19 December, 2008

Episode 15: Edumacational

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Weigh in:

Old Shale Smoke RingOld Shale Smoke Ring
Blue Hawaiian's Done!Blue Hawaiian socks
Need to make the SGT a scarf
SGT's Scarf
and slippers (Meant Fiber Trends Clogs) before Christmas

Designing, the Star pattern is written out, need to get it typed up and then tested
Socks still going: Thujas, Jolly Green Giant and Tigers
Sweaters still going: CPH and Ms. PurplePants
Afghan still going: Babette

Finished: Basic Black Sweater will dye it. Ice Queen is done
Snow Drop Lace Socks- one done. House Socks 1.25 done
SOTSIII- 75-80% done
Abby Cowl from Knitty It will be Bams!

Fiber Exercise:

Happy Birthday Meghan of Stitch It! & Happy Podiversary!

Bams: Still spinning Alpaca
Ordered WOTA for the Chief’s Sweater.

You Just Got Schooled:

Fleece Study: Over 40 different fleece fibers to try and learn from
Developer Jackie Bland: Fleece Study
Thank you Amy aka ToadyJoe
This will be a new segment on the show Major info will be linked to Bams Blog

Black Welsh Mountain: “Not one that spinners will like very much” Very coarse, would be ok for Rug yarn
California Red: “The darker the fleece the coarser the fiber, Excellent for felting”
Would work for an outer garment

Our exercise:

Steady diet of making choices and lots of water
Back to week one, still getting better on the hip


Our Knitters Christmas Party: Thank you MargoKP for hosting
Christmas and New Years plans
Christmas Brunch Mimosas
Christmas movies and TV shows
Christmas poem:
New Years Cast on: Our local knitting group is doing a sweater/hoodie as our KAL. Please join us if you wish.
CPH or Mr. Greenjeans or A Cardigan for Arwen or something else:
Decisions decisions
Anyone interested in Machine knitting?


P-Cap Baby stuff:
P-Cap Items

On the menu for this month:

Shady Side Farms: Sheering day 27th They will be open for purchases on the 20th

Knit away Weekend

Franklin at ThreadBear on the 25th of January

Shout Out

Chrissythegreat of Manic purl podcast

Gadget Corner:

Blocking Boards

Wall insulation blocking boards Blog on how to
Foam floor blocks for blocking.
Blocking Info

If you have time, please let others know what you think of our podcast over at iTunes

Merry Christmas to all and please be safe

11 December, 2008

Episode 14: Where We Reveal Our Classy Ancestry

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Weigh in:
Finished: Hunting socks for BIL and a red pair of socks,Skull gloves,


Mom finished a wonderful blanket for P-CAPBams Mom's Baby Afghan
Ornament for exchange

Started: Ice Queen
Snow Drop Lace Socks

Still going: SOTSIII

Christmas Present: pink yummy yarn. 50/50 Merino/TencelChristmas Gift from Bams

Finished: Ornament Exchange sweaterPics December 08 028Coffee SocksCoffee socks made with Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Marmi
Secret Surprise: Blanket for Baby Charlotte
Heirloom Pattern
Swap scarf, it is mailed back already

Started: BSJ in Miss Priss from Schaffer yarn

Frogged: Pi Shawl with Sleeves

Still going: Ms. Purple Pants has been on hold since drs appt.

Fiber Exercise:
Bams: Spinning up alpaca and some BFL from the two fleeces she bought after the interview last week
Winter Interweave Knits
Men’s sweater, not doing it for us.
Other patterns are good, check it out.

Rowan book 40, Bams is looking for it

Creative Knitting:
Love the back page of projects
Lucy Neatby DVDs
Check it out

Festivus: The holiday for the rest of us

On the menu for this month:
Knit away Weekend
upcoming Interview
LNYP at City Knitting Dec 12th
ThreadBear Yarn Tasting event
KerstMarket is Happening in Holland
Shady Side Farm

Shout outs:
Prayers, Good Thoughts, however you roll…for Bam’s father Denny
Bams Sister, yay on knitting!!
Donna: Thank you for the comment. Bams does not spin the dog fur, but it can be spun.

Our exercise:
Book: Eat this, not that

Gadget Corner:
Yarn Guide or Knitting Thimble

Thank you all for your patience. Winter has hit West Michigan and we will get Episodes out as we can. I hope that it will still be weekly, but we shall see.

05 December, 2008

Episode 13: Here a sheep, There a sheep

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Bams and the Chief went to Beechtreefarms and have a wonderful interview for us this week. Thank you to the Chief for going with while Coggie was at college.
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Special announcement: Hornshaw Woodworks is having a sale on their Swifts

Coggie will be back in the next show

20 November, 2008

Episode 12: Thanksgiving and Craft Room Dreams

The Podcast can be found at http://thehighfiberdiet.mypodcast.com/index.html

Weigh in:

Finished: Walking on Love
Walking on love socks
Frog pond: Shining Star
Request: Sleep Mask
Bought yarn for Cobblestone, Lion Brand Fishermen’s wool in Chocolate Brown

Finished: Hunting Socks,
Better than Booties for C-Pap

Going: Socks for mom in Cascade, Sleeves for the hand spun sweater

Ordered yarn for CPH

Fiber Exercise:

Had to fix drive band on Lola
Spun some of the Suri Alpaca
Wants to spin some Jacobs fleece

Link to Ashford for sale

Our exercise:

Lots of walking

Steam cleaned the carpets
Dancing: Salsa, Belly. Line… just dance


American Thanksgiving:
Roasted Chicken…Quick dinners during the week

Coggie’s Mom’s Cranberry Relish:
1 2lb pkg raw cranberries (the bagged berries)

1 pkg black cherry jello
1 orange Washed
1 cup sugar

2 cup boiling water
In blender blend cranberries with the orange , rind too so wash it first.In serving bowl pour boiling water over sugar and jello mix. Stir until dissolved, mix in cranberry puree. Let set in fridge.

Caramel Apple Salad
Butterscotch pudding mix
Cool whip
3-4 golden delicious apples (peeled cored and chopped)
Mix together and chill

Wires: Stainless steel welding rods
Yard stick or wooden/metal ruler
Board: 4 x 8 Sheet of Wall Wrap (pink foam)
Can be wrapped in Gingham
(thanks Amy)

On the menu:

Next Week:

Bams has an interview; The Chief will be guest host: They will go to the Sheep farm and talk about BFL Sheep


LNYP @ City Knitting: December 12th

KERSTMARKT : Bams was right, it hasn’t started yet

  • November 28: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • November 29: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • December 2: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • December 5: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • December 6: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • December 12: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • December 13: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Shout outs:

Faery knitting : Spinningerin
Knit Together
Knitting 101 class at Wool & Company in Geneva, IL , YAY Bams Sister for joining the fun!!

Gadget Corner:

Thergonomic Hand -Aids Craft Glove
Hand-Aids Lycra Support Glove provides a simple way to relieve the painful stress and strain on hands that commonly afflicts expert sewers and quilters. The gloves' hand-hugging blend of nylon and stretch Spandex creates a firm pressure that will massage your hands and wrists as it supports. Heat generated by the body is contained within the tightly knit fabric. Heat helps stimulate circulation. What support hose does for the legs, Thergonomic gloves do for the hands and wrists.

13 November, 2008

Episode 11 - Bitch, Please!

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Weigh in:

Hunting socks, hand spun Shetland 1 done 1 almost done


Turkish cast on

Magic 8 cast on


Finished: Hemlock Ring

Pics November 08 084Pics November 08 082

Sweaters: Ms. Purplepants, Wallaby, CPH, Sleeve in your pi, Whiter Shade of Pale, Hubbies Cardigan
Socks: Tiger, Swap, Vanilla, Walking on love, Jolly green Giant, Blue Hawaiian, and Thuja
Blankets: Green monster, Sage snuggle, Corners for Baby, Babette and announcing: Shining star -when done I will write out the pattern.

Fiber Exercise:

Groupie, pretty pink, purple, green and blue hand dyed fiber being spun for socks.groupiespun

More yummy soft Alpaca



The kids asked what I wanted for Christmas, I told them to go in together and get me a wheel… yeah like that is going to happen.

Our exercise:

Bams: Lots of raking and walking
Coggie: is a slacker

Coggie went to see Brooklyntweed: Jared Flood in Grand Rapids Pics November 08 022

Pictures: how to take good ones.

It was awesome seeing the real projects instead of just photos. He is hugely based on EZ’s waysPics November 08 Sewn bind off
He signed my IK Holiday 2007
Pics November 08

She-Knits Bags

Bams sister got bit by the bug!

