Showing posts with label downton abbey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label downton abbey. Show all posts

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Day by Day

So instead of going over things in detail, here is the rundown of what has happened recently:

1) Rhinebeck happened. HALLELUJAH. I took the train up with my friend Emily (she moved back from Japan! She is going to live in my 'hood! Yay local knit buddy!) and we had a blast.  Here is the haul: 
From L to R: Lisa Souza Polwarth Silk in Pesto and Deep Sea; Loop Merino/Nylon/Angelina batt in Electric Current; Cephalod Traveller in Sherwood Gardens; LI Livestock Alpacla Wool in Rose with just a hint of Firestar. 

And of course there were apple cider donuts and clam chowder to be had. 

I also got to see Amy Christoffers again! We plan to make it a thing. I also ran into Dana, Sarah, Amy and Bristol Ivy too in addition to Kim, Kristin, my knitting friends and listeners of the show. HIII!!!!!
Stolen from Amy's Instagram. 
And stolen from Sarah's blog. This is how limited my time is - I have to swipe photos because uploading from my phone = less time to lesson plan. 

2) I got a tattoo! This is my knitting tattoo, of a C2R stitch - right leaning cable stitch. Subtle, dainty and like a secret handshake amongst knitters. 
3) New ramen place opened up and they have the spicy tuna onigiri just like how they make it in Japan. This is why I love my neighborhood. 
4) Went to orthopedist and woop-de-do, I have arthritis in BOTH my knees and misplaced kneecaps. Sigh. Off to the gym I go. The chiropractor is really working - less tension in the pelvic area which is helping my dextroscoliosis. He is like my guru. 

5) Lots of things coming up for review! Stay tuned. We currently have an Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits review/giveaway going on. Comment in the thread here to enter the giveaway.

6) QAL is going on too and the prizes are up! Join us as we try and knit down the queue. 

7) I am being such a fail in my Muggle Studies OWL - I don't think I'll make midterm. Work has been busting me so much that when I come home I just do not have the energy to knit. And that says something. 

8) Starting spinning for the first time in 2.5 months - after I plied my TdF yarn, I had a bit of tendonitis at the base of my left thumb (my body is such a hot mess!). Working on my Loop Bump now and loving every minute. I plan to spin it all up and then N-ply it to keep the color as it is, and then knit it up into socks. 
In fact, I am not going to do the laundry tonight and use the evening to craft away. I have to sew a tutu for my halloween costume at school which will be the subject of a separate post, and I have my lessons all set for tomorrow. 

When things get hectic, you have to take it day by day. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Episode 48: Kitchen Aids are NOT Ballwinders

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On the Needles
Finished the body of the Larch Cardigan, but not done because I had sleeve problems. I stored my pretty sock/dk yarn on my bookshelf so it and gives me some inspiration.
Knitting Trainwrecks
I used a Japanese 5 DPN, which is between a US 4 & 5 for the Larch Sleeves. However, that does not magically make it a 4, so I had to rip out the sleeve and start again.

I thought using a Kitchen Aid mixer after reading this tutorial would be a great way to wind yarn, since my ball winder is in Brooklyn again. It wasn't.
Spin Right Round
I finished the Corriedale pencil roving.
Now I have to learn some new technical skills: Navajo plying, spinning from the fold, and short forward long draw. Have to learn these so I can spin up my Lisa Souza Wensleydale in the colorway Petroglyph. Thanks to Bristol Ivy, Donna Druchunas, Debora Robson and Beth Smith for their advice and tips!

Swatch and Learn
The kids are showing their knitting to their parents, and the principal walked in while they were all industriously knitting away one week. Still need to work more with the boys.

Vogue Knitting Live Recap
See here, here and here! And more photos here. Thanks to Vogue Knitting for the pass and everyone who has mentioned the recaps. This is my swag:
Announcements
The winter QAL is finishing up this week, so get your FOs in for a chance to win a skein of yarn from Roman Hills and a project bag from Second Avenue Swag.

2nd Year Podiversary/50th Episode Giveaway is still going on! Enter by asking me a question here.

We are reading Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey for our first read-along.

Brenda Castiel is offering listeners a 25% discount for the Daisy Buchanan hat and Lady Grantham hat with the code DOWNTON until February 28.

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

Listen here, and subscribe here.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Loosen Those Corsets and Welcome the 1920s: Downton Abbey Swap, Season 3!!!

