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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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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

 

 

Episode 156

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

Resources for Healthy Relationships

February is National Dating Violence Awareness Month and the week of Valentine’s Day is the Week of Respect. Everyone deserves a healthy and supportive relationship, but the signs of abuse can be difficult to detect.  This week, I will share posts on the subject of dating violence. Please share resources with teens in your life, and let them know that you care and you’re willing to listen.


The Back Porch

The snow day was the perfect opportunity to ply all spindle-spun singles of Shetland. Look at the beautiful array of color from one fleece.

The snow day presented the perfect opportunity to ply all spindle-spun singles of Shetland. Look at the beautiful array of color from one fleece. Seven ounces (200 grams) / 400 yards.


The Front Porch

I've begun to spin this precious Hog Island roving from The Ross Farm.

I’ve begun to spin this precious Hog Island roving from The Ross Farm.

 

I used my blending board to make rolags from combed top, silk, dyed locks, alpaca and angora -- 4 ounces for meditative spindling.

I used my blending board to make rolags from combed top, silk, dyed locks, alpaca and angora — 4 ounces for meditative spindling.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

My goal was to create a creamy soup without using a lot of milk or cream in the soup. This is the ratio I came up with:

3 cups stock / broth
1 baked potato, peeled and mashed
1 cup milk

Combine the stock and potato by whizzing together in a blender. Return mixture to a large pot, season with salt, parsley, etc. As mixture warms, drizzle in milk. I also whisked in two teaspoons of powdered cheese.

Meanwhile, I cubed four thin-skinned red potatoes into bite-sized pieces and cooked them in water until they were JUST done.

Add cubed potatoes to soup, bring up to a boil and top with your favorite baked potato toppings: bacon, scallions, cheese, etc.

This amount makes four servings; just keep the ratio and increase amounts to make more soup.

Curried Purple Cabbage and Sweet Potato Soup

Curried Purple Cabbage and Sweet Potato Soup featured on the Taproot blog — click for a link to the recipe.


Off the Shelf