Thursday, December 31, 2015

Episode 88: BB88 - Spoiler-tastic

In this week's SPOILER-tastic episode, Sandy & Jade talk in-depth about the latest Star Wars movie, the Force Awakens. CAUTION: There are a lot of spoilers in this episode.

Afterwards, they geek out about their end-of-year projects, then wrap up with a review of Star Wars Crochet kit, by Thunder Press.

Get Geeky

Events 2016

Dundracon 40: San Ramon Mariott February 12-15, 2016, HOTEL IS FULL, last day for prereg prices 1/31
Sandy is helping with the karaoke event again this year-- proposed theme: Princes of the Universe
  • Stitches West: FEB. 18-21, 2016


Sandy & Jade talk about the new Star Wars movie, their thoughts about the characters, etc. This is a SPOILER-HEAVY episode, so if you haven't seen the movie, skip to the Get Crafty Section.

Get Crafty

Fiber Optics

Finished Objects
  • Raspberry Ice
  • Yarn: Queensland Kathmandu Chunky - Merino, Cashmere, Silk.
  • Progress: Complete. Jade had hoped it was a 2 week sweater, but finished instead in 21 days on Xmas day.
  • Modifications: Seed stitch instead
  • Pattern: GAP-tastic cowl
  • Yarn: Eco Wool in Ecru -- left overs from the Hemlock Blanket by Jared Flood
  • Modifications -- Double moss stitch instead of the single moss stitch.
  • Pattern: Vanilla Fingerless glove pattern
  • Yarn: “Asia” -- Super Sock Abstract Fibers
  • 80% done knitting 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.
  • not using the charts, still counting to finish the corners
Started some vanilla socks for Eric in a very old skein of yarn-- Brunswick Nylamb in the color Cranberry.  
Two inches of cuffs underway.

Review: Star Wars Crochet

Author: Lucy Collins
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press 

DISCLAIMER: This kit was given to us by Thunder Bay Press to review.
We’ll upload a more comprehensive review on our blog, with photos, but here’s a shortened version:

Overall, the kit was well put together. It contained: yarn, a crochet hook, instructions, stuffing, eyes, and a darning needle. Jade made Yoda, which is the first project in the book while at Convolution this year.

  • The yarn == The yarn was wool, which was a nice surprise. It was pleasant enough to work with.  I thought it’d be acrylic, but it’s actual wool yarn.
  • Crochet hook == The hook is metal, which Jade doesn’t personally like, but you can’t be picky. Also, the crochet hook is the correct size for the yarn
  • Instructions == The instructions are very good, clear and concise.
    • The front part of the book contains instructions for beginning crocheters with photos and details on how to do all of the stitches necessary for each project -- including how to tell the wrong / right side of amigurumi. It’s a good start for a beginner.
    • You might want to supplement this with an actual beginning book on crochet -- “Stitch & Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker” (at least 2nd edition)”
  • Eyes == The enclosed doll eyes did not work. Both Jade and Sandy, who are experienced toy crochet/knitters, could not get the screws for the eyes to work. They suggest getting new doll eyes from a big box craft store or embroider the eyes, if you know how.
  • The darning needle == Jade found the darning needle a bit too small to work with, especially if you’re a child with clumsy hands.
  • The Star Wars characters == All of them are SUPER cute. And Jade wants to make them all. Sandy wants this kit for herself, as well.

PROS: Excellent kit overall, with minor nits. Jade recommends this for adventurous beginners, experienced crocheters, and any crafter who loves Star Wars.

CONS: A couple of things
  • The eyes and darning needle were useless as noted above . 
  • The Storm Trooper should have been the very first project instead of Yoda as there are too many things as a first project … including making very small Yoda ears and his cloak.
  • The weight of the yarn is mentioned only at the beginning of the book under "NOTES". When looking at each project, the yarn weight is not mentioned at all.


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