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Podcaster Throwdown: (00:29)

Good job to everyone! We’ve submitted over 400 hats!

Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.

Check out the Podcaster Throwdown group in Ravelry. There will be prizes for participating in the Throwdown group on Ravelry, courtesy of XRX. Check out the Halos of Hope website and Ben’s interview with Pam Haschke on Fiber Hooligans.

The December incentive pattern is Zoe. Post your finished hats in this thread to get your incentive.

There are prizes for donating to Team Knottygirls. Check out Episodes 10, 11, 12, and 13, as well as the Prize Page for prize listings.  New prizes include a custom-dyed skein of Dizzy Blonde yarns.

Send your hats to Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.

Purlescence Address:

Purlescence Yarns
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

There is another way to participate. You can now donate for your favorite team. Click here and choose your team. $5 is equal to one hat for your team! Each $5 lets Halos of Hope to ship 16 hats to cancer centers and hospitals around the country.

We are starting to gather grand prizes for the winning team.

Catching Up: (5:03)

Hatnado was amazingly fun. There was cake and wine and mockery of the fantastic opus Sharknado. Thank you so much to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company for letting us use their space and to everyone who came out and donated hats.

Laura has been having a lot of family time, including visits from her sister-in-law (who is MIllieHanS on Ravelry. She is tired from getting the house ready. She is doing a lot of Stitches West prep. She may take Tournament 10 off from Nerd Wars. She is possibly seeking a new captain or co-captain for Team Browncoat. We mention Ysolda's Mystery knitalong.

Jen has been baking fancy pies for various holiday events. She's been trying to get into the Christmas spirit, because she's been working a lot. Jen got her tree up though. Santa will bringing Laura's Christmas tree (which is what her step-granddaughter are used to). Jen has the whole week off and is looking forward to it, because knitting time! And the Doctor Who Christmas special. Jen has also entered the 30 Day Sweater Design Competition, so thank you to everyone who voted for her.

In the Knitting Bag: (14:09)

Spring Lacy Hat
DonnaOdessa
Grumperina Hat

Laura is working on a third Big Damn Hero Hat by Dryope out of Knitpicks Brava in Rust, Yellow, and Orange.  She's also working on an r Odessa Hat (without beads) by Grumperina out of Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash DK in the color Jessica (turquoise) for her sister-in-law. She's also working on a Spring Lacy Hat by My Hobby is Crochet out of Berroco Comfort in Copen Blue and Lemon for a woman at work who is getting chemo.

Jennifer is knitting the California Poppy Shawl by Lydia Tsymbal out of Baah La Jolla in My Sweet Valentine for Melissa. She's also knitting a Man Hat by Haven Leavitt out of blue Plymouth Encore Yarn for Halos of Hope. And she is working on her Kently Socks by Heather Ordover out of Koigu.

Finished Objects: (20:02)

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Flick Wig (So Gidget)

Laura finished a Flick Wig by Wild Daffodil in Berroco Vintage Chunky Yarn in chocolate for a friend's mom.  (We point you to Episode 1 for the story of this yarn, which was Laura's first Frog Pond story for the show and involves a Sylvi Coat and the Yggdrasil Afghan.) She made an Olivia’s Butterfly Hat out of Berroco Comfort in Copen Blue.

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Gramps Cardigan
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Easy Baby Sweater

Jen finished her Easy Baby Sweater by Susan Mills out of Classic Elite Liberty Wool in Caribbean Tide for her nephew. She also finished gramps by tincanknits out of Delcious Yarns Frosting Worsted in Blueberry and Pistachio, again for her nephew.  She finished a vanilla hat in Blue and White Encore for the Throwdown. And she finished her secret Christmas project.

Devil's Tower: (25:32)

Laura has put her Sous Chef hat by Marly Bird out of Knitpicks Brava in Rouge and Coral. It's just too labor intensive right now. Her sock design in Lambie Toes is also on hold.

We talk about Wollmeise and self-striping sock yarn.

Jen is sad because her devils tower is too big. All of her Halos hats need ends woven in, she has shawls and cardigans and everything.

Frog Pond: (29:33)

Laura had to tink back three rows on the Grumperina hat, because she was talking too much while knitting.

Jen had to frog her entire California Poppy Shawl because she made a big mistake and she was only 24 rows in. She decided it wasn't worth it to drop down and fix it, because that would have taken just as long as frogging and re-knitting.

She also accidentally stabbed herself in the chin with a darning needle. Be careful with those things.

On Deck: (34:11)

Laura wants to make a Dragon Tail Hat by Jen Spears for Nerd Wars, Doctor Who-inspired hat out of Dizzy Blonde Superwash DK in Smurfinator, and Down the Garden Path by Michele DuNaier out of Lambie Toes for her Stitches West booth.

Jen will be working on more hats (maybe even a crochet hat), her cardigan design (she's excited to use her Wollmeise), and she really wants to do some colorwork so she might make Water for the Elephants by Rose Hiver or mitts inspired by Jacaranda blossoms (her own designs).

Knit Culture (39:41)

We review Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham, which the awesome people at Cooperative Press sent us. We recommend it. Knitted dishcloths rock for cleaning dishes and faces and the small patterns are great for beginning knitters (little girls can make wool doll blankets) or knitters that need stuff on the go. It's very informative. Jen wants to make them into quilt squares and pillows. The motifs are really lovely and versitile. Four thumbs up (and a toe!)

We announce the 2014 Stashdown. We like themes for the year more than resolutions (we are cribbing shameless from the Knitmore Girls). We both have obscene stashes, so for 2014 we have set some goals to reduce stash. Jen's 2014 theme is to simplify her life and create things to make her life overwhelming, which involves letting go of a lot of stuff. She wants to get rid of her stash by knitting.

We challenge ourselves and our listeners to reduce stash as a year-long project. Knit from your stash all year long. Catalog your stash and find out what you have (however you want to). Then set goals for yourself. Each month will have a theme and a thread to post FOs along the theme and there will be prizes. Set some goals for yourself (these are personal, so whatever you want). Jen's goals are to buy no yarn except for at Stitches West or if Wollmeise Lace becomes available and to knit at least 20000 yards of yarn (this may be reassessed). Laura will only buy yarn at Stitches (as much as she wants) and only one skein of yarn at smaller festivals. She wants to knit at least 1/3 of her stash. She will check her stash before she buys yarn for projects.

There will be a confessional thread for when you fall down. No judgement, just acknowledgment to help you get back onto your goal.

Go to the general Stashdown Thread on Ravelry to post your goals and chit chat about your stashdown ideals. We'll open the January and confessional thread soon.

We also recommend using a meter from Knitmeter.com to track how much you've knit, crochet, or spin over the year.

Geek Culture: (57:39)

We talk about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is at its midseason hiatus. We both want to love the series, but right now we only like it. We are hopeful for the future, knowing how Joss's first seasons go.

We point out the Star Trek Renegades trailer.

We also point out io9's article about 10 TV Shows that Desperately Need Their Own Drinking Game.

Events: (1:08:55)

We will be at Stitches West, which is February 20-23 in Santa Clara, CA at the Convention Center. Dizzy Blonde Studios & Skeindalous Yarns are sharing a booth (booth 906); we will update you with the booth number when we get it. Halos of Hope will have a booth (booth 908) and we may have a Meet and Greet. We will will be at the Friday Night Pajama Party, hosted by Marly Bird. It's a lot of fun, we hope to see you there. The Dizzy Blonde booth is a collection point for Halos of Hope hats for Team KnottyGirls (the final collection point!). With prizes! Shout out to the Purlescence Girls!

We will get together with the Yarn on Tap Girls for an event we call Knit2Together. This will be sometime in January at a point halfway between us and we will knit hats for Halos of Hope.

Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry group! And don’t forget to knit hats and donate.

P.S. What Does the Fox Say?

Direct download: Episode_16-Tornado_of_Sharks_or_Laura_and_Jen_Wonder_What_the_Fox_Says.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16am PDT

Today’s episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. For holiday gifts for the knitter in your life, please visit DizzyBlondeStudios.etsy.com. Shop updates will occur throughout the month of December.

Podcaster Throwdown: (1:04)

Good job to everyone! We've submitted over 300 hats!

Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.

Check out the Podcaster Throwdown group in Ravelry. Check out the Halos of Hope website and Ben’s interview with Pam Haschke on Fiber Hooligans.

The December incentive pattern is Zoe. Post your finished hats in this thread to get your incentive.

There are prizes for donating to Team Knottygirls. Check out Episodes 10, 11, 12, and 13, as well as the Prize Page for prize listings.  New prizes include a custom-dyed skein of Dizzy Blonde yarns.

Send your hats to Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.

Purlescence Address:

Purlescence Yarns
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

There is another way to participate. You can now donate for your favorite team. Click here and choose your team. $5 is equal to one hat for your team! Each $5 lets Halos of Hope to ship 16 hats to cancer centers and hospitals around the country.

We are starting to gather grand prizes for the winning team.

Catching Up: (4:19)

Jen has been sick but she's getting better. She's also been getting ready for the holidays. She was unable to bake for parties (because that's not great when your sick). She's also been working on pattern writing. She recommends Craftsy.

Laura is recovering from the three (yes, three) Thanksgiving dinners. She's working to plan Christmas holidays, juggling the schedules of all the families. She's working on her Nerd Wars; there is a Smaug theme this round to celebrate The Hobbit. She's decorating for Christmas. She's also working on getting her house and studio together after the remodel.

In the Knitting Bag: (14:32)

Jen has started a second Gerri Hat for the Throwdown out of the Peter Pan Wendy Yarn in pink. She has been working on her secret Christmas project. It's blocking. Finally! She also is working on another vanilla hat in white Plymouth Encore Yarn. She ran out of yarn, so she'll probably make the top blue. And she is working on gramps by tincanknits out of Delcious Yarns Frosting Worsted in Blueberry and Pistachio.

We talk about Miss Babs Yarn and Cookie A Sock Club

Laura is working on her original sock pattern out of Lambie Toes in "No Touching Guns". She's also working on a third Big Damn Hero Hat by Dryope out of Knitpicks Brava. She's also doing a Sous Chef out of Knitpicks Brava.

Finished Objects: (20:42)

Jen finished two vanilla hats out of white Plymouth Encore and a Gerri hat out of the pink Peter Pan yarn for the throwdown.

Laura finished her Sassy-tis (Clapotis by Kate Gilbert) out of custom-dyed Dizzy Blonde Studios yarn.  She also finished her Gavin’s DinoRAWR Spiked Beanie Hat by Niki Wyre out of Knitpicks Brava and her Companion beaded choker in Hempathy.

Devils Tower: (23:49)

Jen finally finished the sleeve on her Easy Baby Sweater out of Classic Elite Liberty Wool in Caribbean Tide.

Laura is ready to pick up her 22 Leaves Shawlette by Lankakomero. She's making it out ofMean Girls Yarn Club in Heart in a Box.

Frog Pond: (26:04)

Laura finished her Companion and got credit for it in Nerd Wars and then promptly frogged it. She was unhappy with the center section and it was too small. She does not enjoy knitting with Hemp Yarn.

On Deck: (29:45)

Jen is going to knit the California Poppy Shawl out of Baah La Jolla in My Sweet Valentine for Melissa.  And she is working on her Sweetheart of the Rodeo design and figuring out how she wants to chart her designs.

Laura will be making a Crocodile Stitch Slouchy Beret by Bonita Designs. She may be making a River Tam hat (pattern by Jessamyn Leib) in Dizzy Blonde Jessica (which is turquoise), but she is struggling with the tubular cast on. Jen recommends Eunny Jang's tutorial. She's going to make a Doctor Who inspired hat out of Smurfinator. And she will be making Down the Garden Path by Michele DuNaier out of Lambie Toes. She will use it as a crochet sample in her Stitches booth.

Knit Culture: (38:20)

We have an interview with the amazing Pam Haschke of Halos of Hope. She shares her story about how she started Halos of Hope. Here is the The Happy Hat story (and here is Drew's blog about it as well).

We also talk a bit about Southern California and about her crafting. Pam mentions Fiesta Yarns Starburst La Boheme.

Laura tells a story about Trixie and yarn.

A Halloween bag for Socktober!

We announce the winners of the Socktober KAL/CAL. The People's Choice winner is Photoknitgal's Hitchhiker. Congratulations! You win a Halloween-themed project bag sewn and donated by our amazing JoniLvsNeddy. Runner up is apple380's Doctor Who socks. Congratulations! You win a HiyaHiya scutti bag. Random draw winner number 1 is moclell's Line Break. Congratulations! You win some Hiya Hiya sock needles. And our second random draw winner is apple380's Hitchhiker. Congratulations! You win some Kollage square sock needles.

Jen points out two cool knitterly things: KnitsforLife made a knit apple pie crust and Bohemia Fibers is doing American Horror Story Coven Limited edition yarns.

Geek Culture: (1:11:41)

We talk about some perfect gifts for the geek in your life.

Our recommendations:

Twilight Zone Definitive Collection

Firefly: The Game Big Damn Heroes Promo Edition

A plethora of Doctor Who goodies

Kaylee's Parasol

Star Trek Transporter Bath Mat and Shower Curtain.

Lego Serenity Kit

Hobbit Feet Slippers

We also recommend giving your partner the gift of uninterrupted geek time.

Events: (1:19:04)

Hatnado!!! Come watch (and mock) the masterpiece of a film known as Sharknado! and knit hats for Halos of Hope with us. It will be in the Annex of the Alamitos Bay Yarn Company on Saturday, December 14th from 1:30 to 4:30pm. Bring munchies and wine to share if you want to. We will bring cake! Seating is limited to 18, RSVP here.

We will be at Stitches West, which is February 20-23 in Santa Clara, CA at the Convention Center. Dizzy Blonde Studios & Skeindalous Yarns are sharing a booth; we will update you with the booth number when we get it. Halos of Hope will have a booth and we may have a Meet and Greet. We will will be at the Thursday Night Market Preview. The Dizzy Blonde booth is a collection point for Halos of Hope hats for Team KnottyGirls (the final collection point!). With prizes!

We will get together with the Yarn on Tap Girls for an event we call Knit2Together. This will be sometime in January at a point halfway between us and we will knit hats for Halos of Hope.

Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry group! And don't forget to knit hats and donate.

Direct download: Episode_15-Tasty_Knitting_Or_Jen_and_Laura_do_the_Can-Can.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm PDT

Podcaster Throwdown: (0:58)

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Hats not yet counted. And this is just one tub of three!

Hat Tallies are updated:

1. Team Knitmore - 110

2. Team Sock-a-holic - 48

3. Team Knotty – 42

4. Ready-Set-Knit - 12

5. Craftlit – 6

6. Team Knit Knit Cafe - Not yet

Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.

Check out the Podcaster Throwdown group in Ravelry. Check out the Halos of Hope website and Ben’s interview with Pam Haschke on Fiber Hooligans.

The November incentive hat is A Chill in Wonderland by Izzy Schutz. Post completed hats in the the thread to get your hat.

Sharon from Knitaholics Anonymous offered a hat pattern (Bow Cloche in Memory of Linda).  Go to here for details.

There are prizes for donating to Team Knottygirls. Check out Episodes 10, 11, 12, and 13, as well as the Prize Page for prize listings.  New prizes include a custom-dyed skein of Dizzy Blonde yarns.

Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.

Purlescence Address:

Purlescence Yarns
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

We are starting to gather grand prizes for the winning team.

Catching Up: (8:43)

Laura had a trunk show at Colors 91711.  She is almost done with the remodel and assembly of her studio. She’s been working on lots of Nerd Wars stuff and dying up yarn for the next installment of the Mean Girls Yarn Club.

Jen has been cooking a lot. She’s using a seasonal cookbook that she loves. She is also reading Carole King’s autobiography. She's been spinning. And she saw a workshop of a play her friend wrote. It was part of the Blank Theatre's Living Room Series. Jen also gushes a bit about the “Day of the Doctor” and Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

In the Knitting Bag: (18:14)

Laura is working on Gavin's DinoRAWR Spiked Beanie Hat by Niki Wyre out of Knitpicks Brava.  She is also working on the third incarnation of her Companion beaded choker in Hempathy for the Nerd Wars “Wave Your Geek Flag” challenge.  And she continues to work on a Big Damn Hero Hat by Dryope out of Knitpicks Brava.

Jen is working on her Christmas project, on her Sunshine Socks by Cookie A in Dream in Color Smooshy in Butter Peeps, a Gerri Hat for the Throwdown out of the Peter Pan Wendy Yarn in pink, some very old vanilla socks out of some very old Opal Sock Yarn, and a plain vanilla hat out of Plymouth Encore Yarn in white.  She also started Kently Socks by Heather Ordover from Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock out of Koigu for Ron.

Finished Objects: (25:15)

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Odessa Hat
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Broncos Scarf

Laura finished her Odessa Hat (without beads) by Grumperina out of Mean Girls Yarn Club mini skeins in Curses (acid green and purple).  She also finished her Broncos Gridiron Scarf (Lattice Wingspan) out of Mean Girls Yarn Club Hoar’s Yer Buddy.  We mention Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

Shawl
A close up of Jen's shawl in the morning light

Jen finished a shawl of her own design out of the KnitDizzney yarn and now she has to write up the pattern. We mention Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia

Devil’s Tower: (31:40)

Laura still has her Sassy-tis (Clapotis by Kate Gilbert) in Devil’s Tower for Nerd Wars, waiting for Round 3.  And she is just having trouble feeling motivated to work on her sock design out of Lambie Toes.

Laura also talks about a way to motivate herself to finish her WIPS.

We mention Slipped Stitch Studios and the Doctor Who Sock Kit from Lorna's Laces.

On Deck: (36:05)

Laura will be crocheting Hildegard by Bernadette Ambergen in Lambie Toes for her booth at Stitches. We mention Belle Époque, Skeindalous Yarns, Into The Whirled, and Indigodragonfly.

Jen will be making hats and a baby sweater.

Knit Culture: (40:30)

We review Fiber Factor Challenge 6.

We remind you to vote for your favorite designs by clicking “Love” in the Socktober FO thread. Voting closes November 29th. Prize winners will be announced in Episode 15!

We draw the winner for our 500 member Milestone Prize and it's Astridpurls! Congratulations! Ravelry Message Laura for your prize (a pair of Toluca Knit Jewelry Needle Gauge Earrings.

Geek Culture: (57:15)

We review the young adult novel Grounded: The Seven by Heather Ordover. We highly recommend the book for yourself and your teenagers you love and are waiting impatiently for the sequel! She also has a book of socks inspired by the characters of Grounded called Novel Socks. Jen has it and she loves the patterns.

We point out some templates for making Star Wars themed snowflakes for your geeky holidays.

We also point out two lists of ranking all the episodes of two of our favorite shows: Doctor Who and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

We mention the unaired pilot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the unaired pilot for the Big Bang Theory.

Events: (1:13:10)

We will get together with the Yarn on Tap Girls for an event we call Knit2Together. This will be sometime in January at a point halfway between us and we will knit hats for Halos of Hope.

Hatnado!!! Come watch (and mock) the masterpiece of a film known as Sharknado! and knit hats for Halos of Hope with us. It will be in the Annex of the Alamitos Bay Yarn Company on Saturday, December 14th from 1:30 to 4:30pm. Bring munchies and wine to share if you want to. We will bring cake! Seating is limited to 18, so watch this space for signups.

And finally we will be at Stitches West, which is February 20-23 in Santa Clara, CA at the Convention Center. Dizzy Blonde Studios & Skeindalous Yarns are sharing a booth; we will update you with the booth number when we get it. Halos of Hope will have a booth and we may have a Meet and Greet. We will also be attending Friday’s Fashion Show and Dinner. The Dizzy Blonde booth is a collection point for Halos of Hope hats for Team KnottyGirls (the final collection point!). With prizes!

Our next milestone prize will be at 1000 members, so join the Ravelry group, don't forget to vote for your favorite Socktober Project, and remember to keep knitting hats.

Direct download: Episode_14-Prying_Drawz_Or_Laura_and_Jen_Love_Heather_Ordover.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm PDT

Today’s episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. For beautifully hand-dyed yarns and inspired knit design, please visit DizzyBlondeStudios.etsy.com

Throwdown Update: (1:13)

Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.

Check out the Podcaster Throwdown group in ravelry. Check out the Halos of Hope website and Ben’s interview with Pam Haschke on Fiber Hooligans.

The November incentive hat is A Chill in Wonderland by Izzy Schutz. Post completed hats in the the thread to get your hat.

There are prizes for donating to Team Knottygirls. Check out Episodes 10, 11, and 12 for prize listings.

Don’t forget to ship your hats to Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.

Purlescence Address:

Purlescence Yarns
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

We are starting to gather grand prizes for the winning team.

Catching Up: (5:25)

Jen took a whirlwind trip up to her parents' house for her nephew's first birthday. She's also been planning the Thanksgiving menu for her house and working on the Halos Hats because the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers are awesome and so is the Long Beach Stitch and Beach.

Laura and Jen talk about WeFF. They both enjoyed it. They talk about yellow-unfriendly lighting. We also mention Forbidden Woolery, Blarney Yarns, and Krupnikas.

Laura has carpet in her house! And had to get some car repairs after hitting a planter. Tony fell and hurt his wrist, so she has had some bad luck this weekend. She's prepping for the holidays, which is difficult as she is from a blended family so scheduling gets tough.

In the Knitting Bag: (13:13)

Jen has been working on her secret Christmas project, a Christmas sweater for her nephew (her own design) out of Stitch Cafe Delicious Yarns, the Knit Dizzney shawl pattern (also her own design) out of the Dizzy Blonde Sock Yarn, and a Gerri Hat for the Throwdown out of the Peter Pan Wendy Yarn in pink.

Laura has been Stashing Down for Nerd Wars. She's been working on an Odessa Hat (without beads) by Grumperina out of Mean Girls Yarn Club mini skeins in Curses (which is acid green and purple). She's also working on an "Outlaw Hat" by Dryope out of Knitpicks Brava.

Finished Objects: (17:05)

Safe at Home Cardigan
Back of the sweater

Jen finished her Minion Hat for Halloween at work out of Plymouth Encore Yarn. She also finished her 30 Day Sweater sweater out of Dizzy Blonde Superwash DK in Anna. She also finished Ron's socks out of Koigu, but not in time for Socktober.

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Ron's socks

Laura finished one "Outlaw Hat" out of scraps of Lamb's Pride in very bright colors. She finished her Tree of Life Fingerless Mitts by Jenny Williams out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in the Thistle colorway.

Devil's Tower: (23:25)

Jen is picking up both her Sunshine Socks by Cookie A in Dream in Color Smooshy in Butter Peeps and her Watership Down shawl in Unique Sheep Selene in the colorway Nature Walk.

Laura still has her Sassy-tis (Clapotis) in Devil's Tower for Nerd Wars, but it coming out soon.  Also her Broncos Gridiron Scarf (Lattice Wingspan) out of Mean Girls Yarn Club Hoar’s Yer Buddy is waiting for her to fix the bind off edge because she doesn't like it.

Frog Pond: (27:22)

Jen had a happy accident with the shawl collar on her 30 day sweater. It was too small and didn't fold over like she wanted, but she decided she likes how it looks, so it's a happy accident.

Laura had to rip out her entire Socktober sock (which was her own design being worked up for Lambie Toes) because she didn't like the ribbing.

On Deck: (31:19)

Jen will be working on more Throwdown hats and her own sweater design out of Wollmeise DK and Shalimar Breathless DK. Also a California Poppy Shawl out of Baah La Jolla in My Sweet Valentine for Melissa.

Laura will be working Throwdown hats, hats for her family, continuing the sock design, and the third incarnation of her Companion beaded choker in Hempathy.

We mention the Mountain Ash Shawl.

Knit Culture: (34:25)

We review Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock, edited by Stephannie Tallent, sent to us from Cooperative Press. We both love it and highly recommend it. All of the patterns are gorgeous, the styling is gorgeous, and we want to knit everything. And we love the schematics.

We also point out this YouTube video of the Magic Knot as a way of joining ends.

The Socktober KAL is over. Two prizes will be random drawings, and there are two peoples choice awards. Go "love" your favorite projects in the Socktober FO thread. Voting closes Black Friday! Prize winners will be announced in Episode 15!

Geek Culture: (50:59)

We both answer a question from our Knotty Talk Thread.

tygherknits asks Impatiently waiting for the next episode! I just want to hear more! And I think Laura should talk about noms some more. So we geek out about cooking!

Jen mentions some of her favorite baking recipes (lemon blueberry cookies and mini cheesecakes in a jar), a pie recipe she really wants to try, and asks for pie crust tips. She talks about peach-blueberry thyme cupcakes too, because she loves savory mixed with sweet flavors.

Laura talks about her booze-infused cupcakes, her "noms" (the lollypops she makes), and making geeky chocolate candies.

Jen also talks about wanting to be a better cake/cookie decorator, we talk about Portal cookie cutters, and we mention Craftsy (which has cake decorating classes as well as fiber-related classes).

We have started a cooking thread, so come share your own cooking joys or woes and awesome recipes.

Events: (1:04:03)

We are still working on a Throwdown knitting event, watch this space. There will be cake, Sharknado, and food. Hatnado!

There will be a Dizzy Blonde trunk show at Colors 91711 in Claremont on November 23 from 2-6pm. There will be Lambie Toes for sale as well as kits.

The Los Angeles Yarn Crawl will be from April 3-6, 2014.

Our next milestone prize will be at 500 members, so join the Ravelry group!

Direct download: Episode_13-Fresh_Brainmeat_or_Laura_and_Jen_Experiment_in_the_Kitchen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm PDT

Today’s episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. For beautifully hand-dyed yarns and inspired knit design, please visit DizzyBlondeStudios.etsy.com

Throwdown Update: (1:10)

Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.

Thank you to El Segundo Slipt Stitchers for the hats donated!

Check out the Podcaster Throwdown group in ravelry. Check out the Halos of Hope website and Ben's interview with Pam Haschke on Fiber Hooligans.

The November incentive hat is A Chill in Wonderland by Izzy Schutz. Post completed hats in the the thread to get your hat.

New prizes added are:
1. Brenda Castiel is donating some patterns
2. Linelle Kennedy of KnitTotes has donated some circular needle cases and a tote bag
3. Heather of Mad Color has donated a skein of yarn.

Catching Up: (9:05)

Laura loved the CogKnitive Fibre Retreat and is taking care of the admin for the post-marketplace and dying a lot to prepare for WeFF. Her voice is back. The remodel is making her crazy, but it's almost done and to channel that, she is planning a trip.

Jen has been spinning! She's working on Knitpicks fiber. She really enjoys it. She saw the film Gravity, which had a lot of space geekery and the film Enough Said, which had knitting in it!

In The Knitting Bag: (18:30)

Laura has been working on a new sock pattern to be knit in Lambie Toes in the color No Touching Guns.

She's test knitting the A Chill in Wonderland hat in Knitpicks Brava Worsted.

And she is working on the third version of her Companion beaded choker in Hempathy.

Jen is still working on her 30 Day Sweater in the Dizzy Blonde Superwash DK in the colorway Anna.

She's also working on Ron's sock, which are the Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern with Fancy Knit Stripe from Knitting Vintage Socks out of Koigu.

She's working on another Gerri Hat for the Throwdown out of the Peter Pan Wendy Yarn in pink.

She is also making a Minion Hat for Halloween out of Plymouth Encore.

We confirm that 30 is no longer even close to middle aged and that middle aged is a silly concept.

Finished Objects: (26:07)

Laura has finished her Udones out of Knitpicks Palette in clover.

She also finshed her Broncos Gridiron Scarf (Lattice Wingspan) out of Mean Girls Yarn Club Hoar's Yer Buddy. She needs to block it, but she has no room.

Jen never finishes anything. She has tons of projects on hold for the 30 day sweater, including her Rocky Coast Cardigan, her Sunshine Socks, her secret Christmas project, and her shawl design for Knit Dizzney.

Devil's Tower: (32:19)

Laura is putting her Sassy-tis (Clapotis) in the Devil's Tower until November, so it can be a flexible schedule for Nerd Wars. Same with her Tree of Life Fingerless Mitts.

Jen has everything in Devil's Tower.

Frog Pond: (34:58)

Jen thought she lost her knitting, but she really just misplaced it.

On Deck: (35:59)

Laura will do some more hats, both for the throwdown and her family, possibly the Sous Chef hat.

Jen will be working on throwdown hats, a shawl for Melissa, a sweater for her nephew, the Knit Dizzney shawl, and her own sweater design.

Knit Culture: (38:10)

We review Fiber Factor Challenge 5.

Geek Culture: (55:51)

We talk about awesome geeky knitting and crochet including:

1. Baby's First DNA Model by Kimberley Chapman
2. An article about Mathematical Knitting from American Scientist.
3. This very detailed knit skeleton by Ben Cuevas
4. Emily Stoneking's dissection models
5. Golden Spiral by Woolly Thoughts which uses the Fibonacci Sequence
6. Hyperbolic Hexagon Socks by H. Lurie
7. Illusion Tessellation by Deborah Tomasello (and she has socks as wells).

We also mention the What Would Madame Defarge Knit? books and the Jane Austen Knits.

Events: (1:03:25)

We are having a Knitalong in October! The Socktober Knitalong! Knit something (anything (hats)) out of sock yarn (fingering weight or any yarn that would make good socks) or knit socks out of any weight yarn between October 1st and October 31st. Post finished projects there for a chance to win a prize. Please do a separate entry for each project. Hiya Hiya has provided some prizes and Joni has given a project bag as a prize.

We will be at the Southern California Handweaver’s Guild Annual Weaving and Fiber Festival (WEFF) at the Torrance Convention Center on Sunday November, 3rd. Parking is free, entry is seven dollars. Laura will be vending. You can drop off Halos Hats at her booth. We may be doing some knitalong action with Yarn on Tap there for the Throwdown; we will keep you posted. Come say hi.

We are working on some knitalong events for the Throwdown. We will keep you updated. It will involve Sharknado and cake.

There will be a Dizzy Blonde trunk show at Colors 91711 in Claremont on November 23 from 2-6pm. There will be Lambie Toes for sale.

New milestone drawing at 500 members, so join our Ravelry group!

Direct download: Episode_12-3-D_Spirally_Or_Jen_Has_Places_Where_She_Puts_Things.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:29pm PDT

Today’s episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. For beautifully hand-dyed yarns and inspired knit design, please visit DizzyBlondeStudios.etsy.com

Throwdown Update (1:28)

Check out Episode 8.5 for Throwdown information.

Knit Knit Cafe has joined the fray!

If you donate a hat for Team Knotty in October, you’ll receive the Full Tilt Hat pattern. Post in the thread to get your pattern. Also, join the Podcaster Throwdown Ravelry Group.

CozyCouch is awesome and has knitted 11 hats!

In addition to the lovely prizes from last week, JoniLvsNeddy has donated some really cute project bags for prizes.

Don’t forget to ship your hats to Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.

Purlescence Address:

Purlescence Yarns
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Catching Up (4:52)

Jen sang at two charity gigs and she enjoyed it. She's started a new book about the Rocky Flats nuclear plant called Full Body Burden. She and Ron have been watching cheesy horror films, because it's October, including Carnival of Souls. She took a drop spindling class at CogKnitive, and she loved it.

Laura has returned from New Mexico, visiting her stepdaughter. She saw her stepdaughter in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She also started watching Doctor Who and Downton Abbey. The registration for the Sunnydale Yarn club are closed and the names have been drawn. Her dad is doing much better; thanks to all of you for your concern. And her remodel is almost done!

Melissa had to explain to her coworkers what a fiber retreat was. Also, they think yarn crawls involve a lot more booze than they do. Jen references this experiment.

In the Knitting Bag (12:22)

Jen has been working on her Bed Socks in Lemon Pattern with Fancy Knit Stripe from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush for Ron and the Socktober KAL/CAL out of Koigu in a very multi-colored colorway. Jen mentions Foxy Knits.

She's also working on her 30 Day Sweater out of Dizzy Blonde Superwash DK in the color Anna. She spent a lot of time working on cable charting. She also worked on her Rocky Coast Cardigan out of Fibre Company Organik in Highlands.

Laura has been working on her second pair of Tree of Life Fingerless Gloves by Jenny Williams out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in the Thistle Colorway. She’s also still working on her Udones (Roman socks0 in Knitpicks Palette in the color Clover.

We talk a bit about Naalbinding and the History Channel show Vikings.

Laura has also been working on her Sassitis (Clapotis) and her Gridiron Scarf (Lattice Wingspan), which are both very close to done.

Melissa knit a huge Mountain Ash Shawl and it killed her will to knit shawls, so she is working on Leah's Lovely Cardigan (her first sweater) from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts out of Malabrigo Sock in Archangel. She is also working on a lot of hats for Hatoween (with some help from Jen).

Finished Objects

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Big Damn Heroes
Two Butterfly Hats

Laura finished one pair of Tree of Life Mittens in the Forest Heather color of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, two Olivia's Butterfly Hats for Halos of Hope out of Knitpicks Brava, and she finished her Mother Bears (faces and all). But really, Barbara from 2 Knit Lit Chicks did the faces.

Melissa has finished several Hatoween hats.

On Deck:

Laura is going to be test knitting a hat pattern for Steamlolita. She will be reworking a sock pattern to be rewritten for Lambie Toes Yarn for Socktober. We mention Four Weddings.

Jen will be jumping into crochet, making a Basic Stitches Crochet Hat for the Throwdown. Also other throwdown hats. She will be making a little sweater for her nephew's first birthday out of Delicious Yarn from Stitch Cafe.

Melissa will be making Throwdown hats with her leftover Hatoween yarn. She will also be making a very colorful striped cardigan.

Knit Culture (30:10)

We answer a question from MillieHanS. Any tricks, tips for knitting with two yarns - not necessarily together. Say one is a wool that can be blocked as for a lace edge but the ‘body’ of a rectangular shawl isn’t as stretchy. I can’t figure out a good way to determine repeats so they are the same width even tho I swatch.

Swatch. A lot. Wash and block the swatches. Swatch them together. Or find two yarns that are more similar if you can, because that might be more easy. Also consider if you're picking up stitches, changing yarns, knitting on a border--they will all change how it behaves.

A lifeline might be your best friend. Also don't be afraid to re-do things.

Jen and Melissa bought some great yarn at CogKnitive retreat including Forbidden Woolery, Knitted Wit yarn, bags from RKs Mom and Slipped Stitch Studios. Melissa bought a lot of Dizzy Blonde Yarn. And a lot of her yarn was pink. Jen and Melissa both bought some Indigo Dragonfly yarn and they love her color names. There were some great metal shawl pins. Jen got some great Bee Mice Elf fiber for spinning and wants to get some Red Fish Dye Works fiber when she's a better spinner.

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Jamie of the Awesome Metalwork Pins in the Cogknitive Marketplace.

We also mention Dye for Yarns and Ladybug Fiber.

Geek Culture (46:26)

We geek out over Doctor Who and Torchwood.

Upcoming Events: (52:49)

We are having a Knitalong in October! The Socktober Knitalong! Knit something (anything (hats)) out of sock yarn (fingering weight or any yarn that would make good socks) or knit socks out of any weight yarn between October 1st and October 31st. Post finished projects there for a chance to win a prize. Please do a separate entry for each project. Hiya Hiya has provided some prizes and Joni has given a project bag as a prize.

We will be at the Southern California Handweaver’s Guild Annual Weaving and Fiber Festival (WEFF) at the Torrance Convention Center on Sunday November, 3rd. Parking is free, entry is seven dollars. Laura will be vending. You can drop off Halos Hats at her booth. We may be doing some knitalong action with Yarn on Tap there for the Throwdown; we will keep you posted. Come say hi.

We are working on some knitalong events for the Throwdown. We will keep you updated.

New milestone drawing at 500 members, so join our Ravelry group!


Today's episode is sponsored by Dizzy Color. Dizzy Blonde Studios and Mad Color Fiber Arts have come together to bring you Dizzy Color's Sunnydale, a wickedly clever yarn club inspired by Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For more information, visit http://www.dizzycolor.wordpress.com.

Podcaster Throwdown Update: (0:55)

Check out Episode 8.5 if you're confused about what the Throwdown is.

Two new podcasts have joined: Ready, Set, Knit and Yarn on Tap. Thank you to Hollywood Knitter and the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers for backing Team Knotty.

If you donate a hat for Team Knotty in October, you'll receive the Full Tilt Hat pattern. Post in the thread to get your pattern. Also, join the Podcaster Throwdown Ravelry Group.

We have prizes. Thank you to Bijou Basin Ranch, Imperial Yarn, Knitter's Pride, Fairmount Fibers, and Green Mountain Spinnery for providing amazing prizes of yarn, patterns, and/or needles (and also to Stefanie of Wool Wide Web for coordinating that effort). Also thank you to Dizzy Blonde Studios and Cards By Erica for providing gift certificates as prizes.

Please contact us if you want to donate more prizes, because everything helps.

Don't forget to ship your hats to Purlescence Yarns, tagged for Team Knotty. Shipping information is here.

Purlescence Address:

Purlescence Yarns
your name & the name of your team
564 South Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Catching Up: (5:47)

Laura has been getting ready for a trip to New Mexico (packing knitting is hard!). She's also been dying a lot for the Mean Girls Yarn Club first installment and some vending events. She's also preparing for her new yarn club. We're both working on getting some Throwdown events together.

Jen has been playing lots of guitar for her gig. She's also become obsessed with Downton Abbey. She's also preparing to teach in a few weeks. She owes a lot to the Knitmore Girls tutorial on grosgrain ribbon, but she has other tips to add to the technique.

We also mention Avatar: The Last Airbender and Sherlock

In the Knitting Bag: (10:34)

Laura has started a lot of things. She's knitting a hat for her sister out of Nashua Wooly Stripes in WS04 pastels. She's continuing to work on her Tree of Life Fingerless Gloves by Jenny Williams out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes. She's also still working on her Udones in Knitpicks Palette.

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Afterthought heels are easy!

Jen has been working on her Rocky Coast Cardigan out of Fibre Company Organik, but she ran out of knitting (so always carry an extra ball of yarn). She's working on a shawl of her own design for the Knit Dizzney yarn. She's working on another Gerri Hat in the Naturally Caron Spa and another hat for students of one of her knitsibs' sons out of Plymouth Encore Worsted. She's also been knitting on her super secret Christmas project.

Finished Objects: (18:28)

Claudia Cap. Booyah!

Laura's only finished one thing, her Claudia Hat in Berroco Vintage.

Jen has a bunch of hats that need ends buried. She doesn't think they're done, but they're done by Laura's standards.

Devil's Tower: (20:51)

Laura is putting her Clapotis and her Lattice Wingspan into Devil's Tower so they can be WIPs for Nerd Wars. Her Mother Bears are awaiting hair and faces.

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Cheating WIP?

Jen is officially declaring her Sunshine Socks and her Watership Down shawl in Devil's Tower.

We talk about various methods of beading, including using Tigertail (like the Stitched Together Podcast), using Superfloss, pre-stringing, and tiny crochet hooks.

Frog Pond: (24:58)

Laura had to reknit one Tree of Life mitt because it was too big.

Jen may not have bought enough yarn for her secret Christmas project. How hard is it to match dye lots on black Cascade 220? We'll find out in the coming weeks.

On Deck: (28:12)

Laura is knitting a second pair of Tree of Life mitts, a Minion in Overalls hat, Assquack Hats, Olivia's Buttefly hats out of Knitpicks Brava, a vanilla hat for her brother. She will be working on converting a never-published sock design to be done in Lambie Toes yarn for Socktober.

Jen will be making more hats, some socks for Ron out of Koigu for Socktober, maybe a crochet hat, and she will be doing the 30 Day Sweater challenge out of Dizzy Blonde Superwash DK in Anna.

We mention Foxy Knits and the Fiber Hooligans Podcast.

Knit Culture: (33:41)

We issue a correction to our review of Wrapped in Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century by Deborah Tomasello. We apologize for missing that the baby wrap is lined on the back.

We interview Caroline and Amy of Yarnosphere.

We review Needles and Artifice by The Ladies of Mischief. The book is gorgeous, we love the patterns, and we highly recommend it. Some patterns are more costumey, but there are a lot that would work for everyday fashion.

Geek Culture: (1:00:42)

There is a new Serenity graphic novel, which takes up where the movie left off!

We also recommend listening to Bohemian Gravity.

Upcoming Events: (1:01:46)

Dizzy Blonde Yarns will also be for sale at the Yarnosphere Fiber Festival, in the Toluca Knit Jewelry and Fine Yarns Booth. This is a new festival, taking place October 12 and 13th. We will not be there, because we are at Cogknitive, but go support so we can keep a cool yarn festival here.

We will both be at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi from the evening of October 11th to the morning of October 13. Dizzy Blonde will be a vendor and Jen will just be hanging out and taking classes. The retreat is full, but contact Dr. Gemma to be on the waiting list. We will be collecting hats for Halos of Hope!

We will be at the Southern California Handweaver’s Guild Annual Weaving and Fiber Festival (WEFF) at the Torrance Convention Center. Parking is free, entry is seven dollars. Laura will be vending. You can drop off Halos Hats at her booth.

We will be having a Knitalong in October! The Socktober Knitalong! Knit something (anything (hats)) out of sock yarn (fingering weight or any yarn that would make good socks) or knit socks out of any weight yarn between October 1st and October 31st. Post finished projects there for a chance to win a prize. Please do a separate entry for each project. Hiya Hiya has provided some prizes.

Our next milestone drawing is at 500 members in the Ravelry Group, so join!


This episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. “Beautifully hand-dyed yarns in a variety of superwash bases and inspired knit design.” Listen to the episode for a special coupon code.

Catching Up: (1:03)

Jen is playing a lot of guitar to prepare for two benefit gigs: one for Generations on the Move and one for the Village of Hope. She's also prepping to teach.

Laura's father has been ill with SIADH, but he is recovering. She is also working on the Sunnydale Yarn Club. Pre-registration is open now!

Knit Dizzney was so much fun! Thank you to the following people who provided swag and coupons for the goody bags: Benjamin Levisay from XRX, 5elementknitr, Wolfe Farms, Yarn Garden, Yarnosphere, and Karen from id.me Promotions. And thank you to all who came.

In the Knitting Bag: (10:07)

Jen is working on an Aesop's Cables hat for the Podcaster Throwdown out of Red Heart Soft. She's also working on her Watership Dow out of Unique Sheep Selene in the color Nature Walk. She's also started her Rocky Coast Cardigan out of Fibre Company Organik in the colorway Highlands. She started the California Poppy Shawl out of Baah La Jolla in My Sweet Valentine. This is for Melissa, who wants the shawl, but doesn't want to knit it. Finally, she has one Sunshine Sock done and the second one cast on. She loves working with the Dream in Color Smooshy in Butter Peeps and Laura wants to eat it, because it looks like Peeps.

Laura is working on the Claudia Hat out of Berroco Vintage in Vintage for the Podcaster Throwdown. She is working on two pairs the Tree of Life Mitts for a friend and his wife. The first pair is in Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Forest Heather. She is also knitting some socks (Roman udones like this) for Roman re-enactment out of Knitpicks Palette in Clover Green. She's almost done with her Sassy-tis (Clapotis).

Finished Objects: (16:11)

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Gratuitous Artsy Shot

Jen finished her Effervescence Cardigan for Camp Loopy, just under the wire. And she's done 3 hats for the Throwdown, two Gerri hats (one in Wendy Peter Pan yarn and one in Naturally Caron Spa) and one Hermione Hearts Ron in leftover Pashmina.

One Throwdown Hat! BOOM!

Laura has finished her Malcub Reynolds Mother Bear and one Throwdown hat, the Reversible Beehive Hat in Berroco Comfort.

Devil's Tower (20:05)

The Broncos Scarf (Lattice Wingspan) is coming back out, because she ran out of yarn, but now she got more.

Frog Pond: (20:49)

Jen made her Aesop's Cables too short so she has to redo the top part. Laura maybe used the wrong needle size when casting on her Claudia hat and is debating ripping it out. It's wading in the frog.

On Deck: (23:34)

Jen is going to do a sweater design inspired by the cover of the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album; Laura will make a second pair of Tree of Life Mitts in gray. Both will work on more hats for the throwdown.

Knit Culture: (25:32)

We give an update on the Podcaster Throwdown. Listen to Episode 8.5 for information. You can join our Ravelry group. The teams currently in are Craftlit and Knitmore Girls. There is a rumor about Webs. Laura calls out the Yarniacs and Knit 1 Geek 2 to join. We are giving away the Eton Hat if you submit a hat for Team KnottyGirls in September. We are sourcing prizes...

We review Fiber Factor Challenge 4.

We review Wrapped in Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century by Deborah Tomasello. We definitely recommend checking it out.

And we have in interview with Johnny Vasquez of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge. There are awesome prizes and if you want sign up, you can go here

Geek Culture: (1:00:05)

We discuss upcoming geeky television shows for fall, including a re-air of Torchwood: Miracle Day and Orphan Black on BBC-America.

Events: (1:08:57)

Dizzy Blonde Yarns will also be for sale at the Yarnosphere Fiber Festival, in the Toluca Knit Jewelry and Fine Yarns Booth. This is a new festival, taking place October 12 and 13th. We will not be there, because we are at Cogknitive, but go support so we can keep a cool yarn festival here.

We will both be at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi from the evening of October 11th to the morning of October 13. Dizzy Blonde will be a vendor and Jen will just be hanging out and taking classes. The retreat is full, but contact Dr. Gemma to be on the waiting list. We will be collecting hats for Halos of Hope!

We will be at the Southern California Handweaver's Guild Annual Weaving and Fiber Festival (WEFF) at the Torrance Convention Center. Parking is free, entry is seven dollars. Laura will be vending. You can drop off Halos Hats at her booth.

We will be having a Knitalong in October! The Socktober Knitalong! Knit something (anything (hats)) out of sock yarn (fingering weight or any yarn that would make good socks) between October 1st and October 31st. Post finished projects there for a chance to win a prize. Please do a separate entry for each project.

Our next milestone drawing is at 500 members in the Ravelry Group, so join!


New podcast will be up next week. In the meantime, here's a bunch of links about the Podcaster Throwdown. Go Team Knotty Girls! Go Cake!

Bribery

If you knit a hat for us in September, we will send you a free pattern for the Eton Cap!

By entering the promo code "HALOS" you can get a free copy of Marly Bird's Gerri Hat (knit) and Sous Chef Hat (crochet) patterns.

Relevant Links

Halos of Hope Website

Halos of Hope Ravelry Group

Hat Tags

Podcaster Throwdown Group

Cap Guidelines and Recommendations for patterns and yarn

Shipping your Hat and Getting it Counted

Direct download: Episode_8.5--Podcaster_Throwdown_Information_Or_Laura_and_Jen_are_Late.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm PDT

Thank you to Barb and Tracy of the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast for playing our promo!

Catching Up: (1:06)

Laura is still remodeling. She is also preparing for KnitDizzney (we are EXCITED!). The Sunnydale Yarn Club has been pushed back a month. More information to come.

Jen got to attend a lecture by Sally Melville. We ask about your knitting choices--do you choose what to knit based on what you'd wear, or because the pattern looks awesome? She also went to some Speedway races, and brought her knitting. Where is the weirdest place you've brought your knitting? Finally, she has been cleaning her craft room and Ron made her the best label for one of her tubs.

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Communication Breakdown. But this is so adorable.

We are THROWING DOWN to the other podcasters! We bet that we can get more hats collected for Halos of Hope by Stitches West than your listeners. Email us at knottygirlsknitcast@gmail.com if you want to participate.

The Rules:
1. There are no rules.
2. Okay there are a few rules.
3. Follow the Halos of Hope Guidelines
4. Start Sept 1st.
5. We finish at Stitches West.
6. Get your listeners on board however you want.

We are still working out logistics to getting the hats counted, but get started knitting. We will work those details out as soon as possible.

You can submit hats for more than one team (But each individual hat will only count for one team).

There will be a prize drawing involved for the podcast team that collects the most hats.

And KnottyGirls Listeners, we will have goodies for those of you who submit hats for our team!

We will be talking more on the Fiber Hooligans Podcast on Monday, September 2nd so tune in to listen!

In The Knitting Bag: (14:38)

Laura has been knitting on a Simon Tam-inspired Mother Bear (Simon Tamda) out of Berroco Comfort and Knitpicks Brava.

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Simon Tamda

She is also working on her Gridiron Lattice Wingspan in the Mean Girls Yarn Club Colorway Hoar's Yer Buddy.

Her Sassy-tis (Clapotis) is out of Devil's Tower and being worked on again.

Jen is working on her Effervescence Cardigan, which is blocking and just needs finishing up (Sleeves sewn in and grosgrain ribbon and buttons added). She's making it out of Madelinetosh Pashmina.

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It's the Neverending Cardigan

She's also working on her Sunshine Socks. She started the first square from the Great American Afghan out of Cascade 220. The square was designed by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts.

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The first square of many.

Finished Objects: (18:51)

Laura's Shepherd Bear Mother Bear is done, in record time. Except for the stuffing and his hair. Jen thinks Laura might be fudging the definition of done. ;)

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Shepherd Bear.

Laura also finished a Kninja Kitty. And she finished the Entrechat for her granddaughter. Shoutout to Knitrality for recommending the pattern.

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Granddaughter bait!
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Big eyes=cute

On Deck: (22:24)

Laura is also a pattern slattern. She will be doing a Malcolm Reynolds Mother Bear (Malcubb Reynolds). And then she will do the rest of the crew in Mother Bears (River, Zoe, and Jayne Cubb). She will also be making the Tree of Life Fingerless Gloves by Jenny Williams out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes. She is making two pairs for a close friend and his wife, one in the Thistle Colorway and one in the Forest Heather Colorway. She has the yarn all dyed and ready for the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. She still plans to make a Minion army to guard her stash.

Jen plans to cast on the Rocky Coast Cardigan out of the Fibre Company Organik in Highlands. She will be finally casting on her Watership Down Mystery KAL Shawl. She will be knitting the California Poppy Shawl out of Bahh La Jolla yarn for Melissa. She is also starting two secret projects.

Knit Culture: (27:54)

We do our 250 member milestone drawing. The winner is Jadee! Next milestone is at 500 members!

We discuss Fiber Factor Challenge 3. This challenge involved Kenzie yarn, and we both want the yarn. Let us know your thoughts in the Fiber Factor thread in our Ravelry Group.

We answer a question from our Knotty Talk Thread. QallieQ asks I want to do lace- I want to do a gradient shawl- I have never done either… where do I start?. We talk about the Ravelry Advanced Pattern Search to find easier lace patterns (however, we recommend not underestimating yourself!). Jen recommends The Old Man of Storr by Carie Harling to get used to chart reading. Laura also recommends the Peacock Feathers Shawl.

We point listeners to the Unique Sheep Gradience Tutorials for how to use gradience yarns the way they dye them. We also mention long color repeat yarns like Freia Yarns and Desert Vista Dyeworks for another way to use gradient yarns. Please share advice and good lace patterns on our board.

Geek Culture (52:51)

There is a Firefly-themed MMORPG coming. Sign up to be on the mailing list here. And there is a trailer. We mention the Mary Sue and the Signal Podcast.

Jen brings up an awesome fan-generated theory by Jon Negroni that states that all Pixar movies take place in the same universe. We encourage you to take a look and let us know what you think.

We talk a little bit about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman and encourage you to let us know your thoughts.

Events (1:04:12)

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at Disneyland. We will be there from open to close. We will have a meetup at 2pm in the picnic area outside the Disneyland entrance; come say hi and get swag! Pre-orders are closed but yarn is still available in the Dizzy Blonde Etsy store. There will be pickup for T-shirts at the Yarn Garden in Whittier on August 31st from 2-5pm. Email Laura if you can't pick up your yarn to make other arrangements. If you have concerns about mobility/disabled parking please look at relevant information on the Disney site or call (714) 781-INFO.

We will both be at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi from the evening of October 11th to the morning of October 13. Dizzy Blonde will be a vendor and Jen will just be hanging out and taking classes. The retreat is full, but contact Dr. Gemma to be on the waiting list.

Dizzy Blonde Yarns will also be for sale at the Yarnosphere Fiber Festival, in the Toluca Knit Jewelry and Fine Yarns Booth. This is a new festival, taking place October 12 and 13th. We will not be there, because we are at Cogknitive, but go support.

Direct download: Episode_8--Podcaster_Throwdown_Or_Laura_and_Jen_Start_a_Rumble-V2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm PDT

Thank you to Jasmin and Gigi of the Knitmore Girls Podcast for playing our promo!

Catching Up (1:00)

Jen went to the Huntington Botanical Gardens where she saw an amazing embroidery exhibit. She is also reading a book about Laurel Canyon called Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood. She is also preparing to play a gig at a fundraiser for Generations on the Move.

Laura is getting new carpet in her house so she can set up a studio (woo!). She is busy with signups for Mean Girls Yarn Club. She also shares the exciting news that Dizzy Blonde Studios and Mad Color will be collaborating on a Buffy the Vampire and Angel themed yarn club. More information to come soon!

In the Knitting Bag (6:55)

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The lace/seed stitch/cable part of the Effervescence Cardigan

Jen has been knitting on her Camp Loopy month 3 project, which is the Effervescence Cardigan by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, published in the Circles + Dots e-book by Quince and Company. She is using Madelinetosh Pashmina in the colorway Rainwater. She added short row bust darts, which is making the body take a long time. She is also using a tubular cast on and tubular bind off. She also swatched for Sthe Unique Sheep Watership Down Mystery Shawl Knitalong (but has not started the first clue) and is working on the gusset of her first Sunshine Sock by Cookie A, out of Dream in Color Smooshy in Butter Peeps.

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Shunshine Shocks

Laura is working on a Shepherd Book-inspired Mother Bear (Shepherd Bear) out of Berroco Comfort. She is changing some of the construction. Next up will be Malcubb Reynolds Mother Bear. (She is down to the wire with her Nerd Wars projects).

We mention the Tempest Cardigan by Ann Weaver and the Knitpicks Brava yarn.

Finished Objects (13:40)

Madrona Shawl

Finally done. It only took five months

Jen finally finished her Madroña Shawl by Romi Hill out of Prism Delicato in Hibiscus. We talk about blocking lace without mercy.

Kaylee, looking shiny

Up until the punching, it was a real nice party.

Laura finished her Koalee Frye Mother Bear. She did the layer cake dress, and she is debating whether she needs to add hair.

Devil’s Tower (16:59)

Jen actually pulled out her Easy Baby Sweater out of Liberty Wool and picked up the second sleeve.

Laura’s Kninja Kitty is in Devil’s Tower waiting to be stuffed.

We mention OttLite for close work.

Frog Pond (20:12)

Jen had to do repair work on a dropped stitch on her Sunshine Socks. She also had to frog part of her Effervescence Cardigan because she neglected to do armhole shaping.

On Deck (23:15)

Laura is going to cast on Entrechat by Lisa Chemery for her granddaughter. She also is going to start building an army of Minions (pattern by Lisa Potts). She is also planning on starting an Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.

Jen is going to start the Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Fibre Company Organik in the colorway Highlands (absolutely not Tidal). She really, really wants to knit a Princess Shawl by Sharon Miller. She’ll also be knitting the California Poppy Shawl in Baah La Jolla yarn, in the colorway California Poppy.

Knit Culture (29:11)

We discuss the second challenge of the Fiber Factor. We mention the tutorial for handling fair isle floats by contestant Jodie Gordon Lucas and the Magic Knot Tutorial by Jane Richmond. Also we talk about the podcast Just One More Row.

We invite your thoughts on the Fiber Factor; come talk on our Ravelry Group!

Interview (42:49)

We have an amazing interview with the incredibly talented Annie Modesitt. We discuss her latest book: History on Two Needles and also knitting terminology. She blows our mind.

Geek Culture (1:13:36)

They have announced the casting of the Twelfth Doctor. Let us know what you think about the new Doctor.

Also, Ron Glass will be in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a doctor. We want to hear your thoughts on this and all other news about the show.

We also briefly mention Broadchurch. Is anyone else watching?

Events (1:16:04)

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at Disneyland. We will be there from open to close. We will have a meetup at 2pm in the picnic area outside the Disneyland entrance; come say hi and get swag!

We have pre-orders for both the custom yarn and T Shirts up! T-shirt orders are due by August 16th.

We will both be at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi from the evening of October 11th to the morning of October 13. Dizzy Blonde will be a vendor and Jen will just be hanging out and taking classes. The retreat is full, but contact Dr. Gemma to be on the waiting list.

Direct download: Episode_7-Sweaterpuppies_Or_Annie_Modesitt_Blows_Our_Minds.mp3
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hank you to Eve and Michele of the Skein After Skein podcast for the shout out. We say “Challenge Accepted!” (Details to come.)

Catching Up (1:22)

Laura got a new internet provider, but all may not yet be rosy.

She also was interviewed by Benjamin Levisay of the Fiber Hooligans Podcast. You can listen to her interview here or on iTunes.

She continues to work on a yarn club with Heather of Mad Color.

She is also working on preparing for the new year of Mean Girls Yarn Club (sign ups open in early August).

Jen has been really busy with work. She only has energy to go out and see movies. She saw Despicable Me 2, This is the End, World War Z, and Sharknado. She enjoyed them all but was disappointed in World War Z as an adaptation of the book. Sharknado was everything she could have hoped for.

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Laura and Melissa at Stitch and Pitch. You can catch a glimpse of Laura’s Lattice Wingspan!

We went to Stitch and Pitch at Dodger Stadium and it was really fun. We bought our tickets with the Yarnover Truck, who had extra gift bags and bingo cards. And Dodgers won!

In the Knitting Bag (15:26)

Laura is working on a Kaylee-inspired Mother Bear (Koalee Frye) out of Knitpicks Brava yarn.

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A cabled beret. So cute!

She also is working on the Cabled Beret by Darlene Dale as a gift for a client at work.

She continues to work on her Mean Girls Yarn Club WAL project, a Lattice Wingspan out of the MGYC colorway Hoar’s Yer Buddy.

Madrona shawl

Thisclose to done.

Jen is still working on her Madroña Shawl by Romi Hill out of Prism Delicato in Hibiscus. She’s on the last wing, and she is almost done.

She also cast on for the Sunshine Socks by Cookie A, out of the book Sock Innovation. She’s using Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway Butter Peeps.

Finished Objects(19:15)

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Hoban Washbear and Inara Bearra

Laura finished her Inara Bearra Mother Bear. All she has to do with her Cabled Beret is block it.

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Jen knit up a storm! (Get it?)

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The view from the front.

Jen finished her Tempest Cardigan by Ann Weaver for Camp Loopy. She knit it out of Dream in Color Smooshy in the colors Charged Cherry and Rosalita. She modified it to knit the body in one piece and used short rows to shape the armholes, sleeve caps, and shoulders. She also sewed grosgrain ribbon on the button band and used backing buttons, using these tutorials by the Knitmore Girls: Grosgrain Ribbon Buttonband Tutorial and Couture Button Tutorial.

She also finished her MGYC WAL project, the Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl by Jessie Doddington in the Dictate Hoar colorway of MGYC yarn. She also did some modifications on that to use more yarn. It still needs blocking.

On Deck (23:03)

Laura is waiting for Nerd Wars Challenges for August. She is going to cast on some Kninja Kitties (the Knitted Kitty by Lillian). She will also be knitting a coffee mug cozy based on Alison Hogg’s Grenade pattern.

Jen will be knitting the Effervescence Cardigan by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, published in the Circles + Dots e-book by Quince and Company. She is using Madelinetosh Pashmina in the colorway Rainwater. This is for Camp Loopy month 3 project, which requires the project to be 800 yards minimum. She’ll be using the tubular cast on and tubular bind off.

She is also going to start the Unique Sheep Watership Down Mystery Shawl Knitalong. She will also count this project as part of the Knitmore Girls Summer of Lace and Beads Knitalong.

Laura mentions that both the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast and the CogKNITive Podcast are hosting Mother Bear Knitalongs.

Knit Culture (28:08)

We discuss Challenge One of the The Fiber Factor as requested by Andimc13 in our Knotty Talk Thread. We both like it and will continue to watch and discuss. We appreciate the focus on knitting and not drama.

Laura points out a tutorial to make multiple pompoms at once on Flax and Twine.

We both are very excited for the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits coming out from Interweave Press. We love it when knit and geek culture collide. Laura is Slytherin and Jen is definitely Ravenclaw.

Geek Culture (46:56)

Pictures from the Rubiks Cube Yarn Bombing at Comic Con are up. (This is the project that some of our guests at the WWKIP event we hosted were working on.)

We discuss some of the announcements that excite us from Comic Con, including news about the upcoming Avengers movie (Yay Ultron!), Cobie Smulders being in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the new Harley Quinn comic series, and Batman vs. Superman.

We also mention Superman: Red Son and the Man of Steel Alternate ending joke YouTube video. (That last link is not safe for work and has swearing).

Events (54:48)

A preview of the custom Knit Dizzney Colorway

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at Disneyland. We will be there from open to close. We will have a meetup at 2pm in the picnic area outside the Disneyland entrance; come say hi and get swag! We will have t-shirts for preorder and a custom yarn color! Keep an eye out for those; information will be out soon.

We will both be at the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi from the evening of October 11th to the morning of October 13. Dizzy Blonde will be a vendor and Jen will just be hanging out and taking classes. The retreat is full, but contact Dr. Gemma to be on the waiting list.

Dizzy Blonde Yarns will be at Stitches Midwest August 8-11 at the Skeindalous Yarn’s Booth (Booth 925). This is just the yarn, not us.


This episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. "Beautifully hand-dyed yarns and inspired knit design." Listen to the episode for a special coupon code.

Signups for the Mean Girls Yarn Club open soon!

Love to Jan and Ellen of Twinset Designs for playing our promo.

Catching Up: (1:17)

Jen was on vacation and did a lot hiking and swimming. On the way home, she visited Sierra Cottons and Wools.

Laura has been busy with the Mean Girls Yarn Club; the final installment is due out soon. She also was visiting her parents.

She also was interviewed on The Fiber Hooligans Podcast on Monday, July 15th. You can find her interview here. Fiber Hooligans is also on iTunes.

There is also mischief afoot with Heather from Mad Color.

In the Knitting Bag: (6:00)

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Blocking sweater pieces.

Jen is working on her Tempest Cardigan by Ann Weaver from Knitty Spring 2008 for Month 2 of Camp Loopy. The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy in Charged Cherry and Rosalita.

Jen is also working on the Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl by Jessie Dodington for the Mean Girls Yarn Club Wank-A-Long in the color Dictate Hoar.

Laura is also working on her Mean Girls Yarn Club WAL. She frogged the Tennessee Twister Cowl and is instead making a Lattice Wingspan, by Kim Brody Salazar, a variant of Wingspan by Tri'Coterie Designs. (The pattern on the Lattice Wingspan reminds Jen of filet crochet. Also, Wingspan won't be free for much longer). She's using MGYC Hoar's Yer Buddy colorway.

We mention both Elann.com because Laura bought some Tarantella Yarn from there (which reminds Jen Jojoland Melody yarn.

Laura is also working on an Inara-inspired Mother Bear (Inara Bearra) for Nerd Wars. She's using Berroco Comfort in Salmonberry Heather and Berroco Vintage in Sloeberry.

Finished Objects: (13:33)

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Wash Lives!

Laura finished her Hoban Washbear.

On Deck: (13:58)

Jen will be participating the Unique Sheep Watership Down Mystery Knitalong using their Selene Superwash Lace in the Nature Walk gradience colorway. The shawl will be faroese shaped.

She also wants to knit the Sunshine Socks by Cookie A, afghan squares, the Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, and something for Camp Loopy month 3.

Laura will be starting the Cabled Beret by Darlene Dale out of Berroco Vintage in the colorway Ruby.

She will also be making some catnip toys inspired by Badger from Firefly.

We talk about prematurely cancelled shows in which Mark Sheppard played a character (Firefly, Dollhouse, Jake 2.0, Mantis, and Soldiers of Fortune). We are both excited for Agents of Shield.

She will also be starting the next Mother Bear: Koalee Frye.

Knit Culture: (19:56)

We answer a Knotty Talk Question.

Canyonwren2 asks "One of you sounds like a die-hard lace fan. Maybe both??? I would love to hear if it’s possible to fix a mistake in your project without taking it out row by row. I’m knitting with dental floss, uh I mean lace weight linen cotton. Very pretty but I’ve lost that loving feeling after unknitting three rows of 60+ stitches and still can’t find where I went wrong. I would like to not abandon this project like so many other lace projects I felt too dumb to knit."

We give our tips and tricks for fixing lace, spotting mistakes, and avoiding mistakes.

Here are some good tutorials:

Lifelines

Unraveling and reinserting needles in complicated patterns(Really all of the Fixing Mistakes videos are really good at Knitting help)


Afterthought lifelines

Romi Hill's method of lace surgery

Fixes for Common lace mistakes

Sally of the Rainey Sisters fixes some lace mistakes.

An example of pinning out lace to fix mistakes.

World Wide Knit In Public Day Pictures are up on our Flickr.

Jen mentions the Laminaria Shawl and the Frost Flowers Stole.

Geek Culture: (32:46)

We talk about the new Much Ado About Nothing movie, directed by Joss Whedon. We highly recommend it.

We also talk about The National Media Museum's Doctor Who fan exhibit in London. They are asking for anecdotes and memorabilia (both official merch and fan-made stuff. Contact them via drwho@nationalmediamuseum.org.uk in order to discuss what you might be able to contribute. The museum stresses not to send anything to them at this time and just to contact them by the email address, as they can't guarantee inclusion or return before they finalise the exhibition items. Potential submissions need to be made to the museum by 9th August - the exhibition itself will run from 12th November 2013 to 2nd March 2014.

Events: (42:25)

We will both be at Stitch N’ Pitch on July 26th at Dodger Stadium. Come say hi and get swag! Game starts at 7:10.

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at Disneyland. More details to come, but we’d love to spend a day at the Disneyland park with you! We will have t-shirts for preorder and possibly a custom yarn color!

Join the Ravelry group! The next prize drawing is at 250 members!

Direct download: Episode_5-_Theyre_Both_F_Words_Or_Laura_has_Joss_on_the_Brain.mp3
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Shoutouts, thank yous, and love to Dawn and James of Wolfe Farms for mentioning us and to Heather Ordover of Craftlit for playing our promo!

Catching Up (1:20)

Laura and her husband celebrated their twelfth wedding anniversary. She has also been having woes surrounding cable and internet service.

She’s channeled her woes into her dying for a new LYS that will be carrying her yarn and for the Mean Girls Yarn Club and for her Lambie Toes yarn.

Speaking of which, the Mean Girls Yarn Club will be hosting a Wank-A-Long (Knit-a-long, Crochet-a-long, or a Weave-a-long), running from July 1 to August 31. There will be prizes. Here is a Ravelry thread for more information.

JoniLvs Neddy has won our milestone prize (for hitting 100 members in our Ravelry Group).

Jen saw Monsters University, which has a surprising amount of knitwear in it.

She saw some great theatre at the Young Playwrights Festival, produced by the Blank Theatre, which has Noah Wyle (a.k.a. President Doctor Carter) as artistic producer.

Jen has been cooking and has some recipes on her blog.

Laura and Jen also attended a fantastic knitting party. Laura did the party favors (which were yarn), and experimented with dying different bases.

In the Knitting Bag (13:10)

Laura is working on her Mother Bear inspired by Wash from Firefly for Nerd Wars. Next up is a Kaylee inspired one, but she’s waiting for yarn.

Jen is still working on her Madroña Shawl out of Prism Delicato.

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Tempest Cardigan, started after July 1st (These show notes weren’t even done until July 2nd)

She is starting (at midnight July 1) her Tempest Cardigan for Camp Loopy. The yarn for that is Dream in Color Smooshy in the colors Charged Cherry (maroon/red) and Rosalita (pink).

She’s also working on Vanilla Socks in Opal Sock Yarn in the colorway Flamingo (pinks, whites, and maroon). They also mention the colorways of Opal inspired by van Gogh.

We mention the Great American Afghan, Great North American Afghan, and Great American Aran Afghan books

Finished Objects (19:27)

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Lacy cap.

Laura finished her Lacy Cap by Carissa Browning in Rowan Cashsoft 4-ply.

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Fit for a big damn hero.

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Hold me close, oh tiny lantern

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Is that James Baxter? (Gratuitous Adventure Time reference)

She also finished a Jayne Hat, a Mini Chinese Lantern by Carolyn Lightowler, and a horse blanket square adapted from Amy Lynn Mitchell’s Giddyup pattern.

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It took all the pins to block this!

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But it’s worth it to get this!

Jen finished her Tiong Bahru by Asa Tricosa for Camp Loopy. The yarn is Fleece Artist Saldanha Two in the Vermillion colorway. Blocking was painful, but worth it.

Devil’s Tower (22:54)

Laura has set aside her Sassy-tis (Clapotis) to work on Nerd Wars projects.

Jen is putting the Madroña on hold to knit her Tempest.

On Deck (24:13)

Laura will be knitting the Tennessee Twister Cowl by Daniela Richardson for the Mean Girls Yarn Club WAL. She will be using the color way “Hoar’s Yer” Buddy, inspired by Syndrome from The Incredibles. Its for her Sister-in-law, who is a Denver Broncos fan.

Jen will also be doing the WAL, but she has yet to pick a yarn or a pattern. There will be a project for Camp Loopy month 3, but she’s not sure what the challenge will be.

She will also be doing the Unique Sheep Watership Down Mystery Knitalong. Her yarn is their Selene Superwash Lace in the Nature Walk gradience colorway.

We talk about reading Stephen King books as children.

Knit Culture (28:45)

Laura and Jen discuss the ergonomics of knitting and crocheting and point out some Wrist Exercises for Knitters and Crocheters that are really good. Stretching lets you keep knitting until you’re old. Use the commercial breaks in television as stretch breaks from knitting. Or set a timer.

Laura and Jen both fell down and bought too much sale yarn.

Jen bought a lot of Lopi Wool (enough to make two Icelandic sweaters–the Iðunn and the Top Down Icelandic Sweater Craftsy Class Sweater, both by Ragga Eiríksdóttir).

Laura bought 20 skeins of brown chunky Cascade yarn to remake the Browncoat (that she may no longer be making), some Brown Sheep yarn in the Jayne Hat colors, and some pink Lion Brand.

Laura also fell down at Knitpicks, where she got yarn to make her Mother Bears.

Jen recommends combining online orders with a friend to get to the free shipping dollar amounts when ordering online.

Geek Culture (36:20)

We answer a question from tygherknits about our gaming habits. Tygherknits asks: Do either of you play video games? Tabletop games? Maybe even D&D?

Laura used to play table top games (including D&D). She doesn’t play anymore, because most of her gamer friends have moved away. But those multi-sided dice are really useful for knitting.

Jen does not play tabletop RPGs, but she does play video games. She doesn’t like MMORPGs. She loves games like Skyrim, Final Fantasy, and Bioshock. She also likes a lot of DS Games. She struggles with time to play.

Laura points out Catlore’s awesome etsy shop with geeky fandom buttons.

Events (46:08)

We will both be at Stitch N’ Pitch on July 26th at Dodger Stadium. Come say hi and get swag!

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at Disneyland. More details to come, but we’d love to spend a day at the Disneyland park with you! We will have t-shirts for preorder and possibly a custom yarn color!

Mean Girls Yarn Club signups will open in August.

Direct download: Episode_4--Jayne_Hat_Outlaws_Or_Jen_Leads_Laura_Down_a_Primrose_Path.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm PDT

This episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. “For beautifully hand-dyed yarns and inspired knit design.”

Shoutouts to Knit 1 Geek 2 Podcast and The Hollywood Knitter Podcast for playing our promo.

Catching Up (1:24)

Jen traveled and it was too hot to knit. She also got some new yarn from the Unique Sheep Gourmet Club and Cookie A’s Sock Club. The patterns in this month’s Cookie A Club are inspired by Star Trek, one of the cookie recipes is reminiscent of Doctor Who, and the yarn is from Sweet Georgia.

Laura had family visiting. She also worked on prepping for our World Wide Knit in Public Day Event.

She has also been dying a lot because her yarn is in a new shop, KnitKabob, in Union Oregon.

Mean Girls Yarn Club Shipment

Slimy, yet satisfying

The newest Mean Girls Yarn Club shipment went out.

In the Knitting Bag (7:45)

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Lacy Cap.

Laura is working on the Lacy Cap by Carissa Browning in Rowan Cashsoft 4-ply in a lavender colorway for someone with trichotillomania.

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It’s pretty spectacular.

Jen started her Camp Loopy Project. She’s knitting the Tiong Bahru out of Fleece Artist Saldanha Two yarn.

She continues to work on her Madroña Shawl.

Finished Objects(11:38)

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This is a very serious scarf.

Laura finished a Yarn Over Cross Scarf for Interval House in Brown Sheep Company Lanaloft Worsted.

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A finished shawl! In spite of procrastination.

Jen finished her scarf for Interval House as well. She also finished her Romi Hill Mysterious Shawl Knit-a-long.

Jen mentions the Knitmore Girls.

Devil’s Tower (15:19)

Laura is struggling with her Nerd Wars projects. She is struggling with time to work on stuff.

Hat of Controversy

Creative planning is why this isn’t yet done.

She also is intentionally not knitting on a Jayne Hat Hat of Controversy so she can use it in WIP challenge.

Jen still isn’t working on her baby sweater.

Frog Pond (22:05)

Jen had problems counting while working on her Tiong Bahru.

On Deck (23:43)

Laura is struggling with her Sabre Project so she’s changed her dissertation project. She’s now working on six bears for the Mother Bear Project (something that Dr. Gemma talks a lot about on CogKNITive). They will be Firefly themed, to go with the “Jayne Cubb” she made for last year’s CogKNITive Fiber Retreat KAL.

Jen is going to make a Tempest Cardigan for her July Camp Loopy Project out of Dream in Color Smooshy.

She also wants to work on a giant afghan using all the squares from the Great American Afghan, Great North American Afghan, and Great American Aran Afghan books. She’ll be knitting it out of Cascade 220.

Knotty Talk (33:10)

We answer a question about summer knitting projects from Spiritsmith.

Both like socks because they are small and portable and not too hot. Laura mentions the Lady Clementine Socks.

Laura also likes hats such as the Nine Dwindling Cables Beret.

Jen likes lace because it’s not too heavy. She mentions designers Caitlin ffrench and the Mizzle Shawl.

For crochet, Laura likes tawashis.

They also recommend some more difficult designers for people who are off school or work and have time for something complicated: Sivia Harding, Romi Hill, Steven West, and Jared Flood.

WWKIP (37:50)

We talk about our WWKIP event and play some interviews. We loved meeting everyone and were so glad you all came.

Thank you to everyone who brought scarves for Interval House. We hold our prize drawing and the winner is Cre8vleigh! She wins a skein of Dizzy Blonde Yarn!

Speaking of prizes, we will do a prize drawing for members of our Ravelry group, once the group reaches 100 members.

Geek Culture (52:04)

There is a tutorial for making your own lightsaber knitting needles.

Jen is fascinated by Black Pearl yarn.

TV Talk (53:56)

We talk about Warehouse 13 and Falling Skies. We also mention the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rome, Dexter, ER, and Lost.

Jen mentions the Craftlit Podcast.

You can come back at 1:04:05 if you don’t want to be spoiled for Falling Skies.

Events (1:04:05)

Mean Girls Yarn Club signups will open soon! Check the webpage for details.

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at Disneyland. More details to come, but we’d love to spend a day at the Disneyland park with you! We will have t-shirts for preorder and possibly a custom yarn color!

Thanks to everyone who has left us a review or rating iTunes!


This episode is sponsored by Dizzy Blonde Studios. "For beautifully hand-dyed yarns and inspired knit design."

Catching Up: (0:45) Laura lost her dog Sabre. She is trying to keep busy, but it's been really hard.

Jen's Stitch and Beach Group had a yarn swap. She got some different novelty yarn to play with (it will probably become charity scarves for Interval House). She also got some pretty purple laceweight yarn.

Laura mentions the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat yarn swap. We talk about how useful yarn swaps are, both to give yarns you may not use a good home with people who really love them and to get yarns that you aren't used to working with (different colors and fibers) to break out of your comfort zone. We both both bought things out of our comfort zones on the Yarn Crawl.

In the Knitting Bag (5:45)

Jen cast on the Mysterious Shawl Knit-a-long by Romi Hill out of A Verb for Keeping Warm Floating in the colors Au Lait and Transnational Fury.

Laura is still working on her Clapotis (or, as she calls it, her Sassy-tis, because the yarn was dyed to match her cat, Sassy).

Laura is also working on a beaded choker design and trying to chart it and make the directions make sense and make it the correct size. Progress was a little sidelined by Sabre's passing, but now the pattern is off to the test knitter.

Jen also worked on an easy scarf out of Lion Brand Homespun while watching the new Star Trek movie. She named the scarf "Chekov put on a Red Shirt" because she thinks Chekov is adorable.

Jen mentions her knitting guilds: the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers and the Chocolate Martini Lace Knitters Guild.

We mention designers Marnie Maclean and Janine le Cras, who does the patterns for the Unique Sheep.

We digress about Chekov and Sulu in the original series and the animated series of Star Trek.

Frog Pond: (15:56)

Jen has had to rip back some of the bind off in the center section of her Madroña shawl because it was too tight. (Jen has issues with tight bind-offs and crocheting too tightly). Laura recommends wine to relax. Jen is hoping that beer and a marathon of Vikings with her friend will do the trick.

Laura tried to substitute yarn on the Nine Dwindling Cables Beret by Yarn Owl. But math was not her friend. She's going to rip and re-knit a modified version.

On Deck: (19:35)

Jen is going to do a lace shawl for Camp Loopy out of Fleece Artist Saldanha Two in Vermillion color. She hasn't yet picked a project. She thinks the red color is wrong for Rock Island, so she will probably knit a pattern by BooKnits or the Romi Hill pattern Fire Bird (which she mistakenly calls "Firebrand").

Laura is going to handpaint some yarn to match Sabre and work on a scarf and fingerless mitts for her husband. This is her dissertation for Nerd Wars.

Book Review: (23:58)

We review 50 Sunlowers to Knit, Crochet, and Felt by Kristin Nicholas. (Full disclosure: Laura won this book in a contest from Vogue Knitting).

Movie Reviews: (31:53)

We give spoiler-free reviews of both Iron Man 3 and Star Trek: Into Darkness.

TV Talk: (39:05)

Jen talks a bit about the season finale of Doctor Who and the companions (no spoilers!).

We digress into less geeky shows. Laura talks about the season ends of Grey's Anatomy, Castle, and Scandal. (All spoiler-free).

We also discuss How I Met Your Mother. And then we get into the Big Bang Theory and being a geek.

Also, we wish Tim Curry (star of Clue, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Oscar) a speedy recovery!

We also mention the films Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Singin' in the Rain.

Events: (49:22)

The Knotty Girls are hosting a World Wide Knit in Public Day Event at the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on June 15, 2013 from 1 to 3pm. No entrance to the park is required, and parking at Downtown Disney is free for up to three hours (five with validation from a restaurant or the movie theatre in Downtown Disney). There will be SWAG!

Bring:

1. Your Knitting (or whatever else you want to work on)

2. Money for snacks and/or drinks

3. Any FOs you want to show off

4. A scarf for Interval House.

Details: The scarf can be any yarn, any weight and may be knit, crochet, or woven. (Great for stash-busting if you want to do stripes!). The only guideline is that it be at least 4” wide and 60” long. A more open work scarf is preferred (i.e. not a heavy dense fabric) as this is for women in Southern California, but really, that can just mean using really big needles. I tend to do mine either in garter stitch or a simple rib or broken rib on big needles. Please bring the scarf in a ziplock or some other bag (the bag does not have to seal) with a paper saying your name, the yarn the scarf is made of (if you know it, if you don’t that’s okay), and any care instructions. Also please provide contact info (email and/or phone number). The contact info is just for us to get in touch with you if you win the drawing; we will not sell, trade, lend, borrow, fold, spindle, or mutilate your contact info and it will not be provided to my guild or to Interval House, I promise you. Multiple scarves = multiple entries in the drawing!

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013. More details to come, but we'd love to spend a day at the Disneyland park with you!

Direct download: Episode_2-Now_with_less_lens_flare.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43am PDT

Podcast Origin Story: (1:50) Laura and Jen talk about how they met at Stitches West and decided to start a podcast.

In the Knitting Bag: (5:40) Laura is knitting a Clapotis in some Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Sock dyed to match the color of her cat, Sassy. Jen is working on the Easy Baby Sweater out of Classic Elite Liberty Wool. She's procrastinating on the sleeves. That's okay because Laura procrastinates on sock feet. Jen is also working on the Madroña by Romi Hill in Prism Delicato. She recommends winding that yarn in an outside-pull ball rather than a center-pull. We mention yarn bowls by Knit Witch and Jennie the Potter.

Finished Objects: (12:10) Jen finished the Elizabeth Zimmerman Cloche in Sweet Georgia BFL Sock. This was a sample knit, but she wishes she could keep it! Laura finished a crocheted shawl-- The Summer Storm in Dizzy Blonde Superwash Sock. She's going to make another one for her mother-in-law. Laura also needs to make some Kninja Kitties!

Devil's Tower (UFOs in hibernation): (17:30) Jen is not working on her Bashful Butterflies Shawl because she's not motivated. Laura suggests using a 20-sided die to help Jen power through it. Laura is not knitting on her 22 Leaves Shawlette because she can't decide on bead placement. Jen isn't knitting on Sock Strap socks because she broke a needle. This is the second time this has happened to her since Christmas.

Frog Pond: (26:00) Laura had to frog her Sylvi Coat due to poor yarn choice. Acrylic yarns don't block.

On Deck: (30:00) Laura is going to recycle the Berroco Vintage Chunky Yarn from her Sylvi to make a Yggdrasil Afghan. Jen has QABLE! (Queue Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy) She can't decide. She will use some Delicious Yarns to design a sweater for her nephew.

Interview with a Podcaster: (34:35) Jen talks about learning to knit, her interests outside of knitting, her blog her geeky fandoms, and her statistically significant other. Laura gives her "origin story." She talks about learning to knit, starting to design, her geeky fandoms, her husband, her stepchildren and step-grandchildren (She's a young step-grandma!), her dogs, and her yarn dying Dizzy Blonde Studios and the Mean Girls Yarn Club. We mention the Charlotte's Web Shawl, the Wingspan Shawl, and bandwagon knitting. We also talk about old-school geek shows.

Events: (52:40) The Knotty Girls are hosting a World Wide Knit in Public Day Event at the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on June 15, 2013 from 1 to 3pm. No entrance to the park is required, and parking at Downtown Disney is free for up to three hours (five with validation from a restaurant or the movie theatre in Downtown Disney).

Bring: 1. Your Knitting (or whatever else you want to work on)

2. Money for snacks and/or drinks

3. Any FOs you want to show off

KnitDizzney will be Sunday, September 8th, 2013. More details to come, but we'd love to spend a day at the Disneyland park with you!

Direct download: Episode_1-The_Birth_of_A_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23am PDT

Another Promo to Tide you Over!

Only a few days until we launch our first episode!  Until then, here's another promo for you!

Direct download: Promo_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm PDT

Our Promo!

The KnottyGirls Knitcast Promo!

Direct download: KnottyGirls_Promo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm PDT

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