Thursday, 9 February 2017

Episode 229 ~ In Which We’re Best French Friends





Show Notes:

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

On the Needles -
Dami -
~espresso shots mitts on US 2 (2.75mm), Rusty Ferret Yarns RF Quadrupole in Steampunk

C.C. -
~When you think I'll zig, I'll zag. Then when you think I'm gonna zag, I do zag, just to mess you up for the next time, when I might zig Blanket on US4 (3.5mm), See project page for colourways used

~✨On the Sparkly Spice Market ✨ on US 2.5 (3.0 mm), Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock in the Pink OOAK colourway & Sara's Texture Crafts SPARKLE SOCK in the Serene, Embers, Fairy Brights, Indian Summer, Blossom, & Tranquil colourways

~Shortie Salt Water Taffy Socks on US 1.5 (2.5 mm), A Homespun House Plump Merino in the Salt Water Taffy colourway

Finished Projects -
Dami -
~flat white wrap on US 3 (3.25 mm), Little Yellow Uke Crafts Soprano Shawl in the Flat White colourway

C.C. -
~2017 Preemie Hat #6 on US6 (4mm), Mirasol Yarn Hacho in the Royal Yellow Mauve colourway & Unknown Dark Green Yarn

~Shortie Ghost Love Socks on US 1.5 (2.5 mm), Easyknits.co.uk Twinkle in the Ghost Kiss colourway

Yummies (our current favourite things) -
~Project bags from Cayt (lillerina) from Fibrary

~Pilot Frixion erasable pens

~Great Comet cast liking Dami’s drawings

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









~Upcoming Events We'll Be Attending
~Edinburgh Yarn Festival - Friday, 10-March-2017 and Saturday, 11-March-2017

Details about the #BlackerPODKAL from Knit British

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!

~Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - Dami is reading

~The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp - C.C. is rereading

~Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny by Christine Caine - C.C. is reading

~The All Souls Real-Time Reading Companion by Deborah Harkness - C.C. is rereading Shadow of Night in real-time

~Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5) by L.M. Montgomery - C.C. finished rereading

~Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #6) by L.M. Montgomery - C.C. finished rereading

~Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #7) by L.M. Montgomery - C.C. finished rereading

~Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8) by L.M. Montgomery - C.C. is rereading

~Matlock - rewatching Season 2

~Fringe - finished rewatching series

~A Series of Unfortunate Events - watching Season 1

~LOST - rewatching Season 3

~Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - watching Season 4

~Bones - watching Season 12 (final season)

~Criminal Minds - watching Season 12

~The Big Bang Theory - watching Season 10

~Supernatural - Season 12

~The Blacklist - watching Season 4

~Colony - watching Season 2

~Grimm - watching Season 6

~Call the Midwife - watching Series 6

~Murdoch Mysteries - watching Season 10

~Supergirl - watching Season 2

December/January/February Winter Wonderland KAL -


*Runs from 1-December through 28-February

*Details - any project you knit/crochet/weave/spin 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

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

*Prizes: If you’d like to donate one, PM JavaPurl or Email us at geekygirlsknit@gmail.com


a set of 6 sheep stitch markers from Ann Tudor


a sock themed project bag by KnitRunDig (donated by Jilly)


a skein of yarn of the winner’s choice from NapiersKnits on Etsy


a winter fairies project bag from Stitching Plaza on Etsy


a 4 piece Poke Me Not set by Jan B Smiley


2 skeins of The Fibre Company Acadia yarn in the Driftwood colourway


a skein of Zwerger Garn Opal Smile yarn in the Fröhlichkeit (Happiness) colourway


2 skeins of Gothika Yarnz 100% British Wool 4ply yarn in the Berry Crime Scene colourway & a set of 5 stitch markers from Gothika Yarnz on Etsy (donated by Danielle)


a grab-bag of 24 sets of fixed circular knitting needles

*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 Winter Wonderland KAL **FO Thread** (2016/2017) & tag your project page with the following tag #GGKWW1617

*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.

For the Love of Socks KAL -


*Details - any finished sock project (the project must include 2 socks aka a pair of socks to be eligible)

*All the details about points and posting in the FO thread are talked about in Episode 227 at 40:28

*General Points - Baby/Toddler Socks - 1 point | Child Socks - 2 points | Teen/Adult Shortie Socks - 3 points | Teen/Adult Mid-Calf Socks - 5 points | Teen/Adult Knee High Socks - 7 points

*WIPS are allowed. However you must have no more than 50% of the project complete before the KAL begins on 1-February. (That means only 1 sock complete or if you are knitting 2 at a time, you may knit through the heels.) WIPs will only receive half the number of points as non-WIPs do. That means Baby/Toddler Socks will earn 0.5 point, Child Socks will earn 1 point, Teen/Adult Shortie Socks will earn 1.5 points, Teen/Adult Mid-Calf Socks will earn 2.5 points, and Teen/Adult Knee High Socks will earn 3.5 points.

*JavaPurl Designs Bonus - If you knit any JavaPurl Designs sock pattern, you will receive 2 bonus points.

*Sponsors Bonus - If you knit with any of our sponsors’ products (project bag, yarn, pattern, stitch markers), you will receive 1 bonus point per sponsor. You must post photographic proof of you using the sponsors’ product. You may only use each product once for the KAL. However, if you have more than one product (such as a different project bag or a different skein of yarn or a different pattern), you may use another product by the same sponsor.

~Deranged Dyeworks - 15% off with the coupon code JAVAPURL15

~Dove Dye Works - 20% off on orders $15+ with the coupon code GGKKAL through the end of March

~Skileyknits Fiber Arts - 15% off with the coupon code GGK15

~Spinner’s End Studio - prize donor

~Stitching Plaza - 15% discount on orders $20+ with the coupon code loveofsocks

~Suburban Stitcher - prize donor

~Tailored--Knits That Fit - prize donor

*Yardage Bonus - You will keep a running total of your yardage in your FO post. For every 250 yards knit (cumulative over all your projects), you will receive 2 bonus points. If you complete a WIP, only the yardage knit beginning 1-February will count in your cumulative yardage total.

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

*Prizes: If you’d like to donate one, PM JavaPurl or Email us at geekygirlsknit@gmail.com


Grand Prize - Jibbyroo Sews project bag, The Captain and Lovely Anarchy yarn, & coffee stickers from Lou (thevfb)


Grand Prize - KnitPro Karbonz 15cm sock dpns & WYS yarn (Sig 4ply in the Rum Paradise colorway) (from us)


Sirdar Heart & Sole in the Super Trooper colorway from Lou (thevfb)


Gnome Acres Doppelganger set (“Gnome on the Range” 460 yards and”Wildflowers” 300 yards) from Jilly (veganjilly)


any single pattern from JavaPurl Designs Ravelry store from Jilly (veganjilly)


Tangerine Designs TARDIS project bag and notions tin from Kelly (KellyChron)


Cat stitch markers from Ann Tudor


Wolf Moon + Dark Princess sets of stitch markers from Gothika Yarnz


Exploding Kittens (from us)


Project Bag of the winner’s choice from Joy (knitnick) of Spinner’s End Studio


Stitch Marker Set (winner’s choice) from Natalie (ncdeanda) from Tailored--Knits That Fit

*Each point will be 1 entry into the prize giveaways.

*There will be 1 prize for the person with the highest number of points, 1 prize for the person who knits the highest amount of yardage, and the remainder of the prizes will be chosen using a random number generator. Each participant may only win 1 prize.

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

*When you complete your first project, start a post in the FO thread (which will go live on 1-February) with a photo of your FO. For each subsequent project, edit your post and add the new item with a photo. One post per person please. See the example post in the FO thread for how to post.

*You will be responsible for updating your FO post with your finished projects as well as your running point total & your cumulative yardage total. If you do not add something to your totals, we will not add it for you. If you have any questions about how to post something, PM Dami damisdoodles & she will be able to assist you.

*Tag #GGKLoveofSocksKAL

*Thread will be locked the morning of 1-April 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 For the Love of Socks KAL Chatter Thread on Ravelry so we can encourage each other along the way.

Ask the Geeky Girls -
Carmen (MVknits) from New Mexico asks:
I wondered if you would both share what the college search process is like in the UK? Is it similar to the US? Is Dami considering returning to the US for college or is she leaning more towards a UK school? Thank you!

Review/Giveaway -
Cayt (lillerina) from Fibrary

*Visit Fibrary on Etsy & then come to the thread in our Ravelry group ~ Geeky Girls Knit Podcast & tell us what book you’d like Cayt to be inspired by. Winner announced in 2 weeks on Episode 231 (22-February).

*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!

Misc. -
~Coffee With C.C. (and Dami Too) ~ Another 7 Pattern Caffeine Inspired Knitting Collection - physical book/eBook/project bag Pre-orders


~Next week’s podcast episode will be live on Wednesday, 15-February-17


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Find Us Online -
C.C. -
~ on Ravelry as JavaPurl
~ on Twitter as cc_almon
~ on Fitbit as user 2F8K2V
~ on Instagram as cc_almon

Dami -
~ on Ravelry as damisdoodles
~ on Twitter as damisdoodles
~ on Fitbit as user 2Y8TJC
~ on Instagram as damisdoodles

JavaPurl Designs
~ C.C.'s Knitting Designs on Ravelry
~ Dami's Knitting Designs on Ravelry
~ JavaPurl Designs website

Geeky Girls Knit -
~ our Ravelry group ~ Geeky Girls Knit Podcast
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Until next time,
Happy Knitting!

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