Episode 67: Vlog Style

 

FOs

  • Jyn Erso socksMust Stash Yarns self striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles – vanilla socks with after through heels

WIPs

  • Hand-dyed Falkland for 1st ply and Phoenix Fiber Co “Lake Shore” for 2nd ply – Ashford Kiwi 2 – short forward/worsted
  • Experimental rolags – Electric Eel Nano wheel
  • Altar cloth – Ashford 24” rigid heddle loom – warp sley

Discontinued

  • Blue Cone Boxy Sweater – self drafted pattern, Brother KH 836e main bed, dial 1 (even on the tension rod), tuck stitch pattern punch card 2 on long, mystery cotton cone from a closing mill

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Transcript:

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[Music]

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Wednesday July 24th 2019- I’ve been
talking about this blue machine knit boxy

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that I’ve been sort of calculating on my
own with this mystery blue singles

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cotton ish yarn and it’s not working. So
I finished all the pieces to the sweater

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and this morning I seamed on the
little sleeves- that one I did correctly.

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That one I did not. The little sleeves
are really hard to get over my forearms

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but- which you know could probably be
blocked out and stretched out and stuff

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but we have a major problem with the
body pieces. The back piece is

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considerably shorter than the front
piece and both of them have a very

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noticeable skew. You can see the front
piece is skewing this way and the back

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piece is skewing that way. The back piece
was 800 and something rows and the front

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piece was- the patterned rows was about
640, so I’m not going to fix it.

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I’m not going to redo it. I’m done with
this yarn as a single. I will probably

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divide up that cone onto bobbins at some
point and ply them so that this much

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skew doesn’t happen. I probably should have been able to predict that that would

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happen, but the tuck stitch pattern
didn’t show that much skew on the swatch.

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Which, I mean, if you just like look at a
little chunk of it, it’s not that much

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skew, but in a whole garment that’s a lot
of not going to work. So I’m going to

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toss this into my scrap bin and hope
that I come up with something to do with

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these big panels. Maybe a market bag
type thing, maybe just sew it together on

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my sewing machine- just remove the
stockinette pieces so that they’re kind

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of even, but I think we’re gonna put this
in timeout until I can figure out

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something to do with the pieces and

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that’s it for this boxy type thing. Will
I do another boxy type thing? I don’t

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know. Maybe- just had the brief idea of
maybe doing a scrap boxy thing at some

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point, but maybe I’ll just leave that
whole sweater design idea alone for a

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while and focus on my make nine items
for the time being, so… boo.

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[Music]

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It’s August 2nd. I haven’t been doing
very much crafting. I just noticed

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there’s grapes everywhere. I mean, I knew
the grape vines were everywhere, but the

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grapes are everywhere, too. Me and Penny
are gonna go have a look in the garden.

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See what’s growing, but first she needed
to chase some crows. Did you chase them

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all, Pen?

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They’ve all been chased? Are you gonna
stay over there while I go look in the

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garden? Are you coming with me? All right,
I’m going in the garden. I can see you

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from there. Folks on Instagram have been
enjoying my updates, so – woah, wind knocked

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this tire over. Okay so I’ve got some madder- that’s an onion. These were two tires

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tall, but all the dirt kind of sank to
the bottom. these are all madder. Madder,

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madder, madder with a single marigold in
it. These are my dahlias, which I’m

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growing for dye purposes and I think
there’s a dahlia or two that are still

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left alive in this thing, but it’s mostly
weeds.

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My tomatoes are coming along nicely. One
of them starting to turn red. I’m excited

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about that, and in with my tomatoes, I
also have marigold for dyeing. More

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tomatoes. These are my thymes. I might
might be ready to grab some more of

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those- just sniff my fingers. So here we
have marigolds on the outside and

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hollyhock on the inside. They’ve just
kind of been hovering around at this

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stage, so I don’t know if they’re gonna
get any bigger.

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Marigold, marigolds- here’s my woad.
They’re looking a little chewed, but

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hopefully I’ll be able to get one dye
pot. This oregano is still alive. This

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oregano was barely hanging on. I think I
over harvested this one. This is the only

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marigold that came up in this bin, but
everything else died. I planted

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black-eyed Susans here none of them came up. I’ve got some black beans here and I need to

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double-check as to when these beans
would be ready. They might be ready any

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day now.

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This bed was planted with weld, but I
don’t think any of it came up because

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that just looks like normal weeds, but
that was- yeah that’s normal weeds. That’s

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what I had thought might have been
weld in the early days and I have

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spaghetti squash. Here’s my monster
squash. This one is having a grand old

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time. There’s a big ol’ squash there, a
little squash, another big squash. There’s

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more flowers. It’s trying to escape and
take over the universe.

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That’s another spaghetti squash. He’s got
one happy squash. This squash just keeps

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growing in a circle. I gotta get a
tile or something to put under that so

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it doesn’t get all gross and there’s
Penny just enjoying being outside. She

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doesn’t really care about the garden now
that I don’t let her dig holes in it.

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Over here in my jungle of wild onions-
each of these is a wild onion. I gotta

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come in here and mow them down again
with a pair of scissors. Here’s my purple

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basils, which seemed to alternate
between being completely almost dead,

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being eaten by everything, and thriving.
We seem to be on a thriving swing, so

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that’s good and my regular green basils,
which I think I need to take some more

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off of right now.

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[music]

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It is Sunday August 4th 2019.
Hi Pen. I just scared her by talking, um

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day two of the new haircut, which means
that it just wants to go vertically up

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into wherever, but that’s not why I’m
putting my face on the camera today. I

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have been over the past

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few days been utilizing the KonMari method to declutter my life. It’s

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one of those things the universe
started shouting at me that it needed to

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happen. I was seeing Marie Kondo’s books
everywhere and then both of her books

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ended up in my audio book library
borrowing, so they- I don’t even remember

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putting holds on either of them, but they
both showed up in there so the universe

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says I need to go through some stuff, so
I’m going through some stuff. I’ve gone

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through her basic first three categories-
clothing, books, and paper. Clothing was

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pretty quick because I don’t actually
own that much clothing and books was

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freeing. If you follow my Instagram
you’ll have seen in stories some posts

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about the books. I weeded out almost a
hundred books and was able to put my

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books vertically back on the shelves,
which has not happened in over ten years.

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So that’s exciting and if- oh I don’t
know when I’ll actually get them up, but

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if they’re still available, I have a
destash account on Instagram now

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freakishlemon_destash and I’m going
to put things that need to find new

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homes like books and yarn and things
like that up on that account, so go check

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that out if you’re looking for any
things like that. Anyway

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I finished up clothing, books, and paper
like I said, and now I’m on komono which

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is everything else except for
sentimental items. So the biggest part of

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my personal komono
stuff is craft stuff. I’ve got it

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broken down into kind of three basic
categories, which is everything else,

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fabric, and yarn. so that is what you will
see me doing in the following clips is

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destroying this craft room to declutter.

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Still kind of just pulling stuff out but
I’m kind of discarding stuff that I know

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is going to be discarded as I go so it’s
a bit slow.

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Alright status update, it is about three
o’clock in the afternoon and I have

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finished going through all of the things
that are not yarn fiber or fabric, so

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there’s a lot of stuff. Those are some
containers that I’ve emptied. That

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container will be emptied. Those are a
lot of swatches but that’s good yarn so

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I’m just gonna reclaim the yarn and see
what I want to do with it because as a

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swatch it’s useless at this point. They
are- their swatches that didn’t work or

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just playing around. That is the pile of
things that I will be discarding. It’s

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not really organized by whether I’m
going to destash it, donate it, or toss it.

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At this point the only things that I
have tossed thus far were very obvious

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things that needed to be tossed like
dried paint and stuff like that, so all

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the rest of it- I mean some of it I just
kind of like left where I found it after

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I pulled it out and looked at it, but all
the rest of this

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is to keep. Some stuff needs to go
somewhere else. That needs to go

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somewhere else. I have Christmas
ornaments up there they need to go with

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the Christmas stuff. I’m not yet sure
where wrapping paper is going at this

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point, so it’s going to stay right there
for now.

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but that’s yeah not fabric and fiber. I

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got to find a better thing to do with this too –
I’ll be taking the comb off of this. This

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is polyester tulle that Gabby from Once
Upon a Corgi was using to test the veil

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that she’s making for her wedding, but
Amanda from Classy Squid Fiber Company

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gave the incredible tip on her Instagram
a few weeks ago that if you lay down a

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layer of tulle on your drum carder, you
can just peel off your fiber from the

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drum carder, which is brilliant. And you
can use a piece more than once but

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eventually you have to replace that
piece, so this giant bit of tulle will

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become part of that arrangement over
there. So now I got a you know deal with

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this mess so I can go on to the other
items on my konmari list. I’m taking a

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break from tidying to come out to the
garden and it’s my first official tomato.

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First one I’ve ever grown on my own. Pen’s
very excited about it. She remembers

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tomatoes from her first summer with us.
My mom would pick tomatoes and she’d

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give her a cherry tomato to bring in and
she would. She would just hold it in

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between her teeth very gently and then
spit it out on the kitchen floor so it

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could roll around there for a while
and she would just bring it inside. And

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now it’s raining so I’m gonna see if I
can get this dog back in the house. Craft

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room update. I have organized this box
basically into stuff that’s going up for

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destash.

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I lost track of what I was saying there- and
I’ve actually already gone through

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fabric. It was actually pretty easy. I
think having reorganized it fairly

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recently, I was able to pull out things
very quickly and just at a glance say

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yes or no. So that’s everything that I’m
keeping and this is the stuff I’m

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definitely going to put up for destash.

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That’s a pile of scraps that I’m gonna

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see if a local quilt guild can use. I
haven’t decided about this black. It’s a

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good black fabric, but as you can see it
attracts every single little thing and

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it’s hard to brush off so I’m at some
point going to go to Joanne’s and get a

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coupon- no that sentence came out wrong.
I’m going to get black black fabric from

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Joanne’s using coupons when I need it

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because this- this black was really good
for the back of my quilt that’s on my

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bed, but I do not want to have to fight
with this on the front of anything. So I

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haven’t decided if that’s gonna go for
destash or to a quilt guild. You’ll see if

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you follow that destash account.