Hey all!

Get ready for the second round of the Downton abbey swap, to coincide with the premiere of Season 3 in the US! Bring on the 1920s!
Sign-ups will open on December 16; until I or my awesome co-mod suddenexpression unlock the thread for general chat please only post in the Ravelry group once to sign up. When we reach 50 participants (for a total of 52) chat can begin!

If you saw the season already (:::cough cough:::) we will have a chat thread for spoilers shortly.

There is going to be ALOT of information below, which will be also stickied to the top of the thread. Right now, just peruse and be ready to sign up on December 16!

Important Information for the Swap:

  1. You must be a member of the group.
  2. You must have a minimum number of 20 posts in the group in order to qualify.
  3. By being a swap participant you agree to check in by the specific dates posted below, and to mail a package by the deadline date with a delivery confirmation (DC) number.
  4. The swap is open to a total of 52 participants (including venusfueri and suddenexpression).
  5. The mods will split the list of participants and notify you of your spoilee. The mod that tells you who your spoilee is will be the point of contact person for the swap (if you got your spoilee information from venusfueri, you contact venusfueri; likewise for suddenexpression).
  6. This is a circular, not a reciprocal swap. Who you send to will not be the person you get a package from.
  7. When you send the package, make a note of the DC number to either venusfueri or suddenexpression.
  8. When you receive a package, you must post in the thank you thread (to be linked when the swap opens). 

Dates to Remember:

December 16: Registration opens (until December 21 or we reach 52 participants, whichever comes first).
December 26: You will be notified if you made it into the swap.
January 6: Questionnaire due via email (addresses will be posted).
January 13: You receive your spoilee, swap begins!
March 4: Mailing deadline.

Check-In Dates (post in the appropriate thread, to be linked later):

January 6: You have sent the questionnaire.
January 13-14: You have received your spoilee.
January 27: 2 week check-in.
February 10: 1 month check-in. Post a teaser for your package!
February 24: 1.5 month check-in.
March 4: MAILING DEADLINE.

Minimum Requirements for the Package:

  • 1 Small Knitted Item (fingerless mitts, gloves, cowl, shawlette, hat) that is inspired by Edwardian/Victorian/Roaring 20s Design. Essentially it should answer one or both of the following questions: Would one of the characters wear it in the show? Or, would a modern-day version of the character wear it? Think lace, cloches, small shawls, picot. It does not have to be complex - if you have any questions or are stuck on trying to find a pattern, please contact one of the hosts!
  • 1 Skein of Yarn
  • Tea or the swappee’s drink of choice (tea preferably since that IS what the Downton ladies always drank but to be fair there are hot chocolate and/or coffee drinkers.)
  • Small sweet/food goodie to go with said beverage of choice for a proper tea.

Cost:

Between $20 and $40 (this excludes the cost of the yarn used to create the knitted item and shipping).

Questionnaire: (emails to send Questionnaire to will be posted on December 16)

  • Full Name & Address:
  • Email Address:
  • Ravelry ID: 
  • Are you willing to ship internationally?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Do you have pets? If so, what kinds?
  • Do you knit, crochet, weave, spin, dye, sew or do any other crafts? If so, which ones?
  • Do you collect anything?
  • Are there any tools or supplies for crafting on your wishlist?
  • What are your favourite colours/colour families?
  • Are there any colours/colour families you hate?
  • What are your favourite movies/tv shows besides Downton Abbey?
  • What kind of Edwardian/Victorian/Roaring 20s inspired item would you like to receive as a knitted/crocheted/crafted item?
  • What is your favourite tea flavour and food to accompany your tea (or other type of drink if you do not like tea, or even coffee)?
  • Would you prefer to live upstairs with the lords and ladies, downstairs with the servants or would you be a self-made man or woman?
  • Which character appeals to you most? Why?
  • If you could have a chance to be given one clothing item from the costumes used on the show, which one would you pick? Why?
  • Do you have an etsy/amazon/etc. wishlist? 
  • Anything else you think your partner should know?
  • Would you be willing to be an Angel if needed?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Episode 45: Member of the Press



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Off the Needles
I made a TARDIS tea cozy and was going to do 4 coasters that would make up the door of the TARDIS when you put them together but no time. So I made two TARDIS colored coasters with a teacup on them which was easier. 
On the Needles
Casting on for my BFF Cowl swap Seedpod link. Can't say too much about it since I know for a fact that the person who I will be sending my link to is a listener of the show. 

After that, its a race against time - I want to knit a new hat for Montreal, and I'm thinking Orchids and Fairy Lights. I hope to also have enough time to fix and finish my Bella Mitts which are also purple - I made them too short. Have to frog back and maybe knit another inch or so of stockinette and redo the thumb.

Spin Right Round
I dyed some polwarth using pomegranate tea for my Odd Ducks Tea swap spoilee and received a special package from Northbound Knitting.
Swatch and Learn
Sadly this weeks knit club was a bit of a disaster. I really have to split the kids up and organize the tools that I have so that it makes for quicker setup. 

Events
I attended BUST Holiday Craftacular, and came away with these goodies - the pillow was an item I've had my eye on for ages, and the Second Avenue Swag project bag was a birthday gift. 
The teaser that I have been talking about is related to Vogue Knitting Live was that in addition to me attending, I also received a press pass! The people at VKL were kind enough to offer one and I accepted. In addition, they are offering a giveaway of 2 Marketplace passes - details here

Announcements
Signups for the Downton Abbey Swap will begin December 16. You must be a member of the group and have at least 20 posts in the group. The swap will be run a bit more strictly and details will be posted on the day of signups. 

Jessica of the Knitting Brooklyn podcast is participating and hosting a KAL for the Squares for Comfort group, which is making squares for blankets to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

A special thanks to Jen of Commuter Knitter and Shari of TV Knitting Podcasts, who have been mentioning the Hurricane Sandy fundraiser on their shows. 

In addition, I am very sad to mention that Karrie of KnitPurlGurl has passed away suddenly after Thanksgiving.  There are many KALs going on in memory of her and one that is very near and dear is the Snowflakes KAL - Karrie and her family lost their Christmas ornaments during the move from Pennsylvania to Vermont and Karrie was making snowflakes for their tree. Others have taken up the task and are sending ornaments to Karrie's family. 

Thanks for Listening!
Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema via Noisetrade

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Episode 31: Happy Accidents

On the Needles
Working frantically to finish the shawl for my Downton Abbey Swap partner.
Learning to let go and getting knitting mojo back by cleaning out the favorites and the queue, and working on my Summer Flies shawl in an attempt to finish the WIPs. 

Knitting Finds
Propaganda Yarn - Dawn's new Sherlock-inspired colorway, Moriarty, was actually a happy accident.
Olympknits - adorable patterns and video featuring hand-knit athletes, expressing the excitement of the upcoming Olympics in London this summer.
New patterns galore: Hot Child in the City, a Malabrigo Freelance Patterns collection and Starling, a new laceweight sweater from Cecily Glowik MacDonald (great for that in-between weather).
Fun, beautiful and instantly gratifying project bags from YarnPop.
Getting the weaving bug thanks to an article about Ashford's new loom in Knitty - can't wait to try one out!  


Review
Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet - thanks to Hunter Hammersen for sending me a copy! It is even more amazing than the site for the book suggests; highly recommended.

Events
Maryland Sheep and Wool - no plan other than to not buy yarn. Shocking, I know! I will be wandering around and enjoying the festival for what it is, and hopefully meet some of you. I am planning to be on the left side of the Main Exhibition barn (when you are facing it) on the small lawn. I will have a sign.

The Ravelympics are coming soon - and I am very excited to be a part of it this year as a captain for Team Sasquatch, the one-stop team for all of the podcasts. Pick your event, knit/crochet/weave/spin your project and go for gold! FAQs can be found here.

Thanks for Listening!
Closing Song: "Let Go" by Frou Frou

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Episode 30: It's Knitting Men

On the Needles
Getting out of my knitting funk by finally casting on for the Downton Abbey Swap - it is not the Scroll Lace Scarf by Ysolda Teague because my brain was not working at 8 in the morning, but it is out of Fibre Company Road to China Light in Blue Tourmaline. So luxe and so delicious to knit with.

Also making the Owlings mitts out of Patons wool in a trade with a friend who is crocheting the Queen Anne's lace scarf for me. I got the yarn and the needles when I was in a knitting emergency - I forgot my knitting at home, and had class that night.

Knitting Finds
DellaQ partners with Ziploc for the latest in project bags.
Mr. Yarn announces a partnership with Matsumura Yam Co (and now carries SweetGeorgia!)
Clara Parkes talks about the latest in lace yarn...dental floss!!
There is another Downton Abbey shawl called the Yorkshire Shawl, inspired by the trees at Highclere Castle, the filming location for the show.
Locally made yarn in the form of a CSA from Juniper Moon Farm, and now the new Heirloom line from Fancy Tiger Crafts (neon pink and navy blue and electric yellow!).


Stitching the Past
More information about Arans in the form of a FAQ section.
It's Raining Knitting Men in the form of an article from Knitty that discusses the Top Ten Men in KNitting, and most didn't even knit! If I were to update this, I would definitely add Jared Flood and Stephen West to the list.

Swatch & Learn
The three regulars in my small knitting club reached a milestone this week - they started their first projects! Two are knitting the Meret by Wooly Wormhead and the third is knitting Wingpsan by Maylin Tan. They even want to come 2 times per week, so I have to get permission for that.

Review
Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers by Nora Bellows.

Swap and QAL Update
Thanks to those who compiled all of the amazing questions in the Downton Abbey Stalking thread over in the group! It's helped me and everyone else learn more about each other.

Don't forget: Roman Hills is offering a 15% discount for swappers and listeners of the podcast up until April 23 with the coupon code SKDA15.

Lots of people are finishing projects that have been languishing in their queues and they look great! Don't forget - all projects must have been queued before February 1, 2012.

There are lots of great prizes from  Sweatshop of LoveKnit Girl in Idaho and Piddleloop Sewing Team,  and Allyson Dykhuizen is offering listeners a 30% discount on her patterns with the code SKQAL30 up until April 30, which is the last day to submit things to the QAL FOs thread.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell (cover of The Weather Girls)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Episode 28: C'Mon, Vogue

On the Needles
Larch Cardigan - finally finished the 4 inches of stockinette!
Darjeeling Socks - my first toe ups. I read online through knitty how to do Judy's Magic Cast on, but this video helped me alot. The jury is still out on whether I am a complete toe-up convert.
Knitting Finds 
Nike uses knitting for running shoes. Once I get into the regular habit of running and wear out my current pair, I'd like to try these out!
For the knitting scientists - sheep breeding and genomes.
Someone finally got around to busting the myth of whether or not crochet eats up more yarn than knitting.
Knitting Travels
I was in South Carolina this week and that meant meeting up with Mary Beth again. This time we didn't go to Hobby Lobby but rather checked out The Needle Tree which is in Greenville, SC about an hour away from my in-laws. The owner was wearing a beautiful knit dress out of a tonal brown Madtosh Pashmina. I think its the Vali pattern from Rowan.
 In fact, I did go to a Hobby Lobby as one opened up less than 5 minutes away from my in-laws new house but I walked away EMPTYHANDED. Shocker. The one thing I purchased knit-wise were buttons.
After The Needle tree we walked around Greenville and had really good tacos and cheese quesadillas at Chicora Alley. We saw a sign for a place called Brew & Ewe - we thought it was a place that had yarn and beer, but turns out it was a coffee shop that had a small space dedicated to handknit crafts. There were no skeins of yarn to be had which was a bit of a disappointment.

Mel and I did spend a morning at Nintey Six Historical Site which was a colonial settlement and site of a siege during the American revolution.

Other than that its been a week of relaxing, knitting and reading.
 Review
Entangled Issue 4 came out this week. My photos of Franklin Habit's talk at Lion Brand Yarn Studio and Vogue Knitting live were featured in the "One Day In...Manhattan" article - so honored! It was alot of fun. That being said, this is one of their best issues yet - as I mentioned before, this is the one magazine I actually subscribe to. Great source of information. The founder, Genny Stevens was recently featured in her hometown newspaper.
Announcements
The Downton Abbey Swap sign-ups are closed! Someone at Vogue Knitting got wind of it and the response just exploded - which is something Sharon (stitchmistress) over at the TVKnitting Podcast and I just did not anticipate. We loved the response and the enthusiasm for the swap and we are definitely hoping that if this swap goes well, to do another round that is concurrent with season 3 of Downton Abbey.

