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Knitting Butterflies

Summary: Join me for my adventures in knitting, crochet, spinning, photography, and of course, parenting.

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 Episode 58 - Countdown to Christmas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:51

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 HamilKnit Tips and Tricks - Again | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:52

The audio cuts out on the last episode early, so I am reuploading it as a new episode in hopes this will fix the problem. Happy knitting!   The HamilKnit pattern is live! I have recorded a podcast just for this hat to help people with tips and tricks to make this hat pattern really enjoyable. Find me on Ravelry here and be sure to tag me on Instagram as @butterflyem4 with your projects! Pattern Info: HamilKnit can be found for free on Ravelry. If you would like to contribute to the podcast in honor of the pattern, you can do so by clicking here. HamilKnit is a fingering weight, stranded colorwork hat. While you can use any technique you like to knit colorwork, I recommend using the Philosopher's Wool technique for the crown decreases to minimize the floats behind the work. [youtube] I used Cascade Heritage Sock solids from The Loopy Ewe in "Real Black" and "Limestone." You will need approximately 35g (155 yards) of the main color, and 30g (135 yards) of a contrasting color. Tips and Tricks: Make a swatch: the gauge for this pattern is 27 st x 34 rows = 4"/10cm. The circumference is 21.5"/55cm and the depth is 7.75"/19.75cm. If you would like a hat that is larger in circumference, swatch with a larger needle size and calculate what your gauge will create. If you would like to add depth to your hat, add rows in between the rows of colorwork. Prairie Girl Danie - knit the hat inside out to make the floats carry more easily. Danie also suggests using the Turkish provisional cast on. If you do not want to do a provisional cast on, you can use a long tail cast on and then stitch your hem to the inside of your hat. [youtube] Ginasetta - knit an extra 2 rows in between each of the lines of text to make the hat longer for her husband's head Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls suggested using stitch markers in between the pages of the main chart to help give references Color dominance -When knitting stranded colorwork with two hands, the yarn in your left hand is the dominant yarn. When knitting Continental, the yarn that comes up from the bottom is the dominant yarn. Here is a great blog post about knitting using color dominance. Listen to Hamilton while you are knitting! It makes the project so much more enjoyable! Thank you to the following people: Test knitters: Prairie Girl Danie, Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls, Candy from Paws 4 Stitches, and Kim (artsluvr) Bronwyn from Knitting Pipeline (Bronwyn the Brave) for being an AMAZING tech editor Many, many people who have donated to the podcast in honor of the pattern Kind words and comments on Instagram encouraging me to write the pattern

 Episode 57 - Rhinebeck! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:06

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 Episode 56 - Ham4Ham Knitting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:32

Episode 56 - Ham4Ham Knitting

 Episode 55 - Great Outdoors KAL Winners | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:56

Clicking Away: I decided to start fresh after Stash Dash with a new pair of vanilla socks for my husband out of some Opal 6-ply yarn I bought from a closeout Etsy shop.  I wove a scarf for myself out of the handspun Into the World "Follow the Butterflies" yarn I won a blue ribbon for last year. I started a new pair of socks out of White Birch Fiber Arts "Electric Slide" so I could have some easy movie/car knitting. I knitted a hat I designed myself that was inspired by the Broadway musical Hamilton out of some Cascade Heritage Sock yarn and Leading Men Fiber Arts. #BecauseofKnitting: Jasmin surprised me with a HUMONGOUS cake to say congrats for winning Stash Dash 2016.  Boston Jen sent me some fun Regia Yarn and some other goodies as a thank you for pushing her to beat us all :) Danie from Prairie Girls gave me an amazing experience, catching fireflies! Several of us have coordinated for the next knitalong:  The Big, Bad Bergalong Coordinated with: Michelle from Actually Knitting, Kristi from In a Sknit, Commuter Jen from Commuter Knitter Podcast, Prairie Girls Susie and Danie, and Boston Jen from Down Cellar Studio podcast. We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. We are also going to be working with 3 Indie Dyers for this KAL. Sun Valley Fibers There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. You can get the same kit as I am getting or as one of the other podcasters. More information is coming, but look for a special link "Big Bad Berg-Along" on their website. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. Lollipop Yarns On September 11 at 7pm Eastern there will be an update featuring Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. She will have these kits up for preview starting Monday September 5th, 2016 in the Lollipop Yarn Ravelry Group as well as on her website, linked above. Oh! And there will be a self-striping update on Sunday September 4th at 7pm. One Twisted Tree Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL. Check out the website for more information. My shawl will be knit out of her yarn in "Mint," "Bark," and "Seashell" and I will be knitting "All Paths Lead Home." Great Outdoors KAL Wrap Up: We had over 680 entries into the Great Outdoors KAL this year! Great job getting outdoors! If you heard your name, please PM me as EmilyStraw on Ravlery with the prize you won, along with your address if needed. Thank you for your participation! 

 Episode 54 - Finish Line | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:08

Great Outdoors KAL: Reminder to join the Great Outdoors KAL! Visit this page to see all of the amazing prizes and see how you can win! Clicking Away: Stash Dash is finished, I had fun competing with Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls podcast and Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio podcast Finished my Hiro Cardigan by Julia Farewell-Clay out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Superwash Sewed in the zipper on my son's Jesse Half Zip by Kate Oates in the book Knits for Boys out of Cascade 220 Superwash Finished a blanket for my daughter out of Sensations Yarns Rainbow Finished the knitting on the baby sweater from the book Handy Book of Top Down Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd, yarn is Western Sky Knits in Nightfall I knit a Starshower Cowl by Hilary Smith-Callis out of Malabrigo Mechita in the Jupiter colorway I knit a Beachcomber Shawl by Chelsea Berkompas in Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstopper and Showstealer I finished a pair of socks out of some Deborah Norahville yarn from my stash, these were my Mother's Day Cast on socks from 2015 I started a hat out of the leftover Leading Men Fiber Arts yarn using the Peerie Flooers pattern as a base and then stitch patterns found on Google

 Episode 53 - Suddenly Sweaters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:55

I'm sorry this one ends so abruptly, I had to stop and couldn't find time to come back and finish it out. But, I hope you enjoy it anyway! Thank you always for your support!

 Episode 52 - Great Outdoors Knitting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:39

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 Episode 51 - Going Grellow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:49

**Notice, there is a new website!!! You can find the shownotes at the following: . Once I figure out how to get the original domain moved you will be able to resume going to Thank you for your support! Be sure to listen to the end to find out how you can win an Erin Lane Bag!

 Episode 50 - ZK Replay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:19

Wednesday: -Got to the airport super early -met up with Shana and Melissa thePloverbird -saw other knitters on the plane -Kim picked is up lilpixls -roomed with Danie -went to ballroom and checked in, got goodie bags -met up with Susie and Suburban Stitcher -unloaded Danie's car -met with people and chatted -met Kristine from Yarnings -ate at Pescada with Kim -came back and knitted some more -stayed up late chatting with Cori and Megan and other knitters, Vicki from heartlandknits Thursday -continued checkin, knitted on my Bolting shawl -mingled and talked with Josh -headed to lunch at a Burger place -got my classroom put together and taught first class -super nervous but excellent students -Danie as my amazing helper -practiced with light using light setup and a bust -practiced posing and gave some tips -talked about using props and composition and using backgrounds effectively -extra tips people asked for: glasses, large groups, squinting -great way to start teaching -opening ceremony and giveaways -grabbed dinner at Jefe Rosa with Brian and Sari: taco time with Danie -designer showcase -came back for pajama party and dessert: chocolate fruit -yarn lottery: last number, lace weight Tapestry 864 yards browns, red and purples  -photo booth -knitted until midnight then came back to bed Friday -breakfast at Pannakoeken with Danie -fiber prep for spinning class with Kim Twigi Teiji which was amazing! Lilblondegirl had some ITW grellow Superwash merino she didn't want so she gifted it to me, came up later with another one!  -podcaster panel      - hosted by Ellen of Twinset     - Kristine from Yarnings, Ginny from Penguin Soup, Julia from Whole Lotta Craft, Prairie Girls Danie and Susie, Diane from Suburban Stitcher, me, Mel from MelTranDesigns, and Jen from DaizieKnits. - taught my second photography class - went to Daizie's class about the Master Knitter program - totally exhausted! Came back for prize drawings - went to Loop for dinner for teachers   - sat with Amy Detjen, keynote speaker, ate white sauce pizza - keynote with Amy - went to bed Saturday - quick breakfast from Starbucks - helped Danie set up for the market, ready to open at 9:30 for vendor access - I wore my Water and Stone cardigan out of One Twisted Tree Hinkypunk - 10-12 was market for retreat goers - took a break for lunch (what did we eat?)  - came back for public market -market died down a little bit so I did some shopping - purchased from Daizieknits, Leading Men Fiber Arts, and Knit circus and Kitchen Counter Crafter - Danie gifted me some yarn in One Twisted Summer - dinner at Loop again before the goodbye event - came back for final round of prize drawings. I won a ZK cup, which I traded Danie for another Skein of Yarn in Girls Night Out - dancing video - hung out and knit with everyone I could find that I knew -book jazzy Nancy won a Pepsi Bag and only drinks Coke so she gifted me her bag - Danie went to bed, I stayed up until 1 am knitting with friends Sunday - helped Danie pack up, and I packed up - went to Hilton to meet Melissa, Shana and Kim so Kim could drive us back to the airport. Kim gifted me adorab

 Episode 49 - Dashing Through Stash | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:43

In this episode, I am knitting to beat Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls in Stash Dash, as well as talking about my favorite ways to enjoy my own photography.

 Episode 48 - Focus on Photography | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:12:01

In this episode, I talk about the concept of focusing on "the moment" in life with a camera. Danie from One Twisted Tree did a great blog post on experiencing the world through her camera. Trey Ratcliff joined This Week In Photo: Family on a discussion about becoming an artist. He had an excellent way of describing a thought process I have on this subject.

 Episode 47 - Calm Before the Storm | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:34

In this episode, I update you on the fiber adventures I have been having since starting a new job. Lemonade Shop "Stormy Day" socks in the ZigZagular pattern by Susie White Vanilla socks in White Birch Fiber Arts "Killahbee". Heel will be afterthought Thumb Joint Hat Top Heel by Lara Neel. Quicksilver Shawl by Melanie Berg. Yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Company. I am using the Indian Lake Artisans needles, 32 inch cable size 6 cherry. Playful Stripes cardigan by Alana Dakos knit out of Cascade 200 Superwash Sport.  I keep thinking about picking up the Jesse Half Zip pullover by Kate Oates, but I might save it for Stash Dash as I am competing against Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls podcast. Prairie Girl Danie came to visit me for my birthday. She brought me a bag of rolags she had made on a blending board and taught me how to spin long draw. I finished spinning some Polwarth from Into the Whirled in "Tickled Pink". We also spun a bit of fiber from my fleece I bought at Estes Park.

 Episode 46 - Stitches West | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:07

In this episode I give a recap of Stitches West. For show notes, please visit

 Episode 45 - FO the Win! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:11

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