What’s New With Us: Episode #57

It’s an episode without a theme. This week we update you on what we’ve been up to and also what’s to come on Hobbies Up To Here!

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We have a few posts and projects up and coming so be sure to come back and check them out!

  • Basting Gun review
  • Our first guild meeting (eek!)
  • Road To California (mid-January)
  • Design wall how-to post

Jake and I finished his Darth Vader quilt. We’re very pleased with the out come!

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My dad finished his crocheted doily.

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And my mom is still working on her future grand-son’s knitted baby blanket.

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Book Review: Birds In The Air Episode #56

Hey hobbyists and crafters. It’s time for another episode of Hobbies Up To Here!

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We’ve had a very productive week off for Thanksgiving. Here are a few of our WIPS!

My mom and dad have been working on their own stitching projects. She’s flying through a baby blanket and he’s cranking out some great dollies.

I got the wild inspiration to go ahead and create my own design wall. The guys helped me put it all together and now I have one BIG design wall to play with!

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Jake’s Darth Vader quilt is quilted and now the trimming commences! Jake did the top on his own (with only a little mommy help) and I did the quilting. I’m attempting to roll the binding over as opposed to my usual strip method. Wish me luck!

I also wrapped up my box subscription showdown on our Youtube channel.

This episode we dive into the novel Birds in the Air by Frances O’Roark Dowell. I surprised my mom with a copy for each of us to read and enjoy. And boy did we!

Not only is Frances an author but she is also the host of The Off Kilter Quilt podcast where she talks of life and quilting. Check out her podcast and her website!

If you don’t want to be spoiled, listen through to minute 32 where we take a quick break and then leap into some spoilery goodness.

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Our Annual Thankful Post! Episode #55

It’s that time of year again, hobbyists and crafters! Time to get down and thankful!

We start off our podcast this week promising some future content to be posted! So keep an eye out for these future posts.
Basting Gun Review
Subscription Box Review
Future Book Discussion

We have a few WIPs on deck and a few of them aren’t quilting projects!

My mom’s Curved Log Cabin is coming along.


Some crochet books have arrived!


If you think it LOOKS soft, just wait till you feel it!


My dad has a gift for dollies. Here is one he made!


I’ve started some creative journaling in my new Sark’s Journal!


A little of the stitching I’ve been doing on my mandala.

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Because we are feeling so thankful, we wanted to shout out to a few listeners/friends who reached out with some comments.

  • Thanks Alida over at Tweety Loves Quilting for thinking of us!
  • And to Kati for thinking of us, also! Check her out at Kati’s Quilting and Sewing.
  • Don’t forget to go over and subscribe to Frances at The Off Kilter Quilt! We’re reading her new book Birds in the Air and we’ll share our thoughts on it soon!
  • Julie reached out to ask about the Luminess Airbrush system. We hadn’t used it before but Dori jumped on the chance to try out a new makeup product. She’ll have to share her thoughts when she’s used it! Thanks for listening, Julie!
  • Nonnie from Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams podcast shared a fabulous recipe with us from our Monday post. Definitely worth checking out!

Last year we shared everything we were thankful for and we plan to keep this a annual event. It’s great to take time out of our busy lives to share our appreciation to all of our friends and family! If it wasn’t for all of you, we’d just be two crazy crafters sitting around talking about our hobbies.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #48

Soooooo…..this post is a little bit late. I mean, not really because we tend to post on Fridays. BUT….this was recorded Monday and somehow I was technically challenged all week.

Any who… Time for the show!

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Dori finished her Twisted Pinwheel quilt! It came out beautifully!

Check out her full blog post here!

Her finished quilt brought us our topic this week: to finish or not to finish, and how? Some of us are really great at starting something and working on it all the way till the final touch is added.

Others, like me, struggle to finish up most of the projects laying around listlessly in our craft rooms. In this episode, we talk about finishing a quilt and the ups and downs along the way!

This week we give a shout out to Leah for her great email and support. She had LOTS to share about local groups and guilds that we could join. You can check out her crafty and creative Instagram here.

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #47

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Hello, hello hobbyists and crafters! It’s time for another podcast episode!

Have you ever realized how easily crafting can become a one-man show? One minute you are starting a project and then within weeks you realize you haven’t really talked to another human being but HEY! You have a finished quilt! Crafting can be a very solitary part of the day and it’s easy to forget to reach out to those with common interest.

Enter guilds and groups! We’ve talked before about our feelings on joining a guild in the area but now we’ve added to our search. Instead of just seeking out quilting guilds, we’ve joined some knitting and crocheting groups through Meetup.com. SO far we’ve joined four groups and we already had our first event with one of them! We’re very excited to add these groups to our web of creators to hang out with and learn from!

We’ve also realized that while we are sewing or crafting, we like to send a little time with other podcasters chatting away while we work on our own. It helps to also feel connected even if it isn’t in person!

Off Kilter Quilt
Crafty Planner
The MANA Show

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #40

Hey hobbyist and crafters! We’re back and ready to roll with episode 40!!

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This week we share the people who made us do it!
They inspired, encouraged, and even taught us how to do the things we didn’t know we wanted to do. We each shared those who got us into a new hobby or enabled us in some way shape or form. Check out our lists below!

Dori

Photography inspiration: Greg Lucker
Personal inspiration: Me (Yay!) and Jennifer Kerr
Tatting inspiration: RustiKate
Knitting inspiration: Lucy Neatby and Vickie Howell
Quilting inspiration: Christa Watson, Leah Day, Angela Walters

Katie

Personal inspirations: my mom and dad (thanks for the crafty genes!)
Quilting inspiration: Jenny Doan (and mom’s too!)
Handcrafting inspiration: Honest Craft Roomies on instagram!
Embroidery inspiration: Alyssa Thomas (by way of the Splendid Sampler)

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  • We’re looking forward to our So Cal Quilter’s Run!
  • Check out GoGoKim and The Sewing Loft for a fun Instagram hop for all those quilters staying home and missing out on Quilt Market!IMG_9709
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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #32

Achooooo!!!

The head cold I had last week has officially made its way to Dori so come prepared with your vitamin c and your tissues for this week’s episode of Hobbies Up To Here!

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Today we talked about technique. The definition of technique is a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure. Together we tossed about what it means to us when it comes to our number one craft, quilting.

We ask the hard questions like when is a technique worth learning? How do you choose a particular technique for a project? And what are some future techniques we’d like to learn?

Check out the new quilt Dori finished! She discusses what techniques she employed to finish this beautiful baby quilt and which she would like to improve on in future projects.

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My Splendid Sampler blocks are really giving me a lot to think about and learn. Each block has presented me with something new and I’m learning that I can pick and choose which techniques I want to keep in my tool box.

Check out these posts for block 1, block, 2, and block 3. I’m so happy with how they are coming out and I hope to be able to keep posting my progress as I go so definitely come back to check on all my future blocks!

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Picking Up Muh Sticks!

It wasn’t long ago that I considered myself a proficient knitter.  It was all I did.  I loved everything about it-the texture of the yarn, the beautiful colors and lots and LOTS of wonderful processes and patterns to choose from.

I began with scarves…who doesn’t?  lol!  Of course, me being me, I couldn’t just knit a “normal” scarf.  I knitted with beads, cables and made a dainty Cat’s Paw lace scarf.

When I began photographing bands on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, I put my needles down.  Not because I lost interest, but simply because I no longer had the time to spend on this meditative hobby.  Whether I was shooting, editing, posting albums to social media, or promoting my bands, I was overwhelmed with constant work to be done.  Trust me, I grieved.  There’s something so rhythmic, so peaceful about knitting, and I missed it terribly.

Now that I’m retired from gig photography and back to spending time on my various passions and hobbies, I’m itching to pick up my needles again.  Part of my goal, is to have something small to take with me next Spring when I fly to Ireland.  The other is to take advantage of the evening hours when I’m watching TV with my hubby, and want to shift into a project I can hold easily in my hands.  I’m rusty, so I’ll need to get out my books and DVD’s to get me started again.


Here’s some of my yummy books!  I can’t wait to actually knit a fisherman’s sweater.  Going to the Aran Islands in April, will be inspiring I’m sure!

 Because I’ve decided to begin with a pair of socks (knitting with a handful of double pointed needles is so much fun, and starts lovely conversations when I knit in public!), I’ve dusted off my Lucy Neatby DVD’s “Sock Techniques” 1 and 2.


Her gentle and patient teaching style serves my learning style perfectly.  Her use of catch phrases, respect for the craft of knitting and charming personality endears me to her.  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of taking a class from her, then the honor of driving her two hours to her next destination in San Diego.  It’s a wonderful memory I’ll hold dear forever!

Ahhhh those DPN’s!  Knitting with Cashmere yarn is wonderful.

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I’ve GOT to get these VHS tapes of Knitty Gritty transferred to DVD asap!

(Below is  a video that shows a sample of Lucy Neatby’s teaching style.  I love her melodic voice and lovely Nova Scotia accent!)

Lucy Neatby, casting on in the round, part 1.

I’ve kept most of my yarn stash.  I still have so much to choose from.


Thank goodness all my needles are in one place.  I made this brocade needle holder some time ago, and it’s held up beautifully.

 I looove this bracelet, knitted on 0000 needles.  Man were my fingers sore when I finished!

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Any other knitters out there? I’d love to see and hear about what you’re working on right now!

Have a wonderful, creative day my friends!

Hugs,

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