Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ep. 73 - Spin Their Brains Out

New episode up!  I chat about my progress on everything and announce the dates for the First-In-First-Out craftalong.


What I've Finished:
Jill redid the ribbing on her Fixation hat by Ann Weaver out of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool yarn.  She unpicked the ribbing off of the hat, and knit ribbing back down on smaller needles and a few less stitches.

My Current Fix:
Jill did lots of spinning for Tour de Fleece.  She spun a 3-ply skein of Naturally Stoned Stick and Stone Fiber Arts batts in a naturally dyed brown color.  She has a lot more of it to go!  Jill's been working primarily on her Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter.  She is using Cloudborn Superwash DK in Lavender Heather and Cloudy Skies, Junkyarn DK in Indira and Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Coleus.  Her Rav page here.  She started the Biophilia shawl by Mary-Anne Mace in Tosh Merino Light in Scarlet.  She bought the yarn to make an Oranje by Ann Weaver, but the yarn bled too much to risk colorwork.




What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill loves a couple new colorwork sweaters, Ixchel by Catherine Clark from the new pompom quarterly Issue 26 and Lady of the Lake by Kaffe Fassett.  She thinks Sparky the Pig by Cindy Pilon would make a cute felted piggy bank.  She thinks Compass by Buttonnose Crochet would be a great star blanket pattern for her Caron Cakes.

FIFO time!
Jill is planning to make a Wool & Honey by Andrea Mowry for the FIFO CAL!  That is the First-In-First-Out Craftalong, starting September 1.  Find a pattern that you've been meaning to make for years, or stash you've been meaning to work up for years and let's give those oldies some love!

Re-Ups:
Goodie Supply Co - Polwarth/Silk for the GLASG spinalong
Buchanan Fiber Co - cotton sliver and punis
Xerces Society

Uppers and Downers:
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Three Identical Strangers (2018)
Bachelor in Paradise

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ep. 72 - 70s Kitchen Appliance

Is everyone having a good summer?  Here's a short update from me!


What I've Finished:

Jill did all the finishing on Karen's Frenchie by Sara Elizabeth Kellner out of Cascade 220 in Mustard and Natural.  Her Rav page here.  She also finished spinning a gradient out of Oink Pigments Knotty Fluff in Sunny with a Chance of Peaches, Melon-Choly, Multi-Pass and Gecko Meadow.  She spun 4 oz of a light fingering weight yarn.





My Current Fix:
Jill is trying to spin every day for Tour de Fleece, and her next spinning project is naturally dyed merino batts from Stick and Stone Fiber Arts.  Jill is mostly done with Fixation by Ann Weaver in Spincycle Yarns.  She might be done, or she might redo the ribbing on a smaller needle.  She is also obsessed with her Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter, using Cloudborn Superwash DK in Lavender Heather and Cloudy Skies, Junkyarn DK in Indira and Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Coleus.  Her Rav page here.



What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill's into the Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry.  She also bought the Here We Gnome Again pattern by Sarah Schira.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Cathedral Park in Portland
Elmer's Pancake House
Zumbo's Just Desserts on Netflix
Eighth Grade by Bo Burnham
Buddies (1985) by Arthur Bressan Jr.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ep. 71 - Inside of the Purge

Ep. 71 is up!


Finished Items:
Jill finished her True Friend pullover by Veera Valimaki!  She used Dream in Color Jilly in Brilliant and MadTosh Tosh Merino Light in Silver.

My Current Fix:
Jill is done with the knitting portion of her knit French Bulldog using the Karen's Frenchie pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.  She used Cascade 220 yarn from her stash.  She is also working on the Fixation hat by Ann Weaver using a kit from Spincycle Yarns purchased at Stitches West 2018.  She is also in the middle of spinning some Oink Pigments Knotty Fluff bumps using the colorways Sunny with a Chance of Peaches, Melon-Choly, Multi-Pass and Gecko Meadow.  She will continue spinning this during Tour de Fleece as part of the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild team.



What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into the DK weight 3-color shawl, Milu by Tamy Gore.  She likes the summer tee Awelan by Susanna IC from Twist Collective july 2018.  There is an awesome looking crochet blanket CAL, the Karoo Vintage MAL by Jen Tyler.  Jill also likes a couple patterns from the recent Knitscene Fall 2018: the Agatha Shawl by Mone Drager and the Greta Cardigan by Joan Forgione.

Re-Ups:
Cloudborn Pima Cotton DK in Taupe for Knitted Knockers
Cloudborn DK Superwash Merino in Stormy Skies for her Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter.  That might be for the Yarniacs Color of Fall KAL.




Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Lone Pine and Alabama Hills
Manzanar
The Incredibles 2 (2018)
Bao
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Moviepass
Criminal Minds

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ep. 70 - Blobby Man in a Jumpsuit

Ep. 70 is ready!


What I've Finished:
Jill made a tiny little boot from a Style Leather Craft kit she bought at Tokyu Hands in Tokyo.  She found a helpful tutorial for hand-stitching at Martha Stewart.  She used a Dritz silicone Needle Puller and it helped out.  She finished a Mother Bear for the Mother Bear Project.  She used Knit 1 Crochet 2 Paintbox yarn.  She also finished a little pompom cat face using the book by Trikotri.  Jill used Knit Picks Palette yarn for the pompom and eyes from 6060eyes.com.  Her newly translated book is on pre-order from Book Depository.




My Current Fix:
Jill is working on a second cat pompom but still needs to put all the facial features on it.  This one is also in KP Palette.  Her only knitting project is True Friend by Veera Valimaki from the Interpretations Vol. 2 collection.  She is using Dream in Color Jilly in the Brilliant colorway and MadTosh Merino Light in Silver.


What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill's novelty pattern for this episode is Outrage! by Karin Aida.  Her favorite new triangular shawls are the free patterns for the knit Study Hall Shawl by Sarah Schira and the crochet pattern Mindfulness by Elena Fedotova.  She likes the recent colorwork pullover, Guthrie, from Caitlin Hunter.

Re-Ups:
Caron Cotton Cakes, 2 skeins in Hydrangea

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Nailed It! - Netflix

Monday, June 4, 2018

Ep. 69 - Your BMs, I Guess

The latest episode! Where I talk about a little knitting, then a lot of talk about the lack of concern for non-main character life in superhero TV shows. :)



What I've Finished:
Jill finished her sister's wedding shawl!  She used the Tiong Bahru pattern by Asa Tricosa, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Lace in Everyday Gray.  She used just a bit more than one skein.

My Current Fix:
Jill's working on True Friend by Veera Valimaki in Dream in Color Jilly in Brilliant and MadTosh Merino Light in Silver.  She also started a Seamless Knit Mother Bear out of Knit1CrochetToo Paintbox in the 01 colorway.  This is for the Mother Bear Project.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill likes the Ashland pullover by Julie Hoover from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 15.  There are some cute stuffed toys that Jill is into, including Fawn by Claire Garland and Karen's Frenchie by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.  She was cracking up over the Bristol Chart Scarf by Karin Aida (same designer as the Not for Trump Supporters hat).



Re-Ups:
Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in Lakeside and Cornflower.
Beautiful project bag and DPN holder from Diane, DinaripperCreations and KnitPicks Hawthorne in Nob Hill



Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Oreos - Cherry Cola and Kettle Corn
Homemade Thin Mints - Averie Cooks
Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake - Two Peas and their Pod
Nectarine ice cream - Self Proclaimed Foodie
Din Tai Fung - Taiwanese!
The Void - VR "paintball"
Knitting Outside of the Box by Bristol Ivy
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Baywatch (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Cinderella (2015)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Ep. 68 - This Is Kind of Madness

Jill is joined by special guest Brenda Castiel!  You can find Brenda's patterns on Ravelry, follow her on Instagram at bcastiel, or check out her etsy shop, Good Stuff Crafts.




What We've Finished:
Brenda finished a sweater for her 4-year-old grandson with a colorwork yoke with the stranding on the outside.  Her Rav page is here.  She also finished a pair of socks.
Jill finally finished her Sizzle Pop by Lesley Anne Robinson!  Her Rav page here.  She used Hula Hut Tiki Sock in Huckleberry Chuckle and Midnight.  She plyed her singles spun from Mork Made Fiber Co.  She also needle felted a little bear for her Mom for Mother's Day out of a kit from Hamanaka, purchased at Tokyu Hands.



Our Current Fix:
Brenda is working on a pair of socks out of Regia Pairfect.  She also has a shawl design in progress using Sweet Georgia yarns.  Her Rav page here.  She has some languishing WIPs including a second Richmond Mitt in YOTH yarns and a Hitofude cardigan in Wollmeise.

Jill is struggling with her Tiong Bahru by Asa Tricosa in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Lace in Every Day Grey.  She has been getting some knitting done on True Friend by Veera Valimaki out of Dream in Color Jilly in Brilliant and Madtosh Merino Light in Silver.  She finished the piecing of her Rugged Trail quilt by Connecting Threads using Yosemite Park Flannel.  Jill watched a Craftsy class, Piece Like a Pro by Donna Lynn Thomas and found it very helpful.



What We're Jonesing For:
Brenda has a few design projects she's excited to get started on.  One is going to involve a gradient set of Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Blurple.  She is debating using a Miss Babs yarn as the contrast, or Suburban Stitcher in Rainbowalong 2017.    She also received a couple gradient packs from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in Stitch Pink and grey/blacks that she is going to design a project for. 
Jill really likes the Leiden top by Natalie Selles from the Pom Pom Quarterly Summer 2018.  She bought Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter.  Jill downloaded the Neri cowl by Pariser Landluft, and likes the free tutorial from The Little Bee for the Ropey Rainbow Basket by Alia Bland. 

Re-Ups:
Brenda got some cute sheep fabric from Sew Together Stitching Lounge.
Jill got the Flower Power Sprout and Shout Quilt kit from Craftsy.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Unforgotten on PBS or Amazon
Bosch on Amazon
Crashing on HBO
Riverdale
The Alienist on TNT, and book by Caleb Carr.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ep. 67 - Penchant for Banana Flavor

I'm back from vacation and have a lot to show for it!

What I've Finished:
Jill added little pompoms onto the ties of her Lillebrors vintersko by Heidi Petterson out of Anny Blatt Merinos DK and called them good!  The pompoms match her completed Conifer Cardigan from last episode.  Her Rav page here.



My Current Fix:
Jill is still working on Sizzle Pop by Lesley Anne Robinson out of Hula Hut Tiki Sock in Huckleberry Chuckle and Midnight.  Her Rav page here.  She started Tiong Bahru by Asa Tricosa as her sister's wedding shawl.  She is using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Laceweight in Every Day Grey.  She cast-on True Friend by Veera Valimaki out of Dream in Color Jilly in Brilliant, and Tosh Merino Light in Silver Fox right before leaving on vacation and then never worked on it.
She is spinning some Mork Made Fiber Co batts and will make several small two-ply skeins.  Jill got quite a lot of it done at the LA Zoo sheep shearing day, demonstrating on behalf of the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill really likes the Noten pullover by Ankestrick.  She has also queued Inkwell by Alice Caetano from Amirisu Winter 2018.

Re-Ups:
At Walnut Tokyo, Jill bought the aforementioned Amirisu magazine, and two balls of DARUMA Genmou yarn in colors 14 & 17.
At Okadaya, Jill got the trikotri book on making pompoms that look like cat heads.  She also got a sashiko placemat kit, an Anchor embroidered bag kit, several skeins of Hamanaka Korpokkur solid sock yarn and a skein of Opal sock yarn in Cake Pops.  She also got a few meters of fabric.
At Tokyu Hands, Jill bought lots of stationery and kits for making tiny leather shoes.
At Tomato, the fabric store in Nippori Fabric Town, she got lots of med-weight cotton fabric.



On the LA County Yarn Crawl, she also went a little crazy.
At Creative Ewe Studio, Jill got two skeins of Malabrigo Arroyo in Lavanda.
At Wildfiber, Jill got Blue Sky Woolstok in Thermal Spring and Pompom Quarterly Autumn 2017.  A few weeks earlier she ran into Lizzie there, and also got a skein of Malabrico Mechita in Aureo.
At Compatto Yarn Salon, Jill got a skein of Baah! La Jolla in Venom.
At Make One Yarn Company, Jill got a skein of Spun Right Round SW 80/20 in Combat Boots & Baby Doll Dresses
At Wollhaus, Jill got a 150gm skein of Woolstok in Midnight Sea, and a crawl totebag.
At Altered Stitch, Jill bought a skein of Havirland Pax Sock in Convo Hearts.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Kamakura
Meiji Shrine
Harajuku
Otter Cafe
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tokyo Banana

The Greatest Showman (2017)
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
The Darkest Hour (2017)
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Downsizing (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Dogtooth (2009)
It (2017)
A Quiet Place (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers