Sunday, April 16, 2017

Episode 72: Don't Try This at Home!

Knitting Segments


Special thanks to Jenn Sheelen for sending me her latest pattern, Lil Miss Chelsea Bean.

Show-Ready Knits

Sockhead Slouch Hat #3

Baby Hat 


Knits in Rehearsal

Ripken by Melanie Berg

Here's a tutorial for the Crochet Hook Provisional Cast-On

Mae by Andrea Mowry 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

#MarchMowryMadness will run through April 30, 2017. There is a chatter thread open and lively on Ravelry.



The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

June 10, 2017 is World Wide Knit in Public Day.

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting@gmail.com or contact me on Ravelry.


My Favorite Knitting Things


Josh did an Ikea hack for a yarn winding station for my craft room. We used the Finnvard from Ikea, painted it, and installed my swift and ball winder on the top!

Strauch Ball Winders

Here's the blog post where Josh found the idea for the Yarn Winding Station.

Non-Knitting Segments

One-Pot Wonders

One Pot Teriyaki Chicken Zoodles


Love it or Leave it

Love: My trip to San Francisco 

Leave: Spring Break is over! 

Other News and Notes 

Running
Marathon Training starts April 29, 2017

Books 
Finished Reading: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue



Finished Listening: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman


Currently Reading: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Currently Listening: I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Episode 71: My Name is Michelle and I'm Scared of Math




Knitting Segments


Knits in Rehearsal





I mentioned how I've been using a tracker in my knitting notebook to keep up with notes and how often I work on long term projects. Here are some links for more information about Bullet Journal Trackers. 





Knitting News, Notes and Events

#MarchMowryMadness will run through April 30, 2017. There is a chatter thread open and lively on Ravelry.

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

June 10, 2017 is World Wide Knit in Public Day.

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting@gmail.com or contact me on Ravelry.

Knitting Talk Back 

Knitting Aches and Pains? I definitely have some from time to time. Check out these articles and blog posts for more information.

8 Warning Signs Your Knitting Could Give you RSI from the Knitting Loop

4 Ways to Avoid RSI when Knitting from The Knitting Loop

Repetitive Strain and Knitting from The Spruce.com

29 Tips for Avoiding Knitting Pain from All Free Knitting

Hand Exercises for Knitters and Crocheters from Craftsy

Therapeutic Gloves from Lion Brand

Non-Knitting Segments 


Meatless Monday

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Bowls

Love it or Leave it

Love: Ikea Skubb Boxes for Drawers 

Leave: Packing Anxiety!

Let's Go on a Trip Packing List to Download

Other News and Notes


Running Updates
No news is good news! Ran a 4 mile race earlier in March. 

Books 




Finished Reading: 
   
Finished Listening: 
Currently Listening:
Currently Reading
 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Episode 70: Time to Close That One Up!

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits 




Chiagoo 16 inch Circulars

I mentioned that this project would be great for watching The Americans, since it has a lot of subtitles. 

Knits in Rehearsal


 V-Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli


Knitting News, Notes and Events 


We wrapped up the  Point/Counterpoint Volume 2 giveaway. Thanks to Kino Knits and Prairie Girls Design for the giveaway. Listen up to see if you were a lucky winner! 


March Mowry Madness! 
We were able to announce three winners of an Andrea Mowry pattern. If you entered, be sure to listen for your name!

The Knit A Long officially runs March 15th-April 30th, but it's going to be very informal. Knit patterns by Andrea Mowry, the famous designer behind the Find Your Fade Shawl. Wips are welcome and you don't have to finish your project to enter. No prizes yet, but I'll let you know if something is donated!



New Year, New Ewe!
We wrapped up the New Year, New Ewe Kal on March 10th and winners are announced on this episode.


Prizes for New Year, New Ewe:
Amplitude Shawl by Greg Cohoon

3 Patterns from Brenda Castiel




The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

Hoping to attend the Carolina Fiber Fest March 24-25, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting@gmail.com or contact me on Ravelry.

Knitting Talk Back: Knitting as Activism

The recent Pussy Hat Project got me thinking about knitting activism and the history of it. I found several good resources for your entertainment and education. 





I also mentioned this book about Knitted Taxidermy. 

Non-Knitting Segments

Meatless Monday

This is a two-fer as it's a Meatless Monday and One Pot Wonder recipe: Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet from Ambitious Kitchen. 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Golden Girls Collectibles
Action Figures from Funko 

Coloring Book 


Leave: Analysis Paralysis when it comes to my hair

Theatrical Updates

I have seen three shows recently: 




Other News and Notes

Running Updates
I finished 1/2 marathon number 4 on March 4, 2017
Have 2 short races coming up on March 18th and March 25th, 2017

Books
Finished listening to The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty which I liked a lot.

Currently Reading
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping and Trial of Patty Hearst.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Episode 69: March Mowry Madness!

Show Ready Knits

So many flubs on this project!

