Monday, June 20, 2011

Didja Hear?

I got interviewed!

Susan of the Knitajourney podcast and I had a chat a few weeks ago, and it is now up on her show. I had such a fun time, and again thank you so much to Susan for wanting to interview me. It was an honor and a pleasure and I had a lot fun (even if I did admit some slightly embarrassing things...).

And while you are at it, check out the back catalog of Knit a Journey episodes and tune in for future ones. Susan has a lovely voice and it's great hearing her take on knitting and podcasting.

Friday, June 17, 2011

In the Conductor's Booth: An Interview with Allyson Dykhuizen

Allyson of The Sweatshop of Love was in NYC for Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn last week and we finally had the chance to meet! We had been tweeting back and forth for awhile now, and participated in fun shenanigans like the Tinfoil Tiara Brigade.

We had our interview at Artopolis Bakery which was local to my neighborhood; I was worried about hearing subway noises, but in fact it was the noise of the frappe maker machine that you hear in the background.

Some of the things that we talked about:

Renegade Craft Fair
Twin Cities Headband
 Current KAL: Loop Entrelac Tank and Make Up Your Mind Sweater (Ravelry Group)
Entrelac Strap How-To Video
Caitlin's Cardi
Cumulus Tee

Thanks so much for the latest feedback and iTunes reviews!

Closing Song: "Master Piece" by Emi Meyer from Suitcase of Stones

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Episode 14: Beware the Ennui of May

 Off the Needles

Will talk about the Cabled Feather Cowl next week; but I did finish up the Ripley.

On the Needles

I have been battling a bad case of ennui or something similar to writer's block where you want to write something but don't know how. I think in my case knitter's block is similar but it is as if you want to knit, but then do not have the energy to knit anything at all. After MS&W I decided to spend a Sunday morning going through my stash and sorting through it which probably was a bad idea in the long run; I also decided to see how it would look when organized into the color wheel for fun - I have ALOT of blue and "neutral" colors - cream/gray/brown.

i carry ur heart was not a good project to help get over ennui - same project + same yarn = very boring. I was afraid of the Bramble Beret because of one cable stitch, but finally figured it out! Going back to the basics with the beginning of  the February Lady Sweater.

Spin Right Round

Spinning up some polwarth in the "Motley" colorway from Gherkin's Bucket using my Dyakcraft Swan Spindle. Abby Franquemont's book Respect the Spindle is really helping with perfecting my drop spindle technique. Also grabbed the DVD for 10 cents during the Interweave Special!

Knitting Finds

Focusing on Twist Collective Spring & Summer 2011 this week.

I have mentioned Slipped Stitch Studios before when they were featured in Knitty Winter 2011, but only on the Mi pattern Saver - if you check out her etsy shop, there is more for fiber artists, like really well-made project bags, one of which I received as a birthday gift.

Events and a Knit-A-Long

It does sound far off but when I mentioned I was going to Rhinebeck this fall, I made a mistake. I have to go to a wedding that Sunday. And I will be teaching Saturdays. Boo. But, there is another local fair nearby which is the New Jersey Sheep and Fiber Festival September 10-11 in Ringoes, NJ.

How is everyone doing with their Rose Lace Stole? I'm a bit behind but do plan to spend an afternoon with it sometime this weekend.


Closing Song: "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + The Machine from Lungs
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