Why do I want to meet everyone?

Through this pod cast I reach hundreds of people. I find myself now wanting to meet my listeners but, I don’t know why.

I don’t do the show because I am super egotistical. If I did the show would sound a lot more like Howard Stern and less like Ira Glass (I heart Ira). I am not looking to meet people to discuss me and my silly show. Nor am I looking for validation, although a nice atta boy / pat on the back from my listeners does give me re-newed energy to do the show.

I want to meet people because I am interested in what other people are up to and what they are like. But I fear that in meeting them we will find ourselves with nothing to talk about.

I think this is another one of those moments where I realize why it is I love knitting groups so much. I don’t need to strike up the conversation, but I can listen and chime in when I feel like it.

Anyhow,  for those who are interested in hanging out and gabbing about projects… I am going to the NH Fiber Fest this weekend. I will be traveling with my mom and knitting buddy. I will probably be wearing a tan hat that has the LL Bean fly fishing logo on it. I invite people to say hi. I will be looking to record other people talking about what they are doing at the show, so if you want to contribute, please let me know.

You will know it is me if I look the my picture on the Yarn Harlot web page and am carrying around those silly cards I posted about yesterday in my knitting bag.

Also, is anyone in the NYC area?? I am going to be down there on business June 7-10. I am looking for a group somewhere in Manhattan to go to for me and my Auntie. If you have ideas, please let me know.

Show and tell

So I am taking pictures off my camera in anticipation of the NH Fiber Fest. I am also getting ready for a visit from my mom and need to clean. So I will do this quick before my pumkin gets home and realizes I am goofing off. Enjoy

Woolcott Photos

Should have put these up with the interview, oh well…

Woolcott take 1
Chilean Yarn (Atacama)

woolcott take 2
Books, we need books…

Sean (on left) is slacking off at the store. You really can just drop in to knit.

I will have you all my lovelies

Lucy’s Lovely Yarn

Lucy at Mind’s eye Yarns is now selling her awesome hand dyed yarn on Etsy’s.

Lucy's Yarn

Well Traveled Yarn

My Pumkins mom was in Italy and brought all this back for us… Yumm. The theme I think was cats and dogs…

cat yarn three
Meow, that’s some shiny yarn ball
Taby Yarn
Tabby, I wish i knew you

four dog yarn
Four Dog Yarn

cat yarn

Mother’s Day Weekend

My mom is comming up tommorrow night and going to the NH sheep and yarn show with me.

New Cards for the show. Now I am official.

mom's gift
Gift… She won’t see it till Sunday.

I am now dreaming in alpacavision

It feels so weird, but this morning right before waking up I had a dream about fiber. The obsession is creeping deeper and deeper into my subconscious.In my dream I was visiting a comic book store in Portsmouth New Hampshire. I was looking for some rare something or other. I finally decide to leave and for some reason I realize that I am supposed to meet Caroline from the fibercast and talk some more about alpacas. And there, walking down the street is Caroline with two wee alpacas. One is small enought to to carry around in a tote bag and one is small enough to hold in your hands. (I know that this is way to small, but it was a dream. I think they looked more like llamas, I don’t think I really know what an alpaca looks like in person)

So Caroline comes over to me carrying her little ones in a tote bag, the large one in the main fold and the smaller one in a pocket of the bag. Apparently there is now a crowd forming around us. She starts off by letting me pet her larger alpaca. After laying my hands on it’s soft fuzzy fleece I start to feel that the fur is shedding. When I finally remove my hands from the alpaca I realize that I now have a wonderful little ball of roving, all perfectly carded and everything (WOW!!).

Caroline tells me that I should take as much as I need and that these balls of roving are perfect for new spinners. (Yippie, Caroline is the best both in real life and in dream time) Then she hand me the little hand held alpaca. This does not go as well for me. It poops in my hands, and for some reason I had to ask Caroline if she needed to measure the poop. I never knew how anal retentive I could get. Oh well…

Somewhere around me washing my hands, I woke up… I had the sudden desire to spend some time with my stash looking for something soft.

Aright, that is all for now. Please leave all your interpretation of my dreams in comment form. I can’t wait for someone to help give me some meaning about all this.

Alarm Fund Fundraising

I need your help raising money for the fine I incurred setting off an alarm at Circles while preparing for a recording session.

I am going to offer you guys the same deal that my local public radio show offers. If you guys donate money quickly, then I will not have to fundraise in my recording. Trust me you don’t want to hear my pathetic pleas and I don’t really want to have to continue to ask.

There is a new link on the right sidebar for the alarm fund. Please use it, I am only looking for $5 to $10 donations from individuals. If everyone pitches in today and tommorrow I can avoid having to talk about it on the show.

If you are a group of people who are putting in a larger donation, please let me know what your group is called and where you are from. I would like to share the love with my listeners.

Every penny over the the actual fine cost (?$200?) will be split between podcast production fees (the not free stuff that makes the show sound so good) and Circles Knitting Salon (my gracious recording space hosts).

That is all, I hope that I don’t have to beg… Sorry for bothering you all. 

Can’t wait for the show

I read this email from Jenn in St. Louis and I had to share it with the world

I thought you’d like to know that when Stephanie was in St. Louis last night, she was asked if she listens to knitting podcasts. She mentioned yours! She mentioned “KnitCast” and “It’s a Purl, Man”. How cool is that?

Well Jenn, it feels pretty damn cool. (Can’t get this stupid grin off my face) I can’t believe that the Harlot even remebers me after her trip. I mean, based on her post she seems to have sleep walked through the state of Mass. Poor Harlot was exhausted.

Anyhow, you know I am going to go on and on about this… also virtual knitting groups… and an interview… I am so excited about next weeks episode, I can’t even wait to hear it.

Knitting Super Friends

Knitting Friends powers combined
From Left to Right 
Grumperina (Design Power), Yarn Harlot (Blog Power), 2Skiens (PodCast Power)

I went to the Yarn Harlot’s book signing today. I was so happy to hear her speak. She is one tough cookie.

Hope I didn’t make an ass of myself. Probably did.
Anyhow I will be podcasting about the Yarn Harlot and her new book this weekend. Be sure to tune in.

Also, yes I have a face and body. I will try and limit future pictures to knitting projects and people in Boston, other than me. I know that I have a face for radio. Check out that silly smile.

This Week

Just wanted to give people a quick rundown of the weeks events

First Knitting Group For Guys gathering in Harvard Square. Got to talk video games over knitting.

Finished Knitting Rules and am putting together some notes

porter square map

1. Mind’s Eye Yarns
2. Porter Square Bookshop
3. Masonic Hall (seems like a Tetris dungeon name, I know)
Going to hear the Yarn Harlot at Porter Square Books. Above is a map I made showing you how to get from the book store to the Masonic hall. I don’t know how accurate it is… close enough.

Date night, perhaps I will invite my pumkin

Gore place sheep shearing festival I know there is a cover charge, but I have been told that it is worth it. I hear the fleece and fiber calling.

A new episode

As the Skien Unwinds

 FYI – I finished my first sock. Turning a heel is awesome, what can I say.

Just a reminder I will be away this weekend celebrating both Passover and Easter with my family and loved ones. So this means that I really won’t do a show this weekend. I hope that the wait won’t kill anyone. I have been looking at the knitting podcast world and have come to the realization that there is no real production schedule. But I will continue to try and make a show happen every Sunday that I can. (As long as my Pumkpin is willing to put up with this project)

I will be going to the Sheep Shearing Day at Gore Place in Waltham. I do not have any official status there… Actually I don’t have status anywhere but this website… but I hope to meet more knitters and perhaps get some new ideas for the show.

I am trying to put together a local (New England + MD + PA + DE + NY) event list. I will add it as a page here. So if you have an event you would like to promote, please drop me a line. If you don’t know how to drop me a line, please check out the “about” page.

Next week I will be discussing The Gore Place event, “Knitting Rules”, “Pointy Sticks”, Addi Turbos (they are so shiny), knitting on the bus and as always the weekly gab fest that I call “What’s on my Pointy Sticks”. I am looking for some resources about the following two topics for a future episode ENVIRONMENTAL KNITTING SENSITIVITY (Earth Day) and KNITTING ECONOMICS (Money well spent)

Possible break

Hey all,

My pumkin experienced a loss in her family and now this week’s schedule is up in the air. I am making all the time that I can available to her in her time of need.

So this means I may not release a new episode this Sunday. I was also not planning on doing an episode next week because I am going to visit my family that weekend.

The bottom line is that the next time you can expect a podcast from me will be April 23.

The silver lining, how ever small it is going to be, is that I will probably finish the purple monkey sooner. But, there is not much comfort for me in that today.

My new setup

I just got another mic and a sound board. And I am so excited I had to post something. Here is my official mic check for your review:


This will not show up in the regular feed becuase I don’t want to get people excited about a new episode when I have nothing new to show for myself.