Monday, July 24, 2023

Episode 140: Not the Podcast of Doom

I want to paint this!
Then I want to put it on fabric! And WEAR it!

This episode will upload July 29, 2023

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Warm Thanks :
Everyone supporting CFR2023!
Readera on 911 calls: "One thing our local 911 always reminds me to put away any pets & unlock the front door. Very useful advice if you are calling from your home. ..

For anyone with a chronic illness I would recommend keeping a list of your conditions & medications esp if you have trouble speaking or remembering things when you would be calling 911 or when someone would be calling for you. A medical alert bracelet may be helpful too"

KnitOnePugTwo: "Instead of a class, what about 15-30 minute demo. This like darning socks, embroidery on knits, specific wheels or drop spindle"

Amystorm made it to Sierra Cottons and wools! Hurrah! Support our LYS!

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2023: it’s on for Saturday, November 11, 2023. 9 AM to 5 PM (event room hours).

Cost: $35 per adult attendee—PayPal to gemmadw AT not refundable 
NEW: Last day, to pay attendance fee: September 1, 2023
Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott: 28523 Westinghouse Place Valencia, California 91355 

+1 661-257-3220

Event Summary:

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2023

Start Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

End Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Courtyard Santa Clarita Valencia for 169 USD - 179 USD per night

Book your group rate for Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2023

Guests can also call the hotel directly, at (661) 257-3220, to have their reservations made under the 'Cogknitive Fiber Retreat' rate

Attendees so far:

1. OliveMavis/Jennifer-$
2. Lex--$
4. Kai H.--$
5. Estelle Acuna
6. Jenna I--$
7. Mary P.
8. Carrmal 
9. Potchke-$
10. Maridee--$
11. Ariane G.-$
12. Gigi-$
13. Jasmin-$
14. 2009nissanaltima
15. Peachy-$
16. Smidjin -$
17. LeftyRebelKnitter--$
18. Redsknits—$
19. Goodstuff/Brenda C--$
20. Judy K.
21. Priscilla A.
22. Drew Kaitlin-$
23. Sustainablelivin--$
24. CherulSlover
25. Myladyirony--$
26. Glowingelegy-$
27. Ann McGee-$
28. Knitonepugtwo $
29.Amy storm—$
30. Celiakc
31. Jedimom $
32. Plexippa--$
33. Pamhogarth-$
34. Lisa marchbanks
35. --$
36. Heather campbell
37. Tracy DeFreitas
38. Kimmel--$
39. IzzyNov
40. MarjorieW
41. Lorkcreates
42. Elisegenevieve-$
43. Klynnaw/Karen
44. knittingpretty50
45. Vivascrapper-$
46. Vivascrapper daughter-$
47. Mary Tiffany—$
48. Loretta Loebs-$ 
49. Carmentrinidad-$
50. DyharKnitter/Diane Harris-$

1.  LittleFence/Monica

Lisa Souza Yarns --confirmed hotel!!
Oink Pigments—confirmed!
Tina’s Soaps
Lazersheep Yarns—confirmed!! AND is making us a show-special colorway!!
Alpenglow—confirmed! Thanks, Carrie!

And the Sea Glass colorway by Dizzy Blonde Studio! Per Brenda, who is designer GoodStuff:
"FYI, Laura, knottyla who is doing the Sea Glass colorway, and I are plotting to offer a custom shawl design that is inspired by the beautiful yarn.
We also have an idea to offer a bundle - yarn, pattern, and coordinating exclusive design project bag."

Mini skeins swap-- 25 g, about 100 yards, please. 
Patterns to use:
1. Knit: Manic Panic cowl or scarf
2. Crochet: Calm Cowl--free on Ravelry!
6. A Mermaid Darkly by Y. Dasher
7. Buggiflooer hat from Shetland Wool Week
8. Helix knitting technique from Purl Soho

Mother Bear Project (official charity)=extra raffle tickets
Goody bags

What's On My Hooks and Needles:


Lady Eleanor Shawl:

In Progress:
Stash toss 2023 (8 in versus 42 out)  

Lanesplitter Skirt- -I’m done the straight-away--40 inches along--and turning to do those final decrease rows. 

More $3/yard fabrics coming.

My Favorite Resources:


LYS and supplies:

Webs for supplies

The Altered Stitch in Valley Village, LA

The Knitting Tree in Airport-land, LA

Latelier on Ventura

Nice extras and Cool Stuff:

Birch and Cider for custom leather tags on Etsy

Razzberries Studios on Etsy for chatelaine supplies

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress
A fuzz ball of Minerva daily continues: 1 per day
Unboxing the new Nano—not yet

Strategy: check your ego before you speak or write/examine the pro’s and con’s


Fluffy Books:

The Bridgerton books—sweetness of ordinary people with reasonable dialogue

Something I Really Like:  

Scrappy Sock Knitting group on Facebook--info on great patterns for yarn scraps

Burton & Burton floral mugs—16 ounces at $16

Put a Lid on It: 
Tea tastings:  continue. Narrowing down the house blends, upcycling the tins. Tea en route. No more Lady Gray. Earl Gray variant: PD’s Gratitude blend. Black morning tea: Dilmah’s Ceylon
Herbals: PD’s pears and cinnamon blend and their watermelon mint. Rooibos teas: no choices yet
Snarky Teas—woman-owned—now reports that it also uses no sugar or added sweeteners

Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie: working on Q’s indoor skills

Hubsdate: sprucing up the place: gardening--new trowel set, price comparisons

Pollinators for Zone 9B: they’re home with us! prowling with the plant identification app.

Farmers Defense--sleeves, gloves, hats, etc for gardening
Great Garden plants—reasonable prices, fine variety, shipped well


Cogknitive FiberRetreat 2023: Saturday, November 11, 2023
Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference: Anaheim, Dec. 12-17, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word:  staying on top of things

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