Episode 4!!! In this video I’m showing off all the FOs (finished objects) I’ve been working on for the past month.

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MG-juu6Vmg%5B/embedyt%5D

Some quick stats:

Dishcloths: 14

Scrubbies: 7

Pieces Afghan Squares: 20

Goal of 100 Dishcloths in 2017: 26 of 100. Moving right along.

Total Pieces afghan squares made: 102; enough to make a baby blanket.

Carpel tunnel update: My wrist is feeling MUCH better. I’m still taking it easy with knitting. My scrappy wrap is put away for the time being. I’m not sure when I’ll get it back out to finish it. Bulky projects with larger knitting needles tend to aggravate my CTS.


Not many blog links caught my eye this month.


Make Your Own Pad of Paper http://www.practicallyfunctional.com/make-your-own-pad-of-paper/

Lessons from Ma Ingalls http://www.schneiderpeeps.com/lessons-from-ma-ingalls/

Food Related:

Coconut Whole Wheat Brownies http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=845

Planning a Minimalistic Capsule Menu http://www.serendipitydiary.com/planning-a-minimalist-capsule-menu/

Knitting Related:

Stashgan http://www.planetshoup.com/easy/knit/afghstash.shtml

Productivity Related:

Busy is the New Stupid https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/busy-new-stupid-ed-baldwin-sphr-gphr

How to Choose the Planner for You http://www.franklinplannertalk.com/how-to-choose-the-planner-for-you/

How to Avoid the Pitfall of Too Much Planning http://blog.scribblepost.com/avoid-pitfall-much-planning/

Enjoy reading!



I was fortunate enough to get a hold of 1 of 5 Dr. Jones B6 Regular traveler’s notebooks!!!

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lypLuFDSPUI%5B/embedyt%5D

When I first heard about the Dr. Jones leather back in the November newsletter from Chic Sparrow, I knew this would be my last traveler’s notebook. I was content with my Foxy Fix Mariana in the B6 size, and didn’t really want to get another TN just to have another B6 size.

I love Indiana Jones and the idea that this TN was inspired by him…yeah, it was going to be mine. My husband planned on it being a Christmas gift, but sadly it wasn’t available for sale in time.

By the time, the Dr. Jones leather was going to be released by Chic Sparrow, they had readjusted the sizing so that it would only be available in the B6 Slim. This was devastating news to me, since going down to the slim just wasn’t worth it to me. I would have been losing an inch off my inserts.

Then the lovely Ruth, from Chic Sparrow, posted on their Facebook page, that they had 5 Dr. Jones B6 Regulars available. She gave some instructions, and I was able to snag one!!!

 Isn’t he handsome?

Pocket can hold a Samsung Galaxy 6 and 7

He’s become my EDC (everyday carry) and the Marina is being given a break right now. He smells delicious and the leather has such a lovely texture. There is not pen loop, it wasn’t even an option. The outside pocket is nice. I like that pocket style better than the interior pockets, but that’s just me.

I’m not really sure why the B6 Slim became preferred over the B6 Regular. In my opinion, the Regular size is stable and could work.

Now to go play with it and set it up!


This is my third knitting podcast video: Knitting Notes & Mini Skeins!!! Enjoy!

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_w9cCicVGM%5B/embedyt%5D

TwinMommyCreations (My friend Ann’s shop)


Brew City Yarns


Previous blog post about my Knitting Insert in my Traveler’s Notebook



I’ve come up with a new idea to help me keep track of blog posts and how they’re organized.

Over the Christmas season, I spent some time thinking about what I wanted my blog and by extension my YouTube channel to become. Filming YouTube videos is quicker for me than writing blog posts. When I first began this blogging and YouTubing journey, I wanted the YouTube videos to supplement the blog posts they accompanied.

Now, I’m reversing that. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with how I’m setting up an editorial calendar, my filming schedule, posting schedule, etc. One way that I’m staying organized in all of this is my new Idea List.

My new approach will revolve around three themes: my knitting podcast, any planner related posts, and my Other section. By having all my ideas separated into three respective columns, I essentially have my editorial calendar all set up. I can either pick from each column, or choose a row and go across it.

I fully expect the Knitting column to always have more ideas in it, because I pull two or three from that column whenever I’m going to film a new podcast episode.

This has made filming and posting the last two weeks more manageable and enjoyable. Also, learning how to embed YouTube videos within the posts themselves has been extremely helpful.

How do the rest of you make up your editorial calendar or keep track of your post ideas? Please comment below.


My husband keeps track of his information regarding reloading ammo by using my Chic Sparrow Creme Brulee Wide Traveler’s Notebook (TN). This post is one I’ve been going back and forth on writing for awhile.

*Disclaimer from my Husband*

The information in this video is what works for his rounds. If you’re thinking about reloading your own ammo, consult people more knowledgeable. IF you choose to to copy his loading info, you’re doing so at your own risk.

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbN4m31LktI%5B/embedyt%5D

This is his second reloading notebook. I had bought him a digital camouflage, 3 ring, zippered binder that he used until it fell apart. Nylon and cardboard couldn’t handle the gun range. Should he wear this one out, I’ll be looking into a Chic Sparrow Maverick leather, if they’re still available. The Maverick leather is water buffalo and very sturdy. (I have a Maverick in the narrow/standard TN size.)

He loves that he’s using a real leather notebook to keep track of this information, and I’m glad to “loan” it to him because it would just be sitting unused in my TN collection.

If you’re interested in seeing that other types of leathers Chic Sparrow offers, check out their website.

(C) Cori Large 15 February 2017


Welcome back for my 2nd episode of my Knitting Podcast: Scrappy Wrap & Specialty Yarns. My phone cut my video into two parts, so the second video is only a few minutes long. But that’s a learning experience! Now I know not to film videos longer than 30 minutes!

This is the scrappy wrap just after I turned the corner. I love the length!

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkTlpR6tXy0%5B/embedyt%5D

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oWrWvv7aps%5B/embedyt%5D

Scrappy Wrap Yarn colorways, in knitted order: Bernat Baby Little Cosmos, Bernat Blanket Pumpkin Spice, Bernat Baby Little Petunias, Bernat Baby Little Royals, Bernat Baby Little Roses, Bernat Blanket Autumn Leaves, and Bernat Blanket Plum Chutney. I do have another big skein/ball of Bernat Blanket yarn, but at this time I’m not sure if I’m going to add it into my wrap.

Scrappy wrap goal: to have it completed in time to submit to VeganJilly/TheKnittingBroomstick’s Weasley Family KAL on Ravelry. Deadline: Feb 28, 2017.

Links mentioned in video:

England Yarn blog post

Tiffany’s Facebook page

Ann’s ETSY shop


Now that it’s February, I can show how I completed my first set of Monthly Reflection questions in my Passion Planner.

This is my first time filling in the new reflection questions. I have a print off somewhere of the original 10 from the first model of the Passion Planner. Before using the Passion Planner, I used to use the original 10 questions in my journal to reflect with. Those entries usually filled a half dozen pages in my journal.

Anyways! For fun, I filled in the questions with bright colors, since January was so dreary. In some of the Passion Planner Facebook groups, a couple of people said they fill in the questions weekly, since reflecting over the whole month can be daunting sometimes. I like this idea. I’m going to start doing that this month. I felt like I was forgetting things when I was filling in the January Reflection Questions.

The End of the Month checklist is throwing me off a little bit. I’m not understanding the Gamechanger idea in this planner. I think I need to consult the Maker and some of the Facebook groups. If anyone else uses a Passion Planner and you’re reading this, please leave some advice in the comments.

#passionplanner #pashfam #monthlyreflection #gamechanger #workingtowardsgoals


The Joyful Cook’s Guide to Heavenly Greek Cuisine by Georget Photos is compilation of family recipes and other Greek recipes she has gathered over the years. In this book, she allows the novice, intermediate, and advanced cook to work with each recipe so they may prepare meals full of love and nutrition.

Full Disclosure: I know the author, Georget Photos. I did not receive this cookbook for free. I paid for it with my own money.

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqk26rVEHH0%5B/embedyt%5D

Georget is a dear friend of mine, whom I took cooking classes from a few years ago. The recipes I show in the video are ones I made before, either in my kitchen or at class, and seeing them in this book brings me joy. I cannot wait to make Olive Bread (p.80), Tsoureki (p.81), and her father’s Greek yogurt (p.199).

Sweet Note:

“Dear Cori, To one of my favorite students who is the best kneader around! Have fun, love always, Georget.”

I loved making bread with her in class (hence the best kneader comment). Tsoureki is one of my favorite breads! I still have the small jar of whole mahlepi Georget gave me after that class.

It is available for purchase on Amazon here. (No affiliate link.)


Welcome to the first official episode of my knitting podcast: Craft Room & Upcoming Projects. I enjoyed filming my longer-than-normal monthly knits video a few weeks ago, so I decided to start a knitting podcast series.

Now, I will not be making a separate channel for this podcast. The Talesfromapolkcountygirl YouTube channel will have knitting videos, planner videos, and videos on whatever else I decide to film. I aim to film one knitting video a week, showing off progress updates, new yarns, stash collection, and once a month (in my Monthly Knits post) all my finished objects for the month. At this time, there is no Ravelry group for this podcast. I’m not going to make a firm decision either way just yet on whether or not to start one.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this “official” first episode of my knitting podcast, coming to you from my craft room!

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt4Lv6X0fGI%5B/embedyt%5D

If you’d like to find me on Ravelry, my name is craftsbycori. I do participate in other knitting podcast groups, but don’t have much on my own project page. Some of the other podcasts I’ve been inspired by are: The Knitting Broomstick, Yarn Hoarder, The Crazy Sock Lady, Tea & Possibilities, YarnThiry, and Junk Yarn. If you haven’t checked out these podcasts, I encourage you to.


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