Friday, 29 May 2020

Episode 398 ~ In Which We’re Fun, We’re Likeable, Don’t You Love Us?





Show Notes:

Intro -

On the Needles -
Dami -
~None

C.C. -
~Mel’s 2020 Birthday Socks on US1.5 (2.5mm), Abstract Fiber Super Sock+ in the Summit colourway & The Yarn Tree Silver Sparkle Sock in The Doctor Donna colourway
Project bag from Nerd Bird Makery & Stitch Marker from Tilting Planet

~Inner Peace Shawl on US4 (3.5mm), Pandia's Jewels Snug in the Supernatural colourway & Suburban Stitcher Sock in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park colourway
Project bag from Lizzie Bags & Stitch Marker from Tilting Planet

Finished Projects -
Dami -
~None

C.C. -
~Jeremy’s 2020 Birthday Socks on US1.5 (2.5mm), See my Ravelry project page for the colourways

~2020 Preemie Hat #21 on US6 (4mm), Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Semolina & Tranquil colourways

Stash Dash ~ 327.5m / 1,500m

Flosstube -
Begins at timestamp 9:10

Dami -
~Rapunzel by UniqueDoorSign
Project bag by Fat Cat Creates
Needle Minder from SewHappyMailBristol
Snipattie from cattycrosstitches

C.C. -
~My Christmas List by Silver Creek Samplers
Project Bag from The 805 Stitcher
Snipattie from cattycrosstitches

~Pusheen #3
Notions Pouch by Purlgurl Buttons

~Hilde’s Brew by Bendy Stitchy Designs
#bendyhildesal with Liz @bentneedlemakes
Project bag from Stitch Toolbox
Snipattie from cattycrosstitches

Stash Dash ~ 435 / 20,000 sts

~Edinburgh Castle by Terra Luna Stitchery
Needle Minder from TopKnotStitcher
Project Bag from KnitRunDig
Grime Guard from Crab Shack Stitchery
Snipattie from cattycrosstitches
Using Pattern Keeper software on Kindle Fire 7
8,600 / 265,824 sts complete
3.235% complete
1 / 60 pages complete
Stash Dash ~ 1,200 / 18,000 sts

~Semi-Sane Stitchers

Yummies (our current favourite things) -
~Knit Crate - Use the coupon code GEEKY20 to get 20% off of your first order! This code will only work to discount the first month of a recurring monthly subscription and any of our Shop items.

~Animal Crossing SW-1703-9041-9529

~GGK Crafty Photo A Day Challenge - #GGKCraftyPAD - details for May here & for June here










~Upcoming Events:
*Grazing Hills Fiber Fest in Viola, ID, Saturday & Sunday, 11/12-July-2020, C.C. will be teaching Continental Knitting on Saturday, 11-July-2020, from 10am to noon

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!

~The Dobe Ju/’hoansi by Richard B. Lee - Dami is reading

~The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov - Dami is reading

~Hamlet by Shakespeare - Dami is reading

~Dutchman by Amiri Baraka - Dami is reading

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


April / May / June 2020 RAL - 15 minutes of reading daily challenge - #GGKRAL20

* 87-91 of 91 days - 1 or more giveaways for eBook, everyone gets $1.20 off any single pattern coupon code & 87+ days RAL virtual badge
* 60-86 of 91 days - 1 or more giveaways for single pattern, everyone gets 60+ days RAL virtual badge
* #GGKRAL20


2020 RAL Yearlong Challenge


~April / May / June
* 91 days - 10 entries
* 87-90 days - 8 entries
* 60-86 days - 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 366 days - 10 bonus entries

~Complete the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge - 12 bonus entries [all or none] (we'll open a thread for you to post this in December 2020)

~3 grand prize winners drawn from all the entries

~Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy by Rebecca Burgess - C.C. is reading

~Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly - C.C. is reading

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

~Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones - C.C. finished reading Book 7

~Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) - C.C. finished reading Book 2 & is reading Book 3

~Lady Astronaut Series by Mary Robinette Kowal - C.C. finished rereading Book 2

~The Cat Who… Series by Lilian Jackson Braun - C.C. finished reading Book 22

~The Rookie - finished watching Season 2

~Whitechapel - finished watching Series 1-2

~Frasier - finished rewatching Season 6 & rewatching Season 7

~Cabin Fever

~The Masked Singer - Season 3 finale

~The 100 - watching Season 7

~Good Witch - watching Season 6

~My Favourite Murder podcast

~Cabin Pressure

~Random Spotify Playlists

~Songs of Resilience playlist

~C.C.’s Favs playlist


March/April/May Sheepy Spring AL -



*Runs from 1-March through 31-May

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

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

*Each project that you knit/crochet/weave/spin must be at least 20yds/18.3m that you finish and post in the Ravelry 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 PM JavaPurl or Email us at geekygirlsknit@gmail.com

*Feel free to poly-dip in other ALs as long as it fits in with other rules (including the great podcaster craft together)

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


Honeybee Project Bag & Stitch Marker made & donated by Theresa (JASZCreations) of JASZCreations on Etsy


Lion Brand Magic Stripes in the Jelly Bean colourway - 3 skeins - 3 winners will each win 1 skein


Karen Hallion “She’s Got Help” print


Plymouth Owl Shawl Pin from Eileen (Leaner)


Pandia’s Jewels Leaf Stitch Marker Set


CJ Kopec Creations Integrity, Purple Passion from Eileen (Leaner)


One Twisted Tree’s BFL Prime in very Mardi Gras colors from Mary Beth (MaryBeth1199)

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

*Social Media Hashtag: #GGKWinter1920

*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, 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 on Ravelry so we can encourage each other along the way.

