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Episode 78: Summer Reading KAL Prizes

FOs

  • Katie
    • April Snow by Knitterella (Jill Zielinski) using Plucky Knitter Snug fingering (70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% alpaca) in Wanderlust, Plucky Knitter primo fingering in Pink Champagne on Ice, and Spun Right Round Snappy Sock in Shock Star
    • Paris Toujours by Isabell Kraemer knit with The Plucky Knitter Crew in Magnet & Stee
  • SomerKnitting

 

    • Moab Shawl – pattern by verybusymonkey, yarn was my handspun from WC Mercantile
    • Dragon’s Egg Bowl – started out as pattern by Graffic Designs (Ovum Dracona Drawstring Bag) but I didn’t have enough yarn, yarn was my handspun from a Gritty Knits batt in “Patina”

Spinning

  • Three Waters Farm 100% Polwarth in “Sky Behind the Trees,” will ply with another Three Waters Farm “The Light in the Trees”

 

Active WIPS

 

  • Katie
    • Riley Rose shawl by Jennifer Lassonde, using Plucky Knitter bello fingering in princess phone, medieval, high cotton and primo fingering in breakfast on 5th
    • OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams– 3 pairs!!
      • Rock & String Creations using colorway Bleeding Heart
      • KnitCircus Greatest of Ease in Twister Stripes
      • Quaere Fiber – special colorway for Socktober 2016 with the Carolina Fiber Girls
  • SomerKnitting
    • Vanilla socks by Susan B. Anderson, using Rock and String Creations in “Appalachian Autumn”
    • No. 2 Pencil Socks, using Yarn Enabler yarn in No. 2 Pencil, incorporates OMG Heel by Megan Williams and Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
    • Riley Rose shawl by Jennifer Lassonde, using Stunning String Studio in Wild Blue Yonder, Westminster Blue, and Gouda
    • Color Study by Karalee Harding using Daizie Knits Hardy (discontinued base) in Wicked Cool with SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Boysenberry

Spinning

    • Three Waters Farm 100% Polwarth “The Light in the Trees”

Casting on soon!

  • Katie
    • Om shawl by Andrea Mowry using Plucky Knitter snug worsted in wanderlust, social graces, melba, and gilded age

Acquisitions

  • Katie
    • OCD sock yarn from Must Stash in Autumn Afterglow
    • Yarn from Stitches Texas (Stunning String Studio, Twisted Owl Fiber Studio, Fresh from the Cauldron, Gynx Yarns)
  • Somer
    • Elemental Fibers Visions of Fiber club – colorways based on NASA/JPL’s Visions of the Future poster series. The third was Earth on ______
    • Stitches Texas acquisitions: Stunning String Creations fingering in Wild Blue Yonder, Westminster Blue, and Gouda; Twisted Owl Fiberworks Worsted in “Cosmos,” DK minis in “Slate” and “Papaya”; Undead Yarn Self Striping in the Vamphyri base in “Troll”; Gynx Yarns self striping in “Gingerbread House” and fiber in “Pumpkin Patch” (either Masham or BFL); Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn in “Pod”; bag from Kitchen Counter Crafter

Other Crafty Pursuits

  • Somer
    • Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery National Parks club

Summer Reading KAL Prizes

  • Short story – Rock & String Creations, phoenixfire
  • Novel – Somer’s handspun, crouchingcheese
  • Chunkster – Daizie Knits, lmecoll
  • Boxed set – Undead Yarn, CrazyKnittingFool
  • Chatter thread – sock blocker keychain, JillSerenity; Diana Couture DPN holder, EKellyO

In the Kitchen

Reading & Watching

  • Katie
    • Nothing exciting to share

 

 

 

Episode 73

FOs

  • Katie
    • Reyna shawl by Noora Laivola using Savvy Skeins Comal sock in Midway
    • Rae by Cassie Munksgard using Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran in Petal Pusher
    • Bon Bon Toque by Tin Can Knits using Madtosh Vintage in Manor
    • Paddle Mitts by Tin Can Knits using Madtosh Dk Twist in Nassau Blue
  • Somer

    Knitting

 

  • Sumner by Woolly Wormhead using Knit Picks Stroll in “Tree Fort”

 

   Spinning

Active WIPS

  • Katie
    • OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams using Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in Tinsel Tree
    • Sophisticated Traveler by Cassie Munksgard using Plucky Knitter traveler sport in magnet & steel and Sophisticate (50% Merino, 30% Mohair, 20% Silk) in Bedrock
    • Yowza weigh it shawl #4 by Susan B. Anderson using Miss Babs Yowza in Beautiful Dreamer
    • Gather by Tin Can Knits using Daizie Knits Dewy DK in Purple
  • Somer

    Knitting
    • Harvest by Tincanknits using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted in Hot Rod Red
    • Inverness Diamond Mitts by Daniela Richardson using handspun from Brazen Stitchery in “Simply Irresistible”
    • Wide Open Spaces by Sara Gresbach in Leading Men Fiber Arts Box Office in “Purple Rain”
    • Thames Fingerless Gloves by Taiga Hilliard in Neon Unicorn Studios String of Pearl Sock in “Mellow Rainbow” (this is a new name for the shop – I believe it was MunchkinMama on Etsy before & the base itself appears to be discontinued

Spinning

    • Brazen Stitchery Merino/Bamboo/Nylon in “Cadbury Eggs for Breakfast”

Casting on soon!

  • Katie
  • Somer
    • I’m pretty satisfied with my current projects right now, for once.

Other crafty pursuits

  • Zoom loom clone

Acquisitions

  • Katie
    • Speckles from Plucky
  • Somer
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sock of the Month skein from Neeley’s Knits

Events

  • Houston Fiber Fest, June 24-25, 2015 in Cypress, Texas. Katie will probably be there Friday. All 3 of us (and then some) will be there on Saturday.
  • Into the Wool Fiber Retreat, September 1-4, 2016 in Crossville, TN (Somer & Katie will be there).

Summer Reading KAL

For full details see the Ravelry group, but here are the basics.

The Summer Reading KAL will run from June 1 – September 30.

WIPs count.

Categories

  • Short story – projects 50-100 yards
  • Novel – projects 100-400 yards
  • Chunkster – projects 400+ yards
  • Boxed set – multiple projects that together equal at least 50 yards – perfect for sock yarn squares, hexipuffs, washcloths, bookmarks, etc.
  • Chatter thread – if you don’t want to bother with measuring yardage, just post in the chatter thread.
  • Cookbook club – The winning vote for June/July was smitten kitchen. Recipes from the website or the cookbook are fine. Voting for August’s selection will open in mid-July. Post recipe reviews and pictures of what you cook in the thread on the Ravelry group.

We’ll have prizes for, at the least, the chatter thread and each of the yardage threads. Specific prizes will be posted once we’ve decided. If you would like to donate a prize, you can email us at kitchenstitchespodcast@gmail.com or PM someryarns, kayteebe, or slightlyfoxed on Ravelry.

Prizes (this list will be updated as we get more prizes):

  • Handspun by Somer – specific skein to be decided

In the Kitchen

  • Somer
    • Down House – shrimp & grits
    • Cheesy Cheeseless Scrambled Eggs with Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic Bacon from Cravings by Chrissie Teigen
    • Homemade ice cream

Reading & Watching

  • Katie
    • Finished Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh (adult fiction) – highly recommend any of her books if you like literary fiction
    • Finished I Kissed a Rogue by Shana Galen (historical romance)
    • Finished A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (YA fiction, sorta historical with a smidge of action and romance)
    • Starting The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (YA fantasy, romance, and Russia)
  • Somer
    • Finished The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (#2 in The Raven Cycle)
    • Finished The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson
    • Reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (#3 in The Raven Cycle)

 

Episode 67: That Yarn Is a Pretty Pretty Pony


In the Kitchen talk starts at 67 minutes
Reading and Watching talk starts at 74 minutes

Active WIPS

  • Katie
    • Delicada mitts by Karen Troyer Ladman using Plucky Knitter Sweater in poppycock (a navy blue with teal undertones) 1st mitt done, about a third through the second one. This was a test knit.
    • Rose City rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner –  1 sock done, 2nd sock on heel flap, using some self-striping yarn that was old stash
    • Zane shawl by Ambah O’Brien using Plucky Knitter traveler DK
  • Somer
    • Leona Dare by Elizabeth Green Musselman, using Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Summer Skin and Slate
    • Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu, using Miss Babs Katahdin in Ivys
    • Vanilla socks with OMG heel, using handspun BFL nylon Greenwood Fiberworks in Mallard colorway
    • super-secret project for the 2 Knit Lit Chicks swap, using Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Nightshade
    • spinning merino gradient set from W.C. Mercantile that I picked up at the quilt festival
  • Darcy
    • Cirque shawlette – by Cristina Mershon (Quick Crocheted Accessories), using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi
    • Crochet Creeper – by Katie Bobbitt (free), using Green Ray Worsted

Recent FOs

  • Katie
    • Bradway shawl by Shannon Cook, knit with Plucky Knitter scholar in big sky, herbe, and wintry mix
    • Marled hat by The Plucky Knitter, knit with Plucky scholar in tapenade and bello worsted in french laundry
    • Seacliff Loop by Ien Sie, knit with Plucky Knitter primo fingering held double. I used bastille, vintage icebox, and two drifters.
    • So Fly hat by Justyna Lorkowska (Lete), using Plucky Knitter bello worsted in selvedge, a nice medium blue (dark cornflower/country blue)
  • Somer
    • The Nursery Cat by Sara Elizabeth Kellner, knit with handspun made from Fat Cat Knits Corriedale Cross Combed Top
    • Flotsam by Allie Coffey (Needs More Purple designs/craftieallie), knit with handspun King Tut by Kitty Mine Crafts (merino/tussah silk/stellina)
    • Never Shall Meet by Clothesline Designs (quiltercaroline on Ravelry), knit with FibroFibers Nightfall Shawl Ball in Into the Wool 2014 Exclusive colorway
    • Clue Shawl by verybusymonkey, knit with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Tart
    • (spinning) Three Waters Farm Falkland 2-ply in Maple Leaf Rag
  • Darcy
    • Niles the Crocodile – Deb Richey (Crochet One-Skein Wonders), knit with sparkly green acrylic
    • Darcy shawlette – Karrie Steinmetz (free) , knit with Colinette Jitterbug Venezia colorway

Casting on soon!

  • Katie
    • Not sure…have yarn pulled for a Buccanneer shawl, but Malabrigo march starts March 1st, so probably a couple hats or mitts. Depends if my KAL suggestions get picked.
  • Somer
    • Slipped Ridge hat by Wooly Wormhead
    • Something with handspun Clown College from Twist Fiber Studio – maybe Honey Cowl
    • Moab Shawl by verybusymonkey – in my quest to always have something on the needles by verybusymonkey, I’m going to cast this on as soon as I’ve finished the fiber I’m currently spinning

Acquisitions

  • Katie
    • 2 skeins of Regia Arne & Carlos sock yarn and a skein of Swans Island worsted
    • Yarn from Panorama Fiber Arts – 3 cakes of socky bombs (sock blanks dyed in gradient/various colors), a skein of Aussie DK, and a skein of Mandala sock. This was from a trunk show at Yarntopia on Saturday 2/6/16
    • 2 skeins of Plucky Knitter Lodge Worsted

 

  • Somer
    • Bday happened!
      • Patterns:
      • New telephoto camera lens 
      • Cross stitch Star Wars/owls pattern & Pluto pendant
      • Madelinetosh DK in Baroque Violet 
      • Madelinetosh DK in Arctic
      • Knitting Gauge ruler by Ann Budd 
      • Fine Things for Plain Occasions by Hunter Hammersen (from mom)
      • Bought a sweater’s quantity of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted in Hot Rod Red but haven’t received it yet
    • Non-bday
      • Regia Arne & Carlos sock yarn
      • Niddy noddy
      • Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush

Events

  • Into the Wool Fiber Retreat: Somer and Katie are attending
  • Yellow Rose Fiber Fiesta: Somer and Katie are probably attending
  • Houston Fiber Fest: Somer, Darcy, and Katie all plan to attend, but maybe not together

In the Kitchen

Lemony lemons:

  • Somer
    • Lemon bars from Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
  • Darcy
    • Poppy Lemon Pound Cake and Lemon Sponge Cake from Better Homes and Garden Cookbook
    • limoncello from Confessions of a Foodie blog

 

Other stuff:

  • Somer
    • Miso-Honey Chicken from Blue Apron

Reading & Watching

  • Katie
    • Finished reading Winter by Marissa Meyer
    • Watching Outlander and Black Sails
  • Somer
    • finished Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
    • finished On the Move by Oliver Sacks
    • finished Firestorm by Nevada Barr
    • Currently reading The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
    • binge-watched Mr. Robot over MLK weekend
    • binge-watched Jessica Jones (still haven’t finished)
    • X-Files
    • Grease Live
    • Shannara
  • Darcy
    • Finished with the Girl The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
    • Currently reading with the Girl The 21 Balloons by William Pène du Bois
    • Currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    • Watching Foyle’s War off and on with the Husband

Come join the Kitchen Stitches Ravelry group!

 

 

 

Episode 51: Spring Break

This girl is on spring break! I haven’t taken a vacation where I didn’t have to do any traveling in I-don’t-know-how-long. This means lots of stuff to talk about!

FOs

Rainbow Dash

WIPs

Cerise
Sock Yarn Blanket
Newton Shawl
Basia
Trillian
Yowza Weigh It Shawl 3
Crocheted cowl from handspun

Spinning

Batt from SSK tasting room (gift from my mom)
Mountain Colors BFL Top in Lilac
Brazen Stitchery Polwarth in Rainbow Connection

In the Kitchen

Atlantic Beach Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
White Bean and Artichoke Dip
Cheez It Chicken – inspired by Famous Butter Chicken
Queso flameado

What I’m Reading

Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

Episode 50: Worsted Boxy Love

I finally found (made) time to record tonight. I got brave and recorded in the dining room, with my family in the house. I think this will have to be my reality, if I want to continue podcasting! Here’s links to relevant info:

FOs:

Worsted Boxy

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Shrek Ogre Hat

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WIPs:

Cerise
Sock Yarn Blanket
Basia
Newton Shawl (I mistakenly said this was using Cascade Everlasting yearn – I meant Dream in Color Everlasting)

In the Kitchen

Grandma’s Sticky Pecan Rolls from Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook

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What I’m Reading

Finished The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
Finished Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Started Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones

Places Mentioned

The Black Labrador
Rothko Chapel
Jenni’s Noodle House

Episode 49: A fair amount of enabling

I’m terrible at keeping New Year’s Resolutions (who isn’t?). I am still trying to consistently post show notes, but sometimes the only way to get an episode published is to just get it up there!

My recording schedule has been a bit wonky lately, and I think I’m going to have to officially change things up. While I like recording in the mornings, it’s not really working with my schedule anymore. Stay tuned!

And now…show notes!

I visited Park Avenue Yarns in League City on Sunday for a meet-up with some local knitters. Local to Houston. None of us live near this LYS, but it was so worth the trip! Park Avenue Yarns is a lovely store with everything you could want! I was like a kid in a candy store! I was mostly good, though, and only bought one treat. The other things I bought were either necessities (some stitch holders and Eucalan) or something I have been wanting to buy but have been unable to find at other yarn stores (bare yarn and dye!). If you are ever in the Houston area and want to go on a yarny adventure, I highly recommend making the trek to Park Avenue Yarns!

FOs

Olympic Forest Baby Blanket – This isn’t blocked yet, but I’ll do that today.

Easy to Wear Cowl

WIPs

Worsted Boxy
Cerise
Sock Yarn Blanket

Spinning

Hiwassee Creek Dyeworks Merino/Bamboo in Glacier
Kitty Mine Crafts Stellar Top (Merino/Mulberry Silk/Stellina) in King Tut

Enabling

Bag from Little Skein in the Big Wool (image from shop listing)

Vice Brazen DK in the Park Avenue Yarns Colorway

Kitty Mine Crafts Stellar Top (Merino/Mulberry Silk/Stellina) in King Tut (image from shop listing)

Twist Fiber Studio Superfine Merino in Clown College

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 In the Kitchen Glazed Lemon Loaf from Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook  

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Roasted Vegetables
Chili – Slightly modified from this Two Alarm Chili recipe

What I’m Reading

Finished The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
Currently reading The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos