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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