Thursday, September 15, 2016

Knit Vlog No. 6 | Knitting in the wild

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If you're visiting the blog for the first time via YouTube, welcome! It's so nice to have you here. If you're a regular blog reader, then welcome back and thanks for making Knit Vlog a part of your week.


Welcome to Knit Vlog No. 6

If you cannot get the video to play at the top of this post, you may watch it on YouTube by following this link: https://youtu.be/o4C6GjR2M7Y

This post was created to share some of the links for the things I've talked about in this past week's vlog. Enjoy!



EPISODE NOTES:

In this episode I mentioned ...

Snow Leopard from the Nature Connects Lego exhibit

The Featherweight Cardigan


Magikarp hat

Socks




Have any questions? Drop them in the comments here or on the YouTube video page and I'll do my best to answer you.

Thanks for watching!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Knit Vlog No. 5 | fools and false starts

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If you're visiting the blog for the first time via YouTube, welcome! It's so nice to have you here. If you're a regular blog reader, then welcome back and thanks for making Knit Vlog a part of your day.


Welcome to Knit Vlog No. 5

If you cannot get the video to play for you at the top of this post, you may watch it over on YouTube by following this link:
  https://youtu.be/WRBRh3mlTJE

This post was created to share some of the links for the things I've talked about in this past week's vlog. Enjoy!



EPISODE NOTES:

In this episode I mentioned ...

Preemie Hats

Standing Stones shawl (my false start)


Girls Cap Sleeved Tee
  • my Ravelry page is coming soon!
  • the pattern is by Shellee Floyd and can be found here
  • I'm using Knit Picks Gloss DK

Outlander Inspired Citron shawl
  • my Ravelry page
  • the original Citron pattern is from Knitty Winter 2009
  • I'm using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the March 2015 Craigh na Dun colorway



Other people, places, and things that I mentioned:




Have any questions? Drop them in the comments here or on the YouTube video page and I'll do my best to answer you.

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Knit Vlog No.4 | the fine line between crazy and committed

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If you're visiting the blog for the first time via YouTube, welcome! It's so nice to have you here.

If you're a regular blog reader, then welcome back and thanks for making Knit Vlog a part of your week.


Welcome to Knit Vlog No. 4

If you cannot get the video to play for you at the top of this post, you may watch it over on YouTube by following this link: HERE

This post was created to share some of the links for the things I've talked about in this past week's vlog. Enjoy!


EPISODE NOTES:

In this episode I mentioned ...

The many pairs of socks I have on the needles, including some I haven't even created a Ravelry page for yet (bad, bad knitter!)

I'm also working on a Zig Zag baby blanket for Lucy's baby dolls. I'm using some acrylic yarn that a friend gave to me. Lucy picked out of her favorites and then she chooses which one I will use for each new stripe.
    A few of the people, places, and things that I also mentioned in this episode:
     
    And that is it, friends. There's a fine line between crazy and committed and I thank you for walking it with me.
     
    See you next week!
     

    Have any questions? Drop them in the comments here or on the YouTube video page and I'll do my best to answer you.

    Thanks for watching!

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    KNIT VLOG No. 3 | convalescing, caffeine, and a cowl

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    If you're visiting the blog for the first time via YouTube, welcome! It's so nice to have you here. If you're a regular blog reader, then welcome back and thanks for making KEF a part of your day.


    Welcome to Knit Vlog No. 3 convalescing, caffeine, and a cowl

    If you cannot get the video to play for you at the top of this post, you may watch it over on YouTube by following this link:  https://youtu.be/8wavj-0e210

    This post was created to share some of the links for the things I've talked about in this past week's vlog and also to introduce this latest harebrained scheme idea and share it with all of you.

    Enjoy!


    EPISODE NOTES:

    In this episode I mentioned ...

    ... the preemie hats that I am knitting. My original goal was to knit a dozen hats but then my seven year old challenged me to knit 100 preemie hats in 2016, so I'm going to see just how many I can work up this year. Right now I'm working on number 13.

    Here is the link to the Preemie Hat pattern that I am using.

     

    ... while the kids were doing their reading for homeschool, I sat and listened and knit on a pair of socks. Sock knitting is my go-to for keeping my hands busy when I need to sit and listen to a child practice reading.

    The yarn for this particular pair is in the Octopus' Garden colorway, so I call them the Octopus' Garden socks to differentiate them from the other four pairs of socks I currently have on the needles. (Anyone notice how that number is going up?) The yarn was purchased from Voolenvine Yarns.

    Here is a link where I share how I like to knit my socks using small circular needles.

    And, did you see? Very Pink Knitting has a video tutorial sharing how to knit socks on small circular needles and it is really comprehensive and easy to follow, as all of her tutorials are.

    ... I also worked on the Zig Zag blanket for Lucy and her baby dolls. I'm using yarn that a friend gave to me and my daughter picked out all of the pinks and purples from the two huge bags I was gifted. Lucy picks out a new color every time I'm ready to knit a new stripe and we are thinking that it will end up just the right size for her to use with her doll stroller.


    ... I have a finished object this week, in addition to the two preemie hats you saw me finish in the vlog. I finished my Gold Leaf Cowl.

    Here are the details:
    - Ravely link for the project
    - Yarn is Gold Leaf from Lion Brand
    - Needles are Knitter Pride Dreamz fixed circular size US 15 10.00mm
    - pattern can be found here at Ewe Knit Toronto 


    Okay, I think that is it for the week, friends. I've written out all I can think of that I mentioned in the current vlog. I'm rather new at this note keeping for a youTube video thing, so you might have to be patient with me until I figure out a good system for getting these corresponding blog posts up with the vlogs each week.





    Thanks for watching and for coming over to check out the blog!

    Have any questions? Drop them in the comments here or on the YouTube video page and I'll do my best to answer you.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Knit Vlog No. 2 | I'm not a snob when the yarn is FREE, a life of "glamour", and accidently offending the Muggles

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    If you're visiting the blog for the first time via YouTube, welcome! It's so nice to have you here at my web home away from home.

    If you're a regular blog reader, then welcome back and thanks for sticking with me. It's always nice to see familiar faces.

    If you cannot get the video to play for you at the top of this post, you may watch it over on YouTube at this link: https://youtu.be/YBae2lTe8jI


    This post was created to share some of the links for the things I've talked about in this past week's vlog.

    Enjoy!


    EPISODE NOTES:

    In the second episode of Knit Vlog I talked about the preemie hats that I am knitting. My original goal was to knit a dozen hats but then my seven year old challenged me to knit 100 preemie hats in 2016, so I'm going to see just how many I can work up this year.

    Here is the link to the Preemie Hat pattern that I am using.


    I also began to knit a Zig Zag blanket for Lucy and her baby dolls. I'm using yarn that a friend gave to me and my daughter picked out all of the pinks and purples. She's picking out a new color for each stripe and we are thinking that it will end up just the right size for her to use with her doll stroller.



     

    I knit for a little while on my Sock Head Slouch Hat, which I am making with yarn leftover from a pair of socks I finished recently.




    While I was dying my hair, I was ignoring the laundry that needed to be folded and working on my scrap yarn blanket.

    I've been working on this project for a few years now. I'll go into more detail, perhaps in a future vlog or in a blog post, on why this blanket is so important to me and how knitting it really helped me during a tough time in my life - almost gave me a knew beginning, or at least a fantastic metaphor to cling to while I was searching for a fresh start.

    In the meantime, you can check out the details on this blanket on my Ravelry project page for it, located here.


    I also briefly worked on a pair of socks. I've got about five different pairs going right now. The yarn for this particular pair I purchased last year from Voolenvine Yarns.

    Here is a link where I share how I like to knit my socks using small circular needles.

    Okay, right. So that is all I can think of that I need to share with you here by way of Knit Vlog number two.

    Have any questions? Drop them in the comments here or on the YouTube video page and I'll do my best to answer you.

    Thanks for playing along!


    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Knit Vlog No. 1 | INTRO, sock knitting on small circs, gold leaf yarn

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    If you're visiting the blog for the first time via YouTube, welcome! It's so nice to have you here, at my web home away from home.

    If you're a regular blog reader and are wondering just what in the world wide web it is that I'm going on about, let me explain myself a bit.

    So this past week I found myself with a little extra time on my hands as all of the kiddos took ill and so homeschool was cancelled. Or, instant but not very fun Spring Break.

    Rather than do the responsible thing and cross off some of the many things on my To Do list that are in desperate need of my attention, I decided to dust off my YouTube channel. Because that makes complete sense and also because I tend to get distracted by shiny objects when I have many deadlines looming.

    An added benefit was that I got to spend a lot of time with my oldest daughter Jillian working on the vlog. She isn't a big fan of being in front of the camera (neither am I, come to think of it, but I just pretend I'm chatting with a very good friend) but she is enjoying learning about what it takes to make a vlog and we have both been having a good time laughing at just how much we both have to learn about this. So, if nothing else, as a mother-daughter project it is a win (and I will try to see if I can coax her to the other side of the camera sometime to show off her creativity, too).

    If you cannot get the video to play for you at the top of this post, you may watch it over on YouTube at this link:

    https://youtu.be/SukgSs5WcY4

    This post was created to share some of the links for the things I've talked about in this past week's vlog and also to introduce this latest harebrained scheme idea and share it with all of you.

    Enjoy!


    EPISODE NOTES:

    In the very first Knit Vlog I talked about what my idea for the vlogs is all about and why I want to create these videos.

    I also mentioned ...

    How I knit my socks on small circular needles. I've got a more detailed blog post about this here.

    Susan B. Anderson's blog post detailing how she makes her socks.

    I currently have three different pairs of socks on the needles. They are:
    - Octopus' Garden socks
    - Teal and Rainbow scrapyarn socks
    - and some socks in Red Heart's CONGO that I haven't started a Ravely page for yet

    I'm knitting a Red Rasta Cowl. However, mine is neither red or very "rasta." Here are the details:
    - Ravely link for the project
    - Yarn is Gold Leaf from Lion Brand
    - Needles are Knitter Pride Dreamz fixed circular size US 15 10.00mm
    - pattern can be found here at Ewe Knit Toronto

    As I said in the vlog, the idea I have in my head is that every time I pick up my knitting needles I will also pick up a camera and record at least a little snippet of it. I really want to document my life as a knitter, tell my knitting stories.

    If this is something that sounds interesting to you, then keep an eye on my YouTube channel because I hope to have weekly Knit Vlogs posted there from now on. And, with a little luck and organization, once a week I'll document all of my notes from those vlogs here on the KEF blog.

    I'm aiming for Thursdays, but you know how that goes, my busy creative friends, right? We aim for something and sometimes it works and sometimes, well, sometimes it doesn't.

    Okay, right. So that is all I can think of that I need to share with you here by way of Knit Vlog introduction and notes from the very first one.

    Thanks for playing along!