Thursday, July 30, 2015

Episode 158: 7-Year Stitch

Happy Birthday YarnGasm! 

Seven years ago I began blogging about knitting on this very website. From blog posts, to podcasting, then vidcasting, to dyeing yarn — I'm always amazed by how much YarnGasm has evolved ... and what it has become! What's more are all the wonderful, creative, and inspiring friends I've made along the way. Thank you so much for watching, and being a part of YarnGasm. This episode is dedicated to you. Here's to many more fun fiber-filled years!


Verdure Shawl - Voolenvine Yarns / Blitzed - "Succulents"
Favorite Socks - Voolenvine Yarns / Wolke - "Faerie Hair"


I finished spinning and plying my Hobbledehoy Battling on my Golding spindle.
Next on the Golding is a yummy Gourmet Stash Fibery Tribble. Colorway is "Hedwig" but reminds me of Isabelle's (Fluffy Fibers Podcast) kitty

Summer Sock SPAKAL - I finished spinning the first two ounces of my Gourmet Stash "Broken Ornaments" braid.


Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off is a great bind-off method for toe-up socks.

Some languishing WIPs I would love to finish are my Vivid Blanket and Dennis' Ranger Cardigan.  


Next Update: July 31st, 2015 @ 2pm EST

No Update Next Week! We'll be on vacation.

Did I miss something?  Ask me in the Ravelry thread :)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Episode 157: Lots Of Lace

Subway Knits Online Class: Knitting In Japanese
Registration Ends Sunday 7/26
Classes Begin Monday 7/27


Summer In Kansas KAL
Verdure Shawl


Summer Sock SPAKAL - Making lots of progress on my Broken Ornaments braid from Gourmet Stash

 Did I miss something? Ask me in the Ravelry thread :) 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Episode 156: Christmas in July


Fish Lips Kiss Heel Socks: Lynai Yarns - Across the Universe

  • Verdure Shawl
  • Faerie Hair Socks
  • Cozy Memories Blanket

  • Summer Sock Spakal
    •  Gourmet Stash Broken Christmas Ornaments
  • Hobbledhoy Fibers
    • Golding Drop Spindle
  • A Homespun House
  • The Fawn Knits
  • TV Knitting
  • Fluffy Fibers
  • Sewing
    • Anna Dress
    • Pusta Blumen Dress 
    • Pin Cushion
    • Freezer Paper

  • SunshineYarnFun on Ravelry asks  ... I want to start dying with acid dyes, but I have a question concerning pets and their exposure. Is there anything I need to do or be aware of? I know to keep the cat out of the kitchen, off the counters, and away from the dye pots. (Very difficult with a curious kitty and an open floor plan) What precautions do you take with Bella?

  • Zaide on Ravelry asks ... I know that you have taken classes in any recommendation on a class to learn how to read charts?

Next Shop Update: Friday, July 17th, 2015 2pm EST

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Episode 155: Back From Cape Cod

After a little break, I'm back with a new episode with lots to chat about — including tales from Cape Cod, new stash, my sewing adventures, and more! 
  • Verdure Shawl 
  • Lattice Shawl
  • Cozy Memories Blanket
  • Lynai Yarns Socks 
  • Fluffy Fibers 
  • Stitched In Sweden
  • A Homespun House
  • The Dyer's Notebook
  • Freakish Lemon 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TUTORIAL: Knitting With Beads

Many of you have asked me to share my technique for knitting with beads. Ask and thou shall receive!

In the tutorial above, I'll show you how to add a little sparkle to your lace with the use of a little dark craft otherwise known as (knitters, brace yourselves) crochet!

All you'll need is a US size 10 (1.30 mm) crochet hook and size 6/0 beads ... and perhaps a little patience. Remember, practice makes perfect! Once you get the swing of it, knitting with beads will become second nature.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Episode 154: A Very Holla Knits Summer

I'm excited to announce, Voolenvine Yarns will be featured in Holla Knits Summer 2015 Magazine! My yarn was used to knit two patterns, Beach House and Backbone.
All patterns are available to purchase / download via Ravelry. Check'em out! 
Holla Knits Summer 2015 Magazine!


One sock down, one more to go on my Lynai "Across the Universe" socks


This past week I've been powering through my Lattice Shawl by Maria Montzka.
Stitch Marker by Little Skein In the Big Wool


I finished sewing my moth skirt!
Simplicity Pattern 1369, version C
I took a class on


Red Lipsticks:
  • NARS - Jungle Red (wearing on podcast)
  • Revlon - Really Red
  • MAC - Russian Red
Pink Neutral Lipsticks:
  • MAC - Twig
  • Revlon Lip Butters - Pink Truffle
  • Laura Mercier - Baby Lips
  • Mabelline - Mauve Mania (forgot to mention, but wear it all the time!)

SHOP UPDATE: Monday, June 29th 2015 @ 2pm EST
In this episode I mention that the next shop update would be on Friday, June 26th, but there's been a slight change in plans. The next shop update will be pushed to Monday, June 29th 2015 | 2pm EST. 

Thanks for your patience! :) 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Recipe: Lentil Salad

As promised, here is a recipe for my version of Lentil Salad!

When Dennis and I were living in Greenpoint, I used to grab weekend lunch at this place called The Garden. They made an awesome green lentil salad and would order it all the time!

Bushwick isn't that far from our old neighborhood, but not so easy to get to by subway. Needless to say, visits to my favorite lunch spot are pretty rare. So I took it upon myself to whip up my very own homemade lentil salad and who knew? It's pretty darn close, and super easy!

I usually make a giant bowl of it and eat for lunch during the week. Call me crazy, but I just don't tire of it. 

  • 2 cups,  uncooked lentis (1 lb / 16oz bag)
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups, cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 large raw carrot, grated / shredded
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 6 Tbsp, plain white vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp, lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp, red wine vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp, extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp, garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp, Kosher Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp, ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Cracked Red Pepper (optional, to taste)


  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a rolling boil. 
  2. In the meantime, pour lentils into a strainer and rinse. 
  3. Place rinsed lentils into boiling water and cover, leaving lid slightly ajar. 
  4. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until lentils have absorbed all the water and are very tender. Be sure to check on it and stir occasionally.
  5. Turn stove off, and remove from heat. Let cool completely. 
  6. Place lentils in a large bowl and add other ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are distributed evenly. 
  7. Add more seasonings to your personal preference.
  8. Served chilled. Cover and store in fridge to enjoy throughout the week!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Episode 153: Cake Adjectives

  • Lynai Socks, Across the Universe
  • Lattice Shawl by Maria Montzka
    • I ended up frogging the version I cast on using O Wool yarn and cast on a new version using Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I will be using the "Postcard" colorway for the body and "Fossil" for the applied border.
  • Campside Shawl by Alicia Plummer
    • I'm knitting this pattern with my own hand dyed yarn, Voolenvine Yarns in the "Ocean in a Shell" colorway. 
    • I haven't been making much progress on it and to be honest, I'm not crazy about the knitting process — finding it a little under-challenging.
  • I plan to cast on my Featherweight cardigan today or tomorrow using some Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks That Rock Lightweight in their "Blecker" colorway for the Little Bobbins KAL.  
Some Cross Sitch and Lattice Shawl Version 2.0

I created a mini cross stitch for our new powder room, using a pattern from Andwabisabi on Etsy 

I also enrolled in the "Learn to Sew Clothes" class from, which teaches you how to sew a skirt (Simplicity's 1369) from start to finish in three hours!
I purchased the following patterns from Simplicity:
  • 1369 - Simple circle skirt with pockets
  • 6457 - Summer dresses
However, my progress was halted when I couldn't find my sewing machine's foot pedal and power adapter.

A Gorgeous Gift From Isabelle <3 br="">

This week, the lovely Isabelle of the Fluffy Fibers podcast completely surprised me! She sent a package FILLED with the most gorgeous goodies!
  • A beautiful handmade project bag from her Etsy shop
  • Juno Fibre Arts Hand Dyed Fibre in the "Muted" colorway
  • Le Vernis Avril nail polish in "Rose Bollywood"

This week's update will happen on Saturday, June 20th @ 12pm EST


This past weekend, Dennis and I attended the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island! 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Episode 152: The HOs Of Kristin's Past, Present ... and Summer


I knit a Blue Bird of Happiness stuffed with Catnip for Bella — LOVES IT!


FLK Heel Socks: Lynai Yarns - Across the Universe
- Link to my free Favorite Socks Pattern

Lattice Shawl: Unfortunately, I wasn't in the right mindset to knit on it this week, and made a few mistakes. Will need to rip back and repeat the lace. 

Campside Shawl: Voolenvine Yarns - Smitten DK - "Ocean In a Shell" (with Speckles)

I also want to cast on the following patterns, this summer:
Prospective Summer Knits


GypsyTheDog On Ravelry Asks ...
Hi! I love how you do your makeup and was wondering what brand eyeliner and mascara you use?
I use Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and Rimmel's Scandaleyes both in black.
Here's a great video tutorial showing various tips and tricks for cat-eyeliner, from Michelle Phan!


There will be a shop update Friday, June 12th 2015 @ 2pm EST
And yes, I will have more Sealab!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Episode 151: Two FOs and a Flood

Settling into our new home continues to be a little rocky. We experienced a minor flood in our basement, during heavy rainfall over the weekend. No damage (thankfully) but still lots of work to be done around the house.

On a happier note, my in-laws came to stay with us and had a great time!

Yarn: A Thing For String - "Monet"

A Thing For String Socks - I gifted them to my MIL and were received very well. Yay!

Canopy Shawl - I love, love, LOVE the way this knit up! Will definitely get lots of wear this summer. (I get cold ... a lot!)

I also dyed up some of my "Ocean In a Shell" colorway on DK to knit a Campside shawl.


Lynai Yarns Socks - "Across the Universe"

Cozy Memories Blanket - I added 4 news squares including some handspun, more yarn from Lynai Yarns, On the Round, and Republic of Wool.

Lattice Shawl by Maria Montska - I'm using O Wool in "Barn Owl"

My In Laws took a trip to Webs and surprised me with a mini haul!
  • Cascade Alpaca Lace - Colorway 1417
  • Noro Taiyo Sport - Colorway 14
  • Toria - Colorway 51


This week I talk about how I stay organized while working from home. Some things I mention:

I will be launching with a shop update on June 5th, 2015 at 2pm EST!
Please be sure to update your bookmarks.

Going forward, please make custom order requests through the contact form or — Thanks so much!

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