Christmas knitting (nearly) done. Still working on Welsh Heel socks for Auntie, sock yarn hat (for picture scroll down a bit) pattern for the hat here, useful tutorial for Jogless stripes, cool MixTape Zine and MixTapeZine’s editor’s blog, and nifty attached i-cord tutorial. And the artwork for chapter 9: And for 154: The Boys Are Back! A link to their Vampire OpEd, and Plato, Heidegger, and Aristotle (which we didn't talk about) and Daniel Klein's latest fiction, The History of Now. Last week's iPhone extra! The Colophon pattern! Only available via CraftLit through February! Get yer copy now (and while you're at it, check out Hunter's other great work!)

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Christmas knitting (nearly) done. Still working on Welsh Heel socks for Auntie, sock yarn hat (for picture scroll down a bit) pattern for the hat here, useful tutorial for Jogless stripes, cool MixTape Zine and MixTapeZine’s editor’s blog, and nifty attached i-cord tutorial. And the artwork for chapter 9: And for 154: The Boys Are Back! A link to their Vampire OpEd, and Plato, Heidegger, and Aristotle (which we didn't talk about) and Daniel Klein's latest fiction, The History of Now. Last week's iPhone extra! The Colophon pattern!
Only available via CraftLit through February! Get yer copy now (and while you're at it, check out Hunter's other great work!) NOTE: Very soon there will be no more comments accepted on this site. Please go to Craftlit.com if you wish to leave a comment.

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Wedding: Done! (successfully too!)
 Happy Sister (red) Happy Hub-to-Be (with Uke)Happy Sister (red) Happy Hub-to-Be (with Uke)[/caption] Semester Grades: Done! (mostly successfully) November Winners: Posted! Gayle of CA will receive When Autumn Leaves by our own Amy S. Foster and Elizabeth of MA will receive Sweater 101! Checkout the December Incentive Book! Mack Hacks! Let me know if you're interested! Anglo-Saxon! On Audio! Interweave books to check out: 101 Easy Wire Earrings, Sew Liberated, and Enchanted Adornments. Some MathPhobe books we mentioned: The Number Devil; e=MC²; Gödel, Escher, Bach; Le Ton Beau de Marot; I am a Strange Loop (haven't read it, but it's by the same guy--and I loof him!); Danica McKellar's Kiss My Math. And, you know...the shawl and pin. Whoo hoo!

 

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Book talk starts at 30 min, fig 1 at 45 min, fig 2 at 47 min, and fig 3 at 50 min. Listen to 152 here photo of the Sister by Abe Ordover

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Hope everyone in the US had a satisfying Thanksgiving--in every way. Food. Family. Fun. Life is good on this end, if looking a bit beans-and-rice for the next bit. But I can't complain. It's certainly better than being A. Square. Don't forget to check out the iPhone/iTouch app if you have the right platform in your pocket or purse--should be available and working world-wide now. And know that I've triple-checked and the good people at Wizzard Media (where the podcast is hosted) are indeed working towards getting apps up for other smart phone platforms. I am relieved. And excited. iPhone app pdf from the previous episode. November Incentive Winner announced in next episode. Book talk for 151 begins around 13 minutes in. Play here: audio

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iPhone/iTouch app is up and running. We have seven days to get it, rate it, and take over the world (or at least 50 million members therein). Please enjoy responsibly. Coming soon! Interview Number 2 with the charming comedy team of Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein (I'm not-so-secretly in love. Yes, the Husband knows). Flatland!FlatlandMy Dad's melodious voice will only be gracing us briefly before he has to go rescue the university (or a small part thereof). Many of our readers will be...CraftLit Volks! Huzzah! Do Not Fear The Math. (Or maybe fear it just a little bit.) The Kickstarter Campain wages on! Can't donate? Just pass the info on. I so deeply appreciate the support! And here's the link to the Hot Lava Cardigan. Oh! And Susan's interview with me at Knit-a-Journey! What fun we had! (You can probably tell.) Listen to the audio 150, booktalk starts around 20 min in.

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O so many things to link to! 

