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Episode 87

Episode 87

FOs

 

Spinning

 

  • Gynx Yarn Masham in “Pumpkin Patch”

  • Butterfly Girl hot pink/orange batt
  • Elemental Fiber Works polwarth/silk in “Mars”

 

  • Katie
  • Hemrick by Lynn Di Cristina using madtosh dk twist in cosmic silver
  • Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland using Plucky Knitter primo worsted (crochet shawl)

 

Active WIPS

 

  • Katie
    • Vorfreude by Monie Ebner using Plucky Knitter primo sport using good jeans, avocado toast, red haven, and early light
  • Somer


Knitting

    • Whiz Bang Socks by Sara Shoo in Kimarie Yarn in “Bluebonnet”
    • Starting Point MKAL by Joji Locatelli using:
      • Undead Yarn Twilight in “Midnight Graveyard”
      • Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “Brick”
      • Haute Knit Yarn Superwash Merino Sock in “Night Owl”
      • Madelinetosh Twist Light in “Paper”
      • Knit Picks Stroll dyed using “Spruce” and “Turquoise”
    • Giant Granny Square blanket
    • Riley Rose by Jennifer Lassonde using Stunning String Studio in Gouda, Westminster Blue, & Wild Blue Yonder
    • Mince Pie Mayhem socks by Alice Yu from Socktopus using A Riot of Color tweed in “Spring Meadow”
    • Herbivore by Stephen West using Hedgehog Fibers Sock in “Pod”

 

Cross Stitch

  • Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery National Parks
  • Darcy
    • Close to You using Western Sky Knits Single Strand Sock Blank in Cosmic
    • BlueBells socks using Heavenly Fiber Stardust Sock in Firepit
    • Stonework Arrows unknown sock designer in Wonder Woman
    • Patch in My Heart’s Creation Donagal DK and Knit Picks Donagal DKs

 

Casting on Soon

  • Katie
    • Gryer by Isabell Kraemer — Plucky Knitter yakpaca in a gray gradient and then a second one in Gritty Knits merinosaurus worsted in a blue to gray gradient
    • Early Winter by Laura Aylor using Round Table Yarn in Tristan (100% merino sport). Using 2 shades of purple and a medium gray.
    • Trying to find another shawl to crochet – possible choices are the Virus Shawl or Lost in Time Shawl by Johanna Lindahl

Acquisitions

  • Katie
    • Haul from HFF — too much to talk about
      • Round Table – Yarn for an Early Winter by Laura Aylor
      • Gritty Knits – mystery yarn in merinosaurus worsted – use for a Gryer
    • Open Skies Yarn – Summer Skies colorway

 

  • Somer
    • Diana Couture owlet bag in Stranger Things fabric
    • Barn Owl Fibers gradient sock cake in “Avocado”
    • Heavenly Fibers targhee braid
    • Vice Yarns Paradigm Shift
    • Independence Farmstead Fibers “Spring Lamb” Green Tea (green tea with lemongrass and mint)
    • Muddy Soap
    • Wrist ruler
    • Madelinetosh Vintage in “Wonka Wash”
    • Elemental Fiber Works in “Trappist 1-e”
    • The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures

 

  • Darcy
    • Brazen Stitchery sock blank – Harmony Sock – kitty faces!!!
    • Kid Kat Ranch – purple and teal
    • My Heart’s Creation Donagal DK
    • Heavenly Fiber Stardust Sock in Firepit
    • Diana Couture Yarn Owl bag in purple gargoyles fabric
    • KC’s Pockets To Go in lavender unicorn fabric
    • Needle-felted eyeballs from Wild Dahlia
    • 20+ stitch markers from swap

 

Upcoming Events

  • Stitches Texas

 

In the Kitchen

 

Reading & Watching

 

  • Katie
    • Read Addicted to the Duke by Bronwen Evans. Historical romance that is set at sea and involves opium addiction.
    • Finished The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye. This is historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia. This is the sequel to The Crown’s Game , where two enchanters (magicians) must fight to the death to become the royal enchanter.
    • Read The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein. This is sort of a prequel to Code Name Verity. Julie is a teenager (15 or so), and comes home a few days early for summer break without telling anyone.  She wanders off from the estate and mysteriously ends up in the hospital injured. YA historical fiction set before WWII, where Code Name verity is set in WWII.
    • Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead and is #2 in  The Glittering Court series. The series is about three very different girls and their journey to the school and finding husbands and the mysteries of their backgrounds.  I didn’t like the first book very much (gave it one star! – see my review here), so I gambled on reading this one.
    • I was feeling the need for some vampires, so I read The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper.  It is part romance, mystery, and suspense. Kind of a fluffy romance with a super alpha vampire and a fluffy heroine who runs a concierge service for vampires.

