Thursday, December 20, 2012

Episode 25: Farewell 2012

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Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles & Hooks

Iced by Carol Feller

Hitchin' A Ride by Sharon Cheek

From this project I am learning:
  •  how to "read" crochet stitches
  • what " in the chain 1 space" means
  • increasing in crochet


Finished my Gale's Art BFL fiber in the Crayon Box colorway.
I spoke about how I prepared this fiber to spin in episode 24.
Techniques I used with this fiber:
  • spinning over the fold to blend color
  • drafted with a long draw woolen technique
  • left it as a single
  • fulled the skein to finish it
I ended up with 254 yds of a thick and thin single

Beauty shot #1
Beauty shot #2


On the bobbin now-  Bee Mice Elf    BFL/Silk (75/25) in the City Sunset colorway

On the drop spindle- 1.9 oz of Rambouillet washed fleece that I combed into top
                                   Drop spindle from Spinatude  .6 oz./18 grams

Knitting For Good

Remember to get your pictures of your finished afghan squares for our Squares For Comfort KAL/CAL up on the thread by 12/31 to be eligible for our wonderful prizes!

January's coming.....and that means it's time for CogKNITive's  Mother Bear KAL/CAL!! I'll be crocheting a bear to kick off 2013!

Jibber Jabber

2013 Fiber Goals
  1. sweaters, sweaters, sweaters
  2. spin for a sweater
  3. join Dr.Gemma's 25 Bear Club for Mother Bear
  4. less obligation knitting
  5. more adventurous knitting
Closing music by "Hollywood Drunks"  as is available on

Talk to you in the new year!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Episode 24: Variety Is The Spice of Life!

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Introduce yourself!!

On The Needles, Hooks, and Loom

Iced by Carol Feller

Hitchin' A Ride by Sharon Creek

Rustic Noro Scarf, personal pattern

Weaving terms discussed:
  • warp
  • weft
  • rigid heddle
  • dent
  • balance weave
  • selvages

Off The Needles

Vanilla Latte Socks

In the last episode I mentioned how knitting gremlins made my sock cast on edge too tight and the leg too short.
pgknittingnurse contacted me on ravelry and made the most clever suggestion: unpick the cast on edge, knit up to lengthen the leg, and bind off using Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.
Being impatient, I cut off the 2x2 rib cuff of the sock, picked up the leg stitches, knitted up, and BO with JSSBO!!

Cutting your knitting is exhilarating!!
These are the steps I used in order to experiment with Felicia Lo's technique of blending color by spinning from the fold:
  1. I broke the fiber into chunks at the areas where there were color changes
  2. I sorted these chunks into 7 groups based on their colors
  3. I am spinning these groups from the fold using a longdraw method

Review and Giveaway!!

The little princess is a special co host this week reviewing Annie and The Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos of the Never Not Knitting podcast and pattern line.
 Paper dolls!

 Sharing my fiber love with my daughter


A Puzzle!
To quote the little princess, "I love it!!" If you would like to be entered to win a copy of the Deluxe Gift Edition enter here by December 31, 2012
Knitting For Good
KB is hosting a CAL/KAL for Square for Comfort until December 31, 2012
More information here and here.
Music: Adam Sandler's Hanukkah Song #3
Happy Hanukkah to all of my listeners celebrating!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Episode 23: Back In Business!

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Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles

Iced by Carol Feller

Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes

Knitting Gremlins

Those gremlins  must have been playing with my socks when I wasn't looking!

Off The Needles

KGASS Afghan square

Squares For Comfort KAL/CAL Afghan square

* If you want to tighten up your purl stitch try Cat Bordhi's method!
Finished my Hobbledehoy ply pack!

And for the close up.....

Craftsy class review-

Spinning Dyed Fibers with Felicia Lo  - this is an excellent class and Ms. Lo is a fantastic teacher. Highly recommended!

New (to me) Podcast

I have fallen in love with Yarnspinnerstales! Find this fabulous podcast on iTunes and check out her Ravelry group.

Knitting For Good

Please join me in supporting Squares For Comfort distribute blankets to those hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy in the New York area.
Please read this thread for all of the details!!

Thanks for listening!

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. listeners!!

All music has been provided by Music Alley


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Squares For Comfort Update- Prizes & Thanks!

I am moved by the wonderful response I've received since announcing Knitting Brooklyn's charity KAL/CAL to support Squares for Comfort! Thank you all!
Fiber artists and listeners alike have graciously donated prizes for those who enter pictures of their completed squares  by 12/31/12 here.

A skein of yarn from Roman Hills
A skein of sport weight yarn from Spin Monkeys
Winner's choice! 2 skeins from Desert Vista Dyeworks
A skein of  "Soft Kitty" from Fibernymph Dye Works
A set of stitch markers (small or regular) from Cattail Knits
Winner's choice! Choose either  Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Pop Rocks,  Malabrigo Sock in Caribeno, or Abstract Fibers Super Sock in Joseph’s Coat from Jen of the Commuter Knitter Podcast.
One copy of Cookie A's Shapes & Forms ebook and one copy of a Winged Knits ebook donated by Mel of the Single Handed Knits videocast.
2 copies of the pattern Relief Counterpane Blanket by Stephanie Kreuz: one donated by JanElinRN & terry427; one by myself
"A Knitter's Home Companion" by Michelle Edwards & Jennifer Gotch by terry427
A pattern gifted through Ravelry up to a $7 value by JansHands
A skein of yarn by Captiva
A skein of Five Moons hand dyed yarn in the Marmalade Chutney colorway along with fabric labels by Elspeth81
2 skeins Tosh Sock in the "home" colorway and one skein of "The Painted Tiger " in their Tiger Club May 2012 colorway by Barbknitz
Thank you to all of our prize sponsors and to all of my fellow podcasters for spreading the word about this KAL!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Squares For Comfort Charity KAL/CAL with Knitting Brooklyn!!

In an effort to help those devastated by Hurricane Sandy, JanElinRN and terry427 are collecting afghan squares to seam into much needed blankets. They have set up a group on Ravelry- Squares For Comfort which I urge you to join and support! I would like to encourage a sense of community here in the KB group, so I will be hosting an afghan square KAL/CAL until 12/31 to help out these wonderful ladies!!
Find the Ravelry thread here!

How You Can Help!
  • Knit or crochet 12” x 12” afghan squares with a garter stitch border
  • Please use machine washable, worsted weight yarn
  • Any color, pattern, or design is welcome
  • Any additional cards or notes with well wishes that you would like to pass on can be included as well.
  • You may include your name and city/state with your donation if you’d like that included
Our KAL/CAL will end 12/31, but Jan & Terry will accept squares indefinitely.

Mail your squares to:
Squares for Comfort
PO Box 909
Melville, NY 11747

Of course, there’s prizes!!
To enter post a picture of your afghan square in the FO thread, winners chosen by RNG, by 12/31/2012
To see the full list of fantastic prizes see this blog post!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Episode 22: There's No Place Like Home

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Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles & Spinning

See episode 21 's shownotes :0)

Tina & Coggie's Wheel Cleaning Tutorial

Knitting Gremlins

If you can't get the knitting, get the knitting needles!

Knitting For Good

Super Ty on Ravelry

Subway Knits Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser - info here

Post that you donated here! and email your receipt to

Sherry aka spejo on ravelry has posted info on her daughter in law's  hurricane relief fundraising efforts here!

You can visit Rachel's charity organization directly here! Her drive will end November 11, 2012

Thank you for all of your prayers, thoughts, and well wishes- they were so greatly appreciated!!

Please take a moment to say a prayer for the victims and survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Episode 21: Knitting Gremlins

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Introduce Yourself!!

Shawl Talk

Hitchin' A Ride by Sharon Cheek

Simple Scallops by Kristy Ashmore

On The Needles

Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia  Rose-Jeanes

Iced by Carol Feller

Autumn Ice

Off The Needles , Hook, and Loom

Miranda Hat by Evelyn Leong

Double Crochet and Shell Hat by Elizabeth Buffington

A great tutorial for a crocheted flower
Woven Scarf of Love

Beautiful selvage, if i say so myself :0)
Loop Spontaneous Spinning Clouds- finished! 414 yds of a 2 ply fingering weight.
414 yards of yum!

Spinning some Hobbledehoy now :0)

Knitting For Good

Calender of Hope 2013

More info at

New Podcasts

Robinznest with the lovely Robin :0)

Knitting Gremlins

Do you have any in your house?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Episode 20: Autumn's Finally Here!

