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A Podcast about mostly knitting, with a theatrical flair.

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A Podcast about mostly knitting, with a theatrical flair.

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Smart ladies!

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Just love listening to your podcast. I learn something every time- very time worthy !!

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Wonderful content and fun to listen to. Michelle has a beautiful speaking voice.

iTunes Ratings

157 Ratings
Average Ratings
150
2
3
1
1

Smart ladies!

By Pyperjean - Mar 03 2019
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Just love listening to your podcast. I learn something every time- very time worthy !!

Very enjoyable

By Laraf12 - Sep 01 2017
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Wonderful content and fun to listen to. Michelle has a beautiful speaking voice.
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Actually Knitting

Latest release on Sep 01, 2018

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A Podcast about mostly knitting, with a theatrical flair.

Rank #1: No More "Selfish" Knitting

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Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

Virgie Clay by Sarah Stevens

Los Monos Locos by Jennifer O'Sullivan

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Vanilla Socks for Josh

 

Auditioning Knits

Ready to cast on a pair of vanilla socks with some White Birch Fiber Arts and a pair of patterned socks with my first ever skein of Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I'm thinking of casting on some Hermione's Everyday Socks or some Zigagular Socks.

Also ready to swatch and cast on for my Worsted Boxy sweater that I've had in my queue for a long time! 

Will probably cast on the Bryum shawl this week as well. 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

News

I started watching a New to Me video podcast called The Grocery Girls Knit. These ladies are sisters from Canada and they are quite charming.

Notes

My mother came for a visit and I taught her how to knit and she loves it! I'm so happy!

Events

I drew a winner for the Fern Fiber contest that started February 15th. Listen up to see if you are the lucky winner!

I'll be attending the following events:

Carolina Fiber Frolic March 18-20

Carolina Fiber Fest (tentatively) March 26th (tentatively)

The Broadway KAL is up and running!  I hope you are playing along because there are some great prizes up for grabs.

Cast on: February 15, 2016

Bind off: April 15, 2016

Wips Count!

The theme is Broadway, and you can interpret this theme as strictly or as loosely as you’d like. Basically, your project should tie in with a play or musical (on Broadway, or a little further from the Great White Way, the decision is yours).

How you tie in your project with the theme is up to you, make it work! Have fun! Is the yarn or pattern actually named after a Broadway show or character or even a song from a show? Does the project remind you of a costume from a show? Is the yarn bright green, so it reminds you of Elphaba’s skin in Wicked? You get the point! Here is a great website where you can see Broadway shows listed by the year that they opened. You never know what might inspire you!

There is a featured bundle in this group where any group member is free to add patterns you find that might work.

This thread is for discussion and planning. Feel free to chat, encourage, make suggestions, etc. Closer to the cast-on date, a thread will be opened for finished objects. We will keep this KAL to one post per person in the FO thread, that way everyone is kind of on even ground. You may complete as many projects as you like, but you will put all of your FOs in one post in that thread.

Prizes!

1 pattern from Jennifer Lassonde

1 Skein of yarn from The Happy Buffalo Boutique

2 Skeins of yarn from Ancient Threads Farm

Be sure to check out Ancient Threads Farm! Lynda has generously offered a coupon code, Actually20, that is good through April 15th, for 20% off of anything in her Etsy Shop.

2 patterns from Estella Haines' Ravelry Shop. 

There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, as well as a Finished Objects thread. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry.

 

Knitting Talk Back 

In the third part of the Carolina in my Mind series, I have an interview with Laurie Gonyea of the Feel Good Yarn Company/Silver Spun Yarn. This is an exciting product and I hope you enjoy hearing all about it!

There is a contest thread up in the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, check it out and enter to win. This contest will run from March 15th to April 10th, 2016.

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

One Pot Wonders

One Pan Mexican Quinoa Wraps

 

Love it or Leave it

I only have one thing that works for both Love it and Leave it this episode, the Downton Abbey Series Finale. 

 

Other News and Notes

No running news, I'm on the injured list. 

Books

I started listening to Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. It's listed as a psychological thriller, but I haven't had a chance to get really into it yet.

I started reading the Maisie Dobbs Series and I also haven't really gotten into that. Thanks for all of the suggestions on the book thread on Ravelry.

Mar 16 2016

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Rank #2: Actually Knitting Episode 85: Mad About Minis

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Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Van Neikerk

In Dragonfly Fibers Damsel in the Starry Night color way

Practice Baby Blanket 

Chevron Baby Blanket by Rachel C. Creations

The yarn was from stash

Knits in Rehearsal

“Real” Baby Blanket is also the Chevron Baby Blanket by Rachel C. Creations

Yarn is Knit Picks Shine Worsted in 3 awesome colors: Robot, Dandelion and Reef

Blog where I found lots of fun color combos. 

Swatched for the Rainbow Party Cardi by Stephanie Lotven/Tellybean Knits

The yarn for the body is Deep Dyed Yarns in the Lost Girl Speckle Colorway

The accent yarns will be Miss Babs Yummy Two-Ply Toes. Check out my project page for all of the colorways. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

I’ll be taking a class with Andrea Mowry at Black Mountain Yarn Shop in May. 

I’ll be attending Zombie Knitpocalypse in June of 2018

New Knit-a-Long: Mad about Minis

I was inspired by both the Rainbow Party Cardi pattern and the book Mini-Skein Knits (catch my review later in the episode). 

Official start date is March 15, but Wips are welcome

Official end date is May 15, 2018

The project must contain at least 1 mini-skein or leftover yarn (200 yards or less). Generally speaking, Mini-Skeins are around 100 yards. 

Possible Projects 

Here is the bundle where you can find all of the patterns mentioned below. 

Sweaters/Garments 

Rainbow Party Cardi    Stephanie Lotven

Santa Clara    Mary Catherine Bryner

Mini-Marvel Swing Vest   Rachel Henry

Camaro  Tanis Lavallee

Accessories 

Sock Stashbuster Slouchy Hat    Amanda Schwabe

Ripken by Melanie Berg

Lydia Evening Bag by Barb Brown

Knitting at the Library Cowl  Cori Eichelberger 

Plus 1 Pop Collection Sarah Schira

Other Patterns

Waffle Coasters by Claire Cromwell

Welcome Spring Oven Towel by Claire Cromwell

Chevron Coffee Cozy by Claire Cromwell

There is a bundle in the Ravelry group, as well as a chatter thread. Feel free to post about a pattern that works for this KAL and, don’t forget to add to the bundle. 

Heads Up: The PalKal will start in June! 

The Reviews are In 

I hope you enjoy my review of a book I picked up called Mini-Skein Knits, 25 Knitting Patterns Using Small Skeins and Leftovers

My Favorite Patterns from the book can all be found here

Head in the Clouds Hat Jess Kallberg

Infinite Rainbow Cowl by Carrie Santisteban

Matrix Mitts by Jess Kallberg

Chevron Boot Toppers by Yelena M. Dasher

French Ticking Fingerless Mitts by Meg Rake 

Rainbow Cardi by Yelena M. Dasher

Mermaid Darkly by Yelena M. Dasher

Welcome Spring Oven Towel by Claire Cromwell 

Waffle Coasters by Claire Cromwell

Lydia Evening Bag by Barbara J. Brown

Non-Knitting Segments 

One Pot Wonder 

Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup from myrecipes.com

Love it or Leave it 

Love: Perfectly Posh

Leave: Stomach Virus last week

Other News and Notes

Books: 

I finished The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain 

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Running: 

Felt really good about my last race which was the Charlotte 10 Miler on February 17th. 

Next race: BB&T Corporate Cup on March 10, 2018

Mar 12 2018

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Rank #3: Episode 3: I got a New Face!

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This weeks knitting segments include: 

Show-Ready Knits

In rehearsals

Auditioning This Week

In the Wings (New segment about stash)

My Favorite Knitting Things

Non-Knitting Segments include: 

What  a Crock

Love it or Leave it

Other news and updates

Show Ready Knits: 

Basic Ribbed Socks

I'm a sock knitter now! Please go to the Actually Knitting Podcast group and share your favorite sock patterns, methods, etc, with me so I can get on board! 

Dee's No Twist Cast-On

In Rehearsals: 

Boxy by Joji Locatelli   I have about 11 of the 16 inches of stockinette finished so far. It's getting too big to carry around! 

A Noble Cowl by Emily Kausalik, made from stash yarn Juniper Moon Farms Herriot

The Dude by Andrea Rangel made in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in 3 colorways: Almond, Chestnut and Bittersweet Heather (just have tried swatching this one, so I guess it's in Pre-rehearsal)

Auditioning this Week:

Sunny Side [Up] 

Foolproof

In the Wings: Items waiting just offstage in the stash!

Malabrigo Worsted Col China

Happy Fuzzy Yarn Fingering in Ginger

Royal Ball Winder

My Favorite Knitting Things: 

Knit Cubby and More on Etsy

Persuasion Stitch Markers

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock!

This week's crockpot recipe is for the vegetarians or, those like me who don't mind a good vegetarian meal!

Slow Cooker Veggie Pot Pie Soup

Love it or Leave it: 

Coconut Oil. Take a peak at some of the uses of this magic stuff!

In other news: 

I finished reading Orphan Train

I got a new face! Or, as you might like to say, new glasses!

Feb 26 2014

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Rank #4: Actually Knitting Episode 4: People Who Hold Yarn Up To Their Faces

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Mar 12 2014

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Rank #5: Actually Knitting Episode 58: Litting with Kninen

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Knitting Segments

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Astonish Top by Katy Banks. 

Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White

Quadruple Threat PalKal Project here with 4 podcasts represented:

Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast 

Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast

The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Megan Williams of the Stockinette Zombies

Here's the Ysolda Tutorial on cabling without a cable needle.

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by Ancient Arts Yarn. 

At Ancient Arts Yarn, we use only the best quality custom spun yarn bases for our hand dyeing work. We draw our colour inspiration from nature, art, and stories of everyday life. In addition to our current colour palette, we are also home to the Meow and Woof collections, benefitting animal rescue. New this season is the Denim Collection which includes 3 tone-on-tone gradient sets commemorating the indigo shades we see in our beloved jeans, and six variegated denim inspired colourways so you can have some fun with them. Visit ancientartsfibre.com to learn more!

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events Palkal 2016

Rules: 

The basic idea is to support a podcaster you listen to or watch by knitting one of their patterns and/or using their yarns for your project. You can also use a project bag or stitch marker by a podcaster!

  1. The design, yarn/fiber and/or project bag must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify). Spinning also counts, just make sure it’s a finished product.

  2. Use the chatter thread for discussion. Make suggestions. There are TONS of podcasts out there and almost no one knows about all of them, so if you know of a podcaster designer/yarnie/bag maker, feel free to share with us!

  3. You are encouraged to take advantage of the coupon codes offered by our sponsors, but you are not limited to those podcasters for the KAL. Sponsors and coupon codes are listed in the appropriate threads and will be listed on the podcast as well.

  4. Please post finished objects in the non-chatter thread and include a link to the podcaster you are supporting.

  5. Enter as many projects as you like! There is no minimum yardage requirement or limit to the projects you can enter.

  6. If you use more than one podcaster product/design/bag/etc on one project, you may create multiple entries for that project. For example: Knit the Zigzagular Socks by prairiegirlsusie using yarn by Oh! Loops and use a project bag by thefatsquirrel, you can enter that project into the FO thread 3 separate times, just link to each podcaster seperately in each post.

  7. A note about project bags: a project bag may only be entered into the contest one time for an entry. (You can’t just keep using a podcaster project bag over and over and entering the contest that way). The same applies for stitch markers.

  8. Wips count! Just finish them between June 15 and September 15, 2016.

  9. You must be a member of the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to win.

  10. Have fun supporting a podcaster designer or yarnie! Please support as many different podcasts as you can!

  11. Please do not chatter in the non-chatter thread. It makes it more difficult to draw a winner!

  12. Use the tag PALKAL2016 here on Ravelry and #palkal2016 on Instagram.

  13. Feel free to double, triple, quadruple dip!

This week I have highlighted our Featured Performers and Top Billing Sponsors. These are the folks who have offered coupon/discount codes for the PalKal 2016!

Please check out the threads in the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry for more information!

Ashley of Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast

          15% off in Etsy Shop

Brenda Castiel Designs

        20% off in her Ravelry Shop 

        $5.00 off in her Etsy Shop 

Daniela Richardson from the Coffee Fueled Life Podcast

       50% off in Ravelry Store.

Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast

        1$ off Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat

Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

        40% off of 2 or more patterns in Ravelry Store

Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast

        20% off in her Ravelry Shop 

Lynda from Ancient Threads Farm and Podcast

         20% off in her Etsy Shop

Sarah Shoo of Cultivate and Create Podcast

         $1.50 off in Ravelry Shop

Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast

        25% off in her Ravelry Shop

Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast

         20% off of self-published patterns in her Ravelry store 

Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls

         50% off her Fletcher's Falling Leaves Sock Pattern

Lisa of Zombody Knits 

         $1.00 off in Etsy Shop

Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast

          30% off in her Ravelry Store

C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast

           15% off in her Ravelry Store

Kristi from the In a Sknit Video Podcast

        25% off of her In Transit Cap and Cowl pattern 

Janis Ficker/ of the Carolina Fiber Girls

         50% off of her 10 Day Sweater Pattern

Twinset Jan from the Twinset Designs Podcast

         $2.00 off in her Ravelry Store

Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast

          15% off in her Ravelry Store

Angela from Revelations of a Dellusional Knitter Podcast

          50% off in her Ravelry Store

Stephanie from Happy Buffalo Boutique

          Free Shipping in her Etsy Shop

Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber and podcast 

           15% off of all orders, both in stock and custom dyed

Twinset Ellen from the Twinset Designs Podcast

           50% off of one pattern in her Ravelry Shop

Claire of New Hampshire Knits

            15% off in her Etsy Shop, The Wooly Thistle 

 

Producing Sponsors offering Discounts: 

Sock Ruler

            25% off 1 regular sock ruler

Fiber to Fabric Magic

             Buy 4 get one free Needle Keepers

Bijou Basin Ranch

             15% discount on yarn, excluding Qiviut and Paco-Vicuna

Media Peruana Designs

             25% off a pattern in her Ravelry Shop

Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting 

             50% off a PDF pattern of your choice in her Ravery Shop

Infinite Twist

             Free 50 gram mini skein with purchase

In addition to those mentioned above, the following are also producing sponsors of the PalKal 2016:

Knitter's Pride

Fix a Stitch

Eucalan

Della Q

Ancient Arts Fibre

Virtual Knit Night? I have scheduled one for August 16th at 7pm Eastern time. If you are interested, here is the link to my Google Profile. Add me to your circle and then send me an email or private message telling me your email address and name so I can add you to the hangout.

Rhinebeck is October 15th and 16th, 2016. Let me know if you plan on attending!

New Knit-a-Long coming up starting October 1, 2016

The Big, Bad, Berg-a-long

We will start on October 1st and go through November 1, 2016. There will be 6 podcasts participating. Any Melanie Berg patterns will be eligible for participation. More details coming up, but there are 3 Indie Dyers making kits just for the KAL.

 

Podcast Premiere

This week I watched two new to me podcasts on YouTube. 

Check out Inside Number 23 and The Knitting Type!

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by Della Q. 

Della Q designs and creates project bags, totes and needle cases to keep knitters & crocheters stylishly organized. Over the past 10 years, Della has developed her product line based on feedback from both customers and retailers. Each bag is carefully hand stitched to last and comes in a variety of eye-catching colors and prints. Needle cases also include labels for each needle size! Visit your local yarn store or dellaq.com to shop online and enjoy free shipping on your order of $65 or more.

 

Non-Knitting Segments Under Pressure

Pressure Cooker Stewed Chicken with Corn

Delicious and healthy too! 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love:

The Olympics! How can you not love?

Leave:

Back to school this week!

 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates: 

No news is good news. I had a bad run this past weekend but I am trying to stay positive and remember that it's very hot and humid outside. 

Reading Updates: 

Finished Reading: 

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Currently Reading: 

Night Film by Marissa Pessl

Currently Listening to: 

Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Vacation Updates

Josh and I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and we had an amazing time! 

Aug 16 2016

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Rank #6: Actually Knitting Episode 79: Are We Just Lazy Knitters?

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Thanks to Brenda Castiel for sending me a copy of her new pattern, The Plum Sorbet Shawl.  Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits

Country Garden Top

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Panther's Socks

Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer

Check out this Craftsy Class if you want to learn Brioche.

Loving the Yarn for this project:

Yarn Geek Fibers Rocketeer in Grace Hopper Computer Scientist

Stitch Markers from Such Gwenderful Stuff

Leading Men Fiber Arts Diva in Dirty Truce

Auditioning Knits

I started out being inspired at my favorite LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop. 

The main color inspiration was from Woolen Boon in the Greenleaf Hut color way.

I picked out some Madeline Tosh to compliment that skein. Tosh Merino Light in Grasshopper and Turquoise color ways.

Looking for a 3 color shawl and I'm considering: 

Versus by Hillary Smith Callis

Stay Soft Shawl by Veera Valimaki 

I'm currently obsessed with looking through my stash for yarn for: 

What the Fade?! Mystery KAL by Andrea Mowry 

Here is what I am considering for my What the Fade?!

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about the Fruity Knitting Podcast on Youtube. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Special thanks to the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits. Listen up to see if you were the lucky listener! 

For the last month of the PalKal the Intermission Prize Sponsor is The Worsted Purl. Thanks to Tricia for sponsoring. Check out these adorable stitch marker prizes. 

Get your Finished Objects posted by September 1st (or as long as the thread is open). Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

I am excited that I have finalized my plans for SAFF , the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Flectcher, NC. It is happening October 27-29, 2017 and I'll be there on Saturday and Sunday. I'll be staying in Black Mountain, NC and visiting my favorite LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop, where there will be a Magpie Fibers pop-up shop and a Signature Needles trunk show. 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

One-Pot Wonders

Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas from Skinny Taste. 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: I forgot to mention that I got my iPad back after losing it on a flight! 

Leave: I have to go back to work tomorrow! 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates

I had a rough run on Saturday and injured my hip a little bit, hoping that it will right itself after some days off, rest and ice. 

Next race is the Greek Festival 5k on August 26. Unfortunately, I have to do 22 miles that day. 

Reading Updates

I finished reading: 

I finished listening to:

For you, the listeners of Actually Knitting, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.You can try the book I linked above or any audiobook of your choice for free! 

To download your free audiobook today go to audibletrial.com/actuallyknitting

Lately I've been listening to:

Aug 17 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #7: Actually Knitting Episode 77: Magical Sweater Math

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Knitting Segments Knits in Rehearsal 

Vasa by Dianna Walla

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

The Pal Kal is entering the second month. Listen to see if you are the lucky winner of the Intermission/Chatter prize for June. I also announce the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits.

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

Check out the episode for more information about this episode's producing sponsor, Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting. 

Other Events

I hope you'll indulge me in a brief recap of my time at ZK 2017.

My favorite vendors were Yarn Geek FibersLeading Men Fiber Arts and The Yarn Truck/Knit Buffalo. 

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about Dairyland Knits.

 

Non-Knitting Segments Meatless Monday

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quesadillas from the Live-in Kitchen. 

Love it or Leave it

Love: I have been doing a Bootcamp workout at Camp Gladiator and really enjoying it.

Leave: I did something really stupid. Listen up for details....

 

Other News and Notes

Theatrical Updates

I saw the tour of Fun Home and it was amazing!

Running

No real news on this front. I did run my longest solo distance of 10 miles, which felt really good.

Reading

I finished reading 2 books, both of which I really enjoyed.

This episode is brought to you by Audible. Enjoy a free 30 day trial and free audiobook by clicking here! I am currently enjoying

Jul 02 2017

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Rank #8: Actually Knitting Episode 80: Alas...

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Knitting Segments Knits in Rehearsal

Panther's Socks

I'm using the Hermione's Everyday Sock pattern, but doing it toe up. 

Shusui Shrug by Suzanne Somers

What the Fade!! Mystery Fade-a-long (this link has photos/spoilers) 

by Andrea Mowry 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

PalKal 2017 officially wrapped up on September 1, 2017

We had over 400 entries this year and lots of podcasts were represented. Thanks so much for participating. Take a listen to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

Thanks so much to all of the sponsors!

I also announced the winner of the Intermission Prize for August. Please email me at actuallyknitting@gmail.com if you are one of the winners!

The Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is coming up September 22-30, 2017. Not sure if I'll be crawling, but if you do, let me know!

I will be attending SAFF October 27-29, 2017. I will definitely be there on the Saturday and possibly on Friday and Sunday as well. Let me know if you would like to meet up!

Non-Knitting Segments One Pot Wonders

7 Ingredient Skinny Egg Roll Bowl

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Rocketbook Everlast Notebook 

 Leave: I have teacher voice!

 

Other News and Notes

Running: I continue to be plagued by my hip injury. Less than one month to my marathon and a break! 

Books: 

I finished reading two books in a series that I am really enjoying! 

I finished listening to:

 and I started watching the series on Hulu.

Want to try a free audiobook and a free 1 month trial membership on Audible? Check out this link

Thanks for listening! 

