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


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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.



Make it Sew! -


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!
 

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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

Make it Sew! -


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!

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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

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.

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    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!

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      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