Monday, March 31, 2014

Episode 53: Science Fact



In this episode, the girls touch upon the how science fiction has become science fact in today's modern culture --- from a magical Nautilus submarine that can stay underwater for months at a time (nuclear submarines) to communicators (cell phones) to being able to print body parts. Then they switch gears and discuss their DIY and crafting projects for spring.


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Get Geeky!

The girls only briefly touch upon some of the elements of modern technology that was once science fiction:



Get Crafty!

Spring is here and Jade has start-itis, while Sandy is having problems with her crafting.

    Fiber Optics


    FINISHED
    OBJECTS
    Jade
    • Project: UFO from Area 51. Irish Hiking Scarf started in 2009,
      Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic + 20% wool)  
    • Ended up turning it into a cowl with 10 minutes worth of work.
    WIPS

    Jade
    • Project: St. Brigid Aran Sweater
    • Yarn: Cascade 220
    • Status: Seaming done, and now knitting the neck band..
    Sandy
    Finally finished a sleeve for the Apres Surf hoodie-- frogged or ripped back at least 3 times!
    Jade
    • Project: Color Affection
    • Yarn: Miss Babs Yet
    • Status: Am in the last section of the shawl (one color)
    Sandy
    • casting on sock Houdinis for road trip
    Jade
    • Project: Peacock Houdinis
    • Yarn: Manos del Urugay
    • Status: Finished A single sock.
    Sandy
    Beekeper quilt!

    Jade
    • Project: Stitches Sweater -- Ribby Cardy by Chic Knits
    • Yarn: Cascade Greenland
    • Status: Sweater tradition. Working on the back
    Jade
    • Project: Skinny Clapotis
    • Yarn: My handspun - Cashmere Silk from Abstract Fibers.
    • Status: Only 210 yards, so needed something that was going to use all of it. Punted on this project for nearly a year, looking for a “perfect pattern”


     

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    Episode 52: Science Fiction & Fantasy in Mainstream Media Today



    In this episode, the girls talk about some of the science fiction/fantasy/horror genres currently available on t.v. and in the movies; when they were growing up, they were hard-pressed to find more than a handful of t.v shows and now they can't keep up. In the crafting part of the show, they discuss the creativity juices that flow during the various conventions because of the interactions between geeky fans and how it continues afterwards -- from costuming to knitting/crochet to jewelry to LARP writing...or even creating a podcast.


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    Get Geeky!

    The girls give a list of some of the science fiction & fantasy shows that are currently available in the mainstream media, today. It is not an exhaustive list, by any means:

    • Hannibal, 
    • SHIELD, 
    • Arrow, 
    • Helix, 
    • Archer, 
    • Hollow, 
    • Supernatural
    • Game of Thrones
    • Once Upon a Time
    • Almost Human, 
    • Grimm, 
    • JourneyQuest
    • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, 
    • Being Human
    •  Iron Man: The Animation
    • Log Horizon


    Get Crafty!

    In addition to all of their crafty-goodness, the girls talk about how conventions really get their creative juices flowing as they are surrounded by creative geeky fans who help inspire, conspire, and encourage their endeavors from writing stories, LARPS, costuming, knitting/crochet, or even creating a podcast!


    For Ravellenics, the Geek Girl Crafts had mixed results. Jade got the gold with her Alice Starmore cable cardigan, but Sandy fell like the Jamaican bobsled team and had to frog her Apres Surf hoodie sleeve. However, she's determined to cross the finish line!

      Fiber Optics


      FINISHED
      OBJECTS
      Jade
      • Project: St. Brigid Aran Sweater
      • Yarn: Cascade 220
      • Status: Finished all the knitting for a GOLD! It still needs to be blocked & seamed, but the goal is accomplised.
      Sandy
      • Project: Apres Surf Hoodie.
      • Status: Finished a sleeve for the Apres Surf hoodie, then FROGGED IT. AUGH.
      Jade
      • Project: Sock Monkey Houdinis
      • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Sock - Grey Brown Marl
      • Status: Finished.
      WIPS

      Jade
      • Project: Color Affection
      • Yarn: Miss Babs Yet
      • Status: Nearly completed with the 3-color section during the Ravellenics, but this was a stretch goal for Jade
      Sandy
      • Hexipuffs!
      Jade
      • Project: Peacock Houdinis
      • Yarn: Manos del Urugay
      • Status: Started casting on
      Jade
      • Project: Stitches Sweater -- Ribby Cardy by Chic Knits
      • Yarn: Cascade Greenland
      • Status: Sweater tradition. Finished Front Left Panel
       

      Thursday, February 27, 2014

      Episode 51: MegaCon Weekend (aka Daughter of CCONNNN!!)



