Episode 2: Camping

Hello!

I didn’t there’d be wifi at this campground. Seems kind of silly to me, but I guess I’ll utilize it to post my second podcast today.

Wisp By: Cheryl Niamath

Skeleton Key By: AndreSueKnits

Rugged Ripples Blanket By: Stephanie Gage

Zombie Teeth By: Terri Kruse

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Sock Yarn: Deborah Garden ‘Twilight’

Bohemia Fibers ‘Pookie’

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Milk and Food Coloring Magic

Homemade All-Natural Playdough

Something New

Today, the topic for the Sixth Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week (Hosted by the wonderful Eskimimi) is Trying Something New.Whatever gets you out of the doldrums of your everyday routine.

I thought maybe I should try my hand at podcasting. I’ve been thinking about for a  while, actually. I love writing short little stories about my knitting, interesting events, but, for me, the posts where I talk about the new yarn I bought and routine WIP updates never flow as well. They just seem boring and flat, so I thought this might be an interesting alternative.

SHOW NOTES:
Sock Yarn Blankie By: Shelly Kang (Ravelry)
Skeleton Key By: Andre Sue (Ravelry)
Rugged Ripples By: Stephanie Gage (Ravelry)
Flying North (Not Pictured) By: Maria Montzka (Ravelry)

Red/Grey/Silver Sock Yarn By: Turtle Purls Yarns (Etsy)
Green/Brown/Blue Finger Weight Yarn: AndreSueKnits (Etsy)

FIND ME!
On Ravlery: Kninernat
On Instagram: Kninernat

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Experimental Photography & a History Lesson

When I was in eleventh grade my English teacher assigned us to write a satire. But, before we could make fun of something we had to thoroughly research it. I, of course, chose knitting. I did a research report on the history of knitting and it was, if I say so myself,  quite glorious- if only because I learned so much about the craft I love. Today the topic for the Sixth Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week (Hosted by the wonderful Eskimimi) is Experimental Photography. I thought I’d combine some knitty and some nerdy to see if I could come up with something a little different.

1I learned that in nearly every war in the United States’ history the servicemen who was wounded and stuck in a military hospital for a significant amount of time was taught to knit. It was a form of entertainment and it helped them feel useful, as they could knit for their brothers-in-arms who were still on the battlefield.

However, learning to do something such as knitting, something considered ‘women’s work’ (even though it was once considered a skill so important, that all male guilds were built around it, but I digress) was particularly emasculating. I can just imagine Captain going in and sitting with the men who were more stubbornly entrenched in their gender roles and silently knitting beside them, providing support for those who were stubbornly refusing to ‘get it’.

So, when I created this poster I had a few thing in mind, the traditional Uncle Sam posters and my image of Captain teaching the men the new new ‘Kitchner Stitch” (Invented by Kitchner during WWII). I also wanted to pay tribute to the people on the home front who knitted according to military regulations, gifts for their loved ones and soldiers they didn’t even know.  2

When I created the second poster I had a line from one Avengers!Knitting fanfic stuck in my head. Tony comes in to find all of the other avengers knitting. He asks Steve (AKA Captian America) if he knows that he could buy socks much cheaper and easier than the one he is knitting. Steve replies with “Good socks help win battles, Stark,” . I can almost see that being a forties propaganda poster. I played around with the idea and this is what came out.

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It’s all About Me

All of you know I’m passionate about knitting, and my blog title suggests that there might be more in my life than yarn (gasp!). I am pleased to report that I am indeed, a round character. So what else is important to me? A lot of things. Probably more than is healthy.

Today, coincidently enough, the topic for the Sixth Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week (Hosted by the wonderful Eskimimi) is ‘It’s All About You’.

I’m passionate about my writing. In fact, I’m in the process of writing my second novel. I say second but the first was never finalized or published or anything like that, but, I got from beginning to end of the plot so I count it as finished. Currently I’m working on creating a writing blog. Really the only thing that is holding me back is self-doubt and laziness. I already have about five posts ready.

I am going to college (actually, I just finished my first year) to be an elementary/early childhood teacher. I am also planning to get my ESL (English as a Second Language) certificate. I started on this path when I heard my aunt talking about the students she had in her Pre-K class that she couldn’t communicate with. Something about the idea of being four or five and not ever knowing what the teacher was saying bothered me. I would never ask a child to give up their mother tongue, rather I want to help them become bilingual. Communication, written or spoken, is a beautiful thing and I think every person deserves the chance to communicate.

The earth, what is there to say about the earth? She holds us, clothes us, feeds us, gives us everything, really. I’m not going to get up on my soap box here, but I do believe we should take care of her as well. I try to keep the number of chemicals I use in my daily life minimal and I try to produce less waste. It’s the least I can do.

I’m also a huge superhero geek. I love Marvel and the Avengers and X-Men. My favorite would be Captain America. But even more so, I love the fandom. Despite crazy ships and horrible fanfiction people have turned these characters into beings in their own right. They have molded a diverse cast across the sexual spectrum and mental spectrum as well. Everyone has at least one character they can relate to. It’s beautiful and I look for the day when modern literature reflects this diversity. But, I digress. Whew, sorry guys!

I could go on and on about things I am passionate about but, I think I’ll leave it here. If you want to read more of my ramblings on any of these topics just let me know in the comments!

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If I Were a Yarn

If I were a yarn…

Even just for a day…

Okay okay, Reba McIntire lyrics aside, Today is the first day of the Sixth Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week (Hosted by the wonderful Eskimimi) and the topic is ‘If I Were a Yarn’.

If I were a yarn, the moment I started to think about this prompt I immediately knew I would be an alpaca yarn.

Something with a halo to embrace my wild crazy (recently shortened) hair.

Something natural to reflect my love of the earth and all those living on it. No superwash or nylon for me (despite the fact that I use it)!

I thought a good bit about whether it was alright that I would felt. I pondered the fact that so many crafters consider the felting of a project a tragedy. Then I realized that it is a parallel for life, if I may be so philosophical. Sometimes you don’t get to decide if a tragedy is going to happen. In fact, you usually don’t. In times of tragedy people (and fiber) link together and hod onto each other for support. Then, depending on the tragedy (or wash cycle) they continue these new relationships. They’ve become something different, something beautiful, yet still the same in some way.

That’s why I’d be alpaca. I’ve had some rough times and hot cycles in my life (as has everybody) and have found support in people and am still strong despite what has happened.

The specific yarn I am picturing is a the first ‘real’ I ever spun.

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It’s a 80% Alpaca 20% Silk (details details!) by Miss Babs.

It is my spirit yarn, if you will.

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