Friday, October 17, 2014

Episode 73 - A chat with Edie Eckman

Gayle and I were guest speakers this week at two meetings of the Santa Cruz Knitting Guild. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and were impressed with the range of knowledge and the service that the guild organizes in our community. It just affirmed our belief that knitters are wonderful folks and reminded us that kind knitters can be found everywhere. If you have the opportunity to visit a guild in your area I encourage you to give it a try. Knitting with a group is very different than knitting solitary and gives us all the opportunity to learn and to create in community as well as providing an opportunity to knit for good. :)

We are now accepting registrations for the Northern California Knitting Retreat. Information can be found in our Ravelry group here, or in the retreat Ravelry group here. Registrations will be accepted until November 5, and if we receive more than we have spaces, we will hold a lottery.

Because of our guild obligations, we release a prerecorded episode this week. Please welcome Edie Eckman to our podcast and community. Edie is a wonderful teacher and author and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to chat with her. Gayle and I have been sharing the crochet love recently and ever since I took a class from Edie three years ago at TNNA, I knew she would make be an informative guest for the podcast. 

As always, thanks so much for listening. You can join in the chat about this episode in our Ravelry group here.
 - Sharlene

Edie's website
Edie's patterns on Ravelry

What are we knitting?
Magnolia Cardigan by Joji Locatelli
Daughter approved by Susan Ashcroft
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
Miss Babs Ephemeral bfl/silk blend (discontinued)

Edie's new book is Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home, and Tree

Fit Satisfaction of Crochet Apparel (pdf link)

Edie's classes on Craftsy
Joining Crochet Motifs
Improve your Crochet Essential Techniques
How to say it: Pattern writing for knitters

Episode 73 audio

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Episode 72 - KAL wrap up!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our Colors of Fall 2014 KAL!  Click here if you would like to see everyone's projects on Ravelry. What a fun KAL. My favorite part is seeing everyone's finished "look" and how you style your knit pieces. Fantastic! Thanks to all who participated, knit along with us, and joined in the discussions. I wish we could send you all prizes just for showing us your stuff. :) The prize winners are announced, and if you hear your name, please pm Gayle or me on Ravelry and we will make sure to get it to you as soon as possible.

Just a reminder that it is October and the date for accepting registrations for the Northern California Knitting Retreat is October 15. Details here if you are interested.

Enjoy the beginning of the fall season and wear your knitwear with pride!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Laika by Ysolda Teague
Sharlene's Laika
yarnosaurus' Laika one, Laika two, Laika three, Laika four, Laika five, and Laika six
Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroku Fukatsu

What are we stalking?
Fickle Heart by Justyna Lorkowska
Abuku by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Ink Ripples by Elena Fedotova
Kaweah Hat by Veronica Parsons
Hat Season by Joji Locatelli
Axis (mitts) by Samantha Roshak

What are we knitting?
Magnolia Cardigan by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Magnolia
Monomania by Ann Weaver
Daughter approved (cowl) by Susan Ashcroft

What have we finished?
Chevron Colour-Block Blanket by Espace Tricot
Sharlene's Chevron blanket
Obsidian by Lisa Mutch
Gayle's Obsidian
#9 Hat/Cowl by Steven Berg
Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho
Golden Pear (hat) by Melissa Thomson
Helix Striped Hat by Corrie Purdum

We announce the winners for the Colors of Fall 2014 KAL! If you hear you name for a prize, please contact us via by Ravelry message.

We talk about Botanical Knits 2, from Alana Dakos.
Sprig has the most projects listed on Ravelry.
We saw the Bare Branches coat at Stitches West and love the hidden tree motif.
The Hanging Leaves shawlette has a lovely edging that moves.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Episode 71 - Sharing our Big News!

Sharlene's chevron blanket, knit in Dragonfly fibers Traveller
What are we wearing?
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Sharlene's Over the Top
Lindy Chain yarn
Jeweled Cowl by Sachiko Uemura
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie yarn

What are we stalking?
Ravelry's popular blanket pattern list
Watercourse by Carina Spencer
Krydda by Madeleine Nilsson
Diary by Ankestrick
Monomania by Ann Weaver
Neighborhood Fiber Company Rustic Fingering
Skiff by Jared Flood
Daughter Approved by Susan Ashcroft
Shasta Daisy Knits yarns

What are we knitting?
Jaywalker by Grumperina
Magnolia Cardigan by Joji Locatelli
Chevron Color Block Blanket by Espace Tricot
#9 Hat/Cowl by Steven Berg
Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroku Fukatsu
Obsidian by Lisa Mutch

What have we finished?
Sharlene's Scrappy Shawl #2
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Sharlene's Over the Top
ZigZag Fingerless Gloves by Whole Earth Education
I Was a Teenage Mutant by Alex Tinsley
Easy Fingerless Mitts by Roxanne Richardson

Santa Cruz Knitting Guild presentation
Tuesday Oct. 14, 6:30pm
Thursday Oct. 16, 10am

Saturday Oct. 4 and Sunday Oct. 5

We are participating in the Northern California Knitting Retreat!
We will have a Ravelry group soon with all the details.

Knitting, for both Gayle and I, is far more than simply working with beautiful yarns and fibers. We both love the relationships we have built with old and new friends. This podcast has been so amazing in that respect, bringing us together with kindred spirits that we may not have otherwise met--folks from all over the country, and all over the world. I know that our small retreat will mean a disappointment to some who can't attend--I feel it myself when one of my online friends hosts an event or goes to an event that I can't attend. As we started the first few discussions when we realized we could make this retreat fantasy a reality, we just didn't know what to expect--will it be a handful of us knitting together, or a whole room full of like-minded crafters sharing ideas and yarn? I wish I could host these events all over the country and come and meet each one of you in person and thank-you for listening and participating in the Yarniacs community. Whether you can attend or no, if you have read this far into my sappy meanderings please know that you are a valued part of the Yarniacs community. Thanks so much for listening!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Craftsy sale! through September 22, 2014

Hi everyone! I don’t know if you have seen the huge sale that Craftsy is having this weekend. All classes are discounted, some up to 50%. If you are going to take a class anyway, please consider signing up for Craftsy and signing up for your classes through our Yarniacs link here or click on the banner below. The podcast will earn a few pennies per sign-up, so it is a great way to help contribute to the podcast. Thanks!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

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