Saturday, June 16, 2018

Episode 88: PalKal2018 Begins!


Knitting Segments


Knits in Rehearsal


Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Winslow

Knitting News, Notes and Events

PalKal 2018

Basic Rules

  • Official cast on/bind off dates: June 15-August 15
  • One part of your project must be from a podcaster. The podcaster has to have produced an episode within the last year, so no retired podcasts, sorry.
  • No yardage requirement.
  • Your finished object can be entered more than once if more than one element is from a podcaster.
  • You cannot reuse a project bag for multiple entries. The same applies for patterns, stitch markers, etc.
  • Entries must be put into the finished object threads. Each element of the project that qualifies gets it's own entry.
  • When you post an FO, please tell us what element qualifies for the PALKAL and which podcast you are supporting.
  • Feel free to ask me questions on the Ravelry group forum for PALKAL Chatter.
Check out all of the information and links to our sponsors in the Ravelry group

For all PalKal related discounts, the code is the same: Palkal2018 


Top Billing Sponsors:


Janis Ficker, Carolina Fiber Girls
CC and Dami Almon/JavaPurl Designs, Geeky Girls
Suzanne, Two Tangled Skeins
Knitting Daddy Greg, Unraveling Podcast
Sarah Schira, Imagined Landscapes
Jennifer Lassonde, Down Cellar Studio
Monique Leonard/Windswept Designs, Knitting on the Run
Vivian and Alysin/Pearl and Plum, Keep Calm and Carry Yarn
Kristi, In a Sknit Podcast
Cameo Sponsors
Susie White/Prairie Girls Designs/Prairie Girls Knit and Spin
Melinda, Yarnderwoman Podcast

Producing Sponsors: 
Bijou Basin Ranch 
Queen City Yarn 
Never Not Knitting 
Daizie Knits 
Love Knitting

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by Bijou Basin Ranch.




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Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I put the spotlight on Knitting Myself Together, hosted by TheVioletPie. 



Non-Knitting Segments


Instant Success

Instant Pot Egg Roll Bowls

Love it or Leave it

Love: I'm on Summer Vacation, Baby!
Leave: Body/food issues


Other News and Notes

My reading has hit a little slump lately, but I did finish and enjoy 

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore. 




I'm still working out a running a bit.




Thursday, February 1, 2018

Episode 83: I'm a New Woman

Happy Podiversary to me! 




Knitting Segments


Show Ready Knits



Knits in Rehearsal



Check out the brand new knitting podcast, Tightly Spun, hosted by Emily Straw! 

The Reviews are In 

Check out their kickstarter for more information. 

Non-Knitting Segments

Meal Prep

I'm introducing a new segment this episode! Check out the Healthy Chicken Pad-Thai from Fit Men Cook. 

Love it or Leave it 


Leave: Midterm Stress

Other News and Notes

Running
I'm a new Woman! 

Books: 
I've really been enjoying the deals from the Modern Mrs. Darcy newsletter. 


Thanks for listening!










Sunday, December 17, 2017

Episode 82: The Year of the Hat!




Knitting Segments


Show Ready Knits



Pattern is the Apple Crisp Baby Hat by Salty Pearl Crochet


Knits in Rehearsal

#werkthewips


Knitting Talkback

This episode I discuss my 2017 knitting (The Year of the Hat!) and some plans for 2018 (#stashdownthrowdown). 



Non-Knitting Segments 

One Pot Wonders


Love it or Leave it


Love: New to me Podcast: The Hilarious World of Depression

Leave: I'm through with the dentist! 

Theatrical Updates


I did not get the role I wanted in Bonnie and Clyde, but something else will come up! 

Other News and Notes

Books




Running

I'm currently not training for any race and I'm actually enjoying running again!



Friday, December 1, 2017

Episode 81: It's Been a Hot Minute


Thank you for supporting the podcast by clicking on affiliate links! 

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits




Blanket for Project Welcome Blanket


Knits in Rehearsal

Actively working on my Shusui Shrug 

Really trying to work through my WIPS #werkthewips

Endpaper Knits  I have one completely finished and I want to finish the other by the end of the year. 

Sockhead Hat in my purse: no real deadline for this. 

Projects being reconsidered: 
Ice Shanty (though I may have talked myself back into it) 



Auditioning Knits




I also have some yarn looking for a project. 

