Monday, 25 June 2012

Episode 62 - Of Lists and Fluff - Monday, June 25, 2012

Link to Episode 62!

Creativity Studio

Link to Sundara Yarn main site.  Link to all available colours in silk lace.

Link to All The Pretty Fibers' shop on etsy.  Direct link to one of her handspun lace weights.  Yes, it is more than $90-$100, but it is 780yds of plied lace weight yarn!

Link to Everything Old Crafts on etsy, and a link to her shop on artfire.  Direct link to Fairy Lights colourway on sock yarn.

Link to Skein Yarn.  Direct link #1 to the colourway "Chinatown" (I mistakenly thought there was chartreuse in there.  Sorry for the error.)  Direct link #2 to the colourway "Outlaw".  Direct link #3 to the colourway "Metallurgy".

Link to The Unique Sheep.  Direct link #1 to all Gradiance colourways.  Direct link #2 to Colours for a Cause where proceeds go to charity.

Wiki link about qiviut.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Episode 61 - Disconnect - Monday, June 18, 2012

Link to Episode 61!

Creativity Studio

Link to Art Gallery of Grande Prairie's exhibit: Bill Burns: Bird Radio

Link to Americo Original Yarns website, with the Cotton Flamme yarn page.  They don't seem to show the colour I bought, though.

Critter Corner

Link to Nature's Miracle Just for Cats Orange-Oxy Cleaner (did not work for us).  Link to Nature's Miracle Just for Cats Urine Remover (so far, working well)

Link to World's Best Cat Litter Multicats from corn.

Link to Blue Buffalo's Multicat Clumping Cat Litter from walnut shells.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Episode 60 - Follow Through - Monday, June 11, 2012

Link to Episode 60!  Please note:  On June 18, 2012, I noticed the file for this episode was missing.  It is now re-uploaded.

Creativity Studio

The U.F.O.s have invaded!

Country Living

Link to Rhubarb Coffee Cake over on

Swiss Chard Pasta

150gm (about 1/4 lb) pancetta, diced
5-6 shallots, halved and sliced
1 bunch swiss chard, thick stems removed and sliced, and greens chopped coarsely
1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced thinly
5 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
350 gm package of fresh pasta (about .75 lb-ish)
olive oil, if needed

Have a pot of hot water ready to cook pasta.
Saute pancetta in a large non-stick pan until crispy and some fat has rendered. Remove pancetta and some of the fat and set aside, leaving about 1 tbs. fat in the pan. Add the shallots and sliced chard stems to the pan, and saute until well softened, adding extra pancetta fat or olive oil as necessary. Add jalapeno and saute until slightly soft. Add garlic and saute until fragrant and softened. Add chopped chard and reserved pancetta. Put pasta on to cook. Saute chard until wilted and reduced and not much water is left in the pan. Keep chard mixture warm while pasta cooks. When pasta is cooked, drain, and add chard mixture to the pot. Stir well (this is a bit challenging), and place in a serving dish.
Serves about 2-4, depending on hunger.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Episode 59 - I Have A Plan - Monday, June 4, 2012

Link to Episode 59!

Creativity Studio

Link to free pattern on : Brimming with Love Hats by Valerie Whetten.

Country Living

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

1 boneless pork roast about 3-4kgs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 tbs. brown sugar
few dashes cayenne
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
2 onions, sliced
1 bottle barbecue or pulled pork sauce

Remove net from roast. Rinse roast thoroughly and pat dry.  Rub all over with seasonings.  Put sliced onions in bottom of crockpot.  Rest roast on top.  Cover and cook on low for about 8 hrs. or until pork flakes easily.  Remove roast, onions and collected juices from crockpot, discarding onions and juice.  Remove fat and gristle from roast.  Flake roast into strands and return to crockpot. Pour sauce over pork and stir to combine.  Heat pulled pork on high 45 min to 1 hr or until hot and bubbly.  Serve on sub buns.

Friday, 1 June 2012

The Summer of U.F.O.s

Right now, this very minute, a craft-a-long is going on over on the RAICAS board on Its concept is simple: finish up some of those U.F.O.s that have been hanging around far too long!

This craft-a-long is running from June 1 2012 to August 31 2012.  Participants have the chance to win a prize: a shawlette, made by me, called the Passionate Podcaster.  It is a small lacy shawl in a very vibrant red.

To get one ballot to enter, simple post in the Summer of U.F.O.s thread in the RAICAS group over on Ravelry.  You *must* post at least one post per month (total 3 posts) to get one chance to win.

Now, not everyone is a crafter.  Or maybe you don't have any Un-Finished Objects (U.F.O.s) that need finishing.  Or maybe you just don't want to join Ravelry.  That's okay!  You can have a chance of winning too!  Just comment here on this post once sometime during the time the craft-a-long is running (just one comment is fine) to get one ballot for the draw.  If you are commenting here, please don't forget to add a way of contacting you: either email address or Ravelry name will do.  More than one comment does not mean more ballots.  One ballot per person.

I will add to this post as need be over the course of the craft-a-long.

Happy and good luck!