Episode 42: Knit for Zen (Or Tammy Burke Wears Purple Everywhere)

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Catching Up: (0:43)

Laura finally saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and liked it. She also watched The Red Tent mini-series on Lifetime, which starred Morena Baccarin as Rachel. She’s been dyeing yarn for Stitches West–she has several new colorways. When she did her Christmas shopping, she used Amazon Smile to get some extra money donated to Halos of Hope. She went to Disneyland and love the holiday-themed “Jingle Cruise”. Her father-in-law died, which made the holiday season a little less happy.

Jen went and visited her family for Christmas and saw all the babies. And she had a lot of fun shopping for presents. She’s been working on music stuff. Her day job is still crazy. She plans to do some cleaning in her stash.

As promised, some clips of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton: Sparkley!

In the Knitting Bag: (8:45)

Laura is working on her Night Blooming Shawlette for the Sunnydale Yarn Club KAL out of Sunnydale Yarn Club color “My Boyfriend is a Demon Robot”. And she’s working on a Berry Slipped Stitch Hat for Halos of Hope out of Berroco Vintage.

Jen is working on Customfit tunic top out of Cascade Heritage in Deep Plum. And she’s been working on her Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash in Charcoal, Silver Grey, Turtle, Winter White, and Shire.  She started her Rockefeller for Ron out of Twist Yarns Heavenly in Fog and Navy. She is doing German short rows instead of wrap and turn. She started the Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in an off-white.

Finished Objects: (13:58)

Laura finished the Knitted Scale Mail Gloves in an Iron Man theme by CraftyMutt out of Brown Sheep Wool. She crocheted the repulsors out of gray and white Knitpicks Brava. She also finished the Owl Mittens for her friend’s daughter in pink Knitpicks Brava sport weight. And she finished an Openwork Crochet Hat for her mom out of Knitpicks Brava Worsted in Paprika.

Jen finished her project for her guild’s knitalong, a cardigan inspired by the VESSST by Bebe Thomas. It’s made of Malabrigo Arroyo. She also finished The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn out of Feederbrook Farms Entropy in the colorways Nebula and Paradox. And she finished a cowl out of some bulky alpaca from a local yarn store, Twist, Yarns of Intrigue in Blueberry and Grey.

Devil’s Tower: (21:22)

Laura set aside her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs to work on last minute Christmas knitting.

Jen worked for a tiny bit on her Watership Down KAL Shawl out of Unique Sheep Selene.

Frog Pond: (23:13)

Laura missed some increases in her Nightblooming Shawlette so she had to rip.

Jen has been lucky, but she hasn’t knit anything too taxing.

We mention the Laminaria Shawl.

On Deck: (26:20)

Laura: Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen, the Death Star by Patricia Castillo,  Ink by Hanna Maciejewska, the Crochet Fan Shawl by Valerie Martin, and Art Déco and Dreambird by Nadita Swings, and the the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, and the Sea Glass and Stone Cowl.

Jen: Playful Stripes Cardigan, Hitofude Cardigan, she wants to change her Joshua Tree Cardigan, and the Southern Skies to go with her Celestarium.

Knit Culture: (30:55)

We talk Stashdown.

We have a great interview with Tammy Burke, also known as wearingpurple.

And we talk a bit about the Definitive Ranking of Willow’s Sweaters on Buffy.

We also mention Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style recaps.

Geek Culture: (1:03:24)

We have two cool articles: We emailed a wrench to space with 3D printing and this neuron dress is amazing.

Events: (1:05:32)

Stitches West is February 19-22 and both Jen and Laura will be there. Laura is vending in booth 924 and Jen will be taking a ton of classes, but come say hi!

The LA County Yarn Crawl will be March 26th through 29th.

Vogue Knitting LIVE! is at the Pasadena Convention Center on April 17-19. Laura may take some classes and Jen may go to the marketplace.

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Episode 41: Intarsians are People Too! (Or Laura and Jen have lots of Turkey)

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Catching Up: (0:26)

Jen had three Thanksgivings and met her niece. She took a trip to the Huntington and it was pouring rain. But the Yarnover Truck was there! She also bought recipe dice. She also bought a new guitar at a Black Friday sale. And she’s been working a ton of overtime. She also has been listening to a lot of the Thrilling Adventure Hour Podcast.

Laura had a game day for Thanksgiving. She saw Mockingjay and she liked it. She also mainlined Outlander and can’t wait for more. We also talk a little bit about the historical accuracy of the costuming. Mei Mei had a little adventure, but she is fine. And she’s been dyeing yarn for various clubs and stores. She got caught up on accounting and filing. And she’s heading out for some Disney time soon.

In the Knitting Bag: (17:30)

Jen is working on her sweater for her guild’s knitalong. It’s a cardigan inspired by the VESSST by Bebe Thomas (which was designed specifically for the KAL) and is using a Customfit pattern. She’s making it out of Malabrigo Arroyo in a purple with pink and natural accents. She’s also working on her Customfit Tunic Top out of Cascade Heritage in Deep Plum. And she’s been working on her Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash.

Laura is also working on Knitted Scale Mail Gloves in an Iron Man theme by CraftyMutt for her granddaughter’s father out of Brown Sheep Worsted in the Red Fox colorway. She’s crocheting a pair of Owl Mittens for her friend’s daughter in pink Knitpicks Brava sport weight for her friend’s daughter.  She’s working on her Night Blooming Shawlette for the Sunnydale Yarn Club KAL.  She’s also working on her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs out of reclaimed Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha. She’s on the applied edging (still).

Finished Objects: (25:25)

Jen and Laura haven’t finished anything.

Devil’s Tower: (28:05)

Jen is saying her Rainbow socks are officially with the aliens.

Laura is working on some hats for Christmas presents so she’s not working much on her Yggdrasil and it may find it’s way into the Devil’s Tower.

Frog Pond: (30:02)

Jen frogged her VESSST sweater because she didn’t like the stripe placement when she was first starting.

Laura had some gauge issues on the owl mitts and she wasn’t sure the correct size as well, so she’s ripped out several times. We ask about the “rules of crochet”. She also had some issues with scale placement on her scale mail mitts.

On Deck: (34:55)

Jen will make a layette based on the Baby Yours Sweater. She will make a Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos, the Hitofude Cardigan, and a Rockefeller for Ron. She also wants to change her Joshua Tree Cardigan.

Laura has a long list: Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen, the Death Star by Patricia Castillo,  Ink by Hanna Maciejewska, the Crochet Fan Shawl by Valerie Martin, and Art Déco and Dreambird by Nadita Swings, and the the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, and the Sea Glass and Stone Cowl.

We also mention Leadlight.

We mention Never Not Knitting and Hollywood Knitter.

Knit Culture: (43:15)

We talk about the November theme and announce the winner. Congratulations Knitgirlwalking! You win a copy of History on Two Needles by Annie Modesitt (who donated the copy)!

We also review Mystic Shawls by Anna Dalvi, which was given to us for review by Cooperative Press. We LOVE this book. Go buy it!

We mention Laminaria.

Geek Culture: (55:16)

We talk about cool geek gifts.

Doctor Who Converse

Star Trek onesie

Harley Quinn Hoodie

Avatar the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Periodic Table

Double Helix Necklace

A Beautiful Science Book

Space Lollipops

Star Wars AT-AT Lawn Ornament

Weeping Angel Tree Topper

Star Trek dog collar

Big Bang Theory Clue

Lab Cocktail Set

Events: (1:02:30)

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!

The LA County Yarn Crawl will be March 26th through 29th.

Vogue Knitting LIVE! is at the Pasadena Convention Center on April 17-19. Laura may take some classes and Jen may go to the marketplace.