Friday, July 12, 2019

Episode 34: A Beach Tee, minus the flesh-eating virus.




This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

On my blog: ww.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
On instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife: https://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
On Ravelry as mamatronic: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=

My question for you: Do you guys need an end weaving party? I do. What have you neglected to weave ends in on? I'm using #EndWeaving Party as my hashtag for my bazillion of projects. I might even weave in the ends on those ancient leg warmers...

Stuff I mention in Episode 34:

Making Sense Podcast Episode 71 with Tristan Harris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSNtj6aBKKY

Andrew Yang interview I mentioned where he discusses dealing with tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ONkNw1jbVg

Kia Socks by Dawn Henderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kia-socks

knit in Mockingbird Fiber Co., Monica's Apartment colorway: https://www.mockingbirdfiberco.com

Cinnamon Socks: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/cinnamon-socks

knit in Regia Pairfect, Cinamon colorway: https://schachenmayr.com/en/yarns/finder?f[0]=field_sub_brand%3A14734

Blaadjes Sneaker Sock by Karin Koopman: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blaadjes-sneaker-socks

Dark: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5753856/

Latest reads:

The Changeling by Victor Lasalle: https://www.amazon.com/Changeling-Novel-Victor-LaValle/dp/0812995945

Forever: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forever_(2014_TV_series)

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov: https://www.amazon.com/I-Robot-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0553294385

Fruity Knitting Episode 80 with Tatyana Carr and doily dresses: https://fruityknitting.com/2019/06/25/carol-feller/

Tatyana Carr's ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/HeavenlyClassy?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=

Lace Photo Mats by Veronica Avery: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-photo-mats

Jennifer's Doily Rug from a traditional doily pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/jaykayknits/liz-snellas-heirloom-doily

Firefly Dishcloth by Holly Klein: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/firefly-dishcloth

Starflower Dishcloth by Kerin Dimeler- Laurence: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/starflower-dishcloth

Ridge Washcloth by Hannah Maier: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ridge-washcloth

Dishcloth patterns in 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/52-weeks-of-dishcloths-2014-pattern-collection/patterns

Mitered Haning Towel by Cristina Bernardi Shiffman: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mitered-hanging-towel

Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/mason-dixon-knitting-outside-the-lines

Aidez by Cirilia Rose: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aidez

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

Inniskór by Chelsea Berkompas: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/inniskor

My DIY shell lamp: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2012/01/semi-diy-fillable-lamp.html

Sunset Ringer Tee by Alexandra Tavel: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunset-ringer-tee

knit in Lion Brand Coboo yarn and Bonbons kit: http://www.lionbrand.com/knit-kit-sunset-ringer-tee.html

Lacy Baseball Tee by Emily Kintigh: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-baseball-tee

Holla Knits summer collections:

Umnia by Martin Storey: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/umnia

Courage Shawl by Shannon Cook: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/courage-shawl

knit in Bluesky Fibres' Woolstok, Chocolate and Driftwood colorways: https://blueskyfibers.com/product/woolstok-50g/

SpinCycle Yarns dream State, Robins Egg colorway: https://spincycleyarns.com/collections/dream-state

@JonahHands: https://www.instagram.com/jonahhands/

Metal by Chrys Guth used with permission under Creative Commons License: https://soundcloud.com/chrystian-de-sousa-guth/metal-1

Friday, June 21, 2019

Episode 33: Hiding Out

This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.



On my blog: www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
On instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelifehttps://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
On Ravelry as mamatronic: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=
On Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mamatronic/

My question for you: Are there any projects you have made, or wanted to make, because they make you nostalgic? What are they, please tell?

Stuff I Talk about in Episode 33: 

I am Not Your Negro: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5804038/

Sunset Ringer Tee by Alexandra Tavel: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunset-ringer-tee

30% off her patterns on Loveknitting thru June: https://www.loveknitting.com/us/user/maker/5ed42f23-7f92-4524-8988-7e606197b600

Mountain Ringer Tee also by Alexandra: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mountain-ringer-tee

@subpolka's finished Sunset Tee: https://www.instagram.com/p/BydjUCEJZfB/

knit in Lion Brand Coboo yarn: http://www.lionbrand.com/coboo-yarn.html

Kia Socks by Dawn Henderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kia-socks

Lynne socks by Dawn Henderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lyne-socks

Kia socks and Soldotna Crop kit are in Mockingbird Fiber Co yarn: https://www.mockingbirdfiberco.com

Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/soldotna-crop

Candle making How-to: https://www.savvyhomemade.com/candle-making/

A few candle essential oil recipes: https://vitalityextracts.blog/2018/06/07/essential-oil-recipes-for-aromatherapy-candles/

Cookie and Kate recipe site: https://cookieandkate.com

Attic24 Granny Stripe blanket: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-stripes-2

Love Leaf Co seed cycling info: https://loveleafco.com

Making Sense Podcast Episode #71: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSNtj6aBKKY&feature=youtu.be








Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Episode 32: Doing Nothing

This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.



On the blog: www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
On instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife: https://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
On Ravelry as mamatronic: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=
In our Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/my-so-called-handmade-life
On Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mamatronic/

My questions for you: What is your architecture for "doing nothing"?

Also, any knitting project ideas for someone post carpal tunnel surgery?

Stuff I mention in Episode 32:

Mayim Bialik on Google Brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkdcnkGBQSw

Mat cutter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019IISD8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Mat board: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E3EOWJI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Self-healing cutting mat: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027ROZ9G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Flor.com:
https://www.flor.com

My Gingerbread House Socks in Gynx Yarns: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/smooth-operator-socks-8

 Kia Socks by Dawn Henderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kia-socks

knit in Mockingbird Fiber Co Monica's Apartment colorway: https://www.mockingbirdfiberco.com

Mockingbird fiber Co.: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc2V3RpR8NuzETOWGmoLdOA

Dirty Lace by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dirty-lace

knit in Tosh Mo Light Pink Clay Optic, Fog, Wildflowers, Fir Wreath: https://madelinetosh.com/collections/tosh-mo-light

for the Dirty Lace KAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/truly-myrtle/3908863/1-25

Dana from Yards of Happiness: https://yardsofhappiness.com

and as @callmedwj: https://www.instagram.com/callmedwj/

Umnia by Martin Storey: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/umnia

knit in Wool of the Andes Sport: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Wool_of_the_Andes_Sport_Yarn__D5420110.html

with the Fruity Knitting Martin Storey KAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/fruity-knitting/3893511/1-25

Rowan Magazine 63: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/rowan-63/patterns

Nabeela by Martin Storey: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nabeela

Stafford by Lisa Richardson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stafford

Calico by Martin Storey: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/calico-5

Foolan by Lisa Richardson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/foolan

Amber by Alina Schneider: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amber-14

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winston-pullover

knit in Lion Brand Wool- Ease Thick and Quick, sea glass: http://www.lionbrand.com/wool-ease-thick-and-quick-yarn.html

Sunset Ringer Tee by Alexandra Tavel: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunset-ringer-tee

knit in Lion Brand Coboo kit: http://www.lionbrand.com/knit-kit-sunset-ringer-tee.html

for the Tops, Tanks, and Tees KAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/very-shannon/3924323/1-25

Hina by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hina-2

Mindful Shawl by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mindful-shawl

to knit in Serendipitous Wool Co., Vayu in Hot Chocolate colorway: https://www.serendipitouswool.com

Very inclusive sizing in Tui- Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tui

My Plaidster sweater: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/plaidster

Mollie Katzen's Moosewood Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Moosewood-Cookbook-40th-Anniversary/dp/1607747391/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3QPH2QOSCYQRH&keywords=moosewood+cookbook+by+mollie+katzen&qid=1559693811&s=gateway&sprefix=mollie+Katzen+moo%2Caps%2C163&sr=8-1

Jenny Odell talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNRqswoCVcM

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell: https://www.amazon.com/How-Do-Nothing-Resisting-Attention/dp/1612197493

Another article about her, though I haven't read it yet: https://longreads.com/2019/04/11/jenny-odell-how-to-do-nothing/

Samuel Gompers: https://aflcio.org/about/history/labor-history-people/samuel-gompers

Woman at Home by Arlene Rossen Cardozo: https://www.amazon.com/Woman-At-Home-Arlene-Cardozo/dp/0595142338

Mr Haney as my voice acting goals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm8-_dXTqPg

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Episode 31: A Little Break




This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

On my blog: www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
On instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife:
On ravelry as mamatronic:

My question for you: Do you limit social media to prevent stress and how?

Stuff I mention in Episode 31:

My Ease by Alicia Plummer knit in continental style: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2014/08/ease.html

Wrist Widgets: https://www.amazon.com/WristWidget-Patented-Adjustable-Triangular-Fibrocartilage/dp/B0056PQV2K/ref=sr_1_1?gclid=CjwKCAjw5dnmBRACEiwAmMYGOfhUq_b--86VY5S4o2HRklc-GepPIyox-Y7_w2YJLYZYg2K3IPVztBoCWM4QAvD_BwE&hvadid=178122159117&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9027872&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=17453294315604519684&hvtargid=aud-676677759484%3Akwd-11273120731&hydadcr=8276_9897484&keywords=wrist+widget&qid=1557601184&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Theraworx lotion: https://www.amazon.com/Theraworx-Relief-Fast-Acting-Cramps-Soreness/dp/B06XD2YSX1/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=thermaworx&qid=1557592960&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Crochet Dragon pattern by Crafty Intentions: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dragon-39


Ladybat Number 1: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2013/05/young-lady-bat.html
LadyBat Number 2: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2013/07/this-is-where-i-go-on-and-on-about.html
knit in Knit Picks Shine Sport

Dirty Lace by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dirty-lace
knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Mo Light colors: Pink Clay Optic, Fog, Wildflowers, Fir Wreath

My plaid sweater: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/plaidster

Jon Ronson Shaming Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/jon_ronson_what_happens_when_online_shaming_spirals_out_of_control?language=en

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson: https://www.amazon.com/So-Youve-Been-Publicly-Shamed/dp/1594634017

An article on Justine Saaco's experience: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html

Ready Player One colorway by Must Stash Yarn: https://muststashshop.com

Ready Player One book by Ernest Cline: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/0307887448

Grotine by Caroline Dick: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grotine

Sunset Ringer Tee by Alexandra Tavel: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunset-ringer-tee
to knit in Lion Brand Coboo  yarn: http://www.lionbrand.com/coboo-yarn.html

Pinewood Raglan Turtleneck by Alexandra Tavel in Lion Brand Turnstyles yarn: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pinewood-raglan-turtleneck

Game of Thrones MKAL by The Drunk Knitter, I knit and I Know Things: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/i-knit-and-i-know-things-mkal

KAL happening in The Drunk Knitter Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-drunk-knitter-podcast

Monday, April 22, 2019

Episode 30: DFW Fiber Fest Recap

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?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=
On flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mamatronic/

My question for you: Any tips for avoiding or easing wrist pain when knitting?

Stuff I mention on Episode 30: 

Grotine shawl (knitted) by Caroline Dick: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grotine

benefits True North Aid: https://www.truenorthaid.ca

Grotine shawl (crochet) by Rachel Maeroff: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grotine-shawl

benefits Native American Rights Fund: https://www.narf.org

Chasing Rabbits Fiber- Port in Solo singles and Cameo in Gossamer: https://www.chasingrabbitsfiber.com

Columbia shawl by Dawn Barker: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/columbia-shawl

Suburban Stitcher- Spanish Moss colorway in and Oyster in Silky mohair: https://suburbanstitcher.com

Must Stash Yarns: https://muststashshop.com

Epic Galactic Cowl by Must Stash Designs: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/epic-galactic-battle-cowl

Ready Player One by Ernest Kline: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline-ebook/dp/B005CVWWJY

The Expanse- Tiamat's Wrath: https://www.amazon.com/Tiamats-Wrath-Expanse-Book-8-ebook/dp/B07BVNVWL6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=35RXSF50T67VR&keywords=tiamat%27s+wrath&qid=1555900147&s=digital-text&sprefix=tiamat%2Cdigital-text%2C158&sr=1-2

A Thing for String: https://athingforstring.bigcartel.com

Brooklyn Tweed: https://www.brooklyntweed.com

Caraway in Loft: https://www.brooklyntweed.com/shop/loft/

Crossing Paths by Verena Cohrs: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crossing-paths-7

Miss Babs Yarn- Beach Glass and Walnut in Yowza and Coffee Break in Hot Shot: https://www.missbabs.com

Yarn Carnival shawl pin: https://www.yarncarnival.com

By the Bay Yarn Co. project bags and backpack: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ByTheBayYarnCo

Nelsonwood crochet hooks: https://www.nelsonwood.net/#/

The Grocery Girls Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsHAwj2jXiwpiYOdYiY3Tgg

Crime Scene Knits Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIQJRwAgZJADB-PlPpGKZ4w

Knitting Comfortably by Carson Demers: https://www.ergoiknit.com/buy-my-book/print-book

@susanna.ic patterns: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/susanna-ic

Umnia by Martin Storey: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/umnia

knit in Wool of the Andes Sport (pampas, thyme, and currant): https://www.knitpicks.com

Dirty Lace by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dirty-lace

knit in Tosh Mo Light in Fir Wreath, Pink Clay Optic, Wildflowers, and Fog: https://madelinetosh.com

Dirty Lace KAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/truly-myrtle/3908863/1-25

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=big+magic+by+elizabeth+gilbert&hvadid=241935533999&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9027872&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=14273540600432927247&hvtargid=aud-676677759484%3Akwd-150085468649&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_18kgwgbdu1_e

Article on kleptomnesia: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-biggest-reason-we-ste_b_6393346



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Episode 29: True to Ourselves



This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast. 

On the blog: www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
On Instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife:
On Ravelry as mamatronic:


My question for you:  What are your thoughts on when an inspiration becomes creative theft? How do you use inspiration to then make something that's all your own?

Stuff I mention in Episode 29:

My Summer of George: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjwuqUBdgA8

Delay, Don't Deny by Gin Stephens: https://www.amazon.com/Delay-Dont-Deny-Intermittent-Lifestyle-ebook/dp/B01N4JHL1P/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3KTHF2VYZJ066&keywords=delay+don%27t+deny&qid=1553809830&s=gateway&sprefix=delay+don%27t+deny%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-1

Intermittent Fasting Podcast: https://ifpodcast.com

Shauna Stitches Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCOfV6wkBgB6288iVQ1V9Ww/videos

Kia Socks by Dawn Henderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kia-socks

Monica's Apartment colorway, Mockingbird Fiber Co: https://www.mockingbirdfiberco.com

Floozy by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/floozy-2

Sofia Coppola in The Godfather 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EqRB8mq7Qw

Henry Ford's Anti-Semitism article: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/henryford-antisemitism/

Our WingITKAL projects: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trees-7

Trees by Puk Vossen: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trees-7

Yarnchix Zine: https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnChix

Yarnchix Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC49grEfZVbX44IEezt4zEuQ

Jenna Martin Photoblog article: http://jennamartinphotoblog.com/2014/08/09/can-just-stop-complaining-ideas-stolen/


Juju's Loops by Juju Vail and Susan Cropper: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/jujus-loops/patterns

Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/weekend-knitting-50-unique-projects--ideas/patterns

Loop d Loop by Teva Durham: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/loop-d-loop/patterns

Knit 2Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knit-2-together/patterns

Umnia by Martin Storey: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/umnia

To knit in Wool of the Andes Sport (pampas, currant, and thyme): https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Wool_of_the_Andes_Sport_Yarn__D5420110.html

for the Fruity Knitting Martin Storey KAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/fruity-knitting-podcast/3893511/1-25

GG Made It: http://ggmadeit.com/blog/

This is Us Kristy Glass Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvLwaANQAM4&t=2620s

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Episode 28: Call of Knitting Zombies.

First of all, let me say that I've gotten a little education on Henry Ford and I think it's safe to say he was not into civil rights. Yikes. I'll talk about it briefly in Episode 29. I'd already filmed this before learning that. Yuck.

Otherwise, I'm back on track with regular podcasting and it feels nice to have more conversation going between us.

Also if you have kids around, don't watch the video after 1:11:32 . You can see a bit of my husband's Call of Duty game. It's gross.



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?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=
Our Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/my-so-called-handmade-life
And on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mamatronic/

My Question for you: What are some older pattern books or patterns you've been meaning to knit from, but haven't yet?

Stuff I mention in Episode 28:

Monica's apartment on friends, compare to the yarn I showed: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/256564510008923101/

The Drunk Knitter Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCklmDz1EzkWHvlP-vE7E4Pw/videos

Chris Kresser: https://chriskresser.com

The saying: "It's better to eat the wrong food with the right attitude than the right food with the wrong attitude."

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: https://gretchenrubin.com/books/the-happiness-project/about-the-book/

Bed of Roses: https://www.etsy.com/shop/bedofroses?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar

Atelier Sarah Jane: http://www.ateliersarahjane.com

The #WingItKAL projects on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/my-so-called-handmade-life/3866229/1-25

#WingItKAL projects on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/wingitkal/

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winston-pullover

Jane's seed stitch version: https://www.instagram.com/p/BumP4Ceh-To/

knit in Lion Brand Thick & Quick, Sea Glass colorway: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/winston-pullover

My Plaid sweater for the KAL on Ravelry:

Cascade 220 Sport for second version of Plaidster in Olive Oil, Navy, and Silver Gray: http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Cascade220Sport.htm

Kia Socks by Dawn Henderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kia-socks

In Mockingbird Fiber Co, Monica's Apartment colorway: https://www.mockingbirdfiberco.com

Some DIY Links: 

DIY Drum Carder plans: https://www.etsy.com/listing/606520943/diy-drum-carder-plans?utm_medium=SellerListingTools&utm_campaign=Share&utm_source=Raw&share_time=1523326860000&utm_term=so.slt

Bike wheel spinning wheel: http://meaterra.blogspot.com/2011/05/so-much-more-than-yarn.html

Bike spinning wheel plans: https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/make-spinning-wheel-zmaz76mjztak

Dodec Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-dodec

Free Dodecspinning wheel plans: https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/dodec-spinning-wheel-plans-by-porter-threads/

Dodec in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvgvPW9gXAg&feature=youtu.be

Dog fur spinning!: https://modernfarmer.com/2014/06/dressed-dog/

How to make photo coasters: http://www.cardstore.com/blog/diy-photo-coasters/

Weekend Knitting book: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/weekend-knitting-50-unique-projects--ideas/patterns

Feyre by Shannon Cook: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/feyre-2

Some Martin Storey pattern books on Ravelry:

Scottish Heritage Knits: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/scottish-heritage-knits

Rowan Vintage Knits: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/rowan-vintage-knits

Pioneer: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/pioneer/patterns

Rowan Magazine 56: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/rowan-56/patterns

Rowan Classic Winter: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/rowan-classic-winter-book-6/patterns

Martin Storey KAL in Fruity Knitting Podcast group: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/fruity-knitting-podcast/3893511/1-25

Knit.1 Magazine: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knit1-fall-2004

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Episode 27: My Sweet Little Abomination



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?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=
And in the My So-Called Handmade Life group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/my-so-called-handmade-life

Stuff I mention:

Suga's restaurant: https://www.sugasdeepsouth.com

Jeremy Benoit: http://artistecard.com/jeremybenoitjbsaax

I'm Walkin by Fats Domino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rOuwEYTvYk

The Henry Ford Museum: https://www.thehenryford.org

Ford Family home restoration: https://www.fordhouse.org/about/the-henry-ford-estate

civil rights display: https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/stories-of-innovation/what-if/rosa-parks/

Detroit Auto Show: https://naias.com

Stuff I'm reading/ watching:

The Expanse by James S. A. Corey: https://www.amazon.com/The-Expanse-7-Book-Series/dp/B071XSV52H

Blue Light amber glasses: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073ZWC97J/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&th=1

Wool by Hugh Howey: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073ZWC97J/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&th=1

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/0307887448

Jack Black's Jablinski Games: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuriCa9loP_OsH75_5j8M5w

The Quirky Monday Craftcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/artsycalei

Tara-Lynn Morrison/ Good Night Dayhttps://goodnightday.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-minimalist-knitting-patterns-book-ebook

Strathcona by Tara-Lynn Morrison: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strathcona-sweater

Markham Loop Collar: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/markham-loop-collar---good-night-day

Kingston Sweater: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kingston-cropped-sweater

Belleville Shawl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/belleville-shawl-cowl

Pembroke Tank: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pembroke-tank

Windsor Headband: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/windsor-headband

Omemee Cable Toque: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/omemee-cable-toque

Bancroft Sweater, free pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bancroft-sweater

Bloomfield Lace Blanket Wrap: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bloomfield-lace-blanket-wrap

Stratford/ Leeds Halter Crop Top: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leeds-halter-crop-top

York Bobble Toque: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/york-bobble-toque

Perth Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/perth-cardigan

Meaford Moss Cowl/ Wrap/ Scarf: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/meaford-moss-cowl---wrap---scarf

Petawawa Toque: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/petawawa-cable-toque

Minto Chevron Cowl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/minto-chevron-cowl

Newer Good Night Day book: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/good-night-day-minimalist-knitting-patterns/patterns

Older Good Night Day book, still available: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/good-night-day-knitting-patterns

Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 28: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/pom-pom-quarterly-issue-28-spring-2019/patterns

Woodwardia by Lydia Gluck: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woodwardia

Ginkgophyte by Emily Greene: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ginkgophyte

Felix Mitts by Judith Brand: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/filix

Water Clover by Isa Catepillán: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/water-clover

Aurea by Stella Egidi: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aurea-2

My current and old un-projects:

My Plaidster sweater: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/plaidster

in Briggs and Little Heritage yarn: https://briggsandlittle.com/patterns/wool-knitting-yarns/

for the #WingItKAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/my-so-called-handmade-life/3866229/1-25

My Gingerbread House Socks: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/smooth-operator-socks-8

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

Floozy by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/floozy-2

Yarn by Yarnfloozy: https://yarnfloozy.co.nz

Guthrie by Caitlin Hunter: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/guthrie

Feya- Amy Christoffers: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/feya

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: www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
on instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelifehttps://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
on Ravelry as mamatronichttps://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=
and my Ravelry grouphttps://www.ravelry.com/groups/my-so-called-handmade-life

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: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/noro-silk-garden-sock

Kia Socks by Dawn Henderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kia-socks

Cottage Hat by Dawn Henderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cottage-hat-2

Kia Socks KAL: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/kiasockskal/

Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smooth-operator-socks

knit in Gynx Yarns Gingerbread colorway (discontinued)

Mockingbird Fiber Co yarn in Monica colorway: https://www.mockingbirdfiberco.com

Check out FOs in the WingIt KAL in the Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/my-so-called-handmade-life/3866229/301-325#309

Persistence is Key by Amanda Woeger: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/persistence-is-key

Affordable yarns:

Holst Yarn as an affordable yarn option: https://holstgarn.dk/en/

Airy Wrap-Around Lace Sweater by Stefanie Japel: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/airy-wrap-around-lace-sweater

knit in Patons Lacette, discontinued but an example of big box store yarn: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/patons-lacette

Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/fitted-knits-25-designs-for-the-fashionable-knitter/patterns

The Drunk Knitter talking affordable yarns: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/yarn-bee-mimosa

Mimosa by Yarn Bee: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/yarn-bee-mimosa

Cropped and fitted sweaters cost less like Andi Satterlund's designs: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/andi-satterlund

and Poisongrrls: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/amy-appel

Shifty by Andrea Mowry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shifty-2

I'll knit in the Calypso, Trainling Vines, and Seascape colorways of Elann Tarantella: https://international.elann.com/elann-shop/elann-tarantella-yarn-5-ball-bag/

and destashed Knit Picks Chroma Twist Fingering in Lakeside: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/knit-picks-chroma-twist-fingering

also Stonehedge Fiber Mills Crazy skeins are an option: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/stonehedge-fiber-mill-crazy

or Fully Spun skeins: https://fullyspun.com 

Quote from Stitch N Bitch by Debbie Stoller: https://www.amazon.com/Stitch-n-Bitch-Knitters-Handbook/dp/0761128182

My WingItKAL project- Plaidster: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/plaidster

Strathcona by Tara-Lynn Morrison: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strathcona-sweater

Affordable super bulky recommendations: 

accessibility post by Caroline Dick, she continues her thoughts into the comments: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bttpqw2lgAC/

Dana's color blocked Carlisle Cardigan by Tara-Lynn Morrison and her super-bulky recommendations: https://www.instagram.com/p/BuL4UbYFY1X/

Lion Brand Thick and Quick: http://www.lionbrand.com/wool-ease-thick-and-quick-yarn.html

Wool and the Gang at Joann: https://www.joann.com/wool-and-the-gang-cuddle-me-softly-yarn/zprd_16287781a.html#q=the%2Bgang%2Byarn&start=1

Queensland Air: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/queensland-collection-air

Wool of the Andes Bulky: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Wool_of_the_Andes_Bulky_Yarn__D5420155.html

Michael's Loops and Threads Yarn:  https://www.michaels.com/free-spirit-yarn-by-loops-and-threads/10530918.html?cm_mmc=PLASearch-_-google-_-MICH_National_PLA_Shopping_Null_Null_Knitting+%26+Crochet_Goal+Optimized-_-Knitting+%26+Crochet&&cm_mmc=PLASearch-_-google-_-MICH_National_PLA_Shopping_Null_Null_Knitting+%26+Crochet_Goal+Optimized-_-Knitting+%26+Crochet&gclid=Cj0KCQiAwc7jBRD8ARIsAKSUBHJiJ39_rw6TSphc4ECmVRz0BIsmiIx6qSvl_Shl7rFzAtxP_8l06d8aAoM9EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Drops Andes: https://www.garnstudio.com/yarn.php?show=drops-andes&cid=17

Phildar Sport, held double: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/phildar-sport-n6

and DIY giant circular needles: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2013/05/diy-circulars-and-double-points.html

for Karate Sweater by Wenlan Chia: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/karate-sweater

Kid's Chain Mail by Kim Brody Salazar: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/kids-chainmail-coif-and-hauberk-chain-mail





Friday, February 15, 2019

Episode 25: Our Goals



This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.

on my blog: https://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
my Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/my-so-called-handmade-life
on instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife: https://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
on ravelry as mamatronic: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvLwaANQAM4&t=2616s

Eddie Glaude Jr: https://religion.princeton.edu/people/faculty/associated-faculty/eddie-glaude/

the morning show he appeared on, fast forward to 10:40 to hear the quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8au4UuEAlxE

Quirky Monday Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/artsycalei/videos

Caroline Dick's post on inclusion: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bttpqw2lgAC/

Caroline's Grotine pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grotine

Her other designs: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/caroline-dick

Abereen: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aberdeen-pullover

True North Aid: https://www.truenorthaid.ca



@iamfullyspun: https://www.instagram.com/iamfullyspun/

Fully Spun Yarns: https://fullyspun.com
Stonehedge Crazy Skeins:

Chroma Twist Bulky: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Chroma_Twist_Bulky__D5420231.html

Chroma Twist Fingering (look in destash): https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/knit-picks-chroma-twist-fingering

Elann Tarantella: https://international.elann.com/elann-shop/elann-tarantella-yarn-5-ball-bag/

for Shifty by Andrea Mowry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shifty-2

Big Twist Yarn: https://www.joann.com/big-twist-natural-blend-yarn/zprd_14369987a.html#q=big%2Btwist&start=1

Lion Brand Thick and Quick, Fossil and Raisen: https://www.joann.com/lion-brand-wool-ease-thick-and-quick-yarn/prd12018.html#q=thick%2Band%2Bquick&start=1

Rose Cardigan Kit by Sweet Sparrow Yarns: https://www.etsy.com/listing/629639253/rose-cardigan-kit-greens-robin-8020?ref=shop_home_active_5

Rose Cardigan by Andrea Mowry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rose-74

Kapsel by Shannon Cook: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/kapsel

knit in Patons Classic Wool, Natural Mix color: https://www.joann.com/patons-classic-wool-yarn/prd24730.html

The #WingItKAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/my-so-called-handmade-life/3866229/1-25

Our projects so far: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/search#photo=yes&sort=started&topic=3866229&view=thumbs

Super Bulky knits:

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winston-pullover

Strathcona by Tara-Lynn Morrison: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strathcona-sweater

Durand Cowl by Tara-Lynn Morrison: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/durand-cowl

Meri by Joanna Hietala: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/meri-4

Atelier Sarah Jane shop: http://www.ateliersarahjane.com

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S52M350/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Michelle Colorway by Lovebird Lane Yarns: https://www.lovebirdlane.com













Thursday, February 14, 2019

Kapsel

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Episode 24: Still Learning



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?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=
my Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mamatronic/albums

Join the #WingItKAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/my-so-called-handmade-life/3866229/1-25

It will extend past February!

My Question for you: What are your 2019 goals? How'd you do on yours from 2018?

Stuff I mention in Episode 24:

My Ravelry group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/my-so-called-handmade-life

Nutritious Movement: https://www.nutritiousmovement.com

Diastasis Recti by Katy Bowman: https://www.amazon.com/Diastasis-Recti-Solution-Abdominal-Separation/dp/098965396X

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: https://gretchenrubin.com/books/the-happiness-project/about-the-book/

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Magic-Creative-Living-Beyond/dp/1594634726

Walking Gone Wild by Dami Roelse: https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Gone-Wild-Lose-Trail-ebook/dp/B07CP29BHS/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547495994&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=dami+rotelle+walking+wild

Me and My White Supremacy Workbook by Layla F. Saad: http://laylafsaad.com

Verses on handling racism from either perspective, references only because Youtube won't let this description be too long:

Proverbs 27: 17- Iron sharpens iron,  Matthew 22:39- love your neighbor as yourself, James 5:16- admit your flaws, 1 Peter 4:8-11- we can forgive and encourage someone trying to change, 1Corinthians 12: 25-27- because we're equal, if one of us suffers all of us suffers, Galatians 6:2- Carry on another's burdens, Leviticus 19:15-18- speak up or you're guilty too! and don't bear grudges,  Philippians 2: 3-16- value others above yourself, Ephesians 4: 2-6- be humble, gentle, and patient with love, Romans 12:3-13- review your actions soberly, be devoted to helping others. Luke 6:27-28- bless your enemies, Genesis 1: 26- we are all made in God's image, Revelation 7: 9-10- what heaven will look like.

Instagram accounts with stories and posts on diversity in craft community:

Ocean by the Sea: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18020913880018475/

Sukrita: https://www.instagram.com/su.krita/

The Color Mustard: https://www.instagram.com/thecolormustard/

BSF International in person or online groups: https://www.bsfinternational.org
test knit for Shannon Cook: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrG3fXJFtch/

Ruperto by Anna Maltz: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ruperto

Buffalo Brioche by Xandy Peters: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/buffalo-brioche

My Cumberland by Jennifer Kelley: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/cumberland

My Selbu Modern by Kate Gagnon Osborn: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/selbu-modern

Makes me think of how I want to knit Alaska by Camille Descoteaux: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alaska-6

from Knitting Without Tears by E.Z.: https://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Without-Tears-Easy-Follow/dp/0684135051

My Bus Stop Sweater using EZ's formula: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2014/11/bus-stop-pullover.html

Inspired by My Neighbor Totoro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Neighbor_Totoro

Some good free fashion templates for knitwear/ crochet design: https://www.idrawfashion.com/croquis/all-free-fashion-templates/

My Wing It KAL yarn; Briggs and Little Heritage: https://www.yarn.com/products/briggs-little-heritage

Vinterfjell sweater by Skeindeer Knits: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vinterfjell

Phoenix sweater by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/phoenix-18

The Way Back Machine to find old cached web posts: https://archive.org/web/

Throw Back Hallmark Hall of Fame or Lifetime Movies:

Love is Never Silent: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089510/

Wildflower: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103266/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Episode Easter Egg: http://www.blackdiamondsandpearls.com/news--entertainment/malcolm-jamal-warner-and-the-famous-gordon-gartrell-episode

Friday, January 4, 2019

Episode 23: 2018 Wrap Up

This is where I record the eleventy billionth knitting podcast.



On my blog: https://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com
On Ravelry as mamatronic: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic?set=&columns=&view=thumbnail&page=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&search=
On instagram as @mysocalledhandmadelife: https://www.instagram.com/mysocalledhandmadelife/
On flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mamatronic/albums

My question for you: Who and/or what this year has inspired you to want to "wing it" and experiment more in your making?   

Stuff I mentioned:

The Expanse Series by James S. A. Corey: https://www.amazon.com/Leviathan-Wakes-Expanse-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0047Y171G/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546449388&sr=1-2&keywords=the+expanse+book

Knit How by Pom Pom: https://www.pompommag.com/product/pre-order-knit-how-simple-knits-tools-tips-print-digital/

Wool by Hugh Howey: https://www.amazon.com/Wool-Hugh-Howey/dp/1476733953/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546449479&sr=1-1&keywords=wool

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-
Cline/dp/0307887448

My mashup of two vests, My Back to School Tuxedo Vest: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2011/11/tuxedo-vest.html

Project bag by wasFraukemacht: https://www.instagram.com/wasfraukemacht/

Regia Pairfect yarn: https://www.loveknitting.com/us/regia-pairfect?gclid=Cj0KCQiA37HhBRC8ARIsAPWoO0wWOmxEimu3hq5gGQhO4NqD61OkHNTDqvTl8H4LfEibpz6nVed527EaAm4_EALw_wcB&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&ef_id=Cj0KCQiA37HhBRC8ARIsAPWoO0wWOmxEimu3hq5gGQhO4NqD61OkHNTDqvTl8H4LfEibpz6nVed527EaAm4_EALw_wcB:G:s&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=1659547384&utm_term=+regia%20+pairfect

Kettle Yarn Co, Islington: https://kettleyarnco.co.uk

Tieke Yarn: https://www.tiekegarne.de/en/

turmeric curcumin: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X9T1Y3F/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My Blogmas beginning: https://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/12/the-bulky-easy-one-or-blogmas-day-1.html

heel flap from Dani Jorge's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twas-the-night-before-christmas-socks

Michelle Socks on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/smooth-operator-socks-7

knit in Michelle colorway by LovebirdLane Yarns: https://www.lovebirdlane.com/shop

dyed by Julieanne of My Muddling Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/anneofjulie

Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend: https://www.amazon.com/Boundaries-When-Take-Control-Your/dp/0310247454

My Walk the Block Wrap by RizzaKnits: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/07/the-mystery-knit-along-and-thoughts-on.html

My Franken-Blanket: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/franken--blanket

Simple Watchman's Cap by Channah Koppel: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/07/simple-watchmans-cap.html

Oak Crest by Vanessa Townley: https://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/11/oak-crest.html

Soka'pii yarn from Farmer's Daughter Fibers: http://thefarmersdaughterfibers.com

Cardamom Coffee Hat by Caitlin Hunter: https://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/11/cardamom-coffee-hat.html

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

Birch by Pam Allen: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/birch

Plum by Junko Okamoto: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/plum

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

Weekender by Andrea Mowry: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/06/weekender.html

Moeke Yarns Elena Yarn: http://www.moeke-yarns.com/index.php/story/27-elena

Intuition Shawl test: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/mothers-intuition

Yarn Floozy Merino/ Silk/ Cashmere Yarn: https://yarnfloozy.co.nz

The Edge by Alina Schneider: http://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/02/best-sweater-pattern-ever.html

Phoenix by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/phoenix

Knit in Wool of the Andes, Currant: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Wool_of_the_Andes_Worsted_Yarn__D5420103.html

Templer Sneak Peek on @SoVeryShannon: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrG3fXJFtch/

Nightshift by Andrea Mowry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nightshift

knit in Stonehedge Crazy skeins: https://www.stonehedgefibermill.com

and Knit Picks Provencial Tweed: https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Provincial_Tweed__D5420322.html

Knits About Winter by Emily Foden: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knits-about-winter

includes Full Moon wrap: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/full-moon-8

and Soirée: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/soiree-4

Briggs and Little Yarn: https://www.briggsandlittle.com

Episode of Celtic Cast On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShvQ9RKY7gY

Piper by Libby Jonson: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/piper-12

Ramblin Woman by Caitlin Hunter: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ramblin-woman

Amber by Alina Schneider: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amber-14

Old Harry by Kat Riddell: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/old-harry

Meg by Junko Okamoto: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/meg-9

Strathcona by Tara-Lynn Morrison: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strathcona-sweater

Moosonee by Tara-Lynn Morrison: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moosonee-sweater

to knit in Drops Eskimo: https://www.garnstudio.com/yarn.php?show=drops-eskimo&cid=17

Foxy by Annie Haas: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/foxy-9

to knit in Tosh Vintage: https://madelinetosh.com/collections/tosh-vintage-solid

Cartography by Tin Can Knits: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cartography

from Strangebrew: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/strange-brew

Your past mods:

Ingenue by Wendy Bernard: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ingenue

creating a sweater from scratch: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/KarmynDesiree/moss-pull-over

Hugo Bonnet by Alison McCarney: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hugo-8

using techniques from Marlisle by Anna Maltz: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/marlisle-a-new-direction-in-knitting

which also includes Ruperto, one of my inspirations: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ruperto

The Hap Shawl by Jane Watling: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hap-shawl

My past mods: My Back to School Tuxedo Vest: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/mamatronic/minas-tuxedo-vest

Info on the Wing It KAL: https://www.myso-calledhandmadelife.com/2018/12/the-wing-it-kal-blogmas-day-16.html

The Wing It KAL on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/my-so-called-handmade-life/3866229/51-75#73

our WingItKAL projects in the Ravelry Group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/my-so-called-handmade-life

a No Frills by Petiteknit: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/no-frills-sweater

combined with Balloon Sweater by PetiteKnit: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/balloon-sweater-4

Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-folded-poncho

a Tegna by Caitlin Hunter, modified without horizontal purls: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tegna

Itty Bitty Pretty Sweater by Maison Dene with bobbles: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/itty-bitty-pretty-sweater

Mociar Cowl by Audrey Borrego lace stitch: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mociar-cowl

to replace lace in another shawl pattern.

Then there are vests, oversized colorwork sweaters, a mashup of shawl patterns, and more.

And just because I love you here is Bugs and an interesting Monster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cpX3qrzRfk