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 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.