Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Episode 9: Serious Ponderings


Projects :

This Week's Socks: My Echinacea sock project, named for the pattern, Echinacea, which was originally released for the 2013 Sock Sniper event, a charity fundraising event that is version of the game of "Assassin" but for knitters. The yarn is "The Last Centurion" colorway from a yarn club I subscribed to that year done by [Sheepy Feet](yarn) by Sheepytime Knits. I really like this yarn!

A project not a pair of socks! I'm in "on" with a now-off-now-on-again project of knitting up the Ananke Shawl a great homey-feel pattern for my great homey-look (but absolutely not at all homey-rough) yarn choice of Blue Moon Fiber Art's Silkie Socks That Rock in Farmhouse.

I also talk about finishing up a previously-mentioned baby sweater, knit in Rowan All-Seasons Cotton. This method of putting buttons in not merely knitwear but also in woven fabric is very old and it serves well in knitwear to preserve the knit fabric.

Pre-Med moment today is taken from a post on the SDN forums. Check it out if you're medically interested at all - there are forums for pre-dental, pre-PT, just everything.) In many ways the post I'm talking about can be chalked up to a mashed-up, modified version of an old phrase: "Would-be physician, know thyself."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Episode 8: "The Monster At The End of This Book"

I decided to stay with the switched up order I used last week and I think I'll stay with that for a while. Enjoy!

This weeks episode title is an homage to a Golden Book that I had as a child featuring Grover from Sesame Street. It's about getting anxious about things ahead of you and then finding out they're not as terrible as you feared.

Projects : 

- Mild frustration with using a method to draft a doublet for the husband. Lesson learned: I'm experienced enough in drafting patterns using this and other methods that when something doesn't seem right, I should listen to me! NB: I say that "toile" is French for "mockup" which is only a little bit inaccurate. That's not a literal translation to English, which would be "fabric," it's a term of specific usage in sewing/tailoring.

- New socks! This knit is serious potato chip knitting and a good bit autopilot, too: Hedera by Cookie A., one of my favorite sock designers who uses a mathematics background to influence said designs. I own the books - but somehow had never knit up Hedera, one of her first published designs. My yarn choice is Lorna's Laces newer sock yarn line, Solemate, which features a fiber addition that is supposed to help regulate heat for the wearer. I've had this skein since after Christmas and decided this would be a great project for it, and it is. The colorway is Irving Park and reminds me of the later portions of a really great sunset. The knitting has gone - well. Check out the podcast.

- My first card weaving band is done! It's the first pattern from the book I've been talking about for the past few weeks and worked out well. There are of course some mistakes but the fabric is firm and supportive yet pliable and overall I'm pleased. My youngest daughter loves it and it was intended for trim for an SCA dress for her for the upcoming Spring and Summer. I'll show that project when I get to it.

Finally, a discussion of the worst, most terrible, nastiest, ugliest, test that could ever be made of purest undiluted mean: the MCAT. Various ways to prepare for it, what I chose to do and why, plus a bit of wandering.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Episode 7: Switcheroo


So this week a layout switch up because I had either reverse progress or as-yet-intangible progress on the projects at hand. Just decided to get that out of the way first.

The new socks I'm working on are still a bit of mystery so I'm not posting a link or anything yet - just know that the toe seen in the video is knit in Lang Jawoll sock yarn in a marled white and taupe.

The infant's sweater is in the cardigan pattern Trellis, which is found free at Knitty. The yarn was, for once in my life, the yarn the pattern calls for: Rowan All Seasons Cotton. My project page is at Climbing upwards.

The project oriented reading includes a book mentioned last week, Applesies and Fox Noses - Finnish Tabletoven Bands, available with currently free worldwide shipping via the authors at their website. If you're interested in card weaving you should definitely check them out. I give you a shot of part of one page so you can see what I mean about the usage of both Finnish and English.

The other book is Mathew Gnagy's The Modern Maker Vol. 1: Men's Doublets and it can be conveniently found at Amazon. Highly recommended for folks interested in 16th century tailoring, patterning, and sewing!

Finally, my favorite bit: medical school student parody videos! Includes a few recommended videos - and I REALLY want you to share the ones that you find at either the Ravelry group, the Facebook page, or here in this entry's comments. See you soon!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


ETA: Found out that in spite of getting the notices and checking that everything was okay, it was in fact not, so I've reprocessed and re-uploaded this episode. Please enjoy.

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Episode Six: “COLORRRRRR”

Premed student stuff: INTERVIEWS - preparation, clothing choices, makeup choices, really basic experience

Podcasts mentioned:

Caffeinated Knitting with Caffeinated Gert and Crafty Allie
The Knitmore Girls Podcast
Both of these podcasts have groups here on Ravelry, too. Check them out.

Stash –
MOAR SOCK WOOL! Three skeins of [Supersocke 4-fach](yarn) Neon in two different colorways, one is already knit up.

A whole BOX of [Universal Yarns Deluxe Superworsted](yarn) in Sangria. At a sharp discount because a dog or dogs happened.

Projects –

A great pair of socks from the Galadriel pattern by Claire Ellen. She has a group on Ravelry, too! I-  really like her design work and sensibility and own many of her sock patterns.
-A set of accidental armwarmers based on Beth La Pensee's Nutkin pattern.
-Tablet/Card weaving firsts! I have started a length of two-color basic cardweaving but will hopefully soon be branching out a bit from this intro length.
Ordered a book, Applesies and Fox Noses, for more card weaving goodness. That book is available with currently free worldwide shipping via the authors at their website. If you're interested in card weaving you should definitely check them out.

I mention a possible KAL or other project for a yarn giveaway. Let me know what you think.

I left one project off, but I'll talk about it next time. Have a great week!