Sisters of the Holy Fiber Podcast – Episode 1 – Chopstick Unicorns

Welcome to Sisters of the Holy Fiber, a blog and podcast from two crafty sisters. Tune in as we converse about what we’re making, including knitting, crochet, sewing and whatever else we feel like trying!  Our non-crafty segments include geek-related excitement, nature lovers’ musing, and a musical menagerie. We’ll be doing tutorials from time to time, sharing new tips and tricks we’ve discovered. So grab your spindle or your shuttle, and join us as we craft and chat!

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Projects of the Moment: WIPS Progress Report
…In which we geek out about whatever projects we’re working on at the moment.

TinyKiwi makes a lot of sound effects for her normal everyday movements.

TK’s Mission attempt:  Roselein Hat designed by Franklin Habit
in MadelineTosh Pashmina yarn in Lepidoptra colorway (beautiful!)
TK talks a possible addition of…maybe…Crochet socks? Silence is her answer. Q_Q

TK’s WIP/Possible Detention: Miss Jane’s Hat by Heide Petroski
Sound cuts out but made with Malabrigo Arroyo in Vaa

TK’s Crocodile crochet stitch phone holder/cozy/cosy
(made with same yarn as  bamboozled headband–If we don’t mention a yarn and you want to know know what it is, contact us!)

Lost phone cozy/cosy of awesomeness

RS is turning sweater swatches from Road to Golden by Lisa Shroyer into a hat.

Too-small sweater is in TIME OUT! until it gets ripped out
Striped topdown raglan sweater is also in TIME OUT!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane–It’s FOs!
…In which we show off any recently finished works

It’s all RS ’cause TK never finishes anything!

Hitchhiker shawl designed by Martina Behm
made by RS with all due haste in under a week!  Amazement!  RS is amazed by it’s ability to help with obnoxious pooling.

Off Topic: In which we expound on the joys of knitting and being productive during otherwise boring meetings and classes

Things to Hyperventilate Over: Exciting things in geek land
…In which we talk about whatever video game, manga, graphic novel, tv show or anime we’re currently addicted to, and expound on our geeky fandoms

Legend of Mana for the PS One…RPG earthy goodness! Player can change what buttons perform what actions.
RS won’t readily admit to how many hours this game has absorbed her life! Only 3 or 4 hours? Sounds suspicious….

In which TK goes to used bookstore BookOff and has no willpower.
The damage report!

Doilies!–Lace you can crochet with 30 grams or less
The Last Rose of Summer for You (Clothes of nostalgic rose pattern)
(TK talks about a Rose Purse she made)
Le Cartonnage: Stylish cartonnage cloth boxes
Hand And Heart (the bunny purse magazine) show you how to be the  Cutest Housewife Ever–found out it’s supposed to come with a kit to make all this stuff! Sadface!
Easy Homemade Muffler book
(TK turns a Fish into Flower)
Cloth Flower Swaying Gently (I can’t make this stuff up!) is the sewn flowers
Simple Cloth Zoori’s on DVD (Mama Kids and Papa flipflop book)

Jane Austen Knits Magazine
New Reticule pattern
Old Reticule pattern…Might perhaps tack it onto TK’s Mission?

Northanger Abbey annotated by THE GREAT David M Shapard

Books ta stick your nose in
…which really just got absorbed into Things to Hyperventilate Over

RS library booksale find…Knitting in Vogue, only $1
Crazy hairdo’s of the 80s!

Off Topic: RS is a little (a lotta?) bitter about only gotten a quilt top made in a class that was supposedly about making a whole quilt.

RS is going to be taking an opera appreciation class! TK is excited by the thought of being able to belch out opera tunez, but then remembers Opera has nothing to do with belching and is actually work.  So instead RS is gonna be seriously appreciating opera!

Shiny! New and new-to us things to show off
…books, needles, fiber, clothes, etc.

Schoppel-Wolle’s Zauberball  yarn, color is 1872 ombre Brombeeren

Off Topic: And in which TK discusses trying to find the perfect way to beg, borrow or steal a smidge of photos that are color-true to appease her OCD when it comes to stash photos.
RS doesn’t care, which is why RS’s stash is (close to) complete and TK’s is not

RS’s Knitpicks interchangeable needle set and sweater yarn on the way!

TK shows off more green yarn (Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Solid in 1104 Green)

In which RS tries so desperately to get us onto the next topic…again.  Hang in there RS!

Brainy Moments–How To: Tips and Tricks
…In which we share things we’ve just figured out like a new stitch or new craft, or knowledge we are otherwise just dying to share

Crocodile/Alligator stitch…can you tell TK likes alligators better? It’s really supposed to be a crocodile stitch.
Working in round vs. flat croc stitch
2nd prototype needed!

Glitched out: TK: We’re both recovering from illness, sorry!

RS recommends “5 Basic Shawl Shapes by Derya Davenport.”  It shows how  shawls take shape with different increases; RS demonstrates using the Hitchhiker shawl as an example.
Ended up with less than 42 points due to smaller yardage in RS’s substituted yarn!  If the number of points is important to you, pay attention to your yardage!   The shawl is the answer to life, the universe and yarn that might turn out horrible with ugly pools.  It comes RS recommended!

Go support independent designers and buy it on Rav from designer Martina Bame (who also has a Magrathea shawl!)

For those of a different geeky bent or *gasp!* the non-geeky among us, all this talk of 42 and answers to life is based on Douglas Adams’ book  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

I Spy: Nature lover’s segment
…In which we talk about any wildlife we’ve seen in the past week or nature-y places we’ve visited.

Tk visits the Fullerton Arboretum and sees a few mostly immature or possibly female robins (and swears she sees California Towhees, but none of her party will back her up on this, ’cause red butts are hard to ID), some hummingbirds not worth mentioning, (’cause she forgot!) mockingbirds, and one lonely coot. (Also forgotten!)

And we share horrible stories not worth repeating, (why were we sharing this in the first place?!) and ponder whether window clings actually help birds not run into windows or if it’s wives’ tales.  Who knows?  All we know from first hand experience is that it doesn’t work for pigeons.  ‘Nuff said.

Music of the Moment
…In which we share any music we’re currently listening to or have just discovered, whether old or new

RS geeks out about Itzhak Perlman, virtuoso violinist

His website!

Youtube of him!
Violinist Itzhak Perlman playing Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen”

And last but not least, a glimpse of the rare Chopstick Unicorn, who is apparently “in dangers” for the valuable resource of it’s chopstick horn.  In my defense, I didn’t know she was recording.

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