Friday, February 24, 2012

Podcast Episode One: Hello World!

If you are checking in after listening to our very first podcast, welcome! If you haven't listened yet, you can go to iTunes and search the podcasts for "House Mountain Knits." We need lots of comments and good reviews over there to make our presence known so we hope you like us. You can also listen by clicking the link below:

House Mountain Knits Podcast - Episode One

Here are some pics we are sharing of what we talked about during the podcast. I've broken it down by podcast segment so you can refer between the two easily. Comment away! We can't wait to hear what you think!

Hello Bonjour (Intro)

We are Julie & Ellie and we love to knit, among other things. We live in beautifully scenic and historic Lexington, VA and have named our podcast after the locally well-known House Mountain. Here's what it looks like:

We'll talk more about ourselves and life in Southwest Virginia in future episodes.

WIP It Good (Work In Progress)

Julie is working on her To Eyre Shawl by Carol Sunday (Version 2) using Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Blueberry Mix (6288).

Ellie is working on the Knit Ear Flap Hat using Cascade 220 yarn in colorways Gris (9473), Burgundy (2413) and Dark Navy (8393).

This is my first attempt that I'm donating to a silent auction.

Julie is working on the Sea Anemone Messenger Bag using a pattern from the book Knit 2 Together and using Lambs Pride Worsted yarn in purples (her daughter's favorite color) with the anemone tentacles in yellow. She hopes to have it finished in time for her daughter's return during spring break.

Ellie is working on a scarf for her cousin using Karabella Superyak yarn in colorway 10158 and the pattern "This Way Up" Scarf, which is a free download on Ravelry.

Give A Little Bit
(Community Service)

Ellie just finished a washcloth for her knitting buddy, Edna. Edna is gathering washcloths to sell for a fundraiser but Ellie isn't sure what it's about. Edna is one of the senior members of our knitting group and makes killer desserts so whatever Edna thinks is a worthy cause is good enough for Ellie! She used a little of what she had left of Cotton Ease yarn by Lion Brand and found a pattern with a cute dragonfly knitted in with purl stitches. It was done in a day!

Julie has completed a Hedgehog tea cozy using leftover alpaca yarn in DK weight and Lion Brand fun fur for the hedgehog, and Crystal Palace Merino 5 for the green background. Leftover Regia Cotton was used for the mushroom caps and stems.

(Completed Projects)

We need a song title that encapsulates this segment. Feedback is appreciated!

Ellie finished the ugliest scarf she has ever made, well, a contender, anyway... The pattern is nice - Meandering Rib Scarf by Lion Brand, and the yarn was nice to work with - Loops & Threads, Charisma, but the colors could only be described as Pittsburgh Steelers or bumble bee. The pattern and colors were chosen by her brother, who is a HUGE Columbus Crew soccer fan. Hopefully the scarf will be a welcome and warm addition to his enjoyment of the game (that his sister considers one of the lamest sports of all time).

Julie made the Cladonia Shawl using alpaca yarn sold by The Flock Bransonas.

Please, Please Let Me Get What We Want (Shopping Report)

Julie went shopping at Blazing Needles in Salt Lake City, UT and bought some Shepherds Wool in Garnet and some Madelinetosh Merino Light in Scarlet and Palomino.

She plans on using it to make Andrea's Shawl by Kristen Kapur.

Ellie has been proving that she is Jimmy Beans Wool's best online customer and has recently purchaed 8 skeins of Araucania yarn in colorway Coliumo Multy and a pattern from Bergere de France for a cape and headband which is completely intimidating to her. If she gets this cast on in the next six months, she will be on schedule.

(Wrapping Up/Teasers)

Song title suggestions for this segment are appreciated as well! We are shooting for a podcast once a month in which we'll have these segments plus a few more including spotlights of various knitters from our local group (we have about 50 to choose from), book and pattern reviews, wine reviews, field trips and more that are not coming to this wine-addled mind at the moment. Please listen, rate us, and give us feedback. We are having fun but want to put something out there that everyone enjoys!

Thanks for listening and reading!