11 February, 2018

Episode 269: Opinions are like Noses


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Episode 269:

 

Weigh in:

Finished:

True North hats: 2 hats wool ease thick n quick- size 13&15 needles

Raised squares waffle baby blanket- LionBrand ice cream- banana split size f hook

F bombs- no pattern- Cascade 220 scraps

 

On my needles and hooks:

Oversized vest- knit-1 (2006)- original pattern calls for LionBrand Homespun. I’m using Lion Brand Scarfie in Cream-taupe and 10.5 likke needles

Pink Potato Chip: Crystal Palace Yarns- Nocturne Aran in 623 Raspberry.

Size 9 hiya hiya needles. 

 

Exercise:

Fiber Addiction braid -2 ply- 145 yards

  

Appetizer:

Be Sweet Magic ball

The Magic Ball is a divine arrangement of hand dyed boucle and brushed mohair yarns tied with knobby, ribbon, and metallic goodies. Available in 48 enchanting colors!

Yardage: 90-95 yards/87 meters per 50g skein

Gauge: 14 sts = 4" / 10 cm

Needle Size: US 9 / 5.5 mm

Care Instructions: Hand wash in cool water, dry flat.

 

More information about Be Sweet

Be Sweet was founded on the principle of being kind to others. Nadine Curtis created Be Sweet in 2003 while living in Cape Town, South Africa. In May of 2015, Laurie Cook purchased Be Sweet and relocated the company to Owosso, Michigan.

Be Sweet’s mission; to bring socially and environmentally friendly products to fashionable consumers that evoke an individual style and help support community development around the world.

Other helpful info:

Social media posts can use the #besweetyarns hashtag.

Be Sweet is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Ravelry.

Please credit Be Sweet for providing product for review.

1-2 skeins maximum per reviewer; we can ship to US and Canada.

If you would like to do a giveaway with this review, please e-mail us and we can help set that up for you.

 

 

Bijou Basin Ranch is pleased to introduce Himalayan Summit, a new fingering weight yarn base for fall. This 50/50 blend of Tibetan Yak and Superfine Merino will delight your senses, and you can choose from 9 hand-dyed colors in their Autumn Spices palette, inspired by the exotic flavors of the season. It's great for crochet, too! 

 

Talking Points for Himalayan Summit:

Fiber Content: 50% Tibetan Yak, 50% Superfine Merino

Hand dyed in semi-solid and variegated colors by MJ Yarns and ModeKnit Yarn

3.5 oz skein = 325 yards/297 meters

Fingering weight (16 wpi)

Recommended needle size: US 3 - 5, 6 stitches per inch

Care Instructions: Hand wash, dry flat for best results.

Exclusive knitting pattern for this yarn, Eyelet of the Tiger, is available as a discounted project kit or for individual purchase.

More information about Bijou Basin Ranch

Established in 2005, Bijou Basin Ranch is a small family owned and operated yak ranch situated on the open plains of western Colorado, about 65 miles southeast of Denver.

Our primary goal is to produce and sell high-quality fibers and yarns made with premium yak fibers and other luxury fibers. We raise registered, full-blooded Tibetan yaks that have superior glossy coats which are harvested annually. We also supplement the fiber we harvest from our yaks by purchasing quality yak fiber from other yak ranchers across the country and abroad.

Our yarns are made in the USA as well as abroad, and many are hand-dyed with care by color experts at various large and small dye houses primarily here in the US but in some cases abroad as well. Our full range of yarns and fibers are sold under the Bijou Spun label through our online store and other yarn retailers across the US. Bijou Basin Ranch also attends many fiber festivals and other knitting-related events each year.

 

Allure fine fiber and fabric wash: Allure, Fragrance Free

Fine Fiber and Fabric Wash!

Allure  provides a superior wash that removes soils and odors yet still guards colors.  Available in 16 oz. and 3.4 oz. bottles and a 0.23 oz. single-use packet.  This all natural, no rinse wash is backed by thirty years of experience; the premium no residue formula was developed specifically for fine fiber care by our own resident chemist, Eileen Koop!  Allure is available in three sizes, a 16-ounce bottle, a 3.4 ounce travel size (TSA approved) and a one gallon jug with a convenient pump perfect for people with a lot of fiber to clean like indie dyers

allure’s Fragrance Free wash is the same great no residue, no rinse formula, but with no scent added.  It is allure, without any fragrance added to take away the natural scent of the product.  If you are a scent sensitive person, use allure Fragrance Free on all your prized hand-knits and delicates.

 Our All Natural Formula is:

 

     Biodegradable

     Color Safe

     Tough on stains

     Septic/gray water safe               Contains:

     No dyes, enzymes, or phosphates

     No optical brighteners

     No formaldehyde

     No gluten

 

Ingredients:

Water

Natural Cleaning agents - (Derived from Palm oil and corn, lifts and suspends soil and stains)

Plant derived fiber conditioner (Helps remove soil and smooth fibers)

Natural fragrance (Composed of essential oils and extracts)

Preservative (Acts as an antibacterial to prevent contamination)

Not tested on animals

 

Grocery Shopping:

Retro ergo fit crochet hooks. Amazon. Comes with a case.

Wood burning wand and Learn to burn book

Metal stamping alphabet- 2 hammers. Need a metal plate to pound on. 

Mira handcrafts- 40 mini skeins -started a mini granny blanket. Might order another 40 minis.

Wrist Ruler- Black- Mimi’s needle basket on Etsy

AnnTudor- Critter Keesters- pigs and sheep stitch markers

Persian tiles afghan Book 

 

 

Word for 2018:

Confidence

New quote each week at work. Fostering positivity. 

Essential oil jewelry. 

 

Recipes:

Olympics/ ravellenic games

Shipt- 

 

 

 

On the menu:

Knit & Spin Day- March 10th  in Grand Haven           

      Also Trunk show at Michigan Fiber Studio in Grand Rapids

Yarn Con- Chicago

Stitches MidWest

Michigan Fiber Festival

Knittin’ in the Mitten 2018 about 1/2 full

 

 

Gadget:

  Coco Knits Leather cord and needle Stitch Holder Kit

 

 


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02 January, 2018

Episode 268: Quiet New Year


Show notes are located at www.thehighfiberdiet.blogspot.com and on the Ravelry group.
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Episode 268:

Weigh in:
Finished: 
On my needles and hooks:
Oversized vest- knit-1 (2006)- original pattern calls for LionBrand Homespun. I’m using LionBrand Scarfie in Cream-taupe and 10.5 likke needles

Christmas Eve cast on:
Socks-candy cane from West Yorkshire Spinners on size 1 dpns
NYCO:
Pink Potato Chip: Crystal Palace Yarns- Nocturne Aran in 623 Raspberry.
Size 9 hiya hiya needles. 

2017 Wrap up:
20 finished projects
8 active on the needles and hooks
Frogged 12 projects
5 in hibernation. 


Exercise:
Spinning a fiber addiction braid on Flo. Not sure of type of fiber. Hot pink to ocean blue.  Flo and I are still becoming friends. It’s been a while since I haven’t had a Wool Lee winder.
  
At the table
Taking both machines in to be cleaned and reset. 

Appetizer:
Filatura Di Cross Solocashmere yarn.
Solocashmere is a delectable 100% cashmere fingering weight yarn just waiting to become a next-to-the-skin accessory.

Talking Points for Solocashmere:
Available in 25 colors
Fiber Content: 100% Cashmere
25g ball = 87 yards/80 meters
Gauge - 20st X 21 rows = 4"/10cm square
Recommended Needle Size - US 6-7/4-4.5mm
More information about Filatura di Crosa
Filatura di Crosa is one of the historical handknitting brands of the great northern Italian wool tradition. For over 75 years the butterfly brand has been a recognized and recognizable symbol of excellence in handknitting yarn in the world.
From the 1970s, Filatura di Crosa's collaborations with the great Italian fashion houses brought creativity to its peak. Today, Filatura di Crosa continues its tradition and adheres to producing only the finest quality yarns made with the best raw materials. 
To learn more about the history of Filatura di Crosa, read our story.
Social media posts can use the #filaturadicrosa hashtag.
Filatura di Crosa is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Ravelry.
Please credit Filatura di Crosa for providing product for review.
3 skeins of color 23- violet 
Soft yet strong. Holds color well, no dye bleeding. Great stitch definition. 


Grocery Shopping:
Magazines
Breathe 
Interweave Knits: winter 2018
Weekend Knits
Knitting: December 2017

Ravelry:
All the love
Cardigans of the Galaxy- I am Groot 

Word for 2018:
Choices: open, balance, and confidence: 
Confidence- brings the three together. With confidence, I can find balance and be open to new ideas. 

Recipes:
Holidays
Snow
Quiet New Year

Health moment:
Daily exercise journal 
Pouch reset - 2 days liquids,  2 days soft foods, solid food reintroduced 
Backing away from sweeteners, caffeine, and processed foods. 
Whole food diet-dense protein first. 


On the menu:
Knittin’ in the Mitten 2018 about 1/2 full
Stitches MidWest
Michigan Fiber Festival


Gadget Felt tote bags- Barnes and Noble 

17 December, 2017

Episode 267: Late again or Oops I forgot to upload


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15 October, 2017

Episode 266: No Time


Show notes are located at www.thehighfiberdiet.blogspot.com and on the Ravelry group. Thank you for listening!

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Episode 266:

Weigh in:

On my needles and hooks:
Exploration Station- Stephen West, MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light
Graduation Socks- Felici in Wizard - true after thought heel
Central Park hoodie - Highland Handmades in Worth Waiting for.
Ebony- Berroco Vintage Chunky

Exercise
No time for spinning

At the table
No time for sewing

Appetizer:
Zen Yarn Garden - Gradient Quartets.
Colorway- vocal
Gradient Quartets are comprised of four colors, while gradient Trios have three colors.
Yardage: 200 yards/182 meters per 50g skein (800 yards and 600 yards respectively)
Fingering Weight Yarn
Zen Yarn Garden's dye studio is based is Ontario, Canada and run by full time husband and wife team Roxanne and Neville Yeun. We take pride in providing the most luxurious fibres available for our yarns and dyeing them in a range of beautiful semi-solid and one-of-a-kind colourways.

Our yarn is special. We know that every hank you buy is destined to have many hours in your stash and on your needles before it becomes a garment or accessory item that you will wear proudly. With each skein, we strive to reflect the same passion that you have for your projects and craft in our yarns. 
My newest design- those attending a KitM will get a copy. 
Sounds

Potluck:
All projects talked about are in projects shared on the Ravelry group. 

Grocery shopping:l
No time for shopping

Mindful moment:
Nothing Time 

This weeks recipe: 
Chicken Quesadillas

Recipes:
Sarge home and gone again
Audible books:
Origins 
Knitlandia
How to knit a love song

On the menu:
Knittin' in the Mitten 2017
9 spots available: bunk, bring.a.bed, day-tripper(full event)
Information on the Ravelry group. 
Door prizes: 
Thank you to the companies that have sent door prizes this year. 
Berroco Yarns 
Green mountain Spinnery 
The Woolery 
Schacht Spindle Company 
Leading Men Fiber Arts 
The Green Mountain Spinnery 
Studio June Yarn 
Trade winds 
Sundara Yarns

Gadget:  

Drying Rack

11 September, 2017

Episode 265: A short one


Show notes are located at www.thehighfiberdiet.blogspot.com 

 

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Episode 265:

Our thoughts are with everyone in all the states that are getting terrible disasters. 

Safe journeys or stay safe as you tuck in


Weigh in:


On my needles and hooks:

Exploration Station- Stephen West, MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light

Graduation Socks- Felici in Wizard - true after thought heel

Central Park hoodie - Highland Handmades in Worth Waiting for.


Exercise

None


At the table

Play stuffed animal vet for grans babies


Appetizer:

Alegria Grande by Manos Del Uruguay


If you love Alegria, you’ll love Alegria Grande. This is a worsted weight version of their delicious superwash and polyamide yarn base. Available in both semi-solid and space-dyed colors.

Yardage: Approx. 197 yds / 180 mts per 3.5 oz / 100g

Gauge: 18 - 20 sts = 4" / 10 cm

Needle Size: US 6 - 8 / 4 - 5mm

Care Instructions: Machine wash or hand wash in cool water. Dry flat.

 

Some Talking Points:

Manos yarns are produced by skilled artisans in cooperatives located throughout Uruguay.

Each skein of yarn purchased helps a woman in Uruguay to support her family.

Bonus points for GREAT photography!

Each skein is signed by the artisan so that you know who made your yarn and which village it came from.

Manos yarn and fiber is certified Fair Trade.

 

Potluck:

All projects talked about are in projects shared on the Ravelry group. 


Grocery shopping:

Michigan Fiber Festival - 

Feel good yarn Company -Silver Spun cotton & Tussah silk

Mindful moment:

It's ok not to be ok


This weeks recipe: 

Kabobs on the grill:

Meat of choice

Veggies

Soak skewers

Pop on bits

BBQ 


Recipes:

Grands

Sarge gone

Fall cleaning

Main computer died



On the menu:


Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool

Knittin' in the Mitten 2017

14 spots available: bunk, bring.a.bed, day-tripper(full event)

Information on the Ravelry group. 


Gadget:  

Hulu- caught up on Librarians

Amazon prime- new season of Outlander

10 September, 2017

Episode 264: Wifenapped


Show notes are located at www.thehighfiberdiet.blogspot.com

and on the Ravelry group. 

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Episode 264:

Weigh in:


On my needles and hooks:

Exploration Station- Stephen West, MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light

Graduation Socks- Felici in Wizard - true after thought heel

Put away:

Central Park hoodie - Highland Handmades in Worth Waiting for.

Summer Love Wrap- shepherds wool in Spring chick



Exercise

Tour de Fleece fail: flat tire…Job

At the table

Country Stitches in Lansing. Bought a quilt kit and 1/2 yard of fabric. 


Appetizer:


Shepherds lamb yarn review

https://www.organiclamb.com/rambouillet-yarn

Pattern: Fuss Free Baby Cardigan ( turned into a pullover)



Potluck:

All projects talked about are in projects shared on the Ravelry group. 


Grocery shopping:

Knitting the perfect Fit by Melissa Leapman

Love of knitting fall 2017


Mindful moment:

Food as fuel - 

I stopped obsessing about every macro. 

I still take my vitamins and drink the 96 ounces I'm supposed to. But I don't obsess about every calorie that goes in my mouth. The stress was doing more harm than good. I'm on track and feeling good. 

This weeks recipe: 


Slow Cooker Spiced Chicken and Sweet Potato

Servings: 8

Here’s what you need

Olive oil spray

3 lbs skinless, bone-in chicken thighs

2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon ground allspice

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup salsa, divided

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 large sweet potato, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1 inch pieces

2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1 inch by ½ inch strips

1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced for garnish

Instructions

1 Rinse the chicken thighs and pat dry. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon ground cumin, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper.

2 Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly spray with olive oil. Add the chicken thighs and cook until well browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to plate. Remove the skillet from heat.

3 In same skillet, combine the smoked paprika, allspice, chicken broth, ½ cup of the salsa, garlic, and remaining 1½ teaspoons cumin.

4 In a slow cooker, combine the sweet potatoes and red pepper strips. Generously season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken thighs on top of the sweet potato mixture and pour the broth mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

5 Transfer the cooked chicken pieces from the slow cooker to a large plate. Remove the bones and shred the meat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sweet potato and red pepper mixture from the slow cooker and onto a serving platter. Top with the shredded meat and the remaining salsa. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

285 calories, 6g fat, 15g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, 357mg sodium, 3g fiber, and 40g protein.


Recipes:

Stitches Midwest

Thank you JenAus0524!!

Stayed at Home 2 you Hilton. 

Events like this are more about the people than the purchases for me. 

Loved seeing everyone!

Too many to mention. 


Purchases:

Treasure Goddess yarn booth - Outlander stitch marker bracelet

Buffalo Gold 2wo Sexy (bison &silk) dk gauntlet kit (getting hat pattern)

Garter Strip Jacket by Annie Modesett (mode knit yarn)


On the menu:


Michigan Fiber Festival

Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool

Knittin' in the Mitten 2017

13 spots available: bunk, bring.a.bed, day-tripper(full event), Saturday only. 

Information on the Ravelry group. 


Gadget:  

Purse sized projects. 

Socks, one skein shawls, baby sweaters

Small bags- I like zippered. 

Small notions kits. 

I haven't been able to knit at work yet, but I like knowing there is a project there just in case.