Mojo Go Go – Show Notes

Uptop Chatter:

Jen is just back from her Summer Vacation. Jane is gearing up for her trip to Austin!

Discussion:

Jen is working up a storm! But Jane can’t seem to find her Mojo anywhere.And, while we’re at it: go look at Jen’s Honeycomb Quilt. Do it. Go look at it right now.

Recommendations:

Outro:

I got my Mojo Working (and I thought you’d like to know) by the Young Fresh Fellows

Blanket Fort – Show Notes

Episode 22: Blanket Fort

 

Uptop Chatter

 

Jane saw Chris Hardwick, live and in (adorable) person and is SOOOO close to finishing her TARDIS cardigan.

 

Jen’s finished Blair & Vitamin D.  Sproutlette was edged out by the Mischa Baby Dress, which she’s knitting in Persian Rose madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.  Sometime soon there’ll be a Plicate in the works.  After that, she might have to learn the Tubular Cast On to make some Endpaper Mitts.

 

Blanket Fort

 

The blanket of the moment – with which we are both a little obsessed – The Beekeeper’s Quilt

 

Blankets we’ve already knit: Log cabin, Envelope afghan, and a baby blanket that ultimately became Jane’s Anchower Hat and a long-lost raglan sweater

 

Other blankets we like to look at: Babette and the Sock Yarn Patchwork Recipe

 

Some blankets we didn’t talk about but that are still cool: Lizard ridge, Drops 119-43 Blanket with Squares, and the Retro Throw

 

Judy’s Magic Cast On is an easy, no-nonsense way to cast on the hexipuffs.

 

ASIDE  We’re talking ‘bout tesselations…

 

Color Scheme Designer

 

But where will we get all the yarn?!?

Dye your own! – Knit Picks Bare.  Or buy the already-dyed stuff from Knit Picks or elsewhere.    Mini skeins can be found on Etsy.  The space cadet mini skein club looked especially neat.

 

Quilting calculator to determine how many hexipuffs to knit for a blanket of X x X dimensions

 

Map of the World, and, of course, a TARDIS blanket

 

Recommendations

Jane’s aches and pains are being tamed by Zheng Gu Shui - or “grandpa juice”, Jackie’s Java is some seriously good silly coffee, and Tullycraft is for your ears (and your heart!).

Jen is all David Sedaris, all the time… an older talk about being an American in Paris and Tokyo on Rick Steve’s podcast, and newer talk about Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, etc. on Fresh Air, Ramblings with Clare Balding

 

Outro  Lost In Light Rotation by TullyCraft

Dismantled – Show Notes

Episode 21: Dismantled

 

Uptop Chatter

Jane- A moment of weakness in a yarn store and Jane went home with a pattern and some yarn to make Squee! Legwarmers!

 

Jen: Vitamin D, Zuni Shawl; Ravelry is good for browsing!

 

Main Topic

And the winner is…

    Super congratulations to the winners of our Where in the World are Jane and Jen Scavanger hunt.

        Winner #1 – Sarah H – Vide eBook

        Winner #2 – Elena D – Scroll Lace Scarf

        Winner #3 – Lily – a prize to be named later

Thanks to everyone who entered. We had a blast reading all your right and wrong answers. The answer, of course, was Hopworks Urban Brewery. Incorrect answers included: the Library, the Moon, Mars, and “Russell’s Pizza in the quaint town of Willunga. In South Australia”

 

Subtopic: As Jen’s Stash decreases, Jane’s stash has increased.

Jane had a “come to Jesus” moment with the stash. Everything is now photographed and catalogued on Ravelry. There’s even stuff in the For Sale or Trade tab! A Reorganization of the Queue occurred as well. Four items are currently in the queue, all with Jen’s “hywk” tag!

Jen: WEBS is dangerous in April/May

 

Subtopic: Something discovered in the stash dive!

During the stashdive, Jane discovered she has a TON of odd balls of Dk weight. They all seem to go together pretty well and would be great to use in the Fair Isle portions of the Cornflower Cardigan. The original Fair Isle Cardigan has been frogged, and plans are underway to begin this project as soon as the Tardis Cardigan come out of the space/time loop through which it is currently traveling.

 

Recommendations

Jane – Found the best Pandora station ever, based on The Ventures, all surf rock, no talk! The Pioneer Woman’s Burger Salad

Jen – It’s Hard Not To Hate You by Valerie Frankel,

Outro

Apache by The Shadows

Where are Jane and Jen knitting?

