Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Episode 103: Stitches Recap


In this special craft-heavy episode, Sandy & Jade recap Stitches West 2017, and catch up on their crafting projects



Get Crafty!

This is part of a set of three episodes that will be released over the next few weeks as Sandy & Jade try to get back to their normal podcasting schedule. This episode is CRAFT HEAVY!!

Events:June 3, 2017 (Tentative) Retzlaff Winery Event: http://treadles2threads.blogspot.com/

Finished Objects
Jade
  • Project: Another herringbone cowl
  • Pattern: Purl Soho Herringbone Cowl
  • Yarn/Colorway: Miss Babs Yowza! Funny Papers
  • Notes:   Love love love love.
  • Icord cast on.   
Sandy
  • Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt, colorway Brasil: rainbowy!
  • Size 1 needles
  • Tried the citric acid soak today to protect the rainbow colors.
WIPs
Jade
  • Yarn: Cascade Greenland (bought a ton at Stitches several years ago
  • Notes: Done with body. Need to do shawl collar. Lots of merit doing the pieced pattern instead of in-the-round
Sandy
  • Kitty hats in Magic Ice DK, trans flag colors. (pink, blue white) Acrylic yarn with loooong color transitions, excellent for crochet and knitting.
  • For Transgender Day of Visibility, (actually 3/31) celebration on  April 1, at the Billy deFrank Center. I’ll be offering these for a donation to the center.
  • Using formula for hat sizes given in official P*ssyhat page, as well as a few basic beanies on Ravelry (Kitkat hat, etc.) Also making some earless beanies for those who do not want tomfoolery but do want the flag colors.
Here’s some patterns:
Jade
  • Pattern: Viajante
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Katahdin -- Morticia
Sandy
  • Hexipuffs out of my leftover Opal yarn. This is in my everyday bag.
Jade
  • Project: Vanilla Socks
  • Pattern: mine
  • Yarn/Colorway: Plymouth Stilleto
  • Notes:    ON HOLD       
Sandy



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Episode 102: "Live" from GallifreyOne


In this special episode, España and Jade are joined by the Professor Doctor (John) and the Viking at GallifreyOne for a “live” episode detailing their adventures at the Doctor Who convention, GallifreyOne (http://www.gallifreyone.com).



Get Geeky

This is part of a set of three episodes that will be released over the next few weeks as Sandy & Jade try to get back to their normal podcasting schedule. This episode does not contain any crafting or DIY.



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
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        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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