Knitting On The Run

Nov 22 2020 16 mins 167

Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less





88 Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2020 13 mins  
Knitting and Running in 30 min or less. Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com. You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits. Ep 88 recorded 11/20/20 Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry. Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. WIPs The Acadian Shawl (Ravelry), a Christmas gift for my mom in the approximate colors of the Acadian Flag (nous sommes fiere d’etre Acadienne!) I’m using the Goldberry crochet pattern and working it in blue, white and red with accents of yellow. I’ve put a photo of the Acadian flag in the shownotes so you can see it. Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – One section left, plan to finish later today. Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans. I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray. Pattern is a series of free charts by Jessica Goddard. Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) - in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool. I’m doing a few rows each week Thing 1 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – all the pieces are finished, I just need to assemble it. Ankle socks (Ravelry) – just about to the heel turn. Knitting in CoBaSi by Hikoo. New WIP, Wenlock (Ravelery) from Tin Can Knits. I used a bunch of scraps in pink, white and yellow for the star pattern at the top, now I’m on to the body and I’ve using a variegated yarn, Cayenne by Feza Yarns, in cool-toned peach-pink-green variegated colorway. Spinning Continuing on the last color of my gradient spin so I can count it towards the Pigskin party. I’m spinning 5 minutes a day, or every other day. Slow and steady getting back to using the injured leg. Out and About Lots of fiber events happening online this fall Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating. Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events will be Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17. I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend. This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event. Stitches At Home December 5,6,12,13. If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me [email protected] On the Run Still not running, but I am biking regularly!


87- Stress Knitting
Nov 16 2020 15 mins  
Knitting and Running in 30 min or less. Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com. You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits. Ep 87 recorded 11/13/20 Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry. Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. Lots of stress knitting the last week, so I have MULTIPLE FOs! FOs Dumpster Fire ornament 1 (Ravelry) & ornament 2 (Ravelry) both made in CoBaSi by Hikoo, a blend of cotton, silk, bamboo and nylon. It’s arguably my favorite fingering weight yarn – makes great socks and tank tops. Pattern by Mary Hull of Kino Knits. Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels. It’s done and blocked and I accidentally left it out after photographing it and Thing 2 told me how much he LOVED the yarn lol. Good kid, it’s for you! Dissent Cowl 2 (Ravelry) – this is a Christmas gift for a very knitworthy friend. I’m using some ancient stash and I’ve about halfway through the necklace portion of the cowl. WIPs New WIP, what I am calling the Acadian Shawl (Ravelry), a Christmas gift for my mom in the approximate colors of the Acadian Flag (nous sommes fiere d’etre Acadienne!) I’m using the Goldberry crochet pattern and working it in blue, white and red with accents of yellow. I’ve put a photo of the Acadian flag in the shownotes so you can see it. Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – more than halfway through the last chart! I’m about 7/8 of the way through. Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans. I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray. Pattern is a series of free charts by Jessica Goddard. Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) - in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool. I’m on the 2nd set of eyelet rows, almost to the 2nd set of textured stitches. Thing 1 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – the second Christmas Snap The Dragon Blanket, this one from my older son. Using deep stash acrylic. Knitting Fail I still have a hard time reading crochet. Spinning Still no success at a distaff, but I have spun a little more of the Tussah Silk from Pinestar Studios in Maine on my Akerworks drop spindle. Started the last color of my gradient spin so I can count it towards the Pigskin party Out and About Lots of fiber events happening online this fall Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating. Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17. I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend. This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event. Stitches At Home December 5,6,12,13. If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me [email protected] On the Run Still not running, but I’m biking!



85- Prepping for Be A Helper Craftalong
Oct 25 2020 12 mins  
Knitting and Running in 30 min or less. Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com. You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits. Ep 85 recorded 10/23/20 Segments this week include: Be a Helper Craft-a-long prep, Wips, Spinning, Stash, Out and About, On the Run Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry. Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. Be a Helper Craftalong For those of you who are new to the podcast, every winter I run the Be A Helper Craftalong, inspired by famous quote from Mister Rogers, that in times of troubles to look for the helpers. This charity-focused craftalong urges people to BE the helper. The rules are very simple: Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet. ANYthing you make for ANY charity. One entry per FO Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that. Wips are welcome First up I’d like to talk to you all quickly about the schedule for this year’s craftalong. Secondly, I will have to adjust how I run the event and track FOs since Ravelry is not safe for everyone to use. WIPs Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – finished the Death Star and all of Chart 2! Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans. I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray. Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels. It’s still my car knitting and knitting a row or 2 most days. Ankle socks (Ravelry) – Still on the 2nd sock getting closer to the heel. I’m in physical therapy and have been working on it a little before each appointment. Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) - in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool. I’m on the 2nd set of eyelet rows, almost to the 2nd set of textured stitches. Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton. I spun this yarn with fiber from fiber from Hipstrings with this shawl in mind last June during Pride month. I’ve finished the pinks and am on the red in the rainbow handspun. Dissent Cowl 2 (Ravelry) – this is a Christmas gift for a very knitworthy friend. I’m using some ancient stash and I’ve finished the first dots section and have reached the color band. Spinning Still no success at a distaff, but I have spun a little more of the Tussah Silk from Pinestar Studios in Maine Out and About Virtual Rhinebeck – this past weekend. Lots of fiber events happening online this fall Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating. Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live eve nts will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17. I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend. This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event. Stitches Expo at Home – Nov 6-8 If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me [email protected] On the Run Had an MRI, fun times. Stress fracture is healing though the knee itself is still swollen and sore. No walking for quite a while yet. But once I’m back on my feet I will continue the 100 Mile challenge I was part of.


84: Knitting and Injuries in 30 minutes or less
Oct 10 2020 11 mins  
Ep 84 Knitting and injuries in 30 minutes or less because even in a pandemic we’re all still busy Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Stash, Out and About, On the Run Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry. Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. FO Dissent Cowl (Ravelry) – my homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pattern by Carissa Browning and together we’ve raised over 30,000 through this pattern for the ACLU. Nice work knitters! I’m using ancient stash yarn. Over halfway through the necklace portion Thing 2 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) - I assembled it yesterday while my kids were at school. I modeled it and posted some silly photos on FB/Insta because how often do you get to wear a dragon blanket, complete with spines?!? Thing 2 is going to LOVE it WIPs Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – started the Millennium Flacon and the Death Star, then it’ll be the Dark Side and some weird alien writing, then the Dark Side is the last third. I’m trying to work 5 rows a day so it’ll be done in time for Christmas. Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans. I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn. Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels. It’s still my car knitting and knitting a row or 2 most days. Ankle socks (Ravelry) – Still on the 2nd sock. It lives in my purse so I’ve worked on this a few times waiting in lines. Pigskin Party Castons: Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) - in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool. I;ve started section 3. Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton. I spun this yarn with fiber from fiber from Hipstrings with this shawl in mind last June during Pride month. Spinning New Akerworks lightweight drop spindle – started spinning silk singles again. Won’t be wheel-spinning again for a while, I have a leg injury and am currently awaiting an MRI next week. This is my first spindle from Akerworks. I love their wheel bobbins soooo much, and I had a feeling I’d like their spindles and so far I really do. Out and About Lots of fiber events happening online this fall Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating. Stitches @ Home – put on by the folks XRX the folks who to Stitches East/West/South etc. Continuing Oct 10 and 11. Virtual Rhinebeck – Oct 15-18 I’ve signed up for 2 classes on crochet to improve my skills and learn how to read a pattern better because the charts are definitely harder to read than knitting charts. Indie Untangled Everywhere – the popular Rhinebeck-adjacent event for independent dyers is also going digital this year, more than 40 vendors plus access to zoom calls with designers. Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live eve nts will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17. I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend. This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event. If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me [email protected] On the Run I need an MRI. Damn.


83-Will Wonders Never Cease?
Oct 02 2020 18 mins  
Ep 83 Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less because even in a pandemic we’re all still busy I’m titling this one “Will Wonders Never Cease?” because I have actually recorded 2 weeks in a row! Once upon a time I had a regular recording schedule, but then my youngest son stopped napping and it’s been chaos ever since lol Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry. Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. WIPs Dissent Cowl (Ravelry) – my homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pattern by Carissa Browning and together we’ve raised over 30,000 through this pattern for the ACLU. Nice work knitters! I’m using ancient stash yarn. Over halfway through the necklace portion Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – started the center panel – the center section has weird alien fonts, the Millenium Flacon and the Death Star, then it’ll be the Dark Side. Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans. I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn. Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels. It’s not my favorite yarn, but it’s machine washable and Thing 2 is 5. It’s still my car knitting and getting a little love most days. Thing 2 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – almost done with this crochet blanket in purple (his favorite color) and green. I literally just need to assemble it. Ankle socks (Ravelry) – Still on the 2nd sock. It lives in my purse so I’ve worked on this a few times waiting in lines. Pigskin Party Castons: Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) - in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool. I first knit the Tan House Brook shawl a few years back and really enjoyed it, but the shawl disappeared a few months later 😩 so I’m now finally getting around to making another. Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton. I spun this yarn with fiber from fiber from Hipstrings with this shawl in mind last June during Pride month. It’s my very first chain ply, so I could maintain the rainbow gradient. Since it’s my first chainply, it’s definitely not my best yarn but this shawl is in garter stitch which should hide the worst of my mistakes! Stash I attended the virtual FiberWorld festival and made a few purchases Nomad Yarns Gelato hand dyed cotton/rayon blend in pastel icecream-inspired colorways – sooooo gorgeous! Planning to make a lace crochet top with this.. Watermelon Shawl Ball – Brenda and Heather Yarns - You may be asking, what on earth is a shawl ball? It’s a gradient skein that’s purposely dyed so each color looks visually as large as the others. BaH Yarns shawl balls have more of the outer color so that your shawl will visually balance! I think I’m going to save this skein for my annual Christmas or Birthday caston and a knit a shawl as special treat for myself once the gift knitting is done. I bought their bamboo base, but Brenda and Heather dye both wool and plant fibers and their colorways are FNATASTIC! Needles from Indian Lake Artisans – these needles are hexagonal wood and I find them very easy to grip – which is great since I have arthritis in 2 fingers. And one awesome thing on their interchangeables is, the cable join swivels on the cord so when you twist your needles, they don’t come unscrewed! A Great Yarn in Chatham closing, then sold 6 skeins of Universal Yarns Universe Cotton 41%/Linen 42%/Polyamide 8%/Glitter 9% laceweight. I got 3 skeins of Tin, a charcoal gray and 3 skeins of Paper which is a burgundy/Cabernet color. Also picked up a prize for the Be A Helper Craftalong. Out and About Lots of fiber events happening online this fall Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating. Stitches @ Home – put on by the folks XRX the folks who to Stitches East/West/South etc. Oct 3,4, 10 and 11. Virtual Rhinebeck – Oct 15-18 I’ve signed up for 2 classes on crochet to improve my skills and learn how to read a pattern better because the charts are definitely harder to read than knitting charts. Indie Untangled Everywhere – the popular Rhinebeck-adjacent event for independent dyers is also going digital this year, more than 40 vendors plus access to zoom calls with designers. Vogue Knitting Live, Oct 8-11 now open for registration. Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17. I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend. This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event. If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me [email protected] On the Run Knee injury. Lovely.


82: Laptop = Podcast!
Sep 25 2020 25 mins  
I'm back!!! I have a new laptop so now I can record!!! Ep 82 Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Out and About, On the Run Shownotes originally written in early August when my laptop died! I just got a new laptop and so the podcast is back! Not sure if it will be weekly or bi-weekly, it depends on my kid’s school schedules. They are both hybrid at the moment but if things go sideways that could change at a moment’s notice. I live outside Boston and after getting hit hard at first we’ve kept our numbers down. Most people are behaving sensibly, wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart and trying hard to prevent the spread of COVID. Note on Ravelry – all rav project links in the show notes are labelled. Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. Now that I have a laptop I can start getting my patterns on PayHip – they are already available on LoveCrafts so there is already a Ravelry alternative. FO empower People (Ravelry) cowl/handband – I knit my purple cowl/handband to encourage folks to vote. I used a discontinued bamboo yarn that was dyed in South Africa by women paid a fair wage. Goldberry (Ravelry) - first crochet shawl is complete! I’m about to start a 2nd lol both will/are crocheted in Feza Baby Handdyed WIPs Laceweight Boxy (Ravelry) – I split for the shoulders! So excited. Haven’t worked on it in at least a month so it won’t be ready to wear this fall, but it will be for Spring. Using handdyed lace-weight bamboo yarn from Spinnaway Farms that I bought at Rhinebeck years ago. Papillon (Ravelry) – About 1/3 way through 2nd section. Using Berroco Medina that I bought at The Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN last year and a gold Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns that I bought at Rhinebeck 2 years ago. Triyang (Ravelry) – an old WIP that I started as SSK in 2017, I tend to keep this pattern for travelling and since we have 2 small kids we don’t travel much anymore. Now with COVID19 we’re not traveling at all, so I’m pulling this project back into rotation because I really enjoy this pattern. I’m knitting it up in Araucania Yumbrel, a discontinued lace-weight cotton variegated yarn. When done it’ll have around 2000 yards, probably won’t finish until next year. Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – Just finished the Light Side, which is /3 of the shawl. Center section has Millenium Flacon and Death Star, then it’ll be the Dark Side. I’ve switched to new hexagonal needles I ordered from Indian Lake Artisans and I find it much easier on my hands so I can knit more rows on it. For some reason with double knitting, my left had has a death grip on the needles, but the wooden hex needles hold the slippery bamboo better. I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn. Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, since I;m knitting a scarf for Thing 1. It’s in a variegated yarn from a big box store in purple, yellow, green and tan. This is now my car knitting. It’s getting a little love daily at school drop off and pick up, because of course my kid’s schedules are different. Thing 2 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – almost done with this crochet blanket in purple (his favorite color) and green. I literally just need to assemble it. It’s for Thing 2 for Christmas, it’s a blanket with a hood, spines and claws that you can wear. Yes I’ll be making one in red for Thing 1 too. These blankets are/will be in deep acrylic stash, some much older than my kids! Ankle socks (Ravelry) – I’m now on the 2nd sock. It’s living in my purse but since we rarely leave the house it doesn’t see a lot of love. Socks knit in CoBaSi by Hikoo, a wool-free sock yarn made of cotton, bamboo, silk and nylon, in a variegated turquoise and blue colorway. I started these on the cruise back before the pandemic started because this yarn reminded me of beautiful Caribbean waters. Out and About Pigskin Party 6:05 Saturday – Down Cellar Studio website, Ravelry Group FiberWorld back in August, so much fun! Tour de Fleece just ended, 2 Sat, Aug 29, 2020 – Sun, Sep 20, 2020 Vogue Knitting Live, Oct 8-11 – I think this is the 3rd online vogue live? I have not attended personally but know several who have and loved it. I might get tickets to this one as obviously January in NYC is not going to happen. If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me [email protected] On the Run Well, I’ve definitely put on the COVID 19 so I’m trying to get back in shape


For Spacious Skies
Jun 27 2020 23 mins  
Episode 81 - Recorded Thursday, June 26th 2020 New pattern, end of be-a-helper kal, wips, knitting fail, spinning, wearables, out and about and if we have time I’ll do an on the run segment. New Pattern alert! As of the time you’re hearing this, I have a new pattern available through Knotions Magazine! The pattern is named For Spacious Skies and is knit using a gorgeous muted red, blue and white colorway from Birdies Knits named Old Glory and a small amount of white yarn for the star. I found this yarn and this indie dyer at the very first Stitches United in Hartford, CT several years ago. I was so excited – I’d never met a hand-dyer who worked in anything other than wool. Being highly allergic to sheep, wool is not an option for me. This colorway reminded me of 4th of July parades with my grandparents and great-grandmother, of summer beach days and Friday night band concerts at the local park all summer with my family. The star is worked first, from the center out, then short rows make the circle into a square. The remainder of the top is worked top-down – the bust area is worked back-and forth to the underarm, then the whole piece is joined in the round. Recommend -1 to -3 inches of ease (negative ease). This means if you’re targeting a 38 bust, that you should choose a 36 (38-2). Bust: 32 - 60” , [81.5 - 152.5) cm] Be-A-Helper KAL Last 2 prize winners announced! WIPs Laceweight Boxy – Now about 16” long Papillon – Started 2nd section. Using Berroco Medina that I bought at The Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN last year and a gold Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns that I bought at Rhinebeck 2 years ago. Goldberry – I started a new crochet pattern this week. Triyang – an old WIP that I started as SSK in 2017, I tend to keep this pattern for travelling and since we have 2 small kids we don’t travel much anymore. Star Wars scarf for Thing 2 – I’m still working on the Blasters section of the Light Side section. Ozone Sweater – worked a little on the Ozone Sweater, a crochet sweater, which leads me to… Knitting Fail I tried to work on this last Thursday during my stitching group, but apparently I cannot join crochet and talk at the same time. The medallions are linked in 5 places along one side, and I screwed it up 3 times. At the end of 1:45 I had completed (and successfully joined) 1 medallion and started the center of a second. That’s all. In nearly 2 hours. Spinning I finished my Pride Month spin! I pulled apart 2 braids from Hipstring’s cotton club from 2019, and spun them color by color to make a rainbow. Then two nights ago I started to learn to chain ply, which I finished yesterday. It’s not my best yarn ever, since it’s my first-ever chain ply, but I’m proud nonetheless. Wearbles It’s tank top season finally here in MA so I’ve recently wore my Out Tonight pattern, which is a sleeveless top inspired by the musical Rent. We had a cold windy day last weekend and I wore the Taking Flight shawl, a pattern by Katherine Belisle and inspired by Captain Marvel. I recently wore my Strawberry Blossoms top, which I still love, but I’ve noticed after washing that the CoBaSi yarn tends to stretch more sideways than vertically when knit in garments. I have an extra skein of the yellow left, so I’m considering pulling out the turned hem, knitting a few extra inches, then re-doing the hem. I’ll let you know if I decide to go ahead with it. On the Run No exercise this week, poison ivy sucks Out and About Tour de Fleece 1 Sat Jun 27 – Sun Jul 19 Tour de Fleece 2 Sat, Aug 29, 2020 – Sun, Sep 20, 2020 Here in MA we’re slowly opening back up while keeping our new cases of COVID19 low, and I went to a yarn shop! This is my first visit to a LYS since January. I visited @agreatyarn in Chatham, MA, a store I love to visit.


80 - Let's Be Real
Jun 10 2020 19 mins  
Recorded Wednesday 6/10/20 Let’s start with the basics: black live matter. Black people should matter just as much as any other person but the fact is, in American society, they do not. If you have any doubts about that I am including a link to an old video of Jane Elliot that you should watch. I think all white folks should watch it, it’s only 1 minute and I wager a few of you have seen the clip before. But it speaks volumes. The fight is not over. We still have work to. Vote, support businesses, make donations if you can, write to your lawmakers, sign petitions. Not all of us are able to attend protests but there’s a lot we can do. Most importantly educate yourself. Listen. I will be donating 50% of the profits from my self-published patterns for the month of June to the Southern Poverty Law Center who work to combat racism across the country. I also personally donated to Black Girls Code, a group who supports black women in computer science. Many of you may know that my background is in computer science, I have a BS in computer science from St Michael’s College and a MSc in Computing and Internet Studies from King’s College London, UK. My field really, really needs diversification. For undergrad I was one of two girls in my grade in my major and there were no black folks at all. I know it’s changed some in the past 15 years, but our field needs to change more, so I’m putting my money where my mouth is. Also you may have noticed sound quality has changed. My husband surprised me with a new podcast mic for mother’s day, it arrived a few weeks after and I am finally recording with it today. Also Cally the deaf cat is here. FOs South Woods - pattern by River Road Knits. First handspun sweater complete! So proud of it. Great fit. I want to make a sleeveless version of this. Aggregate 2 – Pattern by JimiKnits. Knit in Tencel yarn by Artisinal yarns. Kinda want to start another already. Love this pattern. Go With the Flo shawl – pattern by Jennifer Lassonde Designs, knit in handspun. WIPs Sassy Wrapitude – Part of the Wrapitude collection by Megan Williams, Just Run Knit. Using yellow CoBaSi by Hikoo and bamboo/cotton blend dyed in peachy oranges with speckles of pink and yellow from Great Adirondack Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck. On section 8, lace. Laceweight Boxy – Now about 14” long Papillon – Started 2nd section. Using Berroco Medina that I bought at The Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN last year and a gold Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns that I bought at Rhinebeck 2 years ago. Ankle socks – using Fish Lips Kiss heel and 52 sts, finished the first sock, just finished toe of second sock. Out and About Rhinebeck officially cancelled for 2020. “After much deliberation, the DCSWGA board and festival planning committee have decided to cancel the in-person 2020 NYS Sheep & Wool Festival. In its place, we will host a virtual festival online. More details on that to come. If you have any questions, please contact our Festival Manager, Nena Johnson at festivalinfo at sheepandwool dot com” Be a Helper Craftalong I will close the FO thread on June 20th. Thank you SOOOOO much for your participation.




78-Preparation Is For the Birds
Apr 29 2020 11 mins  
Episode 78 – preparation is for the birds recorded Wednesday 4/29/20 FOs Ear savers/mask buddies – I've crocheted several more. A big, huge thanks to Lisa from Fibernymph Dyeworks for mailing me some buttons so I can finish even more! WIPS South Woods – I’ve finished the back! Sassy Wrapitude – Part of the Wrapitude collection by Megan Williams, got the pattern free from attending Into the Wool. Cast on with yellow CoBaSi by Hikoo and bamboo/cotton blend from Great Adirondack Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck. I’m on the 7th section, which is garter ridges. Just finished interesting slipped stitch section Ozone Sweater – I finally started the actual sweater! Earth Rise – new design I’m working on, inspired by the famous photo the Apollo astronauts took the first time they came around the dark side of the room and saw the Earth rising up above the moon’s surface. Not working on it as much - my brain doesn't want to do math Laceweight Boxy – How long do you make your Boxy sweaters? I’m about 12” and trying to decide how long I want it to be. Knitting Fail You may have noticed there’s no Star Wars scarf listed here – that’s because I broke the needle. I didn’t see the green needle on the blue chair in the dark, and when I knelt on the chair to turn on the light on the wall behind, I snapped the needle right at the connector. Out and About Maryland Sheep and Wool - virtual May 2 & 3 Vogue Knitting Live - virtual May 11- 18



77- Total Lack of Focus
Apr 18 2020 21 mins  
Episode 77 Segments include WIPs, spinning, Learn Something New, On The Run Hi everyone, how are you surviving? It’s starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day (the movie) at our house. Wips South Woods – I’m continuing to work on the body in stockinette. This has been my go-to knitting while the boys are home schooling. I’m about to 14 inches from the bottom of the folded hem. I need at least one more inch, maybe two. Sassy Wrapitude – Part of the Wrapitude collection by Megan Williams, got the pattern free from attending Into the Wool. Cast on with yellow CoBaSi by Hikoo and bamboo/cotton blend from Great Adirondack Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck. I’m on the 3rd section, which is garter ridges. Ozone Sweater – still swatching for the Colorful Sweater Ozone by Concept Creative – more on this later. Star Wars Scarf – doubleknit scarf that will be a Christmas gift for Thing 1, who will be 9 by that point. He’s going to love it! So far I’ve knit the rebel icon, a lightsaber, tauntauns, a large X-ray and just started to knit blasters. Earth Rise – new design I’m working on, inspired by the famous photo the Apollo astronauts took the first time they came around the dark side of the room and saw the Earth rising up above the moon’s surface. For some reason, this one is bringing me a lot of peace right now. Ear savers/mask buddies – I crocheted a few dozen ear savers for my friends who are doctors/nurses/essential personnel who now have to wear masks all day and the elastics are hurting their ears. You wear it on the back of your head and hook the mask elastic on the buttons instead of your ears. I’ve got about 10 left to sew buttons on. Ankle Socks – socks I started in FL and worked on cruise. Working now in you hear needles Laceweight Boxy – worked 3 rows this morning Spinning I did get a little spinning time in this last week. I’m probably 1/3 of the way through the 2nd malachite green portion. Learn Something New I am continuing to get better at crochet. I’ve been practicing the circles for the Ozone pattern. On the Run No running, knee isn’t that good yet, but I took a ballet class online earlier this week. And tweaked my back. Doh!


76 - Exercise in Isolation
Apr 02 2020 23 mins  
Episode 76 – 4/1/20 Segment this week include Happy Podiversary, Be A Helper Craftalong, Wips, Learn Something New, Exercise in Isolation Happy anniversary to Knitting On The Run podcast! In all the recent craziness, I forgot that last week was my podiversary! Three years down, hopefully many more to go! Be a Helper Craftalong 4th Be A Helper Craft-a-long is ongoing! We keep the rules simple. Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet/woven or spun. ANYthing you make for ANY charity. One FO per photo in the FO thread Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that. FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st. Wips are welcome Prizes Today: 1 skein of Sock Yarn from A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA dyed exclusively for them by Hauteknits in the Finest Hours colorway, 75% merino, 25% nylon • 1 25g skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock plus a mini skein of handspun Posts 2-34 were up through March 31st Wips South Woods – I’m continuing to work on the body in stockinette. This has been my go-to knitting while the boys are home schooling. I think I’m up to 6 or 7 inches, haven’t measured officially. Ankle socks – a few more rows, still getting close to the 1st heal Sassy Wrapitude – cast on for the Sassy Wrap by Megan Williams, got the pattern free from attending Into the Wool. Cast on with yellow CoBaSi by Hikoo and bamboo/cotton blend from Great Adirondack Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck. Ozone – swatching for the Colorful Sweater Ozone by Concept Creative – more on this later. New shawl, can’t say much yet. Yeah I have cast-on-it is Learn Something New About that ozone sweater I mentioned – it’s crochet not knitting! Exercise in Isolation I haven’t been great in terms of keeping up with exercise this week. I did something to my wrist so I’ve been taking it easy, but I wanted to go over what we’d been doing up until that point and what my kids are still doing. Cosmic Kids Yoga – we started this the first day of school at home, even before we got official school work. I did Cosmic Kids with my oldest when Thing 2 was born and I was so excited to find that she has kept releasing videos these last 4 years. Karate – my boys take karate and their dojo has been sending out videos for the kids to do at home. Our dojo hasn’t made them public but several have – if your kids want to try just search google or youtube and you’ll find some. Running around – at recess I kick the boys outide and give them a time when they can come back in. That gives me a few minutes alone without them and also gives them exercise as they usually run around outside. Gardening – I like to grow food and gardening is definitely exercise! Dance – I’ve done a few dance videos I’ve found online. I love Broadway musicals and several cast members have been recording video at home, workouts set to the music of their shows, and some are a lot of fun! I’ve also taken a ballet class or two.




74- Star Wars Costume Complete
Mar 04 2020 19 mins  
Episode 74 – 3/4/2020 Segments this week include tech talk, Be A Helper Craftalong, FOs, Wips, Out and About. New temporary mic. Pardon the head cold. Yes I’m sick again. Be a Helper Craftalong 4th Be A Helper Craft-a-long is ongoing! We keep the rules simple. Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet/woven or spun. ANYthing you make for ANY charity. One FO per photo in the FO thread Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that. FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st. Wips are welcome Prizes: 1 skein of Sock Yarn from A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA dyed exclusively for them by Hauteknits in the Finest Hours colorway, 75% merino, 25% nylon • 1 25g skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock plus a mini skein of handspun • Spun to order handspun, by me. I have 2 or 3 colorways that I’ll let the winner choose for me to spin up. • One pattern of your choice from the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry store, courtesy of Jennifer Lassonde FOs Matchy Socks – At the cuff of first sock New pattern for a magazine coming out this summer – check out social media this week if you’re interested in test knitting a tank top. Rey costume – working on my Rey costume for an upcoming Star Wars Day. I’ve knit roughly 19 feet out of 10, then it’ll be time for armbands. Wips South Woods – On second repeat of Chart 2 lace for the back. Ankle socks – started my first ever ankle socks. Out and About Stitches United - March 26-29, 2020 Got back from 12 days away – 4 days in FL at my in-laws, a week on a cruise. For the next week you’ll see images from our trip on social media, including my Rey costume on our Star Wars Day at Sea on the cruise.




72 - All The Tangents
Jan 23 2020 22 mins  
Episode 72 1/22/20 Be a helper, wips, knitting fail, wearables, pattern stalking, out and about Be a Helper Craftalong 4th Be A Helper Craft-a-long has begun! We keep the rules simple. Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet/woven or spun. ANYthing you make for ANY charity. One FO per photo in the FO thread Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that. FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st. Wips are welcome One more new prize to announce, a pattern from Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studio! Thanks so much, Jen! Wips – lots these last 2 weeks! Preemie hat – about half way through my first for the year. Aggregate Shawl – I’ve reached the end of the shawl as written, but I have more yarn left. I’m continuing in the pattern as established until I run out of yarn. Matchy Socks – nearly to the cuff Dress – The handmade dress I’ve been working on is coming along nicely. I’ve split for armholes and I’m nearly done with the front left strap. South Woods – started a new sweater for myself, South Woods by River Road Knits . I’m using some old stash yarn for the lace underlayer and my handspun for the main body of the sweater, which leads me to… Kitting Fail Be careful not to twist! Wearables My birthday weekend was incredibly warm, topping out at 74F (23C) whereas our highs should hover right around freezing. So I wore lots of warm-weather handknits, like one of my Mommy’s Tunic samples and the Lace Sweater 01 from Vogue Knitting Magazine designed by Brooke Nico. Knit this in a cone of 5/2 bamboo from Webs years ago. The pattern is a lace coat, nearly knee-length, and I wore it as a jacket out for my birthday dinner. Since then, it’s been COLD. I’ve also worn Frosted sweater by Paper Daisy Creations and lots of shawls, including Changing Staircases, Pont du Marais and Use Your Stash Shawls, both designed by me. Also my boys and I have all worn some handknit socks, all made using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I;m wearing my Twist and Shout had by Michele duNaier nearly every day. My youngest has worn the Monomoy Sweater several times and wears his Bermuda Hat every day. And I’ve worn the Dancing Dragons Coat – it makes a great indoor layer on super cold days. Pattern Stalking Thing 2 want’s a new sweater, another hat, Halloween socks and Christmas socks and I keep thinking about knitting another Hitofude. Out and About Wayland Winter Farmers Market Fiber Days – Jan 26 & Mar 1 Boston Farm & fiber Fest – Feb 9 Stitches United - March 26-29, 2020


4th Be A Helper Craftalong
Jan 08 2020 18 mins  
Episode 71 – Be A Helper Craftalong – we’ll go over the (simple) rules and some ideas for what you can make. Be A Helper Craftalong 4th Be A Helper Craftalong has begun! We keep the rules simple. Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet/woven or spun. ANYthing you make for ANY charity. One FO per photo in the FO thread Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that. FO Thread closes when I wake up April 1st. Wips are welcome Prizes 1 skein of Sock Yarn from A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA dyed exclusively for them by Hauteknits in the Finest Hours colorway, 75% merino, 25% nylon 1 25g skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock plus a mini skein of handspun Spun to order handspun, by me. I have 2 or 3 colorways that I’ll let the winner choose for me to spin up. Need some ideas? Check out these charities: Preemie Hats – check with your local hospital for yarn requirements. These need to be washed in an industrial strength washing machine so there may be limits, many only accept acrylic/nylon. If your local hospital isn’t accepting hats, Dana from the Unwind Yarn Company collects them from her retreat attendees in the fall and I’ll be happy to collect them and mail them to her with my own in September. Greg, aka Knitting Daddy of the Unraveling podcast also has accepted mailed hats in the past for his local hospital. Knitted Knockers– these are prostheses for breast cancer survivors who have not had or cannot have reconstructive surgery. Knockers must be made with plant based yarn – wool is too scratchy on scar tissue – and a list of acceptable yarns is linked in the shownotes available via PDF and there are top down and bottom-up patterns on their website. Mother Bears– I learned of this charity from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks who run a Mother Bear KAL every year. These bears provide comfort to children who are victim of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. Mother Bear will snail mail you the knitting or crochet pattern for a small fee. All they ask is that you return the finished bear with $3 to cover the shipping to Africa. KnitAid– has USA and UK branches. UK is currently collecting hats, mittens, blankets and water bottle covers. All items must be knit in dark-colored yarn because the recipients will not be able to wash them easily. CompassionKnit- Bay Area, CA charity that gives handknit items to foster kids, most of whom have very few belongings of their own. A gift knit especially for them, something a stranger took hours and hours to make just for them, is something they cherish. Animal Rescue Craft Guild – knit, crochet or sew Joey pouches, bat wraps, nests, possum pouches, etc for animal survivors of the devastating wildfires in Australia. Before crafting, check the announcements on the FB page (linked in the show notes) as the graphic is updated with what they do and do not need. They work closely with carers and animal rescue groups and update the graphic regularly. Please be aware they currently have plenty of koala mittens but are in need of a lot of other help. A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA runs an annual blanket project for the homeless population on Cape Cod. Use any washable worsted-weight yarn to make a panel 1-foot [30cm] by 6 feet [1.8 m] and drop it off or mail it to the shop, mailing address in show notes. Their goal this year is 250 blankets. A Great Yarn 894 Main Street Chatham, MA 02633 A local homeless shelter or domestic violence shelter. Please check with them before assuming they take items, but many are happy to accept gifts of socks, hats, scarves and mittens especially in the winter. Do you have a charity craft idea that you think others would like to hear about? Let me know and I’ll talk about it on a future episode. Out and About Wayland Winter Farmers Market Fiber Days – Jan 26 & Mar 1 VKL NYC Jan 16-20 Stitches United - March 26-29, 2020 Knitting Weekend and Fiber Marketplace at Slater Mill - Jan 11 & 12 Boston Farm & fiber Fest – Feb 9





69 - Winter Yuck
Dec 03 2019 11 mins  
Episode 69 Winter Yuck I’m sitting in my new office in the middle of a 36-hour crazy storm. Currently alternating between snow and sleet and I’m wrapped in several handknits so it’s a good time to record. I should preface this – both kids are home and the cats are awake so we’ll see how well this recording goes… Indy GAL 2019 It’s GAL time! By the time this goes live the GAL sale will be done, but the knit-a-long/crochet-a-long will be in full sweing and it runs through December 31st! There are over 200 very talented indy designers participating. Each designer has to have at least 20 self-published paid-for patterns. There are a lot of incredibly talented designers participating and looking through the threads at the patterns available has been a wonderful rabbit hole to go down. All eligble patterns click on Advanced Search then Patterns By These Designers to see the 22,000+ patterns that are eligible for the knitalong part. 4th Be A Helper Craft A Long Dec 15th – Feb 28th. Anything you make for any charity or donating blood. One FO/blood donation photo per post in the FO thread please (a photo of your bandaid or a selfie sipping OJ is fine). This year there will additional chat participation prizes! More details on the craftalong next week, but I wanted to get this info out there for you. Upcoming Test Knits 2 upcoming test knits, both for shawls. 1 is a garter st shawl with a simple cable, the second is another shawl designed to use up scraps. http://www.windsweptknits.com/testknitters/ Wips 2ndAggregate shawl in Artisinal Yarn’s 100% Tencel from Rhinebeck 2 years ago Starting the bodice of a dress. Knit part of the Evenstar circular shawl as a skirt several years ago. As part of the GAL I bought 2 bottom-up tank top patterns and I’m using one as the bodice of the dress. Christmas socks for mom in Regia Tutti Frutti 2, cotton/elastic yarn in the Watermelon colorway Making progress on my Star Wars costume – about 15 inches in out of 120. Wearables Currently wearing Changing Staircases by DragonHoard Yarns in Fiber Lady’s Mousou, 100% bamboo yarn. Wore Frosted by Paper Daisy Creations to Frozen 2 – gradient snowflakes Second Grace by Bristol Ivy, colorwork yoke all in Berocco Modern Cotton


68 - Send Me That Rhinebeck Recap
Nov 20 2019 23 mins  
Episode 68 recording on 11/20/19 today’s segments include New Patterns, Wips, FOs, Wearables and Rhinebeck Recap. Pattern Release Send Me That Horizon launched on Monday. I’ve always loved the sea. I grew up near the ocean, with both sets of grandparents living a few dozen feet from the water. Playing on the beach, listening to the waves, sailing on a boat, hiking along ocean-side cliffs – I love anything involving the sea. But nothing is the same as being far from shore with no land in sight. I love seeing the horizon taper off to meet the ocean waves; so when I first watched the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie and Captain Jack Sparrow looked into the distance and murmured “Send me that horizon” under his breath my heart sang. I know that feeling, I love that feeling, and with this shawl I want you to experience it too. While working on the waves, I wanted to create something easier than I’m perhaps known for. Yes, I realize that I’m known for patterns with complicated sections, because that’s what I like to knit. But with this pattern I wanted something that you could take on an airplane or to a retreat, or that a beginning knitter could knit and learn new skills. One of my test knitters was even a beginning knitter and he did a great job! Use code PODCAST to get 25% off the pattern on Ravelry, that’s coupon code PODCAST and that is bigger discount than the one listed in the pattern. Enjoy! Wips Just started a new pair of socks for mom for Christmas, still on the toe of the first sock. I’ve started a new project just for me. 2nd Aggregate Shawl by JimiKnits, this one in Tencel yarn from Rhinebeck 2 years ago from Artisinal Yarns. FOs 3 socks, Christmas socks for Thing 1 and Thing 2 and also a pair for my maid of honor all from Regia's Tutti Frutti II Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. Wearables All The Shawls. SO cold and wet – “Novembruary”. Both of the Changing Staircases, by Dragon Hoard Yarns, Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. At Rhinebeck I wore Frosted by Lisa K Ross with my Pont du Marais shawl, and day 2 I wore Second Grace by Bristol Ivy with my Taking Flight Captain Marvel shawl. Related – I’m mad that I can’t find my Tan House Brooke Shawl, a pattern by Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studios. I’ve looked everywhere and just cannot find it. Maybe I’ll have to knit another. Rhinebeck Recap All the fun for 2 whole days!


67- Getting Ready for Rhinebeck
Oct 16 2019 21 mins  
Episode 67 – Get Ready for Rhinebeck Segments this week include – Wips, FOs, Knitting Fail, Wearables and Out and About – getting ready for Rhinebeck edition Quick reminder, Pont du Marais shawl is on sale for podcast listeners – use code FOG to get 30% off through Friday, 10/18 Wips Christmas socks for Thing 2 – finished 1st, turned heel this morning for 2nd. A few rows on the latest Hitchhiker – then I put it down and decided to save it for Rhinebeck Knitting. FOs Taking Flight – done and blocking, needs ends woven in Knitting Fail What happens when you finish a sock at Legoland... and have nothing to cut the yarn so you can start the 2nd? Wearables Mommy’s Tunic – one of my patterns, knit in the discontinued Be Sweet Bamboo. Wore this on a recent warm day Empire Tunic by Lily Go made in discontinued Frog Tree Picoboo, a cotton bamboo blend. ¾ sleeve tunic that crosses over the bust, perfect for the in-between fall weather and leggings Changing Staircases 2 – designed by Dragon Hoard Yarns and knit up in Great Adirondack Yarn bamboo/cotton blend that I picked up at Rhinebeck last year Changing Staircases – knit up in Fiber Lady’s Mousou 100% Bamboo Out and About Rhinebeck! New York Sheep & Wool Starts Thursday 10/17 – Sunday 10/20 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. In a minute I’m going to go over some Tips For First Timers, but first lets do logistics. I will be there Saturday and Sunday likely almost all day both days. Feel free to stop me and say “Hi!” if you see me. On Saturday I will be at the Ravelry Meetup at noon on The Hill, and at the Podcaster meetup at 1, also on The Hill. On Sunday I will be at the Leaping Llama Contest in Bldg 34 at 11:15, and possibly at the Ravelry Meetup right afterwards, depending on timing. The rest of the time I’ll be walking around, shopping, knitting, spinning and soaking up the general awesomeness. Terminology – I’ve already used some words you might not understand if you haven’t been before The Hill – there are several small hills on the property and this confused me so much the first year I went. Look at the fairgrounds map – The Hill is just above the petting zoo. It’s a wide open hillside where lots of folks can gather The Buildings – shorthand for Buildings A, B, C, D and 41 which is really one large building divided into sections. Sometimes also refers to Building E, the food hall The Barns – a group of much smaller, free standing, well, barns, on the far side from The Buildings. Building 22 has Upper and Lower levels (separate entrances), the rest are all 1 story Food – lines are crazy from 11:30 to 2 – eat before or after if you can. Link to Map Seating – there are lots of places to sit, scattered around. However, if you have issues with mobility, bring a chair in your car and have someone in your party go get it for you. The paths or paved, but the fairground is all small hills. Sit down if you need to, it’s not worth getting hurt. Bags – try not to bring a backpack. I made this mistake the first year, and you keep bumping into people by accident, it’s not worth it. Book Signings & Author Talks – lots of fiber authors there, check out the link in the shownotes and make a note of who you want to see. On a related note – Make A List On Paper! - Check out the list of vendors (link to searchable page) Cell phone signal is spotty. Don’t count on having it – write down what you want to do, what time it is and where it is. Speaking of spotty cell signal – it affects the vendors too. If you have cash you won’t be stuck waiting while the vendor tries to process your card – and some of the bigger vendors will have a fast Cash-Only line. What am I bringing? Purse & 2 resuable shopping bags Water bottles – large one for the car, smaller one for carrying around in my purse. Larabars or healthy snack to combat the junkfood lol Cash Easy knitting – hitchhiker or a sock or both for walking around Intermediate knitting for hanging out with friends and dinner, etc Drop spindle and fiber Folding Chair Spinning Wheel & fiber for if I get tired and need to sit for a while What am I wearing? Haven’t decided yet, probably my Frosted sweater by Lisa K Ross or Dancing Dragons Coat by Heike Campbell over a Mommy’s Tunic or Second Grace by Bristol Ivy. I’ll probably have a shawl each day as well and maybe a hat or mitts. I’ll have layers underneath to keep warm because I am always cold. I will probably wear warm, well-loved boots the first day and sneakers the second


66-2 weeks in a row?
Oct 11 2019 15 mins  
Episode 66 Designer Notes, Wips, FOs, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run Designer Notes Pont du Marais Shawl released today, October 11! Inspired by the epic fog in my grandmother’s village and named for one of the foggiest places therein (literally, it means Bridge at the Marsh). I can’t wait to share this easy, fun pattern with you. When I first saw this skein of color-changing yarn from @wollesyarn at #VKLNYC last January I knew I wanted to make this shawl, showcasing the fog and waves that I love about Nova Scotia. Pronunciation – Nova Scotia versus France. 30% off for podcast listeners with code ONTHERUN through Friday, 10/18. Wips Taking Flight – Captain Marvel inspired shawl by Katherine Belisle. I’ve been trying to finish up the applied lace edging to I can wear this beauty to Rhinebeck because it’s beautiful! I am ¾ done. Knitting this up in discontinued Longmeadow from Webs (red and blue) and Berocco Modern Cotton (yellow). A new sleeveless top in silk, just started the sample, long ways to go. FOs Aggregate Shawl by #jimiknits Jiminez Joseph for the #BIPOCMAL2019 I love this pattern and I can already tell I’ll be knitting this one again in a thicker weight yarn for winter wear. New Rent-inspired shawl pattern. For those of you at ITW, this is the gray and pink shawl that you saw me working on. I’ll be sending it to the tech editor soon then opening it up for test knitters. Spinning I spun Alpaca for the first time. Rolags and spinning directly from the locks. First time using regular flyer I think! Out and About Rhinebeck in just over a week! I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday. Come find me and say hi! On the Run – Back Stretching edition Regular listeners will recall that I threw my back out late last winter pretty badly. It was a just a muscle pull, thankfully nothing worse. But I learned some great warm up stretches that really helped get mobility in my spine back. I still use them periodically when I feel knots in my back muscles starting to form again and they still help.


65-Summer Is Over/Into The Wool
Oct 02 2019 20 mins  
Episode 65: Summer is Over Segments include: FOs, Wips, Out and About:Into The Wool edition; On The Run FOs 3 shawls! I finished 3 shawl samples since I last recorded, one of which will be launching next week keep an eye on social media for details on the Pont du Marais shawl, inspired by the fog in my grandmother’s village. WIPs Aggregate Shawl – my first piece for the BIPOCMAL2019, this pattern is designed by JimiKnits and I’m knitting it in two colors of handspun. I am nearly done, hoping to finish today. Hitchhiker – my 10th (I think?) hitchhiker, in Serenity Garden Sport yarn, some very old stash. I just started the 3rd skein – debating whether it will be 3 or 4 skeins. Another shawl sample for an upcoming pattern; my 3rd Rent inspired pattern _Into the Wool folks – this is the one with the pink and gray braid you were commenting on. I promised to keep them posted on this pattern. Triyang – by Lee Meredith - still chugging away. Laceweight on size 0 needles this is going to take forever and I am ok with that, it will be gorgeous when complete Go With The Flo – Over halfway done. May tweak this pattern. Don’t have enough yarn to make the whole thing one color. Debating making the central lace panel a different color or skipping it altogether. Spinning Continuing my first sweater spin. About 4.25 oz left. I realized I had 5 oz left and I’m trying to squeeze it onto 3 bobbins by overstuffing them. Out and About: Upcoming: Rhinebeck! Oct 19th and 20th; I’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday this year. I can’t make these, but maybe some of you can: VT Sheep and Wool – Oct 5&6 Fiber Festival of New England – Nov 2-3 Into The Wool I’ll spare you a complete blow-by-blow of the whole weekend but I highly recommend Into The Wool. If you’ve been on the fence, or were worried about going alone to a retreat I say, go for it! These women are amazing and super welcoming. I definitely want to go back. I can’t go next year, as it starts on my 15th wedding anniversary, but in the future I will go again. On The Run We’ll save the whole fitness segment for next week, but I have been doing very well at making fitness a habit again.


64-Want some rope?
Jul 12 2019 23 mins  
Episode 64 Segments include Tour de Fleece, Wips, Knitting Fail, On the Run, Stash Acquisition, Out & About Tour de Fleece This is my second Tour de Fleece! Wips New socks knit in Plymouth Yarn Diversity in the Violets colorways. Picked the yarn up last week at A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA. I needed something on smaller needles – I seem to be only using US 4s or 5s and it was just too much. Started the toe, but the wooden needles I bought were too sticky for this yarn. Sea-themed shawl I mentioned last week. My third Rent-themed pattern, a shawl with 2 color cables. Yes, that’s a cable using 2 different color yarns within the cable. That sounds hard, but if you learn one simple trick they are SO EASY! I can’t believe more people don’t use this technique. I would call this technique intarsia-adjacent, but much simpler than how I learned intarsia. For the record, I am not a big intarsia fan, but I do really enjoy these 2 color cables. Knitting Fail Photoshoot fail – tried to have a sunset photoshoot at the beach last Saturday and it turns out a front came through and there were 30mph winds! On The Road Spent a week at my parent’s place on Cape Cod, lots of fun, lots of beach. Thing 1’s arm is doing much, much better and while not able to swim he was able to splash in the water, build sandcastles with help, go on some flat hikes. Yesterday, I tried to take a self-care day. I’d been planning this day for months, then Thing 1 broke a bone, so he came with me. We drove an hour to a “local” yarn and fiber shop The Fiber Loft. Stash Acquisition From The Fiber Loft I got 1lb of cotton sliver that I am going to attempt dying. I also got some beautiful green speckled fiber from Buchanan Fibers and a skein of silk/linen blend in blues and purples for an upcoming shawl. And yesterday, my very first Akerworks bobbins arrived! I can’t wait to try these. I’m going to use it for my 2nd bobbin in Tour de Fleece. Out and About In August I will be spending a week in Nova Scotia, Canada visiting family and I can’t wait! September 19-22 I will be attending Into The Wool fiber retreat in Crossville, TN run by Dana from Unwind Yarn Company and Tiffany, aka The Project Bag. So looking forward to this! Rhinebeck! For the first time I will be going both Saturday and Sunday. This is my first time driving myself to the fairgrounds, that is, not being dropped off by family or taking the Webs bus, so if you have any parking tips I’d love to hear them. Not sure if I’ll be attending these next 2 but I hope to: Vermont Sheep and Wool, Oct 5 & 6 Fiber Festival of New England, Nov 2 & 3 at the Big E out near Springfield, MA


63 - All The Shawls
Jun 22 2019 12 mins  
It’s good to be back! Thank you for your patience! Pattern Release My Only Goal Is Just To Be Shawl, inspired by the musical Rent. Rent came out when I was 15 and had a huge influence on me. It taught me the value of not just surviving but of truly living even through the most difficult times. Few of us control where our life takes us. Indeed, the threads of our lives often go in unexpected directions – ups and downs, maybe even sideways or along an unexpected diagonal. Inspired by lyrics from the song “No Day But Today” from the musical Rent, this shawl lets you show your story. The shawl is knit in the main color first using an easy-to-memorize lace pattern, then the thread of your life is wound through the lace in a contrasting color, showing your story. Use code PODCAST19 to get 25% off at checkout on Ravelry. Out Tonight Top FOs 3 preemie hats in a variety of sizes. Working on the larger, almost full term ones mostly New shawl, doesn’t have a name yet, inspired by the fog rolling in off the ocean in my grandmother’s village. It’s a 6-mile long thin peninsula, so the fog there is EPIC WIPS Preemie hat – full term size Preemie hat – 36 weeks preemie size New shawl pattern, based on being out in the open ocean. Another Rent shawl, this one incorporating cables and garter stitch. Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm. This is my travel knitting for when we go somewhere and I’m not sure they’ll allow knitting needles. I use detachable wooden tips, which are far less scary than my normal steel-tipped Karbonz needles lol Knitting Fail Watched So You Think You Can Dance a bit too closely and screwed up my own pattern


62 - Walk
Apr 26 2019 12 mins  
Episode 62 – Thanks for tuning in! Trying the mic in a new location today so hopefully the sound quality will continue improving. Announcements First, new pattern launch! Last Saturday I released the new Strawberry Blossoms pattern. This pattern is very dear to me. As you may remember, I hurt my hand last year and for a while I couldn’t knit at all, let alone design knitwear. But like the wild yellow strawberries that grow in my backyard in the worlds worst soil (shady, acidic, clay) I hung on. Not just clinging to the soil, I’m back and I’m blooming! If you’re interested in this pattern listen to the episode for a special listeners-only discount code! Test Knitters Wanted Go to http://www.windsweptknits.com/patterns/test-knitters/ to subscribe to my test knitters email list – I promise to never sell your data or to spam you; you will only be contacted about upcoming test knitting opportunities. This week I will be starting a test knit for a laceweight shawl that is stockinette st and simple lace. The lace is a 4-row repeat that is very easy to remember. So easy, in fact, that this shawl became my knitting of choice for my kids’ karate and swimming lessons. Shawl was inspired by the musical Rent, which had a huge impact on me as a teen. 2nd is a laceweight cowl, heading to the tech editor today. This one has a lot of meaning too. A few years back, a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer. My then-4-year-old and I together designed this cowl for her. I pulled out all my silk yarn and let him pick the yarn. Then the two of us poured through my stitch dictionaries and he picked an arrowhead lace pattern. I knit it up and gave it to her to keep warm and strong during her treatments. Fast forward to this year and I’ve adapted that original pattern to have a second, longer size for those who like to double-wrap their cowls or wear them long. FOs 2 preemie hats, both in Berocco Comfort Sock. One held single, one held double. Wips Another preemie hats, one held single, one held double and both in Berocco Comfort Sock 2 shawl samples on the needles, can’t share too much yet. One is inspired by the swirling fog in my grandparent’s village, the other is a new use-up-your-stash shawl. Wearables Spring has fighting to warm up, but it’s not totally successful. Still wearing a lot of shawls to keep the chill away. Rhinebeck, murder mystery knit along, tan house brook, changing staircases, Out and About I will be at: CT sheep and wool April 27 Vernon, CT I will not be at: Sheepshearing festival, Gore Place, April 27th, Waltham, MA Not sure yet about attending these: NH SHeel & Wool May 11-12 Wool Days, Old Sturbridge Village, May 25-27 MA sheep and woolcraft fair, May 25 Cummington, MA Will be attending September – Into the Wool Fiber Retreat in Tennessee On the Run Still in PT but lots of walking





60 - On The Mend (fixed)
Mar 18 2019 22 mins  
Episode 60 – Thank yous, FO, Wips, Wearables, Out and About, On the Run, Fitness Talk, Knitting Talk Apologies for sound – laptop died. Recording this on travel mic in my car. Need to get an amp to get my mic to work with old laptop. Hopefully I’ll have it all sorted before next recording. Thank yous Thanks for bearing with me during this last delay. Turns out the antibiotics did not get rid of strep throat, I was sick again a week after they ended and back at the doctor to get something stronger. Feeling better now! Big thank you to my test knitters! I have one test knit winding up in the next few weeks, with pattern ready to release in early April and I’ve lucked into some amazing test knitters this time. You ladies are wonderful! Also, if you have any interest in summer knit tops, I have 2 coming out in the next 2 months, so be sure to visit WindsweptKnits.com and join my email list for access to the best discount codes. I promise to only email once or twice a month at most and to never, ever share your data with a 3rd party. No spam, no selling your data, I promise. That’s a personal pet peeve of mine. FO Rhinebeck Shawl – Changing Staircases pattern by Dragon Hoard Yarns knit up in bamboo/cotton fingering yarn from Great Adirondach Yarn Co Wips Matchy-matchy socks 2 preemie hats, 1 held single, 1 held double 2 new patterns, a shawl and a cowl Wearables All the shawls – Rhinebeck, murder mystery knit along, tan house brook, changing staircases, Sweaters - Frosted, Second Grace Boys wearing star wars adaptation of Nordic Yoke pullover from Patons, Thing 2 grew into Thing 1’s Monomoy Sweater, still fits in an ancient sweater I knit for Thing 1, pattern no longer exists, I forget the name. Pattern Stalking Ice Time Hat and Cowl set from Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studio. Full disclosure – Jen gifted them to me for free, but I’d seen her photos and loved this hat even before she sent it to me. Knitting Talk Fiber allergies. Out and About Wayland Farm and Fiber, met Boston Jen again. Wearing her Tan House Brooke shawl! CT sheep and wool April 27 Vernon, CT – not sure if I can make it Sheepshearing festival, Gore Place, April 27th, Waltham, MA NH SHeel & Wool May 11-12 Wool Days, Old Sturbridge Village, May 25-27 MA sheep and woolcraft fair, May 25 Cummington, MA On the Run Actually ran! Well, run-walk-run 1 mile Jeff Galloway-style, when the pool closed suddenly on Monday. Swam 20 laps Wednesday, a new record for me .55 miles (.88km) Fitness Talk Tennis ball used like a foam roller on deep/fleshy muscles




Ep 57 - Find Help If You Need It
Jan 18 2019 10 mins  
Episode 57 – 1/17/18 - Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less. You can find me as WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram or as Windswept Knits on Facebook and Twitter. Shownotes can be found on my website at WindsweptKnits.com Apologies for the delay last week – my boys have been passing a virus back and forth! Be A Helper Craft-A-Long Still goin till Feb 15. Make ANYthing for ANY charity. Wips are awesome. Did you finish a charity project back around the holidays? That counts, the craftalong started on Dec 5th so go ahead and enter it in the FO thread. Design News Soon be starting a test knit for a sleeveless top in fingering weight yarn. More details to come soon, but if you’re interested in knitting an A-line summer top, please email me at [email protected] or PM me on Ravelry FOs 2nd sock started for Un-Christmas socks Wips Boxy by Joji Locatelli. Using Bamboo Laceweight from Spinaway Farms that I picked up in Rhinebeck 2 years ago. Variegated cool blues from nearly white to nearly navy. Find Your Fade shawl. I’m on section , the 2nd lace section (still) and still in color #1, the raspberry-dyed handspun cotton that I’ve mentioned in past episodes (and knitting fail) Another new design that I can’t talk about yet, but it’s a summer knit inspired by the musical Rent that I think a lot of you will like. Can’t wait to talk more about it later. On the Run Running and swimming and cross training, nothing special Running Talk A lesson I needed to learn: Learn to admit when you need help.


56 - Happy New Year
Jan 07 2019 14 mins  
Episode 56 – 1/4/19 Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less. You can find me as WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram or as Windswept Knits on Facebook and Twitter. Shownotes can be found on my website at WindsweptKnits.com FOs First of the Un-Christmas Socks - knitting these up in CoBaSi, which is a cotton, bamboo, silk, nylon blend that is super stretchy and breathes beautifully on sweaty feet. The toes, cuffs and heels are a blue/gray blend called Wave Caps, and the foot and leg in a gray named Seattle Sky. Thing 2’s hat – finished last night and he hasn’t stopped wearing since I put it on his head this morning. in Valley Yarn’s Southwick. I’m using the green as the contrast ribbed brim, then the purple that Thing 2 chose as the body of the hat. No pattern, just knitting to his head size. Wips 2nd sock started for Un-Christmas socks. Finished toe and started foot. Boxy by Joji Locatelli. Using Bamboo Laceweight from Spinaway Farms that I picked up in Rhinebeck 2 years ago. Variegated cool blues from nearly white to nearly navy. Changing Staircases shawl in 50/50 cotton/bamboo blend from Great Adirondack Yarn in the Hydrangea colorway blue, turquoise and purple Knitting Fail There are dangers to knitting in dark theme park lines… Life and stuff 40 before 40? Roughly based on Gretchen Ruben’s happiness project, 18 in 2018. Still not 100% sure I’m going to do this but… Run 5k, 10k, half marathon. Increase muscle mass. Swim one mile in one day. Release 6 patterns. Submit to more knitting magazines. Improve my Spanish or Russian, or learn Arabic (know folks who speak all of these). Out and about Florida – late flight – Legoland – to the in-laws – horseback riding and swimming – early morning flight On the Run No running but lots of walking, incl. a hike at the Disney Wilderness Preserve one afternoon with Thing 1, my husband Chris and my dad. It’s run by the Nature Conservancy and has a few really nice trails with lots of wildlife – just south of Orlando, definitely recommend it. Swam ¼ mile this morning for the first time ever!




54- Be A Helper Craft-a-long 3
Dec 18 2018 20 mins  
Episode 54 – 12/5/18 Knittin & Running in 30 min or less I am WindsweptMonique and today’s segments include: Be A Helper KAL, FOs, Wips, Pattern Stalking, Wearables, On the Run and Running Talk about wearable fitness trackers and accuracy. Be A Helper KAL Started on December 5th but I didn’t record last week because Christmas shopping (had to buy all presents by last Saturday – long story) and laryngitis. If you finished a WIP for charity on or after December 5th go ahead and enter it. Any thing made for any charity – not just ravelry crafts Donate blood Wips count FO Thread is here Prizes Free pattern from Jennifer Lassonde of Downcellar Studios 1 skein Cascade 220 in an orangey peach color from an anonymous donor and a mini skein of merino – thank you very much, donor! I’m offering up 1 skein of Shibui Reed FOs Kippah made from handspun cotton from Hipstrings, in the Break Of Day colorway, blues and orange using the To Life pattern by Sarah Jordan, aka PAKnitWit Wips Tan House Brooke Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studio in my most recent handspun, Midseason Cliffhanger and Recurrent Theme cotton slivers, from fiber from Hipstrings Icon Dress by Kari-Helene Rane in some very old stash that I want to get rid of. Reached 6th set of decreases in Front of dress New hat for Thing 2 (not xmas gift) – in Valley Yarn’s Southwick. I’m using the green as the contrast ribbed brim, then the purple that Thing 2 chose as the body of the hat. No pattern, just knitting to his head size. Folded brim so it will grow with him. About 3/4 way through folded ribbing Find Your Fade shawl. I’m on section , the 2nd lace section and still in color #1, the raspberry-dyed handspun cotton that I’ve mentioned in past episodes New socks, these are an un-Christmas gift that I will mail to Maura in January. I’m knitting these up in CoBaSi, which is a cotton, bamboo, silk, nylon blend that is super stretchy and breathes beautifully on sweaty feet. The toes, cuffs and heels are a blue/gray blend called Wave Caps, and the foot and leg in a gray named Seattle Sky. Pattern Stalking I bought 4 patterns during the Indie Designers Gift-a-long sale: Tan House Brooke, mentioned above by Jennifer Lassonde Willowbrooke shawl by Brenda Castiel Heroes of Yarnia RPG Scarf from last year’s MKAL by Tania Richter Harry Potter and the Strange Persistent Font by Mary Annarella Wearables Twist and Shout cabled hat by Michelle DuNaier Frosted sweater by Paper Daisy Creations Changing Staircases by Dragon Hoard Designs in Fiber Lady’s Mousou bamboo Dahlia by Brenda York for Berocco Yarns On The Run I’ve run a few times in the last 2 weeks. I’ve also gone for a few swims and boy do I need a swimming cap! Last time I went swimming it was 25F out (-4C) and that is just too cold to have soaking wet, long hair. Running Talk – Fitbits and other trackers On my last episode I mentioned that I like having a fitbit because it keeps me honest and a listener, Marie, wrote in saying she’d heard that the data isn’t accurate and wanted to know how I used it. Thanks very much for writing in Marie. If you have a question about fitness, running, knitting, patterns, GALs or anything else feel free to write in. You can reach on Ravelery or Instagram as WIndsweptMonique or email me at [email protected] My website is windsweptknits.com and you can find this podcast and shownotes there as well as all my designs and a few other fun projects I’ve worked on, like how to make the R2-D2 sweater I knit for my son last year.


53-Indie GAL 2018
Nov 29 2018 26 mins  
Episode 53 – 11/29/18 – Indie Gift-a-long Wips FOs, Wips – lots, Knitting Fail, Spinning, Knitting Talk, Wearables, On the Run, Out and About FOs Mom’s Christmas socks – both are done; Plymouth Yarn Diversity in Deep Sea Thing 2’s Christmas socks – both are done; Plymouth Yarn Diversity in Pizazz Wips Icon Dress by Kari-Helene Rane in some very old stash that I want to get rid of. New hat for Thing 2 (not xmas gift) – in Valley Yarn’s Southwick that he chose while we were on holiday in Bermuda. Find Your Fade shawl. I’m on section 3, the 2nd garter section and still in color #1, the raspberry-dyed handspun cotton that I’ve mentioned in past episodes Changing Staircases shawl in 50/50 cotton/bamboo blend from Great Adirondack Yarn in the Hydrangea colorway blue, turquoise and purple 1 handspun kippah, yarn from Hipstrings Cotton Club in some beautiful handspun yarn made with fiber dyed in Pittsburgh. Pattern is To Life by Sarah Jordan (all proceeds to Tree of Life Synagogue). Spinning I finished spinning the Midseason Replacement and Recurrent Theme, both 2oz cotton sliver from Hipstrings. Roughly 400 yards total together and they’ll be paired beautifully in a shawl, I expect. Started spinning new fiber Knitting Talk I was able to take some time to get back into design work this week and it felt sooooo good. Garment design is my favorite, and I am working on 2 new patterns. But I’m also trying to branch out and design some accessories that I want to wear. This is all long term, likely coming in 2019 or beyond, but I am really excited by the what’s coming on the horizon! Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party Knitmore’s Grinchalong Indie Designer Gift-a-long sale ends Nov 29 at 11:59opm Eastern Be A Helper 3 will run from December 3 to February 15th Wearables Oh so many! Pattern Stalking Harry Potter and the Strange Persistent Font by Mary Annarella Don’t Panic by Nim Teasdale (nimble knits) Willowbrook Shawl by Brenda Castiel – use my handspun Heroes of Yarnia RPG scarf with draogns and castles that my son would adore, could be done in double knitting or stranded colorwork On the Run Until yesterday I hadn’t done a blasted thing since I last recorded. I lost my fitbit about a month ago and I’ve been a lazy bum ever since. Out and About December 1st - Norwood Adult Day Health Center, a community VNA December 8th, 31st Framingham Auxilliary Police Fair, my 4th or 5th time there





51 - Craft Fair Season
Nov 09 2018 10 mins  
Episode 51 – 11/8/18 – Craft Fair Season FOs, Wips, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run and Be a Helper 3 – I need your feedback FOs 3 Fun Fur Hats 2 Doll sweaters 5 doll hats – these are all knit on US 10 needles so they knit up very quickly 1 kippah, pattern by PAKnitWit, with all proceeds going to Tree of Life Synogogue which was attacked last week and 11 members were murdered by a white nationalist. On Ravelry, some folks are collecting hand-made kippot to give to the Tree of Life community, so that is where I will send mine. Wips 2nd Kippah, same pattern Another Fun Fur hat Rhinebeck Shawl – the Changing Staircases made with the yarn I just bought at Rhinebeck Spinning I’ve actually spun recently! Not much, but a little. I’m working on a cotton sliver from Hipstrings in the Recurrent Theme colorway which is dark jewel tones of blue, aqua, green, purple and burgundy. It’ll be gorgeous! Out and About I worked the Nauset Craft Fair last weekend held at the Nauset Middle School in Orleans, Cape Cod, MA. It was my first time there and I had a good time. Despite a huge storm in the morning with biblical-type rain and wind, people came out to support the vendors. My shoes were soaked unloading my car in the morning, starting around 8am. I had spare clothes, but no spare shows with me, so my feet were soaked until I got home at 6:30 that night! On The Run I want to talk today about the myth that running is bad for your knees. Yes you heard me, the myth. Multiple studies including one released in 2016 from Brigham Young University and published European Journal of Applied Physiology can help us understand this. Be a Helper 3 – I need your feedback Here are my thoughts – I can’t run a craft-along that ends in August, my family’s schedule is nuts and we’ll have family visiting from overseas next August so it’ll just be bonker balls. The first Be A Helper was during the winter. More people seem to knit in the winter anyways, so I’m thinking of moving it back to winter. What do you all think? Should we run it in conjunction with the holiday season so people who like to knit for charity during Hannukah and Christmas can participate? Or after the holiday season so gift knitters can participate? Or maybe start in December and end in February to give everyone more flexibility? Let me know what you think. thread in Ravelry group, Knitting On The Run/Windswept Designs WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram WindsweptKnits on Facebook and Twitter windsweptknits.com




49- Help Me Choose A Shawl
Oct 17 2018 15 mins  
Episode 49 – 10/17/18 - Knitting and running in 30 min or less Wips Dancing Dragons Coat Thing 2’s Christmas Socks - in Plymouth Yarns DIversity in the Pizazz colorway Mom’s Christmas Socks - in Plymouth Yarns DIversity in the Stormy Skies colorway Pattern Stalking Asked last week about a Gray Shawl, especially something that would work with gray gradients. Heard from several people Influence Shawl by Kelene Kinnersly, off-center triangle, kind of thin, mostly garter st with an eyelet lace edging. Tea House Brooke Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde, aka BostonJen, triangular shawl starting with stockinette and working through different simple textures to keep it interesting Curious Collective 2014 by Curious Handmade, aka Helen Stewart, half-circle shawl alternative garter st and lace Crossflower Shawl by Katinka Designs, new larger version for gradients. Garter st and lace columns, large off-center triangle Ilumine by Num Teasdale – gorgeous lace, but not sure I have the brain power for it just now Wearables Mommy’s Tunic – I wore my sample out of Be Sweet Bamboo fibers and promptly spilled something down the front. I think I wore it for 2 hours total. Soaked and washed it, it’s fine. Still kicking myself. Linen Butterflies – the ¾ sleeve version Addition By Subtraction Shawl – an mkal pattern by TryStitchual Designs Changing Staircases in FIber Lady's Mousou bamboo yarn On the Run I ran a 5k! All 4 of us ran a race :) Out and About Rhinebeck on Saturday! I'm on the Webs Bus. Orleans, Cape Cod craft fair, Nov 3


48 - When Dragons Attack
Oct 11 2018 26 mins  
Episode 48 – 10/9/18 - When Dragons Attack Thanks for listening! Segments this week include FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Pattern Stalking, On the Run and the wrap up of our Be A Helper craft a long! FOs 3 doll sweaters from my Super Simple Fuzzy Sweater pattern, all knit in Plymouth Yarn’s Adore in red, orange, and a green and gray multi-colored yarn What I’m now calling my Hamilton Socks, 52-st socks in Plymouth Yarn’s Diversity in the Deep Sea colorway Wips Another doll sweater, this one in pink Mom’s Christmas Socks Dancing Dragons Coat by Heike Campbell in Be Sweet Yarn’s Bamboo in the Sea Green colorway, a malachite-green, but a little lighter than true malachite. About 50% done but… Knitting Fail Dancing Dragons Coat – I realized I was going to run out of yarn!! Wearables Empire Top by Lily Go – wore this to Hamilton I wore my Changing Staircases shawl several times, knit up in Fibre Lady’s Mousou Bamboo Mommy’s Tunic, a pattern I designed a few years back – short sleeve A-line tunic with a cabled band under the bust. This one is knit up in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve in a lovely shade of cobalt blue Dahlia – the colorwork shawl I knit this summer has been worn at least once Linen Butterflies – I wore the short sleeve version of this this morning over a tank top before the heat arrived, which I knit in Euroflax Sport 100% linen in their Straw colorway, is a lovely shade of gold, over a tank top one warm day. Pattern Stalking Over the past few weeks I’ve realized how many red long-sleeved shirts and sweaters I have, but none of my shawls go with red. I really need to knit a grey, or black, or even royal blue shawl to go with them. There’s a gradient cake yarn I’ve been eyeing a year or so that goes from black, through many shades of gray, to white. If you have a shawl suggestion that would look good in grey gradients I would love to hear about it! On The Run Had a great few runs these last few weeks, including a 2.5 miler a week ago. My knee was a little cranky after that last one, but it felt good at the time. I’ve got a 5k fundraiser race for my son’s school coming up this weekend. First whole-family race Toddler running in Tot Trot 1st-grader and husband running 1-miler I’m running 5k Be A Helper Craft A Long wrap-up A huge thank-you to everyone who participated! I have 3 prizes to award and all 3 need to be mailed. If you hear your name, please contact me with your mailing address. You can reach me at [email protected], or as WindsweptMonique both on Ravelry and on Instagram.






44 - Regular Schedules Commence
Sep 04 2018 16 mins  
Episode 44 – 9/4/18 – Autumn means schedules! Knitting & running in 30 min or less. Summer is over, kids are back to school and life is finally scheduled again! This means I should be able to start recording on a regular basis again, huzzah! FOs Dahlia - pattern by Brenda York for Berroco Yarns is finally done! Whole shawl is from stash. Blue body is Juniper Moon Farms Neve in Lagoon colorway from my LYS that closed. Red is Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in the Cranberry colorway held double, yellow & green is Berroco Modern Cotton in the Del & Breakers colorways. Purple is some ancient Plymouth Yarns Covington. 50-st sock – both are complete thought it’s been too hot to wear 44-st sock for Thing 1 – worked on this while on our cruise to Bermuda last week finished both! Wips New 52-st sock for me in Plymouth Diversity in the Deep Sea colorway Sock for Thing 2 – he previously asked for the Deep Sea colorwat but after seeing me knit his brother’s socs in the Pizazz colorway, he changed his mind and wants red socks too Stash 1 skein of Goshen from Valley Yarns in the Plum colorway from The Black Purl in Bermuda – more about Bermuda later. 2 skeins on Ito Yarn’s Kinu 100% silk this is going to be used for the Ixchel sweater from the latest issue of Pom Pom, the one with the phases of the moon in the sweater 1 skein of Plymouth Yarn’s Diversity that my mom picked out for her Christmas socks Both these last two are from A Great Yarn which is a lovely Yarn and Book shop in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts Spinning A braid of cotton from Hipstrings, the Midseason Clifhanger colorway. Learned how to re-align the wheel of my Lendrum - super easy Out and About Fiber Revival at the Spencer Little Farm in Newbury, MA Firefly themed bag from Stitched by Jessalu Silk brick from Bewitching Fiber Co Tussah silk from PineTree Last week we took a cruise from Boston to Bermuda and it was so lovely. Go swm at the Blue Hole if you ever get the chance. Upcoming: Oct 20th – Rhinebeck. Taking the Webs bus on Saturday Nov 3rd & 4th – Fiber Festival of New England at the Big E – not 100% sure I’m going, but thinking about it. Running 1 short run since the last time I recorded; nothing to write home about. Hoping to get a few shorter runs in next week. Slow and steady Fitness Talk What can a personal trainer do for you?



43- No Knitting Police
Aug 02 2018 16 mins  
Episode 43: 7/31/18 – Knitting and Running in 30 min or less WIPS Dahlia - pattern by Brenda York for Berroco Yarns. Finished garter stitch and am about 1/3 way through the stockinette colorwork section. Blue body is Juniper Moon Farms Neve in Lagoon colorway from my LYS that closed. Red is Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in the Cranberry colorway held double, yellow is Berroco Modern Cotton in the Del colorway. Green is also Modern Cotton in the Breakers colorway. 50-st sock in Plymouth yarns Diversity in the Fruity colorway, which is white with stripes of green, yellow, orange, pink and purple. Spinning Finished my Tour de Fleece spin! 1lb of cotton became roughly 950 yards of 3-ply sport weight yarn. I am soooooo glad I participated in TdF for the first time. Spinning that much over about 3 weeks really helped me become more consistent in my spinning and by the end I was generating some good yarn! Out And About Was out in western MA last weekend for a friend’s wedding and was lucky enough to meet up with Shelley, aka Knitting Travels (hello Shelley! It was lovely to meet you! Northampton Wools - Great shop; Good selection of wool-less yarns! Old favorites like Penzance, Diversity Sock. New to me yarns too! Came home with 2 skeins of 365 Yak from Lana Grossa Upcoming: Aug 11th – Fiber Revival at the Spencer Little Farm in Newbury, MA, coast north of Boston Oct 20th – Rhinebeck. Current plan is to take the Webs bus on Saturday Nov 3rd & 4th – Fiber Festival of New England at the Big E – not 100% sure I’m going, but thinking about it. Knitting Talk Bringing this older segment back. “cheating” at knitting – I’ve heard a couple people recently talk about how they feel using stitch markers for repeats or using a lifeline is cheating and that’s something I wanted to address here. There are NO knitting police. On the Run Actually went for a run today! Running Talk This is a re-visit of a topic we discussed a year ago or so and that is shoes. Short version: get a gait analysis from a professional.


42 - Knit and Runner's Knee
Jul 23 2018 16 mins  
Episode 42 – 7/20/18 As always its knitting and running in 30 minutes or less. WindsweptMonique on Instagram and Ravelry or WindsweptKnits on Twitter and at WindsweptKnits.com FOs I finished the Changing Staircases shawl by Jenga Knits. This is a shawl inspired by the Harry Potter books, the way the staircases are constantly changing and I’m working on it in Mousou a 100% bamboo yarn from The FiberLady. It’s done and ready to wear to a wedding next weekend! WIPS Cast on a new Hitchhiker shawl in ancient stash, Deborah Norville’s Serenity Garden Yarn in the Gems colorway. 52-st sock in Plymouth yarns Diversity in the Fruity colorway, which is white with stripes of green, yellow, orange, pink and purple. Turned heel on first sock which leads me to… Knitting Fail Turns out the 52-st sock is really 50 sts… Spinning Tour de Fleece – not going to make my 16oz goal but having fun. Am roughly 10oz in and have 3 bobbins of cotton full and ready to ply! Hoping to make at least a dent in the last 6 oz tonight and tomorrow, but we’ll see if time allows. Running No running, but I have been doing a lot of cross training and fitness. Been in the pool twice since last recording. Also, hopped on rowing machine twice trying to get back in shape to kayak later this summer. Lots of walking. Planning hiking with my boys next week, now that my little guy’s legs are a long enough. He did a 1.3 mile (roughly 2k) hike a few weeks ago with my parents and I and he did great and LOVED it! Gonna try taking both my boys to a local, mostly flat trail near our home this week. Running Talk Runners and Knees The myth that runners destroy there knees is just that – a myth. Analysis of people who run for decades show that runners who run a moderate amount have very healthy knees. Now, people who run a LOT and professional runners often do cause knee damage, but for average folks like you and I we are unlikely to completely destroy our knees. Some do get Runner's Knee: exercises for combatting Runner's Knee: Leg lifts Good old fashioned leg lifts are great. You can lie on your back and lift a leg up to work the quads & front of your thigh. Lie on your side and lift the top leg to work the abductors. Lie on your side and lift the bottom leg to work your adductors. Lie on your stomach and lift your leg to work the hamstring and glutes. Boom, you just worked most of the soft tissue around your knees. Clam shells Lie on your side. Bend your knees to a 90-degree angle and bring them slightly in front of you. Now lift the top leg while keeping your feet touching. Your top leg is acting like an opening and closing clam shell.


41: July Crept Up On Me
Jul 13 2018 18 mins  
Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Spinning Well, it’s nice to be back finally! How is it July?!? FOs Not a lot of knitting the last few weeks. I’ve been re-staining the deck and my finger has been hurting again so I haven’t gotten nearly as far in my Wips as I’d hoped. I finished my 52-st sock! They’re not finished-finished, I still need to weave in ends, but the knitting is done. Haven’t tried them on yet as it’s been HOT up in Boston recently, but they look good. Wips I’ve put a lots more rows onto my Changing Staircases shawl by Jenga Knits. This is a shawl inspired by the Harry Potter books, the way the staircases are constantly changing and I’m working on it in Mousou a 100% bamboo yarn from The FiberLady. I said last time that I was about 75% but I totally misjudged – I was about 66% complete and I’m on the last section, so probably 95% complete. Blue Dahlia pattern by Brenda York for Berroco Yarns. Finished garter stitch and am about 1/3 way through the stockinette colorwork section. Blue body is Juniper Moon Farms Neve in Lagoon colorway from my LYS that closed. Red is Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in the Cranberry colorway held double, yellow is Berroco Modern Cotton in the Del colorway. Green is also Modern Cotton in the Breakers colorway New 52-st sock in Plymouth yarns Diversity in the Fruity colorway, which is white with stripes of green, yellow, orange, pink and purple. Also been doing some design work again for the first time in ages and it feels so good to be creating again. Can’t talk about the designs yet but hopefully I will be able to soon! Spinning Lots of spinning thanks to my sore finger Finished multiple braids of cotton from Hipstrings Cotton Club. Johnny Jump Up – 2 ply sport weight – white, navy, dark purple and drops of yellow-green Break Of Day – 3 ply on the border between fingering and sport, blue with the golds and pale oranges of sunrise A Different Time – my first true 3-ply fingering weight yarn. White, Navy and dark purple On my first Tour de Fleece. Goal is to finish spinning 16oz of sustainable cotton I bought from the Woolery so I can get reliable enough to justify buying a sweater lot of fiber from Hipstrings. So far ‘ve only spun 2 days (womp womp) but I have made a dent in the first 8-oz braid. Running I have not run at all since my last recording, so I’m back to the drawing board in terms of fitness. That brings my half marathon training to a screeching halt. But it turns out I may have some upcoming projects that I need to be more all-around fit for so I’m going to focus on 5ks for running and also getting back in the pool more and on the rowing machine at our local YMCA. Running Talk Why is cross training so important? Aside from overuse injuries, it turns out that cross training also affects your DNA in a positive way – but only in the body parts you’re actually using. This Study from 2014 talks about epigenetics, which just means how what we do to & with our bodies affects our genes.


40: Sick Days
Jun 13 2018 15 mins  
Episode 40 – Knitting and Running in 30 min or less – 6/12/18 Segments this week include Thank Yous, Wips, FOs, Spinning, and On The Run Thank you SOOOO much for your patience with our wonky recording schedule the past few weeks. Our house has been wiped out by a virus or two. We are down to 1 toddler with conjunctivitis and that is an improvement! Those of you who have ever tried to wrestle medicine into a toddler’s eye truly understand what I mean when I say this is an improvement! Lol Also, I want to say a HUGE thanks to Tracie and Barb for mentioning my show on their podcast, 2 Knit Lit Chicks. I’ve been a listener for years and being an introvert I’m a lurker on their boards on Ravelry. I love, love, love, books so I always look forward to hearing what they are reading. If you love reading and knitting, please go subscribe right now. Also, thank you to Tracie and Barb for enabling my love of True Crime. My husband doesn’t get it but you lovely ladies do. Although after all I’ve read I’m seriously debating some karate or defense lessons! FOs Thanks to my long recording delay I have 3! The Addition By Subtraction Mystery Knit A Long, I am done! I used Ito Yarn’s Washi in the Crocus colorway, a pale purple. This is a Japanese style paper yarn, laceweight, and I held it double. The dark is Ito Yarn’s Kinu, a laceweight silk in the Grey colorway and I held it double. And the pink was Ito Yarn’s Kinu in the Plum colorway (I don’t know why it was named plum – are plums in Japan pink? The ones we grew as kids were a deep purple) The zany color is a fingering weight cotton, Your Crazy is Showing from Birdie’s Knits. Total Stash Dash so far is 3137m (more on the rest later) I finished the first sock of my 52-st vanilla sock! I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and so far it seems to be the best fitting sock I’ve knit. I can’t wait till the 2nd is done and I can wear these around a bit and make sure they fit! I finished spinning 4oz of EZ Spin cotton I ended up with 518 yards of fingering weight so with the “orifice” rule that gives me 1423.2 m for Stash Dash. Wips Lots of wips despite the sickness Here be Dragons! The Green Dragons Sweater is back - I pulled out the Dancing Dragons Coat by Heike Campbell which I haven’t worked on since my finger injury derailed me for over a month. Knit in Be Sweet’s Bamboo Changing Staircases shawl by Jenga Knits. This is a shawl inspired by the Harry Potter books, the way the staircases are constantly changing and I’m working on it in Mousou a 100% bamboo yarn from The FiberLady. I’m about 75% done so I’m hoping to finish soon. Blue Dahlia pattern by Brenda York. Garter stitch to stockinette colorwork. Juniper Moon Farms Neve in Lagoon colorway from my LYS that closed. 52 st sock – 2nd sock I’m working on the foot Spinning Lots of spinning! I finally figured out my wheel, yay!!! I also started spinning 2oz of one of my Cotton Club Shipments from Hipstrings. I think this one is named Dewdrops – can’t find the card. Jill used melting snow to make this colorway unique and it really is. White blues and purples with drops of green-ish yellow in spurts throughout. I’m halfway through and I will be making a 2-ply yarn out os this. Next up I’ll be trying a 3-ply yarn to see what my knitting preference is before embarking on spinning for a garment. Running Running has pretty much disappeared the last 10 days. We all got sick. Will I do the Chatham Harbor Run in 2 weeks or not?


39 - Be A Helper & Knitting Charity Ideas
May 25 2018 18 mins  
Episode39 – 5/25/18 – Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less Today’s segments include Be A Helper Craft-a-long, including Prizes and some Charity Ideas, Wips, Spinning, Running and today’s Knitting Talk will answer the question – “Why did you start a podcast?” Be A Helper Summer 2018 As I mentioned last week, the Be A Helper KAL is back for the summer. We went over most of the details but I’ll go over a few updates quickly today and a few addendums (thanks to those who reached out with some questions!) Last episode I said that this was a KAL for anything you knit, crochet, weave or spin but someone pointed out that during the last KAL I said any craft. I’m going to go with what we used previously – ANY thing you make for ANY charity will count. I’m still running the craft-a-long on Ravelry, but you do not need to link to a project page. Just post a photo of your finished item in the thread on Ravelry and tell us who you are donating it to! Donating blood still counts, too. Another listener point out that it’s a pain trying to get all the photos up in time for Stash Dash and ending things the same night could be an issue for some, and I whole heartedly agree. So I’m giving you an extra week. We start on May 25th and will end August 31st. You have all summer to finish your charity work. Please post 1 picture per finished object in the thread. Wips are allowed! Double or triple dip in any KAL you want, I totally encourage this! Prizes – So far we have three prizes , one skein of FishKnits Yarn in the At Sixes and Sevens colorway, a self-striping Merino-nylon sock yarn, one skein on non-wool yarn of my choosing though I’d love to hear any input for you folks – anything you’ve been tempted to knit with? And lastly a huge thanks to Tiffany from The Project Bag who is offering a free project bag and matching notions pouch and she will ship it anywhere in the world! Tiffany sent over an example photo and I’m posting it in the Ravelry group. The prize won’t be the exact fabric pattern shown, but the bags will coordinate and her photo will give you an idea of her gorgeous handiwork. Charity Ideas If you don’t have a charity you currently craft for, I’m going to talk about a few here that may be of interest to you: Preemie Hats – check with your local hospital for yarn requirements. These need to be washed in an industrial strength washing machine so there may be limits. If your local hospital isn’t accepting hats, Dana from the Unwind Yarn Company is collecting them from her retreat attendees this fall and may be willing to accept a few more via mail if you contact her. Greg, aka Knitting Daddy of the Unraveling podcast also has accepted mailed hats in the past for his local hospital. Knitted Knockers – these are prostheses for breast cancer survivors who have not or cannot have reconstructive surgery. Knockers must be made with plant based yarn – wool is too scratchy on scar tissue – and a list of acceptable yarns is linked in the who notes along with the free patterns. Mother Bears – I learned of this charity from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks and they are currently running their Mother Bear KAL. These bears provide comfort to children who are victim of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Afrca. Mother Bear will snail mail you the knitting or crochet pattern for a small fee. All they ask is that you return the finished bear with $3 to cover the shipping to Africa. KnitAid – has USA and UK Neither is currently collecting, but you could knit scarves or hats or baby clothes for next winter. All items must be knit in dark-colored yarn because the recipients will not be able to wash them easily. Do you have a charity craft idea that you think others would like to hear about? Let me know and I’ll talk about it on a future episode. Send me a PM on Ravelry, I’m WindsweptMonique, or email me at [email protected] WIPS I’ve put a couple of rows onto my Changing Staircases shawl by Jenga Knits. This is a shawl inspired by the Harry Potter books, the way the staircases are constantly changing and I’m working on it in Mousou a 100% bamboo yarn from The FiberLady. I turned the heel on my 52-stitch sock, which is using the Fish Lips Kiss heel and Cobasi by Hikoo, which is a bamboo, cotton, silk and nylon blend. Those of you who’ve used that pattern will understand why I can be so precise about the 1/3! The Addition By Subtraction Mystery Knit A Long, I am 1/3 of the way through Clue #2. I am working on this in 4 colors of 3 different yarns. For the light color I’m using Ito Yarn’s Washi in the Crocus colorway, a pale purple. This is a Japanese style paper yarn, laceweight, and I‘m holding it double. The dark is Ito Yarn’s Kinu, a laceweight silk in the Grey colorway and I’m holding it double. The zany is Your Crazy is Showing from Birdie’s Knits and it is a crazy combination of every color you can imagine but it looks beautiful. Lastly I’m using another Kinu, the Plum colorway which is actually a dark pastel pink, not purple as the name might imply. There is a slipped stitch section which caused me a little bit of a headache given that silk and paper yarns have absolutely no stretch to them, but I’ve learned how to knit that section more loosely than normal and it’s actually working out nicely. Spinning Still practicing on my wheel. Don’t quite have the hang of it yet. Tried spinning the bamboo sample I got from The Fiber Lady at stitches United and boy was that easier! I now understand why long staple fibers are much preferred! But I am going to keep trying. My problem seems to be getting that first bit twisted and onto the bobbin. Once I have it I can sustain it for a little while, but getting started is not my forte! Knitting Talk I was recently asked, why did I start a podcast? As I’ve now passed my 1st podaversary, I decided to tackle that question here. First off, I LOVE podcasts. I started listening back in 2005 and currently on my phone I am subscribed to 109 podcasts, 12 of which are for my kids. Some are weekly, some put out 15-20 a year and some are like Serial and every now and then you get 10 in a row. So it’s not quite as insane as it sounds. No, I do not keep up do date with all of them – I am still far behind after going to FL for 10 days in February but I’m slowly catching up while driving, cooking, cleaning, etc. I also listen at 1.5x which makes a 60 minute podcast take only about 40 minutes so that helps. Back to this particular podcast – I had been considering starting a podcast for about 2-3 years and kept putting it off because of family, kids, lack of time, etc. I was super stressed and a bit down in the dumps and I finally decided to take on a project just for me. I’d just gotten in to SSK a few weeks before and then listening to the Just One More Row podcast, Dana was talking about exactly that, getting lost in motherhood and the doldrums of thousands of thankless tasks and how taking time for herself and doing projects just for herself was really helping. That was the lightbulb moment I needed and I decided to just go out and do it. I bought a microphone, downloaded Audacity and released the first episode on March 14th, 2017. The sound quality was horrible, and I was so incredibly nervous, but I did it. And I’m so glad I did! Now more than a year on, I have met so many wonderful people because of this podcast. It’s been a joy. Running How long should your shoes last? “Experts” say 300-500 miles, depending on how much wear and tear they get. But if you see any damage, change shoes right away! Also, if you see uneven wear on the bottom of your shoe, (e.g., more wear on the inside edge than the outside edge, or vice versa) then be SURE to go to a running store (and bring your current shoes!). They can help you find the right type of shoe to stop that and help prevent injuries down the road.


38 - Knitting Is Back!
May 15 2018 20 mins  
Episode 38 – 5/15/18 - Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, [email protected] Visit my new website at WindsweptKnits.com and stream the podcast or read shownotes. Thanks so much for listening! There are 1000’s of podcasts for you to choose from and I am honored you take time out of your busy life to listen to mine. Segments this week include: Stash Acquisition, Wips, KALs, Running Stash Acquisition I held off recording last week because I had no knew knitting and also I knew what I’d be getting for Mother’s Day which is… a spinning wheel! My finger still isn’t healed yet so I’m in a finger brace part-time and still can’t knit nearly as much as I want to, so my boys bought me a Lendrum! They also got the Very Fast Flyer so I can spin cotton. I am SUPER excited and slightly daunted. I’ve tried using it a few times and I’m horrible at the moment. I hold my fiber too close to the wheel to get a good spin in the cotton. Also, I’m used to having the fiber not move while I’m drafting. So balancing the spin with the pullup on to the bobbin is challenging. Luckily, I know exactly what I’m looking for in the spun cotton so a few times I’ve managed to get a small amount of decently spun single on the bobbin. And I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a tensioned lazy kate and the plying head to I don’t have to ply on a drop spindle! Spinning I’ve been working on a new spinning project using Hipstring’s A Beautiful Day cotton colorway. This is from the first shipment of her Cotton Club, which I highly recommend. I’ve only gotten a little bit done but it is coming along beautifully. Jill’s cotton is a joy to spin. Wips Lady and the Unicorn, as I mentioned last week, this is part of a series of medieval tapestries held at the Musee de Cluny. In particular, the one I am stitching is based on the one labelled “A Mon Seul Desir” and a few days ago I finished working on the current chart page! I’m pretty sure I started that page at least 5 years ago. And I’m heading to stitching group tonight so I get to stitch some more. I’ve put a row or 2 onto my Changing Staircases shawl by Jenga Knits. This is a shawl inspired by the Harry Potter books, the way the stiarcases are constantly changing and I’m working on it in Mousou a 100% bamboo yarn from The FiberLady. I’ve also put a few rows on my 52-stitch sock, which is using the Fish Lips Kiss heel and Cobasi by Hikoo, which is a bamboo, cotton, silk and nylon blend. Last but not least – I have a new cast on! I cast on a shawl on Mother’s Day! I’m joining the Addition By Subtraction Mystery Knit A Long, albeit a few weeks late. This is a “mystery” mystery knit along – a murder mystery knit a long to be exact. I love a good murder mystery novel – Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors – so even though the story is more of a film noire type it’s still right up my alley. I’m on the first clue and I’m having a blast playing a long. I did have to rip back a few rows because my 4th color wasn’t quite working right with the others, but luckily I had another good colorway on hand. This pattern was designed and released along with the LYS day so I chose stash I had on hand from my yarn store that closed, one from another localish yarn store and ordered one skein from an indie dyer that I love, Birdie’s Knits from Florida. Her hand dyed organic cotton is to die for (har har!). The pattern calls for a light color, a dark color, a slightly zany color and a color to tie it all together, all in fingering weight. For the light color I’m using Ito Yarn’s Washi in the Crocus colorway, a pale purple. This is a Japanese style paper yarn, laceweight, and ‘m holding it double. The dark is Ito Yarn’s Kinu, a laceweight silk in the Grey colorway and I’m holding it double. The zany is Your Crazy is Showing from Birdie’s Knits and it is a crazy combination of every color you can imagine but it looks beautiful. Lastly I’m using another Kinu, the Plum colorway which is actually a dark pastel pink, not purple as the name might imply. Knit A Longs Geeky Girls Sheepy Spring AL runs through May 31st and I am a sponsor. TheKnitGirllls’ Stash Dash is an annual WIP-finish KAL. Compete against yourself to see how much yardage you can complete from May 25th to August 27th. Can you knit 1000m? Maybe a whole 5k? The bonus here is that if you knit a row on a project you can cound ALL the yardage for the project. Also, spinning counts, where last year you could count the length of all the singles so a 200m 3-ply yarn would count as 600m. I should note, there are rule changes up for voting at the moment so take that last spinning rule with a grain of salt. In A Sknit’s Batter Up KAL has begun – knit your way through baseball season! I’m a sponsor for this one, too. There are many opportunities for prizes across the season including at the All Star break and during the World Series. Last but not least – My Summer 2018 Be A Helper KAL. I will run this in tandem with Stash Dash because I know a lot of you will be trying to use up every last scrap of yarn for those 3 months and preemie hats and Knitted Knockers are perfect stash-busting projects. Project rules will be the same as last winter – ANYTHING you knit, crochet, weave or spin for ANY charity counts. One entry per FO – you can enter 10 preemie hats will count as 10 entries. Also, donating blood counts as 1 entry, just post a photo of yourself either in the chair, or with the bandaid, or selfie sipping your OJ afterwards. If you would like to offer a prize for this KAL, please PM me on Ravelry or email me at [email protected], any prizes would be greatly appreciated! I will be offering two skeins from my own stash, the first is a skein from FishKnits Yarn in the At Sixes and Sevens colorway, a self-striping Merino-nylon sock yarn. The other one will be a non-wool yarn TBD; I’m currently debating between a silk yarn, a Japanese paper-style yarn, or a plant-based yarn. If you have any thoughts on which I should offer, please let me know! Running My running training is going well so far. I’m walking my son home from school most days, so that’s 1.5 miles each afternoon. Some days I run, and some it’s just a lazy stroll as an “active rest day”. Yesterday I did my first 4-miler since before I was pregnant with my youngest son, who’s almost 3, and it felt great! Historically, the 4-6 mile area was my least favorite distance but I wonder if that will change since I haven’t tackled that distance in years. I’ve been lax about strength training the last few weeks because of the brace on my finger, but now that I’m only wearing the brace part time I’m going to start strength training twice a week. I need to listen to my own advice eh? Keep strength training!


37: The One With No Knitting
Apr 28 2018 10 mins  
Episode 37 - 4/27/18 – The One With No Knitting As you may have guessed from the title this week, I have no knitting to talk about! I went to the doctor just after the last recording and I got good news and bad news. The good news: I do NOT have arthritis. The bad news? No knitting for two weeks. It has been a rather frustrating few weeks but I have not cheated, not even once. I’ve done some spindling and I taught myself to drop-spindle ply with my other hand, which helped. I’ve also picked up some old cross stitch projects, and I’ll talk about all that in Wips. Also, I should add that knitting is my stress relief so Mama’s been a little on edge the last two weeks but by some miracle I have not throttled or defenestrated any family members. They are all still alive, lol. No episode next week because I still cannot knit. FOs I finished spinning my very first 2oz braid! It’s a cotton sliver in the colorway Skies Over Pittsburgh from Hipstrings and to my great surprise I ended up with a whopping 654 yards! I was guestimating I’d end up with 300-400 yards. Boy was I wrong! The first half of the plied yarn is unfortunately chock full of knots. The first single I spun was not done well – it was alternatingly over spun and underspun, then that was one of the singles I used to learn to ply with my non-dominant hand and that was a bad combination. But the second half turned out well and definitely usable. Wips Today while getting the car worked on I started spinning another 2oz braid of cottom from Hipstrings in the A New Beginning colorway which is one of the first colors from their new Cotton Club (highly recommend!) Lady and the Unicorm: The Lady and the Unicorn is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders from wool and silk circa 1500. The set of 6 tapestries is on display in the Musée de Cluny in Paris Five of the tapestries depict the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch. The sixth hasthe words "À mon seul désir" or "to my only desire" and the project I am working on is based on this last one. The pattern is from Golden Kite and when it's done it will look like this: Golden Kite is a husband and wife team from Europe who specialize in making cross stitch patterns out of works of art in the public domain. They have everything from Van Gogh to Kadinsky to Edmund Blair Leighton to the cieling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.


Episode 36 - Work Your Glutes
Apr 13 2018 18 mins  
Episode 36 – 4/12/18 – Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, [email protected] Visit my new website at WindsweptKnits.com and stream the podcast or read shownotes. Thanks so much for listening! There are 1000’s of podcasts for you to choose from and I am you take time out of your busy life to listen to mine. Segments this week include FOs, Wips, Pattern Stalking, Training Update and Running Talk FO Hitchhiker knit out of Makimo by Fiberlady in the Scrumptious Berries colorway – goes from raspberry pink to blackberry purple. 100% bamboo. I love it. I love having my own hitchhiker. I’ve worn it several times already because it’s still unseasonably cold here in New England (though theoretically that will change in the next few days!) Wips Changing Staircases - pattern by Jenga Knits – Mousou by Fiberlady in the Plum colorway, light to mid-tone purples in laceweight bamboo base. I am about 40% done and I really like it. It’s a little more brain power than a Hitchhiker, but also has more visual interest. It’s still simple enough to knit at karate, swimming, soccer, etc. 52-st sock – this is my current car knitting so I’m slowly chugging away at it. I’m knitting it in 2 shades of CoBaSi by Hikoo, a sock yarn made of cotton, bamboo, silk and nylon. KNitting this in leftover Raspberry and a skein of Slated, a gray variegated yarn. Wearables It’s still cold. Thing 1 has worn his Star Wars Sweater twice more this last week and Thing 2 has worn a very old sweater I knit for Thing 1 in the years I didn’t document much on Ravelry. It was a free pattern from Sirdar but I can’t find it online anymore! I’ve worn my Maris Stella shawl and my new Hitchhiker a few times, too. Pattern Stalking Tisane by Maria Olson – a spring/summer coat with ¾ length sleeves cardigan/coat that buttons in front of the bust and lays open below it. The upper portion is stockinette and the lower non-buttoned section is a lovely lace pattern. Training Update Still swimming as cross training and it is finally getting easier! Last week I swam 150 yards and today I did 250! I won’t say it’s easy, per se, as my freestyle is still abysmal and I find it quite challenging. I swim freestyle in one direction, then swim the breaststroke back, which for me is an easy stroke. Running Talk Let’s talk butts. Rear Ends. Glutes. Your gluteus muscles are some of the most important muscles for walking and running but in so many of us they don’t work the way they’re supposed to. Thanks so our modern sedentary lifestyles and office jobs, many of our pelvises tilt too far forward and our butts don’t actually engage when they are meant to, leaving other muscle groups to take over the load. I’m definitely guilty of this, and of not realizing it, and I ended up with two badly sprained hamstrings during my marathon, and months of physical therapy, because of it. First we’ll cover a few tests to see if your glutes are week. Then I’ll talk about some glute strengthening exercises and how to get your glutes firing again when they’re supposed to. Tests Test 1 – chair of death “to start this test, stand in front of a chair with your feet under it and your knees touching the seat. Put your arms out in front of you. Now squat down and try not to let your knees push into the chair. If you find that your knees are hitting the chair or you are even moving the chair, your glutes are not working properly.” Test 2 – Bridge “Lie on your back with your knees up and your feet flat on the ground. Hold your arms straight out above you. Lift your hips up to make a straight bridge from shoulders to knees. Where do you feel it? If you feel stress anywhere but your butt, you aren't activating your glutes. “ Exercises – Lunges and squats are great if you have proper form. Here are a few other exercises that will help: Prone hip extension – lie on your stomach and use your glutes to lift your leg up of the floor. Bridges with weights – Lie on your back, knees bent and put a light weight or soup can on your lower abdomen. The extra weight your body isn’t used to will help make your glutes engage. Also, try lifting your butt only a few inches off the floor and work on activating your glutes, not on the height of your bridge. Deadlifts - To do this exercise, stand in front of a kettlebell or 2 dumbbells or even 2 soup cans to start. Take a hip-width to shoulder-width stance, knees slightly bent. Bend forward at the hips and grab your weights. Use your glutes and hamstrings to lift your torso and stand straight up. Now lower the weights by hinging at the hips and allowing your glutes to move backward as you keeping the weights close to our touching the fronts of your legs. the bar in contact with your legs on the way down. If you are flexible enough, let the bar touch the floor and then pull it back up. Or you can stop about mid-shin height and then raise the bar back up.
 To sum up - your legs are like a fulcrum or the pendulum on a clock and your glutes power that movement. Get those glutes strong and prevent injuries down the road. Several articles you may find helpful are linked in the show notes. Articles: http://www.fleetfeethartford.com/sports-medicine/sports-medicine-corner/the-chair-of-death-a-simple-glute-assessment-tool https://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/its-all-in-the-hips https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a19544187/5-signs-you-have-weak-glutes/ https://www.runnersworld.com/workouts/glute-strengthening-workout/slide/1



Episode 35 - Recording Without A Mic
Apr 03 2018 20 mins  
Episode 35 – 4/3/18 – Knitting and Running in 30 minutes or less WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, [email protected] Show Notes at knittingontherun.podbean.com. Come join the Ravelry group! Thanks so much for listening! There are 1000’s of podcasts for you to choose from and I am so honored you chose mine. FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Wearables, Knitting Talk, Out and About and On The Run FOs Emerald Deep shawl –This shawl is a charity knit for AGC Scholarships, a group that raises money for families dealing with infertility or who are trying to adopt. Worked in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk. Kinu has a colorway, Aqua, which is almost the exact color of AGC’s logo so it was too perfect not to use. The shawl will be auctioned off at AGC’s annual gala to raise money. If you or someone you love would like to learn more about AGC, visit agcscholarships.org The shawl will be auctioned off at their gala this weekend and I hope that AGC has a very successful auction on all their items and raises lots of money to help families who just want to have a family. Star Wars Sweater – Thing 1 was sooooooo excited to get his sweater. I knit it in secret while he was asleep or at school and it was a surprise for him. He insisted on wearing it to school today which made this mama very happy! Vanilla is the New Black – finished the 2nd sock last week but it’s too big! I have very narrow feet and have problem finding shoes that fit well, so I can’t say I’m surprised. WIPS Dancing Dragons Coat from Heike Campbell in Be Sweet’s Bamboo in the Sea Green colorway which is a tonal speckled green with blue undertones. It’s knit bottom up in pieces – I’m working on the back panel and I’m on my 3rd repeat of chart 2 and am nearly up to the underarms. New Hitchhiker for me out of Makimo by Fiberlady in the Scrumptious Berries colorway – goes from raspberry pink to blackberry purple. 100% bamboo Changing Staircases – pattern by Jenga Knits – Mousou by Fiberlady in the Plum colorway, light to mid-tone purples in laceweight bamboo base. 52-st sock in 2 shades of CoBaSi by Hikoo, a sock yarn made of cotton, bamboo, silk and nylon. 60sts on a US1(2.25mm) needle was too big so after some wonderful feedback from all of you on Instagram I’ve dropped down to a 52st version and I’m using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I’m almost to the arch of the foot and so far it’s fitting much better. Using leftovers of the raspberry colorway for heels/toes/cuffs and 1 200-yard skein of Slated, a variegated gray colorway, for the foot and ankle portions. Knitting Fail Thing 2 decided to sit, well, more like jump on one of my knitting bags when he climbed up next to me on the sofa and snapped my Lykke US size 2 circular needles. Boo!! Wearables It’s gotten cold again here so we’re wearing LOTS of knits. I’ve worn my Frosted sweater twice and my Poema sweater. I’ve been wearing my Twist and Shout by Michele DuNaier almost every day. The kids have been sick almost the entire time since we’ve been home from FL and that hat is a machine washable cotton, so it’s my hat of choice until the viruses subside. I’ve also been wearing my Use Your Stash shawl and occasionally stealing my husband’s Hitchhiker Shawl. Thing 2 has grown so much he’s now wearing some of Thing 1’s old sweaters, like the red Monomoy sweater I made several years ago. Both boys have been wearing the socks I knit them for Christmas under their winter boots while playing in the snow. And Thing 1 has worn his new Star Wars sweater to school several times already. Out and About Stitches United was from March 23-25. I attended on Saturday, March 24th. Come on up and say “hi!” On The Run Training is still going and I’m making progress. I did 2.5 miles on Sunday and that’s the most I’ve done since summer 2016 and it felt sooooooo good to walk my old running routes. I still haven’t been able to get outside much with all the snow in March, but the sidewalks are now clear so I have hope. I’ve been swimming once a week as cross training and I think it’s making a difference. I feel the swimming workouts in my whole body, not just my legs and it really gets my heart pumping. Next week I’m aiming to increase to 200 yards. I have some topics I want to discuss over the next few weeks, including the myth that running ruins knees, yoga for runners, why runners need to do upper body and core workouts and incontinence in women which affects so many women, especially after childbirth, and keeps many from exercsising (spoiler alert on this last one – there is hope and help available!). But I also want to hear from you – what fitness topics would you like me to research? Come tell me in the Ravelry group or email me at [email protected] So now I want to ask you – what are YOU doing now that it’s officially Spring? I know those of you down south have gorgeous weather this time of year while we’re still wearing mittens in the morning.




Episode 33 - Between Nor'Easters
Mar 06 2018 19 mins  
Episode 33 – 3/6/18 WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, [email protected] Show Notes at knittingontherun.podbean.com FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Pattern Acquisition, Out and About, On the Run Thanks so much for listening! Start with a quick update. Squeezing this episode in between storms. We got home from visiting both sets of grandparents in Florida and found ourselves in the path of a record-breaking nor’easter. It was an intense storm! What is a nor’easter? A type of cyclone storm, like hurricanes and typhoons are, that occur off the shore of New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces. Gets it’s name from the winds coming out of the northeast on the back side of the storm, we get them all winter and they often dump lots of snow – feet of snow. In the northeastern US we get weather coming up the coast from Florida and also weather coming across the continent west to east. Occiaionally these two weather systems crash together and start rotating counter-clockwise and we get a nor’easter. This was an unusal nor’easter for southern new England in that it was almost al rain. The rain/snow line was quite a ways inland. Normally the rain snow line is right near the coast (I live only about 20 miles from the North Atlantic ocean and normally we’re inside the snow line for most of the storm. Instead, we got 3-4 inches of rain [7.5-10cm] out of this one storm with hurricane-force winds. Trees down everywhere, hundreds of thousands without power in Massachusetts alone. We’re still clearing up and we’re getting another nor’easter tomorrow! Tomorrow’s looks like a more traditional storm, which normally wouldn’t work people much, except we still have a lot of damage from the last storm. FOs One sock of Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher. I have skinny ankles so I adapted this by not doing the last 2 heel increases and it fit my foot very well. Worked on this one all over Florida, even at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and finished on the airplane on the way home. Wips Vanilla is the New Black – started the second sock Emerald Deep shawl – Started chart 5 of 5 last night! This shawl is a charity knit for AGC Scholarships, a group that raises money for families dealing with infertility or who are trying to adopt. Worked in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk. Kinu has a colorway, Aqua, which is almost the exact color of AGC’s logo so it was too perfect not to use. The shawl will be auctioned off at AGC’s annual gala to raise money. If you or someone you love would like to learn more about AGC, visit agcscholarships.org Knitting Fail I started the Peppermint Mocha sock by CC Almon from JavaPurl designs on the planeride to Florida on my US 2 Lykke needles. When I tried it on the next day it was WAAAAY too big, so once I dig out a US 0 or 1 I’ll try again. It was my fault, not the pattern’s, as I didn’t make a gauge swatch. Pattern Acquisition Coinciding with the Ravallenics this year was the annual Middle Earth Games for the Tolkien group that I’m a part of, and I was lucky enough to win a free pattern! Since I won it from a Tolkien-based group, I chose the Dancing Dragons Coat from Heike Campbell which is a spectacular and challenging knit that I am really looking forward to! I’m hoping it’ll be my Ravelry sweater :) I’ve linked to it and included a photo in the show notes, you have to see this one appreciate it! Out and About Florida! W’re home. Had a great time. Spent half the time with my inlaws in Ocala area, and half the time with my parents outside Orlando. 1 day at Magic Kingdom last Monday, the boys behaved so well we opened and almost closed the park. The lines were horrendous – didn’t realize it was Mississippi and Louisiana school vacation week last week. Luckily we got 3 fastpasses for Space, Big Thunder and Splash mountains in the morning, which Thing 1 is tall enough to ride, and mom and dad got alternate fastpasses and took Jonathan on Buzz Lightyear and Aladdin’s carpets, etc. Then we kept getting more fastpasses for the rest of the day for rides we could all go on together and we got on 13 or 14 rides despite the crowds. Upcoming stuff: Stitches United week of March 24th – not sure if I’m going Sat or Sun yet, but I’ll be there. On The Run Training is still going well, though I skipped anything formal our week in Florida. I figure the 10 miles I walked at Magic Kingdom covered anything I missed, ha! Now that it’s getting warmer I’m starting to take Thing 2 out for walks in our jogging stroller, which he loves. My mileage is behind what I wanted to be at this point, but my body feels healthy so I’m not pushing it too much, No more injuries!


Episode 32 - Knitting Fails and Be-A-Helper 2.0
Feb 16 2018 18 mins  
Episode 32 WindsweptMonique on Ravelry and Instagram, [email protected] Show Notes at knittingontherun.podbean.com Stash, Wips, Knitting Fail, Out and About Before we start – planning on getting back to having knitting and running topics, now that the holidays are over and we’re starting to get healthy again (knock on wood). What do you want to hear about? I have a few topics lined up but I’d love to hear from you. Come to the Ravelry group and let me know or send me an email at [email protected] Stash Got 4 new skeins of CoBaSi by HiKoo – sock weight yarn without wool - 55% Cotton/ 16% Bamboo/ 8% Silk/ 21% Elastic – planning on using the Blarney colorway to knit JavaPurl’s Peppermint Mocha socks, and the blue-gray multi colored Wave Caps colorway to knit the Vanilla Is The New Black socks by Anneh Fletcher Also got my first shipment from HipString’s Cotton club. Got 2 coordinated 2-oz braids of sunset colors, with oranges and blues – one with lighter tones and one with darker tones. Normally I’m not a fan of orange but I have to say these two colorways are beautiful. Wips Vanilla sock in Berroco Comfort Sock in Bali colorway. Still chugging along at this 2+ year old WIP, it’s my car knitting – planning on putting the heel scrap yarn for an after thought heel in today Star Wars sweater for Thing 1 – finished the main body, on the bottom colorwork. Using Nordic Yoke Pullover, a free pattern from Patons, as the base and altering the charts to have Star Wars characters/spaceships/icons. Frosted by Paper Daisy Creations - finished the first sleeve, started second sleeve. Hoping to finish the second sleeve this week and this will be my Ravellenics entry. Knitting up in some old stash, Longmeadow (discontinued) from Valley Yarns in white, and the blues are 2 old skeins of Debbie Bliss Amalfi (discontinuted), 1 color of Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy and 1 color of Nettle Grove from Plymouth Yarns. Emerald Deep shawl – took this to Karate Movie Night at my son’s Dojo and finished Chart 3 and started Chart 4. I’ll definitely have this done for the auction in March. this shawl is a charity knit for AGC Scholarships, a group that raises money for families dealing with infertility or who are trying to adopt. Worked in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk. Kinu has a colorway, Aqua, which is almost the exact color of AGC’s logo so it was too perfect not to use. The shawl will be auctioned off at AGC’s annual gala to raise money. If you or someone you love would like to learn more about AGC, visit agcscholarships.org Knitting Fail As mentioned a few months ago, I was planning on fading a Lush by Tin Can Knits using color-coordinated yarns I picked up at Rhinebeck in gold, gold with pink specks and pink with gold undertones. I washed the pink and gold/pink yarns to wash out extra dye – and unfortunately, it looks like the pink speckled yarn wasn’t set properly. It wasn’t just the extra dye that came out, a lot of the pink washed out of the yarn – so much so that almost looks like the gold. :( Definitely not going to fade it with the pink now, it would be a huge change in colors and not a fade at all, more like stripes. Maye I’ll “fade” the gold into the gold/pink and treat them as hand-dyed yarns and just alternate skeins. I’ll let you know what I decide to do. Very sad. 2nd knitting fail – started knitting handspun for the Ravellenics, but I have the wrong needles. Whereas the 2.5 and 2s I swatched with were too big, the 0s are too small and using magic loop is just not working. So I’m putting this homespun earband on hold until I get 16 inch US size 1s 3rd knitting fail – I’m on a roll, eh? Got to the heel of my ancient Vanilla Socks and realized I hadn’t increased for the wide par of the foot before reaching the heel. Boo! Lots of frogging there. They won’t be ready for Knit Aid’s deadline. http://www.knitaid.org/ Out and About I did not make it to Boston Fiber event – had some previous commitments that ran over. Heard from some friends that they had a great time and saw pictures if beautiful, squishy yarn. Will be away next week visiting both my parents and my in-laws, so no episode next week. But expect some Instagram posts involving pools or palm trees as we’re headed to Florida! On The Run I’m back :) I've been cross-training and strength training and even hopped in the local YMCA pool for a few laps and discovered just how out of shape I am!


Episode 31 - Vogue and KAL
Jan 30 2018 19 mins  
Episode 31 KAL, Wips, Out and About, Knitting Fail, Spinning On the Run KAL – Thank you very much to those of you who participated! Our group may be small, but as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Knitting Travels – a copy of the Reflections of the Sun hat designed and donated by Leah Bothe Java Jennie - Any 1 single pattern of your choice from the JavaPurl Designs Ravelry storedonated by CC Almon DMBrown – Gradient kit of your choice from Birdie’s Knits LeahBothe – Any 1 single pattern of your choice from the Knit/Wit Designs Ravelry Store donated by Sarah Jordan Should we do this again? What time of year? Wips Frosted by Paper Daisy Creations, finished the colorwork yoke on the way to/from Vogue (you get a lot done with 4 hours each way on a train), body nearly done – on the bottom ribbing. Star Wars sweater for Thing 1 - Using Nordic Yoke Pullover, a free pattern from Patons, as the base and altering the charts to have Star Wars characters/spaceships/icons. I separated for the sleeves and am working on the stockinette body Vanilla sock in Berroco Comfort Sock in Bali colorway. Still chugging along at this 2+ year old WIP, it’s my car knitting. Dahlia pattern by Brenda York from Berroco – working on this in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve in a variety of colorways. Turquoise main body, with a mint green for the flower vines and yellow and burgundy Emerald Deep shawl – this shawl is a charity knit for AGC Scholarships, a group that raises money for families dealing with infertility or who are trying to adopt. Worked in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk. Kinu has a colorway, Aqua, which is almost the exact color of AGC’s logo so it was too perfect not to use. The shawl will be auctioned off at AGC’s annual gala to raise money. If you or someone you love would like to learn more about AGC, visit agcscholarships.org Use Your Stash Shawl Oh my gooness you guys! Can’t thank you enough for your reaction to the Use Your Stash Shawl! Hot RIght Now on Ravelry??!!? Wow, thank you so much. Out and About – Vogue Knitting Live! NYC! I had a blast at Vogue. It’s very different than other knitting events I’ve been to, and it was soooooo much fun. I basically went for the day. I took the late train down Thursday after my husband got out of work and got to NYC around 11pm and checked into my hotel. I should have stayed onsite, I forgot just how bad the hotel I stayed at was. Remember in NYC, you get what you paid for. My room was literally 85 degrees. But it was clean, the shower worked, and the door locked. I woke up early to the sounds of NYC, had breakfast at the hotel, checked out and dropped my rollerboard at the back drop at my hotel and walked up to the Marriot Marquis. Since I signed up early, registration took about 2 minutes and I was off to class. I took the designer intensive with Josh Bennett. He’s designed sweaters for Tommy Hilfiger, Bergdorf and is currently designing hand-knit sweaters for Marvel – they were gorgeous, by the way. I’ll admit the class wasn’t what I expected but ironically it was exactly what I needed. We spent the day designing a line of patterns and presenting them. Having hours to just brainstorm, then talking with Josh one-on-one for a few minutes about my patterns was completely worth it. Then off to the market for 90 minutes before running to catch the late train home. Now that I’ve been there once, I know how I would change my plans in the future - next time I will be staying on site and spending 2 nights (or more) so I can get at least a moderate amount of sleep. Knitting Fail Not a fail in the traditional sense, but definitely a minor fail for the Emerald Deep shawl for AGC Scholarships. I thought the gala was in May and I was planning on designing a shawl and giving profits to AGC – until on Martin Luther King Jr Day I learned that the gala was in March. DOh! So, I chose the Emerald Deep by Romi Hill since I’ve worked it before and I know it would work well in the chosen yarn. Spinning I finished the second single I mentioned last episode and plied them together – I needed to find a better way to ply. Since I only had one spindle, I used a ball winder to wind each cop off the spindle into a center-pull ball and and plied them using the center pulls. I ended up with 135 yards of a two ply of the brown and white spun together. And since the white cotton was much better spun as a single, I got nearly 37 yards of a two-ply yarn out of the leftovers! And since then, I got a 2nd spindle, spun naturally greem cotton and some dyed gray cotton and plied them together using a drop spindle. Drop spindling is a completely different beast! The green is fun because if you add Washing Soda when you scour it, it changes color! We made a fund chemistry experiment with it for Thing 1. Before: After: Before: After: On the Run – Not much new running, I’m on the 3rd week of my slow-and-steady training plan. Legs are holding up well, though I’m getting knots in my calves for some reason. My knee is also holding up, and Thing 2 and I have come to a truce – I carry him down the outside stairs and he walks up them. He’s learning numbers and I’ve made it into a counting game which he loves.


Episode 30 - Thank You
Jan 11 2018 11 mins  
Episode 30 - 1/11/18 Windswept Designs on Facebook, WindsweptMonique on Instagram and Ravelry, come join Ravelry group KAL, Pattern Release, Wips, Pattern Acquisition, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run KAL – get your FOs posted ASAP! I’m going to lock the thread tonight on my way to Vogue Knitting Live Pattern Release – First off, a HUGE thank you to all of you for making 2017 an amazing year, knitwise. I started this pordcast, attended multiple festivals and conventions, including FINALLY getting in to SSK, and I even learned to spin! I’ve met such wonderful people both in person and online. The fiber community is AMAZING. So I’ve put this pattern for sale and if you use the coupon code THANKYOU you’ll get it free through January 16th. This is my thank you to you, the Use Your Stash Shawl Wips Frosted by Paper Daisy Creations, on snowflake 5 of 5 on the stranded colorwork yoke. Was planning on using 3 colors but after doing flakes 1 & 2 in color 1, then flake 2 in color 2 I decided that really they should all have been different colors. But I was not going to rip it out again, so I dug a skein out of stash, Plymouth Yarn’s Nettle Grove in colorway 42, a denim-ish color that matches the rest of the blues I’m using fairly well. Star Wars sweater for Thing 1 - Using Nordic Yoke Pullover, a free pattern from Patons, as the base and altering the charts to have Star Wars characters/spaceships/icons. I’m about 25% through the yoke collar, currently working on R2D2’s head. Body of sweater will be red as that’s his favorite color Vanilla sock in Berroco Comfort Sock in Bali colorway. Still chugging along at this 2+ year old WIP, it’s my car knitting. Pattern Acquisition Derwentwater by Tess Young, won it during the Indie Gift-a-long KAL, forgot to mention it last week! Spinning New segment - I finally figured out this spinning thing! Working on my 2nd single in undyed cotton Out and About Off to Vogue Knitting in NYC tonight! If you’re there stop me and say hello. Just to warn you I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights recently with the kids and my husband being sick, so if I seem a little dazed or perhaps a little overly caffeinated, that’s why. But please come say hello anyways. I am really looking forward to the 2 classes I am attending on Friday. On the Run I’m on my 2nd week of my half marathon training plan, and unfortunately I am dealing with some unexpected knee pain.




Episode 29 - Snow Hurricane
Jan 04 2018 16 mins  
Episode 29 – Happy New Year! Wips, Knitting Fail, Pattern Acquisition, On The Run FO Mahalo Socks by Dana Gervais – on the 2nd sock in CoBaSi by Hikoo and progressing nicely Hibernatum hat by Talitha Kuomi – full disclosure, I know Talitha, we’re part of the same knitting group at our recently closed LYS and she is an amazing human being and also a very talented designer. I’ve never knit one of her patterns before, so when I stumbled upon her Hibernatum hat designed for Alpaca yarn while trying to find a hat to knit with my Criativ DK, an alpaca blend, it was too perfect not to choose! Oh, and it’s a free pattern put out by Classic Elite so go knit this yourself. It would totally work with other fibers too. I cast this hat on Christmas Eve and it’s rather potato chippy because it’s a knit row followed by a simple pattern row and I kept wanting to knit just one more row. Wips Frosted Sweater by Paper Daisy Creations, my Christmas cast on – a snowflake-patterned colorwork yoke sweater. She used a gradient mini kit so the snowflakes go from light to dark using 5 colors of a warm blue with a green tint to it on a white background. I found 2 skeins of Debbie Bliss Amalfi in Pale Blue and Denim and also a skein of Hempathy by Elsebeth Lavold in a color just between those two shades so I’m only using 3 colors and I’m hoping I might have enough to make the matching hat. Plain Vanilla sock in Berroco Comfort Sock in the Bali colorway. I started this pair of socks 2 years ago and got Second Sock Syndrome. It’s now my purse knitting so I’m hoping to finish them this winter. I’m on the second foot, going toe-up with an afterthought heel. Lush by Tin Cast Knits, my New Years Day cast on Knitting Fail Frosted Sweater – take 2. I did run into one issue with this sweater. The Medium would probably fit well if I got gauge, but I have 24 sts per 4 inches instead of 25 which gives me an extra 1.8 inches around the bust in size Medium… that’s just too much. Plus, after trying it on the collar is too wide for a New England winter. So I did the math and I’m going to knit the small but add one pattern repeat of the snowflakes which will give me an extra 12 sts around the bust which, if my gauge holds true, should give me a perfect fit, not too tight, not too loose. Had to tink back 4 rows on my second Mahalo sock – note to self, don’t start gusset increases while making dinner when boys are cranky. While the gusset increases themselves came out fine, I totally screwed up the lace pattern, by 2 rows, then dropped a stitch and had to tink back to more to fix the now-wobbly looking increases. Pattern acquisition Berroco had a pattern sale this past week – one free pattern per person and I picked up the Dahlia shawl by Brenda York, a worsted weight colorwork shawl, experienced level, by a new-to-me designer (never bought a Berroco pattern before, though I love some of their yarns). It’s gorgeous and there are no projects on Ravelry! Looking forward to making mine the first. Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher – I’m finding purl bumps uncomfortable and I heard this pattern is reversible, so I want to give it a try! On The Run Still No running for a while – it hurts my back, but walking does not, soooo…. I’m going to train to walk a half marathon in September! I’ve set up a very gradual training plan to slowly work up to 13.1 miles over 9 months and I’m going to take you on that journey with me. I’ve found a half marathon in Salem, MA with both runner and walker divisions, so it’ll be perfect whether or not I get to start running between now and then.



Episode 28- Wool Allergies
Dec 22 2017 21 mins  
Episode 28 FO, Wip, Stash, Wearables, Knitting Plans, Knitting Talk – wool allergies, On the Run, Out and About FO Purple shawl in some deep stash, Queensland Sugar Rush, for myself! Also, it’s the last sample made of a new pattern that I will be releasing over the holiday weekend – keep an eye on Instagram/Facebook/Ravelry group because it will be free for the first few days as a thank you to the knitting community. This year has been amazing and a lot of it is thanks to the amazing women and men in the fiber world. I started this podcast, went to Stitches United and SSK for the first time, went back to Rhinbeck and have interacted with so many of you and this is my small way of saying thanks. Wip Only other wip I worked on was my Mahalo sock by Dana Gervais. Full disclosure, she’s my tech editor, but she’s also an amazing sock designer and I am loving this pattern. I have scrawny ankles so I tweaked the narrowest size to be a little narrower and it was easy to adjust – you could also easily adjust it bigger, and the lace pattern is memorizable after a few times through so I’ve really enjoyed working on it. Knitting it in CoBaSi by Hikoo, a cotton, bamboo, silk and nylon blended sock yarn. Stash Coming Next Week Wearables It’s been cold the last 6 weeks and I didn’t have time to put this segment in the last episode, so I’ll quikly summarize – I’ve been wearing Poema by Vera Sanon a lot. Also, I’ve been wearing my (until now) only two shawls a lot, Maris Stella by Anna Victoria and May Flowers, an old pattern of mine, over store bought sweaters to stay warm. Also I’ve been going back and forth between wearing my Hamilknit Hat by Emily Straw from Knitting Butterflies podcast and the Twist and Shout hat by Michele DuNaier which is a simple cabled hat. Knitting Plans I want to lengthen the sleeves of my Empire Tunic by Lily Go, knit in Frog Tree’s Picobo, a cotton/bamboo blend. I love this top but since I’m always cold I’ll get more wear out of this if it has long sleeves and not ¾ sleeves. Also, I want to pull out my English Garden Wedding Kimono that I knit years and years ago and finally do the embroidery. This is from the Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits from Interweave and I picked this pattern because the embroidery makes this sweater just amazing. The Firefly I got at my LYS the last few weeks are destined for that. Knitting Talk I’ve had a couple of people ask about my wool allergy recently so I thought we’d devote this section to fiber and animal allergies. I am not a medical professional, so please take what I am saying with that in mind, but I will share what I know with you. First off, yes, wool allergies are real – you can be allergic to sheep just like you can be allergic to cats and dogs. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to all 3 to varying degrees, and also to horses and goats. I just happen to get the worst physical reaction to sheep whereas I have 2 cats and all I get is a stuffy nose sometimes when they shed. You can also have a reaction to the lanolin in the wool – if that’s the case then you might be able to work with a superwash wool where all the lanolin is stripped out so they can smooth down the scales in the wool fibers. Well meaning knitters often try to tell me I’m just sensitive to lanolin. I usually just nod and smile. Lastly, your skin could just be sensitive, in which you get itchy with certain wools. This isn’t an actual allergy but a form of contact dermatitis, which is just a fancy way of saying that your skin is sensitive and something is irritating your skin. Wearing a t-shirt underneath usually solves the problem. So, how do I know I’m allergic to sheep? I found out when I was 4. My great-grandmother bought me a lovely little coat and hat set. Mom bundled me up and sent me off to pre-school and I came home covered in hives. Poor Gram felt awful, but she had no way of knowing, I just happen to have very severe allergies. A skin-prick allergy test the next year confirmed I am allergic to every animal they tested for, to varying degrees. Last time I had a major reaction was 2002 in London, England. My now-husband and I had just gotten to Europe for a 45-day backpacking trip around the continent. We went to bed very jet-lagged and I never even thought to check the content of the blanket because in the US budget hotels do not have nice blankets. It was hot and we didn’t pull it up over us. Sometime in the night I must have tucked my feet under the blanket because when I woke up in the morning my ankles had literally doubled in size. I could get 2 pairs of socks to fit, but none of the 3 pairs of shoes I brought. I finally had to un-lace my sneakers and jam my feet into them so I could leave the hotel room. It took about a week for them to shrink back to normal size – if I hadn’t been power-walking around European capitals it probably would have gotten better a bit faster but I was NOT about to miss anything, swollen ankles be damned. Out and About January – Vogue Knitting Live in NYC, if you’re coming too let me know! March – Stitches United in Hartford, CT. A quick note for any of you debating coming, Stitches United 2018 is in CT but in 2019 it will be in Georgia. Knitting Universe has announced that Stitches United will be alternating between the Northeast and the Southeast. So, if you were planning on going to CT in 2019, go this year instead. On the Run Keep on walking and strength training


Playing Catch Up
Dec 05 2017 26 mins  
Episode 27 – Playing Catch Up Knitting and Running in 30 min or less Segments this week include: Fos, Wips, Stash, Out and About, On the Run and Patterns Be A Helper KAL - extended through January 6th so you can also participate in the Knitmore Girls Do Some Good KAL. FOs MIL hitchhiker shawl, pattern by Martina Behm, knit in Ito Yarn’s Kinu 100% silk Thing 2’s Christmas socks, 4 toddler vanilla socks knit in Plymouth Diversity in the Multi Blue Taube colorway which is self-striping white, taupe, aqua, navy and bright orange. Thing 1’s Christmas knee socks in Berroco Comfort Sock in Red Lillesand cowl by Monika Eckert for my aunt in some deep stash, Rozetti Yarns Soft Payette and Cascade Sateen Solids Blue baby socks for friend’s son, just a simple vanilla sock in some deep stash that I don’t remember the name of Husband’s super secret scarf in Pendenza by Plymouth Yarns. At Thanksgiving, as I was audibly working mn my LAST Christmas gift, he commented that I wasn’t making him anything for Christmas. So when mom and I went shopping on Small Business Saturday I stopped into A Great Yarn in Chatham and bought this lovely gradient yard and knit him a Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, which I knit in secret and finished yesterday. Mom’s Christmas shawl – this is my new pattern, which hasn’t been released yet and I’ll talk more about it later, but I knit it in some Bernat worsted weight Handicrafter Holida yarn that I’ve had for a while, with the white on the lace edge and red for the body Wips My 1st non-vanilla socks! – Mahalo by Dana Gervais in CoBaSi by Hikoo My 2nd non-vanilla socks – Newlin by Sarak Jordan, aka Knit/Wit Designs – Berroco Comfort Sock and I’m working these on my brand new Size 2 Lykke needles to test them out. New shawl sample, hoping to release around Christmas, knitting it in Triyang, by Lee Meredith, in Araucania’s Yumbrel, a cotton thread/laceweight yarn in Pastels colorway, which is pastel peach, pink, blue and purple. Out and About Vogue Knitting in January! It’s my birthday gift from my boys as it’s happening right around my birthday. I’ll be there on the Friday so if you see me, say hello! Probably going to Stitches United in March in Hartford, CT. Not planning on taking any classes at the moment, just enjoying the market and hanging out with people. Stash Rhinebeck: 9 skeins of bamboo dyed by Artisinal Yarns, 3 gold, 3 pink & gold blend, 3 pink with gold undertones. Think I’m going to fade a Lush by Tin Can Knits and possibly make it in the round instead of a cardigan, since I’m always cold. 2600 yards of lace-weight bamboo dyed by Spinnaway Farms (so nice, btw) Pendenza by Plymouth Yarns, bought at A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA over the Thanksgiving holiday 1 mini-skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd sock in “ooak” colorway 2 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold’s Hempathy in Light Denim (looks more like a light purple) 1 skein of Firefly by Classic Elite in a warm pinky-beige colorway called Delos – destined to be embroidery on a Downton Abbey themed Garden Kimono sweater I knit years ago Fiber (!) – have not started spinning any of these 16 oz Green/Mocha/White Show Special by Little Barn - a blend of 3 naturally occurring, undyed cottons, one which is tan, another greenish, and the third the traditional whitish. 2 oz Tussah Silk from Fiber Kingdom 1 oz Yak/silk blend from Liberty Ridge 1 oz camel/silk blend from Fiber Kingdom 2 oz Tencel from Fiber Kingdom 2oz Bamboo from Fiber Kingdom Patterns I bought 4 patterns during the Indie Design Gift-A-Long kal, including the 2 sock patterns I mentioned earlier, Newlin by Knit/Wit and Mahalo by Dana Gervais. I also bought Peppermint Mocha by CC Almon of Java Purl Designs the Isis Talicoat by Kari-Helene Rane (Side note for clarity – this pattern was released in 2012 before the current jihadist movement and was named after the ancient Egyptian goddess) it looks like the old fashioned Victorian women’s tailcoat but without all the frilly nonsense. It has a detailed edging but the body is stockinette and fits under the bust with a large decorative button, then the edges gently angle towards the hips. I plan to wear this with knee high boots and leggings in the spring and fall as an indoor/outdoor coat. On The Run As I mentioned last week, I threw my back out again after Rhinebeck and finally went to the doctor, the result of which is I’m now in physical therapy, again. It’s been about 4 weeks now and I am seeing definite progress. I am already stronger and I’ve been cleared to start basic exercises, within reason. No running yet, but I’m walking a few days a week and learned today that I can swim, ride my bike or even row if I take it slow and easy to start. So I am very excited to get back out there. With the PT I’ve been concentrating on strength training since my last On The Run segment, for obvious reasons, and it is definitely paying off. My shoulders and upper back are a lot stronger and I’m starting to work on the middle and lower back and transverse abdomis, which is your central core muscle, what lays under your 6-pack abs (or lack thereof, in my case) and it’s the muscle that actually holds you upright. Having a stronger core is awesome and I know will help me a lot in running once I’m cleared to start that. In the show notes I am linking to some articles on Transverse Abdominis workouts that could help you. So if you want to work your abs, focus on your transverse abdominus, NOT a 6-pack. Crunches make your tummy look pretty but it won’t make you stronger. Try exercises like planks, modified planks, side planks, wood chops, burpees, or dead bugs – and as always, please check with a medical professional if you have any pain, especially any recurring pain. I am not a medical professional, I am only trying to arm you with knowledge.


Episode 26 - Unexpected Rhinebeck Hiatus
Nov 21 2017 6 mins  
Episode 26 – 11/21/17 - Knitting and Running in 30 min or les Calling this one “Unexpected Rhinebeck Hiatus” This will be a short episode, as you can hear from my voice I’m still a little under the weather. I just wanted to record a new episode so you know I haven’t pod-faded. If you’re new to the show, I’ll be back with a regular episode, as long as my children co-operate. Which leads me to my 2-minute health update. I wasn’t planning on taking a hiatus after Rhinebeck, but since then Our household has been hit by 2 different viruses, both of which lef to Laryngitis Toddler started getting molars I threw my back out again Moved the toddler out of the crib because he started climbing out Quick Rhinebeck Chat I do want to say a big “thank you” to everyone I met, it was so much fun to see everyone and spend a day with some great fiber folks. I’ve had several people ask me about the Webs bus, so I will give you a quick recap. For the Webs bus to Rhinebeck this year it was $50 (if I remember correctly), they ask you to get there about 30 minutes early and they had breakfast of local apple cider donuts waiting for everyone inside the store. Once the busses arrived we all boarded three very nice coaches. One note – please don’t be late if you take a bus. En route everyone received a free skein of yarn for Lorna’s Laces. Also there were about 10-12 raffles on our bus. Prizes included stuff like yarn, project bags and several with cash for you to spend at Rhinebeck! Each bus had 2 Webs guides and ours were so much fun! We were dropped off right near the main entrance around 10ish, if I remember correctly and we had to be back aboard the bus by 3:45, so we did get most of the day at the festival. That’s all for this week, thanks for putting up with my croaky voice today. I wish all those of you in the US a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope to be back to my normal recording schedule next week, providing my toddler naps. Bye!


Episode 25 - Stress Knitting
Oct 16 2017 16 mins  
Segments include: Be Helper craft-a-long, FOs, Wips, Wearables, Knitting Fail and Knitting Talk Y’all knit when you’re stressed, too, right? I don’t want to get into the details but it has been a very stressful week at our house, luckily with mostly good outcomes. Let’s just say that the the least crappy thing was being a cloth diaper family and having our washing machine break. Pun intended. Because I had diapers that needed washing. The result being, I did LOTS of knitting the last 2 weeks. Also, I am getting a cold as you probably hear in my voice. I don’t want to push this recording any later since I skipped last week due to sick kids and I have a feeling this cold will be worse tomorrow… Be A Helper Craft-a-long In case you missed it, I’m hosting a charity craft a long. You can get entries by 1) donating blood or 2) making ANYthing for ANY charity. No FOs in the thread so far! I know lots of you craft for charity regularly so go ahead and enter – you do NOT need to be a member of my Ravelry group to win. I honestly don’t care if you join or not, my only goal with the KAL is to encourage others to stop feeling frozen with all the crazy, hard stuff going on in the world and give you an impetus to go out and help others. FOs Knitted knocker in Cascade Ultra Pima in ivory. I made size C using top-down magic loop pattern. Visit KnittedKnockers.org to learn more about the great work they do and see a list of approved yarns. 3 preemie hats using Java Purl Design’s Top-Down Preemie Hat pattern – free on Ravelry – in Caron Simply Soft Paints 1 preemie hat also using Java Purl’s pattern using Loops & Threads Another Itty Bitty Kitty preemie hat, the same test knit pattern in the Maldives colorway of Berroco comfort sock Wips Emerald Deep by Romi Hill – finished charts B, C & D. Halfway through E. Finished that Irish-style lace section I mentioned. It was lots of fun but you have to place close attention because it’s knit lace on both sides – no rest rows. Gift for my cousin’s wife for Christmas in Prism Delicato Layers in Kale colorway. Only 30 rows left! Lillesand cowl by Monika Eckhert, working on this in some deep stash, Cascade Yarn’s Sateen in a burgundy-red color and Rozetti Yarns Soft Payette in white with a few sequins for sparkle here and there – got a few more rows done on this cowl for my aunt for Christmas Toe-up Vanilla Socks with an afterthought heel for Thing 2 – first sock done, about to reach the heel on sock 2; looking to make 4 for him for Christmas in Plymouth Yarns Diversity Wearables Heat wave here in New England most of October! Marshes Cabled Sleeveless Shell – one of my first patterns released. Need to go grade it for larger sizes and get it re-tech edited. Will let y’all know when that happens Mommy’s Tunic – Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve in Blue Knitting Fail That sweater got shrunk in the dryer! We went a little crazy washing stuff after we got the new washing machine and my husband tossed the cotton tunic in the dryer and it shrunk. So I gave it to my LYS to model the yarn since I bought it there. Knitting Talk To design or just knit a shawl for AGC Scholarships? AGC is run by a woman I went to high school with who chnoicled her battle with infertility on her blog, later published as the book Infertility Inferschmility which you should definitely check out if infertility is something you or a loved one has been dealing with. Also - what color? Black to go with Everything? Or use their turquoise logo color? Or perhaps a gradient kit - they look so impressive to non-knitters :)


Episode 24 - BE A Helper
Oct 03 2017 3 mins  
Not a normal episode. It’s less than 36 hours since the horrific shootings in Las Vegas and as of last night I wasn’t going to record this week, I was going to put it off a week. My kindergartener just had his first lock-down drill at school and I don’t even know how what to say to him. I’ve had that stunned, frozen, deer-in-the-headlights feeling since yesterday. Heck, for the last week or two what with everything that’s been happening in the world recently. I couldn’t sleep last night and sometime around 4am I remembered that Mr Rodgers meme that goes around after every tragedy, in times of trouble look for the helpers. From the PBS website “Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” “ I decided at 4am this morning that I am NOT going to sit here feeling helpless and afraid and frozen. I am going to help someone. I may not have a million dollars to donate to Puerto Rico or be able to drive to Vegas to donate blood, but I can knit a NICU baby a hat. I can donate blood here. I can make a knitted knocker for a breast cancer survivor. I CAN HELP. And I want you to help, too. Today I’m starting a charity KAL and I want you to join me. There is something you can do. BE A HELPER. Donate blood locally. Make a Knitted Knocker for a woman with breast cancer. Knit or weave a scarf or crochet a blanket for a homeless shelter. Knit a hat for refugees. Make a preemie hat for the local NICU. I don’t care what you do, just do something for someone else. Have another great charity idea? Wonderful! Share it in the Ravelry group in the chatter thread. Go do something for your fellow humans. Here are the knittiy gritty details: One entry per FO or photo proof of blood donation. Wips are fine. Double dipping in other KALs is fine. Knit, crochet or weave anything you want, just post a picture in the Finished Objects thread in my Knitting on The Run / Windswept Designs group on Ravelry and tell us what charity you are donating it to. I’ve already got a gradient kit from Birdies Knits and a skein of silk from Ito Yarns as prizes, and Sarah from KnitWit Designs and CC from JavaPurl designs have graciously offered pattern prizes. I will list all the prizes in detail in my next episode. Interested I donating a prize or know someone who might? PM me on Ravelry or Instagram, I’m WindsweptMonique on both. Now go out there and do some good in this world.


Episode 23 - Wips, Ease and Increasing Mileage
Sep 26 2017 14 mins  
Episode 23 – 9/25/17 Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less Topics this week include FO, Wips, Out and About, On the Run FO Itty Bitty Kitty Preemie Hat test knit from Sarah Jordan, aka Knit Wit. To fit 2-3lb baby hat worked in Berroco Comfort Sock Wips Emerald Deep by Romi Hill – finished charts B & C, started chart D. Finished that Irish-style lace section I mentioned. It was lots of fun but you have to place close attention because it’s knit lace on both sides – no rest rows. Gift for my cousin’s wife for Christmas in Prism Delicato Layers in Kale colorway Another Itty Bitty Kitty preemie hat, the same test knit pattern in the Maldvies colorway of Berroco comfort sock Lillesand cowl by Monika Eckhert, working on this in some deep stash, Cascade Yarn’s Sateen in a burgundy-red color and Rozetti Yarns Soft Payette in white with a few sequins for sparkle here and there – got a few more rows done on this cowl for my aunt for Christmas Hitchiker by Martina Behm in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk – still plugging away at this a few rows a week. It’s my purse knitting Knitted Knocker in Cascade Ultra Pima – literally just cast this on waiting for my toddler to fall asleep so I can record this show – visit their website at www.knittedknockers.org Knitting Talk Fit and Ease Ease - how much extra room (or lack thereof) do you want in your garment? An inch or so of ease will be a fitted garment but the material will not stretch to fit you. Negative ease, where the material is actually less around than your body, will give you a very fitted garment where the material itself is stretching to fit around your body – think a typical sock. 2-3 inches of you will give you a comfortable fit without feeling fitted. 4 inches or so and we’re getting more into loose-fitting cardigans and approaching boyfriend sweater territory. Some of the huge boxy sweaters out there these days may have as much as 8 inches of ease to give you that boxy effect. Out and About Rhinebeck! I’m headed to Rhinebeck for the day via the bus from Webs. Gonna be a long day – I have a grad school reunion at the MFA in Boston the night before then I have to leave my house around 5-5:30am to drive to Webs. I cannot wait! The artichoke line was waaaay too long by the time I found it so I hope to grab one of those earlier in the day. I’ll be at the podcaster meetup, of course, and probably at the Ravelry meetup too. I’m also hoping to locate the bag check this year – missed it last year, but I’ll have a big ‘ol day pack with me for the bus and car ride. On the plus side, with a minimum of 4 hours on the bus I should get a bit of knitting done that day! On the Run After walking to school for 3 weeks today I started a Galloway-style run-walk-run on the way home and it felt good. Rolled out my quads, IT bands and solias muscles, which have been cranky with the sudden mileage increase, but they felt OK too. Will try again in a couple of days. Mileage Increases – keep it low, keep it slow As I mentioned last week, I broke one of the cardinal rules of running by suddenly drastically increasing my mileage by walking my son to kindergarten. That’s an additional 3 miles or so per day for me. Now, we mitigated this by not walking every single day – we’re averaging about 3 days a week and some days we only walk one way and not the other. But this is a huge faux pas and something even us veteran runners forget. If you’re new to running, an important rule to remember is to keep your mileage increases small, no more than 10% increase per week. This is super important because most injuries are directly linked to increasing intensity or duration of exercise too much too soon. Now, let’s unpack this statement – this does not mean you should increase your mileage by 10% every week – on the contrary if you look into the data, most folks should be increasing your mileage by a MAXIMUM of 5-10% every OTHER week. You should also be incorporating rest weeks where you run less than your baseline, or average weekly miles. The reason for all this is your body needs time to adjust to the changes your asking of it. Particularly when starting out, don’t plan on increasing mileage or speed any time soon. Listen to your body. Take more rest weeks if you need it, or put mile increases off till next week if your body is feeling off. The whole point is to start running or increase running without injury and that means giving yourself time to adapt. If you have existing injuries, then you REALLY need to take it slow. Thinking of starting a couch-to-5k program? You can plan on repeating the 1st week 3 times to give your chronic issues time to adapt slowly. Or something I did when I did my marathon training I took the marathon training plan and slowed it down by adding more rest weeks because I knew my body and knew that I had to be careful of asking too much of it too soon. To sum up – take it slow and stay injury free.


Episode 22 - Accurate Measurements & Foam Rolling
Sep 20 2017 15 mins  
Episode 22 - 9/20/17 Today’s topics include Wips, Knitting Fail, Knitting Chat: The Importance of Taking Measurements and On the Run: Foam Rolling Thanks for your patience this week! This is the 3rd time I’ve tried to record. Any of you who’ve ever lived with a 2-year old can appreciate why I only record when he’s asleep so you can imagine what this week has been like! And to top it off the boys had stolen my pop filter to play with – finally found it around 10pm last night buried under a blanket. Also, thanks for the kind concern about my in-laws. They are fine after Irma. Since it swung west it nearly hit them directly buy it had weakened some. They lost power for a long time and had three trees crash across their rather long driveway but they cut a path out through the worst and were able to leave the house soon after. I truly hope that you and all your loved ones are safe, be it from Irma, Harvey, Maria, the fires out west, the Mexico earthquakes, the flooding last month in Nepal and India or whatever chaos may be happening in your part of the world. Please stay safe. Wips Second Grace by Bristol Ivy in Berroco’s Modern Cotton, 99% complete. Need to weave in ends, and take some pictures. Lillesand by Monika Eckhert, working on this in some deep stash, Cascade Yarn’s Sateen in a burgundy-red color and Rozetti Yarns Soft Payette in white with a few sequins for sparkle here and there. It’s a Christmas gift for my aunt who loves true, deep reds. Emerald Deep by Romi Hill – a shawl designed for green yarn and I have some Prism Delicato Layers I bought a few years ago to make a gift for my cousin’s wife, then found out I was pregnant with baby #2 and it got put on hold. But it is sooooo perfect for this pattern. Shawl has a lace version of Celtic knotwork and I can’t wait to get to that part. I am halfway through Chart 2 and the “knotwork” is Chart 3 – so close! Itty Bitty Kitty – test knit for Sarah Jordan a new friend I met at SSK this summer and a great designer. It’s a sock-weight preemie hat and I am nearly done with the ribbing. Knitting this up in Berroco Comfort Sock which leads to my (sort of)… Knitting Fail 4:30 More of a parenting fail involving yarn, but work with me here. I started the Itty Bitty Kitty preemie had at the opposite end of a skein of yarn that has a partial 2nd sock on it. No biggie. Until my 2 year old got a hold of it. Now I have complete yarn chaos and I am now alternating between unravelling the awful mess and knitting up what I just unraveled. Knitting Chat Today I want to talk about measuring yourself. The keys to knitting a garment that fits you perfectly are 1) a good gauge swatch and 2) accurate measurements of your body. You really need someone else to help you with this. When you try to measure yourself you actually shift your body and that can affect your measurements. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have someone ELSE take your measurements. In the shownotes I am linking to an old Lion Brand Yarns blog post that has lots of great pictures showing you exactly where and how to take 14 different measurements, including bust, waist, hips, arm length and armhole depth, all of which are critical to making sure a garment fits YOUR body. So get a buddy, a tapemeasure and a piece of paper and pen and go take YOUR measurements before you knit another garment. Bust – fullest part of your bust Waist – natural waist, not where your pants sit. If you’re unsure, bend sideways and see where your body creases, that’s usually a good indicator Hips – measure around the widest part of the hips, usually around 8” [20cm] below your natural waist Armhole depth - Measure from the top outside edge of the shoulder down to the armpit. Upper arm – the widest part of your arm, above the elbow Cross back – measure from shoulder to shoulder across your back – since many of us have rounded shoulders, this will be larger than if you take the measurement in the front. And in case you’re wondering why no pattern ever seems to fit you perfectly as-written, I am also linking to Craft Yarn Council’s sizing chart so you can see what numbers designers are (often) expected to use. Womens. Mens. Kids. And because it bears repeating – get someone to help you to! On the Run Today we’re still talking about injury prevention and I want to discuss a pro-active technique you can use to help yourself: Foam Rolling. Foam rolling is a type of self-massage where you use a tool, in this case a large foam cylinder, to release knots in the muscle and tight areas in your fascia, which is like a membrane over your muscles that sort of holds you together. Foam rolling in it’s essence is quite simple. You use your own body weight and a foam roller to carefully put pressure on the knots and tight places. This helps improve blood flow and increase your range of motion when the tight places in your fascia start behaving like their normal, stretchy selves again. Foam rolling can be uncomfortable, but it should not be excruciating. I’ve been guilty of this myself - if you’re gasping in pain (for me it’s rolling out IT bands) you’re doing it wrong – lift some of your weight up off the roller or attack the knot more gently. If you are getting sharp pains, SEE A DOCTOR. Afterwards you may find some of those areas a little tender, or even itchy, this is normal. Give those spots a day or two to recover before you roll out again. Itching is actually a good sign, it’s a sign of increased blood flow. Do NOT foam roll over joints – at best it does no good, at worst you can hurt yourself. Stick to rolling out your soft tissue. If you need to roll out your back (I find this soooo helpful after hefting a 30lb toddler around every day) – make sure you angle yourself slightly so you’re rolling either one side of your back muscles or the other and do NOT roll straight up your spine. I’m linking to a recent podcast by the new Get Fit Guy, Brock Armstrong, all about foam rolling. You can read his transcript and find links to the studies he mentions which I don’t have time to get into here. I’m also linking to a Runner’s World article which has videos showing you how to foam roll different muscles properly. Lastly I’m linking to a study from the National Institutes of Health that quantified how foam rolling helped the participants. In summation, foam rolling is a technique that you can use yourself to help release tention in your muscles and fascia and prevent future injuries.


Episode 21 - Back
Sep 07 2017 17 mins  
Episode 21 - 9/7/17 Wips Hitchhiker for my MIL in Ito Yarn’s Kinu 100% silk New CO, Second Grace by Bristol Ivy in Berocco Modern Cotton. Gotten a lot done since I threw my back out and have been sitting a LOT. Body just a few rows from the underarms, also have 1.5 sleeves done. Using 7 colors, the main color is green, a medium-dark green with a hint of blue to it, then the fair isle parts are in navy, light blue, yellow, rust, medium-purple, and turquoise. It’s forced me to learn 3-colors-at-a-time colorowork and since I cannot get tension holding yarns in 2 hands, I’ve adapted the 2-color-continental hold for colorwork to be a 3-color hold, all in the left hand. I’m not a fan, but I’ve gotten to the point where I can do it and make it look decent. Triyang Shawl by Lee Meredith in Araucania’s Yumbrel, a lace-weight cotton in the pastels colorway, peach, pink, sky blue and light purple Stash Blue Heron Yarn’s Cotton/Rayon blend from A Great Yarn in Chatham, Cape Cod, MA. Love this yarn, love Blue Heron colorways I’ve knit with them several times in the past. With all the talk Laura of the KnitGirlllls has been doing about the Evenstar, I’m debating making it again. I’ve already knit it 1.5 times, that is, 1 finished in a sport weight yarn (basically made a blanket) and 1 skirt made out of it, but haven’t made the top for the dress yet. Someday I’ll finish it. But yeah, totally tempted to make Evenstar again, I LOVE that pattern Pattern Stalking Lillesand by Monika Eckert – a colorwork cowl that I’m debating making for my aunt for Christmas. I have a white sparkly yarn and red yarn that this would look GORGEOUS in. Haven’t bought it yet but don’t be surprised if you hear me cast this one on soon Wearables Mommy’s Tunic, knit last spring/early summer in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve in a cornflower blue Empire Top, just finished a few weeks back and got to wear it for the first time on a col evening :) Knit in Picoboo by Frogtree, a discontinued bamboo/cotton blend Out and About Spent Labor Day weekend at my parent’s place on Cape Cod, which was good because I threw my bavk out the day we drove down. And my parents are super awesome. Even though I’m over 30 and have kids of my own, my parents took great care of me and it was feeling much better till I threw it out again yesterday wrestling my tantrum toddler into the car. Sigh. But we had a great visit even though it was chilly. On the Run No running, since I threw my back out, but I have been able to walk my oldest son to school, thankfully. But I would like to talk more about injury prevention this week. I want to talk about a common foot problem that can lead to injuries in your kinetic change, which we discussed last time: pronation. In rough, non-medical terms, you can think of pronation as how your foot rolls through a step. I know you medical folks are probably yelling at your devices, but work with me here, I’m trying to avoid medical jargon and anatomy terms on purpose. Like me, you could be an over-pronator, meaning your ankles roll inward when you walk and you push off primarily from your big toe. You could be a supinator, or under-pronator, whose ankles roll outward and push off from your outer foot. Or you could be a neutral walker and push off using basically all your toes. There’s no good way to determine this yourself because once you start thinking about it, your gait will change. If you’re dealing with knee or hip issues, that is, issues further up the kinetic chain, you should go to a running store and ask them to determine if you have a neutral gait, over-pronate or supinate, because once you know that you can get the correct shoe to help correct any pronation problems, if you have them. Any good running store will have people there who know how to determine your gait type.



Episode 20 - There Are No Knitting Police
Aug 24 2017 18 mins  
Episode 20 – 8/23/17 There might not be a show next week – it’s Thing 1’s last week before Kindergarten starts so we’re planning lots of fun stuff to end the summer. But I’ll definitely be back the following week. FOs Empire Top by Lily Go in discontinued bamboo/cotton blend, Picoboo by Frogtree Wips Triyang Shawl by Le Meredith in Yumbrel Araucania Hitchhiker for my MIL in Kinu by Ito yarns, 100% silk Cast on Second Grace by Bristol Ivy (first Bristol Ivy pattern) using Berroco Modern Cotton, then ripped it out to go down a needle size for the ribbing, and started casting it on again. I’m about half way through a cast on. Wearables Thoughts by Joji Locatelli on Araucania Yumbrel, a discontinued cotton lace-weight yarn Today’s Discussion: There are No Knitting Police Some people are really hesitant to change something and are fearful that they are doing it “wrong” but I want to assure you there are no knitting police. When you’re knitting from a pattern you do NOT have to do it exactly as written, you do NOT have to use the same yarn. Do you have a long torso? Add some extra rows. Short torso? Feel free to skip a few. Do you like your bum covered but the pattern doesn’t seem to work well in that area? Add some short rows in the back to cover your derriere. Love the body of the sweater but hate the sleeves? That’s fine, you could find a new pattern or just knit them in stockinette. Switch up the yarns (I’ll be doing a whole podcast on this in a future episode). My point is, once you purchase a pattern, it’s yours to alter as you please for your own sweater. I am NOT saying you should tweak the pattern and publish it – that’s a copyright violation. But tweak the pattern to fit your body and your knitting style. Here’s an example – I hate inserting sleeves after the fact, I can never get them to line up properly. So I don’t. I look at the sleeve pattern, reverse the pattern, then pick up and knit stitches around the arm hole and work all my sleeves that way, no matter what the pattern says. On the Run I’ve been running the past few weeks but haven’t mentioned it because the knitting segments have been running long. But this is the “Knitting On The Run” podcast after all so it’s time to get back on track. I’ve been injured basically since right after this podcast started, so over the next few weeks I want to talk about some injury issues and injury prevention. Even if you don’t run you might learn something that could help you, particularly if you’re dealing with chronic pain in your knees or hips for example. First off – disclosure, I am not a medical professional. I am only someone who has gotten injured a lot and has had to learn a lot the hard way. If you are in pain, please consult a doctor or specialist. That being said, today let’s talk quickly about body mechanics and injuries. When you’re running you are putting stress on your body, particularly your lower body. That’s a good thing, it keeps you in shape and your body is designed to move, not sit. You run into problems (and injuries) when something is off. If you have a mechanical issue, say in your foot or hips, the rest of your lower body, aka kinetic chain has to compensate. (linking to the American Academy or Orthopedic Surgeons to learn more). Over time the muscles, tendons and ligaments doing the compensating have too much stress on them and that’s where you get an injury. So the CAUSE of your injury isn’t necessarily where your injury APPEARS. That is why cross training and strength training is soooo important – you use your muscles different ways and strengthen the weak muscles. Real world example – hip flexors (group of muscles/tendons/etc in front of your hips that you use to lift your legs. If they are really tight then they pull on your hamstrings so your hamstrings are always stretched and rarely relax. You’ll eventually end up with a pulled hamstring, but the cause isn’t the hamstring, it’s the hip flexors. Your hamstring is where the kinetic chain broke down


Episode 19- Try it On
Aug 16 2017 25 mins  
Episode 19 - /16/17 It’s nice to be back. Thanks for your patience with my 2-week hiatus. I was only expecting to be away 1 week but sometimes life gets in the way. This weeks segments include FOs, Wips, Wearables, an extended Pattern Stalking segment in which we’ll discuss finding patterns that fit you, and On the Road as always this will be in 30 minutes or less. Warning, there’s also a brief history lesson on what an Acadian actually is. FOs I have 2! 2nd Hamilknit Hat by Emily of the Knitting Butterflies podcast Purple Hitchhiker by Martina Behm Wips Pink silk hitchhiker by Martina Behm (strichmick) for MiL for Christmas Empire Top by Lily Go for me, out of discontinued cotton/bamboo blend Picoboo by Frogtree Yarns – need to finish it by the 20th for Stash Dash! Only 1 sleeve to go, I can do this Triyang Shawl by Lee Meredith – haven’t done much on this, but I have done some and as the Knitmore’s say if I work on more than 1 stitch it gets listed here. Wearables Thoughts by Joji Locatelli made in Araucania’s Yumbrel Mommy’s Tunic in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve Stash Birdie’s Knits Gradient Kit in colorway Denim for Days, pretty much every shade of bluejeans you can imagine, 400 yards total, 8 skeins of 50 yards each Try it On Room at SSK – what I learned/Pattern Stalking Preface by saying every pattern I mention is linked in the show notes I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but I learned this by trying on over a dozen hand-knit sweaters: What your eye likes may not be what fits you best. Let me repeat – WHAT YOUR EYE LIKES MAY NOT BE WHAT FITS YOU BEST For example, the Hitofude cardigan emphasizes your bust. It looks great on everyone with average busts, no matter what size your waist or hips because the unusual shape hides those to some degree. But if you have a large bust it’s like wearing a highlighter saying “look at my boobs”. Another popular top was Breathing Space – it looked great on lots of body shape, BUT, where the horizontal lines fell on your bust really changed the appearance. Bustier women liked it better having the diagaonal lines start as written, at the bust line, because it de-emphasized a large chest. Small/medium size busted women liked it to fall below the bust because the horizontal stripes helped balance their bust with their hips. Ann Budd’s skirt – never thought I’d want a knitted skirt, but the four sizes she brought looked good on everyone. And I mean EVERYONE, from the skinniest to the widest person the A-line cur flattered every single body shape I saw try it on Secret Garden Tank by Melissa Wehrle – the hidden lace panel at the back gives it a very flattering A-line Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu – want to knit this again after losing my first at an airport last year :( Vitamin D Cardigan - by Heidi Kirrmaier similar shape to Hitofude but hangs a little more straight up and down so you don’t get the bob-highlighting effect quite as much Hoodie Shawl Cardigan – Susanne Sommer – way more colors than I normally wear in one garment, but it looked great on me so maybe it’s time to branch out in my color choices Alice in Wonderland by Justyna Lorkowska – more fitted than I normally wear in a knitted garment but I was surprised how good it looked on me Dark and Stormy by Thea Coleman - I usually avoide shawl collars, but this one looked good on a lot of people with a lot of body shapes On the Road Spent a week in Nova Scotia, Canada visiting cousins. So nice, we hadn’t been back in nearly 3 years. Also, you need to visit Le Village Historique Acadien. In addition to great family history (for me, at least) there’s great examples of knitting and spinning from around the year 1900 and the food is AMAZING. I’m still wondering where that tradition went because I have no memories of my grandmere doing any knitting beyond functional knitting, such as dishcloths. Quilting, on the other hand, has a beautiful and celebrated history in the area and local quilt displays are a definite must-see! Warning, there’s also a brief history lesson on what an Acadian actually is. Here's a graphic of the Acadian Expulsion that I mentioned from the brand-new memorial, which shows where the Acadians were shipped off to.


Episode 18 - SSK, So Much Fun Even The Introverts Are Here
Jul 25 2017 21 mins  
Episode 18 – 7/25/17 – The SSK Episode Knitting & running in 30 minutes or less Wips Firebird by Romi Hill, a gorgeous shawl designed for red yarn. I’m doing this in Blue Heron Yarn’s Egyptian Mercerized Cotton in the Carnelian colorway, it’s dark red tonal gradients. I finished the central flower, which was knit in the round then bound off the top and bottoms, now working on the left wing. The wing has 4 or 5 decreases with a sort of feather hanging down – finished the first feather and onto the 2nd Pink Hitchhiker by Martina Behm (aka strickmich) knit in Ito Yarn’s Kinu, 100% silk. It’s like a raw silk, not a finished, smooth thread. Empire Top by Lily Go in Frogtree’s Picoboo, a discontued blend of cotton and bamboo – this is a tunic that criss-crosses across the bust then fits around the ribs and flares over the tummy. Looking to wear this with leggings and boots this fall. My primary WIP at SSK, re-cast it on the day before and got it almost to the raglan arm separation Triyang shawl by Lee Meredith – cast on last night in Araucania’s Yumbrel Wearables Wore lots of knits at SSK – Scarrit Bennet center is fully air conditioned and some rooms were chilly. Maris Stella by Anna Victoria, knit in Birdie’s Knits gradient kig Linen Butterflies by me, Monique Leonard – knit in Louet Euroflax Sport Thoughts on Small Needles by Joji Locatelli; worked the size XL pattern with a lace/thread-weight yarn to make a size M Out and About SSK! A summer knitting retreat hosted by the KnitGirllls. 4 days in Nashville with 150 amazing knitters, vendors and teachers. Thank you to Laura, Leslie, Gwen, Sarah and Mama Linneman for all your hard work, it was an amazing retreat. I arraived late, on Thursday morning instead of Wednesday night, but it was fine; I still met so many lovely people and felt welcomes right away. Took 2 classes and 2 breakouts. Variegated Yarns class with Margaret Radcliffe. Learned a lot about how to read the yarn, make some colors pop and others fade; how to use texture to bring out colors like when you look at a cake of variegated yarns. Long and short is, play with the yarn BEFORE you cast on for a project Triyang Shawl with Lee Meredith (aka Leethal) was incredible to see a little into how her mind works. She’s known for usuing unusual construction to make amazing patterns. This shawl as no picking up or binbding off! We knit mini-versions of this shawl and learned the sideways Cast On and how to consider what looks like the middle of the row as your actual “start” of the row. The pattern is very well written and if you follow it exactly as written you will end up with a marvelous shawl. Trust Lee, she’s worked it all out. Even if it feels wrong, just do what’s written and it will work. 2 breakouts by Hipstrings. The first, learning to use a supported spindle. I got the very basics down. I made a rather horrible-looking spindle, but I made one! My very first time spinning. The 2nd, learning to spin cotton on a supported spindle. By the end I had a half-way decent spindle and learned to use the smallest and fastest of her spindles. Market - Ross Farm Knitty and Color Whimzee Stitches 2 Guys Yarn Co Hopkins Sewing StudioGynx YarnsGales Art Marigold Jen Hobbledehoy FibersHipstrings Twist Fiber Studio Akerworks Lollipop yarn Fiber Seed Yarn Miss Babs BareNaked Wools Stranded Dyeworks Fat Squirrel Fibers Jeri Brock Rock and String Tuft WoolensJelby So much beautiful yarn and so manyknitting bags! I bought a spindle and a fibre sampler from HipStrings, bags from Whimzee, Fat Squirrel, and On the Run I’ve run twice and walked a LOT since the last episode. Since I was up at the crack of dawn on Friday I went for a run, about a mile around Vanderbilt – beautiful campus! Felt totally safe as a woman running alone. I upped the number of run intervals from 5 to 7. Saturday I went for a walk with PAKnitWit to the Parthenon, about a mile each way. Today continued the 7-run intervals. Knees are a little creaky after all the running and walking the past 5 days so I’m going to hold off on running again until the end of the week. But I’m so happy to be slowly increasing my running in a healthy manner.




Episode 16 - Cape Cod ramblings
Jul 14 2017 21 mins  
Episode 16 – 7/14/17 Nice to be back after taking last week off. And thanks for your patience with the delay this week - Thing 1 woke up Tuesday with a high fever and needed his mommy. Family always comes first. Thank you very much for your patience while he recouperated - he's back to 100% and is being his happy, normal self again. FOs, Wips, Stash, pattern stalking, out & about, On the run and In the Garden FOs Mommy’s Tunic – it’s done! And just in time for the 2nd knit-a-long for SSK. I had 3 hours to spare. Unfortunately, it rained most of the day so it’s still wet. I’m waiting for sun and less humid weather for it to dry. Knit in Neve by Juniper Moon Farm, a chain-ply cotton. It’s hollow so it’s light-weight. While it’s called a worsted weight yarn, it can do 4.5 to 5.5 sts per inch so you can use it on DK projects too Green Hitchiker shawl – Valley Yarns Greylocke 100% cashmere – Thanks to the delayed recording schedule, this is done! Wips Purple Hitchhiker shawl – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in Periwinkle, still about 30% Firebird by Romi Hill – k0% through chart 2. Starting to be a little more lacey and interesting. Using Egyptian Mercerized Cotton by Blue Heron Yarns in the Carnelian colorway MIL hitchhiker – new, Christmas gift for MIL Stash Went to A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA, a combination yarn and book store. A seriously great store that you should definitely check out. Ito Kinu – 100% silk in the Hydrangea colorway. A bright, rich pink that I think my mother-in-law will love; destined to be a hitchhiker shawl for her for Christmas Plymouth Yarn Diversity in the Multi Blue Taupe colorway – navy, aqua, orange, taupe and white. To be matching socks for my boys for Christmas Akerworks stitch gauge – yes, I actually own one WOOHOO! And yes, it’s as amazing as The Knit Girllls and other podcasters said it was. I was hoping to track one down next week while in Tennessee, but I found one in Cape Cod, MA. If you’re on the Cape head to A Great Yarn ASAP, they expect to sell out quickly. Pattern Stalking Emerald Deep – pattern for green yarn Out and About Just got back from a week on Cape Cod. Thing 2’s birthday, 4th of July and date night with my husband On the Run I ran! For the first time since January or February I actually ran!!! It was only 30-second bursts of running followed by 90-second walks but it’s a start. I’m taking things slow and steady so I don’t get another injury. In the Garden Picked sugar snap peas and gooseberries in the backyard. Tomatoes are flourishing on the deck – lots of small fruit though none ripe. Peppers are getting bigger. Fresh basil, mint and lemon balm!


Episode 15 - All the Wips
Jun 29 2017 21 mins  
Episode 15 – 6/29/17 FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Stash, Wearables, Tip Time, Out and About, On the Run and In the Gardenp FOs Maris Stella shawl – it’s finished! End aren’t woven in yet, but it’s done. Knit in Ocean View gradient kit by Birdies Knits Wips Green Hitchiker – Valley Yarns Greylock 100% Cashmere; approximately 90% complete. So close! I’m limiting it to 3 rows before washing my hands so the progress is sort of slow going, but it’s nearly done. Purple Hitchiker – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine 100% Cotton in Periwinkle (but really more of a royal purple) – about 20% complete. I’ve been focusing on other projects, so not much progress on this one Firebird – Cast on the Firebird Shawl by Romi Hill in Blue Heron yarns Egyptian Mercerized Cotton in Carnelian. On row 5 of Chart B. The beginning was fairly simple (side note – knitting fail) so I worked on this while watching the America’s Cup. Ironicaly Knitting Fail occurred after the races ended! Empire Top – Cast on again. Figured out what the problem was last time around. For background, I’d gotten 1 extra st per inch over 4 inches so I cast on 1 size smaller to compensate for those extra few inches over my ribcage circumference. I sat down with a tape measure last week to double check my math and discovered that I’ve lost 3 inches around my ribs at 2 around my bust! No wonder the blasted top didn’t fit, I’d shrunk! I’ve been working my tail off at Physical Therapy the last 4 months and I’ve only lost 5 pounds so I hadn’t bothered to re-measure myself. Thankfully I did before I got any further on the Mommy’s Tunic pattern so I could adjust that down a size too. Mommy’s Tunic – I finished the cable band and grafted it, then began knitting bust. As I mentioned previously, I ended up going with a smaller size. I’ve finished bust darts and split for front and back – currently working on the back panel. Knitting Fail Firebird 2.0 – Finished Chart A and the first few rows of Chart B and I just couldn’t get the right # of sts on the last repeat so I finally just gave up and unraveled and started again. It was so early in the process that I’m not upset – though I am now using lifelines again, lol Stash No actual stash, but I need to find some pink yarn. My mother-in-law saw the pink hitchhiker shawl I made for my Family og Hitchhikers project and she really liked. So I need to track down a similar color pink, if I can – alas Webs, where I bought the yarn, has been sold out of that color for the last month. I will keep looking, and I’ll check some fun yarn stores I know on Cape Cod next week. Wish me luck! Wearables Thoughts by Joji Locatelli, knit in Araucania’s Yumbrel a discontinued yarn in the Pastels colorway. I find myself wearing this a lot now that the weather is warm. It’s ¾ length sleeve and made in lace-weight yarn so it’s nice and light, the perfect sweater to wear to a movie theater or cool restaurant on a hot day. I’m seriously debating making another one in a very different color. Tip Time When picking up sts, use a smaller needle so you don’t get that baggy-looking first row of knit stitches. I try to go at least 3 sizes smaller when I can – for socks this isn’t always possible, but for garments I just grab whatever small needles are handy. Today I used a US Size 1 (2.25mm) to pick up sts on a garment I’m knitting on US Suze 6 (4mm). That’s a smaller needle than I would normally use, but I had it handy so I used it. Out and About Next week I’m off to visit my parents on Cape Cod and one of my favorite LYS, A Great Yarn in Chatham which is also a book store. Seriously, if they served tea or mimosas it would be the perfect store. Planning on packing my Mommy’s Tunic, the 2 hitchhikers, and maybe and old sock or the Hamilknit hat. Can’t decide if I want something else mindless, or something I want to actually work on. I know I could finish the hat and the green hitchhiker easily, and make good progress on the others which is why I’m thinking of bringing 4 projects. There’s definitely a part of me that wants to bring something new to cast on, which I just should not do, but the Second Grace sweater by Bristol Ivy is calling my name and I already have the yarn for it…. Gah! Too many choices!!! July 20-23 off to Nashville for the Super Summer Knitogether with The Knit Girllls August off to NS, Canada to visit family On the Run I graduated from Physical Therapy! Woohoo!!!! Very happy to be done. I have come so far and I feel a LOT stronger than I did 3 months ago. My abs and glutes in particular are much, much stronger which should really help when I start running again. Fingers crossed, I’m hoping to do some very simple runs next week on holiday – something like run 30 secs, walk 90 secs repeat 2-3 times. I’m starting back slooooooowly so I don’t re-injure myself. In the Garden First crop – sugar snap peas are ripe and delicious. Also, we debate moving the garden itself next year because our trees have grown a LOT in the past 10 years and the garden is now part shade.


Episode 14 - Shipping Up To Boston
Jun 22 2017 18 mins  
Episode 14 – 6/22/17 Segments this week include Wips, Knitting Fail, Out and About, On the Run, In the Garden Recording late this week because family was up visiting. Wips Lots and lots! Had car trouble and a few doctor’s appointments which means I had some extra knitting time. Hitchhiker 1 – green Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% cashmere. About 85% complete. Can’t work a full point with the cashmere because it’s getting wider with each point, but getting a little done every day Hitchhiker 4 – purple Cascade Ultra Pima Fine 100% cotton about 25% complete. Bringing this one as purse knitting – even knitting on an exercise bike while warming up at physical therapy Stella Maris Shawl – gradient kit from Birdie’s Knits in the Ocean View colorway. Reached Chart 4 and color 6 of 8. Might not run out of yarn after all! 2nd Hamilknit Hat – husband’s coworker asked me to knit her one after seeing mine. She is lovely and knitworthy, so I’m about 40% done with it. And – bonus – I brought it into to Boston last Friday and she tried it on and it fit well! More on Boston later. Mommy’s Tunic – I started the cable band weeks ago but put it down to get other stuff done. Picked it up again this week and am about 75% done. Planning on finishing it tomorrow and picking up stitches for the bodice this weekend. Knitting Fail Twice in the last week I’ve had to unravel/frog the Stella Maris shawl. First time was last Saturday at knitting group. I dropped a stitch while chating with a former Nashville resident about my upcoming SSK trip and didn’t notice until the next row. Had to frog 3 rows. Got that back, was on the next-to-last row of Chart 4 and realized I’d dropped a stitch the row before. I spent 30 minutes trying to re-work it without frogging, because my last lifeline was the end of Chart 3. But no. Couldn’t quite do it. So I frogged rows 82-92. Argh! I’m back up to row 87 now and since the rows are so big I’m putting a lifeline in after every other RS row. I am not frogging 10 rows again – especially when there are only 98 rows, I was SOOOOOO close to finishing! Out and About Sail Boston! We went into Boston last Friday and saw many of the tall ships in town for the Sail Boston event. We started at the Aquarium (had to sneak in one last visit before our membership expired), visited my husband at his office, then walked the waterfront to see all the ships in South Boston. We even walked all the way to the huge Navy ship at Fort Point – if you know Boston, the USS Whidby Island was at the point north east of the cruise ship terminal. Yeah, my feet hurt a lot after all those miles. And yes, my PT wasn’t terribly thrilled with me. Upcoming events: I’ll be heading to Cape Cod to visit my parents for the 4th of July and checking out one of my favorite knitting stores, A Great Yarn in Chatham MA. It’s actually a yarn shop and book store. Be still my beating heart, it’s a perfect combination! I’ll be attending SSK retreat by The Knit Girllls in Nashville, TN July 20-23. Very excited! I’ve never been to a knitting retreat before and I am seriously looking forward to some relaxation, classes with Ann Budd and Lee Meredith, and lots of knitting and barbecue. In August I’ll be heading up to Nova Scotia, Canada to visit family. My Great Aunt is 103 and we haven’t been up to visit since she turned 100. Definitely time to go back and introduce Thing 2 to his cousins. On the Run I walked at least 7 miles in Boston last Friday, much to my physical therapist’s chagrin. But it did give us some important info. I’ve been an extreme overpronator my whole life, which means when I walk my ankles roll inward. With all the extra mobility and strengthening I suddenly found myself supinating – or having my ankles roll outward! So I’m testing walking around without my orthotic inserts and so far so good. Keep your fingers crossed. I would be so happy to be able to buy shoes and not worry about inserts any more. In the Garden Our first berries have ripened! We had about a dozen gooseberries. If you’ve never had a gooseberry, they’re hard to explain. They’re round and sort of greenish purple and make GREAT jam because they’re super sour. Eating them raw is an acquired taste but I grew up eating them at my grandparent’s place up in Nova Scotia. Homemade gooseberry jam is amazing. Our blueberries are getting close to ripening and we have tons of tiny raspberries on our bushes. After the drought of the past 2 years it is so nice to have a glut of berries again. Tomato plants on the deck have literally doubled in size this week what with all the sun. Maybe we’ll finally get some veggie garden crops soon too – all the cold rain last month stunted everything.


Knitting Fail and 5K
Jun 13 2017 20 mins  
Episode 13 – Knitting Fail and 5Ks - 6/13/17 Segments this week include FOs, Wips, Knitting Fail, Pattern Stalking, Out and About, On the Run, In the Garden FOs Pink Hitchhiker – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in Primrose 2 skeins, 248m Blue Hitchhiker – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in Colonial Blue, 2 skeins 248 m Stash Dash total: 1186 meters Wips Stella Maris shawl – at very end of 2nd skein, started Chart 2 Empire Top – got the criss-cross bust part done and knit together but – more to follow in Knitting Fail Green Hitchhiker – Valley Yarns Greylock 100% cashmere, about 75% done. To the point where I can’t work on a full point at a time any more (I’m allergic to Cashmere) but I’m working on it a little each day Cast on Purple Hitchhiker – cascade ultra pima fine in Deep Periwinkle – last in the 4 hitchhiker scarfs for my friend’s family. Knitting Fail 4:47 Stella Maris - Started row 5 in Chart 2 and realized I’d dropped a stitch in row 3 or 4 and it had unraveled. Thankfully I’d put a lifeline in the last row of Chart 1 Empire Top – way too big!!! I got gauge, or super close – only off 1 st over 4 inches, but it’s still 2-3 inches too big. I’m going to frog it and re-start. On the up side, if I wait to re-start to the 20th of June I can participate in the Clors of Fall KAL with the Yarniacs – never had a chance to do a KAL with them before. Can you tell I’m desperately looking ofr a bright side to wasting 500m of knitting during Stash Dash? Pattern Stalking Nordic Yoke Set Pullover from Yarnspirations – free pattern. Thing 1 has asked my more than once to knit him a new sweater for the fall (He grew out of last year’s by January) – and since I’ll be knitting myself a colorwork sweater and his baby brother a colorwork hat, I decided to knit him a colorowk sweater too. It calls for 3 colos of DK weight. If I tweak the pattern to be 5 colors, then I have more than enough of Valley Yarns Longmeadow in my stash - a discontinued cotton/acrylic blend that is machine washable Star Wars Doubleknit Scarf by notanicedragon – free on Ravelry. found this beauty while looking for sweater ideas for Thing 1 – I NEED TO MAKE THIS for my husband! It is absolutely perfect for him. I’ve never double knit, so I’m looking for classes. Can anyone recommend one? Craftsy must have one. Out and About Worldwide Knit in Public Day – knit at son’s karate class and at a farm where we took in-laws for ice cream On the Run I walked a 5k! Walked, not run, but it’s a start. Thing 1 has been asking to run a race with mommy and daddy, so we signed all 4 of us up for the Color Run at Gillette Stadium. Original plan was Thing 1 to run with daddy and me to push Thing 2 in the jogging stroller with a plastic rain cover to put over it during the “color” parts. Because of the sudden high heat, plans changed. Thing 1 and daddy ran 1k and then walked & rode in the footwell of the stroller about half the race but he had fun and Thing 2 had fun too, once we got moving. He hated the corrall. He even ended up green when some teenager took a handful of colored powder and threw it without looking. It went right through the stroller cover. In the Garden Deck plants are thriving. Garden plants still not too happy – we’re now back in the 90s again and they are not thrilled with the heat after weeks and weeks of cold rain. Fingers crossed that when temps even out later this week they decide to grow.



Back in Vermont
Jun 06 2017 19 mins  
Episode 12 – 6/6/17 Thank you for your patience last week – I had caught my kids’ cold and ended up with laryngitis. It is hard to record a podcast when you’ve lost your voice! FOs, Wips, Stash, Pattern Stalking, On the Run, In the Garden, On the Road FOs Stash Dash has begun! Which means there are FOs! Tanwen scarf by Thayer Preece Parker (ilikecake) in Berocco Remix, worsted weight tweed that is a silk/nylon/linen/cotton blend – pattern as written is reversible but I switched it up to make 1 full row knitting only because I rib slowly and knit very quickly so it made the pattern go faster. This is the 2nd teacher gift for Thing 1’s preschool teachers. He graduates from preschool on Friday! Hamilknit Hat – Emily Straw from Knitting Butterflies podcast – using Schachenmayer Baby Smiles a fingering weight cotton. I love this pattern!!! Going to cast on a 2nd one soon for a person with a 2 inch bigger head - I think using the same needles and a sport-weight yarn might just do the trick Wips Empire Top by Lily Go – fitted tunic that crosses across the bust, fits around the rib cage and flairs out with an A-line bottom. Knitting this in Frogtree Picoboo, which is a discontinued bamboo/cotton blend. I am NEARLY done with the cross-bust part. Got a lot done while sick, which worked out well as someone contacted me on Ravelry to ask if I had extra – they had the same dye lot and ran out during an attached edging on a shawl. Was able to get far enough along to know that I would have at least a skein of leftovers, so I got that skein in the mail Hitchhiker 3 – back to the blue hitchhiker since I’ve been healthy again, now about 75% complete. Working on this in Cascade Ultra Pima Sport Mommy’s Tunic – I am starting a new version of my Mommy’s Tunic pattern in Juniper Moon Farm’s Neve cotton. I keep wearing my sample, which I really need to stop doing if I want to keep it for shows, but it’s soooooo comfy I need to make a version I can wear. Stella Maris – Bought the beads and started this lovely lace-weight small shawl. It’s almost crescent shaped. Working on it in a hand-dyed gradient kit from Birdie Knits. I have the Coney Island set which gradiates from turquoise to white. Shawl starts at the center and works out – started it in the darkest color and it will work out towards the lightest. Chose this directions because I might not have quite enough yarn in the gradient kit and I have some plain white yarn leftover from my hamilknit hat that I can use to finish the edges Stash, Nettle Grove – cotton/linen/silk/nettle blend Pattern Stalking Let’s talk about Romi Hill. I’ve been drooling about her patterns for years, but never knit one. I know, it’s my loss. Being so sick last week, I spent a morning trying to find the perfect pattern for 1000 yards of variegated crimson red lace-weight yarn. After posting some thoughts/suggestions on Instagram and Twitter, Romi herself responded on twitter regarding her Firebird pattern – and if Romi, herself, says “yes”, who am I to say no? So I bought the pattern and wound the yarn, but haven’t cast on yet On the Run No running, but did a lot of walking this past weekend as we just spent 4 days in Burlington, VT – more on that later. Heels held up well, so I’m optimistic. In The Garden No gardening this past week, it’s been cold and rainy, but the previous week we got the deck plants and seeds planted. Tomatoes and peppers live on our deck as it’s sunnier than our veggie garden. Planted morning glories and nasturtiums in the pots next to the sliding glass door, where we have trellises. Planted convolvulus and cascading petunias amongst the veggies. Also planted chamomile, cilantro and basil in the herb garden. On the Road Just returned from 4 days in Burlington, VT. Lovely time! IT was the 15th college anniversary for my husband and I and we had a lovely time. Got to show the boys around our old college and catch up with people we hadn’t seen in years. Also, caught up with some god friends who are still in the area that we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. We stayed in a hotel with a pool, which was a HUGE hit with the boys. Also went to the Echo Center which is a fresh-water aquarium on Lake Champlain – lovely! And we went to both Magic Hat and Switchback breweries; the Champlain Valley is now full of craft breweries so that was fun! When we lived up there it was just Magic Hat. Also – go to Church Street! Have lunch outdoors in the summer, its wonderful and very kid friendly.


Episode 11 - Finally Back in the Garden
May 23 2017 16 mins  
Episode 11 – Knitting on the Run Podcast Knitting in 30 minutes or less, plus some running and gardening Today’s segments include wearables, wips, kals, knitting fail, in the garden, on the run, out and about Wearables Thoughts by Joji Locatelli knit in Araucania Yumbrel Wips Tanwen – Thayer Preece, ilikecake – about 40 inches, 20ish to go Hitchiker 1 – Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% Cashmere ___ points Hitchiker 3 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in a blue-green color, ____ points Hamilknit Hat – finished 3rd row of lettering. Hat nos says “oceans rise, empires fall”, “burn”, “talk less, smile more” Fishy Sweater KALS PALKAL2017 – annual KAL by Actually Knitting podcast, it’s a podcaster KAL and I’m super proud to be a sponsor. I’m offering a prize and a discount code. Use code PALKAL2017 for 25% off ALL Ravelry patterns now through September 1, 2017. Thanks for the shout-out on yesterday’s episode, Michelle! Stash Dash – annual KAL by TheKnitGIrllls. “Race” against yourself to knit a certain distance. Prizes in the following distances: 1K, 3K, 5K, 10K. I’m aiming for 5K, but will probably end up in the 3K. Splash Pad Party from Down Cellar Studio – I’m back again this year as a sponsor donating a prize. Summer themed KAL with lots of prizes all summer long. Knitting Fail Screwed up the Tanwen scarf again There’s a garter stitch section and I purled it on the back instead of knit. Twice. Dropped down 6 rows for one, other was 4 inches [10cm] down – I’m going to duplicate stitch over it In the Garden Deck coming together – tomatoes, peppers, basil and flowers. Had “helpers” Took twice as long but they had fun Also, got chamomile, cilantro and basil seedlingds in the herb garden Planted cucumber and watermelon seedlings in the garden On the Run Finally got to progress past half a mile! Unfortunately I’ve had pain in my foot and Achilles tendon. Gonna talk to my physical therapist about it tomorrow. Fingers crossed it’s nothing major. I want to run! Out And About Cape Cod this weekend Burlington, VT 1st weekend in June SSK retreat July 20-23 Canada! First week in August in Nova Scotia visiting family


Episode 10 - Lots of KALs
May 16 2017 17 mins  
Episode 10 – 5/16/17 - we’ve hit double digits! Considering I’ve listened to podcasts since 2005, and have listened to a few for 10+ years, it seems a little silly to be celebrating 10 episodes but to me if someone reaches the 10 episode mark then it shows they are in it for the long run and to me, I’m more likely to start listening to them. Welcome to our new international listeners! New listeners from Canada, Bievenue! I suspect I’m related to most of you, lol, I’m half Canadian. Also Australia, Germany, Sweden and India! Wilkomen! Tak! Dhanyabad – ok, that last was Nepali, not Hindi, but I speak Nepali (or used to). Languages are a hobby of mine so forgive me for geeking out about listeners abroad. FYI - No FOs until Stash Dash starts KALS PALKAL2017 – annual KAL by Actually Knitting podcast, it’s a podcaster KAL and I’m super proud to be a sponsor. I’m offering a prize and a discount code. Use code PALKAL2017 for 25% off ALL Ravelry patterns now through September 1, 2017. Thanks for the shout-out on yesterday’s episode, Michelle! Stash Dash – annual KAL by TheKnitGIrllls. “Race” against yourself to knit a certain distance. Prizes in the following distances: 1K, 3K, 5K, 10K. I’m aiming for 5K, but will probably end up in the 3K. Splash Pad Party from Down Cellar Studio – I’m back again this year as a sponsor donating a prize. Summer themed KAL with lots of prizes all summer long. Wips Empire Top – Lily Go – frogtree picboo, a discontinued cotton/linen blend. Now roughly 5 inches tall Tanwen – Thayer Preece, ilikecake Hitchiker 1 – Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% Cashmere about halfway Hitchiker 3 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in a blue-green color, about halfway CO Hamilknit Hat Fishy Sweater Stash Birdie Yarns – gradient kit, Ocean View 5 skeins of Old Glory, hand died pretty much the exact colors of the actual Star Spangled banner, a faded navu blue and red, with a hint of white in places. Pattern Stalking Maris Stella Lace Shawl by Anna Victoria – eyeing this for the gradient kit I just received Wearables Poema by Vera Sanon, knit in Be Sweet’s Bamboo Vivian by Ysolda Teague in Plymouth Yarn’s Covington, 100% mercerized cotton In The Garden Resurrected most of the seedlings I dried out! Too cold and rainy for me to plant – a really crappy week. Cold drizzle almost all week – felt like April! Mother’s Day was only 46!!! Today it’s 78 and it’ll be 90 on Thursday. In New England if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 min. On The Run Still walking half mile per day. Also, getting lots more mobility back in my ankle, yay! Also, Color Run 5K as a family. Thing 1 wants to run a race like mommy and daddy and this is not timed, so he can walk (or be carried) Out And About Burlington, VT 1st weekend in June SSK retreat July 20-23 Canada! First week in August in Nova Scotia visiting family


Episode 9 - Chaos
May 09 2017 15 mins  
Episode 9 – Chaos – 5/9/17 It’s been chaos. Kids with allergies not sleeping, Thing 1 ends up with a sinus infection, car repairs, physical therapy running late repeatedly, pattern to tech editor late. Just chaos. Wips Tanwen – Thayer Preece Parker, aka ilikecake. Love the pattern, love the yarn but maybe these two aren’t a good combination. Mentioned last week that I had to switch needles – still getting sore hands. Only doing 1-2 inches per day. At 21 inches, only 39 remain Hitchiker 1 – 100% Cashmere, Greylock by Valley Yarns – 22 points Hitchiker 2 – pink Ultra Pima Sport using a 6-row repeat – 45 points; set aside for Stash Dash 2017 Hitchiker 3 – blue Ultra Pima Fine using 6-row repeat – 11 points Empire Top by Lily Go in Frogtree Picoboo – discontinued Cootn/bamboo blend – about 4.5” tall. Raglan tunic than criss-crosses in front of bust – still a looooong way to go. DYING TO KNIT SOMETHING FOR MYSELF – have a queue, 1 more hitchiker and 3 Hamilton hats need to get done, not to mention my design work. but all I want to do is make myself something pretty, so I will. Knitting Fail At Thing 1’s swimming lesson – wasn’t paying attention to the cables and missed the 2nd of t C4F cables…. Didn’t catch it till 8 rows later. Oops! Wearables Thoughts, by Joji Locatelli on Araucania Yumbrel laceweight Mommy’s Tunic – Be Sweet Bamboo Vivian – Ysolda Teague in Plymouth Yarn Covington Gardening not so much – taking plants in and out and in and out. Cold weather this week (for May) Dried out seedlings. Doh! On The Run I got to walk! Last week I got permission to start walking ½ mile – done it 3 times now, so far so good! Huge increases in ankle range of motion, visible changes in my foot (long story). Hoping to be able to start running later this month. But I need new shoes!


Episode 8 - Stitches United
May 02 2017 13 mins  
Episode 8 Welcome! Cameos by Thing 2 and our noisiest cat, Dubz. Giveaway Mommy’s Tunic - Winner is alikat2004 - Alicia from London, Canada! Contact me within the next 30 days to claim your prize :) Stitches United! Sunday – lots of knitting vendors as well as some for other crafts Erin Lane Bags – Harry Potter, Start Wars bags; Doctor Who notions case Bar Maids – Lolo bar in Bergamot Birdies Knits – hand dyed cotton!!!!! Not allergic!!! So excited Stunning String Studio – Star Wars and Doctor Who stitch markers :) Knitting photography class with Shiba Guyz – sooooooo much fun, learned sooooooo much; will definitely take another class with them again. Learned about photographing flat and on people and I ended up a model which was a definite hoot – if you know me, then you know I am so not a model I spend 5 min on hair and makeup in the morning FOs 2 Linen sweaters are now finished-finished-finished, as the Knitmores would say – both have grosgrain ribbon and buttons! Finished them for the Knitting Photography case – our homework was to bring something to photograph Wips Tanwen – Berocco Remix, recycled blend of silk, cotton, linen, nylon on Size 8 needles. Green hitchhiker in Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% cashmere, 6 points done. Cashmere is making my hands itch so only can only knit 15-20 minutes a day then wash and rest my hands for a little New – cast on Pink Hitchiker, same pattern, the 2nd of 4 hitchikers for a family that is very dear to me. Ultra Pima Fine which is sport weight not fingering weight, so I’m doing a 6-row repeat instead of 8-row repeat Pattern Stalking Correction – It was Danielle Brown, not Deb Brown, who has the beautiful version of Changing Staircases In The Garden Lots of Rain - better than the drought of the last 2 years! More seedlings - need some dryer weather before I plant in our clay soil.


Episode 7 - There are FOs!
Apr 25 2017 10 mins  
Episode 7 - 4/25/2017 Guest appearance by Dubz the Cat Giveaway! Mommy’s Tunic Must be member of Ravelry group to win, 1 entry per person, answer the question in the opening post of Ravelry thread. Lock thread May 1st. Winner announced the next podcast FOs – finished the linen sweater! Its washed and blocked (aka washer and dryer) but no buttons or grosgrain ribbon yet Robin Shawl done! By Lee Meredith in Kinu silk by Ito Yarns – 612 yards Wips New –Tanwen by Thayer Preece, aka ilikecake, a reversible scarf. Don’t want to giveaway secret sauce, she uses ribbing to make it reversible, but I rib slowly, so I changed those sections to stockinette to add speed – need to give it away June 9th! Pattern Stalking Changing Staircases by Trysten Molina a Harry Potter themed shawl with “Stairs” of knitting and lace that increase lengths. I saw it on Deb Brown’s Instagram page and LOVED it Out And About Stitches United this Thursday – Sunday April 27-30; Stitches United is a show featuring knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, quilting, embroidery and cross-sttch. I will be there Sunday for a photography class by Shanon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby in the afternoon and hanging around the market in the morning. I'll be wearing my pink Mommy's Tunic - stop by and say hello! In The Garden Got out in the garden! Planted lots of seeds – carrots, parsnips, turnips & beets; sugar snap peas; kale; Brussel sprouts Started seeds for more tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon & impatiens Supplies to mend fence On the Run Still no running allowed, cleared to walk a little – half a mile! But it’s something. As I mentioned I have 30 year old scar tissue from surgery as a baby causing some problems in my ankle and when the scar tissue releases your ankle has to re-learn how to use all the muscles and tendons so you have to be careful until you build up more strength


Episode 6 - Boston Marathon
Apr 18 2017 13 mins  
Episode 6 Wips Robin Shawl by Lee Meredith – on last section! Teacher’s gift for son’s pre-school teacher – she wears lots of grey and lots of shawls and the 2 colors of Ito’s Kinu 100% silk are a light gray and a charcoal gray Linen sweater – finished back and button band; bought buttons and grosgrain ribbon – still needs short sleeves Empire Top by Lily Go – got a few more rows done on Friday Hithicker Shawl by Martina Behm – Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% cashmere fingering weight - 4 points done so far Stash Forgot to list one bought last week at Webs – Berocco Remix, a recycled yarn made of 30% Nylon/27% Cotton/24% Acrylic/10% Silk/9% Linen in color Strawberry. For the 2nd and last teacher’s project of this year – going to be a cabled scarf for head teacher In the Garden Got some seeds planted in the garden! – lettuce, mesculin greens, swiss chard – first round of each. Hoping to get out more this week and plant carrots, kale, parsnips, turnips and sugar snap peas Knitting Fail Robin shawl – I dropped a stitch at PT yesterday and didn’t realize it, but it only dropped about 4 rows. Thankfully it’s like a raw silk and very grabby so it didn’t go far. I laddered it back up and at the end I’ll cut a piece of yarn to lock it in place and weave the ends in. Then I decided to take a closer look… and found 2 more dropped stitches further down that I hadn’t noticed!!! How long have I been knitting??? Giveaway! Mommy’s Tunic Must be member of Ravelry group to win, 1 entry per person, answer the question in the opening post. Lock thread May 1st. Winner announced the next podcast On the Run No running – lots of PT. Lots of scar tissue release which is helpful but can feel worse than rolling out your IT bands! Plus – BOSTON MARATHON! I’m a local girl, born and raised in the Boston suburbs, I watched the race growing up and I would love to run someday as a charity runner, but it’s unlikely. I am waaaaaaaay to slow to qualify. When the boys are a little older I’d love to take them in to watch the race, once we don’t need a wheelchair. Race security is tight, especially near the finish line, since the bombing. So I should probably answer the obvious questions – no, I was not in Boston when the bombs went off but my husband was, several friends and a cousin were. All were safe, thankfully. Plus, I go on a little soap box about how awesome runners are. But I’m biased.


Episode 5
Apr 10 2017 11 mins  
Find me online at Ravelry as WindsweptMonique, on Twitter as WindsweptDes, on Instagram as WindsweptKnits or email me ar [email protected] FOs FO update - Gave Space shuttle baby blanket to cousins – HUGE hit!!! Cousin brian and I both wanted to be astronauts as kids. Brian has claimed it as his own until the baby arrive. WIPS Empire Top by Lily GO – Froogtree Picoboo bamboo/cotton blend, discontinued Linen lace sweater – split for arm holes. Finished right front panel and ½ way through left front panel Got new size 3 interchangeable tips - Robin by Lee Meredith (aka Leethal) in Ito’s Kinu 100% silk Knitting Fail I can’t count. 3 years of calculus and I can’t divide by 4! Started fishy sweater with 144sts but it was too big; changed to 120 sts for a 24” circumference. Went to start fishies and I had the 144-number stuck in my head so I made the fishies too big and didn’t notice till I started fish # 3. Oh well Stash – WEBS!!!! Annual pilgrimage to Webs! Picked up elsebeth Lavold’s hempathy for an upcoming design project, plus yarn for 5 gifts – 2 shawls and a hat. I Cascade’s Ultra Pima Fine in silver, dark periwinkle (dark purple) and Wine (bright pink). The silver is for 2 Hamilknit hats and the pink and purple are for hitchhiker shawls for friends. 1 skein of Valley Yarns Greylock, 100% cashmere fingering weight – for another Hitchiker shawl. Hitchiker Shawls are for a family that is having a rough last year, one is very sick. Cashmere is for her, cotton shawls for rest of family. On The Run Started PT – no running and no extra walking for next 2 weeks or so; need to rest heel. Also, they found something interesting with my foot mechanics (caught it before it became a problem) so I have extra exercises and they’re going to treat that as well In The Garden We got out in the garden! Finally Spring! Added compost to all the beds and put weed control fabric over them – with 2 smalle kids I am NOT weeding this year



Episode 4
Apr 04 2017 8 mins  
Recording a day late because we took the boys to Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park Wips Linen sweater – euroflax sport - finished bust increases, nearly to split for underarms Empire top by lily go – frogtree picoboo, discontinued bamboo/cotton blend still on yoke. Got a few rows done while I waited to check in on Sunday while my husband ran my boys around somewhere in the hotel. Thank heavens for purse knitting! New fishy sweater – bottom ribbing, started short-row fishies - Neve by Juniper Moon Farm Swatched for Copperplate by Elizabeth Doherty – yarn didn’t look good at gauge Swatched for Even Flow by Joji Locatelli – couldn’t achieve gauge with the yarn Stash 3 skeins of Neve by Juniper Moon Farm in bright blue, spring green, dark peachey colors. Chainette yarn instead of regular plied yarn. Liking it alot so far. Dress Form mannequin! Knitting Fail Screwed up garter st edging on Empire Top – had to frog 2 rows Knitting group fail. First, I swatched for Even Flow by Joji Locatelli – also, yarn didn’t look good at gauge. Second I pulled out the linen sweater – had left needle points at home after swatching for th Copperplate sweater :( So I bought the Neve yarn and started Thing 2's fishy sweater Upcoming Events April 8th at Webs in the morning April 30th at Stitches United in Hartford On The Run No running this week - turns out you can get bursitis in your heel and I have it in both! I start Physical Therapy tomorrow. Wish me luck!


Episode 3
Mar 28 2017 14 mins  
Episode 3 WIPs Linen sweater, Louet Euroflax sport; finished waist decreases; just reached bust increases Robin by Lee Meredith, Ito’s Kinu silk yarn. On 6th section; on hold for bad US3 needle Cast on Hamilknit Hat! Schachenmayer Baby Cotton is Natural and Blue. Also waiting for that US3 needle Empire Top by Lily Go – in Frogtree Picoboo (cotton/bamboo blend, discontinued) still on Yoke increases. Need to get up to nearly 400 sts so a LOOOOONG way to go Purse Sock – Berocco comfort sock – knitting and unwinding knots at Panera after baby meltdown Wearables Vivian by Ysolda Teague My boys’ lion wore my Vivian! Stash Sparrow by Quince Company pp100% linen x2 – Maize and Port In the Garden Seedlings are nearly all sprouted! Thing 1 very happy to see his plants; Have to squirt cat with water to get him out of spare room On the Run Meant to walk 1 mile a few times this past week but Thing 2 got sick. Thing 1 still had karate which meant I walked him around the block over and over – 1.3 miles! Knee reacted fine Heel pain last few weeks not going away. Fingers crossed it’s nothing TryPod Knitmore Girls The KnitGirllls Yarniacs NH Knits Geeky Girls Knit Unraveling with Greg and Joey Knit 1 Geek 2 2 Knit Lit Chicks Down Cellar Studio Kino Knits Just One More Row Actually Knitting Backstage Knitting Commuter Knitter (on hiatus)Fiber Knitche In a Sknit Knit Actually Knitting Butterflies Ladies of the Knit Mastering the Knits Prairie Girls Knit & Spin Ready Set Knipt ShinyBees TwinSet Designs -------------------- Knitting On the Run Podcast Knittingontherun.podbean.com Facebook – Windswept Designs Instagram – Windswept Knits Twitter – WindsweptDes [email protected]


Episode 2
Mar 20 2017 11 mins  
Episode 2 – 3/20/17 FOs- Space Shuttle Baby blanket. Outlining/duplicate stitch. Caron Simply Soft – recipient not knitters, plus have dog. Still need to block – yes you can block acrylic. WIPS Linen sweater – euroflax sport – bottom up; started waist decreases Robin shawl by Meredith Lee - 6th section; short rows Purse Sock – Berocco Comfort Sock – vanilla sock. 1st sock, toe up working up leg Empire Top by Lily Go – frogtree picoboo cotton/bamboo blend (discontinued) - short sleeve tunic, top down - finished neckband, starting yoke Wearables Thing 2 wore Monomoy Sweater in Berocco Remix from when Thing 1 was 2 years old Poema by Vera Sannon in Be Sweet Bamboo Twist and Shout by Michelle DuNaier (free pattern) Thing 2’s red cabled hat Thing 1 and Husband wore WWII hats – ribbed knitting pattern from WWII era Wedding Garden Kimono from Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits in Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton, knit it years ago but still haven’t done embroidery on it Upcoming Events April 8th at Webs in the morning April 30th at Stitches United in Hartford, CT July – Super Summer Knittogether in Nashville, TN with the KnitGirllls In The Garden Cold Snap! Suddenly back in the Arctic. Hoping to warm up this week Seedlings popping up – convolvulus (dwarf morning glories), spinach, scallions, lettuce, spinach On the Run Cranky knees from carrying toddler across all the ice this week But I walked a mile for the first time since January, huzzah! Still hoping to start jogging in April Possible family 5K – Color Run in June




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