Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Episode 21 - A Very Merry Geek-isode


Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 21. Today is Monday, 12/22/14

What We're Wearing:

* Linda is wearing Night Sky

* Brianne is wearing Quaker Yarn Stretcher


Gooseberries:

* Brianne loves that we are done moving!!!


What We're Knitting:

* Linda has things to knit on, but they're still in boxes.

* Brianne is knitting plain vanilla socks in Gynx Yarn House Cup colorway


What Came Off The Needles:

* Linda finished
Night Sky Hat in Julie Spins Yarn
Abate Sweater in Patons Natural Yarn
Mittens in my own recipe 
Norwegian Star Earflap Hat in Patons Orange and mixed grey

* Brianne finished
Quaker Yarn Stretcher in Jojoland Tonic
Bandana Cowl in Studio June
Power Socks in Turtlemade Power Sock


Are You Kidding Me?!:

* Linda's Rose Red Cowl - Oh My!


It's a Good Thing!:

* Linda Market Pantry Animal Cookies

* Brianne loves brothers who are helpful


Contest:

For the months of November and December we are focusing on family and thankfulness. We want to hear about any holiday family traditions you have and/or what you are thankful for.

This contest goes through December 28th and the winner will receive a drawstring bag and notions bag set from Chicken Soup Designs!

You must be a member to win. One post per person. Winner will be chosen by random number generator.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Episode 20 - The "No Licking" Episode




Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 20. Today is Friday, November 21, 2014

What We're Wearing:

* Linda is wearing finished objects from this past week

* Brianne is wearing Pogona by Stephen West


Gooseberries:

* Linda loves her spindle vase with vintage MOP buttons

* Brianne enjoyed the first snow of the season


What We're Knitting:

* Linda is knitting Rose Red hat as a cowl by doubling stitches. She used the Latvian Braid Tutorial on the cowl above. http://ohdessaknits.com/2010/07/17/latvian-braid-tutorial-and-other-such-stuff/ . She also worked more on the Circle in a Square afghan with scraps.

* Brianne is knitting the Quaker Yarn Stretcher and her Power Socks out of TurtleMade self-striping. She also started the Ms Wick socks.


What Came Off The Needles:


* Brianne finished Pogona! Yaaaaay!


Spinning!:

* Linda did no spinning this week. :/


Are You Kidding Me?!:

* Linda has more charting escapades and ends up crocheting quite a lot on her double knit cowl.  

* Brianne can't count to 6.


Gilding The Lily:

* Linda got more Lion Brand Wool Ease comes home to finish projects for Christmas.  New wood crochet hook.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/190732181/hand-turned-exotic-hardwood-crochet. Unraveled Ewe is the shop!


It's a Good Thing!:

* Linda loves KnittingObsession.com and her explanation of color work knitting. http://www.knittingobsession.com/tips/colorchart.htm

* Brianne loves stitchmarkers. The Pogona uses a TON and she was thankful for each and every one of them!


Contest:

For the months of November and December we are focusing on family and thankfulness. We want to hear about any holiday family traditions you have and/or what you are thankful for.

This contest goes through December 28th and the winner will receive a drawstring bag and notions bag set from Chicken Soup Designs!

You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win. One post per person. Winner will be chosen by random number generator.


Bless your Heart:

Psalm 3:3

But you, Oh Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the one who lifts my head high.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Episode 19 - Whilst We Were Knitting, Y'all!


Hi friends!

Due to the craziness of stuff, I'm not going to be able to do show notes for this episode. Hopefully we'll have another episode up in a couple of days and there will definitely be show notes for the episode, as usual.

Thanks for understanding!!!

Brianne :)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Episode 18 - Mostly Short and Sweet



Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 18. Today is Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What We're Wearing:

* Linda is wearing the Inspira Cowl by Graphica in Lion Brand Amazing.

* Brianne is wearing Monkey socks in Colinette Jitterbug.


Gooseberries:

* Linda loves making pretzel treats with Evan.  

Recipe:
1 bag of mini pretzels
Hershey's kisses
Candy corn.  

Place kiss on pretzel and lay on a cookie sheet
Place in a 350 oven for 5-7 min
Embed a candy corn on top.  
Eat!
So easy even I can make it!!!!


* Brianne had a birthday and received a couple of patterns from viewers and a much-needed, new ball winder from Mom and Dad!


What We're Knitting:

* Linda is knitting the Elizabeth, a Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald with handspun made from Shetland batts I purchased from Diamond B Ranch in Arkansas.  And she wants to cast on fingerless Mitts with my gift yarn and my whirlwind Ranch yarn soooon!

