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!

Episode 20 // Orange Kool-Aid // Show Notes

Hey Everyone, here’s episode 20 for your viewing pleasure

KALs

Knit City Sweater 2016 KAL
There’s been some new activity happening with this KAL, so I wanted to remind everyone about the rules. If you are looking for more information about the KAL, make sure to check the chatter thread on my group on Ravelry. If you want to join, there’s still time to start something. Cast off date is Sept. 15, 2016 so join in! If you are knitting something from a Canadian designer, or a Knit City Vendor, there are other KALs you can double dip into so don’t fear, I encourage double dipping into these other KALs. Any Canadian yarn or Canadian designered sweaters can be enetered into the Canada KAL and there is also the Knit City KAL (Thanks to Katie at Nekozuki Knits for hosting this!) for yarn or designers that will be vendors at Knit City.

Canada KAL 2016
I’ve been working on this KAL as well and I love love love how everyone has been supporting each other and working on all the projects. If you need more information about this KAL (I’ve talked about it quite a bit so I don’t need to really go into it too much) check out the info thread on the Two Tangled Skeins Ravelry thread. I’ll get into my WIPs and FOs below, but I love this KAL, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

FOs

I finished my Authenticity Shawl by Softsweater Knits. I used Sweet Fibre yarn in the Canadian Base and in the Embers colorway. This yarn bled quite a bit when I blocked it and I’m super bummed about the little stripe running through it, but I’m pretty happy with it otherwise. DONEZO. This took about 2 weeks to do, actually exactly 2 weeks to do. I managed to get the garter section, cast off and ends woven in on the road trip coming back from Jasper.

WIPs

I’m still plunking away on my Knit City Sweater, which is the Cross Country cardigan by Alicia Plummer. I had to do a bit of minor surgery on mine this week when I had to fix my increase misteps and then when I had to drop down a row to fix a mistake in the patterned section in the back. Otherwise it’s coming along well despite me not working all that hard or all that consistently on it. I’m using Rowan Superwash Worsted yarn in the Mole colorway.

I started my Forager’s Scarf by Nicola Hodges. This is the second featured pattern that goes with the Authenticity Shawl. I am using Sweet Fibre Canadian again, in the Flannel colorway. Most of my work so far has been running a bunch of increase rows. I’ve almost blown through a whole ball of yarn and I only just started the lace section. I will be setting the dye in this yarn because the other yarn I had bled quite a bit, and I don’t want to lose any of the lovely red goodness. This will be another double dipped project for the Knit City KAL and the Canada KAL.

I also picked up my Color Field Shawl by Kemper Wray again. I’m almost finished this guy, I just have another 1.5 inches of ribbing and the bind off to do. Once again I’m worried about yarn chicken with my MadTosh DK, but I’m weighing.. and hoping. I’ve added a couple of pink stripes to save some of the speckled yarn, but I’m pretty excited to be done this one pretty quick. I’m using MadTosh DK in Optic and Cascade 220 in Opal.

Plans

I’m considering making the Villeneuve Tank by Espace Tricot with some stash yarn. I really like how this looks over t-shirts and I think it would be cute. I just don’t know how to manage the colors for this as I don’t have enough of one color to make this a solid tank.

I want to make socks and a sweater for my friends brand new little baby that she had 3 weeks ago. I am planning on using the Rose City Rollers littles pattern and I haven’t decided on a sweater pattern yet.

Stash Enhancement

I ordered a set of Hiya Hiya sock interchangeables. I need to enjoy sock knitting, and I feel like THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO DO IT.

I picked up Susan B Anderson’s Smooth Operator pattern after Tracie from the Grocery Girls talked about it. I have a high instep so I’m hoping the heel in this will work better for me.

I DIDN’T BUY YARN. 😇
I am a champion.

TV

I highly recommend the Show Stranger Things on Netflix.

I rant about how much I dislike JT on So You Think You Can Dance.

I need new TV shows to watch.

 

Music Recommendation ( Related to the Canada KAL)

This time I recommend the band Library Voices from Regina Saskatchewan. They are fun, quirky and intelligent and I love them. The last show I ever played live with my old band was opening for these guys and we went out and had drunk Japanese food with them at 2 am. I love their music and they are cool people. Song recommendations are below:

Generation Handclap

“You spend your whole life working on your health
Until one day your atoms disassemble and go on to form something else
Try telling that to your therapist”

The Prime Minister’s Daughter

“Rachel, Rachel, Rachel, come on
You gotta give the public what they want
Ordinary people don’t care about us”

 

If Raymond Carver Were Born in the 80s

“All my friends are buying diamonds for their girls
And bringing children into this world
Signing their names to a home on lands they’ve captured
Me? I’m still writing songs I’m scared you’ll hear some day”

Balloon Menagerie

Episode 19 // All the KALS and Canada // show notes

Hey everyone, show notes and episode on the SAME DAY.  :3

Housekeeping and WIPs are one in the same this week.

CANADA KAL 2016

I started my Authenticity Shawl on July 1st and am about 80% done. I’m using Sweet Fibre Canadian yarn in the Embers colorway. I just finished the 5th chart repeat, which in pattern is all I have to do, however I’m going to try and sneak in a 6th repeat with the second cake of yarn. I have a color issue with the 3rd skein so I am hoping to save that entire ball for the garter section and cast off and hopefully will have little to none left at the end. This knit is part of the #2016CanadaKAL hosted by the Two Tangled Skeins podcast. I’m hoping to be done soon so I can cast on the second project I want to do for this KAL!

More info on the Canada KAL can be found on my Ravelry Group.

Knit City Sweater 2016 KAL

I am rolling on in my Cross Country cardigan. The Cross Country cardigan is a paid pattern by Alicia Plummer and just separated the sleeves yesterday. This project is so much fun and I can’t believe I was scared of knitting a sweater. I feel so PUMPED about how it actually looks like a sweater now and I’m very excited about this confidence boost that this project is giving me. I’m using Rowan Superwash Worsted Yarn in the Mole colorway for this bad boy and so far I have only just now had to start my 2nd skein of yarn.

If you want to join in on this KAL, there is still plenty of time to do so! Details can be found in my Rav Group. Cast off date isn’t until September, so come join us!

Color Field Shawl

I’m still kind of plugging away on this shawl. The Color Field Shawl is a paid pattern by Kemper Wray. Most of the other WIPs are hibernating right now, but I added a few more rows of this one and will probably be adding more pink rows because I’m a little scared of how little MadTosh DK I have left. I’m using Optic as my speckly part and I’m concerned I won’t have enough of this yarn to finish the shawl and do the icelandic bind off. So I’m improvising.

APP Recommendation!

To keep track of rows and sections, I’m using an app called Knit Counter. I currently am using the lite version but the paid version is only $6.99 (for some reason I thought it was $11.99, so the $6.99 one is much more palatable for me, so I’m gonna buy it). This is a super clean app that lets you add row counters that suit your needs for your own project that your working on. I like not having to carry my row counters with me when I’m knitting on the go and it’s nice to customize it for things I need to remember and count along the way.

Stash Enhancement

I only got one big thing this week for stash enhancements, and I think it’s going to be super useful. Twig & Horn restocked their gauge rulers and I had to have one. It’s going to be great for the garment knitting that I intend to do more of,  as measuring gauge swatches is no fun.

Cooking Club

I made a super delish dinner yesterday out of a random pin on pinternest and it was pretty damn delicious. This recipe is from the blog Love Maegen and it’s so. good. If you love salsa and corn and chicken, this will be right up your alley. Click for the link: Herbed Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Salsa.

Random other tidbits

I’m working through minimizing my space and clutter and life. Besides all the self help books that make me want to throw up, I’ve found one (from Urban Outfitters, no less) that I actually really enjoy and have been working through called Do Less: A Minimalist Guide to a Simplified, Organized and Happy Life by Rachel Jonat. If you want to declutter and feel more at peace with your surroundings, yet are intimidated by a minimalist lifestyle, this is a good gateway book for you. It’s one of the few that I’ve actually read all the way through without rolling my eyes so hard, they run the risk of falling out of my eye sockets.

FIT CLUB

I would like to hold myself accountable to life changes I have been wanting to make but haven’t done so. So from now on, I will be doing the Couch to 5K program and I need to show proof of effort every podcast. If you’d like to join in with me and work out together, let me know and I can make a thing on the group for it!

Quick acknowledgement of Racial tensions and unrest all over America and Canada:

I don’t want to say too much because I can be quite aggressively political at times, however with everything going on and all of the heartbreaking stories from the most recent demonstrations of police brutality I kind of feel like I have to. There’s been a lot of good pieces coming out from writers who experience brutality and fear of police or racism in action and I think our job (as white people) is to shut up and listen. Don’t say “All Lives Matter”, learn why saying that is detrimental to the cause and acknowledgement of these issues. Learn how to be an actual ally and most importantly, listen. People are telling their stories, your job is to listen and not immediately discredit their lived experiences. There’s been a few good articles that I’ve read and I’ll link those here:

Police and Me and Philando Castile – John Scalzi

Concrete Ways to Be an Actual Ally to Black People – Avital Norman Nathman

Canada’s Race Problem? It’s Even Worse than America’s – Scott Gilmore

Canadaland Podcast – White Pundits Matter

Best of the Left Podcast – Independence Day, but Only for Some

How Black Lives Matter co-founder Janaya Khan sees Canada – Zach Schwartz

Thanks for watching everyone,

 

LOVE LOVE

xx

Make Things Club // Episode 18 // It’s Too Damn Hot (Show Notes!)

 

Here’s a quick episode before my brothers wedding! it’s a little rushed and frantic (and consequently, sweaty) but we did it.

House Keeping

Thank you for everyone who is watching this thing. Thank you to new viewers and returning viewers and thank you for all the kind kind lovely words after the last episode’s feels.

KCSWEATER2016 KAL is still on going. I’m now toying with the idea of knitting the Cross Country cardigan by Alicia Plummer. But let’s get real for a second: I’m not very excited about making a sweater right now and I’m not even done swatching yet.

2016CANADAKAL is starting next week! For more information on this KAL, check out the Rav Page. I’m aiming to knit the Authenticity Shawl (by Sylvia Bo Bilvia) and the Foragers Scarf (by Nicola Hodges) out of Sweet Fibre during this thing.

FOs

I finished my Waiting for Rain shawl (pattern by Syliva Bo Bilvia). This thing took forever and I’m so happy that it’s done. I used Manos Del Uruguay Alegria in Nobuk, and I had probably around 15g left over from the 2 skeins that I allotted for this. I have a bunch of mistakes in this, but overall I love it, and I’ve got tons of compliments on it so far. I’m glad to have my needles for this project back! Now to weave in those ends.

WIPs

I started a new project, because I finished an old one so I had to. I’m now working on the Color Field Shawl by Kemper of Junkyarn. I’m using some stash yarn (celebrate me, guys. I’m stashing) for this as well. My speckled bits are MadTosh DK in the Optic Colorway and the contrasting color is leftover Cascase 220 Heathers in the Opal colorway. I’m already concerned I’m going to run out of Optic.

I’m also still working on my Pinebough Cowl by Dianna Walla. This project is heavy and I find that it’s really bothering my wrists if I work on it for a long amount of time. So this one hasn’t been worked on as much as of late. Also, this project is huge and thick and HOT. So, this isn’t really a fun summer knit unless I’m parked directly in front of AC with my wrists wrapped.

STASH ENHANCEMENTS

I only picked up a couple things lately. I have been really trying to curb my spending so I’m not buying as much as I usually do because I need to calm down. So the main acquisitions I got this week were a set of clay teeth stitch markers from Talking Clay. Nancy is going to be a vendor at Knit City so I’m going to try my hardest to save some money for her booth!

I also picked up a pomelo stitch marker holder from Hey Holly Ho Hum because they are cute. But I’m torn with it. I love how it works and how it has segments that I can organize things, but if you tip this sucker over everything goes where it wants. So if you are a little obsessive like I am, you should keep that in mind.

 

OTHERWISE

Not to much else going on right now. My brother is getting married though! And I’m going to be next!

 

I will hopefully have a video of some sort to upload in the next week or two, but until then, happy crafting everyone!

 

Love love

 

xx

Episode 17 // Feels Club

A bit of a check in – Things haven’t been stupendous for myself lately and it’s really affecting my ability to really do anything. There might be some changes to the podcast schedule and content just so I can maintain it a little bit better while I explore this slump.

If you want to skip ahead to the knitting content, just dive right into the 16 minute mark.

Housekeeping!

I decided to pursue a cancellation with Cottage Craft 1915 with my credit card company. I’m over waiting for them to deliver yarn I ordered over a month ago. I’m super irritated and can’t wait to give them ZERO STAR RATINGS once I am guaranteed my money back. I did go and purchase some other yarn to start swatching my sweater with. I picked up 7 balls of Rowan Superwash Worsted yarn in the Mole colorway so I can start swatching for my Rosemont Cardigan. So the #KCSWEATER2016 is one step closer to getting there. If you want to join, there’s still plenty of time to get it on it!

WIPs

I started my Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla – free pattern on Rav. I found a photo of this cowl on Pinterest in the women’s fashion category and LOVED it. I didn’t even knit yet. So when I started knitting, it only made sense to make it. I wanted to use the same yarn that was done in the original test knit, so after collecting that over various trips to BC I had the yarn. I wanted to learn some new skills to combat the bored feeling, so I learned provisional cast on, stranded colorwork and knitting with my left hand (maybe continental knitting in my future?). I’m using Kenzie yarn (by Hikoo) in the Oceana and Kiwi colorways.

Stash Enhancements/Knitting Plans

I received my Sweet Fibre order for my Authenticity Shawl by Syliva Bo Bilvia (softsweater on Rav). I am holding off on casting this on until the Canada KAL starts on July 1st. I have 3 skeins of Canadian yarn in the Ember colorway for this.

I also plan on knitting the Foragers Scarf by Nicola Hodges with the misfit Sweet Fibre yarns I misjudged the color of (the Flannel colorway). So that will also be knit after July 1st for the Canada KAL

Both of those are paid patterns btw.

I also picked up some progress keepers from Sucre Sucre Miniatures. I picked a donut (duh) and a piece of cake. I love them. My cat wants to eat them.

KNIT CITY TALK

The class list is out for Knit City and I’m really set on taking GROK the sock with the Yarn Harlot herself, and an Intro to Bricoche Class with Kate Atherly. I am very excited to do this whole thing and the classes being released just reminded me of how much fun last year was. Can’t. Wait.

 

—Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages and kind words. I have read them all and they have made me feel pretty wonderful. I really want this space to be a happy and productive space, but these moods and sad moments happen, and I’m so happy to have met you guys—

 

Stay tuned for bi-weekly updates going forward, and I’m hoping to do more VLOGs and little projects in the future.

 

SO much love love.

xx

 

not-as-late Show Notes – Episode 16

Housekeeping

HI, I GOT ENGAGED THIS WEEK. You can check more out about that on my Jasper Vlog

The #KCSWEATER2016 KAL is still going on. I’m still waiting for yarn. I’m getting more and more annoyed about this as we go on.

Prize updates: Karla from Relentless Knitting Company is going to be knitting a sweater sized project bag! We also have 2 passes for the weekend marketplace at Knit City that are confirmed. I also picked up some bath salts (including natural minerals found in the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper) while I was in Jasper, and I will be giving those away as well. If you want to donate a prize, let me know and that would be awesome!

FOs

I cast on and completed my Adama Cowl! I learned that my gauge is so messed up doing this pattern. I had to go up 2 needle sizes to have it fit and I probably could have gone up one more. I used Cascade 220 Heathers in Opal for this, I still have most of one skein left over.

I started and finished my Spindrift shawl in the span of a weekend. I cast this one as soon as I was finished work on Tuesday, left for Jasper on Wednesday, and cast it off on the way home on Saturday. This is a paid pattern on Ravelry, however if you sign up for Helen Stewart’s workshop, you can get the pattern for free. I used yarn that I hand painted myself for this as well, so this was a pretty special pattern for me.

Stash enhancement

I don’t really have anything besides 5 skeins of hand dyed yarn that I did with Ali from Kaleidoscope Dye Works. She’s amazing and wonderful and I’m grateful she lets me play in her studio.

Wedding planning!

Holy shit y’all. I’m going to be planning a wedding. I talk about all that jazz and some of the unexpected feeling that came along with this engagement.

Love love

xx

beyond late Show Notes Episode 15

Housekeeping

  • Still haven’t started my #KCSWEATER2016 KAL. Still waiting for yarn. Getting tired of waiting for yarn.
  • I got in touch with the ladies of Knit Social to try to secure some prizes for the Marketplace!
  • If you want to knit along, use the hashtag so I can spy on your progress!

My sweet Octopus Mug is from Salty Sea Dog Designs. I love it more than anything.

WIPs

I’m still working on that Cozy Memories blanket. I think it’s as wide as I want it to be, it’s destined to be a couch blanket.

I made it to the first lace insert on the Waiting for Rain shawl. That was a welcome break from the rows and rows of garter stitch for sure.

Stash Enhancement!

I recieved my last installment of my Space Bag Club bag from Lara of the Fawn Knits. I love it, it’s gorgeous and it came with a ROCKETSHIPPROGRESSKEEPER. I’m pretty excited about it.

I picked up a shirt from Emily Chu that has a cat posed as a mermaid with a seashell bra. Yep.

I also went to White Barn and picked up a ton of stuff from Jess at Haven Yarn and Goods. I walked out of there with 2 project bags and 5 skeins of yarn. You should check out her stuff, she’s brilliant and wonderful.

I think that’s pretty much it. A lot of other blather this week as I reflect on the massive wildfire in Fort MacMurray. I also talk about how bad my cat is. And how pretty Northern Lights are.

Love love!

 

xx

beyond late show notes Episode 14

I’m sorry. I’m playing catch up. I’ll be better, I promise.

 

Housekeeping! 

Hey there, thanks for watching! This episode lags a lot, and if you listen carefully you can hear my computer struggling throughout the entire thing.

MAY 1st MEANS #KCSWEATER2016 Cast on date!! Hurray. I have no yarn, I’m sorry I’m the worst. If you want to donate a prize, let me know. You can find information on the Ravelry group.

FOs

I did a little misfit knit, I worked on a little stuffy kitty, Beans the Cat is a free pattern on Ravelry. I didn’t do the best job, but my advice is to stuff that thing like mad.

WIPs

I’m working on the Waiting for Rain shawl by Softsweater on Ravelry. I’m still working on the set up and I’ve been messing up on the edges for no reason at all. I’m using Manos Del Uruguay Alegria yarn in the Nobuk colorway for this one.

I’ve also been working on my Cozy Memories Blanket! I did a few squares this week, and I’m starting to see the appeal of this project. So addictive.
Stash Enhancements

I bought a couple skeins of Cascade 220 Heathers in the Opal colorway. I would ideally like to make my Adama Cowl (Hillary Smith Callis) with this.

