Sunday, June 21, 2009

Episode #7 The Father's Day Special

I had intended this to be just the Father's Day special, but it's been slightly extended to include some "regular" stuff as we'll be away next weekend.

One late comment came in on Saturday. Because I already had the podcast "in the can", I'll include Kathy's poem here. According to her comment, "My dad framed the card with the poem on it. A bit extreme, but he's like his little girl".

Love Fights
You had a lover's quarrel with the world
but you rarely quarreled with your little girl.
The fights we had that I remember
where a kind of game, warm and tender.
I'd start by saying I love you,
and that would be our quarreling cue.
You would say you loved me more.
I'd argue well for someone four.
Off we'd go into our fight
each one thinking he was right
Then at the last I'd give in
for you would never let me win.

Music on this week's show is from Magnatune and features Rob Costlow's "Falling For Her"

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Episode #6 Designing Women, part 2

In today's episode, we'll continue with the Podcast sweater. We're up to the sleeves! Nothing difficult, trust me.

I'll tell you about one of my knitting MISadventures. Yes, I do have them. As frustrating as they can be, you just have to laugh.

Don't forget to check out the Summer '09 issue of Knitty. Is it really time to think about Christmas knitting already???

The music at the end of today's episode is Sarabanda Secondo by Richard Savino and was a free daily download from Magnatune. Clicking on the song name will take you directly to the album page. As well, if you look over at the sidebar, you'll see an embedded player, featuring the album this song is from. I don't usually put music, other than the little clips, on the show, but I really like this piece and thought it would be a nice way of ending today's show.

Today is World Wide Knit in Public Day. Get out there and knit in public! 


The Pattern… So Far

This pattern is sized for a 2 year old, approximately, with a finished chest size of 26”.

Yarn: worsted weight yarn, approximately 450 yards (405 metres)

Needles: 20” – 4.5 mm circular needle, 2 sets of 4.5 mm double-pointed needles

Notions: stitch markers, darning needle

The Body:

Using the circular needle and a stretchy cast on, cast on 112 stitches. Place a marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Knit every round (stocking stitch) for 10” or desired length. End the last round 3 stitches before the marker. Cast off 6 stitches; knit 49; cast off 6 stitches; knit 49. Set aside.

The Sleeves:

Using double-pointed needles (or method of choice), cast on 26 stitches. Place a marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Knit every round until work measures 1.5”

Increase 1 stitch on each side of the marker every 6 rounds 8 times (42 stitches). Work even until sleeve measures 11.5” from the beginning (or length desired). End the final round 3 stitches before the marker. Cast off 6 stitches (36 stitches remain). Set aside and work second sleeve to match the first.

The Yoke: