April 6, 2020
A finished spinning project, plus knitting, felting and a poem in anticipation of April’s Pink Moon. I’ve been thinking about cooking and baking with spice blends like za’atar and lining up interesting things to read. The Back Porch I finished plying 8 ounces (550 yards) and I’m so happy with the result of this yarn.  … Continue reading Episode 247 →
April 3, 2020
April is National Poetry Month.  US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo claims, “Without poetry, we lose our way.” William Carlos Williams wrote, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” In this episode, I share some poems for … Continue reading Episode 246 →
March 27, 2020
It’s another episode delivered blog style, but this time I do have some photographs and show notes. (mask)MAKER I’ve been very busy with sewing masks for health care workers.  I’m using the pattern from Craft Passion. The outside fabric is scrap cotton; the lining is 100% cotton flannel, and the elastic is 1/4″. These masks … Continue reading Episode 245 →
March 20, 2020
Episode 244 was recorded blog style over the course of three days. Please excuse my lack of show notes, as my screentime these days is intense!  I wanted to get some content out to listeners who have let me know that the podcast is a source of comfort.  Keep up with your creative progress on … Continue reading Episode 244 →
March 8, 2020
This week, I added the Scalloway Tam to my collection of knits from Marie Wallin’s SHETLAND.  I’ve also been busy with a new sewing project for Spring.  This month we’re discussing sheet pan cooking. I give a number of resources in the episode, but I forgot to mention that this topic features in Issue 37: … Continue reading Episode 244 →
February 23, 2020
Thanks to recipe ideas contributed by listeners, I have continued to experiment with fruit in savory dishes this week, and have discovered a dish that will go into regular rotation.  It’s the perfect #powerpantry dish, too.  I was invited to write an article for the NJFibershed blog, and I’ll be teaching a deep study of … Continue reading Episode 242 →
February 9, 2020
This episode’s cover art features the fiber art of Becky Stevens.  Her sashiko-inspired wall hanging, More Stories to be Told,  was among my favorite pieces from the Explorations in Felt exhibit at the Hunderdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey. #powerpantry This month, I’m thinking about fruit in savory dishes.  This is a favorite combination … Continue reading Episode 241 →
February 1, 2020
In this episode I share the details of two finished projects and my recent visit to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC. Katy of Katrinkles demonstrates a new tool from her shop: a small, finger-held distaff for spinning fine yarn on small spindles. I was so fortunate to meet two fellow admirers of Marie Wallin’s designs.  … Continue reading Episode 240 →
January 12, 2020
There were so many lovely posts about listener interest in Little Women in the thread for Ep 238.  Thank you for sharing.  I learned that the style of shawl worn by all five characters at one point or another is called a “sontag.”  And I found several articles related to fashion and textiles in Greta … Continue reading Episode 239 →
December 28, 2019
Beth’s shawl in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women took my breath away. The whole film is a whirl of beautiful textiles, but this piece in particular caught my interest. The colors are rich; the garter stitch is sumptuous and squishy. So I was thrilled to find that the Beths Shawl pattern is already available … Continue reading Episode 238 →
December 15, 2019
#homedecmal prizes Use any of the fiber arts to craft something for the home.  This MAL will run through the month of December and prizes will be awarded in January. Ravelry pattern prize from Melinda of the Yarnderwoman podcast HVTP mitts and socks from Mary Jeanne of Battenkill Fiber Mill Post to IG and on … Continue reading Episode 237 →
November 24, 2019
What considerations guide your clothing purchases?  In this episode, I share some of my thoughts on this subject and talk about a few places I shop when the “BUY” pinnacle of the purchasing pyramid seems warranted.  Plus, I talk about what’s on my needles and share three poems in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. Yarn … Continue reading Episode 236 →
November 17, 2019
A farm visit, a friends’ getaway, shopping at Finch, finished projects and jeans making!  This episode is packed with fiber-y goodness. #homedecmal Join in the fun of the Home Dec Make-along, running through the end of December.  Use the hashtag to post on IG and share your making with YAYH listeners by posting on the … Continue reading Episode 235 →
October 27, 2019
It was a beautiful Saturday at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival last weekend.  In this episode, I reminisce about my weekend of fiber, friends, and fun, talk about my shopping, and plan new projects based on the inspiration of Rhinebeck.  I also go into some detail about the making and dyeing of my … Continue reading Episode 234 →
October 6, 2019
It’s knitting season!  Feeling invigorated by the chill in the air and the changing colors of leaves, I have been finishing projects and have lots of ideas about what to cast on next. In anticipation of the upcoming New York Sheep & Wool Festival, I have talked to some of my favorite vendors and prepared … Continue reading Episode 233 →
September 30, 2019
The Forest Floor sock pattern will be available for purchase on Friday, October 4th.  Check out the beautiful versions of this design knit by my test knitters. Receive a $2 discount on any of my sock patterns when you use the code “socktober19” at checkout.  I pledge to contribute one dollar from each sock pattern … Continue reading Episode 232 →
September 18, 2019
Upcoming Classes at Hope’s Favorite Things Learn to Spin on a Suspended Spindle — October 6th Tubular Cast on and Bind Off — November 14th On the Porch Forest Floor socks — pattern coming in October! Yell by Marie Wallin Morning Fog by Yuko Shimizu Common Tater socks And Sew Forth Mom gave me some … Continue reading Episode 231 →
August 30, 2019
This podcast is supported by your purchase of my knitting patterns on Ravelry.  Thank you so much for shopping! News and Events test knitters wanted for my most recent sock design NJ Sheep Breeders Sheep & Fiber Festival: September 7 & 8 classes at Hope’s Favorite Things On the Porch Morning Fog by Yuko Shimuzu: … Continue reading Episode 230 →
August 4, 2019
After a break during some blazing hot weather, I’ve returned to knitting on my Yell cardigan. Thank goodness. I’ve also started a new project with some handspun from stash, and I talk about my TdF spin and sewing projects. Plus, an August poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. It’s all in this week’s episode. Enjoy. Upcoming … Continue reading Episode 229 →
July 21, 2019
A finished sweater,  progress on a sock spin, and a new source for fabric to make a wearable muslin! The Back Porch Niamh by Isabell Kraemer Tour de Fleece I’m spinning for sock yarn on my Louët S10 DT using beautiful fiber from Inglenook Fibers. Interweave article by Star Athena And Sew Forth The pattern … Continue reading Episode 228 →
July 7, 2019
It’s hot, humid, and I’m working on house projects at Yin Hoo.  My limbs are tired and I can only muster the energy for easy fiber projects at the moment! #yogisockskal Thank you to everyone who has been using the pattern, posting photos, and telling me about your knitting experience.  Yoga socks make great gifts … Continue reading Episode 227 →
June 20, 2019
The #yogisockskal will continue during July and August.  Use my free pattern for yoga socks on Ravelry and post your progress to Instagram and on the Ravelry thread.  I will be making a donation to SoulFire Farm based on listener posts. Current Projects Niamh by Isabell Kraemer Yell by Marie Wallin Off the Shelf Braiding … Continue reading Episode 226 →
June 2, 2019
In this episode I provide the details of the #yogisockskal taking place during the month of June.  Want to join in and knit a pair of yoga socks for yourself or a friend?  The directions will unfold on my Ravelry project page over the course of the month.  Post on IG using the hashtag and … Continue reading Episode 225 →
May 28, 2019
So many crafty adventures have happened in the month of May. It’s taken me awhile to get a new episode together, but I have been posting quite faithfully on IG using  #memademay and providing the details of my mostly handmade wardrobe.  In this episode, I talk about two finished knits and one finished garment.  There’s … Continue reading Episode 224 →
May 5, 2019
THE FRONT PORCH Summer by Ankestrick Yoga Socks by Jennifer Wang Yell by Marie Wallin MARIE WALLIN KNITALONG Use #mariewallinkall on IG and post photos, questions, progress notes to the Ravelry thread.  I’ll be giving away prizes based on participation on RAV and IG.  If you would like to contribute a prize, please send me a … Continue reading Episode 223 →
April 22, 2019
Don’t obsess over your weight; eat like a heroine; exercise intuitively and renew through nature — sound advice and ‘elegant strategies’ that can be extracted from Jane Austen’s novels and applied to contemporary life.  In this episode I read an excerpt from Byran Kozlowski’s recent article, talk about completed projects and new cast ons, and … Continue reading Episode 222 →
April 14, 2019
DISTELFINK, my new design for a colorwork beanie in fingering weight yarn, will be available on Ravelry April 15th. I adore Meghan of Distelfink Fiber, and was so proud to deliver a booth sample and copies of my pattern to her booth at the Allentown Fiber Festival.  Visit Meghan, and her parents, Sean and Coleen … Continue reading Episode 221 →
March 31, 2019
This episode is a primer for getaway participants, and includes an overview of the retreat, information about lodging, dining and activities, plus tips for packing.  The details will be sent to all retreat participants in the form of an email. Two great places to find out more are the home page of the Farm & … Continue reading Episode 220 →
March 24, 2019
News & Announcements I’m in need of a few test knitters for my new design — a colorwork beanie.  Please get in touch via Ravelry if you’re interested. The Knit Local Getaway is fully booked!  I’ll be putting up a brief podcast with details, packing suggestions, etc. for those who are attending the retreat.  Look … Continue reading Episode 219 →
March 10, 2019
This week I talk about knitting and sewing projects, recipes, and a recent purchase of leggings and a sports bra from Girlfriend Collective. If you’d like to sign up for the Knit Local Getaway lottery, use this LINK to enter your information.  HERE is further information about the event. Current Knitting Projects Arlequin Cowl by … Continue reading Episode 218 →
February 24, 2019
In this episode, I work on cultivating a contemporary warrior princess vibe with a completed Nimue sweater, plus, new cast-ons and and my discovery of a new collection by a poet whose work I have long admired. The Back Porch Nimue cropped sweater designed by Cirilia Rose The Front Porch Wit Beyond Measure mittens designed by … Continue reading Episode 217 →
February 9, 2019
In this episode I share the details of my newest sock design, Venus & Cupid, as well as completed and just-begun knitting projects.  As I often do on this podcast, I investigate how poetry helps me to consider important subjects.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been turning to the poems of Lucille Clifton, both … Continue reading Episode 216 →
January 19, 2019
News & Announcements contact me via PM on Ravelry if you’d like to enter the lottery for the Knit Local Getaway the winter session of Fleece to Finished Object is fully-subscribed, but you can contact Hope’s Favorite Things for a waiting list or to find out about other fiber arts classes The Back Porch Hedgewitch by … Continue reading Episode 215 →
January 13, 2019
Happy New Year!  In this episode, I share an update on recent projects, and respond to prairiepoet’s question about the tubular cast on and bind off that I have referenced so frequently over the past few years.  It has really become a favorite set of techniques.  If you haven’t yet tried them, I hope that … Continue reading Episode 214 →
December 28, 2018
How many knitting projects is the perfect number of knitting projects?  For me, three is ideas.  Any more, and projects languish.  Fewer, and I don’t do as much knitting. Since the last episode, I’ve completed three knitting projects and three sewing project. Plus, I have three new things on the needles. The Back Porch handknit … Continue reading Episode 213 →
December 16, 2018
I’m smitten with this little ceramic village by Allison Borthwick of Buchlyvie Pottery. It’s such a charming addition to our holiday decorations and sits in tranquility on my kitchen window sill. At the opening of the episode, I go on quite a bit about IndieMart in Narrowsburg, NY.  Some other spots I mention are The Heron … Continue reading Episode 212 →
December 2, 2018
What’s November 31st? It’s a holiday for knitters. How do you celebrate? Stay up late to complete the project you had all month to knit.  Around 11:45 pm, pour yourself a Scotch to celebrate while you bind off! The Back Porch  Midnight libations! I still have  a lot of finishing to do on my tunic-length … Continue reading Episode 211 →
November 18, 2018
I’ve been infatuated with hand embroidery and dimensional appliqué on knitted fabric over the past week.  Now it’s time to get back to my knitting if I want to complete the Doocot during the month of November. And Sew Forth The series of photos below shows the details of my latest sewing project, the Haremere … Continue reading Episode 210 →
November 4, 2018
The gift of a pattern and inspiration from a new book are just what I needed to revitalize my making this week. The Back Porch For the second time, I’ve completed the Lotta dress.  I’m much happier with the result after making a repair to correct color and extend the length of the dress.  First, … Continue reading Episode 209 →
October 27, 2018
Success mending one garment gives me the courage to snip into another on this week’s episode.  I talk about new patterns in my queue, yarns I’m itching to knit with, and my adventures at NYS&W with Samuel. Mending is a theme, but I forgot to mention that I purchased Katrina Rodabaugh’s new book. The Front … Continue reading Episode 208 →
October 14, 2018
Lovage is complete and I absolutely adore it.  I’m so pleased with the fit and the clarity of the colorwork.  Hopefully Rhinebeck Weekend will be suitably chilly so I can wear this sweater all day long! Humblebee Mitts Pattern Available!  I hope this design for a quick and versatile pair of mitts inspires you to … Continue reading Episode 207 →
September 16, 2018
How yellow is too yellow when it comes to the colorwork in Marie Wallin’s Lovage sweater?  That’s what I’m trying to decide this week as I work my way up the yoke after attaching the sleeves to the body. On the Porch Lovage by Marie Wallin The Front Porch Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns … Continue reading Episode 206 →
September 3, 2018
Thank you for your generous donations to Elysa’s Knit Happens to Help project.  They have been coming in all summer until I took a trunk full to school.  Elysa  will accept donations until Halloween.  If you want to learn more about the project, give Episode 198 a listen. Your purchase of the Humblebee sock pattern … Continue reading Episode 205 →
August 22, 2018
In this very special episode, I join my friend Hope at her shop and we talk over our visit to Quiet Valley Farm, where we spent the day in period costume and learned about the harvest and preparation of flax to make linen thread. The photo series here is a companion to our description of … Continue reading Episode 204 →
August 8, 2018
The Back Porch Iris by ririko in Elsbeth Lavold LinSilk I-cord + tassel necklace in Samite yarn with copper hardware a variation on the Humblebee sock pattern TOUR DE FLEECE! 97 grams of spindle-spun battlings and assorted bits. 800 yards of indigo-dyed 3-ply yarn from Hog Island fiber.  I split this fleece with Emily of … Continue reading Episode 203 →
July 20, 2018
I pre-recorded this episode for you to enjoy while I’m vacationing in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  I’ve packed waaay too many projects, but it’s good to have options, right?  I also share a poem by a beloved Ptown poet, Mary Oliver. Poems by Mary Oliver Breakage Wild Geese
July 15, 2018
It was so hot that I didn’t do much knitting.  I was busy with a number of other projects, however, and managed to find some air conditioned crafting situations over the course of the past two weeks.  As I’m typing up these show notes, it’s a dark and stormy morning here in Delaware Water Gap.  … Continue reading Episode 201 →
July 1, 2018
Thank you for your part in the Yarns at Yin Hoo community. It has been nearly five years and I’m so grateful for the friendships, knowledge, skill, and inspiration I’ve acquired as a result of deciding to start a little audio podcast about the fiber arts and other post-apocalyptic skills.  This week, I talk about … Continue reading Episode 200 →
June 24, 2018
On Thursday, July 19th, I’ll be facilitating an introduction to spinning on a Turkish spindle at Hope’s Favorite Things near Bangor, PA.  If you’re interested in the class, contact Hope’s shop! The Back Porch Brise cardigan designed by Hannah Fettig Chevron Fringe necklace designed by Susanne Sommer scarf woven with handspun and alpaca from Spinners … Continue reading Episode 199 →
June 3, 2018
In this special edition of the podcast, I include a few of my regular segments, as well as interviews with two fiber arts students in the Gifted & Talented Program at the school where I work. The Back Porch Spindle-spun and wheel-plied Hobbledehoy battlings in the Wasabi & Ginger colorway: 541 yards light fingering weight … Continue reading Episode 198 →
May 28, 2018
