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Dear all,

After being booted from blip.tv because the podcast no longer fits with their business model, I have moved the podcast to a new blog. You can find me at travelingsockknitter.net

In a few days, blip will remove all of my videos, so all of the links on this blog will be gone. It’s going to take me awhile to get those videos back on the intertubes, but I have back ups and should be able to get everything up eventually.

I’m still podcasting. I’m going to have to figure out a permanent solution, but for now I have a temporary one. I haven’t yet submitted the feed to iTunes, but hopefully they will play well together.

Come over to my new blog and subscribe!

Thanks, Hannah

Sunday, Sept 29. Episode 55: Babies Need Hats
Today’s segments include: drafting, fully drafted, a purloined thumbs up/thumbs down, lit review, and noteworthy. Let’s knit together!
Drafting
Hobbledehoy BFL silk on Highland Handmades spindle for the Yarnraising podcast new to you spinalong.
Vanilla socks in Fibernymph dye works colorway Tardis on size 1/2.25mm signature needles. 72 stitches, top down with a sweet tomato heel.
Fully Drafted
Tubey by Wooly Wormhead in Socks that Rock Mediumweight, colorway Koi Koi
Star of the Day by Susan Lawrence in Socks that Rock Mediumweight colorway Koi Koi on size 5 needles.

Thumbs Up

Ply Magazine
Wedding Quilt
Thumbs Down
ios 7
Lit Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book was the book club selection for September. It was suggested and put on the list by one of the book club members who had seen the movie and wanted to read the book, hoping there was more of the story line involving Oskar Schell, but it did not. I had seen the movie prior to reading the book, but there were enough differences between the 2 that I don’t regret seeing the movie first. If anything, it helped me make sense of the book a little more easily.
That being said, this is a difficult book to make sense of. The main reason for this is the multiple story lines, and the fact that one story line makes more sense than the others, at least until later on in the book. The premise of the book is that Oskar Schell’s father who died in 9/11 left clues to a treasure hunt for his son to follow, and Oskar, a socially awkward (possibly on the spectrum) boy, follows the clues around New York City, searching for someone with the last name “Black” who may know about a key Oskar discovered in his father’s belongings.
As Oskar visits with various Blacks around the city, he gets to know people who get to try to help Oskar with his search, and as the movie plays up, this brings people together over the tragedies of 9/11. I find this particularly an interesting book to be reading at the backdrop of Juniata’s summer reading for this summer The Warriors by J Glenn Gray. Like Gray, Foer is trying to make sense of the traumas that come from “battle” or destruction in this case. Foer brings WWII and the destruction of that war into how he tries to make sense of 9/11. I can’t help but do that too as Gray is also talking about WWII. He talks about how the enemy is like us, people, and the cost of war is more than lives, but about how to deal with the taking of innocent lives. 9/11 is the closest we have to war being fought on our soil since the Civil War. It’s a part of the American psyche that we really need to think more seriously about, especially as we keep getting involved in wars all over the world. Without an end goal in mind in these wars, what is the taking of innocent life about? How is it affecting our soldiers, but also those who don’t go to battle? We shouldn’t forget about this. This book reminded me of this over and over.
I also loved the visual writing in this book. As a writing teacher, I love the idea of making meaning not just through the content of the text but through the design of the text as well. Foer uses photographs, he uses handwriting, he uses line breaks, and he uses font in many ways to convey what Oskar was seeing, or what the other characters in the book were feeling. Although I listened to the book on audio, when I spent some time with the hard copy, I could see the way Foer used these visual texts to add to the different characters in the book. Those who read the book on the kindle also noted that they appreciated looking at the pages of the hard copy even more to feel the impact of this method of writing.
I commented in book club that I rated this book 4 stars especially because it is not a terribly weapy exploration of 9/11. Perhaps it is because of my Jewish heritage that I feel learning about tragic events like the Holocaust and like 9/11 has been very important to me. There is the idea of “Never Forget” so that we don’t repeat these mistakes. I think 9/11, although horrifying, took America to a place that many people in the world who live with war are on a daily basis. It’s horrifying that anyone must experience that. However, I like to think that like Oskar, we can come to terms with these tragedies, and that these tragedies aren’t in vain. We who are still here can learn about them and fight hard to ensure that they stop being repeated for people, all humans, all over the world.
Noteworthy

September personal yarn club prize is a bag and stitch markers donated by Absolute Wonder

October personal yarn club prize is announced

Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!

Sunday, Sept 22. Episode 54: Whole Nota Lota Knitting


Today’s segments include: drafting, five favorite things, and noteworthy. Let’s knit together!


Drafting


Hobbledehoy BFL silk on Highland Handmades spindle for the Yarnraising podcast new to you spinalong.


Tubey by Wooly Wormhead in Socks that Rock Mediumweight, and I’ve lost the ball band. I think it is Koi Pond. 


Vanilla socks in Fibernymph dye works colorway Tardis on size 1/2.25mm signature needles. 72 stitches, top down with a sweet tomato heel.


Five Favorite Things
1. Lollipop yarn
2. Lazy Kate for spindle from Knitter’s Dream
3. Mountain Day
4. Call the Midwife Season 2 on Netflix
5. Game Day at Schlow library in State College


Noteworthy


September personal sock yarn club prize is a bag and stitch markers donated by Absolute Wonder


Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!
Friday, Sept 13. Episode 53: Knitter’s Day Out

 
Today’s segments include: drafting, five favorite things, and noteworthy. Let’s knit together!
 
Drafting
 
Hobbledehoy BFL silk on Highland Handmades spindle for the Yarnraising podcast new to you spinalong.
 
Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart in Sundara Yarn Silk Lace colorway Arabian Nights on size 5/3.75mm needles. I switched from wood to my signature needles because they weren’t pointy enough.
 
Vanilla socks in Fibernymph dye works colorway Tardis on size 1/2.25mm signature needles. 72 stitches, top down with a sweet tomato heel.
 
Squares on my zoom loom!
 
Five Favorite Things
1. Canning tomatoes
2. KDO Yarn: Stranded in Oz, Crabapple Yarns
3. KDO Fiber: June Pryce Fiber Arts, Painted Spring Farm, The Sock Lady
4. KDO Tools: Zoom Loom, Spindles, Lazy Kate
5. KDO Extras: Earrings, Zipper Pull, T-shirt, Ornament
 
Noteworthy
 
August personal sock yarn club prize donated by knittingmommee, Prize Drawn!
 
September personal sock yarn club prize is a bag and stitch markers donated by Absolute Wonder
 
Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!
  Friday, Aug 30. Episode 52: Almost Finished Finished


Today’s segments include: drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming and noteworthy. Let’s knit together!


Drafting


Unwind Polwarth in the Laura Loves Unwind Colorway on my Spanish Peacock drop spindle.


Fully Drafted


Vanilla socks top down with a heel flap and gusset. In Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien colorway Nashville Nights on a size 1/2.25mm signature circular.


Ruislip hat by Wooly Wormhead in my handspun! Corriedale Children of Time, about 200 yards of DK weight.


Goodale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga colorway Northern Purple Gold Beetle. It’s a top down cardigan. I am really enjoying knitting it so far! This is my Nerd Wars dissertation, which I am submitting for Encyclopedia, O is for Origami, since you fold the fabric over to make the pockets on the Cardigan. I finished the body and now I just need to work on the sleeves and the finishing.Hexipuffs


Brainstorming


Vanilla socks in Fiberynmph Dye Works colorway Tardis. For my colleague Carol who I’ve been meaning to make a pair of socks for for awhile now.


Electra by PaulinaP designs, using Bugga in the colorways Red Spider Mite and Twice Stabbed Lady Beetle


Hobbledehoy BFL silk on Highland Handmades spindle for the Yarnraising podcast spinalong.


Noteworthy



August personal sock yarn club prize donated by knittingmommee



Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!

Episode 51: Gen Con 2013

Friday, Aug 23. Episode 51: Gen Con 2013


Today’s segments include: drafting, Gen Con 2013 top ten, and noteworthy. Let’s knit together!


Drafting


Vanilla socks top down with a heel flap and gusset. In Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien colorway Nashville Nights on a size 1/2.25mm signature circular.


Ruislip hat by Wooly Wormhead in my handspun! Corriedale Children of Time, about 200 yards of DK weight.


Goodale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga colorway Northern Purple Gold Beetle. It’s a top down cardigan. I am really enjoying knitting it so far! This is my Nerd Wars dissertation, which I am submitting for Encyclopedia, O is for Origami, since you fold the fabric over to make the pockets on the Cardigan. I finished the body and now I just need to work on the sleeves and the finishing.


Gen Con Top Ten
1. Playing iPad games on the van ride, especially Spaceteam
2. Trains
3. Legends of Andor
4. Augustus and Asmodee games
5. Freedom: the Underground Railroad
6. Nerd Wars meetup
7. Mice and Mystics
8. True Dungeon
9. Bruges
10. Meeting and gaming with JoAnnaSpring and Bill 

Noteworthy


August personal sock yarn club prize donated by knittingmommee



Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!

  Friday, Aug 9. Episode 50: 50, Really!



Today’s segments include: drafting, fully drafted, lit review, five favorite things, and noteworthy. Let’s knit together!


Drafting


Vanilla socks top down with a heel flap and gusset. In Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien colorway Nashville Nights on a size 1/2.25mm signature circular.


Unwind Polwarth in the Laura Loves Unwind Colorway on my Spanish Peacock drop spindle.


Fully Drafted

Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway April Showers Brings May Flowers. These are for Kim Obsidian78 who won podiversary giveaway #3. Even though I’m knitting on a size 0/2.0mm Hiya Hiya sharp needle, these are almost finished. I love the color combination.



Five Favorite Things


1. Tempted club
2. Absolute Wonder spindle bag
3. Fibernymph Nyan Cat yarn
4. Spin Art by Jacey Boggs
5. Start Spinning by Maggie Casey


Lit Review: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter


I read this book on recommendation from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcast, though I am pretty far behind for their readalong. I really enjoyed listening to the book. I was hooked pretty much from the beginning. Most of the book I listened to in Hawaii.


The story follows a lot of interesting characters as their lives interweave. The plot is not told chronologically and flashes back to when some of the main characters were young and in Italy during the filming of Cleopatra. There is an actress, an Italian hotel owner in a remote location, an American writer who stays in his hotel, and in the present, a musician, a disillusioned film producer’s assistant, and a hopeful screenwriter. The characters each have hopes for their lives, and each are burned by the film industry and befuddled by circumstances. Many of them rise above the cards they’re dealt to overcome adversity in their lives.


An interesting story, an interesting look at the film industry and how it’s constructed, and compelling characters make this book worth the read and 4 stars on goodreads. If I could give it half points, I’d probably give it 3.5 stars.

Noteworthy


August personal sock yarn club prize donated by knittingmommee



I’ll be at GenCon next week. Meeting up with JoAnnaSpring!


Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!

Friday, Aug 2. Episode 49: Affection for Color



Today’s segments include: drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming, lit review, five favorite things, and noteworthy. Let’s knit together!


Drafting


Goodale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga colorway Northern Purple Gold Beetle. It’s a top down cardigan. I am really enjoying knitting it so far! This is my Nerd Wars dissertation, which I am submitting for Encyclopedia, O is for Origami, since you fold the fabric over to make the pockets on the Cardigan. I have been plugging away and hopefully will finish this one by the end of the month.


Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway April Showers Brings May Flowers. These are for Kim Obsidian78 who won podiversary giveaway #3. Even though I’m knitting on a size 0/2.0mm Hiya Hiya sharp needle, these are almost finished. I love the color combination.


Unwind Polwarth in the Laura Loves Unwind Colorway on my Spanish Peacock drop spindle.


Knitty and Color rolags in the Spruces colorway on my Highland Handmades drop spindle.


Fully Drafted


Into the Whirled Correidale in the Colorway Children of Time, for Tour de Fleece! I finished one single and weighed it; it weighs approximately the same as my leftover fiber. I am excited to see how it looks when I ply it together. For Nerd Wars, I am going to submit this for Encyclopedia Volume C: Cartography as it is similar colors to some older maps. Also, I love the mapping challenge. 2 skeins: 47 yards 11 wpi and 143 yards 10 wpi, about a DK weight. I’m going to make a cowl out of this for Nerd Wars. My first time knitting with my handspun!

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki, knit in skinny bugga colorways Acmon blue, Starry night cracker, and Question mark butterfly, on size 6/4.00mm signature circular.

Brainstorming

I’m going to knit up my Desert Vista Dyeworks Nashville Nights colorway into vanilla socks for my friend Leticia knittingmommee. She is spinning and dyeing some yarn for me for a trade. We met up this week for some fiber arts and conversation, and it was great! I’m really excited to knit socks for her.


Five Favorite Things


1. 11 Doctors project bag
2. Yarnraising podcast
3. Agricola iPad app solo series
4. Candy Crush iPad app
5. Orange is the New Black on Netflix


Lit Review: Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais


We read this book for my book club in July, and I prepared the food and “hosted” (although a friend had the meeting at her house and I brought the food and led the discussion). This was a great book to prepare food for. The main character, Hassan, emigrates to France from India, and he is a chef. I prepared several Indian dishes such as baked veggie pakoras and raita for an appetizer, dahl with basmati rice and naan for dinner, and French cookies called Navettes for dessert. I also brought chai iced tea to drink. Everyone complimented the themed food that I prepared.


As for the book itself, most people liked it. Most of us agreed that the character development could have been better, and the dialogue and writing were a little flat. Otherwise, it was a pleasant story that revealed a lot of interesting information about the French culinary industry.


The story follows Hassan throughout his life, as a child growing up in Mumbai, the tragic death of his mother, and his family’s move to England and then France. In France, Hassan’s father opens and Indian restaurant. Hassan eventually learns French cooking and as an adult, he opens a French restaurant in Paris. The book takes as one of its themes cooking with local and fresh ingredients from the local markets. I am very much a fan of cooking with local and fresh ingredients, and these themes very much appealed to me. However, I agree that beyond that, there was not very much to this book. When reading about the author, I discovered that he is neither Indian nor a chef, and that he wrote the book to be turned into a movie. This definitely could account for the lack of depth in the book.


I gave the book 3 stars. I think you’d enjoy the book if you were a foodie, but otherwise there isn’t much depth to the characters or story in this book. 

Noteworthy
 
July personal sock yarn club prize
 
August personal sock yarn club prize donated by knittingmommee



Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!

No segments today. I recap SSK 2013 two mornings on location from Nashville Tennessee, then once from home. I talk about classes, the goody bag, the tasting room, and more.

If you want my slides from the tech knitting breakout session, the URL is slid.es/bellwoar/deck.

Friday, July 12. Episode 47: Odds and ends


Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, and five favorite things. Let’s knit together!


Noteworthy

July personal sock yarn club prize


Events: SSK! A few people have expressed interest in the handout from my breakout session. I’m pretty excited about it!


Drafting

Goodale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga colorway Northern Purple Gold Beetle. It’s a top down cardigan. I am really enjoying knitting it so far! This is my Nerd Wars dissertation, which I am submitting for Encyclopedia, O is for Origami, since you fold the fabric over to make the pockets on the Cardigan. I have been plugging away and hope to separate for the sleeves soon. Leslie from the Knitgirllls is already done with hers! I’m jealous. It looks great.


Into the Whirled Correidale in the Colorway Children of Time, for Tour de Fleece! I finished one single and weighed it; it weighs approximately the same as my leftover fiber. I am excited to see how it looks when I ply it together. For Nerd Wars, I am going to submit this for Encyclopedia Volume C: Cartography as it is similar colors to some older maps. Also, I love the mapping challenge.

Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway April Showers Brings May Flowers. These are for Kim Obsidian78 who won podiversary giveaway #3. Even though I’m knitting on a size 0/2.0mm Hiya Hiya sharp needle, these are knitting up fast. I love the color combination.


Fully Drafted

Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman. For the last SSK KAL. SSK is right around the corner, 6 weeks away! I submitted the first sock for Nerd Wars Nerdology category, where we are crafting something inspired by a form of transportation that does not use fossil fuels. I am inspired by walking! I walk to work and all kinds of other places I go. The second sock will be for Flexible Schedule this time around.



Into the Whirled Odds and Ends. I finished spinning it, it is all different weights, and around 250 yards according to my approximations. Not bad!


Hexipuffs, I finished two this week.

Five Favorite Things

I spent the 4th of July at my friend Sarah’s house. She knit me my first pair of hand knit socks out of Socks that Rock Mediumweight, and she directed me to Silver’s sock class where I learned to knit socks. Then a Christmas or two later, she burned out on knitting when she tried to knit everyone Christmas presents that year. I know what that is like! Anyway, she decided to give me her stash. She had two tubs of yarn like the ones you see behind me, and I took approximately one of them home and the other one was acrylic that she is going to donate. 


I’m going to give away some of the stash (some to you!), but I’m going to show you my five favorite things from the stash that I plan to keep.


1. Knitpicks felici
2. 8 skeins each of Swish DK in Clematis Heather and Mist
3. Elsebeth Lavold silky tweed
4. Antuco 100% cotton
5. Austermann Step 


Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!