 

Episode 86

Episode 86

FOs

 

  • Somer

    Knitting

    • Chunky Dean Street Hat by Nina Machlin Dayton using Malabrigo Mecha in “Polar Morn”
    • Gridelin by Hunter Hammersen using Shaefer Yarn Company Heather

Spinning

 

  • Rock & String Creations BFL/silk in “Caramel Apple Cider” (460 yards)

 

  • Two Guys Yarn BFL/Silk in “Spring Blooms” (156 yards)
  • Elemental Fiber Works Merino/Tencel in “Earth” (400 yards)
  • Bobbin leftovers (Rock & String + Elemental Fiber Works (100 yards)

 

  • Katie
  • Feyre shawl by Shannon Cook using Plucky Knitter scholar in wanderlust and small batch 21.
  • Corner to Corner blanket by Catherine J. Watson. Crocheting a small blanket using partial skeins of Three Irish Girls Springvale worsted.

 

Active WIPS

 

  • Katie
    • Hemrick by Lynn Di Cristina using madtosh dk twist in cosmic silver
    • 2nd Avenue by Amy Miller using Plucky Knitter primo and snug fingering
    • Vorfreude by Monie Ebner using Plucky Knitter primo sport using good jeans, avocado toast, red haven, and early light
    • Yowza weigh it shawl by Susan B. Anderson using Miss Babs yowza in Petulant (various shades of purples and pink-purples)
    • Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland using Plucky Knitter primo worsted (crochet shawl)
  • Somer


Knitting

    • Whiz Bang Socks by Sara Shoo in Kimarie Yarn in “Bluebonnet”
    • Starting Point MKAL by Joji Locatelli using:
      • Undead Yarn Twilight in “Midnight Graveyard”
      • Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “Brick”
      • Haute Knit Yarn Jimmy Sock in “Night Owl”
      • Madelinetosh Twist Light in “Paper”
      • Knit Picks Stroll dyed using “Spruce” and “Turquoise”
    • Giant Granny Square blanket
    • Paralucia Shawl by verybusymonkey using Happy Feet Dye for Me dyed using “Spruce”
    • Color Study by Karalee Harding using Daizy Knits in Wicked Cool and SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in
    • A little work on Riley Rose by Jennifer Lassonde

 

Spinning

  • Next up Gynx Yarn Masham in “Pumpkin”

Cross Stitch

  • Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery National Parks

 

  • Darcy
    • Socks using Knit Picks Felici in “Hummingbird”
    • Mermaid by Clare Garland using cotton yarn from stash

 

Casting on Soon

 

  • Darcy
    • Age of Brass and Steam kerchief by Orange Flower Yarn using …. ?

Acquisitions

  • Katie

 

  • Somer
    • MadelineTosh Vintage in “Snozberries”
    • Must Stash Yarn “Over the Rainbow”
    • I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book by Franklin Habit

 

  • Darcy
    • Project bag from a coworker
    • Project bag from Comicpalooza

Upcoming Events

  • Houston Fiber Fest
    • Somer, Darcy, and Katie
  • Probably Stitches Texas

 

In the Kitchen

 

  • Darcy
    • Garden gone wild!

Reading & Watching

 

  • Katie
    • Read The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares. I gave it 2 stars because of the family dynamics and animosity. Sasha and Ray share 3 sisters and a bedroom, but have never met…
    • Almost finished with Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. This is YA science fiction set in space. Noemi is trying to save her world, but encounters the ultimate mech (robot), Abel who was abandoned 30 years ago on his spaceship. There is an interstellar war going on, and Noemi is on a mission to stop the collapse of one the star gates.

 

 

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