Monday, August 15, 2016

Actually Knitting Episode 58: Litting with Kninen

Knitting Segments


Knits in Rehearsal

Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.


Zigzagular Socks by Susie White
Quadruple Threat PalKal Project here with 4 podcasts represented:
Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast 
Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast
The Fat Squirrel Speaks
Megan Williams of the Stockinette Zombies

Here's the Ysolda Tutorial on cabling without a cable needle.


This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by Ancient Arts Yarn. 

At Ancient Arts Yarn, we use only the best quality custom spun yarn bases for our hand dyeing work. We draw our colour inspiration from nature, art, and stories of everyday life. In addition to our current colour palette, we are also home to the Meow and Woof collections, benefitting animal rescue. New this season is the Denim Collection which includes 3 tone-on-tone gradient sets commemorating the indigo shades we see in our beloved jeans, and six variegated denim inspired colourways so you can have some fun with them. Visit ancientartsfibre.com to learn more!


Knitting News, Notes and Events

Palkal 2016


Rules
The basic idea is to support a podcaster you listen to or watch by knitting one of their patterns and/or using their yarns for your project. You can also use a project bag or stitch marker by a podcaster!
  1. The design, yarn/fiber and/or project bag must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify). Spinning also counts, just make sure it’s a finished product.
  2. Use the chatter thread for discussion. Make suggestions. There are TONS of podcasts out there and almost no one knows about all of them, so if you know of a podcaster designer/yarnie/bag maker, feel free to share with us!
  3. You are encouraged to take advantage of the coupon codes offered by our sponsors, but you are not limited to those podcasters for the KAL. Sponsors and coupon codes are listed in the appropriate threads and will be listed on the podcast as well.
  4. Please post finished objects in the non-chatter thread and include a link to the podcaster you are supporting.
  5. Enter as many projects as you like! There is no minimum yardage requirement or limit to the projects you can enter.
  6. If you use more than one podcaster product/design/bag/etc on one project, you may create multiple entries for that project. For example: Knit the Zigzagular Socks by prairiegirlsusie using yarn by Oh! Loops and use a project bag by thefatsquirrel, you can enter that project into the FO thread 3 separate times, just link to each podcaster seperately in each post.
  7. A note about project bags: a project bag may only be entered into the contest one time for an entry. (You can’t just keep using a podcaster project bag over and over and entering the contest that way). The same applies for stitch markers.
  8. Wips count! Just finish them between June 15 and September 15, 2016.
  9. You must be a member of the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to win.
  10. Have fun supporting a podcaster designer or yarnie! Please support as many different podcasts as you can!
  11. Please do not chatter in the non-chatter thread. It makes it more difficult to draw a winner!
  12. Use the tag PALKAL2016 here on Ravelry and #palkal2016 on Instagram.
  13. Feel free to double, triple, quadruple dip!
This week I have highlighted our Featured Performers and Top Billing Sponsors. These are the folks who have offered coupon/discount codes for the PalKal 2016!

Please check out the threads in the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry for more information!




          15% off in Etsy Shop

Brenda Castiel Designs
        20% off in her Ravelry Shop 
        $5.00 off in her Etsy Shop 


Daniela Richardson from the Coffee Fueled Life Podcast


       50% off in Ravelry Store. 


Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast
        1$ off Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat

Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast
        40% off of 2 or more patterns in Ravelry Store


Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast
        20% off in her Ravelry Shop 

Lynda from Ancient Threads Farm and Podcast
         20% off in her Etsy Shop

         $1.50 off in Ravelry Shop

Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast
        25% off in her Ravelry Shop

Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast
         20% off of self-published patterns in her Ravelry store 

Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls 
         50% off her Fletcher's Falling Leaves Sock Pattern

Lisa of Zombody Knits 
         $1.00 off in Etsy Shop

Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast
          30% off in her Ravelry Store

C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
           15% off in her Ravelry Store

Kristi from the In a Sknit Video Podcast
        25% off of her In Transit Cap and Cowl pattern 

Janis Ficker/ of the Carolina Fiber Girls
         50% off of her 10 Day Sweater Pattern

Twinset Jan from the Twinset Designs Podcast
         $2.00 off in her Ravelry Store

Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast
          15% off in her Ravelry Store

Angela from Revelations of a Dellusional Knitter Podcast
          50% off in her Ravelry Store

Stephanie from Happy Buffalo Boutique
          Free Shipping in her Etsy Shop

Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber and podcast 
           15% off of all orders, both in stock and custom dyed

Twinset Ellen from the Twinset Designs Podcast
           50% off of one pattern in her Ravelry Shop

Claire of New Hampshire Knits
            15% off in her Etsy Shop, The Wooly Thistle 


Producing Sponsors offering Discounts: 


Sock Ruler
            25% off 1 regular sock ruler

Fiber to Fabric Magic
             Buy 4 get one free Needle Keepers

Bijou Basin Ranch
             15% discount on yarn, excluding Qiviut and Paco-Vicuna

Media Peruana Designs
             25% off a pattern in her Ravelry Shop

Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting 
             50% off a PDF pattern of your choice in her Ravery Shop
   
Infinite Twist
             Free 50 gram mini skein with purchase


In addition to those mentioned above, the following are also producing sponsors of the PalKal 2016:

Knitter's Pride
Fix a Stitch
Eucalan
Della Q
Ancient Arts Fibre

Virtual Knit Night? I have scheduled one for August 16th at 7pm Eastern time. If you are interested, here is the link to my Google Profile. Add me to your circle and then send me an email or private message telling me your email address and name so I can add you to the hangout.

Rhinebeck is October 15th and 16th, 2016. Let me know if you plan on attending!

New Knit-a-Long coming up starting October 1, 2016

The Big, Bad, Berg-a-long
We will start on October 1st and go through November 1, 2016. There will be 6 podcasts participating. Any Melanie Berg patterns will be eligible for participation. More details coming up, but there are 3 Indie Dyers making kits just for the KAL.


Podcast Premiere


This week I watched two new to me podcasts on YouTube. 

Check out Inside Number 23 and The Knitting Type!

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by Della Q. 
Della Q designs and creates project bags, totes and needle cases to keep knitters & crocheters stylishly organized. Over the past 10 years, Della has developed her product line based on feedback from both customers and retailers. Each bag is carefully hand stitched to last and comes in a variety of eye-catching colors and prints. Needle cases also include labels for each needle size! Visit your local yarn store or dellaq.com to shop online and enjoy free shipping on your order of $65 or more.


Non-Knitting Segments

Under Pressure

Delicious and healthy too! 

Love it or Leave it

Love:
The Olympics! How can you not love?

Leave:
Back to school this week!

Other News and Notes

Running Updates: 
No news is good news. I had a bad run this past weekend but I am trying to stay positive and remember that it's very hot and humid outside. 

Reading Updates: 


Finished Reading: 

Vacation Updates
Josh and I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and we had an amazing time! 




Monday, August 1, 2016

Actually Knitting Episode 57: Humble Brag

Knitting Segments


This episode is brought to you by The Sock Ruler and Eucalan. 

Show Ready Knits



Triple Threat PalKal Project here with 3 podcasts represented:

The Bag was a gift from Sarah Shoo of the Cultivate and Create podcast.


Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.

Not-so-baby Blanket in progress. It's a labor of love!



This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by The Sock Ruler. 
"The Sock Ruler is an innovative measuring tool for sock knitters. Whether the sock is knit toe up or cuff down the ruler works equally well.  It is constructed of a heavy duty, yet flexible plastic and measures from the inside of the sock, allowing the sock to lie flat and ensure accurate measurements."

Visit our website, www.sockruler.com, for more information and don’t forget to use coupon code “palkal2016” for 25% off of a regular sock ruler from now until September 15th.

Knitting News, Notes and Events

PalKal2016 is Underway! 


