Sunday, October 4, 2015

Episode 39: Off in October aka Watch me Wip

Thanks for listening to Episode 39 of Actually Knitting! 

Welcome to new and returning listeners. If you get a chance, go ahead over to itunes and leave a star rating or review for Actually Knitting and all the podcasts you enjoy!

I mentioned my amazement at having been mentioned by Lion Brand Yarn on their blog as one of only 9 podcasts to listen to while knitting! Check out the blog and some of the other podcasts listed.

Knits in Rehearsal

In October I am going to try and get some projects off of the needles, and I’m doing an informal KAL called #offinoctober. If you’d like to join me, go on the thread on the Ravelry group and chat about what projects you would like to get off the needles in October.

Nomadic Yarns Vanilla Afterthought Heel Sock
Yarn: Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in the Beachcruiser color way

Needles: Size 1 Karbonz Fixed Circulars (my go-to sock needles these days) 

3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: Shibui Knits Staccato in Velvet, Mineral and Pollen
Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbos

Auditioning Knits

If you are interested in fall patterns, or you have a great one in mind, go check out the thread in the Actually Knitting Podcast group called “Gearing up for Fall” because there are lots of great patterns being talked about there. Add your own ideas to the mix!

I recently purchased the fall 2015 editions of some knitting magazines and I’ve enjoyed looking through them. My favorite pattern amongst all the lovely ones is called Briarcliff by Sandi Prosser and it’s the cover sweater from Creative Knitting Autumn 2015.

I mentioned that designer Mari Chiba has 4 patterns in the latest issue of Knitscene, she's sort of local to me, so check her out!

I wanted to show you a pattern that was sent to me by a local budding designer, it's called Waltzing Leaves Cowl by Rose Toth-Cates. She has a great #becauseofknitting story, and the proceeds of her pattern sales go towards her daughter's tuition to a special school.

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Pal Kal Updates

There are still a few listeners who haven’t contacted me about prizes so, if you haven’t listened to Episode 38 yet, check it out to see if you were a PalKal Prize Winner!

Other Events

The Sock Ruler contest is still ongoing, I decided to leave it open until October 5th, so get on the thread on Ravelry to enter to win this great tool!

SAFF is October 30 through November 2. I won’t be there until Friday evening, unfortunately, but I will definitely be around most of Saturday. If you see or hear me, say hello!

Friendge is a project started by a friend of mine, where you make a tassel and send it to her, and she will use it to create a piece of art. Check out her website for more information!

The Carolina Fiber Girls are sponsoring Socktober, if you are a sock knitter check out that KAL.

Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast is sponsoring the Pigskin Party KAL through her podcast. There is something for everyone in that KAL, and lots of things going on throughout the NFL season, and you don’t have to be a football fan to join in the fun. Right now I am planning to do 2 shawls (at least) for this KAL: Bryum and Virgie Clay.

Knits on Stage

I had a nice Knitting in Public moment this last week at a training session I attended at school. I also started a knitting club at my school with teachers.

Knitting Talk Back

On this episode I am starting a series where I highlight my Favorite Ravelry Things. This episode I focus on the first part of the Notebook in Ravelry, and how I use different features. If you have a comment or additional tip about these features, please comment on the thread for episode 39.

Non Knitting Segments:

What a Crock

Easy Springtime Crockpot Minestrone recipe from the website How Sweet it Is.

Love it or Leave it

Love: My new rainboots!

Leave: Sleep issues, including the old dog keeping me up at night.

Theatrical Updates

My show, The Money Shot, closed on September 19th. We had great audiences and wonderful reviews and reactions. Check out this review from the local paper.

Other News and Notes

I ran 11 miles yesterday in a raging rain storm! It was actually kind of fun!

Camping trip this weekend was cancelled due to rain.

I saw The Martian on Friday night, it was great! I loved it!

I am now on Periscope! Join me over there for some (mostly) impromptu videos where you can comment and ask questions.

Thanks so much for listening!

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