Thursday, April 23, 2015

Episode 49: Always Forward, Never Straight


Sometimes just keeping that forward momentum is all that's needed to reach a goal. The path doesn't always have to be straight or never veered from, just keep moving. In the words of one of my favorite characters in Finding Nemo, Dory sang, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming" as she continued on for Wallaby Way.

I've been working to keep the momentum going, too, when it comes to completing projects. After recording the last episode I went back over some yarn I'd pulled from my stash and a pattern that was recently gifted to me. Having patterns and yarn set aside together and ready to go helps me not to procrastinate. I just need to get better at pulling the tools I'll need at the same time.

Out 'o the Bag

In the Bag

In the Loop
  • iHeartCraft, Cinderga, PatSkein, Allison1031, Croshique, CozyCouch, GreenHook, Gayleywayley, JavaNut (joined the group)

Queue-T Patootie
In My Ears
Yoga Journey
  • DIY Yoga Mat Spray 
San Juan Bautista Retreat Center

Prattle
  • NoCKR (Northern California Knitting Retreat)
  • Upcoming KAL with 2KnitLitChicks Azalea pattern using Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton in Honeysuckle
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 join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as @ShortysSutures or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find the show.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!     

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Episode 48: Springy Loveliness


It's amazing how time flies. I look up and its been over a month since the last episode, so join me and see what's been going on in my stitchy world.

Out 'o the Bag
  • Crocheted Hello Kitty Preemie Cap
In the Bag
DFW Fiber Fest 2015 Haul
 In My Stash
 In the Loop
  • IHeartCraft, Croshique, Crochetster, Cinderga, PatSkein, GreenHook, Gayleywayley, CozyCouch in the hizzy
  • Welcome new Facebook and Instagram friends!
Yoga Journey
  • New Yoga Studio App users - Welcome!
  • Inconsistency is Painful
Prattle
  • DFW Fiber Fest and Podcaster Meetup
  • Essential Oils
  • Cyberbullying
  • Northern California Knitting Retreat 
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 join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as @ShortysSutures or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find the show.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!     

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Episode 47: Feelin' the Love

The Christmas holiday came and went without the completion of a few gifts that I'd hoped to give, but the holiday was more enjoyable without the pressure of rushing to finish. Join me to hear how the time off from work after Christmas, and getting some awesome tools for my craft room, provided the motivation to jump right in to something new and make sure I completed at least one project that had been waiting patiently to be finished.

Out 'o the Bag
  • Chalet Cowl
  • Kitchen Curtains (hemmed and made from scratch)
  • Utility Room Curtains
Utility Room Curtains
 In the Bag
Biased Transitions Scarf in Progress

In the Loop
  •  A big thanks to Cinderga, Gaylewayley, GreenWoman, Croshique, Crochetster, iHeartCraft, Patskein, Sabrab and Mary Sarah for your interactions in the episode 46 and All Right Ya'll threads!
  • Special thank you's to Colleen, Sandra, Gayle, Cindy and Sally for your kind words about Melissa's passing. As far as I know, her children are doing as well as can be expected. I'm fortunate to see two of them every so often and hope that will continue.
  • Big Valentine's hugs to Sally(Crochetster) and Cindy (Cozy Couch) for the super sweet Valentine's Day messages!
In My Stash
  • Candy Skein Candy Apple and Candy Apple Stitch Marker
In My Library 
Yoga Journey
  • New things learned from Yoga Studio App
  • Keep Calm and Yoga On
  • Manduka Travel Yoga Mat
  • Don't skip using a mat even on carpet
Prattle
  • Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs) in April, San Juan Bautista
  • Stitches is coming to Texas, September 17 - 20, 2015, Irving Convention Center
  • DFW Fiber Fest, March 20 - 22, 2015, Irving Convention center
  • Weck Jars used for Coconut Sugar Scrub gifts (1c coconut oil, 1c organic sugar, 1 tsp vanilla)
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 join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as @ShortysSutures or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find the show.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!    

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Such Is Life

As you have probably felt, time has been flying right by. We're now almost a month into a new year and I haven't made the time to record a new episode or work on some of the projects that I was so excited about prior to the end of 2014. Such is life.

So much has happened in the last month. My family and I had a wonderful Christmas, my teenage son, my husband and I have bonded on new levels and we all seem to be understanding each other better, my husband and I have become activists in our small town, Yoga has taken on new meanings for me, I've reconnected with one of my best friends from middle school and, sadly, I've lost a friend to cancer while, my body feels better than it ever has before. What a guilty feeling that can bring. Such is life.

While I don't know for sure what the future holds for me, I'm mentally (and bloggily) vowing to hold myself to higher standards. I'm going to strive to listen to and cherish my body even more, to live as mentally and physically healthily as possible and to cherish my relationships with loved ones and friends at a deeper level, to think and say negative things less and to share more. I'm not classifying these self-expectations as resolutions since I'm horrible about following through on those, I'm just making these promises to myself not only for this year, but for my entire future.

Triumphs and trials will always be part of the mix, but my reaction to them will be the true test of my progress. There is so much to learn and focus on. I'm looking forward to figuring out how to navigate through all this life will bring. 


Friday, December 5, 2014

Episode 46: Having the Right Stuff


Having the right supplies for projects can be invaluable when it comes to saving time and getting a project right the first time. That's a lesson I've been learning the hard way, but one that won't soon be forgotten. Join me to catch up on this particular lesson and more!

