Episode 25: Shut the front door!!!!

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Hi Everyone! Welcome back to the Stitch Sisters Podcast!  We’ll be doing episodes once a month until September because of crazy work schedules, but we’ll be back to every two weeks after that 🙂

Events:

Val’s Birthday was June 26th!!! She had a great day and got some great pressies!

Hamilton Comic Con – October 3rd & 4th at the Hamilton Convention Center – Guests include Lea Thompson, Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, John Schneider, Nichelle Nichols & probably more!

FanExpo Canada – September 3-6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center – Guests Include Hayley Atwell, Robin Lord-Taylor, Robert Picardo, Kate Mulgrew, Ming-Na Wen, Graham McTavish, Orlando Jones, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lennie James, James & Oliver Phelps, Billie Piper, Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman, Jennifer Morrison and many more!

Kitchener/Waterloo Knitter’s Fair – September 13, 2015 at the Kitchener Aud in Kitchener, ON – lots of vendors, panels and draws.

KAL/CALs

The Crochet Crowd – Stitchcation Challenge starts July 1st – September 7th, afghan project meant to “tempt, tease & teach you new tricks” and have a cool afghan at the end. It’s an afghan mashup of 2 patterns & w original patterns by Mikey & there is no sewing of afghan pieces either

. Stash Dash 2015 – Started May 22, 2015 and Ends August 14, 2015 – visit the link provided for full rules and instructions on Stash Dash this year! They have 3 levels this year: 3k, 5k & 10k metres. So bust out your wips and raid your stash! You can knit, crochet, spin, and weave your stash into lovely things!

Around your neck Kal – hosted by Diane of the Suburban Stitcher Podcast is holding a KAL for anything you can wrap around your neck – shawls, cowls, kerchiefs, scarves, etc. Starting June 1st and running to August 31st. You can include WIPs too and feel free to double, triple, quadruple dip into any other KALs you wish. You can find the full details at the Suburban Stitcher Ravelry Group.

Summertime and the Living is Easy KAL/CAL – June 1-August 31, 2015 – hosted by the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast. Anything you can tie to Summertime somehow (knitting, crochet, spinning) and if you can’t think of anything, you made it in the summertime. You can find the full details at the Geeky Girls Knit Ravelry group.

FOs and HOs Katy finished her Mama Vertebrae using Malabrigo Arroyo in Aguas! And she wants to knit more. She completely finished a Gateway Cuff by Laura Nelkin using the Wooly Witch sample in ‘Ice Queen’. She also finished one sock each out of Red Heart, Heart & Sole in ‘Spring Stripes’, ‘Toasted Almond’ and ‘Blackjack’.

Finished Mama Vertebrae

Finished Mama Vertebrae

WIPS:

Val is working on her Rainbow granny square afghan and her Easy Triangle Shawl. Val is in a crafting slump for the summer.

Katy is very nearly done her Clockwork using Cascade Heritage Sock in ‘Mossy Rock’ and ‘Walnut’ as a gift for her husband. She picked up her Outlander mystery shawl again and also cast on the Button Jar Shawlette using Shibui Staccato in ‘Pool’

NEEDS AND WANTS

VAL WANTS:    Webster Personal Planner Kit in Dark Pink  (Katy is horrible enabler!)
KATY WANTS: More quiet time to herself.

VAL NEEDS:    New Ereader; Val’s Kobo finally died
KATY NEEDS:  More baths to use her yummy LUSH stuff!

VAL WANTS TO DO:  Lose Weight!  Been walking a lot more and she wants to learn Tunisian Crochet
KATY WANTS TO DO:  See Jurassic World

VAL LEARNED:  I love cottage cheese!  How to pronounce L’Occitane (Lox-Ee-Tahn)
KATY LEARNED: She can drive to Oakville and back without being nervous 🙂

You had me @ Yarn:   All from Wee Chickadee Woolery on Etsy – Mystic Forest, Smitten and Hyacinth 🙂 KnitPicks Felici is back!  Val wants Countess & Highland…or maybe all of them!

Katy wants a gorgeous Holly and Acrylic spindle from Aaron Makes stuff, and a beautiful braid of fibre from Pigeonroof Studios in ‘Gloworm’.

