Episode 69: Rhinebeck & NEFF

Filmed on Sunday, November 3, 2019

NY Sheep & Wool 2019 Recap

  • Thursday
    • Drove up to Saugerties to help Once Upon a Corgi set up for Indie Untangled
    • Went to Bread Alone for lunch in Rhinebeck to wait for check in at our rental
    • Chill day waiting for folks to get in from other places and had dinner at the house
  • Friday
    • Went separate ways for Friday events and met back at the house for dinner from Smoky Rock BBQ
    • Needles Up – Mom and I went to Needles Up to catch up with Amanda of Classy Squid Fiber Co and Sue and Chelsea of Legacy Fiber Artz.
      • Potions Classroom Rolags
      • Velaris Rolags
    • Ate lunch at Gabby’s Cafe, which is a great Mexican food place
    • Went back into Rhinebeck to see what was up with the Yarn Bazaar event, but the line was way too long
    • Poked around the Yarn Garage
    • Wandered around downtown and checked out antique stores and got apple cider like true New Englanders
  • Saturday
    • Got into the festival and did our Might Be Gone shopping
      • Lana Plantae – 3 skeins cochineal dyed fingering weight Rambouillet
    • Ravelry/Podcaster Meet Up
      • Got to meet a couple of viewers, so hello people I met!
      • Hugged a bunch of folks and even managed to introduce myself to some podcasters that I hadn’t or had barely met in person before!
        • If have the chance to get a GGMadeIt hug, do it. She is a professional hugger.
    • Meandered through the barns and then the buildings later after the crowds for our first walk through to note places we wanted to check out on Sunday
    • Dinner at Aroi, excellent Thai place
  • Sunday
    • Back to the festival for shopping
    • Started raining in the afternoon, so we said goodbyes and drove home

NEFF 2019 Recap

  • Went to New England Fiber Festival, ran some errands for Gabby/Once Upon a Corgi who was vending
  • Walked through about half and started making purchases
  • Met up with friends and chatted/had lunch
  • Finished walking through and made more purchases

FOs

WIPs

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater narr by Will Patton
    • The Raven Boys
    • Dream Thieves
    • Blue Lily, Lily Blue
    • Raven King
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini narr by Gerard Doyle

 

 

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Episode 68: OCTOBER

 

 

Filmed on Sunday, Sept 29, 2019

Western CT Yarn Crawl!

  • This is an annual yarn crawl put on by the Western CT Yarn Council for 6-7 stores in Western CT. This year, the crawl ran from Thursday September 19 – Sunday September 22.
  • This year, the passport was free and there was a $5 tote bag designed to hold a pin from each of the seven stores.
  • Friday
    • Westport Yarns – Westport, CT
      • Didn’t buy anything at this location. It’s a smaller store in a wealthy area, so their stock is very targeted to the local clientele and is more expensive than other stores I’ve been to.
    • Nancy O – Ridgefield, CT
      • This store moved locations and the new location is really nice. It’s in this sort of plaza with lots of other small stores. It’s a larger space and this space is more handicap friendly with wider aisles inside the store. I didn’t end up buying anything at this store either, but Mom bought something.
    • A Stitch In Time – Bethel, CT
      • Gabby from Once Upon a Corgi was having her yarn crawl trunk show at this store and we ended up turning into the parking lot at the same time. Mom and I helped her set up for the day. The yarns had been out the day before, but that table needed to be cleared for knit night. I think we overwhelmed the shop staff a little because we just dove on in and got her set up.
      • Meadowcroft Dyeworks Yarn Rehab Rockshelter Sock in “Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son” – just leapt out at me and wouldn’t let me leave it behind. It’s been a while since a single skein did that for me.
    • New England Yarn and Spindle – Southington, CT
      • Usually we visit this store with the other northwestern CT stores, but the Mum Festival was happening in Bristol that weekend and the area of Bristol affected is right on our route to and from the shop. Friday during the day was likely to be less of a traffic issue than on Saturday.
      • Also, there’s an IHOP just down the street and pancakes for lunch in the best.
      • Cascade Yarns ® Heritage – 5881 — I’ve been trying to supplement specific items in my stash and when I took stock early this year, I found that I had exactly 1 light colored skein to use for contrasting colorwork.
  • Saturday
    • Stars Hollow Yarns – New Preston, CT
      • New shop! They just opened last December and it’s a nice shop. They’re currently showcasing BIPOC dyers, so they had The Farmer’s Daughter, Lady Dye Yarns, and Cashmere People front and center in the shop for the crawl. Pretty sure the whole shop was small dyer and small mill operations, but I can’t be 100% sure.
      • Just some accessibility points – There are steps to get into the store and an upstairs loft, so it wasn’t wheelchair friendly. I don’t know if they have an accessible entrance on the side or back of the building, but it wasn’t readily apparent to me. Also, the lighting upstairs in the loft is dim, so that may be an issue if you have vision considerations affected by lighting.
        • A note on this — I have, in the past, identified accessibility issues in yarns stores I’ve been to on Yarn Crawls before, but if you have questions about accessibility at the yarn stores I mention, please ask! I’d rather answer repeat questions or revisit the stores to confirm accessibility so that you don’t end up wasting your time visiting a store that you physically can’t navigate
      • The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Juicy DK “Porch Pumpkin”
      • Round Mountain Fibers Spruce Fingering “Dark Gray”
    • In Sheep’s Clothing – Torrington, CT
      • 3 balls Noro Ito for a blanket
      • PRIZE!
    • Kit & Pearls – Avon, CT
      • Finished out the crawl!

