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Book in review

There have been a variety of reviews for What Else Would Madame Defarge Knit? going up on podcasts and websites.  

I just read this one this morning:

Holity's review

As well, editor Heather Ordover was interviewed on the Ready Set Knit podcast for Webs, America's Yarnstore and it went live just this past Saturday.  Here is a link:

She is on show 310, for those not reading this in real time.  It is also accessed via iTunes podcast platform.

This week, I am finishing some braiding on Sámi mitten cuffs, taking some pictures and writing an article for BÁIKI The North American Sami Journal. Last week was enormously busy with the first week of baseball, opening day for softball, and a multiple meets for track.  All three kids have their own sports for this season!

Track ends this week, and training for the sprint triathlon begins in earnest.  I am so thankful the weather has been cooperating and encouraging us all to get out more!

I also finished knitting a Quetzalcoatlus dinosaur for the youngest.  I (re)taught him to knit a couple weeks ago.  Just days later we were at a knit shop and he spotted a Knitted Dinosaur book by Tina Barrett.  How is a mom to say no to such a request?  Perhaps I should have, as it quickly evolved into him telling me how and when I would knit ALL the dinosaurs for him!

I did not agree to that, but we did pick out the colors for his Quetzy, and knitted it up. It has flapped its way into his heart.


fluffy wing "feathers"

fluffy wing "feathers"

Just hangin' out.

Just hangin' out.

Super Quetzy!

Super Quetzy!

Math4Knitters Podcast

Today the podcast I recorded with Math4Knitters podcaster Lara Neel went live. You can find the link to the audio here along with the show notes.

It was a very pleasant chat, and, while I knew she was from Oklahoma, I didn't know it was right near where my husband grew up! He had almost even attended the same high school she went to. We shared an interest in bison meat and environmental interest. I was able to direct her to some of the ecological issues in NE Indiana and the early 1900s literary great from that region, Gene Stratton Porter. Any of you read The Girl From Limberlost? In our school system the kids read Where the Wild Fern Grows in fourth grade, connected to their Indiana History unit. Warning: these stories are bittersweet, kind of in the same genre as The Yearling.

Most of all, I waxed poetic on my search for Sámi mittens and some of their unique features I have discovered over the past few years. I talk of a variety of ways to knit color work, and speak of my upcoming trip to Minneapolis because of their Sámi exhibit. All information can be found in her show notes.

All in all, I had a very enjoyable, informative time, and now I can't wait to go back to Tulsa and see the art deco there! Please tell me what you thought of the podcast -- I'd love to hear your feedback.