The Back Porch Handmade Endless Summer Tunics in knit and woven fabrics radiant despite a light drizzle.  My mother has made several of these and Laura is modeling her first knit version, which is even lovelier in person because she has such a fantastic hand for embroidery. I’m also wearing my completed Iris shrug, which … Continue reading Episode 197 →
May 2, 2018
Post your photos of the Humblebee socks on this thread! Yarn Lover at Large Foster Sheep Farm Yarn Shop Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill Hudson Valley Textile Project St. Mary’s on the Hill cashmere Battenkill Creamery Learn to Spin on a Turkish Spindle What if you could create a ball of yarn on your suspended … Continue reading Episode 196 →
April 17, 2018
Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of Humblebee, my first pattern for knitted socks.  Your purchase funds Heifer International‘s effort to provide gifts of honeybees to agrarian communities. Local Yarn Shop Day I’ll be hanging out at Hope’s Favorite Things in Richmond, PA with printed patterns for Humblebee socks. Hope is dyeing … Continue reading Episode 195 →
April 10, 2018
The Humblebee pattern will be available on Ravelry on Saturday, April 14th.  Knit from cuff to toe, these socks feature a beautiful textured pattern on the front, a column of bees down the back, and several design elements to give you a great fitting sock. Check out my IG feed for a chance to win … Continue reading Episode 194 →
March 27, 2018
I’ve decided to seize the opportunity to record a short episode on a Tuesday afternoon so that I can fill you in on some of my recent projects. The Back Porch I love these mitts, improvised with SpillyJane’s design for Mushroom Kelliemuffs.  I used millspun yarn from Battenkill fiber mill as the main color, and … Continue reading Episode 193 →
March 11, 2018
Winter Storms Reilly and Quinn sent us packing for a few nights, and we were grateful for the warmth, coziness, and good food of my mother’s house.  While there, I was drawn to the many textures and textiles she has collected over the years. I got to help out a little with the farm chores, … Continue reading Episode 192 →
February 25, 2018
This episode features updates of my stitching on several projects, a new design ready for test knitters, adventures in fermentation with paneer and water kefir, as well as a book recommendation.  At the end of the episode, I announce a giveaway sponsored by The Woolly Thistle. The Back Porch Stitching this sampler from Rebecca Ringquist’s … Continue reading Episode 191 →
February 4, 2018
This episode includes three completed knitting projects, a lettlopi sweater in progress, a review of Addi’s Flexi Flip needles, and the details of how I’ve been making water kefir. February is National Embroidery Month.  I’ll be stitching my first cross stitch project in celebration.  It’s slow going for sure, and I’m relying on my drugstore … Continue reading Episode 190 →
January 15, 2018
This episode includes introductions, projects in progress, the very short history of my first fermentation experiment, and an update on the Knit Local Getaway. I also announce the winner of the FiberCrafty giveaway. GIVEAWAY Thank you, Pam for generously sponsoring this giveaway.  FiberCrafty is an online marketplace for fiber lovers, and received a writeup in … Continue reading Episode 189 →
December 31, 2017
This episode features contest news, The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Sew Forth. Enter to win this beautiful handspun laceweight yarn, project bag and lip balm — all in a prize package from Pam of Fibercrafty. Details for entering the contest are provided in the Yarns at Yin Hoo group on … Continue reading Episode 188 →
December 17, 2017
In this episode, I talk about my recently completed Deschain sweater, pictured above.  I love it!  In January, I plan a series of knits designed by Caitlin Hunter.  Finally, I announce a giveaway sponsored by the FiberCrafty marketplace. The Back Porch Deschain by Leila Raabe, knit with 4 skeins of Green Mounain Spinnery’s Cotton Comfort … Continue reading Episode 187 →
December 10, 2017
This week, I announce the prize winners for the #embroidermore stitch along.  There’s a new project on the needles, plans for a reversible dress, an overload of holiday coziness, plus–filled and stuffed recipes to underscore the feeling of abundance and surprise. I stitched and glued together these adorable gnomes using indigochickengal’s tutorial.  These are easy … Continue reading Episode 186 →
November 26, 2017
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m sharing a series of food-related poems and provide an update on my latest projects. On the Porch Improvised sock on Foster Sheep Farm hand-dyed sock yarn Bandana cowl (Purl Soho) on Juniper Moon Farm Stratus Another layer to the #fleecewise collaboration is our article explaining our different paths to … Continue reading Episode 185 →
November 19, 2017
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”                                                                    … Continue reading Episode 184 →
November 5, 2017
This week’s episode includes finished socks, more knitting on an old project, gift knitting, braising and baking, and some chatter about instant gratification and the locally-produced market. The Back Porch Vanilla is the New Black socks by Anneh Fletcher The Front Porch Jasmine Tea by Amanda Bell Ever-expanding Skill Set And Sew Forth This segment … Continue reading Episode 183 →
October 29, 2017
It’s all about my visit to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in this episode.
October 15, 2017
Process vs. product knitting is a focus of this episode, as I have completed a year-long project just in time for the upcoming New York Sheep and Wool Festival. The Back Porch Bressay Dress by Gudrun Johnston The Front Porch Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher resuscitated project: … Continue reading Episode 181 →
September 23, 2017
Two days: two dresses.  I talk about  using the skills I’ve acquired over three years of working on my handmade wardrobe and how I employed them to take on some new challenges in dressmaking. AVAILABLE NOW! C O N C O R D I A The Back Porch The Front Porch progress on the Fleecewise … Continue reading Episode 180 →
September 17, 2017
New Pattern:  Concordia My most recent pattern design is knit with Concordea yarn, created by Carole of Foster Sheep Farm and spun at Battenkill Fiber Mill. Concordea is a gorgeous, sport weight yarn in two natural colors. Soft and incredibly springy, it is spun from a 50/50 blend of Carole’s Romney fiber and Falkland … Continue reading Episode 179 →
September 3, 2017
One of my little notions pouches features this cute pig and the the mantra “Change is Good” — a nice sentiment for the start of the new school year and the return of structure to my days. This episode includes discussion of sock patterns and needles, a few things I neglected to mention about features … Continue reading Episode 178 →
August 28, 2017
One complete knitted dress and another on the needles, it has been a busy week of knitting. I also talk about embroidery, the drudgery of planning sack lunches, the winner of the Brushwork giveaway, and a new pattern giveaway. It’s all here in Episode 177! Giveaways! This week, I announce a new giveaway, for the … Continue reading Episode 177 →
August 20, 2017
It’s been a beautiful week here on the porch of Yin Hoo. In this episode, I talk about making progress on knitting, fleece processing, and sewing projects. I also review some of the gorgeous Brushwork yarn from Blacker. Listen for the details of how to enter a prize draw for 4 balls of this plush … Continue reading Episode 176 →
August 13, 2017
Casting off, casting on, incorporating magic ingredients, and new sewing challenges.  It’s all here in this episode. The Back Porch This heirloom piece will be a favorite and a wardrobe staple. It’s A Twist to It by Melanie Berg, knit with 1,000 yards of Flat Island / silk blend Shackleton yarn.   The Front Porch … Continue reading Episode 175 →
August 1, 2017
So much color in the Natural Dye Intensive course I took with Jane Woodhouse.  The class, hosted by Hope’s Favorite Things, was an excellent primer on achieving the natural color you want by making careful calculations and mixing dye extracts. The Back Porch The Front Porch I’m planning to cast on Ujo, a dress design by … Continue reading Episode 174 →
July 16, 2017
“Perennials” is the term assigned to the new ageless generation. of 40+ women. Find out more in this article by Leah Hardy in the UK Telegraph. The Front Porch     Yarn Lover at Large   And Sew Forth
July 4, 2017
This episode includes: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, And Sew Forth.  I announce the winners of #summertopmal prizes at the top of this episode. Thank you for contributing prizes for the #summertopmal: CraftBuzz MadebyFe The Woolly Thistle The Back Porch   The Front Porch Rose Candy by Martina Behm, knit in … Continue reading Episode 172 →
June 18, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: Yarn Lover at Large, The Front Porch, The Back Porch, and Off the Shelf. Yarn Lover at Large Georgia O’Keeffe Living Modern exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum Thread Cult episode featuring an interview with exhibit curator Wanda Corn “to fill space in a beautiful way”   The Back Porch … Continue reading Episode 171 →
June 4, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: The Front Porch, The Back Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Gratitude Journal. #summertopsmal prize update Knit, sew, crochet, upcycle, embellish — the make-along continues until June 21. $25 gift card for The Woolly Thistle 2 quilted tote bags from MadebyFe a printed project bag from CraftBuzz The Back Porch … Continue reading Episode 170 →
May 21, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: On the Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Yarn Lover at Large. There is lots of news from MDSW and NHS&W.  Plus, I announce the winners of the “Regions of Kindness” contest. On the Porch Jasmine Tea by Amanda Bell Tsumuzikaze by michiyo Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston Ever-expanding Skill … Continue reading Episode 169 →
May 7, 2017
This episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, and Gratitude Journal. This episode includes a giveaway. Listen and post here for a chance to win! The Back Porch Socks with a double gusset heel, knit with speckled yarn from Beesybee fibers Comments from Cristi Payne regarding her double gusset heel The … Continue reading Episode 168 →
April 23, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Off the Shelf, and Gratitude Journal. The Back Porch The Front Porch Jasmine Tea by Amanda Bell Off the Shelf More tips for memorizing a poem: write it in your own hand take a walk with the poem record yourself (or download and … Continue reading Episode 167 →
April 21, 2017
This episode features an interview with local shop owner Hope Horn. She opened Hope’s Favorite Things in October 2015. This charming shop in the Village of Richmond has gifts, aromatherapy products, antiques, fiber, yarn, and Ashford and Majacraft spinning wheels and fiber tools. Contact Homepage Facebook page Ravelry page Hope hosts a spin-in on the … Continue reading Episode 166 →
April 18, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: Yarn Lover at Large, Off the Shelf, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Sew Forth. Yarn Lover at Large Off the Shelf Are you memorizing a poem in celebration of National Poetry Month?  Here are some more tips. Print out a large version of the poem and use it as a … Continue reading Episode 165 →
April 8, 2017
This episode is intended for participants in the upcoming Knit Local Getaway. I provide an overview of the weekend, some packing tips, and other details. If you’re registered for the retreat, you should have received an email and access to a Google doc with lots of information. We’re discussing getaway-related details here. See you soon!
April 8, 2017
This episode features the following segments: The Front Porch, The Back Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Off the Shelf. Cover Art by Samuel St. Thomas The Front Porch Join in the Summer Tops Make-along.  Begin April 1; conclude on the first day of summer. Projects in progress are welcome. Tell us what you’re making and … Continue reading Episode 163 →
March 26, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Sew Forth. The Front Porch Pattern Ideas for the Summer Top Make-along Silken Straw Summer Sweater from Purl Soho Jasmine Tea by Amanda Bell Ready for Spring by yellowcosmo Ever-expanding Skill Set Spiced shrimp with lemon-ginger sauce from Food52 Roux: a thickener … Continue reading Episode 162 →
March 19, 2017
This episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Off the Shelf. NEW PATTERN RELEASE Distelfink Fiber Company DK-weight yarn The Back Porch The Front Porch Off the Shelf Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber REVIEW — The Mindfulness in Knitting by Rachael Mathews Mindful … Continue reading Episode 161 →
March 11, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, And Sew Forth. The Back Porch   The Front Porch Summer Tops Make-along: Sew, Knit, Crochet — plan your projects and get inspiration on the Ravelry thread. Ever-expanding Skill Set Mushroom Sauce Mince one clove garlic and allow to mellow … Continue reading Episode 160 →
March 5, 2017
This episode is devoted to a review of the Ann Carolyn Smock, a design by Ellen Mason. This pattern is independently printed and distributed and is available on Ellen’s Etsy shop.
March 5, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Gratitude Journal.  At the end of the episode, I announce the prize winner for our Taproot Make-along. The Front Porch Mushroom Kelliemuffs pattern by SpillyJane Ever-expanding Skill Set In March, #powerpantry will focus on sauces.  Here is link to an informative primer … Continue reading Episode 158 →
February 20, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, Off the Shelf, and The Front Porch. The Back Porch I’ve been using improved versions of left and right-leaning decreases.  This is the best resource I have found for explaining the differences, how to knit the stitches, and how to pair decreases for a smooth, uniform … Continue reading Episode 157 →
February 16, 2017
This episode contains the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Off the Shelf. Resources for Healthy Relationships February is National Dating Violence Awareness Month and the week of Valentine’s Day is the Week of Respect. Everyone deserves a healthy and supportive relationship, but the signs of abuse can be … Continue reading Episode 156 →
February 5, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Off the Shelf. The Back Porch Ever-expanding Skill Set Curried Purple Cabbage & Sweet Potato Soup recipe (from Taproot archives) Dishing up the Dirt searchable recipe database Off the Shelf Icelandic Folktales and Legends by Jacqueline Simpson
January 29, 2017
This episode contains a personal narrative about my participation in the DC Women’s March on January 21st. Thank you to everyone who marched or supported the march through their words and actions. I continue to participate in the Women’s March Movement, which is advocating for everyone to take 10 actions in the first 100 days … Continue reading Episode 154 →
January 29, 2017
This episode includes the following segments: Ever-expanding Skill Set, Yarn Lover at Large, and Off the Shelf. If you entered the lottery for the Knit Local Getaway, you should have received a message about the status of your reservation. Contact Sara if you need additional information. Ever-expanding Skill Set Yarn Lover at Large Rebecca Dioda … Continue reading Episode 153 →
January 15, 2017
I’ve been thinking about how many small steps build to a momentous journey. The Back Porch   Ever-expanding Skill Set Off the Shelf Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) Clifton is noted for saying much with few words. In a Christian Century review of Clifton’s work, Peggy Rosenthal commented, “The first thing that strikes us about Lucille Clifton’s … Continue reading Episode 152 →
January 8, 2017
The Front Porch I’m working on a recipe for my socks. I think I have the details worked out, and I’ve knit the cuff for each sock.  Knitting socks in tandem on dpns is really my thing. Ever-expanding Skill Set marshmallows from Taproot Issue 20 Chicken-tamale Pie Enchiladas from Ree Drummond Off the Shelf
January 2, 2017
Knit Local Getaway Listen to Episode 149 for more information. For links and pricing, visit the getaway page. The lottery opened on January 1 and will remain open through January 15. Taproot Make-along January 1 – March 1 any pattern, project or recipe from the HANDS section of Taproot, any issue tag your IG posts … Continue reading Episode 150 →
December 30, 2016
In this brief episode, I provide details about upcoming Knit Local Getaway in Washington County, New York. You can find additional information on the Getaway page. The lottery opens on January 1 and closes on January 15.  If you are interested in attending this retreat, you should enter the lottery. Priority registration will be given … Continue reading Episode 149 →
December 26, 2016
The Back Porch The Front Porch Journal Cowl by Beatrice Perron Dahlen
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