Episode 3

This week’s episode features the following segments: Backstory, Yarn Lover at Large, The Back Porch, The Front Porch, and Double Happiness.

wheel maintenanceYarn Lover at Large

A little shop in Frenchtown has nice yarn selection and a wide variety of classes.  Betty is a kind and patient teacher with a lot of expertise.  If you visit The Spinnery, ask about Deadly Dudley; she’ll have a great story.  Aside from some timely help with wheel maintenance (that’s my Louet on the operating table) I have two tips from the class to pass along.  1) Knit with the yarn you spin.  Now.  2) To improve as a spinner, select a project you want to knit, look up the yarn specifications, and spin for that project.


shaelyn1The Back Porch

Two finished projects this week.  My Shaelyn shawl, designed by Leila Raabe, is blocking.  Shifting to US lavinia.1size 6 needles resulted in a much nicer fabric.   And I finally completed my second weaving project and took it off the loom.  The yarn is handspun, made from Into the Whirled fibers made for a spin-along hosted by the Knitabulls podcast.  The photo inspiration was Lavinia’s character on Downton Abbey.  I separated the fiber into piles of like color before spinning, and held the yarn double while weaving.  In this photo, the fringe has yet to be cut.

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Double Happiness

Three uses for lemons: 1) Combine the entire grated rind and all the juice of one lemon with roasted, peeled eggplant and some salt for a tremendous tapenade.  2) Soak thinly sliced onions or shallots (or garlic) in lemon juice for 15 minutes before adding them to a summer salad. 3) Marinate a lamb steak with the grated rind and juice of one lemon, salt, a splash of olive oil, and a handful of fresh chopped rosemary.  Grill to medium rare.  Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing into thin strips.

Links

The Spinnery

Very Pink’s entrelac video tutorial

Audrey Knitted shop on Etsy

Episode

IMG_0220This week’s episode includes segments titled: Backstory, A Little Bit of Learning, Ever-expanding Skill Set, The Back Porch, and Gratitude Journal.

 

Backstory

Here are a few podcasts I enjoy.  I hope you give them a chance and let me know if you enjoy any of them.

Good Food

The Splendid Table

To the Best of Our Knowledge

Knitting Pipeline

The Knitmore Girls

Never Not Knitting

cicada3A Little Bit of Learning

This is the book that really has me thinking this week — Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

Ever-expanding Skill Set

I’ve been working on my Shaelyn Shawl by Leila Raabe.  After knitting almost the entire shawl, I decided that it looked a bit sloppy on size 9 needles.   So I switched to size 6 and began the shawl again.  For this project, I’m using handspun yarn that transitions gradually from pale gray to deep rust.

oaktrail2The Back Porch

This week, I completed the Oak Trail cloche by Alana Dakos.  This is a stylish little design and I love the hat.  It’s nice to knit such a great design in worsted weight yarn.  There’s a great little oak leaf design and overall nice fit.  Here you see it blocking on one of my ceramic porch lamps.

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”  — Harper Lee

Episode 1

 

Backstory

The cliff’s edge of Newport, RI was our destination this summer.  There, on the grounds of Marble House, is a Chinese tea house that Alva Vanderbuilt installed on her property in the early 1900’s.  The structure was a spectacle and the backdrop for elaborate costume parties and fundraisers to raise money for women’s suffrage.  This ornate structure, we believe, served as the inspiration for our modest and rustic tea cottage near Delaware Water Gap, PA.

The Back Porchpressedleaves

Completed and blocked this week was Pressed Leaves, a knitted hat designed by Alana Dakos.  The most challenging chart I’ve followed to date, this hat does not have a single knit stitch.  The pattern, though challenging, was extremely clear and easy to follow.  Here is the hat, damp and stretched over a plate to block, as suggested by the directions. I am very pleased with the result and can’t wait to knit my next pattern from Botanical Knits.  Next up is Oak Trail, which has a very pleasing design and some additional knitting challenges.

kombuchaDouble Happiness

My kombucha is finally effervescent and refreshing after a summer of experimentation. It is an acquired taste, for sure, but I’ve become quite attracted to the taste and interested in the health benefits.  I have some ideas in mind for a kombucha episode in the future.  Stay tuned.

Gratitude Journal

Thank you to Samuel, who helped me navigate all of the software necessary to make this podcast a reality.  He also designed the banner for this website and the logo for Facebook and iTunes.  I am so grateful for your patience. Thank you to everyone who listens to these early podcasts.  I am especially grateful to those who leave star ratings and reviews on iTunes.

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