Episode 31 – Washi Tape Addiction!

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

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

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

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

Downton Abbey Contest!!!

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

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

We hope everyone is enjoying the last season!

FOs and HOs

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

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WIPs

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

Needs and Wants

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

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

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

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

You had me at YARN!

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

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

New Stuff

We both got some pretty cool stuff for Christmas!

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

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

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Reading, Watching & Listening

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

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

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

Episode 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 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 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

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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!!!

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 11 – Elevensies!!

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Hi all and welcome back to the Stitch Sisters Podcast! If you’re a new listener, welcome to the crazy and if you’re a continual listener, thanks for coming back to join us!

A brief reminder about our giveaway!!!! Starting October 1st and ending October 31st, all you need to do is visit our Ravelry Group, join the group and comment in the giveaway thread with either your favorite thing about fall or what you’re planning on knitting/crocheting this fall for your chance to win a cute owl box bag from Knitty Kat Bags! A winner will be drawn by random number generator on November 1st and we will PM the winner!!! Good Luck and have fun!

Shops We Mention

Knitting’s My Bag
Tanis Fiber Arts
Lambytoes
Canon Hand Dyes
Must Stash Yarns
Desert Vista Dyeworks
Knitty Kat Bags
Nooch Fibers
Wee Chickadee Woolery

Podcasts We Mention

Wolfe Farms
Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
Subway Knits Podcast
Yarngasm Podcast
Must Stash Podcast
The Knitgirllls
The Knitmoregirls
The Fat Squirrel Speaks
Knit 1 Geek 2

Events

We hope everyone who went to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York had a total blast! We loved seeing all the Rhinebeck fun on Instragram!

The Royal Winter Fair – Toronto, Ontario, November 7-16, 2014
Katy will be attending on November 16th and will be on team ‘Agents of Sheep’ for the Sheep to Shawl competition!

Katy went to the knitting group at her local library that meets every-other Wednesday night and there was a lady who had bought an Orenburg lace shawl that was 100% cashmere and she could fit the entire thing through her wedding band!!! The lady who had brought it said she was going to reinforce the damaged bits but not fully restore it. But it was beautiful and the person who had knitted it, also SPUN the yarn for it!!!!

 

Orenburg Shawl body

Orenburg Shawl body

Orenburg shawl - edging

Orenburg shawl – edging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!

Halloween Craft-A-Long – The Knitgirllls podcast is having a Halloween craft-a-long! Anything you can tie to Halloween counts as an entry! So get in there and craft!

Outlander KAL – this is an instragram KAL with The Knitmoregirls, The Geeky Girls Knit, Subway Knits and Yarngasm Podcasts! Post your most clever knits or crochet items on instragram with the hashtag #kiltmenowKAL and listen to these awesome podcasts for your chance to win some cool prizes!

The Fat Squirrel Speaks is holding a Vertebrae KAL – any of Kelly Brooker’s ‘Vertebrae’ patterns can be entered until October 31, 2014 for some awesome prizes.

WIPs

Katy finished clue 3 of the Outlander Mystery Shawl by Unwind Designs and Yarn and thinks she will put it down for a while because of all the baby and Christmas knitting she’ll be doing in the next couple months. She is also working on a Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker using Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering yarn in the colourway ‘Jewel’ for her friend’s baby girl arriving very soon! She is also on the foot of the Happy Birthday Cupcake socks by Desert Vista Dyeworks. She was keeping her projects in her Halloween bag by Knitting’s My Bag on Big Cartel.  Plus, Valerie noticed she was wearing her 221B Baker Street self-striping socks from Canon Hand Dyes.

 

Outlander shawl - Clue 3 completed

Outlander shawl – Clue 3 completed

Newborn Vertebrae in Jewel by Tanis Fiber Arts

Newborn Vertebrae in Jewel by Tanis Fiber Arts

Halloween Bag from Knitting's My Bag

Halloween Bag from Knitting’s My Bag

Canon Hand dyes self-striping yarn in 221B Baker Street

Canon Hand dyes self-striping yarn in 221B Baker Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie is working on her Easy Triangle Shawl even though she had to rip back a few rows of crochet, she’s still at it!!! Plus she’s fallen off the washcloth wagon and going to be casting one on very soon!

