Episode 88: Approximation and Poetry

cover88In this episode, I talk about some completed projects, a new-to-me cast on method, and more crafting on the horizon. Our summer read-along of Victoria Finlay’s Color: A Natural History of the Palette, concludes with some introspection about the poetry and mathematics of color. I’ll review my attempt to convert a New York Strip steak to bacon lusciousness — have you ever heard of meat bacon? In September, let’s talk lunches; specifically, how do you stock your pantry for healthy, satisfying lunches for school, work, or fun outings? Have you been thinking about joining the Asymmetri-CAL?  There is still a month left to complete a garment or accessory that’s asymmetrical in design, construction, or use of color. Click here for details and prize information.


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The Front Porch

Ysolda’s long tail tubular cast-on tutorial

Angel Babies by Angelea McGarrah

Rhode Island Red by Pam Sluter


The Back Porch

Dotted Rays by Stephen West

Dotted Rays by Stephen West

woven scarf w/ 3-ply Corriedale handspun

woven scarf w/ 3-ply Corriedale handspun


Ever-expanding Skill Set

meat bacon recipe by Barton Seaver (Where There's Smoke)

meat bacon barely lasted long enough for me to snap this photo — recipe by Barton Seaver (Where There’s Smoke)

 

Episode 87: Do the Math

cover87This episode includes the following segments: On the Porch, Yarn Lover at Large, Ever-expanding Skill Set, Off the Shelf, And Sew Forth. This week has been a busy one, with two new projects under way, a lot of sewing, canning with Mom, and getting out my rusty arithmetic for a Math for Hats class with Kate Oates at Mountain Knits and Pearls.  Meanwhile, I’m carefully tending five indigo plants in anticipation of my September Sheep to Shawl class. I’ll talk a bit about the adventurous Blue and Indigo chapters of Color by Victoria Finlay.


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I added four rows of shirring to my Staple Dress, using elastic thread on my bobbin.

I added four rows of shirring to my Staple Dress, using elastic thread on my bobbin.

Here is just a sampling of my Mom's summer canning.

Here is just a sampling of my Mom’s summer canning.

These are five Japanese indigo plants, grown from seedlings I brought home from the dye garden at Fiber Craft Studio.

These are five Japanese indigo plants, grown from seedlings I brought home from the dye garden at Fiber Craft Studio.

Episode 86: Victory Lap

cover86This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, and Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Double Happiness. You’ll hear about my sprint to the finish of this summer’s Stash Dash. The Asymmetri-CAL is in full swing and there’s a new project on the needles. Plus, we’re talking freezer tips, techniques and woes this month for #powerpantry. If you have something to share, head over to the discussion on Ravelry and post your thoughts.


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The Back Porch

Bristol Ivy's pattern included directions for a pleated bind off.

Bristol Ivy’s pattern included directions for a pleated bind off.

This top is loose and flowing, reminiscent of a Greek chiton.

This top is loose and flowing, reminiscent of a Greek chiton.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

Frozen bananas, rice milk, and a spoon of agave make a cold and nutritious smoothie.

Frozen bananas, rice milk, and a spoon of agave make a cold and nutritious smoothie.


Yarn Lover at Large

Yarn bombing at MusikFest.

Yarn bombing at MusikFest.

Episode 85: Elusive Green

cover85This week’s episode contains the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Off the Shelf, Yarn Lover at Large, And Sew Forth.  Do you find yourself searching for the perfect shade of a particular color . . . in clothing, paint, nail polish, yarn, etc? Those of us who are sensitive to color or attracted to things based on color often spend a lot of time choosing the perfect shade.  Or, we find ourselves frustrated because we can’t find just the right color. What’s your story? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or on the Ravelry board.


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The Back Porch

I completed Blóm in a beautiful tonal purple yarn, adding beads to the picot bind off.

I completed Blóm in a beautiful tonal purple yarn, adding beads to the picot bind off.


The Front Porch

Join in the fun of the Asymmetri-CAL, which began on August 1 and concludes on September 30.

Next on the needles is the Folded Lace Tank by Bristol Ivy, in a silk / linen blend.

Next on the needles is the Folded Lace Tank by Bristol Ivy, in a silk / linen blend.


Yarn Lover at Large

I will be attending the Math for Hats workshop taught by Kate Oates on Saturday, August 22nd. Find out more by visiting Mountain Knits & Pearls website.


And Sew Forth

My first garment using April Rhodes' Staple Dress pattern.

My first garment using April Rhodes’ Staple Dress pattern.

Episode 84: Asymmetri-CAL Cast On

cover84This week’s episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, Off the Shelf, And Sew Forth. I’ve just returned from a mini-holiday in Burlington and Saratoga Springs, finding fun things to do during down time and enjoying Bovine Social Club’s performances at Nectar’s and Caffé Lena. There was lots of farm-to-table dining and a beautiful sunset cruise on Lake Champlain. I found some gorgeous fabric at Nido and worked diligently on the Blóm shawl. Now it’s back home and time to cast on for the second annual Asymmetri-CAL. What will you be making?


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The Back Porch

Hobbledehoy battlings spun on Jenkins turkish spindles for Tour de Fleece

Hobbledehoy battlings spun on Jenkins turkish spindles for Tour de Fleece

cowl knit with 440 yards hand-spun battlings

cowl knit with 440 yards hand-spun battlings


The Front Porch

Join in the second annual Asymmetri-CAL by making an asymmetrical garment or accessory by September 30. You can knit, crochet, sew, or even develop a woven object. Conversation and planning will take place on the Chatter Thread.  Information about prizes is located on the Finished Object Thread, where you can post a photo of your FO for a chance to win. Tag your posts with #yayhasymmetrical on social media.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

I’ve designed an asymmetrical shawl and I’m looking for a few test knitters. If you can comply with the parameters below and you’re interested in test knitting, please send me a personal message.

Yarn: approximately 600 yards fingering weight yarn (400 yards Color A; 200 yards Color B)

Needles: US size 5 or 6

Pattern directions sent: by August 15

Test knitting complete: by September 15

Pattern release date: October 1


Off the Shelf

colorAugust 2 — Green
August 9 — Blue
August 16 — Indigo
August 23 — Violet
August 30 — The End of the Rainbow


sophia4And Sew Forth

I wore my second Schoolhouse Tunic to Caffé Lena, where I met Sophia and Lisa of the Ichigo Abroad podcast. The second round of this pattern is certainly more successful than the first, since I felt confident about the steps and executed some ideas to adjust the pattern. Thanks to kconnors, I’ve added a sewing podcast to my playlist, and highly recommend ThreadCult.

determined to cut a skirt from not-enough linen print fabric

determined to cut a skirt from not-enough linen print fabric

It worked!

It worked!

fabrics from Nido to be sewn into the Staple dress by April Rhodes

fabrics from Nido to be sewn into the Staple dress by April Rhodes


Bovine Social Club performs at Caffe Lena

Bovine Social Club performs at Caffé Lena

sunset cruise on Lake Champlain

sunset cruise on Lake Champlain

 

Episode 83: Secrets of Red

cover83aThis episode includes: Ever-expanding Skill Set, The Back Porch, The Front Porch, and Off the Shelf. Did you know that keeping your kitchen counters tidy and your cabinets organized can actually help you meet weight loss goals? In this episode, there’s more about counter space and tips for perfect corn-on-the-cob. I know . . . it’s a controversial topic, but I’m confident that you will want to try this version if you’re not already preparing corn-on-the-cob by using your grill. Plus, the intoxicating chapter on Red in Victoria Finlay’s book about color.


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Ever-expanding Skill Set

For seriously good corn-on-the-cob:

  1. Remove only the very outer layers of market-fresh corn.
  2. Soak corn in cold water for about 30 minutes.
  3. Place corn on a HOT grille (450 degrees). Keep grille lid closed.
  4. Turn corn once or twice and rotate from outer to inner portion of grille.
  5. After about 15 minutes (or once the husk is completely charred) remove from grille.
  6. Peel back husk, easily remove silk, and slather with butter and sprinkle with salt.  Use a square of lovely bread to apply a pat of cold butter.
  7. Prepare extra ears of corn and freeze the kernels!

Check out this awesome interview with Brian Wansink, author of Slim by Design.  He recommends 5 ways to reduce calorie intake by re-thinking the way food is organized in your kitchen.


Off the Shelf

Waves Breaking against the Wind c.1840 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Waves Breaking against the Wind c.1840 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

I purchased a tiny vial of cochineal on a recent visit to Brooklyn General.

I purchased a tiny vial of cochineal on a recent visit to Brooklyn General.

The red in the dye pot is really, really red!

The red in the dye pot is really, really red!