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).

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. 

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
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.

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:
Meiji Shrine
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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Ep. 66 - Pre-vacation catch-up

A short one before I go on vacation!

What I've Finished:
Jill knit the Conifer baby cardigan from Ella Austin.  She used Gnarledpaw Yarns Happy Tweed in Blue Topaz as the main color and Koigu KPM in 2332 as the contrast color.  Her Rav page is here.

My Current Fix:
Jill is also making a pair of Lillebrors Vintersko by Heidi Petterson for the same baby in deep stash Anny Blatt Merinos in a muted magenta color.  She is also still working on the Sizzle Pop triangular shawl by Lesley Anne Robinson in Hula Hut Yarns Tiki Sock in Huckleberry Chuckle and Midnight.  Her Rav page here.  She cut the fabric for the Rugged Trail quilt kit from Connecting Threads.  The pattern is by Mari Martin and the fabrics are Yosemite Park Flannel by Jenni Calo.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into the Mint Leaves pullover by Joji Locatelli from the new Making no. 5 / COLOR magazine.  She bought two shawl patterns by Melanie Berg, True Colors and 5190 Miles.  She likes the crochet basket Levitt by Donna Yacino, from the Berrocco emails.  She mentioned the Brea Bag by Norah Gaughan, knit out of Berrocco Suede.  She's also into Lucette by Sandrine Bianco, a colorwork hat with cats, in French.

Sweet Sparrow Yarns sweater project bag

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Death of Stalin (2017)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
The Love Witch (2016)
Wild Wild Country - Netflix
Project Runway All-Stars
Cliffs of Id climbing gym

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ep. 65 - Knitting Drama Is a Thing

My guest on the podcast today is Annie!  You can find her podcast on YouTube as Petite Weaver Crafts, and she is on Ravelry and Instagram as petiteweaver.

What We've Finished:
Annie and Jill both finished a pair of the Evil Eve Gloves by Kat Coyle, coordinated by Krista Suh for the March for Our Lives.  They both used Kensington HiKoo yarn that was given out by Maker's Mercantile and Karin Skacel.  Jill also finished her Fish Lips Kiss Heel socks out of Regia Arne & Carlos design line yarn.

Our Current Fix:
Annie is working on The Weekender pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Miss Babs Yowza.  Her Rav page here.  She is also knitting on a Sophie cardigan by Jennifer Wood out of Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in Hammock.  Her Rav page here.  She is also knitting a pair of vanilla socks out of Must Stash yarn in Apple Picking.  Annie started her Tula Nova quilt kit which is an English Paper Piecing kit using Tula Pink fabrics.
Jill is working on Sizzle Pop by Lesley Ann Robinson out of Hula Hut Yarns Tiki Sock in Huckleberry Chuckle and Midnight.  Her Rav page here.  Jill also did a little bit of spinning, using some small batts from Mork Made Fiber Co.  She is also swatching Conifer by Ella Austin and Wee Carson by Ysolda Teague using Knit Picks Hawthorne in Graffiti Speckle, Knit Picks Essential Bordeaux and Koigu.

What We've Jonesing For:
Annie has swatched for the Zweig sweater by Caitlin Hunter.  She is also spinning yarn for a Cullen by Elizabeth Doherty.  She likes the Beaufort Sweater by Mary Anne Bennedetto from the new knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018.
Jill likes Bolan by Leila Raabe, designed for Quince & Co.  She likes the Butterfly/Papillon shawl by Marin Melchior.  She was inspired by some KALs using Urth Uneek yarn.  Jill is maybe back into knitting socks and has queued the Escape Reality socks by Lisa K. Ross from Knitty Spring/Summer 2018.  We also discuss the Embrace Octopus Sweater by Maia E. Sirnes

Jill bought some Polwarth Silk (85/15) from Red Fish Dyeworks in a green colorway.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Craftsy Unlimited
Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters
Jessica Jones
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace w/ Darren Criss
Ru-Paul's Drag Race All-Stars
Paley Center
Queer Eye

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ep. 64 - Stitches Recap

My Current Fix:
Jill was disappointed to realize that her Imitation Game sweater out of Knit Picks Palette was coming out way too big.  She put it away to work on her Fish Lips Kiss Heel socks out of Regia 4-ply Design Line by Arne and Carlos.  She made them shortie socks and used the rounded toe from the Rose City Rollers pattern.  These are for the 2KnitLitChicks Never-Have-I-Ever sock KAL.  She also started the Sizzle Pop shawl by Lesley Ann Robinson out of Hula Hut Tiki Sock yarn in the colorways Huckleberry Chuckle and Midnight.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill bought the pattern for Archer by Elizabeth Doherty.  She'll use her skein of Forbidden Fiber Co Pride fingering in Mist with maybe a couple skeins of Color Notes Yarn Twinkle in Turquoise Strata or The Plucky Knitter Solo in Under the Sea.  She got a free kit from Skacel to make a pair of Evil Eye Gloves out of Kensington HiKoo for the March For Our Lives on March 24.  The pattern is the brainchild of Krista Suh and Kat Coyle.  Jill bought a kit from Spincycle Yarns for the Fixation hat by Ann Weaver.  The shawl for her sister may end up using the Tiong Bahru pattern by Asa Tricosa using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Lace in Every Day Gray.  She is also into a couple Kate Davies patterns including the Carbeth Cardigan and the Betty Mouat Cowl.

Other Re-ups include: Miss Babs, Western Sky Knits, Havirland Pax Sock from The Altered Stitch, Junkyarn, Knit Picks and Wool Buddy.  Jill bought a necklace from Brittany (yarnbob) who has a shop at Fiber and Flame.  She was helping at the Abundant Earth Fiber booth who had all of their merchandise stolen.  Go order some yarn!

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Queer Eye on Netflix
The Crown on Netlix
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Bachelor Winter Games
Zach Morris is Trash
Gay of Thrones
Cut to It: Strategies for Smarter Quilting by Debbie Caffrey on Craftsy
Twisted Stitches Podcast
Petite Weaver Podcast - video
Mork Made Fiber Co

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