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 19 – Canadian Mousse

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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!!!!

Congratulations to Diana in the US for being our Round 4 Winner! She won the Downton Abbey MKAL kit from Jimmy Beans Wool.  She correctly answered the question: Who destroyed Mr. Bates’ train ticket?  The answer was Lady Mary. 🙂

A big thank you to everyone who donated prizes and everyone who participated and answered our fun little questions! We had a blast and can’t wait to do something else for Season 6!!!

Shops We Mention

Canon Hand Dyes
Western Sky Knits
The Wooly Witch
Vivid Yarn Studio
Jimmy Beans Wool
Desert Vista Dyeworks
Willow Yarns
Must Stash Yarns
Blue Moon Fiber Arts

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

KAL/CALs

Valerie has been monitoring the mystery CAL with the crochet crowd. She has the pattern for it, but she wants to see how it turns out before she commits to doing one of her own.  Katy is still participating in the Behmalong with the Knitmoregirls podcast.

FOs and HOs

Katy finished a very impromptu cowl gift for the land registrar in her area using leftover Berocco Ultra Alpaca. The pattern is ‘Windbreak’ from Simply Knitting magazine and she modified it by just repeating section 1 instead of doing section 3 of the colourwork.

Windbreak using Berocco Ultra Alpaca

Windbreak using Berocco Ultra Alpaca

Katy also finished the ‘Snowball’s Chance in Hell’ mitts by the Anticraft!!!! Yay! She slogged through the duplicate stitch and then did some ribbing on the thumb gussets and she was done. She can’t wait to give them to her friend.

Snowball's Chance in Hell mitts using Knitpicks Stroll Sport

Snowball’s Chance in Hell mitts using Knitpicks Stroll Sport

WIPs

Valerie has been a bit under the weather so she has been keeping busy with her simple knitted dishcloth with Bernat Handicrafter cotton and working on her crocheted Easy Triangle shawl while recovering.

Katy has been working on her Clockwork by Stephen West, her Foolproof Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham, her two-at-a-time toe up socks using ‘Night @ the Roxbury’ by Must Stash Yarns, and she plans on swatching for a cardigan that she hasn’t decided on yet.

NEEDS and WANTS

Need:  Katy needs to decide on a cardigan pattern!!  Valerie needs to get over her sore throat that has been going on for almost 2 weeks!

Want: Val wants to eat a Cadbury Crème Egg!! Katy wants her skein of Zombody Loves Ewe from Desert Vista Dyeworks, because she got shipping confirmation!

Want to do: Katy wants to cast on colourful, springy socks using Hobbit Garden by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  Valerie wants to learn to knit a cardigan for herself.

Learned: Katy learned that life is unexpected!!  Valerie learned that she drinks too much soda and needs to cut back.

You had me at YARN!!

Both Val and Katy have been wanting to buy and cast on Susan Claudino’s pretty little bunny pattern; Bon Bon!!! We both think it would be a super gift for Easter, even if you have some lovely soft multi-coloured baby yarn in your stash, it would be really cute!

Valerie wants a skein of Fairy Hill by Vivid Yarn Studio on Etsy!! It’s so sparkly and she was actually pondering on making a Bon Bon out of it!!!

Katy found some absolutely gorgeous spinning rolags in the colourway ‘The Waterhorse of Loch Ness’ (an Outlander inspired colourway) from The Wooly Witch on Etsy! She loved it so much, she made an early birthday present purchase for herself 😉

NEW STUFF

Katy ordered a new t-shirt from Teefury called “I ain’t fraid of no Girls” and it has this awesome pin-up girl Ghostbuster and it says ‘If someone asks you if you are a GODDESS you say YES!’ on it!!! Katy is very excited and thanked Val profusely for tweeting the tshirt update to her.

I ain't fraid of no girls t-shirt from Teefury

I ain’t fraid of no girls t-shirt from Teefury

READING and WATCHING

Katy is reading ‘Clockwork Scarab’ by Colleen Gleason and is enjoying it very much. We both got to see Mockingjay Part 1 and we both loved it! Val has watched it a couple times now and even though it is such a bleak, dark series, we love the movies.  Valerie watched several new movies, including Maleficent which she thinks is a better story than the original Disney version of Sleeping Beauty.

What We’re Listening To

Val has been listening to ‘Running with the Boys’ by Lights, ‘Style’ by Taylor Swift and ‘Love me Like You Do’ by Ellie Goulding.  Katy has also been listening to ‘Style’ by Taylor Swift and she loves ‘Up We Go’ by Lights (it’s her 2015 Anthem).  Katy’s also been listening to and watching a lot of knitting podcasts, like the Fat Squirrel Speaks, The Sassypants Knitter and The Minerva Turkey Knits podcast.

