Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Episode 104 - Knitting with Rachael


In this episode, we welcome Rachael Herron, author of the Cypress Hollow series, several mainstream fiction books including the soon-to-be-released "The Ones Who Matter Most" and a non-fiction collection of memoirs. Rachael and I met years ago when we were both involved in the knit-bloggers ring, and recently reconnected at a local guild meeting. On the morning we were recording it was unusually windy and we had even had some rain. You've heard Gayle and I talk about the California drought, so yay, rain! But the wind? Not so much. Our internet conferencing software kept dropping our conference call. We don't really know what caused it to be dropped, but we vented our frustration on the wind. So our apologies for the few places were the chat is choppy and for the general lower than usual audio quality. That was a surprise and we hope you will stick with us and listen to our chat with Rachael. Thank-you Rachael for being patient and working with us that morning!
- Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
 C3 by Annie Modesitt
Sharlene's C3
Cromarty by Alice Starmore
Rachael's Cromarty
Kerstie Merino Crepe from Koigu
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Traveller
Tracie Too from Imperial Yarn

What are we knitting?
Koala cup cozy by Alexandra Davidoff
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Rachael is knitting a CustomFit sweater.
Stone Mountain and Daughter (store in Berkeley)
Wow air flights to Iceland
Lopi sweater images
The Long Beanie by Wooly Wormhead
Cascade 220 Superwash
Longfellow by Michele Wang

Rachael Herron
Rachael's website 
Rachael's bio
Rachael's books
Rachael mentions her two spinning wheels:
Ashford Joy
Ashford Traditional
NaNoWriMo
Digit's return
more Digit
Digit, Actually Dead This Time (language not child-friendly!)

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Episode 103 - Knitting under the holiday lights

Our regular recording time is sometimes bumped by one of our work schedules, which was the case this week. So it was a surprise to me when Gayle texted me the afternoon of our regular recording day to find out if I could meet later that evening. Though it meant finding an impromptu spot to record in the car, we quickly decided to give it a try. It was dark, so we drove down to the harbor in hopes of finding better lighting. What we found was a holiday treat! The annual lighted boat parade had taken place this past weekend and the boats were still dressed in their holiday best! It was lovely to sit and watch the boats bobbing up and down giving us a little holiday light show.

In this episode we share a new collection from Joji Locatelli, share a new yarn we swatched, share
our regular segments and start to think about the new year and our upcoming Self-Indulgent Knit-A-Long 2016. We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and taking time to slow down and carve a little bit of time for knitting, crafting, and spending time with your loved ones.

What are we wearing?
Dragonflies Jumper by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Dragonflies 
Gilet Valerie by Carole Francone
Gayle's Gilet Valerie

What are we stalking?
The Authentic Collection by Joji Locatelli
Puntilla
Citadel
Big Old Coat
Spectrum
Jujuy
A Girl Thing

What are we knitting?
Secret Garden by Alana Dakos
Sharlene's Secret Garden shawl
Nakahi Shawl by Francoise Danoy
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Trickster by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Trickster
Milanese Lace Topper by tante ehm
Gayle's Lace Topper

What have we finished?
True by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's True
Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Ecuador
Elf Baby Hat by Robin Weldon
Checkerboard Mitts by Helen Stewart
Gayle's Log Cabin blanket 

What are we swatching?
Aerie from Shalimar Yarns

Knitting in books and pop culture
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
Knitting: A Novel by Anne Bartlett
Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
The Blosson Street series by Debbie Macomber

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Episode 102 - Thankful knitting

What are we wearing?
Cupido Cowl by Hiroku Fukatsu
Sharlene's Cupido
See You There by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's See You There
Trickster by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Trickster

What are we stalking?
Knit It Black by Alex Tinsley
Indie Gift-a-Long group on Ravelry
Trickster by Elizabeth Doherty
Mom's Favorite Color by Paige Reisenfeld
Zirkus by Lisa Hannes
Elf Baby Hat by Robin Weldon
Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien
Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis

What are we knitting?
True by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's True
Rothko by Abstract Fibers 
Secret Garden by Alana Dakos
Sharlene's Secret Garden
Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Ecuador
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Gayle's Longfellow
Learn to Knit a Log Cabin Blanket by Staci Perry
Checkerboard Mitts by Helen Stewart

What have we finished?
Sharlene's basic hat 
Gayle's Log Cabin blanket

What are we swatching?
Shalimar Yarns Breathless Cush

We talk about new book: Mini Skein Knits
Head in the Clouds Hat by Jess Kallberg
Infinite Rainbow Cowl by Connie Santisteban
Jewel Box Shawl by Carol Sulcoski
Matrix Mitts by Jess Kallberg
Waffle Coasters by Claire Cromwell
Chevron Coffee Cozy by Claire Cromwell
Simple Sidewasy Mitts by Andi Smith
A Mermaid Darkly by Yelena Dasher

Fix-A-Stitch tool

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NoCKRs 2016 - UPDATE!


