Episode 68: OCTOBER

 

 

Filmed on Sunday, Sept 29, 2019

Western CT Yarn Crawl!

  • This is an annual yarn crawl put on by the Western CT Yarn Council for 6-7 stores in Western CT. This year, the crawl ran from Thursday September 19 – Sunday September 22.
  • This year, the passport was free and there was a $5 tote bag designed to hold a pin from each of the seven stores.
  • Friday
    • Westport Yarns – Westport, CT
      • Didn’t buy anything at this location. It’s a smaller store in a wealthy area, so their stock is very targeted to the local clientele and is more expensive than other stores I’ve been to.
    • Nancy O – Ridgefield, CT
      • This store moved locations and the new location is really nice. It’s in this sort of plaza with lots of other small stores. It’s a larger space and this space is more handicap friendly with wider aisles inside the store. I didn’t end up buying anything at this store either, but Mom bought something.
    • A Stitch In Time – Bethel, CT
      • Gabby from Once Upon a Corgi was having her yarn crawl trunk show at this store and we ended up turning into the parking lot at the same time. Mom and I helped her set up for the day. The yarns had been out the day before, but that table needed to be cleared for knit night. I think we overwhelmed the shop staff a little because we just dove on in and got her set up.
      • Meadowcroft Dyeworks Yarn Rehab Rockshelter Sock in “Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son” – just leapt out at me and wouldn’t let me leave it behind. It’s been a while since a single skein did that for me.
    • New England Yarn and Spindle – Southington, CT
      • Usually we visit this store with the other northwestern CT stores, but the Mum Festival was happening in Bristol that weekend and the area of Bristol affected is right on our route to and from the shop. Friday during the day was likely to be less of a traffic issue than on Saturday.
      • Also, there’s an IHOP just down the street and pancakes for lunch in the best.
      • Cascade Yarns ® Heritage – 5881 — I’ve been trying to supplement specific items in my stash and when I took stock early this year, I found that I had exactly 1 light colored skein to use for contrasting colorwork.
  • Saturday
    • Stars Hollow Yarns – New Preston, CT
      • New shop! They just opened last December and it’s a nice shop. They’re currently showcasing BIPOC dyers, so they had The Farmer’s Daughter, Lady Dye Yarns, and Cashmere People front and center in the shop for the crawl. Pretty sure the whole shop was small dyer and small mill operations, but I can’t be 100% sure.
      • Just some accessibility points – There are steps to get into the store and an upstairs loft, so it wasn’t wheelchair friendly. I don’t know if they have an accessible entrance on the side or back of the building, but it wasn’t readily apparent to me. Also, the lighting upstairs in the loft is dim, so that may be an issue if you have vision considerations affected by lighting.
        • A note on this — I have, in the past, identified accessibility issues in yarns stores I’ve been to on Yarn Crawls before, but if you have questions about accessibility at the yarn stores I mention, please ask! I’d rather answer repeat questions or revisit the stores to confirm accessibility so that you don’t end up wasting your time visiting a store that you physically can’t navigate
      • The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Juicy DK “Porch Pumpkin”
      • Round Mountain Fibers Spruce Fingering “Dark Gray”
    • In Sheep’s Clothing – Torrington, CT
      • 3 balls Noro Ito for a blanket
      • PRIZE!
    • Kit & Pearls – Avon, CT
      • Finished out the crawl!

Dye Stuff

  • Indigo Dye – Used pre-reduced indigo crystals from Dharma Trading Co and followed the directions on their website. In the future, I’ll be reducing the amounts in the recipe to half or a quarter because after all these items, I was still getting strong color within 5 minutes of the materials being in the dye vat. I wasn’t in a place to store the vat properly, so I ended up disposing of a lot of good dye.
    • Fabric – would absolutely do again
      • Solid/semi-solid dye
      • Muslin shibori/resist dye – thread drawn
      • Shibori/resist dye napkins – pressed tiles
      • Shibori/resist dye other fabrics – pressed tiles
    • Yarn – like the colors, but problems rinsing out the excess indigo particles
      • Sweater Quantity Targhee
      • BFL/BFL overdye
      • Mohair dye/overdye
      • Cellulose fibers/overdye
  • Pokeberries
    • Three stalks of berries, mashed with water in the sun for two or three weeks – deep reddish purple
    • Approximately 8% alum to water in the sun for two weeks

 

FOs

  • Two stranded colorwork hat – Brother KH836e knitting machine – punch card 2D, Dial 8 – Once Upon A Corgi “Dark Like My Soul” and “Snow Scout”
  • Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry – Once Upon a Corgi Handmade yarns (Queequeg/Briny Beach,Tomorrow I Shall Be Fetterless/Lemony Snicket, Miracles and meatballs/ Ghoul Haunted Woodlands of Weir, Dark as a Crow at Night/ Dying to Burn at the Stake) – US 4/3.5 mm needle
  • Simple Seed by Toni Lipsey – Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope Worsted leftovers – US J/6 mm
  • Weaving pattern GW T001 S-XXL from GetWeaving – Sampled yarns, made a muslin, warped the loom, wove the fabric, reinforced and cut the fabric, assembled and hand-sewed – Cascade Yarns ® Ultra Pima Fine “Armada”, Classic Elite Yarns Bella Lino “Natural”, Classic Elite Yarns Firefly “Silver”, Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy “Palm Springs”, “White Beach”, and “Peacock Luck”, Plymouth Yarn Nettle Grove “31”, Schachenmayr Catania Solids “0419”, Scheepjes Catona “Emerald”
  • Altar Cloth – Ashford 24” loom, low contrast houndstooth – Cascade Yarns ® Ultra Pima Fine “Armada”, Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy “Palm Springs” and “Peacock Luck”, Schachenmayr Catania Solids “0419”

 

WIPs

  • Redford by Julie Hoover Machine Knit – Swatching and making mistakes at this point, decided to use the LK150 instead of the KH836e – Green Mountain Spinnery Lana in “Gris”
  • FAIRY RING embroidery kit by cozyblue
  • Yellow/White rolagsElectric Eel Nano wheel
  • 501st fluffsElectric Eel Nano wheel
  • Half Square Triangle Quilt – Moda 5” charm squares, HSTs trimmed to 4”, started assembling motifs

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo narr by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Race Matters by Cornel West narr by Cornel West, LD Jackson
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller narr by Frazer Douglas
  • Dracula and Carmilla by Bram Stoker, L Sheriden Le Fanu narr by Clive Hayward and Alison Larkin
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini narr by Gerard Doyle
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis narr by Michael York
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis narr by Alex Jennings

 

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it will be October which means it is

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snazzy Halloween shirt season which is

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the first year I get to do this because

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I made this shirt in like March or

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something. I don’t remember when, but it

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was early this year so huzzah for

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Halloween shirt. So we’re gonna start

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this podcast off- usually I have Podcast

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Stuff here but I don’t have any podcast

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stuff I’m going to do a recap of the

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Western Connecticut Yarn Crawl which is

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an annual Yarn Crawl in western

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Connecticut

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and this year it ran from Thursday

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September 19th through Sunday September

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22nd. This is one that my mother and I

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attend every year and we have for about

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six years now. So it’s not gonna be a

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real in-depth look at this yarn crawl

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because I’ve gone over it

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many many many times if you want to go

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through back episodes, but if you do have

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any questions about any of these stores

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please feel free to ask because it is

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festival season. People are traveling for

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festivals. They are gonna be in and around

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this area. Also Thanksgiving is coming up

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which means a lot of travel around so if

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you want to stop at any of these stores

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while you’re traveling through

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Connecticut and you have any questions

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feel free to reach out. So like I said

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this is an annual Yarn Crawl. It’s

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usually six to seven stores. There were

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seven stores this year. This year the

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passport was free. I don’t know what I

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did- no, I had to hand it in. That’s what I

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did with my passport and it’s just

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basically a piece of paper three fold

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into a little brochure thingy with the

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information of the stores, their

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addresses, what time the stores are open

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during the crawl, a place to for each

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store to stamp or mark as you visit them,

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and then places for your name, phone

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number, whatever so that you can be

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entered in to win the grand prize that

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all stores contribute towards. So the

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passport was free. In previous years it

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was $5 because it contained patterns and

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recipes and things, but they did

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something a little different this year.

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They decided to do the passport free and

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then for five dollars, you could buy

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this tote bag with a sheep on it and

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each store had their own buttons made

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this year so that you can put it on

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your tote bag. It’s wanting to look at my

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face. Stop looking at my face. You can see

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there’s there’s these little like fluff

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shapes and there were seven of them, one

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for each store. Side note if the camera

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is doing anything weird this episode,

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it’s because I’m filming on a new camera.

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I did find a good deal on a canon g7x

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mark 2 on ebay so for my project

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specific videos I have this and I wanted

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to see how it worked

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filming for the podcast.

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Yes, so five dollars for this tote bag

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and actually the the shop owner that I

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bought it from very kindly took the

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price of this bag off of what I bought

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in her shop and because she’s great.

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So yes each store had a pin with their

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logo and you could pin it to your bag as

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you went along the crawl, which was super

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cool and also made my mom and I do a lot

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of double-checking, like did my pins fall

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off? Do I have them all? Because we just

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didn’t want to lose them. Um so that was

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really cool and that’s a super cool idea

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especially if you’re a smaller crawl. The

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the one we do in June is 11 stores so

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that would get a little cumbersome to

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get a design where you could fit all 11

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stores, especially if you want to do

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something like a sheep, but for 7 stores

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that’s pretty pretty great and now I

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have this little tote bag with all these

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buttons on it. So we only did the crawl

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for two days because we’ve been to

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these stores a lot. Um so I took Friday

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off of work and we went on Saturday. So

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on Friday we served it at Westport yarns

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in Westport, Connecticut.

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I didn’t buy anything at this location. I

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was anticipating that there would be a

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trunk show because there was one written

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in the brochure passport thing, but I

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think it was only on Saturday, which I

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either didn’t read or it didn’t say. I

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don’t recall, but it’s a kind of a

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smaller store and Westport is a pretty

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expensive area so the prices in that

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store are a little higher than

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everywhere else and nothing leapt out at

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me so I didn’t end up buying anything at

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that store. And then we went to Nancy O

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in Ridgefield, Connecticut, who moved to a

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new location. It’s just down the street

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from where they were, but they’re in kind

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of a little- a little like walking plaza

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area where you park your car and then

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there’s these little avenues of shops.

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It’s a great location. It’s a bigger

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store which means the aisles are wider.

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It’s easier to get around in there. It

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could be a little tight in their old

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location especially on yarn crawl

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day, but it was really nice. I didn’t buy

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anything in this store either, but mom

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bought something so- so it didn’t feel

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like we were just like stamping and

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running. That’s the thing about these

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yarn crawls. You always feel a little bit

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guilty when you don’t buy something in

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the store, even if you know, even if

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there’s nothing that is really grabbing

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you or there’s nothing that you need

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which can be a little tricky especially

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towards the end of the year when we’re

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coming up on Rhinebeck’s in a few weeks

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and New England fiber festival is at the

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beginning of November and those are my

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two big ones, so. then we went up to A

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Stitch in Time in Bethel, Connecticut.

