Thursday, 12 February 2015

Episode 127 ~ In Which You Need Octopus Arms

Show Notes:

Intro -
~Welcome new members who've introduced themselves in our Ravelry Group

On the Needles/Spindles -
Damaris -
~[incredibly clever name coming soon] on US 4 (3.5 mm), See project page for colourways used

~socks for *someone* on US 1/2 (2.5 mm), Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in the Make Believe colourway

C.C. -
~Super super super super super super secret project Doctor Who Kit 1 Socks

~Gramps Sweater for Isaac on US 6 (4.0 mm) + US 7 (4.5 mm), Brigantia Luxury Yarn Aran in the Dark Turquoise + Seagull colourways

~Mamma Vertebrae on US 2 (2.75 mm) and US 3 (3.25 mm), Yarnarama in the Cerise colourway

~Some Pleasant Pheasant Socks on US 1½ (2.5 mm), West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply in the Pheasant colourway

Finished Projects -
Damaris -

C.C. -
~2015 Top Down Preemie Hat #6 on US6 (4mm), Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande in the 701 Ink Melange colourway + Unknown Grey Yarn

Yummies (our current favorite things) -

~Cabin Pressure Alpha Romeo Tango

~Yarn from Katy (KittyKatyJay)

~PomPom Quarterly - will review next week

~Jimmy Fallon & Saved by the Bell cast

Sneak peek of The Lady of Lallybroch (Outlander Inspired Socks) - Kits will go on sale Feb 14, 2015. This is the pre-order date for the kit. All kits ordered on this date will ship out on March, 2, 2015. The following will be included in each kit: A skein of Pandia’s Jewels aka Nimruse snug base yarn; Goodies and notions to match the theme of this kit; And a code so you can download the matching sock pattern created by C.C. Almon aka Javapurl for free on Ravelry. The price for this particular kit is $65.00 USD + shipping.

Pattern available separately for $5.50 - from Saturday 14-Feb through Saturday 21-Feb, get 14% off with the code LOVE (so it will be $4.73)

If you are in the EU, you’ll be directed to purchase through LoveKnitting. However, you can’t use this coupon code on the LoveKnitting website. If you want to purchase this pattern, you can either PM JavaPurl on Ravelry or send me an email to and I will send you a Paypal request for your purchase and will apply the coupon code to it. Once you pay, I’ll gift the pattern to your Ravelry library.

~GGK Crafty Photo A Day Challenge - #GGKCraftyPAD - for February here

We're picking our own favourite each week plus 5 of your pictures each week that our favourites.

~Upcoming Events We'll Be Attending

*weekly on Mondays (we attend as often as possible) - Town Mouse Knitting Club - knitting group in Edinburgh

*Edinburgh Yarn Festival - Saturday 14-March-2015 + Sunday 15-March-2015 at Edinburgh Corn Exchange - C.C. will be sharing a booth with her patterns and Sam of KnitRunDig's project bags

Vote for your favourite #GGKCraftyPAD prompts that we'll be featuring in a special EYF #GGKCraftyPAD! Voting is in the post in our Ravelry group (last day of vote is Friday, 20-February-2015)

*Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl 2015 - Saturday 13-June-2015 and Sunday 14-June-2015

*Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza - Thursday 29-October-2015 through Sunday 1-November-2015 here in Edinburgh. Please join our Ravelry group for more details. If you are interested in donating a door prize and/or items for our goodie bags, please email us at Sign Ups for the Retreat and Vendor Applications are now live on the website: - Special announcement about our new teacher and class coming in early March

What We're Reading & Watching -
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!

~ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Damaris is reading

~The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Damaris finished reading

~Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human by David G. Benner (NF Book #3 for this year) - C.C. is reading

~Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Lord John and the Hellfire Club, Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Succubus, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, The Custom of the Army, The Scottish Prisoner, Plague of Zombies, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows, The Space Between, + Virgins (The Outlander Series) by Diana Gabaldon - C.C. is rereading the Outlander Series and including all the novellas and short stories this time around, she is reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

~Virtual Gilmore - read 8.9-8.15

~Stargate Atlantis - finished rewatching Season 4 + watching Season 5

~Stargate Continuum

~Veronica Mars - finished watching Season 1 + watching Season 2

~Felicity - watching Season 2

~Mad About You - finished rewatching Season 2 + watching Season 3

~Marvel’s Agent Carter - 1.5 The Iron Ceiling, next is 1.6 A Sin to Err on 10-02-15

~NCIS - 12.13 We Build, We Fight, next is 12.14 Cadence on 10-02-15

~NCIS:NO - watching Season 1 as it airs

~Person of Interest - watching Season 4

~Criminal Minds - watching Season 10 as it airs

~Elementary - 3.13 Hemlock, next is 3.14 The Female of the Species on 12-02-15

~The Big Bang Theory - watching Season 8 as it airs

~Call the Midwife - watching Series 4 as it airs

~Castle - watching Season 7 as it airs

~Broadchurch - watching Series 2 as it airs

~NCIS:LA - watching Season 6 as it airs

Winter Wonderland KAL + Charity KAL -

*Runs from 1-December through 28-February

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

*This is also a charity KAL. For every item you finish that you then donate to charity, you can post your FO twice in the FO thread.

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

*Feel free to double-dip in other KALs as long as it fits in with other rules

*Prizes: (if you'd like to donate a prize, please PM C.C. (JavaPurl) on Ravelry or email us at

~Prize donated by Eileen (TwistingPurls) - 2 Prizes - each winner will win 1 skein of SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock 80/20 merino/nylon 425 yards in the Glacier colourway.

~Knitter’s Pride Karbonz 6” (15cm) Sock Knitting DPNs (US0-US3 - 2mm-3.25mm) from our bag of prizes

~British Birds Project bag from KnitRunDig donated by the amazing bag designer Sam (StealthDragon)

*Each project you finish and post counts as 1 entry into the giveaway with the exception of an FO that you donate to charity (please add the info about where you are donating the FO to your charity entries) which counts as 2 entries into the giveaway (no limit on entries as long as each one follows the rules)

*You can donate your FO’s to any charity you choose, a group in your area, a national charity, or if you’d like, you can post them to us and we’ll make a big donation to Knit For Peace after that KAL ends

*Must be a member of the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast group on Ravelry to participate

*Must post a photo of your finished project in the Ravelry thread for Winter Wonderland KAL ~ FO Pics Only (No Chatter) & tag your project page with the following tag GGKWWK

*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, KALs, 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 Winter Wonderland KAL Chatter Thread on Ravelry so we can encourage each other along the way.

Ask the Geeky Girls -
Lucy (lucygoose88) from Birmingham, UK asks:
My husband and I potentially have a huge change coming up in 2015 as he is applying for PhDs all over the country. If he doesn’t get funding at our local university, this could mean us having to move, which would be a massive deal. We currently live about 1.5 miles from where I grew up - we have my parents close by, family friends, and the Quaker community which I grew up in. I have a job that I enjoy and we have a house with a mortgage. I have a doctor whom I like and I trust, which is no small deal as I have both Aspergers and long-term depression.

As you may be picking up, I don’t deal at all well with change! Having faced a not-dissimilar change yourselves (albeit with an international dimension), was there anything that you did to help you embrace it positively (indeed, with grace)? Is there anything that you wish you had done? How did you face all of the uncertainties involved in such a big move, and the period in which you were waiting for news of places, funding etc.?

~If you have a question for us, post it in the Ask the Geeky Girls thread on Ravelry.

Misc. -

Edinburgh Yarn Festival - Saturday 14-March-2015 + Sunday 15-March-2015 at Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Giveaway Details: 1 prize of 2 weekend tickets to Edinburgh Yarn Festival, we’ll leave the giveaway open for 3 weeks and announce the winner on episode 128 (Wednesday, 18-February-2015), answer the question in the thread in the Ravelry thread, tell us what vendor from EYF you would most like to visit

~Outlander KAL is on-going; hashtags are #countdowntooutlander and #kiltmenowKAL; There is a thread in our group for questions, planning, and encouraging each other.

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~For any and all giveaways, prizes, competitions, KALs, 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. -
~ on Ravelry as JavaPurl
~ C.C.'s Knitting Designs on Ravelry & her JavaPurl Designs website
~ on Twitter as cc_almon
~ on Fitbit as user 2F8K2V
~ on Instagram as cc_almon
~ her blog ~ I'm On My Way ~ my journey as a Christ follower, wife, Mamma, knitter, & fibromyalgia fighter

Damaris -
~ on Ravelry as damaris-abitweird
~ on Twitter as d_isabitgroovy
~ on Fitbit as user 2Y8TJC
~ on Tumblr
~ on Instagram as d_isabitgroovy
~ on YouTube as Damaris is a bit brilliant

Geeky Girls Knit -
~ our Ravelry group ~ Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
~ on Twitter as geekygirlsknit
~ our Facebook page
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Until next time,
Happy Knitting!