Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ep 75- Back to School!

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~Welcome/ Intro/ Thanks!
   -Audible: The internet's leading provider in spoken word entertainment! Download a free audiobook of your choice by following the link!
  - Bar-Maids: The most amazing eco-friendly skin care products!!
Autumn tools! Check out the Ravelry group page to vote on your favorite!
~Sweater Forecast:
If you are in my neck of the woods this week, you get to experience ALL THE WEATHER! Sun, rain, clouds, temps in the low 40s up to the high 70s!  LAYERS ARE AWESOME!
~ Knitting/ Spinning:
Finished the Fake Isle hat that I started for my friend, I finished knitting the Megaman hat for my other friend's son, and ripped out the 198 yds of Heaven shawl because it was too involved for my brain at the time.  Instead, I CO the Age of Brass and Steam shawl, and knit the whole thing in a week! (that's a big deal!)  I also finished Aaron's socks! I'm a KNITTING MACHINE! 
As for spinning, if you follow me on Twitter then you already know that I got my new spinning wheel!  Her name is Louise, named for her previous owner and she and I are getting along VERY WELL!
We have already spun together 4oz of Sunset Fibers BFL in the colorway Serendipity, into sportish weight singles that I am currently knitting into the Boneyard Shawl.  We are also now spinning together some Woolgatherings 70/30 BFL/Seacell in the colorway (named by Amy Toadyjoe and I) Kreplit Rainbow. (If you are unfamiliar with the term kreplit or the kreplit theory, please refer to episode 7 of the Outlier Podcast. Amy does a good job explaining it.)
~Sustainable Knowledge! New Segment!
I'm back in school! I'm studying sustainable agriculture, so I've decided that each episode, I'll share a little tidbit about what I've learned that week!  Did you know that it takes 55x more water to grow 500 calories of edible beef than it does to grow 500 calories of edible potatoes? Interesting right?
~Events! OFFF Recap!
Thursday night I jumped on a Greyhound bus and went to Idaho!  I got to Amy's house at about 10am Friday morning, and when she got done with work, we jumped in her car and drove across Oregon!  We landed in Gresham at the KnitWits house around 7pm on Friday, where we had some snacks, drank wine on the porch with the chickens in the yard, and the kids running around, laughing and having a great time! It was all VERY idyllic! We drove down to Rimky Korsakoffeehouse for desserts and it was excellent! Saturday, we went to the festival after the delicious quiche breakfast that Carin made, had the meet at greet at the Bar Maids booth and then wandered around for a while!  We did some shopping, some eating, some laying around in the sun knitting and spinning and just having a good time together!   Then we went to Dar Essalam which is the best restaurant I've ever been to.  That's all. Go there. Eat. You'll love it.  Sunday, we packed up and went home! I don't feel like I got to spend nearly enough time with my friends, but I am glad I got to spend some!  Can't wait to see you all again soon!
-Knitpicks is having their book sale again! All their books are 40% off! A great time to stock up!
-Office supply stores are practically GIVING AWAY school supplies!  Since it's been a while since school started, they are ALL ON SALE!
~Tip of the Week:
Don't forget your public library!  You can now download kindle books, ebooks, audiobooks and then of course go get traditional books! Just another way that libraries are a limitless resource for you!
~Worth It!
Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec

20 projects, retail price is $19.99! EVERYTHING is adorable!  I love this book! I don't normally knit toys but I want to knit ALL THE THINGS in this book!  The technical descriptions of knitting techniques are well done, the design your own toy workshop is great and the patterns are all awesome!!!  If you have any interest in cute things or knitted toys, this book is totally WORTH IT!
~Contact Me!
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Ravelry: Roue
Twitter: Roue0824
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ep 74- A Serious Case

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thanks!
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Bar-Maids- Makers of AMAZING eco-friendly skin care products!
Head over to the Ravelry group and tell me what your favorite tool is in the autumn for saving money!!
~Sweater Forecast
With the exception of Sunday the 11th, it seems the autumn weather I've been waiting for is coming!  Dropping from the mid-90s today down to the mid 60s!
Aaron's socks, CO Fake Isle Hat for a friend out of Patons Classic wool and Lion Brand Amazing, CO MegaMan hat for a friend's son, CO 198 yds of Heaven by Chrissy Verity with some Lisa Souza, CO swatch for Stilwell by Jared Flood.
Finished the rainbow sherbet yarn I'd been working on for Hannah and Leighton. 468 yds of Sport weight! SOOOOOO SOFT!
OFFF- I'll be there! Will you? There will be at Meet and Greet with many other podcasters on Saturday from 12-1 in the Bar Maids booth! See you there!
~ Sales:
Cardoan Farm has several great items in their sale section!
Interweave is having their Stashbust sale! Patterns, ebooks and books are hugely discounted!
~Tip of the week:
Go find Oversized and Underpriced produce! I got  a HUGE ZUCCHINI that I turned into 20 cups of shredded zucchini! That is enough for 40 small loaves of zucchini bread! Guess what we'll be eating a lot of this winter?!
~ How I Saved the Week:
You guys know I love the Kindle that Aaron got me for my birthday!  As of today, it has paid for itself! I got the Kindle With Special Offers, which is a lower price because it offers coupons and discounts for the owner.  Between coupons I have used and savings from the kindle price being lower than the paperback for my school books, we have saved the price of what the Kindle originally cost us!  In only 2 months!! HOORAY!

~Worth It!
Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting by Lorna Miser

Retail: $24.99 24 patterns
I like this book.  However, I don't actually really like most of the patterns.  I LOVE a few patterns, but I really dislike some of them.  Some just felt contrived, which is disappointing, but the few patterns I really like make up for the ones I didn't like!!  Overall, I urge you to check it out for yourself.  I'm pretty torn on this one.  I don't think that I would have purchased it for myself, though since I got it as a gift, I'm glad to have it!
~Contact Info:
Email: cleverroue (at) gmail (dot) com
Ravelry: Roue
Twitter: Roue0824
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ep 73- Honeymoon!

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thanks!
Thanks to Laurie for the magazine and Isabella for the birthday Pina Colada!
  -If you stayed through the ENTIRE No Fiber Diet, please PM me on Ravelry!!
  -  September: What is the #1 item you use in the autumn to save money!!  For me, its hot tea!
  Leave your answer on the Ravelry Group page!
~Sweater Forecast:
Highs in the mid 80s but lows in the mid 40s! Its perfect!! Sweaters in the mornings and evening, bare feet in the day!
Not much to report, I did finish my Kindle sweater!
I took way too much knitting with me on my honeymoon! I hardly got anything done, though here is a picture of me knitting on Diamond Head!
September 23-25 Oregon Flock and Fiber Fest OFFF! There WILL be a podcaster meetup in the Bar Maids booth!  I'm thinking lunch time on Saturday, and there will be better details to come!  Also, if you are coming in from out of town, the Guesthouse Inn or Comfort Inn has been kind enough to offer a discounted group rate if you sign up with the coupon code Podcast.  5-10$ off your room depending on the size!
  -Gritty Knits is having a 25% off sale on all their Handspun to make room for new inventory!
  -Green Sheep Shop is also having a huge sale with great prices on tons of different yarn ooptions!
  - Do you know about the Amazon Daily Deal and Lightning Deal?
~Tip of the Week
Plan ahead to go with the flow!  If you'll be traveling, take some time ahead of the trip to read reviews, so that when you are wandering around and see a familiar name, you know whether it will be worth the stop!  Also, if you add bookmarks in your phone or write down places you want to eat, you will never be disappointed and won't be stranded getting hungry and cranky while you decide what to do!
~ How We Saved the Honeymoon!
We stayed in a condo so we had a kitchen.  We bought groceries and ate in 2 meals a day so that the meal we ate out was really nice and we were able to afford to spend a little more than we normally would and get something really good!  We also found group discounts and we DID NOT buy the rental car insurance because our personal car insurance transferred to our rental car!
~ Worth It!
If you are on Oahu, it is worth it to check out Aloha Yarn!  I had a nice visit, and really enjoyed the shop! This is what I bought! If you are on the island, or want a nice shop online to order from, I give Aloha Yarn a thumbs up!
~Contact Info:
Email me! cleverroue (at) gmail (dot) com
Ravelry: Roue
Twitter: Roue0824
Thank you a ton for listening!!