Dye Stuff

  • Indigo Dye – Used pre-reduced indigo crystals from Dharma Trading Co and followed the directions on their website. In the future, I’ll be reducing the amounts in the recipe to half or a quarter because after all these items, I was still getting strong color within 5 minutes of the materials being in the dye vat. I wasn’t in a place to store the vat properly, so I ended up disposing of a lot of good dye.
    • Fabric – would absolutely do again
      • Solid/semi-solid dye
      • Muslin shibori/resist dye – thread drawn
      • Shibori/resist dye napkins – pressed tiles
      • Shibori/resist dye other fabrics – pressed tiles
    • Yarn – like the colors, but problems rinsing out the excess indigo particles
      • Sweater Quantity Targhee
      • BFL/BFL overdye
      • Mohair dye/overdye
      • Cellulose fibers/overdye
  • Pokeberries
    • Three stalks of berries, mashed with water in the sun for two or three weeks – deep reddish purple
    • Approximately 8% alum to water in the sun for two weeks

 

FOs

  • Two stranded colorwork hat – Brother KH836e knitting machine – punch card 2D, Dial 8 – Once Upon A Corgi “Dark Like My Soul” and “Snow Scout”
  • Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry – Once Upon a Corgi Handmade yarns (Queequeg/Briny Beach,Tomorrow I Shall Be Fetterless/Lemony Snicket, Miracles and meatballs/ Ghoul Haunted Woodlands of Weir, Dark as a Crow at Night/ Dying to Burn at the Stake) – US 4/3.5 mm needle
  • Simple Seed by Toni Lipsey – Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope Worsted leftovers – US J/6 mm
  • Weaving pattern GW T001 S-XXL from GetWeaving – Sampled yarns, made a muslin, warped the loom, wove the fabric, reinforced and cut the fabric, assembled and hand-sewed – Cascade Yarns ® Ultra Pima Fine “Armada”, Classic Elite Yarns Bella Lino “Natural”, Classic Elite Yarns Firefly “Silver”, Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy “Palm Springs”, “White Beach”, and “Peacock Luck”, Plymouth Yarn Nettle Grove “31”, Schachenmayr Catania Solids “0419”, Scheepjes Catona “Emerald”
  • Altar Cloth – Ashford 24” loom, low contrast houndstooth – Cascade Yarns ® Ultra Pima Fine “Armada”, Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy “Palm Springs” and “Peacock Luck”, Schachenmayr Catania Solids “0419”

 

WIPs

  • Redford by Julie Hoover Machine Knit – Swatching and making mistakes at this point, decided to use the LK150 instead of the KH836e – Green Mountain Spinnery Lana in “Gris”
  • FAIRY RING embroidery kit by cozyblue
  • Yellow/White rolagsElectric Eel Nano wheel
  • 501st fluffsElectric Eel Nano wheel
  • Half Square Triangle Quilt – Moda 5” charm squares, HSTs trimmed to 4”, started assembling motifs

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo narr by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Race Matters by Cornel West narr by Cornel West, LD Jackson
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller narr by Frazer Douglas
  • Dracula and Carmilla by Bram Stoker, L Sheriden Le Fanu narr by Clive Hayward and Alison Larkin
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini narr by Gerard Doyle
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis narr by Michael York
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis narr by Alex Jennings

 

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Episode 65: Handspun Sweater

 

Filmed on June 22, 2019

Happy Pride!

Happy African-American Music Appreciation Month!

Happy Caribbean American Heritage Month!

Podcast Stuff

  • I just wanted to make sure to point out that this video podcast does have Closed Captioning and there are transcripts of that CC file included in the show notes on freakishlemon.com. I think that’s something that I’ve been forgetting to mention in my intro. I’m updating my default notes file to include this information, so that shouldn’t happen in the future. Also, if you use the transcript included in my show notes and have any feedback for me, please share! Shoot me a message somewhere, comment below, comment on the blog post – I’ll find it at some point.

Dye Stuff

  • Memorial Day Weekend Dye Adventures – Natural dyes, all-in-one dye method using two pots on two portable burners using 8% of the fiber’s dry weight alum as a fixative, all samples sat in the cooling dye bath for at least 8 hours (most of them overnight)
    • Yellow Onion Skins 1
    • Red Onion Skins 1
    • Yellow Onion Skins 2
    • Red Onion Skins 2
    • Yellow Onion/Avocado Pits
    • Red Onion/Dried Clementine Peel
    • Yellow Onion/Avocado + Red Onion/Dried Clementine Peel Combo
    • Apple Tree Twigs
    • Yellow Onion/Avocado/Red Onion/Dried Clementine Peel + Apple Tree Twig Combo
    • Petals from 1 dozen dark red roses

FOs

  • Handspun sweater – Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville – machine knit LK 150, dial tension 4 – Autumn Spinners Hill and Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool – Still have a full skein of handspun left
  • Star Wars Aurebesh Sampler Pattern by Adleones

WIPs

  • Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry – Once Upon a Corgi Handmade yarns (Queequeg/Briny Beach,Tomorrow I Shall Be Fetterless/Lemony Snicket, Miracles and meatballs/ Ghoul Haunted Woodlands of Weir, Dark as a Crow at Night/ Dying to Burn at the Stake) – US 4/3.5 mm needle
  • Blue Cone Boxy Sweater – self drafted pattern, Brother KH 836e main bed, dial 1 (even on the tension rod), tuck stitch pattern punch card 2 on long, mystery cotton cone from a closing mill
  • Sock Tube – US 0/2.0 mm needles, Once Upon a Corgi “Pinstripes are In”
  • Jedi Order Symbol by WootGraphicDesign – 14 count black aida
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co “The Raven King” 2 oz batt Ashford Kiwi 2 – 2 ply – long draw
  • Hand-dyed Falkland for 1st ply and Phoenix Fiber Co “Lake Shore” for 2nd ply – Ashford Kiwi 2 – short forward/worsted
  • Weaving pattern GW T001 S-XXL from GetWeaving – Sampled yarns, made a muslin, warped the loom, wove the fabric.
  • Half Square Triangle Quilt – Moda 5” charm squares, HSTs trimmed to 4”

Swatches

  • Combo machine knit/hand knit swatches
    • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport, LK 150 Dial= 3, Hand knit US 3/3.25 mm
    • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport, LK 150 Dial= 3, Hand knit US 4/3.5 mm

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

Stuff I’m Playing:

  • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – HP game in the style of Pokemon Go. It’s alright, but I think it’s leaning too heavily on the aesthetic of the HP world. The animations are so long compared to Pokemon Go and I think that’s entirely to the less detailed design of the Pokemon franchise.

 

 

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Episode 64: Am I Back?

