Saturday, April 24, 2010

Episode #17 - Shearing Day!

Last week, John and I went to the alpaca shearing at the Oyama Lake Alpaca Farm. This week's podcast is a selection of audio clips recorded there.

Many thanks to Jim & Darlene, whose willingness to allow the public to come and watch the shearing is so appreciated!

Ready for a trim, but that doesn't mean I have to like it!

Darlene, trimming topknots and tails

The shearing shed

Barrels of fleece, ready to be shipped to the mill

Connie, demonstrating the fine art of drop spindling, wearing the vest she made with alpaca and wool.

The Sit 'n Stitch girls


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Episode #16 - Happy Easter!

In this episode, I'll share a bit about our search for information about John's great grandmother, Elizabeth Norman Skae, the artist who painted the picture below. In the background is Arthur's Seat; the church is (we believe) St. Giles, where Elizabeth was a member, and in the foreground, the fishing nets in the harbour.

The house where Elizabeth spent her final days, #16 Jordan Lane, in Edinburgh.

I'll also tell you about the most amazing cinnamon buns I've ever had... or made! (Yes, that's John's finger "cleaning" the counter of glaze.

Fresh out of the oven....

And ready to eat...


Let me know if the Recipezaar recipe links don't work; I'm having some problems accessing their site at the moment and am not completely certain I have the address correct.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Episode #15

Welcome to Episode #15! I didn't think I'd be recording this weekend, but our plans have changed and here I am!

In this week's episode, I have a short Trinity story and I'll share some recipes and talk, of course about what's in my knitting basket.

This week's book review is "Boho Baby Knits" by Kat Coyle. As well, I'll share a bit about Frisian food, answering Shirley's question.

As always, there are links below. Please feel free to leave comments, and don't forget to check out the Strings 'n Things Ravelry group.

"Let's Go Shopping" Market bag... a free pattern available on Ravelry.

Heavenly Rosemary Yeast Rolls (recipe links below)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Episode #14 - A History Lesson

The Frisian flag, red lily pads on a field of blue and white diagonal stripes

This week's episode includes a history lesson about the Frisians; Friesland is the northernmost province of Holland, but has a significant place in Northern European history, something I didn't really know.

I'll review two books that deal with historical knitting from the North Sea area, Beth Brown-Reinsel's "Knitting Ganseys" and Ethnic Knitting Discovery: The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and The Andes" by Donna Druchunas.

Above: 2 samples of traditional Frisian costume. Not really visible here is the gold skull cap worn under the lacy cap.

This map shows Northern Europe today. All of the area from Friesland to Denmark was traditionally Frisian territory.

Heather Desserud's pattern, La Joie du Printemps (the Joy of Spring), soon to be released.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Episode #13 - Welcome Back!

It's about time, don't you think? If you're new to the podcast, welcome, welcome, welcome! If you've been waiting for me to get back to it, here I am. You'll notice I've made a few small changes and I hope you approve. Please, let me know what you think; your input, as always, is very much appreciated.

In this week's podcast, I'll be talking about what's in my knitting basket, what's new in my library and what I've been cooking up in the kitchen. I'm reviewing the re-released book by Susanna Lewis, "Knitting Lace: A Workshop with Patterns and Projects". I'll share my recipe for Goulash Soup and I'll just be chatting with you (even though you're not here for me to actually chat with).

Links to things mentioned in the podcast:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Episode #12 - Red Means Good!

In this episode, in no particular order... What's on my needles this week? I'll also update you on the IPE, or Armstrong Fair. I'll talk about the joy of giving to a child and I'll share my KnitPicks order with you. There's also a book review of Nancy Bush's "Knitted Lace of Estonia".

The shawl I'm thinking of making for next year's fair, one of many in this book that I love!

The finished Multnomah shawl/scarf.

Newly named mouse that made one little girl very happy!

Links in the podcast:

Multnomah Shawl by Kate Flagg

Friday, August 14, 2009

Episode #11 - Into Double Digits!

This week's episode, #11 takes us into double digits (well, I know technically the last episode was into double digits, but hey.. I was out of it last time!).

In this episode, I'll answer a question that was asked of me once, concerning planning your knitting and whether or not I do, and if I do, what do I do. I'll tell you about a recent change in an opinion I've had for a long time and I'll tell you about Operation Beautiful. If you don't know about it yet, check out the Operation Beautiful website; I think this is a fantastic idea!

I'll also blather on about family... extended family.

Please feel free to leave a comment, email me or message me on Ravelry (MissChief).

Below... the Setesdal sweater, a learning experience. I'm sticking to that, by the way. I'm knitting this one because I want to learn how to steek. So there!