Episode 31

It’s been too long! Thank you for your patience as we waded through work and life for the past month. We hope you enjoy our ramblings on our careers, our crafts, and the midwest festival season.


Aislinn popped open a can of These Boots Were Made for Hoppin’ Hazy IPA, a collaboration between Lionbridge and multiple women brewers from around Iowa for International Womens Day. It was part of Pink Boots Society, a women’s brewing group.

Maranda was enjoying Stone Tangerine Express IPA.

Interested in learning more about how to share a complex topic with the general public? Even if you’re not a scientist, these online lectures could be useful for helping get other people interested in what you do. Aislinn found these super helpful as she participated in the Kavli Institute’s inaugural Share Your Science course.

Maranda’s working on several “secret” Mother’s Day and housewarming gifts for folks…come back in future episodes to hear more details!

Aislinn is finally hitting the home stretch on the Baby’s First Principles baby blanket. We discussed a little bit how to pick colors for colorwork that pops (so you can see the patterns clearly), and here is a visual for how to do the black-and-white photo check to confirm your colors have different enough values (brightness/darkness, contrast) that they will show your hard work!

Knitpicks yarns are a good place to start if you want good quality yarns on a budget. Their Palette yarn is a particularly good place to start for colorwork newbies, since it is affordable, “sticky” (meaning it won’t slide off your needles or out of stitches when they’re dropped), and has lots of color options.

We waxed poetic about our love for the now-defunct ReadyMade Magazine. It was, truly, really awesome. It was the magazine that got Aislinn thinking maybe she really was a crafty person, even if her skill set told her otherwise.

Gold stars for this episode go to Lizzo for her new album Cuz I Love You. The first tour sold out super fast, but she announced a second one that might be coming to your town! Maranda also recommends Tales From the Tour Bus. Aislinn is super pumped for festival season, done Midwest style, with space at venues, friendly people, and a lot of variety. We both really enjoyed Mission Creek this year, and we look forward to Rock the Garden, and of course our annual state fairs! Other potential festival visits include Hinterland and 80/35. Eaux Claires is not happening this year but hopefully will be back in 2020.

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