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The Knitting Broomstick: EPISODE 14: Happy Holidays!

The Best Magic Knot. EVER.

This video demonstrates the awesome magic knot I mentioned in episode 13 of The Knitting Broomstick video podcast! It really is effective, and I love that you don't have to weave in ends. It is the perfect solution for scrappy blanket projects!

I must give credit to Sara of the LoveSockWool podcast for sharing this awesome video with me earlier this year. I use this knot all the time! :)

The Knitting Broomstick: EPISODE 13: (Im)Patiently Waiting For Baby!

The Knitting Broomstick: EPISODE 12: The Nesting Crafter

The Knitting Broomstick: EPISODE 11: Feeling Thankful

My apologies for the terrible lighting in this episode.  Things are a little crazy with the kids home for Thanksgiving break!  Hopefully I'll be back to my usual spot next week!  Thanks for understanding... ENJOY!!!!  ;)

The Knitting Broomstick: EPISODE 10: Getting in the Holiday Mood

The Knitting Broomstick: EPISODE 9: Baby, It's Cold...INSIDE?

The Knitting Broomstick: EPISODE 8: Crafters Are the Nicest People Ever

Episode 7: It's So Fluffy!

Episode 6: The Sixth Time's the Charm

EPISODE 5: I'm BAAACCCKKK!!!!

After a long hiatus, I am SO happy to be back recording and chatting with you all!  ENJOY!


No show notes this time, but if anyone has trouble finding anything mentioned in the podcast just message me and I will be happy to post links!  :)

The Knitting Broomstick is on HIATUS

Hello all, many of you will have already known this from the announcements in The Knitting Broomstick group on Ravelry.  But for those who have not seen it, I am having to take a break from putting out new podcast episodes for the time being.  I am experiencing some health issues that are preventing me from knitting and crocheting, as well as making me feel rather under-the-weather.

I am so sorry to have had to make this decision, but I know its the best in the long run, as once I'm feeling better I can come back (hopefully) better than ever!

I truly appreciate all of the support, understanding, and patience.  It is my hope to be putting out new episodes in late June or early July, at the absolute latest.

THANK YOU ALL!!!!

Episode 4: I'm Busting Out My 1990s Impressions!

I hope you enjoy this episode!  See below for links to everything mentioned in this episode.  If you haven't already, check out the The Knitting Broomstick Podcast Ravelry group!

This weekend we are doing our first ever MOVIE NIGHT, where we'll be watching Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.  Join in on the fun!  :)

Don't forget about the Project Bag Giveaway, too!

YARNS MENTIONED:

Pandia's Jewels
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitten, Lady of Lallybroch

Supernatural Yarns
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey

Cherry Tree Hill Fingerpaints
Summer Sweet

Knit Picks
Wool of the Andes Worsted in Marine Heather

Voolenvine Yarns
Outlander Misfit in Blitzed base; Jilted Rose Misfit in Blitzed Base; Outlander in Wolke Base

Rowan DK Pure New Wool

Cascade Yarns
Heritage


PATTERNS MENTIONED:

The Lidian Sweater by Jenn Emerson

Waterlily

Tea Leaves Cardigan and Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi

Cozy Memories Blanket

Dandy Sir Cephalopod by Susan Claudino Designs


PROJECT BAGS MENTIONED/ FEATURED:

lovesockwool

ma…

Episode 3: Mismeasured Skeins, Old Movies, and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome to Episode 3 of The Knitting Broomstick!  Full show notes are listed below; and please join my newRavelry group, we would love to have you!  :)  Enjoy!


YARNS MENTIONED:

Pandia's Jewels
Can Missy Say Something Nice?, Hello I'm Captain Jack, Lady of Lallybroch

Regia Tweed (in several different colors)

Supernatural Yarns
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey; Belltrix vs. Molly

Holiday Yarns
Flock Sock in Pink Lady

Knit Picks
Stroll Brights in Pickle Juice

Voolenvine Yarns
Outlander Misfit in Blitzed base

Caron Simply Soft (in various colors)


PATTERNS MENTIONED:

The Lidian Sweater by Jenn Emerson

Can Missy Say Something Nice?  Socks by JavaPurl Designs

The Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan

Cozy Memories Blanket


PROJECT BAGS MENTIONED/ FEATURED:

lovesockwool

madbird

Addicted to Sock Knitting
Watch the episode to find out how you can win one of these darling sock bags!


