Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Episode 8: This Is the Shawl That Never Ends


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Chit Chat
Happy holidays! There are only 5 days until Christmas and we chat about getting ready for the holiday's. Kimberly's hubby Muffin still needs to do his shopping for her. This year both pf us have most of our gift getting under control.

WIP It



Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Lady Dye Yarns Superwash Merino and Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted
Saroyan by Liz Abinante in Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Polygala
Kimberly started a baby blanket of her own pattern in Sweetgeorgia Superwash Sport

FO Sho


Hinagiku Hat by 87Cafe in Manos Silk Blend color 3113 Wildflowers
Kimberly's Hinagiku Hat


2 x Irish Hiking Beanie by iknit2purl2, first in Debbie Stoller Alpaca Love in Teal (CO 96st) size US8 needle and second hat in Patons Classic Wool in Navy (CO 84st) with a US6 needle
Thuy’s Irish Hiking Beanie #1 and #2

Queued
Nothing queued for either Kimberly or Thuy!


Retail Therapy




Kimberly received a great Secret Santa gift that included Madelinetosh ToshDK Moonstone and a and Pom Pom Maker from GatherLA (Large)
Curls by Hunter Hammersen
Sock Architecture by Lara Neel

Sew What




Kimberly's Sew LA class is finished and she made four living room pillows, two light blue with birds, two orange and white swirls.

Year in Review
In this section we review our crafting in 2014. Kimberly had a good crafting year. She used most of the yarn that she bought and sold yarn that she wasn't in love with anymore. She's also proud of herself for sewing more this year. While neither of us loves sewing, we are starting to like it more and Kimberly hopes that she will one day sew an elaborate Halloween costume. One of the reasons we started the podcast was to help up focus more on knitting this year and it's worked pretty well. Kimberly thinks that 2014 was a good year for knitting and crafting.

Thuy thinks she did pretty well this year in knitting and crafting. Some of the bulky yarns may be repurposed as accessories or might be sold as the SoCal weather isn't practical for bulky wool yarns.

We are both really glad that we started the podcast and are having a lot of fun being a part of the knitting community in a new way and are grateful for all of our listeners.

Reading
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography audiobook by Neil Patrick Harris
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Watching
True Detective Season 1 finished
Kimberly might start Bates Motel. She is still mourning Selfie.

Happy holidays, everyone!  We'll see in you 2015!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Episode 7: Winter Is Coming


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WIP It
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Lady Dye Yarns Superwash Merino and Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted


Hinagiku Hat by 87Cafe in Manos Silk Blend color 3113
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe So Sporty
Grenadine by Amy Christoffers in Cascade 220 Heathers in Bronzed Green (2446)
Saroyan by Liz Abinante in Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Polygala

FO Sho
Happy Happy Joy Joy Hat by Melissa Strajda in Malabrigo Merino Worsted leftovers in Stone Blue and Cuarenta

Queued
Nola’s Slippers by Nola Miller
Knop by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Events



Unwind Holiday Extravaganza recap
Knitted Wit
Lantern Moon
Interlacements
Porto's Bakery


Purlescence Pajama Jammy Jam Recap

Up next: Stitches West February 19 - 22, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center

Retail Therapy



5 Form Pillows from JoAnns during sale - 16x16
Lantern Moon small basket
Stimpy Lab Warm DK superwash merino in The SuburbsCascade Heritage Silk in Cerulean
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Whiskey Barrel and Moonstone
Jamieson Shetland Spindrift in Autumn and Leaf
Woolfolk Far
Fiber from Spun Right Round - Rambouillet in Birthday and Targhee in Circus
2 skeins of Must Stash Yarn Helluva Skein in Pomaika'i

Discussion: Gifts for Knitters
Thuy and Kimberly discuss ideas for knitters in your life or things to add to your own wishlist.
knitting classes
notions like pom pom makers, cable needles and stitch markers
Fringe Supply Co.
swift
ball winder
project bags
gift cards

Sew What



Kimberly took a sewing class at SewLA on throw pillows and made two pillows out of purple and yellow flower fabric.
Thuy made two project bags using the Open Wide Zippered Pouch using the tutorial by Noodlehead.

Reading
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane
The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver (April 2015)

Watching
Godzilla (2014)
True Detective Season 1

Happy holidays!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Episode 6: Ladies of Leisure


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WIP It
Kimberly
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Lady Dye Yarns Superwash Merino and Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted

Thuy
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Ewe Ewe Ewe So Sporty
Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure (free) in Knit Picks Hawthorne in Montavilla
Knitted Patchwork Recipe blanket from Martine Ellis using various fingering weight scraps

FO Sho
Kimberly had no FOs this week.

Thuy




handspun hat made from Sunshine Yarns SW Merino Roving in Wildflowers
made up pattern - CO 48 stitches, 2x2 ribbing, then stockinette, added a pom pom

Queued
Thuy
The Indie Gift A-Long has begun! Check out the group page for details on what designers are participating. Stock up and save 25% on participating patterns.
Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B Anderson

Retail Therapy
Kimberly bought a bunch of new fabric from Joanns! This is for a decorative pillow class she is taking at Sew LA.



Thuy
2 skeins Bijou Basin Ranch Himalayan Trail yak/merino in Ruby (Outlander colorway)
2 skeins of Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso fingering yarn in Franken-Zombody and If They Kill Rick


Review
We review 3 Skeins Or Less by Tanis Gray

Events
Unwind Holiday Extravaganza
http://unwindyarn.com/classes/unwind-holiday-extravaganza
UNWIND HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Saturday, November 15, 2014
11:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Purlescence Yarns Pajama Jammy Jam
Friday November 28, 2014
6am - closing

We had a knitting party a couple of weeks ago and recorded a little bit of audio from it. We interviews some of our friends and here's what they were working on.
Peggy (pingdot) is working on the Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker out of Inner Yarn Zen SW fingering yarn in Enchanted
Alethea (frootjoos) is working on the Wandren Scarf by Carina Spencer out of Bernat yarn
Aly is working on a crochet blanket with a shell stitch pattern out of Caron Simply Soft for her father

Spin Right Round
Thuy
2 oz 100% Polworth from Blarney Yarn in Aquamarine

Sew What
Kimberly made project bags using the Very Shannon Tutorial for the Bonnie Drawstring Project Bag tutorial. Bird fabric is “June Song” by The Alexander Henry Fabric Collection 2010.

Reading
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
**Sorry - Thuy had the wrong title to the Nalini Singh book she read. It's Archangel’s Shadows, not Archangel's Storm, by Nalini Singh
As You Wish by Cary Elwes - audiobook (borrowed from Kimberly)

Watching
Big Hero 6
Interstellar (both Thuy and Kimberly saw this film)
Dumb and Dumber To
Kimberly expresses her sadness that Selfie has been cancelled.

Ice cream!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Episode 5: A Loose Woman


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Announcements
Twisted Stitches is on Instagram and Facebook! These accounts will mostly be used for official blog announcements. We try not to double up on posts so if you follow us on these accounts and our personal accounts, you will be getting different content from each.

Chit Chat
Kimberly discusses her trip to Toronto. After seeing the film What If, she really wanted to visit The Purple Purl. However, she was not able to get there but did find the Americo Original yarn store. They had many beautiful yarns and you can order online as well.

WIP It
Kimberly
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Lady Dye Yarns Superwash Merino and Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted as part of the Double Deco KAL hosted by Ewe Ewe Yarns. And we were wrong, the Double Deco KAL actually ends November 11.

Both Thuy and Kimberly won prizes in the Double Deco KAL! Woohoo! Kimberly won two patterns - the Volcano Cowl and the Melt Slouch Hat, both by Leah Coccari-Swift. Thuy won 3 skeins of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted in Pistachio to make the Cloudy With a Chance of Weather Scarf.

Thuy
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Ewe Ewe Ewe So Sporty as part of the Double Deco KAL hosted by Ewe Ewe Yarns.
Saroyan by Liz Abinante in Malabrigo Worsted Polygala
Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure (free) in Knit Picks Hawthorne in Montavilla, US 1 (2.50mm) for ribbing

FO Sho
No FOs for Kimberly this week

Thuy

The BOO! Crew by Susan Claudino in Knit Picks Sock Landscape in Spring Prairie (Don of the Dead variation) for her Nov swap partner

Queued
Kimberly
Traveling Cable Hat by Purl Soho (free)

Baby Blanket using and eyelet stitch pattern from Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard using Sweetgeorgia Yarn Superwash Sport in Wetcoast Winter
Casting on 152 plus 4 stitches on each side for the edges

Thuy
Tortuga Twist by Christi Payne (turtelgirl76). You can also get her Double Gusset Heel pattern for free. I learned about the pattern from the Carolina Fiber Girls Socktober special episode.

15 hats for 15 - Joining the challenge created by Stash and Burn as discussed in Episode 142: Sonic Circus, using hashtag #15for15.

Events
WEFF
Our yearly fund-raiser is held on the first Sunday of November in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. In addition to the over 30 fiber-related vendors, there is a fashion show, door prizes, demos, exhibits and sales of guild members’ work.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Free Parking, Admission $10 (Cash only) includes 10 door prize tickets*

Unwind Holiday Party
http://unwindyarn.com/classes/unwind-holiday-extravaganza
UNWIND HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Saturday, November 15, 2014
11:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sew What



Thuy made a large project bag using the Hold Everything pattern from the Quilt-It website.

Thuy also made yarn sleeves from various stretchy fabric blends, modeled after sleeves from The Lemonade Shop. And it looks like The Lemonade Shop is making yarn sleeves for sale now.

Retail Therapy




Thuy
Knit Picks Hawthorne fingering sock yarn in Montavilla
Knitters Curiosity Cabinet Vol 2 & Vol 3 by Hunter Hammersen
Spinner’s Book of Fleece by Beth Smith
Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in The Slutty Pumpkin

Reading & Watching
Reading
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins - Collections of short stories for Christmas time. Fave stories are those by Stephanie Perkins and Rainbow Rowell.
Faery Tales and Nighmares by Melissa Marr - Collections of short stories in the Wicked Lovely world
Horns by Joe Hill
Pride of Bagdhad by Brian K Vaughan and Nico Henrichon

Watching
The Mindy Project Season 1

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta Recap


Hi, everyone! Just popping in for a quick post to tell you a little bit about the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta that I attended a couple of weeks ago. I don't want to get too details since I recapped the whole thing in Episode 4, but I had some fun pics that I wanted to share for those who might not follow me on Instagram

My friend P and I arrived at the Air & Steam Engine Museum around 10am right when it opened. We were greeted with this sign.


Not sure why, but this cracks me up. I did not have to dodge any tractors, thankfully. We made a single round of the vendors when we got there, stopping to fondle everything. There were some really great indie dyers at the show. Some of my favorites are below.

Knittter's Brewing Company

Candy Skein

more Candy Skein

Silly Sheep Fibers
Lazer Sheep Yarns

Inner Yarn Zen

There was also a really cool weaving barn with a bunch of looms. Some were really old while some looked more modern. I have never done any weaving before but hanging out with the looms certainly got me curious about it. I don't have the space for it but maybe one day...



Then we had lunch, which was the pulled pork special. It wasn't my favorite pulled pork ever but it was still tasty. And mmmm, BBQ sauce. 


We also saw alpacas! They were super cute. I wish I could have taken a couple of them home.



I had a really fun time and I would definitely go back next year. If you want more info, please visit the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta website.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Episode 4: A Hat for Andre the Giant


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WIP It
Kimberly
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Lady Dye Yarns Superwash Merino and Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted as part of the Double Deco KAL hosted by Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Thuy
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Ewe Ewe Ewe So Sporty as part of the Double Deco KAL hosted by Ewe Ewe Yarns.
Saroyan by Liz Abinante in Malabrigo Worsted Polygala
The BOO! Crew by Susan Claudino (Don of the Dead variation) in Knit Picks Sock Landscape in Spring Prairie

FO Sho
Kimberly
Star Crossed Slouchy Beret 1 and 2 hat by Natalie Larson both in Malabrigo Worsted. One in Taureg for Cyndi and one in Pollen for a Christmas gift.

Thuy

Newborn Vertebrae sweater by Kelly Brooker in mystery sock yarn



Queued
Kimberly
baby blanket using a stitch pattern out of Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard using Sweetgeorgia Superwash Sport in Wetcoast Winter

Thuy
Autumn in Garrison hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B Anderson

Event Recap
Thuy recaps the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta

Retail Therapy
Thuy
Republic of Wool Twist Fingering Sock Yarn in Grand Budapest
The Lemonade Shop Rainbow Stripe Sock Yarn in Stormy Day
The Lemonade Shop Rainbow Stripe Sock Yarn in Peach Speckled
Lazer Sheep Yarns Fingering in Dead Sheep
The Fiber Ranch 50/50 Superwash Merino/Tussah Silk (1.5oz)
The Fiber Ranch 60/40 White Alpaca/Tussah Silk (8oz)
Spinning Tales and Other Yarns batt in hot pink/purple/sparkle BFL/Merino (2.6oz)



Reading & Watching
Kimberly
Beware the Wild by Natalie C Parker
Andre the Giant: Live and Legend by Box Brown (graphic novel)
Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
Game by Barry Lyga (sequel is Blood of My Blood)
Immortal by JR Ward
Dracula Untold
Gotham Season 1
Hannibal Season 2 

Happy fall, everyone!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

I Love Yarn Day!


Today is I Love Yarn Day and we here at Twisted Stitches really, really love yarn. Go to the I Love Yarn Day Facebook page for more info and to see what Yarn Day events are going on near year. Unfortunately I don't think I will be able to participate in any of today's local events but I will be knitting tonight and fondling some yarn. 

What are you doing to celebrate?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Episode 3: Totally Magical


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WIP It
Kimberly
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Lady Dye Yarns Superwash Merino and Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted as part of the Double Deco KAL hosted by Ewe Ewe Yarns. The KAL officially stars on Oct 1, 2014 and you can purchase kits from Unwind Yarn in Burbank, CA.

Thuy
Newborn Vertebrae sweater by Kelly Brooker in mystery sock yarn
Double Deco Shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift in Ewe Ewe Ewe So Sporty as part of the Double Deco KAL hosted by Ewe Ewe Yarns.
Saroyan by Liz Abinante in Malabrigo Worsted Polygala

FO Sho
Kimberly
Super Easy Baby Blanket from by purlsoho in Cascade 220 Superwash Aran.

Thuy
had no FOs this week.

Queued
Kimberly
Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson in Malabrigo Worsted Tuareg

Thuy
The BOO! Crew by Susan Claudino
Hat Season by Joji Locatelli

Retail Therapy
Kimberly 
tips and cables for her Addi interchangeable needle set from Stitch Cafe

Thuy
Fall/Winter 2014 issue of amirisu from Unwind Yarn
3 Skeins or Less by Tanis Gray

Review
We reviewed Rowan 56

Sew What
Kimberly made project bags using the Very Shannon Tutorial for the Reversible Sock Knitting Bag.
Thuy made project bags using the Drawstring Project Bag Tutorial by It's Me, Sarah. Her orange zombie fabric is by Alexander Henry and can be found here.

Events
Thuy will be attending the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta in Vista, CA taking place Oct 11-12, 2014.

Reading & Watching
Kimberly
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Season 1 of Masters of Sex

Thuy
Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh
Season 1 of The Killing
Gotham

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I Blame Kimberly

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I bought some new fabric last weekend. I blame this all on Kimberly because she decided to be productive and make project bags from her fabric stash. I don't know about you, but I have been obsessed with project bags lately. I stalk Etsy and Instagram for cool new project bags and make up imaginary shopping lists in my head.

I have a large fabric stash myself but realized recently that I don't love sewing. I like the things you can make with it but the process is not very fun for me. So my fabric was just languishing in my apartment when suddenly Kimberly told me that she was on a mission to use her fabric and make some project bags. While I thought this was a good idea, it didn't make me want to bust out by sewing machine. Then Kimberly needed some contrasting fabric and asked me to go to Joann's with her. While there, I purchased more fabric! Halloween is near and they had some awesome zombie fabric (I love zombie stuff) and I could not resist. Still, even after purchasing this fabric, I planned to just put it in my stash and not sew with it anytime soon. Then she sent me this.



Aren't they adorable? After seeing her pics, I decided that maybe I would just try to make one project bag again, just to practice.  Although I messed up a lot, the end result was a pretty cute sock bag (yes, we both stashed the same fabric, unbeknownst to the other).


Making it was a pretty arduous process and I thought I was done with sewing for a while. But I really, really wanted my zombie bag for Halloween and I felt that I could make the bag faster this time since had messed up so much on my first bag. So, crazy person that I am, the next night I just started cutting for a new project bag, this one slightly larger.


Zombies!!! I love this one because who doesn't want to knit with zombies?

I don't want to give too much away because Kimberly and I plan on talking about our sewing adventures on the next podcast but I'll leave you with the two tutorials that we used to make our bags.

Tutorial for Kimberly's bags
Tutorial for Thuy's bags

Do we have any other listeners who like to sew out there?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Episode 2: Unicorn Poop


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WIP It
Kimberly is still working on the Super Easy Baby Blanket from by purlsoho in Cascade 220 Superwash Aran.

Thuy worked on her Zigzagular Socks by Susie White out of Regia Fluoromania in Rainbow. She is also working on a Newborn Vertebrae sweater by Kelly Brooker out of an unknown sock yarn from her stash.

FO Sho
Kimberly finished a 3x3 rib hat and scarf set for her father out of Classic Elite MoutainTop Chalet.

Thuy finished the Escarpment Cowl by bohoknits (Kelly McClure) out of Schachenmayr select Filara.

Spin Right Round
Thuy is spinning 2 oz of 100% Polworth in the Fuschia colorway by Blarney Yarn.

Queued




Thuy and Kimberly will both be participating in the Double Deco Shawl KAL hosted by Ewe Ewe Yarns, pattern by Leah Coccari-Swift. The KAL officially stars on Oct 1, 2014 and you can purchase kits from Unwind Yarn in Burbank, CA.

For her shawl, Kimberly is using Lady Dye Yarns Superwash Merino in Twisted (aka Unicorn Poop) and Ewe Ewe Worsted in Vanilla.

Thuy will be using Ewe Ewe Ewe So Sporty in Berry, Chocolate, Brushed Silver, and Aquamarine. Thuy has also queued Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli.

Retail Therapy
In addition to the yarn Kimberly purchased for the Double Deco KAL, she also picked up Rowan Magazine #50 & #56.

Reading & Watching
Kimberly
Started The Secret Place by Tana French
Masters of Sex
Selfie
How To Get Away With Murder
Red Band Society
Finished Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Hannibal Season 1 finished
Thinking of starting Hannibal Season 2 or True Detective
Sin City 2

Thanks for listening!