Episode 37: Hi, Desert! (Or Desi Tells Truth About Short Rows)

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We are joined by Desi at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat.

Catching Up: (0:31)

Jen saw The Boxtrolls which she really enjoyed. She’s also really enjoying American Horror Story: Freakshow so far, but she isn’t hopeful that it will continue to be so good, based on the show’s track record. She does love the Brothers Quay-style opening credits. Here is one of their films so you can see what she means. She’s taking a Shakespeare class, and the reading is making her feel like she’s back in school. She’s working on some music for a fundraiser for Interval House. She’s been spinning some more (she was really inspired by The Knitmore Girls’ interview with Beth Smith, owner of The Spinning Loft, so she’s been working on her Knitpicks roving in Amethyst Heather and needs to ply it. She’s been working on a robot cross stitch kit from Watty’s Wall Stuff. She went to Yarnosphere. She had fun, though she has some constructive criticism, but is confident it will continue to get better.

Laura also went to Yarnosphere as a vendor and did really well (as did most of the vendors). Her mom came on Sunday and fell in love with punchcard weaving. She joined the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers. She attended a family wedding. She has a lot of birthdays coming up in her family this autumn, which will be fun (and it was also very recently Desi’s birthday). She and Desi played the Firefly board game and really wants a game night. She has two new patterns out for Dizzy Blonde Studios Lambie Toes Yarn. One is her own design, the Sectumsemptra Socks. There is also the Berry Pie Shawlette, a crochet pattern by Ann Wicker of Freeform Fibers.

Desi works in a game store and went to the WizKids Open. She visited some friends in Fresno right before coming down to CogKNITive.

In the Knitting Bag: (14:37)

Jen has finished the sleeves on her Chickadee Cardigan by Ysolda Teague from Little Red in the City out of Quince and Co. Chickadee in Rosa Rugosa, Slate, Egret, and Lichen. She is now working on the body. She is working on her Heirloom Layette Set by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence out of Cascade Heritage in Snow. She hit a snag with the blanket and has started the sweater. She is working on the sleeves (because it is a bottom up yoke sweater). She started a pair of plain socks out of FabFunkyFibres 15 Coloured Rainbow. She plans to do an afterthought heel and the toe in black. And she started the Dump Truck Cardigan out of Knit Picks Stroll Sport. She’s done with the back.

Laura has finished the center panel of her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs.  She is working on the first applied edging (not short rows). She’s making it out of Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha. It’s really pretty and soft and she loves it. She’s also working on a new stripey hat for Halos of Hope out of orange, lavender, and some neutral greys and browns.

Desi has been working on the Selva Cowl out of teal microfibre. She’s also working on Jane’s Ubiquitous Shawl out of alpaca. She is struggling with Chart B.

We mention CustomFit.

Finished Objects: (23:30)

Jen hasn’t finished anything.

Laura finished a scrappy hat in camel heather, cobblestone, and sienna.

Desi has two finished objects! She finished a cowl from a magic ball which took forever to finish because she had to figure out how to weave in all of the ends. And she had a pair of fingerless gloves made of bulky yarn that went so quickly she was amazed.

Devil’s Tower: (25:35)

Jen has a ton of stuff that is almost done but just needs ends woven in or blocking and she just needs to finish them. She also pulled out her Watership Down KAL Shawl out of Unique Sheep Selene in the colorway Nature Walk, because she missed knitting lace.

Laura has to block her Down the Garden Path Shawl by Michele DuNaeir. She ordered more blocking mats so that she’ll have the room, but she needs the time.

Desi has no Devil’s Tower (it’s all Frog Pond).

Frog Pond: (28:02)

Laura had to restart a hat because she can’t count and talk at the same time. (Also Desi was helping with numbers).

Jen is having major problems with errata in her Heirloom baby layette. She has contacted Knit picks, but they have not responded, except to say that it looks like there is an error, but has not gotten any more response. She’s a bit disappointed in the pattern.

Desi was working on the Scilla Lace Socks and made the foot too short. She ripped back and fixed it, but it still was too short and so it’s now in timeout (or drowned in the frog pond).

On Deck: (35:50)

Jen wants to make lots baby stuff (the Bobble Bearded Beanie by Topsy Turvy, the Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash, another Playful Stripes Cardigan, the Baby Yours Sweater) and the Hitofude Cardigan (because she saw Allison from The Hollywood Knitter podcast wearing hers).

Laura was inspired by seeing schmevelyn’s completed Follow Your Arrow, so she really wants to do it. She is also going to work on her Motoring Madness mittens by Audrey Nicklin for her husband.  And she really wants to make the Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen.

Knit Culture: (39:18)

We draw the prize for the September Stashdown challenge. Congratulations knitsNhikes! You win a copy of The Sock Knitter’s Handbook by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott, donated to the podcast by Miss Dorothy.

October’s theme is fall festivals (Samhain/Halloween/whatever), you have a few more days to post in the the thread. November’s theme will be food.

We also talk about the highlights of CogKNITive Fiber Retreat. The classes are great; the vendors are great (they include Slipped Stitch Studios, Forbidden Woolery, Fickle Knitter, Red Fish Dyeworks, RKsMom, Jamie’s Metal Works (he sells through Arachne’s Threads), Cooperative Press, The Yarnover Truck, Bee Mice Elf, and, of course, Dizzy Blonde Studios); and Jen won some Aspenglow Yarn in the Mother Bear raffle and the doorprize raffle (that was actually Melissa’s prize, but she doesn’t spin, so Jen inherited it). Also Ray who does massages next to the Purlescence booth at Stitches West was there giving massages.

Desi won a copy of Sock Architecture in the door prize and a bag from RK’s mom in the Mother Bear raffle.

We mention the SNL sketch “The Californians”, Anzula Yarns, and Bahh Yarns.

Geek Culture: (54:35)

We talk about this io9 article about the Top 100 Star Trek episodes of all time. We’d love to hear what you think about it. Jen wants a 10 worst list. And Desi thinks the hottest kiss is Chakotay kissing the member of Species 8472.

We also share this other io9 article about which examines whether Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and ET are all in the same universe.

And we give a shoutout to New York Comic Con (and thank them for their very explicit anti-harassment policy) and to Stitches East.

Events: (59:02)

WeFF will be November 2nd, 2014 in Torrance. Dizzy Blonde Studios will be vending.  It’s a lot of fun, with great demonstrations, raffles, and lots of cool vendors.

Stitches West is February 19-22 and both Jen and Laura will be there. Laura is vending and Jen will be taking a ton of classes, but come say hi!

Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry Group. And don’t forget to post your finished October projects in the thread! Keep stashing down!

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Episode 36: Sweather Weather (Or Brenda Castiel Knits a Twenty-Year Sweater)

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Today’s episode is sponsored by the Mean Girls’ Yarn Club, Episode 6: And So It Begins! There are a few spots still available. The More The Scarier! Visit the website for all the gory details. http://meangirlsyarnclub.blogspot.com

Catching Up: (0:38)

Laura has been catching up with summer television. She’s really enjoying Continuum, Suits, The Last Ship, and is going to start watching Turn. She’s finished dying yarn for Yarnosphere and CogKNITive and is excited to have 3 new colorways for Lambie Toes and 1 new colorway for Dizzy Blonde sock. She’s happy she just paid off her car as well. She had a bit of an accident with bacon grease, which is unfortunate. She also has a bit of hand pain right now.

Jen opened her show and is thrilled with how it’s going, especially since it’s inspired by true stories from people who live in the community. She shares this video about a sewing circle and the power of crafting to create a community, which is one of the stories that inspired her show. She’s taking a Shakespeare class, which is really exciting. She’s been watching Gotham and she sees potential, even if the show isn’t great yet. She’s been doing some cross-stitch with a kit from Watty’s Wall Stuff. And she’s learning some new music for a Bob Dylan/Dylan Thomas tribute, which is also a fundraiser for Interval House.

In the Knitting Bag: (15:23)

Laura has been working on her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs out of reclaimed Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha. She’s done with the center panel. She’s doing another hat for Halos of Hope. She wants to do some lace but she’s not sure what.

Jen started her Chickadee Cardigan by Ysolda Teague again. She’s much happier with the colorwork this time around. She’s making it out of Quince and Co. Chickadee. She’s done with the yoke and working on the first sleeve.  She’s been working on her Heirloom Layette Set by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence out of Cascade Heritage in Snow. She’s done with the lace section, so now she just has the garter stitch and then the knitted on border. And she’s been working on her Ohana mitts (her own design).

Finished Objects: (20:22)

Laura finished her Knitted Scale Mail Gloves by CraftyMutt for her step-granddaughter. They were knit out of Knitpicks Brava Worsted in dark pink with rainbow scales from The Ringlord.com. And she finished a hat for Halos of Hope out of Knitpicks Brava in Camel Heather and Vanna’s Choice Lavender.

Jen hasn’t really finished anything. She needs to block things. Lots of things!

We mention Craftsy, specifically their Intarsia Class by Sally Melville.

Devil’s Tower: (24:24)

Laura has been UFO free, because she cleaned out all of her UFOs and frogged them.

Jen pulled out her Leah’s Lovely Cardigan from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts (made of of Malabrigo sock in Eggplant) and finished the knitting. She still has to weave in ends, block it, and do all the finishing work so she’s not counting it as done.

Frog Pond: (27:15)

Laura hasn’t been knitting much so she has nothing to report and she’s more used to the Yggdrasil pattern, so she’s able to fix her mistakes quickly.

When Jen picked up her Leah’s Lovely, she had put the stitches on waste yarn because she needed the needles for something else. Since the pattern has you hold the yoke stitches on waste yarn and pick them up for the neckband. So she picked it up, assuming she was done with the yoke and started the button bands. The she realized that she hadn’t actually completed the yoke (it was maybe an inch short) and done the last decrease row. She didn’t want to rip out the button bands so she did the last decrease row and tried it on and it fits, so she left it. But she probably should have marked where she was in the pattern.

Jen also had a bit of trouble with her Chickadee, mostly because she can’t count when she’s sick.

On Deck: (29:50)

Laura wants to make to make Dreambird by Nadita Swings out of Knitpicks Chroma in Jam Jar and Gloss in black, Ink by Hanna Maciejewska out of Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock in Applegate, Motoring Madness mittens by Audrey Nicklin for her husband, and the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Dizzy Blonde DK.  She also wants to makeDeath Star by Patricia Castillo, the Crochet Fan Shawl by Valerie Martin, and Art Déco by Nadita Swings.

Jen has the same baby stuff on her list (Dump Truck Cardigan, the Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash, another Playful Stripes Cardigan, the Baby Yours Sweater, and more sweaters for herself.

We mention the Knitmore Girls and their Fit, Flatter, and Feel Wonderful KAL, Susan B. Anderson’s Project Sweater Chest, and Marly Bird’s Curvy Knits Craftsy Class.

Knit Culture: (35:58)

We interview designer Brenda Castiel. We talk about her history as a knitter and a designer. We talk about her newest shawl, the Winona Shawl. She also has a great blog, Knits and Travel, where she documents her knitting and travel life.

We give a recap of Knit Dizzney, which was awesome and we had a blast. Thank you to everyone who came; we loved seeing you all. And thank you to our awesome sponsors. Pam Haschke of Halos of Hope and Erika Hernandez of Cooperative Press provided the prizes. Mad Color Fiber Arts, Skeindalous Yarns, and Dizzy Blonde Studios provided the mini-skeins and coupon codes. One Geek To Craft Them All provided the stitch markers. Cheryl Joy Kong of Thirty One Gifts provided the pen and mini-catalog. And Alamitos Bay Yarn Company provided the skeins of sparkly yarn. So thank you to all of them!

We mention our September Stashdown Challenge which is Pirates vs. Ninjas. And our October challenge, which is Fall Festivals (Halloween, Samhain, Harvest, whatever you celebrate).

Geek Culture: (59:26)

We mention the Stash2Go app, another app that works with Ravelry (like Yarma and Wooly).

We also point out the Firefly fan film “The Verse.”

Events: (1:01:57)

We will be at Yarnosphere on October 4th and 5th at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls in Long Beach. Dizzy Blonde will be a vendor and Jen will just be there for fun.

And Jen and Laura will both be at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat on October 11 in the La Quinta Inn in Tehachapi. Dizzy Blonde Studios will be vending.

That same weekend (October 11) is the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta in Downtown San Diego. We aren’t going, but it sounds great.

WeFF will be November 2nd, 2014 in Torrance. Dizzy Blonde Studios will be vending.  It’s a lot of fun, with great demonstrations, raffles, and lots of cool vendors.

Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry Group. And don’t forget to post your finished September projects in the thread! Keep stashing down!