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Introduce Yourself!!

Shawl Talk

Paprika Spice Simple Pi Shawl by Kimberly  Pacini

and for those who prefer crochet....

Critron by Martha Simonsen

Bowtie Pi by Cheri McEwen

Klamath by Sarah Kukuchek

Info for yarn substitution came from The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes

Paula of the Knitting Pipeline  discusses yarn substitution in her episode 103 Hyla Brook

On The Needles

Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes

Miranda Hat by Evelyn Leong

Off The Needles

Seeded Rib Socks by Lisa Beamer

Spinning & Weaving

Finishing would help :0P

Knitting For Good

Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC is collecting hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for the local NYC charity group Hats 4 The Homeless. More info here!

If you are not local to NYC and would still like to donate click here.

New Swap

Home For The Holidays Swap- more info and sign ups here!

Jibber Jabber

Crochet Lab with Vickie Howell

Knitty Deep Fall 2012

BFF by Ysolda Teague and Stephanie Dosen

Subway Knits Podcast BFF Swap Sign Ups Here

Thank you for the new iTunes review :0)

Thank you to Sherry aka spejo on Ravelry for a great postcard from Greece!!

Folk Art Museum, Nafplion
Rigid heddle looms from different parts of Greece

Thanks to Andy Mullen for 'Brooklyn Rain' intro music and Whitney Kelly for 'Autumn Air'.

All music can be found at Music Alley.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Episode 19: Septembers Are For Birthdays

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No editing this episode- this is Knitting Brooklyn raw!

Introduce Yourself!

Winners of the Quaker Ridge Shawlette  patterns:
  • tlobner
  • SandraRum
Basic Shawl Pattern Suggestions

Terribly Simple by Caitlin ffrench

LaLa's Simple Shawl by Laura Linneman

Smile Shawlette by Vicki Mikulak

Piper's Journey by Paula Emons- Fuessle

Hyla Brook by  Paula Emons- Fuessle

Intermediate Shawl Suggestions

Brandywine Shawl by Rosemary Hill

My first shawl was a Brandywine.

Sunflower Shawlette by Rose Beck
Skywalker  by Laura Nelkin
Clarus by Laura Nelkin
On The Needles
Seeded Rib Socks by Lisa Beamer
Scarf on my Schacht 25" Flip Rigid Heddle loom
Spontaneous Spinning Clouds from Loop Fiber Studio.
Off The Needles
Mother Bear #3


  • Kings County Fiber Festival 10/6/2012 @ The Old Stone House, Park Slope, Brooklyn
  • 4th Annual NYC Yarn Crawl, Columbus Day weekend 16/6- 10/8
  • Rhinebeck!!!

Knitting For Good

Jen of the Commuter Knitter podcast is hosting a KAL for Halos of Hope. More info HERE.
Project Stash EL is still running the Miranda Hat Charity KAL. More info HERE.

Jibber Jabber

Craftsy classes I speak about:
  • Spinning Dyed Fibers with Felicia Lo
  • Know Your Wool with Deborah Robson
Find them HERE
  • Crochet Lab with Vickie Howell  HERE
  • Short Rows with Carol Feller HERE

Thank you to everyone for all of the birthday wishes and gifts :0) {{hugs}}

All music can be found at Music Alley
Andy Mullen "Brooklyn Rain"
Ellis Reed "Jennifer"

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Episode 17: Summer Knitting

Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles

Oak Grove by Alana Dakos

Off The Needles

Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh

See Violet in the corner?

Getting Warped

Finished the Scrappy Scarf aka The Scarf Only A Father Could Love

Explained some weaving terms from Betty Lynn Davenports book Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving.

Started my Woven Scarf Of Love.

Much better!


Violet has some spontaneous Spinning Clouds from Loop Fiber studio.

I fixed my Pumpkin Hill Farm Russian lace spindle. Mark gives *excellent* customer service!


Tools supplied by Mark of PumpkinHillFarm

All better!!

Check out  Tilt A Whirl Spindles - Ed aka fuzzed on Ravelry- creates gorgeous spindles!!

 My custom full sized supported spindle

 Spindle Pop!

Big sister & lil' sister side by side!

Knitting For Good

2 Knit Lit Chicks Mother Bear KAL/CAL

Project Stash KAL Knitting Miranda hats to distribute in soup kitchens this fall/winter

Jibber Jabber

Noro Party at Argyle Yarn Shop- so much fun! I won the grand prize (fair & square)

This will grow up to become an Iced cardigan, because doesn't everyone knit bulky weight sweaters in August?


To all of my listeners!
Andy Mullen "Brooklyn Rain"
Hannah & Maggie "Keeping Calm The Lives We Know"

All music can be found on Music Alley

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Episode 16: Where Have All The Sweaters Gone?

Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles

Honey Cowl by Ann Maria for Madelinetosh

Oak Grove by Alana Dakos

The fiber that grew up to become Oak Grove mitts

What I'd Like On The Needles

Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Off The Needles

Terribly Simple by Caitlin ffrench

My handspun Terribly Simple

This was the shawl as a baby yarn!

Knitting Grrrs...

Seeded Rib Socks by Lisa Beamer

Terribly Simple by Caitlin ffrench


Epic fail for Tour d'Fleece!!

The result of a mouse, sledgehammer, and an overzealous husband!

Plyed my Loop batt with targhee and some commercial yarn as well!

I got 552 yards of a sport weight yarn :0)

Jibber Jabber

Knit Picks has introduced a new needle- Sunstruck!

Noro Party at Argyle Yarn Shop in Brooklyn, NY on 8/1 from 6-9pm

Ravellenic Games- I will be getting warped!! with Team Sasquatch

Brooklyn Rain by Andy Mullen
Burlington, VT by Hannah & Maggie

All music can be found on Music Alley

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Episode 15: Knit Some Good This Summer!

Introduce Yourself!

Knitting Grrrrs....

Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl  by Wendy Johnson


Go Team Sasquatch !!

TdF Goal:

Russian lace supported spindle purchased at Pumpkin Hill Farm.

2 oz. of Mulberry Silk processed top purchased at Wildhare Fiber Studio.

Spindle bowl was purchased at Heidi's Pottery.

Isn't she a beaut?!

The YouTube video by grippingyarn on ravelry that taught me how to use my support spindle!

Knitting For Good

Julie's classroom goal was met!! Thank you everyone :0)
If you didn't have a chance to donate- go to Donors Choose and find a classroom in need in your area!

Winners for the donation incentive were announced- please pm me on ravelry if you won!

Thank you to the donors:

Join the Miranda Hat Charity KAL on the Project: Stash KAL group!
Knit more preemie hats for Eat. Sleep.Knit. in memory of Erin's daughter, Amy.
Send them to:
Eat Sleep Knit
ATTN: Knits for Preemies
6400 Highlands Pkwy, Ste I (the letter not the number)
Smyrna, GA 30082

Erin would like to make a donation to the NICU at Piedmont Hospital where Amy was born on July 26- Amy's due date.

The 2 Knit Lit Chicks are hosting a Mother Bear KAL/CAL through August 31! There are some awesome prizes   :0)  The thread is HERE!! You can also double dip the bears you knit now for Dr. Gemma's Mother Bear KAL/CAL over at CogKNITive when it starts again in January 2013!!

Need a rest from knitting? Send character band-aids to

Coldwell Banker Residential
5018 Expressway Dr. S
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Attention: Stephanie

The goal is to collect 4000 boxes and distribute them to the Cohens Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY and Hemby Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC for pediatric cancer patients.

PM me on ravelry if you are interested in the drop off points in LI, NY and NC :0)

All music was provided by Music Alley.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Episode 14: Ravelympics!

Ravelympics Controversy

Letter from USOC can be found HERE.

**Subsequent letter of apology can be found HERE. ** It was released after I recorded. My humble opinion? It doesn't quite cut the cheese. I still will not be viewing the Olympic games this summer.

Knitting For Good

Donate any amount to Julie's (aka schildkraut1 on ravelry) classroom in Brooklyn, NY in order to purchase captivating books for next year's 7th grade students.


Once you receive your confirmation email for your donation from , forward that over to me at  Please include your Ravelry name as well. You will be entered to win a hardcopy of the Coastal Kids Collection generously donated by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting :0)

We will run this donation incentive until the end of August or until Julie's reaches her goal of $407- whichever comes first!!!

On The Needles

Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl KAL 2012  by Wendy Johnson

Lace Cast On  - Scroll down a little less than halfway down the page.

Off The Needles

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief  by Orange Flower


I learn I am a "sparkle girl" while spinning my first Loop! Bullseye Bump :0)


The Knitting Local Summer Swap sign- ups are extended until 6/26. SIGN UP HERE!!

Join me over at Team Sasquatch!!!

Tour de Fleece- 6/30 - 7/22

Ravelympics - 7/27- 8/12

Introduce Yourself!!!


Thanks Rachel for putting together such a great podcast, Knit Cents! Wishing you good luck in the future!

All music provided by

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Episode 13: Great Success!

Sorry shownotes took me so long this time around!

Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower

Using Beads!! I'm using the dental floss threader method.

Off The Needles

Washcloths and preemie hats!!

I give my humble opinion about Knit Picks Dishie :0)


Gnome Acres Superwash BFL in the Franklin colorway

I got 309 yds at 13 wpi! Love it!!

New Podcasts

Chrissy the Great formerly of the Manic Purl audio podcast is back! She is dipping her toes in the waters of video podcasting. See her first episode here.

Check out A Spinner's Whirled  - a new videopodcast focusing on spinning!

Also Skein After Skein  is a new duo audio podcast!

Swap Announcement!!

Sign up for our summer swap "Knitting Local" HERE!!!  Sign ups are until June 20, 2012

Knitting For Good

The Happy Camper Fibers Podcast is hosting a charity KAL for Camp Happy through June 30. Find more info here. 

Interview with Tracey of Remembering Remy!!

Thank you Tracey!

An Audio Essay for WWKIP Day

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Episode 12: Monkey off My Back

For clarification:
  1. Sheep are bred not "breeded" (grammar please?)
  2. Wendy Johnson didn't personally email me about her mystery KAL-('Jessica, you must hear about my great idea...') I subscribe to her blog via email :0)
  3. Marian1 contacted me on Ravelry to let me know that the YAI Knit-A-Thon was a huge success and almost $4000 was raised- knitters rule!!

Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles

Preemie Baby Beanies by Karen Everitt

Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth - Peaches & Cream
The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower

Off The Needles

Sleeping Baby's Castle Blanket by Sally Rainey

Tulip Lace Washcloth by Love2Knit


Gnome Acres Superwash BFL in the Franklin colorway

Spinatude drop spindles

Pumpkin Hill Farm  support spindles

Wildhare Fiber Studio mulberry silk

Heidi's Pottery support spindle bowl


Stitch N Pitch- June 3, 2012 in NYC

WendyKnits Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl

Knitting For Good

Thank you to everyone who has made our Remembering Remy KAL a success! The KAL will be finished on June 3rd. Grand prize winners will be announced June 7!

Jibber Jabber

"Training" for Tour de Fleece

Sewing tips provided by KB listeners Irisss, Janmarie & pmack17.

Weaving- Olivia is warped! Scrappy Scarf project is on the loom.

Craftsy Online Classes


Andy Mullen for Brooklyn Rain

Over by Tim George

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Episode 11: Short But Sweet

Introduce Yourself!

On The Needles

Sleeping Baby's Castle Blanket by Sally Rainey

Off The Needles

Ragdoll By Debbie Bliss

The Little Princess with Little Red Riding Hood

A Memory Bag by Brenda Dayne

Yup, That's me, Brenda, and my memory bag


Finished spinning some Targhee from Solitude Wool - I heart targhee!!!

Next up: 4 oz. of superwash BFL from Gnome Acres for the Knitabulls Spin Along

Fiber split for fractal spinning

Tour de Fleece

Find the ravelry group here.

Join us over on Team Sasquatch

My personal challenge- spinning 2 oz. of silk on a supported spindle.

Knitting For Good

Congrats to our Remembering Remy April incentive winners: jamlknitter and mippyfoofalina :0)

The Remembering Remy KAL will continue through June 3, 2012


Mets Stitch n Pitch June 3, 2012- tickets still available until May 22 through Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Jibber Jabber

Sew Along thread here.

There is a promise of a small something from me if you post a FO for our SAL which will continue until the end of June.

My first sewing project!

I learned from this project that I need better tools!! I also have to learn how to deal with directional fabric.....oh yeah- and that pesky thread barf!

Thread barf!!


Andy Mullen for "Brooklyn Rain"
Adrina Thorpe for "Fly Fly Fly"