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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!

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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



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  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!


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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



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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.

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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 


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Wednesday, July 3. Episode 46: Knitting in Hawaii



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


Noteworthy


June personal sock yarn club prize


July personal sock yarn club prize


Podiversary Giveaway #2 still haven’t heard from one of the winners, it could be you!


Podiversary Giveaway #3: Really excited about this one! I will make the winner a pair of plain vanilla socks out of self-striping yarn from my stash! Question to answer: what are your favorite colors for self-striping yarn? 



Events: SSK! For my part, I am going to lead a breakout session on using your iPad for crafting, inspired by the request from Paula, PrariePiper. So far, folks have asked for info on Goodreader and KnitCompanion. I am going to compile a handout on these two plus PDF Expert I think and compare their features.


Drafting


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.


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.


Into the Whirled Correidale in the Colorway Children of Time, for Tour de Fleece! I picked this up and I am enjoying spinning it. I’ve been standing recently to spin and I like that a lot better. My needy cat also cannot sit on my lap when I stand!
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.

Fully Drafted


Hexipuffs


Tubey hat in Another Crafty Girl Worsted Merino colorway Scooter


Brainstorming

Vanilla socks, stripey, inspired by the stripes inside a turbolift, for the Discovery Elevators from another nerdery challenge.

Hexipuffs for the Nerdology Geek holiday challenge in honor of Make your bed day.

Donation to the Huntingdon county Humane society for Giving Geeks.


Lit Review: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

I’ve read two other books by Ann Patchett, Bel Canto and the Patron Saint of Liars, and I loved both of them. Although I can’t remember too many details of these books, I remember that I love her storytelling style and her characters, and I loved the experience of reading her books. State of Wonder left me feeling that same way. I was hooked on this book from the beginning, and I truly enjoyed reading the entire book.

The main character, Marina, is largely passive throughout the entire book. Most of the time I questioned why she did what she did. For example, she is sent by her lover/boss to the Amazon to follow up on one of his company’s investments when her co-worker who was sent before her has ended up dying there. She doesn’t want to go to the Amazon, she doesn’t want to leave her lover/boss Mr. Fox or her home in Minnesota, she doesn’t want to stay in the Amazon, and she doesn’t want to follow her old teacher Dr. Stenson into the Amazon to inspect the science and make sure her old teacher is doing what she promised Mr. Fox she would do. And yet Marina does all of these things she doesn’t want to do, and it’s never entirely clear to me why.

Despite the fact that I hate this aspect of Marina, I have many friends who do things for others that seem completely illogical to me, so Marina’s actions seem entirely realistic in a way. Also, I’ve done things in my life I really didn’t want to do, and like Marina, I ended up being really grateful for where I’ve found myself and I’ve found that I fit in really well in this life, even though I might never have chosen it for myself. So in that way, the book makes total sense to me.

Overwhelmingly, the small number of us who met for book club this Sunday really enjoyed this book. There were 5 of us, and the average rating was 3.9, with 4 of us giving it 4 stars and one person giving it a 3.5. I would have given this book 4.5 stars were it not for the end, but I don’t want to provide any spoilers. Suffice it to say my book club members agreed that the end brought down the number of stars we wanted to give it, most of us lowering the number because of different elements of the ending. So, we had consensus that we didn’t like the end as much as the rest of the book, but we didn’t like it for different reasons. We also agreed that good endings are really hard to write. I personally would rather enjoy a book all the way through like this one than suffer to get through the book and love the ending. So there you have it.

For what it’s worth, I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were believable and interesting. The story did a great job putting science into a human context. It touched on many issues related to research that I bring up in my writing classes such as observation, representation, and ethics. Overall, I think it was well worth the time to read.

I’m currently reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. After that, I will start on the July book Club book, the Hundred-foot Journey by Richard Morais.

Five Favorite Things

1. Local yarn store Island Yarn and Art Supplies
2. Farmer’s Markets
3. Luau
4. Tempted yarn
5. Subterranean woodworks extra large drop spindle for plying


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