Episode 52 – A Pink Mood

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Mug by Remembrances Pottery on Etsy

Makes in Progress (MIPs)

  • Summer Dreams by Marcela Chang. Yarn Legacy Fiber Artz in Avon Calling colorway, Steel Toes base. Bag is by Bags by Awesome Grannie (Darlene) on Etsy. Summer Garment MAL – May 1 to Aug 31!
  • Mrs. Tittlemouse Socks using Sockmatitian’s Toe Ups sock pattern. 2.25mm needles, magic loop. Using Elm Street Yarn sin OOAK colorway Tittlemouse Tea Party. Bag is by Marie Celeste Stitches (Willemijn) on Etsy.
  • Mix 34 Cowl by Susan Lawrence. Yarn is Shibui Knits Staccato and Silk Cloud in Lime colorway. Bag is by Little Skein in the Big Wool. US6 needles; Signature Needle Arts. Progress keeper & stitch markers by Makers Haven
  • Ashley’s Dragon Wing Cowl by Jessie Rayot. Yarn is Cascade Yarns Luminosa in the Emerald colorway. Size US8 needles. Progress Keepers A Homespun House/Sucre Sucre Miniatures

In the Queue

  • Gully by Leah B. Thibault for my friend Ashley Renee. Yarn Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Honey colorway. Will hold it double.
  • He’ mo Leanan Kilt Hose by Anne Carroll Gilmour
  • Old MIP, Orlando Love Shawl – Fractal Danger by Martina Behm. I work on it every June for Pride month! Ha! Yarn is Rainbow Love by Voolenvine on Blitzed base. Bag is by Mrs. Brown’s Bags

Cross Stitch Corner

Stitchmaynia!

  • The Crafter’s Manifesto by Satsuma Street, with needle minder by A Needle Runs Through It.
  • Old halloween project by Waxing Moon Designs – Leaves Turn Gold
  • Autumn B01 by Lizzie Kate
  • Peace On Earth Christmas banners by Satsuma Street
  • To start by end of Stitchmaynia: Wool Ewe be my Neighbor by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.
  • Rediscovered Mr. X Stitch and new digital magazines

New Treasures

  • Various items from Stitched Modern. Books are by Rico Designs. Bag by YOUBIDA and floss holder by Walker bags.
  • Waiting for Henry Socks pattern by Tabitha Gandee of Hey Sister Podcast & Hey Sister Yarn Company. Yarn by the gals of Hey Sister is to arrive soon!

Community Cork Board
All details from Community Cork Board can be found here

Giveaway Winners

New/Ongoing Giveaways

  • After the Rain Kit with a new sock design by the same name by Becky of Stringing it Together (SopranoKnits), yarn by Gabi of Once Upon A Corgi Handmade (Shop & YouTube) and a beaded progress keeper (cute umbrella!) by Hannah of The Corner of Craft (Etsy Shop and YouTube Channel)
  • 2nd Podiversary Giveaway – Closes June 1. Announced on next episode.

Backstage Knitting

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Filmed on Friday, May 25, 2018

On being silly

I was watching Episode 99 of the Bakery Bears the other day, and Dan shared a recent revelation of his.

It dawned on him (and I’m also totally summarizing his fantastic conversation with Kay) that “living life like a musical” is NOT a bad thing! That it’s essentially living in the moment, which is a positive and healthy mode of operation. That it’s OK to be “silly”, which I interpret as living life each day seeking out joy and being open to sharing it with others when you experience it.

He also quoted the following:

“Find out what you love and do it as often as you can.”

Their conversation really got my wheels turning. Why you ask? Because as they were deep in discussion I realized that I kinda live my life “like a musical” – and I think I take it for granted. Which led to some reflection.

Come with me on this journey…

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I haven’t always had a positive outlook on life. There have been times when I’ve been super serious and hyper focused on the negative parts of life. I used to call this being “realistic” – but really it was a slippery slope into downer-ville.

However, for the most part, I’ve generally been a positive person and…well…silly. But I made the conscious decision to fully embrace a life as a silly person, or as I prefer to call it a joyfully passionate person, fairly recently. Around 5-ish years ago.

There were several factors for my commitment to this mindset. At the time I had just made the switch from pursuing a full-time career as an opera singer. A pursuit that had left me utterly unfulfilled, creatively depleted, and frankly – super depressed.

