Monday, August 30, 2010

Ep. 32- Self Preservation

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thank you!
   I had an awesome birthday! Thanks for all the birthday messages!
~Sponsors/ Contests!  
Check them all out in previous posts from this month! 
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~Knitting/ Spinning:
  I've been working on my Simple Knitted Bodice again!  I'm almost finished with the first sleeve, and the second one won't take long either!  (since is short sleeved!)  I've also almost finished Aaron's first TDTU sock!  Haven't done any spinning :(  I did however, buy a Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom with some birthday money!
~Free Entertainment:
 NPR Sunday Puzzle!  Check it out on iTunes!
~Garden Update:
   Tomatoes are still going crazy, and I got some canning supplies for my birthday so we are going to make dilly beans and pickles this week!  Yay!
  -Joann has a really amazing deal on fine crochet thread!! 1.19 for a spool of of 400 yards of fine crochet thread! Great to use as a lifeline!
  -CrystalCreekFibers has awesome prices on fibers, including 4oz of hand dyed mulberry silk top for only $17!
  - Lion Brand Yarn Co. has Schacht Cricket looms on sale, 15% off! I got mine there!
~Tip of the Week:
  Self Preservation!  Can, freeze, dry or pickle fresh foods now!  Buy them fresh in bulk and preserve them to have all year! Bulk foods are way cheaper, and they are even more of a steal when they are in season!!!
~ How I Saved the Week:
   - Everything I bought with my birthday money was on sale except for a skein of yarn and a couple sets of needle tips!  I win!  Also, I bought some gross yogurt (because I wasn't at my favorite grocery store and the terrible store I was at didn't have ANY good yogurt!!) so I made frozen fruit yogurt popsicles out of them!!
~Worth It!
Put 'Em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton
  $19.95 retail, 300 pages!
This book is amazing!  It teaches you really easily how to preserve your own food without using special equipment!  Dry foods in your oven or air dry, freeze, can in a large soup pot and pickle using vinegar!  The book is laid out by main ingredient, so if you find yourself saying "what am I ever going to do with x pounds of x?" you can flip to that section!  I made dilly beans and pickles, and also some bruiseberry vinegar!!
~Contact Info:
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Episode 31- Warning, No Whining!

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thank you!
   -Sorry last week's episode was so whiney!  This one is way better!
This week's episode is brought to you by Audible!  Visit for a free 2 week trial and a free audiobook download of your choice!
~ Sponsor:
Sunset Fibers is offering 4oz of fiber or 200 yds of yarn in the colorway of your choice to the winner of this month's contest!  Check out all the details at the Ravelry Group page!
~ Knitting:
  I've finished the pattern prototype for the vanilla TDTU sock pattern!  It is being test knit and I hope to have the finished product done by the end of September!  I've been working on Aaron's cabled sock, but haven't gotten much done because I've been working on wedding plans a lot!  Not much spinning either.
~ Garden Update: 
Tomatoes! Mmmmmmmmmm
~ Sales:
   -Webs is having their summer sale with bargains of up to 70% off!
   - Knitpicks is getting rid of lots of summer colors at 25% off, and they have loads of kits for 15-33% off!
   - Amazon has tons of canning supplies for amazing prices!  Check them out if you are going to be doing as much canning as I will be!
~Tip of the Week
Ship packages online!  If you have the weight of your package, you can visit and save up to 15% on shipping!!
~ How I Saved the Week:
Costco!  I got almost all my party goodies there for super cheap!
~ DIY:
 Preserving Carrots and squashes.  Carrots: peel, slice and blanch the carrots, then freeze them for up to 9 months!  Blanching is where you heat the food in boiling water for a short amount of time, then immediately dunk them into ice water for the same amount of time!
Squashes: Grate and store in the freezer in quantities perfect for zucchini bread! Yum!
~ Worth It:
Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss
$19.95  144 pages, 16 patterns
Patterns are well written and easy to read
Beautiful photos of all the patterns
Patterns are progressive in terms of skill
Technique pages are very good with easy to understand pictures.
None of the sweaters are seamless! What the heck?
Yarn is all Debbie Bliss- do a little research to sub yarn!
Overall Worth it!
~Contact Info:
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Twitter: Roue0824
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Episode 30- Its too darn hot!

This episode was very bad and I was super whiney and the music was too loud.  Feel free to skip it if you'd like.  If you want the info though, there it is:
Sales: Super cute knit hand puppet patterns!  Use coupon code :Rav for 25% off!
Flocks of Yarn is going out of business. :( But they've got good sales going on because of it!
Sears is having their summer appliance sale, which includes air conditioners!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Episode 29- I tried to be lazy...