Rules
The basic idea is to support a podcaster you listen to or watch by knitting one of their patterns and/or using their yarns for your project. You can also use a project bag or stitch marker by a podcaster!
  1. The design, yarn/fiber and/or project bag must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify). Spinning also counts, just make sure it’s a finished product.
  2. Use the chatter thread for discussion. Make suggestions. There are TONS of podcasts out there and almost no one knows about all of them, so if you know of a podcaster designer/yarnie/bag maker, feel free to share with us!
  3. You are encouraged to take advantage of the coupon codes offered by our sponsors, but you are not limited to those podcasters for the KAL. Sponsors and coupon codes are listed in the appropriate threads and will be listed on the podcast as well.
  4. Please post finished objects in the non-chatter thread and include a link to the podcaster you are supporting.
  5. Enter as many projects as you like! There is no minimum yardage requirement or limit to the projects you can enter.
  6. If you use more than one podcaster product/design/bag/etc on one project, you may create multiple entries for that project. For example: Knit the Zigzagular Socks by prairiegirlsusie using yarn by Oh! Loops and use a project bag by thefatsquirrel, you can enter that project into the FO thread 3 separate times, just link to each podcaster seperately in each post.
  7. A note about project bags: a project bag may only be entered into the contest one time for an entry. (You can’t just keep using a podcaster project bag over and over and entering the contest that way). The same applies for stitch markers.
  8. Wips count! Just finish them between June 15 and September 15, 2016.
  9. You must be a member of the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to win.
  10. Have fun supporting a podcaster designer or yarnie! Please support as many different podcasts as you can!
  11. Please do not chatter in the non-chatter thread. It makes it more difficult to draw a winner!
  12. Use the tag PALKAL2016 here on Ravelry and #palkal2016 on Instagram.
  13. Feel free to double, triple, quadruple dip!
Today I will highlight our Cameo Sponsors who are donating prizes for the KAL. For more information, check out the threads on Ravelry in the Actually Knitting Podcast Group. 













I am also highlighting the prizes being offered by these Top Billing Sponsors. These sponsors have donated prizes as well as coupon codes. More information about all of this can be found in the threads on the Ravelry group, but today we will focus on the prizes. 

Ancient Threads Farm Etsy Shop and Website/Podcast 
      A skein of yarn, winner's choice. 


Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls 


Brenda Castiel Designs

Daniela Richardson from A Coffee Fueled Life 
       5 Patterns from her Ravelry Store. 


Janis Ficker of the Carolina Fiber Girls
        Copy of her 10 Day Sweater Pattern  

C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
        Copy of her ebook, Coffee with C.C. 


Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast
        Copy of one of her patterns from her Ravelry Store

Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast
         2 copies of his Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat

Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast
         Copy of her Adrenaline Junkie Sock Pattern 

Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast
         Winner's Choice of pattern from her Ravelry Store


         5 patterns from her Ravelry store and one winner will receive a shawl quantity of yarn from Quince 
         and Co. 

         3 patterns from her Ravelry Shop

         Copy of one of her patterns from her Ravelry Shop

          Project bag of winner's choice from her Etsy Shop

           A project bag from her Etsy Shop

Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast
           Pattern from her Ravelry Shop for one lucky winner!
     
Angela from the Revelations of a Delusional Knitter Podcast
            Winner's choice of a pattern from her Ravelry Store!

Steph from the Happy Buffalo Boutique
          A skein of yarn, winner’s choice

Amy from the Stockinette Zombies Podcast
          Winner’s choice of pattern from her Ravelry Store, some yarn from her own stash and a project bag     from the SilverShedUSA!

Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber
          As a prize, Anne is offering one lucky listener $30.00 in patterns from her Designer Store on    Ravelry. The winner will be able to pick any combination of individual patterns that suits!

Claire from New Hampshire Knits
           2 balls of West Yorkshire Spinners yarn from their Country Bird collection in the Bullfinch and             
               Cayenne Pepper color ways (so a patterned ball with a contrasting solid for heels etc). 

Jan Hamby of the Twinset Designs Podcast
          A Noste-Demi and Noste-Mini 



Please check out the threads on Ravelry for photos and more information and remember that all of the Top Billing Sponsors have provided coupon codes as well, which you can also find in the Ravelry group.

Rhinebeck is October 15th and 16th, 2016. Let me know if you plan on attending!

Virtual Knit Night? 
If you would like to do a virtual knit night via Google Hangouts?


This Episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by Eucalan.

For over 25 years Eucalan’s simple soak and spin delicate wash has been the preferred choice for your handmade creations. This extraordinary non-toxic solution is formulated without petro chemicals, bleach or optical brighteners making it safe and gentle for everything from baby’s knits and toys to quilts, and even lingerie! Infused with pure beneficial essential oils of either eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit, jasmine or an unscented version, there’s an option for everyone. Eucalan is like a beauty treatment for natural fabrics and an aromatherapy treat for the user!


Non-Knitting Segments


Love it or Leave it! 


Leave it: Sizing Discrepancies in women's clothing. 


Other News and Notes

Running Updates


I ran my longest distance ever this week! 14 hot, hilly, humid miles! 

Book Updates


Finished reading: 





Started Listening to: 


Started Reading: 


Other Updates

My adventures in babysitting went really well! I didn't permanently damage my friend's kids and I also didn't wake them up even though I went in their rooms a million times to make sure they were still breathing. 

