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:

knit in Lindy Chain yarn:

Mae by Andrea Mowry:

Fruity Knitting interview with Jess and Casey of Ravelry:

My Ravelry page:

My Flickr:

Konami code:

Truly Myrtle interview with Great Ocean Road Mill:

Zida by Libby Jonson:

knit in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarns:

reusable produce bags:

nutritious movement website with podcast, good blog posts, and book links:

my current read- Move Your DNA:

Vivobarefoot shoes that you MUST transition into slowly:

Walk The Block MKAL by Cassondra Rizzardi:

origami bag by Yarn Carnival:

Maker's Merch enamel pin:

Ben Pobjoy's Democratic Movement interview:

Mobility Justice:

Multicultural Communities for Mobility:

Article about homelessness in LA:

The story of Adam and Eve and their shift of focus:

Our KAL - #JunkoJuneandJuly:

Check out all of Junko's patterns:

My sweater choice is Plum by Junko Okamoto:

knit in Moeke Yarn's Elena. Read their story here:

Overdressed book:

Article on Potato Chip News:

The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu:

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:

Zara by Dianna Walla:

knit in Lindy Chain by Knit Picks:

Mae by Andrea Mowry:

knit in recycled fiber- Berroco Remix Light:

using helix striping method when alternating same colorway skeins:

Try it on Tubing:

Educated: A Memoir:

And an interview with the author (I haven't had a chance to listen yet):

The Android's Dream:

Our TTTKAL Compiled Book List, thanks to a lovely KAL member:

PBS Great American Reads List:

Some of your podcasts I mentioned: 

The Yarn Junkie Podcast:

Katinka of Aknitak Creations Podcast:

Lindsey of The Wooden Nest Podcast:

Ruth of Everyday Yarnworks Podcast:

Zero Waste article:

La Leche League Whole Foods for the Whole Family:

and my favorite LLL book:

More movement stuff:

Katy Bowman Nutritious Movement blog:

Her Podcast Move Your DNA:

Move Your DNA book by Katy Bowman:

Katy's interview with Ben Pobjoy:

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

Junko Okamoto:

and Rug pattern is free:

I'm knitting Plum pattern:

in Moeke's Elena yarn:

Moeke's IndieGogo Campaign:

Bed of Roses Knitting Bags and Notions:

RizzaKnits 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:

Cheaper Polarfleece jacket:

Kex Hostel in Reykjavík:
Blue Lagoon:

Snorri Sturluson:

Birch by Pam Allen:
knit in Patons Classic Wool:

Twas the Night Before Christmas socks by Dani Jorge:
Knit in Sweet Sparrow Yarns' Peppermint Mocha:

Foss Hotel, even if for just a meal:

Skaftafell Park:

Thingvellir Park:
History of the Althing:

Alafoss Lopi store:
The free Afmæli pattern by Istex Lop on ravelry:
or straight to pdf:


Lakigígar eruption:


the Sagas of the Icelanders:

Ultralight Hiking:

Innov-8 Roclite Hi-top trail runners:

Jobi GorrillaPod tri-pod:

Insight Guides Iceland book and ebook:

A Traveller's Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales:

Compression bags for yarn etc.:

Kelty Redwing Pack:

Tops Tanks and Tees Knit-along:

Zara by Dianna Walla:
in Lindy Chain yarn:

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:

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:
Instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife:
Ravelry as 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:

and here:

My Goldfinch by Andrea Mowry: in Gynx Targhee Dk

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion:

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

A Homespun House Dale:
YOTH Father:
Quince and Co:
Brooklyn Tweed:
Baa Ram Ewe:
Swan's Island:
Elemental Effects:
Blacker Yarns:
Peace Fleece:
White Gum Wool:

Natural Yarns I saw at DFW Fiber Fest:

Independence Wool:
The Ross Farm:
Hill Country Weavers Naturals:
KidKat Ranch:
Wolle's Natural Creations:
and Wolle's Ravelry Group:

I plan to use some of this yarn for the Azulejo Shawl by Christina Danaee:
and the Polly Shawl by Trudy Fedorko:

The Ninja Chickens Episode that discusses superwash yarn:

Knitter's Review Calendar of Local Yarn Festivals:

Karmyn's DIY drop shoulder pattern inspiration:

Pammie's Timely Cardigan, by Libby Jonson:

My current WIPs are Birch by Pam Allen:

and The Bulky Easy One by Joji Locatelli:

Once more, The Year of Less by Cait Flanders:

Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson:

Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman:

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:
On Instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife:
On Ravelry as 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:
hosted by Evelyn of The Thistle Hollow Podcast:

My square from Build-a-Block Blanket pattern by Lisa Carnahan:


Minimalist Budgeting to save:

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders:

TTV photos:

Roid Week:

Kon Marie method of coding clothes for hours:

El Cosmico:

Roswell UFO Museum:

Grand Canyon North Rim:

Zion National Park:

Angel's Landing:

Bryce Canyon:

Roclite Trail shoes:

Kelty Backpack:

My Bulky Easy One by Joji Locatelli:

Lumen by Fiona Alice:

From Amirisu 15:

To knit in Hawthorne Tonal Hand Paint (Grant's Pass and Silverton):

My Zida by Libby Jonson:

in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn (Gentleman and Soft Romance):

for the Spring Shawl Wrap-Up KAL in Truly Myrtle Ravelry Group:

Laine Magazine, issue 4:

Specifically Kate cardigan, also by Libby:

and Timely Cardigan:

Latest Truly Myrtle Podcast episode that got me thinking about non-superwash socks:

Making Stories Socks 2018 Ebook:

Tim Silverwood of "Take 3 for the Sea":

Blacker Mohair blend:

Exchanging Fire Guide to Ethical Yarn:

Tanis Fiber Arts Pure Wash:

Mountain Meadow Wool:

Madelinetosh Ranch Wools:

for the Hazy Cloud Pullover by Andrea Rangel:

DFW Fiber Fest:

Roundtable Yarns:

Future Knits are Silvermine by Christina Danaee:

Larch by PamAllen:

in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn, dark teal colorway:

and a Granny Stripe Blanket by Attic24:

in a Suzy Q Makes Fox bag:

using Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye, Poseidon:

And Hawthorne Tonal Hand Paints, Cully:

Some great viewer podcasts:

Aknitak Creations Podcast:

and Shauna Stitches Podcast:

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:
On Instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife:
On Ravelry as 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:

Hosted by Evelyn of The Thistle Hollow Podcast:

The Thistle Hollow Ravelry Group:

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders:

Honest Money Podcast with Cait Flanders:

Larch by Pam Allen:

To be knit in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn:

The Weekender by Andrea Mowry:

Knit in Cascade 220:

The Bulky Easy One by Joji Locatelli:

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:

Birch by Pam Allen:

Both knit in Patons Classic Wool:

The Commercial KAL with the Stranded Podcast:

My Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter:

My blog post on DIY wooden needles:

Ashley Martineau's thrift sweater recycling tutorial:

Truly Myrtle Spring Shawl Autumn Wrap Up KAL:

I'm knitting Zida by Libby:

in Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn's Soft Romance and Gentleman:

Coffee, Yarn, and Dinosaurs Podcast: