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

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Knitting Podcast 18: Amateur Dyeing

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 dyeing yarn with Koolaid and Wilton’s Icing.

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.

Links

Misc Mentioned

  • The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe

Finished Object

Dawn’s Rosy Fingers Shawl

Works in Progress

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Elephants Mean True Friendship Socks

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A Selkie’s Second Skin Cardigan

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Stella Polaris Cowl

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Tidepool Cardigan

Knitting Podcast 17: the Ghost of Knitting Past

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 a peek back in time inspired by my third knitting anniversary.

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 post frequently knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit.

Links

Misc Mentioned

  • Elizabeth Zimmermann (please read her books & watch her videos if you haven’t yet; you won’t regret it)
  • Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerman (the book I read to you out of, it’s a science book written for a general audience that includes personal life stories & ecology from a Native American perspective along with the science of mosses; I highly recommend both it and her newer book called  Braiding Sweetgrass)

Finished Objects

Hare in the Moon Mittens

Chagall in Shadow Socks

Works in Progress

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Dawn’s Rosy Fingers Shawl

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A Selkie’s Second Skin Cardigan

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Tidepool Cardigan

Knitting Podcast 16: Favourite Bind Offs

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 favourite bind offs.

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 post frequently knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit.

Links

Bind Offs

  • Tubular
  • Invisible 1 x 1 Rib Sewn Bind Off
  • I-Cord
  • Suspended

Books Mentioned

  • Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Sweaters
  • Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Stitches vol 1

Finished Objects

A Hint of Snow Tam

Ovis Aries Softie (I forgot to take proper photos before I mailed her off, so these are iphone photos.)

 

Works in Progress

Hare Mittens-1

The Hare in the Moon Mittens

Selkie Cardigan-1

A Selkie’s Second Skin Cardigan

Chagall Socks-1

Chagall in Shadow Socks

 

Knitting Podcast 15: Favourite Cast Ons

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 favourite cast ons.

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’d love to ‘meet’ my viewers! If you’d like to follow along with my projects, I post frequently knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit.

Links

  • The Spoon Theory (a bit about what life with chronic illnesses is like, aimed at healthy people trying to understand)
  • A couple of posts from the TechKnitter on selvedge stitches: picking up stitches along them (if you’re going to pick up stitches or seam, work the selvedge stitch in stockinette on every row for maximum ease) and adding a slipped stitch edge (for when the edge is going to show in the finished object).
  • And here’s another one from Ysolda Teague about why you would treat the edge stitches differently depending on what you’ll be doing with those edges.
  • I mentioned the online stitch dictionary from KnittingFool when reviewing Barbara Walker’s book.

Books

  • Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor (this is the one I’ve flipped through before & found  useful)
  • Cast On, Bind Off by Catherine Sease (this is the one I want to read but couldn’t get to the library to pick up)
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier is the retelling of “The Six Swans” that’s beautifully done; I recommend it but with a trigger warning caveat
  • I didn’t mention The Knowledgeable Knitter, but there’s a lot of information in there about edges & selvedges if you’d like to learn more about the tip I discuss this week.
  • A Treasury of Knitter Stitches by Barbara Walker is the stitch dictionary I reviewed. I love it!

Cast Ons

  • Twisted German
  • Crochet chain provisional
  • Tubular
  • Cable

Finished Objects

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Winter Morn Gloves

Blueberry Girl Cowl

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Post Impressionist Mitts

 

Works in Progress

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Hint of Snow Tam

A Selkie’s Second Skin Cardigan

Chagall Socks-1

Chagall in Shadow Socks

Knitting Podcast 14: This and That

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 answers to a few viewers’ questions.

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’d love to ‘meet’ my viewers! If you’d like to follow along with my projects, I post frequently knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit.

Links:

  • Creating a Light, the blog containing all of the information about my friend Chris’ wonderful project to help keep his father’s spirits up through another round of chemo.
  • Yarnsub.com, the resource that Claire (TipsyTurtle on Ravelry) kindly told me about.
  • Stitched in Sweden, the video podcast I mentioned.

Books:

  • Hild by Nicole Ammonite is the novel I read from & highly recommend
  • The Knitter’s Book of Yarn and The Knitter’s Book of Wool, both by Clara Parkes
  • Women’s Work: the First 10,000 Years is the nonfiction history w a textile focus
  • The Brides of Rollrock Island (Titled Sea Hearts in the UK & Australia & maybe elsewhere) by Margo Lanagan is the Selkie-inspired novel

Finished Objects

Red as Blood Beret

Grumpasaurus Mascot

Works in Progress

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Blueberry Girl Cowl

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Post Impressionist Mitts

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Winter Morn Gloves

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A Selkie’s Second Skin Cardigan

 

Knitting Podcast 13: Bookish Knitting

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 how I combine books and knitting.

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’d love to ‘meet’ my viewers! If you’d like to follow along with my projects, I post frequently knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit.

Tip: my beloved tubular cast on method tutorial from TECHknitting (one of my very favourite knitting resources and well worth a comb through her beautiful index). I’ve become so fond of this CO method that unless a pattern grows out of the ribbing, I now do 1 x 1 rib for everything just so I can use it.

