Friday, June 10, 2016

Episode 94: Dragonscale Handbag of Holding -- a Review


In this episode, Sandy & Jade review the Dragonscale Handbag of Holding by ThinkGeek.com.

Jade's review can be found on her blog, where she goes into depth of using this bag.

You can also read about the experiences of some fellow geeks at the G+ community, Resplendent Nerd.

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Do you have this bag or anyone of the ThinkGeek handbags of holding? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Episode 93: Captain America - Civil War


In this episode, Sandy & Jade discuss Captain America: Civil War. There are SPOILERS in this episode! In the second half of the show,the girls catch up on their latest knitting / crochet projects, and Jade talks about her latest costuming project for her cosplay.


Get Geeky

Events:

  • Espana’s UK wedding was this past weekend. Congrats to our errant hostess!
  • Fanime - May 27-30, 2016. San Jose Convention Center, http://www.fanime.com
  • Clockwork Alchemy - May 27 - 30, 2016, Double Tree, San Jose http://www.clockworkalchemy.com
  • BayCon May 27-30, 2016, Santa Clara http://www.baycon.org
  • Kublacon, May 27-30, 2016, Hyatt Regency SFO, http://www.kublacon.com
  • Maker’s faire! 5/20-22, at the San Mateo Fairegrounds.

Captain America: Civil War -- SPOILER ALERT! The girls discuss this movie in-depth. So if you haven’t seen it AND don’t want to be spoiled, then fast forward. But here’s their summation of the movie.
  • Jade: Loved it.
  • Sandy: Go See it!

Get Crafty

Fiber Optics



Finished Objects
Jade
  • Nothing. Nada. Zip Zilch...
Sandy
  • Finished my Apres Surf Hoodie: I love it! I’ve worn it on a few outings and it’s perfectly light wear for cool spring nights.
WIPs
Jade
  • Pattern: Vanilla Socks
  • Yarn: Does this black make my rainbow look big? (self-striping)
    • White Birch Fibers
  • Notes: She loves the yarn, love the stripes, and is slipping stitches to get a more slightly uneven striping pattern
Sandy
Jade
  • Pattern: On the Beach by Isabella Kraemer
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza
  • Notes: She picked up this top-down sweater again and is making very slow progress on it. She ripped the whole thing out and started from scratch, and is now doing the waist shaping. Her plans are to citric acid soak (AGAIN) the body and sleeves before she starts the color work.
Sandy
Work and gaming knitting: vanilla socks for Eric in a very old skein of yarn-- Brunswick Nylamb in the color Cranberry.  
Fixed the heel.
Sandy
Started (and am nearly halfway done with) a Vintage Stripes crochet blanket
I’m using up so much of my single ball scrap wools on this!
Sandy
Cast on a slip stitch stash hat for charity. (Syrian knitting group on ravelry)
Using all my worsted scraps to make a sunset color theme.

Going to alternate knitting for Afghans for Afghans and Syria this summer.

Make It Sew


  • Jade’s Bodysuit adventures: Jade is doing a Kim Possible cosplay group with a friend! She will be cosplaying Shego, while her friend does Kim Possible.
    • She’s nearly done with her Shego bodysuit, and it’s coming out very nicely -- in terms of patterning and fit.
    • She to make her own gloves -- very easy in Spandex!
    • Currently, she is finishing off the attached boots.
    • Dress Diary: http://geekgirlcrafts.blogspot.com/search/label/shego

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Episode 92: Bodily Functions


In this episode, Sandy & Jade squee about the upcoming new video games and movie trailers. Then in the unedited second half, the girls talk about their latest knitting, sewing, cosplay projects, and bodily functions….


Get Geeky


A Geek’s Life -- A Brief Life Update
Sandy’s father is ill, and she is spending her time with him, so we will have hiccups in our podcasting schedule for now. So please bear with us.


Moments of Squee


Get Crafty

Craft Organization

Jade wanted a cart for organizing supplies while at her work table (i.e. dining table). She looked at the IKEA Raskog, but it was too small for her super crafting needs, so she got something bigger from Home Depot…..




Fiber Optics

Sandy joined a Lace Knitter’s Guild!


Finished Objects
Sandy
  • Does reinforcing buttonholes count? Finished the Gramps cardigan.
  • Using blanket stitch to reinforce the buttons.
  • Miss Babs Yowza, colorway Smurf and Turf, using some dark purple Patons Classic Wool for a contrast
Jade
  • Matching Gloves for Cowl
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Sojourn. ...REVIEW YARN
    • Pretty Wreckless
    • Bare
  • Lace & Colorwork -- I hit my stitch dictionaries for simple lace designs, then winged it. Frog whole sections when unhappy
Jade
WIPs
Jade
  • Pattern: Vanilla Socks
  • Yarn: Does this black make my rainbow look big? (self-striping)
    • White Birch Fibers
  • Notes: She loves the yarn, love the stripes, and is slipping stitches to get a more slightly uneven striping pattern
Sandy
Sandy
Work and gaming knitting: vanilla socks for Eric in a very old skein of yarn-- Brunswick Nylamb in the color Cranberry.  
Knitting attack! Had to frog back to heel flap, as the heel was too narrow/tight to fit over his wider heel.
Sandy
Finishing the hoodie band? Something? On my Apres Surf Hoodie.
Just a half inch to go on this thing!
Sandy
Cast on a slip stitch stash hat for charity. (Syrian knitting group on ravelry)
Using all my worsted scraps to make a sunset color theme.

Going to alternate knitting for Afghans for Afghans and Syria this summer.

Make It Sew


  • Jade’s Bodysuit adventures: Jade is doing a Kim Possible cosplay group with a friend! She will be cosplaying Shego, while her friend does Kim Possible.
    • Previously: Ripping apart an existing commercial clothing for a pattern.
    • Now: Created master paper pattern from the seam-ripped pieces, then drew out the harlequinn patterning for Shego, and made the final pattern pieces.
    • Swatching with a serger!
  • SANDY SEWED SOMETHING. (part of something. Making muslins for a work skirt.)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Episode 91: Women in Comics


In this episode, Sandy & Jade talk about women in comics as well as some of the latest comicbook apps, then Jade gives a con report of Silicon Valley ComiCon. In the second half of the show, they talk about their projects -- knitting, cosplay, and the ilk.




Get Geeky
The girls are back with new technology -- a new recording laptop. They are going to slowly start to replace their podcasting equipment.

Announcements
Women in Comic Books
Previews is doing Women in Comics month for March by interviewing a lot of comic book artists, writers, publishers, etc., who just happen to be women. Some great interviews:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/1264

In addition, some other women in comics include:

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Bitch Planet, Valentine De Landro on art, Image Comics.
  • Fiona Staples, on Saga
  • G.Willow Wilson, on Ms Marvel.
  • Jill Thompson: Beasts of Burden, Scary Godmother,
  • Colleen Doran: A Distant Soil, drew the recent Stan Lee biocomic
  • Kaja Foglio: Girl Genius co-creator
  • Donna Barr: Stinz, The Desert Peach, Afterdead
  • Gail M-F’in Simone
Comic Book Apps
Comic book apps have changed how people are reading comic books, much the same way the Kindle and e-books have changed how people read books. Jade & Sandy used to have a lot of long boxes to keep their comicbooks.
  • Comixology (also has manga) 
  • Comics Plus Marvel Unlimited (has subscription to entire back catalog) 
  • Comic Rack 
  • Comic Zeal 
  •  iComics Manga: Crunchyroll and Viz Digital, Weekly Shounen Jump, Yen Press has manga and Japanese light novels
 
Silicon Valley ComiCon 

Jade provides a report on her experiences at SVCC. You can read her blogpost about SVCC.



Get Crafty

Fiber Optics



Finished Objects
Sandy
  • No finished objects.
Jade
  • My Own design cowl --
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Sojourn. ...REVIEW YARN
    • Pretty Wreckless
    • Bare
  • Lace & Colorwork --She hit her stitch dictionaries for simple lace designs, then winged it. She had to FROG whole sections when unhappy.
WIPs
Jade
  • Pattern: GAP-tastic cowl
  • Yarn: Eco Wool in Ecru -- left overs from the Hemlock Blanket by Jared Flood
  • Modifications -- Double moss stitch instead of the single moss stitch.
  • Notes: Working on it during down times while playing video games.
Sandy
  • Nearly finished with the Gramps sweater in Miss Babs Yowza, colorway Smurf and Turf, using some dark purple Patons Classic Wool for a contrast
Jade
  • Pattern: Vanilla Fingerless gloves
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Sojourn
  • Notes: Using left overs from the cowl to start a matching set of fingerless gloves --- stripes
Sandy
Work and gaming knitting: vanilla socks for Eric in a very old skein of yarn-- Brunswick Nylamb in the color Cranberry.  
Reducing down from the heel flap to the feet.
YE GODS KNITTING FOR MEN IS SLOW
Jade
  • Pattern: On the Beach by Isabella Kraemer
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza
  • Progress: RIP rip rip. Knit knit knit. Jade had to reknit the first part of the sweater repeatedly as she was unable to cast on the correct size.

Make It Sew: 
  • Jade had a treadle sewing machine that she gave to Gigi Knitmore. It was a beautiful machine with an Egyptian lotus theme. 
  • Jade made a case for her archery riser using quilted remnants from the store. 
  • Currently, Jade is ripping apart an existing commercial bodysuit to use as a pattern. 
Cosplay Projects 
  • Jade & some friends did some headcasting for prop building.