Monday, December 9, 2019

Episode 41: An Explosive Sequel

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Remember I am finally starting #scrappyblanketmakealong with @theknitpicky !! Join us on instagram:

My question for you: How can I decorate for Christmas in a time of flux (home repairs, evacuating, etc.) ?  Thanks in advance for your ideas because I'm bummed about not being able to decorate right now.

Stuff I mention in Episode 41:

The explosion:

Fully Spun Vintage Christmas:
Wool of the Andes in Tranquil, Aurora Heather, Blossom Heather, Holly Berry, and Bare:

Good for your brain stuff we're digesting:
Isle of Dogs:
The Weight of Ink:
The Indigo Girl:
The Iliad edition I'm reading:
Won't you Be My Neighbor:

cotton candy/slowly rot your brain TV :) :
90210 Reboot:

Mel Brooks inspiration:

Twice as Nice book by Knit Picks:
Main Attraction stockings:
Fair Isle and geometric Stockings:
Triangles Stocking:

#scrappyblanketmakealong on instagram:

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Episode 40: The Sweater Experience

If you were ever interested in my older knitting projects, this is the episode for you. Your hunger for details will now be satiated to the point of turning into gluttonous nausea. 117 sweaters/upper body garments may be overkill. This is my sweater knitting history.

Laborious as this episode was to put together and then trim to a manageable length, it was fun to look back at old makes, re-read blog posts, and remember my life at the time. If you were one of these designers mentioned, THANK YOU!! Everyone else, thanks for tuning in.

This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

on my blog:
on instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife:
on ravelry as mamatronic:
I have a ravelry group:
on flickr:

A new makealong!!!
Don't forget to join myself and @theknitpicky in the #scrappyblanketmakealong on instagram if you're interested in knitting or crocheting a blanket of some sort out of scrap yarn.

Stuff I mentioned in the episode:
It's ridiculous how much stuff I mentioned. But you can find all of my sweaters on my ravelry page (via the link above) and each project page there has a link to the blog posts on the sweater, where there are detailed notes and lots of photos.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Episode 39: A Very My-So Called Handmade Life Camping Trip

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My Question for you: See last episode. Also have you ever camped solo? Where would you like to go?

Stuff I mention in Episode 39:

Brady Tabu:
Best Brady Camping episode that I do my best to imitate, only with an alligator cutout instead of a bear:
A Very Brady Renovation:

The Caddo of East Texas:
camping Trips on my blog:
Basket sold by A Homespun House:
Color Craze by Tamy Gore:
Bluebird progress keeper from Cedar River Knits:
Dirty Lace by Libby Jonson:
slipped stitch socks knit in Regia Pairfect, Cinamon:
Ready Player One socks:
Twice as Nice by Knit Picks:
Fully Spun, Vintage Christmas:
Wool of the Andes in Holly Berry, Aurora Heather, Blossom Heather, Tranquil, and Bare:

@ardently_jeca has also made a MATH hat:
Guthrie by Caitlin Hunter:
knit in SpinCycle Dyed in the Wool, Mississippi Marsala:
Cascade 220 sport in natural:

Woman's Guide to the Wild:

My Julia Sweater by Wool and the Gang:

Friday, October 4, 2019

Episode 38: A Couple of Non-Knitting Confessions

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My question for you: How many sweaters have you knit? Have you broken 100? What is your favorite sweater?

Stuff I mention in Episode 38:

Hurricane Harvey was a jerk- before and afters of Houston:

my Sodotna Crop on blog:

on ravelry:

in Mockingbird Fiber Co.:

BIPoCMAL2019 with @desamour:

Color Craze by Tamy Gore:

Rustic minis by A Homespun House:

Knit Picks Hawthorne, silverton:

Vogue Ultimate Knitting Book:®-Knitting-Ultimate-Book-Completely/dp/1942021690

Andrea Mowry brioche tutorial setup:

and brioche after setup:

Ad Astra movie:

Ready Player One colorway by Must Stash Yarn:

knit into Smooth Operator by Susan B. Anderson:

Ready Player One by Ernest Kline:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt:

The Goldfinch movie:

