Sunday, July 15, 2007

PassioKnits Episode 2

Knitting and crochet updates. Blogs and Books of note.

MP3 File

Thanks to all for tuning (back) in!

The things and places I talked about this time:

Yarnswatch: my other blog where I show what yarns look like knitted-up.

Limari: the new yarn I review from Araucania

I'm Knitting as Fast as I Can : blog with GREAT hand-spun yarn, patterns, etc. The new knitting community

Secret Pal 11: The sign-up site for the upcoming swap for knitters

Secret Pal 11 blog

Knitting News Cast: once a podcast, still a source for knitterly news

Japanese Knitting Books: Incredible pattern books from Japan at NeedleArts Books

My Eclectic Mess: it's a podcast, it's a blog, it's an eclectic mess

Ribs and Lace Tank: One of my finished objects.

Twinkle Yarns "Cruise": yarn for an upcoming project

Library Thing: A place to keep track of all your books and finding others that are into the same things you are.

Book Mooch: A place to swap books you've read for books you want

Knitting Daily: "An online knitting guild meeting with everything but the brownies"

My finished objects:
This is the Ribs and Lace Tank by Jodi Green from Interweave Knits Spr/Sum 2006 in Zodiac by Karabella Yarns. Here is my review of the yarn on Yarnswatch.

Here's the Laxne tank from the book Araucania Moments. It is done is Nature Cotton.

Works in Progress:

Here's the infamous Crochet Me sock I've been working on, in this beautiful Dream in Color yarn called Gaia (a.k.a. Smooshy Sock). The pattern is "The Ultimate Crocheted Socks" by Dorothy Hardy. You know, when someone says it's the ultimate, why would you even mess with it? But that's just me. I have to change every pattern I do. But I learned my lesson with this one. After trying a couple of different knitted leg patterns for it, I've frogged and frogged, and come back to the original. True to form, however, mine will be longer in the leg, as I'm not much into anklets.

This is the beginning of the cute top I'm doing from the Spring/Summer 2007 edition of Vogue Knitting. Mine is in Rowan Calmer instead of the suggested Karabella Zodiac. I can't find a link for the pattern picture online, so you'll just have to wait till mine is done.


And last, but not least, the poll: How many people have you taught to knit? That number quickly becomes exponential when you think of all the people they've taught, and so on, and so on, and so on. So leave me a comment and let me know how many people YOU think you've taught to knit. You can leave a voice comment by clicking the link below:

Send Me A Message

Here's the link to the podcast on I-tunes:

Episode 2 at I-tunes

Ignore the following, as I'm just claiming my Odeo channel:

Episode 2

My Odeo Channel (odeo/ef740a2aff265e

Monday, July 09, 2007

I-Tunes, Podcast Alley, & Odeo Links to Podcast,

Here is the link to the podcast for I-tunes. Let me know if you have any trouble with this.

Episode 1 at I-tunes

Podcast Alley My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-e4d7ceab7d3c10e87ec7041655998a43}

My Odeo Channel (odeo/ef740a2aff265ece)

And the original hipcast feed:
Episode 1 PassioKnits

MP3 File

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Holy crap, I've got a Podcast!!!!!

I did it. I took the plunge and did my first podcast!!! As you'll hear me say if you take a listen, I was as nervous as a whore in church! I couldn't believe how self-conscious I was. But I made it through! Click the link to listen to Episode 1.

Show notes:

Shops I mentioned:

Shuttle Shop
107 E Market St.
Warsaw, IN 46580
(574) 269-9090
Sorry, no website to link to

Ewe-Nique Knits
109 E. Washington Street
Goshen, IN 46526

Knit Stop
3941 E 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240-2468
317.595.KNIT (5648)

Vendors I mentioned from TNNA:

Bergere de France

Chameleon Colorworks

Della Q

Fur Yarns by Paula Lishman

Glampyre Knits

Honeypot Yarns

Louet Victoria Spinning Wheel

Ozark Handspun

Pagewood Farm Yarns

Punta del Este Yarns

Sheep Shop Yarn

Shibui Knits


Jeesh, if I talk more next time, I'm going to have a lot more to have to post about in the show notes!


Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Laker's Life's For Me

Here is photographic evidence for why I haven't posted in so long. It is so beautiful and peaceful and mind-numbing up here on the lake, that I haven't bothered to get on the computer much. That and the fact that I can't get my son off of e-bay long enough to actually write a post. But that doesn't mean I haven't been knitting. Not by a long shot. I've finished a couple of projects, and am well on my way with another.

I picked up a kit at TNNA from the Hemp For Knitting Company. It is this cute little capelet made with Cashmere Canapa, which is a mix of cotton, hemp, and cashmere. A random combination, I thought, but it was fun. It only took about a ball and a half, if that much. You can read my review of the yarn on my Yarnswatch blog.

The next thing I finished was a little shrug I started at TNNA, and then promptly forgot about. I was bored with everything I brought to work on, so my friend, Nancy, said I could use her Tilli Tomas Mogul yarn if I wanted to knit something up for her shop, Knit Stop. Our friend, Karen, who works at the store, had taken Stephanie Japel's little shrug class, there, so I took a look at her pattern and came up with something a little different. I need a bit more coverage of the frontal real estate than Stephanie's design supplied (mind you, that is not me modeling in this photo. It is my nephew's skinny little 19 y.o. girlfriend), so I changed the fronts up, connected it under the arms, gave it longer sleeves, and added a different edging to make it my own, all the while forgetting (conveniently?) that it was for the store and not for me! Oh well, it was fun to come up with a new pattern, and maybe I'll get to wear it once before I turn it over to the boss lady.