Sunday, July 20, 2014

Episode 42: Of Winning and Fleece


 Join me for a short and sweet episode about a new yarn I'm reviewing, updates on other projects and a confession that I've been reverting to my teenage ways of destroying some denim. There's also the announcement of the giveaway winner and a big thanks to everyone who participated.

In My Bags
Stirrup Sock Progress
Sneak Peek of Patch Pants
In My Stash
  • Polar Fleece Yarn

In My Library
Prattle
  • Icon is finally back up on iTunes
  • Craft Room Makeover is progressing somewhat
  • Finally have started seeing Hummingbirds
  • Winner of the Knitter's Pride Waves Crochet Hook Set with Eucalan samples and two extra Knitter's Pride hooks
Thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Episode 41: Rockin' and Rollin'

What feels better than adding supplies to the stash? Finishing projects, trying them on and learning new techniques, wouldn't you agree? Join me as I share what I've been rockin' and rollin' through since the last episode.

Out 'o the Bag
Kumihimo Bracelets
 In My Knitting Bag
In My Crochet Bag
  • Tre Baby Skirt - changed my mind, this is no longer in my queue
In My Library
Fit 'n Stitchy
  • Still moving with the FitBit Flex
Prattle
  • Short Row Study Update (In-person class and Craftsy class)
  • Writing
  • Self Defense - Brutus Key Chain
  • Patio Enjoyment 
Giveaway - be sure to leave your entry in the Shorty's Sutures Ravelry Group thead in order to be entered to win the Eucalan sample pack, the Knitter's Pride dreamz hooks in G and J and the set of Knitter's Pride Waves Crochet hooks.
Knitters Pride Hooks & Eucalan Giveaway

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'! 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Episode 40: Bonanza of Color


Join me for lots of project progress and venturing into the world of crocheting with fine cotton threads with a super comfy hook.


Out 'o the Crochet Bag
Operation Gratitude Scarves 1 (Rocking Stitch) and 2 (Single Crochet Stitch)
  • Operation Gratitude Scarf #1 (Rocking Stitch w/Willow Wash yarn, so soft and the stitch definition adds to the softness)
  • Operating Gratitude Scarf #2 (Single Crochet w/Willow Wash yarn)
  • Emilia Flower Garland

So Many Flowers
My version of the Emilia Crochet Garland by Emma Lamb

In My Knitting Bag

In My Library
 In My Stash
 Fit 'n Stitchy
  • FitBit Flex (recommended by Barb of the 2KnitLitChicks podcast)
Prattle
  • Pinterest Board: Craft Room Makeover
  • Vertical yarn storage using a shoe and boot organizer with 20 pockets 
  • Knitter's Pride Wave Crochet hooks Review
  • Short Row Study - Class hosted by Alissa at Knitting Fairy
Vertical Yarn Storage

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Episode 39: Project Reality Check



I've been known to have an epiphany from time to time, which is exactly what happened as I was preparing for this episode. Join me as I reflect and reconnect with projects that have been neglected, forgotten about out or fearfully pushed out of my mind, as well as chat about what I've actually finished.

Out of My Crochet Bag
In My Crochet Bag
Speaking of crochet and leading into the next segment, I was reminded of a great way to utilize fabric scraps and crochet a rug. Be sure to check out Crazy Mom Quilts' tutorial for crocheting a rug out of cotton scraps.

The Threaded Needle
  • Laundry Room Embroidery Cheat Sheet (disappeared into the abyss!)
  • Christmas Tree Skit Embroidered Appliques

In My Knitting Bag


 
In My Stash
  • Chalet MountainTop by Classic Elite Yarns - 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Babmoo Viscose (cream/beige natural colorways) purchased from Knitting Fairy at DFW Fiber Fest

  • Willow Sport by Western Sky Knits - 100% SW Merino in the Dianthe colorway (hot pink/fuschia)

  • Swiss Bloom Yarn by Knitting Rose - 50% Fine Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 20% Silk  in the Berry Sexy colorway (purple)

  • Star Wars Project Bag


In My Ears

Prattle
  • Knitting for Speed and Efficiency on Sweet Georgia Yarns using the Irish Cottage Knitting method as instructed by the Yarn Harlot
  • What is Wool People? Check out the new Brooklyn Tweed issue online here. Some of my favorites to drool over are the Yane sweater, Devlan and Coda, but there are many more projects to stimulate the yarny senses.
Thanks so much for listening today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Episode 38: Gettin Stitchy With It


Maybe it's Spring Fever or maybe I'm managing my time better, but whatever the case I've managed to make more time for stitching lately than I have in a long time. Join me as I catch up on the projects and ideas that have been stitched up!