Your Silent Face-  New Order:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

Rotting my brain (No, I did not read this article.):

...that was mostly rotted already from this:

and completely annihilated with this:

Pocket Full of Posy Blanket by Purl Soho:

Marley by Andrea Mowry:

Wraparound shawl clasp:

Stocking pattern book Twice as Nice by Knit Picks:

Wool of the Andes in Hollyberry, Aurora Heather, Tranquil, Bare, and Blossom Heather:

Vintage Christmas dyed by Fully Spun:

Bolgatanga Basket from A Homespun House:

Bike Baskets by House of Talents:

Nelsonwood ergonomic carved crochet hook, Brazilian Kingwood:

Knitting in the Hills Retreat Scholarship instagram post:

Knitting in the Hills Retreat Scholarship form:

DFW Fiberfest Scholarship info on instagram:

Guthrie by Boylandknitworks progress:

knit in Spin Cycle Mississippi Marsala:

and Cascade 220:

Columbia by Dawn Barker:

to knit in Chasing Rabbits Fiber:

Siki Shawl by Dawn Henderson:

Marled Patons Kroy:

Ghost Horses by Boylandknitworks:

to knit in Crazy Zauberball:

and Brooklyn Tweed Loft:

Unda by Lesley Anne Robinson:

Cobaltoan also by Lesley:

Coffee at the Grand by Lesley Anne Robinson:

Convergency by Romi Hill:

Ponte di Rialto by Romi Hill:

Bijouterie by Romi:

Crochet hoop earrings by STL Stylings Crochet:

Best Knits Vol. 2:

Lisa of Carol's Daughter on Kristy Glass Knits:

Carol's Daughter site:

Monday, September 23, 2019

Soldotna Crop

I finally knitted a cropped winter sweater and managed to actually make it cropped. In the past, every attempt at a cropped sweater is thwarted by one of two things: 1) I like what I'm knitting and don't want to stop or 2)I'm hesitant because I don't not know if I'll like the cropped style on me. I do lean to the oversized and comfy.

As far as the hesitancy thing goes, I just had to get over it. Avoiding experimentation on your first several sweaters makes sense. Back then, just finishing a sweater felt novel. But after 100 plus sweaters (yeah, I realized I crossed the 100 mark. Insane.) experimenting on number 101isn't such a big deal. Having a kit designed with only enough yarn for a cropped length sweater helped too.

I have knit cropped tops before, but they were always summer sweaters or tank tops, never one thick enough for full blown winter.  And Soldotna, by Caitlin Hunter, is thick. It's three different strands of dk weight yarn held together for Fair Isle knitting over body and sleeves. I don't know if you can tell but I was about to pass out when taking these photos. I'd saved up a sweater, two shawls, and two pairs of socks to photograph. It was one big giant photo shoot in early September heat and a real professional process involving quick costume changes and the wiping of my sweat mustache.

My yarn kit came from Mockingbird Fiber Co. Won't they just love their company name being mentioned directly after my sweat mustache? Sorry, guys.

Okay! Wipe your minds of everything I just wrote. Now, imagine the following colors all together in one garment. Aren't they lovely?

I think I could've come up with a combo involving Natural Woman (the natural one, duh), Night Mauves (the pink), and Dust on the Bottle (the burgundy). But I don't think I would've ever thrown the Drops of Jupiter into the mix. It's the Main body color and one of my favorites that they dye. It's not like any colorway I've used before, but it is the main reason I chose this kit.

If you watch my podcast, you know that I'm not sure how I'll wear this sweater. I have seen lots of great looks, but either I don't own the right pieces in my wardrobe or they aren't the right color. You can see here that my immediate solution was to just wear a loose t-shirt underneath it to get some FO photos. I don't really like the baggy guy jeans with it. But I do like wearing baggy guy jeans, so....

Details: I used size ) needle for ribbing, 3's for the heavy stranded yoke, and 4 for the rest of the body and sleeves. I thought, and rightly so, that the dotted stranded portion wouldn't pucker as much and might appear too tight. That is what happened with my Sunset Highway.

