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IMG_0220This week’s episode includes segments titled: Backstory, A Little Bit of Learning, Ever-expanding Skill Set, The Back Porch, and Gratitude Journal.



Here are a few podcasts I enjoy.  I hope you give them a chance and let me know if you enjoy any of them.

Good Food

The Splendid Table

To the Best of Our Knowledge

Knitting Pipeline

The Knitmore Girls

Never Not Knitting

cicada3A Little Bit of Learning

This is the book that really has me thinking this week — Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

Ever-expanding Skill Set

I’ve been working on my Shaelyn Shawl by Leila Raabe.  After knitting almost the entire shawl, I decided that it looked a bit sloppy on size 9 needles.   So I switched to size 6 and began the shawl again.  For this project, I’m using handspun yarn that transitions gradually from pale gray to deep rust.

oaktrail2The Back Porch

This week, I completed the Oak Trail cloche by Alana Dakos.  This is a stylish little design and I love the hat.  It’s nice to knit such a great design in worsted weight yarn.  There’s a great little oak leaf design and overall nice fit.  Here you see it blocking on one of my ceramic porch lamps.

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”  — Harper Lee

Episode 1



The cliff’s edge of Newport, RI was our destination this summer.  There, on the grounds of Marble House, is a Chinese tea house that Alva Vanderbuilt installed on her property in the early 1900’s.  The structure was a spectacle and the backdrop for elaborate costume parties and fundraisers to raise money for women’s suffrage.  This ornate structure, we believe, served as the inspiration for our modest and rustic tea cottage near Delaware Water Gap, PA.

The Back Porchpressedleaves

Completed and blocked this week was Pressed Leaves, a knitted hat designed by Alana Dakos.  The most challenging chart I’ve followed to date, this hat does not have a single knit stitch.  The pattern, though challenging, was extremely clear and easy to follow.  Here is the hat, damp and stretched over a plate to block, as suggested by the directions. I am very pleased with the result and can’t wait to knit my next pattern from Botanical Knits.  Next up is Oak Trail, which has a very pleasing design and some additional knitting challenges.

kombuchaDouble Happiness

My kombucha is finally effervescent and refreshing after a summer of experimentation. It is an acquired taste, for sure, but I’ve become quite attracted to the taste and interested in the health benefits.  I have some ideas in mind for a kombucha episode in the future.  Stay tuned.

Gratitude Journal

Thank you to Samuel, who helped me navigate all of the software necessary to make this podcast a reality.  He also designed the banner for this website and the logo for Facebook and iTunes.  I am so grateful for your patience. Thank you to everyone who listens to these early podcasts.  I am especially grateful to those who leave star ratings and reviews on iTunes.