 

Filmed on 5/11/19

Welcome back from my hiatus! My last episode was mid-January, which was a period of time that culminated in some previously unrealized levels of stress. So if you didn’t see my instagram post about dropping the podcast for a bit, that’s why I haven’t been posting regular episodes here.

Things that have happened since my last episode include —

  • Medical nonsense
  • Mental health stuff
  • Job Stuff – A long-time coworker friend left the job and my supervisor was fired in the same week
  • Reading copious amounts of fanfiction
  • Started studying witchcraft
  • Taking a lot of walks
  • Making my own granola bars
  • Sleeping a lot
  • Gardening
  • Curating down my social media and YouTube feeds
  • Reorganizing my entire home library

 

Podcast Stuff

  • Schedule? Who dat? I’d like to return to a monthly schedule, but I don’t know if I’m at a place where that is a reasonable expectation.

 

FOs

  • Shagbark by Tian Foley – US 8/5.0 mm needles – Classic Elite Yarns MountainTop Blackthorn “Wolf” – gauge is looser than what is described, but I like the fabric so I calc’d what size I would need with the gauge I have – cast on the smallest size.
  • Palmer Ribbed Socks v2 – improv pattern – Palmer Family Farm CVM local wool, US 3/3.25 mm Cubics needles
  • Halloween shirt wearable muslin – McCall’s M6044 size M/L – modified – black cotton from Affordable Fabrics that I’m not a fan of for quilting and some Halloween fabric details
  • Large project bag – plain weave, 12 dent heddle, Ashford 24” loom – scrap yarns. Sewn into a boxed bottom zipper bag.
  • Pumpkin Patch handspun – singles done for the #pumpkinMAL
  • Rug hooking sampler – Loop by Loop – designed by Sharon Perry

 

WIPs

  • Granny Stripe Blanket by Lucy/Attic24 – US G/4.25mm hook marling Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Black with a magic ball of Legacy Fiber Artz minis
  • Memory blanket by Georgie Nicolson – US 1 /2.5 mm – fingering weight scraps
  • Jyn Erso socksMust Stash Yarns self striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles – vanilla socks with after through heels
  • Palmer Ribbed Socks v3 – improv pattern – Palmer Family Farm CVM local wool, US 3/3.25 mm Cubics needles
  • Handspun sweater – Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville – machine knit LK 150 – Autumn Spinners Hill and Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool
  • Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry – Once Upon a Corgi Handmade yarns (Queequeg/Briny Beach,Tomorrow I Shall Be Fetterless/Lemony Snicket, Miracles and meatballs/ Ghoul Haunted Woodlands of Weir, Dark as a Crow at Night/ Dying to Burn at the Stake) – US 4/3.5 mm needle
  • Rice Fields by Elzbieta Torenc – US 3/3.25mm needles – Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light for Black and Legacy Fiber Artz Hocus Pocus colorways
  • Star Wars Aurebesh Sampler Pattern by Adleones
  • Brown Cormo Sweater Spin – Ashford Kiwi 2 – finished the singles!
  • Mad Color Fiber Arts “Life is Short and You Are Hot” SW Targhee – 2 ply fractal spin
  • Greenwood Fiberworks “Mallard” Merino/Stellina – 2 ply fractal spin
  • Fall mini-batts drop spindling – with new Turtle Made top whorl drop spindle
  • Darth Scabrous mini batts – Turtle Made top whorl drop spindle
  • Weaving pattern GW T001 S-XXL from GetWeaving – Sampled yarns, made a muslin, warped the loom, weaving

 

Swatches

  • Combo Hand/Machine sweaters – I’m starting to get itchy to do circular yoke sweaters, but I want to do all the plain stockinette on the machine
  • Sock Tubes – Make an effort to actually get my ribber bed working without giving me all the trouble to make tubes for socks

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages – Brilliant and amazing and I loved these stories
  • Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality by Lasara Firefox Allen – Slow going because of the workshopping nature of this book, but I am enjoying the process
  • Magical Destinations of the Northeast: Sacred Sites, Occult Oddities & Magical Monuments by Natalie Zaman – It’s interesting, but there’s something about it that isn’t as compelling as I was expecting? Some of the entries seem too brief to be useful.
  • Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham – It’s interesting to put modern Wicca in context, but it’s just confirming that Wicca itself is not what I’m looking for and there’s some dated, problematic language in this book that can turn me off to the actually useful information in this book.
  • Natural Color by Sasha Duerr – Very helpful find from my local library
  • The Last of the Jedi by Jude Watson – Finally nearing the end of the series!

 

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Episode 63: #diversknitty

 

Filmed on 1/12/19

Podcast Stuff

  • . #diversknitty – I wanted to briefly mention this here as a challenge to myself. I’m not caught up on podcasts, so I don’t know if any other white makers have said anything about this aloud yet, but it’s easier to write this kind of thing and so much harder to say it. Over the past couple of days there’s been an intense discussion regarding racism in the knitting community, which, I think, has been a long time coming. Go search and follow the hashtag #diversknitty to see what’s going on there and there’s a post on my feed that’s easy to spot if you need a place to get started. I’m not going to waffle on about it, but the bottom line is that white designers, dyers, and makers are more welcome because of societal racism and we, as white folks, need to do better to unlearn these biases. We need to support the groups that are harmed by the way our language and our choices are shaped by a history of oppression and genocide. Buy yarn. Buy patterns. Promote and share the amazing work done by makers of color in our community. That’s the bottom line. We have to do the work. And I want to encourage the white folks watching this to take a minute and think about why we feel guilty or angry or scared or whatever whenever this type of discussion comes up – because we all feel something when the conversation turns in this direction and that’s the first step.

 

FOs

  • Palmer Ribbed Socks – improv pattern – Palmer Family Farm CVM local wool, US 3/3.25 mm Cubics needles
  • Lace weight poncho (dimensions from snerbyarn) – KH 836e dial 6 – Leading Men Fiber Arts Ghost Light “Envy”
  • Lace weight “Sideways” shawl – machine knit shawl shapes project – KH 836e dial 6 – Leading Men Fiber Arts Ghost Light “Envy”
  • Handwoven “Pirate” Pants – plain weave, 12 dent heddle, Ashford 24” loom – a whole slew of grey and black yarns, Andre Sue Knits “Freakish Lemon” – See my Ravelry page for the full list of yarns
  • Christmas shirt – McCall’s M6044 size L – a little big in the shoulders and upper back, but a decent first go at it. Will make another muslin with the shoulders, upper arms, and back in the size below before making the next shirt. May add some darts or a cinching buttoned tab in the back on this shirt to make it fit a little better.
  • Lago Tank Top by Itch to Stitch – Scrap Star Wars and striped knit fabrics
  • Halloween Diamond Quilt – quilted and bound – flanged binding

 

WIPs

  • Granny Stripe Blanket by Lucy/Attic24 – US G/4.25mm hook marling Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Black with a magic ball of Legacy Fiber Artz minis
  • Memory blanket by Georgie Nicolson – US 1 /2.5 mm – fingering weight scraps
  • Palmer Ribbed Socks v2 – improv pattern – Palmer Family Farm CVM local wool, US 3/3.25 mm Cubics needles
  • Shagbark by Tian Foley – US 8/5.0 mm needles – Classic Elite Yarns MountainTop Blackthorn “Wolf” – gauge is looser than what is described, but I like the fabric so I calc’d what size I would need with the gauge I have – cast on the smallest size.
  • Brown Cormo Sweater Spin – Ashford Kiwi 2
  • Darth Scabrous mini batts – Turtle Made Turkish spindle
  • Rug hooking sampler – Loop by Loop – designed by Sharon Perry
  • Halloween shirt wearable muslin – McCall’s M6044 size M/L – modified – black cotton from Affordable Fabrics that I’m not a fan of for quilting and some Halloween fabric details

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Catching up on vlogmas videos and podcasts
  • Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse – really good!
  • Aquaman – also really good!

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman (audio) narr by same
  • Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman (audio) narr by same
  • Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop by Nick Offerman (audio) narr by same
  • The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History by Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman (audio) narr by same
  • Renewed my library card, so now Libby is at my fingertips
    • The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien – American NPR dramatization
    • The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien – BBC Radio 4 dramatization
    • Spiderwick Chronicles Vol 1 The Field Guide and the Seeing Stone by Holly Black and Tony DiTerrlizzi narr by Mark Hamill
    • The Alchemyst by Michael Scott narr by Denis O’Hare

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • A Garden to Dye for by Chris McLaughlin
  • Botanical Colour at your Fingertips by Rebecca Desnos
  • Star Wars Last of the Jedi: Return of the Dark Side by Jude Watson

 

 

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Episode 62: New Corner

 

Filmed on 12/2/18

 

Podcast Stuff

  • 2018 Blanket MAL! There’s a thread up on Rav for photos and discussion, so please join us there as you work on blankets.

 

FOs

  • Marled Magic Shawl by Stephen West – US 6/4.0 mm – scrap yarns and old handspun
  • Sideways Triangle Shawl – Machine knitting shawl project – LK 150 dial 9 – plating with Fresh From the Cauldron “Radioactive” and Knit Picks Palette Black.
  • Ritual Dyes Knitting Backpack knock off – (you should absolutely buy an official one if you have the money and want one) – Green duck canvas, brown 1.5” belting for straps, brown leather scrap for loop, approx 6”x6” zipper pocket. Edges finished using an overlocking/cutting foot on my sewing machine.
  • Liesl & Co Metro T-Shirt – Grey/black stripe and Star Wars long-sleeved T-shirts – grey/black was a little more slim fitted than I like, so I added ½” to each side of the front, back, and sleeves. The ¼” seam allowance was too small for my machine.

 

WIPs

  • Granny Stripe Blanket by Lucy/Attic24 – US G/4.25mm hook marling Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Black with a magic ball of Legacy Fiber Artz minis
  • Memory blanket by Georgie Nicolson – US 1 /2.5 mm – fingering weight scraps
  • Jyn Erso socks – Must Stash Yarns self striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles – vanilla socks with after through heels
  • Palmer Ribbed Socks – improv pattern – Palmer Family Farm CVM local wool, US 3/3.25 mm Cubics needles
  • Shagbark by Tian Foley – US 8/5.0 mm needles – Classic Elite Yarns MountainTop Blackthorn “Wolf” – gauge is looser than what is described, but I like the fabric so I calc’d what size I would need with the gauge I have – cast on the smallest size.
  • Rice Fields by Elzbieta Torenc – US 3/3.25mm needles – Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light for Black and Legacy Fiber Artz Hocus Pocus colorways
  • Lace weight poncho (dimensions from snerbyarn) – KH 836e dial 6 – Leading Men Fiber Arts Ghost Light “Envy”
  • Yardage for sewing project – plain weave, 12 dent heddle, Ashford 24” loom – a whole slew of grey and black yarns, Andre Sue Knits “Freakish Lemon” – See my Ravelry page for the full list of yarns
  • Yardage for large project bag – plain weave, 12 dent heddle, Ashford 24” loom – scrap yarns
  • Fall mini-batts drop spindling – with new Turtle Made top whorl drop spindle
  • Darth Scabrous mini batts – Turtle Made Turkish spindle
  • Halloween Diamond Quilt – basted and quilting

 

Swatches

  • Fingering weight card reader color work for hats

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
    • I liked it
    • I don’t think it works as a stand-alone film. It’s definitely part of a larger whole.
    • Costume design was Disappointing.
  • Doctor Who
  • Luke Cage Season 2 on Netflix
  • Iron Fist Season 2 on Netflix

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Greater Boston – Fiction podcast radio show for a fictional greater Boston area
  • Waystation – Fancast from the hosts of Spirits about Lost Girl
  • Someone Knows Something – True crime investigative podcast from CBC radio
  • Celestial Blood – Radionovela about twins Sol and Mundo who discover that their father Arturo had 9 other children that they didn’t know about and their search for their brothers and sisters
  • Spines – Two months ago, Wren woke up covered in blood, suffering from memory loss, and surrounded by the remnants of some strange cult ritual. SPINES is the story of her search for answers, and the deadly, powerful people she encounters along the way.
  • Aftermath by Chuck Wendig (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler (audio) narr by Amy Poehler and guests
  • Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (audio) narr by Alan Cumming
  • Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (audio) narr by Carrie Fisher