All spaces for the 2016 have been filled. Thanks everyone for your interest! The hardest part of the whole process was telling folks who didn’t get in. :( If you are on the waiting list--don’t despair. Sometimes life happens and there is a possibility. I wish we could have you all join us! :) :) :)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Episode 101 - If you're cold, you're cold

The beginning of November has finally brought us the beginning of sweater weather, and as we delightfully exclaim this episode "When you're cold, you're cold." No apologies for putting on sweaters as the thermometer dips below 68º this episode! In fact, we are rather gleeful to pull our old friends out of storage and welcome them back into our wardrobe rotation. (In fact, though I didn't mention it on the podcast, this editor is planning on wearing her big oversized Traveling Sweater later on this evening at an event.) And can I just add how wonderful it is to have shawls to drape around myself when I feel a chill? It's our season knitters and crocheters and if I have one piece of advise to give, it is this. Wear those knits! Don't keep them tucked away for "someday," or wait for the perfect outfit, or keep them reserved "for good." You invested time and money, so if you've made something lovely for yourself, wear it with pride.

In episode 101 we return to our regular segments and catch up on what we have been wearing, stalking, knitting, and finishing. These are our comfort segments, and as we enter the busy holiday season, it is good to focus on simple things that bring us pleasure and delight. I hope this episode finds you wrapped in warmth, with hook or needles in hand, and listening to your friendly knitting podcast friends!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Sharlene's Foggy Coast Cardigan
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P
Gayle's Focus Dress
Pressed Leaves by Alana Dakos
Gayle's Pressed Leaves beret

What are we stalking?
Check Meowt by Lauren Riker
Koa by Jennifer Dassau
Oats by tincanknits
Gayle is stalking this unreleased sweater
 (group photo at bottom of post)
Lady Eavan by Monika Sirna
Avalyn by Vanessa Smith
Amanda Perkins' blanket designs

What are we knitting?
Secret Garden by by Alana Dakos, search #secretgardenalong on social media
Simple Mitts
Charity hats
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Toe-Up Gusset Heel Socks by Wendy Johnson
Gayle's knee sock

What have we finished?
Meditate by Elizabeth Doherty 
Sharlene's Meditate
Simple Mitts
Newsom by Bristol Ivy

Amanda aka smiley50's Jamberry shop

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Episode 100 - Knit centennial

Someone is getting mighty comfortable on podcast day.
Episode 100 is something a little different. Amongst the knitting chat, we've included some Q & A that you, our lovely listeners, submitted over the past few weeks on our Ravelry board. Thanks so much for that! We took the bait and shared a little bit about the origins of both our friendship and the podcast. While neither are at all mysterious, Gayle and I do normally stay on topic with the knitting, crochet, and crafting talk. So if this is your first time listening, be aware that in general, our regular episodes are on topic with the knitting and crafting. We hope you enjoy this unique episode and we'll have some finished projects to share next time!

What are we wearing?
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Sharlene's Heverly
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie
Duchess of Devonshire by Kay Jones
Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sport

What are we stalking?
Muffatees for a Man by Mary Bush
Muffatees pattern from 1840
Moonraker by Melanie Berg

Our very, very informal shawl/cowl/wrap KAL
Multi-color shawls, cowls and wraps bundle

Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie Pumpkin head colorway
Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer
Whippet by Ankestrick
Color Your Shawl by Suvi Simola
Acer Shawl by Joanne Scrace

What are we knitting?
Newsom by Bristol Ivy
The Secret Garden by Alana Dakos, search #secretgardenalong on social media
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Toe-Up Gusset Heel Socks by Wendy Johnson

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Northern California Knitting Retreat 2016

Open registration is NOW until November 15!

Date: April 15 - 17, 2016
Place: St. Francis Retreat Center

If you would like a registration form, please email Tracie at: 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com
A limited amount of spots are open. If we have more people register than spots available (cut-off date is November 15, 2015), we will award spots by lottery.

Questions?
Please visit our groups on Ravelry:
The Yarniacs Podcast
Northern California Knitting Retreat

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Episode 99 - Knitting near the shore

Gayle and I had planned to record at the seashore, with the sound of waves crashing delightfully in the background. Planned. But the noon time sun and lack of shade forced us to relocate to a less picturesque, but more conducive-to-recording-audio spot about a block off the beach underneath some eucalyptus trees. We'll try another beach-side episode when the weather is more cooperative. We both love sharing little peeks into this part of the globe that we call home. 

