Monday, August 21, 2023

Episode 144: Bring on the Locusts

This episode will upload August 26, 2023

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Warm Thanks :
On_your_trike-Somerton: for suggesting that I frame the watermelon slice--THANK YOU!!
Everyone supporting CFR2023!
Gus Rudnick from Crocodile Crafting for her kind donation to the goodie bags

Chrisaah for sending us goodie bag treats

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 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! 

What's On My Hooks and Needles:


Lanesplitter Skirtblocking successful, seamed quickly with easy mattressstitch, and waistband finished with cotton yarn. Easily whipstitched band in place as per pattern, and the I inserted the 2” elastic. The fit is working!

In Progress:
Stash toss 2023 (8 in versus 47 out)  

2 pairs of Simplicity 8558: waiting for my sewing machine’s return.

The Llama Love Sweater (single llama version): of ease and the fair isle collar pattern

200 FairIsle Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting
Helpful video--Purl Soho on German Short Rows

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: Franklin: about the founding fathers and separation of church and state: “ The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.” “In the Affairs of this World Men are saved, not by Faith, but by the Lack of it.”

About hurricanes: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Fluffy Books:

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

Something I Really Like: 

Working on my relationship with my teeth: waterpik portable, Philips sonic toothbrush, and toothpaste pellets

Put a Lid on It: 
Tea tastings:  continue. 

Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie: soggy dogs

Watercolors: Taking Andrea Nelson's teach-able class 

Hubsdate: cyclones, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, pump fail...


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

And Minerva gets the last word: wait it out, it’ll get better

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:  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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