Friday, January 1, 2021

Ep. 109 - It's a Human Person

 Finally an update!  I hope you had a safe end to your 2020!

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Note: All pattern links are Ravelry links.  Please do not follow them if Ravelry is not safe for you to view.

What I've Finished:

Jill made some Genevieve's Tube Socks by Jasmin Canty in leftover MadTosh Sock in the Holi Festival colorway.  She finished her baby mobile out of the Arne & Carlos Embroidered Birds pattern right before the baby was born out of Knit Picks Palette and a little Holstgarn SuperSoft.  She knit a Ruth Baby Ginsburg sweater by Park Williams out of black and white Caron Simply Soft.  Her Rav page here. She also knit herself a matching Purl Soho Garter Ear Flap Hat out of GnarledPaw Proper DK to match Lucas and Starling's hats out of a pink colorway.  And she made a Christmas stocking for Starling out of Cascade 220 Christmas Red with the St. Peters Port Stocking by Anne Hansen.  Her Rav page here.

My Current Fix:

Jill is knitting the Posy cardigan by Marzena Kolacek out of Invictus Yarns Inconquerable Sole in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway.  She started some stockinette socks out of Opal Socks in the Cake Pops colorway, but just realized they are too small, so will probably have to rip them back to the ribbing and restart.  She started creating the Supersize Wreath by Annaboo's House, but got paralyzed by making choices about the colors of pompoms and didn't finish in time for Christmas.  She also started the 12 Days of Christmas sewn felt ornaments by Larissa Holland - MmmCrafts on etsy using wool blend felt from Benzie Design.   She had finished the pear and was working on the partridge by the end of recording.

What I'm Jonesing For:

Jill wanted to make some Festive Hoodie Mug Cozies by Loraine Birchall but didn't get around to it.  She loves the Aberdeen Socks pattern by Knox Mountain Knit Co and plans to make some for Starling.  She likes the free headband pattern Simone by Emilie Luis.  She also likes the newish brioche hat pattern Cabriola by Katrin Schubert.  Jill bought the Making No. 10 issue and loves the Love Owls by Susan B. Anderson and the Late Bloomer Mittens by Kristen Ledgett.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

You are a F*cking Awesome Mom by Leslie Ann Bruce

Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Long Dog Yarn

Thank you again to  Marybeth (outofthisworld), who made Starling a Beloved bonnet by Tin Can Knits and an adorable long sleeve shirt with crochet border.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Ep. 108 - Mark It Off

 Baby countdown on!

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(pattern links are direct links to Ravelry)

What I've Finished:

Jill finished up the Fingering Entrechat Bonnet by Lisa Chemery in Spun Right Round SW Sock in Combat Boots and Baby doll Dresses.  She used the same yarn to make Christine's Stay On Baby Booties by Christina Bourquin.  She wrapped up the Baby Yoda for Babies by Arianna Soloway out of Berroco Vintage doubled in taupe, and Craftsmart Value in Sage also doubled for the hood.  Her Rav page here.  And finally!  Jill finished the Fox Paws by Xandy Peters in Knit Picks Palette, in Seafaring, Edamame, Huckleberry Heather, Silver and Clarity.  She also did the embroidery on the Baby Kaftan by Debbie Bliss.  The baby sweater was knit in Rowan Cotton Glace, colorway 9C4, and the embroidery was done in some scraps of Knit Picks Shine and other cotton yarns.  Her Rav page here.  Jill sewed up a few Half Contour Burp Cloths out of terry cloth and flannel using the tutorial from Mary Martha Mama.  She also made some nursing pads out of grey flannel using some variation of the tutorial at The DIY Mommy.  

My Current Fix:

The only things that Jill is working on is a pair of Genevieve's Tube Socks by Jasmin Canty out of MadTosh Sock in the Holi Festival colorway and a baby mobile out of Arne & Carlos Embroidered Birds in Knit Picks Palette.

