August 4, 2011
I may be taking a brief hiatus from podcasting, but things are still happening here behind the scenes of CraftLife, the result of which is …(drum roll)… the first CraftLife contest!
I have finally finished spinning up that kool-aide dyed fiber I shared with you all those episodes ago, but I’ve run into a bit of a snag. What should I call it? This yarn ranges the spectrum of bright reds to pale pinks, and will be offered up for sale in my Etsy shop during the month of October to raise money for breast cancer research.
Here’s a peek at the as yet unnamed skein:
Drop Spindle Spun Yarn In The “???” Colorway:
If you have a brilliant idea for a colorway name for this, please share it in the CraftLife group thread on Ravelry. If you have more than one brilliant idea, share that as well! There is no limit to the number of ideas you may submit.
This contest will be open until August 16th at 11:59pm, CST. I’ll choose my favorite colorway name from the suggestions, and announce the winner in Episode 11.
The winner of this contest will receive one skein of Corntastic by Kollage Yarns in the Garnet colorway. This is 105 yards of machine washable and dry-able 100% corn fiber. I had originally purchased this yarn to use in a project that I have since decided to take in a different direction. It has been wound into a center-pull ball, but I can certainly re-skein it if the winner prefers.
Tell ‘Em What They’ll Win!
Thanks for offering up your suggestions! I can’t wait to see what all of you creative-types come up with. 🙂
July 21, 2011
Episode ten is up and running! I hope you enjoy this mini-milestone, and I’m looking forward to being back with you in August. 🙂
If you love to laugh (and who doesn’t?) and knit, The Knit Wits Podcast will be right up your alley. You can listen to them on their website as well as on iTunes.
Do you have dreams of becoming a Southern Belle? This humorous list, courtesy of About.com, will provide you with a few simple steps to help you on your way. And, if you would like a classic example to model yourself after, spend a few hours with Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind.
Fried Green Tomatoes
2 green tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch sliced
1/3 – 1/2 cup milk
oil for frying
salt and pepper
- Heat about 1/4 inch of oil in the bottom of a frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Beat together egg and milk.
- Coat tomato slices in egg/milk mixture, then dredge in cornmeal.
- Fry slices in oil until golden brown on both sides.
- Drain slices on paper towels. Salt and pepper to taste.
And many thanks to all of you who have left me great iTunes reviews! It is much appreciated.
July 10, 2011
The heat is really wearing us down in TX this week. As I write this the thermometer reads 100 degrees. I’ve heard of people trying to fry an egg on a hot sidewalk, and I’m thinking of seriously giving that a try this Wednesday when it’s supposed to be back up to 106. Ugh! Wherever you are, I hope you are staying cool. And whether or not you celebrated Independence Day on July 4th in your part of the world, I hope you get the chance sometime soon to celebrate your creative independence.
If you’d like to learn a little Mandarin while getting your knitting podcast fix, you should give a listen to Clothed In The Lamb.
Let’s have a go at that recipe sharing! Here’s your first one:
Classic Pecan Pie
1 cup Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) pecans
1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen** deep-dish pie crust
- Preheat oven to 350°F (178 °C).
- Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into pie crust.
- Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 70 minutes (see tips for doneness, below). Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving.
- **To use prepared frozen pie crust: Place cookie sheet in oven and preheat oven as directed. Pour filling into frozen crust and bake on preheated cookie sheet.
- RECIPE TIPS: Pie is done when center reaches 200°F (93°C). Tap center surface of pie lightly – it should spring back when done. For easy clean up, spray pie pan with cooking spray before placing pie crust in pan. If pie crust is overbrowning, cover edges with foil.
- High Altitude Adjustments: Reduce sugar to 2/3 cup and increase butter to 3 tablespoons. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F (163°C).
*This recipe is courtesy of Karo. Pictures and a how-to video can be found here.*
Here are some of the bracelets I have been working on. Thoughts?
Along with the bracelets, I have been working on the Tangled Branches hat by Grace Akhrem. You can click here to have a peek at her many other designs. And, the kits for the breast cancer awareness socks are available through Pagewood Farm.
June 28, 2011
I had an absolutely lovely time va/stay-cationing with my family in and around my home town of Newberry, South Carolina.
If saving the world at the point of an animated gun is your idea of a good time, I might peg you as a Call Of Duty: Black Ops player.
If you did NOT want to knit in public with me on WWKIP Day, you could have joined me for a little cruise on Lake Murray.
Though Treacle and Ink on Etsy has been shamefully neglected lately, it is all due to preparations happening in the background for Treacle and Ink Goes Pink for breast cancer research fundraising in the month of October.
The Ravelry rumor mill reports that a magazine full of Jane Austen inspired knitwear will be coming out late this fall! I read about it in this thread.
CraftLife has spread its wings! You can now follow CraftLife on Twitter.