RAVELRY GROUPS MENTIONED:

Check out the new group for The Knitting Broomstick podcast!

LoveSockWool

Yarngasm Podcast


PODCASTS MENTIONED:

LoveS…

Episode 2: It's A Knitting Miracle!

Welcome to episode 2!  Thank you so much for watching!  See below for links to all of the fun things I mentioned in this episode:

YARNS MENTIONED:

Voolenvine Yarns
I talked about my plans to make Sucky Thumb Mitts and vanilla socks using the Octopus Garden and Outlander (Misfit) colorways respectively.

Pandia's Jewels
"Can Missy Say Something Nice?" colorway for my WIP of the same name (pattern by JavaPurl Designs).  I also mentioned plans to make vanilla socks with PJ's Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitten colorway.  The Cozy Memories blanket also features a square of Hello I'm Captain Jack colorway.

Supernatural Yarns
I'm making the Lidian Sweater with Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey; also mentioned Frozen fiber from SY.  The Cozy Memories blanket features a square in the Molly vs. Bellatrix colorway.

Knit Picks Stroll Brights
Vanilla socks for my DD in Pucker and Highlighter Yellow!  SO fun!

PATTERNS MENTIONED:

Sucky Thumb Mitts by Marianne Cant

The Lidian Sweater by Jen…

Episode 1: Hello, My Name Is... What?

Hello!  Welcome to my new adventure!  I've been wanting to do a podcast for awhile now, and I decided to just stop talking about it and thinking about it and actually DO it.  I tend to learn as I go and learn by doing (kind of how I got into knitting, come to think of it!), so I figured the best way was to just shut up and do it! 

I'm calling it a podcast because that is what all the cool kids are doing, and the word "vlog" is so ugly.  Podcast sounds so much better, don't you think?  This adventure was born from a desire to talk about my favorite subjects..... knitting and crochet!  I really enjoy keeping my blog, but I find that writing is not the optimal medium for me at this point in my life.  I'm excited to try out podcasting and see if it is a better fit for me at this time, and I hope you all enjoy it!

For now, the episodes will be short and sweet, but I have SO many crazy fun plans in my head for future episodes!  I am SO excited about this!  So if y…

Books, Movies, and TV: March 2015 Update

Well, so much for blogging about this weekly!  HA!

Be FOREWARNED:  The following blog will contain spoilers about the Outlander series (books and TV), Friends, Angel, Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Vikings, Cougar Town, A Discovery of Witches, Mockingjay, Gilmore Girls, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Orphan Black.

BOOKS:

I have not done a ton of reading in the past couple of weeks.  My daughter has been going through a very fussy phase, and I've been TIRED.  Very.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:  I'm behind on my RAL reading for this; I think I'm at the end of the Yule Ball?  Yes, I think so.  I love the Yule Ball scene and all of the stuff leading up to it. I give mega props to Krum; I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for being so astute.  He has this meathead persona, and yet he is smart and discerning enough to seek out the smartest, most capable girl in the school to be his date to the ball.  He could have any girl in the school, and he was smart …

Obliviate

The fact that I chose to knit the aptly-named "Obliviate" pattern right now is kinda perfect.  Its perfect because I feel like someone has cast the Obliviate spell on me lately!  Lack of sleep + hectic life = obliviation.  And I'm inventing words again.

If you've ever read my blog before, you might be aware that I like Harry Potter.  A LOT.  One might say I'm obsessed, and one would not be wrong!  I really love to knit fandom-related things (which will come as another HUGE shock to my readers....HA!), and these mitts have been in my queue forEVER.

This pattern is based on the mitts Hermione wears in the final films, and they are just gorgeous.  Once you become a knitter or crocheter, you can't just watch TV and movies like a normal person anymore.  You suddenly become keenly aware of the knitwear characters are wearing, and suddenly determined to duplicate that knitwear somehow, someway!  I definitely had that immediate reaction with these mitts, because they…

Book Review: Knits For Boys by Kate Oates

Knits for Boys: 27 Patterns for Little Men + Grow-With-Me Tips & Tricks by Kate Oates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an AWESOME book! I was reluctant to buy this book because sometimes pattern-writers (when it comes to boys) just go about it all wrong. They either go so gender-stereotypical that its nauseating, or they try to come up with weird artistic designs that completely ignore the practicalities of having a young boy wear such a garment.

I'm pleased to report this book avoids both of those pitfalls and comes up with some truly beautiful designs for boys! As a mom of several sons, I was beyond excited to see this. The sweaters are ALL gorgeous. Every single one. I also like many of the accessories (like the socks and mittens!).

Overall, this is an excellent find. Even if you just bought the book for the sweater patterns, it would be well worth it. The tips and tricks seem to be very helpful, too; I look forward to employing them as I try out these patterns. I thi…

The Lady of Lallybroch Outlander Inspired Socks (March 2015 Socks)

Going strong on the 12-socks-in-2015 challenge!  Here is my third pair for the year.  This was a sock kit I got from Pandia's Jewels and represents a collaboration between PJ yarn and a pattern by my favorite sock pattern designer, C. C. Almon of JavaPurl Designs (and also of the Geeky Girls Knit podcast, which I LOVE!).

I was crazy excited to knit these socks.  The yarn?  Completely luscious.  Just look at those colors!  I love the way PJ yarns knit up.  One might say I'm addicted.  And I would be hard-pressed to deny it.  And the pattern was wonderful.  As soon as I saw these gorgeous cables, I was hooked.  I adore cables.  As usual, the pattern was written so well; super clear and the result is always fabulous. 

I loved the unusual design element of these socks.  They have a folded down cuff with nonfunctional buttons.  That is another reason I love this sock pattern designer; she comes up with such creative ideas!

Needles:  Hiya Hiya Sharps circular, US 1.5

Yarn:  Lallybroc…

Where have all the FOs gone?

A testament to how busy things are; I started this post a few days ago, and here it is, just now getting published!  Better late than never.... here we go!  :)

Its been awhile since I've had a bonafide FO to post here; yet I've been stitching like a mad woman!  I thought I'd post a bit about the WIPs I've got going, since I am really excited about all of them.... and I don't want to wait until they are FOs to talk about them!  :)

First up are four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hats.  Yes, FOUR.  I have four kids, and there are four ninja turtles, so its a no-brainer!  And thankfully each kid identifies with a different turtle, so that keeps me from having to crochet four of the EXACT same hat.  At least there is some difference in the color!  Well, to be fair, my youngest is hardly old enough to have a ninja turtle preference (or any preference, for that matter), so she got Donatello by default!  Ha.

The pattern is by BriAbby Designs, which I am pretty obsessed with…

Books, Movies, and TV in 2015

A couple of quick DISCLAIMERS:

1.  This blog post contains spoilers relating to the Outlander book and TV series; Gilmore Girls; Harry Potter; Pride and Prejudice; A Discovery of Witches; Angel; Castle; and Friends!  :)

2.  These updates don't always encompass everything I'm reading/ watching; I try to stick to the main stuff.  For example I have MANY books in progress right now, but I'm trying to focus on just a few at a time to get them finished.  :)

Last year, as I chronicled my knitting and crochet projects, I often noted what I was reading or watching in those blog entries.  I haven't been doing that this year because I switch back and forth so much, and I've got so many books and TV series going on, I most likely listen to/ read/ watch a little bit of all of them in the course of creating a project.

I adore books, movies, and TV, though, and I wanted to figure out a way to keep track of the stuff I'm reading or watching on this blog.  I've decided to w…

Maleficent

I remember years ago, I knit my first little stuffie.  I was pregnant with my third child at the time, and I wanted to knit a million little dolls and toys for my kids.

Sadly enough, though, I found that I HATED knitting little fiddly things.  It was very disappointing because, again, I had wanted to make my kids all kinds of cool stuff.

Then, a few years later, I learned how to crochet and.... what do you know?  I found out that I don't mind crocheting fiddly things, but for some reason knits and fiddles just don't go well together (ooooh.... that would be a good name for an LYS!  "Knits and Fiddles"!  Sorry, tangent!).  So, yay, my dream of populating the house with crafted stuffies was alive once again!

In the past couple of years, my queue keeps exploding with various crocheted dolls and creatures.  I really enjoy making them, and you'd better believe my kids snatch them out of my hands the very second that last yarn end is woven in! 

We watched Maleficent …

Dragon Watcher's Hood

And right on the heels of Rapunzel, I had to make this gorgeous Dragon Watcher's Hood; also a Tiny Owl Knits pattern.  I was so tempted to make it from a red yarn (as seen in her book), but when I went yarn shopping, I found this lovely blue shade and it was calling my name!  Blue is my favorite color, so no huge surprise there.  Anyway, here it is, though I have yet to attach the bells.  I just can't figure out if I want to or not, but since our cold weather is waning more and more each day, I may have until next winter to decide!  ;)








Rapunzel

Yikes; I'm so behind!  I have a LOT of FOs to share, and a lot of updates as well.  I'll try to do at least one FO/ update per day for the next few days, and hopefully I'll get (at least a little bit) caught up!  This is a busy month and I have a TON of crafting planned (too much, probably!), so here we go!

In keeping with my 15 Tiny Owl Knits in 2015, I created the Free Rapunzel hat.  This was SUCH a fun knit!  The braids are actually cabled (I LOVE cables!), and I did one of them late at night only to discover the next morning I had done it backwards.  Haha!  I had to frog that braid and start again.  *Sigh*. 

I finally got around to getting some better pictures, too:

Its been awhile since I made this, so the project details are failing to register in my brain right now!  Haha.  Oh, well.  I promise I'll be better about updating FOs in the future!  Maybe!  ;)

Tiny Owl Knits 15 in 2015

I am really behind on my blogging!  To sum it up, a nasty respiratory virus hit my family a couple of weeks ago and seriously flattened me.  The kids missed school for a whole week, and we are all still recovering from the lingering effects of this nasty illness.  Ugh!  Thankfully we ARE getting better, though, and life goes on!

Of course, as anyone with a family knows, any setback like that (illness, surgery, trip, whatever) leads to major setbacks around the house.  Or maybe "pile-ups" is a more accurate term!  I've got laundry (both dirty and clean) piled up in any available place all over the house.  I'm really overdue on basic house cleaning tasks, so you won't see me entertaining anytime soon!  Oh, well.  I try not to stress about it too much, and for those people who DO actually visit us, I try to remember the adage "those who matter, don't mind.  And those who mind, don't matter!" 

I have been getting a lot of crafting done in all this m…

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Osgood-Inspired Scarf

In early January 2014, I began knitting this scarf.  Whovians will recognize it as the one worn by the awesome character Osgood in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it (as did many DW fans!), and I knew I had to make it!  I prefer the style and the colors to the Tom Baker scarf, so I was really excited to start it.  I knew it would be a bit of a massive undertaking, as it is meant to be really long, there are many color changes, and its knit in 1x1 rib.  So it makes perfect sense that I started it just two days before having a baby, right?

I worked on it here and there, when I could, after our daughter was born, but progress was definitely slow.  As the 1-year mark approached, I knew I wanted to get it finished up.  I wanted to be able to wear it and enjoy it before winter faded away into spring and such a ginormous, heavy scarf would be laughable (and, well, HOT!).  I also didn't want it to languish in my WIP pile any longer.  In m…

Moogly 2015 CAL, Square #2 (Sunburst Square)

Its crazy how excited I was for the pattern to come out for this on January 22!  I was glued to my computer as soon as I woke up, and kept checking until the pattern FINALLY appeared!  Of course I couldn't get to it right away what with picking up kids from school, making lunches, and doing all the normal mom stuff.  But you better believe I was all over it as soon as I could!

The first square was really challenging for me.  This square was not challenging at all; I had to rip back a few stitches a couple of times for my own stupid mistakes, but otherwise it came very easily to me.  I was feeling pretty good about that!  I had a BLAST making this square.  I finished it before I went to bed that night!

The colors I chose come from the leftover yarn from my Doctor Who Osgood scarf (future blog post about that, too.... I'm a bit behind!).  I wanted it to be kinda Doctorish and Osgoodish.  So there you go!  Square #2 for the Moogly 2015 CAL, and another block for the Mariah Square…

Valentine Sweetheart Hat

Insomnia is no fun.... still, I am finding ways to make it less aggravating. I try to read (if my eyes aren't too tired), or catch up on favorite TV shows. And lately, I have been perusing knitting and crochet patterns on Ravelry and Facebook a LOT. My queue is bursting at the seams thanks to all of this late-night queuing going on!

The other night, I had two projects I was busily working on and trying to finish. I took a brief break to check Facebook, and came across this adorable baby sweetheart valentine hat. I just knew I had to STOP everything I was doing and make it for my daughter! So.... I did!

The pattern is written for a small baby (probably newborn), and my daughter is wearing toddler sizes now. So I added a few rows and made some minor modifications in order for it to fit her. I also opted NOT to make the puffballs. I really hate making puffballs, so I did braids instead. I have since ordered a Clover puffball maker in the hopes of finding some peace with puf…