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Yarns and Tales

By revLea
When a chatty yarnaholic meets a live mic, Yarns and Tales is what you get.
Episode 110: Yarns and Tales: Plans and Potholes
Howdy y’all and welcome to YaT episode 110.  You’ve heard the phrase”The best laid plans…”? Yeah. I had them for this show then missing needles and constrained time happened. Follow that with life and “ACK!” I’m glad you could join me as we load the 5 parts onto the single needle and begin the yoking. […]
July 11, 2015
Episode 109: Yarns and Tales: Working Right and No Leftovers
Well, howdy y’all and welcome to episode 109 of Yarns and Tales. In this show we continue working the right hand side of the sweater project and well as chat about leftover chili and a possible location for the “family business”. I hope you’ll tune in and enjoy this week’s adventure in my world of […]
June 28, 2015
Episode 108: Yarns and Tales: Fronts, Frustrations, and Fairy Wands
Welcome to the 108th episode of Yarns and Tales. In this show, we continue to work on the Spring 2015 project, finishing up one of the fronts. Then with the wave of my harmony wood “wand”, we move over to frustrations, and it’s a doozy! Grab your fuzzies and let’s get started!
May 29, 2015
Episode 107: Yarns and Tales: The Venusian Vacation
Welcome to the 107th episode of Yarns and Tales! After an unintended detour of life, I’m back and feeling so much better after getting lost in a “Venusian” fog. We continue with the front piece of our Spring 2015 project while I explain my misadventures. Between episode 106 and 107 nearly 5 weeks passed (if […]
May 4, 2015
Episode 106: Yarns and Tales: Sweater Front and Caterwauling
Howdy y’all, and welcome to Yarns and Tales episode 106. In this show, we begin one of the front pieces to our Spring 2015 project as well as chatting about “kat-er-walling”. Find a comfy spot and let’s get started!
May 4, 2015
Episode 105: Yarns and Tales: Blind Knitting and the Vertigo Rant
Recorded live from the restricted safe zone of the bed covers, I welcome y’all to Yarns and Tales. In this episode I rant a bit more than I knit, but the title is a bit self-explanatory. Vertigo struck, making life a non-stop mental roller coaster ride. Those who enter here do so at their own […]
March 20, 2015
Episode 104: Yarns and Tales: Back and Way Back
Howdy y’all, and welcome to Yarns and Tales! Tech gremlins made themselves evident this week, but all is well now. In this 104th episode of YaT, I explain the back piece for our little sweater then go on to chat about some jeans from before and after my decision to change my eating habits way […]
February 23, 2015
Episode 103: Yarns and Tales: January Kicked My Ass
Howdy yall! I’m back. No, I ain’t dead or eaten by zombies or trapped by a yarn avalanche, but January kicked my ass.  Between wisdom teeth, inventory, feral Walmart viruses, and life, the first month of the year has simply bullied me this time around.  But I’m back, and determined that February will be better.  […]
February 6, 2015
Episode 102: Yarns and Tales: Happy New Solar Loop!
Well, howdy y’all! Welcome to Yarns and Tales and another new solar loop.  That’s my way of wishing you a happy new year for 2015.  I went silent for a couple of weeks. Between a busy work schedule and watching my oldest move away to California, I didn’t have the energy left to give proper […]
January 9, 2015
Episode 101: Yarns and Tales: Little Sweaters and Left Hooks
Well, howdy y’all and welcome to the 101st episode of Yarns and Tales!! In this show, I chat about our new adventure in making a modular baby sweater, learning to crochet left-handed in order to teach left-handed crochet, and tell the tale of how I brought my manager to his knees with one word.  Have […]
December 21, 2014
Episode 100: Yarns and Tales: Once Upon A Podcast
Howdy y’all!! Welcome to the 100th episode of Yarns and Tales! This has been a great adventure so far and I look forward to the adventures left to come.  For this show I recap the previous 99 shows but not how you might expect.  Please join me for a fun little episode before we follow […]
December 13, 2014
Episode 99: Yarns and Tales: A Star and Crescent and A Galaxy
Howdy y’all!  Welcome to the 99th edition of Yarns and Tales!  This show is simply “outta this world”.  Well, not really but close.  Our project came from a newsletter in my inbox. After a couple of link hops, I made it to this lovely knitted head band that could be whipped up into one or […]
December 5, 2014
Episode 98: Yarns and Tales: How Do You Shower?
In this 98th episode of Yarns and Tales, I chat about the “go to” yarn-based gift when you’re invited to give a baby shower gift. I also make mention of “Now-n-Later” gifts for baby, “New Mommy/Daddy Coupons”, and ask y’all about teaching others your yarning skill and whether you have or would do it again.  […]
November 15, 2014
Episode 97: Yarns and Tales: Snowmen and Boas
Howdy y’all! Welcome to the 97th episode of Yarns and Tales!!  This show is about the adventure of trying to do the project of a snowman head jar cozy found over at Red Heart Yarns then a review of trying out Red Heart’s Sashay Fabric for making a quick neck scarf or boa. There’s no […]
November 10, 2014
Episode 96: Yarns and Tales: Woodland Green, Hell, and Cheesecake
Well, howdy y’all! Welcome to Yarns and Tales episode number 96!  Today I chat about a new yarn, seasonal hells, gifting, and cheesecake.  Not a bad conversation, huh?  Make yourself comfy, grab your yarns, and let’s get started!
November 1, 2014
Episode 95: Yarns and Tales: New Yarn; Old Hallow Day
Welcome to the 95th episode of Yarns and Tales!  Today, I bark a bit about the dread feeling I get from the season of October to January where corporate merchandising sucks the fun out of most everything that would otherwise be fun.  I also flip things up and have fun talking about a new yarn […]
October 25, 2014
Episode 94: Yarns and Tales: Knitted Jute and Zombies
Howdy y’all, and welcome to YaT episode 94!!  This week is a quickie show as it’s simply been “one of those weeks”.  Today, I chat about a knitted jute cord project for the eating holidays or just for home decor if you’re into the current burlap themes, although simply calling it ‘rustic’ works well too.  […]
October 18, 2014
Episode 93: Yarns and Tales: Eighteen With Twenty-Six Years Experience
Howdy y’all!  Welcome to Yarns and Tales!  It’s episode 93, and it’s my birthday today, the anniversary of my successful escape from my mother’s womb!  (Yay to the both of us really.)  This show took a bit of effort to get through but I succeeded, mostly.  In this YaT, I chat about my birthday, cough […]
October 9, 2014
Episode 92: Yarns and Tales: Hookin’ with Jute
Well, howdy y’all and welcome to episode 92 of Yarns and Tales.  Today I chat with y’all about my adventure of crocheting with 3-ply jute cording using a size “P”/11.5mm hook.  Afterwards, I share a bit about a complaint a couple of my seasoned students have about patterns and how they are written.  Feeling curious?  […]
October 3, 2014
Episode 91: Yarns and Tales: Distractions and a Book Review
Welcome back to Yarns and Tales!  It’s episode 91, and I share my adventures of my past week which was most of the distraction part of the title plus review this awesome little book I bought recently for knitters called “Cast On, Bind Off” by Leslie Ann Bestor.  I also may have mentioned a bit […]
September 19, 2014
Episode 90: Yarn and Tales: A Plarn Project With A Side of Coffee
Howdy y’all and welcome to episode 90 of YaT!!  In this show, I’m all over the place, topic-wise, from my plarn project to kids and chores to being eco-friendly to the endocrine system of the human body — all with a side of two coffees.  I hope this episode makes you smile or laugh as […]
September 12, 2014
Episode 89: Yarns and Tales: Well, Plarn It!
Howdy, y’all!  Welcome to Yarns and Tales!!  Today is all about something called “plarn.”  That’s a smushed word made up of “plastic” and “yarn”.  Yep, plastic.  As in plastic shopping bags and upcycling them into a knitable or crochetable medium.  I bet you’re just a little curious, aren’t you?  Make yourself comfortable and have a […]
September 5, 2014
Episode 88: Yarns and Tales: Mystery Revealed and RV Dreamin’
Well, howdy y’all! It’s Yarns and Tales episode 88!  Today, I reveal the mystery project “that was” and the one “that is”.  I also ramble a bit on about those slow days when you just feel ‘flat’ as well as my desire to purchase some decent quality spy glasses for video classes for knitting, crocheting, […]
August 30, 2014
Episode 87: Yarns and Tales: Five Then Six and Other Ways We Stitch
Howdy y’all and welcome to episode 87 of Yarns and Tales!!  Today, I explain where parts 5 and 6 go on our mystery project.  I also throw in a bit of this and that from ‘fabric exercise’ at work to prototyping and designing to a question about ‘other’ yarn uses.  As always, it’s an interesting […]
August 22, 2014
Episode 86: Yarns and Tales: Assembling, Reasons, and Yard Camo
Well, howdy y’all! Welcome to Yarns and Tales!  In this 86th episode, I tell y’all where to stitch this to that in our mystery project.  I tip my virtual hat to a few passing entertainers that got ‘invitations’ to other-worldly venues.  I also take pause for the anniversary of my father-in-law’s death then talk about […]
August 15, 2014
Episode 85: Yarns and Tales: Whatchamadoodle Diddly Thing
Howdy y’all! Welcome to episode 85 of Yarns and Tales!  Today I finally get to my mic after the internet technician visited and left my house.  I tackle mystery pieces five, six, eight, and nine as well as chat about my podcast delay from Thursday and my rocking chair project.  Come on and get comfy!!  […]
August 8, 2014
Episode 84: Yarns and Tales: More Demystification, Voices, and Gifts
Howdy y’all and welcome to episode 84 of Yarns and Tales!  This show finds us working on parts 1, 2, and 3 from our mystery project.  I also talk about voices, aging, and pitching, along with gifting, appreciation, and crafting.  That’s a whole lot packed into this little ol’ podcast.  Make yourself comfortable.  It’s time […]
August 1, 2014
Episode 83: Yarns and Tales: Let’s Start Demystifying
Howdy y’all!! Welcome to Yarns and Tales episode 83!  In this show, I start our adventure of combining the mystery parts we’ve made over the last several episodes.  For this show, parts 4, 7, and 10 are used.  I also babble a bit about getting lost in the days of the week and fatigue.  Ready […]
July 25, 2014
Episode 82: Yarns and Tales: WFO, Recapping, and Empty Words
Howdy y’all, and welcome to episode 82 of YaT.  This show is short and simple.  Too much going on and not enough energy to get it all done!  With that in mind, I thought it might be best to make this one a “recap” show so everyone participating in the mystery project will be ready […]
July 18, 2014
Episode 81: Yarns and Tales: The Ten, The Plastic, and The Tail
Howdy y’all! Welcome to Yarns and Tales, episode 81.  This show finds me chatting about mystery part number ten, borrowing yarn like a cup of sugar, recycling plastic shopping bags, and Magoo’s magical tail.  Slow down for half an hour and join me.  You’ll be glad you did!
July 11, 2014
Episode 80: Yarns and Tales: Rant, Nine, and Celebrations
Welcome to this 80th episode of Yarns and Tales!! I start out with a minor rant about being both a customer and an employee in the crafting industry and the way people just ditch items anywhere in a store.  Then I chat about mystery part nine and favorite foods at celebrations.  Make yourself comfy and […]
July 3, 2014
Episode 79: Yarns and Tales: Seven, Um, So, and Ouch!
Welcome to YaT episode 79!  In this show, I talk about mystery part number seven.  Along the way, I also notice how many times I use the words “um”, “uh”, “so”, and other “thought fillers” while I talk.  How many times do you use those words?  Did I mention my face aches from trying to […]
June 27, 2014
Episode 78: Yarns and Tales: MP5, BonBons, and Cute by Default
Howdy y’all! Welcome to Yarns and Tales #78! Today, I yammer on about mystery part five, how something ends up being cute by default, and the white cat who adopted us, formally known as Felix, now known as Magoo.
June 19, 2014
Episode 77: Yarns and Tales: Thirteen, Three, and The Tribe of Kitty
Howdy and welcome to episode 77 of Yarns and Tales!  I cast on with a bit about Friday the thirteenth then follow up with an explanation of part number three of our mystery project.  I wind the show down with a couple of tales from The Kitty Tribe.  Join in and get settled for a […]
June 12, 2014
Episode 76: Yarns and Tales: Another Mystery and Strangers
Well, howdy y’all! Welcome to the latest edition of YaT! With energy levels high, I chatter and ramble on about my day of teaching Knitting 101, selling a pair of fingerless gloves, passing along the instructions for mystery part 6, and how an act of being normal for me brought a woman to tears.  Get […]
June 5, 2014
Episode 75: Yarns and Tales: Burgers, Eight, Rain
Howdy y’all.  Welcome to Yarns and Tales.  It’s episode 75, and I’ll cut to the chase.  Our mystery part is number 8 this week, plus a fuzzy clearing up about mystery part number 4 from last week.  After explaining the 8th piece in both knit and crochet, I chat a bit about our lunch today […]
May 29, 2014
Episode 74: Yarns and Tales: Cubics, Four, and Too Much Knitting
What do Cubics, the number four, and too much knitting have in common?  Well, today, it would be me, revLea, and what I talked about in this week’s podcast of Yarns and Tales.  I introduce mystery part #4, talk about squared knitting needles, and share a bit of humor about excessive knitting (not that I […]
May 23, 2014
Episode 73: Yarns and Tales: Mystery Part 2 and a Badass Gracie
Howdy y’all, and welcome to YaT episode 73.  As you see by the title, we’re working the mystery project part #2.  Then I’ll follow those pieces up with the epic tale of Gracie the Badass, Defender of the Kitchen Door and All Realms Within.  Make yourself comfortable or at least get settled into whatever you’re […]
May 15, 2014
Episode 72: Yarns and Tales: The Mystery Project and Opossum To Go
Howdy y’all!  Welcome to the 72nd show! In this fun episode, we begin the mystery project which consists of 14 parts, nothing complicated though.  We work piece #1 in both knit and crochet so either hobbyist can play along if they wish.  Then I tell a little tale of the sunroom opossum and his mistaken […]
May 8, 2014
Episode 71: Yarns and Tales: The One Stick Method vs The Two Stick Method
In this 71st episode of Yarns and Tales, I ramble on about “stick methods” and my utter disbelief in what my Redneck locals are defining them as.  I also share the details of my current on-air project.  Then there’s my very wonky weather report from this week which involved a “people storm”.  Get settled in, […]
May 1, 2014
Episode 70: Yarns and Tales: Little Hats, Cheese Gravy, and Burnt Water
Howdy y’all! Welcome to episode 70 of Yarns and Tales.  I jump right into the preemie hat variation that I mentioned in last week’s show.  After getting everyone caught up on the project, I go on to the ‘tale’ portion of the show — the creation of my cheese gravy for supper.  Curious about the […]
April 24, 2014
Episode 69: Yarns and Tales: More Teeny Tiny Tube Socks
Well, howdy y’all! Welcome to episode 69 of Yarns and Tales!  Today, I’ll work on the first variation of the Teeny Tiny Tube Sock pattern from episode 67 and the posted pattern about it.  I’ll keep it simple and easy today with a Stockinette rendition. Remember, we want this to remain an everybody-can-do-this project as […]
April 17, 2014
Episode 68: Yarns and Tales: Tiny Heads Need Tiny Hats
Howdy y’all! Welcome to episode 68 of Yarns and Tales.  It’s all about those tiny heads this week as our project is an old preemie hat pattern I created from more than a decade ago (with a tweak here and there).  This very basic hat works as a preemie hat, doll hat, or a teaching […]
April 10, 2014
Episode 67: Yarns and Tales: Teeny Tiny Tube Socks
Well, howdy y’all!! Welcome to Yarns and Tales Episode 67.  This time around we cover a delicate matter — itty bitty feet.  Yes, those toes which belong to premature babies.  Tiny feet require tiny socks, but tiny socks can be quick and easy for all skill levels except for the unlearned (and pronounce that with […]
April 3, 2014
Episode 66: Yarns and Tales: What’s Up, Buttercup?
Well, howdy y’all! It’s episode 66 of YaT, and I finish up the Spring bonnet project we started a couple of shows back then share with y’all my recent “Christmas from Hell” tale (but it’s not what ya think!).  This is a fun show, so find ya a spot, get situated, and let’s get started!  […]
March 27, 2014
Episode 65: Yarns and Tales: Bonnets, Gyms, and Lasagna
It’s episode 65 of Yarns and Tales, and I ran it a little backwards today by telling my tales before the bonnet.  Of course, this worked up an appetite because after the bonnet came the lasagna!  But the biggest curiosity was this question: How do you reignite your creativity after burnout?  Get settled.  It’s time […]
March 20, 2014
Episode 64: Yarns and Tales: Spring Bonnet and Identities
Howdy y’all! Welcome to episode 64 of Yarns and Tales.  Today, we are hookers, as in crochet.  I know what you were thinking (wink, wink).  Anyway, in this show, I chat about the project for this week and next week.  It’s a two-color Spring baby bonnet, and it’s another revLea ‘original’.  Yes, I’m making it […]
March 13, 2014
Episode 63: Yarns and Tales: From Rainstorms to Brainstorms
Well, howdy, y’all.  Welcome to episode 63 of YaT.  Today, I explain what Spring really is in the South, chat about not one but two projects, and close out the podcast with food thoughts and Silent Mouth Syndrome.  Curious?  Get yourself settled and have a listen!
March 7, 2014
Episode 62: Yarns and Tales: Red Yarn and Red Tape
Well, howdy y’all! It’s episode 62!  Red tape instead of red yarn is enough to make a yarnie scream and beg for yarn therapy! Oh, wait, I just didn’t scream. Join me as I finish up a WIP and justify future hours of yarn therapy as well as share with y’all some fabulous news.  Get […]
February 28, 2014
Episode 61: Yarns and Tales: Of Mice and Snobs
This week’s episode is a bit more energetic than last week’s, and by “a bit more” I mean a lot.  Episode 61 carries us from the almost-forgotten amigurumi mouse-like critter to a glove pattern to naming patterns to agelessness and to snobs of the fiber kind and the experience kind.  Get settled in, folks, and […]
February 20, 2014
Episode 60: Yarns and Tales: And The Next Project Is
After multiple attempts to cast on this 60th episode, the tangled thoughts finally began to come about less frayed.  In the end, I chatted about hiding project tails and how you decide what project or projects to start next as the weather promises to be less hostile outdoors.  Come on up and get settled.  It’s […]
February 14, 2014
Episode 59: Yarns and Tales: Spring Sweaters and Sprung Waters
With a shiver in my bones, I cast on episode 59 full of energy and spunk this week.  After the usual weird-southern-weather report, I update everyone on the Spring feline sweater project which is then followed by my jazzed news from earlier in my week.  This, of course, tangented into the tale of broken waters […]
February 6, 2014
Episode 58: Yarns and Tales: Magic WIPs From Sleeves Into Sweaters
Howdy y’all! It’s episode 58, and it cast on without the first techno-gremlin in sight or ear-shot.  I catch y’all up on the latest south Georgia wacky weather, the magical evolving wine sleeve, my favorite word, and drinking rice wine, also known as Sake.  With all of this ahead, find your comfy spot and let’s […]
January 30, 2014
Episode 57: Yarns and Tales: She Threatened My Needles and Hooks!
Episode 57 cast on without any trouble, although keying in the show notes didn’t prove quite so smooth.  I chatted about how the crocheted cat sweater finished out, quite adorably I might add, as well as my unavoidable froggin’ that took place the morning before. Come on and get settled!  It’s time for Yarns and […]
January 24, 2014
Episode 56: Yarns and Tales: Fashionista Felines and Bald Babies
Episode 56 cast on easy peasy as I continue working on the patternless, crocheted cat sweater for Gracie and chat about the intense weather which leads into a bit of rant concerning bald or nearly bald babies and toddlers.  All in all, this podcast buzzes right along.  Come on and have a listen. Welcome to […]
January 16, 2014
Episode 55: Yarns and Tales: Heavy Yarn and Pod Whats?
