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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ep. 44 - Dead Threesome

I have a special guest!  It's Kim!  Formerly of the Stitch by Stitch video cast and inbetweendreams on Ravelry and inbetweendr3ams on Instagram. 

I apologize for the sound quality.  I got a little overeager with noise removal and it lost a bit of the dynamic range.  Plus I was slightly drunk and yelling.

What We've Finished:
Kim wove a little table runner out of handspun yarns and Pagewood Farms sock yarn.  Her Rav page here. She recommends the Rigid Heddle Weaving class on Craftsy.

Jill finished a baby sweater using the Crazyheart pattern by Tanis Lavallee from the Heart on My Sleeve ebook out of Cascade Ultra Pima in Jade and a number of other cotton leftovers.  Her Rav page here.

Our Current Fix:
Kim is working on a hot water bottle cover out of some handspun.  She is using the Handspun Hottie pattern by Laurie Claire.  The fiber is Two If By Hand Polworth/Silk in Holly Holiday. (I got Polly Pocket confused with Holly Hobby!).
Jill is finishing up the Not Seen Before MKAL coordinated by Kristina Villamaite using Koigu KPPPM, Pagewood Farms Chugiak and a blip of Cloudborn Twist Fingering in aqua.  She will be casting on the Cloche pattern from the recent Norah Gaughan book using Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red.

What We're Jonesing For:
Kim bought the Babette Blanket pattern by Kathy Merrick.  She likes two crochet blankets by Sandra Paul including the Clamshell Blanket and the Granny Goes Large.  She also wants to get into colorwork.  She is planning for the Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston using Jamison's & Smith Shetland yarn and looking at the Inspira Cowl by graphica and Lovage by Marie Wallin.
Jill is into the Confetti pullover by Veera Valimaki, the Stormy Sky Shawl by life is cozy and the Rainbrioche hat by Katrin Schubert.

Uppers and Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
Amy Schumer - The Leather Special
Trevor Noah - Afraid of the Dark
Neil Brennan - Three Mics
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
The Americans
The Great British Bake Show
Logan (2017)
Abstract: The Art of Design
The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Suicide Squad (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Hidden Figures (2016)
This is Us
Big Little Lies

Shetland Wool Week
small postage scale - mine is similar to this one
Happy Knits
Dayana Knits

Dead/Living Threesome:
Michael Fassbinder
Jesse Williams
Kurt Cobain
Michael Jackson
Joel McCrea
Rita Hayworth
Marion Cotillard
MacBeth (2015)
Henry Cavill

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ep. 43 - Talking About Crap

My Current Fix:
Jill is working on Not Seen Before by Kristina Vilimaite and several other designers have contributed wedge designs.  This pattern is from the Sight is Life ebook.  She is using Koigu KPPPM in 741P and Pagewood Farms Chugiak in a deep blue.  She has also been working on her Sophie's Universe CAL by Dedri Uys in Knit Picks Brava Worsted and her Shark Bite fingerless gloves using the sock pattern by Lara Smoot.
Jill also started a baby yoke sweater from the Heart on My Sleeve ebook by TinCan Knits.  She is using Cascade Ultra Pima and will either make Heartstring or Crazyheart.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill's finally bought two sweater patterns by Svetlana Volkova, Aurys and Bloomsbury.  She won the Schmur hat pattern by Sarah Jordan and is looking forward to making it.  She loves two different center out shawl patterns, Fallowed by Bristol Ivy and Epicenter by Josh Ryks.  She also likes the Cowesett Tee by Cassie Castillo in Interweave Knits Spring 2017.

Jill bought more Wolle's Color Changing Cotton 100gram skeins in Pink Medley and Icicle Medley at a trunk show at Wildfiber.  She also won a skein of A Hundred Ravens Lustre DK in The Southerly Hunt from the Indie Designer Gift-a-Long. 

First-In-First-Out Craft-a-Long!
Jill announces the winners of the FIFO CAL!  Check out the episode to find out if you've won!

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
Hidden Figures
My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Frequency TV show
Frequency movie
Fargo TV show
Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Ep. 42 - Something Entirely Different

A little bit different this time around!

Finished Projects:
Jill finished a couple pussyhats. The first using the Brooklyn Purl Alley Cat Hat by Claudette Brady in Lamb's Pride Bulky.  Her rav page here.  She also knit a Kettunosin by Anna Maltz out of Filatura di Crosa Zarina doubled, in a light pink and bright pink (rav page here).  She finished her Brunswick shawl by Mindy Wilkes out of Wolle's Color Changing Cotton in Lifesaver Medley. Hers is here. She also finished her first Mother Bear!  It was supposed to be in honor of KnittyBarb from the 2KnitLit Chicks podcast, but she finished way too late. 

My Current Fix:
Jill has been working on her existing projects, including the Shark Bite socks by Lara Smoot.  She had to turn them into mitts!  She's also gone back to her Sophie's Universe crochet blanket by Dedri Uys using Knit Picks Brava Worsted.  Hers is here.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is planning on starting the Not Seen Before MKAL by Kristina Vilimaite and 6 others from the Sight for Life ebook.  She also really likes the Zuni Shawl by Danielle Chelson, Doo Wop by Lisa Hannes and the Rosette Window by Mia Rinde.  She also loves the Springs to Mind hat by Kino Knits from Point/Counterpoint Vol. 2 which is inspired by Susie White's Frondescence shawl (which she also loves!)

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
Womb by M.K. Carroll
Man in the High Castle
Project Runway Jr.
Chez Jay
Sully (2016)
Silence (2016)
The Outsiders
Car Talk
#yarnlovechallenge on Instagram

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ep. 41 - Barely a Ped

Finished Items:
Jill finished the other four items for her Indie Designer Giftalong Opadoo!  She crocheted the Heavenly Lemon shawl by Elena Madsen out of a Chinese fingering weight wool.  Her Rav page here.  She finished the Aumangea Pullover by Francoise Danoy out of Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Worsted Twist in Grey Heather and Scarlet.  Her Rav page here.  She made a Maurice cowl by Lee Meredith out of Malabrigo Twist in Zinc and Noro Kureyon #170.  She did the medium, wide size and changed the order of the stripes to use the most of the skein of Kureyon.  The Rav page here.  Her last GAL project was Mosaic Slippers by CraftArella using Paton's Classic Wool in Plum Heather and a natural color.  Rav page here.

Our Current Fix:
Michele made huge progress on her baby blanket, using the Diagonal Comfort Blanket pattern out of Red Heart with Love in Boysenberry.
Jill has resumed work on the Brunswick shawl by Mindy Wilkes using Wolle's Color Changing Cotton in the 150g ball in Lifesaver Medley.  She is also working on Shark Bite by Lara Smoot out of Cloudborn Fibers Wool Fingering Twist in Grey and blue, plus other scraps.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is feeling forced into make the Hadley Button Slouch Hat by Justine Walley for someone she barely knows.
Jill likes the Yin Yang Kitty Ankle Socks by Geena Garcia, Little-Eyes booties by Inma Gijon and the Pineapple Hat by Emily Dormier.  She also loves the Winter Petrichor sweater by Bristol Ivy.

Uppers, Downers and Misc. Links:
Susie Cakes
Torrance Bakery
Blick Fang yarn distributed by Zitron
Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok
Gnarledpaw yarn
You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Year of Yes by Shondra Rhimes
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
Hidden Figures (2016) - with Jim Parsons
Rogue One (2016)
La La Land (2016)
Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The OA on Netflix
Another Earth (2011)
UFC 207 - Amandes Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey
Tillamook Tillamookies - actually don't have any sorbet things
M&M Coffee Nut
Chocochip Oreos

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ep. 38 - Happy Kwanzaa 2020

Here's episode 38 at long last!  This was recorded right after the presidential election.  If you'd rather not relive that, you can skip this episode, or stop listening around 30 minutes in.

Finished Items:
Jill finished a blanket square from the Orange Quarter Quilt pattern by Eva Marie Niles out of Filatura Di Crosa Zara Plus in a forest green color.  She also finished her On the Spice Market shawl by Melanie Berg.  She used Leading Men Fiber Arts Showcase in Barbie's Nighty, a Woolbearers gradient kit in Golds and Frabjous Fibers Chesire Cat in Tulgey Wood.  Her Rav page here.

Our Current Fix:
Michele has picked up her Garter Squish by Stephen West again!  She is using Berocco Vintage in a tan brown color plus Vanna's Choice leftovers as the contrast.
Jill is working on Brunswick by Mindy Wilkes out of Wolle's Color Changing Cotton 150 gram skein in Lifesaver Medley.  She did a lot of swatching for her Imitation Game inspired cardigan but has put it aside for now.

What We're Jonesing For:
Michele is looking at a bunch of baby blankets including the Sprout Blanket by Hanna Breetz, the Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket by Purl SoHo and the Windy City Baby by Julie Blagojevich.
She also is going to cast-on a Melanie Berg pattern, either Perhaps, Perhaps or 5190 Miles (gift from dimsumdumpling)
Jill is loving the Fargo Pullover by Sheila Toy Stromberg.  She took advantage of the Knitters Pay It Forward movement and got the Oliver Toque by Sarah B. Abram and the Soundbreaker Shawl by Christopher Salas.  She was gifted The Miller's Daughter shawl by Melanie Berg by Gen, and given Ondawa by Michelle Wang and Kontrastne by Anna Kuduja by Melinda of the Yarnderwoman podcast.

Jill was gifted Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook (and really wants to make the Cloche from it).  She also got a skein of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Potluck and a pulse warmer kit from her Mom's trip to Amsterdam.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
UnhHHH - youtube show with Trixie Mattell and Katya Zomolodovic
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
The Arrival (2016) dir. by Denis Villeneuve
aebleskiver pan - vitumbua
Lily Chin
85C degree bakery - Taiwanese chain!
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Kings Hawaiian rainbow cake