Friday, September 4, 2015

Episode 96 - Tongue-tied knitting

This episode takes the prize for most tongue-tied moments, restarts, retakes, and redos. I am not proud of saying that, and offer it not as an excuse, but rather a hope that you will laugh with Gayle and I as we can laugh at ourselves. As I listened to the final edit of the episode, there is a point where Gayle asks me how to describe the color of a yarn and the pause was so long that I had time to check my iPod screen to see why the audio had stopped. Alas, the audio had not stopped, it was just another tongue-tied moment, and yes, we shortened the pause so that our listeners would not think likewise. Recording and creating a podcast--literally creating something out of nothing--can sometimes be a lot of work. We've been doing it long enough now that the acts of recording and uploading aren't mysterious. But episodes like this, occasionally pop up and mystify us, and we shake our heads and laugh. It is always good to keep a little humor in the mix.

But back to the knitting.

Thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments, discussion, and praise about our last episode. Apparently we all have a lot to say and learn about yarn put-ups and knots. In this episode, we continue our discussion to chat about the information found (or not found) on yarn labels. We may have left something out and if we have, please join the discussion on Ravelry.

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- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
shawl for Elizabeth Doherty
Fireflies Rising Shawlette by Helen Stewart

What are we stalking?
Playground Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska
True by Joji Locatelli
Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Seacoast by Joji Locatelli
Darling Emma by Joji Locatelli
Majuga by Joji Locatelli
Tailwind by Clara Falkj

What are we knitting?
Polaris by Hiroku Fukatsu
Whippet by Ankestrick
Holst Garn Coast
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Armande by Andi Satterlund

What have we finished?
shawl for Elizabeth Doherty

Yarn label discussion
Craft Yarn Council Yarn Standards
Care symbols

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Episode 95 - Knitting, knots, and yarn put-ups

First, the length--this episode is longer than usual. If this is the first time you are joining us, please know we generally keep the episodes at about 60 minutes and this is an aberration. Bear with us, apparently we had a lot to say on the topic in our feature section. We surprised ourselves, having thought we wouldn't have so much to say about yarn put-ups, knots, and such. But most knitters have something to say about knots, especially when they come from the manufacturer in that fresh new yarn. We asked a number of sources, and hope the discussion is informative and thought provoking. If you want to chat, have some knotty experiences or preferences in how your yarn is wound and sold, please visit us in our group on Ravelry. It is a friendly place, and we welcome your comments and discussion.

What are we wearing?
Imagine When by Joji Locatelli
Meadow by The Fiber Company

What are we stalking?
Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chinchio
Gayle's Apres Surf Hoodie
RYC Cashcotton yarn (discontinued)
Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer
Shawl Shirt by Susanne Sommer
Shawl Shrug by Susanne Sommer
Yellow Wall Cardigan by Judi Brien
TextureTide by Judy Brien
Cosi by Judy Brien
Armande by Andi Satterlund

What are we knitting?
Test shawl for Elizabeth Doherty
Polaris by Hiroku Fukatsu
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Learn to Knit a Log Cabin by Staci Perry
Therapy by Laura Aylor

What have we finished?
Deep Breath Sweater by Kirsten Hipsky
Peanut Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Handbrake by Kay Jones
Razzle by Allie Coffey
Gayle's Razzle

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Episode 94 - Knitting top-down

In episode 94, I recount that someone recently said to me, "You only knit sweaters from the top-down." For me, nothing could be farther from the truth. When I started knitting, I knit sweaters from contemporary patterns, which had me dutifully knit my fronts, back, and sleeves, and stitch them all together. But patterns, like clothing styles, evolve and change, and new designs caught my eye that involved new techniques. Being a sucker for innovative constructions, it wasn't long before I was stitching top-down sweaters, bottom-up sweaters, sideways sweaters, and currently I am enjoying the new creative techniques that designers are using to knit top-down sweaters with a variety of sleeve constructions. This new contemporary takes the fitted style many sweater wearers love, turns it upside-down, and introduces innovative constructive techniques enabling us to use knitting to its advantage. We aren't merely piecing together clothing as one would when creating a garment from an already woven piece of fabric, we are finding new ways to use our ability to create fabric while making fitted garments previously knit in pieces. While I adore my raglan-sleeved sweaters, I equally love trying out new construction techniques. More than one finished sweater in my closet has been knit because of the techniques employed by the pattern as much as for the style of the finished garment.

