Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Random

  1. It's a beautiful thing when no one reads your blog (except you jellidonut and you, nameless follower both of whom I appreciate very much - and maybe Kathy is catching this post) because you can really write whatever you want.
  2. Did that young American figure skater in the Olympics last night get a bloody nose from spinning so fast or was the air just dry?
  3. Snow days are awesome.  Except that I need to go out and shovel snow.  Lots. Of. Heavy. Heavy. Wet. Snow.
  4. I need a dinner that involves using up lots of good bread.  Any thoughts?  All I can think of is French Toast.  If I melt a little cream cheese and raspberry jam on it and add powdered sugar will it seem like dinner?  More like dessert!
Two more days until more skiing.  Hubby and I got engaged at the top of Whiteface in Lake Placid.  I'm looking forward to going back.  Especially with all this awesome snow.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yummy Yummy Yarns

Projects
My stash is singing a siren song to me, probably because I''m being project monogomous for the first time in my life due to the Ravelympics.  I'm currently beavering away on my alpaca v-neck pullover which is going to be yummy.  Without some serious hours though, I don't know that I can do it.  I did have to do a couple other things today like buy some food since mother hubbard's cupboards were bare.  I love trying to use up the last of things but the kids wanted milk and apples - dang them!  I also made some ROCKIN' yummy (speaking of yummy) granola called Megan's Granola from the All Recipes site.  Here's the Linky but you might have to sign up to get to it.  It's free and this is my go-to site for everyday cooking. 

Musings
I'm musing on my stash.  I don't have projects picked out really for the yarns yet but I'm dying to work with them.  Even the Homespun blankets are calling to me.  I guess I really don't care for project monogomy although if I get this sweater done it will be worth it.

Here's my most recent acquistion.  Some super yummy alpaca from our trip to North Creek, NY (Gore Mountain Skiing) last week.  It's probably going to be a lace scarf for me.  It would match my ski coat too although I didn't buy it with that in mind.  It comes from a beautiful animal named Jenny.  It's all natural colors and the shading is spectacular.  These lovely folks win lots of ribbons for their alpacas and it's beautiful how the animals respond to the farm owners.  There really seemed to be some mutual admiration and respect between human and animal going on while we visited.
Here's a cute picture of my little 4 year old friend waving to the alpacas. 
Did you know that alpacas all go to the bathroom in one place?  Apparently that's so no single animal leaves a scent or trail.  The kids thought that was really cool.

And here are 4 incredibly yummy yarns I got from a super nice woman at Peace, Love & Yarn when she was doing a show in Oneida, NY.  Seriously I could have talked to her for hours.  She was fascinating and kind and had great prices and most importantly I loved the way she puts colors together.  The blues were beautiful too but I had run out of money when I was shopping with her.  You can check her out at http://www.peaceloveyarn.com/.

This is some sort of awesomeness.  I have 780 yards of it in purples and greens and I can't wait to do something amazing with it.  I hesitate to do another shawl until I finish my Maplewing and see if I actually use it.  Other than that, it is a washable and would make a great kids sweater or maybe even something lacy for me.  I'll have to research it.  Hey Teach might work.  It calls for a worsted but I might be able to figure that out.  I'd have to swatch it.  The colors might now do well with the lace.
This is a fun yarn colorwise.  It's a bit pinky and young for me probably but this one's not washable so I've really no idea what I'm going to do with it yet but the dye job is so darn beautiful that I couldn't resist.  Any ideas anyone?
Oh gorgeous sage green alpaca laceweight.  I have 500 yards which I think will be a scarf for my sister in law who has a jacket just this color.
And finally some more sockweight superwash merino and Rayon of Bamboo (whatever that is).  These are incredible shades of green and this is asking to be a pair of Cookie A, Kai Mei socks for me.  I love love love that swirl of lace across the foot.  Genius!  Rav link to Kai-Mei.  I may have to make them shorter as they call for 450 yds and I have 400 but between gauge and mods I'm sure I can work it out.  I'm a woman with a vision!

And now, back to your regularly scheduled show.

P.S.  The kids are sleeping with jammies on inside out and spoons under their pillows hoping for a snow day tomorrow.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Not Blogging

No time to talk.  Knitting.  Ravelympics.  Gorgeous alpaca v-neck pullover.  Sorry kids, get your own dinner.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Memories

Projects
I thought I'd have the Coffin Baby Sweater done by now but skiing and exhaustion got in the way.  I only have to finish the i-cord edging on the second sleeve so I'll try to post a picture tomorrow  And that's all I've been working on.

Musings
"Memory is a man's real possession.  In nothing else is he rich.  In nothing else is he poor."  Alexander Smith, 1830-1867

I like that quote.  There's so much in it.  In yoga and meditation it's all about the now.  It's about being in the present and I love that and strive for that often.  But there's value in memories too and in holding onto them.  If I live a good full life I hope I will have good, full memories to accompany me.  Tangible objects are one of the things that help us remember.  And with all the thought, creative juices and love that goes into knitting most things there are of course memories wrapped up in those objects.  When's the last time you thought about the memories stitched into your knitted objects? 

Right now I'm sitting under an afghan that I knit for my husband before we were married.  I knit it because I was broke and wanted a great gift for not so much money.  Also, at the time he lived in a basement apartment in the Catskill mountains in New York with electric heaters and he had no money either.  We spent every other weekend there and we froze.  I thought an afghan was a really appropriate gift.  So I drove across the border to my LYS in Prescott, Canada and I bought a pattern and a bunch of skeins of bright, primary colors in acrylic and knit up a striped afghan.  I gave this to him in 1987 while the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was going on and so my husband dubbed it the "Afghan Rebel" and it has had that name ever since.  Sitting under this afghan also reminds me of my own basement apartment of the time, owned by my high school boyfriend's family.  It was out in the woods.  It was quiet and small and I loved it.  It was the only time of my life that I lived alone.  All these memories wrapped up in a 23 year old garish afghan made out of acrylic.  I wouldn't trade those memories or this afghan.

Lately I've been wearing My Baktus a lot.   I love this thing. I've discovered that it keeps me as warm when I'm skiing as a fleece neck gaiter but it has way more style than that and if Shaun White can wear his bandanas then I'll wear my handknits. It's made with Adirondak Yarns Cobweb in the Navajo colorway. This is a gorgeous, hand dyed silk/alpaca laceweight yarn that's above my usual price point but I had a Mother's Day gift card to my lys so I splurged on something for myself. So the first memory wrapped up in this knit is the love of my family who cares enough to buy me what I really want - more yarn!
I started the scarf on June 6th, 2009 as my husband and I set out for a Phish concert weekend at Mansfield, Mass. We go away together without the kids about once every 3 or 4 years so it's always a special occassion and Phish concerts are always a celebration. Here I am enjoying the parking lot before the show.


I started it there.  I ripped it because I didn't like the edges.  I started again with i-cord edging and worked on it all through my son's baseball season and at my lys and during our trip to Virginia and on and on and on.  A garter stitch scarf in laceweight on size 1's takes an incredibly long time to finish.  I was still working on it in October when my Mom was visiting and had a heart attack.  I worked on it while I sat with her in the ER for 13 hours and then for 4 days in the cardiac unit.  I filled it with memories of my mother and her strength and courage.  And the hours and hours of Food Network programming we watched together!  I didn't finish it until 2010. 