Out 'o the Bag/Off the Table

  •  A continuation from my The Threaded Needle project the Baby Quilt using Riley Blake fabrics
    • Created the binding tape using Dana's tutorial (How to Make a Quilt) at Old Red Barn Co; I used both the How to Free Motion Quilt and Binding Your Quilt sections; every last bit of the gray polka dot fabric was needed, sewed two sections of three quilt blocks together to add length to remaining fabric and added at the end of each longer strip to help blend in
    • The back of the binding is stitched by hand which adds an extra element of handmade
    • Quilted "in the ditch" which means stitching along the existing seam lines of the quilt top; I followed every other horizontal row line as well as the border line from the inner pink edge (I opted to not stitch the vertical lines because of some of my blocks not lining up perfectly, this would've created obvious imperfections in the backside of the quilt, too)
Quilting/Stitching in the Ditch
One of the 3-Block sections used to make binding material
The quilting lines after washing

Finished Baby Quilt ready to ship
  In My Crochet Bag
In My Knitting Bag
Fit 'n Stitchy
  • Ditching as much sugar as possible
  • Daily stretching
In My Ears
Prattle
Thanks so much for listening today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Episode 37: Retreating into Yarn

The wonderful Fancy Fibers Retreat that I'd been waiting all year for has come and gone, so join me to catch up on all the stitchy news from the past month!

Group News
Out 'o the Bag
In My Crochet Bag
In My Knitting Bag
Cupcake Hat
 The Threaded Needle

Baby Quilt Top (no binding)

Baby Quilt Close Up
Prattle
  • News from the Fancy Fibers Retreat
  • Mayhem in the Craft Storage area
  • DFW Fiber Fest in Irving, Texas March 28-30, 2014
Kumihimo - Japanese Braiding
Giveaway
  • Creepy Cute Crochet Winner
Thanks so much for listening today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Episode 36: Pom Pom and Poncho Madness

Another new year is upon! It's hard to believe that 2014 is in full swing when 2013 passed by so fast. Join me for Episode 36 and dive into this new year with pom poms and a bit of poncho madness!

Out 'o the Bag
In My Knitting Bag
 In My Stash
  •  Deborah Norville Rosewood Crochet Hook set (Premier Yarns)
  • Cream colored Cotton Fair Yarn (Premier Yarns) 
    • Note to Amy: I caved!!!
 The Threaded Needle
  • One finished felted embroidered Christmas tree for my tree skirt
  •  Pom Poms for garlands
  • Muslin Backdrop and High Chair Skirt
  • Ribbon Garland
Prattle
Giveaway
  • Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden (Enter to win by visiting www.shortyssutures.com and leaving a comment with your email address in the Episode 36 Show Notes comment thread
Thanks so much for listening today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, comment where this podcast is hosted at shortyssutures.libsyn.com, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'! 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Episode 35: Christmas Movies and Stitch Lines


The holiday season is quickly approaching and the festive spirit is definitely filling everyone at our house. Ok, maybe it's just causing me to dance around with jingle bells in my hand. The exterior illumination was taken care of first and the interior lights weren't too far behind. Christmas movie lines have been flowing from our mouths on a daily basis and weekends have a dash of Christmas classic movies sprinkled in.

Not only have the movie lines been a frequent occurrence in the Shorty's Sutures Household, but stitch lines are lining up quickly making projects come together better than in recent months. Join me as this episode reviews my latest projects and stitchy interactions.