* Brianne is knitting on Pogona by Stephen West. She now has the third section started! She also started the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf by Margaux Hufnagle.


What Came Off The Needles:

* Linda finished Mama Vertebrae and the Inspira Cowl.  Yay Me!   Dreaming of Inspira #2! And a Handspun Eyelet Cowl

* Brianne finished Bryan's 2014 Christmas Socks! But can't believe that they were on the needles for 5 months!!!


Are You Kidding Me?!

* Linda learned more about reading charts.  As in you don't read every lines right to left every time.  What?!

* Brianne tried to make the Jojoland Tonic work for the Make Mine Strawberry sweater for Ailish. The yarn is all wrong for it gauge-wise and just knitting the swatch hurt her hands. 


Gilding The Lily:

* Linda received Wool of the Andes in Larch colorway to make a layering piece for her wardrobe...  Something Red by Wendy Bernard

* We were both sent an absolutely lovely package from Raveler Fiberfeen in Norway. She spoiled us with beautiful handspun, Drops yarns and a lot of Norwegian chocolate! Thank you so much for the fiber and chocolate love!!!


It's a Good Thing!:

* Linda loves the Russian Join Part Deaux and how to make a matching sleeve when you are clueless.  

* Brianne loves the two new iTunes reviews by Knittingmom65 and KnittinSisters!!! That makes 22 reviews. iTunes review dance time!!!


Contest:

* 400 Member Giveaway!

Our Ravelry group has surpassed 400 members! Yay! We will be giving away 3.6 oz of fiber from Eternity Ranch, a spindle from Mama Linda's private collection and a Respect The Spindle book to a member chosen by random number generator. In your post just tell us your favorite thing about the Fall season.

Rules: You must be a member of our group in order to win. 1 entry per person! Giveaway will run until October 30th. 


Bless your Heart:

Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 24:13-14

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Episode 17 - Celebrating a Milestone



Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 17! Today is October 10, 2014.

What We're Wearing:

* Linda is wearing her Cabled Beret

* Brianne is wearing the first cowl she made back in 2008!


Gooseberries:

* Linda loved witnessing our own little miracle Owen celebrating a big milestone!  She thinks we should set mini milestones for ourself and then celebrate them along the way. Posting a "Yay Me!" can be a budget friendly way to celebrate the small accomplishments.  It keeps us always looking forward with joy!

* Brianne is so thankful that Owen is done with 28 months of chemotherapy. The staff threw a party for him and he got to ring the Survivor's Bell. His teacher even threw a surprise party and the kids all made him cards and brought little gifts. It has been so incredible.


What We're Knitting:

* Linda is knitting the collar and button band of her Mama V along with Fat Squirrel's knit-a-long.  I'm on the cuff of the sock I'm knitting for the Lemknitcrochet-along with Dawn at Wolfe Farms. 

* Brianne turned the heel on Bryan's Christmas Socks and is making progress down the foot. She also picked back up Pogona by Stephen West and is loving that pattern! Finally, Brianne is swatching a sweater for Ailish called Make Mine Strawberry by Terri Kruse.


What Came Off The Needles:

* Linda finished Cabled Beret by Ashley Elva with the adorable and useful Wolfe Farms cable needle!  
She also finished another flower for her Beekeeper Hexipuff quilt

* Brianne finished Owen's Flax sweater!!! She finished the first sleeve and started the second. 90% of the second sleeve was knit on the St Louis trip. She's going to block it tonight. Owen is so excited!!!


Spinning!:

* Linda spin up A gallon size bag of American wool CVM "California Variegated Mutant" which is a variation of Ramboulet.  It is a fine wool that is 3"-6" long with good crimp and color.


Are You Kidding Me?!

* Linda says needles are not for sitting.  AND the Whispering Pines shawl is a fail because Linda apparently does not know how to read charts.  

* Brianne didn't keep good notes on Ravelry for Bryan's socks, so she had no details about the heel she did on the first sock. Rookie mistake!


Gilding The Lily:

* Linda received an amazing bag from the sweet and talented Sasha "Lou" who is Stitched by Sasha. The bag benefits Fuji the chihuahua who has cancer and gives me a place to put my Mama V sweater project.

Linda received hand dyed fiber from Liz at Whirlwind Ranch.  Love the colors.

Linda also received the fabulous tea pot cable needle made by James at Wolfe Farms


It's a Good Thing!:

* Linda - I can't get enough markers.  Idea!  If you have a certain number of increases or decreases to do, clip that number of markers on the first increase or decrease.  Then no need to count them when knitting.  When you've used the last one... You are done!

Also Russian Joining is a good thing. 

