Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Episode 77: Avengers Review


In this episode, the girls geek out about the movie, "Avengers: Age of Ultron". There is a MAJOR SPOILER ALERT for this episode. After reviewing the movie, the girls talk about their current set of projects from knitting to cosplay.


Get Geeky

Events:

Avengers Review

In today's episode, the girls review the Avengers: Age of Ultron. They loved the movie and highly recommend it, insofar as sequels go. They do discuss some major spoilers in this episode, so, if you haven't seen the movie yet, just skip ahead to the crafting section, which is about 35 minutes into the show.

Get Crafty!

The girls have not just ONE, but TWO craft-a-longs in progress....  Check out the Geek Girl Crafts forums on G+ and Ravelry:

Harry Potter Craft-a-Long

Sandy wants you to geek out about Harry Potter! Make your favorite Potter Universe item, whether it be knitting, sewing, baking, or otherwise. Check out the official Harry Potter Universe website at: https://www.pottermore.com


Who Crafts?

Jade gets in on the craft-a-long, but Doctor Who style. Got sewing? knitting? crochet? Want to make fish fingers and custard? Or your favorite souffle recipe? Share with us! And for those interested, she's posted her pattern for her fingerless long gloves, so make your own Doctor Who scarf gloves


Fiber Optics


Finished Objects
Jade
  • Baby Sweater for dear friends
  • Cascade 220 Superwash paints
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Jade
WIPs
Sandy
  • Pattern: gryffindor house sweater: front of sweater
  • Yarn: Cascade Longwood sport
  • Notes: finished the back, a few inches shy of the arm holes.
Jade
  • Pattern: Viking Hat
  • Yarn: Shepard’s Wool Worsted by Stonehedge Fiber Mill -- OMG SUPER SOFT YARN...SQUISHY --
    • Roasted Pumpkin
    • Navy Blue
  • Notes: Provisional cast on for folded over brim.
Sandy
  • Pattern: HexiPuffs for the beekeeper quilt!
  • Yarn: Varied Sock yarn
  • 13% done, I’ve run out of scrap sock yarn and thus need to go make new things for a while.
  • Notes: Using HabitRPG to turn everyday chores into a RPG game that gives you XP for things you do everyday.
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Jade
  • Pattern: Vanilla socks
  • Yarn: Cascade Socks - Self striping socks
  • Notes: Finished one sock. Made tabis. Still working on second sock.
Sandy
  • Pattern: Couvrette with Dahlias from Mrs. Beeton’s book of needlework
  • Yarn: #20 cotton thread, size 7 steel hook20150506_230547(1).jpg
  • Progress: one dahlia done
  • Notes: at my blog http://www.beetonblogofneedlework.org/
Jade
  • Pattern: Louisa by Cocoknits
  • Yarn: Shibui - Linen, Cloud, and…..
  • Progress: Slow going. Still working on the initial decreases.


Make it Sew!

  • Quilt! -- Jade found a fully piece baby quilt at my favorite thrift store. Someone started to do the quilting but stopped? So, she bought it, and did a very bad job of stippling it myself before sending it to the expectant parents.
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Cosplay:

  • Gogo Tomago from Big Hero 6. Jade thrifted a HALL COSTUME of Gogo. Not for stage, but for walking around.
    • At her local thrift store, Jade found: black running shorts and a good-enough black leather jacket for her main outfit. TOTAL: $10.00
    • Used a seam ripper to add a “gap” in the running shorts, then sewed red satiny ribbon to the edges to simulate the stripes. (Ribbon: $2.00)
    • Found opaque purple tights at the costume shop near her house. ($6.00)
    • Got some cheap dark grey leggings at Kohls ($10.00)
    • Found purple 2” elastic at Joanns that she used to make her sweatbands ($5.00)
    • Wig from Arda Wigs ($25.00)
    • Appropriate purple wefts from Epic Cosplay ($6.00)
    • Makeup -- CVS sale (purple eye shadow, salmon-blush, pinkish lipstick  -- $15.00
    • Clothing: $18.00 / Accessories: $51.00
    • Finished in two days.  Makeup & wig will be re-useable in other cosplays.
  • Princess Mononoke:
      • Finished up the earrings. She had found the ‘perfect’ size shell earrings but in a different color, then used 99c nail polish (the french tip) to paint the shell earrings to the right color
      • Used SCULPY to make the necklace teeth/claws
      • Made head band/arm bands using black elastic and some circular round shell beads.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Episode 76: Wookies!


In this episode, the Geek Girls are again a trio! EspaƱa comes back for a squee fest about the upcoming Silicon Valley ComiCon for 2016, and Sandy has a squee-fit over the newly released Star Wars trailer. Of course, crafting is never far behind. Sandy & Jade catch up on their latest knitting, sewing, and general crafty projects. A


Get Geeky

Events:

Moment of Squee

In today's episode, the girls squee about:
  • The Big Wow Convention that was held at the San Jose Convention Center May 18-19th. Espana and Jade give a post con report, as well as record an "after-hours" con report while slightly inebriated.
  • The upcoming 2016 Silicon Valley Comic Con!
  • The newly released Star Wars trailer. Sandy has a squee fit over it.
  • Sandy is loving the new Daredevil series.

Get Crafty!

The girls have not just ONE, but TWO craft-a-longs in progress....  Check out the Geek Girl Crafts forums on G+ and Ravelry:

Harry Potter Craft-a-Long

Sandy wants you to geek out about Harry Potter! Make your favorite Potter Universe item, whether it be knitting, sewing, baking, or otherwise. Check out the official Harry Potter Universe website at: https://www.pottermore.com

Who Crafts?

Jade gets in on the craft-a-long, but Doctor Who style. Got sewing? knitting? crochet? Want to make fish fingers and custard? Or your favorite souffle recipe? Share with us!

And for those interested, she's posted her pattern for her fingerless long gloves, so make your own Doctor Who scarf gloves

Fiber Optics

Sandy has finished adding her stash to her Ravelry Stash page and is so much happier! Although, now she plans on culling her stash at the next yarn swap at her local LYS.
 


Finished Objects
Jade
Jade
  • Pattern: Jacque Cousteau Hat
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Worsted
  • Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jacques-cousteau-hat
WIPs
Sandy
  • Pattern: gryffindor house sweater: front of sweater
  • Yarn: Cascade Longwood sport
  • Link
  • Notes: finished the back
Jade
  • Baby Sweater for dear friends
  • Cascade 220 Superwash paints
  • Notes: Jade had issues with this because:
    • Knit for too long -- distracted by GoT -- had to rip back 3”
    • Ripped out neckline decreases twice -- because she  can’t count
Sandy
  • Pattern: HexiPuffs!
  • Yarn: Varied Sock yarn
  • Link
  • Notes: Using HabitRPG to turn everyday chores into a RPG game that gives you XP for things you do everyday.
Jade
  • Pattern: New socks!
  • Yarn: Cascade Socks - Self striping socks
Jade
  • Pattern: Louisa by Cocoknits
  • Yarn: Shibui - Linen, Cloud, and…..
  • Notes: Had to rip back once because she twisted her join.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Episode 75: Weapons Safety Policy


In this episode, the girls have a special guest host. The three discuss cosplay costume accessories, such as large props, like wings and weapons. They talk about the rules and policies at various conventions surrounding prop weapons, as well as some of the local city and county laws that might affect your cosplay accessorizing. For fiber crafting, the girls discuss their latest finished projects and their WIPs.


Get Geeky

Events:

  • Retzlaff Winery - June 6, 2015 - Fleeces, Food, & Fun. 10-4. $5.00 per person.
  • Valhalla Ren Faire  - May 30-31, June 5-6 - Tahoe.
  • BayCon - Memorial Day weekend 2015. May 22-24, 2015 (note: last day change) at the Santa Clara Convention Center
  • Fanime - memorial day weekend 2015. May 22-25, 2015 -- SJ Convention Center
  • Kublacon same days, http://www.kublacon.com/ , Burlingame hyatt regency, $40 per the weekend.
  • Convolution 2015 - Burlingame October 5-6, 2015

Topic: Weapons Safety Policies

Different conventions have different policies regarding accessories such as weapons for your cosplay outfit. These policies range from a simple "Use Common Sense" to very extensive rules for what you can and cannot do with your weapon props.

Make sure to read the policies set forth by the Convention (and the Masquerade) regarding weapons, drawing your weapons, etc. Also be aware that local municipalities (cities, counties, and state) have their own laws regarding weapons. Don't get arrested because your prop gun looks too real!

Know what the policies and local laws say!

Get Crafty!

The girls have not just ONE, but TWO craft-a-longs in progress....  Check out the Geek Girl Crafts forums on G+ and Ravelry:

Harry Potter Craft-a-Long

Sandy wants you to geek out about Harry Potter! Make your favorite Potter Universe item, whether it be knitting, sewing, baking, or otherwise. Check out the official Harry Potter Universe website at: https://www.pottermore.com

Who Crafts?

Jade gets in on the craft-a-long, but Doctor Who style. Got sewing? knitting? crochet? Want to make fish fingers and custard? Or your favorite souffle recipe? Share with us!

And for those interested, she's posted her pattern for her fingerless long gloves, so make your own Doctor Who scarf gloves

Fiber Optics

Sandy adds her stash to her Ravelry Stash page and is so much happier! 
 



Finished Objects
Jade
  • Pattern: Tiger Socks
  • Yarn: Regia 
    Jade's cat has opinions about her tiger stripe socks!

Jade
  • Pattern: Honey Cowl
  • Yarn: YOTH Big Sister
  • Notes: This is a lovely yarn to work with, and has great stitch definition. It also withstands repeated frogging, and softens up beautifully when washed & blocked.

WIPs
Sandy
  • Pattern: gryffindor house sweater: back of sweater
  • Yarn: Cascade Longwood sport
  • Link
  • Notes: finished the back
Jade
Jade
  • Pattern: New socks!
  • Yarn: Cascade Socks - Self striping socks
Sandy
  • Pattern: HexiPuffs!



Make it Sew!

  • Jade is the only one currently sewing, but she has a bit of costuming ennui. So far she is working on the following: 

    • She is still working on the San costume from Princess Monoke. The apron is finished (the suedecloth worked beautifully. And she also received the faux fur, and has made the cloak.
    • She has created a Doctor Who bucket hat with an exploding Tardis interior.