Is it any wonder that handknits become items we can't throw away, no matter how out of fashion they become or how tattered.  Those are hours of our lives and the tangible expression of our living and the physical reminders of our memories.  With both effort and luck, our lives will be as beautfiul as our handknits. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Creativity

Projects

The Ravelympics have started so I've started my Phazelia's Mitered Sweater for the new niece coming next month.  It's a super fun knit.  I like mitres anyway and I'm really enjoying how all the sock yarn scrap colors are coming together. It's a bit hard to get a good picture of it just yet so that will have to wait.  I did get in lots of knitting time yesterday so I hope it will move along quickly.  If I can really get these two projects done in two weeks I'll be thrilled.
The mass cast on was fun.  I was on the Team Sasquatch chat and Twitter.  It was a bit hard to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies, watch the chat and Twitter, and knit all at the same time so I ended up casting on too many stitches for the arms.  I then grumbled about knitting the 172 backwards loop stitches before I realized my error, ripped them out and cast on and knit the 54 I was supposed to add.  Duh.  This is where Jasmin and Gigi's training tips, like, hello, "read the pattern" you idjit! would have come in handy. 

Musings

In my last post I mentioned that I'm reading a book about creativity which I'm really really enjoying.  It's Creativity:  Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  This is not a simple read so I'm reading it in small bites.  It takes a while to digest them.  But it's incredbily well written which makes it easy to understand these big ideas.  He's got so many good ideas that I don't know where to start. 
One of his basic premises is Creativity (his capital letter) must take place within a system, not by itself.  He says, "Just as the sound of a tree crashing in the forest is unheard if nobody is there to hear it, so creative ideas vanish unless there is a receptive audience to record and implement them."  "According to this view, creativity results from the interaction of a system composed of three elements:  a culture that contains symbolic rules, a person who brings novelty into the symbolic domain, and a field of experts who recognize and validate the innovation.  All three are necessary for a creative idea, product, or discovery to take place." (1)  I couldn't help but apply this thought to the current state of knitting.  Elizabeth Zimmerman, Kaffe Fassett, Cookie A and the Yarn Harlot could all sit around their homes and think of interesting things about knitting and that would be very creative for them, personally.  But for EZs ideas about construction to be Creative there had to be a community of people who were all working with the same rules about knitting and who recognized EZs ideas as valid, interesting, and worth pursuing.  The same goes for Kaffe Fassett's ideas color, Cookie A's ideas on socks or the Yarn Harlot's ideas on how knitting colors the lives of modern, western knitters.  These people have impacted the domain of knitting in such a way that it is different since their ideas were made public.  If they hadn't shared their ideas with other knitters, the craft wouldn't be what it is today.  And this goes for so many other truly creative people in the field right now. 
So far the book doesn't deal with how the internet can effect Creativity.  It was written in 1996 so it might not address the matter but in thinking about just the domain of knitting I can't help but recognize Creative people like Casey of Ravelry and Amy Singer of Knitty.  If you have to share your ideas in order to be Creative then the internet will promote more chances to recognize Creativity because creative individuals can share their ideas within a domain more easily.  They don't have to be at a conference or in the same town or at the same yarn shop.  They can be anywhere in the world!  It's so exciting.
Then I have to ask myself if the resurgence in knitting helped promote some of this creativity by providing a larger domain of knitters for new ideas to come into?  Or is it the new ideas that are convincing more people to knit?  Of course, in questions like this it's usually a little bit of each.  For example, the Yarn Harlot's creative ways of looking at how knitting intersects with life and blogging and publishing about it bring awareness of knitting to people who might otherwise not think about it.  And some of those people will pick it up and try it.  And a few of those people will become Knitters.  And a couple of those people will have a new way of looking at some aspect of knitting and they can easily throw it out to this large domain of knitters for review.  The question of whether or not the ressurgance in knitting led to more creativity in knitting gets to the heart of education.  As more people learned the language of knitting, there was a bigger domain of people to look at ideas and validate them.  It's a beautiful cycle.
Lest you think Csikszentmihalyi (I'm glad this is a blog, not a podcast since I've no idea how to pronounce that name) doesn't value personal creativity I will you tell you that he does.  He notes that our personal lives would not be as rich, fulfilling, and happy if we didn't have some personal creativity day to day and I agree with him.  Whether it's cooking, home decorating, raising a family or crafting, creativity is an essential part of daily existence.  That is certainly one of the big reasons I knit and maybe it's one of the reasons you craft too.  The next time you're browsing Ravelry or looking at a knitting magazine, think about the fact that not only has the designer come up with a new combination of stitches to create a new pattern, but you are there to validate that act.  And the next time you have an idea maybe you'll choose to share it too.