I'm heading on vacation this week to Jackson Hole, Wyoming! 


Friday, July 15, 2016

Episode 56: There's No Turning Back!

Knitting Segments


This episode is brought to you by Bijou Basin Ranch.


Show-Ready Knits


Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
I added about 2 inches to the sleeve length and I love it so much! 

This sweater surgery brings me to 3604 meters towards StashDash. 

Knits in Rehearsal


Solaris by Melanie Berg with my Pal Kal Mini Kit from One Twisted Tree.  

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White
Triple Threat PalKal Project here with 3 podcasts represented:
Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast 
Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast
The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Here's the Ysolda Tutorial on cabling without a cable needle.

The Bag was a gift from Sarah Shoo of the Cultivate and Create podcast.


Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.

Not-so-baby Blanket in progress. It's a labor of love!

Next up for my Stash Dash goals, I am going to pick up my Astonish Top by Katy Banks. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Palkal 2016


Rules
The basic idea is to support a podcaster you listen to or watch by knitting one of their patterns and/or using their yarns for your project. You can also use a project bag or stitch marker by a podcaster!
  1. The design, yarn/fiber and/or project bag must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify). Spinning also counts, just make sure it’s a finished product.
  2. Use the chatter thread for discussion. Make suggestions. There are TONS of podcasts out there and almost no one knows about all of them, so if you know of a podcaster designer/yarnie/bag maker, feel free to share with us!
  3. You are encouraged to take advantage of the coupon codes offered by our sponsors, but you are not limited to those podcasters for the KAL. Sponsors and coupon codes are listed in the appropriate threads and will be listed on the podcast as well.
  4. Please post finished objects in the non-chatter thread and include a link to the podcaster you are supporting.
  5. Enter as many projects as you like! There is no minimum yardage requirement or limit to the projects you can enter.
  6. If you use more than one podcaster product/design/bag/etc on one project, you may create multiple entries for that project. For example: Knit the Zigzagular Socks by prairiegirlsusie using yarn by Oh! Loops and use a project bag by thefatsquirrel, you can enter that project into the FO thread 3 separate times, just link to each podcaster seperately in each post.
  7. A note about project bags: a project bag may only be entered into the contest one time for an entry. (You can’t just keep using a podcaster project bag over and over and entering the contest that way). The same applies for stitch markers.
  8. Wips count! Just finish them between June 15 and September 15, 2016.
  9. You must be a member of the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to win.
  10. Have fun supporting a podcaster designer or yarnie! Please support as many different podcasts as you can!
  11. Please do not chatter in the non-chatter thread. It makes it more difficult to draw a winner!
  12. Use the tag PALKAL2016 here on Ravelry and #palkal2016 on Instagram.
  13. Feel free to double, triple, quadruple dip!
This week I have highlighted our Featured Performers and Top Billing Sponsors. These are the folks who have offered coupon/discount codes for the PalKal 2016!

Please check out the threads in the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry for more information!





          15% off in Etsy Shop

Brenda Castiel Designs
        20% off in her Ravelry Shop 
        $5.00 off in her Etsy Shop 


Daniela Richardson from the Coffee Fueled Life Podcast


       50% off in Ravelry Store. 


Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast
        1$ off Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat

Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast
        40% off of 2 or more patterns in Ravelry Store


Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast
        20% off in her Ravelry Shop 

Lynda from Ancient Threads Farm and Podcast
         20% off in her Etsy Shop

         $1.50 off in Ravelry Shop

Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast
        25% off in her Ravelry Shop

Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast
         20% off of self-published patterns in her Ravelry store 

Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls 
         50% off her Fletcher's Falling Leaves Sock Pattern

Lisa of Zombody Knits 
         $1.00 off in Etsy Shop

Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast
          30% off in her Ravelry Store

C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
           15% off in her Ravelry Store

Kristi from the In a Sknit Video Podcast
        25% off of her In Transit Cap and Cowl pattern 

Janis Ficker/ of the Carolina Fiber Girls
         50% off of her 10 Day Sweater Pattern

Twinset Jan from the Twinset Designs Podcast
         $2.00 off in her Ravelry Store

Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast
          15% off in her Ravelry Store

Angela from Revelations of a Dellusional Knitter Podcast
          50% off in her Ravelry Store

Stephanie from Happy Buffalo Boutique
          Free Shipping in her Etsy Shop

Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber and podcast 
           15% off of all orders, both in stock and custom dyed

Twinset Ellen from the Twinset Designs Podcast
           50% off of one pattern in her Ravelry Shop

Claire of New Hampshire Knits
            15% off in her Etsy Shop, The Wooly Thistle 


Producing Sponsors offering Discounts: 


Sock Ruler
            25% off 1 regular sock ruler

Fiber to Fabric Magic
             Buy 4 get one free Needle Keepers

Bijou Basin Ranch
             15% discount on yarn, excluding Qiviut and Paco-Vicuna

Media Peruana Designs
             25% off a pattern in her Ravelry Shop

Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting 
             50% off a PDF pattern of your choice in her Ravery Shop
     
Infinite Twist
             Free 50 gram mini skein with purchase


In addition to those mentioned above, the following are also producing sponsors of the PalKal 2016:

Knitter's Pride
Fix a Stitch
Eucalan
Della Q
Ancient Arts Fibre


Podcast Premiere






Non-Knitting Segments


One Pot Wonders


Love it or Leave it


Leave: The Air Conditioning in the bedroom has been out for 2 weeks! It's SO HOT!


StageCraft

I've been sewing and I finished a dress! Butterick B6086




Other News and Notes


Running
After struggling with running this season, I am finally starting to feel good! 


She coaches for Peloton and she's really motivational. 

Books

Finished Reading...

Currently Reading...

Listening to...

All Things Considered is also hosted by Kelly McEvers



Thursday, June 30, 2016

Episode 55: I'm Just Talkin' 'Bout Livin'

Knitting Segments


Show Ready Knits


Rainbow Vanilla Socks in White Birch Fiber Arts

I'm using the OMG Heel pattern by Megan Williams


Yarn is Miss Babs Yowza in Oyster

Knits In Rehearsal

Solaris by Melanie Berg with my Pal Kal Mini Kit from One Twisted Tree.  

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White
Triple Threat PalKal Project here with 3 podcasts represented:
Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast 
Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast
The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Here's the Ysolda Tutorial on cabling without a cable needle.

The Bag was a gift from Sarah Shoo of the Cultivate and Create podcast.

Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.

Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig is getting a little sweater surgery, I'm adding length to the sleeves and this will be a huge amount of yardage for StashDash.

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by The Sock Ruler. 
"The Sock Ruler is an innovative measuring tool for sock knitters. Whether the sock is knit toe up or cuff down the ruler works equally well.  It is constructed of a heavy duty, yet flexible plastic and measures from the inside of the sock, allowing the sock to lie flat and ensure accurate measurements."

Visit our website, www.sockruler.com, for more information and don’t forget to use coupon code “palkal2016” for 25% off of a regular sock ruler from now until September 15th.



Knitting News, Notes and Events


PalKal2016 is underway! 


Rules
The basic idea is to support a podcaster you listen to or watch by knitting one of their patterns and/or using their yarns for your project. You can also use a project bag or stitch marker by a podcaster!
  1. The design, yarn/fiber and/or project bag must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify). Spinning also counts, just make sure it’s a finished product.
  2. Use the chatter thread for discussion. Make suggestions. There are TONS of podcasts out there and almost no one knows about all of them, so if you know of a podcaster designer/yarnie/bag maker, feel free to share with us!
  3. You are encouraged to take advantage of the coupon codes offered by our sponsors, but you are not limited to those podcasters for the KAL. Sponsors and coupon codes are listed in the appropriate threads and will be listed on the podcast as well.
  4. Please post finished objects in the non-chatter thread and include a link to the podcaster you are supporting.
  5. Enter as many projects as you like! There is no minimum yardage requirement or limit to the projects you can enter.
  6. If you use more than one podcaster product/design/bag/etc on one project, you may create multiple entries for that project. For example: Knit the Zigzagular Socks by prairiegirlsusie using yarn by Oh! Loops and use a project bag by thefatsquirrel, you can enter that project into the FO thread 3 separate times, just link to each podcaster seperately in each post.
  7. A note about project bags: a project bag may only be entered into the contest one time for an entry. (You can’t just keep using a podcaster project bag over and over and entering the contest that way). The same applies for stitch markers.
  8. Wips count! Just finish them between June 15 and September 15, 2016.
  9. You must be a member of the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to win.
  10. Have fun supporting a podcaster designer or yarnie! Please support as many different podcasts as you can!
  11. Please do not chatter in the non-chatter thread. It makes it more difficult to draw a winner!
  12. Use the tag PALKAL2016 here on Ravelry and #palkal2016 on Instagram.
  13. Feel free to double, triple, quadruple dip!
Today I will highlight our Cameo Sponsors who are donating prizes for the KAL. For more information, check out the threads on Ravelry in the Actually Knitting Podcast Group. 










