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Sunday, November 2, 2014

stashless podcast episode 39: better late than never?


Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • Just a little sewing the past couple weeks. I made up some cotton bags for my fiber stash storage. =)
  • Finished a braid of superwash merino/bamboo/nylon from Unwind Yarn Company in the AuroraBorealis colorway – 287 yds/4 oz
  • Prize added for the Good Karma CAL! 2 skeins of Schachenmayr orginal Boston plus a pattern for a stripey hat.

On their way out (WIPs):
  • TheVampyre, shawl pattern by Justyna Lorkowska, using my merino/silk/bamboo handspun
  • Working on 8 oz of Ferndale Fiber Potluck Roving in Mud Puddle – 1/3 done

Back in the Stash:
  • I frogged the Nostalgia Shawl and the two skeins of hand-dyed merino/silk yarn went back in the stash. I’ll start again with different yarn. I wasn’t loving the color combo and life’s too short to knit something I’m not loving. =)

Stashed:
  • Two bobbins for my Hansen! Guess who can now do a 3-ply without having to wind anything off! And I can work on more than one spinning project at a time!
  • 3 skeins from Color Me Happy! Check out the new group on Ravelry!

Future plans:
  • I’m also working on decreasing the stash again! Check out my stash page – lots and lots marked for sale and likely more to come!

It’s Easy Being Green…
Now that cooler temps have arrived in the northern hemisphere and windows and doors are shut, you might find you’re missing the fresh air circulating and eliminating any odors from pets or just a closed-up house. Most commercial air fresheners are loaded with nasty chemicals like formaldehyde, phenol, petroleum distillates and others that are known carcinogens or have negative effects on the nervous system and most only cover the odors, not eliminate them.
While there are some “green” alternatives on the market now, there are also a lot of DIY ways to freshen up your home even when opening a window isn’t an option. I mostly use baking soda, vinegar and organic lemon in my home, both for cleaning and odor reduction. I also use lavender sachets in my dryer and drawers for a chemical-free scent. ­Try real vanilla instead of a vanilla scented air freshener. Essential oils are another great alternative! Washing pet bedding (and the dog) helps too! ;-)

For more ideas: http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/green-air-fresheners.html





Thursday, October 16, 2014

stashless podcast episode 38: ends and new beginnings


Episode 38 – 10/15/14 – ends and new beginnings

Classes have started! =) Due to my busier schedule, recording will now be every other week so I’ll actually have progress to share.

Out of the Stash (FOs):

On their way out (WIPs):
  • Nostalgia Shawl, pattern by Elena Nodel, using two skeins of hand-dyed merino/silk yarn
  • The Vampyre, shawl pattern by Justyna Lorkowska, using my merino/silk/bamboo handspun

Stashed:
  • Loop batt won from the Fibre Town podcast! 5.1 oz of merino/nylon/Angelina in Box of Chocolates!

Future plans:

It’s Easy Being Green…
Green your holiday!
  • Instead of buying plastic treat bags or buckets, look for (or make) a fabric bag or use a pillow case or a reusable bag you already have around.
  • Instead of inexpensive plastic costumes that barely make it through one wearing, check out the thrift stores, your (or family’s or friend’s) attic or recycle materials like cardboard and fabric to make your costume. For a quicker option, you can always rent!
  •  Need make-up for your costume? Check out this link for some natural face paints and this blog for some great DIY options like fake skin to make warts/wounds.
  • Reuse your decorations from years past instead of buying new each year or recycle natural elements like leaves, corn stalks, pumpkins/gourds and apples to decorate.
  •  Use soy candles in your pumpkins instead of petroleum-based paraffin wax candles.

This episode ends on a low note. I try to keep the podcast upbeat, but this is real life and life isn’t always happy. =(

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

episode 37: happy Fall y'all!


First up, we have our winners for the Fudge Ripple KAL!

A new Craft-along starts today! The Good Karma craft-along is for anything you craft that’s charity-related. This includes anything you craft and donate to charity or anything made from yarn that the proceeds went to charity! =)

Out of the Stash (FOs):

On their way out (WIPs):
  • Autumn Leaves Leftie – pattern by Martina Behm, using Araucania Ranco Solid in sapphire and Louet Gems hand-dyed by me last year

Stashed:
  • V Yarn in the Scops base, Valar Margoulis colorway won from The Sampler Girl podcast. Thanks, Tanya! =)

Future plans:
  • Nostalgia Shawl, pattern by Elena Nodel, using two skeins of hand-dyed merino/silk yarn form The Black Sheep Cottage picked up a the Hoosier Hills Fiberarts Festival in Indiana back in 2010

It’s Easy Being Green…
If you don’t already have one, put in a programmable thermostat and set the temperature lower while you’re sleeping and while you’re away from home to save on energy and heating costs!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

episode 36: tool time!


(available now on iTunes/Downcast & YouTube)

I found a few new-to-me podcasts I wanted to share. James from DancingGeek podcast is a lot of fun to watch, even when he rambles. ;-) And I just found Lindsay of the Entirely Crafty Podcast this morning – she does all the crafts! Also, check out sjomajlin on YouTube. She’s multi-craftual and from Sweden. =)

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • The Summer Fool is blocked so you get to see it again. ;-)


 On their way out (WIPs):
  • Working on a Fudge Ripple Cowl out of my handspun finished last week (organic Polwarth/Silk with variegated purple thread auto-wrap). I ended up with a little over 400 yds after the handspun got a bath, plenty for a long cowl.


Stashed:
  • My, oh my, the Rowan Yarn Tasting at Paradise Fibers last weekend was awesome! I got to meet Lori (thefrostedcow on Ravelry/Sewing on the Farm podcast). There were great goody bags and I won a door prize too! I came home with 3 new skeins of sock yarn and two skeins of bulkier yarn plus patterns and a pattern book! And all FREE! =)
  • The destash went so well!! Thank you to all who helped my stash lose some weight! I used the destash cash for some used hand carders (woo!), a new reed for my floor loom and two boat shuttles and bobbins! Super excited about my new crafty tools!!


Future plans:
  • Playing with all my new tools!


It’s Easy Being Green…
Short of trading in your gas-hog for a hybrid or permanently park it, there are ways to decrease your gas usage (saving energy and money!) just by changing how you drive.
  • Don’t drive aggressively. Slower acceleration and braking and no speeding.
  • Don’t haul extra weight around.
  • Avoid idling.
  • Combine trips and plan the route to avoid backtracking.


For the math on savings: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.jsp (incl. a calculator for your own car) 
Or a YouTube video on driving tips: 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

episode 35 - seasons of change


Episode 35 – 9/17/14 – seasons of change

Drawing for a winner in the 200 member prize!

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • The Summer Fool is finished! And it’s still summer! LOL Still needs to be blocked, but it’s off the needles.


On their way out (WIP):


Stashed:
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Future plans:
  • Debating if I want to pull out another old WIP next or start something fresh! I think I need a quick finish next…
  • I watched Create Your Dream Career with Michelle Ward on CreativeLive and I’m SO glad I did! I’ve also been reading The Renaissance Soul by Margaret Lobenstine (sorry, looks like the price has gone up since I bought it - check your local library though!). Both are excellent and I’m learning so much and making plans for BIG changes in the next year…


It’s Easy Being Green…
How do you feel about eBooks? I love that they save space and require no manufacturing or shipping! Plus, I have my whole library at my fingertips and can highlight and notate all I want. Plus, they’re usually less expensive than the printed versions too!


I completely forgot to mention it, but I found a couple new-to-me podcasts I wanted to share. James from DancingGeek podcast is a lot of fun to watch, even when he rambles. ;-) And I just found Lindsay of the Entirely Crafty Podcast this morning – she does all the crafts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

episode 34: more spinning??


You still have a week to enter in for the 200 member prize! Thread will close next Wednesday before I record. =)

Out of the Stash (FOs):
On their way out (WIPs):
  • Working on my Summer Fool shawl. Free pattern from Patricia Martin. I’m using madeline tosh merino light in the Baltic colorway.
Stashed:

Future plans:


It’s Easy Being Green…
Pass on your unnecessary items to others who may love or need it! This cuts down on the manufacturing of new items, saving energy and materials.

I'll be decluttering at least one item a day for the next 30 days! Check out the thread on Ravelry if you want to join in! =)