Episode 247

A finished spinning project, plus knitting, felting and a poem in anticipation of April’s Pink Moon. I’ve been thinking about cooking and baking with spice blends like za’atar and lining up interesting things to read.

The Back Porch

I finished plying 8 ounces (550 yards) and I’m so happy with the result of this yarn.  The plan is to cast on Laura Chau’s Top Down Shoulder Warmer as soon as I am finished with my current project.

The Front Porch

Since recording this episode, I completed my pendant and I love the result!  I was able to shrink the dimensions a bit more with another thirty minutes of felting.  I used my lucet to create cordage with some linen yarn, and added linen fringe and beads. This pendant is bold, yet lightweight and easy to wear. The pattern is Moonrise Earrings from tiny owl knits.


Off the Shelf


Episode 246

April is National Poetry Month.  US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo claims, “Without poetry, we lose our way.” William Carlos Williams wrote, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” In this episode, I share some poems for challenging times.  Thank you to listeners Sue, Nancy and Robin for submissions of poems to read on this episode.  I invite you to find a poem for solace and comfort, or to share poems with others.


How to Survive This

by Barbara Kingsolver

O misery. Imperfect

universe of days stretched out

ahead, the string of pearls

and drops of venom on the web,

losses of heart, of life

and limb, news of the worst:

Remind me again

the day will come

when I look back amazed

at the waste of sorry salt

when I had no more than this

to cry about.

Now I lay me down.

I’m not there yet.

Episode 245

It’s another episode delivered blog style, but this time I do have some photographs and show notes.


I’ve been very busy with sewing masks for health care workers.  I’m using the pattern from Craft Passion. The outside fabric is scrap cotton; the lining is 100% cotton flannel, and the elastic is 1/4″. These masks are going the LVHN Pocono, my local hospital. So far, the feedback has been enthusiastic.


Found the Bald Eagle AND the nest on my morning walk this week.


Some spinning I’m doing on my collection of Jenkins’ Turkish spindles: Aegean, Lark and Kuchulu, all dressed with Hobbledehoy battlings.


I had great success with the oatmeal cracker recipe from the GRAIN issue of Taproot.  We have been enjoying them with cream cheese, chèvre, and savory jams and jellies.  They are a delicious with a heart soup.

I’ve been taking Evan Kleiman’s suggestion of using leftovers as mise en place for the next meal.  There’s a helpful segment about stocking up on staples on the most recent Good Food podcast.



Episode 244

Episode 244 was recorded blog style over the course of three days. Please excuse my lack of show notes, as my screentime these days is intense!  I wanted to get some content out to listeners who have let me know that the podcast is a source of comfort.  Keep up with your creative progress on #powerpantry and let me know how it’s going.

Episode 243

This week, I added the Scalloway Tam to my collection of knits from Marie Wallin’s SHETLAND.  I’ve also been busy with a new sewing project for Spring.  This month we’re discussing sheet pan cooking. I give a number of resources in the episode, but I forgot to mention that this topic features in Issue 37: Spark of Taproot magazine. Look for more on that in the next episode, along with your comments and suggestions.

The Back Porch

And Scalloway makes FOUR.  This week it was chilly and I actually layered all of my fair isle pieces at once.


It all started with a roasted and glazed Brussels sprouts recipe.  After that, sheet pan cooking has been pretty much a weekly event at Yin Hoo.  It’s certainly not a novel idea, but when I learned to cook, stovetop preparations were more common than oven roasting, which was reserved almost exclusively for meats.  But roasting is so great for vegetables, as their sugars are enhanced and their texture is preserved.  I could not find the recipe I learned for Brussels sprouts, but the one below is pretty close.  For the glaze, I like to use equal parts maple syrup, gourmet (not grainy) mustard, and coconut oil.

And Sew Forth

Episode 242

Thanks to recipe ideas contributed by listeners, I have continued to experiment with fruit in savory dishes this week, and have discovered a dish that will go into regular rotation.  It’s the perfect #powerpantry dish, too.  I was invited to write an article for the NJFibershed blog, and I’ll be teaching a deep study of wool course at BLUE: The Tatter Textile Library. Also in this episode: a late-entry #homedecmal project and a Hadley top, plus a beautiful example of the sestina from the recent issue of Taproot.

News & Events

Knitting Projects


The discussion of adding fruit (fresh, dried, preserves) to savory dishes continues on the Ravelry thread.  Based on momdiggity’s suggestion, I tried Ina Garten’s recipe for Chicken Marbella and was thrilled with the results! Next up is Peach Chickpea Curry.

Sew Forth






Before and after a long-awaited upholstery session.  I’m very pleased with the result, having no experience with this type of sewing.  I used a zipper foot to put fabric around some upholstery cord, cut new foam for the seat, and re-purposed the old cover by turning it inside out to lend a little more stability to  cover.

Off the Shelf

I was pleased to find a sestina by John  Reinhardt in the SPARK issue of Taproot magazine.  An unusual example of formal poetry, the sestina makes use of an ever-changing order of six key words at the ends of lines.  Reinhardt’s use of enjambment gives the form some subtlety and variety.


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