Friday, December 8, 2017

Episode 155 - Knitting with harbor seals

We are at the harbor for our annual holiday lights episode, though this year we were a little too early in the day for the lights. :) But we did have some sea life sightings so it all worked out. This episode we talk a little about the upcoming Self-Indulgent Knit-a-long which has become an annual Yarniacs event. Please see our group on Ravelry if you need more information and join in the fun. Please use the hashtag #SIKAL2018 for your social media needs.

You'll notice we mention the Pantone Color of the Year. I think the news about the 2018 Color of the Year must have hit social media about the time we were recording, so if you haven't heard by now, check the link below to see the gorgeous Ultra Violet! You know that I am going to knitting this color. (Of course, you also know that I would be knitting this color even if it weren't Color of the Year. I just happen to have some in my stash. Ha!)

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season!
- Sharlene


What are we wearing?
Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Boxy
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P
Gayle's Focus Dress

Sea life sightings
California Sea Lion
Harbor Seal 

What are we stalking?
Family Purr by Claire Slade
Tchaikovsky Hat by Helen Stewart
Flying Solo by Espace Tricot
Tricky Dickey by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Grandma's Dickeys
Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry
Björkö Shawl by Anna Freidberg
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty

What are we knitting?
Wolkig by Martina Behm
Beloved Berlin by Isabel Kraemer
Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry
Tulle Shawl by Helen Stewart

What have we finished?
Gayle's charity hats

The Self-Indulgent Knit-a-long #SIKAL2018
will start this year on Christmas Day, 2017 and go through the
Spring Equinox March 20, 2018.

The Pantone Color of the Year 2018 was released the day that we recorded!
It is Ultra Violet!

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Episode 154 - Yarn in the trunk!

It is crazy out there--Black Friday here in the US--a traditional start-of-the-season madcap shopping day. Whether you participate in the commercial frenzy or not, we hope you find a few moments of knitting or crafting to calm and sustain you! :)

What are we wearing?
Pebble Beach by Helen Stewart
Annulaire by Hillary Smith Callis
Gayle's Annulaire

What are we stalking?
Marklee DK by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's "holy grail" yarn is Logwood!
Outlined by Suvi Simola
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
Sharlene's Gumball Love yarn
Tulle Shawl by Helen Stewart
Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter
Ohra by Caitlin Hunter
Fia by Tori Gurbisz

What are we knitting?
Wolkig by Martina Behm
Beloved Berlin by Isabel Kraemer
Bankhead by Susie Gourlay
Yoga Shawl by Andrea Mowry
Maisie by Tori Gurbisz

What have we finished?
Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure
Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Boxy mashup
Bankhead by Susie Gourlay
Gayle's Bankhead
Loch by Tincanknits
Gayle's Loch
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
Gayle's Land of Sweets

Where are they now?
Paper Dolls by Kate Davies
Chickadee by Ysolda Teague
Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier
Wildflower Cardigan by Alana Dakos
Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Crazy Stripes Tee by Altelier Alfa
Samovar by Laura Chau
Cristina Ghirlanda
 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Episode 153 - Return of sweater weather

November has brought the beginning of our sweater weather season here in Santa Cruz. Every year, the changing of the clocks to standard time seems to coincide with the fall chill and Gayle and I have been happily looking through our sweater stashes and greeting our sweaters like old friends!

We hope the yarn label and substitutions discussion has been helpful. If you have questions, comments, or just want to pop in and say "hi," please join us in our Ravelry group. We'll be happy to see you there.
 - Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Confetti by Veera Välimäki
Laneway by Veera Välimäki
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
Pom Pom Socklets by Purl Soho

What have we been stalking?
Fae Wing Shawl by Kelly McClure
Mill House by Veronika Jobe
Valo by Susanna Winter
Rockin' Rows by Martina Behm
Knitvent 2017 by Helen Stewart
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Ninilchik By Caitlin Hunter
Francis Revisited by Beth Silverstein

What are we knitting?
Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure
Yoga Shawl by Andrea Mowry
Annulaire by Hilary Smith Callis

What have we finished?
Ginga Top by Yoko Johnston
Sharlene's Malabrigo Nube spin
Honey Hat by Jenn Nevitt
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Also mentioned:
Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Episode 152 - Knits and yarn labels

In this episode, we continue the conversation about yarn labels and how to use the information given on a label. Very few of us use the recommended yarn for a pattern with every project, so at some point, we all find ourselves looking for substitutions. Though often considered part of the fun of starting a new project, it can also be fraught with indecision when faced with an unknown fiber or unknown gauge. We hope to share a few tips for success, and hope you will share some of your tips with us as well. The discussion can be found in the episode thread for our Ravelry group here. Please join us!

What are we wearing?
Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Pure Joy
Outing Shawl by Irene Lin
Gayle's Outing Shawl

What are we stalking?
Flaum by Justyna Lorkowska
Aden by Ankestrick
Lila Top Down by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Lila by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Grey Morlaix by Regina Moessmer
Pei by Michele Wang
Rye/Ruista ranteeseen by Hanne Katajamäki
Saratoga Shawl by Carolyn Greenwood

What are we knitting?
Ginga Top by Yoko Johnston
Divvy by Jumper Cables
Annulaire by Hilary Smith Callis
Yoga Shawl by Andrea Mowry
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Bankhead by Susie Gourlay
Peeping Cowl by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Little Black Shawl by Laura Aylor
Sharlene's Little Grey Shawl
Purl Ridge Scarf by Stephen West
Thank You Hat-Big Rib Hat by Purl Soho
Aloft by Kristen Finlay