Elizabeth Doherty's new book Top Down: Reimagining Set-in Sleeve Design is exciting to me because it takes the set-in sleeve sweater style, turns it upside down, and teaches us how and why we can knit sweaters in this direction, create fitted sleeves, and why we benefit from the exercise. I know Elizabeth personally and I will tell you that she is smart, thoughtful, and funny. This book takes Elizabeth's voice, combines it with the beautiful photography, yarns, and skilled knitting of Elizabeth's sample knitters (Hi Erin from Doubleknit!) and takes off running for the win. Lest you be afraid you won't understand the technical bits, the technique is supported by 6 classic patterns that are simple, yet elegant. I personally would love to get three of them on the needles. :) Needless to say, Gayle and I are both fans of this book, and hope you will be too.
 - Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Since we aren't wearing too many knitted garments this August, we talked about knitted items we have been using, including knit washcloths, and crochet bath scrubbies.
Echoes of Color by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Echoes of Friendship

What are we stalking?
Breezeway Pullover by Kirsten Hipskey
Edie by Isabel Kraemer
Whippet by Ankestrick
Color Affection by Veera Valimaki
Miss Babs' Yet
Manzanita Tee by Rosemary Hill
Neoma's Shawl by Rosemary Hill
Little City Tee by Rosemary Hill
Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Splash
Peanut Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs

What are we knitting?
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Polaris by Hiroku Fukatsu
a new shawl from Elizabeth Doherty
Razzle by Allie Coffey
Deep Breath Sweater by Kirsten Hipskey

What have we finished?
Pagona by Stephen West
Gayle's Advent calender Smittens

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Episode 93 - Knitting summer-style

This episode we catch up on each other's projects and review what we've been working on during the past month. Because of summer travels and schedules, it has been a month since we recorded an episode with our usual segments. There is lots of summer stalking and discussion of summer knitting and yarns. We both acknowledge that even though fall will be here soon, during these warm months it is sometimes hard to knit a big heavier-weight project. Lighter sweaters and garments and shawls are on the needles now and taking up most of our stalking time. Despite the summer heat, the Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2015 #yarniacscolors2015 KAL is going strong with many participants and many of us thinking of Fall outfits.

This photo was taken during recording. Boo helped himself to Gayle's felted laptop bag, aka Boo's felted cat bed. All the different variations of purple made us smile. :) So pretty and so predictable, LOL.
- Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
Drifting by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Sharlene's Drifting
Sharlene's Drifting 2
A Hint of Summer by Isabell Kraemer
Gayle's Hint of Summer
madelinetosh Prairie
Pagewood Farms U-Knitted Nations Artesana

What are we stalking?
Sunny by Ewelina Murach
Ruth's Tee by Rachel Ivy Clarke
Sharlene's Ruth's Tee
Talavera by Amanda Collins
Mesange's Talavera
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs by Carolyn Ingram
Slanted by atelia alfa
Soubrette by Mary Annarella
Spring in her Path by Mary Annarella
Yellow Wall Cardigan by Judy Brien
Bonny by Tincanknits
Deep Breath Sweater by Kirsten Hipsky
Thorne Cowl by Laura Aylor

What are we knitting?
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Miss Babs Isadora yarn
Pagona by Stephen West
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Smitten by Emily Ivey
Rose City Rollers by Mara Bryner
Candy Skein Yummy Fingering Superwash Sock
Therapy Shawl by Laura Aylor

What have we finished?
Bug Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Sharlene's Bug Warmer 2
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie
Sharlene's Heverly
3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli