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. 


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Episode 65: New Year, New Ewe


Knitting Segments

Program Mentions: 


Thanks to designer Melanie Berg for sending me her latest pattern, Caress my Soul. It's absolutely beautiful! 

Melanie also wanted me to direct you to a charity she is supporting, Knitters for Doctors without Borders, and encourage you to give if you can! 


Show Ready Knits



Knits in Rehearsal


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

Knits on Stage

I wore my Viajante to school last week and got some nice compliments. I have also gotten so much use/wear out of my Worsted Boxy. 

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. 


Knitting Talk Back: Year in Review

Check out my project page in Ravelry to see the projects I reference in this segment. I have a tab for all of my 2016 projects. 

Non-Knitting Segments

Love it or Leave it

Love: Winter Vacation from school!

Leave: Being sick on vacation! 

Theatrical Updates

Though I seem to be taking a hiatus from performing, I did see a show recently that's on a National Tour, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. 

Other News and Notes

Running
I have some smaller races coming up this Winter, and my training season officially starts on January 7, 2017. 

Books
I finished reading The Girls, by Emma Cline 



Other Updates
I participated in the MinsGame challenge for the month of December, in which you try to declutter your home and get rid of items everyday of the month. 






Thursday, December 15, 2016

Episode 64: Craptastic

Knitting Segments 


Show-Ready Knits


I picked up these hangers I found at Target for the larger jar. 


Knits in Rehearsal




Knitting News, Notes and Events

The winners were announced for several contests, so be sure to listen up to see if you are the lucky one!

I was lucky enough to be joined by some of my favorite podcasters in knitting as many Melanie Berg patterns as we can! 

Non-Knitting Segments


One Pot Wonders 


Love it or Leave it

Love: Birthday Fun!
Leave: This week has been CRAPTASTIC

Stage Craft

I've been working a lot on a Cross Stitch project for a Secret Santa Gift!
This pattern came from an Etsy shop called Pinecone McGee

Other News and Notes

Running Updates

I am back to running short distances, no more than 4 miles so far but hoping to start back up the longer distances soon. I also got an entry into the Chicago Marathon for 2017. WHAT HAVE I DONE?

Books

Finished Books:

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourne

Currently Reading:
The Girls by Emma Cline

Current Podcast Obsession:
Homecoming by Gimlet Media 

Thanks so much for listening!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Episode 63: Just Say No

Knitting Segments


Show Ready Knits

I finished by #BigBadBergAlong project, On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg
I mentioned how valuable my Knit Companion App was in making this pattern. I don't knit without it! 





I also mentioned a new to me item, Block 'N Roll. Look out for a review in a future episode. 

Knits in Rehearsal


Currently working on my 2nd (or 3rd) pair of Los Monos Locos Socks by Jennifer O'Sullivan


Auditioning Knits


Knitting News, Notes and Events


PalKal 2016 Updates

Thank you so much to all of the sponsors and participants. I am so happy to have had so much excitement around this KAL!

If you haven't yet, please check out episode 60 where all of the winners were announced. I need to hear from all winners by December 1, 2016, or I will have to redraw for some of the prizes!

In addition, I have opened up a new thread for a giveaway of one Sock Ruler, as the winner had already purchased one and would like for it to go to someone who really wants one! Please enter that thread if you are interested! 


Big Bad Berg Along


We have officially reached the end of this fantastic Knit A Long. 


I was lucky enough to be joined by some of my favorite podcasters in knitting as many Melanie Berg patterns as we can! 
Knitting Butterflies
The Knitmore Girls

We are so fortunate to have worked with some fabulous Indie Dyers for this KAL:
Sun Valley Fibers


Lollipop Yarns

One Twisted Tree


Prizes:
One lucky participant will win a 30$ gift certificate to Sun Valley Fibers!

One lucky participant will win this 2 color shawl kit from Lollipop Yarns!



Knitter's Journal Giveaway
I reviewed The Knitter's Journal  by Jane Klein on Episode 61. 
If you would like to win a copy of this for your collection, please check out the Ravelry group and enter to win one! This contest will stay open until December 1, 2016. You must be a member of the group to win, one entry per person.


Knitting Talk Back

I talk about some gift knitting for this holiday season! I would love to see your suggestions for quick and easy gift knits!

Here are the patterns I mentioned:
Hats
Barley by Tin Cat Knits

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson

Strib Hab by Kelly Williams

Cowls
Botanical Cowl by Megan Goodacre

Elphaba Cowl by Blue Dog Workshop

Cozies
Adjustable Coffee Mug Wrap by Danido Crafty

Beer Sweater Cozy by Rebecca Shepler

Zymology Beer Cozy by Lyndsey VanSomeren

House/Home
Mason Jar Covers by Jenn Sheelen of the Jenn Sheelen podcast.
Fairie's Firelight
Heart's Aflame
Pixie Petals
Dream Whisperer



Other
CozyPad: An Ipad Cover by Danna Rachel

CozyFire: A Kindle Fire Cover by Danna Rachel

Owl Kindle Cozy by Hannahmade Patterns


Non-Knitting Segments


What a Crock

Crockpot Enchilada Quinoa

Love it or Leave it

Love: Reunited and it Feels so GOOOOOOD. I recently spent some time with an old friend.

Leave: I have picked up some unhealthy habits in the last few weeks.

Other News and Notes


Books

I am currently reading Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourne. 

I finished reading and listening to a couple of things:

A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry


Monday, November 14, 2016

Episode 62: Sockhead is the new Vanilla Sock

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits



Knits in Rehearsal

Currently working on my 2nd (or 3rd) pair of Los Monos Locos Socks by Jennifer O'Sullivan


On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg for the #bigbadbergalong

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Join me as I discuss the highlights of my trip to Rhinebeck and enjoy the photos! Such a wonderful trip and I hope to repeat it again in the future!

The Vendors I mentioned: 

Indie Untangled: 

Rhinebeck:
Neighborhood Fiber Company
I mentioned the pattern I have in mind for my NFC yarn, Harley.

Here are some pics from the weekend!


Next planned Knitting Events: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

PalKal 2016 Updates

Thank you so much to all of the sponsors and participants. I am so happy to have had so much excitement around this KAL!

If you haven't yet, please check out episode 60 where all of the winners were announced. I need to hear from all winners by December 1, 2016, or I will have to redraw for some of the prizes!

In addition, I have opened up a new thread for a giveaway of one Sock Ruler, as the winner had already purchased one and would like for it to go to someone who really wants one! Please enter that thread if you are interested! 


Big Bad Berg Along

Join me and some of my very favorite podcasters in knitting as many Melanie Berg patterns as we can! 
We will joined by:
Knitting Butterflies
The Knitmore Girls

We are working with some fabulous Indie Dyers for this KAL:
Sun Valley Fibers
There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. You can get the same kit as I am getting or as one of the other podcasters. More information is coming, but look for a special link "Big Bad Berg-Along" on their website. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.


Lollipop Yarns
Joan dyed up some special Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. She will be having a few more updates as she gets the yarn available, so check out her group on Ravelry and her website for specific details.

One Twisted Tree
Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL. Check out the website for more information.

Prizes:
One lucky participant will win a 30$ gift certificate to Sun Valley Fibers!

One lucky participant will win this 2 color shawl kit from Lollipop Yarns!



Knitter's Journal Giveaway
I reviewed The Knitter's Journal  by Jane Klein on Episode 61. 
If you would like to win a copy of this for your collection, please check out the Ravelry group and enter to win one! This contest will stay open until December 1, 2016. You must be a member of the group to win, one entry per person.

Non-Knitting Segments


Meatless Monday


Love it or Leave it

Love: The Out on the Linai Podcast, all about the Golden Girls

Leave: Daylight Savings Time

Other News and Notes

In case you missed it: I RAN A MARATHON!!

Listen up for a brief recap of my marathon experience.





Books

On this episode I talked only about books I have finished recently.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

The Trespasser by Tana French

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Other Updates
Life has slowed down considerably since my marathon. I am enjoying the time with friends and family, and of course, the extra knitting time!

Hopefully this means the podcast will be back on a more regular schedule!