Avoiding the Overlap

I’ve been trying to be more active on social media but it’s hard to not show favoritism to one medium. I would say it’s like picking a favorite child, but it’s really not because some are clearly better than others (unlike children.. clearly, because they’re all equal, or so my mom tells me.) And it’s a problem of finding a balance on what to share on facebook, twitter, instagram, ravelry, this blog, and my podcast. I’m pretty sure you would lose interest if I told you the same thing 5 ways in the same day or even the same week. I want to avoid being a broken record.

So how will I manage this? Well, if you know me at all then you clearly know that Instagram is my favoured media. I’ll post a pick of a new yarn, my dog, food, stuff, yarn and things. Whatever tickles my fancy and feels like it’s worth sharing. I’ll also post announcements on instagram and I’ll have that share to twitter, which links to my facebook so all three get the important news for sure. And Sometimes I’ll post an article or other things to facebook.

The real challenge is the blog and the podcast. I think I’ll try to keep the blog more lifestyle, so things going on with me, Miles, big shop developments, just things I want to write about but don’t necessarily fit into the podcast. And the podcast I’ll focus non my knitting, announcements, Ravelry group notes and contests, shop info, and shop yarn porn.

Inevitably, there will still be some overlap because I’ll be excited about some yarn thing and have to post it here to talk about and really get into the subject or technique or opinions. I try to keep the podcast light and entertaining, but the blog is more my outlet.

Since I haven’t podcasted yet and shown this off, I’m going to add it to this post. I’ve finally picked up my Arenaria tank top and I’m almost done the body of it! After the plain body bit, the tricky bit happens with the binding off, patterned neck, dividing stitches and all of those terrifying things I haven’t done before! This is going to be my first real piece of knitted clothing I’ll complete and I can feel the anxiety growing with each stitch closer I get to the horrible dividing of the stitches.

I know I have instructions, and I know I’m good at following them and I can handle myself, but it’s still daunting! What it I mess up? What if it doesn’t fit? I think this tank is so pivotal to me because if I can finish this, then I can knit a sweater. I currently have two sweaters cast on, and a third, the Ginny Cardigan (which will be my second finished clothing item) ready to go and a fourth (the terrifying Vivian) already planned out.

Ginny Cardigan

I’m hoping to finish Arenaria in the next week or so (in time for spring/summer too) and I’ll order the Amy Herzog book to go with my class and do my best to have Ginny finished by October so I can have a warm sweater for the winter. I also have plans to knit an Evenstar from my Adelie lace, the baby alpaca/cashmere/silk lovely and then gradient dye the finish shawl, which will probably be more nerve wracking than the finishing of Arenaria.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

I’ve been trying to write this post as for a while now as it’s difficult to choose what to share. The internet is a big, wide open place and it can be difficult to balance what the world sees. It’s too easy to focus on the good and only share the best moments because who really wants to show others their bad side? But I feel that it’s important to  have a bit of balance and share some of the bad, but not all of the personal details.

Over the past five or so months, I’ve been hiding from the internet. There was so much bad in my life that it was just too much effort to fake happy or to even smother and tuck all of the bad under the rug. It just kept oozing out and into every aspect of my life. And you may have noticed that I have more of a presence now, and that I’m much closer to being my old self again, if not better. But it has taken a lot of courage, strength and fight to get me to where I am.

I’m choosing to share this with you because my hardship had effected my business and my clubs were shipping later and later, and I wasn’t able to have regular updates. I had no inspiration or motivation left. I felt so guilty because I wasn’t able to supply my club members with the dedication, timeliness and service that they deserved. When I filled them in on the situation, I was overwhelmed by thier response of love, kindness and support. Instead of messaging me and asking why their package was late, I was receiving messages of support asking if I was alright and offering encouragement. I really do have the best fans ever and that support has really helped me through this time in my life.

I recently/ am kind of currently going through a divorce. It was a drastic situation and I had to uproot my whole life and leave the city I had called home for the past six years within a week to move back to my dads. I had to pack, make travel arrangements, and try to survive with no money for that week as our joint bank account was closed. The transition to living with my parents again was difficult as I had been on my own for almost eight years. I had to clean out space for my room and my office, find a job and find myself again.