Here is the tutorial I used to practice Brioche. It's a good tutorial, but I went into a lot of detail about the Craftsy Class I recently purchased called Explorations in Brioche, taught by Nancy Marchant.

Knits in Rehearsal

New Cast on: V-Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli
I used this great tutorial for German Short Rows.

I also mentioned this interview with Joji Locatelli on the Sweet Georgia Show.

Panther's Socks 



Knitting News, Notes and Events 


New Year, New Ewe!
Are you ready to try something new with your knitting? A new technique or type of product? Perhaps a designer you have never tried? A new type of yarn? Check out the episode for more information about this Knit A Long for 2017. Officially it will run January 1 through March 10, 2017. Check out the chatter thread in the Ravelry Group. Rules will be listed in the Ravelry group as well.


Prizes for New Year, New Ewe:
Amplitude Shawl by Greg Cohoon

3 Patterns from Brenda Castiel

I learned the German Twisted Cast-on for my New Year New Ewe project!

March Mowry Madness! 
This will be a short, mostly informal Knit A Long where we knit patterns by Andrea Mowry, the famous designer behind the Find Your Fade Kal. Andrea has generously donated 3 patterns that I will give away for the KAL. To enter, go to the Ravelry group for the Actually Knitting podcast and tell me which pattern(s) you'd like to make for the KAL. I will draw winners to announce on the March 15th episode of the podcast. Enter by March 10th to win your choice of an Andrea Mowry pattern.

March Mowry Madness will officially start March 15th, though WIPS will be allowed, and it will run through April 30th, 2017. Check out the Ravelry group for more information. This will be a chatter based KAL and I'll give away some prizes if any are donated!

We still have an ongoing giveaway for Point/Counterpoint Volume 2, by Kino Knits and Prairie Girls Designs. The thread will stay open until March 10th so hurry over to Ravelry for your chance to win.

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

Hoping to attend the Carolina Fiber Fest March 25-26, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting@gmail.com or contact me on Ravelry.

Auditioning Knits

I muse today about which Andrea Mowry pattern I should cast on for the #MarchMowryMadness Kal that starts officially on March 15, 2017.

I'd love to Find My Fade, but I don't think that will happen right now.

I talked about Goldfinch, a gorgeous shawl, as well as Broken Thyme which is a pretty cowl.

I also talked about two tops, the Kingston Tunic and Mae. Right now I'm leaning towards Mae.

Non-Knitting Segments 

What a Crock


Love it or Leave it

Love:
Z: The Beginning of Everything on Amazon Prime


Leave: 
Nothing to report! 

Other News and Notes


Running
Things have been going along much more smoothly now that I am healthy and running on a regular basis.
I am running a local 1/2 marathon on March 4, 2017.

Books
I finished reading:
It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi MacFarlane
I also finished a book I didn't like so much,
This episode is brought to you by Audible! Use this link to get a free 30 day trial from Audible.com. I'm currently listening to The Hypnotist's Love Story, by Liane Moriarty and I can highly recommend the audio version of any of her books! 










Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Episode 68: Don't be an Idiot, Past Michelle

Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits

Kit Kat Hat Number 6 by Andre Sue Knits 

Knits in Rehearsal

So many flubs on this project!

Here is the tutorial I used to practice Brioche. It's a good tutorial, but I went into a lot of detail about the Craftsy Class I recently purchased called Explorations in Brioche, taught by Nancy Marchant.


Panther's Socks 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 


New Year, New Ewe!
Are you ready to try something new with your knitting? A new technique or type of product? Perhaps a designer you have never tried? A new type of yarn? Check out the episode for more information about this Knit A Long for 2017. Officially it will run January 1 through March 10, 2017. Check out the chatter thread in the Ravelry Group. Rules will be listed in the Ravelry group as well.


Prizes for New Year, New Ewe:
Amplitude Shawl by Greg Cohoon

3 Patterns from Brenda Castiel

I learned the German Twisted Cast-on for my New Year New Ewe project!

March Mowry Madness! 
This will be a short, mostly informal Knit A Long where we knit patterns by Andrea Mowry, the famous designer behind the Find Your Fade Kal. Andrea has generously donated 3 patterns that I will give away for the KAL. To enter, go to the Ravelry group for the Actually Knitting podcast and tell me which pattern(s) you'd like to make for the KAL. I will draw winners to announce on the March 15th episode of the podcast. Enter by March 10th to win your choice of an Andrea Mowry pattern.

March Mowry Madness will officially start March 15th, though WIPS will be allowed, and it will run through April 30th, 2017. Check out the Ravelry group for more information.

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

Hoping to attend the Carolina Fiber Fest March 25-26, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

We are starting our knitting club back up at school. Do you have some yarn or other supplies that you'd like to get rid of and donate towards a good cause? Send me an email at actuallyknitting.blogspot.com

The Reviews are In! 

I reviewed 2 collections on this episode! Listen to hear my thoughts on the Point/Counterpoint Volume 2, by Kino Knits and Prairie Girls Designs.

Would you like to win your own copy of this 4 pattern collection? Go to the Ravelry Group and enter to win by telling me which pattern you like the best in the collection!

The other collection I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of is Heart on my Sleeve by Tin Can Knits. This is a great collection that supports a great charity, the Against Malaria Foundation. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this collection will go to the foundation.


Non-Knitting Segments

Meatless Monday


Love it or Leave it

Leave: Nada, life is really good these days! 

Other News and Notes 

I am officially back to running! Yay! 


Books Finished: 
The Marriage Game by Allison Weir

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah




Currently Reading: 


It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi MacFarlane












Friday, February 3, 2017

Episode 67: If you Can't say something nice...




Knitting Segments



Show-Ready Knits 


Knits in Rehearsal

Knitting on Kit Kat Hat Number 6

Vintage Prim by Andrea Mowry
Would you be interested in doing a KAL in March called Mowry Madness? Let me know!


Panther's Hermione's Everyday Socks





Auditioning Knits

Girl from the Grocery Store by Joji Locatelli

I mentioned the Grocery Girls Podcast as being the design inspiration for this pattern.

Versus by Hillary Smith Callis I originally saw kits for this on Kitterly.

Kline Shawl by Jennifer Dassau I saw this pattern featured on the Interweave Knits

Briochealicious by Andrea Mowry



Knitting News, Notes and Events

This episode marks 3 years that I have been podcasting! Thanks for being a part of my community!



I'm so excited about our knit a long, New Year, New Ewe!



Are you ready to try something new with your knitting? A new technique or type of product? Perhaps a designer you have never tried? A new type of yarn? Check out the episode for more information about this Knit A Long for 2017. Officially it will run January 1 through March 10, 2017. Check out the chatter thread in the Ravelry Group. Rules will be listed in the Ravelry group as well.


Prizes for New Year, New Ewe:
Amplitude Shawl by Greg Cohoon

3 Patterns from Brenda Castiel

I learned the German Twisted Cast-on for my New Year New Ewe project!

Hoping to attend the Carolina Fiber Fest March 25-26, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders

Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles





Love it or Leave it

Love: Tombow Brush Pens

Lettering Practice Worksheets from The Postman's Knock

Leave: Being sick the entire month of January!!

Other News and Notes


No running updates to share, trying to keep up my healthy living! 


Books

I finished reading:





I am currently reading:



Episode 66: I love being right

Thanks for supporting the podcast through the Amazon links! 



Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

I am knitting this as a part of the Pussy Hat Project, here is the link to the official pattern, that's knit flat.

Women's March on Washington, DC.

Women's March on Charlotte, NC.  


Knits in Rehearsal








Knitting News, Notes and Events

Several winners were announced on episode 64 for several contests. If you entered any of those giveaways or Knit a Longs, please listen to Episode 64 to see if you won. Winners need to get in touch with me by January 15, 2017.

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

I'm so excited about our next knit a long, New Year, New Ewe!



Are you ready to try something new with your knitting? A new technique or type of product? Perhaps a designer you have never tried? A new type of yarn? Check out the episode for more information about this Knit A Long for 2017. Officially it will run January 1 through March 10, 2017. Check out the chatter thread in the Ravelry Group. Rules will be listed in the Ravelry group as well.

I am going to cast on the Vintage Prim by Andrea Mowry. Andrea Mowry is the designer behind the Find Your Fade Shawl.

Here is the tutorial I used to practice Brioche. It's a good tutorial, but I went into a lot of detail about the Craftsy Class I recently purchased called Explorations in Brioche, taught by Nancy Marchant.

Prizes for New Year, New Ewe:
Amplitude Shawl by Greg Cohoon

3 Patterns from Brenda Castiel




Knitting Talk Back: Stitch Gauge vs Row Gauge, which is more important? 

I recently knit a swatch that perfectly matches the stitch gauge of the project I want to knit, but the row gauge is significantly different, so I decided to make a little 

Tin Can Knits: Row Gauge or Round Gauge, When does it Matter? 

Glenna Knits: When Row Gauge Matters

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock


Love it or Leave it

Love:
I recently ordered these stencils on Amazon and I love them!
 
I've been using them in my hand-written show notes and in my planner. 

Leave:
Bronchitis! Go Away!


Other News and Notes

This episode I shared a little bit about my healthy living tips and tricks. I would love to hear yours!

I mentioned a few recipes that I make ahead that help me eat healthy in the mornings:

Cauliflower Hashbrown Egg Cups

Outstanding Overnight Oatmeal

Running Updates
I ran my first race of the season on Saturday January 14, 2017. I signed up for a 1/2 marathon on March 4, 2017, so I'm looking forward to running with my friends.

Books

Finished reading:
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout


Currently Reading:
The Girl Before by Rena Olsen (listening on Audible)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Other News and Notes 
I mentioned the Women's March that I will be attending.