Thursday, 26 February 2015

Episode 129 ~ In Which I Need You to Focus...





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 DWCSC 3-1 Socks

~BFF Cowl on US 7 (4.5mm), King Cole Bounty Aran in the Pink Mist colourway

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

~Bubble-y Socks on US 1½ (2.5 mm), Spun Right Round Snappy Socks in the Bubble colourway

Finished Projects -
Damaris -
~None

C.C. -
~2015 Top Down Preemie Hat #8 on US6 (4mm), Sirdar Bonus DK in the Flint colourway and Lily Sugar'n Cream Stripes in the Violet Stripes colourway

~Super super super super super super secret project Doctor Who Kit 1 Socks

Yummies (our current favorite things) -

~Got the 3 new companions yarns for the 3rd edition of the Doctor Who Companions Sock Club and the goodies from the Outlander Sock Kit

~Woolful Podcast http://woolful.com


~C.C.’s Vanilla Cappuccino Socks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ccs-vanilla-cappuccino-socks - free to subscribers of my JavaPurl Designs email newsletter http://eepurl.com/Mfcdj

~Caro Emerald - https://www.youtube.com/user/caroemerald



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


All the details for the #GGKCRAFTYPAD and #EYF2015 collaboration are here: http://geekygirlsknit.blogspot.com/2015/02/2015ggkcraftypad-eyf.html


Edinburgh Yarn Festival Exclusive Tote Bag - This tote bag (measuring 35.5cm wide x 41.5cm high with 66cm long straps) is now available to pre-order for collection at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 14 & 15 March 2015. The bags will be £4 each until the festival when they will be available for £5 or for free if you spend £30 or more at our stand – JavaPurl Designs and KnitRunDig. To order, please email Sam at knitrundig@gmail.com; she will then issue a PayPal invoice.


*I Knit Fandango - Friday 15-May-2015 + Saturday 16-May-2015 at Royal Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, Westminster, London - C.C. will be sharing a booth with her patterns and Sam of KnitRunDig's project bags


*Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl 2015 - Saturday 13-June-2015 and Sunday 14-June-2015 http://www.gingertwiststudios.com/indie-burgh-yarn-crawl


*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 geekypuffinknitpalooza@gmail.com. Sign Ups for the Retreat and Vendor Applications are now live on the website: http://GeekyPuffinKnitPalooza.blogspot.co.uk - 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

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

~Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas (NF Book #4 for this year) - all 3 reading

~Jackaby by William Ritter - C.C. finished reading

~Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale - C.C. finished reading

~Even Now by Karen Kingsbury - C.C. finished reading

~The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (The Steampunk Chronicles) by Kady Cross - C.C. finished reading

~Virtual Gilmore - 9.1-9.2

~Stargate Universe - watching Season 1

~Veronica Mars - finished watching Season 2 + watching Season 3

~Felicity - watching Season 2

~Mad About You - finished rewatching Season 4

~Marvel’s Agent Carter - 1.7 Snafu, next is 1.8 Valediction on 24-02-15

~NCIS - 12.15 Cabin Fever, next is 12.16 Blast from the Past on 24-02-15

~NCIS:NO - watching Season 1 as it airs

~Person of Interest - watching Season 4 as it airs

~Elementary - 3.15 When Your Number's Up, next is 3.16 For All You Know on 05-03-15

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

~Call the Midwife - watching Series 4 as it airs

~Broadchurch - watched Series 2 finale

~Castle - watching Season 7 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 geekygirlsknit@gmail.com)


~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.

March/April/May Sheepy Spring KAL -

*Runs from 1-March through 31-May

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

*Your project must be begun no earlier than 1-March and finished no later than 31-May

*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 geekygirlsknit@gmail.com)


Kelly (KellyChron) donated a goodie bag with a TARDIS WPI keychain, WPI info card, TARDIS yarn button, Toasted Coconut Lolo Bar sample, DoodleDream card


Julia (nimruse) from Pandia’s Jewels donated 5 mini-skeins (24g/120yds) and 3 Star Trek stitch markers


from our bag of prizes - top whorl drop spindle with Hilltop Cloud Silk Hankies to spin on it

*Each project you finish and post counts as 1 entry into the giveaway

*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 Sheepy Spring KAL ~ FO Pics Only (No Chatter) & tag your project page with the following tag #GGKSSK

*Thread will be locked the morning of 1-June 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 Sheepy Spring KAL Chatter Thread on Ravelry so we can encourage each other along the way.

Outlander KAL -

~co-hosting with Jasmin + Gigi from The Knitmore Girls, Maria from Subway Knits, and Kristin from Yarngasm

*It's an Instagram KAL/contest. You have to tie your project *somehow* to Outlander and hashtag the picture with #kiltmenowKAL

*We will announce prize winners at the end of season 1 of Outlander.

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


Outlander yarn - Je Suis Prest dyed by Jess from Ginger Twist Studio


Outlander Socks Kit from Julia (nimruse) of Pandia's Jewels and I (A skein of Pandia’s Jewels snug base yarn; Goodies and notions to match the theme of this kit; And a code so you can download the matching sock pattern, The Lady of Lallybroch (Outlander Inspired Socks), created by C.C. Almon for free on Ravelry)


Wee Black Faced Sheep and Ramsay MacSporran patterns from Janice (whippety)


Outlander candle in the US or $10 pattern from Ravelry for International winner from Kelly (kellychron)

*There is a thread in our group for questions, planning, and encouraging each other.

Ask the Geeky Girls -
Belinda (bindeej) from Michigan asks:
Hello Ladies! C.C., given that you have been on a strict yarn diet, I am amazed and perplexed at how the number of skeins of yarn on the shelf behind you has grown exponentially! I know you had exemptions, but really! LOL!!!! You do “yarn diet” like I do. My question is, how did this happen? Are your skeins of yarn procreating overnight in the dark? Hahaha!!! p.s. It’s ok if your answer is, “yes, they are”.

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


Giveaway -

Amy (abingham) and Bessie (bkklan2006) are opening a yarn shop in Orange, California, called Fiberlicious. They are having a Kickstarter to help get things ready for opening the shop in June 2015. They are giving away a project bag and skein of yarn to one winner. To enter, visit their Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1558343482/fiberlicious-yarn-store and then comment in the Giveaway Thread in our Ravelry group with your favourite Kickstarter reward. We’ll close the thread on Monday, 9-March-2015, and randomly select the winner in episode 131.

Misc. -
~Upcoming in April/May - Doctor Who Inspired Socks KAL co-hosting with Sam (stealthdragon) from KnitRunDig

~Want 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!

~Interested in having an ad on the podcast? On the podcast blog/shownotes? Email us at geekygirlsknit@gmail.com for details.

~Want to have your product reviewed by The Geeky Girls or to have a giveaway on our podcast? Email us at geekygirlsknit@gmail.com for details.

~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
~ email us: geekygirlsknit@gmail.com
~ on iTunes
~ on YouTube

Until next time,
Happy Knitting!

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