Thursday, February 9, 2017

Episode 101: Binging


In this episode, Sandy & Jade talk about the phenomena of binge watching, and what they, themselves, have been binge watching -- from science fiction to anime to super hero shows.

For the second half of the show, the girls catch up on their latest DIY, costuming/cosplay, and crafting projects.



Get Geeky
Events:

  • Dundracon gaming convention-- February 17-20, San Ramon Mariott, Sandy will be cohosting karaoke on Friday night
  • Gallifrey One- Feb. 17-19 - LAX Hilton -- Doctor Who Convention

    • Stitches West, convention center at Santa Clara, CA February 23-26, 2017

    Get Crafty


    If you’re looking for a new craft to try, why not pick up the lucent?  Stitch Diva Studios has released a free email tutorial series on how to make cord with this simple tool.  If you don’t want to buy a gadget right away, be sure to check out their Instagram pics of lucents made from everyday objects, and maybe make one yourself before you buy a real one. Whether you use it to make drawstrings for your projects, beaded fiber necklaces and bracelets, or even as a starting i-cord for a knit project, this simple craft has a lot of possibilities.
    https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/38006
    Jade has been re-acquainting herself with macrame in order to make her Moana necklace.

    Fiber Optics

    Finished Objects
    Jade
    • Project: Fingerless gloves
    • Pattern: mine
    • Yarn/Colorway:  Black Trillium fibers
    • Notes:
    Sandy
    • Baby blanket group project-- washed, mailed, loved by the parents! The NASA Europa Mission patch in the center makes it extra special.
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    WIPs
    Jade
    Sandy
    • Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt, colorway Brasil: rainbowy!
    • Size 1 needles
    • Midway through the foot. Love this simple pattern for social/gaming knitting.
    Jade
    • Project: Vanilla Socks
    • Pattern: mine
    • Yarn/Colorway: Plymouth Stilleto
    • Notes:
    Sandy
    • Project: Project Linus blanket
    • Pattern: traditional granny squares
    • Yarn/Colorway: acrylic hodgepodge
    • Notes: Very close to done with the squares, about 14 left to go.
    Jade
    • Project: Another herringbone cowl
    • Pattern: Purl Soho Herringbone Cowl
    • Yarn/Colorway: Miss Babs Yowza! Funny Papers
    • Notes:
    For those interested, we might do a KAL based on Lord of the Rings sock patterns:

    LOTR sock designs by Claire Ellen: Two e-books



    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.