Here are some links to...gluten free flour mix, the Jean Reno movie Les VisiteursiPhone app info!, Flatland needs readers (text in left sidebar of link). 

More iPhone app information will come as I know it. Those of you who indulge, I'll try to make sure the launch isn't TOO bumpy.
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Well, not completely different. We’ll still be working our way through a book… I’m still on the fence about doing the Prologue to Canterbury Tales–mostly because finding a translation I like in the public domain is gonna kill me. (I got spoiled using that sterling one when writing curriculum.) Regardless the Chaucer drama, there will be Flatland! O yes. There will be. Narrated by my very own Dad. Ain’t he a trooper. He also has a lovely baritone, so I think you’ll find it soothing. Actually, come to think of it, he read Roughing it and Ben Franklin’s Autobiography to us before I turned 13–and I liked and remembered those books, so you have to figure he’s pretty good. Plus he has a beard like Pa Ingalls, so how can you go wrong, eh? Alice in Wonderland is tabled for now–all who wrote in agreed that the language play is too visual (like The Phantom Tollbooth) for you to really hear the jokes. There was a suggestion for The Secret Garden after Flatland…and I have to say…I’m intrigued. I think it’s down to that or Connecticut Yankee. Thoughts? Comments?
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Well, not completely different. We'll still be working our way through a book...

I'm still on the fence about doing the Prologue to Canterbury Tales--mostly because finding a translation I like in the public domain is gonna kill me. (I got spoiled using that sterling one when writing curriculum.)

Regardless the Chaucer drama, there will be Flatland!

O yes.

There will be.

Narrated by my very own Dad. Ain't he a trooper. He also has a lovely baritone, so I think you'll find it soothing. Actually, come to think of it, he read Roughing it and Ben Franklin's Autobiography to us before I turned 13--and I liked and remembered those books, so you have to figure he's pretty good.

Plus he has a beard like Pa Ingalls, so how can you go wrong, eh?

Alice in Wonderland is tabled for now--all who wrote in agreed that the language play is too visual (like The Phantom Tollbooth) for you to really hear the jokes. There was a suggestion for The Secret Garden after Flatland...and I have to say...I'm intrigued.  I think it's down to that or Connecticut Yankee.

Thoughts? Comments?

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And...CUT! Today we end The Scarlet Letter. It's sad. I'm just sayin'. Oh...gules! Listen for the extended deadline for the 2009 Challenge! Whoopie! Book Talk starts around 19min. But, on the happy side of things: Amy S. Foster's new book (a signed copy of) is our October Incentive! Donate and get your name put into the hat. And I forgot to say, I'm counting donations to Kickstarter as well as to CraftLit directly. Penny rugs! Also, if you're looking for a rollicking good time, check out Dragon of Trelian from Michelle Knudsen. Support not only a great book, but a great writer and friend (you DID read Library Lion, didn't you?) Also check out the great pattern for a Clapotis Cap! Love this! Knucks!. Cabled handwarmers! And...I'm out of exclamation points.
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Listening to Jeeves.
Rolling around laughing while listening.
And while we're at it, Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall made me laugh in the most horrible way.

2009 Challenge! GET THEM IN PRONTO!
And a New Challenge! iPhone App Patterns! Listen for details.

October Incentive! A signed copy of Amy S. Foster's new novel When Autumn Leaves! Did I mention it was signed? Because she loves CraftLit and therefore, loves you too.

Only a few seats left on the CraftLit/Knitty trip. Get 'em while you can! Even if you're not positive you can go, better safe than sorry! A

nd thank you Rita for introducing me to Chillingworth the Owl! Never have I seen a character captured so perfectly in...a...stuffed animal... Don't forget to checkout the Kickstarter site (look to the left sidebar to check on the progress).
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Oy vey! Can't wait to find a headache remedy! (One more week...)
Or learn more Yiddish.

That might take my mind off the pain.

Only two episodes left before the 2009 CraftLit™ Challenge! Get 'em in. And on that note--go reserve your space on the London, Bath, and Wales trip! Even if you're not positive you can go...better safe than sorry. Checkout the "how to" info via the link above.

But here are some links for you: Michelle Malone's new album Debris is one to check out if you like jazzy, Southern Rock (you'll be able to tell she came up in Atlanta at the same time as the Indigo Girls--you can listen to some songs from the site), our winners for the September Incentives are Penelope, Erica, and Donna! Yay!
A nice site if you need to learn how to stretch your dollars (who doesn't?), some AMAZING paper cutout art, and more than you ever wanted to know about the Sonoran Desert brought to you by Arizona 4-H.
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Episode One hundred forty-five: A Conundrum Inside an Enigma Wrapped in a Kumquat What was it the ER docs couldn't diagnose? A Migraine. Some conundrum, eh? Where was House when I needed him? So, today...reminder of the September Incentives: Mission Falls 136 Duet Catalog, and the Falls Catalog. Gaze at the beauty that may be your incentive. Don't forget to visit the link above for the Craftlit 2009 Challenge Rules. Time's-a-wastin'!! Fabricate! AND Joi Lynn's bookmark and stitch marker set!!! YAY SEPTEMBER!!!! Jenny's pledge site for her Leukemia walk! Go! Donate! Support! Go pre-order Amy S. Foster's new novel "When Autumn Leaves" --a listener who you'll want to go have a cuppa with after you start the book. I'm about a third of the way through. Love it! Checkout our Kickstarter pledge site. Donate and if we make the goal, then you pay. If we don't make the goal, you walk away free and clear! Spread the word! And that's about it. Book chat on chapter 21 starts around 21 minutes.
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Sorry.  Family woes at the House of CraftLit. Will try to 'cast later this week. 
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A Little Funny for you, a little Mission Falls 136 Duet Catalog, and the Falls Catalog. Gaze at the beauty that is your incentive. Don't forget to visit the link above for the Craftlit 2009 Challenge Rules. Time's-a-wastin'!
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What a DAY! Brutal coming back from a nice weekend, but this was a little nutty, even by my standards. Here I sit, laptop in front of me, candle and matches next to me. Kinda a Laura Ingalls Wilder sorta night. Regardless, I was able to sketch a little on the trip. Here’s some Newport Beach for you. We also got a copy of the VERY LOVELY Amy S. Foster’s new novel “When Autumn Leaves” (clever, sure, but what else do you expect from a CraftLit listener?!). I read the back and am already hooked. You will be too! Go buy! Support CraftLit folks! Blackout kinda blew my mojo…but I think it’s okay now. Lotsa wind, some rain, some really good lightning. We thought the monsoons were over, but the hurricane in Baja helped us out. Very nice. Lovely weather. SEPTEMBER INCENTIVE! Cool For You!!! Fabricate! AND Joi Lynn’s bookmark and stitch marker set AND a Mission Falls Kit! What could be more exciting?! Books I mentioned: Big Book of Things to Draw, Emberly’s Drawing Book of Animals, Visual Journaling, Art for Kids Cartooning. Don’t forget the 2009 SCARLET LETTER CHALLENGE! There are only five chapters left! We need your entries! Join the fray! I know you people now. You’re mad creative, yo! Send ‘em in. And, of course, checkout the Holiday Travel link above and sign up to be in the loop. It’s a lotta bang for your buck (Dianne only picks the good stuff) so even if it seems like a stretch right now, you’re going to kick yourself when you win the lottery…after the trip is full. Seriously!
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A few quick things: What I did Saturday (and part of why I didn't post on Thursday), a new Etsy store by long-time listener, a new Crafty mag that inspired me, Green Craft

And

Mason Dixon from Knitting Out Loud, Moccasin sock in all it's reinforced-soled glory, Moccasin Sock

and

the numbers are a-growin' at Holiday Travel!

Sign up NOW for the email announcements!

Reservations open Sept 30th at the 800 number, and Dianne (last I checked Ravelry) is working on an International solution as well!

WHOOPIE! We're gonna go a-travelin'!

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Not much to post today. Checkout Mission Falls, though. The September incentive people! Whoopie! And don't forget about the 2009 CraftLit challenge...like I keep forgetting to mention it on the 'Cast... tra la la...
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To say we are all exhausted is such an understatement I'm just going to take it as read that you know that, and move on. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="375" caption="Sock Summit '09 Book"]Sock Summit 09 Book[/caption] It was great! Amazing! (Did I mention I'm tired?) I'm going to put as many pictures and links in here as I can because I know I'll forget to mention someone's gorgeous yarns or wares...I'll try to catch up on the next 'Cast, though! OH! But checkout The Blue Ridge Soap Shed esp. the Hand Repair Soap in "Green Tea". Also Cheryl Brunette's Sweater 101 and Chrissy Gardiner's Toe Up! (soon-to-be incentive books).
And now for some pictures! Laser-cut and amazing knittingIlisha Helfmans cards
Ilisha Helfman's cards
Then, some amazing yarn! Here's a pic of the card for the next couple of picks: [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="375" caption="Kangeroo Dyer exclusively for Valley Yarns"]Kangeroo Dyer exclusively for Valley Yarns[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="375" caption="Mmmmmm Tactile Fiber for Spinning"]Mmmmmm Tactile Fiber for Spinning[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="Hand and Eye Candy"]Hand and Eye Candy[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="Schoppel Wolle Zauberball"]Schoppel Wolle Zauberball[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="375" caption="The Other Zauberball"]The Other Zauberball[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="375" caption="Simply Socks"]Simply Socks[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Zimmerman's Huggy Sock Sole"]Zimmermans Huggy Sock Sole[/caption] The super-huggy sock sole--good for high arches and those among us who need a hug. First night's dinner [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="First night dinner: Ms. Gardiner and Mr. Demers"]First night dinner: Ms. Gardiner and Mr. Demers[/caption] And Amy and I also got to sit with [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Ms. Gibson-Roberts and Ms. Neatby"]Ms. Gibson-Roberts and Ms. Neatby[/caption] Casey, Mary-Heather, Jess, Jennie, Amy, Meg, Gretchen, and Dianne all recorded at Kells Pub on 2nd in Portland...Kells...home of the best Shepherd's Pie in the world. Also, next month, a special incentive treat for you! Mission Falls! Our own Jessica (not from Ravelry, from Mission Falls!) has hooked us up! I'll be picking a kit and yarn to be next month's incentive item. Just lettin' you know, it's gonna be kickin'! As you know, I love me some Mission Falls 130 Superwash Merino!
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Book talk for chapter 15 starts at 27min or so... Studio magazine Studio Magazine, Spring Summer 2009 Mixed Mania (love those ladies! For all my success in this arena—should there be any—I blame Cheryl.) Mixed Mania What the monsoons should look like. What they look like instead. Hot Day
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Feed's back. Site's back. Ability to sleep's back. All is well with the world. Here are some sites for your fun and frolicking: Don't forget the challenge and to check on Yellow Dog and Jennie the Potter at Sock Summit for info on the NEW Secret CraftLit...thing...and let me know if you want to read stories for my English101 class. You can Pimp Your Pod(cast...or blog). Chapter 14 chatter starts around 34:30.
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Okay, try this:

From iTunes:

  • Click on the CraftLit title in your podcast list (assuming you still have a subscription. If not, skip to the next step).
  • Go to the Advanced Menu.
  • Click on "Subscribe to Podcast"
  • A write-in box should open asking you for a feed.
  • Type in: http://craftlit.libsyn.com/rss
  • Click okay.
  • You should see everything update right away. 

If this doesn't work, add a comment here and I'll keep working.

For those of you on other podcast aggregators, this information SHOULD also be correct for you. The feed itself never changed, but iTunes got glitchy.

Ain't technology fun!?

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Okay, I'm done with the 91,000 word novel.

WOOF!

Now I can get back to living...o wait...now I have to send it out...unsolicited.

MORE FUN!

101 Wire Earrings rocks! Denise Peck did a great job. Love it!

We have a BookGlutton group! Come! Join us!

Check out Dr. Gemma at CogKNITive!

And...here's the divorce article. See what you think. Then post comments at Drop.io/craftlit (pwd: craftlit). Hmmmm...wonder what you'll have to say...

Don't forget about the Challenge!

