Sunday, July 27, 2014

episode 28: no commitments


Episode 28 – 7/27/14 – no commitments

New Discoveries CAL – We already have several entries! Check out the thread to see what everyone is trying! Thread stays open until the end of August.   

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • ·         Scrappy Stripes hat – pattern by Denae Merrill. Free through the end of July! I used various worsted/aran weight acrylics from stash (details on my project page).
  • ·         Fudge Ripple Cowl – pattern by me! Free until Gus’s birthday on August 2nd! I used Malabrigo Yarn Dos in Turquesa and Mt. Ampato Alpacas in a deep brown. Combined, less than 200 yds.
  • ·         This brings my Stash Dash total to 5,962 yds! =)


On their way out (WIPs):


Stashed:          
  • ·         Received the Louet Northern Light Wool Top in Popsicle from the Knit1,HeartToo podcast! Thanks, ladies! =)
  • ·        I used my Paradise Fibers gift certificate! I got two skeins of Nature Spun fingering weight in Winter Blue to be combined with the remaining Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in Sahara Dessert from my stash for a weaving project.  =)


Future plans:
·         Warping my loom with the new stash! And working on the hat pattern too.

It’s Easy Being Green…

Switch to eBills! Avoid the 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

episode 27: rain, rain, please come back!


Episode 27 – 7/16/14 – rain, rain, please come back!

  • A quick update on my tech-NO Sundays by request. =)
  • And a Kickstarter you might want to check out! Courtney of the Fearless Knitter podcast has a Kickstarter with a plan to start a yarn dyeing business. Check it out here!
  • I also found a good place for my orange scarf/shawl! Sheila and Wendy of the Knit1, Heart Too podcast are sponsoring a Comfort Shawl Charity KAL/CAL. New or gently used shawls can be donated by mailing to Webs at the address in their thread. Mine is bright and cheery so I think it would help to brighten someone’s day who’s going through a tough time. I’d like to weave at least one more to donate as well. Do you have any lurking in the closet you could donate?

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • ·         I sewed the Christmas in July bag for the 150-member prize drawing and a winner is drawn!
  • ·         I also sewed up some lavender dryer bags to go with the felted dryer balls I’m mailing out. =)
  • ·         I’m not Sari Cowl and an extra piece of plain weave to finish off the warp. The warp is Darn Good Yarn Rad Rayon in ocean swoosh blue. The weft is Darn Good Yarn At the Bahamas (recycled sari silk ribbon). This will be available as a kit in the DenKnits shop!
  • ·         This brings my Stash Dash total to 5,662 yds! Past the goal! =)

On their way out (WIPs):
  • ·         Scrappy Stripes hat – pattern by Denae Merrill. Free through the end of July! I’m using various worsted/aran weight acrylics from stash.

Stashed:
  • ·         I didn’t buy anything at the Paradise Fibers sale last week so no new reed for the loom.
·         I won a $10 gift certificate from the Kitchen Stitches podcast for the 2nd quarter of Somer’s Christmas All Year Long KAL. I got to pick where and chose, where else… Paradise Fibers! Guess who’s getting the yarn I decided to wait on awhile back? I know what the next project on my Baby Wolf will be! =)

Future plans:
·         Deciding on my July Christmas ornament. Manda-Jane suggested a great set of crochet granny square ornaments - Christmas Bunting Granny Style by Agrarian Artisan. These are written for fingering weight though so it got me searching… I found Country Christmas Garland by Carol Bancroft, Mini Stocking Pop! By Vickie Howell and Star Light Star Bright by Charissa Ragsdale which are all written for worsted weight. I was planning one of each for my tree, but I might just have to make a combined garland for my mantle. My tree is pretty tiny after all. ;-) Links for all 3 patterns I'm using can be found here.

It’s Easy Being Green…

Some days all I get in the mail box is junk mail… and it just gets recycled. Check out www.catalogchoice.org to opt out of catalogs, credit card offers, phone books, circulars, etc. You will need to look up companies individually, but they’ll contact the company for you and you only enter your address one time. This is a free service!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

episode 26: cheering from the bench


Episode 26 – 7/9/14 – cheering from the bench

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • ·         My loom is empty again! I now have 4 pieces of fabric for cotton tote bags and 917 more yds are out of the stash.
  • ·         Christmas Pudding Dishcloth available free on the Lily Sugar’n Cream website, using Lily Sugar’n Cream in Red, White and Hot Green and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Delux in espresso.
  • ·         This brings my Stash Dash total to 5,402 yds. Only 66 yds shy of the goal! We have a Stash Dash support thread in the group if you're playing along!

On their way out (WIPs):
  • ·          Those tote bags are still technically a WIP since I still need to sew them and sew liners for them. =)

Stashed:
  • ·         Looking to get another reed and possibly another shuttle or two. Any suggestions on favorite brands/styles? I'm hoping to pick up a couple from Paradise Fibers during their current sale ($25 gift card with a $125 purchase - works out to about 17% off).

Future plans:
  • ·         Lots of sewing plans! The bag for the 150-member prize drawing next week, curtains for my living room and kitchen and of course the bags with my new woven fabric!
  • ·         SO many plans for weaving! Tapestry weaving, a cowl and too many plans for the Baby Wolf!! =)

It’s Easy Being Green…

Eat local! Check out the KnitSpinFarm Eat Along for the summer!

(All episodes are available on iTunes and YouTube.)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

episode 25: hung out to dry


Episode 25 – 7/2/14 – hung out to dry

DRAWING – A winner is drawn for the Summer Top CAL. =)

AND we hit 150 members in the Ravelry group! There’s a new thread on the board to enter for a prize. Tell me, what’s your favorite fruit? =)

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • ·         Beaufort Hat – pattern by Angela Hahn, using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in eggplant.
  • ·         Hurricane Angel – pattern by Leigh Steiner, using Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Washable Ewe in duckling
  • ·         I blocked my Sweet Eleanor Scarf too. It looks SO much better!
  • ·         This brings my Stash Dash total to 4,419 yds.


On their way out (WIPs):
  • ·         Christmas Pudding Dishcloth available free on the Lily Sugar’n Cream website, using Lily Sugar’n Cream in Red, White and Hot Green and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Delux in espresso.
  • ·         My warp for the big loom is ready! 600 yds of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Twists in blue/green/turquoise/white. Weft will be various cotton solids from my stash.

Stashed:
·         I bought pirns to alter for my shuttle. I refuse to give up!! haha

Future plans:
·         New CAL for July/August – New Discoveries CAL! – try a new craft, a new technique, a new fiber… Post a pic of what you did and tell us how it was new to you!

It’s Easy Being Green…
Summer is upon (most of) us! Put the sun to work and dry your laundry outside! The sun will also help whiten your whites naturally. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

episode 24: let's talk poop


Episode 24 – 6/25/14 

You have just under a week to finish up any summer tops for the May/June CAL! Right now we have 5 FOs posted so the odds are good! =)

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • ·         Punkin Head 3.0 – There’s Christmas in July, why not Halloween in June? Reversible Knit Halloweenie Beanie by Laurie Perry (free) using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in terracotta and olive
  • ·         Sweet Eleanor Scarf – free crochet pattern by Quince Tart – making as part of a CAL with my LYS, Paradise Fibers, using a skein of Jo-Ann Sensations Caribbean in met orange.
  • ·         I’m not Sari scarf – made as a sample for the new DenKnits shop!
  • ·         This brings my Stash Dash total to 4,302 yds. Just over 1,100 to go!


On their way out (WIPs):
  • ·         I’m not Sari cowl – working up sample #2 for the DenKnits shop
  • ·         Beaufort Hat – pattern by Angela Hahn, using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in eggplant
  • ·         Mystery Tapestry – I’m trying my hand at some tapestry weaving. I warped my Martha Stewart loom with some cotton and plan to play around.


Stashed:
  • ·         I stole one last skein from the boxes of yarn that came with my big loom before dropping them off at Salvation Army yesterday. My plan for the tapestry includes this skein so it’s not sticking around long. =)


Future plans:
  • ·         Christmas Pudding Dishcloth available free on the Lily Sugar’n Cream website, using Lily Sugar’n Cream in
  • ·         Hurricane Angel – pattern by Leigh Steiner, using Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Washable Ewe in duckling

  • ·         New CAL for July/August – New Discoveries CAL! – try a new craft, a new technique, a new fiber… Post a pic of what you did and tell us how it was new to you!


It’s Easy Being Green…
It’s all about poop. Check out the Smart Cat Box. I found out about these from Rosie of the Healthy Knitting podcast on YouTube. It’s awesome! Minimal tracking, no dust, minimal waste to deal with and I’m saving a ton on litter! Any suggestions for dog poo?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

episode 23: imbalance


Episode 23 – 6/18/14 – imbalance

I’m learning about balance in weaving. I’m also striving for balance in life. I’ve instituted media-free Sundays a la Joanna Spring of Knit Spin Farm. No texting, email, Instagram or Ravelry, no computer or iPad other than reading an ebook since I don’t really get physical books these days. I even unplugged my router – no temptation to take a peek.

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • ·         Turkish Tiles Dishcloth – free knitting pattern by Rebekah Yeager - made for the Hudson Valley Knits Senior Love-along using Lily Sugar’n Cream in Hot Purple and Hot Green. Most dishcloths I’ve made are in the 40-60yd range. This one used a whopping 108 yds!
  • ·         Gus shared his idea for that acrylic yarn in the boxes! Lol Thanks for the push, Gus. =)
  • ·         This brings my Stash Dash total to 3,615yds!


On their way out (WIPs):
  • ·         Sweet Eleanor Scarf – free crochet pattern by Quince Tart – making as part of a CAL with my LYS, Paradise Fibers, using a skein of Jo-Ann Sensations Caribbean in met orange.
  • ·         Mystery Tapestry – I’m trying my hand at some tapestry weaving. I warped my Martha Stewart loom with some cotton and plan to play around. Still deciding on a pattern, but I have a few ideas. =)

Stashed:
  • ·         Returned the ill-fitting pirns =( but ordered cardboard quills thanks to the suggestion of Helga (helgaundmichael) in the Ravelry group! =)
  • ·         I also got a free Craftsy class! I made a suggestion they liked and they gifted me a class off my wish list as a thank you. How cool is that?! I noticed that they’ve made the change I suggested too! I’ll be trying out some new big bowl vegetarian recipes soon. =)

Future plans:
  • ·         Woven project using recycled sari ribbon yarn. It will be available as a kit in DenKnits’ new shop!


It’s Easy Being Green…

Check out your local library to share items instead of buying new! Mine offers not only paper books, but DVDs, CDs, ebooks and downloadable audiobooks and recently started offering streaming video!

Saturday, June 14, 2014