Happy (?) New Year, friends! We are not sure what kind of year to say we hope you’re having, because the events of this year so far have been… really shit! But at least there is a new president in office who actually cares about solving the pandemic and getting all our shit back together, and at least there is such things as dogs and cats, both of which continue to be extremely good species.

We Jennys will be coming at you with a joint podcast soon! But first, I had the wonderful Renay of Lady Business on the pod, with the intention of talking about the Hugo Awards. That didn’t end up happening on account of a bunch of nonsense you can read about here (under “It Wouldn’t Be Worldcon Without a Hugo Awards Explosion); but we still had a grand old time chatting about the SFF things we loved in 2020. Then Renay brought some game recommendations for newbie gamers, and I gave a very fast primer on how to get started cross-stitching.

You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below, or download it directly to take with you on the go!

Episode 141

Here are the time signatures if you want to skip around.

1:13 – What we’re reading
9:42 – Our faves in 2020 SF
27:00 – Starter pack for newbie gamers
39:30 – How and why to cross-stitch!

Stuff we talked about:

Escaping Exodus, Nicky Drayden
The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden
The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley
The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones
Harley in the Sky, Akemi Dawn Bowman
Starfish, Akemi Dawn Bowman
Circus Shoes, Noel Streatfeild
The Untamed
Empress of Salt and Fortune,
Nghi Vo
The Chosen and the Beautiful, Nghi Vo
Animal Crossing
FIYAH Magazine
Among Us
AOC Twitch stream
Deal with the Devil, Kit Rocha
Network Effect, Martha Wells
Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, Zen Cho

Renay’s Video Game Recs

Monument Valley
Matchington Mansion
Kingdom Rush
Haru Slide
Gone Home

Cross-stitch kits at Joann Fabrics
Cross-stitch kits at Michael’s
Cross-stitch kits at DMC
Free patterns at DMC

Cross-Stitch Supplies

  • embroidery scissors
  • tapestry needles – Size 24 or 26 is typically fine. These needles have relatively blunt points so you’re less likely to jab yourself painfully.
  • an embroidery hoop – The size you get depends on the size of your project; I tend to use larger hoops so I can see more of the project all at once, but it’s up to you. With smaller hoops you have to adjust them more frequently. I recently started using Q-Snap frames, which give you better tension and I just like them better.
  • thread – You’ll nearly always want DMC 6-strand embroidery floss, and the pattern will tell you what numbers of floss to buy. You’ll probably mostly be stitching with two threads at a time.
  • bobbins – Wind each color of thread around a bobbin and label it with the number thread that’s on there, so you won’t forget. Or, cut off the part of the thread wrapper that includes the number and slide it onto the bobbin itself.
  • floss organizer – If you’re just using a few colors of floss, you can put them on metal rings like this. I like to use a box, which lets me keep all my colors of thread plus all my scissors and needles.

You can find Renay on Twitter or at the two-time Hugo Award-winning blog Lady Business.

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Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour
Transcripts by: Sharon of Library Hungry

Transcript is coming soon!

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