Monday, April 10, 2017

Show Notes: Episode Six

Brené Brown - A compilation of her You Tube videos are available here.

Finished Objects:

Honey Drudger Hat

Orange Commission Socks

Constellate Hat

Baby Goshalosh Boots


My Gold Sweater is using the skeleton of the September Morn pattern

Sweet Pea Baby Sleep Sack

I'm wearing my Jillian sweater

Don't forget to enter to win my bite-size skeins of yarn (90g total) by reposting the photo of them on my Instagram page (user name: coliemonte) and leaving a comment on my original photo so I know you reposted (I won't know to count you in the entries unless you leave a comment here!), or by linking in the Yarn Thread in the Trappings and Trinkets Ravelry Group as I described in the podcast!  Good luck! :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Show Notes: Episode Five

Willy Porter -2017 tour dates  (seriously...he's good on a recording, but in person he is AMAZING.)
        • Dog-Eared Dream

Constellate by Hunter Hammersen  

September Morn (kinda) sweater

Chiao Goo Red Lace needles  •  Here are local yarn shops that carry them  • Here's an internet site that carries them

Project Bags are available in my shop.  Smaller sizes are finished and ready to ship, about a dozen larger sizes will be added by the end of this week.  Email me if you see a bag you like but want it in a larger size, and I can let you know if I will have that available.  (And I can tag it as reserved for you if you want me to do that.)

Many thanks to everyone who has left an iTunes or Google Play review, or who has subscribed to my You Tube Channel or left a comment there.  I love reading your reactions to the podcast!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 4

Arsenic and Old Lace

Caterpillar Visitor's Center


Rimu yarn

Honey Drudger Hat

Lady Finkaas Slippers

Perianth Mittens (comes with an included chart to use for other projects)
I forgot to mention that I first knit this sweater as a cardigan, decided it was a little too small, and then reworked my plan to make it a bottom-up raglan with sewn-in sleeves!  I'm so glad I did tear it out and start over...I wouldn't have worn a too-small cardigan very much, but I wear the pullover all the time!

Artisian Shawl

Congressional Switchboard Phone Number

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 3

Groovy from JumperCables

Orange Malabrigo Socks

New Shawl is made from Hedgehog Fibers Sock Yarn

Spotted Cowl and Splat Hat set is great for variegated yarn

Knit Picks cases are great for holding crochet hooks and interchangeable needle sets

Audible Channels - free account if you have an Amazon Prime account

The Kitchen House by Kathlees Grissom

The Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner



The Kindness Diaries

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 2

That was so much fun, I had to come back for more! Thank you so much to the people who left comments on the YouTube page for episode one, and to the first few friends I reached out to who watched the podcast and gave me their feedback.  I am very open to ideas and hope to continue to improve as I go along!

Not so much fun was the week's worth of rss feed errors I've gotten as I try to figure out how to get this podcast submitted to iTunes.  Seriously, if you know how to defeat the  "Can’t submit your feed. There is no description tag in your feed, or the description tag is empty" error, please reach out to me!

In today's show, I talk about:


the Leap of Faith sweater

Kate Davies' steeking tutorial

being in charge of Donald Trump's hair

How I became a knitter


Leading Men Fiber Art's Diva yarn

Twisted Hipster hat

my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for lactose intolerant folks

 (And yes, using regular white flour is the only modification I make to the recipe)
LuAnn coconut oil

and Slime!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 1

Ohmygoodness, you guys.  I published a podcast.

I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did making it!

Here are some of the things I showed and talked about:

Plain Vanilla Sock that uses this short-row technique

Ysabel Shawl by Brandy Velten

Another mystery project made from Malabrigo Arroyo in the Reflecting Pool colorway

My Holiday in North Korea

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

volleyball, meatless dinners, marching band, and more!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Top Ten Knitting Patterns for Fall

Although it is definitely still summer here in Illinois, lots of knitters are starting to plan some new projects for fall.  To help you along with a little pattern enabling, I put together this list of ten fantastic knits for fall!

1) Il Grande Favorito written by Isabelle Kraemer

It's a nice, oversized sweater that you can easily personalize with stripes, color blocking, or by adding special details, and it would be cozy to snuggle up with on cool fall days.  But the 3/4-length sleeves and sport-weight yarn mean that it won't be an overwhelmingly warm sweater, so it'll be great for those days that start out cool, then warm up a bit in the afternoon.

It's available in bust sizes ranging from 36" - 48", and the pattern is available in English, German, and French.
2) Dangling Conversation written by Mindy Ross

This shawl uses less than 500 yds and has a simple enough texture that you could really get creative with the yarn you choose to make this project.  And when that warm fall afternoon turns into a cool evening, it's nice to have an extra little layer that you can throw over your shoulders or wrap around your neck!  I can see this done in 3 different colors, as in the sample shawl, or it would be lovely knit in a gradient kit.

3) Chaleur written by Julie Hoover

Get out your leggings and a pair of cowboy boots...this oversized pullover looks like a fun & unique project to pair with them!

The design assumes such a loose fit that it is only available in 4 different sizes.  This really takes some of the stress out of knitting a garment. Chances are good that if you pick the appropriate size for your hip measurement, you can knit the pattern without any major alterations and it'll fit just as intended!

4) World War G{loves} written by Nicole Montgomery

Why go to the trouble of intricate color work or remembering a textured stitch pattern when these casual stockinette stitch gloves fit so well and coordinate with so many pieces in your wardrobe?  The fun in these is working the welts, which give the surface a rumpled texture while keeping the inside of the fabric smooth against your hands.  

If you've got 200 yds of DK-weight yarn in your stash, you could have these gloves finished by the end of the week!

5) Colors for a Cloudy Day written by yellowcosmo

This sweater has been in my queue ever since it was released.  I'm just waiting to collect enough DK-weight leftovers from other projects that I won't have to buy full skeins for the 6 contrast colors that would require less than 100 yds each.

I love a simple silhouette with fun details, and this sweater definitely fits the bill.  The pattern is written for chest sizes ranging from 31 - 53", so almost everyone should be able to find a size that will work for them.

6)  Nellie written by Donna Higgins

What if you're a baby girl this fall?  They need pretty fall knits, too!

I love this little baby sweater.  It provides a nice warm layer with a lot of visual interest.  And I love the little detail of the "flower buttons".  Such a sweet little design!

This pattern uses differing gauge to change sizes rather than different stitch counts, which isn't my usual jam, but more than 200 people have project pages up on Ravelry, so there are plenty of people who are willing to give this method a try!

7) Therapy written by Laura Aylor

If you crave garter stitch and changing colors, this shawl might be right up your alley!  One color requires a full skein of fingering-weight, the second color requires about half a skein, and the third color uses less than 1/4 of a skein.  It would be a great opportunity to pair a couple leftovers with a full skein and get them all used up!

8) Bulle written by Oomieknits

I became aware of this cute design when my sister decided to make it for her little girl.  It was her first attempt at knitting a garment, and she finished it with great success!

If your daughter needs a special back-to-school top, this is a style that is classic, yet fits perfectly with the current trend of longer tops worn over leggings.  So chances are, this is one your daughter will actually wear!

Bulle is available in sizes 3/4 - 11/12, and written in English, French, or Italian.  And if you're into being twinsies with your daughter, check out Lady Bulle for this same design written for women's sizes!

9) Surrounded Afghan written by Susan Rainey

A fall essential is a snuggly throw that can keep you warm on cool nights.  If you're one to play "furnace chicken," you know how important it is to have a blanket to throw over you when you decide to sit still.  Once your thermostat drops below about 68º in your home, that can feel pretty chilly without a couple layers to keep you warm!

Pick up 1700 yds of bulky wool, and you can create this lovely textured afghan.

10) Habañera by Mary Annarella

This 3/4-sleeve beauty could be a showcase for some gorgeous hand-dyed yarn.  But even if knit in a solid color, the lace collar still gives the sweater a lot of visual interest.

It's made from fingering-weight yarn in sizes from a 29" bust all the way up to a 50" bust.

Depending on size, you'll need between 900 and 1900 yds of fingering weight yarn to knit this lovely piece.  If you're anything like me, you probably have more than enough yarn in your stash that would fit the bill!

Which of these pieces is your favorite?  Do you have a favorite fall knit?  Leave me a comment and let me know what is on your project list for this fall!