Sisters of the Holy Fiber – Episode 41

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TinyKiwi took out a WIP from her stash of WIPs to work on during an early Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a green and beige random striped Slytherin scarf. We talk about the options to fix a curling scarf. Rambunctiousky mentions Tech Knitter’s series of posts on fixing curling scarves.

TinyKiwi is a good friend and blocks a scarf for said friend.

TinyKiwi talks about a phone/tablet game for crazy cat ladies like us to collect cats! Hee hee!

Proving our crazy cat lady status, Rambunctiousky talks about her cat Timber’s art installations.

 

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We’re trying a slight re-arranging of the segments this week. As the Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe advises us, “DON’T PANIC!”

Projects of the Moment: WIPs Progress Report (0:46)

Tiny Kiwi gets more work done on her Fibonerdy Shawl and Sea-life Kneewarmers.  She worries about having knit one row on her shawl while staying in a “smoking room” at a hotel while on vacation. (Why is this still a thing?! Oh, Arizona, you’re so 1950s.)

Rambunctious Sky has finished one of the fronts of her Sashiko Cardigan. RS has changed the ribbing to p2k1 rib, which she likes better.

We discuss the terms “running stitch” vs. “cable.” Weigh in if you have an opinion or know the difference!

We also affirm that RS should have “made a bigger swatch, madam” as TK had previously advised, as RS is two stitches shy of gauge now. 😦 Sad trombone. Thankfully with a few minor adjustments it will still fit her! Phew!

No FOs this week, so moving right along into…
Brainy Moments (9:26)

TK shares another papercutting tool, as an elaboration on last weeks bamboo tool, to use instead an eraser you’ve beveled slightly. The eraser gives more than the bamboo, and will hold the paper in place while you cut, without gouging as the bamboo tool does.  If you try it and it works for you (or doesn’t,) let TK know and leave a comment! Hopefully she’ll try it sometime this next week and update y’all on how well it worked for her.

RS talks about Ravelry’s pattern and project searching, pros and cons. She wants to knit a shawl for her upcoming wedding ceremony, the more complicated, the better, from the sounds of it! Attributes search only works for pattern searching, not project searching. 😦

We beg Ravelrians to TAG YOUR PROJECTS and tag them thoroughly, as it really helps people find them.

TK talks about how they’ve now implemented the ability to link to more than one pattern in your personal Ravelry projects, which she loves.

RS is taking pattern advice for a circular shawl for her wedding.  If you know of a good pattern, she’s looking for one that’s interesting to knit and to look at, using multiple stitches, (eg. Stars, that turn into Tulips, into Leaves, into Birds, etc.), and it needs to look good when folded and draped over shoulders. Some examples she is considering include Leaves of Grass by Jared Flood, Heliotaxis Pi Shawl by Renata Brenner, and Evenstar Shawl by Susan Pandorf.

TK wants to make a very specific fandom shirt, so she’s bought iron-on letters to try, but is very hesitant…remove the plastic backing or not? Well, it’ll be an adventure! She’s also gotten fabric paint to try, but is worried that it’s just another form of puffy paint, which she then denigrates, while RS reminisces fondly.

Hyperventilate (22:17)

RS goes off the deep end and joins a bunch of Destash/In-Search-Of groups, and buys some yarn. (Surprising? No.)
Some helpful lingo for you if you’re interested in joining those groups:
Destash–means to get rid of things you already own, usually referring to one’s “yarn stash”
ISO–just means “in search of”, and is used when you’re looking for something specific
FS–means “for sale” and is tagged on things people are willing to sell.
There’s also an option when you’re adding yarn into your stash page on Ravelry, to tag the yarn as “for sale,” so if you change your mind about something you’ve bought, or have left-over skeins you don’t mind parting with, you can denote that there. Very helpful if someone is looking for a specific dye-lot to finish up a sweater or something, and they can’t find the right dye-lot in stores anymore.

RS cautions that if you do join these groups, please remember that it is the internet–be safe. Check the feedback threads for positive feedback before you buy/sell. ❤

TK goes out on a limb and buys the “ONYX professional nail dryer” spray without reading reviews first.  It is supposed to help your nail polish dry a lot faster (and with “Island Coconut” scent!)  It’s full of flammable things! Wheee!  So far, it has an A+ rating with TK, but she’ll keep trying it out in the next few weeks and see how it does with multiple polishes.  She’s really excited about this product though, as it really opens up the world of nail polish to her, if drying time can become less of an issue. Stay tuned!

TK geeks out a little about a paint swatch from Martha Stewart Living that is in Slytherin colors, and proceeds to choke on laughter thinking of Martha Stewart as a Slytherin.  The shoe fits, though!

RS is watching the show Bones, and drops the memorable line, “I love Bones!” which, if taken out of context, is a funny statement.
She also’s been watching Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine, but can’t binge watch it the way she does other shows–just a little too corny for that!
So she shopped around on Netflix and found that the entire series of Murder She Wrote is available! Geeking out ensues, and we discuss our appreciation for female characters who aren’t written to be “sexy” and are –Just–Smart– which is somewhat of a rarity.  We mention another favorite murder mystery show of ours, “Rosemary & Thyme,” talk about our love of murder/mystery and crime shows, with the caveats that (1) you’re not trying to scare us, and (2) you’re not showing us people dying.  We’re not into watching people murder other people! (Is that really such a bad thing?!?) RS also states that she likes the show to have a conclusion, problem and then solution, all in one episode, and TK heartily agrees.  We don’t like waiting years for a plot arc to resolve itself (if ever).

We then proceed to disparage Battlestar Galactica for that very reason. TK gives a mild spoiler alert, but just ends up giving her opinion of the final episode (aka was it Good? Bad?), so if you don’t want to hear that…. just skip ahead a bit. It’s hardly a spoiler. *MILD SPOILER ALERT*

We also talk about Lucy Lawless’s appearance on the show, and how she will always be Xena to us.  Sorry Lucy! You’re a legitimate actress, but some things run deep.

TK rambles on about need for more strong female warrior role models in popular culture. Also, sorry Whedon fans! TK likes some of his stuff, but…let’s just not get into a long drawn-out discussion of feminism+pop culture, k? K. The main point being there’s always room for more strong female characters, and that at least is a point we can all hopefully agree on. 🙂

RS references the page Practical Female Armor, TK rants a little more,  and then we move on to…

Books to Stick Your Nose In! (38:03)

TK recommends the book How to Wrap 5 More Eggs by Hideyuki Oka (1975). Very inspirational! Great knot-work, and really creative ways to package things, this one will really get your mind going.

I Spy (42:01)

RS goes to a freshwater pond/lake bird preserve, and sees Egrets, Coots and informational placards! YAY! TK talks about the differences between American and Eurasian Coots.

TK went to Arizona and saw Grackles and Quail! Also…Sparrows…don’t judge! TK L.O.V.E.S. birds, even Sparrows!

Ear Party (47:17)

RS had a surprise pop quiz in her opera class–she got none right! But surprisingly, that won  her the CD “The Best of Italian Opera.”

TK’s listening docket:
Missy Elliot “Best Friends,” with Aaliyah, which is a sweet down-tempo song (not rap) about best friends supporting  each other, especially as it relates to not letting your best friend be in a relationship with someone who treats them badly.
Kaskade “Raining”, Filth Colins remix, about longing for your loved one that you’re apart from, this is dubstep/electronica and Filth Colins remixes are good–check em out
Suzanne Vega “Caramel”, which is slow and loungy (you might know her from her pop hits “Left of Center”, “Luka” or “Tom’s Diner” in the 80s)

And finally FeverRay’s strange videos like the ones for “When I Grow Up” and “If I Had a Heart,” made TK think of other artsy/strange videos like:

Nine Inch Nails “We’re in This Together,” video is post-apocalyptic strangeness, which comes with a mild content warning, but only cause we try to keep this podcast family friendly. The lyrics themselves are 98.8% fine, but they’re screamed at times, and the video is gritty.
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Interpol “C’mere” with the crazy flame-y fur coat lady

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (52:27)

RS was secretly awesome, and got her two walks in.  She’s gotta figure out her new goal though, as she’s on the mend and needs to up it.

TK met her minimum goal of 4!

Random Remnants (54:19)

Nails mini-segment: TK gives a quick review of Revlon’s Colorstay in Bold Sangria (260).  It’s a lovely wine (1 coat) to deep purple/almost brown (2 coats). It eventually wore away at the tips, but still held up pretty well. She’s starting to be a fan of the Colorstay line…  This is also what TK tried the new polish-drying spray on, and it worked great! You can use the spray after every coat, which makes it infinitely easier to apply multiple coats! Her thumbs took two coats of color, silver linework (with I ❤ Nail Art’s striper in Silver Argent-280), and a clear coat over that, and it all worked out fantastic! She used the spray after every layer, and not a single problem!

Revlon Colorstay nail polish in Bold Sangria

Closeup of Silver Snake on Thumb 1

Snake 1 (You can’t see his tiny tongue! So sad!)

Closeup of Silver Snake on Thumb 2

A thumbnail of a thumbnail! So meta

RS gets new glasses! We complain about how art frames pinch. TK laments not taking the “make your own glasses” after-class option in her metalsmithing class. Whyyyy?! What was she thinking?!

So that’s it for this week. Thanks for joining us!