Monday, May 31, 2010

Episode 20- Summer Is Coming!

~Intro/ Welcome/ Thank you!
~ Sponsor: Laura's Organics has donated a jar of her Hand Cream!  SO WONDERFUL!
~Contest: LAL!  Last week to teach yourself something new that will help save you some money!  Share info by leaving a comment, posting on the Ravelry Thread or send me an email!
~ EVENT:  I'm going to the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene OR!  June 18-20th, I'll be there!  I'll be doing a meetup including loads of hugs and high-fives on Saturday from 12-1 with Erin from The Anatomy of Knitting Podcast!  Info on where we will be next week!  If you'll be there, let me know so we can meet!
~ Knitting: My sweater is almost done!  I'm just doing the bottom of the body now, and the sleeves are only elbow length and they are already halfway done (because of the raglan) so I'm almost done!  Yay!
  Regia socks: FInished the first one, haven't cast on the second one yet.
  Toe Up Socks: I need to rip back and try a different heel.  I don't like the way the W&T short row heel turned out.
~Spinning: Not much, just a little on the merino/tencel on my spindle!
Yarnish sales actually sells yarn!  They have good prices, but really good deals on buttons and of course fabric!  Also, free shipping on orders over $35!
  -DBNY has AMAZING prices by the bag!  Bags that would normally cost $110 only cost $40!  Check it out!
 -Check out all the post Memorial Day sales!  A lot of places will stock up, and then keep the inventory on sale to make room for other stuff!
~Garden Update:
My seeds are sprouting and they are getting really big!  Beans and peas are almost 2" already!  Yay!
~Tip of the week: Use your email!  Or set up a spare email to give out to mailing lists and websites.  They will send you coupons, advanced notice of sales and they will let you know when they are running contests!  Its free and easy, just take a few minutes to go through it and you'll find lots of great stuff!
~How I Saved the Week:  Clearance racks and secondhand stores!  I bought a $3 sweater vest from the little boy's section at Target and I totally rock it!
Best BBQ Burgers EVER!!!
1 lb of ground beef or turkey (if you use turkey, also add about 2 T of flour to the mix)
1/2 c. of bread crumbs (I like the Progresso Italian crumbs)
1 egg
1 T of Worchestershire sauce OR 1 tsp of liquid smoke
1/2 c. of your favorite cheese, shredded
3-4 crimini mushrooms, chopped finely
about 2 T of ketchup
garlic salt, black pepper to taste
Rolls or buns
your favorite burger toppings

Mix all ingredients but toppings and buns in a large bowl and mix with your hands!  Mix it all together really well!  Divide evenly (4-6 patties depending on size) and press into patties.  Cook until done all the way through, then serve on the roll with your favorite toppings!  Enjoy!  YUM!
~Worth It!
Start Spinning by Maggie Casey
Retail $21.95 115 pages
Maggie does an amazing job explaining each piece of spinning so you understand it before you start doing it!  She explains all the different skills and teaches really well to all learning styles.  Each technique is accompanied by a full color photo showing exactly how it should be done!
~Contact Info:
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Twitter: Roue0824
Ravelry: Roue
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Episode 19- Productive Week

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thank yous!
~ Sponsor: Laura's Organics  Check out all her info and email her if you'd like to order!  She has donated a jar of her amazing Hand Cream to the contest this month!
~Contest: LAL!  Learn something new that will help you save money and tell us all about it!  Either leave a comment, send me an email, or post your info on the Ravelry Group page!
~Knitting: Working on the chevron lace pattern on my Simple Knitted Bodice, going much faster now that its joined in the round!
  Finished the first toe and foot of toe up sock!
  Turned heel and started gusset decreases on Regia stripes vanilla sock!
~Spinning: Still spinning polwarth!  Its awesome and its taking  a long time to spin!
~Free Entertainment: The Anatomy of Knitting Podcast by Erin!  Check it out, its awesome!
~The Garden: Everything is planted and netted and there's still a little room!
  Yarnish sales:
    - Webs: has tons of mill ends and closeouts for 40-60% off!
    - Simply Sock Yarn has an awesome clearance section!  Cascade Sassy Stripes is regularly %6.75, but now only $2.70!
    -Zenni Optical is an awesome site where you can order glasses!  As little as 9$ (plus shipping) will get you a new pair of glasses!  Cute frames, and the extras aren't terribly expensive either!
~Tip of the week: Get Medieval!  Decide if there are things that you can do without electricity, and do it by hand!  Line dry, use a countertop clothes spinner, or let your hair air dry!  It'll save a little more energy!
~How I Saved the Week:
I finally joined our local CSA!  I can't wait for more fruits and veggies than I could ever eat!  YUM!
~Worth It!
  The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parks
Retail: $30 (amazon has it for $20)
First section: Anatomy of wool
2nd section: Explanation of how wool becomes yarn (spinning) and how different wools take dye
3rd section: Explanation of breeds of sheep and categories they fit into.
4th section: Explanation of blending fibers for different purposes.
5th section: PATTERNS!  :)
I want to make everything in the book, and I feel it is very valuable to know the different breeds and how their wool is different!  Overall: WORTH IT!
~Contact Info:
Email me!
Ravelry: Roue
Twitter: Roue0824
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Episode 18- Green Thumb

