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Episode 21– Back Again!

Where you can find some patterns:

Eileen sweater

Postaweek/Postaday 2011 WordPress challenge


My Sewing Circle

Regular blog is at Adrift in Crafts


Episode 20– Neverending WIPs, (and a special FO)

Nutkin Socks from

Edit: Episode 20 is here!

RosiG'(SoapyKnitter) is destashing some sweet yarns!! Don’t miss out! (Ravelry link)

Verena Knitting Magazine
–Beautiful, stylish knits!! Plus Sizes! Cables!


With this episode, I think it is time to say goodbye. I didn’t want to mention that Episode 20 would be my last, because I didn’t want to bring the tone down during recording. Lately I’ve just not been feeling the podcasting, and while I’ve had some great times, I think it’s best not to continue. I started my craft documentation with blogging and since I prefer the written word(and photos!) over the podcasting, that is what I will return to. I will be leaving this blog up in case iTunes decides to delete my feed link, and an all-new crafting blog will be up in the coming weeks. I will also from time to time continue to contribute at the House of Wool Repute.
I want to thank ALL my listeners, commenters and HoWR cohorts for encouraging me when the going got tough.

Shannon, of SSK podcast, thank you for giving me the kick in the a$$ that I needed to finally get my voice out there.
Thank you HoWRs and honorary HoWRs for listening to me whine about it all and giggling at my crazy comments.
Thank you Necia for suggesting I branch out and talk about all my different crafts.
Thank you CiCiCarry for keeping me on my toes and checking me out on the blogs, in Flickr AND in Ravelry.
Thank you Susandolph for encouraging me to keep on even when I had my doubts, and congratulations on getting on the mic as well.
Thank you Yarngeekier for listening to me talk about an upcoming episode, only for it to be totally different, and not saying, “Uh, what happened to…?” 😉
Thank you Turtlegirl for YAYing when an episode went up!
Thank you to everyone who’s ever sent me an email, a Ravelry comment or left a comment on this blog or at HoWR to let me know you’re out there. You all have seen me through this and I hope you’ll continue to check out BeanKnits and Spins, etc. wherever it may turn up.


Episode 19 is here.

Poinsettia Neck Warmer

Poinsettia neckwarmer by Anne Hanson from the Winter 2008 Knitty

Knit in Misty Mountain Farm Alpaca held double with Classic Elite Alpaca Sox

The bass-ackwards ‘long draw’ spinning video is here.

Episode 18-Back again!

Episode 18 is ready to go!

Kwik Sew 3588 PJ pants

Kwik-Sew Plus size Pajama pants pattern, and some sale fabric I bought at City Quilter

Summer of crafting– new machine, skirt craze just before vacation,
finishing second quilt EVER!

PJ pants fiasco!

Techniques I’ve learned over the years: (links don’t necessarily represent an ‘ownership/invention of a technique, they are merely tutorial.)

Emily Ocker’s Circular cast on
magic cast on/figure 8 cast on
sewn bind off/Russian bind off
cabling without a needle
backward knitting and purling
navajo/chained plying

What’s on the needles/presserfoot:

Mystery Stole 4 and Abrazo

Episode 15— 2008– NO FEAR, Books! and my ‘design’

Episode 15 is ready for your enjoyment!

All subsequent regular blog posts are now at the New Blog!! The House of Wool Repute!!

Lace designing books

Creating Original Hand-Knitted Lace, by Margaret Stove

Knitting Lace Triangles, by Evelyn A. Clark

My Sources of Inspiration:
Evelyn A. Clark

Miriam L. Felton



Something’s a-comin

Don’t you worry, the next episode of BeanKnits and Spins Podcast is gonna be a doozy! 😉

oh, and Happy New Year, and all that stuff 😀

WIPs and random thoughts

I promised a picture of the Lombard Street socks in progress so here it is:


Let me tell you that while it’s a pretty pattern, I don’t think I’ll knit it again. Granted the decreases and increase are inherent in lace knitting BUT, the juxtaposition of such in this particular pattern had me jacking up the stitch count something awful. There was much tinking and cussin with this sock. I give kudos to the heel flap though. Or at least it might be due to the yarn I’m using. There’s a little bit of a design there because of the slip stitching on the flap. Nice.

Lombard heelclose 002

Then there’s the newest addition to the WIPs list *blushing*:


A lace scarf from Victorian Lace Today. Strangely I don’t think this pattern HAS a title other than, ” Scarf with the open and solid diamond lace edging from Weldon’s, 1904″. So, that’s what it is. I’ll refer to it here on out as, “VLT scarf #1”. 🙂

If there are two things that this project makes me realize, it’s that 1) Dangly stitchmarkers ARE a pain in the ass, and 2) I really need a set of Options needles. I could use Crystal Palace circs to get a pointy tip but it’s a bamboo needle and I’d prefer a metal needle so the stitches will slide along easier. This is being done on a 4.0mm Addi turbo. I know Addi makes lace needles but at $15 a pop, no thanx. As for the markers, I say that because when I work the wrong side of the scarf I have to keep flipping the marker around to get it out of the way once I’ve knit it. If that makes any sense. Granted, when I made them, I probably used too many beads on it and the wire is not a soft enough gauge for a dangly. I’ll have to work on that; I DO like them but this is clearly too long and stiff not flexible enough. 🙂

As for previously mentioned WIPs, Stripedy is going to be worked on more once it cools off some. The Badia top is going to be ripped. I just don’t have it in me right now to make a lot of changes to something. What started out with accidentally knitting more length than the pattern called for at a certain point, I was trying to turn into extra length to account for the hikeage that normally occurs in the front of some of my tops. My measurements per the pattern were way off but I was going to work around that and use it to my ‘advantage’. Then I got distracted with other stuff and found myself preferring to knit the new things. I think the yarn is also the problem. I just can’t seem to find anything to do with that SWTC Bamboo. If it were variegated I’d do another Clapotis but it’s plain and I know that’ll bore me to tears. *sigh*…

I have an announcement. I have in my posession, 24 silk hankies, sent to me by Cordelia. Thank you Muggy! Now the thing is, how to DYE them for spinning.

I’m thinking of dividing them up into 4 sets and doing 4 colors each. My hope is to spin the colors in one order, and then go back the other way. Of course I’d have to do this twice so that there’s enough for two of whatever I make. Could be socks, could be MITTENS! I could spin up some black merino and ply it with that to get a stained glass-type effect. But, what colors?

Decisions, decisions.

Til next time!