This episode we return with our regular segments, wrap up Love your Stash Q3, and marvel at the fact that this is our last episode in double digits. :) Enjoy 99!
- Sharlene


What are we wearing?
Nothing hand knit! :( We have had crazy hot weather, not even our usual fog this past summer. The only knitwear that has been worn has been Gayle's Seamless Saloma slippers that were knit by Sharlene.

What are we stalking?
Rhilea by Suvi Simola
(designer of the 5200K sweater that we have previously knit)
Risen by Melanie Berg
From the collection "Texture is the NewBlack"
Color Dipped Hat by Purl Soho
Ravenscliffe (shawl) by Annie Hamilton
The pattern Gayle couldn't remember the name of is:
Inuit by Polo Sylvie

What are we knitting?
The Secret Garden by Alana Dakos, search #secretgardenalong on social media
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Duchess of Devonshire by Kay Jones
Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sport

What have we finished?
Polaris by Hiroko Fukatsu
(designer of the Hitofude Cardigan)
Sharlene's Polaris
Whippet by Ankestrick
Holst Garn Coast yarn
Sharlene's Whippet
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs by Caroline Ingram
Sharlene's Itty Bitty hat
KitKat Hat by Andre Sue
Cuba Street by Nikki Jone
Gayle's Cuba Street
Trickster by Elizabeth Dhoerty
Gayle's Trickster hat
Therapy by Laura Aylor
Gayle's Therapy shawl
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Gayle's Rose City Rollers

Congrats to all of the Love Your Stash Q3 winners!


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Friday, October 2, 2015

Episode 98 - Knitting in color!

It is said that first babies see movement, and soon can distinguish shades of blacks and whites, with other colors eventually becoming recognizable. As children grow, color often seems to play a role in their definition of self. "My favorite color is red," or "What's your favorite color?" are oft-heard conversation starters with the "under 10" set. Working in a yarn store, I commonly see shoppers carrying around yarns in colors that either match or complement the colors they are wearing. Some folks are surprised when I point this out. Others just smile and agree, that yes, they are always attracted to the same colors.

We are surrounded by color in design, fashion, and logos. Certain colors are appetizing, while an off-color food can spoil your appetite. School and sports team colors can inspire confidence, unity, and pride. When we dress for success, we attempt to present ourselves through style and color in a favorable way. Even the daily news is filled with stories about color related to race, gangs, and identity.

There's no denying that colors represent meaning, memories, and emotion; can affect commerce and how or where we spend our money; and influence our moods and feelings. If you've ever been unable to move forward on a project because you can't pick a color, or decided against purchasing some yarn because there wasn't a sweater quantity of that perfect color, then you too have witnessed the important role of color. In this episode Gayle and I scratch the surface on color talk and why we love our annual Colors of Fall Knit-a-long (KAL). There is a bit less knit talk this episode--an aberration for The Yarniacs if this is your first time listening--but we wanted to give color the time and space it deserves. We hope you will agree. We promise to be back next episode with our usual knit-filled segments.

And speaking of next episodes... it has come to our attention that we are nearing our centennial! There is a new thread in our Ravelry group for questions, suggestions, and comments for that special celebratory episode. We'd love to hear from you.
- Sharlene

New Converse colors
Sharlene's blues
Sharlene's reds
Sharlene's purples
Sharlene's greys
Gayle's pinks
Gayle's greys
Gayle's blues
Gayle's blue-greens

Pantone's 50 years of color

Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2015 Finished Object thread

What are we knitting?
The Secret Garden KAL
Duchess of Devonshire by Kay Jones

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Friday, September 18, 2015

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Episode 97 - Knitting on through fall

I often think that Gayle and I talk too much about the weather. Really, on a knitting podcast, who wants to hear about the California drought? But it is undeniable, the weather, the drought and other external factors affect the items we knit. September and October are often the warmest months of the year for us, with temps peaking at 100°F but dipping at night into the 40s. This past summer was so hot and winter is an unknown. Whether El Niño brings us needed precipitation, or even cold temperatures remains to be seen. But for now, the occasional foggy day or brief rain shower brings smiles to our faces. Stangers comment to each other about how wonderful it feels to have a chill and some moisture in the air. It's a common thread in all our lives. 

But Gayle and I? We just keep right on knitting. We are adapting our knitting plans, our yarns, and the sweaters we stalk. The thought of not knitting? No, that doesn't enter our minds. With apologies to Elizabeth Zimmermann, we knit on with confidence and hope through all types of weather. We hope you will join us!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
Armande by Andi Satterlund

What are we stalking?
Mithral by Carol Feller
Bonbon Shawlette by Fluffy Fibers
Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Little Skein in the Big Wool
The Secret Garden shawl sneak peak
If you want to do a read-a-long, the book is available on Amazon in the Kindle edition for free.

What are we knitting?
Polaris by Hiroko Fukatsu
Whippet by Ankestrick
Coast by Holst Garn
Seacoast by Joji Locatelli
Rothko yarn by Abstract Fibers
Therapy by Laura Aylor

What have we finished?
Mia by Jennifer Wood
Armande by Andi Satterlund
Top Down by Elizabeth Doherty

Thanks to Lion Brand for the lovely blog post!

Some publications we mention:
Knit Edge Magazine, Issue 7 from Cooperative Press
Color Wheel Knits by Veera Valimaki
Knit, Wear, Love by Amy Herzog


Friday, September 4, 2015

Episode 96 - Tongue-tied knitting

This episode takes the prize for most tongue-tied moments, restarts, retakes, and redos. I am not proud of saying that, and offer it not as an excuse, but rather a hope that you will laugh with Gayle and I as we can laugh at ourselves. As I listened to the final edit of the episode, there is a point where Gayle asks me how to describe the color of a yarn and the pause was so long that I had time to check my iPod screen to see why the audio had stopped. Alas, the audio had not stopped, it was just another tongue-tied moment, and yes, we shortened the pause so that our listeners would not think likewise. Recording and creating a podcast--literally creating something out of nothing--can sometimes be a lot of work. We've been doing it long enough now that the acts of recording and uploading aren't mysterious. But episodes like this, occasionally pop up and mystify us, and we shake our heads and laugh. It is always good to keep a little humor in the mix.

But back to the knitting.

Thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments, discussion, and praise about our last episode. Apparently we all have a lot to say and learn about yarn put-ups and knots. In this episode, we continue our discussion to chat about the information found (or not found) on yarn labels. We may have left something out and if we have, please join the discussion on Ravelry.

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- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
shawl for Elizabeth Doherty
Fireflies Rising Shawlette by Helen Stewart

What are we stalking?
Playground Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska
True by Joji Locatelli
Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Seacoast by Joji Locatelli
Darling Emma by Joji Locatelli
Majuga by Joji Locatelli
Tailwind by Clara Falkj

What are we knitting?
Polaris by Hiroku Fukatsu
Whippet by Ankestrick
Holst Garn Coast
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Armande by Andi Satterlund

What have we finished?
shawl for Elizabeth Doherty

Yarn label discussion
Craft Yarn Council Yarn Standards
Care symbols

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Episode 95 - Knitting, knots, and yarn put-ups

First, the length--this episode is longer than usual. If this is the first time you are joining us, please know we generally keep the episodes at about 60 minutes and this is an aberration. Bear with us, apparently we had a lot to say on the topic in our feature section. We surprised ourselves, having thought we wouldn't have so much to say about yarn put-ups, knots, and such. But most knitters have something to say about knots, especially when they come from the manufacturer in that fresh new yarn. We asked a number of sources, and hope the discussion is informative and thought provoking. If you want to chat, have some knotty experiences or preferences in how your yarn is wound and sold, please visit us in our group on Ravelry. It is a friendly place, and we welcome your comments and discussion.

What are we wearing?
Imagine When by Joji Locatelli
Meadow by The Fiber Company

What are we stalking?
Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chinchio
Gayle's Apres Surf Hoodie
RYC Cashcotton yarn (discontinued)
Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer
Shawl Shirt by Susanne Sommer
Shawl Shrug by Susanne Sommer
Yellow Wall Cardigan by Judi Brien
TextureTide by Judy Brien
Cosi by Judy Brien
Armande by Andi Satterlund

What are we knitting?
Test shawl for Elizabeth Doherty
Polaris by Hiroku Fukatsu
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Learn to Knit a Log Cabin by Staci Perry
Therapy by Laura Aylor

What have we finished?
Deep Breath Sweater by Kirsten Hipsky
Peanut Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Handbrake by Kay Jones
Razzle by Allie Coffey
Gayle's Razzle

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Episode 94 - Knitting top-down

In episode 94, I recount that someone recently said to me, "You only knit sweaters from the top-down." For me, nothing could be farther from the truth. When I started knitting, I knit sweaters from contemporary patterns, which had me dutifully knit my fronts, back, and sleeves, and stitch them all together. But patterns, like clothing styles, evolve and change, and new designs caught my eye that involved new techniques. Being a sucker for innovative constructions, it wasn't long before I was stitching top-down sweaters, bottom-up sweaters, sideways sweaters, and currently I am enjoying the new creative techniques that designers are using to knit top-down sweaters with a variety of sleeve constructions. This new contemporary takes the fitted style many sweater wearers love, turns it upside-down, and introduces innovative constructive techniques enabling us to use knitting to its advantage. We aren't merely piecing together clothing as one would when creating a garment from an already woven piece of fabric, we are finding new ways to use our ability to create fabric while making fitted garments previously knit in pieces. While I adore my raglan-sleeved sweaters, I equally love trying out new construction techniques. More than one finished sweater in my closet has been knit because of the techniques employed by the pattern as much as for the style of the finished garment.

Elizabeth Doherty's new book Top Down: Reimagining Set-in Sleeve Design is exciting to me because it takes the set-in sleeve sweater style, turns it upside down, and teaches us how and why we can knit sweaters in this direction, create fitted sleeves, and why we benefit from the exercise. I know Elizabeth personally and I will tell you that she is smart, thoughtful, and funny. This book takes Elizabeth's voice, combines it with the beautiful photography, yarns, and skilled knitting of Elizabeth's sample knitters (Hi Erin from Doubleknit!) and takes off running for the win. Lest you be afraid you won't understand the technical bits, the technique is supported by 6 classic patterns that are simple, yet elegant. I personally would love to get three of them on the needles. :) Needless to say, Gayle and I are both fans of this book, and hope you will be too.
 - Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Since we aren't wearing too many knitted garments this August, we talked about knitted items we have been using, including knit washcloths, and crochet bath scrubbies.
Echoes of Color by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Echoes of Friendship

What are we stalking?
Breezeway Pullover by Kirsten Hipskey
Edie by Isabel Kraemer
Whippet by Ankestrick
Color Affection by Veera Valimaki
Miss Babs' Yet
Manzanita Tee by Rosemary Hill
Neoma's Shawl by Rosemary Hill
Little City Tee by Rosemary Hill
Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Splash
Peanut Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs

What are we knitting?
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Polaris by Hiroku Fukatsu
a new shawl from Elizabeth Doherty
Razzle by Allie Coffey
Deep Breath Sweater by Kirsten Hipskey

What have we finished?
Pagona by Stephen West
Gayle's Advent calender Smittens

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Episode 93 - Knitting summer-style

This episode we catch up on each other's projects and review what we've been working on during the past month. Because of summer travels and schedules, it has been a month since we recorded an episode with our usual segments. There is lots of summer stalking and discussion of summer knitting and yarns. We both acknowledge that even though fall will be here soon, during these warm months it is sometimes hard to knit a big heavier-weight project. Lighter sweaters and garments and shawls are on the needles now and taking up most of our stalking time. Despite the summer heat, the Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2015 #yarniacscolors2015 KAL is going strong with many participants and many of us thinking of Fall outfits.

This photo was taken during recording. Boo helped himself to Gayle's felted laptop bag, aka Boo's felted cat bed. All the different variations of purple made us smile. :) So pretty and so predictable, LOL.
- Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
Drifting by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Sharlene's Drifting
Sharlene's Drifting 2
A Hint of Summer by Isabell Kraemer
Gayle's Hint of Summer
madelinetosh Prairie
Pagewood Farms U-Knitted Nations Artesana

What are we stalking?
Sunny by Ewelina Murach
Ruth's Tee by Rachel Ivy Clarke
Sharlene's Ruth's Tee
Talavera by Amanda Collins
Mesange's Talavera
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs by Carolyn Ingram
Slanted by atelia alfa
Soubrette by Mary Annarella
Spring in her Path by Mary Annarella
Yellow Wall Cardigan by Judy Brien
Bonny by Tincanknits
Deep Breath Sweater by Kirsten Hipsky
Thorne Cowl by Laura Aylor

What are we knitting?
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Miss Babs Isadora yarn
Pagona by Stephen West
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Smitten by Emily Ivey
Rose City Rollers by Mara Bryner
Candy Skein Yummy Fingering Superwash Sock
Therapy Shawl by Laura Aylor

What have we finished?
Bug Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Sharlene's Bug Warmer 2
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie
Sharlene's Heverly
3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Episode 92 - Love your stash Q2 summary

What are we wearing?
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Coronado by Toluca Knit

What are we knitting?
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
A Hint of Summer by Isabel Kraemer

In episode 92 we wrap-up the second quarter (Q2) of our "Love your stash" movement. We want to change the culture of stash and empower knitters to take charge of what yarns make you feel good as a knitter and a stasher, and to cut loose those yarns that add clutter and negativity!

