Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Episode 164 - Post-NoCKRs joy

What are we wearing?
Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier

What are we stalking?
OpArt by Melissa Dominguez
Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
Ujo by Ankestrick
Felicitas by Lisa Hannes
Reine by Alexis Winslow
Malabrigo Waffles Scarf by Sarah Florent

Thank-you to Plum Deluxe for sponsoring this episode!










What are we knitting?
Calyx by Elizabeth Doherty
Twig from Shibui
Reed from Shibui
Flaum by Justyna Lorkowska
Jessica Jones by Sminé
Light Rain by Joji Locatelli
Ravenscliffe by Annie Hamilton
Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry

What have we finished?
Calyx by Elizabeth Doherty
Coast from Holst Garn
Tides from Holst Garn
Kitten hat
Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier
Viewpoint by Anne Ginger
Gayle's Viewpoint

Here are some of the swatches knit by attendees in a fabulous swatching experiment led by our in-house designer Elizabeth Doherty. We all knit the same swatch with the same number of stitches, rows, same yarn and needle size. Each swatch was unique!


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Friday, March 30, 2018

Episode 163 - Self-indulgent knitting wrap-up

What are we wearing?
Grace by Jane Richmond
Archer by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Archer (tunic length)

What are we stalking?
Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider
Every day of summer by Anne B. Hanssen
The Weekender by Andrea Mowry
Slade by Michele Wang
Light Rain by Joji Locatelli
Violet Waffles by Halldora J

What are we knitting?
Flaum by Justyna Lorkowska
Jessica Jones by Sminé
Calyx by Elizabeth Doherty
Smoke in the City by Greg Cohoon
Viewpoint by Anne Ginger

What have we finished?
Sharlene's Kitten hat
Pei by Michele Wang
Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier
Gayle's Shellseeker

Of note: It actually looks like the 2018 Pantone Colors of Fall have already been released. If you'd like to start your planning, you can see all the colors here.


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Episode 162 - Knitting with Nani

It was a bit of a creature fest when we recorded this week.  Cats and birds making appearances. Partway through the podcast, my bird makes herself known by ringing her bell. And ringing again. I didn't realize the microphone would pick it up as clearly as it did, so for a couple of minutes, please imagine there is a little bird ringing her bell in the room with you. :) She's a happy bird. But never fear, there is lots of knitting content coming your way. Enjoy!

What are we wearing?
Dragonflies Jumper by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Dragonflies Jumper
Viajante by Martina Behm
Gayle's Viajante

What are we stalking?
Hasukai by Hiroku Fokatsu
Gayle's Laar cardigan
Jujuy by Joji Locatelli
Tiny Tassels by Karin Fernandes
Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies

What are we knitting?
Jessica Jones by Sminé
Flaum by Justyna Lorkowska
Viewpoint by Anne Ginger
Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmeier


Thank-you to Yarn Love for sponsoring this episode!


What have we finished?
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
On The Porch by Fifty Four Ten Studio
Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs by Carolyn Ingram
Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Jessica Jones by Sminé

Note: This guy joined us for recording, but stayed silent throughout!




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Friday, March 2, 2018

Episode 161 - Stitches and sweater maintenance

This year we recorded little snippets each morning at Stitches West. It was a fun way to recap what we saw and share what we were stalking each day. There aren't many links, but there are a couple of fun stories about our adventures, followed by a discussion on sweater maintenance. Changing seasons  and changing clothes seasonally gives us a chance to wash, inspect, and maintain or pare down our sweater cache. And as you will hear, paring down the sweater cache is necessary, if you keep bringing new and pretty yarns into your yarn stash!

Dragonfly Fibers
Western Sky Knits

What are we stalking? - Day 1
White Pine by Amy Christophers
Calyx by Elizabeth Doherty
Polyhedra by Emma Welford

What are we stalking? - Day 2
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Cullen by Elizabeth Doherty

What are we stalking? - Day 3
All Points South by Casapinka

Sweater maintenance
We love using Eucalan wool wash!

Thank-you to Yarn Love for sponsoring this episode!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Episode 160 - A knitting triumph!

This week I share my knitting triumph. What is a knitting triumph? If I were writing a novel it would be the denouement. The what-what you say? The denouement is the "final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved." (Thank-you Google dictionary.) Doesn't that sound perfect for a sweater? Especially one that has been in the planning for a year, with yarn purchased and pattern ready to go. My strands are all drawn together, my ends woven in, and I have something lovely to wear and share. I am really proud of this accomplishment. I am sure you all have your own triumphs as well. Sometimes a knitting triumph isn't a long-awaited sweater, sometimes a knitting triumph is something as simple as finishing a hat for a friend, or pulling those needles out of a long dormant project and freeing them for something new. What is your knitting triumph? Join us on Ravelry and share in the episode thread!
- Sharlene


What are we wearing?
Confetti by Veera Valimaki
Sharlene's Confetti
Jessica Jones by Sminé
Sharlene Jessica cowl
Minthe by Anne Ginger
Gayle's Minthe

What are we stalking?
Liv Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Lovella by Ambah O'Brien
Also the designer of Lilli Pilli
Pei by Michele Wang
Jessica Jones by Sminé

What are we knitting?
Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's old Cassis sweater
The blanket Sharlene started is this:
On the Porch by Fifty Four Ten Studio
Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty

What have we finished?
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Clio
Mud Season by Elizabeth Smith
Gayle's Max Sweater
Pei by Michele Wang
Gayle's Pei
Breakaway by Elizabeth Doherty
Marlene's Mittens by Alaina Privette
Of Grace and Beauty by Jenn Sheelen

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Episode 159 - If you could start your knitting from scratch…

What are we wearing?
Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Boxy
Veronika by Coco Knits
Gayle's Veronika

What are we stalking?
StitchesWest vendor list
Baby blanket patterns
Fatty Lumpkin the Brave African Flower Pony by Heidi Bears
Happypotamus The Happy Hippo by Heidi Bears
Of Grace and Beauty Hat by Jenn Sheelen

What are we knitting?
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Clio
Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
Mud Season by Elizabeth Smith
Max's Sweater
Juicy Worsted from Candy Skien
Gayle's Clio
Mayfield Mitts by Erika Heusser

What have we finished?
Beloved Berlin by Isabel Kraemer
Sharlene's Beloved Berlin
Jessica Jones by Sminé
Sharlene's Jessica cowl
Tinsel Mitts by Andrea Mowry
Tasty DK from Candy Skein
Björkö Shawl by Anna Friberg

Thanks to Dragonfly Fibers for sponsoring this episode!


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Friday, January 19, 2018

Episode 158 - Happy 6th anniversary

Wayne's World!
Wayne's World!

It's party time
excellent!

With that party anthem, we welcome you to our 6th anniversary party episode! If you haven't heard of Wayne's World, it was a 1992 movie that grew out of a recurring sketch on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Full of party references, Gayle and I chuckle every time we remember it, and thought the "Party on!" theme perfectly reflected the joy we feel in celebrating our sixth anniversary. 

This episode is a little different, with a party twist on our regular segments. We hope you enjoy it and want to thank-you so much for coming along on this crazy podcasting ride with us. We've found more yarn, more patterns, and more joy than anticipated during the past six years. 

Party on Sharlene.
Party on Gayle.
Party on Yarniacs!

What would we wear to a garden party?
Ginga Top by Yoko Johnston
Coast yarn from Holst Garn
Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu
Gayle's Hitofude

What would we wear to a dinner party?
Talavera by Amanda Collins
Dandelion yarn from Madelinetosh
Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Gayle's Ishbels #1, #2, #3, and #4
Sharlene's Ishbels #1, #2,  #3, and #4

What would we wear to a wedding party?
Rosewater by Janina Kallio
Lunaris yarn from Anzula 
Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien
Ondulation by Becky Herick
Gayle's Ondulation

What would we wear to a work party?
Little Black Shawl by Laura Aylor
Laar by Gundrun Johnston
Gayle's Laar

What would we wear to a block party?
Hood on the moon by Katrin Schneider
Sharlene's Hood on the Moon
Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier
Freja by Jared Flood
Quarry yarn from Brooklyn Tweed
Edge Hoodie by Veronik Avery

What knit is a real "party animal?"
Wren by Claire Garland
Ease by Alicia Plummer
Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio

What knit is a real "party pooper?"
Cria by Ysolda Teague
Purlbreak by Stephen West
Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer

Which knit is the "life of the party?"
Confetti by Veera Valimaki
Sharlene's Confetti #1 and #2
Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry



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Friday, January 5, 2018

Episode 157 - Knitting the New Year

Gayle and I are baaaack! After much traveling and much holiday celebrating we welcome 2018 to the family. Be gentle 2018, compassion and kindness are key! And of course, through it all, there is knitting! Brace yourselves, after a month off, we have a lot to share. Just our regular segments this episode but we somehow manage to fill the hour. Be kind. :) We look forward to sharing and learning together with you in 2018!
- Sharlene


What are we wearing?
Ease by Alicia Plummer
Sharlene's reclaimed Malabrigo Ríos came from this sweater
Looking Ahead by Veera Välimäki
Sharlene's Looking Ahead
Evangeline by Michelle Szeghalmi-Shirley
Sharlene's Evangeline mitts
Archer by Elizabeth Doherty
Our test knits here
Heartbeat mitts by Katya Gorbacheva
Gayle's mitts
Honey Hat by Jenn Nevitt
Gayle's Honey Hat
High Plains Cowl by Brandie DeRusha
Gayle's High Plains Cowl

What are we stalking?
Rafa's Hat by Joji Locatelli
Barley Light by Tincanknits
Self-indulgent Finished objects here
Naima by Ankestrick
Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier
Tinsel Mitts by Andrea Mowry
This Is The Sea by Katrin Schubert
Juicy Worsted yarn from Candy Skein

What are we knitting?
Jessica Jones by Sminé
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Cormo Sport yarn from Sincere Sheep
Phoebe yarn from Quince and Company
Marzipan Legwarmers by Helen Stuart
Björkö Shawl by Anna Friberg

Thanks to Western Sky Knits for sponsoring this episode!








What have we finished?
Archer by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Archer
Gayle's Archer
Yoga Shawl by Andrea Mowry
Gayle's Yoga Shawl
Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure
Fractured Fairy Tale Hat by Mary Annarella
Gayle's Fractured Fairy Tale
Tulle Shawl by Helen Stuart

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