Thursday, January 30, 2014

Episode 144: Warning: Subversive!

This week's episode features a review of the book Subversive Socks, which has some explicit language. There is a warning at the end, so you can skip that review if you like. WIPs this week include Wendy's Fuse cardigan, Sheila's Clapotis and Spice Man socks. FOs include Brickless in fingering weight. Lots of baubles and blings, including cool gnome stuff from Gnome Acres, lots of Sock Monkey goodies, yarn for Sheila, sheepy stitch markers, and some really cool needle gauges. Wendy also shows some cross stitching goodies. 

Show Notes 
KAL/CAL:  We are hosting a Stash Busting KAL/CAL for the month of January! Post a pic of your finished project made from yarn purchased at least 6 months ago in the January Stash Busters Thread and get that stash under control!  A winner will be drawn next week.

On The Dance Card:

Wendy is working on:

Fuse by Veronik Avery in Reynolds Revue, red color way (this yarn is discontinued).

Sheila is working on:

Spice Man Socks by Yarnissima in BMFA medium (mill end, unknown colorway)

Wonderful Wallaby by Carol A. Anderson in Knitpicks Main Line (black, cream and taupe)

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert in Seacoast Handpainted Silk and Ivory in the Antique coloway.

Rate Your Date:

Wendy finished:

Brickless by Martina Behm with Malabrigo sock in the Solis colorway.  This is an impromptu knit-along with a couple of friends who also missed the Brickless boat a few months ago, so join in if you did, too!

Sheila half-finished:

One Spice Man sock!

Whirlwind Romance:

None this week.  Wendy plans to try and spin at least 15 minutes a week this year, but so far has failed in keeping up with that resolution!

Future Dates:

Wendy will be knitting:

The Bees headband by Alana Dakos (gift from Fraydele)

Star Leaves Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen (will be a wedding shawl)

Sheila will be knitting:

Stitch Surfer by Louise Robert (free on Rav).  She will be using a tutorial from the Knitabulls Podcast for some extra instruction.

Baubles & Bling:

Wendy purchased:

Kelmscott Needle Minder from NeedleGoods on etsy.

A gnome-themed medium bag from Knittingsmybag on Big Cartel and was gifted a cute wedding cake themed bag to hold her wedding shawl!

Wendy and Sheila received lots of amazing presents from a viewer (Rav name Lavisa) and a wonderful prize donation from another viewer (Rav name 4kittieshavei).  There was so much to show that we won't be listing the links for the items.  PM us on Rav or ask a question in the thread for this episode if you have questions.

Gossip & Innuendo:

SPA 2014 in Freeport, Maine 2/28 - 3/2/2014.  Sheila and I will not be attending the marketplace this year, unfortunately.

Maryland Sheep and Wool 2014 at Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD, 5/3-5/4/2014.  Wendy plans on attending.

Last weeks book contest for Doomsday Knits will continue for another week to allow everyone a chance to participate.

This week, Cooperative Press sent the following book for review:

Subversive Socks by Tabetha Hedrick.   We put up a warning in the podcast as some of the patterns were named and/or contained language that might be offensive to some viewers.  As the title suggests, the book contains sock patterns.  There is a section for more subtly subversive socks that contained a couple of patterns we really liked, such as the Stinky Socks and XXX socks.  As we noted in the review, even though some of the sock patters contain potentially offensive language, the designs are cute and could easily be modified to have no words or alternative words.  The overtly subversive sock section had a lot of designs that we admitted we probably wouldn't wear (although we both like the one with a word on the toe).  These patterns, too, could easily be modified.  At first glance, it's not a book that will appeal to everyone, but if you are willing to look beyond the language, there are a bunch of great patterns that you could really run with and make your own.  As always, Cooperative Press did a great job of setting up an easily-navigable PDF book.

If you'd like to win a free copy of this PDF, enter the contest on our Ravelry group and tell us which of the designs you would knit if you won the book, and who the socks would be for.  We will draw the winner in two weeks.

1 comment:

Barb T said...

Wendy, you might want to try turning the brightness down on your screen so that the books and patterns you show will not glare so badly. I've been told that works well.