Friday, February 5, 2016

Episode 107 - Knitting on the mend!

Do you knit when you are sick? Whether or not I can knit when I am feeling under the weather is my usual "heat check" to tell exactly how sick I am. If I don't, can't, or aren't feeling well enough to knit, then I and everyone around me knows I am probably feeling quite poorly. When we recorded episode 106, I knew I wasn't feeling 100%, but it was a few days later that this cold really took me down. I've tried to stick to my usual routine as much as possible, but there has been less knitting, more reading, and more tea drinking than usual. Though I am still coughing, and sound a bit froggy, I am much better than I was last week. It is small progress, and we are moving in the healing direction. I'll take it!

Speaking of moving in the right direction, have you noticed the days are getting longer? We are also moving towards the spring equinox on March 20, 2016. Are you being self-indulgent yet? Have you pulled out that special something and knit a few stitches? If you haven't, stop by our Ravelry group here to find out who else is doing some self-indulgent knitting. Or perhaps pop in here to see all the finished self-indulgent projects. It's a fun thread to scroll through and so far, 44 of you are playing along. Yay us! :) The Self-indulgent KAL #sikal2016 will come to an end at the equinox, so there is still a few weeks to join the fun.

Gayle and I will be at StitchesWest in a few weeks. We'll be having an informal get-together on Saturday afternoon in the bar area of the hotel/convention center, as well as making the rounds in booths including Western Sky Knits and Dragonfly Fibers. If you see us there, don't hesitate to say hi!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Dragonflies Jumper by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Dragonflies
Merino Stretch discontinued yarn
Laneway by Veera Valimaki
Gayle's Laneway 
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Gather Together

What are we stalking?
Sharlene's Western Sky Knits speckled yarn
Fresh Choices sweater KAL - Would you do a mystery sweater KAL?
Even Flow by Joji Locatelli
Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli
Carol's Fancy Cardi
Inez' Fancy Cardi
Chromaticity Cowl by Miriam Felton
Gayle's Spirit Trail Fiberworks Holda
Behind the Sun by Cate Carter-Evans



This episode of The Yarniacs is sponsored by Never Not Knitting. Never Not Knitting is a small knitting boutique owned by designer Alana Dakos, and it is located in Atascadero, CA. Never Not Knitting features a curated collection of specialty yarns, patterns and knitting notions and is proud to showcase the work of independent artisans and makers. In the online shop you will find a unique selection of handmade notions and accessories for knitters and crafters including the Wool and Wire jewelry line. All of our notions are beautifully gift wrapped, like a special present for yourself or a friend. Check out the selection at nevernotknitting.com/online-shop

What are we knitting?
Rhilea by Suvi Sumola
Gayle's is knitting a test knit sweater in Neighborhood Fiber Company rustic fingering

What have we finished?
Big Old Coat by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Big Old Coat
Hearts Aflame by Jenn Sheelen
Gayle's Hearts Aflame
 Gayle knit a test knit cowl with Western Sky Knits single ply fingering
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Gayle's Rollers #4
Fletcher by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Fletcher

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Episode 106 - Four years of knitting!

In addition to welcoming the new year, January brings our podcast anniversary. Four years of Gayle and I chatting about knits, our yarns, project fails and project wins. We've learned a lot about knitting, about podcasting, and about our listeners as we've recorded over the past four years. The heartfelt thanks I expressed last year to our wonderful Yarniacs community still holds true, and I repeat it here today.
"The community we have formed on Ravelry with our fellow yarniacs has been the most fulfilling and wonderful part of podcasting. We can't thank you all enough for listening, for participating in our knit-a-longs, for chatting, and for playing along with us in social media. Truly, you have enhanced our knitting lives."
The only thing I can think to add is that I hope Gayle and I have enhanced your knitting lives in some small way and that you will continue to follow along with our knitting adventures. We have so much more to share with you!
- Sharlene



 What are we wearing?
The Traveling Sweater by Karen Alfke
Sharlene's Traveling Sweater
Laika by Ysolda Teague
Gayle's Laika
Sharlene's Laika




This episode of The Yarniacs is sponsored by Never Not Knitting. Never Not Knitting is a small knitting boutique owned by designer Alana Dakos, and it is located in Atascadero, CA. Never Not Knitting features a curated collection of specialty yarns, patterns and knitting notions and is proud to showcase the work of independent artisans and makers. In the online shop you will find a unique selection of handmade notions and accessories for knitters and crafters including the Wool and Wire jewelry line. All of our notions are beautifully gift wrapped, like a special present for yourself or a friend. Check out the selection at nevernotknitting.com/online-shop


What are we stalking?
Sharlene's Western Sky Knits yarn in stash
Even Flow by Joji Locatelli
Field of Wildlowers by Joji Locatelli
Majuga by Joji Locatelli
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner

What are we knitting?
Big Old Coat by Joji Locatelli
Miss Babs Yowza yarn
Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted MCN
Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis
SW Graduated yarn by Fresh From the Cauldron
Rhilea by Suvi Simola
Gayle is working on a test knit in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering

What have we finished? 
Both Gayle and Sharlene sent a project to the frog pond:
Swirl Shawl by Lijuan Jing
Sharlene's Swirl
Times Square by Norah Gaughn
Adama by Hilary Smith Callis
Fletcher by Elizabeth Doherty

What were we knitting?
Garfunkel Hat by Jocelyn Tunney
Gayle's Garfunkel hat
Zephyr by Tori Gurbisz
Gayle's Zephyr

Laika by Ysolda Teague
Gayle's Laika
Still Light Tunic by Veera Valimaki 

The list of prizes for the self-indulgent knit-a-long #sikal2016 can be found here.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Yarniacs tee-shirts!

In honor of our 4th Anniversay, we have decided to treat ourselves to some fun tee-shirts. We'd like to include you too! If you are interested in purchasing one of these shirts, here are the details. :)

The womens style shirts are Next Level style 6710, Triblend Crew, made of 50/25/25 polyester/combed ringspun cotton/rayon. They are thin and soft, thicker than "tissue" tees, but not thick or heavy like the "beefy" tees. Sizing charts viewable here.

The unisex style shirts are Next Level style 6010, Triblend Crew, made of 50/25/25 polyester/combed ringspun cotton/rayon. They are thin and soft, thicker than "tissue" tees, but not thick or heavy like the "beefy" tees. Sizing charts viewable here.

The shirts are dark grey with white ink.

Cost is $20, plus $5 shipping and handling. Gayle and I are going to be ordering and fulfilling the orders ourselves, meaning that we will submit everyone's orders at once, take delivery, and send them out. Be kind. :) We will be taking orders through the end of March, ordering the first of April, and fulfilling as soon as possible thereafter. I know it sounds like a long lead time, but we want to have a couple of episodes to announce them, and give folks time to order. And if Gayle and I are the only ones who want to wear Yarniacs shirts, that is okay too, LOL.

One note about sizing. We both felt like the shirts ran on the smaller side, so please check the measurements and order carefully. We won't be ordering extra shirts, so they won't be returnable. For reference, Gayle is pictured in the womens size large. (Ignore the text on the back of the shirt. This was a sample for size only. Our shirts will have the Yarniacs logo on front and no printing on the back.)

Payment can be sent to us directly via check or PayPal. If you would like to pay by check, PM us on Ravelry for details. If you would like to use PayPal, please PM us your PayPay email and we will send you an invoice.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Episode 105 - Welcome 2016!

A new year, like a new project, can be filled with hope, expectation, and always uncertainty. As in life, we never know if that mistake we made back on the foundation row will come back later to bite. Maybe it will be a small insignificant purl in a sea of knit stitches. Or we might find ourselves unraveling hours of work to start anew, with a better base, a stronger beginning.

Our annual Self-Indulgent Knit-a-long, #SIKAL2016 is about beginnings. Taking that special yarn, that special pattern, perhaps something new, perhaps something that has been in stash, and crafting and creating something that brings us happiness. Maybe it is the process, maybe it is the promise of the finished object, but we all craft because on some level, we enjoy the journey.

My challenge to you, is to knit that too-precious yarn, take a chance on that pattern you've been stalking, and especially to wear and use your knitted objects and garments. Don't hide your carefully crafted items away, afraid to let them out in the world. Wear them with pride! Use those crafted objects daily! I believe the joy we find in crafting only increases with the use or giving of the object. 

Whatever the new year brings, we hope your stitches flow flawlessly together, creating the beautiful fabric of your life.

Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Ease by Alicia Plummer
Sharlene's Ease
Malabrigo Rios
This yarn was originally knit into Sharlene's Red Riding Hood Jacket
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Traveling Tunic

What are we stalking?
Mason Jar Bear Cosy by Patricia Castillo
Thursday Special by Elena Nodel
Starshower Shawl by Hillary Smith Callis
Sharlene's Fresh from the Cauldron yarn
Arabella by Ann McCauley
Gayle's stashed tosh merino light
Spectrum by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's tosh lace
Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien

What are we knitting?
Big Old Coat by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Big Old Coat
Times Square by Norah Gaughan
Gayle's Times Square
Beaverslide Dry Goods 2-ply
Gayle is knitting a test knit for Yelena Dasher
Adama by Hillary Smith Callis
Malabrigo Rios in Teal Feather

What have we finished?
Koala cup cozy by Alexandra Davidoff
Sharlene's Koala cup cozy
cup cozy 2
cup cozy 3
cup cozy 4
cup cozy 5
cup cozy 6
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Nakahi Shawl by Francoise Danoy
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Gayle's Log Cabin blanket 
Sport Weight Toe-Up Socks by Wendy Johnson
Faerie's Firelight by Jen Sheelen
Gayle's Firelight

Our annual self-indulgent KAL is happening now!
Please use hashtags #SIKAL2016 and #yarniacs for all your social media needs.

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