Jen’s Finish-a-thon, a contest-y thingie, and Jane getting sucked into the time vortex with an incomprehensible chart.
Jen finally added photos to some Ravelry project pages, finished her Gray Day & Portland Penumbra cowls and is working on a Wood Punk Clockwork. She tried to make a new knitted lunch bag, but it was too ugly to continue working on. While it’s not exactly the pattern Jane was talking about, here’s a lunch sack how-to based on a plastic grocery bag.
Jane – “Yeah, swiffer cover. Woo.” She also made an interchangeable needle case that was a little more difficult than it needed to be, but she’s happy with the outcome. Also, it turns out, she was sorta right and sorta wrong when it comes to picking up stitches.
Finally, Jen had a Kool-Aid dye-saster that she’ll need Jane’s help to fix. If the item ever looks not like barf, she’ll show it to you all.
How to pick up where you left off, and when good note keeping isn’t enough. Case in point: Tardis Cardigan
Did you know… you can get rid of crap you don’t want to print from an online pattern via Ctrl-A>Ctrl-C>Open a Word Doc>Ctrl-V, then click-Delete all the elements you don’t want? Brilliant!
Use your Ravelry notebook for personal notes, or are you better off with a paper journal?
How awesome would it be to use OCR to translate a PDF of notes into editable text?
When does an ounce of prevention become a pound of paranoia? Maybe when you have hypergraphia.
When fear gets in the way of giving it another go, maybe because your memory made things up, particularly unpleasant, about how you weren’t enjoying what you were knitting.
Jen’s picture-taking bonanza helped her realize what was still in progress, and it was pretty motivating. Seeing so many “no photo available”s was kind of sad.
Crazy/awesome shit found on the Web
I know it’s cold and stuff, but really? A knit toilet seat cover? Many knit toilet seat covers? Is that even hygenic? A knitted bike seat cover – now that’s awesome!
Easter Peeps are delicious. And if you can crochet, they’re functional too!
If you want to craft something to spread a little love in the world, check out the Fiber and Fabric Podcast’s Love for Alex project.
Jen loves Bobino’s Slim Pen and their other functional tchotchkes, Ravelry’s pattern highlights and pattern viewing history functions, and Make Your Place… and other neat ‘zines from Microcosm Publishing.
Outro – Star Spangled Satellite by the Lackloves
Science Fiction is cool and all, but how can you avoid becoming a character in a episode of the X-Files unintentionally?
We went to see Lady Gaga! And yes, those are giant meat grinders in the aforelinked video. And Jen obediently jumped when instructed, just in case you were wondering.
Jane’s House Sweater is almost done
Knucks – seriously, the perfect pattern. And drink stirrers make great stitch holders.
Trust Me – frogged Snapdragon Tam – kinda sad about that :(
Her knitting protegee is totally brave and has progressed to lace – so proud!
New Year’s Resolutions
Knitting and otherwise
Jane’s cousin and her amazing goals each year made her decide to:
Make 1 thing from Pinterest per week
Be better today & make good choices, which are their own reward. But money sure helps.
Read 40 books – 10 of which should be classics she would have read had she bothered to crack a book in college but, noooooo, she had to be all into science and stuff.
Play the Nerdist Way (again) and hope to come out victorious (and you can play along too!)
Jen’s focused on data collection in 2013. Again, yarn knitted – she made it to 5 miles in 2012 after all! Plus, books/pages read & 500 words written per day.
As always, workin’ through the stash…
Word/phrase/theme of the year
- Do it now – knitIam
- Focus/Fix – anitat & her husband
Projects of the year
- Socks – knutmegknits
Citron – Mostly “Meh” on the turtlenecks, but that color – yes, please!
Blue – Are the 90s back already? Because the model and her artfully messy red hair look an awful lot like Little Earthquakes-era Tori Amos… #24 Circle Pullover – Weird but awesome!
The curly-haired man-model would have been Jen’s middle school crush. And the #25 Men’s Reverse Fair Isle Cardigan he’s wearing is almost husband-approved.
Back-cover Classic Elite sweater is pretty neat.
Raise the Bar by The High Strung
Hulk Smashing our way into the new year: Setting Goals, Achieving those goals, a review of the latest Vogue, and much much more!
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.
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 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
R.E.M. – Christmas Griping from the 1991 Holiday Fan Club Package
Triumphs in teaching, Listener Requests, and a rousing round of Broke Ass Oprah all in Jane and Jen’s Holiday Extravaganza!
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.
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
Why do we bite off more than we can chew? Do we set ourselves up for success or doom ourselves to failure? How can we learn to go easier on ourselves?
We’ll be putting out a new episode soon, but just not as soon as we’d hoped. We know you worry that something has gone awry when we don’t post every fortnight or so, but it just means that we’ve been busy with life and whatnot. Have faith that iTunes (or whatever fancy podcast fetcher thingee you rely on) will deliver our new episodes to you, and don’t worry about waiting up. :)
With all our yarny love, and with our solemn word to chatter at you soon,
Jane and Jen