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


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.


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
Started The Secret Place by Tana French
Masters of Sex
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!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kung Fu Knits Book Trailer

I just thought I would share this super cute book trailer for Elizabeth Green Musselman's new pattern book, Kung Fu Knits, which comes out next week. She's the host of one of my favorite video casts, Dark Matter Knits.


I think this would be a fun collection to have if you have kids who are into martial arts. That kung fu jacket looks pretty comfy...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Episode 1: Here We Go Again


This week Kimberly is working on the Super Easy Baby Blanket from by purlsoho in Cascade 220 Superwash Aran. She is also working on Guilder by Jared Flood in Cascade 220.

Thuy is working on Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Leuder in Koigu KPPPM. This is for an unofficial knitalong with Instgrammer ashiepoo22. The knitalong uses the hashtag #ighermiones. She is also working on the Escarpment Cowl by bohoknits (Kelly McClure) out of Schachenmayr select Filara.

FO Sho
Kimberly finished the Chevron Baby Blanket by espace tricot out of Cascade 220 Superwash Aran.

Thuy finished the Heirloom Baby Blanket by Madelintosh out of Berrocco Vintage.

Kimberly queued the Big Bad Baby Blanket by Lisa Shobbana Mason.

Thuy queued the Cameo Shawl by Paulina Popiolek.


Kimberly and Thuy discussed their goals for the knitting podcast. Kimberly said that she listens to a lot of podcasts now that she has a longer commute and, since she enjoyed listening to them, she thought it would be fun do a knitting podcast as well. She also wants to get more involved in the knitting community. Thuy agreed with Kimberly and also said that she wanted to try to be more social with her knitting and liked the idea of having regular date to talk about knitting with Kimberly. Both hope that having a podcast will motivate them to make knitting more of a priority.

Retail Therapy
Kimberly is in a buying dry spell and has not added to her stash recently.

Thuy picked up the Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits. She also purchased 2 sock box bags and a Double Double project bag in the Fox fabric during the Chicken Boots sample sale.

Reading & Watching
Kimberly just finished Season 1 of the Fargo television series. She really likes it and says that Martin Freeman does a great Fargo accent. She will be starting the TV series Masters of Sex next. She just finished reading Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre.

Thuy finished reading Possession by JR Ward and is starting Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre. She has been watching Season 1 of Hannibal on Amazon Prime.

Thanks for listening!

Thursday, September 4, 2014