Friday, September 23, 2011

Episode 4: For the Want of a Scarf...

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In this week's episode....
  • Part I: Geek Topics
  • Part II: Geek Crafts
  • Part III: España's WorldCon Report Part II.

Part I: Geek Topics

Administrative Stuff
  • Our Facebook Fan page: Geek Girl Crafts Podcast
  • Special thanks to the Knitmore Girls who ran our promo on their episode.
  • Check out the Ravelry Group: Geek Girl Crafts Podcast
  • (Also, we hope we've worked out some of the sound quality for the Skype recording. Please let us know!)

This week we talk a little bit more detail about:

  • Oct 7-9, Big Bad Con, Sandy pimps her friend's new Zombie survival RPG during the convention, which will run on October 7th 2-6 PM
  • NorCal Ren Faire: Where it used to be, and where it is now.
  • Geek Girl Con: Espana will be attending. She talks about some of the Guests and panels.

Book Club!
Jade just started re-reading the Borderland anthologies from 10 years ago in order to refresh her memory of the new Bordertown anthology, edited by Ellen Kushner,Welcome to Bordertown
Read more about the anthology at the Bordertown website. If anyone wants to join in reading, you can begin with the new book or look for the older anthologies at your local library or 2nd hand bookstore.We can talk about it on the Ravelry forums

Sandy has finished, Bright's Passage: A Novel, and is currently in the middle of Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles) by Phillip Reeve.

Part II: Geeky Craft

Pointy Sticks & Crooked Hooks
Jade: Working on her Mondo cable cardigan. Finished both sleeves, and working on the Body
  • The afghan project for the Santa Clara County homeless shelter has its own page. Follow Sandy's progress and join the project by donating 7” squares by going to She is about 8 squares in on a 104 square blanket.
  • The Apres Surf Hoodie is also going OK. Decreasing the waist as I knit lace is pretty challenging! She is about 8 inches along on the front (after a bit of frogging on the lace)

Make it Sew
Jade is renaming this section, courtesy of Chris Hardwick -- the Nerdist  podcast, who recently had on Patric Stewart

Jade finished hemming her ren faire skirt, and helped her DH dye up silk ribbon to match wool fabric he is planning on making a Victorian outer coat.

Dr. Who Crafting
This unexpectedly turned into a Dr. Who crafting section. It turns out that both España & Jade are working on Dr. Who scarves.

Espana: is working on a Doctor Who beaded scarf.

Jade is going to start experimenting on Sandy's knitting machine in order to make the Doctor Who Scarf from Season 18. for her DH.

Part III: España's 2nd half of the WorldCon Report
We wrap up the 2nd half of España's WorldCon Report in this segment.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Speak Out with your Geek Out!

For all geeks out there, I suggest taking a read of:

Speak Out with Your Geek Out

And if you have a blog, then speak up as a geek and let your voices be heard!

We are geeks. And we are proud.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Episode 3: CCOONN!!

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Administrative Stuff: This week, we're trying out recording on Skype. So, if the audio quality sounds a little different, it's because of this reason. Please let us know how it works out for you. We have several other sound options that we're going to explore.

Part I: Geek On

  •   NorCal Ren Faire: Weekends, September 17 thru October 16, 2011 10 am - 6 pm @ Casa de Fruta in Gilroy
  • Oct 7-9, Big Bad Con, gaming convention in Hilton Oakland @ Oakland airport. Looking for volunteers for reg, open gaming, and soliciting for GMs to run games for the convention. 
  • Killing My Lobster Conquers the Galaxy: Sep 22– Oct 09 Sketch comedy, TJT Theatre, 470 Florida between 17th & Mariposa, San Francisco, CA
  • Litquake Oct 7-15 / Lit Crawl Oct 15 Various locations, genre and non, pure awesome Celebrating the final night of Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary festival, the Lit Crawl is the world’s largest free literary crawl, in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district, where it all began. In 2011, we’ll feature 450 readers and 79 readings in ONE night. Yes, ONE single night. More writers and book lovers than you can shake a stick at. Crazy. Inspiring. Exhilarating. Impossible to categorize. You don’t want to miss it.
  • Yaoi-Con Fri, October 21 – Sun, October 23

Topic Du Jour
What we talked about:
  • Special PacifiCon Report from Sandy.
  • Special WorldCon Report from España: Part 1

Part II: Geeky Crafts

  • finished her Feb Lady’s Tunic Sweater and added grosgrain ribbon
  • started the Mondo Cable cardigan out of Cascade 220 Heather (in red wine), of which she had to rip out 3 inches (2x over)
  • Finished a baby blanket for a friend
  • Charity blankets: Project page and participation info at Charity Knit/Crochet for Santa Clara County
  • Apres Surf Hoodie from Interweave knits 2008 (

  • finished up Abstract Fibers, Malificent
  • finished plying up Foxglove Spice = 881 yards 3ply
  • started Chasing Rainbows Merino/bombyx silk


  • Jade --Grommetted her bodice. Stuck herself with an awl and bled a little over the clothing
  • España
    • Worldcon went well, with a mostly assembled Watcherwoman costume. A lot of sewing of buttons and making button jewelry and obsessing over other ways to use buttons now.
    • Starting her Gallifrey One projects now. Finding a good fabric for Aztec!Barbara, probably speaking with Mette about figuring out the headpiece, and then applying feathers!

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