Saturday, February 25, 2012

Gone Stitchin'

Yesterday Gayle and I spent the day at the much-anticipated event Stitches West. We went prepared. Having attended this large-scale yarn feeding frenzy for many, many years we had our checklist:

Water? √
Snacks? √
Knitting? √
Ibuprofen? √
Note paper and pen? √
Patterns? √
Shopping lists? √
iPod, lip gloss, cash, etc, etc. √√√

It felt a bit like preparing to run away from home, but sometimes it's the little things that can make or break an outing. Knitters gotta be prepared.

We met a few new and new-to-us vendors, picked up a prize for a future listener raffle, met a brave listener who came up and introduced herself, and had lovely chats with many, many knitters. Full recap to come. And of course, a few skeins and bobbles made their way home with us.

In the car on the way home as we chatted about our knitting I noticed we both had some new ideas, new inspirations, and were quite excited to cast on something new. Well worth the price of admission!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Episode 4 Show Notes

Favorite Cardigan by Wendy Bernard
Sharlene's Fav Cardi
Coastal Hoodie by Tori Gurbisz
Gayle's Coastal Hoodie
Drifting by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Lanesplitter Skirt by Tina Whitmore
Swirl Skirt by AnnaLena Mattison
Wildflower Cardigan by Alana Dakos
Melia by Ysolda Teague
Blue Thistle by Avril Lang
Meadowlark by Amy Swenson
Fuse by Veronik Avery
Sharlene's Fuse
Emilien by Ariane Caron-Lacoste
Gayle's Laikia
Lace-Edged Women's Hat by Julie Hentz
Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier
Ingenue by Wendy Bernard
Sharlene's Ingenue

Note: I did not make up a new word: synchronistic! Consider it your new word for the day. :)

Episode 4

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Episode 4 recorded

Episode 4 has been recorded and is in production now. We will keep you posted.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Episode 3 Show Notes

Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Miss Babs Yowza - Whatta Skein!
Jeweled Cowl by Sachiko Uemura
Heart Cookie Mitts by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Wicked by Rachel Bishop
Opposite Pole by Joji Locatelli
Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier
Emilien by Ariane Caron-Lacoste
Ingenue by Wendy Bernard
Rogue by Jenna Wilson

I noticed while editing that when Gayle and I talk about dolman sleeves, instead of finishing my verbal description, I gestured to Gayle and she understood my gestures. So I didn't give a real description of a dolman sleeve. Dolman sleeves are also referred to as "batwing" sleeves, and a definition can be found here. I will have to watch out for the gestures when podcasting!

Owls project pics

I finally posted the Owls sweater pics. Viewable on my Ravelry project page here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Free pattern alert!

Gayle and I just recorded episode 3 today. We mention a pattern by Mary Jane Mucklestone called Heart Cookie Mitts. You can find the pattern on Ravelry here. The pattern is free through February 8, 2012, and after that will be for sale. Check it out!

Edit 02/09/12: The pattern is no longer a free pattern, but is available for $5.00US.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Episode 2 Show Notes

Here are links to things we discussed in episode 2. Links are to project or pattern pages on

Jaywalker socks by Grumperina
Ishbel shawl by Ysolda Teague
Madelinetosh Lovers group
Pink Posies Faux Faroese shawl by Karen Walker
Kauni yarn
Dorflinger Tee by Mandy Moore
Sharlene's Owl Cup Cozy
Madelinetosh Vintage
Lawrence by Melissa LaBarre
Owls sweater by Kate Davies
Cascade 128 yarn
Still Light Tunic by Veera Välimäki
Laika by Ysolda Teague
From Norway with Love by Pickles
Baby Berry Hat by Michele Sabatier
Who? hat by Sara Amoroso
Cabled Teddy Hat by Marinda Lariz
Aviatrix baby hat by Justine Turner
Nantes Hat by Amanda Scheuzger
Zephyr sweater by Tori Gurbisz
Rowan Calmer yarn
Red Hot by Kim Hargreaves

Our new knitting acronym is MSD, short for Maximum Sweater Density. If you have been knitting sweaters for years and your closet is full of hand knits, you too may have reached MSD!

Episode 2

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Our Ravelry group

We've created a Ravelry group here. You need to be logged into Ravelry to join the group. If you are a Ravelry member, you know what to do. We hope to use the group to get to know other like-minded knitters who understand the joy of pattern and project stalking!

Episode 2 has been recorded and is coming soon. I talk briefly about ripping out a sweater I made years ago and never wear or wore. Gayle shares some great hat patterns she's been working on and finished. We hope you will join the conversation!