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Gabby from Once Upon a Corgi Yarns was

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doing a trunk show there throughout the

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weekend. She is also my sister um and we

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ended up turning into the driveway

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basically at the same time,

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which was really funny. We waved at each

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other at the stoplight from opposite

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directions and she had had the trunk

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show set up the day prior for the

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Thursday crawlers, but they do their knit

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night on Thursdays so the shop owners

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cleared the table where her stuff was

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and so- and they were so funny cuz they

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were they were like, I hope we didn’t

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mess anything up, and she was just like, I

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gotta set it all up again even if you

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did, so it’s not that big of a deal, but

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because we were there we immediately

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jumped in helped set up you know for the

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first 10 minutes of being in the store

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which I think um I think the shop owner

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forgot that she was my sister / she is

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my mother’s daughter because I feel like

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we’ve done that a couple of years now

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where it’s like no, she’s my sister there

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she’s like oh that makes sense.

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One of those things, but I did end up

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buying at A Stitch in Time in Bethel um

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because this shop really, they have a lot

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of you know your staple items that you

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need but they also do have a section for

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indie dyers and they they have Gabby’s

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yarn there a lot of the time. They have

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A Hundred Ravens which is also a local um dyer,

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I think she’s out of Massachusetts, but

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um but yeah actually likes to get indie

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dyed yarns into the shop and uh the name

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was familiar on this one but I couldn’t

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place where I’d heard it before but this

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is a skein of yarn that leapt out at me

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and that hasn’t happened in a very long

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time. A single skein has not leapt out at

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me in a long time. So this nice fall

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color. This is Meadowcroft Dyeworks Yarn

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Rehab. I think that’s- I get the

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impression that’s what they call their

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wholesale that they

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send to local yarn stores because the

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tag is ‘rehabilitation for the yarn

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bereft at your local yarn store.’ This is

0:11:35.559,0:11:40.059
the rock shelter sock base in color 61

0:11:40.059,0:11:43.410
remembrance, oh wow

0:11:43.410,0:11:47.259
Rembrandt’s- read with your eyes please.

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Pay attention, Adrian.

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Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son, so I’m guessing

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this is based off of Rembrandt

0:11:55.569,0:12:00.600
painting. Um it’s 100% superwash merino,

0:12:00.600,0:12:04.959
but these colors just screamed at me and

0:12:04.959,0:12:08.079
I couldn’t walk away from this skein of

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yarn. Can I get it to focus? Oh yes

0:12:11.459,0:12:14.980
and then Gabby helpfully reminded me that

0:12:14.980,0:12:17.170
I that she thinks I have some of this

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like rusty red color in my stash and she

0:12:22.269,0:12:25.720
may be right, so this may have friends or

0:12:25.720,0:12:27.369
maybe a single skein project. I don’t

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know and then from Bethel we swung up to

0:12:30.879,0:12:33.429
Southington, Connecticut to go

0:12:33.429,0:12:36.009
visit New England Yarn and Spindle, which

0:12:36.009,0:12:37.929
we wouldn’t normally do. Usually we do

0:12:37.929,0:12:40.179
Westport, Ridgefield, Bethel, and that’s it

0:12:40.179,0:12:43.569
for the day. Usually New England Yarn and

0:12:43.569,0:12:46.660
Spindle we do with the northern stores,

0:12:46.660,0:12:49.119
but yarn crawl weekend was the

0:12:49.119,0:12:51.670
same weekend as Bristol, Connecticut’s

0:12:51.670,0:12:58.119
Mum Festival and Bristol is between- is

0:12:58.119,0:13:01.240
between where we live and the

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Southington store. We figured the traffic

0:13:04.259,0:13:07.089
because of road closures and rerouting

0:13:07.089,0:13:09.790
around the festival would be better on

0:13:09.790,0:13:11.649
Friday during the day when a lot of

0:13:11.649,0:13:16.089
folks are in school. Um also we usually

0:13:16.089,0:13:18.279
finish up at Bethel close to lunchtime

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and there’s an IHOP just down the street

0:13:21.339,0:13:24.480
from New England Yarn and Spindle, so

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pancakes for lunch which is always good.

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And we love going to see Mary so we

0:13:36.790,0:13:38.230
wanted to make sure that we spend some

0:13:38.230,0:13:40.630
time there. I did end up buying

0:13:40.630,0:13:44.440
from Mary um she’s the shop owner. Her

0:13:44.440,0:13:46.810
store used to be in Bristol

0:13:46.810,0:13:50.890
so her store was our most local yarn

0:13:50.890,0:13:54.370
store for a long time and so we always like

0:13:54.370,0:13:56.140
to see her and catch up. I did buy this

0:13:56.140,0:14:00.190
skein of cascade heritage sock which is

0:14:00.190,0:14:04.860
75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon

0:14:04.860,0:14:08.830
and I bought this not with a particular

0:14:08.830,0:14:10.750
project in mind but my brain has been

0:14:10.750,0:14:14.950
moving towards hand knitting more

0:14:14.950,0:14:19.390
complicated things- more cables, more

0:14:19.390,0:14:21.790
color work because I do have the

0:14:21.790,0:14:25.530
machines for plain stockinette things

0:14:25.530,0:14:29.260
and when I was taking stock of my stash

0:14:29.260,0:14:31.180
earlier in the year, I did notice that I

0:14:31.180,0:14:34.600
have very very few light contrasting

0:14:34.600,0:14:37.480
colors. I have a lot of mid-tones. I have

0:14:37.480,0:14:39.670
a lot of dark tones. I do not have light

0:14:39.670,0:14:43.120
colors and this one jumped out at me. I

0:14:43.120,0:14:46.450
don’t know if the camera will really

0:14:46.450,0:14:48.550
show it because I don’t have the studio

0:14:48.550,0:14:53.800
lighting. There’s nothing really white to

0:14:53.800,0:14:57.610
hold it up against but it’s a soft soft

0:14:57.610,0:15:01.810
just barely gray. It’s not a true white

0:15:01.810,0:15:06.160
which I think would really stand out

0:15:06.160,0:15:08.110
harshly against a lot of the colors in

0:15:08.110,0:15:11.200
my stash but this kind of very soft gray

0:15:11.200,0:15:15.510
I think would work very well as a

0:15:15.510,0:15:22.180
contrasting color and I was very excited

0:15:22.180,0:15:27.130
to find that at her shop and that was

0:15:27.130,0:15:31.750
Friday. Then Saturday we went to the new

0:15:31.750,0:15:34.210
store of this crawl and that is Stars

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Hollow Yarns in New Preston, Connecticut.

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They just opened last December which is

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very exciting it’s a very nice shop and

0:15:44.920,0:15:49.450
I really wish them the best of luck.

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They are currently so showcasing-

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I don’t know if it was just for the

0:15:55.480,0:15:57.520
crawl or if it’s you know for this month

0:15:57.520,0:16:00.190
or for this quarter or whatever, but they

0:16:00.190,0:16:02.170
definitely for the crawl they were

0:16:02.170,0:16:08.830
showcasing BIPOC dyers, which was great

0:16:08.830,0:16:11.260
so they had the Farmer’s Daughter Fibers,

0:16:11.260,0:16:14.550
they had Lady Dye Yarns, and they had

0:16:14.550,0:16:18.730
Cashmere People, which is a business

0:16:18.730,0:16:26.110
started by women in- oh I’ve forgotten. Started

0:16:26.110,0:16:28.440
with the T and it ended in a stan. I

0:16:28.440,0:16:34.180
could look this up. Tajikistan and some

0:16:34.180,0:16:37.990
in Afghanistan. Yes they hand spin, they

0:16:37.990,0:16:46.590
hand dye cashmere and cashgora

0:16:46.590,0:16:50.980
goat yarns because they raised them out

0:16:50.980,0:16:56.830
there and yeah so they started a company

0:16:56.830,0:16:59.800
and they sell ethically sourced,

0:16:59.800,0:17:02.260
environmentally conscious yarns from

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Turk- Tajikistan and Afghanistan, which is

0:17:06.880,0:17:07.510
very cool.

0:17:07.510,0:17:09.790
And they had all that front and center

0:17:09.790,0:17:14.920
and that was really cool to see actually

0:17:14.920,0:17:20.470
in a shop. Just some accessibility points

0:17:20.470,0:17:21.699
because I have done this for some

0:17:21.699,0:17:25.000
previous shops. There are steps to get

0:17:25.000,0:17:28.650
into the store so if you are

0:17:28.650,0:17:30.070
wheelchair-bound,

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I didn’t see any entrances where you

0:17:33.250,0:17:34.540
didn’t need steps. That doesn’t mean

0:17:34.540,0:17:36.070
there aren’t any, I just didn’t see them

0:17:36.070,0:17:44.590
as I was going in and for folks who can

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do a few steps. There is a second floor

0:17:47.410,0:17:50.380
to this shop that is only accessible by

0:17:50.380,0:17:53.730
staircase. Now the shop owners are

0:17:53.730,0:17:56.440
extremely nice and I’m sure they would

0:17:56.440,0:17:58.240
help you with anything that was on that

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floor if you need it but that is a

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factor to consider. Also if you have any

0:18:05.730,0:18:07.929
vision considerations

0:18:07.929,0:18:12.940
the second floor is darker

0:18:12.940,0:18:17.289
than the rest of the floor. It’s kind of

0:18:17.289,0:18:20.440
a little bit in the eaves up there and

0:18:20.440,0:18:24.549
the lighting is kind of dim. I found it

0:18:24.549,0:18:28.929
hard to differentiate some colors and my

0:18:28.929,0:18:34.289
eyes are 20/20 with no colorblindness so

0:18:34.289,0:18:36.940
you know for folks who can go up and

0:18:36.940,0:18:39.309
down the stairs that’s not a big problem

0:18:39.309,0:18:41.440
because the light is great in the rest

0:18:41.440,0:18:44.139
of the store, but it is something to be

0:18:44.139,0:18:52.179
aware of. I think that’s it. Is that it in

0:18:52.179,0:18:57.220
my notes? Yes there could be other things

0:18:57.220,0:18:58.960
that I didn’t notice, but those are the

0:18:58.960,0:19:01.899
ones that I noticed right away and a

0:19:01.899,0:19:04.269
note on accessibility in these yarn

0:19:04.269,0:19:07.090
stores that I t- that I talked about I

0:19:07.090,0:19:09.909
have in the past. I think most of them

0:19:09.909,0:19:13.210
talked about accessibility in the stores

0:19:13.210,0:19:17.490
at least from a wheelchair perspective

0:19:17.490,0:19:21.129
because that’s I think the most obvious

0:19:21.129,0:19:27.100
one that I can see, especially if I’m

0:19:27.100,0:19:29.769
just running into the store or I’ve been

0:19:29.769,0:19:31.330
there for the first time and therefore

0:19:31.330,0:19:34.330
I’m a little overwhelmed, but if you have

0:19:34.330,0:19:36.220
any questions, if you have any concerns

0:19:36.220,0:19:38.139
about accessibility- physical

0:19:38.139,0:19:40.869
accessibility to these stores and you’d

0:19:40.869,0:19:42.850
like more information before visiting

0:19:42.850,0:19:45.129
them, please feel free to reach out and

0:19:45.129,0:19:50.429
ask. You can DM me on Instagram,

0:19:50.429,0:19:52.840
theoretically there’s a DM function here

0:19:52.840,0:19:55.080
but I don’t know how it works but um

0:19:55.080,0:19:57.809
0:19:57.809,0:20:00.279
Instagram is probably your best bet. Feel

0:20:00.279,0:20:03.490
free to reach out to me if it’s a store

0:20:03.490,0:20:05.019
that I’ve been to on the Yarn Crawl and

0:20:05.019,0:20:08.399
you have questions because I’d rather

0:20:08.399,0:20:12.009
answer repeat questions and I’d rather

0:20:12.009,0:20:14.470
if I have to take another visit to the

0:20:14.470,0:20:16.480
store to take some pictures or ask some

0:20:16.480,0:20:18.429
questions of the shop owners rather than

0:20:18.429,0:20:21.910
you wasting time getting to someplace

0:20:21.910,0:20:26.800
that you can’t actually navigate if that

0:20:26.800,0:20:27.490
makes sense.

