Episode 23: Podcast of Segues (or Laura and Jen Blame Stitches)

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Don’t forget the March stashdown theme is “Madness.” Post your finished objects in the thread for a chance to win a copy of Sock Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas (Thank you to Dorothy for donating it to the podcast!)

Also thank you Brenda T. for your donation to the podcast.

The April Stashdown theme will be April Showers.

Catching Up: (2:33)

Jen is doing a show at the Found Theatre. It’s parody show that spoofs telethons and medical marijuana. She also saw The Umbrellas of Cherbourg which she loved for the story, the fashion, and the knitwear. She’s also taking an acting class at South Coast Repertory. She and Ron have finished watching Star Trek: Voyager and now they have started classic Star Trek. She also watched Pacific Rim and she really enjoyed it. It’s not high art, but it’s really good silly fun.

Laura has been working on her new website and it almost ready! She is working with Furry Logic. She finally saw Catching Fire and The Dark World. She finished Broadchurch. Her granddaughter had her first birthday and Laura made cupcakes. She and Tony are considering adopting another dog. And now that she is no longer doing Nerd Wars, she is hoping to work more on designs.

In the Knitting Bag: (23:41)

Jen has been doing a lot of knitting. She has been working on her Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Fibre Company Organik in Highlands. It’s from the book Coastal Knits. She just started a Leah’s Lovely Cardigan out of Malabrigo Sock in Eggplant. She is working on a 2×2 rib scarf for Interval House out of Patons Wool Classic in the colorway Kimono. She’s swatching for Chickadee by Ysolda’s book Little Red in the City in Quince and Company Chickadee in Slate, Egret, Lichen, and Rosa Rugosa. She is also working on her Watership Down KAL in Unique Sheep Selene in the colorway Nature Walk.

Laura has been making a lot of blanket squares for a Firefly afghan out of various scrap yarns. She’s also working on a Nigh Side Hat by Preita Salyer for her brother in Broncos colors of Knitpicks Brava (blue, orange, and white). And she is working on a Leftie by Martina Behm, out of a Miss Babs kit in slate and reds.

Finished Objects: (30:50)

Laura has finished three blanket squares: the Teddy Bear Wash Cloth by Elaine Fitzpatrick in Berroco Comfort DK in brown, the Steggie Wash Baby Bib by Elaine Fitzpatrick (modified to be a square) out of Berroco Comfort DK in brown, and a feather and fan square out of Dizzy Blonde Dirty Blonde miniskeins in Meg and Pussyfootin’.

Devil’s Tower: (32:48)

Jen is kind of annoyed with vanilla socks right now, so she’s not working on them. And she’s not weaving in the ends of her Mustachioed blanket.

Laura may have Jen test knit some non-vanilla socks.

Laura’s Leftie may go in…it’s hovering around.

We mention the Knitmore Girls.

Frog Pond: (35:06)

We both are lucky and have no sad knitting stories.

On Deck: (35:28)

Jen wants to make a Leftie of her own and will pull stash out to make it. She also wants to make a Hitchhiker and Brickless. She might use some of the Sunnydale Yarn Club yarn for one and some Abstract Fiber for the other. She also wants to make a pair of Water for the Elephants socks by Rose Hiver in some Knitpicks Stroll in a bare (natural) and Summer Blooms (pink). She also wants to make a Lauriel Cardigan by Ysolda out of Wollmeise DK in Pesto.

Laura wants to make a Leaf on the Wind “Wash” Cloth by Becka in Berroco Comfort DK in Celery. She also wants to do a Hand to Hold Dishcloth by Rachel van Schie in Dizzy Blond Studios Dirty Blonde DK in Jessica. And she wants to make a pair of mitts of her own design (it will be released as a free pattern eventually) out of a mystery alpaca yarn, for her husband.

Jen talks about Edie Eckman’s Where Do They Get Those Numbers? class.

