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Monday, September 11, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 17


Finished Project:
Tiriltunge Onesie

WIPs:
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:

Bespoken

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, chewy.com
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)

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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
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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'll....it 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?


Friday, June 30, 2017

Show notes: Episode 12

Congratulations to the Giveaway winners!





Today's podcast includes a finished shawl called Borderline, and the following works in progress:

Ten Stitch Zigzag Blanket

Stormy Sky Shawl


I also talk about sewing sundresses without a pattern, a tricked-out mattress I would like someone to invent, and a gift suggestion for your significant other!




Monday, June 19, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 11






Works in progress:

My Ten Stitch Zig Zag Blanket that will become part of the Welcome Blanket Project.

My doomed Threadle Sweater

The Circular Yoke Summer Shirt


On Hold:

Brioche Cowl

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a Fiber Fist Bump for yourself, and one for a friend!  You can find the giveaway threads on Instagram (I'm "coliemonte") and in my Ravelry Group.  (You can enter both places if you like, and feel free to tag your friends, so they can enter with you and increase your chances!

Podcast recommendation: Freakanomics, especially the May 10th episode, "How Big Is My Penis (and other things we ask Google)".

A new favorite veggie dinner: Ziyad brand frozen falafel.  Give it a try!