Sunday, October 1, 2023

Episode 150: Butterflies!

It's a metalmark butterfly!

This episode will upload October 7, 2023

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Warm Thanks :

Everyone supporting CFR2023! #cfr23
StephieJo and the Mother Bear yarn/kits
Knitonepugtwo--hang in there with the craft closet project! Little strokes...
TinyShinyThings--microbreaks and chronic pain (and aging)

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 

Lisa Souza Yarns --confirmed hotel!!
Oink Pigments—confirmed!
Tina’s Soaps- confirmed!
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, in kits with shawl design, yarn, and project bag. Various options are available; please look on the info thread on Ravelry for the retreat. Brenda is offering you a chance to reduce the cost of PayPal and Etsy fees by reading the Etsy entry first and then contacting her personally, so that she can ship it to you directly with reduced fees.

Mini skeins swap-- 25 g, about 100 yards, please. Patterns on the Ravelry info thread for the retreat.
Goody bags--see the links below! 
Steeking class
Meditation class
Skills tutoring groups
yarn exchange

What's On My Hooks and Needles:


A sock! BB8 Socks--Lazersheep yarn

In Progress:

Stash toss 2023 (13 in versus 58 out)  

The Llama Love Sweater (single llama version): sleeve island—evening up the second sleeve with colorwork

Superstition Sweater —past the cats of the collar, adding the last tiny designs

BB8 Socks--Lazersheep yarn! On to the second sock!

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

Dizzy Blondes: 

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

Strategy: A-B-C changing your beliefs
Fluffy Books:

The Bridgerton books—sweetness of ordinary people with reasonable dialogue. On to the 2nd of the Smythe-Smith series. “Smith-Smith?”

Something I Really Like:

dictation: Dragon NS and Apple and AI
…and the first keto pumpkin spice earthquake cake of autumn

Put a Lid on It: 
Tea tastings: more watermelon mint! 


Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie --nope, but we had steak bones tonight!

Watercolors: Taking Andrea Nelson's teach-able class no updates

Hubsdate:  Project "G" progress: still on boxes, general sweeping in the bare spots, hubs went crazy clearing out junk, poking through the rafters, cold snap

Project T--the first journal of Europe—in small bits

Project cookbook! Staggering a bit, but 1 a day

Greenfingers report: 
Wow! More Sage, lavender, and hyssop on the way
Blooming dianthus and hyssop

SCV Free Craft Supplies: Giveaway and meetup at Canyon Country Park, Sat. Oct 7 at 10 AM.
Yarnopoly: Meet-up on Saturday 10/14, 1-4 PM
Rhinebeck West--Knitting Tree, Saturday 10/21
Cogknitive FiberRetreat 2023: Saturday, November 11, 2023
Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference: Anaheim, Dec. 12-17, 2023
Romjul: Dec 23-Jan 1, 2023-24

And Minerva gets the last word: MoMMM!!!!

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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