Sunday, July 23, 2017

Ep. 51 - Occasion for Cat Stuff

The latest episode is up!

Finished Items:
Jill finished her Laura's Leaves shawl by Emily K. Williams.  She used One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering in Acid Peacock.  Her Rav page here.

My Current Fix:
Jill is working on her Sous Sous pullover by Norah Gaughan out of Malabrigo Arroyo in Plomo.  She also started her Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning using Koigu KPM in a blue color and Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in Honey.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill bought the Foxy & Wolfie pattern by Ekaterina Filippova-Blanchard (KatyTricot).  She likes the Soleie A vintage cardigan by Anne B. Hanssen.  She is tempted by the Briocheluscious shawl by Andrea Mowry.  For crochet, she likes The Durban Spice Girls square by Jen Tyler and the Juna the mini unicorn by Little Bichons (as well as her Malo the mini bear).  Jill got the Field Guide to Knitted Birds book by Arne & Carlos.  She really wants to make the embroidered birds for a wall hanging.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Fruity Knitting Podcast
Yarniacs podcast
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Outfest film festival
God's Own Country (2017)
Hannibal - with Mads Mikkelsen
Pushing Daisies
Dead Like Me
Master of None
The Leftovers
Live from the Poundstone Institute
The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace

Jill also drew for the yarn giveaway from Berean Hills Alpaca - the winner was 58r8nity, Cassie!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Ep. 50 - Frank Underwood Socks

50 Episodes!  Waahoo!

Things I've Finished:
Jill used the House Baratheon Socks pattern by Avalanche Designs using Socks that Rock Lightweight in Rare Gems-Water.  She also modified the Jayne Cobb Hat Brooch pattern by Eva McDonald to be a bookmark, using sock yarn scraps.  She finished the River Otter by Sara Elizabeth Kellner and sent it off to her friend.  She used Paton's Classic Wool in Taupe and KP Wool of the Andes in Mink Heather.  The little fish is made out of Madtosh Pashmina in Tosh Loves Stephen. Her rav page is here.  Jill finally finished the Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer out of KP Hawthorne Graffiti Speckle and Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in Black Pearl.  Her rav page is here.  It took some dedication to weaving in ends, but Jill finished her modification of the Sharkbite Socks by Lara Smoot into fingerless mitts!  She used Cloudborn Twist Fingering yarns in Light Grey and Aqua along with assorted scraps.

My Current Fix:
Jill's only current project is the Laura's Leaves shawl by Emily K. Williams out of One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering in Acid Peacock.  She is entering it into the PALKAL for the Actually Knitting podcast.  She also swatched for Sous Sous by Norah Gaughan out of Malabrigo Arroyo in Plomo.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill has committed to make a Tweed Toad by Sara Elizabeth Kellner by the end of 2017.  She likes the Protest is Patriotic shawlette by nycraft craftivist.  She also likes the Knit Feathers of Canada pattern by Erin Black.

Jill received an amazing package from Debbie that included a beezee hat by Katrin Schubert out of Malabrigo Arroyo.  She also received some beautiful fiber as well some skeins of hand-dyed yarn.  There is an adorable project bag by Pearl and Plum.  In fact, we're doing a giveaway over on the Ravelry page of one of the skeins that Debbie dyed!  Her business is Berean Hills Alpacas and the website is at  There were also a bunch of other goodies in the package (including the Sous Sous pattern!).

The package I sent:

The package I received:

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Knitscene Fall 2017 (not on Ravelry yet!)
Vogue Early Fall 2017
Baby Driver (2017) with Ansel Elgort
Damien Chazelle
Whiplash (2014)
Jaws (1975)
Aero Theatre - American Cinematheque
Masters of Sex
American Gods
Bolero (1984)
Moonlight (2016)
Twin Peaks
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Accountant (2016)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Richard Donner  - and event at AMPAS

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ep. 49 - But the Pop Rocks Linger On

Finished Items:
Jill finished her Wonder Warmer by Sick Lil Monkeys out of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo.  Her Rav page is here. She got her swap package sent out, but can't share the projects yet.

My Current Fix:
Jill is soooo close to finishing her Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer.  She is clipping along on a River Otter by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.  There is a KAL in the Rabbit Hole Knits group.  She is using Paton's Classic Wool in Taupe and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Mink Heather.  She also started Laura's Leaves by Emily Williams in One Twisted Tree Prime in Acid Peacock.  Her project page is here.  She is joining in the PALKAL over at the Actually Knitting podcast group with this one.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill might start the Wear a Hug shawl by Kristina Villemaite.  It is a free pattern that you can get by following AnimaKnits on Instagram.  Jill was gifted the Sous Sous pattern by Norah Gaughan.  She is excited to finally make this top!  She likes the sosu mystery KAL 2017 by Susanne Sommer now renamed the Mysteries, She Wrote shawl.  Jill also favorited the Divide pullover by Emily Greene from Wool People 11 and the Ancyra Cowl by Sarah Schira from the Knitty First Fall 2017.  She liked a couple crochet projects, the Oasis Shell by Juliette Bezold from Interweave Crochet Summer 2017 and the Maestrale shawl by Nimhriel.  She also liked the Besjes pullover by Cello Knits.

Uppers, Downers, and Miscellaneous Links:
Purl Soho
The Strand bookstore
The Altered Stitch
So Cal Knits
Momofuku Milk Bar
Russ and Daughters
Wonder Woman (2017)
Jane the Virgin
The Americans
Orphan Black

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ep. 48 - Always a Treasure

The guest for this episode is Adrienne, Jill's mom!  She is on Ravelry as ajay, but she doesn't have anything on her profile.

Our Current Fix:
Adrienne is working on the Vitruvia Vest by Marilyn King from Black Water Abbey yarns.  She is using Cloudborn yarn.  Black Water Abbey yarn is here.  She is also working on a Traditional Hap Shawl for the Vancouver Knitting Guild out of Jamison & Smith sport weight yarn.  She also has the Fox Paws by Xandy Peters on the needles. 
Jill is still working on the Shusui Shrug.  She is also working on her mystery project for the 2 Knit Lit Chicks swap.  She is crocheting the Wonder Warmer by Sick Lil Monkeys out of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo in a gold color.

What We're Jonesing For:
Adrienne is planning a Philosopher's Wool sweater. 
Jill wants to make a toy for a friend's kid.  She is looking at River Otter by Sarah Elizabeth Kellner, La Prawnda by Ashley Dorian Medwig, and Pig Amigurumi CAL by Brenna Eaves.  She also likes a couple shawls, including the LIRATA by Olga Sukhovalova and Angle of Incidence by handmade by SMINE.  She's also looking forward to an upcoming shawl KAL with Kristina Villamaite.  She's even favorited a pair of socks, the Twirla Socks by Amanda Schwabe.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Fort Vancouver
Lilac Vines cowl
#15 Banded Lace Pullover by Traci Bunkers
Candice Eisner Strick
Reagan Presidential Library
Voodoo Doughnuts
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) with Powers Boothe
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: a Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
Twin Peaks (1990)
Breaking Bad (2008)
Married at First Sight
Hardcore Henry (2015)
American Gods on Starz
Tennis cake
Nixon (1995)
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin
A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story by David Thibodeau and Leon Whiteson
Portlandia - cult episode

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ep. 47 - Oreo Mouth

My Current Fix:
Jill finished another pair of Knitted Knockers in Paton's Grace yarn in navy blue.  She is continuing to work on her Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer using Knit Picks Hawthorne in Graffiti Speckle and Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in Black Pearl.  She worked a little bit on her Shark Bite mitts as well as the Sophie's Universe.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill has been looking at Elena Nodel patterns and bought Touch the Sky and Grow with Me Bonnet.  Her Go Fund Me page is here. From the Interweave Knits Summer 2017 issue, Jill queued the Helena's Shawl by Lori Wagner and the Tudor Rose shawl by Lisa Jacobs.

Caron Cakes in Red Velvet and Rainbow Sherbert.
Knit Picks Felici Worsted in Rustic
Invictus Yarns Reward in Contemplate ( to make Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty)

Upppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Peeps Oreos
Trader Joes Gluten Free Granola
Ports O' Call in San Pedro

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
Bosch Season 3
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill
If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by O.J. Simpson
Aaron Hernandez
The Woolslayers podcast

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ep. 46 - True Confession

Finished Items:
Jill finished three sets of Knitted Knockers using the Magic Loop instructions in Cascade Ultra Pima.  She also mostly finished the Retreat Bath Mitt (closest to this pattern) by Elizabeth Doherty out of Quince & Co. Sparrow. 

My Current Fix:
Jill sent a ton of time working on the Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer in Knit Picks Hawthorne in Graffiti Speckle and Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in Black Pearl.  She also worked a little bit on her Sophie's Universe crocheted blanket.

What I'm Jonesing for:
Jill has plans to make the Marklee pullover by Elizabeth Doherty and the Cabri Shell by Luise O'Neill.  She likes the Romi Hill shawl, Latticework.  A couple items she thinks are interesting but probably won't make are THE DROPPED STITCH shawl by Marion Bulin and the Pizza Party Snuggle Sack by Bernat.

The giveaway winner of the Three Ring Circus handspun by Kim is marimariknits!

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Fishknits Yarn
Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping
Crashing - Pete Holmes
Kerry James Marshall at MOCA Grand
If I Did It by OJ Simpson, released by The Goldman Family

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ep. 45 - Maybe They're Not Jerks

Finished projects:
Jill finished the Never Seen Before MKAL shawl organized by Kristina Villamaite using Koigu KPPPM and Paigewood Farms Chugiak, with a tiny blip of Cloudborn Fingering.  Her Rav project is here. She also finished the Cloche from Norah Gaughan's Cable Sourcebook, substituting in the Cruller Chevron cable, using Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red.

My Current Fix:
Jill came back to her Mustang Quilt kit by Cotton + Steel.  The updated pattern is available at their website.  She brought her kit from craftsy.  She finished the piecing of the top, but needs to back it and quilt it still.  She did a little bit more work on the Shark Bite socks by Lara Smoot in Cloudborn Twist Fingering.  She finally started the Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer.  She started with Gnarledpaw yarn, then tried to sub One Twisted Tree in Acid Peacock, but ended up with Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in Graffiti Speckle and Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in Black Pearl.

What I'm Jonesing For:
She likes the Todoque by Rebekka Mauser, a fingering weight cowl with texture, lace and colorwork.  She's into the Deschain boxy pullover by Laila Raabe.  She thinks the Magic Spring Shawl by Katerina Bobkova is a nice alternative to the Find Your Fade shawl.  Jill is really digging deep by looking at the Kusha Kusha scarf again, using Habu yarns.  It's available on the Purl Bee website now.

Uppers, Downers & Miscellaneous Links:
NoCKRs - knitting retreat
Hollywood Knitter videocast
Knitted Knockers
Get Out (2017)
Life, Animated (2016)
Marvel's Iron Fist
Big Little Lies
Missing Richard Simmons

Kim's etsy shop: The Three Ring Circus
Find Kim on Ravelry as inbetweendreams and on Instagram as inbetweendr3ams