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Bonus Episode: How I Knit and Purl

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Thanksgiving is this week and unfortunately, I won't have time to record a full episode. But I thought I'd share a quick video of how I knit and purl, since many of you have been asking.

In the video, I'm knitting with worsted weight yarn, which can be a little fiddly for me. Honestly, I think I'm quicker, (and a little more graceful) with fingering. ;)

Enjoy!

What yarn am I using?
Gynx Yarns, Merino Worsted, "Fantasy"

What pattern am I knitting?
Barley Hat by Tincan Knits (free)

Recipe: Crockpot Chicken Chipotlé Molé

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It's been a while since I posted a recipe on here, so I thought I'd reboot this segment with a dish I improvised in my trusty crock-pot. Please bear in mind, this dish is quite spicy. If you want a little less kick, add only half the can of chipotlé sauce ... or simply omit that ingredient altogether.

Ingredients:
4 Chicken breasts, frozen or unfrozen (may substitute with tofu, seitan, or temphe)1 medium red bell pepper, sliced/chopped1 medium yellow onion, choppedWhite hominy, 15 oz canChicken stock, 15 oz canLa Morena chipotlé sauce, 7oz can Molé paste, 1/2,  8.25 oz jar. (I used Doña Maria)Corn starch, 2-3 Tbsp White vinegar, generous splash
Directions: Add pepper, onion, hominy, and chicken to crock-pot.  Combine chicken stock, chipotlé sauce, molé paste, corn starch, and vinegar in a separate bowl – mix thoroughly. Pour sauce mixture into crockpot. Cover lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!

Episode 173: Cozy Memories Blanket Lives!

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UPDATES


Just some housekeeping notes ... 

Please know that if I don't accept your friendship on Facebook, it's nothing personal. I just prefer to keep my personal Facebook profile open only to family and close friends.

There is aYarnGasm Podcast Facebook Page and a Voolenvine Yarns Facebook Page where I update and respond to comments quite often. Anyone is welcome to join!

I am also very active on Instagram and anyone may follow me. 

OFF THE NEEDLES

Stonecutter (back piece) by Michele Wang
Quince and Company, Lark, "Damson"

ON THE NEEDLES

Verdure Shawl by Fluffy Fibers
Voolenvine Yarns, Blitzed, "Succulents"

Socks for Dennis
Skein, Top Drawer Sock, "Savannah"

Cozy Memories Blanket
Various mini skeins

34th and 8th Mittens by Spilly Jane
Brooklyn Tweed, Loft, "Almanac" & "Fossil"


SPINNING

Bonus mini episode of how I spin on a drop spindle. 

Lendrum Wheel
Loop Bullseye Bump, "Ohm"

SEWING

Dress Form Name Suggestions:

Gladys
Daphne
Gret…

Bonus Episode: Spinning On a Drop Spindle

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Some viewers have asked me to share how I like to spin on a drop spindle. So I thought I'd whip up a quick demo, spinning on my two current favorite spindles — a top whorl spindle by the Spanish Peacock, and a mini Turkish Spindle by Subterranean Woodwork.

Though, I think it's worth mentioning that I'm not an expert — I still have a lot to learn!
But I still hope you find this video interesting, helpful

Fiber Mentioned: 
Hobbeldehoy Fiber
Wren and Ollie

Excellent Drop Spindling Resources: 
Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont (Book)
Spindling: From Fluff to Stuffwith Drucilla Pettibone (Craftsy)

Episode 172: Do You Feel Plucky, Punk?

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UPDATES

Plucky Knitter Trunk Show at Gauge + Tension


Podcasts Mentioned: 
Tiny Paper Foxes
Made With Carlenergy
Knitting Spring
Knitting Expat

OFF THE NEEDLES

Quadri Hat by Michele Wang
O Wool, Classic Worsted, “Ash”

ON THE NEEDLES


Stonecutter KAL
Quince and Co., Lark, “Damson"

Socks For Dennis
Skein, Top Drawer Sock, “Savannah"

SPINNING

Snyder Spindles
Wren & Ollie Fibers

TREAT YOURSELF

The Plucky Knitter - Gauge + Tension
Patons Kroy - Argyle Yarn Shop

Andre Sue Knits Podcast 

ASK AWAY

Podcasts Mentioned:

Knit Picks
The Electric Sheep
The Knitmore Girls

Essential Sewing Tools:
A Sewing MachineFabric ScissorsPins Cutting Mat & Ruler (check out Fiskars.com)Rotary CutterHelpful (free!) sewing tutorials on YouTube:
Crafty Gemini
Missouri Star Quilt Company


SHOP UPDATE

Gauge + Tension Trunk Show 12/12 - 12/13

Shop Update, Friday 13th 2pm EST

BLATHER

We’re going to Italy!
I need a name for my new sewing friend.

Episode 171: The Tribe Has Spoken

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Ripping a page out of Hoxton's notebook (from The Electric Sheep podcast) and calling this a "bumper episode!" ... in other words, it's going to be a long one!

This weekend Mina (Knitting Expat Podcast) will be in NYC, and you know what that means ... podcaster meet-up! We'll be meeting Jennie (Tiny Paper Foxes), Carlene (Made With Carlenergy), and Maria (Subway Knits), at Gauge and Tension, for the Plucky Knitter Trunk Show. Can't wait to hang out with this awesome bunch, again!

OFF THE NEEDLES 

Woven Stole by Benjamin Krudwig for Schacht Spindle CompanyVoolenvine Yarns, Halo Alpaca, "Enjoy the Silence"
Check out his blog post about our collaboration

Fish Lips Kiss Heel Socks
Gynx Yarns, Glitz Sock, "Lantern Festival"

ON THE NEEDLES

Stonecutter Pulloverby Michele Wang
Quince & Co., Lark, "Damson"
Join the Stonecutter KAL co-hosted by me and Lara (The Fawn Knits Podcast)
The Fawn Knits Ravelry Thread
YarnGasm Ravelry Thread
Tripple d…