Broadening my podcast horizons

Since I discovered podcasts several years ago, I have stuck with a couple of genres. Lately I have felt pulled to stretch out and find new things to listen to which are not knitting or religion related. I’m sorry to admit that currently there far too many knitting podcasts and aren’t any religion podcasts in my feed. While branching out I tried a several from the “stuff you should know” site but found credibility to be lacking on many. After listening to a string of episodes and yelling at the iPod that that information simply isn’t correct only to hear in the next episode the hosts admit mistakes in fact checking, I gave up on all of them. A few others I have tried and still enjoy are book reviews, real life stories, and most recently fictional stories.

While listening to a knitting podcast I discovered Podiobooks available through iTunes or the podiobook website. I have listened to Shadowmagic, a fun story about an 18 year old boy who wakes up in a dungeon in Tir na nÓg. While not particularly complicated, the author left me begging for the next chapter with his carefully crafted cliffhanger episodes. I’m a sucker for a good fantasy involving Irish mythology. Luckily for me, this audiobook was completed in 2006 so I was able to download the entire book and listen over the weekend. I also found his second book in the series and subscribed via iTunes. I am currently caught up and am afraid that at one episode per week I will be well into the new year before I hear the final installment although I have a strong feeling I know where the major plot lines are headed. The author promises the possibility of a third book. The first book is also available from Harper Collins in paperback. Please see the author’s website for more information.

I’ve been listening to these books while knitting a Deep Waters and Starlit Skies Shrug by Holly Priestley. The original was knit in blue, hence the name. Mine is a green with pink and green flecks. As I wear this during the winter, I’m sure I will contemplate the story line and a movie or two I’ve watched while working on it.

The least listened to podcast in my feed reader are fitness related. I tell myself that soon I will start working on that again. I used to post updates on Fridays about that. It was motivation for me to keep going. I wonder if I can guilt/pressure myself into action again.

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First FO of 2010

Here are my first finished objects of 2010. I’ve been busy trying to finish knitting projects. My Cozy shawl from Knitty is finally finished after repeated ripping out and reknitting. The last time I ripped it out was the weekend Boo was born. To use up the scraps I knit a Tribble dishcloth. They look more neat with variegated yarn, but it used up the small ball I had left at the end.

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In which I forget a title

Threaden (a.) Made of thread; as, threaden sails; a threaden fillet.
Yarn (n.) Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

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Here is the shawl I posted about last week. My husband likes to pick on me when he sees me knitting on it because I have ripped it out several times. He asks if I’ve ripped it out to which I show him my work rather than answer. The length speaks for itself. I have to say I believe this to be a simple lace pattern over an 8 row repeat, even though it’s knit in a heavier than lace-weight yarn. Once every two or so repeats, I end up having to rip out a few rows to figure out where I lost the stitch. (I never gain them, well, there was that one time . . . )

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Knitted Shawl

Threaden (a.) Made of thread; as, threaden sails; a threaden fillet.
Yarn (n.) Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

My knitting has been stalled for a while, for that matter much of my crafting has been stalled. When my fingers swelled up toward the end of my pregnancy, knitting and other crafts were neither easy nor enjoyable. I started work on a shawl in one color sometime in late August and decided that the color wouldn’t coordinate with everything I wanted to wear with it. I changed colors in early September and then had to purchase more yarn because I didn’t have enough. I found a colorway close enough to the skein I already had and started work again. Four days later Little Boo arrived, knitting was temporarily on hold, even though my knitting was around. After almost to two days of labor, our home-birth turned in a trip to the hospital for a major medical procedure to assist Little Boo’s arrival. Even with a flexible IV in my arm, where was no knitting. I was retaining too much fluid and not enough sleep.

So now I have a shawl that I need to complete but at least I’m making progress. This is the pattern. I haven’t taken photos of my knitting lately, maybe later this weekend, with a Little Boo holding the work-in-progress.

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