Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Season New Blog!

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 & Her Guys to continue to the discussion. Start a topic, join a knit-a-long, or comment on today's show.

Steph has produced 3 "seasons" of podcasts.  

  • First was  The Expectant Knitter detailing her adventures during her first pregnancy.  There are 33 Episodes available through blip.tv.  Spanning January 2010 to September 2011.
  • Next came The Knitting Samurai Plus 1 detailing life from the time Roland was born through the first few months of Tristan's life as well.  There are 102 Episodes available through blip.tv.  Spanning September 2011 to September 2014. The wordpress site carries the 10 most recent episodes and 8-10 greatest hits from the past. And you can subscribe to the podcast via the Itunes page.
  • Most recently The Knitting Samurai & Her Guys has begun.  Spans September 2014 to...  Continues to detail the adventures of a knitter with a young family but the title reflects the family's changing composition.
Thanks for watching!  Enjoy what's going on in your knitting world and I'll see you in about 10 days or so...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Episode 102: Finding the Routine


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. All yarns, colorways, and amounts are listed on my project page.  With these 8 additional squares completed, the count is up to 32.  I'm 40% complete already!  And it's not even 2 months.

Fish Lips Kiss Heel Socks by Sock Therapist is the current sock on the needles.  Using US size 2 -0mm needles.  Yarn is Opal Smokey Eyes and Coloured Lips in color 6641.  Love this yarn!

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Episode 101: Studio Audience



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.  All yarns, colorways, and amounts are listed on my project page.

Chadwick the Shakespearean Caterpillar by Rebecca Danger in Knit Picks Felici Sport Self Striping in the colorway Dockside is entertaining Tristan.

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