Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Episode 87: The Good, the Bad, the Over-Commercialized

In this week's episode, Sandy and Jade talk about the over-commercialization of certain geek franchises, and ask, When is too much too much? Then they play catch-up on their cosplay and crafting projects from the past month.

Get Geeky

30 Seconds of Squee

  • Sandy Squee: Sandy is gaga over Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs aromatherapy oils - http://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/
  • Jade Squee - Jade is sque’ing over the new Doctor Who season. No spoilers.

Over-commercialization of Geek Franchises

The girls discuss the GOOD and BAD of the over-commercialization of our geek fandoms. For the longest time, it was hard to get geek-themed objects, unless it was a limited run made by a fan that you could get at a convention. However, nowadays, this has changed.
Using Star Wars as an example, there might be a super saturation of the market, from Darth Vader showerheads to Chewbaca Coffee Mate creamer.
Where’s the line? How much is too much? Does it lower the mystique of a fandom? Or does it increase your enjoyment?
Sandy found this video by SNL that spoofs collectors vs. kids who buy Star Wars.


Get Crafty

Make it Sew - Cosplay Creations

Jade is currently still working on her Jedi outfit. She finished one, and started another.

Fiber Optics

Jade: 200 projects on RAVELRY!
Sandy has 63.

Finished Objects
Malabrigo merino Worsted, color Blue Graphite
Quick knit, I’d been meaning to make this for a while, and it felted up beautifully.
  • Yarn: Shibui - Linen, Cloud, and Pebble
  • Notes: Jade FINALLY finished this after some hassle. There were points where the sweater was frogged, which is a pain, because MOHAIR. She added a crochet border around the neck and edges to prevent too much rolling.
  • Pattern: Hulky Invader Sock pattern
  • Yarn: BCY Self Striping Sport Sock -- “Hulk”
  • Reminds Jade of ZIM from Invader ZIM. Sandy remarks that she thought it was from the Planet Hulk animation.
  • Pattern: Vitruvia -
  • Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug. Leaf Velvet. FINGERING WEIGHT
  • Progress: This was Jade’s trip knitting in the car. Slow progress but oh, so pretty. She’s two repeats of the cable pattern on the back.
  • Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
  • Araucania Itata Multy: wool, silk, bamboo
  • green, purple, yellow…
  • Sandy is halfway through the second sock
  • Pattern: Vanilla Sock pattern
  • Yarn: Electric Avenue by Stray Cat Socks
  • KNITTING ATTACKS JADE. She has so many broken sock needles and one lost sock. She is going to try out carbon fiber needles recommended by the Purl Girls.
  • To Sum up of National Finish a sweater month: the sweater is blocked, seamed through the body, both sleeves knit and attached to armscyes, then cut back because they were too long and reknit, but I didn’t manage to finish before the end of November.  I still have the hood and neckline to go, and then seaming the arms down the center. Can’t even begin to count the Knitting Attacks while doing the !@#$% arms.
  • Raspberry Ice - Project 201
  • Yarn: Queensland Kathmandu Chunky - Merino, Cashmere, Silk.
  • Notes: This is working up very fast. In 5 days, she has cast off the body and started on the sleeves.
A bunch of us gamer geeks are knitting or crocheting the Maple Leaf Knit Shawl by Natalia @ Elfmoda, as part of a December KAL. Mine is in Malabrigo Sock, color Fresco y Seco, a stunning emerald green.
It’s an easy pattern to work, but a lot of counting and record keeping. Make sure everything lines up and you’ll be fine.

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