Thursday, 14 January 2021

Episode 430 ~ In Which We Announce the 2020 RAL Grand Prize Winners!





Show Notes:

Intro -

On the Needles -
Dami -
~halle’s bella hat - Twilight Eclipse Bella's Slouchy Striped Toque by Amy Thiessen (no longer available; lmk if you want a pdf) on US 7 - 4.5 mm & US 8 - 5.0 mm, Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed Aran in 26 Forest & 7 Oatmeal

C.C. -
~Surprise Socks - French Vanilla Cappuccino Socks by ME! on US1.5 (2.5mm), Pandia's Jewels Hand Dyed Yarn Snug in the Supernatural colourway & Suburban Stitcher Sock in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park colourway
Project bag from Little Fish Stitches & Progress Keeper/Stitch Markers from Tilting Planet

~2020 Catvent Cowl #2 - The Catvent Cowl by Marna Gilligan (An Caitin Beag) on US2.5 (3mm), An Caitin Dubh 4-Ply Wool Darkness Advent Calendar from An Caitin Beag
Project bag from Nerd Bird Makery

Finished Projects -
Dami -
~None

C.C. -
~2021 Preemie Hat #2 on US6 (4mm), Marianated Yarns Scrumptious HT in the Polar Frost & Sea of Glass colourways

~2021 Birthday Socks for Izzy - French Vanilla Cappuccino Socks by ME! on US1.5 (2.5mm), Multiple leftover colourways

Flosstube -
Begins at timestamp 10:15

Dami -
~None

C.C. -
~FO! - Hello Pumpkin by Stitching With the Housewives

~Cat in Heart by DMC
Project bag from Tilting Planet

~Helianthus by Ink Circles
Project bag from Stitching The High Notes

~Edinburgh Castle by Terra Luna Stitchery
Using Pattern Keeper software on Kindle Fire 7
Needle Minder from TopKnotStitcher
Project Bag from KnitRunDig
Grime Guard from Crab Shack Stitchery
Bitzy Bob Basic from That’s So Kelly Co.
Silicone ties
31,200 / 265,824 sts complete
11.737% complete
6 / 60 pages complete

Yummies (our current favourite things) -
~Fabric and pattern from Michelle Bendy Stitchy

~Color Street from Creativity by Gidge (Amy)

~Pink watercolor

~Crafty Photo A Day Challenge - #GGKCraftyPAD - details for January here







Rather than show you a photo, Dami would implore you to sign Jéaux Rinedahl’s petition and inform the institution I attend that discrimination on basis of sexuality is illegal.

What We're Watching, Reading, + Listening To -
Please be aware that we do discuss recent tv show episodes that have aired in the last week or so. This is your spoiler warning!


Episode 430 Bookshop List


~Hecuba by Euripides - Dami is reading

~The Glass Scientists (webcomic) by Sabrina Cotungo - Dami is reading


October / November / December 2020 RAL Winners


2020 RAL Yearlong Challenge Winners

Grand Prize Bundle #1
CJ Kopec Creations Delight - 1 skein of Ember from Eileen
Floss Organiser from Lori
Bling Your String! Stitch Marker
GnR Alpaca Farm floral buttons set from Hillary
Honeyberry Studios Listen to your body sticker
Reading badge from Hillary
Bag of Random Crafting Notions
Winner’s choice of 1 eBook or 4 single knitting patterns from JavaPurl Designs
Winner’s choice of 1 PDF cross stitch pattern from Bendy Stitchy Designs

Grand Prize Bundle #2
CJ Kopec Creations Integrity - 1 skein of Purple Passion from Eileen
Floss Organiser from Lori
Bling Your String! Stitch Marker
GnR Alpaca Farm rainbow buttons set from Hillary
Honeyberry Studios Listen to your body sticker Reading badge from Hillary
Bag of Random Crafting Notions
Winner’s choice of 1 eBook or 4 single knitting patterns from JavaPurl Designs
Winner’s choice of 1 PDF cross stitch pattern from Bendy Stitchy Designs

