Sunday, October 16, 2011

Episode 21: Fall, Fibre, Friends, Food

Special shout out to Megan of the Stitch It! Podcast, who in a tweet summarized Rhinebeck in four words and gave the title for these week's episode.

I was loaded up in the car with Mel (the husband), my friend Lisa, co-proprietor of newly-opened Roman Hills yarn company (check it out!) John, and their son Emmet. But there was so much traffic over the last 2 miles that it took us two hours to get into and park.

We also learned that there was a 2 hour line for Sanguine Gryphon. In the morning, we decided to throw that plan of going there out the window. This is the photo that Knitty City tweeted:

Yeah. Right. I have to admit, this plus the traffic dampened my mood a bit and caused a bit of anxiety.

At the Ravelry meetup, I was all set with my sign, but a little bit shy with regards to holding it up. Lisa helped:
I did get to meet with Amy Christoffers and her friend, Becky Herrick. Photo is with Amy, and I look horrible (I think it was being so tired from the traffic and just arriving!). Amy was wearing the Larch Cardigan and her goal was to meet with the Bosworths to talk about her Journey Wheel

 Got to speak a bit with Laura Chau, and was interrupted by people wanting to pet my Traveling Woman Shawl, which was fun since it was nice to see that people liked what I knit! Kristin of Yarngasm arrived and we were finally with our sign:
 Also met up with Abby of Knit Knit Cafe and got to chat with a listener! The Ravelry Meetup was alot of fun. cider donuts. I also had a cheeseburger with fries and clam chowder in a bread bowl. 
After the meetup, I met up with some friends and headed over to the big buildings. I had a mission: to get some books autographed. I met with Lela Nargi (Knitting Around the World) and fangirled over Ysolda while she signed my newly-purchased copy of Little Red in the City, and Clara Parkes (who was wearing Hawthorne). I was worried that there would be a long line but there weren't. I had a lovely chat with the three ladies and ran into Melissa Werle of NeoKnits. She was wearing her Adina cardigan and Catherine was wearing Idlewilde.

After the book signing, I finally got started with some yarn buying. I wanted to get some yarn from Spirit Trail Fibreworks, but unfortunately, there wasn't anything I liked for the Larch Cardigan which I wanted to get yarn for. But I will go back to them in the future. I did get yarn from Creatively Dyed (one is a birthday gift and I purchased a skein of Woodbrook in the colorway Cendros).

Sheep! This was the Best in Show part of the demonstrations that I saw when Mel and I decided to wander around for a bit.
The color theme of this year's Rhinebeck was purple, and teal; I purchased yarn for the Larch Cardigan from Shelridge Farms. it was their DK weight yarn but according to Buffy it was more like a sport weight. The colorway I purchased was Azure. 

We finally did end up at Sanguine Gryphon; there was no crowd, but very picked over. However, I did get yarn for Sarah to trade for MadTosh Sugarplum, and a skein of Eidos sock in Bacchic. Wonderful. 

In short, I did complete my Rhinebeck goals, which were to meet people, get books signed and yarn for the Larch Cardigan. Next year, we are thinking of getting a place or stay somewhere for the weekend so that we can avoid all the crazy. 
Closing Song: "The Melody of a Fallen Tree" by Windsor for the Derby

Monday, October 10, 2011

We Have a Winner!

The giveaway for the Shades of Green Collection by Erica Jackofsky of Fiddle Knits has ended and we have a winner! There were 14 comments underneath Episode 19 and the RNG picked number 14, so that means kdlb, aka Kristine on Ravelry of The Yarnings Podcast has won!

Thanks to Erica for sponsoring the giveaway. Do check out the collection and her other patterns.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Episode 20: Mitosis

On the Needles:
Nothing much new to report...still working on the Cladonia and the February Lady Sweater - now that I am out of HPKCHC, I do not feel the pressure to knit the Cladonia and to finish it immediately. That being said, it is still my lunchtime/happy hour knitting.

This weekend is a three day weekend and the principal and the AP in my school told me a bunch of really positive things about my job. In fact the principal told me that i needed to relax and that she is proud of me, so I am definitely taking their advice this weekend! As such, I really want to finish the February Lady Sweater for two reasons: one, Rhinebeck is next weekend. Two, my coworkers are finally realizing that yes, knitting is cool. I think this is because now that it's getting chillier, I am wearing my hats and Traveling Woman shawl; they see it and I am getting a really positive response, if a bit still mixed.

Spin Right Round
This week, I didn't get much spinning done - in the way spinning is normally done. The kids in my class were learning about mitosis this week, and when I read in the lesson plan the words, "spindle fibers" I had a eureka moment. I go to my co-science teacher and say, "I have a crazy idea." The crazy idea was, use the three drop spindles I own, some yarn, 11 kids, me, name tags and visually and kinesthetically demonstrate the stages of mitosis. Using drop spindles.

Knitting Finds
Through the world of twitter, I have discovered a new indie dyer - At Knits End Yarns by Kim Hartmann. She dyes using Kool-Aid and it comes out beautifully! She also has some really great bases such as Sparkle Lace and Falkland sock yarn which I have not seen as an available base. She is going to be part of The Fiber Connection booth with Oblivious Knits and others at Rhinebeck next weekend.

Knitting Travels
There was a pretty decent Groupon offer for School Products Yarns in the Garment District - since this is a three day weekend, I knew that if I didn't go this Saturday, I wouldn't go at all. My mom came with me since we had other errands to run together after and I thought it would be fun for my mom who is a non-knitter to see what yarn shops look like.

This week, we are taking a belated look at KnitCircus Fall, and Teeny Tiny Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec.

KnitCircus is jam packed with so many things that make me happy: first, interviews with Jared Flood and Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia Yarns. There is a really great feature by Wendy Johnson about designing your own lace cowl.  There is also an article on colorwork.

There are plenty of sweaters for both men and women which provides alot of versatility and variety throughout the collection. Some of my favorites include the Sunshine and Fog Tunic, and the majority of the Lacy Goodness Collection such as the Turning Point Shawlette and the Mica Cowl. Ruckle is a really interesting hat because of its contruction with pleating and puckers knit into the body. One of my favorite things about KnitCircus is that they usually end with a recipe: this time, its Candy Apple Scones.

You must get Teeny Tiny Mochimochi if only for one reason: it will make you feel happy just ging through the book. If you are interested in knitting up the mochi, there is great reference information at the beginning of the book to help you with toy construction, and at the end, ways to display and use the mochi in various ways throughout your daily life. It retails for $19.99 in the US, and $22.99 in Canada. 

QAL Update
25 FOs so far in the FOs thread and lots of great and supportive chatter here. Come join in on the fun! You can submit an FO at any time, so long as it fits the criteria for the QAL (at the top of the QAL Chat Thread) and is submitted by December 31.

Since there is no formal Subway Knits Meetup, I will be at the Ravelry Meetup from 12-1 at the field by the main gate. Most convenient for everyone.

Stephen West is having classes, book signing and trunk show for Westknits Book 3 at The Yarn Company on the Upper West Side.

Closing Song: "A Postcard to Henry Purcell" from the Pride & Prejudice soundtrack.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Letter to the Listeners or, Where Have All the Episodes Gone?

Hey all,

If you go onto iTunes, you may be wondering, where did all the episodes go?

The easy answer is that they are still on my laptop. And if you have downloaded them already, still on yours too.

The more complicated answer is, they are waiting to be re-uploaded. Long story short, a listener requested if possible that I put the back episodes back into mp3. What I usually have done is upload them in mp3, then switch later to m4a. However, this is not fair to new and any listeners who have non-m4a friendly devices. So, I am going to upload and keep everything in the mp3 format from here on out.

This was simply because I had one of the more affordable plans when it comes to podcast hosting - I love doing the show, and while I have a donation button on the blog, I have never explicitly asked for donations on the air because I feel weird, and my mom raised me to be too polite to ask for things sometimes. This is one of them. I will always leave it up to you and place no pressure whatsoever. My hope is that one day there is going to be a way to cover the minimal costs of the podcast out of voluntary and individual choice.

That being said, thanks to knitpurlgurl of the Knit Purl Girl and auntieaipee of the Knit.Spin.Cake. podcasts, I found a more affordable way to do the hosting. This means I had to take down all of the episodes from the old RSS feed, and slooooooowly reupload them in order to maximize the storage space I have to the new RSS feed.

Thankfully, I have both regular storage and archival storage - that means I can “archive” a podcast episode in mp3 format, still have it available to you, and be able to upload new episodes. The amount of archival space I have per month is still limited and while it does refresh, it does so every month. So that means the back catalog is going to be going back up very slowly. As most of you know, I like to share and talk alot and in detail. That makes for long episodes and large files.

I will keep you posted as to which episodes are up, and if you are downloading on iTunes, they will refresh there as well.

Thanks so much for the support and the feedback.
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