Episode 44 -Socks and Storage

In this episode I finish and start a bunch of new socks, review the book Free Spirit Knits by Anne Podlesak, and talk about digital photo storage.

Fiber Stories


ZigZagular pattern knit from One Twisted Tree

ZigZagular pattern knit from One Twisted Tree

Vanilla Socks knit out of Regia Arne and Carlos

Vanilla Socks knit out of Regia Arne and Carlos



Today I am reviewing the book Free Spirit Knits by Anne Podlesak.

Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest

By Anne Podlesak

Interweave/F+W; $25.99



I discuss how to store your digital photos to prevent loss of data. The guidelines are:

3 – at least 3 different places to store images

2 – at least 2 different storage platforms

1 – at least 1 offsite storage location

2016 Resolution

I’m the kind of person that likes to set goals for myself. I’m constantly resolving to clean my house better, spend more time with my kids, work harder. It’s not really a New Year’s thing for me, more of an all-year-round thing. The problem is I often set goals that are 1) too abstract and 2) too lofty for me to reasonably reach. This year when deciding to set some goals, I did things a little differently. 

One goal I have is to really embrace my yarn stash. I went from a pretty small (ish) stash to one that made my husband look at my craft room and say “woah, you have a lot of yarn.” So many skeins were bought this last year that I loved, but I had yet to cast any of them on. Enter tangible, attainable goal 1: Knit 12 pairs of socks. I can knit a pair in about a week and a half if I work hard on it, and a pair a month is definitely doable for me. I decided to use the “brown bag” approach, where I choose 12 skeins and pick one random bag each month and knit it. I love to knit socks and I have a couple patterns that are my go-to, and I’m not worried about being stuck in a rut with any of these.  

I will put in a disclaimer, though, that the yarn I will use in January and February have already been chosen. January will be knit out of the first handspun I purposely designed to be socks. It’s an incredible Superwash BFL Nylon blend from Sunvalley Fibers. I have been aching to put this on the needles since it was skeined up, but Christmas knitting got in the way. I’m so excited to see how these socks turn out! I’m also participating in the Wooly Wonka Fibers Handspun KAL, (#handspunkal) and would love to have you join us. 

February’s yarn is from The Lemonade Shop in the colorway “Stormy Day.” I do like it, though it’s not really something that fits my personality. Suburban Stitcher is doing the Rainbow-Along, though, and I didn’t have anything to participate last year. I decided to use this year and the brown bag challenge as an opportunity to use this yarn. My sister also saw it and mentioned she might like some socks knit from it, so they will have a happy home when they are done. 

Other yarns I’m planning on knitting this year are some sock blanks, a Harry Potter yarn from Oh Loops, some White Birch Fiber Arts I picked up at Stitches, and a lot more. I figure this keeps my stash moving and prevents me from hoarding, as well as giving me a reason to buy sock yarn at all of the events I will be at this year. (Gotta stock up for 2017!) 

Do you have any long term knitting pland for 2016? 

Episode 43 – Star Wars Day


What I am wearing:

Fiber Stories:


  • Knit Knosh – Becky from Knit Actually Podcast, January 23, 12:30-3:30 at the Samples World Bistro and includes a four course meal and yarn sampling. To sign up go to knitknosh.com
  • Stitches West -February 18-21 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California
  • Interweave Yarn Fest – April 2nd and 3rd at the Embassy Suites convention center in Loveland, CO
  • Zombie Knitpocalypse – June 1-5 in Rochester, MN
  • Rhineback in October

Book Review:

For this episode I reviewed the Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson. It’s an excellent resource for teaching children (or anyone) to knit.