Episode 250

The Back Porch

  • short socks knit in It’s a Chard Sock Life from KnitSpinFarm

The Front Porch

Taking Back the River, a pattern for toe-up socks, is currently being test knit and will be published on June 20th.  It is the first of a four-pattern collection that will be released in the coming year.  All designs are inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run with the Wolves.  Follow #wwrwtwcollection and #takingbacktheriversocks on IG.

  • Taking Back the River test knit in Sojourner Sock from Birch Hollow Fibers
  • Rift Tee by Jacqueline Cieslak in Green Mountain Spinnery’s Cotton Comfort
  • Bressay by Marie Wallin in MW British Breeds


And Sew Forth

Episode 249

Test Knitters Wanted!

I have completed a draft for a toe-up sock pattern, the first in a four-pattern collection that takes its inspiration from Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run with the Wolves.  I need test knitters for 56, 64, and 72 stitch circumference socks in solid or tonal yarn. You will have approximately one month from issue of draft pattern to complete at least one sock.  Contact me via IG or Ravelry, indicating your preferred size.

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Combo spin: 616 yds. 2-ply (singles spun on Turkish spindles; plied on Louët S10DT

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  • It’s a Chard Sock Life on Targhee sock from Knit Spin Farm.  I love this yarn!  Working to get at least two pair of shortie socks that will be gifts for my mother and sister.
  • Bressay by Marie Wallin will be on the needles this weekend.


Off the Shelf

  • Topsy Turvey World” lyrics by William Brighty Rands (1823-82), featured on Natalie Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep


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Episode 248

It’s all about the small pleasures this episode.  A knitting project went bust, but I’m so enjoying my Moonrise pendant and some new spinning fiber.  Also in this episode: crackers, potted herbs and vegetables, what’s on my nightstand and looking forward to rhubarb!

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Moonrise pendant (pattern by tiny owl knits)

There are now about 5x more beads added to the fringe!

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Meditative spindling with new fiber for my Turtlemade turkish spindle: Rose Quartz rolags from Green Goat Ranch


Off the Shelf

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.

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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.



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