Episode 170

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This episode includes the following segments: The Front Porch, The Back Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Gratitude Journal.


#summertopsmal prize update

Knit, sew, crochet, upcycle, embellish — the make-along continues until June 21.

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I’ll be teaching a beginner’s spinning class at Rowan Asher Winery. Click on the photo for a registration link.


The Back Porch

Tsumuzikaze top by michiyo.

Tsumuzikaze top by michiyo.

 

Valentino: Spindle-spun / wheel-plied rolags. 3.8 oz. / 354 yards of sport-weight 2-ply.

Valentino: Spindle-spun / wheel-plied rolags. 3.8 oz. / 354 yards of sport-weight 2-ply.


The Front Porch

Beautiful silky alpaca from Spinner's End Farm (and some leftover handspun) create the warp. I'm using handspun Hobbledehoy battlings for the weft.

Beautiful silky alpaca from Spinner’s End Farm (and some leftover handspun) create the warp. I’m using handspun Hobbledehoy battlings for the weft.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

For each of the summer months, we’ll focus on a different verb.  For the month of June, it’s BLEND! Smoothies, pesto, blended flavors — join in and post about your culinary adventures.

Toasted corn tortillas, melted chocolate, coconut ice cream, coconut and chopped pecans. #powerpantry

Toasted corn tortillas, melted chocolate, coconut ice cream, coconut and chopped pecans. #powerpantry


Gratitude Journal

In this episode, I talk about the convergence on the topic of mindfulness. Isn’t it wonderful when small parts come together with impact and meaning? Thank you Amy, for your kind gift of The Mindfulness in Knitting by Racheal Matthews. This book has been an excellent companion for my online coursework via Mindful Schools.  I’ve also been enjoying episodes of Teaching Your Brain to Knit; Catherine and Margaret put together such inviting and informative episodes.

Episode 169

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This episode includes the following segments: On the Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Yarn Lover at Large. There is lots of news from MDSW and NHS&W.  Plus, I announce the winners of the “Regions of Kindness” contest.


On the Porch


Ever-expanding Skill Set

So far this month, I’ve made my typical turkey tacos, and breakfast tacos.  I have plans for dessert tacos and fish tacos using some tips for crispy baked fish from the current issue of Cook’s Country.


Upcoming Events at Hope’s Favorite Things


Mom, NHKnits Claire, and me at the Foster Sheep Farm booth.

Mom, NHKnits Claire, and me at the Foster Sheep Farm booth.

My favorite photo from last weekend: the chicken ladies.  All of these smart, beautiful women (my sister Jessica, Mom, and Claire) tend to chickens and generally make the world a better place.

My favorite photo from last weekend: the chicken ladies. All of these smart, beautiful women (my sister Jessica, Mom, and Claire) tend to chickens and generally make the world a better place.

Leslie Wind at work, NH Sheep & Wool.

Leslie Wind at work, NH Sheep & Wool.

Cheviot X fleece from MDSW.

Cheviot X fleece from MDSW.

 

Hog Island fleece from MDSW, split with Emily of Fibretown podcast.

Hog Island fleece from MDSW, split with Emily of Fibretown podcast.

Sampling the fleece.

Sampling the fleece. Different preparations for different staple lengths and texture.

Hog Island spins up into a spongy single.

Hog Island spins up into a spongy single.

Cheviot X is strong and soft with lots of luster.

Cheviot X is strong and soft with lots of luster.

 

 

 

Episode 168

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This episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, and Gratitude Journal. This episode includes a giveaway. Listen and post here for a chance to win!


The Back Porch


The Front Porch


Gratitude Journal

Describe your region of kindness and enter to win a goodie bag from the retreat, plus a quilted bag made by Fernanda!

Click photos for links to shops, etc.

So grateful for the incredible women who knit, and shopped, and laughed with me over the course of the Knit Local Getaway.

So grateful for the incredible women who knit, and shopped, and laughed with me over the course of the Knit Local Getaway.  photo credit – Kristy Lauricella

The common room at St. Mary's Lodge is our home base.

The common room at St. Mary’s Lodge is our home base.

Carole of Foster Sheep Farm put together some great kits for the Bousta Beanie. You'll find her vending at Maryland Sheep and Wool and New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.

Carole of Foster Sheep Farm put together some great kits for the Bousta Beanie. You’ll find her vending at Maryland Sheep and Wool and New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.

Battenkill Fiber Mill is a great stop with a tour of the mill and some shopping. Can you tell how happy this sport-weight Shetland makes me?

