Episode 48: Stripper Cardigan (Or Jen is not Nerdy enough?)

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It’s Earth Day! Laura is a Giant Squid; Jen is a Mantis Shrimp. What kind of animal are you? Also, as promised, here is the Radio Lab episode where they talk about colors.

We play a promo for the Actually Knitting podcast.

Catching Up: (1:51)

Laura loves her new job. She had a couple weeks off between jobs and she got to see her stepdaughter and her family for a visit. They went to Disneyland. She a had a pizza party with her step-granddaughter and mother-in-law. She and her step-granddaughter went to see Home and she really liked it. She’s doing a fundraiser for the Walk for Wellness House with her boss. She also went to Vogue Knitting Live and had a great time taking Amy Herzog’s class. She’s inspired to knit all the sweaters. The marketplace was small, but the vendors were pretty good. There were a lot of designers, which is interesting to look at.

Jen has had a lot of gigs and is really enjoying that. She went to visit some family for her sister’s wedding shower and played with her nephew, who is obsessed with Beymax. She’s been working some on her Firefly cross-stitch from Watty’s Wall Stuff. She went to see some films at a David Lynch film festival at a local art theatre. She started her new job as well, it’s a little overwhelming in a way, because she’s still having to do stuff for her old departments. And being exempt means she’s losing some knitting time because she doesn’t have to clock out for lunch anymore, so she forgets to take it. She’s really enjoying it though.

In the Knitting Bag: (15:49)

Laura is working on her Swirl Hat (Crochet) from Patons out of Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black. That was her work training crochet. She’s also working on a hat for Halos of Hope out of Knitpicks Brava.

Jen started some Rainbow socks out of White Birch Fiber Arts self-striping sock yarn in Fade to Gray (rainbow and grey self-striping). She’s swatching for Ysolda’s Wee Envelope out of Oink Pigments in purple. And she’s still working on her Baby Yours Blanket based on Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee out of Cascade 220 SW Sport. She has been working on some mitts for Sunnydale Yarn Club.

Finished Objects: (22:37)

Laura finished her taxes! And her studio organization. And Patrol 3 of Sunnydale. But no knitting.

Jen just needs to push through and finish some of her stuff that is very close to finished.

Devil’s Tower: (23:33)

Laura’s Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs is in Devil’s Tower because she doesn’t have the freedom to work on Mean Girls stuff at work. Her Carson Shawl by Romi Hill out of Forbidden Woolery Pride Fingering for her KAL with her friend is in Devil’s Tower before she even started. And she’s glad she put Ink by Hanna Maciejewska into Devil’s Tower until after she took Amy’s class. She would have made the wrong size for sure.

Jen has her Customfit tunic top in there until she has time to block and seam it. She needs to dig some stuff out of her bin and swatch. She needs to organize the pattern charts for her Four Season Summer Symphony Wedding Ring Shawl, so she can actually knit it.

Frog Pond: (29:48)

Laura and Jen have no frog pond, luckily. But when you don’t knit much, you don’t frog much.

On Deck: (30:26)

Laura was really inspired by Amy Herzog. She wants to make Birch Bark, Aislinn, Cushing Isle, Striper Cardigan, and the Drumlin Cardigan. Otherwise, it’s the same.

Jen wants to make Hitofude and redesign her Joshua Tree Cardigan. She wants to make something for her friend’s baby out of White Birch Fiber Arts Rainbow Warrior colorway. She also has the Watermelon by Alana Dakos planned.

Knit Culture: (35:03)

We review Defarge Does Shakespeare, edited by Heather Ordover (of Craflit), published by Cooperative Press. It retails for $16.95 for pdf only and 29.95 for print and pdf copy. We LOVE this book. We love the patterns and the essays and that in the electronic copy there is a button to click that takes you to the Ravelry page for the pattern.

Basically, we say buy this book and all the other Defarge books.

Geek Culture: (55:57)

We talk about the new trailer for Star Wars and the return of Orphan Black.

Upcoming Events: (59:07)

Laura has a trunk show at Ewe and You on May 31st, for their first anniversary.

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.

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