Episode 9 (and a half): The Great Stress

Episode 9 (and a half): The Great Stress


(book talk starts at 40:40)

Apologies for taking so long to edit this episode!


Culling my stash – possible yarn swap event! “Yarn it Forward”

Still on a short knitting hiatus

Knit to Flatter Craftsy Class with Amy Herzog

On the Needles

Old Romance by Joji Locatelli

Cape Mod from Sew-Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp


Hella Hat

from Essentially Feminine Knits by Lene Samsoe


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On Deck

Seasonless by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook

Hansel and Hansel (half version) by Gudrun Johnston


Finished: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Currently Reading: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell


More X-files, more Fringe

Bob’s Burgers

Waiting for Grimm


Watermelons are a danger to society

Watermelon – Lavender Martinis (from Self Magazine)

I would probably make the simple syrup a 1:1 ratio, half a cup sugar, half a cup water, but either version would work.  I think the watermelon juice provides extra sweetness, but most simple syrups are 1:1.


1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon culinary lavender buds

4 cups cubed fresh watermelon

4 ounces vodka or gin

Ice cubes

4 sprigs lavender or 4 small pansies


In a small saucepan, bring sugar, buds and 1/2 cup water to a simmer over medium heat; cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 minute. Cool simple syrup to room temperature; strain out and discard buds. In a blender, process melon until smooth. Strain; reserve juice in a large pitcher; discard pulp. Add syrup, alcohol and ice; stir. Strain into 4 glasses; garnish with lavender sprigs.

Episode 9: Hella Yeah!

Episode 9: Hella Yeah!


Join the new Ravelry Group here to get the latest on the podcast and to chat about all the things you’re working on! (Book Talk starts at 27:10)


Old Romance Cardigan (still!!) by Joji Locatelli.  Finished the bottom ribbing, need to do the neckband.

Hella Hat by Lene Holme Samsøe (Alfa version – bulky) from Essentially Feminine Knits. IMG_2210DSC00465 Bringing back some

old WIPS: Vermeil Scarf and the Viajante Shawl.


Cape Mod from Sew-Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

Using some brown tweedy wool, and some pink polyester for the lining.

Following the #fringeandfriendsknitalong on instagram and on Karen’s blog – info about the KAL is here.

Camelia Fiber Company website is here.


Finished: The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Finished: The Circle by Dave Eggers, also the author of Zeitoun, which I enjoyed, about Hurricane Katrina.

Possible Reads: The Confidence Code, The Woman Upstairs


Young Frankenstein Viewing Party! X-Files (Season 7! – available on Netflix)


Future watching: Grimm (on NBC)


Carrot Soup from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

2 1/2 lbs carrots, peeled and diced

2 onions, sliced

sprig of thyme

6 cups chicken broth salt

Saute sliced onions and thyme in a large pot with approx. 4 tablespoons butter for about 10 minutes, add carrots, season with salt, and continue to sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Add broth and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the carrots and onions are tender.  Blend to desired consistency.


Wardrobe Overhaul

Wardrobe Architect on the Collete Patterns blog.

Culling my stash down to my favorite yarns.

A new home for my crafting books!