Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Episode 100: Follow Your Muse




Steph is the Knitting Samurai on Ravelry and Instagram.  Feel free to get in contact with Steph or visit the Ravelry Group for Knitting Samurai Plus 1 to continue to the discussion.  Start a topic, join a knit-a-long, or comment on today's show.

If you want to travel in the way-back-machine and catch up on episodes released as The Expectant Knitter, visit the blog.  Or if you just want to go back to the start of Plus 1 (when Ro was born), then click here.  The wordpress site carries the 10 most recent episodes and 8-10 greatest hits from the past.  And lastly you can subscribe to the podcast via the Itunes page


Knitting Time:
3 Years to Build a Barn: is my Barn Raising Quilt by Larissa Brown and Shelley Mackie.  Using US size 2 - 2.75mm needles.  

Reading: 
Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Episode 99: Barn Raising



Steph is the Knitting Samurai on Ravelry and Instagram.  Feel free to get in contact with Steph or visit the Ravelry Group for Knitting Samurai Plus 1 to continue to the discussion.  Start a topic, join a knit-a-long, or comment on today's show.

If you want to travel in the way-back-machine and catch up on episodes released as The Expectant Knitter, visit the blog.  Or if you just want to go back to the start of Plus 1 (when Ro was born), then click here.  The wordpress site carries the 10 most recent episodes and 8-10 greatest hits from the past.  And lastly you can subscribe to the podcast via the Itunes page


Knitting Time:

Houdini Socks by Cat Bordhi.  Knit-a-long in the Ravelry Group running through *July 31st.  #houdinisocks.  I'm using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Holiday Wreath colorway.  US size 0s -2.0mm needles. Finished the first one.

Stash Dash is on!  Challenge is to knit 5,468 yards or a 5K in yarn between 5/23 and 8/7!  Currently I'm at 5,685 yards!  104% of the way through my 5K.

Provence Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald using Berroco Vintage in color 5122 Banana.  US size 6s - 4.0mm needles

Camp Loopy is in full swing!  Second project theme is your favorite vacation spot.  Use a minimum of 600 yards and knit between 7/1 and 7/31.  Knitting the Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham using Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the colors Damp Pillow and Evening Flame.  Making the size Medium using US size 5s - 3.75mm needles.  SO SOFT!

New Opal Socks on the needles! Opal Smokey Eyes and Colored Lips in color 6641. Knit on US size 0 - 2.0mm needles.  Will be my first Fish Lips Kiss Heel socks.

3 Years to Build a Barn: is my Barn Raising Quilt by Larissa Brown and Shelley Mackie.  Using US size 2 - 2.75mm needles.  

Reading: 
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Trip To The UFO Bin:

At the start of Stash Dash I had 39 Unfinished Projects (UFOs)!  After this week I'm down to 27 UFOs.  Setting a personal goal to get down to 20 by the end of August.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Episode 98: While You Were Sleeping



Steph is the Knitting Samurai on Ravelry and Instagram.  Feel free to get in contact with Steph or visit the Ravelry Group for Knitting Samurai Plus 1 to continue to the discussion.  Start a topic, join a knit-a-long, or comment on today's show.

If you want to travel in the way-back-machine and catch up on episodes released as The Expectant Knitter, visit the blog.  Or if you just want to go back to the start of Plus 1 (when Ro was born), then click here.  The wordpress site carries the 10 most recent episodes and 8-10 greatest hits from the past.  And lastly you can subscribe to the podcast via the Itunes page


Knitting Time:

Houdini Socks by Cat Bordhi.  Knit-a-long in the Ravelry Group running through July 31st.  #houdinisocks.  I'm using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Holiday Wreath colorway.  US size 0s -2.0mm needles. Finished the first one.

Stash Dash is on!  Challenge is to knit 5,468 yards or a 5K in yarn between 5/23 and 8/7!  Currently I'm at 5,685 yards!  104% of the way through my 5K.

Provence Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald using Berroco Vintage in color 5122 Banana.  US size 6s - 4.0mm needles

Camp Loopy is in full swing!  Second project theme is your favorite vacation spot.  Use a minimum of 600 yards and knit between 7/1 and 7/31.  Knitting the Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham using Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the colors Damp Pillow and Evening Flame.  Making the size Medium using US size 5s - 3.75mm needles.  SO SOFT!

New Opal Socks on the needles! Opal Smokey Eyes and Colored Lips in color 6641. Knit on US size 0 - 2.0mm needles.  Will be my first Fish Lips Kiss Heel socks.


Trip To The UFO Bin:

At the start of Stash Dash I had 39 Unfinished Projects (UFOs)!  After this week I'm down to 27 UFOs.  Setting a personal goal to get down to 20 by the end of August.

Magic Slipper by Caroline Hegwer in Fibernymph Dye Works Happy Camper in the Look Into Their Eyes colorway.  Using US size 3s - 3.25mm needles.  

Frogged a sock with Lorna's Laces yarn and the Monster Mobile.

Watched and loved the movie Labor Day.  Also recommend Up In The Air.  Enjoyed World War Z.  Reading Divergent by Veronica Roth.  


2014 Intentions:
  • All 2013 Rhinebeck yarn purchases prior to Rhinebeck 2014. Really shouldn't go if it’s not all knit up. 14 Skeins total. -1 completely used up, 8 knit with.
    • Steam Valley Fibers in Candle Light with Cabled Newborn Hat
    • Miss Babs Yowza! in Berlin with Denver Cowl
    • Dragonfly Fibers Traveler in Ruby with Peekaboo Mitts, Pear Hat and Beaded Fair Isle Hat
    • Miss Babs Yummy in Deep Sea Jellyfish with Tubularity
    • Miss Babs Yummy in Zombie Prom with Tubularity
    • Into The Whirled Ulundi 221B with SockHead Hat 
    • Into The Whirled Bukavu in Vegetable Medley with Sock Bunny and Hat Set
    • Socks that Rock Mediumweight Hobbit Garden (finished)
  • 14 Pairs of Socks -stripe, solid, patterned, etc. Alternate Constructions a plus but not a requirement.  -9 Completed
    • Grinch Socks
    • Sugared Violets Socks (Afterthought Heel)
    • Brick Socks
    • Snowflake Socks
    • Oldest Anything Socks (Bottom Gusset)
    • He was Kicking Me Socks (Afterthought Heel)
    • Mystik Spiral Socks (OMG Heel)
    • Lavender Socks
    • Houdini Socks (Afterthought Leg)
    • 1 pair in process
  • 5 Pairs of Slippers: for Mum, Dad, LDZ, Nate, Me -1 Completed
    • Seamless Salomas Slippers for me
  • Socks for AB, Shary, Steve, Dad, UD -1 of 5
    • 1 pair for Dad
  • 2 Sweaters for me, 2 for Ro, 2 for Thing 2 -3 of 6
    • Thing 2's are done, 2 Toddler Vests; LMFA Puffin & London Rico Yarn
    • Soledad Sweater for Roland Completed
  • Knit More Hats (8 in 2013) -YTD 11 hats!!!
    • Garter Earflap Hat for Tristan
    • Windschief for me
    • Steve's Tweed Hat
    • Argyle Lace Hat for me
    • Rainbow Marley for Tristan
    • Easy Peasy Newborn Hat x2
    • Galatic Ruby Storm for Me
    • Bunny Hat Set
    • Sock Head Hat for me
    • Cable Baby Hat for Tristan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Episode 97: Bring Out The Bodies



Steph is the Knitting Samurai on Ravelry and Instagram.  Feel free to get in contact with Steph or visit the Ravelry Group for Knitting Samurai Plus 1 to continue to the discussion.  Start a topic, join a knit-a-long, or comment on today's show.

If you want to travel in the way-back-machine and catch up on episodes released as The Expectant Knitter, visit the blog.  Or if you just want to go back to the start of Plus 1 (when Ro was born), then click here.  The wordpress site carries the 10 most recent episodes and 8-10 greatest hits from the past.  And lastly you can subscribe to the podcast via the Itunes page

Reading: Bring out the bodies by Hilary Mantel 
Running app I'm using is C25K.  It's week 2 for me.