You heard about it in the episode, now’s your chance to win some awesome prizes with our Where in the World are Jane and Jen scavenger hunt!

The Rules!
Send an e-mail to knitfunny@gmail.com with the subject “Scavenger Hunt” with your answer to the question “Where are Jane and Jen knitting?” (answers need not be correct to enter) along with what pattern you’d like as your prize. Answers must be received by April 12th, and the winners will be announced in our next episode

Clues

  1. Two locations – one in SE and one in North Portland; the North Portland location boasts a bike bar!
  2. One of Portland’s first Eco-Brewpubs – and it’s carbon neutral!
  3. Sip on a Pig War White IPA while munching on a slice of Spicoli pizza…

Prizes!

Vide pattern booklet from ninnilina
2 people will win one pattern of their choice, up to $7, to be gifted via Ravelry

Can’t wait to get started? Here’s a clue!
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Score! – Show Notes

Uptop Chatter

Jen’s been casting on (and actually finishing!) things like a madwoman.

Many Baby Bibs (from more scraps), Lil’s Baby Kimono (from gift/stash and finished except for the buttons) are done.

Jane actually managed to finish her Ferslugginn House Cardigan! Also, she has come to from her recent UFO abduction and is chugging away on the Tardis Cardigan again. Thinking of another Betiko, Jane purchased two skeins of Madelinetosh Worsted in a delicious color called “Tart.” All the knitting hasn’t come without a obstacle, but we’ll get to that later.

Jen’s queue has been properly organized – hywk & shop – so she can easily focus her attention, be it practical or fantastical

Main Topics

Things to say Thank You for:

Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton from a listener – Jen finally made some baby bibs out of it, and it’s delightful.  Soft, easy to knit.  Still feels and looks great after a machine wash/dry (better than Manos Stria, for example).  She promises she’ll give what’s left to Jane for swatching!

Jen’s A Shawl for Knitting is in the works thanks to the Zuni Shawl RAP from thenattyknitter – Wow; so unexpected!  It’s such a fun knit so far; easy but intuitive.  Thank you so much, Natalie!

An extraordinary contest-ish thing

Send an e-mail to knitfunny@gmail.com with the subject “Scavenger Hunt” with your answer to the question “Where are Jane and Jen knitting?” (answers need not be correct to enter) along with what pattern you’d like as your prize. Answers must be received by April 12th,  and the winners will be announced in our next episode

Clues

1. Two locations – one in SE and one in North Portland; the North Portland location boasts a bike bar!

2. One of Portland’s first Eco-Brewpubs – and it’s carbon neutral!

3. Sip on a Pig War White IPA while munching on a slice of Spicoli pizza…

Prizes

  • Vide pattern booklet from ninnilina

  • 2 patterns, up to $7, to be gifted via Ravelry

Charts

Jane’s flummoxed by the Time Bandit chart?  :(

    Update: since recording Jane has found this blog, and it turns out she was right… there is some backward-ness going on. This was after Jane and Jen sat around and ripped up the chart trying to figure the whole thing out.

It's just like a puzzle, right?

It’s just like a puzzle, right?

Question: Why do designers make charts so dammned ridiculous?  Or is it just that a few of us find them ridiculous?

Recommendations from Ravlery on charting software/websites

If you’ve already got mad Excel skillz (or even just Excel skillz) here’s a font that works with Excel!

Jen generally dislikes the chart status quo.  Why?  Perhaps because she’s generally defiant of convention, or maybe she knows a better way for weirdos like her who like color rather than symbols.  Example: Sundance Makeup Bag – oh, how unclear and blurry the symbols were until she reprinted via Adobe Reader rather than the web!

Vitamin Deeelightful has been rethought with more visual instructions, as has Clockwork.

Maybe the best way to describe Jen’s weird obsession is to say that she prefers to read from right to left (as she knits), and that she’d rather see what she needs to do, rather than be told in words. It’s the things that are different that should be spelled out explicitly – whatever is the same should be boiled down to basics – and everything else that’s left should be spelled out explicitly.

Recommendations

Jen – Worst Cooks in America, Fast Foods Gone Global, Mockingbird Lane & Game of Thrones 2nd Season,

Jane – Welcome to Night Vale, Eddie Izzard on Netflix (Dressed to Kill is the best)

Outro

Shapeshifter by the long-gone and sadly missed Model Rockets