Episode 161

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This episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Off the Shelf.

Stella's snowfall at Yin Hoo.

Stella’s snowfall at Yin Hoo.


NEW PATTERN RELEASE

The Braided Berry Hat & Mitts set is now available for purchase on Ravelry.

Distelfink Fiber Company DK-weight yarn


The Back Porch

Three French Hens by Susan B. Anderson, from Issue #21 of Taproot magazine.

Three French Hens by Susan B. Anderson, from Issue #21 of Taproot magazine.


The Front Porch

Vest and Haramaki design from Fiber Craft Studio and knit in their 50/50 alpaca & wool blend -- dyed with indigo and Brazilwood.

Vest and Haramaki design from Fiber Craft Studio. Haramaki translates “belly band.” It is a traditional undergarment that now functions primarily as a fashion statement.

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I’m knitting with gorgeous 50/50 alpaca & wool blend — dyed by Fiber Craft Studio with indigo and Brazilwood.


Off the Shelf

  • Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
  • REVIEW — The Mindfulness in Knitting by Rachael Mathews
  • Mindful Schools

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Snow Scene

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It’s a cozy snow day here at Yin Hoo. Nearly 10 am and the snow is falling fast in big, thick flakes.  I’m thinking of one of my favorite poems. I hope you enjoy it, and stay safe and warm.


Shoveling Snow with Buddha 

by Billy Collins


In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok
you would never see him doing such a thing,
tossing the dry snow over a mountain
of his bare, round shoulder,
his hair tied in a knot,
a model of concentration.

Sitting is more his speed, if that is the word
for what he does, or does not do.

Even the season is wrong for him.
In all his manifestations, is it not warm or slightly humid?
Is this not implied by his serene expression,
that smile so wide it wraps itself around the waist of the universe?

But here we are, working our way down the driveway,
one shovelful at a time.
We toss the light powder into the clear air.
We feel the cold mist on our faces.
And with every heave we disappear
and become lost to each other
in these sudden clouds of our own making,
these fountain-bursts of snow.

This is so much better than a sermon in church,
I say out loud, but Buddha keeps on shoveling.
This is the true religion, the religion of snow,
and sunlight and winter geese barking in the sky,
I say, but he is too busy to hear me.

He has thrown himself into shoveling snow
as if it were the purpose of existence,
as if the sign of a perfect life were a clear driveway
you could back the car down easily
and drive off into the vanities of the world
with a broken heater fan and a song on the radio.

All morning long we work side by side,
me with my commentary
and he inside his generous pocket of silence,
until the hour is nearly noon
and the snow is piled high all around us;
then, I hear him speak.

After this, he asks,
can we go inside and play cards?

Certainly, I reply, and I will heat some milk
and bring cups of hot chocolate to the table
while you shuffle the deck.
and our boots stand dripping by the door.

Aaah, says the Buddha, lifting his eyes
and leaning for a moment on his shovel
before he drives the thin blade again
deep into the glittering white snow.

Episode 160

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This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, And Sew Forth.


The Back Porch

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Mushroom Kelliemuffs pattern by Spilly Jane.

 

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Granny Stripe Lap Blanket (40″ x 40″) : all notes are included on my Ravelry project page.


The Front Porch

Summer Tops Make-along: Sew, Knit, Crochet — plan your projects and get inspiration on the Ravelry thread.

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Trying different kinds of ribbing for these very luxurious socks. I plan to install a double gusset on the bottom of the sock using a pattern by Cristi Payne.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

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Nothing fills your belly in winter like a gorgeous, velvety mushroom sauce over meatballs and polenta.

Mushroom Sauce

Mince one clove garlic and allow to mellow in a tablespoon lemon juice while completing the next step.

In a cast iron skillet, heat 2 tblsp oil and sauté 3 diced shallots (or half an onion) and two cartons of sliced mushrooms.  I add salt to this mixture to get the mushrooms to release their liquid.  After about ten minutes, add the garlic and be careful not to burn. Set this mixture aside in a separate bowl.

In same skillet, over low heat, whisk together 2 tblsp butter and 2 tblsp flour until you achieve the texture and color of caramel.  Add 1 – 1 1/2 cups of stock in a slow, steady stream.  Keep whisking and increase heat until mixture comes to a full, rolling boil.  Boil for one minute, then reduce heat and keep whisking as the entire mixture thickens.  Now you can add flavor (wine, miso paste, parsley, thyme, a few dribbles of cream). When mixture achieves desired thickness, add mushrooms. Taste for salt!

I finish my sauce with a tblsp or two of lemon juice and, for a lovely sheen, allow a tblsp of butter (or two) to melt into the sauce just before serving.


And Sew Forth

sewing patterns mentioned in this episode

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Episode 158

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This episode includes the following segments: The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Gratitude Journal.  At the end of the episode, I announce the prize winner for our Taproot Make-along.


The Front Porch


Ever-expanding Skill Set

In March, #powerpantry will focus on sauces.  Here is link to an informative primer on sauces and some history on this culinary necessity.

Avgolemono recipe by Cat Cora (click for a link) has a velvety texture and very bright flavor.

Avgolemono recipe by Cat Cora (click for a link) has a velvety texture and very bright flavor.


Gratitude Journal

Selene's tapestry, featuring images of female characters in Greek mythology.

Selene’s tapestry, featuring images of female characters in Greek mythology.

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.

Episode 157

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


The Back Porch

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These socks are a success story. Click the photo for details.

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Excellent fit with a bottom-of-foot gusset and 1×1 rib for the arch of the foot.

  • I’ve been using improved versions of left and right-leaning decreases.  This is the best resource I have found for explaining the differences, how to knit the stitches, and how to pair decreases for a smooth, uniform look.

Off the Shelf

A photograph of the cowl will appear soon. I haven’t felt the strength to record the mishap and I don’t believe in gratuitous violence — so this will be a challenge.


The Front Porch

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Summer Top Ideas

Felted Bag

 

 

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