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 57: Learning Experiences

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
  • Podcast Schedule – The past few episodes have been monthly, so I’m going to switch to a monthly schedule instead of a fortnightly schedule for a while. That puts less pressure on me to have content to talk about, especially since the crafting I am doing right now involves more planning that the crafting I was doing before my hand injuries.

 

Life Stuff

  • Hand Update – I’ve started occupational therapy for my hands, which right now is mostly nerve stretches and hand strengthening exercises. It has helped slow down the pain and has allowed me to do a little more hand-activity, but I’m still feeling pain in general. I’m meeting with my orthopedic doctor again this week, but if that doesn’t amount to anything, I’ll be setting up an appointment with a hand surgeon/specialist at the recommendation of my occupational therapist.

 

FOs

  • Sample Tablet Weaving Band from Card Weaving by Candace Crockett – 2 smooth yarns (Nothbound Knitting “Lichen” and Gnome Acres “Milk”) and 1 grippy yarn (Knit Picks Pallette Black)
  • Tramontane Sweater by Amy Herzog – handspun and Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool – Silver Reed LK 150 – Done! But…
  • Cowl neck poncho from schematics by Bren Boone (snerbyarn) – Leftover DK weight yarns from my 2017 Western CT Yarn Crawl Sweater plus Dyenamixx Yarns “The Peculiar Miss Peregrine” – tension rod 7, dial 5 – all stockinette and seamed on the machine
  • Tuck Stitch Hat – LK150 tension 7 dial 6 – A Hundred Ravens Epona “Draco”
  • ½ & ½ Triangle Shawl – LK 150 Dial 8, tension rod 7 – Worsted Weight – Knitologie “Groovy” and Plymouth Galway Worsted in Black – part of the shawl shapes design project

 

WIPs

  • 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.
  • Quilted scrap strips – Leftover bits of batting and short strips sewn together
  • 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
  • Scarfie Sweater Blank by Renee Callahan – Lion Brand Scarfie – LK150 tension 7 dial 8 – swatched for gauge and am nearly done with the math to put this together. Doing the size Large with the Medium sized neck size.
  • Quilted dust covers for my knitting machines
    • Project inspiration from about 6 tote bags that I’d made years ago that have been sitting in the trunk of my car for years. I’d made them out of scrap denim and t-shirts, but since tote bags are the easiest thing to come by, these ones haven’t been used in a very long time. I cut them apart and recovered the denim to use as a backing for the dust covers. The denim is hardwearing and since all the pieces are from worn out jeans, it’s a great fabric to hold up to use and possibly get stained by any oils or lubricants I will use on these machines.
    • Used the “jelly roll race quilt” technique for the top, which is to sew strips together, fold the super long strip in half, seam, and repeat. Only did this 2 or 3 times to get the right size, depending on the strip width.
    • Quilted top onto scrap batting using walking foot.
  • Star Wars Aurebesh Sampler Pattern by Adleones
  • Free motion quilting practice squares

 

Swatches

  • Preliminary swatch for the Brother KH 836e
  • Fabric swatches from Fabric.com

 

New Stuff

  • Tilt stand for the Brother machine!
  • Must Stash Yarn – The Last Jedi and Lando

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Jessica Jones – Season 2
  • Deadpool 2
  • Solo

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Dark Force Rising (Book 2 of the Thrawn Trilogy) by Timothy Zahn narr by Marc Thompson
  • The Last Command (Book 3 of the Thrawn Trilogy) by Timothy Zahn narr by Marc Thompson
  • Tanis – In the first episode of Tanis, our host, Nic Silver, wonders if the Internet age might contain one last great mystery, an ancient myth known as “Tanis.” His exploration into the enigmatic Tanis begins by asking the seemingly simple question, what is it? The answers, he soon discovers, are far more complicated.
  • The Last Movie – Tanis podcast host Nic Silver and regular contributor MK, explore the possible existence of “The Last Movie,” an infamous underground feature film, reputed to drive you insane. Legend has it that every screening of this film was surrounded by bloodshed and controversy: one reviewer actually described slipping on blood in the aisle, as he ran through dozens of people trying to tear him apart.
  • Rabbits – When Carly Parker’s friend Yumiko goes missing under very mysterious circumstances, Carly’s search for her friend leads her headfirst into a ancient mysterious game known only as Rabbits. Soon Carly begins to suspect that Rabbits is much more than just a game, and that the key to understanding Rabbits, might be the key to the survival of our species, and the Universe, as we know it.
  • Mars Corp – MarsCorp is a 12-part scripted comedy podcast about Station Supervisor E.L. Hob’s first year at MarsCorp, a terraforming colony established on the red planet in 2070.
  • Girl in Space – Abandoned on a dying ship in the farthest reaches of known space, a young scientist fights for survival (and patience with the on-board A.I.). Who is she? No one knows. But a lot of dangerous entities really want to find out.Listen biweekly as the story unfolds for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses.It’s all here. In space.
  • Marsfall – Marsfall follows some of the earliest colonists to settle on Mars in the year 2047, and each episode continues the story from a different character’s perspective. Led by their fearless commander Jacki O’Rania, and assisted by the colonial artificial intelligence unit ANDI, they strive to make a home on the Red Planet while exploring its deeper mysteries. Balancing tension and humor, this sci-fi audio drama reinvents the radio play for the twenty-first century.

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Humans Wanted ed. Vivian Caethe
    • Humans are tough. Humans can last days without food. Humans heal so quickly, they pierce holes in themselves or inject ink under their epidermis for fun. Humans will walk for days on broken bones in order to make it to safety. Humans will literally cut off bits of themselves if trapped by a disaster. You would be amazed what humans will do to survive. Or to ensure the survival of others they feel responsible for. That’s the other thing. Humans pack-bond, and they spill their pack-bonding instincts everywhere. Sure it’s weird when they talk sympathetically to broken spaceships or try to pet every lifeform that scans as non-toxic. It’s even a little weird that just existing in the same place as them for long enough seems to make them care about you. But if you’re hurt, if you’re trapped, if you need someone to fetch help? You really want a human. Twelve authors provide their perspectives on human ingenuity and usefulness as we try to find our place among the stars. From battletested to brokenhearted, humans are capable of amazing things. Humans Wanted shows not only what we are, but how awesome we can be.
  • Ashlesha by Jer Keene (reread)
  • From Ashes by Caedes12
    • When Draco comes back for eighth year, he starts an unexpected friendship with Hermione Granger. Between his new friendship and his parents kicking him out of the house, Draco’s life starts down a new path.
  • Secrets by Vorabiza (Biza)
    • Beginning with Draco’s unexpected arrival at the Dursleys, Harry’s summer after sixth year becomes filled with activity and many secrets. As his summer progresses, Harry generates several unexpected allies as he finds himself actively becoming the leader of the Light side. H/D post-HBP ~~Complete~~

 

 

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Episode 52: A Sampling of WIPs

 

Filmed on Sunday, January 28th 2018

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! There’s been some interest in having a quilt along, so I wanted to throw some more ideas out there to get people thinking about it.
    • 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 Jacqueline/Brooklyn Knitfolk’s quilt along tutorials
  • New Year Giveaway – Winner is… Post #19 MgoBlue – Paula from Indiana!

 

Life Stuff

  • New Bed! Full sized bed with a ridiculously fat mattress that’s hard as a rock and supremely comfortable. Ended up getting a great deal with a New Year’s sale and getting a friends and family discount because the sales guy was in the year below me in high school and we were both in band.

 

 

FOs

 

WIPs

  • Weaving Project – Finished strip 5 with hand-dyed yarn from the NYRF warp and Once Upon a Corgi “S.O.R.E.” as the weft – Started strip 6 with hand-dyed yarn by me for the warp and Once Upon a Corgi “Murderer Attempts to Murder Murderer” as the weft
  • Handspun striped sweater – Silver Reed LK 150 – Tramontane by Amy Herzog using her custom fit site – Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk wool and my own handspun out of a corriedale/finn/rambouillet wool from Spinners Hill
  • Free motion quilting practice squares using concepts from Quilting the Grid: Structured Free Motion with Christina Cameli on Craftsy
  • Winter Wall quilt from The Weekend Quilter- all pieces cut!
  • Mystery fleece spin – singles complete!
  • Aurrabesh Sampler from AdLeones on Etsy

 

New Stuff

  • Once Upon a Corgi Isaac DK “Narnia”
  • Once Upon a Corgi scraps for weaving samples for Gabby’s booth
  • Jo-Ann Fabrics clearance – stag heads, polka dots, Rebels fabric
  • The Quilted Ewe
    • Moda 5” Hope’s Journey 1830-1860 2 charm packs
    • Moda 2.5” Modern Background Ink, Compositions, and Spooky Delight

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • The Birch
  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Crown – season 2
  • Rebels

Stuff I’m Listening To:

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • The Last of the Jedi #4 – Death on Naboo by Jude Watson
  • The Last of the Jedi #5 – The Tangled Web by Jude Watson
  • Dreams from the Witch House
  • Masquerade by Harpalyce
    • A redeemed Vader strives to reconcile his past actions while trying to save Luke from the Emperor’s grasp, and helping the Rebel Alliance… And struggles to simply survive. Post-RotJ AU.
    • While the second Death Star is destroyed, Sidious escapes with Luke in custody, who is drugged into compliance and receptive to mind control, and Vader is captured by a faction of rebels, detoxed, prosthetics repaired/improved, healed as much as possible, and let free to make his own choices.
  • Fic Catch Up
    • I Guess I’ll Know When I Get There by Eisoj5
      • AU where the Rogue One crew is integrated into the original trilogy and Bodhi Rook and Luke Skywalker fall in love. The latest chapter has gotten to the end of The Empire Strikes Back and we’re on the cusp of Luke telling Bodhi that he learned that Darth Vader is Anakin Skywalker and it’s so good.
    • Witness Me series by SLWalker
      • AU where Darth Maul is captured instead of escaping and Obi-Wan and Maul’s tumultuous, strange understanding and developing romantic feelings. The latest pieces of this series are in the Clone Wars now with Maul being assigned the leader of elite commandos called the Blackbirds and it’s pretty fantastic.
    • For the Right Price by ShaeTiann
      • AU where in order to save Qui-Gon from dying in TPM, Obi-Wan uses the Dark Side and is cast out from the Temple. Self-exploration/learning the universe story, now with Obi-Wan uncovering more of what’s going on behind the scenes than he had expected and now with sarcastic droid friend, Deesix!
    • The Dangers of Foresight by DAsObiQuiet
      • After his death, Darth Vader is thrown back in time to make better choices and has to deal with growing up all over again. We’re getting into some major plotting against Sidious now and the longer Anakin tries to hide who he is, the more people find out that he’s a time travelling former-Sith, which is super exciting.

 

 

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Episode 50: Back At It

 

Filmed on Tuesday, December 19th

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Make along throughout 2017 for making blankets. Check out the thread on Ravelry for details!

Life Stuff

  • Office Move – OK with the new building now that I’ve been there a few times and I’ve found my spots to take breaks and eat lunch. Still a little stressed about parking because it’s monthly and the payment system from work was just set up, so I need to check with the parking folks next week when I need to pick up the January window card. Bleh.
  • Hands – Good news! My EMG came back negative, so there’s no nerve damage in my hands. I still have to rest them a lot, but I’ve been given the green light to do a little knitting. My hands do get tired easily, so I’m making myself listen to my body and when I need to put the knitting down so that I don’t hurt myself again.

FOs

  • St. Nicholas needle felt from Going Gnome kit
  • Alpaca Obsession – natural black – part of my alpaca shawl spin project
  • Simple shawl design for knitting machine – Asymmetrical shawl – Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidescope in the Halloween colors and some Plymouth Galway Worsted in Black

WIPs

  • Mystery Fleece Spin – Hitchhiker wheel
  • Weaving Project – Finished strip 3 with hand dyed yarn by me and Once Upon a Corgi “Frosted Cranberries”, started strip 4 with Sincere Sheep Tenacious 100% SW Merino in the “Up and Down Button” colorway and some very old handspun by me
  • Dwarven Mittens by Ginger Monkey Knits – Plymouth Homestead Tweed in grey – US 3/3.25 mm needles
  • Granny Stripe Blanket (NEW) with fingering scraps held double with black – size G/4.25 mm

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – no spoilers, I enjoyed myself in the theater, I think some things could be more polished and some of the writing is not my favourite, but it’s an okay movie. I do need to see it again in order to really dig into it. If you want to tell me what you thought of it, please comment below but no spoilers so that we don’t accidentally spoil anyone else. If you want a spoilery chat about it, send me a PM on Rav or Instagram and we’ll chat there.
  • Star Wars: Rebels season 4 – Finally remembered to buy the new season of Rebels and I’ve started in on that. I love that show.
  • The Midnight Quilt Show – a 15-ish minute quilting show on YouTube put on by Craftsy. It’s a funny show with some great simple-to-make-impressive-looking-quilts and Angela Walters is a fantastic host.

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn narr by Jonathan Davis
  • Iron Fist (Netflix with the descriptive audio turned on)
  • The Defenders (Netflix with the description audio turned on)
  • The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan narr by Suzy Jackson

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • The Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning by Jude Watson
  • And the Next by ienablu – Jyn looks to the disappearing horizon and thinks, The Force is with me, I am one with the Force. The Force is with me, I am one with the Force. The Force is strong with me, I am –Jyn wakes up in her Wobani prison cell, panting and a scream dying in her throat.
  • Here Comes Another One by croatoanmary – Teenage Sirius Black in Cornwall in the UK texts the wrong number and connects with Canadian teen Remus Lupin. It’s super cute and hilarious.
  • Leo Inter Serpentes by Aeternum – Finally got around to catching up with Year 6 of this fic — it’s one of those Harry-gets-sorted-into-Slytherin fics where Snape ends up adopting him. It’s one of the first ones I’d read and kind of started me down the obsession with reading all those types of fics.

 

 

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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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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 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 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 21: I’m Melting

Life Stuff

  • Haircut
  • Heatwave
  • New phone! Which means that I can play Pokemon Go, which I’m having fun with
  • Hung out with some humans at some friends’ birthday/summer party
  • Stitches Midwest coming up!
  • Giveaway – What fiber festivals are you planning on going to? Which ones would you love to go to if money/travel/etc was not an obstacle?

Knitting Stuff

FOs –

  • Movie vanilla socks – Patons Kroy (75/25 wool/nylon) in Gentry Grey and Spring Leaf Stripes – US 0 – 2.0 mm Chiaogoo red lace circulars
  • R2-D2 Socks – Must Stash Yarn Star Wars Droids Yarn ( 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon) in R2-D2 – US 0 – 2.0 mm DPNs
  • Weird Swatches – US 9.0 – 5.5 mm aluminum

WIPs

  • Redford Sweater by Julie Hoover – Yarn Place Basic Fingering (wool) in Grey (ebay yarn) – US 1 – 2.25 mm Chiaogoo red lace circulars – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/redford
  • Cozy Memories Blanket using the Memories Blanket tutorial by Georgie Hallam – sock scraps – US 1/2.25 mm Chiaogoo circulars – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/memory-blanket
  • Worsted Weight Cozy Memories Blanket – US 3/3.25 mm circulars
  • Dangling Conversation by Mindy Ross – Bitsy Knits The Case of the Silent Six Handspun Single – US 2 – 2.75 mm – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dangling-conversation
  • C-3P0 Socks – Must Stash Yarn Star Wars Droids Yarn (75/25 SW Merino/Nylon) in C-3P0 – US 0 – 2.0 mm DPNs
  • Movie Socks 2 – Vanilla socks – Patons Kroy Socks Stripes (75/25 Wool/Nylon) in Bramble Stripes – US 1 – 2.25 mm Chiaogoo needles

Crochet Stuff

FOs

WIPs

Fiber Stuff

Sith and Spin Spin-along

Spin while watching/reading/listening to Sith stories, which, frankly, includes about 90% of Star Wars entertainment out there, so there’s plenty to choose from. Watch a Star Wars movie or TV show, listen to a Star Wars audiobook or podcast, or read a Star Wars book while spinning. Anything Sith-related goes, including Star Wars video games, video game Let’s Plays, fanfilms, and fanfiction if you can spin while enjoying those things.

This will be a casual 3-month-ish spin-along. A thread will be open in the Freakish Lemon Podcast group. Post a photo of what you’re working on and let us know what you’re watching/reading/listening to. This will also be a chatter thread. Spinning projects don’t have to be finished and your Sith entertainment does not have to be finished by the end of this spin-along; just spend some time with both over the next 3-months-ish. You can enter multiple times (photo and a blurb about your Sith story) to show your progress.

 

Prep

  • Sith and Spin Prize Batts
    • Nixing Sith Holocron
    • Sith Fiberlings
      • 2.8 oz
      • Black corriedale, red mohair, red and grey merino
  • 212th Attack Battalion Fiberlings – about 2.5 oz
    • Black Corriedale
    • White Shetland
    • Yellow Superwash wool
  • 501st Legion Fiberlings – 2.3 oz
    • Black Corriedale
    • White Shetland
    • Blue Superwash wool
  • Scabrous Fiberlings – about 2 oz each, 4 bags
    • Green and mint superwash wool
    • Red mohair
    • Black NZ Perendale
    • Silk noil
    • White and Red BFL

FOs –

  • Zebra Wood Turkish Spindle – black alpaca from Alpaca Obsession
  • Grey/brown Cotswald Lock Tailspun yarn

WIPs

  • Darth Venge batts spinning – Ashford Kiwi 2
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co – Exploding TARDIS rolags – Turtle Made Turkish Spindle
  • Mystery Wool Fleeces – Scouring, Carding, and Spinning

Sewing Stuff

WIPs –       

  • Hawkeye^2 Quilt
  • Star Wars Aurebesh Sampler by AdLeones on Etsy

New Stuff

  • The Knitting Boutique Rare Breeds Club – Gotland
  • DyeForYarn – 55% SW Merino, 45% Camel single ply – “Grey Which Must Not Be Named”

Other Stuff

  • Stuff I’m Watching – Rewatched Rebels and some more Clone Wars, podcast catch up
  • Stuff I’m Reading – (tracking on GoodReads)
    • Jedi Quest series reread – series by Jude Watson
    • Dynasty of Evil (Darth Bane #3) by Drew Karpyshyn (audiobook) narr by Jonathan Davis
    • Lords of the Sith by Paul S Kemp (audiobook) narr by Jonathan Davis
    • Reprise and Reprise II by Elfpen – http://archiveofourown.org/series/454408
  • Stuff I’m Playing – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Pokemon Go

 

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Halloween Cross-Stitch

Apparently, I completely neglected to make a post about my Halloween cross-stitch?

Good on me. Here you go!

 

 

Tada! I didn’t finish them by Halloween, of course. I finished these the week before Thanksgiving. Which is, you know… not what I planned at all, but I’m very pleased with how they turned out!

Both patterns are from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and I enjoyed making them both immensely.

 

   

 

I got the frames in time to set these suckers up in the dining room for Thanksgiving. So we had decorations of pilgrims, turkeys, and Halloween cross-stitch.

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