August 19, 2011

CraftLife Episode 11 – Be A Novice

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , at 11:40 am by treacleandinketsy

This Texas summer has been hot, hot, HOT! But, not in a dancing-in-the-streets-limbo-with-a-frosty-beverage kind of way. More like a stay-indoors-with-the-windows-covered-wearing-very-little kind of way.  Though the weather outside is frightful (and yes, it can be deemed so even in the middle of summer), I am so glad to be back behind the mic again. 🙂 Episode eleven is coming at you, and is dedicated to anyone who has ever had to say, “But, I’m NEW!”

CraftLife is pleased to announce the winner of the very first giveaway! The winner of the “Name That Skein” contest is….. Sandrada! Sandrada suggested the name “Peregrine”, which also happens to be the name of the patron saint of cancer sufferers.

If you seek the wisdom of the Godmother of Knitting Podcasts, look no further than Cast On with Brenda Dayne. You can also follow her on Twitter as @knitsib.

Are you completely musically illiterate, or maybe you just need a little brush-up? Check out www.8notes.com and click on the “Music Theory” tab on the right side of the screen for step-by-step instruction. You can learn as little, or as much as you want.

Did you miss out on entering the first giveaway? No problem! Martine, of iMake, has offered up this gorgeous red leather cuff:

Leather Cuff with Stars by iMake

All you have to do to enter, is visit Martine’s Etsy and Folksy shops, and leave me a comment in the iMake Giveaway thread in the CraftLife Ravelry group, telling me which one of her items you like the best.

In celebration of my one year knitting birthday, Ishbel has been cast on. Those pesky pink-ribbon fingerles mitts have been frogged and transformed into a new hat, and the stuffed TARDIS is nearing the end of it’s period of incarceration.

Here’s a shout-out to Laura of The Ood Cast for planting the idea of song parody’s in the back of my mind.

Lyrics to this week’s song. (based on the song “Breathe [2 am]”, by Anna Nalick)

Knitter’s Mistake
2 am and she calls me ‘cause I’m still awake.
Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?
Dropped a stitch about seventeen rows behind me.
There’s no way I can pick it up from where I am.
This is so frustrating, I feel I should just slam
It down on the table, and walk away, madly.

‘Cause my stitches don’t count up, and I missed a cable,
This yarn’s not the size that it says on the label.
Now I can’t find which repeat I am on.
I think I should have a sit-down
And breathe, just breathe
Woah breathe, just breath

They say, “Do a gage swatch”, but I think that they’re dumb.
Now my choice has come back to bite me in the bum.
It’s turning out a whole lot smaller than I’d planned.
And who’s idea was it to knit while watching TV?
I think I completely skipped row thirty-three.
I’ve had just about all of the mess-ups I can stand.

‘Cause my stitches don’t count up, and I missed a cable,
This yarn’s not the size that it says on the label.
Now I can’t find which repeat I am on.
I think I should have a sit-down
And breathe, just breathe
Woah breathe, just breath

There’s a right way to knit this, but I’ve done it wrong.
How is it that I’ve carried on for so long?
Is it even worth trying to fix it from here?
Or should I just frog it all back?

2am and I’m still awake knitting along.
If I get it fixed now before bed, it’s no longer
There taunting me, full of the errors I’ve put there.
When I cast it on, I thought I’d finish it proudly
But all of this stress has me screaming out loud,
“Is it worth it?” or is it much more than I can bear?

‘Cause my stitches don’t count up, and I missed a cable,
This yarn’s not the size that it says on the label.
Now I can’t find which repeat I am on.
I think I should have a sit-down
And breathe, just breathe
Woah breathe, just breathe
Yeah breathe, just breathe
Breathe, just breathe

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16 Comments »

  1. love the song – it’s brilliant!!! I did feel it nescersary to find my karaoke track of 2am nd sing along – haha!!!

    • Thank you – I’m so glad you liked it! It was totally based on personal experience, but i’m pretty sure will sound familiar to most knitters. 🙂

  2. […] above.  If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning the cuff, please listen to her episode 11 and follow the instructions on her show notes.  Please note that you cannot enter by leaving a […]

  3. HEHEHE…who hasn’t felt the sentiments of that song! Love it.

  4. Sandra said,

    Wow, I was chuffed to bits to learn I had won! There is something not too edifying seeing a 63 yr old punching a fist in the air yelling “Yeah!”. Have calmed down enough now to enjoy the podcast and stopped spinning to listen to the song again! Thanks for enjoyable podcast, I know it takes a lot of hard work.

    • What a great mental picture!! I only wish I could have seen it in person. I’m very much looking forward to listing my yarn in the “Peregrine” colorway in October.

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  6. Becca-Lou said,

    Pleased you’re back. Hope you enjoyed your little break.

    Your song had me in hysterics…I can relate to move of it.

    I’ve just taken up knitting (I’ve been a quilter, embroiderer and crocheter until now) so was happy to be able to understand some of the terminology you called-out…I clearly have a lot to learn though.

    Keep it up

    • Anytime I can make someone laugh, it’s a good day. 🙂 That’s great that you’ve giving knitting a try! If take to that like you do to your other crafts, you’ll do just fine – that Christmas tapestry of yours looks fabulous!

  7. Sharon said,

    Heard about CraftLife on the Well Knitted Life, really enjoyed my first listen.

  8. Yuka said,

    Love love love your song.
    That was brilliant idea!

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  10. […] above.  If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning the cuff, please listen to her episode 11 and follow the instructions on her show notes.  Please note that you cannot enter by leaving a […]


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