Sunday, March 22, 2015

Episode 14: "#hashtog"


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Master Status (3:06):

Alicia knit swatches 7,8,9. She discovered she will need to re-knit 7 and 8 again! She discusses why she will need to re-knit AGAIN. She discusses a question regarding Swatch 10. Natalie has fallen down the “Breezy” rabbit hole. She has been knitting all the pretties.

 

Master Plan (9:24):

Natalie wants to get focused and get back in gear. She figured out how she will place them into classes for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup.

Alicia wants to knit swatch 10, 11, 12 and potentially re-knit 7 and 8 again. She would like to block if she makes it that far. Natalie and Alicia have set the goal of submitting their binder by August!

 

#AgainstTheGrainKAL: Natalie and Lish want to encourage you all to join us in our ongoing knit along.

 

In our hands (18:06):

Alicia is currently working on Monkey Socks by Cookie A with Bohemia FibersBohemian Sock 100% Merino Superwash in a teal gradient colorway. She is also working on Swivel Pullover byKerri Blumer withDebbie Bliss, Cashmerino Aran.

Natalie is moving along on her Breezy Cardiganby Hannah Fettig usingKnit Picks Caprettain the Caviar colorway. She is also working on Carmen’s pink Wonderful Wallabyby Carol A. Anderson usingKnit Picks Swish Worstedin Carnation. She is spinning black corriedale locks by flicking them and spinning from end. She is enjoying it and it is for #againstthegrainkal.

 

Natalie finished up Kenny’s Valentine’s gift.

Master Pieces (37.32):

Alicia finished up

  1. Autumn byJane Richman with Lion Brand Thick and Quick, Grey Marble

  2. Rye Socks by Tin Can Knits with Stitch Nation, Bamboo Ewe

  3. Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina with Knit Picks, Felici, Sorbet colorway

Natalie:

  1. My dear - a deer trophy.  Was watching Scandal and bound off to early on the last anter part and so I ended up having to cut it open and knit longer. :) didn’t realize this until after I stuffed and closed and was working on 2nd antler…  My crafting friend Chelpanda gave me the mount and I stained it with stuff I found in our garage from previous owner.

  2. Knit 2  Top Down Preemie Hatby C.C. Almon hats using some leftover greenShibui Knits Merino Worsted.

 

Lish finished up February socks.

 

Study Hall (48:40):

Natalie is teaching a toe-up sock class at Stash on March 14 and 9:30 AM. Rescheduled colorwork class to March 21st at 1 pm at Stash

Alicia shares her experience with teaching her first sock class!

Upcoming Classes at Tranquil Grind

Knitting 101: Basics

March 16, 4:30-5:30

March 23, 4:30-5:30

Socks: Cuff down

March 19 4pm-6pm

Intro to Cable Knits

March 26 4:30-5:30

 

Simply Selfie (51:40)

Alicia shares the status on her DIY basement project. They are planning the Handmade Music Extravaganza 2015-June 13 at the Driftwood Marina.

Natalie’s bathroom close to being finished. They are starting new roof constructions this weekend. Sickness/allergies galore in the Rush household.  They allready pulled their kiddie pool out for some fun! She is planning Ria’s birthday party.

Natalie shared an experience that she recently had with Ott Light Technologies. She will be reviewing a light next episode.

 

Comfort zone (58:15):

Alicia is enjoying SNOW DAYS. She is loving watching her students complete finished projects. Knitting is love

Natalie is loving her new wine glasses.

 

Thank you for joining us for episode 14 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.






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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Episode 13: Refocus


Natalie knitting on her Breezy Cardigan

 

This week’s segments include Master Status, Master Plan, In our Hands, Masterpieces, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, Raise your hand, and Comfort Zone.

 

Master Status (1:19):

Alicia discussed her plan to stay motivated. She organized her binder and started re-knitting swatches. Natalie explained her strategy and knit swatches 10 and 11.

 

Master Plan (4:17):

Natalie is going to stick with her Monday and Wednesday program knitting.

Alicia is going to stick with her time goal. She will re-knit swatches 7 and 8, remembering to keep them labeled correctly.

 

(6:05) Alicia and Natalie remind you to participate in the #AgainstTheGrainKAL.

 

In our hands (7:24):

Alicia cast onAutumn by Jane Richman with Lion Brand Thick and Quick, Grey Marble. She is also working on Swivel Pullover by Kerri Blumer with Debbie Bliss, Cashmerino Aran

Natalie has been spending a lot of her knitting time on herBreezy Cardiganby Hannah Fettig usingKnit Picks Caprettain the Caviar colorway.  She is spinning the black corriedale locks by flicking them and spinning from end.  She is enjoying is and part of AgainstTheGrainKAL

 

Lish finished her January socks! She went #AgainstTheGrainKAL by trying a new heel.

 

Master Pieces (14:40):

Alicia finished:

  1. Knit Hat for EveryonebyKathy NorthwithKnit Picks Wool of the Andes, Lion Brand Wool Ease (BGSU)

  2. Vanilla Latte SocksbyVirginia Rose Jeanes. Patons Kroy SocksinGreen Striped Raggcolorway

  3. Peek-A-Book Mitts by Abi Gregorio (purple)

  4. Reindeer: Christmas Balls Knit Ornament Pattern Set By Amy Gaines

Natalie finished Diamond Transitions Hat, and original design using Blue Sky Alpaca Sport. She discussed a hiccup in the process. She found a chart creator online to make a colorwork chart for the design. She also discusses possible matching mittens!

 

Study Hall (23:45):

Natalie will be teaching a colorwork class at Stash on Feb 21st and 9:30 AM.

Alicia will be teaching a class on Thursday January 29 and February 5, 5:30-6:30, at Tranquil Grind. Class is full!

 

Simply Selfie (27:30):

Alicia is preparing for beginner knitting class on Thursday! She has been super productive at work. She is finally finding what is working for her. Natalie is very excited about bathroom renovations. The bathroom is complete.  She enjoyed an afternoon with tinyant. Welcome new nephews, Magnus and Sheamus.  

 

Raise your Hand? (36:48):

This week we ask: How do you use Ravelry?

Natalie explains how she was inspired by the Knitting Butterflies podcast for tagging her work. She shares her experiences going through all of her work.

Alicia discusses her love for ravelry through friendships, inspiration, yarn trades, swaps, and groups.

 

Comfort zone (44:09):

Alicia is enjoying her Christmas ornament swap from the Christmas Knitting Ravelry Group! She is falling back in love with her home. She has been using Grandma Biddy’s tape measurer that is fabric.

Natalie is enjoying a clean house, although it doesn’t last long with two little ones. Natalie has been using her Aunt’s double pointed needles.  


Thank you for joining us for episode 13 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Episode 12: Against The Grain


Natalie’s latest finished Hitofude Cardigan

 

This week’s segments include Master Plan,  Masterpieces, In Our Hands, Future Stitches, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, Raise your hand, Happy Tails, and Comfort Zone.

 

Master Plan: (1:22)

Alicia and Natalie discuss how they are going to get re-motivated to take on the Master Knitter Program Level 1. Natalie plans to knit swatch 9 and 10, start questions, and organize binder.  Natalie’s plan is to schedule Monday and Wednesday nights as Level 1 work nights. She was inspired from the By the Fibreside Podcast.

Alicia is going to set aside time each week to dedicate to program. She is going to work on program at a minimum of 3 hours per week. She is going to be flexible on the days she works on it. WIth every hour she  will earn a point. Each point will equal $1 for a  sock yarn fund!

What is going to motivate you to get back on track this year? Share your strategy with us in the Ravelry group or on Facebook.

 

Knit Along!: (5:13)

Alicia and Natalie announce a new ongoing KAL!  #AgainstTheGrainKAL. The goal of the knit-a-long is to go contrary to the natural inclination of your craft or technique. We aren’t limiting the KAL to just those who want to learn a different style of knitting but crafting anything that is opposite of what you normally do.  Feel free to surprise us!!  Be sure to use the hashtag on instagram, facebook, and post to our Ravelry group!

 

Natalie’s Family Stockings




Master Pieces: (8:15)

Natalie finished Grace, Carmen’s Kindness Elf. She used Bell, the Garden Elfby Ala Ela in Wool of the Andes Sport in several colors.She didnt take them seriously when she had to stuff the head and had to add more so the neck wasn’t floppy.She finished up her stocking using A NEW Family Portrait - A Collection of Three Christmas Stockingsby Dorene Delaney Giordano using cascade 220 sport in burgundy and bare. She also finished a Hitofude Cardiganby Hiroko Fukatsu using The Fiber Seed sprout in their elephant colorway. She discussed some mistakes in the lace and how she got passed them.Finally, she finished up anEasy Scrap-Buster Slouch Hatby Swoon Fibers using some blue Encore someone gave me. She knit this for Halos of Hope. Knit the body of this hat all in continental for the #AgainstTheGrainKAL

Alicia finished up the Barley HatbyTin Can Knits. She also knit many variations of the Knit Hat for EveryonebyKathy Northwith Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Lion Brand Wool Ease, and Cascade 220. She knit the Super Soft Simple Baby HatbyPurl Bee, TheOhio State colors and Pittsburgh Steelers colors withKnit PicksBrava Bulky. She also caught the sock knitting bug and finished Sock Recipe: A good, plain, sockbyStephanie Pearl McPhee, Knit Picks Felici in Cheer.

 

Alicia’s finished socks for December



In our hands:(24:30)

Alicia is currently working on Vanilla Latte SocksbyVirginia Rose Jeanes. Patons Kroy SocksinGreen Striped Raggcolorway. She discovered a split stitch creating possibly a weak stitch in a pair of socks. Natalie suggested to duplicate a row of stitches to strengthen.

Natalie is currently working on Anne, Ria’s Kindness Elf.  She is usingBell, the Garden Elfby Ala Ela in Wool of the Andes Sport in several colors.During her road trip she cast on her Christmas present of yarn from Lollipop Yarns.  It’s the We need a little Christmas colorway. She is using her own sock pattern that she published recently that she used to teach a class. It’s called One More Row socksby Natalie Martinez Rush. Finally she cast on the  Breezy Cardiganby Hannah Fettig using some knitpicks capretta in the caviar colorway.

 

Future Stitches: (40:23)

Alicia plans on casting onthe following:

1.Swivel Pullover by Kerri Blumer

2. Hat for Sheena The Vermonter or The Champlain Baret

3. fingerless mitts for Laurel in NYC

 

Natalie plans on casting on the following:

  1. Colorwork hat to work out pattern for the class she plans to teach. Using Blue Sky Alpaca in Currant and Calla Lily

  2. Spinning project.  Plan to use the cleaned black corriedale locks to spin up some DK weight for maybe a Blank Canvas by Ysolda Teague.

  3. Kenny’s Valentine’s day gift will be My Dear- A Deer Trophy.

 

Study Hall: (52:36)

Alicia will be teaching Knitting 101: Basics at Tranquil Grind Coffee Shop in Toronto, OH January 29, 5:30pm.You can register at The Main Street Gallery.  

Natalie published a sock pattern that she used to teach a class. Feel free to download One More Row Socks. She is planning a colorwork hat class for February at Stash A Place for Yarn.

 

Simply Selfie: (56:54)

Alicia has been spending time with family working on basement renovations, and ready for the new year. She is pushing forward for LPC certification and helping her trainer with a Fitness Challenge. Check it out, You can join anytime!

Natalie had a great Thanksgiving weekend. She was excited to have all the decorations up.  The rest of the weekend was baking pumpkin rolls, cleaning, and helping hubby put up lights. She traveled to Ohio to visit family and of course Alicia! She twin nephew’s are coming! Check out

Sarah and Shari’s reaction.

 

Raise your Hand?: (1:04:15)

This week we ask: What are your goals for new year?

Natalie posted personal goals to her blog so if you want to see personal goals check them out at barknknit.blogspot.com. She plans the following crafting goals:

1. Organize stash so it's visually pleasing and not just stored away.

2. SPIN MORE!  

3. Take more classes.

4. Teach more classes.

5. Travel to a fiber festival!!  

Alicia’s theme for the year is to be present. She is also going to work on the following crafting goals:

  1. Socks! I would like to knit a pair of socks each month

  2. Teach more classes

 

Happy Tails: (1:08:40)

Colleen Pappin from Australia shares her touching story of how her whippet puppy chose her.

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To submit your own story, please go to www.masteringtheknits.com  and fill out a form.  We will read your animals rescue story on future podcasts.

 

Comfort zone: (1:11:45)

Alicia and Natalie share what is currently taking them to their happy place.

Alicia enjoys knitting on some socks at Tranquil Grind.



Thank you for joining us for episode 12 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast. You can email us atmasteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits.  Alicia isknottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.


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