Episode 33 – We blame Abby! ;)

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Hello and welcome back!!!  We apologize for how late we are in posting this episode but without further ado, here it is!

Downton Abbey Contest

The final season of Downton Abbey has concluded and thus brings our Downton Abbey trivia contest!  So now we will post our question to you and all you have to do is answer following the Rafflecopter links provided below:

Question: What was Dickie Merten diagnosed with?

We have five prizes to go out (PICTURES BELOW!) and you can enter in every rafflecopter if you so choose!

Downton Project and Notions Bags

Downton Abbey project bag and notions pouch from KnittyKat Bags – Enter HERE

Shrewd Lady Mary

1 Skein of Shrewd Lady Mary from One Twisted Tree – Enter HERE

Lady Shakleton

1 Skein of Lady Shakleton from Canon Hand Dyes –  Enter HERE

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes Downton Abbey coffee table book – Enter HERE

Yorkshire Skies

The Yorkshire Skies MKAL Kit donated by Jimmy Beans Wool and the pattern donated by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich  – Enter HERE

As always, you must be a member of our Ravelry group to win! So if you haven’t joined up, you can do it by clicking *HERE*.

Good luck to everyone and thank you so much for watching and enjoying Downton with us, we will miss it dearly ❤ ❤

Events

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

Niagara Folk Arts Festival – May 6 – 29, 2016 – St. Catharines, Ontario, check the schedule for open houses and upcoming events!

Niagara Falls Comicon – June 3-5, 2016 – Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario – See the featured guests *HERE*

VAL’S BIRTHDAY!!!  June 26th, 2016 😉  Wish her lots of love and happiness!

FanExpo Canada – September 1-4, 2016 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario – See the featured guests *HERE*

KAL/CALs

Val found a really awesome CAL called the Temperature Blanket CAL hosted by Post Pooch Designs!  For every day of the year, you crochet one (or more) row(s) based on the daily temperature in your area! You wind up with a really pretty multi-coloured blanket for that year!  You can find the pattern *HERE*

Katy is still participating in 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 has a HO!  She finished one of her ‘Zombody Loves Ewe’ socks for the Cast on the Dead KAL 🙂

Zombody Loves Ewe afterthought heel sock

Val has half of a dishcloth done in Ahoy Ombre by Bernat (which looks like it may have been discontinued but Lily’s Sugar & Cream has the same cotton yarn in the same name and colours!)

WIPs

Val is working on another dishcloth! This time crocheted in the Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn in Sunkissed Ombre.

Katy is working on the second afterthought heel sock 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.

Reyna Shawl in Darkside of the Room from Spun Right Round

Needs and Wants

Needs – Val needs to do her laundry and to finish her budget! Katy needs to stop and realise she has enough things! Just because someone has something, or something is pretty and she ‘wants’ it… she doesn’t need it.

Want – Val wants more energy to enjoy the nicer weather that’s coming up! We want SPRING!! We’ve had enough of the snow and ice, we want Spring!

Want to do – Val wants to start a new crochet project, possibly the temperature blanket mentioned above! Katy wants to go and see a movie with her husband, possibly Captain America: Civil War.

Learned – Katy learned that the narrator on Sarah & Duck (a BBC kids show) is also Douglas from ‘Cabin Pressure’! And also, Scarf Lady is Mrs. Patmore from Downton! Val learned that she can’t please everyone.

You had me at Yarn!

Val was had by when she went up to visit her Dad and her Dad’s partner’s daughter has a weaving business called Robinns Nest Weaving. She dyes her own yarn and weaves them up into baby slings and they are just gorgeous! Check her out! She also found Wolltraum My Melody gradient yarn in Xanadu!

Katy was had at yarn when she was on instagram and saw Knittyandcolor had some new colourways and to name one called ‘Mix Tape’. She wants a skein of Mix Tape and all the other tonal & speckled colours to make a Monster Cowl.

New Stuff

Val picked up some Red Heart Comfort yarn in Baby Blue and is going to be crocheting a blanket for her new nephew using the ‘One Ball Baby Blanket‘ pattern 🙂  She also had a very interesting Walmart experience in which crochet and patterns seems to be a lost art on some individuals.

Katy got lots of new stuff because it was her birthday, so just a few of her favourites are the lovely goodies Val got for her, including a Sephora gift card, two awesome paperback books, a pretty Revlon lipgloss and nail polish and some awesome perfume samples. Katy also got Mockingjay Part 2, Spectre, 3 elf cosmetics orders, a NYX cosmetics order, a super cute Groot and Rocket shirt, and a Death Cab for Cutie concert shirt.

Reading, Watching, Listening!

Val is re-reading ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ by Diana Gabaldon. Katy is reading ‘Frostfire’ by Amanda Hocking and ‘The Iron Thorn’ by Kaitlyn Kitteredge.

Both Val and Katy watched the season finale of The Walking Dead!!!  Just be warned that we talk about what happens, so if you haven’t watched it yet, skip ahead a bit 😉  They’re both looking forward to Season 2 of Outlander, which proves to be very good this season. Katy got to watch Wrestlemania 32 and even though Dean didn’t win, she had fun watching it!

Val and Katy are also watching some youtube channels, which is how they got so enabled with the makeup, including Abby Green, Wenchfaery Games, Kathleen Lights and Carly Humbert.

Val is enjoying ‘Dangerous Woman’ by Ariana Grande and ‘Piece by Piece’ by Kelly Clarkson (the American Idol Edition). Katy got a few iTunes cards for her birthday so she downloaded Ed Sheeran’s first album, + , and Lights’ new album, Midnight Machines, which is an acoustic album and it’s gorgeous!

 

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Episode 21 – David Suzuki is a Troll!

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Hi Everyone, welcome back to the Stitch Sisters Podcast!  We’d like to welcome new and returning listeners, thanks for checking us out!

We would also like to thank our friend Emily (aka wenchfaery just about everywhere, including Ravelry) for joining us again for this episode! She has an awesome youtube channel where you can watch her play through some pretty awesome videogames, and you can find her at Wenchfaery Games.

And, to explain our title, we were had!!!! David Suzuki had us all thinking that knitting chrysalis’ for Monarch butterflies was actually a thing!! There’s even a pattern on Ravelry for them! But it was a nice big ole April Fool’s joke 🙂  You can still buy the pattern but the proceeds will go toward the planting of Milkweed for the Monarch butterflies.

Giveaway!!!!

We had a very generous donation of a lovely prize from The Wooly Witch!!! She sent us 2 ounces of her ‘Sweet Rolls’ spinning rolags in the colourway ‘The Waterhorse of Loch Ness’! Now in celebration of the return of ‘Outlander’ to television (April 4th in the States and April 5th in Canada) we are giving these 2 ounces of spinning rolags to one lucky listener. All you have to do is head over to our Ravelry group, and take a look at the Wooly Witch’s etsy shop and tell us what your favourite colourway is and what you would make with it! You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win these gorgeous rolags.

The Wooly Witch Sweet Rolls in 'The Waterhorse of Loch Ness'

The Wooly Witch Sweet Rolls in ‘The Waterhorse of Loch Ness’

Shops We Mention

Passionknit 
Miss Babs
The Wooly Witch
Tanis Fiber Arts
Willow Yarns
Scrumptious Purl
Spanish Peacock
Blue Moon Fiber Arts
KnitPicks
Book Outlet
Lush

Podcasts We Mention

The Knitmore Girls Podcast
The Sassypants Knitter
The Prairie Girls Knit & Spin
The Minerva Turkey Knits Podcast
The Knitgirllls Podcast
The Fat Squirrel Speaks
The Sampler Girl Podcast
The Wolfe Farms Podcast
The Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
The Brass Needles Podcast

EVENTS

Katy’s Birthday was on April 8th and Val spoiled her rotten 😉  Thank you for all the well wishes on instagram and facebook 🙂

Knitter’s Frolic – April 25-26, 2015 – Japanese Canadian Culture Centre – Toronto, Ontario

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.

Steampunk KAL – With Miss Kalendar of the Brass Needles Podcast, for the month of April, knit yourself something Steampunk!  More info in her Ravelry group!

FOs and HOs

Val finished knitting another baby washcloth using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton 🙂

Katy finished spinning a sweet roll sample from the Wooly Witch 🙂  She spun it 2 ply on her Spanish Peacock support spindle. The colourway was ‘Ice Queen’ and it really reminds her of Elsa’s dress from Frozen.

The Wooly Witch Sweet Roll sample in 'Ice Queen'

The Wooly Witch Sweet Roll sample in ‘Ice Queen’

Emily finished the ‘Cedar Creek Socks’ – a pattern she purchased from Blue Moon Fiber Arts – out of Classic Elite Alpaca Sox in Baby Blues!

WIPs

Valerie started a Granny Square Afghan out of her Red Heart Super Saver in a bunch of Rainbow colours!

Katy is still working on her Mama Vertebrae out of Malabrigo Arroyo in ‘Aguas’, her Mudblood Cardigan out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Superwash in ‘Garnet Heather’ and she’s picking up her Outlander MKAL Shawl again using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in ‘Seawash’ and ‘Terrarium’.

Mama Vertebrae in Malabrigo Arroyo 'Aguas'

Mama Vertebrae in Malabrigo Arroyo ‘Aguas’

Emily’s working on another pair of Stitch Surfer Socks using Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts in ‘Manly yes but I like it too’ and ‘Grimm’s Willow Wren’ and also another Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief using Noro Sekku (lace weight) and it’s looking gorgeous as it’s striping!

NEEDS AND WANTS

Valerie needs to stay off Pinterest as it is a total time suck!!! She wants the thing that had her at yarn… see below 😉 She learned a provisional cast on and how to knit a mitred square and she wants to hide because she has 2 wee lads for 2 weeks! Yikes!!

Katy wants baby boy’s tooth to pop out so he can stop suffering. She wants yarn, and she wants to sleep in and she learned how to property park and draft on her support spindle.

Emily needs better time management skills to wrangle her wips into shape. She really wants to go to New York to the MOMA and partake in the Bjork interactive exhibit!!! She also wants yarn from the Scrumptious Purl in the colourway Mischief Managed. She also learned how to cut off a sock cast-on and bind it off again!

YOU HAD ME AT YARN!

Valerie wants Red Heart Boutique in ‘Petunia’. She had seen it in Walmart when she was shopping and she wanted it but didn’t get it. Perhaps the next trip she can purchase it ❤

Emily wants the Mischief Managed yarn from the Scrumptious Purl and she also wants the Hitofude cardigan pattern!

Katy wants the Life Savers Sweater Kit from Tanis Fiber Arts and she also wants a sweater quantity of their yellow label DK weight in Pink Grapefruit. As well, she wants Susan Claudino’s pattern ‘Doctor Ewe’!

NEW STUFF

Valerie bought a 12oz ball of Bernat handicrafter cotton in the colourway ‘Crown Jewels’ – it has lovely teals, aquas and purples in it!  She also bought 2 skeins of Red Heart’s Heart and Sole in “Mellow Stripes” to make some socks with!

Bernant Handicrafter Cotton in "Crown Jewels Ombre"

Bernant Handicrafter Cotton in “Crown Jewels Ombre”

Red Heart's Heart & Sole in Mellow Stripes

Red Heart’s Heart & Sole in Mellow Stripes

 

Emily bought a skein of Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts in ‘Manly Yes but I like it too’ and also a skein of The Scrumptious Purl in ‘It’s my Party’. She also found out that there is a new Lush store closer to us than any other in Limeridge Mall in Hamilton, which we will be hitting up shortly. Plus, she ordered the new Loot Crate because it’s Fantasy based, and that is her favourite genre!

Katy got some lovely early birthday surprises from Valerie – 2 handknitted washcloths, a Lipsmacker’s hair care set in the strawberry scent and 2 skeins of Red Heart Heart and Sole with Aloe in ‘Spring Stripes’! She also got a copy of ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green and she got her Spring Swap package in from Tracey!!! It had lovely chocolate in it, a washcloth, 2 mini skeins of yarn and a cute bunny spoon for tea time!

Katy's birthday goodies from Val and The Hobbit from her Hubby & Lil Boy

Katy’s birthday goodies from Val and The Hobbit from her Hubby & Lil Boy

WHAT WE’RE READING, WATCHING AND LISTENING TO

Emily is reading a lot of Fan Fiction on Archive of our Own – and Valerie and Katy admitted to going there for some good fan fiction lately too 😉 She’s also listening to music on 8Tracks.com where you can listen to playlists people have made and also make your own!

Valerie is listening to a lot of Top 40 and some new to her podcasts. She’s also watching a lot of the Food Network and The Walking Dead – including the season 5 finale which she loved!!!  She’s reading some fan fiction and some text based RPG interactions which she’s participating in. Valerie and Katy will also be watching Outlander as it makes it’s return to Showcase (in Canada) on April 5th at 10pm!

Katy is happy to watch Finding Carter as it’s second season just started. She’s still reading ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green and ‘Clockwork Angel’ by Cassandra Clare. She finished ‘The Clockwork Scarab’ by Colleen Gleason – it was ok, and you can tell it was YA and it needed closure, even though it’s a first in the series. Both Katy and Emily are really liking ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars and were singing and dancing to it on the way to Valerie’s house!

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We hope you enjoyed this episode and don’t forget to head on over and join our Ravelry group!!! Take care everyone and we hope you had a Happy Easter and Passover!

Episode 18 – A Fair of Pinished Socks

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Hi Everyone! Welcome back to the Stitch Sisters Podcast and if you’re just finding us now, we hope you enjoy and come back often!

DOWNTON ABBEY TRIVIA CONTEST!!!! ROUND 4 !!

Congratulations to Tiffany M. of Ontario, Canada for being our Round 3 Winner! She won the sock yarn and matching stitch markers in the colourway ‘Lady Sybil’ from Canon Hand Dyes!  She correctly answered the question: Who taught Anna to dance the Reel to surprise Mr. Bates?  The answer was a Lady Rose. 🙂

So for Round 4, 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 last round is the Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long Kit from Jimmy Beans Wool and it features two colours of Lorna’s Laces Solemate in ‘Edith’s Secret’ and ‘Old Rose’ as well as the download code for the MKAL!!!

Downton Abbey MKAL with Lorna's Laces in Edith's Secret and Old Rose from Jimmy Beans Wool

Downton Abbey MKAL with Lorna’s Laces in Edith’s Secret and Old Rose from Jimmy Beans Wool

and the question is: Who destroyed Mr. Bates’ train ticket?

Click below to Enter and Good luck Everyone!!!

Downton Abbey Trivia Contest No. 4

Shops We Mention

Canon Hand Dyes
Vintage Rose
Moonrover Yarns
Western Sky Knits
Turtle Made
Jimmy Beans Wool
Knitty Kat Bags
Desert Vista Dyeworks
Yarnspirations
Willow Yarns
The Book Outlet
Quaere Fibres

Podcasts We Mention
The Knitmore Girls Podcast
The Sampler Girl Podcast
The Suburban Stitcher Podcast
The Sassypants Knitter
The Prairie Girls Knit & Spin
Wolfe Farms Podcast
The Minerva Turkey Knits Podcast
The Knitgirllls Podcast

KAL/CALs

Val is working on the Crochet Crowd is holding a 2015 Mystery Afghan CAL! She isn’t too impressed with the second clue, but she’s going to hold out till the 3rd or 4th clue to see if she’ll join along.

Katy is still working on her Hitchhiker for the never-ending Behmalong with the Knitmore Girls Podcast, and since it’s using rainbow yarn, and double-dipping in KAL/CALs is always fun (and encouraged), she’s also participating in the February Rainbow-a-Long with The Suburban Stitcher Podcast!  She probably won’t have her Hitchhiker done in time, but the purpose of the rainbow-a-long was to bring colour into an otherwise dreary February and make the knitters happy! And it did that, so Katy’s not upset about not being eligible to win any prizes.

The Sampler Girl podcast is having a Jane Austen Knit-a-long! Anything related to Jane Austen, just knit away and enter in her Ravelry group for great prizes! But the deadline for that is February 28th as well, so hopefully you’re seeing this early to squeak in your entry!

FOs and HOs

Valerie finished one of the Broadripple socks using Malabrigo sock in ‘Archangel’ and Katy tried it on (as these socks are for her) and they fit perfectly!

Broad Ripple Sock in Malabrigo "Archangel"

Broad Ripple Sock in Malabrigo “Archangel”

WIPs

Valerie is working on the second Broadripple sock, a new dishcloth using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Mulberry, and she’s still plugging away at her Easy Triangle Shawl.

Dishcloth!

Dishcloth!

Katy is working on way too many things! She cast on the Foolproof cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham using Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in ‘Stargazing’ and ‘Pop Rocks’. She finished the body of the second ‘Snowball’s Chance in Hell’ mitt, now all she needs to do is complete the duplicate stitch. And she’s still working on her Hitchhiker shawl and her husband’s Clockwork.

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

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

Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham using Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in 'Stargazing' and 'Pop Rocks'

Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham using Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in ‘Stargazing’ and ‘Pop Rocks’

Needs and Wants

Katy needs more time to visit with Val and other friends and Valerie needs more Katy visits and to see other friends as well.

Valerie wants SPRING!!! Katy wants a lip balm that actually works in this frigid, dry Canadian climate.

Valerie wants to get out more once the weather gets less nasty! boo weather! Katy wants to send out her little care package to her friend in California with lots of mini skeins and a few extra goodies 🙂

Valerie learned that spending way too much time on social media gets to be really negative at times & makes her feel oogy inside which she doesn’t like. Katy learned how enabling Instagram can be when she came across Prairie Girl Danie’s Mama Vertebrae cardigan! Now she wants one!

New Stuff

Valerie got all her new sock yarn in from Willow Yarns!  She picked up a skein of ‘Peacock’ and ‘Pink Cockatoo’ in their Willow Quest base, and 2 skiens of “Accent” in their “Attire” base which is 100% superwash extra fine merino!  She’s got lots of socks planned out for this yarn! She also received a journal from Katy only it has Butterflies on it and some stitch markers including a polymer clay bubble tea stitch marker.

Peacock and Pink Cockatoo sock yarn from WillowYarns.ca

Peacock and Pink Cockatoo sock yarn from WillowYarns.ca

"Accent" Sock Yarn from WillowYarns.ca

“Accent” Sock Yarn from WillowYarns.ca

Clay Stitch Markers

Clay Stitch Markers

Katy got a new journal from the Book Outlet and has been journaling. She also picked up Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Her Mom made her some beautiful fingerless gloves for Valentine’s Day with little sequins in the yarn and a heart lace motif on top ❤ And Katy won a prize!!! She won the Triple Swell Hat by Lucia Pane from the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast!! She plans to cast on with some stash yarn as soon as she finishes a couple things.

You Had Me at Yarn!

We both love Desert Vista Dyeworks’ new colourway ‘If They Kill Carol’ (a Walking Dead colourway). Even though Katy doesn’t watch the show, she loves all the burgundy tones and the speckles in the stripes. Her other two colourways, ‘If they kill Rick’ and ‘If they kill Darryl’ are pretty awesome as well!

Valerie loves  Dr. Who – Vincent & The Doctor by Quare Fibre in Sparkle Sock base! Actually, Katy’s been looking at that one for a long time as well!!

Katy would also love some Malabrigo Arroyo in ‘Aquos’ to make Kelly Brooker’s Mama Vertebrae sweater. Prairie Girl Danie made a stunning one using the colourway ‘Prussian Blue’ and paired it with an awesome, nerdy Starlord T-shirt. So Katy was inspired.

What We’re Reading and Watching

Val is watching The Walking Dead and Broadchurch. Also she’s looking forward to watching the Oscars for all the fashion and Go Eddie Redmayne!!!

Katy isn’t watching much of anything, but she is reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and also The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason. She’s loving both books very much. Katy also would like to watch some of the Oscars – Go Benedict 😉 !!!!

Episode 17 – No I DON’T want to build a snowman!!!

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Hello everyone! Thanks for coming back and if you’re a new listener, we hope you enjoy the podcast and choose to return 🙂

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations to Heather’s little (not so little) girl who made the cut in performing with Cirque de Soliel in the pan-am games this summer.  Apparently out of 450 kids, only 115 were chosen and K. was one of them!  Her mom and dad are very proud of her and so are we 🙂

Also, the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is looking for 8″ crocheted or knitted wildlife nests for the orphaned animals that they shelter!  You can find the details on our Facebook page complete with the patterns for the nests (the pattern is for 4″ nests but they have requested you enlarge them to 8″ nests) and the address to send them too. Also, check in your area to see if your wildlife sanctuaries would be in need of these nests, or your local Humane Society may need pet blankets and other sorts of things for animals this winter.

DOWNTON ABBEY TRIVIA CONTEST!!!! ROUND 3 !!

A big CONGRATS!!! to Lina (Dragonbard on Ravelry) for being our Round 2 Winner! She won the sock yarn and matching stitch markers in the colourway ‘Lavinia Swire’ from Canon Hand Dyes!  She correctly answered the question: What did Mary give to Matthew before he left for War?  The answer was a good luck charm and/or a stuffed dog. 🙂

So for Round 3, 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 Lady Sybil sock yarn and matching stitch markers from Canon Hand Dyes!

Lady Sybil sock yarn and matching stitch markers from Canon Hand Dyes

Lady Sybil sock yarn and matching stitch markers from Canon Hand Dyes

and the question is: Who taught Anna to dance the Reel to surprise Mr. Bates?

