Sunday, October 15, 2023

Episode 152: Autumnal Spirit

This episode will upload October 21, 2023

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Warm Thanks :

Everyone supporting CFR2023! #cfr23
CUTIEFUL  Christina—OMG! OMG! I CANNOT EVEN!! Cutieful Yarns on Australian Etsy. Podcast on Youtube.
Yarnopoly and Second Saturday Stitchers—heartfelt thanks and please join us!
Dizzy Blonde Studios:"Okay everybody! The Sea Glass & Merry Mermaids pre-order form can be found at post # 60 on this page."
We are also expecting show colorways from Oink and Lazersheep!

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2023: ALL INFO IS RIGHT HERE! It's the info thread on Ravelry.

But in brief:

*It’s on for Saturday, November 11, 2023. 9 AM to 5 PM (event room hours).

*Cost: $35 per adult attendee—PayPal to gemmadw AT not refundable 

Here are the facts about “the Valencia Room”:
Valencia Room:
Dimensions (LxWxH): 30x20x9
Area (sq.ft) | 600

Lisa Souza Yarns --confirmed hotel!!
Oink Pigments—confirmed! AND she also is making us a special show colorway...!
Tina’s Soaps- confirmed!
Lazersheep Yarns—confirmed!! AND is making us a show-special colorway!!
Alpenglow—confirmed! Thanks, Carrie!

And the Sea Glass colorway by Dizzy Blonde Studio! Available with a shawl pattern from Brenda Castiel, who is designer GoodStuff, in kits with shawl design, yarn, and project bag. Various options are available; please look on the info thread on Ravelry for the retreat. Brenda is offering you a chance to reduce the cost of PayPal and Etsy fees by reading the Etsy entry first and then contacting her personally, so that she can ship it to you directly with reduced fees.

Mini skeins swap-- 25 g, about 100 yards, please. Patterns on the Ravelry info thread for the retreat.
Goody bags--see the links below! The bags are now ordered.
Steeking class
Meditation class
Skills tutoring groups
yarn exchange
Mother Bear offer

New mini skein patterns specifically for crochet at post #52 on info thread.

What's On My Hooks and Needles:


Simplicity 8605: Pumpkin Kitties skirt.


In Progress:

Stash toss 2023 (14 in versus 58 out)  

The Llama Love Sweater (single llama version): sleeve island—evened up the second sleeve with colorwork

Superstition Sweater —past the cats of the collar and the last tiny designs, onto the solid body. 8" down

BB8 Socks--Lazersheep yarn! On the second sock, doing plain old stockinette, past the heel waste yarn

200 FairIsle Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting
Helpful video--Purl Soho on German Short Rows
150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress
A fuzz ball of Minerva daily continues: 1 per day

Strategy: Don't give in to the hype and the fear. 
Fluffy Books: 

The Bridgerton books—sweetness of ordinary people with reasonable dialogue. On to the 3rd of the Smythe-Smith series. “Smith-Smith?”

Mr. Queen on Netflix, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish on Netflix

Something I Really Like:
Local craft fairs

Put a Lid on It: 
Tea tastings: nope.
Thanks to Keto Snacks

3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp Swerve
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsl vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder

Combine all in blender. Pour into pan on medium low, after greasing with butter. Cook a few minutes on each side.


Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie

Watercolors: Taking Andrea Nelson's teach-able class no updates

Hubsdate:  Project "G" progress: overwhelmed!

Project T--the first journal of Europe—in small bits, and the second journal as a break

Project cookbook! Staggering a bit, but 1 a day, including any recipe that I use as we go

Greenfingers report: 

Former student's book:


Yarnopoly and Second Saturday Stitchers—meet-ups on the 2nd Saturday of each month (usually)
Rhinebeck West--Knitting Tree, Saturday 10/21
Cogknitive FiberRetreat 2023: Saturday, November 11, 2023
Thanksgiving —Nov 23-26
Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference: Anaheim, Dec. 12-17, 2023
Romjul: Dec 23-Jan 1, 2023-24

And Minerva gets the last word: FrankenKitty

My Favorite Resources:


LYS and supplies:

Webs for supplies

The Altered Stitch in Valley Village, LA

The Knitting Tree in Airport-land, LA

Latelier on Ventura

Nice extras and Cool Stuff:

Birch and Cider for custom leather tags on Etsy

Razzberries Studios on Etsy for chatelaine supplies

Kings Creations on Etsy 3-D printed Creations--yarn bowls

Yarnopoly of SCV--Santa Clarita's own crafting group

Bags By Awesome Grannie--beautiful project bags on Etsy

Busy Bees Fibers--now on their own indie site! hand-dyed wool, roving, and especially those measuring tape bracelets that I adore

The Maker's Stash--tastefully made bags, understated and classic

Wishful Knitting --whimsical knitting notions and tools

Betty Jo's Corner--laser cut tools for your fiber-work

Luna Fairy Cat--People Jewelry, Yarn Jewelry, and Book Jewelry

Yank Your Yarn--Pop-Culture Inspired Snag-Free Stitch Markers

Nexus Knits--Providing a handmade link for families and home. Stitchmarkers!

Also at:  sales support children's charities!

Seeking Sanity--Knitting, and Crochet Supplies

Sunrise Grove--Artisan knitting & embroidery notions, earrings & more

Crocodile Crafting--creative stitch markers and earrings

Adventure Needlework--needleminders and stitch (embroidery) gifts

Cutieful Yarns on Australian Etsy

1 comment:

tinyshinythings said...

Hi Dr G I’m loving your sweater and before I forget it IS pronounced Smythe Smith! I’m pacing myself through my tasks and enjoying my mini breaks. You talk such excellent sense and I was fascinated to hear by your journey with your eyes. My pain presents the opposite challenge. It’s an invisible disability. ‘ What’s wrong with you? You we’re fine yesterday. A Headache? Oh everyone gets those. Just get on with it…’ I’m hanging out with the wrong crowd I guess. Anyway, it’s you and me on a Sunday morning for a bit of light housework and the kind of advice that DOES make me just get on with it. But in a good way. Keep on keeping on and much love. TST