I also picked up some acrylic baby yarn for a sweater for a coworker (Spoiler alert from the future – I never did this)

If you want to join the Ravelry group, you can find that here!

Otherwise you can find me on Instagram as loosepages and Ravelry as Romperlust.

 

Music: Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me

Episode 13 (Show Notes)

Hey all, New episode alert!

Housekeeping

Special thank yous! To everyone who has subscribed and liked my stuff, I love you and you are wonderful people.

Special Special thanks to the following podcasters for saying kind words about my lil space on the internet:

Charlotte from Charlotte and Gus – Thanks lovely!

Knitorious – Kari and Kellie – I’ve recently started watching your podcast and I love it, so thank you so much!

Mina from Knitting Expat – When I saw her subscribe to my podcast, I was like :O! Thanks for the kind words, Mina!

KAL TALK –

May 1st is coming up, so that means cast on date for #KCsweater2016 is coming! I’m working on the Rosemount Cardigan for my sweater and am toying with ordering yarn for it. See the Rav group for more info!

If you are a maker and would like to donate a prize for this KAL, let me know!

FO’s

I finished my Jocassee Shawl! I love it, I wear it all the time and I’m seriously considering making another one.

I made a weirdo Bunny Nugget as well. And I didn’t follow the directions very well.

WIPs

Blanket drama. I’m OCDing over this cozy memories blanket and I don’t know if I like it enough to keep it or restart.

I cast on my Waiting For Rain shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia. I’m using Manos Del Uruguay Alegria in the Nobuk Colorway for this one.

Still plugging away on that Afterthought Heel sock. Although I might rip it out. Who knows at this point.

Stash Enhancement

I failed my Sweet Fibre colorway challenge. Now I have 2 skeins of red that I would like to make into a Foragers Scarf, which is a pattern by Nicola Hodges.

Other than that, I haven’t really purchased anything else. So YAY for me and you all should be proud.

 

CAT CAT CAT.

I spend some time talking about Stella and showing pictures and videos of when she was a baby. So does that make me a full fledged cat lady yet?

O/T (off topic)

I did a Top Knot tutorial for Elise of My Two Tips. The takeaway? Messy buns take dirty hair and lots of not giving a $@&#.

 

Once again. if I missed anything, let me know and I’ll send you the info!

 

xx

 

 

(Backlog) Episode 12 – Show Notes

Holy moly, this is late.

Housekeeping!

KAL -O-Rama!
Canada KAL reminder: This isn’t starting till July 1st, but plan your knits!

#KCsweater2016 KAL is coming up soon!
See the Rav group for more information about that!

Starting a thread on ravelry for “Inappropriknits” – lets showcase our knits that are really inappropriate for the seasons.

 

FO’s

NOPE.

 

WIPS

I’m tinkering around with a toe up sock construction to see if I can actually knit a full pair of socks before I die, it’s really not a set pattern, I’m loosely following the Toe Up Afterthought  Heel pattern I found on the internet. I’m using Ali’s gorgeous yarn – Kaleidoscope Dye Works in Pixie Pout.

I’m also working on a Jocassee Shawl (Pattern by Kemper Wray) – in Madtosh Twist Light in Electric Rainbow

BLANKET TALK – Still working on my Cozy Memories Blanket.

Other Crafts

I made a donut. I used this tutorial, but mine doesn’t look as nice as hers does.

Stash Enhancement

I picked up 10 miniskeins from Nikki Slipp for my blanket. I love them. They are gorgeous.

I received my second Space Club bag from Lara of The Fawn Knits.

I also hung out with Ali of Kaleidoscope Dye Works and dyed my own skein of yarn while we were hanging out. I need to make something very special with this.

Life stuff:

I failed this banana cake recipe for my crafternoon. Spectacularly.

Otherwise, nothing else really happened!

If I missed something, send me a message.

 

xx