Friday, September 30, 2016

Episode 59: The Sock Yarn Blanket Never Disappoints

Knitting Segments

This episode is brought to you by Never Not Knitting and Sock Ruler! 

Show-Ready Knits

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White
Quadruple Threat PalKal Project here with 4 podcasts represented:

Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.

Knits in Rehearsal

Astonish Top by Katy Banks.  This is now in a semi-permanent time-out!

I worked a lot recently on my Sock Yarn Blanket, Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicholson

Currently working on my 2nd (or 3rd) pair of Los Monos Locos Socks by Jennifer O'Sullivan

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by the Never Not Knitting online shop where you will find unusual gifts and notions for knitters such as handcarved knitting needles, specialty buttons, and stitch marker jewelry. Check out the latest offerings at Looking for a new project to knit? Use the coupon code PalKal2016 to receive 50% off of a pdf pattern of your choice!

Knitting News, Notes and Events

PalKal2016 is Almost Over!  


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

Producing Sponsors offering Discounts: 

            25% off 1 regular sock ruler

             Buy 4 get one free Needle Keepers

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

             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
             Free 50 gram mini skein with purchase

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

Virtual Knit Night? I have scheduled one for September 6th, 2016 at 7pm Eastern time. If you are interested, here is the link to my Google Profile. Add me to your circle and then send me an email or private message telling me your email address and name so I can add you to the hangout.

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

New Knit-a-Long coming up starting October 1, 2016

The Big, Bad, Berg-a-long
We will start on October 1st and go through November 15, 2016. There will be 6 podcasts participating. Any Melanie Berg patterns will be eligible for participation. 

I am so excited to be collaborating with 5 of my favorite podcasts for this event!

We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.

We are also going to be working with 3 Indie Dyers for this KAL.

Sun Valley Fibers
There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. You can get the same kit as I am getting or as one of the other podcasters. More information is coming, but look for a special link "Big Bad Berg-Along" on their website. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.

Lollipop Yarns
On September 11 at 7pm Eastern there will be an update featuring Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. She will have these kits up for preview starting Monday September 5th, 2016 in the Lollipop Yarn Ravelry Group as well as on her website, linked above.

Oh! And there will be a self-striping update on Sunday September 4th at 7pm.

One Twisted Tree
Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL. Check out the website for more information.

Podcast Premiere

This week I talked about a new to me podcast, the Hey Sister Podcast on Youtube.

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.

Non-Knitting Segments

One Pot Wonders

Love it or Leave it

Love: Healthy choices we are making at home are really starting to pay off!

Leave: I now basically work in the middle of a Construction/Destruction zone at school. 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates
I ran my longest distance ever this past weekend. 20 Miles! Who Am I??

Book Updates

1 comment:

  1. New listener here! I'm glad to hear someone else is working on the Astonish Top, even if yours isn't cooperating. Actually, I think I started mine Summer 2015 and I'm probably 3/4 done now... I just don't pick it up that often because I'm not used to working that small! Love the pattern though.