Thursday, August 28, 2014

Episode 60: We Are Groot!



In this episode, Jade & Sandy geek out about Guardians of the Galaxy...warning MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE!!! Then in the second half, geek out about some of the fiber artists who have taken to creating Groot, as well as their own knitting projects. Jade discusses her newest costuming project---cosplaying Han Solo for the next convention.



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Get Geeky

Guardians of the Galaxy links:


Get Crafty


Fiber Optics



FINISHED
OBJECTS
Jade
Sandy
WIP
OBJECTS
Jade
  • Domo-kun hat for Eldest Niece. This is Jade's first intarsia project
    • Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash
Sandy
  • Matchy-matchy socks for Sandy.
Jade
Sandy


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Jade is working on her next cosplay, Han Solo, that she will be doing with a few friends at Convolution in September 2014. You can find details on her blog at: http://geekgirlcrafts.blogspot.com/search/label/HanSolo

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Episode 59: San Diego Comic-Con Wrap-Up



In this episode, Jade & Sandy talk about San Diego Comic-Con, past & present. Jade recaps her adventures at San Diego Comic-Con including at the masquerade. In the crafting section, the girls talk about their latest projects, and Sandy discusses the world's ugliest duvet.



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Get Geeky

San Diego Comic-con is a comic-book & media convention that happens in San Diego at the end of July. You can find out more here: http://www.comic-con.org/ The winners of the San Diego Comic-Con masquerade: http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-masquerade-2014-winners

Our presentation, "12", at SDCC


The Best in Show Skit at SDCC

Get Crafty


Fiber Optics



FINISHED
OBJECTS
Jade
Sandy
  • Cotton dishclothes
  • Boy drawer shorts
WIP
OBJECTS
Jade
Sandy



Make it Sew! -

Jade is starting on her next cosplay, Han Solo, that she will be doing with a few friends at Convolution in September 2014.

Sandy is going to modify the world's ugliest duvet in order for it to fit standard size duvet covers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Episode 58: Fairy Tales Retold



In this episode before España goes to the UK, the girls talk about the re-telling of fairy tales from different points-of-view, starting with Malificent (don't worry, no spoilers). They discuss some of their favorite books, movies, and authors who have utilized this particular genre. Then in crafting, España waxes about seeing her beading supplies again in the UK, Sandy talks about her new alpaca fleece, and Jade can't really talk about her super seekrit (not-so-seekrit) project.



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Get Geeky

Some of the books discussed on the show:
  • Jim C. Hines -- The Princess Series 
  •  Anne Sexton: pulitzer prize poet, poetic retelling of fairytales, called Transformations , 1971 
  • Terri Windling & Ellen Datlow --Snow White and Blood Red (and others) 
  • Lots of shorts stories on Podcastle. 
  • Wicked, 
  • Was (Jeff Ryman), 
  • Freeway, 
  • Snow White: A Tale of Terror, 
  • Enchanted, Snow, Glass,
  • Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (Tamlin)
Movies:
  • Upcoming Dracula Movie, 
  • Malificent, 
  • Hansel & Gretel: WitchHunter, 
  • Snow White & The Hunter, 
  • Ever After (Drew Barrymore)
TV:
  • Apples 10th Kingdom TV series

Get Crafty


Fiber Optics


FINISHED
OBJECTS
Jade
  • Project: Starry Night Gloves. Long sleeve gloves
Sandy
  • Baby Shower for Afghans for Afghans: socks and mitts and hats for newborns to one year. Two hats, 1 pair of socks, one more sock to make two pairs.



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Jade
She's still working on her Super Seekrit Project. You can read about it on her blog.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Episode 57: Crafting Again



For Episode 57, Sandy and Jade catch up on their crafting since they last podcasted. They talk about knitting, crochet, sewing, and papercrafts.


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Get Crafty!

Odds & Ends

Sandy has posted a picture tutorial outlining how to make a Chiyogami box using decoupage:Picture Tutorial . As a tip, make sure your paper doesn't bleed ink when using the decoupage glue!

Help a permaculture farmer get through a financial crunch! Oakheart Alpacas, Virginia
Pics of some available fleeces: https://plus.google.com/103578399108615664871/posts/jJRPSCeDj36

Whole fleeces, carded batts, and spun yarn also available: contact Tiffany or Andrew at oakheart.alpacas AT gmail.com or caynreth AT gmail.com for more pictures and price quotes (generally $5/oz, bulk buying options negotiable) .  

All fleeces come from a permaculture farm in Virginia, the wool is carded and spun by hand! Sandy bought a silver-black fleece from a critter called Outlaw, there’s plenty more where that came from if you want your own Outlaw wool!
 

Fiber Optics


FINISHED
OBJECTS
Jade
  • Finished the Color Affection Shawl using Miss Babs Yarn
  • Finished the Skinny Clapotis
Sandy
WIPS

Jade
  • Project: Starry Night Gloves 
  • Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers - Dragon Sock
  • Pattern: Jade's own pattern
  • Status: Nearly done. Have to finish one inch and the thumb of the 2nd glove.
Sandy
Sandy
Jade
  • Project: Stitches Sweater -- Ribby Cardy by Chic Knits
  • Yarn: Cascade Greenland
  • Status: Working on both sleeves still. One is 75% done, and the other is 50% done

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Jade
She's still working on her Super Seekrit Project. You can read about it on her blog.
SandySandy is doing simple alterations for her husband's clothing; specifically pants that need hemming.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Episode 56: Fanime Report



For Episode 56, España and Jade geek out about Fanime & Clockwork Alchemy over Memorial Day weekend. They blather on about the Cons, the costuming/cosplay, the panels/workshops/events, and how much fun they had. Unfortunately, there is no crafting and DIY half of this episode.


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Get Geeky

Here are a few links that were discussed in this episode.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Episode 55: Part B of Episode 54



For Episode 54, the girls realized that they had geeked out for nearly a full hour about Captain America and Agents of Shield. So they decided to spin the crafting & DIY section of Episode 54 into its own episode. In this episode, Sandy & Jade talk about their crafting, knitting, and sewing projects. As always, show notes can be found


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Get Crafty!

Fiber Optics


FINISHED
OBJECTS
Jade
  • Socks -- Peacock houdinis
  • Yarn: Manos del Urugay. Jade is unsure if she’s happy with manos after a few washings..
Sandy
Sandy had to frog her Houdinis. She kept getting too big of a sock.
WIPS

Jade
  • Project: St. Brigid Aran Sweater
  • Yarn: Cascade 220
  • Status: It’s been slow going. She finished the neckband, but stills needs tol do the waist band...
Sandy
Charity afghan: two strands of worsted weight acrylic held together
Cast on a multiple of 10 sts +1
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, *dc in next 4 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 4 ch, 3 dc in next ch; rep from * 3 more times, dc in next 4 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 4 ch, 2 dc in last ch; change to 1 strand each of B and C - 5 ripples at the end of this row.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in first dc, *dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc; rep from * 3 more times, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch; change to 1 strand each of C and D.
Repeat Row 2, changing colors at the end of the row as you go.
Color Scheme:
AB
BC
CD
DE
EA
Jade
  • Project: Color Affection
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Yet
  • Status: Am in the last section of the shawl (one color)
Sandy
  • Revamping a pair of crochet shorts.
Jade
  • Project: Stitches Sweater -- Ribby Cardy by Chic Knits
  • Yarn: Cascade Greenland
  • Status: Working on both sleeves
Jade
  • Project: Skinny Clapotis
  • Yarn: My handspun - Cashmere Silk from Abstract Fibers.
  • Status: Had to rip back 6” because of dropped stitch
Jade
  • SPIN U -- Woolen Spinning
  • 6 week course @ spinU
  • Started with the basics
  • Practicing with Cotton (YUCK) so we can spin the luxury fibers, such as cashmere ($5 / oz vs. $10/oz)

Make it Sew! -


Jade
She’s getting ready for Fanime and is currently making a costume for Melinda May from Agents of Shield, and is doing a bit of leatherwork for it.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Episode 54: Captain America: The Winter Soldier



In this all geeky-topic episode, the girls discuss the movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and its cross-over with the t.v. show, Agents of Shield; not to mention fan-girl over a few of the characters. Be advised that this episode is heavy with spoilers, so you have been warned. The normal craft & DIY portion of the show will be released in its own separate episode as the girls ended up talking beyond their normal time frame.


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Get Geeky!


Video of the Agent Carter One-Shot

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1b8lwz_%E0%B8%8B-%E0%B8%9A%E0%B9%84%E0%B8%97%E0%B8%A2-marvel-one-shot-agent-carter_shortfilms