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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Friday, March 6, 2015

Episode 83 - It's all about the yarn!


This episode we share some of our experiences, observations, purchases and sights from the StitchesWest 2015 expo. It was fun, educational, entertaining and exhausting. You'll be hearing about some of the new yarns as they become works-in-progress.

Please welcome Robbie (aka Photoknitgal) as a moderator to our Ravelry group. Both Gayle and I have days when we can't get to Ravelry to check out the group discussions. Now Robbie will be there if anything comes up and Gayle and I are away from the computer. Robbie was also the initiator (instigator?) of the current Stash-Down Challenge reminding all of us to love the yarn we own! Thanks Robbie!





  
What are we wearing?
Cupido Cowl by Hiroko Fukatsu
Echoes of Color (shawl) by Joji Locatelli

What are we stalking?
Bare Branches by Alana Dakos
Gilliatt by De Rerum Natura
Sharlene is stalking patterns for these new yarns in her stash:
SW Graduated by Fresh From the Cauldron
Aspen Sock with Nylon by Western Sky Knits
Gemi (shawl) by Sara Elizabeth Schmidt
Triangle Mitts by Emily Kintigh
Ciel Sorbet Poncho by bunnymuff
Full Bloom Hat by Jenny Williams
Vinyarnsa by Shelley Brander

What are we knitting?
Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier
Studio sport by Neighborhood Fiber Company
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Tenacity by Invictus Yarns
Heart Hat for Baby by Eba Design
Cosmic Wonder Dust by madelinetosh
crazy stripes tee by atelier alfa
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Seacoast by Joji Locatelli
Malabrigo Rastita
Sharlene's Seacoast
I Was a Teenage Mutant (hat) by Alex Tinsley
Sharlene's Mutant hat
Mini Christmas Stocking Ornaments by Julie Williams
Gayle's Advent project
X-ing Xs by Jessica Rose
Gayle's Xs hat



Dragonfly Fibers
The Abstract Miter by Fatimah Hinds
Sharlene's project page for the blanket
Western Sky Knits
Western Sky Knits' Etsy shop
Arabella by Ann McCauley

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Episode 82 - StitchesWest bound

This week Gayle and I are prepping for the big knit-centric event known as StitchesWest. We are both noting our queue and sorting through our stashes so we know what we have, and know what we need, before we see all sorts of yarn and goodies that we want. We're also taking along a few things to show, and looking forward to meeting up with folks who want to come to the hotel bar on Saturday afternoon. If you are at the show, we hope you will come along and join the group.

What are we wearing?
Campside by Alicia Plummer
Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson
Western Sky Knits Twinkle Sock

What are we stalking?
Newsom by Bristol Ivy
30 Hearts Cowl by Alexandra
Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Meridien by Joji Locatelli
And She Was by Yelena Dasher

What are we knitting?
Seacoast by Joji Locatelli
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Echoes of Color by Joji Locatelli
X-ing X's by Jessica Rose

What have we finished?
3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli
Western Sky Knits Magnolia Luxe
I Was a Teenage Mutant by Alex Tinsley
Angry Sheep Cardigan by Pinegurri
Lantern Lights by Joji Locatelli
Axis by Samantha Roshak

We talk about the new collection from Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki called Interpretations 2.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Episode 81 - Winter sweater weather

Sharlene's self-indulgent yarn from Western Sky Knits
As I sit here finishing these show notes, my eyes are drawn to the window, and the slight promise of rain. If you've been following California news at all, you know that while the rest of the country is experiencing a white winter, in our neck of the woods January passed without a drop of moisture falling from the sky. Extreme drought indeed. So despite the fact that it is a mild 62ºF (16ºC) folks are out and about bundled up and everyone is excited about the possibility of rain. Whatever the February weather has in store for you (that groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, right?) I hope you find a way to incorporate your knits--wearing or making--in a self-indulgent way. Please consider joining the self-indulgent KAL chat over in our group in Ravelry. Enjoy your knitting and stay warm! :)

What are we wearing?
Grace by Jane Richmond
Sharlene's Grace
The Traveling Sweater by A. Karen Alfke
Sharlene's Traveling Sweater
Red Robin Shawl by Helen Stewart
Silky Sock by Handwerks

What are we stalking?
Polaris by Hiroku Fukatsu
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Timetable Pullover by Andrea Sanchez
Ease by Alicia Plummer
Owligan by Kate Davies
Crinaeae Cardi by Tori Gurbisz

What are we knitting?
Seacoast by Joji Locatelli
3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Tracie Too by Imperial Yarn
Angry Sheep Cardigan by Pinneguri
Gayle's dad's sweater (no link yet)

What have we finished?
Rikke Hat by Sarah Young
Campside by Alicia Plummer
Baby Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker
Chunkeanie by Wooly Wormhead
Gayle's Chunkeanie
One skein boot toppers by Shireen Nadir

The yarn shown in the photo is Magnolia Luxe from Western Sky Knits