Sep 17 2017

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Rank #9: Episode 21: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

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Program Mentions: Thanks so much for the iTunes reviews!
 
Knitting Segments
Show-Ready Knits

Barley by Tin Can Knits 

Speedy Cable Beret 2 by Paulina Chin

 

Knits in Rehearsal
 
The Good: 

Neon Beast by Veera Valimaki

Tosh Merino Light By Madeline Tosh 

 

The Bad: 

#NaKnitSweMo Sweater: Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Yowza What a Skein by Miss Babs in Coffee Break 

 

The Ugly: 

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks
 
Auditioning Knits

Rikke Hat by Sarah Young 

Mrs. Jeckyl and Little Hyde by La Maison Rililie

Bulb by Veera Valimaki

Check out her entire Knit You Advent Calendar! Surprises everyday! 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events
I hope you enjoy a #BecauseofKnitting story sent to me by a listener. Keep 'em coming! 
 
Technology Talk Back

Stash2Go

 

Non-Knitting
What a Crock

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Chili  

 

Love it or Leave it

 

Love it: 

Serial Podcast

Bombgirls

Jamberry Nails 

 

Leave it: 

My little companion Jackson is showing his age. 

 

She's Crafty
Yarny Christmas Wreath Project

 

Other News and Notes
Participating in a Holiday Caberet Night. No details yet! 
 
30 in 30 Challenge: I've pledged to myself to be active at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days in a row. Join along! 
 
I've also registered for a 10k to benefit brain tumor research. It takes place in March and you can donate if you are interested! See the Team Derren page for more information and click on my name if you'd like to donate!

Dec 04 2014

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Rank #10: Episode 57: Humble Brag

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Knitting Segments   This episode is brought to you by The Sock Ruler and Eucalan.  Show Ready Knits

Solaris by Melanie Berg with my Pal Kal Mini Kit from One Twisted Tree. 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White

Triple Threat PalKal Project here with 3 podcasts represented:

Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast 

Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast

The Fat Squirrel Speaks

The Bag was a gift from Sarah Shoo of the Cultivate and Create podcast.

Vanilla Socks with Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Yarn.

Not-so-baby Blanket in progress. It's a labor of love!

Ice Shanty by Amy Miller 

Astonish Top by Katy Banks. 

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by The Sock Ruler. 

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Visit our website, www.sockruler.com, for more information and don’t forget to use coupon code “palkal2016” for 25% off of a regular sock ruler from now until September 15th.

Knitting News, Notes and Events PalKal2016 is Underway! 

Rules: 

The basic idea is to support a podcaster you listen to or watch by knitting one of their patterns and/or using their yarns for your project. You can also use a project bag or stitch marker by a podcaster!

  1. The design, yarn/fiber and/or project bag must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify). Spinning also counts, just make sure it’s a finished product.

  2. Use the chatter thread for discussion. Make suggestions. There are TONS of podcasts out there and almost no one knows about all of them, so if you know of a podcaster designer/yarnie/bag maker, feel free to share with us!

  3. You are encouraged to take advantage of the coupon codes offered by our sponsors, but you are not limited to those podcasters for the KAL. Sponsors and coupon codes are listed in the appropriate threads and will be listed on the podcast as well.

  4. Please post finished objects in the non-chatter thread and include a link to the podcaster you are supporting.

  5. Enter as many projects as you like! There is no minimum yardage requirement or limit to the projects you can enter.

  6. If you use more than one podcaster product/design/bag/etc on one project, you may create multiple entries for that project. For example: Knit the Zigzagular Socks by prairiegirlsusie using yarn by Oh! Loops and use a project bag by thefatsquirrel, you can enter that project into the FO thread 3 separate times, just link to each podcaster seperately in each post.

  7. A note about project bags: a project bag may only be entered into the contest one time for an entry. (You can’t just keep using a podcaster project bag over and over and entering the contest that way). The same applies for stitch markers.

  8. Wips count! Just finish them between June 15 and September 15, 2016.

  9. You must be a member of the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to win.

  10. Have fun supporting a podcaster designer or yarnie! Please support as many different podcasts as you can!

  11. Please do not chatter in the non-chatter thread. It makes it more difficult to draw a winner!

  12. Use the tag PALKAL2016 here on Ravelry and #palkal2016 on Instagram.

  13. Feel free to double, triple, quadruple dip!

Today I will highlight our Cameo Sponsors who are donating prizes for the KAL. For more information, check out the threads on Ravelry in the Actually Knitting Podcast Group. 

Jenn Sheelan Designs and Podcast

Lilliput Yarn

One Twisted Tree/Prairie Girl Danie of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast 

The Relentless Knitting Podcast

The Twisted Stitches Podcast

Unwind Yarn Company/Dana from the Just One More Row Podcast

I am also highlighting the prizes being offered by these Top Billing Sponsors. These sponsors have donated prizes as well as coupon codes. More information about all of this can be found in the threads on the Ravelry group, but today we will focus on the prizes. 

Ancient Threads Farm Etsy Shop and Website/Podcast

      A skein of yarn, winner's choice. 

Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls

       Copy of the Fletcher's Falling Leaves Sock Pattern

Brenda Castiel Designs

3 Patterns of winners' choice

Daniela Richardson from A Coffee Fueled Life 

       5 Patterns from her Ravelry Store.

Janis Ficker of the Carolina Fiber Girls

        Copy of her 10 Day Sweater Pattern

C.C. Almon from the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast

        Copy of her ebook, Coffee with C.C. 

Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

        Copy of one of her patterns from her Ravelry Store

Knitting Daddy Greg of the Unraveling Podcast

         2 copies of his Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat

Mary of the Kino Knits Podcast

         Copy of her Adrenaline Junkie Sock Pattern

Kristine Beeson of the Yarnings Podcast

         Winner's Choice of pattern from her Ravelry Store

Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast

         5 patterns from her Ravelry store and one winner will receive a shawl quantity of yarn from Quince 

         and Co. 

Sarah Shoo of Cultivate and Create Podcast

         3 patterns from her Ravelry Shop

Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast

         Copy of one of her patterns from her Ravelry Shop

Ashley of Twist Fiber Studio and the Twisted Stitcher Podcast

          Project bag of winner's choice from her Etsy Shop

Zombody Knits 

           A project bag from her Etsy Shop

Julia from the Whole Lotta Craft Podcast

           Pattern from her Ravelry Shop for one lucky winner!

Angela from the Revelations of a Delusional Knitter Podcast

            Winner's choice of a pattern from her Ravelry Store!

Steph from the Happy Buffalo Boutique

          A skein of yarn, winner’s choice

Amy from the Stockinette Zombies Podcast

          Winner’s choice of pattern from her Ravelry Store, some yarn from her own stash and a project bag     from the SilverShedUSA!

Anne from Wooly Wonka Fiber

          As a prize, Anne is offering one lucky listener $30.00 in patterns from her Designer Store on    Ravelry. The winner will be able to pick any combination of individual patterns that suits!

Claire from New Hampshire Knits

2 balls of West Yorkshire Spinners yarn from their Country Bird collection in the Bullfinch and             

               Cayenne Pepper color ways (so a patterned ball with a contrasting solid for heels etc). 

Jan Hamby of the Twinset Designs Podcast

          A Noste-Demi and Noste-Mini 

Please check out the threads on Ravelry for photos and more information and remember that all of the Top Billing Sponsors have provided coupon codes as well, which you can also find in the Ravelry group.

Rhinebeck is October 15th and 16th, 2016. Let me know if you plan on attending!

Virtual Knit Night? 

If you would like to do a virtual knit night via Google Hangouts? 

 

This Episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by Eucalan.

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Non-Knitting Segments   Love it or Leave it!  Love it: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix   Leave it: Sizing Discrepancies in women's clothing.      Other News and Notes Running Updates

I ran my longest distance ever this week! 14 hot, hilly, humid miles! 

 

Book Updates

Finished reading: 

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Started Listening to: 

Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Started Reading: 

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

 

Other Updates

My adventures in babysitting went really well! I didn't permanently damage my friend's kids and I also didn't wake them up even though I went in their rooms a million times to make sure they were still breathing. 

I'm heading on vacation this week to Jackson Hole, Wyoming! 

Aug 01 2016

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Rank #11: Episode 50: Like Watching OJ Try on that Glove

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Show Ready Knits

Vanilla Socks for Josh

 

Knits in Rehearsal

 Bryum shawl

Yarn purchased at my favorite yarn shop, Black Mountain Yarn Shop.

Hermione's Every Day Socks by Erica Lueder

I'm knitting these out of my first ever skein of Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

I used the OMG heel by Megan Williams on these socks and I will be using this heel a lot in the future.

Vanilla Socks with some White Birch Fiber Arts

 

Auditioning Knits

I'm looking for the perfect Rhinebeck Sweater! I have 1500 yards of a beautiful 100% Sport Weight in a gorgeous golden yellow. 

Stay the Same by Veera Valimaki

Still Light Tunic by Veera Valimaki

Cosi by Judy Brien 

 

The Reviews are In

This episode I reviewed Henry's Hat by Eric and Joanna Johnson. Thanks to the folks at Slate Falls Press for sending me this review copy. 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

The Broadway KAL is up and running!  I hope you are playing along because there are some great prizes up for grabs.

Cast on: February 15, 2016

Bind off: April 30, 2016

Wips Count!

The theme is Broadway, and you can interpret this theme as strictly or as loosely as you’d like. Basically, your project should tie in with a play or musical (on Broadway, or a little further from the Great White Way, the decision is yours).

How you tie in your project with the theme is up to you, make it work! Have fun! Is the yarn or pattern actually named after a Broadway show or character or even a song from a show? Does the project remind you of a costume from a show? Is the yarn bright green, so it reminds you of Elphaba’s skin in Wicked? You get the point! Here is a great website where you can see Broadway shows listed by the year that they opened. You never know what might inspire you!

There is a featured bundle in this group where any group member is free to add patterns you find that might work.

This thread is for discussion and planning. Feel free to chat, encourage, make suggestions, etc. Closer to the cast-on date, a thread will be opened for finished objects. We will keep this KAL to one post per person in the FO thread, that way everyone is kind of on even ground. You may complete as many projects as you like, but you will put all of your FOs in one post in that thread.

Prizes!

1 pattern from Jennifer Lassonde

1 Skein of yarn from The Happy Buffalo Boutique

2 Skeins of yarn from Ancient Threads Farm

Thanks to Thuy from the Twisted Stitches Podcast for the donation of an Original Cast Recording of Hamilton. Listen up to find out about the prompt for this giveaway and thanks to Thuy for the prize. 

There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, as well as a Finished Objects thread. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry.

PAL KAL is coming up this summer! 

Today I answered a question in the Ask me Anything thread in the group on Ravelry. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

One Pot Wonder

One Pot Wonder Southwest Pasta 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: Ice Cream, specifically Ben and Jerry's Salted Caramel Blondie

Leave it: I have a friend who is coping with the loss of a loved one. 

 

Other News and Notes

Finished Books

The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Warning, this book is very graphic and disturbing. 

Currently Listening to: 

The Girl with All the Gifts

Currently Reading: 

Furiously Happy

Running Updates

I wil be running in the 41st Annual Marine Corps Marathon in October 2016! I am scared and excited. 

I am raising money in memory of my cousin Jacob, who was a Marine who served 2 tours in Iraq, and passed away in 2011. I would love to raise some more money this month in honor of his birthday on April 20th. Please check out my fundraising page and donate if you can. 

Apr 15 2016

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Rank #12: Actually Knitting Episode 78: Once a Job is First Begun....

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Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits  

Vasa by Dianna Walla

Giant Crochet Blanket

Blocking vs Killing Acrylic

Five Common Crochet Mistakes and Tips for Beginners

Knits in Rehearsal

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Crochet News

I talked a little about some of the techniques I've been learning from the book above.

Let 'er Rip

I ripped out 2 sweaters and it was very therapeutic!

 

Auditioning Knits 

Country Garden Top 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Special thanks to the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits.

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

 

Non-Knitting Segments Love it or Leave it

Love: I've been working with my brother on his business, managing his social media.

Leave: My lack of structure combined with this heat and humidity are making me exceptionally tired!

Other News and Notes

Running

I had to get new shoes which I was not happy about.

Reading

I finished reading:

 I finished listening to:

For you, the listeners of Actually Knitting, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.You can try the book I linked above or any audiobook of your choice for free! 

To download your free audiobook today go to audibletrial.com/actuallyknitting

Jul 17 2017

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Rank #13: Actually Knitting Episode 49: I Wish You Could See My Face Right Now!

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Episode 49

I mentioned the iTunes review from one of the hosts of Unraveling with Greg and Joey, check them out if you get a chance.

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Vanilla Socks for Josh

Hermione's Every Day Socks by Erica Lueder

I'm knitting these out of my first ever skein of Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Vanilla Socks with some White Birch Fiber Arts

 Bryum shawl

Yarn purchased at my favorite yarn shop, Black Mountain Yarn Shop.

Worsted Boxy

My favorite Miss Babs Yarn, gotta love it!

 

Auditioning Knits

It's not been released yet, but Joji Locatelli has a new shawl pattern coming out (hopefully) soon. Check out her Instagram feed to see the picture. 

I mentioned having seen the shawl on the Suburban Stitcher Podcast

Knitting News, Notes and Events

News

The Broadway KAL is up and running!  I hope you are playing along because there are some great prizes up for grabs.

Cast on: February 15, 2016

Bind off: April 15, 2016

Wips Count!

The theme is Broadway, and you can interpret this theme as strictly or as loosely as you’d like. Basically, your project should tie in with a play or musical (on Broadway, or a little further from the Great White Way, the decision is yours).

How you tie in your project with the theme is up to you, make it work! Have fun! Is the yarn or pattern actually named after a Broadway show or character or even a song from a show? Does the project remind you of a costume from a show? Is the yarn bright green, so it reminds you of Elphaba’s skin in Wicked? You get the point! Here is a great website where you can see Broadway shows listed by the year that they opened. You never know what might inspire you!

There is a featured bundle in this group where any group member is free to add patterns you find that might work.

This thread is for discussion and planning. Feel free to chat, encourage, make suggestions, etc. Closer to the cast-on date, a thread will be opened for finished objects. We will keep this KAL to one post per person in the FO thread, that way everyone is kind of on even ground. You may complete as many projects as you like, but you will put all of your FOs in one post in that thread.

Prizes!

1 pattern from Jennifer Lassonde

1 Skein of yarn from The Happy Buffalo Boutique

2 Skeins of yarn from Ancient Threads Farm

Be sure to check out Ancient Threads Farm! Lynda has generously offered a coupon code, Actually20, that is good through April 15th, for 20% off of anything in her Etsy Shop.

2 patterns from Estella Haines' Ravelry Shop. 

 

New Prize Offering! 

Thanks to Thuy from the Twisted Stitches Podcast for the donation of an Original Cast Recording of Hamilton. Listen up to find out about the prompt for this giveaway and thanks to Thuy for the prize. 

There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry, as well as a Finished Objects thread. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry.

Notes

My mother came for a visit and I taught her how to knit and she loves it! I'm so happy! She's working on her first ever pattern, the Sugar Cubes Baby Washcloth. 

Events

I attended the Carolina Fiber Frolic a couple of weekends ago and I had am amazing time. Listen up for a short recap of the event.

Heather Storta was the teacher and I really enjoyed taking classes with her.

 

Non-Knitting Segments
One-Pot Wonders

One Skillet Cream Cheese Mexican Chicken and Rice

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Peloton Bike

Leave: End of Quarter Stress

 

StageCraft

I've been working on even more sewing! Check out my Instagram to see the pics of the bags I have finished this week. I used Ellie Mae Designs K155 and McCalls M6256 for my project bags. 

 

Book News/Notes

Thanks to a listener for suggesting Modern Mrs. Darcy for book recommendations. I also heard about it on the Cultivate and Create podcast. 

Currently Reading

Started reading The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Warning, this book is very graphic and disturbing. 

Finished Reading

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Running Updates

I am back at it, training for a 10k in May. No pain, so hopefully the injury is healed. 

Apr 01 2016

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Rank #14: Actually Knitting Episode 51: My Hips Don't Lie

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Segments 

I mentioned the Unraveling with Greg and
Joey
 podcast, check those guys out if you get a
second! 

 

Show Ready Knits

Bryum by Cailliau
Berangere

I mentioned a flub I had with a dropped stitch, which I was able
to repair using my Fix a
Stitch.

 
Knits in Rehearsal

Hermione's Every
Day Socks by Erica Lueder

I'm knitting these out of my first ever skein of Socks
that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Memories
Blanket by Georgie Nicolson

Auditioning Knits

Pure Joy by
Joji Locatelli

I bought the Argentine yarn from Pura
Hilados 
and I can't wait to get this! 

Ice
Shanty by Amy Miller 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

We wrapped up the Broadway Kal on April 30th and we have several
prizes to give away. Make sure to listen to see if you are one of
the lucky ones! 

The PalKal will be starting in June. I am looking for prizes and
sponsors, so email me if you are interested! 

I mentioned World Wide Knit in Public day which is June 18,
2016. 

I also mentioned the Knit
Girllls
 podcast and their KAL, Stash Dash. Check out their
podcast. 

I also mentioned a new to me video podcast called Legacy Knitz

Non-Knitting Segments

What a Crock!

Crock Pot 5 Ingredient Honey Sriracha Chicken 

 
Love it or Leave it
Love: Unbreakable Kimmy
Schmidt
, Season 2, is out on Netflix. 
 
Leave: Packaging issues
 
Stage Craft
I've been doing a lot of sewing and finished a pattern I will
definitely be making again. 
McCall's
M6654
 is a great value and I am learning more about lining
garments and using my serger. 
I am loving the fabric selections from Girl Charlee Fabrics
 
I am currently working on a jumpsuit from Butterick's
B6330

Other News and Notes
 
Books
 
I finished reading 2 books: 
 

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

 
I started reading The
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall
Smith
 
Running
 
Thanks so much for donating to Team
Taps
 and my efforts towards running the 41st annual Marine
Corps Marathon in October of this year. Fundraising is far from
over, so if you are interesting in donating, it's not too
late. 
Other

May is shaping up to be a very busy month and final exams will
be here before I know it, so I hope to keep a regular recording
schedule for the month. 

May 02 2016

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Rank #15: Actually Knitting Episode 5: Oh, the Lessons!

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Rank #16: Actually Knitting Episode 75: Let me Take you on a Knitscapade!

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You have to be a Janet Jackson fan to get that reference....

Thanks so much for using the Amazon Links! Your purchases help to support the podcast and it doesn't cost you a thing! 

Knitting Segments Knits in Rehearsal 

V Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli

 

Auditioning Knits

PalKal Auditions

I'm trying to figure out what I'll do for the PalKal this year. 

Was thinking of knitting the Lil' Miss Chelsea Bean by Jenn Sheelen.

Also considering Breathing Space and True Friend by Veera Valimaki, using my ChileKnitz Pal Kal Yarn. 

I am also searching for something to make with my PalKal kit from Suburban Stitcher. 

Summer Tops

I am searching pretty hard for something to make with my Claudia Hand-Painted Contemplation yarn that's been in my stash for a while. I originally bought it to make the Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy.

Here are some of the things I'm considering:

Nesoi Tee by Miriam Felton

Notched Hem Tank Top by Purl Soho

Breeze by Joanna Rankin

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Check the link above to RSVP.

June 10, 2017

I'll be at Foxcroft Wine in Dilworth, Charlotte, from 2pm until at least 5.

1235 East Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28203

I will have door prizes from Charlotte Yarn (which is in the same shopping center as the wine bar), Cottage Yarn and Queen City Yarn.

Charlotte Yarn, Baskets of Yarn and Cottage Yarn will all be having specials that day for Actually Knitting listeners and those Knitting in Public.

The Pal Kal has officially started!

Exciting News! Check out my social media feeds for information about some exclusive products coming from Suburban Stitcher and ChileKnitz!

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

Other Events

Stash Dash 2017

Check out the Knit Girlls Podcast for more information.

Summer Stripe Along Kal

 

Knitscapade

Let me take you on a Knitscapade! Last weekend I visited my favorite not-so-local to me LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop. I fell off the wagon pretty hard but, no regrets!

 

Non-Knitting Segments One Pot Wonders

One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta from Skinny Taste

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Camping Trip

Leave: Humidity

 

Other News and Notes

Running News: 

I am in week 5 of training for the Chicago Marathon. Trying to stay injury free and also keep using my bullet journal to track my workouts.

Reading Updates: 

I finished reading Eligible, A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfield.

Use this link to get your free 30 day trial and free audiobook from Audible.com.

Jun 01 2017

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Rank #17: Episode 46: Broadway Kal Opening Night!

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Show Ready Knits

Drips Hat

This was my Panthers hat, to support my hometown team going to the Super Bowl.

Yarn: Fiberspates Vivacious DK in Deep Aqua and Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Black

I'm holding the DK weight double to match the gauge of the black.

Needles: Size 10 Signature Convertibles, using Magic Loop.

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

The Twist Fiber Studio contest ended on February 10th and the winner was announced on this episode. The coupon code, ACTUALLYKNITTING, is still good in the shop until February 29th, 2016. Listen up to see if you are the lucky winner. 

I'll be attending the following events:

Carolina Fiber Frolic March 18-20

Carolina Fiber Fest (tentatively) March 26th

Finishing class with Alana Dakos May 14th, 2016

Broadway Kal

If you are hearing this episode, the KAL has begun! 

Cast on: February 15, 2016

Bind off: April 15, 2016

The theme is Broadway, and you can interpret this theme as strictly or as loosely as you’d like. Basically, your project should tie in with a play or musical (on Broadway, or a little further from the Great White Way, the decision is yours).

How you tie in your project with the theme is up to you, make it work! Have fun! Is the yarn or pattern actually named after a Broadway show or character or even a song from a show? Does the project remind you of a costume from a show? Is the yarn bright green, so it reminds you of Elphaba’s skin in Wicked? You get the point! Here is a great website where you can see Broadway shows listed by the year that they opened. You never know what might inspire you!

There is a featured bundle in this group where any group member is free to add patterns you find that might work.

This thread is for discussion and planning. Feel free to chat, encourage, make suggestions, etc. Closer to the cast-on date, a thread will be opened for finished objects. We will keep this KAL to one post per person in the FO thread, that way everyone is kind of on even ground. You may complete as many projects as you like, but you will put all of your FOs in one post in that thread.

So far there are no sponsors or prizes, but we’ll find something! If you would like to donate a prize, please PM me, Michelle, actuallyknitting.

Yay! Bravo! Break a leg! 

There is a chatter thread open on the Actually Knitting Podcast group on Ravelry. Use the tag #AKBroadwayKal2016 on Instagram and Ravelry.

Be sure to check out Ancient Threads Farm! Lynda has generously offered a coupon code, Actually20, that is good through April 15th, for 20% off of anything in her Etsy Shop.

Ivy Theatre Fundraiser

 

Knitting Talkback

Continuing the series "Carolina in my Mind," I have an interview with Maria and Nikki of Fern Fiber. These ladies specialize in naturally dyed yarns that are produced without chemicals. I learned a lot talking with these ladies, and they generously provided a giveaway skein for my listeners. Check out the episode for more information. 

This giveaway will be open until March 10, 2016

 

Non-Knitting Segments
One Pot Wonders

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bake

 

Love it or Leave it

Love it: Gas Fireplace on a cold day!

No leave it this week! Keeping it positive!

 

Other News and Notes

Running news

I set a new PR in my last race, the Super Bowl 4 miler!

I have a 10 mile race on February 20th and a 1/2 Marathon on March 6th

Books

I've been in a reading rut lately! I've opened a thread in the Ravelry group so you can tell me the last best book you read! 

I finished Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee and I didn't enjoy it AT ALL! 

I've been reading Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal 

Feb 15 2016

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Rank #18: Actually Knitting Episode 82: The Year of the Hat!

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Baby Hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts Project

Pattern is the Apple Crisp Baby Hat by Salty Pearl Crochet

 

Knits in Rehearsal

#werkthewips

Shusui Shrug by Suzanne Somers

 

Knitting Talkback

This episode I discuss my 2017 knitting (The Year of the Hat!) and some plans for 2018 (#stashdownthrowdown). 

 

Non-Knitting Segments  One Pot Wonders

Roasted Chicken, Butternut Squash and Guacamole Rice Bowls

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: New to me Podcast: The Hilarious World of Depression

Leave: I'm through with the dentist! 

 

Theatrical Updates

I did not get the role I wanted in Bonnie and Clyde, but something else will come up! 

 

Other News and Notes

Books

Running

I'm currently not training for any race and I'm actually enjoying running again! 

Dec 17 2017

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Rank #19: Actually Knitting Episode 16: Because of Knitting

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Please be sure to check blog for the shownotes! Thanks for listening! 

Sep 25 2014

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Rank #20: Episode 6: Are you a Geek or a Nerd?

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Apr 08 2014

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Actually Knitting Episode 92: Pal Kal Prizes

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Sep 01 2018

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Actually Knitting Episode 91: Not Too Shabby

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Get your free audiobook download and free 30 day trial of audible by visiting this link!  Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits

Camp Wilkerson by Caitlyn Hunter

Elefante by Susan B. Anderson

Empire Waist Cardigan by Susan B. Anderson

Ellie the Elephant Baby Booties by Olivia Kent

    Featuring the Roll-Top Booties for the bootie

 

Auditioning Knits

I'm looking for a sweater for some Berroco worsted weight yarn that I just ripped from my Ice Shanty project that has been languishing for a while. 

Wings by Amanda Woeger

Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Madison by Martha Storey

All the Love by Joji Locatelli

Rhapsody in Cables by Joji Locatelli

Seam on Seam by Veera Valimaki 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events PalKal 2018

Basic Rules

  • Official cast on/bind off dates: June 15-August 15
  • One part of your project must be from a podcaster. The podcaster has to have produced an episode within the last year, so no retired podcasts, sorry.
  • No yardage requirement.
  • Your finished object can be entered more than once if more than one element is from a podcaster.
  • You cannot reuse a project bag for multiple entries. The same applies for patterns, stitch markers, etc.
  • Entries must be put into the finished object threads. Each element of the project that qualifies gets it's own entry.
  • When you post an FO, please tell us what element qualifies for the PALKAL and which podcast you are supporting.
  • Feel free to ask me questions on the Ravelry group forum for PALKAL Chatter.

Check out all of the information and links to our sponsors in the Ravelry group

For all PalKal related discounts, the code is the same: Palkal2018 

Top Billing Sponsors:

Janis Ficker, Carolina Fiber Girls

CC and Dami Almon/JavaPurl Designs, Geeky Girls

Suzanne, Two Tangled Skeins

Knitting Daddy Greg, Unraveling Podcast

Sarah Schira, Imagined Landscapes

Jennifer Lassonde, Down Cellar Studio

Monique Leonard/Windswept Designs, Knitting on the Run

Vivian and Alysin/Pearl and Plum, Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

Kristi, In a Sknit Podcast

Cameo Sponsors

Susie White/Prairie Girls Designs/Prairie Girls Knit and Spin

Melinda, Yarnderwoman Podcast

Producing Sponsors: 

Bijou Basin Ranch 

Queen City Yarn 

Never Not Knitting 

Daizie Knits 

Love Knitting

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

Ewe University hosted by Kristine Kelly

Check out her Etsy shop, Halcyarn.

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

Instant Success

Instant Pot Spicy Pineapple Chicken Tacos

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Anne with an E on Netflix

Leave: Summer Break is almost over

 

Other News and Notes

Healthy Choices: I've been doing Weight Watchers and attending the meetings regularly and I've been very successful.

Books:

Get your free audiobook download and free 30 day trial of audible by visiting this link!

Aug 06 2018

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Actually Knitting Episode 90: She's not Pretty Cool, She's Really Cool.

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Book lovers, try Audible free for one month with a free audiobook download.  Episode 90 is brought to you by Daizie Knits and Bijou Basin Ranch.  Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits

Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Winslow

Paulina Dress by Taiga Hilliard

Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang 

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Still working on Camp Wilkerson by Caitlyn Hunter. 

Granny Stripes Crochet Blanket by Lucy of Attic24

Here's my version in progress.

This episode is brought to you by Daizie Knits

At Daizie Knits, our goal is to provide a rainbow of colors in a range of fibers and weights.  We dye all our products in small batches using a kettle dying method; so each one is unique.  We strive to find yarns and fibers that makes your heart sing and your toes curl with delight.  At daizieknits.com, you can contact us, view a gallery of projects, check out the show schedule and of course, link to our shop.  We also offer 3d printed spindles, buttons and shawl pins. 

Use the PalKal2018 coupon code for 20% off of your order through September 1, 2018. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events  PalKal 2018

Basic Rules

  • Official cast on/bind off dates: June 15-August 15
  • One part of your project must be from a podcaster. The podcaster has to have produced an episode within the last year, so no retired podcasts, sorry.
  • No yardage requirement.
  • Your finished object can be entered more than once if more than one element is from a podcaster.
  • You cannot reuse a project bag for multiple entries. The same applies for patterns, stitch markers, etc.
  • Entries must be put into the finished object threads. Each element of the project that qualifies gets it's own entry.
  • When you post an FO, please tell us what element qualifies for the PALKAL and which podcast you are supporting.
  • Feel free to ask me questions on the Ravelry group forum for PALKAL Chatter.

Check out all of the information and links to our sponsors in the Ravelry group

 

This episode I am pleased to have Fix-a-Stitch as an Intermission Prize Sponsor. Make sure you listen to this episode to see if you are the winner of a both a Multi-Tool and Laceweight set of Fix-a-Stitch. 

For all PalKal related discounts, the code is the same: Palkal2018 

Top Billing Sponsors:

Janis Ficker, Carolina Fiber Girls

CC and Dami Almon/JavaPurl Designs, Geeky Girls

Suzanne, Two Tangled Skeins

Knitting Daddy Greg, Unraveling Podcast

Sarah Schira, Imagined Landscapes

Jennifer Lassonde, Down Cellar Studio

Monique Leonard/Windswept Designs, Knitting on the Run

Vivian and Alysin/Pearl and Plum, Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

Kristi, In a Sknit Podcast

Cameo Sponsors

Susie White/Prairie Girls Designs/Prairie Girls Knit and Spin

Melinda, Yarnderwoman Podcast

Producing Sponsors: 

Bijou Basin Ranch 

Queen City Yarn 

Never Not Knitting 

Daizie Knits 

Love Knitting

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

Check out the Quirky Monday Craftcast  and Quirky Monday Crafts Etsy Shop. 

This episode is brought to you by Bijou Basin Ranch

Bijou Basin Ranch is a family-owned ranch in western Colorado. In addition to fiber from our own herd of full blooded Tibetan yak, we work with other yak ranchers in the US as well as Asia to source top quality yak fiber for our luxury yarns. We also work with various indie dyers who create beautiful can't-get-anywhere-else colorways for yarn lovers!

Use the PalKal2018 Coupon Code for 15% off all yarns from their online store (exception: Qiviut or Paco-Vicuna) from now through September 6, 2018.

 

Non-Knitting Segments  Instant Success 

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Color Street Nail Polish Strips

Leave: July can be a hard month for me. 

 

Other News and Notes 

Books:

The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene 

Jul 18 2018

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Actually Knitting Episode 89: When in Rome, you eat cheese curds.

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This episode is sponsored by Queen City Yarn and Never Not Knitting Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

Moderne Log Cabin Baby Blanket Special thanks to Love Knitting for sending me the Paintbox Yarns to try out!

French Macaroon 

Baby Washcloths

Moon Cactus

Knits in Rehearsal

Camp Wilkerson

Paulina Dress 

This episode is brought to you by Queen City Yarn.

Queen City Yarn is the result of a collaboration between friends Christen and Janis, brought together in the Queen City of Charlotte by their love for knitting and yarn. They've nurtured their passion for putting color to skein and now they want to share that passion with you!

Their products start with one of six great yarn bases, each named for a neighborhood in the Queen City that reflects their personality.  The colors they apply are inspired by the beautiful things they see around them as well as breathtaking places they have visited.  While each color they produce can stand on its own, they pay special attention to creating a series of complementary colors. They strive to make it easy to pick one or more great colors for your next project.

Queen City Yarn is providing a 35$ gift certificate to one lucky PalKal participant and use the PalKal2018 coupon code for 10% off your order in their Etsy Shop. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

I attended Zombie Knitpocalypse last month. 

 

PalKal 2018

Basic Rules

  • Official cast on/bind off dates: June 15-August 15
  • One part of your project must be from a podcaster. The podcaster has to have produced an episode within the last year, so no retired podcasts, sorry.
  • No yardage requirement.
  • Your finished object can be entered more than once if more than one element is from a podcaster.
  • You cannot reuse a project bag for multiple entries. The same applies for patterns, stitch markers, etc.
  • Entries must be put into the finished object threads. Each element of the project that qualifies gets it's own entry.
  • When you post an FO, please tell us what element qualifies for the PALKAL and which podcast you are supporting.
  • Feel free to ask me questions on the Ravelry group forum for PALKAL Chatter.

Check out all of the information and links to our sponsors in the Ravelry group

Be sure to listen to see if you are the lucky winner of a 5 pack of Eucalan! This was an intermission giveaway, which means all you have to do to be eligible is chat in chatter thread on Ravelry!

For all PalKal related discounts, the code is the same: Palkal2018 

Top Billing Sponsors:

Janis Ficker, Carolina Fiber Girls

CC and Dami Almon/JavaPurl Designs, Geeky Girls

Suzanne, Two Tangled Skeins

Knitting Daddy Greg, Unraveling Podcast

Sarah Schira, Imagined Landscapes

Jennifer Lassonde, Down Cellar Studio

Monique Leonard/Windswept Designs, Knitting on the Run

Vivian and Alysin/Pearl and Plum, Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

Kristi, In a Sknit Podcast

Cameo Sponsors

Susie White/Prairie Girls Designs/Prairie Girls Knit and Spin

Melinda, Yarnderwoman Podcast

Producing Sponsors: 

Bijou Basin Ranch 

Queen City Yarn 

Never Not Knitting 

Daizie Knits 

Love Knitting

This episode of Actually Knitting is also brought to you by Never Not Knitting. 

Never Not Knitting is a small knitting boutique owned by designer Alana Dakos featuring a curated collection of specialty yarns, patterns, notions and gifts. This little shop supports the work of independent artisans and makers from all over the world. You may find handmade treasures in the store that you will never see anywhere else! Keep track of the newest product releases on instagram by following Nevernotknitting! Use coupon code "PALKAL2018" to save 20% off your next order in the online shop at nevernotknitting.com

Never Not Knitting is also giving away a Sheep Knit Kit at the end of the Pal Kal. 

 

The Reviews are In

This episode I got to review the Little Bee Lotion Bar from Love and Leche. 

Check this out:

Love and Leche is offering a coupon code just for Actually Knitting listeners. Use the code ActuallyKnitting for 1 free Little Bee Lotion Bar with a 25$ purchase. Yay!

They have also set up a giveaway for my listeners. Go to this link and enter your email address for a chance to win a Little Bee Lotion Bar Giftbag!

Work + Shelter website. 

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

Lolodidit Video Podcast on Youtube

 

Non-Knitting Segments Instant Success

Mexican Inspired Healthy Crack Chicken from Tidbits 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Bright Star the Musical 

Leave: No comment! Life is good!

 

Other News and Notes

I decided to start Weight Watchers again and I'm finding a lot easier to follow now that they have a protein focus. 

I'm still running but I am on the struggle bus!

Still doing boot camp workouts. 

 

Books

You Think it, I'll Say it by Curtis Sittenfeld

The French Girl by Lexie Elliot

Jul 02 2018

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Actually Knitting Episode 88: PalKal2018 Begins

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Knitting Segments Knits in Rehearsal

Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Winslow

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

PalKal 2018

Basic Rules

  • Official cast on/bind off dates: June 15-August 15
  • One part of your project must be from a podcaster. The podcaster has to have produced an episode within the last year, so no retired podcasts, sorry.
  • No yardage requirement.
  • Your finished object can be entered more than once if more than one element is from a podcaster.
  • You cannot reuse a project bag for multiple entries. The same applies for patterns, stitch markers, etc.
  • Entries must be put into the finished object threads. Each element of the project that qualifies gets it's own entry.
  • When you post an FO, please tell us what element qualifies for the PALKAL and which podcast you are supporting.
  • Feel free to ask me questions on the Ravelry group forum for PALKAL Chatter.

Check out all of the information and links to our sponsors in the Ravelry group

For all PalKal related discounts, the code is the same: Palkal2018 

Top Billing Sponsors:

Janis Ficker, Carolina Fiber Girls 

CC and Dami Almon/JavaPurl Designs, Geeky Girls 

Suzanne, Two Tangled Skeins 

Knitting Daddy Greg, Unraveling Podcast 

Sarah Schira, Imagined Landscapes 

Jennifer Lassonde, Down Cellar Studio 

Monique Leonard/Windswept Designs, Knitting on the Run 

Vivian and Alysin/Pearl and Plum, Keep Calm and Carry Yarn 

Kristi, In a Sknit Podcast

Cameo Sponsors

Susie White/Prairie Girls Designs/Prairie Girls Knit and Spin

Melinda, Yarnderwoman Podcast

Producing Sponsors: 

Bijou Basin Ranch 

Queen City Yarn 

Never Not Knitting 

Daizie Knits 

Love Knitting

This episode of Actually Knitting is brought to you by Bijou Basin Ranch.

Bijou Basin Ranch is a family-owned ranch in western Colorado. In addition to fiber from our own herd of full blooded Tibetan yak, we work with other yak ranchers in the US as well as Asia to source top quality yak fiber for our luxury yarns. We also work with various indie dyers who create beautiful can't-get-anywhere-else colorways for yarn lovers! Use the coupon code on their website for 15% off in their online store (excluding qiviut or paco-vicuna) and free shipping! This generous offer will be good through September 6, 2018.

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I put the spotlight on Knitting Myself Together, hosted by TheVioletPie. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

Instant Success

Instant Pot Egg Roll Bowls

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: I'm on Summer Vacation, Baby!

Leave: Body/food issues

 

Other News and Notes

My reading has hit a little slump lately, but I did finish and enjoy 

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore. 

I'm still working out a running a bit. 

Jun 16 2018

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Actually Knitting Episode 87: Blown Away

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Knitting Segments Show Ready Knits

Baby Beret

Didn't use a pattern, just referenced a free pattern on Ravelry to see how often to do the increases. Finished this while camping and I forgot to take pics!

Barley Light by Tin Can Knits

I love that the ladies at Tin Can Knits released a fingering version of this hat.

 

Knits in Rehearsal

To be honest, I haven't been doing very much knitting at all. 

I started another Barley Light Hat, but haven't made a lot of progress. 

Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Winslow

I've linked to the pattern page since I haven't made much progress. 

I haven't worked on...

Rainbow Party Cardi by Tellybean Knits

Moderne Baby Blanket by Mason Dixon Knitting

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

PalKal 2018

Basic Rules

Official cast on/bind off dates: June 15-August 15

One part of your project must be from a podcaster. The podcaster has to have produced an episode within the last year, so no retired podcasts, sorry.

No yardage requirement.

Your finished object can be entered more than once if more than one element is from a podcaster.

You cannot reuse a project bag for multiple entries. The same applies for patterns, stitch markers, etc.

Entries must be put into the finished object threads. Each element of the project that qualifies gets it's own entry.

When you post an FO, please tell us what element qualifies for the PALKAL and which podcast you are supporting.

Feel free to ask me questions on the Ravelry group forum for PALKAL Chatter.

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 15 through August 15, 2018 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

Here are some patterns I am considering for this year's PalKal:

Mix and Match Henleys by KrisLuvsWool from the In a Sknit Podcast

Mr. Fitzwilliam Fox by Kay F. Jones of the Bakery Bears Podcast

Stitch Sampler Afghan by Marly Bird of the Yarn Thing Podcast

Chasing Rainbows Blanket by Marly Bird of the Yarn Thing Podcast

Coming and Going Baby Sweater by Ellen M. Silva of the Twinset Designs Podcast

Color Confidence Class with Andrea Mowry at Black Mountain Yarn Shop. 

ZK 2018

 

    Non-Knitting Segments

 

Instant Success

Introducing a new segment all about cooking in my Instant Pot.

This episode's recipe is Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower and Peas from Skinny Taste. 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Sublime Stitching Website

Leave: Exam Grading

 

Stagecraft

In this long on hiatus segment, I talk about other crafts I'm working on. I recently finished an embroidery project of my sister in law's ultrasound picture.

I got the idea from this article on Scary Mommy.

The crafter who inspired me has a lot of wonderful embroidery projects on Instagram. Check out

Veselka Bulkan on Instagram. 

I got some help from this article on the Sublime Stitching website: White Patterns on Dark Fabrics. 

Other News and Notes

We recently got back from camping near Black Mountain, NC. It rained pretty much the entire time but we made the best of it. 

Books: 

If you'd like to support the podcast, use the Amazon Links for any purchases!

Running:

Nothing new to report, I'm just running for exercise.

Thanks so much for joining me for this episode.

Jun 05 2018

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Episode 86: I Gotta Look Good for my Girl!

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Special thanks to all of my listeners for waiting so long between episodes. As I posted on Instagram, I have been having a lot of vocal problems and I have been trying to rest my voice as much as possible outside of my job, where it's impossible to rest my voice at all. I'm going to do my best to keep up a regular schedule.

Program Mentions:

Thanks to Knitting Daddy for sending me his Smoke in the City hat pattern.

Special thanks to Vivian and Alyson from Keep Calm and Carry Yarn and the Pearl and Plum Etsy shop.

Also thanks to the ladies from Tin Can Knits for sending me their Beloved hat pattern.

 

Show Ready Knits

Chevron Baby Blanket by Rachel C Creations

Wee Lima by Taiga Hillard

Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure

Mae by Andrea Mowry

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Rainbow Party Cardi by Telly Bean Knits

If you'd like to see my yarn choices, check out my project page.

I have swatched for the Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Winslow 

I have started a project page for this, but there's not much to see as of yet. Think I can finish it in a month?

