Episode 43: Different Needles

 

 

Filmed on Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL
    • Second Quarter Prizes!
      • Digital Prize goes to post# 38 finers4 (Megan)! – A Ravelry pattern of your choice up to $10 USD from RoMillet
      • Physical Prize Package goes to post # 279 filipamc (Filipa)!
        • Groovy Hues Fibers – 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon – “I’ve Got Batik in My Belfry!” from the package from Sherry
        • Constellation project bag and stitch markers from Shanea from Fates Thread on Etsy
  • #sithandspin – June 1st to August 31st! Spin on whatever as you turn to the Dark Side with your favourite Star Wars media.
    • Announcing Prizes!
      • Into the Whirled – 80/10/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon “Possumhaw”
      • Darth Scabrous spinning fluffs
      • 2 #sithandspin gradient batts totalling 106 g/3.6 oz

Life Stuff

  • Hands – Hurt my hands and ended up having to rest them. Still not 100% – they get sore and tired easily still, so the crafting in this episode is a little bit more focused on other crafting areas than usual
  • Gabby Move! – Helped my sister Gabby/@onceuponacorgi move last weekend, which was good. Spent the most time just getting stuff out of her apartment because of those stairs. The new place was really easy to move into and it’s a great apartment.
  • Craft Room – Doing a smidge of reorganizing because that’s how my brain copes with life and it’s about time to make adjustments since I’ve been in the space and actively using it for a while now. Stole a kitchen island cart thing from Gabby who won’t be using it and it ended up at our house, so it’s my drum carding station now.

Knitting Stuff

Frogged

  • 3 Color Cashmere Shawl by – Legacy Fiber Artz in Winnie Sanderson, Mary Sanderson, and Spellbook — Reskeined and going back into the stash except for the little minis from the start of the shawl. Haven’t touched this project since October and it just wasn’t singing to me anymore.

FOs

  • Boba Fett socks – Must Stash Yarns “Boba Fett” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles

WIPs

  • Jyn Erso socks – Must Stash Yarns “Rogue One” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Dwarven Mittens by Ginger Monkey Knits – Plymouth Yarn Homestead Tweed in Grey – US 3/3.25 mm needles
  • Akiko by Regina Moessmer – Lion Brand Scarfie (78/22 Acrylic/Wool) in 201 Cream Black – US 7/4.5 mm and US 8/5.0 mm needles
  • Marled Magic Shawl by Stephen West – lots of bits of handspun and leftover yarns – US 6/4.00 mm

Crochet Stuff

FOs

  • HDC Worsted Weight Scrap Blanket – many wool scraps from DK to bulky weight – US H/5.00 mm hook

Fiber Stuff

  • Brown cormo sweater spin with cormo from Marsh Mallo Farms and Clabber Glynn Farm on Ashford Kiwi 2
  • Magic skein of leftover singles on the Ashford Kiwi 2
  • Mystery Fleece spin on the Hitchhiker Wheel
  • Bits of scrap fluffs from carding on my Turtle Made Turkish spindle

Sewing Stuff

New Stuff

  • Hedgehog Fibers silk hankies from Gabby’s destash
  • Heddles for my Cricket rigid heddle loom – going to try a warping/weaving technique that will give me 20” wide fabric instead of the 10” that my loom is

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • A Place in the Middle – Eleven year old Ho’onani dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She’s fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it’s like to be “in the middle” – the Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is what’s in your heart.
  • American Gods on Starz
  • Kesha’s new single “Praying”

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning by Jude Watson
  • Knit One Girl Two by Shira Glassman
  • Tarkin by James Luceno (audio) narr by Euan Morton
  • Heir to the Empire ( The Thrawn Trilogy Bk 1) by Timothy Zahn (audio) narr by Marc Thompson

Fanfic Recommendation

  • Hands of Clay by Mhalachai
    • James Barnes leads a busy life as a single working father in New York. But when his childhood best friend Steve Rogers falls back into his life, James will have to re-learn what love, friendship and and family are really all about.

 

 

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I-91 Shop Hop 2017

Click here to get to the I-91 Shop Hop Facebook page!

