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!




Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Episode 61: A Controversial Subject

Sorry for the delay! Here are the long awaited Show Notes for Episode 6!

Knitting Segments


Knits in Rehearsal

Not a lot happening over here knitting wise...
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

May as well, everyone else is doing it! 
This has become my latest mindless knitting project. 

Auditioning Knits

This is where the title of this episode comes from! Today I wanted to discuss some Ponchos I've been auditioning including one I wanted to shop for at Rhinebeck. What do you think about Ponchos? Yay or nay? 

Here are the ones I discussed on the show: 








In the Wings

On this episode I shared some items I have purchased lately that I am really enjoying.

Stitch Markers from Such Gwenderful Stuff
I got the square ones in two sizes.

Bag from Bird Leg Bags
I got the medium wedge bag in Yarnie Brights



Knitting News, Notes and Events

PalKal 2016

Thanks again to all the sponsors, participants and listeners for a great PalKal this year! Listen to Episode 60 to find out if you won. Winners need to contact me by December 1st or I will redraw for prizes.

Big Bad Berg Along

Join mea nd 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.


Rhinebeck was October 15th and 16th and I had a wonderful time. Listen to Episode 61 for more information about my trip. 

Zombie Knitpocalypse

I will be attending this event in June of 2017.


The Reviews Are In!

I hope you enjoy hearing my review of The Knitter's Journal  by Jane Klein. 
If you would like to win a copy of this for your collection, please check out the Ravelry group and enter to win one! 

Non-Knitting Segments


Meatless Monday


Love it or Leave it

Love

Leave
Social Media/Internet Envy

Other News and Notes

Books

Currently Reading:

Currently Listening: 


Running 
After a last minute injury, I am in the home stretch of my marathon training. 


Other
I recently sang at the wedding of two of my very dear friends Zack and Jonathan. Love is love. 


Monday, October 3, 2016

Episode 60: Suck it up, Buttercup!



Knitting Segments

Knits in Rehearsal

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

Vanilla Socks 

On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg for the #bigbadbergalong

Knitting News, Notes and Events


The PalKal2016 is officially over! I am so proud that we had 663 entries this year. Thanks so much to all of the participants. If you entered, make sure you listen to see if you are a lucky winner!
If you are a winner, please email me! 

Producing Sponsors 


Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting 

Thanks so much to our Cameo Sponsors who offered prizes! 

Ancient Threads Farm Etsy Shop and Website/Podcast 
Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls 
Brenda Castiel Designs
Daniela Richardson from A Coffee Fueled Life 
Janis Ficker of the Carolina Fiber Girls
C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast
Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast
Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast
Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast
Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast
Angela from the Revelations of a Delusional Knitter Podcast
Steph from the Happy Buffalo Boutique
Amy from the Stockinette Zombies Podcast
Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber
Claire from New Hampshire Knits
Jan Hamby of the Twinset Designs Podcast
     

These folks are our Featured Performers and really made the PalKal happen by offering great discounts! 

Ashley of Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast
Brenda Castiel Designs
Daniela Richardson from the Coffee Fueled Life Podcast
Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast
Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast
Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast
Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast
Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast
Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls 
Lisa of Zombody Knits 
Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast
C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
Kristi from the In a Sknit Video Podcast
Janis Ficker/ of the Carolina Fiber Girls
Twinset Jan from the Twinset Designs Podcast
Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast
Angela from Revelations of a Dellusional Knitter Podcast
Stephanie from Happy Buffalo Boutique
Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber and podcast 
Twinset Ellen from the Twinset Designs Podcast
Claire of New Hampshire Knits

Our next Knit Along! The Big Bad BergAlong

Join myself 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 is dyeing 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.


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

Knitting Talkback: Festival Prep

I talk about my preparations for any fiber festival, and if you have any suggestions for festival prep and especially for Rhinebeck, please share them on the episode thread. 

I mentioned the booties I am ordering which can be found at the Walking Company, I ended up ordering them from Zappos. 

Here are the bags I mentioned:
Kavu Bag (not the exact one I have)

Pumpkin Pouch 

Non-Knitting Segments


Under Pressure



Love it or Leave it

Love: Modcloth

Leave: My hoarse, raspy new school year voice. 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates
I ran my longest distance EVER 2 weeks ago: 22 Miles. My marathon is now just a month away!

Books
I finished reading and/or listening to: 

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Still Life by Louise Penny 





Currently Reading: 
The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman






Friday, September 30, 2016

Episode 59: The Sock Yarn Blanket Never Disappoints

Knitting Segments

This episode is brought to you by Never Not Knitting and Sock Ruler! 

Show-Ready Knits

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White
Quadruple Threat PalKal Project here with 4 podcasts represented:


Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.


Knits in Rehearsal

Astonish Top by Katy Banks.  This is now in a semi-permanent time-out!

I worked a lot recently on my Sock Yarn Blanket, Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicholson

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


This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by the Never Not Knitting online shop where you will find unusual gifts and notions for knitters such as handcarved knitting needles, specialty buttons, and stitch marker jewelry. Check out the latest offerings at nevernotknitting.com. Looking for a new project to knit? Use the coupon code PalKal2016 to receive 50% off of a pdf pattern of your choice!


Knitting News, Notes and Events

PalKal2016 is Almost Over!  


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

Producing Sponsors offering Discounts: 


            25% off 1 regular sock ruler

             Buy 4 get one free Needle Keepers

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

             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
    
             Free 50 gram mini skein with purchase


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

Virtual Knit Night? I have scheduled one for September 6th, 2016 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 15, 2016. There will be 6 podcasts participating. Any Melanie Berg patterns will be eligible for participation. 

I am so excited to be collaborating with 5 of my favorite podcasts for this event!



We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.

We are also going to be working with 3 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
On September 11 at 7pm Eastern there will be an update featuring 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 have these kits up for preview starting Monday September 5th, 2016 in the Lollipop Yarn Ravelry Group as well as on her website, linked above.

Oh! And there will be a self-striping update on Sunday September 4th at 7pm.

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


Podcast Premiere

This week I talked about a new to me podcast, the Hey Sister Podcast on Youtube.

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.


Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders


Love it or Leave it

Love: Healthy choices we are making at home are really starting to pay off!

Leave: I now basically work in the middle of a Construction/Destruction zone at school. 


Other News and Notes


Running Updates
I ran my longest distance ever this past weekend. 20 Miles! Who Am I??

Book Updates