Sunday, January 8, 2017

Episode Thirty-Seven -- Happy New Year!

Welcome to episode thirty-seven of "Stitching Between Pages"! I hope you enjoy watching! It's been quite some time since I last filmed, but hopefully I'll be back a little bit more regularly now (even if not every other week).

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Ravelry Group: Stitching Between Pages Podcast
Ravelry: halfpass92
Twitter: @medievalisting
Instagram: medievalisting

FOs:
1. "Classic WWII Watch Cap," by Helen Waittes. Knit in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in the "Bramble Heather" colorway. (Free pattern on Ravelry)
2. An embroidery project related to my parents' new home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

WIPs:
1. "Ringwood gloves," by Rebecca Blair (Knitty, Deep Fall 2010). Knit in Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin 10th Anniversary Blend DK in the "Levant Grey" colorway. Knit on US4/3.5mm needles.
2. "Lush" cardigan, by Tin Can Knits. Knit in HazelKnits Lively DK in the "Jam Session" colorway and Loop Studio in the "Charcoal" colorway. Knit on US6/4.0mm needles and US3/3.25mm needles.

Pretty New Yarn:
1. Queensland Collection Llama Lace Melange in a colorway wittily named "02."
2. KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in the "Koi Pond" colorway.
3. Needle roll from Lena Brown.

Book:
In Bitter Chill, by Sarah Ward. (I also mentioned two of the other books I read over the winter break: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie, and The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux.) Sarah Ward's blog, Crimepieces, is here.

Other Miscellaneous Mentions:
1. I'm watching Call The Midwife (a BBC show; there's five seasons available on Netflix), which is set in the East End of London in the 1950s and follows the career of a young midwife, her three coworkers, and the nuns of Nonnatus House where they live (who are also nurses and midwives). I also recently watched Netflix' new show, The Crown, which is about Queen Elizabeth II. I highly recommend both shows!
2. I saw Hamilton (in Chicago). Y'all. It was AMAZING. The music is, of course, incredible, and the choreography, staging, and dancing were so good. If you are wondering whether or not it's worth seeing the musical live after listening non-stop to the original cast recording -- YES. Yes, it is.
3. The song that my embroidery is from is "All Will Be Well" by the Gabe Dixon Band.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Episode Thirty-Six - Fall Means Sweaters

Welcome to episode thirty-six of "Stitching Between Pages"! I hope you enjoy watching, and thank you for checking it out. Thank you for putting up with my unplanned summer break!

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Ravelry Group: Stitching Between Pages Podcast
Ravelry: halfpass92
Twitter: @medievalisting
Instagram: medievalisting

WIPs:
1. "Featherweight" cardigan, by Hannah Fettig. Knit in KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud in the "Beth" colorway. Knit on US6/4.0mm needles.
2. "Lush" cardigan, by Tin Can Knits. Knit in HazelKnits Lively DK in the "Jam Session" colorway and Loop Studio in the "Charcoal" colorway. Knit on US6/4.0mm needles and US3/3.25mm needles.

Pretty New Yarn:
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-Ply in the "Pheasant" colorway

Sewing!:
My next sewing project will be the Moss Skirt designed by Grainline Studio. I'll be sewing it out of one of the Cotton + Steel / Rifle Paper Co. collaboration fabrics. I realized I didn't mention the name of my local fabric shop -- it's Oak Fabrics, and they are lovely.

Book:
The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. (I also mentioned Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; I read it, but preferred Sharp Objects. Her third book is Dark Places, which I have not read. I also also mentioned Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie mysteries, which start with Case Histories, and which I loved.)

Other Miscellaneous Mentions:
1. I am obsessed with The West Wing right now. I know political television dramas aren't everyone's cup of tea (and the US election is providing far too much political drama without any help at all), but if you haven't watched it, I highly recommend it.
2. The sweater pattern I was talking about is indeed called Wolf River. It's designed by Melissa Schaschwary and is available for $6 on Ravelry. Fluph Shop and Louise Scollay of Knit British hosted the #bigwiprip on Instagram, which inspired my frogging of my Campside shawl.
3. The yarn shop in Philadelphia that I visited last year and where I got the yarn that is now being knit into a Lush cardigan is indeed called Loop. It's a lovely shop! So is Looped Yarn Works in DC, and so is Loop in London.
4. If you're curious, the baby sweater I knit is the Ella Funt pattern (link to my project page, which links to the pattern). As I noted on Ravelry, and as a lot of others noted, the sweater runs BIG. I think the baby ended up wearing it when she was 3. Oops! (Also, in scrolling back through my projects, I realized I had totally forgotten about another baby cardigan -- the Striped Smock Top.)
5. Go check out Rifle Paper Co. if you are not familiar with them -- if you have have even a passing love of stationery, hang on to your wallet.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Episode Thirty-Five - Did You Miss Me? (I Missed You!)

Welcome to episode thirty-five of "Stitching Between Pages"! I hope you enjoy watching, and thank you for checking it out. Thank you for putting up with my unplanned summer break!

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Ravelry Group: Stitching Between Pages Podcast
Ravelry: halfpass92
Twitter: @medievalisting
Instagram: medievalisting

FO:
Modified "Conversationalist" hat. Original pattern by The Plucky Knitter. Knit in KnitPicks City Tweed HW/Aran in the "Orca," "Snowshoe," and "Lemon Curd" colorways. Knit on US5/3.75mm and US7/4.5mm KnitPicks Caspian 16" circulars.

WIP:
"Featherweight" cardigan, by Hannah Fettig. Knit in KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud in the "Beth" colorway. Knit on US6/4.0mm needles.

Sewing!:
I've sewn two Rae skirts (a Sewaholics pattern) and I'm working on a Washi dress (a Made by Rae pattern).

Book:
Charlotte Avery on Isle Royale, by Rebecca S. Curtis

Other Miscellaneous Mentions:
I am skipping this section for this episode. If you have any questions about anything I mentioned that are not answered above, please feel free to come over to the Ravelry group or drop me a Ravelry message.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Episode Thirty-Four - Dress Weather

Welcome to episode thirty-four of "Stitching Between Pages"! I hope you enjoy watching, and thank you for checking it out. I apologize if you can hear any background noise; there's been work happening on the exterior face of my building for a couple of weeks now and at the end of the episode, the workmen were directly outside my window.

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Ravelry Group: Stitching Between Pages Podcast
Ravelry: halfpass92
Twitter: @medievalisting
Instagram: medievalisting

FO:
1. "Vanilla Latte" socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes. Knit in Rowan Fine Art in the Serin colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm Knitter's Pride Karbonz DPNs.

WIPs:
1. Vanilla socks. Knit in Leading Men Fiber Arts Improv Sock Blank in the "Chip on His Shoulder" colorway (their sock blanks are one-of-a-kind). Knit on US1/2.25mm KnitPro Zings DPNs.
2. Vanilla socks. Knit in Patons Kroy Socks in the "Blue Striped Ragg" colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm Knitter's Pride Karbonz DPNs.
3. Father & Son Knit Ties (Father Tie). Knit in Baa Ram Ewe Titus "Bantam" and "Crucible" colorways. Knit on US2/2.75mm Knitter's Pride Cubics DPNs.

I mentioned my "Three Color (not-cashmere) Shawl," which is in time-out at the moment. Here's the details anyway: 3 Color Cashmere Shawl pattern by Joji Locatelli. Knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the "Modern Fair Isle" colorway and Kismet Fiber Arts Soul in the "Lucky Penny" and "Juniper" colorways. Knit on US6/4.00mm 32" HiyaHiya Sharps circular.

Book:
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, by Mary Traister. If you're curious, you can check out her NPR interview.

Other Miscellaneous Mentions:
1. If you're curious about my Milwaukee adventure last weekend... here's some information on the Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University. The website of the Milwaukee Art Museum is here. If you're curious about the museum's architect, Santiago Calatrava, here's his Wikipedia page with images of some of his designs.
2. The project bags that I made were made using the really great tutorial for drawstring bags over at In Color Order. I highly recommend it!
3. This podcast loves Mary Oliver! The quotation which I'm embroidering is from her poem "Invitation." The other line that I miserably misquoted is from her poem "The Summer Day": "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Both poems are gorgeous, but I don't think I've ever read a Mary Oliver poem that I didn't love.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Episode Thirty-Three - Socks & Ramblings

Welcome to episode thirty-three of "Stitching Between Pages"! I hope you enjoy watching, and thank you for checking it out.

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Ravelry Group: Stitching Between Pages Podcast
Ravelry: halfpass92
Twitter: @medievalisting
Instagram: medievalisting

FO:
1. Vanilla socks. Knit in KnitPicks Felici in the "Tea Party" colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm KnitPro Zing DPNs.

WIPs:
1. "Fine and Dandy Socks" by The Sweater Co. Knit in Camelot Dyeworks Galahad sock in the "Sunflower" colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm HiyaHiya Sharps DPNs.
2. "Vanilla Latte" socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes. Knit in Rowan Fine Art in the Serin colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm Knitter's Pride Karbonz DPNs.
3. Vanilla socks. Knit in Leading Men Fiber Arts Improv Sock Blank in the "Chip on His Shoulder" colorway (their sock blanks are one-of-a-kind). Knit on US1/2.25mm KnitPro Zings DPNs.

I mentioned my "Three Color (not-cashmere) Shawl," which is in time-out at the moment. Here's the details anyway: 3 Color Cashmere Shawl pattern by Joji Locatelli. Knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the "Modern Fair Isle" colorway and Kismet Fiber Arts Soul in the "Lucky Penny" and "Juniper" colorways. Knit on US6/4.00mm 32" HiyaHiya Sharps circular.

Book:
1. Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks. I also mentioned Regeneration, by Pat Barker, which I previously discussed on the podcast - it's my favorite WWI novel. I am currently reading Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie mysteries: they are Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, and Started Early, Took My Dog.

Other Miscellaneous Mentions:
1. Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm is SO GREAT. I have the Rose color.
2. I finally (successfully!) used Jeni's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. Also, here's the Knitty tutorial for Judy's Magic Cast-On. Yay for toe-up socks.
3. During my little wandering monologue about what I should knit with my Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin (DK weight, two skeins), I mentioned the TinCanKnits Banff Hat and Kate Davies' Epistropheid. (Heid is the Scots word for "head.")
4. There was a beautiful memorial for the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on July 1. Here's the writeup in The Guardian. There's some information in this NPR article on the battle as well as the various commemorations that occurred on July 1, 2016 in memory of this horrific battle. For information on the Battle of the Somme, which lasted 141 days, this BBC site is very good.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Episode Thirty-Two - Better Late Than Never

Welcome to episode thirty-two of "Stitching Between Pages"! I hope you enjoy watching, and thank you for checking it out. Apologies for the very loud sirens at approximately 21 minutes and 33 minutes... the downside of living on a main drag in a city. I don't even really hear them anymore!

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Ravelry Group: Stitching Between Pages Podcast
Ravelry: halfpass92
Twitter: @medievalisting
Instagram: medievalisting

FOs:
1. Vanilla + Cable socks. Knit in Regia Nuance Color in colorway 04989. Knit on US1/2.25mm Knitter's Pride Karbonz DPNs.
2. "Fair Isle Flower Socks" by Candice DeWitt. Knit in Regia Premium Line Extra Twist Merino in colorway 09365 and Malabrigo Sock in the "Lettuce" colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm KnitPro Zing DPNs.

WIPs:
1. "Fine and Dandy Socks" by The Sweater Co. Knit in Camelot Dyeworks Galahad sock in the "Sunflower" colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm HiyaHiya Sharps DPNs.
2. "Three Color (not-cashmere) Shawl," using the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl pattern by Joji Locatelli. Knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the "Modern Fair Isle" colorway and Kismet Fiber Arts Soul in the "Lucky Penny" and "Juniper" colorways. Knit on US6/4.00mm 32" HiyaHiya Sharps circular.
3. Vanilla socks. Knit in KnitPicks Felici in the "Tea Party" colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm KnitPro Zing DPNs.

Spinning:
I'm slowly working through my braid of Malabrigo Nube (100% merino) in the Piedras colorway. I'm about halfway done and I'm spinning on my Schacht Hi-Lo spindle as usual.

Pretty New Yarn!:
"Tico and the Golden Wings" on the Charlotte fingering base from Swatch This Fiber Arts.

Book:
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson. (I also mentioned her detective novels featuring Jackson Brodie; the first one is called Case Histories.)

Other Miscellaneous Mentions:
1. Printer's Row Lit Fest in the South Loop. If you're ever in Chicago on the appropriate June weekend, I highly recommend checking it out. It's the largest outdoor/free lit fest in the Midwest. If you're in Chicago during the last weekend of July, come check out the Newberry Library Book Fair -- another amazing event, billed as "Chicago's favorite used-book binge."
2. We're having another KAL! It's with the lovely Robyn and Merry of the Cherry Purls podcast. The Summer Colors KAL is running through 31 July, and the idea is to knit something using at least two different colorways of yarn (you can use more!). WIPs that are less than 50% done as of 1 June may be entered. There are chatter and FO threads in the Ravelry group, so come on over and let us know what you will be knitting. There's also an Instagram hashtag, which I keep forgetting to mention -- #summercolorskal. I also shared some of the lovely prizes we had donated by friends of the podcast on this episode -- two gorgeous skeins of yarn, one the "Goldfinch" colorway from West Yorkshire Spinners, and the other a beautiful skein in the "Wind in the Willows" colorway dyed by Swatch This Fiber Arts. I'll also be sewing up a little project bag as a prize for the FO thread and drawing for a pattern prize ($7USD or less) from the chatter thread.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Episode Thirty-One -- KAL Time, Summer Time!



Welcome to episode thirty-one of "Stitching Between Pages"! I hope you enjoy watching, and thank you for checking it out.

Please get in touch!

Ravelry Group: Stitching Between Pages Podcast
Ravelry: halfpass92
Twitter: @medievalisting
Instagram: medievalisting

WIPs:
1. "Fair Isle Flower Socks" by Candice DeWitt. Knit in Regia Premium Line Extra Twist Merino in colorway 09365 and Malabrigo Sock in the "Lettuce" colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm KnitPro Zing DPNs.
2. Vanilla + Cable socks. Knit in Regia Nuance Color in colorway 04989. Knit on US1/2.25mm Knitter's Pride Karbonz DPNs.
3. "Fine and Dandy Socks" by The Sweater Co. Knit in Camelot Dyeworks Galahad sock in the "Sunflower" colorway. Knit on US1/2.25mm HiyaHiya Sharps DPNs.
4. "Three Color (not-cashmere) Shawl," using the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl pattern by Joji Locatelli. Knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the "Modern Fair Isle" colorway and Kismet Fiber Arts Soul in the "Lucky Penny" and "Juniper" colorways. Knit on US6/4.00mm 32" HiyaHiya Sharps circular.

Pretty New Yarn!:
Selbu Spinneri yarn from Norway

Book:
Ship Fever, by Andrea Barrett. I have another collection of her short stories, Servants of the Map, which I am hoping to read this summer.

Other Miscellaneous Mentions:
1. Folks. Cold-brew iced coffee. SO GOOD. I always thought cold-brew was one of those overrated things that required lots of effort -- I think I got this idea because cold-brew coffee concentrate is really pricey at stores. I was wrong. Nothing could be easier. I put a little vanilla almond milk in mine; I like hot coffee black, but iced coffee with a little milk. Smitten Kitchen has instructions!
2. We're having another KAL! It's with the lovely Robyn and Merry of the Cherry Purls podcast. The Summer Colors KAL will run from June 1 through July 31, and the idea is to knit something using at least two different colorways of yarn (you can use more!). WIPs that are less than 50% done may be entered. There is a chatter thread in the Ravelry group and the FO thread will go up on 1 June, so come on over and let us know what you will be knitting. There's also an Instagram hashtag, which I keep forgetting to mention -- #summercolorskal.