Sisters of the Holy Fiber -Episode 25

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Sorry for the sound of wind! TK forgot to turn the fan off! -_-;

Projects of the Moment: WIPs Report

TinyKiwi has almost finished a scrubby washcloth–she’s keeping the ends to weave in for detention next month, or it’d already be done.  It’s based on a nubby flower block out of 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden.
She also works on Miss Jane’s Hat by Heide Petroski. Almost there with the cabled band (hopefully!)

TK works on another rosary, this time with slightly better beads!

RambunctiouSky rips out Terri’s (new) socks and re-casts on in a smaller size.

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

RambunctiouSky is a fount of finished objects, but most importantly she’s finished her Evenstar Shawl! Huzzah!

Origami Place Card written and pictorial directions

RS’s tutorial of how to make the origami place card

RS also made vases out of regular food jars and canning jars by hot gluing a strip of ribbon around the rim with a button accent. She made colorful votive candle holders by gently scuffing the candle holders with sand paper, wrapping in rubber bands, spray painting, and then taking off the rubber bands. Pretty!

Tip! Spray paint is much cheaper at home-improvement stores than at the craft stores–only problem is color selection is isn’t always as extensive.

Brainy Moments (17:32)

RS talks getting the kink out of frogged (re-used) yarn.

RS uses Jeny’s Stretchy Slip Knot Cast-On when re-casting on Socks for Terri.

TK shows how she makes “master-keys” out of eye-pins so she can cut wire to the same length every time while she’s beading.

Hyperventilate (24:50)

RS’s partner is playing through Zelda without a sword.  We also talk about how we enjoy watching people play video games while we craft.

Shiny (26:54)

TK goes on a crazy bead buying spree–so much cuteness.  She ponders making an H.R. Giger Alien-head necklace. Anyone got a spare Alien head?

TK also showcases her “don’t-tell-the-boyfriend-how-much-I-spent” shiny: new skates from SureGrip! Atom wheels! Avenger plates!

RS got new T-pins to block the shawl and a curling iron to make pretty hair.

I Spy (39:28)

RS visits a botanic garden, enjoys a docent lead tour and learns about how hummingbirds always have food throughout the year, as there is always something red blooming. Also, bumblebees! She’s also is going camping later today and expects to have something good to report next week.

TK sees (and loves) Turkey Vultures. Hawk of some sort. Agave? *sigh*

Books to Stick Your Nose In (42:52)

RS has had no time for reading due to above wedding crafting, but is going to re-read Slow River by Nicola Griffith. She bought it off of Better World Books, a good alternative to Amazon, that participates in humanitarian efforts. Check ’em out!

RS also buys new bowls and plates (extra belated shiny!)

TK borrows a book by Nicky Epstein called Knitted Embellishments and talks about all the unexpected fun she’s learned you can have with I-cord. She’s particularly interested in the Celtic knots made of I-cord…

Ear Party (47:42)

TK again enumerates the joys of pop-artist Sia.

Walks in the Urban Wilderness (49:40)

RS has been wedding-focused, so everything took a back burner to that, except the one walk in the botanic garden.

TK walks and gardens and skates (sorta) but has back-slid a little herself.

Random Remnants (51:30)

More placecards!

InkScape is like Photoshop but it’s freeee!

dafont.com has the Mathilde Font that everyone thought was hand-written by RS!

We are also planning a KNIT ALONG! Care of Magical Creatures Bracelet #1 by TinyOwlKnits, so feel free to join us.  We’re hoping to start the 1st of September. Hopefully? Yes! No hoping, it’s happening!

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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!

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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 CuteOverload.com 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.

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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 Pitchfork.com 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 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.