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'! 

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'!