Episode 117: Knit Local

ep117.4This episode is devoted to a detailed Yarn Lover at Large segment. You’ll hear all about the getaway to Washington County, New York for the annual Farm & Fiber Tour. Nineteen extraordinary women joined me for a weekend of fiber, fun, and friendship. It was a special time that I will continue to reflect on throughout the year. Pictured at left is one of the newest lambs of Foster Sheep Farm. We spent a lovely afternoon with Carol and Tom and had plenty of time to cuddle with lambs.


 


Christ the King Retreat Center has excellent trails and beautiful views.

Christ the King Retreat Center has excellent trails and beautiful views.

Ella is the loveliest spinner; she demonstrated her skills at St. Mary's on the Hill.

Ella is the loveliest spinner; she demonstrated her skills at St. Mary’s on the Hill.

Thanks to Jaclyn's color theory course for beginners, I selected this set of analogous colors for a future project.

Thanks to Jaclyn’s color theory course for beginners, I selected this set of analogous colors for a future project.

I only managed to take a photo of the delicious panna cotta at Dancing Ewe Farm.

I only managed to take a photo of the delicious panna cotta at Dancing Ewe Farm.


MORE FROM THE GETAWAY:

  • Jaclyn (jaclynsalem) of Brooklyn Knitfolk gives you a glimpse of the getaway in her “In the Wild” series
  • Lisa (saratogaknitting) shares her getaway experience on IchigoAbroad Episode 42
  • Candy (paws4stitches) has a new podcast

Episode 116: The Fuel that Feeds You

cover116This episode includes Chinwaggin’ and an extended Off the Shelf segment. I’m pleased to have finally, FINALLY figured out the technical glitches that were preventing recent episodes from pushing to feedburner and iTunes. This week, I’m knitting on socks and a lace weight tank top. Samuel and I visited the Steel City Fiber Fest and selected yarn for a future project, Túngata by Stephen West. And, I’ve been cooking with leafy greens. Most of my time has been spent getting ready for the upcoming Farm & Fiber Tour Getaway in  Greenwich, NY.


 Chinwaggin’

spinach braised in coconut milk

spinach braised in coconut milk

meatless meatballs

meatless meatballs


Off the Shelf

  • Poem in Your Pocket Day — April 21 — resources
  • The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor
  • “One Boy Told Me” from Fuel by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • “The Man Into Whose Yard You Should Not Hit Your Ball” by Thomas Lux in Poetry 180
  • “Field” from Woods, Etc. by Alice Oswald
  • “The Weave Room” and “The Preaching” from The Weave Room by Michael Chitwood
  • “Part of Eve’s Discussion” from The Good Thief by Marie Howe
  • “Hidden,” “The Time” and “I Still Have Everything You Gave Me” from Fuel by Naomi Shihab Nye

Episode 115: Le Petit Lapin

cover115This episode includes the following segments: On the Porch, Sheep to Shawl, Ever-expanding Skill Set, Off the Shelf, and Yarn Lover at Large. Thank you for your patience as I continue to work on solving the Feedburner/iTunes challenges. I appreciate when you let me know there is a problem and I’m gratified by your messages of encouragement. When you say that you enjoy the consistency of content, my heart sings! This chilly week has been Spring Break for me, and I’ve been kind of restless while trying to content myself with indoor activity.

Episode 114: All Birds Must Fly

cover114This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, And Sew Forth, and Off the Shelf. Thank you damomma94 and joeygibson for your iTunes reviews of the podcast. And thank you Lorna for the swap package of lovely goodies from the Pacific Northwest. This week I’ve completed the Hediye shawl and continue to think about yarn for future projects.  I’ve also been cooking with lemon — using this versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Check out the thread for tips and recipes.

Episode 113: Shine Through

cover113This episode includes the following segments: Chinwaggin’, Ever-expanding Skill Set, Off the Shelf, Yarn Lover at Large, and On the Porch. This week I visited Philips Academy Charter School in Newark, NJ. I brought along 15 students from fiber arts seminars and the String Theory club to meet Handwork teacher Judith Symonds and her 5th graders. The students and their handwork program are the subject of this video, filmed by the Craft Yarn Council. We took a blending board to make rolags for the 5th graders, and we learned to make decorative cording on kumihimo looms.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

Lemon Pasta with Peas & Ham

ep113.3Cook your favorite pasta in heavily salted water.

Meanwhile, grate the entire rind of one lemon and squeeze all of the juice. Set aside.

In a cast iron pan, saute a diced onion in olive oil. Turn heat to low; add 1 c. frozen peas and 1 c. ham cubes. [Other vegetable / protein combos include: swiss chard and bacon;  asparagus spears and shrimp or tofu.]

When pasta has cooked to al dente, drain and return to pot. Toss with 1 tablespoon oil or butter, 1/3 c. Greek yogurt, the lemon juice, and most of the grated rind.

To serve: top the pasta with peas and ham mixture; garnish with remaining lemon rind and freshly-ground pepper.


Off the Shelf

I will be hosting an Eat Your Words read-along this summer and I’d like listener suggestions for excellent reads with a culinary theme. You can titles from your already-read or to-read list to a page on the Ravelry forum.


ep113.2Yarn Lover at Large (in Saratoga Springs, NY)

The Yarn Shop at Foster Sheep Farm

Common Thread

Washington County Farm & Fiber Tour

Battenkill Fiber Mill


On the Porch

It’s a knit-along for Hediye and Paper Cranes! You can find more information about the patterns and prizes on the thread.

Episode 112: Nobility of Character

cover112This week’s episode includes the following segments: Chinwaggin’, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, And Sew Forth. In this episode, I announce the prize winners of patterns by Ysolda Teague and Lori Versaci. There’s a report about the String Theory club, and the first of a month’s recipes featuring lemons. Plus, a few more pieces have been added to the handmade wardrobe. The thistle is the inspiration for a knitted scarf and a fabric print. Strong, sturdy, and noble, the thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III.


Hediye by Ysolda Teague

Lemon Almond Tart video and recipe by Mark Bittman

Esme dress by Lotta Jansdotter

Cal Patch course at Peter’s Valley