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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Episode 34: Accidental Fade

Life Stuff

  • Politics ACLU newsletter action calls to send emails to relevant parties regarding policy (senators, house reps, etc), 5calls.org gives you a script to read from when calling your reps regarding issues important to you
  • Snow day~! About 18” in one day after a day with record high February temps (about 60F, 15.5C) And it’s snowing again today!
  • Crochet Tutorial Videos –  Made a playlist of my videos
  • Snow Day Shawl by Mina Philipp Giveaway! And the winner is…. Post # 12 ndkinyon (Nicole)!
  • 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

  • Cobblestone Socks by Mina Philipp – US 0/2.00 mm DPNs – Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet
  • Rey Striped Socks – Must Stash Yarns “Rey” – US 0/2.0 mm circulars – Susan B Anderson’s heel from Smooth Operator Socks
  • Afterthought Everything Socks – US 0/2.0 mm needles – Biscotte Yarns “Gazania”

WIPs

  • Rainbow Dangling Conversations Shawl – pattern by Mindy Ross – US 3/ 3.25 mm needles
  • Re-WIP – 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

Planning – Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry

  • Once Upon a Corgi – Audrey base – “But It Could Kill You”
  • Once Upon a Corgi – Audrey base – “His Name is Shirley”
  • Once Upon a Corgi – Audrey base – “Coconut Cream Cake”
  • Legacy Fiber Artz – Steel Toes base – “Sweater Weather”
  • Voolenvine Yarns – Footsie base – “Mooncusser”
  • Into the Whirled – Pakokku Sock base – Kettle dyed “Heirloom Ornamental”
  • Mountain Colors – Bearfoot base – “Pinecone”

Crochet Stuff

WIPs

  • HDC Scrap Blanket Worsted – US H/8 – 5mm hook

Fiber Stuff

  • Brown Cormo sweater spin on Ashford Kiwi 2
  • Burgis Brook Alpaca – 90/10 Alpaca/silk – Turkish spindle

Sewing Stuff

  • Sewing zippers into crochet pouches

New Stuff

  • Junkyarn – Smooth Sock 75/25 Merino/Nylon- “Jyn Erso”
  • 2 Skeins Mountain Top by Classic Elite Yarns – Mohawk Wool – 60% Merino 30% Romney 10% Nylon

Other Stuff

  • Stuff I’m Watching – Clone Wars
  • 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: Planet Plague by John Whitman
  • Fanfic Recommendation
    • Old Man Luke by scarletjedi
    • Old man Luke Skywalker ends up back during the Clone Wars and while saving a child from a crashing droid fighter, he comes to the attention of Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

Tutorial: Chainless Foundation

Crochet Basics

Differences Between Chain Foundation and Chainless Foundation (1:26)
Starting a Chainless Foundation (4:36)
Single Crochet Chainless Foundation (5:38)
Half Double Crochet Chainless Foundation (11:30)
Double Crochet Chainless Foundation (13:35)

(Please note that the later stitches are demonstrated a little faster than the single crochet chainless foundation. This tutorial was filmed with the assumption that you are watching through the entire tutorial and only skipping to those sections for reference.)