Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Episode 90: "She's not Pretty Cool, She's Really Cool."


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Episode 90 is brought to you by Daizie Knits and Bijou Basin Ranch

Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits

Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Winslow

Paulina Dress by Taiga Hilliard

Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang 

Knits in Rehearsal

Still working on Camp Wilkerson by Caitlyn Hunter. 

Granny Stripes Crochet Blanket by Lucy of Attic24

Here's my version in progress.

This episode is brought to you by Daizie Knits

At Daizie Knits, our goal is to provide a rainbow of colors in a range of fibers and weights.  We dye all our products in small batches using a kettle dying method; so each one is unique.  We strive to find yarns and fibers that makes your heart sing and your toes curl with delight.  At daizieknits.com, you can contact us, view a gallery of projects, check out the show schedule and of course, link to our shop.  We also offer 3d printed spindles, buttons and shawl pins. 

Use the PalKal2018 coupon code for 20% off of your order through September 1, 2018. 

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

This episode I am pleased to have Fix-a-Stitch as an Intermission Prize Sponsor. Make sure you listen to this episode to see if you are the winner of a both a Multi-Tool and Laceweight set of Fix-a-Stitch. 


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


Knitting Podcast Spotlight

Check out the Quirky Monday Craftcast  and Quirky Monday Crafts Etsy Shop. 

This episode is brought to you by Bijou Basin Ranch
Bijou Basin Ranch is a family-owned ranch in western Colorado. In addition to fiber from our own herd of full blooded Tibetan yak, we work with other yak ranchers in the US as well as Asia to source top quality yak fiber for our luxury yarns. We also work with various indie dyers who create beautiful can't-get-anywhere-else colorways for yarn lovers!

Use the PalKal2018 Coupon Code for 15% off all yarns from their online store (exception: Qiviut or Paco-Vicuna) from now through September 6, 2018.


Non-Knitting Segments 

Instant Success 


Love it or Leave it


Leave: July can be a hard month for me. 

Other News and Notes 

Books:

The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel


Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene 


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Episode 89: When in Rome, you eat cheese curds.


This episode is sponsored by Queen City Yarn and Never Not Knitting

Knitting Segments


Show Ready Knits

Moderne Log Cabin Baby Blanket Special thanks to Love Knitting for sending me the Paintbox Yarns to try out!

French Macaroon 

Baby Washcloths

Moon Cactus

Knits in Rehearsal

Camp Wilkerson

Paulina Dress 

This episode is brought to you by Queen City Yarn.



Queen City Yarn is the result of a collaboration between friends Christen and Janis, brought together in the Queen City of Charlotte by their love for knitting and yarn. They've nurtured their passion for putting color to skein and now they want to share that passion with you!

Their products start with one of six great yarn bases, each named for a neighborhood in the Queen City that reflects their personality.  The colors they apply are inspired by the beautiful things they see around them as well as breathtaking places they have visited.  While each color they produce can stand on its own, they pay special attention to creating a series of complementary colors. They strive to make it easy to pick one or more great colors for your next project.


Queen City Yarn is providing a 35$ gift certificate to one lucky PalKal participant and use the PalKal2018 coupon code for 10% off your order in their Etsy Shop. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

I attended Zombie Knitpocalypse last month. 


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

Be sure to listen to see if you are the lucky winner of a 5 pack of Eucalan! This was an intermission giveaway, which means all you have to do to be eligible is chat in chatter thread on Ravelry!


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 also brought to you by Never Not Knitting. 
Never Not Knitting is a small knitting boutique owned by designer Alana Dakos featuring a curated collection of specialty yarns, patterns, notions and gifts. This little shop supports the work of independent artisans and makers from all over the world. You may find handmade treasures in the store that you will never see anywhere else! Keep track of the newest product releases on instagram by following Nevernotknitting! Use coupon code "PALKAL2018" to save 20% off your next order in the online shop at nevernotknitting.com

Never Not Knitting is also giving away a Sheep Knit Kit at the end of the Pal Kal. 
 

The Reviews are In

This episode I got to review the Little Bee Lotion Bar from Love and Leche. 
Check this out:
Love and Leche is offering a coupon code just for Actually Knitting listeners. Use the code ActuallyKnitting for 1 free Little Bee Lotion Bar with a 25$ purchase. Yay!

They have also set up a giveaway for my listeners. Go to this link and enter your email address for a chance to win a Little Bee Lotion Bar Giftbag!

Work + Shelter website. 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

Lolodidit Video Podcast on Youtube


Non-Knitting Segments

Instant Success

Mexican Inspired Healthy Crack Chicken from Tidbits 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Bright Star the Musical 

Leave: No comment! Life is good!

Other News and Notes

I decided to start Weight Watchers again and I'm finding a lot easier to follow now that they have a protein focus. 

I'm still running but I am on the struggle bus!

Still doing boot camp workouts. 

Books

You Think it, I'll Say it by Curtis Sittenfeld

The French Girl by Lexie Elliot







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.




Bijou Basin Ranch is a family-owned ranch in western Colorado. In addition to fiber from our own herd of full blooded Tibetan yak, we work with other yak ranchers in the US as well as Asia to source top quality yak fiber for our luxury yarns. We also work with various indie dyers who create beautiful can't-get-anywhere-else colorways for yarn lovers! Use the coupon code on their website for 15% off in their online store (excluding qiviut or paco-vicuna) and free shipping! This generous offer will be good through September 6, 2018.





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:


For you, the listeners of Actually Knitting, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.You can try the book I linked above or any audiobook of your choice for free! 

To download your free audiobook today go to audibletrial.com/actuallyknitting

Lately I've been listening to: