Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Episode 54: It's the Day of the Show!

This episode is sponsored by Infinite Twist and Fix-a-Stitch

Knitting Segments

Show-Ready Knits

Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli
I bought the Argentine yarn from Pura Hilados

This brings my Stash Dash total to 1, 124 yards or 1027.8 meters.

I became curious about why some shawl patterns use a garter tab for the starting point, so I did a little research. Check out this blog post at Kelbourne Woolens about garter tabs.

This got me to thinking: how have I gotten away this long without doing a garter tab? What is something in knitting that you can't believe you have never done before? Join in the discussion on the Episode 54 thread on Ravelry!

Stash Dash is a Summer KAL hosted by the Knit Girllls video podcast

Knits in Rehearsal

Thank goodness for my Strauch Ball Winder

Rainbow Vanilla Socks in White Birch Fiber Arts

I'm using the OMG Heel pattern by Megan Williams

Hey Lady Hey is doing a Solidarity Craft-a-long to show support for the victims and families of the mass shooting in Orlando Florida. 

This episode of Actually Knitting is sponsored by Infinite Twist.

Still looking for that perfect project for the PalKal? Infinite Twist has teamed up with Jan Hamby from the TwinSet Designs Podcast to create a stunning gradient kit for Jan's latest shawl design, Gradient Angles. Using the same foundation as a mitered square, this delightful shawl flies off the needles!"
The prize: A Gradient Angles kit, including Jan's pattern, all the hand-dyed yarn you'll need to complete the project, a bamboo circular needle, stitch markers, yarn needle, two-color pattern marking pencil, and a handy gauge card.

Enter "PalKal" as your secret code and get a free pair of 50 gram miniskeins with your order!

Auditioning Knits

I am thinking about casting on the Solaris Shawl by Melanie Berg with my Pal Kal Mini Kit from One Twisted Tree. 

By the way, if you like Melanie Berg then stay tuned for a fun KAL. 

Also will be casting on some socks with my Twist Fiber Studio Fairview Fingering Yarn that I purchased last fall. Not sure about the pattern, but likely something from Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin podcast.

I will house this project in a Fat Squirrel bag which was gifted to me by Sarah Shoo of the Cultivate and Create podcast. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

If you hear this episode on or around June 15th, 2016, go to the Ravelry thread for a special Pal Kal Mini Kit giveaway. 

PalKal2016 officially begins on June 15th!

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!
This week I have highlighted our Featured Performers and Top Billing Sponsors. These are the folks who have offered coupon/discount codes for the PalKal 2016!

Please check out the threads in the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry for more information!

Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast

        1$ off Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat

          $1.50 off in Ravelry Shop

Daniela Richardson from the Coffee Fueled Life Podcast
       50% off in Ravelry Store. 

Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast
        40% off of 2 or more patterns in Ravelry Store

        25% off in her Ravelry Shop

Kristi from the In a Sknit Video Podcast
        25% off of her In Transit Cap and Cowl pattern 

Brenda Castiel Designs
        20% off in her Ravelry Shop
        $5.00 off in her Etsy Shop 

Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast
        20% off in her Ravelry Shop 

          15% off in Etsy Shop

         20% off of self-published patterns in her Ravelry store 

Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls 
         50% off her Fletcher's Falling Leaves Sock Pattern

Lisa of Zombody Knits 
         $1.00 off in Etsy Shop

Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast
          30% off in her Ravelry Store

C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
           15% off in her Ravelry Store

Janis Ficker/ of the Carolina Fiber Girls
         50% off of her 10 Day Sweater Pattern

Twinset Jan from the Twinset Designs Podcast
         $2.00 off in her Ravelry Store

Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast
          15% off in her Ravelry Store

Angela from Revelations of a Dellusional Knitter Podcast
          50% off in her Ravelry Store

Stephanie from Happy Buffalo Boutique
          Free Shipping in her Etsy Shop

Twinset Ellen from the Twinset Designs Podcast
           50% off of one pattern in her Ravelry Shop

Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber and podcast 
           15% off of all orders, both in stock and custom dyed

Claire of New Hampshire Knits
            15% off in her Etsy Shop, The Wooly Thistle 

Producing Sponsors offering Discounts: 

Sock Ruler
            25% off 1 regular sock ruler

Fiber to Fabric Magic
             Buy 4 get one free Needle Keepers

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

Media Peruana Designs
             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
Infinite Twist
             Free 50 gram mini skein with purchase

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

Knitter's Pride
Fix a Stitch
Della Q
Ancient Arts Fibre

World Wide Knit in Public Day 

I will be at the Craft Public House at 2pm and then heading over to Warm and Fuzzy in Cary, NC. 

Episode 54 is brought to you by Fix-a-Stitch
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Podcast Premiere

On this episode I feature the new to me knitting podcasts, the Jenn Sheelen podcast and Relentless Knitting 

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders

Love it or Leave it

Leave: The heat! The inescapable HEAT! 

Other News and Notes 

Running Updates: 
Marathon Training has officially started

Reading Updates: 
I finished reading Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella. It was...ok 

I started reading The Widow by Fiona Barton which I heard about on the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast.

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