2017 Participating Stores

Green Mountain Spinnery
7 Brickyard Lane
Putney, VT 05346
800.321.9665 

HandKnits
56 Elliot St
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802.579.1799

Sheep & Shawl
265 Greenfield Rd
South Deerfield, MA 01373
413.397.3680

Northampton Wools
29 Pleasant St
Northampton, MA 01060
413.586.4331

WEBS *America’s Yarn Store*
75 Service Center Rd
Northampton, MA 01060

Marji’s Yarncrafts
381 Salmon Brook St
Granby, CT 06035
860.653.9700

Village Wool
2279 Main St
Glastonbury, CT 06033
860.633.0898 

Country Yarns
9 South Colony St
Wallingford, CT 06492
203.269.6662

The Yarn Barn, LLC
1666 Litchfield Turnpike (Rt 69)
Woodbridge, CT 06525
203.389.5117

Knit New Haven
26 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06510
203.777.5648

The Yarn Basket
288 E. Main St
Brandford, CT 06405
203.208.3288

Episode 42: Rambling Things

 

 

Filming on Saturday, June 17th 2017

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL
    • Second Quarter Prizes! Will be drawn next episode
    • Physical Prize Package –
      • Groovy Hues Fibers – 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon – “I’ve Got Batik in My Belfry!” from the package from Sherry
      • Constellation project bag and stitch markers from Shanea from Fates Thread on Etsy
    • Digital Prize – A Ravelry pattern of your choice up to $10 USD from RoMillet
  • #sithandspin – June 1st to August 31st! Spin on whatever as you turn to the Dark Side with your favourite Star Wars media.
  • Ravelry Group – What do you want to see there?
    • I’m not great at community building or community involvement.
    • Participation with the often free online contact I consume is something I’m working on.
    • There’s not much action on the Rav group other than the Blanket MAL thread at the moment.
    • What do you want this Rav group to be used for? What is in other Rav groups that you’d like to see in this one? How can I make this a better experience for you?

Life Stuff.

  • I-91 Shop Hop – June 22nd – 25th – Link to the Facebook page about this yarn crawl!
  • Nothing else because I’m a super boring person.

 

Knitting Stuff

FOs

  • Anakin socks – Must Stash Yarns “Anakin” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry – US 3/ 3.25 mm – Once Upon a Corgi “But It Could Kill You,” “His Name is Shirley,” and “Coconut Cream Cake,” Legacy Fiber Artz “Sweater Weather”, Voolenvine Yarns “Mooncusser”, Into the Whirled “Heirloom Ornamental”, Mountain Colors Inc “Pinecone”

WIPs

  • Boba Fett socks – Must Stash Yarns “Boba Fett” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Jyn Erso socks – Must Stash Yarns “Rogue One” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Dwarven Mittens by Ginger Monkey Knits – Plymouth Yarn Homestead Tweed in Grey – US 3/3.25 mm needles

 

Fiber Stuff

 

Sewing Stuff

 

New Stuff

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Playing:

  • Dark Forces
    • PC Game
    • Got it in a Star Wars game sale on Steam on 5/4
    • It’s like Doom but Star Wars and you’re running missions in Imperial bases for the Rebels.
  • Star Wars Commander
    • Mobile game
    • It’s one of those world building games where you build your base to generate resources and then send your soldiers out to attack other bases.
  • Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes
    • Mobile game
    • You are a person in the Star Wars universe playing this hologram fighting game where you collect holograms of characters from Star Wars
    • Awesome game to play while doing other things – Can automate the battles and speed them up for collecting
  • Fallen London
    • Mobile and browser game
    • Alternate Victorian London where London has sunk beneath the surface of the world and it seems to be controlled by demons. There’s some mystery where you’re trying to find out what’s going on in the greater world and what’s going on with the people around you.

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Wonder Woman

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: The Hunger by John Whitman
  • Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission by Jude Watson
  • Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning by Jude Watson
  • Relistening to Star Wars Clone Wars: Gambit: Stealth by Karen Miller narr by Jeff Gurner
  • Relistening to Star Wars Clone Wars: Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller narr by Jeff Gurner

Fanfic Recommendation

  • The One that Got Away by PunsBulletsAndPointyThings
  • “Qui-Gon really hadn’t expected much when he agreed to go out for a drink with Micah and Tahl a few months after his Knighting. Really. But the Force had other ideas.”
  • Time travel fic exploring a romantic relationship between Qui-Gon Jinn throughout different parts of his life starting from his Knighting with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi,

 

 

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Episode 41: The Return of Sith and Spin

 

 

 

Filming on Friday, June 2nd 2017

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL
  • #sithandspin – Coming soon! June 1st to August 31st! Spin on whatever as you turn to the Dark Side with your favourite Star Wars media.
    • Recommendations to get you started~~
      • The Official Star Wars Movies
      • Clone Wars – currently available on Netflix
        • Season 3: Episodes 15-17 “The Mortis Trilogy” for all the wacky space fantasy you could possibly want
        • Season 4: Episodes 19-22 “Nightsister/Savage/Maul Saga” for Dark Side Witches and the BEST Sith family drama in the universe
        • Season 5: Episodes 14-16 “Maul Mandalorian Saga” for more Maul drama and maximum Obi-Wan Kenobi pain and good hair
        • Season 4: Episodes 7-10 “Umbara Arc” for maximum clone feelings and excellently handled Dark Side corruption of an fascinating and horrible character
      • Rebels – Not currently streaming on any services, but they are available for digital purchase – Scrappy on-the-run Jedi! Sith Inquisitors! Darth Vader’s overly dramatic cape!
      • Books (available as physical and audio – some as digital download as well)
        • Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
          • Novelization of Episode III – lots of expansion and explanation that the movie doesn’t or can’t provide
        • Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber
          • Darth Maul punching people in space prison – featuring Dark Side Death gangs and Jabba the Hutt’s fancy hologram sled pulled by krayt dragons
        • The Darth Bane Trilogy by Drew Karpyshyn (starts with Path of Destruction)
          • The Old Old Republic – easy entry point to the Extended Universe because all you need to know is that about 1000 years before Episode 1, there was a Republic with Jedi and a Sith Empire and they hated each other
        • Star Wars: Clone Wars: Gambit: Stealth (and its sequel Siege)
          • This book is one part Clone Wars battle, one part tense polyamorous dinner date between Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Bail Organa where Anakin is jealous of Bail getting all of Obi-Wan and Padme’s affections and wants to know why no one is touching his arm and smiling charmingly, and one part Obi-Wan and Anakin keep having Feelings that they can’t deal with while tucked into air ducts and under tables.
          • FYI, the sequel features more Feelings that Anakin cannot deal with, Taria Damsin’s magical unicorn hair, and Obi-Wan convincing himself not to adopt a scrappy little girl
        • Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
          • Ahsoka Tano’s early days during the Empire hiding from folks wanting to hunt down any Jedi left from the purges. Featuring a lot of lady characters, including not-white and also non-straight human ladies!
        • Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
          • Another book heavily featuring a lady character, our favourite femme Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress and her tragic romance adventure with Quinlan Vos!
      • Knights of the Old Republic and KotOR II – easy to implement invulnerability cheat so that you can do other things while your character is fighting kath hounds for ten minutes – each of them is $9.99 US on Steam right now

Life Stuff

  • Corgi Meet Up – A couple of Sundays ago was the May CT Corgi Meet Up which was fun and resulted in much sunburn. My forearms got roasted and they just started peeling this week, which is super fun.
  • I-91 Shop Hop – June 22nd – 25th – Link to the Facebook page about this yarn crawl!
  • Nothing else because I’m a super boring person.

Knitting Stuff

FOs

WIPs

  • Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry – US 3/ 3.25 mm – Once Upon a Corgi “But It Could Kill You,” “His Name is Shirley,” and “Coconut Cream Cake,” Legacy Fiber Artz “Sweater Weather”, Voolenvine Yarns “Mooncusser”
  • Boba Fett socks – Must Stash Yarns “Boba Fett” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Started swatching for a shawl design, but I’m tweaking things and playing around. I’ll show it once I have a feasible sample knit up. And if anyone out there who designs regularly has some advice about test knitting protocol and stuff, shoot me a Rav message or an email at freakishlemonpodcast@gmail.com. I’m aiming to actually sell this pattern (cheapy cheap, but money will exchange for it) and I don’t know what I’m doing.

Crochet Stuff

FOs

WIPs

  • HDC Scrap Blanket – worsted weight scrap yarns – US H/5.0 mm hook
  • Scrap Granny Squares – worsted weight scrap yarns – US H/5.0 mm hook

Fiber Stuff

  • Mystery Fleece Prep – picking out the good locks from the matted/short cuts out of what was left of the mystery fleece, flicking them open, and carding them.
    • Tossed somewhere between one-third and one-half of the fleece (into the woods for the animals to use, not the garbage)
    • Not great spinning fleeces, but they were cheap and I found them via a post from a local farmer on Craigslist – the farmer told me that the sheep not raised for spinning fiber as a goal, she sheared them herself and admitted to needing more practice in shearing without second cuts, and they were stored in feed bags in a barn loft (I grabbed a fresh one at the time)
    • Practice fleeces, so I’m sure I matted up some locks that would have been fine if I’d really known what I was doing.
    • ALL the mystery fleece that I’m using has now been prepped and carded into batts, ready for spinning
  • Chain-ply a left over single from the first half of the mystery fleece
  • Brown cormo sweater spin with cormo from Marsh Mallo Farms and Clabber Glynn Farm
  • Chain-ply “Columbia” batt from Classy Squid Fiber Co

New Stuff

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: The Doomsday Ship by John Whitman
  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: Clones by John Whitman
  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: The Hunger by John Whitman
  • Relistening to Star Wars Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller narr by Jeff Gurner
  • Relistening to Star Wars Clone Wars: Gambit: Stealth by Karen Miller narr by Jeff Gurner

Fanfic Recommendation

  • Dudley Dursley’s Magical Children!
  • New Leaf to Turn by slavetothepen (therunawaypen)
    • Dudley Dursley lived a very normal life. But when an all too familiar letter makes an appearance on his son’s 11th birthday, Dudley must seek the guidance of a cousin he hasn’t seen in 19 years.
  • Dudley Dursley’s Most Unexpectedly Fortunate Flower by aTasteofCaramell
    • Dudley Dursley is leading a perfectly normal life, his contact with his odd cousin limited to Christmas cards and peculiar memories.
      Until his daughter sneezes and sets the curtains on fire.

 

 

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Episode 40: New Craft Room Scatterbrain

 

Filming on Saturday 5/20/17

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL
  • #sithandspin – Coming soon! June 1st to August 31st! Spinning while entertaining yourself with tales from a galaxy far, far away.

 

Life Stuff

  • Craft Room – Welcome to the new carpet!!
  • New phone – Filming with the new phone, so the image and sound might be a little different than usual.
  • Weather – Ugh hot and also ticks, which are ridiculous right now. We’re taking all precautions – Pen is on flea/tick meds and a natural fragrant oil spray for dogs, and we’ve got a fresh can of Off! Deep Woods for the humans – but man, you know the tick situation is bad when you come in from taking the dog out and she flops over to have you check her belly and chest for ticks. This dog has had so many hitching rides in her fur that she checks her feet and her back for them herself.

 

Knitting Stuff

WIPs

  • Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry – US 3/ 3.25 mm – Once Upon a Corgi “But It Could Kill You,” “His Name is Shirley,” and “Coconut Cream Cake,” Legacy Fiber Artz “Sweater Weather”, Voolenvine Yarns “Mooncusser”
  • Anakin socks – Must Stash Yarns “Anakin” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Boba Fett socks – Must Stash Yarns “Boba Fett” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Afterthought Everything socks – Legacy Fiber Arts Advent yarn – US 0/2.0mm needles

 

Crochet Stuff

WIPs

  • HDC Scrap Blanket – worsted weight scrap yarns – US H/5.0 mm hook
  • Fingering Weight Granny Stripe blanket (by Lucy of Attic24) – fingering weight minis – US B/2.25 mm hook
  • Corner to Corner Blanket by Lauri Bolland – fingering weight scraps – US B/2.25 mm hook

 

Fiber Stuff

 

Sewing Stuff

 

New Stuff

  • Package from Sherry!
    • Into the Whirled – 80/10/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon – “Possumhaw”
    • Groovy Hues Fibers – 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon – “I’ve Got Batik in My Belfry!”
    • HaldeCraft HandDyed – 80/10/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon – “Kate Crackernuts”
    • KnitMona – 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon – “Satellite:
    • Bits and bobs
  • Once Upon a Corgi – ASoUE Club – 80/20 SW BFL/Nylon – “Murderer Attempts to Murder Murderer”
  • Shanea (shay-nuh) from FatesThread on Etsy
    • Star Wars project bag and keychain for me
    • Constellation project bag and stitch markers for you!

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Father Brown

Podcasts:

  • The Message
    • The Message is a new podcast following the weekly reports and interviews from Nicky Tomalin, who is covering the decoding of a message from outer space received 70 years ago. Over the course of 8 episodes we get an inside ear on how a top team of cryptologists attempt to decipher, decode, and understand the alien message.
  • Lif-e.Af/ter
    • When you die in the digital age, pieces of you live on forever. In your emails, your social media posts and uploads, in the texts and videos you’ve messaged, and for some – even in their secret online lives few even know about. But what if that digital existence took on a life of its own? Ross, a low level FBI employee, faces that very question as he starts spending his days online talking to his wife Charlie, who died
      8 months ago…But what feels like an unbelievable gift starts to bring up some very real moral and ethical predicaments, as Ross discovers LifeAfter,
      the program that brought his wife – and countless others back to life online. But what is “life” if you can be preserved digitally? And if you
      live online, where do you spend eternity?
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour – “Beyond Belief”
    • A new time podcast in the style of old time radio!
    • The episodes were live events in a sort of radio variety hour and each segment was split out into a podcast episode. There’s a bunch of different shows on here, but the one that really appealed to me is “Beyond Belief” which is a series about Frank and Sadie Doyle who are high-society drunks that go about solving paranormal problems. It’s full of hilarious word play and ghost jokes.
  • Limetown
    • Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again.In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”
  • Wooden Overcoats
    • RUDYARD FUNN RUNS A FUNERAL HOME ON THE ISLAND OF PIFFLING.It used to be the only one. It isn’t anymore.On the overlooked Channel Island of Piffling, obstinate undertaker Rudyard Funn runs his family’s failing funeral parlour. But when new and sexy undertaker Eric Chapman sets up shop across the square and becomes an immediate sensation, Rudyard realises he’ll have to take drastic steps to stay in business.

      With his frustrated sister Antigone, dogsbody Georgie, and a mouse called Madeleine, will Rudyard ever defeat his charming rival?

Fanfic Recommendation

  • Stand the hazard of the die by KeelieThompson1
    • A plot from the future to save the past effectively ends Anakin Skywalker’s career as a Jedi knight.
    • Old Ben Kenobi sends seven-year-old Luke Skywalker back in time with a message for this younger self – “Do not let it happen again. The boy will save Anakin, but I cannot predict how that will change things. Vader died the moment he had to choose between the boy and his power. Luke is the key and he is all you will need to save us.”

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Episode 39: Board Games and Fiber Festivals

 

Filming on Sunday 4/30/17

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL

 

Life Stuff

  • Craft Room – Thursday the room was measured for the new carpet!
  • Library – Finally got moving on a library record system that I think I will be able to use and update easily. I was using LibraryThing.Com which is a great resource if you have mostly one type of book. I was using it to track physical books for a while, but it’s been over ten years since I’ve started that account, so my library is more varied between physical, digital, and audio books and I couldn’t figure out a good way to track that with LibraryThing. Now I have a spreadsheet in Google Drive, since I’m routinely in there for podcast and writing things.
  • Stitches and CTS&W! – Went to Stitches United on Friday and Connecticut Sheep & Wool on Saturday and had a great time.
  • International Tabletop Day – Went to my friends’ house on Saturday after the festival to play board games.

Knitting Stuff

FOs

  • Grand Central Socks – NYC Socks Collection from Mina Phillip – Junkyarns Smooth Socks (75/25 merino/nylon) “Rey” – US 0/2.0 mm

WIPs

  • Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry – US 3/ 3.25 mm – Once Upon a Corgi “But It Could Kill You,” “His Name is Shirley,” and “Coconut Cream Cake,” Legacy Fiber Artz “Sweater Weather”, Voolenvine Yarns “Mooncusser”
  • Anakin socks – Must Stash Yarns “Anakin” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Witch Hazel by Amy Christoffers from Berroco Tuscan Tweed #380 – Berroco Tuscan Tweed 65% Wool, 25% Viscose, 10% mohair in color 9034 – US 4/3.5mm and US 6/4mm

 

New Stuff

Other Stuff

Podcasts:

  • Archive 81 – A podcast about horror, cities, and the subconscious.
  • Alba Salix: Royal Physician
    • Farloria’s Royal Physician has her work cut out for her. As head witch and the only regular staff member at the new House of Healing, Alba’s got an endless lineup of patients and a bickering King and Queen to please.Fortunately, help is on the way. Unfortunately, that help is from Magnus, a troublesome young ex-monk and aspiring surgeon, and Holly, an accident-prone fairy herbalist.
  • The Magnus Archive
    • The Magnus Archives is a weekly horror fiction anthology podcast examining what lurks in the archives of The Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join the new Head Archivist, Jonathan Sims, as he attempts to bring a seemingly neglected collection of supernatural statements up to date, converting them to audio and supplementing them with follow-up work from his small but dedicated team.Individually, they are unsettling. Together they begin to form a picture that is truly horrifying because as he looks into the depths of the archives, something starts to look back…
  • The Lesser Gods Podcast – Lesser Gods is a soundscaped, shifting perspective, murder mystery podcast

Fanfic Recommendation

  • Of Queens, Knights, and Pawns by chancecraz
    • I went to sleep on the worst day of my life and woke to find myself in the past on the second worst day of my life. As experiences go, I don’t recommend it.
    • General Leia Organa goes to bed the day her husband Han Solo dies and wakes up in the cargo hold of the Imperial ship bringing her to the Death Star. She has to navigate through her own past to try to prevent the destruction of Alderaan and get the Rebellion on track with the changes she makes to her past. Beautiful characterization of Leia and the ruthless practicality of her later years and wonderful exploration of her relationship with her parents as a young adult and as her older self.

 

 

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Episode 38: New Wall

 

Filmed on Saturday 4/15/17

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL

 

Life Stuff

  • Filming in my bedroom again! Which has changed since the last time it was on the podcast. I rearranged the furniture a couple of weeks ago. The library is a bit crammed with all my craft stuff stuff in the corners and the craft room is still carpetless at the moment.
  • Work has been crazy town, so I really haven’t been doing much of anything else

 

Knitting Stuff

FOs

  • Snow Day Shawl by Mina Phillip – Quince and Co Chickadee in “Crow,” “Stork,” “Egret,” and “Frank’s Plum” – US 6/4.0 mm

WIPs

  • Grand Central Socks – NYC Socks Collection from Mina Phillip – Junkyarns Smooth Socks (75/25 merino/nylon) “Rey” – US 0/2.0 mm
  • Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry – US 3/ 3.25 mm – Once Upon a Corgi “But It Could Kill You,” “His Name is Shirley,” and “Coconut Cream Cake,” Legacy Fiber Artz “Sweater Weather”

 

Crochet Stuff

Frogged

  • Crochet Backpack

WIPs

  • C2C Blanket by Lauri Bolland – US B/ 2.25 mm hook – scrap yarns

Fiber Stuff

New Stuff

Other Stuff

Podcasts:

  • Mabel
    • a podcast about ghosts, family secrets, strange houses, and missed connections.
  • The Bright Sessions
    • The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients – each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.
  • Within the Wires
    • Set within an alternate reality, “Within the Wires” tells stories in the guise of instructional audio programs. Season One, “Relaxation Cassettes,” is a 10 part scripted fiction podcast that takes the form of an audio course on full body relaxation issued by The Institute to you, (the listener) a nameless medical inmate. Who is this narrator? Is she relaying something more than just relaxation techniques, and is she to be trusted? And are there subliminal messages hidden within the music? As listeners move through the relaxation curriculum a deeper and more personal story unravels.
  • Wolf 359
    • WOLF 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Set on board the U.S.S. Hephaestus space station, the dysfunctional crew deals with daily life-or-death emergencies, while searching for signs of alien life and discovering there might be more to their mission than they thought.
      Tune into your home away from home… seven and a half light years away from Earth…
  • The Bridge
    • It’s an alternate 2016, and Watchtower 10 sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, keeping lonely watch over the Transcontinental Bridge. Each watchtower sits hundreds of feet away from the Bridge, broadcasting regular traffic reports to ensure that proper safety precautions are taken. These lighthouses (for cars) are filled with a carefully selected (and very capable) crew.Watchtower 10’s necessary personnel happen to be: a generalist DJ who spends her free time relaying folklore from abandoned parts of the Bridge, her supervisor (who’s only there because he lost a bet), an unfailingly optimistic Bridge Travel Agent, and a groundskeeper who has a thing for romantic comedies.Unbeknownst to the general public (but totally knownst to each watchtower’s crew), these stations also hold a secret that could potentially destroy the world…or save it.

      The Bridge is a fictional serialized fantasy podcast about the monsters we fear, the monsters we can become, and the stories we leave behind.

  • Ars Paradoxica
    • ars PARADOXICA is a love letter to physics, fiction, and the future. It’s a disorienting journey through spacetime and the Cold War. It’s a tome of secret history you stumbled across in a library in the dead of night.It’s an award-winning serial audio drama.When an experiment in a time much like our own goes horribly awry, Dr. Sally Grissom finds herself stranded in the past and entrenched in the activities of a clandestine branch of the US government. Grissom and her team quickly learn that there’s no safety net when toying with the fundamental logic of the universe.

Stuff I’m Reading

  • Dreams from the Witch House – Dark Regions Press
  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: The Brain Spiders by John Whitman
  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: The Swarm by John Whitman
  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: Spore by John Whitman
  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: The Doomsday Ship by John Whitman

Fanfic Recommendation

  • A Standard List of Questions Laura JV (jacquez)
    • “Luke’s not gonna lie to us,” Biggs said. He knew Luke — odd, awkward, space-mad Luke — almost as well as he knew himself.
    • It’s mostly a conversation between Biggs Darklighter and Rebel commander about Tatooine and Luke’s intake into the Rebel Alliance, but it’s delightful.

 

 

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Episode 37: Ramble On

Filming on 4/1/17

Life Stuff

  • Health – Doctor adventure due to shortness of breath and a dry cough. Nothing came up on x-rays, EKG, or bloodwork, so antibiotics and prednisone for a week and an emergency inhaler as needed. Likely a sinus infection that got weird and aggravated my bronchial tubes. Made me change how I sleep and now I sleep much better. Weird.
  • Dogs – Audrey stayed with us while Gabby/Once Upon a Corgi was on vacation and she’s a troublemaking sweetheart. Penny hurt her back jumping into my mom’s car leaving a routine vet appointment and hurt her back, but she’s feeling much better on the anti-inflammatories/pain meds.
  • New Craft Room – No update! Some plumbing issues and the weather postponed the carpet purchasing.

 

Podcast Stuff

  • New Website – It’s live! New website is over at freakishlemon.com and freakishlemonpodcast.com
  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL
    • First Quarter Prize Drawing! – 79 qualifying entries!
    • Ravelry Pattern up to $10 — post# 107 LarinaValarin – Cosima from Minnesota
    • Ravelry Pattern up to $10 — post# 42 amberlindemann – Amber from Illinois
    • Physical Prize Package — post# 53 pacasha from New Mexico
  • Attack the Sock pattern is out now! Free colorwork sock pattern designed by my featuring patterns of the glowing teeth of the aliens in the British scifi movie Attack the Block.

 

Knitting Stuff

FOs

  • Space Cadet Hat – used stitch count and decreases from Barley by tincanknits – SpaceCadet Cressida (100% merino) in “Crowned with autumn” – US 4/3.5 mm and US 6/4.0 mm
  • Obi-Wan Socks – Must Stash Yarns “Obi-Wan” – US 0/2.0 mm Knit Picks circulars – cut in heel, Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson

WIPs

  • Grand Central Socks – NYC Socks Collection from Mina Phillip – Junkyarns Smooth Socks (75/25 merino/nylon) “Rey” – US 0/2.0 mm
  • Snow Day Shawl by Mina Phillip – Quince and Co Chickadee in “Crow,” “Stork,” “Egret,” and “Frank’s Plum” – US 6/4.0 mm
  • Afterthought Everything Socks – Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Black and Legacy Knitz half-skein from the Advent Calendar – US 0/2.0mm

 

Crochet Stuff

FOs

  • T-Shirt Yarn Basket – improvised pattern – 25.00 mm hook from Loopy Mango
  • Polwarth Handspun Sock Needle Pouch – US G/ 4.0mm- 222 Handspun Polwarth chain ply

WIPs

 

Fiber Stuff

 

New Stuff

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching – Escape to the Country Collection (Netflix), Logan, Beauty and the Beast, Mystère à la Tour Eiffel

Stuff I’m Reading

  • Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
  • Liminal by A. Sieracki
  • Dreams from the Witch House – Dark Regions Press
  • Star Wars Galaxy of Fear: The Brain Spiders by John Whitman

Fanfic Recommendation

 

 

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Episode 36: Not Much Knitting

 

Filmed on Sunday, March 12th

Life Stuff

  • New Website – In the process of changing domain providers and I’ve created the basics of the new site. Switching from Squarespace to WordPress because when I ended up using the website for isn’t worth the amount of the Squarespace subscription and I’d like to be more familiar with WordPress as a platform. Currently freakishlemonpodcast.wordpress.com.
  • Depression Spiral – Started setting in Friday with just lagging, tried to counter it with getting things done, spiraled down and kind of hovered at the bottom for a few days and then started coming out of it Friday.
  • House Guest – Miss Audrey gets to stay with us while Gabby/Once Upon a Corgi gets to go on vacation.
  • New Craft Room – Painting is mostly done. Dad will be getting the carpet next weekend.
  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL
    • First Quarter Prizes!

 

Knitting Stuff

WIPs

 

Crochet Stuff

FOs

  • HDC Fingering Weight – Uhh… tablecloth? – US B/2.25mm hook

WIPs

 

Fiber Stuff

  • Dryer Balls
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co – Venice 2 ply
  • Loop – Cherry Pit – chain ply

 

Sewing Stuff

  • Star Wars Cross Stitch patterns by Dinosaur Spaceship dinosaurspaceshop.etsy.com

 

New Stuff

  • Once Upon a Corgi – ASoUE Club – S.O.R.E
  • Once Upon a Corgi – ASoUE Club – Pinstripes are in

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching – Great British Bake Off (American Netflix), Lord of the Rings, Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold (Complete Edition Cover)

Stuff I’m Reading

  • FINISHED Ashlesha by Jer Keene – book 1 of the Awaken the Stars series – Amazon and Altered Nature Press alterednaturepress.org
  • Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
  • Galaxy of Fear: Nightmare Machine by John Whitman
  • Galaxy of Fear: Ghost of the Jedi by John Whitman
  • Galaxy of Fear: Army of Terror by John Whitman

Fanfic Recommendation

 

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Episode 35: Warm Weather Quilting

Life Stuff

  • WTF Weather – It’s been so warm and it makes me sad. February is supposed to be bitter cold and below 0, but it reached 70F (21.1C) the other day D:
  • New craft room? – 95% sure that my craft stuff will be moving down stairs and we’ve started redoing the family room with some painting. Parents are thinking about turning this corner into a library nook, which should be nice. Didn’t stop me from reorganizing my corner again anyway.
  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL

Knitting Stuff

FOs

  • Re-FO – R2-D2 Socks – Must Stash Yarns “R2-D2” – US 0/2.0 mm circulars – Susan B Anderson’s heel from the Smooth Operator Socks pattern
  • Rainbow Dangling Conversations Shawl – pattern by Mindy Ross – US 2/ 2.75 mm needles – Case of the Silent Six gradient carded roving from Bitsy Knits – 50% SW Merino, 30% Silk, 20% Seacell

WIPs

Crochet Stuff

FOs

  • Crochet Basket (improvised pattern) – Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky (6 skeins) – US U/25 mm hook

WIPs

Fiber Stuff

  • Brown Cormo sweater spin on Ashford Kiwi 2 – Finished first 3ply skein

Sewing Stuff

  • Hawkeye Quilt – reducing the size to a wall hanging, disassembled the basted squares, 1 quilted square not going into the wall hanging will have binding added and be used as a mug rug or table decoration
  • Halloween Quilt – Took it out of the hoop and did the ditch quilting. Did detail quilting on one square.

Other Stuff

  • Stuff I’m Watching – Clone Wars, A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix), Long Way Round, Long Way Down
  • Stuff I’m Reading
    • Rereading Ashlesha by Jer Keene – book 1 of the Awaken the Stars series – Amazon and Altered Nature Press alterednaturepress.org
    • Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
    • Galaxy of Fear: Nightmare Machine by John Whitman
  • Fanfic Recommendation
    • Swung by Serafim by Flamethrower        
    • “In 1993, Gilderoy Lockhart points a stolen wand at Harry Potter and Ron Weasley with the intent to Obliviate them.  The wand doesn’t backfire. Gilderoy’s “”discovery”” of the Chamber of Secrets is a short-term success. Other consequences are not short-term at all.”
    • AU where HP loses his capacity for bullshit and flamethrower rounds out Snape as an interesting and actually redeemable character. Lots of calling adults out on their inability to adequately care for and guide children.

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