Monday, December 3, 2018

Ep. 79 - Balls to the Wall

FIFO winners are announced!


What I've Finished:
Jill finished her Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith in Manos del Uruguay and assorted yarns.  It turned out pretty huge.  She's wearing it as a slouchy hat with a faux fur pompom by ffabuknits.  Her Rav page here.  She also finished a Little Dude baby sweater by Andrea Rangel in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes superwash in Noble Heather, Briar Heather and Bittersweet Heather.  Her Rav page here.


Then her first Indie Giftalong project was the Zippertooth Mitts by Clare Lockwood in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering in Turquoise Wonder, Salmon and Goldenrod and Knit Picks Palette in Mist.  Her Rav page here.



My Current Fix:
Jill did a little bit of spinning on the Stick and Stone Fiber Arts naturally dyed brown wool.  She started the Vanilla is the New Black (Sport/DK) in Gnarledpaw Super Sport in Electric Melon.  She also started the Mount Pleasant cropped pullover by Megan Nodecker in Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in Azaleas.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into the Knit, Around cowl by Claire Slade and the Adventurer Cowl by Ambah O'Brien.  Another advent project she likes is the Vega Wrap by Shara Made.  She bought the Bramble Birds hat pattern by Sara Huntington Burch.  She likes a couple shawls, the Dreaming of Spring Shawl by Leela Frankcombe and the Port Hope Shawl by Brenda Castiel.  Jill is tempted by the new scrap yarn sock blanket, Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander Loomis (host of the Dungeons & Dropped Stitches podcast).  Jill's favorite crochet pattern this time is the Mascot Sweater by Natalia Kononova.  Her favorite novelty pattern is the Festive Hoodie Mug Cozies by Loraine Birchall.

FIFO Winners!:
MaryBeth1199
RamonaFirehorse
Green Hook
sfchick
esalaza
A big thank you to Diane (dptemple) and Brenda Castiel for donating prizes!

Re-ups:
Uneek Fingering
Malabrigo Washted

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Four and Twenty Blackbirds Cookbook - Salty Honey and Buttered Rum Cream Pie.
Creed II (2018)
The Haunting of Hill House
Maniac

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ep. 78 - Stitches SoCal not Stitches West recap

It's been a busy few weeks!





What I've Finished:
Jill finished the Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Rowanspun 4-ply.  She also finished spinning 4oz of Goodie Supply Co 80/20 Polwarth Silk in the Its a Mermaid colorway.



My Current Fix:
Jill's working on The Little Dude sweater by Andrea Rangel out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes superwash in Noble Heather, Briar Heather and Bittersweet Heather.  She's also continuing to work on Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith out of deep stash Manos del Uruguay.  She thinks it'll probably be too big.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill was gifted the short row Butterfly/Papillon pattern by Marion Melchior, so she needs to find yarn to use with it!  She also likes the Pheasant pattern by Claire Garland and Bobble Diamond by Pam Powers.

Re-Ups:
Illuminated Knits by Lucy Hague
Hedgehog Skinny Singles in Fool's Gold and Gossip
Wonderland Dyeworks - accidentally said Woodland!
Less Traveled Yarn
Greenwood Fiberworks
Stitches SoCal

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles
The Classics Film Festival in Colombia
Enamorada (1946)
Parque Arvi
Ready Player One (2018)
Hereditary (2018)
Ocean's Eight (2018)
Love, Simon (2018)
Monk Season 2 on Amazon
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix
The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix
Paula Poundstone - There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say
Hugh Howey - Wool Omnibus edition

Monday, October 29, 2018

Ep. 77 - Borderline Pukey

Come to our Stitches SoCal meetup!  Saturday, November 3, from 1-3pm in the Sheraton hotel bar (Charlie's Bar 303 E Cordova St. 91101).  Take a break from shopping and show me what you've made!  Or just say hi in the marketplace.


My Current Fix:
Jill is close to finishing her Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Rowanspun 4-ply.  She finished the brim of her Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith out of Manos del Uruguay Classica.  She also spun the first half of her Goodie Supply Co Polwarth/Silk braid in the It's a Mermaid colorway.  It was for the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild spinalong.



What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into the Seaglass and Driftwood sweater by Annie Lupton.  She also likes the cropped crochet top, the Totum Tee by Nomad Stitches.

Re-Ups:
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash for a Little Dude by Andrea Rangel.
Under Dutch Skies BFL/Silk in fluorescent yellow



Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
The Post (2017)
Free Solo (2018)
First Man (2018)
The IT Crowd
Midsomer Murders
The Sinner Season 2.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ep. 76 - Full Diaper for a Human Adult

Ep. 76!  More than just knitting this time.



What I've Finished:
Jill sewed a Range Backpack (pattern by Noodlehead) for her Mom's birthday.  She used light canvas purchased at Okadaya in Tokyo, pink quilting cotton from Jo-Ann's, waxed canvas from Fabric Planet, and hardware from Noodlehead.




My Current Fix:
Jill has given up on the Mustard Baby Romper by creativa atelier after it was turning out huge.  She just finished the body of Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Rowan Rowanspun 4-ply in Temptation.  She also started a Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith out of Manos del Uruguay.  Both of these projects are for the First-In-First-Out craftalong!

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill has a couple crochet patterns in her favorites, including The Coco Boxy Sweater by Cecilia Losada and the "Lotus" blanket in 12 peaks by Natascha Stadter.  There are two free worsted weight shawl patterns: Rumpelstiltskin by Christin Kimsey and Between the Worlds by Doro Winter.  She also likes the new pattern Thanks, It Has Pockets! by Kathleen Sperling.  She is a little bit obsessing over Lucy Hague.

Re-Ups:
Jill got a lovely package from Amy - capeneddicknitter on ravelry, including homemade project bags, a skein of Jaggerspun Green Line Sport in Dark Lilac, and the Maine Knits book by Beatrice Perron Dahlen.
Quaere Fibres self striping sock in Potions Class
Hula Hut Yarns Lotus Sock in Kite



Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Berrylook online store - no link to avoid spam!
Apple Festival at the Portland Nursery
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
Call the Midwife Season 7
The Americans Season 6

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ep. 75 - South West Merino

Ep. 75 is up, and the FIFO craftalong is in full swing!


My Current Fix:
Jill is working on the Mustard Baby Romper by Marta Porcel from the creativa atelier website out of Twist Cotton DK in Cool Mint.  She's run out of yarn so is going to try adding in the same yarn in Blue Sky or Salt and Pepper.  She is working on the yoke of her Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Rowanspun 4ply in the Temptation colorway.  This is her first project for the First-In-First-Out (FIFO) craftalong.  The craftalong started September 1 and goes through November 31.  Chat for the craftalong here!  Jill also basted her Rugged Trail quilt out of Connecting Threads Yosemite flannel.



What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill queued the brioche Berrit hat by Katrin Schubert.  She likes The Vintage Puzzle sweater by Sandra van Scheijndel.  There is a knitalong for the pattern going on on Instagram, #thevintagepuzzlealong.  She's also into the Glorious Cincuenta Cowl by Lisa R. Myers, designed for Manos del Uruguay's 50th anniversary.

Re-Ups:
Sweet Sparrow Yarns
A Verb for Keeping Warm
Twist, Yarns of Intrigue
Fabric Planet
Range Backpack by Noodlehead

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Pann's
Stitches SoCal
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Blindspotting (2018)
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)
Are You the One? on MTV
Castle Rock on Hulu
Horrorstor by Grady Hendricks

Monday, September 3, 2018

Ep. 74 - Distilled Yarn

The FIFO craft-a-long has begun!  No more putting off that long-loved pattern or yarn.  Why Not Now!


What I Finished:
Jill is done with her Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter!  She used Cloudborn Superwash DK in Lavender Heather and Cloudy Skies, Junkyarn DK in Indira and Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Coleus.  Her Rav page is here.  She completed the Biophilia shawl by Mary-Anne Mace out of MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light in Scarlett. She also made a pair of Knitted Knockers out of Cloudborn Pima Cotton DK in the Taupe colorway.  And her last finished project was the Grow with Me Bonnet by Elena Nodel out of GnarledPaw Proper DK in Horse in a Gray Flannel Suit.



My Current Fix:
Jill is working on the Mustard Baby Romper by Marta Porcel out of Twist Cotton DK in Cool Mint.  She also just cast on for the Wool & Honey sweater by Andrea Mowry from vintage Rowanspun 4-ply wool in the Temptation colorway.  She also did a little more spinning on the Stick and Stone Fiber Arts naturally dyed brown batts.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is looking for baby projects.  The two free baby sweaters she is thinking about are Mabel by Fiona Alice and Wee Cupcake by Taiga Hilliard.  Jill got the Separate Ways pullover by Joji Locatelli, but is not going to cast it on in time for the Joji Fall KAL.  She also bought the Hearth and Millstone collection of cabled sweaters by Bristol Ivy.  She is into quite a few cabled sweaters from the latest Interweave Knits, Fall 2018 including Follins Pond Pullover by Moira Engel, Yarmouth Pullover by Mary Anne Benedetto and the Race Point Pullover by Jenny Williams.

Re-Ups:
Quilt 'n' Things Fiber Arts
Wildfiber
The Knitting Tree LA
Sew Together Stitching Lounge
Altered Stitch
Pompom Quarterly - Ixchel
Range Bag by noodlehead
Danielle Laurenti/Green Illustrations
Yarnderwoman podcast
Sweet Sparrow Yarns

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
The Frozen Ground (2013)
CHIPS (2017)
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Goliath Season 2
mother! - with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Castle Rock on Hulu
The Mindy Project 
Insecure

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