Rhinebeck Statistics

Rather than do a long, exhaustive post on Rhinebeck, I thought it would be fun to do a running list of personal highlights. We’ll definitely go more in depth when we record our next episode, but until then, here it is, Steph’s Rhinebeck Statistics.

Travel:

4 planes total (two there, two back)

1 rental car

Lots and lots of hours to knit

Our crew:

8 of us total sharing one beautiful place, traveling from 4 different states (Minerva Turkey, Suburban Stitcher, KirbyWirby, CjMellLeo, Vintage Rose, Bekhiann, and us)

Don’t mind the Zombies peepin’ in the background.

Food sampled:

Apple cider doughnut

Artichoke French

Apple cider

Apple Crisp

Maple Cotton Candy

Dog bowl of French Fries

 

Knitting accomplished:

1 and a half socks

Podcast:

One recorded, thanks to Dianne of Suburban Stitcher podcast

People met:

Too many to count and sadly missed meeting quite a few.

Goods bought:

Between the eight of us, enough to fill a very large table (favorite moment was when one person texted a similar picture to their husband and he was like, “IS THAT ALL YOURS??”)

Here’s my personal haul:

photo

Favorite purchase:

I loved the stuff I got for my kids, which were adorable knitted kitties and an autographed hard copy of Kung-Fu Knits (our review is here). I’m fortunate to own a PDF copy, but because of the story and the illustrations, this is a book that needs to owned in actual book form.

Personal Highlights:

The Leaping Llamas contest, including Sister Mary and her fabulous goat

Also a highlight includes finding Candon and Stacie after wandering off for a wee bit of solo shopping time and realizing that between the two of them, one Bosworth Moosie and one 5lb merino fleece was purchased. (I was gone 20 or 30 minutes MAX)

Weather:

One comfortable, sweater appropriate day on Saturday with rain that held off to minor sprinkles every now and again and one windy, crisp but sunny day on Sunday where all the Texas girls wore all the handknits. (We were freezing. It was 80-90 in Texas when we were gone.)

Well done, Rhinebeck. You made knitting two sweaters totally worth it.

Lots more pictures from our crew on Instagram using #yarnbarntopia, and of course lots of pictures from lots of other people using #rhinebeck and #rhinebeck2014

Show Notes for Episode 51: So Many Giveaways

Thank You:

We appreciate the generous donations given by Jill L. & Melanie B.!

Steph wants to say “Thank you!” for all the birthday wishes! You guys made it special.

On our Radar:

Special Announcement:

Wendy Graham aka Sillyfru aka the Sassypants Knitter podcast host was recently diagnosed with a rare but highly treatable form of Leukemia. Please help her fight this battle by sending your support, prayers, virtual hugs. If you would like to donate to help Fru with the cost of treatment you can:

  • Donate directly at Wendy’s GoFundMe page.
  • Shop special “Fru” colorways at certain Indies such as KirbyWirby, Highland Handmades, etc or buy the e-book from MonsterMania. Check their Instagrams for shop update info.
  • Click or use the hashtag #crushthesack on Instagram to spread the word and see how else you can help out. Some people are auctioning yarn, offering patterns, and more Indies are donating their talent to help Fru.

Knitting:

Stacie is working on:

Steph is working on:

FOs:

Stacie finished:

  • Secret Knitting…. ;)

Spinning:

Steph is spinning:

Steph finished spinning:

Stash Enhancements:

Stacie Stashed:

Steph stashed:

KALs:

Join us in the officially unofficial Rhinebeck or Bust KAL! No rules, no prizes, no deadlines. Just fun and pictures and chattiness.

Join Steph, Dianne, and Susie in a Mayapple KAL. Again, laid back and no deadlines. The chat thread is over in Dianne’s group and, if you wish, use #mayapplekal on all the various social media.

Giveaway:

We drew for our winner for the Fastenation Studio giveaway. The random number generator picked post number 66 . Congratulations to PKJewelry who is Pam from Cleveland! Contact Stacie and she’ll get you in touch with Hannah. Thank you to everyone who participated and a big thank you to Hannah for such a wonderful prize opportunity.

Next giveaways:

We got lots!

First up is a giveaway courtesy of Eliza at YarnMugger on Etsy. Eliza carries beautiful, handmade stitch markers in a variety of designs — and any one set could be yours! For your chance to win, check out her shop and then come back to our group, find the YarnMugger giveaway thread, and tell us what stitch marker set is your favorite. We will draw TWO random posts for our next giveaway and those people will get “winner’s choice”. As usual, one post per member of the group, and we will draw for Episode 52. In addition, Eliza would like to offer you all a code. Use “MustStash15″ to receive 15% off your next order.

We recently reviewed Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman on the blog. Elizabeth is giving away a PDF copy of the book to one lucky viewer! Go to this thread and follow the prompt for your chance to win. Elizabeth is also offering up a coupon code for her other self-published patterns. Use the code KFKLAUNCH for 15% off her other patterns.

Amanda Keeys has adorable stuffed animal designs that make perfect loveys for a loved one. We dare you to check out Marlowe Monkey, Briar Bunny & Brambles Bear and not swoon! If you fall in love, like we think you will, use the coupon code “stash” to receive 25% off. In addition, Amanda would like to give away a PDF copy of one of her stuffie patterns. As usual, go to the group and follow the prompt for your chance to win.

Speaking of coupon codes, Darlene of Bags by Awesome Grannie wants to offer Stashers a coupon code! Use MUSTSTASH10 to receive 10% off your next order.

Miscellaneous:

We try and put everything we can remember in the show notes, but if you ever have any questions, pop into the group and ask away!

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Episode 51

Episode 51

A Must Stash Girls Production.

Book Review: Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

Kung Fu Knits front coverKnitting patterns to kick butt by! Excerpted from the contents page and a truly accurate summation of this delightful comic and knitting pattern book from the creative mind of Elizabeth Green Musselman and is published by Cooperative Press. Elizabeth sent me a copy of her new book last month and asked if the Must Stash Podcast would like to do a book review. Steph and I receive this kind of request pretty frequently but rarely have the time to invest in a proper review, however, when I peeked at the book I was immediately sucked into the story and I knew we had to be part of sharing this wonderful project.

hedge dragonKung Fu Knits opens with a funny and well written comic story about an imaginative boy who wants to play outside in the winter and his mother who likes to knit for him. In his comfortable and cool knitwear he battles Hedge Dragons and Frost Bite monsters! All of the patterns are knit with Berroco Vintage which is a machine washable blend of wool, acrylic and nylon in a fast to knit worsted weight. Vintage is currently available in a staggering 75 different colorways! Six patterns are included in this collection for a complete kung fu look replete with throwing stars and nunchucks that won’t give your boy a concussion.

So, like I said, I opened the PDF just to take a quick peek to see what this book was all about and after reading the it from cover to cover, I decided that YES this was an interested book and YES I do believe kids and parents/grandparents alike will enjoy reading and knitting from it. I have a 6 year old girl who is not the “target” audience but I can tell you that she loves this story and wants the cool bag the most. I think this book and any pattern knit from it will make an excellent and affordable gift for any kid from 2 to 10.

About the Author:EGM

Elizabeth Green Musselman is the designer behind Dark Matter Knits, specializing in knitwear for men and boys. She also does graphic design and editing work for the fiber industry, and hosts a biweekly podcast, also under the title Dark Matter Knits. Before launching her career as a fiber artist, Elizabeth spent 13 years as a history professor.

Just the facts:

Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

6 patterns + comic book storyline
71 pages
ISBN (print): 978-1-937513-61-0
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-937513-62-7
This book is available in both print and digital formats. The digital PDF format is $9.95 and for both the Print and Digital copies it is only $15.95.

Check out the trailer:

Show Notes for Episode 50

Thank You:

  • Thank you to Sarah for her generous donation! You helped make the magic happen!
  • Thank you to Victoria for the goodies from Japan and for the bag prize donations!

Knitting:

Stacie is working on:

Steph is working on:

Finished Objects:

Stacie finished:

  • Sock samples in Unicorn Apocalypse and Fae Queen

Steph finished:

Stash Enhancements:

Steph stashed:

KALs:

Join us in the officially unofficial Rhinebeck or Bust KAL! No rules, no prizes, no deadlines. Just fun and pictures and chattiness.

Join Steph, Dianne, and Susie in a Mayapple KAL. Again, laid back and no deadlines. The chat thread is over in Dianne’s group and, if you wish, use #mayapplekal on all the various social media.

Giveaway:

We drew for our winner for the Bags by Awesome Grannie giveaway. The random number generator picked post number 34, who was MichelleOwls. Congratulations, Michelle! Contact Steph and she’ll get you in touch with Darlene. Thank you to everyone who participated and a big thank you to Darlene for such a wonderful prize opportunity.

Next giveaway:

For our next giveaway, we have buttons from Fastenation Studio! Hannah hand makes adorable buttons and she wants to give away one set to one lucky viewer. Go to her website or to her Etsy shop and take a look around. Then find the Fastenation Studio giveaway thread in our Ravelry group and tell us which buttons were your favorite! As usual, one post per member of the group, and we will draw a random winner for Episode 51.

Miscellaneous:

The mannequin behind us wore Stacie’s Ohlala sweater.

Find us at:

Twitter: MustStashSheep & SeeStephKnit

Ravelry: Freeflower & SupaSteph

Facebook: Must Stash Shop

Instagram: MustStashSheep & seestephknit

Ravelry: Must Stash Podcast Group 

iTunes: Must Stash Podcast

Episode 50 Two Cameras

Episode #50

A Must Stash Girls Production.

Show Notes for Episode 49

Knitting:

Stacie is working on:

  • Vanilla socks in Must Stash Yarn Unicorn Apocalypse

Steph is working on:

Finished Objects:

Stacie finished:

Steph finished:

Stash Enhancements:

Steph stashed:

Giveaway:

We drew for our TdF FO thread and the random number generator picked posts:

Contact Steph and she will send your name along to the appropriate people. As always, thank you to our generous prize donors and thanks to you all for participating in Team Must Stash.

Next giveaway:

For our next giveaway, we have Bags by Awesome Grannie! Go to Darlene’s etsy shop and take a look around. See something you like? Go to the giveaway thread on our Ravelry board and tell us about it! We will draw a random winner for our next episode and that person will win their favorite thing in Darlene’s shop. One post per member of the group and a big thank you to Bags by Awesome Grannie for giving us such a great giveaway opportunity!

Miscellaneous:

The mannequin behind us wore Stacie’s Ohlala sweater.

Steph wore her Elizabeth Shawl

Stash Dash is wrapping up this week

Steph’s loom (!)

Find us at:

Twitter: MustStashSheep & SeeStephKnit

Ravelry: Freeflower & SupaSteph

Facebook: Must Stash Shop

Instagram: MustStashSheep & seestephknit

Ravelry: Must Stash Podcast Group 

iTunes: Must Stash Podcast