Episode 132: Stash Dashed

cover132It’s back to the regular segments this episode: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Sew Forth. Stash Dash has concluded, and although I acquired quite a bit of yarn this season, I did manage to spin and knit up 5,570 yards to meet my goal of using up 5K from stash. At the end of the competition, it required a little sleuthing to add some meditative spindling and charity knitting yardage. Thank you for your listenership, encouragement, and support over three years of the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast.


The Back Porch

Selkie Hat and Mitts set designed by Bristol Ivy. Knit in Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine on US 5 (hat) and 4 (mitts) needles. This pattern appears in Issue 17 of Taproot.

Selkie Hat and Mitts set designed by Bristol Ivy. Knit in Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine on US 5 (hat) and 4 (mitts) needles. This pattern appears in Issue 17 of Taproot.


The Front Porch

I'm conducting a sox-speriment by knitting socks in tandem on two different brands of US 0 dons. I'm using the heel directions for NHKnits' Agatha socks, as well as some ribbing on the foot arch.

I’m conducting a sox-speriment by knitting socks in tandem on two different brands of US 0 dons. I’m using the heel directions for NHKnits’ Agatha socks, as well as some ribbing on the foot arch.

Sheep to Shawl project in progress. I'm using hand-spun, naturally-colored and naturally-dyed yarn for this project.

Sheep to Shawl project in progress. I’m using hand-spun, naturally-colored and naturally-dyed yarn for this project.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

I've been making horchatta latte, using variations on a recipe video I saw on Instagram.

I’ve been making horchatta latte, using variations on a recipe video I saw on Instagram.


And Sew Forth

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The Staple Dress pattern by April Rhodes has been my most economical and versatile pattern purchase to date. It is very difficult to make a black dress look exciting, but I’m very excited about this dress.

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Some of the adjustments I’ve made to make this garment suit me include: bust darts, waist shaping, overlock stitch finishing, lightweight fabric pockets, commercially-made bias tape, and an adjustment to the elastic waistline directions.

Episode 131: Knit the Sea

cover131aThis episode is a travelogue of my summer vacation to Provincetown, a destination at the outermost reaches of Cape Cod. Nearly 15 years ago, I first encountered this very special town, and it has become more special each time I have visited. This episode begins with a little podcast business, and then I talk about P-town’s special blend: beaches, dunes, quaint Colonial charm, and gaiety. There is a bit of knitting content, too. Much of the information I share comes from many, many readings of Land’s End by Michael Cunningham.


It is difficult to capture the beauty of Provincetown, or its special quality of light. Light reflects from the ocean, the harbor, the bay, the sand, the many bright white buildings in town. The light, coupled with a nearly constant breeze, have a dazzling, dizzying effect.

It is difficult to capture the beauty of Provincetown, or its special quality of light. Light reflects from the ocean, the harbor, the bay, the sand, the many bright white buildings in town. The light, coupled with a nearly constant breeze, have a dazzling, dizzying effect.

On a cloudy or a drizzly day, I like to spend an hour or two in the town's library, which houses a half-scale model of the Rose Dorothea. The building was specially designed to accommodate this ship.

On a cloudy or a drizzly day, I like to spend an hour or two in the town’s library, which houses a half-scale model of the Rose Dorothea, the legendary schooner that won the Lipton Cup in 1907. The building, when renovated, was specially designed to accommodate this ship.

About 30 homes in Provincetown were once located on Long Point, at the extreme tip of the cape. A series of economic hardships forced residents to leave Long Point, and the houses were floated over to Provincetown. These homes are marked with a special plaque. Most are located in the West End, but this one, my favorite, is in the East End.

About 30 homes in Provincetown were once located on Long Point, at the extreme tip of the cape. A series of economic hardships forced residents to leave Long Point, and the houses were floated over to Provincetown. These homes are marked with a special plaque. Most are located in the West End, but this one, my favorite, is in the East End.


Episode 130: Knit the Strip

cover130This episode is a travelogue of my recent visit to Pittsburgh’s Strip District to hang out with my friend, Marybeth. We had many adventures to locations of interest to fiber enthusiasts, so I thought that listeners would enjoy hearing all about my visit.

