hair of the head.
b. short wool of inferior quality, as that obtained in small clumps from the legs. i disagree!
3. a small tuft or portion of wool, cotton, flax, etc.

SOAR knowledge!!!! don’t forget to record/email! i’ll extend the date until 6/29!!! get to it!!! please call 646-462-4031 x 27505 to give your feedback “What have you learned from Meghan’s SOAR knowledge?”

a little deb’ll do ya! (another short little Deb story, just to keep you until i can go up there again!)

spinning:
-fleece washing fun (and washing….and washing…)
library-962
library-963
-how i spin fine (without a high speed whorl and bobbins)

favorite thing:

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Jun 18 2009

episode 76: “weekend with the Menz family”

episode 76:”weekend with the Menz family”

June donation incentive was donated by our sponsor, Little Meadows Farm. By making a donation to the podcast during the month of June, you will be entered into a drawing for a gift of 4 hand made goat milk soap bars and a beeswax candle. Please, support our sponsor! Check out their website at Little Meadows Farm

on/off the needles:
-cast on handspun socks waffle pattern
-lace yarn buying (lace throwdown KAL) more prizes added! in addition to the knittingdaily dvds, you will get A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swansen, and For the Love of Knitting. wahoo!
-picking a pattern. i ended up with the swallowtail shawl by Evelyn A Clark
(ravelry link)

babble:
-”you’re silly, monkey”
-dinner with the family
-the whoas of social services (funding cuts and frustrations)

my weekend with Deb (and Buzz):
-saturday morning at the market
-lemon pancakes at Marigolds Kitchen
-more plants acquired (eggplant, green pepper, basil, oregano, rosemary, and parsley)
-deb’s studio
-reviving my drum carder (metal?! who cards metal?!)
drum carder
-learned carding basics
library-960
-mixing colors, and dyeing in mason jars
-amazing salmon dinner, and the next morning, salmon for breakfast. mmmm
-sunday was all about dyeing
dye table

first batch of fiber. i dyed 7lbs total that day

first batch of fiber. i dyed 7lbs total that day


i did my part too!
-ipod 101
-intro to new podcasts
-jessicurl makeover
-hula hoop
-raspberry rhubarb pie. mmmmmmm.
-bonding over the fear of lace
-starting our own angora line mitten KAL (i’m leaning towards fiddlehead mittens!)

interview with Deb Menz

favorite thing:

farmer’s markets

the BOX o Fiber!!! (i’ll try to talk more about this the next episode)
i’m drowning in fleece!

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Jun 11 2009

episode 75: “Lace Gauntlet Throw-Down”

episode is posted
episode 75: “Lace Gauntlet Throw-Down”

No photos this time. sorry guys. my camera battery is dead and is charging right now!

littlemeadowsfarm.net is our sponsor for this month. They donated a set of 4 hand made goat milk soaps (from the goats on their farm!) and a beeswax candle as a donation incentive for the month of June.
goat milk soaps
All it takes is a donation to the podcast, and you will be entered in it to win. Drawing will be done the first week of July. Thanks!
Interested in supporting little meadows? check out their website.

on/off the needles:
-knitting date, but no knitting
-socks…off the needles….tony the tiger
-”bored” meeting hats
-I <3 Fiber pins (i can't find them online anywhere!)
Lace Knitting Throw-Down KAL
-knit something lace with me between now and August 1st. Share pictures of your finished project, Rub it in Jasmine’s face that you have what it takes, and you will be entered a drawing where you can win knittingdaily TV series 100 DVD set!

babble:
-Up (owen’s first movie experience)
-birthday cake stealer
-snoopy birthday card
-Hula Hooping! hoopnotica and hula hoop tutorial

garden:
-fence up & strawberries netted
-tomatoes transplanted
-new seeds
-moring glory teepees

spinning:
-SOAR project- please call 646-462-4031 x 27505 to give your feedback “What have you learned from Meghan’s SOAR knowledge?” you have until June 25th!
-my remote fiber purchasing experience
-fiber sample boxes from the spinning loft
-the high fiber diet
-CVM article in newest SpinOff on dyeing locks for colorwork by Rene Russo
-getting ready to go see Deb!

favorite thing:

Rootbeer Float

Rootbeer Float

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Jun 03 2009

episode 74: “O is for…uh…what IS that?!”

episode 74: “O is for…uh…what IS that?!”

June’s show sponsor is
Little Meadows Farm
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The Donation Incentive for June is:
100_2796
4 bars of their hand made Goat Milk Soap (in your choice of flavors) and a hand made beeswax candle.
To qualify for this wonderful prize, please donate to the podcast during the month of June.
Otherwise, if you are interested in supporting our sponsors, please visit their website to see the wonderful soaps, goats, and sheeps they have available!

on/off the needles:
-socks…ugly but still coming along
-reworking owen’s wardrobe
-Baby/Toddler pants/shorts tutorial
-owen’s pj’s before:
library-951
-owen’s pj’s after:
library-953

you wanted to know:
“How do you do it all?”

babble:
-a day in the park
-summer break and feedback
-O is for…..uh…..what is that?
library-954
-my helpful little helper

green thumb:
-snap dragons
-secret garden progress
-new tomato plants
-why it “pays” not to mulch
-jarring/canning/preserving. need books. any suggestions?

spinning:
SOAR project
please call 646-462-4031 x 27505 and leave a voicemail with your name, where you are from, and what you have learned from my SOAR experience.
don’t have a phone? record something with your computer or send me an email itsjustmeghan@drop.io
All responses need to be in by June 25th.
Thanks!!!
-lusting after fleece
-wool is a lot like my hair, and the saga of the overwashed fleece
-re-reading books

favorite thing:

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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.
SO
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.

646-462-4031 x 27505

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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