Thursday, 29 January 2015

Episode 125 ~ In Which There’s Ducks & Cats in Space, Quack, Quack

Show Notes:

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

~Thanks so much to Lucy for her $$ donation!

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 Outlander Socks

~Christmas Stocking for Waylon at Momma's House on US 8 (5.0 mm), Red Heart Super Saver in the Grey Heather, White, and Paddy Green 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

Jess from Ginger Twist Studio has put the Hiya Hiya fixed circulars that I've affectionately renamed the "zoom-zoom needles" on her website so you can purchase them online. She has both the 2.25mm and the 2.5mm of the 9" (23cm) needles available. Visit her here:

Finished Projects -
Damaris -

C.C. -
~2015 Top Down Preemie Hat #4 on US6 (4mm), Hayfield Bonus Chunky in the Sunflower colourway + Sirdar Bonus DK in the Flint colourway

~Rescue Me, Chin Boy, and Show Me the Stars (Doctor Who Inspired Socks) - The Redux, from my own design pattern Rescue Me, Chin Boy, & Show Me the Stars Socks, on US 1½ (2.5 mm), Lisa Souza Sock! Merino in the Violet colourway

Re-release of the pattern, Rescue Me, Chin Boy, & Show Me the Stars Socks, save 25% with the coupon code RMCB25 from Wednesday, 28-January-2015, through Thursday, 5-February-2015

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.

Yummies (our current favorite things) -
~Picture from Lola

~Hexipuff yarn from Clare (knitsforklipskaap)

~Flare by Veera Välimäki from Sam (stealthDragon)

~K-9 Says Affirmative Socks (Doctor Who Inspired) - released to members of the Doctor Who Companions Sock Club - 2nd Edition, public release on 18-July-2015

~GGK Crafty Photo A Day Challenge - #GGKCraftyPAD - for January here and 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 - for the Podcaster Lounge, we'll be having special #GGKCRAFTYPAD prompts, make your suggestions in the Ravelry thread and we haven’t decided if we’ll pick our favourites ourselves or have yall vote, still pondering on that, and keep listening to the end of the show for our giveaway for 2 tickets to EYF!

We mention the most recent episode of the Shinybees podcast (it is episode 32, not 35).

Links About the Podcast Lounge:
What is it?
The Programme
Meet the Podcast Lounge Team

*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:

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 Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning (NF Book #2 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 reading An Echo in the Bone

~Stargate: SG-1 - finished rewatching the Series

~Stargate: The Ark of Truth

~Stargate Atlantis - finished rewatching Season 3 + rewatching Season 4

~Gilmore Girls - finished rewatching Series

~Virtual Gilmore - read 8.1

~Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - finished rewatching Series

~Veronica Mars - watching Season 1

~Felicity - watching Season 1

~Foyle's War - watching Series 3

~Mad About You - finished rewatching Season 1 and rewatching Season 2

~Castle - watching Season 7 as it airs

~Broadchurch - watching Series 2 as it airs X2

~Criminal Minds - watching Season 10 as it airs

~Elementary - 3.11 The Illustrious Client, next is 3.12 The One That Got Away on 29-01-15

~Galavant - watching Season 1 as it airs (Season 1 Finale)

~Call the Midwife - watching Series 4 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 -
Frances (francesnojd) from Canada asks:
I’d love to hear a bit more about Damaris being homeschooled, from both of your perspectives. (If you’ve already talked about if sorry! I’ll rewatch a past episode! :) )

Have you always been homeschooled? If yes, have you ever wished you weren’t? And if you were in “regular school” what made the switch? Any advice for people thinking about homeschooling?

We mention: Pre-K to 8th Grade and High School

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

Giveaway -

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

Misc. -

~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_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:
~ on iTunes
~ on YouTube

Until next time,
Happy Knitting!