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On The Needles
My knitting mojo returns with a vengeance. I cast on two new projects in the past two weeks, although I haven't touched any of my more complicated WIPs--complicated meaning anything more complex than stockinette or garter stitches.
  1. Samadhi
  2. Honey Cowl -- I have 4 skeins of Rowan RYC Soft Lux (merino, angora, metallic) that's been in my stash for more than 6 years. 
  3. Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl -- Pierrot Yarns Saratto Cotton. Indonesian Knitters Facebook KAL. Tutorials by Cinantya on her blog: garter tab cast on, Judy's Magic Cast On, chart reading, etc.
  4. Saartje's Bootees -- no time left!
 
Theme
 Masterful:
Dr. Gemma (CogKNITive podcast) episode 196.
I just realized how lucky I am to be able to knit and spin. To be ergonomically safe, it is recommended to take a break from knitting every 15 mins (ref: the Knitmore Girls) and let your hand muscles do something different. 
 
Mindful:
Fyberspates sale purchase came, and am in LOVE with the Scrumptious base. 
Yarnbox purchase as early birthday present :)
 
Get Your Geek On!
A new obsession: essential oils for health. Would you like to have an occasional segment on EO?
 
Tadaima
Thanks to all listeners and group members who congratulated me on my pregnancy :)
You all are the best listeners ever!
 
You can find me on Ravelry as thelostgeek, on twitter as lost_geek, and on Instagram as thelostgeek. Do join The Lost Geek Podcast group on Ravelry. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or through the RSS feed. iTunes star ratings and reviews are always welcome to help bump up the show and let other people know about it, and it would really help me get feedback about the show. Thank you for listening, and until next time... don't get too lost!
Direct download: Episode_37_-_Change_It_Up.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 3:36 PM

Update: Sorry everyone for being in an unannounced hiatus, I'm pregnant with my second baby (21 weeks now!) and we've found out that it's a boy. Going along with Timothy's prediction of the gender.
Everything related to fiber arts: knitting, spinning, Ravelry sort of disappeared from my radar. My energy level was really low during the first trimester--it's come back up in the last 5-6 weeks, but it's hard to get back into the habit of regular podcasting again after such a long hiatus! 
 
Housekeeping notes:
Challenge KAL: I have a recorded session with Kim of Craft Stash (OMG her chuppah must be nearly done now!), apologies to Jan and Ellen of The Twinset Designs podcast and Louise from Caithness Craft Collective who have prepared themselves for the July and August edition of the KAL. I feel really bad for not informing about my hiatus at least, so sincerest apologies, and Big hugs for being understanding!
 
Thanks to:
 
rahardjo-knits (Rina) for her review on iTunes. She likes how I tell sometimes sensitive issues in Indonesia as it is, but it's not always easy! On episodes where I talk about sensitive or controversial issues, I tend to spend a lot of time on script and editing.
 
Dr. Gemma from Cogknitive podcast talked about the show in her podcast. Thanks for the shout out :) A few things she likes about the podcast is me being non-US and non-UK podcaster, LOL. She also likes the balance of sharing my private life without sharing too much, and she mentions KnitmoreGirls, Twinset Designs, Knitting Pipeline, and 2KnitLit Chicks in the same sentence, I'm so flattered! I'm glad she sticks to the podcast even after initially finding the show a bit hard to listen to, something about the sound quality.
 
Off The Needles
  1. Flower power headband
  2. Flower pacifier clip
  3. Cabled headband
ETA: sadly no other FOs in 2.5 months!
Finished the gifts with barely time to spare! I told Timothy's mandarin teacher that if it's too big I can help her fix it and she mentioned that she thought the headband was something I bought :) I think that's a great compliment!
Timothy's comment about the headband.
 
On The Needles
  1. Samadhi
Haven't been working on anything else except the three FOs and the Samadhi; forgot to bring knitting projects to Bandung! 
 
Theme
I succumbed to the cute monster pattern by Susan Claudino that is sold by Little Skein in the big wool on etsy. I have been cold sheeping for 6 months and now I broke it because of the Instagram spoilers from both Susan and Annie! I bought the luxe kit (including the project bag: I picked the dancing rumpus in the moonlight fabric drawstring bag)
ETA: I wrote this podcast note on 19 June, and until now I still haven't received the kit! It's shipped so I'm looking forward to it :)
 
The Whirligeek
I needed retail therapy (I know that sounds so cliche and privileged) so I ordered a supported Fleegle style spindle by Malcolm Fielding.
Update: received it last week and it's gorgeous! It's been a long time since I'm that excited over a fiber arts-related stuff.
 
Let's Get Lost!
Just a heads up that next episode will be most likely packed with travel notes. During the time I spent away from the computer we've visited:
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia (to Legoland and Hello Kitty Town)
  • Malang 
And I met up with the lovely Marie Lynn (a listener and member of the group) when she was visiting Jakarta early August. She and her husband live in Malang; and I got to destash some of my yarn and fiber for her--always happy to indulge in others' obsession too! She mentioned shipments get lost on their way. 
 
A short episode this week to get my feet wet again in podcasting, I hope sound quality and everything is not too bad, do let me know, and for those listeners who still hang around for a new episode, from the bottom of my heart I thank you all. Without you the podcast will just cease to exist. Mwach!
Direct download: Episode_36_-_Back_From_Hiatus_YAY.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 1:46 PM

Thanks to Paula of Knitting Pipeline for her generous review on iTunes for the podcast. So flattered to know that she's been following and listening. Paula is a big influence during the starting days of the podcast, and she's the one that mentions my unique point is indonesia. 

 

Off The Needles (02:06)

  1. Knit Your Love by Martina Behm

  2. Swatch #1 for master knitter

  3. Swatch #2

One helpful tip to preempt some of the problems that might come up: read the questions related to the swatch in advance, so I know what commonly faced problems are. 

 

On The Needles (08:40)

Didn't realize I have so many WIPs on the needles!

 

Garment choices: Whispers by Veera Valimaki from the most recent amirisu? But would like to knit this in linen... Other pattern options: Hitofude cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu, lace open front swingy cardi, Criollo by Justina Lorkowska, fitted buttoned cardi with pattern detailing on sleeve hems, body hem, and neckline, or Urban by Veera Valimaki (v-neck top with swingy short sleeves)
 

 

Review (16:44)

Cast On magazine may-July 2014 edition.

- visual pattern preview page

- stitch anatomy: intarsia 

- fashion framework: men's vest, 6 vest patterns 

- finishing with confidence: seaming stair step edges 

- knitting 911: fixing split sts

- master knitters: decreases part 1 revisited

 

Pattern love: small fry hat, asymmetrical vest by Wilhelmine Peers (no Ravelry link yet). Diagonal cable running on the front, with asymmetrical patterning (reverse stockinette and seed st)

 

Get Your Geek On! (27:25)

HPKCHC. Big changes from 2009 to now.

 

The Whirligeek (30:55)

 

Rina and her handspun Evenstar Shawl
Rina and her handspun Evenstar Shawl
Tuesday 27th: 
Rina (Rahardjo-knits) on Ravelry came to Jakarta and did a semi-impromptu spinning demo with drop spindle, Turkish, Tibetan supported spindle, and cotton spinning with coin tahkli (!!) 
 
Simple but very practical tips I got from Rina: 
 
  • The twist enters the yarn from the flicking of the yarn off the tip of the spindle 
  • Finger flick the spindle near the tip
  • When spinning from over the fold, pinch the yarn from the end of the fiber not the middle
  • Leave some space between fiber and finger
  • After a length of singles is spun, before winding into a temporary cop, insert a twirl to balance out the twists in the singles 
Tour de Fleece is coming: Team Sasquatch

 

Tadaima (37:42)

Indonesia is in presidential campaign mode, with the upcoming presidential election on July 9th. Two candidates from two coalition of parties, because the legislative elections isn't produce a clear majority winner for a party. Please pray for a peaceful, clean election.

 

Library Along 2nd Quarter #LAL2014 #2QLAL2014

 

Challenge KAL: June with Kim from Craft Stash, July with Jan and Ellen from Twinset Designs podcast. #lostgeekCKAL 

 

You can find me on Ravelry as thelostgeek, on twitter as lost_geek, and on Instagram as thelostgeek. Do join The Lost Geek Podcast group on Ravelry. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or through the RSS feed. iTunes star ratings and reviews are always welcome to help bump up the show and let other people know about it, and it would really help me get feedback about the show. Thank you for listening, and until next time... don't get too lost!

Direct download: Episode_35_-_House_Cup.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59 AM

On The Needles 
Fringetree shawl by Anne Hanson.
  • Long tail CO with both ends of yarn
  • Use the tail end that you're not going to use as the thumb yarn
Knit Your Love: yarn is fuzzy, can clearly see the difference between the freshly knit and the old knit.
 
Pill remover: electric, sweater stone, Lilly brush (heard from Twinset Designs podcast)
 
Let's Get Lost!
Bandung Lembang trip.
Colenak 
 
Tadaima
Sorry for the late episode this week, have lost my knitting mojo ever since I got HFMD.  
Challenge KAL and LAL is still going. Kim is guest host for June, and Twinset Ellen and Jan is for July. 
Bittersweet feelings of a mother to a toddler.
Direct download: Episode_34_-_Wheres_My_Knitting_Mojo_.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 4:01 PM

New reviews on iTunes, thanks to: Turboknitter and Ksinc58, I'm really glad you've found the podcast and has been enjoying it. 

On The Needles
  1. Grove mittens: a tutorial I found online for a modified k2tog for twisted sts
  2. Knit Your Love

Two yarn packages waiting at home:

 
  1. Bare Naked Wools second shipment, Chebris lace, 700 yards of 60% fine wool and 40% yearling mohair in Creme. What's the difference between goats and sheep? Capricorn Triangle and Amalthea, a square version.
  2. Strickmich club second shipment, Welthase fingering merino light, 400 yards of superwash merino in Blue Blessing. Pattern is Samadhi, a very meditational garter stitch shawl. 
Theme
The TKGA website is a good resource for reference materials. It has a section titled On Your Way To The Masters which is available for members only and it has articles directly related to the Masters program. 
Thanks to Lish and Natalie of Mastering The Knits podcast for the shoutout. It's great to find virtual Master Level buddies.
Who wants to do a Virtual Knitting together?
 
Let's Get Lost!
Original plan to see sakura blossoms, was disappointed to find out that based on predictions we are late. Second destination is the Japanese Alps with its famous Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route
 
Chronological order:
  1. Tokyo: Disney Sea!, Tsukiji-market, Toufu-ya Ukai
  2. Nagoya food: Yabaton (miso katsu), Maruya Honten (hitsumabushi and unadon) both at Meitetsu Mall
  3. Takayama: Sannou Matsuri
    • food: Hida beef at Maruaki
    • Okuhida Garden Yakedake Hotel, with natural hot spring (onsen) 
    • Shirakawa-go: World Heritage site; more impressive in winter
  4. Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route
    • stayed at Matsumoto and we got the good luck of catching the prime sakura season! And the city has Matsumoto Castle lights up with the sakura-lined moat river.
  5. Takato: sakura bliss...
  6. Kyoto: Nishiki market and Fushimi Inari Jinja (jinja means shrine).
    • Purchases in Kyoto Aeon mall Dream craft shop
  7. Koya-san
    • take the Nankai Nanba private line. Explain about JR rail pass
    • Excellent dinner, most memorable in Japan at Ichijo-in
  8. Osaka
    • Pokemon center and Tokyu Hands
    • Singapore transit: shopping voucher $20 at i-shop
Get Your Geek On!
Yarnraising podcast hosted by Malia.
I'm curious as to what kind of air I have around me...
 
Tadaima
Down with HFMD the past week. 
Didn't even have the energy or the urge to knit, so you know how bad it is.
Challenge! KAL
  • any project with a technique that's new, or to improve a certain technique
  • must provide references
  • sources can be blogs, Youtube videos, online articles, or published book
  • Example: trying a new cast on method: Judy's Magic Cast On: why? how? explain your progress and the resources you used. Or trying to do jogless join when knitting in the round: what resources, what you tried, what you finally used and why.
  • Guest podcaster some of the month to talk about their challenge projects: welcome Kim of Craft Stash for June!
  • Travelling guest hosts: for a different month, a podcaster will talk host the Challenge! KAL in their group as well
LAL Second Quarter has started!
  • thanks to crookedknits Steph who started the FO thread.
  • Rules: eligible patterns are those that have been sitting in your library since before 4th January 2014--you're right, it gets more challenging because the deadline is not moving with the quarter dates :)
  • Same for stash: eligible for double points are patterns knit using yarns that have been sitting in your stash pre-January 4th
  • Free patterns are NOT eligible starting from this point onwards--the idea behind LAL is to use those patterns that you've spent money on but haven't used.

You can find me on Ravelry as thelostgeek, on twitter as lost_geek, and on Instagram as thelostgeek. Do join The Lost Geek Podcast group on Ravelry. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or through the RSS feed. iTunes star ratings and reviews are always welcome to help bump up the show and let other people know about it, and it would really help me get feedback about the show.

Thank you for listening, and until next time... don't get too lost!

Direct download: Episode_33_-_Sakura_Alpen_Snow_and_Challenge_KAL.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 3:28 PM

Off The Needles
Theme
MHK level 1: I. Am. On. Fire!! 
Secret to successful destashing: a good marketing sidekick!
 
On The Needles
Get Your Geek On!
Bullet Journal: first heard from A Playful Day (LOVE her new website, BTW)
I also use: Evernote app and the Notes app on iOS.
How do you organize your notes?
Do you have a family calendar? 
 
Fmsphotoaday in Instagram 
 
Recalculating Route 
Will be away until the 24th for a trip to Japan. 
Travel tips:
 
Tadaima
Winners for LAL:
  1. perfect-circle Michelle wins a Ravelry pattern of her choice. Her winning project is Watershed, and both pattern and yarn was from December 2013. Would love to see it blocked and modeled!
  2. lmecoll Linda wins a button set from Just Fingerprint etsy shop. Her project is Schilling hat from "super old stash yarn", pattern queued since January 2013.
  3. crazyknittingfool Kristyn wins any item from Fiendish Paper Thingy below $8. Her project is Dolores Park Cowl pattern with 2008 yarn and pattern has been in library since 2012. Designer is Parikha Mehta behind the s i x o n e s e v e n blog which I love, too bad she's not updating a lot lately.
Please PM me with your choices, and sorry I won't be able to reward the prizes immediately.
 

You can find me on Ravelry as thelostgeek, on twitter as lost_geek, and on Instagram as thelostgeek. Do join The Lost Geek Podcast group on Ravelry. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or through the RSS feed. iTunes star ratings and reviews are always welcome to help bump up the show and let other people know about it, and it would really help me get feedback about the show.

Thank you for listening, and until next time... don't get too lost!

Direct download: Episode_32_-_Podcasting_In_The_Dark.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 6:33 PM

On The Needles
  1. Timo's mittens using Ann Budd basic recipe. Leftover bijou basin ranch yarn. Unknown needle size (I think 2.5mm?)
  2. Hills in Jamul hat. I talk about staple length and micron count
  3. Knit your love: pattern suddenly turned up!!
 
Theme
Masterful and Mindful
Mindful:
  • Stash swap 
  • Cold Sheep
  • ideal stash size parameter
  • Yarn Box
  • Knit Crate
Masterful:
  • Master Knitter Program
  • Mastering Your Knits: new audio podcast
 
Recalculating Route
Knitters Almanac: my first EZ book!
Eye-opening facts about Double Knitting, and how gauge affects amount of wool needed for adult garments.
 
Tadaima
The Lost Geek Podcast group on Ravelry:
  • A question from KatyKittyJay about language spoken in Indonesia. 
  • A nice discussion in the episode 30 thread about copyright.
LAL First Quarter has ended! FO thread is open another week for pics and posts, and I will pick winners!
Nothing much to celebrate podiversary, just special thanks to listeners who have supported me so far. Your posts and messages on Ravelry or from other channels really took me through this year! 
Direct download: Episode_31_-_First_Podiversary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13 AM

On The Needles
Shortie Row(m)ney Hat
Shortie Row(m)ney Hat
 
Get Your Geek On!
Penguins needing sweaters, in Philips Island Australia. Boing Boing report of this recent hoax.
How do we find out the truth behind something that went viral?
Good Job Brain episode (Um, Actually...): a myth buster section about cooking alcohol out of a dish.
 
Recalculating Route
Fiesta Fatahillah poster
Fiesta Fatahillah poster
Went to Fiesta Fatahillah (good news coverage from Jakarta Globe here) in Kota Tua Jakarta, which includes Fatahillah Food Fest and Jakarta Art Space special exhibition in the renovated post building. 
 
 
Tadaima
Donated sales a total of 55 patterns, USD 302.5 and I round it up to IDR 3.5 mio.
Congrats to Louise for her 100th episode Parteee!!, and to Paula for her 1 million downloads.

You can find me on Ravelry as thelostgeek, on twitter as lost_geek, and on Instagram as thelostgeek. Do join The Lost Geek Podcast group on Ravelry. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or through the RSS feed. iTunes star ratings and reviews are always welcome to help bump up the show and let other people know about it, and it would really help me get feedback about the show.

Thank you for listening, and until next time... don't get too lost!

Direct download: Episode_30_-_Non_Truths_And_Half_Truths.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 2:40 PM

Off The Needles
BFF Cocoon stitch cowl. Grafting in pattern:
 
Nearly invisible grafting!
 
When grafting, you process two stitches on each needle. The first stitch will be dropped, the second stitch will stay on the needle. The mantra for grafting plain stockinette sides together is: Knit-purl, purl-knit, which means knit the first stitch on the front needle and drop it, and purl the second stitch while leaving it on the needle. And then purl the first stitch on the back needle and drop it, then knit the second stitch while leaving it on.
So each stitch, before being dropped off the needles, has been processed twice: either knitted or purled while letting it stay on the needle. The secret is that the second process, which is when you drop the stitch off the needles, has to coordinate with how the stitch presents itself to you. So a stitch on the front needle that's a knit stitch, you knit it to drop it. And for a stitch on the back needle that presents to you a purl bump (meaning the RS is knit), you purl it to drop it. Before you drop them off the needles, process them the opposite way--So a stitch on the front needle that's a knit stitch, you process it by purling while leaving it on. And for a stitch on the back needle that presents to you a purl bump (meaning the RS is knit), you process it by knitting while leaving it on.
 
In the picture above you can see where the width is wonky (because it's still unblocked), that's the graft location, but otherwise can't pinpoint where :)
 
A good tutorial article on Knitting Daily website includes step-by-step instructions for grafting stockinette, garter, 2x2 rib, and seed stitch.
There's also another tutorial with video by Lucy Hague.
 
On The Needles
 
Rhonnie Rivulets
Rhonnie Rivulets
Dark grey yarn: Kent Worsted (60-40 merino romney), white yarn: Ghillie (cheviot)
Dark grey yarn: Kent Worsted (60-40 merino romney), white yarn: Ghillie (cheviot)
  • Fringetree Shawl, yarn is Ghillie from Bare Naked Wools, a 100% cheviot fingering weight
  • Hills in Jamul hat, yarn is Kent Worsted, a 60% merino 40% romney blend from BNK February shipment. 
  • I'm Cold Sheeping with the Stash and Burn listeners
  • Library Along (LAL 2014) going strong in The Lost Geek podcast group on Ravelry! 
  • I mention Folded by Veera Valimaki: what's your experience with using two skeins from different dyers?
  • "It is trapped air, not density, that provide warmth in knitted fabrics" (Anne Hanson, BNK Feb 2014 chapter on Romney) 
 
Recalculating Route
Spinning and knitting in Drums of Autumn, Outlander series' fourth novel. Spoiler alert! 
 
Speaking about Jamie knitting, I have a new knitting blog that I follow: Knitting Daddy. He has a section called "this week in podcasts" and he featured the show twice! The blogger is Greg, KnittingDaddy on Ravelry, who started knitting when his daughter was born prematurely. The blog's about page has a very sweet photo of Greg with his daughter in a Baby Surprise Jacket that he knitted.
 
Tadaima
I have to remind myself to "pick my battles"--had a conversation with Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls podcast.
 

You can find me on Ravelry as thelostgeek, on twitter as lost_geek, and on Instagram as thelostgeek. Do join The Lost Geek Podcast group on Ravelry. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or through the RSS feed. iTunes star ratings and reviews are always welcome to help bump up the show and let other people know about it, and it would really help me get feedback about the show.

Thank you for listening, and until next time... don't get too lost!

Direct download: Episode_29_-_Grafting_In_Pattern_and_Spinning_Genetics.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 10:07 AM

Thank yous:
  • jgailey4 for the iTunes review
  • All of you who bought the Traipsing Vines pattern in January and February--the total sales is $302.50 and I will do a donation report once it's distributed.
  • Forgot to say a big thank you to Audrey of OwlForU who sent me a thank you note and a gift: a drawstring project bag in matryoshka motif, with felt flower applique and fancy stitching. Also: a mini Yarnivore specially made for Timo! It is now officially renamed: Legovore.
Matryoshka project bag and Legovore
Matryoshka project bag and Legovore
Off The Needles
Cormo Cloud Cowl
Cormo Cloud Cowl
  • Billowy Cormo CloudMom saw the cowl and complimented the stitch pattern, and said she'd like something longer (infinity scarf) with buttons. Suggestions?
  • Thinking of knitting Dolinar by Stephen West and resizing it so it's not too deep and not too wide.
 
On The Needles
 
Ravellenics Special
Congrats to all Ravthletes! See you all again in two years for Summer Ravellenics! Go Team Sasquatch!
 
Recalculating Route
Malaysia travel:
  • Sepang Gold Coast
  • Genting Highlands: snow world (we paid 30RM for each adult and 25 for kids, including gloves, jacket, boots, and locker. They have a tube slide! 
  • Bak kut tea: Teluk Pulai bak kut teh in Klang
  • Sunway Lagoon
  • Durian stalls (SS2 near Klang and at Jalan Alor in KL)
  • Shopping: LOTS of mandarin books for Timo at Popular Bookstore
 
Tadaima
Timothy's 3rd birthday: party at school, prepared goodie bags. 
 

You can find me on Ravelry as thelostgeek, on twitter as lost_geek, and on Instagram as thelostgeek. Do join The Lost Geek Podcast group on Ravelry. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or through the RSS feed. iTunes star ratings and reviews are always welcome to help bump up the show and let other people know about it, and it would really help me get feedback about the show.

Thank you for listening, and until next time... don't get too lost!

Direct download: Episode_28_-_Parallel_Worlds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51 PM