Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ep. 40 - Passive Agressive Rice



Finished Items:
Jill finished the Delta Mitts by Ella Austin using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport weight in Fairy Tale and Grey Heather and Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Sport in a purple color.  Her Rav page here.  She also made an overlay crochet ornament, the Starry Dream Hanging Ornament by Lilla Bjorn Crochet using sock yarn scraps.  Her Rav page here.



Our Current Fix:
Michele is working on the Diagonal Comfort Blanket by Lion Brand out of Red Heart with Love.  She is going to use an edging from the book Around the Corner: Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman.  She is using the Raspberry color, but also bought Peacock and Berry Red.
Jill is working on the Aumangea Pullover by Francoise Danoy using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Worsted Twist in Grey Heather and Scarlet.  She is also crocheting the Heavenly Lemon shawl by Elena Madsen out of Sanli 216 Chinese yarn in an aqua color.

What We're Jonesing For:
Jill wanted Michele's help deciding what cowl/scarf to start for the Indie Designer Gift-a-Long.  She was debating the Sorcerers Stripes Scarf or Cowl by Brenda Castiel, Charadriiformes by Sarah Huntington Burch, Waverleaf by Faye Kennington, Deco Drops by Sarah Huntington Burch and Maurice by Lee Meredith.
Michele really wants a South Riding Kitchen Rug by Sun Fl0wer.  She also likes the Cropped Bohemian Sweater by Camexia and the Catch and Release sweater by Melissa Schaschwary
Jill also likes the Tulipa Espiral shawl by Ines Sousa and the worsted color work shawl, Azulejo Shawl by Christina Danaee.  She also wants to make the Pussyhat Project hat by Kat Coyle.  And the tiny Zigguratlettissimissimo sweaters by Asa Tricosa!

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
The Crown
Matt Smith from The Crown and Dr. Who

The Best Recipe cookbook
America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (maybe this is the one Michele mentioned?)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ep. 39 - You're In a Safe Place!

After  computer mishaps we are back!  Hopefully Ep. 38 will come out after this one!


Finished projects:
Michele finished her Gather hat by Tin Can Knits.
Jill finished the Tartelette by Lisa Chemery out of Bumblebirch Forage in Cranberry.  This was her first project for the Indie Designer Gift-a-Long.  Her Rav page is here.



Our Current Fix:
Michele is chugging along on her Garter Squish blanket by Stephen West, using Vanna's Choice and Berroco Vintage Bulky.
Jill is working on the Mina hat by Ela Torrente using Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in Parakeet, also for the gift-a-long.  She pretty much finished it while recording.  Her Rav page is here.  She also made it partway through her first Mother Bear for the Mother Bear Project.



What We're Jonesing For:
Michele has been looking at baby blankets again.  She is thinking about making a giant Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth.  She is into all of the crocheted blankets by BabyLove Brand, including the Desert Bloom, Wildflower Blanket, Modern Patchwork, Painted Hexagon, Trellis & Chevron and Threaded Colors Chevron.
Jill is making plans for the rest of the gift-a-long.  She will be starting the Delta Mitts by Ella Austin, the Aumangea Pullover by Francoise Danoy (using Cloudborn Worsted Twist from Craftsy), Shark Bite socks by Lara Smoot and the Starry Dream Hanging Ornament by Tatiana Kupryianchyk (Lilla Bjorn Crochet).  She also bought the Sizzle Pop shawl by Lesley Anne Robinson but won't cast it on until next year.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Chess Pie
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
2KnitLitChicks podcast
Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Darren Criss
The Rain Room at LACMA
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Manson: The Life & Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn
UNHhhh youtube channel
RuPaul's Drag Race 
Seu Jorge in The Life Aquatic - youtube link

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ep. 37 - Not Hyping Up Autumn





Finished Projects:
Jill made The Clincher by Ash Kearns out of Knitted Wit Victory Fingering in Supernova and Sweetgeorgia Tough Love Sock in an aqua color.  Her Rav page is here.

Our Current Fix:
Jill had some project attempts that didn't turn out.  Including the Mesmeric Cardigan by Katy Banks and Becky's Preemie Fruit Orchard Hat by Rebecca Craig from Bev's Country Cottage.  She is also working on On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg for the Big Bad Berg-a-Long.  She is using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showcase in Barbie's Nighty, a Woolbearers Gradient set in gold and Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat in Tulgey Wood.  Her Rav page is here.
Michele is working on the smocked hat, Gather by tincanknits in Red Heart with Love.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is into the Altastratus shawl by Alla Saenko, the Cicada Shawl by Toby Roxane Barna and Aggregate by Jimenez Joseph.  Michele can't get the Baby Bubble Blanket by Pamela Spath out of her head.  She might have to make another Windschief by Steven West.

Jill likes the Fangorn Forest by Svetlana Gordon, the Stag Head Pullover by Norah Gaughan and the Emerald Shawl by Bernadette Ambergen.  There are some free patterns that she likes: I'm With Her by yellowcosmo, Songbird by Sara Elizabeth Kellner, Blair Road by Magdalene Lee and the Bikini Dishcloth by Lily/Sugar n Cream.

Wolle's Color Changing Cotton - Lifesaver Medley


Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Celebrate Forsythe at the Music Center
Twist, Yarns of Intrigue
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Classics Reimagined version)
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street)
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Think Better, Live Better by Joel Osteen
It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak into Happily Never After by Andi Dorfman
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - not the cover I was envisioning!
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Horror Story: Roanoke
Insecure - Issa Rae
Westworld
Lena Dunham - Women of the Hour

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ep. 36 - About that Bonnet Life

Episode 36 is up!

Finished Items:
Michele finished a couple hats for her friend: the Bubble Hat by Malsen og Mor out of Vanna's Choice in Fern and Kelly Green.  Her Rav page here.  She also made a hat using the Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone pattern by Purl Soho in Lion Brand Woolspun in Peacock and Moss Mix.  Her Rav page here.

Jill finished her Imagine When by Joji Locatelli in gnarledpaw Boffo BFL in Smash Box.  Her Rav page here.  This is for the Joji Fall Knit-a-Long.  She finally is done with her Banded Lace Pullover by Traci Bunkers in Cascade Avalon.  Her pictureless page is here.  And finally, she made the Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar using Anzula Cricket in Toffee. Hers is here.  She is submitting this for the Harvest Hat-a-Long from the Twisted Stitches Podcast and Killtocraft podcast.

Our Current Fix:
Michele is working on the Gather hat by tincanknits out of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Magenta.  Mad Color is the most recent Tin Can Knits collection.
Jill is finishing up the Alyx Bonnet by Caryn Pronty in Berroco Vintage.  She is getting back to work on her Sophie's Universe using Knit Picks Brava Worsted.  Rav page here.

FIFO CAL!:
Finally take the time to knit a project that you've been wanting to do for a long time.  First-In-First-Out!  Items are eligible if you're started them after September 15, 2016.  The Craft-a-long will continue through November.  Tell us why your item counts!  We'd prefer if the yarn or pattern has been in "the queue" since before January 2016.
Jill has plans to make the Mesmeric Cardigan by Katy Banks using Knit Picks Palette using colors inspired by the sweater that Keira Knightley wears in Imitation Game.
Michele has been wanting to make the Lune shawl by Miriam Felton for years and might do it for the CAL.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is loving the bonnets by Balls to the Wall/ Gretchen Tracy, including the Iris Bloom Bonnet, She's a Betty Bonnet, and the Floral Mesh Bonnet (all free patterns!).  She also mentions the Mendia Hat by Ambah O'Brien.
Jill planning on knitting On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg during her vacation.  She loves the new shawl Boon Lay by Asa Tricosa.  She likes the Rain, Rain, Go Away by Laura Reinbach and the Laurel Cardigan by Amy Christoffers from the newest Knitty, Deep Fall 2016.  For all those crazy variegated skeins in your stash, there is the One & Done shawl by casapinka.  She also likes the crochet shawl Heavenly Lemon by Elena Madsen.



Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
LA County Fair
La Creme Cafe on Melrose
Twisted Stitches Podcast
Petite Weaver Crafts podcast
Double Knit podcast
Sand and Sea Knitting Guild
Lily Chin
You're a Bad Ass by Jen Sincero
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Classics Reimagined)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Black Hole by Charles Burns
Book Riot
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
gnarledpaw yarns

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Ep. 35 - Bring on the Christmas Carols

We need to get back on a regular schedule!  We had lots to talk about!

Finished Projects:
Michele finished and blocked her Clincher shawl out of Spun Right Round sock yarn in Trainyard and KP Stroll Brights in Pucker.  She also bound off her Rikke hat in Marigold Jen DK, Pascal colorway.
Jill finished her Ravellenic project!  It is the Amille shawl by Emily Ross in Tosh Lace Oceana. Her Rav page is here (needs finished pictures!)

Our Current Fix:
Michele doesn't have anything on the needles!  She is going to find a hat pattern using Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun.
Jill recommends that Michele join the Twisted Stitches Podcast Harvest Hat-a-Long.

Jill is working on the last sleeve of her Banded Lace Pullover by Traci Bunkers in Cascade Avalon.  She is knitting the Imagine When shawl by Joji Locatelli in gnarledpaw Boffo yarn in the Smash Box colorway for the Joji Fall KAL.  Her Rav page here.


What We're Jonesing For:
Michele likes the Silver Screen Hat & Scarf (mainly just the hat) by Paton's.  She likes the Hogwarts House Scarf Bookmarks by Five Little Monsters.  (Jill can't find the exact one, but here's a search of scarf/bookmarks.)  She's into the I'm Lichen This Hat by Gretchen Tracy.

Jill likes the (rascist?) Senor Taco by the DMC Design Team.  Listener Gen (dimsumdumpling) published her first pattern: the Holiday Gifting Minis.  Jill has also favorited a couple shawls: Spotlight by Janina Kallio and Ramble by Andrea Mowry.  She likes the Stranger Things cowl by Mary Annarella.  She's also into the Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer (famous for the Hoodie Shawl Cardigan) out of Qing Fiber.

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
Hope hummus - Kale Pesto
Pacific Opera Project - Abduction from the Seraglio.
Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art by Gene Wilder
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
With Malice by Eileen Cook
salt. by nayyirah waheed
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
Hard Edge by Tess Oliver
So That Happened by Jon Cryer
What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Monroe
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Bucking F-ing Dent by David Duchovny
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean
Adaptation (2002) 
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Bosch on Amazon Prime
Jackie Brown (1997)
Point Break (2015)
Swedish Fish flavored creme Oreos

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ep. 34 - Welcome Back...

It's a long one today.  We apologize for all the background noise.  We'll have to close the windows next time around!


Our Current Fix:
Michele is trying to wrestle her Rikke hat WiP out of Marigold Jen DK.
Jill finished her Inara Wrap by Ambah O'Brien in Artyarns Milano Fade.  She also finished her BB-8 amigurumi, using BB-8 inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Casey Barnes out of Red Heart Super Saver in White, Grey Heather and Cascade 220 in orange.  She did a few rows on her Banded Lace Pullover by Traci Bunkers.  She is frantically working on her Amille shawl by Emily Ross in Tosh Lace Oceana for the Ravellenic Games. Her project page here.


What We're Jonesing For:
Michele has rediscovered the Pterotactyl shawl by Marc Smollin.  She likes the Welcome Back Garter stole by Casapinka.  She found an edging modification to the Half Granny Square Shawl by Anastacia Zittel that made her want to make another one (can't find the mod to link!).  A similar pattern is the Wearever Wrap by Heather Walpole.
Jill is looking through her Joji Locatelli patterns for the Joji Fall KAL starting August 15.  She could knit Recoleta, Imagine When or Fine Tune.  She has a couple new favorite shawl patterns: the Rookwood by Mindy Wilkes and the Good Vibes shawl by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne.  There's a cute, giant, free scrubby pattern, the School of Fish Scrubbies by Michele Wilcox.

Re-ups:
Bee Mice Elf BFL gradient set in Beachcomber and SW Merino/Merino/Silk gradient set in Wine Mixer.
Malabrigo Mechita in Lotus
Woolfolk Sno in No.01+02
Bumblebirch Forage in Cranberry
The Knitting Tree, LA

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Trader Joe's Baby Bananas
Soak Unleash Ravelry
Petite Weaver Crafts videocast
The Book Depository
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa Rice
I Murdered My Library by Linda Grant
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
With Malice by Eileen Cook
Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art by Gene Wilder
Jason Bourne
Stranger Things
Goosebumps book series by R.L. Stine
Penny Dreadful
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Keanu (2013)



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ep. 33 - Cinnamon Roll of Love

Ep. 33 - Cinnamon Roll of Love
You can find us on Ravelry as photospice (Michele) and nodice (Jill).  Or on Instagram as photospice75 and nodice11.  And join our Ravelry group at Skein Enable Podcast!


Our Current Fix:
Michele is enjoying working on her Rikke hat out of Marigold Jen DK Pascal.
Jill is working on her Inara Wrap still by Ambah O'Brien out of Artyarns Milano Fade in Malachite and Hematite.  She also started a crochet BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens using the BB-8 Crochet Pattern by Casey Barnes.  She's using stash Red Heart Super Saver and Cascade 220.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele wants to make blankets!  She loves the Baby Chalice Blanket by Karen S. Lauger  She's also looking at the Virus Blanket by Jonna Martinez and Bubble Stitch Blanket by Pamela Spath.  She's also into the Noro Topper by Brian Smith.
Jill loves the Owen's Opossum by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.  She's into the asymmetrical shawlette, Latticework, by Rosemary (Romi) Hill.  She also likes the older hat, Konglelua by Ingvall Freland.

The Ravellenic Games is upon us!  Chat in our group, or join us in Team Sasquatch!  Michele is going to do WIP Wrestling.  Jill plans on making the Amille shawl by Emily Ross with Madeline Tosh Lace in Oceana.  The Games begin August 5 in your timezone!

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby

Lionel Richie leggings and other items

Hello by Lionel Richie
Every Breath You Take by The Police
Sitting Outside Your Door by Me'shell N'degeocello
Hitchhiker by Martina Behm
Troublemaker by Leah Remini
BookTube - (a beginner's guide)
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Michele mentioned too many books for Jill to link to!
Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Persopolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Star Trek Beyond
Anton Yelchin
Straight Outta Compton
Terminator Genisys
Mr. Robot
Hokkaido Melon Kit Kats
Tokyo Banana Cake
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlors

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ep. 32 - Talk Gooey to Me



Our Current Fix:
Michele has started her Rikke hat in MarigoldJen DK Weight BFL (her Rav page here). Michele used a video from Knittables (Knitabulls?) about garter stitch in the round.  Jill couldn't find it to link here, so here's a different tutorial.
Jill finished her newborn Aviatrix hat by Justine Turner in Nerd Girl Yarns Clever (her project page here).  She is still working on the #15 Banded Lace Pullover by Traci Bunkers from Vogue Spring/Summer 2016 in Cascade Avalon.  She is 30% through her Inara Wrap by Ambah O'Brien out of two Artyarns Milano Fade gradients in Hematite Fade and Malachite Fade.



What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is into the 3-in-1 sweater and  the Stripes with a Twist pattern, both by atelier alfa.  Michele also likes the Gunmetal Shawlette by Mam'zelle Flo (which reminds Jill of patterns by busylittlemonkey) and A Little of This, a Little of That crocheted shawl by Teri DiLibero.
Jill has bought some Ysolda Teague patterns: Wee Carson and the Rhinebeck Sweater book.  She wants to make Pumpkin Ale, Aunt Fred and Jenny at the Fair.  She also like the Manatee pattern by Rachel Borello Carroll.  Also check out her other Yarnigans patterns, including the Dutch Rabbits and Marisol the Knitted Mouse.

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
Beauty Con in LA
Carol's Daughter makeup
Kelly Rowland
Nyx cosmetics
Mahogany Curls youtube
Lime Crime
Milani cosmetics
Audible
Star Wars Little Golden Books
You by Caroline Kepes
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Manatea tea ball
Gwen Bortner classes
The City Museum in St. Louis
Ted Drewes frozen custard
Imo's pizza
Gooey Butter Cake - here's a link to the history plus fancy recipe.  The cheater recipe Jill uses is similar to this one.
Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago
O.J.: Made in America on ESPN 30 for 30

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ep. 31 - All The Colors



There is a bit of explicit language towards the end.  Apologies!


Finished Items:
Michele has finished her Clincher!  She used Spun Right Round in Trainyard and Knit Picks Stroll Brights in Pucker.  She also finished her Easy Crochet Dishcloth by Cheri Mancini.
Jill finished a Striped Elf Hat by Anna Daku using Lang Mille Colori in fluorescent colors.



Our Current Fix:
Jill was just casting on an Aviatrix baby hat by Justine Turner in her leftover Nerd Girl yarn.  She has been consistently working on her Sophie's Universe by Dedri Uys in Knit Picks Brava.  She is partway through a summer top, the #15 Banded Lace Pullover by Traci Bunkers from the Vogue Spring/Summer 2016 in Cascade Avalon in a light blue color.
Michele is still working on her baby blanket out of Red Heart with Love. The pattern is the Crocheted Starburst Baby Blanket.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele loves this crochet blanket by SymonAngel.  She is debating starting the Katie Earflap Hat by Justine Walley out of Vanna's Choice or maybe knitting a Rikke hat out of her Marigold Jenn yarn.
Jill is looking at silly crochet patterns.  She wants the Creature Feetures book published by Lark Crafts.  She has also downloaded free patterns for the Snoopy Happy Dance Hat by Sarah Zimmerman and the Bumble Hat (Abominable Snowman Rudolf) by Rachel Solberg.  She also likes two new patterns by Justyna Lorkowska, the Close to You shawl (featuring Martin's Lab yarn) and the Ennui shawl from Knitty.

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links.:
Cole's French Dip
Thrifthick on YouTube (beauty blogger)
Jaclyn Hill (contoured make-up blogger)
Egg Russian Roulette on Jimmy Fallon (link to Bradley Cooper one)
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Inside Number 23 podcast
Sweet Sparrow Knits podcast
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
LA Conservancy - Last Remaining Seats
Honda HR-V
Sports Museum of Los Angeles



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ep. 30 - Soylent Green Is People!

Ep. 30 - Soylent Green is People!


What We've Finished:
Jill finished a Purl Soho Garter Earflap Hat out of gnarledpaw Proper DK in Mexican Blue Wing Butterfly colorway with a little tiny pompon on top (rav page here).  She made an Adama scowl by Hilary Smith Callis out of handspun from Black Bunny Fibers BFL in Meadows (rav page here).

She made a shawlette for a friend who was moving away using the Evanthe pattern by Corrina Ferguson and gnawledpaw Splendid Sock in Grey Gardens (Rav page here).  She also made a Sitka Spruce hat by tincan knits for Michele's birthday out of Malabrigo Rios in Purple Mystery.

Our Current Fix:
Michele is deciding to rip out her Arrowhead Socks by Renee Leverington in MarigoldJen DK Weight yarn in the Pascal colorway, because she'd rather make the Cowlicious by Nicole Vaughn or the Rikke Hat.  She is getting to the end of her Clincher out of Spun Right Round in Trainyard and Knit Picks Stroll Brights in Pucker (her rav page here).  She is also crocheting a washcloth out of Peaches and Cream cotton yarn in Fruit Punch and the Easy Crocheted Dishcloth pattern by Cheri Mancini.
Jill has gone back to working on her Sophie's Universe crochet blanket out of Knit Picks Brava Worsted by Dedri Uys.  She is more than halfway there.  Her Rav page here.  She also started a baby hat using the Striped Elf Hat by Anna Daku out of Lang Mille Colori Baby in fluorescent colors.
She also started spinning some natural dyed wool to potentially make an Elizabeth Zimmerman Fair Isle Yoked Caridgan, while demonstrating at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is loving a couple non-Ravelry items. One is the Angus the Crocheted Gnome on pinterest (aka Cute Crochet Gnome by Amber Simmons on Ravelry), and also the Charlotte Split Brim Slouchy Hat by pixiebell.
Jill wants to knit the Herbarium shawl by Lisa Hannes (maliha designs).  She bought the Sight is Life ebook that will have 8 accessories patterns and 100% of the proceeds go to mission work in Congo for cataracts surgery.

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
Sweet Sparrow Yarns on etsy
#19 Lace and Bobble Tunic Dress by Mari Lynn Patrick
Pantone 2016 Color Report for the Yarniacs Color of Fall KAL
Inara Wrap by Ambah O'Brien out of Art Yarns Milano Fade from Craftsy
Winter Wander shawl by Helen Stewart
The shawl made for me by Colleen (DCKnitter)!:

Inside 23 podcast
Soylent and Soylent Green
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Dance with Dragons by G.R.R. Martin
Gay of Thrones




Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ep. 29 - Hells Yeah, Solvang




Episode 29!  Thanks for listening everyone!

Our Current Fix:
Jill has finished her Route 99 turban by Lee Meredith.  She used Koigu KPPPM and Knit Picks Bare Hare.

Michele has been working on her Crocheted Starburst Baby Blanket.  She pulled out the Clincher by Ash Kearns again!  This is out of Spun Right Round in Trainyard.
Jill asks Michele for advice about her Regina hat by Carina Spencer.  She is probably going to try to find another contrast yarn for her Malabrigo Rios Purple Mystery.  She has started the Adama Cowl by Hilary Smith Callis out of Black Bunny Fibers BFL handspun in Meadows green.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele has lots of hats and cowls that she wants to make!  They include the Drawstring Slouch by Kim Miller, Tara Fair Isle Hat by Country Pine Designs, House Colors Hat by Lion Brand Yarn, and three cowls by Laura Aylor: Tuck, Butterscotch and Brightside.  She also wants to make more Easy Crocheted Dishcloths by Cheri Mancini.  You should join the Annual Dishcloth Swap (Rav group here)!
Jill likes the Scheepjes CAL 2016 "Last Dance on the Beach" crocheted blanket.  It was designed by Marinke Slump and the Scheepjes Bloggers.  She likes the Sweet Seventeen shawl by Katin Schubert.  Despite her hatred of seagulls, she loves the Charadriiformes cowl by Sara Huntington Burch.

Uppers, Downers and Misc.
Solvang
Sideways (2004)
Franklin Habit
Mission Inn in Riverside
Lovin' the Freebies group on Ravelry
Despondent Dyes
Candy Skein
Liza Souza
Phydeaux Yarns
Loop & Leaf in Santa Barbara
Petite Weaver Crafts videocast
Sweet Sparrow Knits videocast
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Amish Friendship Bread
Ali Wong stand-up


 




Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ep. 28 - I'm from Los Angeles

We're back!  We've missed you!


Our Current Fix:
Jill finished a bunch of stuff over the last month.  She made two sets of Knitted Knockers out of Cascade Ultra Pima (Rav page here).  She finished the Stoney Brook Top by Rusty Baker out of Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in the Belmont colorway (Rav page here).  She knit a Bunny Beanie by Noe Knit out of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton and Red Heart Creme de la Creme for Kimberly from the Twisted Stitches podcast (Rav page here).  She also finished a Peasleeville hat by Melissa LaBarre out of Rowan Lima in the Aztec colorway with a Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan pompom.

Jill is working on an adult Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho out of Gnarledpaw Proper DK in Mexican Blue Wing Butterfly.  She is also working on the Route 99 hat/turban by Lee Meredith from the Stranded Magazine: Warm Weather 2016 in KPPPM in pink and KP Bare Hare. Michele asked about a previous turban and that was the Knit Yourself a Turban (Moss Stitch) pattern.


What We're Jonesing For:
Michele wants to be knitting anything!  She recommends Breathing Space by Veera Valimaki for Jill.
Jill has queued Ondawa by Michele Wang from the Brooklyn Tweed 14 Collection based on seeing suskyre's version of it at the retreat.  She is into the Venn cowl by Ella Austin from the Colour and Line collection.  She also finally bought a Northbound Knitting pattern, Diaemus shawl by Lisa Mutch.

Uppers and Downers:
Captain America: Civil War
The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena
Heritage Square Museum
Face Swap

Handel's Ice Cream in Huntington Beach
L.A. County Yarn Crawl
NoCKR and podcasts: 2 Knit Lit Chicks, Yarniacs, Stash and Burn, Double Knit, Hollywood Knitter, Two Ewes Fiber Adventure
Zauberball - Skacel
GnarledPaw
Leading Men Fiber Arts
A-Major-Knitwork store
Compatto Yarn Salon 
Windsor Fashion

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ep. 27 - Like Jennifer Aniston on Friends


Our Current Fix:
Jill finished her Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman in Zauberball Starke 6 in the Olivenstrasse colorway.  She added a hood using the EZ instructions.  Here's how her yarn changed partway through her project:




Jill also made one DD Knitted Knocker out of Cascade Ultra Pima.  She sewed a project bag using the In Color Order lined drawstring bag tutorial.  She just started the Stoney Brook Top by Rusty Baker in Knit Picks Hawthorne in the Belmont colorway.
Michele is working on her baby blanket out of Red Heart with Love in Boysenberry

Scene from Jill's window:

Baby Craft-a-Long:
Come join our craft-a-long.  Enter in a baby project that you've made since March 15.  There will be prizes of some sort.  This will be an on-going CAL through June.

Uppers, Downers, Miscellaneous Links:
Concealing Petal bras on Amazon
Bad Enabler on YouTube
Lang Mille Colori Baby yarn
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer 
Batman v Superman
Key and Peele - Gremlins 2 skit

Knit Artichoke pattern by Susie Johns

Michele's 3 favorite projects: her Piper's Journey, her Owls sweater and her Nora's First Love baby blanket for her friend.  Jill's favorite 2 projects are her #21 Lace Dress and her Trefoil shawl.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ep. 26 - Feels for the Acrylic


We're doing a baby craft-a-long!  Join in at anytime, it is casual! 

Finished Items:
Michele has finished-finished her Red Heart Team Spirit Tyson hat.  The yarn softened up a lot with washing.
Jill has finished but needs to sew on buttons to the Maile Sweater by Nikki Van de Car in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight - Rare Gems Fire.  She used the leftovers to make the Fleegle's Seamless Saartje Booties by Susan Glinert Stevens (modified version of Saartje's Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn.)

Our Current Fix:
Michele ripped out the Cascade baby sweater she was making and is using the Red Heart with Love in a baby blanket, the Crocheted Starburst Baby Blanket by Sara Rivka.
Jill is working on the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Starke 6 in the Olivenstrasse colorway.  She spun a bit on her Malabrigo Nube.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele likes the Circle-T Top by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby from the Malabrigo website.  She also likes the Laxo hat by Laura Nelkin.
Jill has queued some shawls: the Evanthe shawl by Corrina Ferguson and the Red Rock Canyon shawl by Romi Hill.  She finally got some MadelineTosh Tosh Lace in Oceana to make the Amille shawl by Emily Ross.  She also bought a couple kits from Willow Yarns (Herrschners!).  One is the Off-the-Grid Stranded Cowl by Alastair Post-Quinn (not on Ravelry!) and the other is the Tartan Mitts and Cowl by Rae Blackledge,which are chevron striped mitts and cowls in two long color repeating yarns.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
New York, New York hotel in Las Vegas
Cafe Jack in Korea Town
Jed's Hard Orange Cream soda
Longmire
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Armada by Ernest Cline
The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story
This American Life: Too Soon?
O.J. Simpson Ungloved (what!?!)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Monuments Men
Rape of Europa
22 Jump Street
Meru
The Exact Moment Ben Affleck Realizes that Batman v. Superman Sucks:





Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ep. 25 - To the Bone


There's a lot of chatter in this one.  If you just want knitting content, you can say goodbye after the first 30 minutes!

 

Our Current Fix:
Michele finished her hat!  It was the Tyson Beanie by Robyn Devine in Red Heart Team Spirit.  Her Rav page here.  She also started her Cascade baby cardigan by Raya Budrevich in Red Heart With Love.

Jill made two little Garter Ear Flap Hats (pattern by Purl Soho) out of Nerd Girl Yarns Clever in Met Him on the River colorway.  Her Rav page here.  She's mostly finished the Sweet Pea cardigan by Mary Scott Huff in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Pea Pod.  She's also given up on the Eliot-the-Elephant baby bib pattern.  She's started the Maile sweater by Nikki Van de Car out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight in a Rare Gems - Fire colorway.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is liking colorwork hats.  She loves the Revespor Lue fox hat by Berit Lokken.  She's also into The Force Awakens Hat by Mrs Luedeke LLC.
Jill is into Ningyo, a colorwork cowl, by Thea Eschliman.  She also likes Gocce by Paola Albergamo in the Knitty Spring & Summer 2016.


Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Keilo Ren - Undercover Boss
Bath and Body Works candles
Glamtwinz on Youtube
candlewarmers
Tree Hut sugar scrub
Clarisonic face brush
Rich Eisen running the 40yd dash vs. LaQuan McGowen
Chris Jones "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2016 NFL Combines - I couldn't find a video that wasn't NSFW.  You can do a google search but I didn't want to embed the video!
End of the Tour (2015)
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom's which I know sounds weird) by Michael Ian Black.
Stone Brewing
hard root beers
Red beers

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ep. 24 - A Beanie for the Planet



Our Current Fix:
Michele finished her Celtic Cabled Beanie by Cecilia Famili!  It looks great out of Knit Picks City Tweed in Blue Blood.  Her Rav page is here.
Jill finished her Kernel scarf by Bonnie Sennott out of Koigu KPM, but still hasn't blocked it.  She also made the Valentin rabbit by Anisbee Anisbee for Lucas out of Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Super Saver. Her Rav page here.

Michele has cast on a Tyson hat by Robyn Devine out of Red Heart Super Saver Team Spirit in Orange and Black.
Jill's in-progress projects include the Sweet Pea cardigan by Mary Scott Huff in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Peapod, an Eliot-the-Elephant Baby Bib by Justyna Kacprzak in KP Comfy Sport in Sea Foam, and some spinning of Malabrigo Nube fiber in the colorway Candombe.
We also mention the Umbilical Cord Hat by Jennifer L. Jones.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele has been looking at baby sweaters including Cascade by Raya Budrevich (she'll use Red Heart with Love) and the Fuss-Free Baby cardigan by Louise Tilbrook.
Jill likes a couple projects from the Interpretations Vol. 3 collection including Breathing Space by Veera Valimaki and Timeless Henley by Joji Locatelli.  She likes the silly Wonder Warmer pattern by Sick 'Lil Monkeys.  She also likes the Waiting for Rain shawl pattern by Silvia Bo Bilvia. Jill queued the Villi Pohjola baby blanket by Terhi Viinikanoja (in Finnish!)

The Cut Chenille Baby Blanket tutorial from Aesthetic Nest!! I was originally inspired by Grumperina's version.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
The Natural (1984) movie by Barry Levinson
Armada by Ernest Kline
Welcome to Me (2014) movie with Kristen Wiig
The First Bad Man by Miranda July (also check out You Me and Everyone We Know (2005))
Troublemaker by Leah Remini
Margaret Atwood - The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake
Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 15-17, 2016
Los Angeles Yarn Crawl - April 14-17, 2016
Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena - May 15-17, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Ep.23 - Singlehood Awareness Day


Our Current Fix:
Michele is still working on her Celtic Cable Beanie.
Jill finished her Alinta Wrap by Ambah O'Brien.  Her Rav page is here.

She used Knit Picks Capretta, Shibui Sock and Decadently Divine Divine Sock.  She's started Kernel by Bonnie Sennot from Knitty, Fall 2009 in Koigu KPPM.  She started crocheting a bunny using the french pattern Valentin by Anisbee Anisbee out of Caron Simply Soft in Cool Green.  She is also knitting the Sweet Pea cardigan by Mary Scott Huff in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Peapod.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele has been obsessed with mandalas.  She likes the ones by CAROcreated Design, her favorites being Overlay Mandala No. 6, Overlay Mandala No. 5, the Coaster in Overlay Crochet and also the Case in Overlay Crochet.
Jill wants to cast on the Kumara Cowl by Francoise Danoy.  She will probably start the Maile Cardigan by Nikki Van de Car as one of the many baby presents she needs.  Michele saw Nikki Van de Car's Baby Cozy and might make it.  Jill went to a lecture/reception for Stephen West and Steven Be at the Knitting Tree LA.  She is now pretty into Parachutey, but likely won't actually knit it.

Uppers and Downers and Misc. Links:
Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld lyrics
LA Cookie Con and Sweets Expo
Pineapple Malibu Rum 
LA Hot dogs:
Canadian Ruffles - Poutine and Loaded Baked Potato
Assorted Canadian snacks here.  Thanks for all the goodies Gen!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ep 22 - The Newspeeper


Our Current Fix:
Michele has been working on her Celtic Cable Beanie by Cecilia Fameli in Knit Picks City Tweed in Blue Blood.
Jill finished some handspun yarn.  She spun 8 oz of woolgatherings 70% Oatmeal BFL / 30% Silk fiber into a 2-ply DK.

Jill has been working primarily on the Alinta Wrap by Ambah O'Brien in KP Capretta Cream, Decadently Divine Sock in Speckled Egg, Shibui Sock in a raspberry color.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is looking at blankets.  She mentions the Peacock Pretty Blanket by kraftling, also the Daisy Afghan, Surf City Beach Blanket, and Plum Throw, all by kraftling.  She's also been looking at hot water bottle cover, including the Hot Water Straitjacket by brella, Bee Cozy by Melissa Kelenske, Winterberry by gluecksfisch, Budding Branches by Kendra Nitta, and Simply Seamless Cozy by BacoKnitter Designs.
Jill has some favorites including Nancy Merchant's new brioche cowl pattern Bonfire and the Moose Sweater by Lone Kjeldsen.  She also really wants to make the Aumangea Pullover by Francoise Danoy and the Lemon Whimsy Hat by Sara Setters.


Uppers, Downers and Misc. links:
Honda Pioneer
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Knotty Gnome Crafts
Trader Joes Soft & Juicy Mandarins
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Debus III
Michael Fassbender:

From X-Men Days of Future Past: (Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy)

The Ben Stiller Show
GLASG
twisted stitches podcast
Homemade onion powder- Instructables tutorial
Peggy Sweater by Sarah Hurwitz in the Spring 2016 Knitscene
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on PBS Feb. 16.