At the Northern California Knitting Retreat, we talked to fellow attendees, and gave them the opportunity to share something about their stash.

Erin and Monica tell us about the oldest yarns in their stashes. 
Erin - aka ErinB on Ravelry, one of the hostesses of the Doubleknit Podcast
Monica - aka KirbyMo on Ravlery
Sharlene's oldest stash is some Elann Sock It To Me
Gayle's oldest stash is Kidsilk Haze
Gayle plans to make Ice Queen by Rosemary Hill
or Wisp by Cheryl Niamath

Lorrian - aka Meowlam on Ravelry
Lorrian tells us about her stashing enhancements and online shopping.
If you have collected yarn for many years, you are well aware that there are yarn trends. What is popular this year will be replaced by something new in a year or two. Like a clothes closet, if you fill your stash with this year's popular offering, will it still be trendy by the time you get around to knitting with it? Or are you choosing classic yarns that will always be in style? The internet has brought so many new shopping opportunities. Some folks love to shop online--while others have been disappointed, or like me, are just too picky to purchase "sight unseen."

Kelly and Marsha, the hostesses of Two Ewes Fiber Adventures, tell us about yarns that they cannot resist, especially "orphan yarns."
Kelly - aka 1hundredprojects
Marsha - aka mfuesal
Kelly likes combining orphans yarns into new and interesting fabrics

Kelly, from the Shorty's Sutures podcast tells us about lessons she has learned from stashing.
Kelly - aka ShortysSutures
"What are we stalking?" is often a favorite segment for listeners because we highlight new patterns, projects, or yarns that have caught our eye. One of the lessons I have learned from stalking is that I have stalked many, many patterns that I did not cast on or never want to knit. There are patterns I want to knit for myself or someone else and then there are patterns that I like to look at, or like to look at the projects. Stalking for eye-candy's sake only. I think that distinction is important. Not everything you stalk is necessarily something you want to make. You can be an appreciative fan of a certain pattern, or of a certain knitting skill--think fair isle or intarsia--but not necessarily want to knit the item yourself. This is perfectly valid. :)

Julia Trice is a knitwear designer. Julia shares with us a little of her stash handling techniques, specifically how she handles "personal" stash and "business" stash.
Julia - aka mindofwinter on Ravelry
If you keep stash, having a pleasing and efficient way to store your yarns is very important, and will influence how you feel about your stash. Do you feel pleasure or dread when you need to find that one skein of sock yarn that you purchased two years ago? Do you like keeping your stash in moth-proof boxes away from the light or out in the open for inspiration? In addition to curating stash, having an organized and useful system for storing and finding things is important. Gayle and I both rely on the basics--boxes, cabinets, and drawers. We both have loose organizational systems that seem to work for us and help us find yarns when needed.

We hope you enjoyed this episode and as always, thanks for listening and happy knitting!

Wildlife sightings: I wanted to add that while recording I observed a woodpecker, and when Gayle and I were driving home we saw many deer, including a fawn with spots! We tried to get a photo, but I couldn't get one worth publishing. Just know that the little guy was very cute!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Episode 91 - Knitting in the redwoods

This week, Gayle and I hit the road and we record in the redwood forest of Santa Cruz. We found a quiet location and the wildlife was all around us--some of which you will hear on the recording. You will likely hear the ravens and crows, like the ones pictured here. We have an abundance of both ravens and crows and both were nearby. The Steller's Jays are another common sighting. There was a mule deer wandering around the brush as we recorded too. Mountain lions sightings are commonplace in this area as well, there being an abundance of prey animals.

Near the end of the recording, I hear California Quail, and mention that I hope to see some quail chicks. Not a minute later the family of quail came walking across the parking lot! Needless to say the podcast was instantly derailed as we observed the teeny-tiny chicks and watched the parents herd them into the underbrush. The chicks we saw were about this big. Really adorable!

In preparation for casting on for the Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2015 KAL (#yarnaicscolors2015) we researched Fall clothing trends and share some of the information we found. Of particular interest were capes, and ribbed knits. If you follow the Thursday Tips over on Ravelry, you may recall the Ravelry team posting about the abundance of beautiful capes they saw on display while at the June TNNA show. The ribbed knits pictured online varied from sweaters with all-over ribbing to garments made with ribbed knit fabric, such as ribbed knit cotton jersey.We will probably see a lot of both these trends in the upcoming months.