Books Mentioned:

  • Vintage Modern Knits by Courtney Kelly & Kate Gagnon Osborne
  • The Sharing Knife Quartet by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • Tempest Rising by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
  • The Book of Ballads illustrated by Charles Vess, especially the story “The Great Selchie of Sule Skerry” by Jane Yolen

Finished Objects

Castles in the Air Shawl

Sister Grace’s Handwarmer

Loamy Fields Socks

Works in Progress

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Post Impressionist Mitts

 

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Red as Blood Beret

Reading Snapshot: January 19th

Rattle His Bones

It’s only Tuesday, and I’m utterly exhausted. This is shaping up to be a full week, and so I’m having to fit plenty of downtime in around my plans. Which means I’m in need of comfort reads! Fortunately, one of the books I grabbed on my latest library run was Rattle His Bones by Carola Dunn, part of her Daisy Dalrymple mystery series that first charmed me on audio. I began this one this afternoon and am now halfway through it; it’s exactly what I needed! Not only is Daisy her usual self, but as the cover implies, the murder takes place in London’s Natural History Museum, giving Dunn the opportunity for all kinds of fun details. It is just what I needed, and as soon as I’m done writing this post I’ll be running back to it. I feel so grateful to be a bookworm, and have access to a library, because books are one of the best coping mechanisms I’ve ever come across.

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Another marvelous book that I’d highly recommend is The Old Wives’ Fairy Tale Book edited by Angela Carter, who includes stories from global cultures, instead of just the usual European suspects (although the majority of the book is still European based). I chose it while browsing my library’s shelves in search of a book that would fit with the ‘wild and wise women’ winter theme of a Ravelry group I’m part of. The cover is unprepossessing at best, which made it all the more excited to begin reading and discover beautiful woodcut illustrations (by Corinna Sargood) throughout. The stories included vary, but Carter made sure all of them are about women, and the collection is just a delight to read with chapter headings like “Good Girls and Where it Gets Them” and “Sillies.” Some of my favourites included “Kate Crackernuts,” which is a bit like “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” but with the genders reversed, “Vasilisa the Priest’s Daughter” which explores  how determined society is to find out someone’s gender,and “East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon,” which I was pleasantly surprised to discover is similar to “Psyche and Cupid,” one of my favourite Greek myths, but with a more wintry setting and even a nod to fiber arts.  I shall definitely be exploring it more in future! The various Eskimo (as this 1990 book attributes them) stories were by far the most surprising, since they often seemed to involve women who not only took on culturally masculine attributes but completed the process by creating the appropriate ‘downstairs bits’ (I’m being coy due to search engines) using bone and sealskin. I loved this enough that I’m going to try to get a used copy for my own shelves, although hopefully one with a cover that features the woodcuttings instead of the bright primary colours of the edition that I read. It has also reminded me that I need to reread The Bloody Chamber sooner rather than later; I wasn’t terribly impressed by it when I read it back in 2008, but I’ve changed a lot since then, so I suspect I’ll love it now.

The audiobook I finished this morning also took me pleasantly by surprise: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. I’d somehow gathered from the various awards and praise I’d seen that she was a bleak author, and I don’t have a very high tolerance for bleakness, so I’ve only read her nonfiction book. But then I read this article and decided to give it a try. At six and a half hours (unabridged; I checked), this is a fairly short book, but it packs so much richness and life into the pages that I can imagine rereading it over and over and always finding something new. While there is definitely an elegiac tone to Robinson’s writing,  I found the sorrow to be tempered with a love for people and life and the little things that create our lives, so that I will definitely be reading the rest of her books sooner rather than later. Her tone reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman; not cheerful but not cynical either, with a deep and abiding love for the power of words and stories on our lives. Except in Housekeeping, almost all of the important characters are girls and women. I never declare an author a favourite until I’ve read at least three of their books, but I’m pretty sure I’m about to fall head over heels in love with Robinson.

I do so love being bookish.

Knitting Podcast Episode 12: Wardrobe Building

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 and a few of my favourite resources to learn about wardrobe building & personal style.

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 my (many) new acquisitions or the patterns I plan to make with them. There’s now a Ravelry group; I’d love to ‘meet’ my viewers! If you’d like to follow along with my projects, I post frequently knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit.

Podcasts mentioned include Yarnaceuticals , Minerva Turkey , and NH Knits.I talked about my love for my DyakCraft Heavy Metal Interchangeable Needles and my Knitzi, a Christmas gift. Here’s the thrumming tutorial that I found most useful.

Information about twelve season colour analysis:

  • 12 Blueprints (A lot of information, but not in the easiest to access format, since most of it is in quite wordy blog posts.)
  • Truth is Beauty (A good introduction, since it’s more succinct, but it doesn’t have as many examples or get into as much detail.)
  • Visual inspiration from this colour approach:
  • Cate Linden’s Pinterest Account (a different board for each season by a certified colour analyst; you might need to scroll down a bit)
  • Rachel N’s Pinterest Account (ditto)

Personal style inspiration/help:

Resources for Wardrobe Building Practicalities:

Current Projects

Castles in the Sky Shawl

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Post Impressionist Mitts

Folksy Leg Warmers

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A Handwarmer for Sister Grace

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Loamy Fields Socks

Quotidian Charms: Mid-January

One of the reasons that I’ve fallen in love with Instagram over the last year is the way that it allows me to capture the little bits of joy in everyday life. However, ultimately my real camera is much more flexible and powerful than my iphone, so this year I’d like to extend that habit to picking up my camera as well. I thought it might be nice to share some of the resulting photographs on the blog. Feel free to offer suggestions or criticisms; I consider photography an art that I’ve barely begun to master so I’m always looking to grow! I have another, more structured photography project planned for this year as well, but I’ll save that discussion for another post. If you click on any of the photos they should enlarge. As you can tell, this week I was most entranced by a fresh snowfall, albeit a light one.