Thursday, September 18, 2014

And the winner is!

Comment # 9!

Congrats Anita! I will contact Cooperative Press so they can give you the ebook copy of Mystic Shawls. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway and to Cooperative Press for offering a copy of this beautiful book to a lucky Commuter Knitter podcast listener. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Commuter Knitter - Episode 79 - Socks as Far as the Eye Can See



It's Sweater Weather (at least for now!)

Hand Knit weather!

Drive
Zigzagular Socks by Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin in a One Twisted Tree bag by Susie's co-host Danie.  I used Megan Williams' OMG heel

Take me out to the ball game.

Monkey Socks

Pile of Socks

Two Lane Highway Rage by Sarah Stevens of Oh! Loops yarn & Fiber By Design podcast in Voolenvine Yarns (and it's Blitzed Fingering, not Glitz - oops) by Kristin from YarnGasm podcast

Actually Knitting PALKAL - the official dates are July 1 - October 1, 2014

Test knit - more to come when the pattern is released

Finish-Along until the end of 2014 - #ckfal2014
I think I need to make some lists like I did for Stash Dash - one for this and one for the Down Cellar Studio PigSkinParty.  Thank you to cozycapecottage for posting about the FAL on her blog.

Party Bus
Exploding Vanilla TARDIS socks in Little Mount Yarn Co Wanderer Sock

Check out the Ravelry group for a chance to win a skein of the yarn and a set of gnome stitch markers.

Yarn

There is also a coupon code for 15% off your entire purchase from the Little Mount Yarn Co. Etsy shop for Commuter Knitter listeners, but you'll have to tune into the episode for that ;-)  The coupon code runs through November 1st.

Don't forget about the giveaway for Mystic Shawls full review on the blog that runs until September 17th - just one day left!

Road Maps
Review of New American Knits by Amy Christoffers.  Thank you to F+W Media and Interweave Press for providing a copy for my review.

By Amy Christoffers
Interweave / F+W; $24.99


Traffic Report
Podcasts I Enjoy - Video Edition

Road Trips
Stitch N Pitch at CitiField - September 14th @ 1:10 pm
Western CT Yarn Crawl - September 26-28th
STITCHES East - Hartford, CT - October 9th-12th
NYS Sheep and Wool - Rhinebeck, NY - October 18th-19th

Come Find me on the Interwebs
Ravelry - ndjen04
Ravelry Group - Commuter Knitter Podcast
Twitter - @CommuterKnitter
Facebook - Commuter Knitter
Email - commuterknitter@gmail.com
Instagram - ndjen04

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Podcasts I Enjoy - Video Edition 2014

Last week I shared my list of audio podcasts that keep me company as I drive to and from work, so this week it is only fitting that I pass along my list of video podcasts.  As anyone who follows video podcasts knows, there has been quite the issue with the primary hosting site that many of our favorite shows have used.  This has caused some shows to leave iTunes and other podcatchers for YouTube only.  A slight adjustment in the way we can enjoy these shows, but if they are worth the watch, then I can deal with what at first seemed like a bit of an inconvenience (says this creature of habit!)

Podcasts I watch through iTunes (on my Apple TV)
Anatomy of Knitting
Caffeinated Knitting
Dark Matter Knits
A Down Under Yarn
Dramatic Knits
The Dyer's Notebook
The Fat Squirrel Speaks
The Fearless Knitter
Fiber by Design
The Fiberista Files
Fibretown
Geeky Girls Knit
GnomeAcres Podcast
The Good Yarn Guide
A Homespun House
Hudson Valley Knits
In a Sknit
Knit1, HeartToo
Knitabulls
Knittin' on the Fly
The Knitting Den
Knitting Go!
Knitting in Circles
Knitting Samurai plus 1
Knitworthy Podcast
The Must Stash Podcast
Owl Knit With Ewe
Pen, Hook and Needles
PenguinSoup Podcast
The Proverbial Knitter
Retro Lemon Studio
Sassypantsknitter
Skein Studio
SockBunny Knit and Fit
Stitch by Stitch Videocast
Stockinette Zombies
Suburban Stitcher
Susan B. Anderson Podcast
Swift Knits
TheKnitGirllls
Wolfe Farms Video Podcast
YarnGasm Knitting Podcast
Yarnraising

YouTube Podcasts - note: many of the above videocasts may also appear on YouTube as well
2 Tangled Skeins
Bakery Bears Podcast
Come Knit with Us
FO and Dye
Foxes in Socks
Intertwined Stitches
Juniper Grace Tube
Knitting Blooms
Knot a Podcast

