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

Sisters of the Holy Fiber Episode 7 <Click here to listen to audio only!

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.
&
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!

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

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?

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!

Sisters of the Holy Fiber Podcast – Episode 002 – Mysterious pieces: No extra charge!

Sisters of the Holy Fiber – Episode 2 <Click here to listen to the show.

Show notes!

Our sound is a little bit mal-synced from our video, so if you’re watching along, sorry!

Projects of the Moment–WIPs Progress Report

Tiny Kiwi is hating Crocodile stitch phone cosy in Disney Princess color, so she’s sending it to Rambunctious Sky

Jane hat progress!

Horribly long tab beginning on Fibonerdy OWL=tedium! Advice is to not do it in black, if you’d like to actually pick up the stitches properly. Learn from TK’s mistakes!

RS shows off her Berroco Linsey linen & cotton yarn in a suspiciously tweedy color. It’s multiple-colored plys though! Don’t get any tweedy ideas.

We talk scientific endeavor–washing linen–Does it really make it softer? Inquiring minds refuse to take word of mouth and must find out for themselves, apparently. (TK tries to connive RS into giving her the yarn instead, as is her way.)
RS us using this yarn to make the Gemini pullover pattern (free on Knitty). It’s a top down raglan style t-shirt.

TK’s mission debacle news…TK goes for adding on crochet socks to her mission proposal (footy knit socks as a backup!)

RS’s OWL news: She shows off a swatch, learns DK weight yarn is not Aran, (don’t get so excited about pretty yarn you’re buying online that you forget to check the weight!) so she has to pick a different pattern.
RS finally makes gauge on a tiny inch of swatch so TK advises, “You need to make a bigger swatch, Madam!” Maths ensue~! So much maths!

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S FO’S! (13:30)

TK’s magical Candy Mug cosy

Strange noises? RS’s partner is rollerblading in the kitchen!

RS’s swatch into hat got done! Sadly, it won’t be for detention points, but at least it’s done. Yey for getting WIPs done!

Things to Hyperventilate Over (18:30)

RS talks about her opera appreciation class. (No homework!)

We discuss how everyone in RS’s class is a senior citizen, as is usual for most of our hobbies.

Puccini’s Turandot and heartbreaking arias

Adventures in Editing! When we talk face to face, we are often talking a mile-a-minute and finish each other’s sentences as we’re so often on the same page. It tends to freak people out a little, and is harder to do on Skype. We’re working on it! Ha ha!

TK shows off the Nautilus shell earrings she got at the artist’s co-op on Molokai, Hawaii.  If you happen to go to Molokai, check ’em out! Help support independent artists, and art in the schools. 🙂

RS ties the nautilus shells into her Sashiko pattern, as it reminds her of fractals in tree branches

TK discusses her fear of RS’s yarn being too 80s

Books ta stick your nose in!

TK starts and finishes the Annotated Northanger Abbey discussed in last week’s podcast. TK discusses her love of Jane Austen, Mr. Tilney, and historical writing. But mostly Mr. Tilney.

RS admits that she might not have as much Jane Austen street cred as TK, and TK admits she’s a a pretty big fan of JA.

TK rants about authors who write Austen sequels poorly, but still solicits information on any sequels that can properly capture the tone of the times.

TK also talks about Patricia Briggs’ “Mercy Thompson” series of were-coyote brain-fluff, if you like supernatural novels that are quick reads.

RS cries over reading Bridges of Madison County, but still recommends it. It’s so realistic that National Geographic apparently gets inquiries about the imaginary man who worked for them. Spoiler alert! He’s a man of fiction! Sigh! All the good men are.

TK re-reads To Kill A Mockingbird, and dislikes it all over again. It’s a good book, but sad and TK isn’t into sad books.

Shiny! New and new-to-us things to show off

RS gets an interchangeable set of needles (sizes 4-11) from KnitPicks…and loves them! Color is Caspian…aka GREEN! Green for SLYTHERIN! Comes with mysterious pieces, no extra charge!!

TK tries hard to convert RS to SLYTHERIN

Yarn! It’s not cotton candy, sadly. ;_;

RS’s new blue yarn/thread intended for making snowflake ornaments. From Daiso.

The Creative Reuse place provides crochet hooks…only 50 cents a piece! No takesy backsies!

TK suggests Stainless Steel welding rods instead of blocking wires, but hasn’t tried yet. It’s **supposed** to be cheaper! RS says she’s used beading wire previously

RS talks using the snowflakes for homework projects, especially for next month.

More OWL talk! A corkscrew of misery!

Brainy Moments–How To, tips & tricks (46:50)

We talk tensioning yarn, and changes we’ve made to lessen pain and hand problems, while increasing tension, without excessive wraps that get stuck on our sweaty hands!

Hand problems are serious! Try different things! You can teach yourself new ways, even if it takes brain power to get there! Take care of your hands. ❤

Hand stretches are great! Do em! ❤ Tangental sisters strike again~!

“NEXT SEGMENT~!”

I Spy: Nature Lovers’ Segment

Slightly Off Topic: Mariachi music training from Jose Hernandez Mariachi Sol de Mexico, who trained them for two days in Mariachi music…

…so RS got to see a natural garden outside a school, where she saw a hummingbird

TK isn’t taken in by supposedly a “cute” hummingbird. She reminds people they are vicious and go for the jugular. They’re cute to get away with their viciousness! (It should be noted that TK isn’t a professional.)
RS also sees one small mystery bird…perhaps a phoebe?

TK hears two birds, but can’t spot them–a Hummingbird, and a Mockingbird, and reminisces about when Mockingbirds didn’t sound like car alarms (when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.)

Music of the Moment

TK’s been listening to Nina Simone, here’s a link to one song on YouTube: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

RS talks about Bill Robinson in the children’s book Rap a Tap Tap
Bill Robinson/Bo Jangles=best tap dancer ever?!?
He was in the movie Stormy weather, with a song by a New Orleans minstrel band which gets stuck in RS’s head after the 6th viewing.

Phew! Thanks for joining us~! See you next time!