Moderne Baby Blanket by Mason Dixon Knitting

Thanks to the kind folks at Loveknitting.com for sending me this kit from Paintbox Yarns

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

#MadAboutMinis

Sorry guys, I really dropped the ball on this KAL. Should we keep it going for a while? Call it? 

PalKal 2018

Basic Rules

Official cast on/bind off dates: June 15-August 15

One part of your project must be from a podcaster. The podcaster has to have produced an episode within the last year, so no retired podcasts, sorry.

No yardage requirement.

Your finished object can be entered more than once if more than one element is from a podcaster.

You cannot reuse a project bag for multiple entries. The same applies for patterns, stitch markers, etc.

Entries must be put into the finished object threads. Each element of the project that qualifies gets it's own entry.

When you post an FO, please tell us what element qualifies for the PALKAL and which podcast you are supporting.

Feel free to ask me questions on the Ravelry group forum for PALKAL Chatter.

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

Color Confidence Class with Andrea Mowry at Black Mountain Yarn Shop. 

ZK 2018

 

The Reviews Are In! 

This episode I will be reviewing Vogue Knitting, The Ultimate Knitting Book.

 

Non-Knitting Segments 

 

Meal Prep Madness

Veggie and Beef Ramen

 

Other News and Notes

I finished several books since the last time I recorded. 

Running updates: 

I finished a 1/2 Marathon in March. I did not enjoy myself. 

May 23 2018

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Actually Knitting Episode 85: Mad About Minis

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Get a free 30 day trial and free audiobook when you sign up for Audible by using this link.

 

Knitting Segments

Show Ready Knits

Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Van Neikerk

In Dragonfly Fibers Damsel in the Starry Night color way

Practice Baby Blanket 

Chevron Baby Blanket by Rachel C. Creations

The yarn was from stash

Knits in Rehearsal

“Real” Baby Blanket is also the Chevron Baby Blanket by Rachel C. Creations

Yarn is Knit Picks Shine Worsted in 3 awesome colors: Robot, Dandelion and Reef

Blog where I found lots of fun color combos. 

Swatched for the Rainbow Party Cardi by Stephanie Lotven/Tellybean Knits

The yarn for the body is Deep Dyed Yarns in the Lost Girl Speckle Colorway

The accent yarns will be Miss Babs Yummy Two-Ply Toes. Check out my project page for all of the colorways. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

I’ll be taking a class with Andrea Mowry at Black Mountain Yarn Shop in May. 

I’ll be attending Zombie Knitpocalypse in June of 2018

New Knit-a-Long: Mad about Minis

I was inspired by both the Rainbow Party Cardi pattern and the book Mini-Skein Knits (catch my review later in the episode). 

Official start date is March 15, but Wips are welcome

Official end date is May 15, 2018

The project must contain at least 1 mini-skein or leftover yarn (200 yards or less). Generally speaking, Mini-Skeins are around 100 yards. 

Possible Projects 

Here is the bundle where you can find all of the patterns mentioned below. 

Sweaters/Garments 

Rainbow Party Cardi    Stephanie Lotven

Santa Clara    Mary Catherine Bryner

Mini-Marvel Swing Vest   Rachel Henry

Camaro  Tanis Lavallee

Accessories 

Sock Stashbuster Slouchy Hat    Amanda Schwabe

Ripken by Melanie Berg

Lydia Evening Bag by Barb Brown

Knitting at the Library Cowl  Cori Eichelberger 

Plus 1 Pop Collection Sarah Schira

Other Patterns

Waffle Coasters by Claire Cromwell

Welcome Spring Oven Towel by Claire Cromwell

Chevron Coffee Cozy by Claire Cromwell

There is a bundle in the Ravelry group, as well as a chatter thread. Feel free to post about a pattern that works for this KAL and, don’t forget to add to the bundle. 

Heads Up: The PalKal will start in June! 

The Reviews are In 

I hope you enjoy my review of a book I picked up called Mini-Skein Knits, 25 Knitting Patterns Using Small Skeins and Leftovers

My Favorite Patterns from the book can all be found here

Head in the Clouds Hat Jess Kallberg

Infinite Rainbow Cowl by Carrie Santisteban

Matrix Mitts by Jess Kallberg

Chevron Boot Toppers by Yelena M. Dasher

French Ticking Fingerless Mitts by Meg Rake 

Rainbow Cardi by Yelena M. Dasher

Mermaid Darkly by Yelena M. Dasher

Welcome Spring Oven Towel by Claire Cromwell 

Waffle Coasters by Claire Cromwell

Lydia Evening Bag by Barbara J. Brown

Non-Knitting Segments 

One Pot Wonder 

Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup from myrecipes.com

Love it or Leave it 

Love: Perfectly Posh

Leave: Stomach Virus last week

Other News and Notes

Books: 

I finished The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain 

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Running: 

Felt really good about my last race which was the Charlotte 10 Miler on February 17th. 

Next race: BB&T Corporate Cup on March 10, 2018

Mar 12 2018

56mins

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Actually Knitting Episode 84: A Big Ol' Fat Lie

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Check out this link if you are interested in a free one month trial of Audible.  Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits

Ripken Light by Melanie Berg

Echo Mega by Spout Knits

 

Knits in Rehearsal: Nope, Big Ol' Fat Lie 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

I am sorta kinda participating in the #ravellenics. 

I will be attending the Zombie Knitpocalypse 2018

 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

Meal-Prep Madness

Meal Prep Chicken Recipes from Fit Men Cook

 

Love it or Leave it 

Love: Ulta Eye Primer

Leave: This ridiculous weather! 

 

Other News and Notes 

I'm doing a no-spend month for February. 

Running: 

Hot Chocolate 15k on February 10, 2018. 

Books: 

I just finished reading 

This book was amazing! 

Feb 19 2018

28mins

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Episode 83: I'm a New Woman

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Happy Podiversary to me! 

 

Knitting Segments

 

Show Ready Knits

Little Hat Big Hearts Project

Pattern was the Apple Crisp Hat by Salty Pearl Knits

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Ripken by Melanie Berg

Granny Squares for Project Amigo 

Check out the brand new knitting podcast, Tightly Spun, hosted by Emily Straw! 

 

The Reviews are In 

This episode I reviewed the Rittenhouse Tote bag by Fairmont Bag Company

Check out their kickstarter for more information. 

 

Non-Knitting Segments Meal Prep

I'm introducing a new segment this episode! Check out the Healthy Chicken Pad-Thai from Fit Men Cook. 

 

Love it or Leave it 

Love: Slow Burn Podcast by Slate Plus

Leave: Midterm Stress

 

Other News and Notes

Running: 

I'm a new Woman! 

Books: 

I've really been enjoying the deals from the Modern Mrs. Darcy newsletter. 

Thanks for listening!

Feb 02 2018

40mins

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Actually Knitting Episode 82: The Year of the Hat!

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Knitting Segments Show Ready Knits

Baby Hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts Project

Pattern is the Apple Crisp Baby Hat by Salty Pearl Crochet

 

Knits in Rehearsal

#werkthewips

Shusui Shrug by Suzanne Somers

 

Knitting Talkback

This episode I discuss my 2017 knitting (The Year of the Hat!) and some plans for 2018 (#stashdownthrowdown). 

 

Non-Knitting Segments  One Pot Wonders

Roasted Chicken, Butternut Squash and Guacamole Rice Bowls

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: New to me Podcast: The Hilarious World of Depression

Leave: I'm through with the dentist! 

 

Theatrical Updates

I did not get the role I wanted in Bonnie and Clyde, but something else will come up! 

 

Other News and Notes

Books

Running

I'm currently not training for any race and I'm actually enjoying running again! 

Dec 17 2017

31mins

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Actually Knitting Episode 81: It's Been a Hot Minute

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Shownotes will be up asap on www.actuallyknitting.blogspot.com

Nov 30 2017

59mins

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Actually Knitting Episode 80: Alas...

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Panther's Socks

I'm using the Hermione's Everyday Sock pattern, but doing it toe up. 

Shusui Shrug by Suzanne Somers

What the Fade!! Mystery Fade-a-long (this link has photos/spoilers) 

by Andrea Mowry 

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events 

PalKal 2017 officially wrapped up on September 1, 2017

We had over 400 entries this year and lots of podcasts were represented. Thanks so much for participating. Take a listen to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

Thanks so much to all of the sponsors!

I also announced the winner of the Intermission Prize for August. Please email me at actuallyknitting@gmail.com if you are one of the winners!

The Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is coming up September 22-30, 2017. Not sure if I'll be crawling, but if you do, let me know!

I will be attending SAFF October 27-29, 2017. I will definitely be there on the Saturday and possibly on Friday and Sunday as well. Let me know if you would like to meet up!

Non-Knitting Segments One Pot Wonders

7 Ingredient Skinny Egg Roll Bowl

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Rocketbook Everlast Notebook 

 Leave: I have teacher voice!

 

Other News and Notes

Running: I continue to be plagued by my hip injury. Less than one month to my marathon and a break! 

Books: 

I finished reading two books in a series that I am really enjoying! 

I finished listening to:

 and I started watching the series on Hulu.

Want to try a free audiobook and a free 1 month trial membership on Audible? Check out this link

Thanks for listening! 

Sep 17 2017

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Actually Knitting Episode 79: Are We Just Lazy Knitters?

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Thanks to Brenda Castiel for sending me a copy of her new pattern, The Plum Sorbet Shawl.  Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits

Country Garden Top

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Panther's Socks

Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer

Check out this Craftsy Class if you want to learn Brioche.

Loving the Yarn for this project:

Yarn Geek Fibers Rocketeer in Grace Hopper Computer Scientist

Stitch Markers from Such Gwenderful Stuff

Leading Men Fiber Arts Diva in Dirty Truce

Auditioning Knits

I started out being inspired at my favorite LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop. 

The main color inspiration was from Woolen Boon in the Greenleaf Hut color way.

I picked out some Madeline Tosh to compliment that skein. Tosh Merino Light in Grasshopper and Turquoise color ways.

Looking for a 3 color shawl and I'm considering: 

Versus by Hillary Smith Callis

Stay Soft Shawl by Veera Valimaki 

I'm currently obsessed with looking through my stash for yarn for: 

What the Fade?! Mystery KAL by Andrea Mowry 

Here is what I am considering for my What the Fade?!

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about the Fruity Knitting Podcast on Youtube. 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Special thanks to the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits. Listen up to see if you were the lucky listener! 

For the last month of the PalKal the Intermission Prize Sponsor is The Worsted Purl. Thanks to Tricia for sponsoring. Check out these adorable stitch marker prizes. 

Get your Finished Objects posted by September 1st (or as long as the thread is open). Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

I am excited that I have finalized my plans for SAFF , the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Flectcher, NC. It is happening October 27-29, 2017 and I'll be there on Saturday and Sunday. I'll be staying in Black Mountain, NC and visiting my favorite LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop, where there will be a Magpie Fibers pop-up shop and a Signature Needles trunk show. 

Non-Knitting Segments

 

One-Pot Wonders

Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas from Skinny Taste. 

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: I forgot to mention that I got my iPad back after losing it on a flight! 

Leave: I have to go back to work tomorrow! 

Other News and Notes

Running Updates

I had a rough run on Saturday and injured my hip a little bit, hoping that it will right itself after some days off, rest and ice. 

Next race is the Greek Festival 5k on August 26. Unfortunately, I have to do 22 miles that day. 

Reading Updates

I finished reading: 

I finished listening to:

For you, the listeners of Actually Knitting, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.You can try the book I linked above or any audiobook of your choice for free! 

To download your free audiobook today go to audibletrial.com/actuallyknitting

Lately I've been listening to:

Aug 17 2017

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Actually Knitting Episode 78: Once a Job is First Begun....

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Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits  

Vasa by Dianna Walla

Giant Crochet Blanket

Blocking vs Killing Acrylic

Five Common Crochet Mistakes and Tips for Beginners

Knits in Rehearsal

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Crochet News

I talked a little about some of the techniques I've been learning from the book above.

Let 'er Rip

I ripped out 2 sweaters and it was very therapeutic!

 

Auditioning Knits 

Country Garden Top 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

Special thanks to the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits.

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

 

Non-Knitting Segments Love it or Leave it

Love: I've been working with my brother on his business, managing his social media.

Leave: My lack of structure combined with this heat and humidity are making me exceptionally tired!

Other News and Notes

Running

I had to get new shoes which I was not happy about.

Reading

I finished reading:

 I finished listening to:

For you, the listeners of Actually Knitting, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service.You can try the book I linked above or any audiobook of your choice for free! 

To download your free audiobook today go to audibletrial.com/actuallyknitting

Jul 17 2017

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Actually Knitting Episode 77: Magical Sweater Math

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Knitting Segments Knits in Rehearsal 

Vasa by Dianna Walla

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

The Pal Kal is entering the second month. Listen to see if you are the lucky winner of the Intermission/Chatter prize for June. I also announce the Intermission Prize Sponsor for the month of July, Zombody Knits.

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

Check out the episode for more information about this episode's producing sponsor, Alana Dakos from Never Not Knitting. 

Other Events

I hope you'll indulge me in a brief recap of my time at ZK 2017.

My favorite vendors were Yarn Geek FibersLeading Men Fiber Arts and The Yarn Truck/Knit Buffalo. 

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This episode I tell you about Dairyland Knits.

 

Non-Knitting Segments Meatless Monday

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quesadillas from the Live-in Kitchen. 

Love it or Leave it

Love: I have been doing a Bootcamp workout at Camp Gladiator and really enjoying it.

Leave: I did something really stupid. Listen up for details....

 

Other News and Notes

Theatrical Updates

I saw the tour of Fun Home and it was amazing!

Running

No real news on this front. I did run my longest solo distance of 10 miles, which felt really good.

Reading

I finished reading 2 books, both of which I really enjoyed.

This episode is brought to you by Audible. Enjoy a free 30 day trial and free audiobook by clicking here! I am currently enjoying

Jul 02 2017

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Actually Knitting Episode 76: Both Safe and Sanitary!

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Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits

VNeck Boxy by Joji Locatelli 

 

Knits in Rehearsal 

Find your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Vasa by Dianna Walla

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

The Pal Kal has officially started!

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

Check out the episode for more information about this episode's producing sponsor, Imagined Landscape Designs. 

Other Events

WWKIP Day

Thanks to everyone who came out for WWKIP day! We were a small buy mighty crowd! Thanks to these sponsors for donating door prizes!

Charlotte Yarn , Cottage Yarn and Queen City Yarn.

Stash Dash 2017

Check out the Knit Girlls Podcast for more information.

Splash Pad Party with the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Summer Stripe Along Kal

 

Knitting Podcast Spotlight

This week I checked out the Bede Sisters podcast, hosted by Kay. Check it out!

 

The Reviews are In! 

This episode I reviewed a new purchase, the Knitter's Keep by Coco Knits.

 

Non-Knitting Segments Love it or Leave it

Love: Essential Oils

What are your favorites?

Leave: People asking me about my plans to have children. What????

 

Other News and Notes

Running

No news is good news! Week 7 of Marathon training is in the books.

Reading

I finished reading The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.

I finished listening to Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

Interested in a free audiobook from Audible? Check out this link to get your free audiobook today!

Jun 16 2017

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Actually Knitting Episode 75: Let me Take you on a Knitscapade!

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You have to be a Janet Jackson fan to get that reference....

Thanks so much for using the Amazon Links! Your purchases help to support the podcast and it doesn't cost you a thing! 

Knitting Segments Knits in Rehearsal 

V Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli

 

Auditioning Knits

PalKal Auditions

I'm trying to figure out what I'll do for the PalKal this year. 

Was thinking of knitting the Lil' Miss Chelsea Bean by Jenn Sheelen.

Also considering Breathing Space and True Friend by Veera Valimaki, using my ChileKnitz Pal Kal Yarn. 

I am also searching for something to make with my PalKal kit from Suburban Stitcher. 

Summer Tops

I am searching pretty hard for something to make with my Claudia Hand-Painted Contemplation yarn that's been in my stash for a while. I originally bought it to make the Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy.

Here are some of the things I'm considering:

Nesoi Tee by Miriam Felton

Notched Hem Tank Top by Purl Soho

Breeze by Joanna Rankin

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Check the link above to RSVP.

June 10, 2017

I'll be at Foxcroft Wine in Dilworth, Charlotte, from 2pm until at least 5.

1235 East Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28203

I will have door prizes from Charlotte Yarn (which is in the same shopping center as the wine bar), Cottage Yarn and Queen City Yarn.

Charlotte Yarn, Baskets of Yarn and Cottage Yarn will all be having specials that day for Actually Knitting listeners and those Knitting in Public.

The Pal Kal has officially started!

Exciting News! Check out my social media feeds for information about some exclusive products coming from Suburban Stitcher and ChileKnitz!

Check out the Ravelry group for details about all of the great sponsors for the PalKal2017.

Other Events

Stash Dash 2017

Check out the Knit Girlls Podcast for more information.

Summer Stripe Along Kal

 

Knitscapade

Let me take you on a Knitscapade! Last weekend I visited my favorite not-so-local to me LYS, Black Mountain Yarn Shop. I fell off the wagon pretty hard but, no regrets!

 

Non-Knitting Segments One Pot Wonders

One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta from Skinny Taste

 

Love it or Leave it

Love: Camping Trip

Leave: Humidity

 

Other News and Notes

Running News: 

I am in week 5 of training for the Chicago Marathon. Trying to stay injury free and also keep using my bullet journal to track my workouts.

Reading Updates: 

I finished reading Eligible, A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfield.

Use this link to get your free 30 day trial and free audiobook from Audible.com.

Jun 01 2017

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Actually Knitting Episode 74: Yay! Sportsball!

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Knitting Segments Knits in Rehearsal 

V Neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Here is a circular tracker I used for inspiration for my bullet journal. Mine is very basic at the moment. 

Mae Pullover by Andrea Mowry

Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

March Mowry Madness

#MarchMowryMadness officially wrapped up on April 30, 2017. Listen to see if you are the lucky winner of a pack of mini-skeins by Happy Little Yarn!

Stash Dash 2017

Check out the Knit Girlls Podcast for more information.

World Wide Knit in Public Day

June 10, 2017

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

Exciting News! Watch my social media feeds for information about some exclusive products coming from Suburban Stitcher and ChileKnitz!

Below is the painting that Connie is using for the color way inspiration.

 

Non-Knitting Segments Meatless Monday

Low-Carb Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups

 

Love it or Leave it

I got nothing but love this week! Josh and I got engaged a couple of weeks ago! 

 

Other News and Notes

Finished Reading: 

Currently Reading: 

Currently Listening to: 

Use this link to get your free 30 day trial and free audiobook from Audible.com.

May 15 2017

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Actually Knitting Episode 73: Athleisure

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Knitting Segments Show-Ready Knits 

Ripken by Melanie Berg

Here's a tutorial for the Crochet Hook Provisional Cast-On

 

Knits in Rehearsal

Vanilla Socks

 

Knitting News, Notes and Events

World Wide Knit in Public Day

June 10, 2017

March Mowry Madness

#MarchMowryMadness will run through April 30, 2017.

The PalKal is coming up this summer! Are you interested in sponsoring the biggest and best Kal for the Actually Knitting Podcast? Here is where you can find information about levels of Sponsorship.

Fill out this Google Form and I'll get in touch with you about sponsoring the KAL. The PalKal runs from June 1-September 1, 2017 and it is all about supporting podcasters who are designers, indie dyers, bag makers, etc.

Exciting News! Watch my social media feeds for information about some exclusive products coming from Suburban Stitcher and ChileKnitz!

Below is the painting that Connie is using for the color way inspiration.

Next planned Knitting Event: Zombie Knitpocalypse in June 2017

 

  Knitting Talkback: Athleisure 

Parody Video: Active Wear

Knitting Industry Blog

I was inspired by a recent issue of Knit Wear Magazine to delve into the topic of Athleisure in hand knits.

Interweave Blog: What's the Deal with Athleisure

The patterns I featured in this episode:

Marblehead Poncho by  Lana Jois

Rockport Vest by Allison Jane

Sturbridge Pullovery by Pam Allen

Dartmouth Pullover by Brandy Velten

Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Mae by Andrea Mowry 

Kingston Tunic by Andrea Mowry

Sidewalk Sweater by Kate Oates

Ouisa by Christina Ghirlanda

Chloe Cardigan by Jo Storie

Still Light Tunic by Veera Valimaki 

Listener Contribution: Cooldown by Alicia Plummer

I would love to hear your ideas for altheisure patterns in knitting! Go on over to the Ravelry group to tell us all about it.

 

Non-Knitting Segments Love it or Leave it

Love: Handwriting Tutorials

Leave: I hate 4th quarter!

 

Other News and Notes

Running News

I officially started training for marathon #2, The Chicago Marathon is October 8th, 2017.

I have been inspired to start doing a bullet journal for my running. Check out this post from Runner's World about using a bullet journal for running and other health tracking.

Some pics of my bullet journal are on my Instagram feed.

Books

Finished Reading:

Finished Listening: 

Currently Reading:

Currently Listening:

May 01 2017

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Smart ladies!

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Just love listening to your podcast. I learn something every time- very time worthy !!

Very enjoyable

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Wonderful content and fun to listen to. Michelle has a beautiful speaking voice.