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

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Ep. 62 - Building Blocks of Fashion

Joining Jill for this episode is Ellen!  Ellen is Ellblo on Ravelry and Instagram.  You should check out her blog L.A. Is My Beat!

Finished projects:
Ellen got to show off her Belle Epoque Shawl by Kira Dulaney.  She used MadelineTosh Merino Light in Grasshopper from her friend Natalie and then added a burgundy color, Medieval of the Merino Light for the edging.  Her Rav page here.  She also added the same edging from the Belle Epoque, to a crochet shawl she had made in the past using the Klamath pattern by Sarah Kukuchek.  The original shawl was in Berroco Boboli yarn and the edging is in a bright orange Shibui Lace Weight yarn.  Ellen made a wonderful version of the G.G. Cardigan by Nadia Fuad that was inspired by a $2,800 granny square coat by Rosetta Getty worn by Gigi Hadid.  Her Rav page here

Ellen likes to combine knitting and crochet.  She uses a top-down formula, similar to the February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynn and then crochets the body and sleeves.  An example is her Noro-Brigo Cardigan.  She made a great cover for her ukulele strap out of crochet!
Jill finished some crochet baby booties using the Hammerhead Sharks booties pattern by Kristi Simpson.  She used some RYC DK superwash yarn and Knit Picks Stroll Sport in white.  Her Rav page here.  Jill also finished spinning some Merino/Silk/Bamboo from BJS Fiber Creations in a fall colorway.

Our Current Fix:
Jill is only working on her Zweig sweater by Caitlin Hunter out of Malabrigo Sock in Persia and Pearl.  She is hoping to finish before the Olympics start!  Her Rav page is here.
Ellen is crocheting another Virus Shawl. This one is using Trendsetter Yarns "Smoothies"  It is a gradient yarn but it is challenging to crochet with because of the multiple untwisted strands.  Her Rav page here.

What We're Jonesing For:
Jill is into the Saltwater Bay cardigan by Amy Christoffers from Knitty, Winter 2017.  She thinks the Owlentines by Rachel Borello Carroll is cute and timely for Valentine's Day.  Since we're talking crochet, she recently queued The Adirondack Wrap by ChiWei Ranck.
Ellen has a Valentine's project in mind as well, the A Hearty Hello Shawl by, a triangular shawl in filet-crochet.  She also likes the Ribbie Taiyo Scarf by Megan Delorme.  She is also inspired by a picture of an amazing crochet top with a giant eyeball across the front and granny stripes.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
WeHo Stitch 'n' Bitch at the Original Farmer's Market
The Little Knittery at 1808 No. Vermont Ave, Los Feliz.
Tunisian Crochet - Jill was thinking of these shawls by Aiobhe Ni
Sven Kirsten - Book of Tiki
Granny Greensbag by Ellen Bloom
Eyeball Shawl by Stephen West
Beth's Little Star Afghan by Beth Parsons
Hana Hou felted ukulele case by Wendy Bernard
Hollywood's Garden of Allah book series by Martin Turnbull
Lost Light by Michael Connelly

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ep. 61 - Tumbleweeds of Flannel

Ep. 61 is up!

Congratulations to all of the First-In-First-Out craftalong winners!  Contact Jill to get your prizes!

Finished Items:
Jill finally finished the Kusha Kusha felted scarf!  She needs to do another felting pass on it though.  She also finished a baby blanket using the Aesthetic Nest tutorial for the Heirloom Cut Chenille Baby Blanket.  She used IKEA orange cat fabric for the backing and layers of cotton flannel in light gray, dark gray and orange.

My Current Fix:
Jill is obsessed with her Zweig sweater by Caitlin Hunter.  Her Rav page is here.  She is using Malabrigo Sock in Persia and Pearl.  She has also started a Seeds to Flowers cowl by Kristina Vilimaite.  She is using Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Yarns in the Tulgey Woods colorway and amber lined TOHO 6/0 seed beads.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is loving a couple Norah Gaughan sweaters, the #02 Persian Yoke Pullover from Vogue Knitting Winter 2017/18 and Geiger from the BT Winter 18 collection.  Jill is eager to make the Bold Move skirt by Lorilee Beltman.  The pattern uses Lorilee's vertically stranded colorwork technique.  She likes the bulky oversized shawl Silvestra by Katrin Schubert.  Jill thinks the Tiny Bathroom pattern by Katie Boyette is so adorable.  She also likes the Spirit Mandala by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Phantom Thread (2017)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Trolls (2016)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ep. 60 - Went on a Frenzy

My Giftalong recap episode!

What I Finished:
Jill tamed the Opadoo!  She finished six more projects for the Indie Design Giftalong.  She made the Summer Into Fall baby dress by Lisa Chemery out of Malabrigo Rios in Ocean Green.  Her Rav page here.  She made the Thunderstorm Toque by Abbye Dahl in Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in the Monet colorway.  Her Rav page here.  Her foot item was the 3-in-1 Button Boots by Bekah Knits in Tahki Donegal Tweed and Lamb's Pride Worsted in Ink Blue.  Her Rav page here.  Her arm project was the Mayfield Mitts by Erica Heusser out of Leading Men Fiber Arts Spotlight in Minty Fresh and Knit Picks Capretta in White.  Her Rav page here.  She had a lot of problems with Wake by Kephren Pritchett (all her fault and not the pattern's) but loves the shawl out of Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Chesire in Shillings and Pence.  Her Rav page here.  Her final project was the Zarah Necklace by Ambah O'Brien in Malabrigo Sock in Solis and scraps from Woolbearers gradient set.  Her Rav page here.

My Current Fix:
Jill is back to working on the Kusha Kusha scarf by Habu Textiles.  She also started her first earring from the #Statement Knits ebook by Susanne Sommer.  She did the thunderbolt earring first.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into some new accessory patterns.  She likes the Winter Blooms hat by Melissa LaBarre, the Cowlor Wheel ebook by Stephanie Lotven (who also designed the Sock Arms), the pythagoras' mitts by alfa knits and the Lollipop Brioche Hat by Raina K.  She's also planning her future Caitlin Hunter pattern, either Zweig or the Ninilchik Swoncho.

Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible translated by Gayle Roehm
Macramé Pattern Book by Marchen Art Studio

Uppers and Downers: