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 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 25: Yarn Crawl Haul

Life Stuff

  • Yarn Crawl Weekend, which I will discuss in the New Stuff segment
  • Organizing stash and Ravelry tags – thread in the group for anyone who wants to share organization of stash, projects, patterns, whatever!
  • Keeping Quiet – http://archiveofourown.org/works/8155525

Knitting Stuff

FOs –

  • BB-8 Socks – Must Stash Yarn Star Wars Droids Yarn (75/25 SW Merino/Nylon) in BB-8 – US 0 – 2.0 mm DPNs

WIPs –

Fiber Stuff

Sith and Spin Spin-along

Prizes go to:

  • Ventress Batt – pacasha – post# 11 – laceweight 2-ply while watching Clone Wars
  • Night Brothers – MariaDerner – post# 13 – drop spindling while watching The Force Awakens
  • Sith Spinning Fluffs – eatmyyarns – post# 8 – drop spindling some corriedale while listening to the Maul: Lockdown audiobook

Sewing Stuff

WIPs –       

  • Halloween quilt – The Weekend Quilter by Rosemary Wilkinson

New Stuff

  • Halloween Bag and Needle Holder from ZigZag Stitches
  • My handspun dyed by Gabby/Once Upon a Corgi
  • Once Upon a Corgi – Audrey 80/20 BFL/Nylon – Lemony Snicket
  • Yarn Crawl Haul
    • New England Yarn & Spindle (Bristol)
      • Malabrigo Rios – SW Merino -“865 Piedras”
    • Knit and Pearls (Avon)
      • KFI Luxury Collection Indulgence Cashmere – 70/25/5 Merino/Polyamide/Cashmere – #1506
      • Orange Cookie Black Tea
      • Goodie bag with emergency snacks
      • Bonus yarn! – Kraemer Yarns – Bulky 70/30 Alpaca/Merino – “Fawn” and hat pattern
    • In Sheep’s Clothing (Torrington)
      • Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky – 50/50 Alpaca/Peruvian Wool – #7277
      • Prize yarn! – Jagger Spun – superwash wool – Garnet
    • Black Sheep Yarns (Kent)
    • The Sheep Shoppe (Newtown)
      • Manos del Uruguay Maxima – merino wool – Arctic Shadow
      • Prize yarn! Berroco Tuscan Tweed – 65/25/10 Wool/Viscose/Mohair color 9034
    • A Stitch in Time (Bethel)
      • Mohawk Wool (MountainTop by Classic Elite Yarns) – 60/30/10 Merino/Romney/nylon – 3313
      • Marigold mystery mini-skein
        • Tiny pumpkin kit
    • Nancy O (Ridgefield)
      • Wonderland Yarns Gradient set – superwash merino – Off with Her Red
      • Bonus yarn! Araucanía Yarns Huasco – merino – 106
  • Coventry Farmer’s Market
    • Legacy Fiber Artz – Steel Toes 75/25 SW merino/nylon – Sweater Weather
    • Palmer Family Farm – CVM – Red/brown
  • SPOILER ALERT – Voolenvine Mystery Halloween – Footsie 80/20 BFL/nylon – Mooncusser

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching – Little Bean and Me hosted by Kayleen – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXLRmd436KdkdOupGIgOu5Q

Stuff I’m Reading – (tracking on GoodReads)

  • Relistening to Fatal Alliance (SW:TOR) by Sean Williams (audio) narr by Marc Thompson

Fanfic Recommendation

 

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