Sunday, October 25, 2015

Episode 40: Short Hair, DO Care!

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

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

I love, love, love this finished object! 

Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer

I love this item, but I don't think it looks good with my short hair. What do you think?

I am on the lookout for a pattern for two color knits in a DK weight. Let me know if you have any suggestions. 

Knits in Rehearsal

I haven't really worked on anything else since finishing my two projects above, but I talked about picking up my Mama Vertebrae again.

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in the Chispas Colorway
Needles: Size 6 Signature Convertibles

I mentioned all the other wips I've got going on right now, check out my notebook on Ravelry to see those. 

Auditioning Knits

View from the Charles by Jennifer Lassonde. BostonJen from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast has a new shawl design and I can't wait to cast it on! I'm going to use some newly purchased yarn (specifically for this pattern) that I got from the Black Mountain Yarn Shop in Black Mountain, NC. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Palkal updates
I still haven't heard from the following listeners and I don't want to give your prizes away, but I will soon have to redraw! 

Karenina 4777

Sock-Ruler Giveaway
I use to draw a winner of this contest. Listen up to see if you are the lucky one! 

New Contest: View from the Charles
Jennifer Lassonde/BostonJen was kind enough to offer a giveaway (digital) copy of her new pattern. All you have to do is respond to the prompt in the thread on Ravelry. This contest will be open through November 15, 2015. 

Las Knitting Amigas is a new video podcast that I've been enjoying, Joji Locatelli is one of hosts with her friend Veronica, and it's an all Spanish podcast. 

Saff is coming up soon, October 29 through November 1 in Fletcher, NC. I will be there on Saturday and if you are there, please say hello and maybe do a little interview for the podcast! 

Knitting Talk Back

The series on my Favorite Ravelry Things continues. This episode I discuss the rest of the features of the notebook, including Friends, Groups and Events, Needles and Hooks, Library, Contributions and Purchases. If you have anything to add to my list, please jump on over to the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry and join in the conversation. 

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock

Love it or Leave it

Love it: My Best Friend listens to the podcast, and she's not a knitter! 

Leave it: I have to stop wearing my high heels to work! Too much pain! 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates I completed my longest run to date, 12 miles, on Saturday and this will be my longest run before my 13.1 on November 7 in Savannah Georgia! 

Book Notes
I finally finished reading Written in my Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon. It took me over a year to finish this book, my heart just wasn't in it. 

I started reading The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant and I'm really enjoying it so far. 

I started listening to some new to me non-knitting podcasts: 

I'm really enjoying all three. 


Josh and I attended a wedding last weekend in Maggie Valley, NC. It's a really cute town and we also took some detours to Black Mountain and Asheville, one of my favorite places in North Carolina. 

Thank you so much for listening! 

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!