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Direct download: Episode_72-_Stitches_Midwest_Recap.mp3
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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 71! Check out for full show notes including lots of fun photos!
Today's segments include
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Events
  • Contest, News and Notes
  • Knitting in Passing 
  • On a Happy Note
Off the Needles 
  • Crochet Pattern of same name by Justine Dalipe
  • Hook: D
  • Yarn: leftover Berrocco Vintage from stash
  • Will calls him Rock n Rolla (after Pokemon character Roggenrola)
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Kawaeh (leftovers in stash)
  • Pattern: Best Bunny by Lion Brand
  • Hook: D
  • Pink body, face and limbs. Perfectly wreckless for ears. Safety eyes
  • Friend's daughter's first birthday
  • Yarn: white birch fiber arts. Electric Slide colorway 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Felt like they flew off the needles. LOVE White Birch stripes! She will be at Stitches and I can't wait to score some more.
  • Weigh for STASH DASH
  • {This is a working title for new shawl design}
  • Needles: US 7
  • Yarn: Fiber Optic Kashmir, 420 yard set gradient- MCN base
On the Needles
  • Yarn: Freia handprints fingering. 75g skein
  • Needles: US 7  
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 SW in various colors
  • Pattern: Baby Owl by Little Muggles
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: Opal Sweet & Spicy in colorway 8613 Zuckerstreusel
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Cast on 56

Sock Yarn Blanket

  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock & Plymouth Select DK (white)
  • Hook Size: D& H
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • 71 squares complete for Stash Dash
    • DK- used 142g (2.6 yards per gram)= 369.2 yards = 337 meters
    • Fingering (basing it on 400 yards to 100 grams) (4 yards per gram)- used 142 grams- 568 yards = 519 yards
    • Total: 865 meters
  • I used the Citric Acid soak method with instructions from the Knitmore Girls on the colorful centers before adding white

Dan's Dress Socks

  • Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Rocky Top colorway (browns, navy, bit of dark green)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • I'm contemplating making this crochet shark blanket that has been viral on Facebook. And maybe some of these mermaids too! Wouldn't it be cute to have all 7 of the nieces and nephews in these on Christmas morning!?!
  • I'm also gaining confidence with crochet stuffies. Bought yarn to make a giraffe and some snowmen, maybe an Olaf!
  • Participating in Stash Dash- Knit Girllls Podcast
    • I have knit/crocheted 4695 meters (not including my Electric Slide socks which I need to weigh)!
    • I should be able to make my 5k goal!
  • 2015 Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party Knit-a-Long [September 10-February 8]
    • I'll review all of the rules and details on the next episode and will post them here on the website.
      • All 10 of our Headline Sponsor spots have been filled.
    • I'm still accepting prizes for participating and Interceptions so if you'd like to be a sponsor, check out this post for all of the details. We'd love to have you on the team.
  • Stitches Midwest- August 6-9 in Shaumburg, IL
    • Podcaster Meet up will be Saturday from 1-2p in the Nirvana B room on the second level of the convention center. Check out this thread for more details.
    • I'm taking a class!: Plug it in, Plug it in with Candace Eisner Strick
  • I'll be teaching my GoodReader Class at the Stitch House in Dorchester on Sunday August 23 from 10a-12 noon
  • Greater Boston Yarn Crawl will be held: Thursday 9/17 through Sunday 9/20. There are 17 shops participating. I need to check my calendar. Let me know if you're going!
Contest, News and Notes
Trickle Shawl KAL-- extended through the end of summer
  • Use a Infinite Twist kit or your own yarn 
  • You don’t have to finish your shawl to be eligible to win.
  • Post photos of your progress and  use #trickleshawl. If you’re using the Infinite Twist Trickle Kit be sure to use #tricklekit.
  • Prizes:
    • Two Infinite Twist yarn prizes- any who tags their photos with #trickleshawl will be eligible to win
    • Those who knit with the Infinite Twist kit and use #tricklekit will be entered to win $100 gift certificate to Infinite Twist
Knitting in Passing
  • I took Riley (7 years old) to my local knitting group last week when I was on vacation. She loved it and wanted to share some audio with you. 
On a Happy Note
  • Update on Achilles - the boot is off. I need to do 4-6 weeks of physical therapy next
  • Vacation was GREAT!
  • Will & Aila sleepover from Sunday-Tuesday, Tuesday was Will's 8th birthday.  I decorated the kitchen and put a candle in his waffle. The kids thought that was great!
  • On Will's birthday we went to Legoland! He and Aila had SO much fun! They shared audio too!
  • Friday-Sunday I got to hang out with my friends Amy, Nicki & Ryan. So fun!

Direct download: Episode_71-_Sweet_Summertime.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT