Today’s episode is sponsored by the New and Improved Dizzy Blonde Studios. New and Improved because we now have our own website. Visit our new home at www.dizzyblondestudios.com.
Catching Up: (0:52)
Laura just got back from a week in Puerto Rico. It’s a wonderful place, but she couldn’t find a good yarn store. She needs to learn to speak Spanish. She also just finished her last Nerd Wars tournament for a while. She also decided to start designing again.
Jen opened her show and it’s going well. She and Melissa took a trip to the Huntington and saw a great exhibit about Archimedes and restoring some of his writing from a palimpsest. She learned that Melissa can’t divide. And she’s been spinning.
We mention the McIntosh Cardigan.
In the Knitting Bag: (15:01)
Laura has been working on her Leftie by Martina Behm out of a Miss Babs kit in slate and reds. She also worked on her men’s sock design out of Lambie Toes in No Touching Guns. And she worked on her Down the Garden Path shawl by Michele DuNaier out of Lambie Toes in Special Hell.
Finished Objects: (20:45)
Laura finished her Lucky 4-Leaf Afghan Square by Margaret McInnis by Becka in Berroco Comfort DK in Celery, the Broncos hat for her brother out of Knitpicks Brava in blue, orange, and cream, the Kraken Applique by Katie Christie in random lavender acrylic, and the Wave Pool Cloth by Carol Bristol out of Dizzy Blonde Dirty Blonde Superwash DK in Jessica.
Jen hasn’t finished anything. She has to weave in ends on her Leftie.
We mention joining joining blanket squares with crochet.
Frog Pond: (24:50)
Or Coquí pond.
Laura had issues with her sock and had to frog a lot of the foot because she decided to put ribbing all around the foot, even on the bottom.
Jen is knitting with alternating skeins on her Leah’s Lovely Cardigan which is always a little painful. She is also somewhat demotivated with her knitting.
We mention Slipped Stitch Studios.
On Deck: (29:21)
Laura wants to make an Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Dizzy Blonde Sock in Timey Wimey (TARDIS Blue), some mitts for her husband out some alpaca sock yarn, and a Dreambird by Nadita Swings. She’s trying to decide if she wants to make it in her Dizzy Blonde Sock or her Lambie Toes.
Jen still wants to make a Lauriel Cardigan (also by Ysolda and from Little Red in the City) out of Wollmeise DK in Pesto.and 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 has an idea for some mitts with jacaranda blossoms embroidered on them.
Knit Culture: (32:38)
We answer a question from our Knotty Talk Thread. sfchick asks “how to avoid knitting burnout – im feeling it now!” So we discuss ways to keep yourself motivated and how we deal with when we find ourselves demotivated. We recommend taking a break, bribing yourself, playing math games, changing up projects, looking at Ravelry for inspiration, and not doing deadline projects if you hate them. Laura mentions an idea from the podcast Just One More Row where you make your own kits with the pattern and yarn you want to work with in paper bags and grab one at random when you want a new project. It’s a surprise kit! And Jen talks about a systemic way to eliminate WIPs, if you’re burnt out because you’re overwhelmed by too many WIPs. And we want to know what you think in the thread for the episode on Ravelry.
We also talk about the Stashdown. The winner for April is fracksmom! You win a skein of The Woolen Rabbit Airy in the colorway Daddy Steelbucks (love that name) with coordinating seed beads, donated by amazingly generous listener JillSerenity. May’s theme will be May Flowers so post your FOs in the thread. You can win a copy of Subversive Socks edited by Tabetha Hendrick, courtesy of Cooperative Press. The theme for June is “matriculation.” Post FOs from projects that have taught you something. What did you learn?
The end of June will the be the Stashdown halfway point to evaluate our goals and how we’ve been doing.
We mention the fact that we have a Facebook page.
Geek Culture: (49:49)
We talk about Star Wars Episode 7 casting. We have a discussion about women and how they’re represented (or not) in Sci Fi and Fantasy and geek culture in general, inspired by this article. We would love to know what you feel about women in your favorite geek stuff.
Jen mentions the film Starcrash.
We are doing an event for World Wide Knit In Public Day. We are partnering with Colors 91711 (address 248 Harvard Avenue, Claremont CA 91711). On Sunday June 22, we will be at the park across Harvard Ave having a knitting picnic from 11am to 2pm. Bring a chair, some shade, some snacks to share, water, sunscreen, your knitting. Colors opens at 12 noon for your shopping pleasure.
And Jen will be at the Retzlaff Winery Fleeces, Food, and Fun event on June 7th.
Thanks for listening to our 26th episode. Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry Group. And don’t forget to post your finished May projects in the thread! Keep stashing down!