Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Episode One-hundred eighteen: If You Be Hyde, I'll Be Seek

Welcome to our first episode of Jekyll and Hyde!

This episode has chapter one and many links mentioned (and many links I didn't get to, so those will be in the next episode).

Here's what I spoke of: Jennie the Potter, Meg's Etsy, Becky's album for her Etsy, some REALLY good free music (spread the word), Bly's Little Book on the Human Shadow, You Suck, the article about the hats at the Daily Chum, Spin-Off (or here), and a lovely year-end tale sent in by Meg.

Plus, here's what Mr. Stevenson looked like.
Handsome Devil.

Whoopie doo and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Episode One-hundred sixteen: No, Really! 116! AND One-hundred seventeen: A Little End

I'm back-to-backing the last chapters so you can finish happy over Thanksgiving.

I'll be back in December with Jeckyl and Hyde...which seems odd for the Xmas Spirit thing, but...We'll have The Scarlet Letter in the new year...which actually seems oddly appropriate.

These episodes contain the following:
  • episode 116—chapters 44–46
  • episode 117—chapter 47, the final chapter, "Harvest Time"
OH! And check out Pintoid Cameras! And what they do!

UPDATE 11/28/09: SO SORRY! You can tell I've been in a Word-Count-Amongst-The-Visiting-Relatives hole for the last few days. I've fixed the problem (I think). Email the MamaOKnits address if this STILL isn't working. Many apologies and hope you had a happy Turkey Day!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Episode One-hundred fifteen: Who Knew?!

New shownotes and audio here.

A great article on the REAL author of Frankenstein (it's what you'd hoped--better than...), some kewl artsy things to do with small boxes, and yes, I call it episode 116. It's not.

And Who Knew?!
Who knew we'd have a run to the emergency room on Halloween night, an election that took up WAY more time than we thought, a novel that is actually progressing, various illnesses (hello Coxsackie!) and, you know, the rest of the life stuff.

Enjoy chapters 42 and 43!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Where She At?

Sorry to stay away!

I've had a month this week!
Halloween, emergency rooms, family visits, elections, more doctors, more family.
I'll be back soon!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Episode One-hundred fourteen: The One That Will Make You Cry

New shownotes and audio link here.

The links for you: Our October Incentive book; links to more painting; link to the Mason-Dixon book; link to fabu Artisan bread—thank you Dawn—book (and the video you should watch first); links to More With Less (the Mennonite book), Nigella Express, How to Cook Without a Book, Fannie Farmer, Saving Dinner (low-carb, vegetarian, basics), Tightwad Gazette; and a buy local support page.

The Chapter That Will Make You Cry (40) begins at 19 minutes and 57 seconds, The One That Wont Make You Cry (41) starts up at 34 minutes and 8 you can kick back in safely.

I don't think we'll have this trouble with Dr. Jeckyl.

And a new venture with some Bloggers and 'Casters you might know...

UPDATE: O MAH GAW! I knew it would happen sometime! I listen to these chapters so much I pulled two out of order. I'll upload a 113a for you pronto with chapters 38–39! EEK!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Episode One-hundred twelve: Broken Hearts and Boys

New shownotes and audio link here.

Today, Chapters 35-36!!!

Recipe: No-Knead Bread - New York Times, a blogpost on the NY Times bread, Oatmeal Toasting Bread (?!), whole wheat beer bread (mmmm), and the original beer bread (this is what I'm eating while recording...) wish you were here!

And my new fave blog: The Runcible Bin. I am in love. Followed by Plenty magazine's website. Love it! Here's some green-but-economically-friendly tips, help to find healthy produce in your area, and here's Victory Garden info. Love the garden! Here's to canning! Cheers!

Wendy is hosting a FinishItUp contest. It runs from Monday, November 17 at noon Pacific time through Friday, December 12th at noon Pacific time. Check out her blog for more information!

And, just a headsup--chapter 36 might get you teary--not HUGEly teary, but for those of you who've experienced familial sadness might just want to skip to 1 hour 2 minutes* and hear my summation.

And apologies about the faux length of the episode. It's really only an hour and four or so minutes, but it took two days to export the audio to mp3 format (yeah, when I figure this out, someone should give me a prize--I have NO idea) so as soon as I figure out the problem, I'll cut the episode back down to reality and repost it. You'll never notice, but I thought I should tell you.

*yeah, so I can't tell does it really matter? HA!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Episode One-hundred eleven: Jo! Jo! Wherefore Art Thou NOT Jo?

New shownotes and audio link here.

Book #1 on Quilting, Book #2 the Mixed Media Self-Portraits, Book #3 (my fave) Mixed Mania.

Chapters 33–34!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Episode One-hundred ten: Tender...bread

New shownotes and audio link here.

I return but take my own sweet time getting act and putting it together.

A spectacular Tutorial sent in by our Madame Leiderhosen. A lovely bread site by someone who appears to be a lovely man and fun correspondent, and a Cranberry Liqueur page as a preemptive holiday strike.

Happy New Year to those of the Tribe. May you have a sweet new year and easy fast.

Friday, September 26, 2008



Useful for...bread recipes...hmmm...what's she going to talk about THIS week...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Episode One-hundred nine: Letters!

New shownotes and audio link here.

Here y'are!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Episode One-hundred seven: The Early Coming of the Gracious Dawn

New shownotes and audio link here.

You'll hear me nearly not at all for the next few. Between the UofA starting (oooooh Rhetoric!) and my son's surgery, I'm tapped out.

However, my stupendously cool roomie from the cruise selflessly volunteered herself (and possibly Jennie the Potter) to speak for me.

This, I thought to myself, is way, way cool.

Brief updates: visit Meg's Etsy site, gear yourself up to read chapters of The Scarlet Letter. I'll be announcing a "go" time, when I'll post a thread to Ravelry and ya'll can pick chapters.

Huge thanks to listeners Sonserae (who is beyond generous and shares my geek-love of all things animated), Jenny of EmJayKnits (who is simply the best for fearlessly entering the realm of teaching knitting) and listener Karen for the awesome allergy-and-yogurt article (I'll find it and post it...soon). The short version: eat probiotics if you have allergies.

And o blast—some fabulous persons (claim it in the comments!) sent in this new-to-me podcast and kewl Dickens site! Take a look!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Episode One-hundred six: Marital Morass

New shownotes and audio link here.

So, I promised you a few things: Cake site, Cog rested site, Gawaine site and commentary, Hitchhiker's site. WARNING ON THE HHGTTG SITE: IF you're on a Mac it seems fine. If you're on a PC you'll get zapped by spyware etc. Forewarned.

Today, Chapter 28 read by our own Erin!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Episode One-hundred five: The One Where I'm Back!

New shownotes and audio link here.

Things for you: Pandora Radio, Becky's Knit Sib Bracelet, Friend Meg's Etsy Shop! (forgot to mention that one) Obama=Darcy Op-Ed, How to Cook Without a Book, 15 minute movie parodies, Paris Hilton video, pain advocacy link.

I think that's it!
Chapters 26–27 today...and the Pandora player below on the right.

Oh, and a Goeduck Geoduck clam...I think that's how it's spelled...gross, no?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Episodes One Hundred-three and One Hundred-four: In Which We End and Begin

New shownotes and audio link here.

Not a lot to put here...don't forget to get registered with the Bone Marrow donor's site!

103=Chapter 23. End of Book One.
104=Chapters 24–25. Beginning of Book Two, "Good Wives."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Episode One Hundred-two: Mischief and Merrymaking

New shownotes and audio link here.

Lots-n-lots of links for you, plus chapter 21 and chapter 22 (ooooh, it rhymes!).

Many thanks to Erin of Faery Knitting Podcast for the reading! Woof!

First and foremost, go to the Bone Marrow site and go get registered
. Ask me for information if you'd like to send Robbie a card or check here for Robbie updates. As far as cooking goes, take a look at the comments from episode 101, then also look here: Lickity-Split Meals, Meals Made Easy, Nancy's husband's blog recipes, Food Network show and book, Piecework Pincushion Excellence in Needlearts Winners, and the Hurt Book Sale through July 18, 2008 (or as long as the books last).

Oh, and the Monsoon pic for you--see the edge of the storm? Yeah, we get that all the time.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Episode One Hundred-one: Summoning the Will

New shownotes and audio link here.

Judith's photostream, my Guyabara shirt (sans sleeve...)

Originally uploaded by hordover
One sleeve off, one sleeve on...
And not much else.
Happy listening!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Episode One Hundred: Hitting the Century Mark

New shownotes and audio link here.


We made it!
Elizabeth finished Herland, Caroline was last week's reader, Shannon's 12 steps, All I Want to Do Is Dance, and this week, Chapters 17 and 18!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Episode Ninety-nine: Get Smart!

