Episode 30 (point five) – Show Notes

Hey everyone! I’m baaaack for a thing!

KALs

All prizes for the Brave New Year KAL have been sent out! Thanks for joining! I know I said I wasn’t good at KALs, but I’m doing another one.

“Fuck it, I’m Fine!” KAL

Let’s stop putting off knitting ourselves pretty, nice things because we want to be skinnier or are waiting to have clothes fit better, don’t feel like we deserve nice pretty things. More information can be found in the KAL chatter thread. Basically, knit yourself a piece of clothing that fits now. No more waiting for that ideal whatever.

  • KAL is already underway
  • Knit something according to current measurements (ease doesn’t matter, just try to knit something that will fit you now, ease or no ease)
  • Try to love the body you’re in, positivity!
  • WIPs allowed as long as they follow the rules and theme of this KAL.
  • Deadline is September 30, 2018.
  • Using the #FIIFKAL hashtag.
  • If you’d like to donate prizes, that would be RAD.

Megan from Pip&Pin is donating some pattern prizes.
Hannah from Palindrome Knits is donating a skein of yarn.

 

FOs

Finished my Rose City Rollers in Regia. Yay.

Finished my April Fool Shawl by Melissa Stadja. This one has been a saga. I washed this shawl with the paper pattern in the washing machine and it just kept on rocking after that.  I participated in the #aprilfookshawlkal for this as well.

 

WIPs

My Succulents Shawl by Maria Montzka is in a bit of hibernation right now. I needed the needle tips and the rows are starting to get too long for me to focus on.

Kitty Yin Yang Socks are most likely getting frogged because my floats are way too tight.

I swatched and cast on my Mount Pleasant Top, which is what I’m using for the #FIIFKAL. I’m using some beautiful yarn from Jess at Haven Yarn and Fibre Arts. I love this pattern, it’s so well written and formatted and I am pretty excited about knitting myself a thing to wear that isn’t a shawl.

STASH ENHANCEMENT

Good lord. I picked up a bunch of stuff and I’m way too lazy to list them.
Check out Vivid Yarn, Poppy Yarn and Fibre, Haven Fibre Arts, Sugar Tots, Lichen and Lace and Bunny&Toot. Good stuff.

Other Craftiness

I’ve still been sewing my rope baskets. Having a hard time controling the shape lately, resorting to keeping notes.

I WANT TO SEW. If you have any tips, tools, tricks, books, channels, tutorials etc for a garment sewing noob like myself, I would love to have em!

PLANT LADY STUFF – I’m killing my succulents. Anyone have any tips?

PERSONAL BLA BLAs

Turned 31 – Resorting to get my shit together this year. Trying to get my finances and life under control. Get my stuff organized, get my space cleaned out, get my head cleared out etc.

Recently diagnosed with ADHD and the new meds and changes that have been happening because of that are a little exhausting but good.

Started crisis counselling at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton – Hard work, but good work, but definitely affecting my “feeling like a normal person who can do things and not feel exhausted while doing them” thing. Learning some serious self compassion here, folks.

ALSO PLANNING A WEDDING GUYS. I’m getting married on January 20th, 2018 and we are in swing here. Looking to do a wedding shawl, if you have suggestions for pretty winter wedding knits, let me know! So far I’m considering the Dancing With Bears shawl for my wedding shawl but am open to other things as well.

 

THAT’S ABOUT IT. If you have questions or I missed something you wanted to know more about, just hit me up and I can answer any questions you have.

 

Thanks all!

 

xx

 

Episode 29 // Why We Can’t Have Nice Things // Show Notes

HI AGAIN, FRIENDS! Here’s a new episode for you.

 

KAL
I have drawn winners for the Brave New Year KAL!
Congrats to Emma135, Quiet-Zone and allidawn! PM me for your info and to let me know which pouch etc…

FOs

Maya’s Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska
Knit with Cascade Eco+. I don’t know what the actual colorway is, I cant’ find the ball band… but it’s oatmealy.

Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Knit with Haven Fibre Arts in the Book Boyfriend Colorway. Knit on 2.5mm needles and with 64 sts. These suckers are still too big. 🎺 (wah wahhh)

McMilne Shawl – Jane Richmond
Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Newsprint. Knit with 5.5mm needles. I cast off with 169 sts and had 5.7g left after cast off.

WIPs

MORE ROSE CITY ROLLERS
Knit with Regia Extra Twist Merino. Cast on 64sts on 2.25mm needles. THEY SEEM TO FIT.

OTHER FOs

I’m sewing rope baskets, y’all. I used this creativebug class as inspo. I think I’ll make a tutorial video to show how I do it, but in the meantime

Donut Charms! This crap is like crafting crack. I love making these things and have been enjoying learning how to do clay stuff.

Faux Marble and Ceramic earrings. I am now working on making jewelry with clay now.

Stash Enhancements

Picked up a bunch of first time things from KnitPicks.
Picked up a new pattern I am going to knit eventually. It’s a gorgeous pattern: “The Hoar Frost Shawl”
Picked up 3 skeins from Allison Barnes Collection… 2 skeins of Whisper, one of Silver Grey
More of my orders from Sucre Sucre Miniatures came in…
My friend Danielle sent me a charm from her new store, Bunny & Toot.
My constellation pouch came from Whiteout Workshop!

Blah Blah Blah Section

I bought my wedding dress!!!! and other stories.

I think that was the main stuff. If you have questions about anything let me know!

xoxo

 

 

Episode 28 // Brave New Year – Show notes

Hey everyone! Here’s some lazy show notes!

House Keeping!

Brave New Year KAL is happening! If you want more info check out the chatter thread HERE
Our Hashtag is #bravenewyearKAL

Another awesome KAL going on is the Stash to Gift KAL hosted by the Relentless Knitting Company. Check out their thread for more info and make sure to check the amazing prizes as well! The hashtag for this on is #stashtogiftknit2017

FOs

I finished my No Purl Monkey Socks by Cookie A!

I also finished my Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla!

I ALSO finished my Thalia Shawl by Andrea Mowry

WIPs

Still sort of plunking away on the Parker Street Shawl by Softsweater knits

I started a Birthday Present for my Baba! I’m currently working on getting the Maya’s Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska in Cascase Eco+

Stash Enhancement

Various skeins of Cascade Yarn (Eco Highland Duo, the Eco +)

Some Hedgehog Fibres in Skinny Dip

WOOLFOLK YARN WHICH IS RIDICULOUS.

Some Manos Del Uruguay

And some ~knitsmas 2016~ remnants I did not show on Instagram!

 

If you have questions about anything I haven’t posted or forgot to mention, feel free to contact me!

Episode 27 // Ho Ho Ho No – Show Notes

Hey Everyone, after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back with Episode 27!

As always, thank you for watching, subscribing or liking this podcast! xoxo

House Keeping

✨The Brave New Year KAL!✨

I will be hosting another KAL starting January 1st. The premise is simple: I want to encourage and motivate you to do something you’re scared to do. Whether that’s a pattern you’ve been staring longingly at but never started because it seemed too hard, or learning a new technique… I want you to start 2017 bravely and dive headfirst into something you’ve always wanted to do but never felt brave enough to start. To make it easier, I’m going to give you a lot of time to do this. Cast on date will be January 1st and the KAL will go until March 1st. So think about what you’d like to tackle first in 2017 and join me in this KAL!

If you’d like to co host or donate prizes for this – get a hold of me in which ever way is easiest for you (youtube, email, Ravelry, Instagram… you name it). I’ll show prizes as I wrangle them.

WIPs

Still trucking on the Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla. We are reaching the end though. I will be finished this by the end of my trip to Kelowna (thanks to Karla for volunteering to help with the grafting!)

The Parker Street Shawl by Softsweater Knits has been on hold and languishing lately. Maybe this will be a car knit on my trip.

My Thaliah Shawl by Andrea Mowry has been a source of multiple frustrations lately. It also has just been languishing. I’m super sad that I had a string of issues that has turned me against this beautiful beautiful project.

HOs

I finished one of my No Purl Monkey Socks by Cookie A! I’m using MadTosh in Holi Festival for this, with constrasting heels and toes by Allison Barnes Collection in Chartreuse and Rain City Knits in Pink.

Stash Enhancement

I picked up a lot of stuff this time around and a lot of it is hard to pin point where I got it from. However, I will post the things I know for certain.

Yarn Bowl from G Ceramic and Co: I picked this up from Make It Edmonton and it’s beautiful. I was initially considering getting the “Fuck Yes” mug, but all her work is gorgeous and I’ve been lusting after her constellation mugs for a while now as well.

Elise from My Two Tips podcast sent me a super cute Cat Ceramic necklace from Tessaramics. Her cat mugs are stinkin’ adorable.

I purchased a project bag from Cali of WhilloughbyWay and it is adorable and cute and I love it a lot.

Random sock yarn for heels and Toes from River City Yarns

Some charms from SucreSucre Miniatures. If you’d like 15% off your order, please check out my discount thread for some Coupon Codes!

Various Mini’s and trinkets… If you have questions about anything else, let me know and I can give you info.

Anyways, Happy Holidays everyone, thanks for watching and I’ll see you in 2017!

 

xoxo

 

Episode 26 // Settle Down – Show Notes (I know! They are done on time!)

Hey everyone, here’s some show notes for once!

Thank you for everyone who has been watching, new subscribers, new viewers, returning viewers… You are amazing and I love you.

I would like to do a subscriber giveaway but things have been a little nuts so I haven’t had the time to sit down and think of something wonderful to show my appreciation. SO, know I am so grateful for you guys and I will be putting something together for you soon.

Thanks to everyone for signing up for the card swap – please connect with your partners!

Actual Knitting – WIPs

Socks have been not so fun lately – I have a skein of Book Boyfriend from Haven Yarn and Fibre Arts but I’m not sure about what to do with it.
Attempted a Monkey sock, 🐸’d it.
Attempted a Rose City Roller.. will be 🐸ing it.

I still want to make a sock out of this yarn, but I don’t know what that sock will be yet.

Thaliah Shawl – Andrea Mowry

I love this pattern and yarn and everything about it. Almost completed the chevron section. I’m using Ancient Arts Passion 8 in the Pieces of Eight colorway.

Parker Street Shawl – Softsweater Knits

I started this while sick and bingewatching The Crown on Netflix. I love Syliva’s patterns. Using Sweet Fibre Canadian wool in the Mountain Top colorway -which I think is just undyed wool.

Pine Bough Cowl – Dianna Walla

Oh my god this is taking forever.

Plans

I found my Churchmous Poncho pattern finally, I would like to knit this as a mindless knit but I don’t have the right needles ready for it since my Thaliah is being knit on 4.5mm.

I’d like to knit a Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli but I only have 2 single skeins of MadTosh that I want to use. Has anyone been able to get through this pattern with only 1 skein of each color?

PERKS – ✨

If you have been admiring Chelsea’s work from Sucre Sucre Miniatures but haven’t gotten yourself anything, I have a deal for you! For those who have never made a purchase, you can use this referral code: http://i.refs.cc/S102ff0W for 15% off your first purchase. If you have made a purchase before but still want 15% off, use my coupon code:SSMR008 at the checkout. Check out her store at www.sucresucreminiatures.com

AMA QUESTION

E6000
Sorry I suck at everything. 56000 is just an industrial glue…

Amazon says that it’s pretty useful.
“Amazing E6000 has exceptional adhesion to wood, metal, glass, fiberglass, ceramics, and concrete. It also adheres strongly to leather, rubber, vinyl and many plastics. Amazing E6000 dries clear and once cured, it’s waterproof, washer/dryer safe, paintable and safe for photographs.”
I hope that was a good explanation that helped. Although it probably wasn’t.

Stash Enhancement

I picked up 3 skeins of yarn from Allison Barnes, who you can find here!. I got the raspberry cheesecake, chartreuse and spruce tree colorways.

I got 4 skeins of Biggie Yarn from Michaels for my cats. I don’t know what I want to do with them yet, but I’m going to do something.

Thanks for watching guys! <3

 

 

Episode 22 // Swish Curse – Show Notes

I sneakily published an episode last night while drinking a substantial amount of wine at my parents house, where I was unable to do show notes or anything. Now I’m a little hungover so this is going to be quick and dirty.

Knit City Sweater KAL stuff

I’m extending the deadline! So you now have 10 extra days or a whole 240 hours of extra time to get your sweater done! Deadline is now officially September 25th.

Prizes! Please be aware that the grand prize was always intended to be given to a Knit City attendee. This prize is the sweater sized project bag, the skein of Kaleidoscope Dye Works, bath salts and a couple other potential things. This prize will only be for people attending. I will be offering up a pattern prize (up to $10) if the draw ends up on someone who was just knitting for fun!

FO

I finished my Cross Country Cardigan by Alicia Plummer and it basically Frankensteined during blocking and it’s substantially bigger than I  was expecting. It’s growing on me though. I don’t think I hate it as much as I did.

WIPs

I cast on a new project! I have officially started my Good Vibes shawl with Haven yarn in Fierce Fingering (honeycomb and over the mountain colorways)

Still working on the Smooth Operator Socks. Slowly.

I’ve also brought back my Garter Stitch Afghan from the dead for the Kats Kettle Graveyard KAL. I think this will be good motivation to finish it.

Stash Enhancement

I picked up a skein of Koigu KPPPM in P625. I’m considering doubling up the yarn to make a Bohemian Headband by Andrea Mowry

I picked up some Yarn Snips.

I also got a couple of surprise/lovely packages for KAL giveaways!

Thank you so much to Kim for the lovely notions pouches and stitch markers. I will be giving these away in a future KAL. In the meantime, please check out her shop at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Gingersnapthat

I also received a lovely package of tea and Cozy Knitter sock yarn for a giveaway from Joanne  who is @porthardy1. Thank you so much for the thoughtful package!

Music Recommendation

My pick for this week is Broken Social Scene! This group is sort of the honeypot for a lot of Canadian musicians and they have their hand in a lot of different projects. Here’s some of my picks below:

 

 

I’m a huge fan of this band, they are incredible live and I just feel a lot while listening to them. I also highly recommend Kevin Drew’s solo stuff.

Anyways, the rest of the episode is clips and stuff. Thanks for watching! If I missed something please get in touch with me, because I was really lazy today with the show notes.

 

xx

Episode 21 // Ahead by a Century

 

LAZY SHOW NOTES here we go.

KALs

I’m working on the Canada KAL still. You can pretty much check out any show note for more info here.

I’m also working on the KC SWEATER 2016 KAL – there’s only 24 more days left, so get on it!

FOs

I finished my Colorfield Shawl by Kemper Wray in MadTosh DK optic and Cascade 220 Opal yarns.

I finished a Swoon Hat by Syliva of softsweater knits (Which is going to be frogged. 🐸 :(. Yarn is Worsted weight yarn from Jess of Haven Yarns in the Wild Meadow colorway

I finished a little pair of Rose City Rollers Littles in Manos Del Uruguay deep stash yarn.

I also sewed my first project bag with the tutorial from Nicole at Hueloco (holiday bag template with customized sizing)

WIPs

I’m still plunking away on my Cross Country Cardi by Alicia Plummer. I’m pretty sick of ribbing at this point. Yarn is Rowan pure wool worsted in the Mole colorway.

I’m working on my Forager’s Scarf by Nicola Hodges with Sweet Fibre Canadian yarn in the Flannel colorway.

I’m working on the Smooth Operator Sock by Susan B Anthony with Cascade Heritage Prints in the Clouds colorway.

I’m going to attempt to do some more work on my Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla.

Stash Enhancement

I got my Hiya Hiya interchangeable sock needles and they are 💯💯💯

I picked up 3 skeins of yarn from Jess at Haven Yarn and Goods and like always they are gorgeous. (sock weight colorways: honeycomb, over the mountain, worsted weight colorway: wild meadow)

Plans

Once I finish everything that is making me die a little, I would like to cast on the Good Vibes shawl by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne.

 

Music Recommendation:

Wolf Parade.

Check out these songs: Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts, I’ll believe in Anything, Pobody’s Nerfect, California Dreamer, This Heart’s on Fire

Thanks for watching!