Chapter 13--Book chat begins around 28 minutes


7/9/09--NOTE: iTunes feed should be fixed...website is being reconstructed by the Domain Host...dunno what they did, but they say it's them...should be up by or before 7/12/09.

7/15/09-- NOTE: I am STILL on the phone with the site folks and the Libsyn folks. This will get fixed, they all tell me...someone, however, owes me a week and a half.

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Chapter 12 of The Scarlet Letter.

Today Thing 1 leaves for the Galapagos Islands with his grandparents and I receive that horrible weepy phone call every parent dreads.

Thing 2 and I get another crafty weekend and I share video of his first dance recital. Tonight, watching a splashy dance number he announces that all he wants to do is be on TV. Have we created a monster or was he doomed from the start?

Kewl pics from Burton's Alice in Wonderland (oooh, ahhhh...or eeek! ugh!); fave sock heel yarn found (colorway 35); getting closer to identifying 15 pretty blogs (who knew I'd have no time to look); I close in on a complete edit of my complete draft of my complete novel (who knew it would take this long...you sensing a theme?); I change my Sock Summit travel arrangements...SFO, I hardly knew ye.

Get your 2009 Challenge Ideas in! We're half way through the book!

And, sadly, farewell to Michael and Farrah.

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I run out of time, out of technology to fix audio, and wine. But you didn't hear about that last part on the 'cast.

here are some links for you: Funny online movie starring Jaleel White and Leyna Weber. It's a new webseries Road to the Alter. Full disclosure, I was only able to stream the first minute plus (that's the technology part above) but what I saw was funny. I'm going to guess that it might not be PG though. Just a headsup.

Also, don't forget to check out KnittingDaily.com and BrookklynTweed. There's also the fab Etsy store with the cool Shakespeare Sock Club (I LOVE the colors), cool Twitter news, a book review by our own Becky, now of Tucson (Go Saguaros!), your link to the new Harry Potter Site, and checkout Leanne's Lovely blog.

Chapter 11—book talk starts around 30 min in.

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Well, I knew I was having issues when I uploaded this file, but didn't expect an entire post to disappear.
Check for shownotes at craftlit.com.

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First scheduling then technical difficulties! Soon. Promise!
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Now, now...didn't mean to frighten you there...Leech was just a old fashioned way of saying "Doctor." Which makes me wonder why ANYONE would ever go to the Doctor?! Huge thanks to Penelope for reading this week!!!! YAY CRAFTLIT LISTENERS!!! Camille sent this picture she found. Feel the drama? News from Interweave:

Quilting Arts Gives Away Free eBook of 7 Quilted Bag Patterns

eBook giveaway celebrates launch of the new Quilting Arts website and online community, www.quiltingarts.com

Loveland, Colo. - May 2009: Quilting Arts magazine announced this month that they are giving away a new free eBook, 7 Quilted Bag Patterns: Handmade Quilt Bags from Quilting Arts, to celebrate the launch of their new online community website, www.quiltingarts.com

The new Quilting Arts online community is a place for contemporary quilters to engage with each and the magazine’s editors online, upload photos of their work, share videos, comment on stories, view Quilting Arts Challenge galleries, download free projects and tutorials, and much more.

The 18-page eBook offers easy-to-print sewing patterns and templates for making seven different handmade bags for every personality and skill level, from beginning stitchers to advanced art quilters. The free eBook of quilted bag patterns includes materials lists and step-by-step directions for every bag, along with beautifully photographed full-color examples.

“There is such a wide variety of quilted bags in this free eBook, from quilted accessory purses that are perfect for holding your jewelry or makeup when you travel to evening clutches and eco-friendly shopping bags. You might want to make them all. And what I love about quilted bags is that they are the perfect small project for trying new skills, or to show off your love of quilting when you’re out and about,” says Quilting Arts Editor Pokey Bolton.

Beginners can try their hands at an easy-to-assemble Artful Eco Bag, then apply their quilting skills to a Pretty Purse. The Easy & Elegant Quilted Bag is perfect for people who love embellishment and stitch, but not necessarily the intricacies of sewing patterns. More experienced artists will love the Blue, Yellow, and Purple Evening Bags and the Mini Messenger Bag with a digitally altered and inkjet-printed design.

Download the free eBook of 7 Quilted Bag Patterns here:

http://quiltingarts.com/7-Free-Quilted-Bag-Patterns/

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For all of you (ahem, all of us) who don't speak Latin...you know...just in general...that would be a title for the Governor in our little book--in English: Who Watches the Watchmen? This week, Chapters 7 and 8 of The Scarlet Letter. Some quick links for your merriment: Checkout Scrivener if you have a Mac and write stories, lookee at News Knitter, Interesting idea...LifeHacks, another way to organize your days, quick and dirty (really) mosquito trap, how to read more books this year, how to learn faster, 14 ways to make your resolutions stick, The No-S Diet (not what you think), cool art from a Tucsonan, take a look at Ravelry before there was a Ravelry, a kewl knitted village, more expensive mosquito killer, and, finally, a fun blog add-on.
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Not much for you this episode. Maryland Sheep and Wool was great. Jennie the Potter and Dawn and Amy were spectacular (a year since the cruise! Who knew?!). And now I'm heading out to NYC. Ping me if you are there and want to hook up. Whoo hoo! Next week will likely NOT have a 'cast, but the week after, you know it! And don't forget the challenge! Lots of Scarlet Letter yarn went at MSW. It really is a great scarlet color--and a wool silk blend. mmmmmmmmm yummy... Perhaps we need a Scarlet Letter T-shirt...
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Hester embroiders!

Puritans are explained!

My new site is nearly done!

AND MSW UPDATE: After Party that Guido (It'sAPurlMan) and Alanna (TactileTravel) and Jess (Ravelry) have put together—It's Saturday night in Columbia and we'll have food and some door prizes and hopefully a ton of fun.  There's more info at http://tactileafterparty.com.

Interweave ROCKS–Go there NOW!!!

Interweave is celebrating Earth Day by offering two free digital issues of the most current Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines for a limited time.

Digital subscriptions are great for the eco-conscious who are trying to save paper (or who are going paperless to stay organized and clutter-free)! And we love them because you can see the artwork in better detail; zoom in and out to better read the text; click on ads and go right to the website for more information; search your issues for specific articles; and so much more!

Have you taken a look at one? For one week only (until 4/29/09) you can view the entire digital edition of the Quilting Arts April/May 2009 issue and Cloth Paper Scissors May/June 2009 issue. These magazines have a regular newsstand value of $7.99 each!

INSIDE THE ISSUES

The 2009 Craftlit Challenge!

…for the first ever The March Hare loves CraftLit Design Contest!

We have dyed up a brand new colorway for our very special 70/30 wool/silk blend in a very special CraftLit colorway…a very rich, earthy, semisolid scarlet. Just what every self-righteous Puritan would choose to brand one who strays. We have of course named it The Scarlet Letter.

TSL Yarn

TSL Yarn

Such a yarn of course demands a fantastic design. That’s where we’re hoping CraftLit’s endlessly talented and creative listeners can help us. We’d like to challenge you to design something for the yarn inspired by the novel, the times, the characters. We’ll have a fantastic panel of celebrity judges pick the winner, who will receive the project’s worth of yarn.

The details:

1) All entries should be designed with The Scarlet Letter yarn in mind (not necessarily in hand).
Yarn specs:435 yards per cake. 70/30 merino wool/silk. True fingering weight: 4 ply with 14 wpi.
2) Knitting, crochet, weaving, tatting, macramé, nalbinding…if you can do it with yarn it’s fair game.
3) Entries must be in before the last chapter is posted to the CraftLit feed.
4) All designs must somehow incorporate “the letter” or an interpretation thereof.
5) To be eligible for the prize, the winning designer must agree to have their pattern available for free via the CraftLit website for 3 months after the conclusion of the contest. After that time all rights are retained in full by the designer and the free feed will be removed, pronto.
6) Entries should at a minimum include pictures of the final product and the complete pattern. Everything else we leave up to you. Let your imaginations run wild!

