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Rantings of a Rabid Knitter

Stories from a shepherding, spinster with a warped sense of humor..

Last Build Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:41:06 +0000

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KnitWit 8: Pedicures

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:41:06 +0000

originally posted at 11:25 am on Saturday, March 18, 2006 It was that time again. All the babies needed claws/hooves trimmed. I talk about my first adventures in trimming hooves. Thanks for stopping by. I welcome your comments. Carry Here is a picture of my big girl, Dash approx time 10 minutes.

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KnitWit 7: A slight rant.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:39:10 +0000

originally posted at 8:55 am on Saturday, March 11, 2006 Do you know what this is? There is a quiz. Thanks for coming by. I welcome your comments. Carry. approx. time 9 minutes

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KnitWit 6: My first sweater

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:35:47 +0000

originally posted at 3:49 pm on Saturday, March 4, 2006 I answer some questions concerning the EXPLICIT tag. I share the story of the first sweater I knitted for myself. I welcome your comments. Carry approx. time 8 minutes

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KnitWit 5: Earth, Wind, & Fire

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:33:34 +0000

originally posted at 11:31 am on Saturday, February 25, 2006 Discussion of the different personality types in yoga. Which one are you? Going out the Brenda Dayne of Cast-On three stories about stashes. I welcome your comments. Carry. approx. time 12 minutes

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KnitWit 4: Love at first sight

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:28:23 +0000

originally posted at 8:06 pm on Monday, February 20, 2006 I never believed in it until it happened to me.

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KnitWit 3: Coveralls

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:26:37 +0000

originally posted at 8:06 pm on Monday, February 20, 2006 Small things make me happy like a good pair of coveralls. However, coveralls need to be handled with care.

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KnitWit 2: Learning to knit

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:24:25 +0000

originally posted at 8:05 pm on Monday, February 20, 2006 When nagging wins out.

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KnitWit 1: Babysitter issues

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:21:58 +0000

originally posted at 8:05 pm on Monday, February 20, 2006 Rude awakenings. When the babysitter leads the kids astray.

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KnitWit 0: Introduction

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:19:56 +0000

originally post at at 3:50 pm on Monday, February 20, 2006 Hello, my name is Carry. I have been telling stories for many years. Many people have encouraged me to write them down but since I am dyslectic this is very difficult for me. When I found out about podcasting, I thought it would be […]

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KnitWit 99: Oh, Deer

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:13:58 +0000

originally posted at 1:36 pm on Sunday, December 16, 2007 This has been a hard week. Wayne is out of town. His mother is not doing well. He is down with her. There are dogs circling the perimeter and I killed a deer. I hope your week went better. Any suggestions on how to clean […]

KnitWit 98: Need vs. Want

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:44:50 +0000

originally posted at 11:43 am on Sunday, December 9, 2007 There is a big difference between a need and a want. Sometimes the lines seem to be blurred. This is a particular pet peeve of mine. Needs must be met before indulging in wants. There is nothing wrong with wants. I have lots of wants. […]

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KnitWit 97: Sanctimonious Bitch

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:42:51 +0000

originally posted at 2:44 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2007 I tell a story about a trip to the grocery store. Grocery shopping should not be so controversial in my opinion but then again that is just my opinion. What do you think? Who was the biggest hypocrite? website: email: Thanks. Carry approx. […]

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KnitWit 96: Spud the Stud

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:41:04 +0000

originally posted at 2:44 pm on Sunday, November 25, 2007 This is a very short show this week. I tell a story about my mother’s very special roaster, Spud. If you have any comments, questions, complaints, observation, random thoughts you would like to share please do. website: email: Thanks. Carry approx. 5 minutes

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KnitWit 95: Wool Beginnings

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:37:47 +0000

originally posted at 2:06 pm on Sunday, November 18, 2007 Finally starting the discussion on wool. It was hard for me to decide where to begin. So I decided to start at the beginning. Sheep were domesticated over 10,000 years ago. Can you just imagine how that happened? I give you my version of one […]

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KnitWit 94: Going Home part 3

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:35:17 +0000

originally posted at 11:47 am on Sunday, November 11, 2007 I continue the story of going back to ID/OR for my grandmother’s funeral. Some times family surprises you. What do you think? Do things like this happen to you? website: email: Thanks. Carry approx. 7 minutes

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KnitWit 93: Going Home Part 2

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:18:24 +0000

originally posted at 9:35 am on Sunday, November 4, 2007 Several years ago, I had to go home for my grandmother’s funeral. I share some of the adventures I had on that trip. Have you had any similar experiences? Let me know. website: email: Thanks. Carry approx. 8 minutes

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KnitWit 92: Going Home

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:15:55 +0000

originally posted at 12:18 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2007 I went to the place of my birth this past week. Or rather I stood outside the fence and looked in. It is surrounded by water. It makes perfect sense that my mother drown-proofed me. Why aren’t all children drown-proofed? Were you? I uncovered what […]

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KnitWit 91: Pack It Up

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:12:45 +0000

originally posted at 7:02 pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 I have a very odd way of packing. I discuss some of the oddities in today’s show. I am on the road so I am using a head-set mic and I am in a different location. The sound is off. I did not want to […]

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KnitWit 90: Spinning

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:08:31 +0000

original posted at 8:28 pm on Sunday, October 14, 2007 I talk about spinning. History of the equipment The spinning process A spinning story I want to know what you think. website: email: Thanks. Carry approx. 10 minutes P.S. Wayne thought I should link to a place with all the parts named out. […]

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KnitWit 89: Eating Me Out of House and Home

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 03:02:05 +0000

Originally published at 10:37 am on Sunday, October 7, 2007 PieceWork magazine is having a pincushion design contest ( 2009 Pattern-A-Day Calendars ( Sadie update. A tale of woe from another dog owner. I will be at the NC State Fair in the Village of Yesteryear. Come by and meet my sister who will be […]

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KnitWit 88: Doctors

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:56:42 +0000

Originally published at 1:08 pm on Sunday, September 30, 2007 I have a sinus infection.  It is a bit annoying.  I have things to do, places to go, people to see; and I am sick.  But I am taking care of it so that it will not go to my chest.  This got me thinking […]

KnitWit 87: Sheep Talk

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:53:11 +0000

Originally published at 12:44 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2007 Thanks you for all the feedback on Silk Part 2 and Lacy.  It seems I did not go over board on the information and detail. Today I talk about sheep and how they communicate.  There is more to their language than just a “Baa”  And […]

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KnitWit 86: Lacy

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:48:06 +0000

Originally published at 10:49 am on Sunday, September 16, 2007 Start with a request for feedback.  I did not get any comments on last weeks show on silk.  Just want to make sure I have not done something wrong. Was the information too much, too little, or just boring? This weeks story has adult themes.  […]

KnitWit 85: Silk Part 2

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:42:39 +0000

originally posted at 12:28 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2007 I continue with the discussion of silk. Part 1: Life cycle of the silk worm Part 2: Preparing silk for spinning Part 3: Spinning silk I throw in some other details concerning silk. If you have any additional details you want to add or if […]

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KnitWit 84: Surprise?

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 03:05:11 +0000

A little bit of news.  It is hard to get back into the swing of work after a week off. Sadie has stayed home for over a week.  Yeah! I finish the story of how I got away with knitting in class in high school. Thanks to Mike for asking the question in the first […]

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KnitWit 83: Yarn Store

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 03:02:03 +0000

I continue talking about life in a small NV town and knitting adventures. Here is a picture of the sweater that is discussed. What can I say.  It was the 80’s after all.  What do you think?  I would love to hear from you. website: email: Thanks.  Carry

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KnitWit 82: Home Ec

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:57:41 +0000

Some knitting updates. A knitting hint. A product review: Nancy’s Knit Knacks DP Wip Tubes Story.  During my senior  year of high school, I had to take home ec.  I tell you how I coped. Let me know what you think.  Was the tip helpful?  Will t[…] Some knitting updates. A knitting hint. A product […]

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KnitWit 81: Speech Therapy

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:55:49 +0000

I share some of my experiences with speech therapy. Please let me know what you think.  Do you find it annoying when I slow down to say a word? website: email: Thanks.  Carry

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KnitWit 80: Silk

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:53:06 +0000

Today, I talk about the stories and history of silk. Silk was discovered (unraveled) in 3000 BC by a Chinese princess Xi Ling Shi.  For centuries, China held a monopoly on silk.  Whenever there is something of value, theft  will occur. In a future episode, I will discuss other aspects of silk.  Should I wait […]

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KnitWit 79: Fix It

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:49:17 +0000

I am a problem solver.  I see a problem.  If I can fix it, I do.  If I can’t, then I let people who can fix it know about it. I fix all kinds of problems but mostly I fix bathrooms. Am I alone in this obsession?  Do you fix problems also?  Please let me […]

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KnitWit 78: Sheep vs Shepherd

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:46:06 +0000

Sadie is a sheepdog. She is not a shepherding dog.  It seems that the distinction has been blurred or maybe it is only me that sees a difference. I talk about what the differences are between sheepdogs and shepherds.  I also share some stories about shepherding dogs. Did you ever own a sheepdog or a […]

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KnitWit 77: Why I Started Spinning

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:43:10 +0000

I talk about the incident that sparked my starting to spin. This is not an easy story to tell.   Although this happened many years ago, the hurt is still there. Spinning helped me through a very rough patch. If you have any comments or questions, you can contact me at website: email: Thanks.  […]

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KnitWit 76: Elmo’s

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:41:19 +0000

I was having a bad start to the day on Thursday.  I was trying to work from home but it seemed like everyone was against that idea from the Dog to the new computer.  When the new computer said it needed to update and reboot for the third time, I decided to go out and […]

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KnitWit 75: Rayon

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:39:33 +0000

Personal news. Computer is in transit. Sadie is a bad girl I play with new yarn TOFUtsies I talk about man-made fibers.  Concentrating on the original man-made fiber, rayon.  I discuss its history and how it is made.  I hope you find the information interesting. Please let me know what you think.  What are you […]

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KnitWit 74: On the Road Again

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:35:49 +0000

Some updates. Andy is out of the hospital and doing well. Sadie is still being a problem New computer was returned.  I have ordered a new new one. Today’s story. Traveling cross country with my family followed a set routine.  The time table was precise.  The division of labor was clear.  Expectations were known. Some […]

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KnitWit 73: Computer Woes

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:33:27 +0000

I am having computer problems with my brand new Gateway laptop. It keeps losing its drivers.  I have in fact written this blog entry twice.  It keeps disconnecting me from the internet mid-sentence.  Annoying. Computer support is denying there is an issue with their computer and drivers.  Just how often do you have to install […]

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KnitWit 72: On the Road

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:31:22 +0000

I was away from home in training this week.  I really just wanted to be home. Getting home was harder than it should have been. I would love to know what you think.  Please leave me a comment or e-mail or give me a call. website: email: Thanks.  Carry

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KnitWit 71: Andy

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:29:11 +0000

I answer some questions from Shawn concerning linen and linseed oil. Please, indulge me.  It has been a rough week.  I talk about my best boss ever.  He is going through a rough time. I would love to hear from you. website: email: Thanks.  Carry

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KnitWit 70: Linen

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:27:30 +0000

Linen comes from the flax plant.  Flax was first cultivated in ancient Egypt.  It was widely cultivated in Europe in the middle ages. Flax gives us flax seed and linseed oil as well as linen. Getting linen out of flax is a time consuming and labor intensive activity.  You have to rot, dry, break, scrape, […]

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KnitWit 69: Fiddling Around

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 18:47:58 +0000

I have to admit I am a bit of a pack-rat.  When Wayne found my violin, which he never heard me play, he suggested I get rid of it.  But I can’t and I tell you the story of getting the violin. So what do you think.  Should I keep it or give it to […]

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KnitWit 68: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival Adventures

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 18:29:30 +0000

I had a great time at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival  and share many adventures  with you. I am afraid that this is my longest show to date.  It is a bunch of stories all thrown together.  I thought about splitting it up but then it would drag on forever in the telling.  So […]

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KnitWit 67: Officemate from Hell

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 18:26:35 +0000

My allergies were really bad on Monday.  I don’t know why.  I must have gotten into something worse than usual. It reminded me of a time, before I found an allergy medicine that worked.  Things were rough working as a contractor doing a difficult job in uncomfortable surroundings. I would love to know what you […]

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KnitWit 66: Belly Rubs

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 18:24:36 +0000

Thank you for your feedback on last weeks show. MSW is next week.  I am looking forward to talking with you.  Please come by and say ‘Hey’.  I would love to hear which story is your favorite. Tonya (trickel2 at cox dot net)  has let me know there is a fiber festival in Bellevue, Nebraska […]

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KnitWit 65: Cotton’s Story

Sat, 02 Feb 2013 18:22:46 +0000

Thank you for all your suggestions on knitting topics.  I have started a list and will get to them. I had a brain storm and thought it would be interesting to look at some of the stories and myths of some of the common fibers we use.  I will also ta[…] Thank you for all […]

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KnitWit 64: Trailer Trials

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:54:37 +0000

Next week is a knitting episode.  Do you have a topic, you want to hear my opinion on?  Send me an e-mail. I will be going to Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I will be wearing a big flower.  If you are there, come by and say ‘Hey’. Speaking of hay, I need to get some.  […]

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KnitWit 63: Stereotypes

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:49:35 +0000

I am afraid I ramble on for quite a bit in this three part episode. Part 1.  Update on red sweater.  It is going well.  I am down to the high hip adding set in pockets. Part 2.  Easter present for you.  How I dye with Easter egg dyes. Come play with color with me. […]

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KnitWit 62: Sheep Shearing

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:47:56 +0000

Very late thank you to my yarn swap person.  She sent me two ply wool blend and stitch markers. I think we should all wear big fucking flowers if we go to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  What do you think are you willing to help me start a new fashion trend? Todays story. Sheep […]

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KnitWit 61: Mental Health

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:43:19 +0000

Amendment to last weeks show.  You need to calculate the sleeve and body separately if you are making a non-standard sweater. See website for formulas. I go on a bit of a rant about Daylight savings time and discuss the mental health issues of a couple of household members. Is my household unique?  Do you […]

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KnitWit 60: How much yarn? Part 2

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:40:05 +0000

Totally knitting episode. I talk about how to calculate how much yarn is needed to knit a sweater. It involves some work in that you will have to knit a swatch but you were going to do that anyway.  Right? You will need access to a scale that weights very small amounts.  I use a […]

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KnitWit 50: How Much Yarn?

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:36:47 +0000

Another oldie.  This time a rant. I can’t find the old blog for this but thought since the next show was part 2 I should put part 1 up. Enjoy. website: email: Thanks.  Carry

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KnitWit 59: And Then

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:17:25 +0000

I start with some discussion of religion.  We are in the high holidays also known as March Madness.  It is not a good idea to get between me and watching my guys. A couple of movie reviews. Continuing the story of my first year in NC. Thanks for listening. Let me know what you think: […]

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KnitWit 58: Abernathy

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:15:09 +0000

A big thank you for all your comments and notes of support. Special thank you to Kori for resending her comment and Susie for sending us Miis. I talk about that one special cat that was in my life, Abernathy. I would love to hear what you think. website: email: Thanks.  Carry

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KnitWit 57: The Results are In

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:12:02 +0000

This show is completely about the needle biopsy experience.  It is quite long. Thank you for your positive thoughts and well wishes. Tell me what you think. website: email: Thanks.  Carry

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KnitWit 56: Why not Marry?

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:08:31 +0000

Feb Handspun yarn secret pal exchange yarn is spun. Red sweater is progressing well. Return visit to have my mammogram redone did not go well Main Story. People always ask us Why don’t you just get married?  There are lots of reasons.  The main is my political believes.   If you are conservative you may not […]

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KnitWit 55: Designing

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:05:24 +0000

I got my yarn from my secret pal.  Check out previous post for pictures. I want a red summer sweater.  Since you wanted to know more about my designing method, I invite you to join me on this journey. First crucial steps are being taken.  Choice the yarn.  Choice the style.  Choice the needles.  Determine […]

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KnitWit 54: Snow and Ice

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:01:02 +0000

Update on last weeks story.  I have to go back and get more images done. It snowed here in NC which reminded me of a snow story. Please let me know what you think.  Is this the price of a good dead?   Is it really a good dead when you do it ’c[…] Update on […]

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Knitwit 53: the boob vise

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 02:59:49 +0000

I have located some of the old posts and will be putting them back up a few at a time. Since I have my annual appointment with the vise next week, I thought this is a good place to start. My hectic week included a visit from the Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Unit.  Work pays […]

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In trying to fix things…

Sat, 19 Jan 2013 02:21:51 +0000

I’ve really messed them up.  Please bear with me while I try to get it back to how it was and all the content back. It really hasn’t been my day.  

KnitWit: 190 Been Gone for Far too long

Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:59:44 +0000

This is a re-load of my previous post. My connection to iTunes is broken.  I have to change the name of my rssfeed to get it to work.  Since it is generated by WordPress, I don’t have a clue as how to do that.  I tried making WordPress put it some where else and that […]

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