Archive for December, 2009

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Lost and Found: Episode #42, Notes

December 22, 2009

Once again, thank you to each and every listener/reader who informed me of the apparent successful load in iTunes.  As I mentioned to Nancy, I suppose I should stop asking how this is possible and just be grateful that it happened!

Notes for this past episode are listed below:

Books Reviewed:

Items Discussed:

Autumn Rose Pullover a la Knit Picks Palette

Julia Spinning Wheel by Louet

Golding Spindles

My Golding Spindle, Ebony Ring Whorl, Walnut Shaft, .84 oz.

My Golding Spindle, Solid Ebony Ring Whorl, Walnut Shaft, .84 oz.

Natalie Spindles

Bosworth Spindles

Greensleves Spindles

Hatchtown Spindles

Junk Spindles, A quick and easy tutorial (by me ^_^)

Materials required: 1 chopstick, 1 peanut butter jar lid, 1 sharp knife

Step One:

With the tip of a sharp knife (I’m using a paring knife), held at a 45% angle, carve out a small hole.

Step Two:

Depending on your preference for a Top Whorl or Bottom Whorl Spindle, push the chopstick through the hole, allowing about 1″ of the chopstick through. (I have decided to make a Bottom Whorl Spindle).

Step Three:

Spin. Wonderful tutorials can be found at SpinOffMagazine.com for both Top Whorl Spindling and Bottom Whorl Spindling.

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Thank You!

December 22, 2009

I’ve read some recent comments on this blog, Facebook and Ravelry.  Thanks to all who mentioned Episode #42 is indeed up in iTunes.  It still is not showing at my server or in the feeds but somehow, inexplicably,  managed to make it’s way to iTunes.  Whew!  What a relief!  Again, many, many Thanks!

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Addressing Podcast Issues and a New Prize Drawing

December 19, 2009

So two weeks ago I recorded Episode #42, a great episode to include four books some chat on sock knitting, holiday knitting, spinning and a new-to-me craft, weaving.  I also announced the winner of the last prize drawing and shared information on creating your own ‘junk’ tools for spinning and weaving.  I really wish you could have heard that particular show, I felt like I was truly back in the saddle.

But you won’t hear it.  I was able to upload the show to the server, it showed up in my archives immediately so I wrote a post and clicked ‘publish’.  Everything seemed to be going as expected.  I ran down to the kitchen to make a pot of tea and when I returned I searched for the show’s feed so that I could distribute the show.  The feed was not there.  I then logged back in to the server and the show was not there either.  It seems to have been swallowed up by the ubiquitous black hole that is the internet.

Not one to overreact too soon, I reluctantly began to start the uploading process over, from scratch.  Searching my files, it too was gone.  How it could be missing from my computer is truly beyond me, though my DH has a reasonable explanation.  DH believes there was a slight power surge, causing my file to disappear from my computer (I am notorious for not saving files in progress).  And, since my session was not over within the server, it too vanished.

This coming week I will be recording once again but I can’t bring myself to completely regurgitate the ‘lost’ show.  I will review some, if not all, of the books and will share some of the ‘old’ information as well as new information.  I will also announce the following:

New Prize Drawing!

This will be one of the next books to be reviewed and has been donated by Random House for this Prize Drawing. Thank You Random House!

Rules for this drawing: Post a comment anywhere on this blog from today until 19 January 2009 11:59 pm CET. (Can’t get a time calculator for you *right now* but will do so in the next few days.)

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Winner Announced

December 14, 2009

Blh54 is this month’s Prize Drawing winner!  Congratulations.  Please contact me for details of how to obtain your prize.  Blh54 won a WPI Tool Kep Fob and a Kitchener Key Fob of her choice from Karatstix.  The next Prize Drawing will be announced in the coming days.

Regarding the Podcast… I have recorded and uploaded Episode #42 but it does not show up in iTunes or in my Feed.  I am in the process of pinning down the issue, likely a financial resolution, and hope it will be available to you soon.

Thanks for sticking with me!

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December Already! I’m thinking trees…

December 1, 2009

I can hardly believe we have entered December… I’m still not over Thanksgiving!  Though my neighbors do not celebrate our American Thanksgiving, I would have believed I were in the States on 27 November.  The day after Thanksgiving, our neighbors began decorating for the holidays… the pressure is on!

While most of the unpacking is done, I have yet to venture out to the garage where boxes and bins of Holiday decor is wrapped in plastic bubble wrap.  Oh, Joy to the Season.  Don’t get me wrong – I love the holiday season.  What I do not love is the increase of volume in my house, the arguing over who gets to decorate what and the inevitable crying from the one who does not get his/her way.  I thought I would circumvent this sort of thing last year by decoration the house myself, while DH, DD and DS1 were out at their respective places of work.  Despite my cunning efforts, there was still arguing and an increased disappointment in Mommy.  Be Merry and Bright. Yeah.

Perhaps the most important decoration, the decoration which can make or break your holiday season, The Tree.  In years past we have had perfect-lush-just-the-right-height trees, too-wide-too-tall-bare trees, healthy-looking-get-it-home-it-falls-apart trees and :gulp: fake trees.

The fake trees began three years ago, when we realized the farming, cutting and disposal of Christmas Trees was blatantly wasteful.  We had considered purchasing a live tree, with roots intact, but considering the soil of our Hawaiian terrain and I did say Hawaiian, we thought it was time to buy a fake tree.

But, we were not quite ready for the commitment and we were not too sure if we would like having a plastic tree.  We decided to purchase three small trees, one for each child to decorate.  It went quite well, the decorating of the tree and the subsequent home decoration to include the small trees around the house.

That is, until the oldest child decided her tree must travel the house with her, to make her ‘happy’.  When Tweedle Dum moves the left foot, Tweedle Dee moves the right and Tweedle Do tried desperately to keep in time.  So many decorations were broken as a result, which in turn cause crying and general discord.  We would NOT do this again.

Still not ready to purchase a fake tree, two years ago I came up with a brilliant-to-me idea.  We would MAKE our own tree.  We had a family pow-wow one evening after dinner and I made the announcement.  I challenged everyone to be creative and throw out their ideas but there were restrictions.  We could not purchase anything for our tree, we had to use items we already owned.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose.

Each child and myself enjoyed the challenge while DH seemed unenthusiastic and doubtful.  Three days later we regrouped and shared our ideas, finally agreeing on a three-dimensional cardboard tree.  We made a small prototype, gathered a few of the many, many moving boxes we had stored and got to work.  When finished, we were all delighted of our success.  We hung our ornaments and garland, made hot chocolate with lots and lots of marshmallows and basked in our thrifty genius.

The days preceeding The Big Day, we did make note of a few oversights such as issues of top heaviness due to too many ornaments, the non-symmetry  of the tree overall and the fact that our tree was brown and therefore, not very festive.  On the first day of the New Year, we disassembled our tree, deciding to tear off one piece which we dated and tucked into the ornament storage box.  Last year we decided to make another tree, this time correcting some of the previous issues.  Again we basked, again we learned and again we saved a piece of the tree.

This year, being surrounded by such gorgeous nature and truly festive and merry people, we are somewhat indecisive as to how we will handle the tree.  Having just moved, we certainly have more than enough cardboard on hand but we also have a yard and I can see purchasing a live tree and planting it later.  Our landlords have been wonderful, allowing us to do what we’d like with the yard.  They’ve even encouraged us to rip out all the trees, shrubs and flowers and plant our own – to make the home our own.

I guess it’s time for another family pow-wow.