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Episode 256


Deep in the Forest, a cowl in fingering OR worsted weight yarn, will be released with tiered pricing.  This is your final chance to purchase the first design in my Women Who Run with the Wolves collection, Taking Back the River socks (RAVELRY LINK), at tiered pricing.  Thank you for your purchases and your support of the podcast.



  • socks with mushroom motif (RAVELRY LINK)
  • Tokonatsu by Bernice Lim (RAVELRY LINK)


“To counteract negative images conveyed by blazing headlines, writers must steadily transmit simple stories closer to heart and common to everyday life.  Then we will be doing our job.”  — Nye in an interview with Children’s Literature Review


Episode 255

In anticipation of the hungry ghost moon, here is Episode 255 for your listening enjoyment.  I talk about knitting projects, and some stitching.  I also share a poem and provide an overview of the CAN Retreat.


Creative Advocacy & Networking ONLINE Retreat

September 18 – 20  Online Retreat — REGISTRATION

The CAN Retreat is a professional development event focused on promoting the success of businesses owned by racial and ethnic minority artists in our community. The retreat is organized and lead by BIPOC fiber workers, and is designed specifically for members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who work or want to work in the fiber industry; those who are focused on wool work, handcrafts, and the teaching of these disciplines. The CAN Retreat is: a connection point, an empowerment center, a starting point, a safe space, an access point.

Featuring presentations from Anne Choi, Marceline Smith, Sylvia Watts-Cherry, Karida Collins and Nancy Ricci, and special guest sessions with: Stephen & Penelope, La Bien Aimee, Taproot Magazine, Stitches Enterprises, and many others.

On the Porch

  • Tokonatsu by Bernice Lim (RAV LINK) in Oysters & Purls cotton/wool blend in SUMMER
  • toe-up socks in West Yorkshire Spinners yarn

Off the Shelf

“Poetry is democratic. It encourages good will and disinterestedness, the flow and recoil of feeling, the search for quality and value.”

And Sew Forth

  • Mississippi Avenue Dress by Sew House Seven in ice-dyed fabric from Tilliegirlstudio

  • Progress on the Moon Phase Cloth Book designed by Caitlin Betsy Bell, from the GRAIN issue of Taproot magazine.

Episode 254


Seven years ago, I recorded Episode 1 of the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast.  Since then, I’ve been fortunate to make friends, learn new crafts, and up my knitting game as a result.  Thank you for listening, whether it’s been a long time or you’re just tuning in.

The Back Porch

  • Rift Tee (RAV LINK) by Jacqueline Cieslak in my 3-ply handspun yarn

The Front Porch

  • socks in Opal wool/cotton/nylon yarn
  • Tokonatsu (RAV LINK) by Bernice Lin in Oysters & Purls cotton/wool blend


  • Mark Bittman makes a clafoutis in his iconic series The Minimalist
  • Julia Moskin’s updated recipe from NYTimes, which originated with Julia Child (Step 3 is completely unnecessary)
  • This version from The Kitchn is made in a cast iron skillet — incredibly reminiscent of a Dutch baby

Off the Shelf

And Sew Forth

Some elbow grease and sewing know-how took these charming folding chairs from hell, no to oooh, I’d be delighted.  I’m so pleased with how these turned out and thrilled to use up more of the leftover fabric from sewing our shower curtain last September.

The Mississippi Avenue Dress from Sew House Seven is my new favorite dress.  This one is sewn from deadstock rayon challis. I love the silhouette, the mostly elastic waist, the V-neckline and the spaghetti strap ties.  This version has been lengthened by 1.5 inches above the waist (which means altering THREE pattern pieces).  I like the longer length and look forward to one in ice-dyed fabric and another in a sumptuous black fabric with lots and lots of drape.

Ice-dyed to perfection by Jean Holmes of Tilliegirlstudio, this version of the Strata Top is so colorful, so comfy, and so perfect for the high temperatures and humid weather we’ve been experiencing.



Episode 253

In this episode, I talk about past, present and future makes, including the Seabright Swimmer from Friday Pattern Co.  I also share the cake recipe I’ve been baking nonstop, and a poem from Cornelius Eady.

Thank you for your purchase of my recent sock design — Taking Back the River.  I appreciate your purchase, which supports this podcast.  This pattern has tiered pricing so you can purchase the pattern at the price that is right for you.

  • RAVELRY LINK: Taking Back the River
  • If you would like to purchase the pattern via PayPal, you can also take advantage of tiered pricing.  Send me an email:

Matt of Birch Hollow Fibers has worked to design a stitch marker set to reflect the themes and motifs of my pattern collection.  I just received my set in the mail and they are so cool.  You can see which motif coordinates with the socks.  I wonder what motif will be featured in the next design — coming September 20!