My entire identity was wrapped up in becoming a full-time opera singer. As a result I turned a blind eye to all other aspects of life – love, family, friends and even crafting!

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I was so focused on becoming a “young artist” and on following the cookie cutter outline set before me by the industry on how to achieve this career that I totally lost sight of what made ME most creative, fulfilled and most importantly – happy.

With the help of family, friends and a fantastic therapist (bless therapy!) I accepted that a change was needed. I was living life by the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.

With their help and a lot of soul-searching I discovered that I am the type of creative person that thrives with a solid foundation under me (namely a secure home base) and a certain everyday schedule or rhythm . This realization also came about with the help of Brené Brown’s fabulous book Daring Greatly.

I mean – no wonder I was unhappy! The gypsy life of a full-time, freelancing opera singer totally butted heads with what is my best mode of operation!

So, I changed things up.

Being silly is allowing yourself to be vulnerable.

Being vulnerable has always been hard for me, and it continues to be.

For me, being vulnerable is allowing others to see that I don’t know everything. (I know this sounds crazy pants, but it’s true! Oh, to be a Virgo perfectionist.) Being vulnerable is displaying my passions to the world with the willingness to receive opposing views. It’s letting my freak flag fly and being open to any confrontation that might come my way as a result.

Oddly enough, I’ve found that being silly or vulnerable leads to being embraced by others, rather than shunned!

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When I made the switch to being a part-time local singer and a full-time arts fundraiser, opportunities that had alluded me before started to come my way. I sang solos with the Symphony and other groups, I sang with the opera chorus and I found full-time work that embraced and encouraged my life as an artist.

Funny how life opens up opportunities when you stop trying to direct it in a certain way…

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A few months ago, as I was sifting through old paperwork at mom’s house, I found this note from my 8-year-old self:

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😳…🤯…😭

There it was in my hopeful, innocent handwriting.

My goals in life – and holy sh*t – I’ve kinda achieved them. Well…minus a muscular husband and kids named Marsha, Kim and John. But that’s next on the list of goals. 😉

What I’ve learned, now (ahem!) 30 years later, is that life is a river – it ebbs and flows. Which is why being “silly” is so important. It keeps you flexible, so you can move where life takes you. Being silly forces you to look at life with a wide lens, rather than a magnifying glass.

So – I say go forth and let your silly flag fly! Be passionate and creative! And share it with anyone and everyone who will listen. Spread the silly!

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Episode 51 – Make May-nia!

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Show Notes:

Finished Makes
Easy Peasy Vanilla Stripey Socks – Using Sockmatician’s Toe-Ups by Nathan Taylor. Knit Picks Felici in the Teacup colorway.

Makes in Progress (MIPs)
Mix 34 Cowl Cowl by Susan Lawrence. Yarn is Shibui Knits Staccato and Silk Cloud in Lime colorway. Bag is by Little Skein in the Big Wool. US6 needles; Signature Needle Arts.

Dragon Wing Cowl by Jessie Rayot. Yarn is Cascade Yarns Luminosa in the Emerald colorway. Size US8 needles. Next step is to drop some stitches and pick them back up per the pattern. MEEP! Fantastic video by Jessie on YouTube of how to do this. Progress Keepers by A Homespun House/Sucre Sucre Miniatures

Cross Stitch Corner
– DONE! Forest by Satsuma Street
Stitchmaynia

  • Started the Crafter’s Manifesto by Satsuma Street, with needle minder by A Needle Runs Through It.
  • To Start this month: finish an old halloween project by Waxing Moon Designs – Leaves Turn Gold, start Autumn B01 by Lizzie Kate, start Peace On Earth christmas banners by Satsuma Street, and start Wool Ewe be my Neighbor by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.
  • After May: start Verano by Satsuma Street

Batter’s Box

  • Spring socks for mamma using stash Elm Street Yarns in a OOAK (One of a Kind) Tittlemouse Tea Party colorway. Might be vanilla using Sockmatitian’s recipe again.
  • Avon Calling Yarn by Legacy Fibre Artz & pins. Summer Dreams by Marcela Chang for the Summer Garment MAL – May 1 to Aug 3. NEW PRIZE – GeorgeAnne of Stitching Plaza
  • He’ mo Leanan Kilt Hose by Anne Carroll Gilmour

New Treasures

  • Shirt & progress keeper by Shelli Can
  • Bag by Sandy by the Lakeside and some lovely gifts from her!

Book Review & Giveaway
Tickled PINK ~ 2 designers, 4 indie dyers, 8 PINK-tastic patterns by C.C. Almon & Dami Almon of Java Purl Designs

Community Cork Board
All details from Community Cork Board can be found here!

Giveaway Winners
Bride by the Sea Shawl by Jenn Sheelen – Winner: ChristineDC
The Only Way Is Up! Cowl by Naomi, aka CosyCuteKnits – Winner: ocdknitcase

Upcoming Giveaway
After the Rain Kit with a new sock design by the same name by Becky of Stringing it Together (SopranoKnits), yarn by Gabi Gabigails of Once Upon a Corgi (Shop & YouTube) and a beaded progress keeper (cute umbrella!) by Hannah TheCornerOfCraft of The Corner of Craft Etsy Shop and YouTube Channel. Release of the kits are on Saturday, May 19th. Stay tuned to their accounts for more information on the timing. Amount TBD.

What I’m listening to
Nicole of the The gentle knitter podcast recommended a new to me blog and podcast Tog and Thel by Daki of A Duckling Knits blog

Backstage Knitting

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Filmed on May 13, 2018. Happy Mother’s Day!

The return of blogging?

I’m feeling the urge to start a blog…like….big time urge.

I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it’s because I’ve been listening to podcasts like Blogtacular? Maybe it’s because I’ve recently been reading and enjoying a variety of blogs? Or maybe it’s to gain a sense of control over what I post – over my content.

Increasingly so, it seems like we have to rent a space on social media in order to take part in it or we have to deal with a constant barrage of ads. I guess this was inevitable. As these large networks grow, it costs even more money to maintain them – which means ad revenue is a sad must. Or, like in the case of YouTube, you have an option to subscribe and cut out the noise, pretending that the platform is free like in the good ol’ days.

Oh the good ol’ days of watching cat videos without an ad about tampons first. […sigh…]

But I’m really feeling the urge to write. To hone my voice for ‘the page’.

Most of my career as a fundraiser has been to write in the voices of other people. Or to write specifically for the purpose of “winning someone over” – to advocate for an organization or a particular show.

Vloging or podcasting comes somewhat naturally to me, because I’m just….speaking. It’s all top of mind with some prep work ahead of time.

I’d like my writing to have the same ease and flow as podcasting. And because it’s in “print” my hope is that my thoughts and observations will become more articulate.

Blogging is an opportunity to be more thoughtful in what I say and choose to present to the world…or the few people who read this (Hi Mom!).

I also hope that blogging will be a respite from a world that is increasingly reactive. We now live in a constant reactionary state (insert like button here!) which is only fed by daily social media use.

While I don’t like this side effect, I am so grateful for what social media has provided and continues to provide – a sense of community that knows no borders or time zones. The knitting and making community has had a profound effect on my life, and that is due in large part to social media platforms!

All that being said, I’ve stated the positive of starting to blog again. Now let’s look at the “worry list”:

  • I will censor myself too much in my writing, and get writers block
  • I won’t be as open and vulnerable as I am (or try to be) on YouTube
  • Everyone will now see that I can’t spell worth sh*t and that I write in pure colloquialisms (the latter of which should be of no shock if you watch the podcast.)
  • I will undoubtedly have to engage with ‘haters’ in the comments section. Blerg.

….I have to say I thought that list would be much longer.

I think this means it’s time to give this blogging thing a go!

This could be a potential #100dayschallenge, but I think that if I blog each day it would turn into a glorified personal journal, which is not what I’m going for.

I want to tell a specific story in each post, in a way that I can’t do on Instagram or on YouTube.

In terms of frequency, it might be every day. It might be once a week, or every other month. There will be a blog post when I have story to tell.

It will be about what I’m making, the music I’m singing that week, the dog I saw on the street in the morning – anything and everything is up for grabs.

Dudes…I am pumped! Let this blogging adventure begin!

Episode 50 – Second Podiversary

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Show Notes:

Special 2nd Podiversary Giveaway – enter to win in the Ravelry Group here!

Finished Makes
Easy Peasy Stripey Vanilla socks – Using Sockmatician’s Toe-Ups by Nathan Taylor. Knit Picks Felici in the Teacup colorway. Candace of Pin Feathers and Purls’ Stripey Socks KAL 2018 & Grocery Girls April Sock Bash. Bag is by The Scrappy Thread. 2.25mm needles; Addi Turbo Rockets.

Makes in Progress (MIPs)
Mix No 34 by Susan Lawrence. Yarn is Shibui Knits Staccato and Silk Cloud in Lime colorway. Bag is by Little Skein in the Big Wool. US6 needles; Signature Needle Arts.
Dragon Wing Cowl by Jessie Rayot. Yarn is Cascade Yarns Luminosa in the Emerald colorway. Size US8 needles.

Cross Stitch Corner
Forest by Satsuma Street. 28 Count Linen. Needle minder is by A Needle Runs Through It, from a kit with A Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

New Treasures

  • Verano by Satsuma Street. SAL to start May 1! Details in the Ravelry Group thread. 🙂
  • Avon Calling Yarn by Legacy Fibre Artz & pins. Summer Dreams by Marcela Chang Summer Garment MAL – May 1 to Aug 31
  • Cascade 220 Sport in Natural for my He’ mo Leanan Kilt Hose by Anne Carroll Gilmour. Will be knitting along with Denise, Earthtones Girl! Bought some Zings to try two circs at a time knitting
  • Makers Merch pin with Marce (@heybrownberry) & Kelly (@celticcaston)! New Etsy shop. North American brand with a global reach. Unique, high quality #collectibles designed by Makers, for Makers
  • Craftsy Unlimited

Dream Making
(some stuff mentioned before)

  • Quilting – 100 days of Quilting
  • Small cross stitch for office and one also for Nephew’s room; space themed.

Community Cork Board – coming back soon!

Giveaway Winners
– That 70’s Tee by Janine McCarty (Yarn and Ewe Girl) – Winner: punkincurls

New Giveaways

  • Bride by the Sea Shawl by Jenn Sheelen
  • The Only Way Is Up! Cowl by Naomi, aka CosyCuteKnits

Next time – a review of Geeky Girls Knit/Java Purl Designs new book Tickled Pink and a giveaway

Backstage Knitting
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Filmed on April 28, 2018

Episode 49 – The Kilt Hose Cometh

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Show Notes:

What I’m Wearing

  • Cardigan from Athleta
  • Shawl pin by Jul Designs

 Finished Makes 

  • Vintage Fairy Lights by Curious Handmade (Helen Stewart). Cast on during Dani of Little Bobbins Knits’ Christmas Eve Cast On 2017. Yarn is A Homespun House in the Jingleberry colorway. 2.25mm needles; Lykke. 

Makes in Progress (MIPs)

  • Shibui Knits – Mix No 34 by Susan Lawrence. Yarn by Shibui in Lime colorway. Egg bag is by Mrs Browns Bags; Create bag is by Little Skein in the Big Wool. US6 needles; Signature Needle Arts.
  • Knit Picks Vanilla socks – Felici in the Teacup colorway. Will enter in Candace of Pin Feathers and Purls’ Stripey Socks KAL 2018. Bag is by The Scrappy Thread. 2.25mm neeldes; Addi Turbo Rockets.
  • Other bag mentioned by Marie Celeste Stitches – Etsy

New Treasures 

  • Ribbon Wrap by illitilli 
  • He’ mo Leanan Kilt Hose by Anne Carroll Gilmour w/ castellated edge
    • Think will use Regia 6 Ply sport (suggested in pattern) in Natural
    • Will reference Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose Paperback – 1994 by Veronica Gainford

Giveaway Winners 

– Kay of The Crazy Sock Lady – Rhinebeck is Calling Fingerless Mitts – Winner: nzoriginal

– Susanne (zantalluri on Rav) – Euphoric Shawl – Winner: snotestine

– Amanda (skileyknits on Rav) – Nala All Grown Up – Winner: mrsjaclynscott

– Changes Shawl – Knitting Expat Designs – Winner: WISinOR

– Mix & Match Cardigan – Knitting Expat Designs – Winner: VinGirl

New Giveaway

That 70’s Tee by Janine McCarty (Yarn and Ewe Girl)

Backstage Knitting

Started rehearsals/concerts again at SF Symphony. Unpacked a TON in the new casa.

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Filmed on April 8, 2018

Episode 48 – Fresh Start

I’m baaaaaaaack!

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Finished Makes

  • Mix & Match Cardigan by Knitting Expat Designs
  • Eivor by Sorren Kerr

Makes in Progress (MIPs)

  • Shibui Knits – Mix No 34 by Susan Lawrence
  • Vintage Fairy Lights – Helen Stewart (Curious Handmade)

New Treasures

  • Knitting jewelry from Amber of Makers Haven
  • Coaster from Mary Ellen
  • Doris Mitts pattern by Becky Sorensen Designs
  • Home warming present from my friend Lindsay

Stitches West Mini Vlog and Haul
– Junk Yarn – “Lupita” in singles base
– Needle Punching with Wooly Walkers
– Signature Needles
– Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy – Yarnstories podcast
– Dragon Wing Cowl by Jessie Rayot and yarn Luminosa by Cascade
– Little Skein in the Big Wool – San Francisco line in the “Old Money” color way

Backstage Knitting – check out the Ravelry Group (link above) to participate!

Giveaway Winners:

  • Molly Klein Design: Fast Fade Beanie. Winner – Winner: york109
  • Enchanted Forest Pool Shawl by Jenn Sheelen – Winner: honeypotree
  • Contrast Cowl by Josh Moll – Winner: PurpleUnicornKnit
  • My Cat Walks All Over Me Socks by Wendelika Cline – Winner: ninjamunkee

New Giveaways

  • Kay of The Crazy Sock Lady – Rhinebeck is Calling Fingerless Mitts
  • Susanne (zantalluri on Rav) – Euphoric Shawl
  • Amanda (skileyknits on Rav) – Nala All Grown Up
  • Mina’s patterns two patterns mentioned above

Backstage Knitting
I moved! And more chit chat about what I’ve been up to since the last episode.

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Filmed on March 24, 2018

Stitches West and Moving Update!

Hi Everyone!

I am SO excited for Stitches West this coming weekend!! I’ll be there this Saturday, February 24 in the Market Place. If you are attending and happen to see me, I’d love to meet ya!

Also, a new episode of Stitching the High Notes is coming soon. It’ll probably a Stitches West Vlog and then a proper episode.

If you haven’t already heard, I am moving! It was a little sooner than I had originally anticipated, hence being a bit MIA as of late. I’m moving next Saturday, March 3. I am so looking forward to getting back into a podcasting groove again.

I hope that you are all well, and hope to see some of you this weekend!

All my love,

Joanna blush

Episode 47 – Simplify

Filmed on Sunday, Jan 21

Tea Time

Finished Makes
Snowman Knit Mitts – Pattern is Snow Mitts for Kids by Mary Maxim – for Great Grand Kids
Chewbacca Socks
Anders Sweater by Sorren Kerr

Makes in Progress (MIPs)
Test Knit – Mix & Match Cardigan by Mina Philipp (Knitting Expat Designs
Eivor Cowl by Sorren Kerr
Vintage Fairy Lights by Helen Stewart. Part of Christmas Eve Cast on with Dani of Little Bobbins Knits

Cross Stitch Corner
Worked a tiiiiiiiiny bit on my Forest project (Satsuma Street)

In the Queue & some making goals
Year of stash knitting!!!
Kilt Hose for Seth. Will take part in Grace’s (Babbles Travelling Yarns Epic Along
Scrappy Blanket
Update Rav with all stash and what is left
Of course… more sewing!

New Treasures
Gift from mom – Tula Pink coloring Thread book
Gift from Tracie & Jodi – The Handmade Sock Society by Helen Stewart Designs
Gift from Cheryl – Gioia Baby yarn from Italy
Gift from Joyce – three little sheep from Peru

Community Cork Board be sure to check out the ongoing Ravelry thread for the latest announcements from makers!

Giveaways
Molly Klein Design: Fast Fade Beanie
Enchanted Forest Pool Shawl by Jenn Sheelen
Contrast Cowl by Josh Moll
My Cat Walks All Over Me Socks by Wendelika Cline

Backstage Knitting – Reflections

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