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.

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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!

SotHF -Episode 7- She’s Always Xena to Me

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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!