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.

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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!