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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



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!

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


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

Wednesday, June 19. Episode 45: All About the Gaming

Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, mortarboard moment, and Origins game fair top ten. Let’s knit together!


Noteworthy


June personal sock yarn club prize


Podiversary Giveaway #2 Question: What are your five favorite things? Make your list, it can be yarn, books, games or anything you’d like to make a list of! 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 is right around the corner!


Drafting

Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman. For the last SSK KAL. SSK is right around the corner, 6 weeks away! 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.

Into the Whirled Correidale in the Colorway Children of Time

Fully Drafted


For the personal sock yarn club KAL: 


Vanilla socks in Ladybug Fiber Company Self-striping colorway Purple Anemone on size 1/2.25mm signature needles. All of this traveling and all I have finished is a pair of vanilla socks! They’re cute at least.


Mortarboard Moment: Gaming/Not Your Mama’s Gamer Podcast


Press X to Teach Workshop: lots of readings, assignments, and games to play


Not Your Mama’s Gamer podcast: A podcast about gaming from a feminist perspective. They won an award! I’m also really enjoying listening to the podcast. Samantha Blackmon is also a knitter. They discuss games they’re playing, books they’re reading about games, and their issue of the week segment: men doing feminism. I love this. I don’t play as many video games as board games, but I am still in the minority at conventions as a woman. Why are there less women playing games than men playing games? Why are there less men knitting than women knitting? 


I have already starting to teach board games in my Intro to Professional Writing class as I have a unit where students play board games by reading the rules and then rewrite the rules for their assignment. In my Interactive Media class, I taught an Alternate Reality Game for the first time, where students design a game for someone else to play. I play some video games, but only occasionally. Since I have less of a board gaming community now I am playing more video games.


Things I’m thinking about after this conference:
1. Incorporating an analysis of video game visuals in my visual literacy class next spring
2. Assigning students to play a game and analyze it as part of my Interactive Media course
3. Assigning students to play a game and analyze it as part of first year composition: off the rails!
4. Having a game club group like having a book club group! All playing the same game and then getting together and discussing it.
5. Reading more about gaming

Origins Top Ten
1. Bora Bora
2. Eminent Domain
3. Shipyard
4. Ginkopolis
5. Knitting meetup
6. Credit Mobilier
7. Telestrations
8. Tzolk’in
9. Baltimore and Ohio
10. Via Appia


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

Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Episode 44: So it Begins

Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, brainstorming/iPad musings, and lit review. Let’s knit together!


Noteworthy


So it Begins, Summer travels, CSA and farmers markets, year 2 of podcasting, Nerd Wars Tournament 8


May personal sock yarn club prize, donated by Seashoresharon


May finish it up knitalong prize, donated by Seashoresharon


June is my podiversary! I’m going to do a giveaway every week when I record. The thread for giveaway #1 will close on Tuesday, June 4. I will be giving away a skein of Gothsocks 100% merino in the colorway Tardis. Question #1: What is your favorite podcasting moment from the last year?


June personal sock yarn club prize


Podiversary Giveaway #2 Question: What are your five favorite things? Make your list, it can be yarn, books, games or anything you’d like to make a list of! Thread will close Tuesday, June 18. Since it’s 2 weeks, I’m going to give away 5 favorite things as prizes. I’ll record next week but it won’t really give you enough time to enter the drawing.


Drafting


For Nerd Wars! I started 2 new projects this week.


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.


Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman. For the last SSK KAL. SSK is right around the corner, 6 weeks away! 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.


These next 2 projects will be my flexible schedule for Round 1. Nerd Wars has changed things so you don’t have to tie your flexible schedule projects into a challenge unless you want to. This is going to make things a lot easier for me!


For the personal sock yarn club KAL: 


Vanilla socks in Ladybug Fiber Company Self-striping colorway Purple Anemone on size 1/2.25mm signature needles


Into the Whirled Odds and Ends: I finished the first two skeins! So far about 120 yards. I’m working on the 3rd skein now, then I’ll wash and twack them all, and show them as finished on the podcast.