As with the audio podcasts - If you are ever looking for more podcasts, I highly recommend following the Knitting Podcast blog or joining the Podcast Junkies group on Ravelry.  There are many more shows out there and I am always adding to my playlist.  If you know of any others that are a "must watch", or perhaps you have one yourself, please do not hesitate to share in the comments below.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Commuter Knitter - Episode 78 - Not Quite Like Riding a Bike







Drive
Zigzagular Socks by Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin in a One Twisted Tree bag by Susie's co-host Danie.  I used Megan Williams' OMG heel

Zigzagular OMG Heel ND

Monkey Socks

Notes Right Under My Nose

Down Cellar Studio PigSkinParty

Football

Two Lane Highway Rage by Sarah Stevens of Oh! Loops yarn & Fiber By Design podcast in Voolenvine Yarns (and it's Blitzed Fingering, not Glitz - oops) by Kristin from YarnGasm podcast

Actually Knitting PALKAL - the official dates are July 1 - October 1, 2014

Party Bus
Exploding TARDIS socks

Exploding Vanilla TARDIS socks in Little Mount Yarn Co Wanderer Sock
Using 9"circs after hearing the Carolina Fiber Girls talk about them

Check out the Ravelry group for a chance to win a skein of the yarn and a set of gnome stitch markers.

Yarn

There is also a coupon code for 15% off your entire purchase from the Little Mount Yarn Co. Etsy shop for Commuter Knitter listeners, but you'll have to tune into the episode for that ;-)  The coupon code runs through November 1st.

Don't forget about the giveaway for Mystic Shawls full review on the blog that runs until September 17th.

Trip Planner
Finish-along in the podcast group - thanks to maggievienna for the suggestion!  If you have projects started before September 1 and need some motivation to finish them before the end of the year, then join us!

That said, I still have the itch to cast on Elfe for the #sknitalong with Kristi and Sarah from In a Sknit

Traffic Report
Podcasts I Enjoy - Audio Edition 2014
Stay tuned to the blog later this week for the Video edition of the list

Road Trips
Stitch N Pitch at CitiField - September 14th @ 1:10 pm
Western CT Yarn Crawl - September 26-28th
STITCHES East - Hartford, CT - October 9th-12th
NYS Sheep and Wool - Rhinebeck, NY - October 18th-19th

Come Find me on the Interwebs
Ravelry - ndjen04
Ravelry Group - Commuter Knitter Podcast
Twitter - @CommuterKnitter
Facebook - Commuter Knitter
Email - commuterknitter@yahoo.com
Instagram - ndjen04

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Podcasts I Enjoy - Audio Edition 2014

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Lately, I have been posting photos on Instagram to share the audio podcasts that have been keeping me company on my (long) drive to and from work.  Many have commented that they have found new shows to listen to, or were even inspired to start listening to podcasts altogether thanks to my sharing these photos.  Since it the list is too long for an Instagram comment (although I tried!), I thought it'd be a great idea to update the list that I had posted awhile back to add in the new or new-to-me shows that have made the rotation on my Downcast app.  The list has grown quite a bit!

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Without further ado:

2 Knit Lit Chicks
Actually Knitting
APlayfulDay
Brass Needles
By the Fibreside
Caithness Craft Collective
Canary Knits
Carolina Fiber Girls
Cast On
CogKNITive
Craft Life
Curious Handmade
DoubleKnit
DCUnraveled
Down Cellar Studio
Electric Sheep
Fiber & Fabric
Fiber Hooligan
Fluffy Fibers
Happy Camper Fibers
High Fiber Diet
Hollywood Knitter
iMake
It's a Purl, Man
Jane & Jen Knit Funny (no longer recording new episodes)
Just One More Row
Knit 1 Geek 2
Knit.fm
Knit Knit Cafe
Knit Spin Cake
Knit Wits
Knitmore Girls
Knitting Butterflies
Knitting Pipeline
Knitting Pretty
Knotty Girls Knitcast
Lost Geek
Mastering the Knits
Never Not Knitting
Prairie Girls Knit and Spin
Ready Set Knit
Sampler Girl
Savvy Girls
Stash & Burn
Stitched Together
Subway Knits
Tapgurl on the Go
TVknittingpodcast
Twin Set Designs
Yarn on Tap
Yarn Thing
Yarniacs
Yarns at Yin Hoo

Some of these shows may be on (extended) hiatus, but I have included them anyway because they are all worth a listen in my humble opinion.  And as I said before:  A wide variety of weekly, every two weeks, monthly, and more sporadic (hey, we all know life can get in the way!).  Some have one host, others have two, or are a host with a guest.  Some are instructional, some conversational, and others fall somewhere in the middle.  All are highly entertaining and I could definitely see myself having a cup of tea and knitting with any of these delightful women - and men, too!

Going back to work after a long weekend will be tough, but at least I have an awesome podcast lineup to help get through the traffic

If you are ever looking for more podcasts, I highly recommend following the Knitting Podcast blog or joining the Podcast Junkies group on Ravelry.  There are many more shows out there and I am always adding to my playlist.  If you know of any others that are a "must listen", or perhaps you have one yourself, please do not hesitate to share in the comments below.

Happy Listening!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Commuter Knitter - Episode 77 - A Valiant Effort



Drive
Camp Loopy 2014 
Ginny's Cardigan in a Fat Squirrel Project Bag

Camp Loopy 2014 - Ginny's Cardigan

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin in a One Twisted Tree bag by Susie's co-host Danie

Prairie Girls - Zigzagular & One Twisted Tree

Trip Planner
To Knit List

Tan House Brook
Monkey Socks
Halloween Socks
Oranje
Dad's Hat
June's Favorite Cardigan

Your Mileage May Vary
Who knows what I was trying to ask during this segment?  Really just thinking aloud about monogamous knitting vs. polyamorous knitting.  Maybe we should call it focused knitting?  Anyway, if you could follow my train of thought, feel free to share in this week's episode thread in the Ravelry group.

Road Maps
Check out the blog for a review of Modern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock
Don't forget about the giveaway for Mystic Shawls full review on the blog

Road Trips
Yarn Garden, Littleton, NH
Lots of goodies!
Littleton

String Theory
Romney Ridge

Stitch N Pitch at CitiField - September 14th @ 1:10 pm
Western CT Yarn Crawl - Facebook - September 26-28th
STITCHES East - Hartford, CT - October 9th-12th
NYS Sheep and Wool - Rhinebeck, NY - October 18th-19th

Come Find me on the Interwebs
Ravelry - ndjen04
Ravelry Group - Commuter Knitter Podcast
Twitter - @CommuterKnitter
Facebook - Commuter Knitter
Email - commuterknitter@yahoo.com
Instagram - ndjen04

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Road Maps - A Review of Modern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock

Do you remember in Episode 76 when I said that I probably will not be picking up my crochet hook for a long time after finishing the Mario Blanket?  Well, thanks to Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches and her adorable new book, I may have to eat my words.

Photo courtesy of Martingale and Brent Kane
Earlier this year, Stacey published her third book, Modern Baby Crochet - Patterns for Decorating, Playing, and Snuggling.  This book is available from Martingale for $22.99 for the Print + eBook or $14.99 for the eBook through their website.  I would like to thank Martingale for kindly providing a sample eBook copy for my review.

Before diving into the patterns, the Getting Started section contains useful information for choosing yarns (machine washable yarns are best!), gauge, and other supplies.  The Anatomy of a Stitch section goes beyond the basic "how to crochet" and discusses the different stitches and why you would want them constructed in a certain way (i.e. through the front loop vs. through both, etc.)

This title contains 21 patterns divided into three sections: Bold &Bright, Pretty in Pastel, and Naturally Neutral.  As Stacey describes, these patterns focus on making the nursery whimsical and adorable, but with a chic twist.  The pattern format is clear with bright photographs, both close-up and of the whole object.  Each pattern lists the skill level, size of the finished project, gauge, materials needed, and helpful project notes.  
Photo courtesy of Martingale and Brent Kane

As for the actual projects in this book, there is a wide range from blankets, to a mobile, monsters, and pillows.  And all of them appropriately fit the title of Modern Baby Crochet.  The Mondrian Inspired Afghan starts off the book with its bold color blocks that are not your typical crochet blanket motifs.  Beyond a baby's nursery, I can see myself making this blanket larger to be a throw in the living room.  

Throughout the book, Stacey provides many tips and tricks that as a newbie crocheter, I find extremely helpful.  For example, in the Zabby the Giggle Monster, there is a tip box explaining why Stacey has you do a ch1 in the body rounds.  These may seem like minor details or no-brainers to some experienced crocheters, but for someone just moving beyond granny squares this information can prove invaluable.

Photo courtesy of Martingale and Brent Kane
As a self-proclaimed preppy gal, I was immediately drawn to the Funky Argyle pillow and matching afghan. Again, the pattern contains tips about crocheting intarsia - turns out it is just like in knitting when you want to work with a separate ball or bobbin of yarn for each color section!

And what would this book be without Stacey's signature crocheted stuffies?  From Oakley the Owl to the Teddy Bear Bookends to the Sweet Tweeter birds that appear on the cover.

Photo courtesy of Martingale and Brent Kane

Following the patterns, there is a section on finishing and care, which tells you how to block and wash the items.  As with any craft, the finishing can be the most important step to make your project come to life and these projects are no different.

Overall, I found this book to be fun, educational, and approachable.  The instructions are clear and there are many helpful hints along the way.  The projects are whimsical, fresh, and absolutely adorable. Now where did I hide my crochet hook?