Showing posts with label ravellenic games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ravellenic games. Show all posts

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Episode 38: I Finally Did It

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On the Needles 

Botanical Garden Shawl - did alot of knitting in the car and finished the body! I have not finished the body of a shawl in MONTHS. Wrist is doing better because of constant vigilance as per Mad Eye Moody - immobilizer at night and during the day when i am not knitting and when I do, back to the support brace.
Spin Right Round

I have ordered my Lendrum! It is coming from California because in the end I decided upon the Lendrum DT Original.

I am participating in Felicia Lo's Spinning Dyed Fibers blog tour, which is an online class on Craftsy. Check back on August 22, my stop on the tour for my post!

Knitting Finds
Source: NY Times, The Metropolitan Diary

Satsuma Stripes by Sharon Matarazzo

Amethiste by Robin Ulrich - check out the discount code.

Cookie A Volume 1: Shapes + Form

Knitting Travels

As per usual, every time I go to Florida, I go to Disney. This time, The Aussie was with me and even though I was in Epcot the same time as Shari/Stitchmistress of the TV Knitting podcast, my phone died so our paths didn't cross.
I need to give a big thanks to my dad who drove me to the Tampa yarn shops; my aunt lives pretty far so it was a bit of a trek. The first one I went to was Uncommon Threads in Palm Harbor, second was Knit n' Knibble in Tampa.

Greenville's Wool Over Your Eyes was the best - it wasn't there when I was in SC the last time (I went to The Needle Tree, which was outside downtown Greenville) and just as we were walking in, someone was delivering an antique spinning wheel for the shop and assembling it.

Lastly, I made a bit of a discovery - my grandmother has owned this sewing machine for over 25 years. Turns out, it is a Singer machine from 1947. It is in perfect condition.

Ravellenics - got off to a good start in first week but in the second week what with the trip down to flordia, lost a bit of the sweater mojo. I watched ALOT of the Olympics via the BBC and loved the opening ceremony, it had alot of heart and whimsy and showed that it didnt need to be flashy.

The winner of The Market Vegan cookbook giveaway is Sue! Please contact me via email or Ravelry.

Don't forget - we have two coupon codes going:
1. SuperKnits: 10% off with the code subway
2. Gynx Yarns: 10% off with the code subwayknits

Finally, go check out the Shinybees Podcast! It's new, but Jo is off to a great start.

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

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Episode 37: (Almost) Done!

Right now, I totally relate to how Lizzie Bennett feels at the beginning of this episode of her vlog:

 Done! Well, almost. I still have another year left of school, and then I will be truly done.

But now, I am in Florida and two of my friends in my knitting group on Ravelry just moved to NYC so there is even more to celebrate. Speaking of celebrating...

I am very pleased to announce the first sponsors for the Subway Knits Podcast!

Subway Knits is sponsored by Roman Hills: Pretty Nerdy, Pretty, Nerdy Yarn. Please show support by clicking on the link above.

Subway Knits is also sponsored by Gynx Yarns, home to beautiful colorways hand dyed on organic merino bases. Please show your support for by clicking on the link above. 

On the Needles
I have picked up the Pickadilly. In a way it was great that it did go into hibernation because while my bust measurement is 40" I know based on my experience wth cardigans that it will not close all the way or experience strain on the button placket. So I am knitting a 42" - bit more work but I know it will fit.

Knitting Trainwrecks 
Pickadilly got too big because I had miscounted and had to rip back. This sweater is going to be the death of me.

Knitting Finds
Cookie A posted a tutorial on her blog showing a way to repair socks without a darning egg. While I am in possession of a darning egg, I got it more for the form as opposed to the function.

On the question of how one stores their stash...Apartment Therapy has an article on the various ways to do it. How do you store your stash?

Laura Gesin of the Apocalyptic Diner published an e-cookbook called The Market Vegan.

Knitting Travels
My family and the bird made it to Florida in one go and in one piece. But the bird barely talked on the trip! I finally got some audio of him, and hopefully I'll get a full rendition of "La Cucaracha." On the way down, I worked on the Botanical Shawl.

I have picked up The Aussie's camera and read some tutorials about how to use a DSLR and now want to start a knitting and photography segment. Here's the thing: I need a segment title! Enter a proposed title in the comments below for a chance to win a copy of The Market Vegan.

Don't forget! Gynx Yarns is offering 10% off to Subway Knits listeners with the code subwayknits until September 5. 

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

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ravellenics Update: Daylight. It's What's for Good Photography

I get very good daylight in my bedroom from about 10am to 1pm, and totally took advantage of that today.

After a bit of fiddling, I found the sweet spot which  is with ISO 800, f6.0, 1/15, and the white balance set to daylight.  There is a bit of shadow, but that is due to the way the light was in my bedroom and the angle I took the photographs; the fire escape is right outside the window with the most light, so it gets a bit tricky.

Still, it is an improvement. My favorite photo is the fourth one.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ravellenics Update: Slow and Steady Wins the Race?

Yesterday afternoon, I finished all of my work so I took Adele to Athens Square Park and worked on my Pickadilly for a bit.

Later that evening, I finally got around to putting the stitches on scrap yarn for the sleeves - I had reached it earlier in the park, but forgot my darning needle so I had to go home.

I have been quite happily knitting away on the Pickadilly and stopped do to my stitch count. I had 434 stitches which is the amount you need for the 42" size.

I must have under or overcounted somewhere because I did not do my counting method of place a stitch marker every 50 stitches. The Pickadilly armholes ended up two times the size. The sleeves were about 6" larger than they should have been. It was very strange because I thought I counted everything right.

Froggage. Ollie expressed exactly how I was feeling at this point.

Another thing that I have been struggling with is photography; I tried to take some photos of the Pickadilly once I frogged it back and got it on the needles again, but the white balance was really off even though I was in the bathroom and had a white blanket on the floor as a background. 

I have a feeling that this sweater will be the death of me. But I will press on because I really want to finish it.

On a happier note, some of the best knitting has been happening with the help of a little fluffy one, once she has finished her hourly "zoom, zoom" run around the apartment:
She makes me happy.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bring It On

 I am very excited about this year's Ravellenics. Maybe its because there is a teeny part of me that really wants to stick it to the USOC over the whole Ravelympics debacle, and by accomplishing my goals during the next 3 weeks, I will one-up them.

I even bought my 2012 Bobicus pin (the proceeds go to support the Special Olympics). The design is awesome this year.

I think it's also because I really, truly want to finish my WIPs. I want my needles to fly.

Every 15 minutes with a 20 minute break, of course.

What are your goals for this year's Ravellenics?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Episode 36: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

On the Needles
Yay! Working on something OTHER than the Larch Cardigan and working on my wips! Working on the Darjeeling Socks and Summer Flies. The swap I received the Dream In Color Smooshy in Blue Lagoon was the Knitter's Treasure Swap.
Knitting Trainwrecks
On Tuesday, I came home from class ready to knit on the Summer Flies, but discovered that since I left out my knitting, Adele chewed on my KA Switch Interchangeables. The horror!

Just as I was about to sic my Signatures on The Aussie because he told Adele "Good girl," I found an eBay seller called Pinkfeather Knitting that had replacements and extra cords and sizes to boot. She also has a website.

Spin Right Round
FINISHED! Woo!!! I ended up with 80yds, 3ply, about a DK weight yarn from Into the Whirl's Romney fiber in Ritual (page 5, sixth photo). Definitely doing a 2 ply next time since I will get more yardage. 

Knitting Finds
How It's Made Season 7 Episode 10: Weaving Looms
Blue Room Pottery: beautiful yarn bowls! This one is my favorite:
Image Copyright Blue Room Pottery
Swan's Island is a company based in Maine that makes 100% organic merino and alpaca blend yarn dyed with natural dyes. Beautifully made.
Image Copyright Swan's Island
The Shetland Trader has a 20% sale going on. 

Knitting Travels
The Aussie, Adele and I went out to Central Park on Saturday because after four horrible heatwaves and a chilly and rainy Friday, it was perfect summer weather. The great thing about Central Park is that you can go there so many times and still find something new and not really go over the same thing twice. I knitted on my Darjeeling socks for a bit, and later, we went to Knitty City where I picked up Jamieson and Smith Spindthrift in Sandalwood, Peacock and Willow.
In spite of the unseasonably cold weather, The Aussie and I still went to the Brooklyn Fiber Arts Guild's annual Stitch and Pitch.

Ravellenics/Rave-what'sits - you get the drift. Team Sasquatch. Cast-on/dig out those beleaguered WIPs July 27. Check your local TV station for broadcast times, but, one can always cast on during GMT and in essence gain MORE time since London is technically 5 hours in the future from NYC. 

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

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Episode 35: The Do-Over

On the Needles:
Mel and I headed back to Turks and Caicos this past week, for a much needed re-do of our vacation from last summer (in which we got hit by Hurricane Irene). I worked on the Rock Island on the beach, using metal Hiya Hiya needles which were much better for knitting on a hot day since my hands didn't stick.

Not so much knitting since there was a lot of reading: I finished  The Emperor of All Maladies, The Paris Wife, The Winter Palace and currently working on The Knife of Never Letting Go which is for the A Playful Day Read-Along.

Spin Right Round:
Working on my Into the Whirled Ritual, which is a Romney braid. Getting better at drafting and no wrist pain! Taking breaks, stretches, Icy Hot is helping a lot as is figuring out how to position my drafting hand (my left hand) such that I don't have a claw hand and that my fingers don't tense.

Knitting Finds:
Leftie by Martina Behm (of Hitchhiker fame)
Maxwell Cardigan by Amy Christoffers - edgy and classic
Classic Wooly Toppers by Wooly Wormhead 
Baah Yarn - currently based in Southern California and slowly expanding. Credit given to Lisa, who informed me about this yarn, love the color.

Knitting Travels:
Great eats: Mango Reef (best Conch Fritters), da Conch Shack, Coco Bistro, Somewhere Cafe, Hemingway's
Earrings by Sheila Ludington (based at Paradise Arts owned by Brenda Ludington). Also check out Anna's Art Gallery.
Toured the reef and Iguana Cay with Island Vibes Tours.

Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema via Noise Trade

PS. Photos of our trip to come soon!
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