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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 again....at 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

Laurus

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.

WIPs:
Cala Luna

Sewing:
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

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)

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
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!




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Show Notes: Episode 10





Today's projects:

I finished my Therapy Shawl and I made a pair of Simple Garter Stitch Slippers.

Works in progress are a Brioche Cowl and the very beginning of my Circular Yoke Summer Shirt.

Book recommendation: On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

U2 just announced more concert dates!  If they're going to be anywhere near you, you won't regret the money and time you spend on this concert!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Show Notes: Episode Nine









Therapy Shawl by Laura Aylor

Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner

Petty Harbor Socks by Rayna Curtis

The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu

Thinx - You can use this link to get $10 off if this is your first order.  If you happen to see this before noon EST on May 29th, you can just go to www.shethinx.com and order without a coupon code or special link and they will give you 30% off any size order - one pair or one hundred pairs!  ...but don't buy one hundred pairs.  There's so much yarn you could get with that money!)

Fiber Flair:
If you want to help your yarn shop owner get in touch with me, you can give them the address to this blog, or you can share my email address with them (coliemonte AT gmail DOT com) and they can request info that way.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Show Notes: Episode Eight



Yep, I went there.

A couple links on the ACHA:

Here's what the Congressional Budget Office has to say (warning, the pdf is super dry facts & figures, but this is a non-partisian source.)

Here is a slightly left-leaning source that compares the American Care Act (Obamacare) with the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare).

More charts explaining the ACHA courtesy of NPR.

And here's an article about the ACHA from a slightly right-leaning source.

Between the time I recorded the podcast and the time I published it, the Senate announced the names of the 13 men who will be crafting the Senate health care bill (because, thankfully, the House bill is supposedly dead on arrival as far as the Senate is concerned.   All 13 members are Republicans, even though 48% of the current senate caucuses with the Democrats.  There are no female senators included in this committee, even though there are 5 women who currently serve as Republican senators.  (There are 16 women who serve as Democratic senators, but that is a rant for another day.) What could possibly go wrong with allowing health care policy for the whole country to be written by a group of all white dudes who skew much wealthier and older than the general population?  (Let me just drive home how very similar these guys are by pointing out that 25% of them are named "John".)  Surely my concerns are unfounded and they will have plenty of insight into women's health and be able to fully understand the challenges people without means face in affording decent health care.

On to today's projects! (So, so many projects!)

Possum Fingerless Gloves

Sweet Pea Baby Sack

Boho Blush Shawl

Jason's "Brownie" Sweater

Jason's Mr. Darcy College-Replica Sweater

Petty Harbor

September Morn (kinda, not really)

.......and I announced the winner of the "bite size yarn" and an extra surprise prize!  Make sure to contact me either via email (click on the "contact me" tab above), or with a personal message on Ravelry to give me your shipping address if you're the winner!

Also, please contact me if you are a yarn shop owner or the loyal customer of a yarn shop and want information on how your yarn shop can be a retailer of the new Trappings and Trinkets product!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Show Notes: Episode Seven



Do you have creatures in your chimney or elsewhere that you need to evict?  Here's a website that lists "wildlife rehabbers" who want to help you do just that!

Blueberry Waffle Socks 

Boho Blush Shawl

Fingerless mittens 

Call the Midwife

The Yarn Harlot's beautiful post about her daughter

Enter to win "bite size yarn" on Instagram!  (Find the photo of the yarn, repost it to your account, then come back to the original photo on my account to let me know you are entered to win.)


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

WIPs:

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

Possums

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

Lion

Newsroom

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:


Steeking


the Leap of Faith sweater


Kate Davies' steeking tutorial


being in charge of Donald Trump's hair


How I became a knitter


Groovy


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!