~Welcome, Intro, Thank yous
~Sponsors/ Contests:
 Check out last week's shownotes, there are a LOT!
~ Knitting/ Spinning:
I've got 5 repeats of chart B on Brandywine, and I still love it!  I've also finished the first top down toe up sock and I'm almost done with the foot of the second one!  I also started a new pair for Aaron, using some JoAnn Sensations Bamboo and Ewe yarn.  This ball seems a little slubby and has some weird bits of unspun sections that I am not a big fan of.  Hopefully it was just a little at the beginning of the ball...  I've worked a little on spinning that cormo, but not much on that front.
~Free Entertainment:
I'm still listening to the Quarter Share series by Nathan Lowell. (See last 2 or 3 episode notes) I've finished all but the final book, and I'm 2/3 through that one!  There is also a spin off type book from the same universe but about a different character that is queued up on my ipod for the next one!
~Garden Update:
We harvested a ton of stuff and made some AMAZING veggie lasagna from our garden and CSA this week!  I'm quite sure I've gained 15 pounds!
~ Sales!
   -Hairball Yarn is offering free shipping in the US!
   - WhitKnits is offering 15% off all their sock yarns and summer yarns during the month of August!
   -Woot is a website that highlights a deal every day!  Sometimes there are useless deals but sometimes the deals are really quite amazing!
~Tip of the Week:
Take advantage of free things!  Free isn't always a scam, sometimes its an advertisement, but you can also request free samples of products through their websites, take advantage of free trials of things like magazine and movie subscriptions (like Netflix, the best $9 a month I spend) and loads of other things!  Be creative!
~ How I Saved the Week:  Aaron really likes these sandwiches they make at our local grocery store, but one sandwich is about $7, so instead I decided we will make our own!  I made some delicious foccacia bread and we made up yummy sandwiches!  The bread recipe is from the Williams Sonoma Bread Cookbook. Its a recipe for Onion Foccacia, but instead of onion I use 3-4 cloves of pressed garlic and about a teaspoon of fresh chopped rosemary!  So yummy!
~ Worth It:
Knit Ponchos, Wraps and Scarves by Jane Davis
Retails at $21.99, 128 pages, 44 patterns
-Teaches a lot of techniques: lace, cables, beads, fringes
- Lots of yarn options: says "use x amount of yardage in sport weight yarn of x fiber content" instead of specific yarn.  Gives readers permission to choose their own yarn a little easier.
- Beautiful color photos of every project
- Full range of skill levels
-Instructions are easy to follow
- Patterns are charted and written out line by line
- Diagrams used to teach techniques are easy to see and follow
- Some patterns use really crazy novelty yarns which makes the design hard to see
- A lot of the patterns use Super Bulky yarn, which isn't my style.  Nothing wrong with it, just not for me
Overall: Worth it!!
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Donate Button!

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Episode 28- Secrets and Surprises

~Welcome/ Intro: 
  Thanks to all who've been in contact this week, and a BIG thanks to the person who made my very first podcast donation!  The buttons are on their way, should be here this week!  If you want one, send a $5 donation to the podcast and include your name and address and I'll send you a button!
Erica of the Fiddleknits Podcast and Fiddleknits designs has teamed up with Kim Werker to help raise $2,500 for Pancreatic Cancer research!  She is donating 50% of all her pattern sales to this cause until September 11!  To help, she is starting up 2 new KALs! One for her Pretty Polly sweater, and one for her Frosting Shawlette!  Both are super cute!  Check out her Ravelry Group for more information!
~August Sponsor: 
Sunset Fibers is donating either 4oz of beautiful fiber, or 200 yards of yarn in the colorway of your choice, to the winner of the August contest!  ALSO, for ALL of the KnitCents listeners, she is offering a special deal for August!  Visit her website, and she will give you 10% off your purchases during the month of August if you mention the KnitCents Podcast during checkout!  How do you win?
~August Contest:
August is my birthday month and I want to plan a party!  Go over to the Ravelry Group and post your best tip for saving money while planning a party!  I'll choose the tip I found most useful while planning my party and that person will win a prize from Sunset Fibers!
~Surprise #1: 
Neotigress on Etsy has donated 4oz of undyed roving and 2 sets of beautiful stitch markers to the winner of our second contest!  How to enter: Dye some yarn or fiber using kool-aid, food coloring or some other inexpensive and easily obtainable method and post photos on the Ravelry Group!  You can post photos until August 18, and then we will vote for our favorite until August 22!
~Surprise #2:
  Twilight Knits is donating a skein of yarn and a set of pattern keepers in the color and design of your choice to the winner of the third contest! How to enter: Take a single skein of yarn and use ALL OF IT!  You must knit, crochet or otherwise craft and use every last bit!  You must prove to me that you won't waste the beautiful prize!  Whoever can get the closest to using the entire skein, without going over will win!  Every item made must be useful (swatches don't count) but they don't have to be knitted!  Snips of yarn after weaving in ends and whatnot must be counted toward your final yardage count! Post photos of the finished items and leftover bits, and a description of the projects and your final yardage count onto the thread in the Ravelry group to enter!  If there is a tie, then we will use a random number generator to decide the winner!  Entries may be posted until August 22.
~Surprise #3: 
I am donating a book from my personal library!  Knit Ponchos, Wraps and Scarves by Jane Davis.  How to enter: Knit a poncho, wrap or scarf and post photos in the Ravelry group!  Fall is just around the corner, and you don't want to be caught without something warm to wrap up in!  This contest will run all the way through the month of August, and the winner will be chosen by a random number generator!
**You may enter in any or all of the contests, but you may only win once!  Let me know if you guys have any questions, and have fun!
~Knitting/ Spinning:
I've almost finished the super secret project for my friend, but she knows she's getting a cabled headband and a pair of handwarmers!  I've knitted a few rows on Brandywine, and I've been spinning a little on the cormo! Not much is new in the section!
~ Free Entertainment:
 I've made my way through the first 3 podiobooks in the Quarter Share series by Nathan Lowell and I'm still enjoying them thoroughly!
~ Garden Update:  I have little bell peppers the size of ping pong balls, I have half a bajillion cucumbers, and the beans are starting to bean!
~ Sales!
  -Webs is having their summer weaving yarn sale!
  - KnitPicks is having a 25% off certain colorways sale!  They are making room for fall colorways!
  Elsewhere, storage containers and other organizational tools are on super sale, along with SCHOOL SUPPLIES!  Yay!  Get deals on this stuff pretty much anywhere you find these things!
~Tip of the Week:
Find out the secrets of your town!  For example, my town has an abandoned blueberry field.  It doesn't cost anything to go there, but you may need to bring a clipper and some rubber boots!  Learn what kind of fun secrets your town holds!
~ I'm going to save the week by picking LOADS of free blueberries at the blueberry bog!
~ Worth IT!
KnitPicks Chart Keeper $9.99 each, $1.99 for replacement magnets
This is a magnetic board that folds up like a notebook! You can keep track of your pattern without losing your place!  My favorite part is that it folds up pretty small so it fits in a purse or knitting bag really easily!
**Totally WORTH IT!
~Contact Info
Email me
Ravelry: Roue
Twitter: Toue0824
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~Final Surprise: 
You thought I forgot didn't you.  FiberFrosting, aka Naomi has won the July Contest!  Congrats!

Episode 27- A Daily Dose

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thank Yous!
   The buttons have been ordered!  If you want one, make a $5 donation to the podcast and I'll send you a button!

~Sponsor: Trickle Creek Farm and Fiber is donating a bar of goat's milk soap and some bubblin' bath salts to our lucky winner!
~Contest: Participate in the Tour de Sheep and post photos on the Ravelry Group!
~Knitting/ Spinning: I've been knitting the Brandywine (which I LOVE) and I've also been knitting a super secret project for my friend's birthday! I've also finished the first of the top down-toe up socks!  I talked a bit about how I did it!
~Free Entertainment: I've been listening to Podiobooks, I've finished the Heaven series by Mur Lafferty and started the Quarter Share series by Nathan Lowell.  Both really good!
~Garden Update: Had a bit of a setback- aphid infestation in some cabbages and lettuces, but we got them out and got some ladybugs.  Peas are yummy and cayenne peppers, and carrots and onions are almost ready to pull!  Eating lots of kale and blackberries and raspberries!
  -Twilight Knits on Etsy: Free shipping sale!
  - JAHtsemer on Etsy: Fiber Lottery!  Grab bags are 50% off!
  - TexasGirlDesigns on Etsy: has lavender sachets on sale- 3 for $12!
~Tip of the Week: Submitted by a listener, Read the fine print!  She was able to get free parking in her city because she drives a hybrid, and also was able to get tomatoes at 4# for 3.99 as opposed to 1# for 3.99 because she got them in a box instead of a bag!
~How I Saved the Week: We didn't do anything that cost any money!  We made meals at home and had fun making meals together!  As a birthday gift for someone, we made a pan of brownies instead of buying a gift!
~Worth IT!
Polworth from Sunset Fibers- $18 for 4oz- spun on my wheel
Super soft, easy to spin and the colors look amazing!
Merino, bamboo and silk blend from Sunset Fibers- spun on a spindle
Oh my gosh, spins like a dream!  $9 for 4oz
Cormo from Rainbow Yarns NW $20 for 4oz
OMG Cormo is my new favorite!
**Overall: All 3 totally worth it!
~Contact Info:
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Twitter: Roue0824
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