Episode 224

So many crafty adventures have happened in the month of May. It’s taken me awhile to get a new episode together, but I have been posting quite faithfully on IG using  #memademay and providing the details of my mostly handmade wardrobe.  In this episode, I talk about two finished knits and one finished garment.  There’s also a quick review of MDSW and a sewing weekend with Cal Patch.

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Finished yoga socks in yarn from Misha’s Obsessions.  I incorporated some design features that I really like and will be working to write up this pattern during the month of June.

Another finished knit is Summer by Ankestrick.  No photos yet, but I’ll be incorporating this t-shirt like sweater into an outfit before the end of May.


Emily and I are working on our Marie Wallin sweaters at MDSW.  In this episode, I dedicate a little time to talking about how I go about making color choices for MW knits.  I’ve also sorted some prizes for the knit along.  Check out the Ravelry thread for photographs and to join in the conversation as we knit along.

Maryland Sheep & Wool

First of all, don’t Emily and I look adorable in our twin Iris shrugs? And I love the way Jaime includes his boots in our photo.

I scored not one but two Jacob fleeces, as well as some beautiful Monhonk light yarn from Jill Draper and this amazing woven mobius shawl from Kathy Dinsmore of The Wandering Vine.

And Sew Forth

I couldn’t be more pleased with my raw silk version of the Highlands Wrap Dress by Allie Olson. In this episode, I give an extensive review of this project and list the three adjustments I made as I cut the pattern.

It was a great weekend of sewing and stitching with Cal Patch when she visited The Wool School at Hope’s Favorite Things to teach a skirt-making class and an embroidery workshop.  If you have the opportunity to take a class with Cal, don’t hesitate.  And if you are near Richmond, PA, check out the classes coming up at The Wool School.

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Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Videopoems version: a short film incorporating the lines of the poem


Episode 223



Use #mariewallinkall on IG and post photos, questions, progress notes to the Ravelry thread.  I’ll be giving away prizes based on participation on RAV and IG.  If you would like to contribute a prize, please send me a PM via either of these platforms.


Knit Local Getaway & Washington County Farm and Fiber Tour

LINK to more information about the Hudson Valley Textile Project.

A very special purchase: 2 yards of crepe weave fabric from Lilly Marsh (center).
Thank you Selma for getting our group to take this photo — a first for the getaway.
Romney mother and lamb at the beautiful Wedding Hill Farm, a new location on the tour this year.
I got to hold a lamb! This is Halo, a lamb at Foster Sheep Farm.
This massive spinner, imported from a mill in Portugal, will be able to spin thread-fine fiber to be used in textile production.
Mary Jeanne Packer of Battenkill Fiber Mill and I are wearing sweaters knit from the same yarn! The mill shop has been relocated since the arrival of the new spinner.
I got to drive around the county with these beautiful women. Marybeth, Jessie and Jennie were awesome dining and shopping companions. The weather was perfect for knitwear!
Retreat craft: these adorable chicken pin cushions are so much fun to make. I’ll be giving one away in the #mariewallinkal




Episode 222

Don’t obsess over your weight; eat like a heroine; exercise intuitively and renew through nature — sound advice and ‘elegant strategies’ that can be extracted from Jane Austen’s novels and applied to contemporary life.  In this episode I read an excerpt from Byran Kozlowski’s recent article, talk about completed projects and new cast ons, and discuss three updates I made when sewing Grainline Studio’s Farrow dress for the second time.

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Off the Shelf

  • Jane Austen’s health advice: article by Bryan Kozlowski

And Sew Forth

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.

The Front Porch

  • 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.

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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.

The Front Porch

  • 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.

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