Episode 58 – Countdown to Christmas

Thank You’s:

  • Thank you to everyone who has supported me and the podcast in response to the HamilKnit hat!!
  • Thank you to Yarn Hoarder for the super sweet gift of Another Crafty Girl in “Don’t Let the Pidgeon Drive the Bus!” Be sure to check out her podcast!
  • Amy from the Hudson Valley Knits podcast for the Ropedance pattern
  • Thank you to Jasmin and Gigi from the Knitmore Girls podcast for the gorgeous handspun and the photography project bag!

Pattern Palooza:

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Clicking Away:

Events:

  • Big Bad Bergalong – we are extending this to November 30th to win prizes! Enter in each of our Ravelry groups. In my group we have a gift certificate for $30 toward SunValley Fibers!
  • HamilKnit KAL – if you finish a HamilKnit hat before December 31st, you can be entered to win one of many awesome prizes! Be sure to enter in the Ravelry thread and you have to be a member of the group to win! Here are the prizes up for grabs:
    • Hamilton Soundtrack gifted by me – so you can share the Hamilton love with someone in your life!
    • A set of “Knit Like You’re Running Out of Time” stitch markers by One Geek to Craft Them All. If you don’t want to “Wait for It,” you can use the coupon code Ham4Ham to get 10% off of your order!
    • An Ornament kit by Lexicorp that includes a shatterproof ornament, Voolenvine yarn in “Harpsichord,” and a Hamilton logo applique (this prize will be given out early)
    • A wine glass hand painted by Candy of the Paws 4 Stitches Podcast that says “Talk Less, Knit More”
    • A project bag sewn by me out of fabric from Spoonflower that is no longer available
  • Interweave Yarn Fest: March 30-April 2nd at the Embassy Suites hotel in Loveland, CO. Class registration will open November 28th and there are some fantastic instructors including my friend Daniela Nii, Galena, Stephanie Flynn Sokolov, Kate Atherly, Jillian Moreno, and more. The market is fantastic and I will plan on attending at least Sunday.

Photography:

  • I did a session for some friends who are leaving to live on a boat in the Caribbean. I used a low exposure with the sun in the background to get a silhouette effect with the water to create a “going away” image for them.

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  • I often get questions this time of year about holiday card and print ordering. Here are my recommended sites:
  • Photography gifts:

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Episode 56 – Ham4Ham Knitting

Clicking Away:

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  • I am knitting on All Paths Lead Home by Melanie Berg for the #bigbadbergalong. This knitalong is going on with several other podcasters.  I am using One Twisted Tree Fingering in “Bark,” “Mint,” and “Seashell.” You can enter to win a gift certificate from Sun Valley Fibers by entering in each of the podcaster’s groups. Here is the info on the knitalong (courtesy of Michelle from Actually Knitting).
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    • Our next Knit Along! The Big Bad BergAlong

      Join myself and some of my very favorite podcasters in knitting as many Melanie Berg patternsas we can!

      We will joined by:

      Knitting Butterflies
      The Knitmore GirlsWe are working with some fabulous Indie Dyers for this KAL:
      Sun Valley Fibers
      There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. You can get the same kit as I am getting or as one of the other podcasters. More information is coming, but look for a special link “Big Bad Berg-Along” on their website. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.Lollipop Yarns
      Joan is dyeing up some special Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. She will be having a few more updates as she gets the yarn available, so check out her group on Ravelry and her website for specific details.One Twisted Tree
      Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL. Check

      out the website for more information.
  • My parents went to Scotland recently and picked up some fiber for me from The Handspinner Having Fun. I am spinning a two ply yarn that I hope to knit into a Rhinelust shawl by Melanie Berg.
  • I finished a pair of socks for my husband out of Opal 6 ply yarn.

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  • I was inspired by Susie of the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin podcast, who trades baby props with a photographer for photo sessions. I started knitting some props for a photographer friend of mine, starting with small square blankets knit out of Tuff Puff from Knit Picks.

Travel:

  • New York Sheep and Wool is coming up in Rhinebeck, New York and I will be attending for the first time! PLEASE come up and say hi and feel free to hug!
  • We are also heading to the Indie Untangled event the Friday before Rhinebeck.
  • My Rhinebeck sweater this year is my Hiro knit out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted in robin’s egg blue, cream, and tomato red. I am also going to wear my Water and Stone knit out of One Twisted Tree Lavish in Hinkypunk.

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Photography:

    • My parents recently traveled to Scotland and Iceland and brought back lots of photos and yarn. My mom used a Canon Power Shot camera (affiliate link) to capture photos of their adventures and it did a FANTASTIC job! I am hoping to take this camera to Rhinebeck with me. **Note, I didn’t end up taking it with me, but this is the latest model of the camera she used.

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  • I did my first family session since I started my new job, and it was so nice to be behind the camera again. I used my Nikon D60, which is my older camera body, because my D5200 is still currently broken. I used my 18-200mm lens and my 50mm 1.8 lens for individual shots. We used the “Golden Hour” of sunlight to light the session and it turned out so beautiful.The Nikon D60 did struggle with noise in a higher ISO setting, though it still did a really great job.

Recommendations:

  • I am so excited to tell you about the new book by Kate Oates called Grown. This book is a collection of Kate’s  children’s patterns that have been updated for adults. There are 11 different sweaters in this collection and I LOVE so many of them! My favorite is the Jesse Half Zip, as I knit the child version for my oldest son. This book is available for a Pre-order.
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    • Click here to purchase just the e-book
    • Click here to purchase the kit, which includes the e-book, a printed version of the book which will ship in January, a custom wooden stitch guage that will ship as well, and a pattern of a coordinating child’s sweater from Kate’s collection.

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  • The Amplitude Pattern by Greg Cohoon has been released and I’m so excited for him! He has been working really hard on this pattern and it’s great to see it released.

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  • The Fiber Knitche Podcast is a new podcast by my friend Jessica that is fantastic. She travels a lot and cooks delicious food.
  • The They Say Podcast by Lifetree is a fantastic podcast which explores the advice about parenting and marriage and self-care and nutrition, etc. and compares what the studies and science say to what the Bible says. I highly recommend this podcast for Christian women.

Episode 55 – Great Outdoors KAL Winners!

Clicking Away:

  • I decided to start fresh after Stash Dash with a new pair of vanilla socks for my husband out of some Opal 6-ply yarn I bought from a closeout Etsy shop.
  • I wove a scarf for myself out of the handspun Into the World “Follow the Butterflies” yarn I won a blue ribbon for last year.
  • I started a new pair of socks out of White Birch Fiber Arts “Electric Slide” so I could have some easy movie/car knitting.
  • I knitted a hat I designed myself that was inspired by the Broadway musical Hamilton out of some Cascade Heritage Sock yarn and Leading Men Fiber Arts.

#BecauseofKnitting:

  • Jasmin surprised me with a HUMONGOUS cake to say congrats for winning Stash Dash 2016.
  • Boston Jen sent me some fun Regia Yarn and some other goodies as a thank you for pushing her to beat us all 🙂
  • Danie from Prairie Girls gave me an amazing experience, catching fireflies!
  • Several of us have coordinated for the next knitalong:

The Big, Bad Bergalong

  • Coordinated with: Michelle from Actually Knitting, Kristi from In a Sknit, Commuter Jen from Commuter Knitter Podcast, Prairie Girls Susie and Danie, and Boston Jen from Down Cellar Studio podcast.
  • We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.We are also going to be working with 3 Indie Dyers for this KAL.

    Sun Valley Fibers
    There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. You can get the same kit as I am getting or as one of the other podcasters. More information is coming, but look for a special link “Big Bad Berg-Along” on their website. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.

    Lollipop Yarns
    On September 11 at 7pm Eastern there will be an update featuring Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. She will have these kits up for preview starting Monday September 5th, 2016 in the Lollipop Yarn Ravelry Group as well as on her website, linked above.

    Oh! And there will be a self-striping update on Sunday September 4th at 7pm.

    One Twisted Tree
    Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL. Check out the website for more information. My shawl will be knit out of her yarn in “Mint,” “Bark,” and “Seashell” and I will be knitting “All Paths Lead Home.”

Great Outdoors KAL Wrap Up:

  • We had over 680 entries into the Great Outdoors KAL this year! Great job getting outdoors! If you heard your name, please PM me as EmilyStraw on Ravlery with the prize you won, along with your address if needed. Thank you for your participation!

Episode 54 – Finish Line

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Great Outdoors KAL:

Reminder to join the Great Outdoors KAL! Visit this page to see all of the amazing prizes and see how you can win!

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Episode 53 – Suddenly Sweaters

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I’m sorry this episode ends abruptly, I had to jump off and haven’t been able to find the time to finish it out. But, I figure this episode is better than no episode! Thank you always for your support! ❤

Clicking Away:

  • Finished my Riley Rose shawl by Boston Jen in One Twisted Tree Prime in the PALKAL mini skein kit.
  • Reworked my Starshower Cowl by Hillary Smith Callis in One Twisted Tree Glimmer in “Dream of the Cosmos.”
  • Finished some shorty socks out of Luna Grey Fiber Arts in Celeste in the “Rockies” colorway.
  • Finished the knitting on a Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos out of Cascade 220 superwash sport.
  • Finished the knitting on my oldest’s Jesse Half Zip sweater by Kate Oates in Knits for Boys out of Cascade 220 superwash in “856 – Aporto.”
  • Finished the body and yoke of my Hiro cardigan by Julia Farewell Clay out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Superwash Worsted.
  • Started a baby sweater from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters out of Western Sky Knits “Nightfall.” I’m doing a v-neck cardigan with set in sleeves.

Other Crafting:

  • Sewed myself two skirts using Sew Many Dresses, So Little Time by Tanya Whelan.
  • Instant Pot from Amazon Prime Sale
  • Visited The Loopy Ewe and My Sister Knits with Becky from Knit Actually and Jen Knitting Around

Photography Talk:

  • How much of today’s photos are created using Photoshop vs. in camera?

Episode 52 – Great Outdoors Knitting

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Erin Lane Bag Giveaway

Knitting:

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Photography:
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– my camera is broken. Need to get it fixed, also would like mirrorless

Continuing KAL’S : Great Outdoors, Stash Dash, Splash Pad Party, PAL KAL, Batter Up KAL, Scowl KAL, Around Your Neck KAL, Scrappy Happy KAL, and keep an eye out for a Melanie Berg pattern knitalong this fall!

Episode 51 – Going Grellow

Reminder to join the Great Outdoors KAL! Visit this page to see all of the amazing prizes and see how you can win!

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Clicking Away:

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  • I finished spinning some fiber from Gynx Yarn in the colorway “Riku.”

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  • I spun some fiber from Sun Valley Fibers Superwash BFL in “Grellow

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Photography:

  • Android users can turn on the “Voice Control” setting on their camera phone, which will allow users to say “cheese” or “shoot” or “smile” and make their camera release the shutter.
  • If you know of something that allows the same usability on iPhone, let me know!

Sewing:

Giveaway:

  • It has been awhile since any iTunes reviews have been added to the Knitting Butterflies Podcast, so if you leave a review you will be entered to win this beautiful bag from Erin Lane Bags!

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