Click below to Enter and Good luck Everyone!!!

Downton Abbey Trivia Contest No. 3

Shops We Mention

Canon Hand Dyes
Vintage Rose
Moonrover Yarns
Western Sky Knits
Turtle Made
Jimmy Beans Wool
Knitty Kat Bags
Desert Vista Dyeworks
The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Knitpicks
Yarnspirations
Penguin Soup

Podcasts We Mention

The Knitmore Girls Podcast
The Sampler Girl Podcast
The Suburban Stitcher Podcast

Blogs We Mention

Hey Porkchop!

KAL/CALs

Val is advising that the Crochet Crowd is holding a 2015 Mystery Afghan CAL! Sign up and you receive the first set of instructions February 10th and it goes until May 15th when you have the last day to submit your final photo for a yarn draw 🙂 They are in cooperation with Yarnspirations.com where you can order the kits with crochet hook in different colour sets.  She also plans to sign up for it! Go Val!

Katy is still working on her Hitchhiker for the never-ending Behmalong with the Knitmore Girls Podcast, and since it’s using rainbow yarn, and double-dipping in KAL/CALs is always fun (and encouraged), she’s also participating in the February Rainbow-a-Long with The Suburban Stitcher Podcast!

Also, for those interested, The Sampler Girl podcast is having a Jane Austen Knit-a-long! Anything related to Jane Austen, just knit away and enter in her Ravelry group for great prizes! ❤

FOs

Val finished her Cabaret cowl and couldn’t be more pleased how it knit up.  Forgot to leave yarn at the end to sew up the different ends so she will stitch them together with some blue thread.  So cozy and warm!

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Cabaret Cowl

Katy finally finished her Orchid Thief shawl by Ysolda Teague out of Quaere Fibres ‘Orchid’ on her sparkle sock! So glad to have it off the needles and on her person 🙂

Orchid Thief shawl out of Quaere Fibres sparkle sock in 'Orchid'

Orchid Thief shawl out of Quaere Fibres sparkle sock in ‘Orchid’

WIPs

Valerie is working on a Baby star dishcloth in Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Crysanthemums for a friend down south as well as still working on her Easy Triangle shawl.

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Baby Star dishcloth in Chrysanthemums

Katy is working on her Clockwork by Stephen West for her husband using Cascade Heritage sock solids in ‘Mossy Rock’ and ‘Walnut’, her Hitchhiker by Martina Behm using Western Sky Knits Magnolia sock in ‘Rainbow Night’ and her Snowball’s Chance in Hell mitts using KnitPicks Stroll Sport in ‘Mink Heather’ and ‘Rainforest Heather’.

SPINNING

Katy is still working on the ‘Nebula’ braid from Moonrover yarns on her Turtle made Turkish spindle and she’s onto the second colour! Loving it!

Nebula by Moonrover Yarn on Turtle Made Turkish spindle

Nebula by Moonrover Yarn on Turtle Made Turkish spindle

NEEDS AND WANTS

Katy needs to create a household budget, badly!

Val Wants and Needs all the sleep and don’t know why – have to call my doctor about it; maybe my iron or thyroid levels have gone all wonk again. :/ can sleep for 18 hours in the day and still go to sleep at night.

Katy and Val both want this cruddy weather to STAAAAAAAAAAHHHHPP!! Too much snow! Yes, we’re Canadian and we should be used to it by now, but enough is enough – it’s colder here than the North Pole as I’m writing the show notes :/ too cold!

Katy wants to take pictures like Amanda Jennings, aka heyporkchop on instagram and she is one half of the geniuses behind The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and she has a gorgeous blog that is most inspiring to Katy right now!

Valerie wants to sleep some more, lol. Katy would like that too, but Katy wants to cast on her ‘Sherlolly’ cowl (aka the Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham) because she’s been seeing a lot of pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey online and she loves her Sherlock/Molly fantasy combo! The colours she’s going to use are Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in ‘Stargazer’ (Sherlock) and ‘Pop Rocks’ (Molly) 😉

Valerie learned all over again that she can use worsted weight yarn for socks! She remembered that there was a recipe pattern  in her Getting Started Knitting Socks book by Ann Budd for using worsted weight yarn – going to try with some red heart super saver – would be cozy socks for around the house.  Might be too thick to wear outside with shoes, but still, cozy nonetheless!

Katy learned that it is tough everywhere!  Trying to find a job in our area of the world is most difficult, but we have to keep reminding ourselves that it actually is tough everywhere!  It makes us feel a little bit better knowing we’re not the only ones.

NEW STUFF

Val ordered yarn!  From Willow Yarns (.ca). All things to make socks with – but not telling what colour ways – going to keep it a secret until it all comes in 😉 All prices are in Canadian (yay), shipping is a bit expensive but then so is everything in Canada. Boo. She bought enough yarn for 3 pairs of sock for under $45 Canadian, so it was a fun, affordable shopping trip!

Katy finally bit the bullet and bought ‘Zombody Loves Ewe’ from Desert Vista Dyeworks because she had extra bag money and she’s been wanting that colour for a couple years now and didn’t want to wait another year for it  to be available. She also got some early Valentine’s presents from her husband; The World of Downton Abbey, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare! Lots of books for Katy and the pictures in the Downton Books are gorgeous and one picture of Lavinia in particular stuck them both and her dress was the obvious inspiration for the colourway by Canon Hand Dyes (which Lina is about to receive 😉 Lucky).

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Katy’s new books for Valentine’s presents

Picture of Lavinia and her namesake colourway from Canon Hand Dyes

Picture of Lavinia and her namesake colourway from Canon Hand Dyes

YOU HAD ME AT YARN

Val found Patons Kroy sock yarn in Rainbow Stripes at Yarninspirations.com for less than $8 a skein – really thinking of buying it if it’s not available at Michael’s.  Obviously Val is wanting ALL the sock yarn!!!!

Katy found some super pretty Wyld sock yarn at Moonrover yarn in ‘Stalagmite’ and she wants it soooooooo bad!  She also learned that Penguin Soup will be having signups for the Firefly Shiny Club March 1-4th on her website!  A Firefly inspired yarn club? Yes please!!!  And last but certainly not least, Katy checked out Canon Hand Dyes yet again to find that she’s making Jane Austen inspired colourways!!!!  Would be perfect for the Sampler Girl Podcast Jane Austen Knit-a-Long!

WHAT WE’RE READING AND WATCHING

Valerie is reading ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth as Katy loaned her the whole series (and Val’s mom finished the whole series in a week!). She’s really enjoying it and plans on reading the others.  Katy isn’t reading much, she started Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and is really liking it!

Katy watched the Australian Open with her husband and thought it was a great tournament even though Genie and Milosz didn’t make the finals – they’re gaining on the champs though 😉 and she’s been catching snippets of The Walking Dead while her husband mainlines it!  Valerie is also watching The Walking Dead as the mid-season opener was on last Sunday night. She’s also watching Broadchurch and the Superbowl was super disappointing :/

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That’s it for this episode! We hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and a wonderful two weeks!  Don’t forget to enter our Downton Trivia Contest!!!!  Take care, stay warm and knit fast!!!

Episode 12: Horrible Teases!

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Stitch Sisters Podcast! If you’re new, thank you for checking us out and if you’re returning, thank you for doing so! We really appreciate it 🙂

Announcements

We recently had a giveaway of a cute little owl project bag from Knitty Kat Bags on Etsy and our winner on our Ravelry board was KnitbyMoonlight89!!! Congrats to you Lee-Ann and hopefully you have the bag in your hands and are enjoying it. Her favourite thing about fall was the cooler weather and being able to wear all her handknits!

AND…. We’d like to tease the heck out of all of you now!!! In January, in celebration of the release of Season 5 of Downton Abbey in the US and Canada, we will be holding a Downton Trivia contest! The trivia questions will be from Seasons 1-4 of Downton Abbey and will span all of our social media outlets; Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! So if you’re not joined up, you should probably do so!  THERE WILL BE PRIZES!! AWESOME PRIZES!! We have had generous donations from Canon Hand Dyes and The Vintage Rose and they are so, so wonderful! Please be sure to visit these shops, because they are wonderful and we can’t guarantee Katy won’t run away to Mexico with the prizes! They’re that good!!!

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Shops We Mention

Canon Hand Dyes
Vintage Rose
Tanis Fiber Arts
Desert Vista Dyeworks
Knitpicks
Must Stash Yarns
Two if by Hand
Redbubble
Mostly Comics
Shirtpunch
Into the Whirled
Yarn Geek Fibers
Willow Yarns
Vivid Yarn Studio

 

Podcasts We Mention

The Knitmore Girls
Knit 1 Geek 2

 

Events

The Royal Winter Fair – November 7-16, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Exhibition Place
Katy will be attending the Fair on November 16th with Agents of Sheep to compete in the Sheep to Shawl competition. If you’re there, come and say hi, Katy is Agent Twist – We’ve got T-shirts! Katy will also be posting pictures on her instagram account (kittyvankat) when she has a chance.

 

KAL/CALs

Loved One’s Kal going on in our group until December 31, 2014 – Just pick a pattern with someone you love and knit it together! Submit your photos in the thread so we can see your beautiful work!

Corner to Corner Crochet Afghan CAL going on in our group until December 31, 2014 – check out our CAL thread in our ravelry group with a link to the free pattern and free instructional video and make your own corner to corner afghan, and show us your pics!!!

 

FOs
Katy finished her Happy Birthday Cupcake socks by Desert Vista Dyeworks and she did a true afterthought heel for the first time and she was so pleased! She also finished the Newborn Vertebrae sweater by Kelly Broker in Tanis Fiber Art blue label fingering weight yarn in ‘Jewel’ for friend’s baby girl due very soon!

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WIPs

Valerie has started a new dishcloth! The Christmassing has begun!  Baby Star by sewfunky in Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Psychodelic. It looks like a kid with crayons just coloured all over it! Very bright and cheery! She also started some slippers – working on two different brown yarns combined together – both by Red Heart Supersaver – the skeins were leftovers from her stash- one is a coffee colour and one is a chocolate milkshake colour.

She is also just about to start on wrist warmers – just knitting a square with ribbing on the beginning and the end and then sew up the sides but leaving a hole for her thumb. She’ll be using some Knitpicks Bare fingering weight yarn that Katy had dyed for her in raspberry and burgundy tones.

Katy is working on the ‘Snowball’s Chance in Hell’ mitts by The Anticraft using Knitpicks Stroll Sport in Mink Heather and Rainforest Heather. It’s asking a while but she has the body of one mitt done and two more motifs to sew on using duplicate stitch. She’s also working on a pair of socks for a dear friend’s daughter for Christmas using Must Stash Yarn’s Sport Sock in ‘Elsa and Anna’ and she absolutely loves the yarn!!! Katy did get some spinning in too and is half done a 4 oz. braid of polwarth in the ‘Moonpie’ colourways dyed by Two if by Hand’. It’s gorgeous and she’s having fun spinning it.

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Wants & Needs

Valerie needs to invest in a ball winder and not get freaked out about all the Christmas knitting she wants to do. Katy needs to feel better and get rid of her lingering cough…and to stop eating Nutella straight from the jar!

Valerie wants a Horde Hoodie!  She’s a Warcrafter Geek – love playing both factions but is a Hordie at heart. She found a hoodie she wants on RedBubble, the My Little Horde Pwny ! Katy wants almost everything from the new Knitpicks catalog, especially their limited edition Rosewood needle sets!

Katy wants to go and see Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies in the theatres soon. Valerie wants to cast on the Ten Stitch ZigZag Blanket by Frankie Brown.

Katy learned that there is a second Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits and would really love to take a look at it soon. Also, we both learned that Benedict Cumberbatch is engaged to be married to Sophie Hunter!!! We both wish them all the best in their future together ❤  Valerie learned that she needs to invest in a ball winder so as not to get her yarn tangled while winding it by hand. A handy tool and a good investment.

New Stuff

Valerie’s new stuff is new, but old at the same time. She was searching for some cotton to make a dishcloth and found some new yarn she had purchased a couple months ago. Two skeins of Bernat Handicrafter cotton in the colours ‘Neptune Ombre’ which is dark green, blue, baby blue, aqua and white and ‘Moondance’ which is purple and blue and aqua and white.

 

Katy purchased a set of Doctor Who buttons at their local comic shop ‘Mostly Comics‘ and there are 15 of them. Doctor Who buttons on EVERYTHING! She also got a new tshirt in the mail from Shirtpunch which Valerie alerted her to. It’s ‘The Protonpack Guys’; the Ghostbusters drawn to look like the Powerpuff Girls! She loves it so much because she missed snagging it from Teefury a couple months ago.  She also snagged a copy of Jane Austen Knits 2014, generously bought by her Mom while she was in Ottawa! Also, her mom knit her a pair of super cute socks with Patons Kroy stripes with a pretty lavender coloured angora cuff.

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You Had Me At Yarn

Valerie found two things she wanted from Vivid Yarn Studio on Etsy in the colourway Snapdragon and the other was Elsa, because Frozen is everywhere!!!  She also found the cutest pattern, free on Ravelry, by Frankie Brown: Gingerbread House! Make your own little, intricate gingerbread house this year for the Holidays!!! But don’t eat it… unless your yarn is really yummy 😉

Katy found lots of fibre this time instead of yarn, probably because of all the spinning she’s been doing. She found some Superwash BFL at Into the Whirled in the colourway ‘Chancellor’ and she just loves the contrast between the bright purples and the dark greens. She also found some BFL Sparkle fibre from Yarn Geek Fibers in the colourway ‘Raspberry Swirl’ that’s just gorgeous and it looks like a dessert itself.  And last, but certainly not least, she found a super cute new orifice hook from Vintage Rose with pink and black glass beads and a sheep charm at the end! So cute!

What We’re Reading and Watching

Katy isn’t really reading anything except looking through the Jane Austen knits 2014. Valerie is still reading her way through Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series yet again – cause being on hiatus is tough 😉  But we are both still watching season 5 of Downton Abbey over the internet. We’re loving it!!! We think that Cora and Edith’s plan was ludicrous and all this could’ve been handled a long time ago. We cried about Isis and felt so bad for Isobel and the Dowager Countess for missing her friend. Lady Mary needs to learn some compassion – even though Katy thinks she prides herself on being a bit of an ice queen. We both don’t want Tom and Sibby to leave… they’re both darling and we love them . As well, we both almost hit the floor when Barrow showed a bit of heart and generosity and was basically being nice!??!? That’s not Barrow at all!

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Anyway, that’s our show this time. As always, itunes reviews and star ratings are much appreciated and please come and join us in our Ravelry Group for our KAL/CALs, contests and just plain good ol’ conversation. Take care and have a good fortnight everyone!!!

Episode 3 – Off the Hook!

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First of all, big thank yous to everyone who is coming back to listen to us, and big thank yous to all the new listeners giving us a shot! We really appreciate it! Also, we are now on iTunes!!! So please, if you listen to us on iTunes, please subscribe and leave us a review, so we can reach more of you every episode 🙂

As well, a huge thank you and shout out goes to Dawn and James of the Wolfe Farms podcast for mentioning us on their last episode! Thank you so much!  You should all check them out and they have a ravelry group as well with a monthly Hatch a Knit prize thread… which Katy won in the month of May and here’s a snapshot of all the goodies she got with her $10 Wolfe Farms gift certificate!

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Wolfe Farms Swag

 

Shops we’ve talked about!

Wolfe Farms

Stitch in Jordan Village, Ontario

The Fibre Garden in Jordan Village, Ontario

Mostly Comics in St. Catharines, Ontario

Desert Vista Dyeworks

Quaere Fibres

Squoosh Fiber Arts

Must Stash Yarns – She is on hiatus due to SSK preparation but you can sign up for her newsletter to find out when she’ll be updating next.

Knitty Kat Bags! – Now on Etsy!

The Loopy Ewe

Jimmy Beans Wool

 

Podcasts We Mentioned

The Knitmore Girls Podcast – currently running the Behmalong, The Summer of Lace and Beads KAL, Outlander Read-a-Long

Knitabulls Podcast – Has some great tutorial videos for Stitch Surfers

Wolfe Farms Podcast – wonderful couple with great pets, great knitting and great products! They also have the monthly Hatch a Knit prize thread and currently doing a Designer-A-Long for June and July is Susan Claudino.

The Must Stash Podcast – Katy finished off her Stitch Surfers for the Must Stash Podcast’s Stitch Surfer Knit-a-Long going on until June 30th.

The Knitgirllls Podcast – hosting stash dash and they’re also hosting SSK

 

Events!

Niagara Falls Comic Con – Katy and her husband attempted to get in, but alas, they had reached capacity so they couldn’t attend – next year perhaps. Val’s husband was a volunteer and got to shake William Shatner’s hand as well as Ernie Hudson’s.

Quilt Show – Katy and her mom attended the quilt show at Brock University and had a great time. They purchased some material to make bags for themselves, a small amount of material to make a quilt for Katy’s son and extra material to make bags for their shop on etsy, Knitty Kat Bags.

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

Stash Dash!!! – Katy is 440 yards in, Valerie is 1,666 yards in!!

Tour de Fleece – starting July 5th, 2014

Off the Hook! … or needles! FOs!

Valerie – finished her baby blanket, as well as a whole bunch of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton washcloths.  For baby washcloths, work up to 33 stitches instead of the stated 53 in the pattern. Both Valerie and Katy like to work up to 43 for a slightly smaller version that’s more managable when the cotton is wet.

Finished Baby Blanket for Sprout!

Finished Baby Blanket for Sprout!

 

All wrapped up ready to go!

All wrapped up ready to go!

Washcloths for Babies

Washcloths for Babies

 

Katy – finished her stitch surfer socks and made some  washcloths with Bernat Handicrafter Cotton as well… and she actually crocheted!! WooHoo!

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Stitch Surfer Socks!

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Crochet Dishcloths by Katy

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Knit Dishcloths by Katy

Works in Progress

Katy is working on … too much, again:

Vanilla socks in ‘Happy Birthday Cupcake’ by Desert Vista Dyeworks, using Laura Linneman’s afterthought heel with 2.25mm needles.

Trillian shawl by Martina Behm in ‘Girlfriend’ by Yarnloft by Elysia, using 3mm needles

Orchid Thief shawl by Ysolda Teague in ‘Orchid’ by Queare Fibres, using 4mm needles

Valerie is working on …

Orchid Thief shawl by Ysolda Teague in hand dyed yarn by Katy in the colourway ‘Quidditch Debt Coma’, using 4mm needles (when she gets it cast on, that is!)

Spinning

Valerie is spindle spinning some lilac roving purchased from The Fibre Garden.

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Lilac Roving from The Fibre Garden

Katy is spindle spinning some fibre from Squoosh Fiber Arts on Etsy in the colourway ‘Split’

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Split!

Why we shouldn’t have Paypal accounts!

Valerie received her birthday gift from Katy early! YAYAYAYAY!!! Which contained a huge ball of Bernat Handicrafter cotton in ‘Chrysanthemum’, as well as a skein of Must Stash Yarn in her perfect sock base, self-striping colourway ‘Maleficent’!! Which she was very happy to receive… Katy was stealthy and bought that in February!

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Chrysanthemum!

Maleficent!

Maleficent!

Katy got her Jack is Back! yarn from The Loopy Ewe and it is dyed by Dream in Color! in their Smooshy base!… and she ordered another skein to design a cowl/hood for her husband.

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Jack is Back!

Katy also purchased one skein (she held back people!!!) of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the colourway ‘Caligraphy’ from Stitch in Jordan Village, Ontario.

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Caligraphy!

Shut up and take my Money!!

Valerie is drooling over the new colourway of Lorna’s Laces ‘Sookie’s Last Stand’  available at Jimmy Beans Wool in all sorts of bases! Valerie is leaning toward the Shepherd Sock base. And after seeing it… Katy needs to stay off the computer! LOL

Crochet Corner

Starting the month of July, we will be holding a CAL for the Corner to Corner afghan. This can be easily done as a baby blanket or larger. Valerie has provided a great video (the link just above) from the Crochet Crowd  as a tutorial on how to make this cute afghan.

As always, you can participate here by posting on the blog, or in our Ravelry group where there will be a thread posted for the CAL 🙂

What we’re watching!

Katy is still watching 24: Live Another Day – Monday nights at 9pm and freaking out over how good it is.  As well, she is watching Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on Outdoor Life Network (in Canada, it may be on Discovery channel in the States) on Tuesday nights at 4pm and then later that night.  Katy will also be watching Homeland Season 2 on Netflix… and there was much Jennifer Lawrence style fangirling over this!

Valerie watched the season finale of Game of Thrones and enjoyed it very much… even though she kinda sorta felt bad for Tyrion. She is also watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix and Homeland season 2 on Netflix as well.

We will probably be doing a Homeland watch-a-long with all of you, so there will be a thread in our ravelry group in regards to that! Just a warning that Homeland is definitely NOT A SHOW FOR KIDS!!! So this is your warning.

Valerie is reading ‘Written in my own heart’s blood’ by Diana Gabaldon, which is the latest book in her Outlander series. The Knitmore Girls podcast is doing an outlander book read-a-long for this, so if you’re interested, please head over to their ravelry group and join in! Please tag your spoilers clearly if you plan on doing that!

As Always….

Thank you all for listening and please, leave comments, questions, pictures .. anything here on the blog, or you can head over to our ravelry group and join in the conversation!