Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Episode 29- Socks & More Socks

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 29!

This Week’s Segments Included:
On the Needles
In My Travels
Life in Focus
Crafty Adventures
From the Armchair
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week

On the Needles
Just one heel left!
Pattern: After-thought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

Free Pattern by by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
Did most of this knitting on my business trip this week.

Didn't work much on my Spring Green Garden Shawl

I've spent much of the past 2 weeks' focused knitting time on my Planche Vest by Meghan Jones. I've run into a number of issues understanding this pattern. Thankfully designer Meghan Jones has been extremely helpful in answering my questions.I’m now about 13-14 inches into the body and am increasing to get ready for the sleeves.

New Socks for Dan
Using Cascade 220 superwash in black and charcoal gray.
This pair will have gray cuff, toe and heel with black body.

In My Travels
This week I took a trip to Sarasota, Florida for work. I visited Siesta Key Beach & Lido Key Beach, then had a delicious dinner at The Shore Diner. Check out their Facebook Page.

Life in Focus
I am really enjoying the A Beautiful Mess App-See here for their FAQs. Its only 99 cents US. Currently this is available for iOS only.

I'm also using the prompts from Fat Mum Slim's June Photo-a-day Challenge. Its been a great creative challenge. Come join me and see my photos on Twitter.

Crafty Adventures
The Down Cellar Studio is finally move-in ready!

I bought this book case from Ikea- The Expedit (note- the white as listed is actually cream. Or at least it was in my store so I went with the birch instead).

I'm really looking forward to doing some craft projects to create my Collage Wall. Check out my ideas on Pinterest here.

I caught a Craftsy deal and signed up for Amy Herzog’s Knit to Flatter Class for only $10. I haven't had time to watch it yet, but will be reviewing this and Amy's Fit to Flatter book on an upcoming episode.

From the Armchair

Update on 2013 goals: 6 months in

-Knit a sweater for me-- in progress
-Knitting socks for Dan -- in progress
-Knit more than 6 items for me -- 4 done; 2 in progress!
-Try my hand at colorwork-- nothing to date
-Continue to look for new techniques when selecting projects (ideally while knitting down my stash)-- destashing= not so much. But I have tried new techniques: socks with 2 kinds of heels, designing the shawl lace pattern, an interesting construction on the Oak Trail Hat and knitting my first garment from the bottom up.

How are you doing with your goals? Let's chat!

Review of Handmade in the UK luscious lace + artisan yarns by Emily Wessel

I highly recommend you take a look at this book and support this wonderful designer & small business. 

$16 CAD for eBook- Ravelry Link
$26 CAD for paper book Tin Can Knits Website

For a chance to win a copy of this eBook, come on over to the Ravelry board, answer the question listed and you're entered to win (don't forget you need to be a member of our group to be eligible to win). I'll draw for the winner before I record next on Thursday 6/20.

Another amazing contribution Tin Can Knits is making to the knitting community is the Simple Collection. Its 8 free patterns in 16 plus sizes. They are ready to give you the basic items you'll need in your knit wardrobe with clear patterns, instructions and tutorials to help along the way! So cool. Please share the love for Tin Can Knits! And if you do, please let them know you heard about them here.


Come join our June Sock KAL. The chat thread and FO thread are already hopping!

Local? Come join me- I'll be teaching my GoodReader Class at Yarn’s End in Hanover, MA on Tuesday June 25th from 6-8p. If you’re local, come join us
1112 Washington Street. Hanover, MA  02339. For details feel free to call: 781-924-5549.

On a Happy Note

Purely Elizabeth Granola- Ancient Grain
Delicious! (And I'm picky about granola)

Quote of the Week

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Thanks for listening! Talk to you soon!

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  1. Ohhhh, studio space is perfect!! Happy crafting ahead!

  2. I love Tin Can Knits!!! And not just because of the name.
    diana wessel