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thank yous!
~ Sponsor: 
 Laura's Organics!  She is donating a jar of her wonderful hand cream to the lucky winner of this month's contest!  If you want to get any of this amazing product, email her at
~ Contest:
LAL- Learn something new, and share all about it!  Tell us about it on the Ravelry Group, send me an email, or leave a comment with a link to your blog!
~ Knitting:
  I've finished the raglan increases on the Simple Knitted Bodice, and have joined it in the round!  Just about to start the lace repeats!
  - I've also finished the toe increases for the first toe up sock!
  - Finally, I've started another top down vanilla sock out of some Regia that I got from Little Knits for only $3.50 a ball!
~ Spinning:
Haven't done too much, but I did get about an ounce done of the Polwortth from Sunset Fibers!
~ Free Entertainment:
  I've finished catching up with all the episodes of the Knitajourney Podcast!  Now is a great time to catch up if you haven't heard the show, because Susan is taking the month of May off, for vacation and gardening!
~ New segment: My Garden!  
  - I've finished assembling the raised bed, got dirt, planted seeds and planted flowers! I also bought some plants, and traded some eggs from my chickens for more vegetable plants!  Yay for bartering!
   - PurlSoho has a few things each week, for 40% off!  Check them out!
   - JimmyBeansWool also has a LOT of items, sale priced from 30-50% off!  Yarn, accessories and books!
   -Freebies4mom is an awesome blog, where the writer links to, and gives instructions on how to get free and discounted stuff!  She links to manufacturer coupons, rebates and deals!  Its way awesome!
~ Tip of the Week:
Step back and breathe.  Don't shop when you are frustrated or angry, because you will possibly spend more than necessary.  Anger or frustration makes it harder to think about ways to save money, and can cloud judgment on whether you should be buying!
~ How I Saved the Week:
  I traded eggs for plants, and I also made some yummy foccacia bread instead of buying it!
Garbage Bag Potatoes
~ Worth It!
The Kitchen Garden by Alan Buckingham
Retail: $22.95
  - Monthly Calendar: Tells you everything you need to be doing each month to have a successful garden all year long!
  - Plant Index: Tells you everything you need to know about about how, when and where to plant each plant!  It also has lots of info about common pests, and diseases, as well as ways to help fix it!
  - Gives lots of advice for different types of the same kind of plant. ie: Purple cabbage needs more light than white cabbage!
  - Huge plant pest and disease index, with symptoms and remedies!
  - The only con I could find was that it doesn't have zoning information.  I would like to be able to look in the book and know what plants will and will not work in my area.
**Overall: WORTH IT!

~Contact Info: 
Leave a comment here on the shownotes page
Ravelry: Roue
Email me!
Twitter: Roue0824

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Episode 17- Secondhand, not second best

