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. 

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
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.

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:
Meiji Shrine
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