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 20 – Jamie in our pockets!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to Episode 20 (we never thought we’d make it this far!)!!  Thanks for coming back and if you’re new, thank you for checking us out!!!

Also, a big Thank You to Dawn of the Wolfe Farms Podcast for mentioning us on their podcast – when she got the little care packet from Katy in the mail! So glad you liked it!!!

AND Katy won a lovely project bag from KnitRunDig from the Geeky Girls Knit podcast!!! Thanks so much ladies!

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
Expression Fibre Arts
Knit Run Dig
The Wooly Witch
Vivid Yarn Studio
Jimmy Beans Wool
Desert Vista Dyeworks
KnitPicks
Teefury

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 Canadian Knitter Podcast 

KAL/CALs

Valerie has been watching the mystery afghan CAL with the Crochet Crowd and is liking some of the entries and colour combos but she doesn’t think she’ll cast on any time in the near future.  She also recommends our listeners checking out the “Yes, Yes” Shawl Challenge that is going on at the Crochet Crowd until April 15, 2015.  It is a challenge aimed at helping crocheters to learn how to read crochet diagrams.

Katy is still participating in the Behmalong with the Knitmoregirls podcast.

Also, there is the instagram KAL/CAL ‘#kiltmenowkal’ being hosted by The Knitmore Girls Podcast, The Geeky Girls Knit Podcast, The Subway Knits Podcast and the Yarngasm Podcast. Just post a picture in instagram of your projects that are somehow Outlander related and you’re in for some great prizes.

Events

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

FOs and HOs

Katy has nothing. But she will make up for it in WIPs.

Valerie finished a corner to corner dishcloth using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in “Chrysanthemum”.  For a HO, Val is still working on her Easy Triangle Shawl from LionBrand yarns and is making slow progress.

WIPs

Valerie is working on her Corner to Corner crocheted baby blanket for her friend. She is also working on another dishcloth to add to her gift stash.

Katy cast on The Mudblood Cardigan using Knitpicks SW Wool of the Andes in Garnet Heather and she also cast on the Mama Vertebrae cardigan using Malabrigo Arroyo in Aguas.

Mudblood Cardigan using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes SW in Garnet Heather

Mudblood Cardigan using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes SW in Garnet Heather

Mama Vertebrae using Malabrigo Arroyo in Aguas

Mama Vertebrae using Malabrigo Arroyo in Aguas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needs and Wants

Need – Val needs to organize her patterns and knitting needles into a binder.  Katy needs to send out her Spring Swap package she signed up for with The Sampler Girl Podcast.

Want – Katy wants more Malabrigo Arroyo, she’s loving it!  Val wants to see Dreamworks’ Home and might go with her husband as a little date night or afternoon!

Want to do – Katy wants to go and visit her friend Patti in Toronto and to visit Passionknit!  Valerie wants to go on some walks now that it’s SPRING and walk at the local park that is nearby and take lots of pictures for Instagram.

What did we Learn – Katy learned that coffee is her friend!

New Stuff

Katy got a few things in the mail. She received her ‘I Ain’t Fraid of no Girls’ tee shirt from Teefury and she loves it! She also received her Malabrigo Arroyo in Aguas on a Ravelry destash, her rolags she ordered from The Wooly Witch and she squealed when she received her skein of ‘Zombody Loves Ewe’ from Desert Vista Dyeworks.

Val got a sweet roll sample from the Wooly Witch (Thank you Katy!), and it’s in the colourway “Pumpkin Spiced Latte” – she loves it!

You had me at yarn!

Katy fell hard for Miss Babs, the huge ‘Yowza! Whatta Skein’ skeins in particular, in the colourways ‘Wanna Go Crazy’, ‘Spread Your Wings’, and ‘Hot to Trot’.

Valerie fell victim yet again to Expression Fibre Arts and her new colourway called ‘Unicorn Breath’ … which we find is a nice name for this beautiful, yet bright, pastel rainbow!  She also fell in love with ‘Prismatic’!

Katy has been holding onto a really nice skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Lace to make Patti Waters’ ‘Summer Sea Shawl’ and she may just do it this summer. She also really likes Patti’s ‘Catherine Shawl’ as well. You can take a look at all of Patti’s Patterns *HERE*

What We’re Reading, Watching and Listening To

Katy has almost finished ‘The Clockwork Scarab’ by Colleen Gleason. She also watched ‘Catching Fire’ …again (gah… Peeta!) and she watched ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and loved it, even though it was sad in some spots. She caught up on listening/watching The Geeky Girls Knit podcast and is still listening to ‘Style’ by Taylor Swift, ‘Take me to Church’ by Hozier and ‘Coming of Age’ by Foster the People.

Valerie is watching ‘The Walking Dead’ and looking forward to the Season Finale on March 29th (everyone will have seen it by now 😉 ) We’re both really looking forward to the midseason return of Outlander as well… we want to know how Jamie fared sitting in a window for months on end!

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).

Katy's new books for Valentine's presents

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 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 13: Sweatshop Clone

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Hi Everyone! Welcome back and if you’re a new listener thank you for checking us out!

Just an announcement that we’re taking an episode break because of the holidays. So there will be no December 15th episode. But….

…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
Must Stash Yarns
Moonrover Yarns
Knitpicks
Gnome Acres
Interweave Knits
Knitsomniac Design

 

Podcasts We Mention

The Knitmore Girls
Knit 1 Geek 2
Minerva Turkey Knits Podcast
Dancing Geek Podcast
The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Events

The Royal Winter Fair – November 7-16, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Exhibition Place
Katy attended on November 16th with Agents of Sheep to compete in the Sheep to Shawl competition. It was a total blast even though we were all up at the crack of dawn!  We got in the groove and this was our first time as a team competing in the Sheep to Shawl Competition. After 4 long hours spinning, plying and weaving… our team gathered in the East Annex to find out how we did! And…. WE CAME IN 5TH our of 9 teams!!! Which is a really good debut and we were all very pleased. Our shawl (theme was Out of the Darkness and Into the Light) sold at auction for $100 too!  Our team photo afterwards was sent to Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from the Marvel Universe) and he had retweeted our photo, which was a pretty cool cherry on top!  We can’t wait till next year!!

Agents of Sheep - Kris, Karen, Michelle, Kerry, Katy and Maggie

Agents of Sheep – Kris, Karen, Michelle, Kerry, Katy and Maggie

Spinning & Plying at Sheep to Shawl

Spinning & Plying at Sheep to Shawl

Katy aka Agent Twist plying away

Katy aka Agent Twist plying away

Our Finished Shawl!

Our Finished Shawl!

On the Auction Table

On the Auction Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAL/CALs

We have our Loved Ones KAL and also our Corner to Corner crochet afghan CAL going on till the end of the year. They may be extended or they may just fizzle out. But we hope, if you participated, that you had fun. Let us know in our Ravelry group what you’d like to do in the future.

FOs and HOs

Valerie finished a pair of Pixie Slipper Sox with a pom pom on each foot for a family member for Christmas in the two shades of brown she described in Episode 12.

Katy finished one of the ‘Snowball’s Chance in Hell’ mitts and is waiting till December to cast on the second one because she’s working on some Christmas gifts.

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WIPs

Valerie is working on a pair of pixie slipper sox in Grape Fizz and Amethyst Red Heart Super Saver for someone special as a surprise Christmas present. As well as some fun various and assorted dishcloths that she can have ready for last-minute gifts.

Katy is working on a gift for her mom (details after the holidays cause Mom listens 😉 ). She’s also almost done the Elsa and Anna socks from Must Stash Yarns in the sport sock base. And, if that’s not enough, she cast on the Fairbanks Cowl in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the colourway ‘Isadora’ for her mother-in-law. She had the yarn in her stash too so, shopping from stash for the win!

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Needs and Wants

Katy needs sleep and more time to knit her gifts. Valerie needs socks and underwear from Santa!!

Valerie wants a bottle of Hypnotic Poison by Dior and Katy wants LUSH bath products…and a relaxing bath.

Valerie learned about Perfumed Court; a perfume/fragrance decanting site highly recommended by twitter friend. Katy learned that coffee is her friend!

Katy wants to do more spinning and Valerie wants to bake Christmas Cookies!

New Stuff
Val picked up two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn at Walmart and another pair of needles. The colourways that caught her eye were Grape Fizz and Candy Print.

Katy was enabled by The Minerva Turkey Knits podcast to pick up a braid of Moonrover Yarnsfibre in the colourway ‘Nebula’ it’s gorgeous!!! And she didn’t break her ‘yarn’ diet either… cause this was fibre!!

Nebula by Moonrover Yarn

Nebula by Moonrover Yarn

Katy’s mon also purchased the Interweave Knits Gift issue where she found the pattern for the Fairbanks Cowl that she’s knitting for her mother-in-law! Lots of pretty hats too, a shawl with 2 sizes, a little girl’s tea party and lots of cool fun things to knit for gifts!

You Had Us at Yarn… and Patterns… and Podcasts!

Val went and logged on to and found two great colourways that she wants! The First is ‘Under the Tree’ which is lovely Christmas colours as if you were lying under your tree and looking up at all the pretty lights, ornaments and tinsel… and you can get that one in her Sparkle Gnome base so you actually can have tinsel in your yarn! And the other is ‘Eddie Griswold’, which of course is a character from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which is a favourite of ours at Christmas. The yarn is white, brown and leisure suit blue! Perfect!

Katy discovered a new-to-her knitting podcast called Dancing Geek Podcast on Youtube! His name is James, he lives in the UK and he’s adorable! Check him out if you have the chance. She also discovered that Knitsomniac Design on Etsy is carrying pretty tweed sock and dk yarn in the colourways “SherLOCKed” and “Tardis” … her geeky little heart yearns for them.

Val also found some cute Christmas patterns for you:
Christmas Lights on Ravelry – crochet your own string of pretty Christmas lights!
Christmas Characters Amigurumi ornaments – Super cute for the tree this year, or stocking stuffers for a friend!

Here are a couple special mentions for the knitter on your Christmas Gift list!

Tiny Rudolph – this tiny little guy is premade with clay antlers! You can also request to get a key fob on him for your keys!

Yarn Texture Smartphone Case – get this for your tech-savvy knitter and they’ll be happy all year!

What We’re Reading and Watching

Valerie is still reading through the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, she’s in the middle of The Fiery Cross. Katy isn’t reading anything because it would cut into her limited knitting time… but she’d love to be reading something 😉

We’re both also watching Tudor Monastery Farm on TV Ontario (TVO) and are loving it! We love the farm shows and this is the same group of people who made the Victorian and Edwardian Farm series.

AND!!!! We both watched the Season 5 finale of Downton Abbey online and we won’t give too much away but … Rose is gorgeous and is lucky to have such a wonderful father, Robert made us cry with his admissions and discoveries and his actions for Mrs. Patmore, and…OMG ANNA!!! That’s all we’re gonna say! 😉 Tune in to Season 5 in January and come back for our Downton Trivia contest and you can chat all you want about it in our Downton Chat Thread on our Ravelry group!!!

Talking Point

So we were discussing whether items made with a knitting machine or loom are less ‘handmade’ than ones knit by needle or hook.

Valerie and I are in agreement that if you make the time to craft something for someone, even if you use a knitting machine or loom, that it doesn’t make it any less handmade. Especially if you can’t use your hands because of an injury or arthritis.

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We hope you enjoyed this episode and we hope you all have a lovely Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year if we don’t release our next episode until January 1st! Everyone be safe and have a wonderful Holiday!

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!!!