Holiday Extravaganza – Show Notes

Uptop Chatter
Jane’s Reasonable Boyfriend going Reasonably Well and she sired a new knitter!
Jen knitted 4 miles in 2012!  knitmeter.com told her so.  Also, she finished a pretty yellow hat.

A Heartwarming Holiday Tale
Jane, Jen, and 1,000 Drunken Santas

Questions from the Rav Group … thank you all for such fun questions!
bijouxmaster asked: Your favorite holiday tradition. Not at all knitting related. :D

blisskat asked: Do you two have stories about good gift-giving or gift-giving gone awry especially with handmade goods to peripheral people in your lives?
KarenE1969 asked: How about best and worst responses EVER from handknit gift recipients…
And Frenny asked: What was the most gratefully and the most reluctantly received gifts that you made?
Jane totally got gooned in a secret santa swap. Some people just can’t wear a beret.
Jen loved making and giving all those neckwarmers!

Spiritsmith asked about the best present we ever received as a kid or an adult – knitted or otherwise.  (And asked about our favorite holiday foods, which we answer later in the show)
Jane: My mom gave me a tool box I use to this day, even though half the tools are now missing.
Jen: The Butterbear That Never Was

Mungus asked: If you had to name a hurricane, what name would you choose?
Jane’s answer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwH8mL7qLUM
Jen: Jem, because “she’s totally outrageous!”

Frenny asked: What was the best/worst knitting related pressie gifted to you?
Jane: Best knit present ever? My Pogona shawl that Jen made me.
Jen: The Christmas stocking my Gramma knitted when I was a kid, and the Damson Jane knitted for me.

Fun Holiday Knits
TARDIS Christmas Tree Ornament, Weeping Angel (make it bigger, make it a tree topper!), Christmas Lights, This makes Jane Giggle, Christmas Thief

Holiday Recommendations (aka Jane and Jen play Broke-Ass Oprah)

Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes
Jane’s Mom’s Sister’s High School Boyfriend’s Mother’s Cookie Recipe (aka, Rose Martin Cookies)
Jen’s Gramma’s Carmelitas, and her other Gramma’s Cathedral Cookies

Favorite Holiday TV Specials
Jane – Olive, The Other Reindeer (c’mon Michael Stipe as a Reindeer!) and Twas The Fight Before Christmas
Jen – A Claymation Christmas, How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Favorite Holiday Movies
Jen – Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas & Miracle on 34th Street (colorized, please!)
Jane – Die Hard

Favorite Holiday Songs
Jen: The Andrews Sisters’ Christmas Island, Peter, Paul & Mary singing “A-Soalin’” & “Marvelous Toy”
Jane: Christmas Griping and Oh Little Town Of Bethelem, Christmas is Holy by the Late, Great Jimmy Silva Jesus Christ by Big Star or the R.E.M.-ified Big Star

Favorite Holiday Books
Jen – The Velveteen Rabbit, Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree & The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris – Jen highly recommends listening to the fuller version on This American Life

Other Holiday Foods We Can’t Live Without
Celestial Seasonings Holiday Teas – especially Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Candy Cane Lane
Jen’s Aunt Kris’ clam dip & Grampa’s peanut butter bonbons

Outro
R.E.M. – Christmas Griping from the 1991 Holiday Fan Club Package

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Harder Than It Ought To Be – Show Notes

What’s Exciting?
Jen –
– 1 felted clog
– the mitt bug has passed

Jane –
– Finished Grace Lace Beret – enough leftovers for a pair of knucks?
– Good progress on the Reasonable Boyfriend
– Thinking of Trust Me II

Harder Than It Oughta Be

  • In knitting, other crafts, work, life in general…
  • learning how to do it in the first place
  • learning how to do new aspects of the craft (lace/cables/etc)
  • When what you want to knit is more challenging than you’d thought/hoped/imagined
  • Patterns that are almost perfect, but you have to tweak them somehow to make them what you really want/ patterns that aren’t exactly what we want, so we try to modify them
  • Tools that are almost good enough, but not quite
  • FOs that didn’t turn out quite right, so we pretend that they’re fine and/or make them what we want somehow
  • The Rules to Intarsia and Fair Isle.

Recommendations:
Jane – George Harrison – Living in the Material World
Jen- Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
Jane and Jen – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
Jen – Confessions of a Teen Sleuth & Heartsick – Chelsea Cain
Jane – Style & Co Jeans are made of magic
Jane – Also loves pistachios

Outro- Beulah: I Love John, She Loves Paul