I hope you enjoy a little taste of our redwood forests in addition to our usual knitting segments!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
tosh merino light by madelinetosh
Sharlene's Woodfords
Liesl by Julie Weisenberger
Gayle's Liesl
Coronado (fingering weight cotton) by Toluca Knits

What are we stalking?
Aureed by Meiju K-P
Color Bomb by Melanie Mielinger
Therapy by Laura Aylor

What are we knitting?
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Bug Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Sockhead Hat Kelly McClure
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Eyre light by madelinetosh
3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Alcea Cowl by Hannah Meier
Sharlene's Alcea
198 yds. of Heaven by Christy Verity
Sharlene'e 198 yards
Bug Warmer by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Sharlene's Bug
Verdure Shawlette by Fluffy Fibers
Snug too by Hinke
Rios by Malabrigo
Gayle's Snug Too
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P
Gayle's Focus
Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock



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Friday, June 12, 2015

Episode 90 - Knitting the Colors of Fall 2015

Greeting fellow yarniacs! Guess what? It's that time of year again. That time when we give some thought to our fall wardrobes, preview the fall colors, and actually plan a look to wear in the fall. Wow! I know, it is a lot to think about, but take it one bite at a time. Even if, like me, your previous color planning has involved seeing what new colors of t-shirts are on sale at Target, there is something about the arrival of fall, the start of school and memories of new school clothes, and the arrival of boot and sweater season that makes many of us turn a focused eye on our wardrobes.

Like all of our knit-a-longs, we have a casual and inclusive attitude. Pick a color from the Pantone Fashion Report and knit something. Further details can be found here. If you wish to be eligible for prizes, check those rules and starting and finishing dates. If you just want to knit along, feel free to join in anytime. The chat thread is already going and there will be a separate FO thread. Have questions or need support? Join us in our Ravelry group here. I can't wait to hear which are everyone's favorite colors and what everyone is planning for the fall!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Raiun by Kirstin Johnstone
Sharlene's Raiun
Echoes of Color by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Echoes

What are we stalking?
Summertime Shawl by Michele Meadows
Madelinetosh Dandelion yarn
Spring in Her Path by Mary Annarella
Times Square by Norah Gaughan
Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Company: Oporto Novel Construction
Silver Lines by Andrea Hallasi
Designer Jana Huck
Mix It Up! by Jana Huck
Meritence by Jana Huck

What are we knitting?
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Sharlene's Heverly
Alcea Cowl by Hannah Maier
Sharlene's Alcea
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P
Gayle's Focus Dress
Snug too by Hinke
Gayle's Snug too
Verdure Shawlette by Fluffy Fibers
Gayle's Verdure

What have we finished?
Little Sister's Dress by Tora Froseth
Sharlene's Little Dress
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Woodfords

Thanks to Donita aka inagaddadonita, for the cool project bags from her Etsy shop!
She is offering a coupon code for Yarniacs podcast listeners. :)
My bag is pictured here.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Episode 89 - Spring stitching


When life is crazy and I am pulled in many directions, my knitting time decreases and my projects and productivity suffers. Sadly, during the crazy time is when I need the quiet comfort of my knitting to keep me sane. Quiet stockinette to sooth the nerves! The season is changing, spring is moving on to summer, and many of us experience some subtle shift in our routine at this time of year. Here's hoping we can all find a little bit of time and space to stay connected to and through our knitting.
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Striped shawl
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Gayle's Literally Over the Top
Sharlene's Literally Over the Top

What are we stalking?
Antler by Ankestrick
Tails by Lori Versaci
Spring in Her Path by Mary Annarella
Kate's Poncho by Nice and Knit
Snug too by Hinke

What are we knitting?
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
Little Sister's Dress by Tora Frøseth
Verdure Shawlette by Fluffy Fibers
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P

What have we finished?
Helena by Alison Green
Gayle knit more of her mittens for her Advent calendar
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Traveller Tunic

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Episode 88 - Stalking the knits

One of our favorite podcast segments (and we hope yours too!) has always been "What are we stalking?" Project planning and choosing yarns are often one of the highlights of a new project. At that point, it is still a knitting fantasy, and every knitter has an active knitting fantasy life. If you have a Ravelry queue the grows weekly, then yes, you too have an active knitting fantasy life! But sometimes those fantasies don't turn out the way we planned. In what will probably be the first appearance of this podcast segment, Gayle and I examine some of our "stalking fails." Those projects that, for whatever reason, didn't live up to our fantasy and fell by the wayside. Please note, none of these particular stalking fails were because of a poor pattern or poor yarn, mostly because--well, take a listen to the episode and you'll find out why! Happy knitting everyone.
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Let your Heart Unwind by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Unwind
Neon by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Neon
Sharlene's Neon

What are we stalking?
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker
Handbrake by Kay Jones
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P

What are we knitting?
Socks
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Woodfords
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Gayle's Literally Over the Top
Sharlene's Literally Over the Top
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Traveller Tunic
Helena by Alison Green

What have we finished?
Gayle's Log Cabin squares
Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington

Stalking Fails!
disclaimer: Our "Stalking Fails" are our own project fails, not a problem with the pattern or yarn.
Crazy Stripes Tee
Breter Breton
Missoni Falls Cowl
Sous Sous
Beatnik
Armande
Cece

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Episode 87 - Knitting retreat

The Northern California Knitting Retreat--which Gayle and I have been working on behind the scenes for the past year--was a retreat in the true sense of the word. We got away from our normal day-to-day lives, spent time doing enjoyable activities such as knitting and visiting with friends, we laughed and relaxed. It was a first retreat experience for both of us and we enjoyed our little weekend knitting getaway. One of our favorite things at all knitting events, is seeing everyone's sweaters and knitting projects, and adding a few to our own queues. This weekend proved no different, and we came home wanting to match up yarns and patterns and cast-on something new. Now we are both struggling with some of our projects that have been on the needles and want to cast on those new shiny projects that have captured our attention! I am sure you, dear knitters, can relate to that new project longing!

We continue our stash chat--and in the spirit of "changing the culture of stash" share a little bit about what makes a particular yarn stash-worthy. As we curate our stashes it helps to give some thought to what sorts of yarns our stash needs, and what type of yarns we utilize most in order to add yarns that will find purpose and bring us happiness. If you haven't already, please feel free to join our stash chat in our Ravelry group, and share your goals and stash adventures.
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier
Floral Opulence by Rosalyn Jung
Norie by Gudrun Johnston

What are we stalking?
Dark Pearl by Carol Feller
Paulie by Isabell Kraemer
Gayle is stalking sport weight knee-high socks

What are we kniting?
Mia tank by Jennifer Wood
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
tosh merino light in rainwater
Vinyarnsa by Shelley Brander
Learn to Knit a Log Cabin Blanket by Staci Perry
Laoghaire's Mischief by Laura Ballard
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Sharlene's Literally Over the Top

What have we finished?
Sharlene's bath scrubbie

Special thanks to some of our #NoCKRs prize donors!
Bag donors included:
Front Range Bags
The Silver Shed USA
Buffy Ann Designs
Kicks and Giggles

Designer donors included:
Joji Locatelli
Megan Williams
Monika Sirna
Alana Dakos

Elizabeth Doherty
Julia Trice
AnneLena Mattison

Veera Valimaki
Justyna Lorkowska
Jennifer Weissman
Brenda Castiel

Yelena Dasher
Jenn Emerson
Helen Stewart



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Episode 86 - Finished knits for the win!

Several lingering projects cross the finish line in this episode and I couldn't be happier! With my eye on the thermometer and the extreme drought, lighter, summery knits are on my mind and hopefully soon on the needles. I've cast on a cotton tank that I will take with me to the Northern California Knitting Retreat this weekend, but I've got a few other things on the needles as well. Like most knitters, a weekend away is viewed as a knitting opportunity and I have three (count 'em--three!) projects on the needles and in the travel plans. Gayle has chosen a cowl to work on, and like my tank, both of us are thinking of simple knits while chatting away with friends. Also finished this episode, are the Q1 stash goals. Did you complete your quarterly goals? Many folks did and are consequently moving towards a happier, more manageable stash. Would you like to join in on Q2? Check out our Ravelry group and the Q2 goals thread. Moving towards a stash we love and can live with is always a winning goal!
- Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Zephyr Cove by Rosemary Hill
We talk about shawl hangers. Gayle's version is from The Container Store, link here
Sharlene has a version from IKEA, link here.

What are we stalking?
Naima by Ankestrick
Rachel by Josee Paquin
Sunray Shawl by dunkelgrun
Scrappy Hearts Hat by Sonja Otto
Swingback Hoodie by Amy Gunderson
Aurelia Cowl by Hilary Smith Callis
Focus Dress by Meiju K-P

What are we knitting?
Bath scrubbie
No Fear Socks
Sharlene's socks
Mia by Jennifer Wood
Literally Over the Top by Megan Williams
Laoghaire's Mischief by Laura Ballard
Vinyarnsa by Shelley Brander

What have we finished?
Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier
Sharlene's Chance of Showers
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Gather Together
the yarn is called Gilliat from De Rerum Natura
Knitter Knocker - Crochet by Terry Neal
Sharlene's Knocker
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Sharlene's Heaven and Space
Tenacity from Invictus Yarns
Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku
Gayle's socks
Be Loving by Melissa Simpson
Gayle's Be Loving hat

We announce the "Love your stash Q1" prizes! :)



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