Needs and Wants

Valerie’s needs and wants were one in the same this episode!!! She needed new furniture for her living room and was given some by a friend who was moving!!!! Big Thanks to Tracey for the beautiful furniture that looks awesome in Valerie’s living room!

Katy needs to finish a pair of really long fingerless mitts for a friend before Christmas or they may just drive her round the bend! And she wants to organize her house, she just needs the toddler to be watched so she can blitz the clutter.

Since finishing Voyager, Valerie wants to find some new books to read – any suggestions would be appreciated even though she may just pick up the Harry Potter books again. Katy wants to have her friend Heather over so she can teach her, and her daughter, how to knit socks!

Katy learned that she needs to read all of her patterns before knitting them! But Valerie learned that there is still Regretsy submissions out there to be found – such as the Tampon Angel Christmas ornament. Cute but, it is still a tampon – kudos for creativity.

 

New Stuff

Katy got a couple of dog brushes and a multi-tip screwdriver for her emergency kit for the Royal Winter Fair, and also she bought ‘Taking Off’ by The Wiggles for her little guy… and now has constant ear-worms!

 

You Had Me At Yarn!

Katy found a new-to-her shop on Etsy, Lambytoes, and she loves the speckled yarn and ‘Kitten’s Choice’ in particular. She also loves the name of the shop and the yarn!

Valerie was seduced by the season and by Nooch Fiber which has (or had) a colourway called Town of Halloween! Which is (or was) perfect for Halloween this year! Though she also found from Wee Chickadee Woolery she found the 100% Merino fingering weight yarn in the colourway ‘Grape Vines’… which is also perfect for fall since that’s the best time to pick grapes in our area of Canada, Wine Country! Beautiful sumptuous bergundy, raspberry and green tones.

Valerie also found a couple of great patterns; first one was the ‘Mao’ kitty toy pattern from Petite Purls which would be purrrrfect for a little Christmas stocking gift or a little black Mao for Halloween! And the second pattern she found was the ‘Christmas Baubles’ ornament from the Greedy for Colour Blog! Katy loves this pattern to death because she had the idea that if one was to knit a nice pair of Christmas socks with a new yarn every year, you could make one of these and embroider the year on the bauble! Very cute and super easy, makes great gifts!

What We’re Reading and Watching

Valerie is reading The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon and she’s watching Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey.

Katy found out one of her friends writes romance novels under the pseudonym Zoe York and she has some of her books free on the Kindle Amazon app such as ‘See Me’. She’s watching The Flash, WWE, trying to catch up on Doctor Who and Downtown Abbey.

We’ve actually opened up a thread in our Ravelry group called Downton Chatter so we can all knit, crochet, drink tea and talk all about Downton!!! Feel free to go ahead, just tag your post with ‘SPOILERS’ if you have spoilers, naturally.

Episode 9 – I Think You Broke Me!!

 

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Thank you and welcome back everyone and if you’re listening for the first time, welcome and we hope you enjoy the show!!!

We’d like to say thank you again to our friend, Emily, for co-hosting with us last time! We had so much fun and we’ll definitely be having her back!!

Also, thank you to Katknitter and Knittinwolf for the great reviews on iTunes!!! They’re very appreciated!!

And….we have a giveaway!!!! Starting October 1st and ending October 31st, all you need to do is visit our Ravelry Group, join the group and comment in the giveaway thread with either your favorite thing about fall or what you’re planning on knitting/crocheting this fall for your chance to win a cute owl box bag from Knitty Kat Bags! A winner will be drawn by random number generator on November 1st and we will PM the winner!!! Good Luck and have fun!

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Podcasts We Mention

Wolfe Farms
The Knitgirllls
Sword of a Knitter
Knit 1 Geek 2

Shops We Mention

Knitty Kat Bags
Willow Yarns
June Pryce Fiber Arts
The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Sucre Sucre Miniatures
Gwen’s Teas
Expression Fiber Arts
Mostly Comics

Events

New York State Sheep and Wool Festival – October 18 & 19, 2014 in Rhinebeck, New York
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – November 7-16, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario

KAL/Cals

Loved Ones Kal
Corner to Corner Afghan CAL
The Grim Challenge with the Crochet Crowd
Outlander KAL/CAL on Instagram – tag your pics with #countdowntooutlander and #kiltmenowkal
Halloween Craft-a-Long with the Knitgirllls podcast

WIPs

Valerie is still monotonously working on the broad ripple socks out of malabrigo sock in ‘Archangel.
Katy is also still working on the Outlander mystery shawl by Unraveled yarn and designs with Madelinetosh tosh merino light in ‘Terrarium’ and ‘Seawash’. She’s almost to clue 4 and all 6 clues have been released.

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Needs and Wants

Katy needs a better way to fall asleep, she’s finding it hard to do so lately.
Valerie needs sleep…cause, cats be crazy!

Katy wants the Ecto-1 from Funko toys.
Valerie wants way too many things on Etsy!!! Especially the polymer clay stitch markers like the ones at Sucre Sucre Miniatures

Katy wants to finish a sweater! Whether it’s a WIP or a new cast on, she just wants to finish a sweater.
Valerie wants to make herself some wrist warmers for the fall and winter season.

Katy learned about Willow Yarns from Valerie.
Valerie learned that cats are very persistent when they want something.

New Stuff

Katy got a new travel mug and some loose leaf ginger peach tea from Gwen’s Teas in St. Catharines.

You Had Me at Yarn

Valerie wants a skein of Machiato Macaron for her wrist warmers. It’s 100% silk in a worsted weight. She also loves the same yarn in Purple Maize for a nice hat.

Katy wants the Defiance gradient set from http://juneprycefiberarts.etsy.com!! She would like to make Stephen West’s Daybreak shawl with it.

She would also love a few new cross stitch patterns from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, especially the new Beekeeper pattern. She loves these patterns and is currently working on the Autumn Sampler and Tea Time.

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And if you’re looking for some fun stuffies to do for Halloween, check out The BOO! Crew by Susan Claudino!

What We’re Reading and Watching

CORRECTION: Katy had mentioned Gotham. Ben MacKenzie actually plays a young James Gordon trying to solve the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents while trying to avoid corruption.

Valerie is reading Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
Katy is reading City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

Katy finished watching Finding Carter and was left with a cliffhanger. She’s also still watching WWE too and her favorite right now, Dean Ambrose, is back from being injured.

Valerie is watching Outlander (ohhhhhhh the Wedding) and Downtown Abbey, and Katy is watching along with her. She also watched the finale of American Ninja Warrior and the new season of Sleepy Hollow.  Katy made mention of the actress Anna Chancellor, who was in the first episode of Season 5 of Downton Abbey, and also Henrietta “Duckface” in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Aaaaaaaand to stave off hunger pains for Sherlock, we’ve been looking at pretty pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch doing his best Mr. Darcy impression for the 10th anniversary of the Give Up Your Clothes for Good campaign. He’s very persuasive!!!!

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Let’s Chat About….

Yarn snobbery. Katy has said in the past that she thinks she is a yarn snob, but Valerie disagrees because while Katy prefers luxury fibers to work with, she still uses acrylic and acrylic blends because they do have their purpose. As well Valerie knows that Katy does not look down on people who use the more affordable and more readily available yarns.

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 6: Outlandish!!!

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Stitch Sisters Podcast and if you’re new, thank you for checking us out!

Shops We Mention:

Jimmy Beans Wool
Must Stash Yarns
Cyborg’s Craft Room
Little Monkey’s Stitch & Spin
Squoosh Fiber Arts
Woodturnerva on Etsy
Kirby Wirby on Etsy
Unraveled Designs and Yarn
Bijou Basin Ranch
Spanish Peacock

Podcasts We Mention:

Wolfe Farms
The Knitmore Girls
Geeky Girls Knit
The Sampler Girl
Yarngasm Podcast
Subway Knits
Suburban Stitcher Podcast

Announcements:

Please head over to Wolfe Farms and help support Fuji’s fight against lymphoma! Purchase a button, make a donation or head over to their ravelry group for some special somethings to help them out!

A very good friend of Val’s is having an especially difficult time, financially, as her friend and her family are facing possible eviction due to her husband’s work cutting his hours in half to avoid having to pay health insurance.  Please help them out by donating to help raise $1,000.00 – they’re over half-way there already!  Margison Family – GoFundMe

Events:

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

NEW GUESTS! Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who), Dave Bautista/Batista (Guardians of the Galaxy/WWE), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy)

Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair – September 13, 2014 – Kitchener Aud, Kitchener, Ontario

Royal Winter Fair – November 7-16, 2014 – Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

KAL/CALs:

Our Loved Ones Kal is still going on till the end of September and may be extended as we don’t have a whole lot of people participating and we’d like to give out a couple prizes. Just pick a pattern to make something with someone you care about and post your progress/FO’s in our Loved Ones Thread in our Ravelry Group.

The Corner to Corner Baby Afghan CAL is also still going on until the end of the year seeing as Valerie’s baby nephew was born early and we know of a lot of other babies that need afghans pretty soon.

Outlander Mystery KAL with Jimmy Beans Wool and Unraveled Yarn and Designs started on August 9th and the first clue was released on August 9th as well. It is a paid for pattern on Ravelry and is a mystery shawl.

Outlander KAL on Instagram with The Knitmore Girls podcast, The Geeky Girls Knit Podcast, Yarngasm Podcast and the Subway Knitter Podcast. You can knit, crochet or craft anything you want just as long as you can tie it to Outlander and post it on Instagram with the hashtags: #countdowntooutlander AND #kiltmenowKAL. We know the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast will be giving prizes for this KAL at mid-season and the end of season 1 of Outlander (on Starz network in the States and on Showcase in Canada), please check the other podcasts’ ravelry groups for information about prizes.

WIPs:

Katy is still trying to finish her Trillian Shawl by Martina Behm. She is also working on the Outlander Mystery Shawl by Unraveled Yarn and Designs and is using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in ‘Terrarium’ and ‘Seawash’.

Tosh Merino Light in Terrarium and Seawash

Tosh Merino Light in Terrarium and Seawash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Valerie is currently working on her Easy Triangle Shawl, her Orchid Thief Shawl and her Corner to Corner Afghan.  She also cast on a pair of Pixie Slipper Socks by Mary Maxim in Red Heart Super Saver in ‘Camo’ for a friend (which at the time of posting this blog, have been completed!)

Pixie Slipper Sox - WIP

Pixie Slipper Sox – WIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pixie Slipper Sox - Done!

Pixie Slipper Sox – Done!

 Spinning:

Katy finished spinning the singles of her Squoosh Fiber Arts 100% Superwash Merino in ‘Split’ but is waiting for her Jumbo Flyer to come in to ply the singles.

Split by Squoosh Fiber Arts

Split by Squoosh Fiber Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needs and Wants:

Things we need: Katy needs more 4mm needles for shawls. Valerie needs a housekeeper to help her out.

Things we want: Valerie wants Jamie from Outlander ;)… ok not really, she wants more yarn and more money to procure more yarn. Katy wants more sweater quantities of yarn.

Things we want to do: Valerie wants to go out on a date with her husband and see Guardians of the Galaxy! Katy wants to take her little guy to the Aquarium.

Things we learned: Valerie learned how easy the Pixie Slipper Socks pattern is. Katy learned how to card and spin raw fleece!

New Stuff!

Elsa and Anna self striping on Sport Sock from Must Stash Yarns! Gorgeous job Stacie, as always!

Elsa and Anna in Sport Sock by Mush Stash Yarns

Elsa and Anna in Sport Sock by Mush Stash Yarns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Stellar’ on Assparkilate base from The Cyborg’s Craft Room on Etsy, which is absolutely gorgeous and will be made into ‘Dalekanium’ socks by Dena Stelly of Little Monkey’s Stitch & Spin.

Stellar in Assparkilate by The Cyborg's Craft Room

Stellar in Assparkilate by The Cyborg’s Craft Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink & Black Spindle Bowl from woodturnerva from Etsy to match Katy’s supported spindle from The Spanish Peacock.

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You had me at YARN!… and PATTERNS!

Yarn:

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in ‘Fraser’ and ‘Beauchamp’ available at Jimmy Beans Wool

Bijou Basin Ranch has a line of ‘Outlandish’ colourways for ‘Outlander’ KALs and just about anything you want! Katy likes ‘Thistle’ and ‘Dinna Fash’ and Valerie likes ‘Claret’ and ‘Fergus’.

Patterns:

Balustrades and Slates Beanie and Slouchy Hat
Big Damn Heroes – Firefly inspired shawl
Easy Triangle Shawl
Sassenach Capelet
Apothecary Cowl
Through the Woods Hooded Cowl
Woodland Capelet
Claire’s Cowl
Claire’s Shrug
One Skien Ruffled Capelet
Voyager Lace Stole
Tam O’Shanter Hat
Scottish Knee Highs
Kathy Kelly Cabled Capelet
Crocheted Town and Country Capelet

If you would like a lot more Outlander fun and discussion, check out the Outlander Knitters group on Ravelry!!!
What we’re reading and watching:

Valerie is reading Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon and Katy is reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

We’re both watching Outlander… on the internet right now until it comes out on Showcase here in Canada on August 24, 2014. Episode 2 of the series will be on Starz network on August 16, 2014.

Valerie is watching True Blood on HBO Canada and is miffed at it right now. Katy is watching WWE and Finding Carter on MTV.

 

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!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 1: Better than the Phantom Menace

Hi Everyone! Thanks for checking out The Stitch Sisters Podcast! Here are links to everything we’ve talked about – the only ommission is that we could not locate the Eat.Sleep.Stitch podcast on youtube. It was either removed or I was misinformed on the title. But when we do find it, we will give you a link!

Katy was knitting the mystik spiral socks by Josh Ryks of the Sword of a Knitter podcast on youtube, and he can be found at his website Geoknittrix. Then, her needle broke… so it put the socks on hold, but only until the Chinese needles come in! In the meantime, the yarn to be used was Fibernymph Dye Works and the colourway is ‘Tardis’

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Fibernymph Dye Works – Tardis

In Katy’s bag from Knitty Kat Bags she has her beautiful new supported spindle from Spanish Peacock and he was very kind to include some spinning fibre from Loop Fiber Studio in gorgeous deep purples!!!

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Spanish Peacock supported spindle with Loop Fiber Studio fiber

More fiber in Katy’s bag – Fifteen Colour Rainbow from Fab Funky Fibres!!! It’s gorgeous and destined to be the most beautiful socks!

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Fifteen Colour Rainbow by Fab Funky Fibres

Val purchased a pre-owned, and absolutely gorgeous D Fusion purse for the summer for $10!!! Such a steal and a beautiful shade of deep plum!

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D Fusion Bag

In which she has her Stitched by Jessalu bag in a Firefly inspired fabric!

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Stitched by Jessalu

And inside THAT bag, she has a pair of Broadripple socks by Rob Matyska from Knitty Summer 2003 in Malabrigo sock ‘Archangel’.

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Broadripple socks

We also briefly discussed the greatness of Stephen West and how Katy’s husband’s Clockwork has been languishing in the UFO pile for quite some time while the new yarn was getting all the attention.

Val talks briefly about corking and how she used to make trivets and hot pads when she was little, and how she’s mainly been knitting socks but she would like to branch out into knitting shawls like the Ishbel by Ysolda Teague!

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our Chinese needles from ebay so we can cast on ALL THE THINGS!!!

Val is making a crochet baby blanket for a friend’s little boy out of Herrschners Baby Yarn. It’s a striped blanket with blue, green, yellow and a scalloped lace border. (And what Val forgot to mention in her ramblings is that the green Herrschners baby yarn had a few breaks in it, but it’s all good!) She’s planning a ‘corner to corner’ blanket for her new nephew that is on the way and we’re anxiously awaiting for his arrival.

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Baby Blanket

Also in the works for Val is a crocheted granny square bed blanket for her bedroom. She has some brightly coloured rainbow yarn to pair with some white – all the yarn for this afghan is Red Heart so it is cost effective since crochet uses 3 times as much yarn as knitting, so with a large blanket you can stay in budget. As well it is washable and dryable.

The only thing good about the Phantom Menace was Ewan McGregor!! And we touch briefly on what we’ve been watching, and looking forward to the new Star Wars movie (and Katy was mistaken, much to our dismay it doesn’t look like Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be in it)! But we loooooooooooved him in Star Trek: Into Darkness. For Star Wars, the original trio will be in it as well as rumoured son of Han and Leia!

Katy has been watching 24: Live Another Day, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge and Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.

Val has been watching Game of Thrones and Once Upon a Time.

You can find all of our contact info on our respective pages right here on the blog and as always, feel free to friend us on Ravelry, Instagram – Val is ‘stitchesandcurls’ and Katy is ‘kittyvankat’, and you can always ask us questions right here on the blog!

Thank you for listening and have a great week!!