June 11, 2011
After this very busy week of unexpected overtime, and unexpected knitting, I wasn’t able to get a full podcast together for you. But I didn’t want to leave you with nothing. So, instead of a full episode this week, I present you with a mini episode – part one of a two parter.
Up-and-coming sweater designers might like to check out the I Knit Guernsey design competition.
CraftLife Knitters Theatre brought you “The Elves and the Shawlmaker”. You can read the original story that inspired this adaptation here.
May 27, 2011
Last weekend saw the final football game of the season for the Hill Country Colts, and while my intention was to once again take the opportunity for a little knitting in public, I was thwarted by the weather. Tornadoes and hail storms in the surrounding area left the humidity level incredibly high. But, not all knitting related goodness was was done away with. Hooray for garage sales put on by fellow fiber enthusiasts! For more details on that, have a listen to this week’s episode, in which you’ll also finally hear a little more from my husband than just a Southernism definition.
If you are new to the world of crafty podcasts, or if you have been around for a while and, by some glitch in the space-time continuum, have managed to remain completely unawares, allow me to direct you to the absolutely fabulous CraftLit, with Heather Ordover.
Were you a child of the ’80s? Take a trip down memory lane with the inspiration for today’s episode title, Jem and the Holograms.
Many thanks to email Adam for allowing me to pick his brain about photography and videography! If you have any questions for him, or just want to do a little more brain-picking, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put ADAM in the subject line.
I really want to knit the Horai scarf by Hiroko Fukatsu, and one day I will… just not today.
If you do anything charitable with your creative skills, please visit the CraftLife Ravelry thread, “Creating for a Cause”, and tell us all about it!
AND, if you are in the US, have a great Memorial Day weekend. 🙂
May 15, 2011
I have been absolutely spoiled these past two weeks. Right after completing episode four, Adam took me out on a catamaran for a dinner cruise to celebrate my birthday! (…which was back in January, but who wants to be out on a boat in the middle of winter??) Then, on Mother’s Day weekend, he surprised both me and his mother with a day of pampering at a spa. Like I said, I am completely spoiled sometimes, but after weekends like these, where does a girl find the funds for crafting? Well, that’s why “Thrifty” is the name of the game in this CraftLife episode.
If you visited Mayfest in Fort Worth, TX, you had the opportunity to see Tim Decker (aka: Painter Tim). If you didn’t make it to Mayfest, check out his facebook page and watch the video of Painter Tim at work.
Looking for some inexpensive craft supply alternatives? How about Kool Aid Dyeing, Tee Shirt Yarn, recycling yarn from old or thrifted garments, making use of newspaper end rolls, or home made play-dough.
Interested in trying you hand at tea bag folding? Here’s a website to help you get stared. A quick google search for printable tea bag folding papers will furnish you with plenty of pretty patterns to choose from.
If you’d rather cut paper than fold it, how about some nice silhouette portraits? If your model doesn’t have the time (or “fidget” control) to sit still for you to trace his or her shadow, you can achieve similar results with a photograph and tracing paper, or go a little more high-tech with this Photoshop method.
May 1, 2011
Hey, hey all you hackers out there! This one’s for you!
WARNING! Before you precede any further, please familiarize yourself with that hacker genius, MacGyver.
And if you’d like to do a little more reading about hacking in general, take a peek into “The New Hacker’s Dictionary”.
So you still want to try your hand at cow tipping?? This how-to video provides step-by-step instructions.
Indy Mogul offers up some great inspiration and DIY goodness. Their Backyard FX series is full of incredibly good how-tos. You can watch their Fallout fan Film, Nuka Break, and then see the episode about how some of their props were constructed.
About that yarn swift that Mr. E. Bunny told me about… check it out for yourself here.
I have managed to cast on and complete the Waterfall Scarf since the last episode… though it may get frogged and re-knit.
April 26, 2011
The CraftLife promo is now up and running. Distribution of this promo is
strictly forbidden highly encouraged!
Have no fear, this is not in place of this week’s upcoming episode, but merely a bit of a teaser. See you on the weekend. 🙂
April 16, 2011
Whew! After being up to my neck in fiber over the past two weeks, I am just itching to share it with you. But first of all, what do you think about my new design?! Much better, no? Many thanks to Adam, my resident Photoshop whiz.
And now on to the fiber-y goodness!
Looking for yet another knitting podcast to try? Check out the Knitting Podcasts Blog for a whole slew of options.
If your calendar is looking pretty empty this time next year, you might like to plan a trip to the Dallas Fiber Fest. Here you can find all kinds of interesting fiber dealers such as Two If By Hand, FiberLady.com, Knitting Fairy, and Shabby Sheep.
Still have more questions about CSAs? Check out Jacob’s Reward Farm for more details.
While I still may be working on those pink ribbon fingerless mitts, I have cast on the Liesel Scarf to keep me interested in the mean time.
If you haven’t done so yet, please join me in the CraftLife Ravelry Group!