Season 2 Episode 5: Pitbulls, Paranormal YA, & Prizes!

I'm back! And I have a new furry BFF named Kimi. Here's a pic of her (bottom) posing with her best furry friend Tipton (top) in a pitbull garden.

I talk more about how I came to adopt Kimi in this podcast episode, and you can find more pics of her on my Instagram.

Pics and more stories about Paddy the Cocker Spaniel can be found here.


Patterns I mention:

YOLO by Susan Ashcroft - here's my finished version in Maple Creek Farms fingering wool/mohair blend in the colorway Wheat Fields:

I'm knitting the Gigi cardigan by Devin Ventre of Knitty McPurly in Jacob Sheep wool from our family farm for Rhinebeck this year. I just started it so here's a close up of this yarn in stockinette:

Classic Octopus Hat by Molly Kent - WIN a copy not only of this pattern but the Pembroke worsted yarn in the colorway Copper Agate donated by and a skein of Cascade 220 in the colorway Pacific, the colors I am using in my version of this hat. Listen to the podcast to find out how you can win! Entries will close when I next podcast, most likely the end of July.

The photo at the top of this post shows my progress and the yarn used in this pattern. The Yarn Collection Pembroke worsted is the orange/coral, and the blue is Cascade 220 in the colorway Pacific.

The modification I'm following that turns this pattern from beanie to slouchy can be found here.

Simple Striped Bag by Willow Yarns - here's my version about half way done:


I review 3 young adult novels in this episode. Don't be put off by the young adult label, these are great books for anyone approximately 15 years old and up. The links below go to Amazon for informational purposes only.

Firebug by Lish McBride
The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glรคsser
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Bible Study

Information about the E100 Bible Reading Challenge can be found here. Let me know if you decide to try this challenge and/or have recommendations for similar Bible studies!


  1. I'm in love with the octopus hat pattern! I think it's awesome and so unique, it combines both summer and cooler weather plus those colors are dreamy!

  2. I'm half way through the podcast, which you know I enjoy. I'm happy you have a new dog in your life. When Zoe died we selected Frodo within 48 hours and picked him up in two weeks. I could not stand how quiet my house was without a dog. And who would I talk to???

    1. Thank you, and I completely agree. I'm sure Frodo is as good a conversationalist as my Kimi!

  3. I just ran across this! I'm so excited to see that you're knitting Gigi for Rhinebeck! And on your very own wool - how exciting! I can't wait to see how it turns out. :)

  4. Love the photo of Kimi (and the spelling). Jellicoe Road sounds like my kind of book, but glad I came here because I was pretty sure you were saying Angelica Road.

    1. I think I said "and Jellicoe Road" a lot in the podcast so totally understandable - glad you found the shownotes!! It's a great book - would love to hear what you think once you read it.