Episode 5: BABIES!!!

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Welcome back to all returning listeners and if you’re just listening to us for the first time, thank you for checking us out!

Shops We Mention

Two if by Hand
Spun Right Round
Paradise Fibers
LUSH
Nourish
The Cyborg’s Craft Room
Little Monkey’s Stitch & Spin
Teefury
Squoosh Fiber Arts

Podcasts We Mention

The Knitgirllls

Events

Val’s little new nephew, Benjamin, arrived a month early! He is super cute and Auntie is feverishly working on the blanket she’s making for him 🙂

Stash Dash – Katy finally broke the 1000 yard barrier, and Valerie is calculating out her new totals and we’ll have some yardage counts for you in the next episode.

Tour De Fleece – Ended on July 27th and we want to see your pictures!!!

Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair – September 13, 2014 at the Kitchener Aud in Kitchener, Ontario.

Royal Winter Fair – November 7-16, 2014 at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario.

Finished Objects

Katy finished the Retirement Shawl for the lady she knows at the bank and has since given it to her and she loves it!  It was Lala’s Simple Shawl and she used Red Heart Stardust in Pink on 4mm needles.

Lala's Simple Shawl for Kathy

Lala’s Simple Shawl for Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIPs

Valerie is working on the Flowers in the Snow Afghan and she’s very excited to see how it’s going to turn out because it’s looking very nice so far! She’s using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in various colours.  She is also working on the Corner to Corner Afghan for little Benjamin to be given to him at Christmas.

Flowers in the Snow Afghan

Flowers in the Snow Afghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katy was working on her Trillian shawl by Martina Behm as we were recording.  At home, she is working on spinning some Squoosh Fiber Arts 100% SW Merino in the colourway ‘Split’ and she’s almost done!

New Stuff

Valerie obtained three large skiens of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in the colourways ‘Mod Ombre’, ‘Sun-kissed Ombre’ and ‘Pretty Pastels’.

Bernat Handicrafter Yarn - more cotton!

Bernat Handicrafter Yarn – more cotton!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katy got her braid of ‘Moon Pie’ by Two if by Hand and it’s gorgeous. She also fell down at SpunRightRound on Etsy and bought 3 braids of Rambouillet in ‘Darkside of the Room’, ‘Happy Camper’ and ‘Herbs’. Katy went ahead and made an investment for her Kromski Sonata spinning wheel by ordering a Jumbo Flyer and two Jumbo Bobbins from Paradise Fibers.

Moon Pie in 100% Polwarth from Two if by Hand

Moon Pie in 100% Polwarth from Two if by Hand

Herbs, Happy Camper and Darkside of the Room by SpunRightRound

Herbs, Happy Camper and Darkside of the Room by SpunRightRound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things We Need

Valerie needs space for all of her yarn as she’s organizing her stash.
Katy needs time to work on all of her crafts and practice spinning; even just 20 minutes of ‘me’ time.

Things We Want

Valerie wants to procure more metal straight needles, and multiple sets of 4mm needles for different washcloths.
Katy really wants a nice, hot bath! Preferrably with LUSH bath products!

Things We Want to Do

Valerie wants to make the Beekeepers Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits! It’s a very adventurous endeavour and we should all encourage her! 😉

Katy wants to be able to be consistent in her wheel spinning – not be so thick and thin and be able to spin what she wants.

Things We Have Learned

Valerie learned the Magic Knot technique featured in the Magic Cake Ruffle shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle. The Magic Knot has made all of her crafting with multiple colours a lot easier! She also learned how to join her squares for the Flowers in the Snow Afghan as she goes along.

Katy has learned not to drop-spindle barefoot… lest you get a puncture wound like she did. She also learned that one of her husband’s cousins is a knitter and spinner as well and they talked for quite a while at the family reunion she attended two weekends ago. It’s nice to find out you have family who share your interests.

STOP! You had me at Yarn!

Valerie has been very good and restraining herself from purchasing … or even looking to avoid temptation.

Katy purchased a skien of ‘Stellar’ from The Cyborg’s Craft Room on Etsy in her Assparkilate base. She plans on using it to knit a pair of ‘Dalekanium‘ socks by Dena Stelly of Little Monkey’s Stitch & Spin on Etsy.

What We’re Reading and Watching

Katy and her husband finished watching 24: Live Another Day and was surprised at how they tied everything up at the end. She is watching WWE with her husband, and she is also watching ‘Finding Carter’ on MTV. She started reading ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’ by Diana Gabaldon which is the 6th book in the Outlander series.

Valerie is still watching the current season of True Blood and was sobbing during the last episode. She also watched the second season of ‘Hemlock Grove’ on Netflix and said the season finale was the strangest episode of any show she has ever watched! She also started reading ‘Outlander’ again in anticipation for the show premiere this August.

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Episode 4 – No Judgey!

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Hello Everyone! Thank you so much for checking us out if you’re new and if you’re a previous listener, welcome back 🙂

Shops We Mention

Coloring Book Yarns on Etsy
Knitty Kat Bags on Etsy
Spanish Peacock
Viking Santa on Etsy
Two if by Hand Fibers on Big Cartel
The Loopy Ewe
Desert Vista Dyeworks
Yarn Vs. Zombies
Jimmy Bean’s Wool

Podcasts We Mention

Knit 1 Geek 2
The Knitgirllls
The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Events

Fan Expo Canada – August 28-31, 2014 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Stash Dash – May 28-August 7, 2014

Tour De Fleece – July 5-27

The Crochet Crowd Stitchcation – Crochet at least 20 squares that they provide for you in at least 8 different colours and enter to win an awesome prize pack from Red Heart! Check it out!

Royal Winter Fair – November 7-16, 2014 – Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

Finished Items

Katy finished 1 sock from her Desert Vista Dyeworks ‘Happy Birthday Cupcake’ socks. She also finished a couple knitted and crocheted dishcloths and a crocheted bath puff!

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Happy Birthday Cupcake socks

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Cupcake sock part deux!

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Bath Pouf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wips!

Valerie is working on the Orchid Thief Shawl by Ysolda Teague in ‘Quidditch Debt Coma’ that Katy had dyed for her a few years ago.  She found a very informative video tutorial on the ‘garter tab’ cast on by CCKnits on youtube.

She is also working on a Bernat Basketweave Dishcloth and the Corner to Corner Afghan from The Crochet Crowd challenge from the Summer of last year for her new baby nephew. She is also working on the ‘Flowers in the Snow’ Afghan.

Basketweave Dishcloth

Basketweave Dishcloth

 Corner to Corner baby afghan

C2C baby afghan

 

Katy is working on all the things she’s been working on in the previous episodes but she has cast on Lala’s Simple Shawl in Red Heart Stardust in pink using 4mm needles as a gift.

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Spinning

Valerie is still spinning the lavender fibre from the Fibre Garden.

Katy finished 136 yards of a 2 ply sport-dk weight yarn from Squoosh Fiber Arts on Etsy – 100% SW Merino wool – all spindle spun and plied. But since she needs practice for the Royal Winter Fair, she is spinning the rest of the braid on her wheel.

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We Got Stuff!

Valerie got a gorgeous Celtic Cross pendant for her birthday from her Hubby!!

Claddagh Cross Pendant

Claddagh Cross Pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katy got another skein of Jack is Back! from The Loopy Ewe, Botanical Knits 1 & 2 by Alana Dakos and she wants to knit EVERYTHING!!

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She also got a lovely skein of yarn from Coloring Book Yarns on Etsy as a gift for a friend (so we can’t show a picture of the actual yarn just yet… cause Emily listens to the show 😉 sssshhhhh) but just know that it’s gorgeous and there was excellent customer service and super fast shipping!!

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What We’re Watching and Reading

Valerie is watching the newest and last season of True Blood on HBO Canada and she is also watching Shogun with her Husband. She had finished reading the latest Diana Gabaldon book ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’ and both Valerie and Katy are looking forward to watching ‘Outlander’ on tv in August – on Stars network in the States and Showcase in Canada.

Katy is still watching 24 (and blaming Karen of Knit 1 Geek 2 for getting them hooked), Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (he is ‘wildthingsdom’ on Instagram)… and WWE with her Husband. NO JUDGEY!

BIG SHERLOCK ANNOUNCEMENT!!! There will be a Sherlock Special as well as 3 new episodes next year!!! Filming for the special (which will be 90 minutes long) will begin filming in January 2015.

STOP!… You had me at Yarn!

Valerie has been drooling over the colourway called ‘Calico Cat’ by Yarn Vs. Zombies which looks just like a cute calico kitty 🙂 As well, she has found the July colourway of Lorna’s Laces called ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ available at Jimmy Bean’s Wool which is so bright it’s bound to make anyone happy just looking at it!

Katy was drooling over some whorls that The Spanish Peacock had posted on his instagram account with the script of the One Ring burned on top! He should just take all her money!  As well, she was looking for a supported spindle bowl on Etsy and ran into this cool shop called Viking Santa!  He’s got lots of cool spindles, bowls and other spinning accessories – cool name at the very least 🙂  And she was unable to resist a braid of Polwarth/Silk fibre from Two if by Hand in the colourway ‘Moon Pie’ as in… Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory! It’s gorgeous, as is all the other colours she has available, and Katy is looking very forward to spinning Moon Pie 🙂

Borrowing…

Katy briefly borrowed from Amy Beth of The Fat Squirrel Speaks video podcast – Shameless Self Promotion – to let you know that herself and her mom have an etsy shop now that has project bags and notions pouches available. You can find it at Knitty Kat Bags on Etsy 🙂

As always, you can always leave us messages here on the blog or visit our Ravelry group or contact us by visiting our ‘About’ pages here on the blog! Take care everyone!