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 NiƱo 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.

I mentioned during this episode that we belong to both Craftsy and Amazon affiliate programs. This means if you purchase an item or a class using our affiliate links, a few pennies will come winging its way to our podcast. We don't ask for donations often or even remember to mention these affiliate programs, but if you are so inclined, we would appreciate either a donation or a click-through from one of our affiliate links. Now, back to your regularly scheduled podcast listening. Thanks!

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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

Episode 96 audio

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