Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 19- A Hermione Moment

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report

TinyKiwi picks her Granny Rose Square Triangle back up after two three weeks of neglect and vows to finish the horrible thing.

RambunctiouSky plugs away at her Shawl of Doooooom Evenstar Shawl, while her second pair of Socks for Terri are in time-out.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Finished Objects! (2:44)

RS’s FOs: Starfish Bottle Topper/Cat Toy~!

Preemie Hat

TK’s FO: It’s a Slouchy Hat! More importantly, it’s done!
*******HAT PIC TK!******
Accidental Brainy Moment, where TK teaches that you can cast-on over two needles if you’re a tight knitter (then pull one out when you’re done casting-on) and it helps keep your cast-on row from being too tight.

Brainy Moments (8:27)

TK made the long-promised tatting video, but hates it, so will re-do next week.

RS reminds us, if you don’t know how to make something, just ask! People won’t bite your head off, we promise.  By the Power of Raverly vested in me, we can help you make a bobble.

Hyperventilate (13:19)

RS geeks out playing the old-school version of Zelda. Much wandering around and dying ensues!

TK worries about the quality of the upcoming TV show Constantine and the upcoming Maleficent movie.  Fingers are crossed, but breath is not being held. Maleficent has been one of TK’s favorite villains for as long as she can remember, so the new movie makes her very anxious.

Books to Stick Your Nose In (18:34)

Book of Stitch Symbols [Crochet] {Japanese Vogue’s Golden Series Basic Book}: Well understood basics in the first person …Sorry if my translation is a bit wonky.  I’m by no means a proficient translator, but I content myself by usually being at least a smidge more understandable than Google Translate.
編み目記号の本 かぎ針あみ (日本ヴォーグ社の基礎BOOKゴールデンシリーズ) はじめての人にもよくわかる基礎の本
Lovely book though.  Very helpful if you like to make amigurumis or work off of Japanese patterns.

I Spy (21:04)

TK gets too excited. She sees a Red-Tailed Hawk, American Crows, a Phoebe, House Sparrows and Finches.  Interrupting TK is interrupting to remember she also saw sheep and goats. So cute!  TK learns from the British Goat Society that the little dangly bits from the chin of the goat are called tassels or toggles.  Now you know! She also saw a mostly-intact lizard skin.  Crazy!

RS sees a Red-Headed Woodpecker crossing the road.  She doesn’t know why he’s crossing the road, but our investigative reporters are getting right on it. She also see lizards and wishes to see snakes.  We then start making snake-alluring sounds of a dubiously alluring nature.

Ear Party (30:00)

TK’s been enjoying Elliott Smith and is bummed to learn he’s passed on (I’m always late to the party), but it makes the suicide scene in The Royal Tenenbaums make more sense, as they used Smith’s “Needle in the Hay” song and Smith was a known suicide risk who eventually (most-likely) took his life in 2003. Stop killing yourselves angsty singer/songwriters!  TK is currently addicted to his song Alameda.
She also listens to Liszt (here’s a link to Miserere du Trouvère de Giuseppe Verdi played by Stéphanos Thomopoulos) and we talk about the craaazay people who play Liszt.  Take care of your hands people!

RS talks about how the best place to find classical CDs is thrift stores, ’cause nobody wants them (except us apparently!) and they’re cheap! So there’s your brainy tip for the week. 😉

RS listens to her favorite clarinetist Sabine Meyer. Our hero(ine)!

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (35:40)

RS went on one hike.
TK gets a long day of gardening one day, plus extra gardening days and one walk, so she feels like this week’s goals are met.

Then we wander into Random Remnants (37:00ish)
And we talk about how we hate buying shorts, but it’s on the docket.

RS cleans trumpets! 15 years of unwashed student trumpets is apparently really, really gross.  We can imagine! Our sympathies!

Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 18- Be Kind, Rewind!

