Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Road to Rhinebeck: An Interview with Skeinny Dipping


Happy Wednesday! This week's edition of The Road to Rhinebeck is an interview with Christine of Skeinny Dipping. Love the name! Check out to how it was created below. 




How long have you been a knitter and how did you learn?
My grandmom taught me how to knit when I was seven years old, but I never took it up seriously until I was in the Peace Corps. Your first three months are spent in pre­service training. Our trainers encouraged us to get a hobby other than reading because we would have the time for it. Lucky for me there was a woman in my training group who knew how to knit.

When did you start dyeing yarn? Why? How did you begin – methods, etc?
The first time I ever dyed anything was while my husband and I were living in Germany. I bought some undyed yarn and lots of Kool-Aid packets and white vinegar from the commissary and away I went. It was fun! I never knit anything with that yarn­­I’m not a kool aid colors kind of gal. I wanted more intense, deep colors that I couldn’t find in the local yarn shops.

How was your company founded and what was the impetus behind it?
My dream of a yarn shop began as a joke between my friend, Siga, and I. I met her in Germany through the local Ravelry group and we became really good friends. I taught her how to stash yarn and soon every trip to a new yarn shop was really a “research trip” on evaluating yarn shop set­ups to figure out what we do when we opened our own yarn shop one day. 

Simultaneously I was also going through a really rough spot health­wise that kept me from working a normal full­-time job. While I was working in East Africa many years ago I developed an inflammatory arthritis that developed from repeated GI (gastrointestinal) infections. I lived in the bush with no water, electricity or running water and got just about everything you can get. Unfortunately I got sick so many times that it kicked my immune system into overdrive. I was able to have a normal life for a long time but autoimmune diseases have a life of their own. I always thought I would get better, but I didn’t. I was in denial for a long time because I’ve always been a super busy person and now I couldn’t be. 

As I was in the process of accepting all of this my husband started to push me into turning that joke between Siga and I into a little shop as something I could do when I was feeling up to it. That’s how Skeinny Dipping was born.

What is the meaning behind the name Skeinny Dipping?
Crafters have the best puns in the retail world. I knew I wanted something tongue­-in­-cheek and
rememberable. We had all of our friends brainstorming. But of course when you want a good idea to come it will never happen. One year coming back from Rhinebeck I was dozing off in the passenger seat while my husband was driving us home and it came to me. Now that time has passed I find that it also has special meaning to me: it signifies jumping in and trying something new, to just go for it cannonball­ style. That’s where I am in life.

Can you tell the listeners what types of yarns/fiber do you offer? What is the meaning behind the
names of the yarn bases?
I offer a lot of the standard go­-to yarns that indie dyers offer, but I also like to include American­-raised yarns. This past year I sourced two of my lines from Mountain Meadow Wools. They work directly with American ranchers so you can trace your skein back to a specific ranch and see how the animals were raised. Local yarn is better for the environment and for preserving genetic diversity, but it also directly supports what are almost always family farms. It’s my hope to have half of my yarn lines come from these kinds of sources.

Choosing names for yarns and colorways are the hardest part of having this kind of business. Sometimes I’ll have a contest and let the customers pick names (this is how I got my bulky weight yarn called Phatastic) and other times some yarns will have a specific meaning. 
Phatastic

My Penelope Sock is named after Penelope,Odysseus’s wife in Odyssey. She waited twenty years for him to come back from the Trojan war. She had suitors left and right wanting to marry her and she held them off by saying she wanted to finish what she was weaving first. So she wove and wove, and ripped it out each time until Odysseus came back. My Penelope Sock is like her weaving­­so sturdy that you can rip it out over and over, hence the name.
Penelope Sock

From where do you draw inspiration when deciding colors for your yarn/fiber?
Lots of places!! I love the paint chip section at Home Depot a little too much, but I really love travel
photography. For me, seeing color outside of your usual cultural context is really helpful. For instance, I’m not a pink person. But seeing it woven in several silk saris makes me appreciate that color and how it can be used. Or the way the Maasai tribe in Kenya and Tanzania wear red and use different color beads for their jewelry. Often one color will really burn a hole in my head­­I’m in the red/orange phase of that (again!).

What are some of your favorite colors from your collection? How do you decide to name them?
One of my favorite colors is Caro’s Muse. I never liked yellow until I met my friend, Caro. She loves yellow and has just about every version of it. I wanted to create a colorway in her honor because she had done all of the graphic design for Skeinny Dipping. 

Another favorite is Bandana. That colorway came to be by accident. I was dyeing one morning before the coffee had fully entered my veins and I added the wrong color to the dyepot. I was trying to make Vervet, a bright blue named after the scrotal sack of Vervet monkeys in East Africa (seriously). Oops. Lucky for me the accident was pretty!

What have been some of your favorite dyeing techniques? Hardest? Why?
I love layers of colors­­ some people call it glazing. Dye powders can be so complex and I like to bring that out. There are a couple of colorways that use several layers of dyes and those are the hardest to replicate. The pH has to be just right and if I stir too much the whole thing goes wrong. I love the variation I can get from this but it makes it very difficult to repeat. 

I also love to use powder directly on a fiber or yarn, rather than making a solution first. You get wacky results that way, but it does mean hanging out over a dye pot with a respirator on. In the summer that can get really uncomfortable and your neighbors will likely think you have a meth lab.

What has been some of the most rewarding things you have experienced by being an indie dyer?
I have found the indie designer and dyer community to be really supportive and encouraging. I’ve loved the collaborations I’ve done so far. It’s been great to meet customers as well! I have some regular customers that I’ve done custom colorways for in the past and that has been really fun.

What was one of the most important things you have learned about dyeing yarn and fiber?
I’ve had to learn to let go of expecting an idea to come out exactly as I imagined it. That was hard­­I tend to be very methodical. This is a good lesson for life in general.

Any other yarn companies and designers that you love?
Wow, yes! I have really fallen for Anne Hanson’s Bare Naked Wools line. I’m about to start a vest for my brother­-in-­law in the Kent DK yarn. I learned how to knit lace from her very well written designs. 

There are lots of indie dyers I admire that I haven’t bought from yet (my husband would be shocked to hear that!) such as Countess Ablaze, Kettle Yarn Company, Jill Draper, and Port Fiber. I plan on rectifying that this year. 

My absolute favorite designers are Anne Hanson (I feel like my knitting really took off when I found her designs), Bristol Ivy, Amy Christoffers, and Kirsten Johnstone, just to name a few. I learn something every time I knit one of their designs.

What other fiber and textile crafts do you enjoy in addition to knitting?
I’m huge into spinning. I started out on a spindle but bought my Minstrel several years ago. I also have a Roadbug and an antique one I bought in Germany but she doesn’t work. She’s just eye candy for the house. I also sew (not well) but I can get it done.

What are your plans for the future of Skeinny Dipping?
I have some fun collaborations that will reveal themselves over the next year or so but I’ll keep them a secret for now. Spinning fiber is going to be a growing part of Skeinny Dipping, and I hope to include more American­-raised yarns. I have some club ideas in mind, too.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Road to Rhinebeck: An Interview with The Clever Clementine


Happy Wednesday! This week's edition of The Road to Rhinebeck is an interview with Vicki of The Clever Clementine, who creates wonderful project bags. Check out her shop on Etsy, and enjoy her thoughtful and wonderful answers below. 


How long have you been a knitter and how did you learn?
I’m old enough to have grown up at a time when almost everyone’s mother and grandmother knitted or did some kind of textile work. I always loved to make things, and even as a kid I was very tactile so I guess it was just natural that I, too, picked up the handwork habit.
I know that I was already hand-sewing when I was about five, and started knitting shortly after that. So, let’s just call it “more than half a century,” shall we? I sewed a lot of awkward doll clothes, and then began knitting my dolls the most peculiar and horrible mis-shapen sack dresses ever. I was, of course, immensely pleased with myself!
I eventually sewed clothes for myself (poorly) and even crocheted a sweater (even more poorly) to wear with a skirt I made, in fifth grade. I was so proud to wear that sweater – mohair, pompoms, and all. I like to think I’ve gotten better … at least, I hope that I have! Fifty-plus years of experience should be good for something, right?
When did you start making project bags and why? 
I took something of a hiatus from doing much knitting, for a number of years, while I pursued other things more vigorously (making a living, having a family, you know … the usual stuff.) I returned to it with a vengeance about ten years ago, and discovered how very much the yarn and pattern-making world had changed – all for the better, in my mind.
I freely admit to being a yarn hoar – “champagne tastes on a beer budget,” as my father always said. And I decided pretty early on that I wanted my precious, pricey projects to be stored in a way that was befitting of their awesomeness, so I started making bags for individual projects. I’d made all kinds of handbags and totebags in my life, but focusing on knitting bags was interesting. I knew I didn’t want zippers near my pretties, so I focused on drawstring bags.
It was clear that I had to make the drawstrings myself – I don’t like slippery ribbons, or ropey ones. I started out doing lots of pieced bags, experimenting with pipings and trims. Eventually, when I decided I was going to sell my work, I simplified a bit. The amount of work that goes into piecing, piping, etc. is really enormous; I do still occasionally make more detailed OOAK bags, for my own pleasure or as gifts. But I rarely try to sell them.
I think my love for traditional crafts leads me to design bags that are to-the-point and very functional. And are available in an outrageous assortment of marvelous fabrics! It’s really so much about the fabrics for me, combining things in new ways, experimenting with color, etc. My fabric stash is, ummm, “kind of large” and I’m constantly discovering new ways to combine prints and colors.

How was your company founded and what was the impetus behind it?  
Oh, lifetime dancer/arts educator/arts administrator here. Former Director of Children’s Programs for Chicago’s Old Town School; former artist-in-residence for Chicago arts education and advocacy organization “Urban Gateways;” Artistic Director of Chicago’s “Heartland Dancers,” Executive Artistic Director of MD’s “Tappers With Attitude, Inc.”, award-winning percussive dance studio and pre-professional youth dance company.

Oh, and did I leave out the part where I trained as, and worked as, as nationally certified Massage Therapist for many years? Remember earlier, when I said I was “tactile?” My whole life has been about work I do with my with the hands and feet.

When the economy imploded a few years ago, our studio and dance company had to be shut down. In this economy, it became clear that a job wasn’t going to be an easy thing for a person with my background to find – and so I set out once again into the vale of self-employment. I believe in playing to your strengths – and if I could no longer be primarily involved in the performing arts, I would sew.

I have been referred to more than once as a “serial monogamist,” and so I plunged right in, brought all my creative energy into that new focus … and never have regretted it!
What is the meaning behind the name That Clever Clementine?
The last time I was on the craft fair circuit, I used the company name “Jezebel,” which was one of the more innocuous  names my mother called me. In those days, I sold dancewear – I’ve sewn a lot of leggings and circle skirts in my day!

When I shifted my focus to feltmaking, I kept the “Jezebel” name. But when we moved to Maryland, and I shifted my focus away from production crafts, I stopped using that as a business name.

Next thing I knew, “jezebel.com” came along -- so I couldn’t just pick up where I left off, they have a lock on the name. I decided to rebrand; I developed the backstory for the little cowgirl (who just might have been me, before I grew up to be “Jezebel,”) and … well … there ya go! Like a Jane Austen heroine, Clem is both sensible and clever, and so “That Clever Clementine” is named after her.