  • all about the Strip District
  • Smallman Galley chef incubator
  • Loom Exquisite Textiles
  • Society for Contemporary Craft
  • Pamela’s
  • Union Pig & Chicken

    The juried triennial exhibit at the Society of Contemporary Craft was a truly thoughtful and wide-ranging collection of works by contemporary fiber artists.

    The juried triennial exhibit at the Society of Contemporary Craft was a truly thoughtful and wide-ranging collection of works by contemporary fiber artists.

    Marybeth and I started matching cowls with Rifton yarn we purchased from Jill Draper [Rhinebeck '15]. Marybeth's project is now complete. Mine is frogged.

    Marybeth and I started matching cowls with Rifton yarn we purchased from Jill Draper [Rhinebeck ’15]. I pulled some yarn from the beginning of my cake so that I could start my project with that luminous purple color.

    On our agenda was a mega-sale at LOOM: Exquisite Textiles. We arrived 10 minutes before opening time and there was no line. I don't know why not because the deals were astounding.

    On our agenda was a mega-sale at LOOM: Exquisite Textiles. We arrived 10 minutes before opening time and there was no line. I don’t know why not because the deals were astounding.

    One of the fun purchases at LOOM was the $5 goodie bag with an assortment of vintage notions. We had great fun opening these.

    One of the fun purchases at LOOM was the $5 grab bag with an assortment of vintage notions. We had great fun opening these.

    Goodie bag contents revealed.

    Grab bag contents revealed.

    Sale finds include silk remnants, a 1/2 yard cut of cotton laminate, a piece of vintage Japanese katagami fabric, and three yards of telephone print.

    Sale finds include silk remnants, a 1/2 yard cut of cotton laminate, a piece of vintage Japanese katagami fabric, and three yards of telephone print.

    The LOOM Showroom in Morningside is new, and has a great selection of contemporary fabrics and indie patterns.

    The LOOM Showroom in Morningside is new, and has a great selection of contemporary fabrics and indie patterns.

    I couldn't resist some luna moth fabric for a top and the Willow Dress pattern which may be a great way of using those 1 yard silk remnants.

    I couldn’t resist some luna moth fabric for a top and the Willow Dress pattern which may be a great way of using those 1 yard silk remnants.

    The Fiberart International show was our final fibery destination. The poster features a tatted tongue veil worn by the artist in a short video. Some of the pieces were avante garde, and some were more traditional. The show as a whole was incredibly powerful and inspiring.

    The Fiberart International show was our final fibery destination. The poster features a tatted tongue veil worn by the artist in a short video. Some of the pieces were avante garde, and some were more traditional. The show as a whole was incredibly powerful and inspiring.

Episode 129: Peaches and Paisley

cover129This episode contains the following segments: The Back Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Sew Forth. The weather service informs us that we’re trapped beneath a heat dome, so I’ve been focusing a lot of my attention on hydration this week, drinking switchel (also known as haymaker’s punch). I’ve also started a batch of snaps, using market-fresh peaches, pineapple sage and whiskey. Two long-term projects are complete and I’m working on more sewing. This episode includes a thorough review of the Endless Summer Tunic pattern and Creativebug tutorial.


The Back Porch

Agatha socks: pattern by Claire of NH Knits; Gynx yarn BFL sock in the sea salt ice cream colorway

Agatha socks: pattern by Claire of NH Knits; Gynx yarn BFL sock in the sea salt ice cream colorway

599 yards handspun: Three Waters Farm wool/silk blend in June greens colorway

599 yards handspun: Three Waters Farm wool/silk blend in June greens colorway


Ever-expanding Skill Set

Snaps is an unsweetened alcohol infusion. The term comes from a general term from Sweden / Denmark. It's important to keep produce submerged beneath the level of alcohol. I used a small mouth jar lid to weigh down the contents. The flavors of the infusion can take hold within a few days, but it can take several weeks or even months to develop. The typical ration is 1 cup produce : 1 cup alcohol.

Snaps is an unsweetened alcohol infusion. The term comes from a generic term from Sweden / Denmark meaning “strong alcoholic beverage.” It is distinct from schnapps; it has no added sugars. It’s important to keep produce submerged beneath the level of alcohol. I used a small mouth jar lid to weigh down the contents. The flavors of the infusion can take hold within a few days, but it can take several weeks or even months to develop. The typical ratio is 1 cup produce : 1 cup alcohol. Pictured here – peaches and pineapple sage in whiskey.


