Monday, December 17, 2018

Ep. 80 - Painful Sexy Dance

Happy Holidays everyone!


What I've Finished:
Jill completed a gnome from the Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Schira using Pagewood Farms scraps.  Her Rav page here.  She also completed Mount Pleasant, a cropped pullover by Megan Nodecker out of Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Azaleas colorway.  She alternated skeins to even out the variegation.  Her Rav page here.





My Current Fix:
Jill is working on the second sock from the Vanilla Is the New Black (Sport/DK) pattern by Anneh Fletcher out of Gnarledpaw Super Sport in Electric Melon.  She is knitting on Charadriiformes by Sara Huntington Burch out of Gnarledpaw Proper DK in Pinko and Mrs. Jones as well as Knit Picks Gloss DK in gray.  She has just started the Ethan the Aviator baby hat by Gabrielle Danskknit out of Twist Cotton DK in Cool Mint.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill loves the new gnome patterns by Sarah Schira including Gnome Pun Intended and Go Big or Gnome Home.  There are a couple favorite holiday patterns including the Supersize Wreath by Annaboo's House and the Little Christmas Doodad by Melinda Miller.  She likes the Switchback Neckwarmer by Nick Davis and the Stoneham Poncho by Diana Walla.

ReUps:
Big thanks to Melinda for the Vega Wrap pattern by Shara Lambert!



Uppers, Downers & Miscellaneous:
Perfect (1985)
Blue Steel (1990)
Die Hard (1988)
Misery (1990)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)
Joy of Cooking lemon bars
Molasses Spice Crinkles from Martha Stewart
Chocolate Brittle Surprise


Monday, December 3, 2018

Ep. 79 - Balls to the Wall

FIFO winners are announced!


What I've Finished:
Jill finished her Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith in Manos del Uruguay and assorted yarns.  It turned out pretty huge.  She's wearing it as a slouchy hat with a faux fur pompom by ffabuknits.  Her Rav page here.  She also finished a Little Dude baby sweater by Andrea Rangel in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes superwash in Noble Heather, Briar Heather and Bittersweet Heather.  Her Rav page here.


Then her first Indie Giftalong project was the Zippertooth Mitts by Clare Lockwood in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering in Turquoise Wonder, Salmon and Goldenrod and Knit Picks Palette in Mist.  Her Rav page here.



My Current Fix:
Jill did a little bit of spinning on the Stick and Stone Fiber Arts naturally dyed brown wool.  She started the Vanilla is the New Black (Sport/DK) in Gnarledpaw Super Sport in Electric Melon.  She also started the Mount Pleasant cropped pullover by Megan Nodecker in Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in Azaleas.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into the Knit, Around cowl by Claire Slade and the Adventurer Cowl by Ambah O'Brien.  Another advent project she likes is the Vega Wrap by Shara Made.  She bought the Bramble Birds hat pattern by Sara Huntington Burch.  She likes a couple shawls, the Dreaming of Spring Shawl by Leela Frankcombe and the Port Hope Shawl by Brenda Castiel.  Jill is tempted by the new scrap yarn sock blanket, Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander Loomis (host of the Dungeons & Dropped Stitches podcast).  Jill's favorite crochet pattern this time is the Mascot Sweater by Natalia Kononova.  Her favorite novelty pattern is the Festive Hoodie Mug Cozies by Loraine Birchall.

FIFO Winners!:
MaryBeth1199
RamonaFirehorse
Green Hook
sfchick
esalaza
A big thank you to Diane (dptemple) and Brenda Castiel for donating prizes!

Re-ups:
Uneek Fingering
Malabrigo Washted

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Four and Twenty Blackbirds Cookbook - Salty Honey and Buttered Rum Cream Pie.
Creed II (2018)
The Haunting of Hill House
Maniac

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ep. 78 - Stitches SoCal not Stitches West recap

It's been a busy few weeks!





What I've Finished:
Jill finished the Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Rowanspun 4-ply.  She also finished spinning 4oz of Goodie Supply Co 80/20 Polwarth Silk in the Its a Mermaid colorway.



My Current Fix:
Jill's working on The Little Dude sweater by Andrea Rangel out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes superwash in Noble Heather, Briar Heather and Bittersweet Heather.  She's also continuing to work on Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith out of deep stash Manos del Uruguay.  She thinks it'll probably be too big.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill was gifted the short row Butterfly/Papillon pattern by Marion Melchior, so she needs to find yarn to use with it!  She also likes the Pheasant pattern by Claire Garland and Bobble Diamond by Pam Powers.

Re-Ups:
Illuminated Knits by Lucy Hague
Hedgehog Skinny Singles in Fool's Gold and Gossip
Wonderland Dyeworks - accidentally said Woodland!
Less Traveled Yarn
Greenwood Fiberworks
Stitches SoCal

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles
The Classics Film Festival in Colombia
Enamorada (1946)
Parque Arvi
Ready Player One (2018)
Hereditary (2018)
Ocean's Eight (2018)
Love, Simon (2018)
Monk Season 2 on Amazon
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix
The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix
Paula Poundstone - There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say
Hugh Howey - Wool Omnibus edition

Monday, October 29, 2018

Ep. 77 - Borderline Pukey

Come to our Stitches SoCal meetup!  Saturday, November 3, from 1-3pm in the Sheraton hotel bar (Charlie's Bar 303 E Cordova St. 91101).  Take a break from shopping and show me what you've made!  Or just say hi in the marketplace.


My Current Fix:
Jill is close to finishing her Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Rowanspun 4-ply.  She finished the brim of her Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith out of Manos del Uruguay Classica.  She also spun the first half of her Goodie Supply Co Polwarth/Silk braid in the It's a Mermaid colorway.  It was for the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild spinalong.



What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into the Seaglass and Driftwood sweater by Annie Lupton.  She also likes the cropped crochet top, the Totum Tee by Nomad Stitches.

Re-Ups:
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash for a Little Dude by Andrea Rangel.
Under Dutch Skies BFL/Silk in fluorescent yellow



Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
The Post (2017)
Free Solo (2018)
First Man (2018)
The IT Crowd
Midsomer Murders
The Sinner Season 2.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ep. 76 - Full Diaper for a Human Adult

Ep. 76!  More than just knitting this time.



What I've Finished:
Jill sewed a Range Backpack (pattern by Noodlehead) for her Mom's birthday.  She used light canvas purchased at Okadaya in Tokyo, pink quilting cotton from Jo-Ann's, waxed canvas from Fabric Planet, and hardware from Noodlehead.




My Current Fix:
Jill has given up on the Mustard Baby Romper by creativa atelier after it was turning out huge.  She just finished the body of Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Rowan Rowanspun 4-ply in Temptation.  She also started a Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith out of Manos del Uruguay.  Both of these projects are for the First-In-First-Out craftalong!

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill has a couple crochet patterns in her favorites, including The Coco Boxy Sweater by Cecilia Losada and the "Lotus" blanket in 12 peaks by Natascha Stadter.  There are two free worsted weight shawl patterns: Rumpelstiltskin by Christin Kimsey and Between the Worlds by Doro Winter.  She also likes the new pattern Thanks, It Has Pockets! by Kathleen Sperling.  She is a little bit obsessing over Lucy Hague.

Re-Ups:
Jill got a lovely package from Amy - capeneddicknitter on ravelry, including homemade project bags, a skein of Jaggerspun Green Line Sport in Dark Lilac, and the Maine Knits book by Beatrice Perron Dahlen.
Quaere Fibres self striping sock in Potions Class
Hula Hut Yarns Lotus Sock in Kite



Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Berrylook online store - no link to avoid spam!
Apple Festival at the Portland Nursery
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
Call the Midwife Season 7
The Americans Season 6

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ep. 75 - South West Merino

Ep. 75 is up, and the FIFO craftalong is in full swing!


My Current Fix:
Jill is working on the Mustard Baby Romper by Marta Porcel from the creativa atelier website out of Twist Cotton DK in Cool Mint.  She's run out of yarn so is going to try adding in the same yarn in Blue Sky or Salt and Pepper.  She is working on the yoke of her Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry out of Rowanspun 4ply in the Temptation colorway.  This is her first project for the First-In-First-Out (FIFO) craftalong.  The craftalong started September 1 and goes through November 31.  Chat for the craftalong here!  Jill also basted her Rugged Trail quilt out of Connecting Threads Yosemite flannel.



What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill queued the brioche Berrit hat by Katrin Schubert.  She likes The Vintage Puzzle sweater by Sandra van Scheijndel.  There is a knitalong for the pattern going on on Instagram, #thevintagepuzzlealong.  She's also into the Glorious Cincuenta Cowl by Lisa R. Myers, designed for Manos del Uruguay's 50th anniversary.

Re-Ups:
Sweet Sparrow Yarns
A Verb for Keeping Warm
Twist, Yarns of Intrigue
Fabric Planet
Range Backpack by Noodlehead

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Pann's
Stitches SoCal
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Blindspotting (2018)
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)
Are You the One? on MTV
Castle Rock on Hulu
Horrorstor by Grady Hendricks

Monday, September 3, 2018

Ep. 74 - Distilled Yarn

The FIFO craft-a-long has begun!  No more putting off that long-loved pattern or yarn.  Why Not Now!


What I Finished:
Jill is done with her Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter!  She used Cloudborn Superwash DK in Lavender Heather and Cloudy Skies, Junkyarn DK in Indira and Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Coleus.  Her Rav page is here.  She completed the Biophilia shawl by Mary-Anne Mace out of MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light in Scarlett. She also made a pair of Knitted Knockers out of Cloudborn Pima Cotton DK in the Taupe colorway.  And her last finished project was the Grow with Me Bonnet by Elena Nodel out of GnarledPaw Proper DK in Horse in a Gray Flannel Suit.



My Current Fix:
Jill is working on the Mustard Baby Romper by Marta Porcel out of Twist Cotton DK in Cool Mint.  She also just cast on for the Wool & Honey sweater by Andrea Mowry from vintage Rowanspun 4-ply wool in the Temptation colorway.  She also did a little more spinning on the Stick and Stone Fiber Arts naturally dyed brown batts.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is looking for baby projects.  The two free baby sweaters she is thinking about are Mabel by Fiona Alice and Wee Cupcake by Taiga Hilliard.  Jill got the Separate Ways pullover by Joji Locatelli, but is not going to cast it on in time for the Joji Fall KAL.  She also bought the Hearth and Millstone collection of cabled sweaters by Bristol Ivy.  She is into quite a few cabled sweaters from the latest Interweave Knits, Fall 2018 including Follins Pond Pullover by Moira Engel, Yarmouth Pullover by Mary Anne Benedetto and the Race Point Pullover by Jenny Williams.

Re-Ups:
Quilt 'n' Things Fiber Arts
Wildfiber
The Knitting Tree LA
Sew Together Stitching Lounge
Altered Stitch
Pompom Quarterly - Ixchel
Range Bag by noodlehead
Danielle Laurenti/Green Illustrations
Yarnderwoman podcast
Sweet Sparrow Yarns

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
The Frozen Ground (2013)
CHIPS (2017)
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Goliath Season 2
mother! - with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Castle Rock on Hulu
The Mindy Project 
Insecure

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ep. 73 - Spin Their Brains Out

New episode up!  I chat about my progress on everything and announce the dates for the First-In-First-Out craftalong.


What I've Finished:
Jill redid the ribbing on her Fixation hat by Ann Weaver out of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool yarn.  She unpicked the ribbing off of the hat, and knit ribbing back down on smaller needles and a few less stitches.

My Current Fix:
Jill did lots of spinning for Tour de Fleece.  She spun a 3-ply skein of Naturally Stoned Stick and Stone Fiber Arts batts in a naturally dyed brown color.  She has a lot more of it to go!  Jill's been working primarily on her Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter.  She is using Cloudborn Superwash DK in Lavender Heather and Cloudy Skies, Junkyarn DK in Indira and Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Coleus.  Her Rav page here.  She started the Biophilia shawl by Mary-Anne Mace in Tosh Merino Light in Scarlet.  She bought the yarn to make an Oranje by Ann Weaver, but the yarn bled too much to risk colorwork.




What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill loves a couple new colorwork sweaters, Ixchel by Catherine Clark from the new pompom quarterly Issue 26 and Lady of the Lake by Kaffe Fassett.  She thinks Sparky the Pig by Cindy Pilon would make a cute felted piggy bank.  She thinks Compass by Buttonnose Crochet would be a great star blanket pattern for her Caron Cakes.

FIFO time!
Jill is planning to make a Wool & Honey by Andrea Mowry for the FIFO CAL!  That is the First-In-First-Out Craftalong, starting September 1.  Find a pattern that you've been meaning to make for years, or stash you've been meaning to work up for years and let's give those oldies some love!

Re-Ups:
Goodie Supply Co - Polwarth/Silk for the GLASG spinalong
Buchanan Fiber Co - cotton sliver and punis
Xerces Society

Uppers and Downers:
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Three Identical Strangers (2018)
Bachelor in Paradise

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ep. 72 - 70s Kitchen Appliance

Is everyone having a good summer?  Here's a short update from me!


What I've Finished:

Jill did all the finishing on Karen's Frenchie by Sara Elizabeth Kellner out of Cascade 220 in Mustard and Natural.  Her Rav page here.  She also finished spinning a gradient out of Oink Pigments Knotty Fluff in Sunny with a Chance of Peaches, Melon-Choly, Multi-Pass and Gecko Meadow.  She spun 4 oz of a light fingering weight yarn.





My Current Fix:
Jill is trying to spin every day for Tour de Fleece, and her next spinning project is naturally dyed merino batts from Stick and Stone Fiber Arts.  Jill is mostly done with Fixation by Ann Weaver in Spincycle Yarns.  She might be done, or she might redo the ribbing on a smaller needle.  She is also obsessed with her Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter, using Cloudborn Superwash DK in Lavender Heather and Cloudy Skies, Junkyarn DK in Indira and Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Coleus.  Her Rav page here.



What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill's into the Wool & Honey pullover by Andrea Mowry.  She also bought the Here We Gnome Again pattern by Sarah Schira.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Cathedral Park in Portland
Elmer's Pancake House
Zumbo's Just Desserts on Netflix
Eighth Grade by Bo Burnham
Buddies (1985) by Arthur Bressan Jr.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ep. 71 - Inside of the Purge

Ep. 71 is up!


Finished Items:
Jill finished her True Friend pullover by Veera Valimaki!  She used Dream in Color Jilly in Brilliant and MadTosh Tosh Merino Light in Silver.

My Current Fix:
Jill is done with the knitting portion of her knit French Bulldog using the Karen's Frenchie pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.  She used Cascade 220 yarn from her stash.  She is also working on the Fixation hat by Ann Weaver using a kit from Spincycle Yarns purchased at Stitches West 2018.  She is also in the middle of spinning some Oink Pigments Knotty Fluff bumps using the colorways Sunny with a Chance of Peaches, Melon-Choly, Multi-Pass and Gecko Meadow.  She will continue spinning this during Tour de Fleece as part of the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild team.



What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill is into the DK weight 3-color shawl, Milu by Tamy Gore.  She likes the summer tee Awelan by Susanna IC from Twist Collective july 2018.  There is an awesome looking crochet blanket CAL, the Karoo Vintage MAL by Jen Tyler.  Jill also likes a couple patterns from the recent Knitscene Fall 2018: the Agatha Shawl by Mone Drager and the Greta Cardigan by Joan Forgione.

Re-Ups:
Cloudborn Pima Cotton DK in Taupe for Knitted Knockers
Cloudborn DK Superwash Merino in Stormy Skies for her Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter.  That might be for the Yarniacs Color of Fall KAL.




Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Lone Pine and Alabama Hills
Manzanar
The Incredibles 2 (2018)
Bao
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Moviepass
Criminal Minds

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ep. 70 - Blobby Man in a Jumpsuit

Ep. 70 is ready!


What I've Finished:
Jill made a tiny little boot from a Style Leather Craft kit she bought at Tokyu Hands in Tokyo.  She found a helpful tutorial for hand-stitching at Martha Stewart.  She used a Dritz silicone Needle Puller and it helped out.  She finished a Mother Bear for the Mother Bear Project.  She used Knit 1 Crochet 2 Paintbox yarn.  She also finished a little pompom cat face using the book by Trikotri.  Jill used Knit Picks Palette yarn for the pompom and eyes from 6060eyes.com.  Her newly translated book is on pre-order from Book Depository.




My Current Fix:
Jill is working on a second cat pompom but still needs to put all the facial features on it.  This one is also in KP Palette.  Her only knitting project is True Friend by Veera Valimaki from the Interpretations Vol. 2 collection.  She is using Dream in Color Jilly in the Brilliant colorway and MadTosh Merino Light in Silver.


What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill's novelty pattern for this episode is Outrage! by Karin Aida.  Her favorite new triangular shawls are the free patterns for the knit Study Hall Shawl by Sarah Schira and the crochet pattern Mindfulness by Elena Fedotova.  She likes the recent colorwork pullover, Guthrie, from Caitlin Hunter.

Re-Ups:
Caron Cotton Cakes, 2 skeins in Hydrangea

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Nailed It! - Netflix

Monday, June 4, 2018

Ep. 69 - Your BMs, I Guess

The latest episode! Where I talk about a little knitting, then a lot of talk about the lack of concern for non-main character life in superhero TV shows. :)



What I've Finished:
Jill finished her sister's wedding shawl!  She used the Tiong Bahru pattern by Asa Tricosa, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Lace in Everyday Gray.  She used just a bit more than one skein.

My Current Fix:
Jill's working on True Friend by Veera Valimaki in Dream in Color Jilly in Brilliant and MadTosh Merino Light in Silver.  She also started a Seamless Knit Mother Bear out of Knit1CrochetToo Paintbox in the 01 colorway.  This is for the Mother Bear Project.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill likes the Ashland pullover by Julie Hoover from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 15.  There are some cute stuffed toys that Jill is into, including Fawn by Claire Garland and Karen's Frenchie by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.  She was cracking up over the Bristol Chart Scarf by Karin Aida (same designer as the Not for Trump Supporters hat).



Re-Ups:
Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in Lakeside and Cornflower.
Beautiful project bag and DPN holder from Diane, DinaripperCreations and KnitPicks Hawthorne in Nob Hill



Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Oreos - Cherry Cola and Kettle Corn
Homemade Thin Mints - Averie Cooks
Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake - Two Peas and their Pod
Nectarine ice cream - Self Proclaimed Foodie
Din Tai Fung - Taiwanese!
The Void - VR "paintball"
Knitting Outside of the Box by Bristol Ivy
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Baywatch (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Cinderella (2015)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Ep. 68 - This Is Kind of Madness

Jill is joined by special guest Brenda Castiel!  You can find Brenda's patterns on Ravelry, follow her on Instagram at bcastiel, or check out her etsy shop, Good Stuff Crafts.




What We've Finished:
Brenda finished a sweater for her 4-year-old grandson with a colorwork yoke with the stranding on the outside.  Her Rav page is here.  She also finished a pair of socks.
Jill finally finished her Sizzle Pop by Lesley Anne Robinson!  Her Rav page here.  She used Hula Hut Tiki Sock in Huckleberry Chuckle and Midnight.  She plyed her singles spun from Mork Made Fiber Co.  She also needle felted a little bear for her Mom for Mother's Day out of a kit from Hamanaka, purchased at Tokyu Hands.



Our Current Fix:
Brenda is working on a pair of socks out of Regia Pairfect.  She also has a shawl design in progress using Sweet Georgia yarns.  Her Rav page here.  She has some languishing WIPs including a second Richmond Mitt in YOTH yarns and a Hitofude cardigan in Wollmeise.

Jill is struggling with her Tiong Bahru by Asa Tricosa in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Lace in Every Day Grey.  She has been getting some knitting done on True Friend by Veera Valimaki out of Dream in Color Jilly in Brilliant and Madtosh Merino Light in Silver.  She finished the piecing of her Rugged Trail quilt by Connecting Threads using Yosemite Park Flannel.  Jill watched a Craftsy class, Piece Like a Pro by Donna Lynn Thomas and found it very helpful.



What We're Jonesing For:
Brenda has a few design projects she's excited to get started on.  One is going to involve a gradient set of Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Blurple.  She is debating using a Miss Babs yarn as the contrast, or Suburban Stitcher in Rainbowalong 2017.    She also received a couple gradient packs from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in Stitch Pink and grey/blacks that she is going to design a project for. 
Jill really likes the Leiden top by Natalie Selles from the Pom Pom Quarterly Summer 2018.  She bought Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter.  Jill downloaded the Neri cowl by Pariser Landluft, and likes the free tutorial from The Little Bee for the Ropey Rainbow Basket by Alia Bland. 

Re-Ups:
Brenda got some cute sheep fabric from Sew Together Stitching Lounge.
Jill got the Flower Power Sprout and Shout Quilt kit from Craftsy.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Unforgotten on PBS or Amazon
Bosch on Amazon
Crashing on HBO
Riverdale
The Alienist on TNT, and book by Caleb Carr.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ep. 67 - Penchant for Banana Flavor

I'm back from vacation and have a lot to show for it!

What I've Finished:
Jill added little pompoms onto the ties of her Lillebrors vintersko by Heidi Petterson out of Anny Blatt Merinos DK and called them good!  The pompoms match her completed Conifer Cardigan from last episode.  Her Rav page here.



My Current Fix:
Jill is still working on Sizzle Pop by Lesley Anne Robinson out of Hula Hut Tiki Sock in Huckleberry Chuckle and Midnight.  Her Rav page here.  She started Tiong Bahru by Asa Tricosa as her sister's wedding shawl.  She is using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Laceweight in Every Day Grey.  She cast-on True Friend by Veera Valimaki out of Dream in Color Jilly in Brilliant, and Tosh Merino Light in Silver Fox right before leaving on vacation and then never worked on it.
She is spinning some Mork Made Fiber Co batts and will make several small two-ply skeins.  Jill got quite a lot of it done at the LA Zoo sheep shearing day, demonstrating on behalf of the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild.

What I'm Jonesing For:
Jill really likes the Noten pullover by Ankestrick.  She has also queued Inkwell by Alice Caetano from Amirisu Winter 2018.

Re-Ups:
At Walnut Tokyo, Jill bought the aforementioned Amirisu magazine, and two balls of DARUMA Genmou yarn in colors 14 & 17.
At Okadaya, Jill got the trikotri book on making pompoms that look like cat heads.  She also got a sashiko placemat kit, an Anchor embroidered bag kit, several skeins of Hamanaka Korpokkur solid sock yarn and a skein of Opal sock yarn in Cake Pops.  She also got a few meters of fabric.
At Tokyu Hands, Jill bought lots of stationery and kits for making tiny leather shoes.
At Tomato, the fabric store in Nippori Fabric Town, she got lots of med-weight cotton fabric.



On the LA County Yarn Crawl, she also went a little crazy.
At Creative Ewe Studio, Jill got two skeins of Malabrigo Arroyo in Lavanda.
At Wildfiber, Jill got Blue Sky Woolstok in Thermal Spring and Pompom Quarterly Autumn 2017.  A few weeks earlier she ran into Lizzie there, and also got a skein of Malabrico Mechita in Aureo.
At Compatto Yarn Salon, Jill got a skein of Baah! La Jolla in Venom.
At Make One Yarn Company, Jill got a skein of Spun Right Round SW 80/20 in Combat Boots & Baby Doll Dresses
At Wollhaus, Jill got a 150gm skein of Woolstok in Midnight Sea, and a crawl totebag.
At Altered Stitch, Jill bought a skein of Havirland Pax Sock in Convo Hearts.

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Kamakura
Meiji Shrine
Harajuku
Otter Cafe
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tokyo Banana

The Greatest Showman (2017)
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
The Darkest Hour (2017)
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Downsizing (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Dogtooth (2009)
It (2017)
A Quiet Place (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

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.

Re-Ups:
Sweet Sparrow Yarns sweater project bag

Uppers, Downers and Miscellaneous Links:
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Death of Stalin (2017)
Veep
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

Re-Ups:
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.

Re-ups:
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