Grand Prize Bundle #3
Knitologie Worsted - 1 skein of Empire
Floss Holders - 6 of them from Lori
Pinkmakaroons Star Progress Keeper
Pandia’s Jewels Illumikniti Cork Label Set
Honeyberry Studios Listen to your body sticker
Reading badge from Hillary
Bag of Random Crafting Notions
Winner’s choice of 1 eBook or 4 single knitting patterns from JavaPurl Designs
Winner’s choice of 1 PDF cross stitch pattern from Bendy Stitchy Designs


January / February / March 2021 RAL - 15 minutes of reading daily challenge
* 86-90 of 90 days - 1 or more giveaways for eBook, everyone gets $1.20 off any single pattern coupon code & 86+ days RAL virtual badge
* 59-85 of 90 days - 1 or more giveaways for single pattern, everyone gets 59+ days RAL virtual badge
* #GGKRAL21


* #GGKRAL21

~ January / February / March
* 90 days - 10 entries
* 86-89 - 8 entries
* 59-85 - 5 entries

~ April / May / June
* 91 days - 10 entries
* 87-90 - 8 entries
* 60-86 - 5 entries

~ July / August / September
* 92 days - 10 entries
* 88-91 days - 8 entries
* 61-87 days - 5 entries

~ October / November / December
* 92 days - 10 entries
* 88-91 days - 8 entries
* 61-87 days - 5 entries

~ Read All 365 days - 10 bonus entries

~ Complete the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2021 Reading Challenge - 12 bonus entries [all or none] (we'll open a thread for you to post this in December 2021)

~Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke - C.C. is reading
LGBTQ+ Faith Book Club - if you sign up, make sure & put that I (C.C. Almon) referred you

~Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) - C.C. is rereading with Harry Potter & the Sacred Text podcast & Swish and Flick: An All Potter Podcast

~The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab - C.C. finished reading

~The Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert - C.C. finished reading Books 1 & 2

~Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer - C.C. finished reading

~A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones - C.C. finished reading

~Fortune and Glory (Stephanie Plum #27) by Janet Evanovich - C.C. is reading

~Stargate SG-1 - rewatching Season 2

~House Hunters - watching

~The Wilds - finished watching Season 1

~Murdoch Mysteries - watching Season 14

~Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist - watching Season 2

~Star Trek: Discovery - Season 3 finale

~Death in Paradise - watching Series 10

~A Discovery of Witches - watching Season 2

~The Rookie - watching Season 2

~NCIS: LA - watching Season 12

~My Favourite Murder podcast

~Cabin Pressure

~Random Spotify Playlists

December / January / February Winter Wonderland AL -


*Runs from 1-December through 28-February

*Details - any project you knit/crochet/weave/spin/stitch/sew that you can convince us relates to winter

*No WIPS - Your project must be begun no earlier than 1-December and finished no later than 28-February

*Each project that you knit/crochet/weave/spin must be at least 20yds/18.3m that you finish and post in the Facebook Group FO Thread counts as 1 entry into the giveaways. If your project is not at least 20yds/18.3m, you need to group it in a single post with other projects that together total at least 20yds/18.3m. For stitching/sewing projects, we’ll leave it to your best judgment. If you wanted our official ruling, PM email us at ggkcspodcast@gmail.com

*Feel free to poly-dip in other ALs as long as it fits in with other rules

*Please complete our Google form in order to help us make sure you are receiving a prize that you'll actually enjoy using.

*Prizes: If you’d like to donate one, email us at ggkcspodcast@gmail.com


Santa Claus Hoop Cross Stitch Kit


Pandia's Jewels Hunger Games Stitch Marker Set


Audine Wools by KnitCrate Shine Sport - 2 skeins of Sky - 2 winners will win 1 skein


Uru.Yarn by KnitCrate Cotton Basic - 1 skein of Pavement


The Shorter Things Collection by D. Marie Prokop, set of stitch markers, & bookmark

*Must be a member of the our Facebook group ~ GGKCS Podcast / FlossTube to participate

*Social Media Hashtag: #GGKCSWinter2021

*Thread will be locked the morning of 1-March and winner(s) drawn on the next podcast following that

*For any and all giveaways, prizes, competitions, ALs, etc. that we host, the winner(s) have 30 days from the date of announcement (the date the podcast episode in which the winner was announced goes live) to contact us to claim their prize or it will be forfeited. If this occurs, the prize will be used for another giveaway at our discretion. Thanks for understanding!

*There is a Chatter Thread in our Facebook group so we can encourage each other along the way.

Ask the Geeks -
Originally asked/answered in 2016:
Yvonne asks:
Not sure if this was asked before but I was wondering how the both of you store all your knitted garments when they are all finished and blocked. Do you have a sweater chest? A dressmaker's mannequin for your shawls, or a special hanger? A box of socks? I tend to roll my handknit socks and put them in a drawer. I only have drawer space for my shawls but worry that by folding them I’ll have fold marks when it’s time to wear them. Love your podcast--thank you so much for continuing to inspire us!

Misc. -
~The Black Needle Society VIP - Use the code JAVAPURL5 for a discount on your first box of box to box subscriptions (the 6 & 12 month boxes already have a discount built in; not valid on special edition boxes.


~Support the Podcast, Become A Patron



~Support the Podcast, Join us on YouTube



~Each week, we create a list on Bookshop of all the books we talk about in that week's episode. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. If you purchase a book from our list, we earn a commission & local, independent bookstores also earn money from your purchase.

~Want another way to help support our podcast? Throughout our website, links to books, tv shows, movies, etc. are Amazon Affiliate Links. We receive a portion of what you spend when you click through our website to shop on Amazon. What we receive helps us with the costs associated with producing this podcast as well as with prizes & shipping for giveaways. Thanks in advance for your support!


If you are in the UK, please click this link, Amazon.co.uk, or the banner below to shop:


If you are in Canada, please click this link, Amazon.ca or the banner below to shop:


~For any and all giveaways, prizes, competitions, ALs, etc. that we host, the winner(s) have 30 days from the date of announcement (the date the podcast episode in which the winner was announced goes live) to contact us to claim their prize or it will be forfeited. If this occurs, the prize will be used for another giveaway at our discretion. Thanks for understanding!

Find Us Online -
C.C. - (she/her)
~ on Instagram as CC_JavaPurl

Dami - (they/them)
~ on Instagram as damisdoodles

Pink Purl -
~on Instagram as pinkiepurl

JavaPurl Designs
~ JavaPurl Designs website

GGKCS -
~ our Facebook group ~ GGKCS Podcast / FlossTube
~ our Facebook page
~ email us: ggkcspodcast@gmail.com
~ on Apple Podcasts
~ on YouTube
~ Support the Podcast, Become a Patron

Until next time,

Monday, 11 January 2021

Stitch With Me ~ Episode 38





~Cat in Heart by DMC

#CCStitchWithMePrompts


~Support the Podcast, Become A Patron



~Support the Podcast, Join us on YouTube



Each week, we create a list on Bookshop of all the books we talk about in that week's episode. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. If you purchase a book from our list, we earn a commission & local, independent bookstores also earn money from your purchase.

~Want another way to help support our podcast? Throughout our website, links to books, tv shows, movies, etc. are Amazon Affiliate Links. We receive a portion of what you spend when you click through our website to shop on Amazon. What we receive helps us with the costs associated with producing this podcast as well as with prizes & shipping for giveaways. Thanks in advance for your support!


If you are in the UK, please click this link, Amazon.co.uk, or the banner below to shop:


If you are in Canada, please click this link, Amazon.ca or the banner below to shop:


~For any and all giveaways, prizes, competitions, ALs, etc. that we host, the winner(s) have 30 days from the date of announcement (the date the podcast episode in which the winner was announced goes live) to contact us to claim their prize or it will be forfeited. If this occurs, the prize will be used for another giveaway at our discretion. Thanks for understanding!

Find Us Online -
C.C. - (she/her)
~ on Instagram as CC_JavaPurl

Dami - (they/them)
~ on Instagram as damisdoodles

Pink Purl -
~on Instagram as pinkiepurl

JavaPurl Designs
~ JavaPurl Designs website

GGKCS -
~ our Facebook group ~ GGKCS Podcast / FlossTube
~ our Facebook page
~ email us: ggkcspodcast@gmail.com
~ on Apple Podcasts
~ on YouTube
~ Support the Podcast, Become a Patron

Until next time,

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Episode 429 ~ In Which I’m All About That Mid-Afternoon Cuppa Coffee





Show Notes:

Intro -

On the Needles -
~2021 Birthday Socks for Izzy - French Vanilla Cappuccino Socks by ME! on US1.5 (2.5mm), Multiple leftover colourways
Project bag from Mary & Progress Keeper/Stitch Markers from Tilting Planet

~2020 Catvent Cowl #2 - The Catvent Cowl by Marna Gilligan (An Caitin Beag) on US2.5 (3mm), An Caitin Dubh 4-Ply Wool Darkness Advent Calendar from An Caitin Beag
Project bag from Nerd Bird Makery

Finished Projects -
~2021 Preemie Hat #1 on US6 (4mm), Caron Simply Soft in the Grey Heather colourway & Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Caution & Semolina colourways

Flosstube -
Begins at timestamp 10:56

~FO! - Baa Baa Black Sheep by The Prairie Schooler

~FO! - Cats and Mandalas - February by Kitty and Me Designs

~Hello Pumpkin by Stitching With the Housewives
Project bag from Stitching The High Notes

~Edinburgh Castle by Terra Luna Stitchery
Using Pattern Keeper software on Kindle Fire 7
Needle Minder from TopKnotStitcher
Project Bag from KnitRunDig
Grime Guard from Crab Shack Stitchery
Bitzy Bob Basic from That’s So Kelly Co.
Silicone ties
31,000 / 265,824 sts complete
11.662% complete
5 / 60 pages complete

Yummies (our current favourite things) -
~parcel from Lisa Beth at Meanest Mommy Knits

~Crafty Photo A Day Challenge - #GGKCraftyPAD - details for January here


What We're Watching, Reading, + Listening To -
Please be aware that we do discuss recent tv show episodes that have aired in the last week or so. This is your spoiler warning!


Episode 429 Bookshop List



January / February / March 2021 RAL - 15 minutes of reading daily challenge
* 86-90 of 90 days - 1 or more giveaways for eBook, everyone gets $1.20 off any single pattern coupon code & 86+ days RAL virtual badge
* 59-85 of 90 days - 1 or more giveaways for single pattern, everyone gets 59+ days RAL virtual badge
* #GGKRAL21


* #GGKRAL21

~ January / February / March
* 90 days - 10 entries
* 86-89 - 8 entries
* 59-85 - 5 entries

~ April / May / June
* 91 days - 10 entries
* 87-90 - 8 entries
* 60-86 - 5 entries

~ July / August / September
* 92 days - 10 entries
* 88-91 days - 8 entries
* 61-87 days - 5 entries

~ October / November / December
* 92 days - 10 entries
* 88-91 days - 8 entries
* 61-87 days - 5 entries

~ Read All 365 days - 10 bonus entries

~ Complete the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2021 Reading Challenge - 12 bonus entries [all or none] (we'll open a thread for you to post this in December 2021)

~Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke - C.C. is reading
LGBTQ+ Faith Book Club - if you sign up, make sure & put that I (C.C. Almon) referred you

~Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) - C.C. is rereading with Harry Potter & the Sacred Text podcast & Swish and Flick: An All Potter Podcast

~The Searcher by Tana French - C.C. finished reading

~Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth - C.C. finished reading

~Shadows in Death (In Death #51) by J.D. Robb - C.C. finished reading

~Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn - C.C. finished reading Book 5

