Episode 9: Pretty Vampires and Insipid Dialogue (Or Laura confuses Gimli for Henry VII)

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This episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. “Beautifully hand-dyed yarns in a variety of superwash bases and inspired knit design.” Listen to the episode for a special coupon code.

Catching Up: (1:03)

Jen is playing a lot of guitar to prepare for two benefit gigs: one for Generations on the Move and one for the Village of Hope. She’s also prepping to teach.

Laura’s father has been ill with SIADH, but he is recovering. She is also working on the Sunnydale Yarn Club. Pre-registration is open now!

Knit Dizzney was so much fun! Thank you to the following people who provided swag and coupons for the goody bags: Benjamin Levisay from XRX, 5elementknitr, Wolfe Farms, Yarn Garden, Yarnosphere, and Karen from id.me Promotions. And thank you to all who came.

In the Knitting Bag: (10:07)

Jen is working on an Aesop’s Cables hat for the Podcaster Throwdown out of Red Heart Soft. She’s also working on her Watership Dow out of Unique Sheep Selene in the color Nature Walk. She’s also started her Rocky Coast Cardigan out of Fibre Company Organik in the colorway Highlands. She started the California Poppy Shawl out of Baah La Jolla in My Sweet Valentine. This is for Melissa, who wants the shawl, but doesn’t want to knit it. Finally, she has one Sunshine Sock done and the second one cast on. She loves working with the Dream in Color Smooshy in Butter Peeps and Laura wants to eat it, because it looks like Peeps.

Laura is working on the Claudia Hat out of Berroco Vintage in Vintage for the Podcaster Throwdown. She is working on two pairs the Tree of Life Mitts for a friend and his wife. The first pair is in Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Forest Heather. She is also knitting some socks (Roman udones like this) for Roman re-enactment out of Knitpicks Palette in Clover Green. She’s almost done with her Sassy-tis (Clapotis).

Finished Objects: (16:11)

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Gratuitous Artsy Shot

Jen finished her Effervescence Cardigan for Camp Loopy, just under the wire. And she’s done 3 hats for the Throwdown, two Gerri hats (one in Wendy Peter Pan yarn and one in Naturally Caron Spa) and one Hermione Hearts Ron in leftover Pashmina.

One Throwdown Hat! BOOM!

Laura has finished her Malcub Reynolds Mother Bear and one Throwdown hat, the Reversible Beehive Hat in Berroco Comfort.

Devil’s Tower (20:05)

The Broncos Scarf (Lattice Wingspan) is coming back out, because she ran out of yarn, but now she got more.

Frog Pond: (20:49)

Jen made her Aesop’s Cables too short so she has to redo the top part. Laura maybe used the wrong needle size when casting on her Claudia hat and is debating ripping it out. It’s wading in the frog.

On Deck: (23:34)

Jen is going to do a sweater design inspired by the cover of the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album; Laura will make a second pair of Tree of Life Mitts in gray. Both will work on more hats for the throwdown.

Knit Culture: (25:32)

We give an update on the Podcaster Throwdown. Listen to Episode 8.5 for information. You can join our Ravelry group. The teams currently in are Craftlit and Knitmore Girls. There is a rumor about Webs. Laura calls out the Yarniacs and Knit 1 Geek 2 to join. We are giving away the Eton Hat if you submit a hat for Team KnottyGirls in September. We are sourcing prizes…

We review Fiber Factor Challenge 4.

We review Wrapped in Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century by Deborah Tomasello. We definitely recommend checking it out.

And we have in interview with Johnny Vasquez of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge. There are awesome prizes and if you want sign up, you can go here

Geek Culture: (1:00:05)

We discuss upcoming geeky television shows for fall, including a re-air of Torchwood: Miracle Day and Orphan Black on BBC-America.

Events: (1:08:57)

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 so we can keep a cool yarn festival here.

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. We will be collecting hats for Halos of Hope!

We will be at the Southern California Handweaver’s Guild Annual Weaving and Fiber Festival (WEFF) at the Torrance Convention Center. Parking is free, entry is seven dollars. Laura will be vending. You can drop off Halos Hats at her booth.

We will be having a Knitalong in October! The Socktober Knitalong! Knit something (anything (hats)) out of sock yarn (fingering weight or any yarn that would make good socks) between October 1st and October 31st. Post finished projects there for a chance to win a prize. Please do a separate entry for each project.

Our next milestone drawing is at 500 members in the Ravelry Group, so join!

Episode 8.5: Podcaster Throwdown Information (Or Laura and Jen are Late)

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New podcast will be up next week. In the meantime, here’s a bunch of links about the Podcaster Throwdown. Go Team Knotty Girls! Go Cake!

Bribery 

If you knit a hat for us in September, we will send you a free pattern for the Eton Cap!

By entering the promo code “HALO” you can get a free copy of Marly Bird’s Gerri Hat (knit) and Sous Chef Hat (crochet) patterns.

Relevant Links

Halos of Hope Website

Halos of Hope Ravelry Group

Hat Tags

Podcaster Throwdown Group

Cap Guidelines and Recommendations for patterns and yarn

Shipping your Hat and Getting it Counted