Monday, October 9, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 19

This episode begins with a few non-knitting topics:

First, we draw for the Christmas yarn & bag giveaway winner!

I won't spoil the fun by posting the winner's name here, but here's a link to a "consolation discount" I came up with.  The Color Packs & Stash Scraps e-book of 13 stash-busting (or mini-skein-using) patterns will be discounted to $9.99 for the entire month of October!  (The page I link to still lists the price as $14.99, but on the checkout screen, you should see a 5.00 discount, which will make it $9.99.)

Then we talk about Deep-Cleaning/Organizing your house.  Here's a link to the cleaning/organizing schedule I show in the podcast.  Scroll down just past the pink & yellow graphic that declares "The best way to get things done is to simply begin!" and you'll see 10 links labeled with the months and the part of the house that month focuses on.  If you click into each of these monthly links, you will find a printable page that lists all the suggested tasks to focus on for that month.

Next, we talk disaster relief.  I'm fortunate to have never been the recipient of disaster aid, but I did see many people I know personally go through the experience of losing their homes and all their possessions in a tornado that hit our town back in 2013.  Through what I learned from them and what I saw first-hand as my family and I participated in the recovery process, I have a few nuggets of wisdom that I can offer to anyone who wants to send help to areas that have recently experienced a disaster.

I spoke a little bit about finding local organizations that are leading the recovery efforts because when our town was hit by the tornado, we found it was the local churches that were organizing and deploying volunteers, and the city itself that set up a tax-deductible fund that collected donations that were later dispersed to local people who needed the help.  Another organization I forgot to mention that was a HUGE help was Team Rubicon.  They are military veterans who organize and head out to any area that needs recovery help.  In our town, they were here very shortly after the tornado struck, and they were helping to clear lots of debris, helping to cut down trees that were torn up by the tornado but still barely standing, and just generally doing everything they could to serve the community and to help as much as they can in the initial clean-up effort.  If you're looking for a disaster relief group to support, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better group of people than Team Rubicon.

As for the knitting, that begins at the 27:00 mark!

I talk about 3 different hat patterns that haven't been named yet and will soon be ready for test knitting.  You can find the test-knit threads on the Trappings and Trinkets discussion board here.

Then we talk briefly about a couple different heel treatments:

The No-Wrap, No-Gap Short Row Heel
and the Fleegle Heel

I show off a little Lemonade Shop yarn

and I tempt you with some delicious dairy-free peanut brittle!

If you want to leave a comment on the Ravelry group thread for this episode you can find that here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 18

Finished Projects:
Brioche Cowl
Bespoken Sweater

Buttonhole Technique:
After much searching, I couldn't find a tutorial for the button hole type that the Bespoken Sweater uses.  This technique works well with buttons that need more than 1 stitch bound off.  So here it is in a nutshell:

Step 1: Place markers evenly spaced down your button band to show where each button hole will begin.
Step 2 (RS row): Work up to your first button hole marker in pattern.  Slip marker and bind off one or more stitches, depending on how large your button is.  Bind off one stitch LESS than you need for the button hole.  Working in pattern, K2tog or P2tog, depending on what is supposed to happen next.  Continue working button band in pattern until you get to the next marker, then repeat all Step 2 instructions.
Step 3 (WS row): Work in pattern until you come to the first gap created by button hole bind offs done in Step 2.  Turn your work so you are now looking at the RS.  Use the knitted cast-on to cast on the number of stitches you bound off for each button hole +1 extra stitch.  Turn work again so you are looking at the WS.  Repeat these instructions for each button hole gap.
Step 4 (RS row): Work button band stitches in pattern until you reach 1 stitch before the first newly-cast-on button hole sts.  K2tog or P2tog (depending on what you need to do to remain in your button band pattern) the last button band stitch and the first newly cast-on button hole stitch.  Work remaining newly cast-on button hole stitches in button band pattern.  Repeat this instructions each time you are 1 stitch before the first newly-cast-on button hole stitches for each button hole.  Once this row is complete, your stitch count will match the stitch could you had before you began working button hole rows.

Cala Luna

A DIY Blanket Scarf!  Tutorials here and here
I added a pocket to my daughter's Homecoming skirt.  You can do it, too!

I also talked about what I did when my daughter had a backpack that was in great shape until the zipper broke, training my cats to use an underground pet fence, and what I think about athletes that kneel while the national anthem is being played.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway drawing for the Christmas yarn & project bag set!  You can leave a comment on the Episode 17 You Tube page, leave a review on iTunes between Sept 11 and Oct 5, or leave a comment on the prize thread in the Trappings and Trinkets Ravelry group.  (And you can enter in all 3 places if you are so inclined!)  I'll announce the winner on Episode 19, which will be published sometime between Oct 8-10, 2017.

I plan to respond to some of your comments in the next episode (Episode 19), and I have really enjoyed reading all the messages you've left!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 17

Finished Project:
Tiriltunge Onesie

Bespoken Sweater
Cala Luna
Brioche Cowl

Future Project:
A DIY Blanket Scarf!  Tutorials here and here

Other Recommendations:
If you need a laugh, check out one of Katie Ryan's Videos of her daughter, Ava.  I also laughed my head off at her "Charlene" video.

If you need a great baby gift, check out the "Little Bear" book series.

And if you need a good chocolate chip cookie recipe, try this one.  I made it more "lactose-intolerant-friendly" by subbing a scant tablespoon of coconut oil in for half the butter (so, use 1 Tbsp butter +1 scant Tbsp coconut oil.)  It would also be fine to use About 1 Tsbp + 2 tsps of coconut oil if you don't want to use any butter at all.  It's a great recipe to experiment with since it only makes 3 or 4 cookies at a time.  If you try a substitute and it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted much food!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway drawing for the Christmas yarn & project bag set!  You can leave a comment on the Episode 17 You Tube page, leave a review on iTunes between Sept 11 and Oct 5, or leave a comment on the prize thread in the Trappings and Trinkets Ravelry group.  (And you can enter in all 3 places if you are so inclined!)  I'll announce the winner on Episode 19, which will be published sometime between Oct 8-10, 2017.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 16

Everything you might want to know about eclipses!

Donate your used eclipse glasses to Astronomers Without Borders!

Find a collection point on the website linked above, or mail your glasses to:
AWB Eclipse Glasses Donation ProgramExplore Scientific
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762

Finished Object:

My Pivot Tank

Works in Progress Are:

NoShow Socks

& Tiriltunge

Next On the Needles:


Then, starting at 24:40, there's a in-depth lesson about swatching.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 15

Today, I talked about the following finished objects:

World War G{loves}
Folded Sweater

and an older project, Rock the Lobster

My current WIPs are:

A couple single Shorty Socks
Pivot Tank

And an upcoming project is NoShow Socks.

I also mentioned an excellent book, Glory Over Everything
a pet supply website,
using vinegar to help adhere dye to yarn (rather than allowing it to bleed off and accidentally dye other colors in your project)

And, this episode includes a 20-minute lesson on how to use a simple formula to

And, I give you a tip to make hand-washing garments easier if you, like me, are not a goddess of domestic housekeeping!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 14

Psst!  If you've been enjoying the podcast, would you take a minute to leave an itunes review? (Even if you usually watch on You Tube, I'd really appreciate it)

Here's how to do it:

Here's what is included in today's podcast:

Three minutes about last week's healthcare dog & pony show

A couple half-finished objects:

Shorty Socks
World War G{loves}

My finished (and embroidered!) object:

Ten-Stitch ZigZag Blanket

Near-Future Project:

Pivot Tank

I am wearing my:

Beekeeper's Tank

You get a tour of my new batch of knitting & crochet project bags!  (They're available in my Etsy Shop here!)

Book Recommendations:

The Kitchen House,
then, if you love that book like I did, you can read the sequel: Glory Over Everything

Quick TV Series Review of:
Anne of Green Gables

Here's a link to the 1985 Anne of Green Gables if you somehow missed watching it 30 years ago!

Product Reviews:
Amazon Dash Buttons
So Delicious Coco Whip (the link will allow you to put in your zip code and select a product that you are looking for...fair warning, I think that sometimes this search function only pulls up stores that carry any part of the So Delicious product line, not necessarily the project you want to buy.  In my area, I have to go to HyVee to buy the Coco Whip although other stores like Kroger carry other products from this brand.

And a recipe that is great for lactose-intolerant folks (although it would be yummy made with dairy-containing products, too!

Here's a link to the original recipe page, but please note that I have edited the recipe below to reflect the way I actually prepare my version of this.

Easy Key Lime Pie
  • ¼ cup water (boiling)
  • 3 oz package lime flavored gelatin
  • 2 tsp key lime juice or regular lime juice
  • 12 oz of key lime flavored yogurt (I like Noosa and Chobani brands)
  • 9 oz containers of thawed So Delicious Coco Whip, and extra if you want some to top your pie with.
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
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  1. Whisk lime gelatin into boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the key lime juice, and put in the freezer for 10 minutes to cool.
  3. Once the gelatin mixture has cooled, add the key lime pie yogurt.
  4. Add a 8oz container of COOL WHIP and green food coloring, if desired.
  5. Spoon mixture into graham cracker crust and smooth out.
  6. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours.
  7. Add a scoop of Coco Whip from the second container.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 13

Finished Objects:

Stormy Sky Shawl

Ten-Stitch Zig Zag Blanket (mine was a 20-stitch zig zag)

Work in Progress:

Folded Sweater

I also talk about Siesta Key, FL and a nearby yarn shop, A Good Yarn, as well as a little bit about Illinois politics (sorry, ya' depresses me, too!), The Handmaid's Tale, and I give another shout out to the Fiber Fist Bumps winners that were drawn at the end of episode 12 in the hopes that they contact me!

I also tell a couple tales of early knitting projects that were doomed from the start.   We all have those skeletons in the closet, don't we?