Shorty's Sutures Group News
  • Update on GreenWoman
  • An Honorable Mention for In My Ears (with a big thanks to iHeartCraft)
  • More charity stitching (iHeartCraft) and some Christmas gift stitching (pbhpbh and Cinderga)
 Out 'o the Bag
In My Crochet Bag
In My Knitting Bag

The Threaded Needle
  • Christmas Tree Skirt Embroidered Appliques
 In My Library
  • Lucky No 7 Infinity Scarf by
  • Easy Folded Ponch by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea
  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida, Ka Yoshida & David Mitchell
  • Designing Vashti Crochet Newsletter (New Lotus Yarn from Vashti Braha and Doris Chan)
In My Ears
  • Knitting Pipeline, Episode 152: Midwest Tornado Experience
  • The Moth Podcast, Tig Notaro: R2 Where Are You?
  • This American Life, Episode 512: House Rules
  • 2KnitLitChicks (thanks for the Book recommendation... The Reason I  Jump)
Prattle
  • Caithness Craft Collective Ornament Swap with JavaPurl
  • Personal safety while holiday shopping (keep your head on a swivel and your guard up)
Thanks so much for listening today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, comment where this podcast is hosted at shortyssutures.libsyn.com, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Episode 34: A Winning Combination

It's always fun to start things off with a bang, so Episode 34 jumps right in with finding out who won the digital copy of Heather Ordover's new book Grounded.

Out 'o the Bag
In My Crochet Bag
  •  Operation Gratitude Scarf 5, Willow Wash - Granite (using the Rocking Stitch)
In My Stash

 
Fit 'n Stitchy
  • Walking - Off the Wagon (Full Disclosure)
In My Ears
  •  DC Unraveled - Episode "Tourists"
  • Yarniacs - Episode 49
  • Nerdist - Episode "Oliver Stone"
  • Knitting Pipeline & 2KnitLitChicks
Prattle
  • Taos Wool Festival - being a fiber loving loner isn't much fun
  • Fancy Fibers Retreat coming up in February (13th-16th)
Thanks so much for listening today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, comment where this podcast is hosted at shortyssutures.libsyn.com, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Episode 33: Getting Grounded and Made Over

Join me as I catch up on projects and the craft cabinet makeover using supplies from Container Store and discover how so many kitchen storage items will work for making your craft cabinet look gorgeous!

Shorty'sSutures Group News
  • Amy aka GreenWoman has been holding her own and keeping her chin up through chemotherapy
  • Skill development is in action: Linda and Mary Sarah are learning tatting, Sandra has been learning new crochet stitches and incorporating them into hats and scarves, Bettina is crocheting a garment, Sabrina is learning to knit socks and Pat has been encouraging a bit of crochet sock making
  • We have a digital book giveaway! The ever so gracious Heather Ordover of CraftLit and MamaOKnits is providing a digital copy of her newest book Grounded.
Craft Cabinet Makeover
Here you can see the abyss that my craft cabinet had become... the left side dedicated to fabric and sewing supplies and the right side crammed with crochet and knitting stuff.


While I was at the Container Store, I found these Small Double Cabinet Shelves that really helped me divide up my yarn. As you can see from the big open space in the middle of the cabinet unit, one large area became divided into three shelves. This really allowed me to sort out my yarn a lot better than what I previously had.


I also found these pasta containers (at the back of the picture) that helped me store my leftover yarn scraps which are all wound into little balls.
Here is the finished look of the crochet and knitting side of the cabinet. Much better, right? I'm pretty pleased with how it looks now compared to the state of chaos that it was in. I'm hoping to find even better ways to keep things organized as I move forward.

Out 'o the Bag

In My Crochet Bag
  • Operation Gratitude Scarf #3 - Rocking Stitch
In My Knitting Bag
  • The Guernsey Wrap with Classic Elite Magnolia
  • Mom's Cowl in Bijou Basin Ranch Yak and Silk (I inadvertently left out the wrap up of the Fiber Festival where this yarn was purchased, those details will be included in the next episode)
In My Ears
  • Grounded by Heather Ordover 
  • The Moth Story Tellers Series
  • A fond farewell to Jane and Jen Knit Funny
  • A fond farewell to Zontee & Michelle of Yarncraft (Lion Brand)
  • Confessions about previously recommended podcasts 
Queue-T Patootie
Thanks so much for listening today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, comment here on the blog, reach out on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, comment where this podcast is hosted at shortyssutures.libsyn.com, or look me up on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find us.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'