19 January, 2011

Episode 103: Stumbling Along

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Weigh in:
Finished the Effortless Cardigan—frogged back
Working on School Socks
Fiber Exercise:
Spinning day at Dena’s
Gained CMF and Lake Effect Alpaca yarn
Still spinning Black Raspberry
My exercise:
Stretching and yoga
Cooking School:
Starting a CAL with SillyFru on Crochet Cardigan by Patons
redesigning a raglan sweater. Figuring out cast on or chain on edge is easy math.
Looking at the hand of the fabric.
In the Kitchen:
Life Hacker on the go Breakfast cookies
Pot Luck:
Stebo79: Maeva. In Knitty Winter 2011
Executiveknitter: Fireside Cardigan
JJ2edwards: Super hero hat
Wannaknitsox: Humble sock

Field Report:
House cleaning- Grooving to the music
New Podcasts:
Ba ba Blacksheep
The Proverbal Knitter
Spilled Milk
The Sporkful
On the Menu:
Valentine’s knit day
Michigan Fiber Festival
Deciding on Stitches Midwest
High Fiber Retreat: “Knittin’ in the Mitten” Thank you Margo!!

Gadget Corner:
Knitting Daily’s new App-iTunes store
Darn Pretty Needles Interchangables

13 January, 2011

Episode 102: Yarn Hollow Rock Stars

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Interview at Yarn Hollow Studio in Grandville, Michigan

Rita modeling Woven scarf

We metioned yarns,Fibers, Fiber events and Stores that sell Yarn Hollows wares thay all can be found at the Yarn Hollow Website

Shady Side Farms

Sleepy Hollow

Cotton & Cellulose
Fringe on Woven Scarf

West Michigan Co-Op

Tie-dyed socks co-op

Alpaca/wool socks Co-op

Mittens from Co-op


Petowski Stones

Felt blanks

Felted blanks


Yarn Hollow Fabrics

03 January, 2011

Episode 101: Watch Your Six

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Weigh in:

Effortless cardigan
Peace socks: Frogged and restarted on size 3 needles
Pinwheel purse

Frog or finish:
Lacy Carry on-Frog and restart in non-cotton yarn
Core spun shawl-Frog and try crocheting
Steel topper – Measure Sarge while he is home and do the sleeves
Chloe- Frog
Wishful thinking-Frog
Christmas afghan- Finish for Brenda

DIY sock club:
Vanilla sock: Knitpicks stroll tweed
Peace Sock: DK Classic 150
Red Rock Socks
Socks that rock
Olympic medals
Socks for Sarge: Woolease
Alpaca sox

Fiber Exercise:

Have not touched Roo
No long wool on spindle

My exercise:

Pilates and wiggling

Cooking School:

Winter stash fluff
Picked up clearance totes from Christmas to sort fiber and yarn.
Thank you to Roue from KnitCents podcast!

In the Kitchen:

Honey Corn Bread
1 c. cornmeal
1 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tbs. honey
2 tbs. butter
2 eggs -beaten
1 c. milk
Sift cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt together. Mix honey and
butter. Add beaten eggs and milk. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix
well, but not over mixed or it will produce tough bread. Bake in buttered pan in moderated oven (375 ° F) 20 to 30
minutes. Makes 1 (9 inch) square.
*I use an 8 inch cast iron skillet. I heat the skillet with butter in the oven while it preheats. This gives a good crisp crust on the outside of the cornbread.

Pot Luck:

So many Holiday projects it was hard to pick this week !!

KnittyAJ: Christmas Scarf-Weaving First
Knitstersusan: The Seville Jacket by Anne Dempsey
AnneLena: Kids' hats
Ladybugknitter: New Year KAL Shawl

Field Report:

Faith Deployed
OPSEC: Where you are on Twitter and Facebook?



New Years Traditions
Out with the old- Sarge gets leave soon and the house is a mess!
Shelving going into the storage room soon
Yearly change jar: $130 this year – Chiro appt
Words for the year
I won!! Sweatshop of love--Winter patterns

On the Menu:

Knit-a-way 2011- April 7-17
Michigan Fiber Fest- August 17-21
HFD Retreat 2011-November 3-6

Gadget Corner:

Shawl Pins

02 January, 2011

High Fiber Diet Retreat 2011

Join me for a relaxing weekend!!

We will be staying at this lodge in Grand Haven, Michigan

Cost will be $180
$90 due by January 31st
$90 due by July 1st

Deposit non-refundable unless your spot is taken up by someone on the waiting list (if one occurs)
Double occupancy- there are Queen and twin beds, so it might mean sharing a bed, I will know more when I go visit. If you really want to room with someone, I will try to accommodate. If you need a single room, you would have to pay the cost of two people in the room, I will not charge you double everything.

29 spots
(If Sarge is home, he will sleep at home and attend each day he wants to, that way no one feels uncomfortable with a man in the house overnight while you are away from yours, this is 10 minutes from our home)

Local people that want to come each day but sleep at home are welcome at a smaller charge for meals. Contact me.

This includes:
Stay at the lodge from 11/3 to 11/6 Check in will be at 3pm and check out on Sunday by 10:30am


Pizza or Sandwiches
Finger foods for arrival

Granola, Yogurt, Fruit, Juice, Coffee, Tea
Muffins, Bagels, Cream cheese

Chile with toppings and cornbread/Crackers,

Minestrone soup
Pasta & Garlic bread

Muffins, Bagels, Cream cheese, Breakfast casserole

Lunch out or leftovers

Mexican food- taco /nacho bar

Breakfast- Breakfast Cookies

Snacks, Juice, Soda, Water, Coffee and Tea

Alcohol will be BYOB.

Swap- Each person needs to bring one item worth at least $20 that says something about where you are from. We will do a large swap on Saturday night. Have fun with it.

High Fiber Diet Swag bag- If anyone wants to donate or knows of any etsy sites I should contact, please let me know.

I will see about getting a t-shirt made up for the event- if you want one, I will post pricing for them soon. The place I normally go to for Tees is reasonable, but if anyone can get them less expencive, let me know.

I will see about either a yarn crawl on Saturday or a farm crawl…or maybe a market of local vendors can be set up in the lodge. I am going to take pictures this next week so I will know more about space size then. Let me know which you would prefer or we can do both! If anyone wants to offer to host a class let me know. Things to think about- steeking, inserting a zipper, measuring class, or anything you might love to do and would love to teach. This will be all impromptu, no homework- done on site type classes.

There is a Spa within walking distance of the lodge and you can set up massage, mani/pedi if you like.

I am setting up a bank account hopefully on Monday and will be able to take payment by Friday. I should be able to take money via Paypal, but I think there are fees, so I would have to find out how much that will be.

This is my first time hosting an event like this, so any help is welcome and thank you in advance!!

Contact me on Ravelry about how to sign up.

Hope to see you there!!