From where do you draw inspiration when deciding fabric for your bags?
We’ve already established that I am a very tactile person – I’m probably really annoying to shop with, because as I walk down the aisle in a department store, I am going to reach out and touch every fabric in sight, even tho I have absolutely no interest in actually buying anything.
So I draw inspiration from EVERYTHING – fabrics that I see, color swatches that I fall in love with, combinations of colors, collections of just about anything. I lean toward fabrics that amuse me, or that are simply so beautiful I must have them. I love hand-drawn images, cheeky prints, and love to support the indie artist whose fabrics are available thru Spoonflower.
I seldom make more than about a half dozen bags from any fabric – and often fewer than that. And I still love to do OOAK bags from time to time, not the more elaborate ones I mentioned earlier, but my standard styles in a “one off” print.
Sometimes I do run into a fabric that utterly captivates me, usually vintage in style, and fun or fantastical. When I run into those, I’ll buy up a few yards of cloth, and then do 3 or 4 pieces now, and 3 or 4 more in a few months. To spread it out, or perhaps develop a new shape or approach. I don’t want to do dozens and dozens of identical items, any more than most shoppers want their bags to always look just like everyone else’s!
What are some of your favorite bags from your collection? How do you decide to name them?
That Clever Clementine names all my bags. The backstories for many of the bags are can be read in my Etsy shop listings; each bag is named for one of her friends or family members.
I’m currently kind of in love with my PeeWee bags, which come in all kinds of shapes and sizes making them perfect for everything, including knitting. These wristlet zipper bags are multi-purpose, it seems like I always have a couple in whatever tote bag I’m using.
Monkeys Project Bag
What has been some of the most rewarding things you have experienced by being a knitting accessories designer?
Oh, without a doubt, it’s the wonderful people I’ve met. I’ve received lots of support from my knitting buddies, both on Ravelry and in real life. They’ve been supportive of my business … but more importantly, they support and accept me, just as “me.” The depth of those friendships is astonishing – and utterly precious to me!
Also, it’s just so much fun to work with indie designers and dyers on special projects; I love collaborating to develop a special bag to accompany a particular pattern, or yarn.
What was one of the most important things you have learned about creating the project bags?
Just when I think I have figured something out? I discover how much more there is to learn! (Huh. I guess that applies to life, as well as sewing! It’s good to stay challenged, don’t you think? )
No, not everyone wants the same thing! Some knitters prefer the largest bags they can get, some prefer the smallest. Some insist on white or pastel linings, others seek out bags with dark linings, or crazy prints. I’ve learned not to assume anything, but to stay open-minded!
 Are there any yarn companies and designers that you love?
Oh heavens, dare I even share my list? Yarnwise, I am currently so smitten with the exquisite work being done by Sandra of Duck Duck Wool, and of course I will miss Cephalopod like crazy, as it has been one of my absolute “go to” companies for years. Then there’s Astral Bath, of the seductive saturated colors, and Miss Babs for the maturity of her color combinations; did I mention Neighborhood Fiber Company yet? Or … oh … oh … Berry Colorful Yarnings? Lunayarn? Woolen Rabbit … or Plucky … or Dragonfly … or … oh heavens, I’m faint at the thought. I’m afraid that I Want All The Yarn.
In terms of designers, I’m a huge Beth Kling fan. Laura Aylor. Lyrical Knits. Veera. Joji. I just finished Elena Nodel’s “Nostalgia Shawl,” and I’m in love with it. I love Lisa Mutch’s work, and Judy O’Brien’s, and Heidi Kirrmaier’s and Julie Weisenberger and Michelle Wang, and … uh oh … my fingers are starting to get twitchy just thinking about it. I think I need to go pick up some needles …
 What other fiber and textile crafts do you enjoy in addition to knitting and sewing?
I used to crochet, but don’t do that much anymore – though I’ve recently been tempted to start up again. I did beadwork for a long, long time – and I suspect I will return to that at some point. I used to be a production feltmaker – actual felt, not just fulled knitting. I primarily made hats/headwear, did the craft show circuit, etc.. I truly LOVE feltmaking, but when we moved from Chicago, I left my studio behind, and our home here is just not that conducive to such a wet, splashy activity.
But I’m trying hard to stick to the one rule I set for myself: no dyeing or spinning for this girl! I really do not want to fall in love with one more fiber art that will then just compete with sewing and knitting for my time and attention.
What are your plans for the future of That Clever Clementine?
I feel honored that all along my path, other people have liked my work, and want to “play along.” I’d like to do more collaborative projects, designing bags to be sold along with a specific pattern, or yarn, or both! I’ve done a bit of this in the past, and there are some ideas swirling around now that I’m really happy about.
I would also like to design a logo fabric; I know what it would look like, but doing the drawings is way outside my skill set. So that will have to wait ‘til the right opportunity presents itself.

In my imagination, it will have a mid-century or earlier western feel to it, perhaps a tonal background design resembling tooled leather. The pattern repeat would feature a line drawing of a certain little red-headed cowgirl  -- Clementine herself in full regalia, including hat, holster, and boots. She’d be looking into a full-length mirror, at her own reflection – except in her reflection, she’d be “all growed up,” a dance hall gal draped in feathers and pearls.

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As part of our series, we have a coupon code and a giveaway! 

With the code "SubwayKnits" there is 15% off everything in Etsy shop with a  $10 minimum purchase. Code expires September 1. 

In addition there is a giveaway for a $20 to the Etsy shop. In order to enter the giveaway, check out the wonderful bags here and answer the following question below in the comments: which bag would you pick?

Remember to add your Ravelry username so I can contact you. The giveaway ends September 1. 
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Outlander Knit-A-Long

If you have been living under a rock, then you are missing the fact that OUTLANDER is coming to Starz on August 9. 
EVERYONE in the knitting community is going gaga - Bijou Basin has their Outlandish Colors and doing the #countdowntoOutlandar, Stitched by JessaLu is creating an Outlander themed bag, and myself, Jasmin/Gigi, Kristin and C.C. are generally sharing every post we find on twitter and Facebook with one another, giggling at Sam Heughan's hotness and hashtagging anything Outlander related with #relevant. 
Source: Bijou Basin Ranch. Check out their Outlandish colors sale!
Source: Instagram
What better way to create even more fun, giggling and general crazy than having an Outlander Knit-Along? 
Here is how it is going to work: 

It starts now! Knit something inspired by the show. I am knitting Magrathea by Martina Behm in a gorgeous skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk in greens and browns that remind me of the Scottish Highlands. 

This is an Instagram-based KAL - post your FO (modeled with Pocket Jamie optional) onto Instagram and please make note of your Ravelry name if it is different from your Instagram name. 

Don't forget to hashtag it with #countdowntooutlander and #outlanderkal.

Prizes will be drawn at two points: first at the end of September after the mid-season hiatus, and then at the end of the first season in 2015. Keep on knitting during the whole time! 
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Road to Rhinebeck: An Interview with Berry Colorful Yarnings

This week's edition of In the Conductor's Booth is also the start of our summer series, The Road to Rhinebeck. Last week, I sat down with Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings (also at Big Cartel) and had a great time chatting about dyeing and among other things, self-striping yarn. 
Here are some of the things we chatted about: 
Mardi Gras Self-Striping Yarn

We have a giveaway for three skeins of self-striping yarn! The giveaway will run from now until September 1. To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments below: what pattern would you knit (other than socks!) with a self-striping yarn?

Remember to include your Ravelry name in the comments so I can contact you.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema

Listen here, and subscribe here and here.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Series: The Road to Rhinebeck

I am leaving for Greece today, and in the meantime,  I have a Summer series planned for the blog, called "The Road to Rhinebeck." Everyone is starting to plan out their Rhinebeck weekend, and this year, the preparation and anticipation started the minute last year's Rhinebeck ended, especially with how I was able to get to Rhinebeck last year!

This year promises to be one of the most epic Rhinebeck weekends ever: first, Laura from Gynx Yarns/Dyer's Notebook is coming and staying with me (HOORAY!) and of course there will be meetups planned, and sweaters that everyone is already starting to talk about and knit.

Whenever I can, I will also talk about the progress I'm making in knitting my Rhinebeck sweater: Nevelson Lace Pullover by Amy Christoffers (from New American Knits), in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk, colorway Deerskin Jacket.

In addition, there is going to be a bit of a twist. While I am away, there are going to be several blog posts reviewing amazing books scheduled, as well as a few interviews that are both on the blog and in the podcast.

Many of the interviews feature indie dyers, designers and other members of the fiber community that have played a role in my Rhinebeck experiences, or are part of a trunk show that is being organized by Indie Untangled, which is an amazing resource for finding out about new dyers, accessories makers and fiber artists, and to learn about the people who make the amazing things that we use everyday.
The trunk show will be held at the Garden Plaza Hotel in Kingston, NY on October 17 and several of the artisans featured on Indie Untangled will be showcasing their items there. It's definitely a great opportunity to check out some new vendors in person, in addition to those who are vending at the NYS Sheep & Wool.

Stay tuned for some great discussions, coupon codes and giveaways! Have a great summer, and I will see you in August.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

DIY: Patriotic Cupcake Toppers



On Memorial Day, I co-hosted with my parents and Little Sister our second annual "Friends and Family BBQ." What started as a way to BBQ for my and my sister's friends, with my parents graciously hosting, as they love these things and they like our friends, turned into a huge extravaganza with their friends, and my in-laws for a total of about 50 people. 

Our leftovers had leftovers. I still have leftovers from the cupcakes I made this weekend, which is the focus of this post's DIY. 

If you have been reading the blog long enough, you know that I am not the best of cooks. That is The Aussie's purview. I recently got into the America's Test Kitchen cookbook series (thank you, Jasmin) and decided I wanted to make cupcakes.

From scratch. With homemade vanilla frosting. It cannot get any more classic than chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting on a warm summer day. 

Still, I wanted to jazz things up a bit and decided to make my own cupcake toppers. It takes a bit of patience and nimble fingers, but it turned out really nice! 

Here is what you need (I purchased everything from Michael's): 

~1 hole punch in the shape of your choice (I got a star shaped one)
~1 piece of cardstock in the color of your choice (I purchased red, navy and gold polkadot   brown paper for some variety).
~Toothpicks (the number depends on how many cupcakes you want to make, I used 24)
~Glue stick.


And this is how to do it: 
Use your hole punch to punch out DOUBLE the number of shapes you need. I made 24 cupcakes, so I needed 48 stars. Since I am the type to want everything in even groups, that meant 16 stars in each of my colors for 8 cupcakes in red, blue and gold dot respectively. 
Using the glue stick, place glue on one side of the star and center your toothpick. 
Place glue on the other shape and put on top of first shape and toothpick. Pinch the sides around the toothpick; what I did was I used two more on either side and pressed down, then flipped the topper over and did it again to make it even. Use your fingers to center the shapes on top of one another as needed. 

Enjoy your cupcake toppers! I definitely plan to do this again (Christmas themed stars, anyone?) and love that it was quick and easy. Once I got into a rhythm, it took less than one episode of The Tonight Show to finish them all off.  

How would you use the star toppers and for what holiday? 
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Armchair Travel KAL

Want to come along and travel to Greece with me? 
 Knit a pattern or use a yarn to knit something inspired by Greece while I share the places I go and explore over the next two months. 

Guidelines

Time Frame: July 14 - September 2.

WIPs: If you have a WIP that was started on or after June 26, I will allow it for entry into the giveaway (since June 26 is the start of the school holidays for New York City). 

Requirements: Knit a pattern or with a yarn that is inspired that is inspired by a picture of Greece. Post your FO, picture and explanation in the FOs thread. 

Ideas: Beaches, monasteries, landmarks (Acropolis, White Tower in Thessaloniki, Temple of Poseidon), ocean - anything is possible! 

Don't forget: use the hashtag #armtravelKAL to tag your photos in social media and to link your project in Ravelry.

Double Dipping: Allowed! The point is to have fun. If a project for one KAL works for this one, go for it. 

Prizes

Grand Prize: 1 Skein of Myth donated by Kristin of Voolenvine Yarns: 80/10/10 Merino Cashmere Nylon in Fingering Weight, 400 yds, and a few goodies from Greece! 
1 Skein of Zealana  Willow in Blueberry donated by Stitch Craft/Yarnsisters: 70/30 Merino Cashmere, DK, 280 yards.

And more TBD! Stay tuned. 

Have fun! On July 14, Chat and FOs threads will be open. 
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Subway Knits Episode 66: Milestone

We made it to 100,000 downloads of the show! 
Hooray, and thank you! 
Off the Needles
Totoro Hat
On the Needles
Stash Dash - bet with Jasmin of Knitmore Girls
We watched baby Sam Heughan in "A Princess for Christmas" (soooo bad its sooo good).
Rhinebeck Sweater: Nevelson Pullover by Amy Christoffers, out of Jill Draper Makes Stuff  Mohonk in Deerskin Jacket.

Spin Right Round
Working on Loop Batt. Decided to definitely do a Navajo-Ply.
Tour de Fleece and Team Sasquatch

Knitting Finds
Women of Final Fantasy Yarn Club by Gynx Yarns - my first skein was Aerith from Final Fantasy 7, and my second is Eiko from Final Fantasy 9.
    
Aerith
Eiko
Old Hand Knitters of the Dales, published by Cooperative Press
Debbie Bliss has some wonderful knitting-related home items and accessories - the Harris Tweed project bag and the Knit One Brew One Mug are my favorites.

Review
New Vintage Lace by Andrea Jurgrau. Published by Interweave Press. $24.99 US, $27.99 CAN.
Events
Rhinebeck! 

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Thalassa" by Elena Paparizou

Listen here, and subscribe here and here.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Subway Knits Episode 65 : 5 Weeks, 1 Carryon

Off the Needles
Libration Cowl for #iknitNYC - deadline extended to July 31, so there is still plenty of time! (insert 

On the Needles
Happy Streets by Veera Valimaki - Creatively Dyed Sami in Forest, Bijou Basin Yak Yarn and Sanguine Gryphon Eidos in Bacchic.

Spin Right Round
Tour de Fleece and Team Sasquatch

Knitting Finds
A real Yellow Submarine
Stitch Craft Ravelry Group

Knitting Travels
GREECE!!! Hence the music throughout the show, and in the next episodes to come.

I am going to try and eek out at least three more podcasts before I leave, and I have a few interviews scheduled to go out while I am away as well as a Summer Review Series. I plan to record on the go but not upload, UNLESS The Aussie lets me use his laptop; we are not sure if we are bringing it yet, since it all depends on how he wants to store the photos while on the go.

Review
Amy Christoffer's New American Knits, published by Interweave Press. US $24.99, CAD $27.99
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go get this book. I love the patterns and the aesthetic and story that Amy is displaying throughout the book.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Radevou Paralia" by Eleni Foureira

Listen here, and subscribe here and here.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Aaaaand, We're Back

You know how sometimes people say, "life can really run away from you sometimes"? 

Well for me that definitely was the case these past two months, hence the blog and podcast silence. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I finally got proper chalkboard markers and found a use for them: 
And that was just May. The "Notes" section was in case other things popped up! We were booked for every weekend at least on Saturday and sometimes Saturday AND Sunday. 

Combined with the fact that I was in charge of Senior Week and Blackline testing (for students who didn't pass the state exams) at work, and June ended up being pretty busy on the weekends, I ended up coming home and napping most of the time. Naps are glorious. I'm probably catching up on the times I refused to take a nap as a toddler. 

Now that summer vacation started, I am free free free for the next 10 weeks! Which sounds a lot better than 67 days n my opinion. I have a lot of blog posts planned - both as a bit of catchup, and some fun style and knitting related posts as well. I will also try and blog while I am in Greece, which may be a bit tricky given that I only plan to bring the iPad with me. 

Here's to a fun Summer! What are your plans for the next 10 weeks? 
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