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

 

 

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Episode 61: Back at Rhinebeck

 

Filmed on Saturday 10/27/18

Podcast Stuff

  • Transcript and CC – Podcast episodes are going to be released slower in relation to the filming date because I want to make more of an effort to transcribe and CC these episodes. I discovered that YouTube has made an effort to do the automatic transcription on videos longer than 45 minutes, so I’m going to be using that to clean up and make CC’s and transcriptions for my episodes. I did the CC on the last video and I’ve added to CC as a transcription to the post on freakishlemon.com. I’ve added the transcription to any posts where I had a CC file for back episodes. If anyone would like to help me edit the auto CC files, please check out the link below. It takes a while to go through these and I have a not small amount of back episodes to work on, so any help would be appreciated. Episode CC Project
  • 2018 Blanket MAL! There’s a thread up on Rav for photos and discussion, so please join us there as you work on blankets.

 

FOs

  • Fingering Weight Sweater Blank Sweater by Renee Callahan – Brother KH 836e knitting machine with the KR850 ribber – Dial set to 8 for stst, ended up using 7/7 for the ribbing – Grinning Gargoyle Khaleesi Sock in “Shiny Penny” and Knit Picks Stroll Fingering “Black”
  • #05 Open Front Cardigan by Rosemary Drysdale – Briar Rose Fibers Fourth of July – LK150
  • Tablet weaving band from a chart in Card Weaving by Candace Crockett – Nazli Gelin Garden 3 in black, red, yellow, and white – on a tablet weaving loom from chuckjones on Etsy, which doesn’t appear to be a shop on that platform anymore
  • Half Square Triangle Quilt – part of the HST QAL – finished!
  • So Sew Easy – Easy Serger Scrap Catcher – I think I found this for free on Craftsy. Used some interfaced quilting cotton. I found most of the tutorial to be easy to follow, but towards the end it started to lack in details. Not a big deal because I’ve sewn enough rectangles to see how they should fit together, but I don’t think that this was the best way to assemble these pieces.
  • Sew Much Ado – Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloths Tutorial – Really liked this one. It’s super easy and is a well explained tutorial.
  • 5 out of 4 Patterns Pajama Pants – Rebels fabric
  • Pumpkin drop spindling handspun – mystery stash – Turtle Made Turkish Spindle

 

WIPs

  • Granny Stripe Blanket by Lucy/Attic24 – Size G/4.25mm hook marling Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Black with a magic ball of Legacy Fiber Artz minis
  • Marled Magic Shawl by Stephen West – US 6/4.0 mm – scrap yarns and old handspun
  • Jyn Erso socks – Must Stash Yarns self striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles – vanilla socks with after through heels
  • Pumpkin Patch handspun – singles done for the #pumpkinMAL
  • Fall mini-batts drop spindling – with new Turtle Made top whorl drop spindle
  • Ritual Dyes Knitting Backpack knock off – Gabby/OUAC and Lauren/Colorwheel Yarns both had these knitting backpacks from Ritual Dyes, which are really well made and lovely and you should absolutely buy one if you have the money and want one. It seemed like a cool idea and I have some additions that I want to play with, so I took some measurements and started a pattern draft to work out my own.

 

Swatches

  • Cotton Cone – Eight – Two Valley Fibers Corp
  • Knit Picks Comfy Fingering
  • Wool Cone mill leftovers
  • Non-SW Wool leftover
  • Nettle Grove 45% Cotton/28% Linen/12% Nettle Fiber
  • Queensland Collection United 55% Lambswool/45% Cotton
  • Hempathy Cotton/Hemp/Modal blend
  • Classic Elite Yarns Bella Lino 58% linen/26% viscose/16% cotton
  • Classic Elite Yarns Firefly 75% viscose/25% cotton

 

Rhinebeck Recap

  • Needles Up
    • Classy Squid Fiber Co – Quoth V.1 and Quote V.2 batts, Cuttlefish no 33
  • Rhinebeck Day 1
    • Clemes & Clemes Walnut Orifice hook
  • Rhinebeck Day 2
    • Cat’s View Farm – Soap “Cookies”
    • Dragonfly Fibers – Djinni (80% SW Merino/ 10% cashmere/ 10% nylon) in Spooky

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Coco
  • The Great Interior Design Challenge
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2
  • The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell – like a Halloween Henson Martha Stewart
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • The Worst Witch

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynne K. Roach (audiobook) narr by Kate Reading
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
  • Under Pressure – Fictional audiolog of Dr. Jamie MacMillan-Barrie while aboard a deep sea research facility – mostly related to the interpersonal relationships with the crew and personal musings
  • The Ghoul Gang – Like My Favourite Murder for ghost stories.
  • The Ghost Radio Project – Fiction podcast, post-societal collapse pirate radio drifters

 

 

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Episode 60: Plying Party

 

Filmed on 9/8/18

Podcast Stuff

  • 2018 Blanket MAL! There’s a thread up on Rav for photos and discussion, so please join us there as you work on blankets.
  • Quilt Along!
    • Time Frame: March 2018 – September 2018 – 6 months
    • Quilt size: smallest side 3 ft/36”/92 cm
    • Quilt top pattern: Half Square Triangles – The entire quilt does not have to be half square triangles, but half square triangles should be a feature. I created a Pinterest board with some cool ideas.
    • Quilting: No rules about the actual quilting! Long arm, machine, by hand, or tie quilting is all welcome.
    • Link HERE to Jaclyn/Brooklyn Knitfolk’s quilt along tutorials

FOs

  • Sewing
    • Grey tank top #1 – Lago Tank by Itch to Stitch – I got free from Craftsy
      • Technically a women’s pattern, but the only difference between a “women’s” tank top and a “men’s” tank top is a smidge of waist shaping and the size of the arm hole, which doesn’t bring up any gender-junk for me.
      • I measured a t-shirt for finished garment measurements and ended up making the size 16 top.
      • I made this pattern according to the pattern exactly.
      • It fits comfortably except that the neckline is lower than I had anticipated.
      • First time sewing a garment with knit fabric – not my favourite, but I’ll be more proficient with it with practice.
      • Used an old jersey bed sheet that is super worn out and soft
    • Grey tank top #2 – Lago Tank by Itch to Stitch – same as before except for the following
      • Front and back pieces are 2 halves seamed in the middle because I didn’t make the best use of space cutting out the first one
      • Raised the neckline by about 2”
      • Used the armhole and neck bands as facings and trimmed the excess after zig-zagging the facings down flat
      • Sewing with knit fabric was easier the second time around
  • Slytherin Scarf – LK 150 dial tension 3, tension rod 5 – adapted from the scarf measurements and stripe repeats from Harry Potter Hogwarts House Scarf by Dovile Petra – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Aurora Heather and Dove Heather – stockinette stitch double width to fold and seam instead of ribbing – I had to stop because I ran out of green, so I scrapped it off rather than leaving it on the floor while I wait for more yarn to come in.
  • Dye Projects
    • Found a white bed sheet that no one in the house remembers buying – dyed it grey with “Raven” Procion dye to use as a possible quilt back
    • Dyed various fibers blue for rolags and batts
  • Handmade rolags from stash fibers and extras – I had originally started collecting these fibers and extras to open up an Etsy shop, but I’ve come to the realization that starting a proper business is not in the cards any time soon, so I’ve decided
  • Handspun
    • Alpaca handspun – Fiber from Alpaca Obsession – 2 ply drop spindle handspun, plied on Blackfoot spindle
    • Classy Squid Fiber Co – All the Mirrors of the World batt – 2 ply, singles spun on the Hitchhiker wheel, plied on the Ashford Kiwi
    • Classy Squid Fiber Co – Intergalactic batt kit – 2 ply, singles spun on the Hitchhiker wheel, plied on the Ashford Kiwi
    • Classy Squid Fiber Co – Star Fishing megabatt – 2 ply, spun on the Ashford Kiwi
    • Watermelon from Skirted Fleece Mill – Ashford Kiwi – 3 ply fractal spin
    • The last of the Mystery Fleece! – 2 ply woolen spun on the Hitchhiker and Ashford Kiwi wheels

WIPs

  • Granny Stripe Blanket by Lucy/Attic24 – Size G/4.25mm hook marling Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Black with a magic ball of Legacy Fiber Artz minis
  • Marled Magic Shawl by Stephen West – US 6/4.0 mm – scrap yarns and old handspun
  • Fingering Weight Sweater Blank Sweater by Renee Callahan – Brother KH 836e knitting machine with the KR850 ribber – Dial set to 8 for stst, ended up using 7/7 for the ribbing – Grinning Gargoyle Khaleesi Sock in “Shiny Penny” and Knit Picks Stroll Fingering “Black”
  • Yardage for sewing project – plain weave, 12 dent heddle, Ashford 24” loom – a whole slew of grey and black yarns, Andre Sue Knits “Freakish Lemon” – See my Ravelry page for the full list of yarns
  • Tablet weaving band from a chart in Card Weaving by Candace Crockett – Nazli Gelin Garden 3 in black, red, yellow, and white – on a tablet weaving loom from chuckjones on Etsy, which doesn’t appear to be a shop on that platform anymore
  • Half Square Triangle Quilt – part of the HST QAL – Basted and started quilting
  • Star Wars Aurebesh Sampler Pattern by Adleones

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Extraordinary Tales – on Netflix, animated retellings of Edgar Allan Poe stories
  • Charmed – So much 90’s witchy goodness

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Sayer – Sci-fi horror podcast, like a darker version of Portal in a space station research facility
  • Point Mystic – Documentary type fiction podcast about a strange town with strange happenings
  • Wormwood – Fiction audio drama about a supernatural murder mystery in the small town of Wormwood
  • Spirits – Podcast where two young women drink and tell myths and urban legends
  • Potterless – A guy in his mid-twenties reads Harry Potter for the first time and snarks about it
  • Passage – A short mystery podcast with supernatural leanings about a reporter following a story about a mysterious lifeboat that washes up in the Puget Sound
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams (audiobook) narr by Jonathan Davis
  • Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynne K. Roach (audiobook) narr by Kate Reading

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting by Carson Demers
  • Clothing from the Hands that Weave by Anita Luvera Mayer
  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages ed Saundra Mitchell
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Love That Grows series by Wizardheart83 (Plant_Murderer)
    • Less than a year after the death of the Potters, Rose Evans and her husband Lyle take care of their orphaned grandson, Harry, and try to take steps toward a future where he’ll be loved and accepted. Spring is coming, and with it, the memory of stirring warmth, and the first real hope for life and growth.

 

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Episode 59: Forgot the Fanfic

 

Podcast Stuff

  • 2018 Blanket MAL! There’s a thread up on Rav for photos and discussion, so please join us there as you work on blankets.
  • Quilt Along!
    • Time Frame: March 2018 – September 2018 – 6 months
    • Quilt size: smallest side 3 ft/36”/92 cm
    • Quilt top pattern: Half Square Triangles – The entire quilt does not have to be half square triangles, but half square triangles should be a feature. I created a Pinterest board with some cool ideas.
    • Quilting: No rules about the actual quilting! Long arm, machine, by hand, or tie quilting is all welcome.
    • Link HERE to Jaclyn/Brooklyn Knitfolk’s quilt along tutorials
  • Podcast Show Format
    • Nixing the “New Stuff” segment from the normal episodes of this podcast. At this point in my making, I’m trying to work through older stash and exploring new forms of making. Any new yarn coming is, in general, there to supplement what I already have. I’ll be talking about any new equipment pretty quickly after I get it, since I want to play with all the things. I don’t think the “New Stuff” segment is currently adding anything to the podcast.
    • I’ll resurrect “New Stuff” for event hauls, like Rhinebeck and Yarn Crawls, since there’s value is showing what is available at events like this for folks who might be thinking of attending in the future.
    • Also nixing “Life Stuff” as a routine segment. If I have things to talk about from my life, I’ll just talk about them throughout the podcast as it becomes relevant.

FOs

  • Plain Weave Rectangular Pillow – 10” Schacht Cricket Loom – 12 dent heddle – warped at 108” – 2 seamed panels per side
  • Shawl Scarf – Lion Brand Scarfie leftovers – st st rectangle on the LK150 – “killed” the acrylic with a hot iron and a wet pressing cloth
  • ½ & ½ Machine Knit Shawl – Brother KH836e – dial tension 10, loose mast tension – Fresh From the Cauldron “Painting the Roses Red” graduated skein and
    Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in Black
  • Lamp shade weaving – plain weave, 12 dent heddle, Cricket 10” loom – Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted “Train Station” tonal
  • Lanyard out of wool tablet weaving – tried sewing it together, which worked, but the ends were uneven and it was really bothering me. I cut that bit off and needle felted the join, which feels and looks much better.
  • Practice free motion quilting squares – done with all my practice squares. While my machine quilting is not the best, I definitely have a better handle on the free motion quilting foot and what designs I can get started with to build up those skills on actual quilts.

WIPs

  • Granny Stripe Blanket by Lucy/Attic24 – Size G/4.25mm hook marling Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Black with a magic ball of Legacy Fiber Artz minis
  • Marled Magic Shawl by Stephen West – US 6/4.0 mm – scrap yarns and old handspun
  • Watermelon from Skirted Fleece Mill – Ashford Kiwi – 3 ply fractal spin
  • Yardage for sewing project – plain weave, 12 dent heddle, Ashford 24” loom – a whole slew of grey and black yarns, Andre Sue Knits “Freakish Lemon” – See my Ravelry page for the full list of yarns
  • Tablet weaving band from a chart in Card Weaving by Candace Crockett – Nazli Gelin Garden 3 in black, red, yellow, and white – on a tablet weaving loom from chuckjones on Etsy, which doesn’t appear to be a shop on that platform anymore
  • Half Square Triangle Quilt – part of the HST QAL – I added the two borders to the quilt, cut out the batting, and sewed the backing piece. Nothing’s been basted together yet, but I’m hoping to get that sorted today.
  • Slytherin Scarf – LK 150 dial tension 3, tension rod 5 – adapted from the scarf measurements and stripe repeats from Harry Potter Hogwarts House Scarf by Dovile Petra – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Aurora Heather and Dove Heather – stockinette stitch double width to fold and seam instead of ribbing – I had to stop because I ran out of green, so I scrapped it off rather than leaving it on the floor while I wait for more yarn to come in.

Swatches

  • Fingering weight sweater blank sweater – KH836e – I’ve done all the calculations for this sweater, so I should be starting it soon and then I’m going to move on from this pattern for a while.

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Missing & Murdered – Nonfiction podcast about investigating missing and murdered indigenous people
  • Breakdances with Wolves – Nonfiction current events and discussion from Native Americans’ perspectives
  • Lake Clarity – Fiction horror podcast about a “haunted” summer camp
  • The Lost Cat – FIction horror podcast about a man looking for his cat
  • A Scottish Podcast – Fiction humor/horror podcast about a former radio host starting a paranormal investigative podcast
  • Aftershocks – Fiction horror podcast about a girl who has hallucinations as part of her schizoaffective disorder and is also being visited by ghosts
  • A New Winter – Fiction horror podcast about a series of weird murders in a small British village
  • Crossing Wires – Fiction podcast about people after the apocalypse told through snippets of radio signals
  • The Deep Vault – Fiction horror podcast about a secret bunker and the horrifying experiments performed within. This is by the folks who put on Archive 81, so warnings for graphic audio body horror
  • Jim Robbie and the Wanderers – Fiction, post apocalyptic podcast about the tales of two travelling musicians and a junk robot

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web by Jude Watson

 

 

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Episode 58: Shop Hop and Other Tales

 

 

Podcast Stuff

  • 2018 Blanket MAL! There’s a thread up on Rav for photos and discussion, so please join us there as you work on blankets.
  • Quilt Along! It begins!
    • Time Frame: March 2018 – September 2018 – 6 months
    • Quilt size: smallest side 3 ft/36”/92 cm
    • Quilt top pattern: Half Square Triangles – The entire quilt does not have to be half square triangles, but half square triangles should be a feature. I created a Pinterest board with some cool ideas.
    • Quilting: No rules about the actual quilting! Long arm, machine, by hand, or tie quilting is all welcome.
    • Link HERE to Jaclyn/Brooklyn Knitfolk’s quilt along tutorials

Life Stuff

  • I-91 Shop Hop – 11 store yarn crawl in CT, MA, and VT
  • Hand Update – Saw a hand surgeon/specialist after not getting answers from the general ortho doctor. I have double jointed wrists which means that my carpals stretch more than the average. The carpals are loose and in certain positions (like hands flat out for typing), the carpals won’t stay precisely in place and will touch the nerve, causing irritation and inflammation. The doc said that if I didn’t work an office job and I had a job with more hand movement, I probably wouldn’t have exhibited symptoms.

FOs

  • Tuck Stitch Hat – LK 150 – Once Upon a Corgi “Snow Scout” held double – used mock rib at the same tension as the main body (dial 6) – Fits well, but still a smidge snug
  • Tuck Stitch Hat – LK 150 – Once Upon a Corgi “You Are In Fact In the Dark” held double – hung hem at the same tension as the main body (st st is narrower than tuck stitch) – best fitting out of the 3 hats I’ve made with this tuck stitch pattern
  • Ace Shawl – machine knitting shawl shapes project – Brother KH 836e –
    Zealana Performa KIWI Lace “Blue” – 3 balls
  • Scrap yarn dryer balls – Addi Express Professional – 20-24 rows, cinched at each end, stuffed with cut off yarn ends
  • Quilted dust covers for my knitting machines – scrap denim back, jelly roll tops
  • Last Son of Krypton scarf – 12 dent heddle, warped with fingering weight yarns with vertical stripes, weft is handspun that I called The Last Son of Krypton. Plain weave.
  • Scarfie Sweater Blank by Renee Callahan – Lion Brand Scarfie – LK150 tension 7 dial 8 – the size Large with the Medium sized neck size. – I really like the fit. I added 2” to the back for a high-low hem. Hung hem for the waist and cuffs, rolled hem for the neck. I tried this on and I really like how this fits. I’m definitely going to do one more of these in fingering weight.

WIPs

  • Granny Stripe Blanket by Lucy/Attic24 – I’ve done a little bit of crocheting! Size G/4.25mm hook marling Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Black with a magic ball of Legacy Fiber Artz minis
  • Marled Magic Shawl by Stephen West – US 6/4.0 mm – scrap yarns and old handspun
  • Plain Weave Rectangular Pillow – 10” Schacht Cricket Loom – 12 dent heddle – warped at 108” – 2 seamed panels per side
  • Alpaca Obsession – Light Brown – drop spindle and Turkish spindle – Some had already been spun, but I don’t remember when I worked on this before
  • Brown Cormo Sweater Spin – a little bit of spinning here and there on Ashford Kiwi – finished a bobbin
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co – Star Fishing batt – long draw spinning on Ashford Kiwi – finished half a batt

Swatches

  • Brother KH 836e
    • Manual with hold button – short rows, slip, tuck, yo lace
    • Punch Card no 2 – slip and tuck
    • Punch Card no 2 – 2 color slip and tuck
    • Punch Card no 3d – fair isle and long fair isle
    • KR 850 ribber test swatch – rib, circular, u-shaped, english rib, and fisherman’s rib
    • Sport weight ribbing – A little too big for dial tension 8, which is the largest the ribber goes to. Ended up having to force the carriage
  • LK 150
    • New swatches for the handspun sweater

New Stuff

  • I-91 Shop Hop – 11 store yarn crawl in CT, MA, and VT
    • Shop hop bag and patterns
    • Village Wool – Glastonbury, CT
      • Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool – 2 skeins black, 3 skeins grey
    • WEBS – Northampton, MA
      • Small boat shuttle
      • Harrisville Designs sport weight – 2 cones
    • Sheep & Shawl – South Deerfield, MA
      • Nazli Galen Garden 3 – 4 balls
      • 5 Year Celebration – stitch marker and tote bag
    • Green Mountain Spinnery – Putney, VT
      • Sock Art Lana – 2 skeins “Noche 8955”
    • Marji’s Yarncrafts
      • Wooden tag
  • Suzuki standard gauge garter bar for the Brother KH 836e
  • Bench for machine knitting

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Our Fair City – Our Fair City is an online Audio Play/Podcast set in a future dystopian version of Hartford, CT. Following a climate-change-related disaster, humanity is now confined to subterranean cities. HartLife, an insurance company, now runs the lives of all “policies” in the city. Lightning rigs high above the city gather energy from thunderstorms, mad scientists walk the earth, and adorably monstrous Molepeople dig tunnels deep underground to expand the city’s habitable space. Framed as “true dramatizations of our city’s glorious history,” Our Fair City is equal parts camp, sci-fi horror, and folk tale. So listen, and remember. (TVtropes.org summary)
  • Freed – Freed is a radio-drama podcast detailing the ramifications a worldwide pandemic has on people and the world as a whole, told through bi-weekly updates from the cozy yet abandoned mountain town of Freed. Learn more about the town’s history, the fall of humanity, and how to help rebuild society. In the meantime, be safe. Be strong. Be alive.
  • Subject: Found – Subject: Found is a bi-weekly audio drama. Each new season will feature a new subject, a new story, a new monster. In Season 2, Janis Herring pursues the monster terrorizing Memphis, Tennessee, and the story will make her a legend.
  • The Walk – A thriller in which you, the listener, are the hero. The Walk begins in Inverness station, Scotland. Through a case of mistaken identity, you, “the walker,” are given a vital package that must be couriered to Edinburgh. But as you’re about to board the train, terrorists blow it up and set off an electromagnetic pulse! None of the cars or trains are working – you’ll have to walk – but now the terrorists are on your trail because they want the device you’re carrying, and the police are after you as a suspect in the bombing. To survive, you’ll have to join up with other escapees from the city – but how many of them can you trust, and are they really who they say they are?
  • Tunnels – The Tunnels is a serialized audiodrama about the mysterious tunnels that can be found underneath a small town in Georgia. What are they? What is their history? What are those mysterious sounds heard within them? Find out what’s just below the surface of the town, because if you look underneath, there is so much more.
  • Station to Station – A handful of fading memories, the remains of a research project, and a garbled tape recorder are all Dr Miranda Quan has to her name when her research partner goes missing on the eve of a 10-week ocean expedition. Now, she must try to find closure in the midst of a rapidly-unraveling conspiracy, surrounded by a handful of unlikely allies, several likely threats, and the icy waters of the North Pacific. Something sinister lurks in the heart of the research ship Astrid, and Miranda must rely on her wits to piece together an answer. Station to Station is an scifi-horror audio drama about loss, memory, morality, and what gets left behind.

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell
    • Take a journey through time and genres to discover stories where queer teens live, love and shape the world around them.Seventeen young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.

      From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.

  • The Library of Elvish Lore by evansentranced
    • Harry is an elf. No, he’s not a bloody house elf. He lived in a place where they had got him confused with a house elf for nearly six years. They had him doing all the chores and he slept in a cupboard. Not a particularly cheerful cupboard, either. But he’s not a house elf. He’s a regular elf, thank you. Come on, people. It’s like you’re not wizards or something. PreHogwarts, NOT a creature fic. Character study.
    • There are 3 parts to this fic, pre Hogwarts, Hogwarts, and another fic during Hogwarts and it has the best kind of in-universe kid-logic I’ve ever seen in a fic featuring young Harry
  • Running on Air by eleventy7
    • Draco Malfoy has been missing for three years. Harry is assigned the cold case and finds himself slowly falling in love with the memories he collects.
    • Sort of a finding himself while searching for someone else fic.
  • Hermione Granger’s Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Run by waspabi
    • ‘You’re a wizard, Harry’ is easier to hear from a half-giant when you’re eleven, rather than from some kids on a tube platform when you’re seventeen and late for work.
    • An excellent alternate Year 7 where Harry never attended Hogwarts and learns about the magical world while dodging Death Eaters with some of the DA crew and Draco Malfoy while teaching these witches and wizards street smarts in the Muggle world

 

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