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!

Episode 7 Deep Stash Nine!

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Hello everyone, welcome back and thanks for listening!

Shops We Mentioned

Happy Go Lucky Yarn
Must Stash Yarn
HMV

Podcasts We Mentioned

Knit 1 Geek 2
The Knitgirllls

WIPS

Katy is working on the Outlander mystery shawl. Because it is a mystery shawl, we won’t be showing pics for this so we don’t spoil the rest of you who would like to keep it a mystery 🙂

Valerie is working on a crocheted scarf of her own design for her husband’s friend.

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And she is also working on the So Funky Starfish Dishcloth.

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Finished Objects

Katy finished her Trillian Shawl by Martina Behm out of ‘Girlfriend’ by Yarnloft on Etsy. She also finished spinning ‘Split’ from Squoosh on Etsy.

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Things we Want and Need

Katy needs less stress and that bubble bath! Valerie needed a hug, which Katy gave her 🙂
Valerie wants a kitten from the Lincoln County Humane Society.
What Katy wants to do is to have one day this fall to sit and knit, have a tea and just relax. Valerie wants to go for a drive through Niagara-on-the-Lake this fall.
Valerie learned that she was doing a different version of a yarn over all these years by watching a Jimmy Bean’s Wool yarn over tutorial video. She learned the usual way to yarn over from the Knit Purl Hunter yarn over video tutorial. Katy learned how to switch out her regular flyer to attach the jumbo flyer on her spinning wheel.

Also we have a correction in regards to the Hello Kitty kerfuffle. She is indeed a cat, it was a mistranslation.

New Stuff

Katy’s last hurrah before a big yarn diet is a skein of Must Stash Yarn on her Ritz base in the colourway ‘Night @ the Roxbury’. However, she did get a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Funko vinyl figure and a cool Wonder Woman tee!

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You had me at Yarn!

Valerie found a stunning sock yarn called ‘Freckled Lemonade’ at Happy Go Lucky Yarn on Etsy!
Katy stumbled upon a new Stephen West pattern called Thighlighters!! only you Stephen 😉
That and we were both drooling over fried pickles at Harvey’s!!! They’re super good with ranch sauce!

What’s in Katy’s Stash?

So here’s a new segment where you help Katy decide on what to do with yarn from her stash. This week we have a skein of Lorna’s Laces shepherd sock in the colourway ‘Maple Grove’. Let her know here on the blog or in our Ravelry group which pattern you think would suit this yarn.

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What We’re Reading and Watching

Valerie has finished ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ and has started ‘Voyager’ again while Katy is still reading ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’ all of these books are by Diana Gabaldon and are part of the Outlander series of books.

We are both currently watching Outlander (Stars network in the US and Showcase in Canada) and we’re loving every minute of it!!! Oh and we apologize for saying ‘series’ instead of ‘season’… We mean season 1 of Outlander.

Valerie finished watching True Blood and felt a little ripped off at the series finale, it seemed rushed to tie up all the story lines.

Katy is still watching Finding Carter on MTV and thinks Taylor and Max are adorable, and she is also watching Who Do You Think You Are and is finding it very interesting and entertaining, albeit a bit painful at times.

Katy also got to see Guardians of the Galaxy and loved it!!!! So funny, lots of action without being too overwhelming and the soundtrack is pure gold! Be warned though, the beginning is like the beginning of ‘Up’..it will make you cry, if you’re like Katy and Val.

Thanks for listening and don’t forget to rate us on iTunes!

Episode 2: Cast on ALL the Things!!!!

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WARNING:  This is a very fangirlish episode, as we talk about Nathan Fillion, Kristen Bell and Ian Sommerhalder!

Also, Val apologizes in advance as she was sick with a head cold at the recording of this episode.   She tried not to snuffle and wheeze too much for our listeners!

Events:

Quilters Show – Brock University – St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
June 11 – 14th, 2014
Admission $5 per person per day – $6 Parking
There’s a paneled jury, marketplace, classes and more!

Niagara Falls Comic Con – Scotiabank Convention Centre on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
June 6-8, 2014
Admission: $25 per person for a single day pass, $65 for a weekend pass
Lots of guests, comics, gaming, table-top gaming and cosplay competition!

Fan Expo Canada – Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 28-31, 2014
See the website for admission prices and guest list! Sci-Fi, Comics, Horror, Anime, Gaming and Cosplay!

52 Weeks of Dishcloths – On the KnitPicks Blog!  One new washcloth to knit or crochet for every week of the year! Val is most definitely participating, check out the one she made for me!

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Stash Dash – Stash Dash is a challenge to all knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners to use up 5000 metres of yarn or fibre from your stash! Brought to you by The Knitgirllls podcast, they are very cheater friendly. If you have a bunch of WIPs on the needles, you can finish them off and the entire yardage counts to your Stash Dash totals! See their ravelry group for more details!  Both Katy and Valerie are participating – we may not reach the 5k goal but getting WIPs done is the key! Below you can find page one of Katy’s Stash Dash checklist… there’s more people, there’s more…

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Works in Progress

Valerie is working on the edging of the baby blanket for her friend in the States who had a little baby boy!  She can’t wait to send it out to her friend so her little guy can enjoy it!

She is also working on a crocheted shawl for herself in Red Heart Comfort Chunky. Going to be great for late summer, early fall 🙂

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And on the washcloth addiction list, she’s cast on a Round Lacy Dishcloth using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Smokey Wine. It’s a knitted dishcloth and it’s turning out so nicely.

Katy is working on … too much! LOL  First she had a pair of Stitch Surfer Socks by Louise Robert from Knitty. She’s knitting it out of Must Stash Yarn in the Colourway Elsa and Anna (from Frozen! eeeee!) and the yarn is just gorgeous. The Stitch Surfers are a little intimidating to look at, but Diane of the Knitabulls Podcast has some great tutorials!

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Also on the needles is the Trillian Shawl by Martina Behm and the yarn is ‘Girlfriend’ from Yarnloft by Elysia on Etsy!  The colours are fantastic and it is a nice bouncy yarn, perfect for the garter stitch and Martina’s patterns are so potato-chippy and it’s perfect for mindless tv knitting.

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Katy also has a pair of Afterthought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. The yarn is ‘Happy Birthday Cupcake’ from Desert Vista Dyeworks. She is going to do a true afterthought heel… which means cutting the yarn (eek!)! But all will work out we’re sure!

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And the last thing on the needles, in another Sherlock bag from Bag End Bags on Etsy, is the Orchid Thief Shawl by Ysolda Teague. This shawl is gorgeous and the yarn she’s using is ‘Orchid’ from Quaere Fibres on Etsy in her sparkle sock base! It’s beautiful and this shawl is more special because Katy is knitting this with her Mom and Val!!!

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*** We also invite you to knit along with us with one of your loved ones for our first Loved Ones’ KAL!! Just join up with someone you care about, pick a pattern for both of you to knit together and have fun!  Post your status in our Ravelry Group! There will be a KAL thread opened soon and take your time, we’ll run the KAL until September 30, 2014. ***

 

What the Mailman Brought…

We got our needles from China!!! They are very nice and comparable to the Ciao Goo Red needles with the nylon coated cable and stainless steel needles. The tips aren’t as sharp as the Ciao Goo needles, but they are very nice and smooth and have the bend near the cable join to make them more ergonomic and easier on your hands.

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Katy got her Desert Vista Dyeworks order in and it contained ‘Happy Birthday Cupcake’ and ‘Solid Chocolate Zombunny’ both in her Viso base!

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And the most awesome Sherlock Holmes bag from Little Monkey Stitch N’ Spin on Etsy!  It’s gorgeous, and Katy is a super fan of Sherlock Holmes and all three actors; Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch are portrayed on the one side, and on the other is quotes from the books with pics of bees, beehives, fleur de lis, and pictures of Sherlock Holmes himself. The bag is nice and fits a pair of socks easily and it has a strap with a snap on it so you can attach it to your purse, bag or even your wrist and it has a secure drawstring closure! She also included a few freebies!!! Thank you so much! 😀 Katy is also enjoying the mini snag free stitch markers in Southwest that she ordered to match the bag 🙂 They fit up to a 3.75mm/US5 needle.

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Val received from Katy a little gift of two Bernant Handicrafter Cotton yarn skeins in Ahoy Ombre and Love.  As well, Katy gave her a little stitch marker that is a skull and cross bones blinged out with little rhinestones.

 

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What We’re Watching

Valerie is watching Game of Thrones on HBO, she intends on watching the HBO Movie, Normal Heart and she has just started watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix (and is in love with Damon Salvatore but don’t tell her husband).  She also watched the season 2 finale of Hannibal (on NBC) and can report it was bloody and full of cliffhangers.

Katy is watching 24: Live Another Day (she totally blames Miss Karen from the Knit 1 Geek 2 Podcast for getting her hooked on 24) every Monday night and you can find seasons 1-8 on Netflix (Val has a lot of catching up to do!), Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights and she got to watch the Veronica Mars movie… which did not disappoint…she implores for anyone to bring it back to TV!!!  You can catch Seasons 1-3 of Veronica Mars on Netflix as well.

As always, we hope everyone has a great week and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to do so, and check out The Stitch Sisters Podcast group on Ravelry!