      In this episode, Sandy & Jade provide a convention report on the three conventions that they attended over two weekends --- DundraCon (a gaming convention), GallifreyOne (a Doctor Who Convention), and Stitches West (a fiber art convention).

      We recorded an extremely long episode, which we've broken up to Episode 51 & 52. Stay tuned for Episode 52 very shortly! You can find Jade's written con report on her blog for both GallifreyOne & Stitches West 2014!



      Wednesday, February 5, 2014

      Episode 50: Half a Century



      In this episode, the girls speculate about the announced Star Trek CSI-like show  -- will it be good? bad? ugly?

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      Get Geeky!

      What are the Girls talking about?


      Events:



      Get Crafty!

      Unfortunately, Espana has not been crafting as she is living temporarily back in San Francisco before returning to Spain.

      Sandy's been busy doing illustration work for gaming companies. See her DeviantArt gallery for a look at what she's been working on for them.

      For Ravellenics, the Geek Girl Crafts is joining up with Team Sasquatch! We're going to be working on finishing up WIPS  and UFOs that have been sitting around for a while. So, if you want to double dip, you can join us for Ravellenics as well as Finishuary for the Brass Needles Podcast!
      • Sandy will be working on her: Apres Surf Hoodie and as a stretch goal, her Cosby Sweater.
      • Jade will be working on her Alice Starmore cable cardigan and her Color Affection.

      Fiber Optics


      FINISHED
      OBJECTS
      Jade

      Untitled


      WIPS

      Jade
      • New Houdinis using Paton Kroy socks in Brown Russet. They remind Jade of Sock monkey colors



      Thursday, January 16, 2014

      Episode 49: Flaming Self Promotion



      In this episode, España is back! We catch up with her and talk a little bit about the holidays, as well as doing some shameless self-promotion. Then Sandy & Jade go onwards to talk about crafting from the holidays and into 2014


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      Get Geeky!

      What are the Girls talking about?


      Events:


      Get Crafty!

      Unfortunately, Espana has not been crafting as she is living temporarily back in San Francisco before returning to Spain.

      Sandy's been busy doing illustration work for gaming companies. See her DeviantArt gallery for a look at what she's been working on for them.

      Fiber Optics


      FINISHED
      OBJECTS
      Jade
      Sandy


      WIPS

      Jade
      Sandy
      • Project: Beekeeper Hexi’s

      Bead It!
      Over the holidays, Jade made jewelry with her sister-in-law: http://geekgirlcrafts.blogspot.com/2014/01/beading-with-purpose.html

      Monday, December 16, 2013

      Episode 48: Sleepy Holidays



      In this episode, Sandy & Jade talk about Sleepy Hollow on Fox, and then delve into some holiday crafting.


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      Get Geeky!

      Sleepy Hollow

      Sandy & Jade talk about Sleepy Hollow on Fox. They both recommend the show.
      Sandy suggests checking out Orlando Jone's Tumblr feed.

      Get Crafty!

      Last minute holiday gift ideas:

      1. ch 21 in bulky yarn 
      2. dc across, turn
      3. dc in back loops, turn

      Fiber Optics:

      • Jade 
      • Walking Project: Working on Houdini socks out of Socks that Rock lightweight. She only gets 30 minutes to work on these every day, so it's taken a while to finish.
      • Easy fingerless mittens for her eldest nephew using Colinette Hullaboo aran weight yarn. It's going really fast!
      • AT the Pajama Jammie Jam, Jade picked up a crazy color Manos del Uruaguay skein of yarn...and had to cast on immediately. Colors are all highlighter neon, so she's pairing it with a skein of Cascade silk heritage (very nice) to tone down the colors.
      • Swapetition with the Savvy Girls! Check out what Jade got in her package.
      • Sandy.
        • Gift socks for a friend.
        • She's making progress on the Union Jack sweater, but "Intarsia b hard, yo."

      Make it Sew 

      Jade made a book bag for my nephew out of Star Wars fabric that she found at JoAnns in the remnant bin for 75% off.



      Saturday, November 30, 2013

      Episode 47: Hammertime!



      In this episode, we almost get an España back, but had some technical difficulties, so Sandy & Jade review Thor - The Dark World (with spoilers), then geek out about their latest crafty projects.


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      Get Geeky!

      Movie Review

      Sandy & Jade review THOR - THE DARK WORLD. There are some heavy duty spoilers in this show, so if you haven't seen the movie, don't listen!

      Get Crafty!

      Fiber Optics:

      • Jade 
      • Working on Houdini socks as they are easy to knit while walking to work
      • Easy fingerless mittens for her BIL using Cascade Superwash sport multis
      • Swapetition with the Savvy Girls!

      Make it Sew 

      Jade has been making pajamas and project bags!