Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Episode 143: Artistic Blue Period

Taking a last slice of the summer!

This episode will upload August 19, 2023

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Warm Thanks :
Everyone supporting CFR2023!
Welcome Etsy Folks! Welcome Yarnopoly!
StephieJo and Brenda C. For class ideas- see the info thread below. ASK for any class that interests you!
 I know there are a lot of us that are multi-craftual and can teach all kinds of techniques. Perhaps we should have a thread for folks to list techniques they are interested in learning, and then anyone competent in that skill can set up a time to do a little education session.

For y’all that have been at previous CFRs, you know how much I enjoy sharing knowledge, so I’m up to teach anything of which I’m capable.”


“ I’d also be happy to teach/demonstrate various techniques. Some ideas:

  • mattress stitch (seaming)
  • grafting (aka kitchener stitch)
  • my favorite cast-on (no long tail needed!)
  • easy intarsia.
Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2023: ALL INFO IS RIGHT HERE! It's the info thread on Ravelry.

But in brief:

*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 yahoo.com not refundable 

*NEW: Last day, to pay attendance fee: September 1, 2023

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! Available with a shawl pattern from Brenda Castiel, who is designer GoodStuff, possibly in kits with shawl design, yarn, and project bag.

Mini skeins swap-- 25 g, about 100 yards, please. Patterns on the Ravelry info thread for the retreat.
Goody bags--10 Etsy per day--see the links below! Yank Your Yarn is coming through for us!

What's On My Hooks and Needles:



In Progress:
Stash toss 2023 (8 in versus 43 out)  

2 pairs of Simplicity 8558:

Lanesplitter Skirtneeds blocking, seam, and waistband

The Llama Love Sweater (single llama version):

Helpful video--Purl Soho on German Short Rows

Simple scallops shawl in Oink Pigments disco yarn

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
Unboxing the new Nano—not yet

Strategy: Mindfulness:   “Look before, or you'll find yourself behind.”--Ben Franklin Being proactive, but also being mindful of consequences and resisting impulse.    
Fluffy Books:

The Bridgerton books—sweetness of ordinary people with reasonable dialogue. On to the prequel series: Rokesbys

Something I Really Like: yep, the wristband pincushion—cheap and useful

Put a Lid on It: 
Tea tastings:  continue. 

Plum Deluxe—admit it: Picard Earl Grey grows on a person

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

Watercolors: Taking Andrea Nelson's teach-able class 
Squiggles, mountains, oceans

Hubsdate: sprucing up the place: gardening every dawn and dusk, local cuttings, and shears

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: a trick of the light?

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

Kings Creations on Etsy 3-D printed Creations--yarn bowls

Yarnopoly of SCV--Santa Clarita's own knitting group

Bags By Awesome Grannie--beautiful project bags on Etsy

Busy Bees Fibers--now on their own indie site! hand-dyed wool, roving, and especially those measuring tape bracelets that I adore

The Maker's Stash--tastefully made bags, understated and classic

Wishful Knitting --whimsical knitting notions and tools

Betty Jo's Corner--laser cut tools for your fiber-work

Luna Fairy Cat--People Jewelry, Yarn Jewelry, and Book Jewelry

Yank Your Yarn--Pop-Culture Inspired Snag-Free Stitch Markers

Nexus Knits--Providing a handmade link for families and home. Stitchmarkers!

Also at: http://nexusknits.com  sales support children's charities!

Seeking Sanity--Knitting, and Crochet Supplies

Sunrise Grove--Artisan knitting & embroidery notions, earrings & more

Crocodile Crafting--creative stitch markers and earrings

Adventure Needlework--needleminders and stitch (embroidery) gifts

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