The Relentless Knitting Podcast








I am also highlighting the prizes being offered by these Top Billing Sponsors. These sponsors have donated prizes as well as coupon codes. More information about all of this can be found in the threads on the Ravelry group, but today we will focus on the prizes. 

Ancient Threads Farm Etsy Shop and Website/Podcast 
      A skein of yarn, winner's choice. 


Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls 


Brenda Castiel Designs
       3 Patterns of winners' choice

Daniela Richardson from Caffeinated Knitting
       5 Patterns from her Ravelry Store. 


Janis Ficker/ of the Carolina Fiber Girls
        Copy of her 10 Day Sweater Pattern 


C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
        Copy of her ebook, Coffee with C.C. 


Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast
        Copy of one of her patterns from her Ravelry Store

Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast
         2 copies of his Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat

Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast
         Copy of her Adrenaline Junkie Sock Pattern 

Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast
         Winner's Choice of pattern from her Ravelry Store


         5 patterns from her Ravelry store and one winner will receive a shawl quantity of yarn from Quince 
         and Co. 

         3 patterns from her Ravelry Shop

         Copy of one of her patterns from her Ravelry Shop

Ashley of Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast
          Project bag of winner's choice from her Etsy Shop

           A project bag from her Etsy Shop

Jan Hamby of the Twinset Designs Podcast
          A Noste-Demi and Noste-Mini



Please check out the threads on Ravelry for photos and more information and remember that all of the Top Billing Sponsors have provided coupon codes as well, which you can also find in the Ravelry group.


World Wide Knit in Public Day

I had a great time at World Wide Knit in Public Day this year. I got to see old friend and meet some new ones, and of course, I bought some yarn! I couldn't help myself!!

Lollipop Yarn has a new line of yarn and it's delicious!





I also purchased a skein of yarn from Spun Right Round at the LYS Warm and Fuzzy in Cary, NC.


My next yarnie event will be Rhinebeck in October! 


Podcast Premiere




This Episode is brought to you by Fiber to Fabric Magic, makers of the wildly popular, & exclusive, Needle Keeper. This innovative tool was created by Claudia, a knitter, and her engineer husband, to protect delicate knitting needles from damage while on a project in your knitting bag. Claudia had broken several pair of 00 wooden sock needles by being jostled around in her knitting bag and was desperate to find a way to protect her delicate, and expensive circulars. That was the Needle Keeper's original intention, but...it has turned out the Needle Keeper is perfect for keeping your live stitches from falling off the needle, and for protecting the joints (the needle to cable area). Extremely lightweight, practically indestructible, you can shove everything in your knitting bag and never worry. They make reaching into your bag and grabbing your project worry free, no dropped stitches!


They come in 12 beautiful, bright colors, which makes them easy to see deep in your bag! Buy a different color for each project, contrasting against the current yarn color, or color-code for the type of project you're working on.

Knitters LOVE them, read the nearly 1,000 5-star reviews on Etsy and pick up a few. The coupon deal for the PalKal 2016 is buy 4 and get one free from their Etsy shop, Fiber To Fabric Magic! Put 5 in your cart and one will ring up FREE.

Claudia will be giving away 2 Needle Keepers to a lucky listener of this Podcast, and you get to choose which colors you'd like!

Knitting Talkback: Yarn (The Movie) 

I was recently sent a screener copy of Yarn and I really enjoyed it. It was a different take on the fiber for me, but I found it really interesting and informative. Check out the website for more information about where you can see this film. 

Non-Knitting Segments


One Pot Wonders

One of the easiest recipes I've made. 


Love it or Leave it

This one is a combo! I both love and leave cleaning out clothes that no longer fit me! 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates
I am training for my marathon and having some issues on my runs, but fighting through it. I ran a charity run on Sunday, #CharlotteRunsForOrlando, and I have a race on July 4th with my friend Karen. 

Book Updates
I finished reading and/or listening to: 




I started reading and/or listening to: 



Briefly I mentioned that my grandparents live in Rainelle, West Virginia, the site of some major flooding last week. They are (thankfully) ok and their home was spared, but they are lucky to live on a mountain. The town was completely destroyed, many people lost their homes and everything they have. If you are interested in helping, check out this article on The Huffington Post for information.