Episode 24

Knitting content!

FO: Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colorway, specially dyed by ModeKnit Yarn. Knit on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

WIPS: Casting on Rob’s 2019 socks out of Gnomespun Yarn Phouka Base in the Brave colourway, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Knotty Mittens by Tessa Rexroat. Knit out of Bear in Sheep’s Clothing Bear Masham base in the Squall colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Stash

I received an absolutely beautiful skein of Manos del Uruguay Marina in the Appalachian colourway from my friends RabbitRibbit and Sylvie for my birthday!!!

tollbaby’s Manos del Uruguay Marina

Manos del Uruguay Marina

Screen time

I finished season one of Jessica Jones, and now I’ve started season three of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While I was in Chicago, Rob and I went out to see Bohemian Rhapsody, which was amazing, although I’m still annoyed at a few things in the film (like glossing over the wild behavior of the other band members and making them look like bloody choir boys). SO MANY podcasters have new episodes out, among them selmaknitsARunnerBeanKnit Night with Mekamika Podcast, and so many others!

Not much else going on, trying to concentrate on school and work, and organizing my living space as much as possible. I hope you’re all having a productive beginning to your hibernation season! see you next week 🙂

Episode 23

Tea: Today’s tea is one of my absolute favorites! London Fruit & Herb Company’s Strawberry & Vanilla Fool tea, provided by my lovely friend StormCoast. This tea is very smooth and decadent, and tastes like the memory of a dish of strawberries and cream.

Knitting Content: I’ve made some progress on my Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. I have added an extra eyelet section to the pattern, as I wanted to use up the remainder of my yarn. It’s knit in Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway, specially dyed by ModeKnit Yarn, on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles. There was a bit of a knitting mishap, which you’ll be able to see more clearly in a photo at the end of the episode.

I picked up my Celestial Socks by Brandi Miller and noticed something a bit odd… tune in to find out why they’re being frogged AGAIN for the 4th or 5th time sigh

Bijou Basin KAL – don’t forget to join in. Post your progress pictures in the chatter thread, I’d love to see what you’re working on!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Annie Modesitt giveaway. Rosewin ‘s prize package has been mailed off!

Recipes that I talked about during the episode will be shared at some point this week on the blog. I tried to take more pictures during the process this time, and all recipes are my own creations.

Have a great week, everybody!

Episode 22

Tea: I’m drinking Twinings of London’s Orange & Cinnamon Spice herbal tea. This is a subtle rooibos with Vietnamese cinnamon and orange peels that is warming and delicate without overpowering or being too sweet. Thanks to mandypinecone for this one!

Knitting Content:

Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Tibetan Dreams in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway, hand-dyed by modeknit on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Mina Capelet by Emily Walton (for Expression Fiber Arts). Knit out of Bernat Softee Chunky in the Fern colourway on size 6mm (US 10) needles.

Bijou Basin KAL

Please head over to the KAL finished objects thread to save your spot. There is one (grand) prize that will be drawn from all finished objects, but there’s also a smaller prize that will be drawn from among all participants, whether they finish or not!

Annie Modesitt Fund giveaway

Thank you to all who participated and generously donated to help Annie deal with funeral expenses while she undergoes her fourth (and final) round of chemotherapy this week! A winner has been chosen, so tune in to see if you won 🙂 The winner has to PM me their address so I can get the prize package in the mail while I’m in the US (since Canada Post is currently on strike).

On Screen:

I blew through season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., then watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Last weekend, I binged all of season 1 of Daredevil, and I watched Ant Man this morning.

So many podcasts have been putting up episodes in the last couple of weeks. There are two from TheCATTLady on The CATT Lady Podcast, two from KellySpins and jrbirdkid on the Must Love Yarn podcast, and episodes from justrunknit and jknitma of Stockinette ZombiesLaLa and udontcallmeles of The Knit GirlllsFiberificChanti of the Fiberific PodcastEspace TricotTrueCanuckGirl has several new videos out on the Steeped in Books channel, bryonybear and ObiwanKnitter have a new episode of The Bakery Bears out, MinaPhilipp has a new episode of The Knitting Expat Podcast out, AND a new sock club that’s just been released, CherryHeart has a new episode of the Cherry Heart podcast out, NinjaChickens has a new episode of Ninja Chickens Podcast out, and dunkelgrun has put out a FANTASTIC new episode of the Dunkelgrun podcast!

Have a fantastic week, everybody! See you next week from Chicago!

Recipe Files: Simple Cabbage Soup

raw ingredients

On Sundays, I generally go to my mom’s house for dinner. When I was a kid, we used to buy this canned cabbage soup we all loved (Habitant brand, in case anyone is curious). Sadly, they stopped making it when I was a teenager. A few years ago, I decided I needed to reverse-engineer the recipe, because we loved it SO MUCH. This recipe is the result.

Every year, Mom has me make a big batch so that she can freeze it and enjoy it all year long. This year, we got a bit ambitious and did three whole cabbages. That yielded somewhere between fourteen and sixteen quarts of soup, which was insane and took ALL AFTERNOON. I’m not going to share those quantities with you here.

shredded cabbage

Now the most dangerous part of all this is shredding the cabbage. I tend to prep it the same way I would for coleslaw or sauerkraut. Take a sharp paring knife and cut out the core, using medium diagonal cuts all the way around the stem. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you can cut out any extra bits of core after. Then place your cabbage on the cut end, and take a large knife (I prefer a santoku knife for stability,  but you could also use a chef knife) and cut into quarters. Slice each quarter thinly, no more than 1/8″ thick. Prep your onions the same way. (although without the coring, obviously).

This soup is more about ratios than specific measurements – as long as you keep your 1 cabbage – 1 onion – 1 quart stock ratio relatively similar, you can scale this recipe up as high as your stock pot will let you. We had to dig out the big 20-quart pot this year for the three heads of cabbage 🙂 You can also add a 28-oz can of diced tomatoes to the mix if you prefer. I do this at home, but not when making the soup for my mom’s stockpile 😉 The seasonings are simple, but they work very well with this soup. Let me know if you try this recipe! I hope you enjoy it.

Simple Cabbage Soup

Ingredients

1 head green cabbage, quartered and thinly sliced
1 large white or sweet onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced (optional)
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (optional)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp black pepper
1 quart beef stock (if using unsalted stock, add 1 tsp sea salt – OR use 1 heaping Tbsp Better than Bouillon, beef flavor, and 1 quart water)

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add onions and cabbage, and sauté over low heat until browned and soft, approximately 10-12 minutes. Place in stock pot with remaining ingredients. If stock does not cover cabbage, add enough stock to cover all vegetables. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat, and simmer for one hour. Serve, or freeze for later use. Serves 4-6.

soup

Episode 21

Knitting Content

Test knit: Mina Capelet by Emily Walton, for Expression Fiber Arts. This is likely the last time it will be shown before the pattern is released, so I don’t give away details of it! slightly_smiling_face

Celestial Socks by Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Socks hand-dyed by my friend Krystal on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway (dyed by ModeKnit Yarn on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Tea Review

Today’s tea is David’s Tea Cream of Earl Grey. It’s a luxuriously smooth black tea that just feels like a nice warm hug. There’s a bit of a sweet note to it, as well as a minor bite from the black tea. It tastes full and rich, and almost custardy… and now that I say that, I TOTALLY want to steep this in some heavy whipping cream to make crème brulée!!!

BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUTS

I am so sorry I forgot to do this last week, but happy birthday to all the October babies!!! Happiest of birthdays to patchaCelestya22CrochetingWhovianKnitPurlandRepeatnmarchngeigerkounterLMcraftingalisonwonderlandchumstickmaryreadsalotocdknitcasesandyknits88LDSVenusdeepcovegrlEllisknitstooTalesOfYarnKnitincrazeeLylaCraftShhhLuluHaylsknitsPinDollliviejRobina1911blackjax21nzfriendgfgislasonknit1baketooTheCATTLadyJansHandspacasinmaineCraftyYarnaholicFirstMateJulesCatlynInWonderladcalicokitty6k10, and Marlene31. I hope you all had a fabulous birthday month!

Annie Modesitt Fund

There’s still time to get in on the draw for these fantastic prizes by donating to Annie Modesitt’s lymphoma fund before November 10th! Please see details in the thread here. Annie is a fantastic teacher, knitwear designer and indie dyer. She was recently diagnosed with a rather nasty form of Lymphoma that has attacked her spine, and has been undergoing chemotherapy… but while she’s been battling cancer, her husband Gerry, who has been battling Multiple Myeloma for ten years, passed away suddenly. Helping her defray the costs of a funeral and keeping afloat while she works out the rest of her treatment and recovery is a super generous thing for you all to be doing, and I’m so proud of our little group here for pushing their sleeves up and getting it done RoMillet!

15413576317431949350007807908818.jpg

Bijou Basin Ranch KAL

Hop on over into the BBR KAL threads to show us what you’re working onand to save your spot in the FO thread 🙂

On Screen

I made it through the last few episodes of season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and onto Guardians of the Galaxy. I completely forgot to mention all the new podcasts that came out this week – there’s a new one from ARunnerBean on Hawthorn Cottage Crafts, some new non-knitty stuff from TrueCanuckGirl on Steeped in Books, some Must Love Yarn goodness from jrbirdkid and KellySpins, ANOTHER new episode from TheCATTLady, some new content from NinjaChickens (go see her new studio! Exciting stuff!!), a little bit of pumpkin carving fun and a Knit Crate review from MinaPhilipp on The Knitting Expat podcast, and a brand new episode from handmemyknitting!!!

Stash

My lovely friend krysknits thinks about you guys too!!! She gave me an absolutely stunning sock blank and a pretty skein of Tanis Fiber Arts, and suggested I use one for a giveaway. Now, as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sock blank, I also know I would never take it apart to knit with it, and why be selfish and keep it if one of you could enjoy it? So the lovely skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label sock in the Lilac colourway will join my stash, and this gorgeous sock blank by CACTUS Yarn Studio, aptly called “Spring Crocus” will be used for a future giveaway on the podcast.

1541357579901204775103645853744.jpg

The Wayward Skein: Episode 20

I FORGOT TO DO BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUTS!!!! They will be included in next weekend’s episode!!! I’m so sorry!

Tea

Drinking the New York Sheep & Wool 2018 tea, which was Apple Almond Harvest. It’s subtle, and robust, and delicious… and it completely reminded me of the cabin in the woods and hanging out with everyone ❤

Knitting Content

Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway (dyed by modeknit) on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock by krysknits on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Scrappy sock blanket (based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis) on size 2.75mm (US 2) needles.

Annie Modesitt Donations and giveaway

Please visit the thread over here to donate, and post about it, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win this lovely bag, made by MinaPhilipp and a skein of Lydia Squishy DK in the Harliquen colourway. Draw will take place on the weekend of November 10.

20181028_224751.jpg

Bijou Basin Ranch KAL

If you’re participating in the KAL, please visit the Finished Objects thread to save your spot 🙂 Prizes up for grabs include a set of mini skeins from Bijou Basin Ranch, Knitted Wraps & Cover-Ups by Annie Modesitt, and a bunch of little goodies, as well as a participation prize, generously provided by Heidi Sharp, of the Flirt Shawlette pattern!

Reading

I finally finished An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and it was quite good when I finally got into it, although I had a lot of difficulty with the power dynamics in the relationships the main character got into. I very much enjoyed the entire series, and I’m very much looking forward to watching A Wrinkle in Time now 🙂

On Screen

I made it through the first seven episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and then Thor’s Dark World. Then watched the next eight episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and then Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thoroughly enjoyed all of it, and I’m enjoying revisiting the earlier episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – before some of the characters showed their darker sides.

In podcasting land, several people have new episodes out, including selmaknits of the Little Big Knits podcast, thecattlady of the CATT Lady podcast Serenova of the Serenova Crafts podcast, mandypinecone of the MandyPinecone Crafts podcast, TrueCanuckGirl of the Steeped in Books booktube channel, MinaPhilipp of the Knitting Expat podcast, and jrbirdkid and KellySpins of the Must Love Yarn podcast 🙂

Everyone have a fantastic week!

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!