Out o' the Bag
  • Biased Transitions
  • Pom Pom Garland
  • Ear Warmer 
  • Operation Gratitude Paracord Bracelets (forgot to mention this during the recording)
 
Pom Pom Garland
Paracord Bracelets for Operation Gratitude
In the Bag
Christmas Tree Skit Embroidery
 In My Library
  • Custom Fit (Amy Herzog)
  • Pattern for Baby Alpaca Mish Mash Scarf (click here for pattern)
In My Stash
  • Knit Picks Brava Worsted for Hello Kitty Crochet critters
  • Baggu Bags Medium 3D Zip and Large 3D Zip
In My Ears

In the Loop
  • Thanks to iauthor and yarnaholic for their iTunes reviews and five star ratings! More iTunes reviews would be greatly appreciated, this helps other podcast lovers find the show and don't forget to leave reviews for all the shows you listen to regularly. 
  • DCKnitter, sabrab, crochetster, patskein, Croshique, gayleywayley, iHeartCraft, CozyCouch, Greenwoman, Cinderga, theyarngoeson checked in on the Episode 45, Favorite Thanksgiving Food and Halloween Candy threads of chatter
Yoga Journey
  • Yoga Studio app has been invaluable, gives me a gentle nudge to get moving especially during this arctic cold spell. Two listeners have reached out noting they were giving it a try, so please share feedback on what you think.
Prattle
  • Gone Girl the movie (creepy good!), The Fury (awesome movie)
  • Weck Jars for butter storage (among other things)
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 join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as @ShortysSutures or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find the show.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!   

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Episode 45: Working Through All the Things


Since the last episode these stitchy hands have been busy and my mind has been working to balance hobbies, work and family time. Join me as I walk through physical and mental progress, what's finished, what's still in the queue and what's gone by the wayside.


Out 'o the Bag
In the Bag
Yarn for Bulky Scarf/Cowl
Original Swatch

Felted Swatch (after using hot water)

The Threaded Needle
In My Library
In My Stash
In My Ears
In the Loop
  • Gayleywayley, Sabrab, KnittyBarb, iHeartCraft, PatSkein, CozyCouch, GreenWoman, PhotoKnitGal, Croshique, Crochetster, Cinderga
Fit 'n Stitchy
  • Yoga Journey - Yoga Studio App $3.99
  • Walks with cooler mornings and stars
Prattle
  • More Instagramming using Shorty's Sutures account 
  • Managing stress - article from Harvard Business Review by James R. Bailey  link to article
    "The most important question for executives under stress — whether or not you have Barra-level responsibilities — is how to counter its corrosive effects. Over the past three years I conducted interviews with 127 executives from 18 countries to explore senior executives’ sources of renewal in the face of relentless tension. To renew themselves, executives take a number of steps, which fall roughly into four categories. Health, including exercise, sleep, and diet, is the most common type of renewal. What I call “removal” is the next most common; removal is anything that whisks you away from work’s struggles. Concerts, sporting events, theater, movies, TV, and fine dining were mentioned, as were stopping by the spa or the tavern. Family time fits here too. The third category is intellectual activities, such as puzzles, games, the study of history or botany, reading, bird-watching, and hobbies like model building. The fourth is introspection: Transcendental Meditation, prayer, breathing techniques, setting aside time for reflection, therapy (including Neural Feedback Training), and participation in support groups. These executives are on the right track. Past research has shown that the harmful effects of stress can be at least partially counteracted by spending just 20 to 30 minutes per day engaging in renewal activities."
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 join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as @ShortysSutures or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find the show.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Episode 44: Falling Out of the Wagon


It's been an eventful month, so there is quite a bit of news to share. Despite experiencing some crafty disappointments since the last episode, there have also been great revelations that I'm excited to report.


Out 'o the Bag
In the Bag
In My Library
Biased Transitions Pattern with Bijou Basin Ranch Yarn
 In My Ears
In the Loop
  •  A special thanks to iHeartCraft, CozyCouch, Patskein, Cinderga, Crishique and GreenWoman for being in the Shorty's Sutures loop regularly and for your continued patronage. It is so appreciated! 
Fit 'n Stitchy
  • Yoga Journey
  • Walking 2 miles in the mornings
  • Improvement in mobility and energy is definitely apparent; firmness in legs and derriere have brought a better feeling of how I look and feel
Giveaway Update: iHeartCraft you're the winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Prattle
Red Barn Yarn Swatch
  • Sewing Box delivery and assembly very disappointing, still waiting for final resolution, can't recommend this product until they work out the existing issues
  • Craft Room Updates
Craft Room Update with Sewing Box

Craft Room Update

Sewing Box Open

Sewing Box Shipping Container

Sewing Box Plexiglass Insert
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 join me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. And please consider leaving a review on iTunes to help other podcast listeners find the show.

Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'! 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Episode 43: Stretching the Skills

It seems like this summer is so busy for everyone this year, so take a break and join me for project updates, yarn discoveries and a new giveaway winner announcement for the Knitter's Pride Wave Hook set.

Out 'o the Bag
House of Cards Cowl in Polar Knit Fleece, Grey

House of Cards Hat, Malabrigo Rios in Sunset

In My Knitting Bag
  • Bonnie Jean Infinity Scarf using a single skein of Riveting Sport by Kollage yarns (made from recycled blue jeans, colorway Charcoal Denim
In My Stash
  • Paton's Baby Sport DK yarn, grey/white tweed; making the hat that became a cowl (needed a yarn fix on my lunch break)
  • Beginning to review Red Barn Yarn (Visit the site to find the closest retailer, or email info@redbarnyarn.com to purchase yarn directly)

Fit 'n Stitchy
  • Yoga journey, Gaiam videos with Rodney Yee
  • Increased daily walk time to 30 minutes/2 miles in the morning from 20 minutes; making sure I"m getting 30 minutes of active time
Prattle


New Giveaway Winner: GrandmaQ 

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.

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'!