Christmas Music…before Thanksgiving UGG! Let’s de-stress the season...tell us how you kick the stress out of your life.

Hunting season starts here the 15th - good luck to all who hunt

C-Snip- Thank you. Please support your local animal shelters and clinics

On the menu for this month:

LNYP: December 12th
Possible Field trip upcoming
Knit away in January

Gadget Corner:

Provo Craft - Crochet tool kit with ergonomic handles.

08 November, 2008

Episode 10: So Many Tangents, You'll Think You're Back in Geometry Class

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Weigh in:

Ms. Purple pants- One sleeve almost done, walking on Love socks
I have been working on a blanket for P-CAP

Pink Ribbon Socks: 1 done
Plain Socks:
Sleeves on the sweater

Fiber Exercise:

Bobbins for the Chiefs sweater.

Tried three different wheels

Our exercise:

Lots of walking

Lots of walking in the yummy weather, signed up for water aerobics

Recipes: Where we chatter

OK We Rant:

Hand Exercises: Coggie is a Do-Do, Please learn from her mistake
Sheep to Shawl: Hand care

Please see your doctor if you have injury, this is so you have exercises to help prevent injury.

P-Cap: Anything is welcome, please put a price on it , Contact us on Ravelry for where to send the items.

Bam’s has a butt kisser and lots of Alpaca: blond, strawberry and cinnamon. Mmmmm.

Hair, yes we rant about hair

Ornament exchange anxiety sets in.

Now we talk about Halloween-candy, pregnancy, friends, fun….

Interweave Holiday Edition

Yeah we can rant about everything

On the menu :

Knit away weekend: 2 spots back open January 22-25

Kerst Market in Holland

ThreadBear welcomes Franklin January 25th for Book signing.

January Knitting at The Bookman ?

Gadget Corner:

We are still loving Hornshaw Woodworks:

They now have Sockblockers YUMMO!

Only $19.95 for a set of two. Available in three different sizes, they hang for drying.
Etsy Shop
Coggie has a set and they are wonderful!

Ravelry ID's CoggieTM and BammerKT
Email : thehighfiberdiet@gmail.com

31 October, 2008

Episode 9: The Halloween Episode Where We Barely Mention Halloween

Happy Halloween all!!!

Link to the show

Weigh in:

Still going: Ms. Purple pants- One sleeve almost done, walking on Love socks
Still Going: Fruit Loops almost done, Sweater fronts done, Skull gloves

Fiber Exercise:

Yummy alpaca
Shetland is to be spun
Spin for a sweater: Anyone want to join us for Cobble Stone after the New Year? OOO Exciting, our first KAL possibly
Still carding Alpaca

Hopefully will try wheels this week

Ladybug knitter it’s your entire fault!!! (We forgive you)

Our exercise:


Lots of soups in the diet

Recipes: Where we chatter;

Knit-a-way weekend

Army of Women.org Study on breast cancer

Warm drinks: Hot buttered Rum

Costumes: Ravelry to the one Bams talked about: Lady Parts

Chapstick holder

Simply Knitting

Ornaments: Minutia 08 Minutia07


Winners!! We have Winners!

Boy! Were they hard to choose!

Booby prizes:

StarsongKY: Knit Simple Holiday

JennyGirl: Surprise Prize

Grand Prize Winner:
JellyBean !!!

Thank you Hornshaw woodworks for the Swift

On the menu:

Jared Flood in Grand Rapids at City Knitting
Kerst Market in Holland

Gadget Corner:

Elizabeth Zimmermann DVD’s

24 October, 2008

Episode 8: Holidays, Mushy Stuff, and project Schizophrenia

Weigh in:
Finished: 1 fruitloop sock done.


Working on: Sweater fronts , a pair of skull fingerless gloves. Fingerless glove, We call them pirates hat, We call them ampersand


Going to Start: Pink Ribbon socks:
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
How to check yourself properly

Secret of the Stole: will be worked on hopefully

Finished: A few washcloths Lacy round dishclothWashclothes, 1 love sockWalking on Love

Still going: Ms. Purple pants - on to the sleevesMs PurplePants back of Ms. PurplePants

Babette, Socks, Hemlock Ring Blanket

Started baby blankets for charity.Corners for baby

Fiber Exercise:


Susan Delgado: yummy Blue/yellow/green yummy hand spun. 350 yds.
Suggestions on what Bams should make please


She tore apart a silk dress and mixed it with Black Cori dale wool.