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thank yous
~ May Sponsor:
 Laura's Organics is donating a jar of her amazing hand cream to our contest winner for the  month!
LAL!  Teach yourself or learn something new that will help you save money, then share your new skill on the Ravelry Group page!  If you would like help finding info, ask on the group page, and if you have an answer, please share! There may be a bonus prize for someone who offers awesome help!
~ Knitting:
I finished the Monkey Socks!  And better yet, I finished them in time for Mother's day!  I've also almost finished the bumbling podcaster socks, because I couldn't knit the monkeys when I was around my mom, and I hung out with her a lot this week!
nothing to report because I was so busy knitting the monkeys!
~Free Entertainment:
Heaven Series by Mur Lafferty.  You can find this and many other titles on!
Tips for using
- Don't buy without seeing photos
- Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions
- Haggle!
- Browse the free listings often!
- Check other cities besides your own
- Never give out your credit card info or write a check
- When selling, ask for more than you want
- When selling, if you get a lot of responses quickly, delete post, and repost later with different photos and description and ask for more money!
- Use proper grammar and post photos!
- For safety, try not to go to someone's house or let people into your house unless you have someone with you, and NEVER list your address on the site.
~Tip of the Week:
Take advantage of your friends and family!  Please not in a mean way, but remember that your friends and family know, and are probably willing to share their skills with you!  If there is something you want to learn, ask someone you know because if they are anything like my friends, they probably want to help you in any way they can!
~How I Saved the Week!
I went to an awesome secondhand store, sold some old clothes and got some new ones!  Yay for new clothes, and especially yay for super cheap new clothes!
~Worth It:
The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe
- Small and portable- easily stuffed in a purse or knitting bag.
- Book is well laid out in an easy to understand way
- Gives lots of options for some techniques, like cast on and bind off, and tells you the best way to use them.
- Most techniques described also have pictures, and the pictures use 2 colors when needed to make it more clear
- There really are answers to almost every knitting question!
- There are a few answers that I couldn't find
- Some answers seem to be more opinionated, like the author chose her preferred method for doing something rather than give all the options
- For a few advanced questions or techniques, she seemed to give vague answers, like she assumed that if you are doing something that challenging, then you should be able to figure it out.
Overall: Worth it!
~Contact Info:
Email me!
Twitter: Roue0824
Ravelry: Roue

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Episode 16- Surprise!!!

~Welcome/ Intro and News!
News: There is now a Donate button at the bottom of the page!  If you are interested in donating, please do!  The donations will go toward supporting the hosting fees for the show!
~ KAL April Contest!!
The winner of the KAL was announced in the show.  I don't want to spoil it here, so go listen to see if you won!!!  MUAHAHAHA teaser!!!
~ May Contest and Sponsorships
Sponsor: Laura's Organics is generously donating a jar of her AMAZING hand cream!  It soaks in really well and is soooooooo fantastic!  Whoever wins this will be totally spoiled!
Contest:  What are we doing?  We are doing a Learn-a-long! (LAL)  When I was learning about composting, I realized what this month's contest would be.  I taught myself something that is saving me money.  Now, you do the same!  It doesn't have to have anything to do with knitting, just teach yourself anything that will help you save money!  Then, share your experience with the group,  either by posting in the Ravelry group, sharing in the comments thread, sending me an email, or sending us a link to your personal blog!  Have your info all up by the show on June 5!
~Knitting/ Spinning!!
I've gotten a lot done on my Monkey Socks, out of the Knit Picks Stroll in the colorway Bordeaux, hopefully I'll finish in time for Mother's Day for my mommy!
I've also gotten some more done on my Bumbling Podcaster socks, out of the Gypsy colorway mill spun yarn from Sunset Fibers!  Finished the cuff and leg last night!
Finally, I've gotten a little more done on my Simple Knitted Bodice, by Stephanie Japel.
For spinning, sadly, I haven't gotten anything done.  If I get a lot done on my Monkeys tonight, though, I'll be spinning a bunch tomorrow!
~Free Entertainment!
2 new shows this week that I got addicted to!
- Spin Control with Shilo
 - Brass Needles with Miss Kalendar
 Fibery/Yarn sales
-Angora Valley has some awesome coned yarns, $14-$20 for 3lbs of yarn!!!
 - Paradise Fibers also has some really nice coned yarns, 1lb for $14-$35!  They also have loads of stuff in their clearance and bargain sections!
 - Gurney's Seeds and Plants has really great prices and they have a deal right now which is if you buy $50 worth of plants and products, you can receive $25 worth of free product!
~Tip of the Week
Look elsewhere.  If you are shopping in a large store, try to think if there is another department you can find things in.  For example, those wonderful microfiber cleaning cloths cost about $8 for 4 cloths in the cleaning section.  If you wander over to the auto care section, you can get a bag of 20 of the SAME cloths for $8.  Another example was gardening gloves.  In the garden section, those lovely dipped gloves that are super nice cost about $12.99 for one pair, but if you go to the hardware section, you can get 3 pairs for $9.99!  Try to think if there is another area in the store that you can find your item!
~ How I Saved the Week!
I was able to find a fiddle music book on Amazon for half the price from the music shop, and it got here 5 days faster than it would have at the music shop!
~ Worth it!
Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D Johnson
Retail: $22.99, 23 patterns
-Beautiful color photos of each pattern
- The explanation section of how to make your socks fit is REALLY good!
- 5 different options for toes
- 3 different options for heels
 - 4 different bind-offs
 - 3 different vanilla patterns to test
 - I want to knit my way through this whole book because all the patterns are awesome.
- Not much support for DPN users.  Only 2 patterns written specifically for DPNs without having to change math or figuring some stuff out myself.
- All the lace and cable patterns are only charted, not written out line by line, so if you aren't comfortable with charts, this might be a little more difficult.
- Some of the socks in the book would have benefitted by having photos in more than one yarn.  A few of the patterns were a little bit hard to see because the yarn was a little too busy.
Overall: Worth it!  This is the book I'll be using for my LAL!
Contact Info:
Leave me a comment at the bottom of the page, email me, follow me on Twitter: Roue0824 or find me on Ravelry, username is Roue!  While you are there, check out the KnitCents Podcast listeners group!
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Laura's Organics

NEW PRODUCT~ High-odine skin cream. I've had a lot of requests for a high-iodine skin cream. After much experimentation I have a cream that I'm happy with. Lots of iodine, Brazil nut oil(selenium)...topical Iodine supplementation:)


Distilled water, organic brazil nut oil, palma christi castor oil, organic unrefined coconut oil, vegetable emulsifying wax, organic essential oils of balsam fir, frankincense and myrrh, vitamin E. Each 4 ounce jar contains approximately 1.25 grams reagent grade Lugol's iodine

$33 for 4 oz


NEW PRODUCT~ "Robert's hard working comfrey root hand salve" AKA comfrey salve:) Robert's testimonial(via e-mail):

"I work in live theater as a stage hand. There is a lot of lifting, pulling and carrying. The environment can be a toxic nightmare, with paints, heat, theatrical smoke, various fire retardants, and dust. I wear gloves when possible, but inevitably my hands come in contact with heat, harsh chemicals,
and rough surfaces.
I have developed calluses on my hands. They used to harden, and then crack, often painfully. I have started using your comfrey root hand salve on my hands
at night. I apply a thick coat, and then wear light cotton gloves to bed.
I have been using the salve for a few weeks. I still have the calluses, but they are softer and no longer crack. In addition, the salve is soothing when my hands are dry. I would recommend your hand salve to anyone whose hands are exposed to a harsh working environment. I have tried many commercial hand creams
over the years. Your hand salve really works."

BTW, my husband says the same thing. His calluses do not crack, using this salve....

Ingredients: organic comfrey root, organic marshmallow root, organic calendula and chamomile blossom infused in organic olive oil, organic shea butter, organic sweet almond oil, organic lavender essential oil and beeswax.

$18 for a 2 oz tin


eye cream... Good for delicate, thin skin, also great for the neck and decolletage. My testers are very happy with it, and so am I, it's my new favorite:) I'll be offering 2 oz jars for $28. That's a lot of product for a very reasonable price. I cannot, in good conscience, sell this in 1/2 oz sizes like you would normally find with this sort of product. It's too good, and you're going to want to use it on the neck, etc.


Organic Calendula infusion, Organic Marshmallow infusion, Organic Macadamia nut oil, Organic Rosehip seed oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn oil
Organic sweet almond oil, Organic carrot seed oil, Organic pomegranate seed oil, Vegetable emulsifying wax,Organic essential oil of lavender
grapefruit seed extract

$28 for 2 oz.


Rosewood hand cream~ distilled water, organic sweet almond oil, organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, vegetable emulsifying wax, vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, aloe vera, organic EO's of geranium, rosewood, cedar, frankincense and myrrh.

$27 for 4 oz.


the face cream ~ distilled water, organic emu oil, organic almond oil, organic aloe, Vit E, organic lavender & Juniper essential oils, iodine, vegetable glycerin, Vegetable emulsifying wax.

Price on that is $26 for 4 oz


Lavender Body Cream ~ distilled water, organic coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil, organic essential oil of lavender, vegetable glycerin,Vegetable emulsifying wax

$26 for 8 oz.


Cocoa-Mint Foot Cream~ distilled water, organically grown chocolate mint-infused coconut oil(mint from my garden), cocoa butter, Vegetable emulsifying wax, grapefruit seed extract and organic peppermint essential oil. It's really nice to keep it in the fridge, feels great on tired feet!

$23 for 4 oz.


And the Iodine salve(new formulation) contains:

organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil, beeswax, palma christi castor oil, organic lavender oil, organic rosemary oil and Lugol's iodine. Each 2 oz jar contains 312.5mg reagent grade Lugol's iodine.

$18 for 2 oz

If you are interested in ordering any of these items, email Laura.