Episode 265

New projects on the needles, a finished garment that has been months in the making, more experimentation with espresso powder, and our inaugural poet!

  • Completed Alabama Chanin inspired sleeveless tunic
    • fabric: organic soy knit from The Confident Stitch
    • thread: Coats and Clark button thread in Slate
    • dress pattern: improvised Endless Summer Tunic
    • bolero pattern: Alabama Chanin bolero


  • substitute for 2 tblsp. tomato paste: 8 finely diced sundried tomatoes, 2 tsp. espresso powder, 2 tsp. miso paste; splash of balsamic vinegar

In This Place” by Amanda Gorman

FORBES article about our 22-year-old inaugural poet


Episode 264

In this episode, I provide a review of some recently completed knitting and stitching projects, and share some ideas for using espresso powder.  Known as “chocolate’s best friend,” this product deepens, darkens and intensifies all sorts of flavors.  We have had some fun experimenting with it.


I have signed up for Holly Merker’s Basic Birding Skills webinar, hosted by Hawk Mountain.  The cost is $9.40 including fees, and takes place on Thursday, January 21 form 7-8 pm EST.

Afterwards, Yarns at Yin Hoo listeners are invited to join a zoom session.  We will stitch and chat and talk about what we learned from the webinar, as well as our own birding tips and insights.  If you would like a zoom link, contact me via Ravelry, email or IG.

Hello, Waffles.  You are a seriously cute puppy.  LINK to Ravelry project notes.

Currently on the needles:

  • shortie socks knit in KnitSpinFarm’s Apple Cider colorway
  • cabled pillow (gift kit from WildRoseTextiles)


My marsma.  With thanks to Sarah Hunt, who walked Emily and I through this process.  The layout you see above was achieved after hours of maneuvering.  I decided to reverse the motifs so that they can be appreciated when the pouch is folded up (see below.  I also decided to incorporate some of the shisha embroidery techniques I learned from Shanaz Khan — and this also helped me pull the yellow into the wide end of the case.

The interior is lined with fabric.  I chose a paisley from stash.  There is a pocket for storing stitching supplies.  Then, I decided to add some storage for needles and a pin cushion.  My pin from Katie Green monitors the situation and helps to keep everything in good order.

The pouch at the narrow end of the marsma is tempting for storage of scissors, but they tend to slide out.  So I find it’s useful for thread, which stays in place a little better.  Below you can see how the pouch is folded and wrapped for storage, so the contents stay neatly tucked away.

Episode 263

I recorded in the early hours of December 16th, with Winter Storm Gail approaching.  In this episode, I share the details of my forthcoming hat design, recent knitting project, and an interview with Allison Page about a crowdfunded campaign to bring handspun cotton yarn to handknitters.

Meet Waffles (Ravelry link).  I used three strands of wool yarn to imitate the look of Susan B. Anderson’s product.  The result is pleasing, but I underestimated the skill and time needed to knit a seriously cute toy!

On a bit of a whim, I decided to participate in the swap Louise hosts on her Caithness Craft Collective podcast.  I’m so glad I got involved and exchanged gift packages with Lorna.  Look at this array of goodies from Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  Lorna and I enjoyed a zoom call, and I learned that she has been researching all about the history and symbolism of wreaths. You can read about her findings on her most recent blog post.

Allison Page, the Program Director of TATTER, joined me to discuss a crowdfunding campaign for handspun cotton yarn.  If you are interested in backing the project, or if you would like to share with someone who might be interested, you can find the link HERE.

Episode 262

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude this week.  These meditations have been fueled by webinars, conversations with friends, and reading.  In this episode, I share some of those thoughts, as well as the details of my finished Bressay, an acorn squash recipe that is makes a special addition to any fall menu, and some new stitching projects.


Oh, I love this sweater.  Complete, and I mean COMPLETE details can be found on my Ravelry entry for this project.


Acorn squash with coconut custard filling — fresh out of the oven (above) and drizzled with cider syrup (below).  This dish is dynamite.  I love the sweet and savory notes; hint of sage, vanilla, and orange.  It is very special and plates up delightfully!


Shisha stitched ornaments will be going out to special friends and family this holiday season. I was fortunate to learn this technique from a TATTER class.  Check out their offerings, as well as the quarterly journal which launched this weekend.  Issue 1: Isolation. So visually compelling and containing lots of inspiration.


In Transit” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Episode 261

In this episode, I there is sock talk, progress on my Bressay, lots of ideas for fall cooking, and some stories from our getaway to Beacon, NY.  I close the episode with a new-to-me poem by a very accomplished American poet and editor.

The Back Porch

Ribbed socks (RAV LINK)  in Lichen & Lace Sweet Potato colorway. I love this yarn and intend to purchase more! These socks knit up as quick as can be. Ribbed socks make a great gift as the fit is quite forgiving.

Yarn Lover at Large: 24 hours in Beacon, NY

My haul from Beetle & Fred in Beacon, NY.  It’s all sewing-related but I swear there is a good selection of yarn there too!  I adore this shop and I’m looking forward to working with this gorgeous double gauze.  I think it will become another Mississippi Avenue Dress. I plan to make another Mandy Boat Tee from the knit fabric.

Ever-Expanding Skill Set

Off the Shelf


Episode 260

Project updates, poetry, making sense of meal planning, and the enigmatic influence of goddesses.


Toe-up socks (RAVELRY LINK)  knit from a sock blank dyed by Maria of Ninjachickens.

All the colorwork on my Bressay sweater (RAVELRY LINK) is complete, thanks to an assist from Marybeth with the colors Eau De Nil and Pale Oak!  Now, on to the Mulberry!


I can highly recommend this 5-ingredient apple cake recipe for dessert, snack, and especially breakfast!

Chicken Normande recommended by listener Sue (studionoodling) No photo but the brandy cream sauce — yum.  I will definitely continue “playing fast and loose” with this recipe.

Spilled Milk episode on Meal Planning


Teri Ellen Cross Davis is my new favorite poet.  Find YOUR new favorite poet by participating in the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival — running through November 1.

Goddess of Cleaning” poem text

Goddess of Cleaning” video of poet reading

Knowledge of the Brown Body” video of poet reading

bio and more poems

a more perfect Union — coming February 2021


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