Monday, February 19, 2018

Ep. 63 - Insane Palette Stash

A bit of a short one today!

What I've Finished:
Jill finished the Zweig sweater by Caitlin Hunter using Malabrigo Sock in Persia and Pearl colorways.  Her Rav page is here.

My Current Fix:
Jill's only current project is her Ravellenic Games project, a copy of the sweater that Keira Knightley wore in Imitation Game using Knit Picks Palette in Almond, Grass, Bark and Brindle Heather.  She first tried to use the Mesmeric Cardigan pattern by Katy Banks but her colors didn't work in that colorwork pattern.  Her Rav page here.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is thinking about making some socks for the 2KnitLitChicks' Never Have I Ever Sock KAL, maybe using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist and the Rose City Rollers pattern by Mara Catherine Bryner.  A few shawls that Jill likes are the Breezy Wrap by Sachiko Uemura, Rose Plank by Monika Sirna and Dark Valentine by Ambah O'Brien.  She likes the amigurumi Chinese New Year Dog by Stephanie Jessica Lau.  She bought the Balsam Ridge pullover by Melissa Schaschwary.
She also wants to find a project to use a full skein of sock yarn and some speckled minis from Fish Knits Yarn.

Cloudborn Superwash Merino DK in Lavender Heather
Boundless Fabric Chelsea Rose Hopscotch Quilt Kit
Boundless Batiks
Lily & Loom Dreamfield
Lily & Loom Little Bee

Uppers, Downer and Miscellaneous Links:
Paddington (2014)
The Mighty Boosh (2003) (director Paul King directed the two Paddington movies, the two actors are not involved).
Coco (2017)
The Florida Project (2017)
All the Money in the World (2017)
Atlanta Monster podcast
Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon by Mike Gray

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Ep. 62 - Building Blocks of Fashion

Joining Jill for this episode is Ellen!  Ellen is Ellblo on Ravelry and Instagram.  You should check out her blog L.A. Is My Beat!

Finished projects:
Ellen got to show off her Belle Epoque Shawl by Kira Dulaney.  She used MadelineTosh Merino Light in Grasshopper from her friend Natalie and then added a burgundy color, Medieval of the Merino Light for the edging.  Her Rav page here.  She also added the same edging from the Belle Epoque, to a crochet shawl she had made in the past using the Klamath pattern by Sarah Kukuchek.  The original shawl was in Berroco Boboli yarn and the edging is in a bright orange Shibui Lace Weight yarn.  Ellen made a wonderful version of the G.G. Cardigan by Nadia Fuad that was inspired by a $2,800 granny square coat by Rosetta Getty worn by Gigi Hadid.  Her Rav page here

Ellen likes to combine knitting and crochet.  She uses a top-down formula, similar to the February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynn and then crochets the body and sleeves.  An example is her Noro-Brigo Cardigan.  She made a great cover for her ukulele strap out of crochet!
Jill finished some crochet baby booties using the Hammerhead Sharks booties pattern by Kristi Simpson.  She used some RYC DK superwash yarn and Knit Picks Stroll Sport in white.  Her Rav page here.  Jill also finished spinning some Merino/Silk/Bamboo from BJS Fiber Creations in a fall colorway.

Our Current Fix:
Jill is only working on her Zweig sweater by Caitlin Hunter out of Malabrigo Sock in Persia and Pearl.  She is hoping to finish before the Olympics start!  Her Rav page is here.
Ellen is crocheting another Virus Shawl. This one is using Trendsetter Yarns "Smoothies"  It is a gradient yarn but it is challenging to crochet with because of the multiple untwisted strands.  Her Rav page here.

What We're Jonesing For:
Jill is into the Saltwater Bay cardigan by Amy Christoffers from Knitty, Winter 2017.  She thinks the Owlentines by Rachel Borello Carroll is cute and timely for Valentine's Day.  Since we're talking crochet, she recently queued The Adirondack Wrap by ChiWei Ranck.
Ellen has a Valentine's project in mind as well, the A Hearty Hello Shawl by, a triangular shawl in filet-crochet.  She also likes the Ribbie Taiyo Scarf by Megan Delorme.  She is also inspired by a picture of an amazing crochet top with a giant eyeball across the front and granny stripes.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
WeHo Stitch 'n' Bitch at the Original Farmer's Market
The Little Knittery at 1808 No. Vermont Ave, Los Feliz.
Tunisian Crochet - Jill was thinking of these shawls by Aiobhe Ni
Sven Kirsten - Book of Tiki
Granny Greensbag by Ellen Bloom
Eyeball Shawl by Stephen West
Beth's Little Star Afghan by Beth Parsons
Hana Hou felted ukulele case by Wendy Bernard
Hollywood's Garden of Allah book series by Martin Turnbull
Lost Light by Michael Connelly

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ep. 61 - Tumbleweeds of Flannel

Ep. 61 is up!

Congratulations to all of the First-In-First-Out craftalong winners!  Contact Jill to get your prizes!

Finished Items:
Jill finally finished the Kusha Kusha felted scarf!  She needs to do another felting pass on it though.  She also finished a baby blanket using the Aesthetic Nest tutorial for the Heirloom Cut Chenille Baby Blanket.  She used IKEA orange cat fabric for the backing and layers of cotton flannel in light gray, dark gray and orange.

My Current Fix:
Jill is obsessed with her Zweig sweater by Caitlin Hunter.  Her Rav page is here.  She is using Malabrigo Sock in Persia and Pearl.  She has also started a Seeds to Flowers cowl by Kristina Vilimaite.  She is using Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Yarns in the Tulgey Woods colorway and amber lined TOHO 6/0 seed beads.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is loving a couple Norah Gaughan sweaters, the #02 Persian Yoke Pullover from Vogue Knitting Winter 2017/18 and Geiger from the BT Winter 18 collection.  Jill is eager to make the Bold Move skirt by Lorilee Beltman.  The pattern uses Lorilee's vertically stranded colorwork technique.  She likes the bulky oversized shawl Silvestra by Katrin Schubert.  Jill thinks the Tiny Bathroom pattern by Katie Boyette is so adorable.  She also likes the Spirit Mandala by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Phantom Thread (2017)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Trolls (2016)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ep. 60 - Went on a Frenzy

My Giftalong recap episode!

What I Finished:
Jill tamed the Opadoo!  She finished six more projects for the Indie Design Giftalong.  She made the Summer Into Fall baby dress by Lisa Chemery out of Malabrigo Rios in Ocean Green.  Her Rav page here.  She made the Thunderstorm Toque by Abbye Dahl in Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in the Monet colorway.  Her Rav page here.  Her foot item was the 3-in-1 Button Boots by Bekah Knits in Tahki Donegal Tweed and Lamb's Pride Worsted in Ink Blue.  Her Rav page here.  Her arm project was the Mayfield Mitts by Erica Heusser out of Leading Men Fiber Arts Spotlight in Minty Fresh and Knit Picks Capretta in White.  Her Rav page here.  She had a lot of problems with Wake by Kephren Pritchett (all her fault and not the pattern's) but loves the shawl out of Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Chesire in Shillings and Pence.  Her Rav page here.  Her final project was the Zarah Necklace by Ambah O'Brien in Malabrigo Sock in Solis and scraps from Woolbearers gradient set.  Her Rav page here.

My Current Fix:
Jill is back to working on the Kusha Kusha scarf by Habu Textiles.  She also started her first earring from the #Statement Knits ebook by Susanne Sommer.  She did the thunderbolt earring first.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into some new accessory patterns.  She likes the Winter Blooms hat by Melissa LaBarre, the Cowlor Wheel ebook by Stephanie Lotven (who also designed the Sock Arms), the pythagoras' mitts by alfa knits and the Lollipop Brioche Hat by Raina K.  She's also planning her future Caitlin Hunter pattern, either Zweig or the Ninilchik Swoncho.

Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible translated by Gayle Roehm
Macramé Pattern Book by Marchen Art Studio

Uppers and Downers:

Monday, December 18, 2017

Ep. 59 - Despite the Dream

Finished Items:
Jill finished the Coronis sweater by Emily Ringelman.  She used Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Sport in Clintonville and Gnarled Paw Proper DK in Horse in a Gray Flannel Suit and Mexican Blue Butterfly.  Her Rav page is here.  She also made two little hat ornaments using the Icy Seas pattern by Hunter Hammersen.  She used some leftover Knit Picks Stroll in Wonderland for those.

My Current Fix:
Jill is working on the Wake shawl by Kephren Pritchett in Frabjous Fiber Wonderland Chesire yarn in Shillings & Pence.  She is debating whether to keep knitting and make the medium or just finish at the small size.  She is also plugging away at the 3-in-1 Button Boots by Bekah Knits.  She's using Tahki Donegal Tweed in an oatmeal color and Lamb's Pride Worsted in Ink Blue for the soles.  She's also just started the Summer Into Fall baby dress by Lisa Chemery.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill's into a few patterns that would work for the Indie Design Giftalong: Thunderstorm Toque by Abbye Dahl and necklaces like the Zarah Necklace by Ambah O'Brien and the #statementknits by Susanne Sommer.  She loves the Chunky Walnut hat by Katrin Schubert and the ChevRiot shawl by Jennifer Dassau.  A couple holiday patterns Jill likes are the Olive's Christmas Stocking by Pernille Larsen and the Tannenbaumchen Potholder by Sybil R.

All the Pretty Colors Quilt kit from Connecting Threads
My Bubba Cuddle Kit by Shannon Fabrics
Gnarledpaw Yarns

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
The Handmaid's Tale
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
The Disaster Artist
Uncreative Crafter podcast

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Ep. 58 - Ugh, names

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Let all of the KAL/CAL/GALs begin!

Finished Projects:
Jill finished the Summer Vibes shawl by Lesley Ann Robinson out of Queensland Uluru in White Sands and Violet Hill.  She finally finished her Mustang Quilt!  This was a kit using Melody Miller fabrics from Cotton + Steel.

My Current Fix:
Jill is still working on the Kusha Kusha Scarf, but will likely put it away for Indie Designer Giftalong projects.  She's started Wake by Kephren Pritchett out of Frabjous Fiber Chesire Cat in the Shillings & Pence colorway.  Jill started swatching for Coronis by Emily Ringelman.  She's probably going to use Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Sport in Clintonville and Gnarledpaw Splendid DK in Horse in a Gray Flannel Suit.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is planning on some giftalong projects.  She bought the Zippertooth Mitts by Claire Lakewood.  She also got the Mayfield Mitts and the Honeylocust Loop both by Erica Heusser.  She's also thinking about making the 3-in-1 Button Boots by Bekah Knits, the Summer Into Fall baby dress by Lisa Chemery and the Fleet Fox stuffie by Leah B. Thibault.  After the GAL is over, she might do the Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter and Felicatas (The Arrow Sweater) by Lisa Hannes.

Florence Flamingo by Elizabeth Hartman
Fat Quarter Pop-up by The Fat Quarter Gypsy
Pompoms from FFFabuknits - Marissa Louder
Sew Together Stitching Lounge

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Lorilee Beltman
Mystery Oreos
Justice League (2017)
Life on the Line (2015)
3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Stranger Things 2
Harmonquest on VRV
Project Runway
50 Shades Darker
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream - Salty Caramel recipe
The Best Recipe cookbook

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ep. 57 - FIFO Underway

It took me forever to get around to editing, but finally here's the latest episode!

Finished Items:
Jill made the Pumpkin Mittens by Lumi Karmitsa using Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in Sunburst Gold and KP Wool of the Andes Evergreen.  She kind of used the numbers from the No Swatch, No Gauge Bulky Mittens pattern by Jean Gifford.

My Current Fix:
Jill is still working on the Summer Vibes shawl by Lesley Anne Robinson out of Queensland Uluru yarn.  She is also still chugging along on the Kusha Kusha Scarf out of Habu Textiles yarns.  She attempted to make some Arne & Carlos birds out of her Goodie Supply Fiber handspun, but her yarn was too heavy.  She'll probably use that yarn to make an Ombre by Chemknits.  Jill is halfway through spinning a 4oz braid of BJS Fiber Creations fiber (50 Merino/ 25 Bamboo/ 25 Silk) dyed by Barbara J. Seeler.  She also quilted her Mustang Quilt and just needs to do the binding!

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is all into pullovers this time around.  She might start the Still Light tunic by Veera Valimaki, maybe out of Imperial Stock Ranch Tracie Too.  She likes the Tabular sweater by Maja Moller from the latest Pompom Quarterly Winter 2017 issue.  She favorited the Felicitas (The Arrow Sweater) by Lisa Hannes.  And she debates a new holiday sweater, the Julgran by Andi Satterlund.

WEFF - Southern California Handweaver's Guild
Nicole Frost
Bee Mice Elf
Capistrano Fiber Arts Studio
Lion Brand Mandala
Framework by Norah Gaughan

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Perfect Christmas Jumper by Susan Crawford (Jill's Rav page)
Thy Neighbor's Wife by Gay Talese
Sandstone Retreat
The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerard
LaRocco's Pizzeria
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The Whole Truth (2016)
Split (2016)
Stranger Things
Rapture-Palooza (2013)
Dirty John podcast
The Last Bookstore