Sisters of the Holy Fiber Episode 6 <Click here to listen to audio only.
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?
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!
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!