Monday, May 20, 2024

Episode 183: Crochet Mania





This episode will upload May 26, 2024

Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.

Warm Thanks : 

Vivascrapper – – we are all waiting to see how that crack chicken turned out!
Salpal loved it!!
Purlhappy— Ann, let us see pics when you make your cardi! There will be more on fitting, as I have some ideas about the sleeves.

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 10 (2024): ALL INFO IS RIGHT HERE! It's the info thread on Ravelry. 

We now know that our group knitting pattern and project is going probably to relate to making the lovely across-the -body-bags that Carmen makes. This gives everyone a chance to learn to make the ever-functional Granny Square to use up extra yarn in a fantastic and usable way. Stay tuned for details!

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished: 









Unofficial Wednesday Crochet: pattern is on Ravelry and kit can be purchased from website of Chartwell Books
Purchase the kit HERE. (Greenlight Bookstore). Pattern is by Kati Gálusz.

Easy Crochet Tote Bag by Naztazia (handles)

In Progress:
Stash toss 2024 (25 in versus 44 out) 
Stash tossing…

Walter the Woobles Bear — As I continue my newest habit of hacking the Woobles……


Lola the Woobles Polah Bear:







Crochet block experiments:

Sewed (by machine) the zipper to the liner! Pinned liner into place, ready for hand sewing.


Lakeside cardigan : sewed together shorter rows for the fronts of the shoulders and attached to the long strips for the back.


Lydia’s pinks socks:  on second sock. On the foot. 2 inches to go!

Vestuary24: finished the back! Working up the front.

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress
A fuzz ball of Minerva daily continues: 1 per day

Strategy:  get outside—fresh air and sunlight

AW shoot!: cycling along at 35 mins/day on my bike/desk ("FitDesk") . About 4 miles per day.
miles since late November. 420 miles my mistake!

Fluffy Books: docudrama on Netflix about Alexander the Great
Re-reading the BH-C series
Bridgerton is back! On Netflix 

Something I Really Like: 
Mate of Steel bottle, compatible with the Soda Stream Terra



Put a Lid on It: nope

Blather:
Mending pile

Jury duty calls! 

Weight loss and fasting: Down  21 pounds in 8 weeks. Off the plateau! Testing glucose and ketosis—REALLY good!

Project G: back on the rails again. But close to finished.
Project Cookbook: internet keto recipes to paper recipe cards continues

Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie--doing fine. 

Greenfingers report: waiting for die-off; dianthus and Russian sage and rosemary are back!

Community Resources:
Books I’ve UsedA Knit/Crochet Library on the Ravelry group for CogKnitive
My Favorite Resources to Buy: The entire list can be found right here.
Skills and techniques list : links

Calendar

Hands on Knitting Center’s Thursday Lunch Chat on Zoom with Yours Truly: May 30 at noon in honor of Mental Health Awareness month
Yarnopoly and Second Saturday Stitchers—look them up on Facebook! meet-ups on the 2nd Saturday of each month (usually)
Sit and Stitch group: 9-noon, 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Joanne Darcy Library in Canyon Country
SCV Free Craft exchange: Find them on Facebook
Memorial Day weekend
July 4 holiday—4 day weekend
CFR10—Courtyard by Marriott, Valencia on Sept 28, 2024. Information
Romjul: Dec 21--Jan 1, 2024-25

And Minerva gets the last word: savor the mystery























Monday, May 13, 2024

Episode 182: Another Fine Mother’s Day



This episode will upload May 18, 2024

Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.

Warm Thanks : 

KarenRS—extraordinary service to the podcast department: wrote to The Woobles and asked for her free tin because she did not get one with her order and they’re sending it! Meanwhile, she has unboxed her Harry Potter kit and reports that her hook is excellent, so that one reviewer’s problem seems to have been an unusual quirk.

The Knitmore Girls—challenging week! Send them love and all the good vibes please.

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 10 (2024): ALL INFO IS RIGHT HERE! It's the info thread on Ravelry. 

We now know that our group knitting pattern and project is going probably to relate to making the lovely across-the -body-bags that Carmen makes. This gives everyone a chance to learn to make the ever-functional Granny Square to use up extra yarn in a fantastic and usable way. Stay tuned for details!

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:  Pierre the Penguin (another Wooble)
Testing how fast I can make one.
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In Progress:
Stash toss 2024 (25 in versus 36 out) 
Stash tossing…







5th CFR23 Sock Yarn Cowl: …6” out of 8”




Crochet block experiments:

Sewed (by machine) the zipper to the liner! Pinned liner into place, ready for hand sewing.


Lakeside cardigan : sewed together shorter rows for the fronts of the shoulders and attached to the long strips for the back.




Lydia’s pinks socks:  on second sock. On the foot.

Vestuary24: finished the back! Working up the front.

Unofficial Wednesday Crochet: pattern is on Ravelry and kit can be purchased from website of Chartwell Books
Purchase the kit HERE. (Greenlight Bookstore). Pattern is by Kati Gálusz.
Hook is an E, marked as 3.5 mm.
She now has a full body.


Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress
A fuzz ball of Minerva daily continues: 1 per day

Strategy:  the Golden Rule and doing the best we can (just like me)

AW shoot!: cycling along at 35 mins/day on my bike/desk ("FitDesk") . About 4 miles per day.
miles since late November. 190 miles

Fluffy Books: docudrama on Netflix about Alexander the Great
Re-reading the BH-C series

Some Halloween crafting: some cute pillows, bags, baskets




Put a Lid on It: nope

Blather:
Mending pile

Weight loss and fasting: Down  20 pounds in 8 weeks. Off the plateau! Testing glucose and ketosis—REALLY good!

Project G: back on the rails again. But close to finished.
Project Cookbook: internet keto recipes to paper recipe cards continues

Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie--doing fine. 

Greenfingers report: waiting for die-off; dianthus and Russian sage and rosemary are back!
Community Resources:
Books I’ve UsedA Knit/Crochet Library on the Ravelry group for CogKnitive
My Favorite Resources to Buy: The entire list can be found right here.
Skills and techniques list : links

Calendar

Hands on Knitting Center’s Thursday Lunch Chat on Zoom with Yours Truly: May 30 at noon in honor of Mental Health Awareness month
Yarnopoly and Second Saturday Stitchers—look them up on Facebook! meet-ups on the 2nd Saturday of each month (usually)
Sit and Stitch group: 9-noon, 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Joanne Darcy Library in Canyon Country
SCV Free Craft exchange: Find them on Facebook.
CFR10—Courtyard by Marriott, Valencia on Sept 28, 2024. Information
Romjul: Dec 21--Jan 1, 2024-25

And Minerva gets the last word
Happy Mothers Day where it counts





















Saturday, May 11, 2024

Episode 181: Communal Cats


Shownotes can be found on our blog at cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com and also on our group on Ravelry.


Check out this episode!

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Episode 181: Communal Cats




This episode will upload May 11, 2024

Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.

Warm Thanks : 
Knit1Pug2: for reminding me that it was Carmen who gave us all those beautiful Crossbody granny square bags and also for letting me know that the arm strap is done in a crocheted seed stitch!
Carmen T. : for suggesting a fantastic class for cognitive fiber retreat 10 and for giving me the encouraging news that our beloved Orange County group will be coming back this year in full force!

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 10 (2024): ALL INFO IS RIGHT HERE! It's the info thread on Ravelry. 

We now know that our group knitting pattern and project is going probably to relate to making the lovely across-the -body-bags that Carmen makes. This gives everyone a chance to learn to make the ever-functional Granny Square to use up extra yarn in a fantastic and usable way. Stay tuned for details!

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:  

My leftovers: no yarn chicken or shortage of anything



Woobles again: the hook is unmarked, but measures as 4.0 mm, a G
Woobles (Felix) on Ravelry. Pattern has been withdrawn.
A few more things: 
Eventually, I did get instructions + video to learn magic circle and other crochet stitches with this kit.
Yarn is 80% cotton + 20% nylon
You DO LEARN more stitches in the intermediate kits.
ALL her tricks and a ton of fine videos are on her YouTube channel.
QC issues: rough hook on the Potter kit, missing pieces in a kit online. I haven’t seen this at all. 

In Progress:
Stash toss 2024 (23 in versus 35 out) 
Stash tossing…
5th CFR23 Sock Yarn Cowl: …6” out of 8”

Cleo Wide Brim Hat: Serious swatching!




Crochet block experiments:

Sewed (by machine) the zipper to the liner! Pinned liner into place, ready for hand sewing.




I also cut the template to make the liner for future bags.

Lakeside cardigan : sewed together two of the two long strips for the top of the back and down the arms. I added blocks to make each strip 10 blocks long. Then I sewed to long seams together.



Lydia’s pinks socks:  on second sock. On the foot.

Vestuary24: finished the back! Working up the front.

Unofficial Wednesday Crochet: pattern is on Ravelry and kit can be purchased from website of Chartwell Books
Purchase the kit HERE. (Greenlight Bookstore). Pattern is by Kati Gálusz.
Hook is an E, marked as 3.5 mm.
She now has a full body.


Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress
A fuzz ball of Minerva daily continues: 1 per day

Strategy:  give yourself rewards. Often. Make a list. 

AW shoot!: cycling along at 35 mins/day on my bike/desk ("FitDesk") 360. About 4 miles per day.
miles since late November.

Fluffy Books: docudrama on Netflix about Alexander the Great
Re-reading the BH-C series

Something I Really Like: 
Scrub Daddy + holder!



Put a Lid on It: 
Soda stream update: of glass and plastics.

Blather:
Mending pile
Weight loss and fasting: Down  19 pounds in 8 weeks. Off the plateau! Testing glucose and ketosis—REALLY good!

Project G: back on the rails again. But close to finished.
Project Cookbook: internet keto recipes to paper recipe cards continues

Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie--doing fine. 

Greenfingers report: waiting for die-off

Community Resources:
Books I’ve UsedA Knit/Crochet Library on the Ravelry group for CogKnitive
My Favorite Resources to Buy: The entire list can be found right here.
Skills and techniques list : links

Calendar

Yarnopoly and Second Saturday Stitchers—look them up on Facebook! meet-ups on the 2nd Saturday of each month (usually)
Sit and Stitch group: 9-noon, 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Joanne Darcy Library in Canyon Country
SCV Free Craft exchange: Find them on Facebook.
CFR10—Courtyard by Marriott, Valencia on Sept 28, 2024. Information
Romjul: Dec 21--Jan 1, 2024-25

And Minerva gets the last word
Communal cats: Let he who drinks alone catch his own horse (B. Franklin)