Friday, April 17, 2015

Episode 86 - Finished knits for the win!

Several lingering projects cross the finish line in this episode and I couldn't be happier! With my eye on the thermometer and the extreme drought, lighter, summery knits are on my mind and hopefully soon on the needles. I've cast on a cotton tank that I will take with me to the Northern California Knitting Retreat this weekend, but I've got a few other things on the needles as well. Like most knitters, a weekend away is viewed as a knitting opportunity and I have three (count 'em--three!) projects on the needles and in the travel plans. Gayle has chosen a cowl to work on, and like my tank, both of us are thinking of simple knits while chatting away with friends. Also finished this episode, are the Q1 stash goals. Did you complete your quarterly goals? Many folks did and are consequently moving towards a happier, more manageable stash. Would you like to join in on Q2? Check out our Ravelry group and the Q2 goals thread. Moving towards a stash we love and can live with is always a winning goal!
- Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Zephyr Cove by Rosemary Hill
We talk about shawl hangers. Gayle's version is from The Container Store, link here
Sharlene has a version from IKEA, link here.

What are we stalking?
Naima by Ankestrick
Rachel by Josee Paquin
Sunray Shawl by dunkelgrun
Scrappy Hearts Hat by Sonja Otto
Swingback Hoodie by Amy Gunderson
Aurelia Cowl by Hilary Smith Callis
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P

What are we knitting?
Bath scrubbie
No Fear Socks
Sharlene's socks
Mia by Jennifer Wood
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Laoghaire's Mischief by Laura Ballard
Vinyarnsa by Shelley Brander

What have we finished?
Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier
Sharlene's Chance of Showers
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Gather Together
the yarn is called Gilliat from De Rerum Natura
Knitter Knocker - Crochet by Terry Neal
Sharlene's Knocker
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Sharlene's Heaven and Space
Tenacity from Invictus Yarns
Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku
Gayle's socks
Be Loving by Melissa Simpson
Gayle's Be Loving hat

We announce the "Love your stash Q1" prizes! :)



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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Episode 85: Stash goals, Q1

This week Gayle and I recorded in a different location and there might be a few spots in the recording where you can hear the whirr of the local surfboard business. Just a little local flavor as you can't go very far in Santa Cruz without passing a surf shop, or a taqueria, or a yoga studio. Sometimes all three in our casual beach town. :)

We discuss the first quarter (Q1) of our #loveyourstash movement. We met our goals and (surprisingly?) stayed with it. For me at least, who dislikes anything that smacks of obligation knitting. Fortunately, my goals didn't involve knitting or finishing of any specific project so perhaps that helped make it workable. Congrats to all of you who are moving towards a stash you can live with and love.

Our second quarter (Q2) threads are open and you can post a goal in the "goals" thread, and chat about all things stash in the "chat" thread. Remember, to #loveyourstash means different things to different folks. For some it means owning less yarn, while for others it means having a plan for your yarn. However you choose to stash, moving towards a well-curated stash that fits your storage, budget, and knitting style is a workable goal with the support of friends. Remember to use the hashtags #yarniacs and #loveyourstash for your social media needs so that we can all find what you are doing and support each other towards loving the stash!

- Sharlene


What are we wearing?
Laika by Ysolda Teague
Sharlene's Laika 
Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis
Gayle's Starshower

What are we stalking?
Nesoi Tee by Miriam Felton
Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy
Fogliame by Heather Zoppetti
Anzula Milky Way yarn
Golden Morning pattern collection
Brandilyn Top by Quenna Lee
Kayden Tank by Quenna Lee

What are we knitting?
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli
Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier
Sharlene's Chance of Showers
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Sharlene's Heaven and Space 
Learn to Knit a Log Cabin Blanket by Staci Perry
Crazy Stripes Tee by atelier alfa

What have we finished?
I Was a Teenage Mutant by Alex Tinsley
Sharlene's Mutant hat 
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Advent Calendar 2015


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Update: Northern California Knitting Retreat

The retreat is now less than a month away! As all attendees are on Ravelry, all updates, schedules, and announcements are posted in our group there. If you have any questions, comments, trying to arrange a carpool or transportation issues, please ask. We are friendly group and want to help. :)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Episode 84 - Knit the stash

This week, in keeping with the "love the yarn you own" movement in our Ravelry group, Gayle and I talk stash. This week we focus on how we feel about our stashes and stashing in general. A well-curated stash that we are happy to own is important to every knitter and crocheter. Is something about your stash making you unhappy? Too much of one type of yarn, too little of your favorite color? Not enough yarn or too much? Now is the time to take inventory and think about what makes you a happy stasher, what doesn't, and how to move toward owning and curating a happy stash that brings you joy. If you need ideas and support, come over to our Ravelry discussion group and join in. We'd love to see you there!

What's in your stash?
- Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
Raiun by Kirstin Johnstone
Sharlene's Raiun
Zephyr Cove by Rosemary Hill
Gayle's Zephyr Cove

What are we stalking?
Sharlene is stalking summer tops to make in cotton, such as:
Zephyr by Julie Turjomen
Mia by Jennifer Wood
Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Gayle is stalking yarn for a log cabin blanket, and patterns for a 2-color shawl, such as:
Salacious by Lisa Mutch
Cameo by Paulina Popioleck

What are we knitting?
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli (we are both knitting this one!)

What have we finished?
Heart Hat for Baby by Eba Design
madelinetosh DK Twist

Knit your stash!
If you are participating in The Yarniacs Stashdown, or just want to share stash photos, tweets, comments, on social media, please use the hashtag #loveyourstash in addition to the usual #yarniacs hashtag. This will enable others to find and view yours posts. It is fun to see all of your posts and images and this makes it easier to find. 



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