Knitting Podcast 32: Winding Yarn

It’s time to delve back into my knitting basket! So bring out your own crafting project, take a seat, and listen to a bit about my current projects, my usual accompanying segments, as well as how I wind yarn. (Note that the winding tutorial I mentioned making is going to be delayed; I recorded one but the focus is too messed up for it to be useful. I’m currently in a flare up of my health issues, so I can’t wind any yarn for a little bit. Once I can, I’ll get the tutorial up! In the meantime, I found a great video tutorial for using a nostepinne that shows the same method I use.)

In lieu of detailed episode notes, I’ll direct you to my Ravelry project page, from which you can find any yarn and pattern specifics that might have caught your eye (or friend me for that matter). Here is my queue and stash, in case you want more information about future plans or what’s hiding in my cupboards. There’s also a Ravelry group; I love to meet my viewers! If you’d like to follow along with my projects, I frequently post knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit. I’m most social on Instagram, so that’s the place to visit me if you want to chat.

Yarn Reviewed:

Podcasts Mentioned

  • Fruity Knitting & their Fair Isle KAL
  • Sew Sweet Violet & her Merry Along Craft-a-Long

Misc

Finished Objects

Faux Thistle

Herbarium Vest

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Knitting Podcast Episode 19: the Ghost of Knitting Present

It’s time to delve back into my knitting basket! So bring out your own crafting project, take a seat, and listen to a bit about my current projects, finished projects, and my current knitting habits.

In lieu of detailed episode notes, I’ll direct you to my Ravelry project page, from which you can find any yarn and pattern specifics that might have caught your eye (or friend me for that matter). Here is my queue and stash, in case you want more information about future plans or what’s hiding in my cupboards. There’s also a Ravelry group; I love to ‘meet’ my viewers! If you’d like to follow along with my projects, I frequently post knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit.

Podcasts Mentioned

  • Prairie Girls Knit & Spin
  • Knitting Pretty
  • Threadedwithfibre

Books Mentioned

  • Moss Witch and Other Stories by Sara Maitland
  • Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns

Knits in the Wild Participants

Want to participate in Knits in the Wild? E-mail your photos to me along w your Ravelry username, a link to the project page, and any details you’d like me to share: thecharmofit AT gmail DOT com .

Finished Objects

Tidepool Cardigan

A Selkie’s Second Skin Cardigan

Works in Progress

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Elephants Mean True Friendship Socks

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Stella Polaris Cowl

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Nebulae Socks

Addendum on Growing Up

I thought I’d made this clear in my last bookish post, but I must have deleted that sentence when I was rearranging paragraphs, so I wanted to add a little something on my feelings about growing up.

I absolutely love getting older! I’m terribly excited to be turning thirty in just under six months, and I would cry if you told me I had to be younger again. I do miss the comraderie of my college years; I went to a tiny residential liberal arts college, and so I was surrounded by lots of potential friends all of the time. I would not want to be surrounded by college students now, but I would love if my apartment building was suddenly full of my peers, all eagerly wanting to forge relationships, the way college was. Luckily, I have the internet, so I find my peers that way instead. With that one exception, I don’t miss anything about being younger.

So cheers to getting older! I just felt the need to add a postscript, since the comments I received made me realise I hadn’t made that clear.

September is for Beginnings

The year is full of auspicious moments to begin new projects.

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Here in my home in the north eastern U.S., with my European cultural legacy, January first stands for a societal fresh start. Springtime to be in rhythm with the natural world. Perhaps a birthday for a more personal milestone. And then there is early autumn, with its back to school traditions that reflect the agricultural cycle, whose heaviest harvesting occurs in late summer. I always loved school, especially how those first few days of the semester felt heavy with any number of possible futures, and possible future selves, before the days had settled into a routine. So, this September first, I have donned a fresh new outfit, ignored the fluttering butterflies in my stomach, and written on the first page of this (virtual) notebook.

I hope that come next September, the pages will be full of a record of the interests, surprises, joys, and struggles that even a quiet life contains. I cannot yet promise exactly what form this notebook will take, but I am sure it will include photographs, knitting and other textile arts, questions on how to live a good life, everyday delights like a newly discovered favourite television show or the perfect sandwich, and, more than anything else, books. I have been bookish for as long as I can remember; it shapes everything about me.

I love how the internet encourages kindred spirits to find one another, hence why this is a virtual notebook, instead of a private one. Welcome to this space. I hope you’ll leave comments and tell me about your own spaces, so that I can return the visit.