Episode 19: Video Killed the Radio Star

I’ve kinda wrapped WIP Wednesday and the Stringchronicity Podcast into one great big gooey package today.  Today, we’re going video!

If you’re seeing the W with the bouncing star, you’re on the right track. Give the video a little time to load.

Show notes will be forthcoming once I’ve had a few minutes to get things in order 🙂

Stringchronicity: Long Time!

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I know it’s been about 3 weeks since the last podcast, but I think I mentioned why a while ago in a blog post.  Needless to say, we have a new one!

I mention that I *did* actually do some recording, even if a podcast wasn’t actually released.  I also throw in the question of audio vs. video.  Let me know by commenting here or on the Ravelry board.

FO: Noro Two-Row Shawl

Currently working on

February Lady Sweater
Brandywine Shawl by Romi Hill
March Socks: Shur’Tugal by Alice Yu
Design socks

I also mention my spinning wheel and what I’m doing with it!

I talk about the two magazines floating around my living room: Bust Magazine for Feb/March 2011 (Edited by Stitch & Bitch author Debbie Stoller!), and Interweave Knits Spring 2011.  I give a bit of a highlight on some of the sweaters I liked out of the issue.

And that’s really about it.  Intro & outro music this week is My Monkey by Jonathan Coulton.  Buy his stuff & give him money!  I’m going to go play some Sims 3…

Goodbye February

I’m not going to lie and get all wishy-washy about the month coming to a close.  February and I have been at odds for a couple of decades now, so I’m not going to be too heartbroken about it ending.

Yeah, you heard me, February.  Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out.

That may sound a little harsh, but February and I have history.  Not all of it pleasant.  It’s lucky it’s a short month, because even by the second week, I’m getting all Februaried-out.  By the end of the month, I’m glad to see March striding into the room.

February is generally the month of broken promises.  It’s when it dawns on you that you totally did a 180 from all of your New Years Resolutions.  It’s when you’re positive that you put away all the Xmas decorations…and then wonder why there’s a Rubbermaid tub full of ornaments still camping in a corner of your living room. It’s an emotional tug-of-war, as half the people you know go crazy over the love of their life, and the other half get violently ill at the Hallmark Holiday.

Robin wanted to make February a happier month for me this year….and got sick.  We’re still working through the aftermath of that.  It interrupted our plans, and we’re still trying to recover.

My hopes going forward?
– Clean up the diet
– Start working out again
(These might seem like a no-brainer, but in a world of convenience food and electronic entertainment, it gets more difficult every day)
– Get a podcast not only recorded, but edited and released to the public
– Clean the basement, organize the craft room & get the workout equipment in the same room as the TV

Here’s hoping March treats us a little better.  Maybe with an 11-month hiatus, February will learn to smarten up and clean up its act…

Where’s my Podcast?!

Some folks may have noticed that it has been awhile since I uploaded a podcast.  I actually recorded last Friday…and then wussed right out on the editing part (see, this is why giving me new tools can be a detriment to productivity).  I also realized that the podcast was rather rambly, and we don’t need that…

I thought that maybe what I should do is try something different.  After all, there’s a webcam built right into this laptop…maybe try a videocast instead?

So I recorded, and managed to get it down to a half an hour.  I tried to re-record and shorten it, but the laptop overheated and restarted (handstapleforehead).  I went to export the final cut…and realize that I don’t have enough space on libsyn at this time for even the *small* cut of the video.  Argh! Add to that that fact that it would take a couple of hours to process.  Double argh!

So a recording will be forthcoming.  I just need to get my head on straight and put it together….

Stringchronicity Episode 17: Knits for Men

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We are out of quarantine!  Self-imposed, of course, but it gave me quite a bit of time to knit…
I had a birthday, and we got snowed in!  Oh noes!  The three books I mention were bought at Shelf Life Books, Calgary’s newest Independant Bookseller.  Support your independant local businesses!  The books: On Tender Hooks by Isabel Samaras, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.

