Episode 145

cover145I’m back with Episode 145 after a #digital detox this week. This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and details about the Taproot make-along that will begin on January 1. The old friend I mention in this episode is crochet, which was my entry into the world of fiber arts. Do you have an old friend (craft, yarn, tool) that takes you back to the early days of your life in fiber arts?  I’d love to hear about it!


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The crochet hat by Debra Dandaneau features six cabled owls. I really enjoy the front post crochet method that assists in making cables and the way the stitches pull together to make it seem as though the owl is perched on a branch.

The Back Porch

The Front Porch

Ever-Expanding Skill Set
This weekend, I made pumpkin bread (recipe from Joy of Cooking).

This weekend, I made pumpkin bread (recipe from Joy of Cooking).

In December, we'll be cooking with onions for #powerpantry.

In December, we’ll be cooking with onions for #powerpantry.


 

The Taproot make-along begins on January 1 and concludes on March 1. You're invited to make anything from the Hands section of Taproot magazine, any issue. Projects in progress are okay too. Post your plans, progress, and finished projects on the Ravelry thread. Generous listeners have offered up some prizes for participation too. Click on the image above to travel to the group thread.

The Taproot make-along begins on January 1 and concludes on March 1. You’re invited to make anything from the Hands section of Taproot magazine, any issue. Projects in progress are okay too. Post your plans, progress, and finished projects on the Ravelry thread. Generous listeners have offered up some prizes for participation too.

Episode 144

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This episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, Fleece-wise Update, Gratitude Journal, and Sew Forth. I will be taking a digital detox during this week of Thanksgiving.


Bovine Social Club’s holiday bash, Jingle Jingle, at the Deer Head Inn


The Back Porch
This poncho represents two years of learning in the Sheep to Shawl course at Fiber Craft Studio.

This poncho represents two years of learning in the Sheep to Shawl course at Fiber Craft Studio.

Button detail: I wove a cord through the 1x1 rib and attached a button so that the sides of the garment can be drawn up.

Button detail: I wove a cord through the 1×1 rib and attached a button so that the sides of the garment can be drawn up.


FLEECE-WISE update
I've been spinning Shetland fleece on this Scottish spindle called a dealgan. Click photo for a link to a short video on Instagram.

I’ve been spinning Shetland fleece on this Scottish spindle called a dealgan. Click photo for a link to a short video on Instagram.


Sew Forth

Pajama Pants for Everyone in Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing book

Episode 143

cover143This week, the YAYH podcast hit a few milestones:100,000+ downloads and 600+ group members on Ravelry. I’m so grateful to everyone for your support and enthusiasm for the show. This episode features updates on three projects in progress. I share my plan for spinning up Shetland fleece on a Scottish dealgan, and talk about my commitment to making things and reducing consumption. In response to the shock and disappointment of the 2016 election, I’ve been turning to poetry. Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness” has struck a chord. Listen, read it, and share with others.


from “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore . . .

On the Porch
Progress on my Sheep 2 Shawl class project.

Progress on my Sheep 2 Shawl class project.

I'll be spinning prepared rolags on a dealgan, a Scottish spindle (pronounced dJA la gen). Click the image for a link to Lois Swales' demonstration video.

I’ll be spinning prepared rolags on a dealgan, a Scottish spindle (pronounced dJA la gen). Click the image for a link to Lois Swales’ demonstration video.

A spun sample of Eloise's fleece: 21 grams, 33 yards.

A spun sample of Eloise’s fleece: 21 grams, 33 yards.

Calculations of unwashed vs. scoured fleece. I experienced a 22.9% loss.

Calculations of unwashed vs. scoured fleece. I experienced a 22.9% loss, which is less than average according the sources I’ve consulted.


#powerpantry
Pumpkin mac 'n cheese, topped with panko bread crumbs. So incredibly yummy. I really like the recipe from Broke Ass Gourmet. Click photo for a link.

Pumpkin mac ‘n cheese, topped with panko bread crumbs. So incredibly yummy. I really like the recipe from Broke Ass Gourmet. Click photo for a link.


Off the Shelf

James Rebanks on the Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC).

 


And Sew Forth

Dopp Kit tutorial on Creativebug

Panel discussion at FIT: How practices developed by the Slow Food Movement may also benefit the fashion industry. Panel moderator Summer Rayne Oakes, director of marketing for Foodstand, a company that promotes good eating habits, speaks with chef Daphne Cheng, a pioneer in plant-based cuisine; fashion designer Jussara Lee; and Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA.

Panel discussion at FIT: How practices developed by the Slow Food Movement may also benefit the fashion industry. Panel moderator Summer Rayne Oakes, director of marketing for Foodstand, a company that promotes good eating habits, speaks with chef Daphne Cheng, a pioneer in plant-based cuisine; fashion designer Jussara Lee; and Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA.

 

Episode 142

 

cover142This episode features the following segments: The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and a Fleece-wise update. Wouldn’t it be fun if knitters could trick or treat and receive samples of beautiful yarn?  I’m using this bowl of yarn as inspiration for continued progress on my Sheep to Shawl project.

 


Listeners have been enjoying Bovine Social Club's version of Saweeet on the podcast. You can find more information about the band by clicking on the photo. Their album is available on iTunes, and I'll be giving a few copies away this week. Listen to Episode 142 for details.

Listeners have been enjoying Bovine Social Club’s version of Saweeet on the podcast. You can find more information about the band by clicking on the photo. Their album is available on iTunes, and I’ll be giving a few copies away this week. Listen to Episode 142 for details.


The Front Porch

  • Tungata cowl by Stephen West
  • Sheep 2 Shawl project

    Ever-expanding Skill Set

A layer of thinly sliced tart apples lends an unusual sweetness to German Hunter's Stew.

A layer of thinly sliced tart apples lends an unusual sweetness to German Hunter’s Stew.

Note: The two soups above are made with sweet potato, but I like to use butternut squash instead!


Fleece-wise Update

Raw locks of Eloise from 10.9 oz. of unwashed fleece. I note characteristics of musket (left) and emsket (second from left).

Raw locks of Eloise from 10.9 oz. of unwashed fleece. I note characteristics of musket (left) and emsket (second from left).

This week I have sorted the fleece into piles of locks with similar characteristics (a process called stapling). I have scoured a sample of the fiber, carded it into rolags, and started spinning. This fiber is like a cloud, so wonderfully soft and with such strength and integrity. I’m loving every minute. You can find an extensive list of resources, and more photographs of my work with Eloise’s Shetland fleece on my website.  There is a page devoted to Fleece-wise.

One randomly-selected winner will receive a rust-dyed bento bag and a collection of hand-spun, botanically-dyed mini-skeins. Add a post to the Fleece-wise discussion on Ravelry for a chance to win!

One randomly-selected winner will receive a rust-dyed bento bag and a collection of hand-spun, botanically-dyed mini-skeins. Add a post to the Fleece-wise discussion on Ravelry for a chance to win!

Episode 141

141-15The past two weekends have been full of woolly adventures. In this episode, I share the details of my visit to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival. Listen to find out about the fleece we purchased. I also talk about this month’s Sheep to Shawl course at the Fiber Craft Studio, a lecture by Betsan Corkhill, and my thoughts on slow fashion for #slowfashionoctober.


Rhinebeck 2016

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It was so much fun to re-connect with ladies from the Washington County Farm & Fiber Tour.

Introducing the fleece of Eloise, the Shetland sheep.

Introducing the fleece of Eloise, the Shetland sheep.

On Sunday, we divided the fleece for Part II of our Fleece-Wise series.

On Sunday, we divided the fleece for Part II of our Fleece-Wise series.

On Sunday morning, Claire and I walked the trestle bridge trail near Rosendale.

On Sunday morning, Claire and I walked the trestle bridge trail near Rosendale.

My Rhinebeck haul and some special gifts from Emily and Claire.

My Rhinebeck haul and some special gifts from Emily and Claire.


#powerpantry

Finally, I tried the German Hunter's Stew recipe posted by Karen. Click photo for recipe link.

Finally, I tried the German Hunter’s Stew recipe posted by Karen.

A layer of thinly sliced tart apples lends an unusual sweetness to the dish.

A layer of thinly sliced tart apples lends an unusual sweetness to the dish.


141-18Fiber Craft Studio

Betsan Corkhill, author of Knit for Health and Wellness, spoke at the Threefold Center.

Betsan Corkhill, author of Knit for Health and Wellness, spoke at the Threefold Center.

Preparing walnuts for a dye bath. I'm wearing my indigo-dyed smock!

Preparing walnuts for a dye bath. I’m wearing my indigo-dyed smock! If you’ve been listening to my discussions of the Sheep to Shawl course at Fiber Craft Studio, you may be interested to learn that registration is now open for the 2017 course.  Click the photo for a link.

 

Episode 140

 

cover140aThis episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Off the Shelf. It promises to be a lovely fall weekend at New York Sheep & Wool Festival, and I’m so looking forward to meeting up with friends and listeners. And shopping, of course. The Bressay Dress is complete — with pockets, and I’m ready for a woolly weekend!


Projects

A Letter in October

by Ted Kooser

Dawn comes later and later now,
and I, who only a month ago
could sit with coffee every morning
watching the light walk down the hill
to the edge of the pond and place
a doe there, shyly drinking,
then see the light step out upon
the water, sowing reflections
to either side—a garden
of trees that grew as if by magic—
now see no more than my face,
mirrored by darkness, pale and odd,
startled by time. While I slept,
night in its thick winter jacket
bridled the doe with a twist
of wet leaves and led her away,
then brought its black horse with harness
that creaked like a cricket, and turned
the water garden under. I woke,
and at the waiting window found
the curtains open to my open face;
beyond me, darkness. And I,
who only wished to keep looking out,
must now keep looking in.

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