0:20:27.490,0:20:32.100
so if you have any questions about

0:20:32.100,0:20:36.190
anything- that’s a little broad but if you

0:20:36.190,0:20:37.660
have specific questions about

0:20:37.660,0:20:39.040
accessibility at these locations

0:20:39.040,0:20:41.260
especially the Western Connecticut Yarn

0:20:41.260,0:20:43.540
Crawl stores. I can get to any of them

0:20:43.540,0:20:45.730
easily to double check things for you, so

0:20:45.730,0:20:49.090
just let me know.

0:20:49.090,0:20:54.400
I did buy- five by- I did buy yarns at

0:20:54.400,0:20:58.410
Stars Hollow Yarns. I did buy some

0:20:58.410,0:21:00.820
Farmer’s Daughter Fibers because I’ve

0:21:00.820,0:21:05.110
been kind of keeping an eye on her

0:21:05.110,0:21:10.120
Instagram feed. This is her juicy DK base

0:21:10.120,0:21:13.750
which is 100% superwash merino in the

0:21:13.750,0:21:19.180
color porch pumpkin and it’s this

0:21:19.180,0:21:21.100
beautiful burnt orange. You can tell it’s

0:21:21.100,0:21:23.730
a- it’s not a bright orange like my shirt.

0:21:23.730,0:21:26.970
It’s more of like a fall leaves orange,

0:21:26.970,0:21:30.070
which is great. This will probably end up

0:21:30.070,0:21:32.080
being a texture hat which is like the

0:21:32.080,0:21:35.620
dream I had when I picked it up in the

0:21:35.620,0:21:41.950
store and then I also bought some Round

0:21:41.950,0:21:44.650
Mountain Fibers which is a hand dyer

0:21:44.650,0:21:47.350
from Vermont that I hadn’t heard of. It’s

0:21:47.350,0:21:51.250
just this a 100% superwash merino in a

0:21:51.250,0:21:54.220
dark gray. It’s nearly black, like it

0:21:54.220,0:21:57.390
looks pretty black against my shirt,

0:21:57.390,0:21:59.710
because I was on a hunt for black

0:21:59.710,0:22:01.420
fingering weight yarn on this crawl and

0:22:01.420,0:22:08.800
nobody seemed to have it. I’m guessing

0:22:08.800,0:22:10.800
it’s just one of those things where it’s

0:22:10.800,0:22:15.010
so obvious to have that you don’t think

0:22:15.010,0:22:17.500
about it all the time. It was just very

0:22:17.500,0:22:21.970
weird that nobody had anything because

0:22:21.970,0:22:25.200
there is a color work hat in my queue

0:22:25.200,0:22:32.830
that is done I want to say it’s like

0:22:32.830,0:22:35.390
little little trees

0:22:35.390,0:22:38.870
but I have this leftover from a sweater

0:22:38.870,0:22:40.580
project

0:22:40.580,0:22:44.630
this is Grinning Gargoyles in the shiny

0:22:44.630,0:22:47.120
penny color way that I wanted a little

0:22:47.120,0:22:49.790
trees in with a black or a dark gray

0:22:49.790,0:22:51.380
background and I think this would work

0:22:51.380,0:22:57.350
really well for that color work. So

0:22:57.350,0:23:01.760
that’s the plan there. Get all these

0:23:01.760,0:23:08.570
yarns out of the way, yes.

0:23:08.570,0:23:10.070
So we did spend a lot of time in that

0:23:10.070,0:23:12.200
store just exploring because it was a

0:23:12.200,0:23:17.690
new store which is always fun and then

0:23:17.690,0:23:20.660
we went over to In Sheep’s Clothing and

0:23:20.660,0:23:25.750
Torrington, Connecticut which is our

0:23:25.750,0:23:33.620
closest by drive time yarn store now. Our

0:23:33.620,0:23:35.240
local yarn store was New England yarn

0:23:35.240,0:23:39.590
and spindle you so yes so we’re very

0:23:39.590,0:23:45.530
familiar with her store and she’s had

0:23:45.530,0:23:48.470
the Noro yarns before but I think there

0:23:48.470,0:23:53.059
was a new Noro book out recently so she

0:23:53.059,0:23:54.650
had a lot of stock and she had a lot of

0:23:54.650,0:23:58.850
samples in Noro yarn and I’d seen it

0:23:58.850,0:24:01.220
crocheted in one of the previous yarn

0:24:01.220,0:24:04.370
stores and it just kept niggling at the

0:24:04.370,0:24:08.590
back of my brain so I bought three of

0:24:08.590,0:24:18.320
these Noro Ito yarns. Now as a rule I

0:24:18.320,0:24:23.270
don’t like singles, but it just looks so

0:24:23.270,0:24:28.700
good crocheted that I’m gonna crochet a

0:24:28.700,0:24:32.150
blanket with this. So they’re kind of a

0:24:32.150,0:24:36.530
fade. See I can hold all three of these

0:24:36.530,0:24:40.610
at once. So they’re kind of fade colors.

0:24:40.610,0:24:42.530
This one is showing much darker on

0:24:42.530,0:24:46.610
camera than it is in real life, but like

0:24:46.610,0:24:48.999
there’s a mostly green, one a

0:24:48.999,0:24:57.549
kind of greens and purple one, and then a

0:24:57.549,0:25:00.659
mostly purple one

0:25:00.659,0:25:03.459
so that was my big splurge of the yarn

0:25:03.459,0:25:08.319
crawl. The only justification I have is

0:25:08.319,0:25:11.199
I’m on the last couple of magic cakes

0:25:11.199,0:25:15.399
for the granny stripe blanket and so the

0:25:15.399,0:25:20.229
end is in sight and that’ll be my next

0:25:20.229,0:25:22.269
crochet blanket pattern. And then I also

0:25:22.269,0:25:27.219
won a prize because most of the stores

0:25:27.219,0:25:30.719
have their own daily prize drawings or

0:25:30.719,0:25:32.769
they’ve got a bunch of prizes that

0:25:32.769,0:25:33.969
they’ll draw at the end of the yarn

0:25:33.969,0:25:38.649
crawl and my mom went to go pick it up

0:25:38.649,0:25:41.559
for me because I’m working during all

0:25:41.559,0:25:44.469
the shop hours and so she got to pick my

0:25:44.469,0:25:51.179
prize and she picked this sock yarn.

0:25:51.179,0:25:54.809
Sorry the light is reflecting so much

0:25:54.809,0:26:02.019
kind of blues and grays with a basic toe

0:26:02.019,0:26:05.349
up sock and I think I’m gonna do a

0:26:05.349,0:26:11.769
giveaway with this kind of towards the

0:26:11.769,0:26:15.519
end of November. Watch my Instagram for

0:26:15.519,0:26:17.169
it because I don’t know when my November

0:26:17.169,0:26:23.619
episode is going live because I think

0:26:23.619,0:26:26.529
this would be a good seasonal winter

0:26:26.529,0:26:30.129
stock if you want to join in any of

0:26:30.129,0:26:32.889
those festive sock knit alongs

0:26:32.889,0:26:37.889
and you’re not a christmas color person.

0:26:37.889,0:26:41.109
So yeah it comes with a a basic toe up

0:26:41.109,0:26:48.039
sock pattern by universal yarns. I don’t

0:26:48.039,0:26:49.989
know if this is gonna focus, but that’s the

0:26:49.989,0:26:59.139
yarn company and pretty cool. And then we

0:26:59.139,0:27:02.349
finished up at Knit and Pearls in Avon,

0:27:02.349,0:27:05.199
Connecticut. They’re a great store. They

0:27:05.199,0:27:06.819
always give you a little goodie bag with

0:27:06.819,0:27:09.789
snacks in it, so the pin was in there, a

0:27:09.789,0:27:12.759
coupon, and there’s usually like a couple

0:27:12.759,0:27:14.559
of Hershey kisses or a couple of you

0:27:14.559,0:27:17.259
know like mini like a Hershey and

0:27:17.259,0:27:20.679
crackle. Some years they give tea but I

0:27:20.679,0:27:21.849
don’t know if they’re doing the tea

0:27:21.849,0:27:24.909
anymore. It wasn’t in our little goodie

0:27:24.909,0:27:25.569
bag,

0:27:25.569,0:27:30.039
but um yeah I was good to see them. It

0:27:30.039,0:27:33.729
was- they had a trunk show going. I can’t

0:27:33.729,0:27:34.809
remember the name of the yarn company

0:27:34.809,0:27:39.549
now, but they also carry needle felting

0:27:39.549,0:27:46.119
supplies and mom got a santa from Going

0:27:46.119,0:27:49.389
Gnome. so we turned in our passports and

0:27:49.389,0:27:54.849
we were done with the crawl. I love that

0:27:54.849,0:27:57.819
yarn crawl. It’s a nice little especially

0:27:57.819,0:28:00.129
since we have been to the stores so

0:28:00.129,0:28:02.919
often now, it’s like a familiar little

0:28:02.919,0:28:06.129
routine even if we don’t spend a huge

0:28:06.129,0:28:09.909
ton of time doing this crawl or even in

0:28:09.909,0:28:11.409
the shops because we’ve been there so

0:28:11.409,0:28:19.419
often, but yeah it’s super fun. And if a

0:28:19.419,0:28:21.519
yarn crawl in your area is doable for

0:28:21.519,0:28:29.139
you, I recommend the experience. It- they

0:28:29.139,0:28:32.979
kind of- its kind of like yarn store open

0:28:32.979,0:28:36.429
house where they you know they do

0:28:36.429,0:28:38.979
special things for the crawl, at least

0:28:38.979,0:28:42.729
for the yarn crawls that I’ve been on, so

0:28:42.729,0:28:44.739
that’s really fun to do. So the next

0:28:44.739,0:28:47.979
thing in my notes is Dye Stuff and I

0:28:47.979,0:28:53.759
have a huge box of dye stuff to show you.

