organically organizing a podcast

Hello all,

I am still trying to figure out what is happening when I record that makes the podcast files so huge. I’ve been running anti-virus and anti-spyware programs in deep scans left and right. I’ve also been dumping software that I’ve added since the problem occurred and re-installing some of it.

I’m sorry, this is the biggest geeky challenge of my life. However, If I need to wipe the laptop and start from scratch, I certainly will do so.

I want to say what a privilege it is to run and record a podcast. I’m so grateful for my listeners. I’m hoping to get this ironed out today. I’ll be recording all day, test episodes, to see what is going wrong, and where I am going wrong. Please be patient, I’ll be back up and running soon.

Louise Benjamin

Worthington, Mn




Due to a huge error, the size of the last 3 episodes were too huge to make feasible for downloading. I’m sorry. It was a technical error on my part. I have pulled all the podcast episodes, and I’m starting from scratch, again. Please bear with me.

Louise Ann Benjamin


The Rust has been settling in again

List of mills owned by the Lancashire Cotton C...
List of mills owned by the Lancashire Cotton Corporation Limited (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all, it’s been a fiber-filled week. I’m getting quite a bit done, but the nights are becoming pure hell.

I wake up in the morning with more rust in my joints than the night before. It’s taking more each morning to get those joints moving.  I’ve got to get to the YMCA this afternoon. I know that the more I move, the more I can move.

My drop-spindle and I have been very busy. I’d purchased several bats of roving from knitpicks either last year or the year before. The yarn stash is finally low enough that it makes it worth the time to spin this yarn up. I have hopes of working with some cat fur as well, before the year is out.

The purselet is coming along fine. I did a test run with roving… Meaning, I knit up the roving, but I wasn’t satisfied with the results. I also did a swatch with hand-spun that I did up on Monday and Tuesday. 12 hours of spinning made just enough yarn, (chunky weight) to make a book mark.

I’m finding that my spinning is very fine, and I’m not interested in producing anything much thicker at this point. I’m making I suppose you could call it cobweb weight. Then I Navajo Ply the yarn with the spindle and my yarn swift. Then, I Navajo Ply it again to make the Chunky weight yarn. For sport weight, I’m just doing the one Navajo Ply.

Until Friday, which is bill-paying day, I can’t go pick up the things I need to make that spinning wheel. So, I’m not going to vary my hand-spinning at this point.

I am making the Dodec wheel, with some small variations… I talked about the dodec on the last podcast. I also plan to pick up some more roving, but not until December or January’s budget do I dare do this.

I’m doing Xmas gifts as well right now. Some of which I am knitting, some of which I am crocheting. But since knitting and crochet cause so much pain, I’m going to be making very small, simple gifts. I don’t know if this year I am going to get one gift done, let alone finish things for the greater portion of my family.

I left my wheel chair on the farm this last weekend on purpose, but I’m afraid that I’m going to be needing it before long. Damn, I didn’t want to admit that. But, even sitting here writing is hurting this morning. I apologize, but I am going to have to just post this now, I’m finding it hard to focus on the typing.

Louise B

Worthington, MN