Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mission Completion: KAL

HUZZAH!  The Expanding CommuKnitty and Cool Clavicle Cover KAL has completed, and you guys blew me away with all your gorgeous FOs and photos.  If you were a fly on the wall, you would have heard me OOOOH and AHHHH while I was clicking on links and looking at pictures. Everyone paired the patterns with such great colorways, and both of the stitch patterns were highlighted and worked so well with your choices!

So much so that I wanted to share the beauty!

For the Cool Clavicle Cover there were fantastic photos of the texture:

As well as wonderful modeled shots:

For the Expanding CommuKnitty socks, look at all these happy feet!

And the moment you've all been waiting for: THE PRIZES!

For Cool Clavicle Cover, there were 20 entries, and RNG picked 4:  CajunPrincess!!

For Expanding CommuKnitty, there were 8 entries, and RNG picked 7: Diana505 !!!

Congrats to you both, and please contact me (via Ravelry or Email) with your addresses and I will ship you your new project bag and yarn!

Thank you to all of you that KALed.  I can't even express how much joy it gives me to see your finished objects, all so unique with color, yarn, and styling, but sharing the common thread of the pattern.  And I hope the process and product give you the same joy!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

From Toe to Head

I have a HUGE stash of fingering weight yarn that I have earmarked for sock projects. It is an unbelievable number of skeins that I acquired as: souvenir yarn, sock clubs where yarn automagically appears every month, and tantalizing skeins that are just to gorgeous to pass up with the "I will just buy 1 little skein" mentality.   And as stash is wont to do, if you use it occasionally and keep adding to it, it gets large and unruly.  

So while I do knit socks, I am always on the look out for single skein projects that aren't necessarily socks that will do these lovely tonal, variegated, or self-striping yarns justice.  They deserve to be knit and showcased front and center, not just hidden in shoes.

Recently I stumbled upon the idea of knitting one of my sock patterns into a fingering weight hat, and had a !EUREKA! moment.  Not only is this another great type of project for my fingering weight single skein stash, but is also utilizes my 100% merino skeins that I won't use for socks because of the lack of nylon. Fingering weight hats use about 50-70 grams, knit up much about faster than socks, and are a versatile weight for a hat as temperatures dip.  If you are concerned about maximizing warmth in severe cold, you can add length and fold up the brim and get a double layer over your ears.

But don't get me wrong, using fingering weight sock yarn for a hat isn't novel or new.  I love all the Sockhead Hats that I see and have knit a few myself, but the process of knitting all that stockinette in the round was mind numbing. That project is the definition of stockinette zombifying for me.

The part that got me excited about this idea is spicing it up with non-stockinette stitch patterns.  You can easily take some of the stitch patterns from very popular and often FREE sock patterns, and put them on the hat!  The stitch pattern can either be a panel running up the hat, or repeated throughout. This instantly creates a more interesting and engaging knitting process, and wonderfully diverse results.

In progress Monkey hat

How to convert a sock pattern from toe to head

Needle size:  US2.5 (3mm)
Gauge: 7 sts per inch
Finished Head Circumference:  18, 20, 22, 24 inches

The sock patterns
I have included a sampling of some of my favorite sock patterns that are free, and I hope to knit up as hats! 
All details of the stitch patterns are available in the linked patterns

Monkey by Cookie A Pomatomus by Cookie A
Groovy Socks by Caroline HegwerSkyp Rib Socks by Adrienne Ku
Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-JeanesHermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
Zigzagular Socks by Susie WhiteScylla by Fiona Bennett
Business Casual by Tanis LavalleeFroot Loop by Kristi Geraci

Step 1: Cast-on! Figure out the cast-on number

In general, to get a hat with the desired head circumference: you take the gauge in number of stitches per inch times the desired circumference in inches.

Cast-on (sts)Head Circumference (inches)

These cast-on stitch counts work perfectly if the sock pattern has a panel running up the foot, or if you only want a panel of texture running up the hat, with the remaining portion stockinette. If the sock pattern you are converting has a pattern motif that you will repeat across the whole hat, you will need to change the cast-on number to a multiple of the stitch pattern.

Cast-on by Head Circumference
18 inches20 inches22 inches24 inches 
Monkey16128 sts144 sts160 sts176 sts
Pomatomus12132 sts144 sts156 sts168 sts
Groovy Socks8128 sts144 sts160 sts176 sts
Skyp Rib Socks6126 sts144 sts156 sts168 sts
Vanilla Latte Socks8128 sts144 sts156 sts168 sts
Hermione's Everyday Socks4128 sts140 sts156 sts168 sts
Zigzagular Socks9126 sts144 sts153 sts171 sts
Scylla4128 sts140 sts156 sts168 sts
Business Casual16 (small)128 sts144 sts160 sts178 sts
Froot Loop7126 sts140 sts154 sts168 sts

Step 2: Work Brim Ribbing

Work the ribbing suggested for the sock cuff, or a simple K1P1.  Work for 2-3 inches, or for a fold-over brim, work for 4-6 inches.

Step 3: Work Stitch Pattern

For a panel, work the leg stitch pattern once or twice at the beginning of the round and knit all remaining stitches. For the pattern throughout, work stitch pattern across all stitches.  Work until hat measures roughly 10 inches from cast-on for a fitted hat, or 14 inches from cast-on for a slouchier hat.

Step 4: Crown Decreases

This is the part that requires some math and freestyling on your behalf.  If you wish to keep the crown in pattern, you will need to work the decreases into the stitch pattern, or change to stockinette by knitting all stitches. In general:
1) Decrease 1 stitch roughly every  8 stitches (then 7, 6, 5, 4, etc) , or 12-16 for a slower decrease rate.
2) Decrease every other row.
3) Decrease down to 10-12 sts, break yarn and weave yarn through remaining stitches.

Easy peasy, and spices up the standard sock head hat!
Join me in my recent obsession to flip sock yarn and sock patterns from toe to head, and knit some hats with me!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Stitch In Time Saves Nine

Almost everyone is familiar with the age-old adage, a stitch in time saves nine.  It's etymology is based in crafting and it advocates expending a little effort sooner to fix a small problem, thus preventing it from becoming a larger problem requiring more effort to fix later.  To a knitter that means: darn it now! because mending a small unraveling stitch saves you mending a larger hole in the future.

It is a sage saying, one that I wholeheartedly agree with. But I think there is another deeper, more philosophical meaning to the saying that is also learned from crafting. Pivotal in this alternate meaning are the definitions of the words time and save. "In time" can mean not late, but it can also mean a point in time or event. Saving can mean preventing future work, but it can also mean storing.  Thus an alternate meaning can be interpreted as "A stitch made at a certain time/event stores nine memories."  Caught in each of the stitches I create with my knitting are my memories and my knitting saves or stores memories.  I remember who I knit with, the finished knitwear I saw, what project I was knitting, and course all of the wonderful memories of purchasing yarn, which then leads to even more knitting memories.

Stitches Midwest 2014

Recently I traveled to Stitches Midwest, a knitting event in Schaumburg, IL, hosted by XRX.  The event is the epitome of this alternate meaning of the saying, as I have so many great memories, all because of knitting. In fact there are so many memories it would be impossible for me to limit the number to just 9!

The People

For me this event was all about the people! I was able to reconnect with old friends, and also meet new friends.  I drove to Illinois with my dear friend Cori, who became a much closer friend when we both took a leap of faith and friendship and traveled together to the same event last year.  It was our knitting friendship anniversary!

I did a horrible job of remembering to take pictures, mostly because I spent so much time talking to people and then later remembered we didn't take a picture. Suffice to say, there are so many people that I got to reconnect with, and also many new friends! A sprinkling of the folks I did get to meet/reconnect with and did remember to take a picture of are:

I got to meet a new friend Amanda of Gnome Acres, who was delightful and so.very.funny!  She had a fantastic booth set-up that perfectly showcased her gorgeous yarn.
I reconnected with the incomparable Sarah of  In a Sknit video podcast.  Just looking at her smiling face makes me hear her infectious giggle and smile from ear to ear.

I meet Julie at the Knitting Pipeline retreat earlier this year, and was happy to see her again at the podcaster meet-up!  She is the very talented dyer behind the aptly named Happy Go Lucky Yarn.

Another new friend was Lucia of the Knitted Paradise video podcast.  Not only is she gorgeous, but she is another geek knitter like me.  She was also sporting a gorgeous Cool Clavicle Cover, which is one of the first times I remember seeing a complete stranger wearing one of my designs.  Of course now she is no longer a stranger!

Knitwear Everywhere

In addition to all the wonderful people at Stitches, I also have memories that soaked into the knitwear I was wearing, and what knitwear everyone else was wearing.  The most noticeable and popular design was the Hitofude cardigan, which were in many marketplace displays and worn by many attendees, including the one I wore.  My cardigan has layer upon layer of memories, as I knit my 2nd Hitofude out of Fibernymph Dyeworks which I bought at the first knitting retreat I ever attended SSK in 2012.

Another popular pattern was the Tan House Brook Shawl. I got to meet the wonderful designer Jennifer Lassonde, who is also a talented audio podcaster.  Check her out at Down Cellar Studio.

I also wore my latest design Literally Over the Top out of Grinning Gargoyle and happened to run into the dyer Lynae in the market.  This garment now has multiple layers of memories too, as I was designing and knitting this top at ZK2014 , and I bought the yarn the previous year at the ZK2013 market.

I also brought along my 2nd Cool Clavicle Cover and was able to lend it to my friend Carla (who shall remain blogless) who was cold because of the air conditioning, and that memory is now carried with that shawl.

Memories In Progress

Also included in my Stitches memories are what project I was knitting.  I worked almost exclusively on a 3rd Cool Clavicle Cover out of handspun.  The yarn was a swap with a very generous spinner, who definitely has memories of all the hard work it took to craft this chain plied Woolgatherings merino bamboo silk. I love how the gradient shows off the construction of the shawl! I recently finished the shawl, and whenever I see it or wear it I will remember Stitches Midwest 2014.

The Yarn

And of course there are tons of memories from the epic and so very tempting marketplace.  I met so many wonderful dyers and bought so much gorgeous yarn!

Pictured are:
Top Left Sophie's Toes MCN Trio   
Top Right Dragonfly Fibers Dance silk noil
Middle Left   Feel Good Yarn Company's Silver Spun                                   
Middle Right Gnome Acres Worsted and House Gnome
Miss Babs Katahdin
Bottom   Kismet Fiber Works Refuge sinfully soft camel silk

And all these lovely yarns are the genesis of more knitting memories.  I will remember that I bought the yarn at Stitches Midwest 2014, that I was knitting them with other people when something else happened, and I will wear whatever I created to a future event to make more memories.

Knitting is so much more than creating a knitted object, it is the preserving of memories in each stitch made and worn.

A stitch in time truly saves so much more than nine memories!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Where in the World Is JustRunKnit?

The easy answer is: obviously not blogging!  I find myself once again apologizing for a prolonged absence from this creative outlet of mine.  I love writing, and obviously I had HUGE hopes of blogging twice a week when I set out on this adventure at the beginning of the year.

Well, as life is wont to do, it got in the way.  I have been very busy with my day job, podcast technical challenges, and retreat planning.  I have also been working on making RUN a bigger part of JustRunKnit.

All of that to say, I am making a concerted effort to make a come back to blogging! And what better way to apologize and gather excitement than with a KAL with prizes!

I have recently published 2 new fingering weight patterns that work well with those pesky highly variegated yarns that are so alluring in the skein, but often mask the stitch patterns and design details.
Let me introduce:

Expanding CommuKnitty

Link to find it on Ravelry

No matter how many knitters I know, and I feel like I know quite a few, I always want to meet more! This sock pattern was inspired by the ever expanding community of knitters I have in my life. For me, knitting is so much more than just a fiber art, needle craft, or hobby. It is a shared interest that connects me with countless other wonderful people, and the starting point to so many dear friendships. So go out and expand your commuKNITTY, by chatting on Ravelry, attending a fiber festival or knitting retreat, visiting a local yarn shop, or knitting in public!

This pattern is written for identical left and right socks, and works well with tonal, highly variegated, and self-striping. This pattern also features the Spacious OMG Heel, which modifies the original heel to have a deeper more spacious heel pocket. This heel more closely mimics a gusset heel rather than a short-row heel, with twice as many gusset rows as the original OMG heel.

Cool Clavicle Cover

Link to find it on Ravelry

Sometimes on even the most scorching days of Summer, your shoulders will get chilled. This crescent shawl is an extremely thin layer that sits nicely on your shoulders. It is light and airy, but provides enough coverage to block blasting air conditioners or combat a slight night time chill.

Using just 1 skein of fingering weight yarn, this shawl works well with those single skeins that are just too gorgeous to put on your feet.  The simple, textured, yet visually interesting stitch pattern knits up beautifully with variegated, tonal, and gradient color ways.

KAL Details

Without further ado, let's get to the KAL and prizes.
* All projects using these 2 patterns are eligible, no matter when they were cast-on, as I know that they had to be started in the last few months.
* KAL ends September 15, 2014.
* To be eligible for prizes, fill out the form below with your Ravelry project page link.  I will draw from that list once I have verified your FO picture in Ravelry by 9/15/2014.
* Winners will be announced on the blog, and I hope to share FO pics on the blog as well.

The prize for the Cool Clavicle Cover is a Stockinette Zombies Couch Bears project bag and a gorgeous skein of Gynx Yarn.
The prize for the Expanding CommuKnitty socks is a Good Looking HO project bag and a beautiful skein of Yarn Vs Zombies.

Monday, March 24, 2014

83 days virtuous...Restarting the Counter

As you may have noticed, I had to restart the 'Days Since Yarn Purchase' counter.  Lo, I am not nearly as virtuous as I was hoping I could be.  I made it a whole 83 days and 16 hours without a yarn purchase, which is nothing to scoff at for this yarn obsessed, hoarding-tendencies, prolific stash-er.

My undoing, as those who know me may have been able to predict, was self-striping yarn.  I have long admired the "Life is Beautiful" colorway from Lollipop Yarns, not only for the sentiment of the colorway name, but also the brilliant colors and the combination of the saturated jewel tones.  Joan's weekly updates are fast and furious, and before cold-sheeping I had caught a few and was not been able to snag this gorgeous colorway. And then I kept seeing photos of tantalizing finished objects out of this colorway.  The yarn was calling to be mine. The lucky knitters who had this yarn seemingly mocked me.

Ciao bella! Eight lively and uplifting stripes will accompany you on your journey through a world of fibery enlightenment and understanding.
5 rows Health,
5 rows Happiness,
5 rows Prosperity,
5 rows Love,
5 rows Friendship,
5 rows Blessings,
5 rows Laughter,
5 rows Vitality

So when I saw that this colorway was in her last update, I set a reminder on my phone.  I prepared by signing into Etsy and PayPal, refreshed a billion times, and frantically added it to my cart when it appeared.  I then took a deep breath, and hit Submit Order, to see if the yarn fates would bring Life is Beautiful into my life.  And it did!

As glad as I am to be receiving this gorgeous colorway, I am not going to lie, it felt awful to reset my counter. Wish me luck, as I hope to last much longer than 83 days before another online yarn purchase this time!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March Forth on March 4th

March 4th is a date near and dear to my pun-loving heart.  It is a date that demands and commands you: March forth!  And I will take all the inspiration I can get as the endless days of Winter cold and snow drag on impossibly long in Minnesota.

The calendar isn't the only thing subtly encouraging me though, as a few of my recent knitting projects are quite literally pointing me onward.


I recently knit and loved Antrorse by Shannon Cook.  It is from her beautiful book Journey, a wonderful collaboration with her friend Jane Richmond.

Antrorse is a biological term that means "directed forward and upward, as the hairs on certain plant stems." So it is fitting that there is simple, yet gorgeous arrow motif running up the front of this pullover.  In addition to the visual interest of the arrow motif, I also love the split, off-center neckline, that can be buttoned or unbuttoned.

I knit this pullover out of Madelinetosh MCN worsted in the Vintage Sari colorway, and  I score triple stash-busting points for using this yarn, which I had been hoarding in my stash since 2011. The pattern and yarn were a perfect pairing, and it was a delight to knit because that stitch pattern motif kept me going when I would have normally turned into a stockinette zombie.

Partying It UP

Another knit that has been inspiring me onward is this self-striping sock with my pattern Partying It Up and Getting Down .  I wrote the pattern with both top-down and toe-up instructions included, but I prefer toe-up, so I am making 2 toe-up socks.  
The sock pattern and it's UP arrow aren't what is making me love these socks though, it's the fantastic striping geniuses at HD Yarns and their Circles colorway.  They take stripes to whole new level with long, playful striping sequences!  This colorway starts with alternating purple and blue, and then transitions to blue and dark green, then dark green and light green, and so on.  I couldn't stop myself from knitting more and more and more because I wanted to get to that next stripe.

I substituted in my OMG heel rather than the afterthought heel in the pattern, and I love the results I got without breaking the yarn. The red-yellow striping sequence is shortened on the top of the foot, but the nature of these non-repeating stripes means I would have had to use a heel-toe coordinate to stop that from happening.

So whether it be your knitting or the date that inspires you, I hope you take a moment to be happy and enthusiastic about something today and MARCH FORTH on March 4th!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dusting things off

It's taken on an abandoned, desolate look around here, so please excuse me while I sweep up the tumbleweeds. Life has been a perfect storm of real life work obligations, podcast technology puzzles, pattern designing, retreat planning, and knitting challenges. I was distracted from my resolution of writing here.  All of that to say: I am sorry for my absence and I hope to rectify the situation now.

So let's get to the knitting!

In conjunction with the Winter Games, I set out to knit the shawl: Viajante between Feb 7th and Feb 23rd.
This shawl pattern is by the amazing Martina Behm, who has a knack for simple yet interesting designs.
Viajante is the Portuguese word for traveler, which is fitting for this HUGE poncho style funnel that sits on your shoulders and has an asymmetrical long side that travels down one arm.  It is so versatile, you will take it with you and wear it everywhere.

This shawl was written to use up a whole skein of Wollmeise Lace-garn, 1700 yards, 300 grams. I have an embarrassing amount of this yarn in my stash, caused by the discovery of Ravelry de-stashes and an obsession with large skeins of yarn.  PERFECT! I had the yarn in stash!

My previous Summer Games challenge, the Evenstar Shawl, was a great learning experience with lots of lace and beading, but it was not well suited for watching the games while knitting it.  So this seemed the perfect match for ease as the pattern boasts: No purling!  So I set out to knit 25 grams a day, for 12 days.

As most challenges go, the cast-on and initial set-up was exciting, and I felt like I was sailing along.  But that was until I weighed the ball!  After 2 days I had only knit a little over my daily goal.  DOH!  My perception of the size of the challenge was skewed. This wasn't quite as easy as I thought it was going to be.

So I stepped it up, and played catch up for a few days.  But once Day 6 rolled around, I hit the proverbial wall. I was tired of knitting this shawl.  When I put it on a longer cable and tried it on, the shawl swallowed me and was larger than any shawl I had ever knit or worn.

But I pressed on.  And I am glad that I did, because a few days later I was ready to bind off, and I had this beauty:

That is a 4 foot measuring stick, and I am 5ft 7 inches tall

This picture best represents the colors in the shawl

I highly recommend this shawl for new and experienced knitters.  It is simple with just a few decreases and increases, and the mesh.  Yet the results are stunning!  The fabric created is light and thin, wearable in many seasons, and styled in a multitude of ways.

My knitting experience was intense and condensed, which was perfect for me, as I don't know that I would have persevered if I didn't have a short-term and immediate goal in mind.   If you are looking for a long term project, I could see working a few rows a day into the foreseeable future culminating into a shawl you will wear often.

What have you been knitting lately?  Did you knit anything while watching the Winter Games?

Monday, February 3, 2014

re-TREAT Yourself

I recently attended a much needed get away at the Sun Valley Fibers January Thaw 2014.

This event was put together by the fantastic Sun Valley Fibers.  Jeanette, George, and their 2 lovely daughters, are not only a great team of fiber artists, but they are also wonderful people.  So when I heard that they were putting on a retreat in January, I jumped at the chance.

And am I ever glad that I did!

Not only do retreats give you an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, but they also allow you to meet new friends.  You hear about new yarns, new patterns, and you relax, and you smile, and you laugh.  My cheeks and abdominal muscles literally hurt after all the smiling and laughing I did.  I am quite certain that I have some well-deserved new laugh lines.

A few of the many wonderful knitters that shared the weekend with me

But fellowship isn't the only thing that knitting retreats have to offer.  You can also learn new knitting techniques.

I took a color work class with the amazing Susan B Anderson.  Susan is a fantastic instructor: enthusiastic, knowledgeable, the class was well-structured, and the class content was well-thought out.  Every new concept and technique was demonstrated in small group sessions, and was accompanied by Susan's reassuring smile.

Susan gave me a new found appreciation for all things color work and made it approachable and doable. Now I want to knit ALL the color work!  Look for color work mittens, and yoked pullovers from me this year.

A small group session

Color work success and a fan girl moment with (left to right) Me, Susan, and Cori

The retreat also had a very tempting marketplace.  Sun Valley Fibers was there in full force with their wide range of soft and sumptuous bases and stunning colorways.  I had given myself permission to purchase yarn at the marketplace, as my resolution includes purchases at knitting events. But I decided that I needed to use up a few more of my Sun Valley Fibers sweater quantities first.

Instead, I opted for an adorable Easter themed project bag from Kitchen Counter Crafter which features her snappy enclosure, handles, and snaps.  Check out her shop of unique bag designs and fun prints!

While I resisted the temptation to buy yarn at the marketplace, I did come home with a bag full of swag, including YARN! Sun Valley Fibers MCN dyed up in the Winter Wonderland colorway and a matching hat and mitts pattern Winter Wonderland by Susan B Anderson.

The January Thaw was a fantastic event that I highly recommend and hope to attend again.  I came home refreshed, relaxed, and with a new excitement about knitting.  Thanks for all the hard work and for such an amazing time Sun Valley Fibers!

I also highly recommend knitting retreats in general. You should sign up for one!  There are tons of options out there, ranging in cost and structure.  I am quite certain that EVERYONE, including YOU, deserves time to relax with knitting friends, learn, and shop.

Do you have an upcoming knitting event you are attending?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Podcast Geekery: iTunes Podcast RSS Feed Tutorial

I am providing this tutorial in the hopes that I can help others avoid all of the trials and tribulations I went through in trying to get an iTunes Podcast RSS Feed up and working.  While I will do my best to address questions, this tutorial is provided without support.

iTunes eats podcast RSS feeds! A RSS feed tells iTunes what episodes are available and where the podcast media content is located so that subscribers can directly download podcast media files to their devices.

The 2 major premises of iTunes podcast distribution are:
1) iTunes has to have a correctly formatted RSS feed to serve up your podcast content
2) The RSS feed you feed to iTunes must contain the podcast media enclosure with the direct location to your podcast media file, otherwise nothing will show up in iTunes.

First your podcast needs a RSS Feed

1) RSS Feed

Blogging sites like Blogger and WordPress have their own RSS feeds that are built in by default.
For example, the Stockinette Zombies RSS feed is:
You can also use Feedburner to create an RSS feed. FeedBurner transforms an existing RSS Feed, like the default blog RSS feed, and allows you to modify and add 'extras' to the feed like the podcast description and the logo pictures. The other advantage to using a FeedBurner RSS feed is if you ever need to change your podcast RSS feed, you will not need to re-submit a new RSS feed to iTunes, and you can seamlessly change your RSS feed within FeedBurner. All of the functionality that FeedBurner provides is nice to have, but not required.

Second, your RSS Feed needs Media Enclosures

2) Podcast Media Enclosures

CAUTION: Embedded Media Players
Embedding players into your blog will not put the podcast media into your RSS feed.
Video/audio hosting sites like BLIP, YouTube, and Vimeo provide free video hosting, but only provide embedded players, not direct access to the media files. These embedded players allow the audio/video hosting services to monetize views by playing commercials and displaying advertisements along side your podcast content. By embedding audio/video players in your blog, you are able to provide content to viewers on the blog Web page, but this is NOT direct access to the media file that iTunes needs to allow subscribers to directly download the media files to their devices.

Enclosure Links
The correct way to include podcast media into your blog RSS feed is through enclosure links.

It is a 2 step process to enable file enclosures on your blog:
Step 1) Enable Enclosure Links
Step 2) Provide Enclosure Links in your posts

Blogger Step 1: Enable Enclosure Links
First you must go into Settings > Other
Then in ‘Enable Title Links and Enclosure Links’ dropdown select YES

Blogger Step 2: Provide Enclosure Links in your posts
Second, when editing any posts that have associated podcast media, under Post Settings > Links, there is an Enclosure links fields to specify the media file location and media file type.

In WordPress (words and pictures thanks to Leslie):

WordPress Step 1) First you need to make sure you have custom fields visible.  From your ‘add post’ screen, click on screen options in the top right corner


After you click “Screen Options” be sure that “Custom Fields” is checked.

WordPress Step 2) Now, when you get ready to add your post, if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you should see the Custom Fields dialog box

Enter “Enclosure” for the name and in the value field put the full URL of the video.  Shown below, it is hosted on archive.org at https://archive.org/download/Episode189/Episode%20189.mp4

Troubleshooting Tips

A great way to test if your feed will work in iTunes (before submitting to iTunes) is to change the URL prefix to itpc:// and then enter the URL in your browser. It should launch iTunes and show you what will be available once iTunes is fed your podcast RSS feed.

For example:
itpc://feeds.feedburner.com/stockinettezombies is the Stockinette Zombies FeedBurner RSS feed. 
It has added the extras that we configured with all our videos
itpc://www.stockinettezombies.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss is the default blogger RSS feed that has all the videos but less of the extras

If you plug in your RSS feed and don’t see any videos for download, the feed is NOT set-up correctly.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yarn Transcending Space and Time

Like a star that has long since burn out, but rays are still reaching the Earth, so are my yarn purchases.

Didn't you know?!?! Yarn can totally transcend space and time!

I went cold sheep some 23 days ago, but the last few yarn purchases are trickling in.  Each and every package that arrives is a beam of happiness that I ordered up for myself in the past and is just now reaching me in the cold, cold sheep future.  I am savoring and prolonging my enjoyment of each and every one of these time traveling skeins of yarn.

Yesterday, I received these self-striping beauties from

Pictured left is Super-Duper Boogaloo - 10 equal stripes of Key Lime, Deep Gin, Smoky, Pink Grapefruit, Olive Juice, Designated Driver, Mocha Latte, Syrah, Purple Haze, and Espresso.
Pictured right is Under the Sea - 10 equal stripes of Espresso, Designated Driver, Olive Juice, Charcoal, Key Lime, Curacao, Margarita, Smoky, Deep Gin, and Minty Fresh.

Not only are the colorway names fun, but the names for the colors of the stripes are fittingly descriptive and match the overall theme of a yarn cocktail.  I am most definitely intoxicated with the colors and the color combinations, and I know at least one of these skeins will be knitted up this year for the year long stripes knit-along.

Don't you just love it when yarn is both gorgeous and transcends space and time!?!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Art in Process

Stitch by Stitch
Row by Row
Piece by Piece
Seam by Seam
Accumulating and culminating
The piece of art takes form

                                                                                          Photo Copyright Mel Ski

For the past few weeks I have been knitting the Halele'a cardigan by Mel Ski, the designer and podcaster behind Singlehandedknits. This pattern and yarn kit was generously sent to me by the fabulous Stacie, the dyer and podcaster behind Must Stash Yarn.

I knew from the very beginning that the finished object would be stunning.  The yarn, Must Stash Yarn Helluva skein, is a super soft superwash merino, fingering weight, and super durable 6-ply yarn. The yarn is aptly named for the whopping 750 yards per skein put-up.  That much yardage means there are only 2 skeins to alternate throughout the whole garment. With all those plies, and at the gauge of the pattern, the yarn drapes like a dream and will be a wonderful layering piece.  It will provide warmth on a cool day, yet will not be too stifling to wear on a warmer day. And the color alone slays me: that vibrant, gorgeous, stunning green.

The finished object is often my favorite part of any knitting project, but with this pattern's modular and unique construction, I have appreciated and mindfully enjoyed each step of the knitting process. While knitting seamless garments has a certain mindless ease, piece work has small victories and milestones. It isn't just: I added 2 inches to the yoke. Instead, it is a refreshing change of pace to say: HUZZAH I have created the left front! It may not seem like much, but then seaming reveals an even bigger glimpse of the whole puzzle.
Each step has a mindful goal and end. With the accumulation and culmination of all those pieces resulting in something so much more than it's parts.  A garment. A piece of art.

I was so excited today when I took the picture above of the pieces that form the upper bodice.  I love how the puzzle pieces have come together and the cardigan is starting to take form. Next up is the textured bottom section of the body, and I can't wait to see the piece of art further develop and unfold.

How about you? What process (knitting or otherwise) have you been mindfully enjoying lately?