Monday, May 16, 2016

A Hat for a Pretty Lady, and Sunday’s With Lynda & Ross

I've been fighting a cold for over a week. Hopefully, it's finally on its way.   I've been keeping myself busy with a few things during my housebound hours.

My son's friend's wife is going through chemo treatments.   I am knitting a hat for her.   The pattern I am using is my mishmash of  "The Giving Tree",  found on Ravelry here and "Felicity", also found on Ravelry here.

I ordered the yarn, Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport in turquoise, Ping's favorite color,  from WEBS, which is a fabulous yarn shop.  They are having their anniversary sale.  This particular yarn usually sells for  $6.25 a hank.  It's now on sale through the end of May for $4.39 a hank.  Of course, I ordered other colors too.  I couldn't resist.

Although I ordered two skeins of each of the other colors, I only ordered one skein of the turquoise.
I got 3/4 of the way through knitting the hat and I ran out of yarn.  It seemed silly to just order one skein of yarn.  So, yes, you guessed it I ordered a few more skeins in other lucious colors.
For those of you who were following my A-Z posts, remember this photo of my closet from my Y for yarn post?
Out of control!

So, the hat project is on hold until my WEBS order arrives.
In the mean time, Ross and I have been experimenting with podcasting on YouTube.  Yesterday we recorded our fifth episode.  We finally decided on a title, Sunday’s With Lynda & Ross".  We love comments and adore new subcribers :)

There are three main reasons we are doing this.
Number Three, it's a challenge for us, as seniors,  to learn a new technology.  I have learned so much in the last five weeks.
I'm quite comfortable now with editing using iMovie.   I can now even add sound effects and titles.
One of the things I was struggling with was figuring out how to add a personalized banner to my YouTube channel, or what YouTube refers to as Channel Art.
I admit I can be obsessive when I am trying to master a new skill.  It took me four or five days of trial and error, but I finally got it to work.   I did find a helpful YouTube video on how to create a YouTube Channel Art banner.
Reason Number Two for our podcast venture is it's something we are doing together.   Although we are retired and spend pretty much 24/7 in each other's company, most times we are not actually interacting.  Doing the podcast, we are definitely interacting.
When we watch the video, as if we were a viewer, we realized that some of the ways we interact with each other is quite interesting.
You all should try it sometime.  I think you'd be amazed at your facial expressions, the tone you use with each other, who is the leader or follower in conversation.  For me, it has been a real eye-opener.

I'll talk about Reason Number One that we have been doing our podcasts in tomorrow's post.

For now, here's a little something for your entertainment.


  1. What a fun venture! I am heading over to You Tube now to check you out. I love it when I can put a face with a name! And I, too, can become obsessive when I am learning something new!!

  2. Sorry about your son's friend's wife with chemo; but I bet she will enjoy that hat you are making her! What a great adventure you and your hubby are doing together; its neat you guys realized it was good to do interacting like this in addition to learning something new.


    1. Yes, it has not been easy go for Ping.
      The podcast is such an interesting project. Keeps the brain cells perky :)

  3. Lynda,Ping loves the color you picked and the style of the hat, when I showed her your blog,it put such a nice smile on her face! As a person who enjoys reading your blog, we are honored to be mentioned in one of your stories. BTW, I love the title! Thanks again.

    1. I’m happy that Ping likes the hat.
      Lee, I’m the one who is thrilled that you take the time to read my writings. Thank you :)

  4. Sure, you have a closet full of yarn. But it's not the right yarn...

    Podcasting looks interesting. I kind of want to start my own podcast. You're braver than me.

    1. :) Yep, just not quite the right yarn.

      Oh, I would definitely watch, listen to your podcast. Give it a try!

  5. I haven't got to learning how to do my own podcasts yet, but I admire your tenacity to learn and implement new technology. I plan to learn how to do more with YouTube than I am actually doing soon.
    I also love the hat you knitted. I always wanted to learn, even tried to teach myself, but got so frustrated that I stop.


    1. I’ll have to look for you on YouTube. I wonder if you will be singing. You should give knitting a second try. It is very meditative. There are excellent beginner videos on YouTube.

  6. That is a beautiful color and a very pretty pattern for the chemo cap. I have been working on a couple of "hitchhiker" scarves that are very popular on Ravelry these days.


    1. Yes, I like the color too. I 've not made the hitchkiker, but I know it is a popular one.