Episode 221

DISTELFINK, my new design for a colorwork beanie in fingering weight yarn, will be available on Ravelry April 15th.

I adore Meghan of Distelfink Fiber, and was so proud to deliver a booth sample and copies of my pattern to her booth at the Allentown Fiber Festival.  Visit Meghan, and her parents, Sean and Coleen of Mulberry Hill Farm, at Maryland Sheep & Wool.

There was some shopping and visiting this weekend when I met up with LauraKnitsPA at the Merchant Mall in Allentown.  I selected yarn for several planned projects.

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  • Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak (Photos on Rav soon!)


  • Boody Shaper Bra and Padded Shaper Bra

And Sew Forth

  • New Look 6397

I wore my just-finished New Look unlined jacket in 100% European linen to my student Avni’s Ethical Fashion Night lecture and clothing swap.

Off the Shelf

Episode 220

This episode is a primer for getaway participants, and includes an overview of the retreat, information about lodging, dining and activities, plus tips for packing.  The details will be sent to all retreat participants in the form of an email. Two great places to find out more are the home page of the Farm & Fiber Tour and the Ravelry thread for our getaway.

Episode 219

News & Announcements

I’m in need of a few test knitters for my new design — a colorwork beanie.  Please get in touch via Ravelry if you’re interested.

The Knit Local Getaway is fully booked!  I’ll be putting up a brief podcast with details, packing suggestions, etc. for those who are attending the retreat.  Look for this episode in early April.

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I’m so pleased with my completed Arlequin Cowl, a design by Sidney Rakotoriello.  I used a variety of handspun yarns in natural and botanically-dyed colors.  This cowl was lots of fun to knit and will be a cozy accessory as well as a helpful teaching tool.  I found Sidney’s cowl in a bundle of patterns by BIPOC designers, which is featured on the Solidarity Swap group page.

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  • The Clincher by Ash Kearns, knit in NYS BFL/silk dyed by Maya of Mad Mermaid Fiberworks in the colorway Sea Urchin
  • Deschain by Leila Raabe in yarn from Battenkill Fiber Mill

Ever-expanding Skill Set

Savory pies are nutritious, filling, and last for several days.  They can be eaten hot or at room temperature, and make an excellent lunch. This recipe didn’t get great reviews, so I knew that I needed to do some doctoring to amp up the flavor!

Instead of following the recipe for the tart crust, I made my usual dough for a pie crust, replacing 1/4 of the flour with cornmeal.

For the filling, I added sliced asparagus, diced yellow onion, and crumbled bacon to the corn and spring onions.  I like to sauté all of the vegetables to remove excess water.  I stirred the grated rind of one lemon, plus some salt and pepper into the ricotta, and added dallops of this mixture, which stayed on the surface of the pie.

Off the Shelf

Episode 218

This week I talk about knitting and sewing projects, recipes, and a recent purchase of leggings and a sports bra from Girlfriend Collective.

If you’d like to sign up for the Knit Local Getaway lottery, use this LINK to enter your information.  HERE is further information about the event.

Current Knitting Projects


  • Paloma Bra and LITE High Rise Leggings from Girlfriend Collective
  • Do you have suggestions for sustainably-made garments and footwear?  I hope that you will post your suggestions on the Ravelry discussion thread.

Ever-Expanding Skill Set

And Sew Forth

Episode 217

In this episode, I work on cultivating a contemporary warrior princess vibe with a completed Nimue sweater, plus, new cast-ons and and my discovery of a new collection by a poet whose work I have long admired.

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  • Nimue cropped sweater designed by Cirilia Rose

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Off the Shelf

Episode 216

In this episode I share the details of my newest sock design, Venus & Cupid, as well as completed and just-begun knitting projects.  As I often do on this podcast, I investigate how poetry helps me to consider important subjects.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been turning to the poems of Lucille Clifton, both as a source of personal healing and because Clifton’s has been such an important voice on the topics of race and identity.

News and Notes 

Venus & Cupid is available for digital download on Ravelry at a special introductory price until midnight EST 2.10.19.  Your purchase helps to support the work I do in recording and publishing episodes of the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast.

Do you have an interest in contributing to the Barbara Walker Knitting Project? Find out more on the Tatter website. While you’re there, check out the workshops and classes available at the workspace in Brooklyn, New York. I fell in love with this stitch pattern, Carillon, which is named for bells in a bell tower, but which reminds me of seed pods.

Mary Jeanne Packer of the Battenkill Fiber Mill is taking a trip to Denmark and invites you to join her this fall. The Knitters Tour of Denmark promises to be a delight for any fiber enthusiast.

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I’m so pleased to finally be wearing the Hog Island fiber that started out as a shared fleece with Emily of FibreTown.  Over the course of a year and a half, I scoured the fleece, made carded batts, spun a three-ply worsted-weight yarn, dyed it with indigo, and knit a poncho of my own design.

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I’m working on Nimue (bottom right), one of the designs I’ve selected for the MakeNine challenge in 2019.  I love the drape of silky wool, and the deep chocolate color I chose is very close to the sample pictured.  I think this piece will be a good fit in my wardrobe; the weight of the garment makes it appropriate for several seasons.

Off the Shelf

In this segment, I mention a few different entry points into the poetry of Lucille Clifton.  If you’re new to Clifton’s work, the best way to begin, in my opinion, is “Homage to My Hips.”  Even better, watch her read it!  You can find this poem, and many other frequently-anthologized works, in her collection Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir.  If you’re already familiar with Clifton, I suggest that you investigate Generations, which is the title of her memoir in verse and which appears at the end of Good Woman.  When I first encountered it, about fifteen years ago, it really broke open what I thought was possible in terms of personal narrative, storytelling, and verse.  To me, it is an American epic.  Finally, I share a Lucille Clifton poem that has held personal significance to me over the past year: 1994.

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