Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Episode 26: That DIY/ Mixtape/ Zine Ethos

This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

Find me on my blog:
on instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife
on Ravelry as mamatronic
and my Ravelry group

My Question for you:
What are the most interesting DIY/ cheap hacks you've made? They don't have to be knitting related.

Stuff I mention in Episode 26: 

Noro Garden Sock yarn:

Kia Socks by Dawn Henderson:

Cottage Hat by Dawn Henderson:

Kia Socks KAL:

Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson:

knit in Gynx Yarns Gingerbread colorway (discontinued)

Mockingbird Fiber Co yarn in Monica colorway:

Check out FOs in the WingIt KAL in the Ravelry group:

Persistence is Key by Amanda Woeger:

Affordable yarns:

Holst Yarn as an affordable yarn option:

Airy Wrap-Around Lace Sweater by Stefanie Japel:

knit in Patons Lacette, discontinued but an example of big box store yarn:

Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel:

The Drunk Knitter talking affordable yarns:

Mimosa by Yarn Bee:

Cropped and fitted sweaters cost less like Andi Satterlund's designs:

and Poisongrrls:

Shifty by Andrea Mowry:

I'll knit in the Calypso, Trainling Vines, and Seascape colorways of Elann Tarantella:

and destashed Knit Picks Chroma Twist Fingering in Lakeside:

also Stonehedge Fiber Mills Crazy skeins are an option:

or Fully Spun skeins: 

Quote from Stitch N Bitch by Debbie Stoller:

My WingItKAL project- Plaidster:

Strathcona by Tara-Lynn Morrison:

Affordable super bulky recommendations: 

accessibility post by Caroline Dick, she continues her thoughts into the comments:

Dana's color blocked Carlisle Cardigan by Tara-Lynn Morrison and her super-bulky recommendations:

Lion Brand Thick and Quick:

Wool and the Gang at Joann:

Queensland Air:

Wool of the Andes Bulky:

Michael's Loops and Threads Yarn:

Drops Andes:

Phildar Sport, held double:

and DIY giant circular needles:

for Karate Sweater by Wenlan Chia:

Kid's Chain Mail by Kim Brody Salazar:

Friday, February 15, 2019

Episode 25: Our Goals

This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

on my blog:
my Ravelry group:
on instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife:
on ravelry as mamatronic:

My question for you: 1) Would you wear am Aran oversized plaid sweater like mine? So should I bother writing out a pattern?
2) And what are some affordable super bulky yarns you use and what are you planning to knit in them?

Stuff I mention in Episode 25:

This Is Us: A Fiber Friends Conversation:

Eddie Glaude Jr:

the morning show he appeared on, fast forward to 10:40 to hear the quote:

Quirky Monday Podcast:

Caroline Dick's post on inclusion:

Caroline's Grotine pattern:

Her other designs:


True North Aid:


Fully Spun Yarns:
Stonehedge Crazy Skeins:

Chroma Twist Bulky:

Chroma Twist Fingering (look in destash):

Elann Tarantella:

for Shifty by Andrea Mowry:

Big Twist Yarn:

Lion Brand Thick and Quick, Fossil and Raisen:

Rose Cardigan Kit by Sweet Sparrow Yarns:

Rose Cardigan by Andrea Mowry:

Kapsel by Shannon Cook:

knit in Patons Classic Wool, Natural Mix color:

The #WingItKAL:

Our projects so far:

Super Bulky knits:

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond:

Strathcona by Tara-Lynn Morrison:

Durand Cowl by Tara-Lynn Morrison:

Meri by Joanna Hietala:

Atelier Sarah Jane shop:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert:

Michelle Colorway by Lovebird Lane Yarns:

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Kapsel, by Very Shannon, was such a pleasure to knit this winter. I am so happy I was able to test knit this one because it was finished before our cold weather left. And I have found that it goes with everything.

I have to brag on Shannon for creating such a great throw-over-anything pattern. It is simple in shape, but complex enough to keep a knitter engaged. It's also the kind of knit that you can define a season by- like, "That was the year I knit Kapsel."

This sweater was featured in my Fiberuary Challenge photos for "Knitfluencer you love" because Shannon is one of those. (It's good that it worked out that the pattern was released on the same day as that prompt.) Knits like Kapsel have kept me coming back to Shannon's patterns over the years, but I think she has been an even bigger influence in my life by having such a warm, welcoming Ravelry group. Hers was one of the first Rav groups I joined and her Downton KAL was the first knit-along I remember entering (about 6 years ago, I think).

From that group I have met so many knitters around the world, many I feel confident that I could message, at the spur of the moment, and meet for coffee I were in their area. Suddenly knitting wasn't the solitary habit it had once been. My virtual world has opened up and I am grateful to those who provided the Ravelry groups that gave me this. So, I just have to say thank you, Shannon for being the gentle, sweet person you are and for providing a fun, loving group for all of us.

Now for the knitting details: I used Patons Classic in the Natural Mix color with size US 4 needles. There are two distinct stitch patterns in their cardigan and I am amazed that my size 4s worked for both. I am also amazed that I kept an even tension thru the whole thing.

Did I mention that I love it? Okay. Just checking. Here's some things I love about the pattern, besides the textural stitch that I already mentioned, is the pocket construction. There are helpful links that made it a very easy process.

In my latest podcast episode I talk about affordable yarns I use and ways I make my knits more affordable. This was a very affordable knit and the yarn I chose holds up very well for me. I also think the Natural Mix color has an interesting quality where, depending on what angle you look at it, it can look tan or kind of pinkish- gray. This kind of textured knit really looks best in a solid, to me, so you can't go wrong with a yarn like this.

By the way Shannon shared a coupon code for this pattern in her instagram feed. And so it is even more doable.

(more on ravelry, instagram, and flickr