Episode 8: Giveaway!

 

Episode 8 is live! Christmas projects are piling up all around us and we are knitting as fast as we can. We share our update on our Dad and talk about our favorite Christmas Eve traditions. And apparently I crunch on ice while Deborah is talking (what’s up with that Em?). Best of all, we announce the winner of our awesome giveaway!

 

 

 

Show Notes

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

 

Yarns and patterns mentioned

Summer Slice Sock Pattern by Cassandra Dominick

Creating With Sticks

No Purl Monkey Socks

Madelinetosh Twist Light in Dustweaver

Primavera Capelet by Paulina Popiolek

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Baltic

Marianated Yarn in Jungle

Greenwood Fiberworks in Sublime

Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel

Knit Picks Felici in Bubble Gum

Geek Socks by Wei S Leong

Snowball Buddies by Susan Claudino

Little Cotton Rabbits by Julie Williams

Cascade Eco Duo in Vanilla

Burlap and Blossoms pattern -Rudolph

Everyday Shawl pattern by Jenny Faifel

Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Paca Peds yarn

Cove Cardigan by Heidi May

#cozywithtastythings

Kimarie’s Knit Knacks yarn

Hedgehog Fiber’s in Envy and Banana Legs

The Sexy Knitter

Lorna’s Laces

Baby Boo Yarn

 

And our Giveaway goes to Frenchyknits on Instagram. We are so excited to send you this awesome package! It includes :

 

Amanda Makes Yarn in the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle colorway!

Project Bag and Progress Keeper by Deborah at Indigo Chicken

 

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Sweet and Spicy Gingerbread

I LOVE gingerbread cookies. The smell fills up your house long before the delicious cookies are done and ready to eat. And I find that I like mine to be sturdy but still soft, and have a little bit of kick to them. This recipe has floated around my family for long enough that I don’t know where it came from, but I’ve adjusted it so many times that I feel okay to call it my own.

Bake up some festive goodies and enjoy decorating them with your children.

 

Gingerbread Cookies

1/2 cup butter, soft

1/4 cup shortening

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons molasses

Combine the above ingredients, mixing thoroughly and set aside.

2 1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or less, if you don’t like it spicy)

Combine dry ingredients then add to the wet mixture above. Mix until it forms into a ball. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Let dough rest on the counter for about 10 minutes before rolling out on a floured surface. Roll to 1/4″ thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Place 1/2″ apart on a silicone mat and bake for 12-14 minutes. Let the cookies cool and firm up on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

When cookies are completely cool, decorate with royal icing. I like the recipe for icing with meringue powder found here.

I haven’t tried this recipe for making a gingerbread house but it has been nice and sturdy for large gingerbread men so I’d be interested to know if it works. If you try it out, please share your results!

 

 

 

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Episode 7: Wish Fairies and Harry Potter

Episode 7 is now available. We had a wonderful time chatting about all kinds of delicious yarn-y things including our Christmas knitting, socks and more socks, and an update on a longer-term project. We also rhapsodize over the amazing yarn and fiber community and the generosity that abounds there. And we continue to be obsessed with Harry Potter. To no one’s surprise.

Don’t forget to keep watching until we talk about our giveaway. It’s the most beautiful set!

 

Show Notes

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

Information about Meanwhile, At the Castle

The quote from C.S. Lewis can be found here.

You can also find more information about our Heroic Youth programs at www.HeroicYouth.com

Yarns and patterns mentioned

Cascade Heritage Handpainted in Sage Honey

Marianated Yarn in Jungle

Fork In the Road Socks by Lara Neel (Thumb Joint Hat heel)

No-purl version of the Monkey Socks pattern

Madelinetosh Twist Light in Dustweaver

Cove Cardigan by Heidi May

Madelinetosh Light in Button Jar Blue

Vernal Equinox Shawl by Lankakomero

Up In Yarns in Kissed, Yonder, Lemon Slice and Fart Flowers

Knit Picks Felici in Bubble Gum

Geek Socks by Wei S Leong

Spectrum Fibre in Rainbow Bright 2

Lancashire Dream by Gabrielle Danskknit

Snowball Buddies by Susan Claudino

Peerie Floores Mittens by Kate Davies Designs

Bucilla Felt Kits

Frabjous Fibers in Kaleidoscope

Created by Elsie B 

Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters

Amanda Makes Yarn in the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle colorway!

Join our giveaway for the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle yarn and Deborah’s gorgeous project bag! You can get one entry into the drawing for each of the following:

– Follow @saltcityknits on Instagram

– Follow @indigochickendolls on Instagram

– Join the Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle

– tag three friends on Instagram in our giveaway for an additional entry!

The giveaway ends on December 10th!

 

 

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Episode 6: Christmas Knitting and a Giveaway!

Episode Six is now live and ready for your viewing pleasure. We had a great time discussing our current knitting projects, including many Christmas gifts in the works. Please come join us and enter our lovely giveaway!

 


 

Show Notes

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

Yarns and patterns mentioned

Cascade Heritage Handpainted in Sage Honey

Marianated Yarn in Jungle

Knit Picks Felici in Bubble Gum

Malabrigo Sock in Pearl

Greenwood Fiberworks in Crocus Magenta

Sweet Tomato Heel

JuliannasFibre in Silver Lining (for the mittens)

Tied Knots Hat by Justyna Lorkowska

Knit Picks Swish Bare

Just Like Me Knits pattern book, Gigi Doll Military Jacket

UpInYarns Christmas Mini Set

Burlap and Blossoms quilt block patterns

Amanda Makes Yarn in the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle colorway!

 

Join our giveaway for the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle yarn and Deborah’s gorgeous project bag! You can get one entry into the drawing for each of the following:

– Follow @saltcityknits on Instagram

– Follow @indigochickendolls on Instagram

– Join the Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle

The giveaway ends on December 10th!

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Episode 5: Buy All The Things!

This week Deborah and I told ourselves that we weren’t going to have an episode as long as our last two Well, in one way we were right. We apparently are not capable of being short on words. We are embracing our verbosity and just throwing caution to the wind. We hope you enjoy this episode. We had such a great time making it!

 

 

Show Notes

Patterns, yarns, shops and supplies mentioned

Malabrigo

Twisted Owl Fiber Studio – Desert Sunset

Wasatch and Wool Yarns (LYS)

Lane Cervinia

Isabel’s Yarn Shop

Cascade Heritage Paints – Sage Honey

Marianated Yarns – Jungle

Madelinetosh – unicorn tales in Glazed Pecan, Neon Peach, Flashdance, and Cousteau

Knitpicks Felici – in Time Traveler, Bubble, Kaliedescope, Rainbow and Hawthorn fingering

KitKat Hat by Andre Sue Knits (pattern)

ChaioGoo needles

Addi Sock Rockets

Paradise Fibers (LYS in Spokane Washington)

Sweet Georgia Yarns – Smitten

Ella Rae Lace Merino

Geek Socks (pattern)

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play – Bahama Woodstar

Muriel Capelet by Louisa Harding from Knits from an English Rose (pattern)

Loop by Casapinka (pattern)

Reversible Bucket Bag  from the Bag Making Bible (sewing pattern)

Podcasts mentioned

Little Bobbins Knits

Amanda Makes

Bakery Bears

Books Mentioned

The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour

1984 by George Orwell

The Cursed Child by JK Rowling , Jack Thorn, and John Tiffany

The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

 

 

 

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Episode 4: Quilts Galore!

We had such a great time sharing our knitting projects and all about our love of quilts! For some reason the color in our video looks very different than what we saw during filming but c’est la vie!

Show Notes:

Shusui by Layla Qing of Qing Fiber

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu

Lancashire Dream by Gabrielle Danskknit

Project bag by AMarieKnits

Susan B Anderson How I Make Socks

Moda Bake Shop Pinwheel Baby Quilt

Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

You can find Deborah:

On Ravelry as Purplepinwheel

On Instagram as indigochickendolls

On Etsy as Indigo Chicken

You can find Emily:

On Ravelry as Egclawson

On Instagram as saltcityknits

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 3: Introducing my Co-Host, and a Giveaway!

September 21, 2016

Show notes:

Boy Sweater  by Lisa Chemery

Lancashire Dream by Gabrielle Danskknit

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroku Fukatsu

Vanilla Sock by Jo Torr

Project bag by AMarieKnits on Etsy

Yarns mentioned: Cascade Effects, Wonderland yarns, Shusui by Qing Fiber on Etsy

***JOIN OUR GIVEAWAY!***

A darling hand-knit bunny. Giveaway is open until October 5th, 2016. Enter by joining our Revelry group at the link below and answering the question, “What books are you reading right now?”

Join our Ravelry Group: Meanwhile at the Castle

Find us on Instagram as @saltcityknits and @indigochickendolls

My Etsy Shop: Indigo Chicken

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Welcome to Our First Podcast Episode

August 24, 2016

Show notes:

Mastering Knighthood events

Crowned with Virtue events

Little Bobbins Knits podcast

Reggiesdolls Etsy Shop

Knuffies Etsy shop

 

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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What Do I Do With All This Zucchini?!

If you are like us, and have a garden, you probably have zucchini overload! There are some summers where it literally takes over my kitchen counters! What a good problem to have, really. I have a list of things I do with mine to try and vary the zucchini eating experience. Here is just one of the recipes I make with mine. It’s extremely simple, quick, and delicious!

Lemon Garlic Zucchini Wedges with Parmesan

Gluten Free

Serves 2-4

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Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
  • Garlic Salt and Lemon Pepper for seasoning
  • 2-4 TBS freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • cherry tomatoes and herbs for garnish
  • Fresh marinara, and/or ranch dressing for dipping.
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I used Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper, and Lawry’s Garlic Salt.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large ziplock baggie, mix together lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, garlic salt, and lemon pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cut zucchini into long wedges, about 1/2″ thick. Add these to the baggie containing the olive oil mixture and seal the baggie closed. Gently squish around with your hands to evenly distribute the olive oil.
  4. Dump out onto a large baking sheet and sprinkle generously with parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 11-12 minutes.
  6. At the end of the cooking time, switch the oven to broil and continue baking for about 3 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned.
  7. Remove from the oven and place on serving dish. Sprinkle cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs over the top to garnish.
  8. Serve piping hot with fresh marinara, or my personal favorite, ranch dressing for dipping.

 

*Note: I did a quick search online and saw that both of the seasonings I used are gluten free. You should always check this out for yourself each time you purchase, as companies often change ingredients or processing methods.

Deborah




 

 

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