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[Music]

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I thought I was done with the fabric I forgot about having to go through my scrap bin. Oh boy, this is a

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little more difficult. So it’s Monday
August 5th and I forgot to close this

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out last night. Turns out my script in
wasn’t that much of a problem. I already

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had 60% of it divvied up into
plastic bags to be donated somewhere, so

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that was awesome. So everything is done
in the craft room except for yarn and

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I’m not gonna have enough time to do
that tonight. But I had a new friend show

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up in the mail today.

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[Music]

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[slight whirring noise of the electric wheel]

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[Music]

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It’s Tuesday August 6th. It’s hot as
butts in here and I have just completed

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constructing the great wall of yarn. This
is my yarn stash minus bare yarn to dye

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with, which I only have two little bins
of now, and my scrap bins because my

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scrap bins will not fit on this table.

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The only reason that some of these are
still in plastic as I know that I’m

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keeping all of those Knit Picks for
heels, toes, and cuffs. I’m keeping all of

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those Star Wars self-striping Must Stash
yarns and these other two are getting

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destashed. So I’m just not taking them out of the packaging because I already know what

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I’m doing with everything in them.
Everything else- it’s time to go through.

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It’s pretty amazing how quickly this
process goes once you get the hang of it.

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This table is everything I’m aiming to
destash

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and then this pile on the floor, those
things right there, those, and then those

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are bare yarns for dyeing, these two sock
blanks, this crochet thread, those are my

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dyed cotton and wool samples, this bin of
minis, that bin of other scraps, and this

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is what I’m keeping. I just kind of ran
out of room on the floor. It’s a little hard to

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walk in here, but I’m keeping most of it
which I knew I would because I know

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myself, but there was definitely some
stuff that I knew I wasn’t going to use

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or I wasn’t going to use anytime in the
next ten years because, I mean, it’s good

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sock yarn over there in the corner, but I
have a ton of other sock yarn to use and

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that was just- they’re never gonna jump
to the top of the queue. So this is what

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will be going up on destash.

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And then I think for fiber- because I
have fiber to play with making batts and

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rolags there, but I think I’m ok with
fiber because I don’t impulse buy fiber

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as much. Like I have a general idea of
what I’m doing with all of these- well

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not necessarily with these. I’m just
spinning those to play around, so they

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may end up destashed later after I spin
them. Everything else kind of either has

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a plan or I’m going to spin it and
that’s what I need it for and then it

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will go to a new home. Yeah comparatively,
I was looking at my Ravelry stash count

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and I think I had about thirty items
under fiber and I had a couple hundred

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items under yarn, so I’m not as worried
about the fiber, but now I’ve got it put

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all this yarn away, which is gonna
take awhile. So I didn’t realize how many

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sweaters quantities of yarn that I have.
In this bucket, we have mystery fleece

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handspun, which is enough for a sweater,
what I have finished of my brown cormo

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sweater spin, so there will be more of
that when I finish spinning that, and

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then on this table we have one, two, knock
something over, three, four, five, six, seven,

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and this is two, two/three- I just I have
multiple colors of this Classic Elite

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yarns Mohawk Wool. There are a couple of
sweater plans in there- two or three

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sweaters, so like ten sweaters quantities
of not fingering weight yarn. Well this

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is fingering weight and this is finger-
sorry I moved to the camera. This is

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fingering weight and this is fingering
weight everything else is basically

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worsted or DK. This is sport but honestly
it behaves a little like the DK yarns

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that I’ve used. This is worsted. This is
DK.

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This is worsted, worsted. Yeah. Yeah.

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I don’t know, but uh there’s only two for
sure that our fingering weight yarn

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sweater quantities. This is a lot of
sweater quantities of yarn. I got to get

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moving on some sweaters. Well I know this
is going to become a Redford sweater as

0:30:36.030,0:30:41.250
part of my make 9 and this is a
Christmas Star Wars sweater as part of

0:30:41.250,0:30:48.840
my make 9, so at least two of those
should be done this year. I mean I knew I

0:30:48.840,0:30:54.420
had a lot of Classic Elite because I’ve
just been collecting it, but I didn’t

0:30:54.420,0:30:58.890
realize I had quite so much and I didn’t
realize I had three sweaters quantities

0:30:58.890,0:31:10.890
in basically the same natural gray. These three are all pretty close. Oh boy. So this is

0:31:10.890,0:31:14.580
going to be a mostly stockinette sweater
because that’s what the Redford sweater

0:31:14.580,0:31:20.460
is, so I’m going to have to do something
textured or color work with these other

0:31:20.460,0:31:27.830
yarns so that I don’t have basically
identical sweaters in different yarn

0:31:27.830,0:31:30.830
bases.

