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Tour de Fleece 2018 is around the corner and I have decided to restart my podcast so that I can film my daily progress.  I stopped filming my podcast when my tripod, camera and computer all died within a few weeks of one another. Soon after I started working a night and weekend full time schedule and had to move to an apartment. I no longer had a yard to film in and the best sunlight was right in the middle of my sleep schedule or commute.

I have since moved back to the Pacific Northwest and for an early birthday present my mother recently bought me what amounts to a podcast in a box.  It is a very nice hard case set that includes a tabletop grippy tripod, a very nice microphone that plugs into a phone and a small LED light. The kit also includes a bluetooth remote and three phone camera lens for taking still photos. I really like the macro lens.

So hopefully tomorrow I will film episode one of A Cat and Her Yarn Respun and can get it uploaded to Youtube that night or the next day.  Since Blip no longer exists and the computer with the original videos died, I can not upload the original episodes. I do hope to get the hard drive recovered but that is a project for another day.

So here is hoping that everything goes well for the next phase of my podcast.

In the meantime I have been spinning some orange BFL

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The colorway on the right is the original colorway I purchased for a SAL back in 2008. After my first skein I realized I would not have enough so I quickly found the colorway on the left.

Once spun up the two colorways look like this

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I plan on making a two ply of the cake on the right and then cable plying the two colorways together.  The original idea was for arm warmers but now I’m wondering if a shawl might be better. I plan on finishing this fiber during the first part of Tour de Fleece.  Then I will finish up the drop spindle rainbow sampler I was spinning during last years Tour de Fleece

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I then plan on moving onto another UFO spinning project that I will decide upon later.

So happy Tour de Fleece all of you in the spinning world and hope to see you on YouTube soon.

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Movie Reviews:
Hunger Games – Visually stunning. I expect nominations for costumes, etc.  Plot seems to stay true to the book, from what I know of it. The theme is one that upsets me but the movie itself was good.
One for the Money – The script follows the book very closely. The acting was better than I was expecting but still disappointed that they picked Kathrine Heigl to play Stephanie Plum. She did better than I thought she would but still would have liked someone else.  Ignoring the casting, I did enjoy the movie.
The Artist – Very good movie.  A silent film with very few sounds until the end of the movie. The movie is about a silent film star dealing with the coming of talking films.
Warrior –  I loved this movie! I thought it was going to be mostly an action fluff movie set in the Mixed Martial Arts world.  What it is really about is a family, a father and two sons, who were torn apart by the father’s alcoholic driven abuse 14 years before.  The movie starts with the eldest son coming home after a tour in Afghanistan as a Marine and the youngest son needing money to keep his house from being foreclosed on. Both sons end up in a 5 million dollar MMA tourney, still having not talked to one another in 14 years.  It was really well done and had me on the edge of my seat through most of the movie, as well as crying buckets of tears. Great date night movie as it has elements that will appeal to both the action fans and the emotional drama fans.

Book Reviews
Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun (Book 3 of Ghost Hunter Series by Victoria Laurie) – Fun mystery romp so far. I like this series much better than the Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Eye Mysteries.
A Rising Thunder (Book 13 of the Honor Harrington Series by David Weber) – This was split into two books, with the 2nd half coming next year. The writing feels like something that got away from the author but also seems to have WAY too much unnecessary wording. I love this series but was very disappointed in this book. I would have been happier with the cliff notes version.

Current KAL / CAL / WAL for Charity:
I am hosting a Red Scarf Project 2012 Project-along (Knit, Crochet, Weave, whathaveyou) lasting from January through  October 2012 (or so).  Any unisex patterned scarf in Red Dk or Worsted weight yarn.  Join us anytime during the year, so that we can send off our scarves by December 2012.  Sign up and share your progress at the Ravelry Group.

Red Scarf Project is part of Foster Care 2 Success, an organization that helps foster children who have aged out of foster care and are heading off to college on their own, with no family support. Red scarves are sent to these young adults each year on Valentine’s Day to let them know that people do care.

Other Ways to Contribute to Foster Care 2 Success


Current Projects
Knitting:
Queen of the Night Constellation Beaded Shawl – Finally have new contrasting yarn for the provisional cast-on. Ready to re-cast-on any day now.
Tricorner Scarf (for Red Scarf Project 2012) – Slow going since I’m obsessed with my sock at the moment.
Emotional Socks – Ripped out the one and only sock twice now. Went up a needle size. About 1 1/2″ past toe color change.

Wheel Spinning:CJ Kopec Creations Sparkly SW BFLMade plying ball and currently plying on wheel.

Drop Spindle Project: Bits of fiber left over from classes and samples.

Current Online Game: Star Wars The Old Republic (Jedi Covenant Server. Winnebago with Wings[Republic Guild]/Ride the Lightning[Empire Guild]) – Haven’t played much lately

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther
You can also find me on Shelfari and GoodReads (GoodReads currently only shows what books Ive been reading since joining GoodReads. Shelfari has a more complete reading list, though I will be slowly updating GoodReads as well)

Find me on Google+ as kiarapanther@gmail.com and join the Google+ Knitters Database

Join the Ravelry Group! A Cat and Her Yarn – Let me know what you think of the episodes!

Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/ Or now find me directly through the iTunes store

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYLzgWMA width=”320″ height=”270″]

Movie Reviews:
Friends with Benefits – Romantic Comedy (more cute than funny). Highly Recommend.

Current KAL / CAL / WAL for Charity:
I am hosting a Red Scarf Project 2012 Project-along (Knit, Crochet, Weave, whathaveyou) lasting from January through  October 2012 (or so).  Any unisex patterned scarf in Red Dk or Worsted weight yarn.  Join us anytime during the year, so that we can send off our scarves by December 2012.  Sign up and share your progress at the Ravelry Group.

Red Scarf Project is part of Foster Care 2 Success, an organization that helps foster children who have aged out of foster care and are heading off to college on their own, with no family support. Red scarves are sent to these young adults each year on Valentine’s Day to let them know that people do care.

Other Ways to Contribute to Foster Care 2 Success


Current Projects
Knitting:
Queen of the Night Constellation Beaded Shawl
Tricorner Scarf (for Red Scarf Project 2012)
Emotional Socks – Ripped out the one and only sock completely during Thanksgiving. Ready to cast it back on any day now

Wheel Spinning:CJ Kopec Creations Sparkly SW BFL1 more bobbin to go for 4 ply yarn

Drop Spindle Project: Yellow and Green Bamboo

Current Online Game: Star Wars The Old Republic (Jedi Covenant Server. Winnebago with Wings[Republic Guild]/Ride the Lightning[Empire Guild])

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther
You can also find me on Shelfari and GoodReads (GoodReads currently only shows what books Ive been reading since joining GoodReads. Shelfari has a more complete reading list, though I will be slowly updating GoodReads as well)

Find me on Google+ as kiarapanther@gmail.com and join the Google+ Knitters Database

Join the Ravelry Group! A Cat and Her Yarn – Let me know what you think of the episodes!

Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/ Or now find me directly through the iTunes store

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYLylAEA width=”640″ height=”510″]
 

Movie Reviews:
Taken
Anonymous

Crochet Provisional Cast on Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXkbi2MU-2I&feature=related  Crochet onto the knitting  needle instead of threading the knitting needle through a crochet chain.

Current KAL / CAL / WAL for Charity:
I am hosting a Red Scarf Project 2012 Project-along (Knit, Crochet, Weave, whathaveyou) lasting from January through  October 2012 (or so).  Any unisex patterned scarf in Red Dk or Worsted weight yarn.  Join us anytime during the year, so that we can send off our scarves by December 2012.  Sign up and share your progress at the Ravelry Group.

Red Scarf Project is part of Foster Care 2 Success, an organization that helps foster children who have aged out of foster care and are heading off to college on their own, with no family support. Red scarves are sent to these young adults each year on Valentine’s Day to let them know that people do care.

Other Ways to Contribute to Foster Care 2 Success


Current Projects
Knitting:
Queen of the Night Constellation Beaded Shawl
Tricorner Scarf (for Red Scarf Project 2012)
Emotional Socks – Ripped out the one and only sock completely during Thanksgiving. Ready to cast it back on any day now

Wheel Spinning:CJ Kopec Creations Sparkly SW BFL1 bobbin of yellow is done, blue is almost done, 2 more bobbins to go for 4 ply yarn

Drop Spindle Project: Yellow and Green Bamboo

Current Online Game: Star Wars The Old Republic (Jedi Covenant Server. Winnebago with Wings[Republic Guild]/Ride the Lightning[Empire Guild])

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther
You can also find me on Shelfari and GoodReads (GoodReads currently only shows what books Ive been reading since joining GoodReads. Shelfari has a more complete reading list, though I will be slowly updating GoodReads as well)

Find me on Google+ as kiarapanther@gmail.com and join the Google+ Knitters Database

Join the Ravelry Group! A Cat and Her Yarn – Let me know what you think of the episodes!

Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/ Or now find me directly through the iTunes store

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYLpjyUA width=”640″ height=”510″]

Book Review:
Psychic Eye Mysteries (series) by Victoria Laurie

Current KAL / CAL / WAL for Charity:
I am hosting a Red Scarf Project 2012 Project-along (Knit, Crochet, Weave, whathaveyou) lasting from January through  October 2012 (or so).  Any unisex patterned scarf in Red Dk or Worsted weight yarn.  Join us anytime during the year, so that we can send off our scarves by December 2012.  Sign up and share your progress at the Ravelry Group.

Red Scarf Project is part of Foster Care 2 Success, an organization that helps foster children who have aged out of foster care and are heading off to college on their own, with no family support. Red scarves are sent to these young adults each year on Valentine’s Day to let them know that people do care.

Other Ways to Contribute to Foster Care 2 Success


Current Projects
Knitting:
Tricorner Scarf (for Red Scarf Project 2012)
Dragon Tail Hood – Bought black alpaca yarn to add to this project. Hopefully now I will have enough yarn
Emotional Socks – Ripped out the one and only sock completely during Thanksgiving. Ready to cast it back on any day now

Wheel Spinning:CJ Kopec Creations Sparkly SW BFL1 bobbin of yellow is done, blue is almost done, 2 more bobbins to go for 4 ply yarn

Drop Spindle Project: Yellow and Green Bamboo

Current Online Game: Star Wars The Old Republic (Jedi Covenant Server. Rebel Yell[Republic Guild]/Ride the Lightning[Empire Guild])

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther
You can also find me on Shelfari and GoodReads (GoodReads currently only shows what books Ive been reading since joining GoodReads. Shelfari has a more complete reading list, though I will be slowly updating GoodReads as well)

Find me on Google+ as kiarapanther@gmail.com and join the Google+ Knitters Database

Join the Ravelry Group! A Cat and Her Yarn – Let me know what you think of the episodes!

Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/ Or now find me directly through the iTunes store

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYLe1BQA width=”640″ height=”510″]

Finished Object: On the Side Scarf for the Red Scarf Project (Scarves for Foster Kids going to College)

Book Review:
A Dance with Dragons (Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R R Martin
Better Read Than Dead (Book 2 of Psychic Eye Mysteries) by Victoria Laurie
A Vision of Murder (Book 3 of Psychic Eye Mysteries) by Victoria Laurie
Furies of Calderon (Book 1 of Codex Alera) by Jim Butcher
Academ’s Fury (Book 2 of Codex Alera) by Jim Butcher

HBO’s Game of Throne Rumours about Season 3 and 4.

Upcoming KAL / CAL / WAL for Charity:
I will be hosting a Red Scarf Project 2012 Project-along (Knit, Crochet, Weave, whathaveyou) to start around January 3rd and running through October 2012.  Any unisex patterned scarf in Red Dk or Worsted weight yarn.  Join us anytime during the year, so that we can send off our scarves by December 2012.  Sign up and share your progress at the Ravelry Group.

Red Scarf Project is part of Foster Care 2 Success, an organization that helps foster children who have aged out of foster care and are heading off to college on their own, with no family support. Red scarves are sent to these young adults each year on Valentine’s Day to let them know that people do care.

Other Ways to Contribute to Foster Care 2 Success


Current Projects
Knitting:
Dragon Tail Hood – Used half of purple skein to make hood and didn’t have enough yarn. Ripped everything and will modify the Dragon Tail scarf pattern to make it more hood-like using available yarn.
Emotional Socks – One toe done in coordinating color, a few rows done with main color (no new work this week)

Wheel Spinning:CJ Kopec Creations Sparkly SW BFL1 bobbin of yellow is done, 3 more bobbins to go for 4 ply yarn

Drop Spindle Project: Yellow and Green Bamboo

Currently Reading:
Cursor’s Fury (Book 3 of Codex Alera) by Jim Butcher
Claymore – A Japanese Manga (ie Comic Book) available online

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther
You can also find me on Shelfari and GoodReads (GoodReads currently only shows what books Ive been reading since joining GoodReads. Shelfari has a more complete reading list, though I will be slowly updating GoodReads as well)

Find me on Google+ as kiarapanther@gmail.com and join the Google+ Knitters Database

There is now a Ravelry Group! A Cat and Her Yarn – Let me know what you think of the episodes!

Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/ Or now find me directly through the iTunes store

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYLcxyQA width=”640″ height=”510″]

Cameo by my 2 year old nephew.

Blog Spotlight: Ask The Bellwether – Archives are full of spinning info

Book Review: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Book 1 of Psychic Eye Mysteries) by Victoria Laurie

Upcoming KAL / CAL / WAL for Charity:
I will be hosting a Red Scarf Project 2012 Project-along (Knit, Crochet, Weave, whathaveyou) to start around January 3rd and running through October 2012.  Any unisex patterned scarf in Red Dk or Worsted weight yarn.  Join us anytime during the year, so that we can send off our scarves by December 2012.  Sign up and share your progress at the Ravelry Group.

Red Scarf Project is part of Foster Care 2 Success, an organization that helps foster children who have aged out of foster care and are heading off to college on their own, with no family support. Red scarves are sent to these young adults each year on Valentine’s Day to let them know that people do care.

Other Ways to Contribute to Foster Care 2 Success

Future Project: Mahonia by Marie Wallin using all of the unspoken for llama, alpaca and wool fiber in browns, greys and white, for a total of 4 pounds of fiber spun to a 2-ply chunky.

Current Projects
Knitting:
On the Side Scarf for the Red Scarf Project (Scarves for Foster Kids going to College due Dec 15th) – 58″ done, 60″ needed.
Scarf Portion of Dragon Tail Hood – Used half of skein and determined that scarf will not be long enough.  Need to go down a few needle sizes.
Emotional Socks – One toe done in coordinating color, a few rows done with main color (no new work this week)

Wheel Spinning:CJ Kopec Creations Sparkly SW BFL1oz spun 2 years ago, 3 oz to go, Currently spinning yellow

Drop Spindle Project: Yellow and Green Bamboo

Currently Reading:
Better Read Then Dead (Book 2 of Psychic Eye Mysteries) by Victoria Laurie
A Dance with Dragons (Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R R Martin
Claymore – A Japanese Manga (ie Comic Book) available online

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther
You can also find me on Shelfari and GoodReads (GoodReads currently only shows what books Ive been reading since joining GoodReads. Shelfari has a more complete reading list, though I will be slowly updating GoodReads as well)

Find me on Google+ as kiarapanther@gmail.com and join the Google+ Knitters Database

There is now a Ravelry Group! A Cat and Her Yarn – Let me know what you think of the episodes!

Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/ Or now find me directly through the iTunes store

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYLa4ncA width=”320″ height=”270″]

Red Scarf Project is part of Foster Care 2 Success, an organization that helps foster children who have aged out of foster care and are heading off to college on their own, with no family support. Red scarves are sent to these young adults each year on Valentine’s Day to let them know that people do care.

I will be hosting a Red Scarf Project 2012 Project-along (Knit, Crochet, Weave, whathaveyou) to start around January 3rd and running through October 2012.  Any unisex patterned scarf in Red Dk or Worsted weight yarn.  Join us anytime during the year, so that we can send off our scarves by December 2012.  Sign up and share your progress at the Ravelry Group.

Other Ways to Contribute to Foster Care 2 Success

Current Projects
Knitting:
On the Side Scarf for the Red Scarf Project (Scarves for Foster Kids going to College due Dec 15th) – 48″ done, 60″ needed.
Emotional Socks – One toe done in coordinating color, a few rows done with main color

Wheel Spinning:CJ Kopec Creations Sparkly SW BFL1oz spun 2 years ago, 3 oz to go, Currently spinning yellow

Drop Spindle Project: Yellow and Green Bamboo

Currently Reading:
A Dance with Dragons (Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R R Martin
Claymore – A Japanese Manga (ie Comic Book) available online

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther
You can also find me on Shelfari and GoodReads (GoodReads currently only shows what books Ive been reading since joining GoodReads. Shelfari has a more complete reading list, though I will be slowly updating GoodReads as well)

Find me on Google+ as kiarapanther@gmail.com and join the Google+ Knitters Database

There is now a Ravelry Group! A Cat and Her Yarn – Let me know what you think of the episodes!

Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/ Or now find me directly through the iTunes store