Knitting Time:

Houdini Socks by Cat Bordhi.  Knit-a-long in the Ravelry Group running through July 31st.  #houdinisocks.  I'm using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Holiday Wreath colorway.  US size 0s -2.0mm needles. Finished the first one.

Camp Loopy is in full swing!  Second project theme is your favorite vacation spot.  Use a minimum of 600 yards and knit between 7/1 and 7/31.  Knitting the Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham using Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the colors Damp Pillow and Evening Flame.  Making the size Medium using US size 5s - 3.75mm needles.  SO SOFT! 

Seamless Salomas Slipper Pattern by Megan Williams. Holding Inspiration Dyeworks Fluffy held double in the Turquoise Thunder Colorway. US size 6s - 4.0mm needles. Used 268 yards

Vivid by Tin Can Knits with Berroco Vintage with US size 7s - 4.5mm needles. Used 1,282 yards.

Roland's Maja by Agnieszka Rupnik with Lion Brand Cotton Ease with US size 7s - 4.5mm needles.

Stash Dash is on!  Challenge is to knit 5,468 yards or a 5K in yarn between 5/23 and 8/7!  Currently I'm at 5,274 yards!  96% of the way through my 5K.


Trip To The UFO Bin:

At the start of Stash Dash I had 39 Unfinished Projects (UFOs)!  After this week I'm down to 29 UFOs.  Setting a personal goal to get down to 20 by the end of August.  

Sprout Blanket in green Berroco Vintage Chunky cast on July 2011 has been frogged.

Little Man Sweater in Patternworks Bretton cast on Febuary 2013 has been frogged.

Cream Caramel Cardigan in Berroco Nostalgia cast on July 2008 has been frogged.

Blanket of Insanity made of sock yarn scraps cast on November 2008 has been trashed.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Episode 96: Too Many UFOs




Steph is the Knitting Samurai on Ravelry and Instagram.  Feel free to get in contact with Steph or visit the Ravelry Group for Knitting Samurai Plus 1 to continue to the discussion.  Start a topic, join a knit-a-long, or comment on today's show.

If you want to travel in the way-back-machine and catch up on episodes released as The Expectant Knitter, visit the blog.  Or if you just want to go back to the start of Plus 1 (when Ro was born), then click here.  The wordpress site carries the 10 most recent episodes and 8-10 greatest hits from the past.  And lastly you can subscribe to the podcast via the Itunes page

Knitting Time:

Giles Wavy Socks by Anne Campbell out of the UFO bin...Cast on November 2011!  US size 1.5s - 2.5mm needles.  Using Online Supersock 100 in the Lavender Fair Isle colorway.

Cable Baby Hat by Pam Allen -Steam Valley Fibers Fingering Sock in the Candle Light Colorway using US size 3s - 3.25mm needles.

Stash Dash is on!  Challenge is to knit 5,468 yards or a 5K in yarn between 5/23 and 8/7!  Currently I'm at 3,724 yards!  68% of the way through my 5K.

Houdini Socks by Cat Bordhi.  Knit-a-long in the Ravelry Group running through July 31st.  #houdinisocks.  I'm using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Holiday Wreath colorway.  US size 0s -2.0mm needles. 

Camp Loopy is in full swing!  Second project theme is your favorite vacation spot.  Use a minimum of 600 yards and knit between 7/1 and 7/31.  Knitting the Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham using Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the colors Damp Pillow and Evening Flame.  Making the size Medium using US size 5s - 3.75mm needles.  SO SOFT! 

Trip To The UFO Bin:

At the start of Stash Dash I had 39 Unfinished Projects (UFOs)!  Setting a personal goal to get down to 20 by the end of August.  

Frogged 2 single socks, cast on October 2011 and November 2011.

Seamless Salomas Slipper Pattern by Megan Williams. Holding Inspiration Dyeworks Fluffy held double in the Turquoise Thunder Colorway. US size 6s - 4.0mm needles.