Knit Culture: (44:43)

We review Hank and Gracie Save the Day from Cooperative Press by Stacy Klaus, illustrated by Molly Wade. It retails for $9.95 for PDF only and $15.95 for print and PDF. We think it’s great for kids, so if you have little ones in your life, we recommend it.

We do the prizes for Team KnottyGirls for the Podcaster Throwdown.

Winners for the Most Actual Hats:

1st Place: Karen E (she wins a custom dyed skein of Dizzy Blonde yarn)
2nd Place: Cozycouch (she wins a gift certificate to Cards by Erika donated by EricaR)
3rd Place: Seajaneknit (she wins a bag sewn by Jonilvsneddy)

Winners for Virtual Hat Donations:

Deborah C. and Stacy M. tied for the most virtual hats. They each win a kit with a skein of Imperial Yarn and pattern for Fingerless mitts. Thank you to Imperial Yarn for the generous donation.

Random Drawings:

punkconformity, steamlolita, Cozycouch, preylek, fraksmom, Kwerkykwilter, Kathleen M, Lifewithmonkey each win a needle case donated by Knit Totes. pbaxter wins a tote bag donated by Knit Totes. Thank you to Knit Totes.

Seajaneknit wins a sampler set of needles donated by Knitters Pride. Mimisneedlebasket wins a Knitters Pride Karbonz Size 1 40″ Circular Needle. KimHammons wins a Knitters Pride Karbonz Size 3 24″ Circular Needle. eatwildsalmon wins a set of Knitters Pride Karbonz DPNS in Size 2. Thank you to Knitter’s Pride.

Preylek wins a bag sewn by JoniLvsNeddy. Thank you Joni!

dpeach, Lifewithmonkey, and allison1031 each win one of Brenda Castiel‘s patterns of their choice. Thank you Brenda for the donation.

Karen E. wins Dizzy Blonde Gift Certificate, donated by Erica R.

Carolyn wins three skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery yarn. Thank you Green Mountain Spinnery for the donation!

Diane P. wins a kit donated by Bijou Basin Ranch with yarn and one of Marly Bird‘s hat patterns. Thank you to Bijou Basin Ranch.

And Kathy R. wins three skeins of Manos Serena donated by Fairmount Fibers. Thank you to Fairmount Fibers!

And thank you to EVERYONE who donated hats (both real and virtual).

Geek Culture: (59:28)

We talk about geeky etsy stores! Jen loves the microbe cross stitch from Watty’s Wall Stuff. Laura loves Self Expression shop, which sells geeky keychains. We also love Black Market Buttons and Catlore Designs for fandom buttons. And we love TheSistersBrimm shop for cosplay/vintage/steampunk hats.

We also mention Giant Microbes and Nova Albion.

We also talk about GeekGirls.com for some really good computer tutorials.

Events: (1:06:00)

The Los Angeles Yarn Crawl is April 3rd-6th. Laura is having a meet and greet on Friday, April 4th (this is a correction from last show) from 6:30 to 0:30 at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. She is having a second meet and greet (also at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company) on Saturday, April 5th from 12pm to 3pm. The Yarnover Truck will be at Alamitos Bay at the same time on Saturday. Laura will have a custom colorway at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.

Jen is not crawling (she is out of town at Craftcation).

We will be doing something for WWKIP, so watch this space for details. The date of our event will most likely be on one of the weekends (not on a weekday).

Jen will most likely be at the Retzlaff Winery Fleeces, Food, and Fun event on June 7th.

Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry Group.

Episode 22: Wearing Fichus to the Opera (Or Jen Reads Faster than she Talks)

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Catching Up: (1:07)

Laura has been basking in the afterglow and trying to recover from Stitches West. She’s also been dying custom colorways for two stores for the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl. She’s been watching Broadchurch. And she’s been working with her nephew to design a new Dizzy Blonde website. And she’s really wanting a Disneyland trip.

Jen wants to go to Disneyland too, but her back needs to recover from Stitches. She’s been doing some music with Ron (who’s been nicely recovering from his surgery). She’s been reading Sandman Overture. And she’s been watching a lot of West Wing and Star Trek.

In the Knitting Bag: (8:04)

Laura has been working on her Leftie by Martina Behm, out of a Miss Babs kit in slate and red.

She’s also been working on a Teddy Bear Wash Cloth by Elaine Fitzpatrick in Berroco Comfort DK in some shade of brown.

Jen has been working on her Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Fibre Company Organik in Highlands.  She’s also working on a vanilla sock out of Opal Sock Yarn (Petticoat series in greens and purples and yellows).   She’s worked a bit on her Watership Down KAL shawl.  And she finished the Mustachioed blanket by Christina Behnke out of Cascade 128 Superwash in Aporto and Black. She might want to line it, because she hates the backside of intarsia.

We mention the Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos, 60 Quick Baby Knits, 60 More Quick Baby Knits, and 60 Quick Baby Blankets.

Finished Objects: (16:46)

Laura finished the Scallop Hat by JT creations out of Knitpicks Brava Sport in Sienna Brown.

Jen finished her shawl for the Ravellenics out of Mean Girls Yarn Club.

Frog Pond: (18:16)

Jen had some trouble designing her shawl because she kept realizing she was going to run out of yarn and having to change the way she was going to knit it. She realized that designing a pattern for Ravellenics is probably not the smartest thing.

Devil’s Tower: (20:07)

Laura has put Assquack into Devil’s Tower.  It needs to be assembled, but she is sick of hats.

On Deck: (20:37)

Laura will be making a Nigh Side Hat by Preita Salyer for her brother in Broncos colors of Knitpicks Brava. She will also do some blanket squares for some of her Browncoat Nerd Wars friends who are expecting. Some will be in the Dizzy Blonde DK.

Jen wants to make the Water for the Elephants socks by Rose Hiver in some Knitpicks Stroll in a pink and a natural. She also wants to make Chickadee by Ysolda out of Quince and Company Chickadee. She wants to make more baby things for the new niece or nephew, but she will have to buy more yarn because she does not have a lot of baby-appropriate (aka SUPERWASH) yarn.

Knit Culture: (23:45)

We do a little more of a Stitches West recap.  Jen loved all of her classes, even though recommends Edie Eckman’s Where Do They Get Those Numbers? class for mathphobic knitters. She makes it really easy. Laura loved her Brooke Nico class about German and Japanese lace. We mention Brooke Nico’s new book, Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables. We mention the Yarnover Truck.

We are proud to be knitting aunties to the youngest of the Knitmore Girls. We loved meeting Miss Kalendar‘s baby, Steve from It Takes Balls to Knit, Pam from Halos of Hope, Tammy and Ben from Fiber Hooligans, Rick Mondragon, and all the listeners we got to meet. And one final special huge thank you to the girls from Namaste for their support of the Podcaster Throwdown.

And Laura wants to thank Erika, Donna, and Liz for the help in the booth. Jen wants to thank Melissa for being a great travel companion.

We talk about the Podcaster Throwdown. We WON! Despite having a lot fewer listeners than some podcasts (which just makes our listeners even more awesome!). But everyone put up a great fight. Thank yous to all of you who sent hats, donated money or prizes, to Pam, Ben, Purlescence Yarns, all the podcasters, Steve Haschke (who coordinated all the hats), and the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers.

Finally Tally:

Team Knit Knit Cafe: 126 + 26 = 152
Team CraftLit: 280 + 20 = 300

Team Knitmore Girls: 802 + 125 = 927
Team Knotty Girls: 876 + 89 = 965
Team Sock-A-Holic: 442 + 165 = 607
Team Ready, Set, Knit: 300 + 8 = 308

Total Podcast Throwdown contribution: 2,826 + 433 = 3,259

General hats, on Stitches West show floor: 289. Previous 10 virtual hats were identified as belonging to Team Sock-A-Holic and now appear in their totals.

GRAND TOTAL for Stitches West, 2014: 3,115 actual hats + 433 virtual hats = 3,548

For the Ravellenic Games, Laura didn’t even cast on. She was too busy with Stitches West prep. Jen finished, but just barely, because she frogged the shawl too much.

We talk about the Stashdown. March’s theme is March Madness. Post a finished object on the theme in the thread to win a prize! We announce winners for February.  Jill Serenity wins the love challenge with her two cowls. She wins a copy of Cascadia by Amanda Milne and Fiona McLean, courtesy of Cooperative Press. Buzzedangel won the Red flash challenge with her red Hexipuff. She wins a set of conversation hearts stitch markers from k8erpillar.

Geek Culture: (42:29)

We point out some amazing math-geek knitting articles by Evelyn Lamb. Go read “The Stunning Symbiosis Between Math and Knitting” and “Roots of Unity: Knotted Needles Make Knitted Knots.

We’re also a big fan of the infographics that Casey put together in celebration of Ravelry reaching 4 million members.

Events: (43:55)

The Los Angeles Yarn Crawl is April 3rd-6th. Jen is not crawling (she is out of town at Craftcation). Laura is having a meet and greet on Thursday April 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. She is having a second meet and greet (also at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company) on Saturday April 5th from 12pm to 3pm.

We will be doing something for WWKIP, so watch this space for details.

Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry Group.

Episode 21: A Waste of Perfectly Good Fruit Juice (Or We are All at Stitches)

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We get a little bit of innuendo and silly in this one.  No bad language, but a little less clean than you are used to, so you may want to listen first if you have small ones.

We sort of fly by the seat of our pants in this episode! We are joined by Special Guests Melissa and Erica.

We are at Stitches West and are exhausted and overwhelmed and a little sleepy and maybe a little tipsy (but we’re legal so it’s okay).

In the Knitting Bag (1:43)

Laura has no knitting!

Melissa is knitting on Leah’s Lovely Cardigan out of Malabrigo Sock in a blue and the McIntosh Cardigan by Gudrun Johnson from Knit With Me out of Madelinetosh in Tosh Merino Light in Tern and Edison and Button Jar Blue.

Erica is working on the Brier Island Sweater out of Miss Babs Heartland Worsted. She cast on for cowl in Skeindalous Buddy Sock, but had no time to knit.

Jen finished her Sweetheart of the Rodeo Cardigan and her Barley hat and gave it to the Knitmore Girls for the Throwdown. She is also working on her Ravellenics project, a shawl out of Mean Girls Yarn Club.

Melissa finished some shawls that had been long-term WIPs for the Ravellenics.

Frog Pond (10:05)

Laura frogged some of her homework to make hat tags–but there aren’t sad knitting stories when you’re not knitting.

Melissa learned from Brooke Nico how to fix mistakes in lace in her Stitches class.

Erica calls her mistakes “design decisions” and so does Melissa because “perfection is only for God.”

Devil’s Tower (11:44)

Laura is sick of hats, so she’s not going to finish the hats she’s working on for the Throwdown for later and donate them to Halos of Hope later.

We’re all a bit hatted out.

Stitches Talk (13:48)

Laura has been working at her booth and it’s been amazing. We had our meetup, which was great. But she is so busy. She wants a little time to shop.

Erica is glad she only bought one sweater quantity worth of purple yarn. But she’s bought a lot of blue sweater yarn. She got some yarn from Verdant Gryphon, Sweet Fiber, and giant skeins of fingering weight from Miss Babs (yarn Babies). Melissa and Jen also bought yarn babies from Miss Babs.

Melissa bought a lot of vintage buttons. And she continues to buy pink yarn, green yarn, and neon yarn. She might have bought and entire rainbown.

Melissa took some classes. She took the Fixing Mistakes in Lace Knitting with Brooke Nico and Intentional Patterning with Hand-dyed Yarns with Laura Bryant. She loved them both and recommends them.

We talk about the Pajama Party with Marly Bird.

Jen got some laceweight from Terilyn Needle Art for a sweater (and so did Melissa) and some laceweight cashmere from Stitch Sisterz. She also got a Miss Babs yarn baby and some Miss Babs sock yarn, some Quince and Company Chickadee to make the Chickadee by Ysolda.

Melissa and Erica both got measurements take by Amy Herzog and we talk about Amy’s Custom Fit Software and the myth of Standard Size. Jen got a consultation with Amy as well and thought it was great. We talk about the Fit to Flatter group on Ravelry.

Jen took Christine Bylsma’s Design in a Day class, which was awesome. She also took Edie Eckman’s Where Do They Get Those Numbers?, which she recommends for math phobic knitters. And she took Design Inspiration with Lily Chin, which was great.

Laura took a class about German and Japanese lace with Brooke Nico and she loved it!

Jen and Melissa both saw Myra Wood’s keynote where she talked about her Knit in New Directions book.

Jen’s sweater (made with Laura’s yarn) was in the Friday fashion show. We met Steve from It Takes Balls to Knit.

Laura, Jen, and Melissa went to the pajama party, had fun, and Jen and Laura won yarn from Malabrigo and Fiesta Yarns. We also mention Skacel and Ben from the Fiber Hooligans and XRX.

Jen and Melissa went to the student fashion show.

We also had our meetup and got to meet a lot of our listeners. And then Jen and Laura went to the podcaster meet up. Shout outs to the Yarniacs, Just Another Bay Area Knitter, Knitmore Girls, Two Knit Lit Chicks, Hollywood Knitter, Dr. Gemma and anyone else we might have forgotten.

We talk about Namaste and how amazing they are. To support the Podcaster Throwdown, they gave the leader of each podcast team a free Harlow bag and t-shirts. We can’t say enough good things about these ladies and their products. They are wonderful.

Melissa and Jen recommend audio books for their long road trips.

We talk about fangirling Myra Wood, Amy Herzog, Brooke Nico, Pam Haschke, Ben Levinsay, Steve from It Takes Balls to Knit, the Yarn on Tap girls. (And Jen loves their sock kits).

Melissa talks about a neon yarn baby she bought from Newton’s Yarn Country.

Melissa is very proud that Stitches is the first time she’s bought yarn all year, since last year she bought so much yarn she became a Loopy Legend. We also mention Shalimar Yarns and Plucky Knitter.

In closing, Miss Kalendar has the cutest baby ever!

Episode 20: Max Headroom Makes Clones (Or Lauren Riker is Va-Va-Violet)

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. For beautifully hand-dyed yarns and inspired knit design, please visit DizzyBlondeStudios.etsy.com. Look for us at Stitches West in Booths 906 and 908!

Podcaster Throwdown (1:17)

Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.

Hat Tallies are updated in the Running Tally thread in the Podcaster Throwdown Group.

There is virtual way to participate. You can now donate for your favorite team. Click here and choose your team. $5 is equal to one hat for your team! Each $5 lets Halos of Hope to ship 16 hats to cancer centers and hospitals around the country. The board is all volunteer, so all the money goes to shipping.

Check out the Podcaster Throwdown group in Ravelry. There will be prizes for participating in the Throwdown group on Ravelry, courtesy of XRX. Check out the Halos of Hope website and Ben’s interview with Pam Haschke on Fiber Hooligans.

Designer Brenda Castiel has all of her hat patterns and hat/mitt set patterns at a discount until February 28th, just use coupon code HALOS. Also, thank you to Brenda for her generous donation to the podcast.

The February incentive pattern is Tenderfoot. Post in the February Thread in the KnottyGirls Group.

There are some some awesome prizes for participating for Team KnottyGirls.  Check out Episodes 10, 11, 12, and 13, as well as the Prize Page for prize listings.

XRX has some overall prizes, see Episode 19 for those. There are some other prizes from Marly Bird, Webs, Heather Ordover, Annie Modesitt, and Dizzy Blonde Studios.

Send your hats to Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.

Purlescence Address:

Purlescence Yarns
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Shoutout to El Segundo Slipt Stitchers. We also mention Fiber Hooligan Podcast.

Catching Up: (9:58)

Laura has been working on her yarn clubs (Mean Girls Yarn Club and Sunnydale Yarn Club as well as prepping for Stitches West. She’s been watching Almost Human and making stitch markers.

Jen has been working at work. Ron is getting surgery soon, which she hopes will help with some of his health issues. She’s been prepping for Stitches West. She’s also been working on some music.

In the Knitting Bag: (15:35)

Laura has been working on an Assquack in Berroco Comfort in Licorice and Knitpicks Brava in Pumpkin.  She is also working on converting Steggie Bib by Elaine Fitzpatrick into a blanket square for WendyLadyWares’ bereavement blanket.  And she is working on Down the Garden Path by Michele DuNaier out of Lambie Toes in Special Hell.

Jen is working on her Sweetheart of the Rodeo sweater (her own design) out of Wollmeise DK in So Long Kitty (pink), Shalimar Breathless DK in Snopea (green), and Dream in Color Smooshy in Butterpeeps (yellow).  She is also working on a shawl out of Mean Girls Yarn Club for the Ravellenics, a plain hat in Knitpicks Brava in Wine, and a preemie hat out of Baah La Jolla in My Sweet Valentine.

We mention the Roosimine Socks by Caoua Coffee.

Finished Objects: (26:33)

Laura finished a Scallop Hat by JT Creations out of Knitpicks Brava Sport in Sienna Brown. She resized the pattern for using sport weight yarn.

Jen finished a Barley hat by tincanknits out of Peter Pan Wendy Yarn in Milk Chocolate.  And she finished her secret cowl, which will be revealed soon, but it’s out of Sunnydale Yarn Club yarn.

On Deck: (29:40)

Laura will be making some pompoms for her Jayne Hats for the passport game at Stitches West. She will figure out and start a hat to knit at Stitches, and she wants to make a Broncos hat for her brother for his birthday.

Jen will be making more hats, her Watership Down KAL shawl, and her Stitches homework.

We mention the Gerri Hat by Marly Bird.

Knit Culture: (33:51)

We interview Lauren Riker, winner of the Fiber Factor. For those of you brave enough, she does have a pattern for a Santa Costume. And she is running a a knit-a-long for her Owl in One pattern.

We check in on our stashdown goals. We’re both doing okay, although Jen has slipped in her no buying yarn goals on some Wollmeise sock yarn and Fab Funky Fibres. And she got some Wollmeise lace (which was allowed). Laura fell down on some yarn for the passport game, but we wonder if it’s stash or work. We talk about how hard it is to resist sales. Laura hasn’t knit a lot, but she has been destashing. Jen has knit up a lot of her stash.

Post your February’s Theme is Love. Post your finished “Love-themed” object in the thread and you might win a copy of Cascadia by Amanda Milne and Fiona McLean, courtesy of Cooperative Press.

We announce a flash prize. From when the episode goes live until February 28, post your knitting with something red (or red knitting or red stitch markers–it’s open) in the thread and you can win a set of conversation hearts stitch markers from k8erpillar.

We mention the Mr. Show sketch with the pre-taped call-in show. (This may not be safe for your kids–watch it first and decide).

Geek Culture: (1:02:57)

We talk about the new Captain America: Winter Soldier trailer, the casting of Paul Bettany as Vision in Avengers 2, and the upcoming season of Orphan Black.

Events: (1:14:05)

We will be at Stitches West, which is February 20-23 in Santa Clara, CA at the Convention Center.

You can use the coupon code W20 to get $2 off a marketplace ticket.

Dizzy Blonde Studios and Skeindalous Yarns are sharing a booth (booth 906 and 908). The Dizzy Blonde booth is a collection point for Halos of Hope hats for Team KnottyGirls (the final collection point!). With prizes! Shout out to the Purlescence Girls (who have the booth across from us) and we are right next to Halos of Hope (Booth 904) and across from Purlescence.

We are both doing the stitch marker swap.

We will be doing a meet and greet Saturday 12:00-1:00 at the Dizzy Blonde Booth.

At the Dizzy Blonde Booth there will be products from:
*Dizzy Blonde Studio
*Skeindalous Yarns
*Hiya Hiya
*5elementknitr
*RKs Mom
*Jamie’s Metalworks
*Jelby
*Cards By Erika

Follow KnottyLa on Twitter and/or Dizzy Blonde Studios on Facebook for Flash sales.

Jen will be at the Student Fashion Show and Banquet on Saturday night as well.

The Los Angeles Yarn Crawl is April 3rd-6th. Jen is not crawling (she is out of town). Laura is having a meet and greet on Friday April 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.

Episode 19: Hats for Your Feet (Or Jen and Laura Want Those Kids off Their Lawn)

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Podcaster Throwdown (0:38)

Hat Tallies are updated in the Running Tally thread in the Podcaster Throwdown Group.

There is virtual way to participate. You can now donate for your favorite team. Click here and choose your team. $5 is equal to one hat for your team! Each $5 lets Halos of Hope to ship 16 hats to cancer centers and hospitals around the country. The board is all volunteer, so all the money goes to shipping.

Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.

Check out the Podcaster Throwdown group in Ravelry. There will be prizes for participating in the Throwdown group on Ravelry, courtesy of XRX. Check out the Halos of Hope website and Ben’s interview with Pam Haschke on Fiber Hooligans.

Designer Brenda Castiel has all of her hat patterns and hat/mitt set patterns at a discount until February 28th, just use coupon code HALOS. Also, thank you to Brenda for her generous donation to the podcast.

The February incentive pattern is Tenderfoot. Post in the February Thread in the KnottyGirls Group.

There are some some awesome prizes for participating for Team KnottyGirls.  Check out Episodes 10, 11, 12, and 13, as well as the Prize Page for prize listings.

XRX has some overall prizes:

An Almost the Works Package for any Stitches events in 2014 or 2015 for the person who makes the most hats (no matter what their team is).

An Almost the Works Package for the person who makes the most hats on the winning team.

A Second Patrol membership to the Dizzy Color Sunnydale Yarn Color. This is for the person who sends in the most hats (team captains are exempt).

Team Captains for the winning team will receive fashion show tickets to any Stitches fashion show in 2014 to 2015.

Each team captain will receive a two year subscription to Knitters Magazine to distribute to the person that they decide is their team’s MVP.

Send your hats to Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.

Purlescence Address:

Purlescence Yarns
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Shoutout to El Segundo Slipt Stitchers. We also mention Fiber Hooligan Podcast.

Catching Up: (9:26)

Jen has been working. Her parents came to visit and they had a nice time. She saw a rough cut of a documentary about The Found Theatre and its founder Cynthia Galles, who died from breast cancer. She saw Inside Llewyn Davis, which had some fantastic sweaters in it.

Laura finished Season 3 of Downton Abbey and she is upset about it. (Spoilery discussion ensues). She is working on Nerd Wars stuff for her final tournament (for a while). One of her projects will be part of a bereavement blanket for someone who passed away suddenly. And she has been trying to learn to crochet right-handed.

In the Knitting Bag: (20:00)

Jen is working on her Sweetheart of the Rodeo sweater (her own design) out of Wollmeise DK in So Long Kitty (pink), Shalimar Breathless DK in Snopea (green), and Dream in Color Smooshy in Butterpeeps (yellow). She is also working on a Twistygoo hat by Lisa M. Beamer in yellow Plymouth Encore Yarn and Knitpicks Brava in Blush.  She is working on Barley hat by tincanknits out of Peter Pan Wendy Yarn in Milk Chocolate. And a secret cowl.

Laura is working on a Scallop Hat by JT Creations. She is also working on an Assquack in Berroco Comfort in Licorice.

We also mention the Olivia’s Butterfly Hat.

Finished Objects: (26:04)

Jen finished a Twistygoo in Knitpicks Brava in Wine. And she finished a preemie hat out of Baah La Jolla in My Sweet Valentine.

Laura finished a striped hat out of remnants of worsted acrylic. She also finished a preemie hat all in seed stitch out of Berroco Vintage.

We mention the Knitmore Girls Podcast and their preemie hat collection for their local hospital.

Devil’s Tower: (30:44)

Laura is taking a break from her Follow Your Arrow MKAL. She didn’t choose the right yarn, doesn’t have the bandwidth for it, and she will revisit it.

Frog Pond: (32:19)

Laura had to frog her entire 22 Leaves Shawlette by Lankakomero.  Her yarn was acid burned and kept breaking.

On Deck: (35:56)

Jen will be knitting lots of hats and a shawl of her own design for the Ravellenics.

Laura will be doing Down the Garden Path by Michele DuNaier out of Lambie Toes for the Ravellenics. And more hats. And a secret project.

Knit Culture: (39:49)

We talk about the final challenge of the Fibre Factor. Lauren is leading a knitalong of her Owl in One pattern.

We review Cascadia by Amanda Milne and Fiona McLean sent to us by Cooperative Press. We highly recommend this book. It is lovely.

We talk about the Stashdown. February’s Theme is Love. Post your finished “Love-themed” object in the thread and you might win a copy of Cascadia courtesy of Cooperative Press. Laura amends her stashdown goal. We announce the winners for January. lasolou13 wins the Stripe it Up Challenge. She will win a collection of our favorite stripey patterns. tygherknits wins a copy of Doomsday Knits for her entry in the Flash Challenge.

We talk about the Ravellenic Games and Team Sasquatch. It’s not too late to join.

Geek Culture: (1:06:22)

We talk about the Twelfth Doctor’s new look. We both approve.

Flags Made with Traditional Foods.

There is a new Firefly comic out.

Laura is really excited about the new trailer for Maleficent movie. Jen is somewhat underwhelmed, but open-minded. We mention Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman.

Events: (1:15:11)

We will be at Stitches West, which is February 20-23 in Santa Clara, CA at the Convention Center.

You can use the coupon code W20 to get $2 off a marketplace ticket.

Dizzy Blonde Studios and Skeindalous Yarns are sharing a booth (booth 906 and 908). The Dizzy Blonde booth is a collection point for Halos of Hope hats for Team KnottyGirls (the final collection point!). With prizes! Shout out to the Purlescence Girls (who have the booth across from us) and we are right next to Halos of Hope (Booth 904) and across from Purlescence.

We will be doing a meet and greet Saturday 12:00-1:00 at the Dizzy Blonde Booth.

At the Dizzy Blonde Booth there will be products from:
*Dizzy Blonde Studio
*Skeindalous Yarns
*Hiya Hiya
*5elementknitr
*RKs Mom
*Jamie’s Metalworks
*Jelby
*Cards By Erika

Follow KnottyLa on Twitter and/or Dizzy Blonde Studios on Facebook for Flash sales.

There is a podcaster meetup on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Hyatt bar or a nearby meeting room. Come join us!

Games to play at Stitches West:

*Stitches West Passport Game
*Stitch Marker Swap (Laura and Jen are both participating)
*Yarny Poker Run

Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry group! And don’t forget to knit hats and donate.