Thursday, June 25, 2015

Episode 91 - Knitting in the redwoods

This week, Gayle and I hit the road and we record in the redwood forest of Santa Cruz. We found a quiet location and the wildlife was all around us--some of which you will hear on the recording. You will likely hear the ravens and crows, like the ones pictured here. We have an abundance of both ravens and crows and both were nearby. The Steller's Jays are another common sighting. There was a mule deer wandering around the brush as we recorded too. Mountain lions sightings are commonplace in this area as well, there being an abundance of prey animals.

Near the end of the recording, I hear California Quail, and mention that I hope to see some quail chicks. Not a minute later the family of quail came walking across the parking lot! Needless to say the podcast was instantly derailed as we observed the teeny-tiny chicks and watched the parents herd them into the underbrush. The chicks we saw were about this big. Really adorable!

In preparation for casting on for the Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2015 KAL (#yarnaicscolors2015) we researched Fall clothing trends and share some of the information we found. Of particular interest were capes, and ribbed knits. If you follow the Thursday Tips over on Ravelry, you may recall the Ravelry team posting about the abundance of beautiful capes they saw on display while at the June TNNA show. The ribbed knits pictured online varied from sweaters with all-over ribbing to garments made with ribbed knit fabric, such as ribbed knit cotton jersey.We will probably see a lot of both these trends in the upcoming months.

I hope you enjoy a little taste of our redwood forests in addition to our usual knitting segments!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
tosh merino light by madelinetosh
Sharlene's Woodfords
Liesl by Julie Weisenberger
Gayle's Liesl
Coronado (fingering weight cotton) by Toluca Knits

What are we stalking?
Aureed by Meiju K-P
Color Bomb by Melanie Mielinger
Therapy by Laura Aylor

What are we knitting?
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Bug Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Sockhead Hat Kelly McClure
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Eyre light by madelinetosh
3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Alcea Cowl by Hannah Meier
Sharlene's Alcea
198 yds. of Heaven by Christy Verity
Sharlene'e 198 yards
Bug Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Sharlene's Bug
Verdure Shawlette by Fluffy Fibers
Snug too by Hinke
Rios by Malabrigo
Gayle's Snug Too
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P
Gayle's Focus
Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Episode 90 - Knitting the Colors of Fall 2015

Greeting fellow yarniacs! Guess what? It's that time of year again. That time when we give some thought to our fall wardrobes, preview the fall colors, and actually plan a look to wear in the fall. Wow! I know, it is a lot to think about, but take it one bite at a time. Even if, like me, your previous color planning has involved seeing what new colors of t-shirts are on sale at Target, there is something about the arrival of fall, the start of school and memories of new school clothes, and the arrival of boot and sweater season that makes many of us turn a focused eye on our wardrobes.

Like all of our knit-a-longs, we have a casual and inclusive attitude. Pick a color from the Pantone Fashion Report and knit something. Further details can be found here. If you wish to be eligible for prizes, check those rules and starting and finishing dates. If you just want to knit along, feel free to join in anytime. The chat thread is already going and there will be a separate FO thread. Have questions or need support? Join us in our Ravelry group here. I can't wait to hear which are everyone's favorite colors and what everyone is planning for the fall!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Raiun by Kirstin Johnstone
Sharlene's Raiun
Echoes of Color by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Echoes

What are we stalking?
Summertime Shawl by Michele Meadows
Madelinetosh Dandelion yarn
Spring in Her Path by Mary Annarella
Times Square by Norah Gaughan
Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Company: Oporto Novel Construction
Silver Lines by Andrea Hallasi
Designer Jana Huck
Mix It Up! by Jana Huck
Meritence by Jana Huck

What are we knitting?
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Sharlene's Heverly
Alcea Cowl by Hannah Maier
Sharlene's Alcea
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P
Gayle's Focus Dress
Snug too by Hinke
Gayle's Snug too
Verdure Shawlette by Fluffy Fibers
Gayle's Verdure

What have we finished?
Little Sister's Dress by Tora Froseth
Sharlene's Little Dress
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Woodfords

Thanks to Donita aka inagaddadonita, for the cool project bags from her Etsy shop!
She is offering a coupon code for Yarniacs podcast listeners. :)
My bag is pictured here.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Episode 89 - Spring stitching


When life is crazy and I am pulled in many directions, my knitting time decreases and my projects and productivity suffers. Sadly, during the crazy time is when I need the quiet comfort of my knitting to keep me sane. Quiet stockinette to sooth the nerves! The season is changing, spring is moving on to summer, and many of us experience some subtle shift in our routine at this time of year. Here's hoping we can all find a little bit of time and space to stay connected to and through our knitting.
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Striped shawl
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Gayle's Literally Over the Top
Sharlene's Literally Over the Top

What are we stalking?
Antler by Ankestrick
Tails by Lori Versaci
Spring in Her Path by Mary Annarella
Kate's Poncho by Nice and Knit
Snug too by Hinke

What are we knitting?
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
Little Sister's Dress by Tora Frøseth
Verdure Shawlette by Fluffy Fibers
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P

What have we finished?
Helena by Alison Green
Gayle knit more of her mittens for her Advent calendar
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Traveller Tunic

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Episode 88 - Stalking the knits

One of our favorite podcast segments (and we hope yours too!) has always been "What are we stalking?" Project planning and choosing yarns are often one of the highlights of a new project. At that point, it is still a knitting fantasy, and every knitter has an active knitting fantasy life. If you have a Ravelry queue the grows weekly, then yes, you too have an active knitting fantasy life! But sometimes those fantasies don't turn out the way we planned. In what will probably be the first appearance of this podcast segment, Gayle and I examine some of our "stalking fails." Those projects that, for whatever reason, didn't live up to our fantasy and fell by the wayside. Please note, none of these particular stalking fails were because of a poor pattern or poor yarn, mostly because--well, take a listen to the episode and you'll find out why! Happy knitting everyone.
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Let your Heart Unwind by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Unwind
Neon by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Neon
Sharlene's Neon

What are we stalking?
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker
Handbrake by Kay Jones
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P

What are we knitting?
Socks
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Woodfords
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Gayle's Literally Over the Top
Sharlene's Literally Over the Top
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Traveller Tunic
Helena by Alison Green

What have we finished?
Gayle's Log Cabin squares
Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington

Stalking Fails!
disclaimer: Our "Stalking Fails" are our own project fails, not a problem with the pattern or yarn.
Crazy Stripes Tee
Breter Breton
Missoni Falls Cowl
Sous Sous
Beatnik
Armande
Cece