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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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.

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 44: Chucking Ninja Stars (Or Laura and Jen Read and Knit)

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Catching Up: (0:21)

Laura saw Gravity and really enjoyed it. She’s adjusting to the new bosses at work. She managed to bruise a rib, which is painful. She’s still prepping for Stitches. She released the latest installment for the Mean Girls Yarn Club, based on Moriarty from Elementary. She’s been watching Agent Carter, Downton Abbey, and Season 7.2 of Doctor Who. We both gush a bit about Agent Carter. And she’s going to see Wicked with her mom soon.

Jen has been spinning some BFL she got from Threewatersfarm in the colorway Cherries and Chilis. She saw The Theory of Everything, Birdman, and The Imitation Game and loved both of them. She’s working on a Firefly cross stitch sampler from Watty’s Wall Stuff. And she has a new baby niece, which is really exciting!

We mention this video by Chris Hadfield about How you Cry in Space. Also Odyssey Magazine.

In the Knitting Bag: (18:47)

Laura is working on her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs. She’s making it out of Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha.  And she is working on Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen out of DizzyBlonde Studios Sock.

Jen is working on her Customfit tunic top out of Cascade Heritage in Deep Plum; she is on the front.   She’s working on her Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash in Charcoal, Silver Grey, Turtle, Winter White, and Shire. The knitting is done, but she has a bit of finishing work to do.  And she is working on the blanket inspired by the Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in an off-white (the sweater is done). She finished the first sock out of the FabFunkyFibres 15 Coloured Rainbow self-striping yarn and she is working on the second sock. She did the thumb joint tophat heel from Lara Neel (you can find an explanation in the Fork in the Road Socks. She’s working on premie hats. And she’s knitting on her Stitches West homework.

Finished Objects: (28:49)

Laura started and finished a hat for Halos of Hope of her own design out of some Berroco Vintage and Knitpicks Brava. She used a lot of mixed textures. She also finished her Berry Slipped Stitch Hat for Halos of Hope. Jen hasn’t finished anything.

Devil’s Tower (31:31)

Laura has put away her Night Blooming Shawlette for the Sunnydale Yarn Club KAL out of Sunnydale Yarn Club color “My Boyfriend is a Demon Robot” until she has time to block it.

Jen is pulling out several projects to do that last bit of finishing before Stitches West, including her Leah’s Lovely Cardigan, her Leftie shawls, and her Hitchhiker. And she worked a little bit on the sleeves for her Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Fibre Company Organik in Highlands.

Frog Pond: (34:15)

Laura has no frog pond because she’s actually reading her patterns.

Jen forgot to do an decrease in the front of her tunic, because the book she was reading while knitting was interesting.

On Deck: (36:02)

Laura’s next project is Ink by Hanna Maciejewska. She also wants to make the Quilted Lace Ascot by Pam Powers, Death Star by Patricia Castillo, Swirl Hat, Loie, 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 wants to make the Hitofude Cardigan, she wants to change her Joshua Tree Cardigan, and something for her friend’s new baby.

Knit Culture: (40:54)

We review Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman, illustrated by Ben Bender, published by Cooperative Press. It retails for 9.95 pdf only and 15.95 for print and pdf. We both love this book and think it’s really creative and cute. We love the illustrations and the patterns are really creative and it’s a great story in the book.

Geek Culture: (48:27)

Inspired by this article on Comicbook.com, we discuss recurring Whedon tropes in Agents of Shield, Buffy, and Firefly.

Events: (1:04:44)

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.

Episode 43: Canada or Australia? (Or Laura and Jen Are Excited and Scared)

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Catching Up: (0:25)

Jen saw Birdman and she really enjoyed it. She really liked the film and thought the way it was shot was really impressive. She finally caught up on Agents of SHIELD and she really likes the direction it’s going, but doesn’t like that they killed off on of her favorite characters. And she LOVES Agent Carter. She is really jealous of her friend’s cool new yarn bowl that her dad made her out of a salad bowl.

Laura has a new boss at work and it’s a bit of adjustment. Her stepdaughter and stepgranddaughter came to visit and they saw Into the Woods and they really liked it. She’s been dyeing a lot in preparation for Stitches West. And the first installment of Sunnydale Yarn Club Patrol 3 shipped, inspired by “The Wish”.

In the Knitting Bag: (13:18)

Jen is working her Porcupine Blanket from 60 Quick Baby Knits out of Cascade 220 Superwash in Charcoal, Silver Grey, Turtle, Winter White, and Shire. She has to do the finishing on it. She is also working on her Customfit tunic top out of Cascade Heritage in Deep Plum. And she is working on her Baby Yours Sweater by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in an off-white.

Laura worked on her Slipped Stitch Hat for Halos of Hope out of three colors of Berroco Vintage. She finished the knitting on her Night Blooming Shawlette for the Sunnydale Yarn Club KAL out of Sunnydale Yarn Club color “My Boyfriend is a Demon Robot”. She just needs to block it.

Finished Objects: (16:50)

Jen forgot that she already talked about her cowl last episode.

Devil’s Tower: (17:57)

Laura pulled out her Yggdrasil Afghan by Lisa Jacobs. She’s making it out of Berroco Vintage Chunky in Mocha.

Frog Pond: (19:45)

Jen had some troubles with her swift. It broke and she needs a new one.

On Deck: (23:15)

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

Laura: Quinty by Bernadette Ambergen, the Death Star by Patricia Castillo, Swirl Hat, Loie, 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 mention the Lacy Knitters Guild.

Knit Culture: (30:20)

We announce the final winner of the stashdown. Congratulations MrsZuvers! Since the stashdown is over, you win YARN!

We talk about how we personally did on the stashdown and our goals for 2015. We both want to concentrate on uncharted waters of our lives–trying new things and focusing on new goals. And we want to encourage you all to do the same. We started a thread in the Ravelry group.

Laura wants to work on larger projects, be more of a social knitter, and grow Dizzy Blonde. Jen wants to spin more and design more and be a better designer and work on her running and her music.

We mention the site Knitmeter.com and Forbidden Woolery.

Geek Culture: (42:25)

Edward James Olmos will be joining the Agents of SHIELD cast, which is awesome.

And we point to this poll to vote for your favorite Doctor Who episodes. We want to hear about your favorite Who episodes.

Events: (44:43)

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.

We mention Lisa Souza.