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.

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