Provence Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald using Berroco Vintage in color 5122 Banana.  US size 6s - 4.0mm needles

Vivid by Tin Can Knits with Berroco Vintage with US size 7s - 4.5mm needles. Will be about 650 yards when completed. 

New:

Quince and Company: Lark worsted weight yarn.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Episode 95: Brought to you by caffeine



Steph is the Knitting Samurai on Ravelry and Instagram.  Feel free to get in contact with Steph or visit the Ravelry Group for Knitting Samurai Plus 1 to continue to the discussion.  Start a topic, join a knit-a-long, or comment on today's show.

If you want to travel in the way-back-machine and catch up on episodes released as The Expectant Knitter, visit the blog.  Or if you just want to go back to the start of Plus 1 (when Ro was born), then click here.  The wordpress site carries the 10 most recent episodes and 8-10 greatest hits from the past.  And lastly you can subscribe to the podcast via the Itunes page

Knitting Time:
Cable Baby Hat by Pam Allen -Steam Valley Fibers Fingering Sock in the Candle Light Colorway using US size 3s - 3.25mm needles.

Houdini Socks by Cat Bordhi.  Knit-a-long in the Ravelry Group running through July 31st.  #houdinisocks.  I'm using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Holiday Wreath colorway.  US size 0s -2.0mm needles. 

Cast on the Tan House Brook Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.  Using Into the Whirled Manchester Sock in the Tickled Pink Colorway.  US size 7s - 4.5mm needles.  Too drapy for me.  down a needle size?

Miss Winkle By Martina Behm is out of the UFO bin and FINISHED!!  Gnome Acres Sparkle Gnome in the Gnome on Fire colorway.  412 yards!  Monogomy worked!  Really disliked this knit.  The loops drove me crazy.  Started 8/11/13 finished 6/30/14.  

Stash Dash is on!  Challenge is to knit 5,468 yards or a 5K in yarn between 5/23 and 8/7!  Currently I'm at 3,289 yards!  59% of the way through my 5K.

Camp Loopy is in full swing!  Second project theme is your favorite vacation spot.  Use a minimum of 600 yards and knit between 7/1 and 7/31.  Knitting the Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham using Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the colors Damp Pillow and Evening Flame.  Making the size Medium using US size 5s - 3.75mm needles.  SO SOFT! 


Trip To The UFO Bin:

Giles Wavy Socks by Anne Campbell out of the UFO bin...US size 1.5s - 2.5mm needles.  Using Online Supersock 100 in the Lavender Fair Isle colorway.

Provence Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald using Berroco Vintage in color 5122 Banana.  US size 6s - 4.0mm needles

Hibernating:

Mum's starter Socks are a toe up sock with some ribbing on the sides.  Knit with Patons Kroy Sock FX in the Cascade Colors.  Using US size 1.5 - 2.5mm needles.  Will be about 300 yards when completed.

Denver Cowl by Veronica Parsons with Miss Babs Yowza - Whatta Skein in the Berlin colorway using US size 8s - 5.0mm needles. Will be about 500 yards when completed.

Vivid by Tin Can Knits with Berroco Vintage with US size 7s - 4.5mm needles. Will be about 650 yards when completed. 

New:
Into the Whirled Quijarro in the June 2014 Club Colorway Sentinel.

with Kate.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Episode 94 Up Close



Steph is the Knitting Samurai on Ravelry and Instagram.  Feel free to get in contact with Steph or visit the Ravelry Group for Knitting Samurai Plus 1 to continue to the discussion.  Start a topic, join a knit-a-long, or comment on today's show.

If you want to travel in the way-back-machine and catch up on episodes released as The Expectant Knitter, visit the blog.  Or if you just want to go back to the start of Plus 1 (when Ro was born), then click here.  The wordpress site carries the 10 most recent episodes and 8-10 greatest hits from the past.  And lastly you can subscribe to the podcast via the Itunes page

Knitting Time:

Camp Loopy has begun!  Theme is your favorite book, movie, tv show.  Use a minimum of 400 yards and knit between 6/1 and 6/30.  I cast on 6/5.  Knitting the Soledad by Annika Barranti with Malabrigo Rios in the Playa colorway.  Using US size 4s and 5s - 3.5 and 3.75mm needles.  Knitting the 4t size, or 27" chest, size 6 on the pattern.  Lengthened the sleeves but will follow all other aspects of the pattern.  Used 515 yards.

Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure with Into The Whirled Ulundi Sock 100% superwash wool, in the 221B Oct 2013 Club Color using US size 2.5 - 3.0mm needles.  Used 318 yards.

Stash Dash is on!  Challenge is to knit 5,468 yards or a 5K in yarn between 5/23 and 8/7!  Currently I'm at 2,827 yards!  52% of the way through my 5K.

Houdini Socks by Cat Bordhi.  Knit-a-long in the Ravelry Group running through July 31st.  #houdinisocks.  I'm using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Holiday Wreath colorway.  US size 0s -2.0mm needles. 

Cable Baby Hat by Pam Allen -fingering weight for Tristan.  AlisonJ's idea!


Hibernating:

Mum's starter Socks are a toe up sock with some ribbing on the sides.  Knit with Patons Kroy Sock FX in the Cascade Colors.  Using US size 1.5 - 2.5mm needles.  Will be about 300 yards when completed.

Denver Cowl by Veronica Parsons with Miss Babs Yowza - Whatta Skein in the Berlin colorway using US size 8s - 5.0mm needles. Will be about 500 yards when completed.

Vivid by Tin Can Knits with Berroco Vintage with US size 7s - 4.5mm needles. Will be about 650 yards when completed. 

Future Knitting:

Second Camp Loopy Project, the Foolproof Cowl will work for that.  Using Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.
Miss Winkle By Martina Behm is out of the UFO bin...
Plain Socks, need another pair by chair upstairs

2014 Intentions:
  • All 2013 Rhinebeck yarn purchases prior to Rhinebeck 2014. Really shouldn't go if it’s not all knit up. 14 Skeins total. -1 used
    • Steam Valley Fibers in Candle Light with Cabled Newborn Hat
    • Miss Babs Yowza! in Berlin with Denver Cowl
    • Dragonfly Fibers Traveler in Ruby with Peekaboo Mitts, Pear Hat and Beaded Fair Isle Hat
    • Miss Babs Yummy in Deep Sea Jellyfish with Tubularity
    • Miss Babs Yummy in Zombie Prom with Tubularity
    • Into The Whirled Ulundi 221B with SockHead Hat 
    • Into The Whirled Bukavu in Vegetable Medley with Sock Bunny and Hat Set
    • Socks that Rock Mediumweight Hobbit Garden (finished)
  • 14 Pairs of Socks -stripe, solid, patterned, etc. Some with after thought heels.                              -7 Completed
    • Grinch Socks
    • Sugared Violets Socks (Afterthought Heel)
    • Brick Socks
    • Snowflake Socks
    • Oldest Anything Socks (Bottom Gusset)
    • He was Kicking Me Socks (Afterthought Heel)
    • Mystik Spiral Socks (OMG Heel)
    • 2 pairs in process
  • 5 Pairs of Slippers: for Mum, Dad, LDZ, Nate, Me -Zero!
  • Socks for AB, Shary, Steve, Dad, UD -1 of 5
    • 1 pair for Dad
  • 2 Sweaters for me, 2 for Ro, 2 for Thing 2 -3 of 6
    • Thing 2's are done, 2 Toddler Vests; LMFA Puffin & London Rico Yarn
    • Soledad Sweater for Roland Completed
  • Knit More Hats (8 in 2013) -YTD 11 hats!!!
    • Garter Earflap Hat for Thing 2
    • Windschief for me
    • Steve's Tweed Hat
    • Argyle Lace Hat for me
    • Rainbow Marley for Thing 2
    • Easy Peasy Newborn Hat x2
    • Galatic Ruby Storm for Me
    • Bunny Hat Set
    • Sock Head Hat for me