Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Commuter Knitter - Episode 84 - Crafting All The Christmas Things

A shorter episode recorded the day after Thanksgiving.  Here you have a bit of a Turkey Day recap, some knitting, and a bit of off-roading



Getting ready for tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jen's Eggnog Ice Cream Recipe
2 cups eggnog
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla Extract
1 tsp rum Extract
Cinnamon to taste
Nutmeg to taste

Combine eggnog and heavy cream in a large bowl.  Add extracts, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir until combined.  Refrigerate for 2 hours (or longer). Freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. In my Cuisinart, it takes about 20 minutes or so.


Drive

Trip Planner
Connectivity Gloves
SilverSpun

Offroading
Christmas Celebration Sampler - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Picture This Plus

Christmas Sampler

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Commuter Knitter Podcast - Episode 83 - The Long Lost Episode

Where has November gone?!  I recorded this episode on November 6th and whoosh, here we are on December 3rd.  Also, I have recorded Episode 84 already, so be on the lookout for that one this weekend or early next week!



You've Arrived At Your Destination

Chanchito by Kristen Jancuk

Drive

Halloween Socks - His
Halloween Socks - Hers

Halloween Socks

Elfe

NaKniSweMo - Pomme de Pin

Finish-Along until the end of 2014 - #ckfal2014

Down Cellar Studio Pig Skin Party

Knitting Room!
Craft Room
Knitting Room

Destash Page

Road Trips

Rhinebeck 2014
Rhinebeck 2014

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Commuter Knitter - Episode 82 - Fingers Crossed

This week I have a bit of knitting, a winner for the yarn giveaway, and a lot of Stitches East 2014 discussion.



You've Arrived At Your Destination

Ginny's Cardigan

Rhinebeck sweater 2014

Drive

Test knit - more to come when the pattern is released

Elfe - #sknitalong14 with Kristi and Sarah from In a Sknit

Halloween Socks

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 Socks

Exploding Vanilla TARDIS socks in Little Mount Yarn Co Wanderer Sock

Finish-Along until the end of 2014 - #ckfal2014

Down Cellar Studio Pig Skin Party

Party Bus

Winner announced!

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.

There is also a giveaway in the Ravelry group for Sock Architecture by Lara Neel running through October 23rd.

Traffic Report
Traffic Report - Red Barn Yarn Name This Yarn Contest

STITCHES East - Hartford, CT - October 9th-12th

Spinning - class!

Learn to Spin with Janel Laidman
The Other Side of Weldon's Practical Needlework with Franklin Habit
If You Can Draw It, You Can Design It with Patty Lyons
My Ravelry Stash Page
Highland Handmades
White Birch Fiber Arts
Namaste
A Hundred Ravens
Holiday Yarns
Twisted Fiber Art
Verdant Gryphon
LYDIA Yarn

Stitches East 2014

Road Trips

NYS Sheep and Wool - Rhinebeck, NY - October 18th-19th.  Mom and I will be there.  Don't forget to say hi if you see me wandering

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Traffic Report - Red Barn Yarn Name This Yarn Contest

As part of the Red Barn Yarn Name This Yarn Contest blog/podcast tour, I am excited to tell you about a new to-be-named yarn base.  Thank you to Red Barn Yarn and Stitchcraft Marketing for including the Commuter Knitter podcast on this tour and for providing a skein of this lovely yarn for me to check out.

Red Barn Yarn

This is a 2-ply, worsted weight blend of 45% mountain merino, 40% alpaca and 15% mohair. The 225 yard skein I received is a vibrant Hot Pink, which let me tell you was a difficult color to capture on the camera!

Red Barn Yarn

I scoured my Ravelry library for the perfect pattern to cast on for this yarn.  I knew that I wanted a hat and was immediately drawn to the Koolhaas pattern by Jared Flood from Interweave Holiday Gifts 2007.  Who doesn't love a good lattice cabled hat in bright pink, right?

Red Barn Yarn

So far I am only into the ribbing of the hat, but I'm enjoying the knitting quite a bit.  I do not have a sensitivity to alpaca or mohair, so you will want to take that into consideration if you have a sensitivity or allergy to either of those fibers.

Red Barn Yarn

If you would like to get your hands on a sample, you are in luck!  Red Barn Yarn is offering Commuter Knitter Podcast listeners a free sample if you email info@redbarnyarn.com to request a sample and join their mailing list.  Samples available to be sent worldwide.

Then, if you want to enter the contest, please send your yarn name and inspiration to info@redbarnyarn.com with the subject line "NAME THIS YARN CONTEST SUBMISSION".  The only rules being that the name should be PG rated.  If your name is chosen you will win the following grand prize: a 1-year subscription to Love of Knitting magazine, a sweater quantity (7 skeins, 1575 yds) in the to-be-named yarn, and your name on a special tag for the first year of sales.

Second and Third prize winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Love of Knitting and 2 skeins of the yarn.

Red Barn Yarn

Pretty cool, eh?

The blog tour ends on October 3rd, and the last day to submit entries is November 15th.  The winner will be announced on November 25th.

You should definitely check out this yarn and enter the contest - have fun and good luck!!

Commuter Knitter - Episode 81 - That's My Story And I'm Sticking To It!

This week I have a little bit of knitting, a lot of planning, a new yarn to share with you, and I get a bit personal.  Enjoy!




Drive

DNF - Basic Fingerless Mitts - too warm at the game to wear them any way.  Stay tuned for cooler temperatures

Worked on Ginny's Cardigan button band.

Test knit - more to come when the pattern is released

Elfe - #sknitalong14 with Kristi and Sarah from In a Sknit

Finish-Along until the end of 2014 - #ckfal2014

Trip Planner
To Knit List or "Getting My Rear in Gear"

Lists

Halloween Socks

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

Tan House Brook Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Down Cellar Studio Pig Skin Party

Two Lane Highway Rage socks

Traffic Report
Red Barn Yarn Name That Yarn contest.  More details on the Commuter Knitter blog how you can request a free sample of the yarn as well as enter the contest.  Good luck!

Offroading
This week I get a bit personal about my love of Notre Dame.

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.

There is also a giveaway in the Ravelry group for Sock Architecture by Lara Neel running through October 23rd.

Road Trips

STITCHES East and Rhinebeck

STITCHES East - Hartford, CT - October 9th-12th
NYS Sheep and Wool - Rhinebeck, NY - October 18th-19th

Check out Maria's Road to Rhinebeck series on the Subway Knits blog and podcast.  Really great interviews to get you geared up for the festival!

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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

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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.