Episode 24: A Star Shines Upon Us

Episode 24 begins with a remembrance of one of the brightest stars in our community, KnitPurlGurl. Out ‘o the Bag shares leg warmers made from a pattern in the book I reviewed Crochet Boutique and the completion of my participation in the Operation Gratitude scarf campaign. In My Crochet Bag includes information about snowflake ornaments and In My Knitting Bag includes an impromptu scarf with a beautiful stash yarn.

The Threaded Needle wraps up an ornament swap with Caithness Craft Collective and dives into a new Christmas Tree Skirt project using an Amy Butler pattern. In My Stash has details of my attempt at purchasing MadTosh DK in Molly Ringwald but alas, to no avail.

Fit n’ Stitchy includes a new idea for staying toned with a little help from my youth. Prattle includes news about an upcoming Fiber retreat in Denton, Texas hosted by Fancy Fibers Farm and Knitting Fairy. Join me! In My Ears reminds everyone to check out the Yarniacs and Yarncraft podcasts.

Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, where this podcast is hosted at shortyssutures.libsyn.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or in the comments section below. Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Until then, keep those hands stitchin’!

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Swappy Goodness

Earlier this month I signed on to participate in a Christmas Tree Decoration and Hand Written Letter Swap hosted by Caithness Craft Collective on Ravelry. After the swap partners were matched up and Ravelry names were exchanged I reached out to my swap partner to introduce myself. I asked for some information about the kind of decorations my swap partner had on hand so that I could make something that would coordinate (hopefully) well with her collection.

When I heard back from my swap partner I was also asked what I liked, so in true Shorty's Sutures style I told her I loved Tim Burton characters and most of our decorations were in traditional greens, reds, black and white.

Right after the Thanksgiving holiday I was privileged to receive a truly precious box addressed to me with a hand drawn snowflake on it noting this package was from my swap partner. The inside of the package was full of individually wrapped swappy gifts! By chance I opened the ornament first, which to my complete surprise and amazement was an actual Jack Skellington ornament! A hand knitted, full sized, perfectly stitched and accessorized Jack Skellington character!

I wish my son would've snapped a picture of my face! I couldn't stop smiling. And, I carried Jack around for what seemed like 30 minutes. In case you didn't realize it yet, I ADORE my new ornament.

The rest of package was full of one thoughtful item after another; a hand-written note that included a Tim Burton quote, a handmade bar of soap scented with the most wonderful of essential oils, stitch markers that shined bright with gold gingerbread men and a box of Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie flavored tea that made my mouth water.

I was in awe! And I'm completely thankful. What an awesome way to start off the Christmas holiday season. Thank you, Louise at Caithness Craft Collective and thank you to Signe for being such a thoughtful and talented swap partner. I feel truly blessed!

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Welcome to Episode 23! Another Operation Gratitude Scarf in Charcoal Grey using Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere is complete along with a Honey Cowl using Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Tomato. In my knitting bag is the Knit Stripe Baby Blanket which is almost finished! I share my notes on working with Corntastic yarn and a great tip from Ledman on Ravelry about tightening up the cables on Harmony Needles.

In The Threaded Needle segment I talk about a (supposed to be) quick floor quilt for my brother who's expecting his first baby. Everything was going great until I got to the binding. I should've referred to an excellent tutorial form Old Red Barn first. I had to hand stitch the back side of the binding in such a way that the quilt looks reversible; the front doesn't look like it has a binding but the back shows it prominently. I also made some placemats using some oil cloth fabric and binding tape, as well as some Day of the Dead placemats that I had to buy more fabric for so I can complete a set.

I catch up on what's in my ears and fit n' stitchy, and share something new: The Dyer's Notebook. I'm not usually a fan of video casts, but I really like Laura. She's from my neck of the woods and is sharing with her viewers the in's and out's of dyeing yarn. She has a blog at gynx.blogspot.com and an easy shop where she sells her hand dyed yarns which are 100% merino.

Thanks so much for joining me today and for putting up with the technical difficulties and my new approach at how best to produce this podcast. I'm still working out how best to share show notes and pictures, but I'm confident I'll have a new system in place shortly. You can find more of Shorty's Sutures on Ravelry, Twitter and Facebook. And feel free to reach out to me via email at shortyssutures at gmail dot com. Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!

Direct download: ShortysSuturesEpisode23.mp3
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Welcome to Episode 22!

In this episode I talk about finishing up the Piper's Journey Shawl and the Little Sister Baby Cap. In my crochet bag I have another Operation Gratitude Scarf and the neglected Glittery Shrug shrug. In my knitting bag I have the Knit Stripe Baby Blanket and I share with you some discoveries about my Harmony Interchangeables and my thoughts on utilizing life lines while knitting. During The Threaded Needle segment I talk about sewing more Scout patches and patching up some favorite jeans that needed a bit of mending.

During the What's in my Ears segment I share listening to Knit 1 Geek 2, DC Unraveled and Knitting Pipeline. There's lots to share about original content for blogging, podcasting and pattern design. And, I talk about a new crochet book, Crochet Boutique by Rachel Ogelsby, that's really got me thinking about lots of new things to stitch up.

Fit n' Stitchy includes a bit of information about what's keeping me moving along with how to avoid a sneaky but scary ingredient in lots of foods and drinks. Also, have you considered gift stitching? It can be more healthy and rewarding than you might think.

Thanks so much for listening! You can find more of Shorty's Sutures on Ravelry, Twitter and Facebook. Feel free to also reach out to me via email at shortyssutures at gmail dot com. Until next time, keep those hands stitchin'!

Direct download: ShortysSuturesEpisode22.mp3
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A New Home for Shorty's Sutures

As you may have experienced in this great game of Life, things sometimes must change. As much as I'm not a fan of abrupt change, I think changing where and how I host the Shorty's Sutures Podcast is definitely a positive thing.

Due to some technical problems with my previous Website I'm in the process of moving my podcast files over to Libsyn. It may take me a little extra time to get some show notes up for you to reference, but I'll add notes in as soon as I possibly can. I'm confident this will be a good thing for all of us!

Thanks for your patience and I'll have more content up for you shortly!

Until then, keep those hands stitchin'!

Kelly

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Episode 21 catches up on all the stitchy progress over at Shorty’s Sutures. Out ‘o the Bag includes details about Operation Gratitude Scarf #2 aka my Ravellenic Games Scarf Hockey entry, as well as the Little Sister Baby Cap. There is a Glittery Shrug CAL In My Crochet Bag and In My Knitting Bag there are the Piper’s Journey Shawl and the Knit Stripe Baby Blanket.

The Threaded Needle includes details about a Scout project. In My Ears includes information about 2KnitLitChicks, BroBanter and TSP. In My Stash reviews additions of Lion Brand Yarn in Wool Ease, Cotton Ease and Superwash Merino Cashmere.

Fit n’ Stitchy includes elements of beer, chocolate, walking and Olympic-inspired leg exercises. And there was a Main Dish Pasta Salad recipe that was inadvertently left out of Episode 20. Prattle sends a special thanks to KnittyBarb for listening, back to school mumblings, improvements in shooting and the misfortune of meeting a red wasp.

Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, where this podcast is hosted at shortyssutures.libsyn.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or in the comments section below. Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Until then keep those hands stitchin’!

Direct download: ShortysSuturesEpisode21.mp3
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Episode 22 catches up on all the stitchy progress over at Shorty’s Sutures and the winner of the book Custom Crocheted Sweaters is announced! Out ‘o the Bag includes details about Operation Gratitude Scarf #1. In My Crochet Bag includes information about the Glittery Shrug CAL and In My Knitting Bag are the One Skein Shrug and Piper’s Journey Shawl with the help of knitting lessons and some friendly advice.

The Threaded Needle includes details about a Tea Towel Swap with Caithness Craft Collective and a Scout patch project. In My Ears shares information about Yarniacs and Jane & Jen Kit Funny. In My Library reviews additions of a Pixie Hat pattern and Seasons 1 & 2 of Downton Abbey! I also share a great interview I found on the internet that will give some insight to Highclere Castle, the home of Downton Abbey. In My Stash has details of my recent trip to Art Fibers in San Francisco and the wonderful help from Barbara for picking out Air Kiss (undyed).

Fit n’ Stitchy notes morning walks with my pup, some physical therapy exercises and situps, along with watching what I eat and monitoring ingredient labels. There’s news about an excellent knitting class I participated in at Knitting Fairy, and a follow up on the washcloths I’ve made and have been putting through the ringer. Prattle includes a Lo Lo Bar sampling, a minor investment in American Apparel men’s t-shirts, some tips on safety awareness when traveling and a reminder to water your yards & trees during the extreme heat of the summer.

Feel free to contact me at shortyssutures@gmail.com, on Ravelry in the ShortysSutures Group, where this podcast is hosted at shortyssutures.libsyn.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or in the comments section below. Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you’ll join me again next time. Until then, keep those hands stitchin’!

Direct download: ShortysSuturesEpisode20.mp3
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This episode has been re-uploaded. Show notes will be added soon!

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