Possible project: 

Possible projects for this yarn: 


Which one do you think I should cast on? 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

I had a great time at SAFF in October! 

Are you interested in doing a KAL? Have some good ideas? Let me know! 

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonder/Meatless Monday


Love it or Leave it

Love: New found energy related to my new fitness and health program

Leave: I couldn't think of anything! 

Theatrical Updates

I recently saw the touring production of On Your Feet and really enjoyed it. 

I am auditioning for Bonnie and Clyde soon, I'll let you know what happens. 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates
I completed the Chicago Marathon in October and have NO PLANS to run another one :) 

Books


You had me at Hello


After Hello



A Tangled Mercy


Other News and Notes

I will be attending Zombie Knitpocalypse 2018! Yay!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Episode 79: Are we just lazy knitters?



Thanks to Brenda Castiel for sending me a copy of her new pattern, The Plum Sorbet Shawl. 

Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits

Knits in Rehearsal

Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Auditioning Knits

I started out being inspired at my favorite LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop. 
The main color inspiration was from Woolen Boon in the Greenleaf Hut color way.
I picked out some Madeline Tosh to compliment that skein. Tosh Merino Light in Grasshopper and Turquoise color ways.

Looking for a 3 color shawl and I'm considering: 


I'm currently obsessed with looking through my stash for yarn for: 
What the Fade?! Mystery KAL by Andrea Mowry 

Here is what I am considering for my What the Fade?!


Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about the Fruity Knitting Podcast on Youtube. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Special thanks to the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits. Listen up to see if you were the lucky listener! 

For the last month of the PalKal the Intermission Prize Sponsor is The Worsted Purl. Thanks to Tricia for sponsoring. Check out these adorable stitch marker prizes. 


Get your Finished Objects posted by September 1st (or as long as the thread is open). Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

I am excited that I have finalized my plans for SAFF , the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Flectcher, NC. It is happening October 27-29, 2017 and I'll be there on Saturday and Sunday. I'll be staying in Black Mountain, NC and visiting my favorite LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop, where there will be a Magpie Fibers pop-up shop and a Signature Needles trunk show. 

Non-Knitting Segments


One-Pot Wonders



Love it or Leave it

Love: I forgot to mention that I got my iPad back after losing it on a flight! 
Leave: I have to go back to work tomorrow! 

Other News and Notes
Running Updates
I had a rough run on Saturday and injured my hip a little bit, hoping that it will right itself after some days off, rest and ice. 

Next race is the Greek Festival 5k on August 26. Unfortunately, I have to do 22 miles that day. 

Reading Updates

I finished reading: 
 

I finished listening to:


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Lately I've been listening to:





Monday, July 17, 2017

Episode 78: Once a job is first begun....


Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits  

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Crochet News

I talked a little about some of the techniques I've been learning from the book above.

Let 'er Rip
I ripped out 2 sweaters and it was very therapeutic!

Auditioning Knits 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Special thanks to the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits.


Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.


Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

Non-Knitting Segments

Love it or Leave it

Love: I've been working with my brother on his business, managing his social media.

Leave: My lack of structure combined with this heat and humidity are making me exceptionally tired!

Other News and Notes


Running
I had to get new shoes which I was not happy about.

Reading

I finished reading:

 I finished listening to:
 

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Episode 77: Magical Sweater Math


Knitting Segments

Knits in Rehearsal 


Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry



Knitting News, Notes and Events


The Pal Kal is entering the second month. Listen to see if you are the lucky winner of the Intermission/Chatter prize for June. I also announce the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits.


Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

Check out the episode for more information about this episode's producing sponsor, Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting. 


Other Events
I hope you'll indulge me in a brief recap of my time at ZK 2017.
My favorite vendors were Yarn Geek Fibers, Leading Men Fiber Arts and The Yarn Truck/Knit Buffalo. 



Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about Dairyland Knits.





Non-Knitting Segments

Meatless Monday

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quesadillas from the Live-in Kitchen. 

Love it or Leave it

Love: I have been doing a Bootcamp workout at Camp Gladiator and really enjoying it.

Leave: I did something really stupid. Listen up for details....

Other News and Notes

Theatrical Updates
I saw the tour of Fun Home and it was amazing!

Running
No real news on this front. I did run my longest solo distance of 10 miles, which felt really good.

Reading
I finished reading 2 books, both of which I really enjoyed.



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