June / July / August Summertime & the Living is Easy AL AL -



*Runs from 1-June through 31-August

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

*No WIPS - Your project must be begun no earlier than 1-June and finished no later than 31-August

*Each project that you knit/crochet/weave/spin must be at least 20yds/18.3m that you finish and post in the Ravelry 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 PM JavaPurl or Email us at geekygirlsknit@gmail.com

*Feel free to poly-dip in other ALs as long as it fits in with other rules (including the great podcaster craft together)

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


Hilde’s Strawberry Patch pattern by Bendy Stitchy Designs from Tyra (ravendiva)


La Brebis Light Alpaca in the Dogwood Berry colourway - 2 skeins - 2 winners will each win 1 skein


Klart “I’m Flying” Cross Stitch Kit from Lori (Lavisa)


Berroco Local Yarn Store Day 2019 Pattern Booklet


Uru.Yarn by KnitCrate Silk DK in the Enlightened colourway - 2 skeins - 2 winners will each win 1 skein


Moda Dea Sassy Stripes DK in the Stormy colourway - 2 skeins from Tricia (pazscott) - 1 winner will win both skeins

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

*Social Media Hashtag: #GGKCSSummertime20

*Thread will be locked the morning of 1-September 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 on Ravelry so we can encourage each other along the way.

Ask the Geeky Girls -
Katy (Kathryn-Anne) from Pennsylvania asks:
I am fascinated at how adept you both are at knitting and chatting at the same time without looking down at your project. I imagine that if you were to add chewing gum and riding a unicycle to the mix, you’d still not drop a stitch! How do you do it?

Originally asked/answered in 2015

Misc. -
~Threads Entwined - 15% off until the end of May, 2020, with the coupon code geeky15


~Support the Podcast, Become A Patron


~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. -
~ on Ravelry as JavaPurl
~ on Fitbit as user 2F8K2V
~ on Instagram as cc_almon

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

Pink Purl -
~on Instagram as pinkpurlalmon

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

Geeky Girls Knit and Cross Stitch -
~ our Ravelry group ~ Geeky Girls Knit & Cross Stitch Podcast (FlossTube)
~ our Facebook page
~ email us: geekygirlsknit@gmail.com
~ on iTunes
~ on YouTube
~ Support the Podcast, Become a Patron

Until next time,
Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Stitch With Me ~ Episode 7





~Pusheen Kitty #3

#CCStitchWithMePrompts


~Support the Podcast, Become A Patron


~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. -
~ on Ravelry as JavaPurl
~ on Fitbit as user 2F8K2V
~ on Instagram as cc_almon

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

Pink Purl -
~on Instagram as pinkpurlalmon

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

Geeky Girls Knit and Cross Stitch -
~ our Ravelry group ~ Geeky Girls Knit & Cross Stitch Podcast (FlossTube)
~ our Facebook page
~ email us: geekygirlsknit@gmail.com
~ on iTunes
~ on YouTube
~ Support the Podcast, Become a Patron

Until next time,
Happy Knitting!

Friday, 22 May 2020

Episode 397 ~ In Which I Had to Turn On the Light





Show Notes:

Intro -

On the Needles -
Dami -
~None

C.C. -
~Mel’s 2020 Birthday Socks on US1.5 (2.5mm), Abstract Fiber Super Sock+ in the Summit colourway & The Yarn Tree Silver Sparkle Sock in The Doctor Donna colourway
Project bag from Nerd Bird Makery & Stitch Marker from Tilting Planet

Finished Projects -
Dami -
~None

C.C. -
~2020 Preemie Hat #20 on US6 (4mm), Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Creme Brulee & Everglade Heather colourways

Flosstube -
Begins at timestamp 9:09

Dami -
~Rapunzel by UniqueDoorSign
Project bag by Fat Cat Creates
Needle Minder from SewHappyMailBristol
Snipattie from cattycrosstitches

C.C. -
~FFO! - Olga by Plum Street Samplers

~Pusheen #3
Notions Pouch by Purlgurl Buttons

~Hilde’s Brew by Bendy Stitchy Designs
#bendyhildesal with Liz @bentneedlemakes
Project bag from Stitch Toolbox
Snipattie from cattycrosstitches

~Edinburgh Castle by Terra Luna Stitchery
Needle Minder from TopKnotStitcher
Project Bag from KnitRunDig
Grime Guard from Crab Shack Stitchery
Snipattie from cattycrosstitches
Using Pattern Keeper software on Kindle Fire 7

~Semi-Sane Stitchers

Yummies (our current favourite things) -
~Stickers from CarrotTop Paper Shop

~Cross stitch kit from Lori (Lavisa)

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









~Upcoming Events:
*Grazing Hills Fiber Fest in Viola, ID, Saturday & Sunday, 11/12-July-2020, C.C. will be teaching Continental Knitting on Saturday, 11-July-2020, from 10am to noon

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!

~The Dobe Ju/’hoansi by Richard B. Lee - Dami is reading

~The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov - Dami is reading

~Hamlet by Shakespeare - Dami is reading

~Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett - Dami is reading

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


April / May / June 2020 RAL - 15 minutes of reading daily challenge - #GGKRAL20

* 87-91 of 91 days - 1 or more giveaways for eBook, everyone gets $1.20 off any single pattern coupon code & 87+ days RAL virtual badge
* 60-86 of 91 days - 1 or more giveaways for single pattern, everyone gets 60+ days RAL virtual badge
* #GGKRAL20


2020 RAL Yearlong Challenge


~April / May / June
* 91 days - 10 entries
* 87-90 days - 8 entries
* 60-86 days - 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 366 days - 10 bonus entries

~Complete the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge - 12 bonus entries [all or none] (we'll open a thread for you to post this in December 2020)

~3 grand prize winners drawn from all the entries

~Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy by Rebecca Burgess - C.C. is reading

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

~Lady Astronaut Series by Mary Robinette Kowal - C.C. finished rereading Book 1

~Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones - C.C. finished reading Book 6 & is reading Book 7

~Careless Whiskers (Cat in the Stacks #12) by Miranda James - C.C. finished reading

~Holding On To Nothing by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne - C.C. finished reading

~Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) - C.C. finished reading Book 1 & is reading Book 2

~Movies - X-Men: Dark Phoenix | The Lion King | Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Heist and Seek

~Silent Witness - finished watching Series 23

~911: Lone Star - finished watching Season 1

~The Rookie - finished watching Season 1

~Frasier - rewatching Season 6

~Cabin Fever

~The Masked Singer - watching Season 3

~Blindspot - watching Season 5

~The Blacklist - Season 7 finale

~Supergirl - Season 5 finale

~Good Witch - watching Season 6

~My Favourite Murder podcast

~Cabin Pressure

~Random Spotify Playlists

~Songs of Resilience playlist

~C.C.’s Favs playlist


March/April/May Sheepy Spring AL -



*Runs from 1-March through 31-May

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

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

*Each project that you knit/crochet/weave/spin must be at least 20yds/18.3m that you finish and post in the Ravelry 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 PM JavaPurl or Email us at geekygirlsknit@gmail.com

*Feel free to poly-dip in other ALs as long as it fits in with other rules (including the great podcaster craft together)

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


Honeybee Project Bag & Stitch Marker made & donated by Theresa (JASZCreations) of JASZCreations on Etsy


Lion Brand Magic Stripes in the Jelly Bean colourway - 3 skeins - 3 winners will each win 1 skein


Karen Hallion “She’s Got Help” print


Plymouth Owl Shawl Pin from Eileen (Leaner)


Pandia’s Jewels Leaf Stitch Marker Set


CJ Kopec Creations Integrity, Purple Passion from Eileen (Leaner)


One Twisted Tree’s BFL Prime in very Mardi Gras colors from Mary Beth (MaryBeth1199)

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

*Social Media Hashtag: #GGKWinter1920

*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, 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 on Ravelry so we can encourage each other along the way.

Ask the Geeky Girls -
Jorunn (FjordLord) from Norway asks:
Hi Geeky Girls! I was wondering if you have any thoughts on different knitting styles and how you wrap the yarn around when you knit. The way I learnt to knit as a child, is what I understand is called continental style knitting. This is where you hold the yarn with your left hand, over your left index finger, and use your right needle to “hook” the yarn and then pull it through. The only time I knit while wrapping yarn around using my right hand is when I do colour work. On the occasions where we can see you actually knitting on your podcast, it seems that you might be knitting the wrap-around-style, and that has always seemed to me to be a (sorry) slower way of doing it. Have you tried other styles of knitting, or have you any other thoughts on this? What do you think are the pros and cons of knitting this way or the other?

Originally asked/answered in 2015

Misc. -
~Threads Entwined - 15% off until the end of May, 2020, with the coupon code geeky15


~Support the Podcast, Become A Patron


~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. -
~ on Ravelry as JavaPurl
~ on Fitbit as user 2F8K2V
~ on Instagram as cc_almon

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

Pink Purl -
~on Instagram as pinkpurlalmon

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

Geeky Girls Knit and Cross Stitch -
~ our Ravelry group ~ Geeky Girls Knit & Cross Stitch Podcast (FlossTube)
~ our Facebook page
~ email us: geekygirlsknit@gmail.com
~ on iTunes
~ on YouTube
~ Support the Podcast, Become a Patron

Until next time,
Happy Knitting!