Episode 46: Technocrat Yet Artisan (Or Melissa Does Not Have Legionnaire’s Disease)

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Catching Up: (0:25)

Laura went to Disneyland for Dapper Day. We also talk about Galliday. She’s been dying for both Mean Girls and Sunnydale Yarn Clubs. She’s really enjoying Agents of SHIELD. And she did some family visiting.

Jen has been working a million hours a week, cutting into her knitting time. She and Ron played two gigs, one at a wine bar and one at the Long Beach Art Walk. She visited her family and got to see her new baby niece and her other niece and her nephew. She’s continuing work on her Firefly sampler from Watty’s Wall Stuff and spinning on her Threewatersfarm.

Melissa went on a cruise with her knitting group and got a lot of knitting done, for the first time in a while (because she likewise work a million hours a week). She has a cold (not Legionnaire’s Disease). She saw Kingsman and we talk about the violence in the film. And she’s really excited for Furious 7.

We also talk about inappropriate work emails.

In the Knitting Bag: (11:05)

As a note: Melissa is wearing her Customfit Featherweight Cardigan out of Dizzy Blonde DK in the Martha colorway.

Laura passed the 2nd corner and on the 3rd side of her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs out of Berocco Vintage Chunky Mocha. One more row until the second sleeve of Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen is done. She’s making the XL size in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock, color Marie. She started on Swirl Hat (Crochet) from Patons for her mom for Mothers’ Day out of Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black.  She’s all ready to start on Ink by Hanna Maciejewska in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock in Applegate.  She’s also doing a magic ball preemie hat out of odds and ends of Knit Picks Brava and Berroco Vintage.  And she’s planning to do a Yarn Baby Shawl KAL with her friend Cheryle of the Carson Shawl by Romi Hill in 3-color yarn baby from Forbidden Woolery out of Pride Fingering in Smoke Signal, Illium and Mo Duinne

Jen is almost done with the second sleeve of her Customfit Tunic out of Cascade Heritage.  She’s also working on her Bohus Cuff from her class from Stitches West.  She’s swatching for the Four Season Summer Symphony Wedding Ring Shawl by Russian Lily out of Gossamer Weight Silk/Cashmere from Colourmart in a cream color.

Melissa is doing a test knit for Customfit that is way overdue out Wollmeise DK in Erbse. She is also working on her Coracle in Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in Oceanside. And another Customfit sweater that she calls her Korl!!! Cardigan out of Cascade 220 in Coral (and yes the name is a reference to The Walking Dead. She is also preparing for a knitalong with a coworker that she taught how to knit. They are going to make an open-front cardigan from the book Knit It!: Learn the Basics and Knit 22 Beautiful Projects, which we recommend for the beginning knitters in your life.

Finished Objects: (22:30)

Laura finished one preemie stripy hat that she cast on for social knitting for Stitches West. She’s made it out of leftover Berroco Vintage and Knitpicks Brava.

Jen finished her second 15-color Rainbow Sock in The Fab Funky Fibres self-striping sock yarn of the same name and the heel was out of black Cascade Heritage.  She did the thumb joint top hat afterthought heel by Lara Neel and loves it! (You can find instructions in the Fork in the Road Socks pattern–which is free). We mention Lara’s book Sock Architecture and her blog Math4knitters.

Melissa blocked and seamed a sweater that had been done since December. She had a pile of stuff to block and seam, but she had a blocking block. All three of us have them.

Devil’s Tower: (25:37)

Which segues to a boring Devil’s Tower where we all have stuff to block.

Frog Pond: (25:54)

Melissa wants to do a shawl collar on her Korl!!! cardigan. She decided to wing it. She had to frog it one time. Then, history repeated itself, so Jen frogged it this time because Melissa just couldn’t bring herself to do it…again.  What are friends for? This sweater also had an issue with the sleeves, because Melissa generated the pattern with straight sleeves instead of tapered sleeves. This sweater has been a lot of knitting. This sweater is cursed.

We mention the films Snowpiercer and Dracula: The Untold Story.

On Deck: (31:31)

Laura added Bunnies “R” Us by Marken of the Hat and I to her list of usual suspects.

Jen’s planning on starting on the Hitofude, redesigning the Joshua Tree Cardigan, something for her friend’s baby and a shawl for her to wear at her sister’s wedding.

Melissa will start the aforementioned cardigan with her coworker. She also wants to make the adult version of the Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos, Charlie’s Cardigan by Amy Herzog, and she might make a third Leah’s Lovely Cardigan. Jen and Melissa both love how the sweater fits although the find knitting it a bit of slog.

Knit Culture: (36:50)

Stitches West wrap-up!

Laura spent most of the time in her booth, but she enjoyed it. Her haul included a lace-weight linen gradient yarn baby from Apple Tree Knits, another 3-color sparkly yarn baby from Forbidden Woolery, a Little Brother gradient set from Yarn on the House.  Sparkly “Exploding T.A.R.D.I.S.” yarn from Steven Be and the book “Crochet so Lovely” by Kristin Omdahl.

Jen and Laura got to meet Stephen West at the pajama party and he was very personable and funny (he judged the pajama contest) and he complimented Jen’s Leah’s Lovely Cardigan. Melissa got a ton of compliments on her Rainbow Sweater.

Jen and Melissa had dinner with the Knitmore Girls and Maria from Subway Knits. Jen took a design your own Pi Shawl class and learned a new cast-on she loved.

Jen got a mug and some stitch markers from Jennie the Potter, some lovely red fingering weight yarn from Jill Draper Makes Stuff for a sweater, some pink fingering yarn from Miss Babs for a sweater, and lots of vintage buttons, including Bakelite sets. Both Melissa and Jen got some rainbow yarn from White Birch Fiber Arts.

Melissa enabled Jen to get some Indigodragonfly for a sweater (and Melissa got some too) from the Yarnover Truck. We love her colorway names.

Melissa also got a Jennie the Potter mug and some citrus yellow Jill Draper Makes Stuff Yarn. Melissa got some new yarn babies from Newton’s Yarn Country, one in hot pink and one in purple and they were a great deal. She also got several sweater quantities of yarn from Miss Babs in Perfectly Wreckless and Deep Sea Jellyfish and Funny Papers.

Melissa and Jen took a six hour class on picking up stitches with Lily Chin and are now experts on picking up stitches. It was amazing. Jen took a class on Bohus Knitting with Susanna Hansson and it was amazing. She even got to see some of the original vintage garments, and even pick them up and handle them. They worked on a cuff in class as well. She wants to get a kit to make a sweater from Angora Garnet. And she also took a great stranded knitting class with Beth Brown-Reinsel, which was amazing, but her brain was seriously fried because it was Sunday.

Melissa took color classes with Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns.

Jen is not going to take so many classes next year; she is going to do more social stuff. Laura got to meet Marnie McClean in person. And Melissa and Jen got to reunite with a old knitting friend who surprised everyone by coming from England to attend Stitches (who also won the student fashion show). And everyone managed to have great food, including Psycho Donuts.

We mention Exploration Station, Rockefeller, Enchanted Mesa, Green Planet Yarn, and Foxy Knits.

Geek Culture: (1:05:00)

“Goodbye Old Friend”, we bid a bittersweet farewell to Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett. Jen shares her favorite Leonard Nimoy story.

Upcoming Events: (1:08:32)

Vogue Knitting Live, April 17-19 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Laura is taking Amy Herzog’s class.

Camp CogKNITive, August 21-23, Camarillo, CA.

Yarnopshere, October 17-18 EXPO Art Center in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach.

Episode 45: Three Sharks (or Jen and Laura Can’t Multitask)

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Catching Up: (0:35)

Jen has been working out a lot of new music. She’s still spinning her BFL from Threewatersfarm; she plans to make a two ply. She’s been running and using her new Fitbit to try to be more active, including running. She’s continuing work on her Firefly cross stitch sampler from Watty’s Wall Stuff. She and Melissa also watched some terrible movies including Last Stand and Fire with Fire.

Laura saw Wicked with her mom. She did a trunk show at Ewe + You and it went really well. Blarney Yarns was also there. She got caught up on Blacklist and thinks it’s awesome. Heather shipped the newest installment of Sunnydale Yarn Club, which was based on the episode “The Zeppo”. Laura is also really excited for some new crochet patterns from Ann at Freeform Fibers.

And we are both really excited for Stitches West!

In the Knitting Bag: (17:54)

Jen worked on her Baby Yours Blanket based on Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee out of Cascade 220 SW Sport in Winter White, her CustomFit tunic in Cascade Heritage, the second sock of the 15 Color Rainbow Socks from the 15 Color Rainbow self-striping yarn by Fab Funky Fibres. And she’s been doing her Stitches Homework and her Playful Stripes Cardigan out of Cascade 220 SW Sport.

Laura worked on her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs in Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha, her Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen out of Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Blonde Superwash Fingering in the “Marie” colorway.

Finished Objects: (25:32)

Jen finally blocked and wove in ends on her Leftie, Hitchhiker, and Leah’s Lovely Cardigan

Laura finished a preemie Hat and blocked and wove in ends on her Down the Garden Path Shawl

Devil’s Tower: (30:45)

Jen pulled out her Rocky Coast Cardigan and her Rockefeller.

Frog Pond: (34:56)

Laura had some issues with her Quinty caused by “dumbassery” (her words). First, there were gauge issues and we ask for help with crochet swatching. Then she started over and lost some stitches and had to frog again!

We mention Craftsy.

On Deck: (39:39)

Jen really wants to make a Hitofute Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatso. She wants to rework her Joshua tree sweater and needs her charts. She also wants to finish her Sunshine Sock, but it’s somewhere safe.

Laura has a lot of deck: Ink by Hanna Maciejewska, Loie by Beth Kling, and the Pashley Wrap by Amy Pickard from the current Knitty.

Knit Culture: (41:48)

My Modern Met article about Teresa Lim: Textile Artist Creates Travel Snapshots by Embroidering with Needle and Thread. We mention Jenny Hart.

The Fiber Factor Season 2 call for designers was cancelled. This makes us sad because we will miss the competition, but we do understand the backlash.

Geek Culture: (50:27)

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Set is real

Lego Doctor Who Is Officially Happening in 2015.

And we talk about this Lego In N Out.

Events: (53:13)

Stitches West is February 19-22 and both Jen and Laura will be there.

The LA County Yarn Crawl will be March 26th through 29th.

Vogue Knitting LIVE! is at the Pasadena Convention Center on April 17-19. Laura may take some classes and Jen may go to the marketplace.

Camp CogKNITive will be August 21-23 in Camarillo, CA

We mention Amy Herzog and her book Knit to Flatter and Lisa Souza again (cuz we lurves her!).

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Episode 44: Chucking Ninja Stars (Or Laura and Jen Read and Knit)

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Catching Up: (0:21)

Laura saw Gravity and really enjoyed it. She’s adjusting to the new bosses at work. She managed to bruise a rib, which is painful. She’s still prepping for Stitches. She released the latest installment for the Mean Girls Yarn Club, based on Moriarty from Elementary. She’s been watching Agent Carter, Downton Abbey, and Season 7.2 of Doctor Who. We both gush a bit about Agent Carter. And she’s going to see Wicked with her mom soon.

Jen has been spinning some BFL she got from Threewatersfarm in the colorway Cherries and Chilis. She saw The Theory of Everything, Birdman, and The Imitation Game and loved both of them. She’s working on a Firefly cross stitch sampler from Watty’s Wall Stuff. And she has a new baby niece, which is really exciting!

We mention this video by Chris Hadfield about How you Cry in Space. Also Odyssey Magazine.

In the Knitting Bag: (18:47)

Laura is working on her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs. She’s making it out of Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha.  And she is working on Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen out of DizzyBlonde Studios Sock.

Jen is working on her Customfit tunic top out of Cascade Heritage in Deep Plum; she is on the front.   She’s working on her Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash in Charcoal, Silver Grey, Turtle, Winter White, and Shire. The knitting is done, but she has a bit of finishing work to do.  And she is working on the blanket inspired by the Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in an off-white (the sweater is done). She finished the first sock out of the FabFunkyFibres 15 Coloured Rainbow self-striping yarn and she is working on the second sock. She did the thumb joint tophat heel from Lara Neel (you can find an explanation in the Fork in the Road Socks. She’s working on premie hats. And she’s knitting on her Stitches West homework.

Finished Objects: (28:49)

Laura started and finished a hat for Halos of Hope of her own design out of some Berroco Vintage and Knitpicks Brava. She used a lot of mixed textures. She also finished her Berry Slipped Stitch Hat for Halos of Hope. Jen hasn’t finished anything.

Devil’s Tower (31:31)

Laura has put away her Night Blooming Shawlette for the Sunnydale Yarn Club KAL out of Sunnydale Yarn Club color “My Boyfriend is a Demon Robot” until she has time to block it.

Jen is pulling out several projects to do that last bit of finishing before Stitches West, including her Leah’s Lovely Cardigan, her Leftie shawls, and her Hitchhiker. And she worked a little bit on the sleeves for her Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Fibre Company Organik in Highlands.

Frog Pond: (34:15)

Laura has no frog pond because she’s actually reading her patterns.

Jen forgot to do an decrease in the front of her tunic, because the book she was reading while knitting was interesting.

On Deck: (36:02)

Laura’s next project is Ink by Hanna Maciejewska. She also wants to make the Quilted Lace Ascot by Pam Powers, Death Star by Patricia Castillo, Swirl Hat, Loie, the Crochet Fan Shawl by Valerie Martin, and Art Déco and Dreambird by Nadita Swings, and the the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, and the Sea Glass and Stone Cowl.

Jen wants to make the Hitofude Cardigan, she wants to change her Joshua Tree Cardigan, and something for her friend’s new baby.

Knit Culture: (40:54)

We review Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman, illustrated by Ben Bender, published by Cooperative Press. It retails for 9.95 pdf only and 15.95 for print and pdf. We both love this book and think it’s really creative and cute. We love the illustrations and the patterns are really creative and it’s a great story in the book.

Geek Culture: (48:27)

Inspired by this article on Comicbook.com, we discuss recurring Whedon tropes in Agents of Shield, Buffy, and Firefly.

Events: (1:04:44)

Stitches West is February 19-22 and both Jen and Laura will be there. Laura is vending in booth 924 and Jen will be taking a ton of classes, but come say hi!

The LA County Yarn Crawl will be March 26th through 29th.

Vogue Knitting LIVE! is at the Pasadena Convention Center on April 17-19. Laura may take some classes and Jen may go to the marketplace.

Episode 43: Canada or Australia? (Or Laura and Jen Are Excited and Scared)

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Catching Up: (0:25)

Jen saw Birdman and she really enjoyed it. She really liked the film and thought the way it was shot was really impressive. She finally caught up on Agents of SHIELD and she really likes the direction it’s going, but doesn’t like that they killed off on of her favorite characters. And she LOVES Agent Carter. She is really jealous of her friend’s cool new yarn bowl that her dad made her out of a salad bowl.

Laura has a new boss at work and it’s a bit of adjustment. Her stepdaughter and stepgranddaughter came to visit and they saw Into the Woods and they really liked it. She’s been dyeing a lot in preparation for Stitches West. And the first installment of Sunnydale Yarn Club Patrol 3 shipped, inspired by “The Wish”.

In the Knitting Bag: (13:18)

Jen is working her Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash in Charcoal, Silver Grey, Turtle, Winter White, and Shire. She has to do the finishing on it. She is also working on her Customfit tunic top out of Cascade Heritage in Deep Plum. And she is working on her Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in an off-white.

Laura worked on her Slipped Stitch Hat for Halos of Hope out of three colors of Berroco Vintage. She finished the knitting on her Night Blooming Shawlette for the Sunnydale Yarn Club KAL out of Sunnydale Yarn Club color “My Boyfriend is a Demon Robot”. She just needs to block it.

Finished Objects: (16:50)

Jen forgot that she already talked about her cowl last episode.

Devil’s Tower: (17:57)

Laura pulled out her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs. She’s making it out of Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha.

Frog Pond: (19:45)

Jen had some troubles with her swift. It broke and she needs a new one.

On Deck: (23:15)

Jen: Playful Stripes Cardigan, Hitofude Cardigan, she wants to change her Joshua Tree Cardigan, and the Southern Skies to go with her Celestarium. She wants to do some serious lace.

Laura: Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen, the Death Star by Patricia Castillo, Swirl Hat, Loie, Ink by Hanna Maciejewska, the Crochet Fan Shawl by Valerie Martin, and Art Déco and Dreambird by Nadita Swings, and the the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, and the Sea Glass and Stone Cowl.

We mention the Lacy Knitters Guild.

Knit Culture: (30:20)

We announce the final winner of the stashdown. Congratulations MrsZuvers! Since the stashdown is over, you win YARN!

We talk about how we personally did on the stashdown and our goals for 2015. We both want to concentrate on uncharted waters of our lives–trying new things and focusing on new goals. And we want to encourage you all to do the same. We started a thread in the Ravelry group.

Laura wants to work on larger projects, be more of a social knitter, and grow Dizzy Blonde. Jen wants to spin more and design more and be a better designer and work on her running and her music.

We mention the site Knitmeter.com and Forbidden Woolery.

Geek Culture: (42:25)

Edward James Olmos will be joining the Agents of SHIELD cast, which is awesome.

And we point to this poll to vote for your favorite Doctor Who episodes. We want to hear about your favorite Who episodes.

Events: (44:43)

Stitches West is February 19-22 and both Jen and Laura will be there. Laura is vending in booth 924 and Jen will be taking a ton of classes, but come say hi!

The LA County Yarn Crawl will be March 26th through 29th.

Vogue Knitting LIVE! is at the Pasadena Convention Center on April 17-19. Laura may take some classes and Jen may go to the marketplace.

We mention Lisa Souza.

Episode 42: Knit for Zen (Or Tammy Burke Wears Purple Everywhere)

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Catching Up: (0:43)

Laura finally saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and liked it. She also watched The Red Tent mini-series on Lifetime, which starred Morena Baccarin as Rachel. She’s been dyeing yarn for Stitches West–she has several new colorways. When she did her Christmas shopping, she used Amazon Smile to get some extra money donated to Halos of Hope. She went to Disneyland and love the holiday-themed “Jingle Cruise”. Her father-in-law died, which made the holiday season a little less happy.

Jen went and visited her family for Christmas and saw all the babies. And she had a lot of fun shopping for presents. She’s been working on music stuff. Her day job is still crazy. She plans to do some cleaning in her stash.

As promised, some clips of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton: Sparkley!

In the Knitting Bag: (8:45)

Laura is working on her Night Blooming Shawlette for the Sunnydale Yarn Club KAL out of Sunnydale Yarn Club color “My Boyfriend is a Demon Robot”. And she’s working on a Berry Slipped Stitch Hat for Halos of Hope out of Berroco Vintage.

Jen is working on Customfit tunic top out of Cascade Heritage in Deep Plum. And she’s been working on her Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash in Charcoal, Silver Grey, Turtle, Winter White, and Shire.  She started her Rockefeller for Ron out of Twist Yarns Heavenly in Fog and Navy. She is doing German short rows instead of wrap and turn. She started the Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in an off-white.

Finished Objects: (13:58)

Laura finished the Knitted Scale Mail Gloves in an Iron Man theme by CraftyMutt out of Brown Sheep Wool. She crocheted the repulsors out of gray and white Knitpicks Brava. She also finished the Owl Mittens for her friend’s daughter in pink Knitpicks Brava sport weight. And she finished an Openwork Crochet Hat for her mom out of Knitpicks Brava Worsted in Paprika.

Jen finished her project for her guild’s knitalong, a cardigan inspired by the VESSST by Bebe Thomas. It’s made of Malabrigo Arroyo. She also finished The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn out of Feederbrook Farms Entropy in the colorways Nebula and Paradox. And she finished a cowl out of some bulky alpaca from a local yarn store, Twist, Yarns of Intrigue in Blueberry and Grey.

Devil’s Tower: (21:22)

Laura set aside her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs to work on last minute Christmas knitting.

Jen worked for a tiny bit on her Watership Down KAL Shawl out of Unique Sheep Selene.

Frog Pond: (23:13)

Laura missed some increases in her Nightblooming Shawlette so she had to rip.

Jen has been lucky, but she hasn’t knit anything too taxing.

We mention the Laminaria Shawl.

On Deck: (26:20)

Laura: Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen, the Death Star by Patricia Castillo,  Ink by Hanna Maciejewska, the Crochet Fan Shawl by Valerie Martin, and Art Déco and Dreambird by Nadita Swings, and the the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, and the Sea Glass and Stone Cowl.

Jen: Playful Stripes Cardigan, Hitofude Cardigan, she wants to change her Joshua Tree Cardigan, and the Southern Skies to go with her Celestarium.

Knit Culture: (30:55)

We talk Stashdown.

We have a great interview with Tammy Burke, also known as wearingpurple.

And we talk a bit about the Definitive Ranking of Willow’s Sweaters on Buffy.

We also mention Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style recaps.

Geek Culture: (1:03:24)

We have two cool articles: We emailed a wrench to space with 3D printing and this neuron dress is amazing.

Events: (1:05:32)

Stitches West is February 19-22 and both Jen and Laura will be there. Laura is vending in booth 924 and Jen will be taking a ton of classes, but come say hi!

The LA County Yarn Crawl will be March 26th through 29th.

Vogue Knitting LIVE! is at the Pasadena Convention Center on April 17-19. Laura may take some classes and Jen may go to the marketplace.