Episode 171

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This episode includes the following segments: Yarn Lover at Large, The Front Porch, The Back Porch, and Off the Shelf.


Yarn Lover at Large

“to fill space in a beautiful way”

 

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A meticulous seamstress, Georgia O’Keeffe sewed and repaired her own clothing for most of her life. The exhibit includes carefully-preserved garments that are nearly 100 years old.

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The artist’s New York era clothing is predominately black and white.

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My day in Brooklyn included a visit to the Botanical Gardens with Jennie, Allison, and Melissa. Thank you, Melissa, for this photo.


The Back Porch

Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston. Knit in a lovely kit from Foster Sheep Farm yarn.

Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston. Knit in a lovely kit from Foster Sheep Farm yarn.

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Willow Tank sewn from ice-dyed muslin that I acquired from a vendor at the Steel City Fiber Festival.


The Front Porch

The #summertopmal will continue until I record Episode 172 — so you have about two more weeks to create and chatter on the Ravelry thread.

Another Tsumuzikaze top, this time in drop dead lovely Samite (bursting fig).

Another Tsumuzikaze top, this time in drop dead lovely Samite (bursting fig).


Off the Shelf

As I thought more about Georgia O’Keeffe, I grew curious about any ekphrastic poetry that may exist.  A little searching led me to a collection by Jessica Jacobs.  In this episode, I read the title poem of the collection, which was awarded the 2015 New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. Click the link below to see an image of the painting that inspired the poem.

Episode 170

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This episode includes the following segments: The Front Porch, The Back Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Gratitude Journal.


#summertopsmal prize update

Knit, sew, crochet, upcycle, embellish — the make-along continues until June 21.

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I’ll be teaching a beginner’s spinning class at Rowan Asher Winery. Click on the photo for a registration link.


The Back Porch

Tsumuzikaze top by michiyo.

Tsumuzikaze top by michiyo.

 

Valentino: Spindle-spun / wheel-plied rolags. 3.8 oz. / 354 yards of sport-weight 2-ply.

Valentino: Spindle-spun / wheel-plied rolags. 3.8 oz. / 354 yards of sport-weight 2-ply.


The Front Porch

Beautiful silky alpaca from Spinner's End Farm (and some leftover handspun) create the warp. I'm using handspun Hobbledehoy battlings for the weft.

Beautiful silky alpaca from Spinner’s End Farm (and some leftover handspun) create the warp. I’m using handspun Hobbledehoy battlings for the weft.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

For each of the summer months, we’ll focus on a different verb.  For the month of June, it’s BLEND! Smoothies, pesto, blended flavors — join in and post about your culinary adventures.

Toasted corn tortillas, melted chocolate, coconut ice cream, coconut and chopped pecans. #powerpantry

Toasted corn tortillas, melted chocolate, coconut ice cream, coconut and chopped pecans. #powerpantry


Gratitude Journal

In this episode, I talk about the convergence on the topic of mindfulness. Isn’t it wonderful when small parts come together with impact and meaning? Thank you Amy, for your kind gift of The Mindfulness in Knitting by Racheal Matthews. This book has been an excellent companion for my online coursework via Mindful Schools.  I’ve also been enjoying episodes of Teaching Your Brain to Knit; Catherine and Margaret put together such inviting and informative episodes.

Episode 169

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This episode includes the following segments: On the Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Yarn Lover at Large. There is lots of news from MDSW and NHS&W.  Plus, I announce the winners of the “Regions of Kindness” contest.


On the Porch


Ever-expanding Skill Set

So far this month, I’ve made my typical turkey tacos, and breakfast tacos.  I have plans for dessert tacos and fish tacos using some tips for crispy baked fish from the current issue of Cook’s Country.


Upcoming Events at Hope’s Favorite Things


Mom, NHKnits Claire, and me at the Foster Sheep Farm booth.

Mom, NHKnits Claire, and me at the Foster Sheep Farm booth.

My favorite photo from last weekend: the chicken ladies.  All of these smart, beautiful women (my sister Jessica, Mom, and Claire) tend to chickens and generally make the world a better place.

My favorite photo from last weekend: the chicken ladies. All of these smart, beautiful women (my sister Jessica, Mom, and Claire) tend to chickens and generally make the world a better place.

Leslie Wind at work, NH Sheep & Wool.

Leslie Wind at work, NH Sheep & Wool.

Cheviot X fleece from MDSW.

Cheviot X fleece from MDSW.

 

Hog Island fleece from MDSW, split with Emily of Fibretown podcast.

Hog Island fleece from MDSW, split with Emily of Fibretown podcast.

Sampling the fleece.

Sampling the fleece. Different preparations for different staple lengths and texture.

Hog Island spins up into a spongy single.

Hog Island spins up into a spongy single.

Cheviot X is strong and soft with lots of luster.

Cheviot X is strong and soft with lots of luster.

 

 

 

Episode 168

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This episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, and Gratitude Journal. This episode includes a giveaway. Listen and post here for a chance to win!


The Back Porch


The Front Porch


Gratitude Journal

Describe your region of kindness and enter to win a goodie bag from the retreat, plus a quilted bag made by Fernanda!

Click photos for links to shops, etc.

So grateful for the incredible women who knit, and shopped, and laughed with me over the course of the Knit Local Getaway.

So grateful for the incredible women who knit, and shopped, and laughed with me over the course of the Knit Local Getaway.  photo credit – Kristy Lauricella

The common room at St. Mary's Lodge is our home base.

The common room at St. Mary’s Lodge is our home base.

Carole of Foster Sheep Farm put together some great kits for the Bousta Beanie. You'll find her vending at Maryland Sheep and Wool and New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.

Carole of Foster Sheep Farm put together some great kits for the Bousta Beanie. You’ll find her vending at Maryland Sheep and Wool and New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.

Battenkill Fiber Mill is a great stop with a tour of the mill and some shopping. Can you tell how happy this sport-weight Shetland makes me?

Battenkill Fiber Mill is a great stop with a tour of the mill and some shopping. Can you tell how happy this sport-weight Shetland makes me? photo credit – Kristy Lauricella

Jessica mixed up an indigo vat and led us in the basics of indigo dying muslin and cotton project bags.

Jessica mixed up an indigo vat and led us in the basics of indigo dying muslin and cotton project bags.

We raised $470 for 4H programs in Washington County, helping young people like Ella learn animal husbandry, fiber arts, and much more.

We raised $470 for 4H programs in Washington County, helping young people like Ella learn animal husbandry, fiber arts, and much more. photo credit – Kristy Lauricella

Jessica and Marybeth helped me attend to retreat details! photo credit - Kristy Lauricella

Jessica and Marybeth helped me attend to retreat details! photo credit – Kristy Lauricella

Episode 167

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This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Off the Shelf, and Gratitude Journal.


The Back Porch

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Willow Tank from Grainline Studio.

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My version of the Silken Straw Summer Sweater.


The Front Porch


Off the Shelf

More tips for memorizing a poem:

  • write it in your own hand
  • take a walk with the poem
  • record yourself (or download and audio file) and listen frequently

Gratitude Journal

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Thank you, Candy and Jamie, for awarding me with a Sheepie from the Paws4Stitches podcast.  Congratulations on your podiversary! In this episode, I give my acceptance speech.

Episode 166

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This episode features an interview with local shop owner Hope Horn. She opened Hope’s Favorite Things in October 2015. This charming shop in the Village of Richmond has gifts, aromatherapy products, antiques, fiber, yarn, and Ashford and Majacraft spinning wheels and fiber tools.


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Hope hosts a spin-in on the last Saturday of each month. On May 27th, the spin-in will be held outdoors at a park near the shop. Bring your spinning, a picnic lunch, and plan to spend the day! There will be fiber animals, demonstrations, vendors, and of course the shop will be open too.

Hope's Favorite Things is a fiber lover's delight. She hosts a spin-in on the last Saturday of each month and other events throughout the year.

Hope’s Favorite Things is a fiber lover’s delight. She hosts a spin-in on the last Saturday of each month and other events throughout the year.

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a podcast about the fiber arts and other post apocalyptic skills