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

Episode 155

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


The Back Porch

Shetland fleece from beautiful Eloise has all been spindle-spun. I separated the locks into five categories based on lock formation (see below) and spun each type separately. The two balls on the left are the same lock type; I realized that adding too much weight to the dealgan compromised the spinning. Notice the differences in color. There are also differences in softness and strength.

Shetland fleece from beautiful Eloise has all been spindle-spun. I separated the locks into five categories based on lock formation (see below) and spun each type separately. The two balls on the left are the same lock type; I realized that adding too much weight to the dealgan compromised the spinning. Notice the differences in color. There are also differences in softness and strength.

Washed locks.

Washed locks.

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).


Ever-expanding Skill Set


Off the Shelf

Close-up of the cow motif I created this week.

Close-up of the cow motif I created this week.

 


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This episode contains a personal narrative about my participation in the DC Women’s March on January 21st. Thank you to everyone who marched or supported the march through their words and actions. I continue to participate in the Women’s March Movement, which is advocating for everyone to take 10 actions in the first 100 days of the new administration.  Other helpful resources for activism are the Take Action page of the ACLU website and 5calls.org, which provides action plans, contact info and scripts when you enter your US zip code. To find your elected officals, go to Common Cause.


Martha and I walked from the RFK Stadium parking lot to the rally. Here we are behind the Capitol Building.

Martha and I walked from the RFK Stadium parking lot to the rally. Here we are behind the Capitol Building.

And here we are on the Mall. You can see the Capitol in the background. Don't we have the most fabulous pussyhats? It was great to see the sea of pink in photographs and footage following the event.

And here we are on the Mall. You can see the Capitol in the background. Don’t we have the most fabulous pussyhats? It was great to see the sea of pink in photographs and footage following the event.

One of my favorite signs on our approach to the rally.

One of my favorite signs on our approach to the rally. “No [twitter] ’til you finish your history homework!”

You got that right!

You got that right!

Our words are the house we live in. - Hafiz

My poster: Our words are the house we live in. – Hafiz

I had 500 postcards printed upon returning from the march. I have mailed a lot to knitter friends, but still have about 100 to distribute. If you need some, let me know!

I had 500 postcards printed upon returning from the march. I have mailed a lot to knitter friends, but still have about 100 to distribute. If you need some, let me know!


Did it Ever Occur to You that Maybe You’re Falling in Love? poem by Ailish Hopper

Episode 153

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This episode includes the following segments: Ever-expanding Skill Set, Yarn Lover at Large, and Off the Shelf. If you entered the lottery for the Knit Local Getaway, you should have received a message about the status of your reservation. Contact Sara if you need additional information.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

Yum! I made the Almond, Fig & Anise Biscotti by Ashley English in Taproot Issue 20.

Yum! I made the Almond, Fig & Anise Biscotti by Ashley English in Taproot Issue 20. This recipe is delicious and includes excellent instructions for cooling the loaves before slicing them into biscuits.

Journal Cowl progress includes a ladder and splotches of yellow and white to represent the splattered porridge and brains of the foolish couple who tried to climb to heaven.

Journal Cowl progress includes a ladder and splotches of yellow and white to represent the splattered porridge and brains of the foolish couple who tried to climb to heaven.

One section of my collection of Icelandic folk tales concerns water myths. Here is a little sailboat motif I designed and a sunset pattern with a pleasing selection of colors.

One section of my collection of Icelandic folk tales concerns water myths. Here is a little sailboat motif I designed and a sunset pattern with a pleasing selection of colors.


Yarn Lover at Large

Rebecca Dioda of Simpatico Fiber Collective teaches classes at The Spinnery in Frenchtown, New Jersey

Rebecca Dioda is an extraordinary spinner and taught her students how to do a variety of types of blending including "ghost batts" (for semi-worsted spinning) pictured here.

Rebecca Dioda is an extraordinary spinner and taught her students how to do a variety of types of blending including “ghost batts” (for semi-worsted spinning) pictured here.


Off the Shelf

Episode 152

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I’ve been thinking about how many small steps build to a momentous journey.


The Back Porch

 

This #pussyhat is on its way to Vermont.

This #pussyhat is on its way to Vermont.


Ever-expanding Skill Set

With more than enough ingredients for my usual casserole dish, I filled and froze ramekins for a future (quick) weeknight dinner).

With more than enough ingredients for my usual casserole dish, I filled and froze ramekins for a future (quick) weeknight dinner.

This casserole is a spin on the shepherd's pie: pulled pork, mixed vegetables, polenta crust. Hearty and delicious.

This casserole is a spin on the shepherd’s pie: pulled pork, mixed vegetables, polenta crust. Hearty and delicious.


Off the Shelf

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Clifton is noted for saying much with few words. In a Christian Century review of Clifton’s work, Peggy Rosenthal commented, “The first thing that strikes us about Lucille Clifton’s poetry is what is missing: capitalization, punctuation, long and plentiful lines. We see a poetry so pared down that its spaces take on substance, become a shaping presence as much as the words themselves” In an American Poetry Review article about Clifton’s work, Robin Becker commented on Clifton’s lean style: “Clifton’s poetics of understatement—no capitalization, few strong stresses per line, many poems totaling fewer than twenty lines, the sharp rhetorical question—includes the essential only.”                                          — from Poetry Foundation website

Episode 151

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The Front Porch

I’m working on a recipe for my socks. I think I have the details worked out, and I’ve knit the cuff for each sock.  Knitting socks in tandem on dpns is really my thing.

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Ever-expanding Skill Set


Off the Shelf

Here's my motif for a golden spindle-whorl and spindle based on "My Old Woman Must Be Paid," an Icelandic folktale of Huldufolk or "hidden people." In this tale, Kidhus is the elf living in the cliff and the old man and woman portray many attributes of the characters in numskull stories.

Here’s my motif for a golden spindle-whorl and spindle based on “My Old Woman Must Be Paid,” an Icelandic folktale of Huldufolk or “hidden people.” In this tale, Kidhus is the elf living in the cliff and the old man and woman portray many attributes of the characters in numskull stories.

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