Fiber & Dice Episode 044: Standard Excuses and Apologies

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Episode 44: Standard Excuses and Apologies

Lots of amazing fiber! Lots. Amazing. Really. Minecraft Homeschool (GameED Academy/Minecraft School) and Disney Descendants. GenCon, GenCan’t, Scoville, Scoville Labs, Cat Tower, Princess Bride Games x3, Viticulture and Tuscany.
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Shownotes are coming soon. Find Kickstarter links now on the Fiber & Dice Ravelry Group.

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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

Mountain of Conquered Things / Climbing the Mountain / Base Camp

  1. Sushi on targhee from Fat Cat Knits
  2. Frog and Carp from Fat Cat Knits 
  3. Lovely gift for the Bluebonnet Fibers Shop from Fancy Tiger Crafts
  4. Wildflowers by Manos de Uruguay 
  5. Quest on Targhee from FatCatKnits 
  6. Sunset on Galifrey on my drop spindle Knitters Nightmare 
  7. Father Time Cowl 
  8. Yarn from Alexandra’s Crafts

Media Break

  1. Disney Descendants
  2. Minecraft School/GameEd Academy 

Fiber and Dice Yarn-a-Long

  • The fiber is availabe only until July 31 from Fat Cat Knits.
  • Instagram with the hashtag #SushiQuestYAL
  • You may enter an FO for any 4oz project you finish.

Gamerly News

What We’ve Been Playing

Kickstarter

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.

Fiber and Dice Episode 043: I Promise the Lighting Gets Better

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Fiber & Dice Episode 43: I Promise the Lighting Gets Better

Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Prudence by Gail Carriger, Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke, Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal, Tour de Fleece spinning, FatCatKnits Yarn Along spinning and information, and lots of catching on Gamerly News related news, including a few prize giveways and a review of the current challenges.

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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

EngineersFaclon 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

Misc Chatter

  1. Veritas Press Online Curriculum Self Paced

Mountain of Conquered Things

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  2. Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke
  3. Prudence by Gail Carriger
  4. Tour de Fleece 2015 Yarn

Climbing the Mountain

  1. Father Time Cowl by Steven Fegert, knit on Sea Anemone, Black Butte colorway from Alexandra’s Crafts.
  2. Valor and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
  3. Sushi and Quest from the Fiber and Dice yarn along

Fiber and Dice Yarn-a-Long

  • The fiber is availabe only until July 31 from Fat Cat Knits.
  • Instagram with the hashtag #SushiQuestYAL
  • You may enter an FO for any 4oz project you finish.

Ducks in a Row

  1. Using lunch boxes as toiletry kits for the kids.

Gamerly News

  • 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.

Fiber & Dice Episode 042: Escape a Second Time!

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Fiber & Dice Episode 42: Escape A Second Time!

Two new spun yarns, Tour de Fleece, Escape Rooms, what I am working on, brief chat about FatCatKnits Yarn Along, Game of the Week: Chupacabra – Survive the Night

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

EngineersFaclon 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

  1. Starbucks summer cups
  2. Escape Room success! – Trapped Lubbock
  3. USA Women’s World Cup!

Pitfalls

  1. Lousy gaming in Mansions of Madness and Escape: The Cursed Temple
  2. Lousy water balloons

Mountain of Conquered Things

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Phone case in yarn from Cyborg’s Craft Room – Monet’s Garden colorway
  3. Nebula on fiber from Yarn vs Zombies
  4. Wicked Lovely colorway by Created by Elsie B. Spun for the Geeky Puffin Knitpalooza.

Climbing the Mountain

  1. Father Time Cowl by Steven Fegert, knit on Sea Anemone, Black Butte colorway from Alexandra’s Crafts.
  2. Sapphire Cove by Fat Cat Knits.
  3. Prudence by Gail Carriger
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Base Camp

  1. Sushi and Quest by Fat Cat Knits for the Fiber and Dice yarn along.
  2. Primrose by Moon Rover Yarns

Gamerly News

Kickstarter: 

Featured Game

  • Chupacabra by David Blanchard, Brian Frodema, and John Jacobsen. Published by Steve Jackson Games.

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.

Fiber & Dice Episode 041: Fresh Fiber Fumes

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Yarn Along Colors Revealed!! Watch this episode right away! Not only do I have a lot of fun new fiber in my stash, and have an update for what is in my Bluebonnet Fibers shop, but I show you the amazing colorways and fibers Ginny at FatCatKnits made for our yarn along – Quest inspired by Dungeons and Dragons and Sushi inspired by Sushi Go. Game of the week is a fun, fast, family game called Diamonsters.
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Fiber & Dice Podcast Episode 039: Lucifer and Firefighting

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Fiber & Dice Episode 39: Lucifer and Firefighting

Watch the Current Episode on Libsyn!

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This episode has handspun, knitting, and books and games. Game of the Week is Flash Point: Fire Rescue.

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

EngineersFaclon 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

Mountain of Conquered Things

  1. Lucifer at my Etsy shop
  2. Charles finished the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer

Climbing the Mountain

  1. Sand, Surf, Sunset handspun
  2. Hermione’s Everyday Sock with Fish Lips Kiss Heel on Gas Lamp colorway from Yarn vs Zombies.

Base Camp

  1. Everything I own!!

Ducks in a Row – Drop Task

Gamerly News

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.

Kickstarter: 

Karnivore Koala by Voodoo Games

Featured Game – Flash Point: Fire Rescue by Kevin Lanzing

A Lesson Learned

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A few years ago, I tried my hand at dyeing yarn. It was so much fun and I loved it. However, a few months later and we moved into a tiny apartment with an even tinier kitchen, and so I sent the dye pots to storage. We have not dug them out again yet, but I have been anxious to try dyeing again.

This spring I am also participating in a group on Ravelry called The Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup. It is a group that offers challenges and motivation to finish projects by posting “classes” and prompts. One of the classes this semester is Potions and it gave me the perfect chance to try dyeing again. In the spirit of the prompt, I decided to take some white yarn and dye part of it with pomegranate juice.

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After the yarn soaked in vinegar and water I put less than half the yarn in with pomegranate juice on the stove. I loved the way the color was taking. I did, however, want some variation in the reds. To that end, I added a few drops of red food coloring. I dropped four drops right on top of the water, and without stirring or disturbing it, let it settle just on that fiber it touched. Once done, I gave it a good rinse, and was pleased with it, so I hung it dry.

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There, was however, on teeny, tiny itsy, bitsy problem. The ties that the skein was originally secured with came loose in the rinse, and by the time it was dry and I was ready to skein it, there was a storm brewing. A huge tangle was headed my way. Once it happened I remembered being warned about this by experienced dyers, but alas, I totally forgot.

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Twelve, yes twelve, hours of slow untangling later, the yarn was just like I had hoped it would be. It was a long few days, but worth the work.

And I have learned my lesson: Use your own ties when dyeing, and use many of them. I don’t think I will ever forget again.

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