Howdy y’all! Welcome to episode 55 of Yarns and Tales where we’ll explore the gravitational pull of yarn on my cat, chat a bit about a couple of TV shows (Intelligence, Sherlock, and Revenge), and facepalm our way through the checkout line from my shopping. Let’s get started!!
January 9, 2014
Episode 54: Yarns and Tales: Cats, Cornbread, and Mason Jars
From elusive crochet projects to loaded cornbread and reflections in a mason jar, this 54th episode of YaT cast on somewhat without gremlins.  Howdy y’all! Welcome to the first Yarns and Tales of 2014!
January 3, 2014
Episode 53: Yarns and Tales: Put A Ring On It
It only took three tries to get this 53rd episode cast on, but once it started, it went well.  With an always growing left-overs basket, I looked for a quick and easy project.  I found one in the idea of knitted rings.  I’ve already done knitted chokers, so why not knitted rings too?  As I […]
December 26, 2013
Episode 52: Yarns and Tales: Fifty-Two and the Flu
It’s my 52nd casting of Yarns and Tales, and I could do nothing more than a simple update.  Thank you, Flu!!  I make mention of my new needles, some FOs, a new WIP, and figured out why the flu is so exhausting. So, howdy y’all! Welcome to Yarns and Tales.
December 19, 2013
Episode 51: Yarns and Tales: Amigurumis and the Ear Voodoo
Another fun episode of Yarns and Tales cast on without a hitch, unless you count the being-a-whole-day-behind a “hitch.”  In this 51st podcast, I talk about my project of making an original amigurumi as well as make commentary about “inner ear voodoo”.  I throw in a little project talk about a knitted choker pattern and […]
December 13, 2013
Episode 50: Yarns and Tales: WIPs No More and FOs Galore
After taking a few tries to get this podcast in motion, the 4th one was a success.  Just like many yarn projects, the first attempts just don’t pan out.  In this 50th episode of YaT, I ramble on about crazy weather, miserable shopping, WIP completions, and surprising FOs.  I also pose two questions to y’all.  […]
December 5, 2013
Episode 49: Yarns and Tales: The Beading, The Dressing, and The Marinade
This 49th episode of Yarns and Tales cast on without a hitch and a day ahead of normal.  Today, I chatted about adding beads to our knitting then moved on to tastier endeavors, like making home-made cornbread dressing, cheater’s gravy, and my sweet brine marinade for meat (boneless chicken breast in this case).  Make yourself […]
November 28, 2013
Episode 48: Yarns and Tales: Button. Yarn. Yes! Do It!
Episode 48 of Yarns and Tales casts on with chatter about roller derby comparisons and leads into the impromptu project involving a button.  From there, I share a great story about cats and treadmills.  It doesn’t sound like much but don’t be fooled.  Oh, did I mention the recycling ideas?  Hmm, sounds like you may […]
November 22, 2013
Episode 47: Yarns and Tales: Magic Circles and Mothers-in-Law
Yes, here it is, episode 47, casting on with the giggles.  Curious about what could be funny enough to begin the podcast this way?  Magic circles and rusty fingers coming together for the first time.  That’s what.  The video link is below to understand the humor if you don’t know what a “magic circle” is. […]
November 15, 2013
Episode 46: Yarns and Tales: This, That, and Wine Hats
Casting off episode 46 was easy.  I had two gripes.  I’ll give you two hints: “wrong” and “cheaper”.  Sometimes societal conditioning just makes me nuts!  After the fussing and venting, we get on with talking about the latest (successful) wine hat revision and its accidental dual purpose.  Have I left you a tad bit confused?  […]
November 7, 2013
Episode 45: Yarns and Tales: World of YARNcraft and Rutabagas?
This 45th episode of Yarns and Tales cast on without a snag, sending us straight into the world of prototyping, programming, Warcraft, and rutabagas.  The body of the red cowl was finished, only lacking buttons.  A few statistics from the hubby led to a brainstorm of pattern ideas that, of course, needed fleshing out (more […]
October 31, 2013
Episode 44: Yarns and Tales: We’re Talking Cowls Not Cows
Well, howdy y’all!  It’s episode 44, and as promised, we’re starting my cowl project this time.  I chat about my prototype cowl that I made to figure out what I would make with “the good stuff” this week.  It gets started but gets paused somewhere along the way as I go to talking with my […]
October 24, 2013
Episode 43: Yarns and Tales: Cowl Searches and Rearrangements
Howdy y’all!  Episode 43 casts on with a search for a quick and beautiful cowl pattern.  You get to ride shotgun as I use my google-fu to window shop the many images of free cowl patterns found on the internet.  Afterward, I chat about room arranging and my plans for Saturday.  Are you curious?  Then […]
October 17, 2013
Episode 42: Yarns and Tales: A Red Box and Wine Gloves?
With episode 42, I am recuperating from one of those out-of-nowhere and for-no-reason “bugs”.  As I ball up the remnants of a used skein, I talk about my birthday, finishing last week’s free-form knitted wine bottle sleeve, finishing my daughter’s funky green scarf, and the awesome arrival of a red box from Norway.  Come on […]
October 10, 2013
Episode 41: Yarns and Tales: Wine Sleeves and Nerds
After remembering to turn the mic on, the second intro of episode 41 cast on without any other problems.  I share a few of my shopping encounters before launching into my impromptu wine sleeve pattern using some leftovers by Lion Brand and Red Heart.  While attempting to stay focused on the knitting, I share a […]
October 3, 2013
Episode 40: Yarns and Tales: The Funky Green Scarf and Flying Cats
This episode of Yarns and Tales is the last one for September and cast on with the ease of a soft yarn.  I chat about the perils of robo-knitting while getting caught up in a new favorite TV show (Sleepy Hollow – FOX) as well as share a few bits about my dear cats, both […]
September 26, 2013
Episode 39: Yarns and Tales: Sweaters, Hats, and Candy
Today we cast on the 39th episode of Yarns and Tales in a single unblemished take.  I amazed myself with this feat of tech prowess.  With a touch of Autumn in the air, I quickly covered topics about cup sweaters, wine bottle hats, the un-zebra gloves, the funky green scarf, building my new camera rig, […]
September 20, 2013
Episode 38: Yarns and Tales: Dating WIPs and Swatching
In this second version of episode 38, I talk about dating your WIPs, swatching, Friday the 13th (the calendar date not the movies), and updating y’all on the “zebra” saga.  I mention Knitter’s Brewing and Etsy concerning finding ‘real’ zebra yarn.  I talk about finishing one WIP only to find another one.  It’s good times […]
September 13, 2013
Episode 37: Yarns and Tales: Plaid Zebras and Irish Cream
With episode 37, I have a bit of a hissy-fit about “zebras” being not so stripe-like but, instead, sporting a plaid design.  The last time I checked “zebra” meant black and white stripes, or did someone change the definition while I wasn’t looking?  Then to mellow out the tirade, I chat a bit about O’Reilly’s […]
September 5, 2013
Episode 36: Yarns and Tales: Zebra Stripes and A Witchy Brew
So, how do you go from zebra stripes to a witchy brew in one podcast?  In this 36th episode of Yarns and Tales, you can find out as well as see how a few TV shows relate amongst all of that. Howdy y’all! Welcome to Yarns and Tales!
August 30, 2013
Episode 35: Yarns and Tales: No More Excuses
The 35th episode of YaT is a bit sombre with a touch of kick-in-the-tail, stop-wasting-time attitude.  Pick up those WIPs, get out the good dishes, and no more putting things off.  Have no idea what I’m talking about?  Then you need to listen in to this episode of Yarns and Tales.
August 23, 2013
Episode 34: Yarns and Tales: Confessions and Cats
Episode 34, Confessions and Cats, cast on without a hitch the very first time.  If you want to know what seventeen, nine, eleven, thirty-four, and shampoo have in common, you need to listen in to this week’s episode of Yarns and Tales.
August 16, 2013
Episode 33: Yarns and Tales: Easy Gloves and Hard Benches
Episode 33 of Yarns and Tales just seem to cast itself as I rambled on about a super easy crocheted fingerless glove pattern I found on the internet and my activities this week which included painting a treadle base and answering my jury pool summons. It’s been busy, and it isn’t over yet. Welcome to […]
August 9, 2013
Episode 32: Yarns and Tales: Planes, Chains, and WIPs
This 32nd episode of YaT found difficulty in taking off on Thursday due to caster error.  It was grounded until Friday morning.  The rescheduled casting had technical troubles in its 2nd attempt but was successful in its 3rd attempt.  It seemed to be an uneventful casting until a surprise guest kept interrupting the episode, coming […]
August 2, 2013
Episode 31: Yarns and Tales: Too Much Stuff
It’s episode 31, and it starts off dealing with “stuff”.  We all have it, don’t we?  The from “stuff” to blinking to froggin’ to huge spiders to cat models to finger knitting and kids, I chatter about so many things this week.  I hope somewhere in my tales some amount of grinning happens your way.  […]
July 26, 2013
Episode 30: Yarns and Tales: Cozy Mugs and Time Warps
It’s episode 30 of Yarns and Tales, and it cast on without a hitch or snag.  The topic of choice today was yarn-crafted mug cozies, specifically one by JanKnit over on Blogspot that she created called Basic Cup Cozy.  I also chatted a bit about online paid surveys and the use of my time warping […]
July 18, 2013
Episode 29: Yarns and Tales: Frogging and Repurposing
Episode 29 cast on without a hitch after taking a week off for the American holiday celebrating its 237th birthday.  In this episode, I talk about re-purposing and re-using my children’s early practice projects with finger knitting and the hand-crank “Barbie” knitting machine.  I also chat about cats and fireworks as well as jury duty.  […]
July 11, 2013
Episode 28: Yarns and Tales: Pet Sweaters and Pet Peeves
I cast on episode 28 full of energy and “southern-ness”.  I jumped right in chatting about pet sweaters, pet peeves, and a handful of other things peppered throughout.  Need a good giggle?  Come have a listen.  Welcome to Yarns and Tales!!! Curious how the sweater turned out?  See for yourself here.
June 27, 2013
Episode 27: Yarns and Tales: Hookin’ and Bikin’
I went to cast on episode 27 with no idea where I’d end up.  I knew where I would begin, but after that, it was as much of a surprise to me as to y’all.  The YaT chat starts off with crochet tidbits which eventually ended me up on a bicycle and eating diet cookies.  […]
June 20, 2013
Episode 26: Yarns and Tales: The Yarn, The Frog, and The Hook
Not only did episode 26 cast on in a timely fashion, it also cast on without incident.  In this episode, I give grief about “that” yarn in the stash that refuses to reveal its hidden project.  Most yarn addicts just “know” what lies hidden within that skein, hank, or ball of yarn, but sometimes, the […]
June 13, 2013
Episode 25: Yarns and Tales: Kids, Cats, and Reviews
Life happened and delayed the casting of episode 25 by a few days, but now it’s here; the panic can dissipate.  Just teasing!  I’m glad you could join me as I review the last 12 episodes from the leftovers’ usage and new stitches sequence of shows.  I dish out some advice about preteens and teenage […]
June 8, 2013
Episode 24: Yarns and Tales: Lace Squares, Jelly Arms, and Cookies
Howdy y’all!  Welcome to episode 24 of Yarns and Tales.  This episode falls on the end of the week following the American Memorial Day holiday.  Do holidays throw your habits into a blender and make a mush of your remaining week?  In this episode, I talk about the pattern for Lace Squares #1, working in […]
May 31, 2013
Episode 23: Yarns and Tales: The Cats Eye and Nerdy Needles
The 23rd episode of Yarns and Tales cast on without a hitch, no tech-gremlins anywhere.  In this episode, I have fun with a stitch called the Cats Eye Stitch.  I compare knitting to computer programming, only we code with needles and yarn.  And I talked about, oh wait, how about I just let you listen […]
May 23, 2013
Episode 22: Yarns and Tales: Garter Lace and A Happy Face
Episode 22’s cast on was delayed due to illness, but it held a perky bit of chatter along with another new “leftover’s” stitch called the Garter Lace Stitch. To my Yatters, thank you for your patience for this episode!!
May 16, 2013
Episode 21: Yarns and Tales: The Lace, The Reel, and The Sick
Episode 21 casts off with your host, me, recuperating from the nasty sore throat that followed the casting of episode 20.  With raspy throat, yarn, and needles, the adventure begins as another new stitch is talked about this week.  Which stitch you ponder?  It’s the Horizontal Lace Stitch #1.  This particular book being used has […]
May 2, 2013
Episode 20: Yarns and Tales: The Bamboo Stitch and A Reel Deal
We’ve made it 20 episodes with YaT!! It took a couple of takes to cast this episode, but it happened.  Instead of chasing the Tunisian crochet stitch which I found I didn’t really like, I opted to do the Bamboo stitch.  This fun little pattern is super easy and visually clean and simple.  Even better […]
April 25, 2013
Episode 19: Yarns and Tales: The Tweeds and The Weeds
Episode 19 was cast on with the lingering echoes of busy neighbors and their yard works.  Once in motion, our leftover sampling stitch for this episode, the Tweed stitch, was easy-peasy.  We babbled about yarn, lawns, weeds, Boston, and being wayward in our thoughts.  We also talked about, um, something else… Just kidding.  Please have […]
April 18, 2013
Episode 18: Yarns and Tales: The Chalice and The Stones
Aside from a minor scratchy voice, episode 18 casts on without a hitch.  This show finds us talking about our new sample stitch, called the Chalice Stitch, as well as chatting about outdoor Spring cleaning and garden prepping.  Reclaiming a portion of my rock garden for a vegetable garden proves to be a wee bit […]
April 11, 2013
Episode 17: Yarns and Tales: Those Days and Purse Stitches
Most people have particular times of the day when things just “work” better.  I am no exception when it comes to casting on the show.  Having missed that optimum window to cast, I delight my listeners with one of “those days” while explaining and working our sample stitch of the week, the Purse Stitch.  I […]
April 5, 2013
Episode 16: Yarns and Tales: Straight Up Sideways
Just when it looked like episode 16 was going to cast on without a hitch, I had to frog it.  In the second cast on of episode 16, it worked out just fine, as podcasts go.  I mention the fingerless glove project (again).  I tell a little tale about two of my cats in our […]
March 28, 2013
Episode 15: Yarns and Tales: Words and Garters — Oh My!
I cast on episode 15 with a brand new mic, some soft kid-friendly black yarn, and the stitch of the show — garter.  I talk about the fingerless glove project again, along with gabbing about silly words, regional words, gender words, and one of my cats.  Did I mention I talked about food too?  Why […]
March 21, 2013
Episode 14: Yarns and Tales: Irish Moss and Feline Love Tokens
We cast on episode 14 after a day’s delay due to the ‘influence’ of the neighbor’s lawn mower.  Yes, noise pollution, suburb style.  We talk a little about the fingerless glove project, a lot about our next fun sample stitch Irish Moss, and about feline gifts of love.  Did I mention my husband got a […]
March 14, 2013
Episode 13: Yarns and Tales: Scattered Brains and Rice Stitches
I love the number “13”, but outer-worldly techno-gremlins delayed the posting of this episode.  With that said… We begin Episode 13 getting caught up on the fingerless glove project and its progress, then cast ourselves into the next sequence of shows.  We are going to learn or practice a handful of stitches from my favorite […]
March 9, 2013
Episode 12: Yarns and Tales: You Do What and Fingerless Gloves
Another episode without the gremlins of techno interfering with the casting of show number 12.  In this podcast, I start us on a new project after I plundered through my pattern notebook, looking for ideas.  This project is for a pair of fingerless gloves.  From there, I wander about chatting on confused weather and thermometers […]
February 28, 2013
Episode 11: Yarns and Tales: Lady Gear for the Moontide
I was thrilled that episode 11 cast on without any techno-gremlins this week and flowed easily, pardon the puns.  I chose the topic of eco-friendly, knitted tampons.  Yep.  Reusable “lady gear”.  This project is quick and simple, great for the environment, and both budget- and body-friendly.  Tune in and keep an open mind, if this […]
February 21, 2013
Episode 10: Yarns and Tales: The Sunset Flap and Vday Chatter
The casting of episode 10 went flawlessly, which was a surprise after the last couple of episodes involved techno-gremlins in one form or another.  In this Valentine’s Day episode, we work on the flap from the eyeglass case project we started in episode 9.  While rib knitting, we chat about love in the long term […]
February 14, 2013
Episode 9: Yarns and Tales: The Sunset Case, Tatertots, and Wine
Between a cat, an overlooked on-off switch, and a cranky morning start, episode 9 finally found its footing in the software.  The project for this show is another spontaneous eyeglass case worked on size 4 DPNs with some leftover Caron Simply Soft in the color Sunset.  Follow along as my Southern demeanor struggles to remain […]
February 7, 2013
Episode 8: Yarns and Tales: Old Mags and Nail Snags
Episode 8 cast on without any tech gremlins this time.  Since yarn addicts are natural born pack rats for the fuzzy stuff, we are also prone to keeping our yarn-centric magazines and other periodicals.  Recently I stumbled across one of my mags from 2003, prompting me to seek out a couple of my other not-so-fresh […]
January 31, 2013
Episode 7: Yarns and Tales: Crochet, Drive-by Fuzzies, and Snacks
Episode 7 of YaT opens with me, blueberry tea in hand, chatting about my favorite stitch dictionary and the different terms used for crochet (English vs American).  Then I get talking about a crochet top addition to my favorite knitted baby sock.  The subjects of Looper (the movie) and drive-by yarn purchases in Wal-Mart also […]
January 24, 2013
Episode 6: Yarns and Tales: Who Speaks 1860
Episode 6 is successfully cast a second time after technical gremlins frayed the first casting.  While hiding a final tail in yet another found UFO, I talk about educating the hubby on yarns as well as my adventure in the written instructions from knit and crochet patterns from my 1860 September edition of Godey’s Ladies’ […]
January 16, 2013
Episode 5: Yarns and Tales: Toes and Lingos
In episode 5, I work on sock toes and define things like SEX and frog ponds plus a few other acronyms.  I also display my foggy morning ability to loose my thoughts and my stitch markers.  It’s all in day’s journey for a yarn lover.  Grab your fuzzy fiber and join me in this episode […]
January 10, 2013
Episode 4: Yarns and Tales: Turning Heels and UFOs
Before casting episode 4, I noticed my UFO pile was becoming a bit “unruly” you might say.  Now for me, my UFOs consist mainly of those knitted or crocheted objects that simply require a seam or seams.  My count?  Seventeen.  Is that a sheepish grin on your face?  Are you just as guilty of this […]
January 5, 2013
Episode 3: Yarns and Tales: Heels, Counting, and Notebooks
In episode 3, I cast on a new project, my favorite baby socks pattern.  I also talk about the days of learning how to use DPNs and how I dealt with learning to turn heels.  I display my elegant counting skill after casting on my stitches.  Along the way, I talk about notebooks for pattern […]
December 26, 2012
Episode 2: Yarns and Tales: Knititation
Episode 2 of Yarns and Tales was indeed an adventure.  My first casting produced a terrible “tin can” result that I simply could not fix.  So, like any yarn project worth doing, I re-cast my words into the digital realm.   This time made for a much better result.  Funnier still considering the topic was about […]
December 11, 2012
Episode 1: Yarns and Tales: The Pilot
Well, folks, the pilot for Yarns and Tales has been ‘cast on’.  I think it went well.  I didn’t have to edit too much.  I added my beginning and ending music (very retro feel).  You must understand, I haven’t cut a podcast in several months so I was having to un-knot a few mental threads […]
December 11, 2012