0:31:32.960,0:31:35.780
Not that I can do the same pattern
anyway because that’s fingering weight

0:31:35.780,0:31:45.260
and these two or not, but ah, decisions to
make. But mostly I got to decide how I

0:31:45.260,0:31:50.600
want to store these. All the rest of my
yarns have ended up basically where they

0:31:50.600,0:31:59.480
were before. This is my hand spun yarn in
these plastic things and over here- trip

0:31:59.480,0:32:06.620
over some stuff on the floor- sock yarn,
sock yarn, fingering weight yarn, these

0:32:06.620,0:32:13.430
two are designated sock yarn,
fingering weight yarns. This is also a

0:32:13.430,0:32:22.340
sock yarn. Maybe I should switch these
two. I’ll do that off camera. Then

0:32:22.340,0:32:30.860
fingering weight yarn. This is kind of
fingering and sport and a little bit of

0:32:30.860,0:32:35.780
DK because I think this is
technically a DK yarn, this Hundred

0:32:35.780,0:32:44.780
Ravens Draco yarn and then this is my
one thing of cotton and then this is my

0:32:44.780,0:32:53.960
worsted weight yarns. Worsted weights I
tend to buy as I need them, so that’s

0:32:53.960,0:33:01.250
good and then these crochet cottons
will stay where they are so I can grab

0:33:01.250,0:33:06.380
them in a moment’s notice. I just need to
sort out which of these sweater

0:33:06.380,0:33:13.880
quantities is going into plastic to go
in that space and how we’re going to

0:33:13.880,0:33:19.820
sort the rest of them out in that bin
and possibly plastic too on top of

0:33:19.820,0:33:22.240
that bin.

0:33:23.919,0:33:34.969
Well, we’ll find out what I decide. All
right, so I’m done putting away my yarn. I

0:33:34.969,0:33:42.259
ended up putting my Knit Picks wool of the
Andes and my two Green Mountain spinnery

0:33:42.259,0:33:53.029
sweater quantities in those spaces.
Sort of grouped my yarns in this bin and

0:33:53.029,0:34:07.099
put all my mountain top in this plastic
thing. So now everything on the table and

0:34:07.099,0:34:18.109
in that bin are slated for destash,
which is a lot of stuff. So that’s slated

0:34:18.109,0:34:28.429
for destash. That is definitely quilting
type scraps. I’m gonna see if there’s a

0:34:28.429,0:34:34.940
local quilt guild who wants them, but
I’ll prob- that’ll probably go last

0:34:34.940,0:34:40.730
because if any of that fabric doesn’t go
in destash, I will just throw it into

0:34:40.730,0:34:48.259
that bag and give it to a quilt guild.
That garbage bag is just stuff that’s

0:34:48.259,0:34:55.399
going to get donated to the local thrift
store type thing. Some of my stuff is not

0:34:55.399,0:35:00.049
put away, but I can’t really put that
away because I need that bin to put

0:35:00.049,0:35:09.289
those in. That’s a new skein of yarn
that I need to put into my Ravelry stash.

0:35:09.289,0:35:17.930
Oh my Ravelry stash is gonna be a
nightmare to update. I just realized just

0:35:17.930,0:35:28.369
now. Okay but most of the things have
been put away. That’s where my new little

0:35:28.369,0:35:36.710
spinning friend lives for right now. so I
probably do need to empty those bins out

0:35:36.710,0:35:42.830
and just
clean the spiders out of them. This is

0:35:42.830,0:35:47.660
what the craft room looks like right now.
That’s just stuff that I got out of the

0:35:47.660,0:35:51.410
way in order to do this destash. That’s
all things that are currently in

0:35:51.410,0:36:02.000
progress and like electrical cords and
then have my bin of swatches to unravel

0:36:02.000,0:36:11.870
for minis and scraps and things. And then
I have empty containers. I have things to

0:36:11.870,0:36:20.590
be recycled, but the recycling bin is
full so I can’t put them in the bin yet.

0:36:20.590,0:37:42.280
[Music]

0:37:47.540,0:37:51.140
I suppose I have to turn the air down. It’s a little loud.

0:38:10.020,0:38:13.250
Where are these people going? UGH

0:38:14.130,0:38:25.470
Hello, it is Friday August 16 2019. I am
in a parking lot trying to leave Trader

0:38:25.470,0:38:33.210
Joe’s and I can’t remember the last time
that I was vlogging. This is gonna have

0:38:33.210,0:38:43.740
some great lighting and I just wanted to
chat with you guys for a bit. A couple things-

0:38:43.740,0:38:51.000
one, I don’t think I mentioned why I’m
doing this episode vlog style and that

0:38:51.000,0:38:58.400
is because three days after I posted my
last episode my grandmother passed away.

0:38:58.400,0:39:06.630
She had been in hospital for two or
three weeks at that point. She was 90

0:39:06.630,0:39:12.560
years old and her health has steadily
been declining, so it wasn’t a surprise,

0:39:12.560,0:39:21.270
but it is hard whenever you lose
somebody. So I hadn’t been doing pretty

0:39:21.270,0:39:26.790
much any crafting except for some socks
while visiting her in the hospital

0:39:26.790,0:39:33.780
for the week and a half up until that
episode and I knew I wasn’t really gonna

0:39:33.780,0:39:40.750
get, you know, well into-
sorry about the sound of my turn signal.

0:39:40.750,0:39:46.869
I wasn’t really going to get well into
any projects kind of following her

0:39:46.869,0:39:54.220
passing because grief is hard and it
affects you in weird ways if you’re not

0:39:54.220,0:40:00.549
expecting it. Or rather it affects you in
ways that you’re not expecting because

0:40:00.549,0:40:08.079
grief is weird and you kind of can’t
really prepare for it until you’re in it.

0:40:08.079,0:40:14.500
So I haven’t been doing a ton of
crafting and you’ve seen in the vlog

0:40:14.500,0:40:26.200
that I have been also sort of KonMari
decluttering my entire life which means

0:40:26.200,0:40:31.299
that I’m still putting my entire life
back together, including the craft room

0:40:31.299,0:40:35.980
which is kind of a mountain of things
that I’m in the middle of photographing

0:40:35.980,0:40:46.750
for destash at the moment. So what have I
been doing if I haven’t been crafting a

0:40:46.750,0:40:53.470
whole lot? You’ve seen me working in the
garden. I’ve been sleeping, which is nice

0:40:53.470,0:40:59.150
sleep is good, but also I’ve been
watching a lot

0:40:59.150,0:41:07.579
sewists on YouTube, specifically
historical garment sewists which is

0:41:07.579,0:41:17.239
A Thing that I enjoy immensely.
I’ve been subscribed to Angela Clayton’s

0:41:17.239,0:41:23.779
channel for a while. I think I mentioned
that in a podcast episode and at some

0:41:23.779,0:41:28.430
point during this year I subscribed to
the likes of Bernadette Banner and

0:41:28.430,0:41:36.950
Morgan Donner and about two weeks ago
now there was the Costume College event

0:41:36.950,0:41:43.099
out in LA, which I wasn’t aware of
specifically but I knew there were

0:41:43.099,0:41:49.670
events like it. But Bernadette banner and
Morgan Donner and a bunch of other

0:41:49.670,0:41:56.820
people who are all kind of YouTube and
Instagram friends

0:41:56.820,0:42:07.180
all went to Costume College so I got a
whole- oh hello. This thingy is not locked, I’m not gonna fix it.

0:42:07.180,0:42:17.109
I’m driving. So yes so they all met up
and there was a lot of channel sharing and

0:42:17.109,0:42:20.890
Instagram sharing, so there’s a whole
bunch of new to me

0:42:20.890,0:42:27.640
historical sewists out there that I’ve
been watching their videos and it’s been

0:42:27.640,0:42:34.809
making me consider things to be doing
next year in terms of projects and

0:42:34.809,0:42:44.559
things to do going forward in terms of
video. Because their videos, if they’re

0:42:44.559,0:42:49.990
not vlog style, they tend to be
project-based where you kind of go along

0:42:49.990,0:42:57.089
with with them as they make a garment

0:42:57.089,0:43:06.650
which I think for- for many modern-day
garment making isn’t really that

0:43:06.650,0:43:12.049
necessary. I’m sure there are people who
do it and they be easy enough to find,

0:43:12.049,0:43:17.749
but for historical garments, it’s really
interesting because you can see their

0:43:17.749,0:43:24.419
their research and their explanations
for why they’re doing a thing and how

0:43:24.419,0:43:29.999
they’re doing a thing because there’s
not a lot of, you know, ready-made

0:43:29.999,0:43:41.400
patterns for like accurate-ish
historical garment making. So yes in

0:43:41.400,0:43:49.380
terms of projects for next year, I do
want to start doing a little bit of

0:43:49.380,0:43:56.959
historical or historical insp- this
phrase got away from me. Some historical

0:43:56.959,0:44:04.339
garment making or historic- history
inspired garment making,

0:44:07.970,0:44:14.180
maybe do a little bit of blending of the
two for some of my everyday wear because

0:44:14.180,0:44:20.360
I have been told, on more than one
occasion oddly enough, that I should wear

0:44:20.360,0:44:28.100
my Renaissance Faire costume all the time.
I have been told that by like not

0:44:28.100,0:44:36.080
costume people, so you know maybe
incorporating some historically inspired

0:44:36.080,0:44:42.440
garments into my everyday wear would be
good for me to feel more comfortable and

0:44:42.440,0:44:48.160
like in the clothes that I own. Sorry I
just blocked my entire face with my hand

0:44:48.160,0:44:59.170
but also it gave me some inspiration for
a new Renaissance Fairw garment. Oh I

0:44:59.170,0:45:07.310
guess I’ll briefly talk about it for a
second while I’m driving. So one- I can’t

0:45:07.310,0:45:11.120
remember, was it Bernadette who’s? It might have been Bernadette who said it, but one

0:45:11.120,0:45:15.440
of them in one of their videos- one of
those historical costume makers in one

0:45:15.440,0:45:23.020
of their videos said that they want to
do an upcoming project for a historical

0:45:23.020,0:45:26.710
Hogwarts uniform

0:45:26.759,0:45:33.939
which would be great and that got me
thinking about a historical garment

0:45:33.939,0:45:38.189
sewing and I do want to make some

0:45:39.509,0:45:46.209
period-accurate ish garments to wear to
the Renaissance Faire and I thought it

0:45:46.209,0:45:55.650
would be really cool to do a kind of
history cosplay of Salazar Slytherin,

0:45:55.650,0:46:02.739
because I am Slytherin and I already
have things that are green like boots

0:46:02.739,0:46:14.480
which are important, so I was inspired by,
especially Morgan Donner’s videos. She

0:46:14.480,0:46:18.340
does a lot of medieval sewing and

0:46:19.370,0:46:26.660
I have to do a bunch of research to see
even what area of Europe I want to do

0:46:26.660,0:46:30.770
the historical clothing from. A lot of
the base garments are going to be

0:46:30.770,0:46:36.920
similar because of the fabric production
techniques that were available at the

0:46:36.920,0:46:46.910
time, but you know the fancy stuff that
goes on top of it, I have to decide

0:46:46.910,0:46:54.820
whether I want to go English -ish, because England wasn’t

0:46:56.200,0:47:02.390
a unified thing at the time or, you know
back in the year 990 ish.

0:47:02.390,0:47:09.820
Or if I want to

0:47:10.670,0:47:19.060
go with the delightful deadcatwithaflamethrower’s Of A Linear Circle

0:47:19.060,0:47:29.990
fanfic background for Salazar Slytherin
as a Spanish nobleman. In that fic his

0:47:29.990,0:47:37.580
his name- cuz Salazar is not an English
name. Godric is an English name, but

0:47:37.580,0:47:46.640
Salazar is not and in her fic, she
posits that Salazar Slytherin is

0:47:46.640,0:47:58.120
actually- his family name is actually
DeSlizarse, which would have been

0:47:58.120,0:48:05.080
bungled into the English tongue as
Slytherin over the years, which I think

0:48:05.080,0:48:10.950
would be really cool, but I have to do
some research into

0:48:11.050,0:48:17.530
medieval fashions of those areas before
I make any decisions on that. So that’s

0:48:17.530,0:48:24.859
that’s future projects that I want to get to

0:48:26.390,0:48:36.340
but also future videos that I want to
make. For the historical sewist’s channels

0:48:36.340,0:48:45.240
videos are, if not done in vlog style, are
more project-based, so if you are making

0:48:45.240,0:48:51.420
for example a coat you would be

0:48:52.620,0:48:58.750
more or less focused on a video for that coat from start to

0:48:58.750,0:49:04.990
finish, which has been really educational for me,

0:49:04.990,0:49:10.330
even if I’m not making anything that
these people are making because all of

0:49:10.330,0:49:16.360
these people are feminine identified
people that I’ve been following and I am

0:49:16.360,0:49:19.410
NOT, so

0:49:20.480,0:49:27.460
so I want to try to do more projects
style videos for the projects that are

0:49:27.460,0:49:33.640
more involved than you know picking up and knitting a sock.

0:49:33.640,0:49:45.120
I have three make nine projects upcoming
that I think would make good

0:49:45.260,0:49:55.420
single video or if necessary you know
additional videos stand-alones. One of

0:49:55.420,0:50:01.120
them is a hand knitting pattern that I’m
converting to machine knitting, the

0:50:01.120,0:50:08.580
Redford Sweater by Julie Hoover. I think
that would make a great video on its own.

0:50:08.910,0:50:13.320
I’m also making two

0:50:13.320,0:50:19.980
button-down shirts, hopefully
from the pattern pieces that I

0:50:19.980,0:50:26.880
made myself. I think it would be easy
enough to explain how I made those

0:50:26.880,0:50:30.480
pattern pieces and then just go through
the making a men’s button-down shirt

0:50:30.480,0:50:36.060
using the pattern pieces that I own for
one of the shirts

0:50:36.060,0:50:43.970
and then I have a sweater in the queue
that I want to do

0:50:44.350,0:50:50.940
colorwork yoke my hand and the body
machine it so

0:50:51.119,0:50:57.680
I think those would be good examples of
projects where I would do

0:50:58.130,0:51:01.450
a video from start to finish

0:51:03.119,0:51:09.900
in the style of the project videos from
these historical sewists on YouTube.

0:51:09.900,0:51:14.370
I think that would be pretty cool and would be a great reference point for me if I ever need to

0:51:14.370,0:51:21.860
know what the heck I did later or for
other people who are

0:51:23.190,0:51:31.089
not seeing those in between steps that
you just kind of forget about when you’re

0:51:31.089,0:51:37.349
talking about it on a podcast. It’s less of an issue for folks who are podcasting week to week I think

0:51:37.349,0:51:42.009
You know they have a better grasp on
what they were doing and why they did it

0:51:42.009,0:51:47.859
from episode to episode, but my episodes
are monthly so either it’s “this thing

0:51:47.859,0:51:51.489
sat in a pile for two months and then I
did it in a day”

0:51:51.489,0:51:55.690
or “you saw me start the project and you saw

0:51:55.690,0:52:01.570
me finish the project and that’s all the
information that you have” and I think

0:52:01.570,0:52:08.710
that would be especially helpful for
even modern garments making masculine

0:52:08.710,0:52:14.610
garments because not a whole lot of
masculine sewists show up when i

0:52:14.610,0:52:21.500
YouTubed rabbit-hole historical or
modern sewist’s so

0:52:21.500,0:52:25.940
that’s an idea that I am having
currently.

0:52:25.940,0:52:34.040
It may mean buying camera. I film all
these episodes currently on my phone

0:52:34.040,0:52:39.680
which is fine if I’m you know setting it
up for an hour

0:52:39.680,0:52:48.380
to do but I may need to purchase a
camera for extended video projects to

0:52:48.380,0:52:53.869
set it up while I’m sewing and machine
knitting and all that kind of stuff so that

0:52:53.869,0:52:58.570
I can still use my phone
for audiobooks and podcasts and all that

0:52:58.570,0:53:05.500
kind of stuff, reference research real
quick in the middle of a project instead

0:53:05.500,0:53:13.240
of filming. So I don’t know. I got to do
some camera research. Basically got to do

0:53:13.240,0:53:17.500
a lot of thinking right now about what I
want to do, but

0:53:17.500,0:53:22.369
those are just some of the things that I
thought I should let you know are going

0:53:22.369,0:53:32.780
through my head at the moment. It is
Saturday August 17th and today we are

0:53:32.780,0:53:39.589
processing woad to extract the pigment. What did- all the lights are different

0:53:39.589,0:53:44.599
color- there we go. See that dining
room light is real yellow so natural light.

0:53:44.599,0:53:54.200
Okay so today we are processing woad and
hoping it works to extract blue so I can

0:53:54.200,0:54:00.829
just turn here. You can see there’s my
setup I’m heating up this water to 80

0:54:00.829,0:54:08.420
degrees Celsius 176 Fahrenheit and
according to the resource that I’m using

0:54:08.420,0:54:16.640
I’ve got to steep the leaves after I rip
them up and wash them for 10 minutes, put

0:54:16.640,0:54:28.670
that pot in an ice bath until it cools,
and then stir in about 15 grams of soda

0:54:28.670,0:54:36.079
ash in boiling water – in a cup of
boiling water, pour that into the cooled

0:54:36.079,0:54:45.530
mixture, stir it up until it’s frothy and
then decant it to jars which I have

0:54:45.530,0:54:48.859
right there but you can’t see because
the light is shining through them and

0:54:48.859,0:54:53.240
then let the pigments settle to the
bottom and then you slowly drain off the

0:54:53.240,0:54:58.130
liquid and then once there’s like no
more liquid to dry off you lay it out

0:54:58.130,0:55:03.589
into a flat ish container let it dry and
then it is powder ready for use, so

0:55:03.589,0:55:10.010
that’s what I’m doing today. If we go up
to the dining room and I switch the camera

0:55:10.010,0:55:20.000
around. Can I do that in one shot? No, I
can’t okay. So here’s my very yellowly

0:55:20.000,0:55:24.710
lit dining room. You can see we’ve got
some squashes. They’re not actually ripe.

0:55:24.710,0:55:31.130
This one’s the closest but my squash
vines are dying

0:55:31.130,0:55:37.940
and/or diseased so, there’s something on
the leaves and one of them was way dead

0:55:37.940,0:55:41.720
and it’s still had a squash on it so
basically I just cut off the squashes.

0:55:41.720,0:55:46.789
I’m gonna let them- really they should
kind of be like in the Sun-ish but I’m

0:55:46.789,0:55:52.519
gonna let them ripen off the vine and
then we have my first test beans just

0:55:52.519,0:55:55.789
because I’ve never grown black beans
before so I picked one of the pods that

0:55:55.789,0:56:03.380
I thought was ready and shucked it and
that’s that’s some beans. So this is my

0:56:03.380,0:56:11.029
harvest for today, plus like three or
four tomatoes, but we’ve got all my bean

0:56:11.029,0:56:19.009
plants I’m just gonna put on the table
and that is my woad that I need to rinse

0:56:19.009,0:56:27.710
off and then tear up and then steep in
water once it’s up to temperature. See

0:56:27.710,0:56:31.819
this is what I meant in that last clip
where I might need to invest in a camera

0:56:31.819,0:56:36.019
if I’m gonna do more longer form videos
because this happened so quickly and I

0:56:36.019,0:56:42.759
needed my phone to reference that I
didn’t get any footage of the actual

0:56:42.759,0:56:52.339
process. Thus far so I I’ve cooked my
woad for 10 minutes at 80 degrees

0:56:52.339,0:57:02.019
Celsius. It is now cooling in an ice bath.
It’s not looking blue yet

0:57:04.820,0:57:09.960
I’m hoping something will happen with
the next thing I’m supposed to do when I

0:57:09.960,0:57:21.420
change the pH, but if not I do know that
woad does a lot of other colors as well

0:57:21.420,0:57:26.940
so it wouldn’t be a total loss. I just
I’m really hoping for blue

0:57:26.940,0:57:33.390
I gotta go refill these ice cube trays
or else nobody in my house is getting

0:57:33.390,0:57:43.500
ice cubes today. Clumsy left-handed
filming. I have added the soda ash and

0:57:43.500,0:57:48.330
the boiling water and that says to whisk
for 10 minutes I do not have a dye whisk

0:57:48.330,0:57:54.960
so I’m just using a couple of utensils
and trying not to splash too much, but it

0:57:54.960,0:58:04.800
has turned green now which is a good
sign and it’s frothing which is also a

0:58:04.800,0:58:10.770
good sign that’s what I’m looking for so
after 10 minutes of this I get to put it

0:58:10.770,0:58:20.270
in jars, splashing. I have a towel on the
floor too so and I’m wearing an apron

0:58:20.270,0:58:29.040
because this is messy but if I’m going
to be doing more woad or indigo dyeing

0:58:29.040,0:58:43.350
I suppose I ought to thrift a whisk. I’m
get in green splatters everywhere. All

0:58:43.350,0:58:46.190
right, everyone has left the house. They all

0:58:46.190,0:58:52.260
decided they needed to be moving and
talking to me when I was finishing this,

0:58:52.260,0:59:02.690
but we have officially decanted the
green frothy wood liquid into containers

0:59:02.690,0:59:10.170
so these containers will sit here while
the sediment falls to the bottom and

0:59:10.170,0:59:14.480
I’ll skim the water off the top

0:59:14.530,0:59:19.600
and I’d need to look up whether I need
to add water again and let it settle

0:59:19.600,0:59:27.910
again but that it’s a bunch of
containers full of woad liquid it’s very

0:59:27.910,0:59:30.440
exciting

0:59:30.500,1:01:10.360
[Music]

1:01:16.720,1:01:28.820
It is Sunday August 18th and leaves are
falling on me. Taking it a bit easier

1:01:28.820,1:01:35.810
today. I think I overdid it with my hands
yesterday because there was hand sewing

1:01:35.810,1:01:44.020
and knitting and dyeing and spinning, kind
of doing everything yesterday which I

1:01:44.020,1:01:52.280
really shouldn’t do everything. Wear my
hands out. So I’m taking it easy today. I

1:01:52.280,1:02:00.220
finished reskeinning the yarn I reclaimed
from all those swatches that I destashed,

1:02:00.490,1:02:09.860
so those are soaking. I’ve cleaned up the
craft room. I’ve cleaned up my bedroom so

1:02:09.860,1:02:14.410
now all of the destash items are kind of

1:02:14.560,1:02:21.290
in one – in two spots but contained
within each room, which is good. So now I

1:02:21.290,1:02:26.380
am outside with the dog

1:02:30.240,1:02:37.950
and I am researching the medieval
Salazar Slytherin costume and by

1:02:37.950,1:02:41.580
researching I mean I’m rereading parts
of Of A Linear Circle to get

1:02:41.580,1:02:48.859
descriptions of Salazar’s clothing so
that I can compare to actual research

1:02:48.859,1:02:52.430
when I do that.

1:03:38.000,1:03:42.660
This dark lighting is pretty terrible
but I wanted to show you what I am

1:03:42.660,1:03:49.920
working on. I am working on my
Renaissance Fair costume vest because

1:03:49.920,1:03:54.270
that’s coming up in a couple of weeks
and I’ve been watching a lot of

1:03:54.270,1:04:00.450
Bernadette Banner videos and she does a
lot of hand sewing and it occurred to me

1:04:00.450,1:04:08.339
that hand stitching my edges where I
need to cut, you can see a little bit

1:04:08.339,1:04:16.920
right there by my thumbnail, and then hem
stitching behind that row of hand back

1:04:16.920,1:04:26.040
stitched will both secure this loosely
woven fabric but also prevent the

1:04:26.040,1:04:32.160
skewing that I get when I run hand woven
fabrics through the sewing machine. I

1:04:32.160,1:04:44.099
always get a bit of a skew because of
the feed dogs and how they pull the

1:04:44.099,1:04:53.030
fabric through so I’ve stitched and hem
stitched on either side of my basted

1:04:53.030,1:05:03.180
sewing line. I’ve got two more of these
lines to do and then I will cut them

1:05:03.180,1:05:16.020
into four panels and trace out the
curved neck and arm edges on pieces

1:05:16.020,1:06:21.180
[Music]

1:06:30.740,1:06:33.940
What’re you gonna make?

1:06:36.320,1:06:39.820
What’re you gonna make in the forge?

1:06:42.200,1:06:45.700
You’re gonna make me something?

1:06:55.250,1:07:10.310
Oh go, chase a deer, okay. Penny what are
you gonna do with a deer if you catch it?

1:07:10.310,1:07:21.010
Huh? What are you gonna do with the deer
if you catch one?

1:07:25.079,1:07:28.829
Nothing is what you’ll do.

1:07:31.319,1:07:36.869
Deer’s gone sweetie, you scared ’em off.

1:07:42.180,1:07:49.480
That’s a little bit of crazy hair. It is
Saturday August 24th first thing in the

1:07:49.480,1:07:57.160
morning, what are you doing, Penny? She’s a dog. She

1:07:57.160,1:08:01.750
wants to eat everything she finds on the
ground. I look real tired but I just woke

1:08:01.750,1:08:07.840
up and the sun is shining my face a
little bit but I’m just gonna close out

1:08:07.840,1:08:22.560
the vlog thingy here because I need to
edit this today. So yeah, hope you enjoyed

1:08:23.069,1:08:32.280
seeing some stuff I’ve been doing and
I’ll see you next time. Goodbye.

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