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