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 46: Regularly Scheduled Programming

 

Filmed on Sunday, October 15, 2017

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Make along throughout 2017 for making blankets. Check out the thread on Ravelry for details! I’ll be checking in with a personal project round up later in the podcast.
    • 3Q Prizes
    • Ravelry Pattern up to $10 from HollyDav – Post 95 – KittyFrancois (Cati)
    • Haldecraft Handdyed and Notions Kit – Post 373 – filipamc (Filipa)
    • Dyenamixx Yarns and mini-skeins – Post 16 – RoMillet (Rosalee)
  • Rhinebeck – Aiming to be at both pre-Rhinebeck events, Needles Up and Indie Untangled, and I will definitely be at the podcaster meetup on the Saturday of Rhinebeck. I’ll be there the whole weekend so if you want to say hi and you see me, say hi. I might be flustered and not entirely able to pay attention because high-volume social situations tend to eat my energy, but I’m always happy to meet any of you.

 

Life Stuff

  • Hands – Slight improvement after this past run of meds, but still getting pain, so next step is the specialist referral, which I will hear more about tomorrow.
  • Work – Finally seen the new building where the office will be moving to, but the parking situation is looking not great. There’s nothing definite, so it’s pretty stressful.
  • Fun
    • PA Ren Faire – Went down to PA to visit with some friends in their new place and go to the PA Ren Faire, which was fun. The drive down was smooth sailing, which was really nice. The visit was great. The drive home was a little bit teeth grinding because I was driving up along the edge of a tropical storm, which meant that there were traffic accidents in the most inconvenient places. I’m finally starting to get comfortable with the drive to and from PA these days. I wasn’t stressed about the drive before setting out in either direction, so that was good.
    • Halloween Party – Went to my friends’ Halloween party last night, where there was good food and a Stranger Things marathon. It’s always good to hang out with that group. And then of course, I crashed on The Gabbers’ couch because she lives 15 minutes away.

 

FOs

  • Gift Quilt!

 

WIPs

  • 2017 Western CT Yarn Crawl Sweater BlankMachine Knitting Sweater Basics by Renée Callahan – variety of DK weight yarns from the 2017 Western CT Yarn Crawl – see the project page on Ravelry for the full list
  • Block Weaving – 1st strip scrap yarns (complete), 2nd strip Ella Rae Lace Merino and old handspun (complete), 3rd strip handdyed leftovers and Once Upon a Corgi “Frosted Cranberry” (WIP)
  • Halloween Quilt – Strip Your Stash by Nancy Smith – strip quilt, jelly rolls, fat quarters, scraps (cotton)
  • Winter Wall Quilt – The Weekend Quilter – scrap clothing and cotton
  • Grey Button Down shirt – Simplicity 1544AA

 

Crafting Goals

  • Quilting – I have so much fabric and so many quilt ideas that I stall out when making quilts. I think this is the area where I want to have more WIPs, since WIPs in quilting can be very different than WIPs in other crafts. I want to be finishing quilt tops, at the moment, which is the top layer of the quilt with the focus on piecing and patterning. I feel like right now I want to be focused on that and not so much on the actual process of quilting, since the quilting itself is not my primary focus while I build my quilting skills. Right now I want to work on piecing and playing with color, but I get hung up on the work needed to finish the entire quilt.
  • Weird Toys – I used to occasionally make weird little art dolls and recently as part of my hand-convalescence, I’ve spent a lot of time browsing etsy and Instagram, stumbling upon art doll and fabric sculpture artists. They sparked that part of my brain again and I’m making a concerted effort to squash that part of my brain that shouts that I’m wasting my time when I make things like that. It’s been a crazy dream of mine for years to be able to do the kind of art dolls that I’ve seen online. I’m going to do a bit of a slideshow here to show you what I’m talking about and their online presence will be linked in the show notes. I have some supplies coming and I’m doing research into fabric doll shapes and techniques to start myself off.

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Playing:

  • Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes – ally code 235-686-528

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Dark Force Rising (The Thrawn Trilogy Bk2) by Timothy Zahn narr by Marc Thompson
  • The Last Command (The Thrawn Trilogy Bk3) by Timothy Zahn narr by Mac Thompson
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg narr by Pete Cross
  • Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg narr by Dan Bittner
  • P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Cartographer’s Craft by copperbadge
    • In the summer after Harry’s sixth year, Harry and Remus uncover a section of the Marauder’s Map which has been hidden for the past twenty years, releasing a carbon copy of sixteen-year-old Sirius Black from its depths. As they prepare for the impending war, Sirius must find a place for himself in this new world, Harry must find a way to destroy Voldemort, and Remus must face his own past while trying to build a tenuous future with Tonks.
  • The Guiltless and The Poor of God by kilara25
    • Sixth year AU, written pre HBP. When Harry appears at the Welcoming Feast wearing a glamor only Snape notices, Snape decides to find out what the glamor is hiding. His investigation leads to a number of shocking revelations about both Harry and himself.
      • A really good version of Snape who has tried to keep himself in the habit of looking out for abuse amongst his students and one that kicks himself when he realizes that his animosity for James Potter blinds him to what has been happening to Harry
    • After Snape’s visit to Surrey, Harry writes him a thank you letter that triggers an extended correspondence between the two of them. Sequel to The Guiltless.
      • This sequel is more extensive than the original fic and it focuses on the developing mentor relationship between Harry and Snape, with some bonus Luna! Harry and Luna really get on well in this fic and Snape’s increasing frustration and concern with Harry’s ability to get into the worst situations is really well done.
  • Blood by The_Lord_of_Chaos
    • Harry learns that Professor Snape is his bio dad, and if that were all he had to deal with, he’d be all right, but he’s got werewolves, escaped convicts, a stubborn Dark Lord, and his own inner demons to deal with. Starts third year. Rating mostly for violence. Harry’s gay but no relationships. Story deals with mental health, bigotry and child abuse. See more notes inside.
      • This one is still ongoing and I’m really looking forward to how this fic continues. There’s 25 chapters now and it’s a really interesting alternate universe.
      • Snape and Lily went out for a bit at 15 and were not particularly careful when having sex, so Lily found out she was pregnant. She magically halts the pregnancy so little bean Harry is in stasis until she decides to have the baby and when Harry’s 13, he gets a pre-arranged letter from Lily and James about this. Sirius Black was murdered by Fenrir Greyback after Voldie’s fall, so this version of Prisoner of Azkaban features Greyback’s escape and lots of werewolf times in the HP universe.
      • I really love this fic – Harry having to deal with Dursley trauma after being kicked out, trying to sort out whether he should tell Snape that they’re family, and a lot of really great friendship between the trio. They’re all very supportive of each other in this fic, which I love, and a surprising amount of friendly interaction between the trio and other children at the school. There’s also some really great Weasley family stuff because of the events that happen in this version of the third year and the consequences of those events.
  • Series by GreenGecko
    • Resonance – Year six and Harry needs rescuing by Dumbledore and Snape. The resulting understanding between Harry and Snape is critical to destroying Voldemort and leads to an offer of adoption. Covers year seven and Auror training.
    • Revolution – Harry continues his Auror training and begins a journey of mastering his unusual and growing powers. Harry, with the help of his adoptive father, is finally making his own way, but fate and prophecy are never completely absent.
    • Resolution – Harry enters his second year as an Auror Apprentice. Snape’s wedding looms, and Harry’s odd new powers mature, creating mayhem, perilous temptations, and opportunities to gain real wisdom.
      • This is a great series. Firstly, Snape and Harry developing a mentoring relationship and a familial relationship as Harry nears adulthood is really amazing and rare.
      • Secondly, the escalation of the madness in Harry’s and Snape’s lives is so very well paced. There’s slow build evil and sudden evil and lots of small, everyday problems that seem like they’re huge problems to Harry because he’s becoming an adult.
      • Thirdly, there are some amazing original characters in this fic, in particular Candide, who’s a wizarding world accountant and a lovely woman who Snape is baffled to find enjoys his company, and Lily’s extended Muggle family (cousins? second-cousins?) that Harry stumbles across while trying to solve a mystery.
      • I’m still working my way through the last one because these are long, but they are absolutely worth digging into. There’s Voldemort shenanigans, magical weirdness, de-aging, dimensional weirdness, and more!

 

 

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Episode 45: Plans and Ramblings

 

 

Filming on 8/13/17

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 – June 1st to August 31st! Spin on whatever as you turn to the Dark Side with your favourite Star Wars media.
  • Giveaway! Go over to the Ravelry thread and answer the prompt: What yarny adventures or projects are you looking forward to in the coming season?

Life Stuff

  • Hands – They are improving. Work has been exacerbating the issue with lots of repetitive hand movements this week, which has been annoying, but I’m trying to take care of them and working on my patience.
  • Puppy Time – My parents were on vacation this past week, so my brothers and I were on our own. This meant lots of puppy time for me. Penny has particular people that she sticks to. Mom is Number One and she doesn’t like to leave Mom alone when she’s home, but Dad and I are pretty closely tied for Number Two, depending on the day and if Dad is cooking that day. I mean, she loves my brothers, but she’s not too fussed when they come and go.

Knitting Stuff

FOs

  • Afterthought Everything Socks – Legacy Fiber Artz Advent Calendar colorway – US 0/2.0 mm needles

WIPs

  • 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 – Scrap fingering and handspun – US 6/4.0 mm
  • Dwarven Mittens by Ginger Monkey Knits – Plymouth Yarn Homestead Tweed – US 3/3.25 mm
  • Rice Fields by Lady in Yarn – Legacy Fiber Artz Snazzy Toes “Mary Sanderson”, Legacy Fiber Artz Steeley Toes “Winnie Sanderson” and “Spellbook”, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light black – US 3/3.25 mm

Crochet Stuff

  • Scrap granny squares – Hook US H/5.00 mm

Fiber Stuff

  • Lock spinning with my collection of cotswald, mohair, and wendsleydale locks
  • Hedgehog Fibers Silk Hankies – drop spindling

Sewing Stuff

  • Halloween Quilt edge scraps project bag
  • Button down shirt pattern and prep

New Stuff

  • Simplicity 1544 Mens shirt pattern
  • McCall’s M6044 Mens shirt pattern
  • 3 yards grey cotton
  • 3 yards plaid cotton
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Hollyberry and Dove Heather- Christmas Sweater~~ Star Wars Sweater by Natalie Meredith
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Aurora Heather and Dove Heather – Soooo deadcatwithaflamethrower (who is a fanfic author and an original work published author who I follow) has been dragging me kicking and screaming back into the mire of HP fandom a bit and I’ve been feeling some Slytherin pride while reading her (epic) fics Swung by Serafim and Of a Linear Circle. I had made a Slytherin scarf when I first started knitting with some Red Heart Super Saver and I think Caron Simply Soft, but this was really before I knew anything about anything. There aren’t even any ends woven in on this thing, just knots where the colors change and I knit it in a tube so I didn’t have to deal with the ends. It’s about time to remake this project so that I have some actually wearable Slytherin stuff come winter.
  • Once Upon a Corgi – Poe Club – Oliver Base (SW Merino single) – Tomorrow I Shall Be Fetterless
  • HopeSick.Com enamel pins – McDonald’s Nugget Buddies Halloween and Horror from the Pagemaster

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • 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.

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Sense8 Season 2

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Heir to the Empire ( The Thrawn Trilogy Bk 1) by Timothy Zahn (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
  • Dark Force Rising (The Thrawn Trilogy Bk2) by Timothy Zahn (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection (audio) narr by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone

Fanfic Recommendation

  • Harry Potter and the Problem of Potions by Wyste
  • Once upon a time, Harry Potter hid for two hours from Dudley in a chemistry classroom, while a nice graduate student explained about the scientific method and interesting facts about acids. A pebble thrown into the water causes ripples.Contains, in no particular order: magic candymaking, Harry falling in love with a house, evil kitten Draco Malfoy, and Hermione attempting to apply logic to the wizarding world.

 

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Episode 44: One Finished Object

 

Filmed on Sunday, July 30th 2017

Podcast Stuff

  • Blanket MAL 2017 – Started Jan 1st! There is a chatter/encouragement thread up in the Ravelry group and I’m planning on pulling prizes once a quarter for this MAL. #2017BlanketMAL
  • #sithandspin – June 1st to August 31st! Spin on whatever as you turn to the Dark Side with your favourite Star Wars media.

Life Stuff

  • Heat Wave and Cool Down – It’s been so hooooottttttttt. D: But then it rained for a few days and went from 90+ degrees F (32.2 C) to about 60 degrees F (16.5), which was a m a z i n g
  • Hands – Hurt my hands and ended up having to rest them. Still not 100% – they get sore and tired easily still. Gotta work on my patience because I think I’m pushing too hard on good days. I’ve been trying to remember to stretch my hands and my hands have been getting their own warm baths lately, which I’m finding to be incredibly helpful.
  • Craft Party – A couple of my friends had a birthday recently and they had a craft party where they brought a bunch of beading stuff and craft kits to just make whatever while we sat around talking and watching Pride and Prejudice. It was super chill and really nice to just hang out and do crafts with friends. I ended up making some stitch markers, which are a lot nicer than any other stitch markers I’ve made because Erin has much nicer materials for beadwork than I do. These will go on my sweater project once I’m done filming the podcast.
    • (And Erin has so many nice materials because she sells jewlery in her Etsy shop GEEKandFANCY )
  • Printer Furniture – Ended up rearranging some furniture in my bedroom again, which is what happens when I feel like I don’t have control, which is flaring up due to not being able to knit/crochet/spin as much as I normally can. I finally tossed this old nightstand that my printer was on – the particle board started splitting about 15 years ago and I just kept patching it up with electrical tape. I have these two little 2-cube shelves that I stole from a younger brother when he finished college, so I took my little packing station and the other one and put them together for a little printer shelf thing.

 

Knitting Stuff

WIPs

  • Jyn Erso socks – Must Stash Yarns “Rogue One” Self-Striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles
  • Afterthought Everything Socks – Legacy Fiber Artz Advent Calendar colorway – US 0/2.0 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

 

Fiber Stuff

  • Dye Day with Mom – Mom bought a dye kit from The Woolery because she’s getting into yarn dyeing (I will let you know when she starts her Etsy shop) and she and I played with some over-dyeing. She had a skein that she had dyed that wasn’t what she was looking for and I have a few skeins left from the Great Dye Experiment of August 2015 that no longer work for me and the skein of cormo that I bought to dye specifically.
    • Red overdye skein
    • Blue overdye skein
    • Green overdye skein
    • Cormo – yellow/orange/red dye
  • Weaving – I warped my 10” Cricket rigid heddle loom for double width fabric. It’s definitely interesting and I’ve got the rhythm for it down now, but it’s going to take a long time to finish.
  • Hedgehog Fibers Silk Hankies – drop spindling
  • Lock spinning with my collection of cotswald, mohair, and wendsleydale locks

 

Sewing Stuff

  • Halloween Quilt update – Pioneer Blankets pattern from The Weekend Quilter !!

 

New Stuff

  • Village Wool haul
    • Classic Elite Yarns Mohawk Wool in Fog – 2 skeins to put towards a sweater with the other 4 skeins of Black that I have
    • Classic Elite Yarns Mountaintop Blackthorn – 13 skeins – Bulky weight yarn, but I have to use smaller needles than what patterns usually call for anyway, so I might swatch for a worsted weight sweater pattern and just adjust the sizing
  • Once Upon a Corgi – ASoUE club – Audrey base 80/20 SW BFL/nylon – Snow Scout
  • Once Upon a Corgi – Edgar Allen Poe club – I did purchase this club, so I’m forewarning you that I will be receiving those club colorways. And, since Gabby is my sister, I may be receiving these before they get mailed out, so I may be showing them on the podcast before you get them if you’ve also purchased the club. I didn’t hear anything from anyone about me showing the ASoUE club colorways, but ASoUE is more niche than the late great Edgar Allen Poe. Just wanted you to be aware.

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • Catching up on audio podcasts that I let lapse — Mabel, The Magnus Archives, Alba Salix: Royal Physician, HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast, Archive 81
  • Binge listening to new audio podcasts —
    • The Strange Case of the Starship Iris
      • In 2189, Earth narrowly won a war against extraterrestrials, but at a tremendous price. Two years later, in a distant patch of space, a mysterious explosion kills nearly the entire crew of the science vessel Starship Iris. The only survivor is Violet Liu, an intrepid, sarcastic, terrified biologist. But as Violet struggles to readjust to life after the Iris, questions abound. Was that explosion really an accident? If not, just what is going on? And why does every answer seem to get more bizarre and more dangerous? If Violet and her newfound allies want to untangle the truth, they’ll need courage, brilliance, and luck – and honestly, a couple of drinks.
    • Oak Podcast
      • Podcast from the point of view of some kind of military or intelligence agent who woke up after her employers faked her death, so she’s homeless and living on the street and trying to lay low and find out what happened to her partner
    • The Girl Who Set Out to Seek a Living Wage
      • “The Girl Who Set Out to Seek a Living Wage” is a two-part fairy tale about a young woman on a quest through retail in search of her fortune, only to find it’s being hoarded by truly terrible beasts – corporate executives! It’s gay, it’s fun, and it’s full of fairy tale justice for the frustrated millennial.
    • The Blood Crow Stories
      • A serialized horror fiction podcast. Season 1 – The SS Utopia.
    • The Black Tapes
      • The Black Tapes is a bi-weekly podcast from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Game of Thrones
  • The Gay Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo YouTube series
  • Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say
  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Heir to the Empire ( The Thrawn Trilogy Bk 1) by Timothy Zahn (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
  • Dreams from the Witch House – Dark Regions Press

Fanfic Recommendation

  • Descanso by catsaremyboyfriend
    • (no summary)
    • After the events of Logan and Laura’s confident that the new mutants will be okay without her and goes looking for Sabretooth. She finds him. Two disgruntled feral mutants try to live their lives.
    • Ongoing, currently 10 chapters

 

 

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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 37: Ramble On

Filming on 4/1/17

Life Stuff

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

 

Podcast Stuff

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

 

Knitting Stuff

FOs

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

WIPs

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

 

Crochet Stuff

FOs

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

WIPs

 

Fiber Stuff

 

New Stuff

 

Other Stuff

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

Stuff I’m Reading

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

Fanfic Recommendation

 

 

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Episode 30: Star Wars and Christmas

Filmed on Saturday 12/10/16

 

Life Stuff

  • Week Off – All the craft, all the time.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Read by Obi-Wan Kenobi and “friends” 
  • Fic – Posted a fic called Open Fire and a companion piece called Shadow – More Star Wars Time Travel, but with a very different outcome 
  • Blanket MAL 2017 – I’m going to be hosting a year-long blanket make-along for 2017. There’s a thread up in the group for prize planning. If anyone has any ideas for prizes that they want to see for the make-along or if anyone thinks that they might want to donate a prize, please go comment in that thread or shoot me a message on Rav. I’m going to be making 1 or 2 big blanket-sized project bags to giveaway and I’ve asked Gabby/Once Upon a Corgi if she’d like to contribute some mini-skeins. I’m aiming to do a random giveaway once a quarter or once every 2 months, depending on the prize pool. It’ll be open to knitting, crochet, quilting, weaving, whatever. WIPs will be welcomed and encouraged. Nothing needs to be finished to qualify for prize drawings. This is just some incentive for us to work on our (many MANY) blankets.

Knitting Stuff

FOs

  • Christmas Gifts
  • Tiny Hat

WIPs

  • Christmas Gifts
  • Tube project – US 3/3.25 mm Nova Kubics

Crochet Stuff

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

Fiber Stuff

  • Mystery fleece spinning on the Ashford Kiwi 2
  • GnomeAcres Destash – SW Merino/Bamboo/Nylon and Hilltop Cloud Blue 75/25 BFL/Camel
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co – “Behind the Rain”

Sewing Stuff

  • Tree skirt
  • Felt Garland

New Stuff

  • Camera stuff – new mic for $12 from Amazon
  • Lion Brand Pound of Love acrylic worsted weight yarn
  • Package from Pacasha with scraps and leftovers

Other Stuff

  • Stuff I’m Watching – The Crown, Gotham
  • Stuff I’m Reading – (tracking on GoodReads)
    • Rereading Ashlesha by Jer Keene – book 1 of the Awaken the Stars series – Amazon and Altered Nature Press 
    • Relistening to SW:TOR Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn (audio) narr by Marc Thompson
    • SW:CW:Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller (audio) narr by Jeff Garner
    • Darth Plagueis by James Luceno (audio) narr by Daniel Davis
  • Fanfic Recommendation

 

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Episode 19 – #sithandspin

Life Stuff

  • June Corgi Meet Up
  • Paid off a student loan!
  • Real Life Job – Desk Move

Knitting Stuff

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
  • 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
  • Worsted Weight Cozy Memories Blanket – US 3/3.25 mm 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
  • 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
  • Colorwork socks for pattern

 

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.

There will very likely be random drawing prizes at the end

Prep

  • Brown and blue batt
  • Pastel colored batt

FOs –

  • Turkish Spindle – Slytherin rolags
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co – Icelandic Dreams “Eldfjall” – Ashford Kiwi 2
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co – White Birch batt – Ashford Kiwi 2

WIPs –

  • Zebra Wood Turkish Spindle – black alpaca
  • Mystery Wool Fleeces – Scouring, Carding, and Spinning

 

Sewing Stuff

WIPs –       

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

New Stuff

  • Mrs. Brown’s Bags bag
  • Maple Moose Fibres – Star Wars bag – with a needle cozy!
  • Must Stash Yarns – Rey, Anakin, Luke self-striping yarns
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co – Icelandic Dreams “Eldfjall”, White Birch batt, 2 Bark batts
  • Mohairandmore on Etsy – supplies batt making – possibly for sale, possibly for #sithandspin prizes

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching – Long Way Round, Long Way Down

Stuff I’m Reading – (tracking on GoodReads)

  • Jedi Apprentice series reread – series by Jude Watson and Dave Wolverton
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed (audiobook) narr by Jonathan Davis
  • Path of Destruction (Darth Bane) by Drew Karpyshyn (audiobook) narr by Jonathan Davis

Stuff I’m Playing – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Podcasts

  • Serious culling of my audio podcasts – went from nearly 40 to 13
  • Slowly catching up with video podcasts

 

 

 

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Episode 18 – A Diet High in Fiber

Life Stuff

  • Dropping 50 Points for Slytherin – I keep forgetting to update the spreadsheet and this year’s yarn diet has been unexpectedly high in fiber, so I’m not limiting myself if I have the cash to spare and the yarn makes me happy
  • NY Knit Knerds Meet Up with Helen Stewart of the Curious Handmade Podcast

Knitting Stuff

FOs –

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
  • 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
  • Worsted Weight Cozy Memories Blanket – US 3/3.25 mm 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
  • 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
  • Colorwork socks for pattern

 

Crochet Stuff

WIPs –

Fiber Stuff

WIPs –

  • Turkish Spindle – Slytherin rolags
  • Zebra Wood Turkish Spindle – black alpaca
  • Mystery Wool Fleeces – Scouring, Carding, and Spinning

Sewing Stuff

WIPs –       

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

  • Knitting Boutique Rare Breeds Club – Perendale
  • Must Stash Yarns – BB-8 and Dark Side Original
  • Local Wool from Gabby to play with making batts on my drum carder
  • Mini from Helen Stewart
  • Gift bag from Tania from the Creative Knit-ensions Podcast
  • Mini swap with Eric from the Sticks + Twine Podcast

 

Etsy Stuff

  • Nothing new

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching – Flash, Arrow, DC Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of SHIELD, Clone Wars

Stuff I’m Reading – (tracking on GoodReads)

  • Jedi Apprentice series reread – series by Jude Watson and Dave Wolverton
  • Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller (audiobook) narr by Jonathan Davis
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed (audiobook) narr by Jonathan Davis
  • More Star Wars fanfic

Stuff I’m Playing – Lego Marvel Superheroes, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Podcasts – Curious Handmade Podcast with Helen Stewart – http://curioushandmade.com/

 

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