Thursday, July 24, 2014

Episode 67 - Welcome Luci

As I was listening to this episode before we released it (yes, Gayle and I both listen before we release them!) I realized my bird is chirping and squawking in the background. The interesting fact is, I didn't even notice her chiming in when we recorded. She is just such a part of my life that I am used to having her chatting away along with us. You've heard a lot about my pets because we record at my house. But this week Gayle's family added a new member. Please join me in welcoming little Luci to the podcast family. I am sure Gayle will be sharing many Luci stories in the podcast forum on Ravelry. If you haven't joined us there, please do, especially if you are interested in chatting with like-minded folks about non-knitting topics. We try to stay on topic for the podcast--we are first and foremost a knitting podcast--but in the forums you have the chance to chat with us and other yarniacs about, well, just about anything that comes up. We are a friendly group. :)

Summer knitting is in full swing, and since we talked about non-wool patterns from the book Knits That Breathe by Julie Turjomen last episode, we thought we would talk a little bit about the non-wool yarns we have recently used. We hope this will enhance your summer knitting.

If you are like me and already thinking about fall knits, we look forward to seeing what you knit up for our Colors of Fall 2014 KAL. Please use hashtag #yarniacscolors2014  for your social media needs.

Happy knitting!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne
Sharlene's February Lady Sweater
Sharlene's second February Lady Sweater
Lion Brand Cotton Ease yarn
Liesl by Julie Weisenberger

What are we stalking?
Whispers by Veera Valimaki
Yellow Brick Road Cardi by Ela Torrente
Lush by tincanknits
Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu
Let your Heart Unwind by Joji Locatelli

What are we knitting?
Let Your Heart Unwind by Joji Locatelli
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne
Magnolia by Joji Locatelli
...a hint of summer by Isabell Kraemer

What have we finished?
Blanket sample in Dragonfly Fibers Traveller Gradient Set
Raiun by Kirsten Johnstone
Viajante by Martina Behm

What are we swatching?
Sparrow from Quince and Company
Kestrel from Quince and Company
Coronado from Toluca Knit

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Episode 66 - The recovery episode

Thanks to those of you who have sent your well-wishes for my recovery. Things are going well and I would like to thank my podcast co-host Gayle for picking up the slack on this episode. :) I was a bit low-energy, though Gayle claims things were fine, but I definitely felt weary by the end of the recording.

In episode 66, we catch up on our projects, what we've finished, and things we are stalking. In other words, back to our regular segments. But I do want to say thanks for all the love for the Joji episode. We have had so many new listeners drawn to the show by Joji and her designs and we hope you will choose to stick around and continue listening, and join the fun in our community on Ravelry. We promise, Joji will be back!

Boo (Sharlene's former kitten now cat pictured left) joins us during the review segment.  If you listen closely you can hear him crying to me to open the door right before he jumps up to join us. For Boo fans, here is a photo of him trying to steal my attention away from my show notes. :)

I hope everyone is having a fun summer (or fall depending on your part of the world), and planning your projects for our #yarniacscolors2014 KAL. We look forward to seeing everyone's new looks!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Breezy Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Sharlene's Breezy
Drifting by Cecily Glowik Macdonald
Gayle's Drifting

What are we stalking?
Tatu by Annamária Ötvös
Let your Heart Unwind by Joji Locatelli
Mochimochi Snowmen by Anna Hrachovec
Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu

What are we knitting?
Viajente by Martina Behm
Blanket knit in Dragonfly Fibers Traveler
Raiun by Kirstin Johnstone
... a hint of summer by Isabell Kraemer
Magnolia by Joji Locatelli
Color Craving by Stephen West
Drifting by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

What have we finished?
Modicum Mitts by Rachel Rodin
Gayle's Modicum Mitts
Minikins by Wooly Wormhead
Oh So Soft Baby Washcloths by Theresa Grant
Baby Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker
Gayle's Vertebrae
I was a Teenage Mutant by Alex Tinsley
Gayle Mutant hat

Books we discuss:
Knits That Breathe by Julie Turjoman
Mystic Shawls by Anna Dalvi

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Episode 65 - Joji Locatelli

When Gayle and I first started podcasting, we had lots of ideas about what we wanted to share with our listeners. One of those ideas was to chat with our favorite designers, and share why we love knitting their designs. Joji Locatelli was one of the names that came up again and again. Not only because we have both knit many of her patterns, but because through her blog, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, we both felt Joji was a knitter with whom we would enjoy chatting and knitting. It has been a long time since those early podcasting brainstorming sessions and we are so pleased to be bringing this episode to you. As expected, Joji is charming and  inspiring. After our chat, I want to knit all the Joji things! I hope our excitement shines through and you will enjoy our friend Joji's patterns as much as we do.
- Sharlene

Note: Joji lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and this interview was brought to you through the magic of the internets. There are a few places where the audio fades a bit and there was a delay, causing us to temporarily talk over each other. We tried to minimize this and hope you won't find it too distracting. Please know we strive to provide you with the best possible audio quality. :)

Joji's website
Find Joji on Ravelry

What are we wearing?
Imagine When by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Imagine When
Fiber Company Meadow (yarn)
Summer Festival by Georgie Hallam
Gayle's Summer Festival

What is Joji knitting?
Skein yarn from Australia
Denim colorway
Joji's Instagram photo of her current project

Magnolia Cardi
Western Sky Knits yarns
Western Sky Knits Magnolia sock base

Sharlene's Lipstick
Gayle's Lipstick
New shawl: Let your Heart Unwind

Echos of Color

Interpretations, a collaboration between Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki
The Interpretations look book
Veera Valimaki's website
Veera Valimaki on Ravelry

Worsted Boxy

Old Romance
cdncarol's Thoughts

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Episode 64 - Here comes summer!

Summer is upon us! School is winding down and the fog has returned to Santa Cruz. Time to think about summer knitting and joining in on the Colors of Fall 2014 KAL, #yarniacsfall2014KAL
We chat about the fall colors, options, and try to narrow down both our yarn and pattern choices. We hope you will join in and have fun with it. Last year, one of my favorite things was seeing everyone's "styled" pics. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?

Ribby Pulli by Bonne Marie Burns
Liesl by Cocoknits
Gayle's Liesl

What are we stalking?
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
Surry Hills by Maria Magnusson
...hint of summer by Isabell Kraemer
Painted Pixels Blanket by Susan Carlson
Waikiki Wildflower Blanket by Susan Carlson
Wrap around crochet bracelet by Yuli Nilssen
Mudra Cuff by Laura Nelkin
Kable Kuff by Laura Nelkin

What are we knitting?
Viajante by Martina Behm
Quince and Company Kestrel, a linen yarn
Candelia by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Sharlene's Candelia

What have we finished?
Flamingo Mittens by SpillyJane
Gayle's Flamingo Mittens

Pantone colors of Fall 2014 KAL #yarniacsfall2014
Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2014
If you prefer to download the pdf, you can find it here.  (It will start downloading if you click this one.)
Designer Lela Rose wants a "deep Navy, chunky, cashmere cable-knit sweater with crystals embedded into the cable knit" for Fall 2014
Nicole Miller wants a "cashmere wrap in Charcoal or Plum."

The men's palette has an additional color called Sea Fog.
Kenneth Cole's mens look featuring Sea Fog in the palette.
Elle magazine Fall 2014 trends