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Hello friends-

As I’m sure you all have probably noticed, I didn’t keep my promise to podcast at least once a month. In fact, I haven’t posted at all since January. There were a few factors that led to that, but the main one is just how busy my life has become. In January, my husband and I joined a gym and started making some major life changes. At this point I spend 35-45 minutes in the gym four times a week, and take a 75 minute yoga class once a week, and put a lot of time and energy into cooking and planning healthy meals. All of that plus my job plus having a social life plus ever having time for video games and fiber arts means I don’t have much time left for other things, including podcasting.

So. What’s going to happen to Knitbytes? Well, it’s not going to be a podcast anymore. All I can do is apologize for that, but I hope you all understand. At this point it was just adding another layer of stress to my life that I didn’t have the energy to deal with. However, I’m not going to vanish. The plan is to turn this space into a written-and-photo blog, so that I can still share my gaming, my fiber craft progress, my garden (we’re getting a space in our local community garden this year– expect lots of pictures!), and whatever else comes my way. I hope you’ll all stop by sometimes to check it out!

Also, this fall I will again be participating in the Extra Life fundraiser. I haven’t started fundraising yet, but I will let you all know when I do. In the meantime, I may (no promises) be doing some more livestreaming of video games on my twitch channel, twitch.tv/knitbytes. I’ll be posting on Plurk when I do a livestream, so please follow me there if you’re interested in watching and chatting with me. My Plurk username is, as always, pinfish.

Thank you all for your support and camaraderie over the last two years, and I hope to see you around!

 

P.S.: you may have also noticed a visual change to the blog. I felt that back background/white text was ok for show notes, but not so great for reading long blog posts. I hope you like it!

No episode this week

Hey everyone- sorry, but I’m not feeling well so there won’t be an episode this week. Don’t forget to post your finished Daybreaks in the KAL thread by midnight (CST) tonight, the drawing is next week! See you then 🙂

Happy Holidays from Knitbytes!

 

I hope you all have wonderful holidays, whatever you celebrate! I’m going to be crazy busy all week this week, so I will return with your regularly scheduled podcast next Monday.

Remember to enter the drawing by picking out a pattern for my yarn before Dec 26! I will lock the entry thread at noon on the 26th, central time.

(and yes- I got all my Christmas knitting done in time! Did you?)

 

Episode 27.5

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Episode 27.5

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of video this week, but I hope this fills the void until I get back. I have a lot to tell you!

First of all, the Plurk Podcaster Challenge ends this week! Make sure to have your Trenza Mitt and Mother Bear finished photos up by Tuesday, the 27th, and progress photos (if you don’t finish by the 27th but want to be in my drawing) posted by October 2nd! And please, please, please go look at the voting categories and think about who you’ll vote for! The voting is critical to having this whole thing work, so when voting opens on the 28th (Wednesday) GO VOTE! I don’t care who you vote for (though I’d be flattered if I get voted for at all) but for the PPC to happen again, we need you guys’ participation in the voting. Thanks!!

Also, tomorrow is the last day to sign up for Nerd Wars! If you want to be on a team, make sure to sign up by the end of the day tomorrow. You can join and play along without a team anytime, but to get any points you have to be signed up by then.

For anyone in Colorado, if you’re nearby Boulder at all, come meet up with me, Liz of NeedleBound podcast, Diane of Knitabulls, and a few others this Wednesday, the 28th! We’re meeting at Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins in Boulder at 5pm and then going to dinner at 6 at the Southern Sun brewpub. We’d love to see you!

Finally, some photos. Here is what we woke up to this morning, on a glorious early fall day:

Hot air balloons! Four of them! This was the one I could get the clearest photo of. They were only a mile or two south of the house!

Here’s the sweater for Elliot. I’m currently about to put the back-neck stitches on a holder and do the shoulder shaping. The yarn is Knitpicks Swish DK in Squirrel Heather.

I also started the striped scarf for my friend’s Christmas present. It’s perfect on-the-go knitting- really quick, too! The yarn is Knitpicks Chroma Worsted in Lollipop and Natural.

That’s all I’ve worked on this week, but I did go to a really interesting yarn store yesterday! It’s called Gypsy Wools and it’s in central downtown Boulder, by the Pearl Street Mall. They are also opening an etsy store. Everything they sell there is hand-dyed- by themselves! It’s all their own stuff! Totally amazing. They also have a huge selection of rovings, top, and batts, from an enormous variety of sheep breeds and other animals. They even had Pygora clouds! I bought this laceweight- 1250 yards of merino.

I love all the different greys in it. Gorgeous.

The other thing I purchased was from the Boulder Bookstore, a huge old store on Pearl Street Mall with all kinds of little alcoves and hidden rooms. It’s the book The Natural Knitter by Barbara Albright. I haven’t finished it yet, so I’ll give you a full review next week.

I think that’s all I have for you guys this week- tune in next Monday, Oct 3, for a full episode back in Minnesota, complete with Trenza KAL prize drawing! Get those photos submitted!

No episode this week

Sorry guys, I’ve been sick for about six days and I just don’t have the energy to record tonight. I’m going to take it easy (and hopefully get some knitting done) and I’ll see you back here, with lots to talk about, next week!