Battenkill Fiber Mill is a great stop with a tour of the mill and some shopping. Can you tell how happy this sport-weight Shetland makes me? photo credit – Kristy Lauricella

Jessica mixed up an indigo vat and led us in the basics of indigo dying muslin and cotton project bags.

Jessica mixed up an indigo vat and led us in the basics of indigo dying muslin and cotton project bags.

We raised $470 for 4H programs in Washington County, helping young people like Ella learn animal husbandry, fiber arts, and much more.

We raised $470 for 4H programs in Washington County, helping young people like Ella learn animal husbandry, fiber arts, and much more. photo credit – Kristy Lauricella

Jessica and Marybeth helped me attend to retreat details! photo credit - Kristy Lauricella

Jessica and Marybeth helped me attend to retreat details! photo credit – Kristy Lauricella

Episode 167

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This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Off the Shelf, and Gratitude Journal.


The Back Porch

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Willow Tank from Grainline Studio.

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My version of the Silken Straw Summer Sweater.


The Front Porch


Off the Shelf

More tips for memorizing a poem:

  • write it in your own hand
  • take a walk with the poem
  • record yourself (or download and audio file) and listen frequently

Gratitude Journal

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Thank you, Candy and Jamie, for awarding me with a Sheepie from the Paws4Stitches podcast.  Congratulations on your podiversary! In this episode, I give my acceptance speech.

Episode 166

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This episode features an interview with local shop owner Hope Horn. She opened Hope’s Favorite Things in October 2015. This charming shop in the Village of Richmond has gifts, aromatherapy products, antiques, fiber, yarn, and Ashford and Majacraft spinning wheels and fiber tools.


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Hope hosts a spin-in on the last Saturday of each month. On May 27th, the spin-in will be held outdoors at a park near the shop. Bring your spinning, a picnic lunch, and plan to spend the day! There will be fiber animals, demonstrations, vendors, and of course the shop will be open too.

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.

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Episode 165

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This episode includes the following segments: Yarn Lover at Large, Off the Shelf, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Sew Forth.


Yarn Lover at Large

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Coleen and Sean created a beautiful display of the Braided Berry Hat and Mitts set in their booth at the Steel City Fiber Festival in Allentown, PA. And, great news, they just received notice that they will be vending at Maryland Sheep & Wool. Meet them, Meghan of Distelfink Fiber Co, and see samples of Letterpress and Braided Berry in Barn 6, Booth 13!

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Off the Shelf

Are you memorizing a poem in celebration of National Poetry Month?  Here are some more tips.

  • Print out a large version of the poem and use it as a worksheet.
  • Divide the poem into chunks or “poetic sentences.”  Look for end marks like periods, question marks, or exclamation points.
  • If there is no end punctuation, add your own where it makes sense.
  • Underline or circle key words: words that convey an image or words with long vowel sounds can help.
  • Memorize poetic sentences around the key words.

Ever-expanding Skill Set

It turns out that radicchio has been in the spotlight this month.

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Chicken Under a Roasted Radicchio Salad

serves 2

Preheat broiler.

Toss one head of coarsely-chopped radicchio and a handful of coarsely-chopped squishy dates in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil. Arrange the radicchio on a sheet pan lined with foil and broil until it has become crispy, but not burned.  Hide the dates so that they do not burn.  Remove from oven; set aside.

Reduce oven temperature to 350.

Use a mallet to pound two chicken breasts to an even thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Sear the chicken breasts on each side in a cast iron skillet coated with tbsp of olive oil, then continue cooking in preheated oven.  Remove pan from oven just before chicken is cooked through and allow to rest in pan until serving.

While chicken is cooking, grate 1-2 tbsp of orange rind and reserve. Cut all rind away from orange and, over a bowl,  supreme (cut into segments without pith) with a sharp knife. Set orange segments aside and use the orange juice to make a dressing.  Add 2 tsp miso paste, a few drops of tamari or soy sauce, a dash of pepper and dried dill.  Whisk together and then whisk in the pan juices from the chicken when you remove it from the oven.

Stir the orange rind into 2/3 c ricotta cheese.

To serve:

Create a base for the chicken by spooning some ricotta onto the plate. Top with the chicken breast, a dollop of ricotta, the roasted radicchio, orange segments, and a handful of chopped pecans. Drizzle with dressing.


And Sew Forth

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The Salt Marsh Skirt from Merchant & Mills Workbook. Sewn in 100% European linen.

 

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