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Syndication

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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Shunshine on my shoulders feet makesh me happy.
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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!
Kninja Kitty Skillz
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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT

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.


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