* Brianne - iTunes reviews! We are up to 20!!! Thank you to whoyoub for your review!


Contest:

400 Member Giveaway!

Our Ravelry group has surpassed 400 members! Yay! We will be giving away 3.6 oz of fiber from Eternity Ranch and a Spindle spinning book to a member chosen by random number generator. In your post just tell us your favorite thing about the Fall season.

Rules: You must be a member of our group in order to win. 1 post per person, please. Giveaway will run until October 30th. 


Many thanks to the podcasters who mentioned us!:

* Lunar Knit is a new podcaster on YouTube who talked about us in her second episode. She had some great information about using reclaimed yarn. Go take a look!


Bless your Heart:

And these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13


Postcards from the Ozarks:

Pictures and videos of Owen's last chemo.



Monday, September 29, 2014

Episode 16 - The One Without Maracas





Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 16. Today is Friday, September 26, 2014

Brianne is going solo again this week as Mama Linda is off having some fun with a couple of spinning friends!


What I'm Wearing:

* Brianne is wearing her A Little Jazz that she knit at the 2011 Spring Fling hosted by The Loopy Ewe


Gooseberries:

* Brianne and Bryan celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary!


What I'm Knitting:

* Brianne is knitting on Flax by Tincan Knits and has bound off the body and started the first sleeve! She has also started the Mountain Retreat Mittens by Pamela Shelmidine. She's also worked on Bryan's Christmas socks and her purse knitting socks.


Are You Kidding Me?!:

* Brianne had Owen try on Flax and it has 6" of positive ease. Holy. Cow. She added some additional length to the body to make it look more proportional and will add more length to the sleeves as well. She also had to start over on the Mountain Retreat Mittens because her yarn was so dark that you couldn't see the stitch pattern.


Gilding The Lily:

* Brianne got 3 new ChiaoGoo size 0 circular sock needles because her gauge has loosened over the years and her newer socks seem to be wearing out quicker. She also bought a pair of ChiaoGoo fixed circulars to use for shawls as well as a pair of Knitter's Pride Nova circulars to try out. AND she caught an update of Unwind Yarn Company and bought a beautiful skein of DK weight yarn in the More Than Words colorway (and is lamenting that she didn't buy two)


Contest:

We have a winner of our Fresh Face contest! The Random Number Generator chose number 2, which would be  Mamagrizzlyknits (Annette)! Congratulations, Annette. I will message you on Ravelry to get your mailing address to send your goodies to you.

Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of the contest and submitted a picture of your fresh faced self. We loved hearing people supporting each other and being encouraging!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Episode 15 - Happy Fall, Y'all!



Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 15. Today is Friday, Sep 12, 2014.



What We're Wearing:

* Linda is wearing Simple Scallops by Kristy Ashmore in Alchemy Yarns Silk Purse that she purchased from Loops yarn store in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

* Brianne is wearing Nae by Anat Rodan.


Gooseberries:

* Linda loves the Butter Crunch Pumpkin Pie Bars from Aunt Ruthie at Sugar Pie Farmhouse. Recipe and video demonstration will be available early October! Fall e-book now available on her web site in the General Store section.

* Brianne and family celebrated Owen's birthday on Wednesday and Bryan's birthday on Thursday. A great week for the family!!!


What We're Knitting:

* Linda is knitting Lemknitcrochet rounded toe socks in Yarn Loft Dyed by Julia in the colorway Hibiscus. She is also knitting the Whispering Pines Shawl by Molly of A Homespun House in handspun alpaca in a sampler of colors from Liz at Whirlwind Ranch. She was also inspired by Amy Beth of The Fat Squirrell Speaks podcast to start a Mama Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker in Knit Picks Swish Worsted Garnet with additional Chestal Coverage




Spinning!:

* Linda spun for Whispering Pines


Are You Kidding Me?!:

* Brianne split a stitch really badly 12 rows down on Bryan's socks, so ripping back was in order.


Gilding The Lily:

* Linda bought the Swish Worsted for her new sweater.


It's a Good Thing!:

* Linda and Brianne love audio books! They are great for long road trips (like the 9 hours Brianne drove on Tuesday) and also for crafting while you listen! We both use the Audible app and is currently listening to the most recent book in the Outlander series, "Written In My Heart's Own Blood".


Contest:

Fresh Face Giveaway

As we learn to embrace who we are, we are challenging our viewers to take a picture of themselves without their makeup on and post it in the Fresh Face thread on our board.

The contest will run from Sun, August 31 until Sat, Sep 13. One entry per person and no chatter in that thread. The winner will be chosen by random number generator.

The prize will be a beautiful skein of yarn from Freshwater Purls and a notions bag from The Sampler Girl


Bless your Heart:

‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ NIV
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Episode 14 - The Lone Ranger



Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 14. Today is September 5, 2014


What We're Wearing:

* Brianne is wearing the My So Called Scarf she knit way back in 2006


Gooseberries:

* Brianne found 2 new 5 star iTunes reviews and 3 other ratings!!! Thank you so much!!! When you give us ratings and reviews on iTunes it helps other people find us easier. :)


What We're Knitting:

* Brianne is knitting Flax sweater for Owen and started a Pogona for myself! The Pogona pattern was gifted to me by a very sweet viewer.  Thank you so much, friend!


Are You Kidding Me?!:

* Brianne started the Spring Forward socks and made it an inch into the pattern before she got bored.  It got ripped out right away.


It's a Good Thing!:

* Brianne is starting to re-block some of her shawls in the hopes that cooler weather will arrive soon!


Book Review:

Brianne reviewed Scarf Style 2 which was published in 2013 by Interweave Press. This book was purchased by Brianne (so this is not a sponsored review). Overall, she found the book to be well thought out and the photography is lovely.  There are a lot of great patterns in it and more than a few that she would very much like to make.  Brianne enjoyed the variety of scarves, shawls and cowls as well as the fact that there are a range of yarns used.


Contest:

Fresh Face Giveaway

As we learn to embrace who we are, we are challenging our viewers to take a picture of themselves without their makeup on and post it in the Fresh Face thread on our board.

The contest will run from Sun, August 31 until Sat, Sep 13. One entry per person and no chatter in that thread. The winner will be chosen by random number generator.

The prize will be a beautiful skein of yarn from Freshwater Purls and a notions bag from The Sampler Girl.


Bless your Heart:

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 
Isaiah 26:3


Many thanks to the podcasters who mentioned us!:

Amanda at the We Are Yarn podcast mentioned us AND did a fresh face podcast episode where she also podcasted with a fresh face! You are AWESOME, Amanda!


This episode's knitting bags can be found at:

Amy Butler bag - Doesn't look like she sells bags anymore, but I linked to her fabrics.  Maybe you can sew your own!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Episode 13 - Clean Faces & Open Hearts





Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 13. Today is Friday, Aug 29, 2014

What We're Wearing:

* Linda is wearing Just Knit It inspired by Sampler Girl knit in her handspun yarn in the colorway Pretty Japanese Ladies


Gooseberries:

* Linda is thankful for the kindness of viewers and Heather who sent Date Cookies and a Book called "You Will Get Through This" by Max Lucado

* Brianne is thrilled that Owen and Ailish have such awesome teachers this year!


What We're Knitting:

* Linda is knitting Elizabeth Cardigan by Classic Elite Yarns in handspun batts from Diamond B Sheep Farm's Shetland blend. She caked up a skein of Dyed by Julia sock yarn in Hibiscus colorway to start a vanilla sock with Fish Lips Kiss Heel and the Lemknitcrochet rounded toe recommended by Dawn and James from Wolfe Farms.

* Brianne has had a busy 2 weeks, but she made a little progress on Owen's Flax by Tincan Knits.


What Came Off The Needles:

* Linda finished Green Socks, Hats-A-Plenty Beret (A Straker Classic Design), Bluebird of Happiness by Sarah Elizabeth Kellner, Just Knit It by Stitchnerd Designs, heart and girl gnome by Susan Claudino, 
Spring Fling Squares by Cuddle Me Beanies

* Brianne finished the Lena' Socks! Hooray and finally!!!! She also finished the Family Reunion Socks and can't wait to wear them.


Spinning!:

* Linda spun 3-2oz skeins of Navajo Plyed merino from The 100th Sheep.


Are You Kidding Me?!:

* Linda's fancy sipping lid for my jar glass became permanently lodged in place. She definitely would NOT recommend this lid.

* Brianne has a very disappointing problem. Her Lena Socks don't fit! She can't even get her foot in. So off to sister (Heather) they will go this Christmas. 


Gilding The Lily:

* Brianne ordered Great Lakes Hand Dyed Ixion sock in the Pensive colorway, because she has a hard time resisting Harry Potter themed anything!


It's a Good Thing!:


* Brianne loves the custom made buttons that Rebecca from the Owl Knit With Ewe podcast put on her cardigan. It's a themed sweater and I love the buttons.  Rebecca has a fun, quirky podcast and you should take a look!


Contest:

Fresh Face Giveaway

As we learn to embrace who we are, we are challenging our viewers to take a picture of themselves without their makeup on and post it in the Fresh Face thread on our board.

The contest will run from Sun, August 31 until Sat, Sep 13. One entry per person and no chatter in that thread. The winner will be chosen by random number generator.

The prize will be a beautiful skein of yarn from Freshwater Purls and a bag from Sampler Girl!


Bless Your Heart:

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  Psalm 33:20-21


Postcards from the Ozarks: 

Brianne shares a week in the life of the Keene Family. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Episode 12 - The Misery Maker



Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 12! Today is Friday, August 15, 2014



What We're Wearing:

* Linda is wearing Artfully Simple by Tamara Kelly found on Moogly.com

* Brianne is wearing her Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos out of Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted. She is considering ripping it out and using the yarn for something else.


Gooseberries:

* Linda's brother, Gary brought her flowers!

* Brianne has been declared "The stealer of children's dreams" by oldest son Owen after she told him to clean up 10 things in the play room. She has also been called "The Misery Maker". Being overly dramatic MAY run in the family. 


What We're Knitting:

* Linda is knitting green socks and ready to start Just Knit It by Stitchnerd Designs.  A shallow triangle pattern written for any weight yarn and any yardage. Learned about this pattern from Tanya who has The Sampler Girl podcast.  All other shawl pattern ideas have been shuffled further down the queue. 

* Brianne is trying to finish up the Lena's socks. She's getting close! She also started some socks out of the Turtlemade Power Sock that she received last week. Aaaaand, there's another sock waiting in the wings (Spring Forward by Linda Welch)!!! And the Mountain Retreat Mittens by The Treadmill Knitter was gifted to her so those will probably be cast on soon! There's also a KAL for these mittens starting September 15th on her Ravelry group.


What Came Off The Needles:

* Linda finished Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf by Tamara Kelly in Red Heart Boutique Treasures in Spectrum Colorway, 4 Flower Power Dishrags, and a Beekeeper Quilt Flower by Tiny Owl Knits. 

Spinning!:

* Linda plied the final skein of fingering weight yarn from Unwind Yarn Company 4.3 oz Superwash BFL in Alpine colorway. Brianne now has 2 - 226 yard skeins of fingering for socks.  (Love you sweetie.)


Are You Kidding Me?!

* Linda had the Accidental Möbius Debacle of 2014 and how she fixed it!

* Brianne got caught without knitting!!! Never again!


Gilding The Lily:

* Linda got a skein of Red Heart Boutique Treasures in Spectrum colorway to finish the Artfully Simple scarf.


It's a Good Thing!:

* Linda just discovered the "Your Pattern Highlights" feature on Ravelry

* Brianne created a knitting emergency kit for her purse. 


Bless your Heart:

"Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you." Psalm‬ ‭86‬:‭4‬ NIV


Postcards from the Ozarks:

Sycamore Log Church


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Episode 11 - The Decaf Episode





Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 11, Fri, Aug 8, 2014


What We're Wearing:

* Linda is wearing Knit Night in Redcap by The Flying Kettle

* Brianne is wearing Clapotis in Blue Heron yarn.  Mom reminded me that there's a crocheted version of the Clapotis.  You can find the pattern for it on this thread in our Ravelry group.


Gooseberries:

* Linda loved making hats for Stuffies

* Brianne loved hearing 4 year old Evan call her the most beautiful girl in the world


What We're Knitting:

* Linda is knitting the second green sock out Crock-O-Dye (and got the Fish Lips Kiss Heel right this time!) and plans on starting the Nostalgia Shawl

* Brianne is knitting Flax by Tincan Knits


What Came Off The Needles:



Spinning!:

* Linda Plyed 1/2 of Unwind Yarn Company Superwash BFL in Alpine colorway


Are You Kidding Me?!

* Brianne had a very frustrating situation with her yarn choice and swatching. This is why it's not just important to swatch, but also to wash your swatch!!!!!


Gilding The Lily:

* Linda  ordered a Sampler Girl notion bag for me and she gave us one for an upcoming contest!  Squeeeee!

* Brianne bought a skein of self-striping yarn from TurtleMade on Etsy. Jen also generously donated a yarn and stitchmarker set to the podcast to give away in a contest soon! Yay!


It's a Good Thing!:

* Brianne answered Silvia's question about how daughter Ailish got her name.


Bless your Heart:

* So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.  Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.  Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.  And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It's your basic, all-purpose garment.  Never be without it.  Colossians 3:12-14 MSG


Postcards from the Ozarks:

* Glade Top Trail Scenic Drive and the infamous Bald Knobbers


This episode's knitting bags can be found at:

* Thirty One Gifts - Retro Metro
* My Pink Boots Shop aka Silvisherr