Minimum Requirements for the Package
  • 1 Small Knitted Item (fingerless mitts, gloves, cowl, shawlette, hat) that is inspired by Edwardian/Victorian Design. Essentially it should answer one or both of the following questions: Would one of the characters wear it in the show? Or, would a modern-day version of the character wear it? Think lace, cloches, small shawls, picot. It does not have to be complex - if you have any questions or are stuck on trying to find a pattern, please contact one of the hosts!
  • 1 Skein of Yarn
  • Tea or the swappee’s drink of choice (tea preferably since that IS what the Downton ladies always drank but to be fair there are hot chocolate and/or coffee drinkers.)
  • Small sweet/food goodie to go with said beverage of choice for a proper tea.
Cost
 
Between $20 and $40 (various budgets hence the price range, but this excludes the cost of the yarn used to create the knitted item and excluding shipping).

If there are any questions or problems, please contact either me or stitchmistress ASAP.)

We are currently placing everyone up on a spreadsheet and pairing up people and hope to get that done by the end of the weekend or Monday at the latest.

In addition, Lisa and Amy of the amazing Roman Hills have generously offered a special discount to Downton Abbey Swappers and listeners of the Subway Knits podcast!

From now until April 23, 2012 (the mailing deadline for the Downton Abbey Swap), you can get 15% off yarn by using the coupon code SKDA15.
 
Special thank you to everyone who has contacted me about donating to the knitting club I am starting up at my middle school! 

Just discovered a new podcast: The Foodie Knitter. Her voice is great and its very engaging. It also involves food. Yum.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Vogue" by Madonna

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Get Yer Downton Abbey Yarn On!


Lisa and Amy of the amazing Roman Hills have generously offered a special discount to Downton Abbey Swappers and listeners of the Subway Knits podcast!

From now until April 23, 2012 (the mailing deadline for the Downton Abbey Swap), you can get 15% off yarn by using the coupon code SKDA15.

What better way than to spruce up your swap package by adding in a skein of Mary, The Dowager Countess or any other character? (As for me, I love Daisy, Lavinia, or Sybil!)

Tighten those Corsets and Get Your Oversized Hat: Downton Abbey Swap Signups are OPEN!

Hie thee over here and make sure you sign-up, as well as send in the questionnaire!
 Signups will run from February 22, 2012 till February 28, 2012 or until we get 50 participants (excluding venusfueri and stitchmistress, who are co-hosting the swap but are also participating) for a total of 52 participants.

The thread will remain locked until all the details are finalized and open when sign-ups are ready to go. After 51 people sign up (venusfueri’s post counts at sign-up #1), the thread will be locked again while people are paired up.

Once people are notified of their swappee’s the thread will open up for general chat, fun and hilarity.
Mailing Deadline (for both US and International): April 23, 2012.
 Minimum Requirements for the Package
  • 1 Small Knitted Item (fingerless mitts, gloves, cowl, shawlette, hat) that is inspired by Edwardian/Victorian Design. Essentially it should answer one or both of the following questions: Would one of the characters wear it in the show? Or, would a modern-day version of the character wear it? Think lace, cloches, small shawls, picot. It does not have to be complex - if you have any questions or are stuck on trying to find a pattern, please contact one of the hosts!
  • 1 Skein of Yarn
  • Tea or the swappee’s drink of choice (tea preferably since that IS what the Downton ladies always drank but to be fair there are hot chocolate and/or coffee drinkers.)
  • Small sweet/food goodie to go with said beverage of choice for a proper tea.
 Cost
Between $20 and $40 (various budgets hence the price range, but this excludes the cost of the yarn used to create the knitted item and excluding shipping).

If there are any questions or problems, please contact either venusfueri or stitchmistress ASAP.
 Questionnaire: (Please Email to Maria: subway.knits@gmail.com or Sharon: TVknittingpodcast@gmail.com)
Full Name & Address:
Email Address:
Are you willing to ship internationally?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have pets? If so, what kinds?
Do you knit, crochet, weave, spin, dye, sew or do any other crafts? If so, which ones?
Do you collect anything?
Are there any tools or supplies for crafting on your wishlist?
What are your favourite colours?
Are there any colours you hate?
What are your favourite movies/tv shows besides Downton Abbey?
What kind of Edwardian/Victorian inspired item would you like to receive as a knitted/crocheted/crafted item?
What is your favourite tea flavour and food to accompany your tea (or other type of drink if you do not like tea, or even coffee)?
Would you prefer to live upstairs with the lords and ladies, downstairs with the servants or would you be a self-made man or woman?
Which character appeals to you most? Why?
If you could have a chance to be given one clothing item from the costumes used on the show, which one would you pick? Why?
Anything else you think your partner should know?
Would you be willing to be an Angel if needed?
 
If any other questions that you would like to ask your swappee over the course of the swap, you may post them here to the general chat for everyone to answer, or pass along the question to either myself or stitchmistress to ask on your behalf via PM.

In addition, Lisa and Amy of the amazing Roman Hills have generously offered a special discount to Downton Abbey Swappers and listeners of the Subway Knits podcast!
 From now until April 23, 2012 (the mailing deadline for the Downton Abbey Swap), you can get 15% off yarn by using the coupon code SKDA15.

What better way than to spruce up your swap package by adding in a skein of Mary, The Dowager Countess or any other character? (As for me, I love Daisy, Lavinia, or Sybil!)


Have fun and happy swapping! 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Episode 26: What's Your (Knitting) Sign?

On the Needles
The Summer Flies shawl for my swappee is officially lost. I cast on for something in cashmere and its a bit tedious, so I am scrambling to finish it. I think I won't get the yarn again because it was hard to knit with due to the way it was plied and the yarn was coming off onto the needles and my hands as well.

I swatched for the Larch Cardigan and even when washing my swatch (done in Shelridge Yarns DK in Azure) I still got gauge. Now the question is: what size? 38 or 41? The sweater is done with minimal ease so I need to figure out which size is best for me.

Lastly, I cast on for Jo March Mittens in 100% handspun Wensleydale gifted to me generously by Rachel from On the Round. I might have to frog it and redo in a smaller needle size because the cuff part is too big, and I like my mitts snug.

Stitching the Past
This week, we jump across the pond back to the United States and to November 24, 1941 when Life magazine published an article on "How to Knit" and it was featured on the front cover. I came across this site from Washington State called HistoryLink.org which is a great source if you want to go into more detail about knitting in America during WWII.

Knitting Finds
Knit-strology: Over at the Canary Sancturary blog is Teresa, a designer on Ravelry who has been doing a blog series on your knit-strology, that is your knitting sign.

This pattern is adorable for a shelf in my knit nook: Red Roof Croft Cottage by Julia Marsh, who is based in Scotland. Done in the right colors, it will definitely give my knit nook that Japanese zakka-esque quality with an British country flair - I definitely want to weigh these down somehow so that I can make them as bookends! Or if not, at least enough so that it looks pretty on a shelf.

There are two new knitting collections out by  Finnish designers Mari Muinonen & Suvi Simola called Hold Your Needles.

They come in parts 1 and 2 which go for 15,90 euro each but By purchasing 2 books together, you will recieve a discount of 6,80 euros so the bundle will cost you only 25 euros (regular price 31,80). My favorite out of the two is Hold Your Needles 1:  love the Reha Sweater and Muikkuset hat and mittens set.

On a more serious note, the BBC recently published an article about a study from the journal Environmental Science and Technology which states how "microplastic" is a threat to coastlines. The microplastic - beleive it or not - actually came from clothing which has synthetic fibres. the article states, "which release up to 1,900 tiny fibres per garment every time they were washed" this gets into the water supply and into the ocean and animals tend to eat these synthetic fibres.

Finally, there is a really nifty link out to help you design your own custom lopayesa.

The SuperBowl is tomorrow, and people in Indianapolis are going crazy for handknit (and crocheted) Super Bowl scarves. 

Review
New Knitscene is out! And this one is all the more special because there is an article in there about the different types of handdyed yarn - and it is Lisa and Amy of Roman Hills who did the samples!

The Knitty Winter Surprise is also out and the two patterns are adorable: Freja Mittens and Majestic Moose Vest.

Announcements
A very belated congrats to Jasmin, Gigi and the rest of the Knitmore family - they welcome Geneveive Danger Knitmore earlier this month. They will be returning March 5, which is incidentally the day my practicum class starts, so you know I will be listening to that episode while heading to the Upper East Side for class.

Several podcasts have sadly come to an end: Stitch It and Knitajourney. These were some of hte first podcasts I listened to when I started to knit and were such an inspiration for me to pick up the mic - I wish Susan and Meghan all the best in the future and hope that they do return once in awhile to update us on their latest knitting and other fibre related adventures.


That being said, there are some new podcasts out on the horizon: Knitting Brooklyn, TVKnitting and With Pointed Sticks. They just started and have a few episodes out but do try and give them 3 bites as Gigi woul say - I remeber when I first started to podcast and still internally cringe when I think about my first episode and that 1.5 minutes of silence because I couldnt figure out GarageBand. Learning how to podcast definitely requires patience and has a learning curve so remember that it is a process and give the new podcasters a chance.

We have a lively Downton Abbey thread, complete with hilarity from the Downton Abbeyonce tumblr thanks to Lisa. I'm thinking of hosting a Downton Abbey swap. Anyone interested?What would you want in a DA-themed package? What kinds of questions would you want in the questionnaire?

Knit-Alongs
The reason why I swatched and have the mojo to knit the Larch Cardigan is because of the Amy Christoffers KAL over in the 2012: A Sweater Odyssey Group. There are prizes and there is alot of fun and chatter to be had.

The second round of the QAL has begun! The last day to enter patterns into the queue to qualify for the Spring edition was January 31, and it will run from February 1-April 30. Guidelines are in the Knit the Queue-Along thread and the following have been donated for prizes. Thank you so much to our sponsors! Please see this post for details.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Constellations" by Jack Johnson

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Obsessed. I Admit It.

When I get obsessed about something - and it is quite rare because the things I like are usually not what others like - I go all out.

With Pride and Prejudice, it was owning a thrift store copy and acquiring the fancy cloth cover Penguin editon, seeing both versions of the film adaptations (although to be honest, I really do prefer the Kiera Knightely one over Colin Firth - in my defense it was because Matthew MacFayden is an awesome Mr. Darcy), owning the published sequels/alternate versions (I own the Letters from Pemberley Series, the first books in the Mr. Darcy's Daughters and The Pemberley Chronicles Series and Mr. Darcy's Diary) and now I'm reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Seriously. I'm a sewing machine short of re-enacting the Regency. Oh, and let's not forget Jane Austen Knits.

My other obsession these days - which clearly is a demonstration of my increasing/resurging Britain-ophilia (Anglophilia doesn't quite cut it, what with my love for Shetland yarn and Fair Isle) - is Sherlock. I used a clip of an episode in my science class last week.

But we are not here to talk about Pride and Prejudice, or Sherlock (though it may come up especially when Series 2 of Sherlock is on PBS in May). Downton Abbey is what I am talking about.



There are times when I wish I can live in this world - but up to a point. The house is a perk. 

I resisted and resisted - and then over Christmas break I caved. It got me through the rest of my Castle Pullover and I just finished watching Series 1 for the second (or third? I forgot) time today with a friend of mine who is just as obsessed. In fact, she actually told me that when she started watching it, she thought of me because of my obsession love with Pride and Prejudice (I love period fiction).

We have a lively Downton Abbey thread over in the Subway Knits ravelry group - and yes, we can watch the episodes online! I love enabling others and it was really cute to see others realize that we can watch them online - not having cable myself (gasp, I know), and living without a tv for 18 months (in Japan) I got used to having my computer act as a television.

That being said, the obsession is starting to take itself to the next level. For one thing, I have been reading tons of Victorian/Edwardian fiction that is either cheap or free for the Kindle, and I saw The Forsyte Saga on Netflix (and have it for my Kindletoo - that is free). I am also watching The Grand
which is of the Upstairs, Downstairs variety (and I'm trying to watch that too).

And then Lisa and Amy decide to take my obsession even further with all of this:



Thomas & O'Brien (450yd SW75/25 BFL/Nylon)



Matthew (225yd SW Merino Worsted)



Carson (215yd 80/10/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon DK)



The Dowager Countess (420yd Merino/Silk/Nylon/Silver Sock)



Lavinia (850 yd Baby Alpaca Silk Lace)





Mary (425yd 50/50 Merino Silk Sock)


Sigh. I'll take one of each, but especially Lavinia. What is also fun is that  if you order at one of each colorway you essentially get a sampler of all the bases they have to offer as well. If I remember, I think Lisa and Amy are also busy cooking up the rest of the characters. Looking forward to that! 

PS. The idea of a Downton Abbey-themed swap is not getting out of my head. What say you? 
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