Things I mentioned off-hand:

The song “Wuthering Heights” and blanked on the singer.  It was Kate Bush.  My bad…
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling by Bike Snob NYC (Eben Weiss)
Kobo, Kindle and other e-readers
Shipwreck Shawl
Beadspinner: Beadalon Spin & Bead
Beadspinner Tutorial on the Knitgirllls website
Signature Needle DPNs

On the Needles (kinda)

No new progress on the February Lady Sweater or the Noro Two-Row Shawl
MIL’s Socks by Sue Grandfield: The February Socks are off the needles!
“Secret” Sock: Something I’m working on developing.  No details available at this time.  I can tell you that I’m working with the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in Robot Overlord.

Knitting for Men

I review Knits Men Want by Bruce Weinstein.  I also look at it from my own point of view as a person whose grandmother seemed to know exactly what it was you had to do to get a guy to wear a hand-knit sweater.

Shoutouts:

Challee, who left us a really nice review on iTunes
Check out the Knitviews videocast by Kristin!

Outro music:

IKEA by Jonathan Coulton

Stringchronicity Episode 16: Shingles Aren’t Just for Roofing

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Hooray, a podcast! Due to the upgrade in computer technologies around here, I tried recording in Garageband in my living room, rather than being stuck in the cold basement on the old PC.  I think I could grow to like this… 🙂

On the Needles:

February Lady Sweater: Still not seeing any action, sad to say
Noro Shawl: Was hard to put down so that I could finish…
Simple Socks: Oh yeah.  They done.  I used Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind-Off
MIL Socks: Cast on for the Skinflint Sock Club!

Skinflint Sock Club

Sock club?  Sockalong? What would YOU prefer to call it?

This month is the MIL’s Socks by Sue Grandfield.  I cast mine on in Estelle Cadenza!

Everything Else

I yammered on this week about Ravelry, and some of its more interesting features.

I then did a review of the new Knitscene.  I approve!  There were a couple of hoodies that I would knit!

My shoutout this week is to 3 Ewes Twisted in Fiber.  You can find more about them on Carin’s Webcast, since that’s where I found out about them.

Outro music: I Never Go To Work by Nuclear Bubble Wrap

Stringchronicity Episode 15: The Forest for the Trees

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This podcast was originally recorded on Friday, 21-Jan-11.  Sorry for the delay!  For some reason, the podcast host wouldn’t accept my file until I re-exported it.  Weird… 🙂

Once again, Chelsea has joined me for the podcast!

What’s on the needles?

Chelsea:
– Grrlfriend Market Bag: Sugar & Cream Cotton in Black
– Indecision Socks: Sock toes cast on, but not sure what she wants to do with them. Plain olive green sock yarn.
– Circles Yoke Pullover: Pattern from WEBS for $1.99.
– Citron: with yarn from Great Northern Yarnworks. Undyed yarn that fluffs up when washed. Dubbed the “Fuzzy Navel” by Maire
– Bought her yarn for the Skinflint Sock Club
– Attempt at a February Lady Sweater got FROGGED. A little too Girly for Chelsea, particularly in ice-cream pink.

Maire

– February Lady Sweater: No work done on it.
– Noro Two Roll Shawl: Proceeds apace! We have more rows.
– Plain & Simple socks: Finished first sock, working on second (past heel turn). Will likely re-do the cuff of sock #1 & repeat on Sock #2.

Stuff…and things! (we ramble)

Bought Mission Falls 1824 Cotton for a market bag

Mission Falls is apparently going out of business. Local yarn store has discounted the remaining stock, squee (yet also a little bit wah)!

Kitty is on a diet. She is not getting Wet Food anymore, so she’s a little pissy with us (when she remembers). She usually eats Orijen kibbles and Evo wet food.

Maire darned socks this week! Resurrected 2 of the Husbeast’s socks and at least two pairs of her own. One further pair of socks is possibly beyond repair, and yet another is ripped back to just before the huge hole in the toe & will be re-knit.

Robin’s resurrected socks are both Jaywalkers from the following yarns:
– Mama E’s C-eye-ber Fiber in Brimstone
– Dyeing Arts in Sideshow Husband

Maire’s resurrected socks are:
– Cat Bhordi toe-up socks in Regia or similar
– The Koigu Socks that “died” last week!

Finding a Darning Egg in a pinch: Haven’t seen them at any of the local yarn stores. Finally found a decent analog! Old, unused plastic Christmas tree ball ornaments!

Chelsea has done darning and reinforcing more as a pre-emptive measure for her socks. She used Easter Egg moulds.

We were going to talk about post-Christmas startitis, and then we kinda got sidetracked. We have discovered that the “New Startitis” isn’t necessarily starting objects, but mooning over Ravelry like teenage girls and Tiger Beat/ 16 magazine.

We talk about diet, particularly carbohydrate moderation. Chelsea found my copy of How we get Fat (and what to do about it) by Gary Taubes. Turns out she’s also read Taubes’s Good Calories, Bad Calories. I tend towards being very sensitive to sugar, and Chelsea has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, so this is actually pretty topical for us. Warning: there is some coughing (tried to muffle it).

Chelsea mentioned a site called “homework” that talked about how folks usually only eat 19 different foods: A kind of “Fooding Monkeysphere” (I haven’t been able to track this site down, so no link for you!). She also talks about the Gluten-Free-15.

We talk about some of the benefits of having the organic produce delivery. They are better at picking veggies than we are!

Maire mentions online weight-trackers & communities:
Fitday: Not a bad database, somewhat cludgey
Lowcarb.ca: Good low/moderate carb community. Not much for tracking.
Lose It: Very Calorie-In/Out specific & hard to use the community aspect if you don’t have an iProduct (not available for Android)
FatSecret: Has a great database, easy to add recipes & products, great social networking aspect for a variety of eating plans!

Shoutouts:

Impulse of Delight: Hand-dyed yarn by Ruth Stewart in BC. We go kinda Yarn Pr0n Crazy over the colours. Chelsea brought a skein with her and Maire got to squeeze the yarn!

CKUA: Alberta’s public radio station! We love you!

This week’s music: Sheldon’s Delight by The Great Luke Ski

Stringchronicity Episode 14: The Starveling Cat

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On The Needles:
February Lady Sweater: On the last couple of rows of the yoke before separating out the armholes and getting into the lace pattern!
Noro Shawl: Got a few rows done last week, but as it’s gotten longer to get through, it’s getting a little harder to sit down & concentrate on.  Has been put slightly aside for things that can be put down once a row has been started.
Inverse Glynis Socks: Not going so well.  Problems with having to rip back multiple times.  Makes me not such a happy camper.
Simple Sock: No real designer.  Just a toe-up sock with a gussetted heel & a picot trim at the top.
Addictive video games that were mentioned:
Fallen London (need a Twitter or Facebook account to play.  My Twitter name is Yzorah, if you want to look for me).
Skinflint Sock Club 2011
My very own “sock club” for cheap people like me.  Okay…monetarily challenged… 😉
– I’ll choose some patterns, and you use your own sock yarn to knit ’em.  At the end of the year, you have 12 socks.
– Hopefully at least one pair will be suitable for people on your Xmas list, if you do such things.
I’m hoping to design at least 3 or 4 socks this year as a part of my personal goals.  For those months where one of those socks is the recommendation, I’ll knit something from one of my books.
– That said, the socks I recommend that I DON’T design myself will be Free patterns on Ravelry.
– I’ll try to give you a heads-up as to yarn choice around the 15th of the previous month.
– For this month, your assignment (should you choose to do it) is to get some of your favourite self-striping sock yarn and do a simple sock.  Cuff-down, toe-up…it’s up to you.  Just a plain & simple vanilla sock.  Go to it!
For February, let’s go with a subtle or medium-variegated handpainted yarn.  No stripes, and nothing too terribly solid-coloured OR wild.  Something fun without being too over-the-top.

Cool Stuff:
In Dreams Mystery Shawl by Susan Pandorf.  Part of the LOTR KAL. Looks like it costs $9 USD to get in & signups run through Friday, 4th February when the first clue comes out.
Lady Jessica by Veronica O’Neil.  Victorian-goth inspired cowl, Perfect for a night out with some red wine and a soundtrack featuring the Cure and Switchblade Symphony.
Ellinor by Maria Naslund.  Very pretty lace beret!
Shoutouts
Mountain Colors Hand-Painted Yarns: Thank you Nanettethenanny and Susan93940 from Ravelry!
My own Shoutout: To Plurk.  I’m still trying to figure out how to use you effectively!
Exit music: Sharktopus by Nuclear Bubble Wrap

Stringchronicity Episode 13: Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!  Hope yours went well!  I’m still a little scattered-sounding, but at least I’m back to podcasting on a weekend instead of catch-as-catch-can during the week.

I talk about how busy the Christmas season was, particularly regarding the amount of households we visited.  I also mention that swag was exchanged amongst family members.  Some of my standout items were a gift certificate for Pudding Yarn, a set of hand-blown glass bowls, a couple of of graphic novels (Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman, Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen), and a pair of 2.5mm Signature DPNs.  They’re hot pink & very pointy!  I may also have mentioned a Dyson Vacuum cleaner.  Holy moley, we were spoiled this year.

I also chat about some things we’re working on for this next year, much like a holiday resolution.  We’re cleaning up our diet & exercising more.  We quit smoking a few years back, so we’re taking the same approach with eating junk food.  Beginning of this month (we’re pushing it back to tomorrow, when we’re on our “regular schedule” and off of the “weekend”) we’re solidly going back to Atkins Induction and getting more exercise, whether it’s working out on the Elliptical Trainer, weight bench, bicycling, or just using the Wii for fitness. (As a sidenote, since the Atkins site is more geared to the selling of candy bars than the actual plan as written, you can also check out this great Low Carb resource if you have any questions)

We spent New Years with our friend Lhiabelle and her family, and New Years Day we just happened upon our friend Morgan and her family at the local Safeway at the Starbucks stand.  Thank you Safeway & Starbucks for being open for our impromptu coffee meetup!

I’m currently working on:

February Lady Sweater: Now that there’s no big push for socks, I can relax a little & work on the FLS.  I’m looking forward to hopefully getting it done in time for February!

Noro Striped Shawl: I took the cast-on from Ysolda Teague‘s Ishbel and married it to the increase pattern from the Gaia Shawl (I think).  I’m just alternating two colours of Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn every two rows.  It’s turning out VERY pretty!

Glynis Sock (kinda): I’m taking the lace pattern from Cookie A’s Glynis Sock (Sock Innovation), and doing it toe-up.  The lace pattern looks pretty much the same whether it’s toe-up or cuff-down.  I’m going to Fleegle the heel.  I may do the same cuff treatment, or I might picot the edge.  We’ll see.

I’m considering doing my very own Self-Imposed Sock Club (SISC) a la Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.  The Glynis sock would be sock #1 of the set, even though I started early.  We’ll see how it goes, because I also loosely (as in, if the whim strikes me) follow the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous KAL.

Also a WIP?  My blog.  I’m trying to post as daily as I can.  At least 3x/week.  If you see any “weird” topics, it’s probably because I’m getting ideas from the Daily Post project from WordPress.

I reviewed Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol J. Sulcoski.  My opinion is that while there are some pretty interesting “art” socks that I probably wouldn’t ever try, there are some other, rather gorgeous socks that I most definitely will.  The book is definitely worth picking up.  In fact, the Escher socks by Lorna Miser are on my tentative list of SISC socks.

Music at the end of the podcast is “Resolutions” by Jonathan Coulton from his “Thing a Week” series.

That’s pretty much it for this week.  If I come across anything else on re-listen that I forgot, I’ll try to remember to post it here! 🙂

Stringchronicity Episode 12: Happy Solstice!

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This week we celebrated the solstice with an amazing lunar eclipse!  I only got to see the first part of it (the pre-show, perhaps?), but it was well worth it.  Apparently the last time this happened was in 1638, so I’m pretty happy I was around to witness even a part of it.

I will attempt to add more show notes later edit them in).  Right now, though, I’m pretty tired and about ready to drop.

A very special thank-you to the Knitmore Girls, for not only giving us a listen, but for then tweeting about it, and subsequently mentioning it in their own podcast.  Ladies, you rock.  We’ll make sure you’re set up with some really nice beer and deep-fried pickles if you ever find yourself in this neck of the woods.  Seriously.

Outro music courtesy the super-awesome Jonathan Coulton, who has released his music under an Attribution-NonCommercial Creative Commons License (say that 10x fast…).  Needless to say, if you liked the song (Chiron Beta Prime), then head over to his store & spend a little money.  You should hear his cover version of “Baby got Back” sometime…