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report

RambunctiouSky plugs away at her Evenstar Shawl

TinyKiwi makes only a smidgeon of progress on her knitted slouchy hat.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Finished Objects!

Nothing this week!

Brainy Moments

In which we make more empty promises about buttonhole and tatting tutorials. We’ll get there~!

Shiny (4:23)

TK shows off her Slytherinish-colored fan.

RS shows off the second ball of color that she’s using for her Evenstar, and gives a quick brainy moment about blending in the color transition when switching between your gradient yarns.

Hyperventilate (10:16)

RS talks about Papercraft Dioramas by Davy and Kristin McGuire!

TK mentions the papercraft version of Howl’s Moving Castle, with a time-lapse video of the guy making it, and RS mentions a lifesize elephant origami made by artist Sipho Mabona.

RS looks forward to playing the old-school version of Zelda. Huzzah!

Books to Stick Your Nose In (14:50)

TK shows some thread crochet designs in the book:
( かぎ針で編む花レース ) トゥーオヤのアクセサリー

(Flower Lace Crochet) Turkish Oya Lace Accessories

RS ponders a trip to the Cliffs of Insanity, and thinks about beading the edge of her Evenstar.

I Spy (21:50)

RS sees dolphins! Pods and pods of dolphins and pelicans.  Apparently, there was a whale to see, but RS didn’t.

TK reports that her resident Mockingbird has picked up an agitated Blue Jay call to his car-alarm remix, and TK has also seen a Phoebe, but that’s all there is to report.

We squee over and talk about its ability to make a bad day better. ❤

Ear Party (27:03)

TK geeks out about Chromeo coming out with a new album White Women and listens to their single Jealous (I Ain’t With It)

RS talks about how Ani DiFranco’s Living In Clip album is good angry-girl music to clean the house to.

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (31:42)

RS plays bocci ball, but othewise misses her goals.
TK gets a long day of gardening one day, and gardens 2 extra times, but gets no walks in.

Princess Sweetie Cat appearance! We’re so humbled, Your Highness!

Random Remnants (34:24)

TK geeks out about Grumpy Cat and the Pout Pout Fish (her spirit animals.)

Fava beans! Who knew they were so difficult to find?! That and Pigeon Peas (guandu.) Thanks for the help produce guy! Falafel ensued! It’s TK’s (third) favorite food!

We (re-)geek out on TinyOwlKnits’ Care of Magical Creatures charm bracelets. Adorbs! Check em out, buy the patterns on Ravelry.

RS ponders making her own stitch markers.

Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 17- Stop Knitting and Go To Bed

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report

TinyKiwi works on a slouchy hat.  Complete with cranky boyfriend voice cameo!

RambunctiouSky works on her blanket panel, and is at chart 2 on the Evenstar Shawl (which she’s making from Eos yarn from The Unique Sheep in coloway Winter Wonderland)

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Finished Objects!

RS makes a Jellyfish–which she accidentally calls an octopus because we are a very-octopus friendly people apparently, and can’t stop making octopuses and their Cnidarian cousins.








TK makes a Scottish flag coaster and gets her shell cowl done!

Brainy Moments

Moral: Don’t make decisions at night.

Shiny (20:22)

New bracelet, and a cute stitch-marker holder! TK’s stoked but it can’t compare to the fact that:
RS gets a wedding ring designed by Jorge Revilla from ZFolio!

Hyperventilate (26:14)

TK is geeking out about the possibility of a Constantine TV show and RS is watching lots of House.

Books to Stick Your Nose In (30:45)

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Baskets and…Tchotchke Baskets? (It’s a hard title to translate to English, sorry!) かごとかご雑貨

I Spy (36:08)

RS has a fun time seeing her students get excited over animals, and wishes for TK’s Hawks In Flight book (second edition.)  It’s an awesome book! 100% recommended. She also sees some kind of swallows.

