Monday, August 1, 2016

Actually Knitting Episode 57: Humble Brag

Knitting Segments

This episode is brought to you by The Sock Ruler and Eucalan. 

Show Ready Knits

Triple Threat PalKal Project here with 3 podcasts represented:

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

Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.

Not-so-baby Blanket in progress. It's a labor of love!

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by The Sock Ruler. 
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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. 

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

Daniela Richardson from A Coffee Fueled Life 
       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

          Project bag of winner's choice from her Etsy Shop

           A project bag from her Etsy Shop

Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast
           Pattern from her Ravelry Shop for one lucky winner!
Angela from the Revelations of a Delusional Knitter Podcast
            Winner's choice of a pattern from her Ravelry Store!

Steph from the Happy Buffalo Boutique
          A skein of yarn, winner’s choice

Amy from the Stockinette Zombies Podcast
          Winner’s choice of pattern from her Ravelry Store, some yarn from her own stash and a project bag     from the SilverShedUSA!

Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber
          As a prize, Anne is offering one lucky listener $30.00 in patterns from her Designer Store on    Ravelry. The winner will be able to pick any combination of individual patterns that suits!

Claire from New Hampshire Knits
           2 balls of West Yorkshire Spinners yarn from their Country Bird collection in the Bullfinch and             
               Cayenne Pepper color ways (so a patterned ball with a contrasting solid for heels etc). 

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.

Rhinebeck is October 15th and 16th, 2016. Let me know if you plan on attending!

Virtual Knit Night? 
If you would like to do a virtual knit night via Google Hangouts?

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Non-Knitting Segments

Love it or Leave it! 

Leave it: Sizing Discrepancies in women's clothing. 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates

I ran my longest distance ever this week! 14 hot, hilly, humid miles! 

Book Updates

Finished reading: 

Started Listening to: 

Started Reading: 

Other Updates

My adventures in babysitting went really well! I didn't permanently damage my friend's kids and I also didn't wake them up even though I went in their rooms a million times to make sure they were still breathing. 

I'm heading on vacation this week to Jackson Hole, Wyoming! 

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