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.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Episode 90: Con Intense


In this episode, the girls geek out about their February Cons -- GallifreyOne and Stitches West. Jade talks about the events at GallifreyOne, then Jade & Sandy talk about the things they saw (and bought) at Stitches West 2016. They wrap up the episode with their in-progress knitting projects



Get Geeky

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GallifreyOne --

Jade gives a con report of GallifreyOne 2016, including some of the panels where she helped present, the costumes seen, and the guests.

Get Crafty


Con Report Stitches West 2016
  • Podcast host meetup. Jade met a lot of cool podcast hosts
    • Twinset Jan
    • Knitting Butterflies
    • Downcellar studios
  • Knitted Knockers Design Project - Knittedknockers.org
  • Notable Points:
    • Slipped Stitch Studios - amazing geek based accessories for the Geeky Knitter
    • Stephen & Steven -- amazing fashion sense in their designs


What did we get?
  • Jade
    • Yarn on the House yarns - enough for a sweater.
    • Miss Babs - sweater yarn & 2 skeins of SOJORN (cashmere & silk)
    • Abstract Fibers - sock yarn
    • White Cellar Self striping Yarn
    • MUG
  • Sandy
    • six pairs of Norwegian-style (and actually made in Norway!) clasp buttons for the Fjallsippa sweater.  
    • Yarn from the Verdant Griffon: Skein of Bugga in Along the Nile, Skein of Skinny Bugga in Prince Charming’s Trousers, skein of Mithril in Straw into Gold
    • Signed copy (and a nice chat): New Lace Knitting by Romi Hill.  I WANT TO KNIT THE WHOLE DAMN BOOK.  You bet I’m reviewing this. She was also selling the much-admired Pleiades and Muse shawl patterns for half off, I picked up Melpomene.
    • The Forest Weave sweater pattern by Yumiko Alexander of Dan Doh. (which I asked about the meaning in Japanese-- it means “warm earth”).  This is a really texturally interesting cabled-sideways piece and she makes it in plant fiber, which is always welcome to my too-warm self.      

Photos of my adventures are on the geekgirlcrafts twitter feed.

Finished Objects
Sandy
  • Baby socks out of worsted weight for Afghans for Afghans
  • Did a quick pair of Faraway Baby socks in worsted weight Wool of the Andes for Afghans 4 Afghans, colorway Jalapeno. This was mostly done to show a friend how to shortrow in less than five minutes. If you have to show someone how to shortrow in an emergency, this might be the pattern to use.
Jade
  • Nada…..
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
  • Done with the body and one sleeve of a Gramps sweater by Tin Can Knits, size toddler, in Miss Babs Yowza, colorway Smurf and Turf, and some dark purple contrast yarn.
  • A trawl through my button box yielded the perfect blue buttons
Jade
  • Pattern: Vanilla Socks
  • Yarn: Regia 4 color
  • Notes: Finished 1st sock. Still need to finish the second. BROKE another set of needles.
Sandy
Work and gaming knitting: vanilla socks for Eric in a very old skein of yarn-- Brunswick Nylamb in the color Cranberry.  
Done with first heel flap, pretty darn close to done on second.

Jade
  • Pattern: My own design. Colors & Lace? Unsure name yet
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Soujourn -- colorway: Pretty Reckless & Natural.
  • Notes: HAD to cast on something. Enough for a cowl. Ended up designing myself.