And to sweeten the pot, The March Hare will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales of The Scarlet Letter yarn to CraftLit for the duration of the contest. (Including the 3 month free pattern period for those inspired by the winning project…)

So there you be CraftLit faithful. Go forth and create!

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Many things from this episode! Not the least of which is chapter four of TSL!!!!
April Incentive book and yarn!
New Interweave book! LOVE IT! Our THSG journal fundraiser full of pics of our artsy goodies from last year's challenge! Maryland Sheep and Wool! Find me at Jennie the Potter's stall with Knitty and the gang! FAST-DRYING NAIL POLISH (really...but, okay, not in that color)! Great YA book series!
And SOMEONE out there, please make Wordpress speak Mac to me!
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I bait the "come-and-see-me" hook with three venues: Maryland Sheep and Wool, Sock Summit, and SFO.
Come by JennieThePotter's stall at MSW if you want to be recorded for a 'Cast! Or, you know, just say hi!
Don't forget about the Challenge!
New Website coming!
Really!
Life is good and we're on Chapter 3 of The Scarlet Letter.
I love this chapter...
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Today! Chapter 2! Fun with the intolerant Puritans of the Dour Physiognomies (love that word! Also love ignominious). I knit a pair of Knucks in no time (necessity=invention. My hands are freezing), I fall in love with the KOL book Knitting Lessons (good reader!). And! A New Incentive Fills Our Lives! ...for the first ever The March Hare loves CraftLit Design Contest! We have dyed up a brand new colorway for our very special 70/30 wool/silk blend in a very special CraftLit colorway...a very rich, earthy, semisolid scarlet. Just what every self-righteous Puritan would choose to brand one who strays. We have of course named it The Scarlet Letter. Such a yarn of course demands a fantastic design. That's where we're hoping CraftLit's endlessly talented and creative listeners can help us. We'd like to challenge you to design something for the yarn inspired by the novel, the times, the characters. We'll have a fantastic panel of celebrity judges pick the winner, who will receive the project's worth of yarn. The details: 1) All entries should be designed with The Scarlet Letter yarn in mind. Yarn specs:435 yards per cake. 70/30 merino wool/silk. True fingering weight: 4 ply with 14 wpi. 2) Knitting, crochet, weaving, tatting, macramé, nalbinding...if you can do it with yarn it's fair game. 3) Entries must be in before the last chapter is posted to the CraftLit feed. 4) All designs must somehow incorporate "the letter" or an interpretation thereof. 5) To be eligible for the prize, the winning designer must agree to have their pattern available for free via the CraftLit website for 3 months after the conclusion of the contest. After that time all rights are retained in full by the designer and the free feed will be removed, pronto. 6) Entries should at a minimum include pictures of the final product and the complete pattern. Everything else we leave up to you. Let your imaginations run wild! And to sweeten the pot, The March Hare will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales of The Scarlet Letter yarn to CraftLit for the duration of the contest. (Including the 3 month free pattern period for those inspired by the winning project...) So there you be CraftLit faithful. Go forth and create!

To Enter

Send your pictures of the final product and complete "pattern" (or instructions for whatever you've created) to the Craftlit email. Winners will be contacted via email before the announcement is made "on the air".

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Herin lie Episodes One hundred twenty-four, One hundred twenty-five, and One hundred twenty-six: The Party of the First Part, The Party of the Second Part, and Don't Forget the Roses. The links, as promised: The Dickens Link, the link to Frolicking Deer Lavender Farms, microtia bracelets here, books reviewed are Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush and Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin. April Incentive: Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks by Lynne Perrella.
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Herin lie Episodes One hundred twenty-four, One hundred twenty-five, and One hundred twenty-six: The Party of the First Part, The Party of the Second Part, and Don't Forget the Roses. The links, as promised: The Dickens Link, the link to Frolicking Deer Lavender Farms, microtia bracelets here, books reviewed are Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush and Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin. April Incentive: Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks by Lynne Perrella.
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Herin lie Episodes One hundred twenty-four, One hundred twenty-five, and One hundred twenty-six: The Party of the First Part, The Party of the Second Part, and Don't Forget the Roses. The links, as promised: The Dickens Link, the link to Frolicking Deer Lavender Farms, microtia bracelets here, books reviewed are Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush and Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin. April Incentive: Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks by Lynne Perrella.
Direct download: CraftLit_124_031909.mp3
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Some fun for you!

A Death Clock! Whoopie! (I've got some time, so we'll finish a few more books...) And check this out! A NYTimes article aggregator! I love this thing. I never close it! And for a hoot--check out friend Haynes' new venture (hint...he's an actor...). And for those of you frustrated with the economy--a little financial...can I call it levity? I don't think so...maybe 4-th Wall Realism is better. Here. And here.

Jennie the Potter has done it again--if you missed it on Knitty, get it here! I'll be reviewing these for Knitty shortly! Whoo hoo! And spinning is (once again) singing it's siren song to me. (Ask me how long I spindled last night). Brookmoore Creations Etsy store coming shortly.


My novel only has three chapters left--I'm so excited...except that they're the hardest chapters.
¿C'est la guerre, non?

The Scarlet Letter
coming last week of March, so mark your calendars! If you have early chapters to record, send 'em on! One of my former (read 9/11 evacuee knitting students) is now teaching herself and is trying to start a knitting group for the troubled children she's working with. She is not a registered 501(c)3 so there would be no tax write-off for helping, but of course, Karma's always good. Please contact me if you would like to send her knitting or crochet materials. ANY cast-offs are a boon. I recall that we received half-finished sweaters, ball-ends from projects, mismatched needles, and such. It's all helpful when working with kids.
Direct download: CraftLit_123_030609.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:11 PM
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Some fun for you!

A Death Clock! Whoopie! (I've got some time, so we'll finish a few more books...) And check this out! A NYTimes article aggregator! I love this thing. I never close it! And for a hoot--check out friend Haynes' new venture (hint...he's an actor...). And for those of you frustrated with the economy--a little financial...can I call it levity? I don't think so...maybe 4-th Wall Realism is better. Here. And here.

Jennie the Potter has done it again--if you missed it on Knitty, get it here! I'll be reviewing these for Knitty shortly! Whoo hoo! And spinning is (once again) singing it's siren song to me. (Ask me how long I spindled last night).

My novel only has three chapters left--I'm so excited...except that they're the hardest chapters. ¿C'est la guerre, non?

The Scarlet Letter coming last week of March, so mark your calendars! If you have early chapters to record, send 'em on!

One of my former (read 9/11 evacuee knitting students) is now teaching herself and is trying to start a knitting group for the troubled children she's working with. She is not a registered 501(c)3 so there would be no tax write-off for helping, but of course, Karma's always good. Please contact me if you would like to send her knitting or crochet materials. ANY cast-offs are a boon. I recall that we received half-finished sweaters, ball-ends from projects, mismatched needles, and such. It's all helpful when working with kids.
Direct download: CraftLit_122_030509.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02 PM
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Some cool things--YAY CORALINE, Yay Graveyard Book! Yay teeny-weeny sweaters! Yay Tikabelle! Yay Getting Things Done in creative ways! Yay cables without a cable needle (there're good videos on YouTube, too). Yay Clear Scientists! (Maybe start with the CalTech lecture.) Waiting for a schematic or information on the Cardi Cozy...it may be the most frogged pattern I've ever seen on Ravelry! Sadly... Yay artists' sketchbooks online! George Orwell (love this!) Kewl Austen site (fun)
Direct download: CraftLit_121_021009.mp3
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So, today chapters 4–7 of Jekyll and Hyde, and a bunch of links for you: Meg's Victorian site, new Incentive site (Thank you, Debbi), Authonomy is questionable site, the Knit Kit, Paperworks, cool Victorian movie (Yay Johnny Depp), Knitting Daily Free Sock e-Book, Yay Neil Gaiman, Little Women spinning project, and I think that's it!
Direct download: CraftLit_120_012909.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:46 AM
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Definition of troglodyte. Here's a cute pic of what someone thought a troglodytic creaature might look like. Nice. Chapters 2 and 3 today. Not much else newsy except that you writerly-types should go here and checkitout: Authonomy.
Direct download: CraftLit_119_010809.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:42 AM
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