Monday, January 9, 2017

Episode 100: Centurions!


The Geek Girl Crafts Podcast is 100 years old! In this special episode, España re-joins Jade & Sandy recording this podcast all the way from Merry Old England. She catches our listeners up on what's been going on in her life, including all of her geeky outings to various conventions. The girls talk about what Carrie Fisher meant to them and what's coming up in 2017. 

Then Sandy & Jade talk about the start of their crafting projects for 2017. Join us!


Get Geeky
Welcome Back España!
España joins us for the 100th episode of the Geek Girl Crafts Podcast. She fills us in with what’s going on in her life for the past year, especially the geeky stuff.


She currently is addicted to Tsum Tsums: http://www.tsumtsumcentral.com/

Geeky Resolutions and Themes for 2017

The girls talk about some of their resolutions and themes for 2017.


Sandy: Bullet Journaling: http://bulletjournal.com/
Jade is going to try to write at least one sentence in her creative writing journal a day.
España is going to try and podcast/do book reviews more!

    Upcoming 2017

    The past couple of years have been good to geeks with various SF/F t.v. shows and movies, not to mention the plethora of books that have been coming out.

    • BladeRunner 2050
    • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (which we talked about last episode)
    • Logan
    • Power Rangers -- which actually looks pretty darn good trailers!
    • Underworld
    • World War Z - sequel
    • Wonder Woman
    • Ghost in the Shell
    • Spider Man (reboot -- again!!)
    • War for the Planet of the Apes
    • Valerian - Based on the classic French science fiction comic series, Valerian and Laureline, the latest film from Leon the Professional and The Fifth Element director Luc Besson --  two spatio-temporal agents who travel through space and time to protect the interests of the human species.
    • Alien - Covenant
    • Thor - Ragnarok, which supposedly ties in Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Justice League
    • Six Billion Dollar Man
    • AND the next installation of Star Wars

    Book List for 2017:

      Get Crafty

      Fiber Optics



      Finished Objects
      Jade
      • Project: Blue Hawaii
      • Pattern: Watercourse by Carina Spencer
      • Yarn: Malabrigo Rios
      • Colorway: Azul Profundo
      Sandy
      • Patons Classic Wool Worsted Denim, 10.5 needles, should be fast!
      • This was very fun to do, I think this might be a go-to pattern for other gifts in the future.
      jade
      • Pattern: Koolhaas Hat
      • Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK -- Stargazing.
      • Notes: LOVE THIS YARN. Viking asked for HATS
      Sandy

      • Yarn: Using diVe worsted in blue, casting on longer than is recommended because the wearer wants more coverage
      • Link: The Tin Can Knits needle and hook method of provisional cast ons is my favorite one I’ve seen in a while. Easily memorized and cleanly executed, no picking things out.
      • Recipient very happy!
      jade
      • Project: Hat for Viking
      • Pattern: Turn a Square by Jared Flood
      • Yarn/Colorway:  Cascade Greenland -- greens and browns
      Jade
      • Project: Pussy Kat Hat
      • Pattern: Kitkat hat pattern
      • Yarn/Colorway: Funny Papers Yowza! by Miss Babs. Varigated yarn used in another sweater -- greys, greens, reds
      • Notes: Quick easy knit
      WIPs
      Jade
      • Project: Pussy Kat Hat 2
      • Pattern: Kitkat Hat
      • Yarn/Colorway: Kathmandu Chunky - Red tweed
      • Notes:
      Sandy
      • Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt, colorway Brasil: rainbowy!
      • Size 1 needles
      • Just shy of the heel on the second sock. Love this simple pattern for social/gaming knitting.
      Jade
      • Project: Vanilla Socks
      • Pattern: mine
      • Yarn/Colorway: Plymouth Stilleto
      • Notes:
      Jade
      • Project: Fingerless gloves
      • Pattern: mine
      • Yarn/Colorway:  Black Trillium fibers
      • Notes:
      Sandy
      Baby blanket for a gaming friend! Team effort, knit and crochet
      16 - 1.jpg
      Finished bordering all the squares in red, I have three strips of five joined up.  I’m using a checkerboard-type pattern of alternating blocks of single crochet to join the squares. Not all of these squares are the same stitch density or stretchiness, so I need the joins to do a lot of that flexibility work for me.  


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      Monday, December 12, 2016

      Episode 99: Agent 99


      In the first half of the episode, Jade & Sandy talk about giving to a variety of charities this holiday season. Then they catch up on a variety of crafting and their fiber projects.


      Get Geeky
      GET SMART! It’s our 99th episode, so we dedicate this episode to Agent 99 who is a strong, capable, and amazing spy working for CONTROL.

        Get Smart and give a little….

        In this holiday season, it’s time to think of giving to those less fortunate. As geeks, there are plenty of gifts out there geared toward us, but we should also consider giving unto others as part of our missive.



        • TARGET has special Rogue One shirts -- until Dec. 28, buy a shirt, and $5 proceeds are donated to UNICEF. There’s a great very discreet “I am a Force for Change” black shirt that would work well with a safety pin….(logo is on the upper left chest)


        And speaking of Rogue One….


        Have you seen the new trailers for Rogue One? IT's AWESOME!
        • Other trailers that have come out….
        • Guardians of the Galaxy trailer
        • Hidden Figures -- the three women who were the brains that helped launch a man into space.

          Get Crafty

          Fiber Optics


          Finished Objects
          Jade
          • Pattern: Vanilla Socks -- Hawaiian Halloween
          • Yarn: KnitMona - Colorway - Hocus Pocus.
          • Yarn Notes: Nice yarn, but slightly splitty and some of the purple color didn’t completely saturate through. I can see bits of white.
          Sandy
          jade
          • Pattern: Vanilla Socks -- Electric Avenue Second Sock
          • Yarn: Stray Cats Sock -- Electric Avenue self striping
          • Notes: Needed something quick & easy to finish. I dug out of the UFO pile
          WIPs
          Jade
          • Pattern: Koolhaas Hat
          • Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK -- Stargazing.
          • Notes: LOVE THIS YARN. Viking asked for HATS as the weather was getting cold.
          Sandy
          • Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt, colorway Brasil: rainbowy!
          • Size 1 needles
          • Finished one, started the next
          Jade
          • Project: Hawaiian Water
          • Pattern: Watercourse by Carina Spencer
          • Yarn: Malabrigo Rios
          • Colorway: Azul Profundo
          • Notes: Started in Hawaii. Reminds me of blue lagoon waters. Lovely yarn. NICE pattern, but I can't count so lots of mistakes on my part.
          Sandy


          Yarn: Using diVe worsted in blue, casting on longer than is recommended because the wearer wants more coverage
          Link: The Tin Can Knits needle and hook method of provisional cast ons is my favorite one I’ve seen in a while. Easily memorized and cleanly executed, no picking things out.
          Sandy
          Baby blanket for a gaming friend! Team effort, knit and crochet
          16 - 1.jpg
          Just got the last square for this this week, it’s time to block, arrange, and join!
          Sandy
          Patons Classic Wool Worsted, 10.5 needles, should be fast!
          Sandy
          Elven Vixen: still working away on my Fox Paws gift.
          Sandy
          Does a hexipuff or two count? I think it does.




          Wednesday, October 19, 2016

          Episode 98: Who Needs Fairy Godmothers?


          In the first half of the episode, Jade & Sandy give a brief report on their respective conventions --- ConVolution 2016 and BigBadCon. Then they dive into the improvement of Halloween costumes for little girls since 2015. In the second half of the episode, Sandy briefly talks about #inktober and helping to sew special heat warmers for kittens and puppies at shelters. The girls geek out about their latest crafting projects, and Jade is her own fairy godmother as she had two weeks to get ready for the Ball.


          Get Geeky

          Con Report Central:


          Halloween Holidays!
          • Halloween costumes for Girls --- This year has been better for girls and commercially available costumes. The plethora of female heroines has been on the rise with t.v. and movies featuring strong women characters -- Super Girl, Wonder Woman, Ghost Busters, Disney Descendents, Star Wars (Rey & Rogue One), DC Super Hero Girls,

          Get Crafty

          Artsy Stuff!

          Art and illustration: Inktober
          ”Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.”
          Or #inktober on most social media

          Fiber Optics


          Finished Objects
          Jade
          • Pattern: Vanilla Socks
          • Yarn: Kroy Paton.
          • Notes: Nice, toothy yarn.
          Sandy
          • River Run scarf, Knit Picks Gloss Fingering, Dusk colorway
          • Not blocked yet. Maybe going to give this away as a gift.
          jade
          WIPs
          Jade
          • Pattern: Vanilla Socks
          • Yarn: Stray Cat Sock Yarn: Electric Ave
          Sandy
          • Swirl E. socks
          • Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt, colorway Brasil: rainbowy!
          • Size 1 needles
          Jade
          • Doctor Who Cowl
          • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Solids
          • Notes: Nearly half way through the scarf!
          Sandy

          Picked up my acrylics bin and worked on a project so old it’s not even on my Ravelry-- some granny squares for Project Linus. Aiming for 60 squares, I’m about 25 along.
          Sandy
          Baby blanket for a gaming friend! Team effort, knit and crochet
          16 - 1.jpg
          Argyle crochet square with planned pooling:
          www.glamour-4-you.com/blog/planned-pooling-with-crochet-made-easy-4-simple-steps
          Jade
          • Bought Halloween yarn!


          Make It Sew


          Sandy: Rice warmie bags for animals!
          Easy beginner pattern and a welcome item at animal shelters. Use your flannel and fleece scraps, save a kitten or puppy’s life!

          Jade: Had to get ready for a Moulin Rouge Ball in under two weeks. Spoilers….she made it! Her dress diaries can be found here: http://geekgirlcrafts.blogspot.com/search/label/cancan