TK sees cute House Sparrows, Mockingbirds, a crow, Brewers Blackbirds and Grackles, which we’ve included links to since they can look similar, although their behavior and calls can help you ID them, and the presence of female BB’s can also help. 😉 Look for a wedge-y tail!

Ear Party (40:19)

TK tries out the music blog and finds singer/songwriter Lykke Li, listens to the Meat Puppets, and Peggy Lee, with I Don’t Know Enough About You

RS listens to singer/songwriter Heather Combs
TK introduces RS to DailyMotion, a French video-sharing website like YouTube

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (45:30)

TK gardens 3 times, but gets no walks in.

RS goes to yoga and gets to do shoulder-stands! She bikes! She walks!

Random Remnants (48:45)

RS signs up for another vegetarian cooking class.

TK hears of a good vegan chocolate cake recipe from @AstroKatie, if you’d like it, drop us a note.  (We don’t have permission to share it on our blog.)

RS meets a textile designer, makes friends and gets propositioned to knit for her. RS ponders it.

We send out our condolences to the Weasley Sisters, who’ve just lost their mom.  What a tough time! Our hearts and thoughts are with them.
If you’d like to get involved with some way of supporting them, you can message your nest leader in Slytherin or just drop by their Rav page and leave your condolences there. ❤

Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 16- We Dream Big in Slytherin

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report

TinyKiwi works on her no-longer-a-scarf now-it’s-a-cowl cowl and is happy at the thought of being almost done with this infinite WIP.
She also starts a Granny Rose Triangle out of the previously-mentioned 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden.

We plot a little and mention a bit more about our ever-ubiquitous love for the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup on Ravelry.

RambunctiouSky casts on for her sampler/scarf blanket.

Here’s a handy link to the 300 Knit Patterns Book that RS mentions: 編みパターンブック300
(We mention a lot of Japanese books on our blog, sorry if your browser isn’t set up to handle the strange text!  Let us know if you’d prefer a Romanized version for readability. We just use a lot of Japanese books…)

RS talks about the Care of Magical Creatures class and what it…entails… (nyuk nyuk nyuk)

RS also swatches for her Evenstar Shawl, and we talk about her feelings on the Unique Sheep yarn (Eos 50 silk/50 merino in colorway Winter Wonderland)–survey says: super soft, more variegated than we’d hoped for (waaay more?) but the colors are still beautiful, it’s over-all lovely at a distance, so she’s still going for it (and it’s soft!)

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Finished Objects!

RS has a finished washcloth!

Brainy Moments (21:00)

Swaaaaatch. Swatch swatch swatch. (Do two repeats! Swaaaatch.)  That is all.

JOIN RAVERLY.COM! Oh my gosh it’s so great! If you’re a knitter or crocheter, this place is simply the best. (We only mention it because TK was recently reminded that some people still don’t know about Ravelry! Can you believe it?! Don’t worry, we’re here for you.)


TK has new books! Crochet Mania Handmade Bags
(Crochet) Hand and Wrist and Leg Warmers in Three Days
(We don’t have any affiliation to the two Etsy accounts linked above, so buy at your own risk. We have no idea who these people are.)

TK tries to remember Lily Chin’s name and talks about the reversible (knit) cables she’s got in her Power Cables book (which TK loves, as it was her first cables book…TK doesn’t start small.)

Hyperventilate (36:45)

TK geeks out on Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, rants about the SyFy name change, (so stupid! All I think of is Syphilis! What a bad connotation!) and wishes to see Heros of Cosplay

RS is excited that House is on Netflix now!

[Helicopter Solo!]

Books to Stick Your Nose In (41:37)

RS reads the English translation of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose (which is also a movie with Sean Connery!)

TK makes progress on Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, which so far gets a “meh” rating, and talks about her disappointment with a previous book she’s read called The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman (Spoilers! It’s depressing. She doesn’t recommend it unless you like to read sad stories.)
This is the sad-story review section, apparently.

I Spy (45:42)

Mockingbirds, and a Phoebe are all TK sees, and nada for RS. It’s been hot!

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (47:15)

Speaking of which, TK only gets a half-day of gardening in, but has otherwise missed her exercise goals. “It’s hot,” she whines.

RS wanted to walk or bike to work instead of drive, but that didn’t quite happen again this week. But she got two walks in and a biking session with a friend, so we’ll still chalk it up to a successful week even if goals weren’t reached.

Ear Party(50:49)

TK listens to Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky who was the first Czech composer of Baroque instrumental music, and Trespassers William, an indie pop group with a sound similar to Portishead, only not so lo-fi.

RS listens to singer/songwriter Brett Dennen, and proceeds to be a cold, oh so cold person. 😛

Random Remnants (56:32 or thereabouts)

“Color-changing on crochet shells–I don’t recommend it!”

We talk about Quidditch projects and the Slytherin Dueling Club in the HPKCHC.

Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 15- Life is Full of WIPs

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report (0:37)

TinyKiwi works on one of her longest long-term WIPs–a colorwork crocheted shell scarf!  RambunctiouSky tries to convince her to make it into a cowl. TK also makes a smidge of progress on the stained-glass “swatch” (actaully wristers) she’s making based on the  Tracery Vest out of the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Magazine.

RS makes the ever-exciting washcloths! (Hey! Somebody’s got to!)

We talk break month, more O.W.L. plotting, the Hedwig Memorial Society in Slytherin, and other things to do with the craziness in the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup on Ravelry.

SPOILER ALERT at (7:20) as we discuss some of who dies, on the very off chance you haven’t read the 6th or 7th Harry Potter books (or movies.)

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Finished Objects! (9:30)

TK finishes a small shuttle-tatted flower.

Brainy Moments (13:34)

RS talks about how the border for the Evenstar Shawl requires more of the color that’s to be used for the border section and The Unique Sheep makes it so!

TK plots to give a beginning tatting demo, but hasn’t figured out how to make it happen yet.

Shiny (15:55)

RS shows off her new hand-dyed 50% silk 50% merino gradient yarn in the Winter Wonderland colorway from the aforementioned Unique Sheep (we don’t get paid for this name dropping, people!) which she bought with the Evenstar Shawl pattern, as the yarn is one of the recommended choices listed in the pattern page.  RS talks about how the Evenstar Shawl is gigantic and needs a lot of heavy blocking, so the yarn choice for the pattern has to hold up to that need and if you decide you want to substitute your own yarn, keep that in mind.

Books to Stick Your Nose In (20:50)

Reads a smidge more of Orphan Train by Christina Baker, and re-reads The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Oh noes! It’s true! TK is an unashamed Shakespeare fan, and is probably one of the only people in her age group who can spell Shakespeare right on the first try. MacBeth has been her favorite ever since she was a wee child (she was a strange child.)  She also talks a little bit about the 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden that she’s talked about before.

RS reads Singing Games for Children by Denise Gagné, and sings a song game from it!

I Spy (28:16)

RS sees llamas in someone’s backyard while she was hiking.  We squee.
TK only sees the neighbor’s cat.

Ear Party (29:15)

TK listens to some EDM Trap by Baauer, notably Swerve, and gives a very brief overview on her understanding of the differences between Trap (Rap) and Trap (EDM/Electronic Dance Music) as genres of music.

RS listens to Meshell Ndegeocello (Sorry we butcher your beautiful name Meshell! which Wikipedia tells us is pronounced N-deh-gay-o-chel-o), and RS is listening to the album Weather

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (32:52)

TK gets her 9-5 gardening work-out in on Tuesday, and one extra session of gardening in, but has otherwise missed her exercise goals.

RS wanted to walk or bike to work more than she rode in the car to work, but that didn’t quite happen this week, but she still biked and walked and biked again, so she’s still doing great!

Random Remnants (A bit before 36:35)

RS and her S.O. sign up for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box and talks about what that is and how they’re using it.  They’re loving it, so tune in to find out more about it!

We talk again about fresh food. (Sorry we talk about it so much! We can’t help it! Apparently we just love fresh food!)  Then we talk about freezing bread to extend the shelf-life, especially for preservative-free breads.

Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 14- Like a Laser in a Room Full of Mirrors

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report

We talk plotting and all things to do with the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup on Ravelry.

TinyKiwi talks about the stained-glass “swatch” she’s making based on the  Tracery Vest out of the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Magazine (which we love!)
She’s really making two of them as wristers for her friend, as she learns stranding/fair-isle and weaving techniques.

TK maintains that she hates floats, while Rambuntiousky looks on and laughs (but as RS hates pooling the same way TK hates floats, TK maintains that RS hasn’t got a leg to stand on.)

TK also references the book Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting by Lynne Watterson, which she likes but it joins the many other books that neglect to show how to weave in floats on a purl row (while knitting flat.)

RS maintains that the wool floats in her cardigan don’t snag (thanks to the properties of wool, most-likely) and talks about the snag-y ladders in her Clapotis pattern then shows off one of the new washcloths she’s knitting.

If you’ve been following along in previous episodes, you’ll know about TK’s Fibonerdy shawl, which she just got around to measuring and it’s–6 feet long–!

TK is all over the WIPs map and talks about her troubles picking up where she left off with Miss Jane’s Hat, and talks about the joys of tatting in public.

JAPANESE BOOK! We’ll get ya an isbn, eventually.

RS shows off a knitted purse that she’s now lining, that she made for TK–BEFORE RAVELRY PPL! Was there ever a time when we didn’t have Ravelry? The mind boggles.

RS decides on making the Evenstar Shawl for her wedding, and orders a gradient yarn for it from The Unique Sheep.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Finished Objects!

Ha ha! The joke’s on you, we never finish anything! Mwa ha ha haaaa!

Brainy Moments

-_- Apparently not.

Shiny (30:05)

TK shows off her new button, “Hi! I don’t remember your name either!”

Socially-awkward people unite! (Some other day!)

RS talks about a big shiny:  Novara Bike


“Moral of the story is: A book in the hand is worth two in the library. I don’t know if that’s a good moral, of if I just have craziness. 50/50 chances!”

Books to Stick Your Nose In (37:00)

Tk finishes Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, which she liked and would recommend, but with one or two small caveats, and starts Orphan Train by Christina Baker

RS checks out the thrilling read: The Core Six, an essential book for her teaching  career, but c’man that title (and probably content) could use a little more pizazz.  She also talks about the book, which RS’s cat apparently has an opinion on, called Visible Learning for Teachers by John Hattie.

I Spy (45:45)

TK’s bird of prey taunts her and her horrible binocular-less vision while RS visits the meadow! (in your best Bambi voice) and sees bees, flowers, chipmunks and lizards

Ear Party (52:00ish)

RS goes on a music-buying spree and checks out Tristan Prettyman

TK breaks out her Fiona Apple and Robyn as they are good music to stomp around to.

Walks in the Urban Wilderness

TK gets her 9-5 gardening work-out in and meets her meditation goals.

RS doesn’t get in as much yoga as she’d hoped, but had a good time biking with a friend, and hopes the bike will open up the possibility of more exercise. She changes her goal to one session each of hike, bike, and yoga.

Random Remnants (58:57)

TK talks about whether or not she’ll do an OWL (a three-month-long project.)

RS starts a compost bin and worries about becoming a crazy lady who sweeps the sidewalk.

We talk again on the merits of eating fresh food, and discuss the joys of fresh homegrown tomatoes.  We agree that good ingredients are the key to both enjoyable food and enjoyable crafting.  Good yarn, good tomatoes–everything is possible with good ingredients!