(1) Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Creativity:  Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention New York, NY:  HarperCollins 1996.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Star Wars and Blue Gatorade

Projects

I'm working away on the blanket for Nick.  I DID change the needles.  They are the same plastic but have a pointier tip and are working so much better.  It's still tough to move the stitches up the needle.  Maybe that's the acrylicness of the Homespun but at least it's a little easier.  If I had a spare $20 I'd got buy some size 15 Addi Turbo's just to see if it would make a difference.  But alas, not this week.  I'm okay with Making Do now that I have the pointy tipped needles.

In other projects I'm planning to wind my yarn into balls for the alpaca v-neck pullover in preparation for the Ravelympics starting tomorrow although I'm going to start New Baby Coffin's sweater first.  But I want to have everything done that I can because a baby sweater and finishing the v-neck in two weeks will be challenging for me.  At least it'll be school vacation so I won't be working and one day my friend and I are planning to not ski and just hang out so hopefully I'll get a lot done.  I'm quite excited for this after thinking I was not going to join in.  There will be a chat for Team Sasquatch (and I'm sure lots of others) during the mass cast-on.  The idea of the mass cast-on is what convinced me to do this in the first place.  I just love the thought of 1,000s of knitters sitting down at the same time for a 3 hour tour  2 week knit.

Finally, I have to pick up all the yarn in the guest room before Saturday evening so our friends can actually sleep there!  I suppose that's okay right now since I need to focus on the Ravelympic projects anyway and looking at my yarn laid out just distracts me.  Playing with yarn is always fun, even if it's cleaning it up.

Musings
Star Wars and blue Gatorade is what my family reverts to in times of illness.  Both my kids are home today with head colds.  It's a beautiful sunny day.  We're sitting on the couch, in the sun, watching Star Wars Episode 4 which we have all seen hundreds of times but it has somehow become the comfort food of any illness.  My daughter is also working on her super cute valentines for tomorrow.  I'm quite sure she'll be back in school tomorrow.  She won't want to miss the Valentine's Day party.  That works out well for me because I'm teaching knitting after school.  (Uh oh, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru just bit the dust.)

Our other comfort in illness is blue Gatorade.  It has to be light blue actually.  It's the only time we drink Gatorade but it makes the kids feel better and gets them to drink lots of fluids.

I'm reading an incredible book about creativity which I think sparked my brain too much because I woke up at 2:15 a.m. to my son's coughing and didn't get back to sleep until well after 4:30 because I was busy thinking up creative ideas for a job I don't even have.  As if that makes any sense.  A longer post about the book will come soon. 

And now, back to the knitting (and Star Wars).

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Addi Turbo Spoilers

Projects

I'm working on my nephew's blanket for Christmas 2010.  I like how it's coming out but I'm suprised at how badly the needles and the yarn go together.  Here's the thing.  I've never been picky about my needles just prefering to take what was handy.  I've inherited lots of needles one way or another and never chosen to spend money splurging on expensive needles.  My motto was always "Make Do" and I never thought it mattered.  On most projects it probably doesn't.  But then I bought a 42" circular Addi Turbo size 1 because I wanted to try making two socks at once on one circular needle and that was the only 42" the lys had in stock.  The sock escapade is a story for another day and I want to try it again but suffice it to say that I didn't finish that pair of socks.  So I used the needle for some laceweight, hand dyed, alpaca/silk to make a scarf.  (Gorgeous by the way.  Mother's Day gift certificate yarn.  Yummmmy - here's the pic.

The needle was a dream.  An absolute dream and I choose it as often as I can.  I use it because it seems to grab the yarn of its own accord and it's smooth and yes, I get it now, hit me over the head with a 2x4, they're Turbo fast.

Then I started the Maplewing Shawl by Anne Hanson with the most gorgeous yarn from the Adirondak Yarn Company in autumn colors.  Here it is so far.
The photo of course doesn't do justice to the incredible yarn.  Again, I had to buy a new needle and ended up with an Addi Turbo because it was the only one in a size 6 long enough for 552 stitches.  And again . . . they amaze me with how smooth and sturdy they are.  It's a joy to work with them which, at 552 stitches per row is a very good thing.  I'm not afraid to admit that this might take me a couple of years to finish so it's a good thing I'm in love with the yarn and the needles.

And now the blanket.  There's a photo in my post of 2/7/10.  It's Lion Brand Homespun yarn which I think is great for kid blankets.  It's wears for years through dragging around, sleeping, and lots of washing as I've witnessed before.  And I generally have no problem knitting with it but I'm using some old plastic needles and I swear the yarn just sticks to them!  They're not too small, if anything they're on the large side because I wanted a loose, drapey, suvvy knit.  And yet I'm fighting with the blunt tips to get them into the stitches and shoving the left hand stitches forceably up the left needle.  I haven't found it this difficult to knit something in years.  Tomorrow before I pick it up again I'll check upstairs and see if I have any other size 15s I can try.  I can't, however, go out and buy another Addi Turbo just now.  But I think the other Addis I have may have spoiled it for me.  Oh cruds, don't tell me I've lost my "Make Do" mojo!

Musings

I'm brain dead this evening but I will say this.  Instead of napping this afternoon I did yoga and it was wonderful.  Somebody kick me the next time I don't do my yoga!  Also, working with kids is amazingly rewarding.  And some days incredibly, amazingly, unbelievably, insanely exhausting. 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Teaching Knitting to Kids and Projects

I love working with kids and teaching them to knit is my favorite of all.  I've read what I could find about the benefits of teaching all kinds of kids yarnie related crafts and knitting.  One day I worked in the K-2 special ed room and the boys wanted to make pom poms.  And what I've read was true.  One of the boys, who had real problems controlling his temper and doing a task for more than five minutes spent a half hour winding yarn around a piece of carboard for a pom pom.  He could have kept going but we had to move to another task.  It was fabulous to see how calm he was and how much he liked the feel of the yarn.

Right now I'm teaching 4th and 5th graders how to knit.  They are a lively bunch and an incredible group of knitters.  Three of them finished garter stitch scarves in one week!  (Lion Brand Thick and Quick on size 13s).  I don't usually start kids out on a scarf because it's a relatively big project.  Generally we do bracelets or coasters.  But these guys really wanted to do scarves and who am I to argue.  They did it and now they're making fingerless gloves, a purse and another scarf.  These are the older kids.  The other 5th grader, a truly creative boy, is a conundrum to me.  He loves knitting and can already knit without even looking at it.  But he can't make himself do more than 30 stitches in a row without then wanting to change something.  He's playing with yarn overs and the Hem stitch.  That's his creativity showing up.  I think if I could sit with him alone for an hour and walk him through a few rows and help him then use his creative ideas he would be fine.  He'd probably design some new kind of lace.  He's the kind of person that makes me think he could come up with something really new and amazing in knitting or fiber arts if he had the basics down.  Who knows, maybe he's another Kaffe Fassett just waiting to blossom.  That's what is so exciting about working with kids.  There's so much potential!

In other knitting news I'm working on a blanket for my nephew for Christmas next year.  It's part of my 2010 Christmas Monthly Make Ahead group on Ravelry.  But it's great.  It's February and I'm managing to stick with my plan at least a little.  It may be a little bizarre to be holiday knitting now but come next December I'll be so pahhy to have these all ready to go.  I'm doing stripes in Homespun on a chevron pattern. 

I'm also prepping for the Ravelympics.  I need to ball up the yarn on my WIP - which I'm so excited to work on. 
 


And I'm going to swatch for the Phazelia's Mitered Sweater that I'm also planning to do for the Ravelympics.  Scraps on the left and a full ball on the right.  The scraps are more fun, I think.  But I'm concerned that they won't go together well enough.  The swatching will tell. 


And so - onto the knitting.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Comedy

I have never thought of myself as much of a television or movie connoisseur. Until I was in 6th grade we had a television but only got 3 channels, French Canadian TV (sorry, I don't speak French well enough for that), PBS and CBS. I remember ZOOM, the Electric Company and Kojak. Then we moved "into town" and got cable after which I also remember watching Star Trek religiously, Benny Hill and the Carol Burnett Show. But not much else. We just weren't TV watchers. We read and listened to music mostly. In the summers we were at camp and we didn't have any TV at all there so we played outside and read and played cards and colored. And we just didn't go to the movies. I don't know if it was a money issue or my parents weren't that interested in movies themselves but we didn't go.

However, we had a Monty Python book. It was my Dad's. And he must have also had a recording of the lumberjack song because I remember him singing it at camp for us when he wore his red plaid LLBean shirt. He would get a goofy look on his face and do a silly dance around the camp and sign the song. Maybe he had eaten too many Fig Newtons. We also must have had recordings or watched a few episodes of Abbot and Costello and Laurel and Hardy because I remember my brother and I riding in the way back of the station wagon and doing skits over and over again for 14 hours on our way to Chicago to visit Mom's family. We laughed and laughed at our impressions of Laurel and Hardy.

More recently in my life I've met some real movie buffs and my 12 year old son has discovered Monty Python, the Muppet Show and tonight . . . Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and The Carol Burnett Show. And I've decided I have a real taste for TV and movie comedy. There is nothing quite as savory as a Monty Python or Mel Brooks movie. I cry whenever I watch Tim Conway and Harvey Korman crack each other up. (The Dentist is my current favorite of them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9T8i4FkNVo&feature=related) In The Dentist I get the feeling that I'm sitting in church and I'm not supposed to laugh, which of course, makes me laugh harder and harder.

And what makes the albatross so funny as a motif repeated over and over in a half hour episode of Monty Python's flying circus? The first thing that makes that so funny for me is to think that someone would even dream up the concept of a grown man dressed up in a show girl outfit selling albatross instead of chocolate and cigarettes. Really, how did they come up with this stuff? But add onto it the absurdity of buying "Burden," asking for trouble, even paying for trouble, even selling Cooleridge's albatross at a show you go to for entertainment - well that's absurd. And that's the kind of comedy I like. Smart, intelligent and absurd. (Come to think of it, I've got this personal genre of literature I call Modern Absurdists that I like too but that's a topic for another post.)

But it's not just old shows and humour that I like. I also find I'm drawn to what is sold as kid humour but is smart enough for adults. This may be because I'm not really fond of crass, vulgar, in-your-face humour. I find Richard Pryor amusing but he's not laugh-out-loud-funny for me. But I DID love the movie Cars. There was so much in that movie for adults. Many times I was the only person in the audience laughing out loud and even though my son was just 9 at the time I managed to embarrass him totally.

So now I have a couple of movies that I want to watch. My dear movie buff friend says Biloxi Blues is a must and My Big Fat Greek Wedding has been recommended. Not too long ago I sat home on a Saturday afternoon knitting and watched A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum which was full of bawdy humor and awful puns and the wonderful Zero Mostel who, by the way, did my all time favorite sketch on the Muppet Show, Fears of Zero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aJO5dRvpXc. Of course, the writing is excellent but the acting makes it funnier than funny and that FINGER.

Maybe I AM a TV and movie buff. Or maybe I could become a TV and movie buff if I narrow it down to comedy and humor of a certain base type. I'll take potty talk and fart jokes (the three cowboys around the fire) and I'll take sexual inuendo and puns and literary references. Politics are usually funny too. So hats off to you Dark Helmut, may the Schwartz be with you.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Podcastarama

I love podcasts. I've always loved talk radio from the CBC to NPR and podcasts are like a dream come true because I can pick and choose my favorite topics to listen to. I don't like all the podcasts I try because of course the whole thing is so personal but here are some of my favorites.

Topping the list is Brass Needles with Miss Kalendar because it combines my two favorite geekdoms - knitting and sci fi, especially Star Trek. And she's smart. I find smart people so much more interesting to listen to. So I can listen to a whole lot of yakking on either of those subjects but I find Miss Kalendar and her friends can actually critique the sci fi and have some really neat ideas. There's the time my kids and I played "Who's Spock" which helped them get through a 9 mile hike. And I find Miss Kalendar quite funny. I love when she cracks herself up. Her sense of humour must go along with mine. And she's introduced me to the steam punk world which I never knew much about but which I now find intriguing although I'm not even remotely considering a corset. http://kalendargirl.blogspot.com/

Also near the top is Dr. Gemma of Cogknitive, a podcast about knitting, crochet, spinning and psychology. Again, a smart, smart woman PLUS loads of compassion (but not the syrupy type) PLUS, again, quite funny. Of course I enjoy listening to people talk about their knitting and crocheting and spinning and that's cool but I love the Strategies section and have used and passed on lots of those strategies. My favorite was when she soothed us parents of teen agers saying that if we were even thinking about what to do with the kids and how to help them then they probably had a good chance of making it through those tough years just fine because hey, we're paying attention, we're trying, and we care. Fine Fine words for the parent of any teen to hear. Her Favorite Things section is amusing and surprisingly I find myself often enthralled by the stories of being a psychologist in a California prison. Fascinating stuff to me, really. Who knew? One word of warning, I know some people who don't listen to it because of the sound quality since she records in her car. I don't even notice it anymore but it's there. http://cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com/

Another podcast I wait for impatiently is Stash and Burn. This is a more knitcentric podcast than the first two but is similar in its humour. I love when the ladies get laughing and man o man they know their way around the patterns of Ravelry. They have turned me onto more excellent patterns than any other person or podcast. They're very friendly and fun and light. I like the occasional sewing bits too. http://www.stashandburn.com/

I've just discovered the KnitCents podcast but the two episodes I listened to were really good. She's got some good ideas and keeps pretty much on topic. I'm looking forward to checking out her Ravelry group some time in my spare time. http://knitcents.blogspot.com/

I like Jackie on KIPing It Real. Her knitting content is good and I really enjoy the Flavor of the Week section. She's another podcaster that I usually cracks me up although I can't say why. I just feel like I've known her all my life and she lives down the street from me. http://www.kipingitreal.com/

No list of knitting podcasts would be complete without the Knitmore Girls podcast as Gigi and Jasmine are becoming the doyens of knitting podcasts. I wish I could go to knitting group with my Mom and so in part I live vicariously through the two of them. Besides which, Gigi truly knows her stuff and Jasmine is awesome. I like their sections, particularly When Knitting Attacks because hey, we've all been there and Mother Knows Best because I'm quite convinced that Gigi does know best and I learn something new all the time from them! And I love when the men sit in. http://knitmoregirls.blogspot.com/

Knit Science is often really interesting. She does some real research and I love her accent and the stories her little guy does. She is truly wonderful and another smart woman worth listening to. http://knitscience.blogspot.com/

That's probably enough for now. There are lots of new ones I'm checking into so I'll report more soon. Certainly there's more to listen to than time to listen.