Brainstorming/iPad Musings 
I’m combining these into one cause I bought a new app that I wanted to review, and I’m using it for Brainstorming projects for Nerd Wars, as well as other kinds of lists. Listmaker! You can keep customizable lists and check things off as you finish them. I made a customizable list for Nerd Wars and I love it. I can see all of my projects and categories at one time, plus my tie ins.


Discovery: The Kepler, a spacecraft that found the possibility of habitable planets elsewhere. Craft a project inspired by actual genesis or the creation of new life. I wanted to knit a baby hat for this. I was going to knit Tubey in Another Crafty Girl Worsted Merino out of the leftovers from my monster.


Encyclopedia: Volume B, Birthday, craft something in honor of your birthday month. I am either going to submit deep red hexipuffs for my birthstone garnet, or a spinning project, ITW Correidale in the Children of Time colorway. It will depend on if I can finish the spinning this month. Spinning has been pretty slow going for me so I’m not counting on it.


Lit Review: Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, a Mostly True Memoir. This was our May book club book. I loved it! I gave it 4 1/2 stars in Book Club, and I’m going to give it 5 stars on Goodreads.


She tells hilarious stories about her childhood, she has a great approach to the things she’s had to deal with in her life, and she helps us see we can all laugh at our quirkinesses and enjoy life in spite of our circumstances. The memoir starts with some of her childhood experiences growing up in a rural area and with a dad who loves taxidermy. One of my favorite chapters is about her experiences working in Human Resources and the crazy things people will do. She also talks about getting married, having a kid, meeting other women bloggers, moving back to Texas where she grew up, and dealing with psychological issues. 


She curses and talks about body parts and puts it all out there.


Also, I loved listening to the book! Jenny Lawson reads her own book, and she puts little details in there, making reference to things that are on the audiobook and not in the print books. Also, she talks to her editor a lot. I love that!


Overall, this was just a fun book to read. It made me feel better about my eccentricities and life circumstances. I’ve already recommended it to a student of mine who grew up on a farm and she loves it. Our book club enjoyed it as well, and the average rating was 3.5 stars.


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

  Friday, May 31, 2013. Episode 43: Huntingdon FiberArts Fest 2013



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


Noteworthy


May personal sock yarn club prize, donated by Seashoresharon.


May finish it up knitalong prize, donated by Seashoresharon. 


June is my podiversary! I’m going to do a giveaway every week when I record. The thread for giveaway #1 will close on Tuesday, June 4. I will be giving away a skein of Gothsocks 100% merino in the colorway Tardis. Question #1: What is your favorite podcasting moment from the last year?


Drafting


For the finish it up KAL:


Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart in Sundara Yarn Silk Lace colorway Arabian Nights on size 5/3.75mm needles. Using wood with the silk lace so it doesn’t slip too much.


For the personal sock yarn club KAL: 


Vanilla socks in Ladybug Fiber Company Self-striping colorway Purple Anemone on size 1/2.25mm signature needles


Into the Whirled Odds and Ends: I finished the first two skeins! So far about 120 yards. I’m working on the 3rd skein now, then I’ll wash and twack them all, and show them as finished on the podcast.


Research


Clever Cast ons and Bind offs Class


I had four students in my class, of all different skill levels! One was a very new beginner, two were advanced beginners, and one was intermediate. I taught long tail cast on from both ends of the ball, backwards loop cast on, knitted and cabled cast ons, and a basic bind off for the first half of the class. In the second half we did norweigan cast on, elastic and super elastic bind offs, Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off, Judy’s magic cast on, and three needle bind off. I had planned to do a circular cast on and picot bind off, but we didn’t have time for that. I showed these samples for the different cast ons and bind offs. I don’t want to put my handouts on the blog, but if you’d like a copy, send an email to chanala at gmail dot com and I’ll send it to you.

The class went really well! I’d love to teach again next year if we have another event. I could teach an intro to lace class, or a beekeepers quilt class, though I might want to wait until I finish one to teach that. Hexipuffs are really good for learning technique though! I think technique classes are my favorite, and I want to take them as much as possible.


Five Favorite Things 


1. Teaching my class, it felt very empowering! I needed a positive experience on the tail end of my semester
2. Unplanned Peacock yarn and fiber
3. Steam Valley fiber
4. Card weaving class with Sarah Goslee
5. Hunter Hammersen Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet Vol II


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