Monday, December 21, 2015

Episode 30: The Knit Awakens


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Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Golden Hickory, Citrus, Lettuce Leaf, Candlewick)
Great Divide Shawl by Michele Brown in Republic of Wool DK Superwash Merino (Plume and Parfait)
Vanilla Socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso (Franken Zombody)
Milanese Lace Topper by tante ehm in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Solid (The “L”)

FO Show
GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley in Rowan Ribbon Twist (Ripple)
Thuy’s GAP-tastic Cowl

Queued
Made with Love and Science
Garter Cable Wristlets by Amy Loberg
Cardigans
3030 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805.569.0531

The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary
Emission Spectra Scarves by Becky Sterns
Celestarium by by Audry Nicklin

Retail Therapy
Kitterly
Hopsalot by tiny owl knits
9 inch clear zipper pouch by Chic-A
Clover Amour Crochet Hook Set
My First Regia
Star Wars Crochet
Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Events
The Rainbows and Unicorns KAL will begin on January 1, 2016. Anything rainbow or unicorn related is eligible. Make it work.
  • Duration: January 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016
  • WIPs count
  • There will be prizes! Stay tuned and visit our Ravelry group for more info.
  • #rainbowsandunicornskal
Reading
When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellison
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E Smith
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

Watching
Star Wars
The Office (U.S.)
Vampire Diaries
Sisters
The Martian
In the Heart of the Sea

Thanks for hanging out with us in 2015. We hope you have a wonderful holiday and we'll see you in January!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Episode 29: Holi-daze


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Great Divide Shawl by Michele Brown in Republic of Wool DK Superwash Merino (Plume and Parfait)
Vanilla Socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso (Franken Zombody)
Clairemore Cowlette by Corrina Ferguson in MJ Yarns Silken DK Weight in Glowing Eel

FO Show
Field Rib Hat by Scott Sholz in Cascade 220 Superwash (859) - US 6s
Thuy’s Field Rib Hat
Declan’s Hat by Samantha Kirby in Cascade 220 Superwash (859) - infant size
Thuy’s Declan’s Hat
1000 Stitches for Syria

Queued
Woodland Knits by tiny owl knits
The Authentic Collection by Joji Locatelli ($22 for 11 patterns)
Retail Therapy
Knit Picks Felici (Baker Street, Tea Party)
Knit Picky Brava Bulky for Jumbo Gnome
Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle Handpaint
Knit Picks Palette
6 skeins Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Holi Festival for a Harvest Cardigan by tincanknits
2 skeins of Hikoo Simplinatural
1 skein Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock SS in Hulk

Events
Future event - Rainbow and Unicorns KAL!
This KAL will be starting on January 1, 2016. There will be prizes! Stay tuned and visit our Ravelry group for more info. #rainbowsandunicornskal

Giveaway Winner
The winner of the sock wedge bag from Sew For Ewe in the Walk in the Woods fabric is cbirish!

Reading
The Cage by Megan Shepherd
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries (audiobook)

Watching
The Office (US)
Game of Thrones (Season 5)
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Victor Frankenstein
Bob’s Burgers

Happy holidays!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Episode 28: Year One


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Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Golden Hickory, Citrus, Lettuce Leaf, Candlewick)
Windswept by A Homespun House in Drops Baby Alpaca Silk (Medium Grey)
Vanilla Socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso (Franken Zombody)
German twisted cast on
Clairemore Cowlette by Corrina Ferguson in MJ Yarns Silken DK Weight in Glowing Eel (US 6)
Field Rib Hat by Scott Sholz in Cascade 220 Superwash (859)

FO Show


Prisoner of Azkaban Scarf by Lauren Kent in Cascade 220 (8884 Burgundy) and Patons Classic Wool Worsted (Old Gold)
Thuy’s Prisoner of Azkaban Scarf
Vanilla Socks in Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos (3653 Star Night)
Thuy’s Star Night Socks
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs by Carolyn Ingram in Sweetgeorgia Speed Demon (Fondant)
Thuy’s Itty Bitty Bear Cubs
deer with little antlers hat by tiny owl knits
Tiny Sheep! by Anna Hrachovec in Knit Picks Palette
Thuy’s Tiny Sheep

Queued
hopsalots by tiny owl knits
Simple Garter Stitch Slippers by handepande
Shore Cardigan by Carrie Bostick-Hoge
Tangerine Tights by Mel Clark
Tiny Snowmen by Anna Hrachovec

Retail Therapy
Awesome swap package from kristasknits!


Rhichard Devrieze from Raging Wool
Custom Socks by Kate Atherley

Events
Indie Design Gift-Along
The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. From Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 pm US EST - Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST tons of indie designers will be discounting between 5 - 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Use coupon code: giftalong2015.

Pajama Jammy Jam at Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale, CA
1 Year Podoversary!
Future event (Jan 2016) - Rainbow and Unicorns KAL! - stay tuned for more info #rainbowsandunicornskal

Giveaway
We are giving away one sock wedge bag from Sew For Ewe in the Walk in the Woods fabric. Please go to our Ravelry group, find the thread for the giveaway, and follow the prompt in the thread. Must be a member of the group and only one entry per person.

Reading
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan
Winter by Marissa Meyer

Watching
Rosemary’s Baby
The Search for General Tso
Spectre
Great British Baking Show

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Episode 27: This Is How You Steal a Hat


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Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Golden Hickory, Citrus, Lettuce Leaf, Candlewick)
Vanilla Socks in Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos (3653 Star Night)
Windswept by A Homespun House in Drops Baby Alpaca Silk (Medium Grey)
Happy Cloud Bag from Ewe Sew An Sew
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs by Carolyn Ingram in Sweetgeorgia Speed Demon (Fondant) - modified to fit a 6 month baby

FO Show


Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska in Malabrigo Merino Worsted (Fuschia)
Thuy’s Fuego Hat

Queued
Baby’s Friendly Whale (crochet) by Lily Sugar n Cream and bernat Design Studio
Baby Bunnies by Helen Fitzgerald
bunny patterns by Susan B Anderson
Debbie Bliss Toy Knits and Teddy Bears
Baaa-ble Hat by Donna Smith
Ondadolce Hat by Katrine Schubert

Retail Therapy
Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in Medium Grey and Purple Grey (purchased from Loveknitting.com)
Drops Fabel
Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant

Giveaway

photo from the Sew For Ewe website

This month we are giving away one sock wedge from Sew For Ewe in the Walk in the Woods fabric. Please go to our Ravelry group, find the thread for the giveaway, and follow the prompt in the thread. Must be a member of the group and only one entry per person.

Reading
When The Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
Heartless by Gail Carriger
Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Watching
Scream
Shaun of the Dead
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Office (U.S.) Halloween specials
Ghostbusters
Beetlejuice
The Shining
Rosemary’s Baby
Saw

Happy November!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Episode 26: The Flying Zombie


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Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Golden Hickory, Citrus, Lettuce Leaf, Candlewick)
Brickless by Martina Behm in Miss Babs Yowza (Zombie Prom)


Vanilla Socks in Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos (3653 Star Night)
Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska in Malabrigo Merino Worsted (Fuschia)

FO Show



Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (Marine, Honeydew, Sea Foam, Whisker, Hawk)
Thuy’s Chevron Baby Blanket


Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder in Koigu KPPPM (P539)
Thuy’s Hermione’s Everyday Socks
Zombie Gnome (based on Tiny Gnome by Anna Hrachovec)

Queued
Siesta by Shireen Nadir
Windswept by A Homespun House
Grimm’s Cottage by tiny owl knits
Seastripes by Kristen Kapur
Wanderers: Modern Mukluks by Andrea Mowry

Events


RECAP: Collaboration event with The Flying Kettle and Anthony Casalena at The Altered Stitch - Saturday October 17, 2015

Retail Therapy
Woolbuddies
Mantra by The Flying Kettle in Glider base (Colorway Om)

Giveaway Winner
The winner of 1 skein of Sunshine Yarns Ultraluxe Worsted in Tiger Lily is TriLinda!

Reading
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Whiteout by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Steve Lieber

Watching
Outlander (STARZ)
The Intern
The Great British Bake Off

Happy knitting, everyone!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Episode 25: It's So Fluffy!


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Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Golden Hickory, Citrus, Lettuce Leaf, Candlewick)
Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot in Knit Picks Comfy (Marine, Honeydew, Sea Foam, Whisker, Hawk)
Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder in Koigu KPPPM (P539) - #Socktober is here! Hosted by the Carolina Fiber Girls.

FO Show


Scrollwork by Irina Dmitrieva in Manos del Uruguay Maxima (Sweet Potato)
Thuy’s Scrollwork


Barley by Tin Can Knits in Manos del Uruguay Maxima (Sweet Potato) and Malabrigo Merino Worsted (Polar Morn)
Thuy’s Baby Barley

Queued
North Street by Sarah H Arnold (fingering weight held double)
Bob & Weave by Susie White

Events
Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta - October 3-4, 2015 at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 North Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA
Yarnosphere - October 17-18, 2015 at the EXPO Art Center, 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807
Collaboration event with The Flying Kettle and Anthony Casalena at The Altered Stitch - Saturday October 17, 2015


RECAP: Unwind Birthday Party with Lemonade Shop Yarns

Retail Therapy
The Lemonade Shop Simple Sock in Blue Fluffy Unicorn (Thuy & Kimberly) and Fairy Garden (Thuy)

Reading
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Armada by Ernest Cline (audiobook)

Watching
The Fall (Season 2)
Minority Report (TV)
Scream Queens
Attack on Titan (Pt 1)

Giveaway
Don't forget we are giving away 1 skein of Sunshine Yarns Ultraluxe Worsted in Tiger Lily. Please visit the Sunshine Yarns shop and then head over to our Ravelry group and find the giveaway thread. Tell us what Sunshine Yarn colorway is your favorite or tell us what you’d make with the skein of Tiger Lily. Full details will be in the Ravelry Group. Many thanks to Dani of Sunshine Yarns for this generous giveaway prize.

Thanks for listening!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Episode 24: Cheerio!


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Pine Forest Blanket by Ingrid Aartun in Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk Aran (0008 Green)
Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Golden Hickory, Citrus, Lettuce Leaf, Candlewick)
Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot in Knit Picks Comfy (Marine, Honeydew, Sea Foam, Whisker, Hawk)
Brickless by Martina Behm in Miss Babs Yowza (Zombie Prom)
Scrollwork by Irina Dmitrieva in Manos del Uruguay Maxima (Sweet Potato)

FO Show



Tiny Gnome by Anna Hrachovec in Knit Picks Palette
gnomes #3 & #4


Tiny Chickens by Anna Hrachovec in Knit Picks Palette
Thuy’s Tiny Chicken


Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar in Sweet Fiber Yarns Merino Twist DK (Spanish Coin)
Thuy’s Beeswax Hat

Queued
Bark by Wei S Leong

Retail Therapy



Slipped Stitch Studios Sock plus bag - Super Mario! club extra
Sunshine Yarns Ultraluxe Light Lilli Pilli wrap yarn kit in Option #1 (Natural, Smoke, Lilli Pilli)
giant box of Knit Picks Palette (bought from Ravelry destash)



Stimpy Lab Dreamy DK (Manzanita)
Stimpy Lab Deluxe Sock (Rave in a Graveyard)

Giveaway



We are giving away 1 skein of Sunshine Yarns Ultraluxe Worsted in Tiger Lily. Please visit the Sunshine Yarns shop and then head over to our Ravelry group, where we will open a giveaway thread. Tell us what Sunshine Yarn colorway is your favorite or tell us what you’d make with the skein of Tiger Lily. Full details will be in the Ravelry Group. Many thanks to Dani of Sunshine Yarns for this generous giveaway prize.

Events
Unwind Birthday Party on Sept 18, 2015 5 - 7pm with Lemonade Shop Yarns
Knitty.com fundraiser on Patreon (ongoing)

Reading
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Watching
Psych
Parks & Recreation
30 Rock
Terminator Genysis
The Office
Hannibal

Happy knitting!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Episode 23: The Dark Knit


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Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Golden Hickory, Citrus, Lettuce Leaf, Candlewick)
Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot in Knit Picks Comfy (Marine, Honeydew, Sea Foam, Whisker, Hawk)
Pine Forest Blanket by Ingrid Aartun in Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk Aran (0008 Green)

FO Show



Rose City Rollers by Mary Catherine Bryner in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (Daffodil)
Thuy’s Rose City Rollers

Queued
Blom by Mandarines (Oops, Thuy mistakenly said that she heard about this shawl from Stitched in Sweden but it was actually The Fawn Knits podcast. Both are great though so give them a try.)

Retail Therapy
Color Wheel Knits by Veera Valimaki

Events
YOTH trunk show at Gather DTLA on Sept 12, 2015 4 -7pm
The Last Bookstore

Reading
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
The Beach by Alex Garland
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Go Fug Yourself

Watching
The Railway Man
Taylor Swift concert!! :D


Look it's a bunny!
Happy knitting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Episode 22: Sublime Balls

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Chit Chat



We have a lot to catch up on this week. Kimberly just got back from Colorado for Muffin's Iron Man race. Muffin shall now be known as Iron Muffin. Thuy spent a relaxing weekend in San Diego eating lots of good food and doing a bit of sock knitting.

WIP IT


Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne in Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Golden Hickory, Citrus, Lettuce Leaf, Candlewick)
Rose City Rollers by Mary Catherine Bryner in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (Dandelion)
Pine Forest Blanket by Ingrid Aartun in Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk Aran (0008 Green)
FROGGED - Spirit Within Me Cowl by Shay Hobbs
Dotted Rays by Stephen West in Araucania Huasco (Fuschia Orange)


Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot in Knit Picks Comfy (Marine, Honeydew, Sea Foam, Whisker, Hawk)

No FOs this week!

Queued
The Great Divide Shawl by Michele Brown (Kimberly’s will be in Republic of Wool DK in Plume and Parfait
Demelza’s Song by Kalurah Hudson
Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stuart
Sun Kissed by Veronika Jobe
Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes

Events
Recap of Republic of Wool at The Altered Stitch on July 25, 2015 for the Great Divide KAL. We also  have a recap post on the blog here.

Retail Therapy 

Plume and Parfait


Oxidized and Old Soul

Republic of Wool DK in Old Soul and Oxidized for The Great Divide shawl
Republic of Wool DK in Wild Thing

The Joker and the Thief kit

Sunshine Yarns kit for The Joker and the Thief by Melanie Berg in Japanese Cherry Blossom
Knit Picks Felici (Teacup, Gummy Bear, Mosaic)
Stroll Brights (Vibrant Violet, Sour Apple)
Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (Marine, Honeydew, Sea Foam, Whisker, Hawk)
Deborah Norville Serenity Sock (Teal Tease, Aquamarine, Pink Sugar)

Reading
Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Ink by Amanda Sun
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Watching
Game of Thrones (Season 4)
Trainwreck
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
True Detective (Season 1)

Happy knitting!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Republic of Wool at The Altered Stitch

Hi, everyone! If you listened to our last episode you might recall that Kimberly and I were very excited about an upcoming event at a LYS, The Altered Stitch. The shop was hosting indie dyer extraordinaire Republic of Wool and Mara Catherine Brynner of Rose City Rollers fame. I just wanted to give you all a brief recap of the event (which we will also discuss in the next episode).


We arrived at the shop about an hour early. This was in part due to our schedules and because we were very excited and wanted first pick of the kits that were made up for The Great Divide KAL. We fondled yarn for a bit and checked out the new cubbies and layout for the store.


As you can see, there was plenty to look at while we waited for the event to start. I'd also like to say that the shop has started spinning lessons and will be carrying more fiber tools and supplies in the future. I am super excited about this since there aren't any shops that really cater to spinners close by.

Michelle and Mara showed up a little bit before go time and started setting up some additional samples and brought out some special yarn that they had just for the event.




There was so much amazing brioche and fantastic color combos that I just wanted to knit everything in sight. I showed Mara the pair of Shibui Rose City Rollers that I made. It was kind of dorky but she was cool about it, We also got to chat with Michele a bit. She was wearing an awesome Parachutey sweater by Westknits. I don't know if I could ever pull it off but she looked fantastic. 


There was lots and lots of yarn. Kimberly and I had a very hard time deciding what to get. Each skein was so unique and beautiful. It was really hard not to take them all home with us. 


Pic above are Michele and Mara with Jenny (aka samandramones). Afte squeezing a few more skeins, Kimberly and I finally made our choices and purchased our skeins. We left soon after because I think we were both afraid that if we stayed, we'd buy even more yarn.

We had a really wonderful time at the event. Michele and Mara were so sweet and very cool. We were a little tongue tied when talking to them but I think we did OK. Thanks to The Altered Stitch for hosting such a fabulous event. Tune in to our next podcast episode to see what we bought...