Monday, February 20, 2017

Ep. 43 - Talking About Crap

My Current Fix:
Jill is working on Not Seen Before by Kristina Vilimaite and several other designers have contributed wedge designs.  This pattern is from the Sight is Life ebook.  She is using Koigu KPPPM in 741P and Pagewood Farms Chugiak in a deep blue.  She has also been working on her Sophie's Universe CAL by Dedri Uys in Knit Picks Brava Worsted and her Shark Bite fingerless gloves using the sock pattern by Lara Smoot.
Jill also started a baby yoke sweater from the Heart on My Sleeve ebook by TinCan Knits.  She is using Cascade Ultra Pima and will either make Heartstring or Crazyheart.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill's finally bought two sweater patterns by Svetlana Volkova, Aurys and Bloomsbury.  She won the Schmur hat pattern by Sarah Jordan and is looking forward to making it.  She loves two different center out shawl patterns, Fallowed by Bristol Ivy and Epicenter by Josh Ryks.  She also likes the Cowesett Tee by Cassie Castillo in Interweave Knits Spring 2017.

Jill bought more Wolle's Color Changing Cotton 100gram skeins in Pink Medley and Icicle Medley at a trunk show at Wildfiber.  She also won a skein of A Hundred Ravens Lustre DK in The Southerly Hunt from the Indie Designer Gift-a-Long. 

First-In-First-Out Craft-a-Long!
Jill announces the winners of the FIFO CAL!  Check out the episode to find out if you've won!

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
Hidden Figures
My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Frequency TV show
Frequency movie
Fargo TV show
Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Ep. 42 - Something Entirely Different

A little bit different this time around!

Finished Projects:
Jill finished a couple pussyhats. The first using the Brooklyn Purl Alley Cat Hat by Claudette Brady in Lamb's Pride Bulky.  Her rav page here.  She also knit a Kettunosin by Anna Maltz out of Filatura di Crosa Zarina doubled, in a light pink and bright pink (rav page here).  She finished her Brunswick shawl by Mindy Wilkes out of Wolle's Color Changing Cotton in Lifesaver Medley. Hers is here. She also finished her first Mother Bear!  It was supposed to be in honor of KnittyBarb from the 2KnitLit Chicks podcast, but she finished way too late. 

My Current Fix:
Jill has been working on her existing projects, including the Shark Bite socks by Lara Smoot.  She had to turn them into mitts!  She's also gone back to her Sophie's Universe crochet blanket by Dedri Uys using Knit Picks Brava Worsted.  Hers is here.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is planning on starting the Not Seen Before MKAL by Kristina Vilimaite and 6 others from the Sight for Life ebook.  She also really likes the Zuni Shawl by Danielle Chelson, Doo Wop by Lisa Hannes and the Rosette Window by Mia Rinde.  She also loves the Springs to Mind hat by Kino Knits from Point/Counterpoint Vol. 2 which is inspired by Susie White's Frondescence shawl (which she also loves!)

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
Womb by M.K. Carroll
Man in the High Castle
Project Runway Jr.
Chez Jay
Sully (2016)
Silence (2016)
The Outsiders
Car Talk
#yarnlovechallenge on Instagram

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ep. 41 - Barely a Ped

Finished Items:
Jill finished the other four items for her Indie Designer Giftalong Opadoo!  She crocheted the Heavenly Lemon shawl by Elena Madsen out of a Chinese fingering weight wool.  Her Rav page here.  She finished the Aumangea Pullover by Francoise Danoy out of Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Worsted Twist in Grey Heather and Scarlet.  Her Rav page here.  She made a Maurice cowl by Lee Meredith out of Malabrigo Twist in Zinc and Noro Kureyon #170.  She did the medium, wide size and changed the order of the stripes to use the most of the skein of Kureyon.  The Rav page here.  Her last GAL project was Mosaic Slippers by CraftArella using Paton's Classic Wool in Plum Heather and a natural color.  Rav page here.

Our Current Fix:
Michele made huge progress on her baby blanket, using the Diagonal Comfort Blanket pattern out of Red Heart with Love in Boysenberry.
Jill has resumed work on the Brunswick shawl by Mindy Wilkes using Wolle's Color Changing Cotton in the 150g ball in Lifesaver Medley.  She is also working on Shark Bite by Lara Smoot out of Cloudborn Fibers Wool Fingering Twist in Grey and blue, plus other scraps.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is feeling forced into make the Hadley Button Slouch Hat by Justine Walley for someone she barely knows.
Jill likes the Yin Yang Kitty Ankle Socks by Geena Garcia, Little-Eyes booties by Inma Gijon and the Pineapple Hat by Emily Dormier.  She also loves the Winter Petrichor sweater by Bristol Ivy.

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
Susie Cakes
Torrance Bakery
Blick Fang yarn distributed by Zitron
Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok
Gnarledpaw yarn
You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Year of Yes by Shondra Rhimes
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
Hidden Figures (2016) - with Jim Parsons
Rogue One (2016)
La La Land (2016)
Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The OA on Netflix
Another Earth (2011)
UFC 207 - Amandes Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey
Tillamook Tillamookies - actually don't have any sorbet things
M&M Coffee Nut
Chocochip Oreos

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ep. 38 - Happy Kwanzaa 2020

Here's episode 38 at long last!  This was recorded right after the presidential election.  If you'd rather not relive that, you can skip this episode, or stop listening around 30 minutes in.

Finished Items:
Jill finished a blanket square from the Orange Quarter Quilt pattern by Eva Marie Niles out of Filatura Di Crosa Zara Plus in a forest green color.  She also finished her On the Spice Market shawl by Melanie Berg.  She used Leading Men Fiber Arts Showcase in Barbie's Nighty, a Woolbearers gradient kit in Golds and Frabjous Fibers Chesire Cat in Tulgey Wood.  Her Rav page here.

Our Current Fix:
Michele has picked up her Garter Squish by Stephen West again!  She is using Berocco Vintage in a tan brown color plus Vanna's Choice leftovers as the contrast.
Jill is working on Brunswick by Mindy Wilkes out of Wolle's Color Changing Cotton 150 gram skein in Lifesaver Medley.  She did a lot of swatching for her Imitation Game inspired cardigan but has put it aside for now.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is looking at a bunch of baby blankets including the Sprout Blanket by Hanna Breetz, the Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket by Purl SoHo and the Windy City Baby by Julie Blagojevich.
She also is going to cast-on a Melanie Berg pattern, either Perhaps, Perhaps or 5190 Miles (gift from dimsumdumpling)
Jill is loving the Fargo Pullover by Sheila Toy Stromberg.  She took advantage of the Knitters Pay It Forward movement and got the Oliver Toque by Sarah B. Abram and the Soundbreaker Shawl by Christopher Salas.  She was gifted The Miller's Daughter shawl by Melanie Berg by Gen, and given Ondawa by Michelle Wang and Kontrastne by Anna Kuduja by Melinda of the Yarnderwoman podcast.

Jill was gifted Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook (and really wants to make the Cloche from it).  She also got a skein of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Potluck and a pulse warmer kit from her Mom's trip to Amsterdam.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
UnhHHH - youtube show with Trixie Mattell and Katya Zomolodovic
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
The Arrival (2016) dir. by Denis Villeneuve
aebleskiver pan - vitumbua
Lily Chin
85C degree bakery - Taiwanese chain!
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Kings Hawaiian rainbow cake

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ep. 40 - Passive Agressive Rice

Finished Items:
Jill finished the Delta Mitts by Ella Austin using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport weight in Fairy Tale and Grey Heather and Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Sport in a purple color.  Her Rav page here.  She also made an overlay crochet ornament, the Starry Dream Hanging Ornament by Lilla Bjorn Crochet using sock yarn scraps.  Her Rav page here.

Our Current Fix:
Michele is working on the Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand out of Red Heart with Love.  She is going to use an edging from the book Around the Corner: Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman.  She is using the Raspberry color, but also bought Peacock and Berry Red.
Jill is working on the Aumangea Pullover by Francoise Danoy using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Worsted Twist in Grey Heather and Scarlet.  She is also crocheting the Heavenly Lemon shawl by Elena Madsen out of Sanli 216 Chinese yarn in an aqua color.

What We're Jonesing For:
Jill wanted Michele's help deciding what cowl/scarf to start for the Indie Designer Gift-a-Long.  She was debating the Sorcerers Stripes Scarf or Cowl by Brenda Castiel, Charadriiformes by Sarah Huntington Burch, Waverleaf by Faye Kennington, Deco Drops by Sarah Huntington Burch and Maurice by Lee Meredith.
Michele really wants a South Riding Kitchen Rug by Sun Fl0wer.  She also likes the Cropped Bohemian Sweater by Camexia and the Catch and Release sweater by Melissa Schaschwary
Jill also likes the Tulipa Espiral shawl by Ines Sousa and the worsted color work shawl, Azulejo Shawl by Christina Danaee.  She also wants to make the Pussyhat Project hat by Kat Coyle.  And the tiny Zigguratlettissimissimo sweaters by Asa Tricosa!

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
The Crown
Matt Smith from The Crown and Dr. Who

The Best Recipe cookbook
America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (maybe this is the one Michele mentioned?)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ep. 39 - You're In a Safe Place!

After  computer mishaps we are back!  Hopefully Ep. 38 will come out after this one!

Finished projects:
Michele finished her Gather hat by Tin Can Knits.
Jill finished the Tartelette by Lisa Chemery out of Bumblebirch Forage in Cranberry.  This was her first project for the Indie Designer Gift-a-Long.  Her Rav page is here.

Our Current Fix:
Michele is chugging along on her Garter Squish blanket by Stephen West, using Vanna's Choice and Berroco Vintage Bulky.
Jill is working on the Mina hat by Ela Torrente using Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in Parakeet, also for the gift-a-long.  She pretty much finished it while recording.  Her Rav page is here.  She also made it partway through her first Mother Bear for the Mother Bear Project.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele has been looking at baby blankets again.  She is thinking about making a giant Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth.  She is into all of the crocheted blankets by BabyLove Brand, including the Desert Bloom, Wildflower Blanket, Modern Patchwork, Painted Hexagon, Trellis & Chevron and Threaded Colors Chevron.
Jill is making plans for the rest of the gift-a-long.  She will be starting the Delta Mitts by Ella Austin, the Aumangea Pullover by Francoise Danoy (using Cloudborn Worsted Twist from Craftsy), Shark Bite socks by Lara Smoot and the Starry Dream Hanging Ornament by Tatiana Kupryianchyk (Lilla Bjorn Crochet).  She also bought the Sizzle Pop shawl by Lesley Anne Robinson but won't cast it on until next year.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Chess Pie
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
2KnitLitChicks podcast
Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Darren Criss
The Rain Room at LACMA
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Manson: The Life & Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn
UNHhhh youtube channel
RuPaul's Drag Race 
Seu Jorge in The Life Aquatic - youtube link

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ep. 37 - Not Hyping Up Autumn

Finished Projects:
Jill made The Clincher by Ash Kearns out of Knitted Wit Victory Fingering in Supernova and Sweetgeorgia Tough Love Sock in an aqua color.  Her Rav page is here.

Our Current Fix:
Jill had some project attempts that didn't turn out.  Including the Mesmeric Cardigan by Katy Banks and Becky's Preemie Fruit Orchard Hat by Rebecca Craig from Bev's Country Cottage.  She is also working on On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg for the Big Bad Berg-a-Long.  She is using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showcase in Barbie's Nighty, a Woolbearers Gradient set in gold and Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat in Tulgey Wood.  Her Rav page is here.
Michele is working on the smocked hat, Gather by tincanknits in Red Heart with Love.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is into the Altastratus shawl by Alla Saenko, the Cicada Shawl by Toby Roxane Barna and Aggregate by Jimenez Joseph.  Michele can't get the Baby Bubble Blanket by Pamela Spath out of her head.  She might have to make another Windschief by Steven West.

Jill likes the Fangorn Forest by Svetlana Gordon, the Stag Head Pullover by Norah Gaughan and the Emerald Shawl by Bernadette Ambergen.  There are some free patterns that she likes: I'm With Her by yellowcosmo, Songbird by Sara Elizabeth Kellner, Blair Road by Magdalene Lee and the Bikini Dishcloth by Lily/Sugar n Cream.

Wolle's Color Changing Cotton - Lifesaver Medley

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Celebrate Forsythe at the Music Center
Twist, Yarns of Intrigue
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Classics Reimagined version)
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street)
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Think Better, Live Better by Joel Osteen
It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak into Happily Never After by Andi Dorfman
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - not the cover I was envisioning!
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Horror Story: Roanoke
Insecure - Issa Rae
Lena Dunham - Women of the Hour