I get on a rather lame soapbox about Get Smart and comedy...which I'm pretty sure I disagree with myself on today; remind you to visit Becky's store; cheat off of Elizabeth's chem--I mean cooking--notes; update you on some beading competitions and venues; give a shout out to Stash Tea; ask for help on why the letter in the tower exists at all in TofTC; provide you with a link on Child Development via Susie The Slow Knitta; and generally wax rhapsodic on Rosie the Wonderdog and her Invincible Playmate Amber... and miss Don Adams.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Episode Ninety-eight: How About You?

This week!

Chapters 13 and 14!

Thanks to Bobby Darin; please purchase your version at iTunes!

Banana Bread:
1/2 C butter
1/2 to 1 C sugar (or Splenda blend)
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda mixed with 2TBSP milk (for a good reason--check out the comments last week!)
1 or 2 banannas
2 C flour with 1 tsp baking powder and 1/8 or so tsp salt.
1 hour

Congrats to Tara!!!!!!! Our Winnah for May!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Episode Ninety-seven: Badges and Bill

New shownotes and audio link here.

All aboard for Camp Laurence!

Chapter 12--whoo hoo!

Rosie the dog is back, but still depressed (Though Thing 1 is Happy!)
while I am frazzled like a snozzcumber. I belatedly thank Erin and also Judith for the everso bitchen' book. I try to escape the dreaded viral malaise that has struck my children (HA!), mourn Malabrigo's loss, and hand out a tasty recipe!
APOLOGIES to Brenda Dayne...who hosts CAST-ON!...For the love of Pete...THIS is how the week has gone!

BREAD NOTE: ONLY two TBSP of milk, mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Then 1 hour at 350° or less for muffins.
Thanks for the headsup!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Episode Ninety-six: I'm Baaaaack!

New shownotes and audio link here.

I return from the curious cruise, wax rhapsodic on our listeners, remind myself why I don't sew more often, hand out a link to Dot and Line, visit the bone marrow site, Don't forget to check out my roomie's blog and her Chum articles! Janwillem books or at least the first in the Amsterdam Cop series (BIG FUN!). Oh, and the new crochet book!

Chapter 11 of Little Women and don't forget you can send audio comments via phone now!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Episodes Ninety-three through Ninety-five: Aye Aye Cap'n

Prepping so I don't leave you high and dry while on the cruise. The show notes won't change, but new episodes will appear as though by magic.

How cool is that?!

Checkout SpinningErin's new 'Cast: Faery Knitting.

Congrats to our April Winnah Meghan from IL!!! You'll be talking to Dixie at YellowDog!

Limey info for you:


"To pickel LEMONS.
Take twelve Lemons, scape the with a Piece of broken Glass, then cut them cross in two, four Parts down right, but not quite through, but that they will hang together; then up in as much Salt as they will hold, and rub then well, and strew them over with Salt. Let them lay in an earthen Dish for three days, and turn them every Day; then slit an Ounce of Ginger very think and salted for three Days, twelve Cloves of Garlick parboiled, and satled three Day, a small Handful of Mustard-seeds bruised, and searched through a hair-sieve, some red India Pepper, one to every Lemon; take your Lemons out of the salt, and squeeze them very gently, and put them into a Jar, with the Spice and Ingredients, and cover them with the best White Wine Vinegar. Stop them up very close, and in a Month's time they will fit to eat."
---The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, Hannah Glasse, facsimile 1747 edition [Prospect Books:Devon] 1995 (p. 133)

"To Pickle Lemons, and Limes. Excellent. Wipe eight fine sound lemons very clean, and make, at equal distances, four deep incisions in each, from the stalk to the blossom end, but without dividing the fruit; stuff them with as much salt as they will contain, lay them into a deep dish, and place them in a sunny window, or in some warm place for a week or ten days, keeping them often turned and basted with their own liquor; then rub them with some good plae turmeric, and put them with their juice, into a stone jar with a small head of garlic, divided into cloves and peeled, and a dozen small onions stuck with twice as many cloves. Boil in two quarts of white wine vinegar, half a pound of ginger slightly bruised, two oundes of whole black pepper, and half a pound of mustard-seed; take them from the fire and pour the directly on the lemons; cover the jar with a plate, and let them remain until the following day, then add to the pickle half a dozen capsicums (or a few chilies, if more convenient), and tie a skin and a fold of thick paper over the jar. Large lemons stuffed with salt, 8: 8 to 10 days. Tumeric, 1 to 2 oz; ginger, 1/2 lb; mustard-seed, 1/2 lb.; capsicums, 6 oz."
---Modern Cookery for Private Families, Eliza Acton, reprint of 1845 London edition with an introduction by Elizabeth Ray [Southover Press:East Sussex 1993 (p. 445)

Book of Household Management, Isabella Beeton (use your browser's "find" feature to locate pickled lemons)

"Pickled Limes.--Make a brine strong enough to float an egg; stick your limes on two sides with a silver fork; then put them in the brine with a weight on the limes to keep them well under the brine; let them stand in a warm place for a week; they are then fit to eat. You can add some red peppers to the brine.--West India Woman"
---"Receipts," New York Times, August 7, 1881 (p. 9)

"There are many recipes for pickled lemons and limes. In each you can substitute one for the other. The commonest recipes call for making slits in the fruit without cutting them through. You add salt, which dissolves as it stands. The lemons or limes are left to stand for a considerable period before serving. In India, where pickled lemons and limes--called achar--are served sweet or hot, various spices are added, including cumin, chili pods, mustard seeds, fenugreek and so on."
---"Q & A," New York Times, April 1, 1981 (p. C9)
[NOTE: achar' simply means pickle, not pickled limes.]

4 thin-skinned lemons, scrubbed and quartered
1/4 cup kosher salt
Juice of 8 or 9 lemons
In a 1-quart widemouth jar, combine the lemons and the salt. Add the lemon juice to cover the lemons by 1/2 inch. Cover and store at room temperature, shaking the jar twice a week, for two to three weeks. The lemons are ready when the rind is soft. Discard any skin that might develop on the surface of the jar. If you wish to speed up the pickling process, gently heat the quartered lemons before packing them in lemon juice and salt. To heat, arrange the lemon wedges in a single layer in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 30 seconds or until the lemons are warm to the touch. Pro ceed as directed above. The lemons will be ready in four to five days."
---"Internet site reveals recipe for Exotic Chicken," Geissler Janet, Lansing State Journal, April 9, 2001, Pg. 3D

Don't forget to read your Bunyan.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Episode Ninety-two: Pilgrims Who Progress

New shownotes and audio link here.

Notes for you!

Checkout our yahoo group! Thank you WendyMcD (find her on Ravelry!)
Checkout the Knitmore Girls!

Checkout the pattern choices from Dixie!

Soon, a pic of my son's new ear!
Check Ravelry group for the next set of chapters that need recording.

And our own G-Nina's Meg!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Episode Ninety-one: Eek! A Man!

New shownotes and audio link here.

Ookay, lotsa links for you: FitFlops® (NAYY), another online audio-lit site (I think I promised this ages ago!), a hot-button blog I forgot to tell you about, Adagio tea, Teavana, Meghan's podcast Stitch It!

Here's a link to Courtney's Etsy store for our May Incentive--and here's the yarn.Yummy, no?

Oh, and a few links to Pilgrim's Progress sites for you. Oh, and Bunny Jurassic Park.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Note Taken!

One of our listeners posted this in the comments for last episode:

For us International listeners it may be important to inform that Knit Out Loud does not ship outside US and Canada. Just to save the disappointment when one is set on listening to No Idle hands e.g.

Yes, I should have mentioned that.

I think you'll be able to get all of the KOL books through Audible on a rolling basis. Right now you can get Richard Rutt's "History of Handknitting" and the Fair Isle book. I'll double check with Kathy, but I think "No Idle Hands" will be up there soon.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Episode Ninety: Cue The Chicks!

New shownotes and audio link here.

Can you believe we're about to start our THIRD year???

Ai yi yi how time flies.

So, I promised you a ton of links, mostly from the very patient Becky!
Beading information here (Thai Silver), here (great shepherd hook ear wires), and here. Oh, and Vintaj beads and Foxy Findings (great stones)...Our listener Elizabeth's etsy store--home of the great dishcloth and so so SO much more! The Therapik--just go look. AMAZing...I'll let you know how it works for me!

A great Frankenstein kids book.

Radiolab con hubris from our own Madame Leiderhosen. Cool new-to-me podcast for lovers of the OED etc.

Our new sponsors: Carolina Homespun (EVERYthing you ever wanted in a fiber store--and ask Morgaine if you don't see what you're looking for!) and Golden Gate Fiber Institute. Don't forget--No Idle Hands is now an audio book...WONderful!

Dixie at Yellowdog Knitting Store--and beautiful blog--just go look, then donate to the show to be put in the running for enough yarn to make a pattern from here...we'll give you some options.

My friend and listener Emily's animal care website. Ain't the pup's cute?

And, the pics I promised. Becky's gorgeous necklace won by the lucky Catherine of Elm Grove, Wisconsin!
You can find more work by Becky in her store.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Episode Eighty-nine: BONUS--Eftsoons, Grey Eyed Loon!



All we really needed was Chip...Alas...

If you want to hear it without me bugging you, checkitout here: Librivox.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Episode Eighty-eight: Falling Down

I'm off to a funeral but I've left you this podcast. No time for links on the show notes right now. I'll update them this weekend.

MANY thanks to Becky who read so nicely for us today!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Episode Eighty-seven: Odyssey in my Mind

SO many things to link to!

Cool pins, the knit map of my dreams, a successful fundraiser for a Friend of Craftlit, fun vocab site, a swift made from a fan, congrats to Elizabeth of Tucson for her mug, and Barbara of Illinois for the caramels, AND a spectacular new March incentive--Jewelry from Becky (which looks something like this!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Episode Eighty-six: Mele Kalikimaka Is the Thing to Say

I head off to the balmy island breezes and leave you with...miserable and cold northern climes and, you know...Victor being a putz...

Don't forget to show some love to our February Incentive-Giver, Jennie Lanners of ceramicist fame.

Checkout Interweave's Beading Daily as well as their new book, Simply Modern Jewelry: Designs from the Editor of Stringing Magazine, by Danielle Fox.

And most importantly! Congrats to Alicia of Stone Mountain, GA! Yay you! Yay CheekyRedHead!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Episode Eighty-five: All Is Well...

Updates on the surgery can be found on the MamaOKnits blog. Thank you SO much for all your support!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Surgery Update

First, housekeeping. I have NO IDEA what is going wrong with the player at the top of the page here. I've been working with the good folks at GCast and THEY don't know what's wrong either. I'm working on it, though.

Second, and far more importantly, the surgery went very well. There's a more extensive post and picture updates on the MamaOKnits blog. Thank you so much for all of your emails and chats. It helps. It really does.

More soon,

Monday, January 28, 2008

Episode Eighty-Four: Make Me a Woman!

Now it's gotten ridiculous. Pneumonia!

Off to surgery for us for surgery. More as I know it.

Kippot pictures just didn't work out. I'm bummed because I've already delivered them to the Synagogue. I do, however, have Broadstreet mitten pics for you.

These are in "Metamorphic" Socks That Rock.

This is in "Sherbet". 
Chapters 16-17 today! Whoo hoo!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Episode Eighty-three: Requiem for a Friend

I lose a friend with whom I simply did not get to spend enough time, we listen to chapters 14-15, I link you to a weave-a-licious blog post of Dawn's, I continue to wrap wire, look for reeds, and read, and thus I give you a quote from Ms. Shelley:

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose—a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.


Incentive Muggage! Donate in January for your very own!

Looms. The rigid heddle has--for reasons unknown to me--been turned vertically with the heddle on the other side from the photographer.

And I must send out my heartfelt thanks to all who wrote to me this week. Your kind words meant the world to me, truly.

Thor and my husband in their traditional Rugby Nancy's wedding...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Temporary Delay

I was going to podcast last night, but couldn't.

Then I was going to podcast tonight, but I can't.
If I'm not on a plane home from Atlanta tomorrow, I'll try to do it then.


Because a really good man died in Kabul. For the first 24 hours he was just "and an American". Now the news is out. Thor D. Hesla. More from my family here, here and here.

I'll be back to Frankenstein as soon as I can.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Episode Eighty-two: Winter With Me in the Alps...

Today, we stay with the Creature's narrative about his life with the De Lacey family during chapters 12 and 13. I announce the final winnah of the Jen Minnis Craftlit Charm! (Yay Barbara of IL! Yay Jen of Serious Talent!)

Knitting Out Loud has some new books to listen to (Huzzah the Rutt!) and Interweave announces it's latest fĂȘte, Crafty TV. The New Yorker talks medical ethics (I love good timing). I get to hang with Enchanting Juno, get an assist from Becky, and you--you lucky things--can win this yarn from CheekyRedHead in the January '08 Donation Drawing Extravaganza!
And one pair of my little Cat Bordhi baby booties.