Episode 10 - Electric Avenue

Hello and thanks for giving my podcast a listen. I started this podcast in January of this year with absolutely no expectations, and I'm so glad I did! Some of you landed on this blog post through one of the various link parties I participate in; thanks for stopping by. If you've listened to the podcast for awhile now, thanks for coming back each month. I'm truly blessed by all of you, and I hope I continue to entertain and inform!

In the current episode, I mentioned Ginny Sheller's weekly Yarn Along, and I highly recommend it! I've discovered a lot of great bloggers, projects, and books through that weekly online event.


Since the last podcast, I've finished 2 Handbrake cowls. I knit these as part of our Cancer Awareness KAL. You can check out some other great entries in the Ravelry group. Prizes for this KAL were a skein of Malibrigo Rasta in Ravelry Red that Andrea donated to the podcast along with a copy of the Yellow Roses pattern from Clothesline Designs.

We had a lot of fun with that KAL although not a large number of participants. This is the first KAL I started and finished within the time frame, and I made TWO cowls not just one! I, of course, can't win anything, so I'm going to gift a Yellow Roses pattern to both Sabrina (sabrab on Ravelry) and Andrea (mrssmith618 on Ravelry) if they haven't bought the pattern already. (If they have, I'll let them pick a lucky knitter to pay the gift forward!)

Sabrina made a cowl in pink and orange, the colors of breast cancer and self injury. Andrea made so many! A blue one for the Duke Cancer Center, a red one and a rainbow one just because, and a teal/periwinkle like colored one that I'm saying represents esophageal cancer (because that's the cancer I wanted to raise awareness for & it's my podcast). Carmen of A Simple Homestead made one in blue sparkle in remembrance of her Grandmother because "who doesn't think 'colon' and 'sparkle' in the same sentence?" For that observation alone, Carmen wins the Malabrigo yarn!

Here are some photos of what the winners produced:

The Yellow Roses pattern will be our next KAL and will run from November 1, 2016 through January 14, 2017. Caroline of Clothesline Designs is donated 75% of each purchase to MIND, a mental health organization in the UK. She's raised almost $150 dollars so far! Please support this great organization by purchasing a pattern and joining our KAL! This is what it looks like although there are quite a few lovely versions out on Ravelry:

Here's the progress on my Francie Nolan Tam:

and progress on my Big Twist Cowl:

You can read more about my adventures at Rhinebeck along with my haul here.  Check out Andee's designs on Ravelry.

Fleece Flight by ninjaChickens - using all Heritage breeds and the pattern benefits the Livestock Conservancy.

Podcasts mentioned: Kitchen Stitching and Sticks + Twine

I mentioned Vogue Knitting Live in New York - if anyone's thinking of going, leave a comment! I would love to go and meet up with some listeners / readers.


I talk a bit about Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Kolz-Weber in this blog post. To hear my entire review, listen to the podcast!

I'm also reading Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden, a nice historical romance with a little bit of adventure.

I won a copy of Cowgirls 2 by Cathy Carron from Marie at the Underground Crafter blog and intend to knit the "Electric Avenue" cowl in the near future (hence the name of this episode). 


Illustrated Faith 18-month Planner - I LOVE this planner and explain why in the podcast. Suffice it to say, it's a great value, well-made, and contains lots of inspiration. Follow them on Instagram for flash sales - that's how I saved on mine. There's lots of information on their YouTube channel about using the planner; here's a quick video showcasing the contents from a user. I also discovered that my prior planner company (Kristin Schmucker) was not as reputable as originally thought so am very glad to find this one!

The podcast interview with Shanna Noel I mention can be found here.

I'm still working through Entrusted by Beth Moore. Slow going on my part which has nothing to do with the Bible study. I have a 4 day weekend coming up and really want to devote time to this study. We have a very unstructured discussion group over on Ravelry if you'd like to join us. 

I participate in  The Really Crafty Link Party on Mondays, Nicole at the Keep Calm Craft On link party on Tuesdays, and the Yarn Along on Ginny Sheller's blog on Wednesday.  Please join us either by contributing a link to your fibery work in progress and current read and / or by checking out the posts to the link parties. You may find your next book or project waiting for you!


  1. Love the cowls all so different and the rose one is so pretty

  2. beautiful knitting and I hope to listen to your podcast within the week!!