0:28:53.759,0:28:59.949
I did my first indigo dye a couple of

0:28:59.949,0:29:02.559
weeks ago. I used pre reduced indigo

0:29:02.559,0:29:04.689
crystals from Dharma Trading

0:29:04.689,0:29:07.539
Company because it’s a very quick prep

0:29:07.539,0:29:09.629
time as opposed to a traditional

0:29:09.629,0:29:12.870
fermentation process.

0:29:12.870,0:29:16.390
In the future I will be reducing the

0:29:16.390,0:29:21.360
amounts in the recipe on the Dharma

0:29:21.360,0:29:30.220
website because I could have, if I had

0:29:30.220,0:29:32.169
the energy and the materials to keep

0:29:32.169,0:29:35.610
going, I could have kept dyeing probably

0:29:35.610,0:29:39.880
another amount of stuff as this that I’m

0:29:39.880,0:29:42.910
about to show you. So I- and I don’t

0:29:42.910,0:29:46.230
currently have a way of keeping a vat

0:29:46.230,0:29:54.640
viable so I ended up disposing of a

0:29:54.640,0:29:58.240
pretty active dye vat still which is a

0:29:58.240,0:30:03.520
shame but if you can’t continue, you

0:30:03.520,0:30:09.429
cannot continue. So I would do either a

0:30:09.429,0:30:11.830
half or even a quarter of the amounts

0:30:11.830,0:30:15.549
that is in the recipe on Dharma. I used a

0:30:15.549,0:30:17.320
five-gallon bucket that I got at Home

0:30:17.320,0:30:23.620
Depot for a couple bucks and yeah cuz

0:30:23.620,0:30:25.390
I’m about to show you a truly absurd

0:30:25.390,0:30:31.210
amount of things for one day of indigo

0:30:31.210,0:30:33.730
dyeing. So the first thing I’m going to

0:30:33.730,0:30:36.429
show you is fabric. Fabric would

0:30:36.429,0:30:43.410
absolutely do indigo dyeing again. It’s a

0:30:43.410,0:30:46.000
relatively straightforward dye process

0:30:46.000,0:30:50.260
and then the hard part, the rinsing out

0:30:50.260,0:30:53.110
of the excess indigo particles, is really

0:30:53.110,0:30:56.290
easy if you have a washing machine so I

0:30:56.290,0:31:00.370
did for- I just threw all the fabrics in

0:31:00.370,0:31:01.299
the washing machine.

0:31:01.299,0:31:09.160
I did a hot cold wash longest setting, put

0:31:09.160,0:31:15.309
them in the dryer on high heat, and then

0:31:15.309,0:31:17.260
I did another hot cold wash and then I

0:31:17.260,0:31:18.880
put him back in the dryer on high heat

0:31:18.880,0:31:24.790
and I did a crock test with one of these

0:31:24.790,0:31:26.440
pieces of fabric that was

0:31:26.440,0:31:27.970
small enough that I could just fold it

0:31:27.970,0:31:31.809
and like stick it like in the waistband

0:31:31.809,0:31:34.720
of my jeans to see if it would rub off

0:31:34.720,0:31:38.799
blue on me and it didn’t, so fabrics are

0:31:38.799,0:31:43.029
good. So I did a bunch of solid,

0:31:43.029,0:31:46.629
semi-solid dye the biggest of which is

0:31:46.629,0:31:51.549
this raw silk noil fabric I got from

0:31:51.549,0:31:57.429
Dharma Trading Company. It’s not quite

0:31:57.429,0:31:59.139
solid because it was a huge piece of

0:31:59.139,0:32:01.210
fabric to be shoving into a five-gallon

0:32:01.210,0:32:04.090
bucket. I did have to dye the middle a

0:32:04.090,0:32:07.090
second time because it was- it didn’t

0:32:07.090,0:32:09.669
really pick up any dye but it’s this

0:32:09.669,0:32:16.809
nice sort of semi semi solid dye. There’s

0:32:16.809,0:32:20.679
some really nice spots like this where

0:32:20.679,0:32:22.720
like some of it was dyed twice and some

0:32:22.720,0:32:26.590
of it wasn’t. This is destined-

0:32:26.590,0:32:30.899
destined to become a shirt at one point,

0:32:30.899,0:32:35.080
likely button-down shirt like a casual

0:32:35.080,0:32:40.960
casual button-down shirt because this is

0:32:40.960,0:32:45.059
a rough textured fabric, you can see it –

0:32:45.059,0:32:52.840
Stop looking at my face camera. So that’s

0:32:52.840,0:32:58.690
the first thing

0:32:58.690,0:33:04.180
and then I’ve got these. A lot of them

0:33:04.180,0:33:06.310
are these just little scrap piece- sorry

0:33:06.310,0:33:08.800
the lighting is so weird. I’m not using the

0:33:08.800,0:33:11.080
studio lights today because it’s sunny

0:33:11.080,0:33:16.990
enough. Yeah some of these are cotton.

0:33:16.990,0:33:41.440
Some of these are linen. Here’s a linen.

0:33:41.440,0:33:44.290
A bunch of them, some of them were

0:33:44.290,0:33:47.380
previously dyed with other things and

0:33:47.380,0:33:50.830
this one’s not the best, but I didn’t

0:33:50.830,0:33:53.740
like what it was before so blue was

0:33:53.740,0:33:59.500
better than what it was before and this

0:33:59.500,0:34:01.740
one I- I think this one is one I just

0:34:01.740,0:34:03.910
put in the vat and then walked away

0:34:03.910,0:34:07.230
because I had to do other management of

0:34:07.230,0:34:10.360
dye materials so there was like an air

0:34:10.360,0:34:19.929
bubble at the top. These all came out a

0:34:19.929,0:34:22.600
beautiful color. They’re all lighter than

0:34:22.600,0:34:24.340
what they looked like before going into

0:34:24.340,0:34:30.389
the wash, but um but it’s a beautiful,

0:34:30.389,0:34:34.600
beautiful blue and it’s funny because

0:34:34.600,0:34:38.230
the association with this color now in

0:34:38.230,0:34:41.620
2019 is, oh it’s a lovely denim blue. Well

0:34:41.620,0:34:43.960
denim is this color because it used to

0:34:43.960,0:34:46.960
be dyed with indigo so it’s just funny

0:34:46.960,0:34:50.980
that like this the sssociation in the

0:34:50.980,0:34:53.950
modern day is backwards. This- this is an

0:34:53.950,0:34:59.170
indigo blue that denim happens to be the

0:34:59.170,0:35:00.760
color of because it was dyed with

0:35:00.760,0:35:03.430
indigo back in the day. It’s not anymore but

0:35:03.430,0:35:09.400
back in the day and then my notes fell

0:35:09.400,0:35:16.780
asleep. Let’s wake them up and then I

0:35:16.780,0:35:23.070
also did a sort of shibori resist dye

0:35:23.070,0:35:28.630
with drawn threads on this muslin that I

0:35:28.630,0:35:35.200
had made for my weaving project because

0:35:35.200,0:35:38.220
I just did a running stitch up

0:35:38.220,0:35:43.570
vertically in a bunch of places and it

0:35:43.570,0:35:46.780
turned out really good I did end up

0:35:46.780,0:35:49.030
altering the sides because the side was

0:35:49.030,0:35:55.620
a little too wide at the armhole

0:35:55.620,0:35:58.030
so it looks a little bit different than

0:35:58.030,0:36:03.000
when I pulled it fresh out of the vat but

0:36:03.000,0:36:05.530
this is very wearable and I’m glad I

0:36:05.530,0:36:08.320
saved this muslin because now it’s a

0:36:08.320,0:36:13.270
cool shirt I can just wear and knock

0:36:13.270,0:36:18.460
something off this little table. So if you

0:36:18.460,0:36:20.740
are planning on experimenting with dyeing

0:36:20.740,0:36:22.750
and you’re also a sewist with muslins

0:36:22.750,0:36:26.080
hanging around and they fit you, that’s a

0:36:26.080,0:36:29.110
cool way to kind of get double duty out

0:36:29.110,0:36:31.690
of those muslins. Hang on, let me pick up

0:36:31.690,0:36:34.360
the thing that I dropped without

0:36:34.360,0:36:46.390
dropping everything else. And then I did

0:36:46.390,0:36:51.970
a bunch of other sort of shibori slash

0:36:51.970,0:36:55.570
resist dyes. I don’t know if there are

0:36:55.570,0:36:59.320
specific techniques related to shibori

0:36:59.320,0:37:01.180
so I don’t want to just say shibori,

0:37:01.180,0:37:07.570
but um resist dye techniques and a lot

0:37:07.570,0:37:09.720
of them- because I could do a lot of

0:37:09.720,0:37:12.970
pieces all at once because I took a

0:37:12.970,0:37:19.120
bunch of the previously dyed linens and

0:37:19.120,0:37:22.270
cottons and played around with over

0:37:22.270,0:37:24.070
dyeing them with the indigo. So I’ve got

0:37:24.070,0:37:27.640
this set of four. These were previously

0:37:27.640,0:37:34.720
dyed with, I don’t know specifically what,

0:37:34.720,0:37:37.330
but things that turned out either just

0:37:37.330,0:37:41.950
just off-white or a very light yellow or

0:37:41.950,0:37:47.310
a light tan and I just did a simple fold

0:37:47.310,0:37:56.800
and then I used- I used sample laminate

0:37:56.800,0:37:59.170
flooring squares from Home Depot that

0:37:59.170,0:38:03.580
you can get for free. This one was one

0:38:03.580,0:38:05.770
close to the top so you can see the size

0:38:05.770,0:38:07.330
of that

0:38:07.330,0:38:10.120
square. I’ll say it’s like a four inch

0:38:10.120,0:38:17.020
square. So these four linens with the

0:38:17.020,0:38:21.940
resist dye are going to be trimmed and

0:38:21.940,0:38:26.320
hemmed and made into napkins because I

0:38:26.320,0:38:27.820
really like how they turned out and I

0:38:27.820,0:38:31.660
have a set of indigo dyed napkins that I

0:38:31.660,0:38:37.210
currently use in my lunchbox for work so

0:38:37.210,0:38:41.080
it would be nice to have some linen

0:38:41.080,0:38:49.300
companions to those cotton ones. Fold

0:38:49.300,0:38:59.080
these back up and then these are the

0:38:59.080,0:39:05.410
rest of my resist dyes. One of these this

0:39:05.410,0:39:09.760
one was in the same bundle as those

0:39:09.760,0:39:19.900
napkins, but I don’t know. I just felt

0:39:19.900,0:39:22.630
like this was the odd one out of the set

0:39:22.630,0:39:26.170
so I’ll use that for something else. What

0:39:26.170,0:39:32.170
else did I have? I did some…

0:39:32.170,0:39:43.650
0:39:43.650,0:39:46.109
I kind of did a fold and then folded it

0:39:46.109,0:39:50.549
into a triangle and put the two squares

0:39:50.549,0:39:56.369
kind of off-center like in the middle so

0:39:56.369,0:39:57.689
there was a point sticking out and the

0:39:57.689,0:40:00.869
ends sticking out the other side. So I

0:40:00.869,0:40:05.670
got some pretty cool resist dye patterns

0:40:05.670,0:40:16.319
that way. This was previously dyed with

0:40:16.319,0:40:27.199
just some rusty nails.

0:40:27.199,0:40:31.920
I’ll fold that later and then there’s

0:40:31.920,0:40:39.539
this one. This one didn’t get a whole lot

0:40:39.539,0:40:42.809
of dye, but it does have a cool kind of

0:40:42.809,0:40:44.759
gradient effect where you get less and

0:40:44.759,0:40:48.420
less dye because of how I folded it.

0:40:48.420,0:40:53.009
Oh, completely out of focus. Let that go.

0:40:53.009,0:41:03.900
Okay, let’s move it a little slower.

0:41:03.900,0:41:09.010
That’s better and that’s all the fabrics,

0:41:09.010,0:41:15.210
but I would definitely dye fabric again

0:41:15.210,0:41:18.390
and then I dyed a whole bunch of yarn

0:41:18.390,0:41:22.060
which I’m less enthused about. Not

0:41:22.060,0:41:24.250
because of the colors, love the colors,

0:41:24.250,0:41:31.180
but the rinsing is kind of torture. So

0:41:31.180,0:41:35.140
I did a sweaters quantity of this Targhee

0:41:35.140,0:41:38.020
from Green Mountain Spinnery. It’s

0:41:38.020,0:41:41.350
a bunch of stock that they had up for

0:41:41.350,0:41:44.590
sale a couple of years ago, so I bought

0:41:44.590,0:41:46.870
it. I think half price. So I have five

0:41:46.870,0:41:52.560
skeins of this and this targhee is

0:41:52.560,0:41:59.170
pretty lanolin-y and I’m still getting

0:41:59.170,0:42:02.790
blue hands just with minimal handling of

0:42:02.790,0:42:09.820
this yarn. So I think- my hypothesis is it

0:42:09.820,0:42:12.810
needs to do some more hot water rinsing

0:42:12.810,0:42:15.520
because I think the lanolin is holding

0:42:15.520,0:42:21.940
on to the extra dye particles, which

0:42:21.940,0:42:23.620
means if I were to make a garment out of

0:42:23.620,0:42:29.220
this now and wear it I would be blue,

0:42:29.220,0:42:37.660
which is not ideal. See? Can you see on

0:42:37.660,0:42:44.890
the camera? Like my fingertips are blue

0:42:44.890,0:42:53.790
just from this yarn.

0:42:53.790,0:42:56.310
I mean it’s not as bad as it was, but

0:42:56.310,0:43:00.990
it’s still blue fingertips just from

0:43:00.990,0:43:04.710
picking up this yarn. So that’s my

0:43:04.710,0:43:06.510
hypothesis that I need some more hot

0:43:06.510,0:43:09.180
water rinsing. If you are an experienced

0:43:09.180,0:43:10.770
indigo dyer and you happen to be

0:43:10.770,0:43:14.120
watching this and you’ve worked with

0:43:14.120,0:43:17.040
sheepy sheepy yarns with your indigo

0:43:17.040,0:43:23.420
dyeing, please give me some advice because

0:43:23.420,0:43:39.020
so much rinsing. So blue. I also dyed,

0:43:39.020,0:43:44.070
well I over dyed some BFL. I over dyed

0:43:44.070,0:43:50.130
this skein of BFL and this I mean it

0:43:50.130,0:43:51.870
turns my hands a little bit blue but not

0:43:51.870,0:43:55.680
as bad as the targhee. This was previously

0:43:55.680,0:44:02.040
dyed a yellow. Not a great yellow though

0:44:02.040,0:44:10.350
so there are some green parts, but it’s

0:44:10.350,0:44:14.540
not a full green

0:44:14.540,0:44:18.320
and then I had two minis from my woad

0:44:18.320,0:44:22.900
dyeing. After washing the woad dye, the

0:44:22.900,0:44:26.960
BFL tweed wasn’t blue at all so I just

0:44:26.960,0:44:33.620
over dyed it blue and then the regular

0:44:33.620,0:44:36.140
bfl was still a little bit blue so I

0:44:36.140,0:44:41.530
left a little bit of the woad visible.

0:44:41.530,0:44:47.420
Camera. No I don’t want you to focus on

0:44:47.420,0:44:50.710
my face. I want you to focus on this.

0:44:50.710,0:44:53.020
There we go.

0:44:53.020,0:44:55.280
So you can see there’s a little bit of

0:44:55.280,0:44:58.760
blue from the woad and then I just kind

0:44:58.760,0:45:03.380
of dip dyed the rest in the indigo, so I

0:45:03.380,0:45:06.470
just have this little bit here that’s

0:45:06.470,0:45:10.490
woad because my woad didn’t have a whole

0:45:10.490,0:45:13.550
lot of pigment and then I over dyed this

0:45:13.550,0:45:17.360
hand spun skein of masham. I think it

0:45:17.360,0:45:21.770
is- it was a light gray so I don’t know

0:45:21.770,0:45:24.470
if this camera’s gonna really show it,

0:45:24.470,0:45:26.690
but it does hold the color a little bit

0:45:26.690,0:45:29.510
differently than the BFL because the BFL

0:45:29.510,0:45:35.480
was white and this was a light gray and

0:45:35.480,0:45:39.590
then I dyed my mohair skeins that I

0:45:39.590,0:45:41.960
bought at Connecticut Sheep and Wool

0:45:41.960,0:45:46.490
from Cold Goats Farm. One of them

0:45:46.490,0:45:50.240
was part of the onion dye, so that turned

0:45:50.240,0:45:58.700
out this lovely green, which I don’t know

0:45:58.700,0:46:00.260
if it’s gonna focus on because mohair is

0:46:00.260,0:46:08.040
so fuzzy. Oh hey, look at that.

0:46:08.040,0:46:12.150
This lovely green and my show notes

0:46:12.150,0:46:20.370
are asleep. Wakey-wakey, and then there

0:46:20.370,0:46:24.810
was this kind of light gray mohair which

0:46:24.810,0:46:29.520
I dyed blue and this white mohair which

0:46:29.520,0:46:33.180
I dyed blue. All distinctly different

0:46:33.180,0:46:35.730
colors. I’m very pleased to have this

0:46:35.730,0:46:37.080
green turned out, but I’m also very

0:46:37.080,0:46:39.630
pleased with how these other skeins

0:46:39.630,0:46:42.990
turned out. They’ll likely be used in

0:46:42.990,0:46:44.310
something together,

0:46:44.310,0:46:53.100
possibly weaving project and then I over

0:46:53.100,0:46:58.020
dyed a bunch of cotton, some sugarcane,

0:46:58.020,0:47:00.750
and some bamboo fibers that had all

0:47:00.750,0:47:04.590
previously been dyed something else that

0:47:04.590,0:47:16.020
was just kind of meh because I do have

0:47:16.020,0:47:18.980
a bin of a lot of slightly off white

0:47:18.980,0:47:22.470
cotton samples skeins so I just dyed a

0:47:22.470,0:47:32.820
whole bunch of them with the indigo. Why

0:47:32.820,0:47:36.900
do these all feel slightly damp? That’s

0:47:36.900,0:47:42.810
no good. I’ll have to let them hang out

0:47:42.810,0:47:45.990
to dry. But yeah

0:47:45.990,0:47:47.570
none of them are very evenly coated

0:47:47.570,0:47:52.110
because the cellulose fibers, when

0:47:52.110,0:47:56.190
they’re wet, they like to cling to each

0:47:56.190,0:48:00.990
other and not separate, especially the

0:48:00.990,0:48:07.590
sugarcane. There were still parts even

0:48:07.590,0:48:09.480
when I brought it in to rinse were if I

0:48:09.480,0:48:11.460
opened it up it was still green and it

0:48:11.460,0:48:17.850
needed to oxidize. It was very weird. So

0:48:17.850,0:48:20.980
yeah, that’s a lot

0:48:20.980,0:48:24.100
There’s a lot of indigo

0:48:24.100,0:48:27.150
dyeing and then I did a little bit of

0:48:27.150,0:48:30.640
pokeberry dying because Caleisha from

0:48:30.640,0:48:33.280
the Quirky Monday Craft Cast did a

0:48:33.280,0:48:34.900
little bit of experimenting with solar

0:48:34.900,0:48:40.420
dyeing with pokeberries. I just did one

0:48:40.420,0:48:44.440
mini skein of BFL. I had three or four

0:48:44.440,0:48:47.500
stalks of berries that I just mashed

0:48:47.500,0:48:51.070
with water. I put some wet- the- the wet

0:48:51.070,0:48:53.260
mini skein in and I left it outside for

0:48:53.260,0:48:57.040
I want to say two or three weeks. It

0:48:57.040,0:49:00.700
turned a deep reddish purple, but that’s

0:49:00.700,0:49:02.980
not the color it stayed. I then rinsed it

0:49:02.980,0:49:08.140
out and added approximately eight

0:49:08.140,0:49:10.360
percent of the weight of the skein of

0:49:10.360,0:49:12.730
alum to the water left it in the Sun for

0:49:12.730,0:49:15.460
two weeks and this is the color that it

0:49:15.460,0:49:18.700
is now. I don’t know if the if it’s

0:49:18.700,0:49:22.120
this color because of the alum or if

0:49:22.120,0:49:24.610
it’s because it was out in the Sun for

0:49:24.610,0:49:29.760
an additional two weeks because

0:49:29.760,0:49:32.110
everywhere I’ve read says that pokeberry

0:49:32.110,0:49:36.810
dyes are not light fast dyes. They fade,

0:49:36.810,0:49:41.350
um so it could be just because this had

0:49:41.350,0:49:46.420
sun exposure for two weeks, it faded the

0:49:46.420,0:49:50.860
purple color, but it ended up this weird

0:49:50.860,0:49:57.340
kind of gray which I’m not mad about. I

0:49:57.340,0:50:03.880
just didn’t expect it.

0:50:03.880,0:50:07.510
So that’s all my dye experimentation.

0:50:07.510,0:50:09.619
Hopefully the rest of this podcast

0:50:09.619,0:50:13.940
episode won’t take too long to talk

0:50:13.940,0:50:16.490
about, but first I’m gonna go wash my

0:50:16.490,0:50:18.950
hands before I touch anything with my

0:50:18.950,0:50:22.880
blue fingertips. Onto the rest of the

0:50:22.880,0:50:25.579
crafty stuff. First thing is finished

0:50:25.579,0:50:28.609
objects which is very exciting because I

0:50:28.609,0:50:34.609
have made a concert- conscious. So the

0:50:34.609,0:50:36.680
first thing is finished objects which is

0:50:36.680,0:50:38.150
very exciting because I have made a

0:50:38.150,0:50:41.930
conscious effort to finish a bunch of

0:50:41.930,0:50:44.240
things so first thing I’m going to show

0:50:44.240,0:50:47.450
you is a two stranded colorwork hat. I

0:50:47.450,0:50:49.279
may have shown this to you in the vlog

0:50:49.279,0:50:52.910
episode last month, but if I did you get

0:50:52.910,0:50:57.950
to see it again. This is the hat. This is

0:50:57.950,0:51:02.869
a machine knit on my brother kh836e

0:51:02.869,0:51:05.089
knitting machine, so it was knit flat

0:51:05.089,0:51:09.049
and then seamed up the back.

