Hiatus – we have a lot planned

Welcome to the Fiber & Dice Podcast and Bluebonnet Fibers blog if this is your first time here. If you are back, thank you for returning. I suspect you might be here because you watch the podcast and are going to stick with Charles and I while we are on hiatus from being podcasters. If you aren’t caught up on the podcast this is the perfect time to do that, there are 60 episodes live.

You can find links to all the things: https://bluebonnetfibers.com/about/

Our family is in the process of a handful of changes that are going to happen all at once – the two biggest are switching from 6th grade to 7th grade in our homeschooling and the high probability of a move. We have some less pressing health and work stuff going on too, making the need for a break from podcast for the summer.

We don’t want to lose our connection with our fiber and gaming community though, so here is where to find what all we have going on in June, July, and August.

Instagram

I am EngineersFalcon on Instagram and Charles is CSGaidin. That is great way to follow what all is going on: new yarn in the shop, games we are playing, my summer knit alongs, blog updates, and a glimps into our “real” lives.

Ravelry

There is a group for both the Fiber & Dice Podcast and the Bluebonnet Fibers shop. The podcast group is well established and I hope to see the summer chatter pick up with the knit alongs. The Bluebonnet Fibers group is just getting into gear, but I will post information about shop updates there. I am also starting a thread of Finished Objects made with my handspun!

YouTube

About half of the previous podcasts (the most recent) are already on our YouTube channel – Fiber and Dice (shocking right!?). We are also planning to start posting other kinds of videos – unboxing new games, game plays, some of our summer adventures, vlogging, and maybe even some of the videos our kids are making about their favorite hobbies.

BluebonnetFibers.com

I have so many ideas I want to write about here on the blog! And as part of school

Welcome to the Summer of 2016 Hiatus – I think we are going to have a lot of fun.

 

F&D Episode 056: A Few of My Favorite Things…

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Episode 56: A Few of My Favorite Things

This podcast is pretty much full of awesome:

1. All the handspun in the Bluebonnet Fibers Etsy shop is 20% off with code FULLSHOP20
2. A new giveaway for the book Coffee with C.C.
3. Talk about Brandon Sanderson
4. Lots and lots of talk about the board game Pandemic and all its different adventures.

Watch the Current Episode on Libsyn!

Watch on YouTube!

All. The. Contacts.

Fiber & Dice Podcast on Libsyn (click the little grey “POD” to watch): http://fiberanddice.libsyn.com/

Fiber & Dice Podcast on iTunes: search for fiberanddice

EngineersFalcon on Instagram: http://instagram.com/engineersfalcon

EngineersFalcon on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/EngineersFalcon

CSGaidin on Instagram and Ravelry

Fiber and Dice Podcast Group on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/fiber–dice-podcast—bluebonnet-fibers

Fiber & Dice Podcast on iTunes: search for fiberanddice

Blog: https://bluebonnetfibers.com/

To find me on Downcast search: fiberanddice

Shop: www.Etsy.com/shop/BlueBonnet fibers

Peaks and Pitfalls

  • Ask Us Anything thread – homeschool, spinning, knitting, gaming, Disney, whatever 
  • If you enjoy the show through iTunes, please consider leaving a review. This can help with future affiliates and sponsors.

Mountain of Conquered Things

  1. Galaxy spun from fiber dyed by Fat Cat Knits
  2. Firefight and Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Radiance by Catherynne Valente

Climbing the Mountain

  1. Farmer McGregor socks (Socktopus book) knit from yarn from Twist Fiber Studios.

The Bluebonnet Fibers shop is live and having a sale!

  • Use the code FullShop20 at checkout for 20% off of your purchase.
  • Or go in a pick one to order for Rebecca to spin.

Coffee With C.C. – Book Review and Giveaway

  1. You can buy the book here.
  2. Or enter the digital giveaway in the group on Ravelry..
  3. Then go make awesome socks!

Gamerly News

Question of the Week

  • Thank you ktjane82!
  • Short games we enjoy
    • Love Letter
    • Lost Legacy
    • Cat Tower
    • Pairs
    • Best Treehouse Ever
  • Epic game night games
    • Mice and Mystics
    • Dungeons and Dragons
    • Robinson Crusoe
    • Firefly
    • Battle of the Five Armies
    • Elder Sign, Arkham Horror, Eldritch Horror
  • Play all the Pandemic!

Challenges

  • Fiber and Dice Challenge – #FiberAndDice
  • Join theFiber & Dice Ravelry Group – you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself on theFiber and Dice Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like). Post a picture of your game shelf if you would like! (We call these Shelfies).
    • Post pictures to Instagram when you knit and game at the same time.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice (You may double or triple tag photos if they qualify for my other challenges).
    • Drawing is monthly for a $6 or less pattern on Ravelry
    • End of Year Drawing – Handspun Fiber from Bluebonnet Fibers (we will draw from all entries from this year including those that have won each month)

You may not win more than one pattern.

F&D Episode 055: Disney and Cat Towers!

 

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Episode 55: Disney and Cat Tower

Wherein we talk about our trip to Disney World, Dreadful Things lists, handspun and a finished Father Time Cowl, and we talk about the fun little game Cat Tower.

Watch the Current Episode on Libsyn!

Watch the Current Episode on YouTube!

All. The. Contacts.

Fiber & Dice Podcast on Libsyn (click the little grey “POD” to watch): http://fiberanddice.libsyn.com/

Fiber & Dice Podcast on iTunes: search for fiberanddice

EngineersFalcon on Instagram: http://instagram.com/engineersfalcon

EngineersFalcon on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/EngineersFalcon

CSGaidin on Instagram and Ravelry

Fiber and Dice Podcast Group on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/fiber–dice-podcast—bluebonnet-fibers

Fiber & Dice Podcast on iTunes: search for fiberanddice

Blog: https://bluebonnetfibers.com/

To find me on Downcast search: fiberanddice

Shop: www.Etsy.com/shop/BlueBonnet fibers

Peaks and Pitfalls

  • Disney World!
  • Ask Us Anything thread – homeschool, spinning, knitting, gaming, Disney, whatever 
  • If you enjoy the show through iTunes, please consider leaving a review. This can help with future affiliates and sponsors.

Mountain of Conquered Things

  1. Opalescense spun from Mon Ami from Fat Cat Knits
  2. Galaxy by Fat Cat Knits. Thank you for voting on Instagram!
  3. Father Time Cowl knit on Mermaid I spun from fiber by Created by ElsieB and plyed with silver metallic thread.

Climbing the Mountain

  1. Farmer McGregor socks (Socktopus book) knit from yarn from Twist Fiber Studios.

Ducks in a Row

  1. List of Dreadful Things
  2. New Planner
  3. New Journal

Gamerly News

  • January #FiberAndDice winner – Moonrover!
  • February #FiberAndDice winner – kdlb!

Game of the Week

Kickstarter

Challenges

  • Fiber and Dice Challenge – #FiberAndDice
  • Join theFiber & Dice Ravelry Group – you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself on theFiber and Dice Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like). Post a picture of your game shelf if you would like! (We call these Shelfies).
    • Post pictures to Instagram when you knit and game at the same time.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice (You may double or triple tag photos if they qualify for my other challenges).
    • Drawing is monthly for a $6 or less pattern on Ravelry
    • End of Year Drawing – Handspun Fiber from Bluebonnet Fibers (we will draw from all entries from this year including those that have won each month)

You may not win more than one pattern.

F&D Episode 054: Chemical Engineering the Board Game

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Episode 54: Chemical Engineering The Board Game

Finished Father Time Cowl with Quest Handspun, 3 new skeins – 2 of them for the shop, Shadow Cabinet book review, lots of shop news, Game of the Week: Xenon Profiteer
Watch the Current Episode on Libsyn!

Watch the Current Episode on YouTube!

All. The. Contacts.

Fiber & Dice Podcast on Libsyn (click the little grey “POD” to watch): http://fiberanddice.libsyn.com/

Fiber & Dice Podcast on iTunes: search for fiberanddice

EngineersFalcon on Instagram: http://instagram.com/engineersfalcon

EngineersFalcon on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/EngineersFalcon

CSGaidin on Instagram and Ravelry

Fiber and Dice Podcast Group on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/fiber–dice-podcast—bluebonnet-fibers

Fiber & Dice Podcast on iTunes: search for fiberanddice

Blog: https://bluebonnetfibers.com/

To find me on Downcast search: fiberanddice

Shop: www.Etsy.com/shop/BlueBonnet fibers

Peaks and Pitfalls

  • Outdoor yarn pictures for the shop!
  • My Instagram got hacked to follow random people.

Mountain of Conquered Things

  1. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
  2. Knit washcloths for gifts
  3. Father Time Cowl knit on FatCatKnits‘ Quest that I spun.
  4. New Year’s Fireworks spun from Woolgatherings.

Climbing the Mountain

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens novel by Alan Dean Foster.

Base Camp

  1. London Fog by FatCatKnits

Gamerly News

  • We’ve been playing:
  • Mice and Mystics: Downwood Tales
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
  • Cat Tower

Game of the Week

Kickstarter

  • Nothing currently

Challenges

  • Fiber and Dice Challenge – #FiberAndDice
  • Join theFiber & Dice Ravelry Group – you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself on theFiber and Dice Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like). Post a picture of your game shelf if you would like! (We call these Shelfies).
    • Post pictures to Instagram when you knit and game at the same time.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice (You may double or triple tag photos if they qualify for my other challenges).
    • Drawing is monthly for a $6 or less pattern on Ravelry
    • End of Year Drawing – Handspun Fiber from Bluebonnet Fibers (we will draw from all entries from this year including those that have won each month)

You may not win more than one pattern.

Fiber & Dice Episode 051: Tiny Epic Giveaways

 

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Episode 51: Tiny Epic Giveaways

Tiny because it is a compact but meaty episode. Epic because there are 10, yes TEN, prizes announced. Tiny Epic because we are featuring Gamelyn Games’s Tiny Epic games.
Watch the Current Episode on Libsyn!

Watch the Current Episode on YouTube!

All. The. Contacts.

Fiber & Dice Podcast on Libsyn (click the little grey “POD” to watch): http://fiberanddice.libsyn.com/

Fiber & Dice Podcast on iTunes: search for fiberanddice

EngineersFalcon on Instagram: http://instagram.com/engineersfalcon

EngineersFalcon on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/EngineersFalcon

CSGaidin on Instagram and Ravelry

Fiber and Dice Podcast Group on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/fiber–dice-podcast—bluebonnet-fibers

Fiber & Dice Podcast on iTunes: search for fiberanddice

Blog: https://bluebonnetfibers.com/

To find me on Downcast search: fiberanddice

Peaks and Pitfalls

  • Ravenclaw won the House Cup in the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet contest!
  • Rebecca has gone under the sorting hat for next term.
  • We tried Periscope! Username EngineersFalcon. We will try to post some videos of knitting, spinning, cooking, and gaming.

Mountain of Conquered Things

  1. Primrose fiber from MoonRover Fibers

Climbing the Mountain

  1. Quest fiber from Fat Cat Knits
  2. Christmas scarf
  3. Show planning after the holidays

Base Camp

  1. More Christmas knitting
  2. Plotting for next term in the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup

Media Break

  1. Breaking Cat News

Fiber and Dice Yarn-a-Long Contest Winners

  • FO Thread – Holly (HollyCJ)
  • FO Thread – Kristine (kdlb)
  • FO Thread – Juliana (JulesrMakes)
  • FO Thread – Lacy (Moonrover)
  • Chatter Thread – Bernadine (fitzet)
  • Chatter Thread – Mary (Pharmagarumi)

Giveaway Contest Winners

  • Prizes donated by Lacy (MoonRover Fibers
  • Letters to Santa – Salena (SalenaMom23)
  • Primrose fiber – Tricia (ThatHookerChick)

Gamerly News

  • October #FiberAndDice Winner – Distorsion
  • November #FiberAndDice Winner – CandySkein
  • Congratulations! PM Rebecca for your prize.

Game of the Week

  • Tiny Epic Defenders by Gamelyn Games
  • See also Tiny Epic Kingdoms and Tiny Epic Galaxies

Kickstarter

  • Nothing currently

Contests

  • We are running several contests for playing games with or without knitting!
  • The rules and some helpful tracking sheets are below.
  • Join us for as much of the fun as you wish.

10x10in2015 Tracking Sheet

2x2x12 Tracking Sheet

Challenges

  1. Play 365 games in 2015
  2. Play 100 different games, 1 time each in 2015.
  3. Fiber and Dice Challenge – #FiberAndDice
    • Join theFiber & Dice Ravelry Group – you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself on theFiber and Dice Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like). Post a picture of your game shelf if you would like! (We call these Shelfies).
    • Post pictures to Instagram when you knit and game at the same time.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice (You may double or triple tag photos if they qualify for my other challenges).
    • Drawing is monthly for a $6 or less pattern on Ravelry
    • End of Year Drawing – Handspun Fiber from Bluebonnet Fibers (we will draw from all entries from this year including those that have won each month)
  4. 2x2x12 Challenge – #FiberAndDice2x2
    • Join theFiber & Dice Ravelry Group you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself on the2x2x12 Gaming Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like) and let us know what games you are playing (this can be done in the same post, edited month by month).
    • Play both those games twice that month.
    • Post a photo of gameplay to Instagram.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice2x2 (You may double and triple hashtag these photos with my other gaming challenges if they meet the requirements.)
    • It is not necessary to complete the challenge to be eligible. Every hashtagged photo is one entry.
    • We will draw at the end of the year for one winner of $30 in games from Amazon.
    • Our list of games for this challenge on Board Game Geek.
    • This was borrowed from Billi and Nikki Ebright’s challenge on Board Game Geek. Feel free to enter in both places if you’d like to. (Note that their rules for prizes vary from mine.) http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/182868/2015-gaming-challenge-2-x-2-x-12-get-em-table-chal
  5. 10×10 in 2015 Challenge –#FiberAndDice10x10
    • Join theFiber and Dice Ravelry Group  – you must be a member of the group to win.
    • Introduce yourself in the10x10x2015 Gaming Instagram Challenge thread, tell us your Instagram handle (and your real name if you would like) and let us know what 10 games you are going to play 10 times each this year.
    • Post a photo of each gameplay to Instagram.
    • Add the hashtag#FiberAndDice10x10
    • It is not necessary to complete the challenge to be eligible. Every hashtagged photo is one entry. (You may double and triple hashtag these photos if they are eligible for my other challenges.)
    • We will draw at the end of the year for one winner of $60 in games from Amazon.
    • Our list of games for this challenge on Board Game Geek.
    • This was borrowed from Sarah Reed’s challenge on Board Game Geek. Feel free to enter in both places if you’d like to.
    • Note – rules for prizes vary between my challenge and the Board Game Geek challenge

You may win a pattern throughout the year and still be eligible for the Game Prizes at the end.

You may not win both Game Prizes or more than one pattern. I will draw for the 10×10 prize first and then the 2×2 prize.