Thursday, 9 October 2014

Episode 109 ~ In Which Birthdays Are Yummy!

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

~black widow's bite on US 2 (2.75 mm), King Cole Merino Blend 4 Ply in the Black & Sky colourways

C.C. -
~Super super super super super super secret project 9 on US 1½ (2.5 mm)

~The Hubs Needs More Hand-Knit Socks v2.0 on US 1½ (2.5 mm), West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply in the Owl colourway

Finished Projects -
Damaris -

C.C. -
~2014 Top Down Preemie Hat #28 on US6 (4mm), King Cole Merino Blend Aran in the Purple colourway + Robin Chunky in the Claret colourway

~Edina Mitts on US 4 (3.5 mm), Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell DK in the Fuschia colourway

Yummies (our current favorite things) -
~C.C.’s Birthday - Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It + Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles

~Pumpkin Ale by Ysolda Teague from Eileen (leaner)

~Color Affection by Veera Välimäki from Angie (AngieAnn)

~Slippers from Kathy W.

~Pumpkin Spiced Cider

~Melanie (SavvyGirlMelanie) from Savvy Girls Podcast

~GGK Crafty Photo A Day Challenge - #GGKCraftyPAD - for October 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

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!

~The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Damaris is reading

~Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts: A Case for Gender Equality in Ministry by Michael F. Bird (NF Book #16 for this year) - C.C. finished 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 currently rereading Outlander

~Stargate: SG-1 - rewatching Season 8

~Stargate Atlantis - rewatching Season 1

~Gilmore Girls - rewatching Season 4

~Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - finished rewatching Season 2 + rewatching Season 3

~Scandal - finished watching Season 1 and watching Season 2

~Dark Angel - finding rewatching the show

~Rizzoli & Isles - watching Season 1

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

~Castle - 7.1 Driven + 7.2 Montreal, next is 7.3 Clear and Present Danger on 13-10-14

~NCIS: LA - watching Season 6 as it airs

~NCIS - 12.2 Kill the Messenger, next is 12.3 So It Goes on 7-10-14

~NCIS: NO - watching Season 1 as it airs

~Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - 2.2 Heavy is the Hand, next is 2.3 Making Friends and Influencing People on 7-10-14

~Person of Interest - 4.2 Nautilus, next is 4.3 Wingman on 7-10-14

~Criminal Minds - watching Season 10 as it airs

~Bones - watching Season 10 as it airs

~Haven - watching Season 5 as it airs

~Once Upon A Time - watching Season 4 as it airs

~Downton Abbey - watching Series 5 as it airs

~X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, + X-Men: Days of Future Past - watched X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, + X-Men Origins: Wolverine

~Doctor Who - 8.7 Kill the Moon, next is 8.8 Mummy on the Orient Express on 11-10-14

Artistic Autumnal KAL -

*Runs from 1-September through 30-November

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

*Your project must be begun no earlier than 1-September and finished no later than 30-November

*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
~An ebook up to $20.00 US (Ravelry download only) from Eileen (leaner)
~A $5.50 coupon code for use in my Raverly pattern store donated by Eileen (WiscKnitter)
~A pattern up to $10.00 US (Ravelry download only) from Liz (elliejellybean)
~Something(s) from our bag of prizes

*Each project you finish and post counts as 1 entry into the giveaway (no limit on entries as long as each one follows the rules)

*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 the Artistic Autumnal KAL ~ FO Pics Only (No Chatter) & tag your project page with the following tag GGKAAK

*Thread will be locked the morning of 1-December 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 an Artistic Autumnal KAL Chatter Thread on Ravelry so we can encourage each other along the way.

Review -

Graphic Knits - 20 Designs in Bold, Beautiful Color by Alexis Winslow - currently $20.28 on the Interweave website (Interweave/F+W; retail price $24.99), photos used here and in the podcast are ©Alexis Winslow

Ask the Geeky Girls -
KatyKittyJay who is Katy from the UK asks:
What do you find are the biggest differences between food here and in USA? I’ve read American recipes and seen ingredients I’ve never heard of, and items with different names. Also we get the impression in UK media that more processed and instant ingredients are used in America. Is that true or exaggerated for a good story? Is there anything you particularly miss? My question is inspired by shopping online at tesco last week and noticing that they now have a big USA section in world foods.

Misc. -

~Head to Toe Giveaway is active for one more week, we'll announce winners on next week's episode; Clare and Jess are giving away one printed copy of Head to Toe (which also includes a code for the digital copy) as well as three individual patterns from the book. To enter, visit the Ravelry group and comment in the giveaway thread with your answer to these two questions:
What is your favourite pattern from Head to Toe and why?
What colourway from Ginger's Hand Dyed line would you use to knit it? (see her currently available colourways here

~Round, Round, Get Around Shawl release -

~Doctor Who Companions Sock Club - 2nd Edition - U.S. Memberships will cost $135 USD, Canadian Memberships will cost $149 USD**, International Memberships- will be $162 USD, Limited Memberships for the club will become available on the Pandia’s Jewels website on October 10, 2014 at 10am EST and run until October 17, or until memberships run out. This is a 3 month club membership and packages will be mailed out on the 18th of November, December, & January 2015. Patterns will be sent to you Ravelry Library on the 25th of the same months the club is running.

~Toil and Trouble Yarns is hosting the Lakeside Fiber Retreat Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at the The Lodges at Tohkomeupog in East Madison, NH. Details here -

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

~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!

~Geeky Girls Knit Buttons/Badges - if you're interested, email or PM C.C. on Ravelry JavaPurl or meet us at any of the upcoming events we're attending

~We are open to receiving products for review (yarn, project bags, needles, patterns, books, etc.) and/or hosting giveaways on our podcast. We're also open to having show sponsors. If you and/or your company are interested, please either email us at or contact C.C. on Ravelry via private message.

~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_isabitweird
~ on Tumblr
~ on Instagram as d_isabitweird
~ her blog ~ Damaris Is A Bit Crafty

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