0:51:09.049,0:51:15.470
It’s a folded brim. I did the color work

0:51:15.470,0:51:19.160
with a punch card because the 836e

0:51:19.160,0:51:21.380
is a punch card machine and then I did

0:51:21.380,0:51:26.089
four center double decrease points for

0:51:26.089,0:51:29.240
the crown of the hat because four is an

0:51:29.240,0:51:30.980
easier number to keep track of than

0:51:30.980,0:51:33.740
eight when you’re working across that

0:51:33.740,0:51:36.769
many stitches flat on a machine where you

0:51:36.769,0:51:38.690
have to count where all your decreases are

0:51:38.690,0:51:43.910
and then move the stitches in. I do use a

0:51:43.910,0:51:47.269
garter bar to take off the work and then

0:51:47.269,0:51:50.390
rehang it when doing decreases because

0:51:50.390,0:51:51.829
you can’t just leave needles out of work.

0:51:51.829,0:51:56.089
You’ll end up with holes. So this is the

0:51:56.089,0:51:59.150
Hat these are both Once Upon a corgi

0:51:59.150,0:52:03.170
yarns the blue is Dark Like My Soul and

0:52:03.170,0:52:06.970
the white is Snow Scout which was

0:52:06.970,0:52:09.529
recovered from a previous machine knit

0:52:09.529,0:52:11.779
hat that didn’t end up fitting even

0:52:11.779,0:52:13.730
after wearing it a bunch of times

0:52:13.730,0:52:16.700
and this is what it looks like on.

0:52:16.700,0:52:20.060
It’s a bit slouchy. I do have plans to do

0:52:20.060,0:52:22.850
another machine knit color work hat, but

0:52:22.850,0:52:26.300
I’m gonna leave off this whole brim. I

0:52:26.300,0:52:32.180
think just doing a rolled hem here and

0:52:32.180,0:52:40.000
then doing the color work would be fine.

0:52:40.000,0:52:45.410
I mean it is the gauge between the color

0:52:45.410,0:52:46.700
work and the stockinette that is really

0:52:46.700,0:52:48.320
the problem and I have no interest

0:52:48.320,0:52:50.690
currently to work out the gauge this

0:52:50.690,0:52:52.580
stockinette should have to pull in as

0:52:52.580,0:52:56.510
much as the color work. I mean it’s a

0:52:56.510,0:52:58.340
nice hat. I will wear it because it is

0:52:58.340,0:52:59.750
big enough for my head which is the

0:52:59.750,0:53:07.880
problem with the other hats. Yes I just

0:53:07.880,0:53:10.070
think I can do another one pretty easily

0:53:10.070,0:53:13.280
and just maybe do 10 rows of stockinette

0:53:13.280,0:53:17.120
before starting the color work and it’s

0:53:17.120,0:53:22.400
a simple color work. It’s just- get my

0:53:22.400,0:53:32.090
face out of there. Just a 1-3-1 sort of

0:53:32.090,0:53:35.170
cross shape which ends up with these

0:53:35.170,0:53:40.700
diagonal grid lines.

0:53:40.700,0:53:44.620
That’s a terrible description, but um

0:53:44.620,0:53:48.050
yeah I believe it’s the punch card 2

0:53:48.050,0:53:55.030
if you’re a machine knitter. So that’s that.

0:53:55.030,0:54:00.080
Fix that hair I also, yesterday, which is

0:54:00.080,0:54:02.420
why I didn’t podcast yesterday, finished

0:54:02.420,0:54:04.100
a sweater.

0:54:04.100,0:54:06.650
I finished my Comfort Fade Cardi which

0:54:06.650,0:54:11.900
is by Andrea Mowry. um I used 8 Once Upon

0:54:11.900,0:54:16.820
a Corgi fingering weight yarns and I

0:54:16.820,0:54:24.190
will list them for you now. Color A was

0:54:24.190,0:54:30.090
Queequeg and Briny Beach.

0:54:30.090,0:54:33.850
These are the biggest amounts that I

0:54:33.850,0:54:40.540
have left over. Color B was Tomorrow I

0:54:40.540,0:54:42.730
Shall Be Fetterless and Lemony Snicket

0:54:42.730,0:54:44.800
which are both completely used up. I ran

0:54:44.800,0:54:51.460
out of them in the collar and then Color

0:54:51.460,0:54:55.930
C was Miracles and Meatballs, this is all

0:54:55.930,0:55:00.910
I have left, and Ghoul Haunted Woodlands

0:55:00.910,0:55:04.440
of Weir, which I completely used up, and

0:55:04.440,0:55:10.420
then Color D was Dark as a Crow at Night

0:55:10.420,0:55:14.950
and Dying to Burn at the Stake. So all of

0:55:14.950,0:55:18.280
these colors- colors were either A Series

0:55:18.280,0:55:20.560
of Unfortunate Events Club colorways or

0:55:20.560,0:55:26.230
Edgar Allen Poe club colorways. So that

0:55:26.230,0:55:28.180
was eight full fingering weight skeins

0:55:28.180,0:55:33.040
of yarn and I have these two little half

0:55:33.040,0:55:37.150
skeins and these tiny little balls. So

0:55:37.150,0:55:43.830
that’s three skeins completely used up

0:55:43.830,0:55:49.230
and I should note that I- for the cuffs,

0:55:49.230,0:55:52.990
it’s written to fade all the way back to

0:55:52.990,0:55:55.900
color A, which I didn’t do because the

0:55:55.900,0:55:58.630
cuffs started here and that’s long

0:55:58.630,0:56:00.460
enough.Any longer and it would have

0:56:00.460,0:56:06.160
looked weird and then in the collar once

0:56:06.160,0:56:08.440
I ran out of color B, I just substituted

0:56:08.440,0:56:15.990
color A for the rest of it. So this is

0:56:15.990,0:56:18.640
the right side. The reverse stockinette

0:56:18.640,0:56:22.180
is the side that’s showing- this isn’t

0:56:22.180,0:56:23.410
really helping you because you’re just

0:56:23.410,0:56:31.770
seeing the collar. It’s a Raglan cardigan,

0:56:31.770,0:56:36.400
just to get an idea of it. I’ll put it on

0:56:36.400,0:56:44.020
real quick for you.

0:56:44.020,0:56:47.240
It’s gonna look a little bit weird over

0:56:47.240,0:56:51.080
this shirt because the arms are very

0:56:51.080,0:56:53.420
close fitting and with rolled-up sleeves

0:56:53.420,0:57:00.710
that gives you a weird thing here also

0:57:00.710,0:57:02.750
the collar probably looks really weird

0:57:02.750,0:57:06.200
with the collar of my shirt that’s on

0:57:06.200,0:57:12.470
right now. So this is what it looks like

0:57:12.470,0:57:17.580
I can’t push this chair back any further.

0:57:17.580,0:57:22.900
0:57:22.900,0:57:29.170
It comes down to just past my butt and

0:57:29.170,0:57:34.220
it is comfortable. The Raglan shoulders

0:57:34.220,0:57:36.260
fit better on this sweater, but I’m still

0:57:36.260,0:57:40.150
not entirely happy with the fit of

0:57:40.150,0:57:45.380
Raglan. I’m thinking Raglan’s just aren’t

0:57:45.380,0:57:49.010
for me. I do have one more sweater for my

0:57:49.010,0:57:52.660
make 9 that is technically a Raglan, but it’s a

0:57:52.660,0:57:55.160
colorwork Star Wars sweater so I don’t

0:57:55.160,0:57:58.940
care. This is not blocked. The ends are

0:57:58.940,0:58:03.320
all woven in. I just have the extra ends

0:58:03.320,0:58:06.230
sticking out so that I can block it

0:58:06.230,0:58:09.470
first and then trim them and I’m very

0:58:09.470,0:58:12.110
pleased with how this turned out. So if

0:58:12.110,0:58:15.830
you have many skeins of fingering weight

0:58:15.830,0:58:17.840
yarn that are similarly colored or

0:58:17.840,0:58:21.980
similar enough you can get some really

0:58:21.980,0:58:27.140
interesting marls. So this is a marled,

0:58:27.140,0:58:33.830
faded cardigan. I should also note that I

0:58:33.830,0:58:38.450
did reverse the colors for the collar

0:58:38.450,0:58:41.030
band portion. It wants you to start with

0:58:41.030,0:58:43.160
color A but I knew I would not have

0:58:43.160,0:58:51.050
enough of the other three colors to do

0:58:51.050,0:58:54.009
it that way

0:58:54.009,0:58:55.970
because you’re going to use the least

0:58:55.970,0:58:59.749
amount of this first color just because

0:58:59.749,0:59:02.660
of how this collar is shaped. Your short

0:59:02.660,0:59:07.519
rows get longer as you go through the

0:59:07.519,0:59:13.009
pattern, so this lays nicely. So I just

0:59:13.009,0:59:16.730
figured I’d use color a last because I

0:59:16.730,0:59:19.640
the most of it so if I run out of

0:59:19.640,0:59:24.829
anything early I can just keep going in

0:59:24.829,0:59:30.589
color a, which I did. So that is one of my

0:59:30.589,0:59:35.349
make nines finished. So I have finished

0:59:35.349,0:59:39.470
this shirt, the so faded- not so faded- the

0:59:39.470,0:59:44.980
Comfort fade cardigan. I have finished

0:59:44.980,0:59:47.539
other things, but I don’t remember what

0:59:47.539,0:59:49.460
they are I’ll do an Instagram post about

0:59:49.460,0:59:51.049
it sometime. So this needs to be blocked

0:59:51.049,0:59:54.200
and have official photos taken of it but

0:59:54.200,0:59:58.130
it is done, which is very exciting,

0:59:58.130,1:00:04.759
and then I whipped out real quick this

1:00:04.759,1:00:07.400
cowl. It’s the Simple Seed Cowl by Toni

1:00:07.400,1:00:15.259
Lipsey and I did this cowl- it’s a crochet-

1:00:15.259,1:00:21.890
Tunisian crochet cowl because the BIPOC

1:00:21.890,1:00:26.180
makealong started and I was

1:00:26.180,1:00:28.160
browsing through the tag and checking

1:00:28.160,1:00:32.900
stuff out and there’s a lot of really

1:00:32.900,1:00:38.589
great BIPOC designers out there and

1:00:38.589,1:00:42.019
this yarn was actually going to be destash

1:00:42.019,1:00:46.640
yarn, but I picked it up and went, no I

1:00:46.640,1:00:54.049
got to do a Halloween project. So I found

1:00:54.049,1:00:56.869
this cowl pattern by Toni Lipsey and it’s

1:00:56.869,1:01:02.029
Tunisian crochet so you can see how this

1:01:02.029,1:01:04.730
yarn plays with the texture of Tunisian

1:01:04.730,1:01:05.690
crochet

1:01:05.690,1:01:09.650
and then she told me something in that

1:01:09.650,1:01:11.720
pattern that I didn’t know, which is that

1:01:11.720,1:01:15.830
you can do purls in Tunisian crochet. So

1:01:15.830,1:01:17.900
this middle green part is actually a

1:01:17.900,1:01:20.950
kind of Tunisian crochet seed stitch,

1:01:20.950,1:01:26.690
which is super cool and then it goes

1:01:26.690,1:01:34.100
back to Tunisian crochet. She has more

1:01:34.100,1:01:36.140
than a couple Tunisian crochet patterns,

1:01:36.140,1:01:38.240
if you are interested in Tunisian

1:01:38.240,1:01:43.490
crochet. This one looked simple. It is

1:01:43.490,1:01:44.960
pretty simple once you learn how to do

1:01:44.960,1:01:50.060
the purls in Tunisian crochet and it’s

1:01:50.060,1:01:54.020
an easily adaptable pattern. I followed

1:01:54.020,1:02:00.350
her counts across. I didn’t follow the

1:02:00.350,1:02:02.360
counts for how many rows to do because

1:02:02.360,1:02:05.060
these were all partial balls of yarn so

1:02:05.060,1:02:08.840
I just kept going until I ran out. So now

1:02:08.840,1:02:11.360
I have this lovely crocheted Halloween

1:02:11.360,1:02:16.220
cowl and I really like that you can see

1:02:16.220,1:02:19.970
all three colors kind of at once. So

1:02:19.970,1:02:28.070
Halloween. So yes very, very cool. I don’t

1:02:28.070,1:02:34.370
have finished photos of this yet. um I

1:02:34.370,1:02:37.840
always forget how quickly crochet goes

1:02:37.840,1:02:40.190
because I tend to crochet larger

1:02:40.190,1:02:45.260
projects, but a tiny cowl, if my hand

1:02:45.260,1:02:47.740
didn’t hurt at the end of one weekend, I

1:02:47.740,1:02:50.900
probably could have done this in less

1:02:50.900,1:02:53.690
than a week just because I have to limit

1:02:53.690,1:02:55.250
how much I’m crocheting because of the

1:02:55.250,1:02:59.150
wrist movements, but that is that. Oh and

1:02:59.150,1:03:02.450
these are the name of the yarn -Blue Ridge

1:03:02.450,1:03:06.260
Yarns kaleidoscope and then I think the

1:03:06.260,1:03:09.260
colors just had a number, but I had

1:03:09.260,1:03:10.580
specifically chosen them because they

1:03:10.580,1:03:16.070
were Halloween looking colors. I used a

1:03:16.070,1:03:19.460
US J/ 6mm Tunisian crochet

1:03:19.460,1:03:21.080
hook on that and it wasn’t a very long

1:03:21.080,1:03:23.720
hook. It was just one of those like seven

1:03:23.720,1:03:28.580
inch hooks and then I finish another

1:03:28.580,1:03:30.830
item for my make nine, which is the

1:03:30.830,1:03:34.910
weaving pattern GWT 001 from

1:03:34.910,1:03:37.480
Get Weaving which is this kind of

1:03:37.480,1:03:41.990
sleeveless shirt that I made into a

1:03:41.990,1:03:50.120
Renaissance Faire vest. This is made out

1:03:50.120,1:03:52.760
of an assortment of cotton and cotton

1:03:52.760,1:03:57.950
blended yarns in this sort of pseudo

1:03:57.950,1:04:08.480
plaid. If I remember, I’ll put a picture

1:04:08.480,1:04:13.360
in here about what this looks like on me.

1:04:13.360,1:04:17.080
1:04:17.080,1:04:20.270
Yeah so I wove this on my 24 inch

1:04:20.270,1:04:26.690
Ashford riged heddle loom using a 12.5

1:04:26.690,1:04:33.980
dent heddle and I secured all the lines

1:04:33.980,1:04:36.020
where I need to cut by hand and then I

1:04:36.020,1:04:39.680
actually sewed this all by hand, so all

1:04:39.680,1:04:43.340
the seams, sewing down all of these seam

1:04:43.340,1:04:49.640
allowances, all of the trim – well the

1:04:49.640,1:04:52.010
trim I sewed on to this by hand, but to

1:04:52.010,1:04:54.050
create the bias strips I sewed that on

1:04:54.050,1:04:55.670
the machine because that’s just quicker.

1:04:55.670,1:05:00.020
And I sewed it by hand because I have a

1:05:00.020,1:05:03.860
problem on my machine with the fabric

1:05:03.860,1:05:06.440
bunching up because it’s so thick trying

1:05:06.440,1:05:10.550
to go through my machine and I really

1:05:10.550,1:05:13.190
like how this turned out with the hand

1:05:13.190,1:05:16.730
stitching. A hand stitched back stitch is

1:05:16.730,1:05:20.270
a lot more flexible because of the

1:05:20.270,1:05:22.190
nature of the stitch then an

1:05:22.190,1:05:25.310
interlocking machine stitch so it

1:05:25.310,1:05:27.560
works really well for this kind of you

1:05:27.560,1:05:30.850
know loosey-goosey woven fabric that

1:05:30.850,1:05:33.319
kind of shifts around as you

1:05:33.319,1:05:36.920
wear it. I did make the size extra-large. If

1:05:36.920,1:05:40.249
this what- if this was a normal piece of

1:05:40.249,1:05:42.680
clothing I might only do the large, but

1:05:42.680,1:05:45.829
because this is a sort of a sleeveless

1:05:45.829,1:05:48.709
tunic going over a shirt and being

1:05:48.709,1:05:52.880
belted for costume purposes, I left it

1:05:52.880,1:05:57.589
bigger. I also left at the bottom-

1:05:57.589,1:06:01.699
I didn’t hem this at all this fringe on

1:06:01.699,1:06:06.859
the back here is just the cut warp

1:06:06.859,1:06:13.579
threads and then on the front I just

1:06:13.579,1:06:17.989
left it at the blanket stitch with a

1:06:17.989,1:06:24.410
reinforcement back stitch underneath it.

1:06:24.410,1:06:28.309
I think it looks pretty good.

1:06:28.309,1:06:34.160
My battery is dying. No! So he did the

1:06:34.160,1:06:46.470
seam at the edge differently-

1:06:46.470,1:06:54.299
will it focus? There we go. I don’t

1:06:54.299,1:06:56.280
remember what that stitch is called, but

1:06:56.280,1:07:00.150
basically butts two ends together

1:07:00.150,1:07:05.609
instead of doing a seam that has the

1:07:05.609,1:07:10.920
seam allowance on the inside. So that is

1:07:10.920,1:07:15.450
my Get Weaving vest and then with some

1:07:15.450,1:07:17.339
of the leftover cotton, I just did a

1:07:17.339,1:07:25.520
quick weave sort of an altar cloth type

1:07:25.520,1:07:31.069
thing. This will go on top of my dresser.

1:07:31.069,1:07:33.630
I’m really terrible at estimating

1:07:33.630,1:07:36.030
amounts so I have this buffer zone of

1:07:36.030,1:07:42.869
just green at the end, but it’s a green

1:07:42.869,1:07:47.180
and blue low contrast houndstooth

1:07:47.180,1:07:55.020
pattern, which I really really love. So

1:07:55.020,1:07:56.730
we’re good to see how fast I can finish

1:07:56.730,1:07:58.819
this podcast on the remaining battery. I

1:07:58.819,1:08:02.130
may have to do a bit of a jump to

1:08:02.130,1:08:06.390
recharge it. So in works in progress, I’ve

1:08:06.390,1:08:09.240
started my Redford Sweater by Julie

1:08:09.240,1:08:12.420
Hoover on the knitting machine. I did a

1:08:12.420,1:08:14.220
bunch of swatches. You’ll see this in the

1:08:14.220,1:08:16.080
video that I’m specifically going to do

1:08:16.080,1:08:18.600
about that sweater, but I just wanted to

1:08:18.600,1:08:20.640
give you an idea of my work in progress.

1:08:20.640,1:08:23.460
This is the final swatch. This is Green

1:08:23.460,1:08:26.790
Mountain Spinnery Lana yarn in the

1:08:26.790,1:08:33.120
colorway Gris, grey. So this is the

1:08:33.120,1:08:35.160
final swatch, the final gauge. It will be

1:08:35.160,1:08:39.420
on my LK 150 and that is a knit in

1:08:39.420,1:08:42.330
pieces and seemed stockinette and

1:08:42.330,1:08:46.799
reverse stockinette sweater. I have made

1:08:46.799,1:08:48.750
one of them before it was way too small

1:08:48.750,1:08:55.190
on me. I give to my sister. She wears it.

1:08:55.190,1:08:58.290
That’s it for that. I have been playing a

1:08:58.290,1:09:00.950
little bit with embroidery,

1:09:00.950,1:09:04.110
just because I was looking on Etsy and I

1:09:04.110,1:09:05.520
found a bunch of kits that I really

1:09:05.520,1:09:08.040
liked, so I’m working on this one kit by

1:09:08.040,1:09:12.390
cozyblue on Etsy with these mushrooms

1:09:12.390,1:09:16.790
and phases of the Moon and things. It’s

1:09:16.790,1:09:20.700
really just practice for getting these

1:09:20.700,1:09:26.960
stitches done well because I’m

1:09:26.960,1:09:30.150
anticipating embroidery in my future as

1:09:30.150,1:09:34.430
part of my Salazar Slytherin stuff.

1:09:34.430,1:09:38.580
Okay it’s been a couple hours cuz I had to

1:09:38.580,1:09:40.590
charge my battery so my light might be a

1:09:40.590,1:09:43.290
little different. We’re gonna keep going.

1:09:43.290,1:09:51.870
So I told you about the embroidery- cozy

1:09:51.870,1:09:54.090
blue on Etsy. It’s where I got the kit,

1:09:54.090,1:09:56.450
just in case I didn’t get that through,

1:09:56.450,1:10:02.970
and next work-in-progress is a little

1:10:02.970,1:10:05.880
bit of spinning. I have been playing a

1:10:05.880,1:10:08.060
little bit with my electric eel nano.

1:10:08.060,1:10:13.530
These are my two bobbins of the white

1:10:13.530,1:10:17.850
yellow and gray rolags. I’m not sure if

1:10:17.850,1:10:21.860
I showed them on the podcast before and

1:10:21.860,1:10:31.190
now I’m currently working on these

1:10:31.190,1:10:33.660
little spinning fluffs that I made a

1:10:33.660,1:10:41.000
million years ago and here is the

1:10:41.000,1:10:45.890
electric eel nano with my partial bobbin

1:10:45.890,1:10:49.500
on it. I haven’t been doing a ton of

1:10:49.500,1:10:53.640
spinning. I have worked on my actual

1:10:53.640,1:10:55.770
spinning wheel spinning a little bit, but

1:10:55.770,1:10:59.190
it doesn’t look any different so, no

1:10:59.190,1:11:00.960
sense showing you a partially filled

1:11:00.960,1:11:02.610
bobbin that doesn’t look any different

1:11:02.610,1:11:06.090
than the last time you saw it and then

1:11:06.090,1:11:08.040
I’ve also been doing a little bit of

1:11:08.040,1:11:12.750
quilting. I’m working on this half square

1:11:12.750,1:11:13.710
triangle

1:11:13.710,1:11:22.020
quilt and I’ve got four of the squares

1:11:22.020,1:11:34.610
finished. There are ten squares total-

1:11:34.610,1:11:37.440
nine will be in the quilt and one will

1:11:37.440,1:11:48.210
be like an accent pillow and these are

1:11:48.210,1:11:52.440
done using Moda charm squares that I

1:11:52.440,1:11:55.160
turned into a half square triangle

1:11:55.160,1:12:00.360
shapes that I’m now assembling. This is

1:12:00.360,1:12:03.870
also part of my make nine. I don’t know

1:12:03.870,1:12:05.640
if I will finish it before the end of

1:12:05.640,1:12:08.810
2019, but I want to at least get all the

1:12:08.810,1:12:11.640
squares finished and all the borders put

1:12:11.640,1:12:16.560
on the squares and then we’ll see what

1:12:16.560,1:12:22.550
happens from there. So that’s it for

1:12:22.550,1:12:30.930
works in progress. For works in progress

1:12:30.930,1:12:33.810
for the rest of the year- I do have one

1:12:33.810,1:12:37.170
more sweater that I want to start. It’ll

1:12:37.170,1:12:39.120
be started on the knitting machine and

1:12:39.120,1:12:44.770
then finished by hand with color work

1:12:44.770,1:12:46.430
1:12:46.430,1:12:50.130
and I have two shirts that I need to sew

1:12:50.130,1:12:56.520
from my make nine, but other than those

1:12:56.520,1:12:58.800
things I think I’m going to stay focused

1:12:58.800,1:13:00.930
on finishing things that are already on

1:13:00.930,1:13:02.670
the needles. I have a shawl on the

1:13:02.670,1:13:04.770
needles, I believe it’s called Rice

1:13:04.770,1:13:08.190
Fields using some Halloween colorway

1:13:08.190,1:13:10.980
yarns. I have a pair of palmer family

1:13:10.980,1:13:14.850
farm socks on the needles. I have my cozy

1:13:14.850,1:13:16.770
memories blanket. I have my granny

1:13:16.770,1:13:21.840
striped blanket and I have a pinwheel

1:13:21.840,1:13:24.719
scrap “blanket.” It’s not going to be

1:13:24.719,1:13:26.100
blanket. It’s going to be a couple of

1:13:26.100,1:13:29.929
seat covers for my car

1:13:29.929,1:13:32.480
and I think that’s it,

1:13:32.480,1:13:35.610
but I’m just kind of zeroing in on those

1:13:35.610,1:13:38.670
things to kind of clear the deck, so to

1:13:38.670,1:13:46.739
speak. So that’s it for projects. Talk a

1:13:46.739,1:13:48.960
little bit about other stuff- stuff I’m

1:13:48.960,1:13:54.210
watching. Right now I’ve been in kind of

1:13:54.210,1:13:58.440
a start and stop series cycle where I

1:13:58.440,1:14:00.119
just start a bunch of things and don’t

1:14:00.119,1:14:03.150
finish anything, but I did watch the Dark

1:14:03.150,1:14:05.969
Crystal Age of Resistance which is super

1:14:05.969,1:14:08.429
great and if you haven’t started it yet,

1:14:08.429,1:14:13.460
you ought to because it’s delightful and

1:14:13.460,1:14:19.530
amazing. And then stuff I’m listening to

1:14:19.530,1:14:21.900
is a long list. I’ve actually just edited

1:14:21.900,1:14:24.360
out a bunch of things that I’ve been

1:14:24.360,1:14:28.380
re-istening to, but it’s been a lot of

1:14:28.380,1:14:32.280
book listening since I last talked to you

1:14:32.280,1:14:35.369
about books that I’m listening to. So at

1:14:35.369,1:14:40.739
the top of the list are books that came

1:14:40.739,1:14:43.619
out of the inclusivity and diversity

1:14:43.619,1:14:45.570
discussions happening on the Instagram

1:14:45.570,1:14:48.179
in the knitting community. A lot of

1:14:48.179,1:14:50.670
people have been passing around the

1:14:50.670,1:14:53.670
suggestion for White Fragility by Robyn

1:14:53.670,1:14:56.909
D’Angelo, which is narrated by Michael

1:14:56.909,1:15:04.019
Eric Dyson, so I did listen to that but

1:15:04.019,1:15:07.199
that’s not the end-all be-all, of course.

1:15:07.199,1:15:12.000
So I also listened to right away Race

1:15:12.000,1:15:14.579
Matters by Cornel West narrated by

1:15:14.579,1:15:25.889
Cornel West and that’s a book- it took me

1:15:25.889,1:15:28.170
a long time to finish it because there

1:15:28.170,1:15:36.000
is just so much packed into every single

1:15:36.000,1:15:39.000
sentence that he writes. It’s one of

1:15:39.000,1:15:40.580
those books where

1:15:40.580,1:15:44.990
I would listen to it for twenty to

1:15:44.990,1:15:46.850
thirty minutes and then just have to

1:15:46.850,1:15:52.930
kind of put just noise on so that I

1:15:52.930,1:15:56.360
could absorb everything that he was

1:15:56.360,1:15:59.900
saying. It’s an incredibly powerful book

1:15:59.900,1:16:06.500
and honestly that’s the book that should

1:16:06.500,1:16:10.850
be being passed around in this diversity

1:16:10.850,1:16:16.720
and inclusivity discussion because it’s

1:16:16.720,1:16:22.550
important. It’s also- I also listen to the

1:16:22.550,1:16:26.330
25th anniversary edition, which came out

1:16:26.330,1:16:32.570
a few years ago- like three-ish years ago? two

1:16:32.570,1:16:34.750
years ago? Something like that.

1:16:34.750,1:16:43.040
Where he writes a foreword on it as a

1:16:43.040,1:16:50.960
comparison to what the political climate

1:16:50.960,1:16:53.560
is of today and the political climate of

1:16:53.560,1:17:02.350
when he wrote the book and yeah it’s

1:17:02.350,1:17:07.130
important words, so I’m really glad that

1:17:07.130,1:17:10.820
I own it so I can go back and relisten

1:17:10.820,1:17:12.860
because I think that’s gonna be

1:17:12.860,1:17:16.790
something that I’m gonna need to really

1:17:16.790,1:17:20.990
listen to a couple of times to absorb

1:17:20.990,1:17:24.920
everything and then everything else down

1:17:24.920,1:17:28.330
here is fiction.

1:17:28.330,1:17:31.220
So I listened to The Song of Achilles by

1:17:31.220,1:17:33.260
Madeline Miller narrated by Frasier

1:17:33.260,1:17:40.760
Douglas and then I ended up returning a

1:17:40.760,1:17:42.830
book on Audible, so I had a free credit,

1:17:42.830,1:17:48.880
and I got a copy of Dracula and Carmilla.

1:17:48.880,1:17:53.800
Dracula by Bram Stoker and Carmilla by

1:17:53.800,1:17:56.890
L. Sheridan Lefanu both of which I

1:17:56.890,1:17:59.470
have read before, but it was really nice

1:17:59.470,1:18:02.530
to get a refresher. Dracula is narrated

1:18:02.530,1:18:05.980
by Clive Hayward and Alison Larkin

1:18:05.980,1:18:09.480
narrates Carmilla in this particular

1:18:09.480,1:18:13.240
edition and I chose that edition because

1:18:13.240,1:18:14.430
you get a two for one.

1:18:14.430,1:18:17.500
They’re great vampire stories and it was

1:18:17.500,1:18:21.460
really interesting listening to Dracula

1:18:21.460,1:18:26.280
as it was written because I think audio

1:18:26.280,1:18:28.900
really lends itself well to that

1:18:28.900,1:18:36.510
multiple narrators- multiple forms-

1:18:36.510,1:18:38.710
because it’s not a straight narrative. If

1:18:38.710,1:18:39.760
you haven’t read Dracula,

1:18:39.760,1:18:45.150
it’s journal entries, diary entries,

1:18:45.150,1:18:48.550
recorded notes by doctors, newspaper

1:18:48.550,1:18:52.450
clippings, it’s- it’s really interesting

1:18:52.450,1:18:56.920
and I think the folks producing this

1:18:56.920,1:18:59.520
particular audiobook had a lot of

1:18:59.520,1:19:03.070
creative input on how those things were

1:19:03.070,1:19:05.410
represented by the narrator. It’s really

1:19:05.410,1:19:09.810
good and then I listened to Eldest by

1:19:09.810,1:19:12.310
Christopher Paolini narrated by Gerard

1:19:12.310,1:19:14.620
Doyle, which is the second in the Eragon

1:19:14.620,1:19:17.920
series, or I’m sure that series has a

1:19:17.920,1:19:20.940
name, but I don’t know what it is. Um I

1:19:20.940,1:19:23.730
took me a long time to get through because a

1:19:23.730,1:19:26.770
lot happens in that book. I know I’ve

1:19:26.770,1:19:30.190
read it but I didn’t remember pretty

1:19:30.190,1:19:33.190
much any of it, so I’m real excited that

1:19:33.190,1:19:34.240
I’m listening to these through the

1:19:34.240,1:19:38.470
library and then also through the

1:19:38.470,1:19:40.090
library I listened to The Lion, the Witch,

1:19:40.090,1:19:42.600
and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis narrated by

1:19:42.600,1:19:46.030
Michael York because those are just feel

1:19:46.030,1:19:48.640
good easy first thing in the morning

1:19:48.640,1:19:50.980
books to listen to and I’m working on

1:19:50.980,1:19:53.110
The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis

1:19:53.110,1:20:01.690
narrated by Alex Jennings. Yes and I

1:20:01.690,1:20:02.890
think that’s going to do it for this

1:20:02.890,1:20:05.590
podcast. I think I’m going to invest in a

1:20:05.590,1:20:07.119
second camera battery

1:20:07.119,1:20:09.249
so I don’t have to do this thing where I

1:20:09.249,1:20:12.369
come back a couple hours later to finish

1:20:12.369,1:20:16.570
filming this. So show notes and

1:20:16.570,1:20:18.719
everything are over at freakishlemon.com.

1:20:18.719,1:20:21.340
Come join us in the Ravelry group, just

1:20:21.340,1:20:23.199
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1:20:23.199,1:20:26.379
you’ll find us. You can follow me as

1:20:26.379,1:20:28.659
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1:20:28.659,1:20:31.269
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around here if you’re watching this

1:20:35.019,1:20:39.070
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1:20:39.070,1:20:40.320
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gonna do it for this episode.

1:20:53.610,1:20:56.610
Goodbye.

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