Episode 18

Weekly Cuppa:

Today’s tea is Super Fruit Herbal Tea by Tea Pigs. It’s a vibrant blend of unusual berries (including elderberries, currants, bilberries and cranberries) that is as good hot as it is cold.

Knitting Content:

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock hand-dyed by krysknits on 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Knit out of Night Owl Fibers Basic Sock in Rusty Hook, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Leather Boots on size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

My Scrappy Blanket (based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis and memory blanket by Georgie Nicolson. Knit on size 2.75mm (US 2) needles. Squares added this week included Nova Sock Print, colourway 174; Knit Picks Palette in the Silver colourway, and an unknown neon variegated yarn.

Stash:

I received a skein of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the custom ModeKnit Yarns colourway, Black-to-Green Flow. Carl also sent along some stickers, a to-do notepad (which will be included with the KAL prize) and a lovely stitch marker by Chappy.

Bijou Basin KAL

And that brings us to the Bijou Basin KAL!!! We’ll be casting on next Saturday, so be ready! Any Bijou Basin or ModeKnit Yarns fiber will qualify, as will any patterns featured on Bijou Basin Ranch’s site, or any Annie Modesitt pattern. I will be casting on the Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs.

The prize pack will include a book of Annie Modesitt’s patterns, as well as some yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch, and a few other goodies 🙂 The KAL runs from Saturday, October 20 to midnight on December 31. A participation prize of any pattern featured on BBR’s site will also be awarded.

On Screen

I managed to get another three episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in, so one more episode left before I get to watch Thor: The Dark World (I was completely wrong in the episode as to what the next film was!)

In the podcasting world, several people have new episodes out, but none more exciting to me than Little Big Knits with my lovely friend selmaknits, and Hawthorn Cottage Craft podcast with the wonderful ARunnerBean!! (can’t wait to see you, Kate!!!)

That’s all for now, folks. Prep for Rhinebeck is underway, and next week’s episode won’t be posted until I’m back home on Monday evening. Have a great week, and if you’re at Rhinebeck, please stop me to say hi! I have buttons!!

The Wayward Skein Podcast: Episode 16

Knitting Content

FOPeppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colorway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

WIPs

Scrappy blanket, based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis and the Cozy Memories Blanket by Georgie Nicolson. Squares added this week are Fiber Stash Dyeworks Strong Toes in “Princess Mandy” and Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in “Ocean in a Bucket”. Knit on 2.75mm (US 2) needles.

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller (eatmyyarn ). Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock, hand-dyed by krysknits on size 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Tea: Not going to write a whole long review, because it’s David’s Tea Cold 911, which I reviewed in episode 14.

Bijou Basin Ranch KAL

Please visit the KAL thread here for all the details!

Birthday shout-outs!

Please wish all our September babies a very happy birthday! Happy birthday to KellySpinsCraftyjenn9277doxiedogsknitpick56CreativedreamssandvansnooksLauraWestportMaraathomeknitt-a-holicBitchandstitch1CraftyMomma73Hannahbug1423wifeofrexgmb3tcdLameyDoofusOryxRunJKnits51twistySmofficoraleegeeElleYarnloopstitchalong, and brighidskiss!! I hope you had a great birthday month smile

On screen

I finished all of Queer Eye, and I’m so sad it’s over! There were a lot of tears. I highly recommend you watch it! I also plowed through Iron Man 2, Thor, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3 (I had completely forgotten what that one was about.) I’m about to start Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week 🙂 I also started a new Netflix original series called The Good Cop. Tony Danza plays a corrupt ex-cop who has recently been released from prison. He lives with his son, Josh Groban, who is a straight-laced, by-the-book detective. It’s a comedy, but also a pretty good cop show, and it’s hilarious! Give it a watch if you have Netflix.

Have a great week, everybody!

The Wayward Skein: Episode 15

Knitting content:

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock, hand-dyed by krysknits, on 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Sadly, no other knitting got done this week, especially as I wasted three days fixing the Peppermint Mocha socks!

On the screen:

I tried an episode of Brooklyn 99 and found it wasn’t a style of comedy I enjoy. Then I watched a few episodes of Queer Eye and very much enjoyed that! I’ve also watched a few more moview in the Marvel lineup (Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, which both came out in 2008).

There hasn’t been much else going on this week. Sorry the podcast was so light on content this week!

Episode 14

Knitting Content:

FO: Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317 on size 5mm (US 8) needles.

WIPs:

Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van De Car. Knit out of Stylecraft Life DK in the “Mixtures Gorse” colourway on size 4mm (US 6) needles.

Celestial Socks test knit by Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock hand-dyed by krysknits on size 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

On the screen

I’ve been watching a show on Netflix called “The Ranch”. It’s actually a current series, which started in 2016 (surprisingly, I would have thought it was pre-current administration). There’s a lot of problematic humor in it that I don’t appreciate, but there’s also a lot of absolutely hilarious stuff, and there’s Sam Elliott for additional eye candy.

I’ve been watching a few of MinaPhilipp’s shorter snippets this past week, and especially enjoyed the one about her new The New York Hat Collection, which was released this week. Also watched a new episode by Must Love Yarn.

Between the pages

I’ve picked up An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle again. It’s the final book in the Wrinkle in Time series, and I had misplaced it, and so had to start again. I’m very much enjoying it, and look forward to finishing it so I can finally watch the movie!!

Have a great week, everyone!

Podcast Episode 13

Tea: This week’s cuppa is Apple Custard from David’s Tea. It’s a smooth, mellow apple-vanilla flavored tea that is simply delicious! I’m so glad I decided to try it!

Knitting Content:

New Cast-on

Test Knit of the Celestial Socks by Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Socks, hand-dyed by krysknitson size 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Works in Progress

Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colourway, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317 on size 5mm (US 8) needles.

Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van De Car. Knit out of Stylecraft Life DK in the Mixtures Gorse colourway on size 4mm (US 6) needles.

On the screen

Finished watching Marvel’s Agent Carter, which I quite enjoyed. I then watched the first season of Anne with an E, and I’m rather upset about it! Rob and I also had time to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard last weekend, and it was SO FUNNY. Please see it if you haven’t already!

Podcasts watched

I spent some time with The Knit Girllls this week, as well as with Must Love YarnThe Uncreative Crafter Podcast Fans, and Fiberific!.

Shana Tova, everyone! ❤

Killer Spaghetti Sauce

In episode 12 of The Wayward Skein, I promised that I would share my recipe for killer spaghetti sauce with all both of you 😉 So here it is. The recipe that prompted two proposals (neither of them from Rob, ironically), and has kept people coming back for more for about 20 years! (suffice to say, I will NEVER be a food photographer…)

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Lynne’s Killer Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced (or 1.5 Tbsp from a jar)
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced (or 3 jalapenos, finely diced)
  • 6 oz (or 1 cup) mushrooms, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz beef sticks, sliced about 1/4″ thick (I prefer Wentzle Farms, but whatever you have is fine, as long as it’s not Teriyaki or some weird thing like that)
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 106-oz can diced tomatoes (a #10 can) or 3 28-oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 12-oz can tomato paste

Open can of diced tomatoes and place in stock pot. Set aside.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, celery and garlic, and cook until transluscent, about 6 minutes. Add bell peppers (or jalapeno) and mushrooms to skillet. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir into tomatoes.

Return skillet to low heat. Cook beef stick slices until slightly crisp, approximately 3 minutes. Stir into tomatoes.

Over medium heat, without removing grease from the beef sticks, cook the ground beef. Drain, and stir into tomatoes. Place tomatoes on medium-low heat, and add all spices. Simmer, covered, for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover, and stir in tomato paste. Simmer 5-10 minutes more while pasta is cooking, and serve.

This recipe will make enough to feed approximately 20 people, or enough for dinner, and several containers for the freezer (makes approximately 5-6 quarts). And be prepared – if you feed this to people, they may just ask you to marry them!

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving

Calories              199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.7g
11%
Saturated Fat 2.5g
13%
Cholesterol 59mg
20%
Sodium 322mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate 11.9g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Total Sugars 6.9g

Protein 20.4g

Vitamin D 41mcg
204%
Calcium 29mg
2%
Iron 11mg
63%
Potassium 786mg
17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Recipe analyzed by verywellfit.com

The Wayward Skein: Episode 12

Knitting Content:

Finished Object: Rob’s 2018 socks, based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Bergère de France Lubéron in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Works in Progress: Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon (from her Coffee With C.C. ~ A 7 Pattern Caffeine Inspired Knitting Collection book). Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the Ocean in a Bucket colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317 on size 5.0mm (US 8) needles.

Tea: Today’s cuppa is Organic Serenity Now by David’s Tea. This one isn’t my favorite, because I brewed it before reading the ingredients, and I just don’t care for the taste or smell of lavender. It has quite a mix of flavors in it, from floral to fruity, and I find it a bit too complex and busy.

Giveaway!!!! Please come watch to see if you’ve won one of the two patterns offered up by eatmyyarn of Brandi Miller designs. If you are the winner, please go to her Ravelry store, choose the pattern you’d like to receive, and PM me or Brandi to receive your pattern.

Screen Time: I’ve continued watching Marvel’s Agent Carter, and I’m nearly done the second series (I’m pretty sure there were only two). I can’t wait to see how it all turns out, and move on to Iron Man! I haven’t had much time to watch podcasts this week, and in fact, have barely been online while in Chicago – although I have gone a little Instagram crazy since I’ve been here. Photos from this trip will be shared on the blog later this week.

In the Kitchen: I made Rob a batch of my famous spaghetti sauce 🙂 He loves having it in containers in the freezer. One batch usually does dinner one night, and then fills enough containers for him to have it for dinner four times, and then leftovers for lunch the next day as well. The recipe will be shared on the blog at some point on Monday.

KALs in other groups: This coming Thursday (Sept. 6), BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast will be hosting her annual Pigskin Party! It’s loads of fun, and there are lots of great prizes to be won, so come join in the fun! If you do decide to join, please link me as the person who referred you 🙂

That’s all for now! Hope everyone has a great week!!!

The Wayward Skein: Episode 11

Giveaway:

Please don’t forget to enter the Brandi Miller giveaway to celebrate reaching 10 episodes and 250 subscribers on Youtube and 250 members on Ravelry!! To enter on Ravelry, visit the Giveaway thread and post a comment telling us what pattern you’ve knit more than once (or if you’ve never knit a pattern more than once, that’s valid too!) To enter on Youtube, please comment ON EPISODE 10 and answer the same question. You must be subscribed to youtube if you’re entering there, or be a member of the Ravelry group if you’re entering here. No chatter in the Ravelry thread, please!

Tea: Valerian Nights by David’s Tea (YES, I’m a sucker for David’s Tea!). This is a sort of fruity, sort of sweet herbal tea. Valerian is used by people who have difficulty getting to sleep. This one has bits of caramel, apple, and coconut added to it, and it has a delicate flavor reminiscent of fairground caramel apples.

Birthday Shoutouts

Happiest of birthdays to all our August babies!!! KnittaGaldisascraftworkDancingLeaf06huntress1327Cherylcan (FROM PEI, sorry I forgot!), haizlertn1946soccerballetmomyarnjunkiemomAuntyNanaNzLinknitteraemummieshazkyAppaloosadragonladyMikariaredyarnknitsYellowZx5TyMoralcrazyknittinnana, and truffles06, I hope you all had (or are having) a fantastic birthday! ❤

Knitting Content:

Rob’s 2018 socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Bergère de France Lubéron in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Knit out of Night Owl Fibers Basic Sock in the Rusted Hook, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Leather Boots colourways on size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Screen Time:

I have given up watching Sliders, since my two favorite actors had left the show, and the final season was never made, so the series ends on a cliffhanger. Instead, I’m rebooting the Marvel universe, according to this CNET article. I watched Captain America and the first two episodes of Marvel’s Agent Carter this week and look forward to seeing more in the next few days!

Podcasts:

The Knit Girllls have a new episode out, as do Ninja Chickens (hosted by ninjachickens and The dunkelgrün group (hosted by dunkelgrun.

Must Love Yarn, which features jrbirdkid and KellySpins, reached their hundredth episode in the last couple of weeks, which is a HUGE milestone! Congratulations ladies!!! If you’re ever in the Burlington area in Vermont, their shop is worth a stop, a restop, and maybe one last visit before you leave!

Have a great week, everybody!

The Wayward Skein: Episode 10

Milestones!

Not only is this episode ten, but we’ve surpassed 275 members in the Ravelry group, and 245 subscribers on the Youtube channel!! I think that’s worthy of a little celebration, don’t you? There will be a two-pronged giveaway held over Ravelry and Youtube. Brandy Miller Designs (eatmyyarns ) has generously offered to donate two of her patterns! She wants you to tell her which pattern you have knit more than once! Brownie points if you link to the pattern on Ravelry, so we can all grow our queues a bit. (If you have never knit the same pattern twice, telling us that will be considered valid).

Ravelry: You must be a member of the group to enter. No chatter, please. Simply visit the Giveaway thread, and answer the prompt!

Youtube: You must be a subscriber. Comment under Episode 10, answering the prompt. Comments that don’t answer the question posed simply won’t be entered into the draw.

The winners will be chosen the weekend of September 1st, when I’ll be recording from Chicago!

Tea: I’m drinking Rainbow Sherbet by David’s Tea today. It’s a vivid, fruity tea that is excellent cold! i was going to try Rhubarb Cream Soda today, but I noticed JUST as I was about to add water to the teabag that it contains mango! Not doing that twice in one weekend 😉

Knitting content:

Rob’s 2018 Socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee ). Knit out of Bergère de France Lubéron in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Knit out of Night Owl Fibers Basic Sock in the Rusted Hook, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Leather Boots colourways, on size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

Podcast Reviews:

The Knit Girllls Leslie udontcallmeles and Laura LaLa just recently had their 400-episode anniversary!!! That’s a HUGE milestone. Congratulations, ladies!!! There are some fabulous sweaters being worked on in this episode (403).

Rosehaven Yarn Shop Podcast: Lesley artsymom and Tim have a new episode this week, and they were at Twist Fibre Festival this weekend! Tim recently attended a Men’s Knitting Retreat and tells us all about it, while the dyepots are bubbling in Lesley’s basement!

Selma’s Knits: Not to be confused with Selma from Little Big Knits, THIS Selma, Selmasknits, is from France, and records her podcast both in English and French! I love seeing the yarns she uses, as they’re not generally widely available here.

That’s about it for this week, folks. Have a great week!

The Wayward Skein: Episode 9

Knitting Content

Rob’s 2018 socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Bergère de France Lubéron in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Knit out of Night Owl Fibers Basic Sock in the Rusted Hook, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Leather Boots colourways on size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

Tea:

Today’s tea is a from a fantastic local producer called Take Charge Tea. I’m drinking their Chaga with Cocoa Nibs, and it’s such a deliciously subtle flavor, good hot or cold. It has a taste somewhat like maple, but not cloyingly sweet or overly chocolatey. I apologize, apparently the website address on the back of the tea package, which I mentioned on the podcast, is no longer correct. They’re now at maidenkanadah.com!

Recipe Review:

This week, I made Filipino Chicken Adobo from the Two Sleevers blog. It’s a deceptively simple recipe – this version is done in the Instant Pot, and then put under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. Who would have thought that only five or six ingredients would make such a fantastic meal? Mods I made included replacing the soy sauce with coconut aminos, since that’s all I had in the kitchen, and substituting apple cider vinegar for the white vinegar.

Podcasts:

selmaknits put out a new episode of the Little Big Knits podcast this week, Serenova put out a new episode of the Serenova Crafts podcast, and my lovely friend Kate put out a new episode of the Hawthorn Cottage Craft podcast. Please go show them some love!

What’s Going On:

Thanks to RabbitRibbit and krysknits for hanging out with me this week!!! ❤

I’m looking forward to the Twist Fibre Festival next weekend, and starting to plan for my RHINEBECK!! activities 🙂 If you’re thinking of heading to Twist next weekend, NatalieServant still has room in some of her classes. She’s a great teacher, and you should check out what’s still available 🙂

Wedding planning has started in earnest, so let me know if I start bombarding you guys with too much wedding garbage!

And big, huge, MEGA thanks to Rob for the early birthday present. I think the new camera made a huge difference, don’t you?