New Stuff Val got some birthday presents from Katy – a bar of ‘Karma’ from LUSH, the ‘I am Pusheen’ book, a skein of Knitpicks stroll handpainted in ‘Hayride’ and a Gateway Cuff she knitted with her own little hands .

Katy received her Wonder Woman yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks, she picked up some of the new Felici at Knitpicks, she went to Passionknit in Toronto and picked up some gorgeous koigu kppm in two speckly colours, and Em gave her two awesome LUSH bath bombs – Dragon’s Egg and Sakura and a pretty cool Journal.

Wonder Woman Self-Striping sock yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks

Wonder Woman Self-Striping sock yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks

Presents from Em and Koigu bought at Passionknit

Presents from Em and Koigu bought at Passionknit

She also picked up some other things at LUSH as well, ‘It’s raining men’ shower gel, shimmy shimmy massage bar and a ‘Space Girl’ bath bomb.

Reading/Watching:

Val is pretty sad that Hannibal has been canceled after 3 seasons (Boo!) Outlander’s first season has finished, Game of Thrones is done for the season and has gone through all of the books in the series.

Katy finished watching the 2nd season of Finding Carter and is happy that Max and Taylor are back together even though there was a huge drama bomb dropped at the end. Katy’s also been watching a lot of WWE and is still cheering for Dean Ambrose despite his loss at Money in the Bank. Lunatic Fringe all the way!

Val is rereading The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon and Katy is reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Val is Listening to a lot of Nicki Minaj as she works out every day. Katy is listening to Florence + the Machine, Lights and Cider Sky.

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Episode 24 – Happy Podiversary to us!!!

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Welcome back everyone!  If you’re new to us, thank you for giving our podcast a shot! This is our 24th episode which means….HAPPY PODIVERSARY TO US!!!  We’ve so enjoyed doing this podcast for 1 year now and we look forward to more years in the future.

Shops We Mention Must Stash Yarns, The Wooly Witch, Peepaloo Fields, Desert Vista DyeworksKnitPicks, WWE Shop, Scrapbook.com, The Lemonade Shop, LYDIA Yarn

Podcasts We Mention The Must Stash Podcast, The Suburban Stitcher Podcast, The Knitmore Girls Podcast,The Knitgirllls Podcast, The Wolfe Farms Podcast, The Geeky Girls Knit Podcast, Knit 1 Geek 2

EVENTS

Valerie’s Birthday is June 26th y’all!!!!!! Shower her with love and wishes!!!

Stash Dash 2015 – Started May 22, 2015 and Ends August 14, 2015 – visit the link provided for full rules and instructions on Stash Dash this year! They have 3 levels this year: 3k, 5k & 10k metres. So bust out your wips and raid your stash! You can knit, crochet, spin, and weave your stash into lovely things!

4th Annual Pride in the Park hosted by Pride Niagara – June 6, 2015 –  Montebello Park, St. Catharines, Ontario.  Val may be going.   There will be live music, family friendly child activities, food & merchandise vendors, fully licensed area, all ages DJ dance floor

Niagara Falls Comicon – June 5-7, 2015 – Scotiabank Convention Centre – Niagara Falls, Ontario – includes guests such as Sean Astin, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Kristy Swanson, Colin Baker and Margot Kidder.

FanExpo Canada – September 3-6, 2015 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Toronto, Ontario – Guests include Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Jenna Coleman (Clara – Doctor Who), Jeri Ryan (7 of 9 – Star Trek), Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin – Gotham)

Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair – September 12, 2015 – Kitchener Aud., Kitchener, Ontario – fashion show, vendor area, speaker panel, door prizes and a knitter’s spa 🙂

KAL/CALs

Sophie’s Universe CAL ending May 31st but pattern is still free through Ravelry.  Dedri Uys is the creator of pattern and the CAL is hosted on lookwhatimade.net.

#kiltmenowkal – Outlander inspired KAL on Instagram with The Knitmore Girls, The Geeky Girls Knit, Subway Knits and Yarngasm Podcasts – post pics of your Outlander inspired knits, crochet projects and spinning projects!

Behmalong – the never-ending Behmalong with The Knitmore Girls podcast – knit any of Martina Behm’s patterns and post pictures on instagram and in the thread on the Knitmore Girls Ravelry group.

Sheepy Spring Kal – The Geeky Girls Knit Podcast is doing a Springtime Kal!  It can be knitting, crochet or spinning, has to be started after March 1st and be finished by May 31st. It can be anything related to spring and you just post a picture on their contest thread in their ravelry group to enter.

Around your neck Kal – hosted by Diane of the Suburban Stitcher Podcast is holding a KAL for anything you can wrap around your neck – shawls, cowls, kerchiefs, scarves, etc. Starting June 1st and running to August 31st. You can include WIPs too and feel free to double, triple, quadruple dip into any other KALs you wish. You can find the full details at the Suburban Stitcher Ravelry Group.

FOs and HOs

Katy finished one of her Toasted Almond socks out of Red Heart Heart and Sole sock yarn in ‘Toasted Almond’. She is also 7 rows away from finishing her Mama Vertebrae!!! So next episode, she’ll have a FO!

Red Heart Heart & Sole sock in 'Toasted Almond'

Red Heart Heart & Sole sock in ‘Toasted Almond’

WIPs

Valerie is on the peach colour of her rainbow granny square afghan and it’s looking great! She’s also continuing on the Broad Ripple socks and her Easy Triangle Shawl.  She is also planning on casting on ‘The Age of Brass and Steam’ kerchief with her KnitPicks Hawthorne in ‘Ladd’s Addition’.

Katy is monogamously working on finishing her Mama Vertebrae out of Malabrigo Arroyo in ‘Aguas’. She also cast on the April shawl by Joji Locatelli with KnitPicks Palette in ‘Huckleberry Heather’ and is using clear rainbow beads with it. And she is also improvising a shawl with the ‘Peepaloo’ yarn she purchased from ‘Peepaloo Fields’ on Etsy.

NEEDS AND WANTS

Val wants to win the lottery! lol You know, like one does 😉 and she needs to stop going to Tim Hortons too much. They’re nice treats but too much is bad on the wallet. What Val wants to do is a 5K walk at some point, which is really awesome and inspiring 🙂 And she learned that she has been pretty social lately, which is also great… until you crash from so much fun 😉

Katy needs to eat healthier foods so she can get into better shape. She wants a Dean Ambrose logo tshirt from the WWE shop!!! Frickin fangirls keep buying them all!!!  What she wants to do this year is to win Stash Dash and complete her goal of knitting 3 thousand metres of yarn and get most of her wips done! She learned that Dean Ambrose and Renee Young are dating… so cute

YOU HAD US AT YARN!

Val spotted a really pretty skein of ‘Pink Pop’ yarn and ‘Ice Fishing’ at LYDIA Yarn on Etsy.  Both skeins are gorgeous and speckley!

Katy found lots of skeins of yarn that she liked at The Lemonade Shop on Etsy. There was Hippo Disco, Safety Dance, Princess of Power (which Val wanted too!), Sunday Morning and Sunshine + Lollipops! Basically, Katy wanted everything in that shop!

NEW STUFF

Val bought a pair of jeans from Old Navy that fit like a dream!  Also, she picked up a copy of ‘The Necromancer’ at the Book Outlet!

Katy got some awesome yarn as a gift for mother’s day – 2 skiens of Shibui Staccato in ‘Pool’, 1 skien of The Dye Guy Socky Talky in ‘Raspberry Custard’, 2 Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails in ‘Button Jar Blue’ and ‘Cathedral’ and 1 skein of Red Heart Heart and Sole in ‘Blackjack’.  She also picked up a folio case to match her Webster’s Pages planner and she ordered the Wonder Woman self-striping yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks with a belated cash birthday gift. 🙂

Katy's mother's day gifts and her new book

Katy’s mother’s day gifts and her new book

WHAT WE’RE READING, WATCHING & LISTENING TO

Valerie is watching Outlander and enjoying it immensely, as is Katy. Valerie is also watching Game of Thrones and is pretty disappointed about the amount of alteration in the books – adding unnecessary issues and drama. Her husband saw Mad Max: Fury Road and loved it and Valerie watched As Above, So Below and thought it was an awesome scary movie!

Katy finished reading ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and found the movie to be very close to the book and she enjoyed it.  She’s watching Outlander, Finding Carter and lots of WWE events. She is starting to read ‘The Iron Thorn’ by Caitlin Kittredge and really likes ‘What Kind of Man’ by Florence and the Machine.