Thursday, June 30, 2016

Episode 55: I'm Just Talkin' 'Bout Livin'

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

Rainbow Vanilla Socks in White Birch Fiber Arts

I'm using the OMG Heel pattern by Megan Williams

Yarn is Miss Babs Yowza in Oyster

Knits In Rehearsal

Solaris by Melanie Berg with my Pal Kal Mini Kit from One Twisted Tree.  

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White
Triple Threat PalKal Project here with 3 podcasts represented:
Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast 
Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast
The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Here's the Ysolda Tutorial on cabling without a cable needle.

The Bag was a gift from Sarah Shoo of the Cultivate and Create podcast.

Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.

Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig is getting a little sweater surgery, I'm adding length to the sleeves and this will be a huge amount of yardage for StashDash.

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,, 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.

Knitting News, Notes and Events

PalKal2016 is underway! 

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. 

The Relentless Knitting Podcast

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
       3 Patterns of winners' choice

Daniela Richardson from Caffeinated Knitting
       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

Ashley of Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast
          Project bag of winner's choice from her Etsy Shop

           A project bag from her Etsy Shop

Jan Hamby of the Twinset Designs Podcast
          A Noste-Demi and Noste-Mini

Please check out the threads on Ravelry for photos and more information and remember that all of the Top Billing Sponsors have provided coupon codes as well, which you can also find in the Ravelry group.

World Wide Knit in Public Day

I had a great time at World Wide Knit in Public Day this year. I got to see old friend and meet some new ones, and of course, I bought some yarn! I couldn't help myself!!

Lollipop Yarn has a new line of yarn and it's delicious!

I also purchased a skein of yarn from Spun Right Round at the LYS Warm and Fuzzy in Cary, NC.

My next yarnie event will be Rhinebeck in October! 

Podcast Premiere

This Episode is brought to you by Fiber to Fabric Magic, makers of the wildly popular, & exclusive, Needle Keeper. This innovative tool was created by Claudia, a knitter, and her engineer husband, to protect delicate knitting needles from damage while on a project in your knitting bag. Claudia had broken several pair of 00 wooden sock needles by being jostled around in her knitting bag and was desperate to find a way to protect her delicate, and expensive circulars. That was the Needle Keeper's original intention, has turned out the Needle Keeper is perfect for keeping your live stitches from falling off the needle, and for protecting the joints (the needle to cable area). Extremely lightweight, practically indestructible, you can shove everything in your knitting bag and never worry. They make reaching into your bag and grabbing your project worry free, no dropped stitches!

They come in 12 beautiful, bright colors, which makes them easy to see deep in your bag! Buy a different color for each project, contrasting against the current yarn color, or color-code for the type of project you're working on.

Knitters LOVE them, read the nearly 1,000 5-star reviews on Etsy and pick up a few. The coupon deal for the PalKal 2016 is buy 4 and get one free from their Etsy shop, Fiber To Fabric Magic! Put 5 in your cart and one will ring up FREE.

Claudia will be giving away 2 Needle Keepers to a lucky listener of this Podcast, and you get to choose which colors you'd like!

Knitting Talkback: Yarn (The Movie) 

I was recently sent a screener copy of Yarn and I really enjoyed it. It was a different take on the fiber for me, but I found it really interesting and informative. Check out the website for more information about where you can see this film. 

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders

One of the easiest recipes I've made. 

Love it or Leave it

This one is a combo! I both love and leave cleaning out clothes that no longer fit me! 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates
I am training for my marathon and having some issues on my runs, but fighting through it. I ran a charity run on Sunday, #CharlotteRunsForOrlando, and I have a race on July 4th with my friend Karen. 

Book Updates
I finished reading and/or listening to: 

I started reading and/or listening to: 

Briefly I mentioned that my grandparents live in Rainelle, West Virginia, the site of some major flooding last week. They are (thankfully) ok and their home was spared, but they are lucky to live on a mountain. The town was completely destroyed, many people lost their homes and everything they have. If you are interested in helping, check out this article on The Huffington Post for information. 

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