Today’s episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. For holiday gifts for the knitter in your life, please visit DizzyBlondeStudios.etsy.com. Shop updates will occur throughout the month of December.
Podcaster Throwdown: (1:04)
Good job to everyone! We’ve submitted over 300 hats!
Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.
Check out the Podcaster Throwdown group in Ravelry. Check out the Halos of Hope website and Ben’s interview with Pam Haschke on Fiber Hooligans.
There are prizes for donating to Team Knottygirls. Check out Episodes 10, 11, 12, and 13, as well as the Prize Page for prize listings. New prizes include a custom-dyed skein of Dizzy Blonde yarns.
Send your hats to Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
There is another 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.
We are starting to gather grand prizes for the winning team.
Catching Up: (4:19)
Jen has been sick but she’s getting better. She’s also been getting ready for the holidays. She was unable to bake for parties (because that’s not great when your sick). She’s also been working on pattern writing. She recommends Craftsy.
Laura is recovering from the three (yes, three) Thanksgiving dinners. She’s working to plan Christmas holidays, juggling the schedules of all the families. She’s working on her Nerd Wars; there is a Smaug theme this round to celebrate The Hobbit. She’s decorating for Christmas. She’s also working on getting her house and studio together after the remodel.
In the Knitting Bag: (14:32)
Jen has started a second Gerri Hat for the Throwdown out of the Peter Pan Wendy Yarn in pink. She has been working on her secret Christmas project. It’s blocking. Finally! She also is working on another vanilla hat in white Plymouth Encore Yarn. She ran out of yarn, so she’ll probably make the top blue. And she is working on gramps by tincanknits out of Delcious Yarns Frosting Worsted in Blueberry and Pistachio.
Laura is working on her original sock pattern out of Lambie Toes in “No Touching Guns”. She’s also working on a third Big Damn Hero Hat by Dryope out of Knitpicks Brava. She’s also doing a Sous Chef out of Knitpicks Brava.
Finished Objects: (20:42)
Jen finished two vanilla hats out of white Plymouth Encore and a Gerri hat out of the pink Peter Pan yarn for the throwdown.
Laura finished her Sassy-tis (Clapotis by Kate Gilbert) out of custom-dyed Dizzy Blonde Studios yarn. She also finished her Gavin’s DinoRAWR Spiked Beanie Hat by Niki Wyre out of Knitpicks Brava and her Companion beaded choker in Hempathy.
Devils Tower: (23:49)
Frog Pond: (26:04)
Laura finished her Companion and got credit for it in Nerd Wars and then promptly frogged it. She was unhappy with the center section and it was too small. She does not enjoy knitting with Hemp Yarn.
On Deck: (29:45)
Jen is going to knit the California Poppy Shawl out of Baah La Jolla in My Sweet Valentine for Melissa. And she is working on her Sweetheart of the Rodeo design and figuring out how she wants to chart her designs.
Laura will be making a Crocodile Stitch Slouchy Beret by Bonita Designs. She may be making a River Tam hat (pattern by Jessamyn Leib) in Dizzy Blonde Jessica (which is turquoise), but she is struggling with the tubular cast on. Jen recommends Eunny Jang’s tutorial. She’s going to make a Doctor Who inspired hat out of Smurfinator. And she will be making Down the Garden Path by Michele DuNaier out of Lambie Toes. She will use it as a crochet sample in her Stitches booth.
Knit Culture: (38:20)
We have an interview with the amazing Pam Haschke of Halos of Hope. She shares her story about how she started Halos of Hope. Here is the The Happy Hat story (and here is Drew’s blog about it as well).
We also talk a bit about Southern California and about her crafting. Pam mentions Fiesta Yarns Starburst La Boheme.
Laura tells a story about Trixie and yarn.
We announce the winners of the Socktober KAL/CAL. The People’s Choice winner is Photoknitgal’s Hitchhiker. Congratulations! You win a Halloween-themed project bag sewn and donated by our amazing JoniLvsNeddy. Runner up is apple380’s Doctor Who socks. Congratulations! You win a HiyaHiya scutti bag. Random draw winner number 1 is moclell’s Line Break. Congratulations! You win some Hiya Hiya sock needles. And our second random draw winner is apple380’s Hitchhiker. Congratulations! You win some Kollage square sock needles.
Geek Culture: (1:11:41)
We talk about some perfect gifts for the geek in your life.
We also recommend giving your partner the gift of uninterrupted geek time.
Hatnado!!! Come watch (and mock) the masterpiece of a film known as Sharknado! and knit hats for Halos of Hope with us. It will be in the Annex of the Alamitos Bay Yarn Company on Saturday, December 14th from 1:30 to 4:30pm. Bring munchies and wine to share if you want to. We will bring cake! Seating is limited to 18, RSVP here.
We will be at Stitches West, which is February 20-23 in Santa Clara, CA at the Convention Center. Dizzy Blonde Studios & Skeindalous Yarns are sharing a booth; we will update you with the booth number when we get it. Halos of Hope will have a booth and we may have a Meet and Greet. We will will be at the Thursday Night Market Preview. The Dizzy Blonde booth is a collection point for Halos of Hope hats for Team KnottyGirls (the final collection point!). With prizes!
We will get together with the Yarn on Tap Girls for an event we call Knit2Together. This will be sometime in January at a point halfway between us and we will knit hats for Halos of Hope.
Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry group! And don’t forget to knit hats and donate.