Episode 47: Whatever Happened to Baby Jayne (Or Jen and Laura Have New Jobs)

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Catching Up: (0:19)

Jen got a new job (new position, same company) and she’s really looking forward to starting it. She did some serious spring cleaning at home. She went to Craftcation and had a great time. She even got to hang out with Kim Werker, who is an awesome crochet designer and Amy Tangerine was also there. She has been doing a lot of gigs with Ron. And she’s continuing to work on Firefly sampler from Watty’s Wall Stuff. She has a lot of tiny detail work left.

Laura also got a new job! This one is at a different company than where she previously worked. She has a few weeks off while she transitions and will get to spend some time with family, including helping her mother-in-law clean house for remodeling and visiting with her step-daughter and her family. She got some new lovely yarn in the mail from Annie Modesitt’s yarn club and it’s super pretty.

In the Knitting Bag: (12:10)

Jen hasn’t had a lot of knitting mojo for various reasons. She worked on her blanket inspired by the Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in Winter White. She finished all the knitting on her Customfit tunic top out of Cascade Heritage in Deep Plum.  Now she needs to block.

Laura worked on her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs out of Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha. She also worked on her Swirl Hat (Crochet) from Patons out of Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black.  She worked on her Ink by Hanna Maciejewska in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock in Applegate and she swatched for her Carson Shawl by Romi Hill out of Forbidden Woolery Pride Fingering.

We thank our listeners for the good crochet swatching advice.

Finished Objects: (18:36)

Jen hasn’t finished anything because of no mojo and no blocking space. She also seriously needs to update Ravelry.

Laura has finished another preemie hat and all the crocheting on her Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen. She blocked it and wove in ends and it just needs photos.

We mention Caro Sheridan’s Photography Class on Craftsy.

Devil’s Tower: (24:46)

Jen just has lots of stuff waiting on blocking and finishing. She misses her mojo.

Laura had a block party and blocked Quinty, her Night Blooming Shawlette, and her Clapotis.

Frog Pond: (26:07)

Jen had to rip back to fix a split stitch in the sleeve cap of her tunic. She also had a sad mishap with an order from a company–just a minor mistake and the company had great customer service to fix the problem really quickly, it was just a sad disappointment to open the package and find the incorrect order. Basically, she just isn’t very patient.

Laura didn’t have any issues, luckily.

On Deck: (30:58)

Jen is having trouble thinking about it because she has lost her mojo, but she wants to make some baby sweaters for various baby-having people in her life. She wants to make one sweater out of the White Birch Fiber Arts. This was inspired by Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls‘s sweater for her new baby. She has a lot of other stuff, including the Hitofude Cardigan.

Laura wants to do a crescent or semi-circular shawl with some of her lovely new gradient yarns. Other than that, she has the same list as previously detailed in other episodes (

Knit Culture: (34:06)

We review A Head for Trouble: What To Knit While Catching Crooks, Chasing Clues, and Solving Murders by Julie Turjoman from Passiflora Press. The book retails for 19.95 for a Ravelry download and starting at 20.03 for the hard copy book on Amazon (regular price $26.95). We both LOVE this book. The styling, photography, and patterns are all gorgeous. We love the details on all the patterns and can’t wait to make them. The patterns are inspired by the 20’s but not costumey. There are patterns for 10 hats and each hat has a matching accessory. Also each hat/accessory combination is inspired by a fictional woman detective and each hat has a paragraph describing the character who inspired it. We like it just as much as the designer’s other book, Knits That Breathe. And we are really excited about the fact that this one is called “Volume I” and can’t wait for “Volume II”.

Geek Culture: (45:37)

We talk about Con Man, a new project from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion and also the return of the X-Files (and Twin Peaks and Full House–so it’s apparently the 90’s again).

Also Hot Topic and Torrid have an Orphan Black collection.

Events: (50:51)

Vogue Knitting Live, April 17-19 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Laura is taking Amy Herzog’s class.

Camp CogKNITive is August 21-23, Camarillo, CA. It’s a great and relaxing weekend.

