Thursday, June 14, 2018

Episode 12: Ravelry Member #187,412




This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

My question for you: What's the main thing that has jumped started your health after sickness, crisis, diagnosis, etc?

Stuff I mention in Episode 12: Ravelry Member #187,412

Zara Tee by Dianna Walla: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/06/zara-tee.html

knit in Lindy Chain yarn: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Lindy_Chain__D5420254.html

Mae by Andrea Mowry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mae-15

Fruity Knitting interview with Jess and Casey of Ravelry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qXmRsW-gPo

My Ravelry page: https://www.ravelry.com/people/mamatronic

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mamatronic/albums

Konami code: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami_Code

Truly Myrtle interview with Great Ocean Road Mill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtT8LLX5ir4&t=3135s

Zida by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zida

knit in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarns: https://www.redsockbluesockyarn.com

reusable produce bags: https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Produce-Bags-Fruits-Veggies/dp/B002UXQ7QQ/ref=asc_df_B002UXQ7QQ/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=194842526382&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1564702605197586869&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9027872&hvtargid=pla-312440656941&psc=1

nutritious movement website with podcast, good blog posts, and book links: https://nutritiousmovement.com

my current read- Move Your DNA: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Move-Your-DNA-Restore-Movement/dp/1943370109/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528952225&sr=1-1&keywords=move+your+dna+katy+bowman

Vivobarefoot shoes that you MUST transition into slowly: https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us

Walk The Block MKAL by Cassondra Rizzardi: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/walk-the-block-mkal

origami bag by Yarn Carnival: https://www.yarncarnival.com

Maker's Merch enamel pin: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MakersMerch

Ben Pobjoy's Democratic Movement interview: https://nutritiousmovement.com/walking-the-talk-podcast-episode-98/

Mobility Justice: https://nutritiousmovement.com/the-city-moves-you-podcast-episode-103/

Multicultural Communities for Mobility: http://www.multicultimobility.org/author/maria-sipin/

Article about homelessness in LA: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-how-we-got-here-20180201-story.html

The story of Adam and Eve and their shift of focus: https://www.bible.com/bible/111/GEN.3.niv

Our KAL - #JunkoJuneandJuly: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/junkojuneandjuly/

Check out all of Junko's patterns: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/junko-okamotos-ravelry-store/patterns

My sweater choice is Plum by Junko Okamoto: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plum-7

knit in Moeke Yarn's Elena. Read their story here: http://www.moeke-yarns.com

Overdressed book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GSZJ3Y/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Article on Potato Chip News: https://gretchenrubin.com/2015/01/do-you-wish-you-spent-less-time-watching-potato-chip-news

The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AEPSWB4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1



Monday, June 4, 2018

Zara Tee

I am particularly proud of this tee that I knit for the Tops, Tanks, and Tees Knit-along.  It's Dianna Walla's Zara pattern and involved some things I've never done before.



I've never mixed crochet and knitting on a project. I've barely even crocheted anything, so this was very engaging. It really wasn't fiddly, either.


I've also never knit colorwork with linen/ cotton yarn. The windowpane style it created is a new addition to my wardrobe, too. I love it!

On top of all of that, I don't think I've ever knit an oversized summer top that was also cropped. I have only admired them on Ravelry, so it was nice to actually have my own.



And did I mention is is very appropriate for my climate?!?  I used Lindy Chain that washes well and is just a bit heavier than t-shirt jersey because, within a week or so, it will be so hot I will undergo a yearly ritual.  If you live in the Southern U.S. you may experience this same phenomenon.

It goes something like this, the details vary but the outcome is always the same:  You remember you have to bring a dish to some event, only hours before said event begins. After sweating over the stove for thirty minutes, you realize your are missing a key ingredient. You begin to feel flushed. You turn off the burners, rush to throw on shoes, spend 10 minutes looking for your keys, all the while a "Danger" warning flashing in your head. When you find them and are a mile from home, your tire goes completely flat. You are instantly drenched when you step out of the "Max AC" of your car to check out your tire. At this point your eyes are a more vibrant green than normal. Your husband, who always calls/ texts/ calls/ calls kids/ texts/ calls/texts/ calls kids again... until you answer his phone calls, won't pick up. It's ok. You're prepared. You had him oversee you changing a tire years ago on a Sunday afternoon, when your Uncle and Aunt drove by and looked puzzled as your husband sat in a lawn chair, chilling, while watching you lug a tire out of the trunk. You are ready for this. As you lift the spare from the trunk, you suddenly realize, truly realize, that it is hot. It's not just hot. It is so hot that you are practically cooking inside of your body. It is angry hot. Then the lug wrench won't budge and... oh just watch the clip!! Southern women, you know how this ends:



So I am trying to choose summer knits that won't cause me to freak out, with no warning to those around me, ripping the clothing from my flesh (except for purple capris) as I flip my car, you know?

Here are the details of this knit.  I said on my podcast that I was adding a one square repeat in length. Maybe I thought that I did, but I didn't.  Now that it is completed, I am glad I accidentally knit it at pattern's length because I really like the cropped shape.


Details:  I knit a size 45", using US 4 needles and 6 skeins of Lindy Chain in Black and 1 skein in Linen.  The linen was just scrap yarn. The pattern didn't require very much. For the crochet, I used hook size D.

Though linen is harder to find a knitting rhythm with, I think the cotton helps out and I didn't struggle too hard with this project.

Modifications: It is worked in pieces, and for some reason I knit one side a few rows longer than the other.  It must have been Senior Mom brain.  As in- my son is a senior and I am his mom.  I'm not quite a senior yet :) Anyway, when I realized I'd done this, I just used the longer side for the back. I laid the front on top of it and about 3/4 of an inch from the bottom of the front, I began the mattress stitching to join the sides.  This made a little split hem and hi/lo hem effect.  It's kind of cute.

That was unintentional; however, I purposely planned to make the sleeve opening deeper (6.5") and so picked up 8 extra stitches per sleeve. It fits perfectly.


Note:  I would do the applied crochet vertical lines on each side before seaming them together, as it is just easier to work from front to back on a piece of flat knitting.


Another thing I love about this top is that there is no I-cord edging, or finishing, to do to the sleeve and neckline edges.  This leaves little to drag your feet about, when finishing.


Even the ends weren't a big deal to me. I just wove them a bit away from the edges and tied them into a few knots, then snipped with about 3/4" remaining.  If there were two ends near each other, like at the side seams, I'd tie them together and repeat the knots and snipping. I have never had a problem with any of the summer knits I have handled this way unraveling or peeking through to the right side of the knit. So far, so good.

I wore this yesterday at high noon for these photos and, though it was hot, I didn't get heat angry. That's good because you wouldn't like me when I'm heat angry.

It's amazing how often I hear this theme music in the summer.

(image via Pinterest)

More on this knit on Ravelry, my podcast episodes 10-12 (I think), Kollabora, Flickr

Friday, June 1, 2018

Episode 11: Moving More

Recorded this before graduation madness. I may be a bit scattered, but I missed you guys.

I didn't hear about it until after filming this, but Cassondra Razzaldi, RizzaKnits, is holding a MKAL called Walk the Block MKAL that encourages us to move while knitting!  Meant to be!

This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.



So many Questions:

How are you managing plastic waste when shopping? When buying bulk ingredients for skincare, food, etc?

While getting outside or moving what new thoughts have come to you this week?
Stuff I mention in Episode 11:

Tops, Tanks, and Tees Knit-along: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/search#photo=yes&sort=started&topic=3780329&view=thumbs

Zara by Dianna Walla: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zara-12

knit in Lindy Chain by Knit Picks: https://www.knitpicks.com/cfYarns/Yarn_Display.cfm?ID=5420254&buy_individually=26460&media=PPCGNBT&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7KKemL-r2wIVkoZpCh0_7QZnEAAYASAAEgJ3h_D_BwE&utm_source=media&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=PPCGNBT

Mae by Andrea Mowry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mae-15

knit in recycled fiber- Berroco Remix Light: https://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-remix-light

using helix striping method when alternating same colorway skeins: https://youtu.be/Eo7NOQ6PpsY

Try it on Tubing: https://www.machineknittingtodyefor.com/product/try-it-on-tubing/

Educated: A Memoir: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072BLVM83/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

And an interview with the author (I haven't had a chance to listen yet): http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/the-current/segment/15544803

The Android's Dream: https://www.amazon.com/Androids-Dream-John-Scalzi-ebook/dp/B002GYI974/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1527619317&sr=1-2&keywords=androids+dream+of+sheep

Our TTTKAL Compiled Book List, thanks to a lovely KAL member: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dbvOIbcING5UH6D6yjhXN8GTXycs8wRysWQkkLL3alY/edit

PBS Great American Reads List: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#/

Some of your podcasts I mentioned: 

The Yarn Junkie Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-VC3r0eQFglzOkMCEYtvUA

Katinka of Aknitak Creations Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC61E1yCsPEe21ZoaS0ZEBrg

Lindsey of The Wooden Nest Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpadnck-EfHU5K-2f6OhEoQ

Ruth of Everyday Yarnworks Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOQuhzCZH32NK9gIIY-Ixcw

Zero Waste article: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/zero-waste-families-plastic-culture/#

La Leche League Whole Foods for the Whole Family: https://www.amazon.com/Whole-Foods-Family-International-Cookbook/dp/0452255031

and my favorite LLL book: https://www.amazon.com/Fussy-Bring-High-Need-Growing-Family/dp/0912500883/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527732760&sr=1-2&keywords=high+need+child+sears

More movement stuff:

Katy Bowman Nutritious Movement blog: https://nutritiousmovement.com/blog/

Her Podcast Move Your DNA: https://nutritiousmovement.com/podcasts/

Move Your DNA book by Katy Bowman: https://www.amazon.com/Move-Your-DNA-Movement-Expanded-ebook/dp/B0718X8N7H/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1527620202&sr=1-3&keywords=katy+bowman+books

Katy's interview with Ben Pobjoy: https://nutritiousmovement.com/walking-the-talk-podcast-episode-98/

I'll be knitting a Junko pattern this summer under this hashtag: #JunkoJuneandJuly

Junko Okamoto: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/junko-okamoto

and Rug pattern is free: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rug-11

I'm knitting Plum pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plum-7

in Moeke's Elena yarn: http://www.moeke-yarns.com

Moeke's IndieGogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-equip-the-moeke-yarns-fiber-mill-clothing-community#/

Bed of Roses Knitting Bags and Notions: https://www.etsy.com/no-en/shop/bedofroses

RizzaKnits Walk the Block MKAL: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/walk-the-block-mkal





Friday, May 18, 2018

Episode 10: Icelandic Road Trip

After a few weeks of trying to squeeze in time to organize my photos, video, and thoughts on an incredible experience, here it is.  My words don't fully reflect my gratitude to have stood on ground I've wanted to stand on for 27 years?!  It didn't have to happen, I would've been fine.  But I'm really glad it did.

Episode 10: Icelandic Road Trip



This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

My Question for you is still... how are you improving your quality of life by unplugging, getting outdoors, and/ or moving more.

Stuff I mention in Episode 10:

Marmot Pre-Cip Rain Jacket: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DNO0DVG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cheaper Polarfleece jacket: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MTWBCDZ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Kex Hostel in Reykjavík: http://www.kexhostel.is
Blue Lagoon: https://www.bluelagoon.com
Geysir: https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/attractions/geysir-geothermal-field
Gulfoss: http://gullfoss.is

Snorri Sturluson: http://norse-mythology.net/who-was-snorri-sturluson/

Birch by Pam Allen: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/birch-12
knit in Patons Classic Wool: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/supplies/patons-classic-wool-worsted-yarn/46556

Twas the Night Before Christmas socks by Dani Jorge: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twas-the-night-before-christmas-socks
Knit in Sweet Sparrow Yarns' Peppermint Mocha: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetSparrowYarns

Reynisfjara: https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-iceland/drive/reynisfjara
Sudurvik: http://handpickediceland.is/tour/sudur-vik-restaurant-cafebar/
Foss Hotel, even if for just a meal: https://www.islandshotel.is/hotels-in-iceland/fosshotel-glacier-lagoon
Jökullsarlon: http://icelagoon.is

Skaftafell Park: https://www.icelandtravel.is/attractions/skaftafell-national-park/
Svartifoss: https://guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/regina/svartifoss-waterfall-in-skaftafell-national-park
Skaftafellsjökull: https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-iceland/drive/skaftafellsjokull

Thingvellir Park: https://guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/jorunnsg/ingvellir-national-park
History of the Althing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althing

Alafoss Lopi store: https://alafoss.is
The free Afmæli pattern by Istex Lop on ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/afmli---20-year-anniversary-sweater
or straight to pdf: http://istex.is/Files/Skra_0051195.pdf

Öræfi: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/orfi-2

Lakigígar eruption: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laki

Skogafoss: https://guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/regina/the-beautiful-skogafoss-waterfall-and-the-legend-of-the-treasure-chest

the Sagas of the Icelanders: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002RI9HVQ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Ultralight Hiking: https://www.backpacker.com/gear/10-tips-to-go-ultralight

Innov-8 Roclite Hi-top trail runners:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IR9EFWY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Jobi GorrillaPod tri-pod: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FGTWOC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Insight Guides Iceland book and ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Insight-Guides-Iceland/dp/1786715880/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=MXJ758J8VVVBJBHKW97X

A Traveller's Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ANTJDFU/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Compression bags for yarn etc.: https://www.amazon.com/Roll-Up-Compression-Storage-Organizers-RoomierLife/dp/B015VDB4L4/ref=sr_1_5?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1526584711&sr=1-5&keywords=plastic+compression+travel+bags

Kelty Redwing Pack: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014JQ9GG4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Tops Tanks and Tees Knit-along: https://www.veryshannon.com/tttkal18

Zara by Dianna Walla: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zara-12
in Lindy Chain yarn: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Lindy_Chain__D5420254.html

For anyone who actually read this list to the end, here's a cringe-worthy article about tourism in Iceland.  This is what I did not want to be:
https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/07/iceland-tourism/533382/

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Episode 9: Ideal Self

More thoughts on living with less and doing, or not doing things, because of the "ideal self."



This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

I'm on my blog: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
Instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife: https://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
Ravelry as mamatronic: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic

Questions I have for you:
Are you finding ways to move and take care of your body that are compatible with the "simple life?"
How important is it to you to get outdoors regularly?

Stuff I mention in Episode 9:

T-shirt quilt ideas: https://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/article/quick-easy-t-shirt-quilt-tutorial/

and here: https://monicapare.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-quilt-for-dummies/

My Goldfinch by Andrea Mowry: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2016/12/goldfinch-in-targhee.html in Gynx Targhee Dk

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GSZJ3Y/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Our combined natural yarn links (Some of these companies sell both super wash and non-superwash):

Isager: http://knitisager.com/epages/8a82804a-30cc-48c7-ba7b-d862514f56d5.sf/en_US/?ObjectPath=/Shops/8a82804a-30cc-48c7-ba7b-d862514f56d5/Categories/%22Isager%20Yarns%22
A Homespun House Dale: https://ahomespunhouse.com/yarn-bases/
YOTH Father: https://yothyarns.com/collections/all
Quince and Co: https://quinceandco.com/collections/yarns
Brooklyn Tweed: https://www.brooklyntweed.com/yarn/
Guillat: https://dererumnatura.fr/shop/en/yarns/14-produit-generique1.html
Baa Ram Ewe: https://baaramewe.co.uk
Retrosario: https://retrosaria.rosapomar.com/collections/our-yarn
O-Wool: https://o-wool.com
Swan's Island: https://swansislandcompany.com/product-category/handcrafted-yarns/
Elemental Effects: http://www.elementalaffects.com
Blacker Yarns: http://www.tukuwool.com/en/
Tukuwool: http://www.tukuwool.com/en/
Peace Fleece: https://peacefleece.com/shop/
Mirasol: http://mirasol.com.pe
White Gum Wool: http://www.whitegumwool.com.au

Natural Yarns I saw at DFW Fiber Fest:

Independence Wool: http://www.independencefarmsteadfibers.com
The Ross Farm: http://www.therossfarm.com
Hill Country Weavers Naturals: https://hillcountryweavers.com/products/naturallyhcw
KidKat Ranch: https://www.kidkatranch.com/fiber.html
Ewe2Yarn: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ewe2yarn
Wolle's Natural Creations: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WollesYarnCreations
and Wolle's Ravelry Group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/fans-of-wolles-yarn-creations

I plan to use some of this yarn for the Azulejo Shawl by Christina Danaee: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/azulejo-shawl
and the Polly Shawl by Trudy Fedorko: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/polly-shawl

The Ninja Chickens Episode that discusses superwash yarn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YctMPp-lPYk&t=6s

Knitter's Review Calendar of Local Yarn Festivals: http://www.knittersreview.com/upcoming_events/

Karmyn's DIY drop shoulder pattern inspiration: https://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Bitch-Superstar-Knitting-Beyond-ebook/dp/B00AHDHLQQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1523645701&sr=1-1&keywords=Superstar+knitting

Pammie's Timely Cardigan, by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/timely

My current WIPs are Birch by Pam Allen: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/birch

and The Bulky Easy One by Joji Locatelli: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-easy-bulky-one

Once more, The Year of Less by Cait Flanders: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Less-Shopping-Belongings-Discovered-ebook/dp/B0767XNB47/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1523645594&sr=1-1&keywords=the+year+of+less

Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson: https://www.amazon.com/Primal-Blueprint-Reprogram-effortless-boundless/dp/0982207786/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523655269&sr=1-11&refinements=p_lbr_one_browse-bin%3AMark+Sisson

Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman: https://nutritiousmovement.com

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Episode 8: I'm the Neat One Now

It's true!  I have a few small areas of my house to tackle and the organization I have been lacking the last few years will be totally corrected.  Who knows what genius ideas I'll unlock in my less- cluttered brain.



This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

On my blog: www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
On Instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife: https://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
On Ravelry as mamatronic: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic?

Questions I have for you:
Have you made the switch to non-superwash/ un-dyed yarns or are you transitioning?
What are your favorite sources for non-superwash sock yarns?
Any booth recommendations for DFW FiberFest?

Stuff I mentioned  in Episode 8:

The Sister Survivor Blanket Project: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-thistle-hollow/3748881/1-25#23
hosted by Evelyn of The Thistle Hollow Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFKbkUfowbg&t=3s

My square from Build-a-Block Blanket pattern by Lisa Carnahan: https://www.creativeknittingmagazine.com/blog/?p=1438

Right-sizing: https://www.smartliving365.com/right-sizing-your-way-to-retirement-step-one/

Minimalist Budgeting to save: https://www.theminimalists.com/finances/

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0767XNB47/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

TTV photos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Through_the_Viewfinder_photography

Roid Week: https://www.flickr.com/groups/roidweek2017/pool/

Kon Marie method of coding clothes for hours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZH8-hG2y2Y

El Cosmico: https://elcosmico.com

Roswell UFO Museum: http://www.roswellufomuseum.com

Grand Canyon North Rim: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/north-rim.htm

Zion National Park: https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

Angel's Landing: https://utah.com/zion-national-park/angels-landing

Bryce Canyon: https://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

Roclite Trail shoes: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IR9EFWY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Kelty Backpack: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014JQ9GG4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My Bulky Easy One by Joji Locatelli: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/the-easy-bulky-one

Lumen by Fiona Alice: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lumens

From Amirisu 15: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/amirisu-winter-2018-issue-15

To knit in Hawthorne Tonal Hand Paint (Grant's Pass and Silverton): https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Hawthorne_Tonal_Hand_Paint__D5420312.html

My Zida by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/zida

in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn (Gentleman and Soft Romance): https://www.redsockbluesockyarn.com

for the Spring Shawl Wrap-Up KAL in Truly Myrtle Ravelry Group: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/truly-myrtle/3754268/526-550#550

Laine Magazine, issue 4: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/laine-magazine-issue-4/patterns

Specifically Kate cardigan, also by Libby: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kate-27

and Timely Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/timely

Latest Truly Myrtle Podcast episode that got me thinking about non-superwash socks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7k0ceLnSZY&t=5s

Making Stories Socks 2018 Ebook: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/socks-2018/patterns

Tim Silverwood of "Take 3 for the Sea": http://www.timsilverwood.com

Blacker Mohair blend: https://www.thewoollythistle.com/products/hebridean-mohair-4-ply

Exchanging Fire Guide to Ethical Yarn: https://exchangingfire.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/what-about-the-sheep-a-guide-to-ethical-yarns/

Tanis Fiber Arts Pure Wash: https://www.tanisfiberarts.com/blog/2016/4/purewash

Mountain Meadow Wool: https://mountainmeadowwool.com

Madelinetosh Ranch Wools: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/madelinetosh-ranch-wool--delaine-merino

for the Hazy Cloud Pullover by Andrea Rangel: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hazy-cloud

DFW Fiber Fest: http://www.dfwfiberfest.org

Roundtable Yarns: https://roundtableyarns.com

Future Knits are Silvermine by Christina Danaee: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/silvermine-2

Larch by PamAllen: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/larch-4

in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn, dark teal colorway: https://www.redsockbluesockyarn.com

and a Granny Stripe Blanket by Attic24: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-stripes-2

in a Suzy Q Makes Fox bag: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1393040327

using Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye, Poseidon: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Hawthorne_Fingering_Kettle_Dye_Yarn__D5420271.html

And Hawthorne Tonal Hand Paints, Cully: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Hawthorne_Fingering_Multi_Yarn__D5420251.html

Some great viewer podcasts:

Aknitak Creations Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luT2q9IVMjk

and Shauna Stitches Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsjxNywPkJA



Episode 7: Hygge on Crack

Sorry I forgot to actually publish this one until today.



This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

On my blog: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
On Instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife: https://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
On Ravelry as mamatronic: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic

Episode 7: Hygge on Crack
Questions for you? 

- As you simplify your life, spending less and becoming more resourceful to meet your needs, are you finding new creative passions or skills you didn't know you had?

- "Financial security is important to a point."  What is that point for you?  Do you want to work forever?  Are you willing to take a pay decrease and cut spending to have more free time?

I'm interested.

Stuff I mention:

Sister Survivor Blanket Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFKbkUfowbg

Hosted by Evelyn of The Thistle Hollow Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzLEkx1THL8vtNSQyDeKWHg

The Thistle Hollow Ravelry Group: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-thistle-hollow/3748881/1-25#21

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0767XNB47/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Honest Money Podcast with Cait Flanders: https://honestmoneypodcast.com

Larch by Pam Allen: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/larch-4

To be knit in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn: https://www.redsockbluesockyarn.com

The Weekender by Andrea Mowry: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/the-weekender

Knit in Cascade 220: http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Cascade220.htm

The Bulky Easy One by Joji Locatelli: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-easy-bulky-one

Easy enough to knit during Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And in case I'm not the only one who hasn't seen it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067992/

Birch by Pam Allen: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/birch-12

Both knit in Patons Classic Wool: http://www.joann.com/patons-classic-wool-yarn/prd24730.html

The Commercial KAL with the Stranded Podcast: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/search#photo=yes&sort=started&topic=3730609&view=thumbs

My Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/sunset-highway

My blog post on DIY wooden needles: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2013/05/diy-circulars-and-double-points.html

Ashley Martineau's thrift sweater recycling tutorial: https://www.howtospinyarn.com/blog/2015/7/6/the-original-how-to-unravel-a-sweater-to-recycle-yarn-tutorial

Truly Myrtle Spring Shawl Autumn Wrap Up KAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/truly-myrtle/3754268/1-25

I'm knitting Zida by Libby: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zida

in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn's Soft Romance and Gentleman: https://www.redsockbluesockyarn.com

Coffee, Yarn, and Dinosaurs Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOQuhzCZH32NK9gIIY-Ixcw/videos