Hey, Knitters! Welcome back to another edition of the Knitting Daddy blog! If this is your first time visiting, I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy your stay. You probably want to start by reading my knitting origin story to learn about how and why I started knitting (tl;dr — my prematurely born daughter is awesome) and then poke around the rest of the blog entries that seem interesting to you.
This week, I started listening to a slew of new podcasts. Well, the podcasts themselves aren’t new, but they’re new to me. So a lot of this post is going to include looking at the new podcasts I’ve been listening to. I also have a couple of cool projects to talk about on my needles, so that’s what we’ll focus on in this blog post.
Before we get into the knitting content of this week’s post, I want to share a neat thing I recently discovered: Amazon Smile. You can read all the details about the program on their “about” page, but the gist of it is that it is a way to help support your favorite charity when you shop at Amazon. Here’s the high-level pitch:
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
As someone who shops at Amazon a lot, I think this is really cool! As an Executive Board Member for Family Support Network of Central Carolina (FSNCC), I think this is even cooler! FSNCC meant a lot to me when Blueberry was in the NICU after her birth, and I’m honored to serve on their Board now. If you shop at Amazon and aren’t using Amazon Smile yet, I encourage you to start using it. Choose your favorite charitable organization to support. I highly recommend that you choose “Family Support Network Of Central Carolina” in Greensboro, NC. We run amazing programs to support families of premature, developmentally disabled or chronically ill children. I’ve personally seen the great work that FSNCC does and can vouch that it is an organization worthy of your support.
So what’s been going on in my knitting world this week?
This Week In Podcasts
My iPod has been busy this week. Thanks to suggestions from Laura (and similar suggestions I’ve received from others recently), I added a handful of podcasts to my listening rotation. Going forward, there’s no way I’m going to be able to keep up to listening to everything I’m currently subscribed to, so I’ll have to figure out how to manage things at some point. This week, I listened to episodes of KnottyGirls KnitCast, Knitmore Girls, CogKnitive, Yarniacs, Curious Handmade (2 episodes!), Fiber Hooligan, Knitting Pipeline, and CraftLit. I skipped Knit 1 Geek 2 Special Episode 3, because it was full of spoilers for Captain America, which I haven’t seen yet.
KnottyGirls is a new podcast for me this week. In Episode 24 (Captain Puerto Rico (Or Laura And Jen Need Neck Models), Laura and Jen talk about what motivates their knitting. It was an interesting discussion, and a neat thing to think about. For me, I’m inspired to knit for my daughter, but I am probably motivated to knit by deadlines — most of which are artificial.
The Knitmore Girls podcast is also new for me this week. In Episode 278 (Lots of Ears), Gigi and Jasmin talk about how important it is to enjoy the process. This is good advice, not just for knitting. I especially enjoy the mother-daughter dynamics on this podcast.
CogKnitive is another new podcast for me this week. In Episode 189 (Furminated!), Dr. Geema talks about setting and reevaluating goals. This is an interesting podcast combining fiber arts and psychology. I’m intrigued to hear more episodes.
Yarniacs is another new podcast to me. Episode 60 (Inspiration) is all about inspiration. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m inspired by my daughter to knit, but that’s not really the vein of inspiration I think they were focusing on — they were talking more along the lines of colors, patterns, things in nature, etc. I’m definitely more about the science and process of knitting, it’s very helpful for me to hear about the art of knitting from time to time like this.
Curious Handmade is yet another new podcast to me, and I listened to two episodes. Episode 23 (It might be the weather) included some talk of cool bunny patterns — perfect for Easter knitting. Episode 24 (Why I love Kaffe Fassett’s Dreaming in Colour) includes a great book review of Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography, which sounded like a very interesting book. A bonus for this podcast is the wonderful accent Helen has. She is such a joy to listen to.
Wow, that was a lot of new podcasts! When the time comes to do some trimming, it’s going to be difficult to decide which podcasts are going to have to be trimmed!
Back in my wheelhouse of familiar podcasts, I listened to the Fiber Hooligan episode with Julia Grunau. She is the creator of patternfish.com, a site that I am going to have to spend some more time poking around on. Especially since I work as a software developer, it was very interesting to hear about the history of how this site came to be. Very cool stuff.
In Knitting Pipeline 168 (Back from Boston and Cape Cod), Paula talks about her trip to Boston and Cape Cod, including a thrilling story of getting to see a Snowy Owl. She also talks about starting an informal Craftsy KAL next month to help encourage us all to go through the Craftsy classes we own. I am so much in favor of this KAL — it’s a great idea!
Finally, I continue to enjoy North and South on the Craftlit podcast. In addition to the book talk, it’s interesting to hear about Heather getting ready for her upcoming move. Best of luck, Heather!
This Week In Ravelry
On Ravelry this week, I spent just a little bit of time organizing my stash some. Nothing new queued, no new favorites this week. I’m falling a little behind in the discussion boards, but it’s OK.
This Week On My Needles
My needles have been busy this week! First, I knitted up a quick item for my swap partner in the IBK Rainbow Swap that I’m participating in: Felted Box/Container by Paula King. I had some unidentified green wool in my stash that I knew would felt well, so I used it. I think I knitted the entire container in one sitting — it was a very easy knit. I set it aside until the weekend, when I was visiting my parents and could use my mom’s washing machine for the felting. I’ve successfully felted items in my HE front-loader, but I wanted to try my hand at using a traditional top-loader with an agitator. It was so much quicker! The results were great. I’m probably going to knit up (at least) one more for myself. After I took it out of the washer and started to shape it, I mentioned that if I had some blocks to shape it on, I’d use that. My dad suggested that I use a brick, and it was the perfect size. So I ended up with a finished object that has very well defined sides and corners. I’m thrilled with how it turned out, and I hope my SP is happy with it, too.
This past Thursday night, I cast on Bunny & Lamb by Susan B. Anderson. I chose this project because it is the current KAL (knit-a-long) in the IBK Group on Ravelry. Wow, this is knitting up so much faster than I anticipated! And, like all the other topsy-turvy toys I’ve knitted, it is so much fun. As I write this blog post, I have completed almost all of the bunny side of the toy, and the body, head, and tail parts of the lamb side. On the bunny side, I need to do carrots and a tail. On the lamb side, I need legs. Both sides need a face.
I’m using Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in Zinnia Pink (for the bunny), White (for the lamb and the bunny’s face), and Berries (for the lamb’s face and feet). I didn’t pay attention to the colorway names when I bought the wool, and was originally planning on using the Berries for the lamb — because I thought it was brown. After showing it to my wife, she asked why I was going to knit up a purple lamb, so we decided the lamb would be much better in white. I’m totally cool with this, and am enjoying how it’s coming out. Having a KAL in the IBK Group has been a wonderful motivator for getting me to carve out some of my knitting time to devote to this fun toy.
I think spring might be here for real now. After the ice-cold winter, I’m happy about that, but I’m not looking forward to allergy season. How’s the change of seasons sitting with you? Join the conversation by leaving a comment about how the change of seasons affects your knitting.
Until next week, keep on knitting for the ones you love!