Knit Dizzney will Sunday, September 13th, 2015. There will be T-shirts, project bags, and exclusive yarn available for pre-order. The meetup will be at 2pm at the Hearthstone Lounge in the Grand Californian.

Yarnopshere is October 17-18 EXPO Art Center in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach. Laura is vending.

Episode 46: Technocrat Yet Artisan (Or Melissa Does Not Have Legionnaire’s Disease)

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Catching Up: (0:25)

Laura went to Disneyland for Dapper Day. We also talk about Galliday. She’s been dying for both Mean Girls and Sunnydale Yarn Clubs. She’s really enjoying Agents of SHIELD. And she did some family visiting.

Jen has been working a million hours a week, cutting into her knitting time. She and Ron played two gigs, one at a wine bar and one at the Long Beach Art Walk. She visited her family and got to see her new baby niece and her other niece and her nephew. She’s continuing work on her Firefly sampler from Watty’s Wall Stuff and spinning on her Threewatersfarm.

Melissa went on a cruise with her knitting group and got a lot of knitting done, for the first time in a while (because she likewise work a million hours a week). She has a cold (not Legionnaire’s Disease). She saw Kingsman and we talk about the violence in the film. And she’s really excited for Furious 7.

We also talk about inappropriate work emails.

In the Knitting Bag: (11:05)

As a note: Melissa is wearing her Customfit Featherweight Cardigan out of Dizzy Blonde DK in the Martha colorway.

Laura passed the 2nd corner and on the 3rd side of her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs out of Berocco Vintage Chunky Mocha. One more row until the second sleeve of Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen is done. She’s making the XL size in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock, color Marie. She started on Swirl Hat (Crochet) from Patons for her mom for Mothers’ Day out of Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black.  She’s all ready to start on Ink by Hanna Maciejewska in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock in Applegate.  She’s also doing a magic ball preemie hat out of odds and ends of Knit Picks Brava and Berroco Vintage.  And she’s planning to do a Yarn Baby Shawl KAL with her friend Cheryle of the Carson Shawl by Romi Hill in 3-color yarn baby from Forbidden Woolery out of Pride Fingering in Smoke Signal, Illium and Mo Duinne

Jen is almost done with the second sleeve of her Customfit Tunic out of Cascade Heritage.  She’s also working on her Bohus Cuff from her class from Stitches West.  She’s swatching for the Four Season Summer Symphony Wedding Ring Shawl by Russian Lily out of Gossamer Weight Silk/Cashmere from Colourmart in a cream color.

Melissa is doing a test knit for Customfit that is way overdue out Wollmeise DK in Erbse. She is also working on her Coracle in Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in Oceanside. And another Customfit sweater that she calls her Korl!!! Cardigan out of Cascade 220 in Coral (and yes the name is a reference to The Walking Dead. She is also preparing for a knitalong with a coworker that she taught how to knit. They are going to make an open-front cardigan from the book Knit It!: Learn the Basics and Knit 22 Beautiful Projects, which we recommend for the beginning knitters in your life.

Finished Objects: (22:30)

Laura finished one preemie stripy hat that she cast on for social knitting for Stitches West. She’s made it out of leftover Berroco Vintage and Knitpicks Brava.

Jen finished her second 15-color Rainbow Sock in The Fab Funky Fibres self-striping sock yarn of the same name and the heel was out of black Cascade Heritage.  She did the thumb joint top hat afterthought heel by Lara Neel and loves it! (You can find instructions in the Fork in the Road Socks pattern–which is free). We mention Lara’s book Sock Architecture and her blog Math4knitters.

Melissa blocked and seamed a sweater that had been done since December. She had a pile of stuff to block and seam, but she had a blocking block. All three of us have them.

Devil’s Tower: (25:37)

Which segues to a boring Devil’s Tower where we all have stuff to block.

Frog Pond: (25:54)

Melissa wants to do a shawl collar on her Korl!!! cardigan. She decided to wing it. She had to frog it one time. Then, history repeated itself, so Jen frogged it this time because Melissa just couldn’t bring herself to do it…again.  What are friends for? This sweater also had an issue with the sleeves, because Melissa generated the pattern with straight sleeves instead of tapered sleeves. This sweater has been a lot of knitting. This sweater is cursed.

We mention the films Snowpiercer and Dracula: The Untold Story.

On Deck: (31:31)

Laura added Bunnies “R” Us by Marken of the Hat and I to her list of usual suspects.

Jen’s planning on starting on the Hitofude, redesigning the Joshua Tree Cardigan, something for her friend’s baby and a shawl for her to wear at her sister’s wedding.

Melissa will start the aforementioned cardigan with her coworker. She also wants to make the adult version of the Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos, Charlie’s Cardigan by Amy Herzog, and she might make a third Leah’s Lovely Cardigan. Jen and Melissa both love how the sweater fits although the find knitting it a bit of slog.

Knit Culture: (36:50)

Stitches West wrap-up!

Laura spent most of the time in her booth, but she enjoyed it. Her haul included a lace-weight linen gradient yarn baby from Apple Tree Knits, another 3-color sparkly yarn baby from Forbidden Woolery, a Little Brother gradient set from Yarn on the House.  Sparkly “Exploding T.A.R.D.I.S.” yarn from Steven Be and the book “Crochet so Lovely” by Kristin Omdahl.

Jen and Laura got to meet Stephen West at the pajama party and he was very personable and funny (he judged the pajama contest) and he complimented Jen’s Leah’s Lovely Cardigan. Melissa got a ton of compliments on her Rainbow Sweater.

Jen and Melissa had dinner with the Knitmore Girls and Maria from Subway Knits. Jen took a design your own Pi Shawl class and learned a new cast-on she loved.

Jen got a mug and some stitch markers from Jennie the Potter, some lovely red fingering weight yarn from Jill Draper Makes Stuff for a sweater, some pink fingering yarn from Miss Babs for a sweater, and lots of vintage buttons, including Bakelite sets. Both Melissa and Jen got some rainbow yarn from White Birch Fiber Arts.

Melissa enabled Jen to get some Indigodragonfly for a sweater (and Melissa got some too) from the Yarnover Truck. We love her colorway names.

Melissa also got a Jennie the Potter mug and some citrus yellow Jill Draper Makes Stuff Yarn. Melissa got some new yarn babies from Newton’s Yarn Country, one in hot pink and one in purple and they were a great deal. She also got several sweater quantities of yarn from Miss Babs in Perfectly Wreckless and Deep Sea Jellyfish and Funny Papers.

Melissa and Jen took a six hour class on picking up stitches with Lily Chin and are now experts on picking up stitches. It was amazing. Jen took a class on Bohus Knitting with Susanna Hansson and it was amazing. She even got to see some of the original vintage garments, and even pick them up and handle them. They worked on a cuff in class as well. She wants to get a kit to make a sweater from Angora Garnet. And she also took a great stranded knitting class with Beth Brown-Reinsel, which was amazing, but her brain was seriously fried because it was Sunday.

Melissa took color classes with Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns.

Jen is not going to take so many classes next year; she is going to do more social stuff. Laura got to meet Marnie McClean in person. And Melissa and Jen got to reunite with a old knitting friend who surprised everyone by coming from England to attend Stitches (who also won the student fashion show). And everyone managed to have great food, including Psycho Donuts.

We mention Exploration Station, Rockefeller, Enchanted Mesa, Green Planet Yarn, and Foxy Knits.

Geek Culture: (1:05:00)

“Goodbye Old Friend”, we bid a bittersweet farewell to Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett. Jen shares her favorite Leonard Nimoy story.

Upcoming Events: (1:08:32)

Vogue Knitting Live, April 17-19 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Laura is taking Amy Herzog’s class.

Camp CogKNITive, August 21-23, Camarillo, CA.

Yarnopshere, October 17-18 EXPO Art Center in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach.