Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 28- The Unexpected Book

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report & Finished Objects (00:40)

TinyKiwi works on (no relation, other than we’re both small birds) TinyOwlKnits’s Unicorn Horn from the Care of Magical Creatures Charm Bracelet #1 for our Knit ALong. She makes her own size 0 DPNs out of toothpicks and talks about using nail-polish on them… Which she later does.

Join us in our KAL of the CoMC Bracelet(s) which we’re running through to the end of November!

Post for a chance to WIN a “Care of Magical Creatures Charm Bracelet” pattern (by TinyOwlKnits) from us through Ravelry–

by posting in our “Introductions” thread or the “Ear Party” thread in our SotHF Rav group, (or leaving a comment here if you don’t have a Ravelry account.)

We’re keeping the contest open until…Sept 15th, 2014! 11:59 pm (PST) so come post & enter!

[If you already own Charm packs 1,2, and 3, then RS will gift you an equal value pattern from your wish-list.]

TinyKiwi gets further along on her “Follow the Spiders” hat.

RambunctiouSky works more on her Knitmore Girls Vanilla Socks by Jasmin Canty (available for free,) but has to wait to take measurements.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s  a F.O.!

Pieces of Eight mitts are finished! It’s a free pattern, but it’s not entirely clearly written so RS re-wrote the pattern. All things considered, RS likes the pattern and plans to make more.

TK does an un-paid advertisement for Dip Dabs, and wishes she’d get a sponsorship from them, just so that she could get free Dip Dabs. ❤

Brainy Moments (10:24)

RS talks about grafting and when you can avoid Kitchener Stitch grafting (because that produces stockinette stitch).  We talk about the value of practicing grafting to overcome fear.

Hyperventilate (14:46)

TK talks about the joy of finding a snippet of Colin Firth at the end of an old version of The Secret Garden (1987) that she watched as a kid. Colin Firth ~swoon~ Mister Yummy Man himself. God he looks so young! It’s available on YouTube at the moment if you care to take a gander.

TK also finds the addictive blog:  geekcrafts.com

RS finds and becomes addicted to David Attenborough’s documentaries to knit along with.

We talk about weird bird habits.

Shiny (and Books) (19:24)

TK gets the book Landscape Plants For California Gardens: An Illustrated Reference of Plants for California Landscapes by Bob Perry, and loves it. #DontTellTheBoyfriendIBoughtIt is becoming my new favorite hashtag, apparently.

RS has a shiny new cardigan!

She also checks out Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A Novel by Haruki Murakami from her local library, and reads it in two days.

Walks in the Urban Wilderness with a hint of I Spy (28:04)

RS goes for a hike, and visits a botanic garden in her area (and learns about Coast Live Oaks!) Lizards.

[TK needs texts from RS to put on sunscreen, and RS needs texts from TK to walk more. New goals!]

TK wears out her feet running around at a temp job, and gets to garden with Ginger (white and yellow flowered varieties,) Red Zonal Pelargoniums (aka Geraniums). She gets her regular day of gardening in, plus one extra, and one hard hot day of setting up tables in the sun, followed by 8 hours at the temp job the next day. If she had a goal for steps, she’d have met it!  She also sees boths Anna’s and Allen’s Hummingbirds.

Sorry of all the noise on TK’s end. The boyfriend was too busy making food to be quiet, and she kindly didn’t want him to starve while waiting.

TK tries to face her fear of Grasshoppers (and anything that looks like one) by picking them up and feeding them to chickens.
She also sees the cutest jumping spider! It looked like a gold spray-painted jewel.

RS remembers she finally saw a spider in the web tornado it’s built.

Ear Party (39:11)

RS talks about Feminist Lesbian Stand-Up Comedy show called Put Your Hands Together run by Cameron Esposito? Ask RS for more info and Wam Bam Pow! podcast

TK once again touts the virtues of The Weasley Sisters’ Podcast, ❤ listens to a few books on tape, Keith Urban, and “Archie Powell and the Exports”.

Random Remnants (44:40)

TK talks about taking apart our Grandparents’ old Automatic Stereophonic Solid-State “Portable” Magnavox Record Player. (Plays up to 6 records! No tubes to service!)

The sound tanks a bit here until the microwave turns off. Dang you SKYYYYYPE!

RS lines a bag she made TK and mails it out to her! Sneaky presents!

RS waaaades through boxes of family photos, and plants Gardenias.

We go over the contest rules and talk about the KAL.

Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 13- Tangential Sister Power!

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report

RambunctiouSky is working on her orange and grey striped socks.

TinyKiwi is ripping seams on her vintage fabric headband. Oh tragedy! Hopefully next week will be take 2!

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

TK is sneaky and got her Fibonerdy Shawl done!

TK's Fibonerdy

RS finished her Sashiko sweater! Bottom half fits, top half is a little loose, but overall she’s pleased.

RS's Sashiko

This time the links are to our personal project pages on Ravelry, now that we’ve finally finished them, so click on through for more pictures!

We talk about how this term in the Harry Potter Knit Crochet House Cup went for us in relation to over planning as well as ideas for next term.

Brainy Moments

RS references episode four of the Knit.fm podcast “Buttonholes and Bands.” She tried and used both the double yarn over and the one row buttonholes. Lots and lots about buttonholes.

TK decorated a Moleskine journal with an image from Mark Laita’s book Serpentine using sticker paper and book tape.

Shiny

TK enjoys Bengal Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings.

Hyperventilate

Knotwork buttons, needlwork on collars, and keeping clothes closed without zippers.

Books to Stick Your Nose In

Hawks in Flight by Dunnee, Sibley, and Sutton and Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan.

I Spy

RS saw Wood Ducks and saw Western Scrub Jays while out hiking.

Ear Party

Patsy Klein “Crazy” & “I Fall to Pieces”

Conway Twity “Hello Darling”

Delta Spirit found from Dooce.

Walks in the Urban Wilderness

TK gets her walks in and ups her goals to add relaxation exercises!

Iyengar yoga

Random Remnants

Garbology

Sisters of the Holy Fiber – Episode 11 – Kiwi Monocle

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Progress Report

RS works on some striped vanilla socks. Sleeves are done and pieces are sewn together on her Sashiko Cardigan. TK is knitting the Fibonerdy Shawl. The Color Affection Shawl is everywhere. TK is making more buttons with vintage fabric and turning them into rings. Very pretty!

Brainy Moments (10:12)

“Jogless stripes” blog post from Tech Knitter. RS is using Traveling Jogless Stripes for socks. TK makes a container for holding needle files out of a glass jar, a piece of crochet fabric, and a plastic drain to keep tools handy and organized.

Shiny! (17:37)

RS shows a few of the different skeins of 2,000 yards of organic heathered gray bulky wool yarn for a future blanket. One of the blanket patterns RS is considering is the Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket by Elizabeth Zimmerman and she mentions Umaro. TK went crazy at the craft store and returned with skull beads and little black felt hats. We mention Lolita style.

Books to Stick Your Nose In (27:55)

TK continues reading the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

I Spy! (28:21)

RS went to the beach and saw a sea lion swimming in the surf, an invertebrate (probably some kind of snail), a large black fish, and a snowy egret. The Oak Titmice are the ones that make the “tweetweetweetweetwee.” TK saw great blue herons nesting in palms, a flyby pheobe, squirrels, house sparrows, a red tail hawk, hummingbirds, and lots of pill bugs.

Ear Party (33:29)

TK listens to the blues with Billy Holiday singing Pennies from Heaven and Ma Rainey.

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (36:21)

RS gets her walks in, including walking to work, but no yoga. TK got her four walks in AND is working out while volunteering in the garden!

Random Remnants (41:10)

RS relates a story about teaching loud and soft to first graders and students relating to the material through monster trucks. TK discovers some new cds in a car junkyard. Score! TK makes her own Ravelry “Hello My Name is” button. We make a vow to go to Stitches someday. TK shares her Kiwi Monocle.

Sisters of the Holy Fiber – Episode 10 – I Learneded It Good

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Progress Report

TinyKiwi works more on her Fibonerdy Shawl, and despairs of getting it finished by the end of the month.
TK tries out a scrapbooker’s glue on her potion jar earring stoppers. Hopefully it works!
She then also shows off some of her patterned fabric stash, most of which was originally intended for purses, but TK’s trying to get rid of purses, not make more…so she’s trying to think of something else to do with the fabric.

Rambunctiousky makes good progress on her Sashiko Cardi! Sleeves are cast off, but yarn isn’t cut until they get blocked to make sure that they fit. If not, math may be in her future!
RS also works on a washcloth! The ubiquitous washcloth…
As follow-up from last week, there is also progress on her kiwi cross-stitch bookmark–it’s over half-done now, although RS now remembers that cross-stitch always takes longer than one thinks it will, and fights her need to make her stitches perfect. Sneaky cross-stitch!

RS finally casts on socks for her partner Terri in Knit Picks Stroll. Cast on one cuff. We mention Terri’s previous socks in the Herringbone pattern from Around the World in Knitted Socks by Stephanie van der Linden.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s FOs! (12:34)

TK has one small finished object this week, which is kind of a continuation of last week…but we’ll let her get away with it. She took the shank-less button she made from her grandpa’s shirt fabric scraps, and hot-glued an adjustable ring shank to the back of it. Voila! Instant vintage fabric ring.

Brainy Moments (16:23)

RS talks about wet blocking vs. steam blocking, and shares a link that she’s found useful to a video on youtube about steam blocking your knits. She’s going to use steam blocking for piecing together the parts of her sweater.

Shiny! (20:14)

TK gets new potions jars, including some weird…memory capsules? She’s not quite sure what to do with those guys, so if you have ideas or a link to a pinterest idea, do share!

She also gets  more “cotton crochet thread” to finish up some wristers/wrist-warmers based on a section of the Tracery vest pattern by Kathleen Sperling out of the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine

RS shares the tip that using wool for stranded knitting is better, ’cause the scales of the wool fiber help keep things in their proper places, but as TK’s weaving in as she goes, this property is not as important.

Hyperventilate (29:25)

Murder She Wrote TV series with actress Angela Lansbury. RS talks about episode 2.5 “Sing a Song of Murder.”

Books to Stick Your Nose In (31:50)

TK reads the 5th book in the Mercy Thompson series, called Silver Borne, by Patricia Briggs.

She also reviews One Yard Wonders by Yaker and Hoskins, and shares the errata for the book (of which there’s a lot!) This book has so many mistakes that it’s really better as an idea book, more than a pattern book.
TK also shares the tidbit that interfacing is best when washed, as well as shares a link on the importance of washing (certain kinds) of interfacing, from the sewing blog Male Pattern Boldness. She also talks about pre-shrinking your interfacing by steaming it with the iron (like when you steam block) to keep it from being bubbly when you attach it to your pattern fabric.

Here’s a link to the Japanese book of simple bag patterns that TK talks about: (基礎からていねいに) 手づくりバッグレッスン  “From the ground up, handmade bag lessons” with it’s lovely pictorial instructions. ❤

RS requests a WIP bag that’d hold two sweaters.  TK may comply or might get lazy! There’s a 50/50 chance!

I Spy! (44:12)

TK hears a Flicker/Woodpecker, and sees a Kestrel, House Sparrows, Hummingbirds and some Red Tailed Hawks having a disagreement of sorts.

RS lures in Juncos and a mystery bird…perhaps a Towhee?

Ear Party (50:02)

TK recommends the CD “Dark of Days” by Bourbon Princess, a sort of lo-fi slowed down alt-rock/funk/jazzy group that’s kind of hard to pin to a genre. The lead singer Monique Ortiz has a deep smokey voice and plays the bass, with saxophone, drums and guitar filling up the rest of the sound. TK usually feels sax makes a piece sound very dated, and that it’s often an overpowering sound, but for some reason I dig it in Bourbon Princess (and Morphine.)

She’s also been listening to Fitz and the Tantrums’ “Out of My League”

RS is still digging on Kasey Musgraves, (not Musgrove as we thought last week! Sorry Kasey!)  We worry a little about the hyper-sexualization in her videos, but without knowing the intention, we try to avoid passing judgement.

RS is a sneaky teacher using “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg from the Peer Gynt suite to introduce musical concepts to her students.

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (56:58)

TK falls short of her goals, with only 3 sessions this week, but as she busted her buns gardening on Tuesday, she’s not really sweating missing the mark a little.

RS gets her two walks and a (questionable) yoga session in!

Random Remnants (59:31)

We start tangenting talking about yoga, and the benefits of doing something aerobic in a class, as it forces you to work harder for longer in a way you don’t on your own.

TK expresses her disappointment that the fabric paint she got is just Puffy Paint in disguise.   She’s still searching for an easy way to do something similar to silk-screening.
TK also talks more about the iron-on letters from a different episode, and her trepidation with working with them, but thankfully she found a tutorial, so hopefully she’ll get working with them soon.

RS makes cream-puffs and dreams of her own chef knives! She tries to convince TK to do a knife-sharpening demo…which really just depends on whether or not TK remembers!

And that’s all for this week, folks! Thanks for watchin’/listenin’!

Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 8- Zebra Sweaters

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Progress Report (0:50)

RambunctiouSky makes significant progress on her Sashiko Cardi–Look at all that progress–fronts and backs done! Now it’s time for two-at-a-time sleeves!

RS  mentions The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd, although she couldn’t remember it’s name, so here’s the link!
She’s also working on an owl plushie but needs to make some felt eyes, so it’s sitting on the WIPs shelf for now.

TinyKiwi reaches the 50% mark for the row count on her Fibonerdy Shawl! She shows her progress on the octopus knee-warmers, but admits they may not get done… her enthusiasm for this project is waning.  She also finally breaks down and uses her fabric button maker, and starts making little Harry Potter-inspired potions jar charms. RS wants some!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s FOs! (15:12)

TK counts her one button as a finished object, in her desperation to showcase something finished. 😛

Shiny! (18:01)

RS got her yarn that she bought from a destash! Show-and-tell time!


Blue Moon Fiber Arts “Socks that Rock Lightweight”
Numma numma “The Special”,
Sanguine Gryphon “Bugga!”

RS learns things from Knit.FM Podcast

TK mentions Hermione’s Everyday Socks, but RS was thinking of the Narcissa Socks (also awesome) from the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Magazine.

Hyperventilate (27:06)

RS keeps watching and enjoying more Murder She Wrote

TK’s hyperventilate this week blends into:

Books to Stick Your Nose In (with Brainy Moment Tangent!) (21:24)

TK’s button book that she shows off: 手づくりくるみボタンの本 which is full of cute ideas for embroidered, painted and crocheted fabric buttons.  We both geek out a little bit. Stay tuned next week to see what TK ends up making out of this book.

We discuss “best” ways to attach buttons to knit fabric. Our consensus is to use a backing button, but if you have any other ideas, we’d love to hear them!

I Spy! (35:30)

TK sees Crows & Hummingbirds, hears Mockingbirds, and sees Ash trees in need of some TLC/pruning.

RS isn’t a fan of meadows, but sees some cool ….

INSECT/SPIDER WARNING! Skip to time stamp (39:48) if you can’t stand that kinda talk, and skip the rest of this paragraph. Ok…so she saw some cool brown spiders all along the side of the path in their in-ground lairs. So cool!

Phew! It’s safe now! Never let it be said that we don’t care about you, dear listeners! ❤

RS also sees something that she thinks is a Junco, but isn’t entirely sure.

Ear Party (44:59)

TK’s been listening to old American folk music like Leadbelly’s I’m Alone Because I Love You, and here’s the wiki link to the song “In the Pines/Black Girl/Where Did You Sleep Last Night” so you can see the progression of the song’s lyrics, like TK was trying to talk about.
Then there’s the blues singer/guitarist Lightnin Hopkins with “A Man Like Me is Hard to Find
TK recommends you spend some time listening to everything you can find by both these guys. She also talks about some of the music from the soundtrack “O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Then TK talks about Slavic Soul Party, with their version of Opa Cupa (or Opa Tsupa) being a favorite of TK’s (although the female vocalist isn’t part of the band,) and Gogol Bordello…for which TK gave up finding a song of theirs with G-rated lyrics (they have some, but they’re not easy to find on the YouTubes), so she recommends the very NSFW Huliganjetta, which although it’s a great song, comes with a very strong language warning. Advisory! It’s got a couple of curse words.

RS finds a new podcast through the Knitmore Girls, called Geeky Girls Knit Podcast, which is also another mother-daughter podcast.  We can dig it!

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (52:38)

TK hit within her flex goal (4-7), with 5 walks this week, while RS met her goal of 2, and adds one yoga session to her weekly goal.

Random Remnants (54:49)

Then we’re back to slightly bad video/sound for a bit as TK rambles on about sewing some new pillowcases, maybe for the Headmistress’ Challenge??

RS talks about her new vegetarian cooking class.  Different teaching styles, ftw? Ftw!

And that’s all for this week, folks!

Sisters of the Holy Fiber – Episode 6 – Strangers in the Night

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Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report (0:25)

Tiny Kiwi goes ahead and starts her “wacky knee warmers” project, which she thinks is going to be an octopus for one knee, and fish for the other, but as she’s winging it–we’ll see! Also, progress is made on her Fibonerdy shawl. The colors are working well together! Phew! Mad cackling  ensues, but that might be because TK is part mad-scientist.

TK also talks about an on-going paper-cutting project (there really needs to be a better term for this craft! (In fact, there are several nicer-sounding words, but they’re all in other languages! (and pretty much mean the same as paper-cutting!)(Parenthesis in parenthesis! (Oh the humanity!)))) TK likes annoying language formalists, even though she’s an amateur linguist. ❤  What is language for but to bend to our will?

Moving on!

Rambunctious Sky is plugging away on her Sashiko cardigan. The back is knit and a good portion of the front right side. RS is a knitting machine! She also talks about the saggy nature of silk, and the benefits of working things in pieces. We discuss options for knitted toys for a baby shower.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Finished Objects! (8:50)

TK finally shows off her Mullein Leaves Phone Cosy–even though it was finished a few weeks ago–as she promptly lost it in a purse! It was an experiment in crocodile stitch, and needs a few more incarnations before TK will really like it, so she’s sending it off to RS!

Hyperventilate! (10:12)

TK talks about two blogs she recommends: The Tearoom of Despair–mostly comic and movie reviews
& Hermione’s Garden (Although it doesn’t appear to update anymore, sadly!) which is one person’s look at herbs, their past, and their uses.  TK is mostly stuck on the idea, more than the execution.

RS geeks out about the GoodReader app for iPad, which she uses to mark up her knitting patterns. The app allows you to write on and mark up pdfs using text, highlighting, boxes, arrows, note tabs, lines, and more. Good for teachers, knitters, or those who just like to deface their own PDFs! Wooo!

Books to Stick Your Nose In (17:25)

TK recommends the aptly, if succinctly, named Tropicals by Gordan Courtright, a book on tropical plants that are used in landscaping, & the New Zealand comic series Footrot Flats by Murray Ball, which is a favorite in our family.

RS talks more about the contents of The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, and we note the parallels between the short story in that and Fahrenheit 451.

Brainy Moments (26:08)

Link to a Chinese paper cutting of a bird, similar to what TK mentioned

TK makes a bamboo pressing tool to help her in her paper crafting

RS talks about the modifications she’s made on the selvage edges of her Sashiko, so that they seam up nicer.  She re-asserts it’s OK to modify your patterns!

We also talk about how TK calls RS in the midnight hour when she’s panicking about a dropped or missing stitch or something.  A true story, or as TK says, “Tru Fax.”

I Spy (33:36)

RS is visited by an Oak Titmouse, and laughs at her cat chit-chattering at it. We also get a cameo from RS’s other cat, Sweetie, who has perfected the “not-amused” look that Timber is an amateur at, comparatively. Sweetie’s the little old lady of the cat world. ❤

TK talks about the adult raccoon she saw, and her part-time-lover/time-share cat of her landlord, Felix.  If you ever hear her talk about “my old man,” she’s not talking about her boyfriend, she’s talking about her borrowed cat. They’ve been friends for 15+ years, so they have a lot of history. ❤

Ear Party (38:08)

TK listens to Dry & Dusty by Fever Ray, and pretty much loves all of Karin  Dreijer Andersson’s work, both independently in Fever Ray, and in the duo The Knife, which is her and her brother.

RS recommends the Downcast app, for managing your podcasts and making playlists, & recommends the podcast knit.fm

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (43:27)

TK only meets her minimum goal, with 4 walks this week. It’s been a schlub-y week.

RS gets in her two, despite (finally!) recovering from illness. Yay!

Aaaand we accidentally move on to…
Random Remnants! (44:33)

We laugh at a “modern” take on Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte

TK reviews the purple ORLY nailpolish… color is Elizabeth #534…beautiful color, but chips easy at the tips of her fingers.  Holding up pretty well on toes, though.

RS talks about the spinach soup she made out of the vegetarian cookbook The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen …TK suggests possibly adding konbu seaweed.

And that’s all for this week, folks! Thanks for joining us!