Episode 34 – Tiptoe through the Canadian Tulips

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Hello everyone and welcome to Summer! As hot as it is, we’re still going!

Canada Tulip engineered by the Netherlands for Canada’s 150th birthday

Downton Abbey Trivia Contest Winners

First off, thank you to everyone for listening and participating in our Downton Abbey Trivia Contest! We had so much fun doing this and thank you again to all of the lovely people who donated prizes for this contest!

The answer to our question of what was Dickie Merten diagnosed with? He was diagnosed with Pernicious Anemia.

The winner of the Yorkshire Skies MKAL kit AND the skien of Lady Shakleton from Canon Hand Dyes was Linda, lmecoll on Ravelry.

The winner of the Downton Abbey bag and notions pouch is Karen, kannasoup on Ravelry.

The winner of the ‘Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey’ coffee table book is Angie, crouchingcheese on Ravelry.

The winner of the skein of Shrewd Lady Mary from One Twisted Tree is Lina, dragonbard on Ravelry.

Thanks again to everyone for playing! Maybe next time we could do an Outlander contest!

Events

Val’s birthday was on June 26th and we all wish her the best in her new year and hope she gets spoiled rotten 😉

Fan Expo – September 1-4, 2016 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Toronto, Ontario – guests include Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, Matthew Lewis, William Shatner, Sigourney Weaver, Jewel Staite, Alan Tudyk, lots of Doctor Who actors and Daredevil actors and so many more!  You can see a full list of guests *HERE*.

KAL/CALs

Stash Dash – May 22-August 14, 2016. Get out your stash and use it up to reach goals of 3k, 5k and 10k. Hosted by The Knitgirllls podcast, it’s always a fun time to dash your stash away! Check out their board for all the rules!

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy KAL/CAL – June 1-August 31, 2016. Hosted by the Geeky Girls Knit podcast, cast on your summer themed items and if you can’t think of a theme, you knit it in the summer. Check out the Geeky Girls knit podcast and join their ravelry group to win. You can enter as many times as you like, as long as you can tie it to Summertime.

Canada KAL/CAL – Begins July 1st (Canada Day) and hosted by the Two Tangled Skeins podcast, you can enter your Canada themed items (yarn dyer, yarn company, colourway name, pattern name) to win some fun prizes.

WIPS

Katy is still plugging away at her ‘Zombody Loves Ewe’ socks by Desert Vista Dyeworks and her Reyna shawl using her handspun ‘Darkside of the Room’ by Spun Right Round. She’s also working on the Christmas Celebration Cross Stitch by the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and she cast on the ‘Hexie Love Actually‘ afghan!

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Hexie Live Actually Afghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val has been going strong on her dishcloths, both knitted and crocheted! She is the dishcloth queen lately!

FOs and HOs

Katy has nuffin! 😦 She has been in a knitting/crafting slump lately but is starting to get into it again after casting on the Hexie Love Actually blanket. Val did finish one dishcloth even though she’s been in a crafting slump lately too. We blame the hot weather.

Needs and Wants

Katy needs to have a nice night out with her Hubby ❤ Val needs the crazy real estate market to end!

Val wants sushi! Katy wants to get her crafty mojo back!!

Katy wants to take more baths since her mom got her a couple of LUSH bath bombs from the States. Val needs to fix the paint scuffs on the bumper of her car.

Val learned something at work, and  Katy learned about ‘Hiddleswift’, or ‘Swiffleston’, however you want to call it; Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are dating. We’re both very happy for them (although Katy just feels a little weird about the whole thing) and we wish them the best.

These are a few of our Favourite Things

Katy’s favourite things are the really pretty speckled yarns from ‘Loloditit‘ on Etsy! She especially loves the colourway ‘Pretty Little Zombies‘. She is also really wanting the Neko Atsume bags from Chicken Boots USA!!! Val and Katy are both fans of the game and to have cute kitties on your knitting bag would be epic! Katy’s makeup lately has been all ColourPop, especially their Supershock shadows in ‘Wattles’, ‘Weenie’ and ‘Stereo’. She also got a couple of crates ‘Owlcrate‘ which was Steampunk themed and ‘Fandom of the Month Club‘ with Sherlock themed jewellery! AND she forgot to mention  the super awesome Doctor Who Bag that Katy’s mom made for her as a Mother’s Day present! ❤ Love you Mom xoxo

Val’s favourite things are….some yummy smelling goodies from Bath and Body Works, … Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette she got as a birthday present from Katy.

Reading, Watching and Listening

Katy’s been reading the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris and enjoying them much more than ‘True Blood’. She also finished ‘Frostfire’ by Amanda Hocking.

Val’s reading not much of anything lately!

Val is watching season 6 of Game of Thrones and enjoying it thoroughly and she is also watching Outlander along with Katy. They are both watching a lot of youtube videos of makeup artists and of course, our friends Emily and Abby:

Abby Green
Wenchfaery Games
Kathleen Lights
Jaclyn Hill
Jeffree Star
Manny MUA
grav3yardgirl
Nikkie Tutorials
Carly Humbert

Check them out! Especially Emily and Abby, they’re adorable!

Katy’s also been watching WWE (of course) and is very excited about the Money in the Bank pay per view as Dean Ambrose is in the money in the bank ladder match, and if he wins, conceivably he could cash it in for the Heavyweight Championship! She can’t wait

Val has really been liking the song Can’t stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake and also the other song ‘Work’ by Rhianna featuring Drake.

Katy’s been listening to Karate by Baby Metal, Tear in my Heart by 21 Pilots, Roses by The Chainsmokers, Slow Down by Lights and …. hahahah Moonlight Desires by Gowan! WARNING, if you click the link for Moonlight Desires, just let it be known it is the cheesiest of 80’s videos and contains, mullets, shoulder pads, parachute pants and an owl in the desert for some reason. Be warned!!! Therein lies cheese!!

So there you have it folks, hopefully we can get out a couple more episodes before the summer is over, but the nature of both our jobs is wiping us out completely. We know our listeners will understand and we hope to get back to you soon with another fun episode.

Episode 32 – Fandom Knitting

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Hello and welcome back!!!  We apologize for how late we are in posting this episode – we hope you’ll forgive us!

Downton Abbey Contest

The final season of Downton Abbey has concluded and thus brings our Downton Abbey trivia contest!  Next episode we will be posing our trivia question and will be pulling our winners from those of you who have answered correctly. We have 4 prizes in total:

Downton Abbey project bag and notions pouch from KnittyKat Bags
1 Skein of Shrewd Lady Mary from One Twisted Tree
1 Skein of Lady Shakleton from Canon Hand Dyes
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey coffee table book

So if you haven’t watched all of season 6 yet, here’s your chance to catch up and maybe win an awesome prize.

Events

Canada Blooms – March 11-20 – The Enercare Centre – Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Comic Con – March 18-20 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Toronto, Ontario

Metric and Death Cab for Cutie – March 22 – The Meridian Centre – St. Catharines, Ontario (Katy had an AWESOME time)

Knitter’s Frolic – April 30 & May 1 – Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Toronto, Ontario

Theresa Caputo Live! – June 20 – The Meridian Centre – St. Catharines, Ontario

KAL/CALs

The only KAL either of us are participating in is the ‘Cast on the Dead’ knit-a-long with Desert Vista Dyeworks. The plan is to cast on either one of her ‘Zombody’ or ‘If they kill…’ colourways on the night of the premiere of The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead and finish the project before the SERIES finale.  You need to post the starting photo and finished photo in the thread on her Ravelry group to enter.

FOs and HOs

Katy finished the Rose City Rollers using Peepaloo Fields sock yarn in ‘Extra Pink Roller Rink’ and a Newborn Vertebrae using Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering yarn in the colourway ‘Blueberry’

 


WIPs

Val’s working on a dish cloth using Bernat Handicrafter cotton in a lovely shade of corals, white and turquoise.

Katy is working on the afterthought heel socks by Laura Linneman using ‘Zombody Loves Ewe’ by Desert Vista Dyeworks and also the Reyna shawl using her handspun out of ‘Darkside of the Room’ by Spun Right Round.

Needs and Wants

Val needs to get her butt in gear and go to the gym.
Katy needs a break, she’s stressed, yet again… 😦

Katy and Val both want the new Platinum Rose personal planner from Webster’s Pages due out in April 🙂

Val wants to go and visit her Dad again soon, she had a lot of fun the last time she went.
Katy wants to go and see Ghostbusters this summer!

Katy learned about Periscope and now she has her own account (kittyvankat) and The Stitch Sisters has an account as well (stitchsistersca).

You had me at Yarn!

Val was had at Pattern when she saw Mrs. Hughes’ Afghan, which is a perfect tie-in for our Downton watching 😉

Katy found Toil and Trouble on Etsy and really loved the ‘Snapdragon’ and ‘Ent’ colourways!

New Stuff

Val got a couple really cool Funko Pop figures when she went to visit her Dad; one was Pinkie Pie and the other was Mycroft Holmes.

Katy got a couple DVDs, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. She also picked up a couple kits from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery; the Christmas Celebration Sampler and ‘Wool Ewe Be My Neighbor’.

Reading, Watching, Listening!

Katy finished reading the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare and really enjoyed it! Now she’s reading ‘Frostfire’ by Amanda Hocking and ‘The Iron Thorn’ by Kaitlyn Kitteredge.

Both Val and Katy are watching Downton Abbey, The Walking Dead and they were both able to see Crimson Peak (at different times but that’s ok) 😉 Val also got to watch Spectre and Katy’s been watching more of WWE.

Katy’s been listening to the same stuff she has been for the last little while; Adele, Ed Sheeran, DNCE and she really likes Ellie Goulding’s new song ‘Something in the way you move’.

 

Episode 31 – Washi Tape Addiction!

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Hey everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Hannukah, holiday season and a Happy New Year!!

We are both very saddened by the deaths of both David Bowie and Alan Rickman 😦 We will miss their wonderful talents very much.

In other news, Katy’s husband got a great new job!!! You can visit his company’s website below and even purchase items!!!

NEOB Lavender

Also, Katy’s little guy got new glasses!  He loves them and he looks super cute 🙂

Downton Abbey Contest!!!

So again, this year we will be having a Downton Abbey contest!  At the end of Season 6, even the Christmas Special, we will cook up an extra hard trivia question!  We will put a link in the show notes to Rafflecopter. Once everyone has answered we will draw from the pool of winners who answered the question correctly for prizes.

So far we have a ‘Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey’ coffee table book, donated by Katy; a Downton Abbey sock sack donated by KnittyKat Bags; and a skien of ‘Shrewd Lady Mary’ donated by One Twisted Tree. We’re waiting on a couple other emails so hopefully there should be more prizes too.

We hope everyone is enjoying the last season!

FOs and HOs

Katy finished her ‘Socks on a Plane’ by Laura Linneman using Desert Vista Dyeworks sock yarn in ‘Mint Cocoa Quilt’ just in time for Christmas!  She also finished her ‘The Bee Keeper’ cross stitch by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and all she needs to do is frame it. As for Ho’s she has one Rose City Roller sock done using ‘Extra Pink Roller Rink’ by Peepaloo Fields on Etsy.

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WIPs

Katy is working on the second Rose City Roller and also on ‘Tea Time’ cross stitch by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  She also plans on making a Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker out of some Tanis Fiber Arts in ‘Blueberry’ for her husband’s new employer 🙂

Needs and Wants

Needs: Val needs a new car!  Katy needs to put her Christmas decorations away!

Wants: Katy wants a new iPhone.  Val didn’t know what she wanted as she was happy with how things were at the time of recording.

Want to do:  Both Val and Katy want to go and see Labyrinth in the theatre!

Learned: Katy learned she is much stronger than she thought she was. Val learned she is also much stronger that she thought she was.

You had me at YARN!

Val was had at yarn (yet again 😉 ) by Expression Fiber Arts in the colourway “I heart coffee”. It is gorgeous and very appropriate for Valentine’s Day ❤

Katy was had at yarn… bowl!  She found Barruntando Ceramica on etsy where you can find pottery made from honey!  There’s some great yarn bowls in the shape of bats, baby sloths, foxes and ones with rain clouds and hearts carved out of them!

New Stuff

We both got some pretty cool stuff for Christmas!

Val got herself a small android tablet and she’s loving it!  She also got a Sherlock funko pop figure (the one with the violin), she got some Red Heart Boutique Swanky yarn and it’s a really nice deep black and it has oblong sequins throughout!  It’s going to be very nice knit up! She also got some really pretty handspun from Katy for Christmas – it was Ashford merino/silk and she spun it into a true 3 ply yarn.

Katy got some pretty Red Heart Boutique Swanky from Val and it’s a gorgeous bright fuscia colourway!  She wants to knit it up into a nice cowl for springtime.  She also got 2 balls of KnitPicks Felici in ‘Countess’ from her friend Kelly and her mom made her a pair of ‘Jane’s Barathea Mitts’ from Jane Austen Knits Fall 2015 out of some stashed Rowan Felted Tweed. Katy also got some new earbuds and season 2 and 3 of Homeland with a gift card that Val had given her!  She also did an order to Jetpens and got a Hi-Tec C Coleto pen to go with her planner.

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Reading, Watching & Listening

Reading: Katy is reading Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, she finally finished Clockwork Angel. Val is reading the Fifty Shades of Grey series (for “research”).

Watching: Both Val and Katy are watching Downton Abbey and Sherlock The Abominable Bride. Katy’s watching Limitless, WWE and the 2nd season of Homeland.  Val is watching Outlander on Shomi and the 3rd season of Hemlock Grove on Netflix.

Listening: Katy and Val are both listening to Ed Sheeran and Adele. Katy’s listening to Metric and Death Cab for Cutie in preparation for their concert in March. Val has ‘Cake by the Ocean’ stuck in her head… and Katy loves that one too 😉

Episode 30 – Christmas is Coming!

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Hello everyone, sorry for the delay in the last episode, but we’re back!  This will be our last episode before the New Year and we hope to update you on our Downton Abbey contest in January!  So we’d like to thank you for sticking with us, we’ve had some major life issues preventing us from podcasting and posting but we hope to get back to normal soon.

Events

Katy and the other members of Agents of S.H.E.E.P. competed in this year’s Royal Winter Fair on November 15th and were placed 7th overall. Not the outcome we were expecting but we had so much fun this year and we were a crowd favourite.  Look out ladies, next year is going to be our year!

FOs and HOs

Val finished some dishcloths using Bernat Handicrafter cotton and started another 🙂

Katy finished two mug cozies for the IamSherlocked Swap on Instagram. She also finished spinning a braid of Spun Right Round in ‘Darkside of the Room’ and she finished the ‘Blue Lake Springs Shawlette’ by Irish Girlie Knits using Red Heart Stardust in Blue.

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Blue Lake Springs Shawlette with Red Heart Stardust

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‘Darkside of the Room’ by Spun Right Round

WIPs

Val is working on her rainbow afghan and some more dishcloths.

Katy is working on ‘Socks on a Plane’ by Laura Linneman using Desert Vista Dyeworks sock yarn in ‘Mint Cocoa Quilt’. She’s also crocheting some dishcloths as presents using Lily Sugar & Cream in a Christmas confetti colour. Also working on ‘The Bee Keeper’ from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

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‘Mint Cocoa Quilt’ by Desert Vista Dyeworks

Needs and Wants

All that Val and Katy need and want this episode is for everyone to have a happy Holiday season. Whatever holiday that you celebrate this December, we hope it’s full of love, laughter, family and friends ❤

You Had Me At Yarn!

Val went on and took a look at Gnome Acres and she saw that there was two doppleganger sets that she loved! One was Milk and Cookies and the other was Wabbit Season Duck Season !  Both of us want the both of the sets!

Katy found Sassy Santa by Knitted Wit on Etsy and also on Etsy she found Girl Talk by Nomadic Yarns!

Reading Watching & Listening

Katy is still reading The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.  Val has been reading a lot of Crimson Peak fanfiction!

Katy got to go and see two movies – Spectre, which she enjoyed, a LOT! and Mockingjay Part 2 which she enjoyed as well but there were some hard scenes for her to watch. She’s also been watching lots of WWE of course 😉  Val has been watching The Walking Dead and Season 3 of Hemlock Grove (on Netflix).  Val has also been watching a lot of curling, but not by her own choice!

Katy likes a few new songs – Focus by Ariana Grande and Can’t Feel My Face and Dark Times by The Weeknd (no it’s not a spelling mistake). She bought the whole CD on iTunes and it’s a bit racy so … adults only 😉  But Dark Times features Ed Sheeran, so she had to have it.  Val has been listening to Same Old Love by Selena Gomez, which has a really cool music video.  She also loooooves Adele’s Hello.  All the awards to Adele.

 

Episode 29 – Up We Go!

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Hello everyone, welcome back and thanks for listening!!

We want to send a shout out to our friend Wendy, who is Sillyfru of the Sassypants Knitter Podcast whose kitty crossed over the rainbow. We know you loved her very much and we’re very sorry for your loss. ❤

Events:

We hope everyone has a safe fun and SpoooOOoooOOoooky Halloween! 😉

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – November 6-15, 2015, Toronto, Ontario – Agents of Sheep will be there on November 15, 2015 to compete in the Sheep to Shawl Competition again this year, and Katy plans to throw her hat in for the Drop Spindle Competition as well.

KAL/CALs

Artistic Autumnal KAL/CAL – September 1 – November 31, 2015 – hosted by the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast. Anything you can tie to Autumn somehow (knitting, crochet, spinning) and if you can’t think of anything, you made it in the autumn. You can find the full details at the Geeky Girls Knit Ravelry group.

FOs and HOs

Well, we didn’t finish a whole heck of a lot… but it’s been busy. Katy put her Sherlock Cross stitch into a small hoop and finished it off with a pretty ribbon for the Iamsherlocked swap on Instagram.

WIPs

Val is working on a corner-to-corner knit dishcloth in Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Denim Blues. She’s also picked up the Broadripple socks using Malabrigo sock in ‘Archangel’.

Katy cast on a shawl for one of the ladies who is retiring from the bank. She’s making the “Blue Lake Springs Shawlette” by Irishgirlieknits (which Katy won in an Instagram contest) in Red Heart Stardust in the colourway ‘Blue’. She is also still working on a mug cozy that looks like John’s sweater, also for her Sherlock craft swap.

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WHAT WE’RE READING, WATCHING & LISTENING TO

Katy is reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and she is also reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Val is reading a really raunchy romance novel about angels and demons, which isn’t very good (the book, not the topic!)

Katy watched Pitch Perfect and loved it!!! She’s also making her way through Season 2 of Homeland and watching the current season of Downton Abbey online.

Val is also watching the current season of Downton as well as the current season of The Walking Dead

Katy is listening to the radio and a few songs popped out at her: Stitches by Shawn Mendez, Bulletproof by La Roux (from Pitch Perfect) and her Jam right now is 11:11 by the Arkells 🙂

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!  Downton Abbey Season 6 has started in the UK on September 20th and will be starting in Canada and the US in January.  Last year we held a very fun and successful Downton Trivia contest and we’re in the works for something big for this year! So keep  listening and we’ll have more on that in the coming episodes!!

Episode 28 – Jobs and Hugs

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Hi everyone, welcome back and thanks for listening!!

Events:

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

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – November 6-15, 2015, Toronto, Ontario – Agents of Sheep will be there on November 15, 2015 to compete in the Sheep to Shawl Competition again this year, and Katy plans to throw her hat in for the Drop Spindle Competition as well.

KAL/CALs

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

FOs and HOs

Val is working on a lot of things to take over this section in our next episode! 😉

Katy finished a few things though – she finished the baby blanket she was making for her neighbours out of Bernat Baby Sport, she finished a pair of socks using Red Heart Heart & Sole in ‘Toasted Almond’, she finished spinning her polwarth fibre by Two if by Hand in the ‘Moon Pie’ colourway and she finished a super cute Sherlock & John cross stitch for a Sherlock craft swap!

Baby Blanket - Rainbow shells throw with Bernat Baby sport

Baby Blanket – Rainbow shells throw with Bernat Baby sport

Two if by Hand Polwarth in Moon Pie

Two if by Hand Polwarth in Moon Pie

Sherlock Cross Stitch for IAmSherlockedSwap

Sherlock Cross Stitch for IAmSherlockedSwap

WIPs

Val was still working on her rainbow afghan which is an awesome giant granny square that you keep going around and around on and she’s using various rainbow shades of Red Heart Super Saver divided by white. She was also working on her Broad Ripple socks using Malabrigo sock in ‘Archangel’.

Katy cast on the 100 Acre Woods socks from ‘Socktopus’ using Madelinetosh Twist Light in ‘Chicory’ and she was also working on two mug cozies – one like Sherlock’s scarf and the other like John’s sweater, also for her Sherlock craft swap.

NEEDS AND WANTS

Val wants a job!  She wants to get back into working again and she needs to find the right job for her. She’s lookin’! Katy needs to clean her whole house … it’s looking less like just a toy-nado, and more like just a big ole mess. Katy wants to finish her Mudblood cardigan for fall/winter. Val needs a new battery for her bathroom scale. What Katy wants to do is see a live WWE event next time they come to town!  What Val wants to do is see Crimson Peak with Katy. We love Tom Hiddleston and this movie looks creepy and good. Katy learned how to make a french knot for her cross stitch and she also learned that her Nana was a soda fountain girl at the Woolworth’s in Niagara Falls ❤ Val learned that she needs to be more patient.

YOU HAD ME AT YARN & PATTERNS & SPINDLES … OH MY!

Katy found yarn at Orange Jellyfish Dream in the colourway ‘Lightning Strike‘ and it looks just like the photograph she used as inspiration. She also found a very affordable steampunk themed drop-spindle from Snyder Spindles on etsy.

Val found yet another skein she loves from Expression Fibre Arts in the colourway ‘Lavender & Light‘ and it’s cashmere silk!!! She would also like to cast on a pair of socks in the Vanilla Latte Pattern using her ‘Spooky’ Felici by KnitPicks.

NEW STUFF

Val got some pretty new pendants at Michael’s – a gorgeous celtic cross, a pretty silver and agate piece and another medallion she customized with some pretty sparkly nail polish.

Katy picked up a few things at the Kitchener Waterloo Knitter’s Fair: A skein of Indigo Dragonfly Chameleon sock in ‘You punched the highlights out of her hair’, some lovely fibre from Wellington Fibres in ‘Blush Wine’, a sushi sock set from Oceanwind Knits and a braid of dyed BFL fibre from Oceanwind Knits as well. She also picked up a cute bag from Bling Your String and some Knitter’s Pride DPN tubes.  But she and Em had simultaneous heart attacks when they found a basket of Wollmeise!!! She picked up a skein of ‘Twin’ in ‘Nobody is Perfect’.

Katy's Haul from the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's Fair

Katy’s Haul from the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair

WHAT WE’RE READING, WATCHING & LISTENING TO

Val is reading Dazzled by Silver by Lacey Silks and she’s watching Fear the Walking Dead on AMC on Sunday Nights.  She also watched ‘The Wind Rises’, Hayao Miyazaki’s last directorial movie.  She’s also listening to her favourite band, Tokio Hotel and a song from their latest album, ‘We Found Us’.

Katy finished reading ‘To all the boys I’ve loved before’ by Jenny Han. She watched Mad Max: Fury Road and really enjoyed it. She’s also been watching a lot of WWE, of course, and Charlotte Flair is the new Divas champion!  On new podcasts (new to us) is Caffeinated Knitting, CraftyAllie and CaffeinatedGert are such fun and Katy is really enjoying watching it. She made a workout playlist on her iPod with lots of upbeat songs and she also downloaded a song called ‘Exes and Ohs’ by Elle King.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!  Downton Abbey Season 6 has started in the UK on September 20th and will be starting in Canada and the US in January.  Last year we held a very fun and successful Downton Trivia contest and we’re in the works for something big for this year! So keep  listening and we’ll have more on that in the coming episodes!!

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.

Episode 23 – Summer of Sweaters

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Hello Everyone, welcome back to the Stitch Sisters Podcast! If you’re new to us, thank you for giving us a shot! Katy wants to thank everyone who wished her a Happy Birthday and sent positive vibes to send the bronchitis packing!  It’s still hanging on for dear life but she’s feeling better than she was.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

We want to send a big congratulations out to Shannon of Michigan who was our big Winner for our Welcome Back Outlander giveaway courtesy of the Wooly Witch on Etsy who donated 2 ounces of her sweet rolls spinning rolags in the colourway ‘The Waterhorse of Loch Ness’. Congrats Shannon, we hope you enjoy the rolags as much as we do!! 🙂

Shops We Mention Must Stash Yarns, The Wooly Witch, Peepaloo Fields, Desert Vista Dyeworks, A Vivid Yarn Studio, Willow Yarns, KnitPicks, WWE Shop, Scrapbook.com

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!!!

Knitter’s Frolic – April 25-26, 2015 – Japanese Canadian Culture Centre – Toronto, Ontario – We hope everyone had a great time!!!

Stash Dash 2015 – Starts 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

#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 has finished 1 sleeve on her Mama Vertebrae (HO?) and also finished 1 sock out of Red Heart, Heart & Sole in Spring Stripes and has also almost finished 1 sock out of Red Heart, Heart & Sole in Toasted Almond.

Red Heart - Heart & Sole in 'Spring Stripes'

Red Heart – Heart & Sole in ‘Spring Stripes’

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Red Heart – Heart & Sole in ‘Toasted Almond’

Val found a bunch of dishcloths she had finished using various colours of Bernat Handicrafter cotton and added them to her gifting stash.

WIPs Val is working on the second Broad Ripple sock using Malabrigo sock in ‘Archangel’ and she is also working on her gorgeous rainbow granny square afghan for her bed!  She should be starting the yellow portion very soon!

Katy  is working on her Mama Vertebrae in Malabrigo Arroyo in ‘Aguas’, she tried to pick up her Outlander MKAL from last year but couldn’t brain. She cast on the Hitofude cardigan using Lindy Chain in ‘Plum’ by KnitPicks and is loving the pattern, very easy to remember and the yarn is lovely!  She is also making a small ‘Gateway Cuff’ by Laura Nelkin from her ‘Knockout Knits’ book using the small sweet roll sample from the Wooly Witch in ‘Ice Queen’.

Hitofude using Lindy Chain in Plum

Hitofude using Lindy Chain in Plum

NEEDS AND WANTS

Valerie and Katy both need to be less easily enabled by instagram 😉 Valerie wants to go out walking more, and she wants to knit some angry birds plushies for her nephew for Christmas. She also learned that her grandfather used to shear sheep!  The old school way with the hand clippers!

Katy wants to be more organized and she wants to design a simple triangle shawl out of the Peepaloo yarn she bought. Katy learned that 2 at a time socks really aren’t her style, they take too long for her.

YOU HAD ME AT YARN!!

Valerie was had when she visited A Vivid Yarn Studio on Etsy and saw the colourway Emily! It has beautiful pastel colours with speckles of brown and pink that make it look like a robin’s egg. Very pretty and so stashworthy!

Katy spotted (and bought… ahem!) a gorgeous skein of ‘Peepaloo’ from ‘Peepaloo Fields on Etsy. She loved all the rainbows and the 100% superwash merino is so soft!  She also loved the colourway ‘Hot Pants’ from Peepaloo fields. The other yarn she needs like air is from Desert Vista Dyeworks, Wonder Woman 4 stripe self-striping yarn! It’s gorgeous!!!

NEW STUFF

Val picked up some awesome Willow yarn in Gosling ‘Fairy Princess’ to make an awesome pair of socks. The yarn is so soft and colourful.

Katy got lots of things for her birthday: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, some new shorts for work, Willow Yarns Daily DK in ‘Foxglove’ for a sweater, a Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner in Light Pink, 2 balls of Red Heart – Heart & Sole in ‘Toasted Almond’, 2 AJ Lee Tshirts from the WWE shop, Curls by Hunter Hammersen,, 2 balls of Knitpicks Palette in ‘Huckleberry Heather’ with rainbow beads for the April Shawl, and a Hitofude’s worth of KnitPicks Lindy Chain in ‘Plum’.

Webster's Pages Color Crush Planner in 'Light Pink'

Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner in ‘Light Pink’

'Peepaloo' by Peepaloo Fields on Etsy

‘Peepaloo’ by Peepaloo Fields on Etsy

READING, WATCHING & LISTENING

Val has been watching Outlander and has been trying to keep up with Game of Thrones. She’s also been listening to Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor and American Oxygen by Rihanna.

Katy’s still reading ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, she’s been watching Outlander, Finding Carter and lots of WWE. She’s been jamming on One Last Time by Arianna Grande and Trouble by Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson.

Episode 16 – A Mighty Need

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Hello Everyone and welcome back! We hope everyone had a very safe and happy New Year and that the year is going well for you so far!  If you’re just checking us out now, thank you very much for giving us a shot! If you’re a returning listener, thanks for coming back!

THANK YOU!!

We’d like to say a big thank you to Tanya from The Sampler Girl Podcast for giving us a signal boost and joining our group! We’re so glad to have her and Katy is a huge fan of her podcast!  She is also holding a Downton Abbey KAL/CAL in her group on Ravelry! So check it out and knit something Downton for a chance to win an awesome prize and chat about Downton 🙂

DOWNTON ABBEY TRIVIA CONTEST!!!! ROUND 2 !!

A big CONGRATS!!! to Angie (crouchingcheese on Ravelry) for being our Round 1 Winner! She won the Downton Abbey notions pouch from Knitty Kat Bags and the Downton Abbey Stitch Markers from Vintage Rose!  She correctly answered the question: Which country was Kemal Pamuk from?  The answer was Turkey 🙂

So for Round 2, the process is pretty much the same!  All you need to do is be a member of our Ravelry group and click on the link below! It will direct you to Rafflecopter where you can answer this episode’s trivia contest and you can also earn extra entries in the draw by joining up at our other social media sites (it will do it automatically 😉 )  The raffle link will stay active for 1 week and we will draw for the winner and announce their name in the next podcast where we will ask a new question and a new link will be provided, as well as a new prize will be up for grabs! The Prize for this round is a skein of Lavinia Swire sock yarn and matching stitch markers from Canon Hand Dyes!

Lavinia Swire sock yarn and matching stitch markers from Canon Hand Dyes

Lavinia Swire sock yarn and matching stitch markers from Canon Hand Dyes

and the question is: What did Mary give to Matthew before he went off to war?

Click below to Enter and Good luck Everyone!!!

Downton Abbey Trivia Contest No. 2

Shops We Mention

Canon Hand Dyes
Vintage Rose
Moonrover Yarns
Western Sky Knits
Turtle Made
Jimmy Beans Wool
Knitty Kat Bags
Desert Vista Dyeworks
Wee Little Stitches
Rain City Knits
A Vivid Yarn Studio

Podcasts We Mention

The Knitmore Girls Podcast
The Minerva Turkey Podcast
The Sampler Girl Podcast

KAL/CALs Katy is still working on her Hitchhiker shawl by Martina Behm for the never-ending Behm-a-Long with the Knitmore Girls Podcast. She’s making her shawl out of Western Sky Knits Magnolia base sock yarn (MCN) in the colourway Rainbow Night.

EVENTS We recently had a new doughnut shop open up in our city. They make all vegan doughnuts in really yummy flavours, so if you’re in the area of Niagara in Ontario, check them out! They’re called Beechwood Doughnuts and they’re in St. Catharines, Ontario!

Beechwood Doughnuts: Nanaimo, Salted Caramel Toffee, Apple Fritter

Beechwood Doughnuts: Nanaimo, Salted Caramel Toffee, Apple Fritter

Beechwood Doughnuts: Raspberry Glaze

Beechwood Doughnuts: Raspberry Glaze

WIPS

Valerie is busily working on little tiny crocheted flowers for her Molly Flowers blanket. She’s using repurposed yarn from her Flowers in the Snow Afghan and plans to use one stripe from that afghan to make a scarf for donation to Out of the Cold. 🙂 Katy is working on her Orchid Thief Shawl and playing a very close game of yarn chicken with her pretty yarn from Quaere Fibers. Looks like she may make it! 😉 She also plans to work on the Snowball’s Chance in Hell mitts a little more, and pull out the Clockwork she’s working on for her husband.

Clockwork Shawl by Stephen West using Cascade Heritage sock solids "Walnut" & "Mossy Rock"

Clockwork Shawl by Stephen West using Cascade Heritage sock solids “Walnut” & “Mossy Rock”

Mollie Flowers!

SPINNING

Katy is still spinning away on her Moon Rover fibre in ‘Nebula’ and plying on the fly using her Turtle Made Turkish spindle.

NEEDS AND WANTS

Need: Katy needs a haircut, needs a change in her hairdo, really badly – she has permanent mom ponytail and it’s driving her crazy!  Val still needs to arrange for off site storage for her apartment to get her life back in order!

Want: Katy wants to finish 3 WIPs before starting anything new.  Val wants to lose weight, and a mutual friend has given her an elliptical to help her on her journey!

Want to do: Katy wants to watch Sherlock on their new TV, because the new TV is awesome and she needs to experience Sherlock on it!

Learned: Katy learned that weighing her yarn as she goes along on a shawl (or anything really) helps a lot – especially in a deathly game of yarn chicken!

NEW STUFF

Katy received one of her Christmas bonus splurges in the mail; a Steampunk inspired shawl kit from Marigold Jen on Etsy featuring a skein of her lovely sock yarn in ‘Copper Patina’ along with a 50g skein of the same colour only a sparkly version, two clockwork stitch markers and the pattern ‘A Cog in the Machine’ by Heather Laws. It came in a lovely copper organza bag and got to her really fast. Katy is looking forward to this shawl so much, it’s her first Marigold Jen purchase!

A Cog in the Machine Kit from Marigold Jen

A Cog in the Machine Kit from Marigold Jen

You Had Me at Yarn!

Katy loves all the awesome, nerdy, cute cross stitch patterns from Wee Little Stitches on etsy! And a super bonus, she’s from our town!!! Katy is contemplating purchasing the Sherlock set and maybe making herself little scissor minders out of the characters. Also, Katy is in love with the Double Rainbow sweater kit from Rain City Knits!!! She loves the look of the sweater with the rainbows down the sleeves – if she got another bonus, she’d be buying this immediately! Again, another Canadian company too 🙂

Valerie is totally in love with Vivid Yarn Studio and her new colourways; ‘Te Amo’ and ‘Snow White’. The snow white she just needs, like air to breathe. She would love to have both of these colours and to support her business as she’s in Calgary. Lots of Canadian indie dyers turning out lovely products.

READING AND WATCHING

Katy isn’t really reading anything – baby keeping her up is preventing her from doing much in the line of free time activities. She is watching the new TV series 12 Monkeys based on the movie. She’s catching snippets of it here and there while trying to knit in bed. BUT!! She did finally get to see the Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and really enjoyed it! For what it was, it was very good, she likes Tauriel even though she was an addition that wasn’t in the original story and she also loved Billy Boyd’s song a the end.

Episode 15: So.Much.DOWNTON!!!

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Hello Everyone and welcome back! We hope everyone had a very safe and happy New Year and that the year is going well for you so far!  If you’re just checking us out now, thank you very much for giving us a shot! If you’re a returning listener, thanks for coming back!

DOWNTON ABBEY TRIVIA CONTEST!!!! ROUND 1 !!

As mentioned in this episode and in previous episodes, this episode is the beginning of our Downton Abbey Trivia Contest!  All you need to do is be a member of our Ravelry group and click on the link below! It will direct you to Rafflecopter where you can answer this episode’s trivia contest and you can also earn extra entries in the draw by joining up at our other social media sites (it will do it automatically 😉 )  The raffle link will stay active for 1 week and we will draw for the winner and announce their name in the next podcast where we will ask a new question and a new link will be provided, as well as a new prize will be up for grabs!

The Prize for this episode is a large Downton Abbey notions pouch from Knitty Kat Bags and a Downton stitch marker set from The Vintage Rose

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and the question is: What country is Kemal Pamuk from?

Click below to Enter and Good luck Everyone!!!

Downton Abbey Trivia Contest No. 1 

Shops We Mention

Canon Hand Dyes
Vintage Rose
Must Stash Yarns
Moonrover Yarns
Knitpicks
Western Sky Knits
Turtle Made
Jimmy Beans Wool
Knitty Kat Bags
Desert Vista Dyeworks

Podcasts We Mention

The Knitmore Girls Podcast
The Knitgirllls

KAL/CALs

Katy will be starting on the Downton Abbey Season 5 MKAL as she purchased the new kit as well and she is currently participating in the neverending Behmalong from the Knitmoregirls podcast.  The Outlander MKAL shawl has been put on hold until April when the season resumes.

FOs

Katy finished a Barley hat with Berocco Vintage in a pretty Bergundy colour and added a 2 inch pompom on top! And IT WAS ALMOST LOST!!!! In the kerfuffle of her battery dying for her car, she dropped it at the garage. Fortunately, it was eventually found and picked up at the garage by her dad!! Yay!

Barley hat

Barley hat

Barley Hat - back view

Barley Hat – back view

WIPs

Katy has finished the huge diamond lace netting portion of her Orchid Thief Shawl and has casted on a Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm and is using her new skein of Western Sky Knits mcn in the colourway ‘Rainbow Night’.  She is also still working on the ‘Snowball’s Chance in Hell’ mitts and has pulled out her husband’s ‘Clockwork’ to work on, possibly finish for Valentine’s Day.

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm in 'Rainbow Night' by Western Sky Knits

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm in ‘Rainbow Night’ by Western Sky Knits

Orchid Thief shawl by Ysolda Teague in 'Orchid' by Queare Fiber

Orchid Thief shawl by Ysolda Teague in ‘Orchid’ by Queare Fiber

Valerie is currently working on a cowl using Robin Charade art yarn in “Cabaret” using Susan Bates size 19 (15mm) needles.  She is not using any particular pattern.

Cabaret Cowl

Cabaret Cowl

Spinning

Katy had to put her wheel away for a bit – space constraint – but has been enjoying her spindles. On her drop spindle she is spinning ‘Herbs’ by Spun Right Round and that’s 100% Rambouillet. On her new Turkish Drop Spindle by Turtle Made, she started her Moon Rover Yarn braid in the colourway ‘Nebula’ and is loving every second of it!

'Nebula' by Moon Rover Yarn on a Turtle Made Turkish spindle

‘Nebula’ by Moon Rover Yarn on a Turtle Made Turkish spindle

'Herbs' by Spun Right Round on a regular drop spindle

‘Herbs’ by Spun Right Round on a regular drop spindle

Needs and Wants

NEED:  Katy needs to knit from stash for the rest of the year!!! Possibly just one little exception to purchase yarn for her birthday.  Valerie needs to look into renting an offsite storage unit to clear out the clutter from her apartment.

WANT: Katy wants a brighter outlook on 2015… cause the year hasn’t really started very well in her opinion.  Valerie wants a cleared out and organized balcony so she can enjoy it for this spring/summer.

WANT TO DO: Katy wants to see The Hobbit!!!! Cause she hasn’t yet, a whole lot of obstacles, ill-timed naps and toddler shenanigans have kept her from seeing it yet.  Valerie wants to make pom-poms for her cats as she thinks they’ll have fun playing with them!

WHAT WE LEARNED: Katy learned how to ply on the fly with her Turkish drop spindle!! It’s awesome and she feels like a little spider while doing it 🙂  Valerie learned quite a bit from gossip about old high school people with a friend.

You had me at Yarn!

Katy found out that Lorna’s Laces has new Princess Bride inspired colourways!  “As you Wish” and “Farmboy”!  She also wouldn’t go amiss at receiving a skein of “Zombody Loves Ewe” from Desert Vista Dyeworks for Valentine’s Day!

Valerie found a cute crochet pattern called “Mollie Flowers” by Brigette Read where you make a whole bunch of crocheted flowers and then join them together for a blanket.  The pattern is free on Ravelry.

New Stuff!

Katy’s mom made her a Downton Abbey Tote bag for her knitting! She plans on using it for the Downton Abbey MKAL shawl and other WIPs as well while she watches Downton. Our good friend Emily, aka Wenchfaery, also gifted Katy a Downton Abbey tea-for-one set which she squealed at and admitted she thought of buying when she first saw it as well 😉

Downton Abbey Tote Katy's mom made for her along with her Downton MKAL kit

Downton Abbey Tote Katy’s mom made for her along with her Downton MKAL kit

Downton Abbey tea-for-one set Emily had gifted to Katy for Christmas

Downton Abbey tea-for-one set Emily had gifted to Katy for Christmas

Valerie received a few belated Christmas gifts from Katy’s mom!  A beautiful Solomon’s Knot Mobius Wrap done in Red Heart Boutique Yarn and an awesome 100 Snowflakes to Crochet pattern book!  Valerie also received, at Christmas, a crochet pattern book from Katy and loves it 🙂

Solomon's Knot Mobius Wrap

Solomon’s Knot Mobius Wrap

Pattern Book!

Pattern Book!

Another pattern book!

Another pattern book!

Reading and Watching

Katy got to watch Guardians of the Galaxy again and loved it. She also watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with her husband. It seemed shorter but maybe it’s because all the other movies lately have been pretty long and this seemed to be more geared towards kids. Will Arnett was the best part of the movie for her!  Gotham is also on the watched list and is getting very good.  Valerie is watching Agent Carter starring Hayley Atwell, and though the television show is slow going at first, she really loves the character of Peggy Carter and thinks she is bad ass!  Valerie would like to begin watching Orphan Black as she’s heard many good things about it.

Katy also briefly started reading ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell, just the first chapter as she had to get some shut eye.  Valerie is still reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, and when finished will begin to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

We both finally watched the Season 5 Downton Abbey Christmas Special and LOVED IT!  Katy cried when Tom, Mary and Edith were talking to Sybil and when Mr. Bates surprised Anna. Robert wins father of the year when he was talking to Edith! He’s the best ‘Donk’ ever!!! AND Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes are freaking adorbs!!!  That’s all we’ll say so as not to give too much away, but it was wonderful and opulent!