Monday, November 20, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 22

On Episode 22, I'm wearing my finished object, the Cala Luna Sweater!

I touch on my vicarious Rhinebeck experiences and the Knitting Pipeline Retreat that I'm looking forward to attending in February.  (KP Retreat info isn't posted yet on the day I'm publishing this blog post, but when it is released, you'll be able to find a thread about it on this message board.)

I show you the hat pattern that I released last week (the Stone Stacking Hat), and the one that will be released tomorrow (the Swirlygig Hat).  Both are available as single patterns, or as part of the #SquadHats eBook collection.

A little math lesson begins just after the 23 minute mark.  I talk about how I mathematically figured out exactly how many extra sleeve cap rows I could work without running short on yarn (and how you can do that, too!)  I also talk for a minute about how I fudged the neckline on my Cala Luna sweater, and how you shouldn't be afraid to do the same.

I show you a new project that I cast on for Mom's Christmas gift (which I'm not linking, just in case Mom is reading the show notes.  I posted the name on the screen as I was beginning to talk about the project, so you can just search it on Ravelry if you want to know more about the pattern.)

There's a little bit of enabling, as I show you 4 new recent purchases.

And I have a couple new podcast recommendations for you: Arne & Carlos and On Being with Krista Tippett.

I also talk about the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, which begins TOMORROW!  There is a 25% off sale that runs Nov 21 (8pm EST) to midnight (EST) on Nov 28.  Use the code "giftalong2017" on any sale bundle patterns from any of the participating can use the code as many times as you wish!  Then, hop on over to the KALs and join in on the camaraderie, games, and knitting support that will be available until December 31st.  Work on your holiday knitting, or knit a gift for yourself - it's always a lot of fun!

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Release: Stone Stacking Hat

Oh my gosh, you guys....something amazing happened at my house recently.  Legendary, really.

I designed and knit a hat for a new pattern, and laid it on a pile with a couple other hats.  A day or two later, my teenage daughter happened to notice the pile of hats, and she picked one of them up.  "Now THIS is something I'd actually wear," she told me.  SHE. WOULD. ACTUALLY. WEAR.  Did I mention that she is 14?  Did I mention that since the age of about 3 she has not been shy about letting me know that she's happy to be in charge of choosing her wardrobe because I "have no fashion"?

I did it to my own mom, too.  We would go clothes shopping together and she would helpfully pick things out of racks to show to me.  99% of the time, I'm sure my response was something like, "No," "No way," or "I'd never wear that if it was the only article of clothing left on earth.  Ok, I wouldn't have said that out loud, but I would have thought it, then tried to say "no" in a way that wouldn't result in me having privileges revoked.  When I was in high school, my mom was on a mission to get me to buy a blazer.  I wouldn't say that is the reason my favorite clothing style is loose and flowy, but knowing what I know of teenagers, she certainly didn't help her cause by consistently pointing out blazers and telling me how great I would look in one.

So imagine my surprise when my own 14-year-old complimented the hat I made, completely unprompted, and said it was very trendy and something she would actually wear.  It's not an occurrence I would count on to happen least not until she's paying her own bills.

You probably guessed that the hat I'm talking about is this week's pattern release, number 2 in the #SquadHats eBook collection.  This one is called the Stone Stacking Hat, and it has an all-over faux-cabled texture.

It has a nice, rounded crown, so it looks great on its own, but it looks extra trendy with a pom pom, especially a faux fur one like the ones I currently have in my Etsy shop.  I started making my own, because the commercially produced pom poms I've come across have been both heavy and have had way more "center" than "fur".  I purposefully make my pom poms very lightweight, and I choose faux furs that have relatively long "hair" length, so the center of the pom pom isn't the main event.

The Stone Stacking Hat pattern is available now on Ravelry as a single pattern, but it's also available as part of a 4-hat pattern eBook called #SquadHats.  Two hat patterns will be available immediately if you purchase #SquadHats, and the remaining two will appear in your library over the next two weeks, until they are all released by the last week in November.  As a bonus to eBook customers, the first 50 people who purchase the eBook will have a Trappings & Trinkets ultrasuede garment tag sent to them in the mail.  (Tag will be sent to the mailing address associated with your Paypal account.)  You might receive a single-sided brown tag like the one shown on this hat, or a double-sided gray tag like the sample hat pictured on the At the Game Hat pattern page.  Make sure to send me a message on Ravelry right after making your eBook purchase if you have a preference about which tag I send.

You can check the Stone Stacking Hat's Ravelry pattern page for specifics about yarn & needle requirements and the techniques this pattern uses.  There is an unusual increase included, so there is a detailed written explanation of the increase in the abbreviations section of the pattern & a link to a video tutorial demonstrating how the increase is done included as well.  Many, many thanks to sandyvar & mlb, the fantastic test knitters who helped to work the kinks out of this pattern!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 21 - AND a New Pattern Release!

This week's podcast begins with my Top Ten List - Pieces of Craft Show Advice.  Things I wish I had done differently, and things that I'm glad that I did.  If you ever serve as a vendor at a craft fair, you will find a few valuable nuggets in the first 20 minutes of this week's podcast!

On to finished objects:

Lace Boot Cuffs - I changed the crocheted ribbed cuff to a knit one for more stretch
Saartje's Bootees - the pattern doesn't give specific instructions for making the button loop at the end of the strap, so here's what I did:  After binding off the last stitch along the top of the shoe, I cut the yarn to about an 8" tail and did not pull the tail all the way through the last stitch.  Instead, I inserted a small crochet hook into the last loop and chained 6 or 7 stitches (this depends on how large the buttons you are using are), and then I pulled the tail all the way through the last chain stitch.  I threaded the remaining tail onto a yarn needle and used it to sew the loop down to the strap, creating a sturdy button loop.

For the button loop at the end of the opposite strap, I cut a 10" length of yarn and chained 6 or 7 stitches in the middle of it.  I used a yarn needle to sew each end down to the end of the opposite strap, creating a matching button loop at the end of the opposite strap.

And on my needles is the Cala Luna Sweater

Last but definitely not least, this week's new pattern release is the At the Game hat!
This pattern is available as a single pattern, and also as part of a 4-pattern eBook called #SquadHats.  The eBook only contains one pattern at the moment, but each of the next three weeks, and update will be sent to early purchasers of the eBook, adding one hat pattern a week until they are all published by the end of November.  And as a little bonus to early eBook customers, the first 50 people who purchase the eBook will receive a Trappings and Trinkets ultrasuede tag (similar to the one shown on the hat pictured) in the mail.  It will either be a double-sided gray tag (like the one pictured) or a single-sided brown tag.  If you have a preference of which you'd rather have, make sure to send me (colie75) a Ravelry pm as soon as you make your eBook purchase to let me know your preference.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 20

The first 4 hats I show are all patterns currently being tested.  So they don't have project pages set up yet, but if you're interested in test knitting, you can find us here:

Light Blue Ribbed Hat

Gray Hat with Rainbow Blips & Tassles

Natural Wool Cabled Hat

Light Blue/Green Textured Stripe Hat

The next few hats were done from patterns by other designers:

Bankhead Hat

Cable Hat

Mollie Mae


We also talk about patterns that forbid you from selling items made from them, the benefits of being able to knit using different techniques, and making faux fur pom poms!

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.