~The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab - C.C. is reading

~Stargate SG-1 - finished rewatching Season 1 & rewatching Season 2

~House Hunters - watching

~The Wilds - watching Season 1

~Star Trek: Discovery - watching Season 3

~Doctor Who - New Year’s Special

~The Rookie - watching Season 2

~NCIS: LA - watching Season 12

~NCIS: New Orleans - watching Season 7

~My Favourite Murder podcast

~Random Spotify Playlists

December / January / February Winter Wonderland AL -


*Runs from 1-December through 28-February

*Details - any project you knit/crochet/weave/spin/stitch/sew that you can convince us relates to winter

*No WIPS - Your project must be begun no earlier than 1-December and finished no later than 28-February

*Each project that you knit/crochet/weave/spin must be at least 20yds/18.3m that you finish and post in the Facebook Group FO Thread counts as 1 entry into the giveaways. If your project is not at least 20yds/18.3m, you need to group it in a single post with other projects that together total at least 20yds/18.3m. For stitching/sewing projects, we’ll leave it to your best judgment. If you wanted our official ruling, PM email us at ggkcspodcast@gmail.com

*Feel free to poly-dip in other ALs as long as it fits in with other rules

*Please complete our Google form in order to help us make sure you are receiving a prize that you'll actually enjoy using.

*Prizes: If you’d like to donate one, email us at ggkcspodcast@gmail.com


Santa Claus Hoop Cross Stitch Kit


Pandia's Jewels Hunger Games Stitch Marker Set


Audine Wools by KnitCrate Shine Sport - 2 skeins of Sky - 2 winners will win 1 skein


Uru.Yarn by KnitCrate Cotton Basic - 1 skein of Pavement


The Shorter Things Collection by D. Marie Prokop, set of stitch markers, & bookmark

*Must be a member of the our Facebook group ~ GGKCS Podcast / FlossTube to participate

*Social Media Hashtag: #GGKCSWinter2021

*Thread will be locked the morning of 1-March and winner(s) drawn on the next podcast following that

*For any and all giveaways, prizes, competitions, ALs, etc. that we host, the winner(s) have 30 days from the date of announcement (the date the podcast episode in which the winner was announced goes live) to contact us to claim their prize or it will be forfeited. If this occurs, the prize will be used for another giveaway at our discretion. Thanks for understanding!

*There is a Chatter Thread in our Facebook group so we can encourage each other along the way.

Misc. -
~The Black Needle Society VIP - Use the code JAVAPURL5 for a discount on your first box of box to box subscriptions (the 6 & 12 month boxes already have a discount built in; not valid on special edition boxes.


~Support the Podcast, Become A Patron



~Support the Podcast, Join us on YouTube



~Each week, we create a list on Bookshop of all the books we talk about in that week's episode. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. If you purchase a book from our list, we earn a commission & local, independent bookstores also earn money from your purchase.

~Want another way to help support our podcast? Throughout our website, links to books, tv shows, movies, etc. are Amazon Affiliate Links. We receive a portion of what you spend when you click through our website to shop on Amazon. What we receive helps us with the costs associated with producing this podcast as well as with prizes & shipping for giveaways. Thanks in advance for your support!


If you are in the UK, please click this link, Amazon.co.uk, or the banner below to shop:


If you are in Canada, please click this link, Amazon.ca or the banner below to shop:


~For any and all giveaways, prizes, competitions, ALs, etc. that we host, the winner(s) have 30 days from the date of announcement (the date the podcast episode in which the winner was announced goes live) to contact us to claim their prize or it will be forfeited. If this occurs, the prize will be used for another giveaway at our discretion. Thanks for understanding!

Find Us Online -
C.C. - (she/her)
~ on Instagram as CC_JavaPurl

Dami - (they/them)
~ on Instagram as damisdoodles

Pink Purl -
~on Instagram as pinkiepurl

JavaPurl Designs
~ JavaPurl Designs website

GGKCS -
~ our Facebook group ~ GGKCS Podcast / FlossTube
~ our Facebook page
~ email us: ggkcspodcast@gmail.com
~ on Apple Podcasts
~ on YouTube
~ Support the Podcast, Become a Patron

Until next time,