Episode 8: Podcaster Throwdown (Or Laura and Jen Start a Rumble)

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Thank you to Barb and Tracy of the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast for playing our promo!

Catching Up: (1:06)

Laura is still remodeling. She is also preparing for KnitDizzney (we are EXCITED!). The Sunnydale Yarn Club has been pushed back a month. More information to come.

Jen got to attend a lecture by Sally Melville. We ask about your knitting choices–do you choose what to knit based on what you’d wear, or because the pattern looks awesome? She also went to some Speedway races, and brought her knitting. Where is the weirdest place you’ve brought your knitting? Finally, she has been cleaning her craft room and Ron made her the best label for one of her tubs.


Communication Breakdown. But this is so adorable.

We are THROWING DOWN to the other podcasters! We bet that we can get more hats collected for Halos of Hope by Stitches West than your listeners. Email us at knottygirlsknitcast@gmail.com if you want to participate.

The Rules:
1. There are no rules.
2. Okay there are a few rules.
3. Follow the Halos of Hope Guidelines
4. Start Sept 1st.
5. We finish at Stitches West.
6. Get your listeners on board however you want.

We are still working out logistics to getting the hats counted, but get started knitting. We will work those details out as soon as possible.

You can submit hats for more than one team (But each individual hat will only count for one team).

There will be a prize drawing involved for the podcast team that collects the most hats.

And KnottyGirls Listeners, we will have goodies for those of you who submit hats for our team!

We will be talking more on the Fiber Hooligans Podcast on Monday, September 2nd so tune in to listen!

In The Knitting Bag: (14:38)

Laura has been knitting on a Simon Tam-inspired Mother Bear (Simon Tamda) out of Berroco Comfort and Knitpicks Brava.


Simon Tamda

She is also working on her Gridiron Lattice Wingspan in the Mean Girls Yarn Club Colorway Hoar’s Yer Buddy.

Her Sassy-tis (Clapotis) is out of Devil’s Tower and being worked on again.

Jen is working on her Effervescence Cardigan, which is blocking and just needs finishing up (Sleeves sewn in and grosgrain ribbon and buttons added). She’s making it out of Madelinetosh Pashmina.


It’s the Neverending Cardigan

She’s also working on her Sunshine Socks. She started the first square from the Great American Afghan out of Cascade 220. The square was designed by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts.


Shunshine on my shoulders feet makesh me happy.


The first square of many.

Finished Objects: (18:51)

Laura’s Shepherd Bear Mother Bear is done, in record time. Except for the stuffing and his hair. Jen thinks Laura might be fudging the definition of done. 😉

Shepherd Bear

Shepherd Bear.

Laura also finished a Kninja Kitty. And she finished the Entrechat for her granddaughter. Shoutout to Knitrality for recommending the pattern.


Granddaughter bait!

Kninja Kitty Skillz

Big eyes=cute

On Deck: (22:24)

Laura is also a pattern slattern. She will be doing a Malcolm Reynolds Mother Bear (Malcubb Reynolds). And then she will do the rest of the crew in Mother Bears (River, Zoe, and Jayne Cubb). She will also be making the Tree of Life Fingerless Gloves by Jenny Williams out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes. She is making two pairs for a close friend and his wife, one in the Thistle Colorway and one in the Forest Heather Colorway. She has the yarn all dyed and ready for the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. She still plans to make a Minion army to guard her stash.

Jen plans to cast on the Rocky Coast Cardigan out of the Fibre Company Organik in Highlands. She will be finally casting on her Watership Down Mystery KAL Shawl. She will be knitting the California Poppy Shawl out of Bahh La Jolla yarn for Melissa. She is also starting two secret projects.

Knit Culture: (27:54)

We do our 250 member milestone drawing. The winner is Jadee! Next milestone is at 500 members!

We discuss Fiber Factor Challenge 3. This challenge involved Kenzie yarn, and we both want the yarn. Let us know your thoughts in the Fiber Factor thread in our Ravelry Group.

We answer a question from our Knotty Talk Thread. QallieQ asks I want to do lace- I want to do a gradient shawl- I have never done either… where do I start?. We talk about the Ravelry Advanced Pattern Search to find easier lace patterns (however, we recommend not underestimating yourself!). Jen recommends The Old Man of Storr by Carie Harling to get used to chart reading. Laura also recommends the Peacock Feathers Shawl.

We point listeners to the Unique Sheep Gradience Tutorials for how to use gradience yarns the way they dye them. We also mention long color repeat yarns like Freia Yarns and Desert Vista Dyeworks for another way to use gradient yarns. Please share advice and good lace patterns on our board.

Geek Culture (52:51)

There is a Firefly-themed MMORPG coming. Sign up to be on the mailing list here. And there is a trailer. We mention the Mary Sue and the Signal Podcast.

Jen brings up an awesome fan-generated theory by Jon Negroni that states that all Pixar movies take place in the same universe. We encourage you to take a look and let us know what you think.

We talk a little bit about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman and encourage you to let us know your thoughts.

Events (1:04:12)

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at Disneyland. We will be there from open to close. We will have a meetup at 2pm in the picnic area outside the Disneyland entrance; come say hi and get swag! Pre-orders are closed but yarn is still available in the Dizzy Blonde Etsy store. There will be pickup for T-shirts at the Yarn Garden in Whittier on August 31st from 2-5pm. Email Laura if you can’t pick up your yarn to make other arrangements. If you have concerns about mobility/disabled parking please look at relevant information on the Disney site or call (714) 781-INFO.

We will both be at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi from the evening of October 11th to the morning of October 13. Dizzy Blonde will be a vendor and Jen will just be hanging out and taking classes. The retreat is full, but contact Dr. Gemma to be on the waiting list.

Dizzy Blonde Yarns will also be for sale at the Yarnosphere Fiber Festival, in the Toluca Knit Jewelry and Fine Yarns Booth. This is a new festival, taking place October 12 and 13th. We will not be there, because we are at Cogknitive, but go support.

Episode 7: Sweaterpuppies (or Annie Modesitt Blows Our Minds)

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Thank you to Jasmin and Gigi of the Knitmore Girls Podcast for playing our promo!

Catching Up (1:00)

Jen went to the Huntington Botanical Gardens where she saw an amazing embroidery exhibit. She is also reading a book about Laurel Canyon called Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood. She is also preparing to play a gig at a fundraiser for Generations on the Move.

Laura is getting new carpet in her house so she can set up a studio (woo!). She is busy with signups for Mean Girls Yarn Club. She also shares the exciting news that Dizzy Blonde Studios and Mad Color will be collaborating on a Buffy the Vampire and Angel themed yarn club. More information to come soon!

In the Knitting Bag (6:55)


The lace/seed stitch/cable part of the Effervescence Cardigan

Jen has been knitting on her Camp Loopy month 3 project, which is the Effervescence Cardigan by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, published in the Circles + Dots e-book by Quince and Company. She is using Madelinetosh Pashmina in the colorway Rainwater. She added short row bust darts, which is making the body take a long time. She is also using a tubular cast on and tubular bind off. She also swatched for Sthe Unique Sheep Watership Down Mystery Shawl Knitalong (but has not started the first clue) and is working on the gusset of her first Sunshine Sock by Cookie A, out of Dream in Color Smooshy in Butter Peeps.


Shunshine Shocks

Laura is working on a Shepherd Book-inspired Mother Bear (Shepherd Bear) out of Berroco Comfort. She is changing some of the construction. Next up will be Malcubb Reynolds Mother Bear. (She is down to the wire with her Nerd Wars projects).

We mention the Tempest Cardigan by Ann Weaver and the Knitpicks Brava yarn.

Finished Objects (13:40)

Madrona Shawl

Finally done. It only took five months

Jen finally finished her Madroña Shawl by Romi Hill out of Prism Delicato in Hibiscus. We talk about blocking lace without mercy.

Kaylee, looking shiny

Up until the punching, it was a real nice party.

Laura finished her Koalee Frye Mother Bear. She did the layer cake dress, and she is debating whether she needs to add hair.

Devil’s Tower (16:59)

Jen actually pulled out her Easy Baby Sweater out of Liberty Wool and picked up the second sleeve.

Laura’s Kninja Kitty is in Devil’s Tower waiting to be stuffed.

We mention OttLite for close work.

Frog Pond (20:12)

Jen had to do repair work on a dropped stitch on her Sunshine Socks. She also had to frog part of her Effervescence Cardigan because she neglected to do armhole shaping.

On Deck (23:15)

Laura is going to cast on Entrechat by Lisa Chemery for her granddaughter. She also is going to start building an army of Minions (pattern by Lisa Potts). She is also planning on starting an Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.

Jen is going to start the Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Fibre Company Organik in the colorway Highlands (absolutely not Tidal). She really, really wants to knit a Princess Shawl by Sharon Miller. She’ll also be knitting the California Poppy Shawl in Baah La Jolla yarn, in the colorway California Poppy.

Knit Culture (29:11)

We discuss the second challenge of the Fiber Factor. We mention the tutorial for handling fair isle floats by contestant Jodie Gordon Lucas and the Magic Knot Tutorial by Jane Richmond. Also we talk about the podcast Just One More Row.

We invite your thoughts on the Fiber Factor; come talk on our Ravelry Group!

Interview (42:49)

We have an amazing interview with the incredibly talented Annie Modesitt. We discuss her latest book: History on Two Needles and also knitting terminology. She blows our mind.

Geek Culture (1:13:36)

They have announced the casting of the Twelfth Doctor. Let us know what you think about the new Doctor.

Also, Ron Glass will be in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a doctor. We want to hear your thoughts on this and all other news about the show.

We also briefly mention Broadchurch. Is anyone else watching?

Events (1:16:04)

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at Disneyland. We will be there from open to close. We will have a meetup at 2pm in the picnic area outside the Disneyland entrance; come say hi and get swag!

We have pre-orders for both the custom yarn and T Shirts up! T-shirt orders are due by August 16th.

We will both be at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi from the evening of October 11th to the morning of October 13. Dizzy Blonde will be a vendor and Jen will just be hanging out and taking classes. The retreat is full, but contact Dr. Gemma to be on the waiting list.