The yarn was the Drops of Jupiter Soldotna kit, plus one extra skein of Drops of Jupiter, from Mockingbird Fiber Co, as I discussed earlier and it was the most fun to watch the colors work together. As everyone said, the yoke knits up fast, possibly because it's incredibly addictive. I took it everywhere with me.

I decided to follow WoollyBear99's directions for modifying the neckline so it would be wider. Then, I promptly forgot and didn't follow it. So instead of omitting the first set of decreases in the yoke, I omitted the last set. I cast on 120 stitches, knit 7 rounds of rib, then performed the short rows for a size 3XL. Since I didn't omit the first increase, but the last instead, I ended up with 18 more stitches than I should have had. Since I'd been knitting it a bit tighter than I planned, because "eyeing it" is the new swatching, this worked out fine. I gave more of the extra stitches to my sleeves because my very muscular arms need the flexin' room.

Hmmm, I can't think of anything else that might be of interest, if knitting is of interest to you. I did use the Simple Stretchy Bind Off from this Very Pink tutorial. In the sleeve above, I had to use a bit of another burgundy tweed yarn for the Bind Off round because I ran out of yarn right at the end, which is completely obnoxious, but I don't think it really shows.

I knit this as part of the Mockingbird Sweater KAL and Summer Sweater KAL 2019. Both had a lot of inspirational projects. I am completely ready to knit Caitlin's Ghost Horses sweater soon, but first I need to finish Guthrie.

(more on Ravelry, Instagram, Flickr, and Youtube)

Discussing end weaving methods on this here and finished knit here.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Episode 37: Totally Baked

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My questions for you: 1) Have you ever used spit splicing or magic knots to cut down the amount of ends you'll have to weave on a project? Or because your were short on yarn?

2) Have you ever made a magic cake? What did you use it to make?

3) Do you have links to any quick, visual references to brioche, in image form?

Stuff I mention in Episode 37: 


My Gyngerbread socks:
Smooth Operator pattern by Susan B. Anderson:

My Kia Socks:
by Dawn Henderson:
knit in Mockingbird Fiber Co:

My Grotine:
by Caroline Dick:
knit in Madelinetosh Tosh DK, Free Range Eggs:

My Sonder:
by Helen Stewart:
knit in SeraCraft Yarns:
SeraCraft Podcast:

my Soldotna Crop:
by Caitlin Hunter:
also knit in Mockingbird Fiber Co:

retro cropped sweaters on Poison Grrls:
Madewell High Rise jeans:

My Extreme Form:

my Guthrie by Caitlin Hunter:
knit in Cascade 220 sport:
and SpinCycle, Mississippi Marsala:

Love Pecan by Karen Broz:

Tamy Gore patterns:
Minis and Me:
Color Craze by Tamy Gore:
for BIPOCMAL2019:
knit in A Homespun House, rustic minis:
Knit Picks Hawthorne, Silverton:
Silk/Mohair by Sunsoaked Yarns, Chocolate Fluff:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Episode 36: Ends Shmends

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On Flickr:

Don't forget the SeraCraft Coupon Code I mention here for 15% off!!!

My question for you: Do you love cropped sweaters or hate them? How are you wearing them? Any brands of high waisted bottoms or dress recommendations?

Stuff I mention in Episode 36:

Dark Matter byBlake Crouch:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt:


Aphotic by This.Bird.Knits:
Nirvana by This. Bird. Knits:

Lovebird Lane Yarns:
Courage by Shannon Cook:
knit in SpinCycle, Robin's Egg:
Woolstok Yarn from Firefly Fibers:

Ways to weave in ends:

My Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter:
knit in Mockingbird Fiber Co kit, Drops of Jupiter:
using these modifications:

knit for MockingbirdSweaterKAL:
and Summer Sweater KAL:

and here's the song everyone but me knows:
MadTV skit (Michael McCloud and Jasmine Wayne Wayne):
Always and Forever, Heatwave:

SeraCraft Etsy shop worsted yarn:
used for my Sonder by Helen Stewart:

Winter Rye by Tamy Gore:

Ready Player One colorway from Must Stash Yarn:
Smooth Operator pattern by Susan B. Anderson:
How to practice Humility in photos: