Monday, September 28, 2015

146 - Whimsy!

Apologies for all the ambient noise. We will do better next time!

Latte: Abby is working on the same things she was knitting last time! Melissa, however, got inspired. Melissa is crocheting a very cute Cthulu, if such things are possible (they are!). For those who may not know, Melissa gives a brief introduction to Cthulu and his (its?) ilk. You can learn a lot about HP Lovecraft here. And you can find your own cute Cthulu hat on ravelry. Melissa mentioned our beloved Portland game store, Guardian Games. [No trip to Portland is complete without a visit!]  We mention Creepy Cute Crochet. 

Grande: Melissa finished a mermaid and an octopus from Teeny Tiny Mochimochi. She also made an adorable moose in cotton yarn from Knitting Mochimochi. Melissa spoke about Gumballs, tiny skeins of yarn  from Knitted Wit that can be purchased at Twisted in Portland. Melissa also referred to Hexipuffs, which Abby has sworn she will NEVER make. Abby shared that she has been painting, partly as therapy, partly as self-expression.

Abby mentioned that she belongs to ORA, the Northwest Jewish Artists Guild. If you are in Portland, please come see her in her first juried show: Celebration of Art! It’s on October 18th, and details can be found here

Brewing: Melissa is giong to make Morehouse Knits Batwing Poncho. It is too cute! Melissa explains the value of ponchos for keeping warm at work. Melissa also waxes rhapsodic about Morehouse Knits, so go to their website and buy stuff! (no affiliation)
Abby wants to knit everything, especially the Queen Bee sweater by Mary Scott Huff, but there’s no budget for the yarn, so what to do in the meantime? Maybe knit a vest? Or one of the dozen or so Katniss cowls on ravelry? We mention Outlander as well. Melissa likes to buy her yarn and bundle it together with the pattern and set it aside in a project bag. 

Special Event: Melissa unboxes the Janie Crow Persian Tiles blanket! You can see a video of the unboxing here

Taste: We review New Lace Knitting, Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill. Abby wants to knit EVERYTHING in this book! Melissa gives brief reviews of Anna Hrachovec books: Knitting Mochimochi, Teeny Tiny Mochimochi and Adventures in Mochi-Mochi Land. Melissa also brought Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies AND Knit Your Own Dog AND Woodland Knits. So much whimsy, so little time!

Demi Tasse: Abby reports her discovery that, if you are an subscriber, you can return a book you don’t like and get your credit back!

Sofa: We are excited about Fall TV! Specific shows that we like are: Black Mirror, Mr. Robot, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Gotham, Childhood’s End, Outlander, Ash vs. the Evil Dead, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Podcasts Abby has been listening to include Will Wheaton’s Radio Free Burrito, and The Black Tapes podcast. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

We welcome Guest Barista Melissa to the podcast!
Right out of the gate, we began talking about Doctor Who Lego Dimensions, inspired by Melissa’s TARDIS earrings.
Netrunner is mentioned briefly.
Melissa mentioned Twisted and Happy Knits, both Portland yarn shops.
Melissa is both a knitter and a crocheter, and her ravelry handle is MissMAB.
Coava Coffee is mentioned.

Grande: Melissa has no finished objects. Abby has finished two pairs of self-striping socks, one using yarn from Stray Cat Socks in the color Lollypop, with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, and the other from Yarn vs. Zombies with an afterthought heel. Abby also finished Romi Hill’s Carson and Louisa Harding’s Ribbon Shrug out of Malabrigo Chunky in Molly. Abby used Knit Visualizer to generate a chart for Ribbon, which only had written instructions. 

Latte: Melissa is working on her “year blanket”, which is full-sized, out of various blues, in a large basketweave pattern. Melissa is also working on some toe-up socks, but she’s thinking about frogging them. Melissa has ordered a Persian Tile blanket kit from Janie Crow. Melissa also mentions Twinkie Chan. 

Abby is working on Hitofude out of Tosh Merino Light, which is fingering weight, not sport weight, in Tomato. It is going slowly. She is also knitting the Delias Eucharis socks from The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet Volume II in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Baroness. She is going to McGuyver the heel flap to continue the patterning down the back of the heel.

Bitter Cup: Melissa has a Silver Reed 840 knitting machine, which has given her grief, especially in the casting on.  Yarn barf has ensued, and a repair to the machine will be necessary. Abby began knitting Miss Dashwood, by Bonne Marie Burns, out of Fibra Natura Flax, but put it down for a week or so and subsequently messed up the edges, which was beyond her ability to repair. Frogging has ensued. 

Stir: Abby is spinning some vintage Crown Mountain Farms fiber which she ran through her drum carder, and then, having decided to spin long draw (woolen), hand carded into rolags. Progress is slow but steady. 

Sofa: Melissa and Abby talk about some favorite games, and discuss what makes a game “knitting friendly” or not. Abby made up a word, but please note that the plural of impetus is “impetuses”. Games we said we like include, the knitting-friendly: Firefly, Carcassonne, Tsuro, Dead of Winter, Pandemic, Forbidden Desert, Forbidden Island, “good old D&D”, and the not so knitting friendly: Munchkin, Exploding Kittens, Fluxx in its many incarnations, Cards Against Humanity, King of New York, and Abby’s very favorite game, Android: Netrunner. Abby mentioned The Winning Agenda, an Australian podcast about Netrunner, on which she was a guest several weeks ago. 

At the end, Abby mentioned that she is knitting a “Recovery Gauntlet” for a friend who recently had hand surgery. Stay tuned for updates. 

You can reach Melissa via her blog here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Announcing the Summer of Reading that Will Change Your Life

Greetings, it's been a long time! I am embarking on a summer of reading life-changing books, and I invite you to join me. Here's the skinny:

The Summer of Reading that Will Change Your Life! Here are the books I've picked to read between now and Labor Day. Will you join me? If any/all appeal to you, please post which you want to read so that we can discuss. I have no particular order in mind:

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
How Can I Help by Ram Dass
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

Who's in?

Monday, February 2, 2015

144 Sunny Afternoon

We welcome guest barista M. K. Nance to the podcast. 

Grande: Nance has finished a trio of hats called Sudice. Each hat has a Polish name , and are knit from Three Fates yarn. You can find the hats here. Nancy also finished a hat from Lakes Yarn & Fiber called Fernan. Abby finished her Hitchhiker from yarn she spun from the (now defunct) Crown Mountain Farms fiber in San Francisco Nights, and Copperline mitts by Elizabeth Doherty out of Zealana Rimu DK. They are soft and lovely!

Latte: Nance is knitting a hat from Black Trillium Lilt in Blue Suede Shoes. The hat has no name — yet. Abby is knitting vanilla socks from Stray Cat Socks self striping yarn in the color Lollipop. Abby is also making Carson by Romi Hill from Collinette Jitterbug. There might not be enough yarn, but she plans to improvise if need be. Abby is also knitting Conina socks for Laura, but they are going very, very slowly. 

Brewing: Nance talks about how she learned to knit. A teacher thought knitting would give seven-year-old Nance the dexterity to learn to tie her shoes. Nance mentions NÃ¥lebinding, which you can read about here. Nance’s design process begins with an idea, often a stitch pattern she designs in Stitch Mastery. 

BONUS: If you purchase one of Nance’s hats on her ravelry store between now and February 5th, use the discount code mentioned on the podcast for half off!

Abby is still pondering knitting a sweater! She would love to knit Queen Bee by Mary Scott Huff, but doesn’t currently have the yarn for it. She also talks about taking on brioche knitting, finally. 

Caffeinated: Abby is excited about the New York Times Cooking app, which is available for iPad and Android. 

Sofa: Abby has been watching Project Runway All Stars. HBO did a wonderful documentary called Banksy Does New York. We also mentioned Exit Through the Gift Shop which is related, in some ways. We are loving the new podcast Invisibilia. Don’t miss it! Nance recommends Anzac Girls, an Australian TV show. 

Events: Madrona! Maybe we’ll be there, maybe not. It’s undecided. 

You can check out Nance’s website here

Sunday, November 30, 2014

143 Winging It

This is how garter stitch looks in reverse spun yarn.
Listen here. 
Abby is drinking Good Earth Decaf Tea.

Latte: We were testing Biscotte et Cie sock yarn. It is a nicely plied three-ply sock yarn, which is fun to knit with, but the color way was not to her liking so it is being frogged.
Copperline Mitts by Elizabeth Doherty from the Metalwork collection is a lovely fingerless mitt pattern, being knit from Zealana Rimu DK weight merino/possum yarn. The yarn was generously gifted to Abby by Adwila, a listener in New Zealand.

Grande: Many projects are finished! Hitchhiker from hand spun merino (from Crown Mountain Farms, who are no longer in business), Lintilla from Sheepspot Sustainable Merino Fingering yarn, Grace Socks out of Lilt Sock by Black Trillium Fiber Studio. 
Also “refinished” is Bigger on the Inside, which is now blocked into a wearable shape. 

Brewing: We want to make a Romi Hill shawl, specifically: Carson,  but the yarn we want to use might not be enough, but we don’t know how to tell! This is frustrating.

Taste: Review of Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads by Cirilia Rose. 

Stir: Finished! Three Feet of Sheep, spun into a two-ply fingering weight gradient rainbow-ish yarn. After purchasing a Russian supported spindle from KCL Woods, learning to use it has proven a bit of a challenge. Help!

Sofa: We recommend three books: Station Eleven by Emily S. John Mandel, Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You by Christine McKinley, and The Alienist by Caleb Carr. We mention the podcast “Books on the Nightstand”. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Knit Knitmore Cafe!

I recorded with Jasmin and Gigi, the Knitmore Girls. Listen to our mashup at the Knit Knitmore Cafe!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

141 A Couple of Jersey Girls Sitting Around Talking

Listen here.

Abby is joined by Sasha, formerly host of the Spin Doctor podcast, and currently owner of a new yarn company, Sheepspot! And, we digress, and digress. 

Latte: Sasha is making a “Simple Things” shawlette from sock yarn she dyed herself. She is also working on socks from Ann Budd’s  Getting Started Knitting Socks. A conversation ensued about the necessirty for knitting socks with negative ease, fear of clowns and their pants, and adventures in uncommon heel construction. Sasha is also knitting the Structured Alpaca Cowl, a pattern from Purl Soho. Sasha recommends their blog, The Purl Bee. Sasha sings the praises of Lobster Pot cashmere. Sasha talks about Indigo Dragonfly and their Dye Camp where she dyed the cashmere she is using for this cowl.  All Abby has been kntiting this week is the long-suffereing Color Affection and vows “nor more garter stitch” for a while. Abby refers to the Einstein Coat, which may be the ultimate garter stitch project.  

Chai: Abby talked about Stitches West, her “no sock yarn” constraint, and the lovely Three Feet of Sheep fiber that she is currently spinning as well as her “birthday earrings” from Sacred Laughter. Shasha and Abby both confess to having rather large stashes of sock yarn.  Abby feels that shopping at Stitches West is very difficult, and that for her, it is primarily a social event. We talk about the difficulty of having Madrona and Stitches West falling only one week apart, and decide that all of our friends simply need to attend Madrona next year. Sasha talks about finding wonderful shephards in Ontario and how getting to know them, their flocks, and interacting with them on behalf of her new company, Sheepspot has made Ontario feel so much more like home.  We hear of winemaking shepherds, Babydoll Southdowns, Ile-de-France and more! You can read about the Livestock Conservancy here.  

Caffeinated: Sasha, in case you don’t already know, is starting a “little yarn company” called Sheepspot. Sheepspot sells breed-specific, hand dyed yarns. “The natural spot for woolgathering. ”You can read all about it, sign up for the newsletter, and yes, buy yarn, right here. You will no doubt be as excited as we are!  

Abby is excited about table top games. We’ve already mentioned Ben’s game website but when we visited Ben last week we played Hanabi, Dominion and Carcassonne. Abby is hoping to learn Android:Netrunner, but it is complicated!

The rest of our conversation will be released as a separate episode in a week. Stay tuned!