It has been a long five months and I can finally see the light. Soon the whole ordeal will be past me and I’ll be able to move on and be better than ever. Thank you for your continued concern and your continued support.

Episode 51:That sweater, again.







Wips:
Clark Cable
Lorna’s laces
Miho PPSS socks
2.5mm needles



Hopsalots by Tiny Owl Knits
Cascade 220
8.0 mm needles



Mail Call:
New Phone! OnePlus One



Cool Stuff:
Knit Night at a shop!
Dancing groot Vinyl pop
Vanellope Disney Infinity character
Tim Hortons Story



Ravelry:
Kal:
March-May Firefly KAL!
VKN: Monday, February 23 @ 1pm and 7pm EST
Shop:
Update Friday, February 20 @ 3pm EST.
Next Update: Friday, March 6 @ 3pm EST.
Theme of the month is back! March’s Theme is Game of Thrones!
Firefly club signups March 1-14. Self striping Jaynes hat!
Yarn porn segment.

Episode 48: Dayz and Confused

Wips:
House Scarf
Unofficial Harry Potter Magazine
Nights Watch & Night from PenguinSoup
held double
5.5mm

HOs:
PPSS
Night Gathers from PenguinSoup
2.25mm 9″ circ

FOs:
Trillian from Martina Behm
Jawool
3.25mm needles

What’s Next:
Ginny’s Cardigan
Narcissa Socks

Cool Stuff:
Titanfall headset and controller

Mail Call:
Large Batman Wedge and Regular Jaynes Hat box bag from Stitched by Jessalu

Shop:
Nightmare before Christmas sign ups are open!!

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About This Episode
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Ravelry Page: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/penguinsoup/topics/3019700
Watch on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/pgb42mq

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WEBSITE: http://penguin-soup.com

Episode 47: The Pumpkin King

Wips:
PPSS
Night Gathers from PenguinSoup
2.25mm needles

Trillian by Martina Behm
Jawool
3.25mm needles

Spinning:
Not shown but 1/4 of Wedding Orchids from Unwind Fiber Co.

What’s Next?
Ginny’s Cardigan
Narcissa Socks
Something with my MCN Ruby Slippers

Cool Stuff:
Lots!

Mail Call:
Ordered three bags from Stitched by Jessalu

Shop:

  • No update this Friday
  • VKN Tuesday, September 2nd at 3pm and 7pm EST.
  • Downton Abbey club went out last weekend
  • NEW CLUB!! Nightmare Before Christmas
    • If you sign up day one, September 8, you’re entered to win Jack Skellington figure
  • Yarn porn!

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Ravelry Page: http://tinyurl.com/pg4yllz
Watch on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/pgb42mq



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WEBSITE: http://penguin-soup.com

Episode 45: Unfamiliar Ceiling



Wips:
Nessy Socks
PB&W
Nessy from PenguinSoup
2.5mm



Trillian by Martina Behm
Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic
3.25mm needles



PPSS
Night Gathers from PenguinSoup
2.25mm



FOs:
PSS Cesh
American McGee’s Ceshire from PenguinSoup
2.5mm



Spinning:
Finished Teeny Bikini from Unwind Fiber Co
226 yards unwashed



Working on Wedding Orchids from Unwind



Mail Call:
Two Dyeabolical fibers
Uli bracelet



Cool Stuff:
Trip to Ontario
Almost hit an eagle
Interview at GameStop



Ravelry:
Kal:
April-June Kal
Winner:
Shop:
Update Monday
Sign up for newsletter for coupon
Regular updates Fridays
Show Monday/Tuesdays

VKNS Wednesdays

Episode 43: Squirrel

Wips:
PPSS for mom
WonkyStyle from PenguinSoup
2.5mm 9″ circ

Swatches galore!!

What’s Next?
Arenaria Tank

Ravelry
Kal:
Last month to submit your Alice themed knits for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the shop!

Next month is Summer! Craft anything you would use in summer or that is summery. Hat, top, beach bag, summer fiber, ect.

Shop:

  • Updates are every Friday at 3pm CST.
  • Doing less preorders, so get your clicking finger ready.
  • Starting VKNs again. Poll in the VKN thread. 
  • Trying to decide when the Downton Club will start. Was scheduled for August, but I might be able to make it work for June.