Tome Time Episode 22: Sweater Cravings

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Knitting content begins at 9:06.

Books discussed include Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and Code by Charles Petzold.

Lyrical KAL begins on January 1st. We are co-hosting this with Helen and Mary Beth of The Crafty Toads podcast.  Helen and I am knitting The Joker and The Thief by Melanie Berg, but you can knit anything that you can relate to song lyrics.  Prizes to be announced soon. We both have threads for the KAL in our Ravelry groups. Double and triple dip all you want, but no WIPS, please.

Finished objects: Main Street coffee cozy by Tin Can Knits out of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool scraps. A made up pattern coffee cozy out of Knitted Wit Worsted.  One vanilla sock out of Knit Picks Felici in Rainbow.

WIPS: All Over Cables hat by Lindsay Koehler out of leftover Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere in Bermuda Teal. Laffitte shawl by Lost City Knits, and Cafe Mocha socks by Deb Buckingham in a Blueberry Chick Yarns coffee themed sock blank.

Sewing: Ginger Flared Jeans by Closet Case Files in Cone Mills Denim from Zede’s Sewing Studio. This is the best smelling denim ever! The Republic of Chiffon Lucy Dress.

Training: I finished a half marathon in 2:35. That is pretty slow, so my time goal for Memphis is probably out the window. But, hope is the thing with feathers, so… Thanks to a generous knitting friend, I have reached my fundraising goal for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

Thanks for watching and LACES.

Tome Time Episode 21: What is this, I don’t even?!

Welcome to Tome Time Reading and Knitting Episode 21: What is this, I don’t even?!

Please join our Ravelry group for fun chatter. Knitting content begins at 15: 14.

Thank you Jessica, for my Song of the Sea KAL Prize! I am getting ready for The Crafty Toads Podcast Christmas Swap.

Books: Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, Basketcase by Carl Hiaasen, Quoth the Raven by Jan Haddam, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Finished Objects: a rainbow bean for Dogster, In Three’s baby cardigan by Kelly Herdrich out of Cascade 220 Superwash, What is this, I don’t even (Robin shawl by Lee Meredith) out of my not-quite-enough handspun

WIPs: The ever present Lafitte Shawl by Denise Bell, All Over Cables Hat out of left over Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Bermuda Teal, Cafe Mocha Socks by Deb Buckingham from a Blueberry Chick Yarns sock blank, a coffee bean for Dogster

Spinning: I finished plying my Fat Cat Knits singles, now I just have the last 2 ounces to spin for socks!

Sewing: Ginger Flares from the Ginger Jeans pattern by Closet Case Files out of Cone Mills Denim from Zede’s Sewing Studio. 

Tome Time Episode 20: The Beans Strike Back

Welcome to Episode 20! Join us in the Tome Time Ravelry Group. Find me as Musing Runner on Twitter, Good Reads, The Fold Line, and Ravelry. I am Tometimereadingandknitting on Instagram.

Knitting content begins at 9:00.

Books: Dust by Hugh Howey, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, Quoth the Raven by Jane Haddam, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Finished Objects: Cross stitch bookmark for Helenhg of the Crafty Toads Podcast. This was a late entry from the book and yarn swap. Shorty vanilla socks from more yarn scraps.

Works in Progress: Lafitte Shawl by Lost City Knits in red Oak Barn Merino Lace. The butterfly chart has been conquered! Cafe Mocha socks by Deb Buckingham in a coffee sock blank by Blueberry Chick Yarns. In Threes baby cardigan by Kelly Herdrich out of some really old Cascade 220 superwash. Robin Shawl by Lee Meredith out of my handspun yarn.

Sewing: Ginger Flares by Closet Case Files out of Cone Mills Denim from Zede’s Sewing Studio.

I designed some fabric based on one of my husband’s painings on Spoonflower.com. It will grow up to be a Scout Tee by Grainline Studios.

Training: My 10k race time was disappointing. I have to either change my goals or change my training. I choose to work a little harder and see what happens.

Thanks for watching and LACES!

 

Sewing Supplement 1: 1940’s Empire Waist Trousers from Decades of Style

These sewing supplements will be short sewing vlogs of each pattern as I make it.

Hope you enjoy!

Pattern: Decades of Style 1940’s Empire Waist Trousers

Fabric: A stretch woven hounds-tooth from Hancock Fabrics

Modifications: My first version was too long in the crotch, so I took out about a half inch of length below the darts on the front and back.

Results: This fabric is not as stretchy as my last pair, and the crotch length in the back was needed for my full seat. Therefore, these pants are a little bit too tight! I love the pattern and will add the inch back to the back and make these again.

Tome Time Episode 19: Art Festival Aftermath

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Knitting content begins at 18:21.

We talk about all the fun we had a  local art festival and how excited I am about the debut issue of Rib Magazine, a magazine for men and those who knit for them.

Books: Shift by Hugh Howey, Glass Sword by Veronica Aveyard, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.

Finished Objects:  Song of the Sea Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham out of Sweet Sparrow Yarns Nuthatch base in the Pure Reason colorway. This was for the Purls Before Twine Podcasts Song of the Sea KAL.

Surprise Stripes Knee Socks by Anna Johanna out of all my sock scraps.

Works in Progress: Lafitte Shawl by Denise Bell of Lost City Knits.  I plan on finishing the butterfly chart this week! I am entering this in Samantha’s Finish It Up KAL. Projects have to be finished by the end of the year.

Lorne’s Hat by Stephanie Pearl McPhee out of Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl.

Shortie Vanilla Socks out of sock scraps.

Cafe Au Lait Socks by Deb Buckingham out of my Blueberry Chick yarns coffee sock blank.

Dogster requests a rainbow and coffee knit bean toy.

Future Knitting: Country Cable Socks by Rachel Paulsel out of Knit Picks Felici in the Rainbow colorway. This pattern was given to me by Samantha of The Yarn Reader Podcast as a prize for her Queue-Along.

The Joker and The Thief by Melanie Berg out of the Bad Science Fiction mini set by Kniterature and some Lolo Did It yarn.

I want to knit a sweater, but I am making myself finish the Lafitte shawl first.

Sewing: I finished by 1940’s Empire Waist pants, but they are about 5 pounds too tight! I will sew some Ginger Flared Jeans by Closet Case Files and the Lucie Dress by Republic de Chiffon soon. Watch for a Solo Sewing Supplement about the Empire Waist Pants soon.

Training:  I took a week of from running to help my husband with his art festival booth, but I am back to my training plan now.  I will run a 10K race next weekend.

Thanks so much for watching. Please leave us comments, questions, and hello’s in the comments section or in the Ravelry group.

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Tome Time Episode 18: No Stitches for You!

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Thanks to Cheryl for saying that she would be interested in some sewing supplement videos.

Knitting content begins at 22:00.

Books: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, The Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl McPhee, The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.

No finished objects this week!

WIPS: Lafitte Shawl by Denise Bell of Lost City Knits in Lost City Oak Barn Merino Lace. I am on track to finish this by Thanksgiving. It is a Christmas gift for my mom. It is only about 4 years late.

Song of the Sea Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham out of Sweet Sparrow Yarns Pure Reason colorway on the Nuthatch base. This is for the Purls Before Twine Song of the Sea KAL.

Surprise Stripes by Anna Johanna out of my sock scraps. I am almost done with these bad boys!

Cross Stitch – It’s a book mark that is a gift and therefore a secret until it is finished. I am on the back-stitching part now.

Sewing – Decades of Style 1940’s Empire Waist Trousers in a hounds-tooth stretch woven. Spoiler alert, since recording I have finished these and found that the fabric does not stretch QUITE enough! They are about 5 pounds too tight.

My next BIG project will be Ginger Flares by Closet Case Files in some black Cone Mills Denim that I bought from Zede’s Sewing Studio. I experienced beyond excellent customer service from Mallory and Zede, the owners. I found out about this denim by listening to their audio podcast, Sewing Out Loud.

Training: My St. Jude’s Hero training shirt came in the mail. It is that awkward time of year when I need to run longish on the weekends, but it is still really too hot for long runs.

Thanks for watching! Did you find the cheeseburger?

 

 

Tome Time Episode 17: Hugs Are Free

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Can you spot the cheeseburger?

Knitting content begins at 28:18.

Huge thanks to Helen of the Crafty Toads Podcast and Crafty Toads NJ Etsy shop for being a great swap partner in Jeanette of the Bookish Stitcher’s book and yarn swap!!!

Books read: Wool by Hugh Howey, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and some guys, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, The Giver by Lois Lowry.

FO’s: Abigale Shawl by Rachel Paulsel of Night Owl Fibers in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Hey Sunshine colorway.  This is an entry in Samantha from The Yarn Reader Podcast’s Queue Along. I plan on wearing it to Stitches, TX where I want to visit Rachel’s booth and get some Night Owl Fibers yarn and some Undead Yarn from Heidi.

WIP’s: Surprise Stripes Knee Socks by Anna Johanna out of my sock yarn scraps, Song of the Sea Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham for the Purls Before Twine Song of the Sea Knit-along in Sweet Sparrow Yarns Nuthatch base in the Pure Reason colorway, Lafitte Shawl by Denise Bell of Lost City Knits out of Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino Lace in red.

Cross Stitch: a bookmark for Helen that I could not finish before the mailing date of the book and yarn swap. I will send it to her when I am done.

Sewing: A major setback in the Decades of Style 1940’s Empire Waist Trousers when I sewed two backs together for one leg and two fronts together for the other leg.  My Frixion marking pens are heat soluble and my markings disappeared when I pressed my darts. You think the name Frixion would have given me a clue!

We are making stitch markers for the Stitches, TX stitch marker swap.  If you are coming and see us there HUGS ARE FREE!

Training: I am getting reading for the St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis, TN, but in the meantime I will run a 10K for a sweet hoodie, and another half marathon as a test of fitness for Memphis.

Thanks for watching and LACES (Like and Comment Everyday, Subscribe)!

 

 

 

 

Tome Time Episode 16: Fall Shawl Ya’ll

Welcome! Please join us in the Tome Time Reading and Knitting Ravelry group. You can find me as Musingrunner on Ravelry, Good Reads, The Fold Line, and Twitter. I am TomeTimeReadingandKnitting on Instagram. Knitting content begins at 16:04.

The Crafty Toads are having a group swap AND a Holiday swap if you are interested in joining. Purls Before Twine podcast is hosting a Song of the Sea KAL which ends Oct. 10th.

Books: Death of a Macho Man by M.C. Beaton, The Muse by Jessie Burton (probably not a good pick for The Bookends Knits ladies), A Wizard of EarthSea by Ursula Le Guin, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Hank the Cowdog by John. R. Erickson

Finished Objects: Tiered Baby Coat by Lisa Chemery and a stockinette hat.

WIPS: Abigale shawl by Rachel Paulsel (Night Owl Fibers) in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the Hey Sunshine color, Surprise Stripes by Anna Johanna out of sock scraps, Lafitte shawl by Denise Bell (Lost City Knits) out of Lost City Oak Barn Merino Lace in red!

Cross stitch bookmark inspired by Tina from Simply in Stitches and Laura from Knit, Read, Pray.

Sewing: Decades of Style 1940’s Empire Waist Trousers from some slightly stretchy woven hounds tooth fabric.

Training: Beginning training for the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon.

LACES and thanks for watching!

 

Sprint Triathlon Race Report

My sister and I recently completed a women’s only sprint distance triathlon. This a smallish race that we have done before and enjoy. The swim in 350 meters in a pool, and the bike is a relatively flat 12 miles. The run is only two miles but has a few gentle inclines. The most challenging part of this race is that is takes place at the end of July and it is HOT.

I purposely did some runs and bike rides in the heat (with lots of hydration) so that I would be used to the race conditions. I also worked harder on my biking that I did last year with the goal of improving my bike time this year.

The swim took me about 9 minutes, just like last year and I had a little trouble getting my bike off the rack due to a really crowded bike rack, but a volunteer helped me and I was off.  About a half mile from the mount line there was a set of rail road tracks that we had to cross. Right before I got there a train showed up and a whole pack of us had to wait on a train to pass for about three minutes.  This made me nervous as my bike handling skills are not great and I didn’t want to take off in such a closely packed group. Other than someone passing on the right with no heads up (a big safety No-No), I was able to navigate the pack and stay upright on my bike at the same time.  Not subtracting the train waiting time, I still finished the bike about a minute quicker than last year. If you add the train time, I was about 4 minutes faster. I was pleased with this improvement. I also took about a minute off my run time from last year, so I was happy with my times.

This race benefits a foundation that helps children be more active and healthy, so this is a cause that I will happily support. I hope to do this race next year as well.