Showing posts with label sock monkey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sock monkey. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Episode 7: Escape to Splash Mountain

Hooray! Semester is OVER! Going to celebrate by hightailing it down to Florida where my yiayia ("Grandmother" in Greek), Aunt and Uncle live with trips to Harry Potter World and Disney.

Off the Needles:

The sock monkey is complete, delivered and named to boot - my coworker insisted on it having an "old fashioned" Greek name and my mind drew a blank. I called my sister who after chastising me for not being able to come up with a proper old-school Greek name suggested Zorba. So now we have Zorba the sock monkey.

On the Needles: 

Still cranking away on the Pickadilly; casted on Orchids and Fairy Lights in Creatively Dyed Woodbrook in Forest. Love. Cabling without a cable needle is really fast, and Grumperina has a really great tutorial on it. 

Stashers Anonymous:

My friend Sarah (of the Pickadilly Skype date) told me a story while we were watching USA Sevens Rugby with an interesting lesson: honestly, don't just buy yarn for the sake of it. There is a larger issue here which will probably be discussed in a future episode, but for now, the idea is something may come up which requires you to not used yarn funds - she had a family of baby squirrels in her dryer and paid a hefty amount to get rid of them humanely (because Austin is awesome like that). She told me that she was really glad that she didn't get any yarn in recent Loopy Ewe and Fresh from the Cauldron updates.

As for me I caved - but with good reason; I recently got into a competitive program for teaching in NYC schools and I deserved a reward for going through a difficult application and a 4 hour interview.

Jen from Fresh from the Cauldron opened up custom requests for her new Mythos series under the "Armful" option:  maximum 5 skeins in any combination of colors, which are on set bases. I shared 1 spot with a friend and placed an order for 2 skeins of Artemis, 1 of Poseidon and 1 of Athena. I also knew that this was coming and (somewhat) budgeted for it, lest something along the lines of the NYC version of squirrels in the dryer happen to me.

The Armful option is closed, but Jen will open it up in the future after the summer and there is also the Sampler option for the summer which is each skein in the series.

Knitting Travels:

TSA Website: you can bring knitting needles! I plan to print this out and carry it with me. Traveling into the US from overseas is usually the problem; here are some tips that helped me with the knitting needles issue when I traveled to Italy via Ireland last summer - Mel and I had a connecting flight in Dublin and we needed to go through security again and in the EU the rules are a little more strict.

1. I had a pair of socks with me on DPNs - before I went through security, I took the DPNs out, put them on scrap yarn and stuck point protectors on one end of the needle to make it look like a pencil with an eraser. 

2. I placed said DPNs in a pencil case that also carried my make-up brushes and a few pens for good measure.

3. A friend suggested I stick the pencilcase along the side of the bag, not just chucked in. 

This definitely worked - of course it does depend on the security agent at each of the checkpoints, but when I went through Italian and Irish security, I had no problem. 

I have also heard the opposite of what I did - having a project on the needles helps if there are any problems with security. Since I am going to bring a pair of socks and two hats with me, I am going to try both as I am only going to have carry-on luggage. 

Most important thing though - never use fancy interchangeables. And if anything, carry a self-addressed stamped envelope in case things get very messy. When I went to Italy, I had a spare set of DPNs in my suitcase. 

My sister and I going to be in Tampa and Orlando, which means being in a car. And for me that means motion sickness. I've heard alot about the Sea-Bands or BioBands
and was able to pick up the Sea Bands and Anti-Nausea Ginger gum from my local CVS - together with my new prescription sunglasses for distance, we shall see how knitting in the car goes.  

Speaking of getting knitting through security and knitting in cars, I will be bringing Orchids and Fairy Lights, Hermione's Everyday Socks (adjusted to child size for my godbrother) - perfect for knitting on lines at Disney and at Harry Potter World since it's auto-pilot, but not boring and Red Light Special for nights when I hang in my yiayia's tv room watching Greek soap operas.


There will be no show next week as I will be riding copius amounts of rollercoasters, drinking Butterbeer, and prevent my sister from jumping on Winnie the Pooh. (^_~).

Closing Song: "Island in the Sun" by Weezer from The Green Album

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Episode 2: So This is the New Year

Happy New Year!

Download and listen here.

New Years Goals - NOT Resolutions:
Among other things like finish the WIPs, on a worsted weight sweater kick - Tilted Duster, Alberta (times 2), Cascabel, Castle Pullover, Solstice Cardigan, Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest. Also want to knit the Umaro Blanket.

On the Needles:
Began the first of the 12 Socks in 2011 - Kyoto Cable Legwarmers in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Aslan.

Knitting Finds:
Quince & Co. - mom offered to buy the Lark yarn in Bark for the Cardi-Vest!
Creatively Dyed - Rav Group
Tiny Owl Knits - Rav and Facebook Groups; Interview
Wee Ones - Rav Group & Etsy Shop

Knitting Travels:
Sock Monkey gets worked on while on the N train; commented upon by a busker and two Portuguese tourists.
According to my dad, a "yarn swift" is "tsikriki" and a drop spindle is called "roka" in Greek.

Events & Knit-Alongs:
Vogue Knitting Live and TNNA - let me know what it was like!
New knitting group in NYC - No Sheep Till Brooklyn! Bi-monthly @ Word in Greenpoint, 126 Franklin Street, 7pm. Next meeting is January 16.

Have an event you want people to know about? Let me know and I'll mention it on the podcast!


Closing Song - "The New Year," by Death Cab for Cutie

Thanks for listening! As always, iTunes reviews are always appreciated. Come join the Rav group!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Episode 1: Welcome!

Download and Listen here.

Opening Song: "All Hands Against His Own" by The Black Keys

Introduction and About Me: 
How the Selbu Modern gave me carpel tunnel
Knitting Daily's Newsletter on Wrist Exercises

Off the Needles - The Holiday Edition:
Hemlock for my in-laws
Beaumont Beanie for my mum
Turn a Square for my dad
Woodland Shawl for my sister

On the Needles:
Sock Monkey by Patons
Two Super Seekrit Projects using Malabrigo Worsted in Moss and LB Lion Brand Collection Cashmere in Natural

Knitting Finds:
Fresh from the Cauldron - Etsy Shop and Ravelry Group
Knit Girl in Idaho - Etsy Shop

Books and Pattern Review:

Knitting Travels:
Japanese Stitch Dictionaries - ISBN 97845290207189784529022934, and 9784529015882

Spin Me Right Round:
Kundert Spindles
Bosworth Spindles

Events and Knit-Alongs:
Slogalong with Stash & Burn podcast
Stash Bust Army (#StashbustArmy on Twitter) with Yarngasm podcast
Starting up "Knit the Queue 2011" (#knitthequeue on Twitter) and my 2011 queue as a sample

Happy New Year!

Closing Song - "Stains of Saints" by The Weather Machines

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