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! ❤

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 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?

Stream of consciousness…

So wow…

Apparently with all the fun of starting a new podcast, I kind of forgot to blog for a while. My two readers must be BESIDE THEMSELVES. (Hi, mom!)

As it turns out, not being able to sleep because of the heat and humidity kind of kills a person’s productivity (unless we’re talking about sitting in front of the a/c, knitting). So much knitting has happened – well, until this week, that is. The lack of sleep has caught up with me, and I’ve been falling into bed pretty much as soon as I get home from work. Did I ever mention that I hate summer? I really hate summer. I don’t deal with the time change very well (yes, that happened back in March – what of it?). I don’t deal with heat or humidity very well. I don’t deal with teenagers who have no life and so keep me awake at all hours of the night by banging around the kitchen for snacks very well. Let’s just say that from May to September, I’m a hot mess – literally! Bring on pumpkin season!

Back in June, I decided to try this low-carb thing. As you may know, I’m a type II diabetic, and I’ve had difficulty controlling my blood sugar levels. I’m not keeping strictly keto, but I have been using a lot of their recipes. There are a few blogs I follow for ideas and inspiration (I’ll list them below). So far, when I manage to stick to it, my blood sugar is within normal ranges, which is super duper awesome! Sadly, I suck at meal planning and cooking ahead, so when I’m lazy, I tend to fall off the wagon. I’m getting better, though. I’m not trying to advocate a low-carb lifestyle, or push it on anyone, I’m just reporting my anecdotal evidence that it seems to be helping me keep my blood sugar under control. I haven’t lost any weight yet, but between that and going to the gym, there have been some minor changes to my body that I’m pretty happy about. The blogs I’ve been following are Two Sleevers (I even have her cookbooks!), My PCOS Kitchen (I’ve never been diagnosed with PCOS, nor do I think I have it, but I do get ovarian cysts… so there, that’s a TMI thing you know about me now!), and Low-Carb Yum (so many tasty things!)

I’ve also been on a quest to get rid of a lot of clutter in my life. Part of that has been stashing down rather than acquiring any new yarn/fiber/hobby stuff, and getting plastic bags and plastic waste out of my life. I started knitting these little Reusable Produce Bags, and they’re SO quick and super cute! I’ve been knitting piles of them. They’re having their inaugural fling at the grocery store this evening. My friend Jen (stormcoast on Ravelry, and the host of The Uncreative Crafter podcast) has been doing trash walks, and recently did a Books, not Butts walk, where she encouraged people to sponsor her for one cent per cigarette butt she picked up. In one short walk, she managed to pick up 505 cigarette butts! That’s both impressive (on her part) and really gross (on the part of the smokers). You can follow her efforts to clean up her town here!

Anyway, school has started again for me, so I’d better get back to my assignment (and my breakfast!)

 

 

The Wayward Skein: Episode 7

Tea:

Today’s cuppa is David’s Tea Super Ginger. It’s a green rooibos with organic ginger, three kinds of pepper, and a touch of stevia. It’s a little spicy, it’ll warm you thoroughly, and it’s great for digestion! It’s one of my favorite teas, and I keep a supply of it pretty much everywhere I go.

Knitting Content:

Finished Objects:

Basic Vanilla Socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Nova Sock Print in colourway #174 on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Reusable Produce Bag by Tia Stanfield, size medium. Knit out of a random sock yarn I had been given by a friend years ago, on size 3.75mm (US 5) and 6mm (US 10) needles.

Works in Progress:

Reusbale Produce Bag by Tia Stanfield, size small. Knit out of a random sock yarn I had been given by a friend years ago, on size 3.75mm (US 5) and 6mm (US 10) needles.

Rob’s 2018 socks (based on the same Sock Recipe pattern by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, but this one’s done with a 3×2 rib over 80 stitches). Knit out of Bergère de France Luberon in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Mentioned, but no progress

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

Birthday Shout-Outs

Happy birthday to all our July babies in the group!!! Happy cake  day to handbagcrazyeatmyyarnssummerieday, and Tashaskraftplace!!

Special Announcement:

My friend Sarah, TrueCanuckGirl, has a BookTube channel, and has recently been asked by Harlequin Romance to start reviewing their upcoming books, interviewing their authors, etc. This is a very exciting opportunity for her, and I would love for you all to check out her Booktube channel here at Not Just Romance Novels.

Podcasts to Check Out:

Lately, I’ve been catching up on some of my favorite podcasts. Please go give them some love!

The Uncreative Crafter Podcast Fans – Jen also has misbehaving kitties who show up frequently on camera, and she’s got an awesome sense of humor!
Little Big Knits Podcast – Selma is one of the most brilliant knitters I’ve ever met. She will teach you more about knitting by accident than most of us will ever learn on purpose!
The gentle knitter podcast – Nicole’s podcast is just a very relaxing and educational time.

Have a great week, everybody!

The Wayward Skein: Episode 6

Knitting Content:

Basic vanilla socks, based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Knit out of NovaSock Prints in colourway #174 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.

Mitered Square blanket (loosely based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis). This week’s square is knit in Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in the Ainslie colourway, on size 2.75mm (US 2) needles.

Tea:

Today’s cuppa is David’s Tea Quince Charming. It’s a fruity black tea that has notes of caramel, vanilla, apples, and peach. You can’t taste the black tea at all, there’s no bitterness. It’s mellow and sweet, and my favourite tea! This is a seasonal tea, only available in the fall.

Around the house:

Made a batch of blueberry-peach jam on Saturday evening, and a batch of plain strawberry jam this evening. There are several more batches in the queue (it’s that time of year). I used Pomona’s Pectin this year for the first time, and I’m loving how it handles! Between that and my Instant Pot, jam-making has never been quicker, and I can do batches without any sugar this way! (I use minimal artificial sweeteners, but you probably wouldn’t need any if you were using super-sweet fruits… as most of my jams will contain rhubarb, some sweetener is required).

A safety note: The Instant Pot can be used to cook the jam, but not to can it. I still use a regular boiling water bath to process the jars when they’re filled.

On the screen:

Finished with Midsomer Murders (sob), but I downloaded the entire run of Sliders, and I’m enjoying a bit of 90s nostalgia! My daughter and I also went to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again last night, and it was AMAZING. I did cry a lot, if you’re going to see it, bring tissues!

Podcasts:

I forgot to mention, but this week has been devoted to catching up on The Uncreative Crafter Podcast. If you haven’t checked Jen out before, go on over! You won’t be sorry you did!

HUGE thanks to everyone who has subscribed and joined here on Ravelry!! I really appreciate it, and you’re all awesome! See you next week!