And Sew Forth

I store sewing supplies in these clever boxes that look like books. I have one for thread and bobbins, one for sewing notions, and one for zippers and bias tape.

I store sewing supplies in these clever boxes that look like books. I have one for thread and bobbins, one for sewing notions, and one for zippers and bias tape.

Self-drafted tank in Liberty fabric.  The back is black linen.

Self-drafted tank in Liberty fabric. The back is black linen.

Self-drafted skirt in plum-colored linen.

Self-drafted skirt in plum-colored linen.

Kiomi dress in double gauze.

Kiomi dress in double gauze.

Endless summer tunic in lightweight denim chambray.

Endless summer tunic in lightweight denim chambray.

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Episode 128: Cool & Refreshing

cover128This episode includes the following segments: The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set and Off the Shelf. Inspired by the Eat Your Words Read-along and farm-fresh produce, I’ve been experimenting with refreshing drinks to ease the torment of this recent heat wave. Two popular beverages at my house are switchel (left) and a ginger-mint mule (right). I’ve completed a knitting project and I’ve made excellent progress on my Tour de Fleece goal of spinning a 4 ounce braid of wool/silk from Three Waters Farm. Last evening, I completed spinning the singles and I’m ready to ply.


The Back Porch

Geysir Stretch knit in Foster Sheep Farm kettle-dyed Romney / Wensleydale.

Geysir Stretch knit in Foster Sheep Farm kettle-dyed Romney / Wensleydale.

Singles from Three Waters Farm -- ready to ply.

Singles from Three Waters Farm — ready to ply.


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Even though the recipe pictured at the right is from Cooks Illustrated, I recommend trying the Food52 recipe for Ginger Rhubarb Downside-up Cake, simply replacing the rhubarb with freshly sliced peaches, because I think ginger and peach make an excellent pairing and because I think that the cake with oatmeal in it is super moist and delicious. If you’re not so keen on ginger, you could add grated lemon rind and some lemon juice to the cake batter.

  • ep128.5Warm  Yellow Wax Beans with Bacon Vinaigrette
  • To try this week: Carrot Fritters
  • Switchel recipe
  • How to make a Ginger-mint Mule: In a tall glass, muddle mint leaves; add 1 shot bourbon whiskey (Smuggler’s Notch), 3 tablespoons ginger syrup. Fill glass with ice and seltzer. Stir. Garnish with lime wedges. Sip with an attractive companion.
Our new pantry adds eight cubic feet of storage capacity to our small kitchen. Click for a link to the Instagram video.

Our new pantry adds eight cubic feet of storage capacity to our small kitchen. Click for a link to the Instagram video.


eatyourwordsOff the Shelf

Select a work of food-related journalism, memoir or fiction and read along this summer.  Listeners have suggested excellent titles and there is lively conversation on the thread. Each month, a post will be randomly-selected for a prize. July’s prize is a set of notecards from JoAnna of Knit Spin Farm.

Episode 127: Always Have Your Spinning

cover127We have lived our lives by the assumption that what is good for us would be good for the world.  We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption: that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and what is good for it.

                                                                                                             — Wendell Berry


The Front Porch

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Selkie Hat and Mitts set by Bristol Ivy from Taproot Issue 17: Myth

The first two ounces of merino/silk blend from Three Waters Farm have been spun. I'm addicted to the #twftdf16 thread on Instagram for constant inspiration.

The first two ounces of merino/silk blend from Three Waters Farm have been spun. I’m addicted to the #twftdf16 thread on Instagram for constant inspiration.


The Back Porch

316 yards 2-ply sport weight East-Friesian/Tunis, and Jacob

316 yards 2-ply sport weight East-Friesian/Tunis, and Jacob


Ever-expanding Skill Set

These grilled snap peas with spicy peanut dressing from Dishing Up the Dirt were so delicious. I'm looking forward to trying more of Andrea's recipes.

These grilled snap peas with spicy peanut dressing from Dishing Up the Dirt were so delicious that they disappeared within seconds. I’m looking forward to trying more of Andrea’s recipes.


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