WWRWTW stitch marker set


I finished the knitting of some perfectly-matching socks and sent them off to my sister.  RAVELRY LINK: matchy socks

This Rift Tee is knitting up so nicely in my 3-ply handspun.  I’m just loving the knitting.  Since I only have 550 yards, I knit the twisted rib split hem with some commercially-spun black sport yarn to stretch my yardage. I’m also using the helical knitting technique as explained by Grace O’Neill.  RAVELRY LINK: handspun rift

In my queue:

  • Marklee designed by Elizabeth Doherty RAVELRY LINK: marklee
  • Tokonatsu Pullover designed by Beatrice Lim RAVELRY LINK: tokonatsu


The one-bowl vanilla cake I can’t stop making is Jami Curl’s recipe, featured on Food52’s Genius Recipes.  It’s moist, dense, and soooo easy to stir together and bake. LOVE!

Off the Shelf

This week, I read “What Do You Call” by Cornelius Eady.  You can follow this link to hear Eady read his poem.  I also recommend his collection Brutal Imagination.

And Sew Forth

Aren’t these Sheep Lovies adorable?  The sleepy one has some lavender mixed in with the wool stuffing.  I enjoyed doing the hand-embroidery.  I did not enjoy sewing this plush fabric, but after making a few, I developed some techniques to make things easier: 1) After cutting the plush pieces, I took them outside and shook like mad to release all the loose fluff. 2) I used quilting clips instead of pins to hold pieces together 3) The zigzag stitch on my machine helped to grab more of the fabric and create a secure seam.  If the fluff factor did not make these things so DARNED cute, I would not have come this far. From the REVIVE issue of Taproot magazine.

Here are a few of the pages for the moon phase cloth book from the GRAIN issue of Taproot magazine.  I did not feel confident about the free motion machine sewing techniques recommended in the directions, so I’m turning this into a hand stitching project.

The Seabright Swimmer by Friday Pattern Co is a great first swimsuit pattern because it is straightforward and the Creativebug tutorial walks you through every step.  I’m very pleased with mine, and would make it again, adding another inch of length to the torso. I’m very proud of my decision to mix the directions of the stripes.  I love the plunging neckline, and find it very secure when I move around so I did not add any ties.


Episode 252

In this episode I share the inspiration and creation of my most recent knitting design — the first in a collection inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run with the Wolves — that will be released over the course of this year.

Take advantage of tiered pricing on Ravelry when you purchase the Taking Back the River sock pattern.

The prototype pair is knit in Carole Foster’s Foster Sheep Farm Northumberland yarn — one of my absolute favorite sock yarns.  Shop for FSF yarns online.

My second pair of socks is knit in Sojourner Sock, spun at Battenkill Fiber Mill and dyed by Robin of Birch Hollow Fibers.  Check out all of Robin’s bases, inspiring colors, and clubs by visiting her shop.

I collaborated with Matt Guy, who worked to incorporate design motifs into a stitch marker set that corresponds to the patterns in this collection.  You can order your stitch markers on the Birch Hollow Fibers website.


Episode 251


The Back Porch

  • Rift by Jaqueline Cieslak in Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort

  • sock darning (woven patch technique) by Bristol Ivy from Making Magazine No. 5  COLOR


Muhammara  from Arabic meaning “something red” 

Special thanks to Selma for introducing me to this dish and sharing her recipe.

  • Joumana Accad of Taste of Beirut shares her Lebanese version of the dish in this VIDEO, which I initially watched to get a handle on the pronunciation
  • Ottolenghi’s recipe, which uses breadcrumbs instead of walnuts
  • Healthy Nibble’s recipe gave me the idea to use a spoon of ketchup in my version to boost the sweetness and umami

Muhammara (#powerpantry version)

Makes about 2 cups

  • 2 red (orange or yellow) bell peppers (seeds and stems removed), roasted and peeled
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds, toasted in a cast iron skillet
  • 1/4 c. walnuts, toasted in a cast iron skillet
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tblsp. molasses / balsamic vinegar / sorghum syrup
  • 1 tblsp. organic ketchup
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste
  • olive oil

Add all ingredients to a food processor, and blend to desired consistency, adding olive oil if needed.

I coat my peppers with salt and olive oil before roasting, so I found I added very little olive oil when blending.

Soaking sunflower seeds overnight may help improve the texture, but then I think it would be difficult to toast them.

This dip keeps nicely for up to  a week in the refrigerator.

Off the Shelf

When I read Walker’s poem ,”For My People,” on the Poetry Foundation website, and saw the image of POETRY magazine’s November 1937 issue in the margin, I though it must be a mistake.  Walker’s language, and her choices concerning punctuation, the driving urgency of the stanzas as they build — all result in a poem that seems as though it has been recently composed.  I think it is a remark about the current era of protests and demands for reform that a poem written in 1937 could resonate still-relevant themes concerning brutality, incarceration, inequality, and iniquity.

  • For My People” by Margaret Walker, first published in the November 1937 issue of POETRY magazine
  • Poetry Foundation biography of Margaret Walker
  • I Remember by Joe Brainard

Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem