Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Episode 151 The Orange Sweater Curse!



Welcome
Abby is drinking peppermint bark tea and Melissa is drinking Cardamon Cinnamon from the Republic on Tea 
Twist Cardigan

Latte
Melissa is working on the District 12 Cowl Wrap in crochet. Using an N hook 
She is also working on the Full Circle Cowl from 60 Quick Cowls 
Abby discussed gauge.
Abby is working on the Twist cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns of ChicKnits. She received a gift card for Quince and Company from Elizabeth Doherty that she used to purchase the yarn.  She is using the channel island cast on.
She is working on another Brickless by Martina Behm. Abby is using a Yowza What a Skein from Miss Babs 

Giostra Hat
Grande
Melissa finished the basket-weave blanket that she has been working on and off for six months. She suggested getting pet hair out by using Sticky Sheets.  She also finished the Giostra Hat by Woolly Wormhead. For that she used Knitted Wit PDX Carpet in worsted weight
yarn.
Basket-weave Blanket
Brickless one + in progress

Rainbow Socks
Abby finished the Fab Funky Fibres Rainbow Socks. And she has sworn off the afterthought heel. Finally the orange sweater curse has been broken by completing and liking the Hitofude sweater. She is also still working on the double knit scarf.
Hitofude Sweater


Bitter Cup
Melissa didn’t have the materials need to start several projects. Abby describes her hand made item’s run in with (possible) moths. 

MOTHS!!!
Brewing
Abby wants to make another cowl.. Also on what kind of sock design to use with her New Zealand Possum Yarn.
Melissa is thinking about baby items and another cowl. She would like to learn or try a new technique. 


Sofa
Abby has re-watched almost all of Outlander.
Melissa has watched Transparent and The Man from High Castle, both high recommendations, and can’t wait to get back The Walking Dead.
Abby compares Harry Potter, Sherlock and The Walking Dead.
Making a Murder
Podcasts mentioned

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Episode 150 Reindeer and Zombies



Latte
Melissa has started several projects. Ornaments are in season. Melissa talked about ornament kits she previously found at Knit Purl in Portland OR: Santa Hats, Sock Monkey Ornament Kit by Sarah Morris, a Beaded Silken Star, a Snowman, and a Beaded Globe. They do not have their kits online this year so here are some similar inspiring ornament patterns found on Ravelry: Knitted Santa Hat by Linda Dawkins, Tiny Sock Monkey by MaryKate Long,   Knit Star Ornaments by Kat Lewinski, and this Cabled Globe would look lovely with beads

Abby is working on self striping socks from Fab Funky Fibers in the color Fifteen Color Rainbow. And she is close to finishing the Hitofude Cardigan.
Abby is already completing a 2016 resolution by learining double knitting while working on the Null Hypothesis scarf. And she is using some beautiful wooden yarn bowls to keep the two yarns organized. The yarn bowls were given to her from listener Kim in California. One is poplar and the other is maple. For this project, Abby is using the new madeline tosh sock yarn in Blue Nile and Edison bulb.




Brewing
Melissa received a knitting bag made of fabric called, “Dysfunctional Families,” and a self striping sock yarn from Yarn vs Zombies as a birthday present from Abby. Thank you Abby!
Abby and Melissa discussed process vs product. Abby has been working on quilt for the last 17 years, finished it up and sent it off without taking pictures. She discussed quilting and finishing.

Let us know what you think about process vs product. 

Abby has blocked the Ribbon Shrug by Louisa Harding which she made out of malibrigo chunky yarn.

Chai
Melissa and Abby went to The Oregon Science FictionConvention or (ORYCON.) Melissa dressed up as the Widow from AMC’s TheBadlands. Abby got her first corset from Miss Haley's Bombshell Boutique, and she can be found on Facebook and reached at MissHaleyBB@Live.com
And needs to plan a costume around it. She also found the Time Traveler's Costume Guild.

Taste
Melissa reviewed The Night Before Christmas in Crochet by Clement C. Moore, Mitsuki Hoshi, published by Harper Design.

Sofa
Abby has been listening to the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Books on audio books. Listening to audio books that she has already read allows her to concentrate on her sewing projects.

Abby is catching up on the Walking Dead.
Melissa is watching The Knick on Cinemax.
Abby checked out Flesh and Bone
Abby and Melissa are looking forward to Childhood’s End on SyFy 

We are thinking of doing a podcast or a stream of us playing a game or watching a TV Show and knitting. Let us know what you think.

You can reach us at knitknitcafe@gmail.com and as Abbyknitz and MissMAB on Ravelry!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Episode 149 - We Squee


Melissa and Abby are drinking Blue Lotus Chai

Latte
Melissa is still working on the endless ombre basket weave blanket for her nephew and the Moorehouse Farm’s Batwing Poncho.

Abby is working on a pair of self striping socks with yarn from Fab Funky Fibres, found on Etsy. She is using carbon circular needles by Knitter’s Pride that she bought at Black Sheep.

Abby spent most of her time between podcasts on working on her Alabama Chainin a-line dress Abby used Oregon Blueprint to print her patterns.  Dressmakers tools and supplies can be found at Nancy’s Notions and Gold Star Tools. Abby also made an Alabama Chainin stencil called Anna’s Garden

Bitter Cup & Brewing 
Melissa is making the Batwing Poncho into a sweater by adding a tube top to the poncho, Perhaps using her Silver Reed 840 standard gauge knitting machine.  She is also going to ORYCON the Oregon Science Fiction Convention later in November and is looking to pull together a quick costume.

Taste
Abby reviewed Good Measure, knit a perfect fit every time by Deborah Newton sent to us by the lovely people at Sixth and Spring

Melissa brought The Night Before Christmas in Crochet: The Complete Poem

Abby went through Nicky Epstein’s Enchanted Knits for Dolls sent to us again by the wonderful people at Sixth and Spring.

Abby discussed Mother Plays with Dolls  by Elinor Peace Bailey

Sofa
We discussed
Into the Badlands on AMC
Doctor Who
Sherlock 
Brooklyn nine nine
The Big Bang Theory 

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Happy Thanksgiving & play a lot of games!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

148 Going Crazy!

Abby & Melissa are drinking Blue Lotus Chai in today’s podcast.

Latte

Melissa is still working on the Batwing Poncho from Morehouse Knitting, and a Basketweave blanket that she has been working on FOREVER for her nephew. Due to life events there has been very little progress on those items.

Abby has made significant progress on her Hitofude Cardigan sweater. The sleeves have been completed and now she is working on the back. This is the only project she has been working on.

Bitter Cup

Abby got off by a stitch in the ribbing of her sweater, and she lost a stitch at the edge. She fixed the problem in the ribbing and has figured out how to fix problems at the edge of the project. Melissa suggested lifelines and we discussed when and how we use lifelines. Melissa has been just carrying her knitting around and not knitting due to numerous life issues.

Brewing

Abby wants to start a pair of self striping socks.

Melissa has been looking at Knitted Knockers and chicken sweaters

Abby mentioned the Murano Hotel in Tacoma where they have the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat

Abby is starting a book review of Deborah Newton’s Good Measure. This book is about getting a perfect fit. But she is still really focused on making her own clothing with the Alabama Chainin patterns /studio-books. And in order to do that she needed natural cotton jersey. Since the Alabama Chainin jersey was very expensive Abby decided to dye her own. And that was an adventure. It turned out beautifully though. Afterwards she went out and bought additional fabric. She will use the fabric she dyed for her first garments. The fourth Alabama Chainin book contains a CD that contains ALL of their patterns.

Sofa

Abby is behind on Doctor Who, Empire, and Gotham. Melissa’s costume for Halloween was Ms. Kringle from Gotham. Project Runway got a long discussion since the finale is coming up. Abby and Melissa are both excited by who is going to the finale. Fun and gorey series are also happening like Scream Queens and Ash vs Evil Dead Regular series like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder are suggested as great for knitting because they rely heavily on dialogue. And The Walking Dead is still great despite being in its sixth season.

Monday, October 12, 2015

147 Gnomes, Bunnies and Tribbles

Latte: Melissa is working on the Morehouse Farm's Batwing Poncho and the blanket that she is knitting for her nephew. Abby is making the Gecko Scarf, also from from Morehouse Farm. She’s making it out of Cascade 220, on Lantern Moon mahogany dpns. Abby mentions that she got three scarf kits from Morehouse Farm: the alligator, Cat/critter, and frog. She’s also STILL working on the first part of Hitofude, but closing in on at least that part. Grande: Melissa finished a totally cute pink miniature Cthulu. Abby finished, as promised, a Mochimochi Gnome from a pattern by Anna Hrachovec. She used the help of a Wanda to get the arms through the body. We mention Huge and Huggable Mochimochi also by Anna Hrachovec. Bitter Cup: Melissa has found that the Batwing poncho will not exactly fit her, but thankfully, there are nieces who can enjoy it. Chai: We went to Rose City ComicCon, where we saw Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig from Start Trek TOS. Some of our favorite artists were: Fanboy Museum, Pixelosis, Caged Fairy, and many others. We saw incredible Lego creations by the Portland Lego Users Group. Some great comics we discovered were: Marbles by Ellen Forney, Devil’s Panties, Oh Hell, The Comic Critic and Krampus. Geek Chic tables are beautiful and to be lusted after. We also attended the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Melissa tried spinning on a Jenkins Turkish Spindle and on the Hansen Mini-Spinner. Jody MacDougall makes fantastic glass buttons. We both bought Felted Possum Yarn from Fly Designs. We fell in love with the angora bunnies. Dave Yocom makes truly beautiful turned wooden yarn bowls. Brewing: Sewing obsessions! Authentic Star Trek patterns. Melissa talks about a Victorian/Star Trek mashup. Abby has become obsessed with Alabama Chanin sewing and wants to make a whole new wardrobe of hand sewn clothing. Rachel Herron recently made an Alabama Chanin dress for herself and it is stunning. Sofa: We talk about TV, especially Documentary Now!, Drunk History and Scream Queens. We’re looking forward to Supergirl and the new season of The Walking Dead. Edibles: We talk about what it’s like to live in Oregon now that weed is legal.

Monday, September 28, 2015

146 - Whimsy!

Apologies for all the ambient noise. We will do better next time!


Latte: Abby is working on the same things she was knitting last time! Melissa, however, got inspired. Melissa is crocheting a very cute Cthulu, if such things are possible (they are!). For those who may not know, Melissa gives a brief introduction to Cthulu and his (its?) ilk. You can learn a lot about HP Lovecraft here. And you can find your own cute Cthulu hat on ravelry. Melissa mentioned our beloved Portland game store, Guardian Games. [No trip to Portland is complete without a visit!]  We mention Creepy Cute Crochet. 

Grande: Melissa finished a mermaid and an octopus from Teeny Tiny Mochimochi. She also made an adorable moose in cotton yarn from Knitting Mochimochi. Melissa spoke about Gumballs, tiny skeins of yarn  from Knitted Wit that can be purchased at Twisted in Portland. Melissa also referred to Hexipuffs, which Abby has sworn she will NEVER make. Abby shared that she has been painting, partly as therapy, partly as self-expression.

Abby mentioned that she belongs to ORA, the Northwest Jewish Artists Guild. If you are in Portland, please come see her in her first juried show: Celebration of Art! It’s on October 18th, and details can be found here

Brewing: Melissa is giong to make Morehouse Knits Batwing Poncho. It is too cute! Melissa explains the value of ponchos for keeping warm at work. Melissa also waxes rhapsodic about Morehouse Knits, so go to their website and buy stuff! (no affiliation)
Abby wants to knit everything, especially the Queen Bee sweater by Mary Scott Huff, but there’s no budget for the yarn, so what to do in the meantime? Maybe knit a vest? Or one of the dozen or so Katniss cowls on ravelry? We mention Outlander as well. Melissa likes to buy her yarn and bundle it together with the pattern and set it aside in a project bag. 

Special Event: Melissa unboxes the Janie Crow Persian Tiles blanket! You can see a video of the unboxing here

Taste: We review New Lace Knitting, Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill. Abby wants to knit EVERYTHING in this book! Melissa gives brief reviews of Anna Hrachovec books: Knitting Mochimochi, Teeny Tiny Mochimochi and Adventures in Mochi-Mochi Land. Melissa also brought Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies AND Knit Your Own Dog AND Woodland Knits. So much whimsy, so little time!

Demi Tasse: Abby reports her discovery that, if you are an audible.com subscriber, you can return a book you don’t like and get your credit back!


Sofa: We are excited about Fall TV! Specific shows that we like are: Black Mirror, Mr. Robot, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Gotham, Childhood’s End, Outlander, Ash vs. the Evil Dead, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Podcasts Abby has been listening to include Will Wheaton’s Radio Free Burrito, and The Black Tapes podcast.