Thursday, September 25, 2014

Commuter Knitter - Episode 80 - Words, Jen!


This week I chat about the right side to place buttons, test out a luxury yarn, and review Sock Architecture.  Enjoy!



Drive
Exploding Vanilla TARDIS socks in Little Mount Yarn Co Wanderer Sock

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

Picked up stitches for Ginny's Cardigan button bands.

Button Bands - Ginnys Cardigan

Test knit - more to come when the pattern is released

Test driving Zealana AIR Marle yarn in a pair of Fingerless Mitts.  Thank you to Zealana and Yarn Sisters for providing a ball of this luxury yarn for my review.  You can find a detailed review, with photos on the blog.

Zealana

Finish-Along until the end of 2014 - #ckfal2014

Road Maps
In light of ALL the socks I have on the needles that I discussed last week, I thought it appropriate to review Sock Architecture by Lara Neel of Math4Knitters blog.  You definitely will hear more about this book in the weeks to come as I give a few of the heels and toes a try.  Thank you to Cooperative Press for providing a copy of the eBook for review -- and a copy for you, too.  Enter to win a copy in the Commuter Knitter Podcast Ravelry group.

Party Bus

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.

Road Trips
Western CT Yarn Crawl - September 26-28th
STITCHES East - Hartford, CT - October 9th-12th
NYS Sheep and Wool - Rhinebeck, NY - October 18th-19th

Some Rhinebeck recap episodes to get you geared up for the festival:
Down Cellar Studio - Episode 18 - Rhinebeck Relived and Episode 37 - Rhinebeck Round 2
High Fiber Diet - Episode 91 - Road Trip to Rhinebeck and Episode 92 - Recap
Knitmore Girls - Episode 74 - Rhinebeck in a Nut Shell
SavvyGirls - Episode 60 - The Third Rhinebeck
TVKnitting Podcast - The Rhinebeck Episode and Episode 33 (this is the one with the restaurant recommendations!)
Twin Set Designs - Episode 4 - Rhinebeck Review

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

Road Maps - A Review of Zealana AIR Marle

I often talk about trying new things, stepping outside my comfort zone, going outside the box.  When presented with the opportunity to try Zealana's AIR Marle for review, I could not resist.  (Disclaimer - I received the ball of yarn for free for review. As always, opinions are my own.)

Zealana AIR Marle

This yarn, part of Zealana's Luxuria series, consists of (are you ready for it?) 40% cashmere (yum!), 20% silk (also yum!), and 40% brushtail possum down (yu… what!?).  My thoughts exactly when I first heard about this yarn awhile back.  However, after learning a bit more about this invasive species and its impact on the environment in New Zealand, I was intrigued.

Zealana AIR Marle

AIR Marle is a double knit weight yarn, made up of three strands of the lace-weight AIR, which according to the label is pill-resistant, durable, and lighter & warmer than 100% cashmere.  As for the specifications, the yarn comes in 50 gram balls at 116 meters or 127 yards that knits up at 21-24 stitches over 10 cm/4 inches on a 3.5 mm / US 4 needle.  Care instructions are to hand wash and dry flat.  Here in the US, the yarn retails for around $46 a skein, making it a truly luxury yarn for that special splurge.

Zealana AIR Marle

After feeling the ball quite a bit, and holding it to my face and neck, I had to come up with the *perfect* project to knit up every yard of this soft, fuzzy, scrumptious yarn.  With the upcoming ND-Syracuse night game this weekend, fingerless mitts were the perfect choice!  Off to Ravelry I went to search for a simple mitt pattern and settled on Basic Fingerless Mitts by Sue Brady.  It is a plain 4x2 rib that really allows the yarn to shine.  Plus I knew with the limited yardage I would be playing yarn chicken should I add cables or other heavy patterning to the mix.

Knitting with this yarn is a dream.  I've mentioned before that I often have to stop and admire the knitting when working with a particularly beautiful yarn, and this was no exception.  Especially after splitting for the thumb gusset, I kept trying it on every couple rounds to feel how soft the yarn was knitting.  The possum and cashmere content give the yarn a fuzzy halo that add to the softness.  As far as the warmth and pilling factor, stay tuned and I will report back to you after wearing the mitts this weekend at the game.  Assuming of course that I finish them in time :-)

Zealana

Visit the Yarn Sisters website to find a shop near you where you can check out this unique yarn for yourself.

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!