Is still in love with the Babe, wants to try one.

No exercise this week, but I gained weight.
Thank you Lisa for setting me up with Kim as a partner: Knitpicks starter dye kit, sock blank, Tea cozy book (sunflower and sheep cozy can be seen in the pictures), The Opinionated Knitter . Thank you Kim for everything!

Our exercise:
Did her running this week… Katie O - how’s it going? Anita did you start?

Wasn’t feeling good, so not any of this exercise either. Did check out the local aquatic center and will join it this next week

Recipes: Where we chatter;

Happy Anniversary Bams and the Chief

The sweetest story about their wedding

Sweetest day: Alfred Hitchcock
Holiday Kal/Cal- Yarnthing and Knaked knits: Sign ups are until October 31st

Holiday gifts

What are your holiday traditions? Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, Winter solstice? Let us know.

Do you want to this swift? One more week

Hornshaw Woodworks

On the menu for this month:

Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, MI-Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, October 25 & 26, 2008 $3 admission

The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (better known as SAFF) Oct 24th- 26th in Fletcher, NC

Knit a way weekend: January 22-25 In Ludington, MI- 2 spaces left they are being raffled off. Contact KNITKNUT67 on Ravelry for info

Shout outs:
LadyDragonTear: you go girl!! Keep those socks a going.
Knitter83: You and yours are in our prayers


The Parent-Child Assistance Program: (P-CAP)

Anything from Booties to Blankies and everything in between is a welcome gift to these new babies. If you would like to make baby items, please contact us and we will let you know how to get them to us to donate.

Gadget Corner:
Lucet - Thank you Tim (teejtc) for our gadget this week

You can find us on Ravelry as BammerKT and CoggieTM or email us at thehighfiberdiet@gmail.com

14 October, 2008

Listen to the Yarn Talk

Fall is here along the Lake shore and the colors are beautiful!

Listen to us here

Weigh in:

Finished: : Holiday Joy

Still going: Ms. Purple pants, Babette,Socks, Hemlock Ring Blanket

Pictures are found on her blog
Finished Baudelaire socks, YUM! Yay Cookie A
Frogged: Swedish Thora, Mystery Stole IV is headed for the pond too
Started: Basic Black Sweater

Fruit loops socks: In another hand spun yummy yarn

Learned to knit backwards

Starting to think about Halloween costume for the boy. Last year's:

Fiber Exercise:

spinning has happened and will continue to spin 2/3’s more
The alpaca Farm: 38 lbs of Suri Alpaca Fleeces were bought and brought home

Doing research in the Spin off magazine.

Our exercise:

Couch to 5k: getting back into the running

Diet/walking looking for Winter stuff to do

Where we chatter;
Bams met Franklin Habit: Thread bear Field trip in January

Taste of home cooking school: Yummy food!
Bread crumbs are McCormick Crusting blends with Panko bread crumbs

LNYP with Cookie A- did I insult her? If I did I AM SORRY!! I love your patterns, I just knit Vanilla Socks!
Coggie w/ Cookie A
Oh and she has designed scarves and other items beyond socks. Check her out on Ravelry
Not a lot of people showed up Small group at the LNYP
Cheesy Contest at the LNYP.Coggie making her cheese sockMIL making her cheese sockBethany making her Cheese sock
YAY BethanyG!!BethanyG with Cookie A, With winning Cheese Sock

Good Apple Cider: J.K. Scrumpy’s farmhouse organic hard cider

Do you want to this swift?
Hornshaw Woodworks

On the menu for this month:
Thread Bear is having that curves class: I will not be able to attend, Saturday classes start that week

Bams sold out at Carpedyeem.etsy.com new yarns are up now

Shout outs:
Cammera: (Kathleen in Japan) Thank you for the different yarns for me to try and for the crochet lace book
Camelspin by Handmaiden Fine Yarn
Hand made Paper yarn by
Stainless Steel & Merino from Habu

WendyMcD: Thank you for asking the question about Rav-addiction.

Please Vote on November 4th if you are in the USA

Gadget Corner:
Bams mom makes awesome Scrubbies
She has made a Pilgrim Hat for Thanksgiving.
We will be getting a pattern made up for it.