Episode 49: Sweaters for Fish (Or Laura and Jen Embrace the Wrong)

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Catching Up: (0:20)

Jen has been working out to get into shape some more and she’s enjoying it, but it’s hard. She’s been working on pattern writing. She’s really loving the new season of Orphan Black. She and Ron have been working on the music. And she’s enjoying Mad Men but is sad to see it go.

Laura is normalizing to her new job. She got her new shipment from Annie Modesitt’s yarn club and it’s really, really pretty. It’s inspired by a moth. And the extra is a matching bag from Namaste. She’s working on the Sunnydale Yarn Club Patrol 4 Sign ups. We talk a little bit about Season 4 of Buffy. Even if you don’t join to club, join the Dizzy Color Ravelry Group to talk about Buffy. She’s also preparing for a trunk show at Ewe+You. She’s also working on a new yarn club (Teaser!).

In the Knitting Bag: (14:01)

Jen has been working on the Ysolda Teague’s Wee Envelope out of Oink Pigments in purple. She’s working on the Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee out of Cascade 220 SW Sport. She’s regretting not getting the worsted for the blanket, because it’s taking forever. She is working on Rainbow socks out of White Birch Fiber Arts self-striping sock yarn in Fade to Gray (rainbow and grey self-striping). She only works on one sock at a time. She worked on that up at a show at the Groundlings. She is working on her sample for Sunnydale so she can take pictures.

Laura is working on a hat for Halos of Hope out of Knit Picks Brava. These seem to be her standard Disneyland knitting. She is also casting on the Carson Shawl by Romi Hill out of Forbidden Woolery Pride Fingering. This is her Knitalong (or Slackalong) with her friend. And she is almost done with Swirl Hat (Crochet) from Patons out of Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black.

Finished Objects: (24:03)

Jen blocked her Baby Yours sweater and it’s not seamed. She has a ton of partially finished stuff, but nothing finished. She is struggling with inspiration to knit.

Laura had hoped to finish her Swirl Hat, but isn’t done. But she will be done with it tomorrow.

Jen is sad about her lack of finishing. We need a finishing bootcamp.

We mention Stash Dash by the Knitgrillls and Miss Kalendar’s Finishuary.

Devil’s Tower: (27:24)

Jen’s Devil’s Tower is languishing.

Laura pulled out Carson, even though she hadn’t really started, but she had swatched so that’s kind of started. Her Ink by Hanna Maciejewska is going to escape and get worked on at some point.

Frog Pond: (28:52)

Jen is not challenging herself as a knitter, so she has no Frog pond.

Laura has been having some issues with her Swirl Hat because it’s black yarn and crochet and she’s not really used to it.

We want to hear about your frog ponds in the episode thread!

On Deck: (31:00)

Jen doesn’t feel like knitting and is so uninspired she’s not queuing patterns.

Laura used up all her On Decks forever in the last episode, with all of her Amy Herzog sweaters. She needs to make herself go kits, because all her yarn will be inaccessible for a while due to some home remodeling. She’s overwhelmed by her list a bit, but we love all the designers.

But as a bonus, Jen learned the difference between a bedroom and a bonus room!

Knit Culture: (33:52)

Jen has been feeling uninspired, so we talk about our knitting inspiration. Jen is inspired by her awesome friends who knit and crochet. For example, one of her friends has been posting her Sophie’s Universe crochet projects. Her friend Melissa (who is well known to regular listeners) is an inspiration because of her color sense.

Laura is inspired by her friend Dorothy, who is an amazing lace knitter.

Jen and Laura’s mutual friend Erica makes excellent sweaters and her finishing work is amazing.

Laura gets hugely inspired by yarns: colors, groupings, etc. Jen used to have this inspiration but lately she hasn’t been feeling it. While this keeps her from buying too much yarn, she wants it to be more of a struggle.

Jen’s friend Sarah is an amazing knitter, especially double knitting.

Jen and Laura both find specific patterns pretty inspiring. We talk about how Kristin Omdahl has helped us reconsider crochet.

Jen also talks about her friend Sandra who is an amazing fiber artist and does really cool yarn bombing projects and also other fiber art installations (including sweaters for fish).

And of course Laura’s first inspiration was her friend Jen (different Jen) who taught her how to knit initially.

So who are your real life knitting inspirations?

Geek Culture: (50:19)

Agents of SHIELD has been awesome lately! And we are excited to see Age of Ultron. Jen wants to do a Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon.

We also think Hot Topic Marvel Line.

We’re also a disappointed at the lack of Black Widow on Avengers merchandise.

Upcoming Events: (54:48)

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

We will be doing our own version of World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 20th from 2:30 to 5:30 at the Five O’Clock Winde Bar in Alamitos Bay Marina (right next to a yarn store).

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.

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