What I'm Jonesing For:

Jill is wanting to cast on a sweater, and is looking at Misurina by Caitlin Hunter and Posy by Marzena Kolaczek.  She likes the Rosebud baby bodysuit by pawlymade/Novita Knits.  She likes a number of baby patterns by Rille Rundt, including Blomsterbleie.  She needs to make some Baby Mitts by Susan B. Anderson. (Thanks for the suggestion Krista!)  She would love to knit some preemie hats before going to the hospital and was looking at the Elvish teeny tiny hat by Alexandra Davidoff.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:

French Macaroon baby sweater knit by Brenda Castiel

Love Note by Tin Can Knits from Mork Made Fiber Co

Elfbaby hat by RobynnWeldon knit by Twisted Stitches Podcast

13 Reasons Why, Season 4

The Old Guard (2020)

Project Power (2020)

Toy Story 4 (2019)


1BR (2019)

Love on the Spectrum

Danger 5

Like a Mother by Angela Garbes

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Ep. 107 - To Each Their Own

 Jill is getting close to her due date!  So baby project galore!

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Note: Project and pattern links are to Ravelry pages. 

What I've Finished:

Jill completed the Compass crochet blanket by Buttonnose Crochet.  Her Rav page here.  She used Lion Brand Mandala in the Pixie colorway.  She used exactly two skeins.  She finished the Garter Earflap Hat from Purl Soho in the baby size, using Gnarled Paw Proper DK in Mexican Blue-Winged Butterfly.  Her Rav page here.  For her final spin for Tour de Fleece, she chain-plied the Greenwood Fiberworks Merino Superfine in the "Camo" OOAK colorway.  She ended up with about 379 yards of a fingering (not worsted like I said in the episode) 3-ply.  The Rav page for the yarn here.  She also made the Fingering Entrechat by Lisa Chemery (Frogginette Knits) out of Spun Right Round SW Sock in Combat boots & Baby doll dresses colorway.

My Current Fix:

Jill's working on the matching Fingering Entrechat Bonnet using the same Spun Right Round yarn, in the 0-3months size.  She's also making a Baby Yoda for Babies cardigan by Arianna Soloway for a friend out of Berroco Vintage in a taupe colorway doubled, and Craftsmart Value Economique in the sage colorway, also doubled for the hood.  Her Rav page here.  She first tried to use Knit Picks Chroma and Cloudborn Worsted held together for the hood.  She also did a little work on her Fox Paws by Xandy Peters.

What I'm Jonesing For:

Jill still has some plans for additional baby crafting.  She wants to sew burp cloths, breastfeeding nipple pads, and knit up some baby socks.  She is going to use the Embroidered Birds pattern from Arne & Carlos bird book in Knit Picks Palette for a baby mobile.  Jill wants to make the Rio Calina Cowl by Cat Bordhi.  Cat made the announcement about upcoming death on her blog.  The KAL hashtag is #4catbordhi.  Jill kind of wants to make the cowl out of purple and to make it as part of the emPower People project.  She's into the one-skein Amoretto shawl by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne.  She also bought the Pink Velvet pullover by Andrea Mowry as part of her birthday sale.  


Jill bought some Romney from Goodie Supply Co. for the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild Spin-a-long in the Safer at Home colorway, and matching Safer at Home Tonal 5 (a mint color).  Jill also received the Tin Roof pattern by Yamagara from Melinda/Yarnderwoman.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:

Palm Springs (2020) on Hulu

Uncut Gems (2019) on Netflix

Fatal Affair (2020) on Netflix

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix

The Last Dance - ESPN docuseries on Netflix

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) on Amazon by Nick Broomfield

Alone - Artic Season 6

Medical Police

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Ep. 106 - Crafting with Glitter

I hope you're being safe out there!!  Here's the latest from me! 

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Warning: The pattern links go to Ravelry pages.  Please do not follow the links if Ravelry is harmful to you at the moment! 

What I've Finished:
Jill knit up baby hat using the Baker Jo (little) pattern by Jessika Ambada out of Fil&Tropia Wise Fox Stellina yarn held double and Forbidden Fiber Co Pride in Mist.  She finished up the quilting on her baby quilt using the pattern Frolic Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew in a kit from Connecting Threads.  She sewed up another Connecting Threads kit, this one put together by Shannon Fabrics for the My Bubba giraffe playmat.  She also finished spinning 4oz of Goodie Supply Co. 80/20 S. American Wool/Viscose in Naked Bubblegum.  She got only about 254 yards of a bouncy fingering weight yarn.  Her Rav page here.

My Current Fix:
For the rest of Tour de Fleece, Jill has been working on 100% Superfine Merino from Greenwood Fiberworks in a "Camo" OOAK colorway.  Her Rav page here.  She's continuing with her long term project, the Fox Paws by Xandy Peters out of Knit Picks Palette.  She's plugging away at her crochet baby blanket, Compass by Buttonnose Crochet out of Lion Brand Mandala yarn in Pixie.  She's also started a Purl Soho Garter Ear Flap Hat in a baby size using Gnarled Paw Proper DK in the Mexican Blue Wing Butterfly colorway to match Lucas's hat.

What I'm Jonesing for:
Jill received the Fingering Entrechat pattern by Frogginette/Lisa Chemery from Kiyoko from her knitting guild.  She likes the newborn hat Pirouette Beanie by Fiona Oliver.  She also likes the adult Momentum Beanie by Benjamin Matthews.  She loves the pattern and concept for the emPower People cowl/kerchief by Casapinka.  More about the emPower project here.  Jill's into the cropped tee Tin Roof by Yamagara.  Although she hates seagulls, she likes the Albatross pattern by Rachel Borello Carroll.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
13 Reasons Why - Season 3 on Netflix
Pose - Season 1 on Netflix
House Seasons 3 & 4 on Amazon

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Ep. 105 - Most Adorable Blocking Ever

Episode 105 is finally up!  I hope you are all doing well.

What I've Finished:
Jill finally wrapped up her Dash Away Reindeer by Sara Elizabeth Kellner out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Briar Heather and other scrap yarns.  Her Rav page here.  This was sent to her swap partner along with a tiny glove ornament knit from the Mini-Me pattern by Julia Mueller.  She used scrap sock yarn for this.  Her Rav page here.  Jill also finished and blocked her Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter.  She used Malabrigo Rios in Denim, Sandback, Valentina and Magenta.

My Current Fix:
Jill's still slowly working on her Fox Paws stole by Xandy Peters out of Knit Picks Palette.  Her Rav page here.  She started a Compass baby blanket by Buttonnose Crochet out of Lion Brand Mandala in Pixie.  She also cast-on a Baker Jo (little) by Jessika Ambada out of Fil&Tropia Wise Fox Stellina fingering weight leftovers held double.  She also finished the piecing and backing of the Frolic Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill loves Festival of Stitches by Lisa Hannes, which was originally a Mystery KAL.  She's into the Hands cardigan by Chantal Belisle.  She also thinks it would be funny to make Facehugger by Neetza Drake for baby/maternity photos.  She likes two baby patterns, Genevieve's Tube Socks from Knitmore Girls and the Hope Romper Dress by Nomad Stitches.

Wee Cupcake by Taiga Hilliard and other goodies from Lynne (TSimpleKelly)
Alterknit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel
Holst Garn Tides in Maroon
Lavishea lotion bar
Tannei Casey project bags
February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman from Kim (slow.cloth)
Turtlepurl self-striping in Trenchcoat (based on Burberry plaid!)

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Twinset Designs podcast
Insecure Season 4
We're Here on HBO
Upload on Amazon
Jingle All the Way (1996)
The Wrong Missy (2020)
Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Ep. 104 - Black Lives Matter (and scrunchies)

Stay safe out there!
Anti-racism resources:
Good list of organizations to donate to, to support Black Lives Matter causes.

What I've Finished:
Jill spun up her Mork Made Fiber Co batt.  It's a 2-ply, 4.6oz, 246 yards.

My Current Fix:
Jill just needs some finishing touches before completing her Dash Away Reindeer by Sara Elizabeth Kellner out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Briar Heather.  She's pulled out her WIP of Fox Paws by Xandy Peters using five colors of Knit Picks Palette.  Her Rav page here.  She's halfway done already with her Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter using Malabrigo Rios in Blue Jeans, Sandbank, Valentina and Magenta.  She used WoollyBear99's modifications for a looser neckline.  She's been spinning some Naked Bubblegum colorway 80/20 South American Wool/Viscose fiber from Goodie Supply Company.  She also started the Frolic Quilt pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew using a kit from Connecting Threads that has Cluck Cluck Sew designed fabrics.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill likes the Pupu scrunchie pattern by Sari Nordlund despite all her scrunchie hatred.  She likes the From Where You Were Plucked newborn hat by Corrie Willard.  She's been looking at baby mobiles, including Monster Mobile by Rebecca Danger, Hot Air Balloons Mobile by Doreen Blask and Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile by Tatyana Korobkova.  She also likes the pullover Windkissed by Tif Neilan.

Holstgarn Coast and Supersoft

Uppers and Downers:
King Arthur Flour Hot Buttered Soft Pretzels recipe.
The Lovebirds (2020) - not originally produced for Netflix, but released there.
Total Recall (1990)
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Ep. 103 - Not Homesteading

Here's the latest episode!  How are you guys holding up?

What I've Finished:
Jill bound off and blocked her Herbarium shawl by Lisa Hannes for the #shawlstayhomekal.  Her Rav page here.  She used The Royal Bee Yarn Co. Fingering weight yarn in Nina says have your teal cake and eat it too! and Phillip says don't curry, be happy!  She had plenty of both yarns left over.  She also finished up her Combo Spin.  It was 9 oz of miscellaneous fibers in blues, reds and other colors!  She ended up with about 604 yards of a 3-ply DK weight yarn.  She also finished a Wee Envelope by Ysolda Teague out of handspun sport-ish weight from Malabrigo Nube merino braid in the Candombe colorway.

My Current Fix:
Jill is still working on the Dash Away Reindeer by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.  She's using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Briar Heather.  She's used some old Knit Picks Telemark for the antlers.  She had to redo one back leg after knitting it upside down.  Jill started a new spinning project.  She's working her way through a 4.6oz Mork Made fiber batt in white, black and bright accents.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into the Sand and Sunsets cardigan/coverup by Rachel Illsley.  She likes the Breathe and Hope shawl by Casapinka, designed for LYS Day.  Jill likes the free colorwork sock pattern, Trailing Daisy by Tiina Kuu.  She purchased the Hope Headband by Jennifer Berg because it's cute, but also because the purchase supported the Navajo Nation Covid Relief Fund.  Jill likes the In Honor of Her shawl pattern by Mara Licole.  Mara also has a non-brioche version of the same shawl called In Honor of Her Too.  Jill also is interested in a couple baby patterns.  One is the Winter Duo Baby Bloomers & Romper pattern by Sandra Magalhaes that's for sale on Etsy.  She also likes the child poncho Schatzi by Caarin.

Jill bought some Olann Singles Sock in North Star, Ursula and Unavailable from her local yarn store, Wildfiber.  She also purchased a couple skeins from Knotty Lamb.  She bought Long Dog Yarn in Bounce Sock, First Blush and Teal Torch Knits TTK Sock in Good Til the Last Drop.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
1BR (2020)
Solar Opposites on Hulu
Waco, now on Netflix
Bosch on Amazon
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick